Plano gets its revenge on Guyer in blowout

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.

Wildcat girls go cold in defeat

Every coach has the occasional game he or she would like to have back. On Friday night, Guyer girls basketball coach Aimee Kilgore simply was at a loss for words following her team’s 64-60 loss to Plano West, and with good reason.

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Grabbing another gear

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.

Wildcats come alive in third, top Boyd

Despite a red-hot stretch since the Christmas break that has seen Guyer jump to No. 5 in the Class 6A rankings, coach Grant Long still sees room for improvement for his young team.

Roundup: Harris breaks Ponder scoring record

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.

Football: Star RB Cain leaving Guyer for Florida’s IMG Academy

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.

Boys basketball: Guyer keeps Allen’s long-range attack in check in 82-71 win

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.

Basketball roundup: Wilson 3 helps Harmon, Guyer win tourney

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.

Basketball roundup: Chaps take second place in Bridgeport

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.

Basketball roundup: Guyer, Ponder, Argyle win at tourney

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.

Football: J.W. Walsh lands job at Abilene Christian

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.


Private Pyle hits mark

Guyer senior point guard Lauren Heard is accustomed to being her team’s leading scorer, and Friday was no different. While the TCU signee was filling the bucket with 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, though, she did get some help from an unlikely source.


Cain leads Guyer contingent on 6A all-state team

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.


Ryan’s Sanders, Robinson, Denton’s Polley land on AP’s Class 5A all-state first 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,...

Girls basketball: Guyer rally falls short against Plano East

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.

Comeback effort falls short for Guyer boys

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.

Basketball roundup: Calvary beats Ryan in tournament final

SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo tournament.

Volleyball: All-district lists honor area standouts

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.

Guyer’s Wilson out with fracture

The star-studded Guyer boys basketball team will be down one of its best players, as sophomore Jalen Wilson will miss the next four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his foot.

Harmon scores 22 as Guyer upends Madison

The only hope Dallas Madison had of pulling off an upset Tuesday afternoon at Guyer was to outrun and outgun the Wildcats. At times in the first half, it appeared the state’s fifth-ranked Class 3A team...

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Guyer girls strong all game in rout of Lady Broncos

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.


Second half collapse dooms Guyer season

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.


Reece signs with Kansas

Javan Reece grew up wanting to play football at Nebraska and eventually find his way to the NFL, following along the same career path as his father, John Reece.

Guyer vs. Cedar Hill could be ‘classic’

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.

Guyer suffers crushing defeat

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.


Defense leads Guyer past Nelson in first round

All season long, Guyer coach John Walsh has leaned on his defense to flip momentum with big plays. Just when it appeared Trophy Club Nelson was set to make Friday’s playoff opener a ballgame, the Wildcats’ defense did it again.

Wildcats opening playoffs vs. Nelson

Last season, Guyer and Trophy Club Nelson played with some of the oddest circumstances surrounding a game in recent memory. The game, originally scheduled for a Thursday and postponed until 11 a.m. Friday...


Lady Wildcat inks her intent with Horned Frogs

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.


Signing notebook: Day features commitments from area 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 loses star before win

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.


Guyer balances playoff prep with West tilt

Guyer quarterback Luke Stillwell said this week that all he knew about the Wildcats’ potential first-round playoff opponent is that it could be one of three teams. He had no idea which teams were in play.

Guyer comes up with shutout against McKinney Boyd

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.


Guyer looks for bounce-back performance

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.


Mwaniki leads Guyer to close win in first career start

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.


Mwaniki gets start at QB for Guyer

Thabo Mwaniki has done a little bit of everything for Guyer’s football team since being called from junior varsity just a few games into his sophomore season.

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Allen whips Guyer, 42-7

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.


Guyer takes run game to Allen, where yards are tough to gain

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?


Guyer rides ‘D’ to rout of Lions

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.


McKinney could surprise at Guyer

Last week against a talent-rich Plano East team, the Guyer defense put on a clinic, coming up with four fourth-down stops, including one to stall the Panthers at Guyer’s 1-yard line before the Wildcats went on a 99-yard scoring drive.


Guyer defense steals show

For years, Guyer has been winning games on the heels of its vaunted offensive attack by scoring loads of points and picking up yardage in big chunks. On Friday night, Guyer’s defense showed it can be counted on to win big games, too.

Guyer RBs, Plano East defenders set for clash of prospects

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.

Plano addresses cheap shot on Guyer

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.

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Plano apologizes for hit

Plano coaches apologized to Guyer tight end Brian Polendey and head coach John Walsh after seeing film Saturday of a cheap shot that appeared to be an attempt to hurt the Miami of Florida recruit’s right...

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Guyer holds on after mistakes keep Plano close

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.

Allen shuts down Guyer’s strong effort in five-set thriller

Guyer’s loss to Allen on Tuesday night wasn’t the result of a lack of quality stretches of play by the Lady Wildcats.

District 6-6A foes present new tests for Guyer football

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.

Volleyball roundup: McKinney tops Guyer in five

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.

Guyer airs it out in rout of Kimball

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.

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Guyer set to open up offense

Through the first two games of Guyer’s season, new starting quarterback Luke Stillwell hasn’t had a chance to show what he can do in the passing game.

Robinson, DeSoto roll past Guyer Wildcats

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.