The final seconds of Friday’s game between Guyer and Keller Central told the story of the entire evening for the Wildcats.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In an overcrowded room of eager coaches and school district officials, Ryan coach Dave Henigan positioned himself in front of a large projection screen.
JUSTIN — What a week it’s been for the Guyer basketball program. Early in the week, the Wildcats dealt with the loss of a teammate when junior varsity player Corey West was killed after being hit by a car. All the Wildcats have done since is rally around each other and score two huge wins in District 5-6A, capped by a 60-50 victory over Justin Northwest on Friday at Texan Gym.
Guyer senior guard Zach Garza is the Wildcats’ team captain and lone senior starter. Last year, Garza took neighborhood friend Corey West, then a freshman, under his wing. The two spent time playing basketball at a neighborhood park as Garza tried to teach West what it would take for him to someday be a varsity player for the Wildcats. West never got that chance, as the Guyer sophomore was hit by a car and killed Sunday evening, casting a somber mood over Wildcat Gymnasium on Tuesday as the Wildcats took on first-place Keller in a pivotal District 5-6A matchup. West would be proud of Garza and the Wildcats as they used a ferocious third-quarter surge to hand the Indians their first district loss with a 78-68 decision.
Guyer had one last chance to win or tie Friday’s game against Trophy Club Nelson, needing a long inbounds pass and a bucket with 0.8 seconds remaining.
Although the District 5-6A season just began Friday, Guyer girls basketball coach Andrea Robinson is pretty happy with what has become a bit of a personal revenge tour.
Coming off a tournament championship in Marble Falls over the weekend, the Guyer basketball team remained undefeated on Tuesday night with the help of a massive momentum swing early in the second quarter as the Wildcats rolled to a 78-58 win against Euless Trinity at Wildcat Gymnasium.
SOUTHLAKE — On the opening drive of Saturday’s Class 6A Division II regional final against Mansfield, Guyer’s vaunted rushing attack couldn’t be stopped. After the Wildcats opened the game with a quick score, their offense unraveled and Mansfield capitalized on several mistakes to roll to a 44-7 win.
Guyer senior guard Zach Garza has put on some shooting displays in his time in the Wildcats’ program, including in a first-round playoff win over Flower Mound Marcus a year ago.
ALLEN — Guyer coach John Walsh’s play-calling identity has long been one to score as many points as quickly as possible. But in Friday’s Class 6A Division II area-round playoff game against Southlake Carroll, Walsh threw the Dragons a curveball. Guyer, knowing the potency of the Dragons’ offense, executed its game plan to perfection in rolling up 544 yards on the ground and milking the clock en route to a 48-35 win against the Dragons, avenging a loss in the same round of the playoffs a year ago.
The last two seasons for Guyer’s volleyball program have seen the Lady Wildcats hit several milestones — first playoff appearance in the state’s largest classification, along with the first win at that level, a run to the regional quarterfinals in 2014 and back-to-back District 5-6A championships.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan said he has enjoyed each of his team’s wins this season, but never was his smile as big as it was when his players hoisted him on their shoulders during Friday’s postgame speech. On a night where the unbeaten Raiders still were viewed in many eyes as underdogs, Henigan’s crew — specifically quarterback Spencer Sanders and the offense — engineered a masterful 31-28 win against rival Guyer to claim the District 5-6A title while making a powerful statement heading into the Class 6A Division I playoffs.
In the history of the Guyer-Ryan football rivalry, there have been blowouts, surprises and postseason instant classics.
The Guyer football team has heard all of the superlatives about undefeated crosstown foe Ryan, specifically the Raiders’ eye-popping defensive stats — 14.4 points and 248 yards allowed per game, with just 96.1 yards allowed on the ground.
KELLER — The last time Shawn Robinson was playing in a game for Guyer, it was one he and his teammates would all like to forget. On that night two weeks ago, Guyer’s 24-game district winning streak came to an end at Keller ISD Stadium with a shocking loss to Keller Central in which the Wildcats had four turnovers, including three Robinson interceptions. On Thursday night, the Wildcats returned to the scene of that stunning loss and Robinson returned to action after missing last week’s game with an illness to lead Guyer to a resounding 52-14 win against Keller Timber Creek, building some much-needed momentum heading into week 11 and the postseason.
Guyer’s stunning loss last week, which snapped a 24-game district winning streak, was the result of many factors. One of those was the fact the Wildcats failed to convert a short, game-tying field goal as time expired. On Friday afternoon at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Wildcats found themselves in the same boat again, but this time, they finished the job. Junior kicker Bryson Casmir hit a 25-yard field goal from the right hash with three seconds remaining to give Guyer a 12-10 win over Trophy Club Nelson.
Guyer girls basketball coach Andrea Robinson has been around some special talent during a successful career, but Bre Wickware now holds a special place in the second-year Guyer coach’s heart.
A week after Guyer’s 24-game district win streak was snapped by the most unlikely of opponents in a Keller Central team without a district win, the Wildcats are itching to get back on the field for redemption.
A week after a stunning loss to Keller Central snapped Guyer’s 24-game district winning streak, the Wildcats will have one less day to wait for an attempt at redemption.
KELLER — Whatever progress the Guyer offense seemingly had made over the past two weeks came to a screeching halt Thursday night at Keller ISD Athletic Complex, and with it went a pretty impressive streak for the Wildcats.
After allowing two offensive touchdowns to a team in playoff position a week ago, an ever-improving Guyer defense has a less impressive offense to tangle with tonight when the Wildcats travel to Keller Central to face a team still searching for its first District 5-6A win.
On Tuesday night, in the latest edition of a crosstown rivalry between Guyer and Ryan, the Lady Raiders gave first-year head coach Nicholas Gay small glimmers of hope early in each set.
With each passing match being the next in line of what has been a dominant run through District 5-6A action for the Guyer volleyball team, coach Addie Mack gives her team goals to shoot for in the course of a match — more than just wins and losses.
Guyer junior quarterback Shawn Robinson is a big believer in the idea of trusting the process, and the mantra has been drilled into his mind this season with good reason. With a group of largely inexperienced and young wide receivers at his disposal, the Guyer passing game has seen some well-publicized struggles through the first part of the regular season despite having one of the nation’s top-ranked quarterbacks under center.
Last season at this time, Guyer was getting ready to open District 5-6A play against Keller with two weeks of preparation thanks to a bye the week prior.
For the past seven years, J.W. Walsh has marveled at what Jerrod Heard can do on a football field. But for the first time in their relationship, which goes all the way back to Walsh going to watch Heard play middle school games for Harpool, Walsh will be hoping he doesn’t see Heard at his best.