Argyle

The Argyle High School girls basketball team celebrates winning its 4A regional championship in February. The Lady Eagles went on to win their fifth straight state title, helping the school capture its eighth straight UIL Lone Star Cup. The cup goes to the school in each classification that scores the most points in all UIL-sanctioned activities in athletics, academics and fine arts.

After another wildly successful athletic year that included 10 district championships and two state titles, Argyle High School has once again brought home the University Interscholastic League’s Lone Star Cup.

The award, given to one school in each classification for performance in athletics, academics and fine arts, comes with a $1,000 scholarship. It is the eighth straight year Argyle has hoisted the cup.

“Our kids are raised here in Argyle knowing what the Lone Star Cup is,” Argyle athletic director Todd Rodgers said. “Our athletic department certainly wants to fulfill our obligation to it. Our kids want to strive and reach whatever level it takes to get as many points as possible.”

Argyle finished the year with 124 points, edging second-place Canyon, which finished with 110. Argyle’s girls basketball team won its fifth straight state championship in March, ending the season with a 32-7 mark.

The baseball program then put the finishing touches on a near flawless campaign, winning its second straight state title after going 40-1-1. Over the past two years, the Eagles went a staggering 77-1-1.

“When you can get a 16-, 17-, 18-year-old kid, male or female, that is participating in our athletic department trying to win some points on the state level, that’s a real testament to our community,” Rodgers said. “Everyone wants to be successful and pull their weight to achieve this cup each and every year.”

Rodgers’ football team went 13-1 and won the District 7-4A Division I title, with its lone loss coming in the region final to eventual 4A Division I champion Waco La Vega High School.

The Argyle boys golf team defended their district title and went on to claim a silver medal at the state tournament. The girls golf program, which split into two teams, finished first and second in district and notched a seventh-place finish at state.

Girls soccer, team tennis and boys and girls tennis also won district titles, while volleyball was co-champions with Decatur, which won the 4A title. Boys basketball, softball, boys and girls cross country, boys soccer, boys and girls track and wrestling took second in their respective districts.

Rodgers credits the success to support from family, coaches, school administrators and the community.

“You have to be aligned,” Rodgers said. “I play a role, the parents play a role and the kids play a role. If we’re all pulling the same direction — we have great administration here in Argyle. A great school board and a great board of trustees that is supporting everything that we’re doing.”

Non-athletic events that are scored include marching band, robotics, congress, spirit, mariachi, film, academics, one-act play and theatrical design.

Argyle’s academics team won the district, region and 4A title, setting a record with 333 points. The band finished second in Class 4A, and Argyle’s film team won state.

“It’s phenomenal,” Argyle ISD Superintendent Telena Wright said. “I’m very, very proud of the students, coaches and directors who have contributed to this sustained success. It’s very exciting to watch this happen.”

Rodgers said that eight consecutive Lone Star Cup titles — and 10 overall — would not be possible without such programs as academics, band and film.

“It all has to work together,” Rodgers said. “If our band wasn’t doing what it took to win or if our academic team weren’t doing what they needed to, we wouldn’t be in this spot. We’ve had years where the band has saved us, and we’ve had years where academics has saved us.

“We’re just cyclical in our rotation. Regardless of what year it is, someone is going to rise to the occasion and get us enough points to win it.”

REECE WADDELL can be reached at 940-566-6869 or via Twitter at @ReeceWaddell15.

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