Victoria to host a pair of district championshipsthis weekend
Victoria will play host to two district championships this weekend, welcoming schools for diving and swimming and wrestling meets on Friday and Saturday.
Friday, 3 p.m. at Victoria Aquatics Center
This will be the last time Mallory Draper will dive in Victoria this season. The junior is a two-time state qualifier in diving. She finished sixth at the state meet in 2012, after finishing ninth as a sophomore. On the boys side, Bay City's Rob Haring eked past Victoria East's Scott Inman by less than two points in a tri-meet in Victoria on Jan. 24.
Saturday, 11 a.m. at Victoria Aquatics Center
Of the five Crossroads schools that will plunge into the Victoria Acquatics Center Saturday, three have someone they can rely upon to rack up the points.
Victoria East senior Jay Mowdy will likely compete in the 50 yard freestyle, 100 freestyle and a couple relays. Junior Kari Wilkins may be entered in either the freestyle or breaststroke for El Campo. Bay City senior Meagan Attaway who can win points for the Ladycats in the freestyle, butterfly and relays.
The top six finishers will advance to the Region VII-4A meet at Palo Alto College in San Antonio next weekend.
Saturday, 9 a.m. at District Events Center
In previous years, the UIL had one classification for wrestling. Now, there are two. In addition, the top four finishers from Saturday's meet at the District Events Center will advance to regionals, whereas, it was the top two previously.
"It's not WWE, it's real," said Kerry Iannazo, who coaches both Victoria East and Victoria West. "I'm excited because the kids have worked so hard. They have improved tremendously, throughout the whole year."
West as a quartet of girls, all of who are underclassmen and all of whom have winning records, who Iannazzo thinks will make a run this postseason. Sophomores Keirsten Reed (20-10) and Jasmine Porter (19-6) are at the 119-pound weight class and 215 pound weight class have a good shot to advance. Junior Austin Supak is 20-16 at the 128-pound class, while classmate Lorraina Moses is 19-6 at 148 pounds.
Beeville may be the team to beat. The Trojans have twice faced off against the VISD schools and won convincingly. The Trojans have beaten fellow district foe San Antonio Highlands twice as well.
Beeville seniors Brent Puga (22-3) and Rogelio Salazar (21-2) will be prohibitive favorites to advance from their respective 195 and 113 pound weight classes.
"What I've told my kids is it's a regular tournament," said Beeville wrestling coach Terry Foster, who is in his 15th year at the helm. "You have to take each match for itself and not worry about who you will wrestle. you have to take it one match at a time."