New Aldine AD

Thompson’s vision—keeping the kids at home

Dre Thompson (right) is the new AD in Aldine ISD. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Dre Thompson has been promoted to be the new Aldine ISD athletic director, and has one seemingly simple mission as he begins his new regime.

“We have to recruit our own kids and make them want to stay in Aldine ISD,” he said. “It’s easy to get lazy and take it for granted that these athletes will automatically come to us. We have to get into the families’ houses, the elementary and junior high schools and keep our kids. We have the players here, we just need to keep them.”

Thompson is a Madison High School alumni and got his start in the Aldine ISD as a defensive coordinator at Eisenhower. He then became the Ike head coach, before moving to administration as an assistant AD.

“I still consider myself a coach,” he said. “It’s in a little different way. Now, I coach the coaches. I’ve been where they are today, and I like to give them the tools that make their jobs easier. I know their situations and give them realistic goals.

Thompson must fill the two head football coaching spots at MacArthur and Eisenhower.

“You have to find the right fit for the kids,” he said. “There are a lot of great coaches out here in Houston, but you have to decipher who fits the needs of our kids. I have to stick to that formula, even if it’s not all that popular.”

He will also be hiring an assistant athletic director.

“Like in any job, I’m looking for a hard-working person who has ideas,” he said. “I like to empower people and give them the credit for their ideas. That’s just how I’m programmed.”

At the end of the day, Thompson has his plate full as he launches his new administration.

“We are working on getting our on-site facilities upgraded as well,” he said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but this this is what I’ve dreamed of—having a career in athletics. It doesn’t get better than that.”

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Houston loses first game to Oakland

A's end losing streak against Astros with late homers

Lance McCullers Jr. went five innings of one-run ball Friday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

After maintaining their stronghold against the A's in Thursday's home opener, the Astros had the chance to lock up the three-game series victory against Oakland with a win on Friday night. On the mound, Lance McCullers Jr. hoped to improve upon his first start against this same team, a five-inning one-run outing.

Instead, he would have the same outcome, once again lasting five innings while allowing one run, before a big tie-breaking home run late in the game would push Oakland out of their losing skid against the Astros.

Final Score: A's 6, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-2, tied for first in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Yusmeiro Petit (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (1-1)

McCullers Jr. makes it through five

McCullers Jr. looked sharp through the first three innings, allowing just two baserunners, one on a second-inning single, then a walk in the third. Oakland did better against him the second time through their order in the fourth, with Jed Lowrie leading the inning off with a solo home run to put Oakland in front 1-0.

They went on to load the bases with one out on an error and two walks, but McCullers would strand them all. He returned for the fifth, a much cleaner inning where a caught stealing by Martin Maldonado would help him face just three batters. His final line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 88 P.

Oakland gets homer-happy to even the series

McCullers Jr. would leave the game without being eligible for the winning or losing decision, as an RBI-groundout by Kyle Tucker in the fourth would have it tied 1-1. Bryan Abreu was the first out of Houston's bullpen, and he would attempt to eat up multiple innings. He had perfect innings in the sixth and seventh, retiring six A's in order to maintain the stalemate.

Abreu remained in the game in the top of the eighth, allowing a single before getting a strikeout, ending his run as Dusty Baker would bring in left-handed Blake Taylor. Taylor would give up a single against his first batter, then a loud go-ahead three-run home run to Matt Olson to push the A's back in front 4-1. They'd add two more insurance runs off of Joe Smith in the top of the ninth, getting a two-run home run by Mark Canha to extend the lead to 6-1.

Oakland's bullpen would hold on to the newly created lead, allowing just one run on a sac fly by Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth, finally ending their losing streak against Houston and setting up the rubber game on Saturday to be for the series victory.

Up Next: This series's finale will be a Saturday afternoon start, with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 PM. For the Astros, Jose Urquidy (0-0, 4.15 ERA) will look to get a win on the board, while Oakland will hand the ball to Frankie Montas (0-1, 23.63 ERA).

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