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Winter Wrap-Up 2007 (February, 2007)
By David Kuykendall, FISD Athletic Director

We have had a great winter of competition in Frisco ISD from high school basketball, swimming and wrestling to middle school basketball. As we have grown, it has become harder to make sure that everyone that deserves recognition receives it in my seasonal wrap-up articles. I count on the coaches to help me and if I leave someone out, it is never intentional. Having said all that, here we go.

Swimming Frisco High School – The swim program at FHS never ceases to amaze me. You would think that the opening of another HS on the west side of Preston would cause the Raccoons to struggle. Well I was dead wrong. As usual, Coach Eubanks had his team peaking at just the right time. The team honors included for the boys: 6th district title, 5th regional title, and a 3rd place finish at state. For the girls: 6th district title, 5th regional title, and a great showing at state. The team was led all season by Josh Pena, Charles Melton, Brad Bassett, Brian Remson, Jennifer Miller, Natalie Hoffman, and Amanda Johnson. Congrats FHS, on another outstanding year.

Wakeland High School – For a first year program, Coach Rose had her team swimming like veterans. The girls took 4th in district and 10th at regionals. The boys took 5th at district and 11th at regionals. Tyler Bassett led the team all year and was the lone Wolverine representative in Austin at the state meet. Next year should be even better.

Liberty High School – With only 9th and 10th graders, Coach Todd’s expectations could have been to compete and prepare for next year. However, with the grit that her squad swam with, the future is now. The Red Hawks qualified almost 10 swimmers to the regional competition, with Dolores Johnson, Ben Blandford and Nico Kuula leading the way. It will be fun watching these young ones grow up.

Wrestling Centennial High School – The Titan wrestling team is quickly gaining the reputation of a program to be reckoned with. For the last couple of years, Coach Eaton has had his grapplers on top of their game at district, regional and state competition. This year the girl’s team was district champs and regional runners-up, while the boy’s were district champs and 15th place at regional. The seniors that have led this group from day one include: Brent Holtrop, Josh Spicer, Lene’ Wood, Kirsten Gunia and Ashley Lee. With seven state qualifiers, look for some hardware being brought back to Frisco after this weekend’s state championship. Good luck in Austin to all of you.

Frisco High School – Since Vanessa Epps enrolled in wrestling four years ago, the girl’s program at FHS has been under the spotlight, and it doesn’t look as if it will dim anytime soon. Coach Brown has four girls wrestling in Austin, along with Jason Medford. You throw in Whitney Newman’s leadership, and I plan on watching several Frisco wrestlers on Saturday (the Championship round). I know all of you Raccoons will “represent”.

Wakeland High School – In its first year of competition, the Wolverines wrestled their hearts out. Coach Kennedy’s boys team finished 5th at the district tournament. The boys were led by Patrick McConegly, Ryan Stanberry and DaMon Golatt. The girl’s team had one wrestler that was truly outstanding. Karra Stratton was a district champion, regional qualifier, and will compete in Austin this weekend for a state championship. Good luck in Austin, Karra.

Liberty High School – Coach Brennan’s Red Hawk wrestlers competed well all season long. The boys finished 6th at district and the girls’ qualified one girl for regionals, Alexys Nunez. Along with Alexys, the team was led by Chris Basto, David Spicer and Kyson Flake. With a good off-season, this program is about to take off. Way to go guys, and I’m already looking forward to next year for you.

Girls Basketball Frisco High School – The FHS Running Raccoons are at it again. Coach Rose’s team was recently crowned district champions, and last Friday night defeated Whitehouse to become area champions. The squad is trying to go further in the play-offs than a Frisco team has gone in awhile. With only one senior, Tara McAtee, the youth of Dani Thomas, Shay Cooney and Tiffany Moore has been served. Their current record is 25-8, and they will be playing Lake Dallas this Wednesday, in Aubrey. We need all of Frisco HS and their parents to show up and show your support for the girls. Good luck Lady Raccoons.

Wakeland High School – Coach Krempin’s Lady Wolverines have been the talk of 3A basketball for this past week. First of all they made the play-offs as the 3rd place team out of district 9-3A; then they beat Rains and Dallas Roosevelt to become area champions. Montric Santee has led this team all year long, but it has definitely been a team effort. The Ladys play Princeton this Wednesday, at McKinney Boyd HS. We need half of all the students and their parents to come to the game and help the team bring home a victory (see boys WHS b-ball). Go get ‘em Lady Wolverines.

Centennial High School – The Lady Titans finished the season with a 16-14 record, and it was the first time the CHS girls basketball team had a winning record. Kudos to Coach Charles and his squad. The team was led all year long by Emma Fradette, Carolina Williams and Lauren Ellison. The team was pretty young, so I would watch out for them next year.

Boys Basketball Wakeland High School – Yes, both the boys and girls basketball programs from WHS are in the play-offs. What an accomplishment! Coach Benningfield has his guys peaking at the right time. The Wolverines finished 2nd in district play, and will play Quinlan this Wednesday, at McKinney North HS. The team will be led into the play-offs by Preston Whitley, Malcolm Todd and Nick Hinton. So, we need the other half of all the students and their parents to come to the game and cheer the boys on to victory. My plan is to watch the first half of the girl’s game at BHS, then get to MNHS in time to see the second half of the boy’s game. I’m planning on the FHS girls beating Lake Dallas, and watching them play the next round of the play-offs. Good luck Wolverines.

Centennial High School – The Titans played hard all year long, and had a point or two gone another way, I might be talking about them in the play-offs. Coach Miller’s team was led by Dominique Bostic, Jordan Rose, Chad Smith and Rashid Baker. Off-season has already begun over at CHS, and the goal for next year is the play-offs.

The 2006-2007 Middle School Basketball season wrapped up with four teams from FISD bringing home trophies from McKinney. The regular season ended with Clark girls 7th and 8th grade teams winning 6 or more games and the Griffin and Pioneer boys 8th grade teams winning 6 and 7 games respectively. The Griffin 7th and 8th grade girls each finished with 7-1 season records and the Clark 7th and 8th grade boys both finished with unbeaten seasons. The Clark 8th grade boys finished the last two seasons with a 31-0 record.

In the District Tournament the Clark 8th grade boys defeated the Pioneer Panthers to bring home their 2nd District championship in two years. The Griffin Lady Gators brought home two trophies with the 8th grade girls getting 3rd and the 7th grade girls losing in the finals to get 2nd. The Pioneer boys fought hard in the finals against Clark and brought home the 2nd place trophy.

State competitions in swimming and wrestling, state play-offs in boys and girls basketball, MS championships being won………..does it get any better than this? I’m just glad I’m here in Frisco ISD to enjoy all of it! Good luck to all of those who are still competing in the winter sports. I almost forgot, be sure to get out and support soccer, baseball, softball, track, golf and tennis; because after all, they are underway.