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Wildcats News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Wildcats News · Vote for Texas’ Top Record-Breaking Performance – Presented by VNN


Who had the best record-breaking performance in Texas this season? We took your nominations over the past week and here are the finalists:

Nadine Arredondo – Stephenville

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Softball – 13 HR – Nadine more than doubled her school record from last year (6). With 13 HRs this season, she finishes her career with 24.

Emma Sherrer, Sarah Mobley, Addison Martin, Reezon Eke – Coppell Middle School North

Track and Field – 4×400, 4:16:65 – The relay team at Coppell MS North broke a 10 year old school record, setting a new district record as well.

Alec Carr – Kempner

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Baseball – 12 homeruns in a single season

Taylor Thompson – Lucas Lovejoy

Soccer – For most of the season, no one had scored a goal on the top-rated Highland Park Scots, until Taylor put one in the back of the net.

Katy Raby – Kilgore

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Soccer – Katy broke school the school record scoring 47 goals in a season, 27 of which came in district play. Last year the record was set at 46, and even when missing 2 games from injuries, Katy was able to overcome the odds and set a new one at Kilgore.

Simeon Woods Richardson – Kempner

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Baseball – 128 strikeouts in a single season

Blake Aragon – Stephenville

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Track and Field – High Jump – 6’10” – Blake broke a 30 year school record by 2-inches. He improved his personal best by 8 inches winning the state championship as a junior in the process.

Grace Ridgeway – Lucas Lovejoy

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Track and Field – Pole vault (12’6″), 300m hurdles (43.82) – Grace won the Texas 5A girls state pole vault title with this record and is 2nd in 5A in Texas in the 300m hurdles.

Emily Gueller – Lucas Lovejoy

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Track and Field-  2000M Steeplechase (7:59) – Emily was the first person to run steeple at Lovejoy high school, setting the first record in 2016, then broke her own record this year.

So, who had the best record-breaking performance? Vote below. Voting closes at Midnight EST on June 5th.

Texas’ Top Record-Breaking Performance

Nadine Arredondo – Stephenville
Emma Sherrer, Sarah Mobley, Addison Martin, Reezon Eke – Coppell Middle School North
Alec Carr – Kempner
Simeon Woods Richardson – Kempner
Taylor Thompson – Lucas Lovejoy
Katy Raby – Kilgore
Blake Aragon – Stephenville
Grace Ridgeway – Lucas Lovejoy
Emily Gueller – Lucas Lovejoy

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Wildcats News · Texas’ Top Record-Breaking Performance – Nominations are open now! – Presented by VNN


This Spring, we’ve seen several state and school records fall across the network. Who was the best in Texas? Nominate your favorite with the form below.

Nominations close on May 22 at 12pm EST, and voting begins on Tuesday, May 23.

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Wildcats News · All Teams Schedule: Week of May 8 – May 14


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Gregory-Portland High School, May 8 – May 14

MONDAY

May 08, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

May 09, 2017

No events happening

WEDNESDAY

May 10, 2017

No events happening

THURSDAY

May 11, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Track
State Meet
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Track
State Meet
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

May 12, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Track
State Meet
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Track
State Meet
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

May 13, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Track
State Meet
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Track
State Meet
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

May 14, 2017

No events happening

Notes

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Wildcats News · Which region’s high schools had the strongest NFL Draft? – Presented by VNN


The NFL Draft took place last week in Philadelphia. Held on the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it was the first draft held entirely outdoors, and was the most attended in history with more than 250,000 people attending. Over three days, all 32 NFL teams chose players who they hope could be the future of their franchise.

In the next few pages, check out all the players drafted by their hometown high school, and vote for the region you think has grown the strongest draft class!

Voting closes on Sunday, May 14th at 3pm EST / 12pm PST.

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Wildcats News · Best of the Best: Texas’ Top Sports Story – Presented by VNN


April’s top story from across Texas comes from Waxahachie High School in Dallas Metro, where two athletes broke their own records at the school during the UIL Area Track Championships.

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Originally posted on waxahachieindians.org

Jalen Reagor and Madison Babers have written themselves into the Waxahachie HS Record Books once again. While competing at the UIL Area Track Championships, Reagor improved…

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Wildcats News · All Teams Schedule: Week of April 24 – April 30


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Gregory-Portland High School, April 24 – April 30

MONDAY

April 24, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

April 25, 2017

No events happening

WEDNESDAY

April 26, 2017

No events happening

THURSDAY

April 27, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Crossover Tournament
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

April 28, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Track
Regional Meet
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Track
Regional Meet
SCHEDULE
TBA Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Crossover Tournament
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

April 29, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Track
Regional Meet
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Track
Regional Meet
SCHEDULE
TBA Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Crossover Tournament
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

April 30, 2017

No events happening

Notes

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Multiple Teams · Texas Track and Field Records – Presented by VNN


As the Spring Season hits full swing, state records start falling.

How do you match up against the best of the best?

Here’s Texas’ All-Time Track and Field Records, courtesy of the TexasTrack.com:

Boys

EVENT MARK ATHLETE SCHOOL YEAR
100m 10.13 NR Derrick Florence Galveston Ball 1986
200m 20.13 NR Roy Martin Dallas Roosevelt 1985
400m 45.19 Aldrich Bailey Mansfield Timberview 2012
800m 1:48.21 Jonathan Johnson Abilene 2001
1500m 3:46.5 Ruben Reina San Antonio Jay 1986
1600m 4:01.02y Steve Magness Klein Oak 2003
3200m 8:50.79 Colby Lowe Southlake Carroll 2008
110H 13.38 Tony Brown Beaumont Ozen 2013
300H 35.33 Robert Griffin Copperas Cove 2007
400H 49.77 Kerron Clement LaPorte 2002
4x100R 39.76 NR Milton Wesley
Montie Clopton
Michael Franklin
DeMario Wesley
Fort Worth O. D. Wyatt 1998
4x200R 1:23.31 NR Milton Wesley
Montie Clopton
Michael Franklin
DeMario Wesley
Fort Worth O. D. Wyatt 1998
4x400R 3:08.55 Raymond Sutton
Mike Landry
Chris Price
Marlon Ramsey
Beaumont Westbrook 1994
4x110H Relay 57.26 Baytown Sterling 1982
Sprint Medley Relay 3:23.3y Spring Branch Memorial 1967
4x800R 7:39.0 Houston Strake Jesuit 1980
Distance Medley Relay 9:53.3 Conroe McCullough 1987
4x1600R 17:04.7 NR Conroe McCullough 1986
HJ 7′ 7″ NR Andra Manson Brenham 2002
LJ 26′ 10″ NR Marquis Goodwin Garland Rowlett 2010
TJ 52-1¼ Chris Carter Hearne 2007
PV 18-3½ NR Shawn Barber Kingwood Park 2012
SP 81′ 3.5″ NR Michael Carter Dallas Jefferson 1979
Discus 215′ 2″ Brian Robison Splendora 2002
Javelin 221-8 Devin Bogert Tomball 2010
Decathlon 7045*
6800
Adam Fretwell
Adam Fretwell
Cypress Creek
Cypress Creek
2004
2003
* – Adam Fretwell’s 7045 points in the decathlon was set using heavier international junior implements and his 100 and 110 hurdle marks were aided by winds over the 2.0 m/s allowed by high school rules. However, the wind was legal under USATF rules which allows for 4.0 m/s wind in multi-events. Unfortunately, high school rules do not specifically address multi-events.

Girls

EVENT MARK ATHLETE SCHOOL YEAR
100m 11.16 Victoria Jordan Fort Worth Dunbar 2008
200m 22.9 Carlette Guidry Houston Sterling 1986
400m 52.40 Courtney Okolo Carrollton Newman Smith 2012
800m 2:05.50 Raevyn Rogers Houston Kinkaid 2012
1500m 4:26.62 Erin Bedell Plano West 2004
1600m 4:43.51y Chelsey Sveinssen Addison Greenhill Academy 2008
3200m 10:01.34+ Chelsey Sveinsson Addison Greenhill Academy 2009
100 Hurdles 13.23 Ashlee Williams Dallas Bishop Dunne 2001
300 Hurdles 40.96 Donique Flemings Saginaw 2008
4×100 Relay 44.60 Tara Thomas
Krystin Lacy
Chanelle Curry
Jazmin Greer
Dallas Skyline 2004
4×200 Relay 1:34.51 Gloria Asumnu
Chantelle Willard
Francheska Kethchum
Jamee Jones
Alief Elsik 2003
4×400 Relay 3:38.35 Kristin Lacy
Jennifer Hunt
Ashley Harvey
Sha-Tara Taylor
Dallas Skyline 2003
Sprint Medley Relay 3:55.74  Whitney Harris
Kirsten Harris
Taura Gordon
Vickie Walker
College Station A&M Consolidated 2000
Distance Medley Relay 12:04.29 Klein 2000
High Jump 6′ 4″ NR Amy Acuff Corpus Christi Calallen 1993
Long Jump 21′ 1½” Ychlindria Spears Luling 2000
Triple Jump 44′ 2¼” Ychlindria Spears Luling 2001
Pole Vault 14′ 0″ Shade Weygandt Mansfield 2010
Shot Put 54′ 10¾”NR
54′ 9½” (i) NR
Michelle Carter
Michelle Carter
Red Oak
Red Oak
2003
2003
Discus 198-9 NR Shelbi Vaughan Mansfield Legacy 2012
Javelin 169′ 3″ Susan Armstrong Houston 1973
Hammer 195′ 2″ Jennifer Dahlgren Klein 2002
Heptathlon 5412 Kendra Reimer New Braunfels 1998

 

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Wildcats News · All Teams Schedule: Week of April 17 – April 23


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Gregory-Portland High School, April 17 – April 23

MONDAY

April 17, 2017

5:30 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Blue
@ Calallen High School
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Red
@ Calallen High School
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

April 18, 2017

5:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Softball
vs. Moody High School
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. Calallen High School
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Moody High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

April 19, 2017

No events happening

THURSDAY

April 20, 2017

No events happening

FRIDAY

April 21, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Track
Area Meet
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Track
Area Meet
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Ray
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

April 22, 2017

No events happening

SUNDAY

April 23, 2017

No events happening

Notes

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Wildcats News · Event Recap: Week of April 8 – April 14


Saturday, Apr 8th

No event results

Sunday, Apr 9th

No event results

Monday, Apr 10th

Girls Varsity Track
District Meet
N/A
Boys Varsity Track
District Meet
N/A

Tuesday, Apr 11th

Girls Junior Varsity Softball
vs. Veterans Memorial
N/A
Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Veterans Memorial
N/A

Wednesday, Apr 12th

Boys Varsity Track
District Meet Finals
N/A
Girls Varsity Track
District Meet Finals
N/A

Thursday, Apr 13th

Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Red
vs. Flour Bluff High School
N/A
Girls Junior Varsity Softball
@ Alice High School
N/A
Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Blue
@ Flour Bluff- DH
N/A
Girls Varsity Softball
@ Alice High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. Flour Bluff (Senior Night)
N/A

Friday, Apr 14th

No event results