Ranger Roundup

Boys’ basketball faces three-way tie in district while girls bow out in first round


Makana Owsley

Coach Matthew Sutherland watches his Lady Rangers during the San Marcos game Jan. 21.

Sports staff

Boy’s basketball’s 70-62 loss to New Braunfels on Tuesday set up a three-way tie for second place in district 26-6A. The tie will be broken by head-to-head tiebreakers: Smithson Valley slots in as the #2 seed, Cibolo Steele finishes third and East Central rounds out the top four. The boys will face Austin Anderson (24-10,11-5) in their first playoff appearance since 2014, which resulted in a first-round exit at the hands of San Antonio Churchill. The two squads will play at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Canyon Lake High School.

Girl’s basketball lost its bi-district playoff game against Westlake on Tuesday, 63-34, despite shutting out the Chaparrals in the second quarter and holding a 20-18 halftime lead. District 26-6A rivals Converse Judson, Cibolo Steele and Schertz Clemens all advanced. For more information, here’s our game recap.

This past Friday, the boy’s soccer team tied its third game in a row against New Braunfels with a score of 2-2. Goals were scored by senior Zarek Urritia and junior Ryan Harley. Both girls and boys teams had no game on Tuesday, and both varsity boys and girls will play at Clemens this Friday.

The girl’s soccer team lost to New Braunfels in a heartbreaking defeat, 2-1. Senior Carlee Shull scored on a cross from sophomore Taylor Swenson. The district record is currently 4-2-1, and they will start their second round of district play at Clemens this Friday.

Aquatics competed at the state meet Feb. 13-14, and the boys got 15th overall in the state 6A championship. Mishaps and unlucky timing caused the boys 200 medley relay to be disqualified, and their fourth place finish was ruled illegitimate. They managed to place the highest out of region Vll.

Wrestling sends six competitors to state, with three girls and three boys, who are the first boys the school has sent to state. For the girls, Sage Benca got first in region while Bella Ruiz and Molly Moczygemba placed second. They placed third overall in region. The boys state qualifiers are Kobe Mora, Ryan Benca and Zarek Holley.

On Feb. 7-8, the tennis team competed in the SV Varsity Invitational at Newks, and they came in second place. This past weekend, the varsity tennis team placed fourth at the Corpus Christi Tournament.   

Softball is opening their season strong, and already have a tournament win under their belts. Here’s sports editor Tim Tschoepe’s season preview.