Basketball: Legendary Argyle coach Townsend retires after 44 years, nine titles

Legendary Argyle girls basketball coach Skip Townsend has called it a career after winning his ninth state championship earlier this month.

Soccer: Ryan, Denton open playoff schedule today

With the regular season over and playoff seedings decided, several Denton-area teams head into the UIL state playoffs over the next two days, beginning tonight with the Denton Lady Broncos and the Ryan Raiders.

Baseball: Argyle can't hang on to slim lead in walk-off loss to Decatur

DECATUR - Argyle got to Decatur pitcher Bryce Elder one time in Tuesday's District 9-4A opener, then spent the rest of the night trying in vain to extend that small lead.

Gray, Heard highlight all-region selections

Two of the area's most decorated players over the past four years capped their high school careers this past season, and the honors continue to roll in for both as Argyle's Vivian Gray and Guyer's Lauren Heard were both named to their respective all-region teams by Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

Guyer sophomores lead local all-region contingent

Despite a first-round playoff exit in overtime fashion, the Guyer boys had a breakthrough year on the Class 6A state basketball landscape. That was led by a fantastic sophomore duo of point guard De'Vion Harmon and guard Jalen Wilson, and those two were selected to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 6A Region I all-region team.

Baseball roundup: Canuteson fans 16 Bengals in Ryan win

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, Ryan responded quickly to knock off Braswell 4-1 on Friday and improve to 5-12-1.

Boys basketball: Argyle dominates 9-4A all-district team

Argyle was well represented on the District 9-4A all-district team, this after a dominating regular season that led to the Eagles winning 33 games and making a run to their first state tournament since 2012.

Dave Campbell's Texas Football Live talks Denton-area football

The fine folks at Dave Campbell's Texas Football needed a fill-in guest to co-host Wednesday's episode of DCTF Live, so I jumped on the opportunity and, alongside the great Max Thompson, was able to highlight our football-rich area, including Guyer, Ryan and Argyle, as well as other strong programs.

Argyle Eagles soar to first region tournament since 2012

CARROLLTON -- The last time Argyle won a third-round playoff game was in 2012, and the Eagles went on to cap that season with a state championship. Coach Russell Perkins put the brakes on any predictions for the rest of this year's playoff run, but Tuesday's quarterfinal win was a dominant step in the right direction.

Betzhold shines in crucial bench role for Argyle

ARGYLE -- When the Argyle girls basketball season began in early November, Sophie Betzhold still was trying to help her volleyball team to a second straight Class 4A state championship.

A nice ring to it

ARGYLE -- Vivian Gray has trouble keeping track of her bling. The Argyle senior has two state championship rings and an all-state ring from her freshman season and now, she's hoping for one more to add to the mix.

Eagles not satisfied with region tourney bid

ARGYLE -- Nathan Priddy was likely the least concerned Argyle player on the court Tuesday when he went scoreless in the first half of the Eagles' third-round playoff game against Dallas Carter. After all, Priddy averages roughly 18 points per game and knew the defense would try everything to shut him down.

Argyle boys to face top-ranked Silsbee

After beating Paris in Saturday's regional championship at Commerce, the Argyle boys basketball team found out who it will first face in the Class 4A state tournament this weekend.

Argyle sweeps 9-4A hoops superlatives

Before completing a Class 4A state championship three-peat last weekend, the Argyle girls basketball team dominated the District 9-4A all-district team, voted upon by the district's coaches.

Priddy close to a title

Nathan Priddy struggled for the right words while being interviewed during the final week of his high school basketball career. Clearly nervous, he rarely took his eyes off the ground in front of him -- unless to grab the attention of a nearby teammate.

Argyle's Standifer selected to play in all-star game

Argyle junior Gabby Standifer, who just helped lead the Lady Eagles to their third straight Class 4A state championship last weekend, was selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association to play in the TGCA Red-Blue All-Star Game this summer in Austin.

Eagles face No. 1 Silsbee at state

ARGYLE -- Argyle coach Russell Perkins isn't sure if anyone faced a tougher path to this weekend's state tournament than his Eagles. And of course, the reward for that is an immediate matchup with what many believe is the best team in the state.

Last-second three doesn't fall, Argyle loses heartbreaker to Silsbee

SAN ANTONIO -- Argyle preached all year about staying patient and waiting for the right play to present itself. That play was there in the closing seconds of its Class 4A state semifinal on Friday afternoon -- the shot just didn't fall.

Argyle's Gray honored by TGCA

Argyle senior Vivian Gray was selected over the weekend as the Texas Girls Coaches Association player of the year in Class 1A-4A.

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Eagles face No. 1 Silsbee at state

ARGYLE — Argyle coach Russell Perkins isn’t sure if anyone faced a tougher path to this weekend’s state tournament than his Eagles. And of course, the reward for that is an immediate matchup with what many believe is the best team in the state.

Boys basketball: State semifinals up next for Argyle, senior shooter Priddy

ARGYLE — Nathan Priddy struggled for the right words while being interviewed during the final week of his high school basketball career. Clearly nervous, he rarely took his eyes off the ground in front of him — unless to grab the attention of a nearby teammate.

Basketball: Argyle boys to face top-ranked Silsbee

After beating Paris in Saturday’s regional championship at Commerce, the Argyle boys basketball team found out who it will first face in the Class 4A state tournament this weekend.

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Gray posts double-double as Argyle claims third straight state championship

SAN ANTONIO — Vivian Gray hasn’t had many games like the one she had on Saturday, and especially not on the state’s biggest stage for high school basketball. The Argyle senior star forward — playing in the eighth state tournament game of her decorated career — was in a shooting funk from the opening tip. So instead of a pretty, hot-shooting win like the one the Lady Eagles picked up in Friday’s state semifinal, they had to scratch and claw their way to a physical 40-30 win against Liberty Hill to claim their third straight state championship after losing in the final Gray’s freshman season.

Argyle boys top Paris, book trip to San Antonio for state tourney

COMMERCE — Argyle can say all it wants about its suffocating defense. But its offense isn’t bad, either. Behind 18 points from David Davis and 16 from Nathan Priddy, the 10th-ranked Eagles again showed impeccable balance on both ends of the floor while marching past Paris for a 53-34 win Saturday in the Class 4A Region II final at Texas A&M-Commerce. The win clinched the program’s first state tournament appearance since 2012.

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Lady Eagles dismantle Wharton to advance to fourth straight title game

SAN ANTONIO — The state tournament, in theory, is supposed to pit the four best teams in a given classification against each other for the right to hoist a trophy and be the last team standing.

Priddy’s 27 leads Argyle to tight win

COMMERCE — Two years ago as a sophomore, Nathan Priddy wanted nothing more than to celebrate his birthday with a playoff win. That night ended with him feeling helpless as Argyle lost in the third round.

Eagles not satisfied with region tourney bid

ARGYLE — Nathan Priddy was likely the least concerned Argyle player on the court Tuesday when he went scoreless in the first half of the Eagles’ third-round playoff game against Dallas Carter. After all,...

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A nice ring to it

ARGYLE — Vivian Gray has trouble keeping track of her bling. The Argyle senior has two state championship rings and an all-state ring from her freshman season and now, she’s hoping for one more to add to the mix.

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Betzhold shines in crucial bench role for Lady Eagles

ARGYLE — When the Argyle girls basketball season began in early November, Sophie Betzhold still was trying to help her volleyball team to a second straight Class 4A state championship.

Eagles soar to first region tournament since ’12

CARROLLTON — The last time Argyle won a third-round playoff game was in 2012, and the Eagles went on to cap that season with a state championship. Coach Russell Perkins put the brakes on any predictions for the rest of this year’s playoff run, but Tuesday’s quarterfinal win was a dominant step in the right direction.

Argyle, Ponder boys aiming for regional tournament berths

And then there were two. One week ago, seven Denton-area boys basketball teams were heading into the state playoffs, and after the first two rounds, only two of those seven remain.

Argyle to face Wharton in 4A semifinals

After claiming their fourth straight regional championship in Commerce on Saturday afternoon, the Argyle girls basketball team found out their path to a third straight Class 4A state championship on Sunday afternoon.

Argyle cruises back to state

COMMERCE — After a slow-paced game against a Bullard team that hit more 3-pointers than 2-point field goals in Friday’s regional semifinal, Argyle coach Skip Townsend and his team knew what was waiting for them in Saturday’s final with a trip to the Class 4A state tournament on the line.

Argyle survives rare foe, 36-24

COMMERCE — Argyle coach Skip Townsend sets up his schedule specifically to give his team a look at any type of team the Lady Eagles could end up facing in the postseason.

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Senior trio leading way for Argyle dynasty

ARGYLE — The last time a team other than Argyle won the regional tournament at Texas A&M-Commerce was 2013.

Basketball: Seven area UIL squads still alive

While the Ryan Lady Raiders and Argyle Lady Eagles attempt to punch their tickets to the state basketball tournament next week in San Antonio, five Denton-area boys teams will be trying to advance when the playoffs resume Friday night.

Argyle rides defense to easy win over Lincoln

CARROLLTON — Argyle developed a reputation as a high-powered offensive team on its way to consecutive Class 4A state titles the past two seasons.

Harding, Priddy help Argyle avenge defeat

After falling to Wilmer-Hutchins in the Class 4A playoffs last season, No. 10 Argyle was determined to avoid a repeat in Tuesday’s bi-district championship game.

Basketball: 7 local boys teams in quest for state

The race to UIL basketball gold begins this week for seven Denton-area boys teams while the Ryan and Argyle are the only two area girls teams still alive in the third round of the state playoffs with regional tournament berths on the line Tuesday night.

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Help from her friends

FRISCO — Vivian Gray is used to putting her team on her back, but on Friday night, the star senior was visibly frustrated at times with her performance in a Class 4A Region II area-round playoff game against Princeton.

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Four area teams atill alive as playoffs continue for girls hoops

The girls basketball playoffs are set to resume tonight as four area teams were crowned bi-district champions earlier this week.

Girls basketball: Local teams begin playoffs

The UIL playoff march begins this week for six Denton-area girls basketball teams, including a two-time defending state champion with its sights firmly set on a 3-peat.

Volleyball: Argyle’s Van Poppel named MVP of DRC all-area squad

Halee Van Poppel spent most of her high school career looking up to the senior leaders who helped turn Argyle into a dominant state title contender. Whether it was Katy Keenan in 2014 or the dynamic combo of Eighmy Dobbins and Alexa Bass a year later, Van Poppel had every opportunity to learn from the best.

Lady Eagles dominate in 9-4A opener

ARGYLE — When a team shoots 9 percent from 3-point range and still wins by 30 points, plenty more went right. That was the case for Argyle on Friday. Despite obvious struggles from downtown, the two-time defending Class 4A champion got 20 points from Madison Ralston and 17 from Vivian Gray while holding fellow ranked team Bridgeport to nine points in the second half of a 52-22 win in the District 9-4A opener for both teams.

Basketball roundup: Wilson 3 helps Harmon, Guyer win tourney

FORT WORTH — Jalen Wilson led Guyer with 21 points, but no shot was more important than his 3-point basket late in the fourth quarter that sealed the Wildcats’ 75-73 win over Garland Lakeview Centennial in the Orange division championship game of the Whataburger Tournament on Friday.

Basketball roundup: Chaps take second place in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — Aubrey advanced to the final of the Bridgeport tournament after defeating the host team 68-51, but fell short of the title as Class 5A Birdville dominated the Chaparrals 84-39 in Thursday’s finale.

Basketball roundup: Guyer, Ponder, Argyle win at tourney

FORT WORTH — Three Denton-area teams picked up first-round wins to open the Whataburger Tournament, as Guyer blew past Richland 76-59, Ponder scraped by Liberty Christian 66-59 and Argyle edged Wall 44-37.

Girls basketball: Argyle cruises to win in Missouri

Argyle got off to a hot start and used a 30-point effort in the third quarter to coast to a 68-21 win over Marshfield (Mo.) in the first round of the Pink & White Lady Classic.

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Senior Priddy pours in 30 points as Argyle pummels Brock

ARGYLE — For Brock, it wasn’t pretty. Argyle senior Nathan Priddy scored 11 of his game-high 30 points in the second quarter to lead the Eagles to a convincing 59-44 win against Class 3A Brock on Monday.

Argyle shines on 4-4A squad

Argyle’s dominance of its district opponents continued in 2016, and the All-District 4-4A (Division I) team reflected the Eagles’ dominance, with several Argyle players earning superlative honors.