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A Dragon Pride For All Seasons It isn’t long after moving to this city before the culture of high school sports in Southlake strikes a chord. In fact, for some that chord is struck looking for a home specifically for its school district’s athletic and extracurricular prowess. Three-peat UIL dominance can make believers out of entire families and by most accounts, sell some serious real estate in the process. In the Fall of 2006, Southlake Style published the first ever Dragon Pride issue as a special edition. Albeit small in comparison to later issues, it was an immediate hit within the community. Over the years the issue evolved and spread its wings to cover the teams and clubs that elevate the entire Dragon Football experience. Eventually, one season led to another and in 2012 Dragon Pride officially launched its first Spring edition. In doing so, we were able to give some long overdue attention to many deserving athletes and coaches. Despite 176 pages over two editions in 2014, Dragon Pride (the magazine) still left a little Dragon Pride (the feeling) on the table. And that brings us to what you are now holding in your hands—our first ever Winter edition. This year we will we publish three distinct issues—A Dragon Pride for all seasons, if you will. It takes a special community of athletes, supportive adults and coaches to fill the pages of Southlake’s devoted sports publication year after year. It also takes a special community of area businesses to financially support this totally free magazine. I consider myself grateful, as I hope everyone in Dragon Nation does, for the opportunity to be a part of this special magazine. I believe you would be hard pressed to find another devoted high school publication of this caliber, in content and in spirit, anywhere else in the country. Our student athletes, readers and supporters deserve nothing less. Yours in Dragon Pride,

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PASSING FANCY Lady Dragons Basketball is at the top of its game

WINTER SPORTS REVIEW Recapping the 2014-2015 athletic season

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AHEAD OF THE PACK

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Dragon Basketball surges under Head Coach Eric McDade

The 5 Ps of Mental Toughness

The Dominance of Carroll XC

Where are they now?

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When Teri Morrison first took over the Southlake Carroll girls basketball program six years ago, she had a vision: make the Lady Dragons into a state powerhouse.

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Morrison joined Southlake Carroll after a decorated stint at Waco Midway that saw her compile an eye-opening 70-7 record and lead the Lady Panthers to victory in the 2008 4A girls basketball state title game. In her first season at Southlake Carroll, Morrison helped the Lady Dragons capture a district title. Two years later, Southlake Carroll finished the season nationally ranked with a 31-4 mark. More evidence of her success—every year Morrison has been head coach of the Lady Dragons they have been district champions. “I honestly feel like I have the best job in Texas,” Morrison says. “At Southlake Carroll, we might not have a bunch of Division I talent, but we don’t have to coach effort. These girls have great basketball IQs, and they work hard. We just have great kids and a great community. I love my job.” While Morrison has certainly accomplished her goal as far as making Southlake Carroll a perennial power, one thing is still missing—a state championship. Morrison said her goal is to bring one to Southlake Carroll soon.

And that could easily come this year. Southlake Carroll is off to a 20-6 start and has been on an absolute tear over the past couple of months. In fact, this might be the best Southlake Carroll team Morrison has coached since 2012—the year the Lady Dragons finished nationally ranked. “This team is definitely one of the best I’ve had in my six years here. We play great team basketball,” Morrison says. “Realignment really kicked us this year. We’re going to have some tough opponents in the first two rounds. You look at the districts next to us, and there are teams like Plano West and Flower Mound Marcus—it’s going to be a tough road.” An outright district title and a playoff appearance seem to be forgone conclusions. But it didn’t exactly look that way when the season tipped off in early November. The Lady Dragons actually lost their season opener to Class 4A power

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Argyle by 13 points. Southlake Carroll, however, responded with five straight victories, including an impressive 34-31 grind-it-out win over Arlington Bowie, a team with a ton of talent and pedigree. The Lady Dragons saw their streak snap against Duncanville, which has notched two state championships in the last three years. Still, Southlake Carroll competed well against the Lady Panthers and gained confidence heading into the Nancy Walling Classic in Austin. There, the Lady Dragons took down some of the best teams in central Texas, including Pflugerville and Round Rock Stony Point. Just a week after the tournament, Southlake Carroll faced yet another tough test—a McKinney North team that advanced all the way to the state tournament a year ago. But Southlake Carroll had arguably its best performance of the year, dominating the Lady Bulldogs, 53-37. After district wins over Haltom and L.D. Bell, Southlake Carroll took a trip to the West Coast for the Surf N’ Slam Tournament in San Diego. Despite the great weather and awesome beaches, the Lady Dragons remained focused on the task at hand and took home the tourney title to wrap up nondistrict play. “We learned a lot from our tough preseason schedule. It’s why we are where we are now,” Morrison says. “We faced some great ranked teams like Arlington Bowie, Duncanville and McKinney North. That 20-point win over McKinney North really set the stage. We knew we could compete with any team out there.” Southlake Carroll returned to Texas and had basically no days off. The Lady Dragons were 2-0 in district and hosted rival Coppell. But Southlake Carroll showed no signs of fatigue in a dominating 62-33 victory. Euless Trinity, Colleyville Heritage and Richland have all had opportunities as well, but none were able to hand Southlake Carroll its first district loss. The Lady Dragons sit perfectly atop District 7-6A with an unblemished 8-0 record. So what’s been the key to their success? “Transition. We’re extremely quick in transition,” Morrison says. “We create easy layups and high percentage shots. We also have a great inside-outside game. Our guard play has been great, too. I would say all three of those things have really helped us win games this year.” It also helps to have a special player like point guard Kennedy Leonard. The Colorado signee averages 17.1 points, 7.7 assists, 6.3

rebounds and 3.5 steals per game, and her senior leadership has been invaluable. “Kennedy is the best passing point guard in the country,” Morrison says. “She’s great at penetrating and getting to the rim. She’s a great senior leader. She has a high basketball IQ. But what really separates her is her ability to find open teammates.” As a team, Southlake Carroll shoots 43 percent from the floor and averages 54 points per game. Leonard’s play from her point guard position helps her teammates thrive in this offense. Morrison says guard Natalie Flexer, forward Priscilla Smeengee and post Sarah Williams have all taken big steps this season. Smeengee, just a sophomore, is the second leading scorer on the team while Flexer and Williams, whom Morrison calls her “secret weapons,” are both key role players and a big reason why Southlake Carroll is in position to make a deep playoff run and win its first state championship since 1975. Only four games remain—Coppell, Richland, Euless Trinity and Colleyville Heritage—before the Lady Dragons begin their quest. “At this point, it’s about not beating ourselves,” Morrison says. “Our drills are really competition focused. We just need to hammer the rest of our district opponents and get ready. Like I said, it’s going to be a tough road, but this team can do it.”


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The cold of winter brings the heat of 7-6A competition indoors. It is on the hardwoods, the mats and in the pools where Carroll Dragons exhibit their special breed of talent and dedication. Recognized as the District’s Offensive Player of the year and as an All-State volleyball selection, Madison Drescher knows winter is no time to rest. This sporty senior is also a captain on the District Champion girl’s basketball team. In highlighting this winter’s teams we enjoyed a few moments with Carroll’s Queen of the Courts.

Q&A WITH DOUBLE DRAGON MADISON DRESCHER Dragon Pride: What has been your favorite Dragon Volleyball moment? Madison Drescher: My favorite moment was when we beat Colleyville Heritage my junior year at the regional tournament. We lost to them the previous year and by winning that game we went to state!

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MD: Volleyball and basketball are definitely two different sports. For volleyball you have to be able to jump high, have quick spurts, be intelligent with your swimming and know how to score. In basketball you must have a lot of endurance and be physical the entire 32 minutes. But, in both sports you have to know how to score. DP: How do you handle the rigors of school while playing two varsity sports? MD: For the most part I try to get all of my schoolwork done at school because most of my afternoons and nights are reserved for athletics. I have become used to spending what little free time I have wisely. It’s more of a lifestyle now and when I do get a whole night off, I don’t know what to do with myself (laughing). DP: To whom do you owe your on court successes? MD: I owe my success to all the coaches and players who have shaped me both mentally and physically, but most importantly to my parents and family who have always given me everything I need to succeed. They have never let me settle for anything less than amazing.

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ABOUT THE TEAM If there’s one thing the Southlake Carroll Dragon basketball team has going for them after finishing a 17-14 season a year ago, it’s experience. Returning all three of its top scorers from last year’s squad, while featuring seven seniors, the team’s Head Coach Eric McDade and company might have found the answers that could possibly bring Carroll basketball to prominence. With the return of the three-headed monster of Li’l Jordan Humphrey (12.8 ppg), Hunter Summy (13.2 ppg) and Kirk Mason (12.0 ppg), this year’s basketball team has big plans for 2015. Alongside the aforementioned trio, Carroll has been paced by strong point guard play from senior Cooper Osburn. After averaging 2.3 assists per game as a junior last season, the 6’3” senior has upped his averages in each statistical category and is now delivering 3.8 apg, placing him in the top 15 assist men in the area. Senior Hunter Summy, who has led the Dragons in scoring the past two seasons, has provided plenty of floor spacing as his prowess as an outside shooter opens up the game for a Carroll team that loves to shoot the three ball. Junior two-sport athlete Lil’ Jordan Humphrey returns to the hardwood after breaking every single season rushing record for Hal Wasson’s football team. A key wing player whose inside-out game has provided a huge spark for the Dragons, Humphrey is a potent rebounder and scoring threat. With so much experience helping lead the way for McDade’s team, leadership will be key as the Dragons make their playoff push

I’m very happy with where we’re at this season. Returning a few key players and seeing us get better each day is very encouraging. In a tough district like ours you never know what will happen, so we must take things day by day. – Head Coach Eric McDade 16 •WINTER 15

The Southlake Carroll boys basketball team has learned plenty about themselves as they’ve reached the midway point of the season.Posting a 12-10 record with seven games left in the regular season, Head Coach Eric McDade’s squad is looking to make the team’s second playoff appearance during his tenure running the program. The Dragons three-headed scoring punch of Lil’ Jordan Humphrey, Hunter Summy and Kirk Mason has provided plenty of offense, helping Carroll stay afl at in a tough district 7-6A. With a winning district record at the midway point, Southlake’s goal of making the playoffs appears to be quite realistic, as they’ve proven themselves a formidable competitor to district leaders Richland and Colleyville Heritage. Winners of their last two games, including handing Colleyville Heritage its fi st district loss of the season in a 43-41 slugfest, this years boys basketball program has been predicated on balance. With three players averaging in double fig res, the Carroll offensive attack has faired quite well ranking in the top 20 in the area in total offense, averaging 56.6 ppg. As the offense has run with effici ncy, the Carroll defense has been remarkable, suffocating their opponents while ranking seventh in the area in total defense allowing a mere 49.4 ppg.


R O S T E R ’15 Head Coach: Teri Morrison Varsity Assistants: Shatina Lewis, Penny Davis 11 12 14 15 21 23 30 41 42 44 45

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S E A S O N U P DAT E The Carroll Girls Basketball team has gotten off to a fast start in the 2014-2015 season. After a stellar season a year ago, the Lady Dragons have continued building momentum, as they’ve become one of the top programs in the area. As the Dragons have already cruised to their third straight 20-win season, expectations for the program have become much higher. Riding through district play currently undefeated at 7-0, the Lady Dragons have rolled off an impressive 10 straight wins to improve to 20-6 on the season. With huge wins over ranked teams such as Arlington Bowie, Euless Trinity and Dallas Lincoln, Teri Morrison’s ball club currently sits as the No. 30 team in the state, according to the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll. Focusing on scoring transition baskets and stifling team defense, the green and white have found the key ingredients to take them to the next level this season. With stellar guard play from Senior Point Guard and Colorado commit Kennedy Leonard, the Dragons have been able to solidify themselves as one of the more potent offenses in the DFW area. Playing at a fast pace the Lady Dragons currently sit in the top 15 in the area in total offense averaging 54.2 ppg. With the playoffs steadily approaching, the Dragons are expecting to continue their steady play with bigger goals in mind.

ABOUT THE TEAM After turning in a 29-5 record a year ago, Head Coach Teri Morrison and the Lady Dragons basketball team have continued to impress. Returning nine players from last year’s team, Morrison’s ball club isn’t short on experience. Although its hard to improve from last year’s record, the Lady Dragons could do so with a team that returns its top three scorers in Kennedy Leonard (16.6 ppg), Priscilla Smeenge (11.8 ppg), and Anna Halburt (11.4 ppg), who provide more than 70 percent of the team’s 54.2 ppg. They’ll need all of the team’s experience and scoring as they look to advance past the regional round of the Texas state playoffs after being knocked out by Arlington Bowie a year ago. The team’s success rests heavily on Leonard, the floor general, who is a consistent triple double threat who also lead’s the team in assists with 7.6 apg, while finishing second on the team in rebounds with 6.4 rpg. Sophomore Priscilla Smeenge is an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with, who ranks third on the team in rebounds averaging 4.9 per game, while Halburt has been nothing short of beastly on the boards as she leads the team with 7.7 rpg. Together the front-court duo provide not only floor spacing for Carroll’s shooters, but plenty of second chance opportunities for the Carroll offense. With a bevvy of underclassmen including Juliette Olivetti and Natalie Flexer also producing for Morrison’s squad, the future looks bright in Dragon Country.

I believe our pre-season schedule prepared us for the battle of 7-6A.We still have very tough upcoming games and will need to stay focused and Dragon Strong.”- Head Coach Teri Morrison


’14 R O S T E R Head Coach: Justin Leonard Assistant Coach: Niki Gilley BOYS Reed Brown Eli Canal Ansel Richards Johnny Kemps Timou Toure Michael Waugh Eric Karl II Luke Lanham GIRLS Rianna Randolph Kayli Jones Gillian Mortimer Sarah Odneal Catherine Tracht Sarah McCabe Arianna Lopez

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SEASON RECAP ABOUT THE TEAMS Leaving behind a legacy that will be hard to follow, the Carroll girls and boys team had quite a year competing for Head Coaches Nicki Gilley and Justin Leonard. As the seniors came into the year with much to accomplish, plenty of goals were reached for both teams. Senior Eli Canal finish d his Dragon career on a high note finishing second on the team in the state meet and 20th overall with a time of 16:06.61 in the 5000 meter. Senior Ansel Richards also finish d his Dragon career with a flourish, improving all of his times from his junior year, ultimately finishing 34th at the state fina e. On the girl’s side, senior Rianna Randolph completed the last chapter of her cross country story pacing the Lady Dragons at the state meet. As the seniors handled their business, there’s also much to look forward to with the underclassmen moving through the program. Carroll sophomore Reed Brown led the way for the Dragons this season. After a stellar freshman campaign in 2013, the sophomore ended the 2014 season finishing seventh out of 149 in the state meet. Junior Kayli Jones also put it all together this season, improving in 2014, never finishing over 19 minutes in the 5000 meter. With this type of talent left in the fold, there’s no telling what could come for the Dragons next season.

The 2014 cross country season was a great season and one that was fun to be a part of. This year the word team really comes to mind when describing it. The boys and girls really persevered throughout the season and were able to reach numerous goals along the way. We are really proud of this senior class and the legacy they have left behind for future classes to follow.” - Head Coach Justin Leonard

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One of the more consistent programs in Dragon Country, the Carroll Cross Country team had quite a year in 2014. Competing hard and persevering through a grueling season, the Boys Cross Country team finish d the year as the 6A State Cross Country Champions, as well as the top team in Nike Regional competition. Winning their fourth consecutive state championship, Southlake’s boys team left nothing on the table defeating the next nearest opponent Conroe The Woodlands by 11 points, finishingwith a score of 94. Dominating the competition throughout the year Justin Leonard’s team placed fi st in seven out of 10 of their meets this season. Once again, the team finish d their season with the honor of competing at the prestigious Nike Nationals in Oregon where they finish d 19th place amongst the top teams in the country. Just as consistent and successful over the years, the girl’s team also had a 2014 season worth remembering. Placing fourth in the state meet, and fi th in the Nike Regional Meet respectively, the Carroll girl’s team put together yet another successful season, as expectations remain high. Finishing fi st in four out of their 10 meets, the girl’s team had top ten finish s in each meet this season and have plenty to look forward to in 2015.


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S E A S O N U P DAT E The Carroll wrestling program has set the standard for wrestling in the state of Texas. Fostering two state champions in Robert Prigmore and Stephen McPeek, Head Coach Joseph Hathaway has a reputation for getting the most out of his teams. Hathaway’s teams have once again been nothing short of excellent in pursuit of their goals. This year’s team has proven they’re on a mission. With a 9-3 record near the mid-way point, they have placed in the top fi e in all but one of their tournaments. After a second place finish at the Jaguar Duals meet and a fi st place finish at the Timber Creek Christmas Classic, Southlake Carroll mustered up the type of confid nce they will need to make a serious run come regionals. They also passed their biggest test of the season to date—fi e members of the program placed as the team finish d 10th at the Mid America National tournament. With the San Antonio Regional coming up, look for the Dragons to make another statement as they move deeper into 2015.

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ABOUT THE TEAM The Dragon wrestling team features some impressive athletes across a wide range of weight classes and experience levels. Hathaway and company have a target on their backs with four team members currently ranked within the top ten in the state. Add in several talented underclassmen and the Southlake Carroll wrestling program has plenty to look forward to in the future. At 120 lbs. freshman Cameron Haddock is ranked 3rd in the state, and his freshman cohort Andre Steinjann is ranked sixth in the 126 lb. weight class. Along with these talented freshman is the junior tandem of Jack Duval and Zach Francis who both rank 2nd in the state in the 160 lb. and 182 lb. weight class respectively. So far this season the Dragons boast nine champions, fi e finali ts and 35 placers. With the 6A state tournament coming up in February, watch out for a few Southlake names high amongst the roles of high school wrestling.

This is a tight knit group of kids. We have had great leadership from our upperclassmen, and that has made all the difference in the performance of the team. When you enjoy what you are doing and whom you are doing it with, you can’t help but improve. They are working hard and pushing each other to bigger and better things everyday.”- Coach Jonathan Hathaway

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’14-’15 R O S T E R Head Coach: Kevin Murphy Assistant Coach: Lynne Gorman Diving Coach: Carolyn Hryorchuk

ABOUT THE TEAM Entering the final stages of the season, Coaches Kevin Murphy and Carolyn Hyrochuck boast another team worthy of distinction. Setting the standard for swimming and diving in the state of Texas, Carroll athletes have had such individual success that the entire program’s reputation continues to rise. Hitting a high-water mark early and often, several Dragon athletes have not only set personal records for themselves, but have destroyed the record books at certain meets. In the Mansfi ld Invitational, the 400 free relay team of John Everett, Austin Whalen, Kyle Derevyanik and Gavin Springs set a meet record with a time of 3:11.88. Junior Austin Whalen and Senior John Everett didn’t stop here as they both set records in the 200 free and 200 IM with times of 1:42.56 and 1:55.78. Sophomore Evan Kolde also entered his name in the record books with a time of 59.25 in the 100-meter breastroke. Hard to fathom, but the girls team has also improved from a year ago, having already beaten last year’s champion Austin Westlake. As the athletes continue to hone in as the season progresses, don’t be surprised if the Carroll boys team goes for their fi th state championship in a row and the girls avenge their one point loss in the state championship.

We’ve had a great year so far, but with the district tournament and state championship coming up we must keep the mindset that nothing behind us matters.- Head Coach Kevin Murphy

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GIRLS (SWIMMING) Jaycie Adamson Madison Arpaia Ashley Baker Lauren Clay Olivia Coffey Abby Cosenza Mary Courtney Miranda Faust Miranda Gardner Anya Ittiruck Katelyn Johnson Nasha Luevit Rachel Luevit Chantal Meyer Katie Nedrow Elizabeth Nguyen Maddie O’Brian Jennifer Owston Casey Rose Amelia Rusli Lauren Spielvogel Jennifer Talbert Madelynn Tung Taylor Schimek Gabby Mondragon Annika Ittiruck

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S E A S O N U P DAT E The Southlake Carroll Swimming and Diving program has been one of the exemplary programs in the state of Texas throughout the last decade. Since 2010 the Southlake girls and boys teams have combined for six state championships virtually taking over the state of Texas and firmly creating an atmosphere of excellence throughout the program. With the 2014-2015 season in full swing, the Dragons have continued its journey on the right path to add another championship to the Dragon Hall of honor. Sitting at a perfect 12-0 the boys and girls teams have gotten off to extremely fast starts as their times have been better this year than at this same point last season. Both teams have four fi st place finish s in invitational competitions this season, including winning the North Tisca Championship for the sixth year in a row. The Carroll boys made sure they got revenge against the only team they lost to a year ago when they upheld their undefeated streak beating Katy Cinco Ranch handily in the Katy Dual tournament earlier this season. DRAGON PRIDE


BOYS (SWIMMING) Logan Davis Austin Whalen Carson Klein Jack Levant Gus Karau John Everett Michael Everett Brandon Everett Daniel Balint Griffin ea Eric Hart Kyle Derevyanik Alex Moraru JP Reppeto Logan Henry Landon Jensen Gavin Springs Jack VandeBerg Evan Kolde Kamal Phelps Christian Lumley Matt Barnhart Sean Murphy Noah Faloona Luke Faloona Wesley Song Cale Anderson Wil Montgomery Ethan O’Brian VARSITY DIVERS Nate Hernandez CJ Durant Luke McFarland Andrew Walker Katie Crown Sabrina March Maddie Keiser Emily Papa Shelby Riney Taylor Tornow

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’14 R O S T E R Head Coach: Ryan Mitchell Assistant Coaches: Amy Lilly, Summer Neimann 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 14 16 17 18 19 20

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SEASON RECAP ABOUT THE TEAM Returning almost all of their top talent from last year’s 48-1 squad, the Lady Dragons entered the season ranked No. 1 in the state according the Texas Girls Coaches Association. With so much hype surrounding a program coming off a head coaching change, Southlake Carroll proved to be the powerhouse program many inside the state of Texas had thought it to be, winning their fi st 25 games of the season. The team also won the prestigious Pearland tournament for the fi st time in school history thanks to a team that included 11 All-District honorees. Senior Outside Hitter and District Hitter of the Year, Madison Drescher, led the team in kills with 419, while posting 20 plus kills in four matches. The University of Oklahoma volleyball commit and younger sister of former New Orleans Saints player Justin Drescher, also lead the team in blocked solos with 55. Opposite Drescher, Outside Hitter Haley Hallgren proved to be a valuable weapon, as her powerful serves led to a team high, 44 aces. The talented sophomore finish d the year second on the team in kills with 374. Senior Libero and District Co-Defensive Player of the Year Mykah Wilson proved to be the perfect setup woman for the powerful combination of Hallgren and Drescher, leading the green and white with 590 digs, the Long Beach state commit also finish d second on the team in aces with 21.

This season was wildly successful as the Lady Dragons finished with a 43-4 record on the year. I am excited about next year and the new varsity members. We have a lot of young talent in the program, and it has been fun this off-season to see them develop and prepare for next season. - Head Coach Ryan Mitchell 24 •WINTER 15

After finishing 48-1 with a state semifinal appearance a year ago, the Southlake Carroll Volleyball program showed no signs of slowing down under new Head Coach Ryan Mitchel. Mitchel effectively replaced the winningest Head Coach in Southlake Carroll history, Arthur Stanfi ld, and continued to lead the Lady Dragons to an impeccable 43-4 mark and a national ranking. With a roster full of division one talent, the Lady Dragons stormed through the season before falling in the regional semifinal round to state semifinalist Ama illo. Putting another quality season in the record books, the Lady Dragons have much to hang their hats on as they finish d ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 10 in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com. With big wins over ranked opponents, Denton Guyer and Waco Midway, Carroll showed resilience all year remaining powerful despite adjusting to a new coaching system. Cruising to a 10-2 record in a very top-heavy district 7-6A, the team’s only district losses came at the hands of eventual district champion Colleyville Heritage. The Lady Dragons finish d their season winning 30 of their 47 matches in straight sets and will be returning nine members from this year’s team for the 2015-2016 season. DRAGON PRIDE


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S E E R H T M R A H C A By EJ Holland

Now in his third year as Carroll’s head coach, Eric McDade hopes to see his boys continue to shine in the second half of the season.


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It’s no secret: when it comes to Southlake Carroll, football reigns supreme. One of the state’s most storied traditional powerhouses, Southlake Carroll has hoisted the state championship trophy eight times since 2000 and sent numerous players to the NFL. Around Texas, teams know to respect black pants and blonde hair as the playoffs come around. But there is another boys program making noise around the area. Southlake Carroll basketball has been on the rise over the last few years and is possibly on the verge of having a true breakout year under third-year head coach Eric McDade. “It’s always hard to compare sports,” McDade said. “Football has a great tradition, but at Southlake Carroll we have tradition in a lot of areas, whether its academics, the fine arts or other sports. We’re just trying to get there. It’s a process and a grind, but I think we’re on our way.” McDade has been on a mission since he first took over at Southlake Carroll in spring of 2012. One of the state’s top coaches, McDade led his teams to the playoffs in 12 of his 13 seasons as head coach, including a trip to the 2009 Class 4A state tournament at Mansfield Timberview. His most recent stop was at Duncanville, where the Panthers made the playoffs in each of McDade’s three seasons but lost each season to two-time state champ and three-time state tourney qualifier Flower Mound Marcus in the second round. A year before McDade arrived, Southlake Carroll finished 16-17. The Dragons last district title came back in 2002. “We’re always looking to build the - Coach McDade program. I had a great experience at

“We always take things one game at a time and make sure to work toward our goal.”

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Lil spark Lil’ Jordan Humphrey stuck out like a sore thumb at Southlake Carroll’s photo day in August just before the 2014 season kicked off. At 6-foot-5, 195-pounds, Humphrey looked more like a basketball player than a running back. And that’s exactly what he was known for. As a sophomore on the hardwood, Humphrey was a stud, finishing second on the team with 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. On the gridiron, Humphrey was merely potential. In 2013, he contributed 627 yards and three touchdowns in limited playing time behind then senior A.J. Ezzard. This year, he was expected to split carries with Grant McFarlin. A soft-spoken, somewhat shy individual, Humphrey talked about his goals for the upcoming season. Most of them dealt with helping the team and improving as a runner. He joked that there was nothing “Lil” about him and said he wanted to be a great tall back like Adrian Peterson, “even though I’m taller than him.” Humphrey was right. Lil’ is just a part of his name. Some of the Dallas-area’s top teams like Coppell, Denton Guyer and Euless Trinity found that out the hard way. Forget splitting carries, Humphrey became the focal point of Southlake Carroll’s explosive offensive attack and established himself as one of the state’s premier ball carriers. Humphrey finish d the year with 1,817 yards rushing, 283 yards receiving and 32 touchdowns as he helped the Dragons reach the state quarterfinals, where they bowed out to eventual 6A Division II state champion Cedar Hill. “Lil’ Jordan is the epitome of a team guy. He got bigger, faster, stronger and ran with passion,” said head football coach WINTER 15 • 27


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Lil spark Hal Wasson. “He also made some big catches for us and was at his best when it mattered most. He’s extremely unselfish and really exemplifi s Dragon culture.” While most athletes have a small break before entering offseason workouts, Humphrey was back on the basketball court just days after the loss to Cedar Hill. At that point, Southlake Carroll was 3-4 and coming off a loss to state powerhouse Plano West. “I knew my team needed me, so I wanted to be back right away,” Humphrey said, with the same humbleness he had in the summer and a newfound confid nce. “The hardest part was conditioning. I had been playing football, but basketball shape is way different. It took me a little while to get my legs back. But it felt great to be back out there again.” “He wanted no days off,” added head basketball coach Eric McDade. “He stepped right in and brought that mental edge from the football fi ld. He made a big impact for us right away, and we were glad to have him and some of the other football guys back. He’s having a great year so far.” Indeed he is. Humphrey, who plays shooting guard, is second on the team in points per game with 12.8 and leads the team in rebounds per game with 4.6. And the scary thing is he’s still finding his g oove. Just three days after suiting up in his final football game of his junior year, Humphrey scored eight points in a thrilling 49-46 victory over Trophy Club Byron Nelson. A couple of games later, Humphrey drilled shot after shot and finish d with 17 points in a key 68-58 win over Denton Guyer in the Lions Club Tournament. With Humphrey back, Southlake Carroll won fi e out of its next six games and quickly improved to 8-4. Suddenly the Dragons, which are looking to rebound from a playoff-less year in 2013, looked like contenders. “Lil’ Jordan is a special kid. He really is. He’s a true team player and a great leader for our team,” McDade said. “He’s really made a difference for our team. He came in midseason, but he’s having a tremendous year. He wasted no time getting in the mix. He’s just a terrific athlete.” Wasson added, “I’ve actually gone over to see him play a couple of times, and he’s done great. In a selective world, it’s great to see him excelling at two different sports and helping two Dragon programs. Being a multi-sport athlete, he trains for not one but two grinding seasons. He’s just fun to watch.” Southlake Carroll opened district play with a win over Coppell but followed that up with a loss to 7-6A leader Richland. The Dragons fell again a few days later to Euless Trinity despite Hum28 •WINTER 15

Duncanville, but I also brought what we did at Mansfield Timberview,” McDade said. “This is my 19th year coaching, so with experience comes patience, and the kids respect that. We always take things one game at a time and make sure to work toward our goal.” Southlake Carroll saw incremental improvements in Year 1 of the McDade era, going 19-14 and making appearance in the playoffs. Arlington Martin bounced the Dragons in the first round, but momentum has started to build. Southlake Carroll once again finished with a winning record last season and although it missed the postseason, McDade saw flashes of potential in his squad for the 2014-15 season as numerous key contributors were set to return. So far, so good. Nearing the end of January, The Dragons are 13-10 overall, 4-2 in district play and are riding a threegame winning streak that includes victories over Colleyville Heritage, Haltom and most recently L.D. Bell—a 56-33 beat down that saw Southlake Carroll play arguably its best game of the year. “We have a great senior class that provides a lot of experience and leadership. What really has given us the opportunity to succeed is balance,” McDade said. “This team is built on defense. We can guard you man-to-man, we can play zone, and we can pressure you. We have a lot of guys that can score, too.” Balance is right. Southlake Carroll averages 56.6 points per game and gives up 54.3 points per contest. Guards Hunter Summey and Kirk Mason both average more than 12 points per game and post players like Holden Taylor, the tallest player on the team at 6-foot-6, keep getting better and better as the season progresses. “Hunter has shown great growth as a leader and is one of our main guys in our offensive attack. Kirk Masson gets to the hole and is a great attacker,” McDade said. “Holden Taylor has been a big surprise for us down low, and Austin Smith is coming along, too. So we just have to keep improving.” The Dragons got off to an up-and-down start to the year. After a season-opening loss to Justin Northwest, they took part in the prestigious Magnolia Tournament down in the Houston-area, where they notched wins over San Antonio Edison and Alief Taylor, but also suffered losses to Conroe and Spring. Following a solid road win over rival Grapevine, the Dragons faced the machine that is Plano West. The Wolves, one of the top teams in the state, feature a slew of Division I prospects, including Texas A&M commits DJ Hogg and Tyler DRAGON PRIDE


Davis. Despite falling 70-52, the game acted as somewhat of a turning point. Southlake Carroll started to believe it could compete with anybody and won five of its next six games, with its lone loss coming to state ranked Cedar Hill in the Lions Club Tournament. “We played a very tough non-district schedule,” McDade said. “We played against some top level programs. We went down to Houston for the Magnolia Tournament and played some great competition. Then we played ranked teams like Plano West and Cedar Hill. We also picked up a big win over Plano East in the Whataburger Tournament. It all gets you prepared to play at a certain level during district play.” What makes Southlake Carroll’s early season performance even more impressive is the fact that the Dragons weren’t at full strength. Key players like Lil’ Jordan Humphrey, the team’s second leading scorer with 12.8 points per game, were late joining the team because of their commitments to other sports. “Our biggest improvement has just been getting all the guys together and building chemistry,” McDade said. “We had three football players join us and one tennis player. So you have the guys that have already been in the gym, and the guys that are just coming over. It’s kind of like we’re on our third team because of all the in-season additions. But I really like the way this third team is looking.” Now, McDade hopes this third team is the charm as they hope to advance to the third season, also known as the playoffs. The Dragons are currently tied for second place in District 7-6A, only trailing Richland, a team they lost to 65-52 on the road in early January. Their only other district loss was to new bunkmate Euless Trinity by six. Southlake Carroll will have an opportunity to avenge both of those losses in February. And if the Dragons can finish the year strong against foes they’ve already beaten, there is no reason they can’t make a deep run in the postseason. “The way we look at it, the first season is over. We’re in the second season, so we’re just trying to stack up district wins and keep growing as a team,” McDade said. “After the second season is over then we can start thinking about that third season. But we have to stay patient and keep working.”

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Lil spark phrey’s 28-point performance. But Humphrey and his teammates responded with three straight victories over Colleyville Heritage, Haltom and L.D. Bell. Now, the Dragons sit at 13-10 and are tied for second place. The playoffs certainly seem like a strong possibility with Humphrey firing on all cylinders. “I feel like our team has overcome a lot of early season adversity, and we’re really playing great now,” Humphrey said. “I really like to score and attack and help my team that way. I think I play like Paul George (shooting guard for the Indiana Pacers), well, before he got hurt. But ultimately, my goal is to help the team win district. We just have to take it one game at a time.” Along with basketball and football, Humphrey has to balance a rigorous academic workload as well as recruiting. Over the last couple of months, Humphrey received full football scholarship offers from Duke, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Washington and others. South Dakota offered for basketball. Humphrey isn’t sure what sport he plans to play at the next level but is excited he has the opportunity to choose. “I still have to see what’s best for me,” Humphrey said. “It’s been exciting, but I just have to sit down and talk about it with my parents. Right now, I’m focused on the season.” Humphrey still has about a year to make a final decision and is sure to rack up plenty of other offers before it’s all said and done. Sometimes, it’s hard to forget he still has another year to go. “That’s the best news of the day,” Wasson chuckled. “I’m hoping he’ll continue to succeed on the basketball court then get back to us and have a strong finish o his football career.” WINTER 15 • 29


THE FIVE PS OF PEAK

PERFORMANCE

AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS With Brian Cain

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Training hard on the field and in the gym will only get you so far. To thrive in today’s highly competitive sporting world you have got to be prepared, not just physically, but mentally. To be your best, you must also train your brain to be mentally tough. But what is mental toughness? According to Southlake’s newest Peak Performance Coach Brian Cain, there isn’t a universal answer to this question. However, during his 10 years of working with top high school, college and professional athletes he has trained some of the best, most-consistent and mentally tough competitors around. Those special athletes succeed on and off the field each and every day by living what he calls, “the five Ps of peak performance and mental toughness.” Brian took time away from his training and his well-attended seminars on mental conditioning to share a simple framework for athletes of all ages and ability levels to develop their mental toughness.

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LIVE IN THE PRESENT Great athletes stay in the moment. They plan their days the night before and wake up on a mission to maximize the day. These high-performing athletes don’t spend time—they invest time through setting and meeting specific daily goals and weekly missions. Ultimately, they don’t count the days; they make each day count, as they progress along their plan toward a successful future.

FOCUS ON THE PROCESS Believe it or not, the most successful and mentally tough athletes win more by not thinking about winning at all. They fully understand that winning is a process that requires strict focus on fundamentals. Instead of paying attention to the scoreboard, they redirect their time, energy and attention to what they can control—and let go of what they cant. A University of Alabama athlete once said to me, “My goal must be in my control, because focusing on whatI can’t control is a total waste of my time and life.”

STAY POSITIVE Your chosen sport is supposed to be tough.Athletics, at times, can be a roller coaster of emotions. One day could bring on a record-setting performance—the next, record-setting futility. Mental toughness requires looking at every performance, no matter the outcome, as a learning experience from which you can get better. Just like winning, losing can also bring positive feedback—in life, there are winners and there are learners! Each day, you have the choice to be a winner who never stops learning.

KEEP IT IN PERSPECTIVE Do you think about practice and training as something you “have to” or “want to” do? Keeping the right perspective on training is critical to your success in athletics. Champions understand hard work is essential to constant improvement. They also realize a “want to” mindset is necessary when it comes to hard work. Working hard is definitely within your control each and every day— and if your coaches have to constantly remind you to work hard, then it may be time to consider a new outlet for your talents. Keep your attitude, effort, energy and other controllable aspects of your performance in a place of “want to,” never “have to.”

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PREPARATION ROUTINES Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said it best, “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” Preparation routines are an essential part of consistent high-level performance. Through my work with four Ultimate Fighting Championship world champions, Olympic medalists, NCAA national champions and Texas state champions, I have observed the three steps that the “best of the best” use to prepare for competition.

THREE STEP PREP 1. Change your clothes, change your mentality: When you change from your street clothes, you leave the stress of school, the issues with your relationships and drama of being a teenage athlete behind. Release yourself from the pressures of student life, and prepare yourself for the pleasures of being an athlete by establishing a mentally cleansing locker-room routine. 2. Put down the phone: An athletes mind needs to focus on the task at hand, and that’s impossible if the other hand is holding a phone. 3. Relax, breathe and visualize success: Taking two to three minutes to find a quiet place to close your eyes and focus. Relax, breathe and visualize a performance that will give you the confidence you need to dominate the day.

Brian Cain is a high-performance sport psychologist and peak-performance coach who works with parents, coaches and athletes on building mental toughness and maximizing the elite human performance mindset. Cain’s client list includes SEC schools and prestigious universities throughout the country, Team USA Baseball, the Washington Nationals and individual athletes in the MLB, NFL, NHL and UFC. Cain lives in Southlake and works one-on-one with high-school athletes in the DFW area. For more information visit BrianCain.com

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With Clear Goals in Sight, XC Teams Enjoyed Successes in 2014

Carroll’s boys cross country squad won the state title for the fourth consecutive year, while the girls placed fourth despite losing a key runner. Getting to the state championship in any high school sport can be challenging. Placing in the top five, or even winning it all, is an enormous accomplishment. But creating and keeping that tradition year after year is a much tougher task. Despite some surprises, setbacks and challenges, the Southlake Carroll cross-country teams enjoyed successful 2014 seasons, each returning from championship 2013 seasons. Training hard and winning often, both squads showed depth, fought fierce competitors and kept focused on reaching their goals this season, according to Laurie Kemps, who handled the teams’ public relations this year. The boys celebrated many first-place finishes throughout the season, winning both the district and regional titles en route to winning their fourth consecutive state championship. It was a hard-fought battle in which they captured the gold by scoring just 11 points more than their closest competition.

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“It was very fulfilling this year coming into it,” says Head Coach Justin Leonard, who has coached both teams for seven years. “You always talk about how it’s a new group, and trying to get everybody to come together. It felt like we had the pieces to win our fourth this year.” Coming in, the boys were without two of last season’s best runners. Jacob Pickle and Connor Hendrickson graduated and are now both competing at the University of Texas. Leonard says the team had to overcome the adversity of knowing they wouldn’t have the same top runners at the state meet. “It was more of a team-type of win this year,” he says. “Some years, you’re fortunate to have two to three people get in top 10 of states and know runners four and five are good enough to finish it off. This year, we needed all seven. Losing those guys was tough, but we were able to rally and get it done.” The key to the boys’ success was focusing not on the top seven runners, but on the top 10, according to Leonard. In 2014, a new group of seniors stepped up to create a cohesive unit, including Eli Canal (who has committed to Texas A&M), Luke Lanham, Johnny Kemps, Ansel Richards and Eric Karl. “Those boys [the graduating seniors]—in all the years I’ve coached, I’ve never been around such a unique and special group of young men,” says Assistant Coach Niki Gilley, who celebrated 21 years with the district and five with the cross country team this year. “They are quirky and funny, but some of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever been around,” Gilley continued. “They’re also a quiet bunch. I wouldn’t say, ‘quiet but deadly,’ but somewhere along those lines. They’re silent in that they go out and do their job, and you almost forget they’re there sometimes. No

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matter how fast or slow a freshman comes in, [the seniors] made sure [the freshmen] were trying and doing their best.” Gilley says the seniors led by example, doing little things, like stretching, core exercises, being at practice, eating healthy and even carpooling with underclassmen. Junior Michael Waugh helped round out the team, stepping up from his No. 10–11 role during the regular season to a varsity spot in regionals. He was the team’s No. 6 in the state meet and the No. 5 guy in the Nike Regionals competition. Shea Watley, Timou Torre, Reed Brown and Charlie Gardner also get praise from the head coach, who served his 11th year in the district this year.

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“Every year, you go through your ups and downs and battle through a couple of things, but it was fulfilling to be able to get it done,” Leonard says about the state competition. “It’s hard to win one, but to do it four years in a row is spectacular. We had the kids to do it, and all the pieces fell into place toward the end of the year, so we were fortunate in that aspect.” The boys went on to win the Nike Regionals competition and were invited to participate in the Nike Cross Nationals meet in Portland, Ore., where they placed 19th overall. “It’s such a unique experience to gather some of the most elite runners of the country together in one location,” Gilley says. “It’s a common ground. All the athletes get to compete against other highly trained athletes as well. Not only that; they meet professional athletes, and Nike takes them behind the scenes and talks about what it takes to be successful.” Competitors had the opportunity to attend sessions and dinners with professional athletes, as well as chances to interact with other topperforming high school runners. “The people that run Nike are always there trying to make it the best experience for the kids,” Gilley says. “They try to set them apart and reward them for their efforts throughout the year. It’s evident from treating them as soon as they get off the plane to meeting them—little things, like making sure their names are on bags and cards—and it’s amazing, the time and effort Nike puts in to make sure each child feels special and unique.” Leonard says a very small fraction of runners across the country get to compete in that caliber of a meet, 0.21 percent to be exact, and while the 2014 meet wasn’t the team’s best performance, it was a big one. “For me, it was a great way for the seniors to cap off their careers and everything they’ve done while in high school here,” he says. The competition in the girl’s field this season was intense. Despite losing junior Antigone Archer—a top runner for the Dragons—this season due to injury, the girls took top honors at the district meet and qualified for the state meet where they took fourth place. Leonard says the girls came in with a lot of unknowns, and after barely qualifying for regionals, winning fourth at the state meet was a huge accomplishment. He lauded senior Rianna Randolph for stepping up big in 2014. As a freshman, she was 72nd on the girls team in districts. This year, she was the Dragons’ No. 1 runner.

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“She made huge strides and progressed throughout her career,” Leonard says. “Coming in, we didn’t know if she was going to be on varsity, but she was consistent all year. It was a huge breakthrough for her.” In states, Gilley says four of the seven girls ran the fastest times they have ever run, which was “amazing.” Overall, both coaches noted the outstanding contributions and support from the community. “The community of Southlake makes quite a statement when 150 kids are running around the streets,” Gilley says. “They’re always looking out for them and making sure they’re OK. It’s good having those extra set of eyes always out there.” “The main thing is the parents’ support that we get year after year,” Leonard says. “It’s a huge part of it. The support of the community and schools allows us to do what we do. We get a buy-in from the kids, and everybody else lets us do what we do. It really helps. It’s a huge component into it all.”

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LYNDSIE GIBSON ‘12 Swimming, Texas Christian University Lyndsie Gibson helped lead the Lady Dragons to back-to-back UIL Swimming and Diving state titles in 2011 and 2012. In her sophomore season, Lyndsie competed in every meet for the Horned Frogs posting 15 fi st-place finish s while earning Team MVP and All-Big 12 Second Team honors. As a junior she posted multiple fi st-place finish s in the 200 Medley Relay and the 100M and 200M backstrokes. Lyndsie is the current TCU record holder in the 100 (54.80) and the 200 backstroke (1:58.76).

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SUTTON SUNSTRUM ‘12 Volleyball, Texas Christian University Sutton, a 5’9” Outside Hitter and Defensive Specialist, lettered three years for the Dragons. In 2009 she set the bar high as the district’s Newcomer of the Year and MVP. She was recognized as the district’s MVP again in 2010. At Texas Christian University she follows her father Spencer (football, track) and sister Sloane (volleyball) in the Sunstrum Horned Frog legacy. As a junior, Sutton led the team in defense with 405 digs (4.26 digs/set).

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