FWISD Athletics

Highlights and What's Ahead!!

(3.26.21) What's Happening around FWISD Athletics?

Spring has sprung and sports are in full swing for FWISD!!!!!!! Our student athletes are shining. Please check the district athletic webpage Athletics / Home Page (fwisd.org) to find your favorite team in action!!!!

FWISD Soccer

Playoff Teams Soccer: 4A, 5A, 6A

  • 7-4A BOYS: Diamond Hill, Riverside, Benbrook, Western Hills
  • 7-4A GIRLS: Benbrook, Riverside, Western Hills, Diamond Hill
  • 7-5A BOYS: South Hills, Wyatt, Heights, Tech
  • 7-5A GIRLS: Tech, South Hills, Heights, Saginaw
  • 3-6A BOYS: Paschal
  • 3-6A GIRLS: Paschal

South Hills HS

Cristal Saldivar signed with Brookhaven College to play soccer.

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Trimble Tech Girls' Soccer: District Champions

In addition to being district champions on the field, over half the team also earned academic sweatshirts for having a 3.8gpa or higher. Academic and athletic achievements are the prime examples of what a student athlete should demonstrate.

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3.25.21 Bi-District Champs

FWISD Baseball

Benbrook HS

Payton Poole has 3HRs in one day, now has 5 on the year, and Benbrook has a total of 13 (school record and counting) for the year!

FWISD Softball

North Side HS

Amira Segovia hit a grand slam homerun in North Side's 14-0 victory over Trimble Tech in district play!!!!!!
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FWISD Wrestling

South Hills HS

The Scorpion have 17 student-athletes (16 boys, 1 girl). Over spring break, we competed in our first wrestling tournament at Arlington Bowie High School. Team Captain Eric Hernandez-Orellana (11th), Angel Medina(9th), Alfredo Tavira(9th) competed with the Arlington Heights Wrestling team. Eric led the team to its first official win ever. Recently, we competed at Paschal High School where we took 6 athletes. Hernandez-Orellana again led the team with a win. However, the Scorpions Match of the Night went to Carla Mason(9th) going the distance and getting the pin just before the final bell. We are looking forward to competing this weekend at Arlington Heights and again next week at Burleson Centennial.

FWISD Tennis

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FWISD Track & Field

Wyatt Invitational

Dunbar boys win 4x200 Relay

South Hills HS

Precious Olatunji, 2020 graduate, places 4th at Nationals in 60m hurdles for Missouri Southern.

Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS

Kadia Weyawo just received the TCU Community Scholar. She plays tennis, basketball, and runs cross country and track. She is ranked in the top 9% of the senior class.

Angel Sanchez is a freshman who just broke our school record for the mile in the last meet, running 4 minutes and 49 seconds. He is also an A student!

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Arlington Heights HS

Hurdle Work!!!!
Heights Hurdle Work

From Coach Braud at Trimble Tech HS

I happened upon a tweet couple weeks ago the led me to stumbling on what I feel is a little known history of dominance by Trimble Tech's Track Teams. How two twins got their homemaking teacher at the time to come out and be their coach which led to back to back to back to back State Championships! Ended up sitting down with our own Donna Wilson this morning and we talked about an hour of her amazing track records and there will be a story on her in the near future and others to include an Olympian who is a Tech Alum. But here is an awesome little bit of history that started right here at Trimble Tech to get started!

FWISD Cheer/Drill


J.P. Elder MS

J.P. Elder Middle school teamed up with the Cowtown runners club and put on a 5K race on Friday March 12th at Elder. The race consisted of 65 6th -8th graders racing around the campus. There was Food, music, prizes, and fun for everyone involved. Thank you to the J.P. Elder Running club and to the Cowtown Marathon for putting on this great event. Congratulations to Nevaeh Gonzales who finished in first place.

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Pyramid Spotlight: Dunbar High School

Campus Coordinator Highlight

Dunbar HS Girls' Athletic Coordinator: Leah Gilliam

Coach Gilliam, known as Coach Matthews to most, is currently in her 12th year at P.L. Dunbar High School. After graduating from Dunbar in 2003, Coach Gilliam attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she competed on the Track & Field Team. Coach Gilliam competed in the 100M hurdles, long jump, high jump, and heptathlon as a Ladyjack. After completing her track career and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Coach Gilliam returned to her high school alma mater to begin her teaching and coaching career. While working, Coach Gilliam continued her education and obtained a Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Teaching, Coaching, and Administration from the University of Texas Permian Basin. Coach Gilliam tries to ensure that student-athletes at Dunbar High School learn accountability, integrity, and respect for others while participating in athletics. When not working, Coach Gilliam enjoys spending time with her husband and rambunctious four-year-old twin boys.

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Dunbar HS Boys' Athletic Coordinator: Todd Lawson

Todd R. Lawson is an alumnus of the Great Paul L. Dunbar High School. While attending P.L. Dunbar Todd participated in football, baseball and track. He went on to attend Navarro Junior College on a scholarship, where he received numerous awards in Football. Upon graduation from Navarro Junior College, Todd received an athletic scholarship to the University of Utah, where he excelled in football and academics. He earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Political Science / International Politics with a double minor in Education and Sociology. During his final year, after the football season, Todd was awarded an internship, through the Hinckley Institute of the University of Utah, as an Assistant Press Secretary to Senator Orrin G. Hatch in Washington DC . After interning for Senator Hatch he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a Masters of Education from Tennessee State University. Todd’s goal after graduating from Tennessee State was to return to the Stop Six community. He achieved that goal. He currently serves as the Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator at Dunbar High School and has over 20 years of coaching experience. Todd’s mantra is, “You must succeed; there is no room for failure.” With this in mind, his greatest desire for his athletes is not only for them to learn to succeed on the field as team players but also to succeed in life as independent thinkers in the real world. His greatest joy is being able to make a difference and be a difference in his student’s lives, everyday. Todd is married to Dr. Evelyn Lawson. Together they have two daughters, Kelsey and Kalani.

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Meet the Dunbar Athletic Training Staff

Nashay Smith Winston

Mrs. Winston, Coach Smith, is currently in her 4th year at FWISD, is one of the Athletic Trainers who serves the Dunbar High School pyramid. Originally from Southern California, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Vanguard University and chose to further her education by obtaining a Master’s of Athletic Training from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Nationally Board Certified and Licensed, Coach Smith works relentlessly to promote total body wellness and preventative care to ensure the highest standard of care for athletes and the athletic programs. When not on the job, Coach Smith enjoys working out, spending time with her family, traveling and relaxing.

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Joseph Burton

Doc Burton has served as the Athletic Trainer for Dunbar High School for the last 17 years. In his spare time, he enjoys doing computer programming, music composition and volunteering to cover athletic events in the Fort Worth area.

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Dunbar Wildcats

Wildcats for Life! Dunbar graduates currently coaching in the Dunbar Pyramid:

Robert Hughes—‘81

Todd Lawson—‘87

Salestires Brewer—‘89

Blaise Roberts-'91

Swarn Lacy—‘95

Jennifer Polk—‘01

Leah Matthews Gilliam—‘03

Shantel Miles—‘09

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The 1974 Boys Track & Field State Champions and 1991 Girls Track & Field State Champions were recognized and celebrated at the Inaugural Jimmie Sanders Wildcat Invitational Meet on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

Great Day to Be A Wildcat!!!!

Former Flying Wildcat standout, Quinton Brigham, playing in March Madness in the Texas Southern vs. University of Michigan in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

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Girls' Soccer: Senior Night

Boys' Soccer: Senior Night

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Dunbar soccer had big wins this season over Eastern Hills and YMLA

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Girls' Track

Dunbar track athlete, Mya Kindles, edges out an OD Wyatt runner at the finish line at the Lee A. Williams Relays at Clark Stadium.

Dunbar track athlete, Akaysha Stephen, is off to a hot start this season. She earned a gold medal in the 400M at the Jimmie Sanders Wildcat Invitational.

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Boys' Track

The Dunbar Boys’ Track Team is bringing home the medals!! Several great performances at the Lee A. Williams Relays.

Jamal Muhammad 2nd Long Jump

Dariante Hall 3rd 100m

4x200 Relay 1st

Wildcat Wrestling Invitational

The Wildcats hosted a wrestling meet on March 5th. It was a great meet full of competition.

Baseball and Softball


Congratulations the 8-4A District Champions! Way to play hard and push through this season.

District 8-4A Newcomer of the Year: Jordan McIntosh

1st Team: Tomi Graves & Gloriana Krote

2nd Team: Jaylen Mills, Brittany Brown Riddick, & Tamya Johnson

Honorable Mention: Janiyah Owens & Kori Hall

All District Academic: Tamya Johnson, Vision Graham, & Gloria Krote

Coach of the Year: Candice Isaac

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The Flying Wildcats finished the season strong with an appearance in the 3rd round of the playoffs.

8-4A District Awards

1st Team & All Region: Marshun Johnson (12th) and Daniell Tate

2nd Team: Jeffrey Kirven

Defensive Player of the Year: Jacob Keys

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Jacquet MS Volleyball

Athletes are ready and preparing for the volleyball season. The Wildcats started the season off with a win against Handley Middle School.

The Jacquet Volleyball Team participated in a team building scavenger hunt during practice. The the team was broken into groups, and had to find certain items (something tall, something alive, something black, something white, something wet, something you love, something red, something heavy, and something orange). All the ladies enjoyed it!

Our Paul L. Dunbar Alumni Association President Alvin Jones (AJ) present the feeder schools to Paul L. Dunbar HS a check of appreciation.

Front Row Lt to Rt: Mrs. Latres Cole Sunrise-McMillan Elementary, Mr. Kristin Foreman Jacquet Middle, Alvin Jones Dunbar Alumni Association President, Ms. Charla Staten Christene C. Moss Elementary and Ms. Rochelle Horton A.M. Pate Elementary

Back Row Lt to Rt: Ms. Arista Owens-McGowan Executive Director, Dr. Christina Hanson Maudrie M. Walton Elementary and Mr. Oscar Adams Paul L. Dunbar High .

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TCU Community Scholar Award Recipients

Jade Combs, 4-year cheerleader and 3-year track athlete, and Joselyn Martinez, 4-year soccer athlete, were recipients of the TCU Community Scholar Award. Each scholarship is valued at over $265,000 over 4 years!


Shout out for Heights' Shannon Lisenbe:

Head Volleyball Coach, Shannon Lisenbe, Arlington Heights Coach/Teacher volunteered for Visit Fort Worth. The Women's NIT Regional Basketball Tournament was held March 19, 20, 22 at Wilkerson Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth ISD. Coach Lisenbe was part of a two person mop crew for the games Saturday, March 20. She was tasked with mopping the paint area near the basket during time-outs and mopping the entire floor between games. She worked with another volunteer and they were very attentive to their responsibility. The mop crews along with other volunteers were instrumental in the success of the Women's NIT Regional Basketball Tournament.

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TCU Community Scholar Award Recipients

Trimble had 3 female student athletes win the TCU community scholarship.

Twin sisters Angela and Aurora Hernandez are 4-year volleyball players. They were members of the 2018 Trimble Tech volleyball team to win their first ever 6A playoff game. The Hernandez sisters have been an amazing addition to the Trimble Tech volleyball program.

Mariza Santos is a 3-year softball athlete who plans to major in political science while attending TCU.

Our Mission

The mission of the Fort Worth Independent School District Athletic Department is to develop and maintain a quality athletic program as an integral part of the educational process that strives for excellence while promoting competency, good citizenship, equitable opportunities, positive recognition and sportsmanship in a competitive environment.