Tuesday’s announcement from the University Interscholastic League was something folks in Argyle knew was coming for a third straight year.
The Class 3A Lone Star Cup is going to be in Argyle for another year.
The UIL announced the winners of the Lone Star Cup, a yearly trophy given out to one high school in each of the UIL’s five classifications based on team performance in district and state championships.
Argyle won its third consecutive 3A Lone Star Cup and fifth title overall. Argyle also won the title in 2008-09 and while in Class 2A in 2005-06. The school will receive a trophy and a $1,000 scholarship to commemorate another stellar year.
Argyle school district superintendent Telena Wright said the award speaks to the talent of the high school’s students and the dedication and commitment of its staff.
“This shows balance,” Wright said. “It shows balance among athletics, among academics and among fine arts. It shows balance and accomplishments in programs.”
Argyle won with 102 points — 16 points ahead of College Station. Southlake Carroll, the Class 5A winner, was the only school to tally more points than the Eagles with 115. While the last update was issued June 13, the standings for each classification were finalized Tuesday.
The Eagles won the 3A Division II football state championship and were state finalists in baseball and girls basketball. The boys golf team also reached state.
Argyle’s football team earned the most points out of all the athletic programs with 16 (four points for a district title and a playoff berth, two points for each playoff win).
“We had a tremendous run of athletes over the last couple of years,” said Todd Rodgers, the school’s athletic director and head football coach. “I believe we have the strongest coaching staff we’ve ever had, and those two combined is a good formula for success.”
But the school’s off-the-field accomplishments are a big reason why the Eagles took home their fifth cup and fourth in 3A. Argyle won the state academic meet for the ninth time overall and for the seventh year in a row, and the marching band carried over the points from last year’s biennial state competition.
Argyle earned 10 points each for its finishes in the state academic meet and the marching contest.
Those activities gave Argyle the points it needed to hold off College Station, which is in its second year of existence.
“We have very committed kids and dedicated staff, great coaching staff and a great support staff,” Rodgers said, “and it takes both of those elements to be successful year in and year out.”