St. Joseph boys reach top 25
Feb. 1, 2011 at 2:03 a.m.
Updated Jan. 31, 2011 at 8:01 p.m.
The St. Joseph Flyers boys basketball team cracked the top 25 of the latest Texas Associaiton of Basketball Coaches poll, making it in as No. 25 for large private schools.
The ranking marks a major turnaround for the Flyers, who won just five games last season and have tripled that this season.
The Flyers play Tuesday night at Laredo St. Augustine, and are in the driver seat in TAPPS 4-5A at 2-0.
"I was suprised, but I'm glad that someone recognized the hard work these boys have been putting in this year," said St. Joseph coach Abraham Garcia.
The Flyers can clinch a district championship at home on Friday against Brownsville St. Joseph.
"We know we're in the driver's seat and masters of our own destiny," he said.
Although the ranking is a great sign that the program is heading in the right direction, Garcia said the team has to deal with playing their final two district games.
"I enjoy being in that position, but it also comes with a little added pressure," Garcia said.
Also maintaining their positions on the boys rankings are Hallettsville (No. 7 in Class 2A, 23-4); Austwell-Tivoli (No. 19 in Class 1A, Div. II, 22-5) and Yorktown (No. 19 in Class 1A, Div. I, 18-5).
Back on the rankings this week is Waelder, which was ranked 25th in Class 1A, Div. II two weeks ago but was unranked last week. They are 18th this week.
Also, by virtue of its win over Poth last week, Karnes City has cracked the Class 2A rankings at No. 25.
Floresville was dealt a nasty blow two weeks ago when it lost to Victoria West, falling from No. 6 in Class 4A to No. 17 the following week.
And it happened again. The Warriors positioned themselves to win District 30-4A by handing the Jaguars their third district loss on Friday, and also sealing Floresville's fall from the Class 4A girls rankings.
The Jaguars also lost at Gregory-Portland last Tuesday.
The win puts the Warriors in position to wrap up a share of the District 30-4A title on Tuesday at home against Calhoun.
Also ranked this week are: Yoakum (No. 12 in Class 3A, 26-5); Shiner St. Paul (No. 2 in small private schools); Faith Academy (No. 3 in small private schools); Louise (No. 11 in Class 1A, Div. I, 21-4).