PROSPER — In a game that featured everything from a start that came nearly two hours late, a 55-minute rain delay and appeals won on runners leaving too early, Friday night’s game that went nearly an hour into Saturday morning between Guyer and Plano came down to nothing but clutch execution at the plate and defense.
Entering the first of two days at the Class 6A Region I track and field meet at Maverick Stadium in Arlington, the Guyer Wildcats displayed their speed on the track, while Ryan showed its power with Ken McLaurin in the shot put.
Keith Medford has heard plenty of recruiting pitches from college coaches. As the only softball coach Guyer High School has ever had, Medford has had more than his fair share of players go on to play collegiately.
At one point in Wednesday’s pivotal crosstown showdown between Guyer and Ryan, it appeared Guyer left fielder Ryan McCans had a chance to be the hero who kept the Wildcats’ playoff hopes alive with one regular-season game remaining.
The news of a couple of weeks ago involving the transfer of Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson to DeSoto sent shockwaves not only throughout the Texas high school football landscape, but also Guyer’s fieldhouse.
After 6 1/2 innings Tuesday night, it appeared that Guyer’s good fortune on the diamond had run out in a pivotal District 5-6A game against Trophy Club Nelson.
The Guyer girls golf team has grown accustomed to some hard-fought battles with its biggest district rival, Trophy Club Nelson. Last week in the District 5-6A tournament, the Lady Wildcats took “hard-fought” out of the equation.
Bryce Jackson makes it very clear academics are important to him and his future, and that’s evident from a quick glance at the Guyer safety’s football scholarship offer list.
FORT WORTH — Following a crushing run-rule loss Tuesday — Guyer’s first setback of the season — coach Keith Medford wanted to see how his team would bounce back.
Guyer tight end Brian Polendey took a visit to Florida over spring break to visit his father, whose job was recently transferred to the Tampa area. In the midst of the visit, he worked in a business trip to the University of Miami and quickly decided he wanted to spend his collegiate years there. He committed to the Hurricanes on Monday night.
Missing its starting pitcher due to injury, Guyer entered Tuesday’s play undefeated at 19-0 and ranked first in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll knowing it was going to need to deliver in the other aspects of its game against an offensively capable Trophy Club Nelson squad.
Frequently hanging its hat on defense, Guyer knows how crucial a good start to a game can be. It starts with coach Johnny Kinzy, who is constantly reminding his team the importance of setting an early tone.
Rarely does a team utterly dominate the possession of a match and lose. But for the fourth-place Guyer Lady Wildcats, that was the case in their District 5-6A home contest against third-place Keller Timber Creek on Friday.
On a night when it didn’t appear Guyer pitcher Grace Wills had her best stuff and no breaks were going Guyer’s way, the Lady Wildcats continued a recent trend by coming back from a three-run deficit Monday.
Guyer coach Kenny Blevins was able to breathe a sigh of relief after Tuesday’s game against Keller Fossil Ridge. Not only were the Lady Wildcats able to take the field for the first time since a wreck claimed the life of a player in their program, but they looked good doing it as they rolled to a 6-0 win against Keller Fossil Ridge.
COLLEYVILLE — Just like in Tuesday’s playoff opener, Guyer got off to a rough start and dug itself a hole. Unlike that bi-district win against Flower Mound, there was no coming back against a seasoned South Grand Prairie team, and the Warriors ended Guyer’s season with a 74-53 victory in the Class 6A Region I area round Friday.
COPPELL — Guyer senior Zach Garza is no stranger to big-time performances in the postseason. Last year, his huge fourth quarter and game-high 29 points propelled the Wildcats to a narrow victory over Flower Mound Marcus in the Wildcats’ first playoff game at the state’s largest classification. On Tuesday, Garza had a welcomed bout of déjà vu.
Seven Denton-area boys basketball teams begin the journey through the UIL playoffs tonight and tomorrow while two area girls teams move into the regional quarterfinals.
Before the basketball season began, Zach Garza sent a group text message to two kids — people his peers might want nothing to do with other than some freshman hazing. But De’Vion Harmon and Jalen Wilson are not typical freshmen, and they’ve proven as much by being key players in what is becoming a banner season for Guyer boys basketball with the playoffs approaching.
Krum coach Stacey Lucas didn’t say it’s state or bust this season. But her team certainly looks the part.
For eight Denton-area girls basketball teams, the win-and-advance season, better known as the UIL state playoffs, gets under way today and tomorrow.
KELLER — Jalen Wilson has a lot of games to play for Guyer in his future, but the freshman forward said he’d been waiting for Friday’s matchup with Keller all season long.
The last time the Guyer girls basketball team lost a game, the Lady Wildcats could do nothing to get comfortable in their offense in a loss to Keller back on Jan. 19.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In an overcrowded room of eager coaches and school district officials, Ryan coach Dave Henigan positioned himself in front of a large projection screen.
JUSTIN — What a week it’s been for the Guyer basketball program. Early in the week, the Wildcats dealt with the loss of a teammate when junior varsity player Corey West was killed after being hit by a car. All the Wildcats have done since is rally around each other and score two huge wins in District 5-6A, capped by a 60-50 victory over Justin Northwest on Friday at Texan Gym.
Guyer senior guard Zach Garza is the Wildcats’ team captain and lone senior starter. Last year, Garza took neighborhood friend Corey West, then a freshman, under his wing. The two spent time playing basketball at a neighborhood park as Garza tried to teach West what it would take for him to someday be a varsity player for the Wildcats. West never got that chance, as the Guyer sophomore was hit by a car and killed Sunday evening, casting a somber mood over Wildcat Gymnasium on Tuesday as the Wildcats took on first-place Keller in a pivotal District 5-6A matchup. West would be proud of Garza and the Wildcats as they used a ferocious third-quarter surge to hand the Indians their first district loss with a 78-68 decision.
Guyer had one last chance to win or tie Friday’s game against Trophy Club Nelson, needing a long inbounds pass and a bucket with 0.8 seconds remaining.