Pirates Captains 2012
“A Captain on a football team is a special
honor because you are voted on by your peers.
A Captain is someone others will follow and
has the ability to lead with character and class,”
said Pirates head coach Bill Howard.
Pirates’ captains for 2012 are Freddy Gibbs, Zach Myers, Kalen Winkler and Preston Burnett. All four are seniors and returning lettermen exemplified by their work ethic, love of the game and dedication to team.
Gibbs is a three-year starter at receiver with height (6-3) and exceptional speed.
Myers earns his second varsity letter at linebacker and is distinguished as the teams’ strongest man.
Winkler picked up multiple starts at receiver in 2011; he is supremely focused with tremendous hands.
Burnett, who is a two-year starter at defensive back, is a savvy and mature athlete with speed and body control.
“I believe all four of our Captains have the ability to lead, each one a little different,” said Howard. “Freddy with experience, Zack with true grit, Kalen with hard work, and Preston with determination. They all have all these traits and are very good young men.”
Ticket Information for Wylie at Sachse, Aug. 31
Pirates at Sachse (Garland Williams Stadium)
Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Advance tickets can be purchased on the internet from the Garland Independent School District Athletic Office with no convenience fee added.
All tickets on the visitors’ side will be general admission.
All tickets are $7 at the gate
Season Passes for all WISD football games are on sale in the WISD Athletic Office. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8-noon and 1-4.
2012-2013 All-Sports Passes can be purchased in the WISD Athletic Office. Passes are good for all WISD home games except varsity football.
Pirate Cards on Sale Now
Pirates football players are now selling the 2012 Pirate Cards for $20.
With the card, Pirate supporters can get discounts on oil changes, local dining and car detailing among other goods and services. Cards are valid through Sept. 2013.
Show your support for our Pirates and our local businesses by purchasing a Pirate card today.
Listen to 2012 Inaugural Bill Howard Show
How will the 2012 season unfold for the Wylie Pirates? Get it straight from Pirates head coach Bill Howard in the inaugural Bill Howard Show. Click here to link directly to the audio.
Note: Android users may need to enable "plug-ins" to listen to the Coach's Show. Follow these directions when in Mobi on the Android: 1) Click the “menu” button bottom left of phone, 2) click "more," 3) Click "settings," 4) Click "enable plug-ins," 5) Click “always on”
Meet the Pirate: Freddy Gibbs, Receiver
As the only three-year starter on the Pirates squad, receiver Freddy Gibbs has experienced some of the greatest highs and most disappointing lows possible in high school football.
As a sophomore, Gibbs was a member of the state semi-finalist team that posted sensational wins over West Mesquite and Tyler John Tyler along the way. He also experienced the letdown of not reaching the postseason the following year.
Speaking of the 2010 team, Gibbs said, “We had a lot of team chemistry. We had some leaders that wouldn’t allow the team to slack off. Last year we didn’t have that and we suffered from it.”
Expectations are high that the Pirates will be back on top for 2012 in the newly realigned District 13-4A. Optional summer strength and conditioning camp has been well attended and team members are holding one another accountable.
Gibbs said it was an honor to be on varsity as a sophomore.
“I was excited but I had to keep my head small,” he said.
He said he remembers the excitement of catching that first pass as a varsity player.
Gibbs has also earned multiple varsity letters in basketball and track.
Football Brick Builders Meet Aug. 23
Brick Builders will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. in the IMPAC Classroom.
Meet the Pirates Family Fun Night, Friday
Varsity Football Parent Meeting and Senior Parent/Player Picture
Friday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m., Stadium
Varsity football parents: Please join us at 8pm at the stadium to go over the many ways you can be involved this season.
Senior Parents: We will take parent/player picture at this time. Please wear either a white solid colored shirt. The boys will wear their maroon jerseys. The photographer will take individual parent/player pictures as well.
Peak Performers, Tips from the Athletic Trainer
Pirates Athletic Trainer Eric Maxey stresses the importance of athletes making advance preparation for August football drills.
With sports like cross country and football starting up during the Texas summer, it is important that young athletes start the process of getting acclimated to the heat. If your son or daughter has been working an outside job or attending a summer conditioning camp, they should be fairly acclimated to the heat. However if your child has spent the majority of the summer indoors, they need to start the process of getting acclimated immediately.
A few good ways to get started are by jogging or playing sports for a minimum of 30 minutes in the morning or evening. Make sure they are drinking plenty of water and staying away from sugary drinks. Getting acclimated to the heat does not guarantee that heat illness will not occur, but it greatly decreases the chances. The majority of heat illness in athletes occurs during the first week of practice with the third and fourth days of practice being the most dangerous. The two main points are 1) start acclimating early and 2) get used to drinking large amounts of water.
Countdown to Kickoff, Season Opener Rapidly Approaching
Yes, Pirates fans, football season is just around the corner.
Football practice schedules are linked below.
For a detailed printable schedule of August football practices and meetings (varsity and JV), click here.
For freshmen practice schedule in printable format, click here.
Meet the Pirate: John Copley, Senior, Center
It all begins with the snap. It may seem like a minor detail, but a team can’t move the ball without a well-executed exchange between the center and quarterback.
Senior John Copley will be the man putting the ball into the hands of quarterback Kameron Kelly.
Copley has spent the last two seasons sharpening skills on JV Black and he is ready for his turn on the Friday night grass.
Speaking to Copley, it is clear he understands his role in the Pirates success and has a clear view of the entire offensive line’s responsibility in it.
“On the offensive line, you need to be very intense. We are going to be going up against a lot of guys bigger than us and older than us. We have a very young offensive line, so a lot of it has to do with heart,” said Copley.
Part of that heart is in bonding with the signal caller they are protecting. Copley has a positive view of returning starter Kelly.
“He’s (Kelly) a good quarterback and I respect him,” said Copley.
While Copley is a little undersized for the position, he has been working to add bulk and strength this summer. A stubborn streak may be one of his best attributes.
“Coach Howard is working to get me up to 225. I’m not the strongest either, but I’m a lot meaner than many of the opponents I go up against,” he said.
And if Copley needs a few pointers or a bit of encouragement, he has an experienced role model he can look to. Dad Billy Copley, a 1993 WHS graduate, played center for the Pirates in the early 1990s.
Meet the Pirate: Joseph Ewing, Senior Cornerback
Sponsored by Rick Smith, Keller Williams
Joseph Ewing was among the leaders on the Pirates 2011 defense. As a junior, he had specifically responsibility for reading opposing offenses and getting the Wylie defense into the proper defensive set to counter.
In his senior season, Ewing slides from safety to cornerback.
Explaining the switch, Ewing said, “We were short at corner and had more depth at safety. Coaches felt like I would be better there.”
Typically, safeties are more involved in defending the run while corners line up one-on-one over a receiver.
Ewing knows the cornerback is frequently “out there on an island,” and he‘s ready for the challenge. Coaches are confident he has the speed and the smarts to get the job done.
The senior said his most memorable football moment from last season came in the Sept. 30 Homecoming game versus Rockwall when he hauled in an interception just before halftime.
Describing the scene, Ewing said, “We were in cover 2 and our corner made it seem like the receiver was going to be wide open, when really I was coming over the top. The quarterback didn’t see it fast enough and I came in front and jumped the play. I was right there. He threw it right into my hands.”
Ewing was a solid performer last fall and, with the season of varsity experience under his belt, he should be a standout in the coming season.
He said this 2012 squad has great chemistry. Players are holding one another accountable and that has been demonstrated in the athletes’ commitment to attend the summer workouts at strength and conditioning camp.
In addition to leadership coming from the seniors, Ewing said the younger players are stepping up as well and setting a high standard for their classmates.
Watch for other athlete profiles coming this week.
State 7-on-7 Pictures are up
Check out the pictures from last week's State 7-on-7 Tournament. Go to http://www.wyliepiratefootball.mobi/photos/filter/01-7-23-12
Pirates Head to State 7-on-7 Tournament, July 20-21
Linebacker Collin Mathers breaks up a pass attempt during Wylie SQT.
The Pirates will head south to the campus of Texas A&M University for the 15th annual FOX Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship Tournament presented by Adidas and Academy Sports & Outdoors set for July 20-21.
Sixty-four class 4A and 5A teams from around the state have been slated into 16 4-team pools. Each team will play three pool games Friday. Action begins at 1 p.m. Outcomes of pool play determine the seeding for Saturday's single-elimination bracket. The top two teams in each pool will be plugged into the championship bracket, and bottom two into the consolation bracket. The first round in the consolation bracket begins at 8 a.m. Saturday followed by championship bracket opener at 9 a.m.
Wylie opens competition in Pool H with Edcouch, Jersey Village and Longview. Friday’s game times are 1, 3, and 5 p.m. Live scoring updates will be posted on this website under the Facebook and Twitter feeds during the tournament.
Other District 13-4A teams earning berths in the state tournament are Sherman (Pool M) and Wylie East (Pool K).
Click here for printable list of pool divisions.
The state championship for Class 3A and under takes place July 19-20.
Rockwall SQT and Other 7-on-7 News
The Pirates wrapped up the SQT portion of the summer at the June 23 Rockwall SQT. The squad was dropped into Pool E where they matched up with three other state-qualified teams: Plano West, Hebron and Tyler Lee.
Pictures are up at http://www.wyliepiratefootball.mobi/photos/filter/6-23-12
After qualifying at their own SQT earlier this month, the Pirates travel to the state 7-on-7 tournament set for Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, on the campus of Texas A&M University. Sixty-four Class 4A and 5A teams open up with pool play Friday, and switch to single-elimination bracket play on Saturday.
Wylie finishes up play in their summer 7-on-7 league Tuesday, June 26. The round robin begins at 6 p.m. A linemen challenge will take place in the IMPAC also beginning at 6 p.m. Spectators are welcome.
Pirates at Rockwall SQT; 9am start at Garland HBJ Stadium
If you are planning to see the Pirates play Saturday in the Rockwall SQT, you will need to go to Garland's HBJ Stadium for the 9 a.m. start.
Rockwall SQT officials have added a twist to the usual 16-team configuration by adding Pool E, which is composed of Wylie, Plano West, Hebron and Tyler Lee. All four teams have already qualified for state, so the only goal will be to get in a little extra practice against elite teams. Games begin at 9, 10, and 11 a.m.
The state tournament comes up July 20-21 at Texas A&M University.
Here is the list of teams in other pools:
Garland Naaman Forest
* already qualified
Pirates Competed Thursday in Linemen Challenge
The Pirates were represented by two teams in Thursday’s (6-21-12) linemen challenge.
The Pirates black team of Laurent Njiki, Israel Acuay, Gabriel Imo, Gary Bailey and Johnathon Copley placed fourth out of 10 competing teams. The Pirates maroon team of Victor Cheatham, Brandon Dotson, Micheal Johnson, Castin Neumeyer and Ryan Beattie were in sixth place heading into the tug-of-war finale.
In individual events, the black team placed second in the tire flip and fourth in both the obstacle course and tug of war; they finished fifth in the clean and press with 135 pounds on the bar. The maroon team turned in their best effort with a third place finish in the obstacle course.
Other teams represented South Garland, Dallas Jesuit, Mesquite Horn, Hebron, Frisco Liberty and Lovejoy.
Check out pictures at http://www.wyliepiratefootball.mobi/photos/filter/6-21-12
The next linemen challenge takes place Tuesday, June 26, and begins at 6 p.m. Spectators are welcome.
Thanks to Cici's Pizza Murphy for Hosting last Friday's Spirit Night
Big thanks to Cici's Pizza (Murphy) for hosting a June 15 Spirit Night to support the Pirate football program!
Wylie SQT Results
Check out pictures under Photos tab
The Pirates punched their ticket to the state 7-on-7 tournament July 20-21 at Texas A&M University.
They went 3-0 in pool play with wins over Arlington 33-32, Frisco Liberty 44-38 and McKinney 41-27.
In the semi-final, they took out Lovejoy 47-39 in double overtime.
Mesquite was the second state qualifier out of the Wylie SQT.
Wylie 7-on-7 SQT, Friday, June 15
Registration, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Pool Play Begins, 5 p.m.
Pool A (Field 1, Wylie Stadium)
3. Frisco Liberty
Pool B (Field 2, south of baseball field)
1. North Mesquite
3. Lake Dallas
Pool C (Field 3, east of baseball field)
1. Wylie East*
4. Dallas Jesuit
Pool D (Field 4, north of softball field)
2. Arlington Martin
3. Plano East
4. West Mesquite
* = already qualified for state 7 on 7 tournament
Please note: Visitors will have first possession and wear white (top team in bracket or first team listed will be the visitor). The home team will have first possession in the 2nd half and wear dark color (bottom team in bracket or 2nd team listed will be the home team). Visitors (team in white) will always align their team on the right sideline facing the end zone. Home (dark jersey), will always align their team on the left sideline facing the end zone.
5-5:50 Pool Play Round 1:
1v2 (west or north end)
3v4 (east/south end)
6-6:50 Pool Play Round 2:
1v3 (west or north end)
4v2 (east/south end)
7-7:50 Pool Play Round 3:
4v1 (west or north end)
2v3 (east/south end)
8:30-9:20 State Qualifying Semifinals **
(AvB and CvD)
9:30-10:20 Tournament Championship **
** All fans and parents will be seated in the stands. Only players, coaches, and officials will be permitted on the field. Coaches must sit behind the end zone.
**Semifinals and Finals will be played at Wylie Stadium (field 1)
Baseball All-District Selections
Pitcher Robbie Petty was a District 10-4A first-team selection.
Left fielder Tyler Rice grabbed second-team honors.
Honorable mention recognition went to utility man (infield, pitcher) Drew Feuerbacher and shortstop Cade Calhoun.
Softball Coach Heather Damron named TCGA Softball Chair
Softball coach Heather Damron has been named 2012-13 softball chair for the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Damron has served on the TGCA softball committee since 2009 and she spent this past year as the vice chair. She assumes chair duties next month.
Azuka Akozar Signs with Southeastern Louisiana University
Defensive lineman Azuka Akozar has signed a letter of intent to play for the Lions of Southeastern Louisiana University. SLU, located in Hammonds, Louisiana, is an NCAA Division I university competing in the Southland Conference. Akozar's parents are Edith Akozar and Austin Akozar.
Summer 7-on-7 League begins Tuesday, June 12
The 7-on-7 summer league sponsored by NFC Sports begins Tuesday, June 12, at Wylie Stadium. Participating teams are Wylie, Hebron, Dallas Jesuit and South Garland. Games start at 6 p.m. in the stadium and are played in a round-robin format.
A linemen’s challenge, which will feature six to eight participating teams, also begins at 6 p.m. and takes place on the IMPAC field.
Additional league nights are Thursday, June 21, and Tuesday, June 26.
Mesquite SQT Pictures are Up
Pictures from the Mesquite SQT are posted at http://www.wyliepiratefootball.mobi/photos/filter/6-1-12