Top TAPPS Schools Continue Henderson Cup Dynasties

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When school years begin, TAPPS schools chase the Henderson Cup. The title for most extracurricular success is on the line when they battle in athletics and fine arts. Check out the top producers from the 2018-2019 academic year.

We start with 6A's Tomball Concordia Lutheran, which scored 56 athletic points, 46 fine art points and 102 total points to earn its third Henderson Cup since the 2010-2011 school year. It hung on for this year's title because Argyle Liberty Christian School produced the same amount of athletic points in its 99-point year. Rounding out the classification's top three was Dallas Bishop Lynch, which recorded 76 of its 85 points in athletics.

In 5A, San Antonio Christian School grabbed its second straight Henderson Cup by scoring 98 of its 102 total points in sports competition. It was followed by Regents School of Austin and Tyler Grace Community School, which tied for second with 72 points. Regents set up that mark with its 48-point athletic year and Grace did the same with its 40-point fine art campaign.

Geneva School of Boerne won its ninth Henderson Cup since the 2009-2010 academic year by leading all TAPPS schools with 112 total points. Its 4A success included 68 athletic points and 44 fine art points. The Woodlands Christian Academy followed with 79 of its 84 points in athletics, and Arlington Grace Preparatory Academywrapped up the classification's top three with 46 of its 73 points from the same category.

In 3A, Dallas The Covenant School used a 71-point athletic surge to set up 82 total points and its fifth Henderson Cup since the 2006-2007 campaign. Lake Country Christian School finished second with 47 of its 65 points coming in sports and Round Rock Christian Academy rounded out the top three with 40 of its 52 points coming in fine arts.


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Houston couldn't keep up

Astros fall to Blue Jays as Toronto gets homer-happy

Houston's bats couldn't keep up with Toronto's Saturday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With an offensive clinic in the opener on Friday night, which helped them handily defeat the Blue Jays, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park Saturday with a chance to secure another series. Toronto had other plans, though, reversing roles with Houston by getting big home runs to even the series.

Final Score: Blue Jays 8, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 17-16, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Steven Matz (5-2)

Losing Pitcher: Cristian Javier (3-1)

Toronto flips the script and turns on their offense against Javier

Toronto flipped the script from the night before early in this middle game of the series, dealing damage to Cristian Javier, who so far in 2021 had been able to limit his amount of earned runs. After retiring the first four batters he faced, a one-out walk in the top of the second set up the Blue Jays' first hit of the night, a two-run home run by Cavan Biggio, giving them a 2-0 lead over Houston.

After a leadoff home run made it a 3-0 score, Javier would deal with the fallout of more walks in the top of the third, issuing two to set up a two-out two-RBI double to give the Jays a commanding 5-0 advantage. Javier would battle back and complete five full innings, getting one out into the sixth before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to make the call to the bullpen. His final line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 91 P.

Alvarez keeps mashing as Houston tries to claw back into it

Javier would exit with at least some runs on the board in support of him, with Yordan Alvarez hitting a two-run opposite-field homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to three runs. Alvarez accounted for another run in the next inning, coming through with an RBI-single to make it 5-3, which is where the game stood as Andre Scrubb would take over in the top of the sixth.

Scrubb finished that inning for Javier and returned for a 1-2-3 seventh to keep it a two-run game. Bryan Abreu was the next reliever, and he, too, was able to retire the Blue Jays in order in the top of the eighth. The Astros continued to chip away at Toronto's lead, getting another run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI by Yuli Gurriel to make it 5-4 heading to the ninth.

Toronto evens the series

Brooks Raley entered to try and keep it a one-run game with a clean inning, but instead, two runners would reach on a walk and error before Joe Smith would enter to try and strand them. Instead, a two-out home run put the game back out of reach at 8-4, with Houston coming up empty in the bottom of the inning, setting up a rubber match in the finale.

Up Next: This series's third and final game will be an afternoon start of 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Zack Greinke (2-1, 3.76 ERA) will try to add more wins to his record for Houston, while Nate Pearson will be making his 2021 debut for Toronto.

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