The Division I 7 on 7 State Tournament will take place on July 10-11 at Veterans Park in College Station. THEOLDCOACH will be on the scene bringing you complete coverage of the event. Today we take a closer look at the field which will participate.
Below is a list of the teams in the Division I field who have won the 7 on 7 State Tournament: DeSoto 2011 Katy Cinco Ranch 2002 Lake Travis 2010 Plano 2012 Southlake Carroll 1998, 2013 Tyler Lee 2004 Colleyville Heritage 2006
First Time Entries
Below is a list of the teams in the Division I field who are participating in the 7 on 7 State Tournament for the first time: Waxahachie Rowlett Richmond George Ranch Dickinson Plainview El Paso El Dorado Laredo United Mansfield Summit Tomball Memorial
Hitting the Road
El Paso Montwood will have the longest trip in the tournament, as it's 670 miles from Montwood High (located on the East Side of El Paso) to Veterans Park.
Short Trip to State
College Station A&M Consolidated has a short 4.9 mile trek to the State Tournament, will it be an advantage for the Tigers and cross town rival College Station High to be sleeping in their own beds? A&M Consolidated which had the home field advantage for all but one year has never made it past the semi-finals when they had the home field edge.
First Timers With Intrigue
Despite being coached by the executive director of the State 7on7 Board, Rowlett had never come close to qualifying for State 7on7 until this year. The Eagles broke through this year and HC Doug Stephens already busy weekend running the tournament will be even busier as he tries to watch his team play. Waxahachie, another first time entry from DFW has a big name HC as former Dallas Cowboy Jon Kitna leads the Indians to their first trip to the State Tournament. Both teams will be interesting to watch next weekend.
Below is a breakdown of which regions of the state have the most representation at the Div. I State Tournament: DFW: 20 teams Greater Houston: 18 teams Austin: 6 teams Central Texas: 4 teams West Texas: 4 teams East Texas: 3 teams San Antonio: 3 teams Rio Grande Valley: 2 teams El Paso: 2 teams Laredo: 1 team Golden Triangle: 1 team
17-6A Well Represented
District 17-6A once again features the most teams from their district in the State Tournament. Four of their ten teams advanced. Cypress Fairbanks, Cypress Falls, Cypress Springs and Houston Langham Creek are all in the State Tournament.
Arlington Lamar Keeps Streak Alive
Arlington Lamar continued their streak of qualifying for the State Tournament every year, the Vikings got it done at the first qualifier of the year at Rockwall. That marks eighteen consecutive years for the Vikings.
Class 6A: 42 teams
Class 5A: 21 teams
Private Schools: 1 team
Pool of Death
Every year there's one pool that stands out above the rest when it comes to the toughest pool in the tournament. We think Pool N that features Manvel and Mesquite Horn, two of the top three teams in the ranking along with very strong teams from Byron Nelson and Lindale is the toughest. Pool H gets the nod as a close second place.