Good Athletic Year

 

Volleyball: Lady Tigers won the outright championship and made another run before falling in the quarterfinals.

By: 
Carl Waits

 

It was a very productive year for Dripping Springs sports. Many cheered the new district alignment and most certainly there are elements of it that provided the opportunity to have more success. However, in my opinion, I believe we have the quality in our athletic programs that we would have probably fared just as well in the old district. As has been noted before, reaching the top spot in the new district was not going to be any easier than the old one. The advantage in the new one was that one did not have to have a battle on their hands each week to get the needed wins to reach the playoff level of competition. Basically you got to start in the middle and work your way up. Probably the most important aspect was the level playing field of equal enrollment numbers. Of the 20 sports, Dripping Springs had five champions during the 2016-17 year. No reason to believe they will not improve on that in 2017-18. Below is a summary of the year.

Football: The Tigers shared a tri-championship and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Richmond Foster.

Volleyball: Lady Tigers won the outright championship and made another run before falling in the quarterfinals.

Girls Crosscountry: Finished third in district, second in regional and fourteenth at state.

Boys Crosscountry: Finished second in district but fell to fourteenth in regional.

Team Tennis: Finished second to Alamo Heights in district and could not get past the Mules in the regional finals either.

Girls Basketball: Made the playoffs for the first time in five years with a third place district finish and lost out in the Area round.

Boys Basketball: Finished in a tie for third in district and then went on a run that brought them to the brink of the state tourney as they lost in the regional finals.

Girls Swimming: As a team finished third in district, fourth in regional and 15th at state. Had several individuals and relays reach the state meet.

Boys Swimming: Placed fifth in district and ninth at regional.

Wrestling: District champions placing second at region, sending six individuals to state.

Girls Soccer: Finished third in district and lost in the regional quarterfinals.

Boys Soccer: Finished sixth and did not make the playoffs.

Girls Golf: Won district for first time in 30 years, just missing out on a state berth with a fourth finish at regional.

Boys Golf: Finished fifth at district.

Girls Tennis: Not sure of team finish but had a state singles champion in Jayci Goldsmith.

Boys Tennis: Not sure of team finish.

Girls Track: Finished third in district and eventually sent two to the state meet.

Boys Track: Finished sixth in district but no one advanced to state.

Softball: District champions and then made their way to the state tourney where they lost in the semifinals.

Baseball: Finished tied for second place in district. Had a good run until losing in the regional semifinals.

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