FLOWER MOUND — Jhivvan Jackson continued his reign of dominance against Guyer on Tuesday, and the Euless Trinity point guard ended the Wildcats’ promising season in the process.
The race to UIL basketball gold begins this week for seven Denton-area boys teams while the Ryan and Argyle are the only two area girls teams still alive in the third round of the state playoffs with regional tournament berths on the line Tuesday night.
PLANO — It took Guyer nearly eight minutes to claim its first lead in Tuesday night’s regular-season finale against Plano East. Then, in seemingly the blink of an eye, the Wildcats had a double-digit lead as they used a furious first-half run to bury the Panthers and claim a 76-51 win at Archie E. McAfee Gymnasium.
Last month, a red-hot Guyer team got a dose of humility in the form of an upset loss to Plano West. On Tuesday, the first-place Wildcats showed how big the gap might be between themselves and the rest of District 6-6A with a demonstrative 87-59 win over the second-place Wolves.
Though his team came up just short of a victory in its final game of the 2016 football season, Guyer senior safety Bryce Jackson had a game to remember. His 18 tackles in a two-point playoff loss to Cedar Hill drew some high praise from Guyer’s longtime defensive coordinator.
ALLEN — Guyer has made a habit this year of coming back from slow starts and is proving to be a legitimate contender to make a deep run in the Class 6A playoffs next month.
Guyer proved two things to be true in Tuesday’s showdown for the top spot in District 6-6A. First, the Wildcats proved to be the unquestioned top dogs in the district with their 71-64 win over McKinney, which entered the night tied with Guyer for first place — the Lions’ only loss came against Guyer in December.
If not for timing, Heather Van Noy might have never left the Guyer volleyball program. Now, after six seasons at Lake Dallas, the former Guyer assistant coach is returning to lead the Lady Wildcats. Van Noy spent the first six seasons of her coaching career at Guyer.
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.