Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: 50-plus Dallas-area teams won state titles in 2012-13
These schools won state titles and generated cyberspace buzz
During the 2012-13 school year, more than 50 teams from the Dallas area won state championships. That includes public schools in the University Interscholastic League and private schools competing in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools and the Southwest Preparatory Conference.
With so many memorable moments, there was always something to talk about. In this age of digital connection, much of that talk could be found on Facebook, Twitter and in the sea of social media.
Here are some of the highlights from a year of champions — I mean #champions.
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Duncanville girls basketball
Status update 2012-13: Won second straight 5A title and walloped opponents during a 42-0 season.
Comments: The season started with a 52-point win and ended with a pair of blowouts at the state tournament, with few close games in between. Duncanville, which won the program’s eighth state title and became the first repeat 5A champ since Mansfield won four straight from 1999 to 2002, was one of the most dominant teams in history. The Pantherettes have won 70 straight games and next season will return a pair of star guards, Ariel Atkins and Tasia Foman, who have orally committed to Texas.
Friends and followers include: Anyone who appreciates a basketball powerhouse and doesn’t like nail-biter finishes.
Twitter hashtag: #overathalftime
Status update 2012-13: Opened $60 million stadium and won 5A Division I title.
Comments: The grandiose new Eagle Stadium, which includes 18,000 seats, a 38-foot-wide high-definition video screen and the refinements of a college venue, attracted national attention. But on the final day of the playoffs, Allen’s football team was shining as brightly as its sparkly football Taj Mahal. The Eagles’ march to the title game included wins over previously unbeaten Mesquite and DeSoto, as well as a victory over Skyline, SportsDay’s preseason No. 1 team. In the championship, Allen (15-1) knocked off undefeated Houston Lamar, 35-21.
Friends and followers include: People who enjoy a cushy stadium experience and a memorable ride to a state crown.
Twitter hashtag: #seatsandfeats
Lancaster track and field
Status update 2012-13: Tied for 4A girls title, extending the school’s 13-year streak of winning a boys or girls track title each year.
Comments: In a down year for the Lancaster boys, who had won five straight titles, the Lancaster girls battled back from a rough start at the state meet to capture a share of the 4A title with Houston Wheatley. After a thunderstorm caused a three-hour delay, Lancaster’s Eboni Coby won the 100 meters and the Tigers won the 4x200 relay to get back near the top of the leaderboard. In the 4x400 relay, the final event of the meet, Lancaster ran away from Wheatley to pull into a tie in the team standings.
Friends and followers include: Those who admire the state’s top track and field dynasty.
Twitter hashtag: #stillrunnin’
Status update 2012-13: Coppell and Lovejoy repeated as state champions, giving the Dallas area its first sweep of the 4A and 5A titles since Duncanville and Red Oak won in 1996.
Comments: Lovejoy, which won 3A titles from 2009 to 2012, earned a fifth straight state title in its first season in 4A. Ebony Nwanebu, an outside hitter who signed with Southern California, was named MVP after Lovejoy beat Aledo in the final. Coppell outside hitter Erica Bohannon was named MVP after her team earned a second straight 5A title by holding off New Braunfels in a five-set championship match.
Friends and followers include: People who wondered when the Dallas area’s deep collection of volleyball talent would bring more crowns.
Twitter hashtag: #bumpsetsweep
Boys and girls soccer
Status update 2012-13: The Dallas area again won three of the four UIL state titles, falling one title short of becoming the first region of the state to sweep the titles.
Comments: The Plano West girls won their second straight 5A title, the Denton Guyer girls won 4A, and Coppell won the boys 5A championship with a 3-2 overtime win over Brownsville Hanna that was one of the most exciting games in tournament history. The Mesquite Poteet boys went to overtime and a shootout before losing to eventual 4A champion Waco University. The Dallas area has won three of the four titles in six of the last seven seasons.
Friends and followers include: Leaders of club teams that are a big reason the Dallas area is so loaded with soccer talent.
Twitter hashtag: #goaloriented
Madison boys basketball
Status update 2012-13: Won the 3A state championship by beating the team (almost) everyone expected to win: Houston Yates.
Comments: Yates was the 4A champion in 2009 and 2010 and the runner-up to Kimball in 2012, so when it dropped to 3A, its talent-laden team became a favorite to win a crown in Austin. But after winning its first five playoff games by an average of 24 points, Yates crashed into the best Madison team ever. The Trojans, led by 27 points and 14 rebounds from MVP Derrick Smith, beat Yates at its own game with pressure defense and an attacking offense. Madison controlled the fourth quarter to win, 85-72.
Friends and followers include: Fans who like watching a team that can stay fundamental while playing in fast-forward.
Twitter hashtag: #fullcourtfulltime
Southlake Carroll cross country/swimming
Status update 2012-13: The Dragons continued their sweeping success in cross country and swimming, winning the boys and girls 5A titles in both sports.
Comments: Carroll’s football team didn’t win it all, but it was still a year of repeats for the Dragons. Just as in the 2011-12 school year, Carroll didn’t need an individual state champion to dominate the cross country leaderboards. In the pool, the Carroll girls won their second straight title and the boys earned their third straight crown. The individual highlight came from junior Jonathan Roberts, who broke a state record in the 200-yard freestyle that had stood for 16 years.
Friends and followers include: People who remember that no Dallas-area team won a 5A swimming title from 2000 to 2010.
Twitter hashtag: #splashanddash
Status update 2012-13: After finishing fourth in its district, Lewisville finished first in the state with an impressive run to the 5A championship.
Comments: Lewisville finished 4-6 in District 5-5A play and slipped into the playoffs as a fourth seed. But when star pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch returned from a rib injury for the playoffs, the Farmers became a scary team. The freshman shut down a powerful Humble Kingwood lineup in the championship game, leading Lewisville to a 3-2 victory that earned the school its first state title since 1996. Lewisville became the first local team to win a 5A title since 2007.
Friends and followers include: Those who are charmed by fairy tale seasons.
Twitter hashtag: #winwhenitcounts
Team champions from the 2012-13 school year in the University Interscholastic League, Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools and Southwest Preparatory Conference:
Allen: 5A (Div. I) football, boys wrestling
Celina: 3A Boys track
Coppell: 5A boys soccer, volleyball
Denton Guyer: 4A (Div. I) football, girls soccer
DeSoto: 5A Girls track
Duncanville: 5A Girls basketball
Frisco Lone Star: 3A Girls track
Highland Park: 4A Girls cross country, boys golf, girls swimming/diving, team tennis
Lancaster: 4A girls track*
Lewisville: 5A softball
Lovejoy: 4A Volleyball
Madison: 3A boys basketball
Plano West: 5A girls soccer
SL Carroll: 5A girls cross country, boys cross country; girls swimming/diving, boys swimming/diving
TC Byron Nelson: 4A girls golf
*Tied for title
Argyle Liberty Christian: 5A baseball, 5A boys track
Arlington Grace Prep: 4A volleyball
Bishop Lynch; 5A volleyball, 5A girls track
Colleyville Covenant: Div. III boys soccer, 3A boys track, 3A girls track
Denton Cavalry: 2A volleyball
FW Nolan: Div. I football, Div. I boys soccer
FW Southwest Chr.: 4A boys golf
Grapevine Faith: Div. II boys soccer
Haltom City Bethesda Chr.: 3A girls cross country
Parish Episcopal: Div. II girls soccer, 4A boys tennis
Plano JPII: 5A girls basketball
Plano Prestonwood: 5A boys basketball
TCA-Addison: 5A boys golf
Ursuline: Div. I girls soccer, Div. I girls swimming, 5A girls cross country, 5A girls golf
Waxahachie Prep: 1A girls golf
Arlington Oakridge: Div. III girls volleyball
Irving Cistercian: Div. II boys soccer
St. Mark’s: Div. I boys soccer, boys swimming, boys volleyball, Div. I boys lacrosse