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Winning ways at Wakeland

by TED MADDEN / WFAA-TV

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Posted on May 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM

The Frisco Wakeland baseball team is ranked #1 in north Texas; so is the softball team. Those teams have been very good, but not unique. They're just finishing what the other teams at Wakeland have started.

"A lot of the kids from other schools, we go around just talking trash -- fun stuff," says senior Haley Texada. "But at the end of the day it is kind of cool to say that our school is good at everything we do."

Texada is not exaggerating. She played on the girls basketball team that went three rounds deep in the playoffs, a year after losing in the state championship game. The girls soccer team did win a state championship; the boys won it last year. The trophy cases are full, which is especially impressive, considering the school has been open five years.

"I think it's just the people they hired for the school are just the right people for the school," adds senior Tyler Kirkindoll, who was the quarterback of the football team that went 8-3. "They know how to interact with the kids, they know how to get them motivated, they know how to talk to them on game days to kind of get them ready."

The winning at Wakeland is total. Among the eight major team sports -- football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball and softball -- every one of those teams has a winning record. Put them all together, and it adds up to 208 wins, and 34 losses. And the softball and baseball teams are still going.

Kim Watson is the girls athletic coordinator and head volleyball coach. She says, "One thing when we first opened, coach Secord had our motto, 'when you play one of us, you play all of us.'"

Marty Secord has been the head football coach and boys athletic coordinator at Wakeland since the school opened. "I think more than anything else we just have a family. Everybody cares about each other. In a lot of schools, the male coaches and female coaches don't get along, that's not the case here."

Since opening in 2006, Wakeland has earned state championships in boys and girls soccer, and they have individual state champs in swimming and golf. This year, the baseball and softball teams have a chance, and so do a couple of the doubles teams in tennis.

"It is a special year and I think you have those years," says Watson. "But we're not naive enough to think it's going to be like this every year. We know we have to work year in and year out, and we push our kids day in and day out."
 

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