This week’s Royse City High School sports roundup:
Last week produced a miserable start and a triumphant finish for the Lady Bulldogs, who won an eight-team tournament over the weekend after being routed, 6-0, at 6A Rockwall-Heath on Tuesday night.
The RCHS girls played their preliminary-round tournament games on home turf at RCISD Stadium, but were at Greenville’s Cotton Ford Stadium for their two biggest wins, a 5-0 conquest of Greenville in the semifinals and a 3-2 overtime decision over Mesquite in the championship game.
Riley Sutton and Rosa Kanakreih scored for RCHS in regulation while Kanakreih, Aubrey Oliver and Jocelyn Carcheo converted penalty kicks in the shootout.
The Lady ‘Dogs will be at Forney’s City Bank Stadium this weekend with their first game Thursday at 1:15 p.m. against Bryan Adams. They’ll face Rockwall on Friday at 9 a.m. and Crandall on Saturday at 9:15 a.m.
The Bulldogs, winners only once in their first five games, also enjoyed a bit of a turnaround in the Greenville tournament, reaching the semifinals before being sent home with a 2-0 loss vs. West Mesquite. In earlier games, Royse City defeated Temple (1-0) and Venus (2-0) and lost to Rockwall-Heath (2-1).
RCHS will conclude its nondistrict schedule next Tuesday with a 7 p.m. game at Heath. District matches begin Jan. 30 with a home rematch against West Mesquite, which lost to Greenville in last weekend’s tournament final.
The Bulldogs (4-1, 12-4) boosted their bid for postseason play last Tuesday with a 57-52 District 15-5A road win at Highland Park, a game that featured RCHS outscoring the Scots, 22-4, in the second period. Jacob Stites led the ‘Dogs with 14 points.
At home Friday against Lucas Lovejoy, 14 from Stites again topped the Bulldogs, who also received 13 from Donald Garrett and prevailed, 55-51, in a game that was close from start to finish.
Next up for Royse City is a 7 p.m. game this Friday at Forney.
Tough times continued for the Lady Bulldogs (2-5, 13-12) last week beginning with a 54-43 home loss vs. Highland Park on Tuesday. A visit to district leader Lovejoy on Friday night resulted in a 71-53 defeat.
Kailynne Chaney’s 9 points led the RCHS offense against Highland Park and she came back with 15 points in the loss at Lovejoy.
The girls return to the court on Friday night against Forney with a tipoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Two Bulldogs who will be juniors in 2018, wide receiver Elijah Yelverton and utility back Payton Petroff, were named to the All-District 15-5A first team in a vote of district coaches. Also on the first team was senior offensive lineman John Gregory while outside linebacker Dayven Coleman was a first-team selection on defense.
Second-team choices on defense were Zhe Brown (inside LB), Zayne Mendoza (outside LB) and Walter Porter (cornerback).
Running back Dre Prox was named to the second-team offense.
The district MVP was Highland Park quarterback John Stephen Jones.