State Tournament Primer: Texas

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While many parts of the country may only be a at the halfway point of the 2021 high school season, many states in the South are either on the back half of the regular season or already in playoff mode, except for the NCHSAA (North Carolina) who crowned their state champions almost a full month ago.

After seeing Florida and South Carolina get their state tournaments underway last week, Georgia (GHSA) and Texas (THSLL) get underway this week.

Here is a brief overview of each of the A and AA state tournaments in Texas, as well as some players to keep an eye on during each tournament.

THSLL A

The 1A State Tournament gets underway on Saturday, May 1st with the first round and will end with a champion being crowned on May 9th at Turner Stadium in Humble.

The top half of the bracket (Central) features No. 1 seed Vandergrift while No. 2 seed is St. Mark’s sits in the bottom half of the bracket (North). Outside of those two, NO. 3 seed Coppell and No. 4 seeded Austin are two teams that also have a shot at taking home the title. Each have been in some close contests against upper-tier teams in the state this season.

You can view the full Class 1A Bracket here.

THSLL AA

The 1A State Tournament gets underway on Saturday, May 1st with the first round and will end with a champion being crowned on May 9th at Turner Stadium in Humble.

Highland Park has earned the No. 1 seed with only two losses on the season: IMG (Fla.) and Dallas Jesuit, who earned the No. 2 seed. If both make it to the semifinals (second round) it’ll make for one heck of a final four. Highland Park would play either No. 4 Westlake or No. 5 Woodlands, who they beat 6-3 during the regular season. Dallas Jesuit would face the winner of No. 3 Episcopal Dallas (ESD) vs No. 6 Southlake. The Rangers beat ESD 11-4 just over a week ago in their regular season finale.

You can view the full Class 2A Bracket here.

Players to Watch

Thomas Menecke, Attack, Highland Park, Senior (Virginia commit) – An absolute scoring machine, the Virginia signee has been a main force behind the Scots’ offense this season, and that shouldn’t slow down in the playoffs.

Cameron Martin, Dallas Jesuit, Sophomore – One of the more impressive 2023s in the Lone Star State, Martin has stepped up and been a solid and consistent contributor for the Rangers this season. He’s put up 19 goals and 11 assists thus far.

Anthony Ghobriel, Faceoff, Highland Park, Senior (Navy commit) – One of the most dominate faceoffmen in the region, Ghobriel has single-handedly helped will the Scots to multiple victories, especially in close contest, this season. He is one of the best X-factors in the state.

Matthew Nunes, Goalie, Woodlands, Senior (Virginia) – The future Cavalier has been a huge factor for the Highlanders the past couple of seasons. He is, pound for pound, the best goalie in the state of Texas.

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