Category: Sports

Greenhill Senior Provides X-Factor on Field and Court

Xavier Bryant says basketball is his favorite sport, but he also enjoys football. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Xavier Bryant’s father played football in college. His mother was a basketball player. He couldn’t choose a favorite parent, so how could Bryant choose just one sport?

Fortunately, the Greenhill senior has proven himself as a standout both on the gridiron and the hardwood, and has learned to balance the demands of football and basketball.

“I found out I’m pretty good at both,” Bryant said. “I basically did it to make my parents happy.”

Lobos Use Big Plays to Eliminate Jesuit

Matthew Priddy scored two touchdowns for Jesuit during a 75-43 playoff loss to Longview on Saturday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit had no answer for high-powered Longview, which needed just 36 offensive snaps to score 75 points and end the season for the Rangers.

The Lobos overwhelmed Jesuit 75-36 on Saturday in a Class 6A Division II Region II area round game at Kincaide Stadium.

Big plays were the recipe for success for the Lobos (11-1), who scored seven of their 11 touchdowns on plays of 30 yards or more. Jaquan Edwards rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 carries, while Keilyn Williams tallied 156 yards and three scores on only eight attempts.

Friars Overpower Parish in Rematch

Logan Rayburn and Parish Episcopal couldn't muster much offense against the defending TAPPS state champions on Saturday. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Bishop Lynch grounded Parish Episcopal’s hopes of a lengthy playoff run on Saturday, in more ways than one.

The unbeaten defending TAPPS state champions stifled the Panthers’ passing attack, while the Friars ran past Parish for the second time this season.

The resulting 42-7 thumping at Wildcat-Ram Stadium ended the season for the youthful Panthers (5-7), and showed why the more experienced Friars (12-0) are a favorite to repeat in December.

Could Hillcrest Lead DISD to Net Gains in Volleyball?

A deep senior class helped the Lady Panthers claim a second consecutive district championship. (Rob Graham)

Hillcrest’s volleyball resurgence included back-to-back District 11-5A titles and consecutive bi-district playoff victories. Those are impressive accomplishments by any standard.

Hillcrest edged a scrappy Sunset squad in four sets on Oct. 31 in its first playoff match before being swept by Mansfield Lake Ridge two days later in the area round for the second consecutive year.

Rangers Outlast Lakeview in Playoffs

Jesuit quarterback Parker Towns accounted for seven touchdowns during Friday’s playoff win over Lakeview Centennial. (Photo: Rob Graham)

By Sean Shapiro / Special Contributor

Based on the final score, you would have thought it was an early-season basketball game between Jesuit and Garland Lakeview Centennial on Friday at Postell Stadium.

In a wild, back-and-forth game that saw both teams combined for 1,479 yards, the Rangers outlasted the Patriots 79-55 in a Class 6A Division II bi-district game.

Jesuit quarterback Parker Towns accounted for seven total touchdowns. He completed 13 of 18 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 155 yards and four scores on nine carries.

Quarterback leads Jesuit back to playoffs


Parker Towns is one of the most prolific passers in the area this season. (Photo: Rob Graham )

From the department of misleading statistics, Jesuit quarterback Parker Towns lost his first six starts as a varsity quarterback.

Never mind that four of those games came against perennial powers Plano East and Lake Travis. Another was against defending state champion DeSoto, and the other came versus undefeated Coppell.