High School: Arlington Heights

Boys: Arl. Heights cruises past Timber Creek

February, 21, 2012
HALTOM CITY, Texas -- By the time Keller Timber Creek shook off the jitters of its first playoff game, it was too late.

Arlington Heights controlled the boards on its way to a 69-44 win in the Class 4A Region I bi-district playoffs Tuesday night.

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Heights coach Josh Welch said his team needed to dictate the tempo early. They didn't dictate, they dominated.

The Yellow Jackets started the game on a 21-2 run before Timber Creek finally started breaking through Heights' pressure.

"We didn't want them to have an opportunity to play their game," Welch said. "We kept trying to put pressure on them and get them to make mistakes."

Timber Creek chipped away slowly to end the first half down 36-21, but Heights started the second half just as hot as the first.

Heights went on a 17-2 run after the break to put the Falcons away for good.

Timber Creek had trouble with Heights' size the whole game. A'Shawn Robinson finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. The 6-foot-6 forward committed to play football at UT on Feb. 16.

The Yellow Jackets spread the wealth on offense. Justin Hemphill led Heights with 16 points and Travis Williams added 14.

Ray Munson led Timber Creek with 14 points.

The win gives Heights big momentum heading to the area playoffs.

"I hope our best basketball is still to come," Welch said. "It does help, but all that's left are good teams. We have to bring it every night."

Heights next takes on the winner of ESPN Dallas No. 8 Arlington Seguin and Waco.

Arl. Heights' A'Shawn Robinson commits to UT

February, 16, 2012
Fort Worth Arlington Heights junior lineman A'Shawn Robinson confirmed in a text message to HornsNation that he's committed to the University of Texas.

"He committed this morning and called coach Mack Brown," Robinson's mother, Abigail, told HornsNation. "We talked about it last night. I didn't know if he was going to do it today."

The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder can play offensive or defensive line, though he told HornsNation earlier this month he'd prefer defense. Robinson picked Texas over Alabama, LSU, TCU, Baylor and several other offers.

"We took time and thought about it and talked it over," Abigail Robinson said. "He had visited other schools, and he wanted to compare them and see what was the place for him. I'm excited he picked Texas, so he can just focus on what he's got to do in high school."

Robinson is joined in Texas' 2013 class by Celina lineman Jake Raulerson and new commit Jake Oliver, the Dallas Jesuit wide receiver who committed on Wednesday morning.

Trimble Tech edges Arlington Heights in 6-4A

February, 14, 2012
FORT WORTH -- Trimble Tech capped off a perfect season in District 6-4A with a 71-68 win over Arlington Heights on Tuesday.

It was ESPNDallas.com No. 1 Trimble Tech's third win over Arlington Heights this season, all by three points or fewer.

It might not be their last either. Trimble Tech coach Wendell Ivory said this game could be a good preview for the upcoming playoffs.

"Anytime these two teams hook up and lock horns, it's going to be intense, and it's a good playoff preview," Ivory said. "More than likely, with the way things are looking, we'll see this team again."

With most of the attention on TCU commit Charles Hill, senior Julius Harris responded with 18 points for the Bulldogs (22-5, 17-0)

Harris said he felt like he was going to have a big game.

"I told my team I wasn't going to let them down," Harris said. "Everybody knows I'm here for them to win state."

Ivory said depth has been his team's strength all season.

"It's not going to be the same person every night," Ivory said. "We just have to go with the flow. When you get your opportunities, you make the most of it."

Arlington Heights dominated in the post. A'shawn Robinson finished with 18 points, and fellow big man Damontre McFarland added 15.

Arlington Heights led by as much as 10 in the second quarter, but Trimble Tech answered Arlington Heights' post play with hot shooting to end the half down two at 35-33.

After scoring the first bucket of the game, Trimble Tech finally got the lead back in the third quarter.

After nine lead changes, Damarian Gipson hit a three-pointer to put the Bulldogs up 54-53 in the fourth quarter. The two teams went back and forth, but Arlington Heights never regained the lead.

Bi-district playoffs start Feb. 20.

Arlington Heights hopes for banner win

February, 24, 2010
Arlington Heights coach Gary Collier has heard plenty of people comment on it, and he just reminds him that it's only his third year at the school. Give it some time.

The Yellowjackets have banners from successful girls basketball and volleyball seasons hanging from the school's rafters, but not so much for boys basketball.

Arlington Heights won its first playoff game since approximately 1971 on Tuesday, and the Yellow Jackets will try to make it two in a row at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Keller Central against Birdville in a Class 4A Region I area round game.

Collier praised senior Willie Byrd's play during a 43-39 win over Crowley on Tuesday night.

"He brought so much energy," Collier said. "That's why he has been so good all year, he brings the thing he can bring every game. It doesn't matter if the shots aren't falling, he brings that energy."

Now the Yellowjackets will have to handle Birdville's Bryan Werner, a 6-foot-6 center.

"He's Mr. Inside and Outside," Collier said. "He's a matchup problem with us, but hopefully we'll be OK.

"We're focused on the defensive end and trying to limit his touches. That's the only thing you can do."

Arlington Heights hopes the W's continue

February, 17, 2010
When Arlington Heights coach Gary Collier sits back and actually looks at his team's completed regular-season schedule with all those W's staring back at him, that's when he'll have one of those "Wow" moments.

"That's a lot of games -- I try not to think about it too much," Collier said.

Heights finished the regular-season 30-1 and actually doesn't have any games left to make room for a warmup game.

"I didn't know that we were going to be in this situation," Collier said. "This is something I'll definitely consider next year."

Collier said this little break comes at a good time for his team since they are a little banged up from the regular-season. But everybody will be ready to play on Tuesday when the Yellow Jackets play Crowley at 7:30 p.m. at Aledo High School.

"We feel pretty good," Collier said. "Guys are still getting after it. Our practices have always been one of the better things we've done all year."