Winning is contagious in Argyle and has been for quite some time, and that was evident again Monday when the University Interscholastic League announced the 2011-12 Lone Star Cup winners.
The Lone Star Cup annually recognizes five high schools — one in each classification — based on overall achievement in a variety of athletic and academic competitions.
The Eagles had a banner year, making the state championship game in football and winning the Class 3A boys basketball title while also making it to state in golf and winning multiple medals at the state track meet.
“Without a doubt,” Argyle head football coach and athletic director Todd Rodgers said, “it’s probably one of more impressive years we’ve had for athletic accomplishment. It’ll be very difficult to ever replicate a year like this.”
Rodgers, in his ninth year at Argyle, led his team to the Class 3A Division II final, marking his second appearance in the state championship game, with the first coming in Class 2A.
A few months later, John King led the Argyle boys basketball team to a state championship — the first for a boys team in school history.
Rodgers said the 2012 senior class, which included all-time Argyle greats such as Austin Aune and Clarke Overlander, was expected to lead the Eagle programs to great heights over the last four years.
“This class was identified early on as a very unique group,” Rodgers said. “It’s different than a lot of classes, and I guess they lived up to their billing.”
Argyle won its third Lone Star Cup in the award’s 14 years of existence and is one of just two schools to win the honor in multiple classifications. Argyle won the Class 2A award in 2005-06 and the 3A honor in 2008-09 and then again this year in Class 3A.
In all, Argyle won 11 district championships in team sports this year.
The only other school to win in multiple classifications is Southlake Carroll, this year’s Class 5A winner.
“It’s just an overall commitment to the community, by our board of trustees, the administration and all the employees,” Rodgers said. “It’s everybody working for the success of a whole. Everybody’s motivated to play a role in it. It’s talked about and discussed. It’s brought up as a motivator.
“It’s not just a casual, happenchance-type deal. It’s a proactive goal that we talk about and discuss.”
Argyle finished with 94 points in the standings — 22 points in front of Abilene Wylie and Lucas Lovejoy.
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Year of the Eagle
The team finished atop Class 3A with a victory over Corpus Christi Miller in the state championship game. The Eagles finished the year with a 31-8 record. Senior Clarke Overlander, a North Texas signee, was named the state tournament MVP.
With a talented senior class and some young help mixed in, the Eagles made it to Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium for the Class 3A Division II state championship game. Crippled by a key injury to wide receiver Ian Sadler and a bad case of the flu suffered by quarterback Austin Aune, Argyle came up short, losing to Wimberley 21-14 and finishing the season with a 14-2 record.
Track and field
Always a threat to win a team title in Austin, the boys finished 10th in Class 3A while the girls brought home a sixth-place finish. Spencer McCloud won the Class 3A high jump title with a leap of 6 feet, 8 inches, and Jessie Johnson, an Auburn signee, won her third straight gold medal in pole vault with a vault of 13-1, setting a new Class 3A record.
The Eagles went to the Class 3A state tournament for the first time and just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth after a runner-up showing at the Region II tournament.