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Teams of the Year: Dallas/Ft Worth

5/18/2009

Editor's note: ESPN RISE Magazine honors the top teams in each of the magazine's 25 regions. Disagree with our choices? Vote for your favorite athletes here. And check out the honorees from other regions here.

Boys' Team of the Year

ALLEN FOOTBALL
Allen fans had to be feeling déjà vu when star quarterback Matt Brown suffered
a season-ending injury in the team's second-round playoff game. During the
2006 playoffs, the Eagles lost signal-caller Nathan Dick to an injury, and their
promising season quickly soured. This time, junior backup Tucker Carter
stepped in and led the Eagles to four consecutive victories en route to the Class
5A, Division I title. Seniors Jeremy Reeves, Steven Terrell and Nate Bonsu were
also key contributors for Allen, which finished No. 2 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50.

OTHER FINALISTS

ARGYLE CROSS COUNTRY
The Eagles picked up a second consecutive Class 3A team state title in the fall
behind individual champ Stephen Curry, a senior. Led by sophomore Jake
Roberts, the team's four next-best runners will return in the fall.

DESOTO BASKETBALL
Down six points with 3:35 left against a nationally ranked team in the Class 5A
state semis? No problem. DeSoto scored the final 10 points to come back
against Strake Jesuit and then upended Cedar Hill the next day for the state title.

PLANO SOCCER
Led by senior Notre Dame signee Dillon Powers, the Wildcats pummeled their
seven playoff opponents by a margin of 20-4 en route to the Class 5A state
title and a final ranking of No. 6 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50.

Girls' Team of the Year

MANSFIELD SUMMIT BASKETBALL
Led by Gatorade State Player of the Year Brittney Griner, Houston Nimitz was
expected to cruise to this season's Class 5A state title. But Starr Crawford and her
Mansfield Summit teammates had other ideas. The Jaguars played inspired basketball
in the title game to keep Griner in check, limiting her to just 22 points in
Summit's 52-43 win. Crawford, the Dallas Morning News Player of the Year, was
integral in silencing Griner and picked up title game MVP honors. Juniors Amy
Moody and Taylor Hooker joined Crawford on the All-Tournament team.

OTHER FINALISTS

HIGHLAND PARK SWIMMING
The Scots won their UIL-record ninth consecutive state championship this
season, claiming the Class 4A crown by 85 points over Montgomery. Junior
Allison Arnold led the way by taking the 200 and 500 freestyle.

LOVEJOY VOLLEYBALL
The Leopards closed their season on a 22-match winning streak and cruised
to the Class 3A state crown. Led by state tournament MVP Natalie Puckett, a
sophomore, Lovejoy will bring back its entire varsity squad next fall.

URSULINE SOCCER
Texas-bound senior Sophie Campise scored twice in the TAPPS Division I state
championship game to lift Ursuline past Nolan Catholic and give the team its
19th straight title. The Bears finished the season No. 3 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50.