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From Staff Reports
Prestonwood Christian Academy defeats Trinity Christian Academy, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19
John Paul II defeats Argyle Liberty Christian, 25-21, 26-24, 25-16
Plano Senior defeats McKinney, 38-21
Allen defeats Plano East, 56-0
Plano West defeats McKinney Boyd, 55-28
Prestonwood Christian Academy defeats John Paul II, 42-7
Allen defeats Plano West, 21-25, 26-24, 13-25, 25-18, 15-12
Plano East defeats McKinney, 21-25, 25-20, 30-28, 25-22
McKinney Boyd defeats Plano Senior, 25-21, 25-27, 25-22, 25-14
Prestonwood Christian Academy at Fort Worth Nolan, 6 p.m.
Plano East at Plano Senior, 7 p.m.
Plano West at McKinney, 7 p.m.
John Paul II at Bishop Dunne, 7 p.m.
Wolves go on DI visits
While the Plano West football team was off last week, their players were far from inactive as seniors Jake Wodka, Parker Murry and Austin Copeland visited Division I schools.
Wodka, a middle linebacker, went to Fort Worth as TCU hosted Iowa State.
Joining Wodka on a Big 12 campus was Copeland. The speedy receiver was in Lubbock as Texas Tech hosted Oklahoma. Murry traveled a bit further away as the center was in Colorado Springs when the Air Force Academy welcomed Navy.
Free Throws for Freedom
The Plano Senior boys basketball team is giving back to help one of its own.
Plano alum Eric Zastoupil was injured in Afghanistan while serving with the U.S. Army after stepping on an IED. As a result, the former Wildcat had to have his left leg amputated below the knee. Paying tribute to Zastoupil, the Wildcats are conducting a free throw challenge fundraiser for the 2012-13 season entitled Free Throws for Freedom.
Slated for Oct. 23, the challenge requires each player to attempt 100 free throws during practice, with a fundraising goal of $100 per player. Donations may be pledged through funds per free throw made or a flat, one-time contribution.
Funds will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project in Zastoupil's name.
Peprah works out for Cowboys
With the Dallas Cowboys a bit thin in the secondary, Plano East alum Charlie Peprah was one of 16 players worked out Friday by the team.
A six-year NFL veteran, Peprah's career spans five years with the Green Bay Packers and one with the Atlanta Falcons. During his stay in Green Bay, Peprah totaled 136 tackles, seven interceptions and one defensive touchdown. The former Panther started for the Packers' Super Bowl-winning secondary in 2010.
His numbers improved in 2011, but the safety was released from Green Bay on the first day of camp this season after failing his physical.
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Acosta makes U18 National
FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta, a Plano resident, was one of 20 players chosen Wednesday to represent the U.S. U18 Men's National Team.
The squad is coached by Javier Perez.
Acosta departed Thursday for an 11-day training camp in Mill, Netherlands. The camp will run through Sept. 17 and include an international friendly Tuesday against the Netherlands U18 squad. The U.S. will also play friendly matches against U18 club teams representing Feyenoord Rotterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge.
A former member of the U15 and U17 National Teams, Acosta most recently appeared in the Lisbon International Tournament under Perez.
Burkhead up for national award
Seven months ago, Nebraska senior Rex Burkhead won the 2012 Rare Disease Champion Award for his work with 6 year old Jack Hoffman.
Now, the Plano Senior alum has been named to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
"These players have demonstrated the unique ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time to serve others," said Kathy Mabe, Allstate West region president.
Burkhead has been mentoring Hoffman, who has a brain tumor, by meeting with him 3-4 times a week. The running back hosted a lunch and led a tour of Memorial Stadium for Hoffman's family.
Burkhead also appears on an anti-bullying public service announcement and is a huddle leader for the Nebraska Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The former Wildcat was one of 11 Division I players selected for the team.
Fans can vote for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain at: ESPN.com. The team will be invited to New Orleans for a youth football clinic leading up to the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Sumrow honored by USPTA
Ken Sumrow, the director of tennis at High Point Park Tennis Center in Plano, was honored last week at The United States Professional Tennis Association World Conference on Tennis.
The event was held in Monterey, Calif.
The USPTA honored, "standouts who go above and beyond in all aspects of the tennis industry."
Sumrow previously earned the USPTA Industry Excellence Award for business acumen and a charitable attitude. The USPTA noted Sumrow had, "a tremendous impact on tennis growth by focusing on instructional and play programs that provide a pathway for all players to enjoy the game."
Numbers for instructional and play programs at High Point soared from July 2011 to June 2012.
Favre to East Tenn. State
John Paul II senior setter Kristen Favre has verbally committed to continue her volleyball career at East Tennessee State.
Favre will officially sign Nov. 14.
"I'm excited to sign to play at the Division I level for coach Lindsey Devine at East Tennessee State," Favre said. "I plan to push myself to the highest levels of achievement as a student-athlete and look forward to joining the Buccaneer family."
Favre is also a setter for Dallas Summit under club coach Mike Minnis.
State championship tickets on sale
Tickets for the UIL Football State Championships are now on sale.
Set to return to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington for another year, the state championship games will feature Classes 1A-5A.
Both the Division I and II 5A title tilts will be played Dec. 22, at 4 p.m. (Div. II) and 8 p.m. (I), and will cost $15 per person. The ticket allows admittance to all games that day, which includes the 4A Div. I Championship.
Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster.com.
Morgan commits to Ole Miss
Just a few days after announcing he had de-committed from playing football for Florida State, Prestonwood Christian Academy senior Christian Morgan announced his commitment to Ole Miss.
The Lions' tight end, ranked No. 15 in the nation at his position according to Rivals, announced his decision Sunday via Twitter.
"I have decided to commit to THE University of Mississippi!" Morgan tweeted. "It has been a long journey but God has guided me the whole way. #RebelNation"
Morgan had previously committed to Florida State in June. At the time, Ole Miss was one of his four finalists. Despite announcing his commitment to play for the Seminoles then, Morgan still made the recruiting rounds, including a trip to Oxford, Miss.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound senior currently leads the Lions in receptions (15), receiving yards (199) and receiving touchdowns (4).
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