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While Football and Volleyball playoffs may be heating up, Basketball season is about to take off. With that being said it's time to look at how teams stack up as we head into the season
**Records obtained from MaxPreps unless otherwise noted
**Games already played have been noted but not taken into account for the rankings
BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS
5A-6A: 5A and 6A could be very interesting to pay attention to this year in Austin and San Antonio. Brennan and Westlake take the top 2 spots with Westlake coming off a state semi-final run last year. San Marcos is also a team you will want to pay attention to with a very senior heavy team, this is one that could make some noise this year.
1A-4A: Boerne is fresh off a state semi-final run themselves and looks to take the next step this year. Pleasanton is also a team to watch in 4A and may have its best squad since their Regional Final run in the 2019-2020 season. Meanwhile Cole came up just short last season to Dallas Madison in the State Finals.
Private School: Antonian Prep is the top team heading into the season and will look to make it further this season than last years run. St. Michael's is another team to pay attention to.
GIRLS BASKETBALL RANKINGS
5A-6A: The most interesting team to pay attention to this season will be Cedar Park. While they are back-to-back state champions and just had their 62 game winning streak snapped against Wagner, they are without who would have arguably been their best player in Gisella Maul who decided to forego who senior year to early enroll at the University of Texas where she is committed to play basketball. Meanwhile Clark takes the top spot after their semi-final run last year. A big time game happening tonight? Clark taking on Wagner who has already beat Cedar Park to start the year
1A-4A: Fredericksburg comes off a great season last year and hopes to repeat that this season. One team that will hope to stop them? District opponent Boerne who comes in ranked number 2.
Private School: Antonian, like the boys squad, takes the top spot, and hopes to take home a state title after being state runners up last year. Hyde Park, Geneva, Lutheran San Antonio and Shiner St. Paul round up the top 5.
Lytle took home team gold in Boys 3A
This past weekend, the UIL Cross Country meet was held in Round Rock Texas and many Austin/San Antonio athletes and teams placed in the Top 10 state-wide.
Of all the teams in the area, Lytle has to be considered the big winner taking home team gold in the Boys 3A division, Johnny Alvarez finished 9th in the event with Robert Wagner, Brandon Obando, Abel Sanchez, and Tristan Lopez all finishing in the Top 50, and the Girls finishing 3rd with Marissa Lopez finishing in 7th.
In other team results, the Poth Lady Pirates finished 2nd in 3A Girls, Fredericksburg took 2nd in 4A Girls, Giddings took 5th in 5A Boys, Georgetown took 5th in 5A Boys, Boerne Champion took 2nd in 5A Girls, Smithson Valley took 6th in 5A Girls, Vandegrift took 2nd in 6A Boys, Round Rock took 6th in 6A Boys, and Vandegrift took 4th in 6A girls
Individually, in the girls 3A Race, Poth's Brooklyn Albert finished 2nd with a time of 12:05.02, while Sophia Bendet of Randolph (4th), Marissa Lopez of Lytle (7th) and Aubrey Milam (9th) all finished in the Top 10. While in the boys 3A Race, it was Anthony Meyer of San Antonio Cole (5th) and Johnny Alvarez (9th) finishing in the Top 10
For the 4A division, the only Top 10 finishers in either boys or girls were sisters Taylor and Rilyn Grona of Fredericksburg with Taylor taking home 2nd for the second year in a row with a time of 11:38.3 and Rilyn taking home 10th. Ann Claire Cop of Fredericksburg finished just outside the Top 10 in 11th place.
In the 5A boys division 3 runners from Austin/San Antonio cracked the Top 10. Henok Hayele of San Antonio Jefferson finished in 5th place with a time of 15:28.7, while Joseph Wienen of Georgetown finished just behind in 6th and Antonio Pena of Georgetown East View finished in 8th. For the girls in 5A, it was the top two spots the Austin/San Antonio area walked away with. Mckenzie Bailey of Georgetown took home gold with a time of 17:36.4 while Cedar Park's Isabel Conde De Frankenberg came in 2nd with a time of 17:45.6.
Finally in 6A, it was Kevin Sanchez of Vandegrift as the lone Austin/San Antonio athlete to finish in the Top 10. However, that Top 10 finish for Sanchez was first place in the Boys 6A race with an impressive 15 second win with a time of 15:26.3.
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