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Fall Sports Wrap-up. Wow, What a Fall! (November, 2006)
by David Kuykendal, FISD Athletic Director

Someone forgot to tell the athletes in Frisco ISD that adding two more high schools would decrease the likelihood of post season advancement for their school’s program. You see, the fall of ’06 may go down as one of the best falls ever. We advanced two schools to the cross country regional meet and one to state. We had a volleyball team that advanced to the regional finals, and currently have a football team advancing to the post season for the first time since 1999. Not bad at all for the fastest growing school district in the state of Texas.

The Frisco HS girls cross country advanced to the 4A regional meet by placing second at the district meet. Coach Sam Reiter then had his girls peaking at the right time at regional, for it was there that the team placed third to earn a spot at the state meet. The team was lead by Jessica Rodriguez, Dana Swann, Lauren Flores, and Kristen Matulis. At state the team finished in 10th place, with the top three finishers running their personal best. With only one senior on this team, I am making plans now to be in Round Rock next year to watch this group be in medal contention.

Also advancing to the 4A regional cross country meet was the boy’s team from Centennial HS. By placing third over-all at district, the squad qualified all of it’s runners for the competition. Cole Reveal won the district meet and was in the top ten at regional, qualifying him for the state meet. Coach Jody Hawkins is already looking forward to next season when she will be working with Adam Cummings, Soren Thompson, and Tyler Shipman, and the rest of the squad that is comprised of all underclassmen.

Not to be left out, the Wakeland boy’s cross country advanced as a team to the 3A regional meet by placing third at district. Coach Jody Brown’s runners were led by JC Almond, Ademir Cerimagic, Matt Glasthal, and Robert Hallett. Also advancing to regional from Wakeland was Courtney O’Rourke, after placing in the top ten individually, at the girl’s district meet. The WHS runners should really be commended, considering the school is in its first year of existence.

How about those Centennial Titan Volleyballers? They have been on a tear all season long, wiping out opponents, usually in three games. All season long they have been ranked number one in the Dallas Morning News Area Poll, and ranked in the top three of the State-Wide Poll. All I have to say about all of that is that they deserve it. Coach Kari Bensend’s squad recently advanced to the regional finals to play Waco Midway. Led by Erika Clark, Lauren McKean, Sara Dinh, Lunden Azuara, Jessika Stewart, Danielle Venancio, and Angela Bensend, the girls fought a good fight. After winning the first two games, the team lost the next three, with the last game finishing at 15-12. In front of a jam packed gym, they represented CHS, Frisco ISD, and the town of Frisco with true grit and determination; but it just wasn’t meant to be. It has been awhile since a team from the town of Frisco has had a chance to play in Austin, and I for one just want to say thanks to the coaches and players for letting me go along for the ride. The team’s record ended at 39-3. Congratulations on a tremendous season ladies.

Frisco Raccoon football, play-off bound. Boy does that sound great! The last time a Frisco team has made it to the play-offs was 1999, and since 1997 when a district title was won. With an 8-2 record, Coach Vance Gibson’s squad has accomplished both. Led by Evan Coachman, Brogan Funderburg, Daniel Hale, Curtis Kazanski, Josh Wakefield, and Chris Warnick, the team has the whole town talking play-offs. After going 6-1 in district play and sharing the district title with Lake Dallas, the boys will face West Mesquite this Friday, in Wylie, at 7:30. Kudos to the team that beat McKinney North, played Highland Park off of their feet, and has already beaten West Mesquite once in pre-season. They have also been ranked in the Top 10 in the Area since the sixth week of the season. Having a large crowd in the stands to cheer the local squad on is important in every sport, but especially football, so I hope the football fans in Frisco will be out in droves come this Friday night. I know I wouldn’t miss it.

Like I said at the beginning of this article, don’t underestimate the student athletes in Frisco ISD. They have risen to the challenge this fall, and I have an idea that this will only be an indication of how the rest of the school year will go. I’m proud to be associated with Frisco ISD athletics, and even more proud of the coaches and athletes that make up the athletic programs. Congratulations and good luck to those whose season is finishing or starting up.