Monday , 16 October 2017

Joe Arriola: Random Thoughts on Boyd Fall Sports, Girls Hoops and More

It’s a great time of year to be a sports fan, especially if you’re a student at McKinney Boyd.

Once again, the Broncos are flexing their fall sports muscles and surprisingly it’s neither the football team nor district champion volleyball team that is experiencing the most success at the moment.

Broncos Tennis Bound For State

It’s been a huge year for the McKinney Boyd tennis program. For the first time in its six-year history, the Broncos varsity tennis team clinched the district championship in a 10-1 route of Naaman Forest in the 10-5A finals.

After the victory, head coach Kristen Crawford’s team advanced to the regional tournament in Tyler where the No. 3 state-ranked Broncos were able to capture the regional championship.

On Thursday morning, the Broncos tennis team loaded the buses and headed to College Station for the 5A UIL Texas State Tournament.

Boyd Volleyball Set For Road Trip

While the tennis team makes its first trip to the state tourney, the Lady Broncos volleyball program is determined to get back to the big dance.

Kelly Quinn’s girls blew past Skyline Tuesday night in a three-game sweep that barely lasted an hour.

When asked how many rounds it will take for the competition to heat up, Quinn predicted a third round match with A&M Consolidated would be the game that really tests her girls.

What a great thing for a coach to be able to say.

This, of course, means bad news for the volleyball program of Bryan.

On Tuesday night, the Lady Vikings won their second playoff game in school history versus Mesquite Horn. Unfortunately, Bryan’s fairytale ends Friday night. The Lady Broncos are just warming up.

Palmer To Leave Final Mark On Senior Night

In all the years I’ve covered sports in McKinney, I’ve never seen a defensive player as athletic and dominant as Boyd’s Jamal Palmer. The Broncos defensive end holds nearly every school defensive record, including the record for most career tackles.

Not to take anything away from Boyd’s other senior players but athletes like Palmer just don’t’ come along very often. After three years of defensive dominance at Ron Poe Stadium, he will suit up tonight for one final bone-crushing performance on Boyd’s home turf.

South Garland is the final stop before the playoffs. Good luck, Boyd.

Girls Basketball Regular Season Starts Tuesday

Anybody else miss basketball? Yeah, me too.

While I don’t expect to see the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks take the court anytime soon, I’m still excited for the girls basketball season to begin in McKinney on Monday night.

Here are a few of the girls home games to look forward to next week.

McKinney High hits the road Tuesday night to face Frisco Liberty. The Lady Bulldogs also head out to Frisco where they will face the Lady Raccoons at 8 p.m. The only home contest Tuesday night will take place at McKinney Boyd High School where the Lady Broncos will play Denton Ryan at 6:30 p.m.

Joe vs. The (Idiot) Referee

Never before have I been so close to getting kicked out of a high school football game.

For those of you who weren’t in attendance at last week’s North football game, your friendly neighborhood sports reporter was involved in a verbal confrontation with an idiotic official that nearly got me removed from the game. Luckily, I kept calm and was able to just walk away.

As many of you may know, I like to roam the sidelines with my video camera to capture highlights for our TownSquareBuzz highlight reel. I’ve done this at most every home football game this season and have never had an issue. Then, midway through the first quarter of the Rockwall game, North’s Justin DeLeon returned a punt about 60 yards down to the Yellowjackets 20-yard line before being knocked out of bounds. I was standing on the visitor sidelines and DeLeon’s punt return took place on the North sideline.

I tried my best to follow the play and in an attempt to do that I got a little too close to the field. Notice I didn’t say that I actually stepped onto the field. Well, apparently I got too close to the action for one official and he proceeded to yell ‘Get Back!’ at the top of his lungs about six or seven times. I took one step back and told him that I was sorry and it wouldn’t happen again.

But that wasn’t good enough. He then told me that I just needed to step away from the sideline altogether. That was shocking, especially when you consider there were about three other cameramen in the same area where I was standing.

But I did what I was told and decided to move to the back of the endzone far away from the angry referee.

When he saw me in the back of the endzone, the official flipped out even more than he did when I was on the sidelines. “Get him out of here!” I heard him yell to another referee. The other guy just stood there confused. He continued to yell and point at me and then called a timeout to tell me to step off the turf.

A timeout!

This moron actually stopped the game in order to tell someone with a camera to move 10 yards away from the out of bounds marker.

At first I didn’t budge. After all, there was a female photographer about 15 yards to my left that was standing an equal distance from the field. I tried to point this out to the ref but it was useless. Pretty soon I was visited by a police officer, who asked me what all the commotion was about.

I just told him the referee lost his mind and a photographer from Rockwall, who saw the whole thing go down, agreed with me.

“I don’t know what his problem is,” the Rockwall man told me.

I wish I knew the name of the referee so I could properly identify this idiot. But for now I’ll just call him “the idiot referee”.

-Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com

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