The Summer is flying by! The State Tourney in College Station happens earlier than in years past (June 28-29), and teams are scrambling to qualify. There are three ‘out of area’ schools and four “already qualified” teams in 2019’s Westlake SQT – meaning we have a 2 in 9 chance of sending two more Austin-area teams to College Station.
QUICK RULES: Each team plays the other inside of their Pool to decide who advances to Semifinals (teams that have already qualified cannot advance). Games are at 9am, 10am and 11am. After 3 pool games are played, the best record advances to Semifinals at Westlake Stadium, played at 1pm (tentatively). The 2 winners of the Final Four semifinals will qualify for State 7s Tournament.
#WestlakeSQT Pool A (Both ATX teams have already qualified) Westlake*, Alamo Heights, San Angelo Central, Vista Ridge*
POOL A NOTES: If you’re an Austin-area homer (like we are), there isn’t much to this pool. Either the Mules of Alamo Heights or Bobcats of Central will be playing in the Westlake SQT Semifinals. The Chaps qualified last weekend at the River City SQT, while Vista Ridge advanced during Lake Travis’ SQT, beating the Chaps to clinch (May 18th).
#WestlakeSQT Pool B (Cavs have already qualified) Lake Travis*, Copperas Cove, Northeast High [Reagan], Dripping Springs
POOL B NOTES: Lake Travis qualified back on May 18th during their host SQT. Critics choice would say Cove advances, but we are not ruling out Dripping Springs. The Tigers should be full strength this round, with all their dual sport baseball skill players contributing. This will also be our first up-close look at the new Reagan…excuse us, Northeast High team in action!
#WestlakeSQT Pool C (Hippos have already qualified) Hutto*, Del Valle, Anderson, Cedar Park
POOL C NOTES: Hutto qualified during the Westwood SQT on May 25th, so their College Station ticket has been punched for an area 5A best fourth straight year. This is likely the most competitive pool of the day, with all three non-qualified teams having legit skill talent. Del Valle hasn’t played up to their potential thus far this Summer, but two years ago this Cardinal team qualified for State at Westlake’s SQT. Meanwhile, the Trojans look to get in, after nearly tasting a State trip in an effort last Summer. Last but not least, Cedar Park hopes to return to C-Stat for the first time since the Mak Sexton Era (2017). With the way Andeson shows up strong for 7s, and CPFB/DVFB brewing with confidence – this is our favorite pool of Westlake SQT. Good luck!!!
#WestlakeSQT Pool D (Dragons have already qualified) Round Rock*, Bowie, Weiss, Westwood
POOL D NOTES: Round Rock qualified during the Westwood SQT by knocking off Stony Point. This looks like it will be a special all-around year for RRFB. Weiss is competing in their first ever official State Qualifying Tournament. Hoping to see both Jackson Sandlin and Tavian Cord get reps at QB for the young Wolves. Westwood nearly punched their College Station trip during their host SQT (May 25), but fell short on a 2 point conversion vs. Hutto. We’d peg them as the runaway favorites – but you can’t sleep on Bowie. An annual 7s powerhouse (if you didn’t know, they are…qualifying the 3rd most over the last decade of Austin-area 6A schools behind LT and Westlake in 7s), the Bulldogs expect to have their full skill roster at their disposal. Rising star Jason Gaines (’21) missed the Westwood SQT due to basketball, but is expected to suit up Friday. Dawgs QB Trinidad Sanders (’20) looks strong as ever, and the young surrounding skill cast is catching up. Should be a strong pool.
FINAL NOTES: The goal each year is simple – DO NOT let an outside Austin-area team qualify inside of our SQTs. It hasn’t happened yet. The Pool A vs. Pool B is the biggest threat – Del Valle/Anderson/Cedar Park must win their Semifinal game. Pool C vs. Pool D qualifier, we simply hope the best team wins. We’ll see y’all on Friday!!!