SAN ANTONIO – 2022 was filled with special moments that San Antonio sports fans will remember forever.
Teams and athletes of all levels of competition brought home serious equipment. Some franchises have broken through and won their first championships, and some familiar faces have returned to the top of the mountain.
As we celebrate a remarkable 365 days, the KSAT 12 Sports team wants to take a moment to reflect on the 12 biggest sports headlines.
We start our list the same way we started the 2022 high school football season:
XAT PIG CLASSIC 2022
Three excellent matches with six programs were decided by a total of five points and one of those matches ended in overtime. Smithson Valley received emotional victory 14-13 over Reagan head coach Larry Hill, new head coach Mark Soto took over Judson beat his former team, Johnson, 46-43 in overtime. and then-No. 2 Steel overtook No. 1 Brennan at the end of 35–34 en route to an undefeated regular season.. There is no way to sugarcoat it: the first KSAT Pigskin Classic was a resounding success. We at KSAT can’t wait to do it all again in 2023.
UTSA WOMEN’S SOCCER WINS C-USA TITLE
The Roadrunners helped prove that San Antonio is a football powerhouse with their first USA Conference title. No. 6 seed UTSA went through the draw to beat Florida Atlantic 3-2 in overtime championship play, a perfect end to one of the most successful seasons in the program’s history. They even managed to celebrate with the football team on a river ride!
XFL is the return of professional football to Alamo City. Steelers legend Hines Ward will coach the San Antonio Brahmas, one of three Texas teams in the newly formed eight-team league. The game will start one week after the Super Bowl this year and we hope the Alamodome will be packed!
D’HANIS SOFTBALL & BASEBALL DOUBLES AGAIN
The City of D’Hanis has been partying again and again like it was 2019, capping off UIL Class 1A baseball and softball state titles. The softball team won their second title with 6-2 victory over Hermley in the championship gameand the baseball team earned third title, overtaking both opponents with a total score of 20-0. It’s a fitting end to wonderful careers for all the seniors on both lists.
O’CONNOR SOFTBALL WINS THE STATE
The Panthers’ run to the UIL Class 6A state crown was nothing short of magical. In both games of the state tournament, O’Connor lost 3-0 and found a way to win. Jada Munoz was at the center of both comebacks. She made it to the semi-finals welcome a three-run home run at the bottom of 4th in a 7-5 win over El Paso Americas, and in the championship game, she hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 6th seed to tie the game at 6–6. The inning continued, senior AJ Sanchez made a bases-laden walk to score the last run in a 7-6 win, and The Panthers stormed the field in honor of their first state title..
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TAYLOR NUNEZ WINS GOLD
Simply put, Taylor Nunes lit the track last May. Universal City freshman Randolph won four gold medals at the UIL State Class 3A track and field championships. She began her conquest by winning the long jump, then won the 100m with a state-record time of 11.59 seconds, won gold again in the 200m, and finally sealed gold in the Ro-Hawks 4x100m relay. Her efforts helped Randolph to lead the team standings for the first time since 2012.
BERN’S INCREDIBLE YEAR
It wasn’t just football team’s historic season: In 2022, the entire athletics of Berne made outstanding progress. The Greyhound football team has achieved set many school records and became the first Berne team to play for the state football title.. They nearly finished the season undefeated, but ranked second in state UIL Class 4A. Earlier this year the boys football team went in a row, defeating Selina 2-1 to win the UIL Class 4A state championship.. Bern’s tennis team finished second in the state. So did the women’s champion cross country team. Charger boys water polo team also participated in the first game of the UIL state championship right here in San Antonio and finished second. And both greyhounds and Charging device sent their men’s basketball teams to the Alamodome for the state tournament last March. There is definitely something to celebrate in the city of Bern as the calendar shifts to 2023.
UVALDE IS GOING TO WIN AT HOME OPENING
The coyotes gave the city of Uvalda a memory they will never forget. With the tragedy of Robb Elementary still fresh in the minds of the community, the football team rallied to win their first match 34-28 over Eagle Pass. With 36.1 seconds left, senior Jonathan Jimenez turned a game that was going nowhere into a legendary moment by cutting defense and rushing for 54 yards to give Uvalda new life. Then quarterback Brody Carnes found Devon Franklin for a game-winning one-handed touchdown with 12 seconds left as the Coyotes celebrated an emotional Honey Bowl win.
SAN ANTONIO FC WINS FIRST USL TITLE
San Antonio ended arguably the best season in USL championship history. The Alamo City club won the Texas Cup, beat Austin at the US Open, won a record regular season title, won the Western Conference trophy, and then earned their first USL title with a 3-1 win over Louisville City FC all within one calendar year. The SAFC have certainly proven they are “mental monsters” and they should have celebrated in style with a River Walk parade and a river dive.
UTSA, UIW and TRINITY DOMINATE
All three San Antonio college football clubs have provided so many great memories for local fans in 2022.
Head coach Jeff Traylor and the Roadrunners proved that the historic 2021 run was no fluke. For the first time in program history, UTSA went undefeated in a Conference USA game and defeated North Texas 48–27 to capture a second consecutive C-USA title in the program.. Quarterback Frank Harris was star of the show and announced that he would be back for another year.
Led by freshman head coach G.J. Kinn, UIW boasts the highest-scoring offense in college football. The Cardinals finished the regular season with a 10–1 aggregate record as Southland Conference champions. Then they won two FCS playoff games over Furman and Sacramento state in exciting fashion before being eliminated from the tournament with heavy loss to nine-time FCS Champions North Dakota State.
Finally, head coach Jerem Urban led Trinity to an undefeated regular season victory and the program’s first Division III playoff win in two decades. coming from behind 14-7 victory over Hardin-Simmons. San Antonio is lucky to have these three teams represent them throughout a memorable and historic season. Their overall record was 34-6.
MANU JINOBILI INCLUDED IN THE HALL OF FAME
The second member of the “Big Three” Spurs entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Manu Ginobili. Spurs legend and San Antonio favorite became the fourth Spurs player to be inducted into the hall last September.. Ginobili was the first Argentine to play in the NBA and famously won an Olympic gold medal with Argentina in 2004. the best winning percentage of any single player in NBA history. Gracias Manuand we look forward to seeing fellow Spurs legends Tony Parker and Gregg Popovich join you in the hall in 2023.
SPORTS RELEASE JOSH PRIMO
Finally, we must touch on the drama surrounding the Spurs and Joshua Primo.
Spurs suddenly released Primo on October 28 without much explanation and removed all of his gear from the team shop. In the following days, reports indicated that Primo allegedly exposed himself in front of several women in different cities. Dr. Hillary Cauthen, a former Spurs psychologist, sued Primo for indecent exposure and the Spurs for helping cover it up. She held a press conference with attorney Tony Bazby and filed a lawsuit in Bexar County. The Spurs responded with a statement of their own that disputed some of the facts presented at that press conference, and in the end, all parties agreed to a settlement in November.
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