Legendary Argyle girls basketball coach Skip Townsend has called it a career after winning his ninth state championship earlier this month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -- 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 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.
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 — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The girls basketball playoffs are set to resume tonight as four area teams were crowned bi-district champions earlier this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.