Richland’s wrestling team continues to fight for spots in the Nationals. The T-ducks went down to College Station for the Texas State Duals held at Texas A&M on Feb. 11. The host Aggies defeated Richland 33-20. Richland finished second with wins over UNT, Texas, and University of Houston-Downtown.
Basaldu avenged an earlier season loss to UNT’s Taylor Swanson by pinning him during their match. This puts Basaldu into a better seed position as the T-ducks get ready for the national qualifier. The Southwest Conference Championships will be hosted by UNT on Saturday, with the top two wrestlers in each weight class qualifying for the National Tournament to be held at the Allen Events Center on March 9, 10 and 11.
The men’s basketball team is red hot, winning seven and ties North Lake for first place in the MAC as of press time. Richland took care of business against Cedar Valley and Brookhaven. The T-ducks are powerful on their home court in Guadalupe Hall, look to finish the regular season strong and as a possible top seed in the conference tournament.
In national sports, the Connecticut women’s basketball team recently set an NCAA record of 100 straight wins. The Lady Huskies have not lost a game since Nov. 17, 2014 at Stanford, their only loss in 47 games over the past five years.
They are by far the best women’s basketball program ever, challenged only by the UCLA Bruins men’s teams of the ’70s that won seven in a row and 10 in 12 years under coach John Wooden. Both programs have 11 national basketball titles.
In the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs clinched an NBA record of 20 consecutive winning seasons. That puts them up there with another historic Texas franchise: The Dallas Cowboys. Indeed it’s a huge accomplishment for a franchise that actually started here in Dallas in 1967 (Chapparals, ABA). Even with Tim Duncan retiring, the Spurs are still dominating the state and the NBA.
Baseball season is right around the corner with spring training in all levels. There have been some big transactions in the Major Leagues including Mike Napoli returning to the Texas Rangers, but I’m not sure if that’s going to make any difference this season. We’ll see.
In the meantime, I’m keeping my eyes on wrestling and basketball. By the way, NBA All-Star weekend will be in New Orleans and not in Charlotte. Unless there’s some excitement in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest and All-Star Game, the weekend in the Big Easy will easily get boring. Since last year’s champion Zach LaVine is out for the rest of the season, it’s time for Aaron Gordon to do some spectacular dunks. How ’bout jumping over two cars?