Basketball: Area nets all-state six-pack

A handful of Denton-area athletes recently had their standout seasons recognized at the state level when the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches released its boys and girls all-state teams. Six area players earned all-state nods.

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Awesome: Argyle wins it all

SAN ANTONIO — As sophomore forward Vivian Gray exited the floor with just more than a minute to play in Saturday night’s Class 4A state championship game, she was overcome by emotion.

Girls basketball: Hard work pays off

SAN ANTONIO — The first day Argyle coach Skip Townsend ran his new players through what would be a typical practice four years ago was tough on Jesse Sheridan.

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Girls basketball: Argyle returns to final

SAN ANTONIO — In last year’s Class 3A state final between Argyle and Waco La Vega, it was fairly evident the best player on the floor was La Vega point guard Calveion Landrum, whom ESPN rates as the 10th-best junior in the nation.

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Playoff basketball: Year in the making

ARGYLE — As soon as the final buzzer sounded at the Frank Erwin Center just more than a year ago, everyone in attendance at the state championship game probably had a pretty good idea that the same two teams would be battling it out in 2015 for a state championship trophy.

Boys basketball: Triple A ousts Argyle

COLLEYVILLE — The seventh-ranked Argyle Eagles could only watch as Dallas Triple A Academy’s King McClure sunk the last two of his four free throws within 20 seconds to add to his team’s late lead.

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Girls basketball: Sheridan finds her way as point guard

ARGYLE — Jesse Sheridan didn’t know what to expect when she walked into new coach Skip Townsend’s office one day during her freshman year. There likely would be things said that no young player wants to hear, but she needed to talk.

Basketball: Ponder advances to 3A regional tournament; Argyle falls to Triple A

The Ponder Lions advance to the Class 3A Region II tournament in Rockwall with a 65-51 over Bowie in Decatur Wednesday afternoon while the Argyle Eagles dropped a 56-50 decision to Dallas Triple A Academy at Colleyville Heritage in a Class 4A Region II quarterfinal matchup.

Boys basketball: Argyle edges Wilmer-Hutchins

ADDISON — When Wilmer-Hutchins’ Jaquan Roy tossed up a last-second 3-pointer Monday, there wasn’t a single player from Argyle who seemed to care if the ball went in or not. All of them looked up by habit to see Roy’s shot fall through at the buzzer, but it was too little, too late.

Girls basketball: Argyle returns to state at Celina’s expense

COMMERCE — There weren’t any last-second shots or controversial no-calls in Saturday’s Class 4A Region II final. Argyle relied on mistake-free defense and dominant shooting, the same formula it has used all postseason, to roll past Celina 46-28 in a rematch of longtime rivals.

Girls basketball: On to the second step

ADDISON — For about a quarter on Wednesday, Argyle barely had a chance to score while Wilmer-Hutchins played an early game of keep-away. Once the Lady Eagles got their hands on the ball, it didn’t take them long to heat up.

Basketball: Weather could ice playoff games

The icy weather that moved into the area and forced schools to close Monday has basketball coaches looking at contingency plans should conditions worsen to the point where today’s playoff games are postponed.

Basketball: High school playoffs continue this week

The boys basketball playoffs are set to begin this week for six Denton-area teams while the Argyle and Sanger girls remain alive and venture into third-round action.

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Girls basketball: Another blowout

ADDISON — After Tuesday’s playoff-opening rout, Argyle fans might have been hoping for a more competitive area-round game against Dallas Carter, and Argyle coach Skip Townsend expected one.

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Girls basketball: Argyle rolls, 86-13

TROPHY CLUB — Vivian Gray may be Argyle’s leading scorer this year, but she clearly isn’t its only source of offense.

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Boy's basketball: Argyle takes 9-4A crown

ARGYLE — Argyle may be unbeaten in District 9-4A, but there was plenty on the line in Friday’s pivotal game against the only team close enough in the standings to be capable of costing the Eagles an outright...

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Girl's basketball: Townsend wins No. 1,000

ARGYLE — As Skip Townsend looked around the Argyle gym minutes before Tuesday’s District 9-4A game against Sanger, he finally realized just how many fans were there to see him notch his 1,000th win.

Girls 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.

Girls 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.