Wylie Pirates are Set for New Adventures
(Above) 2019-2020 Varsity cheer team celebrating at NCA leadership camp held at The Hilton Lakeview in Rockwall. This squad has 9 seniors who will graduate in May.
There are approximately 2,800 students and 200 staff members prepared to begin the 2019 – 20 school year at Wylie High School. Many of these students and staff have spent a large portion of their summer sharpening the image of Wylie High School.
Since 2006, Bill Howard has been the Head Football Coach and Athletic Coordinator at Wylie High School. This will be his 23rd year to be on staff at Wylie ISD. There are between 250 – 260 students on the football teams, these numbers were about the same last year. The freshman team practiced from 3 – 5 p.m. the week before school started and all teams will be practicing from 6 – 9:30 p.m. the week school begins. During these practices, Coach Howard said they will have a lot of team building activities and get the boys acclimated to the weather. Much of the practices will be spent teaching and installing plays. The highlights of last year included beating Rowlett 42 – 28. This was significant because up to that point, Rowlett was undefeated. Coach Howard said, “That got us on a roll and put us in the playoffs. Winning bi-district championship last year was fun. Another highlight was watching the team come together after a rough start.” He explained the rough start was due to injuries and lack of team chemistry. This changed during the season. He said this year, they have more experience on defense and the offense will be more physical. Currently, two players are competing for the quarterback position. Coach Howard explained that when Murphy resident, Rashad Dixon, graduated last year, he left big shoes to fill. Rashad was the MVP of the district last year. He will attend Texas A&M Commerce in the fall. Coach Howard added, “We live in a great town, we have a great school and great administration. I love my players and my coaches. When you’re blessed, it’s easy to be motivated.”
Todd Dixon has been the Director of Bands for 12 years at Wylie High School. There are 330 students in That Wylie Band, which is an increase from the 305 members last year. Full marching band rehearsals began Jul. 29 and were held from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The drumline and color guard started practicing a week before the full band practices began. In the morning, they learn marching fundamental and the pregame show. In the afternoon, they are inside and work on music. Regarding last year, Todd said, “The highlights of last year was a ton of rain. It was the rainiest season I have ever experienced in 23 years of teaching. We recorded our 28th consecutive first division rating at UIL contest and advanced to the Area Finals for Marching Band. A couple events were rained out.” He is looking forward to bringing back the Wylie Marching Invitational on Oct. 5. The group will participate in the Bands of America Super Regional in San Antonio in Nov. and at the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis in Mar. Todd added, “That Wylie Band has been selected to march in the 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. This is a year and a half away; however, there is much planning to do and we are very honored to accept this invitation.”
Brooke Milam is the Varsity Cheerleading Sponsor/Head Coach as well as an English 3 teacher and team lead. This will be her second year to hold these positions and her third year at WISD. There are 35 members of the cheer team, whereas last year there were 30 members. In July, the team practiced six to eight hours a day each week. They worked on routines, stunts and choreography for upcoming events. Milan informed that last year the highlight of the year was growth of leadership and overall school spirit. She is looking forward to team bonding and pep rallies this year.
The first day of school for WISD was Aug. 15.