District adds jobs

Northwest ISD plans to grow – then grow some more.

At its meeting Monday, district officials approved a second staffing request for the 2014-2015 school year.

“This second request is the result of further analysis of instructional programs as well as departmental needs for our fast-growth district,” Dr. Gary Gindt, assistant superintendent for administrative services, wrote in the cover sheet in the agenda packet. “[It] is designed to respond to current staffing needs while also establishing the foundation and structure necessary for a rapidly growing district.”

The plan adds:

  • five secretary positions;
  • a fifth girls coach and sixth boys coach at the middle school;
  • a maintenance technician for V.R. Eaton High School;
  • a painting technician;
  • a PEIMS clerk;
  • an irrigation technician;
  • a preventive maintenance technician;
  • a chief technology officer;
  • an administrative assistant to the chief technology officer;
  • a director of application software;
  • an outsourced operation manager;
  • a director of college and career readiness; and
  • a director of counseling.

The board also approved reclassifying a family involvement aide, a director of purchasing and a benefits specialist.

These changes will have a potential budget impact of $1,028,323.

In February, the board added 138 positions, including 11 for V.R. Eaton High School and 68 regular education teachers.

These additions increased the budget by almost $7 million.

District officials anticipate 1,146 new students when school opens next year.


The council also:

  • named Mary Seltzer principal of Lakeview Elementary School in Trophy Club and Ron Myers principal of Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club;
  • nominated superintendent Dr. Karen Rue for the Texas Association of School Boards Superintendent of the Year award;
  • added the following courses to the high school course selection guide: social media marketing and money matters (elective courses at Steele Accelerated High School); dual-credit courses including Learning Frameworks (at Steele AHS only), OnRamps Dual Enrollment Program, OnRamps Pre-calculus, OnRamps Statistics; and college prep math and English.
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    Gleason finishes 5th

    Northwest’s Kerry Gleason matched his personal best in the 110 hurdles in a tight race Saturday.

    Gleason ran a 14.33 to finish fifth in the 5A race at the University Interscholastic League Track and Field Championships at Mike Myers Stadium.

    “I ran well,” Gleason said. “I matched my best time.”

    Chevis Armstead of DeSoto won the race in 13.82. Allen’s Grant Finney was third in 13.96.

    Gleason closed his night and high school career with a sixth-place finish in the 300 hurdles, running 38.27.

    “I didn’t run the time I wanted,” Gleason said. “It’s a whole different ballgame when you get down here.”

    Gleason is headed to Stephen F. Austin State University to run next year at the college level.

    Northwest’s 4×100 team of Saveion James, Chase Morrison, Reggie McDaniel and Jordan Muldrow ran 41.02 to finish fifth.

    The team came into the meet ranked second after their 41.18 that won the 5A Region I title.

    “We broke our record again,” Muldrow said. “They were fast. We weren’t expecting those times. We came in second and came out fifth.”

    Klein Oak won the title in 40.47. Killeen took second in 40.69.

    In the 5A 1600, Zack Kirkland finished eighth in 4:23.62. Kirkland, who is headed to the University of North Texas in the fall, was third through the first 100 meters but fell off the blazing pace set by Keller’s Austen Dalquist, who won the race in 4:07.53.

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    Freier flies to third gold medal

    Freier flies to third gold medal

    Northwest’s Desiree Freier cleared the bar only once Saturday – but that was enough to put her back on top of the medal stand.

    Freier claimed her third straight 5A pole vault gold medal at the University Interscholastic League Track and Field Championships at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin, clearing 13-6.

    Golden Conclusion

    GOLDEN CONCLUSION – Northwest’s Desiree Freier waves to the crowd after her final jump Wednesday in the Class 5A pole vault. She cleared 13-6 to win the gold medal for a third time. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

    “I feel really great,” she said. “I didn’t have the best day out there. I thought I’d go a little bit higher. But to get a third gold, which not many can do, I’m really proud.”

    No other vaulters topped 13 feet.

    Freier, who set the state meet record in 2013, clearing 13-9, entered the competition with the bar at 13-6. She missed her first attempt, clipping her chest on the bar.

    “I went through a lot of sticks today. I had a lot of adrenaline,” Freier said. “I was running really fast. I got all the way up to sticks that I’ve never used.”

    She easily sailed over the bar on the second attempt, landing on her feet on the mat.

    Freier moved the bar up to 14 feet but missed all three attempts at the height.

    “It wasn’t my best day but I still put up some good jumps,” Freier said. “I thought I had the bar. When I went up to new sticks it freaked me out. I messed myself up by gripping my hand 3 inches higher.”

    Along with being a three-time state champion and four-time medalist, Freier leaves Northwest as the national high school record holder for the pole vault, both outdoor and indoor. She set the outdoor record, clearing 14-3.25 at the Texas Relays in March at Mike Myers Stadium.

    Freier also cleared 14-6 at the area meet.

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    Kicinski grabs silver medal

    In his final high school meet, Duke Kicinski found the medal stand.

    The Northwest senior made a toss of 187-6 to bring home the silver medal in the 5A discus at the University Interscholastic League Track and Field Championships at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin.

    “I got one at regionals and one here,” Kicinski said. “It seems to be my color.”

    North Mesquite’s Aaron Akens won the gold medal with a throw of 188. Cedar Ridge’s Brian Peterson took third with a toss of 182-3.

    Kicinski landed three throws of 180 feet or more. His first toss went 178 and second 182-1 to put him in second place behind Peterson.

    On his third throw, Kicinski unleashed his toss of 187-6 to take over first place.

    “It’s what I’ve been doing in practice but not at meets,” Kicinski said. “I needed to come out to do it today, and I did.”

    The throw gave him the lead going into the final three attempts. Akens landed his winning throw to vault past Kicinski on his fourth throw.

    Kicinski is headed to West Texas A&M to play football in the fall. He was happy to close out his high school career with a medal.

    “It’s a great way to end it,” Kicinski said.

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    Defying gravity

    Defying gravity

    Sprinting down the ramp, Desiree Freier launches into space at the end of a fiberglass pole, defying gravity and capturing imaginations as she reaches to new heights.

    Desiree Freier

    Desiree Freier. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

    The two-time 5A state champion owns the American high school girls’ indoor and outdoor pole vault records of 14-2.75 and 14-3.25. At her area meet in April, she cleared 14-6 and added another medal to her extensive collection. But as the Northwest senior and four-time regional champion heads to Austin for the final vault of her high school career next week with a chance for a third gold medal, she’s on a single mission to raise the bar higher.

    ON THE RUN – Desiree Freier runs down the ramp at the Texan Invitational in March. The meet was a few weeks before she set the outdoor record at the Texas Relays. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

    “I never go for a medal,” Freier said. “I go for height and what’s the next bar I can clear.”

    That next mark to clear at Mike Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin is 14-9, which would break the outdoor record she set on the same track in March at the Texas Relays.

    “I’m really excited. I’ve had a routine where I’ve PR’d at every other meet since March,” Freier said. “I went 14 and then 14-3. Then 14 and then 14-6. At regionals, I went 14. At state, I want that PR.”

    Another record and medal would put an exclamation mark to a near-unapproachable career.

    “Desiree is a great competitor and hard worker,” said Northwest girls track coach George Lutkenhaus. “Any time you see someone reach that level, it’s really impressive.”

    Reaching New Heights

    REACHING NEW HEIGHTS – This spring Desiree Freier has cleared 14-3 and 14-6. She owns the indoor and outdoor high school records for pole vaulting. She hopes to clear 14-9 next week at state. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

    Freier started vaulting at 10 years old.

    “My stepdad owns a pole vaulting facility,” Freier explains as she points to the new facility in the family’s backyard. “I thought it’d be neat to try it. Not many people do it, and I kinda caught on to it.”

    ALONE AT THE TOP – Desiree Freier won gold at state in 2012 and ’13. She will try for a third gold next week. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

    She had tried gymnastics but didn’t last long.

    “I tried gymnastics for three days but said this is too much of a perfectionist thing and I can’t do it,” Freier said.

    Gymnastics’ loss was track and field’s gain. She quickly became a student of vaulting, capitalizing on her ability with a relentless work ethic.

    “It takes passion, work ethic and the x-factor – God-given genetics,” said her coach and brother Devin Rodriguez. “She’s blessed to have it all.

    “You have to have the passion and desire. You can have the strength and speed and not go anywhere. You have to have that passion to work every day to be on top.”

    Freier herself said it takes three main characteristics to be a great vaulter – speed, strength and height.

    “I have two of the three. I lack the height, but I’ve got the other two,” the 5-foot Freier jokes.

    The lack of height is also what she claims led her to the sport.

    “I’m not very tall and always wanted to be a little bit taller,” Freier said. “By vaulting you can throw yourself up that much higher, and it makes you taller than everyone else.”

    Her brother quickly points out that height is overrated.

    “She doesn’t need the height. She’s proved that’s not a factor.”

    Rodriguez has coached her for three-and-half years and watched her gain more than two feet from her second-place finish as a freshman at state, when she went 12-3. He credits her consistency.

    “There’s not been a change. It’s consistency in her training and coaching. She’s always there practicing and working,” Rodriguez said.

    Going more than a story into the air at the end of pole, Freier is not scared. She’s only had a few crashes, one during a street vault where she landed with her neck and back. Her other crash came when a pole snapped in practice.

    “That wasn’t that scary. I just landed in the pit and said ‘What just happened?’”

    Ironically for the frequent flyer, she claims to be scared of heights.

    “I’m terrified,” Freier said. “I love roller coasters, but I scream like a baby when I go on them.

    “When you look down, what if you fell that far? It’s pretty scary to think about.”

    But falling from nearly 15 feet after letting go of the pole there is no fear.

    “You free fall, It’s breathless in a way,” Freier said. “It’s all really quick. I don’t know how to explain. In a vault it happens so fast. You don’t have time to think about.”

    In competition, she strives to win but Freier also praises her competitors and urges them on.

    “I try to be as friendly as possible,” she said. “I ask are you ready to PR? We’re all going to PR.”

    It’s part of returning the favor that Round Rock McNeil’s Kaitlin Petrillose did for her at the state meet Freier’s freshman year.

    “I was a nervous wreck,” Freier recalled. “Kaitlin calmed me down and told me it was just another meet.”

    Since then, vaulting has taken Freier around the world. She’s competed multiple times in New York this spring and last year she competed in the Ukraine.

    “That was a really cool experience,” Freier said. “I didn’t like the food. The food was gross. Their meat was just lamb, and I don’t like lamb. I got to meet Sergei Bubka, and I got to shake his hand. My brother got mad that I washed my hand.”

    After completing her high school career next week, Freier is headed to Arkansas, where she will join the perennial national championship contender.

    “I chose between UT and Arkansas,” she said. “I chose Arkansas because I felt more at home there. They have eight vaulters, just girls. They all felt like sisters.”

    While she is looking forward to competing at the next level. She also has her sights set on competing on the world stage, including a possible run at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. It’s not far-fetched for the vaulter who is ranked 11th in the United States among all female vaulters – professional, college and high school.

    “That’s weird. I still can’t make sense out of it that I’m that good. It’s not real to me,” Freier said. “I look at video and say I didn’t do that. There’s something else inside of me that is doing that. It’s not me.”

    But the goal of making to Rio is very real.

    “That’s my goal – 2016 in Rio,” she said. “If I can get up another foot then I should be good. That’s another two years.

    “I want to go to the Olympics.”

    Rodriguez agrees that it’s possible, pointing out that she is within three inches of making the U.S. Track and Field Outdoor Championships standards.

    Pros in the sport already know about Freier, sending her Tweets saying they are looking forward to competing with her in the future.

    As she closes out her high school career, Freier is proud of the legacy she will leave at Northwest. She hopes it will inspire other Texans.

    “Greatness can come from anywhere,” Freier said. “Anyone can be great as long as they work at it. It’s just a matter of how bad you want it.”

    Some can even defy gravity.

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    Guanlao ties for 5th place

    Northwest’s Aaron Guanlao posted a two-round total of 143 to finish tied for fifth at the 5A University Interscholastic League golf championships at Onion Creek Country Club in Austin.

    The Texan senior shot a 1-over-par 71 in the first round Monday. He followed that with a 72 on a windblown par 70 course Tuesday.

    Matthew Perrine of Austin Westlake won the event with a pair of 68s. Deer Park’s Michael Perras shot 68 and 72 and won a playoff against Southlake Carroll’s Mason Greenberg to take second.

    Westlake took the team title with a 575. Carroll finished second with a 579.

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    Students choose mascot, colors for new Northwest high school

    The blue and green Eaton Eagles will soar against their opponents come 2015.

    At the recommendation of a committee of students and parents, the mascot of Northwest ISD’s third comprehensive high school, V.R. Eaton High School, will be the Eagles and the color scheme blue and green.

    A committee of 16 students from each of the three middle schools that will feed into the high school – Tidwell, Wilson and Chisholm Trail middle schools – compiled a list of 16 mascots and color schemes, which was narrowed to two by a panel of parents.

    All sixth, seventh and eighth graders at the three middle schools voted on the two options, and the prevailing recommendation was presented to the board at its meeting Monday.

    “One of the kids said, ‘We want to win. And not just in athletics. But we want a school that is known to be a winner in academics, in athletics, how they embrace their peers, how they’re welcoming,’” said Damon Edwards, executive director of secondary education, who led the committees. ” … These choices will help establish the groundwork for that rich tradition and culture for students at Eaton High School.”

    V.R. Eaton

    The school, which is named after the father of Messenger owner and publisher Roy Eaton, is slated to open in August 2015 with freshmen and sophomores only.

    Current enrollment projections indicate the school will open with approximately 1,000 students. Another grade level will be added each year until the campus has ninth through 12th grades in the 2017-18 school year.


    The report on the Eaton High School colors and mascot was Edwards’ last as an employee of NISD.

    He will join the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, northeast of San Antonio, as assistant superintendent of student and academic services. The board named Linda Parker, a Wise County resident, his successor.

    Linda Parker

    “Dr. Parker is an experienced educator with proven leadership skills in Northwest ISD,” Dr. Karen Rue said. “She has shown tremendous commitment to the district’s vision and core beliefs, and I’m confident she will excel in this role.”

    Parker brings 28 years’ experience in education, including 17 years in the classroom and 11 in administration.

    She is currently principal at NISD’s Byron Nelson High School, where she has led the campus since its opening in 2009.

    She has served the students and staff of Northwest ISD since 2001. Prior to coming to NISD, Parker worked in Boyd ISD and O’Donnell ISD.

    “I am excited to serve the community, staff and students in this new position,” Dr. Parker said. “I am looking forward to continuing to bring positivity and leadership to an organization that is focused on student success and achievement.”

    She earned her doctorate in education at Nova Southeastern University. She holds a master’s degree in education from Texas Woman’s University and a bachelor of science degree from Texas Tech University.

    She was selected as a member of the 2013-2014 Principals’ Visioning Institute, where she trains and works with fellow principals across Texas who are focused on the transformation of education.

    She is an adjunct professor for Dallas Baptist University and has presented across the state at various conferences such as the Texas Association of High School Principals and the Conference for Advancement of Mathematics Teaching. She serves on the board of directors for the Texas Association of School Principals.

    Parker will finish the school year as principal at Byron Nelson High School. A new principal will be named before the end of the current school year.

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    Northwest’s Gleason locks up pair of state spots

    After prelims on Friday, Northwest’s Kerry Gleason sat third in the 110 hurdles, a spot out of a guaranteed berth into the state meet.

    “I knew I had to step it up if I was going to make sure I was going to state,” Gleason said. “I went all-out, knowing it could be my last race.”

    The motivated Gleason flew down the Fuller Track at Texas Tech University Saturday, finishing in 14.33 seconds to take the 5A Region I silver medal and secure a trip to Austin May 10. He later added a silver medal in the 300 hurdles to earn a spot in the University Interscholastic League Championships in a second event.

    “Finally getting to go [to state] is incredible,” Gleason said. “Everything fell into place.”

    DeSoto’s Chevis Armstead won the 110 hurdles in 13.86. Gleason held off Abilene’s Jesus Serrano and DeSoto’s Sabrien Wheeler, who both ran 14.51, for second.

    “It was close. I could see the guy on the outside and out-leaned him at the end,” Gleason said. “I didn’t see the guy on the inside who ended up being third.”

    After the strong 110 hurdles race, Gleason moved up two spots from prelims in the 300 hurdles to take second. He ran 37.9, finishing 0.12 behind the winner – Serrano.

    “My thought in the 300 was that I already qualified in one event and was going to Austin, so I let loose and let whatever happen,” Gleason said. “I wasn’t expecting to make it in the 300 because there were a lot of fast guys. To have that after the 110s was icing on the cake.”

    After a strong start in the 300s, Gleason hit the curve tied for first. In the straightaway, he fell to third. Gleason said 110 champion Armstead stuttered and hit the last hurdle.

    “I picked him off to take second,” Gleason said.

    Armstead finished in 37.9 for third.


    Behind a pair of silver-medal finishes by Kerry Gleason and wins in the 4×100 and discus, the Northwest Texans brought home second place at the 5A Region I meet.

    Northwest finished with 52 points. DeSoto won the meet with 58 points.

    Twenty of the Texans’ points came in the first race Saturday. The 4×100 squad of Saveion James, Chase Morrison, Reggie McDaniel and Jordan Muldrow ran a 41.18 to win the region title. Killeen took second in 41.18.

    Duke Kicinski was the first Texan to earn a state spot, finishing second in the discus with a toss of 178-6.

    In the 1600, Zach Kirkland ran 4:18.65 to take the silver medal. Keller’s Austen Dalquist won the race in 4:13.58.


    Northwest’s Desiree Freier completed her career sweep of the pole vault at the 5A Region I meet Saturday, taking gold for the fourth time.

    Freier cleared 14 feet to set a new meet record. She made three attempts at 14-9.

    The national record holder will now try for a third state crown.



    4×100: 1. Northwest: Saveion James, Chase Morrison, Reggie McDaniel, Jordan Muldrow, 41.18

    110 hurdles: 2. Kerry Gleason, 14.33

    4×200: 13. Northwest, 1:28.59

    300 hurdles: 2. Kerry Gleason, 37.9

    200: 11. Chase Morrison, 22.12

    1600: 2. Zach Kirkland, 4:18.65

    4×400: 10. Northwest, 3:23.82

    Discus: 2. Duke Kicinski, 178-6

    Shot put: 11. Duke Kicinski, 50-6.5


    3200: 14. Cassidy Adams, 12:15

    800: 9. Baylee Nelson, 2:22.77

    4×400: 9. Northwest, 3:59.67

    High jump: 8. Hailey Krieg, 5-2

    Pole vault: 1. Desiree Freier, 14-0

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    Baseball Roundup: Rebels beat Texans

    The Richland Rebels pushed across six runs in the third and another five in the fourth on the way to a 16-5 win over the Northwest Texans in five innings Tuesday.

    Four Northwest pitchers – Tristen DerMargosian, Bailey Dovel, Cameron Rhodes and Elijah Christenson – allowed 16 runs, including 10 earned, on 13 hits and gave up eight walks. Christenson had the only strikeout in his his two-thirds of hitless relief. He did walk three.

    The Texans tallied six hits. Cayde Ward doubled twice and scored a pair of runs. Doger Gilliland went 2-for-3 with a RBI.

    Northwest closed the season Friday at home against Keller Central.


    The Alvord Bulldogs dropped their final game of the season Tuesday to the Millsap Bulldogs 2-1.

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    Gleason sweeps hurdles, leads Texans to second at area

    Northwest’s Kerry Gleason captured a pair of gold medals and entries into three regional events Friday at the Class 5A 3/4 area meet in Coppell.

    Gleason won the 110 and 300 hurdles and helped the Texans’ 4×400 to a fourth-place finish. Now he moves on with several other Northwest athletes to compete in the 5A Region I meet at Texas Tech University in Lubbock Friday and Saturday.

    Gleason ran a 14.67 in the 110s and turned in a 38.37 to win the 300s. He teamed with Clarence Cordova, Ty Thomas and Dylan Maples to run a 3:22.7 in the mile relay.

    Behind Gleason’s wins, the Texans compiled 86 points to finish second at the area meet to Arlington Martin, which finished with 100.

    Chase Morrison joined Gleason in capturing gold, winning the 200 in 22.03.

    Morrison was also on the 4×100 and 4×200 that garnered regional spots. The Texans’ team of Saveion James, Morrison, Reggie McDaniel and Jordan Muldrow finished second in 41.54. James, Emanuel Moore, Muldrow and Morrison took fourth in the 4×200 in 1:28.09.

    Zach Kirkland ran a 4:14.32 to finish second in the 1,600 to Keller’s Austen Dalquist.

    Duke Kacinski made a toss of 181-10 to take second in the discus. He was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 49-2.5.

    Desiree Freier brought home the Lady Texans’ lone gold medal at the area meet with her record-setting vault of 14-6 that sends her to regionals in pole vault for a fourth time.

    Baylee Nelson garnered a silver medal in the 800, running 2:18.28. She was fourth in the 400 in 58.87.

    Nelson joined Janae Tatum, Micah Solomon and Hailey Kreig on the 4×400 squad that finished fourth in 3:57.61.

    Kreig advanced in the high jump finishing fourth and clearing 5-4.

    DeKiyala Jones ran 15.64 in the 100 hurdles to take fourth. Cassidy Adams was fourth in the 3200 in 11:25.98.

    The Northwest girls finished sixth at the meet with 48 points.


    Team: 1. Arlington Bowie 111; 2. Arlington Lamar 104; 2. Southlake Carroll 74; 4. Timber Creek 58; 5. Arlington Martin; 6. Northwest 48; 7. Keller 40; 8. North Crowley 38; 9. Keller Central 21; 10. Arlington Sam Houston 16

    3200: 1. Antigone Archer, Carroll, 10:57.69; 4. Cassidy Adams, Northwest, 11:25.98

    4×100: 1. Arlington Bowie 46.97; 7. Northwest: Tasha Broom, Janae Tatum, Micah Solomon, Hailey Krieg, 49.81

    800: 1. Madison Cooley, Weatherford, 2:18.27; 2. Baylee Nelson, Northwest, 2:18.28

    100 hurdles: 1. Sarah Robinson, Carroll, 14.98; 4. DeKiyala Jones, Northwest, 15.64

    100: Courtlyn Gant, Arlington Martin, 12.39

    4×200: 1. Arlington Lamar 1:40.05; 6. Northwest: Tasha Broom, Janae Tatum, Micah Solomon, Hailey Krieg, 1:44.21

    400: 1. Alexandra Byrnes, Fort Worth Paschal, 57.6; 4. Baylee Nelson, Northwest, 58.87

    300 hurdles: 1. Sydni Willis, Arlington Lamar, 43.6; 7. Paighton Kelly, Northwest, 48.42

    200: 1. Laniya Taylor, Timber Creek, 25.38

    1600: 1. Antigone Archer, Carroll, 5:04.21; 7. Cassidy Adams, Northwest, 5:19.88

    4×400: 1. Arlington Lamar 3:56.45; 3. Northwest: Janae Tatum, Baylee Nelson, Micah Solomon, Hailey Krieg, 3:57.61

    Discus: 1. Richon Rogers, Arlington Bowie, 121-10

    High jump: 1. Diayja Sheppard, Arlington Bowie, 5-6; 4. Hailey Krieg, Northwest, 5-4

    Long jump: 1. Paige Lawrence, Arlington Bowie, 17-10.5; 8. Hailey Krieg, Northwest, 16-3.5

    Pole vault: 1. Desiree Freier, Northwest, 14-6

    Shot put: 1. Alex Adams, Keller, 40-8.5

    Triple jump: 1. Nicole Iloanya, Arlington Bowie, 39-6.25


    Team: 1. Arlington Martin 100; 2. Northwest 86; 3. Arlington Lamar 83; 4. Arlington Bowie 78; 4. Southlake Carroll 78; 6. Keller 58; 7. Keller Timber Creek 46; 8. Arlington Sam Houston 36; 9. Richland 26; 10. North Crowley 10

    3200: 1. Austen Dalquist, Keller, 9:01.37

    4×100: 1. Arlington Martin 41.38; 2. Northwest: Saveion James, Chase Morrison, Reggie McDaniel, Jordan Muldrow, 41.54

    800: 1. Derek Gutierrez, Keller, 1:54.78; 5. Jacob Suchors, Northwest, 1:55.79

    100 hurdles: 1. Kerry Gleason, Northwest, 14.67

    100: 1. Darrion Flowers, Arlington Houston, 10.77; 7. Reggie McDaniel, Northwest, 11.3

    4×200: 1. Arlington Martin 1:26.66; 4. Northwest: Saveion James, Emanuel Moore, Jordan Muldrow, Chase Morrison, 1:28.09

    400: 1. Josh Hall, Arlington Martin, 47.86

    300 hurdles: 1. Kerry Gleason, Northwest, 38.37

    200: 1. Chase Morrison, Northwest, 22.03; 7. Saveion James, Northwest, 22.87

    1600: 1. Austen Dalquist, Keller, 4:09.71; 2. Zach Kirkland, Northwest, 4:14.32

    4×400: 1. Arlington Martin 3:14.99; 4. Northwest: Clarence Cordova, Ty Thomas, Dylan Maples, Kerry Gleason, 3:22.7

    Discus: 1. Erich Sullins, Arlington Lamar, 182-10; 2. Duke Kacinski, Northwest, 181-10; 5. Caden McDonald, Northwest, 138-7

    High jump: 1. Natron Gipson, Arlington Bowie, 7-0

    Long jump: 1. Anthony Hawkins, Arlington, Bowie, 21-10.5

    Pole vault: 1. Jacob Zalesky, Timber Creek, 16-0

    Shot put: 1. Angel Tovar, Arlington Bowie, 50-8; 4. Duke Kacinski, Northwest, 49-2.5

    Triple jump: 1. Jaries King, Arlington Lamar, 46-11.25

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    Freier flies to another record

    Northwest senior Desiree Freier once again flew to a record Thursday afternoon.

    The record-setting pole vaulter broke her own American High School record, clearing 14-6 at the Class 5A 4/5 Area Meet in Coppell.

    “I don’t believe it,” Freier said in a phone interview. “I watch the video and say ‘That’s not me.’”

    Freier set her American outdoor record at 14-3.25 at the Texas Relays last month in Austin.

    With a light rain falling in Coppell Thursday, officials moved the pole vault indoors. Freier then flew to the record.

    “I came in with a good mindset and had a good warm-up,” Freier said.

    She is hoping to have the effort counted as the new indoor record. She already set the indoor record earlier this year at 14-2.75 at the New Balance Nationals.

    “They had an official there,” Freier said. “I don’t know if they will count it as an indoor record because it was supposed to be an outdoor meet. They will submit it.”

    After claiming the area title, the two-time 5A state champion advances to regional where her aim is now 14-9 and possibly 15-1.

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    Texans’ Guanlao brings home region title

    The howling West Texas winds and even a mid-April snow could not stop Northwest’s Aaron Guanlao from accomplishing his goal Tuesday.

    The Northwest senior shot rounds of 75 and 72 at Jerry S. Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock to win the Class 5A Region I gold medal.

    “This means a lot in a region as tough as this with Mansfield and Southlake [Carroll],” Guanlao said in a phone interview Wednesday. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work. My goal was to win a state championship and this puts me in good position to do that.”

    Guanlao will play in the University Interscholastic League golf championships April 28-29 at Onion Creek Club.

    “It’s my first time to make it,” Guanlao said. “I’ve been to regionals four years and been working for this.”

    The first round of the tournament was delayed by snow, and players took the course in less-than-ideal conditions.

    “It was freezing. The wind chill was 17,” Guanlao said.

    Guanlao managed to fight through the frigid weather to post one of the two 75s.

    In the second round, players faced the famous West Texas winds.

    “The wind was blowing 30 mph on the second day,” Guanlao said.

    He posted a score of par to win the tournament by three strokes over Belton’s Matthew Lawyer.

    “I’ve worked on my game and prepared for the wind,” Guanlao said. “I was putting well. I had no three-putts.”

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    Bill Poe takes Texans’ AD job; Marble Falls coordinator to lead Texans

    Bill Poe will lead the Northwest Texans this fall.

    Bill Poe

    The Northwest school board Monday night approved the recommendation of Executive Athletic Director Susan Elza to hire Poe as the Texans’ head coach and campus coordinator.

    Poe previously served as the offensive coordinator at Marble Falls, working for Todd Dodge.

    “It’s an outstanding district that is committed to excellence throughout the district and in athletics,” Poe said about Northwest. “It’ll be a great fit for me and my family. I’m obviously excited for the opportunity.”

    It will be Poe’s second head coaching job. He previously had a two-year stint on the sidelines at Longview Spring Hill, going 6-14.

    His father, Ron, was the longtime head coach at McKinney and guided the Lions to a state title. The football stadium in McKinney is named for the elder Poe. His brother Matt is the head coach at Pottsboro.

    Bill Poe takes over a Texan program that has made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons and is coming off a pair of 8-3 seasons under Bill Patterson. Patterson last month accepted the head coaching job at Sherman.

    “There is a great foundation there,” Poe said. “They’ve been in the playoffs three of four years and unfortunately got stopped in the first round. The challenge is to build on that foundation and take it to the next level.”

    Poe planned to arrive Tuesday at Northwest to meet with the staff and players.

    “I’ll be starting full-time [Tuesday] morning. I’ll have a staff meeting and meet with the players,” Poe said. “We’ll hit the ground running.”

    Poe said the program has pushed the start of spring football back a few weeks until May 5.

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    Espinosa named NISD director

    A former Wise County principal has been named to an administrative position at the district level for Northwest ISD.

    Stephanie Espinosa

    At the recommendation of Superintendent Karen Rue, the school board on Monday named Stephanie Espinosa the district’s executive director of curriculum and staff development.

    “Dr. Espinosa brings creativity, organization and a strong background in curriculum and instruction,” Rue said. “I am confident she will keep us on target with our focus to graduate every student future-ready.”

    Espinosa has served students and families in Northwest ISD since 2007. Currently she is principal at Lakeview Elementary School and was the principal of NISD’s Seven Hills Elementary School for five years.

    Her experience spans from the classroom to an assessment specialist to an assistant principal in the Fort Worth and Crowley school districts.

    “I am excited to serve the students and staff of Northwest ISD in this new role,” Espinosa said. “I look forward to collaborating with teachers and principals as we strive to create life-long learners.”

    Espinosa earned her doctorate in education administration from Nova Southeastern University in May 2013 and her master’s degree in education administration and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Christian University.

    Last year, she was one of 50 Texas principals selected to participate in a cohort of top public school campus leaders at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As an educational consultant for various school districts in Texas and Oklahoma, she trains principals and district leaders on school-improvement models and standards-based instruction.

    Espinosa will finish the school year as principal at Lakeview Elementary School. A new principal will be named before the end of the current school year.

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    Northwest Board promotes Alexander

    The Northwest ISD board of trustees Monday named Jennifer Alexander the executive director of student services.

    Jennifer Alexander

    She replaces Cindy Brown, who will retire in August.

    Alexander has served as the district’s assistant director of special education since 2010.

    For 14 years before that, she worked in NISD as a special education supervisor, educational diagnostician and a special education support teacher.

    Prior to joining NISD, she was a special education teacher and a speech therapy assistant in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.

    “I am thrilled to begin this new chapter in my career at Northwest ISD,” Alexander said. “I have a passion for public education, parent and community relationships, curriculum development and successful student outcomes. This position allows me to focus on my love of student learning.”

    Alexander will earn her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in May 2014. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from the University of North Texas.

    She has served as an instructor for crisis prevention (CPI) and a Texas Behavior Support Intervention (TBSI) trainer. Alexander has been selected for numerous leadership roles in Northwest ISD such as campus leadership teams and the National Institute of School Leadership.

    “Alexander is uniquely qualified for this position,” said Superintendent Karen Rue. “I am confident in her abilities, and I look forward to seeing her excel in this leadership position. She has been instrumental in coordinating services for students through K-12 and has built strong relationships with campus leaders and parents.”

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    Baseball Roundup: Boyd trumps Bulldogs

    The Boyd Yellowjackets scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning Saturday to break a tie and beat the Alvord Bulldogs 6-3.

    Clay Barnett went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Colton Batterton and Anthony Spinelli collected doubles for Boyd.

    Sonny McCarmack collected the win, pitching three and two-thirds innings without allowing a hit or run. Rett Sears pitched three and one-third, allowing three runs – one earned – on a hit with four strikeouts.

    Without Lane Peace, who suffered a broken ankle at the end of the Paradise game, Alvord struggled for offense, managing two hits.


    The Windthorst Trojans sewed up the District 9-A title Friday with a 7-0 victory over the Chico Dragons.

    The Dragons (15-4) fell to 9-2 in the district and remain in second place in the league. Chico was swept by Windthorst.

    Jaston McBee, Austin Collins and Hagan Davis had Chico’s only hits against the Trojans.


    The top-ranked and District 9-2A leading Brock Eagles scored 10 runs in the first two innings on their way to a 10-3 victory over the Paradise Panthers Saturday.

    Jarret Holt allowed all 10 runs – five earned – in two innings on six hits. He walked five and struck out two. Dillon Meadows worked four hitless and scoreless innings in relief.

    Holt doubled and drove in two run for the Panthers. Meadows went 2-for-4 with a double.


    Cayde Ward drove in the Texans’ lone run in the bottom of the seventh as Northwest’s rally fell short in a 4-1 loss to Haltom.

    Haltom scored three runs in the first and added another in the top of the sixth.

    Tanner Diminuco had two hits for the Texans, including a triple.

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    NISD to name directors, coach

    Northwest ISD trustees are expected to fill three vacancies at Monday’s school board meeting.

    The agenda calls for the board to name an executive director of student services, an executive director of curriculum and staff development and a head football coach for Northwest High School.

    The new hires will replace Cindy Brown, who is now the district’s executive director of student services; Rob Thornell, who was promoted to assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in December; and Bill Patterson, who accepted the head football coaching job in Sherman March 24.

    The meeting begins with a closed session at 5 p.m.

    The board will then convene for a budget workshop, during which they will discuss the district’s organizational structure, compensation and insurance plans.

    Discussion on the latter will continue in the regular meeting when officials consider the proposed medical premiums and an increased contribution by the district.

    Trustees will also consider:

    • an interlocal agreement with Education Service Center as the third-party administrator for various benefits including online benefits enrollment; dental and vision administration; life insurance provider; voluntary life insurance; supplemental disability provider, accident plan and cancer plan; and the retirement savings plan.
    • renewing its contract with ARAMARK as the district’s food service provider.
    • extending by one year a contrct with GCA Services for custodial services.
    • revisions to the student code of conduct.
    • reports on demographics, construction and February financials.

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    Freier flies to fourth district title

    After setting the American high school indoor and outdoor records, Northwest’s Desiree Freier completed another impressive feat Wednesday.

    The Lady Texan senior captured her fourth straight district pole vault title, clearing 14 feet at the 4-5A meet at Texan Stadium.

    “It’s awesome. I just strive to be the best I can be,” Freier said.

    Ready to Fly

    READY TO FLY – Northwest senior Desiree Freier takes off down the ramp in the pole vault Wednesday at the District 4-5A meet. The defending 5A state champion cleared 14 feet to win district for a fourth time. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

    The 14 feet was a little more than 3 inches shy of the outdoor record she set at the Texas Relays March 29. She also cleared 14-2.75 at the New Balance Nationals indoor meet in March.

    “I jumped decent with the weather,” Freier said. “The wind was blowing me sideways. It was crazy.”

    Freier made three attempts at 14-6 after clearing 14.

    “They were decent attempts,” she said.

    Freier, the two-time defending Class 5A state champion, moves on to compete in the area meet next week. She said she’s looking forward to competing on the way to what she hopes is a fourth trip to Austin and the state meet.

    “I’ve been working hard, and I’m ready for the next bar,” Freier said.


    With 300 meters left in Wednesday’s 3200-meter race, Cassidy Adams made her move and passed Southlake Carroll’s Samantha Young.

    Adams held on to take second place in 11 minutes and 28 seconds.

    “I just wanted to win,” Adams said. “Everything was burning but I kept telling myself I have to go.”

    Adams, a recent move-in from San Diego, turned in her personal best in the event.

    She also took second in the 1600, running 5:21.21.

    Southlake Carroll’s Antigone Archer won both events.

    Northwest senior Kellee McCann, a two-time state qualifier, was injured and couldn’t run at the district meet.

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    Texans win 4×400 to claim 4-5A title

    When Kerry Gleason crossed the finish line more than two seconds in front of Southlake Carroll’s anchor leg in the 4×400, he put the final touches on the District 4-5A championship for the Northwest Texans.

    The relay win, one of two on the night for the Texans, led the way to the title. Northwest finished with 154 points, 11 in front of Carroll.

    Richland and Timber Creek tied for third with 71.

    Getting a Leg Up

    GETTING A LEG UP – Northwest’s Kerry Gleason takes the lead in the 110 hurdles during prelims. Gleason won both hurdles at the 4-5A meet and the final leg in the 4×400. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

    Northwest won six gold medals on the way to the league title. Gleason captured three, including running the 4×400 with Clarence Cordova, Ty Thomas and Dillion Maples, which finished in 3:22.61.

    Gleason won both hurdles. He ran a winning time of 14.97 in the 110 hurdles, and 39.32 in the 300 hurdles.

    The Texans’ 4×100 relay squad of Saveion James, Chase Morrison, Reggie McDaniel and Jordan Muldrow won a gold medal in 41.64, edging out Carroll at the finish and setting a school record.

    Morrison celebrated a title in the 200 after clocking 21.69.

    Duke Kacinski captured the Texans’ other gold medal, throwing 167-8 to win the discus. He took third in the shot put with a toss of 46-7.25.

    Zach Kirkland garnered a silver medal in the 1600, running 4:17.54.

    Keller Central’s Jacob Gray edged out Northwest’s Muldrow for the title of 4-5A’s fastest man. Gray finished the 100 in 11.01. Muldrow was second in 11.04.

    Northwest will send athletes to Class 5A Area meet in Coppell Thursday and Friday in 13 events.


    Keller Timber Creek held off the Northwest Lady Texans in the 4×400 to capture the 4×400 as well as the team title.

    Timber Creek finished the meet with 127 points. Northwest was two points back with 125.

    Timber Creek won the 4×400 in 3:55.41. The Northwest squad of Janae Tatum, Baylee Nelson, Micah Solomon and Hailey Krieg took second in 4:00.31.

    Northwest’s 4×200 team of Megan Greathouse, Tatum, Solomon and Krieg captured the gold medal in 1:45.54.

    The same group took second in the 4×100 in 49.71.

    Nelson won the 800 in 2:20.36. She was second in the 400 in 1:01.37.

    DeKiyala Jones took second in the 100 hurdles in 15.43.



    Team: 1. Timber Creek 127; 2. Northwest 125; 3. Southlake Carroll 122; 4. Keller 89; 5. Keller Central; 6. Haltom 50; 7. Fossil Ridge 44; 8. Richland 5

    100: 1. Jhane King, Timber Creek, 12.31; 6. DeKiyala Jones, Northwest, 13.33; 8. Morgan Baker, Northwest, 13.45

    200: 1. Laniya Taylor, Timber Creek, 25.22; 7. Megan Greathouse, Northwest, 29.83

    400: 1. Jhane King, Timber Creek, 1:00.8; 2. Baylee Nelson, Northwest, 1:01.37

    800: 1. Baylee Nelson, Northwest, 2:20.36; 12. Deserae Kirkland, Northwest, 2:36.28

    1600: 1. Antigone Archer, Carroll, 5:08.03; 2. Cassidy Adams, Northwest, 5:21.21

    3200: 1. Antigone Archer, Carroll, 11:08.35; 2. Cassidy Adams, Northwest, 11:28.17; 7. Emma Frandsen, Northwest, 12:09.95

    100 hurdles: 1. Sarah Robinson, Carroll, 15.25; 2. DeKiyala Jones, Northwest, 15.43; 5. Paighton Kelly, Northwest, 16.73

    300 hurdles: 1. Sarah Robinson, Carroll, 43.99; 4. Paighton Kelly, Northwest, 48.36; 6. Nicole Fouts, Northwest, 49.66; 7. DeKiyala Jones, Northwest, 51.06

    4×100: 1. Carroll 48.71; 2. Northwest 49.71

    4×200: 1. Northwest 1:45.54; 2. Haltom 1:45.55

    4×400: 1. Timber Creek 3:55.41; 2. Northwest 4:00.31

    High jump: 1. Kyra Maryland, Carroll, 5-4; 3. Hailey Krieg, Northwest, 5-4; 7. DeKiyala Jones, Northwest, 5-0

    Pole vault: 1. Desiree Freier, Northwest, 14-0; 2. Jordan Friz, Keller Central, 12-0

    Long jump: 1. Tatyana Flannigan, Fossil Ridge, 17-6; 3. Hailey Krieg, Northwest, 16-11.25

    Triple jump: 1. Chante Mathews, Haltom, 37-0

    Shot put: 1. Ryanne Johnson, Keller, 38-0

    Discus: 1. Ryanne Johnson, Keller, 110-6.5; 6. Breanna Hardin, Northwest, 103-01; 7. Jenna Deen, Northwest, 98-7


    1. Northwest 154; 2. Southlake Carroll 143; 3. Richland 71; 3. Timber Creek 71; 5. Keller 70; 5. Keller Central 70; 7. Fossil Ridge 34; 8. Haltom 7

    100: 1. Jacob Gray, Keller Central, 11.01; 2. Jordan Muldrow, Northwest, 11.04; 3. Reggie McDaniel, Northwest, 11.07

    200: 1. Chase Morrison, Northwest, 21.69; 4. Saveion James, Northwest, 22.39

    400: 1. Matt Walker, Carroll, 49.6; 5. David Ogunwolu, Northwest, 51.54

    800: 1. Jake McConnell, Keller, 1:55.94; 3. Jacob Suchors, Northwest, 1:57.31; 5. Clarence Cordova, Northwest, 1:58.51

    1600: 1. Austen Dalquist, Keller, 4:13.04; 2. Zach Kirkland, Northwest, 4:17.54

    3200: 1. Austen Dalquist, Keller, 9:08.09; 8. Trevor Bohr, Northwest, 10:13.33

    110 hurdles: 1. Kerry Gleason, Northwest, 14.97; 8. Ridge Hanson, Northwest, 17.07

    300 hurdles: 1. Kerry Gleason, Northwest, 39.32; 5. Ridge Hanson, Northwest, 42.29

    4×100: 1. Northwest 41.64; 2. Carroll 41.72

    4×200: 1. Keller Central 1:28.3; 2. Northwest 1:28.63

    4×400: 1. Northwest 3:22.61; 2. Carroll 3:25.11

    High jump: 1. Zac Graves, Richland, 6-4; 5. Carson Hickman, Northwest, 6-0; 6. Taylor Johnson, Northwest, 5-10

    Pole vault: 1. Jacob Zalesky, Timber Creek, 15-0

    Long jump: 1. Adrien Itoka, Richland, 22-5.5; 5. Chase Morrison, Northwest, 21-5.5

    Triple jump: 1. Aaron Townsend, Timber Creek, 44-6.25; 6. Javon Lipscombe, Northwest, 41-2.5; 8. Kerry Gleason, Northwest, 40-4.25

    Shot put: 1. Matt Walker, Carroll, 51-01; 3. Duke Kacinski, Northwest, 46-7.25

    Discus: 1. Duke Kacinski, Northwest, 167-8; 3. Caden McDonald, Northwest, 134-1.5; 5. Jacob Jennings, Northwest, 129-11

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    Baseball Roundup: Eagles pound Leopards to improve to 4-1 in loop

    Austin Givens drove in a pair of runs with a double as part of a seven-run third inning for the Decatur Eagles Friday in a 12-1 victory over Gainesville.

    The Eagles (11-10-2) moved to 4-1 in District 9-3A with the victory.

    Nick Trachta went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and double. Drew Edwards also had three hits.

    Clayton Egle tossed a complete game, allowing a run on seven hits. He struck out six.


    Cayde Ward knocked in Alex Perez with a single in the bottom of the seventh Friday to give the Northwest Texans a 4-3 walk-off victory over Keller.

    Ward drove in two runs, going 3-for-4.

    Northwest’s Dustin May and Tristen DerMargosian held Keller to three runs on eight hits over seven innings.

    May struck out four in his five and one-thirds of work. DerMargosian pitched one and two-thirds of scoreless relief.

    CHICO 11, OLNEY 4

    Brady North went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Chico Dragons moved to 7-1 in District 9-A with an 11-4 victory over Olney Friday.

    Marshall Anderle added two hits and a RBI. Kalan Johnson doubled for the Dragons’ lone extra-base hit.

    Tyler Melton struck out five and limited Olney to five hits over seven innings.

    PONDER 9, BOYD 0

    Ponder’s Collin Knight held the Boyd Yellowjackets scoreless on four hits Friday in a 9-0 victory.

    Anthony Spinelli had a pair of singles for Boyd.

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