VYPE caught up with Hyde Park Softball Coach John Carpenter at their 2024 Spring Media Day, discussing the upcoming season and more.
Check out the interview below!
The 2024 season will be one to remember for Fort Bend Travis hoops.
The Tigers excelled within a loaded Fort Bend district, finishing third overall (12-4) and would subsequently advance to the Area Round, in which they were unfortunately eliminated by a stingy Bellaire squad.
Despite the Winter ending sooner than expected, Travis still finished the year with a record of 28-7, which is the best the program has performed since their district championship year in the 2020-21 season.
Justin Mack can be heavily attributed for that success.
Following his first-team all-district performance in 2023, the senior guard proceeded to have yet another monster year, which resulted in Mack surpassing the 1000-point career milestone with the Tigers, in their 74-63 victory against Paetow in the Bi-District round of the playoffs.
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“I wasn’t actually aware that I passed the mark at the moment,” Mack said. “They told me about it after the game, and everybody was walking in the hallway and clapping. It was a surreal moment, because not many people achieve that in their career. I was just very blessed to hit that milestone to finish my career with the school.”
According to Mack, he’s been a multi-sport athlete for the majority of his life – competing in sports ranging from football, soccer, baseball, and track and field, which he excelled in.
However, he always knew that his home was on the court.
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“The chemistry you feel with your teammates stands out the most to me,” said Mack. “It trains you, even outside of basketball – getting to know more people, becoming more sociable. Plus, it’s crazy to think about how far this sport can take you.”
It’s not so crazy, apparently.
After all, Mack’s skill will be taking him up north to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he’ll continue his basketball tenure at Augustana University.
“They (Augustana Recruiting) have been talking to us since June, right around the start of AAU,” he said. “All the time that they sacrificed – you could tell that the coaches really wanted me, really liked me. They traveled to come see me play in person, and always kept up with me, which I really appreciated.”
“The facility and atmosphere is very professional there. So, I naturally made my decision to go to Augustana.”
Once he advances to the collegiate level, and isn’t spending his time balling or acclimating to the drastic weather-change in South Dakota (low of 11℉ today), Mack will have plenty of time to invest in his other hobbies.
“Honestly, I really like to read and cook a lot,” he said. “Right now, since we’ve finished up in the playoffs, I’ve been cooking, learning up on new recipes – especially because I’m going to be by myself in college. I won’t be getting any more home-cooked meals, so it’s up to me to make sure I’m eating right.”
Mack’s signature dish? Chicken fettuccine alfredo.
As an Italian, myself, I can strongly attest that you can’t go wrong with that meal.
However, if his high school career is any indication, he won’t just be cooking in the kitchen next Winter.
The South Houston area is loaded with talented athletes who give it there all in their respective fields of play.
Here are the UTMB Athletes of the Month, as the Winter season wraps up, and we transition to the Spring.
Victor Coronado, Lutheran South Academy Baseball
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The Pioneers are off to a perfect 9-0 start to the Spring after this past weekend's tournament, which saw LSA defeat several Class 6A public school teams to begin the season with a statement.
One of the team's key contributors at-bat is none other than Texas-commit Victor Coronado. The junior infielder picked up right where he left off last season, which saw him receive a TAPPS All-State honorable mention.
However, that should be the minimum we expect from Coronado, alongside fellow play-makers -- Marcus Cantu (Texas), Roland Aguillon (San Jacinto), and Jaylen Walker -- as Lutheran South vies for their first state championship since 2021.
Madelyn Green, Friendswood Softball
Some of the stars of 2023-24 Friendswood Softball
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Friendswood begins the year at 9-3, which was highlighted by their recent 5-0 performance in the Clear Creek ISD tournament.
This team is stacked and ready for another playoff run, under the direction of new head coach Jarrod Hunter. The Mustangs feature the returning talents of Charleigh Esparza, Chloe Aldrich (Texas Tech-commit), and Baileigh Burtis (Rutgers), just to name a few.
However, the emerging presence of sophomore Madelyn Green will be especially useful for the program, as she is coming off an exceptional outing on the mound. During the aforementioned tournament, Green threw for only two earned runs in 26 innings, with 24 strikeouts to boot.
As the Mustangs prepare for district-play, that kind of performance will be vital.
Noah Farrag, Clear Lake Boys Soccer
As the regular season nears its end, Clear Lake (14-1-1; 8-0 in district) is in prime position to win the district title prior to an ensuing run in the playoffs.
We could just chalk it up to the stellar performance from the stingy Falcons defense -- which has only allowed 8 goals all year -- but plenty of their success can easily be attributed to the work done on the offensive side of the pitch.
Speaking of, senior forward Noah Farrag currently leads the team in goals with 13, which makes him a worthy candidate for District 24-6A Offensive MVP, if not the MVP in general.
With the postseason looming, this will be a team worth reckoning.
Nicholas Partida, Pearland Baseball
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Per the usual, Pearland has started the regular season in front, highlighted by their recent victories over Aldine (8-2) and Clear Falls (6-2), to begin 2024 with a record of 4-2.
As expected, junior infielder/pitcher has been exceptional from the plate thus far, with a .455 batting average, 9 RBIs, 8 runs scored, and two home runs in just six games.
His ability to bat is swiftly complemented by his base-running capability, which makes the Arizona State-commit a constant threat to rack up extra-bases.
Pearland is vying for another trip to State this Spring, and they're already on the right track.
Chloe Le, Clements Girls Soccer
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It may often be difficult to stand out in a district that features the likes of Ridge Point, however Clements has managed to do just that, as they escalate the H-Town rankings.
Under the direction of coach Robert Boagni, the Rangers currently maintain of 12-1-3 (7-1-3 in district), which should easily solidify a playoff spot in the coming weeks.
Senior forward Chloe Le has been a key component towards, as one of the team's lead goal-scorers.
With the playoffs on the horizon, keep an eye out for Le and the Clements Rangers.
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