High School: Frisco Centennial

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.
The competitive nature of the District 9-4A boys playoff race suggested the district would be competitive in the playoffs as well.

It hasn't panned out that way.

District 10-4A went 3-1 against 9-4A in the bi-district round, with 9-4A's one win being Frisco's 54-52 win over Rockwall.

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Even that game went down to the wire despite Frisco being the 9-4A champion and Rockwall being the fourth seed from 10-4A. Frisco won after RJ White connected on a putback at the buzzer.

District 10-4A's wins were convincing. McKinney North took a 68-58 win over Carrollton Creekview, which was enjoying a resurgent season that saw it push Frisco for the 9-4A crown.

McKinney held off a late rally to beat Frisco Centennial 53-51, and Highland Park topped Carrollton Newman Smith 46-34 despite not having its top scorer, David Allen.

Things get tougher for 10-4A as it moves on to face teams from Dallas ISD. Highland Park, which still won't have Allen (who is suspended for the week in compliance with the district's policy regarding arrests and participation in extracurricular activities), faces defending 4A champion Dallas Kimball, the No. 5 team in ESPN Dallas' final Class 4A area rankings.

McKinney North takes on No. 4 Dallas Woodrow Wilson and McKinney gets No. 2 South Oak Cliff. Frisco plays Dallas Lincoln.

Frisco RB Harris stays home, signs with UNT

February, 1, 2012
Running back Carlos Harris helped resurrect Frisco's suffering football program.

He'll have the opportunity to do the same at North Texas.

The District 9-4A MVP signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play for a Mean Green team that isn't in too different a situation as Frisco was before Harris came along.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPN.comFrisco running back Carlos Harris is staying close to home after signing with North Texas.
Frisco went 1-19 in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Raccoons rebounded in 2010 with Harris at quarterback and excelled in 2011 after moving him to running back. Frisco won two playoff games.

North Texas is on a similar arch. It went a dismal 6-37 in 3 1/2 seasons under Todd Dodge but rebounded in 2011 under Dan McCarney with a 5-7 record.

Harris was the workhorse running back in Frisco's Wing-T offense, rushing for 1,722 yards and 21 touchdowns on 223 carries.

The Raccoons weren't the only Frisco ISD team to have a breakout season. Frisco Centennial went undefeated in the regular season and won two playoff games.

Chase Appleby lead a formidable front seven that fueled Centennial's run. He signed with Wyoming on Wednesday.

Carrollton Creekview takes 9-4A lead with win

January, 20, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- Carrollton Creekview has had trouble with Frisco Centennial's zone defense since dropping down to Class 4A two years ago.

The Titans do a fantastic job of clogging passing lanes and collapsing to the ball in the paint, making it difficult for the opposition to get off a high-percentage shot.

Creekview's guards decided to go ahead and settle for the outside shots against Centennial on Friday, and their stellar sharp-shooting allowed the Mustangs to finally solve Centennial's 2-3 zone and escape with a 65-60 win.

Creekview (16-11, 6-1) is now in first place in District 9-4A, with the win giving the Mustangs the tiebreaker over Centennial (15-9, 6-1).

"That's the best we've ever done [against Centennial's zone]," said Creekview head coach Jonathan Ellis. "At halftime I was shocked we already had 32 points. I thought that might be our final total."

Its success against the Titans' zone is just one of many examples of Creekview's improvement this season. Last year the Mustangs lost in a playoff play-in game after losing 10 lettermen, but with much of that team returning for 2012, Creekview has improved dramatically.

In nondistrict play, the Mustangs have beaten strong teams such as Highland Park and Rowlett this season, in addition to pushing perennial powers The Colony and Garland Lakeview Centennial to the brink of defeat.

"We have come together as a team a whole lot more than last year," said guard Justin Cueto, the team's leading scorer. "We didn't have as good of chemistry last year as we do this year. This year we all have a year under our belt, so we have a lot more experience and that helps us win games."

Creekview's stellar guards have led the way, and Friday was no different. Cueto scored a game-high 24 points and backcourt teammates Stephen Buckner and Ali Zia added 13 and 10, respectively.

And most of their points came from behind the arc or on long-distance 2-pointers as Centennial's zone was in full force, especially starting off the game.

"They're our go-daddies," Ellis said of his guards. "They are kind of what make us go, and they did a good job tonight. Zia was getting through the creases and finding the ball. They did their job and knocked down their shots."

Centennial led for much of the first half behind the inside/outside play of forwards Alex Terrian (16 points) and Zander Petersson (13 points) on the Titans' girth of set plays.

"We knew they ran good stuff and we spent two days trying to go through all their stuff, but you really don't know it until you see them up close," Ellis said of Centennial's offense. "They're very impressive. They're tough to defend."

But Creekview took a one-point lead into halftime after it held the ball for the final minute of the second quarter before Aaron Brown scored just before the buzzer.

The bucket was part of a 10-0 run by the Mustangs that started at the end of the first half and extended into the third quarter.

That's due in part to Ellis' halftime adjustments. Creekview mixed in some zone to go with its base man defense in the third quarter, and Centennial struggled with it early in the frame.

Creekview took a 12-point lead with just under three minutes remaining in the game. Centennial made a final push to get as close as five, but the Mustangs made enough free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win.

"Their zone is the toughest thing we face all year," Cueto said. "It's one of the toughest in the area. We got used to it after awhile."

Frisco ISD looking for another sweep in 9-4A

January, 18, 2012
Football may not be the only sport in which Frisco ISD sweeps District 9-4A.

Frisco's girls basketball teams currently occupy all four of the district's playoff spots, as Frisco Liberty, Frisco Wakeland, Frisco Centennial and Frisco Heritage are in line to make the playoffs in 9-4A.

In fact, those four teams look so strong that it may be moot that Frisco ISD's sweeps the district. The more intriguing question might be the order in which those teams finish.

Each of the four is a game ahead of the team behind it, with Liberty (16-10, 8-0) leading the way and Heritage (19-8, 5-3) sitting in fourth, two games ahead of Carrollton Newman Smith. Wakeland (17-10, 7-1) is second and Centennial (19-9, 6-2) is third.

Ironically, the order is the exact opposite in overall win percentage. Heritage leads in that category with a .703 win percentage and Liberty is fourth at .615, suggesting it could be a wild finish in the district.

But the pecking order within the district is pretty clear. None of the four non-playoff teams have yet to win against the four playoff teams, and of the four playoff teams, none of them have beaten a team currently ahead of them in the standings.

Frisco Centennial takes early lead in 9-4A

January, 12, 2012
Frisco Centennial took the pole position in District 9-4A with a 49-46 win over Carrollton Newman Smith on Tuesday.

Missed free throws by Centennial (13-8, 4-0 in 9-4A) gave Newman Smith (11-9, 3-1) a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds, but a half-court prayer rimmed out to preserve a victory that broke a first-place tie in 9-4A.

Centennial hopes to capitalize on its early lead after finishing two games behind 9-4A champion Frisco Wakeland in 2011, but it's likely to be a back-and-forth season in the district.

Resurgent Carrollton Creekview is tied with Newman Smith for second at 3-1, while Frisco and Wakeland are tied for fourth at 2-2. District 9-4A features five teams with overall winning records in addition to Wakeland, which is just a game below .500.

Aside from a blowout win over Frisco Liberty, all of Centennial's victories have been close. Centennial defeated Newman Smith by three, Frisco by four and Wakeland by six.

Timberview, Centennial coaches earn honors

December, 27, 2011

Class 5A: Mansfield Timberview's Mark Walker

Nothing can prepare a team for the death of one of its coaches. Timberview endured an unspeakable tragedy when assistant coach Cody McCarty passed away at just 29 years old.

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The Wolves could have succumbed to their grief and let a promising season slip away, but head coach Mark Walker wouldn't let them.

The Wolves dedicated their year to McCarty, and Walker kept them focused on honoring their late coach.

The season, just Timberview's second at the 5A level, turned into one of the best in the school's history despite not making the postseason since 2008.

But the Wolves roared through the playoffs. They opened the postseason with upsets over Colleyville Heritage and Flower Mound Marcus, then defeated two strong west Texas teams in Abilene and Abilene Cooper before losing to eventual state champion Spring Dekaney in the state semifinals.

Class 4A: Frisco Centennial's Mark Howard

The opportunity to start a program from scratch excited Mark Howard when he became Centennial's first head coach in 2003. What he didn't know was that he'd have to start the program from scratch more than once.

Expansion in Frisco ISD split classes at Centennial throughout the 2000s, keeping the football program's numbers unstable. With expansion picking on other schools now, Howard has shown what kind of program he can build.

Howard turned Centennial into one of the best 4A defenses in the area as the Titans gave up just 11.4 points per game, which fueled an undefeated regular season in which the Titans breezed through District 9-4A.

A successful playoff run capped off what was easily the best season in school history. The Titans beat McKinney North and Dallas Conrad before falling to Corsicana in the regional semifinals.

Howard has Centennial's subvarsity programs humming, and with many key underclassmen set to return, the future looks bright for Howard and the Titans.

Corsicana RB Washington to test Centennial

November, 23, 2011
7:30 p.m. Friday at Midlothian ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium

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What: Class 4A Division II Region II semifinal.

When we saw them last: Frisco Centennial's Lamar Jordan threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-13 area playoff blowout of 6-6 Dallas Conrad at Kimbrough Stadium in Murphy. Corsicana senior running back Cameron Washington carried the mail 39 times for 320 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-35 area playoff victory over 8-4 Sulphur Springs at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

Last in the playoffs: Both teams were beaten in the bi-district round of the 2010 Class 4A Division II playoffs. Centennial lost to Highland Park, 49-7. Corsicana was outscored by Bastrop, 55-34.

What’s at stake: The winner advances to a state quarterfinal to meet the winner of Friday afternoon’s regional playoff between Frisco (10-2) and Kilgore (7-5) in Forney.

Key matchup: The best way to slow Corsicana is to clog the running lanes for Washington and make the Tigers depend more on sophomore quarterback DeVontay Bell. But slowing Washington is easier said than done. The senior has rushed for 2,587 yards and 38 touchdowns. However, the Centennial defense is one of the best in the area against the run, allowing only 74.8 rushing yards per game. Nine times this season Centennial has held opponents to 15 points or less. Nick Bush leads Centennial in tackles with 105 and Kevin Smith leads the team in sacks with 13.

Players to watch: Each team has picked off 23 passes. Junior Ranthony Texada leads Centennial with five interceptions. For Corsicana, linebacker Tevin McDonald has seven interceptions and cornerback Antonio Wilson has six. Offensively for Centennial, Jordan is the big gun with 2,168 passing yards and 22 touchdowns to go with 838 rushing yards and 11 more scores.

Prediction: Washington will be the difference in a contest that goes to the wire: Corsicana 35, Centennial 34.

Frisco, Centennial on pace for region showdown

November, 22, 2011
With rapid expansion causing uncertainty for Frisco’s extracurricular activities, the thought of two Frisco ISD teams playing for a region title was laughable as recently as last year.

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But with things settling down -- at least for these two Frisco schools –- Frisco Centennial (12-0) and Frisco (10-2) are just one win away from facing each other in the 4A Division II Region II title, a game that would serve as the ultimate redemption for the turbulent school district.

Both teams face tough opponents in the region semifinals, though.

Corsicana (11-1) is arguably the best team Centennial has seen all year. The game features a tantalizing matchup between Tigers running back Cameron Washington, who leads the area in rushing with 2,587 yards and 38 touchdowns, and a Centennial run defense that’s giving up a mere 74 rushing yards per game.

The two play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Midlothian.

Frisco faces resurgent Kilgore (8-4), which is enjoying its first winning season since 2008. The running tandem of L.D. Anthony and Dondra Halton have allowed to the Bulldogs to upset Royse City and most recently Lancaster (14-6).

The game at 1 p.m. Friday at Forney’s City Bank Stadium should be smash-mouth football at its best. Frisco’s Wing-T offense leans heavily on its own standout running back, Carlos Harris (1,675 yards and 21 touchdowns).

Frisco gave Centennial all it could handle in their meeting in the regular season. The Raccoons held a one-point lead in the fourth quarter before a 42-yard touchdown run by Lamar Jordan late in the game sealed a 29-22 win for the Titans.

Should both Frisco schools come up short, it will set up a rematch between Corsicana and Kilgore. The Tigers beat Kilgore, 38-13, in nondistrict play.

Corsicana thrives with edge on interceptions

November, 22, 2011
The fear of a sophomore quarterback being prone to interceptions doesn’t seem to apply to Corsicana’s DeVontay Bell.

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Only three of Bell’s 159 passes this season have wound up in the hands of the enemy. By contrast, the ball-hawking Corsicana defense has recorded 23 interceptions, an average of nearly two per game. The Tigers are a plus-20 in interceptions this season.

No wonder the Tigers are still playing in the third round of the Class 4A Division II state playoffs.

Corsicana (11-1) will face Frisco Centennial (12-0) in a regional playoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Midlothian.

Bell isn’t forced to the air that often -- not with running back Cameron Washington at his disposal. Washington, a senior, has rushed for 2,587 yards and 38 touchdowns. Despite throwing sparingly, Bell has gone over the 1,000-yard passing mark with nine touchdowns.

Linebacker Tevin McDonald leads Corsicana with with seven interceptions. Cornerback Antonio Wilson has picked off six.

The work of the secondary is made easier by a pass rush that has generated 47 sacks.

The turnovers are important because Corsicana is yielding playoff opponents 34.5 points and 486.5 yards per game.

The Tigers will be facing Centennial junior quarterback Lamar Jordan, who has thrown for 2,195 yards on 164-of-294 passing. He has been intercepted eight times.

The winner will face the winner of Friday afternoon's regional playoff between Frisco (10-2) and Kilgore (7-5) at Forney.

4A-II preview: Region 2 deep in quality teams

November, 8, 2011

Overview: This region might be one of the most intriguing for area teams. There are quality teams in Frisco Centennial, Corsicana, Wylie East, Frisco and Lancaster in this region, but their ability to make a deep run into the playoffs is somewhat in question.

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To their advantage, they won’t have to face the likes of Aledo or Stephenville until the state semifinals, but there a plenty of other roadblocks to overcome just to get that far.

Favorite: Frisco Centennial. The Titans (10-0) come into the playoffs highly touted as one of the top programs in the state this season. The atmosphere that surrounds local Frisco matchups gives Centennial an advantage in preparation for playoff football. Also, look out for Corsicana, which made it through one of the toughest districts in North Texas, District 15-4A, with just one loss. The Tigers could easily ride one of the area’s top running backs, Cameron Washington, deep into the playoffs.

Watch out for: Wylie East. The Raiders (8-2) came onto the scene as one of the biggest surprises of the season in their second year of varsity competition. East gave district champion and ESPN Dallas 4A No. 1 Highland Park a run for its money earlier on the year and has rolled on solid momentum throughout the season. It could take a few teams by surprise in the playoffs and make a historic run.

Can’t wait to see: Wylie East-Frisco (1 p.m. Saturday, Plano's Clark Stadium). Wylie East begins with a tough test against Frisco (8-2), which had resurgence the year. The winner of this matchup should have easy going through the next couple of rounds.

Hope to see: Frisco Centennial vs. Corsicana. This matchup of two very athletic teams wouldn’t happen until the third round, but both seem more than fit to make it that far. This game could easily be the “championship” of this region a round early.

Talent pool (FBS recruits): Sulpher Springs: RB Kendrick Daniels (Arkansas State); Kilgore: RB Ladarius Anthony (TCU); Hutto: QB Ryan Higgins (Louisiana Tech); Lancaster: CB La’Darius Newbold (Tech).

New schools recycle old problems in Frisco

October, 18, 2011
Frisco Centennial head coach Mark Howard thought his team had a bright future in the fall of 2006.

His junior high feeder teams were rolling to undefeated records behind a class of 2011 that looked like one that could define his nascent program.

“I was licking my chops,” Howard said.

But the growth in Frisco that spawned the need to open the school where he coached didn’t slow down. In fact, it picked up.

To combat overcrowding at Frisco High and Centennial, the district opened two more high schools – Liberty and Wakeland. Liberty pulled students from Centennial when it opened, including much of the class of 2011 that Howard coveted so much.

He could do nothing but watch as the players he helped groom fueled long playoff runs at Liberty in 2009 and 2010.

“We lost them,” Howard said. “When you open new schools and kids break off and go to other schools, it’s tough.”

And so it goes for the Frisco ISD schools. The city’s rapid growth has led to rapid expansion in the school district. Since 2003, Frisco has opened five new high schools. A sixth is on its way in a few years.

The expansion has had a profound impact on athletics at each school. When new schools open, they take kids from existing schools where entire classes of students are cut. The total number of students suddenly drops. This often weakens the athletic programs, particularly football teams because they need so many players to be successful.

No team better exemplifies the highs and lows that expansion can create better than Liberty. In just its second year of varsity play in 2009, Liberty went three rounds deep in the playoffs behind the students it took from Centennial.

But when Frisco Heritage opened last year, it took students from Liberty, which doesn’t have a full senior class this year. While the Redhawks (5-2, 2-2) have still managed to stay competitive this season, they are clearly not what they were, having lost to Centennial and Carrollton Creekview in consecutive weeks.

It may get worse before it gets better for Liberty because Frisco’s seventh high school will pull from Liberty when it opens in a couple years, dealing Liberty two blows in a short period of time.

“When you lose half or more of a group of kids you’ve been coaching coming up through your feeder system, that’s hard to overcome quickly and have your numbers build back up,” said Frisco head coach Vance Gibson. “We’ve made it through that cycle.”

Frisco went through what Liberty is about to go through. Centennial pulled from Frisco when it opened in 2003. Just as numbers were beginning to come back up at Frisco, Wakeland opened in 2006, taking the better part of Frisco’s incoming junior and senior classes.

While this achieved the more important goal of opening a new high school with a full curriculum and easing overcrowding, it had a catastrophic impact on Frisco’s football team.

After making the playoffs in 2007, Frisco went 0-10 in 2008 and 2009.

“When Wakeland came in, our whole school’s numbers went down pretty dramatically,” Gibson said. “We were a really really small school compared to the people we were competing against.”

Frisco’s newest schools – Heritage and Lone Star – pulled from Liberty and Wakeland, respectively. This has allowed Frisco and Centennial to build its numbers back up while its competition in District 9-4A is either dealing with losing a class (Liberty and Wakeland) or is a brand new school (Heritage).

Not surprisingly, Frisco and Centennial have flourished as a result of not being picked on by expansion. The Titans (7-0, 4-0) are dominating opponents with their defense while no one has found a way to slow down Frisco’s (6-1, 4-0) running game yet.

The two teams meet for what may be the District 9-4A title at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pizza Hut Park.

“This our best team since we started the program,” said Howard, who’s been the coach at Centennial since it opened. “We’re treading in some water we’ve never crossed before.”
FRISCO, Texas -- Frisco Centennial showed all the reasons why it's undefeated and favored to win District 9-4A during the first half against Frisco Liberty on Friday.

Centennial's defense smothered Liberty in holding the Redhawks scoreless while dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jordan methodically moved the Titans offense on scoring drives.

Their utter domination in the first half was more than enough to propel the Titans to a 34-13 win at Pizza Hut Park.

"I've never beaten Liberty before in four years," Centennial defensive lineman Chase Appleby said. "It feels great. It feels better than making the playoffs, honestly."

But the second half showed that Centennial (6-0, 3-0 in 9-4A) might still have room to grow. The Titans offense didn't tally a first down after halftime, and two botched punt snaps led to turnovers on downs that set up Liberty in the red zone.

Those two plays allowed Liberty (5-1, 2-1) to gain momentum and score 10 quick points, giving the game a moderate amount of intrigue in the fourth quarter.

"Our game plan was to come out in the second half and to basically go for the jugular," Centennial head coach Mark Howard said. "You have to credit Liberty. They did what they had to do to make it game. It was almost like a tale of two halves."

But the Titans defense came through again. With Liberty trailing 31-10, Aaron Estes popped off a 31-yard run that gave the Redhawks a first-and-goal at the 2.

Centennial stuffed them. And when a personal foul penalty gave Liberty a fresh set of downs at the 4, the Titans stuffed them again to force a field goal. On Liberty's next drive, linebacker Ross Abraham came down with an interception to essentially seal the win for the Titans.

"We had those two bad snaps in the fourth quarter," Howard said. " We were good enough to overcome. Credit the defense."

An injury to quarterback Zach Smith early in the third quarter complicated things for Liberty. Backup Connor Navalta didn't have much luck against Centennial's defense, although the team's running game found life in the second half.

But it's not as if Liberty's offense was doing anything when Smith was behind center. Centennial mauled Liberty from the opening kickoff.

Liberty gained just 45 total yards in the first half, and those were offset by 45 penalty yards. Of Liberty's eight first-half possessions, six were three-and-outs, one was not a three-and-out only because of a facemask penalty and the other was an interception returned for a touchdown by Jordan Miller that gave Centennial a 17-0 lead in the second quarter.

Lakeylon Rice scored on a 2-yard run on Centennial's next possession to give the Titans a 24-0 halftime lead.

"Our defense is tough," Appleby said. "We're not the biggest, but we're the fastest and the strongest."

Week 6 chat wrap: Friday night updates, chatter

October, 7, 2011
District races are picking up steam as we enter Week 6. We have writers at several key games tonight providing updates and answering your questions.

Travis Brown is at the Dallas Skyline-Dallas Jesuit duel for 9-5A dominance.

Jeff Andrews is covering the battle for Frisco ISD bragging rights -- and the upper hand in 9-4A -- between unbeatens Frisco Liberty and Frisco Centennial.

Randy Jennings is on the scene for the key 5-5A game between Duncanville and Mansfield.

ESPN Recruiting guru Damon Sayles has the lowdown on the Longview-Mesquite matchup as the District 11-5A race finally revs up.

The Week 6 schedule is here, and our game previews are here.

What to watch for: Big Frisco showdown, more

October, 6, 2011

Travis L. Brown interviews Frisco Centennial coach Mark Howard and previews the Frisco Liberty-Centennial, Dallas Jesuit-Dallas Skyline and Denton Guyer-Keller Central games.