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Year in Review: South Texas Sports

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From football to volleyball, The Coastal Bend saw it all: a year of adversity from every sport and every team and athlete who overcame it.

VETERAN'S MEMORIAL BASKETBALL GOES TO STATE
We begin with the Veterans Memorial High School varsity basketball team. In just its second year, the team made it to the state championship game.

"It's been pretty hard, as we can see it's been very hard, and we're still putting wins together."

This was done under a first year coach who really had no goals for the season but hard work, and that helped put the team on the map.

"We're just glad to have this opportunity and hopeful that we can continue to play good basketball as we have here."

Read more: Veterans Memorial basketball team remains undefeated in zone play

ISLANDER MEN'S BASKETBALL MAKES COLLEGEINSIDER.COM POSTSEASON TOURNEY
Shortly after, Corpus Christi was making headlines when the Islanders Men's basketball team went from a 9 and 9 season to making it to the CIT tournament for the 4th consecutive year!

The blue and green made history by playing in the championship game and ended up one of ten NCAA Division 1 men's basketball teams still playing nationwide.

Read More: Islander Men's Basketball earns CIT bid, heads to FGCU Wednesday

PHIL DANAHER: WINNINGEST COACH IN TEXAS HS FOOTBALL
Phil Danaher added more hardware to his collection as the winningest coach in Texas high school football.

Danaher was presented with the Tom Landry Award by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

"It's very prestigious because it's Tom Landry, one of the greatest coaches ever, and to receive a trophy named after him, it's an honor," Danaher said.

This award honors Texas high school football coaches regardless of classification.

Read more: Phil Danaher wins prestigious Tom Landry Award

MOODY MAGIC
"Every year, somebody from Corpus is going to be there, and this year for sure, we are going to have someone from Corpus."

When baseballs began flying high at ballparks, Moody Magic flourished, as they always do.

They made it to the final four in the UIL 5A State Semifinals, making it their 13th state appearance. 

Read more: Moody vs. Grapevine at state playoff

TULOSO-MIDWAY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL GOES TO STATE
The Tuloso-Midway girls volleyball team pummeled every team that crossed their path.

"That is why we are here right now is the heart just grew ten times more than we already had, and we had a lot of heart."

The Cherokees went to the state volleyball tournament for the 2nd straight year.

Unfortunately, they lost, but that doesn't make us any less proud of them.

Read more: Tuloso-Midway High School sends off Volleyball team to state championship

"HARVEY IS GOING TO HIT"
Less than a week from the start of school disaster struck the Coastal Bend.

"So, we now have a Cat. 4 Hurricane just to the north and east, now we are getting into, what is defined by the Hurricane Center as a catastrophic event," Dale Nelson warned the community. 

Hurricane Harvey took out schools and fields with its powerful winds.

Schools like Rockport-Fulton, Aransas Pass, Port Aransas, Refugio and many others were among those that experienced the destruction first hand.

Harvey set back campus openings by a few weeks but teams were ready to play.

Football season ensued with broken scoreboards and schedule changes, but football was the community getaway.

REFUGIO STRONG
As each community focused on rebuilding after Harvey, Refugio was struck with another tragedy at the beginning of their season.

One of their star players, Casey Henderson, broke two vertebrae in his neck during a game and was told he only had an eight percent chance of walking again.

Refugio channeled the hardships and fought their way back to the State Championship Game.

"When we start football and we get hit by the hurricane, everybody counted us out. Then we lose our best player, fastest kid, to paralysis, everybody counted us out. And here we are. Does that make sense?" Refugio's head football coach said.

Read more: Refugio's Casey Henderson defies odds, walks after suffering paralyzing injury

Refugio community rallies behind state-bound Bobcats

"THEY'RE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES"
The Houston Astros gave Houston hope after Harvey when they made it to the World Series... and won!

The Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5 to 1.

Making that world series win even sweeter for Corpus Christi residents was the fact that 12 of the Astros' 25 man roster played for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Read More: Astros win first World Series crown, top Dodgers 5-1 in game 7

Here's to 2018...

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