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Texan football hits state semifinals

Momentum from an unblemished district championship winning season carried over into postseason play for the Wimberley Texans, who were just one win away from making their third appearance in the UIL state championship football game in the last 15 years.

Wimberley completed 2017 by reaching the state semifinal round, but, in the process, also made a little history.

With the team’s regular season win over Geronimo Navarro in November, the Texans handed the Panthers that program’s first regular season loss in three years. It also helped the Texans secure their first outright district championship in several seasons.

Wimberley did most of its damage through the air. Standout Texan quarterback JoJo Weeks passed for more than 4,000 yards and had over 30 touchdowns on the season.

Helping Weeks was a stout offensive line, a consistent running game and a strong defense.

Wimberley finished the season 13-2 overall.

Tiger football team claims second straight district win

A school-record 11-straight wins in a row helped the Dripping Springs Tigers once again set a little history. After last season’s record-breaking year, Dripping Springs followed by going a perfect 7-0 in district play.

The Tigers accomplished the feat due in part to a remarkably stingy defense that allowed a paltry 83 total points to district opponents. The Tigers also finished with an undefeated regular season mark for the first time in more than 50 years.

Leading the Tigers was senior quarterback Trevor Greenman, who, in his only year starting at the varsity level, amassed 3,800 total yards and 47 total touchdowns.

Dripping Springs finished the season 11-1 after the Tigers fell to Richmond Foster in the area round of the playoffs.

Tiger hoops team falls at regional tourney

Having secured the fourth and final playoff spot in 26-5A last year, not much was expected of a Dripping Springs team that struggled during the regular season.

But a late postseason push, along with a little magic, provided Dripping Springs its glass slipper as they completed the year as regional finalists.

Dripping Springs utilized a methodical offense and an eager defense to limit opponents in the postseason. Dripping Springs’ penultimate moment was a slim 33-29 win over Laredo Martin that pushed the Tigers to the regional finals.

Dripping Springs senior Nick Breen and junior Richard Milliron carried the load, scoring 27 of the team’s average of 54 points per contest.

Dripping Springs finished the season at 25-14.

New coach for Lady Tiger hoops

A new face graced the Dripping Springs Lady Tiger basketball sidelines after David Norris was hired to coach the team.

Norris, who was the San Marcos boys basketball coach last spring, resigned his spot and took on the Dripping Springs girls coaching role.

Norris was hired to take over for former coach Laura Joiner, who led the Tigers to the postseason in spring 2017.

So far in the 2017-2018 season, Dripping Springs is 15-7 and is 2-1 in district play.

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