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2020 in Review: Wildcats face year of challenging opponents and circumstances

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The year 2020 presented challenges and obstacles to all of society, and student athletes were no exception. Despite cancelled seasons in the spring and restrictions in the fall, Elgin athletes were able to continue to play most games this year.

Basketball

The Wildcats started the year with a couple of losses, followed by wins against East View and Bastrop. The Wildcats were defeated in a few more games, ultimately losing their shot at district playoffs with a loss to East View. They lost their last game of the season in a close contest with Georgetown for a final district standing of 3-9.

The Lady Cats started district play in late December and January to several losses, including a competitive game against Bastrop, until a victory against Cedar Creek, followed by more losses at the end of the season.

Powerlifting

After all qualifying meets before regionals were over, Jordan Hood ranked first in the region, and Kerrington Holiday placed second in the region, in their respective classes. At the regional meet, Hood and Kerrington placed first and second in their respective classes and planned to compete at the state meets in late March.

Soccer

The Wildcat and Lady Cat varsity soccer teams found mixed success throughout their season before their seasons were cut short by COVID-19. The boys’ team ended their season 2-9 in district games.

Track

Early in the season, the Elgin boys’ track team placed first, and the girls’ team placed second, at a Caldwell track meet on March 6.

Baseball & Softball

The Wildcat baseball team and the Lady Cat softball team began playing scrimmages and tournaments in February. The Wildcats opened their season with a win against Cedar Park, while the softball team won its first game of the season against Cedar Park before losing to Georgetown. However, due to COVID-19, all school operations at Elgin ISD were suspended on March 23, and the University Interscholastic League (UIL) stopped activities through the rest of the semester.

Football

UIL’s fall sports rules allowed conference 5A schools such as Elgin High School to return to practice on September 7, with first football games allowed on September 21. The Wildcats lost their first game to Marble Falls on October 2, one of many closely-matched, exciting games that the Wildcats would lose throughout the season. The varsity team ended their season with a victory against rival Bastrop, finishing with a 2-5 district score.

Volleyball

The Lady Cats were able to start playing games as of September 14, and they opened their season with a loss to Copperas Cove. Other than a couple of weeks in which they won a game and lost a game, the Lady Cats faced defeat in most of their games this year. They ended the season 2-11 in district play with losses to Bastrop and Hendrickson.

Cross Country

Mario Ruiz placed first at a series of cross country meets throughout the fall and placed first in the district. However, he missed out on state by one spot after finishing 18th at the regional meet.