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Defense leads Argyle over Sanger

The Argyle Eagles offense may get most of the attention, but on this Friday night, credit their defense for getting a big District 4-4A victory against Sanger. Junior running back Don Williams rushed for 173 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries, and Dylan Sadler added a critical late field goal, but it Argyle’s defense that made the difference with two crucial stops, one with 1:16 left, to lead the Eagles to a 27-21 win.


New match, same story

ARGYLE — As good as Krum is, Argyle is better. In a rematch of state powers Tuesday, No. 6 Argyle got 25 kills from Halee Van Poppel and 14 more from Allison White — who also chipped in five service aces and three blocks — to fend off No. 8 Krum in a wild 25-13, 25-16, 24-26, 25-19 win that was practically a mirror image of last month’s four-set Argyle win.

Ledford, Harper, Sadler lead Eagles past Leopards

GAINESVILLE — The score may have reflected an easy win for Argyle, but the Eagles have some areas to clean up, especially with Sanger coming to town next week. Dane Ledford threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns, two to Casey Harper, and Dylan Sadler returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown to lead Argyle to a 48-20 District 4-4A victory against Gainesville.


Sanger falls victim as senior star fuels Argyle to sweep

SANGER — Sanger has all the necessary pieces to make another deep postseason run and, barring a wild mishap, should be one of the four playoff teams coming out of District 9-4A.

With Ledford back, Argyle rips Decatur

DECATUR — Argyle’s Dane Ledford showed zero signs of rust Friday in his first start at quarterback in six weeks. The Tulane commit rebounded from a wrist injury he suffered in the season opener with 289 passing yards and four touchdowns, and with a steady run game in tow, powered No. 2 Argyle to a 64-35 win against Decatur in the District 4-4A Division I opener for both teams at Eagle Stadium.

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Argyle still team to beat after swamping Krum

KRUM — Most volleyball teams would love to be No. 8 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll. But for defending Class 4A champion Argyle, anything below the top spot should really be a slap in the face.

Argyle guard Standifer commits to Fresno State

Argyle point guard Gabby Standifer is used to playing for a championship-caliber program. That won’t change when she gets to college in two years.

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Argyle Eagles win 20th straight at home

ARGYLE — The Argyle Eagles made up for lost time Friday. After last week’s game at Abilene Wylie was canceled due to weather and with a bye week next week, the Eagles knew they had to make the most of...

Lightning causes Argyle to cancel

ABILENE — What was supposed to be a marquee matchup pitting two of the top 10 teams in Class 4A never materialized Friday night.


Backup QBs help Argyle power past Celina

ARGYLE — No Dane Ledford. No problem. Playing without its starting quarterback for a second straight game due to injury, Argyle again turned to a trio of backups led by sophomore Hayden Clearman and promptly scored on four of its first five possessions while rolling up 348 total yards in a 43-14 win at Eagle Stadium.

Class 4A Argyle sweeps 5A Lady Raiders in tight rematch

When Argyle lost to Ryan earlier this season, the Lady Eagles knew there was a rematch waiting for them down the road. Meanwhile, Ryan, which hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011, had its sights set on again turning away the defending Class 4A champs.

Argyle’s Clearman scores winner

HEWITT — Sophomore Hayden Clearman scored on a 31-yard run with 1:05 remaining to give the Argyle Eagles a 14-8 win against La Grange at Panther Stadium.

Argyle’s Ledford ruled out for Friday

Argyle quarterback Dane Ledford has been ruled out of Friday’s game against La Grange with a right wrist injury, but he could be on the field in some capacity as early as next week.


Slamming the door

ALLEN — Argyle running back Don Williams saw his role expand exponentially Saturday. The junior, one of several running backs the Eagles plan to use by committee this season, paced his team with 163 rushing yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns — including two scores in the fourth quarter — in a 33-21 win against Lucas Lovejoy in the Tom Landry Classic at Eagle Stadium in Allen.

Argyle takes Camillo tourney

ARGYLE — The Argyle Lady Eagles went undefeated and didn’t lose a set to claim the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Tournament while the Lake Dallas Lady Falcons lost only once in the tournament to take third.

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Argyle sophomore Carter commits to play baseball at TCU

It takes a special player to get big-time college offers at 15 years old. At Argyle, that is starting to become old hat.


Scrimmages give teams better look at battles

After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.

Argyle knocks off Peaster

ARGYLE — Argyle is the defending Class 4A state champion, but its first opponent of 2016 is no slouch, either.

Football: Area teams eager to kick off fall practices

Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.

Volleyball workouts to begin

As the dawn of a new season approaches Monday for a host of Denton-area volleyball teams, some programs are in rebuilding mode while others are still enjoying the last taste of a championship, but starting a season brings challenges for everyone.

Baseball: Argyle’s Dixon commits to Horns

Argyle High School second baseman Brenden Dixon always has imagined himself playing college baseball, but not once did he picture himself playing for Texas — a program he was used to rooting against. Apparently, things change.

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Baseball: Coaches react to pitch count directive

A growing movement to institute pitch count limits on high school baseball players took a huge step toward reality this week, but it has been met with mixed reviews from a handful of local coaches. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday that each state’s governing organization for high school sports must establish its own set of pitch count guidelines.


Argyle graduate overcomes nerve pain, competes in international elite race

It was in mile four, or maybe five, that a sliver of doubt crept into Kelsey Landrum’s mind. As she looked at the climb ahead of her, she thought she might burn out. Did she come out running too fast?


Boyzuick, Bridges lead DRC's All-Area results

Neither player reached their program’s high expectation, but Argyle senior Tanner Boyzuick and Krum sophomore Tristan Bridges both stood above their peers on the diamond this past season.

Softball: Guyer’s Lindgren nabs MVP award on 5-6A team

After spending some time as the state’s top-ranked Class 6A team, Guyer finished second in District 5-6A to eventual state champion Keller, but the Lady Wildcats were well represented on the 5-6A all-district team.

Argyle's Ledford commits to Tulane

It took one season as Argyle’s starting quarterback for Dane Ledford to catch the eye of college coaches.


Knocked down

McKINNEY — Saturday’s one-game playoff between Argyle and Texarkana Pleasant Grove was billed as a heavyweight fight between two teams that entered the game having represented Region II in the UIL state tournament the past eight years.

Rain sets up mammoth clash for state berth

Both coaches involved in the Class 4A Region II final between state powers Argyle and Texarkana Pleasant Grove wanted a best-of-three series to decide which team advances to the UIL state tournament next week.

Baseball: Arm depth equals success for Argyle

Tonight's Class 4A Region II series opener between Argyle and Texarkana Pleasant Grove in Pittsburg has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Officials from both schools have agreed to a one-game playoff on Saturday at 4 p.m. at McKinney Boyd with the winner earning a berth in next week's UIL state tournament.


Baseball: Eagles win in grand style

PROSPER — There was little doubt what the final result of Saturday’s Game 2 between Argyle and Paris North Lamar would be when Eagle senior Tanner Boyzuick stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth. But when Boyzuick connected on the first pitch he saw, that result came sooner than planned.


Baseball: Lundy bounces back in win

PROSPER — Argyle pitcher Brett Lundy accepted a challenge from his coach after the Eagles were able to beat district foe Sanger in the decisive third game of their regional quarterfinal series last weekend at Argyle.

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Scholar and an infielder

ARGYLE — Tanner Boyzuick and Ryland King have been playing baseball together, in some capacity, since they were 13 years old. As the two senior full-time starters for defending Class 4A state champion Argyle, they have an undeniable bond. So when King blew out his knee in a playoff warm-up game a few weeks back, it hit Boyzuick hard.

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Baseball: Eagles claw past Indians

ARGYLE — Coach Ricky Griffin knew he had his ace, Connor Mushinski, in his back pocket if he needed him to pitch in a pinch on Saturday. The junior threw 53 pitches in Friday’s Game 1 victory for Argyle and was available to close out a game Saturday. Turns out Griffin didn’t need him. Sanger forced a decisive Game 3 with a strong pitching effort from Julien Ly in a 3-1 victory before Argyle sophomore Gage Campbell fired a gem to shut down the Indians 5-0 in Game 3 and advance the Eagles to the Class 4A Region II semifinals.

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Baseball: Argyle explodes vs. Sanger

SANGER — In two district games against Argyle this season, Sanger allowed seven combined runs in two close losses.

Baseball/softball: Falcons primed to fly in playoffs

CORINTH — Just more than a month ago, Lake Dallas baseball coach John Tompkins couldn’t have been more disappointed in his team, or more unsure about its upcoming playoff push. So he did the only logical thing he could to light a fire — he held tryouts.

Tennis: Fast start not enough for Argyle’s Hynek at state

COLLEGE STATION — In just his sophomore season, Argyle’s Matt Hynek put his youthful poise on display from the get-go of the first set of his Class 4A boys’ singles quarterfinal match against Canyon Lake’s Kendall Murray.


Tennis: Humble Hynek ready for whatever happens at state

ARGYLE — Matt Hynek practically waltzed into the Class 4A state tournament, which begins Monday in College Station. But Argyle’s star sophomore insists his road was more difficult than it appeared.


Baseball: Outburst sends Eagles to sweep

PLANO — Argyle already had the upper hand in Saturday’s Game 2 when it sent Connor Mushinski, its ace and last year’s state title game MVP, to the hill.

Baseball: Argyle starts slow, cruises to Game 1 win

PLANO — When you have as many players as Argyle does with no playoff experience, it’s difficult to tell how they will react for the first time on that stage.

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Golf: Argyle repeats as 4A state champion

AUSTIN — Nothing came easy for the Argyle boys golf team during, or after, the final round of the Class 4A state tournament Tuesday at Onion Creek Club.


Volleyball: Van Poppel commits to Belmont

Halee Van Poppel knew she didn’t have to go out of state to play college volleyball, but there was always a part of her that was intrigued by the idea.

Golf: Argyle leads boys’ state tournament by four

AUSTIN — Defending champion Argyle didn’t run away with the boys’ title on the first day of Class 4A State Golf Championship on Monday at the North Course of Onion Creek Club, but the Eagles established themselves as the team to beat despite less-than-stellar rounds from several of its top players.


Golf: Argyle looking to repeat as state champion

Entering its fifth consecutive state tournament, the Argyle boys golf team remembers its heavy expectations from past years.


Baseball: Argyle triple sinks Sanger

SANGER — For both Argyle coach Ricky Griffin and Sanger coach Steve Ford, Friday night’s game between their teams had to have been a frustrating watch.

Boys soccer: Argyle falls in state semis

GEORGETOWN — Trailing for just the second time in their playoff run to Wednesday’s Class 4A state semifinals, the Argyle Eagles were down but not out.

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Eagles arrive at state

Many years ago, Argyle coach Daniel Lundy had a coach tell him to treat his field house like a sanctuary, so that, if only for a short time, his team could be amongst people it trusts and problems could disappear.

Baseball: Argyle gets back at rival Celina

ARGYLE — It was a tale of two games between District 9-4A rivals Argyle and Celina this season. Each protected its home turf, and fifth-ranked Argyle was out for blood after losing at Celina 3-1.

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Soccer: Soaring to state

Argyle played Dallas Life Oak Cliff to a tie in a soggy, windy game during January’s preseason schedule for one of only two ties in its season, and the Eagles were in the same situation Saturday.


Soccer: Holt keeps Argyle rolling

KENNEDALE — Argyle senior striker Caleb Holt flew under the radar alongside the high-scoring duo of Dylan Sadler and Drew Estrada for much of the season, but through three playoff games, Holt is making...

Soccer: Argyle seeks to erase sting of football loss

If the Argyle boys soccer team can win today’s Class 4A Region I semifinal game, it will have eclipsed its furthest playoff run in program history as the Eagles have matched their 2011 campaign with their 5-1 win against Alvarado in Tuesday’s quarterfinal.