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Girls Basketball is in full swing, and the San Antonio area schools have a lot to prove coming out of a fantastic 2019-2020 season. Here is a breakdown of our top 10 ranked teams and other notable UIL 5A schools in our area.
No. 1 San Antonio Veterans Memorial (By Thomas Bingham and Cailey Green; District 26) has a 2020 UIL 5A state championship game finish, a 2018 UIL 4A state title game appearance, a 2019 UIL 5A Region IV final result and a trio of 30-plus win seasons in its first three varsity years. The Patriots plan to move closer to the season's ultimate prize by leaning on first-team all-district athlete Marley Rokas, second-team all-district player Reinha Williams and all-district honorable mention Daelah Edwards this year. With these athletes returning, coach Christina Camacho looks forward to "forming new chemistry and continue working hard."
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No. 2 Kerrville Tivy (By Thomas Bingham; District 26) nearly extended its UIL state final four streak to three seasons before ending its 2019-2020 campaign with 25 wins and a UIL 5A Region IV final appearance, and has a lot going for it in the 2020-2021 frame with first-team all-district athlete Ashlee Zirkel and second-team all-district player Ashlynn Way expected to lead the Antlers.
No. 3 Boerne Champion (By Thomas Bingham; District 26) marched to the UIL 5A Region IV Quarterfinal after finishing fourth in the tough UIL 26-5A district and winning 26 games last season and can top that because head coach Marsha Hammond has already led it to 110 victories and there's notable on-court returns in first-team all-district athlete Khiara Flugence, second-team all-district players Hannah Barraza and Addisen King, all-district honorable mention Kristen Borgerding and another important contributor in Emerson Deberry.
No. 4 San Antonio Thomas Edison (District 27) will be looking to continue the playoff streak and make its fifth consecutive trip to the postseason this year. Coming off a huge season last year, while also losing some key seniors, the Golden Bears will look to all-district honorees Amber Gamez, Tristan Munoz, and Mary Ester Sosa to lead their team.
No. 5 San Antonio Highlands (District 27) Owls are locked and loaded with three returners for this new season. Having gone 15-1 in last year's district, Highlands will be looking to last year's Newcomer of the Year Janiah Perkins, second-team all-district Ja-Tauria Miller and senior Aizlyn Reyes to show up big in preseason and district this year. Seasoned coach Adrianna Wiatrek has served as the Owls' head coach for 15 years, and looks to continue the success the team had last year.
No. 6 San Antonio Brackenridge (District 27) Lady Eagles finished last year in the area playoff game like the previous season. This year, the team will be led by all-district members in sophomore Jade Teran and junior Emily Ayala. Head coach Tamiko Matthews has put together a tough schedule for the Eagles to gain experience and a game plan for moving into a tough district.
No. 7 Medina Valley (District 28) advanced to the playoffs last year, but fell short early. However, a season of 28-9 can often give a team a taste of what it's like to keep going. Coach Justin Russell and the Panthers look to capitalize on another great season and plan to do so with 2019's District Newcomer of the Year and first-team all-district Illeana Morales. Another competitor returning after receiving a first-team all-district honor last year is senior Makenzee Decock. Kaylyn Persyn looks to earn her spot on the first team this year after earning second team the last two years.
No. 8 San Antonio Jefferson (District 27) may not have the tallest girls on the team, but its athleticism and speed is what is going to allow the Mustangs to continue to be successful. Likewise, senior Eliana Rocha, selected to last year's second-team all-district, will be a big factor in this season. A new transfer from LEE joins the team this year- Amelia George and will be a huge scoring contributor! With only one other senior on the court in Desiree Gonzales, the team will be young, but ready to come out strong.
No. 9 New Braunfels Canyon (By Thomas Bingham; District 26) battled a competitive UIL 26-6A district en route to winning 19 games and finishing fifth in the group last season. Its drop from UIL 6A to UIL 5A and playmakers in second-team all-district athlete Emery Black and district honorable mentions Chayse Goetz and Kyla Malone will keep its playoff window open for the 2020-2021 campaign.
No. 10 San Antonio Harlandale (District 28) has some grit and talent that is sure to show up again on the court this year. The Indians, led by new head coach Wendell Mulkey, are looking for a season full of pressure defense and early offense. Top players for the Indians this season will be Julyssa Rodriguez, Rozlyn Torres, Serina Hernandez and Danielle Esquibel.
Other Area UIL 5A Teams To Watch (No particular order): San Antonio Southwest (Featuring Zaya Henderson, Emily Navarro and Ulyssa Galvan), Von Ormy Southwest Legacy (Featuring Ashley Corpus and Daveigh Castaneda), Floresville (Featuring Alexa Cantu), San Antonio McCollum (Featuring Alexis Martinez) and Seguin (Featuring Reese Brittain and Tresalyn Roberts)
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The 2020-2021 VYPE San Antonio high school girls basketball season preview is here with area UIL 6A and 5A rankings. Check them out below and stay tuned for more area coverage.
VYPE San Antonio UIL 6A Girls Basketball Preseason Rankings:
#1 Converse Judson
#2 San Antonio Reagan
#3 San Antonio Brandeis
#4 Helotes O'Connor
#5 Cibolo Steele
#6 Smithson Valley
#7 San Antonio Clark
#8 San Antonio Clemens
#9 San Antonio Wagner
#10 San Antonio Johnson
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VYPE San Antonio UIL 5A Girls Basketball Preseason Rankings:
#1 San Antonio Veterans Memorial
#2 Kerville Tivy
#3 Boerne Champion
#4 San Antonio Thomas Edison
#5 San Antonio Highlands
#6 San Antonio Brackenridge
#7 Medina Valley
#8 San Antonio Jefferson
#9 New Braunfels Canyon
#10 San Antonio Harlandale
Notable 1A-4A teams to watch this upcoming season: Fredericksburg, Devine, La Vernia, Boerne, Navarro, and Poth
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