Guyer clinches a playoff spot out of 5-4A

Guyer first baseman James Farris (left) is congratulated by teammate Daulton Horton after a home run in Friday's win over Trophy Club Nelson. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

With the Guyer baseball team’s 7-2 win over rival Lake Dallas on Tuesday night, and a little bit of help from Azle, the Wildcats clinched a playoff spot with three games remaining in the regular season. For Guyer, now it’s all about seeding and pecking order, and well, trying to avoid finishing third or fourth and facing Saginaw Boswell or Birdville in the first round of the playoffs.

Guyer is now in second place by itself, and if the Wildcats can take care of the eliminated Wichita Falls Rider Raiders on Friday, will have a matchup for first place in 5-4A next Tuesday at home against first-place Wichita Falls Coyotes. Rider is out of the playoffs for the first time since 2001, according to our friend Zach Duncan at the Times Record News. Guyer already beat the Coyotes once this season, and with a win would have the season sweep.

Here’s a look at the current 5-4A standings with three games to play:

1. Wichita Falls (9-2); 2. Guyer (8-3); 3. Trophy Club Nelson (7-4); 4. Lake Dallas (7-4); 5. Azle (4-7); 6. Wichita Falls Rider (4-7); 7. Fort Worth Brewer (3-8); 8. Denton (2-9).

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Pilot Point, Guyer find spots in TGCA state softball polls

Pilot Point and Guyer both cracked this week’s Texas Girls Coaches Association state softball polls.

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Guyer, Wichita Falls soccer in on March Madness

Michigan State and UConn are squaring off for a trip to Arlington for the Final Four. They'll also decide when Guyer and Wichita Falls will play their playoff soccer game. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Guyer, the defending Class 4A state champion, will play Wichita Falls in the Class 4A Region I girls sectional round of the soccer playoffs at Saginaw’s Rough Rider Stadium, this much we know.

That’s where things get really interesting, however, as Guyer girls coach Kenny Blevins and the Wichita Falls ISD AD decided to make their flip for Thursday or Friday a bit more fun than the usual ZIP code game that’s traditionally employed by coaches “flipping” without a coin in the presence of each other.

Guyer wants to play the game on Thursday, and Wichita Falls wants the game on Friday. The two sides will allow a couple of college basketball teams in Madison Square Garden, a 1,600-mile drive from Rough Rider Stadium, to make the decision for them. As Michigan State and UConn battle it out for a trip to DFW next weekend for the Final Four, their outcome will decide when the teams will play at Saginaw.

If the combined final score of the game, which is at halftime as I type this, is an even number, Guyer wins the flip and the teams will play Thursday. If it’s an odd number, the Lady Coyotes win, and the game is on Friday.

Guyer kicker goes viral with pact


The power of Twitter is pretty amazing. And there couldn’t be a cooler school district to follow on Twitter than @DentonISD. They’re all business, except for when they party. And while they do keep it professional, they also like the occasional bit.

That’s where Guyer senior kicker Brad Grems comes into play.

In the late-night hours on Monday night, as bridges were icing over causing certain Denton Record-Chronicle sports reporters to endure a two-hour plus drive home from North Richland Hills, Grems was starting a Twitter exchange that will go down in infamy.

Eventually, this ended up on KDGE The Edge’s website and was tweeted out by one of their DJs with 34,000-plus followers on Twitter, ensuring it to go viral. But here’s how it started.

It all started with this at 9:15 p.m., while I was somewhere on Highway 26:


Then, three minutes later, the fine folks at @DentonISD responded:

At 10:04 p.m., Denton ISD tweeted out that school for Tuesday was indeed canceled due to inclement weather. At that point, I was somewhere on 407 about three quarters of the way through my epic journey. At 10:07 p.m., Denton ISD was ready to collect its prize:

So, at 2:19 p.m. on Tuesday, Grems paid his debt, and was surely the butt of many jokes from his classmates, who secretly were thanking him for getting school canceled because the folks at Denton ISD probably really canceled school to see Grems sing (OK, not really).

Grems should probably stick to kicking footballs instead of trying to pursue a career as a wedding singer covering 80s pop classics. Grems was 99-for-102 on extra point attempts and was 5-for-9 on field goal attempts for the back-to-back state champion Guyer football team.

Guyer head coach John Walsh’s response? A simple “Only Grems.”

 

 

Guyer-Wichita Falls boys basketball game rescheduled

Because of the inclement weather that refuses to leave the area alone, Guyer-Wichita Falls boys basketball game scheduled for Friday night has been rescheduled, according to the Record-Chronicle’s  Adam Boedeker.

The two teams will play at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Guyer in the final home game for the Wildcats.

 

5-star QB from California enrolls at Guyer

We’ve known for a few weeks Guyer was possibly getting a big-time quarterback as a move-in from California, and on Monday, Kevin Dillman started school at Guyer after moving from La Mirada, Calif.

The guy has a really interesting story. He’s from Sweden and played on the Sweden national team as a 13-year-old with 18- and 19-year-olds, moved to California and became one of the top prospects in the country. Now, he’s moved to Guyer zone and enrolled at Guyer.

“It’s his first day of school,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said. “There’s a kid by the name of Kevin Dillman here, and that’s all I know. I can confirm he is enrolled at Guyer High School right now.”

Dillman has offers from just about everyone you could imagine — 16 in all — including schools like UCLA, Clemson and national champion Florida State. He’s 6-4, 220 pounds and will be a senior next season. If you watch his highlight videos, you see his prowess throwing the ball as well as his athleticism, including several kickoff return touchdowns. He missed much of his junior season at La Mirada due to an achilles injury.

Dillman could replace Jerrod Heard, who is set to sign with Texas on Wednesday after winning back-to-back Class 4A Division I state titles. Heard was a three-year starter at Guyer after J.W. Walsh started for three years before heading to Oklahoma State.

According to 247sports.com, he’s a 5-star recruit and is nationally the second-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2015, one spot ahead of Allen star Kyler Murray.

Walsh said they will file his paperwork with the UIL and expect to have his move-in approved in the next few weeks.

Projected Class 6A Region I schools

There will be a lot of coaches across the state that won’t get much sleep tonight.

The tossing, turning and late-night pacing will be a result of the University Interscholastic League’s release of its biennial realignment and reclassification at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

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Former Guyer, Oklahoma State WR Josh Stewart declares for NFL draft

Oklahoma State wide receiver Josh Stewart, a former Guyer standout, celebrates his first-quarter touchdown in the Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma State and Missouri at AT&T Stadium on Friday. Stewart, a junior, declared Tuesday for the NFL draft this spring. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Josh Stewart has heard a lot of opinions about his NFL draft prospects recently, but on Tuesday he said the only one that matters is his own as he officially declared for the upcoming NFL draft following his junior season at Oklahoma State.

Stewart played his final college game on Friday in the Cotton Bowl at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium and scored a 40-yard touchdown before leaving late in the game with a concussion.

On Tuesday, he had hired an agent and declared for the draft, more than week prior to the Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to declare. He is the 17th underclassman wide receiver to declare for the draft. Last year, 29 receivers were selected over the three-day, seven-round draft.

“I’ve talked with a lot of people, and everyone has their own opinions and at the end of the day it had to be for me and my family,” Stewart said. “That’s what I felt would be best and the decision I’d be happy with. That’s really all that matters, and that’s what it came down to. I’m willing to take whatever comes. I’m excited for the chance to live out my dream. It’s going to be a good journey.”

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Two Denton ISD DEs shined in bowls

 

Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and Oklahoma State defensive Jimmy Bean both starred in their respective bowl games. Edwards graduated from Ryan, while Bean graduated from Guyer. (Denton Record-Chronicle illustration/Ben Baby)

While watching Florida State come from behind and beat Auburn in a thriller for the final BCS championship before we head to playoff system (rejoice!), it hit me.

There’s a pretty solid chance that in two years we could have two high draft picks in Denton ISD products, who just happen to play the same position.

You see, I covered the Cotton Bowl on Friday and saw former Guyer standout Jimmy Bean dominate a tough Missouri offensive line. Then, of course, on Monday night everyone watched former Ryan standout Mario Edwards turn in an equally dominant effort against Auburn to earn himself a national championship.

In fact, the numbers are eerily similar.

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Top 5 games of 2013: No. 3 — Guyer vs. Highland Park, football

Guyer head coach John Walsh holds up the Class 4A Division I state semifinal trophy after Guyer' mounted a comeback against Highland Park in one of the top games of 2013. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

For a while, it didn’t look like the Class 4A Division I state semifinal between Guyer and Highland Park was going to be very exciting. In fact, Guyer’s chances of repeating as state champions looked pretty bleak as the two teams entered the fourth quarter at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.

But Guyer has a knack for playing in thrilling state semifinal games. The Wildcats’ came up with a huge fourth-quarter comeback win over the Scots, and that contest checks in as the No. 3 game of 2013.

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