Kinkaid has been a consistent part of the SPC Championship in recent years, reaching the season’s final game in seven of the last eight seasons. Last year, the Falcons – whom finished 30-7 – fell in the SPC Championship game to Episcopal, marking the third-straight year Kinkaid has fallen in the title game. Entering 2019, the Falcons are eyeing to turn the tide and win its first SPC title since 2015. Returning seven starters from last year’s team will help with that. Expect Chris Stallings (Air Force) Carlos Abello (Princeton), Stone Simmons (Furman), Cade Moulton (Air Force) and James House (Dartmouth) to play a role. The big name to watch on the Kinkaid roster is Oregon State- commit Wyatt Young. For eighth-year coach Steve Maas, the key to this season will be his philosophy of “process over outcome”.
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN CRUSADERS
Concordia Lutheran is another team that you always have to put into the mix when it comes to making a run. The Crusaders went 16-15 last season and reached the TAPPS Division I State Semifinals. Concordia Lutheran returns second-team, all-district catcher Dylan Simmons, third baseman and pitcher Tyler Burnett and shortstop Jarrett Young. Rick Lynch, who has been a head coach for 32 years and amassed 603 career wins, leads Concordia Lutheran into another season where the Crusaders will have to have some young players step up.
ST. THOMAS EAGLES
St. Thomas is definitely one team to watch in 2019 coming off a 22-11 record and reaching the TAPPS Division I State Semifinals a year ago. The Eagles’ roster is anchored by first-team, all-state selection Josh Wolf (Texas A&M). Be on the lookout for freshman Wilson Woodcox as well, who is already verbally committed to Texas Tech. Other key returners include Brody Logsdon, who was selected to the State All-Tournament team last season, and second-team, all-district selections Tucker Alch and Daniel Coco.
THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY WARRIORS
The Warriors shift into a new four-team district in 2019, playing some familiar foes in Lutheran North and Northland Christian, and then a new one in Katy Faith West. The Woodlands Christian Academy will be in TAPPS Division III District 7 this year after being in District 5 last season, which it finished second in with a 10-3 mark. The Warriors reached the TAPPS Division III State Semifinals a year ago, finishing with a record of 19-8. Brett Cleveland is back as the head coach and returns some key pieces to his lineup, including second-team, all-district selections Caleb Chappelle and Tyler Davis. Other key returners include Nevan Newcomb, Caden Queck and Matthew Trow. Expect the Warriors to make another run in 2019.