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Lovejoy VS Plano Senior High School November 9, 2019 The JV Red Lady Leopards fought the entire game, but came up short in their first game of the season with a score of 29-36 against Clark. Lovejoy came out with a strong first half, but a scoreless third quarter put the Leopards behind Clark. The game was back and forth in the last quarter, but Lovejoy struggled to regain momentum. Margo Friloux led all scorers with 10 points. Linnea Maddux added 6, Annalysa Ritchie had 5, Shelby Tokarz had 4, and Ava Bouldin and Audrey McCaffity reached chipped in 2. The JV Black fell short in their first game of the season on the road at Plano Senior High School. After falling behind early, the Leopards were never able to recover and eventually fell to Plano, 44-26. Leading scorers for the Leopards were Avae Odza with 8 points, followed by Soli Stubbs with 5. Logan Rose and Sydney Chapman chipped in 4 points. Rounding out the scoring were Katie Dolberry (3) and Hallell Pang (2). The Varsity Lady Leopards were defeated by Plano Senior High School in the first game of the season by a score of 60-35. Lovejoy was led by Carsen McFadden with 12 points. Other scorers included Samantha Basson 9 points, Grace Bennet 6 points, Addison Hand 4 points, Carly Ludlow 2 points, and Abigail Omobogie 2 points. Carsen McFadden tied her own school record with 19 rebounds in the game. Other statistical leaders were Mallory Adamson 3 assists, Samantha Basson and Carsen McFadden with 5 steals apiece, Addison Hand and Carsen McFadden with 1 charge apiece, and Mallory Adamson, Samantha Basson and Addison Hand with 1 block apiece. All three teams will be back in action on Tuesday night as they will host Ursuline at 5:00/5:00/6:30pm. ...

11/11/2019

Just two years removed from a winless 2017 campaign, the Frisco football team has ascended all the way to the ranks of district champs. The Raccoons rallied from an early 14-point deficit Friday to defeat Lovejoy, 35-17, and not just head into the postseason on a high note but also locked in the District 7-5A Division II title en route to a one-loss season. Frisco achieved such a feat with a first-year head coach in Jeff Harbert, but he knows this accomplishment was a team effort. It’s more about us and our program and everything we’re about,” he said. “I’m tickled to death, but I’m just glad it’s us and I’m able to share this with my coaches and players. It’s an amazing opportunity that not everyone has a chance to experience.” The Raccoons now advance to the playoffs for the second consecutive season and will take on Greenville Thursday at The Star. The district championship was in jeopardy in the early goings against the Leopards after they raced out to a quick 14-0 advantage by scoring on their first two drives of the game on a pair of touchdown scampers from sophomore quarterback Noah Naidoo and sophomore running back Dillon Magee. Entering this contest, Harbert and his staff weren’t entirely sure which quarterback Frisco would face with murmurs that the season-long starter for Lovejoy under center, R.W. Rucker, would be sidelined with a shoulder injury. Even with that assumption, the Raccoons prepared all week for Rucker, according to Harbert. But the Frisco staff realized during pregame warm-ups that Rucker was not suited up and that they would have to shift the game plan on the fly to try and contain the shifty and elusive Naidoo. Naidoo ran wild on those first two Lovejoy possessions, as he accounted for 80 total yards and the touchdown run, but the Frisco defense buckled down and made the proper adjustments. “The kid that played tonight is a heck of a runner and very slippery,” Harbert said. “They were doing some things differently than we had prepared for, so they had some success.” After the Raccoons punted on their first three drives, junior cornerback Myles May came up with the key play that shifted the momentum in Frisco’s favor when he intercepted Naidoo on a deep pass attempt. Just four plays later, senior running back Bryson Clemons dodged and dipped his way into the end zone from 21 yards out to get Frisco on the board en route to 22 unanswered points by the Raccoons. “We were down by 14 and they had just gotten a first down, so that interception was just so huge,” Harbert said. “We hadn’t shown we could stop them yet, but we did there and were able to score afterwards. He did a great job of jumping the route and getting to the football.” Clemons’ 21-yard score early in the second stanza got the star senior going, as he went on to account for the next 22 Frisco points, including touchdowns from 2 and 3 yards out. He ended his night with a game-high 177 yards on 26 carries. “Bryson was awesome tonight,” Harbert said. “Once he settled in and figured out he needed to hit this thing downhill, he really made some good cuts and moves. Once he gets to the second level, he’s really able to make some people miss.” The Raccoons snagged their first lead of the night just seconds before the half came to a close when Blake May, who also recorded a touchdown run in the second half to put it away at 29-17, powered his way across the pylon for a successful two-point conversion to grab a 15-14 lead going into the break. Following the scoring outburst in the opening quarter, the Leopards were held in check to just three points on a 44-yard Tyler Loop field goal the rest of the way, as Rucker’s presence was greatly missed. “He’s the heart and soul of their team, and they missed him a lot out there tonight,” Harbert said. Regardless of what happened on Friday, Lovejoy remains playoff bound and will take on Royse City next week in the opening round....

11/9/2019

The Lovejoy volleyball team, ranked No. 1 in all Class 5A, wasn’t tested until the third round of the postseason a year ago en route to a state runner-up finish. That appears to be the case once again in 2019, as the Lady Leopards started the playoffs with a rather convincing bi-district victory in sweeping fashion (25-15, 25-11, 25-22) over Frisco Centennial Tuesday night. The triumph marked win No. 42 on the season for Lovejoy, and things were never in doubt for one of the state’s elite programs against the fourth-place crew from District 9-5A. As for the Lady Titans, their turnaround season comes to an end much sooner than they had hoped after they picked up steam in the second half of district play and got in with an 11-7 district record. It marked the first time Centennial has reached the playoffs since 2014, and although the regular season was a success, head coach Kari Bensend believes her squad was capable of achieving even more. “I know they aren’t going to be happy about this because as a team we didn’t play our best game,” she said. “But that’s a different kind of talent on the other side of the floor, and you can’t take anything away from that. Lovejoy is just a good team and has a lot of firepower.” That firepower was on full display all match long, spearheaded by junior outside hitter Cecily Bramschreiber’s game-high 19 kills and 13 digs. The TCU commit helped the Lady Leopards pull away for the 10-point victory in the first set after Centennial kept things interesting in the early going with the score deadlocked at 7-7. However, the second set is where Bramschreiber came alive with eight kills en route to Lovejoy’s dominant 25-11 beatdown over the Lady Titans. Junior middle hitter Lexie Collins was also a key component to the Lady Leopards’ success in the second set, as she added four of her 10 kills and tallied a pair of blocks as well. Instead of letting the first two defeats demoralize its morale going into the third, Centennial proved why it was one of the top teams in Frisco ISD despite falling behind early, 10-4, and then 15-8 minutes later after various unforced errors. Junior middle blocker Kennedy Gilliam then sparked a 5-0 run with a thunderous block followed by a kill to get things started. The 5-0 streak forced a Lovejoy timeout and got the Lady Titans back within striking distance at 15-13, as the two slugged it out until the very end. In fact, Centennial kept things within at least three points down the stretch but was unable to crack the code and surge ahead, and the Lady Leopards held on despite the valiant comeback effort. “Volleyball is kind of a funny game,” Bensend said. “When we finally calmed down I think we played pretty well against them.” In the loss, Centennial was paced in kills by sophomore outside hitter Alexa Long’s nine and senior and USC commit Samantha Hastings added seven. Senior middle blocker Carrin Smith led all players in blocks with five, while senior Zairyn Hemsley contributed four more of her own as well. All in all, Centennial concluded its campaign with a 26-14 overall record, while Lovejoy advances to take on Creekview in the area round, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Frisco Lone Star....

11/6/2019

The first game of the 2019-20 season will be this Saturday at Plano Senior High School. Shootaround for Varsity only will be from 12:00 to 12:45. All 3 teams (JV Red/JV Black/Varsity) will leave on the bus at 12:50. Game times are: JV Red- 2:00/JV Black-3:30/Varsity 5:00. Come support your Leopards! ...

11/5/2019

The Lady Leopards started the season this past Wednesday and have had a productive week of practices! The week included the first Saturday morning practice, as well as a break for team pictures. This year they are also learning the pillars of the basketball program. (C.H.U.T.E.S.) Character, Unity, Toughness, Enthusiasm, Service. Each day, practice is concluded with the coaches asking players how they have been of service to each other and those around them during the day. There is a lot of excitement in the program and a renewed energy as we move closer and closer to the official start of games. Come out and support the Lady Leopards this season as our huge senior class tries to close out a tremendous 4 years in style. #OneTeamOneGoal...

10/30/2019

Lovejoy was led by a sub-15-minute performance from senior Will Muirhead, whose 14:59.30 was enough to put him more than 10 seconds ahead of Kaufman’s Christian Rivera in second and Reedy senior Wyatt Wingard in third (15:18.56). Lovejoy also got a top-10 finish from senior Brady Laboret (sixth, 15:31.31), while Frisco sophomore Kevin Curry (eighth, 15:32.71), Frisco Memorial freshman Brayden Kennedy (14th, 16:00.16) and Memorial junior Jotham Asmerom (15th, 16:00.76) will also run on to Round Rock. At the state meet Nov. 9, the 5A girls will get underway at 1:10 p.m., followed shortly by the 5A boys at 1:50 p.m....

10/28/2019

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