Oct 18, 2019
The V.R. Eaton Eagles basketball team is on the hunt for greatness this season. As the team continues to work through their preseason schedule- inching closer to district play- VYPE DFW takes a dive into the program to lay out exactly what fans can expect from this team.
A Look Back
Last season, the Eagles went 20-13 overall (6-6 in district play) and finished fourth in their district standings. Putting in the work on the court through practices and games, fans could see the passion that Eaton had every single time they stepped onto the court. The team outscored their opponents by over 150 points on the season while recording a 61% winning percentage. With victories over the likes of Krum, The Colony, Aledo, Keller Fossil Ridge, Southlake Carroll, and more in the regular season, the Eagles went right into playoffs. Despite their strong effort, they were knocked out of playoffs by North Crowley.
This season, the Eagles opened strong with a 62-37 victory over Hurst L.D. Bell. The team has been using momentum to power them through their preseason play. Eaton has defeated the likes of North Garland, Frisco Emerson, and Waco University to record a 4-3-1 record so far; tying 57-57 against Frisco Heritage.
As the team continues to improve their defensive tactics, fans can expect them to play hard through the rest of their non-district games. Eaton has only a handful of non-district games left including matchups against DeSoto, Lake Dallas, and more. From there, they head into their first district game at Keller where they will face-off against Keller Central on December 20th.
If you haven't already caught this team in action, you aren't going to want to miss many of their matches. Be sure to look for their schedule and catch a few games in person this season!
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IN SPORTS, THE WORD DYNASTY IS THROWN AROUND A LOT. SOMETIMES HAPHAZARDLY.
But, with The Woodlands Christian Academy men’s golf team, the numbers they have put up over the past two seasons – winning back-to-back TAPPS 5A State Championships and the 2022 TAPPS Match Play Championship in October – they have a legitimate argument.
After TWCA ran away with the 2022 title (finishing 34-under par as a team), led by Texas A&M-signees Aaron Pounds, Jack Usner and Jake Maggert, the Warriors have put themselves in a category of their own.
They finished the 2022 season as the No. 1 high school team in the nation by the PGA and they have a chance in 2023 to add even more history as they seek a three-peat.
“It’s a once in a lifetime group,” TWCA golf coach Tanner Field said. “To repeat something like this, you just really can’t do it.”
Pounds won the individual TAPPS 5A State Championship shooting a 13-under, followed up by State runner-up Usner, who shot 12-under.
They are all back. And they’ve been busy this summer.
Maggert, the son of PGA Tour pro Jeff Maggert, broke the Accenture NW Arkansas Junior Tournament record shooting a 12-under par in September. It was Jake’s first career AJGA win. Just weeks later, Pounds was a part of the United States Junior President’s Cup winning team.
Sam McClure is also being recruited as he enters his senior season, Alex Malanga played at State last year, Duke Heise is coming off a solid freshman season and Aiden Wright will be a name to remember.
“When you stand on the tee box or the practice range and you watch the mall hit, they’re just so gifted,” Field said. “This opportunity with this group of seniors, plus with the added guys we’ve got here, it’s honestly ridiculous. It’s like a cheat code.”
So, how do they do it all over again?
How do you leave a legacy of being back-to-back-to-back State champions and in turn finish off creating the dynasty that is the Woodlands Christian Academy men’s golf program?
“You want to keep your approach the same day in and day out,” Field said. “That’s the one thing that has really made them so great. There’s a group of guys now who have created a culture in golf at Woodlands Christian where no coach needs to ask you to go work.
“They’re all just grinders.”
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