Johnson Jaguars advance to play Clemens in the First Round of the UIL 6A Division II Playoffs on Friday at Heroes Stadium

The Johnson Jaguars finished their 2015 regular season schedule on Thursday Night and enter the playoffs as the 26-6A Division II number #1 seed.

The UIL football playoffs at the 6A level are separated into two divisions. Each district has their top four teams advance to the playoffs. The two teams that have the highest enrollment go to the Division I bracket while the two smallest teams of the four playoff squads are placed in the Division II bracket. The teams in Division I will never meet the teams in Division II so in December two 6A teams will be crowned champion.

The four teams from 26-6A will be Reagan and Churchill in Division I and Johnson and MacArthur in Division II.

Johnson finishes the 2015 regular season with an overall record of 7-3 and a district mark of 5-1. Johnson enters the playoffs on a four game win streak and averaging 43.25 points over the last four including 60 last week vs MacArthur. The Jaguar defense is also holding opponents to just over two touchdowns a contest.

Johnson will see a familiar foe in the first round of the UIL 6A playoffs as Clemens again is the #2 seed from 25-6A. Last year the Jags and Buffs met at Texas State on a rainy and cold afternoon with the Jags pulling off the 21-7 victory.

This year the Jaguar Nation will not have to drive to San Marcos as Johnson will host at Heroes Stadium Friday Night vs Clemens.

The Buffaloes defeated New Braunfels last week to qualify for the playoffs and enter with a 8-2 / 4-2 record. Clemens two losses came at the hands of Steele and Judson in district play.

Clemens is also on a four game win streak and is also averaging 43.25 points per game over those four games. Clemens defense has given up 34.5 over the same span.

Winner of the Johnson vs Clemens match up will face the winner of the Brandeis vs Corpus Christi Carroll game another re-match from the 2014 playoffs.

Go Jags!!!


Johnson players, coaches and fans celebrate after defeating Clark in the fifth set at Alamo Convocation Center

There may not be enough adjectives to describe what happened inside the Alamo Convocation Center on Friday night, but one thing is for sure when the Jaguars had to win a point, they did and did again….

After defeating Smithson Valley in four sets in the first round of the UIL 6A playoffs the Jags advanced to face the Clark Cougars in the Area round at the Alamo Convocation Center. The ACC will be the site of this years Region IV championship so both teams wanted some time on the court in the horseshoe style arena.

The second round match vs Clark got underway with out much excitement with the Jags posting a 25-20 victory in set one. But as the teams switched sides something happened and the wheels seem to fall off for the Jaguars. After spotting Clark an early 2-6 lead the Jags could not get anything going in the second and dropped the set 15-25.

The third was a much more competitive set but again it was Clark using their size advantage in the middle late in the set and pulled away for a 21-25 victory.

The Jags now faced a must win situation down 1-2 to the Cougars and it was Johnson that opened the fourth set with some urgency and took a 5-1 lead. That lead quickly evaporated as Clark worked back into the set and tied things up at the 7-7 mark.

After trading points to 9-9 Clark made a run and looked to be on the verge of eliminating the Jaguars as they pushed to a 16-21 lead. It was at this time many in attendance may have started to have thoughts that the end was near. But for the 6 Jaguars on the court and the dozen more on the bench they never stopped believing in each other.

With just four points to work with the Jaguars started to battle back winning the next three points to get with in two at 19-21.

The set would eventually get to where both teams were sitting at 23. A service error by Johnson gave the Cougars a Match point but that is when Johnson again turned up the intensity another notch and just simply refused to lose the point. With both sides of the stadium in hysterics it would be Johnson that won that one point and would use that momentum to go on to win two more for a 26-24 victory.

The fifth set was like two proud prize fighters standing in the middle of the ring trading blows as the teams scratched and clawed for every point. The Jags would put together a short run to get up 13-9 but this time it was Clark that battled its way back into the set at 13-11. Johnson would then take the next two points watching a Clark offering go long over the back line to close out the match.

The Jaguars advance to the Regional Quarterfinals for the second straight year and will face the New Braunfels Canyon Cougars. Johnson and Canyon will face off with a Regional Tournament birth on the line this Tuesday at 6:30pm at Boerne Champion gym.

The winner of Tuesday’s match will advance to the Region IV Semifinals that will be played Friday November 13th at 8pm at Alamo Convocation Center. The winner of Johnson v Canyon will face the winner of Laredo United v McAllen Rowe.

Directions to the Jaguars third round match vs Canyon at Boerne Champion High School can be found HERE

Go Jags!!


The Varsity Jags celebrate moments after defeating Smithson Valley in round-1 of the UIL 6A State Playoffs.

The Johnson Jaguars Volleyball program defeated Smithson Valley on Tuesday night in a loud and raucous Boerne Champion Gym. Johnson, the 26-6A #1 seed, defeated the Rangers in four sets 25-19, 20-25, 25-19, 25-15.

The Jags advance to the second round of the UIL playoffs and will face Clark at Alamo Convocation Center on Friday November 6th at 5:30pm.

Johnson got ahead early in the first set and then held off Smithson Valley late to get an early 1-0 lead on Tuesday night in Boerne.

The second set saw the Jags get out the gate sluggish and while they did rally to take the lead at 11-8 and have the match all square at 14-14 it was Smithson Valley that caught fire and ended the second ahead of Johnson to tie the match 1-1.

Learning from their second set struggles the Jags settled in and picked up an early lead and then matched SV the rest of the way to take set three 25-19. With the Rangers back against the wall and the Jags up 2-1 the fourth set was all Johnson.

After going up 11-8 and then 18-13 the Jags outscored the Rangers 7-2 to close out the Match 3-1 and advance to the second round of the UIL 6A playoffs. Gabriela Moran finished the match with a thunderous kill, her 11th of the match.

The Jags were led by Kylie Rittimann who recorded an amazing line of 21 kills, 4 assist and 14 digs. Senior setter Meghan Parker finished with 45 assist and three service aces.

Things don’t get any easier as the jags travel down 281 to the SAISD gym next to Alamo Stadium to face the Clark Cougars in round-2. The Jags and Cougars will face off for the first time in the playoffs in the opening match of a Friday night double-header.

Johnson is now riding a 9 match win streak and has 36-11, 10-2 record while Clark, who finished second in 27-6A, holds a similar 36-10, 15-3 mark. Clark advanced out of the first round after putting away South San 3-0 on Monday.

Clark is riding a 6 match win streak coming into the second round match at the Convo. The winner of the Johnson v Clark match will advance to next weeks Regional Quarterfinal and will face the winner of the NB Canyon v Brandeis Match.

Directions to Alamo Convocation Center cam be found HERE

With no varsity Football Friday Night everyone needs to make plans to be at the Alamo Covo and cheer on the Jags at 5:30pm…..

….and as always WEAR BLUE

Go Jags!!


The Varsity Volleyball regular season ended last week and the surging Jaguars battled down the stretch to move into a tie for the district title. This is Johnson’s first district tittle since 2011. Johnson finishes the regular season with a record of 35-11 and 10-2 in district 26-6A.

Johnson also enters the 2015 UIL State wide playoffs on an 8 match win streak. During those 8 matches the Jags have dropped only 5 sets. The Jags also went undefeated in the month of October with it’s last loss coming to Madison in five sets back on September 25th.

But this is the playoffs and it’s win or go home for the Jags for the rest of the year. Johnson, who won the tie-break coin flip with Reagan, enters the UIL playoffs as the 26-6A #1 seed. The bi-district round opponent will be Smithson Valley who is the #4 seed from 25-5A.

The Rangers tied for third in 25-5A with Clemens and played a one match playoff vs the Buffalo on Saturday. Clemens swept Smithson Valley 3-0. Smithson Valley enters the playoffs with a 32-10 record and 8-4 district mark.

Smithson Valley’s losses came against Clemens (twice), New Braunfels (three times), Dripping Springs (twice), New Braunfels Canyon, Clear Creek and Cedar park.

The Bi-District match to open the first round of the UIL 2015 playoffs will be held at Boerne Champion High School. The Jags played their opening round match last year vs New Braunfels at Boerne Champion as well. The Match will start at 7:30pm and we are asking everyone to show up early to cheer on the Jags.

the Johnson vs Smithson Valley match will be the back end of a playoff double header at Boerne Champion so expect the gym and parking lot to be full when you arrive.

A Map to Boerne Champion High School can be found HERE

The winner between Johnson and Smithson Valley moves on to the second round where they will face the winner of Clark vs South San. Second round matches will be played November 5-7 at a site to be determined.

Make your plans to wear BLUE, be in Boerne Tuesday Night and cheer on the Jaguars as they face off with Smithson Valley.

Go Jags!!


Johnson Varsity Boys Cross Country - 2015 District 26-6A Champions

The Johnson Cross Country program will be sending both the varsity Girls and Varsity Boys teams to Corpus on Monday to run at the Region IV Championship. Last weekend at the District 26-6A Meet the varsity boys continued their dominance on the rest of NEISD by winning it’s fourth straight District title. Johnson has won the Boys District title in 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2015.

The Varsity Girls placed second in their race but each district is sending their top three teams to Corpus on Monday to the Region IV Championship. Both Johnson JV teams both also placed second in their final race of the 2015 season for the JV squads.

Coaches Almaraz and Salas will take the varsity teams to the Corpus Christi A&M campus for the Region IV Meet on Monday. Competing for the Varsity Girls will be Salma Ly, Jaz Robinson, Ally Soderdahl, Nicole Hutchins, Mya Hannan, Paloma Mendoza and Cristina Cabello. Emily Schaefer, Asiah Fox and Paloma Mendoza will travel as alternates to Corpus as well.

Competing for the District Champion varsity boys will be Nick LeBlanc, Anthony Palermo, Daniel Irons, Tyler Payne, Christian Benedict, John Keener and Derek Carreon. The varsity boys alternates will be Matt Mendoza, George Tharakan and Graham Trent.

The Region IV Meet will be held for the first time at Corpus Christi A&M University and the Jags will run in the 6A varsity Girls race at 12:10pm and the 6A varsity boys race at 12:50pm.

Go Jags

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