ABILENE — After cruising past Abilene Christian and Dallas Lakehill in the TAPPS 3A playoffs, the Calvary girl’s basketball team fell to Midland Classical Academy 69-29 in the state semifinals.
FORT WORTH — Jalen Wilson led Guyer with 21 points, but no shot was more important than his 3-point basket late in the fourth quarter that sealed the Wildcats’ 75-73 win over Garland Lakeview Centennial in the Orange division championship game of the Whataburger Tournament on Friday.
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.
SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo tournament.
MIDLAND — The Calvary Lions desperately needed a victory Friday night to keep their slim TAPPS playoff hopes alive. Midland Trinity Chargers’ Jackson Pinnow returned the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown as the Chargers rolled to a 64-30 triumph against Calvary, handing the Lions’ their sixth straight loss and ending their season with a 2-8 record.
A 24-point third quarter was more than the Calvary Lions could overcome Friday night as the Abilene Christian Panthers rolled to a 42-27 victory, handing the Lions their fifth straight loss.
For the first two weeks of the 2016 season, the Calvary Lions couldn’t get their offense going and scored six combined points in two lopsided losses. That all changed Friday night when the Lions’ offense got on track, and the result was a 52-6 rout of the Stoneburg Gold-Burg Bears in a game that ended in the third quarter due to the TAPPS mercy rule.
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.
Noah Goodwin of Corinth will try to become the seventh Texan to win the U.S. Junior Amateur since 1999 when he plays Min Woo Lee of Australia in today’s 36-hole final.
ARGYLE — With four state titles in girls basketball in nine seasons, an argument can be made that Liberty Christian has built itself a dynasty.
The teams are set, and the Denton-area will be well-represented at the UIL and TAPPS girls state basketball tournaments this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.
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.
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.