High School: Richardson Berkner

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

Julius Randle leads area in recruiting rankings

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The new basketball recruiting season officially started this week when ESPN Recruiting Nation released its annual prospect rankings.

Plano Prestonwood Christian forward Julius Randle becomes the area's most coveted recruited, checking in at No. 2 in the nation on the 2013 ESPN 100 list.

Randle is joined in the top 10 by Dallas Kimball guard Keith Frazier, who checks in at No. 9.

Four other DFW players cracked the ESPN 100: 19. DeSoto guard Matt Jones; 28. Arlington Grace Prep center Karviar Shepherd; 41. Arlington Grace Prep forward Jordan Mickey; and 93. Richardson Berkner guard Kendal Harris.

Jones, who is committed to Duke, is the only ranked area player who has made his college choice.

Grace Prep's prime talent isn't limited to its senior class. Guard Emmanuel Mudiay is No. 5 on the 2104 ESPN 60 list. One other area player is on the ESPN 60: Garland Lakeview Centennial center Elbert Robinson at No. 59.

Two players who will be sophomores next year are on the 2015 ESPN 25 list. Prestonwood Christian forward Mickey Mitchell is No. 2, and Rockwall forward Elijah Thomas is No. 22.

Eleven area players taken in 2012 draft

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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.

Former Berkner, SMU lineman drafted 71st

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Former Richardson Berkner and SMU offensive guard Josh LeRibeus was the first Metroplex-native player picked in the 2012 NFL draft, selected by the Washington Redskins as the eighth pick of the third round (71st overall).

Berkner coach Jim Ledford said he was very pleased with his former player’s new team, especially after the Redskins selected 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

“What a great opportunity with RGIII,” Ledford said. “What [LeRibeus] does best is pull and they’ll run a lot of boots and things like that with [Mike] Shanahan stuff and that’s what Josh is really good at.”

Ledford watched LeRibeus’ selection with the player and his family Friday night and said he believed the lineman would go 74th overall to Kansas City. However, Ledford said he had no doubt Washington selected LeRibeus for his ability to pull and protect a mobile quarterback.

LeRibeus was key in Berkner’s 12-0 season in 2006 after moving from guard to tackle to tight end throughout the season.

“Josh was a dominating player from his junior high years all the way through all his high school years,” Ledford said.

LeRibeus spent five years at SMU after graduating from Berkner in 2007, where he averaged six pancake blocks per game in his senior season.

After a redshirt season for the Mustangs in 2007, LeRibeus saw action in his freshman year and took over a starting position in 2009, where he was named honorable mention All-C-USA as a sophomore.

SMU has not seen a player drafted as high as LeRibeus since the death penalty, when Ron Morris (54th overall) and Jerry Ball were selected in the second and third rounds of the draft.

LeRibeus became the second-highest drafted player in Berkner history, behind defensive back Aqib Talib who was picked 20th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2008 draft.

Former Arlington Seguin/Oklahoma DB goes to Cardinals

Also getting the call in the third round was cornerback Jamell Fleming as the 80th pick overall to the Arizona Cardinals.

Fleming took to twitter after the announcement of his selection on the handle @JamellFleming, tweeting a picture of himself in a Cardinal red shirt.

“I got my team color on! Let’s go Cardinals!” Fleming said via twitter.

Fleming started in all of OU’s games his junior and senior seasons, racking up 60 total tackles his senior season with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

He was selected as a first team All-Big 12 player in 2011, with a highlight 56-yard scoop-and-score against Texas for his second career touchdown.
Ashley Lindsey took the circle in Dallas Woodrow Wilson’s first-fast pitch softball game in the late '90s and led her school into a whole new era of Dallas ISD girls sports.

More than a dozen years later, and under her married name, Ashley Palavicini returns to Woodrow’s newly renovated home field at Randall Park as much as she can to pitch batting practice and fine-tune the technique of the team’s pitching staff, providing a softball fix she lost since she finished playing at Stephen F. Austin University.

Just as valuable as her knowledge of drop balls and risers is her experience building up a program.

“It’s been an awesome experience to see how much public school fast-pitch softball has grown and to see the team that Coach [Joe] Sawyer has put together," she said. "I was blown away.”

For the first time, Woodrow had an amazing 50-girl turnout for tryouts this season, allowing Sawyer to be more selective in his first year at Woodrow than the coaches who came before him.

That created a dedicated group of girls who have put together an 8-3 record in District 12-4A, putting the Wildcats in the hunt for a quality playoff seed.

Just as Palavicini helped build Woodrow's early softball program, freshman catcher Nina Hernandez is keying the team's resurgence.

Hernandez has a staggering .793 batting average with six inside-the-park home runs while managing Woodrow’s pitching staff from behind the plate.

“Nina could play anything,” Sawyer said. “I told her mom the other day that I wished she was my son because that’s how good she is.”

Woodrow outscored its last two opponents, Thomas Jefferson and Dallas Lincoln, by a 53-8 total.

“We have a sense of urgency towards playing hard in every at bat and every play, so it’s good that we can put this many runs on these teams.” Hernandez said.

Last undefeated team falls

No area teams remain undefeated in 2012 after Lake Highlands took its first loss to District 9-5A rival Richardson Berkner 5-3 last week.

Lake Highlands had taken the first game from the Lady Rams 10-1 earlier in district play.

The Berkner win ties the Rams with Lake Highlands for the top district seed at 10-1 with one game to play in the season.

Plano East pulls even with Plano

Plano East took the second district matchup against rival Plano on Tuesday in an 8-7 thriller, leaving the teams tied for No. 1 seed in District 8-5A.

The two highest ranked Metroplex teams in the ESPN Fab 50 poll both have one game left to play in district to attempt to sort out playoff seeding.

Plano East faces last-place Lewisville on Friday at 7:30, and Plano has sixth-place Plano West on Friday at 7 p.m.
With the rich talent pool of boys soccer in the area traditionally on teams like Southlake Carroll, Coppell and the Plano schools, who would have thought District 9-5A would have two of the best teams, not only the area but in the country?

As expected, one team is 2010 5A state champion Dallas Jesuit, which enters the 5A playoffs as the ESPNHS Fab 50 No. 9 team in the nation with an 18-2 regular season record.

The other took many by surprise.

Richardson Berkner won the District 9-5A title and finished the regular season 18-1 and is ranked No. 3 in the nation, the highest of any Texas team.

“I didn’t see that they had that from the JV team last year,” Jesuit coach Charles DeLong said. "They kind of came out of nowhere.”

It’s Berkner’s first trip to the playoffs in six years with coach Juan Beracochea at the helm.

Knocking off defending 5A state champion Southlake Carroll in the fourth game of the season gave Berkner the confidence to claim that playoff berth and garner national attention during the journey.

Credit a large portion of the success to senior Jack Wolf, who leads Berkner in all-around scoring with 25 goals and six assists. His effort stuck out to DeLong and has been adopted by the rest of his teammates. Wolf, a National Honor Society member and Division I prospect, single-handedly won Berkner’s second game against Jesuit, scoring both of his team’s goals in the 2-0 win.

“He’s very athletic. Very determined and he’s got decent skills,” DeLong said. “He plays on a team that gives him appropriate service. It’s hard to score that many goals unless you have players around you that can pass you the ball at the right time and the right place and you can’t score that many goals unless you have something going for you as an individual. He’s a handful.”

Going from zero to the top could easily go to the heads of most high school players, but that’s not the nature of this blue-collar squad which enters the postseason as even-keeled as possible, Beracochea said.

“We have never been in this position, so we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves,” Beracochea said. “We’re a very humble team.”

The 5A girls bracket has seven UIL teams in the top 16, most of which will face each other in the first three rounds. Two out of the seven are guaranteed to see their season come to an abrupt halt after the second round.

The most intriguing of these future pairings is the potential second-round match between No. 6 Flower Mound and No. 5 Mansfield in the area round. The winner of that area Super Bowl could then face No. 7 Plano West before reaching the regional tournament.

Saved from that mess is No. 2 McKinney Boyd, which returns to the postseason trying to repeat as 5A state champions.

DeSoto eliminates Berkner with late 10-0 run

February, 28, 2012
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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- When DeSoto guard Benquan Petty's unintended bank shot finds it way into the basket, he says, “It’s a sign I’m hot.’’

And when it happens in the final four minutes of a tight playoff game, as it did Tuesday night, it can mean the difference between a date in the Class 5A Region II tournament in Waco or the end of the season.

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Petty’s basket off glass from 17 feet with almost no angle triggered a 10-0 run in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter, helping DeSoto defeat Richardson Berkner, 64-55, in a Class 5A Region II quarterfinal at Amos Turner Gymnasium.

After playing catch-up for almost the entire game to that point, Petty gave DeSoto only its second lead of the night, 52-51, with 3:45 to play

Just as devastating to Berkner was a steal of the ensuing inbounds pass by Petty’s backcourt mate Jabril Durham. When Durham converted from close range after the steal, DeSoto (32-5) had two baskets within five seconds and a three-point lead.

Try as it might, Berkner (27-8) never recovered.

“Those two plays were big,’’ said DeSoto coach Chris Dyer. “I thought Benquan got fouled on his shot, but then again I always think our guy got fouled. Then Jabril’s steal was huge.’’

The win advances DeSoto to a Region II semifinal against Spring Westfield, a 66-59 winner over Spring Dekaney, scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday at Waco Midway.

Berkner and DeSoto followed a similar script from the first meeting of the teams, a 67-64 DeSoto victory Nov. 18 in a tournament in Pasadena. Berkner was outscored in the fourth quarter, 27-16, that day and 22-12 on Tuesday.

“We run so much in practice and work so hard, we’re stronger at the end,’’ said Petty, who finished with 20 points.

Rebound statistics seem to back up Petty’s claim. Out-rebounded 17-8 at halftime, DeSoto controlled the boards 16-9 in the second half.

Matt Jones, a Duke commit rated No. 22 nationally in the 2013 class by ESPNU, led DeSoto with 29 points on 8-of-20 shooting. Two of his four 3-pointers came in a 10-point fourth quarter.

“Our guys just kept playing,’’ said Dyer. “Berkner was too big to play half court, so we had to run.’’

Kendal Harris, a slashing 6-3 junior guard, topped Berkner with 20 points. He and 6-5 junior Soma Edo (10 points) accounted for all five of the Rams’ field goals in the fourth quarter.

The Rams hit 80 percent of their shots in a first period that saw them open a quick 13-point lead. The advantage was seven at halftime and by the start of the fourth period, down to just one.

‘With two really good teams, it comes down to which makes the most big plays,’’ said Berkner coach Rod Wright. “It was definitely a game of runs. As much as we’d like to have taken the floor in Waco, it wasn’t to be. But I’m very proud of this team.’’

Afterward, Dyer said that Berkner is the best team in the state not going to a regional.

“Coming from someone I admire like Coach Dyer, that means a lot,’’ Wright said.
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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.com Gabrielle Wilkins scored 15 points in Garland's bi-district win over Richardson Berkner.
WYLIE, Texas -- The Garland girls basketball team capitalized on the opportunities its defense provided to take down Richardson Berkner, 58-39, in the a 5A bi-district playoff.

The Lady Owls' defense created turnover after turnover, which Garland (24-8) was able to turn into fast-break points throughout the game.

“It’s something we try and do on a daily basis is work on getting easy baskets,” Garland coach Pamela Owens said. “We just try and put a lot of pressure and try to disrupt as much as we can because defense leads to offense.”

Garland held around a 10-point lead throughout the majority of the game, but created a 15-3 run to begin the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

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Bridget Robinson led her Garland in scoring with 18 points, followed by Gabrielle Wilkins with 15, almost all of which came off transition layups.

Berkner (20-10) guard Jaileen Thomas netted a game-high 22, despite her team’s losing effort.

Garland will have its hands full in the area round, facing ESPNDallas.com No. 4 DeSoto later this week.

“We’re going to go in there and just play hard and see what happens,” Owens said. “They have a great team and we have a great team and I’m just excited to be able to play in the next round.”
DALLAS -- Richardson Berkner (22-6, 10-1 in 9-5A) guard Xavier Thomas’ shooting touch was never better than late in the final frame of the Rams' second district match against rival Lake Highlands on Friday.

Thomas drilled a 3-pointer from the corner with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter to provide the nail in the coffin against Lake Highlands (16-12, 7-4) in Berkner’s 76-71 victory.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comSenior guard Xavier Thomas had his fifth straight game with at least 20 points and provided a key bucket in Berkner's win over Lake Highlands.
Thomas finished with a team-high 23 points, something that has become the norm for the senior point guard.

Friday’s performance in a big District 9-5A game marked Thomas’ fifth straight game with at least 20 points.

“It couldn’t be a better time,” Berkner coach Jason Petty said. “This is when you want to be playing your best basketball, and he is. And it showed tonight in the result. A large part of the game is scoring, and that is his strength.”

Thomas showed off his scoring versatility, hitting a 3 in every quarter, scoring off the dribble-drive and going 8-for-12 from the free throw line in the second half.

Berkner struggled from the line and shot just 65 percent as a team, allowing Lake Highlands to remain close throughout the game and get within four points near the end of the game.

“It seems like the more we practice the worse we get, so maybe we need to lay off that,” Petty said of the free throw shooting. “We’ve been working on them all week and that was obviously something we didn’t do well tonight.”

With Berkner standout Soma Edo out with an injury, Lake Highlands' big men were able to thrive in the paint. Fifty of Lake Highlands' 71 points came from three post players, including 14 from James Longergan in the fourth quarter.

Petty said his rebounding force, Edo, should return to play around Feb. 10, just in time for Berkner’s district match with Dallas Sunset.

In the end, Thomas and Berkner just kept making key buckets to secure an important win.

“I was proud of our kids, and we stepped up and got a couple stops when we needed them,” Petty said.

Four 5A districts in area undergo little change

February, 2, 2012
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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.

RISD had reported Berkner coach's violations

January, 19, 2012
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Prior to Richardson Berkner boys basketball coach Rod Wright’s suspension by the UIL, Richardson ISD had reported Wright’s violations and suspended him indefinitely, RISD athletics director Bob Dubey said Thursday.

“We had self-reported some violations and we had taken our own initiative to suspend him prior to this point, until we found out what the UIL wanted to do,” Dubey said.

The UIL announced Wednesday that Wright was suspended until next school year. Wright has not coached the Rams for approximately the last 16 games while serving the district-sanctioned suspension, Dubey said.

Wright was found to be in violation of Section 1209 (f)(1) of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules by having some of his players working at non-school summer camps.

Wright is still an employee of the school district and will continue in his teaching duties at Berkner, Dubey said.

Assistant coach Jason Petty has taken over Wright’s role as interim head coach and will remain at the helm of the Rams until the end of the season, Dubey said.

Wright will serve the suspension as well as a two-year probation for violations of Section 1209 (f)(1) and Section 51(a)(6)(10). He can't return to coaching until Aug. 22.

Dubey said the district and school is still unsure of what the coaching situation at Berkner will be next school year.

“None of that has even been addressed,” Dubey said. “We don’t even know if we need a new coach yet. We just got the ruling yesterday and we’ll have the opportunity to evaluate the situation, but right now he’s employed and still teaching and there’s no status change from the ruling yesterday.”

Berkner (18-5) is No. 7 in the latest ESPNDallas.com Class 5A area rankings and is in first place in District 9-5A with a 6-0 district record.
Richardson Berkner boys basketball coach Rod Wright was suspended for the remainder of the season and was put on a two-year probation by the UIL State Executive Committee on Wednesday for violation of the UIL Constitution and Contest rules Sections 51(a)(6) and (10) and 1209 (f)(1).

Section 51 (a) (6) is a violation of district personnel "failing to report known violations in a timely manner or withholding information." The section goes on to say in (10) that it is a violation for district personnel to fail "to comply with the amateur rule, the awards rules, the gifts/awards to coaches rule, the rebate rule, or the coaches employment and source of pay rule."

Section 2109 (f)(1) in the athletics portion of the document states, "School coaches shall not coach 7-12 grade students from their own attendance zone on a non-school team or in a non-school camp or clinic, with the exception of their own adopted or birth children."

Wright will be unable to coach in the UIL until Aug. 22, 2012, according to the UIL.

Richardson ISD athletics director Bob Dubey, Berkner athletics director Jim Ledford and Berkner principal Ron Griffen were all unavailable for comment.

Berkner is No. 7 in the latest ESPNDallas.com Class 5A area rankings.
It's unlikely any player from Little Rock Parkview or Milwuakee Rufus King savored a juicy Whataburger before coming to North Texas this week. The restaurant has no locations within 25 miles of Parkview's address and has yet to expand as far north as Wisconsin.

However, the only two teams in the 54th Whataburger Tournament Orange Bracket from outside of Texas can taste the sweet flavor of victory already, as they will battle for the tournament championship Friday at 8:15 p.m at Birdville ISD's W.G. Thomas Coliseum.

Parkview eked past Plano West 59-58 in Thursday's winner's bracket semifinal after taking down North Crowley and L.D. Bell in the previous two rounds.

King had a tough road to the championship, taking down Duncanville, Richardson Berkner and Richland. Richland was coming off a 58-55 upset of ESPN Fab 50 No. 4 Flower Mound Marcus earlier in the day to make it to the semifinal, only to lose 77-67 to King.

Berkner, Marcus, DeSoto and North Crowley will battle for a fourth-place finish and Plano West and Richland will play for third place at 6:30 p.m.

Friday's pairings:

Consolation semifinal: Duncanville vs. Justin Northwest, 9:30 a.m.

Consolation semifinal: Houston Klein Forest vs. Coppell, 11:00 a.m.

Fourth-place semifinal: Richardson Berkner vs. Flower Mound Marcus, noon.

Fourth-place semifinal: DeSoto vs. North Crowley, 2:00 p.m.

Consolation championship: 3:30 p.m.

Fourth-place game: 5:00 p.m.

Third-place game: Plano West vs. Richland, 6:30 p.m.

Tournament championship: Little Rock Parkview vs. Milwaukee King, 8:15 p.m.

Fab 50 teams lose in Whataburger Tourney

December, 29, 2011
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ESPNHS Fab 50 No. 4 Flower Mound Marcus and No. 33 DeSoto entered the Whataburger Tournament on an upward trend in the national rankings.

However, both were eliminated from the winners bracket Thursday, and Marcus' bid for a third straight championship at the tournament was thwarted.

After a less-than-typical performance from Marcus on Wednesday in its opening round win over Justin Northest, Marcus faced the buzz-saw offense of Richland, losing 58-55.

Marcus transfer Ricky Roberts went off on his former team, scoring 27 of Richland's 58 points. That followed a 16-point performance Wednesday in the Rebel's 64-58 victory over Garland Naaman Forest.

After an easy dismissal of Coppell on Wednesday, DeSoto failed to bring its top game into Thursday's match against Plano West, losing in blowout fashion, 63-46.

Both teams still have the opportunity to take fourth place in the winners bracket. Marcus will face Richardson Berkner at 12:30 p.m. Friday and DeSoto will face North Crowley at 2 p.m. Friday. The fourth-place game, featuring the winners of those two games, will be at 5 p.m. Friday.

Other Thursday scores:

Winner's bracket:

Milwuakee King 54, Richardson Berkner, 43.

Little Rock Parkview 49, North Crowley 44.

Milwaukee King 77, Richland 67

Little Rock Parkview 59, Plano West 58.

Consolation bracket:

Coppell 54, Fort Worth Arlington Heights 51

Houston Klein Forest 51, Hurst L.D. Bell 37

Justin Northwest 59, Garland Naaman Forest 57.

Duncanville 79, Arlington Martin 52.

Thursday's Whataburger Tournament pairings

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Winner's bracket:

Richardson Berkner vs. Milwaukee King, 9 a.m.

Flower Mound Marcus vs. Richland, 11 a.m.

Semifinal between these winners is at 8 p.m.

DeSoto vs. Plano West, 12:30 p.m.

North Crowley vs. Little Rock Parkview, 2 p.m.

Semifinal between these winners is at 9:30 p.m.

Consolation bracket:

Coppell vs. Fort Worth Arlington Heights, 8 a.m.

Hurst L.D. Bell vs. Houston Klein Forest, 3:30 p.m.

Justin Northwest vs. Garland Naaman Forest, 5:00 p.m.

Arlington Martin vs. Duncanville, 6:30 p.m.

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