Ryan and Liberty Christian didn’t make things easy on each other Tuesday, or themselves. At least that’s how things felt as the Raiders jumped out to a seemingly insurmountable 13-point lead midway through the third quarter only to blow that lead to the suddenly hot-shooting Warriors, who then promptly gave up a buzzer-beating 3-pointer before losing 60-57 in overtime at Billy Ryan Gym.
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.
In a clash of styles, the Denton Broncos faced a similarly high-octane offense in Argyle on Tuesday with the Eagles boasting a well-balanced, 3-point shooting attack compared to Denton’s run-and-gun transition game.
WHITESBORO — After falling to Whitesboro by double-digits earlier in the season, the Aubrey Lady Chaps bounced back with a four-point win in a rematch between the teams.
ARLINGTON — Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders loves having a great defense on his side, so much that if he had it his way, that unit would spend the majority of every game just standing on the sideline....
ARLINGTON — Four carries into his day, Ryan senior Tyreke Davis had an eerily familiar feeling. After a 25-yard scamper, he felt a tweak in his right knee — the knee he injured in Ryan’s third-round playoff win last year that allowed him just one carry in the Raiders’ loss to Allen the following week.
SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo tournament.
Ryan has been here before — lots of times. Just last year, the Raiders entered the fourth round of the playoffs unbeaten and on a roll in the state’s largest classification. But that run was halted in a hurry in a tough loss to Allen, then a three-time defending state champion.
SANGER — Sanger, Ponder and Aubrey got back to work at the Sanger tournament, and all three walked away Friday with big wins. Ponder started it off with a 77-52 win over Denison led by four players in double digits. Senior Chase Harris scored 17 points, juniors Dean Akins and Tye Schluter each added 16 and junior Ryan Waldo dropped in 10.
SANGER — Ponder used a high-flying attack to score 93 points in its opening game of play Thursday at the Sanger tournament against Gainesville, and the Lions won 93-48. Aubrey was on the lower end of the scoring scale against Denison, falling 50-44.
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.
The Denton Broncos did not have their usual swagger in the first half against Keller Central. They lacked defensive energy and execution on the offensive end and found themselves trailing by as many as nine points late in the fourth quarter.
DUNCANVILLE — The top-ranked Argyle Lady Eagles wasted little time in showing their superior play against another ranked team Saturday in the Thanksgiving Hoopfest, knocking off Frisco Liberty 46-32.
ABILENE — Credit the Ryan Raiders with this from Friday night: They’re tough to beat, even when trying to beat themselves. Despite more than doubling Lubbock Monterey’s offensive production, Ryan found itself clinging to a three-point lead in the fourth quarter thanks largely to 140 yards in penalties and a late burst from Monterey.
MINERAL WELLS — Offense hadn’t been an issue for the Argyle Eagles as they scored 63 points and 49 points in their two playoff wins. But against the defensively dominant Abilene Wylie Bulldogs, the Eagles met their match.
When Ryan was presented with its area-round trophy after last week’s win over Richland, the comment was made that while it wasn’t the trophy the Raiders were ultimately after, it did represent being one step closer to the one they want.
The Argyle Eagles don’t celebrate for very long. Following its 63-7 destruction of Lubbock Estacado in which the offense put up its second-highest point total of the season while punting just one time, Argyle took the two-hour bus ride home from Burkburnett to reflect on its success.
AUBREY — It was a nailbiter, but the Aubrey Chaparrals came away with a 60-57 win against Bridgeport on Tuesday to remain undefeated at 3-0.
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.
Earnest Brown IV isn’t on the court yet. Neither is Spencer Sanders or several other key roster additions Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet expects to have available around the time district play begins in January.
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.
PONDER — The Ponder Lady Lions completed a sweep of the competition and grabbed the championship of the Ponder tournament Saturday with a 56-38 victory against Alvord.
JUSTIN — At this point in his high school career, Tyreke Davis is used to playing on both sides of the ball. But the Raiders haven’t needed to rely on him nearly as much on offense this season. That is, until Friday. Davis rang up a season-high 170 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Ryan piled up 277 yards on the ground in a 34-13 win against Richland in a Class 5A Division I area-round game at Northwest ISD Stadium.
GARLAND — Allison White turned in a masterful performance Friday afternoon and Argyle was its usual self while making quick work of Geronimo Navarro in the Class 4A state semifinal at the Curtis Culwell Center.
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.
BURKBURNETT — Argyle skated its way to a commanding bi-district win over one-win Snyder to kick off its Class 4A Division I playoff campaign last week. Facing a more competent challenger in Lubbock Estacado in the area round, the Eagles figured to have to up their game. On Friday at Bulldog Stadium, the Eagles did so by putting on an immaculate show.
STEPHENVILLE — Sweetwater sought and gained revenge on Friday night at Tarleton State University’s Memorial Stadium. Sweetwater’s dual-threat quarterback Chris Thompson — who was injured in last season’s playoff loss to Krum — was the difference maker for the Mustangs. Thompson rushed 13 times for 90 yards and four first-half touchdowns en route to a 40-14 win to secure a Class 4A Region II area championship. The win advances the Mustangs to a regional quarterfinal matchup against Glen Rose.
TYLER — The Aubrey Chaparrals didn’t learn anything new about playoff football in Texas. You can’t afford to make mistakes. The Chaparrals made far too many, whether by penalty, by interception or by coverage breakdown, and the result was a 35-21 loss to Jasper on Friday night in a Class 4A Division II area playoff at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
Shane Scott, second from left, signed last week to play baseball at Central Missouri, a Division II powerhouse. Scott will pitch and play in the infield after starring on the mound for Ponder and playing quarterback for the Lion football team. Ponder baseball coach Mark Low is pictured standing behind Scott and his parents, Trina and David Scott.
Ryan junior Tija Burns and senior Jakeiya Morgan led the way for the Lady Raiders as they rolled to a 62-48 victory over Frisco Wakeland on Friday.
ARGYLE — The year was 1999 and Clark Oberle stood in front of a group of wide-eyed girls who would ultimately become Argyle High School’s first volleyball team. As he introduced himself, Oberle asked two questions he assumed were surefire icebreakers.
Denton offensive lineman Grant Polley had quite an up-and-down season during his senior year. He missed several games with a painful knee injury, and the Broncos lost a heartbreaker at home in their opening-round playoff tilt against Justin Northwest.
New season, same tenacious defense. The Denton Broncos have been known for their relentless defense in past seasons, but with several players graduating, the opportunity to find a new identity was a possibility.
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.