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Three Lady Farmers named to All-District second team

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/3/5 13:16:15 (1731 reads)

By MIKE IBANEZ
sports@lewisvilletexan.com

Alexia Passmore, Naomi Hawkins, and Sharmaine Harper were named to the 2015-16 District 6-6A girls basketball all-district second team.

As usual, at the conclusion of every high school sports season, a panel selects a collection of the district’s best players, which are named to one of two all-district teams. This year’s selections included 10 first-team players and 11 second-team players, as well as honorable mentions.
Passmore and Hawkins -- both seniors -- provided leadership to a young Lady Farmers team in coach Sally Alsbrook’s first season in Lewisville.

“They both were extremely consistent,” Alsbrook said. “They led by example. I hate that Naomi isn’t younger and I don’t have more time to work with her. Lexi outran and out-worked everyone on the floor. She stepped up every time we needed her.”

Harper will be counted on to assume the leadership role on next season’s LHS team from her point guard position..
“Sharmaine was an extension of me on the floor,” Alsbrook said. “She got us into our offensive and defensive sets and stepped up as a scorer as well.”

No LHS team members were named to the first team, which features Baylor signees Natalie Chou (Plano West) and Lauren Cox (Flower Mound).

Three other Lady Farmers earned all-district honorable mentions: junior Amani Alston, sophomore Kennadi Lankford, and freshman Nala Hemingway.

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Team USA wins FINA Intercontinental Tournament

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/2/22 0:33:04 (1932 reads)

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Team USA's Maggie Steffens looks to pass the ball in the final game against Australia. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)
By Anthony Mazur

Lewisville has had the privilege of hosting the Women’s FINA (Fédération internationale de natation/International Swimming Federation) Intercontinental Water Polo Tournament this past week at the Lewisville ISD’s state-of-the-art Westside Aquatic Center. National teams from China, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia, and America played an 18 game tournament, resulting in Australia and America playing head-to-head in the final match.

Australia could not keep up in the first quarter, with Team USA scoring three goals on Australia. The Australians started to come back in the remaining quarters. The Americans were able to hold a one-point lead throughout the rest of the game however. At the half, America led 4-3. At the end of the third quarter they were ahead 5-4, and finished 6-5.

Australian head coach Greg McFadden explained the team hasn’t been together much due to their national league season.

“From the end of November until now, we’ve only been together for a week here and there,” McFadden said. “We haven't really fully centralized yet because of the local competition.”

McFadden will work with the other team in the coming weeks after the last bit of their local competition. Nevertheless, McFadden accepted the loss and views it as an important step to the Olympics this summer.

“It’s great,” he said. “It’s very important in our preparation for the Olympics.”

The American team had been heavily preparing for the games, sometimes practicing from six to eight hours a day.

“I think people would be blown away by how much we put into trying to be in the best level of fitness possible,” USA head coach Adam Krikorian said.

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Westside Aquatic hosts international water polo

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Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/2/22 0:09:35 (1807 reads)

Open in new windowBy Mike Ibanez
sports@lewisvilletexan.com

Since Lewisville Lake was created in 1954, the city of Lewisville has been associated with water -- home to the principal water source for the city of Dallas and dubbed “The Urban Bass Fishing Capitol of the World”.

Now there’s a smaller source of chlorinated water making its mark on the community at the Lewisville/Flower Mound border.

Since it opened in 2012, the Westside Aquatic Center has become a mecca for regional swimmers, divers, and water polo players. This week, it introduced itself to the international water polo community by hosting a major event.

Since Tuesday, Westside has been home to the FINA Women’s Intercontinental Water Polo Tournament. The six-day competition consists of six international Olympic-caliber teams participating in round-robin play. The top three finishers qualify for the FINA World League Super Finals, which will take place in Shanghai, China in June.

Going into Friday’s games, Team USA and the Australian National Team each had 3-0 records. The two event leaders are slated to meet Saturday night at 7:20 p.m.

Brazil, Canada, China and Japan round out the six-team field.

While this week’s tournament is the largest event hosted by the new aquatics center adjacent to Lewisville High School’s Harmon campus, it is definitely not among the first. Facility Director Shannon Gillespy has had a busy couple years.

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Lewisville HS cheerleaders claim national championship

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/2/13 13:30:00 (2346 reads)

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Lewisville High School cheerleaders pose with their first place trophy at the National High School Cheerleading Championship on Feb. 7. (Photo by Carol Piers)

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The Lewisville High School cheerleaders are national champions.

The Farmers hoisted the title trophy for the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA)’s Large Varsity Coed division at the National High School Cheerleading Championship held Feb. 6-7 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

“Words simply cannot express how proud I am to be a part of this program,” said Joi Cartmill, LHS cheerleading head coach. “The cheerleaders work tirelessly and relentlessly to be successful. The dedication of these athletes has made it possible for us to be successful. It is truly an honor to bring home a national championship.”

LHS cheerleading captain and senior Harmoni Hampton said that, in the program, cheerleaders are taught that every achievement is earned.

“So as one team – one family – we came together and made it our mission to give it everything we had,” she said. “The moment the judges called out our name as first place, every tear, sweat, bruise, injury and late-night practice all became worth it.”

The cheerleading season begins in March and ends in February with no breaks. LHS is one of the only Large Coed programs in the nation that cheers at all games, pep rallies and other school activities.

LHS, while already highly regarded and rich in tradition, had been in pursuit of a national cheerleading crown since first competing nationally in 1987. That made the experience even sweeter.

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LHS swimmers head to state championships

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Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/2/10 13:40:00 (1286 reads)

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Kara Eisenmann, right, stands on the podium with her gold medal at the regional swimming meet last week. Her LHS and Lakeside Aquatics teammate Ethan McGee qualified in the 50-yard freestyle. (Photo submitted by Kara Eisenmann)

By MIKE IBANEZ
sports@lewisvilletexan.com


Kara Eisenmann will finish her high school swimming season next week in a familiar place -- at the UIL state swimming and diving championships in Austin.

Eisenmann, a junior, earned her third consecutive trip to the state meet by capturing first place in both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke at last week’s regional competition at Lewisville’s Westside Aquatic Center. She will be joined at the state meet by LHS and Lakeside Aquatics teammate Ethan McGee, who qualified in the 50-yard freestyle.

The Farmers duo helped Lewisville to ninth place finishes in both the girls’ and boys’ regional meets. Flower Mound captured the boys’ regional title while Keller won the girls meet.

“They are great kids,” said Tom Gargan, LHS swimming coach. “They are both in the top 10 percent in their classes, and that’s on top of spending more than 20 hours a week in the pool when you include school and club practices.”

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