High School: Dallas W.T. White

Four 5A districts in area undergo little change

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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- The makeup changed very little or not at all in four of the area’s nine Class 5A districts at Thursday's UIL reclassification and realignment.

*The current District 4-5A (five Arlington schools, Fort Worth Paschal, North Crowley and Weatherford) remained intact but, because of district consolidation in West Texas, changed its number to 3-5A.

That’s an agreeable change, said Anthony Criss, football coach at Arlington Sam Houston and former Arlington ISD assistant athletic director.

“It’s great for Arlington because it means we stay in the area for first-round playoff games instead of going to West Texas,’’ Criss said. “We’d still go west once, but not until the second round.''

*The current District 5-5A retained seven of its eight members in the new District 7-5A: Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, South Grand Prairie, Mansfield and Mansfield Timberview. The only change is Mansfield Legacy drops down to Class 4A and powerhouse DeSoto takes its place.

“A tough district just got tougher,’’ said Grand Prairie coach Gary Bartel.

*In District 9-5A, Dallas Samuell dropped to Class 4A and was replaced by Richardson Pearce, which is moving back up to 5A. The other seven members are unchanged: Dallas Jesuit, Dallas Skyline, Dallas Sunset, Dallas W.T. White, Richardson, Richardson Berkner and Lake Highlands.

“I wasn’t sure Jesuit would stay in,’’ said Skyline coach Reginald Samples. “In fact, we had agreed to play them in a nondistrict game if they weren’t in our district.’’

*The seven Garland ISD schools that made up 10-5A in the last realignment are now without McKinney Boyd as they go forward as District 11-5A with this lineup: Garland, Garland Lakeview, Garland Naaman Forest, North Garland, Rowlett, Sachse and South Garland.

District 9-5A football season preview

August, 22, 2011
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DISTRICT 9-5A

  • Richardson Berkner (4-6, 3-4). Coach: Jim Ledford
  • Dallas Jesuit (6-5, 5-2), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Brandon Hickman
  • Dallas Lake Highlands (7-4, 6-1), lost in DII bi-district. Coach Scott Smith
  • Richardson (7-4, 4-3), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Brian Chandler
  • Dallas Samuell (3-7, 1-6). Coach: Steve Pierce
  • Dallas Skyline (9-3, 7-0), lost in DI area. Coach: Reginald Samples
  • Dallas Sunset (1-9, 0-7). Coach: Dennis McAdams
  • Dallas W. T. White (4-6, 2-5). Coach: Eric Ezar
THE BIG QUESTION: Can Jesuit challenge Skyline for the district title?

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Travis L. Brown/ESPN.comReceiver Jake Oliver is a weapon for Dallas Jesuit, but the Rangers need to find a new quarterback to get him the ball.
Dallas Jesuit enters the 2011 season with a new stadium, a new coach, the returning district offensive player of the year and the best shot at giving Dallas Skyline a run at the district championship.

But is that enough?

Jesuit still must find a starting quarterback, between Jake Brezette and Brian Buell, to feed WR Jake Oliver, 2010 offensive player of the year for District 9-5A. While they keep the same offense, the Rangers are switching to a 4-2-5 defense to combat the spread offenses most of the district runs.

Skyline boasts one of the most talented rosters in the area and should have no problem with the rest of District 9-5A.

If all the pieces fall together neatly for Jesuit, the Oct. 7 game against Skyline could be circled as the district championship game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

DB Trey Caldwell, DL De’Shon Purtue, Berkner; WR Jake Oliver, DT Akuda Esin, RB Christian Franz, Jesuit; WR Devonte Sunwenghan, QB Michael Ketchmark, Lake Highlands; RB Derrick Jackson, RB Devante Branch, RB Cameron Booty, Richardson; DT Darian Allen, RB Devontrae Smith, Samuell; LB Peter Jenkins, WR Thomas Johnson, QB Devonte Kincade, Skyline; LB Simon Ochoa, Sunset; ATH Donald Snow, W.T. White.

DID YOU KNOW?

After head coach Brent Whitson left for South Grand Prairie, Richardson looked within district 9-5A for his replacement, hiring former Lake Highlands offensive coordinator Brian Chandler. … After running a two-quarterback system for part of 2010, Lake Highlands head coach Scott Smith has settled on Michael Ketchmark as the starter. ... Berkner fell just short of the playoffs in 2010 for just the second time in eight years.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS

  1. Skyline
  2. Jesuit
  3. Lake Highlands
  4. Berkner

District 9-5A football season preview

August, 22, 2010
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DISTRICT 9-5A

  • Richardson Berkner (6-5, 4-3 in 9-5A) lost in bi-district. Coach: Jim Ledford
  • Dallas Jesuit (4-6, 2-4 in 8-5A). Coach: Bob Wunderlick
  • Dallas Lake Highlands (9-3, 6-1 in 9-5A) lost in DII area. Coach: Scott Smith
  • Richardson (6-5, 4-3 in 9-5A) lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Brent Whitson
  • Dallas Samuel (6-4, 4-2 in 12-4A) lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Steve Pierce
  • Dallas Skyline (12-1, 7-0 in 9-5A) lost in DI regional semifinals. Coach: Reginald Samples
  • Dallas Sunset (0-10, 0-7 in 9-5A). Coach: Dennis McAdams
  • Dallas W. T. White (4-6, 2-4 in 9-5A). Coach: Eric Ezar
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Travis L. Brown for ESPN.comDallas Skyline reloads after going unbeaten in district play last season and reaching the regional semifinals.
THE BIG QUESTION: Will offensive question marks prevent Lake Highlands from keeping up with Skyline?

Nothing slows down preseason preparations like a quarterback controversy, and Lake Highlands is faced with one to the highest degree.

After losing Rickey Zorn, coach Scott Smith is faced with choosing between Trent Jones and Michael Ketchmark, both sophomores. Smith said both of his potential starters took varsity snaps last season, so experience is not as much of a concern.

However, to throw a wrench in things, both quarterbacks were ineffective in their scrimmage Friday against South Garland, unable to start any momentum on offense. Jones was able to move the chains a few times with his feet, scrambling out of the pocket and running the option.

The hole at quarterback will provide a better opportunity for returning running back Desmond Roland to shine.

On the other hand, Skyline’s new quarterback, sophomore Devante Kincade, was sharp in Friday night's scrimmage against North Garland, laying the ball in the arms of his speedy receivers on vertical routes three times, one for a touchdown. North Garland head coach James Farris said he believed Kincade was ready to make big plays this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Skyline linebacker Anthony Wallace is ESPNDallas.com’s No. 4 prospect in the area and No. 150 on ESPNU’s Top 150 prospects. … Lake Highlands running back Desmond Roland is not only a threat on the ground, but through the air, tallying 1,240 yards receiving last season. … Berkner quarterback Aric Stock threw for 1151 yards and rushed for 752 yards last season. … Berkner wide receiver Spencer Edmonds had 17 receptions for 410 yards in 2009.

DID YOU KNOW?

Skyline is traveling to Florida next week to take on Glades Central High School. The Raiders will turn around and play another Florida school, St. Thomas Aquinas, at Cowboys Stadium the next week. St. Thomas Aquinas is ranked No. 23 on the ESPN Rise FAB 50.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS

  1. Dallas Skyline
  2. Dallas Jesuit
  3. Dallas Lake Highlands
  4. Richardson Berkner

Hitters take aim at Grand Prairie Classic

March, 23, 2010
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The Grand Prairie Classic falls at an odd time on the schedule for high school baseball teams.

Most teams are well into district play by the time this weekend’s 16-team tournament rolls around.

It wasn’t always that way. The tournament spot on the calendar has remained the same, but over the years district play has started earlier and earlier.

Even if some entrants hold back top-line pitching for next week’s district games, the tournament still provides a good opportunity to test pitching depth and get the bats going. That and the combination of warmer weather and friendly hitter's dimensions usually produce high-scoring games.

Pool play begins at 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Games will be divided between Grand Prairie’s Turner Park and South Grand Prairie’s Warrior Field.

The field is divided into four pools of four. The pool winners will play in semifinals at 6 p.m. Saturday. The winners meet in an 8:30 p.m. championship game at Turner Park. The losers will play a third-place game at Warrior Field.

Four-time defending champion Rowlett chose not to return this season.

Entrants traveling the greatest distance this season are El Paso Montwood and Norman (Okla.) North.

Montwood is in Pool A along with Grand Prairie, Fort Worth Eastern Hills and Fort Worth Country Day. Pool games will be at Turner Park.

Other pools:

Pool B: South Garland, Norman North, Lake Highlands, Cedar Hill (Turner Park)

Pool C: Duncanville, Dallas W.T. White, North Mesquite, Garland (Warrior Field)

Pool D: South Grand Prairie, Arlington, Mesquite, Fort Worth Arlington Heights (Warrior Field)

Grand Prairie coach Jon Rustenhaven listed Arlington Heights, South Grand Prairie, Norman North and Montwood as favorites.

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