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No. 1 Allen whips Wildcats

ALLEN — After last season’s opening game against top-ranked Allen proved to be a coming-out party for Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson, the 2015 edition proved to be the same for an experience-rich Allen...

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Scott, Atkinson spark Denton in 56-6 rout

As Denton transitions into the beginning of its season, they have several questions to answer as they look to emulate last season’s historic start. The Broncos had several holes to fill on defense, and the offensive line that was decimated due to graduating seniors is looking to cement itself around new starting quarterback Colt Atkinson.

Sanders, Ryan blast Rockwall in opener

ROCKWALL — Since suffering a season-ending knee injury late last season, Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders has been waiting for the chance to show what he can do. Before that injury, he showed flashes of...

Falcons’ Frederickson flings three TDs

CORINTH — Two-year starter and all-district quarterback Dagan Haehn may be injured to start Lake Dallas season, but his presence in the backfield lived on through his replacement, Spencer Frederickson. Frederickson threw three touchdown passes in his first career start, and the Falcons beat Frisco Wakeland 41-14 in their season opener at Falcon Stadium on Friday night.

Argyle overcomes sloppy start for win

ABILENE — As good as Week 1 games go, Argyle and Abilene Wylie’s contest was fairly similar to last year’s season opener. Last season, the Eagles defeated the Bulldogs 34-28 in a contest some Argyle fans thought they should have lost with all the mistakes the made.

Celina overpowers Liberty Christian

ARGYLE — Overthrown receivers and dropped passes hurt the Liberty Christian Warriors in their season-opening game Friday night, a 35-20 loss to the Celina Bobcats.

Pilot Point defeats Krum

PILOT POINT — In a game marred by penalties and turnovers, the Pilot Point Bearcats outlasted the Krum Bobcats in a sloppy 20-6 win at Massey Stadium.The teams combined for 27 penalties and seven turnovers.

Ponder shuts out host Castleberry

FORT WORTH — The Ponder Lions, under first-year head coach Rusty Ballard, used big plays and a strong defensive effort to shut out Fort Worth Castleberry 21-0 Friday night at W.O. Barnes Stadium.

Sanger rips Melissa, 55-20

SANGER — Looking to get off to a fast start for the 2015 season, the Sanger Indians dominated both sides of the ball on the way to a 55-20 season-opening win Friday night against Melissa at Indian Stadium.

Pottsboro blanks Chaps in opener

AUBREY — Pottsboro senior quarterback Zane Pritchett was a dominating force against the Aubrey Chaparral’s on Friday night, both through the air and on the ground, racking up 276 yards and accounting for six touchdowns in a 45-0 Pottsboro win.

Harvest Christian pounds Calvary

The Watauga Harvest Christian Saints, aided by four costly turnovers by the Calvary Lions, jumped out to a 45-8 halftime lead on their way to a 57-34 victory in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

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Football: Guyer opens at No. 1 Allen

It’s no secret Guyer has one of the best high school quarterbacks in the country in junior Shawn Robinson, and it’s easy to see why the nation’s top-ranked dual-threat signal caller would overshadow other assets of his own team.

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Football: Denton seeks solid start

The Denton Broncos will be hard-pressed to replicate last season’s historic start that saw them reach 6-0 to begin the season — which they hadn’t done since 1987 — but if they want to get off to as solid start, they’ll have to establish themselves against Wilmer-Hutchins at 7 tonight at Bronco Field.

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Football: Raiders focused

Tyreke Davis had barely made it out the back door of the Ryan fieldhouse this week when he was met with several playful jeers from his teammates, who were just starting to warm up for afternoon practice.

Football: Friday's high school games

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Volleyball: Guyers beats Denton, loses Dozier to injury

Following Guyer’s tournament performance this past weekend, the Lady Wildcats learned valuable lessons on how to adapt their game plan to each of the teams they are going to face in their loaded schedule.

Volleyball: Big runs propel Ryan to easy win

It was clear very early in Tuesday’s match that Ryan’s offense was on point. Wichita Falls did little to stand in the way.

Volleyball roundup: Aubrey best Pilot Point in four sets

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Basketball: Argyle’s Townsend elected to Hall of Fame

Argyle girls basketball coach Skip Townsend isn’t one for individual honors. But on Monday, he got one even he couldn’t help but be humbled by as he was elected to the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, just months after winning his seventh career state championship in March.

Volleyball: Lady Broncos finish second

GLEN ROSE — Denton went 2-1 Saturday on the final day of the Glen Rose tournament. The Lady Broncos defeated Cleburne 18-25, 25-20, 25-17 and Peaster 25-18, 25-12 but ended the day with a 27-25, 25-17 loss to Lorena.

Volleyball roundup: Lake Dallas stays on top at tourney

GRANBURY — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons continued their undefeated run in the Granbury tournament Friday as they took down Seminole 25-19, 25-16, Lubbock 25-15, 26-24 and Burleson Centennial 25-15, 25-13.

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Football: Denton toting 2015 preparation plan to scrimmage tonight

Denton coach Kevin Atkinson has made a point to focus his team on fundamentals, with a concentration on conditioning in the early part of the season.

Football: Guyer, Trinity look to take battle to trenches

Guyer coach John Walsh doesn’t pretend to be a fan of scrimmages.

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Football: Ryan gets one key test

Ryan will visit Grapevine tonight for its lone scrimmage of the fall. But as excited as the Raiders are to go toe-to-toe with another team, all eyes are on next week’s season opener at Rockwall.

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Football: Area teams work on strategy, lineups as season approaches

PILOT POINT — As Pilot Point gears up for the start of the season next week against Krum, game-specific strategies are developing. It helps that Krum runs a defense similar to the team the Bearcats will scrimmage today.

Volleyball roundup: Argyle knocks off Little Elm

LITTLE ELM — The Argyle Lady Eagles defeated Little Elm on the road Tuesday night, 25-14, 25-10, 25-19.

Volleyball: Denton splits 2 matches

Denton began the last day of the Ryan tournament with an exciting four-set win against the Red Oak Lady Hawks, 19-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-23, on Saturday.

Volleyball: Lady Wildcats have 3-0 day

The Guyer Lady Wildcats commanded the court on the second day of play at the Ryan tournament, carrying out three wins.

Volleyball roundup: Ryan starts 1-2 at tourney

On the opening day of the Ryan tournament, the Lady Raiders began their series of matches with a 25-13, 25-14, 25-18 win against Calvary. It was the only victory Ryan was able to achieve, though, as it dropped its next two matches.

Volleyball roundup: Ryan falls to Frisco at home

The Ryan Lady Raiders fell victim to a three-game sweep to Frisco High 10-25, 12-25, 21-25 at Ryan High School on Tuesday.

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Guyer volleyball team to start without Mack

The Guyer volleyball team opened its season on Tuesday night with a win at Rowlett, and the Lady Wildcats are set to play in the Ryan tournament beginning today.

AP poll: Wildcats, Eagles open year in top 10

With the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback leading the way for what is shaping up to be the best rushing attack in Guyer history, the Wildcats enter the season as the No. 9 team in the Associated Press Class 6A preseason state poll, which was released on Wednesday morning.

Volleyball: Argyle beats Independence in opening match

FRISCO — Argyle may have fell short in last year’s Class 4A state final, but it opened this season in a rather enviable position talent wise. Returning all but one starter, the Lady Eagles got big nights from seniors Eighmy Dobbins and Alexa Bass — both all-state players in 2014 — on Tuesday in a sweep of Frisco Independence.

Volleyball: Denton downs Liberty Christian

ARGYLE — Through the handful of preseason games, coaches have been approaching Denton coach Danielle Kading with high praise.

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Football: Ryan ‘sharp’ in first practice

Ryan coach Dave Henigan wasn’t sure which one of his players was the first to walk through the door to the field house on Monday.

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Football: Wildcats hoping defense has caught up to offense

At this time a year ago, the Guyer defense was supposed to be an experienced unit that would help Shawn Robinson transition into his new role as the Wildcats’ quarterback as a young sophomore.

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Football: Atkinson helps carry load while Scott is limited

Denton running back Xavier Scott can do only so much during the Broncos’ opening fall practice of the season.

Volleyball: Ryan tops Little Elm in four sets to open season

LITTLE ELM — Ryan’s match at Little Elm on Monday turned out to be a stereotypical season opener.

Volleyball: Ryan visits Little Elm to kick off new season

Another volleyball season is set to get underway today when Ryan travels to Little Elm to open the season in new Ryan head coach Nicholas Gay’s first game as the Lady Raiders’ head coach.On Tuesday, most...

Football: Ryan seeks new playoff run

Ryan coach Dave Henigan said Monday’s first fall workout will set the tone for everything the Raiders do going forward. It starts with the coaching staff, which is happy to see a longer-than-usual offseason come to a close, and it’s expected to carry over to the players, who can officially put the struggles of last year behind them.

Football: Robinson back to lead Guyer

When Guyer begins fall workouts early Monday, the Wildcats will do so with one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country.

Football: Broncos building playbook

Denton coach Kevin Atkinson looks at the beginning of fall football camp that kicks off early Monday like cooking a meal. Before he can make his meal, he stocks the cupboard with ingredients.

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Football: Area gridders get to work

ARGYLE — When it comes to football news this time of year, everyone wants the scoop. A handful of local teams have nearly made it through the first full week of workouts — in shorts and helmets — yet there is a natural desire to peel back the curtain for some jaw-dropping intel.

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Football: Several area teams to hold first fall practice Monday

It’s a safe bet that every coach and player looks forward to the first day of football practice, which for many Denton-area teams is Monday. While most will wait until sunrise to begin the season, others prefer a night owl approach.

Volleyball coaches are eager to work

As teams begin volleyball practice Monday, goals are set, strategies are tweaked and lineups are starting to solidify.

An 'epidemic' with no simple solution: The biggest issue facing high school athletics

The high school transfer system has been abused for decades, and there’s no sign of that trend ending anytime soon.

Volleyball: Lake Dallas to host preseason tournament

CORINTH — Lake Dallas will host a preseason tournament Saturday, two days before teams from all classifications are allowed to hold their first organized regular-season workouts.

Football: Coaches focus on tackling to improve safety

Matt Fischer knows his job as a middle school coach for Denton ISD, a hotbed for Texas football talent, has always been more about teaching the basics and maximizing participation than winning games.

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Denton’s Curtis commits to Clemson

Denton’s Emily Curtis has dedicated much of her life to volleyball, with the dream of playing for a Division I college program.