The varsity golf team continued to display its dominance with a first place victory at the TAPPS 5A State Preview in Temple, Tex. at Wildflower Country Club on February 20. The competition was no match for the Eagle golfers as they finished in first place yet again. This is the team’s fifth first place victory this season.
“This is the best and most well-rounded group of guys I have ever had. These guys just have a passion for winning.”
-Billy Tuten, Coach
Sophomore Travis Martin and junior Thomas Wheeler tied to lead the team with a score of 76. Martin defeated Wheeler in a scorecard playoff to win first place individually. “I am very excited,” Martin said. “This is my first high school win ever.”
Much of the golf team’s success has been accomplished without senior Juan Gutierrez, who was nursing a knee injury. Gutierrez played a huge role in the team’s success last year. He has since returned to team practices and looks to pick up where he last started. “He looks great,” sophomore Collin Burwinkel said. “He doesn’t look rusty at all. As a matter of fact, he looks even better than last year.”
Gutierrez expects to return at the next scheduled tournament. His return gives him enough time to prepare for the district, regional, and state tournaments. “I can’t wait to get back out on the golf course,” Gutierrez said. “I really miss being with the guys. Hopefully when I return, we can be even more dominant.” The golf team looks to continue their dominance at the Strake Jesuit Invitational at Sugar Creek Country Club on March 5th.
After losing four out of their first five games in February, the varsity lacrosse team has turned things around in March. The team dominated Langham Creek on March 1 at Granger Stadium with a blowout score of twelve to three. Seniors Alex Mowatt-Larssen and Steven Gossett led the team with two goals apiece. The team then competed against Bellaire on March 3 at home. The Eagles defeated with Cardinals with a score of seven to four.
“We may not be the most skilled team out there, but we do have a lot of passion and heart for winning.”
-Hunter Hass, Senior
The lacrosse team then faced the highly ranked Katy squad on March 6 at home. The Eagles came out on top with a hard fought victory with a score of four to three. Junior Alex Hale led the team with two goals.
“We’re definitely heading in the right direction,” Mowatt-Larssen said. “We are gradually improving and gaining more chemistry with each other. By the time the playoffs come, we’ll be ready.”
The team now has a record of 4-4 and will face the Memorial Mustangs on March 9 at 8 p.m. at Granger Stadium.
The varsity track team recently participated in the Clear Brook Wolverine Relays on February 10. The team finished in sixth place out of ten teams. The Eagles competed against highly ranked teams throughout the Houston area.
In the 4×800 Relay, the team finished in the sixth. In the distance meter relay event, the Eagles finished second coming one second behind Brazoswood.
In the high jump competition, sophomore Ferris Mahaini placed fourth. In the pole vault event, junior Andrew Thompson finished in third place. The long jump and triple jump competitions were cancelled due to inclement weather.
“I thought we performed pretty well. We had a few of our track stars missing because of their involvement in other sports, but once they come back our team should be pretty strong.”
-Nathan Labus, Head Coach
The track team will next compete in the Texas Southern University Invitational on March 16 and 17.
The tennis team kicked off their season against Strake Jesuit on February 16. The Eagle tennis players performed well, but came up short against the Crusaders.
Sophomore Johannes Burger won his first singles match but lost in the semifinals. Junior Jake Hyslop lost in the semifinals of the consolation round.
In the doubles matches, juniors James Russell and Paul Bonduelle won their first match in dominating fashion but would fall short in the semifinals. Junior Gray McGregor and freshman Christian Kitchen lost in the semifinals of the consolation round.
“This is a match that we would like to forget. We didn’t perform to the best of our abilities, but we will continue to practice and get better.”
-Matthew Simon, Head Coach
Simon and his assistant coach David Fritsch look forward to lead the tennis team to their first state title since 2006. The team will compete against Beaumont Kelly in a district game at Memorial Park on March 7.