Mansfield hockey has JV success
Coming off a benchmark 5-2 win over Allen on Sunday, the Mansfield JV Silver hockey team is now on a 17-game win streak.
After dropping the first game of the season, Mansfield has revenged its only loss and is now in the driver’s seat of the district standings. Allen had also dropped a game to Plano East, giving Mansfield the top spot.
Mansfield head coach of the JV squad, Tanner Thomas, admitted they had an upper hand on Allen early, being able to score some empty-net goals.
“We weren’t expecting them to not get a goalie in net until the second period,” Thomas said. “You go into a game with a game plan and sometimes you just have to work around it. It was unexpected, but we’ll take it.”
Mansfield will still have a make-up game with Bishop John Paul II.
Thomas said the team should have the first-place seed heading into the playoffs in a few weeks, as the top eight teams will move on to the postseason.
The 18-1 record isn’t too surprising to Thomas, who knew he’d be working with younger players.
“I knew there’d be a learning curve,” Thomas said. “But once we got the hang of the season, I’ve held them accountable and I knew we’d be at the top of our league with some other teams.”
Highland Park, Allen and Plano East are the other top teams of the JV Silver division.
Thomas noted the play of Cameron Bickford, who joined the in the summer and has been a good leader by example.
“James Boisvert, a captain, was one of the top players as an eighth-grader,” Thomas said. “He’s stepped up his game as a freshman.”
Mansfield is also riding the strength of Courtney Weeks in goal. “She holds it all together,” Thomas said of Weeks. “She’s the top goalie in the Silver division, but it goes throughout because everyone else is pulling their weight.”
The Broncos baseball team bounced back from a 13-5 loss to Summit by blanking Burleson on Saturday, 9-0. Corey Murray and Sam Mahofski each had a double for the Broncos.
Summit also bounced played Saturday, but their momentum from the Legacy win wasn’t enough to sustain them in a 10-0 loss to Midlothian.
Mansfield’s five-game win streak came to end last week, as they dropped a close 7-6 decision to Red Oak in the Ennis Tournament.
Timberview offense in full gear
The Timberview softball team has been notching football-team scoring stats thus far this season. The lowest run output thus far is six runs. The Lady Wolves have scored 19 runs in two games and 16 in another, en route to averaging over 12 runs per game in their 8-0 start to the season.
Mansfield on tear, too
The Lady Tigers have some offense of their own. The Mansfield softball team has amassed totals of 10, 23 and 11 runs in their last three outings.
The Tigers and Wolves were set to face each other on Tuesday.
- Randy Sachs