Girls soccer: Two late goals sink Lady Raiders in playoff opener

Ryan had the wind and arguably all the momentum going into the second half on Friday. What the Lady Raiders didn't have was a big enough lead.

Baseball/softball roundup: Lake Dallas plates 20 against R.L. Turner

CARROLLTON -- Lake Dallas exploded for 23 hits and dominated Carrollton R.L. Turner 20-2 on Friday night.

Baseball: Sanger rolls through Krum, set for tough test vs. No. 1 Argyle

SANGER -- District 9-4A is considered one of the toughest districts in the state. For a young Krum squad, that was evident in a 12-1 run-rule loss at Sanger on Friday night.

Girls soccer: Behind Wiltgen's hat trick, Denton advances with 6-3 win

Boys soccer: Betanzos' late goal seals first-round win for Raiders

ARGYLE -- Ricardo Betanzos slid to his knees in excitement after his late goal gave Ryan a critical lead in the closing minutes of Thursday's Class 5A playoff opener. But he was quick to regroup, as he knew there still was roughly 8 minutes left to play against one of the top teams in the area.

Football: Ryan's Gabriel Douglas selected for Under Armour camp

The roster for the Under Armour All-America camp series in Dallas has been announced, and two Denton-area athletes are on it. Those athletes are Ryan junior wide receiver Gabriel Douglas, a Texas Tech commit, and Liberty Christian quarterback Will Kuehne. Kuehne is committed to North Texas.

Powerlifting: Sanger's Havis on his way to state meet in Abilene

Sanger senior Jonathan Havis has qualified for the state powerlifting meet this Saturday in Abilene.

Basketball: Legendary Argyle coach Townsend retires after 44 years, nine titles

Legendary Argyle girls basketball coach Skip Townsend has called it a career after winning his ninth state championship earlier this month.

Soccer: Ryan, Denton open playoff schedule today

With the regular season over and playoff seedings decided, several Denton-area teams head into the UIL state playoffs over the next two days, beginning tonight with the Denton Lady Broncos and the Ryan Raiders.

Softball: Guyer fails to adjust in shutout loss

For a few innings on Tuesday night, it appeared a pivotal District 6-6A clash between Guyer and Wylie had all the makings of a pitchers' duel.

Softball: Third inning dooms Denton as Lady Broncos fall 13-4 to Rider

If the Denton Lady Broncos could have bottled their first-inning success and contained their third-inning disaster, Tuesday's District 5-5A showdown against Wichita Falls Rider might have turned out differently.

Baseball: Argyle can't hang on to slim lead in walk-off loss to Decatur

DECATUR - Argyle got to Decatur pitcher Bryce Elder one time in Tuesday's District 9-4A opener, then spent the rest of the night trying in vain to extend that small lead.

Softball/baseball roundup: Billmeier strikes out 12 in shutout of Gunter

GUNTER — Christine Billmeier throw a shutout and allowed just one hit to lead the Pilot Point Lady Bearcats to an 11-0 victory over Gunter on Tuesday night.Billmeier recorded 12 strikeouts in six innings...

Gray, Heard highlight all-region selections

Two of the area's most decorated players over the past four years capped their high school careers this past season, and the honors continue to roll in for both as Argyle's Vivian Gray and Guyer's Lauren Heard were both named to their respective all-region teams by Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

Guyer sophomores lead local all-region contingent

Despite a first-round playoff exit in overtime fashion, the Guyer boys had a breakthrough year on the Class 6A state basketball landscape. That was led by a fantastic sophomore duo of point guard De'Vion Harmon and guard Jalen Wilson, and those two were selected to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 6A Region I all-region team.

Softball: Krum, Aubrey, Pilot Point on latest TGCA state poll

Krum is the No. 4 softball team in Class 4A and leads a trio of Denton-area squads on the recently-updated Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll.

Dane Evans: The waiting begins, so goodbye, for now

Immediately after my pro day was over on March 10, my family, my agent, my girlfriend and myself all went to go grub out after a very successful day.

Baseball: Guyer suffers another late loss

Early in the season, the Guyer baseball team has had a growing weight on its collective shoulders. Through tournament games, and even in Tuesday's District 6-6A opener, Guyer has had trouble finishing tight games.

Sherman gets to Denton early, holds on for 4-2 win

On most nights, seven strikeouts can make for a powerful pitching outing. On Friday at Cotton Nix Field, Denton's Wyatt Folsom showed he had the tools to dismantle the Sherman Bearcats, but the Broncos' offense was late to arrive as Sherman pitcher David Bedgood kept them off balance throughout much of the game.

Baseball roundup: Canuteson fans 16 Bengals in Ryan win

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, Ryan responded quickly to knock off Braswell 4-1 on Friday and improve to 5-12-1.

Boys basketball: Argyle dominates 9-4A all-district team

Argyle was well represented on the District 9-4A all-district team, this after a dominating regular season that led to the Eagles winning 33 games and making a run to their first state tournament since 2012.

Dave Campbell's Texas Football Live talks Denton-area football

The fine folks at Dave Campbell's Texas Football needed a fill-in guest to co-host Wednesday's episode of DCTF Live, so I jumped on the opportunity and, alongside the great Max Thompson, was able to highlight our football-rich area, including Guyer, Ryan and Argyle, as well as other strong programs.

Baseball: Denton jumps out early on Raiders' pitching for first district win

Ryan and Denton took their sweet time playing Tuesday's District 5-5A opener, thanks largely to bad pitching.

Softball: Guyer pounds out 16 hits to run-rule McKinney

Shortly after Tuesday's game against McKinney began, the Guyer softball team was in a hole. All the Lady Wildcats needed to get on the right side of the scoreboard was three batters. Guyer bashed its way to a 16-1 run-rule victory over the Lady Lions in a game that was called before the completion of three innings.

High school roundup: Braswell baseball loses to Bonham in extra innings

BONHAM — In the final tune-up before district play, Braswell fell in heartbreaking fashion as Bonham scored on a walk-off double in the eighth inning to take a 6-5 win.

A nice ring to it

ARGYLE -- Vivian Gray has trouble keeping track of her bling. The Argyle senior has two state championship rings and an all-state ring from her freshman season and now, she's hoping for one more to add to the mix.

Ryan volleyball coach Nicholas Gay leaving for Weatherford

Nicholas Gay, who quickly turned around Ryan's volleyball program during a two-year stint at the school, is leaving to take over as head coach at Weatherford in a decision prompted by a similar move his wife is making.

Boys soccer: Ryan finishes third with tough loss to Rider in finale

Ryan had a chance to clinch a share of the District 5-5A title with a win in Monday's regular-season finale against Wichita Falls Rider. Instead, the Raiders find themselves heading into the playoffs as the district's third seed.

Schluter drills late 3 as Ponder stays alive in postseason

COPPELL -- On Tuesday night, there was a bout between two heavyweights that needed a knockout punch to end it. Trailing by one point with 17 seconds left, Ponder's Tye Schluter swished a 3-pointer to give Ponder the haymaker it needed to end a back-and-forth fight with a 63-59 victory.

Lions look to leave legacy in playoff run

PONDER -- After the No. 2-ranked Ponder Lions were upset last season in the area round to Dallas Faith Family Academy, coach Jude Stanley was at a loss for words, but he looked past the loss to leave a message for the future of the program: Follow in those who came before you.

Lady Broncos suffers first defeat

The Denton Lady Broncos clinched the District 5-5A title with their 10-0 destruction of Denison on Friday, also earning a tiebreaker over Wichita Falls via a 2-1 win in late February. Against Wichita Falls Rider on Tuesday, Denton looked as if it was going to hold on for another victory, but two goals from Rider's Maddi Kyle ended the Lady Broncos' bid for a perfect season with a 2-1 loss.

Ivy League Bronco

Last weekend at the Carl Norris Relays in Mesquite, Denton senior Logan McDaniel sent an audible gasp throughout the crowd as he launched himself from the jump board and into the sandy, nine-meter pit.

Eagles not satisfied with region tourney bid

ARGYLE -- Nathan Priddy was likely the least concerned Argyle player on the court Tuesday when he went scoreless in the first half of the Eagles' third-round playoff game against Dallas Carter. After all, Priddy averages roughly 18 points per game and knew the defense would try everything to shut him down.

Argyle boys to face top-ranked Silsbee

After beating Paris in Saturday's regional championship at Commerce, the Argyle boys basketball team found out who it will first face in the Class 4A state tournament this weekend.

Argyle sweeps 9-4A hoops superlatives

Before completing a Class 4A state championship three-peat last weekend, the Argyle girls basketball team dominated the District 9-4A all-district team, voted upon by the district's coaches.

Priddy close to a title

Nathan Priddy struggled for the right words while being interviewed during the final week of his high school basketball career. Clearly nervous, he rarely took his eyes off the ground in front of him -- unless to grab the attention of a nearby teammate.

Argyle's Standifer selected to play in all-star game

Argyle junior Gabby Standifer, who just helped lead the Lady Eagles to their third straight Class 4A state championship last weekend, was selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association to play in the TGCA Red-Blue All-Star Game this summer in Austin.

Eagles face No. 1 Silsbee at state

ARGYLE -- Argyle coach Russell Perkins isn't sure if anyone faced a tougher path to this weekend's state tournament than his Eagles. And of course, the reward for that is an immediate matchup with what many believe is the best team in the state.

Last-second three doesn't fall, Argyle loses heartbreaker to Silsbee

SAN ANTONIO -- Argyle preached all year about staying patient and waiting for the right play to present itself. That play was there in the closing seconds of its Class 4A state semifinal on Friday afternoon -- the shot just didn't fall.

Argyle's Gray honored by TGCA

Argyle senior Vivian Gray was selected over the weekend as the Texas Girls Coaches Association player of the year in Class 1A-4A.

Girls soccer: Roussos records hat trick as Lady Broncos blank Braswell

In their final game before playoffs, the Denton Lady Broncos were able to shake off the sting of their first loss of the season and close out their stellar regular season on a high note.

High school roundup: Denton baseball wins third straight to cap tournament

FORT WORTH — Denton extended its winning streak to three games on the final day of the North Crowley tournament with a 7-1 win against Crowley and a 7-3 win against North Crowley on Saturday.

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Plano East rips Lady Wildcats

In one of the area’s toughest districts, it’s going to be difficult for Guyer to record wins. Plano East freshman Carson Armijo pitched a complete-game shutout to defeat Guyer 8-0 at Wildcat Field on Friday night. She finished her night with nine strikeouts and surrendered only one walk.

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Ryan coach Gay leaving for Weatherford

Nicholas Gay, who quickly turned around Ryan’s volleyball program during a two-year stint at the school, is leaving to take over as coach at Weatherford in a decision prompted by a similar move his wife is making.

High school roundup: Swarbrick again leads Aubrey to victory

ANNA — Aubrey got its second straight win in the Anna tournament, dominating Lone Oak 10-0 on Friday behind another huge day at the plate from Taylor Swarbrick.

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Ivy League Bronco

Last weekend at the Carl Norris Relays in Mesquite, Denton senior Logan McDaniel sent an audible gasp throughout the crowd as he launched himself from the jump board and into the sandy, nine-meter pit.

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Eagles face No. 1 Silsbee at state

ARGYLE — Argyle coach Russell Perkins isn’t sure if anyone faced a tougher path to this weekend’s state tournament than his Eagles. And of course, the reward for that is an immediate matchup with what many believe is the best team in the state.

Baseball roundup: Liberty takes down reigning 6A champion

Liberty Christian moved to 10-10 after splitting two games to open the Tournament of Champions on Thursday. While a 3-0 loss to Little Elm was tough to swallow, the Warriors bounced back with a statement 10-1 win against Dallas Jesuit, which won the Class 6A title last season.

Boys basketball: State semifinals up next for Argyle, senior shooter Priddy

ARGYLE — Nathan Priddy struggled for the right words while being interviewed during the final week of his high school basketball career. Clearly nervous, he rarely took his eyes off the ground in front of him — unless to grab the attention of a nearby teammate.

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DHS suffers first defeat

The Denton Lady Broncos clinched the District 5-5A title with their 10-0 destruction of Denison on Friday, also earning a tiebreaker over Wichita Falls via a 2-1 win in late February.