May 21, 2021
Photo from Ali Almajidi
VYPE: How long have you been playing soccer and how did you get your start?
Almajidi: I started playing soccer at a young age around 6 so I’d have been playing around 11 years. Soccer was always in the family for me. My uncles and cousins were heavily into soccer so it was only a matter of time until I had consumed it.
VYPE: Who’s your favorite athlete and why?
Almajidi: My favorite pro athlete would have to be Neymar his playing style is so composed yet so explosive and he can always keep a cool when provoked.
VYPE: What’s your pre-game meal? Routine?
Almajidi: My go to pregame meal was always some Chick-Fil-A with my teammates it was never too heavy for me . Before games me and my friend used to finish school, eat , roll out any sore muscles and just listen to some music to set the mood.
VYPE: Off the field, what is your favorite thing to do?
Almajidi: Off the field I like to spend time with friends and family. Family is very important to me so making sure I get time with them when I’m not on the field or schooling is big.
VYPE: Favorite subject in school?
Almajidi: My favorite subject in school was always English it was never a struggle for me and the easiest too.
VYPE: What is the one memory from the game you'll never forget playing soccer?
Almajidi: My greatest high school memory would have to be being crowned district champs at home against our school rivals . Going into the season the team had a lot of setbacks , it felt like we had a chip on our shoulder going into this one as we failed to come out top 2 in our district the previous year so winning that game to solidify the district championship was huge for us all.
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Once you've been at the big stage of Texas High School volleyball, you dream of getting back. For Grapevine, the team had an extremely successful season ending in the UIL State Finals- they look to get back to that point. VYPE DFW takes a look at what fans can expect from this team in the fall!
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A Look Back
Grapevine made their second-straight appearance at the UIL State finals last season and faced off against a tough and well-decorated Lovejoy team. Although Grapevine did fall to Lovejoy, the team showed nothing but true grit and resiliency on the court. They did not make the championship come easy to the Lady Leopards. Throughout the entirety of last season the Lady Mustangs battled to get back to the state tournament and then on to state. Grapevine showed their resiliency and ability to bounce back stronger after any loss posted to their record.
The team is expecting to see a lot of strong returners in Ava Shankle, Greyson Button, Sydney Engel, Mikayla Ethridge, and more. Although a handful of their stars did graduate in the spring, the Mustangs have a whole slew of leaders ready to fill the shoes and show the underclassmen what Grapevine volleyball has been all about.
What To Expect
Expect the team to come out swinging. They have lost back-to-back state title games to the same team and are on the hunt to get right back to where they have been two seasons in a row. The Lady Mustangs are no stranger to playing big volleyball and facing off against tough opponents. The team gets battle tested throughout the season while they prepare to take on the best of the best in playoffs. Fans can expect to see this group of Lady Mustangs make a deep playoff run.
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With the summer 7-on-7 season done, now we can officially look forward to the 2022 high school football season.
David Smith, Clear Falls
In only two seasons, Smith has already cemented his name as one of the Knight greats. He is Clear Falls’ all-time leading rusher with a season to play. The 5-9-180-pounder has 2,218 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns in 21 career games, averaging 5.6 yards per carry.
Xia’Shaun Edwards, Clear Springs
An ideal blend of physical strength and blurring speed, Edwards will take over as the No. 1 back for the Chargers this year. He gave folks a peep at what he’s capable of last season, when he totaled 1,621 yards and 15 touchdowns as the Robin to Ky Woods’ Batman. This year will be Edwards’ show.
Hunter Moddon, Clear Lake
A potential breakout performer this season could be junior two-way talent Moddon. The 6-1, 175-pounder has the versatility and athleticism to play anywhere on the field. He had 306 receiving yards and three touchdowns last season while also starring in the defensive backfield for the Falcons.
Layden Roque, Dickinson
The senior linebacker will be a centerpiece of a Gators defense that returns six starters from last season. The 5-10, 185-pound safety is one of the team’s top tacklers and has also shown impact as a pass-rusher out of the secondary. The two-way talent is a commit to play baseball at Lamar.
Patrick Sanders, Clear Brook
Formerly the defensive coordinator at Deer Park, Sanders was hired earlier this week as the head coach at Clear Brook. Inauspicious timing considering the start of the season is just a month away. But the Wolverines got their man in Sanders, who started his coaching career for a nine-year stay at Clear Lake before moving on to Baytown Sterling, Pearland and then Deer Park. With not a lot of time to install his ways, Sanders said he will lean a lot on the senior class. Five of the 13 returning lettermen are starters.
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