Flash Staff Report
STEPHENVILLE (June 16, 2017) — The makeshift summer editions of the Stephenville High School varsity boys and girls basketball teams are undefeated following the second two-game sweet in Thursday night league action by the Yellow Jackets.
The Stephenville boys (7-0) beat the makeshift version of 1A state champ Lipan, 47-40, then knocked off a Godley team that Stephenville’s regular season head coach, Bill Brooks, says will be much improved this season, 50-38. The summer Jackets, coached by Tolar superintendent and past SHS principal Travis Stilwell, beat Whitney and Glen Rose the week prior and went 3-0 to win a Texas Basketball Championships state qualifier in Hamilton.
The Honeybees (3-0) are no strangers to the TBC state tourney, having qualified all three years since its establishment. The summer Bees and coach Kyle Monteith won three straight games at the Mineral Wells state qualifier to reserve their normal spot, while the Jackets had not even attempted to qualify in summer past.
The Stephenville girls return to the hardwood for the first time in two weeks Saturday when they compete in a TBC state qualifier at Glen Rose. Much like 7-on-7 football, teams already guaranteed a spot at the state tournament can not advance past pool play in remaining qualifiers, but the Bees will still get in three games, facing Keene at 9 a.m., China Spring at 10:40 a.m. and Glen Rose at 12:20 p.m.
The last time Stephenville and Glen Rose met on the hardwood was in the UIL Region I-4A quarterfinals when the Honeybees came from behind to clinch a regional tournament and Sweet 16 for the third time in five seasons. Stephenville also beat Glen Rose twice on its way to second place in 8-4A behind district and regional champ Godley.
The TBC hosts qualifiers and a state tourney each year for teams comprised only of players from their school program. This keeps school teams playing together in the summer from running into AAU teams that can pick from the best players throughout their area and eve beyond.
The state tournament is next weekend – Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 – in Grapevine and Colleyville.