High School: Southlake Carroll

Southlake Carroll wins UIL 5A Lone Star Cup

July, 2, 2012
Southlake Carroll is the winner of the 2011-12 UIL Class 5A Lone Star Cup, which is based on overall school achievement in a variety of sanctioned athletic and academic championships.

Carroll won five state championships, most among this year's Lone Star Cup winners: football, boys and girls cross country and boys and girls swimming and diving. It is Carroll's third Lone Star Cup.

Argyle -- with state championships in academics, boys basketball and marching band and a state runner-up finish in football -- won the Class 3A Lone Star Cup. It is Argyle's third Lone Star Cup.

In other UIL news, it was announced that the 2012 state volleyball championships will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. It's the first time the volleball state tournament will be held anywhere other than Austin or San Marcus.

Here are the top 10 in each classification for the final Lone Star Cup standings:

1. Southlake Carroll 100 pts.
2. Conroe The Woodlands 92.5 pts.
3. San Antonio Reagan 76 pts.
4. Austin Westlake 74 pts.
5. Lewisville Marcus 66 pts.
6. Katy Seven Lakes 64 pts.
7. Mission Sharyland 62 pts.
8. Deer Park 60 pts.
Northside O’Connor 60 pts.
10. Arlington Martin 58 pts.
Laredo Alexander 58 pts.
San Antonio Churchill 58 pts.

1. Austin Lake Travis 112 pts.
2. Dallas Highland Park 106 pts.
3. Friendswood 80 pts.
4. Montgomery 79 pts.
5. Waco Midway 78 pts.
6. Cedar Park 76 pts.
7. San Antonio Alamo Heights 74 pts.
8. Aledo 68 pts.
9. Northwest Nelson 64 pts.
10. Canyon Randall 58 pts.

1. Argyle 94 pts.
2. Abilene Wylie 72 pts.
Lucas Lovejoy 72 pts.
4. Liberty Hill 64 pts.
5. Celina 58 pts.
Lubbock Cooper 58 pts.
7. Andrews 56 pts.
8. West Columbia Columbia 54 pts.
9. La Vernia 50 pts.
Lorena 50 pts.

1. White Oak 68 pts.
2. Melissa 64 pts.
3. Brock 62 pts.
4. Poth 56 pts.
5. Wall 54 pts.
6. Holliday 48 pts.
7. Tatum 47 pts.
8. Crawford 46 pts.
9. Bushland 44 pts.
10. Gunter 42 pts.

1. * Lindsay 66 pts.
2. Shiner 66 pts.
3. Stamford 56 pts.
4. Mason 46 pts.
Windthorst 46 pts.
6. Martin’s Mill 44 pts.
Munday 44 pts.
8. Lovelady 42 pts.
Seymour 42 pts.
10. Cayuga 40 pts.
Clarksville 40 pts.
Flatonia 40 pts.
Grapeland 40 pts.
Muenster 40 pts.

* Won tiebreaker.

Arl. Martin, Rock.-Heath reach state in baseball

June, 3, 2012
Arlington Martin, Rockwall-Heath and Cleburne were pushed to the limit before winning their best-of-three regional final series to clinch spots in the UIL state baseball tournament.

Martin beat Southlake Carroll 5-2 in Saturday's Game 3 of the Class 5A Region 1 finals. That came after Carroll won Game 2 earlier in the week 2-0 to force the deciding game.

Rockwall-Heath bounced back from a 1-0 blanking against Frisco Wakeland in Game 2 of the Class 4A Region 2 finals to win the clincher 9-2 on Saturday.

Rockwall-Heath will be joined in the 4A state tournament by Cleburne, which beat Waco Midway in three games in the Region 1 finals.

Here is the the UIL baseball state tournament schedule:


1A SEMIFINALS, Round Rock's Dell Diamond
9 a.m. - Price Carlisle (25-2) vs. Fayetteville (19-6)
Noon - Stamford (23-1) vs. Dodd City (27-7)

2A SEMIFINALS, Round Rock's Dell Diamond
4 p.m. - Brock (33-1) vs. Bushland (30-6-1)
7 p.m. - Elkhart (36-4) vs. Jarrell (25-4)

3A SEMIFINALS, UT's Disch-Falk Field
1 p.m. - Sweeny (31-2) vs. West (31-8)
4 p.m. - Robinson (29-2) vs. Texarkana Pleasant Grove (33-5)


1A FINAL, Round Rock's Dell Diamond
9 a.m. - Price Carlisle/Fayetteville winner vs. Stamford/Dodd City winner

2A FINAL, Round Rock's Dell Diamond
Noon - Brock/Bushland winner vs. Elkhart/Jarrell winner

4A SEMIFINALS, Round Rock's Dell Diamond
4 p.m. - Rockwall-Heath (34-9) vs. Montgomery (29-13)
7 p.m. - Austin Lake Travis (33-10) vs. Cleburne (29-10)

3A FINAL, UT's Disch-Falk Field
6:30 p.m. - Sweeny/West winner vs. Robinson/Texarkana Pleasant Grove winner


5A SEMIFINALS, Round Rock's Dell Diamond
Noon - Arlington Martin (36-5-1) vs. Houston Cypress Ranch (30-8)
3 p.m. - Corpus Christi Carroll (32-4) vs. College Station A&M Consolidated (28-11)

7 p.m. - Rockwall-Heath/Montgomery winner vs. Austin Lake Travis/Cleburne winner


5A FINAL, Round Rock's Dell Diamond
11:30 a.m. - Arlington Martin/Houston Cypress Ranch winner vs. Corpus Christi Carroll/College Station A&M Consolidated winner
Rockwall-Heath hopes the third time will be the charm in its quest for a state tournament berth.

This weekend marks the third straight regional final for the Hawks, who have failed to punch a ticket to Round Rock in any of their previous attempts.

It leaves the team with a sense of urgency that this is the year the Hawks must make it happen, coach Greg Harvey said, but that is all part of the everyday playoff grind.

“We feel comfortable where we’re at and we’re playing good baseball. I feel as good as this point as we ever have getting to this point. We just need to stay hot at bat and have good pitching.”

For the second time in three years, Heath faces another Dallas-area powerhouse, Frisco Wakeland, in the regional semifinals. Wakeland took that series easily, 2-0, on 14-6 and 12-3 wins.

Harvey has senior stars Jake Thompson and Jovan Hernandez again leading the pack with four years of experience under their belts.

Both hit for outstanding average and power, even with the new BBCOR bats, and Thompson is always a challenge to hitters from the mound.

Wakeland, too, has veteran returners who are very similar to the Hawk tandem in Willie Schwanke and Hayden Nixon, both outstanding starting pitchers.

Schwanke is also a threat at the plate, leading the team in average and RBIs.

“I think they are both aces and we have our work cut out for us no matter who we face,” Harvey said. “Certainly Schwanke is the catalyst of their offense. He’s their RBI and batting average leader and is a dangerous weapon in their lineup.”

The best-of-three series runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday (if necessary) at 7:30 p.m. at McKinney Boyd High School.

Arlington Martin takes early lead in 5A region final

Arlington Martin’s all-around depth has already helped the Warriors take a 1-0 lead over Southlake Carroll in their best-of-three 5A baseball regional final.

One piece of Martin’s deep pitching staff, Collin Day, threw a gem and set his team up for a 7-3 win at TCU’s Lupton Stadium.

That enables Martin coach Curt Culbertson to start Warrior ace Turner Larkins in either Game 2 or 3 (if necessary) with plenty of able arms behind him for support.

However, Southlake also has its ace Tyler Alexander ready to throw Thursday or Friday.

The Dragons can also rely on the state championship experience that top hitter and quarterback Kenny Hill gained in his journey to a 5A Division I state football championship last fall.

The series continues Thursday and Friday (if necessary) at 7:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.
Highland Park and Frisco Wakeland’s meetings in the UIL Class 4A baseball playoffs have become a tradition like no other.

The teams have met in the playoffs the last two years, and each best-of-three series was decided in Wakeland's favor the final inning of the third game.

This weekend, the tradition continues for the third consecutive year in the regional quarterfinal round.

All of the pressure lies with Highland Park, which has been on the short end of two heartbreaking defeats at the hands of a group of current seniors who have taken part in both Wakeland wins.

“They have three that are definitely killers and that’s (Willie) Schwanke, (Justin) Swanner and (Hayden) Nixon and we’ve faced them the last three years,” Highland Park coach Frank Oliver said. “There’s still three names that are still around and they’re still a good ball club.”

Wakeland was the undefeated champion of District 9-4A. Highland Park finished second in 10-4A, turning its season around after a 1-4 start in district play. Since that sixth game of the district slate, Highland Park has lost just one game.

This will be Highland Park’s first best-of-three series in this playoff run as the Scots look to advance past the regional quarterfinal round for the first time in four years.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if it goes three games again,” Oliver said.

Area teams wiped from 5A Region II

Any hope of a DFW title coming from Class 5A Region II was eliminated in the area round last weekend.

The Metroplex’s chance at gold now lies in the hands of five teams in Region I, four of are facing off.

Southlake Carroll has one of the toughest challenges against District 8-5A runner up Flower Mound in a one-and-done match 7:30 p.m. Friday at Colleyville Heritage.

Two third-place finishers play in the other area pairing between Hurst L.D. Bell and Plano East.

Arlington Martin rounds up the five, continuing it’s West Texas travel to face Lubbock Coronado in the regional quarterfinal.

Lake Highlands playoff run goes viral

Seen the Harvard baseball team’s dance to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” that recently took YouTube by storm?

If not, click here and check out the goofy dance that has tallied over 7 million views.

Well, the Class 5A area round might not have been all fun and games for the Lake Highlands baseball squad on the diamond -- Temple swept the series in two games -- but the Wildcats sure made the best of their bus ride to the Hill Country.

Here is the Wildcats' rebuttal to Harvard to the tune of Wham's “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”.

SLC-ex Ross Stripling hurls no-hitter for A&M

May, 12, 2012

Southlake Carroll product Ross Stripling threw the 11th no-hitter in Texas A&M history Saturday, leading the seventh-ranked Aggies to a 1-0 home win over San Diego State.

The senior, who was scheduled to participate in graduation ceremonies Saturday, allowed only a fifth-inning walk while striking out seven. He threw 106 pitches.

Stripling, a ninth-round pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 draft, improves to 9-2 with a 2.36 ERA.

It was A&M's first no-hitter since Zach Jackson's seven-inning gem against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 14, 2004. Matt Blank had the last nine-inning no-hitter for the Aggies, accomplishing the feat against Texas-Pan American on Feb. 6, 1996.
Frisco Centennial and Dallas Hillcrest have a lot at stake in their area-round matchup.

Centennial drew the short end of the stick last season, facing a strong Highland Park squad in the first round that sent the team packing after one quick game.

Centennial finished 2012 as the second seed in District 9-4A behind Frisco Wakeland and has a playoff win under its belt, but Hillcrest stands in the way of a long-overdue playoff run.

Hillcrest took the District 12-4A crown this season, running the table in one of the area’s weaker districts. However, Hillcrest has playoff experience from a run to the regional quarterfinals last season that took a talented Rockwall-Heath team to the third game in a best-of-3 series.

The winner of this area-round duel will then potentially face Rockwall-Heath in the regional quarterfinal next week.

Highland Park, Wakeland headed for rematch

In one of the more epic wins of the playoffs last season, Frisco Wakeland knocked off Highland Park on a two-run, walk-off homer in the third game of the regional quarterfinals.

Those two are one win away from another meeting in the same round this season.

Highland Park eked past Carrollton Creekview in the bi-district round, 1-0, and has North Dallas in its sights this weekend.

Wakeland found late life against McKinney North, taking the third game of the series 13-0 after two close games to begin the series. It will face Dallas Bryan Adams in the area round.

Class 5A Region I bracket heating up

Before the playoffs began, Arlington Martin head coach Curt Culbertson said the lack of DFW schools deep in the baseball playoffs was due, in part, to Metroplex teams falling to other local teams early in the brackets.

This year is no different.

The bottom of the Region I bracket will see two strong DFW teams fall at the hands of another North Texas team.

District 7-5A champion Southlake Carroll will face District 6-5A runner up Grapevine in area-round action this weekend. Also, District 8-5A runner up Flower Mound and District 5-5A champ Mansfield face off to play the winner of Carroll and Grapevine.

The setup will leave just one Metroplex team with the chance to advance to the bottom region semifinal in Region I.

SL Carroll QB Kenny Hill commits to A&M

April, 28, 2012
Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill told ESPN Recruiting Nation's Damon Sayles Saturday that he has committed to Texas A&M, after announcing the selection on twitter.

"Offically committed to Texas A&M!!! #AggSwagg," Hill said on his twitter handle, @Kennyhill13.

Hill led Carroll to the 5A Division I state title last December and was a finalist in the Elite 11 competition that took place at Cowboys Stadium last month, which was won by Skyline's Devante Kincade.

Hill turned down offers from nine other schools, including Missouri, Ole Miss, Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech.

Here is Sayles story on Hill's decision (insider only).
ESPNU 150 watch list defensive end Jay Arnold chose Texas A&M for his college career Monday, making him A&M's 14th recruit of the class of 2013, according to ESPN Recruiting Nation Midlands recruiting coordinator Damon Sayles.

The 6-foot 4, 255-pound end from Rockwall-Heath joined the the 2013 edition of the Aggie Swag Movement over offers from Baylor, Northwestern, Tulsa, SMU and Ole Miss.

Here is Sayles' account of Arnold's selection (Insider only).

Sayles also took a look at the talent surrounding standout Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill as the Dragons look to defend the 5A state title next fall, featuring Tanner Jacobson, Cam Manning, Ray Crockett and A.J. Ezzard.

Here is the Insider-only look at those returning Dragons.

Ring drives Carroll QB Hill to keep working

April, 4, 2012

SOUTHLAKE, Texas -- Every now and then, Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill will take a look at the state championship ring in his room. It's kind of hard not to stare at it and it serves as a constant reminder of the hard work and multiple sacrifices Hill's had to endure -- the kind of work that has made him a definite player to watch as his recruiting process heats up.

There are Super Bowl rings that take a step back from what Hill and the other Carroll players and coaches received. The face features 40 diamonds around and a part of the school's "SC" logo -- which resembles the USC athletics logo. Around the border are eight emeralds, which represent the school's eight championships. Carroll and Celina are the only Texas public high schools with eight titles in their school histories.

"When I first got [the ring], I was like, 'Man, we actually did it,'" Hill said. "Now when I look at it, I say, 'A second one would be even better.'"

Read the full story here.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was a script that had already been played out once this high school season: Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill and Dallas Skyline’s Devante Kincade battling for the right to be considered the best quarterback in the area.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comFormer NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer of ESPN was impressed that Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill could always give a little bit more.
After dueling it out in an instant classic UIL 5A Division I state semifinal game in December, the two lined up against each other Saturday as the only two area finalists for the Dallas Nike Elite 11 camp.

The next chapter in this tale ended in a push between Hill and Kincade. Hill returned home from Cowboys Stadium to the state championship ring he received Thursday, and Kincade took home the first invitation to the July national Elite 11 camp in Redondo Beach, Calif.

“He came out here and did exactly what he showed on film,” Hill said. “He’s a great player. He came out here and played lights out all day and got the bid.”

Saturday’s camp ended in déjà vu, pairing off Kincade and Hill, among three other finalists, in a battle of hurry-up offense skills, which Hill used to score the game-winning touchdown against Skyline months earlier. Hill said he settled into his zone during the drill, after what he believed was a rusty start to the day.

Football gave way to baseball in Hill’s focus as he now spends his time protecting the hot corner for the Carroll baseball team. The slight differences in the mechanics of throwing between the two were evident to camp coach and ESPN personality Trent Dilfer.

“He’s playing baseball full time right now, so he’s not training as a quarterback,” Dilfer said. “So mechanically he’s a little rusty, but he competed. Every time you pushed the button, every time you wanted a little more, he gave you a little more. I wanted to see, is this a guy who is the biggest, badest athlete -- is that why he’s good? Or is he a guy that the higher the competition gets? It’s going to bring more out of him and he’s definitely one of those guys. The tighter you squeeze him the more you get out of him. I was thrilled to death with Kenny Hill today.”

Hill agreed he could have put on more of a show had he been throwing a football the past few weeks instead of a baseball, but he was confident he could take on any of the quarterbacks present in drills throwing out runners at home.

“I thought I could have done much better,” Hill said. “I haven’t really been throwing a football as much as I’ve been throwing the baseball around. Still, I came out here and did what I can. I thought I had a pretty good day -- I started off slow but picked it up towards the end but overall thought I did well.”

Hill, who now returns to the baseball diamond, finished as one of the top five quarterbacks in the region. He has football offers from Ole Miss, Baylor, Texas A&M, TCU and Texas Tech. Kincade will work to claim the crown as the top quarterback in the nation. He knows he has much greater expectations awaiting him in the 2013 football season after proving his high-caliber talent Saturday.

“It speaks volumes to me,” Hill said. “It shows me where I am, but losing to him and seeing all the people that are here really shows me where I’m at in the state and the nation makes me feel pretty good right now, but I still have to keep working.”

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Halfway through Saturday's Nike Elite 11 camp, coach and ESPN personality Trent Dilfer issued a warning to those quarterbacks who were lackadaisical going through the motions of the drills.

In his opinion, they needed to get on the same level of intensity demonstrated by Dallas Skyline quarterback DeVante Kincade, because he was putting distance between himself and the rest of the pack for the camp MVP honors.

The intensity rose but none could catch up to Kincade, who picked up the first invite to the national Elite camp in July with his MVP selection.

Five quarterbacks were selected to participate in a final two-minute drill simulation at the end of the camp, which included Kincade and Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill.

Click here for more information on Kincade's elite performance.

SL Carroll boys, girls sweep 5A swimming titles

February, 26, 2012
Southlake Carroll's boys and girls swept the Class 5A team titles at the UIL swimming and diving championships over the weekend at Austin's Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Highland Park's girls won the Class 4A team championship.

Frisco's Corey Nix set a 4A state record in the boys 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.13 seconds.

The following area swimmers won their events:

  • 200 medley relay: Southlake Carroll, 1:44.22
  • 200 freestyle: Julia Anderson, Fort Worth Paschal, 1:45.88
  • 100 freestyle: Julia Anderson Fort Worth Paschal, 49.53
  • 200 freestyle relay: Southlake Carroll, 1:36.08
  • 100 backstroke: Caroline Korst, Hebron, 55.62
  • 400 freestyle relay: Southlake Carroll, 3:27.99
  • 200 freestyle: Ted Singley, Southlake Carroll, 1:38.38
  • 50 freestyle: Ted Singley, Southlake Carroll, 4:23.68
  • 200 medley relay: Highland Park, 1:49.09
  • 200 freestyle: Claire Walters, Rockwall-Heath, 1:50.86
  • 200 IM: Whitney Allen, Frisco, 2:03.54
  • 50 freestyle: Raena Eldridge, Rockwall, 23.69
  • 100 freestyle: Sammie Hashbarger, McKinney, 51.55
  • 500 freestyle: Emily Nightingale, Lucas Lovejoy, 4:55.53
  • 200 freestyle relay: Highland Park, 1:36.48
  • 100 breaststroke: Destiny Nelson, Prosper, 1:06.12
  • 400 freestyle relay: Highland Park, 3:32.96
  • 200 IM: Adam Bull, Richardson Pearce, 1:49.84
  • 100 freestyle: Corey Nix, Frisco, 45.13
  • 500 freestyle: Adam Bull, Richardson Pearce, 4:30.47
  • 200 freestyle relay: Frisco, 1:25.75

Girls: Duncanville soph shoots down SL Carroll

February, 21, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- When Duncanville’s top four scorers on the season combined for just two points in the first half, Ariel Atkins came to the rescue.

Atkins scored a game-high 22 points (16 in the first half) and teammate Antiona Robinson came off the bench to score three needed buckets to stop a second-period slide in a 60-46 Class 5A Region I quarterfinal victory over Southlake Carroll on Tuesday night at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

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“As a coach, you want to make somebody beat you besides the team’s superstars,’’ Carroll coach Teri Morrison said. “That’s exactly what Duncanville did to us tonight.’’

Atkins, a 5-9 sophomore guard, did most of her damage within 10 feet of the Carroll basket by finding openings in the zone defense. She connected on 10-of-16 shots and led all rebounders with 10.

“My teammates were finding me with the ball and counting on me to finish,’’ said Atkins, who came into the game averaging 9.6 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Duncanville (36-1), No. 2 in ESPNDallas.com's Class 5A Top 10, earned a return to Wilkerson-Greines to face Amarillo at 8 p.m. Friday in a Region I semifinal.

Despite a 15-8 lead after a quarter, trouble loomed for Duncanville when Kiara Perry went to the bench for the remainder of the half with three fouls in the game’s first five minutes. Texas-bound guard Empress Davenport, troubled by a hand injury, missed all six of her first-half shots. Guards Morgan Bolton and Tasia Foman combined for only five shots in the first half.

Kate Lewis, a 6-1 junior, came off the Carroll bench to score eight second-period points, whittling Duncanville’s lead at the break to four, 27-23.

The No. 5 ranked Lady Dragons (30-4) never led, but could have tied on a Sierra Maykus’ 3-pointer that bounced off the back rim early in the third period. Carroll was 3-of-13 from behind the arc.

Maykus led Carroll with 13 points and Lewis finished with 12.

"Duncanville’s defense was outstanding and when we had shots, we didn’t shoot very well,’’ Morrison said.

Carroll's 2010-2011 season also ended with a third-round playoff loss to Duncanville.

“We came out in the third quarter knowing that we had to run and push the ball,’’ said Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan. “We wanted to up the defensive pressure and wear ‘em down.’’

Once the Pantherettes started running, everybody started getting in the scoring act again.

Duncanville’s lead hovered around 10 points for most of the fourth quarter and Carroll was forced to foul in the final minutes.

“Teri’s team worked hard and never quit,’’ Self-Morgan said. “There’s no slackers in our group, either.’’
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- Just weeks earlier, Southlake Carroll freshman guard Kennedy Leonard had the opportunity to seal a victory over district rival Keller by hitting last-second free throws, but she wasn't able to convert.

To lift her spirits, her teammates told her she would have the same opportunity again some day and would be successful the second time around.

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Travis L. Brown for ESPNDallas.comSierra Maykus finished with a team-high 13 points after going scoreless in the fist half for Southlake Carroll.
Little did the Carroll girls basketball team know that chance would come against Mansfield Timberview in the area round of the 5A playoffs.

Leonard hit a free throw with 5.9 seconds left in the game to tie the score at 38 and force overtime, where the Lady Dragons would hang on for a 48-46 victory.

“All the coaches were like 'you are going to get another chance to do it,' " Leonard said. "So I had to step up for my team and just had to make it.”

Leonard had spent the majority of the game sitting on the bench because of foul trouble, something Carroll coach Teri Morrison said was simply caused by freshman mental mistakes.

But with four fouls, Leonard played the majority of the fourth quarter, tallying six points in the frame, including a huge 3-pointer in the opening minute that brought her team within striking distance. She finished with nine points.

Once the game was pushed into overtime, senior Sierra Maykus took over where Leonard left off. Maykus drilled a 3-pointer that gave the Dragons their first lead of the game moments into the extra stanza and hit again on Carroll’s next possession to drive the margin to 46-42.

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State tournament: Girls » Boys »
Maykus finished with a team-high 13 points after a scoreless first half.

“I just forgot about all the shots I missed and pretended like it was a brand new game,” Maykus said. “I was definitely getting frustrated, but I tried to forget about getting frustrated and it worked.”

Carroll barely has enough time to catch its breath before it faces ESPN Dallas 5A No. 2 Duncanville in the regional quarterfinals. The game will be played at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Worth’s Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

A&M RHP Stripling (Carroll) is All-America pick

February, 15, 2012
Texas A&M right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling, a Southlake Carroll graduate, was named to ESPN.com's 2012 preseason All-America baseball team.

Stripling started last season as the Aggies' closer, earning four saves, before moving to the rotation and leading the nation in wins with a 14-2 record. He struck out 113 with just 18 walks and posted a 2.29 ERA.

Stripling was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the ninth round of last year's MLB draft but elected to stay in College Station for his senior season.

The Aggies are No. 14 in ESPN.com's preseason Power Rankings, and Texas is No. 15. Rice is the state's highest-ranked team at No. 4.