Argyle Sets New Record

Argyle Sets New Record

by Steve Gamel

At this point, maybe the University Interscholastic League should consider renaming its annual Lone Star Cup award for Class 4A in honor of Argyle High School. For the ninth year overall, and a record-breaking seventh year in a row, Argyle was named the best high school in Texas in its classification when the UIL released its standings July 2. The Eagles scored 119 points to run away with the win. Their nine total wins is second most all-time.

“It’s pretty mind-boggling, and it’s something we never want to take for granted,” Argyle principal James Hill said. “This is a lot of people, coaches, and kids who pull this off year after year, and I couldn’t be more proud. To win this, you have to be strong in everything.” Hill added, “Our kids take a lot of pride in that.”

The UIL Lone Star Cup, which began during the 1997-1998 school year, is awarded annually to one high school in each of the state’s six classifications and is based on points accumulated from victories throughout the year in athletics, fine arts, and academics. Argyle took home state championships in academics, girls basketball, and baseball while finishing runner-up in marching band, volleyball, and boys golf.

The Eagles’ 119 points was the most points scored by any school in any classification. The next closest was Conroe The Woodlands in Class 6A with 117 points. Abilene Wylie finished behind Argyle in the 4A standings with 89 points, followed by Liberty Hill with 83. Midlothian Heritage (72 points) and Fredericksburg (70) rounded out the Top 5. Conroe The Woodlands won in 6A, followed by Prosper in Class 5A. Brock won in Class 3A and Mason was named the top school in Class 2A. Nazareth won in Class 1A.

“There are many excellent schools out there, especially when you consider Liberty Hill, Abilene Wylie, and even Midlothian Heritage,” Hill said. “Those are well-rounded schools, so the competition is there. I’ve been the principal at other schools in the past, but there’s just a different feel here in Argyle. I’m proud of these kids.”

Argyle has won a Lone Star Cup in three different classifications dating back to 2006, including every year since 2009. This year, Argyle was the only school in Denton County to finish in the Top 10 in any of the state’s six classifications. Winning schools in each classification receive the Cup trophy and a $1,000 scholarship. Below are the final Top 10 Class 4A standings for the 2017-18 school year, as provided by the UIL.

  1. Argyle – 119
  2. Abilene Wylie – 89
  3. Liberty Hill – 83
  4. Midlothian Heritage – 72
  5. Fredericksburg – 70
  6. Melissa – 69
  7. Texarkana Pleasant Grove – 67
  8. Kennedale – 66
  9. Boerne – 61
  10. Carthage, Dallas Carter, Salado – 56 (tie)

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