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Third-Ranked Argyle Gets Off To Fast Start + Easily Dispatches Of Gilmer, 61-32

Argyle's Claire Betzhold (35) drives for a shot against Gilmer during their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night in Commerce. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Argyle's Claire Betzhold (35) drives for a shot against Gilmer during their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night in Commerce. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

COMMERCE -- Twelve months ago, the basketball season was a distant memory for Gilmer, having failed to qualify for the postseason. Not only did Gilmer resurrect its program this season, but the Lady Buckeyes advanced to the regional tournament for the first time since 1989.

And even though the final chapter ended with a 61-32 loss to defending regional champion and third-ranked Argyle in their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night at Texas A&M-Commerce's Field House, there will be no raining on the Lady Buckeyes' parade.

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Girls East Texas Basketball Playoffs: Friday’s Regional Semifinals Scores

Destiny Brooks and the Gilmer Lady Buckeyes' season came to an end Friday with a 61-32 loss to Argyle in the Class 4A Region II Semifinals at Texas A&M-Commerce. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Destiny Brooks and the Gilmer Lady Buckeyes' season came to an end Friday with a 61-32 loss to Argyle in the Class 4A Region II Semifinals at Texas A&M-Commerce. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

Below is a list of regional basketball semifinal playoff results involving East Texas teams. Saturday's regional championship games, times and locations are noted, if applicable.

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Gilmer’s Jeff Traylor Named New Tight Ends + Special Teams Coach At Texas

Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor addresses his team on the sideline during the Buckeyes' season-opening win over Atlanta on Aug. 29, 2013, in Tyler. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor addresses his team on the sideline during the Buckeyes' season-opening win over Atlanta on Aug. 29, 2013, in Tyler. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

After a week of speculation, longtime Gilmer athletic director and head football coach Jeff Traylor was officially hired as the new tight ends and special teams coach at the University of Texas.

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Is Jeff Traylor the Best East Texas High School Football Coach Ever?

Gilmer's Kris Boyd (middle) is interviewed by Fox Sports' Erin Hartigan (right) as Buckeyes head coach Jeff Traylor looks on following Gilmer's state championship win over West Orange-Stark on Dec. 19, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. (Jeff Stapleton, ETSN.fm)
Gilmer's Kris Boyd (middle) is interviewed by Fox Sports' Erin Hartigan (right) as Buckeyes head coach Jeff Traylor looks on following Gilmer's state championship win over West Orange-Stark on Dec. 19, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. (Jeff Stapleton, ETSN.fm)

Dennis Alexander. Jim Norman. Scott Surratt. Jeff Traylor.

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Gilmer Coach Jeff Traylor Will Accept Texas Assistant Job

Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor hoists the trophy after the Buckeyes' 35-25 win over West Orange-Stark in the Class 4A Division II championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. (Jeff Stapleton, ETSN.fm)
Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor hoists the trophy after the Buckeyes' 35-25 win over West Orange-Stark in the Class 4A Division II championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. (Jeff Stapleton, ETSN.fm)

It looks like one of East Texas' most successful football coaches is headed to the Forty Acres.

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Reports: Gilmer’s Jeff Traylor To Interview For Assistant Coaching Job At Texas On Tuesday

Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor paces the sidelines during his team's 67-14 semifinal win over Celina on Dec. 12, 2014, in Dallas. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor paces the sidelines during his team's 67-14 semifinal win over Celina on Dec. 12, 2014, in Dallas. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

According to multiple reports, longtime Gilmer head football coach Jeff Traylor will interview for the vacant tight ends/special teams coaching position at the University of Texas on Tuesday.

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Filed Under: Category: Class 4A, Football, News

Gladewater’s Daylon Mack Named TSWA Class 4A Defensive Player Of The Year

Gladewater's Daylon Mack was named the Defensive Player of the Year on the TSWA Class 4A All-State Football Team on Wednesday. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Gladewater's Daylon Mack was named the Defensive Player of the Year on the TSWA Class 4A All-State Football Team on Wednesday. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

BRYAN -- It was quite the Wednesday for Gladewater senior defensive tackle Daylon Mack.

It began with him signing a national letter of intent with Texas A&M, and continued with the Bears' standout being named the Defensive Player of the Year on the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State Football Team.

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Gilmer’s Kris Boyd Signs With Texas + State Champion Buckeyes Send Five More To College Ranks

From left to right, Gilmer players Dakota Williamson (East Central University), Chase Tate (Texas A&M-Commerce), Kris Boyd (Texas), McLane Carter (Incarnate Word), Nick Smith (Houston Baptist) and Quinn Fluellen (Trinity Valley Community College) sign with their respective programs. Head coach Jeff Traylor hoists the 2014 Class 4A Division II state championship plaque the six players helped capture. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
From left to right, Gilmer players Dakota Williamson (East Central University), Chase Tate (Texas A&M-Commerce), Kris Boyd (Texas), McLane Carter (Incarnate Word), Nick Smith (Houston Baptist) and Quinn Fluellen (Trinity Valley Community College) sign with their respective programs. Head coach Jeff Traylor hoists the 2014 Class 4A Division II state championship plaque the six players helped capture. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

GILMER -- Choosing a college can be a tough decision for any high school student. But throw in the opportunity to advance an athletic career and you've got a whole different animal to tackle.

It took Kris Boyd about a year and a half to come to the decision he should sign with the first school that offered him. The Gilmer defensive back signed with Texas on Wednesday, 605 days after the Longhorns broke the ice and became the first of 13 power conference schools to offer him.

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East Texas Signees On 2015 National Signing Day

John Tyler's Isaac Warren does the "Forks Up" sign after signing with Northwestern State on Wednesday morning. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
John Tyler's Isaac Warren does the "Forks Up" sign after signing with Northwestern State on Wednesday morning. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

Here’s a list by school of signees from across the region from Wednesday’s National Signing Day events.

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2014 ETSN.fm East Texas Football Super Team Defensive Newcomer Of The Year: Kelton Collier, Gilmer

Liberty-Eylau's Donelle Hoof (right) tries to avoid the tackle of Gilmer's Kelton Collier (22) during the second half of their game Aug. 28, 2014 in Tyler. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Liberty-Eylau's Donelle Hoof (right) tries to avoid the tackle of Gilmer's Kelton Collier (22) during the second half of their game Aug. 28, 2014 in Tyler. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

Gilmer has a reputation of turning out high-end college prospects on a yearly basis. And yet another could be on the way in a couple of seasons.

Buckeyes sophomore inside linebacker Kelton Collier has all the makings of a future college recruit. Look no further than his debut performance in the middle of Gilmer's state championship defense.

Collier is the 2014 ETSN.fm East Texas Football Super Team Defensive Newcomer of the Year, following a season that included 121 tackles -- second of the team -- with three forced fumbles and three interceptions. He follows last year's recipient, John Tyler defensive tackle Braylon Jones.

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