Girl's basketball: Lady Eagles dominate rematch with Celina

CELINA — Two weeks after Celina traveled to Argyle and upended the state’s then-No. 1 team in dominant fashion, Friday night’s rematch in Celina started off eerily similar. But instead of the Lady Cats running out to the huge advantage, it was Argyle that went full throttle from the opening whistle to jump out to an 18-3 lead. And unlike that game two weeks ago, there was no late rally to make things interesting as the Lady Eagles kept their foot on the gas en route to a 56-28 win to take command of District 9-4A.

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Football: ‘Tote the rock a lot’

It was late September and the football season wasn’t even a month old, yet it was clear that Argyle running back Nick Ralston was going to be one of the more dominating players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Girl's basketball: Liberty crushes Ursuline

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian put 42 points on the scoreboard Friday before Dallas Ursuline knocked down its first field goal.

Basketball roundup: Lady Eagles crush Sanger

SANGER — Argyle defeated Sanger 64-39 on Friday in a District 9-4A battle, giving each team a 2-1 mark in league play.

Girls basketball: Celina strikes back

ARGYLE — In a rematch of last year’s controversial Class 3A Region II final, Argyle hardly looked like the top-ranked team in Class 4A and No. 4 Celina played like it had spent its entire offseason with this one district game in mind.

Basketball roundup: Choate, Garza spark Guyer

TROPHY CLUB — Sean Choate and Zac Garza combined to score 46 points Friday as the Guyer Wildcats (16-7, 3-0 District 5-6A) defeated Trophy Club Nelson 53-50 in overtime.

Soccer roundup: Denton boys blank two foes

AZLE — Six players scored for Argyle as the Lady Eagles topped Lancaster in the Azle tournament.

Girls basketball: Lady Eagles lose 3rd straight

Argyle coach Skip Townsend didn’t envision his team losing all three games at this week’s Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida. Regardless of how tough the competition was — the Lady Eagles played three nationally ranked teams in as many days — perhaps they would eke out one or two close ones.

Boys basketball: Argyle, Sanger end tourney with wins

SAGINAW — Argyle’s Jonathan Davis (17 points) and Kade Barnett (12) led the Eagles past Ponder 63-54 in the third-place game of the Whataburger Tournament at Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Wednesday.

Girls basketball: Argyle still searching for a win in Florida

In a matter of 48 hours, Argyle went from wondering if it could compete on a national stage to being frustrated over losing back-to-back tournament games it had several chances to win.

Girls basketball: Argyle girls drop close one in Florida

Argyle has taken on all comers this season, from Class 6A powers like Plano West to the Australian National team. On Monday, the Lady Eagles likely faced their toughest challenge to date, and despite a rare loss, showed they can compete on a national stage.

Girls basketball: Argyle set to compete in Florida

ARGYLE — When Argyle coach Skip Townsend signed his team up for today’s prestigious Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida, the Lady Eagles were originally one of eight teams placed in the tournament’s National bracket. That slate alone, he said, would certainly cause them fits.

Football: Against all odds

When Argyle hoisted the Class 3A Division II state championship trophy a year ago, it was far from a shocker. In many ways, the Eagles, like several Denton-area teams, were expected to win championships — and most lived up to the hype.

Football: All-district lists full of area talent

Several Denton-area football players were honored by their respective districts’ coaches for their performance in the district portions of their seasons.

Football: Snakebit in double OT

ARLINGTON — Argyle running back Nick Ralston would have carried the ball a hundred times Friday. It seems like a far-fetched proposition, but Ralston was well over 50 carries when the Eagles, who trailed Navasota by a touchdown in double overtime, called his number on a fourth-and-5 play.

Football: Eagles’ streak ends

ARLINGTON — At some point, Friday night’s result was bound to happen. Argyle entered the Class 4A Division I state championship game riding the state’s second-longest win streak, having won its previous 31 games.

Notebook: Heartbreak ends ‘most special experience’

ARLINGTON — Argyle coach Todd Rodgers and his quarterback son, Cooper, never once downplayed their relationship throughout the course of the season. They just didn’t have time to talk about or reflect on it while focusing on the program’s title defense.

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Football: Argyle inching closer to rare mark

ARGYLE — Argyle’s 31-game win streak has helped it garner some much-deserved recognition as one of the state’s elite programs. A win in today’s Class 4A Division I final would put the Eagles in a decidedly less-populated category by matching a feat only three teams have accomplished in the last 15 years.

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Football: Sweatt equity

ARGYLE — Taylor Sweatt started this season as a free safety, and a very good one at that. It can be argued, though, that the Argyle coaching staff’s decision to switch him to middle linebacker solidified the Eagles’ eventual run to today’s Class 4A Division I final in Arlington.

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Football: Rattlers’ star receiver wants it his way

Several Argyle football players have something Tren’Davian Dickson wants — something Dickson could have already if not for some personal stubbornness.

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Notebook: Rodgers ready for last job

ARGYLE — When Argyle senior Cooper Rodgers steps onto the field today at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, he’ll have a chance to do something most former ball boys could only dream of: starting at quarterback...

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Renowned just off the field

An Argyle High School senior is making a name for himself in the Texas high school football arena, and it’s not for his performance on the field.

High school football: Local athletes among tops of Class 4A All-State team

A few days before they take the field at AT&T Stadium with a shot to earn back-to-back state championships, the Argyle Eagles were well-represented on Tuesday with the release of the Associated Press Class 4A all-state team.

Football: Argyle advances to state final

ALEDO — Perhaps nobody can slow down Argyle running back Nick Ralston quite like Graham’s defense. The Steers couldn’t stop him entirely, though, and with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, the Arizona State commit churned out just enough yards before turning things over to his teammates to finish the job.

Football: Eagle defense shines in clutch

ALEDO — With 12 seconds to play and Graham looking to force overtime or use a miracle to win and advance to the state final Friday night, Steers quarterback Landry Turner looked to senior wide receiver Todd Parker for a quick completion with one timeout remaining.

Girls basketball: Lady Eagles pull out tight win against Brock

ARGYLE — When Skip Townsend left Brock to coach the Argyle girls basketball team in 2010, he was setting out for one more challenge.

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Football: Eagles get semifinal rematch

ARGYLE — When Argyle outslugged Graham this season in a rematch of last year’s Class 3A Division II semifinal, running back Nick Ralston needed a staggering 46 carries to pace the Eagles’ ground game.

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Girls basketball: Brock brings Argyle rare treat

ARGYLE — Skip Townsend remembers the sight like it was yesterday. He watched as second-grader Bailey Ivey dribbled a basketball back and forth between her legs with a confident grin on her face — seemingly predicting her future as a star point guard for tradition-rich Brock.

Football: Estrada coming into his own

ARGYLE — Argyle wide receiver Drew Estrada knows there are worse things teammates and coaches could do than compare him to a former Eagles standout.

Basketball roundup: Ryan finishes third in Sanger tournament

SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.

Football: Argyle holds on for region title

ROYSE CITY — After months of lopsided wins, Argyle is proving it can eke out a few nail-biters. With 1:11 left on the clock Friday, Argyle defensive back Zach Zembraski intercepted Texarkana Liberty-Eylau quarterback Ke’mon Freeman deep in Leopard territory to preserve a 45-42 win in the Class 4A Division I Region II final at Royse City ISD Stadium.

Basketball roundup: Ryan, Liberty prevail at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.

Football: Doubters beware

Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers knew before the season that there might be some doubters. He figured some fans wondered how good the Eagles — who won the Class 3A Division II state title last year — would be after losing 29 seniors to graduation. With so many key players gone, who could blame them?

Volleyball: Six from area make all-state

Despite the fact that no Denton-area teams finished the volleyball season with the ultimate prize, a handful of area players had a big reason to celebrate Thursday when the Texas Girls Coaches Association released its all-state teams.

Basketball roundup: Area quartet win at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan, Liberty Christian, Sanger and Aubrey each won their first game in Sanger’s North Texas Invitational on Thursday.

Volleyball: Hill, Keenan named district MVPs

Emily Hill had several goals entering her junior season at Guyer, and the outside hitter nailed one of them by finishing the regular season as the kills leader among Class 6A players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Boys basketball: Class warfare

ARGYLE — Ponder’s Brady Anderson continues to find ways to get open in key moments. Then he takes over. The junior wing poured in a game-high 33 points Tuesday — including six 3-pointers — and scored all 20 of the Lions’ points in the second quarter in a 68-54 win at Argyle.

Girls basketball: Argyle stifles star Cox in beating Jags

FLOWER MOUND — Argyle coach Skip Townsend knew entering Tuesday night’s game that Lauren Cox deserved all the accolades she has received as one of the biggest recruiting targets for the nation’s top college programs.

Basketball: Anderson leads Lions into clash at Argyle

PONDER — A few weeks ago, Ponder’s Brady Anderson was busy leading the football team to its first playoff berth. The extended season, which ended in a first-round loss to Wall on Nov. 13, hardly slowed his expected transition to the basketball court as he scored 30 points in the team’s opener five days later.

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Football: Eagles rally past Wildcats

MESQUITE — For what it’s worth, Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said his team’s goal heading into Friday’s game was to force Kennedale — a team known for its bruising rushing attack — into passing situations. The plan worked, though Rodgers didn’t anticipate having to wait until the last minute of regulation.

Football: Ralston defends streaks

MESQUITE — Argyle had a streak to uphold in its regional semifinal playoff game against fellow unbeaten Kennedale. Senior running back Nick Ralston was hoping to keep a streak of his own alive.

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Football: Argyle runs into fellow undefeated team

ARGYLE — Just over a month ago, Argyle picked apart an overwhelmed Wilmer-Hutchins team to set in motion a streak of six lopsided wins that, in recent weeks, include back-to-back blowouts to open the Class 4A Division I playoffs.

Volleyball: Decatur downs Argyle for state championship

GARLAND — Argyle middle blocker Katy Keenan may have been thinking about all the things that could have been Saturday, but in her team’s postmatch press conference, the Texas Tech signee was humble and offered no excuses.

Football: Argyle tames Lions in rout

CARROLLTON — Argyle running back Nick Ralston didn’t break many tackles on Friday. He didn’t have to.Kaufman’s defense barely laid a finger on the Arizona State commit, who rumbled his way to 305 yards...

Volleyball: Argyle advances to final

GARLAND — Late in the second set Friday, Argyle was one point from dropping a set for the first time since early October. Only this time, there was much more on the line. The Lady Eagles miraculously avoided the rare letdown when a reversed call on the point that would have given Liberty Hill the set opened the door for Argyle to steal the set, and ultimately the match, in a 25-17, 27-25, 25-20 win in a Class 4A state semifinal at the Curtis Culwell Center.

Volleyball: Argyle one win from state final

ARGYLE — Two opponents stand in the way of Argyle and its first state title. While the Lady Eagles have made no secret that they hope to be playing one team in particular in Saturday’s Class 4A final, they’ll first have to knock off a hungry newcomer to the state’s grandest stage.

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Volleyball: Bass uses game to overcome adversity

Alexa Bass was dressed in street clothes when she showed up roughly 15 minutes late for Argyle’s practice Monday afternoon. It was uncharacteristic for her to be late for anything, especially volleyball.

Volleyball: Lady Eagles advance to state

MESQUITE — Shortly after Argyle’s sweep of Melissa in Saturday’s Class 4A Region II final, a win that vaulted the Lady Eagles to their second state tournament appearance in three years, junior Strealy Sizelove was heard amid the celebration having a fun exchange with coach Clark Oberle.

Football: Rodgers fuels Argyle rout

SAGINAW — If Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers continues to have nights like he did on Friday, the Eagles may be harder to beat in the playoffs than they already are.