Lake Dallas band honors Nate Maki

The Lake Dallas marching band honored Nate Maki during last night's District 5-4A game between the Falcons and Guyer. (Photo from @KatieDeanSmith's Twitter account)

The Lake Dallas-Guyer rivalry is one of Denton County’s best rivalries.

The two schools are separated by 2.9 miles, and between that space there’s a good amount of dislike between the two schools.

But last night’s installment of the Swisher Showdown produced one of the coolest moments you’ll see all season.

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Weekend Recap: Florence gets No.200

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. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

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.

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Weekend Recap: Top teams roll

Defensive lineman Thomas Ferguson and the Guyer Wildcats rolled in a 66-7 over Denton for the Wildcats' second straight District 5-4A win. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

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.

 

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Weekend Recap: (almost) everybody’s a winner

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. (David Minton/DRC)

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

Ex-Lake Dallas QB Franklin named starter at Mizzou

Former Lake Dallas quarterback James Franklin was tabbed as the starter for Missouri this season. (Associated Press)

News broke on Thursday night that former Lake Dallas standout and current Missouri senior James Franklin will be starting for the Tigers in 2013.

In 2012, Franklin completed 59.4 percent of his passes, threw for 1,562 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Franklin battled through injuries last season and was knocked out of two games he started.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy said on Twitter last night that Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed his decision about two weeks before the season starts on Aug. 31 against Murray State.

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5-4A baseball still a crapshoot

Lake Dallas junior Jackson Owens catches Guyer senior Cole Wessling (3) in a rundown at third on March 19 in Corinth. Both teams face uncertain postseason futures with one game remaining in the regular season. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Oh, what a difference a week can make.

At this time last week, Guyer and Wichita Falls Rider were tied for the lead in the jumbled mess that is District 5-4A baseball. Rider won that game, and has since clinched the 5-4A title. The Raiders are the only team to have clinched a playoff spot out of the district with one game to play. Now, Guyer is one more loss from the possibility of missing the playoffs. Lake Dallas is also in the mix and with a win Friday could end up playing in a play-in game for the fourth seed in the playoffs, which begin next week.

It’s simple for both teams: Win on Friday and you’re in good shape. Lose, and things get hairy. If Lake Dallas loses to Azle on Friday, the Falcons will miss the playoffs after such a promising start to the district slate. If the Falcons win, they’ll likely play a play-in game against the same Azle team the following day.

For Guyer, it’s a little safer bet to make the postseason. A win on Friday against Brewer, and the Wildcats could finish anywhere from the No. 2 seed to the fourth seed, depending on other results involving Byron Nelson and Lake Dallas-Azle. A loss to Brewer, and the Wildcats could finish second, third, fourth or even fifth and miss out on the postseason altogether, a week after being in first place.

With school testing going on this week, teams can’t play until Friday, when the regular season will come to an end. Needless to say, it’ll be an interesting night in 5-4A baseball.

Baseball Polls: Argyle at No.5 in Class 3A

In the Texas HS Baseball Coaches Association poll that was released today, the Argyle Eagles landed a spot in the middle of the Class 3A Rankings.

The Eagles are slotted No. 5 in 3A in the latest poll. Lake Dallas received some votes for the Class 4A poll but couldn’t crack the Top 10.

Flower Mound Marcus, the team that rolled through Ryan on Tuesday night, is ranked No.3 in Class 5A. Marcus (15-1) had Ryan overmatched on Tuesday night. Right-handed pitcher Conner Dotson pitched a no-hitter against Ryan. The Raiders were luckily to get a bat on the ball against Dotson, who will probably inflict the same anguish on the rest of District 5-5A that he did against Ryan.

Unfortunately for the Raiders, they will still have to face Marcus two more times this season.

Looking at the rankings, there weren’t any other local teams in the Top 10 in their respective classes. If you want to peek at them yourself, here’s where the state polls can be found. Just click on the small “polls” link on the left side.

 

Lake Dallas’ Wingfield signs with Navarro

Wingfield, seen here against Burleson in 2011, signed with Navarro today. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Lake Dallas  senior pitcher Keenan Wingfield took the next step in his baseball career when he signed with Navarro College in Corsicana on Friday.

Wingfield signed with one of the most well-known small college baseball programs in the state. From 2003 to 2008, the Bulldogs produced 19 MLB draft picks. The list includes current Baltimore Orioles first baseman and former Texas Ranger Chris Davis.

In the last two seasons, Wingfield has been one of strongest arms in Lake Dallas’ rotation. Last season Wingfield saw his number rise acrros the board.

He finished 2012 with a record of 6-3 and three saves, a 1.52 ERA and 73 strikeouts. He batted .359 last year and was a District 4-4A First-team pitching selection.

 

Q&A with Dartmouth QB Dalyn Williams

Current Dartmouth QB Dalyn Williams, seen here vaulting over Stephenville defenders, has jumped into the discussion of best quarterbacks in the Ivy League after a stellar freshman season. (Mike Mezuel II/For the Denton Record-Chronicle)

Yesterday, after our story on Lake Dallas alumnus and Dartmouth quarterback being named the Ivy League Freshman of the Year, I received a call from Williams about doing the interview for the  story.

While I couldn’t go back and magically insert his quotes and thoughts into the story (and as much as I’d like to do that), I figured I’d throw pieces of our conversation up here for you all to read.

He talks about whether or not he’s playing baseball next year, about taking over as the starter and his future at Dartmouth.

Also, it’s not in here, but he did manage to use the term “gregarious” in our conversation to describe his personality. I still don’t know what that means without looking it up.

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