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FootballLancaster players warm up before a District 6-5A Division I high school football game between Highland Park and Lancaster on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium in Lancaster. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)(Ashley Landis / Staff Photographer)In-person workouts during the coronavirus pandemic: Logistics, obstacles and issues area football teams face
Throughout this first week of June, football coaches across the Dallas area have held video calls with players and parents.
Coaches, doubling as football leaders and virus-prevention coordinators, had to prepare athletes and their families for June 8, when the UIL will allow in-person strength and skill workouts for all sports to resume at a limited capacity for the first time since mid-March.
Recent interviews with a dozen local coaches and district leaders — representing different areas, districts and classifications — provided a glimpse into the unprecedented planning and obstacles that loom as June 8 represents what many hope will be the first step in incrementally progressing toward an on-time high school football season.
Will there be a 2020 high school football season? An in-depth look at questions, complications and what area coaches think
More than 30 area high school football coaches responded to a survey from The News about the upcoming 2020 football season. You can read about their thoughts from that survey in the link above.
Football recruiting during coronavirus: An underlying national trend that could create chaos for years to come
High school football players have orally committed to college programs at an increased rate this spring. The NCAA prohibiting in-person evaluations and campus visits amplified pressures to secure a roster spot.
The fallout of the boom, Dallas-area coaches and recruiting experts predict, won’t be limited to one spring of limited recruiting exposure or to only the 2021 class.
As many brace for potential changes to the NCAA’s signing periods, transfer rules, scholarship availability and more, South Oak Cliff football recruiting coordinator Michael Traylor predicts an already fluid college recruiting landscape to become “the wild, wild west.”
A leap of faith: The process, and challenges, of hiring a new head coach during the coronavirus pandemic
Several Dallas-area schools have hired new head coaches during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here’s an inside look at how those happened — and the obstacles local schools face during the hiring process.
Virtual first impressions: New HS football coaches are facing extra coronavirus obstacles without on-field prep
How does someone new to a role, colleagues and players implement their plans and expectations with no in-person contact? Here’s what local coaches are doing.
Dallas-area football players don’t tread lightly with creative at-home strength workouts
Whether it’s pulling cars or lifting parents, local athletes don’t have to look far to stay in shape.
How former All Saints DT Michael Williams has earned a living delivering packages throughout coronavirus pandemic
The job is a way for the SMU graduate transfer from Stanford to train before he officially enrolls with the Mustangs program.
After Stanford canceled in-person classes in March, Williams returned home to Fort Worth. Soon after, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the All Saints’ Episcopal graduate provided an essential service by delivering packages while Dallas locked itself away amid stay-at-home orders.
Williams needs the money. When football season starts, he won’t be able to keep the job, and he won’t have time to earn an income until after the season ends.
The voice of the legendary Plano East-John Tyler game is helping families impacted by the coronavirus. And it all started with a Facebook post.
Kristin Tarrence had been stuck in Farmers Branch, alone, when her boss sent nearly everyone home and told them to stay there until further notice. Tarrence is a dutiful employee. Also a hungry one. Which is why she was intrigued by something she’d read on Facebook.
On March 14, this is what Eddy Clinton wrote in response to the coronavirus:
Hi everybody. Anna D and I would like to ask those in need to let us know and we will be glad to try and help. If you need some shopping or errands run please let us know. You could leave your money under your mat or venmo us your money if you don’t wish to interact. In this time of uncertainty we need to lean on each other. Please let us help if you are in need. God Bless! You are not alone!
Since the original post, Eddy put up two more appeals on Facebook, and Anna, his wife, placed another. Nothing. They heard from friends and family, but they didn’t count, at least not in the greater sense. Friends and family are givens when it comes to times of crisis.
The Clintons wanted to widen their circle of love in this one.
Chasing ghosts: How the coronavirus impacted the pre-NFL draft process for non-FBS prospects
The lead up to the 2020 NFL draft has looked a lot different than years past — particularly for small-school prospects.
How will COVID-19 affect football recruiting? Local coaches discuss that, and more, in our roundtable
Six area coaches talked about the toughest part of their jobs and how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their athletes.
In my own wordsThe Colony's Jayda Coleman.(SportsDay Staff)
Two area athletes have shared their thoughts on the cancellation of their senior seasons in personal essays through The News.
The Colony’s Jayda Coleman
Coleman is arguably the greatest high school softball player to ever play for a Dallas-area school. That goes well beyond the fact that she is the No. 1 recruit in the nation in the Class of 2020 and signed with four-time NCAA champion Oklahoma.
She won a Class 5A state championship as a freshman and was a state semifinalist as a junior. She is a two-time SportsDayHS All-Area Player of the Year and three-time first-team All-American. She became a world champion when she helped the United States Under-19 National Team win the WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup last summer.
Coleman had already broken the Dallas-area record for most runs scored in a career, but she needed just four more runs to break the state record and eight more runs to break the national record when her high school career was cut short. The UIL announced April 17 that it was canceling the remainder of the spring sports seasons because of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Argyle’s Bo Hogeboom
Bo Hogeboom and his Argyle baseball teammates were denied a chance to win a third consecutive Class 4A state championship this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. UIL teams hadn’t played three full weeks of games before the season was halted, ending his high school career.
Hogeboom will play baseball at Weatherford College, where he will be a catcher. He was named to the all-tournament team at state as a junior in 2019 after going 3 for 5 with two runs and three RBIs in two games as Argyle capped a 40-1-1 season with a championship. Argyle was 82-4-3 over the last three years.
He was a star in football, earning second-team all-state recognition at quarterback as a senior after Argyle averaged 51.9 points per game, finished 13-1 and reached the Class 4A Division I Region II final. He led the Dallas area in touchdown passes (57) and led area 4A quarterbacks in passing yards (3,719).
Cancellation of spring sportsDesoto's Rosaline Effiong (1561) leads the pack as she heads toward the finish during the Division II high school girls 4x100 meter relay at the Texas Relays track meet at the Mike A. Myers Stadium, at the University of Texas on March 30, 2019 in Austin, Texas.(Thao Nguyen / Special Contributor)The financial ramifications of canceling spring HS sports — and what no football would mean for UIL, area schools
Not holding state championship events in spring sports this year could cost the University Interscholastic League about a quarter of a million dollars. But the real financial hit would come if there isn’t a high school football season next fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The state, and even national, records Dallas-area athletes and teams will miss out on this spring due to coronavirus
When the UIL and TAPPS canceled all spring sports for the remainder for the school year, the high school careers of seniors throughout the state were ended, denying them a chance to win a state championship in 2020. We take a look at Dallas-area athletes and teams that lost a chance to reach milestones or set records.
Many area teams had a shot at making the 2020 UIL softball state tournament
We take a look at the top teams that could’ve contended for a title and who some of the top players were in the Dallas area.
The 2020 UIL track and field state meet had the potential to be historically spectacular
We just witnessed the greatest decade in the history of the state track meet. This year’s meet could’ve lived up to that hype, if not for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Summer track meets in Texas are gone, but athletes still have ways to win national titles, including virtually
Track and field athletes in Texas have lost nearly all of their opportunities to compete this summer. The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of USA Track and Field and AAU events, as well as the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Summer Games.
But there are still a couple of ways that Texas athletes can win national championships. That includes a virtual competition.
And two Texas high school distance runners have already produced extraordinary times in virtual events during the pandemic.
BasketballSt. Mark's basketball player Harrison Ingram photographed on Monday, April 27, 2020, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)NCAA vs. NBA G League: How the Dallas area’s top two prospects are approaching the evolving national trend
Even while the NCAA has restricted in-person recruiting due to the coronavirus pandemic, Harrison Ingram has continued to receive offers to play basketball after high school.
In the last few weeks, Florida State has extended a scholarship. So has Louisville.
High-profile teams pursuing Ingram have become the norm in recent years as the St. Mark’s junior has developed into a five-star small forward in the 2021 class.
But one potential pitch Ingram encountered in April didn’t fit the traditional mold.
Ingram heard an official from the NBA G League contacted someone with ties to his AAU program to express interest in Ingram potentially taking part in the league’s professional pathway program.
Cue Dallas’ latest connection to an evolving national trend.
Human interestRichardson Berkner baseball player Cole Hill poses for a photo outside the school's baseball field in Richardson, Texas, Friday, May 22 2020. Hill signed with New Mexico for baseball in November, but recently learned that the school would not be able to give him his scholarship for next year. That was because the NCAA granted college athletes in spring sports an extra year of eligibility because of the coronavirus pandemic, so New Mexico had to use Hill's scholarship on an athlete who is staying there for an extra year. Hill will now be attending Cisco College next year.(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)An unintended consequence: Dallas-area signees scramble to find new college homes with NCAA granting extra eligibility
On March 30, the NCAA Division I Council voted to grant college athletes in spring sports an extra season of eligibility after their 2020 season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Also, to save money, June’s Major League Baseball amateur draft was reduced from 40 rounds to five, meaning that many draft-eligible juniors will return for another college season rather than signing for $20,000 — the amount MLB teams can pay undrafted players — and more high school stars could go to college because they won’t be drafted.
All of that had a trickle-down effect on high school recruits, as seniors who have already experienced so much disappointment — quarantined much of their final semester, prom canceled, graduation ceremonies altered, no postseason spring athletic competition — are receiving more bad news. College rosters are now overcrowded, so Division I signees in baseball and other spring sports are being told their scholarship can’t be honored, or they won’t get to play if they do attend the school they signed with.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, early enrollees got a taste of college football. Now what?
Jahari Rogers opened his suitcase in his dorm room in mid-March and packed a few items for what he thought would be a quick trip home to Arlington.
Some shorts and T-shirts, a hoodie and a few pairs of shoes.
The coaching staff at Florida, where the former Arlington High cornerback matriculated in January, advised him to leave campus as the coronavirus pandemic spread across the country. Rogers booked a flight to Dallas that same day.
After scores of high school seniors upended their daily lives this winter, graduating in December to get a head start on college football workouts and academic courses, their new routines endured more disruption just weeks later.
Rogers’ situation illustrates the conundrum they now face: appreciation for an abbreviated introduction to conditioning and lifestyle in their new programs, disappointment to having missed spring football practices and lingering stress about when and how their next transition will come.
Club sportsThe Texas Glory 2k26 team finished third in the 17-team 12U USSSA Midwest Challenge in the Oklahoma City area this past weekend.(Courtesy Texas Glory)Too soon or the right time? The return of some club sports in Texas: and the common issue everyone is grappling with
Club sports will look drastically different this summer due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, especially when comparing one sport to another. But there is a common thread between them all.
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