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HS basketball recap

Kim Everett | December 22, 2011Photos by Roger Mathis


Both girls’ and boys’ high school basketball teams played Tuesday, December 22.  Final scores follow:



Garland High School 54, South Garland High School 52

Lakeview Centennial High School 70, McKinney Boyd High School 53

Naaman Forest High School 54, Rowlett High School 51

Sachse High School 53, North Garland High School 47



Garland High School 65, South Garland High School 32

McKinney Boyd High School 58, Lakeview Centennial High School 46

Rowlett High School 58, Naaman Forest High School 48

Sachse High School – North Garland High School – not reported













Girls’ basketball recap:  December 9

Kim Everett | December 10, 2011

Sachse High School’s Lady Mustangs defeated the Lady Colonels of South Garland by a final score of 58-24 on Friday, December 9.

Tac was the high scorer for SHS with 17 points.  Followwell scored 15.  Oghakpor and Langston had six points each, and Villareal and Benjamin each scored four.  Mathews, Reed, and Chukwujekwu had 2 each.

Other December 9 girls’ game results include:  McKinney Boyd 63 - Rowlett 43; Naaman Forest 64 - Garland 31; and Lakeview Centennial 60 - North Garland 29.

HS basketball recap

Posted December 8, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

Thursday, December

1 basketball scores:



Rowlett 66, SE Oklahoma 20

Garland 53, Princeton 40

Naaman Forest 48, Mesquite Horn 35

South Garland 26, Rockwall 71

Sachse 38, Highland Park 28

Lakeview Centennial 35, DeSoto 64

North Garland 14, Wolfforth 49



Lakeview 52, Mesquite Poteet 44

North Garland 32, North Mesquite 52

Naaman 67, Little Elm 59

Rowlett 42, Plano East 43

Garland 58, Mount Pleasant 60

Sachse 68, Irving MacArthur 70

South Garland 65, Arlington Oak Ridge 58


SHS QB voted Marine Corps Elite Warrior


Posted December 3, 2011

The Marine Corps Recruiting Station Dallas is proud to announce that Sachse High School’s Trent White has been voted the Marine Corps Elite Warrior of the Year for Dallas.  Fans voted online and selected White from among 10 finalists for the honor.  White totaled 3,296 yards of total offense with 33 touchdowns, throwing for 2,862 yards with 26 touchdowns while rushing for 434 yards with seven scores. 

The Marine Corps Elite Warrior of the Year honored the best high school football players in the state.  Throughout the season, high school football fans from across the state selected the finalists for the honor. 

The United States Marine Corps is a branch of the United States armed forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, serving as an amphibious force-in-readiness.  For more information, visit www.Marines.com.

Lady Mustangs defeat Wylie East

Posted December 3, 2011

Sachse High School’s Lady Mustangs defeated the Lady Raiders of Wylie East in a non-conference basketball matchup Monday, November 28.  The final score was 45-24.

Tac was the high scorer for Sachse with 16 points.  Dorsey had 12 points, and Followwell scored 11.  Mathews, Reed, and Oghakpor scored two points each.

All-district 10-5A first team, second team announced

Posted December 2, 2011 -- Information provided by Coach Mark "Red" Behrens, Sachse High School

The football players selected for the all-district, first and second teams were announced this week.  A list of the athletes chosen follows:

Sophomores of the Year







VJ Gates





*Cedric Johnson





Players of the Year







Brian Driskell





 Grant Bothun





Damien Neroes





§ Each of these players will also be listed as an All-District selection, but they

will not count against the number of players chosen for their position


  First Team All-District Offense






QB (1)

Trent White





 Grant Bothum




RB (3)

Jalen Rhodes





Ezkiel Spellman





Billy Cole





Malcolm Miller





Brian Driskell




WR (5)

Marcus Perkins





Rashid Turner





Chris Robb





Moses Reyes





Jarvis Baxter





Dylan Dickman




TE (2)

Garrett Wallace





Jeff Guckenberg




Athlete (1)

Jatavian Green




Center (1)

Roy Riojas




OL (5)

Jalen Hickey





Antwan Jones





Alex Shaheen





Tobechi Oleru





Shane Weeks





Daniel Gutierrez




 *Represents unanimous selection

Second Team All-District Offense






QB (1)

Seth Russell




RB (3)

Styles Winston





Juaquin Davis





Marquel McNac





Keylan Spencer




WR (5)

Chase Williams





Tyrique Edwards





Brandon Durr





Rashaad Dorsey





Sherrod Haynes





Jay Sisomphou




TE (2)

Dawson Hadnot





Corey Manges





Dai’Quan Washington





Corey Chappel




Center (1)

Rafael Serrano




OL (5)

Chris Perez





Jacob Hill





Xavier Claderon





Tyler Roliard





Chandler Layer





Brennan Bailey




First Team All-District Defense






DT (3)

Jackson Dennis





Dawson Hadnot





Tyler Holmes




DE (3)

Nathan Cano





*Jamal Palmer





Juan Guerrero





Damien Neroes




Inside LB

Benny Albury





Deven McKenna





Paine Matiscik





Blake Glenn




Outside LB

Chester Egbim





Marcus Hill





Billy Dunn




Corners (3)

*Brice Brooks





Timiree Morris





*Steven Britt




Safeties (3)

Daylon Markham





Erik Jackson





Trey Johnson




 *Represents unanimous selection 

Second Team All-District Defense






DT (3)

Cedric Johnson





Sean Langley





Cameron Sheffield





Johnny Nguyen




DE (3)

Nick Horton





Eldridge Showers





Lionel Phillips





Bandon Anderson




Inside LB

Christian Minies





Andrew Schobelock





Karl Burrell




Outside LB

Adarius Holliman





Mike Allen





Tanner Larson





Sirderrious Caldwell




Corners (3)

Chris Stanton





Glendez Witherspoon





Grant Dotsy





London Dial




Safeties (3)

Aaron Ballard





DeQuincey Anderson





Desmond Mapps




All-District Kickers and Punters






1st team K

Josh Lambert




2nd team K

Nick Bruno




1st team P

Gabe Ortega




2nd team P

Brandon Millikin





Coach of the Year

Jeff Jordan



Eagles defeated in region semifinals game

Kim Everett | November 27, 2011

The Rowlett Eagles’ season ended Saturday, November 26 when they traveled to Georgetown to take on the Spring Westfield Mustangs in the region semifinals round of the football playoffs.   The Eagles had the lead at the end of both the first and third quarters, but Westfield scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to get the win.

Rowlett scored 10 points in the first quarter.  Nick Bruno hit a 41-yard field goal, and Chase Williams caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Grant Bothun.  Bruno’s extra point kick was good.

Jalen Rhodes, who had 117 rushing yards on the day, scored in the second quarter on a 5-yard run and in the third on a 58-yard run.  Bruno added another three points on a 48-yard field goal in the third.

Bothun was 16-30 for 132 yards and one TD.

Webb MS seventh-grader
leads in comeback victory

Kim Everett | November 26, 2011

Seventh-grader Cameron Carson led the Webb Middle School Bears basketball team in a spectacular come-from-behind victory over the Jackson Middle School Vikings on Monday, November 21.  Cameron, who scored 29 of the Bears’ 39 points, led the charge to overcome a 12-point deficit and give his team the lead with six seconds left in the game.  The final score was 39-38.

Cameron has been playing basketball for six years and is also a running back for the Webb Bears football team.  In addition, he plays on an eighth grade AAU basketball team.

The athlete is glad that he had the opportunity to help his team get the win.  “It feels good,” Cameron said. “We had a good game, and we tried hard.  At the end, all of our hard work as a team paid off."

Off-road biking enthusiasts pedal
through Rowlett Creek Preserve

Posted November 25, 2011 -- Photos by Laurinda Falk

The Rowlett Creek Preserve trail was the venue for the Fall XC Series for the members of the Dallas Off-Road Biking Association Sunday, November 20.  Approximately 200 cyclists and volunteers participated in the event. 

The association’s primary mission is to help provide access to great local trails and to let municipalities know that they care about and use the trails.  The event was presented by DORBA along with the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers’ Association and sponsored by Bicycles Plus.

Rowlett Creek Preserve trail is located in the city of Garland’s public multi-use park at the intersection of Castle and Centerville Roads.  According to the DORBA website, the trail is currently more than 15 miles long, and since it is built on a staked loop system, a trail user can choose various loop combinations to obtain distances that vary from 1 to 15 miles.  About half of the trail mileage is in the trees with some areas that are tight and twisty.  Most of the trail is flat with only a few relatively short climbs.  There are a number of areas of the trails that come close to an edge mainly along one of the three creeks that pass through the RCP greenbelt.


Former GHS receiver makes mark at Midwestern State


Kim Everett | November 20, 2011 – Photo by Patrick Johnston/Wichita Falls Times Record News


David Little enjoyed success in the Garland Independent School District’s football program, being named to the first team all-district as a wide receiver and second team all-district as a defensive back.  He was also a part of the 2006 semi-finalist Owls team.


This former Class of 2007 Garland Owl continues to excel at the college level.  At Midwestern State University, Little recently became the all-time leader in pass receptions with 160.  He also has 19 touchdown catches, which is only one away from the leader in this category.


Little has improved his receiving record with each year of college experience.  As a redshirt freshman he was fifth on the Cyclones’ team with 15 receptions for 231 yards and he made three catches for 75 yards in his first collegiate start. 


As a sophomore, he moved to third on the team with 33 catches for 556 yards and three touchdowns.  He also started 10 games at wide receiver and made a reception in each of them.


In his junior year, he led the team with 63 receptions for 689 yards and seven touchdowns.  He ranked ninth in the Lone Star Conference with 5.25 receptions per game and was also named to the 2010 All-Lone Star Conference South Division First Team as a junior.


So far, as a senior, Little has caught 49 passes for 675 yards and six TDs and now holds the title of the all-time leading receiver in Midwestern State University history.  Last week, he was named the Lone Star Conference Receiver of the Year.


Little is a great example of the outstanding athletes that continue to come out of the GISD athletic program.

 Eagles advance in area round playoffs

Kim Everett | November 19, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

The Rowlett Eagles collected 629 offensive yards in their Friday, November 18 battle against the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.  Eagles’ quarterbacks Grant Bothun and Colton Kalmus passed for a combined 375 yards.  Bothun was 21-26 and threw for 3 touchdowns; Kalmus was 3-4.

Copperas Cove scored first on a 25-yard field goal, but Rowlett’s Corey Chappell answered with a 5-yard TD run, and the score at the end of the first quarter was 7-3.  In the second, the Eagles scored on a 23-yard field goal by Nick Bruno; a 23-yard pass from Bothun to Chappell; and a 21-yard pass from Bothun to Chase Williams.  Bruno added both extra points.

Copperas Cove scored twice in the second quarter, and the game went to halftime at Rowlett 24, Copperas Cove 17. 

The Eagles’ Rashid Turner scored first in the second half on a 34-yard pass from Bothun, and Jalen Rhodes added a 4-yard TD run.  The Bulldawgs blocked one of Bruno’s PATs and scored two TDs to bring the score to Rowlett 37, Copperas Cove 31 at the end of the third.

In the fourth quarter, Rhodes rushed for another TD, and Bruno hit a 24-yard field goal.  The Bulldawgs scored once more, with 4:22 left in the game, but it wouldn’t be enough to keep the Eagles from taking the area title. 

Rhodes ended the night with 196 rushing yards; Chappell had 6 catches for 117 yards; and Rashid Turner caught 11 passes for 186 yards.

The Eagles will face Spring Westfield next week in the regional round.  Tentatively, the game will be Saturday, November 26 in Georgetown.

Owls, Mustangs eliminated from playoffs

Kim Everett | November 19, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

Garland Owls fall to Mesquite Skeeters – The Owls’ playoff run was cut short Friday, November 18 at Cowboys Stadium when they were defeated in overtime by the Mesquite Skeeters.  The final score was 24-21.  Malcolm Miller and Ja’Taveon Green scored for the Owls on 21- and 22-yard runs; and Dawson Hadnot scored on a 1-yard fumble recovery in the end zone.  Josh Lambert added three extra points.

Behind 21-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, Garland came back to tie the game in the last seconds of the fourth quarter and force an overtime.  The Owls took the ball first in OT but were unable to score.  In the Skeeters’ ensuing possession, Jose Salas hit a 39-yard field goal for the win.

The game stats do not reflect the final game score in that the Owls collected 347 offensive yards and 17 first downs compared to the Skeeters’ 192 total yards and 11 first downs.  The Skeeters’ top rusher had 17 yards, and the Owls’ top three rushers, Green, Miller, and Gates ran for 73, 64, and 42 yards.  The Skeeters led in passing yards with 165, compared to the Owls’ 92 yards.

Sachse Mustangs defeated by Longview Lobos – Sachse’s first ever playoff run came to an end Saturday, November 19 at Dallas’ Kincaide Stadium in a 59-35 loss to Longview.  The Lobos took the lead in the first quarter and held it throughout the game, but the Mustangs never gave up.

LaKeldric Moore scored first for Sachse on a 2-yard run.  In the second quarter, Jeff Guckenberg caught a 19-yard pass from quarterback Trent White for a TD.

The Mustangs scored again in the third quarter on a 2-yard rush by Billy Cole.  In the fourth quarter, Chris Robb and Brandon Durr scored on 60- and 2-yard passes from White, who was 32-50 for the night and put together 340 yards in the air.  Durr threw a 24-yard pass.  John Pannell contributed five extra points.

Robb and Durr led in receiving yardage with 141 and 94 yards.  Jeff Guckenberg had 61 yards in receptions.  Cole led in rushing with 65 yards.

Three GISD teams advance in football playoffs


Kim Everett | November 13, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis


Three GISD high schools advanced in the playoffs Friday, November 11 by winning bi-district titles.  The Garland Owls, Sachse Mustangs, and Rowlett Eagles will compete in the area round next week.


Garland Owls topple Berkner Rams


The Garland Owls, champions of District 10 5-A, outscored the Berkner Rams in the first round of the playoffs at Garland’s Williams Stadium.  The Rams got the first score, but it would be their only points on the night in the Owls’ 24-7 victory.


Malcolm Miller scored first for Garland on a 9-yard run in the second quarter, and quarterback Seth Russell followed with a 14-yard TD run in the third.  In the fourth quarter, Drashane Glass sealed the Owls’ victory with a 46-yard TD interception return.  Kicker Josh Lambert was good on all three PATs and hit a 25-yard field goal for the Owls.


GHS ended the night with 356 total offensive yards.  Keylan Spencer was the leading rusher with 78 yards, and Miller had 60 yards on the ground.  Moses Reyes had five catches for 66 yards, and Carvontez Gates had five receptions for 55 yards.  Russell was 13-19 on the night and threw for 155 yards.


The Owls’ defense held the Rams to a total of 90 offensive yards and five first downs.


GHS will be matched up against the Mesquite Skeeters Friday, November 18 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.  The game is at 6 p.m.


Rowlett Eagles fly past Lake Highlands Wildcats


The Rowlett Eagles, who placed third in District 10 5-A, got a big first round playoff win over the Lake Highlands Wildcats at Garland’s Homer B. Johnson Stadium.  The Eagles outscored the Wildcats 53-7 in the runaway victory.


Lake Highlands scored first on a 65-yard blocked field goal return, but it was downhill for the Wildcats for the rest of the night.  Rowlett’s Jalen Rhodes scored five touchdowns, four on runs, and one on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Grant Bothun.  Rashid Turner scored on a 37-yard pass from Bothun, and Grant Dotsy scored on a 23-yard interception return.  Nick Bruno added six extra points and a 28-yard field goal.  Blake Glenn scored on a 2-point conversion run.


Rowlett racked up a total of 462 offensive yards, 308 rushing and 154 passing.  Bothun threw for two TDs and completed 11 of 17 attempts.  Rhodes collected 116 rushing yards, and Chase Williams picked up 61 yards in pass receptions.


The Eagles’ defense held the Wildcats to 201 total yards, 117 on the ground and 84 passing.  They also got two interceptions and recovered a Wildcat fumble.


The Eagles will face the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs in the area round of playoffs.  The game is Friday, November 18 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.  Game time is 9 p.m. 


Sachse Mustangs over Jesuit in thriller


The Sachse Mustangs came out with a victory against the Jesuit Rangers in a nail-biter at Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium.  Finishing in fourth place in District 10 5-A gave the Mustangs their first playoff spot in the school’s history.  Their first playoff game turned into their first playoff victory with the 49-42 win.


Billy Cole rushed for a total of 192 yards on the night and scored twice for SHS, on 15- and 41-yard runs. Tyrique Edwards, who had 91 yards in pass receptions, also scored two TDs.  Kent Myers collected 51 yards in catches and scored on a 21-yarder.


The score of the night came on a 42-yard pass from quarterback Trent White to Brandon Durr with 34 seconds left in a game tied at 42 all.  The touchdown broke the tie and gave the Mustangs the win. 


White ended the night at 19-35 for a total of 230 yards and had a 2-yard rushing TD.  John Pannell added seven in extra point kicks.


SHS had 479 total yards, and Jesuit had 473.  Each team had 39 first downs.  This was a hard fought and very important victory for the Mustangs.


Sachse will play the Longview Lobos in the area round of playoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at John Kincaide Stadium in Dallas.

SHS Lady Mustangs’ basketball results


Posted November 12, 2011


The Lady Mustangs have enjoyed victories in their last two basketball games.  They first defeated Mineral Wells 59-33.  The players and number of points scored follow:


Reed: 4; Dorsey: 7; Followwell: 9; Villarruel: 2; Benjamin: 2; Tac: 29; Oghakpor: 4; Langston: 4


In the next game, they defeated West Mesquite by a final score of 42-39.  Scorers for the game were:


Dorsey: 1; Followwell: 11; Benjamin: 4; Tac: 16; Chuk: 3; Oghakpor: 3; Langston: 4

Former Owl standout leads Iowa State to big victory

Kim Everett | November 6, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

Jared Barnett, former Garland Owls quarterback, made a huge splash in his first start at Iowa State Saturday, October 29 when the Cyclones traveled to Lubbock to take on the No. 19 rated Texas Tech Red Raiders.  The redshirt freshman led Iowa State to a 41-7 victory over Tech, throwing for 144 yards and rushing for 92 on 19 carries.  He ran for one Cyclones’ TD and threw for another.

Jared’s list of accomplishments is long according to the Iowa State website:  “Three-star recruit…ranked 27th nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks according to www.rivals.com…69th ranked player in Sports Day’s Area 100 by the Dallas Morning News.”

Some of Jared’s successes as a Garland Owl include:  threw for 2,134 yards and 20 TDs and ran for 373 yards and six TDs as a senior; threw for 1,376 yards with 14 touchdowns and ran for 420 yards and three touchdowns as a junior; led Owls to an 11-2 record as a junior and a 9-1 record as a senior; broke school record for passing in a single game with 383 yards; threw for 761 yards as a sophomore.

Jared’s football career started when he was 4-years-old, and his father, Tyrance Barnett, has been involved from the beginning.  He coached his son in the pee-wee league, at Sellers Middle School, and at Garland High School.  He was a GHS coach until his son went to Iowa State last year, but gave it up so that he could travel to the Iowa State games on weekends.  He and his wife, Laura, drive to every game and have missed only one because it was on a Thursday night.

Jared’s association with the Owls started early, not only because his dad was a coach.  His brother, Justin Hardweck played quarterback for the Owls, and Jared was the ball boy for the team.  “He grew up around GHS football,” Barnett said. 

Justin, who attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri on a football scholarship, has remained involved at GHS and is currently an English teacher at the school.  His parents made the long weekly drives to see all of his college football games as well.

The memories of the road trips are special to brothers’ parents.  “Going to these games is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we wouldn’t miss it,” Barnett said.  “We’ve been blessed with some really good kids.”

In addition to excelling on the football field at GHS, Jared was also involved in other extra-curricular activities and was a good student.  “He made an impact at Garland High School,” Barnett said.  “He is well-grounded and has character and integrity.”

GHS Head Football Coach Jeff Jordan is proud of Barnett’s success.  “What a neat deal to see former Owl standout Jared Barnett, Class of 2010, make his first collegiate start on Saturday night,” Jordan said.  “We are very proud of him.”

Jared again led the Cyclones to victory with a 13-10 win over Kansas State on Saturday, November 5.  Of the team’s 426 total offensive yards, Jared accounted for 300; 125 on the ground and 175 in the air.

The Iowa State-Oklahoma State game will be televised Friday, November 18 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

HS football:  Regular season ends; playoffs begin

Kim Everett | November 5, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

The high school football season ends with four District 10-5A teams entering the playoffs.  The order in which the 10-5A teams finished is below:

Garland Owls:  Season 8-2, District 7-0

McKinney Boyd Broncos:  Season 8-2, District 6-1

Rowlett Eagles:  Season 6-4, District 5-2

Sachse Mustangs:  Season 7-3, District 4-3

South Garland Colonels:  Season 3-7, District 3-4

Lakeview Centennial Patriots:  Season 2-8, District 2-5

Naaman Forest Rangers:  Season 2-8, District 1-6

North Garland Raiders:  Season 0-10, District 0-7

Garland High School, who finished first in the district, played the fourth place Sachse High School in their final district game and came away with a 41-19 victory.  This matchup was Friday, November 4 at Garland’s Williams Stadium. 

The second place McKinney Boyd Broncos defeated the South Garland Colonels in the final week of district play 24-14 on Thursday, November 3 at McKinney’s Ron Poe Stadium. 

The Rowlett Eagles, who took third place in the district, defeated the Lakeview Centennial Patriots by a final score of 59-6 Thursday at Garland’s Homer B. Johnson Stadium. 

On Friday night at Williams Stadium, the Naaman Forest Rangers defeated the North Garland Raiders by a final score of 35-7 in a game that was called with almost eight minutes remaining because of a fight between the players of both teams.

Week 1 playoff schedule – bi-district round:  All games are Friday, November 11

The Garland Owls will be matched up against the Berkner Rams at Garland’s Williams Stadium.

The McKinney Boyd Broncos will play the Skyline Raiders at Richardson’s Eagle-Mustang Stadium.

The Eagles will play the Lake Highlands Wildcats at Garland’s Homer B. Johnson Stadium.

The Mustangs will meet the Jesuit Rangers at Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium.

Sachse JV loses to Owls

Posted November 4, 2011

The Mustangs’ junior varsity team was defeated Thursday, November 3 by the Owls’ JV by a final score of 34-26.  In a game where the Mustangs had seven turnovers, they still had a chance at the end of the game to at least tie the score.  After a successful onside kick recovery and under a minute to go, the Mustangs threw an interception to end the bid for another fourth quarter comeback.

The Mustang defense had a strong second half holding the Garland offense to only two scores after turnovers.  The Mustang offense, which moved the ball with ease most of the night, was unable to put points on the board due to the excessive number of turnovers. 

This game concludes the JV season as the Mustangs go 4-5, 2-4 in district.  The Mustangs’ five losses came by an average of only 3.5 points and each of those losses was not decided until the final drive of the game.

Regular season winds down;
HS football week nine recap

Posted October 30, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

Owls win district title with victory over Rangers - The cold rain didn’t stop the Garland Owls from collecting 391 yards against the Naaman Forest Rangers’ defense Thursday, October 27 at Garland’s Williams Stadium.

Malcolm Miller scored three times on 11-yard runs and once on a 5-yard run, and Ja’Taveon Green scored on a 10-yard rush.  Kameron Sheffield scored a TD on a 17-yard run, and Andrew Johnson had a TD on a 1-yard rush.  T’Onte Francis and Miller had 2-point conversion runs, and Josh Lambert added an extra point.  309 of the Owls’ 391 yards were on the ground, and quarterbacks Seth Russell and Carvontez Gates had 65 and 17 yards respectively in the air.

The 47-17 victory gave the Owls the District 10 5A title for the 12th time in the last 16 years.

The Rangers had two touchdowns, one on an 8-yard run by Daniel Chikwem and the other on a pass from quarterback Justin Walker to Marcus Perkins.  They also scored a safety when the Owls snapped the ball out of the end zone.  Hunter Tipton added an extra point and Walker added a 2-point conversion.

Chickwem rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries on the night for the Rangers.

Rowlett falls to McKinney Boyd - The McKinney Boyd Broncos defeated the Rowlett Eagles by a final score of 20-0 Thursday night at Garland’s Homer B. Johnson Stadium.  Bryan Driskell scored all of the Broncos’ TDs and rushed for 172 yards on the night.

The Eagles had 217 total yards, 105 on the ground and 112 in the air.  Quarterback Grant Bothun passed for 70 yards and ran for 72.

Mustangs headed to playoffs - The Sachse Mustangs made history with their 42-38 victory over the South Garland Colonels at Homer B. Johnson Stadium on Friday, October 28.  For the first time in the school’s history, the Mustangs clinched a spot in the playoffs.

Quarterback Trent White led the Mustangs by throwing for 354 yards and two touchdowns.  The Mustangs took a 14-10 first quarter lead on a 1-yard run by Billy Cole and a Kent Myers 35-yard TD reception from White.  In the second, Brandon Durr had a 4-yard reception and Chris Robb caught a 17-yard pass, both for TDs. 

The Colonels shut the Mustangs’ down in the third, and SHS fell behind by 10 points with 10 minutes left in the game; but the Mustang rallied in the fourth with two rushing TDs by Cole to take the 42-38 lead, which sealed the victory.   Brandon Milliken added six successful PATs.

Leading the Mustangs’ defense with three big stops in the last five minutes of the game was Christian Minies.  Along with Minies, Tyler Holmes and Aaron Ballard had 39 total tackles.

Scores for the Colonels in this close battle included two TDs by Ezekiel Spellman, one on a 52-yard run and the other on a 77-yard pass reception from quarterback Trey Porter.  Rashaad Dorsey also scored on a 27-yard pass from Porter; Regi Petterson had an 8-yard TD run; and Porter scored on a 1-yard run. 

Jose Barrera added four extra points and a 25-yard field goal.  The Colonels gained 440 total yards, but the Mustangs topped that with 574 yards.

LCHS Patriots over NGHS Raiders - The North Garland Raiders fell to the Lakeview Centennial Patriots 14-10 in their Friday night battle at Williams Stadium.  North Garland’s Dai’Qwan Washington scored first on an 81-yard run and Juan Mitchell added the extra point.  Mitchell also added a 38-yard field goal.  Washington ran for 167 total yards on 23 attempts.

For the Patriots, Styles Winston scored on a 2-yard run, and Jarvis Baxter made a TD on a 29-yard pass reception from quarterback Denton Edwards.  Zayne Laymoun was successful on both PATs.

Baxter had 119 receiving yards in five catches.  Winston collected 67 rushing yards.  The Patriots had 354 total yards on the night, 184 rushing and 170 passing.

SHS Mustangs junior varsity falls to SGHS Colonels

Posted October 28, 2011

On Thursday, October 27, which was a rainy and cold night, junior varsity teams from Sachse and South Garland High Schools struggled to hold on to the ball and were forced into a run oriented offense due to the weather.  The South Garland Colonels pulled out the victory by a final score of 24-20. 

The Sachse Mustangs’ defense shut down the SGHS offense in the second half, never letting them cross the 50-yard line.  The Mustangs had two chances late in the fourth quarter to take the lead but turnovers ended both drives deep in Colonel territory.

Darion Small, Braxton Wilson, and Marlow Johnson scored touchdowns for the Mustangs, and Marlow also had a 2-point conversion run.

Mustang Freshman Blue team
defeated by McKinney Boyd

Posted October 26, 2011

The Sachse Mustangs’ Freshman Blue team was defeated by the McKinney Boyd Broncos by a final score of 34-20 on Wednesday, October 19.

Devine Ozigbo scored for the Mustangs on a 96-yard run, and both Adrian Miller and John Debuty had receiving touchdowns.  The defense was slow to get started, but finished strong with Javon Collins having a stand out game.

The Freshman Blue team’s record stands at 6-2.  The White team is at 2-5-1


HS football recap:  October 20-21


Kim Everett | October 23, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis


Owls power past Patriots - The Garland Owls gained 357 total yards, 209 on the ground and 148 in the air, in a blowout victory over the Lakeview Centennial Patriots Thursday, October 20 at Garland’s Homer B. Johnson Stadium.  The Owls, who are undefeated in district play, scored seven TDs and a field goal to win 51-0. 


Keylan Spencer scored on a 14-yard run in the first quarter, and Dequante James scored on a 33-yard pass from Carvontez Gates in the second.  Gates also caught an 11-yard Seth Russell pass to score in the second quarter.  In the third, quarterback Seth Russell made a TD on a 7-yard run. 


The Owls’ defense scored on two Patriot fumble returns in the fourth quarter, and Kameron Sheffield scored on a 31-yard run.  Josh Lambert added six in PATs along with a 36-yard field goal.


McKinney Boyd over Sachse - The McKinney Boyd Broncos defeated the Sachse Mustangs 34-20 in a Thursday night battle at McKinney’s Ron Poe Stadium.  The Mustangs’ Billy Cole had two scoring runs, a 5- and a 4-yarder.  In addition, Chris Robb scored on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Trent White, and Brandon Millikin added two extra points for the Mustangs.


White threw for 236 total yards and rushed for 41.  Cole had 82 rushing yards, and Chris Robb had 91 yards in pass receptions.


That wouldn’t be enough, however, for a victory with the 219 yards collected by the Broncos’ Bryan Driskell, which included five TD runs.  He also had three pass receptions for 29 yards.  Quarterback Curtis Ladd threw for 145 yards and rushed for 62.


Colonels defeat Rangers - The South Garland Colonels had a 30-21 win over the Naaman Forest Rangers on Friday, October 21 at Garland’s Williams Stadium.  The Colonels’ scoring started in the second quarter with two TDs and continued into the third with a field goal and two more touchdowns. 


Dominic Donaldson scored on a 50-yard pass from quarterback Trey Porter for the Colonels’ first TD.  Rashaad Dorsey scored twice on 7- and 13-yard throws from Porter.  The SGHS defense scored on a 51-yard interception return by Dequincy Anderson.  Jose Barrea added a 32-yard field goal and three PATs.


Ezekiel Spellman had a total of 96 rushing yards on the night, and Marquel McNac had 82.  Porter passed for 95 yards.


All of the Rangers’ points came in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Chicwem had a 1-yard TD run, and Juaquin Davis scored on a 2-yard rush.  Jay Sisomphou had a 65-yard pass reception from quarterback Justin Walker.  Hunter Tipton added an extra point, and Walker had a 2-point conversion run.  Davis rushed for 92 yards, and Sisomphou had 74 receiving yards.  Walker passed for 153 yards.


Eagles fly past Raiders - The Rowlett Eagles defeated the North Garland Raiders by a final score of 42-10 in their Friday night game at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.  The Eagles came out strong in the first quarter scoring 28 points.  Corey Chappell had a 27-yard TD run; quarterback Grant Bothun scored on a 29-yard run; Corey Mangus caught a 13-yard pass from Colton Kalmus for a TD; and Jalen Rhodes had a 4-yard TD run.


In the second, Nigel Hasty ran for an 8-yard TD and Rhodes scored again on an 86-yard run.  Nick Bruno contributed six in PATs.  The Eagles collected 446 total yards on the night, with 152 in passes by Bothun and Kalmus.  Rhodes had 133 rushing yards


The Raiders’ Dai’Qwan Washington rushed for 167 yards on the night.

NFHS basketball player chooses UT

Kim Everett | October 16, 2011

Coach Jeff Clarkson announced last week that senior Prince Ibeh has committed to play basketball at the University of Texas next year.

An announcement at http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/index sang Ibeh’s praises:  “Prince Ibeh (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest) brings elite size (6-foot-11), length and athletic ability to Austin. The recent Texas commit is fairly new to the game and the national scene but his ability to rebound on both ends, score on put-backs and his special ability to block shots earned him a national ranking and high major attention.”  Reggie Rankin | College Basketball Recruiting

Dave Telep, Recruiting Nation, said, “Prince Ibeh, Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest), a 6-foot-11 center ranked No. 79 in the ESPNU 100, committed to Texas on Thursday and catapulted the Longhorns to No. 2 in the class rankings.  Ibeh, the tallest of the Longhorns' four commitments, joins fellow ESPNU 100 prospects point guard Javan Felix (New Orleans/St. Augustine) and center Cameron Ridley (Fort Bend, Texas/Bush), as well as power forward Connor Lammert (San Antonio/Churchill).”

District 10-5A recap:  October 13-14 games

Kim Everett | October 16, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

Owls on top in district

The Garland Owls found themselves alone in first place after their Friday, October 14 victory over the Rowlett Eagles at Williams Stadium.  The final score was 31-21.

Owls’ quarterback Seth Russell rushed for 102 yards and passed for 84 yards with three touchdowns.  Gabe Horn caught a 13-yard pass from Russell, and Ja’Taveon Green caught 7- and a 10-yard TD passes.

Malcolm Miller had a rushing touchdown and rushed for 92 yards on the night.  Keylan Spencer had 67 total rushing yards.  Josh Lambert’s PATs were good, and he added a 41-yard field goal.  The Owls rushed for 293 yards and gained 84 yards in the air.

Rowlett scored in the second quarter on an 18-yard pass from Grant Bothun to Corey Mangus, and Nick Kirpes added the PAT.  Jalen Rhodes had a 42-yard TD run, and Nick Bruno added the extra point in the third.  In the fourth quarter, Rashidi Turner scored on a 7-yard pass from Colton Kalmus and Bruno added the PAT.

Colonels get win over Patriots

The South Garland Colonels defeated the Lakeview Centennial Patriots 35-7 Friday, October 14 at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.  Ezekiel Spellman scored twice for the Colonels, first on a 2-yard run in the opening quarter, then on a 9-yard run in the third.  Regi Petterson also had a 2-yard TD run in the first. 

Rashaad Dorsey scored on a 1-yard pass from quarterback Trey Porter in the third quarter, and South Garland’s final score came on a 9-yard TD run by Benford Sims.  Jose Barrea added five extra-point kicks.

The Colonels’ Marquel McNac rushed for 126 yards.  Porter passed for 62, and Demarcus Hall had 50 yards in pass receptions.

Jarvis Baxter caught a 1-yard Denton Edwards pass for the Patriots’ score, and Zayne Laymoun’s PAT was good.

Sachse Mustangs dominate Naaman Forest Rangers

The Mustangs came out on top against the Naaman Forest Rangers Thursday, October 13 at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.  The final score was 59-26. 


Mustang quarterback Trent White racked up 326 passing yards with three touchdowns and rushed for two additional touchdowns.  Jeff Guckenberg scored twice in the first quarter, first on a 27-yard pass reception and then on 50-yard punt return.

The Mustangs scored 21 more points in the third quarter to put the game out of the Rangers’ reach.  For his second TD reception of the game, Chris Robb caught a 28-yard TD pass from White to start the second half scoring.  White scored again four minutes later on a 16-yard run.  The Mustang defense was led by Tyler Holmes and Christian Minies with 31 total tackles. 


Coach Behrens’ picks for players of the week:

  • Offensive Lineman of the Week: AJ Roland–86% blocking, two knockdowns

  • Offensive Skill Player of the Week: Trent White–21 of 28 passes completed with three TDs, eight carries for 68 yards and two TDs

  • Offensive MVP:  Chris Robb – Seven catches for 110 yards and two TDs

  • Defensive Front 7 Player of the Week: Christian Minies–15 tackles, one QB hurry, graded out 84%

  • Defensive Skill Player of the Week: Kantrell Hunter–five tackles, one forced fumble, graded out 73%

  • Defensive MVP: Tyler Holmes–16 tackles, graded out 93%

  • Special Teams Player of the Week: Kick-off team–11 yards per return, two pins inside the 20

Justin Walker scored for NFHS on a 1-yard run.  Walker also threw three touchdown passes:  a 36-yarder to Juaquin Davis; a 67-yarder to Marcus Perkins; and an 85-yarder to Kenny Netters.  Hunter Tipton added two extra-point kicks.  The Rangers had 420 total yards gained, 313 in the air and 107 rushing.  Marcus Perkins had four catches for a total of 168 yards.

McKinney Boyd tramples North Garland

The McKinney Boyd Broncos outscored the North Garland Raiders 63-3 Thursday, October 13 at Williams Stadium.  The Raiders’ only score came on a 23-yard field goal by Juan Mitchell.  Dai-Qwan Washington had 11 pass receptions for a total of 135 yards, and quarterback Henry Miller threw for 168 yards.

Bryan Driskell scored four of the Broncos’ TDs.  Dylan Dickman scored with a 17-yard pass reception from QB Curtis Ladd, and Ladd scored on an 8-yard run.  Kyle Nylec returned a fumble eight yards for a TD.  Kalvon Howard scored on a 72-yard run; and quarterback Russel Williams connected with Colby Vinson on a 10-yard pass for a score.

The Broncos collected 493 total yards, 457 rushing and 36 yards passing.

Mustangs JV over Naaman Forest

Posted October 16, 2011

The Sachse Mustangs junior varsity football team defeated the Naaman Forest Rangers JV on Wednesday, October 12.  It was a big night for both the Sachse offense and defense as the Mustangs’ rolled to a 35-20 district win over the Naaman Forest Rangers. 

Darion Smalls got the scoring started in the first quarter with a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown.  The offense then scored on its next four possessions. 

The defense battled hard and held the Rangers to only seven points through three quarters.  Johnny Rushing ended the Rangers’ bid for a comeback with an interception late in the fourth.

HS football standings

Kim Everett | October 8, 2011

All of the football teams in district 10-5A, which includes all of the Garand high schools along with McKinney Boyd, had this week off.  A recap of the standings in the district, as well as how some of the athletes and schools stack up against the other 55 schools in the area follows: 


Overall win/loss

District win/loss

Garland Owls



Rowlett Eagles



Sachse Mustangs



McKinney Boyd Broncos



Lakeview Centennial Patriots



South Garland Colonels



Naaman Forest Rangers



North Garland Raiders




Four of the top 18 players in rushing yards are in 10-5A:


#1 – Bryan Driskell, McKinney Boyd

#7 – Juaquin Davis, Naaman Forest

#16 – Ezekiel Spellman, South Garland

#18 – Jalen Rhodes, Rowlett


Total passing:


#4 – Trent White, Sachse

#27 – Denton Edwards, Lakeview Centennial

#28 – Seth Russell, Garland

#33 – Grant Bothun, Rowlett


Receiving yardage:


#16 – Ja’Taveon Green, Garland

#18 – Jarvis Baxter, Lakeview Centennial

#20 – Chris Robb, Sachse

#26 – Jeff Guckenberg, Sachse

#38 – Rashidi Turner, Rowlett


Total team offense in the area:


#12 – Sachse

#16 – McKinney Boyd

#27 – Garland

#30 – Rowlett


Team rushing offense:


#4 – McKinney Boyd

#5 – South Garland


Total team defense:


#7 – Garland

#16 – South Garland

#17 – Sachse

Buddy League celebrates fall baseball season

Kim Everett | October 8, 2011

Buddy League, a baseball league for special needs young people, started a new season Saturday, October 8.  More than 100 eager players, approximately 60 volunteers, and bleachers full of spectators gathered at Garland’s Bradfield Park to celebrate the opening of the fall season.

League founder Heather Miller was thrilled with the number of players and awed by the many volunteers.  Representatives from the New Life Fellowship of Garland, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Plano, and Naaman Forest High School’s Student Council and National Honor Society were on hand to help as buddies of the players.

Caleb, a 15-year-old player who has been participating in Buddy League for eight years, was happy to be there playing baseball.  “It’s just fun to be able to play,” he said.

Visit www.buddyleague.org for more information.

Lady Rangers join fight against breast cancer

Kim Everett | October 7, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

In addition to defeating Garland High School’s Lady Owls in their October 4 volleyball game, the Naaman Forest Lady Rangers did their part to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer.  The team used pink volleyballs and wore pink t-shirts supplied by Texas Oncology for their pre-game warm-up.  Pink bracelets were also given away with each ticket purchase.

The Lady Rangers have been involved in the October “pink” activities for several years, but according to Coach Lisa Curry, this is the first year they have gone all out with pink shirts and volleyballs.  Curry, whose grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, is happy to have an opportunity to bring attention to this disease.  “Breast cancer affects a lot of people,” she said.

Team captains Whitney Boyd and Janna Brown, both seniors, are also happy to be involved in the fight.  One of Whitney’s best friends has a grandmother who is currently battling breast cancer and she was glad to do something to support the cause for her friend and his grandmother.

Janna’s mother, Jewel, is an oncology nurse at Texas Oncology and she has been involved in numerous awareness activities.

“I have been an oncology nurse for almost 30 years at Texas Oncology.  I see patients and families daily go through the challenge of living with cancer,” Jewel said.  “We know that the best treatment for breast cancer is to prevent it.  It is never too early to start educating our children on how to live a healthy life and what screening opportunities are available.”  She added that it is important for high school girls to learn about breast self-exam and making that a part of their lifestyle.  

She also talked about the importance community service.  “I believe that if we mentor and provide an example to our children that getting involved in our community is important, that they may be the ones to carry this message on far after I am gone,” she said.  “I hope the girls look back on this experience and remember how important it is to get involved.”

The oncology nurse offered this advice:  “We get so wrapped up in the day to day activities of life that we forget how precious life really is.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, stop and smell the roses, celebrate with a cancer survivor.”

Sachse Mustangs:  JV, freshman game recaps

Posted October 5, 2011

The Thursday, September 29 football game between the junior varsity Blue Sachse Mustangs and the Lakeview Centennial junior varsity was called early in the second quarter because of lightning.  LCHS was leading 6-0.

The JV White Sachse Mustang team was defeated by the Mesquite Horn JV White team by a final score of 14-6.  The Mustangs fumbled the ball in the red zone with time running out to fall to Mesquite Horn.

The Freshman Blue team won a hard fought battle against the Lakeview Centennial Patriots.  They overcame three turnovers in the first half to win 27-14.  They had three passing TDs and several key third and fourth down pickups.  The defense held the Patriots in check for most of the game giving up a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.  The Mustangs also had a kickoff return for a touchdown called back due to a penalty after the first Lakeview score.

The Freshmen White lost a heartbreaker to Mesquite Horn by a final score of 13-6.  Aaron Dickens scored the lone touchdown on a pass from David Jones.  The defense played a great game for the Mustangs who had a chance to win the game, but came up short on fourth and goal from the 2-yard line.

HS football recap:  Week three

Kim Everett | October 1, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

SGHS Colonels fall to RHS Eagles - Week three of the high school football season district games started with a high-scoring battle on Thursday, September 29 with the Rowlett Eagles defeating the South Garland Colonels at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.  The Eagles scored first on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Grant Bothun to Jalen Rhodes, and the Colonels answered with a 21-yard touchdown run by Regi Petterson.  Extra points were added, for Rowlett by Nick Bruno and for South Garland by Jose Barrea to tie the game 7-7. 

In the second, South Garland’s Rashaad Dorsey scored on a 3-yard pass from quarterback Trey Porter and the extra point was added by Barrea.  Rowlett scored twice, first on a 6-yard run by Rhodes and then on a 17-yard pass from Bothun to Chase Williams.  Bruno added an extra point kick, and Blake Glenn made it to the end zone on a 2-point conversion run to give Rowlett a 22-14 lead at halftime.

The scoring continued in the second half with the Colonels’ Ezekiel Spellman reaching the end zone on an 18-yard run, Barrea hitting a 27-yard field goal, and Porter finding Branden Moore on a 19-yard TD pass.

Corey Chappell scored for the Eagles on a 90-yard kickoff return; Bruno hit a 30-yard field goal; and Rhodes found the end zone on a 6-yard run with Bruno adding the extra point.

The final score was 38-30.

Sachse Mustangs over Lakeview Centennial Patriots - On Friday, September 30, the Sachse Mustangs outscored the Lakeview Centennial Patriots 28-9 at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.  Chris Robb scored twice for Sachse on 10- and 23-yard passes from quarterback Trent White.  Brandon Durr also scored on a 10-yard pass from White.  Billy Cole added a TD on a 9-yard run.  Brandon Millikin was good on all PATs.

For the Patriots, Zayne Laymoun hit a 26-yard field goal and Styles Winston scored on a 1-yard run.

The Mustangs gained a total of 401 yards, 260 in the air and 141 on the ground.  The Patriots had 364 yards on the night with 211 in the air and 153 on the ground.

Coach Behrens’ picks for Players of the Week:


Offensive Lineman of the Week: Shane Weeks – 86% blocking, three knockdowns

Offensive Skill Player of the Week: Trent White – 25 of 38 passes for 269 yards, three TDs, eight carries for 53 yards

Offensive MVP: Chris Robb – 10 catches for 117 yards, two TDs

Defensive Front 7 Player of the Week: Christian Minies – 10 tackles, graded out 86%

Defensive Skill Player of the Week: Aaron Ballard – six tackles, three pass break-ups, one interception, graded out 90%

Defensive MVP: Tyler Holmes – 15 tackles, four QB hurries, graded out 89%

Special Teams Player of the Week: Isaiah Smith – two blocked field goals, two tackles


Garland Owls dominate North Garland Raiders - At Williams Stadium on Friday, September 30, the North Garland Raiders were shut out by the Garland Owls by a final score of 56-0. 

Ja’Taveon Green scored twice for the Owls, on 30- and 53-yard passes from quarterback Seth Russell. Malcolm Miller scored on a 5-yard run.  Dawson Hadnot had a one-yard TD run, and Russell scored a 22-yard rushing TD. 

Erick Jackson returned a fumble 65 yards for a TD, and Drashane Glass scored on a blocked punt.  The Owls had 395 total yards, 193 rushing and 202 passing.  Josh Lambert was successful on all PATs.

Aaron Johnson rushed for 41 yards for the Raiders.

NFHS Rangers fall to McKinney Boyd - The Naaman Forest Rangers were defeated 28-10 by the McKinney Boyd Broncos at McKinney’s Ron Poe Stadium on Friday, September 30.  The Broncos gained 405 total yards compared to the Rangers’ 150.  Bryan Driskell scored first for the Broncos on a 4-yard run.  Quarterback Curtis Ladd had a 33-yard TD run, and threw two TD passes, 19- and 9-yards, to Patrick Ladd.  Kicker Jared Symmank added four extra points.

Ladd was 13 for 19 in the air for 125 yards.  Bryan Driskell rushed for 193 yards on the night.

The Rangers scored on a Hunter Tipton 32-yard field goal along with a 1-yard TD run by Andrew Scholbelock and PAT by Tipton.  Quarterback Josh Smith threw for 97 yards and Juaquin Davis rushed for 66 yards.

Lady Rangers defeat Lady Colonels

Kim Everett | September 28, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

The Lady Rangers of Naaman Forest won out over the Lady Colonels of South Garland in three straight games Tuesday, September 27.  Game scores were 25-11, 25-9, and 25-18.






HS football:  Week 2 of district play

Kim Everett | September 24, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

Week two of district play ended in victories for SGHS, GHS, RHS, and LCHS.  Game recaps follow:

South Garland Colonels over North Garland Raiders

This week’s football matchups began Thursday, September 22 at Homer B. Johnson Stadium with the South Garland Colonels taking on the North Garland Raiders.  The Raiders scored first on a 5-yard run by quarterback Dai’Qwan Washington, and they scored again in the second quarter on a 46-yard field goal by Juan Mitchell. 

South Garland scored in the first quarter on a 23-yard rush by Ezekiel Spellman and again in the second on a 3-yard run by Spellman.  It was all Colonels in the third quarter with two TDs by Marquel McNac on 10- and 12-yard rushes.  SGHS quarterback Trey Porter had a 23-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, along with a 24-yard scoring run by Benford Simms.  Jose Barrea added four extra points.

The Colonels gained 438 total yards, 406 on the ground and 32 passing.  The Raiders had 228 total yards with 174 rushing and 54 in the air.  Washington rushed for 124 yards for the Raiders.  Spellman rushed for 155 yards for the Colonels.  The final score was SGHS 40, NGHS 10.

GHS Owls defeat MBHS Broncos

The Garland Owls defeated the McKinney Boyd Broncos Friday, September 23 at McKinney’s Ron Poe Stadium.  All the scoring by both teams was accomplished in the first half, and the final score was 31-10.  The Owls scored first early in the game on a 35-yard run by Keylan Spencer and a little later in the first on a perfectly executed 79-yard pass from quarterback Seth Russell to Ja’Taveon Green.  In the second quarter Bennie Albury recovered a Bronco fumble and ran it 23 yards for a TD.  In addition, Spencer scored again on a 75-yard run.  With four seconds left in the first half, Josh Lambert hit a 48-yard field goal.  Lambert’s PATs were all successful as well. 

Garland gained 352 total yards on the night, 225 rushing and 127 passing.  Green caught three passes for 109 yards, and Keylan Spencer rushed for 143.

The Broncos gained a total of 162 yards on the night with 92 on the ground and 70 in the air.  Their scores came on a 28-yard field goal by Jared Symmank and a 1-yard run by Russel Williams.  The leading rusher for MBHS was Bryan Driskell with 119 yards. 

LCHS Patriots pull out victory over NFHS Rangers

The Lakeview Centennial Patriots got their first win of the season Friday, September 23 at Garland’s Homer B. Johnson Stadium in a close game against the Naaman Forest Rangers.  The Rangers had 316 total yards gained compared to 209 for the Patriots and Juaquin Davis ran for 174 yards.  The NFHS scores included a 21-yard field goal by Hunter Tipton, along with an 18-yard pass from Justin Walker to Trey Johnson, with Tipton adding the PAT.

The Patriots scored on a Denton Edwards 18-yard pass to Jarvis Baxter and a 21-yard pass from Edwards to Sherrod Haynes.   Demarcus Hall rushed for 98 yards for the Patriots.  The final score was LCHS 12, NFHS 10.

Sachse dealt first loss of season by Rowlett

The Rowlett Eagles pulled out a 49-42 victory over the Sachse Mustangs Friday, September 22 at Garland’s Williams Stadium, giving the Mustangs their first loss of the season.  The Eagles had a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and although the Mustangs rallied to score seven points in the second quarter and 35 points in the second half, it wouldn’t be enough to keep their winning streak alive.

Rashidi Turner scored three TDs for Rowlett on 40-, 74-, and 24-yard passes from quarterback Grant Bothun, and Kyle Moore caught a 4-yard pass from Bothun for a TD.  Quarterback Colton Kalmus threw a 16-yard pass to Chase Williams for a score as well.  Bothun rushed for two scores, the first a 1-yard run and the second a 50-yard run.  Nick Bruno was good on all PATs.

Billy Cole scored twice for the Mustangs with a 3-yard run and an 11-yard pass reception from quarterback Trent White.  White also connected with Chris Robb on a 24-yard pass for a TD and scored three rushing TDs.

Rowlett had 568 total yards on the night with Bothun passing for 274.  Jalen Rhodes had the most yards rushing for the Eagles with 150.  Rashidi Turner led in pass receptions with 199 yards.

Sachse had 436 total yards.  White threw for 265, and Guckenberg led in receptions with 97.  Cole led in ground yards with 103.

Coach Behrens picks for players of the week:


Offensive Lineman of the Week:  Shane Weeks – 91% blocking – six knockdowns

Offensive Skill Player of the Week:  Jeff Guckenberg – six receptions for 101 yards and one TD and one knockdown

Offensive MVP:  Billy Cole – 16 rushes for 71 yards and three TDs and six receptions for 72 yards and one TD 

Defensive Front 7 Player of the Week:  Tyler Holmes – six tackles – graded out 83%

Defensive Skill Player of the Week:  Aaron Ballard – seven tackles – graded out 81%

Defensive MVP:  Kantrell Hunter – 11 tackles – graded out 89%

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Brandon Millikin – 100% on PATs – four kick-off touchbacks – 34 yard punt average


HS football district play begins

Kim Everett | September 17, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

The first 105A district games were played Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16.  

Patriots fall to Broncos - Thursday night at Homer B. Johnson Stadium, the McKinney Boyd Broncos defeated the Lakeview Centennial Patriots 58-14.  Jarvis Baxter caught two passes from quarterback Denton Edwards for the Patriots’ scores, and Zayne Laymoun added the PATs.  Baxter had six catches for 94 yards on the night.

McKinney Boyd’s Bryan Driskell rushed for 276 yards and gained 10 yards each on two pass receptions.  Driskell scored five touchdowns, four rushing and one on a pass from quarterback Curtis Ladd.  Ladd threw for 214 yards and 4 TDs.  Cameron Decell had two receptions for a total of 87 yards and a touchdown.  Colby Vinson and Dylan Dickman also caught touchdown passes.  Kicker Jared Symmank added 7 extra points and a 42-yard field goal.

Sachse Mustangs over North Garland Raiders - Also on Thursday, the Sachse Mustangs defeated the North Garland Raiders 37-7.  The matchup was the TXA21 Game of the Week and showcased the talent of the Mustangs who are now 4-0 on the year and 1-0 in district play.

Sachse’s quarterback Trent White scored the first TD on a 3-yard run, and later in the first quarter, Brandon Durr scored on a 21-yard pass from White.

Billy Cole scored on a 1-yard run in the second, and Durr scored again on a 15-yard pass from White.  The Mustangs added another two points on a safety in the third, and White threw another TD pass in the fourth to Kent Myers.  John Pannell added five extra points.  White had 257 passing yards.

The Raiders’ Dai’Qwan Washington scored for NGHS on a 1-yard run and Juan Mitchell added the PAT. 


Coach Behrens picks for Players of the Week:


Offensive Lineman of the Week: Shane Weeks – 82% blocking – five knockdowns

Offensive Skill Player of the Week: Brandon Durr – five receptions for 67 yards and two TDs

Offensive MVP: Trent White – 19-28 pass completions – 3 TDs – six rushes for 18 yards and one TD

Defensive Front 7 Player of the Week: Christian Minies – six tackles – graded out 93%

Defensive Skill Player of the Week: Fernando Morales – four tackles – graded out 80%

Defensive MVP: Tyler Holmes – six tackles, two for loss – graded out 88%

Special Teams Player of the Week: Isaiah Smith – two tackles and a fumble recovery


Owls shut out Colonels - The Garland Owls defeated the South Garland Colonels by a final score of 49-0 at Williams Stadium on Friday night.  The game was delayed by approximately 25 minutes because of lightning, and the entire game was played in the rain.  Ja’Taveon Green had a big night with 224 total yards, 182 rushing and 42 in pass receptions.  He had three rushing TDs, along with one on an 18-yard pass reception from quarterback Seth Russell.  Green rushed for 67, 50, 65 yards on the TD runs.

Keylan Spencer scored on a 4-yard run.  Andrew Johnson had a TD on a 5-yard rush, and Kameron Sheffield scored on a 7-yard run.  Kicker Josh Lambert was good on all PATs.

South Garland’s Regi Petterson rushed for 103 yards, and Ezekiel Spellman rushed for 89. 

The win brought the Owls’ overall season record to 2-2, 1-0 in district play.  The Colonels’ record is 0-4.

NFHS falls to RHS - Also on Friday, the Rowlett Eagles had a 38-7 victory over the Naaman Forest Rangers at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.  Quarterback Grant Bothun completed 10 of 14 pass attempts for 102 and rushed for another 66.  Corey Chappell started the game with an 80-yard kickoff return for the Eagles, which was followed up in the second quarter with a TD on a 10-yard pass from Bothun to Ryan Foreman.

Alex Barrientos had a 31-yard pass interception return for a TD in the third.  In addition, Jalen Rhodes scored on an 18-yard run.  In the fourth quarter, Nigel Hasty scored a TD on a 15-yard run.

Nick Bruno added five extra points along with a 32-yard field goal.

Jaquin Davis rushed for 128 yards and a TD for NFHS, and quarterback Justin Walker passed for 126 yards and rushed for 108.

Sachse JV defeats North Garland

Posted September 16, 2011

The Sachse Mustangs JV Blue football team defeated the North Garland Raiders JV on Wednesday, Saturday 14.  The Mustangs scored first on an 85-yard pass from Alex Spielbauer to Orlando Williams.  Darion Smalls scored in the second, third, and fourth quarters on 29-, 18-, and 8-yard runs.  The defense held the Raiders on their final possession to hold on to the victory.  The final score was 25-22.

The JV Blue record is 3-1, the JV White team’s record is 2-0.


NFHS girls volleyball team defeats NGHS

Posted September 14, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

The Naaman Forest Lady Rangers defeated the Lady Rangers of North Garland Tuesday, Sept. 13.  NFHS won in three straight games with scores of 25-5, 25-11, and 25-9.  The Lady Rangers are now 2-0 in district play.





Sachse Mustangs JV defeats Dallas Hillcrest

Posted September 13, 2011

The Sachse Mustangs JV Blue team defeated Dallas Hillcrest 28-6 on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

In the first quarter, Gavin Burl rushed for a 6-yard touchdown, and Braxton Wilson had a 25-yard TD run.  In the third, Alex Spielbauer ran for a 12-yard score, and Wilson scored again on a 65-yard TD pass.

Kicker John Pannell added two 2-point conversions as he picked up a pair of bobbled snaps and weaved his way into the end zone.

The Sachse defense shut out the opponent’s offense for the second week in a row.  Hillcrest’s only points came on a late third quarter kickoff return.  The JV Blue team’s record stands at 2-1.  The JV White team’s record is 2-0.

The Freshman White team lost a tough game to Rockwall Heath this week with a final score of 32-14.  The Mustangs moved the ball but were hindered by turnovers. 


HS football results:  Week 2


Kim Everett | September 10, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis


Non-district play ended with the following Thursday and Friday night games:


Mustangs finish non-district play at 3-0


The Sachse Mustangs brought their non-district record to 3-0 with a win over the Dallas Hillcrest Panthers Thursday, September 8 at Dallas’ Franklin Stadium.  The final score was 46-14.


Sachse scored 39 unanswered points in the first quarter.  Two touchdowns were on 1-yard runs by Billy Cole, and quarterback Trent White rushed for a 12-yard score.  White also completed one TD pass to Brandon Durr and two to Jeff Guckenberg, who caught seven passes for 137 yards.  In the fourth, Kent Myers scored on a 23-yard run.  Brandon Millikin added four extra points. White had a total of 277 passing yards.


Coach Behrens’ picks for Players of the Week:


Offensive Lineman of the Week: AJ Roland – 89% blocking – two knockdowns

Offensive Skill Player of the Week: Austin Williams – three receptions for 37 yards

Offensive MVP: Trent White – 18-24 passing – three TDs – four rushes for 22 yards and a TD

Defensive Front 7 Player of the Week: Tyler Holmes – five tackles, one for loss – graded out 81%

Defensive Skill Player of the Week: Aaron Ballard – five tackles – big hit - graded out 80%

Defensive MVP: Nick Corkovic – five tackles, four for loss – two QB sacks - graded out – 73%

Special Teams Player of the Week: Jordon Ashcroft – five tackles


GHS picks up first non-district win


The Thursday, September 8 matchup of the Garland Owls and the Lake Highlands Wildcats brought GHS its first victory of the season.  The Owls outscored the Wildcats 27-14 and gained 386 total yards compared to the Wildcats’ 228. Quarterback Seth Russell had an 11-yard TD run and threw a 29-yarder to Kendre Bridges in the first half.  Josh Lambert added an extra point and a 36-yard field goal. 


In the second half, Russell scored on a 5-yard run, and Lambert hit the extra point as well as a fourth quarter 43-yard field goal.  Malcolm Miller rushed for 108 yards for the Owls.


Rowlett Eagles fall to Wylie in heartbreaker


The Eagles had the lead throughout their Friday, September 9 game at Garland’s Homer B. Johnson Stadium until the Wylie Pirates scored a touchdown with two minutes left in the fourth quarter to tie it at 27.  With no time left, the Pirates kicked a 39-yard field goal for the 30-27 victory. 


Jalen Rhodes scored three times for the Eagles on 7-, 2-, and 1-yard runs.  Quarterback Grant Bothun threw a 12-yard pass to Chase Williams for a score as well.  Kicker Nick Bruno was good on three PATs.


Colonels lose in close battle


The South Garland Colonels were matched up against Plano West High School on Thursday, September 8 at Murphy’s Tom Kimbrough Stadium.  SGHS scored first on an 8-yard run by Ezekiel Spellman, and Plano West tied the score in the second quarter. 


The Colonels were also the first to score in the second half on a 20-yard run by Spellman, bringing the score to 14-7.  Plano West scored twice in the third to take a 21-14 lead.  The Colonels added a 25-yard field goal by Jose Barrea to bring it to 21-17 but were unable to score again.


NFHS Rangers fall to Mesquite Skeeters


The Naaman Forest Rangers were defeated by the Mesquite Skeeters on Friday, September 9 at Mesquite’s E.H. Hanby Stadium.  The final score was 38-21. 


The Rangers scored on Justin Walker passes to Jay Sisomphou (seven yards) and Anthony Robb (47 yards), and Jaquin Davis had a 3-yard TD run.  Hunter Tipton’s PATs were all good.  Walker had 112 yards in the air and 117 rushing.


Rockwall-Heath pulls out last minute victory over LCHS


The Patriots scored first in a battle with Rockwall Heath High School Friday, September 9 at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.  Jarvis Baxter caught an 80-yard pass from quarterback Denton Edwards with 2:29 left in the first quarter.  The score was 7-7 at the end of the half. 


Heath scored late in the third quarter to go up 14-7, but the Patriots answered with a TD in the fourth to tie the score with 7:57 left in the game.  With only 24 seconds left in the game, Heath scored on a 56-yard pass to win 20-14.  Kicker Zayne Laymoun added to the Patriots point total with two successful PATs.


Denton Ryan over NGHS


The North Garland Raiders were defeated by Denton Ryan High School Friday, September 9 at Garland’s Williams Stadium.  The final score was 49-14. 


The Raiders scored twice in the fourth quarter.  Dai’Qwan Washington had a 1-yard TD run and a 14-yard pass to Thai Ho for a score.  Kicker Juan Mitchell added two extra points.

Sachse Mustangs JV, freshmen:  Football week 1

Posted September 6, 2011

The Sachse Mustangs junior varsity and freshmen teams’ results for week 1 of the high school football season are: 

JV blue 58 – Arlington Sam Houston 0

The Mustangs jumped to a 14-0 lead within the first two minutes of the game on a 60-yard opening kickoff return by Orlando Williams, followed by a 65-yard punt return by Darion Small after a third and out by the Mustang defense.  The defense continued to dominate by holding Arlington Sam Houston to only four first downs for the game and zero points.  The Mustangs also had multiple sacks, an interception, and a safety.  The offense rolled as running back Mario Johnson led the ground attack with more than 200 yards and two touchdowns.  Quarterback Alex Spielbauer added more than 100 yards rushing and a TD, and threw a TD pass to wide receiver Darion Smalls.  Quarterback Terasius Jefferson and running back Brandon Deckerd also contributed with TDs in the second half.

JV white 12 – Rockwall Heath 0

In a tight, defensive game, the Mustangs pulled it out as QB/RB Gavin Burl scored twice to put the Mustangs on top.   The Mustang defense performed well, keeping Heath out of the end zone.

Freshmen white 8 – Arlington Sam Houston 8

The freshmen white team tied Arlington Sam Houston 8-8.  The defense played much better and the offense was improved.  David Jones threw a touchdown pass to Lorenzo Rozario. 

Freshmen blue 20 – Arlington Sam Houston 6

The freshman blue team defeated Arlington Sam Houston 20-6.  The defense played well all night.  Matt Grimes threw two touchdown passes, one to Jordan Polk and one to Adrian Miller.  Devine Ozigbo scored on some hard fought yards.  Michael Douglas caught a 2-point conversion. 

Two GISD high school football teams get wins in week one

Kim Everett | September 3, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

Sachse Mustangs shut out Arlington Sam Houston -- The Sachse Mustangs had a big win against the Arlington Sam Houston Texans at H.B. Johnson Stadium Friday, September 2.  Quarterback Trent White threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns in the runaway 58-0 victory.  Running back Billy Cole, who had more than 135 total yards, added a pair of scoring runs and was led by great blocking up front by Shane Weeks. 

Coach Behrens’ picks for Players of the Week:

Offensive Lineman of the Week: Brenon Bailey, 80% blocking, three knockdowns

Offensive Skill Player of the Week: Billy Cole, 75 yards rushing and 60 receiving, two touchdowns

Offensive MVP: Shane Weeks, 87% blocking, three knockdowns

Defensive Front 7 Player of the Week: Hunter Swain, eight tackles, one for loss, graded out 73%

Defensive Skill Player of the Week: Fernando Morales, two tackles, graded out 86%

Defensive MVP: Christian Minies, nine tackles, graded out – 90%

Special Teams Player of the Week: Brandon Millikin, 10 kick-offs with six touchbacks, 32-yard field goal, seven PATs

Rowlett gets win over Rockwall -- The Rowlett Eagles defeated the Rockwall Yellowjackets 34-14 on Friday, September 2 at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.  Eagles quarterback Grant Bothun rushed for two TDs in the first quarter and another in the third quarter.  In the second, quarterback Colton Kalmus connected with Rashid Turner for a TD, and Nick Bruno made a 45-yard field goal. Bruno hit another one in the fourth, and all his PATs were successful, bringing the Eagles’ point total to 34.

North Garland Raiders defeated by North Mesquite -- The North Garland Raiders lost to the North Mesquite Stallions Friday, September 2 at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.  The final score was 57-16.  NGHS gained 204 total yards compared to 571 for the Stallions.  The Raiders got a safety in the third quarter when the ball was snapped out of the end zone.  Also in the third, quarterback Henry Skinner connected with Aaron Johnson for a TD.  In the fourth quarter, Dai’Qwan Washington scored on a 29-yard run.  Both PATs by Juan Mitchell were good.

Lakeview Centennial Patriots fall to Sulphur Springs -- The Patriots of Lakeview Centennial made a good showing against Sulphur Springs Friday, September 2, but were not able to get the win.  Brandon Anderson scored first for the Patriots on a 15-yard interception return in the first.  Also in the first, Denton Edwards connected with Jamie Elder on an 11-yard pass for a TD.  In the second, Demarcus Hall made a 38-yard run for a TD; and in the third, Robert Charles caught a 30-yard pass from Edwards for a TD.  Edwards threw for another score in the fourth with a completion to Glendez Witherspoon.  Four of Zayne Laymoun’s five PATs were good.

Naaman Forest defeated by Plano East -- The Naaman Forest Rangers lost to the Plano East Panthers on Thursday, September 1 by a final score of 45-27.  The Rangers had a total of 412 yards gained compared to 480 for the Panthers.  Scores for the Rangers included:  an interception and 54-yard run back for a TD by Jaskaran Singh; a Jay Sisomphou 23-yard pass reception from Justin Walker; a 67-yard run by Jaquin Davis; and a 19-yard pass from Walker to Sisomphou.  Three of Hunter Tipton’s PATs were good.

South Garland loses to Arlington Martin -- The Arlington Martin Warriors defeated the South Garland Colonels Friday, September 2 at Arlington’s Cravens Field by a final score of 43-10.  Marquel McNac scored first for the Colonels on an 80-yard run.  The PAT by Jose Barrea was good, and he also had a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.  SGHS gained a total of 337 yards.  McNac rushed for 140 yards. 

Owls lose to Duncanville Panthers -- The Garland Owls were defeated by the Duncanville Panthers Friday, September 2 at Garland’s Williams Stadium.  Quarterback Seth Russell completed a pass to Moses Reyes for the Owls’ first score, which came in the second quarter.  In the third Russell connected with Kendre Bridges on a 58-yard pass for a TD.  All of Josh Lambert’s PATs were good, and he also hit a 41-yard field goal.  The Owls were only down by one point at the end of the third quarter, but Duncanville scored in the fourth, which sealed their victory.  The final score was 25-17.

Sachse JV and freshman teams take on Wylie Pirates

Posted August 31, 2011

The Sachse Mustangs junior varsity and freshman teams played the Wylie Pirates during week 0 of the high school football season.

The Sachse JV White team defeated the Wylie JV B team 8-6 with Tanner Luttrull throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Edosomwan and Gavin Burl making a 2-point conversion run.

The Sachse JV Blue team was defeated by the Wylie JV A team by a score of 8-6.  Alex Spielbauer scored the TD on an 8-yard run.  The PAT was no good.

The Freshman B team lost 27-0.  They played hard, but had some touchdowns called back. 

The Freshman A team won 26-25 on the last play of the game.  Matthew Grimes threw for four TDs.  Michael Douglas caught two, Adrian Miller and Jordan Polk each caught one.  Polk also kicked the game winning extra point.  Devine Ozigbo helped out with the running game, and many of the athletes played both ways.  They were down 25-13 with seven minutes left in the fourth.  The defense got a timely stop on fourth down with 55 seconds remaining in the game. 

High school football season kicks off

Kim Everett | August 28, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

Week 0 of the high school football season began Thursday, August 25 with all the games being played in dangerous heat. 

The South Garland Colonels were defeated by the Richardson Berkner Rams in a close battle at Garland’s Homer B. Johnson Stadium.  The Colonels gained 317 total yards while Berkner gained 215 and they made eight first downs compared to only two for the Rams. But, they were unable to get the win. Berkner took the lead in the third quarter and held on to win the game 29-23.

The North Garland Raiders were defeated by Red Oak 37-6 in their Thursday night game at Garland’s Williams Stadium.  Dai’Qwan Washington scored the Raiders’ touchdown on a 9-yard run.

The Naaman Forest Rangers defeated the Rockwall Yellowjackets on Friday, August 26 at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium in Rockwall.  Jay Sisomphou scored the first NFHS touchdown in the second quarter, and Jaquin Davis scored two in the fourth.  Hunter Tipton’s PATs were all good.  Sisomphou ended the night with seven receptions, and Davis had 164 total rushing yards.  Quarterback Justin Walker completed 11 of 14 pass attempts for 89 yards and rushed for 67.  The final score was 21-13.

Another Friday night victory was the Sachse Mustangs over the Wylie Pirates.  According to Mustangs’ Head Coach Red Behrens, “It was hot and humid but the Mustangs were cool and collected as they defeated the state ranked Pirates 30-16.” 

Sachse’s quarterback Trent White passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half.  White, who also rushed for 69 yards, picked the Wylie secondary apart with all three scores coming from 41 yards or longer.

He gave the Mustangs an early lead with a 64-yard bomb to Chris Robb on the third play of the game. The duo connected again from 41 yards out giving Sachse a 14-0 lead with 8:40 left in the second quarter. For White’s final touchdown he hit Jeff Guckenberg on a 45-yard catch-and-run and the Mustangs took a 23-6 lead into halftime.

Coach Behrens picks for Players of the Week:

Offensive Lineman:  Abran Oakes – 83% blocking

Offensive Skill Player:  Billy Cole – 98 yards rushing, 10 yards receiving

Offensive MVP:  Chris Robb – 4 catches for 115 yards, 2 TDs

Co-Defensive Front 7 Players of the Week:  Eldridge Showers – 5 tackles 2 for loss,

    3 QB hurries; Tyler Holmes – 8 tackles, 1 for loss

Defensive Skill Player of the Week:  Aaron Ballard – 6 tackles 1 interception

Defensive MVP:  Christian Minies – 8 tackles, pass break-up

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Jordon Cox – 10 perfect snaps

The defense was led by Christian Minies with 8 tackles, along with a host of other hard hitting Mustang defenders.  Tyler Holmes, Eldridge Showers, and Aaron Shelby led the charge up front with a combined total of 23 tackles, four for yardage losses.  Aaron Ballard led the secondary with six tackles and an interception.

Also on Friday night, the Rowlett Eagles were defeated by the North Mesquite Stallions by a final score of 41-14 at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.  The two Eagles scores came on a 54-yard run by Jalen Rhodes and a 33-yard pass from quarterback Grant Bothun to Corey Chappell.  Both of Nick Bruno’s PATs were successful.

The Lakeview Centennial Patriots were defeated 56-0 by the Plano Wildcats at Williams Stadium on Friday.

On Saturday, August 27, the Garland Owls were defeated in a close game against Denton Guyer at Carrollton’s Standridge Stadium in the Avery Air Old Coach Classic.  Quarterback Seth Russell completed eight of 17 pass attempts for 144 yards and scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run.  Ja’Taveon Green returned a fumble 62 yards for a touchdown, and Keylan Spencer scored on a 5-yard run.  All of Josh Lambert’s PATs were good, but missed field goals were a deciding factor in the 24-21 loss.

Rowlett brothers concentrate on grades, then sports

Kim Everett | July 23, 2011

James, Jared, and Jalen Mayden of Rowlett excel at football, but they know that it isn’t the most important thing in life.  
The brothers also devote time to their spiritual lives, and they work hard to succeed academically.  All agree that their 
priorities must be God first, then family, and then the pursuit of other interests.  They are members of the Living Word 
Christian Church, which is led by Pastor Jerry Sharp.

James will be a sophomore at Sachse High School.  In addition to maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, he experienced a successful ninth grade year on the freshman football team and will return to the field for the upcoming season. 

He understands the importance of making good grades and plans to do everything he can to maintain his 4.0 GPA.  He’s already researching colleges on the internet.  “I check on their academic programs first.  That’s the most important thing,” James said.   “I’m a student athlete.  I want to be the best student I can be, and at the same time I want to try and be the best athlete I can be.”

He started playing flag football when he was 4-years-old and primarily plays wide receiver but said that he’ll play wherever he is needed.  “I love every single thing about playing football,” he said.  “The fans, my teammates, my coaches, it’s just in my heart.”

He also enjoys close family relationships and said that his grandmother has had a positive influence on him.  “Even now I go over and she’ll help me out with stuff,” James said.  “She tells me I’m still the young one, and I have nothing on her.”

He’s also close to his grandfather.  “My grandpa is more on the academic side and how I am as a person,” he said.  “He wants me to stay humble, keep my mind and my perspective on life right.”

A few of the sports honors that James has earned include: three-star rating as a freshman, invitations to FBU Top Gun, Team USA, and National Underclassman Top Prospect Camp.

Update:  August 1 - James just received notification that he was accepted at Addison's Greenhill School, which is a great academic opportunity.  

Jared also started playing football at the age of 4 and will be in the eighth grade at Schrade Middle School.  Like James, Jared knows that his first priority must be academics.  “If you are not smart, you’re not going to get the scholarship that you want,” he said.

He likes the excitement of the game and the feeling he gets right before the team goes out on the field. “Before the games when you get the butterflies and the adrenaline is pumping, that’s a good feeling,” Jared said.   “I’d rather hit someone than be hit, so I like playing safety.”

The eighth-grader feels that his athletic ability comes from his dad who played basketball at Oklahoma University.  He has also been influenced by his mother, his grandparents, and uncles.

Jared is willing to put in the work to succeed in academics and sports.  Instead of playing video games and watching television, he prefers to be running or working out.  “You always have to be trying to get better.  There’s always something you can be doing,” he said.

He also said that to succeed, a person has to trust in God.  “You’ve got to have faith that He will guide you in the right direction,” Jared said.

Sports awards Jared has received include:  1 star certified rating (normally reserved for ninth graders), 2011 Eastbay 7th Grade Youth All American, and U.S. Marine Corp- Dallas Camp Youth Fastest Man Winner.

Jalen has also been playing football since he was 4-years-old and will be in sixth grade at Schrade Middle School.  He likes the feeling he experiences when he scores a touchdown and the crowd goes wild.  He plays cornerback, and with his ability level, he scores lots of touchdowns. 

His mom and uncle have influenced him the most and helped him have the motivation to excel as an athlete.  His brothers help him a lot as well because he tends to be a perfectionist, and they remind him not to be too hard on himself.  “They tell me not to be down on myself and that I should just keep working hard,” Jalen said.

He likes school, and his favorite subject is science.  Like his brothers, Jalen works hard to make good grades.  “If your grades aren’t high enough, you can’t play,” he said.   

Jalen depends on God in his daily life.  “He helps me wake up each and every morning and get through what I need to,” he said.  “If he wants me to do something, he’ll lead me to why I need to do it and when I need to do it.”

James, Jared, and Jalen will all participate in JuniorRank, which is described on the website as a “sporting event and internet media company dedicated to training, identifying, recognizing, and rewarding high school and middle school student athletes.” 

Participation in this event is an opportunity for them to show other people, including college coaches and recruiters, what they can do on and off the field.  Athletes are selected by their performance in drills and must have at least a 3.0 GPA. 

The Mayden brothers understand how hard their mom, Katrina, works to help make their dreams come true, and they are appreciative.  They know that none of it would be possible without her help.

SGLL All-Stars make it to final four

Kim Everett | July 17, 2011

The South Garland Little League All-Stars from District 8 made a successful showing in the all-star tournament by ending up in the final four.

During the two-week tournament, the team of 7- and 8-year old athletes defeated a team from The Colony once and a Carrollton team twice.  They also had one victory and one loss against the North Garland Little League All-Stars.

Their tournament play ended when they were defeated on Friday, July 15 at Garland’s Holford Park, when the Wylie White All-Star team outscored them 12-9.  The SGLL All-Stars made an impressive comeback bid from an 8-1 deficit, but it wasn’t quite enough for the win.

Team members included Hector, Jordan, Gianni, Homer, Tyler, Dylan, Marquis, Brady, Jovanni, Elijah, Luke, Will, and Colton.  The team was coached by Dominic Williams, John Diggs, David Emmons, and Blair Huber.



Young athletes learn from NFHS baseball coaches

Posted June 18, 2011 -- Photos by Coach Phil Leone

Naaman Forest High School baseball Coaches Vance Washington and Phil Leone sponsored a camp for 6- 14-year-old players Tuesday – Thursday, June 14-16.  According to Leone, they focused on the fundamentals of throwing, fielding, hitting, and base-running.  They also emphasized the concept of “hustle” and related it to how it not only improves athletes’ games, but also their academic performance, social skills, and quality of life in general.

Leone said that the young ballplayers worked hard and that he was impressed by their effort and attitude. 

“We were all worn out from the heat and sun by the time we passed out t-shirts and awards on the last day, but I’m not sure who had the most fun, the kids or the coaches,” he said.

Photos:  Gavin Goodrich, 8, of Richardson, hits off the tee to hone his swing.  Gavin earned a "Cannon Arm" award and two "Tough as Nails" awards.

Braydin Bevilacqua, 6, of Garland works on maintaining the perfect batting stance.  He won the "Yes, sir! No sir!" contest and a "Locked-On" award for intensity.

Andrew Garza, 6, of Garland, ropes a line drive during batting practice.  Andrew earned a "Love of the Game" award and a "Laser Show" award from the coaches.

Buddy League winds up spring season

Kim Everett | June 7, 2011

Buddy League played the last games of the spring season and held closing ceremonies Saturday, June 4 at Bradfield Park.  Heather Miller and her husband Curt started the league, which began with 10 special needs players in 2002, for their son Ben.  It has grown to more than 100 players per season who now have the opportunity to play a sport, have fun, and make friends.  In Buddy League, every batter gets a hit, and every hit is a homerun.  There are lots of hugs and high fives, and everyone from the players and their families to the volunteers and other spectators has a great time.

Garland Mayor Ronald E. Jones, Anna de Haro from Clear Channel, and the eagle mascot from the University of North Texas were all on hand for the festivities.  Jones and de Haro handed out trophies to the players, and the UNT mascot visited and took photos with the kids.

Girl Scout Troop 1795 presented Buddy League with a check for more than $800 which they raised by selling pendants made from dominoes.  In addition, Austin Gumowski of Garland and Parker Robertson of Ferris were awarded “Volunteer of the Year” plaques for their commitment to the league.

Miller expressed deep gratitude for all the volunteers, families, and players as well as to her husband Curt and sons Nick, Sean, Chase, and Ben.  She also awarded a $500 scholarship to Buddy League volunteer Kristen Aviles, who is a senior at Texas Woman’s University.

Buddy League’s fall season will begin in October.

GHS graduates receive NJCAA honors

Posted May 29, 2011

The Paris Junior College softball team ended their season on a high note with several of the players making the NJCAA All-Region and All-Conference teams.

Garland High School graduate Tiffany Kenney was named to the NJCAA Region XIV Eastern All-Conference First Team. Also a GHS graduate, catcher Kodie Garner was named to the NJCAA Region XIV Eastern All Conference Second Team.


Paris Junior College Lady Dragons softball infielder Tiffany Kenney was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV Eastern All-Conference First Team.  The GHS alumna (front) prepares to throw an out to first in a game earlier this spring against Northeast Texas Community College.

Paris Junior College Lady Dragons softball catcher Kodie Garner was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV Eastern All-Conference Second Team.  The GHS alumna gets a hit against Lon Morris College earlier this spring.

Lady Owls enjoy success at state meet

Kim Everett | May 17, 2011


Garland High School’s Lady Owls track team had a great Saturday at the state track meet in Austin last weekend.  They set two new school records and won the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 45.87 and the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:36.52.


Bianca Jackson also set a new school record in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.73, winning second place.


The Lady Owls were in first place for the state title until the last event when the team from DeSoto High School won the 4x400 meter relay to gain the points needed to take the title.  The Lady Owls finished as state runner-up.


DeSoto took several more athletes to the meet and competed in nine events.  The Lady Owls took six athletes (two were alternates and did not compete) and participated in three events.


“We could not be more proud of these young ladies,” said Girls Athletic Coordinator Lynn Duyck.  “They did an outstanding job against a much larger team.  The good news is all of our girls will be back next year.  We are looking forward to next year and finishing the job.” 


Duyck also expressed gratitude for the large fan turnout in Austin.


According to Assistant Coach Phil Murray, the Lady Owls track team is fourth in the nation with their time in the 4X100 meter relay; Bianca Jackson is fifth in the nation with her 100 meter hurdle time; and the team’s 4X200 meter relay time is first in the nation.


State champions in the 4X100 relay and the 4X200 relay:

Chasity Clark

Bianca Jackson

Chellane Jones

Quetta Mapps

Victoria Pegram (alternate)

Laticia Mapps (alternate)


Second in state in the 100 meter hurdles:

Bianca Jackson


Team totals:

DeSoto High School:  51

Garland High School:  48

Mansfield Timberview High School:  42     

Lady Owls track team heads to Austin

Kim Everett | May 13, 2011 -- Photos by Phil Murray

The Garland High School Lady Owls track team will compete in the state meet on Saturday, May 14 at Mike Myers Stadium at Austin.  The four team members and two alternates who will be competing in both the 4x100 meter relay and the 4x200 meter relay are:  Chasity Clark, junior; Bianca Jackson, junior; Chellane Jones, sophomore; Quetta Mapps, sophomore; and Victoria Pegram and Laticia Maps, both freshmen.  Making this trip extra special is that it has been quite a while since a Garland Independent School District girls’ team has made it to the state level and that all of the girls are underclassmen.  

Bianca will also be competing in the 100 meter hurdles event, which she won at both the district and regional levels.  The relay team won both relays at the district and regional levels as well. 

The team’s district win gave the Lady Owls track program its 16th district title, and they have broken the GHS records in all three events this season.  Bianca was the high point scorer at the district meet with 30 points, and she qualified to advance to regionals in four events.

Coach Lynn Duyck is in her 30th year with the track program and is proud of the girls’ accomplishments.  Assistant Coach Deba Douglas is one of Duyck’s former track athletes whose team finished sixth at the state level in the 4x200m relay in 1999.

According to Assistant Track Coach Phil Murray, who provided photos, the team has the eighth fastest time in the nation in the 4x100 meter relay and the fifth fastest in the 4x200 meter relay.

NFHS tennis players to
compete in state tournament

Kim Everett | May 9, 2011

For the first time in school history, Naaman Forest High School will be represented at the 5A state tennis tournament.  Sophomore Mario Sandoval and freshman Kelsey Grambeau won district, then placed second at the regional level to earn one of only eight mixed doubles spots in the Austin tournament on May 9-10.

Mario, who has been playing tennis for 11 years, started playing with his father and two older brothers at 5 years old.  He joined a tennis club when he was nine, then changed clubs at 14 and started practicing three hours per day.  He also played soccer and basketball for several years, but ultimately chose tennis because he enjoyed it more.

He stays motivated because of his love of the game, but it does become difficult occasionally with school work and other activities.  He is in National Honor Society and Latin Club and he is on the Junior Board of Governors at the Canyon Creek Country Club, which includes community service activities.

Mario’s brothers also played tennis at NFHS and one got very close to going to the state tournament.  “It feels really great to do this,” Mario said.  “When I saw my brother’s playoff match to go to state, it became one of my goals.”  He’s happy that this is happening during his sophomore year.

Kelsey started playing tennis when she was 9.  She played other sports, including soccer, basketball, gymnastics, and softball, but when it came time to choose which one to pursue seriously, she chose tennis.  ‘I’ve just always had a passion for tennis,” she said.

Kelsey’s parents and older sisters are also athletic and have influenced her positively.  “It’s something to do that gets you up off the couch and moving, and it’s a good way to stay fit,” she said.

She practices for 3 and one-half hours every day and there are times when it is difficult to remain motivated.  On those days, she thinks about the future.  “I want to play tennis at a good college and if I don’t keep pushing myself, it won’t happen,” Kelsey said. 

She finishes practice at 7:30 p.m., then does homework and gets to bed around 10 p.m., but as busy as she is, Kelsey is enjoying the high school experience.  She is in French Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

Both athletes sang the praises of Coach Bryan.  “He is a really good coach and he knows what he’s talking about,” Kelsey said.

“Coach Bryan knows a lot about doubles.  He knows that you have to play complete strategy to win…You can’t just take your opponent all at once.  There’s a process,” Mario said.

He also said that Bryan is patient and calm.  “He’s not one of those coaches that will freak out and make you nervous,” he said.  “He’ll calm you down and let you know how good you are doing.”

Coach Bryan, who has been the tennis coach for 10 years, is proud to have students going to the state tournament.  “We’ve been close for the past three years...but we have not been able to break through,” Bryan said.  “It feels really good to have a chance to go to state.  It’s great to have one of the eight best mixed doubles teams in the state.”

During Bryan’s first year as coach, there were eight or ten boys and two girls in the program, not even enough to play team tennis until October of that year.  The program has now grown to almost 60 students.   “I’ve been blessed to have good kids with great talent come through here,” he said.

Bryan stressed that he is proud of all the students in the program.


SHS athletes sign with universities


Posted April 19, 2011


Two Sachse High School athletes signed letters of intent last week.  Michael Ramos signed to play football at McPherson College in McPherson, Kan.


Cole Emert signed to play football at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene.





LCHS basketball team receives special recognition


Kim Everett | April 18, 2011 


On Tuesday, April 12th, the Lakeview Centennial basketball team was honored at the Dallas County Courthouse as guests of Commissioner Mike Cantrell.  A resolution was presented to the LCHS boys’ basketball team for their accomplishments this past year and for all they have done to represent Garland and the whole of Dallas County.  Head Coach Tony Mauldin was asked to address Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins and the four commissioners as well as the court. The senior players then introduced themselves.

"This was a great honor for the LCHS basketball team and for Garland ISD. We want to thank Commissioner Cantrell, the rest of the commissioners, and Judge Clay Jenkins for this great honor," Mauldin said.

Anyone who has had the opportunity to visit with these young men has seen their dedication to the sport; but more importantly, the exemplary way that they handle themselves.  They are polite and respectful, characteristics that sometimes seem to be obsolete in today’s society.  These are the kind of young people who are going to go out into the world and make a positive difference.

Mauldin is proud to have had the opportunity to work with them.  “I really love these guys.  They are such good young men,” he said.

NFHS celebrates Senior Night

Kim Everett | April 9, 2011 Photos by Roger Mathis

The Naaman Forest High School Rangers baseball team celebrated Senior Night Friday, April 11.

It turned out to be a double celebration as they defeated the Lakeview Centennial High School Patriots by a final score of 8-1.


Sachse's Lady Mustangs season ends

Posted April 9, 2011

A great playoff run ended for the Lady Mustangs' Friday, April 9 in a 2-1 shootout against the Woodlands High School.  The Lady Broncos of McKinney Boyd High School won the Region II District 10-5A final against the Woodlands by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.

Lady Mustangs continue in soccer playoffs,
Eagles defeated by McKinney Boyd

Kim Everett | April 6, 2011 -- Photos by Jerry Lanier

Sachse High School’s Lady Mustangs advanced in the playoffs on Tuesday, April 5 when they defeated College Station A&M Consolidated in the regional quarterfinals round in a 1-0 overtime shootout.

The Rowlett Eagles were defeated by the McKinney Boyd Broncos in the area round of the playoffs by a score of 3-0.






 GISD baseball in full swing

Chris Long | April 5, 2011

High school baseball is in full swing this spring. Two Garland Independent School District teams have stood out so far. The leader in District 10-5A at this point in the season are the Dallas Morning News Area 10th ranked Rowlett Eagles. Rowlett boasts a 16-4 record and a percentage point lead over the 15-7 McKinney Boyd Broncos. The Eagles are lead by junior second baseman Connor Fikes, who is an area top-10 hitter with a .500 batting average. Rowlett also has an area top-20 pitcher, senior Justin Garcia, who has a perfect 5-0 record with a 2.21 ERA.

Just two games behind the Eagles are the Naaman Forest Rangers. The third place Rangers are 11-7 thus far and are still a threat to win district. Junior catcher Hunter Courson has been a power hitting standout for Naaman Forest with five home-runs and a .434 batting average. Pitching standouts for the Rangers are Nick Rodgers and Collin Sherrod. Rodgers is 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA, and Sherrod is 4-0 with a 4.11 ERA.

Sachse is three and one half games off of the lead at 11-10 and can still pose a challenge for the lead. Eric Williams is leading the Mustangs’ offense with a .341 average and 12 RBIs.

The Garland Owls are five games behind Rowlett with a 9-16 record. Seven games back is South Garland at 8-14. Tony Salazar has been the Colonels’ standout in the first part of the season batting .409 with four round trippers.

Also seven games off the pace are the Lakeview Centennial Patriots. Jordan Rottenberry is leading the Patriots’ offense with a .421 average and 12 RBIs. The Raiders of North Garland are in last place at seven and one half games behind.

Eagles, Lady Eagles,
Lady Mustangs in
varsity soccer playoffs

Posted April 3, 2011 -- Photos by Jerry Lanier

The Eagles defeated Richardson High School by a score of 1-0 to take the bi-district title on Tuesday, March 29.

They won against Belton High School in the area round of the playoffs Friday, April 1 by a score of 2-0.  Their next game will be against the McKinney Boyd Broncos for the regional quarterfinals spot.

The Lady Eagles, who also made the playoffs this season, defeated Skyline High School in the first round by a final score of 2-0.  They were defeated 1-0 by Belton High School in the next round.

Sachse’s Lady Mustangs, who also made the playoffs, defeated Richardson High School 2-0 and Tyler Lee High School 1-0 in OT.  They will meet College Station A&M Consolidated for the regional quarterfinals match-up.



HS soccer update:  March 11


Posted March 14, 2011 -- Photos by Jerry Lanier


Friday, March 11 high school soccer game results:


Rowlett Eagles 3, McKinney Boyd Broncos 0

Naaman Forest Rangers 2, Garland Owls 0

Sachse Mustangs 2, South Garland Colonels 1









Patriots end great season, win silver medals


Kim Everett | March 13, 2011


A state championship wasn’t in the cards for the Lakeview Centennial Patriots and their Head Basketball Coach Tony Mauldin, who was named 2010 National Basketball Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.


Almost everything went right for the Patriots in the first game of the state tournament on Friday, March 11 against San Antonio Northside Taft.  Senior Tez Demas scored 21 points and was five-for-five in three-point attempts.  As a team, the Patriots made nine of 15 three-point shots and ended up at 60% in overall shooting.  The final score was Lakeview 87, Northside Taft 77.


Their opponent for the Saturday, March 12 state championship game had been decided earlier on Friday in a contest between the Marauders of Flower Mound Marcus and Fort Bend Hightower.  Marcus won by a score of 53-41.


The Patriots and Marauders met for the final showdown in the last game of the tournament at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center.  At the 8:45 p.m. start, it was anyone’s game; but by halftime, the Marauders led by 20 points.  The Patriots weren’t hitting shots or controlling the ball, and there were probably some, the Patriots and their fans not included, who thought it was over.


LCHS came out fighting in the second half, overcame the 20-point deficit, and took the lead.  They outscored their opponents 22-2 in the third quarter, but the Marauders, who turned the ball over 12 times in the third, were not going away.


The score going into the fourth quarter was tied at 31, and the Patriots quickly took a 36-31 lead.  The Marauders recovered to take the lead, and by the last few seconds of the game were up by two points.  The Patriots’ last effort to tie the game missed, and Flower Mound Marcus took the championship with a final score of 40-38.


It was a thrilling contest and a great effort by both teams and coaching staffs.


Patriots return to state tournament


Thoughts from a few players
 and student co-manager


Senior Tez Demas, who has signed to play at West Texas A&M, has played basketball all four years at LCHS, and he knows that they have to take it one game at a time.  “We’re not looking at the championship.  There are still four teams and two games left,” he said. 


The pressure isn’t a factor for Demas.  “We just get out there and do what the coaches taught us to do.  We keep playing hard, and the results will come,” he said.  “Coach Mauldin has taught me to play hard and bring the effort.”


Senior Bryan Lipsey has also been with the team since his freshman year and said that hard work is what has gotten the team to this point. 


“We practice hard every day, and we know we have to get better one step at a time, and hard work doesn’t come easy” he said.  “Being ranked No. 1 in the state puts a target on our backs, and everybody is looking to beat us.”


Sam Eguavoen, also a senior, will attend Texas Tech on a football scholarship.  Being busy all year with both sports isn’t a problem.  “I can’t see myself just sitting down and watching TV.  I have to be doing something,” he said. 


He said that the team’s work ethic comes from Coach Mauldin, who Eguavoen said has instilled a desire to win in the players.  “He puts that mindset into all of us,” he said.    


Going to the state tournament two years in a row has been great for student team manager Ileana Salguero.  “You can’t even put into words how great it is.  The guys work really hard so they deserve everything they are getting right now, and for it to be back to back is great,” she said.  Salguero and Michael Slaton, the other student manager, are working hard to help the coaches at what is sure to be a stressful time.


Posted March 9, 2011


For the second year in a row, the Lakeview Centennial Patriots will go to the state basketball tournament in Austin.  They battled for a state playoff spot during the regional semi-finals and finals at Midway High School in Waco on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5.  Victories in these games qualified them for the State Championship Tournament and Final Four in Austin on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12.













In the first game, the regional semi-final, the Patriots took on The

Woodlands in a hard fought battle to the end.  The lead went back and forth throughout the game until Trelle Lewis hit a 3-pointer with just over two minutes remaining in the game.  The Patriots went on to win with a final score of 67-64.


Chris Jones, who has signed with the University of North Texas, scored 21 points.  Toddrick Gotcher, Texas Tech signee, had nine rebounds and 12 points.


On Saturday, the Patriots pulled out a 54-50 victory against DeSoto High School to win the regional finals.  Free throws were a huge factor in the game between the No. 1 (LCHS) and No. 4 (DeSoto) ranked teams in the state.  In the second half, the Patriots were over 75 percent in free throw attempts.  Missing six of eight attempts in the second half, DeSoto was at 13 percent.


“These were great wins for our kids, and they really showed character in winning over two tough opponents who had both won 30 plus games,” LCHS Head Coach Tony Mauldin said.


He is proud to coach this gifted LCHS team.  “So many of them are like my own sons. I really do love them,” he said. “I am blessed to be able to coach a great group of young men like this.”

Mauldin, who has led the Patriots to the playoffs six of his eight years as head coach, credits the joint effort of coaches JT Locklear, Jason Busch, BJ Cope, Gary Carpenter, and Kelan Jones for the team’s success.  “I have really good assistant coaches.  I give them lots of responsibility, and they come through,” he said.  “JT Locklear has been with me since the first year I became head coach.  I give him and Jason Busch lots of responsibility and they always come through. We could not do this without their help.”


He also recognized the efforts of the administration, LCHS Principal Dr. Hudson, the assistant principals, the district’s Athletic Directors Homer Johnson and Judy Campbell.  “Just like any successful company or team, it takes lots of people working together,” Mauldin said.  He added that the team has a great support staff of trainers, student managers, and student trainers.


In addition, he expressed gratitude to the teachers at LCHS.  “We have really good teachers at Lakeview who help our students to be successful in the classroom as well, and they are so supportive of what we stand for,” Mauldin said.


The head coach has extensive experience with both high school and college teams and even led a team in East Africa for three years.  He took Morton High School to the state championship game six years in a row and won three titles.  One of those championship teams is being honored in Austin this year.  “I have truly been blessed.” he said.


LCHS will play San Antonio Taft High School Friday, March 11 at 8:30 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.  Flower Mound Marcus High School and Fort Bend Hightower High School, the other two teams in the Final Four, will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, also at the Frank Erwin Center.  The state championship game is Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

HS soccer recap:  March 8

Posted March 9, 2011 -- Photos by Jerry Lanier

The Rowlett Eagles and North Garland Raiders were tied 1-1 after regulation play. North Garland won the shootout 2-1.  The McKinney Boyd Broncos defeated the Sachse Mustangs 3-0, and the Naaman Forest Rangers won out over the South Garland Colonels 6-0.





District 10-5A all-district girls’ basketball teams

Posted March 8, 2011


1st Team All-District – 2010-11


MVP: Gabrielle Wilkins, Garland HS, Junior


Offensive MVP: Devin Oliver, Rowlett HS, Senior


Defensive MVP: Morgan Holly, Naaman Forest HS, Junior


Newcomer of the year:  Alexis Hill, South Garland HS, Freshman

Coach of the year: LeeAnn Stephenson, Garland HS

1.     Jasmine Hill, South Garland HS, Senior

2.     Jessica Moss, Lakeview Centennial HS, Senior

3.     Brianna Mahoe, Lakeview Centennial HS, Sophomore

4.     Micayla Buckner, Naaman Forest HS, Freshman

5.     Alex Pickens, Naaman Forest HS, Senior

6.     Achiel Tac, Sachse HS, Junior

7.     Kiana Evans, McKinney Boyd HS, Senior

8.     Timetra Goodson, South Garland HS, Senior

9.     Shantoria Taylor, Garland HS, Senior

10.  Rebecca Kolawole, Garland HS, Senior

2nd Team All-District

1.     Dominique Oliver, Rowlett HS, Sophomore

2.     Alexis Seales, Naaman Forest HS, Junior

3.     Adelya Howard, South Garland HS, Junior

4.     Kiara Blair, North Garland HS, Senior

5.     Stevie Bradley, Lakeview Centennial HS, Junior

6.     Rochelle Vasquez, McKinney Boyd HS, Sophomore

7.     Amari Richardson, Rowlett HS, Senior

8.     Candace Followwell, Sachse HS, Junior

9.     Gabby Matila, Sachse HS, Senior

10.  Monique White, Garland HS, Junior

Honorable Mention All-District

1.     Ke’yanna Henderson, South Garland HS, Senior

2.     Brinley Posey, McKinney Boyd HS, Senior

3.     Julia Hendrieth, McKinney Boyd HS, Sophomore

4.     Vera Ekpo, Garland HS, Senior

5.     Kat Holmes, McKinney Boyd HS, Senior

6.     Liz Herrera, Lakeview Centennial HS, Junior

7.     Emily Jatta, Garland HS, Senior

8.     Alondria Green, Garland HS, Senior

9.     Christina Scott, Sachse HS, Senior

10.  Monica Dorsey, Sachse HS, Sophomore

11.  Lorian Benjamin, Sachse HS, Freshman

Varsity soccer update:  March 4

Posted March 6, 2011 -- Photos by Jerry Lanier

The Rowlett High School Eagles and Garland Owls were tied 0-0 at the end of regulation play.  The Eagles defeated the Owls 3-1 in the shootout.

The McKinney Boyd Broncos defeated the North Garland Raiders by a score of 4-1.




Patriots defeat Harker Heights to move on in playoffs


Kim Everett | March 3, 2011


Both the Lakeview Centennial Patriots and Killeen Harker Heights Knights started out slow at the Regional Quarterfinal matchup at West High School Wednesday, March 2, but the Patriots pulled out a big win in the end.


Both teams seemed a bit nervous, but according to the Patriots’ Head Coach Tony Mauldin, that’s no surprise.  “This is the game that gets you to the “Sweet Sixteen” and regional tournament,” he said.


The Patriots were up by 10 points at halftime, but in the third quarter, they jumped out to a 20-point lead, and Harker Heights was never able to recover.  "We told our guys at halftime that we needed to win the first four minutes of the third quarter, and that is what we did.  One area we have to work on is not fouling so much. But we will work on that," Mauldin said.

"We played much better tonight, and we were especially active on the press turning live turnovers into points.  Our kids did a good job of controlling the tempo and not allowing Harker Heights to the basket so easily,” Mauldin said.  “They have a very good team, and we thought coming in if we could press them and run that we would win the game.  That is what we did.”


Player Toddy Gotcher had been sick most of the day with a cold and sore throat and did not have his usual game, but the other players stepped up.  “We are really proud of our guys, and now we’re on to Regionals.  We know it does not get any easier," Mauldin said.


The Patriots now move on to the Regional Tournament where they play The Woodlands High School at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 4.  The tournament is at Waco Midway High School. The other two teams in the regionals are Desoto High School and Dekaney High School, who will play the game following Lakeview’s on Friday.  The Regional Final will be played on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Varsity soccer update:  March 1

Posted March 2, 2011 -- Photos by Jerry Lanier

The Rowlett Eagles defeated the South Garland Colonels 2-0.

The Sachse Mustangs won out over the Lakeview Centennial Patriots 3-0.

The North Garland Raiders defeated the Garland Owls 3-2.




LCHS continues in playoffs, NFHS defeated by Killeen Ellison

Kim Everett | February 27, 2011 Photos by Roger Mathis

The Lakeview Centennial Patriots defeated Bryan High School in the area round of playoffs in Waco Friday, Feb. 25.  The final score was 78-70.

The Patriots’ next game, the regional quarterfinal matchup, will be against Killeen Harker Heights on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in West.

The Naaman Forest Rangers were defeated in an overtime heartbreaker in the area round by Killeen Ellison High School.  The final score was 66-63.



Sachse athletes learn from the pros

Kim Everett | February 27, 2011

Three varsity football players from Sachse High School participated in the Nike/NFL Leadership Workshop during Super Bowl week.  The workshop was facilitated by Troy Vincent, five time pro-bowler and current vice president of player development for the NFL.  Vincent also conducts the workshop for NFL rookies.

In addition to Vincent, Eddie George former player with the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys, Terrance Newman, current Dallas Cowboy, and Eric Brooks, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer were among the professional athletes that worked with the students.

The program covered much more than football skills.  The participants heard current and former professional players’ personal stories about the importance of getting a good education, developing sound decision-making skills, respecting women, and staying away from alcohol and other drugs.  The athletes also got to work out with NFL players.

According to Sachse Mustangs’ quarterback Trent White, running back Billy Cole, and tight end and wide receiver Jeff Guckenberg, one of the most important things they learned is that they have more opportunities if they concentrate on school than they would if they pursued a career in the NFL.  “School is definitely more important,” Cole said.

The program facilitator shared some important statistics:  Over one million athletes play high school football.  Three percent of them make it in college, and three percent of those actually make it to the NFL.  In addition, most of the small group of players that gets to the pros only plays for three years, and the minimum requirement to receive lifetime benefits from the NFL is four years.

“It really taught us how important school is,” White said.  “They gave us stories, too, about people who got injured and couldn’t play.  Just because you get to the NFL doesn’t mean you’ve made it.”

The program also covered sound decision-making and included current pertinent subjects like not posting inappropriate items on the Internet. “They also talked about watching who you hang out with and staying off alcohol and drugs,” White said.

The athletes were taught that they must be smart about everything they do and make themselves presentable to colleges and to everyone else.

Cole, Guckenberg, and White will share what they learned with their teammates.  “We’ll pass it on to enlighten everybody that our goal is probably to play college football, but it’s not going to happen for everybody.  We have to make decisions that better our team and ourselves,” Guckenberg said.

All three of the players appreciate having the opportunity to participate in this program.  “It was great to be around these guys that we have grown up watching…To get to sit down and talk to them was really cool,” Guckenberg said.

They were also pleased that there were only 40-50 high school athletes participating, which gave them the opportunity to receive one on one instruction when working on drills.

Each of the athletes felt that they learned a lot from the experience and were grateful for the chance to participate.

Photo:  l-r - Billy Cole, Trent White, Jeff Guckenberg

Varsity soccer recap:  February 25

Posted February 26, 2011

Sachse High School over Rowlett High School, 2-1

Naaman Forest High School over Lakeview Centennial High School, 3-0

McKinney Boyd High School over Garland High School, 1-0

North Garland High School over South Garland High School, 5-1




Patriots, Rangers remain in playoffs


Kim Everett | February 23, 2011


The Lakeview Centennial Patriots defeated the Lake Highlands Wildcats in the bi-district game on Tuesday, Feb. 22 by a final score of 98-75. 


Lake Highlands took an early lead of 12-5 in the first quarter, but after Head Coach Tony Mauldin called a timeout, the Patriots went on a 9-2 run sparked by Chris Jones, Toddrick Gotcher and Trelle Lewis's 3-point shot at the first quarter buzzer.


The second quarter was all Patriots as they got the press and fast break in full gear, and Lake Highlands could not keep up.  Lakeview put up 36 points in the second quarter compared to Lake Highlands’ 15. 


Lake Highlands tried to fight back in the second half, and put up 22 points, but the Patriots scored 23 and then held off a fourth quarter surge by the Wildcats. 


“We were really concerned about Lake Highlands coming into the game, as they have the quickness and system to stay with us. To our guys’ credit, after falling behind in the first quarter, we came out and really ran them during the second quarter and that was the difference in the game,” Mauldin said.  “Rob Wylie does a great job at Lake Highlands, and I knew they’d be ready for us.  This was a good first round win for us, and now we have to get ready for Bryan. "


The Patriots will play Bryan High School in Waco at Waco High School Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. This will mark the third time these two teams have met in the last three years.  Bryan has won one, and the Patriots have taken two of the games.  Bryan has one of the premier guards in the state in J-Mychal Reese.  Ticket prices are $5 adults and $3 students. 


The Naaman Forest Rangers also won their bi-district matchup.  The final score in their game against Berkner High School was 44-40.


The Garland Owls were defeated by Skyline High School 70-50, and the South Garland Colonels lost to Jesuit High School by a score of 61-46.

Mustangs hold athletes' signing ceremony

Kim Everett | February 23, 2011 Photos by Roger Mathis

After having to postpone a college signing ceremony for Sachse High School athletes because of early February’s bad weather, the athletes, their families, and coaches gathered in the school’s library to honor the 15 students.   

 “We’re very excited about our athletes that sign every year, and being the relatively new kid on the block, the numbers increase every year,” Sachse’s Athletic Director, Coach Red Behrens said.  “We’re so proud of not only their athletic endeavors and what they’ve achieved by that, but also because they are great citizens and good students in the classroom.”


Lauren Iverson

Brown Mackie Junior College, Salina, Kansas


Ray Ashford

Grayson Junior College, Denison, Texas

Boys Basketball

Darius Singleton

University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas

Girls Soccer

Adrianne Nickell

Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama

Girls Soccer

Jessica Jacobs

University of Texas @ Tyler, Tyler, Texas

Girls Soccer

Kathryn Napier

Fort Hayes State University, Hayes, Kansas

Girls Soccer

Taylor O'Hayre

University of Texas @ El Paso, El Paso, Texas

Girls Soccer

Marissa Pantoja

University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Girls Soccer

Ashleigh McKellum

Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana


Devon Mitchell

Austin College, Sherman, Texas


David Wesley

Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas


Ishmiah Miles

Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas


Tyrone Melton

Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas


Drew Douglas

University of Texas @ San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas


Kris Weeks

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas









Varsity soccer update:  February 21-22

Kim Everett | February 23, 2011 -- Photos by Jerry Lanier

The Naaman Forest Rangers defeated the Rowlett Eagles in a close battle Monday, Feb. 21.  The final score was 5-4.

On Tuesday, February 22, the North Garland Raiders defeated the Sachse Mustangs 4-0, and the McKinney Boyd Broncos outscored the Lakeview Centennial Patriots 8-0.






Patriots defeat No. 1 ranked 4A team; will take on Lake Highlands next

Kim Everett | February 21, 2011

The Dallas ISD hosted a special showcase of the area’s best basketball teams Saturday, Feb.19 at Ellis Davis Field House.  The last game of the evening featured the Lakeview Centennial Patriots against Kimball High School, who is ranked No. 1 in 4A.  Lakeview is ranked No. 1 in 5A.

The Patriots came out playing well and took a 19-12 first quarter lead.  They continued to lead and were up 10 points at halftime.  Because of Kimball's size, everyone felt they could get back in the game, and they did, by taking a two-point lead in the second half.  By the end of the third quarter, the Patriots had a two-point lead.

During the fourth quarter, Bryan Lipsey, who was in foul trouble much of the night, hit two three-point shots to lift the Patriots, and Chris Jones was good enough to drive and finish or get fouled.  The Patriots held on for a hard fought 76 to 69 win. 

Head Coach Tony Mauldin said that the game wasn’t the Patriots’ best, but it was great that they found a way to win.  “We seemed to come out ready to play, but maybe too hyped.  It appeared after a good start that we became tired,” Mauldin said. “Sometimes nerves do that to you.”

The Patriots’ next opponent will be the Lake Highlands Wildcats, who put up 95 points in their last game.  The game is at JJ Pearce High School, 1600 North Coit Road in Richardson on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. or 15 minutes after the conclusion of the first game---Naaman Forest vs. Richardson Berkner, which starts at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Other bi-district matchups this week include the Garland Owls against Skyline High School and the South Garland Colonels against Jesuit High School.

Lady Owls' defeat in playoffs does not discount great year

Kim Everett | Feb. 21, 2011

The Lady Owls’ basketball season came to an end Friday, Feb. 18 in the area round of playoffs when they were defeated by Killeen Harker Heights.  According to Head Coach LeeAnn Stephenson, the team put up a good fight, but they were unable to pull out a victory.

“The entire game was fast paced, full of big shots, bodies flying around, defensive stops, and heart and courage,” Stephenson said. “Shantoria Taylor, our senior shooting guard, left everything on the floor as she hit big shot, after big shot to keep her team in the game. She finished with 17 points.”

The loss doesn’t discount the great year this team had based on their hard work, commitment, and competitive spirit. “We finished the year 24-7 overall and 12-1 in district and won the district championship,” Stephenson said. “This season has been an incredible accomplishment for everyone involved.”

Coaches: LeeAnn Stephenson, Debbie Robledo, Nakia Walker
Managers: Bridget Robinson, Raquel Horn, Rachelle Horn
Athletic Trainers: Shania Jackson, Tashai Hildreth
Athletes: Rebecca Kolawole, Shantoria Taylor, Gabrielle Wilkins, Monique White, Vera Ekpo, Alondria Green, Emily Jatta, Brianna Robinson, LaToria McClain, Kynadi Johnson, Chloe Lee

Varsity soccer recap:  February 18

Kim Everett | February 20, 2011 -- Photos by Jerry Lanier


The Friday, Feb. 18 Rowlett Eagles and Lakeview Centennial Patriots soccer game was tied 1-1 after regulation, and Rowlett won the shootout 3-2.


Other varsity soccer scores include:


North Garland Raiders 4, Naaman Forest Rangers 3

Sachse Mustangs 2, Garland Owls 1

McKinney Boyd Broncos 4, South Garland Colonels 1








2011 Garland Police Gym Golden Gloves boxing team



Varsity soccer results:  Tuesday, Feb. 15


Kim Everett | February 17, 2011 -- Photos by Jerry Lanier


The Rowlett Eagles were tied with the McKinney Boyd Broncos 2-2 after regulation play on Tuesday, Feb. 15.  The Eagles won the shootout 2-1.


Other varsity boys’ scores include:


Naaman Forest Rangers 3, Garland Owls 0

North Garland Raiders 6, Lakeview Centennial Patriots 0

Sachse Mustangs 3, South Garland Colonels 1


Girls’ scores:


McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos 1, Rowlett Lady Eagles 0

Naaman Forest Lady Rangers 3, Garland Lady Owls 2

Sachse Lady Mustangs 9, South Garland Lady Colonels 0




Varsity basketball playoffs begin


Kim Everett | February 17, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis


GHS Lady Owls continue in playoffs


Garland High School’s Lady Owls defeated the Lady Wildcats of Lake Highlands High School in the bi-district competition 48-29 on Tuesday, Feb. 15.


They will compete against Harker Heights High School in the 5A area playoff game Friday, Feb. 18.  The game will be at 6:30 p.m. at Waco’s Midway High School.


Head Coach Lee Ann Stephenson hopes for a big crowd to cheer the Lady Owls to victory.


In other Feb. 15 matchups, South Garland’s Lady Colonels were defeated by Richardson High School 56-37, and the Lady Rangers of Naaman Forest High School lost to Skyline High School by a score of 69-40.


Patriots start playoff competition


The Lakeview Centennial Patriots closed out their home games and celebrated senior night with a 97-70 win over the Rowlett Eagles on Tuesday, Feb. 15.   


The 10 Patriots’ seniors were honored for their accomplishments over the past years, especially the last two, in which this group of young men did not lose a home game.


"This was a good win for our guys and a good way to close out our district season at home.  But it was a tough night emotionally, as part of this group of seniors has been with us since they were freshman,” LCHS Head Coach Tony Mauldin said.  “To Rowlett's credit, they played hard the whole night and kept hurting us inside.  We gave up way too many inside buckets and also too much on our transition defense.”


Mauldin said that the team will need to improve those things to stay in the playoffs.  Chris Jones and Toddrick Gotcher led the team again, and Jones had approximately 33 points.  He also had 10 assists.  Gotcher shot the ball well and scored 23 points.


The Patriots’ scheduled game against the South Garland Colonels will not be necessary.  They will play a warm-up game Saturday night against Dallas Kimball.  This game will be part of the showcase games of the state's number one teams playing at Ellis Davis Field house. Game time is 8 p.m. 


The Patriots will play their bi-district game on Tuesday, Feb. 22 against either Lake Highlands High School or Richardson High School.

Varsity basketball recap:  Friday & Saturday, Feb. 11-12


Kim Everett | February 14, 2011


LCHS over NGHS -- The Lakeview Centennial Patriots clinched the district championship Friday, Feb. 11 with a convincing 97 to 53 win over the North Garland Raiders.  This victory brings the Patriots to 11-0 in district play and 28-1 on the season. 


The Raiders jumped out to a lead and maintained it until the two-minute mark in the first quarter as the Patriots seemed to be struggling against their zone defense. However, LCHS went on a run, stealing and hitting shots, and finished the quarter with a 10-point lead.  The Patriots never looked back after that as they finished the half with a 45 to 26 lead. 


In the second half, the Patriots continued to scorch the nets from long distance as well as fast break points, and they were up by 76 to 41 to close out the third quarter.  The only questions by that time were how much the Patriots would win by and whether they would score 100 points.


"This game really concerned us, as North had been playing well…but our guys came through, and shot the ball well tonight,” LCHS Head Coach Tony Mauldin said. “Bryan was really on fire from outside the three-point line and hit five out of nine.  Tez, Toddy, and Chris all did great and all were in double figures.  Cameron really came to play tonight with 10 points. 


Additional district scores for Feb. 11



Rowlett Eagles 52, McKinney Boyd Broncos 49

Garland Owls 63, Naaman Forest Rangers 52

South Garland Colonels 54, Sachse Mustangs 50



Garland Lady Owls 41, North Garland Lady Raiders 13

McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos 47, Naaman Forest Lady Rangers 44

South Garland Lady Colonels 68, Rowlett Lady Eagles 42

Sachse Lady Mustangs 56, Lakeview Centennial Lady Patriots 30


Saturday, Feb. 12 make-up games

Lady Mustangs defeat Lady Rangers -- Sachse High School’s Lady Mustangs defeated Naaman Forest’s Lady Rangers 49-34 on Saturday, Feb. 12.  Scott and Tac were the high scorers for Sachse with 13 points each.  Followell had 6, and Matila shot for five.  Flynn had four, and Chukwujekwu, Benjamin, Ogahkapor, and Langston had two each.   

The high scorers for Naaman Forest were Pickens with 13 points and Holly with eight.


Patriots over Mustangs – The Patriots brought their district record to 12-0 with a decisive win over the Sachse Mustangs on Saturday, Feb. 12.  The final score was 99-49, which brought the Patriots’ overall record to 29-1.


It seemed at first that the Mustangs would be able to contain the Patriots’ press and style of play, but they got the press working; and by the close of the first quarter, the Patriots were up 28-10. The second quarter ended with the Patriots up 48-27, and the third ended at 76-32.   


Chris Jones had a great game, going four of five from behind the three-point line and 10 of 15 overall, with a perfect six for six from the free throw line.  He led in scoring with 30 points on the night.  He also led in assists and steals.  Toddy Gotcher was the leading rebounder and scored 19 points. Tez Demas and Cameron Leonard were also in double digits and 11 of 12 players got in on the scoring act.


"The big thing we did tonight was to get our press going.  We still need to work on our transition defense as we are giving up too many easy buckets.  I know that is hard to say when you win by 50, but we still have areas we need to improve on,” Head Coach Tony Mauldin said. “I am proud of our guys.  Chris had a great game tonight and Toddy was really good on the boards.  I think Bryan probably had one of his best nights on the press.  It was a great team effort by our guys."


The Patriots’ last home game and senior night is Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.  All 10 seniors will be honored before the game.  The freshman teams will play at 4:30 p.m.  The junior varsity game is at 6 p.m.


Additional make-up game results for Feb. 12



South Garland Lady Colonels 66, Lakeview Centennial Lady Patriots 51



Garland Owls 80, North Garland Raiders 52

McKinney Boyd Broncos 58, Naaman Forest Rangers 52

Rowlett Eagles 58, South Garland Colonels 52


HS soccer updates


Posted February 13, 2011 -- Photos by Jerry Lanier


Rowlett over Garland 3-1

Rowlett over Naaman Forest

 1-1   tie after regulation.  Rowlett won 4-2 in shootout.

North Garland over Rowlett

0-0 tie after regulation.  NGHS won 4-3 in shootout.



Varsity basketball recap:  Feb. 8


Kim Everett | February 10, 2011


The Patriots remained undefeated in district play by defeating the Garland Owls by a score of 77 to 64 on Tuesday, Feb. 8.  This win moved LCHS to 27-1 on the season and four games from end of their district season.


The Patriots jumped out to an eight point lead, and it appeared that they would pull away.  However, the Owls hung around, and the lead was 12 at halftime.


In the second half LCHS got into their running and pressing mode and had leads much as 24 points, but Garland refused to give up and cut the lead down to 17 by end of the third quarter.  The Patriots maintained their lead in the fourth quarter.


"This was a good win for us, especially after being off for six days. We were concerned about our conditioning, but the guys did a good job,” LCHS Head Coach Tony Mauldin said.  “Also Tez Demas had minor surgery on his big toe, so we were concerned about that, but he came through.  We got some good production out of him, and he shot the ball well.”


Coach Mauldin was pleased with the performance of the whole team.  “Chris Jones was excellent going to the hole all night,” he said.  “Other guys stepped up, especially with Toddy being in foul trouble.  We are proud of our guys for this win.”


The Patriots are preparing for their game with the North Garland Raiders on Friday, Feb. 11.  The varsity game will be at 7:30 p.m., and the junior varsity game is at 6 p.m.  Both games are at NGHS.


LCHS will also play their first make-up game Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the LCHS gym.  It will be varsity boys only.


Other boys’ varsity scores around the district for Tuesday, Feb. 8 include:


NGHS Raiders 69, RHS Eagles 63

SHS Mustangs 46, McKinney Boyd Broncos 44

SGHS Colonels 52, NFHS Rangers 51


Girls’ varsity scores:


NFHS Lady Rangers 49, SGHS Lady Colonels 43

GHS Lady Owls 56, LCHS Lady Patriots 37

RHS Lady Eagles 57, NGHS Lady Raiders 32

McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos 44, SHS Lady Mustangs 29


Lady Owls
senior basketball players

Photos by Roger Mathis


Lady Owl basketball coach proud of seniors

Posted February 13, 2011

Head Coach of the Lady Owls basketball team, Lee Ann Stephenson, recently expressed pride and affection for the seniors on her team.  Each of the players stands out in a unique and special way.

Alondria Green plans to attend Lubbock Christian after high school graduation where she will study pre-dentistry.  She is a two-year varsity basketball letterer, as well as being involved in volleyball, Student Council, Society of Black Student Achievement, Light Brigade, and the SHARE team at Garland High School. The Lady Owl Basketball program has served as a family outside of her own family.

Vera Ekpo plans to attend Texas Tech University to study medicine and will pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon. She is a two-year varsity letterer and is involved in the Light Brigade, Student Council, Share Team, Society of Black Student Achievement, and participated in volleyball.

Basketball has instilled discipline and maturity in Vera. She has grown in her overall demeanor and personality, which has allowed her to trust and love her team. As basketball has emphasized the words “team” and “family,” Vera has grown to understand why she is so grateful and honored to wear the Lady Owl logo. She thanks Coach Stephenson for that.

The coach has seen the courage, heart, and spirit in this kid she has been waiting to see for four years. “She has matured and grown into an outstanding basketball player despite bad knees and ankles,” Stephenson said. “She may have the knees of a 60-year-old woman, but she has the heart and courage of a delightful teenager. It has been a pleasure coaching her this year.”

Emily Jatta is a first-year varsity letterer, but has been in the program for four years. She is known for her three-point shooting abilities and great team spirit. She plans to attend Navarro Junior College to pursue a career in the medical field. She spends her free time volunteering at her church teaching young kids to play basketball.

Basketball has become like breathing to Jatta as she often dreams of the plays in her sleep, and she wakes up thinking about basketball. She said that the basketball program helped her to stay out trouble, unite with teammates as close friends, and become a better person. She plays because she enjoys the game and the opportunity to compete. As she quotes Maya Moore, “There is no reason not to compete no matter what you are playing!”

“Emily has come a long way, from the problem kid in the bunch to the highlight of the team,” Stephenson said. “She wears a smile that can light up the room, is a dependable student, and sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She knows what sports and life provide… opportunities.”

Shantoria Taylor has not decided which college she will attend, but she will continue her basketball career as she is weighing offers from institutions. Shan plans to major in liberal arts and to pursue a career in criminal justice as a lawyer. She’s is involved in Student Council, DECA, Society for Black Student Achievement, and lettered in track two years.

Shantoria is a four-year varsity letterer who credits God for her talent to play basketball. This gift has served as a blessing to help her mature into a leader. She accepted her gift to lead and understands that “Leaders are often not chosen; they are born.”  Basketball has opened her eyes to many wonderful things; but she said that it is a passion, a love, and a motivation that teaches one that you must do what you have to do to get where you need to go.

Shan is currently the second leading scorer on the team, one of the leading scorers in the area with 14.4 points per game, and currently leads the team with more than 30 three-point shots on the year.

Coach Stephenson’s greatest memory of Shantoria is when she first saw her at camp. “I had never seen this kid before.  It was like she appeared out of thin air, but her skills were incredible,” Stephenson said.  “She could dribble, pass, and shoot the leather out of the ball. At the end of that camp, I told Kyle Stevens, head basketball coach then, ‘Darn, I won’t get to coach that kid!’ I knew she would be great.”

Rebecca Kolawole will continue her basketball career at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. She plans to get her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, and then complete her master’s in accounting. Rebecca, a three-year varsity letterer, is involved in many activities including Advancement Via Individual Determination, DECA, Society for Black Student Achievement, church activities, and volunteer work.

“She is currently leading the team in assists, is a defensive specialist, and is one of the quickest kids I’ve seen with a ball in her hand,” Stephenson said. “I have never seen a kid play as hard as Rebecca; she is relentless and takes every hit, fall, slap, bruise, ache and pain and keeps on going.”  

The coach compared her to the Energizer bunny with the heart of 10 men. “She doesn’t believe in losing and takes pride in what it takes to be a winner. That makes me respect her immensely,” Stephenson said. “She’s strong, intelligent, competitive, and has taken the time to learn the game. She is now seeing basketball through the eyes of a point guard.” 

She understands success comes from hard work. Stephenson remembers her as a shy, quick to anger, hard to coach kid, but said that she has grown into a beautiful young lady. She believes in her abilities and has developed the work ethic to continue learning. “Her discipline and coachability has made her a true point guard,” Stephenson said.  “I waited four years for a point guard, four years for her to develop and be ready, and she has arrived.”

Mustang seniors sign with colleges

Posted February 6, 2011

According to Sachse High School’s Coach Red Behrens, the following Mustang athletes have signed with the universities/colleges as listed.  A signing day ceremony was planned for last week but was cancelled because of school closures due to inclement weather. 


Lauren Iverson

Brown Mackie Junior College, Salina, Kansas


Ray Ashford

Grayson Junior College, Denison, Texas

Boys Basketball

Darius Singleton

University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas

Girls Soccer

Adrianne Nickell

Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama

Girls Soccer

Jessica Jacobs

University of Texas @ Tyler, Tyler, Texas

Girls Soccer

Kathryn Napier

Fort Hayes State University, Hayes, Kansas

Girls Soccer

Taylor O'Hayre

University of Texas @ El Paso, El Paso, Texas

Girls Soccer

Marissa Pantoja

University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Girls Soccer

Ashleigh McKellum

Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana


Devon Mitchell

Austin College, Sherman, Texas


David Wesley

Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas


Ishmiah Miles

Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas


Tyrone Melton

Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas


Drew Douglas

University of Texas @ San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas


Kris Weeks

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas









Fans anxiously await Super Bowl Sunday

Chris Long | February 4, 2011

In case there is anyone who hasn’t heard, Super Bowl XLV is coming to a ridiculously extravagant stadium near you this Sunday.  It would seem that the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers have brought the cold weather of their wintry abodes with them to North Texas, but they're also bringing with them a sense of irony that only the Super Bowl itself can manifest. The irony is in the fact that the two teams contending for the league crown each have a championship history with the hometown Dallas Cowboys.

The Steelers are the only team with more Super Bowl victories than the Cowboys. Pittsburgh has six, two of which were won against Dallas. The Cowboys have five including their last one in Super Bowl XXX win over the Steelers back in 1996, their only loss. Super Bowl XLV will be Pittsburgh's eighth appearance, tying Dallas for most appearances.

Green Bay's championship history with the Cowboys goes back to the inception of the Super Bowl after the 1966 season. The Packers defeated the Cowboys in both the 1966 and 1967 NFL Championship games to earn berths in Super Bowl I and II. The latter game is known to history as the "Ice Bowl" and remains the coldest game in NFL history. The official game time temperature was -15 degrees with a wind chill in the mid -30s.

This Sunday's game will be cold, but not like the Ice Bowl of course, and it will be played, more or less indoors, so the weather won't be a factor. The opposing quarterbacks will, of course, be factors and also make up a compelling angle to this year's game.

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers has had to pick up the mantle of Brett Favre's 16 years as the Packers quarterback. A Super Bowl win on Sunday would end all doubt over Green Bay's decision to dump Favre in 2008. This year, Rodgers has thrown 3,992 yards, 28 touchdowns and a passer rating of 101.2. He also has four rushing touchdowns.

Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger is a controversial figure facing two separate sexual assault allegations in 2009 and 2010 and has served a six game suspension from the league this year. Roethlisberger may have the edge in experience and already has two Super Bowl rings. Big Ben has thrown for 3,200 yards this year, 17 touchdowns and a 97.0 passer rating. He also had two running touchdowns.

This year's game should be a close one.


Basketball scores:  Jan. 28

Kim Everett | January 31, 2011

Lady Mustangs victorious over Lady Eagles

Sachse’s Lady Mustangs pulled out a close victory over Rowlett’s Lady Eagles Friday, Jan. 28.  The final score was 67-65.  Sachse’s high scorer was Matila with 21 points.  Tac had 16 points, and Followwell scored 14.

Lady Eagle Devin Oliver scored 41 points, and Richardson had 16.

LCHS defeats NFHS

The Lakeview Centennial Patriots, still undefeated in district play, defeated the Naaman Forest Rangers Friday, Jan. 28 at the NFHS gym by a score of 73 to 49.  The victory brought LCHS to 9-0 in district play and 26-1 on the season.

The first half belonged to the Patriots as they continued their pressing defense and running.  They were also hitting 3-point shots, while shutting down the Rangers and the 6'10" Prince Ibeh.  At the end of the first quarter, the Patriots led by 12 points, and by halftime, the lead had stretched to 45 to 14. 

To start the second half, the Rangers rattled off 17 unanswered points.  “One could feel the Lakeview fans becoming uneasy, but finally Toddy Gotcher hit a 3-point shot and the bleeding stopped,” LCHS Head Coach Tony Mauldin said.

The Rangers went on to outscore the Patriots 22-13 in the third, but LCHS settled in and took the 4th quarter 15-13.

Toddrick Gotcher led the scoring by putting up 26 points, as he went eight of 12 from the field and two of three from behind the 3-point line.  He also had four of five from the free throw line along with 10 rebounds and five deflections.

“Our guys did an excellent job in the first half, but we let them back in the game during the second half,” Mauldin said.  “Part of that was us, and part was them, as I knew Jeff [Clarkson] would have his guys come out hard second half.  The good part is that we came in here and found a way to win. "

The Patriots will be at home to face the Sachse Mustangs on Tuesday, Feb. 1.  The junior varsity boys and girls play at 4:30 p.m.  The varsity girls’ game is at 6 p.m., and the varsity boys play at 7:30 p.m.

More district scores


Sachse Mustangs 50, Rowlett Eagles 48

Garland Owls 54, McKinney Boyd Broncos 48

North Garland Raiders 70, South Garland Colonels 59


South Garland Lady Colonels 50, North Garland Lady Raiders 13

McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos 65, Garland Lady Owls 56

Naaman Forest Lady Rangers 51, Lakeview Centennial Lady Patriots 45


Garland hosts soccer tournament


Kim Everett | January 26, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis


Garland hosted the Garland Invitational Soccer Tournament Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21 and 22.  Games between high schools in districts including Plano, Richardson, Mesquite, Frisco, El Paso, DeSoto, Dallas, Allen, Rockwall, and Fort Worth were played at Homer B. Johnson and Williams Stadiums. 


All of Garland's high school teams played in the tournament as well.


District play for the soccer season begins this week.



HS basketball recap:  January 25


Kim Everett | January 27, 2011


Lady Owls defeat Lady Colonels to remain undefeated in district play


Garland High School’s Lady Owls moved to 10-0 in district and 21-5 overall when they defeated the Lady Colonels of South Garland Tuesday, Jan. 25.  The final score was 50-39.


Gabrielle Wilkins scored 22 points and had six rebounds, three assists, and five steals.  Vera Ekpo had 13 points, nine rebounds, two steals, and three blocks.  Rebecca Kolawole scored six points and had four assists and three steals.


The Lady Owls take on the Lady Broncos at McKinney Boyd High School on Friday, Jan. 28.  The junior varsity plays at 4:30 p.m.  Girls’ varsity game is at 6 p.m., and the boys’ varsity team plays at 7:30 p.m.


Additional reported girls’ varsity scores:  McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos defeated Lakeview’s Lady Patriots 60-28.


LCHS Patriots hold on to perfect district record 


The Lakeview Centennial Patriots held on to their perfect district record with a 67-49 win over the McKinney Boyd Broncos at LCHS on Tuesday, Jan. 25.


The Patriots got off to a good start with Chris Jones driving down the middle of the lane for a tear drop jumper and Tez Demas, T. Lewis, and Bryan Lipsey hitting three-point shots.  At the end of the first quarter, the Patriots led 22-15.  


The Patriots turned up the pressure on defense in the second quarter and had a 35-23 lead at halftime. 


To start the second half, Lakeview ran a play to perfection when Sam Equavoen finished inside for an easy bucket.  Both teams battled hard on defense, but by the end of the third quarter, the Patriots were up 50-29. 


Chris Jones was drawing fouls and converted all four foul shots.  The Patriots were getting the ball inside, and Toddrick Gotcher led the Patriots in rebounds.  In addition, he was five of six from the free throw line.


The Broncos outscored the Patriots 20-17 in the fourth, but it would not be enough for a victory. 


LCHS Head Coach Tony Mauldin complimented the Broncos’ coach.  "Coach Christian has done a really good job at Boyd, and he really gets his kids playing hard.  They are not the most talented group, but because of the way they play, they will give anyone trouble,” Mauldin said. “This was a good win for us, now we have to get ready for Naaman Forest on Friday at their place."


The Patriots are back in action on Friday at Naaman Forest. The junior varsity teams play at 4:30 p.m.  Varsity girls play at 6 p.m., and the varsity boys’ game is at 7:30 p.m.


Other scores for Jan. 25 include:  Naaman Forest Rangers 56, Rowlett Eagles 48; Garland Owls 61, South Garland Colonels 48; North Garland Raiders 82, Sachse Mustangs 52.

HS basketball updates:  Jan. 21

Kim Everett | January 25, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

The Lakeview Centennial Patriots remained undefeated in district play on Friday, Jan. 21 by defeating the Rowlett Eagles by a score of 85 to 65.  They moved to 7-0 to conclude the first round of district games and to 24-1 on the season.

If you saw the first quarter of Friday’s game, it looked like Rowlett might upset the Patriots who were down the whole quarter.  At one time the Eagles led by a score of 14 to 7. 

The second quarter was different as the Patriots got the pressing and running game going and started turning live turnovers into easy buckets.  When Chris Jones scored the final bucket of the first half, Lakeview went up by 11 points, 37 to 26.

The third quarter saw more of the same, and the press and constant pressure took its toll on the Eagles.  By the end of the third quarter, the Patriots were leading by a score of 63 to 36.  The fourth quarter saw the lead to move to 30 points.

"We knew that we were going to get Rowlett's best game, as they are a talented team and have a very talented sophomore class,” Head Coach Tony Mauldin said.  “The last time we played them, they were leading by three points going into halftime and we only beat them eight points. This is a very good team and Stan does a great job with his kids. We felt good to get out of here and win this one on the road."

Chris Jones led the Patriots in scoring with 24 points and also led in rebounds with eight, he had eight assists, four steals, and five deflections.  Toddrick Gotcher was second in scoring with 13, and led the Patriots in deflections with seven.  Tez Demas and Bryan Lipsey added nine and eight points respectively.  All 12 Patriots got in on the scoring.  

"We are proud of our kids.  They really turned up the pressure, caused lots of turnovers, and had something like 36 deflections, which is big for us,” Mauldin said.  “Our defense was the key for us, and the fact that we didn't let their three point shooters get going."   

Other district scores

Boys:  The Garland Owls defeated the Sachse Mustangs by a score of 63-55.  McKinney Boyd beat the South Garland Colonels 60-49, and the Naaman Forest Rangers won out over the North Garland Raiders by a score of 63-58.

Girls:  The Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Patriots 52-38.  The Lady Owls beat the Lady Mustangs by a score of 36-32 to remain undefeated in district play.  The Lady Broncos won out over the Lady Colonels 56-50; and the Lady Rangers defeated the Lady Raiders by a score of 50-19.


Basketball recap:  Patriots and Lady

Owls remain undefeated in district play


Kim Everett | January 20, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis


The Lakeview Centennial Patriots defeated the North Garland Raiders by a final score of 85 to 48 Tuesday, Jan. 18.  By halftime, the Patriots had caused 16 turnovers, and their press and running game were in full gear.


Lakeview shot 91 percent from the free throw line, 44 percent in two-point field goals and 39 percent in three-point field goals.  Chris Jones had eight assists, seven steals, seven deflections, and was perfect from the free throw line for total of 16 points.  The Patriots had four players in double figures (Jones, Demas, Gotcher, and Aina) and 11 of 12 players got into the scoring act.


"This was a good win for us and one that we needed to win.  At this time of year, it is really about playing one game at a time and concentrating on that,” Head Coach Tony Mauldin said.  “We now have a tough game on the road against Rowlett, who really played us hard in the Metro PCS tourney.  We hope to have some good practices and get ready for a tough road game.  Stan does a good job with his kids and gets them to play hard."


The Patriots play at Rowlett High School on Friday, Jan. 21.   Girls’ and boys’ junior varsity teams play at 4:30 p.m.  The varsity girls’ game is at 6 p.m., the varsity boys play at 7:30 p.m.


Other varsity boys’ Jan. 18 scores


Rowlett Eagles 69,  McKinney Boyd Broncos 61


Garland Owls 77, Naaman Forest Rangers 70


South Garland Colonels 61, Sachse Mustangs 56


Varsity girls’ Jan. 18 scores


SGHS Lady Colonels 40, SHS Lady Mustangs 30.  SGHS high scorers were Goodson with 15 points, A. Hill with 13, Henderson and Howard with six points each.  Tac scored 10 points for SHS, Scott and Followwell scored five, Reed and Langston scored four each, and Chukwujekwu scored two.


GHS Lady Owls remain undefeated in district play with 33-26 victory over NFHS Lady Rangers


MBHS Lady Broncos 67, RHS Lady Eagles 58


LCHS Lady Patriots 49, NGHS Lady Raiders 31


Lady Owls undefeated in district play;
take 7-0 record into second half of season

Kim Everett | January 17, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis

Garland High School’s Lady Owls varsity basketball team defeated Lakeview Centennial’s Lady Patriots 62-34 Friday, Jan. 14 at GHS.  This victory marks seven wins for the Lady Owls in district play and continues their undefeated district play status.

Head Coach LeeAnn Stephenson expressed pride in her team’s success and called Friday’s game “great throughout, with great fans in the stands and an amazing atmosphere.”

Lady Owls’ stats included 24 points, 12 rebounds, and six steals for Gabrielle Wilkins.  Shantoria Taylor scored 19 points and had six rebounds.  Rebecca Kolawole had nine points, eight steals, and three assists.  Monique White scored six points and had eight rebounds and seven steals.

The girls’ second round of district play begins Tuesday, Jan. 18 against Naaman Forest’s Lady Rangers.  “The second half of district is like beginning a new season and we'd love your support as we kick it off after MLK Day,” Stephenson said.

The junior varsity boys and girls will play at 4:30 p.m.  The varsity girls’ game is at 6 p.m., and the varsity boys play at 7:30 p.m.

Additional district scores

Also on Friday, Jan. 14, Sachse’s Lady Mustangs defeated the Lady Broncos of McKinney Boyd by a final score of 37-31.  Sachse’s high scorer was Dorsey with eight points.  Tac and Chukwujekwu had six points each.  Reed, Benjamin, and Scott scored four each.  Matila had three points, and Langston had two.

South Garland’s Lady Colonels defeated the Lady Rangers of Naaman Forest 48-45.

Rowlett’s Lady Eagles won over North Garland’s Lady Raiders 55-35.

Owls, Patriots game draws standing room only crowd


Kim Everett | January 16, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis


The Lakeview Centennial Patriots defeated the Garland Owls before a standing room only crowd at GHS on Friday, Jan. 14.  The final score was 61-54.

According to LCHS Head Coach Tony Mauldin, neither team’s shooting was up to its usual standards, and the Patriots three-point shooting was only 14 percent.

He credited the Owls’ defense for the low shooting percentage.  “We didn't shoot the ball that well, but part of that was the defense of Garland.  Randy always gets his kids to play hard, and it was a very intense game,” Mauldin said.  “We had too many turnovers and didn't press that well, so we became a very mediocre team.  With that said, Garland really got after us.” 

The coach said that his team needs to learn from this game,  move on, and practice hard to get ready for the next one.

" We got out of there with a win, which was big, but we didn't play that well and we will need to play much better if we are going to keep winning," Mauldin said. 

The Patriots led by five points at the end of the first quarter, then led by a score of 30 to 20 at halftime. 

Though the Patriots led by a score of 49 to 38 at end of the third, the Owls fought back and brought the score within two points at 54 to 52.

A combination of three-pointers and free throws sealed the victory for LCHS at 61-54.  Lakeview is now 5-0 in district play and 22-1 on the season.

Other Jan. 14 game scores included:

North Garland Raiders 65, Rowlett Eagles 63

McKinney Boyd Broncos 64, Sachse Mustangs 53

Naaman Forest Rangers 44, South Garland Colonels 42


Patriots defeat Colonels, remain undefeated in district play


Kim Everett | January 12, 2011


The Lakeview Centennial Patriots took on the South Garland Colonels, the only other undefeated team in district play, on Tuesday, Jan. 11.  LCHS took the lead early with the full-court pressing defense, and the score at the end of the first quarter was 22-9. 


The Patriots’ high scoring trend continued through the second quarter with the team shooting the ball well and converting steals into easy buckets.  The score at halftime was 45 to 23. 


The Patriots came out pressing and running in the second half, and by the time the fourth quarter rolled around, they were leading by a score of 75-40.


“We got very balanced scoring with four out of five starters in double figures and the 5th with 9 points,” said LCHS Head Coach Tony Mauldin.  The key was that we got off to an early start and were converting live turnovers into easy buckets.”


The final score was 92-56.  The Patriots are now 4-0 in district play and will take on the Garland Owls (3-1) Friday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Garland High School.


Boys and girls junior varsity teams will play first on Friday at 4:30 p.m., and the girl’s varsity game is at 6 p.m. 



Additional varsity basketball scores for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 10 and 11 were as follows:




GHS Owls 65, RHS Eagles 57

NFHS Rangers 55, SHS Mustangs 43

McKinney Boyd Broncos 57, North Garland Raiders 55




SGHS Lady Colonels 54, LCHS Lady Patriots 44

GHS Lady Owls 44, RHS Lady Eagles 38

NFHS Lady Rangers 33, SHS Lady Mustangs 29

McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos 80, North Garland Lady Raiders 34


Photos by Roger Mathis



Patriots win over Mustangs

Kim Everett | January 9, 2011


The Lakeview Centennial Patriots brought their district record to 3-0 with a win over the Sachse Mustangs Friday, Jan. 7.


According to LCHS Head Coach Tony Mauldin, the final score of 77-48 was not a true reflection of the game.  After one quarter, the score was tied, and at halftime, the Patriots were only up by eight points, which was due to a late quarter surge, some steals, and fast break points.


“Sachse, who has some good talent, came out playing well, and the Patriots found themselves behind and having to work to catch up,” Mauldin said.  “Getting front page attention and being ranked No. 1 in the state, teams are going to be ready to give their best effort when playing Lakeview.”


The Patriots outscored the Mustangs by 13 points in the third quarter, and much of that came near the end of the quarter on turnovers off the press and fast break points.  LCHS then went on to outscore SHS by eight points in the fourth.


“This was a great win for our guys,” Mauldin said.


Lakeview's junior varsity boys also won by five points and both freshman teams won their games on Saturday, Jan. 8.


The Patriots will be up against the South Garland Colonels, also 3-0 in district play, on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at LCHS.  Both junior varsity boys and girls will play the same day at 4:30 p.m.  Varsity girls play at 6 p.m. 

HS basketball recap


Kim Everett | January 9, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis


District play for the boys and girls varsity basketball teams continued Friday, Jan. 7.  Final scores were:


SHS Lady Mustangs 43, LCHS Lady Patriots 23 

SHS high scorers were Tac with 16 points and Matila with 11.  Chukwujekwu and Dorsey had five points each, and Followwell, Reed, and Benjamin scored two points each.  LCHS high scorers were Mahue and Moss with nine points each.  Nwarji had three points, and Bradley scored two.

GHS Lady Owls 55, NGHS Lady Raiders 12

MBHS Lady Broncos 58, NFHS Lady Rangers 36

RHS Lady Eagles, SGHS Lady Colonels – score not reported


GHS Owls 77, NGHS Raiders 40

LCHS Patriots 77, SHS Mustangs 48

NFHS Rangers 65, MBHS 44

SGHS Colonels 56, RHS 47


Patriots take on Rangers

LCHS Head Basketball Coach Tony Mauldin | January 6, 2011

The Lakeview Centennial Patriots hosted the Naaman Forest Rangers at home for their second district contest on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

These two teams finished first and second respectively last year in the district race, and NFHS features one of the better men in the area with 6'10" Prince Ibeh. 


The Rangers held a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter with a score of 11-10, but the Patriots got their press working and went on to own the lead at halftime with a score of 36-27.


NFHS was able to cut the lead to four points, but the Patriots took a 15-point lead by the end of the third quarter after a big scoring run.


The Patriots were able to kept the pressure on through the fourth quarter and won the contest by a final score of 73 to 52 win.  Their district record is to 2-0.


LCHS will take on the Sachse Mustangs on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  Junior varsity boys and girls will play at 4:30, followed by the varsity girls, then varsity boys.


HS basketball updates


Kim Everett | January 6, 2011 -- Photos by Roger Mathis


Rowlett High School’s Lady Eagles defeated Sachse’s Lady Mustangs Tuesday, Jan. 4.  The final score was 42-37.


The Rowlett varsity boys’ team defeated Sachse by a score of 50-44.


Other varsity basketball scores include:



Garland Owls 55, McKinney Boyd 48

South Garland Colonels 54, North Garland Raiders 52

Lakeview Centennial Patriots 73, Naaman Forest Rangers 52



Lady Owls 67, McKinney Boyd 57

Lady Colonels 58, Lady Raiders 20

Lady Rangers 46, Lady Patriots 31






LCHS Patriots start district play with 17-1 pre-season record


Kim Everett | January 3, 2011


The Lakeview Centennial Patriots boys’ basketball team has had a busy pre-season.  On Monday, Dec. 20, they paid back one of only four teams that beat them last season, the Episcopal School of Dallas, with a decisive win of 80-35.  According to Head Coach Tony Mauldin, the Patriots played hard and led from the first quarter of the game to the finish.  “Our guys were very determined, as they had said some not-so-complimentary things about our team on a Dallas television station,” said Mauldin.


A few days later, the Patriots traveled to Springdale, Arkansas to play in the Har-Ber Christmas Tournament on Monday - Wednesday, Dec. 27-29 where they took the tournament championship by winning all three of their games.


The first game was against Arkansas’ Searcy High School, which has a 6-foot-7-inch player that has signed early to play at Ole Miss. “The first play of the game, they ran a backdoor play to him for a very impressive dunk. This seemed to wake our guys up, and we then went on a very impressive run and dominated from that point on,” Mauldin said. “We went on to win by a score of 82 to 42.” 

Next up was Conway High School, last year’s defending state champion in the large school division of Arkansas.  “We played this school last year, also in semi-finals, and it was a great game,” Mauldin said.  “They graduated their two best players though. This year, the game was close to start, but eventually our constant pressure and height advantage took its toll, and we won by a score of 82 to 56.” 

In the finals, the Patriots played Tulsa Union, which was a closer game, but the team pulled it out with a final score of 61-50. This tournament ended the Patriots’ pre-season at 17 wins and one loss. 


They started district play by defeating McKinney Boyd High School 85-62 on Saturday, Jan. 1 and will go up against Naaman Forest High School on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Colonels over Owls in double overtime

Kim Everett | January 3, 2011

The South Garland Colonels boys’ basketball team defeated the Garland Owls in a close battle on Friday, Dec. 31.  After two overtimes, the final score was SGHS 73, GHS 69.

Leading scorers for the Colonels were Rashad Mays with 19 points, Marvell Green-18, JaJuan Howard-16, and Brandon Henry-14.

The Colonels will play the North Garland Raiders on Tuesday, January 4, then the Rowlett Eagles Friday, Jan. 7.