Top 5 sports moments of 2018-19

Carter Brock

Carter Brock, Executive Sports Producer

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Through morning practices, two a days, and curahees, Redhawk athletes have produced some of the greatest sports memories that will forever be a part of the school’s legacy. With another school year coming to an end, here’s a look at the top five sports moments of the year.

Frisco ISD Hockey to nationals

With a combined team from the FISD high schools, the Frisco ice hockey team made it out of Texas on Jan. 27 and reached the national semifinals, clenching third place in the tournament on March 31.

“I’m just really proud of myself and my teammates,” Frisco ISD hockey player, senior Cole Enloe said. “It was tough at first because it wasn’t our goal, but when you look back on it, we medalled at nationals top three teams in the nation. You can’t really go wrong there, especially a team from texas.”

Wynia sets strikeout record

On the team’s way to a 3-1 win against the Lebanon Trail Blazers on April 16, senior Tim Wynia set the school’s single game strikeout record with 18 on his way to setting the school’s season record of striking out 115 batters in the 2019 baseball season on April 22.

“I think just by having my name in the fieldhouse, saying ‘most strikeouts record,’ I think just seeing that going back in, especially being a senior this year, it makes me realize that I had an impact on the program,” Wynia said. “It makes me really happy.”

West pins down state championship

After entering the state wrestling tournament on Feb. 23 at 45-6 on the year, senior Savannah West took down four girls on her way to claim the 5A state championship title in the 110 lb weight class, as well as the team as a whole taking second place and senior Ashley Cook earning a silver medal.

“Well practicing every day twice a day for four years is a lot of work and it’s not easy,” West said. “So I think it just shows how much effort and motivation I have for the sport.”

Kabongo and Ford win state championships

Seniors Nissi Kabongo and Sanye Ford took home gold medals at the state track meet May 11-12, helping the girls’ team finish in 4th place.

Scaling 5’10” in Austin, Kabongo took first place in the high jump, and went on to take 2nd in the 300m hurdles, and 3rd in 800m dash as well.

“The only thing I was thinking was ‘dude this is it, don’t choke’,” Kabongo said. “It feels amazing to be a state champ especially after the disappointment I’ve experienced in the past.”

Ford leaped 18 feet and 9 inches to jump her way to the state title in the long jump.

“What was going through my head was really just reminding myself of the small stuff so that I can compete to the best of my ability,” Ford said. “I was very calm and just went over what I need to do. It feels really good to be a state champion because I’ve worked really hard to get to this point and all my hard work finally paid off.”

Thompson sinks buzzer beater

Saving the Redhawks’ state run at the buzzer of the regional finals on Feb. 22, senior Randi Thompson led the girls’ basketball to beat the Lone Star Rangers in overtime and make it all the way to the state championship.

Trailing by 3 points with time running out, Thompson launched a shot from more than 30 feet away, hitting nothing but net, and leaving the game tied at 35 with :00 on the clock.

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— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) February 23, 2019

“My physical reaction, I went to the floor because I was just so excited and surprised,” Thompson said. “My teammates all jumped on me and we were all on the ground. I was just super excited.”

“When she shot it, I didn’t have the same confidence that she did, I was at an angle and I was like ‘wow that looks good and has a good opportunity of going in,’” girls’ head coach Ross Reedy said. “Retrospectively speaking, for me, watching it and seeing Randi and the girls react, it was really cool because you coach or play your whole life, and some people never experience a moment like that.”

The Redhawks would pull away in overtime, sending them to their second appearance at state in four seasons where they would fall short in the final on March 2, losing to Amarillo 47-42.