New district first look: Mesquite Poteete

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of profiles on the school’s opponent in next year’s new UIL district, 15-5A. 

Enrollment: 1,734

Mascot: Pirates

School colors: Forest Green and White

Distance from LHS: 28.2 miles (39 minutes) 3300 Poteet Drive, Mesquite, TX 75150

Year opened: 1986

Pirates’ 2015-2016 results (according to SportsDayHS):

Football: 9-4

Volleyball: 15-24

Basketball: 15-14

Girls Basketball: 16-13

Soccer: 14-8

Girls Soccer: 17-4

Baseball: 23-8

Softball: 26-7

 

Notable alumni: Skye Dawson – NFL wide receiver (2013-2015)

Todd Graham – Arizona State head football coach (began his coaching career at Mesquite Poteet)

Malik Jefferson – High school Butkus Award winner; current linebacker at the University of Texas

Jason Jennings – MLB pitcher (2001-2009)

Athletes to watch: Junior soccer player Joel Barrientos is a key factor in the very successful Pirates boys soccer team. Barrientos was named first team all-region. Look for Barrientos to have a huge senior year.

Analysis: So far, the Pirates look to have the strongest athletic department out of all the schools that have been previewed. This year the Pirates only had one team with a losing record, and a handful teams that made successful runs in the playoffs. Expect the Pirates to continue their success in the athletic department and possibly even become more successful.