Day Three

Prosper wins John Turner Classic title, Ridge Point finishes third

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Something about being the defending state champion – in another class.

The Prosper Eagles, owners of last season’s Class 5A state title after an instant classic win over Leander Rouse, reeled off eight straight wins in the 2018 Adidas John Turner Classic.

Coach Erin Kauffman’s squad beat a taller Flower Mound team, led by first-year head coach Jamie Siegel, in three sets (20-25, 25-15, 25-17) of the Pearland tournament championship on Saturday afternoon.

State MVP returnee Ciera Hecht blasted 19 kills, including 14 in the second and third sets combined, to help the Lady Eagles overcome a first-set loss to the Jaguars.

Prosper senior setter Madi Whitmire was named the tournament MVP, while sophomore Shaylee Shore was named the tourney’s outstanding hitter.

“We played really well, and our girls did a great job adjusting after the first set loss,” Kauffman stated afterward. “We adjusted our block, and were able to control their tall hitters. Our defense was outstanding. Madi [Whitmire] did a great job directing the offense.”


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Head coach/general manager Bill O'Brien engineered questionable moves during the off-season that already have come back to bite the Texans in the butt. Fans have yet to see the Texans on the right track, at least on television for now. Here are the top three, or bottom three, contracts that have Houston raising eyebrows, shrugging shoulders, and shaking heads.

Randall Cobb: 3 years, $27 million

The 30-year-old wide receiver has been quiet so far this 0-2 season with seven catches for 82 yards. New offensive coordinator Tim Kelly is favoring "12 and 21" schemes which render Cobb the third option behind Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks. This could change now with Fuller nursing a hamstring injury sustained against the Ravens. To be fair, with no preseason games or extended practice, Cobb has not had time to build chemistry with quarterback Deshaun Watson. So let's mark him, "bad contract," but jury still deliberating.

David Johnson: 3 years, $39 million

Johnson has carried the ball 22 times for 111 yards. Normally, these would be acceptable, even commendable stats. However, Johnson carries the burden of being involved in the trade that sent DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona. BTW, Hopkins in tearing it up in Arizona with 22 receptions for 219 yards. Also, more evidence condemning Johnson's contract, the Texans could have made a run at Leonard Fournette (17 carries for 108 yards) or Adrian Peterson (21 carries for 134 yards), both chewing up more turf for less money.

Whitney Mercilus: 4 years, $54 million

Here's another 30-year-old who was being paid big and producing little. He was MIA against the Ravens with no tackles and no sacks, despite being on the field for 70 percent of the Ravens snaps. Mercilus was able to squeeze the Texans for huge money last year when he picked up the workload of injured J.J. Watt.

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Ka'imi Fairbairn: 4 years, $17,650,000

Fairbairn is the third highest-paid kicker in the NFL. Fairbairn had a rough start against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1, missing an extra point and a deep 51-yard field goal attempt. Meanwhile, up in Dallas, Greg 'The Leg' Zuerlein is being paid half of what Fairbairn makes, but knocking them down from the logo, including a last-second, game-winning field goal to beat the Falcons. Former Texans kicker Randy Bullock is enjoying greater success in Cincinnati for considerably fewer dollars, too. Fun fact: Fairbairn is paid more than most Texans secondary defenders.

But really, the worst, and most regrettable Texans contract of all might be Bill O'Brien's deal- 4 years, $20 million.

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