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The secret to a successful tennis program at Greenhill might be more than just serving and volleying. How about scheduling?

The boys program at the school has won four consecutive SPC championships, and is an overwhelming favorite to make it five straight this spring on its home court. That’s due in part to the volume of students at the school who play extensively in junior tournaments throughout the year.

So the on-court performance typically isn’t an issue. Instead, the challenge becomes working around outside travel and tournaments for individual players while finding time for academics, too.


Defending Champ Jesuit Stays Focused on the Future

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Though not as experienced as last year’s team, the Rangers are playing solid lacrosse down the stretch. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Chris Surran wasn’t trying to put a damper on Jesuit’s first-ever Texas High School Lacrosse League title last spring.

However, after the Rangers finished celebrating their 9-4 upset of Highland Park in the title game in Allen, the Jesuit head coach had a clear message for his team: Forget about it.

Surran’s attention already had turned to the future, and on making sure the Rangers’ first state championship — after falling in the title game on four prior occasions — wasn’t also their last.


Hillcrest Tennis Tandem Returns to State

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Hillcrest's Zane Kohrs and Anne Gilliam will return to the state tennis tournament, this time as doubles partners. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Hillcrest’s Zane Kohrs and Anne Gilliam will return to the state tennis tournament, this time as doubles partners. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Hillcrest’s Anne Gilliam will return to the Class 5A state tennis tournament next month, but she won’t have a chance to defend her title.

Gilliam, a junior, made history by winning a girls singles crown a year ago. However, this time she’ll compete in the mixed doubles bracket with her friend, Zane Kohrs, after the tandem placed second at the Region II tournament this week.

Kohrs, a senior, also advanced to state last year, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals in boys singles. He and Gilliam have been close friends through tennis for more than a decade, and grew up a block apart.

They lost in three sets to Highland Park’s Philip Quinn and Madison McBride in the championship match at the regional tournament on April 19. The state tournament will be May 18-19 in College Station.


QB Coach Reagan to Hold Clinics at Jesuit

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Bill Reagan is a former college football coach who now tutors young quarterbacks.

Bill Reagan is a former college football coach who now tutors young quarterbacks.

Quarterback guru Bill Reagan will return to the area with another of his youth clinics from May 30 to June 1 at Jesuit’s Postell Stadium.

Bill Reagan’s Top Gun Quarterback Training has separate sessions for quarterbacks in grades 5-8 and grades 9-12. Enrollment is very limited.

Reagan is a former assistant coach at Notre Dame among other jobs at the college level. Contact him for reservation information at 574-876-6349 or by email.


Opportunistic Rangers Surge to State Title

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Jesuit had reason to celebrate following a 2-1 overtime win against Arlington Sam Houston in the 6A title game. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

Jesuit had reason to celebrate following a 2-1 overtime win against Arlington Sam Houston on Saturday in the 6A title game. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

By Alonso Tacanga / Special Contributor

GEORGETOWN — Defense, tenacity, capitalizing on opportunities and, yes, some good fortune led Jesuit all the way to the Class 6A state championship game on Saturday night against Arlington Sam Houston.

On the biggest stage of all and with the title of best team in the state on the line, the Rangers won 2-1 in overtime, using the same unconventional style that got them there.

“I don’t think we were the better team today, but we had a chance to win and we took it,” Jesuit head coach Charles DeLong said. “It’s been like that all year.”


Shootout Lifts Rangers Into 6A Title Game

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Jesuit's Ethan Moore is defended by Carlos Garcia of Juarez-Lincoln during Friday's Class 6A state semifinal. The Rangers won in a shootout. (Photo: Thao Nguyen).

Jesuit’s Ethan Moore is defended by Carlos Garcia of Juarez-Lincoln during Friday’s win in a Class 6A state semifinal. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

By Alonso Tacanga / Special Contributor

GEORGETOWN — Jesuit continues to stick to its game and it continues to pay off.

Its latest reward? A 4-2 shootout win over Mission Juarez-Lincoln on Friday night, which catapulted Jesuit into the Class 6A state championship game on Saturday against Arlington Sam Houston.

The Rangers (21-3-1) stuck to their defensive plan and shut out the Huskies (20-3) through 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime to get to the shootout. Once they got there, the writing was on the wall.


Defense Leads Rangers Back to State

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Jesuit is heading back to the UIL state soccer tournament for the first time since the Rangers won the 5A title in 2010. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit is heading back to the UIL state soccer tournament for the first time since the Rangers won the 5A title in 2010. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Seven years after winning the school’s first UIL team title, the Jesuit soccer team is headed back to the state tournament.

The Rangers topped Sachse 2-0 on Saturday in the Class 6A Region II final in Austin to earn their first trip back to Georgetown since winning the 5A crown in 2010.

Jesuit (20-3-1) will meet Mission Juarez-Lincoln (30-3-1) in the state semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The winner will play either Arlington Sam Houston or Pasadena Dobie for the title at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.


Wakeland Deflates Patriots in Playoffs

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Thomas Jefferson's Bryan Gamez Martinez battles for control against Frisco Wakeland during a 4-1 loss on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Thomas Jefferson’s Bryan Gamez Martinez battles for control against Frisco Wakeland during a 4-1 loss on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Thomas Jefferson’s impressive playoff run came to an end on Friday in the Class 5A Region II semifinals.

After reaching the regional tournament for just the second time in program history, the Patriots fell to perennial power Frisco Wakeland 4-1 at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton.

The Wolverines (19-4-1), the 5A state runner-up last season, took a 4-0 lead before Juan Romano tallied the only goal for TJ late in the second half. Jacob Miller scored twice for Wakeland.

The Patriots (11-9-2) finished third in District 11-5A during the regular season but advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs with a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over rival Hillcrest on Tuesday.


Patriots Outlast Hillcrest in Playoffs

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Hillcrest's Yaya Dosso and Thomas Jefferson's Bryan Gamez Martinez battle for the ball during Tuesday's playoff game. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Hillcrest’s Yaya Dosso and Thomas Jefferson’s Bryan Gamez Martinez battle for the ball during Tuesday’s playoff game. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Tuesday’s Class 5A Region II quarterfinal meant more than the average matchup between neighborhood rivals Hillcrest and Thomas Jefferson, and it showed.

The Patriots won an intense thriller 3-2 at Franklin Stadium to advance to the regional semifinals on Friday against perennial power Frisco Wakeland.

TJ and Hillcrest split their two regular-season matchups in District 11-5A, both decided by one goal. The third meeting again proved just how closely matched they are.

Edson Miranda, Cesar Erazo Escobar, and Kevin Chavez supplied the goals for the Patriots (12-8-1). Yaya Dosso scored both goals for the Panthers (19-5) to finish with 32 for the season and five in the playoffs.