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Argyle claims Lone Star Cup again

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By Ben Baby / Staff Writer

School recognized as most well-rounded in Class 3A

For the second straight year, Argyle was honored by the University Interscholastic League as the most well-rounded Class 3A school in Texas.

Argyle was awarded with the Class 3A Lone Star Cup on Monday. The UIL hands out the Lone Star Cup to the top school in each of the state’s five classifications based on overall excellence in athletics and academics.

The Eagles earned their fourth Lone Star Cup and their third in Class 3A. All three 3A trophies have come in the last five years. The Cup was first handed out in 1998.

“The Lone Star Cup takes a broad, broad, broad sample of all the kids,” said Todd Rodgers, Argyle’s head football coach and athletic director. “And that’s how unique it is. It’s different. It’s a different type of championship, and that’s the type of championship that we really like.”

Argyle won with 82 points, four points ahead of Kennedale. In Class 4A, Guyer tied Friendswood for fifth place with 72 points.

Along with various team and individual sports, points are awarded for strong placement in UIL activities such as marching band, the state academic meet and the one-act play contest.

Argyle earned 10 points apiece for first-place finishes in the 3A academic meet and the 3A state marching band finals.

In 2011-12, Argyle’s best athletic programs were its football team that reached the 3A state finals and the basketball team that won the 3A state championship.

In 2012-13, the school’s volleyball team and boys golf team were the most successful. The volleyball team reached the state semifinals. The boys golf team finished second in the state tournament.

“We got in the playoffs; we made good, consistent runs in other sports,” Rodgers said. “Instead of it being football and basketball like it was in 2011-12, it ended up being volleyball and golf, and everybody was real consistent in getting points across the board.”

Rodgers, who just completed his 10th year at Argyle, was the school’s athletic director when Argyle won its first Cup as a Class 2A school in 2006. Rodgers said winning the award has been a point of emphasis for him since he moved from Flower Mound Marcus in 2003 — a point driven home by his mentor, Marcus legend Que Brittain.

Argyle school district superintendent Telena Wright praised the balance across the school’s athletic programs and academic programs. Wright said that balance has been something the school has sought for many years, and it’s led to the school’s four Lone Star Cups.

“This accomplishment is certainly very, very noteworthy,” Wright said. “It’s a combination of factors that allowed them to happen, but it’s taken the careful preparation of a foundation over many years. This did not happen overnight.”

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