Written by SportsDayDFW.com
ESD, Highland Park, Jesuit among 7 teams from North Texas seeking lacrosse state titles
When Episcopal School of Dallas loads up the bus and heads out on a five-hour drive to Friendswood High School, outside Houston, to play Highland Park — a school five miles away — it only enhances the experience of the Texas High School Lacrosse League State Boys Championships, ESD coach Pat Kennedy said.
It’s not unusual that seven of the eight semifinalists in Division I and Division II are from North Texas. The Woodlands is the only non-North Texas qualifier in the tournament, set for Saturday and Sunday.
There wasn’t a discussion among THSLL officials to change the location for the state championships.
“These things have to be planned so far in advance,” Kennedy said. “And our kids look forward to it. They know if they win at regional we’ll get to take a trip, stay in a hotel and play in a good place.”
In Saturday’s Division I semifinals, Highland Park faces ESD at 2 p.m., followed by Jesuit against The Woodlands at 4.
ESD may have the most high-profile players in the state, with Jack Beare (Notre Dame signee), Richie Loftus (Dartmouth) and Foster Huggins (Loyola University in Maryland).
The Division I final is 1:30 p.m. Sunday. In Division II, McKinney and Keller meet in one semifinal and defending state champ Flower Mound plays Greenhill in the other.
SPC Championships: St. Mark’s hard-hitting baseball team will be a contender to win the Division I bracket at the SPC Championships on Friday and Saturday in Dallas.
St. Mark’s is the No. 2 seed from the North Zone, but Bellaire Episcopal has won five consecutive SPC titles. The Division I final is 1:15 p.m. Saturday at ESD.
The Division I tennis championships will be played at Hockaday and Greenhill, and ESD is the host for girls lacrosse. In softball, Greenhill will serve as one of the hosts and compete in Division I. Hockaday and ESD are in Division II.
The SPC track and field championships are Friday and Saturday at St. Mark’s.
TAPPS state track: The TAPPS state meet at the Hart-Patterson Sports Complex in Waco will feature plenty of familiar names.
Running for Plano Prestonwood Christian in the 4x100-meter relay will be Madison Dorsett and Jaevin Reed. Madison is the daughter of former Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett, and Jaevin is the daughter of former NFL receiver Jake Reed.
On the boys side, Prestonwood sophomore Cody Cunningham enters with the state’s top time in the 100, and Colleyville Covenant Christian’s Cameron Savage has one of the state’s top times in the 200.