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Wildcat Sports Year in Review

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    Jordan Hood, #76, is on a seek-and-destroy mission during the Wildcats' Homecoming game on October 4.
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    Kelsea Calhoun, #5, gets ready to streak to the next base in a softball game against Bastrop on April 19. File photos
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    Avery Meads (#5) and Payton Jones (#3) anxiously wait for Hutto's serve during their September 20 game.

2019 was an exciting year for Elgin Wildcat athletics.

A season is often based strictly on won-loss records or playoff appearances, and Elgin was not readily successful in that area, but where the Wildcats did not lack was in the excitement, commitment and pure love of playing a sport that should be just plain fun to play. In the games I had the pleasure of watching, these young men and women never gave up and never gave in. The opponent knew they were in for a tough contest, no matter the result, if they were playing Elgin.

Elgin Wildcat football ended a tough season with a 3-7 record, with victories over Pflugerville, Marble Falls and Georgetown East View. Key injuries to offensive and defensive starters derailed a promising season. Elgin only lost two games by more than one score and every game they played was fun to watch for the players and the fans. First team all-district selections included Cedric Truitt, Willie Simmons and Xavien Nuells. Second team all-district were Jordan Hood, Trey I’som, Carlos Renaud and Jaden Strong.

Elgin boys' basketball also finished a tough year with a 9-17 overall record but only a 1-11 district showing. This year was an especially tough district with many really good teams, and the 'Cats simply did not have the height and bulk to match up physically with the others. They were quick, and if the cuts to the basket were there and the long range shooting was decent, they were probably in the hunt in those games. Ty McFarlin was selected as first team all-district while Tevin Washington scored a second team selection.

Elgin girls' dasketball ended the season with a 14-21 overall record and a 2-10 district showing.

Boys' soccer finished with a 5-12-2 record and just missed out on the final playoff spot in district. First team all-district selections included Richard Aguirre and Kenneth Esquivel.

The Elgin girls' soccer team finished fourth and garnered the last playoff spot, ending the season with a strong 15-7-2 record. They lost in the bi-district round to perennial powerhouse Cedar Park. They were represented on first team all-district by Ariana Alejo, Allisyn Carter, Tania Flores, Daphne Henze and Jodie Taylor.

Lady Wildcat volleyball had a rebuilding year, finishing 6-26 overall and 2-9 in district play.

Elgin powerlifting had several successful meets and were led by state qualifiers Jordan Hood, Shanice Ross and Zaria Bledsoe

Wildcat coed tennis had a strong season and finished fourth in district, taking the last playoff spot in district, losing to Cedar Park in the next round.

Wildcat coed golf finished fifth in district. Evan Joseph was selected on first team all-district and Taylor Van Buskirk was selected as honorable mention for girls' all-district.

Wildcat baseball fought to the end, just missing out on the final playoff spot. Their 14-15 overall record and 6-6 district record was an indication of parity in the 2019 season. They were very competitive, with wins and losses that easily could have gone the other way. The Wildcat team was led by seniors Isaac Davila, Andruw Gonzales, Cade Watson, Jacob Harkins, Jace Grady and Trevor Magnuson.

Lady Cats softball had another outstanding season, finishing second to state ranked Georgetown for the district title. Elgin’s season record was 15-10 and 8-2 in district. They powered by Pflugerville Weiss in the first round of the playoffs and lost to College Station in two games in the next round. The Lady Cats were led by district MVP Gracy Crafts and district offensive MVP Kiana Gibson. First team all-district selections included Alexis Cathey, Morgan Heine, Gracie Pena and Hannah Reiley.

Elgin track and field had several outstanding athletes. District medalists included Jordan Hood, Tim Upton, Mario Ruiz, Jasmine Carter, Shanice Ross, Aaliyah Stovall, Kerrigan Holiday and members of the 4x200 relay team.

Elgin athletes that signed athletic scholarships for college level competition included Trevor Magnuson, Cade Watson, Kiana Gibson, Payton Jones, Shanice Ross, Atyanna Freeman, Jacob Harkins, Rebecca Rivers, Gracy Crafts and Zaria Bledsoe.

Wildcats Rebecca Rivers and Kiana Gibson were honored as All Centex All Star Prep Athletes.