Lake Dallas’ Tompkins resigns, heading to Denton

 

Former Lake Dallas head coach John Tompkins hands the ball off to senior Parker Tuck (4) against Grapevine, Friday, June 3, 2016, at Horner Ballpark in Dallas. David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle

Former Lake Dallas head coach John Tompkins hands the ball off to senior Parker Tuck (4) against Grapevine, Friday, June 3, 2016, at Horner Ballpark in Dallas. David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle

One of the most successful coaches at Lake Dallas will not return for the 2016-2017 school year as head baseball coach John Tompkins turned in his resignation Tuesday.

Tompkins said he will accept a job to be the varsity assistant at Denton under Nick Buck.

“I think it’s just the best decision for me and my family at this time,” Tompkins said. “It was a tough decision, but it’s just what we felt like was best at this time.”

Tompkins, who was 185-116 in his nine seasons at the helm for the Falcons, is fresh off leading his team to the Class 5A Region I final before falling just shy of a state tournament appearance after being swept by District 6-5A foe and eventual state champion Grapevine.

Tompkins and Buck have a long history. The former Lake Dallas skipper coached Buck in the Texas Collegiate League with the now defunct Denton Outlaws. Tompkins said he will replace Donnie Watson, who recently took the head coaching job at Braswell, which is set to open in August.

The move was a welcomed surprise for Buck, who said he contacted his longtime friend to see if he knew anyone who would be interested in replacing Watson. The answer he got wasn’t exactly what he was expecting.

“He’s going to bring a ton,” Buck said of Tompkins. “John’s got the experience at the high school level and he’s done a great job at Lake Dallas. He’s done a great job developing players. He already has that experience on how to get every ounce of effort out of kids. I’m super excited to have him come on board and continue to develop the kids here at Denton High.”

The Falcons finished with a 26-12 record in 2016, which was the second-highest win total in Tompkins’ tenure — two shy of a 28-win season in 2011. In his nine seasons, Tompkins guided Lake Dallas to six playoff appearances and his teams racked up a 25-16 postseason record.

“It is a big blow. I hate to see him go,” said Lake Dallas athletic director Scott Head. “I understand why he’s going. He’s doing it for family reasons. He did a good job for us. Any time you lose a good coach like that it hurts, but you just have to reload.”

Head said the job opening has been posted and he will see what type of candidate pool he can get despite the resignation coming late. Teaching contracts for the upcoming school year will soon take effect.

“[Assistant athletic director and head football coach Michael] Young and I have been tossing stuff around. We’re going to throw it out there and see what we get,” Head said. “We posted it as soon as we got the resignation.

“He did a great job for us. We hate to see him go. I understand what’s going through his head though. It was a good year to leave on.”

Tompkins said the decision was a tough one considering the relationships he formed over the years, especially with his 13 departing seniors from the 2016 squad.

“We were able to make Lake Dallas a special place baseball-wise with the success we had,” Tompkins said.

Despite the tough decision, Tompkins said he’s ready for the next chapter and to work with an old pupil in Buck at an assistant level.

“I’m really excited to coach with Nick, because he’s a great baseball mind,” Tompkins said. “I think we’ll complement each other real well. I’m excited about working with him. I think we’ll balance each other out very well. I’m a little more intense and he’s a little more laid back. I think it’ll be a good combination.”

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Guyer’s Mallory commits to Tulane

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The upcoming senior class at Guyer added another big Football Bowl Subdivision commitment late Monday night when offensive lineman Gage Mallory verbally committed to Tulane.

Mallory chose the Green Wave over offers from schools such as Fresno State, Air Force and Louisiana-Monroe. The first day a Class of 2017 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.

“I have family close to the [New Orleans] area,” Mallory said of what drew hi

m to Tulane. “And the coaches there push you to do your best. I have worked with them before, and I know what to expect. The best thing of it all is I’ll get a world-class education.”

Mallory has played left tackle for Guyer in his two years as a starter, and although he projects as a guard at the next level, Guyer coach John Walsh said he believes the 6-3, 270-pound Mallory could play anywhere on the line.

“Gage brings a very athletic option up front for us,” Walsh said. “He has and will play all over the offensive line for us. He is great at getting to the second level and pulling.

“Tulane is getting a very good football player.”

Mallory said he thinks he can make an impact sooner rather than later, no matter where it is on the offensive line.

“I’ll most likely be playing guard, but I can play anywhere,” Mallory said. “I know what it takes to be great. Guyer got me ready for anything. I can take on any challenge and come out on top.”

Mallory is the third Guyer player in the Class of 2017 to commit to an FBS program, following tight end Brian Polendey (Miami) and safety Bryce Jackson (Northwestern). Former Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson is a TCU pledge but transferred to DeSoto in April.

Mallory said he was happy to have the recruiting process behind him less than two months before the Wildcats open their season against Mansfield Lake Ridge.

“Even though the recruiting process was fun and interesting, I was always focused on getting better with my team,” he said. “This just helps me buckle down even more and get better during the summer.”

 

Krum assistant replacing Lucas at softball helm

Krum sophomore Morgan Sebastian (24) high-fives head coach Stacey Lucas after a home run against Melissa, Friday, May 13, 2016, at Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas. David Minton/DRC

Krum sophomore Morgan Sebastian (24) high-fives head coach Stacey Lucas after a home run against Melissa, Friday, May 13, 2016, at Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas. David Minton/DRC

Bryan Chaney has only two years of experience coaching high school softball, and they were 14 years apart.

But after leaving a job at Prosper, where he had coached football and baseball, to take the softball varsity assistant job at Krum this past season, Chaney will now take over the Lady Bobcats as head coach Stacey Lucas is stepping away from coaching but will remain as a teacher at Krum.

“Coach Lucas did a great job of preparing this team and building the program,” said Chaney, who was also a softball assistant in his first year in the business more than a decade ago at Maypearl. “Our girls have really bright futures. To have those sophomore and juniors coming back is going to be great. We have a really good core. Any coach would be excited to be taking over this group.”

Lucas led Krum to the Class 4A Region II final in 2015 and to the regional semifinal this past season behind a pair of star sophomores in pitcher Tristan Bridges and catcher Morgan Sebastian.

Lucas said she is stepping away from coaching to give herself a chance to watch her daughter compete in beach volleyball, which she said requires a lot of travel.

Chaney, who was the head baseball coach for two years at Maypearl and three years at Howe before serving as the varsity assistant at Prosper under legendary coach Rick Carpenter, made his return to softball this past season and helped lead Krum to the regional semifinal where it lost to Paris North Lamar.

“One of the things I found out quickly is softball and baseball are essentially the same game,” Chaney said. “It’s been a pretty easy transition and just like baseball, it’s all about pitching. You have that one girl, and if she’s dominant you can run her out there every day. If you have that dominant pitcher, you can win a lot of games. To have Tristan and, on the receiving end, Morgan, she’s a phenomenal catcher. It certainly helps a coach breathe a little easier knowing you have those two working together.”

Bridges and Sebastian will be just two of the six returning starters for Chaney’s first season at the helm as Krum lost shortstop Kaely Whatley and outfielders Ashley Landry and Hannah Carlson to graduation.

“All three of them will be tough to replace,” Chaney said. “They’ve been through the program for several years and you can’t beat experience. We have good, young girls behind them, but they’re going to be hard to replace.”

Krum athletic director Gary Robinson said he thinks Chaney will be able to continue the Lady Bobcats’ recent run of success.

“Coach Lucas has done a great job as far as winning district two years in a row and took us to regional championship last year and she’s done an outstanding job of bringing the program back to where it needs to be,” Robinson said. “Coach Chaney jumping in there, I don’t think he’ll miss a beat.”

 

 

 

 

Lake Dallas-ex Tauaefa named UTSA starter at MLB

Lake Dallas senior defensive lineman Josiah Tauaefa(45) wraps up Dallas Kimball junior quarterback Ryan Ross (6), Friday, September 19, 2014, in Corinth, TX. David Minton/DRC

Lake Dallas senior defensive lineman Josiah Tauaefa(45) wraps up Dallas Kimball junior quarterback Ryan Ross (6), Friday, September 19, 2014, in Corinth, TX. David Minton/DRC

Josiah Tauaefa was quite the wrecker in high school as a defensive standout for Lake Dallas, and he also was known to moonlight as a red zone machine at tight end for the Falcons.

Now, as a redshirt freshman at UTSA, it appears Tauaefa is making quite the impact. Not only did Tauaefa make the move to middle linebacker for the Roadrunners, he had such a great spring that he was sitting atop the post-spring depth chart that was released on Tuesday afternoon on an “or” basis, meaning, regardless, he’ll play.

Josiah Tauaefa was the third Tauaefa brother to star on defense for the Falcons, as his older brothers Isaac (UTEP) and Josh (Minnesota) both signed with FBS programs, as well. The youngest Tauaefa brother was named Defensive MVP of the Falcons’ district after his junior and senior seasons.

Guyer freshman gets first college offer

Guyer freshman running back Noah Cain (22) evades a tackle by Southlake Carroll junior defensive back Jake Murphy (18), Friday, November 20, 2015, at Eagle Stadium in Allen, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer freshman running back Noah Cain (22) evades a tackle by Southlake Carroll junior defensive back Jake Murphy (18), Friday, November 20, 2015, at Eagle Stadium in Allen, TX. David Minton/DRC

Not to downgrade any Division I athletic offer, but to make a big deal out of a Tulsa offer might be a bit weird on the surface.

But in my 11 years of doing this at two different daily papers (the last nine here in Denton), I saw something today that I’ve never seen, as Tulsa made a scholarship offer to Guyer freshman — yes, FRESHMAN — Noah Cain.

Is this unheard of? No, but again, it’s something I’ve never seen with a school(s) I cover. Lane Kiffin has famously, or infamously, offered an eighth-grader, so stuff like this happens, but it’s not common.

Of course, as we all know, Cain is a really special talent. As a freshman, yes a 14-year-old, he ran for 1,058 on 112 carries (9.4 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns, and that was after he missed a few games with a broken hand. To put that in layman’s terms, that’s basically a first down every time he touched the ball. The one thing Cain seemed to lack at times was home run speed, but he made up for it with an insane ability to bounce off tacklers and run with some serious force and aggression. It’s rare enough to see a freshman running back excel for a high-level varsity program, but to do it by mixing it up in between the tackles was even more impressive. Oh, and that speed? It will come with an offseason or two in Guyer’s renowned strength and conditioning program. Hell, it might already be there for all we know, and I’ll find out when spring football begins on Monday.

Bottom line, Cain is going to be special, and I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Tulsa just started a flood of offers for him. Again, nothing at all against Tulsa, but don’t be shocked when the big boys of college football start throwing offers his way even though he won’t graduate high school until 2019.

Guyer loses quarterback, girls hoops coach

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) holds the ball out as he runs out of bounds against Southlake Carroll, Sunday, November 23, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) holds the ball out as he runs out of bounds against Southlake Carroll, Sunday, November 23, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

The popular phrase two years ago when Shawn Robinson arrived on campus at Guyer was that the rich were simply getting richer.

Coming off six straight seasons of having a future Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback under center, another one fell in Guyer’s lap.

Now, the Wildcats are on the wrong end of the same story, as Robinson will transfer to fellow state power DeSoto for his senior season. He’s once again following his coaching parents.

Robinson’s mother, Andrea, is leaving the same job at Guyer to become the head girls basketball coach at DeSoto after two years with the Lady Wildcats, pending school board approval. His father, Othell, confirmed he has an offer to join DeSoto’s football staff.

Andrea Robinson said she hopes to start her new job on Monday, pending release from her Denton ISD contract.

“It’s tough and unfair for Shawn,” Andrea Robinson said. “He can’t help the fact he has two coaches for parents. If there’s a move for advancement, he gets the backlash. He doesn’t wake up and say, ‘It’s my senior year. I want to move now.’ I hate he gets penalized for that. He loves where he is. Guyer’s been good to Shawn, and Shawn loves Guyer.”

Guyer travels to DeSoto in Week 2 of the 2016 season on Sept. 2.

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Possible Robinson move could mean shakeup at Guyer

Guyer girls basketball coach Andrea Robinson is in talks with DeSoto about becoming its new girls basketball coach. (The Dallas Morning News file photo)

Guyer girls basketball coach Andrea Robinson is in talks with DeSoto about becoming its new girls basketball coach. (The Dallas Morning News file photo)

Word came down on Friday afternoon that Guyer girls basketball coach Andrea Robinson was recommended by DeSoto administrators for the school’s vacant girls hoops job.

That, in itself, is significant given the fact she led Guyer to a District 5-6A championship this past season and made the Lady Wildcats a competitor at the state’s largest class after just one previous playoff appearance at that level prior to her arrival a year ago, when Guyer finished second in the district.

In her two seasons at Guyer, she’s put the Lady Wildcats on the map as a perennial contender. She’s not finished at Guyer yet, at least not officially, as she said earlier today that nothing “was even close to official” with DeSoto. She added that more would be known next week and that she has a meeting with human resources on Monday, but not before making it clear nothing was official on Monday afternoon.

“This job has been offered to me but it’s pending final details still,” Andrea Robinson said. “Nothing is official yet.”

But that’s not the end of the story, and be honest, it’s already in your mind: What might Robinson’s departure — if it happens — mean for Guyer football and star quarterback Shawn Robinson, who happens to be Andrea’s son and one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country entering his senior year.

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

We’d be lying if we said the fact that DeSoto, like Guyer, is a perennial football power didn’t make it interesting as an enticing move for the entire family, as her husband, Othell, is a coach on Guyer’s football staff. But again, nothing is official with Andrea, or Shawn and Othell, and the two aren’t a packaged deal if history tells us anything. However, sources indicate talks involving a family move are on the table and it is indeed a possibility.

Shawn Robinson is committed to TCU and is the No. 1 dual threat quarterback in the country. Just because Andrea Robinson leaves Guyer (if she does), doesn’t mean Shawn Robinson will leave Guyer. It’d be no different than when Shawn was a freshman at Saginaw Chisholm Trail when his dad was on staff there and his mom was the head coach at Cedar Hill.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out, and with spring football on the horizon, you’d think John Walsh would want to know whether he’ll have his senior quarterback for 2017. If not, he’d be fine rolling with junior Luke Stillwell, who started one game last year and rushed for more than 100 yards in a win over Trophy Club Nelson. Also, to make matters juicier, Guyer and DeSoto are set to play in Week 2.

Guyer safety chooses Northwestern over Ivy

Guyer junior defensive back Bryce Jackson (29) and senior defensive end Cameron Wax (9) squeeze Mansfield junior running back Kennedy Brooks (5), in a UIL Class 6A Division 2 state quarterfinal, Saturday, December 5, 2015, at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer junior defensive back Bryce Jackson (29) and senior defensive end Cameron Wax (9) squeeze Mansfield junior running back Kennedy Brooks (5), in a UIL Class 6A Division 2 state quarterfinal, Saturday, December 5, 2015, at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, TX. David Minton/DRC

Bryce Jackson makes it very clear academics are important to him and his future, and that’s evident from a quick glance at the Guyer safety’s football scholarship offer list.

It reads as a who’s who of the best academic institutions in the country, including Harvard and Cornell, but Jackson wanted something else those two programs can’t provide – big-time college football.

So when Northwestern stepped forward and offered the 6-1, 185-pound Jackson on Wednesday afternoon while he was visiting the school in Evanston, Ill., he quickly pulled the trigger and committed.

“I was just looking for a combination of big college football and great academics, and the Ivy League schools were missing the football,” Jackson said. “My top three was between them, Wake Forest and Duke, but Duke never offered me and I thought Northwestern felt like a better fit for me.”

Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2017 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.

Jackson tied for the team lead with 120 tackles in helping lead Guyer to the Class 6A Region I final in December. He had 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage, nine pass breakups and tied for the team lead with four interceptions.

“With the offers he has it says a lot about his GPA, and his GPA on the field is just as good,” Guyer coach John Walsh said. “When you can pass defend and make tackles 2 yards past the line of scrimmage, it shows you can read your keys and that you’re very intelligent. That shows up from Bryce on the field.”

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Falcons’ Boyce commits to Texas

Lake Dallas defensive back Kobe Boyce (3) signals an incomplete pass after breaking up a third-down pass intended for Everman's Chase Hall (1) during the Lake Dallas High School Falcons vs. the Everman High School Bulldogs playoff football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday, December 5, 2015. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

Lake Dallas defensive back Kobe Boyce (3) signals an incomplete pass after breaking up a third-down pass intended for Everman’s Chase Hall (1) during the Lake Dallas High School Falcons vs. the Everman High School Bulldogs playoff football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday, December 5, 2015. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

Kobe Boyce has lived in Corinth his entire life, but Lake Dallas football coach Michael Young just recently got to know him.

Boyce made a big impression on the football field last season for the Falcons after spending the first two years of his high school career at a small private school. His performance in Lake Dallas’ deep playoff run paid dividends when he committed to Texas on Sunday morning after a weekend visit to Austin.

Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2017 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.

“I feel like that was a huge reason why I got noticed was how deep we went and how I played in the playoffs,” the junior cornerback said. “I felt like coming to Lake Dallas put me more on the map, too, and then I just showed out.”

Boyce, a 6-0, 170-pound corner, participated in Nike’s The Opening in March and caught the attention of several large programs, garnering offers from the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Mississippi, Mississippi State, among others.

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UT: Heard’s shoulder injury not serious

 

Former Guyer standout Jerrod Heard of the Texas Longhorns celebrates with fans after beating the Oklahoma Sooners 24-17 during the AT&T Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl on October 10, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Former Guyer standout Jerrod Heard of the Texas Longhorns celebrates with fans after beating the Oklahoma Sooners 24-17 during the AT&T Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl on October 10, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

News broke on Wednesday that former Guyer standout Jerrod Heard, who was the starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns last year, suffered a shoulder injury on Tuesday in spring practice and the severity was unknown.

The abrupt, short release by the Texas program did have a bit of an ominous ring to it though, and it had people wondering just how bad Heard’s shoulder injury was and what it meant for his future standing in the program after a redshirt season of ups (Cal and Oklahoma) and downs.

Well, good news for Heard came down on Thursday as it was announced that injury wasn’t so serious, after all.

In his 10 starts last year, Heard threw for 1,214 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 556 yards and three touchdowns. He was second on the team in rushing. The fact Heard isn’t seriously injured bodes well for the two-time Texas high school state champion at Guyer as new Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert has said the quarterback competition is “wide open” this spring.