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Survive and advance: Cowboys stave off late rally in area round victory

Coppell High School senior captain and midfielder Bishesh Manandhar celebrates after scoring the final goal of Friday’s match against The Woodlands at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Cowboys lead by three goals, after the first half and despite three goals from The Woodlands in the second half, held onto their lead to win, 6-3, in the area round of playoffs.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

April 2, 2017

WACO - Trailing by five goals with a little more than 10 minutes to play, it looked as if The Woodlands boys soccer team was going to need magic to pull off the comeback over Coppell. And as if it was a disappearing act, the Cowboys’ lead slowly dissipated, until it was only two with 12 minutes to...

Despite poor play, Cowboys soccer pick up senior night win

Coppell High School senior forward Nick Taylor shoots during Coppell’s Senior Night match against the Richardson Eagles at Buddy Echols Field on Friday. Taylor scored two goals in the first half, helping the Cowboys in their 4-2 victory over the Eagles.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

March 11, 2017

It is not often in sports that a two goal victory is seen as a poor night. But after the Coppell boys soccer team’s 4-2 win over Richardson on Friday night, spirits were not high. Many heads hung low, as even with the win, the performance was not up to par with their standards.   “The ...

Excitement of playoff berth spoiled by Sachse’s athleticism (with video)

Coppell High School junior Rachel Okereke shoots the ball as the second quarter of Monday night’s Class 6A bi-district game comes to a close. The Coppell Cowgirls ended their season with a 47-31 loss to Sachse at Plano West High School.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

February 15, 2017

PLANO-- In its first playoff appearance in 10 years, the Coppell girls basketball team stepped into a raucous Plano West gym on Tuesday night, the energy level higher than any game this season.   And yet, it was not the atmosphere, the nerves of playing in a playoff game for the first time...

Perseverance, dedication to service reflect Blackburn’s military past, character

Coppell High School assistant boys soccer coach David Blackburn was selected to train to be a naval intelligence officer in early 2014. Blackburn has been immersed in the military lifestyle since he was a child, his father being a former Navy officer. Photo by Amanda Hair.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

February 10, 2017

For almost a year, the pain that permeates assistant soccer coach David Blackburn’s shoulder wouldn’t leave. It lingered as a reminder of his past, of his military background, of his time in Naval Officer Candidate School (OCS). It serves as a remembrance of opportunities. It is a portrayal of doors, bot...

3 military signees, 4 girls soccer players amongst Signing Day festivities

Coppell High School senior Maddie Weber cheers on another signee as they sign their letter of intent a on Monday morning. Weber signed on with Clemson University to continue her soccer career. In the CHS arena, 12 CHS seniors welcomed their friends and family to join them for National Signing Day.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

February 1, 2017

“It just gives me chills, thinking about it.”   To say senior football player Kevin Madigan was excited to sign his letter of intent with Army West Point would be an understatement. But for him and two other Coppell athletes of the 12 who participated in National Signing Day in the Cop...

Junior’s two goals lead rally in district opener (with video)

Coppell junior defender Josh Strong looks for an open passing lane in the first half of Coppell’s 3-1 victory over Richardson Pearce on Friday night. Strong and the defense rebounded from an early goal to hold the Mustangs scoreless for the final 74 minutes of play.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

January 28, 2017

The Coppell boys soccer team is not used to deficits.   In fact, the team only trailed once in last years playoff run, falling behind 2-1 in the bi-district round at Mansfield before coming back to win 4-2. Yet even with their lack of experience facing adversity, the Cowboys battled back fr...

Stellar first quarter gives life in blowout victory

Junior guard Mary Luckett drives into the lane in Coppell's 60-30 victory over Lake Highlands on Friday night. The Cowgirls got off on a tear to start the game, leading 14-0 midway through the first quarter.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

January 21, 2017

Getting behind the Lake Highlands defense, Coppell High School senior guard Abby Johnson caught a pass under the basket and easily finishing with a layup. This shot capped a 14-0 run to start the game for Coppell, giving the Cowgirls a lead they would never look back from, as they would go on to defeat...

Fourth quarter run, grit prove too much for Pearce in win (with video)

Senior guard Christian Plummer drives on a fastbreak in Coppell’s 46-43 victory over Richardson Pearce on Tuesday. Plummer led the Cowboys with 14 points in the win.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

January 18, 2017

For three quarters, very little was going the Coppell boys basketball team’s way offensively. The Cowboys struggled to hit shots and turned the ball over far too many times.   But in the final eight minutes, they found some sort of spark, and their “extraordinary” effort gave them the...

Cowboys fanatic Richardson met with emotional surprise from calculus students

AP Calculus teacher coach Kirk Richardson shows off the Dallas Cowboys football tickets and cookie cake that his students all gifted him with Thursday morning in his classroom. As a lifelong Cowboys fan, Richardson was surprised when he walked into his classroom and saw the gift awaiting him.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

January 13, 2017

In his 40-plus years as the ultimate Dallas Cowboys superfan, Coppell High School calculus teacher Kirk Richardson has been to exactly one game, a 24-22 loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles in the December of 2013.   So when a large group of his students crammed into his classroom...

Fouls, free throws put game out of reach in second consecutive loss (with video)

Senior guard Emma Johnson looks for a passing lane in Coppell's double overtime 66-60 loss to Skyline on Tuesday. Johnson and the Cowgirls fought hard, but were unable to hold onto a large lead created in the third quarter.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

January 11, 2017

(At the beginning of the third quarter, it was the Coppell girls basketball team’s game. The Cowgirls had control of a 14 point lead at home. But nothing turns around a game like turnovers. Playing lights-out basketball, Skyline (5-0, 13-12) flew back into the game and stole one in double overtime, w...

In regional semifinal rematch, Priest, Taylor take control to win tournament final

Coppell junior forward Wyatt Priest (10), senior forward Nick Taylor (11) and senior midfielder Alex Haas (9) celebrate Taylor's goal during the first half of Saturday's game in the Coppell indoor facility.  The Cowboys defeated El Paso Socorro 4-1 to win the North Texas Elite Showcase Tournament.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

January 8, 2017

  It is beginning to sound like a broken record.   In last year’s Class 6A Region II semifinal match, Wyatt Priest scored twice to lift the Cowboys over El Paso Socorro. And on Saturday, the story was much of the same, with the junior forward picking up a goal and an assist along with senior forward Nick Taylor scoring twice and...

State Champions begin title defense with consecutive wins, move to finals of tournament

Senior forward Nick Taylor (11) and senior defender Jacob McEwen embrace after Taylor's goal in the second half of Coppell's 5-0 win over Sam Houston. Taylor recorded a goal and three assists in the Cowboys' two victories.

Marcus Krum, Executive Sports Editor

January 7, 2017

Cowboys start off season with victory despite windy conditions   The last time the Coppell boys soccer team (1-0) took the field, it was in its pure domination of Lake Travis in the 6-1 victory in the Class 6A State Championship game, a match it played as clean as could be.   Wh...