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The South Houston area is loaded with talented athletes who give it their all in their respective fields of play.
Welcome to the VYPE Playmakers, powered by UTMB Health, where we’re highlighting five standouts of the Houston area. Here are the UTMB Athletes of the Week!
Emma King, Clear Springs Softball
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Junior OF/2B Emma King has been one of the driving forces behind the Chargers’ success (16-7 record) this Spring, as Clear Springs aims to contend for the top spot in a fiercely competitive district (24-6A) that features perennial powerhouses Dickinson and Brazoswood.
As divisional play is heating up, King currently leads the team in batting average (.573), hits (43), runs scored (37) and stolen bases (18). She shows no signs of slowing down and will play a key role in Clear Springs’ playoff aspirations.
Roland Aguillon, Lutheran South Baseball
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LSA Baseball is in the midst of district competition against the likes of FBCA, Second Baptist, TWCA and St. John XXIII. The Pioneers’ pitching has been one of their greatest strengths throughout the Spring season, particularly that of Roland Aguillon.
The junior RHP has been throwing heat (high-80s) and racking up strikeouts all month, and he’ll be essential for Lutheran South’s bullpen in the home-stretch of the regular season.
Hitchcock Bulldogs Basketball
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A year after losing in the UIL 3A Championship game, Hitchcock hoops flipped the script to take home the State Title.
After a tremendous Winter (31-7 overall record) and an undefeated district campaign (14-0), the Bulldogs climbed the postseason ladder to eventually defeat Childress in the Championship by a score of 62-45, marking the first in school history.
In addition, Hitchcock’s Lloyd Jones III (So.-Forward), Damien McDaniel (Jr.-Guard) and Elijah Sherwood (So.-Guard) were awarded All-Tournament honors for their top-notch performance throughout the playoffs.
Ashton Hampton, Pearland Oilers Football
During the Under Armor Underclassmen Report Camp this past Sunday, Pearland’s Ashton Hampton was recognized as the Defensive Back MVP of the event.
He’s one of the most slept-on defenders in the Houston area, and yet, he has recorded seven collegiate offers -- two of which include Florida and Vanderbilt.
If this is any indication, Hampton is in for another standout Fall season next year, so expect more offers to roll in for the junior DB.
Ethan Glaze, Clear Lake Baseball
CLHS Baseball has enjoyed one heck of a turnaround from last year’s underwhelming season. After going 7-20 in 2022, the Falcons have surged into the district contention, currently boasting a 15-4-2 record as divisional matchups begin.
This has been, in no small part, due to the return of senior CF Ethan Glaze, who was injured for a significant portion of last season. With his consistent batting ability, not to mention the power to hit the ball over the fence, Glaze has become an invaluable piece of this red-hot Falcons ballclub.
THE REIGNING 15-6A CHAMPS ARE BACK FOR MORE WITH TALENT ACROSS THE BOARD ON A REVAMPED ROSTER.
Despite being upset in the Bi-District round of the UIL postseason, Klein Collins is on the prowl for a playoff run to the Regional Tournament and beyond.
With RHP/1B Savannah Carter in the dugout, the Tigers’ chances are better than most.
The junior will play an integral role in the Tigers’ imminent Spring campaign while adding to the accolades she’s already received that include the 2022 District 15-6A Offensive Player of the Year and two-time Team MVP. Carter has established herself as a leader of the pride with the supportive presence she provides.
“I’m always the loud person in the dugout, cheering people on,” Carter said. “I try to be that person who can provide inspiration and support for my teammates.”
Carter has always been an alpha and an athlete at heart. That goes back to her genes.
“My Mom, Amanda Carter, really got me into softball,” she said. “She played at LSU as part of the first-ever softball team there. My Dad has really pushed me the whole way, too. I knew that picking softball over the other sports I played would benefit me in the long run.”
It has as the 5-foot-8 Carter has become a highly-sought-after college prospect.
“I’m looking for a school that is a drivable distance,” she laughed. “I want to go to a DI school that feels like home. Hopefully, it’ll feel like I have a family there, so I’m not crying to Mom and Dad that, ‘I want to come home’.”
Time will tell where the prolific prospect goes. For now, she has unfinished business at Klein Collins on the diamond under her parents’ roof, where she can’t get homesick.
CULTURE FIT: College Park hires red-hot Coats after State Title with Desoto
Kyle Coats has been named College Park’s third coach in school history and comes over to run the Cavalier program with some new hardware. Coats was the co-defensive coordinator at Desoto High School, which won Class 6A DII State Championship in December.
Coats has been around the college game with stops at the University of Texas, Hardin Simmons, Trinity and ETBU. In the high school ranks, he’s been at Westwood, Desoto and now has his first head job at College Park.
In this can’t-miss interview with the young coach, he talks about his interesting path to Conroe ISD.
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