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  • WORTH THE WAIT!

    Plano East scales championship mountaintop and had the perfect team to do so

    Plano East Basketball

    SAN ANTONIO -- The night of March 9 was a long time coming for both the Plano East boys basketball team and the entire community of Plano ISD's eastside senior high school.

    The Panthers completed a perfect 40-0 season and captured not only the program's first-ever Class 6A state championship, but the high school's first UIL team state title in any sport.

     Full story at Plano Star Courier

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  • Middle School Soccer 

    March 5, 2024

    Dear Plano ISD Families, 

    We have some exciting news to share regarding the addition of a new middle school sport for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year. We are thrilled to announce the addition of Boys & Girls Soccer Teams for all thirteen middle schools here in Plano ISD. We believe that middle school soccer will provide another student engagement opportunity for more students to learn valuable life skills and enjoy the lessons learned from being on a team. In addition, we believe that adding Middle School Soccer will continue to develop our younger soccer athletes, which will only increase the participation and success of our 9-12 soccer programs in Plano ISD.

    LINK TO FULL LETTER

    MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER FAQ

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  • Plano ISD Performance Course Information 

    “We are so excited to be back with Performance Course this summer at Plano ISD! Sign up to secure your spot today!” 

    This is the link each school will use to sign up! 

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  • Realignment reaction: Breaking down the UIL's new football districts

    Thursday morning may as well have been a holiday on the high school sports schedule, as the UIL held its biennial realignment and unveiled the new athletic districts for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 school years.

    It's an occasion that sets the wheels in motion for the next two years of UIL athletics, with high schools learning their future district opponents, the regions they'll reside in, and just how the path may take shape for them to achieve some of their big-picture goals on the playing field.

    As the dust settles on Thursday's big reveal, the Star Local Media sports staff breaks down the impact of each of the new football districts for its local high schools.

    SEE THE FULL STORY AT PLANO STAR COURIER

    UIL District 6-6A

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  • 9th Grade Unification

    January 19, 2024

    Dear Plano ISD Families,

    We have some exciting news to share regarding the next alignment piece of the high school and senior high athletic programs. The Athletics Department will begin to unify 9th grade sports teams and cheer teams across the district for the 2024-2025 school year. As we have successfully restructured our JV programs, next year’s alignment will include combining 9th grade volleyball, basketball and football teams.  

    This alignment will merge 9th grade athletes from each high school into one 9th grade team aligned to their feeder senior high school. Football games will continue to be played at district stadium sites while volleyball and basketball games will continue to be played at all high school campuses on a rotational basis. Practice locations and schedules will be shared later this spring which will include transportation shuttle service. 

    Cheer will combine the 9th and 10th grade cheer teams at each high school campus into one Game Day Junior Varsity (JV) cheer team at each high school feeder and will cheer at 9th, JV and  JV2  games. Likewise, 11th and 12th grade cheer teams will be combined at each senior high school into one Game Day Varsity cheer team and will cheer at Varsity games. An additional JV Competition cheer team for 9th and 10th grades will be formed for each combined high school feeder. A Varsity Competition team comprised of students from grades 9-12 will also be created at each senior high school. All cheer teams will be selected through a tryout process.

    There will be no impact to the high school fine arts programs with this change, including band and drill team. This alignment will only impact athletics and cheer as detailed above.

    This information, along with an FAQ, will be available on our athletics website. In addition, this spring our high school and senior high coaches will set up middle school nights to talk with students and parents about the high school athletic program, including information about practice locations and times, transportation schedules and game details.

    We are excited for this unification of our 9th grade teams and believe this will strengthen the school community and enhance the student experience at the high school level. This alignment will be a game changer as we level up for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year.

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Selenda Freeman
    Deputy Superintendent for Leadership & Operations

    9th Grade Unification FAQ

     

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  • Plano ISD Metal Detector Guidelines/Procedures

    Plano Independent School District is committed to ensuring a safe environment by protecting the health, safety, and welfare of all students, staff, and visitors of John Clark Stadium & Tom Kimbrough Stadiums. Metal detectors will be deployed outside John Clark & Tom Kimbrough Stadium entrances.  Anyone entering either stadium is subject to screening before scanning their game tickets.  For guests unable to utilize a walk-through metal detector, hand-held metal detector wands will be used.  Person’s that do not consent to a metal detection screening will be denied admittance.  The metal detector checks shall be neutral and non-discriminatory.  No person shall be selected to be searched based solely upon his/her gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, manner of dress, or association with any particular group of persons.

    Complete Plano ISD Metal Detector Guidelines Here

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  • West Mixed Doubles

    Plano West takes 6A mixed doubles

    Plano West’s Anirudh Reedy and Emma Thoms outlasted Houston Memorial’s Egor Morozov and Kat Lowy 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 to capture the Class 6A mixed doubles championship. The area’s other 6A entry, Allen’s Tejas Ram and Noah Hakim, lost against Jose Luis Perez Castillo and Emilio Lopez Del Olmo of The Woodlands 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

    BY DAVID HINOJOSA DMS

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  • Woodard closes book on memorable time at Plano East

    By Matt Welch | Star Local Media

    Rick Woodard

    As the Plano East boys soccer team wrapped up its final home game of the 2023 season on March 7, head coach Rick Woodard stayed in the Kimbrough Stadium locker room by himself for a few minutes afterwards.

    It was a moment of reflection for the Panthers' longtime leader, having coached every home game for East inside that venue and countless others elsewhere over the course of nearly three decades at the helm.

    "You're just thinking back a little bit on both the good times and not-so-good times," Woodard said. "When I came out and saw our trainer and assistant coach (Jake) Downs, they gave me a smile and I said that I just wanted to take a minute. Twenty-seven years is a long time."

    It wasn't long after, leading up to the final game of the year, when Woodard said he told his players that the 2023 season would be his last — announcing his retirement after 35 years of coaching, including 27 at East.

    "It was tough. For me, it's always been about the boys," Woodard said. "The wins and losses will come and that's just the way my high school coach would talk to us about it — the wins and losses will come, but it's about getting the boys ready to be successful. I'm really close with this group, lots of them. I think the last day of school when I see the boys for that last get-together, it'll hit me then."

    SEE COMPLETE STORY AT PLANO STAR COURIER. 

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  • Plano deaf wrestler Andrew Suarez: 'Nobody can stop me'

    VIDEO LINK

    Andrew Saurez

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  • Remembering a legend: Plano athletics community reflects on life, legacy of John Clark

    John Clark

    Plano sports one of the most storied programs in all of Texas high school football. And although the team's lineage dates back to the early 1900s, the Wildcats' ascent to state powerhouse in the 1960s and 1970s was synonymous with the arrival of John Clark.

    Two years as an assistant under Tom Gray gave way to a 10-year run as head coach that produced two state championships and ushered in the Wildcats' dynasty on the gridiron. The 17 years that followed as Plano ISD athletic director kept Plano's winning ways intact and cemented a legacy that still resonates with the school district's coaches and administrators to this day.

    See complete story at Plano Star Courier.

    John Clark Video from Facebook

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