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When it counted the most, Klein Forest's Calvin Solomon came up huge. Via VYPE

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When it counted the most, Klein Forest's Calvin Solomon came up huge.

The 6-foot-7 guard, forward, post helped lead the Eagles to the state title game before falling to Duncanville in the finals.

"He's basically a big point guard, who can guard anyone on the court on defense," coach Cary Black said. "He can take a post to the hole off the dribble or post up a smaller guard. He just makes great decisions."

Solomon faced a pair of McDonald's All-Americans in Rockwall's Samuell Williamson (Louisville) and South Garland's Tyrese Maxey (Kentucky) in the regional tourney. He was a huge part of the Eagles' win over Cibolo Steele in the semis.

"I've felt way more confident in my game this year after coming off of an injury last year," he said. "Playing in the summer against so many top-ranked players and in front of high-major colleges prepared me for the big moments this season."

His teammate KJ McDaniel made the first-team along with Morton Ranch guard LJ Cryer, Antwon Norman of Yates, Noah Thomasson (HBU) of George Ranch and Donovan Williams of Elkins (Texas).

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By Bradley Collier

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On paper, Aldine Davis should be the best returning Aldine ISD volleyball squad for the 2019 campaign.

But that's just on paper.

Starla Jones, the reigning District 16-6A Coach of the Year, has been persistent this offseason in reminding her team that the successes of last year are just that. They are last season's, which doesn't entitle her group to that same success in 2019.

"I think it's going to give them some confidence that they have a year under their belt," Jones said. "But it's a new season, a new team. Last year is last year. I'm reminding them that we've got to start all over. It's going to take some work like it did before.

"We can't settle, and we can't expect to be at the top just because we were last year."

Last season, Aldine Davis went 20- 26-1 overall and 10-4 in District 16-6A play to finish in a tie for second place with MacArthur.

"I've told them, you do realize because you were up there you are definitely one of the teams to beat," Jones said. "Everybody's going to be pumped. I don't care what team it is. They're going to be ready to play you."

Returning to the court for the Falcons this season is District 16-6A Newcomer of the Year Kiyah Felder, first-team selections Ashlyn Laymond and Tavia Harrell and second-teamer Hailey Harris. Also returning is Lyric Carwell, who was an honorable mention.

What excites Jones the most about this group is that this summer the girls put in the needed work to get better in the weight room.


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