GIRLS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Nov. 26)

Through November 26


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Highlands – 2

2. Southwest – 1

3. East Central – 3

4. South San – 6

5. Lanier – 5

6. Brackenridge – 4

7. Southside – 7

8. Sam Houston – 9

9. Kennedy – 8

10. Edison – 10

11. Harlandale – 12

12. Holy Cross – 13

13. Burbank – 11

14. Young Women’s Leadership Academy – 14

15. Jefferson – NR

NR = not ranked

BOYS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Nov. 26)

Through November 26

TOP 15:


1. Central Catholic

2. East Central

3. South San

4. Sam Houston

5. McCollum

6. Lanier

7. Edison

8. Harlandale

9. Southwest

10. Jefferson

11. Burbank

12. Highlands

13. Memorial

14. Brackenridge

15. Kennedy


BOYS BASKETBALL: Jefferson nips Memorial for Edgewood title

Mustangs avenge Minutemen’s double-OT win

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Fox Tech, Jefferson, Kennedy, Memorial.


Expectations are a bit elevated for a young Jefferson team this year, and the Mustangs did nothing recently to lower them in the first week of the season.

Jefferson (4-2) avenged an earlier loss to Memorial in the Edgewood ISD Tournament to claim the championship with a 58-54 victory Nov. 22 at Edgewood Gym. The Minutemen (5-2) had defeated the Mustangs 78-77 in double overtime a day earlier in pool play.

“We’re a little inexperienced,” Jefferson coach Eric de los Santos said, “but we have some talent we haven’t had in a while. I’m looking forward to this group (developing).”

Kennedy (4-2) defeated Fox Tech (2-4) 60-50 in the third-place game for an all-area harvest of the trophies.

“We lost some seniors (to graduation) who were with me in our playoff year,” Kennedy coach David Alonzo said. “These kids were my sophomores on that playoff team.”

In the championship game, Jefferson closed the third quarter with a 17-3 run that broke open a tight game. Junior guard Anthony Friere nailed a three-point basket from the right wing with .4 seconds left in the quarter to cap the run.

Memorial whittled the 47-34 deficit down with an 8-1 spurt in the fourth quarter, thanks largely to its ability to get to the foul line and cash in. With 2:22 remaining, the Minutemen were within 52-46.

A technical on the Mustangs 11 seconds later enabled senior Bryan Obregon to sink four free throw attempts. Obregon converted both the foul shots from the technical and personal free throws.

Tournament most valuable player Noah Soto led Jefferson with 16 points. The 6-foot-3 sophomore scored the game’s last basket on a floater with 1:12 left.

Memorial made the closing seconds interesting.

Obregon (20 points) made 14 of 15 free throws. He was fouled on a three-point shot with 19.5 seconds left and the Minutemen trailing 56-52. The senior guard made the first two attempts, but missed the third. Soto claimed the rebound and secured Jefferson’s win.

“We were expecting a championship all the way,” Soto said. “We were a little disappointed that we lost one (game), but we didn’t expect anything less than a championship.”

Guards Dominic Perez and Friere supplied 15 and 11 points, respectively, for the Mustangs. Jacob Elias scored seven, including a layup with 1:39 remaining.

Memorial senior Xavier Abrigo scored 14 points and football standout Jose Pargas chipped in nine. The Minutemen played without backup point guard Cristobal Hernandez

“It was a pretty even tournament,” Memorial coach Jon Sanchez said. “We had a lot of tight games. I don’t know what it is with us and Jefferson. It always turns out to be a nail-biter.

“We’re learning, but it’s a great group of kids. We had been substituting five and five, but we decided to go with our normal subs (in the championship game). We’ve got to learn to play together.”

In the semifinals, Memorial defeated Fox Tech 63-50 and Jefferson edged Kennedy 48-46. The Rockets won Pool B, while the Minutemen won Pool A.

“I think, when we start playing together a little bit more, we’ll be more explosive,” Alonzo said. “We had some turnovers that need to be addressed. But the boys are doing what I’ve asked them to do.”

Isaac Castro and Julian Landeros led Kennedy with 13 points each against Fox Tech. Quentan Bell and Marc Esquivel scored eight apiece.

“I think they’re coming along slowly,” Alonzo said, “but they’re coming along well.”

Nick Buys led Fox Tech with 20 points. Jacob Ortiz and Gabriel Tirado each scored seven.



FOOTBALL: Fort Worth Christian jumps on Knights’ mistakes for quarterfinal win

Holy Cross seniors finish 35-12




Holy Cross finally was presented with a set of circumstances, some of its own making, that it couldn’t overcome.

From the opening kickoff Friday at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown, the Knights (9-2) found the obstacles mounting against Fort Worth Christian (10-2). By halftime, Fort Worth Christian led by more than four touchdowns and Holy Cross’ season was in jeopardy.

It ended with a 45-20 loss to the Cardinals in the TAPPS state quarterfinal game. Fort Worth Christian snapped Holy Cross’ eight-game winning streak.

“We played badly in the first half,” Holy Cross coach Mike Harrison said. “We did a lot of uncharacteristic stuff. We gave up the opening kickoff. He went by three of our kids. We just missed him.”

Fort Worth Christian freshman Cade Garcia returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Garcia ran for two more touchdowns and finished with 110 rushing yards.

Holy Cross tied it on its opening possession with a well-executed drive. Knights senior back Greg Scott ran 11 yards for the touchdown with 9:14 left in the first quarter.

The Knights couldn’t sustain the momentum from the 7-7 tie. Meanwhile, Fort Worth Christian unveiled a spread offense it hadn’t shown in the three game films Holy Cross studied.

Two defensive offsides penalties on fourth down, including one on fourth-and-goal, led to Cardinals touchdowns. A Knights fumble set up a field goal by Fort Worth Christian. Harrison said a dropped would-be interception likely would have produced a Holy Cross touchdown.

All of that added up to first-half frustration.

“You’re talking about 24 of their 38 points came from us making mistakes and dropping passes,” Harrison said. “Their defense shut Greg down, so they took that away from us. I couldn’t tell you how many three-and-outs we had.

“They won on our defensive mistakes and their defensive line controlling the line of scrimmage.”

The Cardinals scored only once after halftime, on a 17-yard pass from Blaze Brownlow (16 of 22, 108 yards) to Kallen Walters. It came after Scott caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Holy Cross sophomore quarterback Steven Gutierrez (11 of 17, 111 yards) with 2:34 left in the third quarter.

Scott finished with 36 rushing yards on 19 attempts, but it was enough to put him over the 2,000-yard mark for the season. The senior rushed for 2,007 yards and 28 touchdowns.

David Sanchez (56 yards, 2 receptions) scored Holy Cross’ last touchdown of the season on a 50-yard pass play from Gutierrez with 8:36 left in the game.

“This is the most resillient team I’ve coached in my 27 years of coaching,” Harrison said. “We suffered numerous injuries and our kids found ways to overcome them. You lose an all-state quarterback (Cisco Flores) and go on an eight-game winning streak, that speaks pretty well of the kids.

“That’s what I’ll take away from this year’s group. They had an ability to overcome difficult situations. These kids taught me a lot about never giving up and never giving in.”

Fort Worth Christian outgained the Knights 307-167 in total yardage. Holy Cross’ defense produced three shutouts and held two other opponents to seven points.

“One of the things is that we played as a team,” Harrison said, referring to the strengh of the defense. “We had some good talent there. We had kids who had some real ability and were really tough. Our defensive line was the best we’ve had in a long, long time. Our linebackers as a whole, all four were excellent. Our secondary starrted a senior cornerback (Chris Rodriguez), who was an absolute gem, and a sophomore cornerback, who came along.

“I think the key was that the kids came to rely on each other.”

During the last four years, the Knights seniors have helped the program post a 35-12 record against a challenging schedule.

“We went into this year with a goal of making the state championship game,” Harrison said. “We had an all-state quarterback and an all-state running back (Scott). When Cisco went down (with an anterior cruciate ligament injury), we all took a collective step back. But these kids played at a level I was inspired by.

“These seniors have won four district championships, won four area championships and went to four area finals (or state quarterfinals). In most programs, that’s a pretty good run. I hope they will always be proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

Holy Cross will return six starters on offense and four on defense. The group includes quarterbacks Gutierrez and Nazario Coleman, in addition to four of the five offensive line starters.

“Offensively, we’re going to have about six kids back,” Harrison said, “but I don’t know how we’ll replace Greg Scott. But, you know what, somebody will have to step up and do the job.

“Our expectations will always be the same. Our JV was undefeated, our freshmen were undefeated and our middle school was undefeated. So, there’s some talent that’s coming up. I’m very excited about what we have here at Holy Cross and we’re going to do our very best in everything we do.”

BOYS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Nov. 29)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Nov. 23-29

Monday’s games


Burbank (2-1 ???) 67, Somerset (0-1 ???) 55

Edison (2-4) 58, New Braunfels Canyon (0-2) 52

Brennan (2-0) 82, East Central (0-2) 78

Jefferson (5-2) 61, Holy Cross (0-7 ???) 56

Tuesday’s games


Jay (3-3) 66, Brackenridge (1-3 ???) 52

South San (3-0) 79, Southside (1-2 ???) 62

Stevens (4-2) 53, Sam Houston (0-2) 43

Southwest (2-1) 65, Uvalde (2-1) 34

Harlandale (5-2) 60, O’Connor (2-4) 48

Steele (2-0) 64, Lanier (3-5) 63

Gervin Academy (1-3 ???) 67, Memorial (5-3) 59

Central Catholic (4-5 ???) 63, La Vernia (1-2) 46

Antonian (5-2) 69, Highlands (2-4) 57

Wednesday’s games


Jefferson (5-2) at Fox Tech (2-4) (score unavailable)

McCollum (4-2) 62, Holy Cross (0-8 ???) 35

Burbank (3-1 ???) 73, St. Gerard (1-1 ???) 33

East Central (1-2), 100, Edison (2-5) 64

Thursday’s games

No games scheduled

Friday’s games


Texas Jamboree

At Houston Episcopal, Bellaire

Houston Wheatley (2-0 ???) 75, Sam Houston (0-3) 54

Saturday’s games


Antonian (5-2) 78, Kennedy (4-3) 33

Clemens (3-0) 87, Central Catholic (4-6 ???) 52

Holy Cross (1-8 ???) 64, Schertz John Paul II (2-2 ???) 52

Texas Jamboree

At Houston Episcopal, Bellaire

Houston Episcopal (1-1 ???) 57, Sam Houston (0-4) 43

GIRLS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Nov. 29)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Nov. 23-29

Monday’s games


Young Women’s Leadership Academy (5-4) 48, Fox Tech (0-10) 20

Southside (7-4 ???) 63, Harlandale (3-9) 44

Tuesday’s games


Jay (8-2) 99, Brackenridge (4-8 ???) 40

Marshall (7-5) 56, Memorial (0-6) 15

Providence (0-9 ???) at Kennedy (5-5) (score unavailable)

Taft (8-3) 69, Burbank (4-5 ???) 35

East Central (5-2 ???) 40, Floresville (5-4) 31

Lee (6-6) 56, Jefferson (1-9) 48

Alamo Heights (6-2) 56, Edison (4-8) 39

South San (5-5) 64, McCollum (1-9) 32

Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-4) 45, St. Gerard (4-2 ???) 30

Southwest (6-1 ???) 61, New Braunfels (3-8) 50

St. Anthony (9-5) 37, Holy Cross (4-5 ???) 30

Antonian (7-2) 55, Highlands (7-5 ???) 54

Pearsall (3-4) at Lanier (4-4) (score unavailable)

Wednesday’s games


Cole (10-1) 61, Southside (7-5 ???) 19

Thursday’s games

No games scheduled

Friday’s games

No games scheduled

Saturday’s games


Schertz John Paul II (2-2 ???) 41, Holy Cross (4-6 ???) 39