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In The News - 2016

February 2, 2016

Plano West Football Banquet

The Wolf Pack celebrated their 2015 season and seniors at a banquet held January 23rd at South Fork Ranch in Parker. Tracey Simmons and Denise Erich and their banquet committee did an incredible job on decorations and creating a great event that night! THANKS!

Coach Smith kicked off the festivities with a few videos of the Wolf Pack and some game footage for the season. Though not the outcome all wanted for the season, there was a big cheer when the game film with the big win over Plano Senior was shown. Each of the position coaches were introduced, and senior players were recognized and remembered for their contributions to the team.

Several awards were presented as well. Three players received scholarship money at the banquet. Those awards included The “Living for Zachary” Scholarship awarded to Matthew Dean, the PISD Tom Kimbrough Scholarship awarded to Kevin Rinkliff, and the Jordan Pugh Foundation Scholarship winner was R.J. Wells. Coach Smith also recognized a long-time supporter of the Wolfpack and talked about his service and dedication to the program. He then announced that the team created an award recognizing Tom Morris for his service to PW football called the Tom Morris “SPIRIT OF THE PACK” Award that will be given each year as recognition from the coaches for a player that demonstrated that spirit and drive to make Plano West football better! This year’s winners were Alec Dwyer and Callie Erich. Coach Smith also recognized all of the District and Academic All-Americans that Plano West had at the banquet, and discussed how these players committed to the 2015 motto “All In – 100%!” both on the field and in the classroom.

The Quarterback Club then recognized Mickey and Holly Castora and Roger Campbell for the outstanding job that they did in guiding the club through this initial season with a new head coach. An announcement was then made that the 2016 Quarterback Club captains will be Josh & Darcey Carter. The seniors and coach huddled up for one more break, and the night was complete!

Congratulations to all the seniors, coaches, and award winners. Truly a fantastic event, and we look forward to spring practice and football starting in April.

Go WOLFPACK!

February 1, 2016, Allen American

UIL Realignment: Find out the new athletic districts for 2016-18

The UIL held its biennial realignment Monday morning, announcing the state's new athletic districts. These will take effect for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

View full story at Allen American

January 28, 2016

The Plano West varsity football team had more reason to celebrate this week with the release of the All District football selections, as well as the Academic All State selections.

In the All District categories, Plano West has the following players recognized:

1st Team
Tanner Harmon
Mohamed Sanogo
Ade Kilpatrick
2nd Team
Alastair Starks
Amir Kilpatrick
Titus Wall
Travis Hall
Anthony Kantzebedian

 

In the Academic Awards, Plano West really shined with the following selections:

Elite Team
Kevin Rinkliff
1st Team
Tyler Campbell
Riley Castora
Logan Judkins
James Kang
Jared Valesano
2nd Team
Jordan Dwyer
Honorable Mention
Blake Adams
Matthew Dean
Peter Delagrammaticas
Bennett DeBrow

 

In addition to these recognitions, Plano West had Mohamed Sanogo selected as an Honorable Mention to the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors All State Team.

Congratulations to all the members of the Wolf Pack that received these awards for their hard work both on and off the field.

Go WOLFPACK!

January 26, 2016, Carrollton Leader

Local football standouts selected for upcoming International Bowl

Next week, several area football standouts will be in action at AT&T Stadium as part of the latest edition of the International Bowl.

The event will feature a series of matchups between U.S. national teams of varying age groups and teams assembled by Football Canada. The games kick off Sunday and run through Feb. 5.

View full story at Carrollton Leader

 

In The News - 2015

November 29, 2015, Plano Star Courier

The year that was on the Plano gridiron: Six things we liked, didn’t like about PISD football in 2015

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to Plano ISD athletics, and the 2015 football season was no different. In just one year’s time, Plano East went from getting its doors blown off by Plano Senior and Plano West to emerging as the top football program in the city in one of high school football’s top single-season turnaround stories in the Metroplex in 2015. The Wolves adapted to life under a new coach, while Plano endured an unexpected down year despite being projected as a near-shoo-in for the playoffs.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

November 29, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Close losses doom West: Wolves endure up-and-down season in Smith’s first year

The Plano West football team finished 3-7 this year with a 2-6 record in District 6-6A action, missing the postseason in the process. After a win over Mesquite in its first game of the season, West would go on to lose three straight and two in a row to open district action.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

November 7, 2015, Plano Star Courier

A strong finish: Plano West cruises past Flower Mound, 28-7, on senior night

Despite finishing the contest being outgained by more than 70 yards on offense, the Plano West football team (3-7 overall, 2-6 District 6-6A) found a way to overcome that matter, cruising to a 28-7 victory over Flower Mound Friday at Clark Stadium. West forced six Flower Mound punts, a failed fourth-down conversion and caused a fumble in its finale of the 2015 campaign.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

November 5, 2015, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD and Allen football: Week 11

Varsity Scoreboard Thursday’s Results Allen defeats Plano West, 69-10 Plano East defeats Hebron, 21-14 Flower Mound Marcus defeats Plano Senior, 34-31

View full story at Allen American

October 29, 2015, Allen American

Backup plan: Early QB change sparks Allen to rout over Plano West

llen senior Seth Green and junior Mitchell Jonke both realize the tenuous nature of what it means to be the Eagles’ starting quarterback this season. That at the first sign of distress, be it an early turnover or a few stagnant drives, a switch from one to the other can and will be made.

View full story at Allen American

October 29, 2015, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD and Allen football: Week 10

Varsity Scoreboard Friday’s Results: Plano East defeats Lewisville, 27-13 Allen defeats Flower Mound, 42-0 Hebron defeats Plano West, 31-13

View full story at Allen American

October 25, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Plenty left to give: ‘Wolfpack Giveback’ helping West keep football in perspective

It’s easy to get swept up in the magnitude of sports.

Between practice, games, pep rallies, video sessions, lifting and just talking about whatever game high school students and athletes are invested in, forgetting sports’ cultural impact and focusing too much on success can often rear its ugly head.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

October 24, 2015, Carrollton Leader

Keeping it simple: Rushing attack propels Hebron past West, keeping postseason chances alive

In a game that was delayed about 40 minutes, the Hebron football team managed to brave the inclement weather on the ground, accumulating 246 rushing yards that led to a 31-13 victory over Plano West on Friday at Clark Stadium.

“I was real pleased with the way we played despite the messy weather,” said Brian Brazil, Hebron head coach. “It obviously limited us on what we can do offensively as the same goes for them. Both teams took care of the ball and at the same time, we stayed strong and understood that running the ball was going to be a key component heading into tonight’s game.”

View full story at Carrollton Leader

October 23, 2015, Allen American

Find out which local high school football games have been rescheduled due to inclement weather

With 2-5 inches of rain expected throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area between Thursday and Saturday, the inclement weather is expectedly impacting the week's high school football slate.

Several high schools are taking precautions by moving up the kickoff time of their respective games to try and avoid the brunt of the rainfall, while games that were originally scheduled for Thursday have been postponed to Friday and even Saturday.

View full story at Allen American

October 23, 2015, Star Local Media

College football: Jamabo helps UCLA close out Cal; freshman could be in for bigger role

UCLA freshman and former Plano West standout Soso Jamabo came on in relief of teammate Paul Perkins last against the University of California - Berkley, rushing for 79 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown and fumble.

Perkins, who left the game after an apparent knee injury, did not return, and Jamabo helped the Bruins close out the Golden Bears in a 40-24 victory Thursday night at the Rose Bowl.

View full story at Star Local Media

October 22, 2015, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD and Allen football: Week 9

Varsity Scoreboard: Friday’s Results - Flower Mound Marcus defeats Plano East, 41-20 Lewisville defeats Plano West, 21-16 McKinney Boyd defeats Plano Senior, 21-7

View full story at Allen American

October 21, 2015, Allen American

Now the fun begins: Unclear end to budding playoff logjam in 6-6A football

With just three weeks remaining in the high school football regular season, this is the part of the year when the playoff pictures start to crystallize within each district.

That’s only partially the case when gauging the super-sized status of District 6-6A, where a few teams have begun to separate themselves from the pack – in ways both good and bad – but plenty of the nine-team district still remains jumbled in the bulbous middle ground.

View full story at Allen American

October 17, 2015, Lewisville Leader

Farmers fight to Homecoming win: Mickels runs wild in 2nd half in Lewisville victory

Lewisville junior running back Kwame Mickels entered Friday night’s matchup with Plano West with just 45 yards rushing on the season (12 carries).

Mickels finished with 163 yards on 14 carries in the Farmers’ 21-16 Homecoming win over the Wolves, scoring twice in the second half to spark his squad to victory.

View full story at Lewisville Leader

October 15, 2015, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD and Allen football: Week 8

Varsity Scoreboard Friday’s Results: Allen defeats Hebron, 45-13 Flower Mound Marcus defeats Plano West, 23-21 Plano East defeats Plano Senior, 32-15

View full story at Allen American

October 13, 2015, Allen American

Mid-district progress report: Sizing up the first half of action on the 6-6A gridiron

With over half of the District 6-6A football gauntlet in the books, there’s still plenty to be decided.

Sure, Allen is yet again atop the 6-6A standings and within reach of extending its district title streak to a decade straight, but that’s not to discount the bounce-back years turned in so far by Flower Mound Marcus and Plano East.

View full story at Allen American

October 8, 2015, Dallas Morning News

Far-too premature glance at 6-6A playoff race: Lewisville poised for strong finish, Plano East could face second-half swoon

It's never too early to look to the playoffs....ok, that's a lie. Most teams are just five games in - which means, in a majority of 6A and 5A districts, five meaningful games yet to play (4A and smaller haven't even started playing district games yet, so there's that). Anyone can pick favorites out of those districts, but it's not really based on the games that HAVE been played.

View full story at Dallas Morning News

October 8, 2015, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD and Allen football: Week 7

Varsity Scoreboard Friday’s Results: Plano West defeats Plano Senior, 14-7 Allen defeats Lewisville, 52-7 McKinney Boyd defeats Plano East, 34-23

View full story at Allen American

October 3, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Roses are blue: Goal-line stand in final minute gives West rivalry win over Plano

It wasn’t always pretty, but Plano West held on for a 14-7 win over city rival Plano Senior Friday night at Clark Stadium.

The Wolves (2-3, 1-2 in district) and Wildcats (3-3, 1-3) combined for five turnovers, 13 punts and 15 penalties, but the former left the field with the only stat that matters – a win – thanks to senior running back Tyler Campbell’s game-winning 8-yard run with 11:30 remaining in the fourth.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

October 1, 2015, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD and Allen football: Week 6

Varsity Scoreboard Friday’s Results
Allen defeats Flower Mound Marcus, 38-28
Plano Senior defeats Flower Mound, 36-31
McKinney Boyd defeats Plano West, 41-31

View full story at Allen American

September 24, 2015, McKinney Courier Gazette

Markham’s third quarter sparks Broncos: Big second half helps Boyd get off 6-6A schneid

McKinney Boyd entered Friday night’s road matchup with Plano West staring down the barrel of a potential 0-3 start in District 6-6A action.

When senior quarterback Grant Restmeyer went down with an injury and the Broncos trailing, 24-20, at with 7:54 left in the third quarter, thoughts of leaving Clark Stadium with another loss might have crept up in the minds of the team’s faithful.

Not Boyd head coach Don Drake, who had a feeling his starter would return.

View full story at McKinney Courier Gazette

September 24, 2015, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD and Allen football: Week 5

Varsity Scoreboard. Friday’s Results Allen defeats Plano Senior, 65-0 Plano East defeats Plano West, 36-8.

View full story at Allen American

September 18, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Rival D: Panthers dominate Wolves, regain bragging rights in city showdown

Plano West threatened to steal momentum away from Plano East with a touchdown as time expired before the half in Friday night’s District 6-6A rivalry matchup at Kimbrough Stadium.

The Panthers’ third-quarter performance ended any and all hopes of the Wolves winning a fifth straight game in the city showdown.

East scored a touchdown, held the ball for 9:21 in the frame and coasted the rest of the way en route to a 36-8 win.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

September 17, 2015, Allen American

Sixteenth chapter: East looking to paint new picture in upcoming rivalry matchup with West

Fifteen chapters of the Plano East and Plano West football rivalry have come and gone.

The 16th will commence at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kimbrough Stadium, where the Wolves, despite trailing in the overall head-to-head matchup in the series (9-6) will look to make it five straight wins over the Panthers.

East (3-0, 1-0 in District 6-6A) has other plans after jumping out to an undefeated start to its season, while West (1-1, 0-0) will make its district debut in a game that has produced a number of close, exciting finishes over the years.

View full story at Allen American

September 15, 2015, Allen American

Crystal football: Projecting the road ahead on the 6-6A gridiron

As is the case with several high school sports, district play is here all too soon for 6-6A. Last Friday marked the first of eight weeks of district action, with teams logging a mere two games to work with beforehand.

In what’s been a running theme for all too long, all comers are gunning to wrest the top spot in 6-6A from Allen, which is on a run of nine straight district championships dating back to 2006. There are several compelling challengers though, including an improved Marcus squad that came within a hairline of topping the Eagles last season, plus the steady duo of McKinney Boyd and Plano Senior, and a high-octane attack that’s on the rise at Plano East.

View full story at Allen American

September 4, 2015, Mesquite News

Final Say: Sachse survives late Plano West push

Sachse's reputation is built on its abundance of offensive play makers and their quick-strike capabilities.

For much of Friday's game against Plano West, though, the Mustangs relied on a more methodical approach, putting together a number of productive, time-consuming drives.

But when they needed it most, Sachse's big-play ability made the difference.

View full story at Mesquite News

September 3, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Breed of speed: Sachse wideouts pose big challenge for West secondary

lano West’s defense forced three turnovers and held Mesquite to under 250 yards of total offense in their first win of the season last week.

A much bigger test is coming.

Sachse visits the Wolves at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Clark Stadium, and with the Mustangs comes some of the most talented skill position players in the state. Top to bottom at the receiver position, it’s easy to make the argument that the squad has the top set of wideouts in District 11-6A, if not a wider region of the state.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

August 29, 2015, Mesquite News

Seizing their moments: Big plays carry Plano West past Mesquite

Plano West unveiled a fresh look on Friday with a number of new starters and a new head coach in Scott Smith.

But it was the same old story when it came to facing Mesquite.

View full story at Mesquite News

August 27, 2015, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD and Allen football: Week 1

Varsity Schedule Friday Allen vs. Denton Guyer, 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium Lake Highlands at Plano East, 7:30 p.m. at Kimbrough Stadium Tyler John Tyler at Plano Senior, 7:30 p.m. at Clark Stadium Plano West at Mesquite, 7:30 p.m. at Hanby Stadium

View full story at Allen American

August 22, 2015, Plano Star Courier

New look, same goals: Wolves hope to return to ’14 form as ’15 season approaches

Plano West enters the 2015 football season with high hopes after a 9-3 campaign a year ago.

With big-time changes from the 2014 squad apparent, though, following up with a similar mark will take a buy-in at every level.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

August 19, 2015, Allen American

Area football scrimmages: See who's playing who, when and where this week

With almost two weeks of fall football practices in the books, teams continue the build to the end of the month when the regular season officially begins.

Beforehand, teams will get a chance to gauge any early progress and settle any remaining positional battles in scrimmages against other teams from around the Metroplex.

View full story at Allen American

August 10, 2015

The BLUE NATION got a rousing kickoff to their football season last night, with the unveiling of their new slogan for the 2015 campaign: “All In – 100%!” New Head Coach and Athletic Director Scott Smith addressed over 200 players, parents, and supporters at a Plano West Quarterback Club kickoff meeting held at the Plano West. He stressed the importance of parents, fans, and the Booster Club being involved in the program, and urged all present to join the Plano West Quarterback Club as soon as possible.

He introduced many new assistant coaches, and talked about his vision for the Plano West program going forward. Coach Smith stressed that ALL players will be expected to adhere to four key attributes: “Pride; Poise; Class; and Discipline.” In addition, he outlined the addition of weekly study halls and mentoring groups that were being added to the PW program. He said “The first duty of these young men is to be students, and then athletes, and we will do all we can to accomplish this.”

Coach Smith also expects ALL Plano West fans at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels to be sure and wear their Royal and Black, and come out every week to support the team and program. “COME EARLY; BE LOUD; STAY LATE!” is the new mantra for the team.

The Wolves will have both JV and Varsity scrimmages with the Highland Park Scots at Highlander Stadium on August 21st starting at 6:00 PM after they complete their fall camp. They kick off their season on August 28th against the Mesquite Skeeters at Hanby Stadium at 7:30 PM.

Go WOLFPACK!
August 9, 2015, Allen American

66 Questions for District 6-6A: Week 10

The first year of athletics is in the books for District 6-6A, with everything from state championships to classic games and standout individual and team performances strewn throughout.

The nine schools that comprise the state’s super-sized district staged months of high-level competition from sport to sport, with players, coaches and fans reaping the rewards every Tuesday and Friday night.

View full story at Allen American

July 19, 2015, Star Local Media

COLUMN: Next on the scene?: 5 to watch from Plano West come fall

Projections are one of my favorite past times as a sports writer.

Last summer, I had the opportunity to look at five athletes I felt were underrated on the local high school circuit heading into their upcoming season (look for a similar edition of that concept later this summer).

View full story at Star Local Media

July 16, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Fork in the road: Results vary for Plano ISD at state 7-on-7 tourney

The final phase of the 2015 7-on-7 season went off without a hitch Friday and Saturday with the playing of the Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament.

Held at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station, 64 teams vied for a state championship over the course of two days in the summer heat. In the end, that accolade belonged to Austin Westlake, which went 8-0 en route to defeating Manvel in double overtime, 42-34, to capture the Division I title.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

July 12, 2015, Dallas Morning News

46 days away: Atari 7800s and Districts to Watch (6-6A, 16-5A, and TAPPS 1-I)

I’m going to be running through the district races that are sure to pique my interest in 2015. Here are my first two installments (Part One and Part Two).

My qualifications on what makes a good district race are as follows:

  • Will there be good teams that miss the playoffs?
  • Is there a legitimate fight between quality teams for the district title?
  • Will there be a log jam for the last few playoff spots (tiebreakers are a sadistic favorite of mine)?
  • Will an expected juggernaut have its playoff path determined by factors outside of its control (i.e. going Division I or II depending on who else qualified)?

View full story at Dallas Morning News

July 12, 2015, Allen American

Lovejoy, Plano West, Rowlett among local 7-on-7 state tourney standouts

The final phase of the 2015 7-on-7 season went off without a hitch Friday and Saturday with the playing of the Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament.

Played from Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station, 64 teams vied for a state championship over the course of two days in the summer heat.

View full story at Allen American

July 1, 2015, Dallas Morning News

57 days away: Corbett Smith’s Top 5 linebackers for 2015

High school football is not a perfect economy.

On the college and professional levels, players are brought in to fill specific roles. You need a run-plugging defensive tackle? Go recruit a handful, or sign a few on the free agent market.

High school coaches, however, aren’t so lucky. Often, they’re just trying to put the best 11 players on the field – regardless of position. Sure, they’ll need some big kids in the interior, but everything else is fluid. For example, a team blessed in talented defensive backs, but light elsewhere, can turn its biggest safeties into linebackers. It might not be ideal, given that those players might not have the size to take on blocks from offensive linemen, but it’s the best the coaches have to work with.

View full story at Dallas Morning News

June 30, 2015, Allen American

Division I state 7-on-7 tournament pools, schedules announced

The 64 teams that have qualified for the Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament now know what awaits upon arrival in College Station in a couple weeks.

The pools for the latest installment of the Divison I state tournament were announced on Monday, with the 64 qualifiers divided into 16 pools. According to the Texas 7-on-7 Association, teams were split into four geographic regions and drawn at random.

View full story at Allen American

June 28, 2015, Dallas Morning News

60 days away: The coaching tree of Plano legend Tom Kimbrough

If you start making a list of all-time great coaches in the state of Texas, you won’t get too many names in before Tom Kimbrough comes up in the discussion.

What’s remarkable is the relative brevity of his head coaching career. Unlike other all-time greats like Gordon Wood or G.A. Moore (who both coached for 44 seasons), Kimbrough had only 16 years as a head coach, all at Plano: 1976 to 1991. During that span, there were few programs that matched the Wildcats’ success.

View full story at Dallas Morning News

June 25, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Wolves win Nike event: West 7-on-7 squad on the rise as state tournament nears

The Plano West 7-on-7 football team is starting to find its groove.

In back-to-back weekends, the Wolves have competed at the Nike The Opening 7-on-7 team challenge and the Arlington Bowie state qualifying tournament, the latter more of a state tournament tune-up with West already qualified.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

June 16, 2015, Coppell Gazette

Plano West, Coppell, TAPPS trio highlight Arlington Bowie 7-on-7 field

The number of opportunities to qualify for next month's Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament are dwindling, and 16 schools hope to join those festivities with a productive showing this weekend in Arlington.

Of course, only two are assured that opportunity, as local teams will convene at Arlington Bowie on Saturday to participate in a state qualifying tournament.

View full story at Coppell Gazette

June 11, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Kings of their court: West qualifies for state at host SQT

Plano West was disappointed in its opening 7-on-7 state qualifier performance of the year, a 1-2 showing at the Frisco Liberty SQT.

The Wolves righted the ship in a big way on Saturday at their own SQT, going 3-0 in pool play action before downing Mesquite Poteet, 46-33, in the tournament semifinals to earn an automatic berth in the state tournament.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

June 7, 2015, Allen American

Plano West, Plano headed to 7-on-7 state tournament

For the second consecutive year, the Plano West 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament belonged to Plano ISD.

Particularly the SQT host Wolves and fellow rival Plano Senior, as both punched their tickets to the Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament on Saturday.

View full story at Allen American

June 1, 2015, Allen American

Plano West hosting 7-on-7 state qualifier this weekend

Plano West will host a 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament this weekend, scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

In what's been an annual stop in the 7-on-7 SQT tour, the Wolves will welcome 15 schools from around the Metroplex vying for two more spots in the Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament.

View full story at Allen American

May 28, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Slow start hurts Wolves: West goes 1-2 at Liberty SQT, looks ahead to host tourney

Plano West was one of 16 teams at the Frisco Liberty 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament over the weekend, but the Wolves didn’t manage to make it out of pool play in their first action of the summer.

It’s all part of the process for the squad, though, which ended things on a high note with a 40-point victory over Grapevine in their final appearance of the event.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

May 27, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Adapting to change: Wolves exit spring with optimism, new faces in key roles

Even before former head coach Mike Hughes announced his retirement and former offensive coordinator Kelly Mercer headed east, the Plano West football team was going to enter the 2015 season with a new outlook.

The Wolves will be tasked with replacing their starting quarterback, a number of defensive standouts and one of the consensus top-five running back prospects in the nation, but first-year head coach Scott Smith is pleased with his team’s progress now that spring practice is in the books.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

May 19, 2015, Allen American

Plano West, Coppell, Hebron among schools slated for Frisco 7-on-7 SQT

With spring football winding down, several programs are already transitioning their respective offseason regiments toward 7-on-7 competition throughout the summer.

For a handful of area football teams, that'll mean descending on Frisco Liberty on Saturday morning for the first batch of Division I State Qualifying Tournaments.

View full story at Allen American

May 15, 2015, Plano Star Courier

New age, old blood: Smith’s first spring game a success for West

New Plano West head football coach Scott Smith has seen his share of snaps under the lights at Clark Stadium. A former assistant at Plano Senior, Smith is plenty familiar with the tradition and memories that the facility stands on.

Spring practice and scrimmages have given Smith the opportunity to experience the game at the stadium in a brand new light, and admitted Friday after the Wolves’ final spring scrimmage of the year being back at Clark has been emotional in the infancy of his new tenure.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

March 3, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Scott Smith tabbed as new Plano West head football coach

The head football coaching vacancy of the state's second-largest high school has been filled.

Longtime Lake Highlands head coach Scott Smith has been named the new head coach at Plano West. Plano ISD athletic director Gerald Brence confirmed Smith's hiring on Tuesday.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

March 1, 2015, Plano Star Courier

Pushing upward, going higher: West backup RB named latest recipient of alum, NFL vet’s award, scholarship

Plano West alum Jordan Pugh didn’t officially announce the 2014 recipient of his Pushing Upward. Going Higher. Award until the Wolves’ annual football banquet in January.

However, the NFL veteran had a good idea well in advance which West student-athlete embodied the criteria he looks for each year when deciding the beneficiary of his annual award and scholarship. That would be senior Dalvin Billingslea, who received a $2,000 scholarship and plaque that commended the Wolves’ running back for his work both on and off the field.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

February 8, 2015, Plano Star Courier

California, here he comes: Jamabo chooses Hollywood over Austin, inks with UCLA on Signing Day

As Wednesday morning’s National Signing Day ceremony began at Plano West, many felt senior running back Soso Jamabo was down to the wire between Texas and UCLA.

Jamabo left no doubt to his decision during the ESPNU broadcast of the ceremony, pulling out two hats – one powder blue and one white – that both had the UCLA moniker embroidered across the front of them.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

February 1, 2015, Plano Star Courier

So(so) where will it be? Jamabo’s landing spot still in flux as National Signing Day nears

In today’s college football recruiting universe, it’s not uncommon for athletes to advertise themselves and their thought process when it comes to selecting a collegiate program to attend.

Not so with Plano West senior running back Soso Jamabo, who has taken a more reserved approach to his recruitment, even in the final two weeks before the deadline of National Signing Day arrives.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

 

In The News - 2014

November 13, 2014, Plano Star Courier

West passes first playoff test: Wolves erupt early, cruise past Keller in bi-district round

The Plano West football team’s postseason run didn’t begin the way it envisioned, surrendering an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage in a bi-district contest against Keller at AT&T Stadium.

But that’s about all that went wrong early in a 66-41 rout of the Indians.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

November 13, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Playoff season in Plano: Previewing the bi-district matchups for West, Plano

The brunt of District 6-6A wasn’t enough to shackle Plano ISD from the playoff picture, as Plano Senior and Plano West will represent the city when postseason action kicks off tonight.

Making their third consecutive playoff appearance, the Wolves take the field at AT&T Stadium at 6 p.m. tonight when they meet Keller. Two days later, Plano will serve as the first leg of a quadruple-header at AT&T Stadium when it squares off with District 5-6A champion Denton Guyer at 11 a.m. Saturday. Plano looks to nab its first playoff win since 2009.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

November 13, 2014, Plano Star Courier

New look, no letdown: West senior offensive linemen coming into their own as reliable force

The Plano West offensive line came into the season as an area of the program the coaching staff was paying close attention to.

After losing perennial starters and alums Zach White, Cody Arledge and Chase Woods to graduation – and college programs – the Wolves had to regroup with the next-man-up philosophy.

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November 8, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Fitting end: West cruises to 44-9 win over Flower Mound in regular season finale

Despite playing its backups for much of the game, Plano West held Flower Mound scoreless for nearly three quarters in a 44-9 victory Friday at Neal Wilson Stadium.

Wolves’ senior quarterback Robert Colmery scored the game’s first three touchdowns on runs of 6, 3 and 35 yards, and Flower Mound didn’t get on the board until junior Richard Kelly hit a 41-yard field goal at 2:18 of the third quarter, with the outcome already decided.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

November 3, 2014, Allen American

District 6-6A, 10-5A football playoff pictures all but set

With one week to go in the high school football regular season, there's a startling lack of suspense entering the final week of District 6-6A and 10-5A play.

The four playoff teams from the two districts have been decided, although there are instances where the outcomes of Friday's games could alter seeding.

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October 31, 2014, Allen American

No answer for Allen: Eagles shred Wolves' D in shootout win

Much like last season’s encounter between the two, the Allen and Plano West football teams began Friday night trading decisive touchdown drives on their respective first possessions.

Allen senior Kyler Murray found senior Jalen Guyton for a 56-yard touchdown and 90 seconds later, West senior Soso Jamabo returned the favor with a 49-touchdown run.

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October 31, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Kohl's Kicking names Davidson national POW

Plano West senior kicker Parker Davidson had a banner week for the Wolves against Hebron on Oct. 24 in a 50-7 win.

In addition to a perfect 6-of-6 point-after-touchdown conversions and six touchbacks on kickoffs, Davidson hit two field goals against the Hawks, including a school record 53-yarder in the third quarter.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

October 30, 2014, Allen American

One for all the marbles: Previewing Friday’s showdown between Allen and Plano West

For weeks, the Allen and Plano West football teams have been on a crash course to a Halloween showdown that will likely decide the District 6-6A champion.

And here we are. The undefeated Eagles – winners of 35 consecutive games and holders of the state’s top ranking – against the one-loss Wolves, perhaps the most compelling challenge to Allen’s district throne in years.

View full story at Allen American

October 30, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD/Allen football (Week 10)

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October 24, 2014, Carrollton Leader

All West, all night: Jamabo’s big half carries Wolves past Hawks

It took Plano West just 16 seconds to take a 7-0 lead over Hebron Friday night at Hawk Stadium, courtesy senior running back Soso Jamabo.

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October 24, 2014, Allen American

Allen-West showdown draws 'Game of the Week' honor

The Allen-Plano West football showdown could have a major hand in crowning the District 6-6A champion.

Fox Sports Southwest took notice and will be sending its “DQ Big Game of the Week” crew to Clark Stadium in Plano next Friday for the contest.

View full story at Allen American

October 23, 2014, Allen American

Kyler Murray, Soso Jamabo inch up rankings in latest ESPN 300

ESPN has updated the latest edition of its top 300 national football player rankings for the Class of 2015, and a slew of local names are represented.

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October 23, 2014, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD/Allen football (Week 9)

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October 23, 2014, Lewisville Leader

On the fringe: A look at District 6-6A’s playoff bubble teams

Surprise, surprise – Allen and Plano West are the top of the District 6-6A football standings.

The Eagles and Wolves continue their march towards next week’s potential de facto 6-6A championship bout with the top two records in the district. Excluding that Oct. 31 showdown, the Eagles’ (5-0 in 6-6A) and Wolves’ (4-1) remaining two district games are against teams that are a combined 1-10 in 6-6A play. Allen has already technically clinched a playoff spot and from a big-picture standpoint, barring something unforeseen, I’m going to go out on a limb and pencil in West as well.

View full story at Lewisville Leader

October 17, 2014, Lewisville Leader

Farmers tanned: Wolves strike early, often in rout of Lewisville

Lewisville (3-4, 2-3 in District 6-6A) entered Friday’s matchup against Plano West (6-1, 4-1) ranking among the better run defenses in the Class 6A Metroplex.

However, good defense doesn’t seem to matter much in slowing the Wolves as of late.

View full story at Lewisville Leader

October 16, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD/Allen football (Week 8)

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October 12, 2014, Allen American

Mid-district progress report: Sizing up the first half of play on the 6-6A gridiron

Much was made during the offseason about the competitiveness of District 6-6A entering the 2014-15 season, and as the 6-6A schedule approaches its midpoint, that’s certainly been the case.

Even the district’s current top seed, Allen, hasn’t carved out its unbeaten mark without a dash of adversity, while programs like Hebron and Flower Mound each have three-point losses on their district docket.

View full story at Allen American

October 11, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Waiting game: Rain delays Wolves' bounce-back rout of Marcus

Halfway through the second quarter, it looked as if a Marcus run defense that surrendered just 125 yards total over the last two games was up to the task of slowing Plano West senior Soso Jamabo.

Two-and-a-half quarters later, Jamabo was over 300 yards on the ground with four touchdowns.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

October 10, 2014, Plano Star Courier

West specialists: Clark, Davidson, Foncham earning high praise for kicking game work

The snap-hold-kick operation is, in theory, an easy one.

When ready, a long snapper puts both hands on the ball, awaiting the signal from the holder just 7 yards back. The kicker nods his head, the ball is snapped to the holder and put down on the turf, with a slight spin, to make sure the laces are facing the goal post.

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October 9, 2014, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD/Allen football (Week 7)

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October 8, 2014, Allen American

Throw out the record books: Takeaways from the latest week in 6-6A football

It’s maybe the most overused line by coaches and media personalities alike when leading into a rivalry game.

Throw out the record books.

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October 4, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Wolfpack no match for Wildcats: Plano D shines, halts surging Wolves in rivalry win

Given what the first five weeks of the season have produced, there wasn’t much normalcy to the latest installment of the Plano Senior-Plano West football rivalry on Friday.

Thirty-three total penalties for 252 yards.

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October 2, 2014, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD/Allen football (Week Six)

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October 2, 2014, Plano Star Courier

The Blue Nation blueprint: With Boyd coming off loss to West, East looks to take advantage

Heading into their game versus one another, the Plano East and Plano West football teams couldn’t help but notice the similarities that persist.

A lot of that has to do with coaching, as Panthers head coach Joey McCullough brought an offensive philosophy from his time with the Wolves as his new basis for success at East.

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October 1, 2014, Allen American

And then there were two: Let the hype train for Allen-Plano West officially begin

Mark your calendars, Plano- and Allen-area football fans, because for all intents and purposes, the District 6-6A Championship will be decided on Halloween night.

Not only will that evening feature a matchup between the two lone programs who are yet to lose a 6-6A game thus far, but a game that short of DeSoto vs. Cedar Hill or Southlake Carroll vs. Euless Trinity, might be the most compelling one left on the Metroplex’s regular-season football docket.

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September 18, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Where you start, how you finish: West builds 35-point lead, coasts to fourth straight win over East

Slowly but surely, Plano West has chipped away at the lead Plano East once built in the all-time football series between the two.

West (1-0 in District 6-6A) built a 35-0 lead at halftime and cruised to a 42-7 win over East (1-1) behind 185 yards and three touchdowns from senior running back Soso Jamabo Friday night at Clark Stadium.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

September 18, 2014, Allen American

Previews, picks and premature speculation for Plano ISD/Allen football (Week 4)

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September 18, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Friends, foes and Plano: McCullough factor adds new wrinkle to East-West matchup

There’s generally no love lost between rivals.

While that age-old adage works well in the context of most high school football games in Texas, it might not be true after Plano East and Plano West complete their 15th all-time battle Friday night at Clark Stadium.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

September 14, 2014, Plano Star Courier

No bye week blues: Wolves clicking on offense, using hiatus to tweak flaws

Plano West drew the first bye of the 2014 District 6-6A football schedule and stayed home Friday night while the other eight programs tried to draw first blood.

“If I had my preference I’d rather have it during the middle of the season,” said Mike Hughes, West head coach, “but it’s the luck of the draw, and we’re going to make the most of it.”

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September 11, 2014, Allen American

Crystal football: Projecting the road ahead on the 6-6A gridiron

Ninety-six minutes of game time is all the nine teams in District 6-6A have been granted in preparation for Friday night, when district play officially gets underway.

As has been the case for nearly a decade, all crosshairs are squared on two-time reigning state champion Allen, who will be vying for its ninth consecutive district title.

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September 11, 2014, Star Local Media

COLUMN: Aggies offer Jamabo intangibles no other school can

Plano West boys basketball alum Avery Johnson Jr.’s commitment to Texas A&M University opened the door for future Wolves to join the program on the hardcourt.

Senior D.J. Hogg was the latest to sign up to play in Reed Arena in his post-high school state, doing so after an official visit to the campus over the weekend.

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September 10, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Plano West RB Jamabo named Ford 6A Player of the Week

Plano West senior Soso Jamabo posted one of the state's all-time best rushing performances in the Wolves' 63-49 win over Sachse on Friday.

On Wednesday, Ford recognized the five-star running back for his efforts on the gridiron by honoring Jamabo as the Week Two recipient of the 2014 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week in Class 6A.

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September 10, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Sizing up Soso: Putting the Plano West RB’s 486-yard career night into perspective…sort of

For those who haven’t heard, Plano West senior Soso Jamabo orchestrated maybe the greatest single-game rushing performance in Plano ISD football history on Friday against Sachse.

Amid plenty of debate among media members on the exact tally of Jamabo’s final yardage total, the Wolves’ coaching staff penned their five-star rusher at 27 carries for 469 yards and six touchdowns, plus two catches for 17 yards.

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September 6, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Jamabo, Plano West overrun Sachse in 63-49 shootout victory

There was an assortment of star power on the field for Friday's clash between Plano West and Sachse and those players lived up their billing in a game that featured more than 1,300 yards of total offense.

But this night belonged to one player--Plano West running back Soso Jamabo.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

September 5, 2014, Star Local Media

Plano West's Jackson Jeffcoat signed to Redskins' practice squad

One week after being cut by the Seattle Seahawks, Plano West alum Jackson Jeffcoat has resurfaced as a member of the Washington Redskins.

The NFC East club signed Jeffcoat to the team's practice squad on Tuesday. The move will mark Jeffcoat's latest attempt at gaining a foothold in the NFL, which hasn't been easy in the early going.

View full story at Star Local Media

September 2, 2014, Mesquite News

Jamabo, Wolves run over Mesquite in 44-7 victory

Senior running back Soso Jamabo paced Plano West to an easy 44-7 victory over Mesquite on Friday night at Clark Stadium in Plano.

The five-star recruit ran for 120 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries, gaining all but six of his yards in the first half. He took a screen pass 54 yards for another score and is already halfway to his touchdown total from a year ago.

View full story at Mesquite News

August 24, 2014, Star Local Media

District 6-6A Preview

This 6,600-pound gorilla figures to garner plenty of attention over these next two years.

Not only does District 6-6A house a total of 14 football state championships, it features nine schools with enrollments of more than 3,000 students. The largest of the schools doubles as the one best suited to tack on title No. 15 for 6-6A, as Allen sets its sights on a rare chance to win three consecutive championships in the state’s highest classification.

A ninth consecutive district title wouldn’t be a bad addendum for Allen either. There projects to be no shortage of competition keen of knocking the Eagles from their perch, including presumptive contenders Plano Senior, McKinney Boyd and Hebron.

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August 24, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Team Preview: Plano West Wolves

West was looking to take a step forward in 2013 after making the deepest postseason run in school history a year prior, but instead posted a 6-5 campaign that culminated with a bi-district loss to Jesuit.

Even with one of the state’s top rushing duos in alum Auston Anderson and senior Soso Jamabo, the Wolves didn’t have enough offense to account for their shortcomings on defense and lack of consistent quarterback play.

Senior Robert Colmery and junior Logan Williams split the job last season, but out of the spring and through the summer in 7-on-7 action, West looked to Colmery to grasp the role once and for all.

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August 24, 2014, Allen American

66 Questions for District 6-6A: Week 11

This is the last of an 11-part installment previewing District 6-6A.

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August 24, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Wolves running toward opener: Squad confident talent is on par with 6-6A competition

Plano West’s football team showed flashes of being a district contender last season.

With two weeks of practice and a scrimmage in the books, this year’s team has turned its focus into accomplishing that goal this time around. A quick glance at the roster, with a strong number of returners and up-and-coming talent, begs pause to the notion that the Wolves can get there.

But District 6-6A will be no walk in the park. West, like the other eight teams in the grouping, knows consistency and discipline will be key in breaking the talent tie on the field.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

August 21, 2014, Plano Star Courier

PISD football teams playing in scrimmages Friday; West proceeds benefit THSEF

All three Plano ISD schools will hit the gridiron for their first action of the 2014 season Friday night.

Plano Senior will head to E.H. Hanby Stadium at 7 p.m. for a scrimmage with Mesquite.

Plano East will host Arlington Bowie at 8:30 p.m. at Kimbrough Stadium, while Plano West will inhabit Clark Stadium for a matchup with Highland Park.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

August 17, 2014, Plano Star Courier

66 Questions for District 6-6A: Week 10

This is the 10th of an 11-part installment previewing District 6-6A.

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August 17, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Return to form: Camaraderie, competitive fire persist from West’s first set of fall practices

Coming off the deepest postseason run in program history this time last year, the Plano West football team entered its season hyped as one of the best teams in Class 5A. Several preseason polls ranked the squad behind only defending state champion Allen in district.

Courtesy of an underwhelming season that culminated in a bi-district loss to Jesuit, coupled with a move to District 6-6A, that’s no longer an issue for this year’s set of Wolves.

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July 24, 2014, Allen American

Local football, baseball standouts selected for Under Armour games

In the coming months, the annual slate of Under Armour All-America games will be held in football and baseball, and the Metroplex figures to be represented in both.

On Aug. 16, 36 of the country's top baseball prospects will take to the diamond at Wrigley Field for the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game. Already on tap to participate is Plano Senior senior Mitchell Hansen, whose offseason has already included an appearance in the 2014 Tournament of Stars in June and an upcoming tryout for the U18 national team on Aug. 23-29. 

View full story at Allen American

July 17, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Blue Nation in College Station: Wolves rebound from rocky start at 7-on-7 state tournament

A 39-21 loss in Plano West’s Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament opener versus Hutto had the gusto to cast a dark cloud over the Wolves’ fifth straight appearance at the event.

But back-to-back victories in Pool K action turned things around quickly for West, which recorded wins over Cypress Woods and Byron Nelson in succession to reach the championship bracket.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

June 29, 2014, Allen American

66 Questions for District 6-6A: Week 3

This is the third of an 11-part installment previewing District 6-6A.

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June 22, 2014, Allen American

66 Questions for District 6-6A: Week 2

This is the second of an 11-part installment previewing District 6-6A.

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June 18, 2014, Allen American

Allen, Plano West finish in top six for UIL Lone Star Cup

The Allen and Plano West athletics program were among the most consistent in Class 5A and the final UIL Lone Star Cup standings reflect just that.

Both cracked the top 10 for the annual UIL honor, with the Eagles finishing third overall (74 points) and the Wolves tallying sixth (63).

The Lone Star Cup is annually awarded to one school in each UIL classification through a point system based on team performance in district and postseason success.

View full story at Allen American

June 18, 2014, Allen American

66 Questions for District 6-6A: Week 1

In February, one of the biggest storylines to emerge from the UIL’s biennial realignment was the creation of District 6-6A featuring Plano ISD, Lewisville ISD, Allen and McKinney Boyd.

It didn’t take long for floodgates of hyperbole to open surrounding the new district.

That’s not to say folks are wrong. During the 2013-14 school year alone, five team UIL Class 5A State Championships were captured by schools that will occupy 6-6A next season and at least one 6-6A program has won a state title each of the past 10 years.

View full story at Allen American

June 2, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Plano West 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament pools set

Plano West will host its annual 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament on Saturday.

The event is one of five SQTs that are taking place across the state over the weekend, the others being in Belton, Southlake, College Station and Lufkin.

A number of local teams will vie for a spot at the state tournament in College Station by virtue of a top-two finish. Frisco Heritage, which qualified at the Frisco Liberty SQT, already locked up a spot in College Station.

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May 28, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Wolves reach semifinals at first 7-on-7 SQT: Heritage beats West, grabs state tournament spot

The Plano West football team advanced to the semifinals of the Frisco Liberty 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament over the weekend, falling short against Frisco Heritage with a spot in this year’s state tournament in College Station on the line.

The Wolves jumped out to a quick lead against the Coyotes, but fell victim to three straight unsuccessful drives before halftime that tipped the scales in Heritage’s favor. West kept things close in the second half, but lost, 36-25.

According to West quarterbacks coach Kelly Mercer, though, it was a successful first appearance in a 7-on-7 SQT for the Wolves.

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May 16, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Reps and depth: Wolves eye battles in trenches, defensive improvement at last spring scrimmage

Plano West’s quest for a third consecutive playoff appearance will officially begin in the fall.

Friday at Clark Stadium, though, the Wolves completed a necessary step toward that goal – their fourth and final scrimmage of the spring.

According to head coach Mike Hughes, West got the necessary amount of time together both on and off the field to feel confident heading into the summer months leading into the Wolves joining District 6-6A next season.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

May 12, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Plano West alum Jeffcoat joins Seahawks as UDFA

Plano West alum Jackson Jeffcoat, like the rest of the University of Texas prospects this year, went undrafted over the weekend in the 2014 NFL Draft.

It didn't take him long to find a home.

Shortly after the conclusion of the seventh and final round on Saturday, Jeffcoat tweeted that he signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

May 8, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Jeffcoat preps for pros: Plano West grad on the brink of beginning NFL career

Plano West alum Jackson Jeffcoat had to beg and plead for his parents to let him play football in the sixth grade.

Sixteen years and a truckload of on- and off-field accolades later, the University of Texas senior will likely take the next – and most profound – step of his football career by week’s end, as the 2014 NFL Draft runs Thursday-Saturday.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

April 25, 2014, Plano Star Courier

PISD football through and through: Plano East coaching job a dream come true for McCullough

On Wednesday, Joey McCullough was introduced as the next head coach of Plano East football.

Although that day marked the Panthers’ first glimpse of their new leader, the seeds for McCullough’s ascension to his first-ever head coaching gig were planted well before any of his players at East were even born.

View full story at Plano Star Courier

April 23, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Plano East names alum Joey McCullough new head football coach

A longtime staple in the Plano ISD football scene, Joey McCullough has been named the new head coach at Plano East.

An East alum who has logged 22 years on the coaching circuit, all but one of which have come within PISD. McCullough served as an assistant coach with the Panthers from 1994-2002 before taking the same job across town at Plano West. In those 12 years, he served as the Wolves’ offensive line coach and running game coordinator, which annually boasts one of the top rushing attacks in the Metroplex.

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April 1, 2014, Plano West Quarterback Club

Spring Kickoff Meeting and Lift-a-Rama set for April 14th

What:      Plano West Quarterback Club Kick Off Meeting
When:     Monday, April 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Where:    Plano West SAC (indoor practice facility)
Who:       You!

Hello Wolfpack! Please make sure you attend the Kick Off Meeting for the Plano West Quarterback Club. It is mandatory attendance for all parents of Plano West Varsity and Junior Varsity players in 2014 and a great opportunity to find out what is going on for all the future Wolves and their parents! If you are in the Blue Nation, you’re invited!

The Kick Off Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Spring Lift-a-Thon. All our players have been working hard in the offseason to get bigger and stronger and this is their chance to show us what they’ve got!

Here’s the schedule:
5:30 – Pizza available for players ($1.00 per player. Pizza for players only)
6:00 – 6:30 – Parents browse information stations, join the club and purchase items
6:30 – 7:00 – Quarterback Club Kick Off meeting
7:00 – Lift-A-Thon

We need to see you there!

ONE TEAM! ONE DREAM! BLUE NATION!

Go Wolves!!!
Rob and Sharon Clark
2014 PWQBC Captains

February 16, 2014, Allen American

Stand up and cheer: Ranking the District 10-5A student sections

Just the talent alone is enough to want to sit down and take in a District 10-5A basketball game on a Tuesday or Friday night.

But part of what makes high school basketball such a unique experience is the atmosphere – specifically the section in the stands allotted to the student body. Every game, hundreds of students pour into the stands to show their devotion and support for their respective teams.

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February 7, 2014, Plano Star Courier

National Signing Day interview with Plano West RB, Northwestern commit Auston Anderson

Plano West senior running back Auston Anderson had a standout career for the Wolves, one that coincided with the school’s deepest playoff appearance to date when he was a junior.

Over the past three seasons, Anderson has complied over 2,800 rushing yards and scored 30 touchdowns on the gridiron.

He officially committed to Northwestern and head coach Pat Fitzgerald’s football team on Wednesday, the fulfillment of a year-long pledge to the Wildcats and the Big Ten.

View full story at Plano Star Courier
February 6, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Leaving the pack behind: 16 Wolves ink LOIs on National Signing Day

Among Plano ISD schools, Plano West will go down as having the largest number of students represented on National Signing Day.

Sixteen Wolves and Lady Wolves took their first official step toward collegiate athletics Wednesday by signing a National Letter of Intent.

Six different sports were represented among the students, but soccer (seven) and football (six) took up most of the list.

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February 6, 2014, Allen American

COLUMN: Dual diamonds in the rough: High school or not, two-sport stars still move the needle

While watching Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hold up the Lombardi Trophy in celebration of winning Super Bowl XLVIII, one steady thought resonated through my mind.

And it has nothing to do with the fact that Wilson, just a second-year pro, has already climbed to the top of the NFL mountain.

“That guy is a member of the Texas Rangers,” I said to myself.

View full story at Allen American
February 3, 2014, Allen American

District 6-6A 2014 football schedule

The UIL held its biennial realignment Monday morning, announcing the state’s new athletic districts. These will take effect for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

District 6-6A will feature nine teams, including Allen, Flower Mound, Hebron, Lewisville, Marcus, McKinney Boyd, Plano East, Plano Senior and Plano West.

View full story at Allen American
February 3, 2014, Celina Record

2014-16 UIL Realignment: New athletic districts revealed this morning

The UIL held its biennial realignment Monday morning, announcing the state's new athletic districts. These will take effect for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

View full story at Celina Record
January 31, 2014, Allen American

2013 All-Collin County Football Team

From August through December, the high school football teams within Collin County waged no shortage of high-quality action on the gridiron.

For the last decade, Star Local Media has paid tribute to that action through the All-Collin County Football Team. Another year of football produced another slew of standout players within the county. Below, those student-athletes are commended for their achievements on the football field with the 11th annual All-Collin County Football Team.

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January 29, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Change of plans: West OL White decommits from Lamar, headed to Naval Academy

Plano West senior offensive lineman Zach White verbally committed to Lamar University earlier this month, but reminded us all why verbals mean nothing.

White said Tuesday night that he has decommitted from the Cardinals and has instead pledged his services to the Naval Academy after high school.

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January 20, 2014

Congratulations go out to nine members of the Plano West football team who were named to the Texas High School Coaches All-Academic (THSCA) team this spring.

Wolfpack members that were honored include the following:

1st Team
Peter Cimino
Alex Hairston
Jesse Palmer
2nd Team
Cody Arledge
Parker Dunn
Thomas Freyman
Peyton Young
Honorable Mention
Nick Casten
Hooman Jahromi
     

To be nominated for Academic All-State, a student must be:

  • an athlete, student trainer or manager in good standing with the team
  • of good moral character
  • a senior
  • have an overall grade point average of 92 or above (including courses from grades 9-11 and courses completed from grade 12). Weighted GPAs accepted.

Congratulations to our senior Wolfpack All-Academic team members! GO WOLFPACK!

January 17, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Big man on campus: White turns standout West career into Lamar commitment

Plano West has been home to one of the area’s most dominant rushing attacks over the past two seasons.

Much of the credit lies with two running backs (senior Austin Anderson and junior Soso Jamabo) and a graduated quarterback (Travis Korry) but any coach will tell you the key to successfully running the football is found at the line of scrimmage.

Enter senior offensive lineman Zach White, who verbally committed to Lamar University last week after three years as a stalwart along the Wolves’ offensive line.

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January 10, 2014, Plano Star Courier

Plano West OT White verbally commits to Lamar University

National Signing Day is less than a month away for the Class of 2014, but Plano West senior offensive tackle Zach White took some excitement away from his big reveal by verbally committing to Lamar University on Wednesday.

White has been a staple on the Wolves' offensive line for the past two seasons; West featured two 1,000-yard rushers (senior Austin Anderson and junior Soso Jamabo) in each of those campaigns.

For his accomplishments on the field, White was also named first team all-district 10-5A in 2012 and 2013.

View full story at Plano Star Courier