High school roundup: Westhoven finishes career at state
The only Friendswood senior competing in individual events came away with a couple of top-10 finishes for the Lady Mustangs at last week's University Interscholastic League State Meet.
Meagan Westhoven wrapped up her high school career with an eighth place in the Class 4A 200-yard individual medley, and a ninth in the 100 breaststroke, and she also swam on two Lady Mustang relays at the state event in Austin.
Westhoven teamed with senior Kelsey Castro and juniors Rachel Cragin and Hailey Lutz to finish 14th in the 200 medley relay, and with senior Alexandria Taylor and Lutz and Cragin for 14th in the 400 freestyle foursome.
"Westhoven, Castro and Taylor are part of a senior class that we're really going to miss," Friendswood coach John Little said. "They've meant so much to our program, and worked so hard to make us better, and have given something for our returning swimmers and divers to keep building on."
Cragin was 15th in the 4A girls 100 butterfly, and freshman Justin Bertelsman finished 12th in the boys 500 freestyle and 15th in the 100 backstroke at state.
"The underclassmen who made it to Austin will use the experience to improve next year and over the next few seasons," Little said. "No matter where you finish at state, it's always a great experience."
Manvel junior Geoffrey Spano placed 11th in the 4A boys 500 freestyle and sophomore Rebecca Roudbari gave the Lady Mavericks a 14th in the girls 100 backstroke at state.
Dawson junior Claire Zhang was 14th in the 4A girls 100 breaststroke.
Friendswood has been the dominant force in 23-4A winning a 12th straight boys district championship and 10th consecutive girls title in 2011.
The Mustangs and Lady Mustangs have also enjoyed great success at the regional and state levels over the past decade plus.
"We've had tremendous swimmers who have been willing to make sacrifices here and there for the good of the program," Little said, "and that trend seems to continue year after year. It's always hard to say goodbye to the seniors, but it's exciting to watch the freshmen coming in and the tremendous potential they bring."
24-4A boys basketball
A boatload of injuries finally caught up with Manvel, and after falling to Dawson 69-63 in a district finale last week, the Mavericks missed the playoffs by coming up two points short of a power rating system.
State-ranked Ball (24-4A champ) and La Marque took the top two spots, Friendswood was third, and Dawson claimed the final berth thanks to an 11-9 advantage in the district's power rating system that brought all league games into play.
"You have to give Dawson credit for getting in, and I think the district championship is going to come down to us and Dawson next season," Manvel coach Greg Devers said. "Ball, La Marque and Friendswood all lose a bunch of senior starters, and we start three juniors (6-7 post Terry Allen and guards Jonovan Williams and Cameron Wright), and Dawson had I think only one senior regular, so we'll both bring back some quality players."
Manvel seniors Kris Obaseki, a 6-9 post, and 6-3 post Duron Ingram missed substantial time with injuries, and Allen, the team's leading scorer, was injured in the next-to-the-last game against Ball, and was far from 100 percent against Dawson.
Manvel senior starting point guard Jordan Stewart is another key player who is graduating, and junior D.J. Cunning sat out for six weeks as part of the Mavericks' walking wounded.
"I'd like to bring a full-and-healthy lineup into that last game against Dawson, but that's the way it goes," Devers said. "It's hard to compete in our district that has five teams with 22-plus wins without all your weapons, but that's taking nothing away from our 24-4A playoff teams."
24-4A girls basketball
Manvel, Friendswood, Dawson and La Marque captured 24-4A girls basketball playoff berths, and district champion Manvel was the only one to advance past the second round.
In fact, the Lady Mavericks were the only 24-4A qualifier to make it out of the first round, and they did it by beating Terry 49-29, and then followed with a 69-35 area domination of Waltrip.
Friendswood lost to Lamar Consolidated 58-56, Dawson fell to Foster 55-46, and Angleton beat La Marque 68-49 in the first round.
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