Playoffs are just around the corner - 4A and below start next week - so some important races are looking to be decided in the next couple of weeks. We take a look at five intriguing matchups for Thursday night.
#16 Prosper (3-1, 1-1) vs. McKinney (3-2, 0-1)
In 5-6A, No. 16 Prosper is looking for a bounceback win after a tough loss last week against Denton Guyer - a loss that dropped Prosper into a three-way tie for third place along with McKinney Boyd and Denton Braswell. McKinney fell in its district opener two weeks ago and could ill afford to go to 0-2 in this loaded district.
Big question: Can Prosper shake off last week's last-second loss or can McKinney play spoiler and steal a win at home?
Frisco Liberty (4-2, 2-1) vs. Frisco Lebanon Trail (4-1, 2-1)
7-5A DII has been a surprise so far, and it starts with these two teams. As it stands right now, Liberty and Lebanon Trail occupy the third and fourth spots in the district standings, respectively. Both teams' last game were losses to district leader Frisco - Liberty last week; Lebanon Trail two weeks ago. Liberty likes to air things out while Lebanon Trail wants to keep things on the lower end of the scoreboard.
Big question: Can Lebanon Trail keep Liberty's offense in check or will Liberty run away and stay in the playoff race?
Northwest Eaton (4-2, 2-0) vs. Keller (1-4, 0-2)
4-6A is a district split between teams undefeated in district play and teams that are winless in district play. This game is a matchup between one of each. Eaton is coming off a dominating win over rival Byron Nelson while Keller was blown out by Southlake Carroll. Despite that 32-point loss and sitting at 1-4, Keller has only been outscored by six points overall this season, so close games are the norm. Eaton is looking for a win that will keep it at least tied atop the district standings once this week is over.
Big question: Will Eaton continue to dominate in district play or will Keller break through after so many close calls this year
Birdville (1-2, 0-2) vs. Mansfield Legacy (1-3, 0-2)
A game featuring two teams winless in district might not seem interesting on paper, but with the other matchups in 4-5A DI, the team that wins this one could fault near the playoff line. After a close win to start its season, Birdville has been blown out by an average of 39 points its last two while Mansfield Legacy has lost by an average of 22 in its last three.
Big question: Which team can establish itself in this one and pick up a much-needed district win?
Lovejoy (5-0, 3-0) vs. Frisco Memorial (1-4, 0-3)
Back to 7-5A DII with a matchup of one of two undefeated teams against one of three that are winless in district play. Lovejoy has quietly plugged along with its closest win being a 7-point win over Denison and an average margin of victory of 32.4 points per game. Before last week, Memorial had lost every game by one possession.
Big question: Will Memorial pick up its first district win or will Lovejoy continue its dominance this year.
It was an 11-1 week last week with my only miss being Lake Country over Colleyville Covenant (SGP was cancelled). We've got 14 games to predict this week (combining Fort Worth Star-Telegram picks and Dallas Morning News assignments).
WEEK 11/WEEK 6 Picks
Frisco Lone Star over Denton
Euless Trinity over North Crowley
Northwest Eaton over Keller
Denton Guyer over Denton Braswell
DeSoto over Cedar Hill
Arlington Martin over Arlington Bowie
Colleyville Heritage over Red Oak
Burleson Centennial over Midlothian
Highland Park over Longview
Grapevine Faith over Fort Worth Christian
South Grand Prairie over Arlingto Sam Houston
Richland over Mansfield Summit
Fort Worth Boswell over Fort Worth Chisholm Trail
Pantego Christian over Arlington Grace Prep
OVERALL RECORD: 96-18 (84.2%)
Week 10: 11-1
Week 9: 12-2
Week 8: 10-3
Week 7: 9-3
Week 6: 11-1
Week 5: 10-2
Week 4: 6-2
Week 3: 10-0
Week 2: 9-2
Week 1: 8-2
HOUSTON – In just a week the first UIL State Championship of the year will get underway with Team Tennis serving it up in College Station.
But who could get there?
The playoffs push into the Regional Semifinals starting on Thursday across the state with the Regional Final matches set for Friday morning.
VYPE went through each bracket, have provided the matchups, locations, times and some notes on who could get back to College Station.
In Class 6A here is the breakdown.
Abilene vs Lewisville Marcus (Rose Park Tennis Center – Thurs. 1 p.m.)
El Paso Coronado vs Southlake Carroll (Rose Park Tennis Center – Thurs. 1 p.m.)
Reg. Final – Friday at 9 a.m. at Rose Park Tennis Center
Allen vs The Woodlands (Mansfield HS – Thurs. 1 p.m.)
Plano West vs Round Rock Westwood (Lake Ridge HS – Thurs. 1 p.m.)
Reg. Final – Friday at 10 a.m. at Mansfield HS
Seven Lakes vs Clear Lake (Deer Park HS – Thurs. 8:30 a.m.)
Houston Memorial vs Deer Park (Deer Park HS – Thurs. 1:30 p.m.)
Reg. Final – Friday at 9 a.m. at Deer Park HS
Westlake vs Harlingen South (Northside Tennis Center – Thurs. 10 a.m.)
Lake Travis vs Laredo Alexander (Northside Tennis Center – Thurs. 10 a.m.)
Reg. Final - Friday at 10 a.m. at Northside Tennis Center
Houston Memorial has become a power program under Budd Booth's direction. The program won a state championship in 2017. Last year, Memorial fell just short to Round Rock Westwood in the 6A State Championship match. If the Mustangs make it through the next two rounds they will be making their 12th state tournament appearance in program history and for the 11th-straight season.
Lake Travis reached the state tournament last year but fell in the semifinals to Memorial. The Cavaliers are seeking their third-ever state tournament berth with a pair of wins this weekend.
So, how does Class 5A – which has been dominated by Highland Park – shake out heading into the Regional Tournament.
Amarillo vs Colleyville Heritage (Wichita Falls HS – Thurs. 9 a.m.)
Lubbock vs North Richland Hills Birdville (Wichita Falls HS – Thurs. 10 a.m.)
Regional Final – Friday at 9 a.m. at Wichita Falls HS
Highland Park vs Texarkana Texas (Allen HS – Thurs. 2 p.m.)
Frisco Lebanon Trail vs Ennis (Allen HS – Thurs. 9 a.m.)
Regional Final – Friday at 10 a.m. at Allen HS
A&M Consolidated vs Shadow Creek (Cinco Ranch HS – Thurs. 8:30 a.m.)
Georgetown vs Friendswood (Katy Taylor HS – Thurs. 8:30 a.m.)
Regional Final – Friday at 9 a.m. at Katy Taylor HS
Alamo Heights vs Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway (Alamo Heights HS – Thurs. 8:30 a.m.)
Boerne Champion vs CC Veterans Memorial (Alamo Heights HS – Thurs. 1:30 p.m.)
Regional Final – Friday at 8:30 a.m. at Alamo Heights HS
Plain and simply put, Highland Park owns team tennis. The program is seeking its 32nd state tournament appearance this year to try and go for a fourth-straight Class 5A State Championship. The Scots have built a tradition of tennis excellence, can they add to it in 2019?
Alamo Heights is just behind Highland Park when it comes to number of state tourney appearances. The Mules are seeking their 29th state tournament appearance in 2019. Last season, Alamo Heights felt o Abilene Wylie in the state semifinals, 12-7.
A&M Consolidated is the only other team in the field that made it to the state tourney a year ago before running into Highland Park. This year, the Tigers are seeking what would be the program's eighth state tournament appearance with a pair of wins this week.
The last classification to breakdown in Team Tennis is Class 4A, which Fredericksburg won in 2018 with a 10-6 win over Canyon.
So, who's in the running for a state tourney appearance this fall?
Hereford vs Burkburnett (Rose Park Tennis Center – Thurs. 9 am)
Canyon vs Vernon (Rose Park Tennis Center – Thurs. 9 am)
Regional Final – Friday at 9 a.m. at Rose Park Tennis Center
Argyle vs Kilgore (Grapevine HS – Thurs. 8:30 a.m.)
Anna vs Willis Point (Grapevine HS – Thurs. 8:30 a.m.)
Regional Final – Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Grapevine HS
Center vs Fulshear (Rudder HS – Thurs. 8:30 a.m.)
China Spring vs Needville (Rudder HS – Thurs. 1:30 p.m.)
Regional Final – Friday at 10 a.m. at Rudder HS
Fredericksburg vs Zapata (Annemarie Tennis Center – Thurs. 10 a.m.)
Boerne vs La Feria (Annemarie Tennis Center – Thurs. 10 a.m.)
Regional Final – Friday at 10 a.m. at Annemarie Tennis Center
Fredericksburg is going for its third-straight state tournament appearance and going for back-to-back state championships. With a pair of wins this weekend, Canyon will make its second-straight state tournament appearance. Last year, Canyon fell to Fredericksburg 10-6 in the state final. Fulshear is one of the newest programs on the scene and has already made so much noise. Fulshear, the 2019 VYPE Awards Tennis Team of the Year, with two wins this weekend will reach its second-straight state tournament.