Robinson boys' golf team

Left to right: Bailey Kirk, Cade Allison, Colton McCoy, Chase Allison and Shane Ellis.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte

Chase Allison and the Robinson’ boys golf team appear to be in state championship form.

They’ll get their chance to earn a place in the state tournament next week.

Allison, a three-year previous state qualifier, helped the Rockets to the District 17-4A golf title last week at Squaw Valley Golf Course in Glen Rose. Allison carded matching rounds of 68 over the two rounds to finish at 8-under 136. That gave him a six-stroke win over Lorena’s Corbin Conradt (71-71-142) for the individual district title, while Gatesville’s Jett Truss (73-78-151) was third.

Robinson won the team title with rounds of 305 and 299 for a 604 total, 18 strokes better than Gatesville.

Allison set all manner of records as Robinson’s football quarterback last season, throwing for 4,659 yards and 59 touchdowns on his way to first-team Super Centex honors. But his future is in golf, as he signed with Abilene Christian in November. He finished 11th at last year’s UIL Class 4A state golf tourney.

On the girls’ side, Steelie Priest also put together a couple of dazzling rounds on her way to the individual title. Like Allison, Priest shot 68 in the first round and 68 in the second for an 8-under 136, which gave her a 34-stroke winning margin over the next nearest golfer, her Lorena teammate Jordyn Linnstaedter (82-88-170).

Lorena’s girls claimed the team title with rounds of 364 and 370 for a 734 total, while Gatesville (382-397-779) took second.

The top two teams and the top two individuals not on qualifying teams will compete at the Region III-4A tournament April 24-27 at Raven Nest Golf Course in Huntsville. That includes the Robinson and Gatesville teams on the boys’ side, along with Lorena’s Conradt and China Spring’s Jacob Tucker. For the girls, the qualifiers are the Lorena and Gatesville teams, along with individuals Ashlyn Gremillion and Rebekah Dover of China Spring.

Midway golf teams grab trophies

Midway’s girls golf team picked up some hardware on a recent drive down to Killeen, seizing the 8-6A title, while the Panther boys finished second.

The Midway girls carded rounds of 358 and 346 for a 704 total at Killeen’s Stone Tree Golf Club to take the team championship by 14 strokes over second-place Killeen Ellison. Sarah Chung topped Midway with rounds of 82 and 81 for a 163 total, finishing third overall behind Belton’s Julia Garcia (79-73-152) and Kayla McFall of Ellison (84-79-163).

Midway’s Ashley Gage was fourth, shooting 90 and 79 for a 169 total.

For the Midway boys, they fired off a score of 301 in the weather-shortened boys tournament, finishing second to district champ Belton (285). Abilene Christian signee Daniel Seibert led the way for Midway, shooting 72, while Mason Mikeska followed with a 75, Austin May with a 76 and Austin Clark with a 78.

The Region I-6A girls tournament will be April 24-25 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Arlington, while the boys’ regional tourney is set for April 26-27 at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless.

Local hoopsters selected for TABC all-star games

A pair of Central Texas basketball standouts have been selected to play in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) all-star games next month.

University guard Umoja Gibson will play in the 6A-5A boys’ game. Gibson averaged 22.4 points and 11.1 assists as a senior in 2016-17, winning Super Centex Player of the Year honors. He signed with North Texas last week.

Meanwhile, Mart senior Adrianne Rauls will compete in the 1A-4A girls game. Rauls, a 5-foot-7 forward, averaged 21.1 points and 8.8 boards for the Lady Panthers this year, and was honored as a Super Centex first-team player for the fourth straight year.

The games will be held May 19 at the Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio, in conjunction with the TABC’s annual coaching clinic.

Tickets on sale for THSFHOF banquet

Ever wanted to get face-to-face with “Mean” Joe Greene? Now is your chance.

Tickets are on sale for the upcoming Texas High School Football Hall of Fame banquet on May 6 at the Ferrell Center. They run $45 for adults and $15 for students, and may be purchased by contacting Tiffany Wilkins at or by calling (210) 290-8570.

Greene played his high school ball at Temple Dunbar in the days before desegregation, before going on to greatness at North Texas and with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

The class also includes Rockport Fulton’s Dat Nguyen, Big Sandy’s Lovie Smith, McKinney’s Tommy Joe Crutcher, San Antonio Holmes’ Johnny Walker, Lufkin’s Reggie McNeal, Euless Trinity’s Steve Lineweaver, Arlington Lamar’s Eddy Peach and Converse Judson’s Frank Arnold.

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