Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer Ten days ago, local teams completed a sweep of the UIL’s Class 5A and 4A football titles as the 36-year-old record for attendance at a Texas high school football game was broken. Seeing 54,437 fans at a high school football game — the 5A Division I matchup of Allen and Pearland — will be an indelible memory. But before AT&T Stadium began filling up with high school football fans, 2013 was already filled with memorable moments. Here are 10 of them from Matt Wixon:
ELISABETH DILLON - Elisabeth Dillon Allen wrestling more dominant than ever/ The Allen wrestling team won its fifth straight Texas state duals title in January, and in February the Eagles won their fourth straight UIL state title with their most impressive performance ever. Allen won the UIL 5A meet with 251.5 points, which was more than the combined score of the next three teams: El Paso Franklin (79), Flower Mound (66.5) and Arlington Martin (59).
ELISABETH DILLON - Elisabeth Dillon Carroll sweeps swim titles/ From 2000 to 2010, no 5A school from the Dallas-Fort Worth area won a UIL swimming and diving title. Now Southlake Carroll has won five of the last six titles — three in boys, two in girls. Carroll in 2012 became the first 5A school to sweep the boys and girls titles, and in February the Dragons did it again. In 4A, the Highland Park girls won their 12th title in 13 years.
Steve Hamm - Special Contributor Duncanville girls basketball team keeps rolling/ The Duncanville girls basketball team’s win in the 5A title game was a blowout, just like most of its first 41 victories of the 2012-13 season. Duncanville held Cibolo Steele to 18 percent shooting in a 59-36 win that gave the Pantherettes a second straight state title and extended their winning streak to 70 games. Duncanville’s streak is now at 89, and the Pantherettes are No. 1 in the 5A rankings.
Cooper Neill - Staff Photographer Madison beats Houston Yates at its own game/ When 4A boys basketball powerhouse Houston Yates dropped to 3A, it became a favorite to win a state title. But the best Madison team ever attacked Yates’ pressure defense, and the Trojans’ suffocating defense helped them dominate the fourth quarter. MVP Derrick Smith had 27 points and 14 rebounds as Madison beat Yates, 85-72, in the most entertaining game of the state tournament.
Thao Nguyen - Special Contributor Local soccer teams nearly sweep titles/ Plano West (5A) and Denton Guyer (4A) won girls UIL soccer titles, and the Coppell boys claimed the 5A crown with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win against Brownsville Hanna. That gave the Dallas-area teams three wins in the four UIL title games for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Mesquite Poteet boys lost in the semifinals to eventual 4A champion Waco University. Among the private schools, the Ursuline girls won their 23rd straight TAPPS championship.
Thao Nguyen - Special Contributor HP boys, Byron Nelson girls win team golf titles/ Highland Park’s Scottie Scheffler repeated as 4A individual champion, and his final round included a hole in one as the Scots won the team title by 25 strokes. Trophy Club Byron Nelson won the 4A girls title by four strokes. Grace Choi of Woodrow Wilson won the 4A girls individual title and was the only girl to finish the 36 holes under par.
Ashley Landis - Special Contributor Dramatic finish at UIL track meet/ Champions at the UIL track and field meet included the DeSoto girls, who won their third straight 5A title, and the Celina boys, who won a second straight 3A title. Frisco Lone Star won the 3A girls championship, and Dallas Gateway Academy won the 1A Division I girls title. The meet’s most dramatic moments came when the Lancaster girls, who were well back in the standings before a rain delay, rallied to tie Houston Wheatland for the 4A title. It was Lancaster’s 10th girls track and field title, a state record.
Lewisville softball: fourth in district, first in state/ Lewisville finished with a losing record in District 5-5A, but the 4-6 record was misleading because star pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch missed part of the season with a rib injury. The freshman — yes, freshman — shut down Humble Kingwood in a 3-2 victory in the 5A title game. Lewisville became the first local team to win a 5A softball title since 2007.
Julia Robinson - Special Contributor Three-peat for Carroll cross country teams/ The depth of Southlake Carroll’s cross country program showed again at the state meet as the Dragons swept the boys and girls 5A titles for the third straight year. Carroll didn’t have an individual champion, but three boys finished in the top 15 and three girls were in the top 20.
Thao Nguyen - Special Contributor Highland Park wins team tennis (again)/ In November, Highland Park won its sixth straight 4A title and 10th title in the last 11 years. There was little suspense as the Scots extended their winning streak to 129 matches. Next season, however, Highland Park will move up to 6A (along with most current 5A teams) in the new UIL alignment. HP will face strong local schools such as Plano West, along with New Braunfels, which has won six straight 5A titles.
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