The Wylie Sports Hall of Honor will have their annual Induction ceremony and luncheon, Friday, October 18 at 12:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Events Center in Wylie.
Three Pirates are being inducted this year - 1986 graduate Preston Nix, 1992 graduate Brenna O'Dell Patton, and 1984 graduate Aron Saffell.
Preston Nix excelled in football during his time at Wylie High School. He was a member of the varsity team starting his sophomore year and lettered at center. During his junior and senior years, he played offensive tackle and defensive end. Both years, he received All-District offense and defense honors. As a senior, he was named among the Top 50 Metroplex players and the Top 100 in the state. With his success came many full scholarship offers, which included Baylor and TCU. He chose to continue the family history of playing at TCU, where his older brothers Scotty and W.C. had played. Nix graduated from TCU in 1990.
Preston currently resides in Heath, TX with his wife, Beth, and their six children. He is the President of Sales for Sprayfoam Polymers. Nix has volunteered in his community the last 12 years, coaching youth football. He is the co-founder of the youth football organization, HHCA. He currently serves on the board of HHCA and the Rockwall YMCA.
Brenna O'Dell Patton
Brenna O'Dell Patton participated in three different sports during her time at Wylie High. She played basketball and ran cross country and track. In basketball, Brenna received All-District and All-Region honors. She delivered state performances all four years in the 400m and 800m and during her junior year captured the state title in the 400m. She was also a member of the Elite Track Club and earned finishing spots in the 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay at the TAC National Junior Olympics in the summers 1991 and 1992.
Attending University of Texas at Arlington on a full track and field scholarship, Brenna helped to lead the team to two Women’s SLC Track and Field Indoor Championships. She currently ranks in the top five at UTA in the following: second fastest time in the 600 at 1:26, the top 3,200 relay time and the third-fastest 1,600-meter relay at 3:48. In 2005, she was named to the UTA Hall of Honor as a member of the 1995 Women’s Track Team.
Brenna is the Director of Sales Promotion for an international company in Arlington. She travels the world delivering motivational messages to others. Her passion includes serving in a leadership role at her church and being an encouraging wife to her husband and step-daughter.
As a freshman, Aron Saffell earned a spot on the varsity baseball team. A year later, as a sophomore, he made the varsity football team, who finished the season as Quarter-finalist. In the spring, his Pirate varsity baseball team was semi-finalist in the State Tournament. As a junior, he received 1st team All-District honors playing half-back having rushed for 930 yds. on 149 carries. In baseball, the Pirates were Quarter-finalist and Saffell was named 1st team All-District Pitcher. As a senior, he was again awarded All-District honors as 1st team Half-back and Punter. In baseball, the Pirates were Regional finalist and he again was 1st team All-District Pitcher. He finished his high school baseball career having never lost a district game as pitcher.
Aron has worked with the Garland Fire Department since 1985 and been a Registered Nurse since 1993. He married his high school sweetheart, Kelly Fambro (WHS ’87) in 1989 and they have two beautiful daughters, Morgan, a freshman at Sam Houston State and Cory, a sophomore at Van Alstyne High School.
Wylie East and Wylie High School recently announced those students who achieved scholar recognition based on scores they earned on last year’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The standardized test, cosponsored by The College Board, provides first-hand practice for the SAT and gives students access to scholarship programs.
Senior Pirate defensive back and receiver Alonso Edwards was awarded Outstanding Participant by the National Achievement Scholarship Program which acknowledges top performing black students. He plans to attend either the University of Texas at Austin or Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge to study Engineering. Alonso is the son of Vielka Edwards of Wylie.
This is Homecoming week at Wylie High School. The Pirates will battle the McKinney North Bulldogs at Wylie Stadium on Friday night. Both teams are looking for a win, as they are tied in district at 2-1 and 3-3 for the season.
McKinney North is showing to be a very different team this season. Coach Mike Fecci has added two new coordinators and three other assistants to their solid program. Last week the Bulldogs enjoyed a 48-45 victory over the Lovejoy Leopards. Junior running back Ronald Jones, who has rushed for over 1100 yards and 20 touchdowns already this season, had six touchdowns against the Leopards. McKinney North made their mark on the ground against Lovejoy for the win.
Last year when the teams met, the Pirates prevailed with a 35-20 win over the Bulldogs, who were the home team. That win put Wylie in the Play-offs.
As the Pirates ready for this match, Coach Howard said, “Both of us need to win, as it is important in the race. Their quarterback and running back are both very talented. We will need to slow down their running game. Good teams don’t give up big plays. Our defense has to play like Wylie Pirate defenses are known to play.”
Along with all the Homecoming festivities, the Pirates will recognize Cancer Awareness month. Both teams will don pink socks donated by Rosa's Cafe and wristbands to show their support. After the 1st quarter, the Pirate Football Program will make a special presentation to honor those who have battled this disease. In show of support, Pirate fans are encouraged to wear PINK. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. at Wylie Stadium.
The WPABC Drawing for Cowboys tickets will be this Friday during the Homecoming game. You can still get tickets before the game at the Spirit Trailer.
DALLAS COWBOYS FOOTBALL GAME TICKET DRAWING
Your Chance to WIN a Pair of Home SEASON TICKETS to the November 3rd Game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Cowboys Stadium!
TWO CLUB LEVEL SEATS AND a parking pass included in package!
Club Level seats enjoy complimentary food, air conditioned concourse, covered seating & more...
Win and Go like a Pirate!
Estimated Value of Ticket Package ($755)
(3 tickets/$20 suggested donation).
Winner need not be present at drawing.
Congratulations to Michael Kloza for the BIG PLAY OF THE GAME
Join Pirate Football in support of Cancer Awareness this Friday Night. For the game, the Pirates will wear pink socks donated by Rosa’s Café. Varsity Parents are also allowed to buy pink wristbands for their sons to wear during the game. During the Brick Builders meeting on last Monday, Coach Howard said they are allowed to wear wrist bands on both hands.
There will be a special presentation and recognition of cancer survivors and those currently battling the disease at the end of the 1st quarter.
*Remember game attire is PINK in support of Cancer research and awareness.
For those of you still deciding on what to wear for the game, the Spirit Trailer has lots of pink gear for sale.
Photos from Friday Night's game are up in the Photo Gallery
Wylie vs. Greenville
Offense: Carsen Cook and Alex Garza
Defense: Ryan Beattie and Michael Kloza
Special Teams: Devon Hughes and Grant Scott
There are lots of activities this week as it is Pirate Homecoming 2013! Monday is the Homecoming Parade with the theme, “The Greatest Show on Earth”. The Wylie Sports Hall of Honor will hold their 2013 Induction Ceremony. There will be an AHMO Homecoming Tailgate starting at 5:00 p.m. beside the Impac. It’s FREE, just bring your school spirit! For the game, the Pirates will wear pink socks in honor of cancer awareness month. Special thanks to Rosa’s Cafe for their sponsorship of this. Coach Howard will make a special presentation for cancer awareness month after the first quarter. Homecoming court will be presented during half-time. Come out and support the Pirates during this special week!
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GREENVILLE--Carson Cook threw for 337 yards and two scores and ran for another as Wylie (3-3, 2-1) amassed 507 yards while defeating Greenville (0-6, 0-3) in District 13-4A play.
Kameron Kelly and Alex Wesley combined for 224 yards and 22 receptions for Wylie which scored 35 consecutive points between the second and third quarter.
Wylie turned four of five lost Greenville fumbles into 24 points, starting with Michael Kloza's 20-yard fumble return in the second quarter that provided the eventual decisive points.
The 2013 Wylie Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the First Baptist Wylie Events Center at 12:00 p.m.
The Wylie Sports Hall of Honor was established in 1998 by Athletic Director Mark Ball. It exists to recognize and honor men and women who have brought honor and distinction to Wylie Sports through their athletic achievement, community service and character.
In 1999, a golf tournament was held to raise funds for the organization, which has continued on a regular basis to assist in the organization's endeavors.
The Hall of Honor currently funds scholarships to athletes from Wylie High and Wylie East each year. In June, two athletes from each school each received $1000 scholarships.
Over 60 athletes and 1 team have been inducted into the Hall of Honor.
After a disappointing loss last week to Wylie East, the Pirates will make their way to Greenville Friday night for a face-off with the Lions.
Coming off of a 35-21 loss to the Raiders, the Pirates hope to make a turn around this week as they play the 0-5 Greenville team. The Lions encountered the Lovejoy Leopards on Friday night and walked away with a 48-7 loss.
Last year when the two teams met, the Pirates were 0-5 also and surprised the Lions with a 50-7 victory at home.
Greenville finished with 209 yards of total offense against Lovejoy. Senior Running back Tyler Matthews had a third straight game with over 100 yards rushing. For the season, he’s racked up 482 yards on 85 carries.
“Greenville plays very hard. They will chip at you”, said Coach Howard. “Coach Sedberry is a good coach and does a good job with his program.”
District 13-4A is tight right now with six teams tied with 1-1 records. Every game counts, so the Pirates have to play hard and a solid 48 minutes of football, if they hope to secure their place in the play-offs.
Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. at T. A. Cotton Ford Stadium, Greenville.
Photos from Friday Night's game vs. Wylie East are up in the Photo Gallery
The game scheduled for JV Gray vs. Rowlett has been cancelled. Only JV Black will play on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Wylie vs. Wylie East BIG PLAY OF THE GAME