High School: District 3-5A

Burleson boys working on historic season

February, 18, 2010
This year's Burleson boys basketball team is rewriting the history books, but coach Ted Tomchesson is trying to make sure the Elks aren't done.

With a 24-8 record and second-place finish in District 3-5A, this year's team is believed to be the first in school history to make the playoffs in back-to-back years. Burleson plays Mansfield Summit at 7 p.m. Tuesday at North Crowley.

"As far back as a lot of people can remember, we think that's true," Tomchesson said. "At least the last 40 years, if not 50."

The Elks set many goals this year, including getting double-digit district wins, which they did with a 10-2 record. Tomchesson said they set four additional goals toward the end of the season, and the only one left to accomplish is winning a playoff game.

"I'm not sure when that was done the last time," said Tomchesson, who knows it's at least been since the early 1990s.

Tomchesson has been working since 2001 to establish some consistency and tradition at Burleson. Even after some lean years at the beginning of his tenure, the Burleson administration stuck with him, Tomchesson said, and he believes the program is now reaping those benefits.

"Our chemistry is better than it's ever been this year," Tomchesson said.

N. Crowley will warm up against champs

February, 17, 2010
If you know North Crowley coach Tommy Brakel, you know the Panthers, with a week to go before the playoffs start, aren't going to rest on their laurels.

Nope. Instead the No. 7 Panthers (29-4) are going to play the No. 8 DeSoto Eagles (31-3) for a warmup game at 8 p.m. Friday at Duncanville High School. It's the second game in a doubleheader with Duncanville and Garland Naaman Forest at 6:30 p.m.

"We kind of had an easy run through district," Brakel said about North Crowley's 12-0 finish in District 3-5A. "Even though in the second half we had some guys compete against us, it never really showed up on the scoreboard.

"We were real selective on the team we wanted to choose [for a warmup game], and it doesn't get any better than picking the defending state champions."

Brakel and the Panthers don't really consider this game a "warmup."

"We're going into the game to use it as a measuring stick," Brakel said. "Whether it turns out as a positive or negative one, we need to play a team like DeSoto to figure out where we are."

Tickets for the double-header are $7, which will get you entry into both games.

North Crowley's first-round playoff game against Mansfield is tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Worth ISD's Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.