Guyer hoopsters offered by Sooners

Guyer sophomores-to-be De'Vion Harmon, left, and Jalen Wilson each picked up offers from the Oklahoma Sooners over the weekend. David Minton/DRC

Guyer sophomores-to-be De’Vion Harmon, left, and Jalen Wilson each picked up offers from the Oklahoma Sooners over the weekend. David Minton/DRC

In case you’ve been living under a rock, there are some pretty talented cats in the 2019 class at Guyer.

We saw it in two different sports this past school year. There was obviously running back Noah Cain on the gridiron, and he was joined by classmate De’Vion Harmon, who was a starting wide receiver for the Wildcats. The pair were the first freshmen Guyer coach John Walsh ever had suited up to start a season. And they both were integral in Guyer’s run to the regional final.

Then, we saw it on the hardwood with Harmon and fellow freshman Jalen Wilson, as they led Guyer to a 30-win season and a second-round playoff appearance before falling to powerhouse South Grand Prairie, and it was the two freshmen who often led the way.

Over the weekend, they made a splash on the recruiting scene when they picked up offers on the same night from the Oklahoma Sooners. Not bad for a first offer in the bag for Wilson and a second for Harmon after UT-Arlington made the initial one weeks ago. Harmon has also picked up serious interest from LSU.

Harmon, a Jack-of-all-trades point guard, averaged 13.3 points, 4.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game last season for the Wildcats. He announced earlier this summer his decision to give up football and focus exclusively on basketball. Wilson, a 6-5 guard/forward, averaged 14.7 points with a team-high 6.7 rebounds and three assists.

To think, the Wildcats have those two for three more seasons plus a crop of more young studs coming in. The move to the new District 6-6A with the big Plano ISD schools and Allen is going to be a really big challenge on the basketball court, but Guyer is shaping up to be able to compete for a district title.

 

Big-time offers keeping piling up for Cain

A quick look at the above highlight tape (yes, I’m a child of the 80s and I still use the word “tape”), lets you know pretty quickly that Noah Cain doesn’t mess around.

Last season as a freshman — one of two freshman starters on Guyer’s varsity team after John Walsh had gone nine years without ever beginning the season suiting up a freshman much less starting one — Cain burst on to the scene and proved to be one of the hardest runners in the Metroplex.

On Thursday, Cain added another big-time college offer to his list before ever taking a snap as a high school sophomore. It came from Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M, who joined other Power 5 schools like Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, Miami and Oklahoma State as ones to jump on the Guyer freshman early.

“It’s a first for me,” Walsh said. “We’ve had these programs offer our kids before but never at 15 years old. It’s a testament to his preparation he’s done prior to this, in his early years. He’s ahead of his time physically. Today, he’s a solid 202 pounds at 15.”

Cain, who’s 5-11, missed the better part of four games last year with a broken hand, but still managed to rack up 1,058 yards on 112 carries (9.4 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns while adding another score through the air.

At this time last year I remember Walsh telling me about a freshman-to-be who was special, but he thought he might lack the home run threat. He quickly erased that doubt, and showed to be the complete package pretty quickly with a spatial awareness well beyond his years.

“He erased any downfield, home run threat doubts in Week 1 with a long run against Allen,” Walsh said. “What we know and what colleges see on tape is that, other than being physically gifted, he has natural vision and patience to set up blocks. That’s the last thing a good running back usually gets, but he has that already.”

Guyer’s Mack stepping away from coaching, assistant to take over

Addie Mack, who coached Guyer's volleyball team for the past five seasons, will step away from the court but remain at the school as a teacher. David Minton/DRC

Addie Mack, who coached Guyer’s volleyball team for the past five seasons, will step away from the court but remain at the school as a teacher. David Minton/DRC

Addie Mack said she realized a personal change might be in order as far back as this past volleyball season in the fall, and on Thursday she made it official.

Mack will step away from coaching volleyball at Guyer High School, where she’s led the program for the past five seasons as the second volleyball coach in school history.

Mack said her growing family made the decision to step down from coaching an easy one. She will continue to teach math at Guyer.

“It was a really tough decision,” Mack said. “With me having my new baby — she just turned 1 — I realized that I needed to put more time and energy into my kids. I realized this past season how much I really missed them. I just knew it’d be best for me and my family to put more time into my family.”

Mack’s teams made the postseason the past four years and claimed district titles in the past three seasons, one of which was a co-championship with Trophy Club Nelson.

The Lady Wildcats made their deepest playoff run in Mack’s tenure, and their deepest in the state’s largest classification, in 2014 when they were eliminated in the third round by state powerhouse Southlake Carroll. Guyer lost to Plano in the bi-district round this past season.

Mack said she was emotional while telling her players on Thursday but let them know she’d still be a part of their lives as a teacher at the school. She also said she would step away and let her former assistant, Erin Harden, run the program the way she sees fit.

“It was a hard thing to do,” Mack said of breaking the news to Guyer’s players. “There were a lot of tears and hugs and well-wishes between the kids and myself. That was pretty tough. They at least know I’m on campus still and I’ll still be a part of their lives.

“But I’m also going to step away and let [Erin] Harden do what she needs to do the program and allow her to run it her own way without me interfering.”

ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.

Former Aubrey kicker hits it big on Twitter

Former Aubrey kicker Evan Moore is now at Texas, and is going viral with his 60-yard field goals. David Minton/DRC

Former Aubrey kicker Evan Moore is now at Texas, and is going viral with his 60-yard field goals. David Minton/DRC

I can readily admit Evan Moore got a raw deal from the Denton Record-Chronicle as a standout high school kicker for Aubrey a couple of years ago.

That’ll happen when you’re overshadowed by a district rival who sets the national record for most field goals in a season, which is exactly what former Argyle standout Cole Hedlund did before heading off to Arkansas. Before that, it was Cole’s older brother, Chad, who stole the kicking spotlight in the area.

But Moore isn’t doing too badly for himself, either, and on Tuesday the Texas sophomore made waves on Twitter when he did this…

If you notice, these aren’t the normal videos you see of kickers in pregame “hitting 60-yarders” off a tee. Nope, no tee here. Just a holder off a flat ground — 60 yards one way, and then 60 back the other.

Pretty impressive stuff from one of many successful kickers the area has produced in recent years.

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.”

 ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.

 

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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