North Shore was Story of Year in 2018-19

North Shore was Story of Year in 2018-19
It marked the second-straight SPC Championship for Kinkaid. Via Vype

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IT WAS TRULY A YEAR TO REMEMBER IN HOUSTON WHEN IT CAME TO THE GRIDIRON.

North Shore stole the show with arguably the greatest finish in the history of Texas high school football with a Hail Mary to defeat Duncanville with no time left.

Dematrius Davis Jr. and Ajani Carter will forever go down in football lore for that play.

North Shore finished the season a perfect 16-0, making it the greatest team to ever come out of the #Eastside. The title marked the third in program history for the Mustangs and second in the last three years.

In the private school world, Kinkaid did its job and defended its Southwestern Preparatory Conference Championship.

The Falcons, powered by Hawaii-signee Zach Daniel at quarterback and LSU-bound Josh Williams at running back, were able to finish off the year 9-1-1, including beating Episcopal 41-14 in the title game.

It marked the second-straight SPC Championship for Kinkaid.

Other teams had remarkable seasons, including Shadow Creek, Fort Bend Marshall, The John Cooper School and St. Pius X.

In its first varsity campaign, Shadow Creek did something most teams can only dream about in their inaugural season – reach the state championship game.

The Sharks went a remarkable 15-0 to punch its ticket to the Class 5A Division II State Championship game, where it fell short to north Texas power Highland Park. Jamarian George was a whiz at running the offense, while Marquez Huland was a load to bring down coming out of the backfield. The job Brad Butler did in his first year leading the Sharks as a varsity program is nothing short of amazing.

Fort Bend Marshall made it to the state title game, despite having to go through one of the toughest things a team can – the loss of a teammate.


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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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