When Austin High School head swim coach Erin North first saw 10-year-old Simone Manuel jump in the pool during a summer league in Fort Bend County in the early 2000s, there was something immediately noticeable about the young swimmer, North said.
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Kevin Kopps has seen almost every one of those curveballs during his life, but has come back stronger each time – a trait he credits to his family and his Christian faith, which has shaped much of how the Sugar Land native goes about both life and baseball.
The reason I volunteered to coach my oldest son’s youth baseball team this year was to pay back what some wonderful men gave me when I was a long-haired, baggy-socked, rail of a kid more than three decades ago. Without a second’s hesitation, I can list them all.
No matter how daunting the obstacle, Fabian Romo has never backed away from a chance to shoot his shot. The 24-year-old is giving his latest challenge his all as he remains on the watch list for the U.S. men’s national wheelchair basketball team as it prepares for the upcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo.