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Four East Texas Schools Finish in Top 10 of UIL Lone Star Cup Standings for 2012-13 School Year

White Oak’s Levi Yancy lifts the state championship trophy after the Roughnecks’ 56-54 win over Brock in the Class 2A state title game March 9 in Austin. (© Christopher Vinn,

Two Class 2A and two Class A schools from East Texas ranked 10th or better in the final UIL Lone Star Cup standings for the 2012-13 school year.

White Oak’s 66 points placed fourth in 2A for the region’s best finish. Cayuga scored 46 points for a three-way tie at fifth in 1A. Tatum’s 42 points earned the Eagles a three-way tie for 10th in 2A, while Grapeland had 41 points to place 10th in 1A.

White Oak won its second consecutive 2A boys basketball state championship, while the Ladynecks reached their fourth consecutive state tournament. White Oak’s baseball and football teams each reached the second round of the postseason. White Oak’s Madison Pecot won the 2A girls pole vault title in May.

Cayuga pitcher Chantz Holland was named Most Valuable Player on the 19-A all-district baseball team. (© Christopher Vinn,

Cayuga’s volleyball team reached the state semifinals. The baseball and girls basketball teams reached the regional quarterfinal round, while the Wildcat football and boys basketball teams went to the second round.

Tatum won the 2A girls track state championship for the second consecutive year thanks in part to gold medals from Kenija Collier (triple jump) and the sprint relay team. The boys basketball squad reached the regional finals, while the girls team reached the regional quarterfinals. The Eagles got to the regional semifinals in football.

Grapeland’s softball team and the boys basketball team reached the regional finals. The Sandiettes’ golf team went to state and won silver.

Grapeland’s Jacolby Simpson (1) looks over the defense during the Sandies’ win over Dallardsville Big Sandy on March 1 in their Class A Division I regional semifinal in Tyler. (Noreen Nartia,

The UIL Lone Star Cup recognizes five high schools (one in each of the five classifications) based on overall team achievement in a variety of sanctioned athletic and academic championships. All UIL member high schools in good standing are included for contention for the UIL Lone Star Cup. Trophy presentations will take place in the fall at events chosen by the winning schools.

Salado (82), Brock (72), and Holliday (68) were the only 2A teams ahead of White Oak, which beat Salado in the boys basketball Region III semifinal before beating Brock in the state championship for the second consecutive year.

Weimar (78), Shiner (58), Lindsey (52), and Stamford (50) were the only teams ahead of Cayuga in the 1A standings. Southlake Carroll won the 5A Lone Star Cup. The 4A and 3A crowns went to Cedar Park and Argyle, respectively.

The UIL Lone Star Cup program began during the 1997-98 season.

Tatum’s Shaq Johnson slips away from Troup defenders during their game Oct. 19 in Tatum. (Christopher Vinn,

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