East, West,Calhoun ready for district

Rey Castillo By Rey Castillo

Dec. 15, 2016 at 10:06 p.m.
Updated Dec. 15, 2016 at 10:12 p.m.

Last season, Victoria East and Victoria West reached the playoffs, thanks to strong finishes in District 30-5A.

The Titans reached the Region IV-5A quarterfinal for the second time in school history before falling to Edinburg Vela. The Warriors won 10 of their last 17 games to grab the No. 3 spot in district before their playoff run ended at the hands of Laredo Nixon in the area round.

If both teams want to get back to postseason play, they'll have to do it against new competition.

In February, the UIL's realignment split District 30-5A and District 24-5A to form the newly assembled District 27-5A.

East, West and Calhoun will compete with Richmond Foster, Angleton, Rosenberg Terry and Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated.

"It's a different world compared to the Corpus Christi district," said East second-year coach Peter Staackmann. "The athleticism is a lot better and they have more kids to pick from in terms of athletes. The speed will be a lot faster along with their style of play."

The Titans (4-9) have played 11 games without a full roster due to football season. Since the return of seniors Bailey Zappe, Kendre Franklin, Tre Wolf and junior Jonathan Whitby, the team is 2-0.

"I think we're trying to figure out everyone's main role, and I'm trying to figure our different ambitions to put on the floor," Staackmann said. "Having a full team for a week now, we're trying to figure out our different combinations."

The Titans will open district play against Lamar Consolidated at the East gym at 7 p.m. Friday.

"Lamar is fast," Staackmann said. "They have a lot of hype and they're quick. It will be different than last year, and it will be a longer process."

The Warriors (3-10) are still trying to find a rhythm on the court. But seventh-year coach Pat Erskine feels that his team will find it when they take the court against Rosenberg Terry at the Terry gym at 7 p.m. Friday.

"Tomorrow is what we've been working for," Erskine said. "We've stressed a lot of emphasis on defense the last few weeks, and our kids have really reasoned against our opponents. Our record doesn't show it, but it feels like its going to pay off."

On the season, the Warriors have allowed 54.2 points per game. The Rangers enter Friday's matchup averaging 65.7 points per game.

"For the most part, the teams in Houston and their size is not much different," Erskine said. "But their quickness and their speed is going to be something that we're not used to. But our kids are up for the challenge."

The Warriors will begin district with three straight road games.

"It will be a challenge," Erskine said. "The seniors on our team have a sense of urgency as the season is upon us. They're realizing this day is big and they' re learning to value and appreciate every practice."

The Sandcrabs (2-5) didn't win a district game last season. They'll be looking to break that streak when they take the court against Richmond Foster at the Calhoun gym at 7 p.m. Friday.

Last season, the Sandcrabs finished 5-20 overall, and haven't made the playoffs since 2013 where they fell 63-42 to Brennan in the regional semifinal.



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