While several area volleyball teams are gearing up to face unfamiliar foes in the first round of playoffs, two know one another all too well and are set on a collision course.
Guyer has been so dominant in District 5-6A that, with just two matches left in the regular season, it’s easy to assume that much of the pressure is off the shoulders of the Lady Wildcats.
ARGYLE — As far as Taylor Sweatt is concerned, what happened defensively in Argyle’s District 6-4A (Division I) shootout win last week was a mirage. Sweatt insists Friday’s dismantling of Wilmer-Hutchins is a more appropriate indicator of what to expect from the Eagles going forward.
CARROLLTON — For the entirety of the first half on Thursday, no one on the playing surface at Standridge Stadium paid much attention to the giant videoboard with the word “Defense” sprawled across it. By the time the District 6-4A (I) opener between Carrollton Ranchview and Argyle ended, Argyle had done enough defensively to pull out a 72-42 win in a game that featured 1,233 yards of total offense, including 755 in the first half.
PARIS — Two pass plays of more than 40 yards ignited Argyle as part of a 28-point second quarter, which propelled the Eagles to a 38-14 win over Paris on Friday at Wildcat Stadium.
DECATUR — Prior to Tuesday’s highly anticipated match at Decatur, Argyle coach Clark Oberle jokingly warned a group of officials on the court that they’d better plan for a late night.
GRAHAM — Nick Ralston has done a lot in his four seasons as a varsity running back for Argyle. But the senior Arizona State pledge has never had a game like the one he had on Friday night, and he knows he will be paying for it today. Ralston rumbled for 192 yards on an unprecedented 46 carries and scored four times on the ground to lift third-ranked Argyle to a 35-27 win over No. 4 Graham in a pivotal Class 4A nondistrict affair at Newton Field.
ARGYLE — With less than a minute left on the clock and his team ahead by 12, Argyle running back Nick Ralston was still being asked to chew up some final yards.
ARLINGTON — Argyle’s offense may be shaky at times, but the Eagles still have a flare for dramatics. Quarterback Cooper Rodgers found Dane Ledford for a 56-yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds left to nab a 42-35 win against Denison in the opening game of the Southwest Showcase at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday.
ARGYLE — After winning its first state title last year, Argyle didn’t play its best football in Friday’s season opener. Thanks to Abilene Wylie, the Eagles avoided what could have been a rare loss.
ARGYLE — Falling behind 2-1 with a razor-thin loss to Denton in the third set, the Argyle Lady Eagles had lost their aggressive demeanor. Rediscovering their enthusiasm and offensive purpose, the Lady Eagles fought back and edged out the Lady Broncos in the decisive fifth set for a 25-20, 21-25, 29-31, 25-17, 16-14 victory Tuesday.
The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.
Argyle coach Clark Oberle’s program has reached a level where success is always expected. In 2012, that success reached new heights when the Lady Eagles made it to the Class 3A state championship game, before falling in five sets to Abilene Wylie. Last season, the Lady Eagles lost in the third round of the playoffs to eventual state champions Decatur and were the only team to take a postseason set from Decatur in their five-set defeat.
ARGYLE — There are a lot of new faces in the Argyle football program, but Monday morning brought the same level of excitement to the Eagle fieldhouse as always at this time of year.
Names from Argyle and Sanger were scattered throughout the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A all-state teams, which were announced Tuesday afternoon.
Argyle was one disputed call away from winning a state 7-on-7 tournament championship in 2013.
AUSTIN — The absence of sound between ball and aluminum bat was replaced by College Station’s cheers on Thursday night. In the eighth inning of the Class 3A baseball state championship game, the 10th walk issued by Argyle’s pitching staff proved to be the one that hurt the most. The 10th walk scored the go-ahead run as College Station defeated Argyle 5-2 to win the Class 3A title at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The Cougars won their first baseball state championship in the school’s second year of existence, while Argyle went home from its first state tournament with second-place medals.
AUSTIN — Drew Gooch’s outing on Wednesday afternoon was nothing the Argyle Eagles have not seen before. After all, Gooch has been turning in stellar playoff performances for Argyle since he was a freshman. But this time, the Eagles got to see Gooch at his best on the state’s biggest stage. The TCU signee pitched a one-hitter in Argyle’s 5-1 victory over Sinton in the Class 3A state semifinals at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
AUSTIN — Seven years ago, Argyle had never been to the baseball playoffs. That was before Ricky Griffin took over as the school’s head coach. Seven years later and under Griffin’s guidance, the Eagles are one game away from bringing home the school’s first baseball state championship.
ARGYLE — Argyle head coach Ricky Griffin still remembers when a news helicopter descended on Frisco’s field on the eve of the Class 2A state baseball tournament.
The Argyle Eagles learned on Sunday what the path to the school’s first baseball state title will look like.
PARIS — Argyle’s baseball team found itself in the same exact position as it did three years ago.
McKINNEY — A home run over the right-field wall and a homer over the left-field wall helped put Argyle one game away from the Class 3A state tournament.
The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.
ARGYLE — Ryley Balch may not have been looking for redemption Thursday against Texarkana Pleasant Grove, but he found it.
MOUNT PLEASANT — For a moment it looked like it was going to happen to Argyle for the second straight day.
MOUNT PLEASANT — It was a matter of which offense was going to be the first to squeeze out a run off the opposing pitcher Friday night.
McKINNEY — Argyle coach Ricky Griffin turned and looked to senior Drew Gooch after the fifth inning of Thursday’s Class 3A Region II semifinal series opener against Texarkana Pleasant Grove.
ARGYLE — It was almost two weeks ago when Argyle’s Taylor Mueller and Laine Lowry embraced one another on the track at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The seniors were overcome with emotion as the Lady Eagles captured gold in the 1,600-meter relay for the first time at the Class 3A state track and field meet.
ARGYLE — Nine times out of 10, Argyle holds an advantage over its opponent before the two teams face each other. The success the school has experienced often gives the Eagles a mental edge before a game is played, and that can be said for many of Argyle’s sports teams. But for one of the few times, that edge will be negated when Argyle faces Texarkana Pleasant Grove this weekend in the Class 3A Region II semifinals. The best-of-three baseball series starts today at 7 p.m. at McKinney Boyd.
PONDER — After suffering a heartbreaking defeat in its Class 3A Region II quarterfinal series opener Friday night, Argyle coach Ricky Griffin had a simple message for his team in advance of Saturday’s Game 2: “If we don’t make the plays, we’re going home.”