BOYS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Feb. 8)

Through February 8

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last Week

1. East Central – 1

2. Central Catholic – 2

3. South San – 3

4. Sam Houston – 6

5. Jefferson – 4

6. Holy Cross – 5

7. Lanier – 7

8. Brackenridge – 8

9. Southwest – 10

10. McCollum – 12

11. Harlandale – 11

12. Memorial – 9

13. Burbank – 14

14. Kennedy15

15. Highlands 13

NR = not ranked

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Feb. 8)

Through February 8

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Southwest – 1

2. Highlands – 2

3. Lanier – 4

4. East Central – 3

5. Brackenridge – 8

6. Harlandale – 7

7. Southside – 5

8. Burbank – 6

9. Holy Cross – 11

10. South San – 9

11. Sam Houston – 12

12. Kennedy – 10

13. Young Women’s Leadership Academy – 13

14. Edison – 15

15. McCollum14

 

NR = not ranked

BOYS BASKETBALL: Area playoff picture (final)

Boys basketball playoff picture

These are the area teams that qualified for the playoffs (in alphabetical order):

Final

QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (22-11, 10-6), Central Catholic (25-9, 2-3), East Central (25-6, 9-1), Fox Tech (13-22, 3-7), Holy Cross (30-7, 13-1), Jefferson (22-8, 13-3), Lanier (19-13, 12-4), Sam Houston (18-9, 13-3), St. Gerard (9-12 ???, 4-6), South San (18-8, 7-3), Southwest (16-16, 4-6).

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Area playoff picture (thru Feb. 12)

Girls basketball playoff picture

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

Through February 9

QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (19-15, 11-5), East Central (19-13, 7-3), Harlandale (18-13, 11-5), Highlands (21-11, 15-1), Holy Cross (21-10, 11-4), Lanier (21-7, 13-3), Southside (20-11, 10-4), Southwest (23-9, 8-2).

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Feb. 6)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Jan. 31Feb. 6

Monday’s games

TAPPS 5-3A

Boerne Geneva (15-13, 6-0) 33, Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills (10-11, 2-3) 11

Tuesday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll (20-8, 6-2) 67, East Central (17-13, 5-3) 64 (OT)

Corpus Christi Ray (19-12, 5-3) 73, South San (13-17, 1-7) 61

Southwest (22-8, 7-1) 54, Corpus Christi King (2-19, 0-8) 18

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (18-11, 7-6) 45, Lockhart (3-17 ???, 1-10 ???) 18

Floresville (24-4, 13-1) 54, Memorial (1-25 ???, 0-13 ???) 27

San Marcos (16-7, 11-2) 66, Kennedy (8-18 ???, 1-11 ???) 52

Kerrville Tivy (19-9, 10-3) 55, Seguin (20-11, 9-4) 51  (OT)

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (17-15, 9-5) 49, Burbank (17-14, 9-5) 36

Highlands (19-11, 13-1) 54, Sam Houston (8-19, 4-10) 37

Jefferson (5-24, 1-14) 43, McCollum (4-22, 3-11) 39

Lanier (20-7, 12-3) 70, Edison (10-18, 3-11) 39

District 29-5A

Laredo Martin (19-15, 6-6) 68, Eagle Pass Winn (0-16 ???, 0-11 ???) 36

Laredo Cigarroa (29-6, 12-0) 61, Laredo Nixon (19-14, 8-4) 45

Medina Valley (11-18, 8-4) 33, Southside (19-10, 9-3) 23

Somerset (4-17 ???, 0-10 ???) at Uvalde (6-21, 3-8) (score unavailable)

District 263A

Cole (30-3, 8-0) 70, Randolph (5-15 ????, 2-5 ???) 14

Marion (22-8, 7-1) 78, Brooks Academy (6-10 ???, 1-6) 40

Natalia (18-9, 5-3) 65, Fox Tech (6-20, 0-8) 30

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross (20-9, 10-3) 43, TMI (7-21, 4-10) 26

San Antonio Christian (21-11, 7-5) 51, Cornerstone Christian (11-25, 4-9) 39

Victoria St. Joseph (28-4, 13-0) 62, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (25-6, 11-2) 47

Providence (4-26, 1-12) 40, Laredo St. Augustine (3-21, 1-12) 38

TAPPS 5-3A

Keystone (4-7 ???, 3-3) 51, St. Gerard (3-18, 0-6) 43

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

TAPPS 53A

Schertz John Paul II (10-9 ???, 4-2) 36, Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills (10-12, 2-4) 24

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll (21-8, 7-2) 64, Corpus Christi Ray (19-13, 5-4) 51

South San (13-17, 1-7) at Corpus Christi King (2-19, 0-8) (ppd. to Saturday, 11:30 a.m.)

East Central (18-13, 6-3) 51, Southwest (22-9, 7-2) 49

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (19-11, 8-6) 46, San Marcos (16-8, 11-3) 34

Floresville (25-4, 14-1) 55, Alamo Heights (12-17, 6-9) 45

Seguin (21-11, 10-4) 60, Kennedy (8-19 ???, 1-12 ???) 38

Kerrville Tivy (20-9, 11-3) 70, Memorial (1-26 ???, 0-14 ???) 24

District 28-5A

Lanier (21-7, 13-3) 65, Harlandale (16-13, 10-5) 51

Brackenridge (18-15, 10-5) 60, McCollum (4-23, 3-12) 35

Sam Houston (9-19, 5-10) 47, Edison (10-19, 3-12) 40

Highlands (20-11, 14-1) 70, Burbank (17-15, 9-6) 55

District 29-5A

Somerset (5-17 ???, 1-10 ???) 50, Eagle Pass Winn (0-17 ???, 0-12 ???) 33

Laredo Cigarroa (30-6, 13-0) 45, Southside (19-11, 9-4) 27

Laredo Nixon (20-14, 9-4) 48, Medina Valley (11-19, 8-5) 42

Laredo Martin (20-15, 7-6) 75, Uvalde (6-22 ???, 3-9 ???) 49

District 26-3A

Cole (31-3, 9-0) 54, Marion (22-9, 7-2) 20

Natalia (19-9, 6-3) 66, Brooks Academy (6-11 ???, 1-7 ???) 33

Randolph (6-15 ???, 3-5 ???) 50, Fox Tech (6-21, 0-9) 23

TAPPS 4-4A

San Antonio Christian (22-11, 8-5) 55, Corpus Christi John Paul II (10-17 ???, 7-6) 48

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (26-6, 12-2) 72, TMI (7-22, 4-11) 17

TAPPS 53A

Boerne Geneva (16-13, 7-0) 51, St. Gerard (3-19, 0-7) 34

Saturday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi King (3-19, 1-8) 43, South San (13-18, 1-8) 41

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross (21-9, 11-3) 44, Laredo St. Augustine (3-22, 1-13) 18

Corpus Christi John Paul II (11-17 ???, 8-6) 49, Cornerstone Christian (11-26, 4-10) 46

FOOTBALL: Brooks Academy to carry on as independent

Bengals decide not to drop football, building schedule for 2016

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brooks Academy.

Following a season fraught with growing pains, Brooks Academy felt compelled to assess its football future.

After looking at the situation from both sides of the coin and seeking advice, Bengals head coach/athletic director Eric Hernandez found a way for his team to continue. Brooks Academy will continue to compete in UIL Class 3A in the 2016 season as an independent.

“I wanted to make sure the kids didn’t lose that opportunity,” Hernandez said. “Those juniors that played for me this year are going to be seniors. I didn’t want to pull the rug out from under them.”

The Bengals finished 1-8 overall last season, defeating Lee Academy for the second-consecutive season. Afterward, injuries began to mount forcing Brooks to forfeit a non-district game Oct. 2 to Cotulla. The Bengals were able to preserve the District 26-3A portion of their season, but they finished it 0-4 and were outscored 281-6 by opponents in the highly competitive district.

That led to offseason soul searching as to whether the risk of continuing the program in terms of potential injuries might outweigh the possible rewards. Hernandez admits he considered dropping the football.

The enthusiasm of his players ultimately made him abandon that option, but without the luxury of a district schedule in place the future still was hazy.

“My only concern was injuries,” Hernandez said, explaining his rationale to consider eliminating the sport. “I didn’t want kids to be risking injury.”

While Brooks Academy still will need to follow all UIL regulations, but it can’t play for district championships or qualify for the postseason. Not being affiliated with a district keeps it out of the playoff system.

Hernandez doesn’t expect to schedule any scrimmages for 2016. He attended the realignment meeting at the Region IV Education Service Center to get advice from UIL director of compliance, eligibility and education Mark Cousins – and then to try to put together a 2016 schedule.

The Bengals now have five scheduled games with UIL opponents (Runge, Center Point, St. Gerard, Charlotte and Leakey) and hopes to add some with TAPPS or TCAL

“We probably won’t have 10 games,” Hernandez said. “This past year, when we got to Week 8, we were just surviving. I’m still proud of our school, that we still have a football team, we just don’t belong to a district.”

Being outside of a district affiliation has allowed Hernandez to put together a schedule that features teams closer to the Bengals’ ability.

“I went in there with zero games and I came out with five,” Hernandez said. “If we only pick up one or two more, it was better than my expectations.

“Next year, we’ll see what the man upstairs has planned for us. We’re excited.”

ALL SPORTS: UIL district re-alignment analysis

 

OVERVIEW

Generally, re-alignment was kind to our area teams this time around. The most notable exception was East Central. But for Kennedy, Memorial and Southside (especially the Edgewood ISD schools) Monday, Feb. 1 must have felt a little like Christmas.

Kennedy and Memorial had been dumped into a situation where many intangibles had been stacked against them in the 2015 school year and in the current year. They really don’t have the same profile in many ways as fellow District 27-5A schools like Alamo Heights, Boerne Champion and Kerrville Tivy. The revamped District 28-5A won’t be a cakewalk for either Kennedy or Memorial, but it’s a much more level playing field. The Edgewood ISD schools should be able to compete well against their San Antonio Independent School District counterparts.

 

Southside shouldn’t expect an easier path in the new District 29-5A, either, but at least it will be traveling within city limits to some games and not facing a fairly to extremely long bus trip every time they play away from their home facilities. On the other hand, trips to Eagle Pass Winn and Uvalde will remain on the schedule.

 

East Central’s situation in fall 2016 through 2018 isn’t comparable to that which Kennedy and Memorial are mired in. The reason is that the Hornets have the enrollment and the established programs to compete in what will be a super-district by any measure. In the last few years, District 28-6A has been remarkably balanced in most sports. The Hornets will enter a District 27-6A in which almost every game may seem like a playoff game in every sport (much like the current 27-6A alignment) with the likes of Judson, Steele, Smithson Valley and the New Braunfels schools. East Central will need to rise to the challenge if it is to continue making regular postseason appearances across the board.

 

For Brooks Academy and Fox Tech, their workload got a little bit tougher but they won’t quite be thrown to the wolves like Kennedy and Memorial were two years ago on this day. The new District 26-3A is fairly compact geographically and will be an eight-team district (both positives), but the tradeoff there for Brooks and Fox Tech with their very-low-for-3A enrollments will be facing solid programs from Jourdanton and Karnes City.

 

For most other area teams, the changes were more cosmetic than impactful.

 

As always, it will be interesting to see how UIL re-alignment shakes out when the games and matches commence.

 

                                        MORE TO COME (district breakdowns)

ALL SPORTS: UIL district re-alignment (2016-18)

UIL RE-ALIGNMENT 2016-18
Note: teams we cover are in boldface
Class 6A
DISTRICT 276A

Clemens

East Central

Judson

New Braunfels

New Braunfels Canyon

Smithson Valley

Steele

Wagner

DISTRICT 296A

Del Rio

Eagle Pass

Laredo Alexander

Laredo LBJ

Laredo United

Laredo United South

South San

Southwest

 

Class 5A
DISTRICT 28-5A

Brackenridge

Burbank

Edison

Highlands

Jefferson

Kennedy

Lanier

Memorial

Sam Houston

DISTRICT 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn

Floresville

Harlandale

McCollum

Southside

Uvalde

 

Class 3A
DISTRICT 263A

Brooks Academy

Carver Academy

Cole

Fox Tech

Jourdanton

Karnes City

Natalia

Poth