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Seniors from Arlington to Rockwall make for top competition in 2014
WHO TO WATCH FOR IN 2014
Led Arlington to playoffs with 19 goals, 8 assists
Tallied 12 goals, 11 assists for Region II quarterfinalist
23 goals, 9 assists, first-team all-area
23 goals, 5 assists, District 12-5A offensive MVP
18 goals, 9 assists, second-team all-area
20-4A offensive MVP had 10 goals, 6 assists
19 goals, 9 assists as a sophomore
Reigning District 9-5A MVP
First-team all-district defender
20 goals, 4 assists, 17-4A offensive MVP
TEAMS TO WATCH
Coppell: The defending 5A state champions return several key starters in Kellen Reid, Austin Michaelis, Justin Todd and Chris Madden, SportsDay’s reigning player of the year.
Mesquite Poteet: The loss of two senior forwards who combined for 60 goals will sting, but Poteet returns its entire back line and goalkeeper in seek of another trip to the 4A state tournament.
Frisco Wakeland: Center midfielder Corey Cantor, who scored 15 goals last year, is one of several returning starters that made a run to the 4A Region II semifinals. Coach Rusty Oglesby is 11 wins away from the 200 of his career.
Flower Mound Marcus: A 5A Region I finalist last season, Marcus returns a pair of senior defenders in Logan Plunkett (1 goal, 4 assists) and Bryan Brody (2 goals, 2 assists). Also watch forward Kyle Spraker, who recorded seven goals and five assists.
Southlake Carroll: The Dragons have won 19 games or more in six of the last eight seasons. Carroll returns experience at every part of the field with forward Shane Carpenter, midfielders Jack Parrish and Walker Beasley, and defender Logan Webb.
Thursday: First day for UIL teams
Thursday-Saturday: National Elite Prep Showcase in Fort Worth and Southlake. The three-day girls showcase features some of the area’s and nation’s top teams. Teams from Florida, California and Louisiana will face off against a deep field that includes both Class 5A finalists – champions Plano West and Southlake Carroll – TAPPS titlists Ursuline and SPC winners Hockaday.
Thursday-Saturday: Dr. Pink boys and girls tournaments in Frisco
Feb. 14-15: SPC Winter Championships in Houston and Bellaire
March 6-8: TAPPS Winter Championships in Houston
March 24: 4A playoffs begin
March 27: 5A playoffs begin
April 17-19: UIL state tournament in Georgetown