Lake Dallas has won its past two games in fairly convincing fashion. The season opener, however, didn’t go quite so well for the Falcons, and a lot of their misfortune that night against Frisco Wakeland came on their own accord.
The last time Ryan and Guyer played each other, Addie Mack was seated on the Ryan bench. Mack was an assistant coach for the Lady Raiders for eight seasons before she got her chance to become a coach at the school across town. Aside from the rekindling of the Guyer-Ryan rivalry, the upcoming District 5-6A contest is extra special for the Guyer coach.
The numbers that truly showed how dominating Guyer was against Wichita Falls Rider were not on the scoreboard at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. Evidence of Guyer’s thorough victory over the Raiders was in the box score of Friday night’s nondistrict contest.
Before Guyer begins its swim through the new District 5-6A in a couple of weeks, the Wildcats finish up their nondistrict slate tonight against a familiar foe. After playing their first two games of the season against programs they’d never previously faced, Guyer will host Wichita Falls Rider, which is receiving votes in the Associated Press Class 5A state poll. The Raiders have been a district bunkmate of Guyer’s in every year of the Wildcats’ existence except for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, when Guyer was in the state’s largest classification.
ENNIS — At the end of the summer, and even into the start of fall workouts, Guyer coach John Walsh didn’t have a clue who Antonio Terzini was. After Friday night’s Guyer win over Ennis, Terzini will have a much larger social circle.
Both Guyer and Ennis entered the 2014 season last week with state championship aspirations in their respective classifications. Since then, nothing has changed, but when the teams meet tonight in Ennis, both will be looking to avoid an 0-2 start to the season after suffering season-opening losses.
It’s one thing to be thrown into the fire as a first-time starter on a high-profile team like Guyer. It’s a different animal altogether to change sides of the ball, get three days of practice and go face-to-face with a Notre Dame-bound receiver and the state’s top-ranked Allen Eagles.
Guyer hasn’t had difficulty winning on the road this season. The Lady Wildcats were the visiting team in each of their first 23 matches and won all but four of them. Tuesday’s home opener against state-ranked Aledo didn’t slow that momentum, and the confines were much friendlier.
Highly rated senior quarterback Kevin Dillman suited up and played for the junior varsity team in Guyer’s scrimmage against Euless Trinity on Friday night, making official what was already assumed — Dillman will remain at Guyer after the University Interscholastic League ruled him ineligible to play varsity games as a senior on Aug. 11.
The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.
Nearly six months to the day after Kevin Dillman enrolled at Guyer, the highly rated quarterback was ruled ineligible for varsity competition on Monday morning at a University Interscholastic League hearing.
Lake Dallas coach Michael Young has plenty of reasons to be excited and optimistic as the Falcons begin football workouts today. For starters, a lot of his sophomore starters from a 6-4 2013 campaign are now juniors with more experience under their belts. Also, while there are not a ton of new faces on the roster, the Falcons have fresh faces to go up against once the season begins in less than three weeks.
Argyle coach Clark Oberle’s program has reached a level where success is always expected. In 2012, that success reached new heights when the Lady Eagles made it to the Class 3A state championship game, before falling in five sets to Abilene Wylie. Last season, the Lady Eagles lost in the third round of the playoffs to eventual state champions Decatur and were the only team to take a postseason set from Decatur in their five-set defeat.
Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson picked up his second collegiate offer a month before he starts his first game for the Wildcats.
DALLAS — Jerrod Heard etched his name in Texas high school football lore over the past two years as the quarterback at Guyer, leading the Wildcats to the first two state championships in the program’s brief history.
The once-crowded quarterback derby at Guyer heading into the 2014 season suddenly is much clearer. Shawn Robinson, who started as a freshman for Saginaw Chisholm Trail last season, won Guyer’s starting job in spring practice, while backup David Haynes moved to wide receiver. That left Prosper move-in David Moore as Robinson’s backup after the three-way battle concluded. Those plans changed in a hurry Monday when Moore headed back to Prosper.
It didn’t take Guyer defensive lineman Carl Thompson long to make his college commitment official. A morning trip to Lawrence, Kansas, with his father ended with an evening trip back to Denton after the senior committed to Kansas on Thursday afternoon, choosing the Jayhawks over a list of 18 Football Bowl Subdivision offers from schools including Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, Northwestern and Minnesota.
Former Guyer wide receiver and current Oklahoma State walk-on Cameron Hunter told police he was stabbed, robbed and abducted Monday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.
There are a couple of big questions the Guyer football coaching staff has been looking to answer this spring, but for the most part, the 2014 edition of the Wildcats will look pretty similar to the one that defended its Class 4A Division I state championship at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium in December.
Mitch Gaylord, a member of the gold medal-winning United States men’s gymnastics team at the 1984 Olympics, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Greater Denton Sports Commission awards banquet on Monday.
AUSTIN — Prior to Friday night, the Guyer girls had never brought a medal home from the UIL state track and field meet.
HURST — This was one game Guyer let get away. Needing just two outs to close out a victory, instead, the Lady Wildcats committed an error and ended up allowing three runs in the top of the seventh inning Friday night, falling to eighth-ranked Aledo 5-4 in Game 1 of their best-of-three Class 4A regional quarterfinal series.
AUSTIN — Jalen Hunter had hoped for bigger things in his final high school track meet on Friday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium, but after a disappointing day for the Tennessee-bound hurdler, the Guyer senior capped his career with a silver medal.
FORT WORTH — Everything Guyer needed to keep hopes of an upset alive happened in Thursday night’s playoff game against Cleburne.
Today, three local teams will try to continue their respective runs in the baseball and softball playoffs.