The 1st Annual Wylie Pirate Football Family Golf Tournament & Social will take place on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Woodbridge Golf Club. Shot Gun Starts 8:00 am. Social/lunch to follow. We will also have a Mom’s Doubles Putt Putt Golf tournament which will be held at Woodbridge’s new putting facility . This event will begin at 6:00 pm. More details to follow on this. DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS AUGUST 1.
All proceeds benefit the Wylie Pirate Football Program. This tournament is established to help raise funds for the Pirate Football program and also act as a building tool to embrace the rich history and the rekindling of Pirate Football.
The Pirates are pleased to announce B & B Theatres as one of our newest sponsors. B&B Theatres opened the Wylie 12 with Marquee Suites and Grand Screen at Woodbridge Centre on April 26th 2013. This 12-screen theatre is situated along FM 544 and Country Club road, and is our neighbor across the street. We are excited for them to be a part of the Pirate family.
Please click here for an exclusive Pirate coupon.
West Mesquite was the Tournament winner on Friday night at the Wylie 7 on 7 SQT, with Plano as runner-up. Winner of Pool A was North Mesquite; Pool B - West Mesquite; Pool C - Plano and Pool D - Arlington Martin.
The Pirates competed in Pool A. They tied the first round 20-20 against Arlington. In round 2, they beat Frisco Liberty with a score of 41-26. The third round though, they were not as successful against North Mesquite finishing 14-38.
The next and final SQT will be in Rowlett on Saturday, June 22 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
2012 Pirates Wide Receiver Freddy Gibbs will participate in the 76th Annual All Star Oil Bowl at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls this Saturday, June 15, 2013, as part of the East Texas team roster.
The Oil Bowl, which formerly matched all-star teams from Oklahoma and North Texas, is switching to an all-Texas format this year. The Maskat Shrine Temple’s game is the longest running high school all-star game in the country. Profits from the game go to the Shriners children hospitals.
The Pirates will host the Wylie 7 on 7 SQT this Friday, June 14 at Wylie Stadium. Pool play begins at 5:00 p.m. All fans and parents are asked to please sit in the stands. Only players, coaches and officials will be permitted on the field.
We are presently seeking sponsors for our 2013 AHMO Football Program. Ads are available in different sizes with combination website and program ads available. Please contact Jalina Dotson if you are interested at (214) 205-0645 or email@example.com
Monday, June 17 the Strength and Conditioning program for all Male Athletes in grades 9 - 12 will begin. Athletes should be at the Impac to start at 7:30 a.m. Workouts will be weekly from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. For further information, contact Coach John Rose - firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Howard introduced and thanked our corporate sponsors at the Spring Game on Tuesday, May 28. Albertson's, Woodbridge Golf Club, and our newest sponsor, B & B Wylie Theaters were all represented. Other corporate sponsors include Dickey BBQ Wylie, Viewpoint Bank and First Baptist Church Wylie.
The WPABC and Brickbuilders monthly meeting will take place on Monday, June 3. Brickbuilders will meet at 6:30 p.m. followed by the WPABC at 7:30 p.m. Please make every effort to attend.
In today’s post, Coach Jimmy Carter took time to update us on the defense as week 4 of Spring ball concludes.
Coach Jimmy Carter is in his fourth year as defensive coordinator for the Pirates. This is his seventh year coaching for the Pirates in his ten year career. Working alongside Coach Carter on defense are Kenny Wilkerson- D-Line coach assisted by Rich Frei, Kevin Cooper – outside linebacker coach, and Tony Cavalier – secondary coach assisted by Austin Shields.
During spring ball, he hoped to see the younger players get some experience and grow in depth. When asked what makes up a great defense, Coach Carter said, “A group of kids that believe in each other and are unselfish. They don’t really care who makes the tackle, as long as someone makes the tackle.”
As he looked at where they were defensively, he felt that the D-line and the inside linebackers brought the greatest strength to the team right now. Returning are Ja’Vareyea Hicks, Israel Acuay, Divine Rockwell, Michael Johnson and Devon Hughes. “All five of those guys played last year, two rounds deep in the play-offs and those guys with experience will help with our inexperience in the secondary.”
With the secondary being the area of focus, he felt that it was improving daily and with a couple of seniors, juniors and sophomores fighting for spots, he had much to work with. Jarell Brown remains solid in the secondary. Among those that have shown great potential during spring are Romero Gomez as safety and Evan Bailey as corner. Not wanting to share “all his secrets”, Coach Carter summed it up that the Defense is doing good!
SQT 7 on 7 for the varsity skilled position players begins next week Saturday in Mesquite. The Pirates will be participating in three SQT's to qualify for the State Championships in July. Here are the scheduled dates.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 – MESQUITE 9:00 AM (Parents drivers & players leave from the WHS IMPAC at 7:30am)
FRIDAY, JUNE 14 – WYLIE 4:00 PM
SATURDAY, JUNE 22 ROWLETT 9:00 AM (Parents drivers & players leave from the WHS IMPAC at 7:30am)
As the Pirates are in their fourth week of spring practice, the coaches have had the opportunity to begin to see how the team is forming. We were able to speak with Coach Slechta, the Pirate Offensive Coordinator, and Coach Jimmy Carter, the Pirate Defensive Coordinator, and they gave us a synopsis of their areas. Today’s post covers the offense.
Coach Royce Slechta is beginning his fourth year as Offensive Coordinator at Wylie High. His team of coaches for the offense includes Roger Byrd – offensive line, who is assisted by Dustin Shores, John Rose-running backs, Joby Focke-inside receivers, and Lionel Wrenn- outside receivers. As they begin to work on the 2013 season, the premise of their offense will remain the same as they will always take what the defense allows them to do. Year to year though, the influence of the offense may change. Last year the offense had a strong passing identity, as there were several strong senior receivers. This year as they begin the 2013 season, Coach Slechta believes that right now their strength lies in two areas – the offensive line and quarterback.
The offensive line has two strong returning starters with good experience in Laurent Njiki and Castin Neumeyer. The line as a whole is showing that they are bigger and more physical up front then a year ago. Brody Wright has shown great potential, as has Greyson Williams. Alex Garza has made the transition from guard to center. “We have some very bright guys up front. They are very intelligent and they don’t make many mistakes”, noted Slechta. There are several younger players also vying for the spots, which have given them about eight or nine guys to play five positions, thus giving good depth.
The other area that is showing very good depth and experience is quarterback, with returning starters, Kameron Kelly and Carsen Cook. Both have played in about as many varsity games as the other, in spite of the fact that Kelly was injured during the first game of last season. Slechta noted that they both have a very good grasp of what the Pirates do and what his expectations are.
The biggest objective during spring ball was replacing the seniors that left the program as wide receivers. As they work on that area, he is confident that they have a good group to choose from, although some are not as experienced on Friday night. Slechta believes that a couple of the potential receivers will have dual roles at defensive back, as well. A pleasant surprise this spring has been 6’3” – 185lb. freshman, Jordan Whaley. Coach Slechta said, “He still has a lot of learning to do and certainly makes mistakes day to day…but he has big play ability…if the ball is in his neighborhood, he’s going to make the play.” They are looking for him to be a big target for the Pirates offense. Some of the returners who have done really well during spring include sophomore Darius Carter and juniors Dylan Riley and Alex Wesley.
Battling for the position of running back are returning starter, Dontae Slay along with Romello Keck, Tristen Clark and Kevin Tran. They all show great potential and will give the Pirates the opportunity to make some plays. Slechta noted that each has a different style, yet they complement one another. “The depth is great there, which is a nice to have as we really didn’t have it last year”, said Slechta. Overall, Slechta believes they have accomplished much during spring and looks forward to what they can do from summer into the fall.
The annual Spring FCA Round-Up will be held at the Baseball field beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Derek Golden will be the speaker. Coach Cantu and his band will also perform. You don't want to miss this!
The practice schedule for the week of 5/20 is as follows:
Monday - 5/20 - Varsity am/pm
Tuesday - 5/21 - Varsity pm only
Wednesday - 5/22 - No practice
Thursday - 5/23 - Varsity am only
Friday - 5/24 - Varsity am only
There will be NO practice on Memorial Day - Monday, 5/27.
Continuing our conversation with Coach Howard, he now discusses the Defense.
Who are some of the key-returners on defense?
“Defensively our front seven should be real solid. We have three returning defensive linemen led by Israel Acuay, Michael Johnson and Divine Rockwell. All three of them are going to be solid upfront. We have two really solid linebackers in Ja’Vareyea Hicks and Devon Hughes. Outside linebackers, we have returning starter TK Rockwell, who is injured right now. He will play both ways. Ricardo Sandoval is another that is really stepping up. We have a lot of young guys vying for those spots also. In the secondary, we are going to be young but Joel “Ramero” Gomez, who was a receiver last year, has been moved back to safety and looks real good at safety. Our “lockdown” corner is Jarell Brown. He is going to be really solid on the corner. We are rotating a lot of the younger guys into spots to figure what they will do.”
As we go into the third week, we will be talking with Coach Slechta, the offensive coordinator, and Coach Carter, the defensive coordinator, to get the latest developments and who might be the “up and comers”.
Registration is now open for the 2013 WHS Camp of Champs summer camps and Strengthening and Conditioning Program.
The Camp of Champs caters to students in 3rd - 9th grades. Each camp is $75. Camps begin June 10 and run through July 22. Please click here for camp brochure. To register on line - click here.
The 10th annual Strengthing and Conditioning six week program is designed for students who will be in 7th - 12th grades for the 2013-2014 school year. The comprehensive program is aimed at increasing each individual’s speed, strength, agility and flexibility along with an increased knowledge of nutrition.
The camp will begin on Monday, June 17th and end August 1st. There will not be a camp the week of July 1st – 5th. Each session will take place Monday through Thursday. Session I will be from 7:30 am – 9:30 am (Male athletes’grades 9-12). Session 2 will be from 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m. (Female athletes 9-12 and Incoming 7th and 8th boys and girls)
The Pirates have begun their 2nd week of Spring ball, so we met up with Coach Howard to see how things were going, particularly in regard to the offense.
It’s the 2nd week of training, give us an idea of what the goal is during Spring ball?
“As far as spring ball, the keys to spring ball are three things. First you are trying to develop depth. The second is you have a lot of young players, so you are trying to give them reps to see what they can do. And then three - a lot of teaching. Then the coaches can evaluate.”
Who are some of the key-returners on offense?
“Offensively it starts with Kameron Kelly at quarterback, and Carsen Cook as backup. We feel like our quarterback position is in pretty good shape. We have Alex Wesley as receiver. He didn’t get a whole lot of experience last year or a lot of time, but he comes back with being on varsity three years, so that should help him his third year. We then have Castin Neumeyer and Laurent Njiki up front and we’re looking for big things from them. Darius Carter is going to be a pretty good weapon as wide receiver. He played varsity last year. Dylan Riley will be solid in that area too. We are looking for Jordan Whaley to step up, also. All three are potential starters in that position. On the offensive line, we have a lot of young guys fighting for positions so that is wide open. The running back position is also wide open. Dontae Slay will be returning as running back, but Lorenzo Keck and Tristan Clark will be right there “neck and neck”. We are also moving TK Rockwell to running back, but he is hurt right now.”
With the current senior class that is graduating, what are some of the key areas on the offense you need to fill?
“The senior class this past year probably was not as talented as some of the ones we’ve had, but they played with great heart and great character. That’s the one thing that these young guys have got to come up on. They embraced the idea of family and they worked hard. We were behind in some ball games last year, and they never quit fighting. As a coach you take great pride in your kids playing four quarters. These guys are going to have to learn from the seniors last year and try to play four quarters. Last year, we had a pretty talented receiving core and our receivers are going to be young this year. When you lose a group of four main guys that played a whole lot and that were big contributors on offense, it becomes the area we have to work on this year.”
Coming up: Coach Howard looks at the Defense
Wylie High School is offering athletic physicals on Saturday the 18th of May from 8:00am to 11:00am. The cost is $25 per student and payment must be in cash or check (Checks should be made out to WPABC – Wylie Pirate Athletic Booster Club). The screening will occur at Matrix Rehabilitation of Wylie and Baylor Family Medical of Wylie, located directly behind Dairy Queen on Highway 78.
All students entering grades 7th, 9th & 11th are required to obtain a new physical and any student answering yes to any part of questions 1,2,3,4,5 or 6 of their annual medical history must also receive a new physical. No appointments are necessary and all proceeds will go directly to the Wylie High School Athletic Training Program.
Please direct all questions to Eric L. Maxey, Head Athletic Trainer Wylie High School at email@example.com or phone 972-429-3147
(L-R WPABC VP - Rudy Ramirez; Coach Howard; Pastor Keith Spurgin; WPABC Pres - Scott Neumeyer)
Saturday morning saw a great turn-out at the Pirate Family Breakfast held in the WHS Cafeteria. Over 220 players and family members attended the event to kick off Spring ball and Clean-up Wylie Day.
Keith Spurgin, pastor of New Hope Church Wylie, was the guest speaker. The importance of family at home and as a team was the theme for the day. Through personal testimony of his love for sport, Pastor Spurgin exhorted the team to believe in themselves, one another, as well as their coaches. His words of truth and life built confidence in the players. The parents were encouraged to be there for their boys as they go through this season of their lives by creating a firm foundation at home, which will then assist the coaches in creating a firm foundation on and off the field.
Due to the overwhelming number of RSVPs, there has been a change in the location. The Pirate Family Breakfast will now be held in the WHS Cafeteria. Please enter from the back parking lot.
Game 1 of the Hallsville/Wylie softball series will be webcast, starting at 7:15 p.m. on Friday. Click here for webcast link.
For Game 2, we are encouraging all Pirate fans to come out and support the Lady Pirates as they vie for the Bi-district title.
If needed, we will webcast Game 3 of the series, starting at 7:15 p.m. on Monday night.