It's time to continue VYPE Austin's 2019-2020 high school boys basketball coverage. Check out our team breakdowns for Preseason Private School Big School (TAPPS 4A-6A and SPC) Top 5 and Preseason Private School Small School (TAPPS 1A-3A) Top 5!
No. 1: Regents School of Austin: The Knights advanced to the TAPPS 5A area round during the 2018-2019 season, and will be the area favorite going into the 2019-2020 campaign because of second-team all-state Garrett Dunn, first-team all-district Ben Novy, and second-team all-district Steven Schultz.
No. 2: Austin St. Michael's Catholic Academy: The Crusaders advanced to the TAPPS 5A regional final during the 2018-2019 season and will contend for a repeat trip during the 2019-2020 campaign because of all-state honorable Major Thurman, second-team all-district Thomas McCarthy and Daniel Serna, and college prospects Kade Killeen and George Washington III.
Photo by VYPE Media's Bradley Collier.
No. 3: Hill Country Christian School of Austin: The Knights missed the TAPPS 4A playoffs during the 2018-2019 season, but are expected to make noise during the 2019-2020 campaign because of first-team all-district Colton Lychner, second-team all-district Marshall Burleson and Landon Wiste, and district honorable mention Kai Orred.
No. 4 Texas School for the Deaf: The Rangers advanced to the TAPPS 4A bi-district round during the 2018-2019 season, and are expected to remain a playoff contender during the 2019-2020 campaign because of second-team all-district Jaylen Johnson and Jack Scarboro.
No. 5 Austin St. Andrew's Episcopal School: The Highlanders played two competitive SPC tournament games during the 2018-2019 season, and are expected to make another postseason push during the 2019-2020 campaign because of returning players Kobe Dunbar, Chelan Beavers, Patrick Wilson, Trenton Jackson, Colt Pepe and Gehrig Zimmerman. Along with that group, there's another force in Norman Strocen, who's a 6'5" foreign exchange student from Spain.
Photo by VYPE Media's Bradley Collier.
No. 1: Austin Waldorf School: The Roadrunners advanced to the TAPPS 2A regional final during the 2018-2019 season and can go further during the 2019-2020 campaign because of second-team all-state Johnny Hoisington and Moses Cannone, first-team all-district Theo Olson, second-team all-district Justin Horton and Junah Taylor, and district honorable mention Declan Harrison.
No. 2: Faith Academy of Marble Falls: The Flames advanced to the TAPPS 3A bi-district round during the 2018-2019 season and are expected to clinch another postseason berth during the 2019-2020 campaign because of first-team all-district Colby Offutt and Gus Henry, second-team all-district Grayson Poage and Tyler Kwan, and district honorable mentions Case Coleman and Gunner Blair.
No. 3: Fredericksburg Heritage School: The Eagles advanced to the TAPPS 1A area round during the 2018-2019 season and will remain a multi-round playoff contender during the 2019-2020 campaign because of first-team all-district Joshua Hoermann and Sam Richburg, and second-team all-district John Fritzsch and Finn Sawtelle.
No. 4: Round Rock Christian Academy: The Crusaders missed the TAPPS 3A playoffs during the 2018-2019 season, but can clinch a spot in the 2019-2020 campaign because of district honorable mentions Gabe Graf, Brandon Ruiz and Dylan Withey.
No. 5: Austin San Juan Diego Catholic: The Saints missed the TAPPS 2A playoffs during the 2018-2019 season, but have the necessary roster talent in second-team all-district Matthew Garcia and Bobby Picasio to advance to the 2019-2020 postseason.
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21 Nov, 2019
The Area Round of the UIL Texas high school football playoffs are nearly underway and both teams from McKinney ISD are gearing up for their upcoming matchups.
McKinney (6A) faces Waco Midway and McKinney North (5A) has a matchup with Lancaster.
Taking time out of their busy schedules, McKinney head coach Marcus Shavers and McKinney North's Michael Fecci chatted with VYPE DFW about the importance of still playing at this point of the year and the sense of pride it instills in the community.
What does it mean to your team to still be playing at this point of the season?
Coach Fecci: It means everything. To be in the second round is an honor and one that our kids are excited about.
Coach Shavers: It validates how we train in the offseason. It means that the kids and coaches have all increased their commitment to the standard and have been living it consistently regardless of the circumstance. It also means that expectations have been shifted for a program that has not had a large amount of success over the last two decades and that's a good thing.
What is the vibe with the team and the campus overall regarding the playoffs?
Fecci: It is good. Students, players, teachers, administration and parents are excited to be playing still.
Shavers: There is a sense of excitement and pride. McKinney High is a special place, and when football wins on this campus, it sets the tone for the entire campus. There is a tremendous amount of support from all teachers and admin here. Everybody is pulling their weight to make this experience great for Lion Nation.
How does the extra practice benefit the team next for year?
Fecci: Each week you advance you gain that extra time for your younger players to get better. It pays off for sure.
Shavers: The extra practices are the best thing about this time of the year. It really allows for us to get more reps than our opponents who are done playing. It keeps the younger kids playing and developing, which helps strengthen our foundation for the entire program.
What words do you say to keep your team grounded and focused on the upcoming game?
Fecci: We talk all the time about "next play" mentality. Meaning that good or bad, it is what you do next that matters way more than what you just did.
Shavers: We talk a lot about defeating human nature and preparing themselves to reach their full potential by controlling the controllables. Those things take an extreme amount of focus. Not allowing satisfaction to cause them not to be at their best in regard to striving and straining for better.
What does it mean to you to represent the city and the ISD in the playoffs?
Fecci: It is awesome. With McKinney High still in the playoffs, McKinney ISD is in a great spot.
Shavers: It means everything. That's all we want to do is make the city and the school district proud! This city and school district has invested so much in the lives of our kids, coaches and school as a whole. Having the opportunity to represent in the state playoffs is something we do not take for granted and will play with a tremendous amount of pride.
What challenge does your opponent represent this week?
Fecci: Lancaster is crazy good - [their] team-speed is unreal. They have talent everywhere and use it very well. It will be a big challenge for us.
Shavers: It's a tremendous challenge. Midway has been a powerhouse program for the last several years and they are good in all phases. Stopping the run and running the ball will be biggest challenges we will face on Friday Night.
What is the main focus this week in practice to best position the team to win?
Fecci: Focus on us...that is all we can control. So control what we can. That is our preparation and mental approach to this game.
Shavers: Playing with a tremendous amount of toughness and grit. If we can be a tough football team and win the majority of our individual battles, that will give us our best chance to win.
20 Nov, 2019
HOUSTON - As you make the walk from your car towards the Second Baptist School football field, it has a small-town feel in the heart of the Memorial area of Houston on a Friday night.
Children running around throwing a football, parents behind a table selling Second Baptist Eagles gear, burgers being grilled while the football team is warming up just behind them.
It's this small-town feel and culture that Terry Pirtle believes is something that pays off once those kids running around behind the field becomes the eventual young men running around on the big field as members of the football team.
"It's a great feeling to watch these kids grow from sixth graders and go through their growth spurts and go through basically the changes of life with them," Pirtle said. "They go from small to big, heavy to skinny, we see all the changes in one kid. You just tell them to keep working on their skillset and keep buying into the program as they go through the program. It's amazing how they transform and when they finally mature into their body, they've got our program DNA entrenched in them and they're ready to play. It's really cool to stay somewhere long enough and see that transformation with kids."
This formula has worked.
In fact, it has worked so well that Second Baptist School football just wrapped up the program's seventh-straight district championship and the first undefeated regular season since 1999.
"I think it's special," Pirtle said. "Anytime you can go undefeated in the regular season you've got to be doing something correctly. We haven't been injured we've made it through with all kinds of issues that you normally have unscathed. I think our kids did a really good job that we were taking care of our business every week and being prepared every Friday night to try and go 1-0 on that night. If you do that every week and just play for that week and don't look ahead this is the benefit from it."
Winning seven-straight district crowns is impressive, especially the way the Eagles have done it the past four years.
To find the last time the Second Baptist School lost a district game you have to flip in the record books back to the 2015 season. The Eagles lost the district opener that year, falling to Lutheran South Academy 49-42.
Since then, the Eagles haven't lost a district contest, winning 24-straight, including going 5-0 this year.
"It's just been a combination of kids buying into the program and our coordinators of doing a really good job of putting our kids in the right spot and having the ability to have a kicking game that's pretty good as well with David Nunez doing a good job the last two years punting and kicking for us," Pirtle said. "They don't want to be the senior class that doesn't come through.
"It's kind of a pride thing for us at this point to play well in district and continue the tradition of playing well in district and making sure that when district is finished that we're part of the championship every year."
The winning and filling the trophy case in the halls of the field house at Second Baptist School is great but for Pirtle this culture goes beyond just that.
"At Second Baptist School you have the ability to go beyond the field with your coaching style," Pirtle said. "You can develop deep relationships with the kids through Christ, which is something that you can do wherever you are but it's something here that we take special pride in building relationships with the kids knowing that there's a Christ model in what we do. That's been special for us. Just having the ability to get into kids lives and dig deep into it and have relationships off the field with these guys."
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