Lexington representing area as last playoff team

BILL MARTIN

Knowing when to peak is one intangible that no coach can scribble on a chalkboard, but Jason Holcombe’s Lexington Eagles are in possession of momentum.

The Eagles are one step away from particptaing in their second straight Class 2A championship game.

Lexington took another rung on the ladder by urping Arp 49-20 last Saturday at Waco ISD.

At one point in the season, the Eagles stood 4-2, having lost in the season opener to a resurgent Smithville team that ended up making its first playoff appearance in a decade.

They also were bested at home by District 23-2A neighbor Rosebud-Lott, which finished 3-7 and with just two league wins.

Since then, behind excellent quarterback Kogan Garrett, Lexington has reeled off seven straight, including a victory over No. 4 Rogers for the district championship.

The Eagles will face No. 1 ranked and 13-0 Refugio in San Antonio and are hoping for a little deja vu.

They whipped Refugio in last year’s semi-final.

“I thought our kids played hungry last night,” Holcomb said. “They were aggressive and did a fantastic job. We’re super proud of them.

“I don’t think many people gave us a shot with as many as we lost from last year. They are continuing to prove the naysayers wrong and we’re excited to be here.”

Who’s left

There’s not a team left in the playoffs with less than 11 wins, with the exception of 10-4 San Antonio Madison

There were 33 teams with losing records that made the playoffs in 2011 and another 47 who broke even at 5-5.

That’s down from 61 losers and one less team with a 5-5 mark, four two wins teams and seven three wins squads from 2010.

The Austin ISD was proudly represented in the playoffs by Austin High (2-8) and Lanier (2-7). Del Valle also scrunched in at 2-8.

I witnessed for myself the only 1-win team in the playoff bracket when Milano faced Burkeville in the first round of the playoffs in Willis.

If this game wasn’t the strongest argument for keeping teams with losing records out of the playoff system, I don’t know what was.

Burkeville, 1-6, was a tiny team, junior high sized even, and had only 14 players on the sidelines and 14 fans in the stands. There was one coach on the sidelines.

Two of their players had to be carted off in ambulances and what few fans they had, exited at halftime with the score 41-0.

Milano coach Craig Jentsch mercifully took it easy on Burkeville or the score could have been easily 100-0 instead of 56-0.

Jentsch emptied his bench and was playing freshmen and the officials had the clock running non-stop the entire second half.

Burkeville is a proud program— it won a state championship in 2001 after a finals appearance in 2000—but I’m not sure what lesson the UIL was trying to teach these kids by having them participate in this game.

If if was humiliation, they succeeded.

The 5ive

Here are the worst free throw shooters of all time:

1. Ben Wallace—41 percent. Four-time All-NBA.

2. Wilt Chamberlin—49 percent. Missed 5,800 free throws in his career.

3. Shaquille O’Neal—52 percent. Missed over 5,000 free throws in his career.

4. Chris Dudley—46 percent. Only ‘who’s that’ on the list.

5. Dennis Rodman—58 percent. Hall of Famer.


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