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The Greater Houston Baseball Coaches Association will have four new Hall of Fame inductees joining their esteemed ranks this Thursday.
Langham Creek’s Coach Armando Sedeño has been the coach for the school for over 30 years and impressively led the Lobos to the State Semifinals in 2016.
During that time span, he has become the winningest coach in Cy-Fair ISD history, with over 600 victories (628 and still active) to his name. He’s been nationally ranked in the top 10 and ranked in the top 20 six times while coaching over 150 players to sign/play at the next level.
Suffice it to say, Sedeño, the 2015 Ray Knoblauch Coaching Award Recipient is a worthy inclusion in the HBCA.
Langham Creek's Coach Armando Sedeño
Katy’s recently-retired coach Tom McPherson spent 45 years coaching, the last 34 with Katy High School.
With 891 career wins (the most in 6A Texas HS Baseball), two state tournament appearances and district championships ranging in the double-digits, this legendary figure is a must in the Hall of Fame.
Katy's HOF Coach Tom McPherson
Bellaire’s Rocky Manuel retired after 35 years of coaching, spending the last 25 of them at Bellaire. He enjoyed a phenomenal career, in which he recorded 998 wins, along with two State Championships (1994, 1999) and two State tournament appearances.
Along with those appearances, Manuel reached the postseason 28 times and was named National Coach of the Year by USA Today in 1994 -- when the Bellaire team was recognized as National Champions.
Bellaire's Coach Rocky Manuel
Lastly, coach Rick Carpenter, who coached for Elkins and Prosper in his 40-year career, will also be recognized on Thursday.
During his stints with both schools, Carpenter amassed 883 total wins, including 29 playoff berths, 19 district championships and 19 recognitions as District Coach of Year. Furthermore, he earned State titles for FB Elkins in 1995, 2002 and 2003 and Prosper HS in 2015.
Notably in 2002, Carpenter led Elkins to a National Championship Title, compelling the school to rename their field from “Elkins Field” to “Rick Carpenter Field”.
Elkins and Prosper HOF Coach Rick Carpenter
The Logos Prep Lions win their first TAPPS Six-Man 1A State Titile
Against all odds, the Logos Prep Lions flexed their resiliency against the favored Hill Country Christian, earning their first TAPPS Six-Man 1A State Championship.
With only four minutes left in the game and facing a deficit of 18 points, it appeared that Logos Prep’s chances of a title were over. However, the Lions went on a tear to pull off a miraculous comeback, defeating the Knights 54-52.
“When you combine toughness and focus, you end up with execution,” said coach Kevin Edelbrock. “For us, we have a special group of kids. That's what it usually takes to pull off a victory like this, as a 25-point underdog."
In order to pull off this type of upset, Edelbrock said the team’s “secret ingredient” was his seniors -- namely RB Barrett Zgarba, LB Nathan Rabb and WR/FS Cole Hogan.
“They [the seniors on the team] exemplified what it means to never give up,” Edelbrock said. “We talk a lot about not worrying about the score or result, but just ‘Do the next right thing.’ Those young men are led by six different captains who stayed focused and never gave up. They have no quit in them.”
Kicker Carson Goldy managed to deliver three successful onside kicks to flip the momentum of the game.
“He [Goldy} has all the talent to kick at any DI school in the nation and any program would be lucky to have him,” said Edelbrock. “In six-man football, the onside kick is of the utmost importance. Throughout the year, I watched Carson really perfect a variety of kicks. To recover three in a championship game changes everything and the entire kickoff team deserves credit.”
Logos Prep opened in 2006 and started playing football in 2010. This is the school's first State Title and this could be the first of many.
“More and more athletes are seeing our University Model school as a place to better prepare to be successful in college and in life. It is also a place to have a competitive athletic experience with coaches who truly care about them,” Edelbrock said. “To win in this sort of fashion, is something that you simply have to soak up.”
This monumental victory must have been incredible to witness. However, the postgame experience will be something the players and coaches never forget.
“It [the postgame] was pure joy and exhilaration,” Edelbrock said. “We were so happy for those boys and their families, as well as for everyone attached to Logos Prep. It was a celebration like none other. The guys were going crazy in the locker room and we just reveled in all the incredible plays and all the moments that the boys made happen.”