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Toups; Roper draw from playing careers into coaching

Coach Leonard Toups at Aldine. Via VYPE

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Entering his third season on the north side, Leonard Toups is getting the special opportunity to coach at his alma mater in his first head-coaching job.

"I love that I can still be a part of the game," Toups said. "Is there really a better job than that? I get paid to teach the game of baseball and have fun every single day."

After playing at Aldine High School, Toups played junior college baseball at UT-Brownsville. He then played Division I baseball at Texas Southern and was a part of the 2008 SWAC Championship team.

Heading into this year, Toups said the first goal of the season is to win a district championship. What's even cooler for Toups is that he is getting to coach his son Johnny.

"Honestly, it's a lot of fun. I can assure you that he gets no special treatment. I am demanding of all of my athletes and hold them all to the same standard. He knows that I'm coach Toups on the baseball field between the lines and dad outside of them."


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Kingwood girls soccer is heading to the Regional Semifinals. Via Vype

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HOUSTON – It was another banner night for Humble ISD on the pitch.

For the third-straight season Kingwood girls soccer is heading to the Regional Semifinals with a 3-1 victory against Deer Park on Friday. Kingwood hasn't reached the Regional Finals since the 2010 season.

District-mate Atascocita moved on to the Regional Semifinals with a penalty kicks victory over Clear Springs. After full time and overtime, the Lady Eagles won the match 4-3 in penalty kicks. This is only the second time in program history Atascocita has reached the Regional Semifinals. The last trip to the fourth round came in the 2017 season.

Atascocita will face Tompkins at 12:30 p.m. and Cinco Ranch will play Kingwood at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Deer Park's Abshier Stadium. The Regional Final between the winners will take place Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Kingwood Park had the best night of all, sending not just its state semifinalist girls soccer team back to the Regional Tournament but also its boys team.


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