ROUND ROCK - HP had a high hopes and a tall order in front of it Saturday at the UIL Championships. The Scots, the Region II-4A champions, will look back at their sixth-place finish with smiles later on, but following the race only the sting of not placing higher among some of the beasts of the state's cross country teams was visible on the athletes' faces.
The Scots' 168 points placed them in the top half of the 12-team field at Old Settler's Park. Cedar Park, in its first year of Class 4A after placing third at last year's 5A state meet, won the meet with 48 points by placing three in the top 10 and all five scorers among the top 21 in the team scoring standings.
HP saw its top runner, senior Philip Todd, take 16th place overall and 10th in the team standings, taking away individual finishes from runners not affiliated with the 12 competing teams. Todd crossed in 16:08.25 on the 5,000-meter course.
Todd is expected to announce his commitment as to where he'll run in college in the next two weeks.
Behind Todd was Matt Galvin, another senior who placed 42nd overall and 27th in the team standings. Ben Clapp (58th-41st), Connor Hayward (60th-43rd) and Glenn Wolfe (64th-47th) also had top-50 placings in the team standings to finish out HP's scoring runners. Stephen Ramon (77th-58th) and Max Rosenfeld (83rd-63th) also earned high finishes.
The Scots placed ahead of regional foes Frisco Liberty (eighth) and Rockwall (ninth) again at the state meet, but had ambition for more at the state meet. It was a tough field, with Spring Branch Smithson Valley also in its first year as a 4A school after annual success in 5A. Regions I and IV each had two teams finish among the top five teams.
Nov. 13, 2010 at Old Settler's Park, Round Rock
1. Cedar Park - 48
2. Spring Branch Smithson Valley - 71
3. El Paso Austin - 93
4. El Paso Jefferson - 107
5. Cedar Park Vista Ridge - 162
6. HP - 168
7. Humble Kingwood Park - 191
8. Frisco Liberty - 197
9. Rockwall - 221
10. Brenham - 221
11. Canyon - 238
12. Willis - 238
HP finishes plus top 10 individuals
1. Will Antkowiak, Brenham - 15:07.56
2. Angel Banda, LJ Juarez-Lincoln - 15:16.90
3. Travis Barclay, Boerne Champion - 15:22.19
4. Isaac Spencer, El Paso Austin - 15:28.89
5. Alan Sanchez, SB Smithson Valley - 15:29.74
6. Ryan Teel, Friendswood - 15:42.63
7. Omar Trevino, San Antonio Edison - 15:45.62
8. Weston O'Donnel, Cedar Park - 15:54.64
9. Jose Delgado, Pharr Valley View - 15:50.51
10. Richard Weeks, Cedar Park - 15:54.64
16. Philip Todd, HP - 16:08.25
42. Matt Galvin, HP - 16:43.51
58. Ben Clapp, HP - 16:57.25
60. Connor Hayward, HP - 17:03.28
64. Glenn Wolfe, HP - 17:06.43
77. Stephen Ramon, HP - 17:22.32
83. Max Rosenfeld, HP - 17:28.27
HP made quick work of Boerne Champion at the UIL Championships, sweeping all seven doubles matches to roll to a 10-0 win and a third consecutive state title.
The Scots (24-0) completed another perfect season with an overpowering lineup that didn't yield a match at the state tournament at Lakeway's World of Tennis, and lost only five matches in the entire 2010 postseason (see chart below). The doubles sweep Saturday gave HP a 7-0 lead, and three singles wins by Ford Stainback, Peggy Porter and Kristen Mee were so quick that five of the other singles matches didn't even get underway. Four others were stopped with the match clinched.
The state title is HP's 12th overall and seventh in the last eight years, and ties San Antonio Alamo Heights for the UIL record for most titles won. HP's 23 consecutive state tournament appearances, and 12 consecutive seasons advancing to the state title match, are already UIL records.
HP's win was dominating. But it didn't come without a fight. Champion (21-4), which has lost to HP at the last three UIL Championships in either the semifinals or finals match, put up a challenge in the top doubles matches, with Zach Chu and Ford Stainback of HP having to win a tiebreaker to take the first set before sweeping their No. 1 boys doubles match.
In the No. 2 boys doubles match, HP's John Mee and Luke Stainback edged out a 6-4, 6-4 win. The Scots' Chris Walters and Nico Elwood closed a narrow 7-5 win in the first set of their No. 3 boys doubles match, then rolled to a 6-2 win in the second to sweep.
Peggy Porter and Melanie Marlin beat Champion's top girls doubles team 6-4, 6-3, and John Daesky and Adrienne Fleck broke serve enough in the second set for a 6-2, 6-4 win in mixed doubles.
The rest of the matches also went to the Scots but in straight sets.
UIL Class 4A State Championship
HP 10, Boerne Champion 0
Nov. 6, 2010 at World of Tennis, Lakeway
No. 1 - Zach Chu, HP, vs. Jared Fellows, Champion, did not finish
No. 2 - Ford Stainback, HP, def. Mark Gorham, Champion, 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 - John Mee, HP, vs. Derek Drozd, Champion, did not finish
No. 4 - Luke Stainback, HP, vs. Mark Andre, Champion, did not finish
No. 5 - Chris Walters, HP, vs. Taylor Donowho, Champion, did not start
No. 6 - Avery Schober, HP, vs. Grant Figari, did not start
No. 1 - Peggy Porter, HP, def. Allie Willig, Champion, 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 - Kristen Mee, HP, def. Paige Murdock, Champion, 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 - Melanie Marlin, HP, vs. Annie Veron, Champion, did not finish
No. 4 - Catherine Kernie, HP, vs. Briana Fellows, Champion, did not start
No. 5 - Sarah Cannon, HP, vs. Sydney Sachse, Champion, did not start
No. 6 - Maddie Gordon, HP, vs. Lainey Hutchens, Champion, did not start
No. 1 - Zach Chu and Ford Stainback, HP, def. Jared Sellows and Mark Gorham, Champion, 7-6 (6-1), 6-2
No. 2 - John Mee and Luke Stainback, HP, def. Derek Drozd and Mark Andre, Champion, 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 - Chris Walters and Nico Elwood, HP, def. Taylor Donohwo and Tyler Lego, Champion, 7-5, 6-2
No. 1 - Peggy Porter and Melanie Marlin, HP, def. Brianna Fellows and Paige Murdock, Champion, 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 - Kristin Mee and Kristen Adams, HP, def. Sydney Sachse and Allie Willig, Champion, 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 - Sarah Cannon and Alin Piranian, HP, def. Annie Veron and Lainey Hutchens, Champion, 6-1, 6-1
John Daeske and Adrienne Fleck, HP, def, Kevin Powell and Cena Rasmussen, Champion, 6-2, 6-4
Records: HP 24-0, Boerne Champion 21-4
HP's Postseason Domination
State Final - HP 10, Boerne Champion 0
State Semifinals - HP 10, Montgomery 0
Regional Final - HP 11, Texarkana Texas 3
Regional Semifinals - HP 10, Frisco 1
Regional Quarterfinals - HP 10, Denison 0
Regional First Round - HP 10, Dallas W. Wilson 0
District Final - HP 10, McKinney North 1
District Semifinals - HP 10, Rockwall 0
District Quarterfinals - HP 10, Wylie East 0
HP continued its dominating three-year run at the 2010 UIL Championships. The Scots have rolled to six straight victories and have not lost a match in two of the past three tournaments, including this year. Here are the results from the last three state tournaments:
Championship: HP 10, Boerne Champion 0
Semifinal: HP 10, Montgomery 0
Championship: HP 10, Montgomery 1
Semifinal: HP 10, Boerne Champion 2
Championship: HP 10, Boerne Champion 0
Semifinal: HP 10, Wichita Falls Rider 0
HP swept through all seven doubles matches Friday, which made for an easier romp through singles play and a 10-0 win over Montgomery in the semifinals of the UIL Championships in Lakeway.
The win advances the Scots to Saturday's state title match playing at their home-away-from-home at the World of Tennis. This is a record 11th consecutive season that HP has advanced to the state championship match.
The Scots' No. 1 girls doubles team of Peggy Porter and Melanie Marlin were the only HP players who saw extended points among the doubles sweep, winning a tiebreaker in the first set, 7-6. They came back hard in the second set to sweep 6-0.
John Daeske and Adrienne Fleck won a close mixed doubles match, 6-3, 6-4, over Kyle Zagen and Brit Goldman of Montgomery. HP won every other doubles set except one by at least a 6-3 count.
The first three singles matches to finish were the clinchers, as Porter won her No. 1 girls match against Cori Bloh, 6-2, 6-0, and Zach Chu and Ford Stainback finished off their No. 1 and No. 2 boys matches in straight sets. Four of the singles matches did not have to start.
HP and Montgomery were familiar foes. The Scots topped Montgomery in the state title match last season, and Friday's semifinal win marked the third time in four seasons that HP has defeated Montgomery at the state tournament.
The Scots face another well-known opponent Saturday in this year's state title match. HP takes on Boerne Champion (21-3) at 9 a.m. Saturday riding a two-match win streak. HP beat Champion 10-0 in the 2008 state title match, and 10-2 in last year's state semifinals.
UIL Class 4A State Championship
HP 10, Montgomery 0
Nov. 5, 2010 at World of Tennis, Lakeway
No. 1 - Zach Chu, HP, def. Brad Hinkle, Montgomery, 6-2, 7-5
No. 2 - Ford Stainback, HP, def. Jonathan Sanders, Montgomery, 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 - Jon Mee, HP, was leading Hunter Ward, Montgomery, 6-3, 5-0, when match was clinched
No. 4 - Luke Stainback, HP, was leading Cameron Clement, Montgomery, 6-2, 4-4, when match was clinched
No. 5 - Chris Walters, HP, vs. Kyle Zagen, Montgomery, did not start
No. 6 - Avery Schoeber, HP, vs. Brad Henkelman, Montgomery, did not start
No. 1 - Peggy Porter, HP, def. Cori Bloh, Montgomery, 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 - Kristen Mee, HP, was leading Brit Goldman, Montgomery, 7-5, 3-0, when match was clinched
No. 3 - Melanie Marlin, HP, was leading Maddie Moore, Montgomery, 6-4, 5-0, when match was clinched
No. 4 - Kristen Adams, HP, was leading Taylor Hadash, Montgomery, 5-4, when match was clinched
No. 5 - Catherine Kernie, HP, vs. Liz Vlam, Montgomery, did not start
No. 6 - Sarah Cannon, HP, vs. Dana Glaser, Montgomery, did not start
No. 1 - Zac Chu and Ford Stainback, HP, def. Brad Hinkle and Jonathan Sanders, Montgomery, 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 - John Mee and Luke Stainback, HP, def. Cameron Clement and Brad Henkelman, Montgomery, 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 - Chris Walters and Nico Elwood, HP, def. Hunter Ward and Steven Klawinsky, Montgomery, 6-4, 6-3
No. 1 - Peggy Porter and Melanie Marlin, HP, def. Cori Bloh and Maddie Moore, Montgomery, 7-5 (7-6), 6-0
No. 2 - Kristin Adams and Kristen Mee, HP, def. Taylor Hadash and Liz Vlam, Montgomery, 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 - Sarah Cannon and Alin Piranian, HP, def. Dana Glaser and Kate Balli, Montgomery, 6-0, 6-3
John Daeske and Adrienne Fleck, HP, def. Kyle Zagen and Brit Goldman, Montgomery, 6-3, 6-4
Records: HP 23-0; Montgomery 16-11
UIL State Semifinals Results
HP 10, Montgomery 0
Boerne Champion 11, Wichita Falls 4
State Championship Match: 9 a.m. Saturday
HP clipped Rockwall to win the District 10-4A Championships last Thursday, paced by their usual one-two punch of Philip Todd and Matt Galvin. Todd won the district title in 15:31.7, with Galvin three spots behind in fourth at 15:43.4. Ben Clapp placed ninth in 16:08.4.
The win marked the third season in a row that the HP boys' cross country team has qualified for the Region II-4A Championships. The Scots are among the favorites this year at the regional meet that is at 10:10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Arlington's Vandergriff Park.
The top three teams at each regional meet qualify for the UIL Championships Nov. 13 in Round Rock. HP hopes to improve on last year's ninth-place finish at state.
Complete results for each team were not provided to the media. Below is the team standings and the top 10 individuals.
DISTRICT 10-4A CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thu., Oct. 28, 2010 at Wylie HS
1. HP - 41
2. Rockwall - 47
3. McKinney - 87
4. McKinney North - 92
5. Rockwall-Heath - 145
6. Wylie - 157
7. Rich. Pearce - 167
8. Wylie East - 212
Individual Results (top 10 only provided)
1. Philip Todd, HP, 15:31.7
2. Jacob Minnis, McKinney North, 15:40.3
3. Brennan Kuhn, McKinney North, 15:41.3
4. Matt Galvin, HP, 15:43.4
5. Joel Gibbs, Rockwall, 15:46.7
6. Matt Hearn, Rockwall, 15:49.5
7. Thorne Pettigrew, McKinney, 15:59.3
8. Taylor Piske, Rich. Pearce, 16:02.3
9. Ben Clapp, HP, 16:08.4
10. Jose Hernandez, McKinney, 16:15.4
HP had little trouble setting up another state title defense, sweeping through the Region II-4A Championships with four wins while giving up only four sets. The Scots will go for a three-peat next weekend at their home-away-from-home at Lakeway World of Tennis outside Austin.
The Scots (22-0) open the UIL Championships at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, against Montgomery (16-10). A win there would put HP back in an 11th consecutive state title match against either Boerne Champion (20-3) or Wichita Falls (17-4). HP, winners of six of the last seven UIL Class 4A titles, qualified for the state tournament for a UIL-record 23rd consecutive season, and has done so every year since becoming a Class 4A school in 1988.
HP has won 11 state titles in its history.
Region II-4A Championships Results
(Oct. 29-30 at Grapevine HS)
First round - HP def. Woodrow Wilson, 10-0
Quarterfinals - HP def. Denison, 10-0
Semifinals - HP def. Frisco, 10-1
Championship - HP def. Texarkana Texas, 11-3