Children, teachers, firefighters, politicians and even Batman himself came together to send a unified message of love and hope to Sawyer Davidson, a Westlake Academy second-grader who has been battling cancer.
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.
Keller won’t be the first local football team to take to the field, but it will certainly be the first to get on the bus in preparation for the season opener. And the time it takes to drive the 157 miles to Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium will hopefully pay dividends for the Indians when the district standings race gets tight.
The fact that Haslet Eaton football is playing its first varsity season, complete with all kinds of “firsts” at every turn, can be overwhelming enough. For Eaton’s Nick Lanum, though, he’s doing all his firsts for the very first time, without the aid of a JV 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.