Ranger roundup

Soccer nearly upsets a national power, aquatics to compete in district meet and more basketball dominance

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Senior guard Armel Talla charges the lane during a win over Cibolo Steele. Talla scored 18 points in each of the team's past two games.

Boys basketball beat Cibolo Steele on Friday, 82-77. Led by Armel Talla’s 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, the team overcame Jackson Byas’ 27 points en route to their fourth district win. They proceeded to beat down San Marcos on the road Tuesday, 74-58. Talla paced the team with 18 points, and Devante Mount, Austin Kenwisher and Zayden High also chipped in double-digit scoring efforts. The team improved to 16-8 (5-1 in district) with the win, and will host New Braunfels (20-7, 3-3) on Friday.

Girls basketball rebounded from a 76-59 loss Friday to the Steele Knights with a 59-46 triumph over San Marcos, leaving their district record at 6-2. Sophomore Gabby Elliot currently leads the team in points, averaging 13.9 per game, and Anika McGarity stands as a close second with her 12 points per game. The team is currently third in district 26-6A, a ranking they’ll look to improve upon in Friday’s road showdown with New Braunfels.

Boys soccer fell in a tough home matchup, 2-0, against San Antonio LEE. LEE, the top-ranked team in the nation, was held scoreless until the 75th minute, at which point they scored twice in a 33-second span. The home team fell to 4-3, and will kick off district play against Schertz Clemens (7-1) on Friday.

The junior varsity girls soccer team finished first overall in their Ranger Classic tournament. Though they fell in a heartbreaking 1-0 to Steele, the team came back from the loss and defeated Canyon, Alamo Heights and Dripping Springs, resulting in the tournament victory. Although the varsity girls were defeated at home by Cedar Park, they came back and decimated MacArthur, 7-0. Both girls teams will play their first district game this Friday, Jan. 24, against Clemens.

Swim is set to compete in their district meet on Thursday. Led by senior Joe Hunt, a Notre Dame commit, the team will look to overcome the departure of state record-holder Konnor Klinsiek to the University of Virginia. For more information, check out our meet preview.

Three wrestlers placed individually at the Wilson-Cougarette Classic: Molly Moczygemba (first), Sage Benca (first) and Bella Ruiz (second). In their Canyon Tourney, the wrestling boys beat Veterans Memorial, Bryan, Burbank, Clear Lake and tied San Marcos. The wrestling program is still looking for athletes to join the team; they begin training in March for next year’s season.