VOLLEYBALL: Holy Cross, Providence reach area round

Knights win district title; Provets down St. Michael’s

Holy Cross sophomore libero Daisy Flores made 29 digs against Victoria St. Joseph.
Holy Cross sophomore libero Daisy Flores made 29 digs against Victoria St. Joseph.























AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Holy Cross, Providence.



Holy Cross hadn’t defeated Victoria St. Joseph in the previous eight years of its history, but the Knights accomplished it for the second time this season Oct. 21 to secure first place in TAPPS District 4-4A.

The Knights (35-13, 15-1) dropped Game 4 and fell behind in the decisive game. However, they surged into the lead, watched St. Joseph (41-2, 15-1) recover and then put the match away by scoring five of the last six points.

“They got a head start, but we kept our poise,” Holy Cross coach Ruben Calderon said. “Victoria came into the game with momentum. I’m happy we were able to make those (kills).”

The Knights won the first-place tiebreaker match 25-20, 25-16, 19-25, 21-25, 15-12 against the two-time state semifinalist and defending district champion. The Flyers won the first meeting between the teams on Aug. 27 at Holy Cross.

“That just helped us build our confidence,” Knights junior Victoria Gonzalez said of the regular-season victory Sept. 30 at St. Joseph. “We became a better team because of them.”

The victory advanced the Knights to the area round. Providence (18-19, 7-9) won two matches last week and also will play in the area round at Houston St. Agnes.

Holy Cross was scheduled to play Houston Northland Christian (19-8) at noon Friday. If they win, they’ll play the Austin Regents-Fort Bend Christian winner in the state quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Gonzalez suggested that Holy Cross wants to keep its momentum alive all the way to the state championship.

“This is huge for our program,” Calderon said. “It’s really motivated our kids. They played very smart and very

focused. This had been a huge missing piece for our program. I think we’ve gotten there.”

Victoria St. Joseph had a 3-1 lead in Game 5 when Gonzalez, who contributed three blocks, made a kill that landed just inside the back line. The game progressed point-by-point until the Knights grabbed a 6-5 advantage on a setting error.

The Flyers tied it with a block, but Gonzalez started a string of three-consecutive points with a back-row kill. With Kimberley Butcher (28 assists) serving, the sophomore setter hustled to make a tip and St. Joseph made an error that gave the Knights a 9-6 lead.

Despite the tie, they never trailed again.

Anna Zuniga was able to put down a tip off a misplaced set that maintained a 10-8 edge. A kill from sophomore outside hitter Henrianna Ibarra (29 kills, 3 aces) held the margin with a kill off a great pass.

“As a captain, I knew I had to carry my team,” Gonzalez said. “Henrianna and I had to get them going. Once we get going, nobody can stop us.”

A soft kill from Carly Moran and kill from middle blocker Christina Janak enabled the Flyers to tie the score 11-11. However, St. Joseph made a hitting error and Gonzalez skied for a big kill to make it 13-11. Freshman Autumn Lopez followed with an ace that put the Knights at match point.

Successful serving was a key to Holy Cross’ victory.

“Our game plan was to serve short and keep them out off the net,” Calderon said. “After the first two games, they made adjustments. After that, I called a timeout and we started serving deep. Fortunately, we were successful.”

After a Holy Cross point, Ibarra finished the match with a soft kill. Libero Daisy Flores produced 29 digs for the Knights.


The Provets found their way to Houston St. Agnes by winning a fourth-place tiebreaker at

Cornerstone Christian Oct. 21 and a bi-district match 26-24, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20 at Austin St. Michael’s (17-12) Oct. 24.

Freshman Jazzmyne Williams led Providence against St. Michael’s with 17 kills and four aces. Mia Ybarra distributed 31 assists.

Providence will play Austin Hyde Park Baptist (21-14) 6 p.m. Friday. The winner could play either Victoria St. Joseph or Houston Lutheran South at 1 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.

VOLLEYBALL: Brack comeback qualifies Eagles for postseason

Jefferson upsets Highlands to qualify

Brackenridge's Eshe Malone hits in a previous match.
Brackenridge’s Eshe Malone hits in a previous match.


























AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Jefferson.



Two teams seeking the same goal battled to the brink Tuesday at Alamo Convocation Center.

It became clear in the early stages of the match that mental toughness was going to be paramount. Jefferson was two points from closing out a victory in Game 5 when Brackenridge (14-23, 10-5) made the final push that resulted in a 26-24, 18-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-13 win.

“The key for our team was consistency,” Brackenridge coach Chandra Kerley said. “We had to score more points, not give them away. I told them to focus on one point at a time.

“I told them, ‘They want to take that third-place position from you.’ ”

Both teams want to hold their ground and not fall to fourth place because that would pit them powerhouse Alamo Heights, which leads District 27-SA and is No. 2 in the Express-News area rankings, in the bi-district round. The win Tuesday gave the Eagles a temporary hold on third place.

“I’m very happy with this victory,” Kerley said. “This puts us in great position.”

However, Friday while Brackenridge was idle, Jefferson (25-9, 10-5) upset second-place Highlands (24-11, 12-2) on the same court to forge a third-place tie. McCollum (23-8, 15-0) clinched the district championship Oct. 21.

“We took advantage of every opportunity we had to pass, set and hit,” Jefferson coach Theresa Ralston said of the Highlands match. “The girls are really excited for the end of the season. That was a well-deserved and hard-fought victory.”

Brackenridge qualified for its eighth consecutive playoff appearance. Jefferson advanced for the sixth time I n the last seven seasons under Ralston.

The Eagles ended the 28-5A season 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against Highlands at the Alamo Convocation Center. The Mustangs will finish against sixth-place Edison (14-23, 6-9) in an 8 p.m. match at the ACC.

They are two of the area’s 10 current playoff qualifiers. Others are: Brooks Academy, East Central (23-15, 9-0), Highlands, Holy Cross, McCollum, Providence, Southside (18-15, 8-5) and Southwest (20-16, 5-4). East Central clinched the District 28-6A championship.

South San (17-19, 3-6) also had a chance to qualify, depending on the outcome of its final match Tuesday at East Central. The Bobcats are tied for fourth in 28-6A with Corpus Christi Ray.

Brackenridge qualified for its eighth consecutive playoff appearance. Jefferson advanced for the sixth time I n the last seven seasons under Ralston.

After tying the match in Game 4,Jefferson senior Gabby Vasquez produced five of her match-high 21 kills to stake the Mustangs to a 13-9 lead in the final game.

“We had them in every game,” Ralston said, “but we couldn’t maintain our momentum and energy to close it out.”

Eagles senior Jolicia Shelton-Brown (9 kills) landed a tip that slashed Jefferson’s lead to three points. Then the Mustangs made three consecutive errors. Shelton-Brown finished a long point with a kill to secure the win.

“It means a lot to me, being a senior,” she said. “I’m very proud of the girls. We’ve come a long way from where we started out. We need to push on.”

Vasquez, who also had 21 kills Oct. 17 against Young Women’s Leadership Academy, made two consecutive kills early in Game 2, helping the Mustangs reverse Brackenridge’s momentum. Jefferson setter Angela Hardcastle (26 assists, 2 aces, 2 blocks) called increasingly on the senior leader down the stretch.

“I think she realized how important this match was,” Ralston said. “We need to find her when she’s ‘on.’ She wants that challenge and her teammates try to find her.”

Vasquez put down a kill on a high, outside set to finish Game 4. She added two straight kills in Game 5 that helped the Mustangs grab a 4-1 advantage in the 15-point format. A block from Hardcastle and Vasquez’s 20th kill extended the lead to 11-8.

“(Kerley) made us get our heads in the game,” Shelton-Brown said. “We just fought.”

Jasmin Gutierrez made seven blocks for the Eagles. Senior Kathy Sifuentes finished with six digs.

“It means a lot to me, being a senior,” Shelton-Brown said. “I’m very proud of the girls. We’ve come a long way from where we started out. We need to push on.”

Cecilia Campos recorded an amazing 59 digs for the Mustangs. Marisol Montejano also made two blocks. Madelyn Chavez served a pair of aces.

For Jefferson, Campos had team bests of 37 digs and three aces. Vasquez recorded 13 kills. Hardcastle added 13 assists.

“I thought we communicated better,” Ralston said. “We had a better chemistry and worked better together all the way around.”

Highlands received eight kills from Jazmine Jackson, 21 digs from Kiara Pesina and nine assists from Analisa Garza.

FOOTBALL: Collier, Herrera carry Cardinals back to first

Southside sets up first-place showdown with Uvalde



Southside senior Eliud Mendez helped the Cardinals' defense hold Medina Valley to 14 points.
Southside senior Eliud Mendez helped the Cardinals’ defense hold Medina Valley to 14 points.

























Southside officially survived its District 29-5A setback to earn another crack at first place.

A week after incurring an upset loss to Laredo Martin, Southside (7-1, 4-1) romped to a 35-14 home win over Medina Valley (2-6, 2-3) Friday. The victory helped reshape the district standings and land the Cardinals in first.

Southside, Somerset (5-2, 4-1) and Uvalde (7-1, 4-1) all were tied for first place after Friday’s games. The Cardinals play at Uvalde this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

“That’s what we’ve been going after the whole time,” Southside senior quarterback Brandon Herrera said. “We want to win first place in the district, then go to the playoffs.”

The first half belonged to Herrera. After halftime, sophomore back Matt Collier (302 yards, 27 carries) took center stage for the Cardinals Friday at Southside Stadium. Herrera (170 yards, 18 carries) scored three first-half touchdowns and Collier added two in the second half as Southside

The combination was too much for Medina Valley to cope with.

“I thought we played much harder this week,” Southside coach Ricky Lock said. “Our line blocked better. We’ve got Uvalde next week, that’s going to be a big game.”

Medina Valley didn’t score until 3:02 remained in the third quarter. Quarterback Bradley Griggs ran four yards for the touchdown, following an interception from Cody Moos. The Panthers were within 19-7.

Collier gained 167 rushing yards in the fourth quarter alone, enabling the Cardinals to put the game out of reach.

The sophomore ran 31 yards with 10:47 remaining. His 60-yard run led to a 21-yard field goal from Zach Henry on Southside’s next possession, increasing the Cardinals lead to 28-7. Little more than a minute later, he rambled 76 yards on a misdirection play for his second touchdown.

Moos scored on a 46-yard pass play from Griggs (15 of 37, 203 yards) with exactly a minute remaining. Medina Valley had thrown nine consecutive incomplete passes at the start of the fourth quarter as Southside applied more and more pressure on the passer.

“Coach (Steve) Hale and his staff do a good job,” Lock said, referring to the Panthers coach. “We were able to keep pressure on (Griggs). They got a few points against us, but I think we did a good job of containing them for the most part.”

Herrera’s role was to establish control for Southside, which was important after two late turnovers led to the loss against Martin. He has grown increasingly comfortable in the role he inherited after starting quarterback Jonny Trevino suffered an injury three weeks earlier.

The former wide receiver hadn’t taken a snap at quarterback until then.

“My coaches prepared me great,” Herrera said. “Now I’m just building on it. All the guys played well tonight. That gave me confidence.”

The senior quarterback scored on a 12-yard run with 42 seconds left in the first quarter at the end of a 13-play, 98-yard drive. On the second play after the first of two interceptions from Cardinals freshman Johnny Herrera, the senior dashed around the left side and broke an 88-yard run.

On the Cardinals’ next possession, Herrera ran 13 yards for a touchdown that made it 19-0 at halftime. A 39-yard carry by Collier set up the score.

“Brandon’s doing a good job of executing,” Lock said. ”We got an offensive lineman back (from injury), and that helped, too. Everybody’s been doing their share.

“We’re just trying to get better every week.”

The Cardinals limited Medina Valley to 37 rushing yards and 240 total yards. Southside amassed 548 yards, including 487 on the ground.

Southside senior receiver David Garza caught four passes for 52 yards.

FOOTBALL: Week 9 previews (Friday’s games)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking




#11 Edison (2-5, 2-3) vs. #8 Burbank (4-3, 3-2) at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Burbank wants to avoid a flashback to 2013, when the Bulldogs were riding high going into their game against the Golden Bears and saw their offense get shut down.

Burbank has not claimed an on-field win in the series since 2006, and must feel a little snakebit. Edison has a seven-game winning streak.

Of course, the Bulldogs were without their quarterback and leader Daniel Tello at that point.

Tello is back and having a remarkable senior year, something Edison will have to contend with if it’s to pull off another upset. The mobile and crafty quarterback has run for 967 yards and passed for 649 this year.

The emergence of running threats Rubyn Salazar and Devin Gusme has made Tello more dangerous. Tru Bradford, who splits time in the secondary, has stepped forward as a solid receiver to complement Jordan Santos.

It’s an encouraging sign for Edison that Highlands was able to put up 34 points against the Bulldogs defense in a six-point loss last Friday.

This could very well become a battle of tempos, with Burbank aiming to control the ball and Edison wanting to speed things up.

The Golden Bears mustered 341 total yards last Friday in a 21-13 loss to District 28-5A leader Sam Houston.

Edison quarterback Jonathan Hernandez is similar to Tello as a run-pass threat. He threw for 118 and ran for 100 yards against the Hurricanes. The Golden Bears, though, have been their best when he doesn’t have to carry such a large share of the offense.

Getting more production out of back Livan Hernandez and receiver David Sanchez could be a key for Edison.

. Series leader (record): Edison (30-11). 2013 score:  Edison 14, Burbank 6. 2014 favorite: Burbank.

#9 Harlandale (4-3, 3-2) vs. #3 Sam Houston (6-2, 6-0) at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Harlandale re-asserted its defensive ability last Friday in a 28-17 win over Lanier, while Sam Houston seemed to struggle to a 21-13 win over Edison.

In reality, though, the Hurricanes more likely relied on their defense during a ball-control second half.

Harlandale’s defensive front kept a lot of pressure on Lanier quarterback Jeremiah Esquivel and that’s going to have to be a part of the formula if the Indians are to upset Sam Houston.

Hurricanes junior quarterback Raymonte Prime has shown a lot of poise and his line hasn’t been vulnerable so far. It won’t be easy to accomplish.

Conversely, Sam Houston’s quickness and physicality defensively has consistently kept the heat on its opponents. If Harlandale’s improving junior quarterback Jacob Delgado is to give his team a shot, he’ll have to avoid interceptions.

The other side of the coin is that John Aguirre will need to crank out another 100-yard rushing game. He’s getting some help, though, from Vincent Hernandez.

Sam Houston has a balanced offense, meaning that the opposition never knows whether it will run or pass on first down. The Edison game was back Devin Harris’ time to shine, with 116 rushing yards and 78 reception yards. But Prime will take whatever the defense gives him.

Harlandale notched a third-place tie in District 28-5A last week and wants to stay ahead of the chase pack. The Hurricanes already are in the playoffs. Their challenge now is to keep playing at a high level this week and next, as they have a bye in Week 11.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Harlandale.

#14 Highlands (0-7, 0-5) vs. #15 McCollum (1-6, 1-4) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

The challenge for both teams is to put together four good quarters, or at least make the best showing in the fourth quarter.

Both teams have pulled up short of the finish line a few too many times this year. Highlands has an eight-game losing streak that dates to . McCollum has lost its last four games.

On the other hand, each has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks.

Highlands opened up its offense against Burbank and was able to stay with the Bulldogs until the end in a 40-34 loss last Friday. Quarterback John Cervantes threw for a career-best 172 yards.

The Owls produced several big plays, including a pair of long touchdown receptions from senior receiver Bruce Moody. Moody caught four passes for 134 yards.

Highlands’ Armando Ferguson took two kickoff returns back for touchdowns, so McCollum’s mission will be to prevent him from seeing the ball.

McCollum also had a healthy offense in its last game. The Cowboys also threw deep more than usual, with senior quarterback Ralph Vidal netting a career-best 268 passing yards.

Mike Ramirez also had a career day catching the football, with 210 yards. Look for Ramirez to have another triple-digit rushing day against Highlands after mustering 31 against Brack.

The Cowboys defense forced three turnovers against the Eagles. It will face a Highlands team that, for the most part, has been pretty stingy about giving the ball away. Nonetheless, turnover margin could be a key factor.

Highlands has won the last two games. McCollum’s last win was in 2011.

This game rates as a toss-up.

Series leader (record): Highlands (23-10-1). 2013 score:  Highlands 21, McCollum 7. 2014 favorite: Highlands.

Medina Valley (2-5, 2-2) at #2 Southside (6-1, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.

Two fourth-quarter turnovers came back to haunt Southside last Friday in a 28-21 loss to Laredo Martin. Now the Cardinals are chasing undefeated Uvalde in their quest for the District 29-5A championship, but still remain solidly in playoff contention.

This game takes on added importance as a chance for Southside to re-establish forward momentum. It’ll also be a chance for revenge after the young Cardinals were whipped by the Panthers last season.

Medina Valley is tied for fourth, so this will be a very important game for the Panthers’ playoff hopes as well.

Southside back Matt Collier had another outstanding game against Martin, rushing for 148 yards. However, the Cardinals picked up the majority of their passing yards on a trick play. They’ll need to pass more effectively against Medina Valley, as Brandon Herrera gains on-the-job experience.

Medina Valley wasn’t as successful as Southside at keeping Somerset’s passing game under control. The Bulldogs thumped the Panthers 52-22 last Friday, after Medina Valley had won its previous two district games.

Back Kristian Williams is the only Medina Valley rusher over 100 yards, with 430. Somerset limited him to 16 rushing yards.

Panthers quarterback Bradley Griggs threw for 254 yards against Somerset, but was intercepted twice. Cody Moos is a possession receiver and Joshua Sepulveda is the deep-route guy, with 52- and 75-yard touchdown receptions against Somerset.

Look for Southside’s outstanding defense to keep pressure on Griggs.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: Medina Valley 48, Southside 0. 2014 favorite: Southside.

San Antonio Christian (4-3, 1-1) at #7 Central Catholic (4-3, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Central Catholic has matched its 2013 win total, but the Buttons find themselves facing a potential crossroads game TAPPS 2-I newcomer San Antonio Christian.

The Lions are part of a four-way tie for second place with Central Catholic, behind Antonian, which defeated the Buttons 49-21 last Friday. Central Catholic doesn’t want to below .500 in a balanced district, and the Lions are a dangerous foe.

San Antonio Christian is led by senior quarterback Andrew Hawkins, who threw for 255 yards with two interceptions in a 22-17 loss to Austin St. Michael’s last Friday. Sam Lorillard had seven catches for 197 yards and Mason Laurence had six for 62.

As the season has developed, the Lions’ Chris Cantu (97 yards vs. St. Michaels) has become a solid running threat. After surrendering 367 rushing yards to Antonian back Ben Rosenfeld, the Buttons defense needs to fortify this area.

Central Catholic quarterback Joseph Nava also had problems against Antonian, with an uncharacteristic three interceptions against the Apaches’ outstanding defense. The senior still managed to throw for 160 yards and run for 132.

Jimin Suh and Jacob Rodriguez will need to give Nava more help in the ground game to keep the Lions’ defense honest.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Central Catholic.

#10 South San (2-5, 0-2) at #4 Southwest (3-4, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest made a statement win last week, defeating East Central . South San needs to make one now, in a short District 28-6A season.

The Bobcats’ losing streak has reached five games, with three remaining. South San has scored 20 points in its first two district games, while giving up 65. The remaining games won’t get any easier, but the Bobcats can lighten their burden if they can move the ball consistently.

South San’s best chance for a win over Southwest is to control the ball on the ground and pick up first downs through the air when it needs to. This will be quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez’s third game back from an injury, so a better offensive performance can be expected.

Defense unquestionably was South San’s strength at the beginning of the season and it still is. The Bobcats will need to keep Southwest’s runners between the tackles and watch out for quarterback Bowen Crisp making plays off the running theat.

Southwest probably won’t be stopped on the ground, as it did to East Central last week. With its three-headed running back combination of Jon Cruz, Tyrone Middleton and Reilly Riggs, the Dragons accounted for 426 rushing yards last week.

Southwest has won the last eight games in the series.

Series leader (record): Southwest (11-3). 2013 score: Southwest 36, South San 20. 2014 favorite: Southwest.

VOLLEYBALL: Area rankings (thru Oct. 22)

Through Oct. 22


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Holy Cross – 1

2. East Central – 2

3. McCollum – 3

4. Southwest – 5

5. Highlands – 4

6. Southside – 8

7. Jefferson – 7

8. Harlandale – 10

9. Brackenridge – 11

10. South San – 6

11. Providence – 12

12. Sam Houston – 13

13. Lanier – 14

14. Edison – 9

15. Memorial – 15


NR = not ranked

VOLLEYBALL: Area playoff schedule (Oct. 24-Nov. 1)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface


Friday’s match



Providence (18-19) 3, Austin St. Michael’s (17-12) 1 (26-24, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20)


Saturday, Nov. 1 match


Area round

At Houston St. Agnes


Holy Cross (34-13) at Houston St. Agnes (27-12-1), noon

FOOTBALL: Week 9 previews (Thursday’s game)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking




#5 East Central (3-4, 1-1) vs. Corpus Christi Ray (6-1, 1-1) at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7 p.m.

East Central needs to get off the roller coaster it has been on.

The Hornets took down preseason District 28-6A favorite Corpus Christi Carroll in a shootout two weeks ago, but their offense was grounded last Friday by Southwest until late in the game. The Dragons won 34-16, holding East Central to just 100 rushing yards.

Re-establishing the ground game behind Jauwan Hall will be vital, so that quarterback Justin Upshaw-Mendoza can utilize more play action. A key for the Dragons was limiting East Central’s big plays, in part by keeping the ball out of Wanya Ward’s hands.

In the 50-49 win over Carroll, East Central had its best offensive game of the season, so expect a full recovery. How the defense will fare after surrendering 426 rushing yards to Southwest is less certain.

Ray has adapted well to the upgrade from Class 4A to 6A. Like its fellow Corpus Christi schools, it is capable of putting a lot of points on the board. Defense had seemed to be the Texans’ strength, though.

The Texans allowed 7.2 points a game in its non-district schedule.

However, Carroll blitzed then-undefeated Ray 62-42 last Friday. The Tigers outscored the Texans 20-7 in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game.

Ray actually outgained its rival 570-547.

Back Tristan Barrera carried the ball 37 times for 247 yards, so he will be a target for the Hornets. Armando Garza passed for 196 yards, 113 of which went to Carlos Montano on six receptions.

Carroll forced five Ray fumbles and recovered four, so East Central will need to be opportunistic.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: East Central.

FOOTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Sam Houston outlasts Edison to clinch playoff spot

Laredo Martin stuns Southside; Bulldogs edge Highlands

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Edison, Highlands, Holy Cross, Sam Houston, Southside.



First-place Sam Houston (6-2, 6-0) clinched a playoff berth for the second-consecutive season with a 21-13 District 28-5A win over Edison (2-5, 2-3) Oct. 17 at the SAISD Sports Complex.

Despite the relatively modest scoring total, by its recent standards, Sam Houston amassed 470 total yards in the victory. However, the Golden Bears hung in until the end, led by a strong performance from senior quarterback Jonathan Hernandez.

Hernandez ran for 100 yards and completed nine of 12 passes for 118 yards. He rushed for both Edison touchdowns.

The first tied the score 6-6 late in the first quarter, after Devin Harris (116 yards, 16 carries) scored for Sam Houston. A safety and a 17-yard touchdown run boosted the Hurricanes’ lead to 15-6 with 8:53 left in the second quarter.

Hernandez brought Edison within 15-13 at the half with an 11-yard touchdown run. Harris’ third touchdown, with 2:52 remaining in the third quarter, accounted for the only points after halftime.

Sam Houston quarterback Raymonte Prime completed 18 of 24 passes for 294 yards. Harris, Dewayne Brown, Jawon Anderson and Trenton Jones all accumulated more than 50 reception yards.

Bryan Bolton caught six passes for 67 yards for the Golden Bears, who lost their second-consecutive game.

Laredo Martin 28, Southside 21

The previously winless Tigers (1-6, 1-3) shocked Southside (6-1, 3-1) in a District 29-5A Oct. 17 contest at Shirley Field in Laredo.

A week earlier the Cardinals took the lead in the first quarter for an important road victory in Somerset. Southside also led Martin most of the way.

The Cardinals held a 15-14 halftime lead, thanks to a two-yard scoring run and a 32-yard touchdown reception by Matt Collier (148 yards, 22 carries). Reliever David Garza passed to the sophomore off a reverse.

Two turnovers turned the tide against Southside, after it increased the lead to 21-20 with a third quarter touchdown from Collier.

Juan Valdivia (57 yards, 13 carries) ran for the winning touchdown with little more than two minutes remaining. The Tigers’ Ricardo Cisneros (9 of 16, 106 yards) passed to Javier Hernandez for the two-point conversion.

Burbank 40, Highlands 34

The Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2) maintained third place in District 28-5A by winning a tight battle against winless Highlands (0-7, 0-5) Oct. 17 at Alamo Stadium.

Big plays from Armando Ferguson and Bruce Moody (134 yards, 4 catches) kept the Owls within striking range until midway through the fourth quarter.

Ferguson returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, including a 77-yarder that put Highlands ahead 14-6 with six minutes until halftime. Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello scored on a six-yard run and ran for the two-point conversion to tie the score at the half.

Tello (8 of 17, 96 yards) hoisted a 17-yard pass to Tru Bradford about three minutes into the third quarter, but the 21-20 lead was short-lived. Moody scored on a 78-yard pass play from John Cervantes (7 of 15, 172 yards) that gave Highlands its last lead with 7:45 to play in the quarter.

A 30-yard pass to Rubyn Salazar and a fumble return by Patrick Sanchez enabled Burbank to overtake the Owls 32-21. Moody answered with a 49-yard reception, but Tello (164 yards, 28 carries) delivered the crushing blow with a 27-yard run with 7:04 left.

Ferguson returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to the end zone.

Holy Cross 58, Victoria St. Joseph 21

The Knights (5-1, 3-0) remained unbeaten and tied for first place in TAPPS District 3-II a commanding win over Victoria St. Joseph (1-7, 1-3) Friday in Victoria. Senior back Greg Scott (280 yards, 17 carries) ran for three touchdowns of more than 40 yards to lead Holy Cross.

Scott got started early, breaking a 74-yard touchdown run 27 seconds into the game. After a 35-yard scoring pass from Chris Rodriguez to Genaro Coleman, Scott found the end zone with an 88-yard run just 14 seconds into the second quarter.

Ahead 21-0, Steven Gutierrez (13 of 23, 166 yards) threw 28 yards to David Sanchez before St. Joseph scored its first touchdown with 46 seconds until halftime.

Holy Cross senior T.J. Dennie ran four times for 72 yards and a touchdown. Jay Nava caught four passes for 49 yards.

VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY REPORT: McCollum chasing perfection in 28-5A

Southside holds fourth in 29-5A; East Central cruising in 28-6A

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Brooks Academy, Burbank, East Central, Highlands, Jefferson, McCollum, Sam Houston, Southside, Southwest.

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Burbank's Sharriah Martinez makes a dig against Brackenridge.
Burbank’s Sharriah Martinez makes a dig against Brackenridge.















Brackenridge senior Jolicia Shelton-Brown serves against Burbank.
Brackenridge senior Jolicia Shelton-Brown serves against Burbank.



















Highlands freshman setter Jazlyn Losoya (8) makes a play at the net.
Highlands freshman setter Jazlyn Losoya (8) makes a play at the net.















Sam Houston setter Rita Davis serves against Highlands.
Sam Houston setter Rita Davis serves against Highlands.






















McCollum (21-8, 13-0) is closing in on a perfect perfect District 28-5A season after recording a pair of victories last week.

The first-place Cowboys knocked off third-place Jefferson (24-8, 9-4) 25-14, 25-22, 25-10 Tuesday and fourth-place Brackenridge (13-23, 9-5) 23-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-21 Friday. The Cowboys had three matches remianing in their district schedule, which concludes Oct. 28 at rival Harlandale.

Victoria Yzaguirre led McCollum with 11 kills, eight digs and two aces against Jefferson. Savannah Borjas added 16 assists and seven digs. Neyda Sanchez contributed nine kills, four blocks and five digs.

Catie Gonzalez logged a team-best 23 digs and Emily Solis chipped in 17 for the Cowboys. Alicia Garcia finished with 14 assists and eight digs. Celeste Ramirez smashed five kills and Cassandra Maldonado had two blocks.

For Jefferson, Cecilia Campos made 18 digs. Gabby Vasquez crunched seven kills. Madelyn Chavez distributed 11 assists. Angela Hardcastle served two aces.

McCollum is one of four area teams that have qualified for the playoffs. East Central (21-15), Highlands (24-10) and Holy Cross (34-13) also have qualified.


The Cardinals (17-14, 7-4) picked up a pair of straight-sets wins last week to hold down fourth-place in District 29-5A.

Southside swept fifth-place Laredo Cigarroa (19-19, 6-6) Oct. 14 at Southside. The Cardinals finished the week with a 25-15, 25-16. 25-10 win at Laredo Martin (1-10 in district).

Against Cigarroa, Southside junior Ashley Sanchez had a team-high 16 kills and nine digs. Alyssa Gallardo distributed 32 assists, served four aces and made eight digs. Mia Soto contributed 14 kills and three aces.

Analee Uriegas led the Cardinals with 17 digs. Klaryssa Vela supplied seven assists and four digs. Chloe Davis had four kills.

East Central

The Hornets (7-0 in district) wrapped up a playoff berth and remained undefeated in District 28-6A with a pair of victories.

First-place East Central defeated Southwest (18-16, 3-4) 25-22, 25-18, 25-27, 25-15 Oct.18 at the Dragons’ gym. The Hornets began the week with a 25-6, 25-13, 25-12 win over Corpus Christi Carroll (0-7 in district) at East Central.

Against Southwest, Hornets senior Kaylin Mills dealt an eye-popping 43 assists and served three aces — as did Madison Simon and Nichole West. Skeyler Embry notched 15 kills and Simon made 13.

Defensive leaders for East Central were Brandi Campos (22 digs) and West (20). Christie Cosper and Mills each had 2.5 blocks.

Southwest shared third-place with Corpus Christi Ray.

Megan Hernandez led the Dragons with 26 digs and two aces. Zoe Marin had a team-best three aces and Candice Kelley led with three blocks. Kassy Cruz (8 kills), Eliana Ponce and Aashlyn Sulaica (12 kills) each provided two blocks.

Angie Aguilar and Yasmine Garcia distributed 16 and 15 assists, respectively.


The Owls (12-1 in district, who have already nailed down a playoff berth, picked up two wins last week to head into their Tuesday home match against District 28-5A leader McCollum with a chance to grab a share of first.

Second-place Highlands survived a tough match against Sam Houston (14-16, 4-10) to win 15-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-10, 15-4 Tuesday and Burbank (7-26, 0-13) 25-11, 25-8, 25-14 Friday.

Senior Emily Pearce led Highlands with 21 digs and nine kills. Bryten Mitchan added 13 kiills, nine digs and two aces. Jazmine Jackson contributed 13 kills, nine digs and two aces.

Analisa Garza dished 25 asssists and made six digs, as did Genesis Garcia. Angela Garcia had 10 digs and a team-best three aces. Kiara Pesina made 11 digs.

For the Hurricanes, Tiaria Mackey distributed 11 assists and served two aces. Jordyn Stewart finished with six kills and two blocks. Jasmine Darden was credited with five digs.

Brooks Academy

The Bengals (9-8, 2-6) kept themselves in the playoff hunt by sweeping Cole (6-19, 2-6) for their second District 26-3A victory Tuesday at Cole. Brooks defeated the Cougars 25-14, 25-11, 25-17.

With the win, Brooks Academy moved into a second-place tie with Cole.

No Bengals statistics were available.

FOOTBALL: Southwest grounds rival Hornets

Dragons run for 426 yards, hold E. Central to 78

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: East Central, Southwest.



Southwest did a lot of groundwork in its upset victory Oct. 17 at East Central.

Afterward, it was difficult to choose which was the most important factor: That the Dragons (3-4, 1-1) held the high-powered Hornets (3-4, 1-1) to a mere 78 rushing yards or that they ran for 426 themselves.

Cast a vote for the defense as the key element in Southwest’s 34-16 District 28-6A decision.

“Our defensive coaches had a great game plan and our kids executed it,” Southwest coach Peter Wagner said. “We played like we knew we could. We played a couple of young kids, and they made plays.

“We knew East Central would play very physical and fast, and we did a good job with that.”

One of those kids, sophomore safety John Blaz, scored Southwest’s first touchdown on a two-yard run. In addition to converting some key fourth downs in the offensive backfield, Blaz was one of the Dragons’ leading tacklers, along with classmate John Garcia and veteran Oscar Salinas.

Southwest backs Tyrone Middleton (153 yards, 12 carries), Jon Cruz (129 yards, 21 carries) and Reilly Riggs (122 yards, 17 carries) also scored a touchdown apiece. Riggs helped the Dragons secure a 17-3 halftime lead with a four-yard run.

Middleton broke off an 85-yard scoring run after Kyle Lamey (87 yards, 3 receptions) brought the Hornets within a touchdown with a 35yard reception from Justin Upshaw-Mendoza (12 of 24, 117 yards). Cruz, who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, followed with a four-yarder with 31 seconds left in the third quarter for a 31-10 edge.

“It’s really kind of a three-headed monster,” Wagner said. “You never know who’s going to make the big run.”

Jauwan Hall led East Central with 58 rushing yards on 13 carries.

VOLLEYBALL: Holy Cross’ win over Provets nets share of title

Knights, Providence play tiebreaker matches Tueday

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Holy Cross, Providence.




Beating your archrival always is sweet, but Holy Cross’ win Saturday at Providence had an added dimension. The Knights’ victory clinched at least a share of their first TAPPS district title.

Holy Cross (34-13, 15-1) won three matches last week to lock in a share of the TAPPS 4-4A championship. Victoria St. Joseph (39-2, 15-1) defeated Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (7-9 in district) Monday to earn a co-championship and force a championship match 6:30 p.m.Tuesday at Holy Cross.

“It has been a long time,” Holy Cross coach Ruben Calderon said of the nine-year-old program’s first title. “But it’s just Step 1 in the process.”

The Knights are one of four area teams that have qualified for the playoffs. East Central (21-15), Highlands (24-10) and McCollum (21-8) also have qualified.

Providence (16-19, 7-9) downed Laredo St. Augustine (3-12 in district) 25-5, 25-21, 25-21 Monday to earn a share of fourth place. The Provets will play a 6 p.m. tiebreaking match at Cornerstone Christian (7-9).

Holy Cross defeated Providence 25-19, 25-21, 25-20. The Knights also swept TMI (11-4 in district) 25-23, 25-20, 26-24 last Thursday at the Panthers’ gym and Incarnate Word 25-20, 25-13, 25-8 last Tuesday at Holy Cross.

The Knights will take an 11-match winning streak into the postseason. Calderon is pleased that they avoided a letdown after tagging St. Joseph with its first district loss since 2012 on Sept. 30 in Victoria.

In fact, Holy Cross swept all of its district matches after losing to St. Joseph in their first meeting, Aug. 27 at the Knights’ gym.

“It was obvious one of the big (accomplishments) of the season to do that in Victoria,” Calderon said. “My immediate concern was to see how the reacted to that. We talked a lot about that. It was just one win, and we still needed to stay focused.

“They did a good job of moving on to the next challenge and responding to it.”

Victoria St. Joseph defeated the Provets 25-14, 25-19, 25-17 last Tuesday at Providence.

Against Holy Cross, Providence freshman Jazzmyne Williams had 10 kills and three aces for Providence. Senior Mital Patel led Provets with 13 digs. Mia Ybarra dealt 14 assists..

“They have a couple of young kids that are going to be good in the years to come,” Calderon said. “Providence was playing for a playoff spot. They were very aggressive and had everything to gain and nothing to lose. Our kids were playing for pride.

“It was a good test for our preparation. I liked the poise we showed. We’re finding ways to finish a set. We’re not pushing the panic button. We’re keeping our unforced errors down, playing smart and being aggressive when we need to.”

Holy Cross sophomore Henrianna Ibarra produced 21 kills, 19 digs, three blocks and two aces in the match. Victoria Gonzalez contributed 12 digs and 11 kills. Anna Zuniga added nine assists, six digs and four kills.

Knights setters Kimberly Butcher and Autumn Lopez chipped in 14 and 11 assists, respectively. They supplied nine digs apiece. Daisy Flores had 12 digs.

“We were able to get everybody in and get them some playing time,” Calderon said. “If we win Tuesday, we’ll be off for a week, so it was important for timing.”

If there is a championship match on Tuesday, as expected, the winner will get a bye through the TAPPS tournament bi-district round to the area round. The loser will play a bi-district match later in the week.

“We went through the tough non-district matches and developed confidence,” Calderon said. “Beating St. Joseph was a big boost, but we understand it’ll be a different situation Tuesday. They’ve been on top a number of years and they’ve been to the state semifinals the last two years.

“This is going to be a great match. We’ll have to stay focused throughout the entire match.”

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (thru Oct. 24)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface


Matches of Oct. 19-25


Monday’s matches


Cornerstone Christian (7-12 ???, 7-9) 3, San Antonio Christian (7-15 ???, 5-11) 1 (scores unavailable)

Victoria St. Joseph (39-2, 15-1) 3, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (9-15 ???, 7-9) 0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-9)

Providence (16-19, 7-9) 3, Laredo St. Augustine (10-15 ???, 3-12 ???) 0 (25-5, 25-21, 25-21)

Tuesday’s matches

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi King (11-6 ???, 7-1) at Corpus Christi Carroll (1-17 ???, 0-8) 0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-20)

East Central (22-15, 8-0) 3, Corpus Christi Ray (19-16 ???, 3-5) 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-13)

Southwest (19-16, 4-4) 3, South San (16-19, 2-6) 2 (25-23, 21-25, 21-25, 25-17, 15-11)

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (37-5, 15-0) 3, Boerne Champion (16-12, 10-4) 0 (25-16, 27-25, 25-17)

Floresville (25-15, 9-5) 3, Kennedy (3-29 ???, 1-13) 0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-8)

Lockhart (18-21, 5-9) 3, Memorial (4-36, 1-13) 0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-16)

Seguin (21-18, 8-6) 3, San Marcos (11-19, 3-11) 0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22)

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (14-23, 10-5) 3, Jefferson (24-9, 9-5) 2 (26-24, 18-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-13)

Harlandale (15-16, 7-7) 3, Sam Houston (14-17 ???, 4-11) 1 (25-20, 25-17, 17-25, 25-9)

Edison (14-22, 6-8) 3, Burbank (7-27, 0-14) 0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-13)

McCollum (22-8, 14-0) 3, Highlands (24-11, 12-2) 1 (25-23, 25-18, 25-27, 25-21)

District 29-5A

Southside (18-14, 8-4) 3, Eagle Pass Winn (5-20, 0-12) 0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-20)

Medina Valley (25-8, 11-1) 3, Laredo Cigarroa (18-20, 5-7) 0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-13)

Uvalde (13-15, 9-3) at Laredo Martin (1-12 ???, 1-11) 0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-5)

Somerset (20-9, 10-2) 3, Laredo Nixon (5-10 ???, 4-8) 0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-21)

District 26-3A

Natalia (24-7, 8-1) 3, Brooks Academy (9-9 ???, 2-7) 0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-18)

Randolph (17-11 ???, 6-3) 3, Cole (6-21 ???, 2-7) 0 (25-16, 25-6, 25-17)

Marion (20-9 ???, 9-0) 3, Fox Tech (6-32 ???, 1-8) 0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-7)


Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-21 ???) at Lanier (5-22) (scores unavailable)


First-place playoff

Holy Cross (35-13, 15-1) 3, Victoria St. Joseph (39-3, 15-1) 2 (25-20, 25-16, 19-25, 21-25, 15-12)

Fourth-place playoff

Providence (17-19, 7-9) d. Cornerstone Christian (6-13 ???, 7-9)

Wednesday’s matches

no matches scheduled

Thursday’s matches

no matches scheduled

Friday’s matches

District 28-6A

Southwest (19-16, 4-4) 3, Corpus Christi Ray (19-17 ???, 3-6) 0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19)

East Central (23-15, 9-0) 3, Corpus Christi King (11-7 ???, 7-2) 1 (26-24, 20-25, 26-24, 25-20)

South San (17-19, 3-6), 3, Corpus Christi Carroll (1-18 ???, 0-8 ???) 0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-18) 

District 27-5A

San Marcos (12-19, 4-11) 3, Kennedy (3-30 ???, 1-14) 0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-15)

Boerne Champion (17-12, 11-4) 3, Lockhart (18-22, 5-10) 0  (25-13, 25-6, 25-16)

Kerrville Tivy (28-10, 13-2) 3, Seguin (21-19, 8-7) 1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-8, 25-20)

Floresville (26-15, 10-5) 3, Memorial (4-37, 1-14) 0  (25-5, 25-17, 25-8)

District 28-5A

Sam Houston (15-17 ???, 5-11) 3, Lanier (5-23 ???, 2-13) 1 (19-25, 26-24, 25-11, 25-23)

McCollum (23-8, 15-0) 3, Edison (14-23, 6-9) 0  (25-14, 25-14, 25-15)

Harlandale (16-16, 8-7) 3, Burbank (7-28, 0-15) 1 (25-21, 25-9, 15-25, 25-14)

Jefferson (25-9, 10-5) 3, Highlands (24-12, 12-3) 0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-22)

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa (19-20, 6-7) at Laredo Nixon (5-11 ???, 4-9) 0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-21)

Eagle Pass Winn (6-20, 1-12) 3, Laredo Martin (1-13 ???, 1-12) 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-17, 19-25, 15-12)

Medina Valley (26-8, 12-1) 3, Southside (18-15, 8-5) 0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-17)

Somerset (21-9, 11-2) 3, Uvalde (13-16, 9-4) 2 (25-22, 21-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-8)

District 26-3A

Natalia (25-7, 9-1) 3, Randolph (17-12 ???, 6-4) 0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-15)

Brooks Academy (10-9 ???, 3-7) 3, Fox Tech (6-33 ???, 1-9) 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-9)

Marion (21-9 ???, 10-0) 3, Cole (6-22 ???, 2-8) 0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-8)

Saturday’s matches

no matches scheduled

FOOTBALL: Area rankings (thru Oct. 18)

Through Oct. 18


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Holy Cross – 2

2. Southside – 1

3. Sam Houston – 4

4. Southwest – 6

5. East Central – 3

6. Brackenridge – 7

7. Central Catholic – 5

8. Burbank – 8

9. Harlandale – 12

10. South San – 9

11. Edison – 11

12. Lanier – 10

13. Jefferson – 13

14. Highlands – 15

15. McCollum – NR


NR = not ranked

FOOTBALL: This week’s results (thru Oct. 25)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface



(Oct. 23-25)

Thursday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central (4-4, 2-1) 40, Corpus Christi Ray (6-2, 1-2) 18

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll (7-1, 2-1) 26, Corpus Christi King (6-2, 2-1) 21

Southwest (4-4, 2-1) 30, South San (2-6, 0-3)

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (8-0, 6-0) 57, Lockhart (5-4, 3-4) 27

Floresville (7-2, 5-2) 42, Memorial (0-8, 0-6) 0

San Marcos (3-5, 2-4) 51, Kennedy (0-8, 0-6) 27

Kerrville Tivy (6-2, 5-1) 62, Seguin (2-6, 2-4) 34

District 28-5A

Edison (3-5, 3-3) 37, Burbank (4-4, 3-3) 35

Sam Houston (7-2, 7-0) 37, Harlandale (4-4, 3-3) 14

McCollum (2-6, 2-4) 20, Highlands (0-8, 0-6) 8

District 29-5A

Laredo Nixon (1-7, 1-4) 12, Laredo Cigarroa (4-4, 2-3) 7

Eagle Pass Winn (3-5, 2-3) 34, Laredo Martin (1-7, 1-4) 21

Southside (7-1, 4-1) 35, Medina Valley (2-6, 2-3) 14

Somerset (5-2, 4-1) 44, Uvalde (7-1, 4-1) 39

District 15-3A

Division I

Hallettsville (5-4, 2-1) 41, George West (2-6, 1-1) 0

Mathis (6-2, 1-1) 64, Brooks Academy (1-8, 0-3) 6


Austin St. Michael’s (3-5, 2-1) 52, Brownsville St. Joseph (5-3, 1-2) 18

Central Catholic (5-3, 2-1) 39, San Antonio Christian (4-4, 1-2) 27


Austin Regents (7-1, 4-0) 42, TMI (3-5, 1-3) 7

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (4-3, 3-1) 42, Victoria St. Joseph (1-8, 1-4) 7

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (6-3, 6-1) 59, Jefferson (2-6, 2-4) 21


Antonian (7-1, 3-0) 39, St. Anthony (1-7, 0-3) 0


Holy Cross (6-1, 4-0) 56, Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-9, 0-5) 0

FOOTBALL: Remaining schedule (Oct. 23-Nov. 8)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface



(Oct. 23-25)

Thursday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central (3-4, 1-1) vs. Corpus Christi Ray (6-1, 1-1) at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll (6-1, 1-1) at Corpus Christi King (6-1, 2-0) at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

South San (2-5, 0-2) at Southwest (3-4, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.

District 27-5A

Lockhart (5-3, 3-3) vs. Boerne Champion (7-0, 5-0) at Boerne ISD Stadium, Boerne, 7:30 p.m.

Memorial (0-7, 0-5) at Floresville (6-2, 4-2), 7:30 p.m.

San Marcos (2-5, 1-4) vs. Kennedy (0-7, 0-5) at Edgewood Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Seguin (2-5, 2-3) at Kerrville Tivy (5-2, 4-1), 7:30 p.m.

District 28-5A

Edison (2-5, 2-3) vs. Burbank (4-3, 3-2) at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Harlandale (4-3, 3-2) vs. Sam Houston (6-2, 6-0) at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Highlands (0-7, 0-5) vs. McCollum (1-6, 1-4) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa (4-3, 2-2) vs. Laredo Nixon (0-7, 0-4) at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.

Laredo Martin (1-6, 1-3) vs. Eagle Pass Winn (2-5, 1-3) at Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium, Eagle Pass, 7:30 p.m.

Medina Valley (2-5, 2-2) at Southside (6-1, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.

Uvalde (7-0, 4-0) at Somerset (4-2, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.

District 15-3A

Division I

Hallettsville (4-4, 1-1) at George West (2-5, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Mathis (5-2, 0-1) vs. Brooks Academy (1-7, 0-2) at South San Stadium, 7:30 p.m.


Brownsville St. Joseph (5-2, 1-1) at Austin St. Michael’s (2-5, 1-1), 7 p.m.

San Antonio Christian (4-3, 1-1) at Central Catholic (4-3, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.


Austin Regents (6-1, 3-0) at TMI (3-4, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.

Victoria St. Joseph (1-7, 1-3) at Austin Hyde Park Baptist (3-3, 2-1), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (5-3, 5-1) vs. Jefferson (2-5, 2-3) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.


Antonian (6-1, 2-0) at St. Anthony (1-6, 0-2), 2 p.m.


Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-8, 0-4) vs. Holy Cross (5-1, 3-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 3 p.m.


(Oct. 30-Nov. 1)

Thursday’s games

District 28-6A

Southwest vs. Corpus Christi Ray at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll at East Central, 7:30 p.m.

South San vs. Corpus Christi Carroll at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion at San Marcos, 7:30 p.m.

Floresville at Alamo Heights, 7:30 p.m.

Kennedy at Seguin, 7:30 p.m.

Kerrville Tivy vs. Memorial at Edgewood Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-5A

Burbank vs. Harlandale at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Jefferson vs. Highlands at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston vs. Lanier at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-5A

Laredo Nixon vs. Eagle Pass Winn at Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium, Eagle Pass, 7:30 p.m.

Somerset vs. Laredo Cigarroa at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.

Southside at Uvalde, 7:30 p.m.

District 15-3A

Division I

Brooks Academy at Goliad, 7:30 p.m.

George West at Mathis, 7:30 p.m.


Antonian at San Antonio Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Central Catholic at Brownsville St. Joseph, 7 p.m.

St. Anthony at Austin St. Michael’s, 7:30 p.m.


Austin Hyde Park Baptist at Corpus Christi John Paul II, 7 p.m.

Cornerstone Christian at TMI, 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross at Austin Regents, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

McCollum vs. Edison at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

District 29-5A

Medina Valley vs. Laredo Martin at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.


(Nov. 6-8)

Thursday’s games

District 28-5A

Highlands vs. Brackenridge at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll at Southwest, 7:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi Ray vs. Corpus Christi King at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

East Central at South San, 7 p.m.

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights at Kerrville Tivy, 7:25 p.m.

Kennedy vs. Memorial at Edgewood Veterans Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Salsa Bowl)

San Marcos at Lockhart, 7:30 p.m.

Seguin vs. Boerne Champion at Boerne ISD Stadium, Boerne, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-5A

Harlandale vs. McCollum at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Frontier Bowl)

Jefferson vs. Edison at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Tommy Bowl)

Lanier vs. Burbank at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn at Somerset, 7:30 p.m.

Laredo Cigarroa at Southside, 7:30 p.m.

Uvalde at Medina Valley, 7:30 p.m.

District 15-3A

Division I

Goliad at George West, 7:30 p.m.

Mathis at Hallettsville, 7:30 p.m.


Austin St. Michael’s at Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m.


Austin Regents at Cornerstone Christian, 7:30 p.m.

TMI at Victoria St. Joseph, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 29-5A

Laredo Martin vs. Laredo Nixon at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7 p.m.


Brownsville St. Joseph at Antonian, 3 p.m.

San Antonio Christian at St. Anthony, 2 p.m.


Austin Hyde Park Baptist vs. Holy Cross at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL: Area playoff picture (thru Oct. 24)

Volleyball playoff picture

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


Through October 24


ALREADY QUALIFIED: Brackenridge (14-23, 10-5), Brooks Academy (10-9, 3-7), East Central (23-15, 9-0), Highlands (24-11, 12-2), Holy Cross (35-13, 15-1), Jefferson (25-9, 10-5), McCollum (23-8, 15-0), Providence (18-19, 7-9), Southside (18-15, 8-5), Southwest (20-16, 5-4).


POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: South San (17-19, 3-6).

FOOTBALL: Area playoff picture (thru Oct. 25)

Football playoff picture

These are the area teams that have a chance to qualify for the playoffs (in alphabetical order). Teams must have at least one district win to be considered a potential qualifier:

Through October 25

ALREADY QUALIFIED: Brackenridge (6-3, 6-1), Holy Cross (6-1, 4-0), Sam Houston (7-2, 7-0).

LIKELY QUALIFIERS: Central Catholic (5-3, 2-1), East Central (4-4, 2-1), Southside (7-1, 4-1), Southwest (4-4, 2-1).

POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: Burbank (4-4, 3-3), Edison (3-5, 3-3), Harlandale (4-4, 3-3), Jefferson (2-6, 2-4), Lanier (2-6, 2-4), McCollum (2-6, 2-4).