FOOTBALL: Central Catholic shines, Edison surprises at 7-on-7 tourney

McCollum wins Frontier Bowl preview

Photo courtesy of Rene DeLeon. 

 

Participants in the JDLA Sports 7-on-7 league from five area schools.
Participants in the JDLA Sports 7-on-7 league from five area schools.

 

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To the uninitiated, a 7-on-7 football tournament such as the one JDLA Sports hosted over the last few weeks at Highlands High School, might seem akin to playing softball to prepare for baseball season.

Participants, though, understand the value of spending five weeks in the summer honing the timing and execution that is essential in the high school game today. On June 24, as four area teams battled for placing as the third-annual league wound down, it was easy to see why the passing game has become the devastating weapon it has developed into over the last decade.

“It definitely helps with speed and agility,” explained senior receiver-defensive back Jaime Nava, who helped Central Catholic win the tournament. “It’s a lot different without pads, but it helps us get a feel for the game.”

The Buttons scored the last 13 points to defeat surprising Edison 40-27 in the championship game. McCollum came back to nip rival Harlandale 16-14 for third place. Highlands also competed in the league, but finished its season with what was effectively an intrasquad scrimmage.

Earlier in the evening, the other four teams had played their final league games to determine seeding for the tournament. Edison defeated McCollum and Central Catholic came from behind to defeat Harlandale.

“My goal is to get more and more teams (involved),” said Rene DeLuna, who founded the league to give area teams a local alternative to the UIL 7-on-7 circuit. DeLuna also has served as Highlands’ coach each season.

“My (main) priority is the southside. For years, these schools could only enter one-day tournaments. That’s why I got this idea, when my son Jordan was a sophomore, to give teams a chance to stay local.”

Jordan DeLuna graduated this spring as a three-year starting quarterback for the Owls, but his father intends to keep the league going indefinitely. The first two years, and the first week of this season, games were played at the SAISD Complex. They were shifted to Highlands because of construction.

He’d also like to launch a national 7-on-7 tournament.

For Central Catholic, the league provided a chance to hit the ground running with a relatively veteran team – led by Joseph Nava (not related to Jaime Nava) – but one that will have a new coach, L.D. Green Sr., this season.

“It definitely helps us that we don’t have to change our offense,” the Buttons quarterback said. “We’ve got a strong, disciplined coach. I’m really looking forward to the season. We’re changing a few things here and there, but we’re going to do the best we can with what we have.

“We want all 11 on the field to play as one.”

Central Catholic was tied 14-14 with Edison at halftime. The Golden Bears matched each of the Buttons’ next two touchdowns behind senior quarterback Jonathan Hernandez, who’ll be in his second season as a starter, like Nava.

Hernandez unleashed a bomb to Mike Benavidez for a score that tied it 27-27.

“We played well,” the Edison quarterback said. “We’ve gotten a lot better in the offseason. I believe we can have a successful season. We just have to keep practicing hard and bring it into the season.”

He has been working on becoming a stronger, more accurate thrower.

“Running still will be my first option,” Hernandez said, “but I’m becoming a lot better passer. I want to be more of a threat.”

Nava threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Troy Lozano, then threw to his brother for the extra point. Jaime Nava held on for a juggling catch and a 34-27 advantage. Following an interception, Nava and Lozano connected for a clinching touchdown.

“It’s definitely a positive to have the experience,” Joseph Nava said. “We have a lot of maturity. We’re starting to jell.”

Highlands was gaining varsity experience in the league.

“We have a very young team with a lot of underclassmen,” DeLuna said. “We made a lot of improvement from our first game through our remaining games. It’s all about competition.”

McCollum quarterback Ralph Vidal still is working his way back from a season-ending injury that prevented him from playing in the 2013 Frontier Bowl. Although Vidal isn’t 100 percent yet, he looked sharp as he led the Cowboys back from a 14-8 deficit against Harlandale.

“I felt a lot better than last year,” Vidal said. “Last year, we had a new offense and a new defense. We’ve got a lot of guys returning. If we keep coming in every morning to practice, that’s what it comes down to.”

Cowboys and Indians players were jokingly referring to the 7-on-7 showdown as Frontier Bowl II. Vidal was asked if the result would be mentioned to Harlandale when the rivals meet Nov. 7 in the 2014 Frontier Bowl.

“Frontier Bowl II was fun,” Vidal said. “Seven-on-7 is all fun and good, but the Frontier Bowl is what it comes down to.”

Participating teams all understood, however, that in order to get desired results at that stage of the season, they needed to put in the 7-on-7 work.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Martinez hopes to maintain Lanier traditions as Bernal’s successor

Voks still will sport postseason yellow hair under alum

 

Joseph Martinez (left), who played on Lanier's 2000 and 2001 state teams, will succeed his mentor Rudy Bernal (right) as Lanier's boys basketball coach.
Joseph Martinez (left), who played on Lanier’s 2000 and 2001 state teams, will succeed his mentor Rudy Bernal (right) as Lanier’s boys basketball coach.

 

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Fear not Voks fans, postseason Lanier High School boys basketball teams will continue to dye their follicles blond, just as they’ve done since 2000.

That highly visible Voks tradition will live on under new stewardship, just as it did under 31-year coach Rudy Bernal. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know that Bernal’s successor, 30-year-old Joseph Martinez, was a sophomore on the first Lanier team to apply hair dye before its bi-district contest and maintain it throughout its playoff run.

“I’m sure now, it’s kind of us,” said Martinez, who has been an assistant to Bernal for the past six seasons. “(The kids) always look forward to it. There’s always one or two kids that don’t want to do it, but their teammates pick on them until they do. Once they make the postseason, the kids really love it.”

Bernal confirmed that he recommended his former four-year varsity player for the job. Martinez, a guard on the Voks 2000 and 2001 state finalists, accepted the position June 23.

“I think Joe has a great work ethic and he’s interested in making sure kids not only learn about basketball,” Bernal said, “but making sure once they leave Lanier, whether they go on to college or whatever they decide to do, that they’re prepared to be successful.

“That was a big part of what we did and I know he will continue to do kind of the same thing.”

In addition to the two state appearances, Bernal posted a 568-443 record at Lanier before retiring following the Voks’ heartbreaking 60-52 bi-district loss to Hays Feb. 18. His Voks teams qualified for the postseason 15 times.

Bernal, who resigned his teaching position at Lanier when the school year ended, hopes to continue his coaching career at a private school. However, Bernal said last Wednesday that he hadn’t made a decision on his next destination.

Martinez is amazed by the way things have come together for him since being graduated from Lanier in 2002.

“This is a dream come true,” he said. “I didn’t want to coach anywhere other than Lanier. I feel so lucky to have gotten a job right out of college. A lot of my friends didn’t.

“This last week has been very exciting, just to realize how many people were paying attention (to the hire). I’ve been constantly receiving e-mails, text messages and phone calls congratulating me on the job. To be able to take over this program, it’s an honor.”

Martinez pursued his basketball career at Hibbing (Minn.) Community College, but sustained a knee injury during his two years there and elected not to continue playing basketball. Martinez transferred to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and enrolled as a business major.

That career path was swiftly abandoned.

“Since probably third or fourth grade, I’d been playing basketball,” Martinez said. “I ended up changing my major to athletic administration. I guess you could say I was going through basketball withdrawal.”

He didn’t last long on the post-graduate job market. Martinez returned to Lanier as a physical education and assistant basketball coach without having to do a saturation mailing of his resume.

“I kind of kept in contact and when he graduated, we had a position open,” Bernal said. “It just kind of worked out.”

Martinez’s education in the finer points of Lanier basketball didn’t end when his playing career was over. It has been ongoing as an assistant to Bernal. His mentor knew of his desire to be a head coach and regularly gave him tips, Martinez said.

He plans to continue implementing Bernal’s offensive and defensive systems, with only minor modifications.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned from Coach is his abillity to motivate kids and give them confidence,” Martinez said. “That’s what helped me get through college. Coach always reminded us that we could improve.

“He is one of the ultimate motivators. He motivated these kids to always play hard and play the game the right way.”

Bernal helped ease Martinez’s transition to the job by allowing him to run Lanier’s basketball period during school hours, starting after spring break. The group he taught was included most of the players he’ll inherit in the coming season.

Martinez also was serving as the Voks’ junior varsity coach.

Lanier will return two starters from its 25-9 team, 5-foot-10 senior wing Chris Salazar (8.3 points a game) and 6-foot-4 sophomore Isaiah Vargas (7.8). Junior Raul Solis displayed a deft three-point touch off the bench while scoring 11 points against Hays.

“For next year, that’s going to be huge,” Martinez said, referring to his knowledge of his prospective players. “The varsity returns four guys and I had a very strong JV group. The top six or seven from JV will be bumped up. I believe they’re ready to go to the varsity level and compete.

“Things are going to be a little different. It’ll be a little more structured.”

Although he won’t be quite as easily accessible, Bernal said he’ll be available for help and advice if Martinez reaches out to him.

“I don’t think he’ll need a whole lot of help,” Bernal said, “but, if he has questions, I’ll make sure he knows he can always call on me.”

 

MORE TO COME

 

ALL SPORTS: UIL realignment district assignments for 2014-16

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

DISTRICT 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll

Corpus Christi King

Corpus Christi Ray

East Central

South San

Southwest

DISTRICT 27-5A

Alamo Heights

Boerne Champion

Floresville

Kerrville Tivy

Kennedy

Lockhart

Memorial

San Marcos

Seguin

DISTRICT 28-5A

Brackenridge

Burbank

Edison

Fox Tech (26-3A for volleyball)

Harlandale

Highlands

Jefferson

Lanier

McCollum

Sam Houston

DISTRICT 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn

Laredo Cigarroa

Laredo Martin

Laredo Nixon

Medina Valley

Southside

Somerset

Uvalde

FOOTBALL: Complete area schedules (area teams only)

2014 GAME-BY-GAME

FOOTBALL SCHEDULES

NOTE: Dates, times and locations are unofficial and can be subject to change

Area teams are in boldface within schedules and their schedules are under blue headings

* – district game

 

DISTRICT 28-6A

East Central

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – San Marcos – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – at New Braunfels Canyon – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – at Smithson Valley – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – Reagan – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – at Del Rio – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *-Corpus Christi Carroll – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *-Southwest – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *b-at Corpus Christi Ray – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *-Corpus Christi King – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *-at South San – 7 p.m.

b – at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi

South San

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – Holmes – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – Central Catholic – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – c-at MacArthur – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – Lee – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – at Antonian – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *b-at Corpus Christi Ray – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *-Corpus Christi King – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *-at Southwest – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *a-at Corpus Christi Carroll – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *-East Central – 7 p.m.

a – at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi

b – at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi

c – at Comalander Stadium

Southwest

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – Victoria West – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – Taft – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 13 – d-at Lee – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – at Del Rio – 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 25 – e-at Eagle Pass – 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *-Corpus Christi King – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *-at East Central – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *-South San – 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 30 – *b-at Corpus Christi Ray – 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *-at Corpus Christi Carroll – 7:30 p.m.

b – at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi

d – at Heroes Stadium

e – at Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium, Eagle Pass

DISTRICT 27-5A

Kennedy

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – v-at Victoria East – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – b-Burbank – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – *-at Alamo Heights – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – *b-Floresville – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – *-at Kerrville Tivy – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *b-Boerne Champion – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – at Lockhart – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *b-San Marcos – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *-at Seguin – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *b-Memorial – 7:30 p.m.

b – at Edgewood Veterans Stadium v – at Victoria Memorial Stadium

Memorial

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – b-Carrizo Springs – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – at Pearsall – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – *b-Boerne Champion – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – *-at Lockhart – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – *b-San Marcos – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 – *-at Seguin – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *b-Alamo Heights – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *-at Floresville – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *b-Kerrville Tivy – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *b-Kennedy – 7:30 p.m.

b – at Edgewood Veterans Stadium

DISTRICT 28-5A

Brackenridge

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – a-Jay – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – at Devine – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 13 – *a-at Edison – 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 20 – *a-Harlandale – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – *a-at Lanier – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 – *s-Sam Houston – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *s-at Burbank – 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 16 – *a-McCollum – 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 25 – *a-at Jefferson – 7 p.m.

Thur., Nov. 6 – *a-Highlands – 7 p.m.

a – at Alamo Stadium

s – at SAISD Stadium

Burbank

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – at Southside – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – e-at Kennedy – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – *a-at Sam Houston – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – *s-McCollum – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 4 – *a-at Jefferson – 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *s-Brackenridge – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *a-at Highlands – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *s-Edison – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *h-at Harlandale – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *s-Lanier – 7:30 p.m.

a – at Alamo Stadium e – at Edgewood Veterans Stadium

h – at Harlandale Memorial Stadium

s – at SAISD Stadium

Edison

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – s-Pleasanton – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – at Floresville – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 13 – *a-Brackenridge – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – *a-at Highlands – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 – *a-Harlandale – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *a-at Lanier – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *s-Sam Houston – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *s-at Burbank – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 1 – *a-McCollum – 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *a-Jefferson – 7:30 p.m.

a – at Alamo Stadium

s – at SAISD Stadium

Harlandale

Date Opponent Time

Thur., Aug. 28 – h-Devine – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – at Somerset – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – *h-Jefferson – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 20 – *a-at Brackenridge – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – *h-Highlands – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 – *a-at Edison – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *h-Lanier – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *a-at Sam Houston – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *h-Burbank – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *h-at McCollum – 7:30 p.m.

a – at Alamo Stadium

h – at Harlandale Memorial Stadium

Highlands

Date Opponent Time

Sat., Aug. 30 – a-Floresville – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – at Uvalde – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – *a-Edison – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – *h-at Harlandale – 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 2 – *a-Lanier – 7 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 9 – *a-at Sam Houston – 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *a-Burbank – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *h-at McCollum – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *a-Jefferson – 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Nov. 6 – *a-at Brackenridge – 7 p.m.

a – at Alamo Stadium

h – at Harlandale Memorial Stadium

Jefferson

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – at Antonian – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – a-Lee – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – *h-at Harlandale – 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 18 – *a-Lanier – 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 27 – *a-at Sam Houston – 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 4 – *a-Burbank – 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *h-at McCollum – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 25 – *a-Brackenridge – 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *a-at Highlands – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *a-at Edison – 7:30 p.m.

a – at Alamo Stadium

h – at Harlandale Memorial Stadium

Lanier

Date Opponent Time

Thur., Aug. 28 – a-Central Catholic – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – at Pleasanton – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – *s-McCollum – 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 18 – *a-at Jefferson – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – *a-Brackenridge – 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 2 – *a-at Highlands – 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *a-Edison – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *h-at Harlandale – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *s-Sam Houston – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *s-at Burbank – 7:30 p.m.

a – at Alamo Stadium

h – at Harlandale Memorial Stadium

s – at SAISD Stadium

McCollum

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – h-Uvalde – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – v-at Victoria West – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – *s-at Lanier – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – *h-Sam Houston – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – *s-at Burbank – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *h-Jefferson – 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 16 – *a-at Brackenridge – 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *h-Highlands – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 1 – *a-at Edison – 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *h-Harlandale – 7:30 p.m.

a – at Alamo Stadium

h – at Harlandale Memorial Stadium

s – at SAISD Stadium

v – at Victoria Memorial Stadium

Sam Houston

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – at Bandera – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – at Southside – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – *a-Burbank – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – *h-at McCollum – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 27 – *a-Jefferson – 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 – *s-at Brackenridge – 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 9 – *a-Highlands – 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *s-at Edison – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *a-Harlandale – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *s-at Lanier – 7:30 p.m.

a – at Alamo Stadium

h – at Harlandale Memorial Stadium

s – at SAISD Stadium

DISTRICT 29-5A

Southside

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – Burbank – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – Sam Houston – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – h-at Austin Travis – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – *a-at Eagle Pass Winn – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 – *-Laredo Nixon – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *-at Somerset – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *s-at Laredo Martin – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *-Medina Valley – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *-at Uvalde – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *-Laredo Cigarroa – 7:30 p.m.

a – at Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium, Eagle Pass 

h – at House Park Stadium, Austin

s – at Shirley Field, Laredo

TAPPS I-2

Central Catholic

Date Opponent Time

Thur., Aug. 28 – a-at Lanier – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – at South San – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 13 – g-at Holmes – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – Devine – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – at Jourdanton – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *-St. Anthony – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *-at Antonian – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *-San Antonio Christian – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *-at Brownsville St. Joseph – 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 7 – *-Austin St. Michael’s – 7:30 p.m.

a – at Alamo Stadium

g – at Gustafson Stadium

TAPPS II-3

Holy Cross

Date Opponent Time

Sat., Aug. 30 – h-San Antonio Christian – 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 6 – h-Antonian – 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 11 – h-Austin Eastside Memorial – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – at Hondo – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 27 – *h-Cornerstone Christian – 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 – *-at TMI – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *-at Victoria St. Joseph – 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 25 – *h-Corpus Christi John Paul II – 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *-at Austin Regents – 7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 8 – *h-Austin Hyde Park Baptist – 7:30 p.m.

h – at Harlandale Memorial Stadium

DISTRICT 15-3A

Brooks Academy

Date Opponent Time

Fri., Aug. 29 – a-at Leakey – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 – w-at Hawkins – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 – at Cornerstone Christian – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 – at St. Mary’s Hall – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 – w-Cole – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 – at Cotulla – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 – *w-George West – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 – *-at Hallettsville – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 – *w-Mathis – 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 – *-at Goliad – 7:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL: OLLU draws from East Central and Southwest to continue its success

District 28-5A rivals become Saints teammates

Southwest senior Kamerie Vidales will take her power bat and her pitching arm to Our Lady of the Lake.
Southwest senior Kamerie Vidales will take her power bat and her pitching arm to Our Lady of the Lake.
Taylor Doege of East Central was recruited by OLLU as both a pitcher and first baseman.
Taylor Doege of East Central was recruited by OLLU as both a pitcher and first baseman.
Southwest's Amanda Sanchez (second from right) came on the Saints' radar because of her multiplicity of skills.
Southwest’s Amanda Sanchez (second from right) came on the Saints’ radar because of her multiplicity of skills.

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East Central and Southwest have raised the competitive levels of their programs over the last four years. Three players who’ve helped construct those foundations of success have cast their lot with an Our Lady of the Lake University program on a similar fast track to success.

Southwest senior Kamerie Vidales, the Express-News area softball player of the year, on June 4 joined Dragons teammate Amanda Sanchez and East Central rival Taylor Doege in committing to the Saints. Doege and Sanchez each made their college choices in October.

“Those are the types of kids that are going to just continue to make our kids better,” said fifth-year Our Lady of the Lake coach James Kling, including Saints recruits from powerhouses Hays and O’Connor in the comment.

“When they get up here, they’re used to giving it their all every game and playing a tough schedule. We need to get kids that love softball and want to continue playing hard.”

Our Lady of the Lake was the Red River Athletic Conference champion, winning first place in the regular season and taking the conference tournament championship. The Saints fashioned a 39-12-1 record and qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national tournament.

OLLU is stockpiling quite a cadre of former Southwest players. Saints senior Katrisha Arocha pitched for the Dragons before transferring from Texas A&M-Kingsville to become an NAIA honorable mention all-American with OLLU.

Sanchez said the opportunity to play with Arocha again helped make the school a good fit for her.

“We’re really close friends,” she said. “I know a couple of girls on the team. That’s what was really a motivation to me. I’d be excited to play with them.”

Vidales, Sanchez and their Southwest teammates produced a record-setting season, advancing to the Class 5A state semifinals. The Dragons won the District 28-5A championship and finished with a sterling 35-12-1 record.

Making her college choice before the season helped Sanchez play more with a calmer demeanor during her senior season.

“The season was amazing,” Sanchez said. “It’s like the same team we’d been playing with for a long time, but we all learned a little more. It was a great experience, being able to make it that far for our school and our community.

“It was an amazing feeling, knowing that everyone on the team all had each other’s back. I let loose, knowing that if I messed up, I had the team behind me. I could go all out and dive (to make a catch).”

Doege, who helped East Central compile a 24-8 record and reach the area round of the playoffs, doesn’t anticipate any problems in adapting to her former Dragons district rivals as Saints teammates.

“It was a rivalry, but not a rivalry off the field,” Doege said. “Kamerie and I have talked outside of softball. I’ve never really talked to Amanda, but Kamerie and I have gotten along very well. It won’t be hard to become friends with them.”

The Hornets standout and Kling have been in contact since her sophomore season. She said the Saints coach had seen her play on travel teams, as well as with East Central, and Doege has attended OLLU games.

Before committing, Doege took a visit to the school to help decide between OLLU and Southwestern University in Georgetown. On the visit, she was surprised to see so many familiar faces among the Saints players.

“I played against a bunch of those girls in high school,” she said, “but I had no idea they went there. I knew of their abilities. I knew it was a very good softball team. It wasn’t hard to make a decision.”

Vidales will softball and volleyball for the Saints. The 6-foot senior will be an outside hitter in volleyball. In softball, she likely will fit in at first base, according to Kling. The first baseman-pitcher chose OLLU over the University of the Incanate Word.

“I was going to focus on softball,” she said, who was a hitting MVP as a middle blocker in volleyball. “It was a plus to go to school to play both but, if I could, I was going to try.”

Vidales batted .465 with 12 doubles, 11 home runs and 43 RBIs. As a pitcher, she posted a 15-7 record with a 3.33 ERA. She will play in the Texas Girls Coaches Association all-star game in July.

“They had a successful season and a successful team,” Vidales said. “I felt like I could help out the team with my (hitting).”

Her home run power is expected to fill a need for the Saints.

“I’m counting on her big bat,” Kling said. “She hits the ball hard every time. I think that’s something we’ve been lacking the last couple of years.”

Vidales was a first-team all-district selection. Doege and Sanchez were chosen for the 28-5A second team.

Doege was a .300 hitter with three home runs and 13 RBIs for the Hornets. The first baseman-pitcher was 9-2 with a 2.59 ERA in the pitcher’s circle. Sanchez carried a .343 batting average with three triples and 10 RBIs. The left fielder stole 10 bases.

“Amanda gets after it. She can put a bunt down, she’s a great slap hitter and a very good baserunner,” Kling said. “Taylor hits the ball very well. She could eventually turn into a No. 3 hitter. She consistently hits the ball in the gaps and occasionally hits home runs. We’ll work with her as a pitcher for us as well.”

MORE TO COME

 

FOOTBALL: Green finds post-deployment home at Central Catholic

New Central Catholic coach was a career Army man

Central Catholic returns quarterback Joseph Nava.
Central Catholic returns quarterback Joseph Nava.

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Although some struggle with their transition from the military into the working world, new Central Catholic football coach L.D. Green Sr. has hit the ground running.

Just seven years after submitting his resignation to the United States Army, Green feels fortunate to have landed his first head coaching job. He had been an assistant under Central Catholic athletic director Carlos Enrico from 2007, shortly after leaving the army, to 2010.

Nonetheless, he said he was surprised June 8 when Enrico called to offer him the position vacated days earlier when Buttons coach Don Byrd retired. Green accepted the job June 10.

“I did 24 years in the military, and all 24 years I knew I wanted to be a coach,” Green said. “I’ve wanted to coach since I left college (in 1981).

“One of my mentors told me that it was remarkable that seven or eight years later to be the head football coach at a school with a reputation of being a great program. I hadn’t thought of it in that context. Even now, I’m still humbled by it. I definitely feel blessed.”

In the last two years of Green’s previous stint at Central Catholic, the Buttons compiled a 17-7 record. In the three years since, Central Catholic has gone 15-18. The 2013 team was 4-7 with a 2-3 mark in TAPPS District 2-I.

“Coach Green has a passion for helping students succeed in the classroom and on the football field,” Enrico said in a news release about Green. ‘He believes in the Catholic Marianist mission of our school and has experienced success everywhere he has coached.

“I wholeheartedly believe he has the knowledge to be successful here for a long time. He brings renewed energy that will resonate well with our student athletes and parents.

“Our alumni will quickly learn that his dedication to success is second to none. Coach Green will help our kids and is the best choice to lead our football program. I am excited to be working with him.”

Green was an offensive line coach at Trinity University the last two seasons. In his previous stint at Central Catholic, he coached defensive backs, the defensive line, special teams and was the strength and conditioning

coordinator. He was in charge of the defensive backs in 2007 and 2008. For the next two years, his position responsibility was the d-line.

“It was absolutely wonderful,” Green said. “It was my first coaching job after being out of the army. I retired April 30 and ended up getting the job May 2. It worked out just right.

“I learned a lot. We definitely had a good run and accomplished good things.”

Meanwhile, he also was earning a bachelor of arts degree in history at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Green also had multi-tasked while in the army. He coached at Moanalua High School in Honolulu and Ft. Campbell High School in Kentucky to gain three years of experience before his military retirement.

Green submitted his retirement paperwork while serving a four-month deployment in Iraq in 2007.

“The military probably helped develop the sense of leadership,” Green said. “You always strive to be in charge. You first learn to follow, then you teach others how to execute. That makes for great units.”

He helped coach an undefeated team at Trinity and coached a state championship squad at Moanalua. His experience coaching offense, defense and special teams, Green said, has prepared him to run Central Catholic’s program.

“Being on both sides of the ball, if I haven’t played it, I’ve coached it,” Green said. “That has helped me understand the game totally.

“The resources are here at Central Catholic. It’s a matter of the guys buying in and feeling the love. If the guys buy in, then you can make the magic happen. It’s just like the domination of San Antonio Spurs.”

Green said he wouldn’t change the offensive or defensive systems the Buttons have been running under Byrd. He’s also hoping to retain much of the staff and benefit from their perspective to maintain continuity in the program heading into this fall.

“It’s very overwhelming, the love and support I’m feeling from my former players,” Green said. “I’m just happy they’ve accepted me at Central, as part of their fraternity and their family.”

As coach, Green feels a responsibility to impart that academic success goes hand in hand with athletic achievement.

“I’m going to bring the program up, but I’m going to mold you in the full circle of life,” Green said. “I want to make you a better man, a better husband, an outstanding leader and just a great citizen.”

Central Catholic should return a big chunk of its offense. Senior quarterback Joseph Nava ran for 811 yards and passed for 801. His brother, Jaime Nava, also is back. Junior Jacob Rodriguez and Jimin Suh rushed for 597 and 264 yards, respectively. The first four receivers were lost to graduation, but Joe Aldrete and Troy Lozano each had 63 reception yards.

Once the first season ends, Green and his staff will determine what modifications might need to be made for 2015. There is no five-year plan for him to follow, but he expects the Buttons to be competitive from Game 1.

“It’s more of a three-year plan,” Green said. “Once the season’s over and we give the seniors a great season, I’ll meet with the juniors and sophomores. Again, I don’t expect any changes scheme-wise. We’ll just look at where we can get better in the W-L column and compete better.

“Then we’ll see if we can get that district championship.”

SOFTBALL: Southwest vs. The Woodlands Class 5A semifinal photo gallery, May 30, 2014 (photos by KJ Toso)

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State semifinal at McCombs Field, Austin

A Southwest fan proudly holds the Team 22 sign aloft at the state semifinal game.
A Southwest fan proudly holds the Team 22 sign aloft at the state semifinal game.
Draons players get fired up before the state semifinal game against The Woodlands.
Dragons players get fired up before the state semifinal game against The Woodlands.
Southwest senior Gabby Flores rounds second base on her fourth-inning RBI double, while a Highlanderfs player awaits the throw from center field.
Southwest senior Gabby Flores rounds second base on her fourth-inning RBI double, while a Highlanders player awaits the throw from center field.

SOFTBALL: Team 22 takes Southwest to new vistas

New approach to season hits jackpot for Dragons

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A Southwest fan proudly holds the Team 22 sign aloft at the state semifinal game.
A Southwest fan proudly holds the Team 22 sign aloft at the state semifinal game.
Draons players get fired up before the state semifinal game against The Woodlands.
Dragons players get fired up before the state semifinal game against The Woodlands.

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Until a Southwest team advances one game further into the postseason, Team 22 will be the standard by which future softball squads are judged.

The Dragons’ large, vociferous community of supporters likely will see to that.

Team 22, in case you’re wondering, is the name that stuck with this year’s Southwest Class 5A state semifinalists, whose season ended last Friday with a 12-2 loss to eventual runner-up The Woodlands at McCombs Park in Austin. The significance extends beyond the mere fact that it was the school’s 22nd softball team. Just as its achievements surpassed those of its predecessors.

The concept that essentially each team was as unique as each snowflake was borrowed from University of Michigan coach Carol Hutchins, whom Dragons coach Sandy Hernandez heard at a softball clinic. It was intended to help inspire Hernandez’s senior-laden team to greatness.

“Every year is a new team, different than any team in the past,” the sixth-year Southwest coach explained. “I knew this team would be different, with five seniors. At tryouts, I gave each of them an acceptance letter that said ‘Welcome to Team 22.

“I wanted them to know that this year’s team would be different, that I wanted them to be the team they knew how to be and the best team they could be.”

The Team 22 label stuck.

“When the season got going and we were so successful,” Hernandez said, “everybody in the community got into it.”

The message behind the Team 22 concept also stuck a chord with her team.

“Every season that was cut short, it was very frustrating,” Southwest senior Gabby Flores said, “but every year we got knocked down was another reminder that we deserved more. That we needed to get (to state) and we needed to find a way to get there.”

As the season progressed, the District 28-5A champions exuded increased confidence and mental toughness. They also saw their supporting crowd grow in size.

After helping to set a stadium attendance record at St. Mary’s University in the Region IV finale, Dragons fans comprised an estimated two-thirds of the announced crowd of 1,300 Friday on the University of Texas campus. Some held “Team 22” signs.

“It was great,” said Southwest senior catcher Gabby Flores, who collected two hits. “It felt like it wasn’t real, because everyone on the team had dreamed about making it that far. It was kind of like a dream come true.

“Our community support is so great. They’re behind us no matter what. We’re very blessed for all of that.”

Southwest’s first state-tournament softball team fell behind The Woodlands early and couldn’t manufacture runs in bunches as it had throughout the season. Errors also proved an unexpected obstacle. Southwest committed five which fed Highlanders rallies.

The Dragons faced a 7-0 deficit after two innings and never were closer than 8-2 afterward.

“The whole season was a learning experience,” Flores said. “The girls have grown so much. We’ve grown so much as a team. This game, didn’t show how good w e really are. You’re not going to show that in every game. That’s the way things are.

“But I believe in everything my teammates can do.”

Those were the sort of thoughts that ran through Flores’ mind as she was leaving McCombs Field Friday. She reflected on the journey she and her fellow seniors had undertaken, which included four district titles and postseason runs.

“It has really taught me about leadership,” Flores said. “My team is just amazing. The support is great. I believe in them so much and they believe in me so much. It was great to walk out of there, even if we didn’t win.”

Pitcher-first baseman Kamerie Vidales, center fielder Liz Phillips, third baseman Kayla Arguello, Flores and Sanchez were fourth-year varsity players who’ll be lost to graduation. Phillips and Vidales were starters throughout their Dragons careers.

Arguello will play softball next year at Hill College, a two-year school in Hillsboro. Sanchez will continue her career at Our Lady of the Lake. Phillips and Vidales also plan to play softball at the next level, but haven’t chosen their schools yet. Flores will concentrate on academics at the University of Texas-San Antonio and hopes to eventually become a veterinarian.

“This group of girls, it’s been an honor for a coach to work with them,” Hernandez said. “All five of them came and worked hard daily. They saw how to fail and how to succeed. The best compliment I can give them is how much they’ve matured in four years.

“They made it their goal to go to the top of the mountain, and they did it. It’s going to be hard to fill those shoes.”

Southwest will return five starters who’ll form the nucleus of Team 23.

Caitlin Terrazas will return for her third year as a starting pitcher and fellow sophomore Amanda Cerda, who pitched well against San Marcos in the regional final series, should step into Vidales’ pitching role. Miranda Gonzales, the designated hitter most of the season, will inherit Flores’ catching duties, after showing herself to be a capable replacement against San Marcos.

The senior double-play combination of Kristal Salinas at shortstop and Yanira Fernandez at second base will be a team strength. Right fielder Faith Aguilar is likely to be joined by sophomores Megan Hernandez in left field, who gained experience in the semifinals, and Isabel Soto in center.

When the team reconvenes next spring, it will need to identify the new first baseman and designated hitter.

The pieces seem to be in place for the Dragons to pursue a share of their sixth-consecutive district title, either outright as in 2014 or shared, although the realigned 28-6A promises to be strong from top to bottom. The challenge will be for a handful of players to shine in larger roles as they aim to minimize the loss of on-field production from Southwest’s most-accomplished senior class to date.

“I think Team 22 is going to be one of the best teams ever to come out of Southwest,” Hernandez said. “Next year’s team will have a different style of play. They won’t all be power hitters coming back. We’re going to have to get players on base and move them up.

“They’re going to have to fill in. They’re never going to replace those five seniors.”

Team 23 already may have the fuel for a successful 2015 season. Hernandez suggested that the loss to the The Woodlands might do for next year’s team what a 2011 loss to San Benito did for the graduating seniors, in terms of motivation and goal-setting.

“I think that group learned a lot from that loss,” Hernandez said. “Hopefully, this group will learn a lot from losing (the game Friday) and have the itch to return. Hopefully, this gets them going.”

BASEBALL: Sub-5A strikes blow for little guys with win over 5A

Small-school team wins 31st Valley-Hi Optimists game

Burbank's Tristan Settles contributed to the Sub-5A victory in the 31st Valley-Hi Optimists all-star game Saturday.
Burbank’s Tristan Settles contributed to the Sub-5A victory in the 31st Valley-Hi Optimists all-star game Saturday.
Highlands’ Steven Martinez was an outfielder for a day on the winning Sub-5A squad.

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It only took Jongregory Gonzales one at-bat at the 31st Valley-Hi Optimist Club high school baseball all-star game to demonstrate why he was a key member of Brackenridge’s team the last three years.

Gonzales walked with one out in the third inning and scored the go-ahead run for the victorious Sub-5A team on an error with one out in the third. The Brack senior and his teammates defeated the Class 5A/Private School team 6-4 last Saturday at the Frank Tejeda Complex.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase your talent,” said Gonzales, who hopes to make the University of Texas-San Antonio team as a non-scholarship player. “To show scouts and people you can play baseball.

“Every pitcher did well. The pitching surprised me. I didn’t think they’d be that good.”

The game, after all, is intended as a showcase for the area’s best senior players – as well as an opportunity to help the Optimists to generate scholarships for worthy students.

Nine area players, representing eight schools, competed in the game. Players were divided along classification lines, creating a David-and-Goliath situation. In previous years, it was an East vs.West game.

“I was kind of intimidated (by 5A) when I was watching in-and-out ,” Lanier’s Hector DeHoyos said, referring to pre-game warm-ups, “but when we scored in the first inning, I knew we were good.”

Gonzales primarily was a courtesy runner as a freshman. Throughout his career, his speed has presented problems for opponents. It was 5A’s turn.

With the score 1-1, Gonzales drew a base on balls and stole second. Sub-5A’s Bubba Miculka, Seguin’s ace pitcher who had dueled Antonian left-hander Troy Garcia on even terms, hit a misplayed grounder that sparked a three-run rally by sending the Eagles runner home.

“When I got those four balls,” said Gonzales, who singled later, “I just wanted to make them make a throw.”

Jacob Arevalo of Pleasanton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Michael DeLeon of Brennan hit a sacrifice fly for a 4-1 lead. DeHoyos kept the 5A team scoreless over the fourth and fifth innings.

Fittingly, the relief stint ended when DeHoyos retired his namesake – 5A outfielder Hector DeHoyos of Holmes – for the final out in the top half of the fifth.

It, therefore, seemed eerily appropriate when the other DeHoyos made a diving catch in left field on a sinking fly ball from Randolph’s Colin Toth that ended the fifth with a Sub-5A runner on third base.

“It felt good to be out there with these great players,” the pitching DeHoyos said. “I felt like I pitched a good game. My curve ball and change-up were working. As long as I could get ground balls, my team was there to help.

“I was throwing bullpens last week, just to get ready.”

The teams traded runs in the first two innings.

Donaldo Perez – who shares his name with his father, Somerset’s coach – broke the ice after lining a base hit that got by the 5A outfielder for a two-base error in the first inning. Perez then scored the unearned run on a passed ball.

By the way, the elder Donaldo Perez was an assistant to Sub-5A coach Romeo Barrera of Burbank.

Garcia reached base on an error in the second inning and scored after reaching third on a passed ball. Brandon Colorado (MacArthur) supplied the tying RBI single for 5A.

Central Catholic right-hander Josh Godfrey, who singled for 5A in the fourth, gave his team a chance to win by allowing just one sub-5A run between the fourth and sixth.

“It was very exciting to get that one hit,” Godfrey said. “Then I could go pitch with a lot of momentum going into the next inning.”

Godfrey said he didn’t realize he’d signed on for such strenuous duty, but was a willing volunteer when 5A coach Xavier Garcia of Brandeis asked him if he felt like pitching..

“I didn’t really expect it,” said Godfrey, who may try to earn a spot on the Blinn Junior College team, “but the coach asked me if I could. I said I’d love to do it. He said, ‘Go in now.’

“I felt pretty good. It was pretty exciting, seeing guys from all around the city. It was a really phenomenal experience.”

O’Connor’s Billy Craft made it 4-2 in the sixth with a double to right-center, drving in Enrique Ruiz (Brandeis) and enabling the 5A group to set up a rousing finish. It was the only run Memorial pitcher Ivan DeAnda surrendered, while striking out five and giving up four hits over three innings.

Sub-5A had added a little bit of cushion in the sixth when Brandon Kerr (Somerset) scored after drawing a walk. Gonzales and Somerset teammate Kevin Vasquez moved Kerr along with base hits, allowing the utility player to take home on a wild pitch.

DeAnda helped his own cause by slamming an opposite-field double in the bottom of the eighth. DeHoyos followed with a sacrifice fly that brought in Victor Gonzalez (Natalia) for a 6-2 advantage.

The Lanier standout, who intends to try to walk on at Sul Ross State University, understood his role with one out, runners on second and third and his team looking for an insurance run.

“It felt good,” he said. “With runners in scoring position, I was always taught to hit it to the right side and try to get the run in.”

In the ninth, facing a 6-2 deficit, 5A’s Adrian Lopez (Jay) and Jameal Wolford (Wagner) reached base on errors ahead of an RBI single from Trevor Antrim (Lee). A walk to Taft’s Michael Hernandez loaded the bases with one out.

Kennedy’s Isiaha Garcia took a throw at first base as a run scored on a ground out, pulling 5A within 6-4. Garcia checked for Antrim, wheeled and fired home to complete a game-ending double play.

“I saw (the grounder) go to second base,” Garcia said. “They had bases loaded, so I knew they’d try for two more. As soon as I caught it, I looked and I could see the coach was sending the runner, sure enough. As soon as I threw it, I knew I had him.”

Garcia, a standout tight end during football season, was glad to be selected from tryouts for the game.

“I had fun,” the prospective St. Philip’s College student said. “It was a good group of guys. It was nice to see old friends and make new friends. There were a lot of friendly people here.”

Proceeds from the game went toward the Optimist Club scholarship fund.

Valley-Hi Optimists All-Star Game

Area participants

5A/Private schools

Central Catholic – Josh Godfrey; East Central – Russell Brown.

Sub-5A

BrackenridgeJongregory Gonzales; Burbank – Jonathan Alanis, Tristan Settles; Highlands – Steven Martinez; Kennedy – Isiaha Garcia; Lanier – Hector DeHoyos; Memorial – Ivan DeAnda.