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Longhorns News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN


New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)

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Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)

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Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)

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To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Longhorns News · How much do you know about staying hydrated? Presented by VNN


Staying hydrated is important to your health, and is one of the best ways to ensure that you are playing your best. Unfortunately, many athletes overlook just how important water is in maintaining top-level performance.

Think you know everything there is to know about proper hydration? Take the quiz below sourced from Active.com’s 15 Hydration Facts for Athletes and find out:

 

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Longhorns News · UIL Fall 2017 Key Dates – Presented by VNN


Even though it’s only halfway through Summer, we’ve compiled a handy reference guide to the key dates coming for this Fall season from the UIL. Feel free to bookmark!

Football

5A AND 6A SCHOOLS WITHOUT SPRING TRAINING, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A
Date Event or Deadline
August 7 First day of conditioning (No contact activities permitted. No contact equipment except helmets may be worn.)
August 11 First day of contact
August 18 First scrimmage
August 23 Second scrimmage (5 Day Rule applies)
August 28 Third scrimmage (Schools opting for a third scrimmage shall not play during week one)
5A AND 6A SCHOOLS WITH SPRING TRAINING
Date Event or Deadline
August 14 First day of conditioning
August 18 First day of contact
August 25 First scrimmage
August 30 Second scrimmage (Schools opting for a second scrimmage shall not play during week one)
POSSIBLE PLAYING DATES
Week Dates
Week One August 31, September 1, 2 (Sub-varsity football teams in Conferences 5A & 6A can play on Wednesday during Week 1 only if the varsity team plays on Thursday of that same week.)
Week Two September 7, 8, 9
Week Three September 14, 15, 16
Week Four September 21, 22, 23
Week Five September 28, 29, 30
Week Six October 5, 6, 7
Week Seven October 12, 13, 14
Week Eight October 19, 20, 21
Week Nine October 26, 27, 28
Week Ten November 2, 3, 4
Week Eleven November 9, 10, 11
PLAYOFF DATES
Week Dates
Week One November 16, 17, 18
Week Two November 23, 24, 25
Week Three November 30, December 1, 2
Week Four December 7, 8, 9
Week Five December 14, 15, 16
State Championships December 20, 21, 22, 23 (All Conferences)

 

Team Tennis

Date Event or Deadline
October 14 District Certification Deadline
October 17 Bi District
October 21 Area
October 24 Regional Quarterfinals
October 26-27 Regional Tournament
November 1-2 State Tournament

 

Cross Country

Date Event or Deadline
October 14 District certification deadline
October 23 Regional Meet
November 4 State Meet

 

Volleyball

Date Event or Deadline
August 1 First day to issue equipment and conduct workouts outside the school day, all conferences. (For grades 9-12 and separate ninth grade teams on separate campuses. Students in grades 8 and below may not work out before the first day of school.)
August 4 First day for scrimmages, all conferences
August 7 First day for matches, all conferences.

  • A team is limited to the allowance of two contests per calendar week (Monday through Saturday) plus a tournament.
  • Three matches may be played during the first two calendar weeks allowed for matches (according to the official UIL calender).
  • If school is in session, the one contest per school week rule must be followed.
October 28 District Certification – All conferences
October 30-31 Bi-district – All conferences
November 2-4 Area – All conferences
November 6-7 Regional Quarterfinals – All conferences
November 10-11 Regional Tournament- All conferences
November 15-18 State Tournament

 

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Longhorns 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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Longhorns 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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Longhorns 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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Longhorns 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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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
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* – 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
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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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Longhorns News · Battle of the Saddle Results


The WTW Longhorns experienced another tough loss at the hands of the Jesuit Rangers in a rain soaked game last Friday night.

The Players of the Week are:

Offensive POTW – Daniel Joof

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Defensive POTW – To’Kosh Wheeler

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Special Teams POTW – Josh McKenzie

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JV Players of the Week are:

Offensive POTW – Fin Kos

Defensive POTW – Ethan Floresca

Freshman Players of the Week are:

Offensive POTW – Adolfo Cazares

Defensive POTW – Ethan Thompson

The Longhorns will take on the Irving Nimitz Vikings on Friday October 30 at 7:30 in our last home game of the season.  Stay tuned for updates on the 2015 Senior Night!


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Longhorns News · Longhorns Come Up Short Against Skyline


The Skyline Raiders defeated the WTW Longhorns on the Varsity, JV, and Freshman level this past week.  The Longhorns have now set their eyes on the coming competition against WTW’s rivals – the Jesuit Rangers.

The Varsity Players of the Week are:

Offensive P.O.T.W. – Kylan Harrison

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Defensive P.O.T.W. – Ivan Chavez

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Special Teams P.O.T.W. – RoDarrian Harrison

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The JV Players of the Week are:

Offensive P.O.T.W. – Peter Coriano

Defensive P.O.T.W. – Brandon Williams

The Freshman Players of the Week are:

Offensive P.O.T.W. – Marcus McClanahan

Defensive P.O.T.W. – Kofi Forson

Stay tuned for important updates and insider looks at the Longhorns as they prepare for their arch rivals – the Jesuit Rangers!