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HOUSTON, TX (April 15, 2021) - VYPE Media, a provider of exclusive content and services for high school and youth sports, including live streaming, is partnering with FloSports, a leading sports streaming and original content network, to bring Texas high school sports to nationwide audiences. The 4-year deal will feature 900 games and 6,000 hours of live programming annually on FloSports' award-winning digital platform.
The partnership begins with the 2021 Fall school year and includes several Texas high school sports categories including, but not limited to, football, volleyball, basketball and baseball spanning over 160 teams. VYPE regularly features some of Texas' top high school athletic programs and in 2020, included TCAL National Championship featuring Trinity Christian and their head coach Deon Sanders. A list of notable Texas high school athletes that have been featured through VYPE programming is below.
"We are excited to showcase the incredible talent of our high school athletes through our partnership with FloSports, putting Texas high school sports on a national platform," says Shane Hildreth, CEO of VYPE Media. "National exposure also offers our Texas athletes increased opportunities for recruitment and scholarships, which will open doors that may not have been available to them before this partnership."
"Texas high school athletes, coaches and fans are exactly who FloSports was created to serve," says Mark Floreani, CEO and Co-Founder, FloSports. "We believe in uniting passionate communities and diving into the journeys of the athletes, many who just found their true athletic passion. What an exciting opportunity to bring these stories to a nationwide or even wider audience."
Mark Floreani, FloSports CEO with VYPE CEO Shane Hildreth
Past Texas High School Athletes Featured On VYPE
Southlake Carroll HS
Committed to Ohio State Univ.
All Saints Episcopal HS
Committed to Univ. of Alabama
All Saints Episcopal HS
Committed to Univ. of Alabama
Playing at Auburn Univ.
Greg Brown III
Playing at Univ. of Texas
Seven Lakes HS
Committed to Univ. of Nebraska
Woodlands Christian Acad.
Committed to Texas Christian Univ.
To access live and on-demand coverage of these events, visit FloSports to become an annual PRO subscriber. The annual subscription unlocks access to premium content and live events across the entire FloSports network. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, the App Store, and Google Play Store.
About VYPE Media
VYPE Media, headquartered in Houston, TX, was founded in 2018. VYPE Media provides exclusive content of high school athletics, offering digital and print content, live streaming, film, photography, sponsorships, and advertising services.
Founded in 2006, FloSports is a subscription video streaming service dedicated to sports, offering live and on-demand access to hundreds of thousands of competition events across 25+ vertical sports categories in the US and abroad. With a growing library of more than 300,000 hours of premium content including news, expert commentary, films, documentaries, and more, FloSports has established itself as an innovator and leader in sports streaming.
HOUSTON – Nancy Mulkey walking into the Cypress Woods High School gym is something that Virginia Flores vividly remembers.
The 14-year-old freshman towering at 6-foot-5 stood out.
But just being tall doesn't automatically mean you are good at playing basketball. Flores waited to pass judgment until she saw her shoot.
Then she did.
"As soon as I saw her shoot, I was blown away," Flores, who coached at Cy Woods until 2017, said. "Here's a kid who's got finesse, has poise, and is graceful at the age of 14. She was either 6-5 or 6-6 at that time. That for me stood out."
Flores remembers a lot not only about the players that she personally coached at Cy Woods but also the ones that she has coached against.
The now-Associate Athletic Director for Cy-Fair ISD remembers DiDi Richard's fierceness at Cy Ranch. She recollects the pure dominance of Charli Collier at her alma mater Barbers Hill.
On Thursday, Flores will get to add another memory to the bank for these three players – watching them being picked in the 2021 WNBA Draft.
"It's been really cool to see a lot more excitement for the women's game," Flores said. "I think it's important for younger girls and younger athletes to see the opportunity. They are able to see themselves in these young women's shoes who are about to go to the WNBA."
Collier, who went on to star at the University of Texas, has been the headliner of this draft class ever since she formally declared.
The Barbers Hill product is projected in every mock draft to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Dallas Wings come Thursday night.
"Yes, it was ridiculous," Flores said with a chuckle about if she thought Collier would be a No. 1 overall pick one day after facing her. "She's just a competitor. It's amazing to see someone play the way she does at her size and she dominated. Then when she went on to UT playing under Karen Aston and now Vic Schaefer, she's gotten stronger, increase her physicality and she's embraced it."
The story is already written. #GodsPlan pic.twitter.com/jDjnxyUHaq
— Charli Collier™ (@charlicollier) April 9, 2021
The next Houston kid on the draft board is Richards, who is projected to go No. 21 overall to the Los Angeles Sparks.
The former Cypress Ranch star helped lead the Mustangs to the Class 6A State Championship game in 2017 and then went on to Baylor where she helped lead them to the 2019 National Championship.
"I've never seen anybody with a touch like that from the outside and the inside," Flores said of Richards. "A 6-1 player that played with the finesse that she played with and then to go on to college and continue to thrive."
The final Houston-area product is Mulkey, projected to go No. 35 to the Seattle Storm.
But what is crazy about Mulkey is when she first walked into Cypress Woods High School, basketball was not at the forefront of her mind.
"Nancy had a desire to play volleyball," Flores said. "She wanted to meet the volleyball coach and I don't know if basketball was on the horizon at the time. I think she had played it."
That has a nice ring to it.#GoOwls👐 x #Ready4TheCall pic.twitter.com/9axbSFCH0K
— Rice Women's Basketball (@RiceWBB) March 28, 2021
Mulkey ended up going with basketball and the move paid off.
The 2015 Class 6A State Champion after Cypress Woods went to Oklahoma her freshman season before transferring to Rice where she helped lead them to the NCAA Tournament and winning the 2021 NIT Championship.
"She's a competitor. Some people have this drive to want to be better and I do believe that is true about Nancy, but she also wants to do it for others," Flores said. "She wants to do that for her teammates and for her coaches. I think that's so evident at Rice where she did nothing but blossom and thrive in that environment."
So, flip back to the 2015-2016 season in Houston in women's basketball.
Mulkey was a senior, Richards a junior, and Collier a sophomore were all dominating the scene in the Houston area, which for Flores was fun, especially when Cy Woods and Cypress Ranch faced off.
"I think my kids were always geared up to beat Ranch because it was a rival and what also upped the ante was when you have a player like DiDi on that team," Flores said. "It makes other people want to play better.
"You had to bring your 'A' game every night."
If Richards and Mulkey are drafted on Thursday night into the WNBA, they will join a pretty elite class of former Cy-Fair ISD athletes to get drafted including the Ogwumike sisters, who all were taken into the WNBA. Then, of course in the NBA, Cy Lakes alum De'Aaron Fox is starring for the Sacramento Kings.
"I think it speaks to the level of commitment that our coaches put into our athletes," Flores said. "I think it also speaks to the volume that our community trusts us with their athletes."
Over the past few weeks, Flores has been busy.
In March, Flores traveled to the Alamodome to watch Texas-signees Rori Harmon and Kyndall Hunter lead Cypress Creek to play for the Class 6A State Championship.
Then in April, Flores was back inside the dome to watch former player Cate Reese take the opening tip of the 2021 National Championship game for Arizona.
To go from watching future college, to current college players and then to watch former players get drafted, Flores takes it all in.
"It's really validating and it's cool because the foundations that you laid here within your district or your own program are things they continue to build on as they leave," Flores said. "It's what we all want is to see them thrive at the next level whether that is in basketball, academically, or in their professional lives."
Projected WNBA Draft Picks
Charli Collier (Barbers Hill HS / University of Texas) – No. 1 Dallas Wings (Class of 2018)
Natasha Mack (Lufkin HS/Oklahoma State) – No. 10 Los Angeles Sparks
DiDi Richards (Cypress Ranch HS/Baylor) – No. 21 Los Angeles Sparks (Class of 2017)
Nancy Mulkey (Cypress Woods HS/Rice) – No. 35 Seattle Storm (Class of 2016)
Other Texas Stars
Kiana Williams (Wagner HS/Stanford) – No. 9 Minnesota Lynx
Ciera Johnson (Duncanville HS/Texas A&M) – No. 24 Indiana Fever
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