Sports Year in Review

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Weatherford football’s turnaround from an 0-10 finish in 2017 to a playoff berth the following season was only one of countless athletic achievements by Parker County high school and college athletes throughout the 2018-19 school year.

Below is a run through of highlights from the 2018-19 athletic year for all nine Parker County High Schools and Weatherford College. It is not a complete list of each school’s athletic achievements but a general recap of the county as a whole.

 

Weatherford

Weatherford football enjoyed a quick turnaround in 2018, shaking off an 0-10 finish the year before with a playoff berth, finishing as a Class 6A bi-district finalist, ultimately falling to Arlington.

A second year in head coach Billy Mathis’ system as well as the long-awaited entrance of starting quarterback Ken Seals to the varsity roster both provided great boosts to the program, which will look to take the next step later this August.

Junior Camille Fournier, who claimed WHS’ first state wrestling title in 2018, repeated earlier this year, taking home gold in the 119-lb class of Class 6A competition while being named Texas’ Most Outstanding Wrestler after defeating Conroe Oak Ridge’s Annamarie Crixell.

As a team, Weatherford’s girl wrestlers finished third at state.

The Roos’ baseball team also clinched its 12th-straight playoff berth, finishing as a Class 6A bi-district finalist, falling 2-1 in a three-game series with Arlington Martin.

 

Brock

A state semifinalist finish in football, state finalist finish in boys’ basketball, regional semifinalist finish in girls’ basketball, regional finalist finish in baseball and state semifinalist finish in softball were among Brock’s athletic highlights in 2018.

Football kicked things off for Brock, with head coach Chad Worrell and company earning yet another state tournament berth before falling to Malakoff, 23-21 in the Class 3A, Division I state semifinals.

From there, both of Brock’s basketball teams took the lead, with the Lady Eagles eventually battling Wall for a spot in the regional finals, a contest the former lost, 56-49.

The Eagles continued their own march, stamping their ticket to the Class 3A state tournament before eventually losing a 49-48 heartbreaker to Dallas Madison in the state championship game.

It was baseball and softball’s turn after that, with the Eagles handing familiar foe Wall its first loss of the 2019 season (the Hawks were previously 35-0) in game two of the teams’ regional final series (Brock fell in the series, 2-1).

Over on the softball field, the Lady Eagles clinched an incredible fourth-straight state tournament appearance, battling eventual state champion Emory Rains for a shot in the final game of the season, a contest Brock lost, 4-2.

 

Aledo

One of Aledo’s mantras before and throughout the 2018 football season was “chasing eight.” That is exactly what head coach Steve Wood’s team accomplished in his final year at the helm, as the Bearcats defeated Fort Bend Marshall, 55-19 in the Class 5A Division II state finals.

On that note, athletic director Tim Buchanan, who previously handed the reins to Wood in 2014 to become the school’s AD, later flipped positions again with Wood (who is now the school’s AD) earlier this spring).

Aledo also took home three medals at the Class 5A state track meet, with Graydon Morris finishing second in the boys’ 3200M (9:03.67) and first in the 1600M (4:14.11).

Sierra White also finished second in pole vault with a score of 12-03.00 at state.

 

Millsap

Like Weatherford, Millsap football made a long-awaited return to postseason contention, clinching a playoff berth for the first time in nine years to finish as a Class 3A bi-district finalist, falling to Gunter.

Last year’s Class 3A triple jump state champion Jace Davis returned to Austin for a chance to defend his title, finishing fourth in the event with a score of 45 feet and six-and-a-half inches.

 

Springtown

Springtown saw two of its track athletes qualify for the state tournament, with Kyle Lunsford finishing ninth in the pole vault (Class 4A) with a height of 13 feet, while Brent Rose put up a fifth-place finish in shot put with a distance of 48 feet and eight inches.

The Lady Porcupines’ powerlifting team also enjoyed extensive success, brining home a state title, with nine Springtown lifters collectively lifting a weight of 7,650 pounds, earning a score of 30, while the next closest team finished with a score of 17.

 

Poolville

Poolville showed off its prowess in basketball, with the Monarchs reaching the Class 2A regional semifinals (where it fell to Martin’s Mill, 42-25 ) while accruing a season record of 27-10.

Henry Fierro, already the owner of two state cross country meet appearances, added another accolade earlier this spring, becoming the first Poolville athlete to qualify for the state track meet since 2006.

Fierro finished ninth in the 3200M with a time of 10:53.19 at state.

 

Peaster

Peaster took the next step toward establishing a UIL-sanctioned football team, with the Greyhounds fielding a seventh, eighth and junior varsity team, with hopes of fielding a varsity squad in 2019, one which would play an independent outlaw schedule.

Newly-minted head boys’ basketball coach Bubba Jennings led the Greyhounds to a postseason berth in his first year with the team.

Jennings and company fell to Childress, 77-71 in the bi-district round (Class 3A).

The Lady Greyhound softball team also did well in a transitional year which saw Kayla Jennings step into the head coaching role, with the unit going two rounds deep in Class 3A playoffs before falling to Eastland 2-1 in a three-game area series.

 

Trinity Christian Academy

TCA’s transition from a six-man football program to an 11-man had already resulted in back-to-back playoff berths heading into the 2018 season.

That success came to a head later last year, as TCA won its first 11-man state football championship in TAPPS Division III, defeating Geneva, 15-14 in a state finals game marred by freezing rain and incredibly sharp wind.

The school’s baseball team also enjoyed a deep postseason run, finishing as a state finalist, falling to Houston Northland Christian, 3-2.

 

Weatherford Christian School

WCS brought home a state championship in baseball, while narrowly missing on state titles in football and track.

The Lions’ football team reached the TAPPS 6-Man Division III state finals, falling to Baytown Christian, 49-34.

Up until that point, head coach Stephen Cox and company had not lost a game all season, winning 12-straight.

The school’s boys’ and girls’ track teams each reached state as well, taking home a pair of fourth-place finishes (a score of 73 on the boys’ side, 55 on the girls’ side).

However, arguably the Lions’ biggest athletic achievement of the school year came from its baseball squad of nine freshmen, a sophomore and junior.

Head baseball coach Clegg Smith’s team rallied late for wins in each of its first three playoff games, before edging out Lake Jackson Brazosport in the TAPPS Division V state finals, 7-6.

 

Weatherford College

The WC Lady Coyotes’ basketball team powered its way to an National Junior College Athletic Association Region Five tournament berth, while finishing the season with a record of 19-8.

Even more, the team consisted of eight freshmen compared to five sophomores, giving WC plenty of continuity on the roster heading into next season.

The Lady Coyotes also enjoyed a postseason berth in softball, with WC going 3-2 in the Region V North Tournament, finishing third behind Temple and North Central Texas College.

The campaign included a 19-13 finish in conference play, as well as a 34-21 season mark.

 

Forrest Murphy covers Parker County sports for the Weatherford Democrat. You can reach him at sports@weatherforddemocrat.com or on Twitter @WDSports1.