High-school track and field
The road to next month’s state finals begins in earnest this week as the University Interscholastic League district 23-5A meet began yesterday, Tuesday, at Hall stadium in Missouri City and will continue today, Wednesday, and on Friday and Saturday.
For Texas City, it begins a chance to repeat last year’s remarkable run to Austin, where the Stingarees’ girls team narrowly lost to Dallas Lancaster in the state finals.
Senior Asa Garcia, who will run track for the University Of Texas next year, will be joined by teammates Lawren Crawford, Aerial Smith, Melchia Smith and Carmen White, each of whom reached the state finals last year.
Running preliminaries were due to be held held on Tuesday, with most of the field events being held today. The boys’ and girls’ high-jump contests will be held on Friday afternoon, with the running finals beginning on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, the district 24-6A meet began on Monday at Clear Springs high school and will conclude today.
Clear Creek continues its collision course with Friendswood as the Wildcats entered the week holding a half-game lead over the Mustangs in UIL district 24-6A.
The teams will face off on Friday evening at Clear Creek with sole possession of first place on the line.
The Wildcats won their fourth straight district game with an 11-1 victory over Clear Falls, but lost a non-district matchup against Spring Branch Memorial on Saturday.
The loss to Clear Creek dropped Clear Falls to 1-8 in district play, level with Dickinson Gators.
Friendswood kept pace at the top of the district contest with a 10-2 win over Brazoswood on Friday, the sixth straight win for the Mustangs.
Clear Springs is 4-5 in 24-6A after losing to Clear Lake on Friday. The Chargers lost both games to the Falcons and will need a strong finish in order to leap past them for the district’s fourth and final playoff spot.
In district 23-5A, Galveston Ball’s loss to Santa Fe on Saturday put the Tors a game behind both Fort Bend Ridge Point and Fort Bend Elkins, both of which are 7-1 entering the week. At 6-2, Ball had a chance to improve their lot when they took on Elkins on Tuesday while also looking to snap the Knights’ four-game win streak.
Santa Fe is now 5-3 and owns the fourth and final playoff spot over Texas City, which is a game behind the Indians.
Santa Fe faced last-place Fort Bend Willowridge on Tuesday with an opportunity to expand their margin. The Indians defeated the Eagles, who are 0-9 in 23-5A, in an 18-0 rout the first time the two teams met.
Clear Creek dominated the UIL district 24-6A meet, as 10 players were able to qualify for the region III meet later this month.
Advancing for the Wildcats were the boys’ doubles team of Ford Cunningham and Ashton Duke, the girls’ doubles teams of Elizabeth Le and Jessi Nifong and Sophia Brito and Meggie Conley, along with the mixed tandem of Maya Fraser and Chris Crookston.
Clear Springs’ Melody Doung advanced in the girls’ singles by defeating Creek’s Ava Manuel, while Manuel’s teammate, Sydney Albro, also advanced to the regionals, which will be held next week at Deer Park high school.
This week’s sports diary
Registration for the La Marque Cougars youth football and drill team’s 2015 season begins at Texas Pit Stop BBQ, 2216 Gulf Freeway, today, Wednesday.
Hours are from 5:30-8:00pm, while Saturday hours will be 11:00am-3:00pm.
Registration costs $250, with a $125 deposit for players (ages 5-12), while drill program members (ages 8-13), mascots (ages 4-7) and cheerleaders (ages 8-13) will require a $50 deposit.
The Cougars will also hold a BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, April 18. The event runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Snow King, 1310 Cedar Drive.
Santa Fe high school will honor its 1980-89 baseball players during its 7:00pm game on Friday.