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North Forest sophomore caps off big year

The North Forest sophomore received 48 offers Vype

Demond Demas just capped off a banner year.

The North Forest sophomore saw his football stock explode, reaching a massive 48 offers and then showed off his skills on the track.

Demas leapt his way to the Class 4A Long Jump State Championship, hitting a new personal record of 23-feet-8.50 inches on his final jump of the day to win it all in May.

“It makes me want to train harder,” Demas said. “I finally have a state title. That makes me want to push harder and get another one. This is a huge accomplishment in my life.”

Winning a state title in football or basketball is something Demas imagined, the sophomore admitted, but winning one in track didn’t cross his mind. The feeling of confidence that he could do this overcame him the moment he walked into Mike A. Myers Stadium.

“When I first walked in I had that feeling without a doubt,” Demas said. “I just knew I was going to win. I just jumped hard, played smart and did what I had to do. I’m a state champion.”

Demas’ name was already known before this meet – having an offer from Alabama and a visit from Nick Saban himself will do that. Heading into his junior year at North Forest, Demas holds offers from Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Michigan and Oklahoma, just to name a few.

On top of that notoriety, Demas now has a gold medal around his neck that he admitted he may not even take off when he goes to bed or goes to school.

But Demas guaranteed this is only the beginning for him.

“I can promise you this,” Demas said. “It’s been amazing but there’s more to come.”

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Houston gets another victory in Anaheim

Astros overpower Angels again as magic number dwindles

Kyle Tucker had 3 of Houston's RBI on Tuesday night, including a two-run homer. Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

After a beatdown of the Angels on Monday in the opener, the Astros entered Tuesday's game looking to replicate that success. Though Los Angeles would put up more of a fight, Houston still used their potent offense to keep the game out of reach.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 5

Astros' Record: 90-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (8-3)

Losing Pitcher: Packy Naughton (0-3)

Houston's bats keep connecting to back up Urquidy

The Astros picked up on Tuesday's game where they left off on Monday, launching homers to take and extend a lead. A leadoff walk by Carlos Correa in the top of the second set up Kyle Tucker, who drove a two-run shot. Aledmys Diaz was next, making it back-to-back jacks to push the new lead to 3-0.

That gave Jose Urquidy a lead to work with, which came in handy as former Astro Jack Mayfield cut the lead to two runs with a leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the second. Other than that, Urquidy did well through five innings, allowing just two other hits over that span. LA got to him in the sixth, getting two singles to set up a three-run homer to end his night. His final line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 79 P.

The runs keep coming

He would still leave in line for the win, though, as before that bottom of the sixth, the Astros had put up seven more runs across the fifth and sixth. A leadoff walk in the top of the fifth was followed by a two-run homer by Jose Altuve, then later in the frame, an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz made it 7-1. They pushed that to double digits in the sixth, with a leadoff solo shot by Martin Maldonado, a sac fly by Carlos Correa, and an RBI groundout by Kyle Tucker, putting them up 10-1 before the homer allowed by Urquidy cut that to 10-4.

Astros win to reduce magic number again

In the sixth, Cristian Javier took over for Urquidy, finished that inning, and returned for a scoreless seventh. He ran into Shohei Ohtani to lead off the bottom of the eighth and left a fastball in the zone, which Ohtani turned around 445 feet to make it a five-run game. Javier still got through the inning, leaving just the ninth for Houston's second reliever of the night, Josh James. James would get through a scoreless inning, erasing a leadoff walk as the lopsided win paired with an A's loss reduces Houston's magic number to 4.

Up Next: The third of this four-game series will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Wednesday. Janson Junk (0-1, 2.25 ERA) will make his third career start for the Angels, while Luis Garcia (11-7, 3.37 ERA) will have the ball for the Astros.

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