When it comes to making the playoffs in baseball, head coach David Shepherd and the W.T. White Longhorns are automatic. Thirty-one straight years, to be exact.
W.T. White (21-9) opened the Class 5A state playoffs with a 3-1 victory over Allen (18-10-2) in Game 1 of a best-of-three series last night. Game 2 is at 5 this afternoon at W.T. White. If necessary, Game 3 will be at noon Saturday at The Colony. The winner will face the Rockwall-Heath-Garland Lakeview Centennial winner in the area round next week.
In the bottom half of the Region II bracket, Jesuit (24-11-1) is taking on McKinney (16-11) in a best-of-three series. The Lions took Game 1, 6-5. Game 2 is at 7:30 tonight at Jesuit. If necessary, Game 3 will be at noon Saturday in McKinney.
The winner of that series will face Rockwall in the area round.
In Class 4A, Hillcrest beat Molina, 9-1, in a one-gamer. The Panthers will take on the Frisco Wakeland-Colleyville Heritage winner in the are round.
Thomas Jefferson is also playing North Dallas in bi-district. Game 1 is at 6:30 tonight at Reverchon Park. Game 2 is at noon Saturday at TJ. If necessary, Game 3 will follow. The winner will take on the Forney-Frisco Liberty winner in area.
Terrance Williams is coming home.
The former W.T. White and Baylor standout wide receiver was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 12th pick of the third round (74th overall pick) of the NFL Draft on Friday.
Williams (6-2, 205) was a three-year starter for the Bears. He racked up 97 catches for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season. He averaged nearly 19 yards per catch for Baylor, which finished 8-5 and beat UCLA in the Holiday Bowl.
For his career, Williams finished with 3,334 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also returned punts and kickoffs early in his college career.
The Hillcrest softball team, which won the District 12-4A championship, will host Adamson, the fourth-place team from Distroct 11-4A, at 5 p.m. Friday. The winner of that game will face either Mesquite Poteet or Frisco in the second round of the playoffs.
W.T. White’s softball team, which finished fourth in District 9-5A, has scheduled a three-game series with McKinney Boyd, the champion of District 10-5A. Game 1 will be at 7 p.m. Friday in McKinney, and W.T. White will host Game 2 at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by Game 3, if necessary. Sachse or Mesquite Horn will be waiting in the second round.
Students and staff at Hillcrest and W.T. White high schools are stepping up on behalf of those hurt and displaced last night in the West, Texas factory explosion.
A mobile blood drive is ongoing at W.T. White today, and a school-supply drive will run Monday through Friday next week at Hillcrest, where West ISD Superintendent Marty Crawford once worked as principal.
Hillcrest is also funneling gift cards and financial donations to West to help with relief efforts (checks should be made out to Point West Bank West ISD Disaster Fund).
This Saturday, W.T. White High School will have a Street Fair located in the school parking lot. There will be free admission, food trucks, live entertainment, shopping, games and pet adoptions. Mark your calendars.
New W.T. White ceramics teacher Katherine Nelson didn’t send us this list directly — someone who’s looking out for her did — but here ’tis, with the email subject line “Weird List of Needs.” Maybe you’d like to unload a few things and help some aspiring artists in the process.
Electric frying pan (old and nasty is fine, as long as it works)
Old candles and candle nubs (we need to melt the wax)
Electric drill (not battery operated)
Paint-mixer attachment for an electric drill
old rubber scrapers (or parts)
Large spoons — wooden, plastic, etc.
Other large kitchen utensils
Liquid measuring cups with handles and pour spouts
Old plastic pitchers
Tupperware-type containers — preferably with lids, but not necessary
Garbage bags (new, not used)
Old, nasty washcloths
To donate such items, drop Nelson a line at email@example.com. School employees and students can just swing by Room 117.
With the regular season starting to wind down, both Jesuit and W.T. White are in contention for playoff berths in the District 9-5A basketball standings.
Those two teams do battle at 7:30 tonight at W.T. White.
The Rangers (19-6, 6-3) are in third place, while the Longhorns (9-16, 4-5) are in fourth. The top four teams make the playoffs, but Lake Highlands, Pearce, and Skyline are all just one game behind W.T. White. Berkner leads the district standings at 9-0, followed by Richardson at 8-1.
Following tonight’s contest, there are four games left in the regular season.
There was a gun on the W.T. White High School campus today, principal Michelle Thompson said in a letter to parents. After a student discovered a gun in his backpack, a gun that he claims was not his, he showed it to a teacher, who made sure it was placed under lock and key.
A community meeting regarding school safety has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the library.
W.T. White student Jennifer Salgado staggers around campus during the first Zombie Fun Walk on Oct. 27.
Although it’s going to be a tall order for the Detroit Tigers to rally from a 2-0 deficit against the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, former W.T. White standout Bryan Holaday is sure hoping they can.
Holaday, who played baseball at W.T. White and TCU, is on the team’s 40-man roster, although he is not on the active playoff roster. If Detroit wins, Holaday would get a ring.
His parents are attending the World Series, and his mother Laura is the W.T. White principal’s clerk and is also an alum of the school.
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