By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
Hello sports fans. Welcome to a special Tuesday edition of the column, which has been moved up two days because of a certain holiday this Thursday. I promise not to keep you here too long, but here is your final local sports filling before you and I both take a much-needed break to recharge the batteries.
1. On Saturday, the McKinney North girl’s basketball team defeated Highland Park 80-50 in the championship game of the Highland Park Tournament. Senior Alexis Mason was named tournament MVP, while KK Connor, Chanterria Jackson, and Jocelyn Scott were all name on the All-Tournament team.
Despite the great weekend in H.P, the Lady Bulldogs were back on the court on Monday night when they traveled to the third ranked Plano West Lady Wolves. North lost 71-59, despite shooting 88% from the free throw line as a team (21-24). The Lady Bulldogs are now 5-2 overall and will host Plano East tonight at 7 p.m. in their final game before Thanksgiving break.
2. On SportsDayHS, there is a 16-team tournament to crown the champion of the best inflatable helmet or tunnel in the area. All three McKinney schools made the tournament, as Boyd’s Bronco head was the fourth seed, McKinney’s Lion was the fifth, and McKinney North’s Bulldog was the biggest underdog as the fifteenth seed. After one round of voting, Boyd lost to Grapevine’s Horse Gate and MHS lost to Frisco’s Raccoon Tunnel. The only MacTown school still alive is North, who upset the second seed Prosper’s Eagle, and now face seventh seed Garland’s Owl in the quarterfinals. I’ll save my opinions on inflatable tunnels for another day, but the idea of this tournament is to have fun while getting fans and students involved in supporting their team.
3. As football season in McKinney officially came to an end on Friday night after Boyd’s loss versus Jesuit, it is that time of year where seniors pack up their lockers for the final time, and coaches try and find talent on the JV and freshman teams to fill those empty lockers. There are a lot of questions facing all three programs in town, none more intriguing than how the Broncos will try and replace Bryan Driskell and his 5,000-plus career rushing yards. The likely candidate will be Driskell’s backup this season, Dedrick Scrivens, who took a good number of snaps from the wide receiver position in the slot this season. Scrivens finished with 164 rushing yards on 40 carries and one touchdown, while catching 23 receptions for 229 yards and one touchdown. Scrivens versatility should give head coach Don Drake a lot of creativity with his offense, but when you not only lose an all-state running back like Driskell and your entire starting offensive line, there has to be a lot of evaluating this offseason to fill those voids.
4. TSB will unveil its 2012 football awards next week, but I thought I would share the candidates for the Most Valuable Player award with you, just in case you wanted sports subject to debate while you are eating some turkey this weekend.
Bryan Driskell, Boyd running back – Driskell put together another all-state caliber season in 2012, racking up 1,882 rushing yards and averaging 7.62 yards per carry. He also had 28 total touchdowns, including four special teams scores. Driskell scored 55% of the Broncos points this season, making him the leader in the clubhouse to win this award.
Robert Somborn, MHS quarterback – The senior signal caller was a top-five quarterback in the area this season, throwing for 2,858 yards, 31 touchdowns, and only 11 interceptions. A 63% completion percentage was top-ten in the area as well, while Somborn was the only quarterback to have three receivers in the top-40 in receiving yards by years end, including fellow MVP candidate Connor Fuentes.
Connor Fuentes, MHS receiver – Fuentes joined TV Williams and Red Shannon as the three Lion receivers in the top-40 in the 5A area in receiving yards, the only team in the area with that honor. Fuentes led the team in receptions (72) and yards (1,062) and was tied for the most touchdowns with Williams (10). He was second to Shannon in points scored this season with 64, but his ability to pick up first downs for the Lions offense made him a valuable commodity for McKinney this year.
Evan Jones, North receiver/defensive back – While his stats don’t pop off the paper like the other three nominees, Jones’s impact to the Bulldogs was felt in many ways that stats could not quantify. The senior was regarded as one of the leaders on the football team and was one of several players who played on both sides of the ball throughout the entire game. Jones led the team in receptions (30) and yards (297) and was tied for the most receiving touchdowns with Gabe Constintine and Tre Sanders (3). On defense, Jones finished with two sacks and unofficially had 65 tackles.
Tune in next week to find out who walks away with MVP and all of the other awards as TSB unveils our 2012 football awards.
5. Who’s ready for some Thanksgiving football on the TV? After an incredible meal in the late morning/early afternoon, don’t expect to find me anywhere else but than in front of the television for the remainder of the day. Hey, don’t put three football games on turkey day if you want me to be an active part of the family atmosphere.
I’m kidding about the family atmosphere part of course. Kind of.
6. Give me Houston over the Motor City, the Cardiac Cowboys over RGIII, and Tom Brady’s perfectly conditioned hair over Mark Sanchez’s perfectly conditioned hair. The last game was a tough call.
7. I believe that is my signal to wrap things up for this week. Told you it would be a shorter week. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving, no matter whom you spend it with or how you spend it. Just eat well and remember you can always walk it off the next day when you Black Friday shop. Until next time, ladies and gentlemen.