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Soccer Playoffs Kick Off This Week

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The W.T. White girls will meet state power Sachse in the bi-district round of the Class 6A Region II playoffs.

The W.T. White girls will meet state power Sachse in the bi-district round of the Class 6A Region II playoffs.

After earning a share of its eighth UIL district title during the regular season, Jesuit will begin its playoff run this week.

The Rangers (15-3-1), who tied with Coppell for the District 9-6A crown, will play a Region II bi-district game against Rowlett at 6 p.m. Thursday at Homer B. Johnson Stadium in Garland.

On the girls side, W.T. White will make its second straight playoff appearance, and will face perennial power Sachse in the Class 6A Region II bi-district round at 6 p.m. Friday, also in Garland. The Longhorns were fourth in the 9-6A standings during the regular season.

In Class 5A, the Hillcrest boys and girls will each open postseason play against Sunset as part of a Region II bi-district doubleheader on Friday at Sprague Stadium. The girls will kick off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.


Ursuline Defends TAPPS Soccer Crown

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Ursuline soccer players have posed for this photo after winning a TAPPS state title in 26 of the past 27 years.

Ursuline soccer players have posed for this photo after winning a TAPPS state title in 26 of the past 27 years.

By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

WACO — The Ursuline soccer team left no doubt about its 26th TAPPS title in 27 years. The Bears topped Houston St. Agnes 2-0 on Thursday in the TAPPS Division I state championship game.

Alex Arenas and Katie Gay each scored, and goalkeeper Leah Archer kept the shutout intact with an amazing save off a St. Agnes penalty kick with 16:46 left in the game.

Ursuline (19-2-1) didn’t allow a goal in four playoff games.

“This is definitely the best game I’ve played,” Archer said. “Everyone played great. Our bond this year was so close. It’s insane that we’ve won this many titles, but every year we work so hard to earn it. It’s not a given.”


Alcuin Hoop Squads Net Winning Season

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The Alcuin middle-school boys team, coached by Andy Silverman, finished its season with an undefeated record.

The Alcuin middle-school boys team, coached by Andy Silverman, recently finished its season with an undefeated record.

 

Alcuin School recently completed a successful season for its basketball teams with a pair of championships at the middle-school level.

The Alcuin boys wrapped up an unbeaten year in TAPS Division 2 under head coach Andy Silverman, and the girls secured a title of their own under head coach Jordan Pierson that included a victory over top-ranked Carrollton Prince of Peace.

At the high school level, the Hawks hosted their first TAPPS 1A playoff game against Waxahachie Prep. Alcuin launched its upper school in 2015. Even the fifth- and sixth-grade squads finished with winning records under the guidance of coach Kim Malone.


Unbeaten Eagles Race Past Jesuit

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Jesuit's Reid Hatzmann is defended by Klein Forest during a Class 6A Region II semifinal game on Friday.

Jesuit’s Reid Hatzmann is defended by Klein Forest’ Kharee McDaniel during a Class 6A Region II semifinal game on Friday. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

By Sean Shapiro / Special Contributor

The best UIL playoff run in Jesuit history came to an end in the Class 6A Region II semifinals on Friday at Davis Field House. Top-ranked and undefeated Klein Forest jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in a 71-57 victory.

Cedrick Alley had a game-high 31 points, including 16 in the first quarter, for the Eagles (34-0). Tavion Robinson added 16 points.

“We had our chances. We just didn’t play very well,” Jesuit head coach Chris Hill said. “They’re very good, well coached, and very athletic. But we had our chances to get back in it and we didn’t play real well.”

Mitch Prendergast led the Rangers (23-11) with 16 points. Michael Jankovich finished with 14 and Marcus Hill added nine.

Klein Forest’s Reggie Miller hit a corner 3-pointer on the opening possession to spark a 13-4 run to start the game. The Eagles led 20-9 after the first quarter, but Jesuit cut the deficit to 36-29 before halftime when it connected on three 3-pointers and started getting to the free-throw line in the second quarter.

Jesuit continued to fire 3-pointers in the second half and finished with nine in the game, but couldn’t make up for the early deficit as the Eagles won by double digits for the 30th time this season.

While the season came to an end, Jesuit surpassed expectations by reaching the regional tournament. With 10 losses in the regular season, the Rangers were an underdog throughout their postseason push.

“I’m proud of them. Tonight we could have done better, but no one picked us to be here,” Hill said. “Before the season started, we weren’t even picked as one of the top four teams in our district, so to be playing as one of the top four teams in the region is something we can be proud of.”


Rangers Head to Regional Tournament

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Jesuit has reached uncharted territory in the playoffs, and will face undefeated Klein Forest in the regional tournament on Friday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit has reached uncharted territory in the playoffs. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

After narrow escapes and dramatic comebacks in the first two rounds, Jesuit pulled a surprise on Tuesday against Rockwall, rolling to a lopsided 69-46 victory in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals in Richardson.

The Rangers (23-10) advance to the regional semifinals for the first time in program history, where they will face unbeaten Klein Forest at 6 p.m. Friday at Ellis Davis Field House.

Jesuit took advantage of cold shooting by the Yellowjackets (22-11), who connected on just one 3-pointer and were 7-of-17 from the free-throw line, and gradually pulled away after taking an early lead.

Michael Jankovich scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Rangers, while Marcus Hill added 16 points and seven rebounds. Reid Hatzmann contributed eight points, six rebounds, and nine assists. Jeff Grimes grabbed nine rebounds off the bench.


Rangers Rally Again to Reach Third Round

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Jesuit surged into the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals with a comeback win over The Woodlands on Friday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit surged into the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals with a comeback win over The Woodlands on Friday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Only three days after ending its recent first-round playoff struggles, Jesuit has cleared its second-round hurdle, as well.

The Rangers staged another second-half comeback in a 70-64 victory over The Woodlands on Friday in a Class 6A Region II area round game.

Jesuit (22-10) will next face Rockwall (22-10) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Richardson Berkner. That’s the same site where the Rangers knocked off Rowlett in the bi-district round, and also where the Yellowjackets ousted South Garland in triple-overtime on Friday.


Rangers Rally Past Rowlett in Playoffs

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Jesuit's Mitch Prendergast drives past Rowlett's M.J. Barnes during a Class 6A Region II playoff game on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit’s Mitch Prendergast drives past Rowlett’s M.J. Barnes during a Class 6A Region II playoff game on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

RICHARDSON — Jesuit’s halftime adjustments on Tuesday didn’t involve fiery speeches or strategic overhauls. Instead, the break provided an opportunity for some sports psychology.

After a first half in which the Rangers were out of rhythm, they found their comfort zone. Jesuit erased a double-digit deficit and surged past Rowlett 65-61 in a Class 6A Region II bi-district playoff game.

With their first playoff win since 2013, the Rangers (21-10) advance to meet The Woodlands in the area round at 7 p.m. Friday in College Station.

Jesuit opened the third quarter with a 19-2 run and used balanced scoring to hold off a late rally by Rowlett to win in the same gym where it lost in heartbreaking fashion to Mesquite in the opening round a year ago.


ESD Wins Fourth Straight SPC Soccer Title

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ESD

The ESD girls took a familiar pose with the trophy following the SPC championships over the weekend in Houston.

The ESD dynasty concluded another chapter on Saturday when the Eagles earned their fourth consecutive SPC girls soccer championship in dominating fashion.

ESD crushed its three opponents by a combined score of 11-0 over two days in Houston, capping another unbeaten run through conference play with another title.

The Eagles (11-1-2) topped The Woodlands John Cooper 4-0 in the first round, followed by Houston St. John’s 3-0 in the semifinals and Houston Kinkaid 4-0 in the championship game.

Ellis Miller, a Colgate signee and the school’s all-time leader in goals, scored twice in each game during the tournament. She also assisted on goals by Gillian Campbell and Emma Viquez in the title game.