Life can get redirected in the most unexpected ways at the most unexpected times, especially for a young person with so many potential paths in front of them.
WACO -- Spearheaded by a core of seniors, Trinity Christian claimed its eighth TAPPS state championship on Friday and fifth in the last six years, with a 3-1 victory over Boerne Geneva (25-22, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21) in the Class 4A final at University High.
WACO -- Trinity Christian is back where it has gotten so used to being. Now with one more victory, the Lions will add to their legacy as one of the state’s top TAPPS programs.
No football season is static. Teams get better or worse, depending on how hard they work -- especially if there are some unexpected setbacks along the way.
There is always a swirling blend of emotions when a memorable season reaches the postseason stage, especially when a senior group is at the core of the success that has elevated a team to new heights.
The 25th-ranked Lady Plainsmen (33-11) begin their pursuit of a season-long goal when they mix it up with Abilene Wylie at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Snyder.
ABILENE -- Finishing in fourth place in District 3-5A was a matter of survival for Lubbock-Cooper, especially considering that the teams above the Lady Pirates all spent a good chunk of the season in the state rankings.
The gritty Tiger senior missed the last five weeks of her junior season but rehabbed all spring and summer to get back on the court.
ABILENE -- Trinity Christian is headed back to familiar territory, but it took some drama and grit to get there.
PLAINVIEW -- Coronado closed out the 2019 season in style on Tuesday, claiming a road win to finish with a .500 mark in District 3-5A. The Lady Mustangs fought off Plainview 25-15, 25-20, 25-23 to wind up 24-16 overall and 8-8 in league play.
All Saints’ quest for the second state championship in program history is off to a strong start.
Lion seniors Payton Dove & Kalli Jo Johnston played key roles in area-round triumph on Monday.
Two teams continued their late-season tuneup for the upcoming playoffs and two others showed again they will play hard to end of the season in Friday volleyball action around West Texas.
WOLFFORTH -- Having been on the opposite end of the spectrum as a sophomore, Aali Mayfield wasn’t about to miss out on a chance to help her team complete a symbolic turnaround on Tuesday.
The Tigers weathered a Tascosa surge in the second set, then controlled the final two games to nab their seventh win in district play and clinch the crown.
AMARILLO -- Lubbock-Cooper is on an upswing again and as a result, the Lady Pirates are headed back to the Class 5A playoffs.
WOODROW -- Lubbock-Cooper beat Coronado on Friday in a battle where both teams wore black jerseys, doing their best to throw one another off.
Trinity Christian locked down one goal with a victory on Saturday and can start working toward the next one very soon.
Levi Savage didn’t need to do a lot of research on the notion of high expectations. Those have been ingrained in him throughout his young coaching career, especially the previous four seasons as an assistant at Trinity Christian.
PLAINVIEW -- Playing on the road always presents a little different challenge. Monterey encountered some resistance early Tuesday against Plainview before finding a groove.
Tuesday brings another busy night of volleyball around Lubbock and beyond, with two key TAPPS showdowns headlining the schedule.
MIDLAND -- Lubbock Christian bounced back from a setback earlier in the week to barrel past Midland Trinity 25-15, 25-12, 25-16 on Saturday – a victory that secures a TAPPS playoff spot.
Lubbock-Cooper is back to even in the District 3-5A standings with 2½ weeks left in the regular season. The Lady Pirates snapped a three-game ski by rolling past Lubbock High 25-14, 25-10, 25-13 at Westerner Arena.
WOODROW -- Lubbock-Cooper has plenty of work to do to earn a playoff spot, but if the Lady Pirates find their way to the postseason, their performance Tuesday could be a major reason why.
Motivation to play at the highest level can be a challenge as a long season plays out. Sometimes the fire can wane a little at the wrong time, which can be costly.