GLEN ROSE, Texas — The Midlothian Heritage High School varsity boys' and girls' won their second consecutive district championships in a row after placing first during the April 3 and April 4 District Meet at Glen Rose's Squaw Valley Golf Course.
The distance between the boys' and girls' Jaguar teams and the next highest place — 36 and 51 shots over second place Stephenville High School — could have also shown the growth of the program under second-year Head Coach Brant Bennet.
"The two district championships have been a nice," he said. "The team graduated no one from last year so not much change just a year further down the road of experience and playing. As in all sports here at Heritage, we want to start with District Championships. My program goals have our student-athletes be the best in all things they do in every tournament we enter — including District. If we go about it with this mindset, I think the results will show at the end of the day."
Brother-sister duo of Will and Caroline Traylor were District Champion with respective even par 72 and 72 and 81 and 73 two-day totals.
Dawson Sanders and Stephen George tied for third and ninth place as individual medalists. Logan Ybarra finished in second place as an individual medalist and Anna Traylor tied for fourth place for the girls.
Perhaps the stranger-than-truth fairy tale of the program is that among all of the sports that shine brightly at Midlothian Heritage, the golfers have found a way to shine a little brighter than most. In two years of existence, the Jaguar sports world has a football team that nearly made it to the state tournament in its first year, a basketball team that fell two games shy of the first state title in Midlothian history and a state-ranked baseball team.
The 2-year-old high school also houses a dominating tennis program, two soccer teams that made the UIL postseason and one that went undefeated in district play and reached the regional quarterfinal round and a softball team looking to return to the playoffs for a second straight year.
Among that caliber of success, Midlothian Heritage's Jaguars have quietly compiled their resume with victories.
This athletic year, they girls won a district championship and the Oct. 24 5A-6A girls' Mansfield High School Pink Out Tournament. The boys won a district title, placed second in the Oct. 3 boys' Mansfield Summit High School Varsity Invitational, the Squaw Valley Invitational on Oct. 1 and the Red Raider Classic on Sept. 25.
There is one title that's eluded Midlothian Heritage that may be within Bennett and the Jaguars putting range — a state title.
The girls will compete in the regional tournament on April 24 and 25 and the boys will take the green in regionals on April 26 and 27 at Lubbock, Texas' 18-hole, 72-par and 6,777-yard Shadow Hills Golf Course.
"Going west to Lubbock is something my players have had to adjust to with the style of golf that has to be played given the weather and wind conditions," Bennett said. "We having been making three or four trips a year to Lubbock the last two years, so we will be ready. With golf, too, you need a few breaks as well to finish where you want. The boys missed by four shots as a team last year and hope to play well enough to advance this year. The girls finished sixth last year at regionals but with everyone having everyone back gives us hope to challenge for a spot to advance to state. Golfers understand that all we can do is play our best and let the chips fall where they may."
The top three teams and top three individuals from all four regions will advance to state tournament to complete a 68 player field. If Midlothian Heritage advances to the state tournament, it will be the first team in school history to reach the May 15-16 and May 22-23 boys and girls state tournament at Horseshoe Bay Golf Resort.
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