Category: Sports

Parish Girls Surge to TAPPS 6A Title

Congratulations to head coach John Griffin and the girls basketball team at Parish Episcopal on their TAPPS 6A championship.

Parish Episcopal’s first-ever win over perennial power Bishop Lynch came at the best possible time.

The Lady Panthers secured a historic TAPPS 6A state championship on Saturday with a 61-56 victory over their district rivals during the title game in West.

Nevaeh Tot led Parish (31-7) with 23 points, while Susanna Scherer added 15. Tot, Scherer, and Nevaeh Parkinson were each named to the all-tournament team.

The Lady Panthers avenged a pair of regular-season losses to Bishop Lynch in the championship game. They did the same against fellow district foe Plano Prestonwood in the semifinals a day earlier, using stellar second-half defense to rally for a 48-45 win.

South Garland Rally Ousts Rangers

Jesuit Reid Hatzmann is defended by South Garland’s Keyon Craddock during the Class 6A Region II final on Saturday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Randy Jennings / Special Contributor

Jesuit’s most successful basketball season in the 14 years since joining the UIL came to an end on Saturday, just one step shy of reaching the state tournament.

But the Rangers can take heart that it took a talented South Garland team to finally halt their record-setting five-game playoff run.

South Garland turned up the defensive pressure in the second half to pull away to a 65-50 victory in the Class 6A Region II championship game at Ellis Davis Field House.

Covering Bases: Rangers Host Tourney

Jesuit will welcome several high-profile opponents to its annual baseball tournament this weekend. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

After rain washed out opening weekend for many high school baseball teams around the state, the Jesuit Dallas Baseball Classic will provide an early test for a handful of top teams in the area.

The three-day round-robin tournament begins on Thursday, with games slated for Wright Field on the Jesuit campus, as well as at Rockwall and Plano East. Each team will play five or six games.

Besides the Rangers, the field includes Forney, Plano West, Bishop Lynch, Rockwall, Plano East, Lovejoy, Sherman, and Xavier College Prep from Palm Desert, California. A complete schedule can be found here.

Jesuit Heads Back to Regional Semis

Max Abmas led all scorers during Jesuit’s playoff win over Rockwall-Heath. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

A fast start keyed by a career night from Max Abmas has Jesuit back in the regional semifinals.

Abmas scored 28 points and the Rangers held off a late rally by Rockwall-Heath for a 71-67 victory in a Class 6A Region II quarterfinal on Tuesday in Rowlett.

It was the eighth consecutive win for Jesuit, which will meet state power Houston Dekaney at 6 p.m. Friday at Ellis Davis Field House. Two more wins would send the Rangers (29-5) to the state tournament.

Michael Jankovich and Marcus Hill added 15 points apiece for the Rangers. Joey Preboy contributed a game-high 11 rebounds. Abmas, Jankovich, and Hall combined to make 12 three-pointers, and Abmas made some clutch free throws down the stretch.

Bears Blank JPII to Claim TAPPS Crown

The Ursuline soccer tradition rolls on. Congratulations to these ladies for their third consecutive TAPPS state title. (Photo: Bert Hosea)

WACO — The tradition continued.

Ursuline topped district foe Plano John Paul II 2-0 on Saturday to win its 27th TAPPS state title in 28 years, including the last three in a row.

The Bears (22-2) took control of the game early. Erin Hurlburt played a perfect ball to Adrienne Bland, whose header found the back of the net only a minute into the game. It was Bland’s fourth goal in the playoffs and 11th goal overall this season.

Jesuit Meets Heath in Playoff Clash

Max Abmas and Jesuit are back in the regional quarterfinals. They will face Rockwall-Heath on Tuesday. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Jesuit’s clash with Rockwall-Heath on Tuesday will feature two of the top perimeter shooting teams in the Dallas area, with a trip to the regional tournament in the balance.

The Class 6A Region II quarterfinal game is slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rowlett. It will be a rematch of a game from the Allen Holiday Invitational tournament on Dec. 28, which the Rangers won 84-71.

Jesuit has won seven straight games overall, including a 76-55 triumph over The Woodlands College Park in the area round on Friday in Waco. The Rangers (28-5) pulled away in the second half behind Marcus Hill and Max Abmas, who led the way with 21 points apiece.