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04/07/2014 10:51 AM

04/07/2014 10:52 AM

Mansfield takes JV Silver tourney title

Mansfield’s JV hockey team took the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League tournament title last Thursday by beating Highland Park 2-0 in the championship game.

The Mansfield squad avenged their only loss of the season – in the opening game – and cruised to 23 straight wins en route to the title.

“We went ahead of Allen and took over the No. 1 seed and played strong enough through the playoffs,” said Mansfield head coach Tanner Thomas.

In the championship game with Highland Park, Mansfield used the speed of three strong lines to wear down the Highlanders.

“We had an all-around team effort,” Thomas said, noting that goalie Courtney Weeks played extremely well throughout the three playoff games. They knocked off Keller and Jesuit prior to the Highland Park final.

The young JV Silver squad may make the move up to JV Gold next year, but Thomas said it’s a matter of numbers.

“We have some kids that will have an opportunity to go to varsity, but our whole team is mainly eighth and ninth graders with just a few sophomores,” Thomas said. “It’s too early to tell if we’ll go Gold, and it will be according to which kids return and our numbers.”

The success will likely draw interest from younger players in the area, which excites Thomas. “A few kids went other routes and maybe with our success we can draw them back to the program,” he said.

.400 hitters leading area teams

After the first round of district games, Summit and Legacy baseball boast .400 hitters to lead their teams.

Summit’s Max Durland has a .493 batting average. His stat include hitting eight doubles, a triple and a home run and has added 25 RBI in his 71 at-bats. He is second to only Wylie East’s Garrett McClain, who has only 54 at-bats but has notched a .593 average.

Legacy has two players above the .400 average in Sam Mahofski at .483 and Marcus Perez at .480. Another Bronco, Karson Houston is not far behind at .378. Summit’s Drew Montoya is at .356.

Pitching leaders

Summit’s Alex Palmer was one of a select group of pitchers with an ERA of less than 1.5 per game. Palmer was 4-0 through last week’s schedule and had an ERA of 1.03.

Legacy’s Blake Wilson was 6-0 and had an ERA of 1.50. Those stats are one reason Legacy was unbeaten in district play and 14-3 overall. Summit was just behind Legacy in District 15-4A in second place.

Big week for Mansfield baseball

The Tigers have a chance to break the tie for first place in the district with Midlothian when the two tangle on Tuesday. Mansfield will then have an opportunity to avenge its only district loss when it hosts Duncanville on Friday.

Mansfield beat Midlothian, 2-1 in the first meeting. The Tigers lost to Duncanville, 8-7 in their first matchup.

- Randy Sachs

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