Krum is the No. 4 softball team in Class 4A and leads a trio of Denton-area squads on the recently-updated Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, Ryan responded quickly to knock off Braswell 4-1 on Friday and improve to 5-12-1.
Argyle was well represented on the District 9-4A all-district team, this after a dominating regular season that led to the Eagles winning 33 games and making a run to their first state tournament since 2012.
The fine folks at Dave Campbell's Texas Football needed a fill-in guest to co-host Wednesday's episode of DCTF Live, so I jumped on the opportunity and, alongside the great Max Thompson, was able to highlight our football-rich area, including Guyer, Ryan and Argyle, as well as other strong programs.
WHITESBORO — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals improved to 4-1 on the season as they picked up wins in three of their first four games to open up the Whitesboro tournament. Aubrey beat Tom Bean 2-0 and Pottsboro 15-9 on Thursday before knocking off Valley View 16-8 on Friday.
The Ryan boys basketball team won a coin flip against Denton on Wednesday afternoon, making the Raiders the top seed in District 5-5A.
The girls basketball playoffs are set to resume tonight as four area teams were crowned bi-district champions earlier this week.
PONDER — Chase Harris had 16 points to lead the No. 5 Ponder boys to a 105-56 win over Callisburg on Saturday, and the senior guard became the all-time leading scorer in Ponder history with 2,189 career points. Harris also broke the school’s 3-point field goal record with 312.
BRIDGEPORT — Aubrey advanced to the final of the Bridgeport tournament after defeating the host team 68-51, but fell short of the title as Class 5A Birdville dominated the Chaparrals 84-39 in Thursday’s finale.
FORT WORTH — Three Denton-area teams picked up first-round wins to open the Whataburger Tournament, as Guyer blew past Richland 76-59, Ponder scraped by Liberty Christian 66-59 and Argyle edged Wall 44-37.
PILOT POINT — The Pilot Point Lady Bearcats tipped off district play with a win, defeating Callisburg 57-50 on Tuesday night.
WHITESBORO — After falling to Whitesboro by double-digits earlier in the season, the Aubrey Lady Chaps bounced back with a four-point win in a rematch between the teams.
SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo tournament.
SANGER — Sanger, Ponder and Aubrey got back to work at the Sanger tournament, and all three walked away Friday with big wins. Ponder started it off with a 77-52 win over Denison led by four players in double digits. Senior Chase Harris scored 17 points, juniors Dean Akins and Tye Schluter each added 16 and junior Ryan Waldo dropped in 10.
Denton-area volleyball players were represented well on their respective all-district teams. The select players are chosen by district coaches, who consider their performance during district play.
TYLER — The Aubrey Chaparrals didn’t learn anything new about playoff football in Texas. You can’t afford to make mistakes. The Chaparrals made far too many, whether by penalty, by interception or by coverage breakdown, and the result was a 35-21 loss to Jasper on Friday night in a Class 4A Division II area playoff at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
MESQUITE — Aubrey coach Keith Ivy never saw the ice bath coming. But as his players sneaked up behind him to empty the remains of the team cooler on his head, he could only laugh. “It’s pretty cold,” Ivy said, smiling. “It’s all worth it. I’ll do that every Friday.”
Micayla Porter, a four-year starter for Aubrey, signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play volleyball for Northern Michigan. Also pictured are her parents, Dan and Chris Porter. Micayla finished her senior season with a well-rounded stat line of 521 assists, 319 kills, 315 digs and 118 aces.
Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.
NEVADA — Aubrey running back Gatlin Grisso scored five touchdowns — three on the ground and two receiving — to help spark the offensive attack in the Aubrey Chaparrals’ 43-16 victory against Nevada Community on Friday night in the District 5-4A opener.
AUBREY — There never was a doubt Aubrey would win. Gatlin Grisso’s 99-yard interception return with no time left on the clock in the second quarter was just icing. Grisso, playing defensive back, came down with a Hail Mary from Benbrook (0-4) and returned it to put Aubrey (3-1) up 48-9 headed into halftime. The game ended with Aubrey winning 62-9.
AUBREY — It was not a good night for the kicking game for the Aubrey Chaparrals. Their battle against Whitesboro on Friday night started with a field goal attempt being blocked. The game ended with another Aubrey field goal being blocked, this one returned for a touchdown to seal a 29-20 overtime victory for the Bearcats.
AUBREY — Braswell’s volleyball team has been in a slump, losing three of its past six matches after beginning the season 10-6. The Lady Bengals’ opponent Tuesday couldn’t be clicking more. The Lady Bengals fell at Aubrey in a five-set match, 25-12, 20-25, 14-25, 25-21, 15-11.
BOWIE — With 58 seconds to play, Aubrey junior running back Pablo Vera powered his way into the end zone for his fourth touchdown of the night to give the Aubrey High School Chaparrals a 26-20 victory against the Bowie High School Jackrabbits.
After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.
The first time Grayson Grisso tried to clear a hurdle could not have gone any worse. Grisso was in eighth grade and quickly decided he was finished with the event — for good.