A season full of effort – by both coaches and student-athletes. A season full of travel – by teams, families and fans. This past weekend, a lot of tears – both of joy and of sorrow.
All of it leading up to this week.
Welcome to State Tournament Week for UIL volleyball.
To use a basketball term, it's Final Four time for 24 teams in the six UIL classifications – from small-town 1A up to the big-school Class 6A.
Here's some information and thoughts about this year's tournament and the results of each Regional Finals match, with some personal notes about Regionals Semifinals to follow:
Texas high school playoffs are here, in case you haven't heard. As the UIL Bi-District and TAPPS Area rounds open up, there are 100 games to pick through, which includes the two deep-dive previews with Waxahachie Life over Palestine and Euless Trinity topping Arlington Lamar.
Through 284 games this year, my prediction record stands at 206-78 (.725) after a 40-8 (.833) record last week. In this space, we're going to pick the other 99 games on this weekend's calendar involving DFW teams. Another week like last week would put my over that 75 percent correct on the year.
6A Bi-District Picks
Flower Mound over Keller
DeSoto over Dallas Skyline
Arlington Martin over San Angelo Central
Southlake Carroll over Lewisville
Duncanville over South Grand Prairie
Allen over Sachse
Rockwall over Killeen Harker Heights
Prosper over Wylie
Mesquite over Killeen Shoemaker
Arlington over Richland
Denton Guyer over Hebron
Cedar Hill over Richardson Pearce
Arlington Bowie over Weatherford
Flower Mound Marcus over Keller Central
Mansfield Summit over Lake Highlands
Lakeview Centennial over Jesuit
McKinney over Naaman Forest