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.

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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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Local players invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Florida State DL and former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr. chases down Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy on Nov. 22, 2014. Edwards is one of two local athletes invited to this year's NFL Scouting Combine.

Just a heads up to all of our local football junkies out there that two former area standouts have been invited to participate in this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, which for certain positions, is already underway at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The two players of note are Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and Oklahoma offensive linemen Daryl Williams. The 6-3, 295-pound Edwards rose to national prominence in two seasons at Ryan before continuing his career with the Seminoles. He declared for the NFL Draft in early January.

Williams, a 6-6, 329-pound tackle for the Sooners, was a four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com out of Lake Dallas. He won the Bob Kalsu Award at Oklahoma this past season and was also named All-Big 12 First Team.

Needless to say, being invited to the scouting combine is a huge honor. Check out the schedule of events, as listed on NFL.com.

Schedule

 PLEASE NOTE: the 2015 dates reflect a new day pattern, as the event will shift one day earlier than the historical pattern.

DAY 1 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)

Tuesday
February 17, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Wednesday
February 18, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Thursday
February 19, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Friday
February 20, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 2 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (RB)

Wednesday
February 18, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Thursday
February 19, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Friday
February 20, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Saturday
February 21, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 3 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)

Thursday
February 19, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Friday
February 20, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Saturday
February 21, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Sunday
February 22, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 4 ARRIVALS: █ Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)

Friday
February 20, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday
February 21, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Sunday
February 22, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday
February 23, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

 

Hey Ryan fans: Playoff basketball scenarios

Ryan freshman Tyrus Johnson puts up an easy basket against Keller Timber Creek.

It’s been a few years since Ryan Raider basketball fans have had playoffs on the mind this late in the season, but here we are. With two games left (on the girls side) and four games left (on the boys side), Ryan is very much in the postseason mix coming into tonight’s crucial District 5-6A home games against Justin Northwest.

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Guyer’s Honey commits to SMU

Guyer senior wide receiver Alex Honey dives to make a catch deep into Plano territory in November's bi-district playoff win over Plano at AT&T Stadium.

Guyer head coach John Walsh is familiar with the wholesale coaching changes that have recently taken place on the SMU football staff with several Texas high school football coaches joining on under new head coach Chad Morris.

Morris made his name coaching high school football in Texas before eventually becoming the offensive coordinator at Clemson and most recently the Mustangs’ new coach, hired to breathe new life into a struggling program.

Now, Walsh said, he is excited to see one of his own players play college football in the area and help bring the Mustangs back to prominence as senior wide receiver Alex Honey committed to SMU late Sunday evening.

“Coach Morris has been one of the hot names out there in the coaching world when any job came open, so getting him in Dallas is going to be great for the program,” Walsh said. “It’s going to be fun getting one of my guys in there and watching not just the maturation of Alex but of the whole program.”

Honey chose the Mustangs over offers from Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State, Northwestern State and North Texas.

Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2015 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 4.

The 6-4, 195-pound Honey finished the year with 41 catches — second on the team to Adam Scott’s 42 — but led the team with 980 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging an eye-popping 23.9 yards per reception.

Walsh added that he wouldn’t be surprised if Honey steps on the field early during his freshman season and makes an immediate impact for what will be a young program with an up-tempo offense under Morris.

“I really think he could play right away and contribute,” Walsh said. “It’s just because of his work ethic and his confidence. He’s still a young guy, too. His upside is huge. As many wide receivers as they’re going to play and the tempo they play with, I think he’ll find the field pretty quick. A lot of tall guys are stiff and play too tall, and he’s past that point. He comes out of breaks and almost plays like a smaller guy in that regard and college coaches noticed that.”

Look for more in Tuesday’s edition of the DRC due to the late news on Sunday.

Guyer’s Thompson decommits from Kansas

Guyer senior defensive lineman Carl Thompson (2) grabs Allen running back David Feliciano (7), in the season opener on August 29 at Apogee Stadium.

With the NCAA recruiting dead period coming to an end soon and programs likely making their final pushes across the area, there appears to be one local star back on the open market, so to say.

Guyer defensive lineman Carl Thompson announced via his Twitter early this morning that he has officially decommitted from Kansas, where he committed back in June. According to 247 Sports, Thompson has 17 offers, including six from major-conference schools: Kansas, Duke, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Minnesota and Vanderbilt.

National signing day is Feb. 4, which is now less than a month away. Thompson has a rare blend of size, speed and athleticism that could make him a defensive end or a defensive tackle at the next level, and Guyer head coach John Walsh said he’ll be a dominant force wherever he ends up.

“Carl is a dynamic player in the trenches that I have no doubt will be an impact player at the next level,” Walsh said.

Thompson was injured in the Wildcats’ eighth game of the season and ended up needing surgery on his knee. There was a chance he could’ve returned had the Wildcats made it to the state semifinal, but they were defeated in the second round by Southlake Carroll.

Thompson finished the year with 36 tackles, including 16 behind the line of scrimmage and three sacks. He also tallied 20 quarterback hurries and had a forced fumble to go with a fumble recovery.