2019 was one heck of a way to close out a decade in Austin County’s sports history. From the top of Bellville to the southern-most point in Wallis, it was The Sealy News’ honor to bring you the sports news for the county and there was certainly no shortage of tremendous accomplishments.
This past calendar year had numerous achievements not only on the district and regional levels but also at the state- and nation-wide levels with another border-breaking performance to boot.
The staff compiled the top 10 stories of the year on both the news and sports side and we hope you enjoy this recap to find out what the top sports story was this year.
Until then, we pick up with #7 and postseason history on the pitch.
In the waning moments of a scoreless area championship game against the Booker T. Washington War Eagles, junior Jose Luis Arriaga headed home a corner kick from classmate Ricky Avila to erase a double-digit-year hiatus from the regional quarterfinal on home field no less.
The Sealy Tigers, head coached by Juan Perez, finished fourth in District 23 and secured a 3-1 win over the Brazosport Exporters in the bi-district round to host a second playoff game, this one with history on the line.
“First time [going to the third round] in more than ten years,” Perez said. “It was not easy, they have a good team they played good.”
“When I made it I just couldn’t believe it,” Arriaga said. “You dream of those kinds of moments, it’s really special … I’ll never forget this game.”
“It was like a dream, it was kind of difficult to understand,” Perez agreed. “Jose Luis had the chance to score right there with no guard behind him or next to him and he scored, it was a good goal.”
At the end of the movie, Perez also understands not every team gets to host a pair of postseason contests, and wanted to be sure he thanked all of those in attendance and keeping tabs via social media.
“I just want to say thank you, we had two home playoff games and we were pretty lucky with that,” the coach said. “Thanks for your support, we had a lot of people today and the feeling is great.”