The Marion Bulldog varsity basketball team is up and running in the 2018-2019 season.
The Dogs’ 29-6 record last year was the most successful in team history, which included a run to the regional semifinals.
Marion’s historic run ended at the hands of the Santa Rosa Warriors, literally.
The Warriors won that game in the final seconds, off a tip in from an inbounds pass that put an end to the Bulldogs' season.
Although that loss was devastating to the team, it still does not change the fact that Marion is returning four senior starters from last year’s team.
The senior returnees include all-state forward Jackson Allen, all-region guard/forward Jacob Wallace, all-district forward Tyler Bridges (who is back healthy and ready to go this season after missing the playoffs last season due to a torn ACL), and all-district guard Brevin Wilson.
Junior guard Zach Goodwin — who filled in for Bridges during the playoffs as a sophomore last year — is the final starter for the squad this season.
To date, the 2018-2019 Marion Bulldogs are sitting at a solid 12-5 record, and won the inaugural Marion Basketball Alumni Game.
Some notable victories so far this season for the Dogs include a 60-41 win in the championship game in the Panther Classic Tournament in Navarro against Corpus Christi London. Marion also notched a 54-40 win in La Vernia against the Bears on December 11.
These big victories over quality programs will prove beneficial in the long run, as Marion has the pleasure of being participants in the best 3A district in the state of Texas.
District 26-3A includes the likes of three top 10 teams in the state for 3A. The Dogs currently sit at #7 in the state, San Antonio Cole sits at #5, and Universal City Randolph is at #4.
The other seven teams in that top 10 list are all in separate districts respectively. The other teams in District 26 are Ingram Moore, Comfort, and San Antonio Gervin.
Marion’s contest tonight will be just its second true home game of the year against the San Antonio Christian School Lions.
Following Friday’s matchup, the Dogs play the very next day at the AT&T Center against the Odem Owls, as non-district play is coming to a close.
Easton Allen is a student at Marion HS and a member of the VYPE U Ambassador Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Ambassador at your school, click here.