Argyle Wins Its Seventh Lone Star Cup

Argyle Wins Its Seventh Lone Star Cup

by Steve Gamel

To no one’s surprise, Argyle’s streak as the best high school in Class 4A continues.

The school captured its seventh Lone Star Cup in 11 years – and fifth in a row – when the University Interscholastic League released its final standings on July 1. The annual award is given to one high school in each of the state’s six classifications based on team performances throughout the year in athletic and academic district and state championships.

Argyle has won in three different classifications dating back to 2006. It also won from 2009-2015.

“I don’t know where that ranks in terms of most points ever scored in Lone Star Cup history, but regardless, I’m very pleased with the performance of the athletic department,” Argyle football coach and athletic director Todd Rodgers said. “It’s amazing for the school to have the run we have had – certainly in the last five years. It’s been a great 11 years and it’s awesome for the kids to have those experiences at the state level. We’ve accomplished our goal at the highest level.”

Argyle Principal, James Hill, agreed.

“We feel very fortunate,” Hill said. “We don’t take any of this for granted. We have a lot of self-motivated kids who work very hard. And I think they all play off each other. When you see one group doing great, you want to do the same thing. It inspires all of us to be the very best we can be.”

What’s impressive about this year’s results is the gap Argyle built between first and second place. The Eagles topped longtime rival Abilene Wylie by 22 points. Last year, the same two schools finished first and second, respectively, with 127 and 115 points.

Athletically, Argyle won state titles this school year in volleyball, girls basketball, boys golf, and wrestling. Other accolades included its football team finishing as a state finalist while the boys soccer team finished as state semi-finalists. The baseball team, which won its first state title last year, lost in the region final.

The school also had representatives at both the state tennis and track and field meets.

But again, the dominance goes well beyond just athletics. Argyle won a state title in academics and documentary film. Argyle was the only school in Denton County to finish in the Top 10 in any of the six classifications.

Winning schools in each class receive the Cup trophy and a $1,000 dollar scholarship.

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