UIL Wrestling Realignment, Good News for Pirates

UIL has released the wrestling realignments for 2012-13.

Wylie dives into District 9 with just a couple of familiar foes in the new mix. With this realignment comes a major shift in UIL policy. In the past, Classes 4A and 5A have been lumped together into geographic bundles; however, with this new alignment comes a split between classifications.

That means Wylie will no longer face those large-enrollment Class 5A schools at the district and regional levels. The Richardson schools and Dallas Jesuit, formerly district-mates with the Pirates, have been slotted into a Class 5A district along with several Dallas ISD schools. In addition, Allen and the Plano schools won’t pose the roadblocks to state qualification they have been in the past.

Wylie, Wylie East and Highland Park are the only remnants from the old District 18. Those three will now be joined by Elkhart, Henderson, Lancaster, Lovejoy and McKinney North in District 9. Wrestling season begins the first week in November.

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Softball Area Playoff Friday v Dallas Molina

Pictured SS Megan Slocum, DH Maddy Cook

Wylie will face Dallas Molina out of District 11-4A in the second round of the playoffs.

The single game will be played at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 4, at Berkner High School (1600 E. Spring Valley Rd, Richardson, 75081).

Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Playoff shirts are available for $10. Email head coach Heather Damron at heather.damron@wylieisd.net to reserve one.

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Chris Givens Selected in fourth round of 2012 NFL Draft

Former Pirates standout Chris Givens, a 2008 Wylie graduate, was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the first pick of the fourth round, chosen 96th overall.

Givens declared for the draft following his junior season at Wake Forest University. According to the WFU website, Givens "finished his 36-game career among Wake Forest's all-time receiving leaders with 163 career receptions (fourth in school history) for 2,473 yards (third) and 21 touchdowns (tied third)."

According to some scouting reports, Givens is expected to provide the Rams with a "legitimate vertical threat" on deep throws from QB Sam Bradford.

In the NFL combine in February, Givens 4.41 in the 40-yard dash was among the best for wide receivers.

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State Track and Field Qualifiers, Nwachukwu (discus), Akozar (shot put)

Noble Nwachukwu punched his ticket to the state track and field meet in the discus with a throw of 157-feet, 4 inches. He was the runner-up in the event at the Region II meet.

Azuka Akozar hurled the shot 53-feet, 3-inches in Friday's Region 2 Track and Field Meet at UTA setting a new WHS record and qualifying for state. He finished second overall in the event. Field events for Class 4A teams at state are slated for May 11.

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District 10-4A Softball Bi-District Results

District 10-4A fared pretty well against their District 9-4A counterparts with three of four teams advancing into the next round.

Wylie dusted up Frisco (1-0, 17-5) and will face Dallas Molina in the area round. Playoff information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. 

District champ Rockwall beat Frisco Centennial (14-3, 9-1) and will face Seagoville in the next round. McKinney overcame a game-one loss to get past Carrollton Creekview (0-3, 2-1, 6-2) and draw Dallas Hillcrest for second-round action. McKinney North's season ended with losses to Frisco Wakeland (11-1, 17-1).

Softball, Lady Pirates Advance to Area Round

Pictured third-baseman Serena Saldivar

The Lady Pirates advance to the area round of the playoffs after nipping Frisco 1-0 in Friday's game one at home, and then routing the Lady Raccoons 17-5 in five run-ruled innings at their place Saturday.

Wylie scored six runs in the top of the first inning including a two-run homer by Maddy Cook. They extended their lead to 10-2 after three innings and sealed the deal with seven runs in the fourth. Mary Stephens connected with a two-run blast for Wylie's final run scored. Meagan Richardson was the winning pitcher.

Wylie will face Dallas Molina or Dallas Bryan Adams depending on outcome there.

Further details will be posted as soon as they become available.

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Soccer District 21 All-District Selections

First Teamers are Seth Hiddink and Keanan Craighead for the boys; Shelby Valdepena and Sydney Cook drew first-team honors for the girls.

Second-team recognition went to Lauren Story, Sarah Helfrich and Evie Osbourne on the girls side; Tanner Douthit and Alvin Manrique were so honored among the boys.

Addie Ault and Erica Hiddink garnered honorable mention.

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Athletic Physicals

Athletic physicals are required for all athletes entering 7th, 9th or 11th grades. Additionally, athletes who answer yes to any parts of questions 1-6 of the medical history must complete a medical history annually. Click HERE to download forms.

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Softball Playoffs , Frisco Drawn in Bi-District Round

Pictured Senior first baseman Mary Stephens

The Lady Pirates wrapped up second place in District 10-4A with a 12-2 record.

Wylie draws Frisco, the No. 3 seed out of District 9-4A, in the bi-district round. The first game in the best-of-three series will be played Friday, April 27, at Wylie. Game time is 7 p.m.

Game two is slated for noon Saturday at Frisco. If necessary, Game three will be played at 7 p.m. Monday at Allen HS.

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Pirates Say Thanks to our Fans for Lift-a-Thon Support

Head coach Bill Howard and the Wylie Pirates would like to thank the community for their support of another successful Pirates’ Lift-a-Thon. Our players and coaches work hard to put a winning program on the field year in and year out, and having the interest and support of our super fan base provides an added element of motivation. We hope everyone will make plans to get an early look at the 2012 Pirates during the annual Spring Game scheduled for May 24 at Wylie Stadium. Varsity game starts at 6 p.m.; JV plays at 5 p.m.

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Freshmen Golfers Gather Team Awards

Freshmen golfers Carsen Cook and Brandon Morgan earned top team awards at Thursday's Golf Banquet.

Cook, who also earned second-team all-district honors, was named Scoring Champ.

Morgan was recognized as Most Improved.

On the girls side, senior Ashley Bowden was honored as Scoring Champ and Haley Chaplain was named Most Improved.

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Zach Myers 330-Pound Bench Press Best at Lift-a-Thon

Junior linebacker Zach Myers (seated) turned in the best effort at Thursday's Pirates Lift-a-Thon with a bench press of 330 pounds.

Other Pirates with lifts of 300 pounds or greater were (standing, left to right) junior Alex Garza, junior Gabriel Imo, junior Charles Okpoko, freshman Brody Wright and sophomore Laurent Njiki.

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Guest Lifter Raises 470 Lbs at Lift-a-Thon

Marc Minter, a member of Team Impact, was the guest lifter for Thursday's Lift-a-Thon. The strongman raised 470 pounds on behalf of the cheerleaders as part of their fundraising efforts. He narrowly missed on a 500-pound attempt.

Minter, who spoke to the assembled athletes after the event, shared tips on building physical strength and building character. Minter is a high-level grappler and a current competitor on the North American World's Strongest Man circuit.

For more information on Team Impact, go to www.team-impact.com

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UIL Soccer Realignments Announced

The University Interscholastic League has released the 2012-13 realignment for soccer. Wylie has been placed into District 21 with Wylie East, Lovejoy, Royse City and Quinlan Ford. While many districts are comprised of eight teams, D-21 will make do with five teams for the girls while there will be only four district teams for the boys (Quinlan Ford does not currently have a boys soccer program).

Pictured Christian Salas, soccer player and Pirates backup kicker

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Track and Field Athletes Qualifying for Regional

Several football standouts qualified for the Region 2 Track and Field Meet out of the District 10-4A meet held April 11-12 at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.

Sophomore T'Kevian Rockwell placed first in the 100-meter dash (10.46) and anchored the second-place 4x200-meter relay team.

Junior Preston Burnett placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (15.09) and narrowly missed qualifying for regional in the 300-meter hurdles.

Senior defensive linemen Noble Nwachukwu and Azuka Akozar earned their medals in throwing disciplines. Nwachukwu placed second in both the discus (151-07) and shot put (48-03), while Akozar placed first in shot put (49-04).

For complete district meet results for girls and boys teams, click here.

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Freshmen Football Players Take it from Gridiron to Greens

A trio of freshmen football players - Carsen Cook, Brandon Morgan, and Blake Shapiro - competed in the recent District 10-4A tournament at Waterview Golf Club. Cook led the team with an opening round 74. He finished 18th overall with a two-day total 153. Morgan shot an opening round 79.

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Summer 7-on-7 SQT Schedule

The Pirates will participate in four 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournaments:

Saturday, May 26 ~ Frisco Liberty

Friday, June 1 ~ Mesquite

Friday, June 15 ~ Wylie

Saturday, June 23 ~ Rockwall

The state championship for qualifying teams is scheduled for July 20-21 at Texas A&M University.

Pictured WR Cody O'Briant

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Check Out Tuesday's 7-on-7 pics under Photos

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Pictured DB Alex Menchaca

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Hiddink Among 58 Scholar-Athletes Honored by NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas

Kicker Seth Hiddink will be among 58 North Texas scholar-athletes honored by the National Football Foundation Gridiron Club of Dallas during an April banquet.

According to an NFF press release, honorees were judged on “athletic accomplishments, performance in the classroom and commitment to the community.”

The selection committee included coaches, teachers, administrators and business leaders from the North Texas area. During the banquet, one individual will be named the club's top scholar-athlete, claiming a $2,500 scholarship to continue his education.

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Kelly, Nwachukwu Earn All-District Basketball Honors

Kameron Kelly Named Second-Team All-District Basketball; Noble Nwachukwu Garners Honorable Mention

Sophomore Kameron Kelly, who stepped in as Pirates quarterback midway through last season, was recently honored by District 10-4A coaches as a second-team all-district selection in basketball. Kelly's smart, assertive play on the court closely resembles the style he displays on the gridiron. Basketball head coach David Black described Kelly as "exciting" and "clutch." The sophomore is one of several candidates who will compete to lead the Pirates football team this fall.

Senior Noble Nwachukwu garnered honorable mention. The senior, who started two seasons on the Pirates defensive line,  has signed with West Virginia University for football.

Other all-district basketball honorees were junior Jacoby Armstrong on first team and senior Chad Hamilton as honorable mention.

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Fall Football Schedules Posted

Football schedules for Fall 2012 are up under the "Schedule" module on the mobile app and under "Events, Schedules" on desktops; includes varsity, JV Black, JV Gray, Freshmen Maroon and Freshmen White schedules.

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Lineman Brad Beattie Named Most Outstanding Wrestler

Pirates lineman and two-sport athlete Brad Beattie was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the March 31 wrestling banquet. After posting a strong overall record, the senior grabbed district champion in the 220-pound weight class. He placed fourth at regional and earned a trip to last month's state tournament.

Other wrestlers receiving awards at the banquet were Rookie of the Year Emmanuel Calhoune, Newcomer of the Year Ryan Rigsby, Leadership Award winner Caleb Sumners, Iron Man Garrett Vance and Most Improved Wrestler Anthony Pena.

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Kicker Seth Hiddink Headed to TAMU

Kicker Seth Hiddink heads to Texas A&M University. He is seated with parents Jacquie and Gerard Hiddink. Standing behind are kicking coach and head soccer coach George Velten, Pirates head coach Bill Howard and soccer varsity assistant Frank Milligan.

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Lineman Jess Croley Signs with Tabor College

Jess Croley, who started on the Pirates offensive line for three seasons, has signed with Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. Croley is flanked by parents Jess and Carmen Croley. Coaches John Rose, Joby Focke, head coach Bill Howard, Roger Byrd and Royce Slechta stand behind.

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Kyle Fuller Named to THSCA All-Star North Team

Kyle Fuller has been honored by the Texas High School Coaches Association as a selection to the 2012 THSCA All-Star Football Game presented by Fuddruckers. He will play for the North team.

Fuller is the son of Audrey and Larry Fuller.

The All-Star game will be played July 31 at the Alamodome and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

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