Volleyball: Third time’s the charm

GARLAND — Argyle’s two previous trips to the state tournament ended in disappointment. The third time, as they say, was the charm. Armed with a roster loaded with seven single-minded seniors, Argyle rolled to its first state title Saturday with a 25-17, 25-23, 25-16 sweep of Bushland in the Class 4A final at the Curtis Culwell Center.

Early turnovers help Argyle pop Pirates

ROYSE CITY — Turnovers ultimately kill a team’s momentum, and forcing turnovers is a message Argyle coach Todd Rodgers and the Eagles’ defensive coaches drill into the defense every week. The Eagles used that type of defense then used a number of offensive weapons and a deadlock defense to topple the Pirates 59-34 in its Class 4A Division I area round game at Royse City ISD Stadium Friday.


Volleyball: Argyle returns to final

GARLAND — If Argyle thought Robinson’s attack revolved around one player, it was only partially correct.

Volleyball: Van Poppel a steady force for state-bound Argyle

When Argyle junior Halee Van Poppel noticed earlier this postseason that some of her senior teammates were perhaps getting too fixated on the state tournament, she warned them about the dangers of looking ahead.

Volleyball: Argyle returning to state tourney

MESQUITE — Argyle’s Halee Van Poppel barely had an answer for her dominating performance in Saturday’s Class 4A Region II final.

Krum fails to join Argyle in regional final

The Argyle Lady Eagles will face Longview Spring Hill today in the Class 4A Region II finals after Argyle defeated Gilmer and Spring Hill knocked off Krum Friday night in the semifinals.

Argyle gigs Bullfrogs in playoff opener

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — The Argyle Eagles felt a sense of dèjá vu after their Class 4A Division I bi-district playoff game when they matched the final score of 70-7 from last year’s game versus the same opponent, the Lake Worth Bullfrogs.


Volleyball: Argyle earns berth in region tournament with sweep of Sanger

The overwhelming feeling for second-ranked Argyle is that, with a loaded roster that includes seven seniors, the window to win a state championship is closing quickly. The Lady Eagles admit the time to win is now.

Volleyball: Argyle tops Anna, sets up date with Sanger

FRISCO — With two dominant playoff wins under its belt, Argyle appears on paper to have a pretty smooth road ahead as it continues to inch closer to a second straight Class 4A state tournament appearance.

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Argyle hands Sanger first loss in season finale

ARGYLE — The past few years, the Argyle Eagles used bell cow running back Nick Ralston to bruise through opposing defenses. This season, the Eagles offense uses a power running game through Taylor Sweatt,...

Volleyball playoffs to resume

The Denton Lady Broncos, fresh off a four-set victory over Lake Dallas, will attempt to move into the Class 5A Region I quarterfinals tonight when the UIL volleyball playoffs resume.

Volleyball: Argyle rolls to sweep in first round

COLLEYVILLE — Triple A Academy’s bus ride from Dallas to Colleyville Monday night likely lasted longer than its ensuing Class 4A Region II bi-district playoff match against last year’s state runner-up,...

Argyle pummels Pinkston, 70-0

DALLAS — Quarterback Dane Ledford passed for three touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the Argyle Eagles (8-1, 4-0) to a 70-0 victory against Dallas Pinkston (0-9, 0-4) in a District 6-4A (Division I) contest Thursday night.


Volleyball: Argyle sweeps Krum for District 9-4A title

KRUM — Argyle weathered a ferocious attack from Krum in the opening set of Tuesday’s District 9-4A title match, netting a late rally to eke out a close win. Everything seemed to get easier for the Lady Eagles after that.


Eagles dominate Carter, cruise to blowout win

ARGYLE — It’s not easy trying to slow down Argyle’s high-octane offense. Just ask Dallas Carter. Argyle, No. 5 in the Associated Press Class 4A poll, scored on its first seven possessions Friday — all in the first half — and converted two Cowboy turnovers into scores while rolling up 396 yards in a 49-21 win at Eagle Stadium to push its district win streak to 31 games.

Argyle rips Wilmer-Hutchins

Stopping the Argyle offense is a chore in itself for any opponent, but when the Eagles’ defense and special teams are equally effective, the task gets even tougher. Just ask the Wilmer-Hutchins Eagles. Drew Estrada’s 141 kick return yards in the first half set up four scores while the Argyle defense held Wilmer-Hutchins to 100 yards of total offense — most of that in the second half — to carry Argyle to a 52-8 District 4-6A victory Friday night.

Volleyball: Argyle rolls past Lady Chaps, remain unbeaten in district

ARGYLE — Second-ranked Argyle hasn’t had many hiccups this season, and its stranglehold on District 9-4A only grew tighter with Tuesday’s 25-7, 25-16, 25-16 sweep of struggling Aubrey.

Argyle dominates visiting Ranchview

ARGYLE — The keys to the Argyle Eagles’ 63-7 victory against District 6-4A foe Carrollton Ranchview were their ability to stay healthy throughout the lopsided win, spread the ball around on offense and use their depth they had on both sides of the ball.

Argyle tops Krum in battle for first place

ARGYLE — Just as it appeared Krum had battled back and was poised to punch back in a battle of Class 4A heavyweights, Argyle junior Maddie DeGuire stepped to the service line Friday and delivered a knockout blow to put a stamp on the first round of district play and lead No. 2 Argyle to a four-set win over No. 4 Krum.

Sweatt carries load as Argyle pops Paris

ARGYLE — The Argyle Eagles have found their running game, and with district play just around the corner, the timing could not have been any better. Senior Taylor Sweatt, who was defensive MVP in the state final in 2014 as a linebacker before being converted to running back this season, rushed for a season-high 165 yards on 20 carries and scored three times Friday to lead the Eagles to a 31-20 nondistrict victory against Paris.


Volleyball: Lady Eagles snap three-match skid against powerhouse

ARGYLE — When it comes to repeated matchups between ranked teams, Argyle vs. Decatur is one battle of heavyweights that never seems to disappoint. But going into a rematch of last year’s Class 4A state final, it had been two years since Argyle notched a win over its archnemesis.


Argyle again cracks Graham

ARGYLE — Over the past two seasons, Argyle and Graham have played some classic high school football games, including the last two state semifinal matchups, with Argyle winning all of them. The Eagles added another victory against Graham to their ledger on Friday night, but there was drama involved in the way Argyle handed Graham its third loss of the season with a 47-21 win in the Eagles’ home opener.

Chalk comes up big

ARGYLE — J.C. Chalk stumbled over his words trying to recall when he last led Argyle in receiving yards in a game. Eventually he quit trying to remember; the bottom line was it had been a while for the Eagles’ big tight end.


Football: Argyle ready to rebound against familiar foe Graham

ARGYLE — Much like his players, Todd Rodgers isn’t used to losing.


Rivalry reversal

CELINA — Argyle has found a variety of ways over the years to one-up longtime rival and fellow state power Celina, and most of that production came from its run game. On Friday, Celina returned the favor. Jarren Alexander rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns, quarterback Conner Pingleton added 197 more to go with 167 passing yards and Celina beat Argyle for the first time since 2008 with a 46-36 win at Bobcat Stadium.

Argyle Eagles discard Jackets

DENISON — Last year’s matchup between Argyle and Denison went down to the wire, with the Eagles eking out the win on a last-ditch touchdown pass in the closing seconds of regulation. The rematch was once again high-scoring, but perhaps not as close as the score indicates.

Volleyball: Lady Eagles find groove, forge sweep of Lady Broncos

Fighting the injury bug and inconsistent play of late, Argyle hasn’t been playing its best volleyball, according to coach Clark Oberle.

Argyle overcomes sloppy start for win

ABILENE — As good as Week 1 games go, Argyle and Abilene Wylie’s contest was fairly similar to last year’s season opener. Last season, the Eagles defeated the Bulldogs 34-28 in a contest some Argyle fans thought they should have lost with all the mistakes the made.

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Basketball: Argyle’s Townsend elected to Hall of Fame

Argyle girls basketball coach Skip Townsend isn’t one for individual honors. But on Monday, he got one even he couldn’t help but be humbled by as he was elected to the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, just months after winning his seventh career state championship in March.

Volleyball roundup: Lake Dallas stays on top at tourney

GRANBURY — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons continued their undefeated run in the Granbury tournament Friday as they took down Seminole 25-19, 25-16, Lubbock 25-15, 26-24 and Burleson Centennial 25-15, 25-13.

Volleyball: Argyle beats Independence in opening match

FRISCO — Argyle may have fell short in last year’s Class 4A state final, but it opened this season in a rather enviable position talent wise. Returning all but one starter, the Lady Eagles got big nights from seniors Eighmy Dobbins and Alexa Bass — both all-state players in 2014 — on Tuesday in a sweep of Frisco Independence.

Volleyball: Ryan visits Little Elm to kick off new season

Another volleyball season is set to get underway today when Ryan travels to Little Elm to open the season in new Ryan head coach Nicholas Gay’s first game as the Lady Raiders’ head coach.On Tuesday, most...

Football: Former Argyle, Texas Tech lineman transfers to UNT

Trey Keenan, a former Argyle offensive lineman who began his career at Texas Tech, has transferred to North Texas.A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Keenan has...

Volleyball: Lake Dallas to host preseason tournament

CORINTH — Lake Dallas will host a preseason tournament Saturday, two days before teams from all classifications are allowed to hold their first organized regular-season workouts.

Football: Coaches focus on tackling to improve safety

Matt Fischer knows his job as a middle school coach for Denton ISD, a hotbed for Texas football talent, has always been more about teaching the basics and maximizing participation than winning games.


Second to none

Coming into this past baseball and softball season, Argyle’s Rixey Boyd and Sanger’s Morgan Turkoly couldn’t have been more opposite. Boyd was an unproven pitcher in an Eagles rotation that had lost two Division I arms, while Turkoly was a decorated star for the Lady Indians.

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Argyle Eagles take home Class 4A state baseball title

AUSTIN — As Connor Mushinski accepted the Class 4A state title game MVP award Thursday, Argyle athletic director and football coach Todd Rodgers jumped in excitement near the Eagles’ dugout while praising Mushinski, who he insisted was only 15 years old and couldn’t drive himself home.

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Baseball: Calm before the storm

AUSTIN — Argyle scored two runs in the fourth inning and seven more in the fifth Wednesday afternoon to rally from a 3-run deficit to beat Abilene Wylie 9-4 in a Class 4A state semifinal at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.

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Pitch to win

ARGYLE — Argyle is back in the state tournament for a second straight year. And for the Eagles, that means a second chance.

Baseball: Argyle’s state semifinal announced

The Argyle baseball team earned a berth in this year’s Class 4A state tournament with Saturday’s sweep of Texarkana Pleasant Grove. Less than 24 hours later, the Eagles learned who they will play in their quest for the program’s first state crown.


Argyle baseball again advances to state

PLANO — As Argyle coach Ricky Griffin stood on the field hugging his wife after Saturday’s series-clinching win against Texarkana Pleasant Grove, he could be heard telling her that maybe this time his Eagles will finish the job at state.


Baseball: Pfohl’s hit wins Game 1

PLANO — By the looks of what happened in Game 1 on Friday, the best-of-three Class 4A Region II finals between Argyle and Texarkana Pleasant Grove is likely far from over.Argyle — which has yet to lose...

Baseball: Argyle eyeing return trip to state tournament

For the second straight year, Argyle is on the cusp of advancing to the state tournament. And that road again goes through Texarkana Pleasant Grove.

Baseball: Argyle, Pleasant Grove set series

The Argyle Eagles and Pleasant Grove Hawks have set their Class 4A Region II finals playoff series for Friday and Saturday in a best-of-three series at Plano’s John Paul II High School.

Baseball: Argyle overcomes travel, sweeps Van

PLANO — When Connor Mushinski fired a high fastball to Van’s Jacob Tobias, who represented the tying run, to end a Class 4A Region II semifinal series with Van with his eighth strikeout of the day, the Argyle baseball team finally was able to unwind Friday evening.


Baseball: Argyle-Van series headed to Plano's John Paul II

Due to the heavy rains overnight the Argyle-Van baseball series has shifted sites once again. The two Class 4A Region II semifinalists will resume at 3 p.m. today at Plano's John Paul II High School.


Baseball: Argyle sweeps Sanger

After advancing to its first state tournament last year, Argyle may have looked thin on the mound this season having lost two Division I pitchers to graduation. Looks clearly are deceiving.

Baseball: Eagles rip Indians 12-1 in series opener

In the first two meetings this year between Argyle and Sanger, Argyle coach Ricky Griffin sent sophomore Connor Mushinski to the mound, and both times, the Eagles came away winners.

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Girls basketball: Argyle’s Gray named Class 4A player of the year

Vivian Gray is no stranger to being in elite company.Take the sophomore’s performance for Argyle in the Class 4A state semifinal game against top-ranked Waco La Vega before the Lady Eagles went on to...

Track and field: Busy Markwardt wins silver in 200

AUSTIN — After what Argyle senior Hunter Markwardt did for Eagles baseball coach Ricky Griffin on Friday, it was only fair for Griffin to do his leadoff hitter and right fielder a favor.