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Boys Basketball Ranked #6 in the State by TABC and #1 in the Area by E-N

Sunday, November 05, 2006
With out even tipping off in an official game the Madison Mavericks Varsity Boys basketball team is already receiving some big accolades. The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches has ranked the Mavs #6 in the state. Madison is the only team from Region IV to make the top 10 per-season poll. 26-5A rivals Reagan comes in at #11, and Churchill at #15. The only other Region IV teams to make the top 20 were Weslaco and Edinburg.

The Pre-Season Honors continued to roll in as the Express-News released their pre-season area rankings with Madison on top of the list at #1. Madison is also listed as the Coaches pick to defend their 26-5A district title. Coming off a 32-5 campaign in 2005 the only thing left for the Mavs to do is make a run in the playoffs.

This years team will be lead by Senior F Carlton Scott. A Power Forward at 6-7, Scott has already committed to play for Notre Dame next year. Madison will also have the services of Senior Post Larry Wilkins. A 2005 All-Area selection and 26-5A MVP, Wilkins is one of the more constant players in the area.

The boys basketball team will kick off their season on the 14th of November vs Sam Houston.

Madison Girls Basketball Open Season vs O’Connor and at Corpus Tourney

Madison Varsity Girls Basketball team kicks off their season vs O’Connor Tuesday night at Littleton Gym. Madison, coming off a playoff season of 2005, looks to improve on their 25-11 mark from last year. Madison will have 6 returning lettermen with Jenese Shaw, Teanna San Nicolas, Adrienne Bocanegra, Brook Matula, Candi Althaus and Lee Ann Terrell.

Madison first game will be against O’Connor who missed the playoffs last year but are picked by some to make a run in district 28-5A in 2006. The O’Connor vs Madison match up will tip off at 6:30pm at Littleton Gym. The game is part of the season opening triple hitter at Littleton with MacArthur vs Clark tipping off before the Lady Mavs game at 5:00pm, and the Roosevelt vs Taft match up closing out the night tipping off at 8pm.

Madison will take a road trip to Corpus on Thursday as they will compete in the always difficult Corpus Girls basketball Tourney. The three day event starts on Thursday November 9th with the Championship game being held Saturday Nov 11th.

Football Season Ends with Hope for Next Year

The 2006 Football season ended uneventfully on Saturday night as the Madison Mavericks dropped to 5-5 on the season with a loss to Roosevelt. The season was over for the football team and for the seniors it was an unexpected end to their final season. But there is a silver lining to the end of the 2006 season, and that is 2007.

Returning next year will be 7 offensive starters, and 8 defensive starters. Most of the skill positions will be back lead by #26 RB Devin Thomas. After missing the first game of the 2006 season with an injury, Devin racked up almost 2000 yards and lead the Madison mavericks in several statistical categories including rushing and Touch downs.

Also returning will be several players with QB experience including #4 Bryan Ehrlich. Almost all of the Madison WR will return including the electric Josh Miles and Chris Powel. Madison will have to fill some big shoes on the offence line but returning lettermen Josh Corby will anchor a young line next year.

On The defensive side of the ball Madison will have a stable of experience coming back. Defensive Ends Eddie Pitts and Michael Williams will both be back, but Madison will have to fill a void at Defense Tackle. All three Linebackers will return in McClean, Lawson and Flores. In the defensive backfield Madison will have to find a replacement at One Cornerback position but will retain the services of Chris Lambeth, Sophomore Andrew Green, and Mario Wiggins.

Madison 2007 season will be tough early as it was this year as they will go up against two programs that will be playing in the post season this year in Seguin and O’Connor. The O’Connor game will be the Home opener for the 2007 Madison Mavericks.

Swim and Dive Take On MacArthur on Thursday at Davis

Both girls and boys swim teams will compete this Thursday at Davis vs MacArthur. This is the swim teams first duel meet of the season and will be held at Davis Natatorium Thursday Evening at 6pm.

The Girls squad will be lead by Senior Ronnie Smith and Jonnell Williamson. Smith currently holds the 7th fastest time in the area in the 200 free with a 2:04.37. Smith will have some tough competition in the race from Mac as she will have to go up against several MacArthur swimmers that are Ranked in the area.

The Boys squad is lead by James Shanke, Alex Sanchez and Landon Colson. Shanke is on of the top all around performers in the area with top 10 times in several events. His list of early season accomplishments is quite impressive. Shanke holds the 3rd fastest time in the area in the 100 Backstroke with a 55.97, the 5th fastest time in the area in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.46, the 5th fastest time in the area in the 200 free with a 1:52.55, and the 6th fastest time in the area in 100 free with a 50.83.

MacArthur has a good swim and Dive team so this should be a good measuring stick for both squads.

Madison Basketball Schedule Preview

Monday, October 30, 2006
While we work on getting the JV and freshmen schedules we thought this would be a good time for us to look at the big games on the schedule for the Madison Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams. If you like basketball these are match-ups you will not want to miss during the 2006-2007 season:

Madison Varsity Boys Basketball vs Lewisville
Nov 4th at Waco Tip Off Classic
It’s just a scrimmage but getting to travel to this Tip Off Classic is an honor. Lewisville will be a tough opponent for the Mavs.

Madison Varsity vs O'Connor Girls Basketball
November 7 – 6:30pm at Littleton
Girls first game will be against their cross 1604 rival panthers. Mavs will be looking to see how they measure up against a playoff mainstay.

Madison Varsity Boys Basketball vs Sam Houston
Nov 14th – 6:30pm at Littleton Gym
Boys kick off the season vs the Hurricanes. Don’t let the 4A fool you Sam Houston always has a athletic squad.

Madison Varsity Girls Basketball vs Wagner
December 12 – 6pm – at Wagner
Madison Varsity Boys Basketball vs Wagner
December 12 – 7:30pm – at Wagner
Double hitter to welcome Wagner into 26-5A basketball in this district opener for both Girls and Boys. Wagner should have a young and hungry team looking to jump right into 26-5A

Madison Varsity Boys Basketball vs Reagan
December 22 – 5:30pm – at Littleton
Two teams picked to be on top of 26-5A Madison could be in position to hand out some early Christmas presents to the Rattlers.

Madison Varsity Girls Basketball vs Judson
December 30 – 3pm – At Madison
Madison Varsity Boys Basketball vs Judson
December 30 – 4:30 pm – At Madison
If you want to see great basketball all day long then Dec 30 at Madison is the place to be. All of the girls and boys underclassmen teams and both Varsity squads will play on this one day basketball marathon to close out 2006

Madison Varsity Girls Basketball vs Churchill
January 3 – 8pm – At Littleton
The Mavs first look at Churchill one of the district favorites

Madison Varsity Boys Basketball vs Churchill
February 3 – 1:30pm – at Littleton
The start of the Home stretch for the Mavs as they try and find there way into the playoffs

Scouting: Churchill Chargers, The Hurricane and The Husker

Sunday, October 15, 2006
Any team that gets a player invited to the US Army All American Bowl is special, but when a team has two players invited to play in the prestigious classic you have to pay attention. Churchill has two in the big game Nick Fanuzzi and Ian Harris. Churchill’s offence rotates around Fanuzzi who already has accepted a scholarship offer from the Miami Hurricanes. Churchill is not one dimensional as their defense has been above average for most of the season. Churchill looked real good to make the playoffs after beating Judson in overtime. But after loosing to Mac and barley getting by Roosevelt they look like they might be in a dog fight for the last couple of playoff spots. This game means more to Madison then it does to Churchill but it’s still important to the Chargers.

Churchill Offence: Nick Fanuzzi is a three year starter at QB and his freshman year he played RB on the varsity Charger squad. The name may seem foreign to Madison fans because this will be the first time the Mavs have faced Fanuzzi at QB. The past two years Fanuzzi has not made it to the Madison match up before season ending injuries have occurred. In 2004 Fanuzzi blew out a knee, and followed that up the next year with a broken collar bone in 2005. Even with out playing a full season and with out playing in the playoffs, Fanuzzi and his skills have already received offers from several D-1 Universities and has a verbal acceptance to Miami. Fanuzzi brings in a NFL QB Rating of 80.127, and is the only player to throw the ball for the Chargers this year. He has thrown 6TDs this year and has racked up almost 1000 yards in the air. If that’s not enough Fanuzzi can hurt you with his legs as well. Averaging 14 carries per game and averaging 4.67 yards per carry, adding 6 more TDs on the ground Fanuzzi is a complete player. When Fanuzzi does not handle the ball on the ground the Chargers will give it to their small but quick RB Ruben Resendiz. Resendiz averages just over 16 touches per contest and has scored 9 TDs on the year. He is not a breakaway back but a work horse. Fanuzzi and Resendiz between them have carried 95% of the rushing carries for Chargers in 2006 so don’t expect them to bring in a stable of RBs. On the flip side the receiving corp that Fanuzzi has at his disposal is deep and experienced. Leading the way is the Chargers TE Ian Harris. Harris who is also a three year starter has received several offers from D-1 schools as well and has a verbal commitment to play ball at Nebraska next year. Harris is a big TE that complicates coverage assignments; he has 6 receptions with 2 going for TDs. At wide out Churchill will run several sure-handed speedsters; Ryan Thayer and his 23.56 yards per receptions, Sam Mabry and his team high 17 receptions, and six others with receptions the Chargers are not at a loss for receivers.

Churchill Defense: Churchill’s defense started the year looking like they could carry this team alone to the playoffs. That was until they played MacArthur. The Chargers hit a speed bump on the defensive side of the ball when they got into a score fest with Mac, giving up 55 points and almost 600 yards of total offence in that one contest. Churchill settled down last week against Roosevelt, holding the Roos to 7 points. Churchill does not posses a defense full of stand out players but they do play good team defense. They are not an attacking defense but make stands when they need to. Defensive End Even Montelongo is one of the best linemen in the district and keeping him out of the backfield will be key to the Madison game plan. Churchill’s defense has only allowed 2 100 yard rushers in the 6 games they have played this year. Churchill has not caused a lot of turnovers this year as they only have 5 INTs as a team and have only recovered 3 fumbles and none in district play.

Churchill Special Teams: The Chargers will not win games on special teams but they won’t loose many either. They don’t posses enough speed to be a major threat to return kick offs or punts for TDs but they will try and get quick yards to improve their position. They will bring in a sure footed place kicker in Jason Lewis. Lewis who has hit 3 FGs in 2006 with one going for 41 yards. Lewis is also 17-19 in PATs.

Churchill Coaching and Extras: Coach Carl Gustafson has seen the highs and lows of High School Football at Churchill. He has suffered the last two years with his best athlete sitting on the sidelines for most of the year. He has made the playoffs in the past and has taken Charger teams deep in Region IV. He has been a steady figure at Churchill and this year he has one of his best chances to make it back to the playoffs. The Chargers have not made the playoffs in Football since Reagan opened and started playing varsity ball.

Players to Watch –
#12 – Sr. Ryan Thayer WR
#13 – Sr. Nick Fanuzzi QB
#14 – Jr. Sam Mabry WR
#26 – Sr. Rubin Resendiz RB
#28 – Sr. Jason Lewis K
#84 – Sr. Ian Harris TE
#99 – Sr. Evan Montelongo DE

Madison Football Looks Ahead To The Playoffs

In Sports you have to try and learn from your mistakes and put the past behind you. That’s exactly what we are going to do this week; we could do a write up on the Judson game, we could do a recap of the Volleyball teams’ week; but instead this week we will not harp on the past as we look to the future. With only four weeks left in district 26-5A football, we thought this would be a great time to look at each team and what their goals are for the next couple of weeks.

District 26-5 Breakdown

Smithson Valley: 5-0 District Record
Games Remaining: Reagan, @ Judson, Churchill
Outlook: The Rangers can cost to the playoffs, in fact after beating Lee this last weekend they can loose their last three and still make the post season. Don’t look for Smithson Valley to start loosing games as they possess one of the best regular season records over the last three years in the state. The Reagan game is a rivalry game (Town and Country Bowl) and the Rattlers and their outside chance of the playoffs will be pumped up for this match up. The Game holds little meaning for Smithson Valley so don’t be surprised if it’s close. The Judson game will more than likely be another match up between number 1 in the city and number 2 and will have a little importance as it will have bearing on the district title, but not hold much weight in either team’s playoff chances. The Churchill game might be a must win for Churchill and if Churchill makes the playoffs this game might determine who the first round opponent for both schools are.
Prediction: Smithson Valley will make the playoffs but will more than likely end up with one loss in district with a 7- 1 record.

Churchill: 3-1 District Record
Game Remaining: Madison, @Wagner, Lee, @Smithson Valley
Outlook: Churchill’s OT victory over Judson is now looking even more important in their hunt for a playoff spot. Almost as important as their loss to MacArthur. This weeks Madison game is a big match up for Churchill and their playoff hopes. One paper you have to figure Churchill gets by Wagner and Lee, but they will need one more victory to secure a playoff spot with out having to go to a tie breaker system. If the Chargers can get past Madison and win out till their trip to Smithson Valley, then that last game holds little meaning other than who they play in round one, and possibly a district title.
Prediction: Churchill finishes the season 5-3 and will be fighting for their playoff lives the whole way.

Judson: 3-1 District Record
Games Remaining: Wagner, @Lee, Smithson Valley, @Reagan
Outlook: With Judson’s win last week over Madison they are basically in the driver seat for a playoff spot with wins over Mac and the Mavs. The Madison game also gives Judson the inside track on the number 1 slot for Division I playoffs out of District 26-5A. This week’s game is being dubbed “The Civil War” as it will be the first time in JISD history that Judson High School is playing and inter-school-district school. Not many are giving Wagner a chance in this match up but with Judson’s inconsistency this year anything is possible. Lee on paper should be a victory and if Judson is traveling to Smithson Valley with a 5-1 record they will already have a playoff spot wrapped up. The Reagan game will mean much more to Reagan than Judson, so don’t be surprised with a Rattler victory.
Prediction: Judson ends the year 6-2, where that loss comes could come anywhere but the Rockets make the playoffs as the number 1 seed from 26-5A.

Madison: 3-2 District Record
Games Remaining: Churchill, MacArthur, Roosevelt
Outlook: Madison’s season has been one important game after another, but the stakes are even higher in the next two weeks. Madison plays Saturday games the rest of the way so if there are any district surprises they will know it when they hit the field. The one thing the Mavs don’t want to be doing on their Bye week (Week 10) is having to cheer on a team from the stands so they can play in the playoffs. With that being said this week’s game vs. Churchill is large. Both teams are clawing their way into the playoff race right now and a victory over Churchill will go along way come November. The M&M bowl might be even more important than the Charger game as even if Madison beats Churchill they still might run into a tie breaker if Churchill can beat an uninspired Smithson Valley in the last week of the season. Madison is in the playoffs if they win over Churchill and Mac and the Roosevelt game will hold little importance. If Madison looses one of their next two games the Roosevelt game will be a must win. If Madison looses both to Mac and Churchill then the Roosevelt game will be a must win and they will need some help to make the playoffs.
Prediction: We are jamesmadison.com so we are going to go out on a limb and say Madison wins out and finishes 6-2 and goes into the playoffs as the number 2 seed of Division I playoffs out of District 26-5A

MacArthur: 2-2 District Record
Games Remaining: Roosevelt, Madison, Wagner, Lee
Outlook: Mac needs to keep focused on a dangerous Roosevelt team and not look ahead to Madison this week. A Loss to Roosevelt makes their victory over Churchill almost pointless. With a victory over Roosevelt and a Madison win over Churchill the M&M Bowl is for who is guaranteed a playoff spot and who still has work to do. On Paper the last two games for Mac should be victories but by then they may not mater. MacArthur, if they make the playoffs, will be the second seed in Division II unless disaster strikes Smithson Valley.
Prediction: Mac losses one more and wins 3 finishing with a 5-3 mark and in a tie for the final playoff spot.

Reagan: 2-3 District Record
Games Remaining: Lee, @Smithson Valley, Judson
Outlook: Don’t look now but Reagan can still make the playoffs. They will have to do the unthinkable and run the table against Lee, SV and Judson and they will need some help from Roosevelt in some key games but things are not over yet for the Rattlers. The Lee game might be closer than most people think as Reagan has struggled with stopping big time RBs. If Reagan can escape Lee with a victory they then travel to SV for the “Town and Country Bowl” a game they have never won. The game of the year for Reagan might be against Judson in the last week. This will be a huge revenge game for Reagan and might be their last game for a big group of seniors. Don’t forget Judson was forced to run the score up on Reagan last year to make the playoffs in the last game. Nothing would make the Rattlers happier than to return the favor in 06’. Even if this game has no meaning at all it should be a WAR.
Prediction: Reagan can’t overcome its schedule and finishes 4-4 looking from the outside in on the playoff picture.

Lee: 1-3 District Record
Games Remaining: Reagan, Judson, Churchill, MacArthur
Outlook: The Vols would need a miracle to make the playoffs. They are not mathematically eliminated but they would need a lot of help and some amazing performances down the stretch. They can play spoiler the whole way home with games against 4 teams that can not afford a loss to a team not in the hunt. The Reagan game might be their best shot at a win, but the Rattlers are going to be fighting for a playoff spot. Lee might also make a run at MacArthur in a high scoring affair.
Prediction: Don’t be surprised to see Lee finish 2-6 and ruin someone’s hopes of playing in the post season.

Roosevelt: 1-4 District Record
Game Remaining: MacArthur, Madison, @Wagner
Outlook: Roosevelt really needed to beat Churchill last week if they wanted to make the playoffs. They will need to run the table and will need a lot of help from others. They to can play the spoiler with two teams on tap that need victories. Roosevelt should handle Wagner, but that should be their last game.
Prediction: Roosevelt will win one more and finish 2-6

Wagner: 0-4 District Record
Games Remaining: Judson, Churchill, MacArthur, Roosevelt
Outlook: The “Civil War” this week against Judson will be the T-Birds whole season. The chance of them winning that game are slim but possible. Wagner in their first year has struggled in 26-5A but has gained valuable experience for next year and the years to come. Watch out for these guys come 2007.
Prediction: One win would be awesome for this team but more than likely they finish 0-8.

Volleyball Now Needs Help to Make the Post Season

No one was more relieved Tuesday night then MacArthur when Madison took a 5 set loss home from Judson. MacArthur can now loose to Madison with out having to worry about not making the playoffs because of it. But the season is not over for the Mavs but they will now need some help to make the post season.

Madison has three more contests on the schedule with two of those being very important district matches. The first will be this Thursday vs. MacArthur at Littleton Gym. The Mavs will be pumped up for this one as they will need to win to have any chance of making the post season. Mac won their first meeting in 5 sets and is sitting in the fourth playoff spot right above the Mavs.

Friday is the district finally for the Mavs vs. Roosevelt. Roosevelt has not won a district match this year and Madison should be able to handle the rough riders for the second time this season. After the end of the district season the Mavs do have one more match on the schedule as they have Marshall in a non-district match up.

If the Mavs can win out they will then need a bit of help from some familiar faces for them to make the playoffs. MacArthur will have to loose to Wagner on Friday or Lee on Tuesday. If either of these scenarios happens then Madison and Mac would play a one match playoff sometime next week at Littleton.
It might be a lot to ask but it’s not out of the question that Madison can still make the playoffs. The first step will be beating Mac this Tuesday at 7:15pm

TLC, Seguin Meet Provides a Warm Up For Cross Country District

This week the Cross Country Teams will travel back out to Seguin for their last meet before the district contest. The site of this weeks meet will be on the campus of Texas Lutheran College in Seguin and will provide a challenge for our runners. Madison will compete against district 26-5A rivals Reagan, MacArthur and Churchill this week, as well as some of the areas best squads.
A week from Saturday is where all the hard work is to pay off, the district 26-5A meet. This year the meet has been moved to the Judson Grey Campus and it will be the first time Madison has competed on this course this year. The district Meet starts early, 8:00am Saturday October 28th

Booster Club Meeting / Tennis, Golf and Swimming Pot Luck

The Booster Club will be meeting this Monday night at 6:15pm at the Madison High School Cafeteria. After the meeting the Boosters will be hosting the Tennis, Golf and Swim Teams for a Pot Luck Dinner. The Booster Club will be organizing their schedule of events for the coming months including the basketball concession stand assignments. For more information jhnnyvg@yahoo.com

Football Scout – Scouting: Judson Rockets the Old Guard

Sunday, October 08, 2006
Some would argue that Judson’s glory days are behind them. But let’s not forget this is the same team that barley made the playoffs last year only to go on and play in the State Championship game. Judson is a team that can get hot and be as good as any team in the state; you just hope you don’t run into them when they hit another hot streak. Judson stated the year ice cold as they got beat by Leander; they bounced back by destroying an undersized Tivy team. The Rockets got their bye week in week three, and went into double OT only to loose to Churchill. They got their first district win as their defense heated up against the high flying MacArthur offence, and last week they went to 2-1 in district with a win over Roosevelt again behind stellar defensive play.

Judson Offence: The last couple of years Judson has not had the premier running back that they are famous for. Not having that phenomenal, score from anywhere on the field, type running back has not slowed down the Rocket scoring machine much lately. Right now Judson looks like they might be in the midst of a QB war, and that’s where their offence starts is at the QB position. Carl Boulden is the incumbent as he was the spark plug that drove Judson to play in the State final last year. He will more than likely get the start but Judson will not hesitate to bring in back up Austin Quinney if the offence stalls. Boulden is quicker of the two and has more big game experience. Quinney has the blood lines as his brother QBed the last Judson state title team. Judson will run the shotgun look a majority of the time but will also put the QB under center. At running back Judson will go with a committee of players lead by Jose Mendoza and Dominique Mallett. Both backs average about 6 yards per carry but neither possess the break away speed we have seen from Judson backfields. Judson’s biggest offensive weapon is at the wide receiver spot where they have a stand out in Dale Kindred. With 16 catches and 5 of those going for Touchdowns, Kindred has a nose for the end zone. Kindred also has a score on a reverse against Churchill. Judson will try to get the ball in his hands at least 7-10 times through out the game. While the offence has not been spectacular they have not been held under 10 points all year. Judson will try and eat up clock and have as many long drives as they can much like what we saw against Smithson Valley.

Judson Defense: Last week Reagan came into the game with a Defensive unit that had not allowed over 190 yards rushing in one game. We all know what happened last Friday, but this week Judson brings in an even more impressive number. The Rockets defense is giving up on average just 112 yards rushing per contest and as held its last two opponents to just 43 yards and 80 yards respectively. In Contrast Madison enters the contest with a District leading 339.5 yards rushing per game with a 532 last weekend. Judson tries to filter most of the running to their Linebackers and Isaiah Carter is one of the cities best. If there is one area where Judson has been hurt on defense it’s in the defensive back field. The Judson defense ranks last in 26-5A in pass defense giving up 165 yards per contest. But also in Contrast the Madison passing attack has picked up only 50 yards per game throwing the ball. To say something’s got to give is an understatement. The lack of pass defense is surprising given the fact that Judson possess one of the areas best CB in Randez James. The speedster has offers on the table from the likes of Arizona and Duke. Madison will again be challenged to get the rushing attack going and might have a chance to pad some numbers throwing the ball. How that translates into a win or a loss will be determined on Thursday.

Judson Special Teams: After two weeks of the Mavericks watching their opponents bring in D-I talent kickers, the Mavs get a bit of a break but not by much. Austin Quinney (just like his older brother) performs the kicking duties for the Rockets. Quinney has hit 4 FG this year and is 15 of 15 in PATs. He does not possess the leg to kick off out of the end zone but is very accurate and can place the ball wherever he wants. The coverage teams are decent and have some speed. The Kick returns are not spectacular but the rockets won’t hurt themselves either. Judson likes to play field position and likes to use the clock so look for them to try to pin Madison deep on punts. Madison has been burned by the onside kick in the last two games so don’t be surprised if Judson tries one or two during the game even at strange times during the game.

Judson Coaching and Extras: Coach Rackley has to be seen as one of the areas best coaches, as he has continued a tradition of greatness even after the splitting of his talent to Wagner. Judson will come into this game prepared and willing to fight to the end. They will play clean and basic football like they always have. Don’t let the lack of Big name talent fool you as Judson will play team ball and execute well. While Madison was not playing Saturday night, the game that ended with MacArthur winning will have a huge impact on the district 26-5A 4 playoff spots. MacArthur, by beating Churchill, has forced its way back into the playoff picture and any loss at this point will put Judson or Madison looking up at the rest of the contenders. Other Judson vs. Madison football games have held importance but this one might be the most important of all.

Players to Watch –
#2 – Sr. Dale Kindred WR
#3 – Sr. Randez James CB
#5 – Sr. Carl Bouldin QB
#12 – Jr. Austin Quinney QB
#24 – Jr. Dominique Mallett RB
#32 – Sr. Jose Mendoza RB
#38 – Sr. Isaiah Carter LB

Maverick Football Team Break Record As They Run Past Reagan!

People around the State will tell you their Football district is tough and the competition is fierce week in and week out. People will say that until you explain to them the make up 26-5A. Reagan who has never made the playoffs would probably be running away with most 5A districts around the state; came into the Friday night 26-5A thriller with their backs against the wall needing to knock off the Mavs to keep their playoff hopes alive. And while the Madison rushing attack overwhelmed the Rattlers, they gave the Mavs all they could handle.

It’s not a secret around San Antonio that Devin Thomas is emerging as another great back playing for Madison. It’s not a secret that Madison’s offensive line is one of the best units in the area’ but what happened Friday at Comalander made most people stop and stare as the jaw-dropping performance put on by the offence.

Each week this site features photos taken from different Madison contest, and each week Devin Thomas finds his way onto a feature photo somewhere on this site. This week, while the Express-news talks all about Devin, we wanted to showcase the unsung heroes. The offensive line of the Madison Mavericks. No one should be congratulated more for the posting of the 487 yards then Devin but with out the Line and their total domination of the Rattler front seven one starts to wonder if the Friday night game would have looked a lot different for the Mavs.

With numbers like 532 total yards all on the ground on 42 plays, and an average of just under 13 yards per carry, the offence has come into its own. With big games on the horizon the thought of the Madison’s massive line must have many defense coordinators up late at night.

The Mavs showed a lot of grit and determination as the Hard Charging Rattlers came storming back from a 35-14 deficit, that was started by a 53 yard FG by Reagan as time expired in the first half. Reagan would threaten several times to tie or take the lead but the overworked Madison defense held up under the pressure to preserve the victory.

Madison now enters the final stretch run and it looks to be the toughest stretch of games they have seen all year. Judson comes to Comalander on a short week of preparation on Thursday night. The Rockets have posted wins over Roosevelt and MacArthur and have on district loss to Churchill. This match up became extremely important after MacArthur beat Churchill on Saturday night as 26-5A just became even tighter. A Madison victory puts them in the driver seat for the top seed in Division I in the state playoffs. A loss and they will be fighting for their playoff lives the rest of the way.

Volleyball Has Rough Week But Is Still On Track

Two losses in a week might make some uncomfortable with the playoff chances for the lady Mavs Volleyball team; but when your up against the likes of Smithson Valley and Reagan the losses don’t hurt your chances that much. Wins would have been huge for any playoff chances for the Mavs but losses don’t hurt the Mavs in their hunt for that last playoff spot.

Madison has seen these teams before and knew this week would be an uphill fight. Tuesday would see Madison travel to Smithson Valley, and to say the Valley is a Hostile environment might be and understatement. The Fans at Smithson valley were anything but cordial to the Mavs. The Ruckus crowd was helped by playing in one of the nosiest designed gyms in South Texas. Overcoming the Rangers is hard enough but to do so on their court is almost next to imposable.

Madison would not be able to get themselves into any type of groove against the Rangers, and would leave Smithson Valley High School with a strait set loss. While the loss stings as The Rangers right now are sitting alone in 3rd place, Madison’s hopes for a playoff spot did not take a hit with the loss.

Friday night the Mavs had more than the number 2 team in the state going against them. With most of the girls thinking about Homecoming, the Mavs had the early match at Littleton against Reagan. In an all Reagan weekend for Madison sports the Maverick Volleyball team had the toughest task of all of the sports.

The Lady Mavs would get some needed experience against one the best teams in the state and would keep each match close, but again would loose in strait sets. Sr. Amber Wetz would lead the Mavs in kills against the rattlers with 12.

With just 4 district matches left this season each one holds some importance. With Judson on the schedule for Tuesday, Madison will need to beat the Rockets for any chance at making the playoffs. Judson holds a 4-7 district record but always plays tough. Friday Madison goes up against another 26-5A juggernaut in Churchill. The Chargers are the #3 team in the area and have already beaten the Mavs once this year.

Not wanting to look ahead but if things go as planed this week, then we all need to circle next Tuesday October 17th at 7:15pm. Madison will have a chance at redeeming an early season loss to MacArthur and pull into a tie for 4th place in the district. Littleton Gym will be packed with Mac and Mavs supporters for a match that will be played like a playoff match.

But let’s take it one match at a time and beat Judson.

Cross Country – Round Rock McNeil Meet Proves to be as Tough as Advertised.

Both Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams completed this last week at the Round Rock McNeil invitational, and the all-star field was a good measuring stick for the Mav runners. The Girls team placed 13th in the Girls Gold division. The boys team placed 16th lead by Jimmy Peterson’s top 50 finish.

This week Madison changes pace as they will be competing in the popular Central Catholic Cross Country Relay race. Unlike the traditional meets where each individual runs for an individual time and contributes to the team total; this meet is a Relay with team members each running one right after another. The meet is also held on Wednesday unlike most Saturday morning contest. This years course is at Mission Park.

Scouting: Reagan Rattlers Poised For Greatness

Sunday, October 01, 2006
District 26-5A is known for it’s great football, it’s also know for it’s great Volleyball, Baseball, Cross Country, Swimming and Track. Reagan High School has excelled in almost every sport since it opened six years ago except Football. This year may be the year the Rattlers break into the Football playoff scene. Reagan got off to a slow start this year dropping games to O’Connor, Churchill and MacArthur but last week they showed signs of greatness coming from behind against a tough Roosevelt team and recording their first district Victory. How important is this game for the Mavs? A Loss brings them to a tie with Reagan in the district race, a win and the Mavs are in the drivers seat for a playoff spot with 3 wins in 26-5A.

Rattlers Offence: Reagan runs the spread offence but has not had much success this year with putting points on the board. The offence has only scored 4 rushing TDs in 5 games this year and only 3 passing TDs. In comparison the Mavs have rushed for 17 TDs and has added 2 TDs through the air. Reagan has not scored over 24 points in one game all year, and 3 times they have been held under 14 points. With that said this team is very dangerous as noted last week against Roosevelt. Marcos Wright is the featured back for Reagan and he is 5th in District 26-5A with just over 500 yards on the ground this season. Wright was an all-district selection last year as a Soph. and started his first game last year vs Madison. Reagan will run the trap and sweep to try and get Wright into some space. Reagan will throw the ball but usually only the high percentage passes as they don’t posses a deep threat. Reagan will throw the ball to their starting wide out Travis Tatsch most of the time. He has nice size and some great hands. If there is one area where Reagan has struggled is at the QB position. Matt Smith started the year under center but has lost the job and is back at WR where he was a standout last year. Reagan has had a QB by committee lately with Soph. Derrick Walls and Jr. Josh York getting the most snaps. Neither one has found a good rhythm with the receivers; Walls is a converted DB and has some speed. The Rattlers do not want to get into a shoot-out with anyone as they don’t have not shown to have the offence to score 35-40 points in a contest, but last weeks second half against Roosevelt might just be the spark the Rattlers need to jump start this unit.

Rattlers Defense: Coming into this year most people figured this would be one of the best units in the city with 7 starters returning from last years team. But with the Offence not being able to sustain drives this unit has been pushed all year by time of possession. The defense backs are some of the best in the area and have picked off 5 passes on the year. They also have a nice set of Line backers and last week the defense scored a Touchdown of their own. Reagan traditionally is very aggressive and opportunistic on defense and they are usually hard hitters. The Rattler defense has not allowed over 190 yards rushing in one game all year so the Mavericks with their rushing attack will be tested. The Defense should be well motivated as they got a breath of new life last week in beating Roosevelt in come-from-behind fashion.

Rattlers Special Teams: The Mavs learned last week what a great place kicker can do in this district and they will get to see another great kicker again this week. Grant Edlund plays in the aggressive defense back field and kicks off and punts. He also is having a stellar year kicking FGs and is amazingly the team leader in points scored with 25. His 47 yard FG against Georgetown in Week 1 is the longest in 26-5A this year. He has converted on 6 FG in 5 games and is perfect in PATs. You have to figure this is one of the Rattlers best weapons and if Reagan drives inside the 30 yard line they are more than likely going to at least get 3 points. Edlund also holds down the punting duties where he is equally impressive. He averages just over 40 yards a punt and has shown the ability to pin teams inside the 10 by kicking to the coffin corner. Edlunds kick offs rarely get returned as he has enough leg to get the ball out of the back of the end zone. Kick returns and punt returns are above average.

Rangers Coaching and Extras: Head Coach David Wetzel is a young aggressive head coach. He likes the high percentage passes and running Traps and sweeps. He will try to open it up a bit but still is considered conservative with his play calling. Reagan is in a situation they are familiar with as again they have backed themselves into a corner but after winning last week they find themselves facing the Mavs with a chance to move up quickly. A loss will mean 3 losses in a 9 team district with Smithson Valley and Judson still on the schedule. A Win and they pull into a tie with Madison and hold the tie breaker over the Mavs. Seeing the importance of this game will be motivation enough for this team.

Players to Watch –
#8 – Grant Edlund DB/K
#11 – Travis Tatsch WR
#21 – Marcos Wright RB
#34 – Steven Little LB
#43 – Ben Stonestreet LB
#72 – Adam Arthur DL

Madison Varsity Football Let’s One Slip Away for First Loss

Going into Thursday nights contest with Smithson Valley few outside the Maverick communities gave the Mavs a fighting chance. The Rangers came in as the number one team in the area and number 4 in the State AP pole. The rangers left with a victory but also with a lot of respect for the 2006 Madison Mavericks.

Coach Hill and the Rangers have always been a second half team, they have always been able to make the adjustments at halftime to win contest. And Thursday was no different. Madison came out of the locker room on fire in the first Quarter. Starting on their own 20 it only took 1 play and 80 yards on the legs of Devin Thomas for the Mavs to start the scoring.

The first quarter would continue to look good as the Mavs would pick off a pass on Smithson Valley’s first play from scrimmage as Madison Jr. Linebacker Jason McLean would haul in the poorly thrown ball. Madison could not capitalize on the INT and SV would tie up the contest at 7 going into the 2nd Quarter.

Devin Thomas would add a couple more TDs for the Mavs before the break while SV could only must a couple of FGs to match. Going into half the defense looked good, the offence was clicking and short of a missed PAT the Mavs seemed to be heading for a victory.

The second half SV came out looking like…well…SV! Smithson Valley would start running the clock and grinding out yards behind their feature back Trent Rios. By the time the teams changed up ends to start the 4th quarter the game was all square at 27. The 8000+ on hand had to this point seen a great contest and both sides felt they could win the contest.

Unfortunatly for the Mavs as time ran out and a Ranger FG split the uprights it would be Smithson Valley celebrating the victory. While the scoreboard did not go the way of the Mavericks and Madison’s starting QB Matt Towne sat out the whole second half, there were a few positives that came for this game. The 271 yards rushing that the Mavs racked up is far and away the best performance on the ground by any team this year vs. Smithson Valley. The Passing game finally returned to it’s week one form, and Devin Thomas proved that he can run the ball against the best defense in the area.

The most impressive thing that came from Thursday is the overwhelming community support. Thursday games are a hard sell with work and school the next day but filling up the home stands and forcing NEISD athletic department to use the end zone overflow was nice to see. Madison has the greatest fans in South Texas and it showed Thursday night at the Mavs Home opener.

The Mavs will have to put this game behind them, but learn from their mistakes as they have Homecoming week and the Reagan Rattlers on tap this week. Reagan has had an up and down season and is coming off a come from behind win vs. Roosevelt on Saturday night.

Volleyball Stays Focused On Making the Playoffs

Madison Volleyball started the second half of the Home-and-Home district schedule this last week. Madison basically can control their own destiny by beating the teams they beat in the first half of the district schedule and turning one loss into a win in the second half. This last week brought two teams that Madison handled nicely in the first meeting.

Monday night the Mavs hosted Wagner at Littleton Gym. Madison opened district play against Wagner and swept the T-Birds in three sets back in August. Just like their first meeting Madison would dominate their opponent and Madison would close out the match with out being challenged 25-21, 25-11, 25-10.

Friday Night the Mavs would have the Lee Volunteers to compete against. Lee who has just recorded 3 district wins but has two wins in local early season Tournaments is a streaky team. And the Mavs caught them on a hot streak. Lee would push the Mavs to the 5th set before folding 15-7 in the last set. The Mavs showed a lot of character winning a match they needed to win and some of the players put up season high numbers. Amber Wetz scored 23 kills, May Allen picked up an incredible 41 assist and Spencer Ladd dug out 30 balls for the Mavs.

The Mavs have another big week this week and some huge contest on tap. The Mavs will travel to Smithson Valley on Tuesday. The Rangers sit alone on third place right now in 26-5A. On Friday things don’t get any easer as the Mavs will look to upset the number #2 team in the state Reagan Rattlers at Littleton Gym.

Madison fans are invited out to Littleton Friday at 4:30pm to cheer on the Mavs against one of the top rated teams in the nation. The match starts at 4:30pm and will be done well before the Football game and homecoming festivities.

XC Girls Pick up 6th place, Bots pick up 9th at SAISD Meet

Both Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams completed this last week at the SAISD Meet. The Boys picked up a top tean finish with a 9th place. The Girls followed that up with a 6th place finish.

This week the Varsity team travels to Round Rock for a meet at the site of this years State Meet. The JV will stay in town and compete in the IWHS meet back out at San Antonio State School grounds.

Booster Club Meeting, Cross Country Pot Luck, and Homecoming

The booster Club will be meeting this Monday night at 6:15pm at the Madison High School Cafeteria. After the meeting the Boosters will be hosting the Cross Country Teams for a Pot Luck Dinner. The Booster Club has quite a few events scheduled for this Homecoming Week, that they can use some help with, including The JV Home football game on Thursday, the Homecoming Pep-Rally Thursday evening, Friday’s WOAI Kiolbassa Tail Gate Party, and the Homecoming game. For more information on how you can help come to the Booster Club meeting on Monday night or contact johnny vega via email at jhnnyvg@yahoo.com

Football Scout – Scouting: Smithson Valley controlled consistency

Monday, September 25, 2006
When you talk about great programs in high school football in the state of Texas you would have to mention teams like Southlake Carroll, Katy, Lufkin, Judson and Smithson Valley. This Thursday Madison gets to host their neighbors from the north at Comalander stadium in the Mavs Home opener. Under Coach Hill the Rangers have always done things one way and that is controlling the clock while being consistent in all areas of the game. The 2006 version out of Comel County is not much different than last year; they will bring an attacking style defense and a clock controlling offence to the contest. This week’s match up will be the city’s game of the week as it will pit the express news number 1 team vs. the number 2 team.

Rangers Offence: If you had to compare Smithson Valley to another team that Madison has seen this year it would have to be O’Connor. The Valley will bring an Offence that does not have much stand out star power but will execute plays and run the clock. Unlike Seguin, Wagner and Lee the Rangers will not have a lot of speed but will have some size up front. The Rushing attack is lead by Trent Rios, he does not sport blazing speed but has shown that he can break tackles and does not go down easily. Wrapping him up will be the key to stopping him. Rios will get a majority of the carries and averages 4.46 yards per carry. When Rios does not get the ball the Rangers like to run a toss reverse to WR Cody Ranken. The Rangers like to run the toss reverse when the Defense starts to over pursue Rios and it usually picks up some big yards and puts a lot of pressure on the corner backs to make a play. The Final cog of the SV offence and probably the most important is Coach Hill’s son Bryan Hill who will line up under center. Hill is not a running threat and does not have a big league arm but gets the job done with a Qb rating of just over 100 and completing 61% of his passes. The Rangers like throwing the high percentage pass to their wide outs but they do have a deep ball threat in Melvin Echard who brings a 16.63 yard per catch average to this week’s game. Echard is tall and Coach Hill will try and exploit any size advantage he can with his speedster. Don’t look for Smithson Valley to run a lot of trick plays and they also don’t try and hit the home run on every play, they would rather eat up clock and limit the touches by Madison’s athletes on offence. Traditionally SV does not make many mistakes but this years team has throw 2 INTs and has put the ball on the ground on several occasions. Taking advantage of any missteps will be key to winning for the Mavs.

Rangers Defense: Looking at the Rangers Defensive unit on paper or even during warm ups will make most people scratch their heads. Like the stellar units in the past the Rangers defense is not big at all. Size is not the advantage they bring to the table but speed and aggression are their mainstay. The 2006 version of the SV defense might be the most undersized unit they have had in recent memory. But that does not stop them from swarming to the ball and making sound open field tackles. The front 7 looks like they are all linebackers as they are all basically the same size. The defense philosophy is to disrupt the opponents play before it can materialize. The Line gets into the back field quick and the linebackers try and fill the gaps. They will blitz the linebackers as well but usually only on 3rd and long situations. The corners and safeties have nice size and decent speed. They are not stellar but can make plays if the quarter-back makes a mistake. The defense can be summed up as opportunistic. They want to make their opponent have to limit their playbook by forcing long 3rd down situations or by playing the field position game.

Rangers Special Teams: Completing the package for the Rangers is their special teams. SV always has used the field to their advantage and this year is no different. Their punt team is real good as kicking inside the 20 and coverage is second to none. Kicking off this year will be SV star place kicker Travis Constanzo and while he does not have the leg to get balls in the end zone, Coach Hill is not afraid to use the pooch kick and leave the short field to his defense. Smithson Valley has an above average kick and punt return team. They will not run many back for TDs but won’t make mistakes either. The Key to the SV special teams is their field goal unit. Constanzo has emerged as one of the areas best and least week hit FGs in the second half of 32 and 35 yards. He has made 5 FG this year and is a perfect 13 of 13 on PATs. Smithson Valley also has the ability to block kicks as they did last week against Roosevelt.

Rangers Coaching and Extras: Head Coach Larry Hill is one of the best not only in the area but in the state. He has built a tradition of winners out in Comel County. Hill will not gamble on either side of the ball and expects his players to make plays. He does not leave time on the clock for his opponent to use and is a master at frustrating the opposing coaching staff. But the one thing he does better than anyone else is making second half adjustments. Last week down by 13-12 at half the rangers came back to pitch the second half shut out and score 10 unanswered points. In the Mac game it was more of the same with MacArthur making big plays in the first half to hang with Smithson Valley only to have SV run away with the game and shut out Mac in the second half. While the woodlands game was low scoring again SV would pitch the second half shut out.

Football – Madison RUNS past the Vols

In what looked like something from years past the Madison mavericks ran past Lee on Friday night at Comalander stadium. For the first three games of the season it was the Madison Defense that stepped up and made the big plays against some of the areas best teams, on Friday it was special teams and the running attack that took center stage.

While the passing game was no existence against Lee, with 0 completions in 3 attempts, it was not needed as the Mavs ran past, around and through the Vols. The Madison offence racked up an amazing 450 yards on the ground, lead by Junior Running Back Devin Thomas with his season high 244 yards. Also getting into the act was Junior QB Devin Myler who also had a season high of 128 yards on the ground.

Madison would jump out to an early lead after holding Lee to three and out on their first position of the game. Madison’s Rodney Green set up the opening score when he flew around the Lee punt team and blocked a punt attempt deep in Lee’s end of the field. The Mavs would score a few plays later as Devin Thomas would go around the right end for the touchdown.

The first half would be highlighted by Madison making some big hits, a timely fumble recovery and a Andrew Green interception in the end zone to stall a Lee drive. QB Devin Myler would add a score just before the half giving Madison a 14-7 lead going to the break.

Unlike the first half the second half would be highlighted by some big runs and both sides racking up points. The scoring would get underway on the second half opening kick off. Just like the week before in the Wagner game Lee would kick off out of bounds and instead of Madison taking the ball at the 30 they had Lee kick the ball again. Just like against Wagner the Mavs would make the Vols pay as Josh Miles ran back the kick off for a TD his second return for a TD of the Season.

Lee would rack up some big yards behind their RB and QB combination who racked up 271 rushing on the evening combined. The Vols would never get closer than a TD to the Mavs but would score 27 second half points against the Mavs defense.

Madison’s second half would be highlighted by big runs by Josh Miles, Devin Thomas and Devin Myler and by the time the 4th quarter rolled around the Big Madison offensive line wore down the Lee defense. In one stretch Madison would run a total of two plays from scrimmage and score on both runs.

While the game may not have gone the way the defense had wanted it was the first game that Madison faced a backfield threat of a speedster RB and a scrambling QB. The offence has improved each week to this point going into the first of several big show downs of 2006. With Smithson Valley up next and their top ranked defense coming to Comalander the Mavericks will need to take the rushing and passing attacks to the next level.


Volleyball Bounces Back to prepare for the home stretch

Madison Volleyball bounced back nicely last week picking up two victories with one counting toward district. After losing two matches the week before the Mavs took out some aggression on Roosevelt on Tuesday night and Incarnate Word High School on Friday.

Tuesday’s match against Roosevelt was important in that it finished off the first half of the district season with the Mavs posting a 4-4 record and are still in a good position to make a run at a playoff spot in district 26-5A. Mavs were lead by Amber Wetz and her incredible 6 kills, Sophomore May Allen pitched in with 25 assist. Bethany James also padded the stat book with 7 aces in the contest.

Friday saw the Mavs take a short break from district 26-5A competition. The opening of Wagner creating a 9 team district causes each team an off night, some teams take the bye while others like Madison scheduled a non-district opponent. IWHS would come to visit Littleton Gym on Friday and would give the Mavs all they could handle. The match would go to the 5th set with the Mavs pulling out the victory.

Looking ahead the Mavs have some big matches on the horizon and can control their own destiny with some timely victories. Each match will be important from here on out but if things play out the same as they did in the first half the Oct 17th match vs MacArthur will be the biggest of the season. In their first match up the Mavs jumped out early only to get taken to a 5th game and lose in a heart breaker. If the Mavs can turn the tables they could set up a one match playoff for the 4th and final spot in the playoffs. It’s a long way off and there is a lot of Volleyball to be played but the Mavs still have a shot at the post season.

This week the Mavs host Wagner on Monday at Littleton Gym and then match up with the up and down Lee Vols on Friday. The Mavs will be looking to continue their winning ways against two squads they beat handily in the first half of the season.

Cross Country – Mavs compete in Gold division at UTSA Meet

Both Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams completed this last week at the midseason UTSA meet. This year’s meet was moved from the Campus of UTSA because of construction and was run at the Brooks Army base golf Course. This will be the same track the teams will use for the Regional competition in early November.

The Boys and Girls squads both ran in the highly competitive Gold division and would run against some of the best competition in the state. The Girls team would finish 14th overall lead by Nicole Franco. Results for the girl’s team can be found here.

The Boys would finish in 17th place while being lead by Jimmy Peterson. The Boys results can be found here.

This week finds the teams traveling back down to the south side and San Antonio State School for the SAISD meet on Saturday morning.

Go Mavs!

Varsity Tennis Continue to Compete

This week the Varsity Boys and Girls squads will be back out at the Blossom Athletic Center Tennis facility with matches against Churchill on Tuesday at 4:00pm and vs Lee on Friday at 3:30pm.

Photos from last weeks match against MacArthur can be found here.

Go Mavs!.

Jamesmadisonsports photos now on sale

Lots of people have inquired about how to get copies of the photos featured on the jamesmadisonsports.com website. Each week the Booster club photographers chronicle events by taking photos and then posting those photos in slideshows on the internet. Because of the great response the Booster Club will be selling CDs of each event photographed. Each CD will hold one events photos and will be the exact same photos seen on the website. The Criteria for purchasing these PhotoCDs are below:

While the booster Club would like to promote the Athletic Department and the kids that participate in Madison High School Athletics it is also important to protect each student athlete. To help in sure that the sale of these Photo CD ends up in the hands of supporters of Madison athletics the Booster Club has put together the following criteria that must be met to purchase the CDs
Anyone wanting to purchase a Photo CD of an event must first be a member of the booster Club at any level or a student athlete at Madison high School. Booster Club memberships can be purchased at any of the potluck dinners list below at the Membership table. Memberships range from $20.00 for the year up to $65.00 for the year.
Anyone wanting to purchase a Photo CD of an event must purchase them in person at one of the following events. Photo CDs must be purchased in person by the Booster Club member or Madison Athletes and can not be purchased online, by mail or by someone sent to purchase for someone else.

Photo CD Sales Events
Mon Sept 25, 2006 - 7pm – 9pm – Madison High School Cafeteria
Thru Sept 28, 2006 – 6pm–8pm – Comalander Stadium Sprit Shack-home side
Mon October 2, 2006 - 7pm – 9pm – Madison High School Cafeteria
Fri. October 6, 2006 – 6pm- 8pm - Comalander Stadium Sprit Shack – visitor side
Mon October 16, 2006 - 7pm – 9pm – Madison High School Cafeteria
Thru October 12, 2006 – 6pm-8pm - Comalander Stadium Sprit Shack-home side
Sat October 21, 2006 – 6pm-8pm - Comalander Stadium Sprit Shack – visitor side
Monday October 23, 2006 - 7pm – 9pm – Madison High School Cafeteria
Sat October 28, 2006 - 6pm-8pm - Comalander Stadium Sprit Shack-home side
Monday October 30, 2006 - 7pm – 9pm – Madison High School Cafeteria
Sat November 4, 2006 - 6pm-8pm- Comalander Stadium Sprit Shack– visitor side
Monday November 6, 2006 - 7pm–9pm – Madison High School Cafeteria
Monday November 13, 2006 -7pm–9pm – Madison High School Cafeteria
Monday February 5, 2006 - 7pm–9pm – Madison High School Cafeteria
Monday March 5, 2006 - 7pm–9pm – Madison High School Cafeteria
Monday April 2, 2006 – 7pm-9pm – Madison High School Cafeteria
Monday May 3, 2006 – 7pm-9pm – Madison All Sports banquet

More dates may be added during the year.

Each CD will have one event and will contain the same photos as seen on the jamesmadisonsports.com website. The CDs will be sold for $10.00 each. All proceeds from the sale of these CDs will go directly to the James Madison High School Booster Club.
Photo CDs, jpg images and the photos remain the property of the James Madison Booster Club and its photographers. CDs are not to be copied or reproduced with out the consent of the Booster Club and the Photographer. Photos may be printed and emailed by the purchaser. Photos may not be used for commercial use with out the consent of the Booster Club and the Photographer.
The booster club will make a limited number of CDs available at each Photo CD sales event. To insure a CD will be available at a certain event please email the Co-historian at jalbright@jamesmadisonsports.com to reserve a Photo CD for purchase at a particular event. Please include the Photo CD you are interested in with date and event name and the sales event where you would like to purchase the CD.
The booster Club reserves the right to refuse sale for any reason, and may change dates for the sale of the CDs with out notice.
Events photographed between Aug 1 2006 and Sept 21, 2006 will not be sold but will be made available free of charge but are limed in supply.

Any questions please contact jalbright@jamesmadisonsports.com

Booster Club Meeting and Freshman Football Pot Luck

The booster Club will be meeting this Monday night at 6:15pm at the Madison High School Cafeteria. After the meeting the Boosters will be hosting the Freshman Football teams with a Pot luck dinner and interdiction.

Scouting: Lee’s Three Headed Monster

Sunday, September 17, 2006
A few years ago and the Lee game was considered a bye week. Over the winter Lee was actually relegate to 4A before the NEISD stepped in a striated out some numbers for the UIL. 2006 has shown that Lee is here and ready to play 26-5A ball. This Lee team is not deep but has stayed healthy this season and brings to the table a D-I Running Back, a fast and smart QB and a one of the tallest, sure handed WR in the area. Lee lost their district opener to Roosevelt last week and even though it’s early the Vols will have their back to the wall as any team that starts 0-2 in this district can start looking to next year.

Vols Offence: After years of no size and no speed the Lee volunteers now have their triplets. Leading the way is the explosive and extremely fast running back Travis Lewis. Lewis who broke on the scene at last years Army All-American Bowl Combine where he ran the fastest 40 for a running back. What is even more exciting about Lewis is his size; at just over 6’2” and is hard to bring down. The Maverick Defense who has been stellar this year will have their hands full in this contest for when Lewis does not have the ball Junior QB Jerome Tiller runs the show. Lee likes to run the QB in the red zone when opponents are keying in on Lewis. Tiller has a nice arm and brings a district 26-5A best Qb rating of 135.09 to the contest. Tiller has not been picked off this year and has thrown 5 TDs. If that’s not enough to worry about Lee also has a big time WR in Molcolm Lindsey. While Lindsey was held in check against Roosevelt last week he averages 24 yards per reception and has 2 TD on the year. The rest of the offence is good and the line is large but a bit slow. Lee will hand the ball off to Lewis at least 25 times during the contest and will try to ride their three horses to victory.

Vols Defense: When you have a team with little depth you end up forcing your players to play both ways and Lee does that with several linemen and backs. The Vols keep their size and talent on the field as long as they can but if they get into a dog fight like they did last week they run into a fatigue problem. The defense has some size but is not a quick as other defenses the Mavs have seen. The Mavericks will be the first team that Lee has faced that brings multiple athletes to the offensive side of the ball and will be the biggest O-line Lee has seen also. The D-backs for the Vols have picked off three passes all against Highlands and returned one for a TD.

Vols Special Teams: The Vols have not been tested this year with an explosive return team but they seem to have good coverage on punts and kick returns. Lee’s punter is averaging 39 yards on punts and Lee has several place kickers all of whom are perfect on PATs and have not tried any FGs.

Vols Coaching and Extras: Head Coach Ramos is one of the best young coaches in the area and has always gotten the most out of what little talent he has. He has built the program up from being the door mat of 26-5A to a team that will give teams fits and could make a run as a contender for a playoff spot. Last year Madison played Lee in the rain and it was RB Lewis’s first game of the season coming off an injury. Lewis had a big game and gave Madison all they could handle before Madison pulled out the victory.

Go Mavs!

Madison Overcomes T-Birds and Penalties to Stay Undefeated

It was not just a stiff North to South wind that was flying through the Judson ISD stadium Friday night. The Mavs got flying around but not until the yellow hankies stopped. Madison a decisive favorite in the District 26-5A opener against the first year of Varsity Wagner Thunderbirds, would use this game as somewhat of a scrimmage. The Mavs would run in different squads of linemen and combinations of backs all game, giving some of the younger guys a chance to line up against the Wagner first teamers gaining some much needed experience.

By alternating different sets of linemen and backs the Mavs opened themselves up to some early and costly mistakes. Madison feature Back Devin Thomas carried the ball officially 17 times and picked up 177 yards and 3 TDs in the contest, but what you wont see in the box score is the two amazing TD runs called back due to penalties. Add in just those two runs and Thomas would have finished with 300+ yards and 5 TDs.

The way the game started was almost a foreshadowing of how the rest of the night would go. Wagner would try to pooch kick off twice with both attempts going out of bounds with the stiff wind blowing at the T-Birds backs. After the penalties and on the third attempt the T-Birds made a mistake of another kind. They kicked deep. Madison has made a living out of special team run backs for TDs and most teams in the area have learned their lesson. Names like Arline, Guiterez, G. Green, T. Green, Caflisch, and Guy have all punished special teams coaches in the area for years. You can now add the name Josh Miles. Miles recovered the kick around the 12 yard line faked the reverse to fellow speedster WR Chris Powell and raced up the T-Birds sideline for the early score.

Madison would go a full quarter before scoring again and not after a scarry moment late in the first quarter when T-Birds DB J. Hickman-Darrington suffered a leg injury that stoped the game for over 30 minutes while Wagner and Madison Trainers attended to the injured player before calling in the parametics to stabilze the young man and take him to a local hospital. The Madison Booster Club and jamesmadisonsports.com send out our thoughts and prayers to this young man and his family.

Penalties would kill several drives for Madison in the first quarter and the defense was giving up some nice size chunks of yardage to the T-Birds feature back Malcolm Cooper before Madison would settle down and start playing like the Mavs we are accustomed too. The Second half would be dominated by Madison, with the T-Birds punter getting quite a work out. Cooper would rack up 166 yards in the contest against a Maverick defense that had only given up 100 yards total combined in the first two games.

As time expired Madison would walk away with a sloppy 35-3 drumming of Wagner welcoming the new neighbor to 26-5A play. Madison gained some valuable experience for some younger players in the contest and that should go along way later in the season. Madison keeps it’s record unblemished going to 3-0 and 1-0 in district 26-5A. Madison defense continues to impress as they have given up just one TD on the year and are currently one of the top units in the area. With a scoring machine and talented Lee squad on the horizon the Mavs have their work cut out for them.

Go Mavs!

Volleyball Looking to Bounce Back

Madison Volleyball will be trying to put this past week behind them and will be looking to bounce back against Roosevelt as they close out the first half of the district season. Last week the task was daunting as the Mavs had district foe and Playoff mainstay Churchill on the schedule on Tuesday and MacArthur on Friday.

Over at Churchill gone are names like Dabbs, Banse and Harris and some people felt this would be a rebuilding year for the Chargers; On Tuesday Churchill showed they are already back. Churchill wasted no time with the Mavs on Tuesday and dropped our lady Mavericks into the tangle for the 4th and final playoff spot.

With Reagan, Smithson Valley and Churchill separating them-selves from the rest of the 26-5A field, the Madison vs. MacArthur match on Friday held all types of playoff implications for fourth and final playoff spot. The Mavs would jump out to a 2-0 lead in the match behind Sr. Amber Wetz but would not be able to hold on and would lose the best of 5 match 3-2 in a heart breaker.

With Losses to Smithson Valley, Reagan, Churchill and MacArthur in the first half of the district schedule Madison has no room for error going into the second half. Madison will need to stay perfect against the teams they beat on the front side and will have to find a way to pick up at least one victory over one of the top 4 teams. As for now the MacArthur match on Oct 17th looks to be large for the Mavs and their playoff hopes. Another big match will be the Judson match at Judson on the 10th of October as well.

Before we jump onto the second half of the district track Madison must not overlook Roosevelt on Tuesday night at Littleton. Roosevelt comes limping into the Match with a 4-12 and 0-6 record; Coach Little will have the Mavs focused to bounce back. On Friday the Mavs get a quick break from district 26-5A as they play the 12-10 IWHS Shamrocks at Littleton before starting the second half.

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Big Field in Seguin, Makes Way for UTSA Meet

Next weeks UTSA Cross Country Meet is usually listed as the biggest meet of the regular season in Cross Country. If that is true the Seguin Invitational is not far behind. With 30 varsity girls teams and over 200 runners, and 32 varsity boys teams and well over 330 runners, Seguin is one massive meet.

The Girls were off at 8:30am on Saturday morning and the Mavs had some tough competition from some of their district 26-5A rivals and a few of the best in Region IV. Madison would finish a respectable 15th place in the tought field.

The Varsity boys would step up next and Jimmy Peterson would lead the Mavs to a nice 17th place finish, as both Girls an boys teams get ready for next weeks UTSA Meet.

The UTSA Meet has been moved from the UTSA campus to Brooks City Base golf course do to construction at UTSA. This course will also be used later this year at the Region IV meet.

UTSA Meet Information

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Tennis Teams have busy week ahead

This week the Varsity and JV Tennis squads will be working hard in some important matches. The Varsity will be in action Wednesday at 3:30pm vs Judson at the NEISD Tennis center. Varsity will again be out at the new NEISD tennis center on Friday at 3:30pm to take on rival MacArthur.

JV will be taking the courts on Tuesday vs. Roosevelt and again on Thursday vs. Lee. Come out and watch the tennis teams in action all week this week.

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Booster Club Meeting and Pot Luck Moved

This weeks Booster Club Meeting and Pot Luck diner for the JV football Team has been moved from Monday to Tuesday at the Madison High School cafeteria. The Booster Club meeting will start at 6:30pm and the pot luck starts at 7:00pm.

The booster Club has also signed on with MoMacks on Jones-Matlzburger for a after football game fundraiser. Anyone eating at MoMacks after a Madison Football game and presents a Madison football game ticket will help the booster Club raise money. For each football game ticket presented with a meal purchase, MoMacks will donate $.50 to the Booster Club. Come out and enjoy some great food and help raise money for the Mavs.

Defense Pitches the Shut-out in Rain

Sunday, September 10, 2006
Years from now some may remember the spectacular touchdown run by RB Devin Thomas, or maybe the nail in the coffin touchdown scamper by QB Devin Myler the fourth quarter, or maybe some will just remember the rain (because our yards needed it). But what can not be overlooked is that O’Connor did not put up any points in the four quarters of play.

For the second strait week the defense came out and made a statement to the rest of the area teams, that statement was loud and clear on Friday at Farris Stadium. Most can’t remember the last time the Mavs pitched a shut-out, and some in gold and blue leaving Farris Friday night might blame the weather but the record books will show the Mavs defense dominated on the road for the second strait week.

O’Connor came into the contest with all kinds of enthusiasm and confidence after their victory over Reagan the week before. Madison took all of the punches the Panthers could throw and made the plays to secure the victory. Holding O’Connor starting RB TJ Horney to 54 yards after being a 100+ yard rusher the week before. Madison held stand out O’Connor QB Reno to just 11 completions and picked off 2 passes one week after Reno had three TD passes and no interceptions.

O’Connor only had one real chance to score and that was squashed by an interception deep in the Madison end. O’Connor did try and build some momentum in the 4th quarter but a 4th down reception by Lucky Muhlman came up 4 yards short turning the ball over on downs.

The Mavs offence continues to improve and welcomed starting Rb Devin Thomas back from a shoulder injury. Thomas would not disappoint in his 2006 debut, as he would handle the ball from the backfield 23 times for 177 yards including a 63 yard TD run and a couple more that would come real close to putting points on the board.

The rain would hamper the Qb play but Devin Myler would shine late in the 4th quarter when he broke into the open field and outran the defense for a 55 yard TD run. This score would put the game out of reach as the defense would have no problem closing out the last 3 min of the game.

The Mavs now enter the “Real” season, the district season. With a nine team district the Mavs only had two warm ups before entering the district play season. The Mavs get the opportunities to welcome 26-5A newcomer Wagner to the toughest football district in the state next Friday at Judson stadium.

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Scout Wagner Thunderbirds: Speed On Display!

Welcome to “The 265”! Its district play and now the games really count. Madison has given up 1 TD and a FG in two games this year and will take that stellar defense on the road to Judson stadium to take on Wagner in the district opener. Wagner will be playing in their first ever 26-5A game and will be sky high coming into the game. What will Wagner bring to the table? Your guess is as good as ours. Being a new program with a first year head coach the one thing you have to expect is the unexpected.

Panther Offence: Unlike O’Connor who tried to overpower the Mavs, Wagner will look a lot like… Well… Madison! Speed will be the key for Wagner as they are young but very fast. The Thunderbirds offence revolves around QB Joshua Rubio. The young signal caller directs an explosive backfield that can break away at anytime. Wagner will use a stable of speedsters in the backfield and will look to get to the corner and put pressure on the Maverick defense. Wagner will be quick but a bit small upfront; they will try to overcome their size issues by running traps and sweeps to isolate one side of the defense. Being a young team and young program don’t look for the Thunderbirds to pull a bunch of trick plays out of their hat but they will be looking to execute in their Home district opener.

Panther Defense: Wagner defense has been attacked on the ground in the first two weeks by Rock-Fulton and then last week by Clemens. The Buffalo’s last week ran the ball very effectively against Wagner and RB JJ Johnson not only ran for 305 yards, and scored 5 TDs but picked up Offensive player of the week by the Express-News. We should see a healthy dose of Devin Thomas running the ball as the Mavs might have the chance to look like the Mavs of old against this defense.

The Thunderbirds like on offence will be quick and their defense will have a chip on their shoulder in their first district contest. Speed will be the key for the defense as they will try and track down the Maverick runners on the field.

Panther Special Teams: Wagner will bring an untested special teams unit to the field. Expect the unexpected with the kick returns and punt returns as the Thunderbirds will be looking for field position with the speed they will bring to the table.

Panther Coaches and Extras: Wagner head coach Pete Gibbens knows the Mavs well as he was the Judson Rockets defensive coordinator before becoming the Wagner Head Coach. Gibbens is a graduate of MacAthur High School and has been with the Judson Rockets for 23 years before going to Wagner last year. He has 6 State Championship rings all from Judson. He knows the Maverick scheme and will have his kids prepared to play against the electric Madison game plan.


Cross Country – Franco Cracks The Top 10 at NorthEast Meet

Madison Cross Country made great strides on Saturday at the highly competitive NorthEast Cross Country meet held at Blossom. The Girls Varsity race started at 8:00am and just over 12 min later Nicole Franco had scored her first top 10 finish of the young 2006 season. Franco has been a consistent runner in the Madison Cross Country team and on the Track Squad for the past couple of years. Paced by Franco the Maverick girls squad placed 4th overall beating out District rivals Judson, Wagner and MacArthur.

After the conclusion of Varsity girls 2 mile race, it was the Varsity Boys Turn. Madison’s Jimmy Peterson went out with the leaders and made a great effort, he would finish with the Mavs best time of 17:48 in the 5000 meter race. The Boys team finished a respectable 7th overall.

The Cross Country team will travel next Saturday to Seguin for a meet held at Starke Park.

Go Mavs!

Volleyball Splits the week in District 26-5A Play

Madison basically played .500 ball for the first month of the 2006 season going 8-9. With the endurance challenge that is called the Tournament schedule behind the Lady Mavs they can now hunker down and concentrate on 26-5A Volleyball play. Coach Little had the girls playing in some of the toughest tournaments around in hopes that by playing the best the Mavs will raise their game up a few notches once district gets underway.

The Mavs would have a tough test on Tuesday as they would get the State ranked Reagan Rattlers at Littleton Gym. Reagan was reeling after their loss a few days ago to an Amarillo squad in the Pearland Tournament. That blemish would be the only scare on the Reagan record, and Reagan would take out a bit of frustration on the Mavs. Madison played tough and blocked some of the big Reagan hitters early to put a bit of a scare into the Rattlers, but in the end Reagan would pull out the three set victory sending the Mavs home with a 2-3 district mark.

On Friday Madison would host Judson at Madison. The only Varsity match to be played on the campus of Madison this year and the Mavs would not disappoint the home crowd. Judson would jump on the Mavs early winning the first set 25-21. That would be the last time Judson would be able to celebrate on the evening. Madison would real off three set victories after dropping the first. Judson would not even be close to winning any of the rest of the sets as the Mavs would have at least a 5 point cushion at the conclusion of all three of their victories. The Mavs move to 3-3 in district 26-5A play and 9-10 overall for the season.

This week the Mavs continue the 26-5A gauntlet with a match on Tuesday verses the resurgent Churchill squad, and then a big match against MacArthur on Friday. The Mavs will start their week with a pot luck dinner held by the Booster Club on Monday evening.


Scout O’Connor Panthers: The Balanced Attack!

Sunday, September 03, 2006
There is no time to relax for the undefeated Madison Maverick Varsity Football Team as their season schedule does not get any easer after their Thursday Night victory over Seguin at the AlamoDome. The Mavs will travel across 1604 to Farris stadium on Friday September 8, 2006 to take on the 1-0 O’Connor Panthers. The Panthers, a 2005 Playoff team will be playing their Home opener and looking to go 2-0 to start the season. O’Connor has built itself a nice program under Head Coach Danny Padron, and has made the playoffs the last couple of years. Last years team made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs before being defeated. O’Connor will bring a very disciplined balanced attack on both sides of ball to the game, just as they have done for the past couple of years. We got a chance to watch the panthers play Reagan this past week and win 27-7 in impressive fashion.

Panther Offence: O’Connor does not bring blazing speed to the field when they have the ball; instead they play a physical style of strait forward running mixed in with enough passing to keep you honest. When running the ball they will come right at the defense and try to punish tacklers that get in their way. There running backs wont break off 60 yard TD runs but run smart and hit the holes quickly to gain 5-10 yards a carry. The Panthers will start TJ Horney at tail back, but will split him out wide and might even let him throw the ball as he played some QB as a Soph and some as a Jr. Horney is a smart ball runner and won’t make many mistakes. When Horney is not in the back field the Panthers don’t loose much with back up Junior Aaron Casanova.

If there was a question of why Horney would not go back to QB before the year started, those questions were laid to rest with the performance and emergence of Jr QB Bruno Reno. Reno is not a big threat to run the ball but made some nice throws against Reagan and has a decent arm.

O’Connor is notorious for spreading the ball around to deferent receivers and this year’s team looks no different. Lucky Muhlemann is more than likely the fastest guy on the field for O’Connor but what will impress you about this 5’8” 150lb WR is he has great hands and catches everything thrown his way. O’Connor will run several plays to get the ball to the FB in the flat or to the TE across the middle. When these guys get the ball they seem to thrive on running over and thru DBs on their way up field.

O’Connor will not be flashy on offence but they will try to be effective when they have the ball. Watch for the panthers to try and get the ball in Horney’s hands as much as possible during the contest.

Panther Defense: O’Connor’s defense, like the offence, does not bring a lot of speed to the table instead they will do everything they can to contain and execute assignments. The last thing the panthers want is for speed running backs to get to the outside so they will try and keep everything and everybody inside the numbers and in front of them. Reagan had some success bouncing runs outside or running sweeps to the sidelines. O’Connor’s D-Line is big and will plug up the middle; the strength of the defense is the Line backers lead by Senior Eric Gentry. The panther’s defense likes to make the big hit and meet RBs in the hole to stand them up. Once they have a running back slowed down the defense swarms to the ball. They are all very disciplined and covered the screen and trick plays nicely against the Rattlers.

Panther Special Teams: The Panthers have an average special teams unit. Against Reagan they short kicked kick offs to keep the ball out of the hands of the speed guys in the back. They covered well on punt coverage and did a decent job on kick coverage. Lucky Muhleman will return punts and kickoffs and has good vision in the open field. The panthers Field Goal kicker and Punter are a little inconsistent but above average for high School kickers.

Panther Coaches and Extras: Danny Padron is one of the best in the area at recognizing his team’s strengths and weaknesses and adapting his playbook to give his kids the best shot at winning. He does not ask his kids to be something they are not and he gets the most out of his team. They are always well disciplined. The key to O’Connor’s game will be the clock and time of possession. They will, as they did against Reagan, try and keep the opposing offence on the sideline and will try to run twice as many plays as their opponent limiting their opportunities. The last time these two teams met was last year at Farris stadium, Madison and O’Connor got in a slug fest and went back an forth before Madison DL Eddie Pitts fell on a fumble late in the game sealing the Mavs victory. This year’s match up should be just as exciting.


Defense Shines in Madison Football Season Opener

The Madison Offence is the unit that usually gets all the love and praise after a football game, and this year might turn out that way, but in Thursday’s season opener the Defense stepped up to deliver the victory. Madison entered the game in what looked to be a difficult situation as some felt the talent on the other side of the ball was going to be too much for Madison to overcome. But the Mavs proved that team work and a swarming defense can make the victories seem like they come easy.

Madison’s offence would not produce a bunch of the long quick scores that we are accustomed to seeing in years past but would effectively produce the points needed to pull out the victory. The Mavs would start the game with out the services of highly touted running back Devin Thomas but would have several players step up to fill the void.

One player to make a name for himself during the course of the game was junior wide out Chris Powel, so much so that he would be presented with the most valuable player award at the end of the contest. Powel would pick up 142 yards on 4 catches and a nifty 65+ yard TD reception in the 2nd quarter. Madison would use two QB’s during the game and both would prove to be productive. Matt Towne would start the game at Qb and would complete 3 of 5 passes for 100 yards including the quick slant to Powel for the long score. Devin Myler would break Towne through out the game and would also go 3 of 5 passing. Myler would have a key run late in the game on third down deep in Seguin’s territory that would set up the final score.

Names like Powel, Towne, and Myler are names you will read about through out the year, but the true hero’s on the offensive side of the ball on Thursday night was the line. Probably one of the most experienced lines Madison has had to start a season; they gave the QBs time to throw and gave the RBs holes to dart through all night long. Seguin’s defense was touted as one of the best in the area with several kids already receiving scholarship offers from D-I schools at the next level. The Mavs may not face a defense this good for some time but the offensive line showed Thursday why they are the strength of the 2006 Team.

While the offensive line was impressive the Madison Defensive was dominate. Seguin’s star running Back Isaiah Sneed could only muster 18 yards on 13 carries, and Seguin who tried their best to establish the running game could not get much past the line of scrimmage all night long. The Madison DBs held there own against some highly touted WRs as the matadors scattered 150 yards passing though out the game; but the most impressive stat on the defensive side of the ball was the score. Holding Seguin to just 11 points, recovering 2 fumbles and recording an interception, the defense made a statement and did not make many mistakes through out the game.


Volleyball Turns up the Heat in Seguin Tournament

After dropping their first District match on Tuesday night to Smithson Valley, the Mavs could have entered the Seguin Tourney with their heads down and licking their wounds, but Coach Little had the Mavs ready to play as they entered Pool play on Friday.

Madison entered the Tourney with a record of 4-7; two of those losses were at the hands of Boerne and another was against district rival Judson in the New Braunfels Tourney. The Mavs would have the opportunity for some pay back on Friday as both Boerne and Judson were in the Madison Pool. Madison would get their first chance for revenge early Friday morning as they took on Boerne. In their two previous meetings this year Madison could not even muster a set win as Boerne had swept Madison both times in strait sets. On Friday Madison turned up the heat on the Hounds and showed they had come along way in just a few weeks taking Boerne to three games and just a couple of points from a Maverick victory.

With the momentum of their first match against Boerne Madison would face Judson. Judson had beaten Madison a week earlier in the New Braunfels Tourney and this time the Mavs would return the favor. It would again take three sets but the Lady Mavs would pull off the upset with a 25-18, 18-25, 25-16 victory. Madison would hang tough in their third match but could not get past the State #1 ranked and two time defending State 2A Champ Poth Pirates, losing 25-21, 26-24. Madison would finish off the day 2-2 as they would beat up on Stevens in the last match of the day by a score of 25-10, 25-11.

Madison entered Saturday with a nice record of 6-9 and 2-1 in district 26-5A play. Madison would be slotted in the Sliver division and would first have to take on another District 26-5A rival Roosevelt. The Mavs would catch Roosevelt flat footed and defeat the Rough Riders 25-16, 25-14 in the Semifinal match. The finals would pit the Mavs vs host school Seguin. Madison would make quick work out of the Matadors with a strait set championship victory 25-16, 25-22. Congratulations to the Lady Mavs as they win their first trophy of the Volleyball season.

Saturdays matches conclude the varsity tournament schedule for the Madison Volleyball squad and the Mavs can now concentrate on their run through district 26-5A. They will have their hands full this week as they get the State #1 ranked 5A squad in Reagan on Tuesday night at Littleton Gym at 7:15pm. They conclude their week with a rare home appearance at Madison’s Gym against Judson. Both of these matches will be important for Madison as they try to make the playoffs coming out of district 26-5A.

Tennis – New Facility and New Year.

Fall Tennis has started up and the Mavs are poised to make a nice run thru District 26-5A. The NEISD has upgraded their Tennis Facility at Blossom making it a bit more fan friendly and one of the nicest facilities in the area.

2006 Varsity Tennis Schedule

August 18, 2006 - Steele HS - Blossom Tennis Courts
August 19, 2006 - Warren HS - Blossom Tennis Courts
August 31, 2006 - Marshall HS -Blossom Tennis Courts
September 2, 2006 - Kerrville-Tivy - Blossom Tennis Courts
September 7, 2006 - Reagan HS - Blossom Tennis Courts
September 8-9, 2006 - Northside Tourny - Northside Tennis Center
September 14, 2006 - Roosevelt HS - Blossom Tennis Center
September 15, 2006 - Wagner HS - Wagner Tennis Courts
September 20, 2006 - Judson HS - Blossom Tennis Courts
September 22, 2006 - MacArthur HS - Blossom Tennis Courts
September 26, 2006 - Churchill HS - Blossom Tennis Courts
September 29, 2006 - Lee HS - Blossom Tennis CourtsOctober 6, 2006 - Smithson Valley - Smithson Valley Courts

Cross Country – Full Season Schedule Now Available

Long hours of running in the Texas Heat and South Texas humidity start to pay off in the fall for the James Madison Maverick Cross Country Team. As the Saturday mornings get cooler the cross country team gets closer and closer to the district meet. All of the meets between now and District, on October 28th, are great ways for the Mavs to measure themselves against the other local and regional runners in the area. This years schedule has some highlight races including the ever popular Matador Invitational in Seguin and a Trip in Early October to Round Rock where the entire team will get a chance to run the State meet coarse. The most important race of the year for all of the Madison runners is the District Meet where the top two teams and top 10 finishers move on to the Regional meet the next week at UTSA. Madison is in a traditionally rich district of Cross country Teams with Reagan and Judson being the top programs from last year.

This past weekend the Mavs competed in Austin at the prestigious Austin ISD meet the Boys team finished in 12 place and the girls Varsity team matched the boys with a 12th place finish of their own.

Friday – September 1, 2006 – Austin ISD Meet
Saturday – September 9, 2006 – NorthEast ISD Meet at Blossom
Saturday – September 16, 2006 – Matador Invitational at Starke Park in Seguin
Saturday – September 23, 2006 – UTSA Meet at UTSA (tentative)
Saturday – September 30, 2006 – SAISD Meet at SA State School
Saturday – October 7, 2006 – Varsity at Round Rock / JV at IWHS Meet
Wednesday – October 11, 2006 – Central Catholic Relays at Mission Park
Saturday – October 21, 2006 – TLU Meet at Seguin
Saturday – October 28, 2006 – District 26-5A Meet at Blossom
Saturday – November 5, 2006 – Region IV Meet at UTSA
Saturday – November 11, 2006 – State Meet at Round Rock

Go Mavs!

Game Time Is Here!

Monday, August 28, 2006
Last time we saw our Madison Mavericks Football Team, they were walking off the field at Comalander Stadium after being defeated by the Smithson Valley Rangers in the Region IV Championship Game. This Thursday the run starts all over again. The Madison Mavericks, one of the most successful football programs in San Antonio, have the honor of opening up the 2006 season by playing in the prestigious Texas Football Classic First game. On August 31, 2006 the new Madison Mavericks will take the field and they will have some big shoes to fill. But with a JV squad that had a very successful year last year some young talent should emerge for the Mavs. You can purchase your tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or you can pick them up at the High School. Your ticket will be good for a reserve seat at the Madison Game and it will also admit you into the other four games through out the weekend for General Admission. Because Madison plays on Thursday this will give the Die-Hard Madison Fans a chance to take a look at some of our upcoming opponents. Saturday district 26-5A rival Smithson Valley will take on The Woodlands at Noon and then at 8pm two of Madison’s 2006 opponents will clash as Reagan battles O’Connor in the finally. The Texas Football Classic is a great way to kick off the season and get your fix of High School Football after an 8 month layoff. See you all Thursday at the Dome.

Go Mavs!

2006 SCOUT Trip #1

In any sport knowing your opponent and what their strengths and weakness are is key. This year the Booster club has gone over the schedules of all of the Madison regular season opponents and will hold several SCOUT Trips throughout the season. These will be a great time for Madison fans to where their Orange and White and Blue and watch the Mavs future opponents battle on the gridiron. Each week the James Madison Sports Blog will announce up coming Scout Trips and they are also posted on the All Sports calendar. The Scout trips will be used to formulate the Scouting reports such as the Seguin Scouting Report Found Here.


Saturday September 2, 2006
12:00 Noon
Smithson Valley (Week #4 Opponent) vs The Woodlands

Saturday September 2, 2006
Reagan (Week #5 Opponent) vs O’Connor (Week #1 Opponent)

News 4 WOAI Commits to Tail Gate Party at Madison

The Madison Maverick Booster Club got word this week that News 4 WOAI has slotted Madison High School for the October 6th Kiolbassa Tailgate Party. Make your plans to come out and join the fun as the Madison gets some great exposure. More details to come.


The Fall Tennis Season Is Well Underway For The Madison Mavericks

Article Taken From neisd.com athletic website

Madison kicked off its season with a pair of tough losses this past Friday and Saturday at Blossom Athletic Center. Despite the team losses they had some great individual efforts. Mallory Finley, the team’s only freshman won her first varsity match in straight sets at the #6 spot against Steele High School. Mat Parmer and Lindsey McCoy both won their singles matches at the # 5 spots. Against Warren High School, Cristina Funes won her #4 singles match and Ariana Segovia and Vickie Phan, both seniors, won their #1 doubles match.


No Breaks In the Schedule for Volleyball

With their District Record standing at 2-0 the Mavs entered this past weekend Froline Volleyball Tournament in New Braunfels with some added confidence. The 36 team 2-Day Tournament attracts some of the best squads from Austin, San Antonio and through out the State. Madison did not have an easy draw but played tough against some formidable opponents. On day one Madison dropped their first match to a very impressive Hays High School squad. Madison did take the Rebels to 3 sets in the best of 3 format. The Mavs would rebound in their second round match up as they beat up on Harker Heights taking 2 sets to advance on the consolation bracket side. The 3rd round Madison would have to play two matches as they were defeated by host New Braunfels Canyon High School. The fourth match of the day tested the Varsity stamina but the Mavs just did not have enough in the tank to get by Judson. Going 1-3 in the Tourney was hard to swallow but Madison again held it’s own verses some of the areas best squads as our Lady Mavs continue to improve.

Looking ahead to this Tuesday the Lady Mavs will have a big showdown at Littleton as they will take on the Smithson Valley Rangers at 5:30pm. Smithson Valley is tied with Madison atop the district 26-5A with a 2-0 record. The Rangers have beaten Roosevelt and MacArthur and were one of the top teams in the Region last year. Tuesday’s contest will be the only district match next week as the Mavericks travel to Seguin for their last Tournament of the season on Friday and Saturday.