It has been said that football is king in Texas.  I'm not going to argue that point. When you take a look at the attendance numbers and revenue raised as compared to other sports, football is on top. That's definitely the case at the high school level.

It won't be long now until another season of 'Friday Night Lights' is upon us. Take an afternoon drive past pretty much any high school in Texas and you'll see the guys taking on the heat and taking on each other in their quest to make magic happen on a local gridiron.

The guys in the pads and helmet, however, aren't the other student-athletes who are training hard for the upcoming season.  Volleyball, tennis, and cross-country seasons are now underway. The fans of these sports are just as passionate as any others who may fill the bleachers.

My daughter is a cross-country runner and she is a senior this year.  I've come to realize that being a distance runner is one of the toughest sports around. Not only because of the endurance the sport demands, but for the length of the race, whether 2 miles or more, you are left alone to your own thoughts.  That can be brutal when your body is begging you to slow down or stop.

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My daughter's team hopes to make it back to Round Rock, Texas this year to compete once again at the state championships, but that's the goal of every team in the Lone Star State.  There are quite a few top-notch teams in Texas.  Here are the pre-season top ten Cross Country Teams from 1A-6A as determined by the Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas (CCCAT)

Class 6A (Boys)

  1. Southlake Carroll (2021 State Champs)
  2. The Woodlands
  3. Atascocita
  4. Prosper
  5. El Paso Eastwood
  6. College Park
  7. Coppell
  8. Stratford
  9. Flower Mound
  10. Hebron

Class 6A (Girls)

  1. Flower Mound (2021 State Champs)
  2. Southlake Carroll
  3. The Woodlands
  4. Klein
  5. Prosper
  6. Kingwood
  7. Vandergrift
  8. Klein Oak
  9. Stratford
  10. Northwest Eaton

Class 5A (Boys)

  1. Grapevine (2021 State Champs)
  2. Denton
  3. Lovejoy
  4. Georgetown
  5. Cedar Park
  6. Comal Canyon
  7. Frisco Reedy
  8. Amarillo
  9. Lufkin
  10. Alamo Heights

Class 5A (Girls)

  1. Lovejoy (2021 State Champs)
  2. Boerne Champion
  3. Colleyville Heritage
  4. Grapevine
  5. College Station
  6. Mission Sharyland
  7. Hallsville
  8. Amarillo
  9. Georgetown
  10. Comal Canyon

Class 4A (Boys)

  1. Canyon
  2. San Elizario (2021 State Champs)
  3. Big Spring
  4. Giddings
  5. Bandera
  6. Kaufman
  7. La Feria
  8. Kennedale
  9. Huffman Hargrave
  10. Palestine

Class 4A (Girls)

  1. Canyon
  2. Fredericksburg
  3. Celina (2021 State Champs)
  4. La Feria
  5. Salado
  6. Kaufman
  7. Canyon Randall
  8. Sanger
  9. Huffman Hargrave
  10. Bridgeport

Class 3A (Boys)

  1. Eustace
  2. Lytle
  3. Jim Ned
  4. Brownsville IDEA Frontier Prep
  5. Whitesboro (2021 State Champs)
  6. Presidio
  7. McGregor
  8. Boyd
  9. Cameron Yoe
  10. Crane

Class 3A (Girls)

  1. Holliday (2021 State Champs)
  2. Lorena
  3. Poth
  4. Whitesboro
  5. Canadian
  6. Lytle
  7. Crane
  8. McGregor
  9. Yoakum
  10. Paradise

Class 2A (Boys)

  1. Poolville (2021 State Champs)
  2. Plains
  3. Hamilton
  4. Christoval
  5. New Summerfield
  6. Port Aransas
  7. Quanah
  8. Groveton
  9. San Saba
  10. Tenaha

Class 2A (Girls)

  1. Christoval
  2. Gruver
  3. Farwell
  4. Wellington (2021 State Champs)
  5. Shiner
  6. Hamilton
  7. De Leon
  8. Haskell
  9. Goldthwaite
  10. Mason

Class 1A (Boys)

  1. Miller Grove (2021 State Champs)
  2. Saltillo
  3. Jayton
  4. Sands
  5. Slidell
  6. Fayetteville
  7. McMullen County
  8. Texline
  9. Blum
  10. Eula

Class 1A (Girls)

  1. Spur
  2. Roby
  3. Borden County
  4. McMullen County
  5. Jayton
  6. Cornstock
  7. Priddy
  8. Buena Vista (2021 State Champs)
  9. Miller Grove
  10. Moulton

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