DFW Sports Weekend Recap

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DeSoto Track Dominance: There was a lot of hype coming into the weekend regarding the DeSoto girls track team. When it was all said and done, that hype was met and far exceeded as the team with an unprecedented 121 points to clinch a fourth straight 6A team state championship. The 121 points was 13 points shy of the maximum and was 73 points more than second place Duncanville (48 total points).

And for the second time this year, the 4×100-meter relay record fell – to DeSoto – and a new UIL record was set. In April, at the Region I meet, the 4×100-meter team ran a 44.44, besting the 2004 record of 44.50 set by California’s Long Beach Poly. Less than a month later, at State this weekend, the DeSoto squad would shatter its own record with a 44.24.

All said an told, the DeSoto girls track team collected five individual state titles on the way to the team title, including Taylor Armstrong in the 300 hurdles, Jayla Hollis in the 100 hurdles and winning the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays.

You can read the full story by Thomas Bingham here.

Baseball 4 by 3: By the time the Regional Quarterfinals (Round 3) of the playoffs roll around, many districts are left with one or maybe two teams left in contention. Others may have none when entering this portion of the postseason, but there is one district with all four of its playoff participants still playing. That is 14-5A, which features Joshua, Corsicana, Cleburne and Midlothian.

After dealing with persnickety weather through the pass few days, all four teams have made it to the 5A Region II Regional Quarterfinals. By the end of this round, though, only two of those four will remain as Joshua and Corsicana square off and Cleburne and Midlothian meet up.

While not quite as impressive as having all four make it this far, three other area districts have three remaining teams in the playoffs – 6-6A (Hebron, Flower Mound and Marcus), 9-6A (Allen, McKinney Boyd and Prosper) and 10-5A (Lovejoy, McKinney North and Wylie East).

You can see the updated playoff pairings here.

Cream of the Crop: In the softball landscape, only 11 area teams remain in the Regional Semifinals in classes 6A-4A. Among those teams, none of them are major surprises as the average number of losses of those 11 teams is just 5.2.

To add to that dominance, these 11 teams played 21 games over the weekend and won by an average score of 8.3 to 2.2.
You can see the updated playoff pairings here.

Episcopal School of Dallas Sweeps: In both the boys and girls Division I state lacrosse championships, Episcopal School of Dallas took home the crowns with close, hard-fought victories in their respective matches. On the boys’ side, ESD won 9-6 in a low-scoring, slow-paced matchup with perennial power Highland Park. ESD would nurse a one-point lead in the match’s final 9:16 to claim the title. The girls prevailed 14-8 over Houston Kinkaid, exacting revenge over its lone loss of the year – a one-goal los – and ending Kinkaid’s bid for an undefeated championship season.

In the boys Division II bracket, Prosper dominated Smithson Valley 11-5 to capture its first state title after falling last year to Highland Park.

Southlake Carroll edged past Frisco Fury 14-13 in overtime to take home the girls’ Division II state crown a year after going winless in Division I.

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