Friendswood captures UIL Lone Star Cup

FRIENDSWOOD — It is now official -- the Friendswood Mustangs have captured one of the most coveted awards across the state of Texas that signifies a balance of outstanding education and athletics all rolled into one award.

The Lone Star Cup is given each year honoring the school from five different classifications that excels educationally and athletically. The winner from each class receives a trophy and a $1,000 scholarship.

The Friendswood Mustangs have always been one of the top 10 schools in the Lone Star Cup race. The Mustangs won the trophy for the first time in 2009 and was a repeat winner in 2010. The win for Friendswood in 2009 snapped the domination of the award by Dallas Highland Park.

The Lone Star Cup began for the 1997-1998 school year and Highland Park won the first three before Southlake Carroll won in 2000-2001 and 2001-2002. Carroll moved up to 5A and Highland Park promptly won the next five straight years before Friendswood knocked them off the throne. Boerne Champion won the trophy in 2010-2011 followed by Austin Lake Travis and Cedar Park. The Mustangs recaptured the trophy for 2013-2014.

The great thing about winning this award is it shows that Friendswood is well-balanced as the competition includes the state and marching band, team tennis, cross country, volleyball, football, swimming and diving, wrestling, girls basketball, boys basketball, soccer, golf, track and field, academics, One Act Play, softball, and baseball.

The Mustangs were in third place with softball and baseball still active. Thanks to a late push from those two teams, plus the tabulation of academic performances sent Friendswood to the top of the list, three points ahead of second place Dallas Highland Park.

Friendswood closed out the competition with 89 points followed by Dallas Highland Park (86), Aledo (82), Amarillo (82), Northwest Nelson (78), Montgomery (68), Northside Brennam (66), Hallsville (64), Pearland Dawson (64), Canyon (60), and Georgetown (60).

"The beautiful thing about the Lone Star Cup is it covers all the sports and academics and fine arts," Friendswood  athletic director Robert Koopmann said. "So, it says a lot about our school and our community."

The win this school year is especially monumental as Friendswood now moves up to the highest classification (6A) next year and will have to compete against much larger schools.

"Our Lone Star Cup competition will definitely move up a notch with Allen and The Woodlands and those guys," Koopmann pointed out.

Southlake Carroll won the 2013-2014 Class 5A Lone Star Cup with 115 points finishing ahead of second-place The Woodlands who collected 78 points. Pearland finished tied for ninth place with 58 points that included Arlington Martin and Coppell who also had the same point total.