The year in sports thrilling wins, agonizing defeats
La Vernia senior Aly Mikes received District 27-3A All-District honors and Academic All-District honors, and was named to the All-State team. The La Vernia softball team was ranked among the state’s best throughout most of the season.
By WCN Staff
We take this opportunity as a new year begins to look back on the year fading behind us, reliving the highs and lows local athletes experienced throughout 2010.
Area powerlifters chased new highs as the year began.
Six Poth powerlifters qualified for regional competition. Jessica Coronado and Daniela Noguez advanced to state, along with Chance Dziuk, who obliterated three regional records.
Noguez captured a silver medal in state competition March 19 in Corpus Christi, and teammate Coronado finished seventh. Dziuk, capping his stellar season, captured the state title and a new state record dead lift of 625 pounds, beating his own personal best by 40 pounds.
Two La Vernia Bears powerlifters also competed at the state level. Dean Lewis, who placed second in regionals, and Victor Buitrago, who placed first in regionals in the Super Heavy Weight class, headed to Abilene March 27, where Lewis finished in ninth place and Buitrago ended his year in eighth place.
Poth’s Dziuk wrapped up his high-school career with a second-place finish in the 2010 Men’s National Powerlifting Meet in Palm Springs, Calif., in June.
Soccer and basketball also brought shining moments for area athletes.
The Floresville Jaguar soccer team made history in January, winning two tournament trophies in early play and making an appearance in the playoffs in March. After a first-round bye, the Jaguars fell to Corpus Christi Flour Bluff March 23, ending a great season.
The Jaguar basketball team also fared well, entering the playoffs in February as the district’s No. 1 seed. The team progressed to the regional semifinal, but fell to the Steele Knights after toppling Rockport-Fulton in the regional quarterfinals.
Also experiencing a successful basketball season were the District 28-2A champion Poth Pirettes, who earned a spot in the regional competition and defeated the Nixon-Smiley Lady Mustangs for the Region IV title. At state, they faced the Wall Lady Hawks, who brought the Pirettes’ run to an end with a 56-32 loss in the state semifinal.
The Poth Pirates had a notable season, too, capturing the District 28-2A title. The Pirates succumbed to Hallettsville in the regional quarterfinal.
Stockdale entered the record books early in the year in a new way, as Stockdale freshman Clayton Lynn made waves in the District 29-4A swimming championships Feb. 1. Lynn took first in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke, advancing to the Region VIII-4A championships in Corpus Christi, where he finished fourth overall in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Spring brought baseball and softball fans something to cheer about, as area teams gave their all on the field.
The La Vernia Bears had a good season, with several tournament victories. They finished second in their district to Marion and headed into the playoffs, ultimately falling to the Yoakum Bulldogs in the best-of-three games bi-district championship.
Stockdale’s Brahmas also entered the playoffs after taking out the Karnes City Badgers, their third trip in a row. They were then defeated by the Blanco Panthers.
The Floresville Tigers headed into the playoffs from the regular season tied for fourth place with the Southside Cardinals, whom they took out, 14-8, for the playoff position. They then faced and lost to Moody.
Not to be outdone by the boys, Floresville’s Jaguar softball team won its first 10 games and was ranked among the state’s top 25 Class 4A teams. They ended their playoff run against Gregory-Portland in early May.
The Poth Pirettes slugged their way into the area softball championship, pursuing a state title. The District 28-2A champion Pirettes fell to Hallettsville in the regional quarterfinals, however. The hard work paid off for juniors Monica Cavazos and Kayla Boening, who received All-State honors. Freshman Charity Fuller also played with the Northside Suburban Little League team in San Antonio; they won the Senior League Softball World Series championship in Delaware in August.
The Falls City Beaver-ettes had a good season, too, earning the district championship title and remaining unbeaten in district play. They met their match against D’Hanis, falling to the Cowgirls, who captured the area championship.
La Vernia’s Lady Bears had a near-perfect season, ending with 28 wins and eight losses, and capturing the District 28-3A title. Needville ended the Lady Bears’ run at the area championship. Senior Aly Mikes earned All-District and All-State honors.
East Central’s Morgan Snoga also was chosen to receive All-State honors, ending her senior season with a .512 batting average. She was named first-team outfield for District 27-5A and Academic All-State, as well.
A good run
For Falls City athletes, 2010 was a good year, ushered in with district championships in track and field competition in the spring for both the girls and boys teams.
Area athletes competing in regional competition and heading to state included Falls City’s Camari Crawford and Will Kirchhoff, both in the pole vault, and Caitlyn Jendrusch in discus; the Beaverettes finished fourth in region. Also headed to state were La Vernia’s A.J. Ybarra in the shot put and Natalie Baker, who won silver in the 300-meter hurdles.
Joining them in state competition were Poth’s Chance Dziuk, who won gold in the discus, and Kara Lucherk in the 800-meter run, after Lucherk set a new regional and school record at 2:15:37.
The running continued in the fall, with cross-country competition. The La Vernia Bears ran off with the Region IV Class 3A team championship and headed to state, where they captured third place. Freshman Lady Bear Bailee Vrana also qualified for state with a ninth-place finish at regionals. East Central’s Nick Coleman finished seventh at state in the Class 5A high jump.
Also heading to the state competition were Devon Dylla of Poth and De Havalan L. Watts II of Floresville. Dylla finished 10th in regional competition at Brooks City-Base in early November and Watts captured third place in the Region IV Class 4A meet.
With school back in session, volleyball and football reigned.
La Vernia’s Lady Bears ended their volleyball season in the regional quarterfinals, falling to Wimberley, but having earned a district title for the fifth straight year.
The powerhouse Poth Pirettes had another banner volleyball season, finishing as state runner-up after their sixth visit to state in seven years. The District 30-2A champs fell to White Oak at state.
In football, the Poth Pirates ended their “perfect season” with a loss to the state No. 1-ranked Refugio Bobcats. The Pirates can look back on an 11-1 season with pride.
Powering their way to a state championship, however, were the Falls City Beavers. They plowed through district and area opponents, eventually taking out the Evadale Rebels and the Burton Panthers, and finally knocking off the Windthorst Trojans in Mansfield Dec. 17 for the state title.
Also earning state champ status was the Floresville Wildcats Flag football team. The players, ages 5 to 7, captured the Texas Youth Football Association’s Division II state title with a decisive victory over the Plugerville Hawks in Waco in December.
Sign here, please
Area athletes who shone in the spotlight were quickly signed by colleges and universities, eager to put their skills to work.
National Signing Day Feb. 3 saw three signings by East Central athletes, including defensive lineman Torrea Peterson, University of Oklahoma; running back Chris Johnson, University of Texas at San Antonio; and girls soccer player Courtney Brooks, East Central University in Oklahoma.
Also inking a deal that day was La Vernia’s offensive lineman Victor Buitrago, Benedictine College in Kansas. His teammate, Nolan Mills, and Falls City quarterback and defensive back Will Kirchhoff both signed letters of intent with Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.
Later signings included Brianne Brown of La Vernia, Northwestern Oklahoma State; Taira Alderman of Stockdale, Schreiner University; Monique Walters of East Central, Dillard University in New Orleans; Nixon-Smiley’s Termeka Canada, Temple Junior College; Kara Lucherk of Poth, Texas State University in San Marcos; Kelsey Tieken of Floresville, Alvin Community College in Southeast Texas; Stephanie Erskine of Floresville, U.S. Military Academy at West Point; La Vernia’s Jamie Burns, Schreiner University; Floresville’s Ashley Whiteside, University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio; Stephen Wesch and Garrett Pizzini, both of La Vernia, Texas A&M-Kingsville; La Vernia’s Abrahm Leija, Colby College in Kansas; Garrett Guys of La Vernia, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Cody Box of Nixon-Smiley, Briar Cliff University in Iowa; Poth’s Kayla Boening, University of Louisiana at Monroe; La Vernia’s Lauren Ainsley, Texas A&M University in College Station; and Tara Dunn of Poth, University of Oklahoma.
The La Vernia Bears and Lady Bears enjoyed the baseball and softball seasons in a new environment, as the school district opened a new sports complex in March on F.M. 775. Sporting new stands, concessions, ball fields, and practice areas, the complex is the envy of area schools.
... and there’s more
On June 9, at the Fort Bend Shooting Sports Complex, the Wilson County 4-H Rifle Team won the Texas 4-H Indoor State Championship.
Some of the state’s top cyclists competed in Floresville in mid-August, as the city hosted the Texas Bicycle Racing Association’s Texas State Time Trial Championships.
Pro boxers, who had called the Team Morones Boxing Club in Floresville home, sadly bid farewell to the city as the club closed its doors in June.
The I-37 Raceway in Pleasanton opened its season in March to a record-breaking crowd and saw a great season with a number of thrilling runs.
It isn’t over ’til the fat lady sings, as one sports commentator once said. Perhaps the final sports aria of 2010 is fading now.