Northwest Byron Nelson has a new football coach. It has a roster that carries only 30 seniors. It’s moving into a district (5-6A) that features traditional powers Southlake Carroll and Euless Trinity. It’s changing defenses. There’s only one defensive starter returning. You’re probably wondering what’s realistic about the 2016 season.
The Justin Northwest volleyball team has shown early the potential to be a force in its new 5A district. The district schedule won’t start for another week, but the Lady Texans are flexing some muscles in the early going.
When high school football fans wake up Thursday, there will be the unbridled excitement of anticipation. The hopes and dreams of winning a football state championship in Texas will dominate the thinking.
Keller community members and school district officials honored the 6A state champion Keller High School Lady Indians softball team last week. Festivities included speeches by Keller Mayor Mark Mathews, Superintendent Randy Reid and team captains, introduction of players and a cookout.
The Keller Central football team always seems to have plenty of youth mixed in with its experienced players, and this season appears to be no different. The Chargers missed out on the playoffs last year but have enough returning talent and promising youth to make a new run at the postseason.
A quick look at Urban Dictionary shows a definition which gives a more perfect description of Trophy Club Nelson libero Elle Duis: “The best passer in a volleyball team. Wears a different color of shirt. Usually the smallest on the team but is also the most fiestiest [sic].” Grammar and spelling aside, that’s Duis.
Marisabel “Mimi” Garza helped the Keller Timber Creek girls to a second-place finish at the District 5-6A cross country meet and a regional berth in 2015, and the junior distance runner wants even more this season. Garza (18:45.42) was the top runner at the regional meet for the Lady Falcons in 2015, helping the team to a sixth place finish.
Expectations can be subjective. But when it comes to Justin Northwest football’s 2016 prospects, the expectations seem pretty universal. A team that was coming off a rough 2015 (1-9) has the aspirations of making the postseason now that it has moved down to Class 5A. Head coach Bill Poe isn’t underselling those forecasts.
Two Keller Timber Creek wrestlers received All-American status after competing in the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston recently. Austin Fox and Roderick Valentine brought home the prestigious designations after the dual and individual competitions Aug. 1-5.
Competition at the big-league level is “slowing down” for Justin Northwest product Tyler Collins, now an outfielder with the Detroit Tigers. It just might mean the 26-year-old is in the majors for good this time.
Cameryn Zahradnik was a force for the Keller volleyball team in 2015. An all-district selection the past three seasons, the six-foot senior outside hitter is a player that coach Jamie Siegel said contributes a lot to the team, particularly on the offensive side of things.
The benefit of being a first-year varsity football program is that no one expects anything. What is likely anticipated is that it will be a long season where blowouts are the norm and depth will be challenged. But that’s not how Northwest V.R. Eaton head coach Brad Turner sees it.
The Keller Central volleyball team will jump into a field of 32 teams to get an early season glimpse of where it stands. Central is in the growing tournament of stout competition at the Mansfield ISD Sunrise Rotary volleyball tournament this weekend.
Alec Luikens has played all along the offensive line since his sophomore year, but the senior will shift back to center for the coming season. With over 45 seniors having graduated from last year’s Keller football team, Luikens’ importance as the anchor of the young offensive line is even greater.