When District 6-6A came to bi-district, it brought the brooms.
The Collin/Denton County district completely swept Tarrant/Denton County District 5-6A out of the postseason in both the girls and boys brackets.
It’s the second consecutive season that the Trophy Club Byron Nelson boys (18-3-1) have lost in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Nelson girls (20-2-1) entered the playoffs as the No. 6 team in the state, according to the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, but were upset by Flower Mound 1-0. The ninth-ranked Keller girls (18-3-3) lost to Plano 5-2.
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The 6-6A boys teams outscored their 5-5A counterparts 14-1, while the girls’ teams were outscored 12-2.
“If you’re fourth-place in that district, you’re probably first place in most districts,” Mansfield girls coach George Velten said of 6-6A. His Tigers (17-2-2) face Plano (10-5-4) in the area round.
Perhaps the marquee girls match of the area round is 6-6A Flower Mound Marcus (13-4-4) vs. 7-6A’s Southlake Carroll (23-1) at 6 p.m. Friday at Coppell High School.
The winner gets Mansfield or Plano.
Not to be outdone, the boys and girls teams from District 14-5A went 8-0 against teams from 13-5A.
Boys and girls teams from Red Oak, Mansfield Lake Ridge and Waxahachie all advanced, while the Mansfield Summit boys and Mansfield Legacy girls reached the area round.
The 14-5A girls teams dominated 13-5A opponents by a 27-1 aggregate score. It was 14-1 on the boys side.
Last season, all four girls teams from 14-5A advanced to meet in the regional quarterfinals, with Lake Ridge and Legacy advancing to the regional tournament. None of the boys teams survived the area round.
Raising the bar
The new girls high school career goal-scoring mark has been solidified at 316.
Fort Worth South Hills’ 5-1 bi-district loss to Burleson Centennial meant the end of star Esmie Gonzales’ high school career.
The senior, who signed with Southeast Missouri State, broke the previous mark of 286 goals earlier this month. Gonzales scored 109 goals this season, second all-time to the 127 goals last fall by Lauren Bouvia of Weiser High in Idaho.
While the area round doesn’t begin until Friday, the Mineral Wells boys and girls teams get Class 4A area-round byes to the regional quarterfinals on April 4-5.
The Mineral Wells boys earned that by defeating Wichita Falls Hirschi in a shootout. The girls beat Burkburnett 2-0. The Mineral Wells girls (17-3-1) are ranked No. 7 in the state in the most recent TGCA poll.