Denton-area volleyball players were represented well on their respective all-district teams. The select players are chosen by district coaches, who consider their performance during district play.
DUNCANVILLE — The top-ranked Argyle Lady Eagles wasted little time in showing their superior play against another ranked team Saturday in the Thanksgiving Hoopfest, knocking off Frisco Liberty 46-32.
MINERAL WELLS — Offense hadn’t been an issue for the Argyle Eagles as they scored 63 points and 49 points in their two playoff wins. But against the defensively dominant Abilene Wylie Bulldogs, the Eagles met their match.
The Argyle Eagles don’t celebrate for very long. Following its 63-7 destruction of Lubbock Estacado in which the offense put up its second-highest point total of the season while punting just one time, Argyle took the two-hour bus ride home from Burkburnett to reflect on its success.
BURKBURNETT — Argyle skated its way to a commanding bi-district win over one-win Snyder to kick off its Class 4A Division I playoff campaign last week. Facing a more competent challenger in Lubbock Estacado in the area round, the Eagles figured to have to up their game. On Friday at Bulldog Stadium, the Eagles did so by putting on an immaculate show.
GARLAND — Allison White turned in a masterful performance Friday afternoon and Argyle was its usual self while making quick work of Geronimo Navarro in the Class 4A state semifinal at the Curtis Culwell Center.
ARGYLE — The year was 1999 and Clark Oberle stood in front of a group of wide-eyed girls who would ultimately become Argyle High School’s first volleyball team. As he introduced himself, Oberle asked two questions he assumed were surefire icebreakers.
MESQUITE — All great streaks eventually come to an end. But some are more stubborn than others. Argyle found itself struggling in Saturday’s Class 4A Region II final against a Carthage team that had its sights firmly planted on knocking off the defending state champ. Carthage almost pulled off the upset, too.
MESQUITE — For the second year in a row, district rivals Argyle and Krum advanced to the Class 4A Region II tournament knowing they could end up facing off for the right to go to state — provided that both teams could win their respective semifinal matches Friday. Once again, that would-be encounter will not happen.
GRAHAM — Drawing a one-win Snyder team for the opening, bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs, the Argyle Eagles wanted to get their postseason started on the right note. Their offense struggled temporarily to start the game, but once the Eagles got their engine revved up, they rolled to a 49-14 win Thursday to advance to next week’s area round.
When a state title winning program loses seven seniors, among them two Division I signees, the end result typically is to fall into rebuilding mode the following year.
The Guyer girls golf program saw three of its players sign their national letters of intent to play college golf on Wednesday afternoon.
Argyle’s Vivian Gray could have gone anywhere to play college basketball. She just redefined anywhere. Gray, one of the nation’s most coveted high school basketball recruits, whose suitors include Texas, Baylor, Rice, Oklahoma State and others, confirmed Tuesday she will sign this afternoon with Fort Lewis College — a Division II program in Durango, Colorado — on the first day of the early signing period.
Five Denton-area volleyball teams, three from District 9-4A, remain alive in the UIL state playoffs as teams head into the second round of games. Four area representatives will be in action tonight, while the Ryan Lady Raiders play their area-round game Friday.
Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.
WICHITA FALLS — The Argyle Eagles were nearly their own worst enemy Friday night against Wichita Falls Hirschi. Dane Ledford scored two of his three touchdown runs in the second half, Don Williams rushed for 199 yards and also scored twice in the second half, and Dylan Sadler kicked four field goals as the Eagles pulled away for a 47-14 District 4-4A victory at Memorial Stadium.
In the final district game of the season, Argyle was on the brink of a historic moment on Tuesday night, and it wouldn’t have been a good one.
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.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It takes a special player to get big-time college offers at 15 years old. At Argyle, that is starting to become old hat.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.