Plano coach Rodney Belcher made a spur-of-the-moment decision heading into Tuesday night’s game against Guyer with a revenge-minded team on his bench.
The Guyer boys basketball team entered this season carrying a significant burden. The Wildcats faced sky-high expectations as the sixth-ranked team in the state and opened the season Nov. 15 in front of a crowd that rivaled any in the program’s decade-plus of existence.
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.
The Guyer football program was dealt a significant blow Thursday when star running back Noah Cain announced he is leaving the school to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Cain, a 5-11, 205-pound sophomore, is 247Sports’ top-rated running back in the national class of 2019 and already has 15 offers from programs such as LSU and Oklahoma after two phenomenal seasons at Guyer.
Guyer coach Grant Long had a mental checklist for what his team needed to do Tuesday to score a win over the 11th-ranked team in the state. To beat Allen, Guyer aimed to limit the damage from the Eagles’ prolific outside shooters and break a consistent press defense. Both ended up being keys to the No. 7 Wildcats’ 82-71 win over Allen.
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.
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.
Former Guyer quarterback J.W. Walsh on Wednesday accepted a job as the running backs coach at Abilene Christian. He confirmed the move in a text message late Wednesday.
After a breakout season as a freshman in 2015, Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain solidified his place in the upper echelon of the state’s top ballcarriers Thursday when he was named to The Associated Press’ Class 6A all-state team.
A stellar year for football teams in the Denton school district paid off when two of its schools had multiple players land on the first or second team of The Associated Press’ Class 5A all-state team,...
Guyer coach Aimee Kilgore’s team could not have gotten off to a worse start in Friday’s District 6-6A clash with state-ranked Plano East. The Wildcats’ 15-point deficit after the opening quarter didn’t bury them, but it did prove too much to recover from as No. 24 Plano East held off a furious second-half rally to pull away late in a 68-57 win.
As hard as Guyer tried to claw back from a big hole late in Tuesday’s nondistrict clash with Euless Trinity, a sloppy first half and an unconscious shooting effort from the Trojans’ star guard were too much to overcome as Trinity handed Guyer an 87-77 defeat.
SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo tournament.
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.
Early in Monday’s crosstown matchup between Denton and Guyer, it was evident Guyer came out ready to play. The Lady Wildcats’ hot start never let up, as Guyer stormed out of the gate and finished strong in a 67-26 rout of the Lady Broncos.
MANSFIELD — As dominant a showing as Guyer put on in the first half of Saturday’s area-round playoff game against powerhouse Cedar Hill, Guyer coach John Walsh went to the locker room knowing the game could have been even more in his team’s favor. When the clock hit zeroes and the teams were walking to midfield for the customary postgame handshake, the thought was eating at him even more. A holding penalty negated a Noah Cain touchdown run in the final minute of the first half that would’ve given the Wildcats a 21-point lead and the ball to start the second half, but instead Cedar Hill fought back with a stellar second half to hand Guyer a 23-21 defeat and end the Wildcats’ season.
John Walsh and Joey McGuire got to know each other while coaching in the Under Armour All-America Game back in 2010. Since then, they’ve become good friends and share a lot in common. Both have won state titles and are considered to be in the upper echelon of Texas high school football coaches.Today, Guyer and Cedar Hill renew a rivalry that saw them play four straight years and twice in 2010, and the loser will have nothing to look ahead to except spring football.
Tuesday night’s season opener was supposed to be the ringing in of a new era of Guyer basketball. The Wildcats entered the season ranked No. 6 in the preseason Class 6A state poll with major-college level players throughout their lineup, and while good days are still ahead for Guyer, Midlothian played spoiler to the Wildcats’ party by handing Guyer a season-opening 57-56 loss at Wildcat Gymnasium.
Lauren Heard has followed an unconventional path for a top-notch basketball recruit playing for a successful program. The guard just began her senior season at Guyer and is now playing for her third head coach in four seasons. That volatility led her to put a lot of thought into her college future with the uncertainty of the coaching business in collegiate sports.
The Guyer girls golf program saw three of its players sign their national letters of intent to play college golf on Wednesday afternoon.
Guyer came away with a dominant victory on Friday night in its regular-season finale against Plano West at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, but what happened in the moments before the game left a sour taste in the Wildcats’ mouth as they prepare for the postseason.
McKINNEY — By the end of the first quarter on Friday night, there was no doubt Guyer would come away with another win in District 6-6A play. It just took a while for the Wildcats to put away an overmatched McKinney Boyd team as they notched a 37-0 win against the Broncos behind their usually dominant ground attack and a standout defensive effort.
Two weeks ago, Guyer suffered a blowout defeat at the hands of the state’s top-ranked team, Allen. Last week, the Wildcats pulled off a 35-23 win against a probable playoff team from Wylie, and in many ways, the Guyer coaching staff was more upset with the win than the loss.
Thabo Mwaniki made the first start at quarterback of his life on Friday night, and the 17-year-old Guyer senior gave a mixed review of his performance in the Wildcats’ win against Wylie. The Wildcats scored a 35-23 win against Wylie, but that was about all Mwaniki was happy about.
ALLEN — For a few moments in the beginning of Friday’s showdown between Guyer and Allen, it appeared the Wildcats might knock off the state’s top-ranked team and hand the Eagles their first home loss in the fourth season they’ve played in their $60 million stadium.
Before he even heard the full question, the smile flashed across Brian Polendey’s face. What’s going to give in an anticipated matchup between the best rushing attack in Dallas-Fort Worth and the area’s second-best run defense?
For the second consecutive week, Guyer allowed its opponent to jump out to a quick lead. And for the second straight week, the Wildcats’ defense played shutout football after an initial setback as Guyer rolled to a 42-7 win against McKinney on Friday night.
While preparing to face Plano East today, the Guyer coaching staff had its hands full. On offense, the Panthers feature a Rice pledge at quarterback and a speed burner at tailback.
A play in Guyer’s win against Plano on Friday night that drew attention and concern from Guyer coaches and fans, as well as from the high school football community, has been addressed by the Plano coaching staff and that school district’s athletic department.
PLANO — Guyer coach John Walsh had plenty to like about his team’s District 6-6A opener on Friday night. Guyer rushed for 353 yards, had 14 carries of more than 10 yards and controlled the tempo of the game for much of the night en route to a 34-24 win against Plano to open district play.
Guyer’s loss to Allen on Tuesday night wasn’t the result of a lack of quality stretches of play by the Lady Wildcats.
As soon as the University Interscholastic League posted its biennial realignment and reclassification in February, Guyer coach John Walsh was champing at the bit for late September to come soon.
McKINNEY — For the second time in as many District 6-6A matches, Guyer was close but eventually outlasted by a team from McKinney. On Friday, the Lady Wildcats took the opening set of district play against state powerhouse and third-ranked McKinney Boyd before losing in four sets.
DALLAS — For the past couple of weeks, Guyer juniors Luke Stillwell and Donovan Greenhoward have been itching to show what they could do to complement Guyer’s renowned rushing attack. On Friday night at Sprague Stadium, albeit against an overmatched opponent, the Wildcats took to the air early and often in a 63-7 rout of Dallas Kimball behind their junior quarterback and No. 1 wide receiver.
DESOTO — At the beginning of Friday’s highly anticipated clash between Guyer and its former quarterback Shawn Robinson and his new team, it appeared Guyer coach John Walsh’s plan to counter DeSoto’s quick-striking offense was working perfectly. Two miscues in the kicking game cost Guyer dearly as DeSoto built a 20-point halftime lead before storming to a 51-17 win as the No. 3 Eagles improved to 2-0 on the season.