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There really is no way to sugarcoat it – the Astros’ catching prospects over the years have largely turned out to be pretty dismal. And none have ever really showed signs of anything that would indicate a potential for reliability at the major league level.

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The Ridge Point Panthers’ football team has been the top dog in District 20-6A recently, taking the district crown in five of the last six seasons. On the other side, the Clements Rangers have spent much of their time near the bottom of the standings since moving into the district in 2016.

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This week’s installment of our Skeeters Spotlight looks at first base prospect Taylor Jones.

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As the area’s non-district slate wraps up this week, local high school football teams such as the Dulles Vikings, Clements Rangers, Ridge Point Panthers, and Marshall Buffalos are looking to take some momentum into district play.

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With the regular season coming down the home stretch, this week’s Skeeters Spotlight focuses on the player that many have tabbed to take over at shortstop should Correa depart the Bayou City this offseason – Jeremy Pena.

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If it seems like we’ve been profiling a lot of pitchers – well, you’d be right. Because finding young pitchers and molding them into contributors has been an Astros specialty over the last decade or so.

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One of the area’s best high school boys’ basketball players is forgoing both his senior year of high school and a college career to sign with a brand-new professional basketball league – a move that comes with both the chance of wealth and elite coaching, but also significant risk.

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The Houston Astros have an abundance of young arms, seemingly able to find them growing on trees every season.

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When examining any minor league system for an MLB team, anyone can write about the prized prospects, the ones with a pedigree, major league bloodlines or eye-popping numbers. And they have earned their ranking for one reason or another.

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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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Right-handed pitcher Hunter Brown – the Astros third-ranked prospect behind fellow pitcher Forrest Whitley and recently-promoted infielder/outfielder Pedro Leon – was promoted to the Skeeters on Saturday, less than two weeks after Leon’s promotion.

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There is a lot that goes into the overall evaluation or projection for any minor league baseball prospect.

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The Sugar Land Skeeters continued to pace Triple A West’s East division last week with standout performances from all facets of the game. One of the key contributors was an established bat, while the other was a bit of a surprise.

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Sugar Land teenagers Ellie Wang and Alex Fu were recently judged to be two of the most prolific swimmers in their respective regions by USA Swimming.

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The Sugar Land Skeeters had a rough start to last week’s schedule, but rebounded to finish strong thanks to standout performances from three of their offensive leaders.

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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.

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A normally potent Sugar Land Skeeters offense met its kryptonite during the team’s most recent homestand, leading to several close losses in a subpar week.

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The Sugar Land Skeeters’ offense fired on all cylinders last week, scoring 52 runs in six games behind the effort of three players, who sit atop the team’s individual leaderboards entering play this week.

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Lance McCullers Jr. trotted out to the Constellation Field mound, and the Sugar Land Skeeters crowd greeted him with a throaty roar as they got the rare chance to see a member of the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series team take the field along with the organization’s stars of tomorrow.

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Fresh off a strong opening homestand, the Sugar Land Skeeters hit a rough patch last week. But that doesn’t mean there was a shortage of standout performances for Sugar Land, which possessed Triple-A West’s best record at 19-9 after splitting a doubleheader with the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

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The Sugar Land Skeeters have been a force to be reckoned with during the early stages of the Triple-A West season thanks to a dominant pitching staff and balanced offense.

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The Skeeters earned a 7-3 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas in their home opener as a Triple-A team. But the scoreboard was hardly the only indicator of a successful night for the franchise, which brought in new and old fans alike from all over Fort Bend County to see Dominican phenom Jose Siri and others clad in Astros jerseys chattering about seeing Houston pitchers Framber Valdez and Jake Odorizzi on rehab assignments with the minor league team.

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Cause for celebration was twofold as 16-year-old sophomores Yvette Karera and Ariane Karera punctuated the Stafford tennis program’s first trip to the state tournament with its first tennis state title last Friday at the Northside Tennis Center in San Antonio. The pair swept through the Class 4A girls doubles bracket without losing a set, beating Canyon’s Kelsey Braudt and Aubrey Thomas 6-4, 6-1 in the final.

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  The end of the season has come for local high school softball teams. The last remaining area team in the UIL playoffs, Ridge Point, was eliminated last week.

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The Sugar Land Skeeters’ new venture with the Houston Astros as their top minor league affiliate was a surprise to some in the Houston area, but those close to the ownership circles of both franchises knew they were a match made in baseball heaven. 

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  While the Sugar Land Skeeters will look different in many ways during the 2021 season, one thing remains fundamentally the same under the umbrella of the Houston Astros: the team wants to remain an affordable source of family entertainment. 

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Ridge Point High School’s mixed doubles tennis team of Mario Dominguez and Jada Hill come from different athletic backgrounds and have taken different journeys to their senior seasons. They also are in their first year playing together on the court.

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The Marshall Lady Buffalos are on top of the Class 5A track and field world once again, as they headlined finishers at the UIL state track meet in Austin last weekend.

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Clements track and field coach Jason Haddock said not even wet, rainy weather or late start times could derail the community’s support for the Rangers’ lone regional meet participant, senior hurdler Felipe Medrado.

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The Travis Lady Tigers and Ridge Point Lady Panthers overcame series-opening losses to move on to the second round of the playoffs this weekend.

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Rashawn Slater, a standout offensive tackle for the Rangers during that 2016 season, was taken as the 13th overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers.