2012 Team 3-2, Already Matching Last Years Win Total
Brett Wilson Sr.
The Southwest Dragons Athletic Director and Head Coach Pete Wagner took some time to talk to the Von Ormy Star about the 2012 football team. The words on this page can not fully express Coach Wagner's intensity, confidence and pride in his players as they prepare to begin district play against South San on October 12th. The Dragons already have 3 wins heading into district competition, matching last years win total with 5 games left on the schedule.
Coach Wagner talked about one of the main reasons for this years success “We have great senior leadership. Our senior class is very good. We have Lorenzo Gonzalez, Cesar Serrano, Efrain Martinez, Ryan Bernal and a host of others.” You can tell when speaking with Coach Wagner he enjoys what he does, and likes to give the kids credit, “Our kids have such high character, they work hard. They do what's expected and it shows in how they play.”
I asked Coach about Erin Mack, who already has almost 800 yards rushing this year. “Erin is very talented, but his success also has a lot to do with the offensive line. They can take pride in the number of yards Erin has this year. The offensive line's success starts with Ryan Bernal (1st team all academic, top 5% in his class), and goes all the way across with Chance Moehring, Brandon LaGrange, and obviously Kris Salinas, a 3 year starter.” Coach Wagner talked about the TE play, and named about 15 more players I don't have room to enter here, “I can't attribute success to just one player, because they have all played well, along with others who have come in and stepped up”
On defense, Coach talked about the some of the same players that play on both sides of the ball, and about the backfield being a little young. “Our front line on defense is seniors, our backfield is juniors. That is where we will continue to improve and get better. Taylor Rodriguez got hurt, then Bryan Donnell came back and filled in. Erin Mack also plays on defense. We have Josh Huron, Alex Quesada, Jaedon Johnson and Cody Johnson. Some kids may be bigger than ours, but we have a quick, fast team this year.”
Coach Wagner talked about how he looks at coaching “We go into every game expecting to win. However, if we don't win, it won't end our season because our number one goal is to get better every day, and to get ready for district play.“ It seems Coach Wagner has these kids heading in the right direction.
SW Tennis Team Expecting Big Year
Brett Wilson Sr.
Head Tennis Coach Mike Martinez is excited about this years tennis team. “We are coming into this year riding off last years success. Our mixed doubles team came in first place in District, and our boys double team came in second. We have 11 seniors this year leading a group of very dedicated kids. Corpus Christi Carroll and King always have strong teams, but I think this year we have a shot and we should compete.”
Coach Martinez talked about a couple of his top players this year “Orlando Saenz is our #1 boy player. He has been on a hot streak, winning the last 4 matches. Orlando has really been playing well. Marissa Renteria is our #1 girl player and we are expecting big things from her this year as well.”
Coach Martinez pointed out that 4 of his kids were in the top 10 of their class academically. “KSAT 12 recently selected Adriana Gonzalez as Scholar Athlete of the week.” Tennis doubles season is from July to October, Singles season begins in January. Go Dragon Tennis Team!