High School: The Colony

The Colony F named Midlands player of week

February, 29, 2012
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The Colony forward Zach LeDay was named the ESPNHS Midlands region player of the week for last week.

From the ESPNHS player of the week blog post:
LeDay has been getting his way for the Cougars for much of the season and had two 30-point games last week. The 6-foot-8 power forward with a commitment to South Florida first scored 30 points in a 64-34 victory against Plainview (Texas). He then came through for 33 as The Colony beat Burges (El Paso, Texas) 63-55. ... He is averaging 20.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

The Colony's season came to an end Tuesday with its 55-52 regional semifinal loss to Wolfforth Frenship on Tuesday.

Two area quarterbacks find new home at UTEP

February, 1, 2012
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Two area quarterbacks will compete for playing time against each other after signing with UTEP on Wednesday.

Coppell's Jake Larson and The Colony's Garrett Simpson inked letters of intent to play for the Miners, but their senior seasons couldn't have gone much differently.

In his third season as The Colony's starter, Simpson was among the area's leading passers through the first three games before finishing with 1,886 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year.

Larson wasn't as lucky. Playing in his first year as a starter, Larson tore his ACL midway through the year and didn't play another down.

The quarterbacks join Rowlett linebacker Chester Egbim as Miner signees.

Coppell had three other players sign. Offensive lineman Sam Rice signed with SMU after decommitting from North Texas, where DB David Busby signed. Kicker Nick Jordan signed with Texas.

The Colony had one other player sign with an FBS school -- receiver Gerald Thomas, who capped his stellar high school career by signing with Colorado.

The Colony rallies to slip by rival Denton Ryan

January, 27, 2012
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THE COLONY, Texas -- Deciphering where The Colony has an advantage over Denton Ryan takes merely a glance at the two teams standing next to each other.

Three members of The Colony's front court -- Zach DeLay, Antoine Burrell and Damion McIntosh -- stand at least a head taller than any member of the Raiders, who got smaller over the offseason while their District 4-4A competitors got bigger.

Despite the disadvantage, Ryan held its own in the paint and built a healthy lead through three quarters Friday, but The Colony's big men broke out in the fourth en route to a 57-55 win in a physical, foul-filled game that featured 13 lead changes.

The win keeps The Colony (26-4, 7-1 in 4-4A) within striking distance of first-place Little Elm. Ryan (15-10, 5-3) still has a strong hold on a playoff spot, but its district title hopes take a hit with the loss.

"They came out really hot," DeLay said of Ryan. "We just had to play defense. That was the object. We got back in it and won."

With the game tied at 55, The Colony guard Kendall Jones sank two of three free throws with three seconds left in the game to give the Cougars the win. It was a thrilling conclusion to a back-and-forth final frame that began with Ryan nursing a five-point lead and both teams already in the bonus.

But the lead quickly vanished as the Cougar forwards found a rhythm, powering The Colony on a 10-0 run before Ryan point guard Trey Mohair, who finished with a game-high 27 points, drilled a 3-pointer from well behind the arc to tie the game at 46.

The game went on to be tied at 48 and 50, and a Burrell putback tied it at 55 with less than two minutes remaining.
Ryan looked like it might hold the ball for the rest of the game to take a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer, but an ugly pass gave The Colony the ball with 18 seconds left before Jones was fouled taking 3-pointer with three seconds left.

He sank the first and third attempts to give the Cougars a lead. By that point, Mohair had fouled out of the game, and the Raiders didn't get much of a shot off at the buzzer.

"We quit settling for outside jump shots and started going inside to our strengths," said The Colony head coach Cleve Ryan, who's father Billy is Denton Ryan's namesake. "Our big guys inside, that's where we score."

Burrell and Bobby White led The Colony with 14 points apiece.

LeDay and McIntosh, who transferred to The Colony from Dallas Skyline and Little Elm, respectively, both finished with 11 points. While their final stats aren't terribly impressive, their presence on the court is. Ryan had a hard time even getting a shot off on the paint at times, and they absorbed all of Ryan's attention defensively.

The Raiders did a good job of slowing them down early, particularly forward Sam Johnson, who played an extremely physical game in the paint, but eventually Ryan wore down.

"We just kept on attacking," DeLay said. "We kept attacking hard. That's what our coach tells us to do."

Transfers have The Colony among state's best

January, 12, 2012
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Two transfer students have The Colony looking like it can contend for a state title in 2012.

Zach LeDay (Dallas Skyline) and Damion McIntosh (Little Elm) are first and third, respectively, on the team in scoring and have also provided strong work on the boards and on defense.

The pair have helped the Cougars overcome the loss of all but three players from last year's team that lost in the region finals.

"We've had some new faces that have stepped in and really helped us out tremendously this year," said The Colony head coach Cleve Ryan.

LeDay, a South Florida commit who plays with the Dallas Mustings in AAU, averages 21 points and eight rebounds per game for The Colony (22-3, 3-0 in District 4-4A).

At 6-foot-7, LeDay compares favorably to former The Colony and Dallas Kimball forward Jordan Williams, now at UNT. Ryan said LeDay is more of an inside player than Williams was but that he can shoot from the outside when needed.

"He's helping out big time," Ryan said of LeDay. "He's been a great addition for us."

LeDay, McIntosh and returning starter Antoine Burrell give The Colony a trio of excellent rebounders who each average more than five boards per game. They've also made The Colony a strong defensive team. The Cougars give up just 51 points per game.

"It always starts with our defense," Ryan said. "They buckle down and play team defense. It's an area we stress before every game. We try to get second-chance points on the offensive end and limit the opposition to one position on the defensive end."

The Colony is tied for first place in what looks like a strong District 4-4A. Last week the Cougars beat rival Denton Ryan 57-49, but Little Elm, McIntosh's old team, has proved formidable so far this year, also going 3-0 in district play so far.

Unbeaten Frisco Centennial blanks The Colony

September, 9, 2011
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FRISCO, Texas – Frisco Centennial head coach Mark Howard has been one of many victims of Frisco ISD's expansion.

Four years ago he couldn't wait until his talented freshman class matured. That class ended up at Frisco Liberty, which used the group to make two deep playoff runs.

But with Frisco's expansion preying on other schools this year, Howard and Centennial have a team that may be the best in the school district.

The Titans' performance against The Colony on Friday certainly suggests that. Centennial shut out one of the best offenses in the area in a 21-0 win at Pizza Hut Park.

"We were very concerned about their offense because the last two weeks they'd put up some yards and put some points," Howard said of The Colony. "This is the best team we've had since we started the program. If we can play inspired ball like that every week, who knows ..."

Centennial's defense had given up just nine points in two games going into Friday, but the Titans (3-0) hadn't faced an offense with as much firepower as The Colony's, which averaged 367.5 passing yards in its first two games.

But aside from two productive drives at the end of the first half, The Colony (1-2) got nothing going, finishing with no points and just 216 total yards.

The Colony threw for 32 yards in the second half, and Gerald Thomas, who lead the area in receiving through two games, caught just two balls for 18 yards.

"We just had to stay where we were at and just follow everything because every time they would come outside, nothing would work," said Centennial linebacker Nick Bush. "We came out and played."

While Centennial's offense didn't light up the scoreboard, it made enough big plays to give the Titans the win.

Centennial opened the scoring early in the first quarter when Darion McMahon took a screen pass 78 yards for a touchdown.

He scored again on a 31-yard run in the second quarter that was set up by a 32-yard pass play. Those three plays accounted for all but 20 of Centennial's first-half yardage.

But it's all Centennial would need to take a 14-0 lead into halftime thanks to its stellar defense. The Colony started slow, not reaching Centennial territory until late in the second quarter when quarterback Garrett Simpson threw passes for 15 and 23 yards to get the Cougars to the Titans 37, but an interception by safety Ian Niethercut killed the drive.

Simpson got going again on The Colony's next drive, setting up a first-and-goal at the Centennial 5 before a clipping penalty forced a field goal attempt that Centennial blocked.

It only got worse for The Colony in the second half. Five of its six second-half drives were three-and-outs, and the one drive that wasn't ended in an interception by Austin Schotts.

"Everything starts up front," Howard said of his defense. "We pressured him [Simpson] like he's never been pressured before and that's the way our defense has played the last two weeks."

Centennial added some insurance points at the end of the third quarter when Zach McCown caught a 42-yard touchdown from Lamar Jordan to make it 21-0.

But with the way its defense played, Centennial needed only one score.

"We just have to keep playing and keep up," Bush said. "We can't get big headed."

Chat: Week 2 high school football live updates

September, 9, 2011
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Travis L. Brown and Randy Jennings will be chatting from the Kincaide Stadium doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. DeSoto-Cedar Hill kicks things off, followed by Arlington Bowie-Dallas Skyline. We'll keep you updated on the action right here.

Click here for the Week 2 results page, including records.

The Colony-Frisco Centennial pits O against D

September, 8, 2011
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THE COLONY (1-1) at No. 8 FRISCO CENTENNIAL (2-0)
7 p.m. Friday at Pizza Hut Park


When we saw them last: The Colony outscored McKinney by 27 points in the second half to register a 54-33 victory, its first of the season. Frisco Centennial won a dog fight with Cleburne, 24-9, by blanking Cleburne in the second half.

2010 result: The Colony escaped with a 38-35 win over Centennial in a game that saw seven lead changes. The Colony stuffed Centennial on fourth down late in the fourth quarter and then scored on the ensuing drive to take the lead and the win.

What’s at stake: Respect. Both teams are out to prove they belong among playoff contenders. Centennial may be the favorite in 9-4A but hasn’t received the attention that comes with it. The Colony is an afterthought in a top-heavy 4-4A but its offense alone could get the Cougars into the playoffs.

Key matchup: The Colony’s offense vs. Frisco Centennial’s defense. It’s strength against strength when these two units are on the field, and who gets the better of the matchup likely wins. The Colony averages 486 yards per game while Centennial gives up just 208.

Players to watch: The Colony tandem of QB Garrett Simpson, a UTEP commit, and WR Gerald Thomas, a Colorado commit, has proved potent through two games. Simpson has thrown for 549 yards and four touchdowns while Thomas leads the area in receiving in Class 4A with 367 yards and three touchdowns. Dual-threat QB Lamar Jordan has sparked Centennial’s offense. He’s thrown for 295 yards and four touchdowns and leads the team in rushing with 106 yards.

Prediction: Frisco Centennial 31, The Colony 28.

Football showcases scheduled for Zero Week

August, 23, 2011
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Several showcase events around the area highlight this weekend's action as the football season kicks off.

The North Texas Football Classic brings three games to the Cotton Bowl over two nights. On Friday, Duncanville faces Colleyville Heritage at 7:30 p.m. in a matchup of two 2010 playoff teams. Saturday's doubleheader starts with Midlothian-Grapevine at 4:30 p.m., and the event wraps up at 7:30 when The Colony takes on Sherman.

A powerhouse doubleheader will take place at SMU's Ford Stadium on Saturday in the Tom Landry Classic. Class 4A contenders Everman and Highland Park get it started at 4:30 p.m. At 7:30, ESPNDallas.com No. 1 Allen will be challenged by No. 8 Cedar Hill.

Carrollton's Standridge Stadium hosts two intriguing games in its annual Zero Week event. At 4 p.m., Denton Guyer takes on Garland. In the nightcap scheduled for 8 p.m., Class 4A Waxahachie battles 5A Flower Mound Marcus.

In one other game of note, Dallas Skyline will defend Texas' honor against Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway at Lancaster's Tiger Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Click here for the full schedule of this week's Class 4A and 5A games for area teams.

District 4-4A football season preview

August, 15, 2011
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DISTRICT 4-4A

  • Denton (4-7, 2-4), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Randy Patzkowski.
  • Denton Ryan (15-1, 6-0), lost in DI state-title game. Coach: Joey Florence.
  • Lake Dallas (5-6, 4-2), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Michael Young.
  • Little Elm (5-5, 2-4). Coach: Donald Stowers.
  • The Colony (4-6, 1-5). Coach: Rudy Rangel.
  • Wichita Falls (2-8, 1-5). Coach: Jayson Lavender.
  • Wichita Falls Rider (9-5, 5-1), lost in DI region finals. Coach: Jim Garfield.
THE BIG QUESTION: Can the offense produce enough for Denton Ryan to win state?

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Travis L. Brown/ESPN.comJoey Florence is installing a new offense at Denton Ryan, which already has a dominant defense in place.
Denton Ryan’s defense is an embarrassment of riches.

The unit’s five returning starters are all Division I players, including a guy named Mario Edwards, who happens to be ESPN’s No. 1 recruit in the nation.

But what held Ryan back in 2010 is again a question mark in 2011 - offense. A hiring freeze in Denton ISD prevented Ryan from hiring a new offensive coordinator until last week, but during spring practices, head coach Joey Florence installed an offense that more closely resembles the one Ryan used in the early 2000s.

Unproven Kevin Carpenter takes over under center for the Raiders, and the new scheme will suit his running ability, which was on display in mop-up duty of Ryan’s playoff win over Wichita Falls Rider.

The good news is Carpenter will have plenty around him. WRs Trey Cook and Sam Johnson and RB Jerrick Harvey are capable weapons, and the offensive line has two Division I players in Tevin McCray and Jordan Williams.

With the primary pieces returning from a team that was a game shy of an undefeated season, Ryan might be a quarterback away from its third state title.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB Dentton Hudspeth, WR Manny Mendoza, WR Leon Atkinson, Denton; DE Mario Edwards, LB Alex De La Torre, LB Jordan Richmond, DE Dominique Banks, Denton Ryan; QB Dayln Williams, RB Dontonio Jordan, WR Ferrando Joseph, Lake Dallas; QB Devante Pullum, OL Jerome Daniels, RB Matt Marrs, Little Elm; WR Gerald Thomas, QB Garrett Simpson, LB Geoffrey Chan, The Colony; QB Dylan Sheffield, WR Diondre Singleton, WR Chance Garey, Wichita Falls; QB J.T. Barrett, WR Josh Aaron, RB Tyler Alaniz, Wichita Falls Rider.

DID YOU KNOW?

Denton made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2002. ... Little Elm will return to running the Wishbone offense after a year in the spread. ... All seven of the district’s coaches return for 2011.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS

  1. Denton Ryan
  2. Lake Dallas
  3. Wichita Falls Rider
  4. The Colony
FORT WORTH, Texas – For such a dominating presence at 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds, Devonta Abron of Seagoville was surprisingly invisible in the first half of the Texas High School Coaches Association basketball All-Star game.

With just five points and five boards from Abron in the first half, former The Colony point guard Austin Chatman stole the spotlight by dropping dimes to his newly acquainted North All-Star teammates.

“I wasn’t hitting any shots so I had to find another way to win the game, so I did what I had to do,” Chatman said.

Devonta Abron
Travis L Brown/ESPNDallas.com Seagoville's Devonta Abron was the North MVP of the THSCA All-Star game, leading his team to victory with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
The no-defense format of the game fit right into Chatman’s style, setting up teammates on bounce-pass alley-oops and behind-the-back passes.

However, all the Globetrotter-like showmanship would end up for naught in his stat line after the majority of his teammates couldn't convert the bucket after he dialed up an outstanding connection.

Every rim-rejected dunk would draw a jokingly annoyed glare from Chatman, followed by a large grin from the soon-to-be Creighton freshman.

“I gave them a lot [of joking grief], but I mean you got to live with it,” Chatman said.

With great professionalism, Chatman attributed the misfires to the lack of experience he had with the other players, throwing the timing off.

Luckily for Chatman and the other North All-Stars, Abron came out of the tunnel in the second half like a man among boys, leading the North to a 103-94 victory.

Abron threw down dunk after dunk on his way to a 27-point, 10-rebound night. As each dunk was slammed, he came further out of his shell, peaking in the fourth when he threw down a monster dunk and then hit a long-range two, each celebrated with flexed muscles.

“I just wasn’t playing good so the second half my team told me to come on with it, so I listened to them and picked my game up and started balling,” Abron said. “When I got that first slam, I was ready to ball.”

Abron, an Arkansas recruit, put an exclamation point on his argument for the North MVP with a transition alley-oop dunk with half a minute left on the clock which he credited to friendly trash-talking from friends he had made on the South team.

“They’d been talking noise all these days, so I just told them I was going to bring it to them,” Abron said.

After he concluded his beastly performance, he quietly left the court with a giant grin on his face, saying he was just ready to take his MVP plaque back to share with his hometown of Seagoville.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Former Seagoville post and Arkansas recruit Devonta Abron needed a half to warm up in the Texas High School Coaches Association basketball All-Star game, but he came alive in the second half, flexing his muscles and throwing down slams to seal a 103-94 North All-Star victory and a North MVP award.

* Four of the area's five players on the North squad started the game: The Colony's Austin Chatman, Flower Mound's Jordan Green, Abron and Melissa's Hondo Webb. That line got two shifts in the first, helping the North All-Stars to a quick lead, ending the first frame on top, 28-19.

*The second began with a rush of South points narrowing the deficit to as few as four by way of pure showmanship, throwing down dunks or hitting from behind the arc. Fundamentals gave way to flair as the second half came to a close, with turnover and fouls keeping either team from scoring. The North remained on top at the half, 51-47.

* Hustle and flash was the name of the game for Chatman in the first half. He pulled the ball outside in transition halfway through the second quarter and attempted a hard bounce alley-oop to Forrest Robinson that was just barely tipped over the streaking Robinson's hand in the paint. Had the defense not been alert, the crafty dish would have connected with Robinson for an easy dunk. Chatman then finished the first half with a no-look dish into the lane in transition but couldn't get the assist from Tashawn Thomas. Chatman was failed by another teammate with a minute left in the game when Jordan Green missed a wide open dunk after a Chatman no-look, behind-the-back pass.

* The North's only spark in the third quarter was Abron, who threw down three slams that kept the South's momentum at bay. The South tied the score for the first time since the beginning of the game at 53 just a minute and a half into the third and took its first lead, 66-64, with 3:30 left in the third, then finished the third with the lead, 73-72.

* Abron again kept the South's momentum down in the fourth, throwing down a dunk to start the quarter and hitting a 3 on the very next possession. A few Thomas mid-range jumpers kept the fourth run in favor of the North. A pair of 3s by the South's Tyler Friedel kept the game close with under two minutes left in the fourth, but the North kept possession for the majority of the final minute to seal the game.

* The South's Tre Demps of San Antonio Reagan won the MVP award for his squad.

* During halftime, the teams remained on the floor to watch a few participants from each team take part in a 3-point contest and a dunk contest. Webb came in second in the 3-point contest, draining 11 in a minute, but came four short of the winner, Victoria East's Friedel. Flower Mound's Green won the dunk contest, throwing down all three of his tries on the first try.
Fort Worth is the host city for this year's Texas High School Coaches Association Coaching School, bringing the football and boys basketball all-star games to the Metroplex. Many of the area's stand-out athletes have been named to the North All-Star teams for both the basketball game, tipping at 7:30 p.m. Monday at TCU's Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, and Tuesday's football game, which is at 7:30 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comSeagoville's Devonta Abron will play for the North All-Star teams at 7:30 p.m. Monday at TCU's Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Here are the North All-Star rosters for both games:

FOOTBALL

RB Kaylon Alexander - Denton Ryan
CB Tyler Boyd - Daingerfield
WR Roderick Woodard - Quanah
SS Storm Griffin - Argyle
DB Jake Talbert - Crawford
SS Jovorious Brown - Longview
WR Xavier Willams - Ranchview
QB Josiah Monroe - Bastrop
WR Marquis Jackson - Fort Worth Arlington Heights
OLB Craig Wesson - Odessa Permian
SS Jake Howeth - Dallas Highland Park
CB Malcolm Hill - Frisco Liberty
WR Tyler Wright - Granbury
QB Anthony Morgan - Carthage
K/P Tyler Orwig - Euless Trinity
CB Rylan Riney - Aledo
LB Rodney Young - Dekaney
RB Chris Nutall - A&M Consolidated
DB Malcom Scott - Tomball
RB Rufus Mason - Flower Mound Marcus
DT Marcquel Sheppard - McKinney North
ILB Connor Sheehan - Austin Anderson
MLB Cord Fletcher - Henderson
DE Chad Polk - Dallas Woodrow Wilson
LB Trey McGowan - Kerens
OL Chad Williams - Burleson
DL Leroy Mitchell - Lubbock Estacado
OL Zach Crawford - Westwood
OL Dillon Ivory - Ore City
OL Marcus Hutchins - DeSoto
OL Tyler Halerumal - Sulphur Springs
OL Kris Weeks - Sachse
OL Nathan Butler - Southlake Carroll
OL Brandon Duryee - Hereford
LB Zach White - Littlefield
TE Garrett Mayo - New Deal
MLB Brent Turner - Idalou
DL Zach Wood - Rowlett

BASKETBALL

G Austin Chatman - The Colony
G Sean Voss - Belton
F Rorrest Robinson - Eastland
G/F Jordan Green - Flower Mound
G Derrell Gibbs - Burkburnett
G Derry Franklin - Mansfield Legacy
F Devonta Abron - Seagoville
G Hondo Webb - Melissa
F Tashawn Thomas - Kileen
G Luke Carpenter - Farwell
F Zane Hernandez - Iraan
F DaJuan Cooper - Kennedale

Mohair leads Denton Ryan to rout of The Colony

January, 28, 2011
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DENTON, Texas -- Football gets all the attention at Denton Ryan, and rightly so. The team has played in five state title games in 12 years.

But the basketball program at Ryan has quietly developed into a power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Case in point: Ryan clobbered its closest completion in District 4-4A in The Colony on Friday, routing a team that reached the state tournament last year, 62-46.

The win gives Ryan (18-8, 8-0) a two-game lead over The Colony (15-11, 6-2) with just two weeks left in the regular season.

"I really, really like the makeup of this team," said Denton Ryan head coach Bryce Overstreet. "When you have a solid point guard as well as a low-post presence, you have a chance to be really good."

Ryan point guard Trey Mohair, a junior who is starting for the third straight year, has elevated his game this season, giving Ryan an experienced and savvy player to run its offense.

Against The Colony, he was all over the court, scoring 13 points while adding five assists and three steals.

Add in senior post Adam Choplick, who scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the Raiders have an inside-outside presence that's among the best.

"The coaches said I had to be a leader [this year] and score more to help the team win," Mohair said. "Last year we had Bud Sasser scoring most of the points so I didn't have to do that much. This year I have to be the person to score most of the points."

Ryan started the game slowly as turnovers and missed shots led to an early 10-2 lead for The Colony, but better ball-handling and switching to a zone defense sparked the Raiders.

Ryan quickly tied the game and went on a 29-4 run to close the half, giving it a 34-16 lead after an ugly first few minutes. Roger Ricks hit 3-pointers at the buzzer of each of the first two quarters. He finished with 13.

"We just stopped turning the ball over," Mohair said. "After that we started running our plays and our shots started falling."

The Colony, which averages more than 60 points per game, never got going offensively. Austin Chatman, a Creighton recruit, led the Cougars with 13 points. Antwoine Burrell had 11.

"We start with our defense -- that's where we begin," Overstreet said. "I felt like we did a good job contesting. They missed a lot of shots, but I feel like we were there to contest and give them something else to look at."

Denton Ryan hands The Colony tough loss

January, 6, 2011
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Denton Ryan delivered The Colony's girls another gut-wrenching defeat on Tuesday.

Ryan’s Rahsheeba Walker stole an inbounds pass and drilled a shot from midcourt at the buzzer to give Ryan a 69-67 victory in a game between the two favorites in District 4-4A.

It mirrored a game between the two in 2009. Ryan rallied from 13 points down midway through the fourth quarter to tie the game before Ryan stole an inbounds pass with just seconds left. De’Amber Wilhite, then a sophomore, threw up a prayer at the buzzer that went in to give Ryan a 64-62 win.

The win Tuesday puts Ryan (11-11, 3-0) in first place in 4-4A despite losing Wilhite for the season with a knee injury over the summer.

Wilhite powered Ryan her freshman year in 2008 and made Ryan an area favorite in 2011 before her injury. The 5-foot-8 guard signed with SMU and is the No. 89 ranked prospect in the nation on the ESPNU 100.

Four area teams in state volleyball tournament

November, 16, 2010
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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.

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