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The Bryan boys basketball team lost at Cypress Woods 69-51 on Friday in District 14-6A action. Bryan is off until next Friday when the Vikings will host Tomball Memorial....

1/20/2020

The A&M Consolidated boys swimming and diving team beat Bryan 166-118, and the Consol girls won 176-113 on Tuesday at the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center Natatorium. For Bryan’s boys, Asa Ayers won the 500-yard freestyle and 1-meter springboard dive. Ethan Donner won the 50 freestyle, and Ayden Ayers won the 200 individual medley. Elizabeth Tag won the 200 freestyle, and Cayla Jimenez won the 1-meter dive for Bryan’s girls. Bryan honored its seniors during the meet Tuesday, including Hayden Moreno, Noah Martin, Abigail Martin, K’Lee Rudd, Donner and Tag....

1/16/2020

The Rudder girls soccer team scored five minutes into the second half and kept the pressure up the rest of the way to beat rival Bryan 2-1 on Tuesday night at a foggy Merrill Green Stadium. The Lady Vikings (2-5) clicked early in the nondistrict contest, taking the lead a little over 10 minutes in, but the Lady Rangers (4-4-1) quickly answered and had the upper hand for much of the rest of the match. “We worked the last couple days in practice on getting the ball all the way down the field and centering it,” Rudder coach Madison Wood said. “We were able to execute that really well three or four times throughout the game and definitely when it mattered. The kids came out ready to go. I know that first goal by Bryan really fired them up, and they were ready to counter.” Bryan opened the scoring when Brandy Murillo took a pass from Sarah Gregory about 15 yards from the net and fired a shot past Rudder keeper Amanda Farris with 29:52 left in the first half. About two minutes later, the Lady Rangers’ Destiny De Luna got a run at the Bryan net that drew out Lady Vikings keeper Melanie Munoz, who dove to stop De Luna’s initial shot. But the ball bounced free, and De Luna had an open net for the followup shot and equalizer. Bryan had its chances to break the stalemate over the rest of the first half, sending a barrage of shots at Farris, though none found a way through. The Lady Vikings had their best opportunity with seven minutes remaining when a high-arcing shot from midfield took a bounce just shy of the goal and over Farris’ outstretched hands. But the ball bounced a tad too high and off the crossbar. Bryan got a followup opportunity, but Farris made a diving stop to get the ball away from the net and keep the game tied. “We had some decent shots,” Bryan coach Chris Gibson said. “Credit to their keeper, Amanda Farris. She’s a great goalie. She kept them in the game, and their back line did a good job of cutting off and holding us down. I don’t think we played too bad — we just didn’t finish and didn’t connect very well.” Momentum shifted early in the second half as Rudder turned up the pressure. It soon paid off when a drive up the middle by Katherine Wolfe again pulled Munoz out of the net. Munoz deflected the first shot, but the ball again bounced lose to the side and left a mostly empty net for Kaylee Anzualda, who slipped a shot past a lone Bryan defender to break the tie with 35:03 remaining. “We’ve been harping on the whole season making sure that we’re following up,” Wood said. “We missed some opportunities [earlier this season] that we could have had off that same thing — off the goalie dropping it. We’ve been working a lot on making sure everybody is crashing the goal every time we shoot, and luckily it paid off for us today.” Rudder kept the pressure up from there, limiting Bryan’s attacking opportunities. Bryan got one last chance for an equalizer with a long free kick by Emeyda Cruz as the clock ticked under a minute, but Farris grabbed it for her sixth save, and time ran out. The Lady Rangers will continue nondistrict action Friday against Navasota at home, while the Lady Vikings are off before opening District 14-6A play against Tomball Memorial next Tuesday at Merrill Green Stadium. ...

1/15/2020

Bryan’s Dominic Caldwell had about as much time to dribble nearly 60 feet as it takes for one of his high-arcing 3-pointers to find the bottom of the net. And just like when he releases a 3-pointer, he believed he could do it. With the score tied at 70 and Cypress Springs holding the ball, the Vikings’ Xavier Duren and Tereus Henderson trapped Anas Rombok on the Panthers side of midcourt, which ignited a mad scramble for a loose ball. Caldwell ended up with it, darted to the basket and beat the buzzer by less than a second with a layup to give the Vikings a 72-70 victory on Friday in District 14-6A boys basketball play at Viking Gym. “I was away from the ball, and he stole it, gave it to me and I had to make the layup,” Caldwell said. “When I saw the ball, I knew there was a few seconds and I knew I had to be quick. I just hoped I’d make it, and I made it. I knew I had the time and had confidence in myself.” Henderson set up the last-second drama with a drive and left-handed layup to tie the game with 13 seconds remaining. “I asked the guys, do you guys want to go for it or do you want to go into overtime?” Bryan coach Jonathan Hines said of the conversation during the ensuing timeout. “They said let’s go for it, so we called one of our trap calls. We gambled. We were going for the win, and it paid off. Right when we picked it up, I looked at the clock in case I wanted to call a timeout, and I saw three seconds, and I was pretty confident [Caldwell] had the ability to get there in that amount of time.” For the longest time it appeared as if the Vikings (10-11, 2-4) wouldn’t have an opportunity to win the game at the buzzer. The Viking trailed by 10 or more points a majority of the first three quarters, and after Cy-Springs’ Jaylon Wilson converted a steal into a layup on the opening possession of the fourth quarter, the Panthers (10-12, 2-4) led 57-45. Bryan then scored eight points in 45 seconds and 14 straight points overall to take its first lead at 59-57. Dylan Glover started the run with his only basket of the game. He then found Henderson for a layup. Henderson was fouled on the play and missed the free throw, but Rodney Johnson grabbed the rebound and put it back for two more Bryan points. Henderson converted a steal into a layup, prompting a Panther timeout. The Vikings forced a backcourt violation, and Caldwell, who had a game-high 22 points, hit one of his five 3-pointers. JD Smith finished the run with a 3-pointer set up by a Glover steal. “The kids really played hard in the fourth quarter,” Hines said. “Truthfully we stunk it up in the first half. There is no denying that. We weren’t there mentally and didn’t execute anything. Then they focused, locked in and executed really well defensively, which led to good quality offensive shots which allowed us to come back.” The game started two hours before originally scheduled because of the threat of bad weather, and it appeared as if the Vikings didn’t get the memo. The Panthers scored the first nine points, seven by Wilson. Henderson stopped the nearly three-minute run with a basket, but it didn’t slow down the Panthers, who finished the first quarter with a 6-2 run for a 23-11 lead. The Vikings started showing some life to open the second half. Caldwell drew a foul while shooting a 3 and made all three free throws. He made it six points in 35 seconds with another 3, which he set up with a steal. Johnson added a 3-pointer a few minutes later. Caldwell then hit a 3 from the corner on an inbound pass, and Henderson scored on a fastbreak from Smith to draw Bryan within 53-45. “[Caldwell] practices those shots,” Hines said. “He’s one of the guys if he’s contested I’m not worried. He lives in the gym and shoots a lot and has gotten tremendously better, not only from last year but from day one in August to now.” Henderson finished with 18 points, and Johnson had 15 points and a team-high six rebounds. “I’ve been telling the guys we are just a few possessions away from being really good,” Hines said. “We’ve lost an overtime game to Cy-Lakes, lost on a foul at the buzzer against Bridgeland and the other day lost by three to Cy-Park on a turnover. I keep telling the guys to buy in, that those one-possession games are going to go your way. We just have to execute at the end of the ball game, and today we did.” Cy-Springs’ Davon Wright made 12 of 13 free throws, including two to put the Panthers up 70-68 with 33 seconds remaining, and finished with a team-high 20 points. Wilson, who got in early foul trouble, had 19 points, including 12 in the first quarter. Bryan 72, Cypress Springs 70 (Numbers after names indicate field goals made, free throws made-attempted, fouls, points.) CYPRESS SPRINGS (10-12, 2-4) — Anas Rombok 0 0-0 1 0; Davon Wright 4 12-13 2 20; Chris Poole 2 0-0 1 6; Jaylon Wilson 8 1-2 3 19; Enzi Mattar 0 0-0 1 0; Quartez Brooks 1 2-2 1 4; Cristian Green 0 0-0 2 0; JT Steward 5 1-4 2 12; Rashad Lago 2 3-4 2 7; Jaydon Nunn 1 0-0 3 2. TOTALS: 23 19-25 18 70 BRYAN (10-11, 2-4) — JD Smith 1 0-0 2 3; Umber Christian 1 0-0 3 2; Xavier Duren 1 0-0 2 2; Rodney Johnson 7 0-1 2 15; Camden Gray 1 0-0 1 3; Tereus Henderson 8 2-5 1 18; Dominic Caldwell 7 2-3 0 22; Dylan Glover 1 1-3 3 3; Aleks Kalaouze 0 0-0 0 0; Victor Grear 0 4-4 1 4. TOTALS: 27 10-16 15 72 Cypress Springs 23 14 18 13 — 70 Bryan 11 14 20 27 — 72 ...

1/11/2020

The Bryan boys soccer team couldn’t find a way past A&M Consolidated’s young but stout defenders, while the Tigers had a rocky night pretty much everywhere else on the field in a 1-1 tie on Saturday night at Tigerland Stadium. It wasn’t the performance Consol coach Jarrod Southern wanted to see from his young squad, but the Tigers did enough to end the Aggieland Classic matchup with a tie against their crosstown rivals. “I wasn’t happy with our level of aggression off the ball,” Southern said. “I thought we were too soft and too easy to play 1-on-1. If we’re losing our 1-on-1 battles in the wide areas and we’re letting players get past us, it puts us collectively under pressure and puts a lot of pressure on our back four. Our defenders did well in their 1-on-1s. It was out further up the field that put the defenders under pressure.” Despite being on its heels for much of the contest, Consol (0-4-1) climbed in the drivers seat at one point — though for only a minute. The Tigers caught a break with just under 11 minutes left in the first half when Oscar Martinez got a corner kick from the right side of the net. The initial kick turned into a Garrett Pany header that Bryan knocked away, but another pass found its mark and Pany kicked it past Bryan goalkeeper Josue Gonzales to give Consol the lead just before halftime. The Vikings (2-0-2) didn’t wait long to put the pressure back on the Tigers. Bryan missed an opportunity when a free kick by Luis Sanchez landed near the goal and just out of the reach of a Viking forward, but a rare miscue by Consol’s defenders allowed Rony Puerto to swipe the ball inside the penalty box. Puerto only had keeper Ricky Avila to beat, and he fired in the equalizer from short range. “The guys played with a lot of heart and a lot of passion,” Bryan coach Paul Ruiz said. “Consol is a good team. They’re the kind of people we need to play to get ready for district, and I really liked how we showed. Unfortunately it didn’t go our way, but the kids showed a lot of fight, especially going down early 1-0. That was big coming back and continuing to fight and put pressure on them.” The Vikings had several chances to break the stalemate but couldn’t finish the opportunities against the Tigers’ solid defensive effort. The Vikings got their best chance in the final seconds when a foul set up a free kick at the top of the penalty area as time expired. Consol deflected Puerto’s kick, and the game finished in a draw. “If they took [Consol defender Jeremy Mwarabu] out, we would have had a lot better chance,” Ruiz said with a smile. “That guy is a stud. He stopped a lot of balls. We had a hard time getting over them, because their back line was great and they stopped a lot of things.” While Bryan had a number of shots that just missed the mark in the second half, Consol’s chances were few and far between. But Southern said the Tigers still showed encouraging signs so early in the season. “The positives are the boys are young and they’re getting their mileage under the legs and learning,” Southern said. “I’m still excited, but tonight we were below par. We were not playing to our principals.” Bryan returns to action Thursday at the Longhorn Challenge in Austin against Clear Creek. Consol will play at Bryan Collegiate on Friday....

1/11/2020

Symoria Adkins helped the Bryan girls basketball team build an early lead, but Cypress Springs countered for a 37-22 victory in District 14-6A play Friday. Adkins scored five points in the first quarter as Bryan led 7-6 after one period. Cy-Springs used a big second quarter to lead 20-13 at halftime and controlled the second half. Reagan Garrison led the Lady Vikings with six points. Cypress Springs 37, Bryan 22 BRYAN — Jajinae Williams 2, Kennedy Gibbs 3, Bre Mack 2, Dajasia Johnson 2, Reagan Garrison 6, Jonnae King 2, Symoria Adkins 5. CYPRESS SPRINGS — Alyssa Harris 3, Leyla Boutte 2, Emari Sidney 3, Anaiah Wade 14, Aiyana Johnson 4, Sian Phipps 9. Bryan 7 6 3 6 — 22 Cypress Springs 6 14 9 8 — 37 ...

1/10/2020

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