Every now and then, there is a good time to empty out the notebook or muse about some of the recent happenings involving our schools in our coverage area. So let’s do that for this week.
Realignment parity questions
Let’s put a wrap on realignment from Feb. 3. I’m still a little shocked at Grapevine’s new 5A district. The four Fort Worth ISD teams – Polytechnic, Eastern Hills, Dunbar and Carter-Riverside – should not pose a threat to the Mustangs.
Now, Dunbar is coming off a 10-1 2013 season but fell in the bi-district round of the playoffs. However, the Wildcats are losing some key players from their district championship team. Poly, Carter-Riverside and Eastern Hills traditionally have been very poor in football. Lake Dallas has a solid program but missed the playoffs in 2013. Birdville could be favored to win this district despite not having senior running back Xavier Turner.
It really looks like the UIL wanted to give other parts of Texas a chance to try and win a state championship. What else could you deduce when Allen, Cedar Hill, Denton Guyer – teams that won state championships in 2013 – and DeSoto (a 2013 state semifinalist) are all in the same region? Then throw in Carroll, Trinity and Coppell and you could have your own mini state tournament. Regions II, III and IV could get ignored by the statewide media.
I get what the UIL was trying to do. But let’s be realistic here. Any school that’s east of Tarrant County really needs to stay in Region II. I know the Grand Prairie and Irving schools always straddle the line but Collin County schools in Region I? Really? It’s been done before. It still doesn’t make any sense.
What was interesting about National Signing Day 2014 is Keller defensive end Sione Teuhema flipping from Texas to LSU. I’ve always found it a bit odd when a player who has been committed to a school for such a long time flips at the last minute to somebody else.
Now, you can read what you want into it. But I tend to think this is one of those times where the early commitment backfires on a school. The longer the school and player are talking, the more the relationship can sometimes wobble. That may have happened here. It probably didn’t help Teuhema when Texas changed coaches from Mack Brown to Charlie Strong. As it turned out, Texas had six de-commitments from the after Strong took over in early January.
Speaking of recruiting, Carroll 2015 quarterback Ryan Agnew is starting to see his take off. He’s been invited to Texas’ junior day on Feb. 22. Agnew (6-1, 175) may still have some growing to do. Agnew doesn’t have any offers. Texas is his only junior day. That could change. More schools will be having a second wave of junior days in March and April. Agnew has received some interest from Texas, Northwester, Clemson and Houston. All are looking at him at quarterback.
Just because former Keller Central star Joel Bolomboy is playing way out in Utah doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about him. In fact, he’s in the midst of having a fine career at Weber State. In his sophomore year, Bolomboy is leading the team in rebounding at 11.2 grabs per game and is fourth in scoring at 8.9. Weber State (13-7) is leading the Big Sky conference with a 10-2 mark.
Remember, Bolomboy enjoyed a really impressive freshman year, averaging seven points and seven rebounds as Weber State went 30-7 and lost in the CIT finals to East Carolina.