Thornton tops district honors and Olvera is for keeps

DICKINSON’S boys took a major step forward this past season, winning 14 matches to finish second in a competitive district 24-6a.
The performance led to coach Daniel Edinburgh being named the 24-6a coach of the year, one of three individual honors the Gators earned when the season’s all-district accolades were passed out.
Brayan Aguirre was selected as the 24-6a defensive player of the year as he helped lead a back line that allowed just 22 goals in district play. The Gators limited opponents to either no goals or just one in 18 matches during the regular season, including a streak of 11 in a row during the early portion of the schedule.
What Aguirre and the defense couldn’t stop, goalie Isai Olvera was able to contain. His efforts earned him co-goalkeeper-of-the-year honors, an award he shared with Alvin’s Omar Lopez.
However, it was Friendswood’s Cory Thornton who came away with the district’s top honor, as the elusive midfielder was named most valuable player.
Thornton was among 24-6a leaders in goals and assists as he helped the Mustangs capture the district title. Teammate AJ Buchman was named the district’s outstanding attacking player after a season in which he also found himself among the most prolific scorers in 24-6a.
Clear Brook’s Gareth Cupples was named the district’s newcomer of the year after helping the Wolverines make a late-season push for the district’s final playoff spot before falling just one match short.
Making the first team for Clear Brook were Jordan Greenshield and Kevin Vargas, while Amin Mizyed and Cobi Morano were named to the second team and Dylan Daniels and Eli Thomas were each given an honorable mention.
Clear Creek Wildcats Kaden Lovett, Will Norsworthy and Daniel Sanchez were selected for the first team, with Justin Pacilio, Francisco Quintanilla and Reece Winters making the second team and Jon Kinsky, Oscar Perez and Bryan Stein on the honorable-mention list.
Marshall Hart made the first team for Clear Falls, while fellow Knights Alexis Alipio and Camden Shriver made the second team and Travis Hart and Gustavo Panchillo were placed on the honorable-mention list.
Enrique Saavedra, Stephen Serghiou and Colton Siemens made the first team for Clear Springs, with teammates Harrison Mooney, Wesley Pickel and Seth Porter making the second team. The Chargers were represented on the honorable-mention list by Alex Bethea, Warren Goodwin and Hunter West.
Dickinson’s first-team members were Eduardo Escobedo, Christian Marquez, Kevin Marquez and Alex Medina Aranda, while Jonathan Amaya, Danny Avila, Miguel Avila, Marco Perez and Christian Reyna represented the Gators on the second team, with Chris Martinez, Vidal Parada and Kaleb Rovelo each given an honorable mention.
For Friendswood, Evan Birsinger, Kyle Harner, Mason Hunnicutt and Zach Montz made the first team, with Michael Black, Alex Mai, Josh Murphy and Josh Peterson being named to the second squad. The Mustangs also had Connor Nash, Jacob Pisell and Brent Stafford receive honorable-mention nods.

Runaway Indians put sportsmanship before destruction

WHILE ONE area team faced little opposition in the bi-district round of the state playoffs, four other squads spent Friday and yesterday, Saturday, seeking to advance to this week’s area round.
On Wednesday, district 23-5a champions Santa Fe Indians crushed Houston Furr in a 12-0 rout in their class 5a, region III opening-round game, which was stopped after five innings due to the playoff run rule.
The state-ranked Indians scored all of their runs in the bottom of a first inning that saw eight straight players reach base. In order to end the contest without adding further insult to Furr’s injury, the Indians who reached base in their second and subsequent innings intentionally left the bag to record an out in an outstanding display of sportsmanship from coach Kristi Roberts’ team.
Pitcher Shelbi Sunseri did not allow a runner en route to a perfect game that also saw her strike out 14 batters.
The Indians now await the winners of the series between Port Neches-Groves and Kingwood Park. Should Park advance, it would be a rematch of last season’s area round in which the Panthers eliminated the Indians in the best-of-three series.
Texas City’s Stingarees, who gained the final 23-5a playoff spot in a tiebreaking doubleheader on Monday, were hosting Houston Waltrip in a one-game playoff as The Post went to press on Friday evening. The winners of that game will advance to face the winners of the best-of-three Crosby-Livingston series.
In the class 6a, region III bracket, Clear Creek’s Wildcats fell behind in the first of their best-of-three series against Pearland, falling 9-1 to the Oilers. Game two was being played at Pearland on Friday with the third game, if necessary, to be played at Alvin yesterday, Saturday.
The winners of the series will face the survivors of the Pasadena Memorial-North Shore clash, which was also a best-of-three series.
District 24-6a champions the Dickinson Gators had little trouble in an 8-0 win over George Ranch on Thursday and looked to sweep the best-of-three series on Friday at Santa Fe, which was also the site for the third game, if necessary, yesterday. The winners will face the victors of the best-of-three series between Kingwood and La Porte.
The road to victory was rugged for Friendswood but the Mustangs held on to a 2-1 win over Brazoswood in their bi-district opener on Thursday. Seeking a sweep, the Mustangs traveled to face the host Buccaneers on Friday, with the third game, if necessary, also being played in Santa Fe yesterday, Saturday. The winners of the series move on to face the winners of the Deer Park-Goose Creek Memorial contest, which was also a best-of-three series.


PLAYOFFS of both the professional and high-school variety carries the first week of May, which also includes the first meeting of the regular season between the state’s baseball teams.
Today, Sunday:
Dallas Keuchel looks to remain perfect when he takes his 4-0 record and 1.22 ERA to the mound when the Houston Astros host Oakland Athletics in the final game of a weekend set beginning at 1:10pm.
Keuchel has been in the form that earned him the American League’s 2015 Cy Young award, especially after tossing a complete game shutout at Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.
He will be opposed by Jesse Hahn, who is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Hahn kept Los Angeles Angels scoreless over eight innings on Tuesday but ended up on the losing team. Today’s game will be televised on Root Sports.
Tomorrow, Monday:
A big day of local sports is headlined by game one of the NBA Western Conference semifinals as the Rockets head along I-10 to face arch rivals San Antonio Spurs beginning at 8:30pm. Houston and their MVP candidate, James Harden, will have had six days of rest while waiting for the Spurs to dispatch Memphis Grizzlies from their quarterfinals series in six games.
The Spurs won their regular-season series against Houston, winning three of the four contests, with the Rockets’ sole victory coming in a 101-99 nail-biter at the Spurs on November 9. The game will be televised nationally on TNT.
The Astros host in-state rivals Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park with first pitch scheduled for 7:10pm. Over the past two seasons, the Rangers, managed by La Marque native Jeff Banister, have dominated the Astros by winning 28 of their
38 meetings.
Houston entered the weekend leading MLB’s American League West with a 14-8 record and sporting the second-best record in the AL behind the Baltimore Orioles’ 14-6 mark.
The game will be televised on Root Sports.
Area high-school baseball teams will know the time and place for their bi-district-round games, most of which will begin on Thursday. As the regular season ended on Friday, Dickinson Gators were assured of winning the district 24-6a title, while Clear Springs and Clear Falls were also set for postseason play.
Clear Brook, Clear Creek and Friendswood were each tied with 7-6 records and facing the prospect of a scenario in which a tiebreaker doubleheader on Monday would resolve who claims the district’s final playoff spot.
The picture is similar in district 23-5a. The Tors of Galveston Ball are the district champions, while Manvel and Santa Fe are also locked into playoff spots. Texas City, playing after The Post went to press, needed a win at Fort Bend Elkins on Friday to clinch the final playoff berth but a Stingarees loss coupled with a Galena Park win over Manvel that evening would also trigger a tiebreaker doubleheader.


Our weekly guide to action at favored angling spots during the week ahead

YES, trout continue to run steady but, as daily temperatures continue their slow rise, keep an eye out for an increase of sheepshead and black drum. Both east and west Matagorda bays are filling up with redfish and are the spots of choice for anglers looking for a change of pace from trout.
North Sabine: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Redfish are good in the marsh and the Louisiana shoreline on live bait.
South Sabine: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around slicks and pods of shad.
Bolivar: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Litl’ Johns and She Dogs. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
Trinity Bay: Trout are fair to good for waders on the shell along the east shoreline on Soft–Dines and She Pups. Redfish are good in the marsh on shrimp and Gulps.
East Galveston Bay: Trout are good on the south shoreline on MirrOlures and Down South Lures while wading. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.
West Galveston Bay: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Sand trout are good in the ICW on fresh shrimp. Kingfish and ling are beginning to show offshore.
Texas City: Trout are fair to good on Dollar Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.
Freeport: Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout and redfish are good at the jetties on live shrimp and finger mullet.
East Matagorda Bay: Trout are fair to good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.
West Matagorda Bay: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good at Shell Island on shrimp.

Double joy for sprinter Chris at area meet

A TRIP to Austin awaits area competitors who can get past the competition in the region III finals, which will be held on Friday and Saturday. The class 6a meet will be held at Challenger-Columbia stadium in League City, while the best of the best in 5a will bid for a state title berth at Turner stadium in Humble.
The Clear Falls Knights made their presence felt during last weekend’s area meet at Dickinson’s Sam Vitanza stadium, as sprinter Chris Rainey topped the field in both the boys’ 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.
Will Brodas won the boys’ shot put and finished second in the discus, while Kobi Moore won the 800-meter run and James Stansfield’s fourth place in the high jump gave the school a fourth member of the boys’ team bidding for state.

Falls also had a winner in the girls’ field as Lauryn Small overcame all in the shot put.
The Knights’ girls will be well represented in the regionals, as the 800-meter relay team finished second in the area meet. Olive Pertuit finished second in the 1,600-meter run and third in the 3,200-meter run, while Alyssa Carter placed third in the 800-meter run.
Three fourth-place finishes came through Cortisha Elias in the high jump, Sidney Lester in the 100-meter dash and Destiny Muckelroy in the 400-meter run.
Clear Brook’s Jake Allison finished fourth in the boys’ discus, while John’Te Horace earned his ticket to the regionals with third place in the triple jump.
Noah Daniels of Clear Creek advanced in both the boys’ 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, finishing second in each event. Teammate Chad Lindbergh finished third in the shot put, while Donavon Johnson placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Creek’s girls, meanwhile, will be represented by Breanna Clark, who finished second in the 800-meter run, while the Wildcats’ 1,600-meter relay team will also be bidding for a state title shot after finishing second in their event.
Peyton Sawyer led the way for the Clear Springs boys, winning the 110-meter hurdles and finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles. The Chargers’ boys will also have David Kincaid at the regionals for finishing third in the high jump, along with Alex Bryant, who placed fourth in the pole vault, and the 1,600-meter relay team, which finished fourth.
Naomi Taylor qualified in three events for the school’s girls. She won the 100-meter hurdles and finished second in both the 300-meter hurdles and the long jump, while teammate Sarah White placed second in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.
The Chargers girls’ 400-meter relay team finished third, while Amber Klessel placed fourth in the long jump and JaNay Redic fourth in the shot put.
All three of the Dickinson girls’ relay teams qualified for the regionals, with the Gators’ 400-meter and 1,600-meter teams placing second and their 800-meter team finishing fourth.
Koi Johnson moved one step closer to a return to state after winning the girls’ triple jump and taking third place in the long jump. Zakiyah Amos won the girls’ 400-meter dash, with Essence Thomas finishing second to her teammate in the triple jump, while Chris Welch advanced by placing second in both the boys’ long jump and triple jump.
Friendswood has a trio of state contenders, as the Mustangs’ Michael Hermes finished second in the boys’ long jump, Garrett McGregor second in the 3,200-meter run and Brandon Lantau third in the 800-meter run.
In class 5a, Galveston Ball’s Leyha Williams won the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump, putting the freshman in great position for a bid to make the trip to Austin. The Tors’ girls followed her lead and dominated the field, with Dazya Mitchell winning both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs, while Zoe Boxley finished second in the discus and fourth in the shot put.
Sam Stewart kept the boys of Ball on pace by winning the 800-meter run, with Kelly Carmichael placing second in the 3,200-meter run and third in the 1,600-meter run. Tristin McCollum finished third in the triple jump, while his brother, Zyon, finished third in the long jump.
Alejandro Salazar finished third in the 1,600-meter run, while Mikey Welsh finished third in the pole vault and James Stevens rounded things out for the Tors by finishing fourth in the high jump.
Santa Fe’s Caitlyn Garza won the girls’ pole vault, with Alexys Greenlaw third, while Clayton Horn captured the boys’ title and teammate Jack Mann finished second to qualify for the regionals, with Ryan Pearson finishing fourth in the shot put.
Texas City girls had a pair of area champs, as Erin Garcia won the high jump and Victoria Fontenot claimed the 800-meter run. Garcia also qualified in the 200-meter dash with third place, while the 400-meter and 800-meter teams each finished third and Stephanie Evans finished fourth in the discus.
The Stingarees’ Jordan Collins finished third in the boys’ 100-meter dash, Da’Quan Thompson placed third in the discus, the 800-meter relay team finished third and the 400-meter team fourth.