FRIDAY FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Harlandale forges four-way tie for first in 29-4A with win over Memorial

Southwest shares 29-4A lead after win over East Central

TEAMS INCLUDED:Burbank, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Harlandale, Kennedy, Memorial, Southside, Southwest.

Harlandale (6-1, 3-1) scored the first 14 points Friday at Frank Mata Stadium and it nearly ended up needing them in a District 29-4A game against Memorial (3-4, 1-3).

The Minutemen launched a strong comeback bid, but the Indians held them off for a 42-23 win. The victory not only got Harlandale back on track after an upset loss to Memorial’s sister school, Kennedy a week earlier. It lifted the Indians to a four-way tie for first in 29-4A with Floresville (5-2, 3-1), Medina Valley (5-2, 3-1) and Uvalde (4-3, 3-1).

Harlandale senior quarterback Brandon Ramon (9 of 14, 181 yards) connected with Caleb Aguirre for 23 yards and Carlos Martinez for 54 to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Martinez led the Indians with two receptions for 63 yards.

Memorial closed within 14-9 at halftime. The Minutemen notched a safety and 21-yard touchdown pass to senior Richard Casares from Alfred Ramos (10 of 15, 159 yards).

Harlandale’s Nicholas Martinez, who finished with 203 yards on 35 carries, extended the lead with a 12-yard touchdown run at the 8:52 mark of the third quarter. Memorial back Raul Rangel (99 yards, 16 carries) answered with a 10-yard scoring run. However, Martinez scored two consecutive touchdowns on runs of three and 28 yards to build a 35-16 lead after three quarters.

Memorial scored 59 seconds into the fourth quarter on a 57-yard pass play from Ramos to Ivan DeAnda (72 yards, 3 receptions). Manases Cano had five catches for 54 yards.

Harlandale capped the scoring with a two-yard run by Martinez. The Indians outgained Memorial 435-254. John Aguirre had 12 carries for 68 yards.

The Indians will play host to Southside (0-7, 0-4) 7 p.m. Thursday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium. The Minutemen travel to Uvalde for a 7 p.m. game Friday.

Southwest 41, East Central 21

Southwest (4-3, 2-0) carried a two-game losing streak into the District 28-5A season. A week later, the Dragons are tied for first with Steele (6-1, 2-0) after winning their second-consecutive game Friday at East Central.

The Dragons broke a 14-14 tie with three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter. Each of them was scored by senior Nathaniel Scott (193 yards, 19 carries).

Scott broke a 47-yard touchdown run little more than a minute into the second half. He added an eight-yard run shortly before halftime and a 63-yarder early in the third quarter.

Ahead 34-14, Jon Cruz added an 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for Southwest. East Central’s final score came courtesy of a 16-yard pass to Trayvon Hinson from Justin Upshaw-Mendoza (10 of 16, 164 yards). The quarterback also finished with a team-high 58 rushing yards.

Upshaw-Mendoza began the scoring with a 55-yard pass to Johnathan Jackson. Southwest had the equalizer, a 37-yard pass from Bowen Crisp (5 of 8, 87 yards) to Jaedon Johnson (74 yards, 4 receptions). Scott scored on a 15-yard run that gave Southwest the lead, but the Hornets answered immediately with a 43-yard touchdown reception from Kyle Lamey seven seconds before the first quarter ended.

Central Catholic 38, St. Anthony 13

The Buttons (3-4, 1-1) scored the TAPPS District 2-I game’s first 10 points, then pulled away with 21 unanswered points after halftime.

Junior quarterback Joseph Nava (61 yards, 13 attempts) scored Central Catholic’s first touchdown on a two-yard run and Justin Rodriguez booted a 42-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.

St, Anthony (2-5, 0-2) tallied all of its points in the last 7:40 of the first half. A 74-yard run by Kevin Stone at that point put the Yellowjackets within three. Justin Rodriguez  (129 yards, 19 attempts) restored the Buttons’ lead with a 12-yard run, but St. Anthony cut it to 17-13 at halftime.

Jimin Suh and Rodriguez scored on short runs in the third quarter. Drake Burgon added a 45-yard dash with 3:21 remaining.

Central Catholic’s defense limited the Yellowjackets to 247 yards while returning to its pattern of holding opponents scoreless in the second half. The Buttons overcame three turnovers.

Edison 14, Burbank 6

Burbank’s defense held the Golden Bears (3-4, 1-2) to just 125 total yards, but Edison made the plays It needed to win this District 28-4A defensive struggle Friday at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex.

The game was scoreless at halftime. Edison got on the board first with a 26 yard pass from Jonathan Hernandez (32 passing yards) to David Sanchez with 4:04 left in the third quarter. Jesus Banuelos kicked the extra point for a 7-0 advantage.

Burbank (4-3, 2-1) scored with 16 seconds left in the quarter on a two-yard run from Jeremy Sanchez, who had a career night. Back at quarterback, Sanchez ran 34 times for 161 yards and passed for 24 yards.

Edison assured the win with a one-yard touchdown from Hernandez on the ensuing possession. The junior quarterback finished with 61 yards on 16 carries.

Daniel Gonzales added 79 rushing yards on 11 carries for Burbank. The Bulldogs accumulated 276 total yards.

Kennedy 21, Southside 6

Senior Matthew Avalos accounted for 20 points, leading the Rockets (5-2, 2-2) to their second-consecutive District 29-4A victory Friday at Southside (0-7, 0-4).

Avalos scored on a seven-yard run and a 25-yard pass from Eric Lira (53 passing yards) in the first half. He finished with 148 rushing yards on 33 carries.

Southside sophomore Timmy Rodriguez took the second-half kickoff back 88 yards for a touchdown, putting the Cardinals within 14-7.

Southside kept the game close despite mustering just 153 total yards against a Rockets defense that forced five turnovers. Kennedy committed two.

Avalos added a seven-yard touchdown run less than two minutes before the ed of the third quarter. Kevin Garduno kicked the extra point.

The may have dropped their first two district games, but they came back fighting and felled   previously undefeated Harlandale (5-1, 2-1) 31-21 Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium. What’s more, Kennedy led from the outset.

Kennedy’s Matthew Guzman had two catches for 44 yards, 2 catches.

Jake Ramos threw for 118 yards for Southside. Noe Zavala made two receptions for 47 yards. Omar Guadarrama ran for 37 yards.

FOOTBALL: Week 7 previews (Saturday’s games)


Austin Regents (6-0, 3-0) vs. Holy Cross (4-2, 3-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

The Knights haven’t lost a district game since being assigned to TAPPS TAPPS District 3-II before the 2012 season. Austin Regents will pose the biggest threat to Holy Cross’ 10-game winning streak so far this season.

Holy Cross and Austin Regents, whose nickname also is the Knights, are locked in a three-way tie for first place.

Holy Cross has outscored its first two opponents 82-27, scoring 48 unanswered points last Friday against San Marcos Academy and pulling away from TMI in the second half a week earlier.

Its defense limited San Marcos Academy to 140 total yards and is averaging 181 yards allowed in the two games. Austin Regents also defeated the Bears (41-0 on Sept. 27) and limited them to 89 total yards.

Holy Cross stayed fairly conservative offensively against San Marcos Academy, opting to run the ball behind Greg Scott. Look for quarterback Cisco Flores to open things up against Austin Regents.

Key players for Regents include quarterback Grant Brown and back Will Zudock, who is a receiving threat coming out of the backfield.2012 score: Holy Cross 35, Austin Regents 21.

Lanier (2-4, 2-0) vs. Brennan (7-0, 3-0) at Gustafson Stadium, 7 p.m.

No one expected Lanier to be one of the last two undefeated teams in District 28-4A, but that’s the position the Voks find themselves in, heading into this battle for first place. 

The biggest reason has been a defense that has only surrendered 22 points in Lanier’s first two district games. Jefferson produced a solid 322 yards last week, but the Voks limited them to six points over the final three quarters, which came on a 69-yard pass play to explosive D’Andre Melton.

None of Brennan’s first three opponents has been able to find a way to slow down the Bears. They’re averaging a mind-boggling 64.3 points in the district, a performance worthy of a team ranked No. 3 in the state Associated Press Class 4A poll.

Everything originates with quarterback Da’Shawn Key, who has run for 849 yards and passed for 831, with just one interception. In a 69-0 win over Burbank Oct. 11, backup running back Alex Hill gained 149 yards and scored two touchdowns on just four attempts.

Brennan has only allowed 27 points this year, including six against Brackenridge on an 80-yard run. It limited to 54 total yards in its last outing.

Lanier’s offense depends on ball control, although Voks  quarterback Nicholas Garcia threw for 205 yards in a 20-14 win over Jefferson last Friday. In his second start, Joe Orta ran for 91 yards – narrowly missing the 100-yard mark for the second week.

The key for Lanier will be its ability to sustain drives, as it did against Jefferson.

Brennan and Lanier met for the first time last year. 2012 score: Brennan 52, Lanier 6.

Somerset (5-1, 1-0) vs. Sam Houston (1-5, 0-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Sam Houston has played some strong teams in its first six games, but hasn’t faced a powerful passing offense like it will face in Somerset’s Saturday in its District 28-3A opener. Fortunately for the Hurricanes, they’ve had two weeks to prepare.

Somerset junior quaterback Koy Detmer Jr. already has thrown for 1,546 yards this year (an average of 259.2 yards a game). Detmer has thrown 22 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.

The Bulldogs aren’t one dimensional, though. Back Donaldo Perez has rushed for 770 yards.

The Bulldogs have been involved in their share of shootouts, but they also have limited Lanier to six points, Hondo to 15 and shut out Poteet 44-0 last Friday in their district opener.

The Hurricanes haven’t had leading rusher Erin Mack for essentially the last two games and the ground game has suffered in his absence. Sam Houston ran for just 76 yards in a 54-12 loss to Navarro Sept. 27 and 39 yards in a 36-0 loss to Gonzales Oct. 4.

Quarterback Raymonte Prime threw for 160 yards against Navarro, but the Hurricanes had exactly zero passing yards against Gonzales.

Mounting a consistent offense is one challenge the Hurricanes will face against Somerset. The other major hurdle will be slowing down the Detmer offense. 2012 score: Somerset 47, Sam Houston 19.

FOOTBALL: Week 7 previews (Friday’s games)


Burbank (3-4, 2-1) vs. Edison (2-4, 0-2) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Burbank is aiming for its first on-field win since 2006 in the series, which dates back to a playoff meeting in 1959.

The Bulldogs also are looking to get back on their feet after falling 69-0 to first-place Brennan last Friday. Prior to that game, they had a two-game winning streak.

Edison has run a similar course lately, losing to Brackenridge 34-7 last Friday and Brennan in their previous game. The Golden Bears finished the non-district season with two-game winning streak.

For Burbank, the key is to re-establish the running game behind senior quarterback Daniel Tello, who ran for 244 yards in his debut against Jefferson. Tru Bradford, Damien Gusme and Marcos Luna also will be counted on in that regard.

That would free up Luna and Jeremy Sanchez for receptions.

Defensively, the Bulldogs will need to continue their bend-but-not break ways and maybe force some turnovers, as they did against Highlands. Edison has a capable offense, having scored 40 points Sept. 20 against Sam Houston.

Offensively, the mission for Edison is the same as last week: to re-establish its running attack behind senior Andres Aguilar. Francisco Gomez had a big receiving day against Brackenridge with 86 reception yards. The Golden Bears also will need quarterback Jonathan Hernandez to get back on target.

Edison’s defense shut out Pearsall and gave up 12 points to Sam Houston in its last two non-district games. The Golden Bears will need that level of performance against a Burbank team that can score quickly.

Edison leads the series 29-11 and has won the last six games, although Burbank won on the field in 2008 and later had to forfeit the win. 2012 score: Edison 36, Burbank 13.

East Central (3-3, 1-0) at Southwest (3-3, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Both teams re-asserted themselves last Friday in the first week of the District 28-5A season.

Southwest overpowered South San in the second half to break open a close game and win 36-20. East Central won a squeaker 31-28 over Corpus Christi Carroll.

Southwest is shooting for its first win in the series since 2007after an impressive win over the Bobcats.   However, the impact of losing senior Bryan Donnell to a leg injury against South San is difficult to measure. In addition to getting the tough yards on offense, the senior also was a force defensively and handled the Dragons’ punting chores.

The Dragons still will have a strong running game with Nathaniel Scott, who gained 204 yards against South San in his first action of the season, and  Reilly Riggs. Quarterback Bowen Crisp can play off the running threat and find Cody Johnson and his other receivers for big gains.

Southwest’s defense played well against South San, shutting down the Bobcats’ running game and holding them to one touchdown after halftime.

East Central’s margin of victory against Carroll might have been a bit misleading. The Tigers scored two touchdowns in the last 2:33.

The Hornets received a strong performance from back Johnathan Jackson (102 yards, 3 touchdowns), restoring a 1-2 punch with Javion Polk. Justin Upshaw-Mendoza completed a 95-yard pass play to electrifying Wanya Ward for a touchdown in his first action as East Central’s quarterback.

Against Southwest, the Hornets will need to attempt more than six passes to keep Southwest’s defense honest.

Defensively, East Central made a stand last week, limiting Carroll to 233 total yards.

If the Hornets can move the ball consistently against Southwest’s defense, this should be a close game.

East Central leads the series 13-7. The Dragons’ last win was in 2007. 2012 score: East Central 52, Southwest 21.

Highlands (2-4, 0-2) vs. Jefferson (0-7, 0-3) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

The key for Highlands is whether junior quarterback Jordan DeLuna is able to return from an injury, following the Owls’ bye week.

Highlands has lost its last three games, including two in which DeLuna didn’t play. Without the more than 200 passing yards he supplied, this game looks like a toss-up.

Jefferson still is in search of its first victory, but it seems to be getting closer week-by-week. The Mustangs led 14-12 with little more than four minutes left last Thursday, but Lanier overtook them at that point with a four-yard touchdown from Joe Orta and a two-point conversion.

The Mustangs, who have lost their last two games by a combined 13 points, need a return to form from back Jesse Flores and more touches for receiver D’Andre Melton if they’re to pull out that first win.

Jefferson quarterback Weston Redding seems to be growing into the job and the Mustangs are getting good results in the running game when Brian Febus is under center.

Defensively, the Mustangs are making strides, too. That will need to continue as they allowed a 392-yard  total offense output to Lanier. If DeLuna is back, Jefferson must apply the pressure.

Highlands’ last game also was against Lanier, on Oct. 4. The Voks won 21-8.

If DeLuna and the deep threat he offers aren’t present for Highlands, the Owls will need to hit short passes and, especially, find a little more consistency in its running game.

Senior Elijah Garces, who has replaced DeLuna, provides leadership and was able to rush for 70 yards. Quindon Boston produced 89 rushing yards against Lanier, but 61 came on one touchdown run.

Defensively, Highlands has fallen into a bad pattern of allowing opponents to win on second-half touchdowns. By the same token, the Owls were scoreless after halftime in their last three games.

Highlands leads the series 26-12, although the Mustangs won a nail-biter last year. It ended a six-game winning streak for the Owls.2012 score: Jefferson 29, Highlands 28.

Harlandale (5-1, 2-1) vs. Memorial (3-3, 1-2) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Harlandale got a wake-up call in its’ high-powered offense against Kennedy’s big play defense. The Indians aren’t likely to need another in the District 29-4A season.

Kennedy’s defense showed its district rival, Memorial, the way in its 31-21 win last Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium. The Rockets capitalized on rare interception by Harlandale quarterback Brandon Ramon,  held the Indians’ ground game to 110 yards and controlled the ball behind senior back Matthew Avalos.

That won’t work for Memorial, though. The Minutemen thrive on a balanced run-pass mixture.

They’ll need big plays from quarterback Alfred Ramos, receiver Manases Cano and back Raul Rangel. That was the formula in Memorial’s three wins.

The Minutemen lost 41-0 to Floresville last week for their second-straight loss. McCollum defeated them by a point Oct. 3.

Floresville gained 589 yards against a Memorial defense that had been solid during the non-district season. The Tigers produced a couple of big plays in the second half, but sustained drives have been a bigger concern for the Minutemen.

Harlandale back Nicholas Martinez will be on a mission this week. So, too, will an Indians defense that had allowed an average of 219 yards a game before Kennedy put up 343 yards of total offense. Harlandale had limited opponents to 12.3 points a game before the Rockets scored 31.

The key for Harlandale will be simply to get back to what it had done in the first five games of the season.

Harlandale leads the series 5-2. Prior to last year’s game, these teams hadn’t played since 1983, when Memorial won 7-0. 2012 score: Harlandale 49, Memorial 21.

Kennedy (4-2, 1-2) at Southside (0-6, 0-3), 7 p.m.

Kennedy’s playoff hopes got a needed shot of adrenaline last week with the 31-21 win over district favorite Harlandale. This week will be about sustaining the momentum.

Southside’s challenge, on the heels of a 48-0 loss to Medina Valley last Friday, will be in trying to limit Rockets back Matthew Avalos’ yardage. The Panthers only rushed for 148, but took to the air for an additional 212.

The Rockets may have finally settled on a quarterback, and look for sophomore Eric Lira to threw a little more often than usual against the Cardinals’ depleted secondary. Lira threw 16 times for 120 yards against the Indians.

Avlalos’ success is crucial to Kennedy’s passing game, and he’s coming off 176 yards.

Southside will need to re-establish its running threat with sophomores Timmy Rodriguez and Johnny Trevino. Medina Valley held the Cardinals to 28 yards on the ground.

Senior quarterback Jake Ramos completed seven passes for 73 yards to seven different receivers.

Southside leads the series 6-5. The Cardinals won in 2011. 2012 score: Kennedy 30, Southside 27.

Medina Valley (4-2, 2-1) vs. McCollum (3-3, 1-2) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

McCollum lost 41-24 last Friday to District 29-4A leader Uvalde, but its ability to match the Coyotes touchdown-for-touchdown until the endgame is cause for optimism entering this test against Medina Valley, a legitimate playoff contender.

A win here would be a big boost for the Cowboys’ playoff aspirations.

The Cowboys have been more effective running the ball recently as quarterback Ralph Vidal has taken on a greater share of the load. Sophomore back Mike Ramirez  has been solid, and also is a receiving threat coming out of the backfield.

The biggest development for the Cowboys was an eight-reception, 164-yard game from Jeff Valdez.

Defensively, McCollum gave up 504 total yards. It will need to step up effectiveness against the run. Uvalde ran for 411 yards.

Medina Valley made a statement in its 48-0 win over Memorial.

The Panthers haven’t skipped a beat with Bradley Griggs as their featured back in place of injured Nathan Stein. Panthers quarterback David Olvera has thrown for 337 yards in the last two games for the previously ground-oriented team.

Medina Valley has 7-2 advantage in the series. The Cowboys won 34-15 in 2011. 2012 score: Medina Valley 31, McCollum 20.

St. Anthony (2-4, 0-1) at Central Catholic (2-4, 0-1), 7 p.m.

Central Catholic fell behind early but finished strong in losing its TAPPS District 2-I opener 28-17 to Austin St. Michael’s last Friday.

The Buttons trailed 14-0, but scored 17 unanswered points before St. Michael’s notched the clinching touchdown.

Central Catholic outgained its opponent 353-302, but turnovers were a problem. Jacob Rodriguez and Jimin Suh complemented quarterback Joseph Nava’s running ability as the Buttons ran for 225 yards.

The Buttons defense will need to limit big plays from St. Anthony’s passing game.

St. Anthony lost its district opener 62-48 at Brownsville St. Joseph. Quarterback Michael Mayer threw for 289 yards, but the Yellowjackets committed a fatal seven turnovers. Mayer’s favorite target is Kevin Stone, who finished with 157 reception yards and three touchdowns. St. Joseph gained 571 yards. 2012 score: Central Catholic 49, St. Anthony 0.

South San (5-1, 1-0) vs. Steele (5-1, 1-0) at Robert Lehnhoff Stadium, Schertz, 7:30 p.m.

South San has made impressive progress since the beginning of the year, but this will be its biggest challenge.

Steele might not be quite as powerful as in the last couple of seasons, but still is formidable – not to mention one of the top teams in the San Antonio area.

The Knights are led by all-state back Justin Stockton (900 rushing yards), but quarterback L.G. Williams also is averaging more than 10 yards a carry. Williams has thrown for 716 yards with eight touchdowns and just one interception. Matthew Moen, D’Angelo Wallace and Jaylen Harris all have more than 200 reception yards.

Defensively, Steele gave up 46 points in its season-opening loss to Madison and more than 20 points four times, most recently in a 49-20 win over Corpus Christi King last Friday.

To move into that category, the Bobcats will have to cut down on the three turnovers they committed in a 36-20 loss to Southwest last Friday. South San also will need big performances from power  back Christian Morales and deep threat Juan Zamarripa (165 receiving yards against the Dragons).

Senior quarterback Darren Tinajero encountered some resistence in his second start, partly because he needed more time to throw.

Defensively, South San allowed just 48 total yards against Burbank and 211 against Central Catholic, but Southwest was able to run for 361 yards and control the line of scrimmage in the second half.

Last year’s game was the first in the series. 2012 score: Steele 63, South San 0.


MIDWEEK VOLLEYBALL REPORT: Highlands closes in on playoff berth with hard-earned win over Brack

McCollum upsets Harlandale for fourth win in five matches

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, East Central, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Memorial, Providence, South San, Southwest.

Highlands (18-19, 11-2) won its third-consecutive match and ended a three-match winning streak for Brackenridge (12-23, 8-4) Tuesday at Highlands.

The Owls won the first two games 25-16 and 25-20, but the Eagles rallied. Brackenridge stormed back to win 25-14 and 25-22. In the decisive fifth game, Highlands prevailed 15-8.

“The key to pulling off the fifth game was to regain our composure and play together as a team,” Highlands coach Jaci Barrientes said. “We were able to also minimize our own mistakes and focus better from the serving line.”

The victory put Highlands one win away from clinching a playoff berth in addition to cementing its second-place status in District 28-4A. If Brackenridge had won, there would have been a three-way tie for second.

“In both Games 3 and 4 we missed to many serves and just couldn’t really get anything going,” Barrientes said. “We got a tad too complacent after winning Games 1 and 2, but I’m glad to see that these girls have the fight and heart to battle till the end. A lot was riding on this game for both teams, so emotions were high in the gym, which makes for a competitive match.

“My girls have been working extremely hard this season and its paying off, so that in itself makes me happy.”

Analisa Garza led Highlands with 43 assists. Jessica Alvarez provided 24 digs. Jazmine Jackson finished with 14 kills. Emily Pearce added two blocks and two service aces.

Brackenridge received 15 digs from Kathy Sifuentes. Ana DeLeon made five blocks. Miranda Flores distributed 23 assists. Flores and Jacklynn Nevarez each served four aces. Jolicia Shelton-Brown had eight kills.

McCollum d. Harlandale

The fifth-place Cowboys (10-20, 5-5) upset archrival Harlandale (21-10, 7-3) for their fourth victory in the last matches Tuesday at McCollum.The host team won the District 29-4A match 25-16, 25-19, 25-18 (Sorry KSAT-12, they played three games (as usual), not two).

Harlandale began the evening in a three-way tie for second place, but dropped to a third-place tie with Uvalde (18-18, 7-3), which lost a five-game match to Medina Valley (20-16, 8-2) Tuesday.

McCollum moved within two matches of a potential playoff spot with four matches remaining. They will play host to Medina Valley at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Indians lost for the third time in four matches. They’ll try to stop the skid Friday in a 7 p.m. match against Memorial (11-22, 2-8) at Edgewood Gym.

McCollum was led by 13 kills and three blocks from Neyda Sanchez. Amanda Huron also contributed three blocks. Jasmine Cordova and Caterina Gonzales each made 13 digs. Senior Erin Stinnett dealt 12 assists. Savannah Borjas added two blocks.

Katie Neira finished with 11 kills and two aces for Harlandale. Sierra Sandoval made nine digs. Catherine Silva had nine assists. Yolanda Garcia chipped in with four blocks.

East Central d. Corpus Christi Carroll

The Hornets (17-14, 4-1) swept Corpus Christi Carroll (12-15, 1-4) for the second time in the District 29-5A  Tuesday in Corpus Christi. East Central won 28-26, 25-19, 25-15.

The victory put East Central solidly in second place, behind undefeated Steele (22-15, 6-0), after the opening game of the district’s second round.

Madison Simon led the Hornets with 12 digs and six kills. Brandi Campos produced a team-high 20 digs. Danny Alvarez dealt eight assists and Alex Pena had seven. Kaylin Mills served three aces.

Providence d. Corpus Christi John Paul II

The Provets (24-11, 4-4) were in a dogfight with Corpus Christi John Paul II, playing five closely-contested games.

Providence lost the first 25-21 but gained the upper hand by winning the next two 25-21 and 27-25. John Paul rebounded to win Game 4 30-28 before the home team was able to close out the TAPPS District 2-5A match,

Sabrina Casares led Providence with 32 set assists. Logan Glick provided 24 kills. Senor Davion Turella made four blocks. Gabby Mitchell contributed 35 digs. Juliet Alanis served two aces. Jefferson d. Fox Tech

The Mustangs (20-10, 8-4) moved into a third-place tie in District 28-4A with a 25-9, 25-22, 25-13 victory over Fox Tech (10-30, 2-11) Tuesday at Jefferson. The Mustangs are tied with Brackenridge for the last playoff spot with little more than a week remaining in the district season.

Senior Selena Garcia led the Mustangs with 11 assists and seven digs. Gabby Vasquez contributed nine kills and three aces. Five-8 senior Melanie Sheppard made two blocks.

Senior Valerie Villarreal led Fox Tech with 21 digs.  Ruby Chapa distributed 22 assists. Elisabeth Crane added 15 kills. Ruby Zavala finished with two aces.

Southwest d. South San

The Dragons (14-22, 3-3) strengthened their playoff position in 28-5A with a 22-25, 25-20, 25-20, 27-25 win over a South San team (12-15, 0-6) hungry for its first district win Tuesday at Southwest. The win elevated the host team into a third-place tie with Corpus Christi Carroll, which lost to East Central Tuesday.

Senior Kamerie Vidales led Southwest with 21 kills. Freshman Aashlyn Sulaica chipped in with 19 digs and two aces. Melissa Garza four blocks. Angie Aguilar dished 18 assists.

Giselle Mata made 10 kills. Kimberly Tobias picked up 29 digs. Rebekah Rodriguez served two aces. Brittany Martinez pounded two blocks. Erica Jimenez finished with 19 assists.

Memorial d. Kennedy

The Minutemen (11-22, 2-8) bolted into third place in District 29-4A with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-21 victory over archrival Kennedy (6-21, 1-9) Tuesday at Edgewood Gym.

Senior Bridget Gomez led Memorial with 13 assists. Jatziry Duarte recorded eight digs. Sophomore Mirande Puente added three blocks. Susan Vasquez contributed five kills. 

The Rockets received five kills from Ashley Garza. Amalee Ramos and Omni Garcia each finished with two aces. Taylor Martinez supplied eight digs.

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Matches of Oct. 13-19

Monday’s results

TAPPS District 2-5A

Incarnate Word (21-9, 9-1) 3, Austin St. Michael’s (15-8, ???) 0 (29-27, 25-18, 25-7)

Tuesday’s results

District 28-5A

East Central (18-14, 5-1) 3, Corpus Christi Carroll (15-13, 3-3) 0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-15)

Southwest (14-22, 3-3) 3, South San (12-15, 0-6) 1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-20, 27-25)

Steele (22-15, 6-0) 3, Corpus Christi King (12-16, 1-5) 0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-14)

District 28-4A

Highlands (18-19, 11-2) 3, Brackenridge (12-23, 8-4) 2 (25-16, 20-25, 25-14, 25-22, 15-8)

Brennan (31-3, 13-0) 3, Burbank (7-22, 2-10) 0  (25-14, 25-12, 25-6)

Edison (11-23, 7-5) 3, Lanier (8-21, 5-8) 0 (25-7, 25-15, 25-7)

Jefferson (20-10, 8-4) 3, Fox Tech (10-30, 2-11) 0 (25-9, 25-22, 25-13)

District 29-4A

McCollum (10-20, 5-5) 3, Harlandale (21-10, 7-3) 0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-18)

Memorial (11-22, 2-8) 3, Kennedy (6-21, 1-9) 0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21)

Medina Valley (20-16, 8-2) 3, Uvalde (18-18, 7-3) 2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-11, 25-23, 15-4)

Floresville (22-14, 9-1) 3, Southside (5-24, 1-9) 1 (25-22, 25-10, 27-29, 25-14)

District 28-3A

Pleasanton (19-10, 4-2) 3, Hawkins (4-18 ???, 0-6) 0 (25-6, 25-3, 25-10)

Sam Houston (19-11, 3-3) 3, Poteet (2-18???, 1-5) 0 (25-22-. 25-13, 25-15)

LaVernia (20-16, 6-0) 3, Somerset (18-8 ???, 4-2) 0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-11)

TAPPS District 2-5A

Providence (11-18, 3-6) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (???) 2 (21-25, 25-21, 27-25, 28-30, 16-14)

Wednesday’s results

TAPPS District 2-5A

Antonian (27-14, 8-1) 3, Austin St. Michael’s (15-9, ???) 0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-21)

Incarnate Word (22-9, 10-1) 3, St. Anthony (16-12, 4-4) 0 (25-19, 25-15-13, 3-3)

Thursday’s results

TAPPS District 2-5A

Holy Cross (27-11, 5-4) 3, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (15-9, ???) 1 (12-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-21)

Friday’s matches

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi Carroll (16-13, 4-3) d. Corpus Christi King (12-17, 1-6)  (scores unavailable)

Steele (23-15, 7-0) 3, South San (12-16, 0-7) 0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-11)

East Central (19-14, 6-1) 3, Southwest (14-23, 3-4) 0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-17)

District 28-4A

Burbank (8-22, 3-10) 3, Fox Tech (10-31, 2-12) 0 (25-22, 25-11, 26-24)

Highlands (19-19, 12-2) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-29, 0-12) (25-16, 25-6, 25-16)

Jefferson (21-10, 9-4) 3, Edison (11-24, 7-6) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 27-25)

Brackenridge (13-23, 9-4) 3, Lanier (8-22, 5-9) 0 p.m. (25-20, 25-23, 25-17)

District 29-4A

Harlandale (21-10, 7-3) 3, Memorial (11-22, 2-8) 0 (25-8, 25-18, 25-23)

Kennedy (7-21, 2-9) 3, Southside (5-25, 1-10) 1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-17, 25-16)

Medina Valley (21-16, 9-2) 3, McCollum (10-21, 5-6) 1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-21, 25-20)

Uvalde (19-18, 8-3) 3, Floresville (22-15, 9-2) 0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-18)

District 28-3A

LaVernia (21-16, 7-0) 3, Pleasanton (19-11, 4-3) 1 (25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19)

Somerset (19-8 ???, 5-2) 3, Poteet (2-19???, 1-6) 0 (25-7, 25-9, 25-19)

Sam Houston (20-11, 4-3) 3, Hawkins (4-19 ???, 0-7) 0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-12)

Saturday’s matches

TAPPS District 2-5A

St. Anthony (17-12, 5-4) 3, Austin St. Michael’s (15-10, ???) 1 (25-15, 25-14, 25-12)

Corpus Christi John Paul II (???) at Incarnate Word (22-9, 10-1), TBA (scores unavailable)

Providence (12-18, 4-6) 3, Laredo St. Augustine (???) 0  (25-15, 25-14, 25-12)

VOLLEYBALL: Highlands matures into District 28-4A contender


For six sophomores on the Highlands roster, a year has made all the difference in the world.

With a solid season under their belts, in which the Owls finished 7-9 and placed sixth in District 28-4A, the young players and their teammates have climbed up the standings. A year ago, Highlands finished four games out of fourth place (the top four teams in each 4A district qualify for the playoffs),

This year, Highlands (17-19, 10-2) quickly rose to second place and has stayed there. Two wins last week cemented its status.

“Their confidence has improved,” fourth-year Highlands coach Jaci Barrientes said. “They actually have played with a lot of confidence this year.

“This year, they’re able to execute plays, then get the ball over the net. They can be stronger with their attacks and their able to put a game plan in place. But one of the biggest things is their confidence. That comes with experience.”

A minor adjustment got Highlands over the hump for a 14-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-12 win in a District 28-4A match Friday at Edison.

The Owls had to figure out the correct approach to deal with the Golden Bears’ height.

“They were blocking really well,” Barrientes said. “We just had a very slow start. Ultimately, hands down, I would say their blocking was key.

“We were trying to put things together. Going into Games 2, 3 and 4, we just needed to re-focus. We got away from the basics and we doing too much. After that, we were able to fight over their blocks.”

Highlands has been finding ways to win throughout the district season. It has lost only to first-place and state-ranked Brennan in 28-4A, most recently Oct. 4.

The Owls also defeated Fox Tech 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 Oct. 8. Their winning streak stood at two games entering the last two weeks of the district season. They were scheduled to play host to third-place Brackenridge (12-22, 8-3) Tuesday and Young Women’s Leadership Academy in a 7:30 p.m. match Friday at Lanier.

“If we can get through this week, we can clinch a playoff spot and make plans for the postseason,” Barrientes said. “We’re prepared and ready for Brack. We’ll try to hang onto the second-place spot we have.”

The tipping point for the Edison match was employing all of the Owls’ weapons.

Five-foot-10 sophomore Jazmine Jackson led Highlands with 13 kills. Sophomore setter Analisa Garza distributed 25 assists. Junior Emily Pearce made 13 digs. Jessica Alvarez served two aces.

“In the first game, our setter was setting the outside a little too much,” Barrientes said. “We were getting away from our original game plan, which was setting our key hitters. We pride ourselves on being able to distribute the ball across the entire net.”

The 5-foot-3 Garza did not play the position much last year, but has become a consistent setter to implement the Owls’ attack. She has grown into a single-setter offense after beginning the season in a 6-2.

“(Other teams) have to adjust their blocking and defense to her,” Barrientes said. “Analisa has done well for us. Being so small, she isn’t able to block as much as some setters, but she’s held up her part.”

Jackson has been the kill leader in recent matches, although returning starters junior middle blocker Jenna Thompson, sophomore Bryten Mitchan and senior Melody Guzman usually aren’t far behind.

“She has such a high reach, her athleticism allow her to be more of a target,” Barrientes said of Jackson. “She came in late last year and she started out in the middle. She’s made that transition and has really stepped into that outside hitter spot”

Alvarez also has been relocated since last year. The5-5 senior libero was an outside hitter in 2012.

“Jessica is competitive. She wants to win,” Barrientes said. “We have girls that can hit the ball harder and put up a better block, but we need her on the floor. She has been a natural fit for the role.”

Pearce, a 5-7 middle blocker, and Garza are the only Owls who rotate throughout the lineup. Along with Thompson, she played on Highlands’ last playoff team two years ago, when it was in Class 5A.

“At the net, she slows down the ball and channels it to our defense,” Barrientes said. “She gets her share of tips and has the knowledge to make things work. If I take her out of the puzzle, it makes a difference.”

With Highlands likely on the verge of clinching a postseason berth, its biggest challenges loom ahead for a team that’s no longer on the outside looking in.

“Last year, they were so young, but as coaches we knew they could make it,” Barrientes said of the postseason. “It was just a matter of how fast they would get there. In the offseason, they played in clubs, went to clinics and picked up a lot of things. They put in the time, and it’s been paying off.

“It’s been pretty life-changing for some of the girls. It was a world they’d never seen before. Now some of them are planning on playing club in the offseason. It’s been a blessing. I can’t take anything away from them. They’re doing the work.”

FOOTBALL: Area playoff picture

Football playoff picture

These are the area teams that have a chance to qualify for the playoffs (in alphabetical order):

NOTE: Teams must have at least one district win to be considered a possible qualifier.

Through Oct. 19


LIKELY QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (4-3, 2-1), East Central (3-4, 1-1), Harlandale (6-1, 3-1), Holy Cross (4-3, 3-1), Lanier (2-5, 2-1), Southwest (4-3, 2-0).

POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: Burbank (3-5, 2-2), Central Catholic (3-4, 1-1), Edison (3-4, 1-2), Highlands (3-4, 1-2), Kennedy (5-2, 2-2), McCollum (3-4, 1-3), Memorial (3-4, 1-3).

FOOTBALL: Week 7 results (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Oct. 17-19

Friday’s results


District 28-5A

Corpus Christi Carroll (2-5, 1-1) 38, Corpus Christi King (2-5, 0-2) 17

Southwest (4-3, 2-0) 41, East Central (3-4, 1-1) 21

Steele (6-1, 2-0) 49, South San (2-5, 0-2) 7

District 28-4A

Edison (3-4, 1-2) 14, Burbank (3-5, 2-2) 6

Highlands (3-4, 1-2) 41, Jefferson (0-8, 0-4) 22

District 29-4A

Harlandale (6-1, 3-1) 42, Memorial (3-4, 1-3) 23

Kennedy (5-2, 2-2) 21, Southside (0-7, 0-4) 6

Medina Valley (5-2, 3-1) 48, McCollum (3-4, 1-3) 23

Floresville (5-2, 3-1) 28, Uvalde (4-3, 3-1) 14

District 28-3A

Pleasanton (7-1, 1-1) 41, Poteet (1-7, 0-2) 0

TAPPS District 2-I

Austin St. Michael’s (4-2, 2-0) 44, Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-7, 0-2) 0

Central Catholic (3-4, 1-1) 38, St. Anthony (2-5,0-2) 13

TAPPS District 3-II

San Marcos Academy (1-6, 1-3) 35, Cornerstone Christian (2-5, 0-4) 21

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (7-0, 4-0) 18, San Antonio Christian (3-4, 2-2) 15

TMI (4-3, 1-3) 28, Victoria St. Joseph (1-6, 1-3) 16

Saturday’s games


District 28-4A

Brennan (8-0, 4-0) 62, Lanier (2-5, 2-1) 0

District 28-3A

Somerset (6-1, 2-0) 32, Sam Houston (1-6, 0-1) 20

TAPPS District 2-I

Antonian (6-1, 2-0) 55, Brownsville St. Joseph (4-3, 1-1) 14

TAPPS District 3-II

Austin Regents (7-0, 4-0) 35, Holy Cross (4-3, 3-1) 28

VOLLEYBALL: Area playoff picture

Volleyball playoff picture

 These are the area teams that have a chance to qualify for the playoffs (in alphabetical order)

Through Oct. 19

ALREADY QUALIFIED: East Central (19-14, 6-1), Highlands (19-19, 12-2).

LIKELY QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (13-23, 9-4), Harlandale (21-10, 7-3), Jefferson (21-10, 9-4), Sam Houston (20-11, 4-3), Southwest (14-23, 3-4).

POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: Edison (11-24, 7-6), Holy Cross (27-11, 5-4), McCollum (10-21, 5-6), Providence (12-18, 4-6).