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The next big thing: North Shore sophomore running back Zachary Evans has arrived

North Shore sophomore Zachary Evans already has 13 offers from the likes of Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Texas. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Zachary Evans is starting to gain some steam on the recruiting trail. The running back already holds more than 13 offers and is only in the 10th grade at North Shore Senior High School.

From a single parent household, and the youngest out of five, Evans is on the path to becoming North Shore’s “Next Big Thing.” 

“My dad wasn’t by my side while I grew up,” Evans said. “My next step in life is getting better, faster and stronger and more durable for my team.”

Evans squats over 500 pounds and benches over 200. He believes that his mental strength, calmness, and reliability give him an edge that will help him become a collegiate player.

The two football players that inspire Evans are Leonard Fournette, a former LSU star who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and current Ole Miss standout D’Vaughn Pennamon.

Evans’ brothers, Sterling and CJ Robinson, both played for C.E. King High School.

Sterling played defensive tackle and CJ played running back and both led the team at C.E. King. Sterling set the district record in sacks.

Evans said that he attends several personal trainer sessions. Pennamon and Evans have a quote that they share together, “If you’re over 200 pounds you gotta run like it.”

“Being a leader is a good feeling, a blessing,” Evans said. “Every day I personally ask Coach Willie Gaston about how I can improve and make my section I work with get better.”

Off the field Evans is a caring young man; he loves to take care of people, and he admires giving back to the community.

Evans' two newest offers are from the University of Mississippi and the University of Texas-San Antonio.

He feels blessed and humble, but he believes that he needs to strive to receive more offers. The colleges that Evans currently wants to visit are the universities of Texas, Oregon, and South Carolina.

Evans wants to let his team know, “To stay humble and practice makes perfect.”

Katia Ibarra is a student at North Shore and a part of the VYPE U Internship Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U intern, click here!

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With three impressive wins to start this series against the once AL-leading Chicago White Sox, Houston tried to extend their winning streak to seven games and finish a four-game sweep on Father's Day. Thanks to a big inning against former-Astro Dallas Keuchel, they would win to keep their hot streak going.

Final Score: Astros 8, White Sox 2

Astros' Record: 43-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1)

Losing Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel (6-2)

Rough return to Houston for Keuchel

In his first game against his old squad, Dallas Keuchel would not have a memorable start on the mound for Chicago. Houston made him labor in the first inning, loading the bases though they only came away with one run on an RBI single by Abraham Toro, grabbing the early 1-0 lead. After going down 1-2-3 in the second, they got after Keuchel again in the third.

They ended up batting around against him that inning, including a two-RBI single by Yordan Alvarez, RBI double by Taylor Jones, and bases-loaded RBI-walk by Jose Altuve, which would end Keuchel's day very early and leave the bases juiced. Chicago's bullpen would walk another batter to give Keuchel another earned run, making it a 6-2 game, with all six going against the former Houston ace. Carlos Correa extended the lead to five runs in the next inning, hitting a leadoff solo home run to make it 7-2.

McCullers Jr. gives up two over six

That gave Lance McCullers Jr. a nice lead to work with, and he managed it well. He had one big mistake in the early goings of the game, giving up a one-out single in the second to set up a two-run home run, which at the time put Chicago in front 2-1 before Houston's offense came alive. He followed that up with four scoreless innings, erasing a walk in each with some tremendous defense behind him—his final line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 94 P.

Astros complete the sweep to jump on top of the standings

Still a six-run game in the top of the seventh, Blake Taylor entered as the first reliever out of Houston's bullpen, tossing a 1-2-3 frame. He continued in the top of the eighth, getting two strikeouts in another scoreless inning. The 8-2 score would go final as Ralph Garza Jr. would enter as the third pitcher of the day to wrap things up with a scoreless top of the ninth to finish the four-game sweep. The win, their seventh straight, paired with an Oakland loss earlier in the afternoon, moves Houston into the top spot in the AL West based on winning percentage.

Up Next: This long stretch of consecutive games continues on Monday in Baltimore, as the Astros pick up a seven-game road trip starting with a three-game set against Baltimore getting underway at 6:05 PM Central. Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 5.68 ERA) will get the start for Houston, going opposite of Keegan Akin (0-2, 5.76 ERA) for the Orioles.

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