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Late Winter and Early Spring Wrap-up (April, 2007)

By David Kuykendall, FISD Athletic Director

I’m busting out at the seams of how proud I am of our athletes in Frisco ISD. With baseball and softball play-offs, regional/state golf, tennis and track competition yet to go, it has been a season to remember for the FHS boy’s soccer team, as well as our regional qualifiers in track, tennis and golf. There were some folks that were skeptical as to whether adding two new high schools would dilute the talent levels at all four high schools. I’m here to tell you that this has been one of the best years ever for Frisco High and Centennial, and the kids at Wakeland and Liberty have competed better than anyone had ever imagined. At the same time participation at all four campuses is way up, and kids who may not have played competitive sports are doing so at a very high level.

FRISCO HIGH SCHOOL

I just came back from Round Rock this past weekend where I watched the Frisco boy’s soccer team play Wichita Falls Rider for the state championship. That’s right the state championship! Ours guys played awesome. Coach Daniel Dollinger had the team peaking at just the right time. The squad was led onto the field by seniors Joe Wash, Andy Swann, Ryan Christianson and Levi Dahl. The game was tied 2-2 after regulation and over-time. That meant the champion would have to win in a shoot-out. That’s where a player tries to score a goal on the goalie, one on one within a certain amount of time (I think 5 seconds). Anyway, we lost 2-1 in the shoot-out. The loss didn’t diminish the huge accomplishment of getting to the championship game, going 19-5-3 this season, and finishing as the second best 4A team in the state. With underclassmen Alphonse Coleman, Brad Hunt and Cody Adams coming back next year, don’t be surprised if the team makes it to state again in ’08. Great job guys, on a job well done; we are so proud of all you.

Coach Sam Reiter is up to his old tricks again with the girl’s track program. Coach Reiter didn’t participate in many invitational meets this year where the rest of the district competition was performing. So when the district meet came along, nobody new how the girl’s would stack up to the rest of the pack. District Champions, enough said. Regional qualifiers included seniors Brittany Culbertson, Brittany Stallworth and Christian Harris. Underclassmen qualifying are Desiree Spencer, Nnedi Ubani, Brittney Mason and Lindsey Keys. Represent at regionals, ladies.

Coach Josh Gibson said that his boy’s track team really had a chance to improve this season. Three school records later, four young men are advancing to regional. They are Mike Cunningham, Josh Schuler, Daron Spence and John Faulstich. The team placed 6th at district. Get after ‘em at regionals guys.

The girl’s golf team just finished up another successful season, by placing 2nd at the district tournament. Members of Coach Mary Black’s squad that will be representing FHS at regionals include: Nikki Dunn, Olivia Wood, Courtney Brewer, Holly Hinsey and Bellehumeur. Congrats ladies, and good luck at regionals.

The tennis team will be advancing their mixed doubles team to regionals, consisting of Mandy Bowling and Matt Koening, due to their 2nd place finish at the district tournament. Also advancing as alternates will be the boy’s doubles team, made up of Brian Bunyard and Andrew Dodson, due to their 3rd place finish at district. Coach Chris Barnhart said that this has been the best spring finish at FHS in the past 3 years.

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL

Coach Jason Aune’s boy’s soccer team made history this season. They won the 14-4A District Championship, and advanced to the regional quarter-finals. The team was fairly young this year, but had some solid senior leadership in Jason Stewart, Robson Pritchett, Kyler Prior and Bryan Mikeska. The Titans finished with a record of 17-3-2 overall. Way to go guys. Next year should be interesting.

The CHS boy’s golf team tied for first at the district tournament, but lost in an exciting, but heartbreaking sudden death play-off hole to McKinney Boyd. Their runner-up finish ensures them of advancing to regionals, where they will meet Boyd again, plus an always tough Highland Park team. Coach Lisa Hamrick’s squad should be up to the task, because last year they came in 3rd at regionals, and all of her team is back. Seniors who will be leading the Titans are Corey Munns, Austin Green and John Darden. Also advancing to play at regionals will be Christina Moore as an individual medalist from CHS. I’m ready to go to state in golf…come on guys!

Coach Chris Pawlak always has his boy’s track team peaking at the right time, and that was certainly the case at the district meet this past week. Some of the athletes advancing to regionals include Patrick Kimbley, Brandon Holmes, Colin Banks, Kyle Padden and Cole Reveal. The team finished 4th at district. Keep up the good work.

The CHS girl’s track team broke three school records at the district meet. First year Coach Jody Hawkins has her team ready for regionals. Records were broken by Jessica Stewart, Emma Galdo and Audrey Kirkpatrick. Others advancing to regionals are Jazmine Cage and Samantha Sands. Run fast ladies!

WAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL

For a first year golf program, Coach Ken Warmbier certainly didn’t have his team playing like they were rookies. Both the boys and girls pulled off a rare double. They both won the 9-3A District Championship! Awesome. The boys will be led into regionals by Austin Lane, Jack Lempke, Daniel Borg and Ted Harrington. The girls will be led by Taylor Newlin, Courtney Bostwick, Magan Meric and Candace Galway. They play next week up at Tanglewood and my guess is that one or both of these teams will be playing in Austin in early May. What an accomplishment!

When Coach Steve Schkade left Allen to become the tennis coach at Wakeland HS, I don’t know if he expected as much success as quick, as it has come to the WHS team. The tennis team, like the golf team, pulled off the same double. Both the boys and girls teams were crowned 9-3A District Champions. Those advancing to regionals include Merida Thurmon, Kaleb Swanson, Cameron Salmon, Christian O’Rourke, Monica Sok and Yesenia Campos. Way to go Wolverines!

Coach Ken Thorne’s boy’s track team placed 4th at the district track meet this past week in Prosper. His regional qualifiers included Nick Ledee, Michael Ortega, Ryan Collins, Jamar Brown and Brandon Claypool. Coach Thorne said his “running wolverines” will be ready for the regional competition, and expects all to run well. Great job guys.

Coach Rusty Oglesby’s boy’s soccer team finished their first-ever season 4-17 overall. The team was led by Aaron Reifschneider, Jimmy Irwin, Taylor Jackson, Walker White and Justin Harrison. In arguably the toughest district around, the guys are already working hard in off-season to prepare for next year. Keep up the good work.

In the district where the eventual state champion comes from (The Colony), Coach Kim Colon’s girl’s soccer played their hearts out. Team standouts included Casey McCall, Evan Stanberry, Tori Aubele, Liz Hammond and Hannah Snell. With everyone back for the ’08 season, great things are on the horizon.

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL

With only freshmen and sophomores on the boy’s golf team, Coach Shannon Glidwell wasn’t sure what to expect out of this years LHS squad. What he got was a district runner-up finish, and the entire team advancing to regionals next week at Tanglewood. Those who will lead the team into regionals include Cooper Denton, Richard Sands, Matt Powell and Sean Stubbs. What an accomplishment playing only 9th and 10th graders, and finishing 2nd at district! Good luck at regionals.

At the 9-3A district tennis championships, the Liberty Redhawk girl’s team finished 2nd and the boy’s team finished 3rd. That is truly amazing! Participating at regionals will be Kyle Holden, Maghan Cruz, Anna Stone and Prapti Shah. Coach Erica Dopson has worked wonders in such a short period of time. Also, I have watched these players during practice and as they get older and a little stronger they will compete well with the other 3A and 4A schools.

The Liberty boy’s and girl’s track teams were both crowned junior varsity district champions. Coach Laura Keahey had one athlete advanced to regionals in the girl’s varsity division. She is Faith Washington. She will compete at regionals in the triple jump.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TRACK

The 2007 Middle School Track season wrapped up with 4 teams from FISD finishing in the top three at the District Meet held in McKinney on March 31st. The Griffin Gator Girls 7th Grade took home top honors winning the 8th Girls District Championship. The Wester 7th Grade Girls took home the second place trophy and the Clark 8th Grade Boys and Wester 8th Grade Girls finished 3rd out of thirteen district teams. Congratulations to all of our FISD contestants and to all the winners at the District Meet.

Thanks for all the hard work from our participants and coaching staffs! Soccer season is under way and the FISD Middle School District Soccer Tournament will be on Friday May 11th and Saturday May 12th. We look forward to another exciting tournament.

As you can see, Frisco ISD has been well represented athletically, locally, regionally and state-wide. Participation is up and we are winning. I don’t think it gets any better than that. Congratulations to those, whose season is over, and good luck to those whose season is not yet done. My car is gassed up and ready to go to Austin….any day!