By Canaan Freeman|sports writer
The Jags opened had their district opener against Mac on Tuesday, February 5 and were able to get off to a good start in district with a 3-1 win. The Jags are looking to get back to state for the second time in 3 years and have proved themselves to be one of the elite teams in the city. Coming into the MacArthur game, they hadn’t been challenged much and MacArthur gave them a good game. Yet, they were able to hold them off. They now are sitting at number 2 in the city with Mac in the fifth spot. It was clearly a quality win for the Jags and momentum is sure to be carried over to the remaining district schedule.
The varsity boys also started district with Mac but the outcome of their game was a completely different story. They headed into halftime with a small lead, 1-0, and it was looking good thus far. The second half was all defense back and forth until the last 2 minutes of the game, when Mac put two shots in the back of the net to hand the Jags their first district loss. This season has been arguably the best season in Johnson history for boys soccer but that is not the way they planned to start district. They have still only allowed 4 goals all season long and are sitting with a record 8-2-3 and look to rebound against Brandeis.
The lady Jags have clinched a playoff spot for the third straight but this year was under a new coach. They put up a good fight in the last game of the season against number 1 Reagan, but fell short. They had a new head coach- but he still provided a great season for the Jags. The playoffs start soon but it is still undetermined on who they will be matched up against.
As for the boys, this was a very rough up and down season; not ending the way they would have liked. Not only was this season a struggle, on top of it all they will be losing 6 seniors. They still have 2 remaining games but right now are at a 10-21 record way under .500 what has been a disappointing season for the basketball program. Next year the team will consist of mostly juniors and sophomores with little to no experience on varsity.
This is the third straight year that the Jags have won the district 29 tournament. They weren’t perfect this year, as they usually are, but they still have put themselves among the district powerhouses. They are yet again sending many wrestlers to regionals and more of this update will come after the conclusion of regionals.
The Jags are also staying strong in the aquatic program again sending multiple Jaguars to regionals. This year though it is a very young group consisting of only three seniors. The Jags will be represented in 22 out of the 24 events making a statement as one of the top teams in the city. Again more on the swimming program will be after regionals end.