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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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November 9, 2019, Plano Star Courier

PCA, JPII build momentum for playoffs; East, West falter in season finales

With the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools postseason right around the corner, the Prestonwood Christian and John Paul II football teams closed out the regular season Friday on a winning note.

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November 9, 2019, Plano Star Courier

No playoffs in Plano: Prosper stomps Wildcats, PISD misses postseason

For the first time in three decades, there will be no playoff football in Plano ISD. With Plano East and Plano West having already bowed out of the postseason race, the school district’s hopes rested on Plano Senior, which entered Friday needing a win over second-place Prosper to secure the last playoff spot in District 9-6A.

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November 2, 2019, Plano Star Courier

It’s over: West ends streak with dramatic comeback win over East

As junior Dylan Hayden’s last-ditch, Hail-Mary effort fell into the arms of Plano West senior defensive back John Thomas and Kimbrough Stadium’s horn sounded for the final time Friday night, West seniors Danny Davis and Wyatt Johnson embraced.

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October 31, 2019, Plano Star Courier

East, West renew gridiron rivalry

The final installment of the 2019 Plano ISD rivalries is on tap for Friday, with much to play for for a pair of teams already eliminated from the Class 6A postseason.

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October 31, 2019, Allen American

The Pick-It Line: SLM predicts high school football's Week 10 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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October 19, 2019, McKinney Courier-Gazette

McKinney dominates Plano West in homecoming victory

With the pageantry of homecoming in the air, the McKinney football team put together a bounce-back performance against Plano West following last week’s disappointing performance against Plano Senior.

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October 17, 2019, Plano Star Courier

Playoff stakes ramp up for latest Plano-East showdown

Across nearly four decades, high stakes usually accompany the Plano Senior-Plano East football rivalry and Friday’s 38th installment is no different.

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October 11, 2019, McKinney Courier-Gazette

Second-quarter turnover helps Boyd pull away from West, 35-22

For the second straight game, the opportunity for Plano West to end its 30-plus game losing streak appeared to present itself. Instead, once again, the Wolves fell short. McKinney Boyd earned the victory inside Clark Stadium Friday, 35-22, extending the West skid to 32 games.

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October 10, 2019, Plano Star Courier

PISD exits bye week with slew of tough matchups

Although the machinations of the two programs change year to year, there’s no escaping the reality that, until proven otherwise, the McKinney football team has Plano Senior’s number.

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October 3, 2019, Allen American

Element of surprise: Unexpected trends through football’s first half for Plano ISD, Allen

With District 9-6A enjoying the bye week, all eight teams have essentially reached the regular season’s intermission with five games in the books and five more go.

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September 28, 2019, Allen American

Rapid Reaction Podcast: Week 5 High School Football Roundup

With another busy Friday night of high school football in the books, the Star Local Media sports staff breaks down the games they covered in Week Five.

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September 28, 2019, Plano Star Courier

Pair of late Plano scores dooms West in near miss

Plano West was a fourth quarter away from the long-awaited end to its seasons-long nightmare. Instead, as Plano Senior senior wideout Jayden Chambers scampered into the end zone in the middle of the final frame, the sliver of hope building on the West side of Plano began to evaporate.

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September 26, 2019, Plano Star Courier

Wildcats, Wolves renew rivalry in vital 9-6A tilt

In a district teeming with parity among its middle class, Friday’s rivalry installment between Plano Senior and Plano West is pivotal. Both teams surrendered their District 9-6A opener last week, albeit to a pair of formidable opponents in Allen and Jesuit, and the pursuit of that first conference victory looms large in a matchup where neither team can afford an 0-2 start to league play.

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September 21, 2019, Allen American

Rapid Reaction Podcast: Week 4 High School Football Roundup

With another busy Friday night of high school football in the books, the Star Local Media sports staff breaks down the games they covered in Week Four.

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September 20, 2019, Star Local Media

Jesuit cruises past West, 38-3

District 9-6A play started with a thud for a Plano West program working toward finding its footing under first-year head coach Tyler Soukup, as a 38-3 loss at Jesuit ran the program’s losing streak to 30 games.

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September 19, 2019, Star Local Media

PISD faces different challenges in district openers

After sporting a collective 2-7 record through the first three weeks of the season, Plano ISD looks to get on track during the first week of District 9-6A action.

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September 16, 2019, Allen American

PODCAST: Revisiting HS Football Preseason Playoff Picks (6A) and Special Guest Caree' Green (Frisco)

With district play looming throughout the Metroplex, Star Local Media revisits its playoff projections from the summer and makes its official postseason predictions for its Class 6A districts.

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September 13, 2019, Plano Star Courier

PISD preps for final tune-ups for 9-6A play; Allen welcomes Coppell

Plano West hasn’t played the easiest of non-district schedules, dropping contests to Frisco Reedy and Flower Mound to run their losing streak to 28 games, and the going doesn't get any easier at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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September 12, 2019, Allen American

PODCAST: High School Football Week 3 Preview and Special Guest Marvin Mims (Frisco Lone Star)

Star Local Media previews a few of the week's marquee high school football games, including our reader-voted Game of the Week: Frisco Lone Star vs. Highland Park.

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September 7, 2019, Plano Star Courier

Flower Mound starts slow, finishes fast vs. Plano West

Senior quarterback Blake Short accounted for 345 yards of total offense and tossed four touchdown passes to three different receivers, leading Flower Mound to a 38-10 win over Plano West Friday night.

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September 5, 2019, Allen American

PISD seeks bounce-back showings in Week 2; Allen welcomes out-of-area power

Last year, the first-ever meeting between the Plano Senior and El Paso Eastwood was billed as a rare encounter between El Paso and Dallas football. Thursday’s meeting takes on the backdrop as one of the state’s most high-profile meetings in Week Two.

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