Counting down the top 10 area sports stories from an eventful 12 months

6. Area wrestling teams making big strides

New Braunfels’ wrestling program has been steadily improving under head coach Adam Sandoval, and the Unicorns once again showcased their overall ability this past season.

Geo Jo Marsh very nearly claimed the program’s first-ever state title by making it to the final match in the boys 285-pound division, but he came up just shy of first place. Teammate Avery Guerra led the New Braunfels girls with her fourth-place finish at state.

Canyon’s Jillian Wold took sixth place individually as a sophomore.

5. Cross country squads shine at regionals, state

Despite an abundance of youth across the board, the cross country teams at New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley spent their seasons collecting medals.

Each team saw at least one runner advance to the state competition in Round Rock, and Smithson Valley’s Sara Scott led all area UIL state qualifiers by finishing in fourth place individually. The Rangers also sent Samuel Torres to the event.

Canyon had both its boys and girls teams make it to state, while the Lady Unicorns were represented by Kennady Fontenot.

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