High School Sports

3 things I think, 3 things I know: Brawl hurts DFW powerhouses

The high school basketball season is coming to an end and girls teams begin the playoffs on Monday.

Boys teams have two games left.

Surprisingly this season, there are no seeding games for the girls. That's right, every match up is set.

Soccer continues its run through district and it's beginning to make sense who the top teams are.

Softball officially kicks off with regular season games on Monday and baseball follows on Feb. 19, which is the same day the boys basketball playoffs starts.

Three things I think

1. Don't sleep on the Joshua Lady Owls. I was able to make it to Owls Stadium for the first time in my four years at the Star-Telegram on Wednesday night and had a chance to witness perhaps the best Metroplex team no one is talking about. The Owls shut out Crowley 3-0 and improved their record to 13-0-1 and 4-0 in District 9-5A. Junior Caylen Wright scored her 16th and 17th goals. Joshua is 53-5-2 the past three seasons.

2. DeSoto boys hurting themselves. The Eagles visited Duncanville in a match up between the top two teams in District 7-6A. The Eagles are ranked No. 6 in Class 6A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, the Panthers are No. 7. Following Desoto's 21-point victory, both teams were involved in a brawl. DeSoto will forfeit its final two games and suspended two players. Seeding is on the line, DeSoto will be 11-3. Duncanville is currently 10-2. South Grand Prairie is 9-3.

3. Keep an eye on Haslet Eaton. What did the Eagles softball team do in its first UIL varsity season? How about a district title and a trip to the third round of the playoffs. With no senior class in 2017, everyone is back, and they add a key player, senior Paige Tamayo from Trophy Club Nelson. Among the top returners is district MVP junior Maddie Wright (Abilene Christian commit), sophomore Kennedy Crites (Texas Tech), sophomore Jaden Middlebrook (North Texas) and junior Kenzlee Zaher (five home runs, 25 RBIs).

Three things I know

1. Burleson High School is celebrating like it's 1967. Even with two games left on the schedule, the Elks basketball team has won the District 9-5A title, a program first in 51 years. Burleson is 11-1, four games up, and 21-6 overall.

2. Mansfield Timberview girls haven't lost a district game in three years. The top Class 5A team in the state is preparing for another run to the state tournament. The Wolves finished the regular season 14-0 in District 10-5A and 34-2 overall. Timberview is riding a 44-game winning streak in district play and hasn't lost one since Jan. 30, 2015. The Wolves begin the bi-district round vs. Everman, 7 p.m. Monday at Burleson.

3. Trinity Valley is loving it. It's time to trademark the nickname "McDub." That's what the school is calling its first McDonald's All-American, senior forward Madison Williams. The Oklahoma signee was celebrated on Feb. 2 with an honorary game jersey. Eight hours later, she dropped a game-high 34 points in a victory over HSAA. For her performance, Williams was voted girls basketball player of the week.

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