The World Series has come to an end. It’s always a bittersweet moment for the players when the awards ceremonies are held after all the games have been played; it is especially emotional for the departing seniors. This year the ceremonies were tinged with a bit of disappointment for all of the Texas teams for failing to rank as high as they had hoped.
The Houston Falcons beat the Fort Worth Riders 5-1 in the final Texas matchup of the tournament, earning the Falcons 5th place and the Riders 6th. The Falcons bid farewell to seniors David Berzins, Cyle Metz, David Kanada, Campbell Christian and Will Insull. The Riders seniors are Tyler Thompson, Levi Roberts, Zach Rollins, Michael Robinson, Peyton McIlvoy, Wyatt Spigener and Brady Autrey.
The Dallas Angels lost to the Charlotte Stampede 5-4 and ended the tournament in 8th place. Their seniors are Nick Black, Taylor Nimrichter, Stephen Webb, Aaron Villa, Trey Klongpayabal, Nathan Hall and Stuart Foister.
The Spring Mustangs defeated the Atlanta Barons to take third place in D2, and placed 11th overall. Their seniors are Mathew Najvar, Luke Young, Mike Reed, Luke Ludwig, Michael Slaten (All-American) and Brett Wolff.
The Houston HCYA Eagles lost to the St. Louis Patriots 4-3, placing them in 14th. The Eagles lose only two seniors this year: John Merkle (All-American) and Cody Nguyen.
The Dallas Spartans lost to the Nashville Monarchs 9-0, placing them 18th overall. The seniors are Andrew Fields, Peter Maggio, Chris Spurrier, Dawson Jones, Nick Sewell and Eric Martin.
The West Houston Thunder lost to the Waukesha Saints and placed 20th. Departing seniors are Chase Mann, Preston Roberts, Kyle Creamer, Kyle Kitchen (All-American), Isaac Gore (All-American), and Ashlend Taylor.
The Tulsa Jaguars crushed the Raleigh Warriors 13-3 in the Championship game.
Unlike teams from many other states, this tournament marks the end of the Spring 2016 season for most of the Texas teams. They will hit the off-season with the goal of making 2017 their year at the Homeschool World Series!