High School: Richardson Pearce

Four 5A districts in area undergo little change

February, 2, 2012
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.

Wylie duo among locals headed down to Baylor

February, 1, 2012
Local recruits are flocking to Baylor on national signing day.

As of 9:30 Wednesday morning, the Bears had announced the signing of 20 recruits, eight of them from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Bears have received signed letters of intent from two Wylie players, DB Terrell Burt and OL Kyle Fuller.

Also headed down I-35 to Waco are Denton Ryan DL Dominique Banks, Richardson Pearce WR Corey Coleman, Hebron WR Kiante' Griffin, Euless Trinity LB Brian Nance, McKinney Boyd DE Jamal Palmer and Garland QB Seth Russell.

Coleman has Richardson Pearce in playoff hunt

January, 19, 2012
Corey Coleman is starring on another Richardson Pearce team. This time it's the basketball squad.

The senior leads the Mustangs in scoring with 16 points per game and is one of only four who have started all 21 games for Pearce.

But igniting the basketball team's offense is just what Coleman does in his spare time. He's better known as Pearce's star receiver and a member of Baylor 2012 football recruiting class.

On the football field, Coleman caught 69 balls for 932 yards in addition to tallying 551 yards on the ground. He scored 26 of Pearce's 38 touchdowns on the season, accounting for almost 70 percent of the team's scoring.

Despite Coleman's effort, the Mustangs missed the playoffs in football and are on the bubble to make it in basketball in a crowded District 10-4A that features state-ranked Highland Park (19-2, 6-0) and much improved McKinney (14-8, 5-1).

The Mustangs (12-9, 3-3) sit in fourth place, a game ahead of a solid Rockwall team (15-8, 2-4), but can make up some ground with a win over third place McKinney North (17-8, 4-2 in 10-4A) on Friday.

Champ Coppell has 3 on all-state tourney team

November, 21, 2011
Three players from state champion Coppell were named to the Class 5A volleyball all-state tournament team.

Leading the way was Kierra Holst, the MVP of Coppell's state final victory over McKinney Boyd. Joining Holst are teammates Erica Bohannon and Chiaka Ogbogu. Boyd's Megan Mollett was also named to the 5A all-tournament team.

In Class 4A, Shelby Sullivan of runner-up Richardson Pearce is in the all-tournament team.

Class 3A champion Lucas Lovejoy placed three on the all-tournament team: finals MVP Andie Malloy, Nicole Newton and Mallorie Puckett.

  • *Avery Brown, Jr., Water Valley
  • Nicole DeHaven, Jr., Iola
  • Briana Glass, Sr., Water Valley
  • Amanda Gooch, Fr., Iola
  • Rachel Warner, Jr., Burton
  • Melodie Wood, Jr., Water Valley
  • Avery Acker, Sr., Poth
  • Abbey Bybel, Sr., White Oak
  • Haylee Diehl, Sr., Nocona
  • Kelsee Felux, Sr., Poth
  • *Jordan Kotara, Sr., Poth
  • Chelby Stanford, Sr., Jewett Leon
  • Layne Little, So., Abilene Wylie
  • Michelle Lytle, Sr., Abilene Wylie
  • *Andie Malloy, Sr., Lucas Lovejoy
  • Nicole Newton, Sr., Lucas Lovejoy
  • Mallorie Puckett, Jr., Lucas Lovejoy
  • Brette Threadgill, Sr., Sinton
  • Kelsey Alford, Sr., Richmond Foster
  • Katy Beals, Sr., Austin Lake Travis
  • Erin Fairs, Sr., Richmond Foster
  • *Amy Neal, Sr., Austin Lake Travis
  • Sierra Patrick, Sr., Austin Lake Travis
  • Shelby Sullivan, Sr., Richardson Pearce
  • Erica Bohannon, Jr., Coppell
  • Chanel Clark-Bibbs, Sr., Houston Cypress Falls
  • Ayssa Garcia, Sr., San Antonio Johnson
  • *Kierra Holst, Sr., Coppell
  • Megan Mollett, Jr., McKinney Boyd
  • Chiaka Ogbogu, Jr., Coppell

*Denotes championship game MVP

McKinney Boyd, Coppell in 5A volleyball final

November, 19, 2011
The Class 5A state volleyball championship trophy will remain in North Texas.

McKinney Boyd and Coppell won their semifinal matches Friday in San Marcos and will face off in the final at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hebron was the 5A champion in 2010 but didn't make it back to state.

Boyd beat Houston Cypress Falls 25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22 in one semifinal, and Coppell beat San Antonio Johnson 14-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10 in the other.

Two other area teams will go for state titles Saturday.

Lucas Lovejoy goes for its third consecutive 3A title against Abilene Wylie at 2 p.m. after sweeping Sinton 25-23-25-9, 25-15 in a Friday semifinal match.

Richardson Pearce punched its ticket to Saturday's 4:30 p.m. 4A final by beating Canyon Randall 25-17, 26-24, 12-25, 25-21 in a Thursday semifinal.

Volleyball: Area teams begin state tournament

November, 16, 2011
Four area teams are headed to the UIL state volleyball tournament semifinals this week. The tournament will be held at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Class 3A Lucas Lovejoy (46-4) will begin its state championship defense against Sinton (30-10) at 1 p.m. on Friday. The Leopards will need to step up their blocking and maintain ball control to repeat.

“I think this team has a lot of big-game experience and we have the ability to score in all six rotations," said coach Ryan Mitchell, who added that Lovejoy has put great emphasis on film study and scouting during the playoffs in order to identify opponents’ strengths and weaknesses. "We are also a very aggressive serving team, which takes a lot of teams out of system. The team that serve receives the best at state usually wins, so that will be a key for us this weekend.”

Mitchell calls three-time state champion Andie Malloy “the engine that makes our team run.” The experience of junior Mallorie Puckett and fellow junior Shannon Connell's ball distribution have also helped Lovejoy get to this point.

Mitchell is confident that if his players perform at the top of their game they will walk away champions once again.

Richardson Pearce looking for redemption

Class 4A Richardson Pearce (35-13) is looking for redemption after losing in the state semifinals last year.

Pearce will face Canyon Randall (42-4) on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Coach Jason Nicholson has stressed that Pearce needs to maintain ball control both in serve receive and defense.

“If we can serve and pass we will be a tough team for whomever we face," Nicholson said. "Canyon Randall has a great team and a great coach, so we understand that we have to take care of the ball and keep our errors to a minimum.”

The young Mustangs have kept a similar practice routine heading into Thursday's match, focusing on skills early in practice and later moving on to strategy and decision-making.

“I am very proud of these girls and am impressed with the resolve they have had all season," Nicholson said. "They grow each and every day, and it has been an exciting ride.”

McKinney Boyd has one goal in mind

McKinney Boyd coach Kelly Quinn says her team has one expectation for this weekend: to win state.

Boyd has coined the playoff slogan “1,028 inches,” signifying the team’s total number of inches in height and the belief that it takes every inch of every player to reach the ultimate goal of winning the state championship.

The Broncos can attribute much of their success to team unity and the ability of each player step up in her individual role.

Quinn pointed out junior libero Kaley Seaber as a key reason for the team’s success this season.

“She has been the glue and a significant driving force behind our team's unity and focus,” Quinn said.

Boyd has had plenty to brag about already this season, including the honor of being undefeated district champions, Region II champions, finishing second in the Duncanville Tournament and taking fifth place in the Pearland Tournament.

Class 5A McKinney Boyd (44-6) will play Houston Cypress Falls (40-7) at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Coppell finding balance with defense

Coppell is a much different team than it was at the beginning of the season. It has made the transition from more of an offensive team to a defensive team.

“I think a key has been to strengthen our defense and serve receive to balance the offense,” coach Julie Green said. “I believe that our major strength is that we are balanced. Our defense is as important as our offense, and we work hard to put six balanced rotations on the court.”

Coppell’s goal all along has been to win state, and the players have been able to take what they have learned in practice and apply it to games.

“If we put forth our best focus, play together and give relentless effort, I am happy,” Green said.

Coppell is focused on getting off to strong starts, which fuels passing and offense and in turn, defense.

“I firmly believe that it takes a talented team -- one that is unselfish and committed to the team goal above any individual one -- to make it all the way,” Green said. “I am most proud of the girls in that they have gone from a group of talented individuals to a talented team.”

Class 5A Coppell (40-8) will play San Antonio Johnson (44-6) on Friday at 7 p.m.

Four area teams reach state volleyball tourney

November, 13, 2011
Four teams from the Dallas-Fort Worth area won their regions Saturday and advanced to the UIL state volleyball tournament, which runs Thursday-Saturday at Texas State University in San Marcos.

In Class 3A, Lucas Lovejoy returns to defend its state championship.

Richardson Pearce is back in the 4A state tournament after losing in the semifinals last year.

Two area 5A teams advanced, McKinney Boyd and Coppell.

Here is the state tournament schedule:


  • 1 p.m.: Jewett Leon (44-2) vs. Poth (42-9)
  • 3 p.m.: White Oak (42-3) vs. Nocona (34-8)
  • 5 p.m.: Canyon Randall (42-4) vs. Richardson Pearce (35-13)
  • 7 p.m.: Austin Lake Travis (48-0) vs. Richmond Foster (38-10)

  • 9 a.m.: Burton (30-2) vs. Iola (34-9)
  • 11 a.m.: Cayuga (41-4) vs. Water Valley (35-8)
  • 1 p.m.: Lucas Lovejoy (46-4) vs. Sinton (30-10)
  • 3 p.m.: Cleveland Tarkington (39-5) vs. Abilene Wylie (39-6)
  • 5 p.m.: McKinney Boyd (44-6) vs. Houston Cypress Falls (40-7)
  • 7 p.m.: San Antonio Johnson (44-6) vs. Coppell (40-8)
  • 9 a.m.: Class 1A final
  • 11:30 a.m.: Class 2A final
  • 2 p.m.: Class 3A final
  • 4:30 p.m.: Class 4A final
  • 7 p.m.: Class 5A final

Volleyball: Health key for Plano West in playoffs

October, 26, 2011
As the playoffs draw closer, the Plano West volleyball team will continue to focus on what they have been focusing on all season. One aspect they will continue to monitor is health, as injuries have plagued the team this year.

“We have been injured a lot this year so practicing hard while trying to rest what we need to and stay healthy will be key,” said coach Brittany Bridge.

Bridge says her team will prepare for the playoffs by studying film for each team it will face. If the Wolves continue playing well defensively and with their never-give-up attitude, they should prove to be worthy competition for their early-round rivals.

“Playoffs will be very tough as our district matches up with one of the other toughest districts in the state in the first and third rounds,” Bridge said.

Something else the team will work on is getting top hitters Laura Jones, Sarah Bennett, and Katie Stebbins to all be at the top of their game together. If they can overcome their past inconsistencies and all be productive at once, they should prove to be a threatening force.

“This year has been so much fun because these girls work really hard and get along so well, but it has also been frustrating with all the injuries,” Bridge said. “They have had many challenges this year and have overcome them with class so I would love nothing more than to see success follow their tenacity.”

Richardson Pearce keeping routine heading into playoffs

Richardson Pearce is not changing much for the playoffs. The District 10-4A team’s playoff plan is to keep the normal routine as far as preparation is concerned.

“We will just keep pushing every day to improve," coach Jason Nicholson said. "I have some kids that are very athletic, but I have asked them to do things that they had not done a lot previously, so we really focus on lots of repetition and touches in our training.”

Nicholson has been encouraged by his team’s ability to fight through tough moments and come away with the win. Although he is aware of the intensity of the playoffs, he does not rule out impressive results.

“We could also very easily play lights out and find ourselves at the regional tournament with a chance to compete,” Nicholson said.

Perhaps Pearce’s biggest strength is that the players work together well and know that they have individual roles to fulfill for their team.

“There is talent at every position and the experience is coming with each touch," Nicholson said. "We know our system and we play as a team.”

Highland Park gets coach his 300th career win

October, 15, 2011
RICHARDSON, Texas -- Highland Park coach Randy Allen earned his 300th career victory Friday night.

With only seconds to go in the game, multiple players sneaked up behind Allen and poured the ice bucket over him in celebration.

The Scots defeated Richardson Pearce, 41-27, at Eagle-Mustang Stadium, bringing a win to their coach who has remained humble throughout all the hype of this notable milestone.

“If you look at the coaches that have gotten here before, it is a real honor and it is hard to do. These Highland Park Scots have won almost half of them, so I’m very proud of them,” Allen said after the game.

Richardson Pearce played its heart out, but the Scots never let the Mustangs have the lead and continued to fight for the win for their coach.

“He has been with so many great teams and he will always remember this game as the 300th win, and so in the future it is going to be really cool to see how we were the team that helped him get that,” Highland Park quarterback Brady Burgin said.

Allen is now tied with Gregory-Portland’s Ray Akins for 10th all-time in the state of Texas.

“It’s been unbelievable," Highland Park offensive coordinator Grayson Wells said. "It’s been a great ride and we hope to continue on and maybe hit another state championship or two. I’ve learned so much with him and not just about coaching, but about character and being a good man.”

Highland Park (7-0, 4-0 10-4A), No. 2 in the ESPNDallas.com Class 4A area rankings, took the early lead when Charles Hubbard scored on a 38-yard pass from Burgin. The Scots scored again on Jackson Hauser’s 1-yard run at the end of the first quarter, making it 14-0.

Pearce (2-5, 0-4) soon followed with Kedron Banks’ touchdown, but the Scots answered with a 37-yard field goal by Nick Rose and touchdown by Preston Miller to make it 24-6.

The Mustangs wouldn't go away, however, as the teams continued to trade scores. J.R. Griffin's fourth-quarter touchdown catch pulled Pearce within 34-27, threatening to put Allen's milestone victory on hold.

But the Scots would not be denied, as Hauser's late touchdown run sealed Allen's 300th victory.

Volleyball: Plano West aims for playoff run

September, 14, 2011
The Plano West volleyball team has gone 25-5 so far this season and is ranked ninth in the state.

The team has a number of players to keep an eye on this year. Two in particular are Laura Jones and Katie Stebbins. Jones, a 6-foot-1 senior outside hitter, will be going to Baylor. Coach Brittany Bridge calls Jones a team leader and all-around strong player who has a monster block and hits a very heavy ball. Stebbins is a standout 6-foot-2 junior middle and an offensive leader.

On the defensive side, Shane Peters is the team’s libero.

“She passes nails, as well as defensively makes some amazing acrobatic plays on the floor,” Bridge said.

“I expect us to win district, but our district is always a battle,” Bridge said. “We should fair well in district and the playoffs in 2011.”

Inexperienced Keller Central in rebuilding mode

With only three players returning to the varsity team from last season, Keller Central is in a bit of a rebuilding phase. This varsity team is essentially last year’s junior varsity team. Returning players to the squad are junior Katy Vaughn and seniors Kassie Overstreet and Alyssa Ison. The young team will need to look to the leadership and experience of these three to be able to be effective.

“We are struggling,” coach Terri Kelso said. “We are doing the basic stuff well, but not getting the ball in the other side of the court effectively.”

Kelso was optimistic when talking about last Friday’s game against Justin Northwest. Her team had 56 digs and there were only three aces against them.

Richardson Pearce has potential to repeat in 10-4A

Richardson Pearce is another team trying to cope with player losses. The defending District 10-4A champs had eight girls graduate, but coach Jason Nicholson is excited about his squad and its potential.

“My philosophy has always been to play up rather than down, and by playing a tough preseason schedule I hope to speed the development of the team,” Nicholson said.

Rockwall-Heath and Highland Park will prove to be difficult competition in the up-for-grabs 10-4A.

Nicholson believes Pearce has the best player in the area in 6-foot-2 Shelby Sullivan, a Texas A&M commit who will undoubtedly make the Mustangs tough competition for opponents.

Rankings: Top teams get job done in Week 1

September, 6, 2011

What we got right: There really wasn't much to miss on this week. All of our top teams from last week got the job done in Week 1, save Denton Guyer, who lost to Cedar Hill, 24-21, Monday at the Kirk Herbstreit Classic.

What we got wrong: Cedar Hill took Denton Guyer's No. 10 spot in the 5A poll, but it shouldn't be much of a setback for Guyer as the season progresses. If both teams continue to win, they should both have a spot among the area's best. Dallas Kimball dropped out of the 4A poll despite its 2-0 record, merely because the teams in this week's top 10 had higher quality wins in the opening two weeks of the season. Kimball will have the opportunity to jump back in as the season progresses.

Say hello to: 5A -- Arlington Bowie and Cedar Hill; 4A -- Lancaster

Say goodbye to: 5A -- Denton Guyer and Plano; 4A -- Dallas Kimball

Watch out for: 5A -- Colleyville Heritage and Sachse; 4A -- Richardson Pearce and Frisco

Lake Dallas, Pearce looking to take next step

August, 25, 2011
7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle-Mustang Stadium

When we saw them last: A disappointing season for Lake Dallas ended in similar fashion, as the Falcons lost to Canyon Randall, 10-6, in bi-district. Pearce’s season ended with a whimper as Frisco Liberty crushed the Mustangs, 70-17, in bi-district.

2010 result: Pearce capped a furious comeback with a field goal as time expired to give the Mustangs a 24-23 win.

What’s at stake: Not much for these two teams trying to claw their way back among the area’s 4A elite. Both would like a win, but playing well and making progress in time for district play would suffice.

Key matchup: Lake Dallas WR Ferrando Joseph vs. Pearce DB Cameron O’Reilly. The Falcons hope Joseph, a converted DB, will add some pop to their offense, but O’Reilly is a tackle machine.

Players to watch: Lake Dallas QB Dalyn Williams is dual-threat with the potential to rush for 1,000 yards. Pearce utility man Corey Coleman will line up all over the field on offense and defense.

Prediction: Lake Dallas 31, Pearce 21.

Improved defense has Frisco Liberty rolling

November, 18, 2010
Frisco Liberty head coach Galen Zimmerman was confident his young defense would start to click at some point this season.

It came together at the best possible time.

Over the last four games, Liberty (11-0) has given up just 6.75 points per game, making Liberty an even safer pick to make a deep run in the playoffs heading into its Class 4A Division II area-round game against South Oak Cliff (10-1) on Friday at Mesquite’s E.H. Hanby Stadium.

“They’ve been playing well all year, it just took awhile for them to jell,” Zimmerman said.

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Liberty’s impressive streak hasn’t come against bad competition either. It held Frisco Wakeland, which averaged 32.7 points per game this season, to just three points. It held a Richardson Pearce offense that averaged 31.5 points per game to 17 in a bi-district win last week.

Only three starters returned on defense from last season for Liberty. While its defense didn’t struggle early, it’s become a shutdown unit now that its new players have experience.

And it’s made a strong Liberty team even tougher. Already equipped with a dominant running game behind Boise State commit Jay Ajayi (1,734 yards, 30 touchdowns), undefeated Liberty has an average margin of victory of 33.4 points.

South Oak Cliff’s offense presents a stiff challenge for Liberty. It averages more than 400 yards per game, mostly because of its running game.

Quarterback Semaj Riley makes the offense go. He has 1,542 passing yards and 14 touchdowns on the year while adding 992 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground. Running backs Paul Franklin and Johnny Humphrey both have more than 400 yards on the year.

“They’re physical kids,” Zimmerman said of South Oak Cliff. “They have a very versatile quarterback. They’re definitely dangerous. They have the potential for a big play all the time.”

Four area teams in state volleyball tournament

November, 16, 2010
Four Metroplex teams will represent the area in the the UIL state volleyball tournament this weekend at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Thursday, Richardson Pearce (45-4) and The Colony (43-3) play in the semifinal round in the Class 4A tournament. Pearce will face Austin Lake Travis (47-3) while The Colony matches up against Brenham (36-10).

On Friday, Hebron (43-7) will face Houston Cypress Woods in the 5A bracket while Lucas Lovejoy (44-3) will take on Columbus in the 3A tournament.

Wylie closes in on playoffs after ripping Pearce

October, 30, 2010
(CORRECTION: It was originally reported, erroneously, that Wylie clinched a playoff berth.)

WYLIE -- Wylie celebrated its homecoming on Friday night by closing in on a playoff spot with a 42-12 victory over Richardson Pearce.

The Pirates (6-3, 4-2 District 10-4A) were led by senior wide receiver Jermaine Merdock, who had nine receptions for 170 yards, four rushes for 53 yards, three touchdowns. Getting him the ball was senior quarterback Nico Ramirez, who was awarded the key honor of the night: Homecoming King.

Ramirez finished the night 17-of-19 with 263 yards with three passing touchdowns.

Although the offense was able to capitalize pretty much the whole night, a lot of Wylie's production was created from turnovers forced by the defense.

Wylie defensive back Andre Moseley collected a fumble in the first half when Pearce running back Corey Coleman was stripped of the ball trying to get closer to the end zone. Later in the game, Moseley came down with an interception off Pearce senior quarterback Mac Morse when the Mustangs were trying to close the gap Wylie had created on the scoreboard.

Morse had a good game, going 36-for-51 for 384 yards, but he threw interceptions that Wylie's offense turned into points.

Before the game started, the talk around the stadium was how it would be interesting to see if Wylie's defense could slow down the uptempo offense of Pearce (4-5, 3-3). But on the first drive, it became apparent that the fast-paced offense Pearce was known for wasn't in synch.

The offense took its time getting set up at the line and there were even times of a huddle-up offense that seemed unusual for what the Mustangs were trying to run. There were also times where the quarterback and receiver were not on the same page.

On more than one occasion, Morse dropped back to throw a pass to a certain side of the field and the receivers were blocking for either a running play or a possible screen pass. In addition, some routes were either being cut short or overthrown. Plain and simple, the offense just did not seem a hundred percent from the time it took the field.

Wylie also got a strong performance from running back Vincent Bryan. He carried seventeen times for 138 yards and two touchdowns, with key runs that kept a lot of drives alive and the clock slowly counting down.

Wylie (4-2), Rockwall (4-2), Pearce (3-3), McKinney North (3-3) and McKinney (3-3) enter the last week fighting over three playoff spots behind unbeaten district champion Highland Park.