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The Lady Friars had another long weekend, this time competing much closer to home at the 2016 Texas Open, hosted by Allen ISD.

Bishop Lynch (10-7) played seven matches in two days, finishing seventh out of 32 teams in the competitive field.

The Lady Friars swept their pool Friday, dropping just one set in three matches. BL topped Frisco Lone Star (25-9, 25-17), Lindale (25-7, 25-16) and Flower Mound Marcus (25-22, 21-25, 25-18).

Also on Friday, the ladies fell to McKinney Boyd (25-22, 25-16) in the crossover bracket to set up Saturday's championship schedule.

On Saturday, BL swept Sachse (25-22, 25-18) before dropping a tough quarterfinal match to host Allen (25-21, 25-21). The final match had the Lady Friars falling to The Woodlands (25-19, 25-14).

The varsity will get right back to work tomorrow evening, hosting a doubleheader against McKinney and Coppell. The first match will begin at 5 p.m. in the Legacy Gym.


The junior varsity team (5-2) had a successful weekend at the Texas Premier JV Tournament, hosted by McKinney ISD.

The JV Lady Friars won second, losing only to McKinney Boyd in the championship match. JV results were:

def. Frisco Lone Star, 2-0

def. Shepton, 2-0

def. Vines, 2-0

def. McKinney, 2-0

lost to McKinney Boyd, 2-1


The sophomore team (3-2-1) also competed in the McKinney event, winning the silver bracket. The sophomore results were:

lost to Frisco Liberty, 2-0

tied with Plano West, 1-1

def. Jasper, 2-0

def. Shepton, 2-1

def. Rockwall-Heath, 2-1

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Despite missing a key piece of their lineup, the Bishop Lynch Lady Friars still competed well despite falling at Plano West on Tuesday night.

The Lady Friars (6-4) pushed Plano West in all four sets but fell by scores of 25-19, 25-22, 21-25 and 25-17.

Bishop Lynch was without senior Bri Kipp, an all-district performer in 2015, who was out with an injury.

Despite Kipp's absence and some lineup shuffling, head coach Tricia Roos was still pleased with her team's effort.

The Lady Friars will head to Allen this weekend for the 2016 Texas Open. Bishop Lynch will compete in Pool 8 with Flower Mound Marcus, Lindale and Frisco Lone Star.

On Friday, the Lady Friars will take on Lone Star at 9 a.m., Lindale at 11:30 a.m. and Marcus at 2 p.m. All pool play matches will take place at the Lowery Freshman Center in Allen.

The tournament includes a total of 32 teams, including some top-notch programs in host Allen, McKinney Boyd, Lovejoy, Waco Midway, Lewisville and the Lady Friars.

The Bishop Lynch junior varsity (1-1) also competed at Plano West on Tuesday, falling in a tough three-set match with scores of 25-20, 20-25, 25-17.

Lucy McGarry (24 assists), Julia Lewis (22 digs) and Chidera Osuagwu (eight kills) led the way for Bishop Lynch.

The JV and sophomore teams will compete Saturday at the 15th Annual Texas Premier JV Tournament in McKinney.

The JV will be grouped with Shepton and Lone Star while the sophomore team will be grouped with Plano West and Frisco Liberty for pool play.

Both pools will play at McKinney Boyd High School, starting Saturday at 8 a.m. on a rolling schedule.

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Almost 100 of the best volleyball programs from the state of Texas converged on Pearland ISD last weekend for the nation's largest, and arguably, most competitive, high school volleyball tournament, the 2016 Adidas Texas Invitational.

Bishop Lynch bounced back from a loss in its season opener to not only sweep its pool, but finish among the Top 10 in the three-day event.

The Lady Friars (6-3) would head back to Dallas on Saturday after finishing sixth of 88 teams, winning five of seven matches with the two losses coming to a pair of the state's top teams.

Bishop Lynch swept its pool Thursday, beating Peaster, Santa Fe and San Antonio O'Connor to qualify for the Gold Bracket.

On Friday, the Lady Friars topped Friendswood and Concordia Lutheran to make it to the Final 8, before losing to Allen on Saturday. BL bounced back to beat San Antonio Brennan but ended the weekend with a tough loss to Lovejoy.

Senior Bri Kipp and junior Madi Tyus were selected to the all-tournament team.

The Lady Friars return to non-district play Tuesday when they travel to Plano to take on Plano West, which finished second in the tournament in Pearland, falling to Hebron in the championship match.

The varsity match against the Wolves will begin at 6:30 p.m.


2016 Adidas Texas Invitational — BLHS Results

d. Peaster, 2-1 — (22-256, 25-19, 25-12)

d. Santa Fe, 2-0 — (25-4, 25-5)

d. SA O'Connor, 2-0 — (25-16, 25-13)

d. Friendswood, 2-1 — (25-22, 22-25, 25-22)

d. Concordia Lutheran, 2-1 — (25-13, 20-25, 25-15)

lost to Allen, 2-0 — (25-15, 25-23)

d. SA Brennan, 2-0 — (25-16, 25-11)

lost to Lovejoy, 2-0 — (25-16, 25-21)

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Tuesday's season opener was a much-anticipated matchup pitting the top-ranked Bishop Lynch Lady Friars from TAPPS 6A against the eighth-ranked McKinney Boyd Broncos from UIL 6A.

Four highly competitive sets later, it was the visiting Broncos (2-0) emerging victorious, topping a Bishop Lynch team working in a handful of new varsity team members.

Boyd won by scores of 25-16, 25-21, 10-25 and 25-19, capitalizing on several unforced errors by the Lady Friars (0-1).

Madi Tyus led the offensive attack with a team-high 13 kills to go with five digs. Morgan Hinds had 19 digs and Melanie Heigele notched 29 assists with five digs.

Other key contributors include Hannah Puddy (nine kills), Hannah Osborn (seven digs) and Izzy Clavenna (11 kills).

The Lady Friars won't have much time to reflect on the loss as they head to Pearland to compete in the prestigious Adidas Texas Invitational, the largest high school volleyball tournament in the country involving many of Texas' top teams.

Bishop Lynch will open pool play Thursday with an 11:30 a.m. match against Peaster, followed by a 12:45 p.m. meeting with San Antonio O'Connor and a 2 p.m. contest against Santa Fe (NM) and.

Peaster is ranked No. 2 in UIL's Class 3A while O'Connor is No. 10 in UIL Class 6A. The Lady Friars are seeded No. 19 out of 80 teams in this weekend's tournament.


The BL subvarsity teams swept Boyd on Tuesday, starting with the junior varsity winning 2-1 (25-23, 22-25, 26-24) in a very competitive match.

The sophomore team earned a 2-1 win with scores of 25-16, 10-25 and 25-23. The freshmen swept Boyd 2-0 with scores of 25-22, 25-7.

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Lady Friar soccer standouts Katelyn Curtis and Mica MacKay have graduated and are now preparing for their collegiate careers, but the two are still receiving praise for their achievements as seniors at Bishop Lynch High School.

Curtis and MacKay were both recently recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as members of the 2016 NSCAA High School Scholar All-America Team, highlighting their achievements not only on the pitch, but in the classroom as well.

Letters awarded to both Curtis and MacKay congratulated the two on "being named one of the nation's best on the field and in the classroom" during the 2015-16 school year.

Both former Lady Friars have been invited to the NSCAA All-America Luncheon to be held in January, where they will be recognized for their honor.

Both Curtis and MacKay were named 1st Team All-State performers during the most recent season, during which the Lady Friars advanced to the state title match. They were also members of the 2015 state championship team.

Curtis will be attending Rhodes College and MacKay will attend Jacksonville University, where they will compete in soccer on athletic scholarships.

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Bishop Lynch will look to improve on last year's fourth-place finish this weekend when the Friars compete at the TAPPS State 7-on-7 Football Championship, to be held at TCA-Addison on Friday and Saturday.

The Friars were able to overcome a slow start in last year's tournament, bouncing back to make their way into the third-place game.

This year, BL will play seven games Friday in Pool C, which also includes TCA-Addison, Austin Regents, Bullard Brook Hill, Shelton School, Beaumont Legacy, Garland Christian and Canyon Creek Christian.

Friday's pool play schedule for the Friars is as follows:


• 8 a.m. vs Shelton School

• 9 a.m. vs Beaumont Legacy

• 10 a.m. vs Garland Christian

• 11 a.m. vs Canyon Creek Christian

• 2 p.m. vs Austin Regents

• 3 p.m. vs Bullard Brook Hill

• 4 p.m. vs TCA-Addison


A complete listing of the pools and Friday pool play schedules can be found at here. Results from the tournament will be posted here.

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The district champion Lady Friar softball team handed out a slew of awards during their banquet this past weekend.

Bishop Lynch captured four of the district superlatives, including the top two awards — District MVP and Coach of the Year. Here's the complete list:


2016 TAPPS All-District

Most Valuable Player — Francesca Farlow

Coach of the Year — Amy Wheeler

Co-Defensive Player of the Year — Kristen Linares

Newcomer of the Year — Abby Thrash

1st Team — Francesca Farlow, Kristen Linares, Abby Thrash and Megan Metry

2nd Team — Noelle Pastor and Anabel Quinn

Honorable Mention — Rhiannon Townsend and Shannon Hasty

Despite a first-round playoff loss, the Lady Friars went 14-0 in district play with a young, inexperienced roster, capturing coach Amy Wheeler's 12th district championship. Farlow is the only senior leaving the team. 
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Several Friars were honored for their work on the baseball field during the recent team banquet. Among the top honorees were seniors Gabe SettlesJosh AguilarIan Landry and Titus Beacham.

The complete list of awards is as follows:

2016 TAPPS All-District

2nd Team — Gabe Settles and Josh Aguilar

Honorable Mention — Ian Landry and Titus Beacham

Varsity Team Awards

Team MVP — Gabe Settles

Offensive POY — Ian Landry

Defensive POY — Titus Beacham

Top Newcomer — Gabe Vasquez

JV Team Awards

Team MVP — Tanner Stark

Offensive POY — Josh Frausto

Defensive POY — Zak Zapletal

Freshman Team Awards

Team MVP — Larson Beaurline

Offensive POY — Will Haynes

Defensive POY — Lucas Herrmann


Check out this video, made by team managers. (SPOILER ALERT: It's awesome)


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A pair of Bishop Lynch student-athletes were recognized this morning during a ceremony in which they signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Seniors Ian Landry and Gabe Settles each signed with Midland University, located in Fremont, Neb.

Landry — a two-time all-district honorable mention in 2015 and 2016 — and Settles, a 2016 All-District 2nd Team selection, will head north to join the Warriors baseball program.

The Warriors are currently 41-18-1, just two wins short of equaling the program's single-season record of 43 wins. The team is heading to the postseason after falling 6-5 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championship game.

Landry and Settles give Bishop Lynch 22 total student-athletes to sign collegiate letters of intent during the 2015-2016 school year.

The duo played huge roles for the Friar baseball team, which qualified for the playoffs before being eliminated by Antonian in the opening round.

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A large group of Bishop Lynch athletes will head to Waco later this week with visions of gold medals when they compete in the 2016 TAPPS Track and Field Championships on May 6-7 at the Hart-Patterson Sports Complex.

Day 1 will consist of field events beginning at 11 a.m. and the 3200-meter final is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Day 2 will begin at 9 a.m. with running events, beginning with the 400-meter relay and ending with the 1600-meter relay.

Live coverage of the meet will be carried by the NFHS Network on both days at A subscription is required for viewing. Results will be updated after each event on the TAPPS website,

The Friars turned in an outstanding performance at the regional meet in late-April, during which the following athletes from BL qualified for the state meet:


• Bri Kipp – High Jump

• Amarachie Anozie – High Jump, Triple Jump

• Kelly Nary – High Jump

• Mie Somiari – Triple Jump, Long Jump, 800 relay, 1600 relay

• Malen Hernandez – Discus

• Ava Peeples – 3200 meters

• Joe Brockman – Pole Vault

• Gage Tipton – High Jump

• Jaida Thomas – Long Jump, 400 relay, 400 meters, 1600 relay

• Emma Williams – Long Jump, 400 relay, 800 relay

• Cindy Ogunedo – Shot Put

• Jermaine Mask – Triple Jump

• Reagan Potts – 400 relay

• Kristen Phoenix – 400 relay

• Katy Steele – 800 meters, 1600 relay

• Miguel Jasso – 800 meters

• Jessica Taylor – 800 relay, 1600 relay

• Chasady Johnson – 800 relay, 200 meters

• Michael West – 800 relay, 1600 relay

• Jacob Lewis – 800 relay

• Tristan Smith – 800 relay

• Jake Younger – 800 relay, 1600 relay

• Drake Burciaga – 1600 relay

• Alex Lara – 1600 relay


Live updates on Bishop Lynch results from the meet will be available on the athletic department's Twitter account: @blathletics. Recaps of each day will be published after the meet is finished.