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Fans have seen preseason games and tournaments, district play, and the beginning of playoffs all come and go. After grueling matchups against tough competitors, the moment has arrived: the 2022-23 UIL Softball State Championship. VYPE DFW dives into the five Dallas-Fort Worth area teams that have a shot at bringing home the title!
Decatur Lady Eagles (33-9, 9-1)
4A Semifinal, 4 p.m., Thursday, June 1 against Liberty
Led by standout senior pitcher Macey Jones (19-4), senior Chayse Freeman, juniors Ryanne Murphree and Abby Mosley, sophomores Madi Moreland and Alexa Beeson, and more incredible athletes, the Decatur Lady Eagles are making their third state tournament appearance. With high defensive IQ and strong performances at the plate, the Lady Eagles have given it their all from the start to the finish of each game this season. Defeating teams like Iowa Park (4-3), Denison (10-0), Fort Worth Castleberry (20-1), Bridgeport (15-0), Lake Worth (12-0), and more, Decatur has outscored their opponents by a combined 173 runs so far. Finishing 9-1 in district play, the Lady Eagles jumped into playoffs ready to get the job done.
Decatur has ended the season of Wichita Falls, Sweetwater, Graham, Dumas, and Burkburnett en route to the state tournament. As the team prepares for Liberty (36-8, 10-0), fans can expect them to do everything it takes to put up a strong fight during the semifinals matchup. Ready to advance to the state title game, Decatur will play smart on the field and can be expected to never give up their fight!
Aubrey Lady Chaparrals (34-7, 8-0)
4A Semifinal, 7 p.m., Thursday, June 1 against Corpus Christi Calallen
Led by freshman Abby Buxton, sophomores Tamia and Mya Cherry, Molly Reid, and Keeli Fuller, juniors Brooklyn Weier and Brynlie Dunkin, seniors Bree Jones and Abby Hammett, and more, the Aubrey Lady Chaparrals have put in the effort necessary to lead them to their fourth appearance in the state tournament. The team opened their season with a six-game win streak-- having several double-digit victories over their opponents. Shutting out 18 opponents so far this season-- including huge victories over Frisco Centennial (17-0), Richardson (18-0), Sanger (17-0), Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins (16-0), and more-- the Lady Chaparrals have allowed only 74 runs against them so far this season; scoring 341 of their own. The team finished first in their district with an undefeated 8-0 record before nearly flawlessly working through their playoff opponents.
Aubrey has ended the seasons of Wilmer-Hutchins, Kennedale, Venus, Sulphur Springs, and Van Alstyne while allowing only five runs throughout the playoffs. As the team gears up to face Corpus Christi Calallan (29-6-2, 8-2), fans can expect the same tenacity that has powered them thus far. Expect a strong outing from this incredible team as they look to advance to the state championship game against the winner of Liberty vs. Decatur.
Frisco Heritage Lady Coyotes (35-3, 12-0)
5A Semifinal, 7 p.m., Friday, June 2 against Montgomery Lake Creek
In their first-ever state tournament appearance, Frisco Heritage's softball program is looking to make waves. Led by senior pitcher Jensin Hall, seniors Kailey Sweezey, Amari Simmons, Madelyn Garza, juniors Allie Crow, Allie Lazar, Maddison Young, Ahna Van Meter, sophomore Kaira Netzel, freshman Samantha Riley, and more, the team has had an outstanding season already. Finishing 12-0 in district play, the team took the first place spot in their district with victories over the likes of Frisco Liberty (14-0), Frisco Independence (10-0), Frisco Memorial (10-1), Emerson (10-0), and more. With incredible defensive strategy, the Lady Coyotes have allowed only 41 runs all season-- only four in district play.
Frisco Heritage has ended the seasons of The Colony, Mesquite Poteet, Frisco Wakeland, Melissa, and Frisco Lone Star. The team is prepared to take on a tough squad in the defending 5A State Champions- Montgomery Lake Creek (42-1, 14-0). Fans can expect the Lady Coyotes to put up a tough battle for the Lady lions with high hopes of advancing to the state championship game.
Colleyville Heritage Lady Panthers (36-7, 11-3)
5A Semifinal, 1 p.m., Friday, June 2 against Comal Canyon
Finishing second in their district standings- just behind a tough Argyle squad- the Lady Panthers posted an 11-3 district record en route to playofs this season. With fantastic pitching depth and strong batters, the Panthers have outscored their opponents this season by a combined 252 runs. From the start of the season, Colleyville Heritage took off without looking back; posting a 12-0 start against their preseason opponents. The team went on to defeat the likes of Denton (21-3), Argyle (8-4), Richland (5-0), Birdville (10-2), Denton Ryan (19-7), and more throughout district play. As the team headed into playoffs, they never slowed down.
Throughout the playoffs, Colleyville Heritage has ended the seasons of Joshua, Fort Worth Brewer, Richland, El Paso Hanks, and Justin Northwest. With impressive victories already in the playoffs-- including a 23-0 victory over Richland, the Lady Panthers have never been more prepared for the next set. Facing a semifinal matchup against Comal Canyon (32-0, 14-0) isn't going to be an easy feat, but the Lady Panthers have what it takes to put up a fight against this undefeated team. Fans can expect to see a great game as Colleyville Heritage looks to punch their ticket to the state championship game. If they win, they will face the winner of Frisco Heritage and Montgomery Lake Creek.
Denton Guyer Lady Wildcats (37-1, 14-0)
6A Semifinal, 7 p.m., Friday, June 2 against Bridgeland
Making their second state tournament appearance, the Lady Wildcats are back at the biggest stage in high school softball for the first time in 13 years. A strong lineup made up of seniors Avery Jefferson, Paige Luzader, Tehya Pitts, juniors Jordan Osborne, Kaylynn and Lauryn Jones, sophomore Briana Willaims, and more, the offense has been causing a ruckus from the start of the season. A strong defense led by freshman pitcher Finley Montgomery (with a 21-0 pitching record on the season) has helped guide the Lady Wildcats to many victories this season. The Lady Wildcats went undefeated through preseason and district play- posting 35 consecutive wins before their first loss came in a playoff battle against Keller just last week. Denton Guyer has defeated the likes of Coppell (15-5), Grapevine (3-2), Wylie (15-6), Denton Braswell (11-0), and more throughout their season.
So far, the Lady Wildcats have already eliminated Flower Mound Marcus, Plano West, Southlake Carroll, and Keller from playofs. The team will be looking to do the same on Friday as they take on Bridgeland (36-7, 13-1) in the state semifinals matchup. Bridgeland, a tough team to matchup with, will work hard to throw Guyer off their track, but the Lady Wildcats definitely have wht it takes to bring the whole thing home this season. Fans can expect nothing short of excellence from this Denton Guyer squad.
WHO IS THE MOST DOMINANT PROGRAM INSIDE THE WALLS OF SAN MARCOS HIGH SCHOOL?
Wrestling could definitely throw its hat in the ring. The 2023 Rattlers teams had high expectations because of its history. Gianna Moreno, class of 2021 SMHS alumna, set the tone by making history in 2021 when she clinched the first girl wrestling State Championship for San Marcos. Kaylynn Martin, Anisa Moreno and Jesyka Banda followed up by qualifying for State in 2022.
For coach Garvin Smith, he knew the expectations for –not only those three ladies– but for the Lady Rattler program would be high.
Those expectations were more than met in the 2022-2023 season. All three athletes would make it back to State. Moreno led the way with Regional gold, followed by Banda – who finished with silver. Martin would earn a third-place finish in the Regionals.
At State, Moreno earned a fourth-place finish, followed by Banda – who would finish fifth in her weight class.
We’re now entering the final stages of the UIL Baseball playoffs, and tensions have never been higher.
After last week’s Regional Semifinals offered fans a series of comebacks and statement wins, four of the eight remaining teams in the Class 6A race are from the Houston area.
The two prime-time matchups slotted this week--Cy Woods v. The Woodlands in Region II, and Pearland v. Katy in Region III--are sure to keep audiences out of their seats.
Here is a look at the H-Town powerhouses aiming to punch their ticket to Austin for the State Tournament.
Region II Finals: Cypress Woods Wildcats v. The Woodlands Highlanders
2022-23 Cy Woods Baseball
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2022-23 Regular Season: 28-3/District 16-6A Champions
Head Coach: Phil Schwarz
- Bi-District: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 11-1, Game 2: W 7-2) v. Tomball Memorial
- Area Round: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 7-5, Game 2: W 4-2) v. Oak Ridge
- Regional Quarters: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 10-0, Game 2: W 15-0) v. Klein Oak
- Regional Semis: 2-1 Series Win (Game 1: L 1-9, Game 2: W 7-0, Game 3: W 8-4)
2022-23 Regular Season: 25-6-1/District 13-6A Champions
Head Coach: Ron Eastman
- Bi-District: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 1-0, Game 2: W 6-0) v. MacArthur
- Area Round: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 5-0, Game 2: W 7-0) v. Klein Collins
- Regional Quarters: 2-1 Series Win (Game 1: W 2-0, Game 2: L 3-4, Game 3: W 9-1) v. Tomball
- Regional Semis: 2-1 Series Win (Game 1: L 7-8, Game 2: W 8-0, W 3-0)
With a trip to the State Tournament on the line, you'd better believe that fans will be flocking to witness the spectacle of these two contenders facing off.
2022-23 TWHS Baseball
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Region III Finals: Pearland Oilers v. Katy Tigers
Some of the stars of 2022-23 Pearland Baseball
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2022-23 Regular Season: 27-5-1/District 23-6A Champions
Head Coach: David Rogers
- Bi-District: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 11-3, Game 2: W 11-1) v. Brazoswood
- Area Round: 2-1 Series Win (Game 1: W 8-0, Game 2: L 6-7, Game 3: W 4-3) v. Atascocita
- Regional Quarters: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 4-1, Game 2: W 6-2) v. Clear Falls
- Regional Semis: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 3-0, Game 2: W 1-0) v. Cinco Ranch
2022-23 Regular Season: 22-6-3/Finished 3rd in District 19-6A
Head Coach: Wes Hearne
- Bi-District: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 13-0, Game 2: W 16-6) v. Fort Bend Austin
- Area Round: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 9-0, Game 2: W 7-3) v. Cy-Fair
- Regional Quarters: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 4-3, Game 2: W 5-3) v. Tompkins
- Regional Semis: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 4-0, Game 2: W 4-3) v. Clear Springs
Both Pearland and Katy are coming off consecutive hard-fought wins to advance to Round No. 5.
The Oilers bullpen and defense played at the top of their game, as Nico Partida (So. RHP) and junior right-hander Jake Mader-Cooper combined for a no-hitter in their 3-0 victory in the opener.
Game No. 2 saw junior LHP Jaden Barfield come in to save the day, as he played a key role in getting Pearland out of not one, but two bases-loaded jams with some help by Pearland's fielding.
Furthermore, SHSU-signee Brett Smajstrla (Sr. OF) and Texas A&M-signee Caden Ferraro (Sr. 1B/P) anchored the Oilers lineup on the batting side.
Katy, on the other hand, shared the wealth at the plate.
Andrew Hilton (Sr. OF/P), Reese Ruderman (Sr. C/IF), Cole Kaase (Sr. IF/P), Josh Dunayczan (Sr. IF/P), and senior IF Graham Laxton each contributed an RBI through their two-game sweep over Clear Springs--with Laxton, in particular, sealing the series with a walk-off RBI-double in game two.
The Tigers bullpen isn't to be underestimated either. Seniors Caleb Koger and Lucas Moore have been proven to be effective starters, while the likes of Kaase or sophomore pitcher Cade Nelson can seal a victory at the relief spot.
Neither team in this matchup has yet to lose a game throughout the playoffs, which will inevitably change in the coming series at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.
The Region III crown is up for grabs. Stay tuned to see who takes it.
2022-23 Katy Tigers Baseball
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