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Show support for area teams

We realize that a lot of area students probably enjoyed at least one of the consequences of our ongoing bout with unseasonable weather — the ice storm forced many schools to cancel classes.

Any missed days will probably have to be made up later, of course, but we have a feeling that plenty of students cheered when the announcements were made nonetheless.

Hazardous weather conditions pose many problems for schools and bring plenty of headaches for teachers and administrators who now have to juggle schedules and try to make up for the missed time. Many school activities also take a hit, especially at this busy time of year, disappointing students and parents who were looking forward to participating.

The storm’s timing couldn’t have been worse for one group of area students — athletes preparing for another round in the football playoffs. The storm played havoc with scheduled games and practices, and we congratulate coaches and players for not losing their focus.

The playoffs, of course, are the ultimate prize awarded to a select number of teams after long, tough seasons, and our young athletes work hard and make a lot of sacrifices in their quest to be the best.

Achieving that goal is tough even in the best of circumstances, but it’s got to seem almost impossible when facing the problems brought by disastrous weather conditions.

The Guyer Wildcats, for example, were scheduled to play their regional Friday night at Northwest ISD Stadium. It was moved to Saturday after the ice storm slammed the Denton area on Thursday night. The game was eventually moved to Monday.

In spite of the delays, the Wildcats scored an impressive 53-28 win over Birdville. Guyer is now one of two area high school football teams that are just one victory away from playing for the state’s biggest prize.

The Wildcats (12-2) square off against Highland Park (13-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Allen in the Class 4A Division I semifinals.

Argyle also advanced on Monday. After a weekend of icy roads and miserable driving conditions, Argyle defeated Gladewater. The Eagles (14-0) now move on to play in the Class 3A Division II state semifinals against Graham (14-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Justin Northwest.

Argyle is looking for its first football state championship. The Eagles lost to Wimberley in the 2011 3A Division II state title game and lost to Newton in the 2005 Class 2A Division I final.

Guyer is coached by John Walsh and Argyle by Todd Rodgers.

We wish both teams well as they move into Saturday’s games — hopefully, there will be no more weather delays — and we encourage area residents to plan now to provide a strong show of support.

We also congratulate the Ryan Raiders on a great season that came to a close Saturday in their playoff game against Cedar Hill. The Raiders, coached by Joey Florence, finished the season with a 10-3 record and tied the school’s deepest run in the 5A playoffs. It was also the school’s second 10-win season in seven years in 5A.

Our young athletes display a lot of character and provide area fans with plenty of enjoyment. This weekend, we have an opportunity to show our appreciation by filling the stands and cheering them onward.

Let’s show them just how proud we are of their accomplishments.