Cy-Fair Roundup: Edwards golden, four times over
A near-sleepless night turned into a grand day for Cy Creek senior swimmer Jonathan Edwards at the University Interscholastic League State Meet last week in Austin.
And even though he was quite tired on the second day of the event, Edwards came away with four gold medals, including individual victories in the Class 5A 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke.
It was his second straight state title in the 100 backstroke, but it didn't come easy for Edwards, who was the top seed in both races heading into state.
"I didn't swim very well in the (state) preliminaries, so I didn't have a lot of confidence going into the individual events on Saturday (Feb. 19)," he said. "That added to being very nervous, and I stayed up all night trying to envision my races in a positive way, and going over and over what I needed to do."
It all came together for the Stanford-bound standout, and he took top honors in his open events, and as a member of two golden relays.
Edwards joined seniors Keith Murphy and Nate Bean, and junior Jacob Wallace on the 200 medley relay, and Murphy and seniors Tyler Rice and Ryan Layne on the 400 freestyle foursome, that also topped the medal stand.
"It's you're last chance as a senior, and in that aspect, you want to go out with a bang," Edwards said. "It was special to share it all with my teammates, and especially the other seniors."
Murphy added a third place in the 100 breaststroke, Wallace was eighth in the 100 backstroke, and the Cougars placed fourth as a team.
"It was a great weekend and a tribute to all their hard work," Cy Creek coach Jeff Chandler said. "We had some outstanding performances, and the relays did what they needed to do to win."
Junior Kathryn Eckhart gave the Lady Cougars fifth places in the 5A girls 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and helped the 400 freestyle relay finish seventh with senior Katie Adams, junior Leah Ortiz, and her sophomore sister, Karoline Eckhart.
More state swimming
Jersey Village junior Chelsie Miller reached the 5A state finals in the girls 200 individual medley and came in seventh, and also was on a 200 freestyle relay that competed in Austin.
The Langham Creek boys 200 freestyle relay of senior Thomas McNulty, junior John Eno,sophomore Stuart Sharp and freshman Austin Vanoverdam were state finalists and placed eighth.
Even though he's a defending state champion, and he's been there a couple of times, Cy-Fair senior Jacob Ekster gets a little nervous talking about the UIL State Meet.
"Having the experience is great, but it's still the same feeling," he said. "You still get a little overwhelmed when you get there, and you start thinking about all the work that went into it, and that's why it's good to have two weeks to get ready."
Ekster joins a number of Cy-Fair ISD wrestlers at the state event on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, at the Austin ISD Delco Center (www.uiltexas.org/wrestling/state), and he's going for another title in the boys 135-pound division (won at 130 last year).
Also going in as region champions are Cy Creek senior George Woods (285) and Cy Ridge junior Diaysha Moore (girls 119), and Cy Woods and Langham Creek also have wrestlers at state.
17-5A girls basketball
Cy Falls, the state's No. 1 Class 5A girls basketball team, and Cy Woods, Cy-Fair and Cy Creek earned District 17-5A playoff berths this season, and Cy Falls and Cy Woods opened with back-to-back postseason triumphs.
Cy Falls sprinted into the third round by beating Nimitz 68-40 and Westside 65-49, and Cy Woods moved on with wins over Eisenhower 60-49 and Bellaire 52-48.
Cy-Fair beat Alief Taylor 65-49 in a playoff opener before being knocked out by Katy Taylor 79-59, and Elsik handed Cy Creek a 58-48 loss in the first round.
17-5A boys basketball
Cy Springs defeated Cy Ridge 65-59 in a 17-5A boys basketball playoff for fourth place, and joined district champion Cy Falls, runner-up Langham Creek and Cy Lakes as this year's postseason qualifiers.
The UIL boys basketball playoffs started this week and continue through the March 10-12 state tournament at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
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