When the season ended early last March due to COVID-19, Splendora was close to the end of the regular season and were set to make the playoffs out of District 21-4A.
But the Wildcats’ chances at a postseason didn’t materialize when the season was ultimately canceled a month later.
The goal right off the bat this year for Splendora (12-10-3) last season is to stay healthy.
“Stay healthy and exceed in the classroom,” Wildcats head coach Tim Gillespie said.
Splendora has a couple major contributors back last season
Senior Hector Villegas returns after a junior year performance that resulted in a Co-District Most Valuable Player honor. Villegas was also first team All-Montgomery County.
Last year as a sophomore, Baruc Delgado burst on the scene as the district and Montgomery County Newcomer of the Year.
“His dribbling skills are phenomenal,” Gillespie said of Delgado back in May. “His trapping skills are really good. He just has everything you’d expect out of an academy player.”
Delgado had 12 goals and 12 assists.
Ivan Olguin returns for his senior year after earning second-team All-District last year. Jose Contreras was also second team All-District on defense last year as a junior. Also returning is sophomore Justin Garcia.
Up and coming members of the team include senior center back Cesar Rodriguez, senior midfielder Carlos Jimenez and junior wing Martin Barajas.
Gillespie lauded his team’s good chemistry as the Wildcats prepare for the season.
The goal is clear for Splendora: Be in the playoff picture at the end.
The Wildcats are in reshaped district this year with Huffman-Hargrave, Anahuac, East Chambers, Hamshire-Fannett, La Marque and Liberty.
The Wildcats open the season Jan. 2 at Clear Brook before heading to the Madisonville Tournament.