AVALON — Avalon was one of 11 schools in five UIL classifications within Ellis County's borders to finish in the top 25 of the Lone Star Cup final standings when they were released on June 16.
Midlothian Heritage High School was the only other.
The LSC standings were decided by points gained through season finishes in baseball, girls' and boys' basketball, cross country, football, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. The UIL considers points gained in other athletic competitions like golf, swimming and diving, and wrestling as well as non-athletic competition like academics, One Act Play and state and area marching band performances in their equation.
The winning schools in each classification received a Lone Star Cup trophy and a $1,000 UIL-sponsored scholarship.
While the Eagles and Lady Eagles earned 28 total points and helped stay Avalon atop a six-way tie for No. 24 in the 1A ahead of Coolidge, Graford, May, Moulton and Turkey Valley High Schools, Midlothian Heritage sat planted in between Kilgore and Salado High Schools in a tie for No. 18 in the 4A.
Head Coach John De La Garza and Avalon's baseball team not only finished their season 21-4 overall and 11-2 in District 15-2A, but they also reached the regional quarterfinals. Head Coach Brandy Martinez and the girls' basketball team reached the bi-district round of the 1A playoffs and 800-meter mid-distance runner Ryan Ozymy's 2:00.01 finish earned Avalon third place during the Texas Track and Field State Championships in Austin.
With the help of players like Jordan Poarch, Lindsay Rankin and Lanie Sauers, the Lady Eagle volleyball team reached the area round of the playoffs for the second time in three years. Head Coach Crystal Martin and the softball team claimed the first 1A softball district championship in school history by routing Blum High School 21-0 on April 21.
Marcus S. Marion, @MarcusMarionWNI