Oklahoma starting pitcher Adam Choplick, a former Ryan standout, throws against TCU last month in Fort Worth.
The MLB First-Year Player Draft begins tonight at 6 p.m. and runs through Sunday, and with 40 rounds the list of potential draft picks is a long one.
There are a few local players who could be chosen this year — former area players who have gone on to successful college careers, as well as a current high school player who is set to pitch for Argyle tonight in the Class 3A state title game in Austin.
A look at the local potential picks, in order of probability of being drafted:
Adam Choplick, LHP, Oklahoma (Ryan HS) — The folks at prospectdigest.com suggest Choplick will be a third- or fourth-round selection after a season in which he became the Sooners’ ace in a down year for the program, although one analyst ranks him No. 40 among all the prospects in the draft and as a second-round selection. The thing with Choplick is his potential and ceiling. Who wouldn’t want to take a chance on a 6-8, hard-throwing lefty? Choplick is exactly that, as he averaged 9.46 K/9 innings this year after a second Tommy John surgery as a freshman from which he seems to be fully recovered. He was originally drafted in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school, but opted to go to college. Guess here is that if he’s not chosen by the eighth or ninth round, he’ll head back to OU for his senior season and give it another run next year. If he falls past the 10th round, don’t expect to see him drafted at all.
Guyer first baseman James Farris (left) is congratulated by teammate Daulton Horton after a home run in Friday's win over Trophy Club Nelson.
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).
We’re only one week away from the end of the regular season. Guyer picked up another easy win, while Ryan and Denton lost in Week 9. Adam Boedeker and I take a look at all of that, including the area’s playoff scenarios and the week’s top performers on this week’s episode of Game Changers. Game Changers is a joint production by the Denton Record-Chronicle and the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas.
Ryan senior running back Tyrone Williams scored two touchdowns in Ryan's 33-0 win over Lewisville on Friday night. Ryan, Denton and Guyer all won their respective games last week.
It’s no longer an anomaly when the three Denton ISD schools win on the same weekend.
Ryan, Denton and Guyer each came up with big victories in last week’s action, with Guyer’s win over Rider the game that was mostly in question for much of the night.
In area play, Sanger is making everybody forget about last season’s winless campaign and continued to roll with a win over Krum, while Lake Dallas’ 11-year playoff streak was snapped.
If you missed any or all of it, don’t fret. Adam Boedeker and I look back at last week’s area action.
Guyer notched a 66-3 victory against rivals Lake Dallas last weekend in one of the weekend's lopsided victories.
The closer the calendar shifts to November, the clearer district races are starting to look. Across the area, things are starting to shape up how we thought they would when the season started.
For another week, Guyer and Argyle played up to their lofty state rankings, while Ryan lost its first game of the season and Sanger’s winning streak was halted in a big District 9-3A contest. It’s Monday, so that means Adam Boedeker and I break down last weekend’s action.
Ryan head coach Joey Florence and the Raiders celebrate their 13-10 win over Flower Mound Marcus last Friday. Florence earned his 200th career coaching victory.
There were multiple moments on Friday night where some of the area’s strongest figures looked vulnerable.
For most of Friday night, it looked as if Ryan head coach Joey Florence had to wait another week to notch his 200th head coaching victory. Over in Trophy Club, Guyer and Texas-bound quarterback Jerrod Heard struggled against a vastly improved Nelson squad.
But at the end of the night, Florence and Heard both finished with a win. Other area schools also picked up key wins last Friday night. Adam Boedeker and I take a look back at last weekend’s action.
Defensive lineman Thomas Ferguson and the Guyer Wildcats rolled in a 66-7 over Denton for the Wildcats' second straight District 5-4A win.
At this point in the season, it’s fairly easy to see which teams might be playing into late November and early December — the time of the year when you’re playing the best teams in the state without a margin for error.
There’s no reason not to consider Guyer as one of Class 4A’s best teams, despite its No.6 ranking in the Associated Press polls (that ranking makes absolutely no sense). In Class 3A, Argyle has looked flawless through six games this season, including a blowout of Dallas Madison this weekend.
Let’s take a look back at Guyer-Denton and some of our top area games.
Guyer posted a big 35-14 win over Colleyville Heritage to cap a very emotional week following the death of fellow Guyer student and teammate Nate Maki.
If you’re a fan of area high school football (and I’m going to go ahead and assume that’s the case since you’re here), there was plenty to cheer about following last weekend’s round of high school games.
It was the first time since the final week of the 2010 regular season that all three Denton ISD high schools won the same week. Only two area schools, Sanger and Krum, couldn’t pick up their first wins of the season.
But as for everybody else, there were plenty of positives when the weekend’s action was all wrapped up. Adam Boedeker and I break down last weekend’s games. Continue reading →