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Spring 2006 Wrap-Up
By David Kuykendall, FISD Athletic Director

With only two weeks of school left, it is time to recognize the efforts of our FISD spring athletic programs. However, there were some winter accomplishments that had not been completed when the winter wrap-up article went to print. Just when you thought Frisco HS Coach Bruce Eubanks’ boy’s swim teams was reloading; they perform a rarity in sports. The team won STATE for the second year in a row. In route to the title, the 200 Free Relay set a state record. Also, from Centennial HS’s girl’s diving team, Emily Watson came in 2nd in diving. To top off the State Championships, Coach Eubanks and Coach Ronnie Rogers received Coach of the Year honors. Frisco ISD is quickly earning the reputation as a state force to be reckoned with.

At the State Wrestling competition, CHS wrestling Coach Michael Eaton led his girl’s team to a 6th place finish over-all, while Lene’ Wood won 1st place in the 95 lb. weight class. FHS also had a state champion in Melissa Epps. Coach Chuck Brown, from FHS, received the Dallas Morning News’ Wrestling All-Area Coach of the Year honors. Congratulations to the young men and women who made it down to state wrestling. That is no small feat.

Moving on to the late winter and spring sports, the Frisco HS boy’s soccer program broke new ground this season. Coach Daniel Dollinger’s team claimed their first ever District Championship. The squad, who were led by Josh Mikulewicz, Gerado Gaona and Andy Swann, advanced to the state semi-finals. The team is young, and if they can fill some of the holes left by graduation, I expect to see them in the hunt again next year. Coach Jaime Leraas’ FHS girl’s soccer team battled injuries all year long. They were in every game, mainly because of the play of Alex Schoepf, Paula Frazier and Lindsey Lackore. They should contend next year.

Coach Lauren O’Brien had her Centennial HS girl’s soccer team in uncharted waters this winter. Led by Kate Marr, Abbey Niehaus and Sarah Hunter the Lady Titans were Bi-District Champions. Becoming a champion in only their third year of existence is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations ladies. The CHS boy’s soccer team, led by Coach Jason Aune, competed well in a tough district. Five of their seven district losses were by one goal. Carson Fabian, Kyle Kleeburg and Alonso Sabido were a big reason that this team was so competitive. Success is on this program’s horizon.

The Centennial golf program is in good hands. Coach Lisa Hamric’s boy’s squad placed second at District and third at Regional (only a couple of strokes out of second). Led by all underclassmen Corey Munns, John Darden and Austin Green, this group has a realistic shot at advancing to state in ’07. Also Corey came in 9th at State as a medalist. Way to go Corey! The girl’s team performed admirable led by Channing Denton, Christina Moore and Amanda Maynard. With a little more seasoning, this program should soar.

Coach Mary Black’s Frisco HS boys and girls golfers finished in the top four in 15 tournaments this school year. Standouts include Olivia Wood, Daniel Borg, Carrissa Bellehumeur, Austin Lane and Holly Hinsey. This program has grown to 22 golfers this year and will continue to strive to be the best.

The Centennial HS tennis program was led this year by Narine Kazarova, Rachel Simpson and Dennis Roy. Coach Carolyn Quarles produced district champions in boys and girls singles, with Narine advancing to State for the third year in a row. That’s big! She came away with third place at State, in what I thought was one of the best HS tennis matches I have ever seen. If you have never seen Narine play you should.

Coach Chris Barnhart guided his Frisco HS tennis mixed doubles team to the Regional competition. Andrew Dodson and Mandy Bowling were only several points away from advancing to Austin. However, it wasn’t meant to be. The FHS tennis program has a long tradition of being strong; I expect next year to be a banner year.

Coach Chris Pawlak’s Centennial boys track program ventured into some new territory. The squad, led by Jimmy Kenny, Aaron Jones and Logan Kirby, won two invitational meets and finished in the top three in all their pre-district meets. A new tradition has begun at CHS, and it is boys track! Coach Abby Cole had her girl’s tricksters accomplishing feats that they used to only discuss. The squad, paced by Jazmine Cage, Shannon Stewart and Samantha Sands won their first invitational meet, ever. They also qualified eight girls to Regionals.

The Frisco girls track program has been one of the most consistent programs we have in FISD. Coach Sam Reiter’s team was led by Brittany Culbertson, Chelsea and Desiree Spencer. All three helped the team to place third at district, and all three advanced to Regional. If I know Coach Reiter, next year we will have some FHS representation at the State meet. The boys track program improved each week. Coach Steven Seale had three stand-out performers. They were Chase Poe, shot put District Champion, John Faulstich and Josh Schuler. Next year should be a break out season.

The Frisco baseball team was led this year by Kel Presley, Tyler Sibley and Landry Davis. Coach Scott Cook will have to replace some key seniors in his line-up; if he can, I think next season looks very promising.

The Centennial baseball program is definitely on the rise. Coach Cecil Vega’s squad was 5-1 against the top three teams in the district. Due to the efforts of Danny McDonnell, Casey Terna and Ryan Judd, five of the eight district losses were either by one run or in the last inning. Next year’s expectations will be high.

Centennial’s softball team finished in the middle of the district race. Coach Bryant Upshaw saw quite a bit of leadership out of Jennifer McKinley, Natalie Neal and Vee Smith. The group had some success early, but struggled in district play.

Coach Max Bledsoe had his Frisco Lady Raccoon softballers in the post season again. The play-offs have gotten to be a yearly occurrence….and I like it! This year’s team was crowned District and Area Champions and ended up 26 and 8. Lauren Craig and Mallarie Stone were two seniors that led the Lady’s all season. Northwest ended the play-off run last weekend taking a two out of three series. However, with seven out of nine starters coming back next year, I smell a run all the way to Austin.

The FISD Middle School soccer programs finished their third season on Saturday with both grade levels competing in the Frisco District Tournament. During the regular season we had four teams post undefeated records and earn top seeds in the tournament.

The 8th grade boys division had Pioneer with a 6-0 season record and a number one seed going into tournament play but losing to number two seed Staley in the second round. Staley finished the tournament as Champions with Wester 2nd and Clark beating Pioneer in the Consolation Bracket for 3rd. In the 8th grade girls division Griffin came into tournament play with an undefeated record and a number one seed and never looked back. The Griffin girls beat the 2nd place team Wester in the Championship game while the Lady Roach Rams defeated the surprising 6th seeded Lady Mustangs for 3rd place.

In the 7th grade boys division the Staley Mustangs completed the season and the tournament undefeated. Staley beat the 2nd seeded Panthers in the Championship game and Wester defeated Clark for 3rd place. Finally, in our 7th grade girls division the Wester Lady Wildcats rolled through district play undefeated and beat Pioneer in a hard fought 1-0 win to earn the tournament Championship. The Lady Panthers finished 2nd while the Clark Cougars defeated Staley for a 3rd place finish. Congratulations to all of our players and coaches for a great season and competitive tournament!

Whew! That’s a lot of programs and a lot of kids to recognize! But I love doing it, and I love watching all the programs. I don’t know how long this article will get next year, when we have (4) high schools and (6) middle schools. It will be fun and I look forward to doing it.