How do we have a year in review when we are missing half of a year? Sports all around were put on hold in March, and as of today continue silenced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the accomplishments and achievements of our student athletes still deserve to be recognized and celebrated.
The Ducks welcomed a new athletic director and volleyball coach to the program this past season. The football program suffered their worst season in nearly thirty years while other sports soared.
The boys basketball team finished 21-12 bringing home a Bi-District championship. The girls team finished with a winning record, but district play would keep them out of the playoffs.
Volleyball finished strong but the girls were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. The soccer teams concluded with winning records, but the COVID-19 pandemic halted the playoffs.
Duck tennis also brought home their second straight district title in fall tennis.
After the season concluded Taylor welcomed new boys basketball coach Brandon Greene, as Coach Michael Williams headed east to Thorndale.
The Thrall Tigers football program returned to the playoffs after being absent last year. The boys and girls basketball teams both reached the first round of the playoffs.
Volleyball continued to rule in Thrall as the girls finished 35-13 and advanced all the way to the Regional Finals.
Since the UIL halting of sports former athletic director Coach Jason Cole has moved on and has been replaced with Coach Rick Porter in the role.
Winning in football has continued in Granger as this year they again brought home an Area championship on the speedy heels of RB Carlos Reyna. The Lions finished 9-4 finishing second in the district.
The bigger sports stories to come out of small-town Granger belonged to the girls programs. The volleyball team advanced to the playoffs for the first time in ten years finishing 26-10 and the girls basketball team also earned a postseason bid for the first time in a long while.
After the season athletic director Walt Brock stepped away from the role and was replaced by former boys basketball coach Stephen Brosch. The boys basketball position was soon after filled by Coach Chaston Kubacak.
All in all, it was a successful year for sports there were wins and losses, heroics, and heartbreak. Now beginning this school year, we must wait and see and adapt to the new norm of high school sports.
Football: 0-10 6th DNQ
Volleyball: 24-18 3rd Bi-District Rd.
Boys BB: 21-12 2nd Area Rd.
Girls BB: 19-17 5th DNQ
Soccer B: 13-8-1 2nd
Soccer G: 8-2 2nd
Tennis- District Champions second year in a row
Football: 6-5 4th Bi-District Rd.
Boys BB: 4th Bi-District Rd.
Girls BB: 3rd Bi-District Rd.
Volleyball: 35-13 2nd Regional Finals
Football: 9-4 2nd Regional Rd.
Boys BB: 5th DNQ
Girls BB: Bi-District Rd.
Volleyball: 26-10 3rd Area Rd.