High School: Argyle

Southlake Carroll wins UIL 5A Lone Star Cup

July, 2, 2012
Southlake Carroll is the winner of the 2011-12 UIL Class 5A Lone Star Cup, which is based on overall school achievement in a variety of sanctioned athletic and academic championships.

Carroll won five state championships, most among this year's Lone Star Cup winners: football, boys and girls cross country and boys and girls swimming and diving. It is Carroll's third Lone Star Cup.

Argyle -- with state championships in academics, boys basketball and marching band and a state runner-up finish in football -- won the Class 3A Lone Star Cup. It is Argyle's third Lone Star Cup.

In other UIL news, it was announced that the 2012 state volleyball championships will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. It's the first time the volleball state tournament will be held anywhere other than Austin or San Marcus.

Here are the top 10 in each classification for the final Lone Star Cup standings:

1. Southlake Carroll 100 pts.
2. Conroe The Woodlands 92.5 pts.
3. San Antonio Reagan 76 pts.
4. Austin Westlake 74 pts.
5. Lewisville Marcus 66 pts.
6. Katy Seven Lakes 64 pts.
7. Mission Sharyland 62 pts.
8. Deer Park 60 pts.
Northside O’Connor 60 pts.
10. Arlington Martin 58 pts.
Laredo Alexander 58 pts.
San Antonio Churchill 58 pts.

1. Austin Lake Travis 112 pts.
2. Dallas Highland Park 106 pts.
3. Friendswood 80 pts.
4. Montgomery 79 pts.
5. Waco Midway 78 pts.
6. Cedar Park 76 pts.
7. San Antonio Alamo Heights 74 pts.
8. Aledo 68 pts.
9. Northwest Nelson 64 pts.
10. Canyon Randall 58 pts.

1. Argyle 94 pts.
2. Abilene Wylie 72 pts.
Lucas Lovejoy 72 pts.
4. Liberty Hill 64 pts.
5. Celina 58 pts.
Lubbock Cooper 58 pts.
7. Andrews 56 pts.
8. West Columbia Columbia 54 pts.
9. La Vernia 50 pts.
Lorena 50 pts.

1. White Oak 68 pts.
2. Melissa 64 pts.
3. Brock 62 pts.
4. Poth 56 pts.
5. Wall 54 pts.
6. Holliday 48 pts.
7. Tatum 47 pts.
8. Crawford 46 pts.
9. Bushland 44 pts.
10. Gunter 42 pts.

1. * Lindsay 66 pts.
2. Shiner 66 pts.
3. Stamford 56 pts.
4. Mason 46 pts.
Windthorst 46 pts.
6. Martin’s Mill 44 pts.
Munday 44 pts.
8. Lovelady 42 pts.
Seymour 42 pts.
10. Cayuga 40 pts.
Clarksville 40 pts.
Flatonia 40 pts.
Grapeland 40 pts.
Muenster 40 pts.

* Won tiebreaker.
Highland Park's name covers the tennis results from this week's 4A state tournament in Austin, including gold in mixed doubles by the Scots' Connor LaFavre and Margo Taylor.

The pair took down Jared Fellows and Briana Fellows from Boerne Champion 6-1, 6-1 to claim the title.

Two other doubles teams from Highland Park took silver: Sarah Cannon and Alin Piranian in girls and Luke Stainback and Hunter Holman in boys. Both lost to pairs from Austin Lake Travis.

Lacy Blake and Maddie Schorlemmer of Argyle won gold in 3A girls doubles and the pair of Ryan Ford and Anisha Sriastava of Lucas Lovejoy took silver in 3A mixed doubles.

5A MVP Forte heads up all-state tourney team

March, 11, 2012

Flower Mound Marcus guard Phil Forte, MVP of the Class 5A state championship game, was named to the UIL all-state tournament team.

Forte was joined on the 5A team by teammate Marcus Smart after the Marauders defended their state championship.

State champions Dallas Kimball and Argyle also each placed two players on the all-tournament teams.

Kimball's Torrey Henry and championship game MVP Shannon Lilly are on the 4A team. Argyle's Connor York and championship game MVP Clarke Overlander made the 3A team.

Here are the complete all-state tournament teams, as selected by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches:

Patience pays off as Argyle wins 3A state title

March, 10, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas -- A fan called the Argyle basketball team “the new-school Hoosiers” because of the similarities in offensive pace and strategy between the Eagles and the famous movie characters.

Like the Hoosiers, Argyle finished its season on a high note. The Eagles defeated Corpus Christi Miller, 44-33, in front of 7,946 at the Frank Erwin Center to capture the Class 3A state title.

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Travis L Brown/ESPNDallas.comClarke Overlander finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Argyle and was named MVP.
Argyle (31-8) won its first basketball championship -- and it did so by sticking with what it does best. The Eagles executed an efficient half-court offense and forced Miller to put up unwanted shots on defense. Argyle head coach John King said patience was the key to victory, as it has been throughout the season.

“If we have to make five passes or 25 passes, we have to be patient,” King said. “Our No. 1 goal on defense is to keep people out of the paint and not give up layups. We make people shoot jump shots. Teams want to get transition [games] going, and we want to shut it down.”

No team in the postseason scored more than 37 points against the Eagles. Credit that to the team’s ability to eliminate second-chance opportunities. Miller was held to eight points in the paint and eight second-chance points.

On the flip side, Argyle -- a team noticeably bigger than Miller -- finished with 16 points in the paint and nine second-chance points. Miller’s tallest starter was 6-foot-1.

“They did a great job with controlling the tempo of the game,” Miller coach Maurice Bastian said. “We were never able to get our transition game going. Argyle would take advantage of our mistakes, and with their high IQ, we couldn’t get them rattled with our defensive pressure.”

By the halfway point of the first quarter, Argyle had a 9-2 lead. The Eagles led 16-12 at halftime, as both teams struggled from the field. Argyle made only 30.4 percent (7 of 23), while Miller made 23.8 percent (5 of 21).

Shooting proved to be an Achilles’ heel, especially for Miller, in the second half. The Pirates finished the game making only 11 of 45 (24.4 percent) shots from the field, and they connected on only 3 of 21 (14.3 percent) from the 3-point line.

For Argyle, it wasn’t how many shots were taken, but when shots were made. Connor York hit all three of his 3-pointers within a five-minute span of the third and fourth quarters. His buckets helped the Eagles pull away after Miller had taken an 18-17 lead midway through the third.

“Going into that, I had not hit any [3-pointers],” York said. “They were telling me to keep shooting. I’m a shooter, and that’s my job.”

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King added: “Connor has been a key part of this whole run. If you go back to the Madison game and the Lovejoy game, he’s the one who really got us going offensively. He struggled in the first half, but we all had confidence in him, and he had confidence in himself.”

Buckets by Clarke Overlander and free throws by Zach Dickerson gave Argyle a double-digit margin. The Eagles’ largest lead was 13 with 1:35 remaining.

Overlander finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and was named the state tournament game MVP. York added 13 points, and Andrew Resch finished with three points and 13 rebounds, nine of those coming on the defensive end.

“This puts us over the hump,” Overlander said. “Cross country has won state. Girls basketball has won state. Band has won state too many times to count. This puts us over for guys basketball.

“This will be No. 1 on my list. I’ve been dreaming about this one since the first grade.”

Marquis Lewis led Miller (30-10) with 10 points.

Damon Sayles covers Midlands recruiting for ESPN Recruiting. He can be reached at dsaylesespn@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter: @DamonSayles.
Check here for scores and details from the boys basketball state semifinals Thursday. Follow me on Twitter @espn_TLBrown for in-game updates.

Class 1A Division I

Clarksville 55, Olton 35
  • Center Gary Moore finished with a game-high 17 points and was one of three Clarksville players to score in double digits. H.B. Rosser picked up a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Olton's Torey Jimenez led his team with 13 points.
  • Saturday will be Clarksville's first trip to the state championship game since 1995, when it beat Madisonville 87-69 in the 3A final. Tip-off for Saturday's game will be at 8:30 a.m.
Mumford 73, Kerens 49
  • Mumford forward LaKendric Hyson led his team in scoring with a 19 points and 10 rebounds, and was one of five players to score in double digits.
  • Kerens forward Tobyus Thomas led his team with 13 points.
  • Mumford will face Clarksville in the 1A Division I state final at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Class 3A (Final Saturday at 10 a.m.)

Argyle 41, Lubbock Estacado 34

Corpus Christi Miller 59, Waco La Vega 54

Class 4A

Dallas Kimball 47, San Antonio Alamo Heights 43

Houston Yates 87, Denton Ryan 67

Argyle boys control pace, advance to 3A final

March, 8, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- The score Thursday afternoon looked more like a football final, but instead of quarterback Austin Aune raising his hands in victory, it was forwards Clarke Overlander and Andrew Resch and the rest of the Argyle basketball team.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comAndrew Resch had nine points and eight rebounds for Argyle, which is headed to the 3A final.
The Eagles advanced to the Class 3A state championship by defeating west Texas power Lubbock Estacado, 41-34, in front of 7,872 at Frank Erwin Center. Argyle (30-8) will face Corpus Christi Miller in Saturday’s final at 10 a.m.

Argyle was methodical against an Estacado team that traditionally likes to run an up-tempo offense. It was the Matadors’ transition game that put them in the state tournament three of the last four years.

But Argyle found the ultimate neutralizer, playing great defense and holding Estacado (27-8) to only four fast-break points and only five second-chance points.

“Our game plan was not to turn the ball over too many times in the press,” Argyle coach John King said. “We knew they [Estacado] were a very good team. Our goal was to make them be more perimeter players than penetrators.”

Part of Argyle’s success was making Estacado play its style of basketball. The first quarter ended with both teams tied at 5, and Estacado didn’t score its first bucket until the 2:24 mark of the first quarter. Argyle's lead at the half was just 14-13.

From there, the Eagles managed to pull away slightly in the second half, shooting 57 percent (8 of 14) from the field and making 77 percent (10 of 13) of their free throws. Estacado shot only 29 percent (8 of 28) in the second half.

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“They did exactly what I thought they’d do,” Estacado coach Tony Wagner said. “Whenever we got close, we’d make a dumb foul, or they’d make a big shot, or something like that. They came out and executed their plan. They kept us out of the lane, and we launched too many jump shots.”

Added King: “On video, we saw that they obviously were a transition team. We wanted them to be a set-up team. I don’t remember a big six- or eight-point run they had, and that’s a tribute to our defense.”

Overlander, a North Texas signee, led the way for Argyle with 17 points and seven rebounds -- all defensive. He made seven of 11 shots, including the game’s opening 3-point shot.

“Walking into that gym, everybody’s eyes got big,” Overlander said. “As a senior leader and one of the captains, I tried to make everyone comfortable and set the tone at beginning of the game.”

Additionally, Resch finished with nine points and eight rebounds, and Connor York added seven points for Argyle. Dell Willard led Estacado with 13 points.

Damon Sayles covers Midlands recruiting for ESPN Recruiting. He can be reached at dsaylesespn@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter: @DamonSayles

Preview: Boys basketball state semfinal games

March, 7, 2012

CLASS 3A: Argyle (29-8) vs. Lubbock Estacado (27-7), 2 p.m.

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Road to Austin: Argyle defeated Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins in the Region II championship game behind Connor York’s 18 points. The Eagles had no trouble dispatching Texarkana Pleasant Grove 49-30 in the semifinal round of the tournament. Lucas Lovejoy provided Argyle’s toughest playoff test to date, a 40-37 Eagles win in a regional quarterfinal. After receiving a bye in the opening round, Argyle defeated Dallas Madison in the area round 43-29. Estacado punched its ticket to Austin with a 56-46 win over Abilene Wylie in the Region I finals. In the semifinal round, Estacado breezed past Alvarado 75-59 and had an easy time in the regional quarterfinals with Seminole, 79-60. After a bye in the opening round, Estacado opened its postseason with a 79-47 thumping of Clint.

Argyle: Strong leadership from senior captains Clarke Overlander, Connor York and Andrew Resch has helped the Eagles get past the regional quarterfinal round that has proved a stumbling block in the past. When opponents concentrate too much on the 6-foot-5 Overlander, a North Texas signee, York from the outside and Resch from the inside can make them pay. Junior point guard Zach Dickerson plays a big role with his defense and ball handling.

Estacado: The Matadors are making their fourth appearance in the state tournament and first since winning the title in 2010. A win over Argyle will put Estacado in the state finals for the third time in four years. Ryheim Hunter, a 6-foot-0 senior guard, scored 19 points in the regional title game. Ti Russell, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, was named the regional tournament MVP.

--Randy Jennings

CLASS 4A: Dallas Kimball (32-5) vs. San Antonio Heights (34-2), 7 p.m.

Road to Austin: Kimball survived a gantlet of the Metroplex’s best basketball talent to punch its ticket to the state tournament. After knocking out area-ranked Dallas Hillcrest, Highland Park and Dallas Woodrow Wilson in order, the Knights took out Manor 85-76 in the regional semifinal. Kimball finally topped South Oak Cliff in its third try this season, 84-63 in the regional final.

Alamo Heights: Heights is making its fifth state tournament appearance – its first since 1991. As a team, Alamo Heights averages 63.4 points per game, 21 of which come from leading scorer Jeffrey Rodewald. Heights, featuring 6-foot-8 centers Evan Boland and Shelby Lane, will have the height advantage over Kimball.

Kimball: The Knights are making their ninth appearance in the state tournament, returning in 2012 as defending 4A state champions. Despite losing eight seniors from last year’s title team, Kimball returns championship MVP Shannon Lilly and features 2012 transfer Keith Frazier, the No. 14 national recruit for the Class of 2013. Frazier is Kimball’s go-to scorer, averaging 21 points per game. Frazier has the range to hit any shot and can score on dribble penetration. Kimball’s big men had suffered some minor bangs and bruises through the final games of the playoffs but should be good to go after a week’s rest.

--Travis L. Brown

CLASS 4A: Denton Ryan (23-11) vs. Houston Yates (32-5), 8:30 p.m.

Road to Austin: After handily defeating two west Texas teams to open the playoffs, Ryan has pulled off three narrow and somewhat shocking upsets over Little Elm (61-59), Fort Worth Trimble Tech (58-56) and Fort Worth Arlington Heights (71-68).

Denton Ryan: Making its first appearance in the state tournament since winning the 4A title in 2000, Ryan has gone a run that few saw coming despite using just six players during the postseason. Point guard Trey Mohair is leading the way, scoring 27 points per game in the playoffs, and the team has given up more than 60 points just once during the postseason.

Houston Yates: With its relentless full-court press, Yates returns to the state tournament for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Yates has scored 104 points per game in the playoffs and is led by guard Damyean Dotson, an Oregon signee.

--Jeff Andrews


CLASS 5A: Flower Mound Marcus (32-2) vs. Garland Naaman Forest (29-7), 8:30 p.m.

Road to Austin: Marcus cruised past Mansfield Timberview in the regional quarterfinal before hanging on to beat North Crowley 66-55. In the highly anticipated final against South Grand Prairie, Marcus Smart blocked a last-second shot to advance in a defensive 39-38 win. Naaman Forest squeaked by College Station A&M Consolidated and Conroe Woodlands College Park before upsetting DeSoto 56-49 on the way to Austin.

Marcus: Most folks around the state are already aware of Smart, one of the top players in the nation. He's led this team to Austin three years in a row. This season, he's had a lot of help from sharpshooter Phil Forte, versatile big man Nick Banyard and a very good defense. They're giving up just 45 points per game in the playoffs.

Naaman Forest: Demarcus Holland is a very athletic guard who should keep Marcus Smart busy. The bigger challenge against Naaman Forest is getting past their 6-foot-11 shot-blocking machine, Prince Ibeh. To upset Marcus, the Rangers will need the big man to have a big game on the other end of the court. He has been quiet in the playoffs on offense.

--David Stein

Argyle rides wave of athletic success to Austin

March, 6, 2012
Twelve weeks ago, the Argyle Eagles played in the Class 3A Division II state championship football game at Cowboys Stadium.

On Thursday, Argyle (29-8) will face Lubbock Estacado (27-7) in a boys basketball state semifinal scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

Athletic success has become somewhat routine for the school located eight miles southwest of Denton, despite an enrollment number (668) that places the school in the bottom half of the newest 3A window (450-1,004).

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“These kids just win,’’ said Argyle basketball coach John King. “Credit goes to them. They work at being successful. Boys and girls.

“Some schools have success in one sport. Here, it is a priority to be good in all sports. Before I took the job five years ago, [Argyle athletic director and football coach] Todd Rodgers told me his vision was to win the 3A Lone Star Cup and to do that, we have to be successful in all sports. I told him that’s what I want, too.’’

Argyle is a two-time winner of the UIL's Lone Star Cup awarded annually to one school in each of the five classifications based on overall team performance in district and state championships. Argyle won as a Class 2A school in 2006 and in Class 3A in 2009. So far in this school year, after state and area marching band, team tennis, cross country and football, Argyle is the state leader and has a chance to add to its 36 points this weekend.

“One of the things we’ve done in the past is to have our players give us written feedback, and I remember one wrote that he wanted Argyle to be known for being the best at everything we do,’’ King said. “Another wrote that if we do lose to a school in one sport, that’s okay because we will beat them in everything else.’’

The only thing lacking so far is a state title in a major sport.

Three times Argyle has made it to state title games, but it is still seeking its first championship in football or boys basketball. That could change this weekend.

In its first trip to the state basketball tournament in 2004, before King’s arrival, Argyle won in the semifinal round but lost 43-42 in overtime to Shallowater in the Class 2A title game.

Argyle’s 21-14 loss to Wimberley in the Class 3A Division II state title football game in December marked the second time the Eagles have come away one win shy of a state championship in that sport.

In 2005, Argyle was defeated by Newton 28-20 in the Class 2A Division I championship game.

Three players on the basketball roster also played on the school’s football team last fall: Chadd Bossow, Spencer McCloud and Nick Ralston.

“Credit to all three because football lasted deep into December and that takes a physical toll,’’ King said. “We appreciate them.’’

Argyle has made it to the regional basketball quarterfinal round six straight seasons.

North Texas signee Clarke Overlander, a 6-foot-5 forward and a four-year varsity member, draws much of the attention of Argyle’s opponents.

Forward Andrew Resch and shooting guard Connor York, both seniors, have three years of varsity experience.

Running the show is feisty junior point guard Zach Dickerson.

Argyle draws a difficult semifinal foe in Estacado, the 2010 state champion.

“Estacado is an outstanding, established team,’’ King said. “To make it to the finals, we’ll have to earn it.’’

Rockwall-Heath duo on all-state baseball team

March, 5, 2012
Rockwall-Heath's catcher and ace pitcher are among the area players named to the ESPNHS preseason Texas all-state baseball team.

Jovan Hernandez, who tied the state record with 42-game hit streak last year, and Jake Thompson, who registered 131 strikeouts, represent Rockwall-Heath on the team.

Other Dallas-Fort Worth players named to the squad are Argyle shortstop Austin Aune, Rockwall shortstop/outfielder Spencer Edwards, Keller Fossil Ridge pitcher Sheldon Neuse and Fort Worth Southwest Christian pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz.

Click here to see the full team, including a list of other top players. Access the teams from all 50 states here.

Slideshow: Images from the state football finals

December, 19, 2011
Southlake Carroll and Aledo made sure a couple of state football championship trophies didn't have to travel far from Cowboys Stadium to their new homes.

Click here for a slideshow of photos capturing the action and scene from last weekend's action.

On the strength of its Class 5A Division I state championship and unbeaten season, Carroll climbed a spot to No. 6 in the latest ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings. Dallas Skyline, which lost to Carroll in the state semifinals, moved up five spots to No. 14 a week after its season ended.

Other Texas teams in the latest FAB 50 include Class 4A Division I state champion Lake Travis (No. 9), 5A Division II champion Spring Dekaney (No. 34), 5A Division II runner-up Cibolo Steele (44), 4A Division II champion Aledo (45) and Arlington Martin (50).
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Argyle came within inches of sending the 3A Division II state final into overtime Friday.

Argyle quarterback Austin Aune left a long, vertical pass just an inch or two short, allowing defensive back Brennen Blakemore to make an unbelievable interception to seal Wimberly's 21-14 state championship win.

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Travis L. Brown for ESPNDallas.comQuarterback Austin Aune scored Argyle's only touchdown on an 8-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Blakemore made a full-extension dive to reel in the pass with one hand and had enough sense to transfer the ball to his opposite hand to secure the pick upon impact with the ground.

The interception gave Wimberley the ball back with 2:01 remaining in the game, just a few kneels away from the title.

“I gave it everything I got and it just wouldn’t get there,” Aune said. “The kid made a great play -- a one-handed catch. You’ve just got to tip your hat to him. It’s a game of inches and if he would have missed it and we would have scored and would have been back in there.”

“It’s probably number one [play of my high school career],” Blakemore said. “To be at Cowboys Stadium and do something like that, it’s pretty awesome.”

Aune, a TCU commit, had trouble getting behind his throws because he spent the entire week leading up to the state championship with flu-like symptoms that removed him from practice and kept him under doctor’s supervision in the 24 hours leading up to the game as his condition worsened.

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Class 4A: Div. I | Div. II

5A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
5A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2

“First half, I was real weak,” Aune said. “I got an IV in me at halftime and in the second half I felt good. I wish I had felt that good in the first half -- we would have won, I promise you that. I gave it everything I had, but it wasn’t enough, I guess.”

The first half was a defensive struggle, ending with a 7-3 Wimberley lead at halftime.

Wimberley scored added another touchdown at the end of the third quarter on a 66-yard pass from Brady Lambert to Dennis Smith.

Aune scored his team’s first and only touchdown early in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard run to the left pylon. Aune hit Chadd Bossow in the back corner of the end zone to complete the two-point conversion. Bossow was able to drag one toe to secure the catch.

Wimberley retaliated quickly with a 76-yard touchdown run by Trinity Wilson just over thirty seconds later.

Argyle brought the score within a touchdown on a 37-yard field goal by Cole Hedlund but could not find the end zone on its final two possessions with under five minutes left in the game.

However, the game came down to Blakemore's interception, which he and his teammates agreed was worthy of SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.

“I watch that every morning when I eat my Cocoa Puffs,” Blakemore said. “I wouldn’t mind sitting on the couch and see it run by there. That would be pretty awesome.”

Argyle, Wimberley vie for 3A DII state crown

December, 14, 2011
ARGYLE (14-1) vs. WIMBERLEY (14-0)
4 p.m. Friday, Cowboys Stadium

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Class 5A: Div. I | Div. II
Class 4A: Div. I | Div. II

5A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
5A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2

What: Class 3A Division II state final.

When we saw them last: Quarterback Austin Aune completed 20-of-29 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns in Argyle’s 34-14 victory over Monahans in a state semifinal at Abilene Wylie. Meanwhile, Wimberley quarterback Brady Lambert tossed fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 22 and 23 yards to Brennen Blakemore, the last with 1:14 remaining, to send the Texans to a 21-14 triumph over Coldspring-Oakhurst in a state semifinal in Bastrop.

Last in the playoffs: In 2010, Argyle lost in a Class 3A Division II regional final to eventual state champion Carthage, 44-27. Wimberley in 2010 lost to Coldspring-Oakhurst in a state semifinal, 26-14.

Key matchup: Argyle’s lethal passing attack, averaging 221 yards and over two touchdowns a game, faces a Wimberley defense that has allowed only one passing touchdown and an average of 43.5 passing yards in the Texans’ last four playoff games.

Players to watch: For Argyle, Aune has thrown for 3,172 yards and 33 touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Ian Sadler has 53 catches for 1,115 yards and 12 touchdowns. Running back Tyler Eveleth has rushed for 1,179 yards and eight touchdowns. For Wimberley, Lambert has thrown for 2,404 yards and 34 scores. Blakemore, a senior, has 49 catches for 1,112 yards and 13 touchdowns. Running back Trinity Wilson has rushed for 997 yards and 11 scores.

Prediction: The difference between two very similar teams could be Argyle’s sophomore kicker Cole Hedlund, the national single-season record-holder with 23 field goals: Argyle 33, Wimberley 30.

Record-setting kicker a weapon for Argyle

December, 13, 2011
If Friday afternoon’s Class 3A Division II state championship game comes down to a field goal, the Argyle Eagles should be in great shape with record-setting sophomore kicker Cole Hedlund at the ready.

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Class 5A: Div. I | Div. II
Class 4A: Div. I | Div. II

5A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
5A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2

Argyle (14-1) faces Wimberley (14-0) in the Class 3A Division II state title game set for 4 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

With 23 field goals this season, Hedlund (5-9, 150) has broken the national record of 22 shared by three players, based on information obtained from the National High School Sports Record Book.

“It is nice to know that we have a weapon like Cole in our hip pocket when we need him,’’ Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said. “We’ll use him from up to the 45-to-48-yard range.’’

Hedlund, a right-footed soccer-style kicker, has only four misses this season, with two of those coming in one game. His record-tying 22nd field goal, a 29-yarder, came in the third quarter of last week’s 34-14 state semifinal victory over Monahans. He added a 36-yarder in the fourth quarter for the record.

The kicker has at least one field goal in all but two of Argyle’s 15 games. He has kicked three field goals in two games and has a long of 49 yards against Aubrey.

Hedlund, who also plays soccer, inherited kicking duties from older brother Chad, now at Wake Forest. Another former Argyle kicker, Ben Parks, is finishing his senior season at Baylor.

Rodgers said former Oklahoma and Washington Redskins kicker Scott Blanton lives in the area and works with Hedlund.

In the playoffs, Argyle avenged this season’s only defeat by taking out Prosper in the second round with the aid of three Hedlund field goals.

The Eagles also finished some leftover business from 2010 by rallying from a 21-3 deficit to knock out Carthage (35-34), the school that ousted Argyle in the same playoff round the previous season. Carthage entered the playoffs this season having won three straight Class 3A Division II state titles.

In the playoffs for the eighth straight season, Argyle has one previous state title game appearance, a 28-20 loss to Newton for the 2005 Class 2A Division I crown. In that same season, Wimberley won the Class 3A Division I state title, taking down Gainesville, 21-7.

Rodgers said Wimberley and his team share the philosophy of a varied offense and a simple defense.

“The difference is on offense Wimberley will be two-back and we are in one-back,’’ Rodgers said. “They are 60-40 run and we are 60-40 pass.’’

Argyle senior quarterback Austin Aune (6-3, 180) has thrown for 3,172 yards and 33 touchdowns. His primary receiver is sophomore Ian Sadler with 53 catches for 1,115 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Wimberley senior quarterback Brady Lambert (6-0, 180) has thrown for 2,404 yards and 34 touchdowns. His top receiver is senior Brennen Blakemore (5-9, 175) with 49 catches for 1,112 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Small-school roundup: Alvarado in title game

December, 5, 2011
Alvarado continued its quest for a first UIL state football championship by beating defending champion Henderson 34-13 in a Class 3A Division I state semifinal matchup Friday.

Bi-district »   Area round »
Region semis »   Region finals »
State semis »   Finals »   Totals »

Class 5A: Div. I | Div. II
Class 4A: Div. I | Div. II

5A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
5A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2

Alvarado will play Tyler Chapel Hill at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 3A Division I state final at Cowboys Stadium. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

All other UIL 11-man football tournaments are in the state semifinal round, and several DFW-area schools are still playing at the Class 2A and 3A level.

Argyle blasted Gilmer 51-35 in the 3A Division II Region 2 final. Argyle faces Monahans in a state semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Abilene Wylie High School.

Melissa moved into the 2A Division I state semifinals by beating Daingerfield 42-14 in the Region 2 final. Melissa will play Muleshoe at 7 p.m. Friday at Sweetwater's Mustang Stadium for a berth in the state final.

Corsicana Mildred blanked Gunter 49-0 in the 2A Division II Region 2 final to secure a state semifinal matchup against Cisco at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mansfield's Vernon Newsom Stadium.

One other area team worthy of mention is Fort Worth Nolan, which beat Beaumont Kelly 27-10 in Temple on Saturday to win the TAPPS Division I state championship.

Area teams advance in 2A, 3A football playoffs

November, 28, 2011
We've been focusing our coverage on the Class 4A and 5A action, but let's take a moment to recognize the achievements of the area's smaller schools still alive in the UIL football playoffs.

Bi-district »   Area round »
Region semis »   Region finals »
State semis »   Finals »   Totals »

Class 5A: Div. I | Div. II
Class 4A: Div. I | Div. II

5A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
5A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2

*In Class 3A Division I, Alvarado (13-0) has demolished its playoff opponents by a 142-13 margin through three rounds and will play Henderson (11-2) in a state semifinal Friday at 7 p.m. at Bedford's Pennington Field. Henderson has also been impressive in the playoffs, winning its games by a 153-56 margin.

*In 3A Division II, Argyle (12-1) edged Carthage 35-34 in two overtimes to reach the Region 2 final. Argyle will take on Gilmer (13-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Corsicana with a state semifinal berth on the line.

*In Class 2A Division I, Melissa (10-1) has advanced to the Region 2 championship game, where it will take on Daingerfield (10-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Royse City.

*In 2A Division II, Corsicana Mildred (12-0) puts its unbeaten season on the line against Gunter (10-2) in the Region 2 final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Garland's Homer B. Johnson Stadium.