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November 26, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Win and they’re in: Plano West has playoff berth at stake on Friday

In 2019, Tyler Soukup inherited a Plano West team mired in the longest losing streak in Plano ISD football history. In just his second season at the helm, he has a chance to lead the Wolves back to the playoffs.

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November 20, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Plano West looks to climb back into playoff mix; East-Plano cancelled

The past week was a wild one in District 6-6A, with Hebron and Plano announcing cancellations of the next two games on their respective schedules due to COVID-19 issues within both programs. In a league where district wins are the ultimate currency in determining the four playoff teams, not being able to play two of a potential seven district ballgames is significant.

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November 19, 2020, Allen American

The Pick-It Line: SLM predicts high school football's Week 9 winners

During high school football season, the Star Local Media sports staff will predict the winners of up to 10 in-market games each week as part of its annual Pick-It Line. Below are the staff's predictions for the season's Week 9 round of The Pick-It Line.

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November 14, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Marcus, Nussmeier roll past Plano West

In a contest featuring the top two teams in District 6-6A, Marcus (7-0, 4-0), behind the arm of LSU pledge Garrett Nussmeier, beat host Plano West, 46-24, at Clark Stadium in Plano on Friday night.

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November 7, 2020, Star Local Media

Too close for comfort: West fends off late East rally for rivalry win

For a moment on Friday, the Plano West football team nearly found itself on the wrong end of some deja vu. Just over one year removed from erasing an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter for an emotional 36-35 victory over Plano East, the Wolves nearly fell victim to some late heroics by the Panthers in Friday’s rivalry renewal at Kimbrough Stadium.

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November 5, 2020, Allen American

The Pick-It Line: SLM predicts high school football's Week 7 winners

During high school football season, the Star Local Media sports staff will predict the winners of up to 10 in-market games each week as part of its annual Pick-It Line.

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November 5, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Rivalry renewed: East, West look to climb playoff ladder in 6-6A

Just over one year removed from one of the more thrilling installments of the rivalry’s 20-plus years on the gridiron, Plano West head coach Tyler Soukup admits plenty has changed since the last time his Wolves squared off with Plano East.

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October 30, 2020, Coppell Gazette

Coppell shuts out Plano West in second half

Coppell senior Canon Peters was recently moved from cornerback to outside linebacker to fill a gap in the Cowboy defense. It appears that he is going to remain in his new position for the foreseeable future.

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October 26, 2020, Allen American

PODCAST: High School Football Week 5 in Review

With high school football's district schedule in full swing, Star Local Media looks back on a week that produced a number of upsets around the area.

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October 22, 2020, Lewisville Leader

Plano West’s fourth-quarter fury shocks Lewisville

For all the emotion that encompassed the Plano West football team’s stunning, come-from-behind victory over Plano East last season, a win that snapped a 34-game losing streak, Thursday’s District 6-6A opener sparked a completely different feeling for the Wolves.

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October 22, 2020, Carrollton Leader

Crystal football: Sizing up the road ahead on the 6-6A gridiron

Thursday marks the first night of the District 6-6A football schedule — the first of seven weeks where Plano ISD, Lewisville ISD and Coppell will lock horns in pursuit of one of the conference’s four playoff spots.

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October 22, 2020, Plano Star Courier

PISD opens 6-6A slate with new-look district foes

After a week to heal up and reset, Plano ISD and the rest of District 6-6A take to the gridiron this week for the beginning of their conference schedule. The three PISD schools are making the move back to 6-6A to rekindle old rivalries with Lewisville and forge new ones with Coppell. Several of those schools will be making the trip to Plano this week, with Plano West hosting Lewisville on Thursday, followed by a pair of Friday matchups that include Hebron visiting Plano East and Plano welcoming Coppell.

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October 15, 2020, Plano Star Courier

District on deck: What to make of Plano ISD as 6-6A gauntlet looms

By the next time all three Plano ISD football teams take the field, business will have officially picked up. Next week marks the beginning of the District 6-6A football schedule, with PISD, as well as Coppell and the four Lewisville ISD schools vying for one of four playoff spots in the conference. All eight programs concluded their non-district schedules last week, with all but Plano and Hebron playing their entire three-game preseason docket.

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October 10, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Second wind: Little Elm controls last 2nd half, hands Plano West 1st loss

Plano West wasn’t the only football team inside Little Elm Athletic Complex that had pitched an early-season shutout this year. Just as the Wolves began their 2020 campaign with a 28-0 victory over Wylie, host Little Elm broke in the season by blanking L.D. Bell, 37-0, in its opener.

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October 8, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Dress rehearsal: Big tests on deck for PISD in final non-district games

The Plano East and Plano football teams enter Friday in search of their first wins of the season. Getting them will require overtaking two teams projected to contend for a district title. The Panthers look to put an 0-2 start to rest with a 7 p.m. kickoff from Kimbrough Stadium against longtime rival Jesuit, while the Wildcats will set up shop at Clark Stadium that same time for a meeting against a surging Lake Highlands squad.

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October 3, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Wolves ground North Mesquite for 2-0 start

After posting the program’s first shutout in more than a decade last week against Wylie, Plano West’s defense picked up where it left off Friday against visiting North Mesquite.

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September 26, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Football Roundup: Plano West posts 1st shutout win in 12 years; Allen, Lovejoy roll to begin season

Not long removed from having to go 34 games in between wins, Plano West is 1-0 to begin Year Two of the Tyler Soukup era. The Wolves started their season on a high note on Friday, shutting out Wylie for a 28-0 victory at Clark Stadium. It was the first time West had blanked an opponent since September 2008 against North Crowley.

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September 24, 2020, Allen American

The Pick-It Line: SLM predicts high school football's Week 1 winners

During high school football season, the Star Local Media sports staff will predict the winners of 10 in-market games each week as part of its annual Pick-It Line.

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September 21, 2020, Allen American

School districts alter ticketing procedures for sporting events

For months, high school athletics programs around the state have had to adjust to a new way of doing things while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. That will also apply to the fans hoping to see their teams in action this season.

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September 19, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Team Preview: Wolves target next step under Soukup

Last season was about starting anew for the Wolves, who managed to exorcise the stigma of a multi-year losing streak with a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over rival Plano East — a 36-35 victory that doubled as West’s first notch in the win column since September 2016.

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September 19, 2020, Carrollton Leader

District Preview: Lewisville ISD, Coppell welcome Plano ISD to 6-6A

After two years of relatively top-heavy football, where the Lewisville ISD schools and Coppell jockeyed for the four playoff spots, 6-6A exchanges the Irving ISD trio for three of the four largest high schools in the state. The 2019 season admittedly wasn’t one to remember for Plano ISD, which didn’t have a representative in the postseason for the first time in 30 years, but a renewed sense of optimism during the offseason — highlighted by the hiring of Todd Ford as Plano’s next head coach — has the school district hopeful of a bounce-back year.

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September 17, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Wolves to watch: Five Plano West athletes on the radar in 2020

One of the more entertaining aspects of covering high school sports in the Metroplex are the interactions – both personal and as a spectator – with athletes. During my time as a reporter, I have had the opportunity to profile and follow the career paths of some noteworthy athletes in Plano ISD and surrounding areas, and it’s time to look at a handful of students who impressed this past season and could be in line for even bigger roles in 2020-21.

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September 10, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Plano ISD, Allen tackle offseason positional voids

Monday marked the first day of football practices for several Class 6A and 5A high schools around the state. For the first five days, programs will work out their student-athletes in helmets, T-shirts and shorts as part of the UIL-mandated acclimatization period before lacing up the pads for the first time since the end of last season.

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August 23, 2020, Carrollton Leader

Summer Questions: A look at 6-6A football's storylines, breakout players

The end of one chapter gives way to the start of another, and such is the case as teams around the state begin preparations for the 2020-21 school year. For many, that’ll mean making the move to a new district, and schools like Plano ISD, Lewisville ISD and Coppell are no different. The PISD trio broke away from their longtime rivals in Allen and McKinney and link up with LISD and Coppell in a revamped District 6-6A.

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July 31, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Revised 6-6A football schedules taking shape

Just as the UIL’s July 21 announcement outlining plans for high school football offered some much-needed direction, it sent teams all around the state into a frenzy revising their schedules for the upcoming season.

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July 29, 2020, Allen American

Scramble drill: Local football teams revising schedules for delayed season

For the Dallas-area high school football coaches who were caught in the storm of realignment back in February, scrambling around the Birdville ISD Fine Arts and Athletic Complex in search of games for the 2020 season, last week brought some feelings of deja vu.

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July 21, 2020, Allen American

UIL delays start of 2020-21 athletics year for 5A, 6A high schools

On Tuesday, the UIL revealed its much-anticipated plans for the 2020-21 school year, delaying the start of the athletics calendar for the state’s 6A and 5A high schools. Speculation has waged for months on the state’s approach to the upcoming school year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With the spread of the virus forcing local orders to close campuses until at least Sept. 8 in a number of major metropolitan areas around the state such as Dallas, Houston, Austin and El Paso — where many of the UIL’s largest high schools are located — the UIL has put its two largest classifications on a separate timeline from schools in classes 1A through 4A.

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July 17, 2020, Allen American

SLM All-Decade Football Team: Linebackers racked up tackles, nationwide acclaim

Throughout the summer, Star Local Media will recognize some of the premier football players from the Metroplex with its inaugural all-decade team. Players eligible for consideration must have played at least one season between 2010-19 for one of the high schools within Star Local Media’s coverage area: Allen, Carrollton, Celina, Coppell, Flower Mound, Frisco, Lake Cities, Lewisville, Little Elm, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Rowlett and The Colony. This is the seventh of a multi-part series, continuing with linebackers.

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July 8, 2020, Allen American

UIL updates strength and conditioning guidelines

With high school summer workouts on hold for the week, the UIL has updated parts of its strength and conditioning guidelines in advance of a return to the practice field on July 13. The UIL released its revisions on Tuesday, stating all student-athletes ages 10 or older, as well as all employees, parents and visitors at a workout site must wear face coverings upon entry, except for those who are actively practicing or exercising.

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July 1, 2020, Allen American

UIL recommends temporary suspension of summer workouts

With COVID-19 numbers on the rise in recent weeks, the UIL issued a statement on Thursday recommending the closure of summer workouts between July 3-12. The state's chief athletics body cited the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and the potential for increased social interactions that could spread coronavirus as motivations behind the temporary suspension, stating that teams could resume workouts on July 13.

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June 20, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Wolves leaving no stone unturned during workouts

Although the Plano West football team’s season isn’t scheduled to begin until Aug. 28, the Wolves are still finding plenty of ways to instill competition into their time on the gridiron.

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June 12, 2020, Allen American

SLM All-Decade Football Team: Blue-chip, record-breaking rushers recognized

Throughout the summer, Star Local Media will recognize some of the premier football players from the Metroplex with its inaugural all-decade team. Players eligible for consideration must have played at least one season between 2010-19 for one of the high schools within Star Local Media’s coverage area: Allen, Carrollton, Celina, Coppell, Flower Mound, Frisco, Lake Cities, Lewisville, Little Elm, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Rowlett and The Colony. This is the second of a multi-part series, continuing with running backs.

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February 4, 2020, Plano Star Courier

Former McKinney coach, Prosper assistant athletic director named Plano's new AD

At the Plano ISD Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, Jeff Smith was approved to become Plano ISD’s next athletic director, replacing Gerald Brence who retired in December. Most recently serving as assistant athletic director in Prosper ISD, Smith brings 24 years of experience to the position.

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February 3, 2020, Allen American

Realignment splits Allen, Plano ISD; Denton County schools prep for new challenges

After competing in the same athletic district for the past 20-plus years, Allen and Plano ISD are going their separate ways. For the first time since 1997, the four largest high schools in the state will share a different district in what was one of numerous ripple effects across the Metroplex stemming from the UIL’s biennial realignment on Monday.

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January 30, 2020, Allen American

Realignment speculation heats up

Monday marks the UIL’s biennial reclassification and realignment, where high schools around the state will learn which athletic districts they’ll compete in from 2020-22. It’s an event rife with suspense and speculation — one that essentially lays the groundwork for the next two years in high school athletics.

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