High School: Irving

Five locals earn invites to NBPA Top 100 camp

June, 8, 2012
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The National Basketball Players Association has released the roster for its annual Top 100 camp, which will be held June 14-16. Twelve of the top 25 players in the ESPN 100 earned invites, including No. 1 overall Jabari Parker.

Locals earning invites:

Keith Frazier, Irving, G, 2013
Kendal Harris, Richardson Berkner, G, 2013
Jordan Mickey, Richardson Berkner, F, 2013
Emmanuel Mudiay, Arlington Grace Prep, G, 2014
Karviar Shepherd, DeSoto, F, 2013

Irving's Beavan ready to make Ballpark debut

April, 10, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- There was a time, not too long ago, that former Rangers first-round pick Blake Beavan was convinced that he could pitch just as well as anyone in the Texas rotation. Beavan, taken 17th overall in 2007 out of Irving High School, was brash and confident.

But bus rides and minor league struggles will humble you. And to Beavan's credit, he's focused on getting better.

"It will be a good experience to get to pitch here," Beavan said. "It will be nice to be at the Ballpark in Arlington and be on the mound and not in the stands."

Beavan thought he'd be making that start in a Rangers uniform.

"That was the plan, but everything happens for a reason," Beavan said. "Seattle gave me that opportunity to come up to the big leagues and get that experience. Now I get to pitch against the Rangers at their home ballpark ... should be fun."

Beavan made two starts against the Rangers last season, both at Safeco Field, and was 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA. In fact, all four runs he gave up were in one inning. He threw eight shutout innings in a 4-0 win over Texas on Sept. 16.

Beavan said the chance to make 11 starts in the big leagues in 2011 helped his learning curve tremendously.

"I feel like I've learned a lot. I feel like I need to do a lot more, just for me," he said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself to get better and try to watch guys and pick peoples' brains and watch how guys go about their business and try to fine-tune myself and get to where I want to be some day. I'm trying to learn and figure things out."

District 6-5A football season preview

August, 17, 2011
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DISTRICT 6-5A
  • Colleyville Heritage (9-3, 7-1), lost in DII area. Coach: Mike Fuller.
  • Euless Trinity (15-1, 8-0), lost in DI state final. Coach: Steve Lineweaver.
  • Grapevine (5-5, 4-4). Coach: Dave Henigan.
  • Haltom (2-8, 1-7). Coach: Scot Hafley.
  • Hurst L.D. Bell (6-5, 5-3) lost in DII bi-district. Coach Mark Smith.
  • Irving (1-9, 1-7). Coach Jim Bennett.
  • Irving MacArthur (4-6, 3-5). Coach: Brian Basil.
  • Irving Nimitz (6-5, 4-4), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Steven Hohenberger.
  • Richland (5-5, 3-5). Coach: Gene Wier.
THE BIG QUESTION: Is a different offensive mindset in store at Euless Trinity?

Look for Trinity to go back to its formula of power running mixed with occasional play-action passes due to the graduation of wide receiver/quarterback Brandon Carter, now at TCU.

Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver added wrinkles to take advantage of Carter a season ago, and the Trojans made it to the Division I state title game before falling to Pearland, 28-24.

“We changed our offense last year for Brandon with reverses and gimmicks to get the ball in his hands because he was so good at making things happen,’’ Lineweaver said. “Without him, we'll change back and look for ways to attack the defense.’’

Going back to the old way is not really a gamble. The previous three odd-numbered years have ended in state titles for Trinity.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

DE/TE Rex Montes, LB/RB Justin Vallilee, Colleyville Heritage; LB Brian Nance, OL Hiva Lutui, OL Henry Lea’aetoa, Euless Trinity; RB J.J. Gibbs, OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Haltom; WR Bryan Popp, QB Brett Harbin, Grapevine; QB Kyle Romano, OL Kimo Tipoti, Hurst L.D. Bell; QB Paul Atwood, Irving; FS Taion Sells, QB Justin Chavez, Irving MacArthur; LB Mark Espinosa, TB/DB Steven Stewart, Irving Nimitz; LB Jeremiah Tshimanga, LB Mike Knoblach, Richland.

DID YOU KNOW?

Colleyville Heritage has an active streak of five straight playoff appearances, but four have ended in losses to Southlake Carroll. ... Euless Trinity will play its 10-game regular season in two stadiums, seven at home (Pennington Field) in Bedford and three at Irving Schools Stadium. ... Steve Hohenberger has Nimitz thinking like winners. Nimitz won only once in the 2007-08 seasons combined but has rebounded by making the playoffs each of the last two seasons. ... This season’s only change in head coaches in 6-5A is at L.D. Bell where assistant Mark Smith was promoted after Gary Olivo stepped down.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS
  1. Euless Trinity
  2. Colleyville Heritage
  3. Grapevine
  4. Hurst L.D. Bell

Irving's Frazier stars at Nike Skills Academy

June, 29, 2011
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Irving junior-to-be Keith Frazier stood out from the crowd at the Kevin Durant Nike Skills Academy in Chicago, according to ESPN Recruiting's Reggie Rankin and John Stovall.

Frazier was among the camp's top three scorers, prompting this analysis:
Frazier is a true shooting guard who possesses good size and a quick, confident trigger. He runs the outside lane for deep spot ups, spaces on the side of dribble penetration and comes of screens ready to shoot. Frazier knows he is a terrific shooter, but understands he must continue to build his game in the areas of developing his left hand, ballhandling under intense pressure and adding strength but the youngster can change the scoreboard from long range in a hurry! Frazier has a early list of Kentucky, Texas, Baylor, Arizona and Georgia.

For more on the camp's standouts, click here.
Irving High School shortstop Trevor Story was selected 45th overall Monday by the Colorado Rockies on the first day of the 2011 MLB draft.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound infielder was taken in the compensatory round after leading Irving to the playoffs in 2011.

Story has committed to Louisiana State.

Prestonwood Christian's Randle No. 1 in 2013

May, 24, 2011
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ESPN Recruiting debuted its latest boys basketball recruiting rankings for the 2012-2014 classes, and a pair of area private school players are rated among the best of the best.

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Courtesy Prestonwood Christian AcademyTexas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Missouri are among the schools Prestonwood Christian's Julius Randle is considering. North Carolina, Kentucky, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Duke are also reportedly showing interest.
Prestonwood Christian power forward Julius Randle, who is uncommitted, is the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013. Arlington Grace Prep center Isaiah Austin is No. 2 for 2012.

Small forward Marcus Smart, who led Flower Mound Marcus to the Class 5A state championship in March, is No. 40 in the Class 2012 rankings and remains uncommitted.

Joining Randle on the 2013 list are Irving guard Keith Frazier at No. 7 and DeSoto guard Matt Jones.

Austin, who has committed to Baylor, is among the players spotlighted in Mitch Sherman's look at how big men are dominating the 2012 rankings.

Paul Biancardi provides a scouting report for some of the top 2012 big men and had this to say about Austin:
Austin possesses a unique skill set, as he is a legitimate 7-footer with the skills of a wing player. He looks like a young Sam Bowie and has the skill package of a young Ralph Sampson. His enormous wing span makes him a rim protector, and his ball skills make him so versatile offensively. Once his body matures and accepts weight, he will be an even tougher matchup in the low post.

Here are links to the full ESPNU lists: 2012 Top 100, 2013 Top 60, 2014 Top 25.
MANSFIELD, Texas -- Mansfield Legacy baseball wore down Irving on Saturday in Game 3 of their bi-district matchup, 13-5.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comMansfield Legacy's Tejay Antone had four hits -- including a triple -- and drove in four runs against Irving.
The crowd that gathered saw a high-energy game that included 11 stolen-base attempts and 18 hits by both teams. That energy boiled over in the bottom of the fourth, when Legacy scored four runs on three hits and a walk to take a 6-4 lead.

“We hit the ball pretty good today,” Legacy coach David Walden said. “They’ve got a great baseball team over there. We didn’t know how we were going to get those first five guys out. They just killed us all week. Our kids just hung tough.”

Legacy added four more in the fifth and three in the sixth against an Irving team that struggled on defense, finishing with six errors.

Legacy first baseman Tejay Antone had a team-leading four hits with singles in the second, fourth and fifth. He capped off his day at the plate with a triple in the sixth, driving in two. He would finish with four RBIs.

“Last year I hit pretty well against Lake Dallas and Birdville, but this is by far my best at-bats here today,” Antone said. “Coach Walden talked to me today about relaxing and playing my game the best I know how.”

On the mound, Legacy pitcher Kyle Stricklin earned a complete-game victory, allowing five runs on eight hits and recording three strikeouts.

Stricklin said he had command of his curveball throughout the game and found his fastball in the later innings.

All of Irving’s run production came from the top of the order, including a one-run homer by designated hitter Ryan Garza in the top of the fifth. Irving scored two in the second and two in the third off Frankie Fuentes' single and a double by Jeff Stovall.

Legacy had taken Thursday's Game 1, 4-2. Irving followed with an 8-7 win Friday.

Legacy advances to the area round of the 5A state playoffs to face area powerhouse Southlake Carroll.

“It feels amazing,” Antone said. “I’m so glad we didn’t end today.”

SOFTBALL: Hebron 6, Mansfield Legacy 4

Hebron took the third game of its area-round pairing with Mansfield Legacy on a two-run homer by Jasmine Parker in the bottom of the sixth.

Hebron led 4-1 until the top of the sixth, when Legacy rallied and eventually tied the score on Kendall Potts' seeing-eye single through the middle.

Hebron pitcher Heather Streans picked up the win.

“It’s good for our confidence. ... Somebody each game, somebody different, has stepped up and pulled through for us,” Hebron coach Sue Dunn said.

6-5A leader Richland clamps down on Irving

January, 29, 2011
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IRVING, Texas -- Irving needed a big offensive performance from 6-foot-4 sophomore Keith Frazier to have a shot at ending Richland’s unbeaten run in District 6-5A.

To slow Frazier in Friday‘s showdown at Tigers Gym, the Rebels countered with a sophomore of their own, 6-foot-7 Leyton Hammonds.

Score this one for the defense. With the long arms of Hammonds in his face most of the evening, Frazier finished 4-for-25 from the field in Richland's 65-59 victory.

“My whole mindset is to stop my man first and then think about offense,’’ Hammonds said. “That wouldn't change even if I was playing against LeBron.’’

Richland improved to 19-4 for the season and 11-0 in 6-5A.

“Our length gave them trouble,’’ said Richland coach Richard Bacon. “We’ve got three 6-7 guys on the floor. We contest a lot of shots.’’

It is defense, said Hammonds, that makes Richland one of the best teams in the state.

“Not a lot of people make shots with hands in their face,’’ he said.

Hammonds finished off his night with a 3-pointer and 4-of-4 foul shots in the fourth quarter to frustrate Irving’s comeback hopes.

Frazier needed 17 more field goal attempts to outscore Hammonds, 14-12.

“He’s a good shooter, quick with the ball,’’ Hammonds said of Frazier. “I tried to get in his head early and get him to bicker at the ref. I’m not a big fan of trash-talk, but I’ll say ‘good shot’ on a miss, that kind of thing.’’

It is the type of tactics Hammonds uses with success in one-on-one games against his older brother Justin, a 6-foot-7 senior bound for the Air Force Academy. Older brother had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Leading Richland’s balanced attack was 6-foot-7 junior Kris Brown with 14 points.

Houston recruit J.J. Thompson, a 6-foot senior guard, scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to keep Irving (17-11, 9-3) within striking distance.

The Tigers' second loss in three days dropped them to third place in 6-5A with four games remaining in the regular season.

Richland’s girls team made a it clean sweep by defeating Irving, 52-20, in the preliminary game.

Richland riding front line to 10-0 district mark

January, 26, 2011
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Mix a couple of talented 6-foot-7 move-ins with a nucleus of eight returning veterans and it isn’t a surprise Richland is breezing along with a 10-0 record in District 6-5A.

Justin Hammonds, a senior wing, and his brother, sophomore Leyton Hammonds, have fit in nicely with the Rebels after a move from San Antonio Johnson.

Add 6-foot-7, 230-pound Kris Brown to the mix and Richland can put an intimidating front line on the court. Not to mention match-up problems that coach Richard Bacon can create.

The older of the brothers, Justin, leads Richland in scoring with a 16.7 average. The Air Force Academy signee averages eight rebounds.

Leyton, who continues to show flashes of potential, has raised his scoring average to 9.2 points per game while posting solid rebound numbers with 5.3 per game.

Brown, a junior, is averaging a team-leading 8.4 rebounds to go along with an 11.2 scoring average.

Sharp-shooting 5-foot-10 senior guard Wesley Gipson is the No. 2 scorer with a 14.6 average.

Richland, idle on Tuesday, owns a 1-game lead in 6-5A over Colleyville Heritage and Irving, which are both 9-2.

The Rebels travel to Irving for one of their six remaining district games on Friday. Tipoff is 8 p.m.
Mesquite Horn receiver Jakeem Grant has switched his verbal commitment to Texas Tech and Irving defensive end Horace Arkadie has pledged to Arkansas.

Grant, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound speedster, had previously committed to Tulsa but changed his decision after coach Todd Graham left for the Pittsburgh job. He had 79 receptions for 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns last season and added nine rushing touchdowns.

ESPNU ranks Grant 136th at receiver and gives him three stars with a scouting grade of 75.

Arkadie is ranked 120th at defensive end and has three stars and a grade of 76. He chose Arkansas over Virginia and Purdue.

Five area teams stay winners in FW tournament

December, 28, 2010
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Some of the area's top boys basketball talent is being showcased at W. G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City in the Orange Bracket of the Whataburger Basketball Tournament.

Featured in the tournament are four teams on the ESPN Dallas boys basketball top 10: No. 1 Flower Mound Marcus, No. 4 Cedar Hill, No. 5 North Crowley and No. 8 Plano West.

Those four teams and Richland won their first round games and will continue the tournament Tuesday in the winners bracket, while the rest seek a consolation championship.

Here is a look at some of Monday's action:

No. 5 North Crowley 76, Haltom 40
  • North Crowley led the entire game and held Haltom to only 3 points in the third quarter.
  • North Crowley's Andrew Guillory lead all scorers with 14 and John Martin lead Haltom with 12 points.
No. 4 Cedar Hill 78, Irving 51
  • Cedar Hill held Irving to only 8 points in the first quarter and 18 in the first half.
  • Cedar Hill's Darius Smith was the high point man with 18 and Irving's J.J. Thompson lead his squad with 15 points.
  • Including Smith, three Cedar Hill players hit double digits in points. Billy Johnson trailed Smith by two with 16 and Thomas Gipson finished with 14.
No. 8 Plano West 73, Mansfield 40
  • Plano West's Geoffrey Graselle lead all scorers with 31.
  • Mansfield's Jabbare Simpson was high man on his team with 11
  • Mansfield lead 11-6 after the first quarter but was not able to keep up with Graselle and the Plano West offense.
Richland 71, Justin Northwest 61
  • Richland's Wesley Gipson lead all scorers with 27 points. Northwest's Peri James lead his team with 11.
  • Richland lead at the end of every quarter, but Northwest was able to pull within 5 points after the third quarter, outscoring Richland in the second, 16-11, and coming within one in the third, 15-14.
No. 1 Flower Mound Marcus 80, Hurst L.D. Bell 55
  • Marcus' Phillip Forte lead both teams in scoring with 25 points, most from 7 made baskets from behind the arch.
  • Marcus Smart of Marcus was the second top scorer with 16 points. He is currently No. 32 on the ESPNU Super 60 top recruits for the class of 2012. He is undecided but is considering Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Marquette, Baylor and Kansas State.
  • Bell's Garrett Hammonds lead his team with 12 points.
  • Bell lead after one quarter, but five 3-pointers from Forte in the second quarter put Bell away for the remainder of the game.
Trinity Catholic (Ky.) 60, Southlake Carroll 48

Houston Wheatley 103, Fort Worth Dunbar 101

Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview 79, Arlington Martin 58

Tuesday's Schedule:
  • 8:00 a.m. - Haltom vs. Mansfield
  • 9:30 a.m. - Cedar Hill vs. Trinity Catholic
  • 11:00 a.m. - Flower Mound Marcus vs. Houston Wheatley
  • 12:30 p.m. - North Crowley vs. Plano West
  • 2:00 p.m. - Richland vs. Little Rock Parkview
  • 3:30 p.m. - Irving vs. Southlake Carroll
  • 5:00 p.m. - Justin Northwest vs. Arlington Martin
  • 6:30 p.m.- L.D. Bell vs. Fort Worth Dunbar

Irving Nimitz blasts Irving to claim playoffs

November, 5, 2010
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IRVING, Texas -- Irving Nimitz will be going to playoffs for the second year in a row after defeating Irving, 49-14, Friday night at Irving Schools Stadium.

Nimitz (6-4, 4-4 District 6-5A) knew that a win would mean the playoffs but a loss would leave the Vikings out of the postseason. In one half of play, Nimitz took control of all phases of the game.

Nimitz senior quarterback Adam Charles had his crosshairs locked on senior wide receiver J.J. Gaines, connecting on four passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.

Charles finished with 210 passing yards and four touchdowns, and he didn't throw a pass in the second half after Nimitz opened a 42-0 lead after two quarters.

The Vikings collected their other two touchdowns on a fumbled punt returned for a touchdown by Shane Taylor and an 85-yard punt return by Glenn McQuinney.

Irving (1-9, 1-7) came into this game after finding its first win of the season against Haltom last week, the same Haltom team that defeated Nimitz by one point on Sept. 24.

Nimitz head coach Steven Hohenberger said he tried to make sure his players understood it's about taking one game at a time, and not trying to look ahead.

"We teach our kids that it's a process," Hohenberger said. "We don't look at tomorrow. We have the big vision, but what we do is we focus on today."

As the last two years have shown, Hohenberger is trying to create a program that is familiar with winning.

"We're excited about playoffs for two years in a row," Hohenberger said. "Our theme throughout the entire season has always been about taking the next step, and that's what we want to do in the first round of playoffs."

Irving showed some signs of life for their future when sophomore running back Justin Moore ran for 130 yards and had the only two touchdowns for Irving, all in the second half.

Week 10 Friday night football chat replay

November, 5, 2010
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It's the final night of the regular season, and we'll have live updates from several of the area's biggest games.

Randy Jennings is at Longhorn Stadium as Cedar Hill hosts Duncanville to battle for the top spot in District 5-5A.

Jeff Andrews checks in from Flower Mound as the Jaguars and Allen fight for the District 8-5A championship.

Travis L. Brown reports from Dragon Stadium as Southlake Carroll and Denton Guyer duel for playoff position in District 7-5A.

Sending in tweets as TheKicker04 is Kellis Cunningham, who will see if Irving Nimitz is going clinch a playoff spot or have its season ended by rival Irving.

Irving Nimitz seeks happy landing in playoffs

November, 4, 2010
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It almost flies in the face of logic that Irving Nimitz can reach the playoffs with a victory over rival Irving on Friday.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Irving Schools Stadium.

Nimitz (5-4, 3-4 District 6-5A) finds itself close to postseason despite a season of injuries, dismissals and departures.

One school bus is large enough to carry the 31 remaining varsity players to games these days. Seven Nimitz players play both ways. The biggest offensive lineman weighs in at 225 pounds.

“We still need to win one more, and you never know about crosstown games,’’ coach Steven Hohenberger said, “but is has been an amazing season.’’

Trouble started when three starting offensive linemen suffered injuries in the second game of the season with district play beginning the following week.

Losses on the field and in the dressing room followed. Hohenberger dismissed the team’s leading returning receiver. After another loss, a three-year starter in the offensive line announced he was leaving the team.

Said Hohenberger: “We could have gone down to the junior varsity and brought up some guys, but I thought, 'This is the seniors’ team. Let’s see what we can do.'’’

Even if it meant playing a 132-pound linebacker or an offensive lineman that started the year on the No. 2 junior varsity team.

Somehow, it has worked. Nimitz has won three of its last four to position itself for its second straight playoff trip.

“Don’t get me wrong, we’ve got some good football players,’’ Hohenberger said. “J.J. Gaines is a Division I player and our quarterback, Adam Charles, has done a great job.’’

Gaines, a wideout, has 619 receiving yards and has rushed for 194 yards.

Charles is completing 59 percent of his passes and has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns.

In its stretch drive, Nimitz has won three of four. All the wins were against the three teams that could unseat them for the playoff berth, Grapevine, Irving MacArthur and Richland.

Nimitz thus enjoys the edge should a playoff tiebreaker be needed, but a loss to Irving eliminates any playoff hope for the Vikings.

Irving (1-8, 1-6) is coming off its first win of the season, 27-14, over Haltom.

Irving ISD could be without a playoff team

October, 11, 2010
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The Irving Independent School District has been shut out of the football playoffs only once in the last in the last eight years.

It is going to take a strong finishing kick to keep that trend from changing this fall.

Hope is fading for Irving Nimitz (3-3, 1-3 District 6-5A), Irving MacArthur (2-4, 1-3) and Irving (0-6, 0-4) with four games remaining in the regular season.

Nimitz and MacArthur are in a three-way tie for sixth in 6-5A. Irving is at the bottom of the nine-team district.

Only the top four finishers in each district advance to the playoffs.

The Irving schools landed in 6-5A at the UIL’s biennial realignment with six schools from Tarrant County, while familiar district foes from Grand Prairie, Duncanville and Cedar Hill moved into District 5-5A.

Euless Trinity, No. 1 in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings, is still looming on the schedules of Nimitz and MacArthur.

After facing Trinity on Friday, Nimitz closes with MacArthur, Richland and Irving.

MacArthur goes against Haltom this week followed by Nimitz, Grapevine and Trinity.

Good news for Irving is Trinity is out of the way. After Thursday’s home game against Colleyville Heritage, Irving closes with Hurst L.D. Bell, Haltom and Nimitz.

Trinity leads the district with a 5-0 record. Colleyville Heritage is alone in second with a 4-1 record. Hurst L.D. Bell and Grapevine are tied for third at 3-2. Richland is fifth at 2-2.

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