WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Holy Cross battles to end in loss to Houston school

Houston St. Agnes eliminates Providence

TEAMS INCLUDED: Holy Cross, Providence.

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Holy Cross won two of the first three games, but couldn’t quite hang on to defeat host Houston Lutheran South Academy (28-9-1) Friday afternoon in a TAPPS Class 4A second round match. The home team prevailed 15-25, 25-6, 22-25, 25-18, 15-12.

The Knights, who finished their season with a 28-12 record, were led by two of their seniors. Setter-hitter Mallory Ozuna supplied 25 assists and served three aces. Libero Julia Ibarra hustled for a team-best 32 digs.

Daisy Flores also served three aces for Holy Cross. Freshman Henrianna Ibarra was its top hitter with 15 kills.

Holy Cross finished third in District 3-4A. Lutheran South was runner-up in District 4-4A.

Providence

The Provets (12-21) drew District 3-5A champion Houston St. Agnes (31-7) in their TAPPS Class 5A second-round match in Salado. Providence never got rolling in its final match of the season and experienced a 25-9, 25-9, 25-8 loss.

Statistics for Providence were not available. The Provets were the fifth seed from District 2-5A.

FOOTBALL: Week 8 previews (Thursday’s game)

THURSDAY

Southside (0-7, 0-4) vs. Harlandale (6-1, 3-1) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Harlandale got back on track last Friday with a 42-23 win over Memorial. Now the Indians are in a four-way tie for first place in District 29-4A and can put pressure on the other co-leaders with a win.

One of the best developments from last week’s win was the first 200-plus yard game of the season from senior Nicholas Martinez. Martinez could be in line for another big game, as the Indians won’t need to take risks against the Cardinals.

Harlandale’s biggest concern offensively will be avoiding turnovers, something it has been good at this year.

Quarterback Brandon Ramon has passed for 1,489 yards with 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

Southside made two interceptions last week, but committed five turnovers. The Cardinals’ defense actually limited Kennedy to fewer yards (262 total yards) than the Indians had in a 21-6 loss last Friday.

The best sign for the Cardinals is that they kept the game close and kept the score within a manageable range.

Offensively, though, Southside had a setback, mustering just 153 total yards and no touchdowns. The only score came on an 88-yard kickoff return from Timmy Rodriguez.

Omar Guadarrama stepped up to split carries with Rodriguez and ran for 37 yards. Establishing the run will be essential against Harlandale so that quarterback Jake Ramos can throw more effectively.

Harlandale leads the series 4-3. The Indians last won in the series in 2009 (the teams didn’t play in 2010 or 2011). Southside has won three of the last four games. 2012 score: Southside 32, Harlandale 21.

SATURDAY FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Holy Cross can’t knock Austin Regents out of ranks of unbeaten

Sam Houston makes solid showing against potent Somerset

TEAMS INCLUDED:Holy Cross, Lanier, Sam Houston.

Austin Regents receiver McCade Rice’s fourth touchdown kept the Knights (7-0, 4-0) undefeated, enabling them to hold off defending champion Holy Cross (4-3, 3-1) for a 35-28 decision Saturday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

It was the Holy Cross Knights’ first loss in 11 games in TAPPS District 3-II.

Rice (78 yards, 10 catches) scored the winning touchdown with 6:48 remaining in the game. Holy Cross responded quickly, as senior Greg Kelly (77 yards, 6 recptions)hauled in a 35-yard scoring pass from quarterback Cisco Flores (8 of 17, 109 yards) 48 seconds later.

However, Holy Cross wasn’t able to mount another scoring drive to win the game or send it to overtime.

Regents took a 7-0 lead with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter on a four-yard pass from Grant Brown (27 of 37, 214 yards) to Rice. Holy Cross junior Greg Scott (79 yards, 17 carries) scored on a 25-yard run before the quarter ended.

Regents scored the only touchdown of the second quarter, on a 55-yard run from Will Zudock. It gave Reents a 14-7 lead.

Kelly scored on a 25-yard run that opened the scoring in the second half, but Rice returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards to the end zone.

Trailing 21-14, Holy Cross tied it for the last time on a 64-yard bolt from Flores (111 yards, 14 carries) with 3:18 left in the third quarter. Rice gave Regents some separation with back-to-back touchdowns, starting with a 13-yard reception with 1:01 to play in the quarter. 

Somerset 32, Sam Houston 20

Erin Mack was back and Raymonte Prime was, well, in his prime for Sam Houston (1-6, 0-1) Saturday at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex. Those factors and a couple of new weapons helped the Hurricanes challenge an explosive Somerset team led by Koy Detmer Jr.

Sam Houston took a 7-6 lead with 3:36 remaining in the first quarter on a three-yard pass from Prime (11 of 22, 220 yards) to Steven Garcia. The Bulldogs (6-1, 2-0) surged ahead 12-7 at the half when Detmer, whom the Hurricanes held under 200 yards, found Demitre Molina for a two-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.

Somerset built an 18-point lead when Justin Guerra returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and Donaldo Perez (134 yards, 25 carries) scored on a 15-yard run.

Mack (129 yards, 9 carries) brought the Hurricanes back with a 90-yard run at the 5:16 mark of the third quarter. Following a Somerset touchdown, Prime passed to Khiry Darby (113 yards, 5 receptions) for a 45-yard strike.

Hurricanes senior Jvoni Badie-Jones caught three passes for 91 yards. Detmer, who had averaged 259.2 yards a game, to 156 yards. The junior, grandson of Somerset coach Sonny Detmer, completed 10 of 15 throws.

Sam Houston produced 377 total yards. The Bulldogs finished with 310.

Brennan 62, Lanier 0

Brennan (8-0, 4-0) posted its third shutout in four District 28-4A games Saturday at Gustafson Stadium. The loss ended a two-game winning streak for Lanier (2-5, 2-1).

Brennan took the lead with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns from Nathaniel Wells Jr. on runs of 64 and nine yards. Wells ran for 89 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a pass for another. Makai Green had a game-high 150 rushing yards on eight attempts.

Neither team had its starting quarterback. Explosive Da’Shawn Key did not play for the Bears. The Voks played without Nicholas Garcia. Senior running back Steven Veliz stepped in as his replacement and threw for 34 yards.

The Bears limited Lanier back Joe Orta to 13 rushing yards. Rodrigo Garcia had a 27-yard reception. Brennan finished with 417 total yards. The Voks mustered 49 against a Bears defense that recorded its sixth shutout this year. Brennan also forced three turnovers.

FOOTBALL: Area playoff picture (thru Oct. 26)

Football playoff picture

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

Through Oct. 26

ALREADY QUALIFIED: none.

LIKELY QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (5-3, 3-1), Burbank (3-6, 2-3), Central Catholic (4-4, 2-1), Harlandale (7-1, 4-1), Holy Cross (5-3, 4-1), Lanier (3-5, 3-1), Southwest (4-4, 2-1).

POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: East Central (3-5, 1-2), Edison (3-5, 1-3), Highlands (3-5, 1-3), Kennedy (6-2, 3-2), McCollum (3-5, 1-4), Memorial (3-5, 1-4).

SATURDAY FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Holy Cross breaks away for 34-20 win over TMI

Knights remain undefeated in TAPPS 3-II with nearly 500 yards of offense

TEAMS INCLUDED:Brackenridge, Holy Cross.

Holy Cross (3-2, 2-0) took charge of a TAPPS District 3-II game Saturday afternoon with a late first-half touchdown from junior Greg Scott and pulled away to a 34-20 win over Texas Military Institute.

Scott broke away for a 55-yard score just 2:28 before halftime. It was one of the running back’s four touchdowns as he romped for 232 yards on 25 attempts.

Starting with that touchdown, the Knights scored 21 of the last 28 points at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

For a while, TMI’s Markell Henderson (135 yards, 11 attempts) kept pace with Scott. Henderson uncorked a 97-yard touchdown run with 9:48 remaining in the second quarter to tie the score 7-7.

A two-yard scoring run by Scott at the 7:47 mark put Holy Cross briefly in the lead, but Will Cruse (17 of 27, 256 yards) threw eight yards to DeAndre Wilson with 3:12 until halftime.

Scott’s tie-breaking touchdown was matched with 6:34 left in the third quarter when Cruse found Wilson (8 receptions, 142 yards) for a 60-yard pass play. The teams combined for nearly 900 yards of total offense.

Holy Cross put the hammer down with a four-yard touchdown run by Scott late in the third quarter and a 35-yard pass play from junior quarteback Cisco Flores to Steve Villela just 1:55 from the end. Flores ran 14 times for 163 yards and passed for 83.

TMI committed three turnovers to Holy Cross’ two.

Brennan 62, Brackenridge 6

It was billed as the battle for the District 28-4A championship, but Brennan (6-0, 2-0) left no doubt that the race was its to lose Saturday night at Farris Stadium. The Bears, No. 3 in the TexasHSSports.com statewide poll, turned the game into a rout early with three long touchdown runs by quarterback Da’Shawn Key and a blocked punt return.

The Eagles (3-3, 1-1) fell behind 13-0 at the end of the first quarter, as Key (301 yards, 18 carries) ran for 58- and 41-yard touchdowns in the last 3:30. The senior ran for four touchdowns and passed for another, while throwing just four times for 36 yards.

Brennan put the game out of reach with 36 points in the second quarter. In contrast to the Bears’ 423-yard offensive output, Brack’s high-powered offense was limited to 163 yards. The Eagles committed five turnovers.

Brackenridge scored its only touchdown on an 80-yard run from junior back Trey Mathis (101 yards, 14 carries), in response to Brennan’s final points. The touchdown was the first against the Bears’ vaunted defense since Sept. 12 against East Central.

Eagles quarterback Ramon Richards completed six of 15 passes for 70 yards. Lee Undra Terrell caught two passes for 40 yards.

MID-WEEK VOLLEYBALL REPORT: Provets push through for four-game victory in Laredo

Harlandale set for first-place showdown with Medina Valley

TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Providence, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Providence evened its TAPPS District 2-5A record by pulling out a nail-biter over Laredo St. Augustine 25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23 Wednesday in Laredo.

The Provets (9-14, 2-2) notched their second-consecutive district win, both in three sets. After Providence won the first two games, St. Augustine battled back to claim the third by two points. The Provets withstood another strong game from the Knights to take the match.

Gabby Mitchell led Providence with five aces and 30 digs. Logan Glick produced 16 kills. Sabrina Casares finished with a team-high 14 assists. Hannah Sasser added two blocks.

The Provets defeated Corpus Christi John Paul II a week earlier in another road match.

Harlandale d. Memorial

The logjam at the top of the District 29-4A standings broke up a little bit Tuesday night, and the fallout is that one team will have smooth sailing ahead after Friday evening.

Harlandale (18-7, 4-0) and Medina Valley (16-14, 4-0) remained tied for first in 29-4A Tuesday, but the third co-leader coming out of the weekend no longer has a share of the district lead. Uvalde’s 25-19, 25-19, 26-28, 25-23 upset win at Floresville Tuesday dumped the Jaguars (16-14, 3-1) into third place.

That means temporary custody of first place in 29-4A will be settled at 6 p.m. Friday at Medina Valley. The Panthers defeated McCollum (6-18, 1-3) 25-21, 25-19, 25-15 Tuesday at Medina Valley despite nine kills and two blocks from Neyda Sanchez, 11 assists from Savannah Borjas and 14 digs from Jasmine Cordova.

Harlandale held its ground with a four-game win over Memorial in its home gym. The Indians, who prevailed 25-17, 25-12, 23-25, 25-13, can take sole possession of first place with a victory Friday at Medina Valley.

Katie Neira turned in 16 kills. Freshman Alicia Garcia contributed 17 assists and 13 digs. Kianna Sandoval added 12 assists and five digs.

Other defensive standouts for the Indians included seniors Sierra Sandoval (14 digs, 2 aces) and Cera Cerda (12 digs, 7 kills). Erika Arredondo (9 kills) and Kelly Landin each made four blocks. Jackie Espinoza finished with six kills and five digs. Melanie Mendez had four kills. Clarissa Guerrero notched five digs.

For Memorial, Bridget Gomez connected with Minutemen hitters for 15 assists. Jatziry Duarte made nine digs. Miranda Puente had a team-high five blocks. Abigail Garcia put down five kills.

East Central d. San Marcos

The Hornets (13-13) drew on solid performances from several players to score a mild upset over San Marcos (21-9) Tuesday at East Central. The host team won 25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-14.

Madison Simon led East Central with seven kills. Kaylin Mills and Chrstie Cosper supplied six kills apiece, while Cosper added 2.5 blocks. Other defensive leaders for the Hornets included Brandy Campos (11 digs) and Nichole West (6 digs). Each also served two aces.

Dual setters Danny Alvarez and Alex Pena distributed 15 and nine assists, respectively.

East Central will play host to Corpus Christi Carroll (11-10) at 7 p.m. Friday in its District 28-5A opener.

Southside d. Kennedy

The Cardinals (5-18, 1-3) picked up their first District 29-4A win of the season and ended an eight-match losing streak with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-19 victory over Kennedy (6-15, 1-3) Tuesday at Edgewood Gym.

Alyssa Gallardo (15 assists, 6 aces, 6 digs) and Cristina Guerra (5 kills, 3 aces, 3 digs, 2 blocks) each   contributed in several categories to lead Southside. Amber Munoz chipped in five kills and seven digs. Ariana Cisneros made a team-best 10 digs. Aimee Wood added five digs. Mayra Sendejo executed two blocks.

Kennedy  was led by Taylor Martinez (11 digs) and Clara Lopez (10 digs) on defense. Alexandra Arzola had four assists. Ashley Garza, Angel Huron and Amalee Ramos all served two aces. Huron also led the Rockets with four kills.

Highlands d. Lanier

The Owls (13-18, 6-1) held second place in 29-4A with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 win Tuesday at Lanier (6-16, 3-4).

Highlands was led by Analisa Garza with 30 assists. Jazmine Jackson made 13 kills and served five aces. Libero Jessica Alvarez was credited with 13 digs.

Vanessa Trevino made seven digs for the Voks.

Jefferson d. YWLA

The Mustangs (17-8, 5-2), who are tied for third place with Brackenridge, smacked Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-24, 0-7) 25-7, 25-11, 25-12 Tuesday in 28-4A.

Selena Garcia dealt 10 assists and Melanie Ybarra made nine digs for the host team at Jefferson. Courney Garcia and Krystin Garcia each finished with five kills. Gabby Vasquez served two aces.

Alejandra Ramirez led YWLA with 11 digs. Karease Williams contributed five assists.

VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: McCollum battles to three-game win over Burbank

Highlands steps into second in 28-4A with sweep of Edison

Teams included: Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, McCollum, Memorial, Sam Houston, South San.

McCollum (5-15) concluded the non-district portion of its schedule Tuesday with a 25-16, 25-19, 25-21 home victory over Burbank (5-15).

Neyda Sanchez led the Cowboys with 15 kills. Savannah Borjas finished with 23 assists and three service aces. Jasmine Cordova made 15 digs.

For the Bulldowgs, Antwanisha Riddle recorded eight kills and two blocks. Jenna Villanueva also contributed two blocks. Vanessa Vargas made 10 digs. Rebekah Valma served two aces. Leticia Gomez distributed five assists.

Highlands d. Edison

The Owls (10-17, 3-1) capitalized on Jefferson’s loss to district-leading Brennan Tuesday to surge into second place in District 28-4A. Highlands cooled off red-hot Edison (6-19, 2-1) 25-18, 25-18, 28-26.

Analisa Garza dealt 22 assists and Emily Pearce made 19 digs for Highlands. Jenna Thompson and Jazmine Jackson each recorded eight kills. Melody Guzman served four aces.

Karen Guerrero shone for Edison defensively and offensively with 27 digs and 12 kills. Paula Moreno and Elizza Torres manufactured 5.5 blocks apiece. Marissa Cortinas finished with 21 assists. Destiny McCarty served two aces. 

MORE TO COME

FOOTBALL: Week 1 results (complete)

 

WEEK 1 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 5-7)

Thursday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Burbank (1-1) 34, Pearsall (0-2) 6

Friday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Carrizo Springs (2-0) 37, Edison (0-2) 28

East Central (2-0) 46, Marshall (0-2) 23

Floresville (1-1) 26, Brackenridge (1-1) 21

Antonian (1-1) 42, Holy Cross (1-1) 19

Fredricksburg (1-1) 57, Memorial (1-1) 14

Pleasanton (2-0) 53, Jefferson (0-2) 28

Sam Houston (1-1) 45, Southside (0-2) 29

McCollum (2-0) 14, South San (0-2) 5

Southwest (1-1) 48, Central Catholic (0-2) 27

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Harlandale (2-0) 28, Lanier (0-2) 19

Uvalde (1-1) 48, Highlands (1-1) 21

SAN ANTONIO SOUTH SIDE SPORTS

WEEK 1 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 5-7)

Thursday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Burbank (1-1) 34, Pearsall (0-2) 6

Friday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Carrizo Springs (2-0) 37, Edison (0-2) 28

East Central (2-0) 46, Marshall (0-2) 23

Floresville (1-1) 26,Brackenridge (1-1) 21

Antonian (1-1) 42, Holy Cross (1-1) 19

Fredricksburg (1-1) 57, Memorial (1-1) 14

Pleasanton (2-0) 53, Jefferson (0-2) 28

Sam Houston (1-1) 45, Southside (0-2) 29

McCollum (2-0) 14, South San (0-2) 5

Southwest (1-1) 48, Central Catholic (0-2) 27

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Harlandale (1-0) vs.Lanier (0-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Uvalde (0-1) vs.Highlands (1-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

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FOOTBALL: 2013 Master Schedule (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

INFORMATION: This is a 2013 master schedule for all of our area teams. We have complete schedules for each team and for their districts as well. Opponents, dates, times, locations on this unofficial schedule nonetheless are subject to change.

WEEK 0 SCHEDULE

(Aug. 29-31)

Thursday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Central Catholic (0-0) vs. Holy Cross (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Pleasanton (0-0) vs. Edison (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Southwest (0-0) vs. Laredo United (0-0) at Laredo Athletic Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Brackenridge (0-0) vs. Sam Houston (0-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports
Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Burbank (0-0) at Hays (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Crystal City (0-0) vs. Kennedy (0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Devine (0-0) at Southside (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Harlandale (0-0) at South San (0-0), 7 p.m.

Highlands (0-0) at Floresville (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Jay (0-0) at East Central (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Jefferson (0-0) vs. McCollum (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Memorial (0-0) at Pearsall (0-0), 7 p.m.

Somerset (0-0) vs. Lanier (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

WEEK 1 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 5-7)

Thursday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Pearsall (0-0) vs. Burbank (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Carrizo Springs (0-0) vs. Edison (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

East Central (0-0) vs. Marshall (0-0) at Farris Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Floresville (0-0) vs. Brackenridge (0-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross (0-0) at Antonian (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Fredricksburg (0-0) vs. Memorial (0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Jefferson (0-0) at Pleasanton (0-0), 7 p.m.

Sam Houston (0-0) at Southside (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

South San (0-0) vs. McCollum (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Southwest (0-0) at Central Catholic (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Harlandale (0-0) vs. Lanier (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Uvalde (0-0) vs. Highlands (0-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

WEEK 2 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 12-14)

Thursday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

East Central (0-0) vs. Brennan (0-0) at Farris Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Burbank (0-0) vs. Harlandale (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Edison (0-0) at Pearsall (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross (0-0) at Navarro (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Kennedy (0-0) vs. Jefferson (0-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

McCollum (0-0) vs. Highlands (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Memorial (0-0) at Lytle (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lanier (0-0) at Pleasanton (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lee (0-0) at Southwest (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Central Catholic (0-0) at Southside (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

South San (0-0) at Victoria West (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

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

Victoria East (0-0) vs. Brackenridge (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

WEEK 3 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 19-21)

Thursday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Jefferson (0-0) vs. Lee (0-0) at Heroes Stadium, 7 p.m.

South San (0-0) vs. Burbank (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Brennan (0-0) at Southwest (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Del Rio (0-0) vs. Brackenridge (0-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston (0-0) vs. Edison (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Highlands (0-0) at Central Catholic (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Judson (0-0) at East Central (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lanier (0-0) at Floresville (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Pearsall (0-0) vs. Kennedy (0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

WEEK 4 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 26-28)

Thursday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Highlands (0-0) vs. Burbank (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (0-0) vs. Jefferson (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex,  7:30 p.m.

District 29-4A

Harlandale (0-0) at Medina Valley (0-0), 7 p.m.

Kennedy (0-0) at Uvalde (0-0), 7 p.m.

McCollum (0-0) at Floresville (0-0), 7 p.m.

Southside (0-0) vs. Memorial (0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (0-0) at TMI, 7:30 p.m.

San Marcos Academy (0-0) at Austin Regents (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross (0-0) at San Antonio Christian (0-0), 7 p.m.

Non-district

Central Catholic (0-0) at South San (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

East Central (0-0) at New Braunfels (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

New Braunfels Canyon (0-0) at Southwest (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston (0-0) at Navarro (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Brennan (0-0) vs. Edison (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

WEEK 5 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 3-5)

Thursday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 29-4A

Memorial (0-0) vs. McCollum (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Burbank (0-0) vs. Jefferson (0-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Lanier (0-0) vs. Highlands (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-4A

Floresville (0-0) vs. Harlandale (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Medina Valley (0-0) vs. Kennedy (0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Uvalde (0-0) at Southside (0-0), 7 p.m.

District 28-3A

Sam Houston (0-0) at Gonzales (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (0-0) at San Marcos Academy (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Austin Regents (0-0) at Cornerstone Christian (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio Christian (0-0) at Victoria St. Joseph (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (0-0) vs. Brennan (0-0) at Farris Stadium, 7 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

TMI (0-0) vs. Holy Cross (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 3 p.m.

WEEK 6 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 10-12)

Thursday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

 Jefferson (0-0) vs. Lanier (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi Carroll (0-0) at East Central (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi King (0-0) vs. Steele (0-0) at Robert Lehnhoff Stadium, Schertz, 7:30 p.m.

Southwest (0-0) at South San (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

District 28-4A

Brennan (0-0) vs. Burbank (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Edison (0-0) vs. Brackenridge (0-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-4A

Floresville (0-0) vs. Memorial (0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Kennedy (0-0) vs. Harlandale (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

McCollum (0-0) at Uvalde (0-0), 7 p.m.

Southside (0-0) at Medina Valley (0-0), 7 p.m.

District 28-3A

La Vernia (0-0) at Pleasanton (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Poteet (0-0) at Somerset (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Antonian (0-0) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Austin St. Michael’s (0-0) at Central Catholic (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

Cornerstone Christian (0-0) at Austin Hyde Park Baptist (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross (0-0) at San Marcos Academy (0-0), 7 p.m.

San Antonio Christian (0-0) at TMI (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Victoria St. Joseph (0-0) at Austin Regents (0-0), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

TAPPS District 2-I

St. Anthony (0-0) at Brownsville St. Joseph (0-0), 1 p.m.

WEEK 7 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 17-19)

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-5A

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

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

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

District 28-4A

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

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

District 29-4A

Harlandale (0-0) vs. Memorial (0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Kennedy (0-0) at Southside (0-0), 7 p.m.

Medina Valley (0-0) vs. McCollum (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Uvalde (0-0) at Floresville (0-0), 7 p.m.

District 28-3A

Pleasanton (0-0) at Poteet (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Austin St. Michael’s (0-0) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

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

TAPPS District 3-II

Cornerstone Christian (0-0) at San Marcos Academy (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio Christian (0-0) at Austin Hyde Park Baptist (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TMI (0-0) at Victoria St. Joseph (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

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

District 28-3A

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

TAPPS District 2-I

Brownsville St. Joseph (0-0) at Antonian (0-0), 2 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

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

WEEK 8 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 24-26)

Thursday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 29-4A

Southside (0-0) vs. Harlandale (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi King (0-0) at South San (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest (0-0) vs. Corpus Christi Carroll (0-0) at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

Steele (0-0) at East Central (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

District 28-4A

Brennan (0-0) vs. Highlands (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Edison (0-0) vs. Lanier (0-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-4A

Floresville (0-0) at Medina Valley (0-0), 7 p.m.

Memorial (0-0) at Uvalde (0-0), 7 p.m.

McCollum (0-0) vs. Kennedy (0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

District 28-3A

Poteet (0-0) at LaVernia (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston (0-0) at Pleasanton (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-0) at Central Catholic (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

St. Anthony (0-0) at Antonian (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (0-0) at Austin Regents (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Cornerstone Christian (0-0) at TMI (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross (0-0) at Victoria St. Joseph (0-0), 7 p.m.

San Marcos Academy (0-0) at San Antonio Christian (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (0-0) vs. Burbank (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 2 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Brownsville St. Joseph (0-0) at Austin St. Michael’s (0-0), 1 p.m.

WEEK 9 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi Carroll (0-0) vs. Steele (0-0) at Robert Lehnhoff Stadium, Schertz, 7:30 p.m.

East Central (0-0) at South San (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest (0-0) vs. Corpus Christi King (0-0) at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-4A

Lanier (0-0) vs. Brackenridge (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-4A

Harlandale (0-0) at Uvalde (0-0), 7 p.m.

Kennedy (0-0) at Floresville (0-0), 7 p.m.

Medina Valley (0-0) vs. Memorial (0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Southside (0-0) vs. McCollum (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

District 28-3A

La Vernia (0-0) vs. Sam Houston (0-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Pleasanton (0-0) at Somerset (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Central Catholic (0-0) at Antonian (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

TMI (0-0) at San Marcos Academy (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Victoria St. Joseph (0-0) at Austin Hyde Park Baptist (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Austin Regents (0-0) at San Antonio Christian (0-0), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Jefferson (0-0) vs. Brennan (0-0) at Farris Stadium, 7 p.m.

Highlands (0-0) vs. Edison (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Austin St. Michael’s (0-0) vs. St. Anthony (0-0) at Incarnate Word University, 7:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-0) at Brownsville St. Joseph (0-0), 3 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

Cornerstone Christian (0-0) vs. Holy Cross (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

WEEK 10 SCHEDULE

(Nov. 7-9)

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi King (0-0) at East Central (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

South San (0-0) vs. Corpus Christi Carroll (0-0) at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

Steele (0-0) at Southwest (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (0-0) vs. Highlands (0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-4A

Floresville (0-0) at Southside (0-0), 7 p.m.

McCollum (0-0) vs. Harlandale (0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Memorial (0-0) vs. Kennedy (0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Uvalde (0-0) at Medina Valley (0-0), 7 p.m.

District 28-3A

Sam Houston (0-0) at Poteet (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Somerset (0-0) at LaVernia (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Central Catholic (0-0) at Brownsville St. Joseph (0-0), 6 p.m.

Antonian (0-0) at Austin St. Michael’s (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-0) vs. St. Anthony (0-0) at Incarnate Word University, 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

Holy Cross (0-0) at Austin Hyde Park Baptist (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

San Marcos Academy (0-0) at Victoria St. Joseph (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TMI (0-0) at Austin Regents (0-0), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Burbank (0-0) vs. Lanier (0-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Edison (0-0) vs. Jefferson (0-0) at Incarnate Word University, 8 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Hurricanes eyeing third district title, extended playoff run

Boys basketball
Sam Houston

The Hurricanes (9-6, 1-0) began District 28-3A play last Friday with a punishing 116-22 victory over Hawkins (0-1).
Sam Houston has its sights set on a third-consecutive district title, and a little bit more this season. After being eliminated in the Class 3A Region IV semifinals each of the last two years, the Hurricanes aren’t shy about their aspirations to take their success under coach Ike Thornton another step or two further.
“Our goal, and it’s critical, is that we’ve been two games from going downstate the last two years,” Thornton said. “We haven’t been able to figure it out, what we need to take that next step. But we’ve been there twice now, and we’re not coming back to do the same thing again.”
Despite being without some key players and taking some lumps against larger schools earlier in the year, the Hurricanes were No. 4 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 3A state poll.
“I’ve said all year that they’re one of the 10 best teams in the city,” Central Catholic coach Romy Vela said after a 73-55 loss Dec. 21 at Sam Houston. “I can’t believe they’re not ranked. They have a great team. They’re very athletic. They have two or three guys that can bring the ball up, they can shoot, they have an inside game and they play good defense.”
Sam Houston lost a tough game to Churchill (22-3), No. 5 in the Express-News area rankings, 66-63 Jan. 8 at the Chargers’ gym. The Chargers also are ranked No. 14 in the TABC Class 5A state poll.
Senior Isaac Thornton, one of the coach’s two sons on the team, led the Hurricanes with 28 points against Churchill. He contributes inside and outside scoring, along with a calming presence as the team’s leader.
“He’s having a huge type of year,” the elder Thornton said. “He’s a great leader. He’s basically been running practices. It’s great to have a player like that.”
Junior Jordon Harris added 13. The guard has been a marked man by opposing defenses, but is capable of big scoring outputs in his third year as a starter.
“He can be explosive,” Thornton said. “Jordon’s a really good player. He and Isaac have been basically carrying the team. He was really needed on varsity as a freshman, so he has it in him.”
Terrance Winkfield, a veteran who recently rejoined the team after being suspended for disciplinary reasons, also hit double figures with 10 points.
Thornton scored 26 against Hawkins. Sophomore post Devin Allen scored 19. At 6-4, 175 pounds, Allen plays with explosiveness that belies his size, and his development has been a key for the Hurricanes.
“Devin has stepped up,” Thornton said. “We knew we needed a three-headed monster (in scoring), and he’s giving us that. Even though he played last year, he didn’t play a whole lot. He’s got a very unique game. He’s got finesse – he can handle the ball and shoot the three – but he can also score in the post.”
The Hurricanes have gotten a pair of big boosts in the depth department in the last month.
Terrance Washington, who rejoined the team in mid-December after his disciplinary suspension was lifted, provided 17 points.
“He earned his way back by staying focused and working hard,” Thornton said of Washington after the Central Catholic game. “He’s still very rusty, but his presence means a lot.”
Winkfield scored 16 and Brandon Seals had 10 against Hawkins.
“We had eight players coming back from last year,” Thornton said before Winkfield returned, “but four of those guys haven’t played. When they do what they need to do, we’ll bring them back and it’ll make us a much stronger team. They’ve all played in two regional semifinals.”
One area Sam Houston will look to shore up as the season heats up is its trademark full-court pressure defense.
“We should be fine in our district,” Thornton said. “I’m not underestimating any of our district opponents, but we should be fine. We’ll come in as, easily, the district favorite. We’ll need to use the district season to pretty much hit on all cylinders. We’re nowhere near that. We’re probably in second gear now.”
Of course, he said that before Christmas. The Hurricanes seem to be revving up a bit at this time.

SOUTH SIDE SOFTBALL PLAYOFF PICTURE (updated April 19, 2013)

SAN ANTONIO SOUTH SIDE SPORTS

Softball playoff picture

 These are the local teams that have qualified for the playoffs (in alphabetical order)

 POSTSEASON QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (14-15-1, 8-4), East Central (20-11, 8-2), Edison (14-15-2, 10-2), Harlandale (13-10, 8-6), Holy Cross (21-12-2, 5-2), Jefferson (13-15, 7-5), Southwest (28-5, 8-2).

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SOFTBALL ROUNDUP (for week ending April 13, 2013)

THIS STORY CONTAINS INFO ABOUT: Edison, Holy Cross, East Central, Southwest, Brackenridge and Jefferson (in order)

FOR A FULL STORY ON BURBANK VS. BRENNAN baseball (April 12, 2013 @ SAISD Field No. 1), click this link:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Burbank-boys-fall-to-Brennan-9-6-4435759.php

FOR INFO ABOUT: Harlandale and McCollum, click this link:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/High-school-sports-round-up-4435787.php

 Edison

The Golden Bears (12-15-2, 8-2) tuned up for their scheduled meeting Tuesday with first-place Brennan (15-10, 9-2) by recording a pair of shutout wins in District 28-4A.

The game will take on extra meaning for Edison because it’s a Susan G. Komen For the Cure event. Former Golden Bears coach Mary Ann Villarreal, for whom the SAISD softball complex is named, died of breast cancer.

“It’s going to be an unbelievable game,” Edison coach Aimee Silva said. “It’s the first annual Pitch for the Cure. It’s a special game for us, but we have to be focused on the task at hand. That’s the most important thing – but it’s just a special day.”

Edison defeated Brackenridge (12-15-1, 6-4) 3-0 April 9 and Burbank (6-16, 3-7) 10-0 last Friday. Both games were played at Mary Anne Villarreal Field No. 2.

Golden Bears junior Celeste Vela pitched a two-hitter against Burbank. She escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning with a strikeout on a 3-2 count. In the fifth, the Bulldogs had runners at first and third with two outs when Edison snuffed out a stolen base attempt.

“Celeste made some big pitches,” Silva said. “That’s what we’ve been doing the second half (of district season), which really helps. We’ve been eliminating a lot of the errors and mistakes we were making in the first round. That’s the key.”

Edison rallied for five runs in the third inning in a rally sparked by a leadoff walk to Brittany Salinas, followed by April Escobedo’s single. The Golden Bears put the game to bed via the 10-run rule with a four-run rally in the fifth. Vela produced an RBI single, Denise Vasquez drove in two runs with a double and Amber Pacheco added the 10th run with an RBI base hit.

“Our bats have woken up,” Silva said. “That’s going to be a big thing for us, once we get into the playoffs. We need to be consistent every at-bat. When we have runners on second and third base, we have to score runs.”

The loss eliminated Burbank from playoff consideration. The Bulldogs finished the week in fifth place.

Vela also limited Brackenridge to three hits, spread over eight innings. Neither team scored through the first seven innings. Vela struck out eight in the win.

Edison, which finished with six hits, won on the strength of three unearned runs against Brack sophomore pitcher Alexis Berlanga. Berlanga walked none and struck out six. Jennifer Castillo, Berlanga and freshman Miranda Sandoval accounted for the Eagles’ hits.

Tuesday’s contest will be the final game of the regular season for Brennan. Edison will face Jefferson (12-14-1, 6-4) Friday in the district season finale at Villarreal Field No. 2 (7:15 p.m.).

Holy Cross

The Knights (20-12-2) began postseason play with a 10-0 shutout victory over Corpus Christi Incarnate Word last Saturday in the TAPPS 3-4A Tournament.

Knights junior Julia Ibarra pitched a three-hitter at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross got off to a great start, taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning and tacking on two more runs in the second. In the sixth, the Knights ended the game with a three-run rally.

East Central/Southwest

East Central (19-10, 7-2) and Southwest (28-5, 7-2), No. 3 in the Express-News area rankings, maintained their first-place tie heading into the final day of the District 28-5A season Tuesday.

Southwest was set to finish at Steele (17-11, 5-4). East Central, ranked No, 10, was to finish with a home game against Corpus Christi King (21-10, 5-4). King and Steele are tied for third place.

East Central edged Steele 3-2 April 9 and defeated South San (9-18, 1-8) 7-0 last Friday

Hornets sophomore pitcher Madison Strunk threw a one-hitter at South San. East Central scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings to put the game out of reach.

Against Steele at East Central, junior pitcher Taylor Doege limited the Knights to five hits. Steele took a 1-0 lead in its half of the first inning, but didn’t score again until the fourth. East Central scored twice in the first and added a run in the second for a 3-1 advantage.

Southwest trounced Corpus Christi Carroll 16-8 April 9. The Dragons led by six runs before King last Friday. They secured a 13-3 victory. Both games were played at at Cabaniss Field in Corpus Christi.

Against King, the Dragons hammered five hits in the first inning. After the Mustangs closed within 6-3 in the third, Southwest pushed across five runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to invoke the 10-run rule. Freshman pitcher Caitlin Terrazas limited King to five hits and two earned runs, walking one and striking out four.

Junior Kamarie Vidales led Southwest’s 13-hit attack with a home run, her sixth of the season. Gabby Flores added a double and Samantha Hernandez belted a triple.

Against Carroll (13-19, 2-6), junior Elizabeth Phillips (RBI) hit a triple and senior Miranda Medina (RBI) slugged her ninth home run of the season. The Dragons produced 19 hits.

Sophomore Krystal Salinas went 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs. Vidales was the winning pitcher and helped herself with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate that included two doubles. Samantha Hernandez, Amanda Sanchez (RBI), Yanira Fernandez (2 RBI), Destinee Gonzales (2 RBI) and Terrazas (double, RBI) all drilled two hits.

Brackenridge/Jefferson

Brackenridge recovered from its loss to Edison to defeat Jefferson11-7 last Friday and force a tie for third place.

In a game of twists and turns, Brackenridge took the lead for good. with a six-run outburst in the sixth inning. It came in response to a four-run fifth that had given the Mustangs the lead. Berlanga kept Jefferson scoreless in the last two innings.

A first-inning double from Sandoval and a key second-inning single from Allie Castillo helped Brack build a 4-1 lead. Genesis Porado was safe on an error, Melanie Ybarra delivered a single and Grace Chavez folllowed with a double to fuel Jefferson’s fifth inning.

A bunt single got the Eagles started in the sixth. A single by Sandoval loaded the bases and two runs came in on a fielder’s choice with Lexus Lozano at the plate. Tied 7-7, two Jefferson errors led to four more Brackenridge runs.

The Mustangs were scheduled to play Burbank Tuesday and finish against Edison Friday. The Eagles were to play Lanier (5-17, 1-8) Tuesday and Highlands (7-18, 2-8) Friday at Villarreal Field No. 1.

 

BASEBALL ROUNDUP (week ending April 13, 2013)

THIS STORY CONTAINS INFO ABOUT: Highlands, Lanier, Central Catholic, Edison and Holy Cross (in order)

FOR A FULL STORY ON BURBANK VS. BRENNAN (April 12, 2013 @ SAISD Field No. 1), click here:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Burbank-boys-fall-to-Brennan-9-6-4435759.php

FOR INFO ABOUT: McCollum, Harlandale and East Central, click here: http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/High-school-sports-round-up-4435787.php

Highlands/Lanier

Highlands (13-8, 4-6) brought Lanier’s momentum from the win over Brennan to a halt with a 6-5 victory last Friday at SAISD Field No. 2.

“We had the bases loaded and two outs,” Perez said, “Matt Bailey had two strikes on him, but he drove a two-run single up the middle. We won in the sixth on an RBI double from Maurice Devora, followed by a second double from Gustavo Castro.”

The win was crucial to Highlands’ playoff hopes. It enabled the Owls to tie Lanier for fourth place in 28-4A, which represents the final playoff spot.

“It was huge,” Perez said. “It was super. I told the boys all week long, we beat Jefferson (April 9) but this game was going to be brutal. We’re just like (Lanier is).

“For six years (in Class 5A), we had no chance to make the playoffs. Now we get to play for a chance to go to the playoffs, and that’s wonderful.”

The loss wasn’t the downer for the Voks that one might expect.

“Like I told the guys, they played great against Brennan and (Highlands) played great today,” Sanchez said. “I told the guys to be proud. A loss is not going to kill us. We’re not out of it. They got one more run than you did.

“My coaches and I expected us to come out and compete hard today, and the boys didn’t disappoint. They came out and battled. Highlands played a great game and their pitcher, Jordan DeLuna, did, too.”

Daniel Castano, Hector DeHoyos and Jesse Torres all had two hits for the Voks. Devora was two-for-three with three RBIs.

“Most of the time, our top of the lineup gets the majority of hits,” Perez said, “but today we have five RBIs from the bottom of our lineup.”

Against Brennan, the Bears scored more steadily but Lanier did more damage in two innings. The Voks scored six runs in the second and four in the sixth to claim a 10-4 lead, then held off Brennan down the stretch. DeHoyos smacked a triple and drove in four runs for Lanier. Castano had three hits. Nicholas Mojica (RBI), Torres and Jalen Rodriguez each accounted for two of the Voks’ nine hits. Jesus Esquivel and Jeremiah Esquivel both drove in runs.

“Things have evened out,” Sanchez said. “There’s no dominating team like there used to be. Anybody can beat anybody..”

Highlands defeated Jefferson (6-14, 3-6) 5-4 April 9 at SAISD Field No. 2. The Owl’s Steven Martinez was the winning pitcher and drove in three runs as a hitter. Cesar Carranza drove in three runs for the Mustangs.

Central Catholic

The Buttons (20-7-1, 4-3) got off to a rough start last week, but finished it with a pair of resounding wins.

Central Catholic, fourth in TAPPS District 2-5A, lost a district heartbreaker 5-4 April 8 at first-place Corpus Christi John Paul (18-10, 5-1). However, the Buttons went on to blast district rival Laredo St. Augustine 20-1 April 10 and Jefferson 10-0 in a non-district game last Friday.

“We’re still in the hunt,” Central Catholic coach Mike Gomez said of the district race. “Everybody has at least one loss and not everybody has played every team. I’m not worried about where we are. We just need to keep pushing.”

A three-run triple from senior leadoff hitter LaShawn Thomas was the big hit for Central Catholic against St. Augustine, as part of an 11-run second inning. Sam Perez was three-for-three with two RBIs. Nick Casas contributed a double and an RBI single. Senior standout Oscar Sepulveda delivered two hits, including a two-run double in the second.

Substitute Zach Arambula (two-run double) and starting pitcher Adam Trevino (RBI single) also had big hits.

Central Catholic produced ample offense throughout the lineup, but the last four batters in the order stood out. They combined to score 11 runs.

“The bottom half of our order hasn’t done that,” Gomez said. “We put more pressure on them with our at-bats. We just hope to keep moving forward.”

The Buttons blanked Jefferson at Kahlig Field. The Mustangs mustered just three singles, from Nicholas Flores, Cesar Garza and Greg Gonzales.

“The team is in a good spot,” Gomez said. “We’ve kind of settled on a lineup and we’re relying on some kids to do some things.”

Against John Paul, the Buttons led 4-2 in the bottom of the third, when the host team’s Robert Molina hit a two-run home run. John Paul scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth.

“We had a squeeze play on and laid down the bunt, but the runner on third didn’t run,” Gomez said. “We had a 40-mph wind, and one of their guys popped it up in the air for a two-run home run.”

Edison

The Golden Bears (14-10, 6-3) gained a share of second place in 28-4A, alongside Burbank, with a 14-4 win over Brackenridge (7-16, 1-8) last Friday at SAISD Field No. 1.

The hard-luck Eagles, who had been coming out on the short end of close games recently, had the misfortune of catching Edison on a stellar night. Most of the damage was done early, by both teams.

Edison scored six runs in the top of the first inning and eight more in the second. Brackenridge survived the first salvo, manufacturing three runs in the bottom of the first, but couldn’t weather the second. The Eagles scored the five-inning game’s last run in the bottom of the second as Bears ace Zach Garcia kept them in check.

Joe Martinez (RBI), Mario Roldan and Brayan Guerrero (RBI) all were 2-for-3. Tristen Cortinas also drove in a run. Individual Edison stats were unavailable.

Edison also edged Lee 7-6 April 9 in a non-district game at SAISD Field No. 1. The Golden Bears again scored the bulk of their runs early, including a four-run second inning that put them ahead 5-0.

Holy Cross

The Knights (12-12, 4-4) split a pair of games with Texas Military Institute last week in TAPPS 3-4A action.

They prevailed 6-5 last Thursday at Holy Cross. TMI edged Holy Cross 9-8 in the rematch two days later with TMI (14-5, 5-3) the host team in the district tournament.

Earlier in the week, Austin Hyde Park nipped Holy Cross 2-1. April 9 in Austin. Holy Cross sophomore pitcher Jesse Martinez limited Hyde Park to three hits despite the loss. The home team scored both of its runs in the first inning. The Knights scored their run in the sixth.

Sophomore Steve Villela hit a home run as part of the Knights’ six-run second inning last Thursday. Holy Cross senior pitcher Wyatt Trinidad allowed five hits.

In last Saturday’s game, Holy Cross trailed 1-0 before pushing across four runs in the top of the third. TMI forged ahead 6-4, but the Knights tied it 6-6 in the sixth and took an 8-7 lead in the top of the seventh. The Panthers won with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.