Eagles celebrate Lone Star Cup,
other successful efforts in 2013
Thanks to an Academic State Championship and third place One Act Play, a state semi-finalist baseball team and region semi-finalist boys basketball team, Salado High School won the coveted UIL Lone Star Cup for the 2012-13 school year.
The Lone Star Cup was formally presented to the Eagles during the Aug. 24 Meet the Eagles to kick off the 2013-14 school year and an effort to repeat as Lone Star Cup Champions in 2A division.
After that, the Eagles will be moving up in classification, as it was announced that Salado will compete in a new 4A division in the 2014-16 biennium. The enrollment figures for the UIL biennial realignment were announced in November. The actual realignments will be announced in February.
This is the second time in five years that Salado has won the Lone Star Cup. Points are awarded based upon the placement of athletic, music and academic at the District, Region and State levels.
Salado earned points from its boys and girls basketball teams. The girls qualified for the playoffs, while the boys won district and made it to the Region semi-final round. The Eagles lost to eventual state champions White Oak 63-44 at the Regional tournament in Nacogdoches.
The Eagles also earned athletic points from both soccer programs, which qualified for the playoffs, both golf teams and from softball and baseball teams.
The girls golf team won the State Championship with Meredith Ward earning a silver medal and the boys team placed third with Dane Hankamer earning individual gold.
The Eagles baseball team qualified for the state championship and ranked as high as #2 in the state rankings. They ran into eventual state champions Hallettsville in the semi-final round and were rudely ousted 16-3.
As a result of the deep playoff run, several Salado Eagles received All State honors in baseball.
Jon Franz was named on June 10 to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) All State Team as a First Team selection for his utility play at short stop. Franz was also picked as a utility player on the UIL 2A Baseball State All-Tournament Team for his game against the Brahmas, in which he had two hits and two runs batted in. Franz will also play on the All-Star South Team, selected as one of the very best at shortstop among Texas 1A-3A players.
Casey Frazier, who pitched his way to an 11-1 record this year, was named the District Most Valuable Player and joined Franz on the All State team as a third team pitcher.
Coby Giniewicz was named third team second baseman for the Eagles.
The Texas Sports Writers Association (TSWA) named three Salado Eagles to its All State Team and gave two others Honorable Mention.
Junior ace Frazier (11-1) was named to the Second Team. Franz was named to the TSWA Third Team at his shortstop position. Marshall Mann joined Franz on the TWSA All State Third Team at his position at third base.
Coby Giniewicz and Cole Haag received Honorable Mention for their play at second base and catcher, respectively.
Salado schools increased enrollment by more than 120 students in the first days of school compared to the first week of 2012. That trend has continued throughout the school year.
High School principal Burt Smith was named the Region 12 Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP). Before coming to Salado, Smith was named the 2011 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Region X Principal of the Year.
Salado students returned to the school for the first day of classes and were greeted by many new faces among the staff, including Beth Aycock who began her duties as Salado Intermediate School principal on July 15. She comes to Salado from Killeen ISD where she has been Curriculum Director for Killeen High School since 2010.
Aycock began her teaching career in Killeen as a history teacher in 2006.
Rachel Ray was crowned Homecoming Queen this fall and Chase Manning was crowned Homecoming King during the Eagles’ only win this football season against the Florence Buffs.
Although the Eagles struggled on the field, quarterback McLane Carter set the record for most passing yards in a single game by a 2A quarterback. He threw 25 completions for 613 yards, the fourth most passing yards in a single Texas high school game. For the record buffs, one-time Salado quarterback Michael Richardson set the top passing yardage mark last year throwing for 725 yards for the Marble Falls Mustangs in their game with Boerne. McLane’s 613 yards is the most thrown in any 2A Texas high school football game.
Salado Lady Eagles volleyball team missed the playoffs as well this fall, under first-year head coach Tara Hatfield.
Both basketball teams appear ready to make playoff runs as the boys basketball has been ranked as high as #24 in state polls. The boys took second in their own Coach Smith Tournament and won the Hamilton Tournament this month.
The teams will resume district play after the winter break. Soccer will soon begin practice followed by sofbtall and baseball teams hoping to return to deep spring play off runs.