High school roundup: Wrestlers ready to represent CCISD
There's a two-week break between regionals and state for Texas high school wrestlers, and along with staying sharp and in shape for those who qualify, they have to avoid pigging out.
"For some, it can be difficult to maintain their wrestling weight," Clear Lake coach Brian Palazzi said. "It can be a struggle."
The University Interscholastic League State Meet is Friday and Saturday at the Austin ISD Delco Center, and Palazzi has three wrestlers competing.
Senior twins Thoimas Porzillo (119-pound division) and James Porzillo (145), and junior Daniel Rivera (145), will represent Clear Lake. All three have been to state before, and the quest is on for a higher finish, and especially for the senior brothers.
Clear Creek senior Hayley Mitchell (185) is headed to her fourth state event, and in the three previous trips, last year's fourth place was the best, and like the Clear Lake trio, she's determined to crack the top three.
Mitchell is coached by Chris Billot at Clear Creek.
Clear Brook senior Jacob Dolifka (152) was defeated in the final seconds of his region semifinals match with Klein Oak's Cougar Babin, but bounced back to take third place to earn a return trip to state.
"He was sort of shocked and surprised because that's never happened to him before, being cradled late in a match," Clear Brook coach Ryan Denny said. "He came right back with two big wins and we're hoping that momentum carries over into state.
"He's training and taking care of business during this long two weeks from regionals to state, and he's excited to have another shot."
Clear Springs senior Timmora Davis (215) and junior Elaina Dittrich (148) are coming off region championships and want to add even more marks to what has been a record-setting season for the Lady Chargers.
"Capturing state medals would be a great way to wrap it all up, and they have a shot," Clear Springs coach Josh Knox said. "They're not only outstanding wrestlers, they're also outstanding athletes, and this is what they've worked for all season, and they're fired up and ready to get it started."
24-5A boys basketball
Clear Creek and Clear Springs dropped district finales and will share the 24-5A boys basketball championship this season, with Brazoswood and Clear Lake picking up the other two postseason spots.
Clear Lake had to defeat Clear Brook 41-36 in a district playoff for the final berth, and the Falcons clinched it by outscoring the Wolverines 17-14 in the fourth quarter after both teams scored in single digits in all three of the opening periods in this tight defensive struggle.
Clear Lake starts and depends on several underclassmen, and many coaches feel like the experience they'll gain this season could be the beginning of bigger accomplishments to come under coach Tommy Penders.
24-5A girls basketball
Clear Springs, Clear Lake, Clear Creek and Clear Brook were the 24-5A girls basketball playoff qualifiers, and state-ranked Clear Springs was the only one to advance past the second round.
The Lady Chargers dominated Dulles 70-33 and Channelview 67-38 to move on.
Clear Lake stopped Fort Bend Austin 62-45 before being eliminated by North Shore 46-35, while Clear Creek (lost to Elkins 75-65) and Clear Brook (lost to Hightower 68-45) fell in the opening round.
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