Two Ponder football players recently signed letters of intent to play at the college level next season. Offensive lineman Coleman James signed with Corcordia University in Seward, Neb., while running back Brennan Sooter signed with Southwestern University in Georgetown. Pictured on the front row are James, Ponder head football coach Russ Phillips and Sooter. On the back row are Ponder coaches Steve Espolt, Kirk Rodgers, Mark Low and Kevin Pitman and Ponder superintendent Bruce Yeager.
LAKE DALLAS — Lake Dallas head coach Michael Young entered the spring hoping to find a new quarterback.
Within a span of four days, Sam Sizelove and Connor Wilson decided they’d like to be teammates after they finish playing football at Argyle next fall.
In the final two games of the season, Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard showed that he was one of the state’s top players while leading the Wildcats to their first state title — a playoff run capped by a come-from-behind win over Georgetown in the Class 4A Division I final.
Over the last couple of years, the routine for the first week of February has been well documented. Media members flock to high schools in the morning to watch athletes sign the last page of their national letters of the intent, solidifying their choice of college.
It was another banner year in sports in the Denton area. Johnny Jones, arguably the most high-profile coach of the most successful sport at North Texas, left for LSU, forcing the Mean Green to replace both its men’s and women’s basketball coaches at the same time.
Guyer’s state championship was cemented by star quarterback Jerrod Heard, and the All-District 5-4A roster reflects the junior’s efforts throughout the season. Heard and the Wildcats were well represented when the all-district team was released.
ARLINGTON — There will be many unforgettable images from Saturday’s Class 4A Division I state championship game. But the transcendent one is a no-brainer.
Since 2008, Ryan has landed nine players on the Associated Press’ all-state football team. That streak was extended Thursday morning when the 2012 AP Class 5A all-state team was announced and Ryan junior defensive lineman Nolan Robinson was named to the first team.
When Guyer and Georgetown take the field at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium at noon Saturday, there will be a handful of all-state players on both sidelines.
When The Associated Press Class 3A All-State Team was announced Tuesday, a pair of area defensive backs earned top honors for their play this season. Krum senior Travis White and Argyle junior Connor Wilson were both first-team all-state selections after outstanding seasons for their respective squads.
Terence Belton is the latest of a string of big-time middle linebackers to strut the halls of Guyer High School. In Guyer’s five-year run of successful playoff appearances, Belton is in his first year of starting at the position and has followed in the footsteps of some great ones, most notably Blake Terry and Dominic Ramacher, who are both playing at the Football Bowl Subdivision level now.
ARGYLE — In February, when the University Interscholastic League released its realignment of Texas high schools, Argyle coach Todd Rodgers and Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor laughed at the possibility of facing off in the postseason for the third straight year.
Early in a team’s season, it goes through a chemistry-building process. The Denton Broncos are still early in that process, and they fell to visiting Flower Mound Marcus 52-44 on Saturday.