Summer means coaching changes, all-star games, 7-on-7

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While the summer is pretty easy going, that doesn’t mean there isn’t any news. There’s always going to be some coaching changes. Plus, there are all-star football games that were played and will be played that involve several area players. Finally, we have the state 7-on-7 tournament that will be played this coming weekend.

So let’s get you caught up with what is going on in our coverage area.

Coaching changes

First, Carroll, Grapevine and Keller Timber Creek did not have any turnover.

As for the changes, the area did not lose any basketball coaches, save for Northwest girls changing from Wayne Parker to Aledo’s Rusty Johnson earlier this spring.

The major summer change took place at Northwest as baseball coach Stan Gideon left to take a similar position at Springtown. Northwest ISD athletic director Susan Elza went back to Garland Naaman Forest – the site of where she found football coach Bill Patterson – and hired John Herrick.

Birdville’s James Gillespie replaced Ron Gatlin as Byron Nelson’s wrestling coach, assistant Brian Combest replaces Christine Davis as the new Nelson tennis coach and Mesquite’s Kristen Portoroff takes over for Kim Williamson as new Northwest swimming coach.

Colleyville Heritage has a new wrestling coach in Waymon May, who was the head coach at The Colony.

In Keller, assistant Bryan Poehler is now the new head softball coach, taking over for Lindsay Strong. Keller Central had several changes. Baseball coach David Zeigler resigned to take over golf. Dave Maher left his boys soccer position to take over the girls golf program as Becky Suprlock moved back to the district offices as an assistant athletic director. Central is still looking for a new boys soccer coach.

Finally, Keller Fossil Ridge has a new volleyball coach in Jennifer Chandler, who came from Mansfield Legacy.

All-Star games

The Texas High School Coaches Association Convention is July 28-31 at the Tarrant County Convention Center. The all-star game is scheduled for July 30 at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium.

Colleyville Heritage running back Connor Davis, who is going to Texas Lutheran, and Carroll defensive back Tanner Jacobsen, who is headed to Texas Tech, will represent the North team that will be coached by Stephenville’s Joseph Gillespie.

The 76th Oil Bowl, which pit East Texas All-Stars against West Texas All-Stars, was played at its usual location in Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls on June 15 and had several area players involved. Byron Nelson teammates tight end Brandon Fleichmann and linebacker Tyler Frisby and Keller center Cody Nelson played for the East Texas team coached by Byron Nelson head coach Brian Polk.

As for the West Texas team, there was an odd Keller split as tight end Trevor Stafford was on this roster. Keller Timber Creek standouts in offensive lineman TyRese Boone and defensive back Brian Daniel also represented the West. Timber Creek head coach Kevin Golden served as that squad’s defensive coordinator. The East defeated the West, 22-17.

Finally, Grapevine sent punter/kicker Nik Grau and running back Riley Albus to the North Texas East/West Classic that was played on June 15 at Bedford’s Pennington Field. The East won, 22-8.

State 7-on-7 tournament

NCAA and SEC regulations caused the tournament to leave its original home of Texas A&M and move to Williamson County Regional Park in Leander. Both Carroll and Justin Northwest will be participating in the Division I tournament that is Friday-Saturday.

Carroll shares a pool with San Antonio Johnson, Manvel and Pflugerville Hendrickson. Northwest, which is making its debut in this tournament, shares a pool with College Station A&M Consolidated, Cy Fair and Abilene Cooper. That’s quite a move for Northwest, which for years didn’t put a lot of emphasis on this off-season activity. But as the program has grown and become more successful, playing in these types of events usually follows.

Pool games are Friday. The top two teams in each pool advance to the single-elimination championship bracket. The remaining two teams play in the single-elimination consolation bracket. Both brackets are scheduled for Saturday.

That should have you up to date. Please go back to enjoying your summer.

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