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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Weekend recap: Ryan wins, Guyer wins big, Florence raps Rapper’s Delight, etc

A good measurement on the quality of a season can be based on if you’re playing after Thanksgiving. Ryan, Guyer, Lake Dallas, Argyle and Liberty Christian are among that group after their wins this weekend. Let’s recap things.

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Thursday’s Playoff Preview

Graysen Schantz and the Lake Dallas Falcons face Saginaw Boswell tonight, while Krum plays Celina to kick-off the playoffs. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Tonight marks the first batch of playoff games, the first sign that fall is truly here and winter’s soon approaching.

Krum (9-1) plays Celina (8-2) tonight at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex at 7:30 p.m., while Lake Dallas plays Saginaw Boswell at Justin Northwest ISD’s Stadium.

For starters, we’ll be blogging tonight’s Krum-Celina game and keeping tabs on the Lake Dallas contest, so if you can’t find a jacket and don’t feel like bracing the cold, we’ll be on the blog to keep you company.

OK. Let’s dive into the two games we have going on tonight.

Lake Dallas vs. Saginaw Boswell, Class 4A Division II bi-district round

Boswell comes out of an atrocious District 6-4A, where the Pioneers finished second behind Birdville, the only team to beat Boswell in district play.

Boswell’s lead by their quarterback Zach Files, who has thrown for 26 TDs and 7 INTs this season. Files also leads the team in rushing with 453 yards.

Files’ two most used weapons are Jerrell Fisher (42 catches, 713 yrards, 9 TDS) and Scott Moody (34 catches, 696 yards, 10 TDs). Boswell’s offense is averaging 48 points per game and has scored at least 50 points on six different occasions.

Now, things may not be as easy against a Lake Dallas defense that’s allowed 24.9 points per game. That defense is without defensive lineman Luke Medlicott, who tore his ACL midway through the season.

Still, DE Graysen Schantz has piled up 12 sacks and 28 quarterback hurries this season. If Lake Dallas is going to win, Schantz and the rest of the defense has to contain Boswell’s offense in order for the Falcons to have a chance at advancing to face either Waco or Fort Worth Wyatt.

Krum vs. Celina, Class 3A Division II bi-district round 

Now if you’re in the immediate Denton area and have no plans for tonight, you should be at C.H. Collins tonight. It should be a fun, not just because it has the potential to be a really good game, but because I fully expect both towns to show up in their respective colors for this one.

If you didn’t read the story in today’s paper about the game, go check it out.

In Krum’s loss to Gainesville two weeks ago, Krum’s rushing attack wasn’t near as potent as it was all season. Senior running back Reed Flores was “stifled” for 116 yards and Krum (9-1) scored two defensive touchdowns and no rushing touchdowns. Krum DB Travis White has had a stellar year with eight interceptions through 10 games, so we’ll see if Celina decides to throw the ball in his general vicinity.

Celina (8-2) hasn’t been overly impressive and got pummelled by Argyle 45-7 for the District 10-3A title.

Let the playoffs begin.