By BRAD KEITH
GLEN ROSE (June 17, 2017) — Dublin couldn’t let Stephenville have the only local teams enjoying the Texas Basketball Championships state tournaments, so the Lions went to Glen Rose and dominated three overmatched opponents to qualify for themselves.
Dublin put a 67-26 beat down on Palmer in the qualifying game after winning its “group” with a 68-41 rout of host Glen Rose and a 74-57 thumping of Venus.
“Rayce Jackson shot and passed the ball real well and everyone stepped up around him, too,” said Dublin’s school-season head coach, Will Parker, who guided the Lions to an outright district championship this past season. “We have some guys who are new to the varsity from our JV and they are playing really well. It’s good to see them gelling this early and playing good team ball.”
Elton Galbreath just graduated and has gone from playing for those district champion lions to coaching their summer squad.
Dublin’s boys appeared to be ready to join Stephenville in Division II (3A-4A) of the three-division boys side of the state tournament, but Stephenville school-season head coach Bill Brooks said Saturday that due to conflicting schedules the Yellow Jackets would not have enough players to fill a team and were not attending the event next Thursday through Saturday in Grapevine and Colleyville.
Stephenville is in Division I on the girls side, where there are two divisions, not three, due to less teams. Division I is 4A-5A-6A teams and Division II is 3A-2A-A. The Honeybees are coached in the summer by Kyle Monteith, and are now 7-3, going 3-0 in Mineral Wells, where they qualified for state for the third straight year, 2-2 in Brock and 2-1 today in Glen Rose.