Football: Calvary advances to state semifinals

CARROLLTON — Quarterback James Helzer threw for 432 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Calvary Lions to a 68-56 victory over Dallas Tyler Street Christian Academy on Saturday night to advance to the semifinals of the TAPPS six-man Division II playoffs.

Calvary wins TAPPS state championship

SAN ANTONIO — For the third time in four years, the Calvary Lady Lions are bringing home the TAPPS Class 2A state championship.

Calvary in TAPPS 2A volleyball final

SAN ANTONIO — The Calvary Lady Lions, making their fifth straight appearance at the TAPPS 2A state volleyball tournament, will be going for the championship Saturday morning at 9 a.m. when they face Huntsville Alpha Omega in the title game.

Football: Calvary wins fifth straight

PLAINVIEW — The Calvary Lions continue to find ways to win. During a five-game win streak, the Lions have been an offensive juggernaut. On Saturday, Calvary built a lead and then used its defense to turn back Plainview Christian in a 38-26 triumph.

Football: Calvary's offense rolls in easy 68-44 victory

The Calvary Lions, after starting the season 0-4 with a struggling offense, have now won four straight games, and the offense recovered from its early season struggles.

Calvary wins 106-98 on gridiron

The Calvary Lions, after struggling offensively early in the season and dropping their first four games, rolled up more than 600 yards in total offense and hit the century mark in points Friday night, defeating the Richardson Canyon Creek Christian Cougars 106-98.

Calvary remains unbeaten with sweep of Bethesda

The Calvary Lady Lions remained undefeated in district play on Tuesday night with a 3-0 sweep of Bethesda Christian School. Calvary won 25-10, 25-23, 25-16.

Calvary cruises to second victory

The Calvary Lions, after struggling through the first month of the season with four losses, are now on a two-game winning streak after routing the Saint Jo Panthers on Friday night 61-8 at Ryan High School.

Calvary cruises to first win

GRANBURY — The Calvary Lions got off to a slow start Friday night, but then erupted for 56 points in the second and third quarter to roll to their first win of the season, a 62-12 triumph against Granbury Cornerstone Christian Academy.

Calvary suffers 53-50 loss to Lucas

LUCAS — Leading by 10 points with just over nine minutes to play, the Calvary Lions thought they were on the way to their first win of the season but the Lucas Christian Warriors had other thoughts on Saturday. The Warriors (3-2) scored 13 points over the next five minutes to take a 53-50 over the Lions (0-4).

Calvary suffers loss at Forestburg

FORESTBURG — The Forestburg Longhorns, after holding a slim 26-22 halftime lead, erupted for 40 second-half points to hand the Calvary Lions a 66-28 loss on Friday night.

Calvert drops Calvary Lions to 0-2

The Calvary Lions saw their record slip to 0-2 on Friday night as they were overwhelmed by the Calvert Trojans 46-0.

Harvest Christian pounds Calvary

The Watauga Harvest Christian Saints, aided by four costly turnovers by the Calvary Lions, jumped out to a 45-8 halftime lead on their way to a 57-34 victory in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

Twice as nice

Calvary Academy’s Hailey Costin, left, and Amy Grunden recently captured the TAPPS 2A state championship in girls doubles, making it the second straight year the pair brought home the tennis state title. Grunden, a senior, ran her streak to four years as a doubles champion. As a freshman and sophomore, she teamed with her sister, Laura, to capture the state crowns. Costin is a sophomore at Calvary.

Calvary earns TAPPS playoff berth

The Calvary Lions, behind the play of James Helzer, wrapped up a TAPPS state playoff berth on Monday with a 53-39 win over Texoma Christian. Helzer was dominate on both ends of the floor as he scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds and had three blocks to pace the Calvary (19-17) attack. Blake Nelson followed Helzer in scoring with 10 while Kieshun Cuchens and Brandon Eaton finished with seven each.

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.

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.

Football: Calvary’s playoff run ends, 54-8

AVALON — Calvary’s march through the TAPPS Six-Man Division II playoffs came to an abrupt and resounding halt Saturday as Waco Live Oak Classical handed the Lions a 54-8 loss in the state semifinals.

Football: Calvary posts 87-41 playoff win

CARROLLTON — It took the Calvary Lions more than a quarter to shake off the rust from not playing in more than two weeks. Dallas Tyler Street Christian wished it had taken much longer.

Signings: Argyle’s Keenan officially a Red Raider

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.

Football: Ten area teams still alive

The UIL and TAPPS playoffs get underway this week, and the Denton area will be well represented with 10 teams securing berths in the battle for state titles.

Football: Calvary wins district title

The Calvary Lions, needing a victory over the Plainview Christian Eagles to claim the district championship, jumped out to a quick lead Thursday night and rolled to a 51-6 triumph.

Calvary advances to TAPPS 1A state volleyball tournament

The Calvary Lady Lions defeated Notre Dame Saturday 26-24, 25-23, 15-25, 25-18 to advanced to next weekends state tournament semifinals at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana.

Football: Calvary rolls past Christ the King

LUBBOCK — The Calvary Lions, riding another multiple-touchdown performance from quarterback Keishun Cuchens, rolled to a 75-28 rout of Lubbock Christ the King Cathedral on Thursday night.

Football: Cuchens leads Calvary to 50-point rout

CARROLLTON — The Calvary Lions rode the passing and rushing of quarterback Keishun Cuchens on Friday night to a 74-24 rout of the Carrollton Christian Saints.

Football: Calvary falls short at Saint Jo

SAINT JO — The Calvary Lions, battling the weather elements and attempting to rally from a 13-point halftime deficit, fell just short in a 50-44 loss to the Saint Jo Panthers Friday night.

Denton Calvary sweeps Texoma Christian

The Denton Calvary Lady Lions rolled to a sweep of Texoma Christian School on Tuesday night, defeating the visitors 25-10, 25-5, 25-20. Next up for the Lady Lions is a Thursday meeting with Watauga Harvest Christian.

Football: Big quarter carries Calvary

TIOGA — The Calvary Lions rallied for 30 third-quarter points to break open a tight game and score a 50-34 victory over the Tioga Bulldogs on Friday night.

Volleyball: Calvary rolls past Bethesda

The Calvary Lady Lions  improved their season record to 24-9 and their district record to 2-0  with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-13 sweep of Bethesda Thursday night.

Football: Calvary drops 80-75 barnburner

The Denton Calvary Lions, behind the play of Keishun Cuchens, had their best offensive night of the season on Friday night, but it still wasn’t enough as the Forestburg Longhorns scored with 20 seconds remaining in the game for a 80-75 victory at Bronco Field.

Volleyball: Calvary conquers Krum

Lady Lions work out issues while posting four-set road victoryKRUM — Late in Tuesday’s nondistrict match at Krum, Calvary coach Jennifer Bramlett continued to throw in the occasional offensive wrinkle...

Football: Heath Fulton rips visiting Calvary

HEATH — The Calvary Lions saw their record fall to 1-2 for the season Friday night as the Heath Fulton Academy Falcons rolled to a 51-6 victory.

Calvary falls to Harvest Christian, 52-22

The Calvary Lions saw its record slip to 1-1 on the season Friday night after suffering a 52-22 loss to Harvest Christian.

Football: Calvary rolls 74-28 in opener

Calvary senior quarterback Keishun Cuchens accounted for seven touchdowns as he led the Lions to a season-opening 74-28 rout of Greenville Christian at Bronco Field on Friday night.

Volleyball roundup: Ryan, Calvary perform well at tournaments

GAINESVILLE — The Ryan Lady Raiders claimed third place in this weekend’s NCTC Invitational on Saturday after winning two of three matches on the day.Ryan (9-5) defeated Whitesboro 19-25, 25-12, 25-18...

Volleyball roundup: Lady Raiders sweep Denison

DENISON — The Ryan Lady Raiders claimed a sweep of host Denison on Friday, winning 25-22, 25-15, 25-21.

Volleyball: Ryan ready for play on own floor in Classic

The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.

Volleyball notebook: Argyle’s one-two punch

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.

Boys basketball: Calvary advances in TAPPS 2A playoffs

he Calvary Lions had to survive a fourth quarter rally by Lakehill Prep Warriors on Saturday night to walk away with a 61-59 victory in the TAPPS 2A area round playoffs.

Basketball roundup: Ponder boys win tourney title

PONDER — Ponder grabbed the lead early and didn’t let go as the Lions (5-1) coasted to a 47-28 victory over Liberty Christian on Saturday to win their own tournament.

Calvary’s Mayer signs with ECU

Calvary’s Madeline Mayer signs a national letter of intent to play volleyball at East Central University in Ada, Okla., on Wednesday as Calvary coach Jennifer Bramlett looks on. Calvary won the TAPPS Class 2A state championship for the second consecutive year last weekend in Corsicana, and Mayer was named to the all-state team while landing tournament MVP honors. Mayer is the daughter of John and Diane Mayer and the granddaughter of Betty Duncan Owen.

Volleyball: Calvary repeats as state champion

CORSICANA — Repeating as TAPPS Class 2A state champion, Calvary found that the road to a title usually gets more difficult rather than easier. Holding off hard-hitting Boerne Geneva in a rematch of last year’s final, Calvary won in five sets at Corsicana High School.

Volleyball: Calvary moves into state final

CORSICANA — Calvary claimed a 25-11, 25-16, 21-25, 25-19 win over Rockwall Heritage Christian on Friday in the TAPPS Class 2A state tournament semifinals, setting up a rematch of last season’s state title match today with the Geneva School of Boerne in the final.

Volleyball: Playoff road continues

Today marks a three-day stretch during which four area volleyball teams will try to prolong their season by another week.

Volleyball: Calvary makes state

WACO — Calvary shook off an opening-set loss Tuesday to upend Austin Hill Country Christian 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 and punch its ticket to the TAPPS Class 2A state tournament, which begins Friday.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Broncos claim playoff berth

BOWIE — After falling to Wichita Falls Rider in a close sweep, Denton rallied to defeat Azle and claim the fourth and final playoff spot in District 5-4A on Friday.

Volleyball notebook: Denton needs one more win

If Denton wants to extend its playoff streak to three straight years, the Lady Broncos will have to come up with one more win. Denton, Azle and Wichita Falls Rider finished the regular season tied for third place in District 5-4A, setting up a mini-tournament in Bowie on Friday.