It’s time to congratulate the run of the Crosby boys basketball team that ended its run to the top spot of the Power Five at No. 3 following its Region 3 quarterfinal defeat last week against Fort Bend Hightower.

With their season over, Crosby’s stay in the rankings end, but it just means other can start that expected climb.

Sterling moves from No. 5 last week to the Crosby hoopers’ old spot and let’s say hello the Barbers Hill baseball team.

The top two teams remain the same with dominance on the menu.

1. Goose Creek Memorial girls soccer (1)

One might hope that this week’s spring break won’t hurt the momentum of these ladies who moved to 21-1-1 overall and 11-1 in District 22-5A play.

Two easy wins last week cemented a top-two spot in district and now they will await the final week of the season and try to clinch a tie and potential No. 1 bi-district spot with a win at Friendswood 7:30 p.m. March 20.

Friendswood won the first clash, 1-0, in Baytown, but only barely. 

A team that has enjoyed an epic turnaround like GCM has, may decide to throw caution to the wind with nothing to lose.

That would scare anyone.

2. Barbers Hill softball (2)

The bats have had their issues with some inconsistent play, but with the dominant pitching from the circle, the Lady Eagles are A-OK.

Standing at 16-2 against a Slaugtherhouse Billion list of opponents so far can make it understandable that they aren’t always going to kill teams 10-0.

But it sure can be fun to watch.

So can a 20-strikeout performance, such as Sophia Simpson’s in a shock 1-0 defeat against Waller on Friday.

That pitching will be the difference going forward.

3. Sterling baseball (5)

Moved to 8-1 over the weekend and the pitching has been near ideal to the point of taking a picture for Instagram.

The bats are getting timely hits and the team is putting overmatched opponents down as painlessly as possible.

Scary good so far.

4. Barbers Hill baseball (new)

An uber-talented team that is 9-2 and admittedly not even close to where it even wants to be is massively scary at this point.

The pitching has had a few yips, but overall, still crafting out wins and the bats are doing their job in spades.

This week, the Gary Herrington baseball tournament will see plenty of top teams invade Barbers Hill – one of four sites for the event – and put the Eagles to the test.

5. Crosby boys soccer (4)

A tough, competitive loss to district leader Friendswood - who records the season sweep of the Cougars – is not something to be ashamed of. 

They are clearly District 22-5As second-best team and a legit top five team.

OUT: Crosby boys basketball (3)

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