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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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It's game time for a Houston-based coworking company that's working on opening a sports innovation hub this summer.

The Cannon is working on opening new hub in 53 West, a Galleria-area office building recently renovated by Braun Enterprises. The project is in partnership with Gow Media, InnovationMap's parent company, and will be co-located with the media business that runs Gow Broadcasting LLC and the SportsMap Radio Network, which includes local sports station 97.5 as well as national syndicated content.

The Cannon's founder Lawson Gow tells InnovationMap that Gow Media — founded by Lawson's father, David Gow — and Braun Enterprises were opportunistic partners for the organization.

"We've always been optimistically looking for strategic partners that we can co-locate with or team up with to create a hyper focused, niche community," Lawson Gow says. "We've spent a lot of time thinking about what that can be."

Expected to open midsummer, the new two-story space will have 23 offices and a 1,500-square-foot open space that can be used for events. All existing Cannon members will have access to the space, and potential tenants can expect a similar pricing model to The Cannon's other three Houston-area locations.

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