Wylie B & B Theatres, who is one of our new Gold Sponsors and proud supporter of the Wylie Pirates, would like to show their support by hosting a Fundraiser Event on Wednesday August 28, 2013.
To pump up the fans, B & B Theatres will be hosting a “Retro Night” on August 28, 2013 at 7:00pm showing “ FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS”…The tickets are only $5.00. This is for one night only! As a special treat, you can come out and meet the 2013 Varsity Captains who will be at the Theatre between 5:45pm & 6:45pm.
YOU MUST BRING THIS FLYER TO THE THEATER FOR THE WPABC TO RECEIVE THE 10% DONATION FROM TICKET & CONCESSION SALES. Let’s show our support by spreading the word and make this a successful event.
As the Pirates finish their second week of 2-a-days, and ready themselves for their scrimmage against Jesuit, we caught up with Coach Slechta and Coach Carter to see how pre-season practices have gone for both the offense and defense.
The Pirates were in off-season training for the majority of the summer, working on strength and conditioning, along with participating in 7 on 7 and linemen challenges. After completing their first day in pads, Coach Carter felt that they had retained a lot from spring ball. He said, “Everything looked good and they were playing fast.” Having graduated several from the defense, the Pirates were looking to build their defensive line and secondary. With a mix of returning starters and upcoming juniors, the Pirates will start with a good rotation. Returning for the D-Line are Micheal Johnson and Divine Rockwell. With the help of Ryan Beattie and Brandon Dotson, they’ll make up a capable defensive line rotation. The linebackers also have a solid returning core with Ja’Varyea Hicks, Devon Hughes, Izzy Acuay and T’Kevian Rockwell and strong up and comers in Ricardo Sandoval and Michael Kloza. Rockwell will play both ways, so the flexibility of rotation will be a plus. The secondary this season gives the Pirates experience and freshness. Playing the position of safety will be Elijah Harris, Romiro Gomez,, Obinna Amadi, and Kameron Kelly, who will assist when he is not on offense. Returning senior cornerback Jarell Brown will provide leadership for the secondary along with Evan Bailey, Josh Chikumbindi and Ja’Kweylon Oliver, who will play both ways. Coach Carter noted that their goal for this season was to play as few plays as possible on defense. “If our defense isn’t on the field, our opponents don’t have a chance to score. Our goal and focus is 3rd downs this year, and to get our defense off the field and our offense out on the field. We have some weapons on offense and those guys need to be on the field.”
The offensive line this season is one of the strongest the Pirates have had in experience and depth. Heading up the O-Line will be returning starters Laurent Njiki, Greyson Williams, Alex Garza, Victor Cheatham, and Castin Neumeyer. Carlos Sanchez will also play right tackle and Brody Wright, who is injured at the moment, will also be an option. It’s an experienced group and a strength for the team. There are five possible starters in the running back position. T’Kevian Rockwell will start on defense, but play his part on offense, as well. Other players making up the group are Tristen Clark, Dontae Slay, Romello Keck, and Kevin Tran. Each has their strengths which should give the Pirates good options in this area. With the receiving corp last season mainly being seniors, the Pirates focus in spring ball was to find capable replacements. Among this talented group will be returning starter Alex Wesley, Dylan Riley, Darius Carter and Jordan Whaley.
The Pirates are in a very good place when it comes to signal callers, with two quarterbacks with about the same varsity experience. Kameron Kelly, a senior, will bring much athleticism to the position as he is very comfortable throwing and running the ball. Carsen Cook, a more “true” quarterback, ended last season with 2,315 passing yards for the season. Expectations at the quarterback position are very high.
The Pirates will face Jesuit in their pre-season scrimmage this evening. Jesuit High School is a 5A school and a play-off team that is well-coached. This will be a great warm-up for the Pirates, giving them a chance to measure themselves. Pirates head coach Bill Howard said, ‘It’s not about winning or losing, but about getting better. It gives the players a chance to show us on film what they can do in a game against other people. It’s a very important scrimmage, and it’s important for us to play well and important for us to execute. It’s a great measuring stick for us to see where we are right now.”
The scrimmage will take place at Jesuit’s Postell Stadium with the Freshmen playing at 4:00 p.m., the Junior Varsity at 5:00 p.m. and the Varsity at 6:00 p.m.
Game times: Freshmen 4:00pm JV 5:00pm Varsity 6:00pm
Haggar Stadium has recently been renamed Postell Stadium.
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Bring the family and join us for Meet the Pirate Night on Saturday, August 24 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Wylie Stadium. Several sports and clubs will have booths with games and prizes. There will be a Pie Toss with a chance to throw a pie at Coach Howard! That Wylie Band will perform and all Fall sports participants and coaches will be introduced. Some of the other exciting activities for the night include:
Colorado Getaway Drawing
Pirate Football is having a drawing for a 7-day Vacation to Colorado Springs. (Airfare not included). Tickets are - 3 tickets for $20 suggested donation/1 ticket for $10 suggested donation. Drawing will be done at the Black-Out Night Game (need not be present to win). Estimated value of vacation - $3,200
Cowboys Tickets Drawing
There will also be a drawing for a chance to WIN a Pair of Cowboys Tickets to the November 3rd Game against the Minnesota Vikings at the AT&T 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) Tickets will be on sale at Meet the Pirate Night (3 tickets/$20 suggested donation). Drawing of the Winner will take place during the 2013 Homecoming game (Oct 18). Winner need not be present at drawing.
Anytime Fitness Duck Toss
Win a Pair of Football Sideline Passes to a 2013 Pirate Football Home Game by signing up to play in the Duck Toss Game during Meet the Pirate Night. Get a chance to see the action up front and personal. Hang out with the Coaches and Players at the Game (Play calling not included in this prize package).
Pirate Cake Walk
Walk like a pirate football player and get a chance to win fabulous cakes & desserts. Are you as fast as a Pirate Wide-Receiver or as strong as a Pirate Offensive Lineman? Come show us your fancy footwork and moves. Prizes – Assorted cakes baked by Pirate Football Moms (their sons not included in prize package)!
The Pirates will of course be on hand signing footballs for the kiddos. Come and join us as we celebrate the start of the season!
The 2013 Fall schedule for all teams has been updated. Please go to the events tab above and click schedule. For a printable version of all teams - click here.
All Football Parents are asked to attend the Parent Meeting on Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the stadium. This is an important pre-season meeting for all parents who have a son playing football this season.
Monday, August 12th is the start of the 2013 season with 2-A-Days beginning for Varsity, JV and Freshmen. Please click here for the complete schedule.
There will be a Football Parent Meeting on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:30 p.m. All parents are asked to attend.
The Pirates will pre-season scrimmage with Jesuit at Jesuit High School on Friday, August 23rd. Check back for more details.
Come and join the Pirates on Monday, August 5 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Whataburger in Murphy. 20% of all sales from both dine in and drive through will support the Pirates. THANK YOU WHATABURGER FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF PIRATE FOOTBALL!!
Calling all Pirate Football Moms and Pirate Ladies!!!!
Sign up for the Pirate Mom’s Double Putt-Putt Golf tournament (2 member teams) for $20 per person and you could win a glamorous Spa Day!!!
DATE OF EVENT: August 3, 2013
LOCATION: Woodbridge Golf Club,
7400 Country Club Drive, Wylie, TX 75098
$20 per person/$40 per team
Registration comes with a drink and hot dog. Limited to 36 teams. Registration open to the public and to ladies of all ages!!! 9 teams will play at a time starting at the following tee-off times: 6:00 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.
1st place winning team gets $125 spa day each!!! Yes, you and your teammate each win $125 spa day. That’s a combined value of $250!!! Consolation prizes for best team name, best dressed team, best showmanship, first to sign up, etc. Plenty of amazing prizes to go around.
Will it be you and your BFF? Or will it be you and your daughter? Or will it be you and your Mom? Or how about you and your sister? Or maybe you and another Pirate Mom? Or what about you and your church member? Making your best shot for $125 spa day.
WANNA INCREASE YOUR ODDS - You can enter more once and with a different partner.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS AUGUST 1. To register or sign up, please click here for registration form and drop it off with payment in the WHS Athletic Front Office.
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!