Guyer Spring Sports Wrap Up

Guyer Spring Sports Wrap Up

by Steve Gamel

Another great school year has come and gone. The Guyer Wildcats athletic program as a whole cobbled together an impressive athletic performance during that time, from the football and volleyball teams kicking things off in the fall with a trip to the playoffs to the boys basketball team winning 38 games and narrowly missing out on a trip to the state tournament. Then winter turned to spring, and we saw the girls soccer team find success under new head coach Mandy Hall. Not to be outdone, the girls water polo team finish off a magical unbeaten run to their first state championship, which we highlighted in our May issue.

And that’s just part of the story. Below are a few additional storylines as the school year drew to a close.

Guyer Freshman Nearly Wins Gold At State Track Meet
Guyer’s Brynn Brown kicked off her freshman year in the fall with a berth to the state cross country meet, but she was unable to compete due to injury. She made sure she made the most of second chances as she qualified to state again in May – this time in track – and finished second in the mile run with a time of 4:54.36. Brown’s silver medal was the highlight for a strong day of running for the Lady Wildcats. Eni Akinniyi and Christalee Kirby also made the trip to Austin, with Akinniyi placing fifth in the triple jump and Kirby taking sixth in the shot put.

Medford Elated For His Team’s Strong Season
Guyer softball coach Keith Medford has built his program into a traditional playoff power, which made last year’s lackluster season such a tough pill to swallow. The Lady Wildcats rebounded in a big way in 2018, finishing with a 23-4-2 record while advancing all the way to the third round of the playoffs. Guyer lost in a nine-inning thriller to Wylie on May 11, but all signs point to Guyer being back to true form as they prepare for another strong offseason.

Basketball Star Jalen Wilson Narrows College Options
Jalen Wilson announced he had narrowed his college choices to six heading into his senior year. That list includes Baylor, Marquette, Kansas, Michigan, Oklahoma State, and UCLA. The 6-foot, 8-inch senior-to-be averaged 16.1 points last year while helping guide Guyer to a 38-2 record. He recently told the Denton Record-Chronicle that he’d make his decision before the end of the year.

Eli Stowers Named Starting QB For 2018 Season
The Wildcats entered this spring with a quarterback competition between junior Trace Jewell, a backup last season, and freshman Eli Stowers. It’s the first QB competition Guyer has had in its history, and it didn’t last very long. Head coach John Walsh announced early during spring workouts that Stowers will be the Wildcats’ new signal caller next season while Jewell, a star in his own right, moves to safety. The news was first reported by the Denton Record-Chronicle, and Walsh said the move allows him to keep both stars on the field.

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