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.
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.
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.
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.
MESQUITE — When Eighmy Dobbins stepped up to the service line in the third set of Argyle’s regional semifinal matchup Friday night, it was evident Van did not have much time left in its season. However, no one saw what happened next coming, as the junior outside hitter served the match’s final 14 points with her lethal jump serve to help the Lady Eagles cruise to a sweep of Van to advance to the Class 4A Region II final at 1 p.m. today back at Mesquite Poteet.
ARGYLE – As Argyle volleyball coach Clark Oberle stood up to introduce Katy Keenan during a signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, he reminisced with the crowd about his star player’s first college offer, which he said came from Baylor the summer before Keenan’s freshman year.
Katy Keenan is not the type of player Argyle wants sitting on its bench, even if only for a few brief stretches. Yet the Lady Eagles continue to prove they can be just as dominant without her.
ROUND ROCK — Pilot Point’s Diana Juarez turned in the top finish among Denton-area competitors Saturday at the state cross country meet.
IRVING — The playoff road going forward is bound to get tougher for Argyle. It has to. The Lady Eagles — ranked 10th in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A poll — found little resistance in a 25-2, 25-3, 25-2 sweep of Dallas Uplift Hampton Prep in Monday’s Region II bi-district match at Uplift North Hills Prep in Irving. Argyle (34-7) didn’t allow Hampton Prep, which was making its first playoff appearance, to record a kill.
ARGYLE — A few weeks ago, Argyle had a decent test from an explosive Carrollton Ranchview team in the Eagles’ quest for yet another district championship. Since then, Argyle has encountered nothing but minor speed bumps, with its most recent coming in Friday night’s 65-14 win over Dallas Pinkston, which clinched at least a share of the District 6-4A (Division I) championship for Argyle.
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.