Robinson nation’s top QB in 2017 class

Quarterback Shawn Robinson eludes a Keller Central defender

Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson eludes a Keller Central defender last season. David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle

This isn’t too surprising, but it’s news, nonetheless.

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson, who is set to begin spring football with the Wildcats on April 27 to prime for his junior season, has been getting tons of accolades and big-time offers recently, and on Tuesday he added another.

Robinson, who recently picked up offers from defending national champ Ohio State along with Alabama to add to his prestigious list, was named the top quarterback in the country in the latest Top 247 for 2017 released by recruiting website 247 Sports.

Robinson is the No. 11 player on the list and the top-ranked quarterback and has a four-star rating from the service. Other services, including Scout, have tagged Robinson with the rare five-star rating.

“We think he’s the best quarterback in the country regardless of classification, so I’m glad everyone else thinks so too,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said.

Robinson burst on to the scene last year as a young sophomore, having just turned 15 a month before the season began. He ended up throwing for 2,799 yards and 33 touchdowns with just five picks. On the ground, he rushed for 1,416 yards and 17 scores while leading Guyer to an area-round playoff berth.

Walsh said he has to pinch himself every once and a while to make sure he isn’t dreaming thinking about the prospect of coaching the 6-3, 195-pound Robinson for two more years at the high school level.

“It’s definitely something that makes you feel good as a program knowing you have your quarterback solidified with that kind of talent and that kind of leadership,” Walsh said. “He brings so much to the table with his physical talent, but he’s also extremely humble. I don’t know who all reads the papers and the Internet to see he’s the No. 1 guy, but you wouldn’t know it just seeing him at school.”

Ryan football nabs 5 district games at Collins in 2015

Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders eludes a Trophy Club Nelson defender last year. (Mike Mezeul, for the DRC)

Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders eludes a Trophy Club Nelson defender last year. (Mike Mezeul, for the DRC)

Ryan will play six games in the friendly confines of C.H. Collins in 2015, five of them in District 5-6A. If you remember, the Raiders played four of their seven district games on the road last year. That included three trips to Keller ISD Athletic Complex.

Keller ISD is a nice stadium, but attendants lock straggling reporters (like me) inside without checking the press box before they leave. I hate climbing gates.

This year, Ryan gains two extra district games at C.H. Collins, and only has to travel to Trophy Club Nelson (Oct. 2) and Keller (Oct. 22). For those keeping track, yes, the final regular-season game is technically an away game against Guyer. But since it’s both teams’ home stadium … it’s simply a matter of switching sidelines.

The Keller game is one of three Thursday night games — including nondistrict. The schedule only features one home game in nondistrict against Hebron.

So without further delay, here is the 2015 Ryan football schedule.

Date Opponent Time
Friday, Aug. 21 At Grapevine (scrimmage) TBA
Friday, Aug. 28 At Rockwall 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 3 Hebron 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 10 At Wylie East 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18 OPEN
Friday, Sept. 25 Keller Central 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 2 At Trophy Club Nelson 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 9 Keller Timber Creek 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 16 Keller Fossil Ridge 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 22 At Keller 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 30 Justin Northwest 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6 At Guyer (C.H. Collins) 7 p.m.


Hodapp set to become Guyer softball ironman

Guyer's Hannah Hodapp (3) connects against Burleson-Centennial in a playoff game last May at Saginaw High School in Fort Worth. David Minton/DRC

Guyer’s Hannah Hodapp (3) connects against Burleson-Centennial in a playoff game last May at Saginaw High School in Fort Worth. David Minton/DRC

Any time a Guyer softball player can break an all-time school record held by Kylee Crosek, it’s a pretty big deal.

Crosek was the first softball star for Guyer in the fledgling years of the program as a four-year starter. By the time she was a senior, she helped lead the Lady Wildcats to the Class 4A state tournament in Austin. Simply put, Crosek holds just about every school record at Guyer. I once saw her intentionally walked to lead off a game. That tells you what you need to know.

But on Friday, Crosek is losing one of her school records, and she’ll be on hand to see it as a member of the junior varsity coaching staff while doing her student teaching at Guyer and helping out with softball.

That’s because Hannah Hodapp will set a new school record for career starts when she steps on the field to start for Guyer against Keller in a key District 5-6A game to determine first place in the district and start off the second round of district play.

Hodapp started as a freshman and has never left the starting lineup since. She entered Wednesday’s win against Ryan hitting .476 with a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.119 OPS. She has a double, a triple and a homer to go with 13 RBIs and 16 runs in 12 games played. She has eight stolen bases and has been caught just once.

Hodapp, a West Texas A&M signee, will make her 111th career start, passing up Crosek’s mark of 110, which Hodapp tied on Wednesday night in a 10-0 win over Ryan. In that game, Hodapp went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base, also scoring on a passed ball at home.

Guyer football schedule features 4 Thursday games

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) tries to get to the sideline as Ryan sophomore linebacker Tyreke Davis (21) hangs on Nov. 7 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) tries to get to the sideline as Ryan sophomore linebacker Tyreke Davis (21) hangs on Nov. 7 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle

Guyer will play four — count ‘em FOUR — Thursday night games in 2015 and will be the first game played at Allen Eagle Stadium since 2013, assuming they can get that $60 million fortress back up and running by August.

All four games against Keller ISD schools are on the road and will all be played on Thursday nights. The schedule also features a home date against defending Class 5A Division I state champion Ennis, which Guyer defeated on a last-second field goal last year at Ennis.

So without further delay, here it is, folks. The Guyer football schedule for the 2015 season.

Date Opponent Time
Friday, Aug. 21 At Euless Trinity (scrimmage) 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 28 At Allen 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4 Ennis 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11 At Wichita Falls Rider 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18 OPEN
Thursday, Sept. 24 At Keller 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 2 Justin Northwest 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8 At Keller Fossil Ridge 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15 At Keller Central 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 23 Trophy Club Nelson 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 29 At Keller Timber Creek 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6 Ryan 7 p.m.


Guyer QB picks up 5-star rating

Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) dives into the end zone in Guyer's playoff game against Southlake Carroll. The junior-to-be earned a five-star rating from Scout on Monday.

Coming as a surprise to absolutely no one, Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson will enter his junior season for the Wildcats as a five-star recruit by at least one recruiting service.

Scout announced on Monday that Robinson was its first quarterback in the Class of 2017 to earn a five-star rating from its Midlands division, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

“I don’t know a whole lot about what stars mean, but I do know Shawn is really dang good,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said.

This, like I said, is a surprise to no one. Robinson had his coming-out party on the Texas high school landscape last season after moving to Guyer from a young Saginaw Chisholm Trail program after his mother, Andrea, was hired in April as the Guyer girls basketball coach. Robinson started as a freshman at Chisholm Trail, but went relatively unnoticed. Then, he went to Guyer and took off.

The 6-2, 205-pound sophomore used his pass-first approach to throw for 2,799 yards and 33 touchdowns to go with just five interceptions. But he’s also not only a plenty capable runner, he’s a lethal one. He rushed for 1,416 yards and 17 scores while averaging more than 10 yards per carry in leading Guyer to the area round of the Class 6A Division II playoffs as a 15-year-old.

Robinson already has offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Baylor, TCU, Nebraska and Arizona State, and the next two years of watching him ought to be really fun for area high school football fans.

Guyer, Argyle, Aubrey, Ponder moved to Monday

The Guyer Wildcats-Cedar Hill Class 6A second round playoff game scheduled from this afternoon has been postponed again due to the inclement weather  and officials from Guyer and Cedar Hills are working on details when the game will be re-scheduled.

The Ponder-Peaster Class 3A second round playoff game has been re-scheduled to Monday night at 7 p.m. at Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School.

The Argyle-Wilmer-Hutchins Class 4A playoff game, scheduled for 5 p.m. today at Loos Field House in Addison has been postponed and will be played Monday night. Time and site is still undetermined.

The Aubrey-Dallas Lincoln Class 4A playoff game, scheduled for 7 p.m., has been postponed until Monday. A time and place for the game is undetermined.

Class 4A Region II final — Argyle vs Celina

Happy Saturday folks! I am still here at Texas A&M-Commerce for today’s highly-anticipated — and expected — rematch between Argyle (29-5) and Celina (32-4). These teams have a lot of history and met in last year’s 3A region final, a game the Lady Eagles won. A berth to this year’s state tournament is on the line. Game time is noon.

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Argyle one win from state; Celina stands in its way

By Steve Gamel, Staff Writer

COMMERCE — There was no sugar coating in Argyle coach Skip Townsend’s postgame speech Friday night. The message was simple and straightforward.

The Lady Eagles’ 61-32 dismantling of Gilmer in the Class 4A Region II semifinals meant only one team stood in the way of Argyle and a second straight state tournament appearance. Townsend didn’t need to remind his players who that team was.

Argyle (29-5) meets Celina (32-4) at noon today in the region final at Texas A&M-Commerce. It is the second straight year these longtime rivals have met in a region final.

“I told them, ‘Here we are, right where we expected to be,’” Townsend said. “It’s going to come down to which team wants to be at state the most. And I challenged them by asking, ‘Is it us or them?’ I do believe these are the two best teams in the region. We’ll find out.”

Celina made quick work of Canton, 79-50, in its semifinal game to help set up what is essentially a rubber match with Argyle. Both teams split the District 9-4A series this season with blowout wins over the other. Argyle is ranked No. 3 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, but No. 7 Celina is no slouch.

The rematch also possesses a bit of intrigue. Last year’s Class 3A region final, a game Argyle won in double overtime, was marred when referees blew a whistle on a last-second 3-pointer by Celina’s Kynese Davis and left the court without providing an explanation.

Davis’ shot fell short of the net as she hit the ground, and a video on YouTube shows players from both teams reacting as if it were a costly foul. The referees left the court and the game was over.

The outcome was so controversial that the UIL issued a statement saying the decision was a judgment call and was not subject for review.

Argyle went on to the state final, where it lost to Waco La Vega. Judging by the way the Lady Eagles have played lately, they’ll be hard to beat in their quest for one more crack at a state title.

Vivian Gray scored 17 points on Friday and helped hold Gilmer (24-9) to 18 points through the first three quarters. In four playoff games, the Lady Eagles have combined to outscore opponents 284-102.

“I don’t think we’ve been beating bad teams; I just believe our girls are playing real good right now,” Townsend said. “This isn’t a one person team. We’ve shown that everyone on this team can score. It has made it [playoff run] very fun.”

Gray agreed.

“I think we’re better prepared after what happened last year,” she said.

Madison Ralston finished with 10 points — all in the first half — as Argyle jumped out to a 15-3 lead after the first eight minutes. Ralston scored eight of her team’s points during a 16-4 run to open the second quarter.

Argyle 61, Gilmer 32

Argyle 15 18 14 14 61
Gilmer 3 8 7 14 32

Argyle (29-5) — Vivian Gray 17, Jesse Sheridan 8, Madison Ralston 10, Delaney Sain 4, Olivia Gray 2, Claire Betzhold 5, Brittany Hamilton 6, Jocelyn Pierce 4, Kayla Haynes 3, Madison Stapleton 2.

Gilmer (24-9) — Jameekia Homer 16, Erica Wesley 5, Christian Brown 7, Tyler Criddle 2, Destiny Brooks 2.


Alright folks! It’s game time here in Commerce. Yes, yours truly made the trek out here to Texas A&M-Commerce for tonight’s Class 4A Region II semifinals. Game 1 (6 p.m. start) pits Celina against Canton. Game 2 (8 p.m. start) is, of course, the Argyle girls taking on Gilmer. The winners from tonight’s slate of games will meet in the final tomorrow at noon.

Below is a running blog of tonight’s games. Keep looking for updates throughout the night from me. After all the dust settles, I’ll post a recap game story to this blog.


Area basketball games postponed

Guyer boys basketball coach Grant Long, right, is none too happy about the winter weather.

Well, that escalated quickly, didn’t it?

Road conditions in the area deteriorated rapidly on Friday morning due to accumulating snow and temperatures in the low-20s, and as a result several big events are being canceled and postponed around the area.

The biggest, so far, from a sports perspective is the fact that Guyer’s area-round playoff game against Cedar Hill, which was scheduled for 5 p.m. today at Haltom City’s Thomas Coliseum. The game will tentatively begin at 2 p.m. Saturday now, but it could be pushed back due to forecasted freezing precipitation Saturday morning. The forecasted high temperature for Saturday is 36, so you’d have to think the game will be able to be played at some point Saturday, even if it’s later than 2 p.m.

The Argyle girls are set to play in the Class 4A Region II tournament in Commerce with an 8 p.m. semifinal tonight and a final tomorrow afternoon. Argyle athletic director Todd Rodgers said he got a call from the UIL this morning and was told to try his darndest to get the team to Commerce, so they left at 9 a.m., probably much earlier than they’d planned for their 8 p.m. game. Got word at 12:30 p.m. via a parent that the Argyle girls were already in Greenville, so they’ll be good to go.

Ponder’s game against Peaster in the Class 3A boys playoffs has been moved to 3 p.m. Saturday at Saginaw Chisholm Trail.

UPDATE (12:28 p.m.) The Argyle boys are off for tonight, as their scheduled 7:30 p.m. game against Wilmer-Hutchins was bumped to Saturday. The game will now be played on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Loos Field House in Addison.

UPDATE (2:07 p.m.) Aubrey’s boys were set to play Dallas Lincoln Friday night at Lewisville, but that game has now been postponed to Saturday, as well. Now, the Chaps will play a doubleheader with the Argyle boys and play Lincoln at 7 p.m. at Addison’s Loos Field House.

Guyer’s Brown does all the dirty work

Guyer senior forward Xavier Brown fights for a rebound in a game against Keller Central earlier this season.

Guyer won its first playoff game at the state’s largest classification by edging recent superpower Flower Mound Marcus in a grind-it-out game that never saw a lead go more than six points either way.

The Wildcats are loaded with scorers and have three excellent starting guards in Sean Choate (third-leading scorer in DFW 6A), Zach Garza (12.5 ppg) and point guard Bryson Erby, who led DFW 6A players in assists per game. In other words, they have plenty of flash.

Then, there is Xavier Brown.

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