Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles looking back at Prosper High School’s spring sports season.
In Prosper High School’s spring season alone, each varsity competitive sport qualified for the playoffs, with most sports making a substantial run towards a state title.
Prosper’s golf program advanced to the Regional Tournament — the ninth consecutive tournament berth for the girls’ team. Freshman golfer Emily Nystrom quickly developed a name for herself in the golfing community, landing first-team All-District honors and a second-place finish at the Pecan Valley Tournament. She also placed fifth at the District tournament, where the Lady Eagles took home second overall and scored their best team score of the year. Other notable golfers this season were Cassidy McAlpine, who placed first at Pecan Valley, and Caroline Weatherly who snagged a ninth-place finish at District and second-team All-District honors.
“I was truly impressed with our girls play through district,” head golf coach Cody Vanderford said. “We had a very inexperienced team and to qualify for regionals was a great accomplishment.”
Vanderford was equally as impressed with the boys’ squad. Senior Graham Hutchinson capped off his final season at Prosper with a third-place finish at the State Tournament. He racked up the awards, including first-team All-District, first-team All-Region and several high placing finishes at this year’s tournaments. Other awardees include first-team winners Cole Lantz and Marco Punzo and second-teamers Jake Gosa, Jackson Thies and Cameron Merryman. The Eagles also were District 14-5A Champions for a third year in a row.
Track and field
After taking third place in District 14-5A, the boys and girls track and field advanced to the post season. Several runners qualified all the way to regionals, where they competed against some of the best runners in the region.
During the course of the season, both the distance runners and sprinters were dominant in races. Prosper’s field event participants, including state-competitor Hailey Killinger, were also a key factor in the success of the program this year. After breaking the school record for the triple jump, Killinger advanced on to the State meet.
Other members of the team also had an excellent season, including boys’ distance runner Sam Rizzo, who placed first in the 1,600 meter run and second in the 3,200 meter run at the area meet.
After a 0-2 start to district, the Eagle basketball team made a quick and deliberate comeback to their 2016-2017 season, rounding out the year with a 23-9 record (10-4 in district) and a second-place finish in District 14-5A. In their fourth straight playoff appearance, the Eagles were routed in a close match by Frisco Liberty to end their season. Head coach Jonathan Ellis is confident in his team’s abilities next season, though, as he has several important players returning the roster — including Newcomer of the Year Josh Davis.
“(We) remain loaded with seven lettermen and four starters from last season,” Ellis said. “First-Team All-District players Zach Wrightsil and Taveion White, (and) Kyle Jessen, Kris Wafer and Ben Quinlan bring added depth, size and experience.”
The Lady Eagles also wrapped up their season in the third round of playoffs to the same opponent, Frisco Liberty in a 49-46 loss. In their 25-10 season, head coach James Rachal and the team earned an 11-3 district record, putting them in second place in District 14-5A. The team will have some rebuilding to do over the summer, as six seniors will need to be replaced in the upcoming season.
For more information on Prosper sports or upcoming summer camps, visit the Prosper Athletics website at http://sww.prosper-isd.net/athletics.