High School: Prosper

Eleven area players taken in 2012 draft

April, 28, 2012
Ron Brooks was drafted Saturday as the 124th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills as a cornerback, a position he has played for only three seasons.

Brooks was recruited by LSU out of Irving MacArthur as a wide receiver after spending the majority of his snaps at quarterback in high school.

“He was just a step quicker than anyone else on the field,” MacArthur coach Brian Basil said. “He played quarterback for us his senior year because we wanted the ball touching his hands every snap, but the main thing that separated him at the high school level was his speed and his level of toughness.”

Brooks made the shift over to cornerback his sophomore year at LSU, which Basil believes is proof of his devotion to the game -- one of his many intangibles.

“He understood that whatever it took to get him on the field he would do it,” Basil said. “That’s why when he went to LSU, he was receptive to play defense and on special teams. Those intangibles are what allowed him to make it to this level.”

Brooks played in 53 games at LSU, finishing with 90 tackles and 5.5 sacks. All three interceptions Brooks pulled in were returned for touchdowns.

“For him, I think wherever he had an opportunity to play would be a great fit.” Basil said. “To play at that level is a dream come true and I bet he’s thrilled to death and we’re thrilled for him.”

Redskins pick Plano East/UT linebacker

The Redskins picked up the athlete that “could do it all” for Plano East coach Johnny Ringo.

Keenan Robinson was selected as the 119th overall pick as a linebacker out of Texas, the fourth player to make it to the pro level out of Plano East.

“He was a tremendous leader for us and played both ways,” Ringo said. “He’s just a kid that could do it all. He was a great track athlete and had to give up basketball. He was a tremendous player for us and will be a tremendous representative of Plano East in the NFL.”

Robinson hit Twitter immediately after his selection, affirming his excitement with the team that selected him.

“God is Good… Im right where I needa be,” Robinson tweeted, followed by, “Oo whats up Washington… Im glad to be a Redskin #NoQuestion.”

Robinson started in 39 games for the Longhorns, tallying 317 tackles and 4.4 sacks.

He joins other standouts from the state of Texas in Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and Richardson Berkner/SMU lineman Josh LeRibeus as a part of the Redskins' draft class.

Other area draftees:

Josh LeRibeus (OG, Richardson Berkner/SMU): Selected 71st overall by the Redskins.

Jamell Fleming (CB, Arlington Seguin/Oklahoma): Selected 80th overall by the Cardinals. First player drafted from Arlington Seguin to be drafted.

Chris Givens (WR, Wylie/Wake Forest): Selected as the first pick of the fourth round, 96th overall, by the Rams.

Taylor Thompson (DE/TE, Prosper/SMU): Selected 145th overall by the Titans.

Cyrus Gray (RB, DeSoto/Texas A&M): Selected 182nd overall by the Chiefs.

James Hanna (TE, Flower Mound/Oklahoma): Selected 186th overall by the Cowboys.

Robert T. Griffin (OG, Euless Trinity/Baylor): Selected 203rd overall by the Jets.

Emmanuel Acho (LB, Dallas St. Mark’s/Texas): Selected 204th overall by the Browns.

Greg McCoy (DB/KR, Dallas Woodrow Wilson/TCU): Selected 220th overall by the Bears.

7-on-7 tournament begins Thursday

July, 7, 2010
Many of the state’s top high school football skill players will descend on College Station, Texas, for the Fox Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship presented by adidas and Academy Sports & Outdoors.

The tournament consists of two 64-team divisions based on the school’s UIL classification.

Within each division, teams are divided into 16 pools of four. The top two finishers in each pool advance to championship single-elimination and the bottom two finishers are placed in consolation single-elimination.

Pool play in Division II (Class 3A, 2A, 1A) begins at 1 p.m. Thursday and culminates in the state title game at 5 p.m. Friday at Kyle Field.

Area teams that have qualified in Division II include defending champion Celina, Aubrey, Godley, Kaufman, Lovejoy, Melissa, Prosper, Sanger and Wills Point.

Division I (Class 5A, 4A) pool play begins at 1 p.m. Friday and concludes with the championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Kyle Field.

Local qualifiers include: Arlington Bowie, Arlington Lamar, Coppell, DeSoto, Grand Prairie, Hebron, Irving Nimitz, Lewisville, Mansfield Legacy, Mesquite, Plano, Plano West, Richland, Rockwall, Saginaw Boswell, Dallas Skyline, Southlake Carroll, West Mesquite and Wylie.

Lamar is the state's only DI team to qualify for all 13 state tournaments. Nimitz, Lewisville and Skyline will be playing in the state tournament for the first time.

Three 7-on-7 state champions have gone on to win UIL state titles the following fall: Celina, twice, in 2000 and 2007, and Tyler Lee in 2004.

Here’s a list of the tournament’s past DI champions:
2009: Round Rock Stony Point
2008: Richland
2007: Georgetown
2006: Colleyville Heritage
2005: Baytown Lee
2004: Tyler Lee
2003: Odessa Permian
2002: Katy Cinco Ranch
2001: Baytown Lee
2000: Celina
1999: North Mesquite
1998: Southlake Carroll

The DII champions:
2009: Celina
2008: Crane
2007: Celina

UIL state golf titles worth the wait

May, 15, 2010
How does a golfer respond to a five-hour rain delay in the final round of the UIL State Championship?

If you are Colleyville Heritage’s Mercedes Rios, you go par-birdie-par and win the biggest tournament of your life.

“There are so many great girls golfers in Texas,’’ said Rios, back home on Saturday. “It still hasn’t hit me.’’

When Rios needs to verify she isn‘t dreaming, she only has to look at the first-place medal on her dresser. She followed up a first-day par round of 72 with a 36 on nine holes Friday at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin.

Rios won the tournament, shortened from 36 to 27 holes, by one stroke.

Marissa Dodd of Allen and Casey Grice of A&M Consolidated, the 2008 state champion, tied for second.

Rios was a stroke over par after six holes when play was halted.

“I stayed in the pavilion and talked to my parents and friends for a couple of hours,’’ Rios said. “The last three hours were the longest of my life. Golf is all about feel and when you’ve been sitting for that long, you don’t know what you’re going to do.’’

All season long, Rios drew strength from her practice routine. She spent hours working at the Jim McLean Golf Center in Fort Worth until the eye of instructor Justin Poynter.

“I’ve always put in the hours, but after not playing well last year, I changed the way I practiced this year,’’ she said.

Colleyville Heritage coach Terie Campbell said Rios wisely was satisfied to hit greens in regulation rather than gamble at risky pin placements.

Rios, who has signed with Dallas Baptist University, said a practice-round pairing on Wednesday with boys 5A co-champion Jordan Spieth was a good omen.

Spieth, a junior at Dallas Jesuit and the defending champion, shot 68-35 to tie Houston Memorial’s Cory Whitsett (69-34) at 103. Whitsett, an Alabama signee, won the individual title as a sophomore in 2008.

Thomas Birdsey of Southlake Carroll was third at 105.

Spieth, the No. 1 ranked junior in the nation, has accepted the first amateur invitation in 15 years for next week's HP Byron Nelson Championship. Spieth has orally committed to Texas.

Austin Westlake swept the boys and girls team titles. Allen was runner-up by seven shots on the girls side. Southlake Carroll was 14 shots back in second-place for the boys and Mansfield was fourth, three shots behind the Dragons.

Kaufman's Chantry McMahan, who had never finished out of top five in three previous state tournaments, capped her high school career by winning the Class 3A girls individual title by five strokes with scores of 71-36 at the Roy Kizer course. She has signed with Texas A&M-Commerce.

Prosper finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 3A boys and girls team competition.