The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) is an organization that organizes statewide academic, athletic and fine arts programs for private and parochial high schools in Texas. Among the activities TAPPS coordinates are annual soccer playoffs that lead to both Boys and Girls State Champions.
Not all Texas private and parochial schools play in TAPPS. A small number of schools play in the Southwest Preperatory Conference (SPC), a league that includes schools from Oklahoma. Dallas Jesuit and Houston Strake Jesuit also play in the UIL.
Soccer in the SPC is played in what is classified as the winter season that runs earlier than the University Interscholastic League (UIL) public high school season. This also applies to TAPPS, though there is a small set of schools that plays Boys soccer in the fall.
Much like the UIL on a smaller scale, the TAPPS schools are organized into districts that participate at the Division I, II or III level, assigned based on student enrollment. District regular season play typically begins in November each year and runs until a state champion is determined in late February.
The 2017-18 playoffs TAPPS began a few weeks ago at the home stadium of one of the participants. Semifinals were held at neutral sites this week. The playoffs come to a conclusion today (Girls) and Saturday (Boys) in the State Finals to be held at Waco ISD Stadium. The finals participants are listed below:
TAPPS Winter Soccer
San Antonio Central Catholic (13-2-3) vs. Houston St. Thomas (22-4-2) (Saturday 5:30 p.m.)
Garland Brighter Horizons (13-0) vs. Houston Lutheran South (26-7-3) (Saturday 2 p.m.)
Dallas Covenant (19-6-1) vs. Katy British International (19-2-1) (Saturday 11 a.m.)
Dallas Ursuline (21-2) vs. Plano John Paul II (14-6-3) (Friday 5:30 p.m.)
Tyler Grace Community (19-1-2) vs. San Antonio Christian (19-5) (Friday 2:00 p.m.)
McKinney Christian (16-3) vs. Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills (16-1-2) (Friday 11:00 a.m.)
SPC Winter Soccer Championships
A tournament format played between February 15-17 in Houston
Houston Episcopal-2 Oklahoma City Casady-0
Houston Kinkaid-3 Houston St. John’s-2