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Ryan survives late scare

KELLER — Ryan coach Monesha Allen tried several strategies throughout Tuesday’s regional quarterfinal to shut down red-hot Birdville for good. When all that failed, she simply told her team to hold on.

Argyle rides defense to easy win over Lincoln

CARROLLTON — Argyle developed a reputation as a high-powered offensive team on its way to consecutive Class 4A state titles the past two seasons.

Johnson lifts DHS on 3 in overtime

KELLER — Better late than never. In Tuesday’s opening-round playoff matchup against Fort Worth Brewer, the Denton Broncos found themselves in an uphill battle from the get-go.

Raiders win in return to playoffs

TROPHY CLUB — After missing the playoffs the past five seasons, it was important for Ryan to take advantage of its return this season. The Raiders secured a win Tuesday, but it did not come easy.

Jackson scores 52 as Trinity ousts Guyer in OT

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.

Harding, Priddy help Argyle avenge defeat

After falling to Wilmer-Hutchins in the Class 4A playoffs last season, No. 10 Argyle was determined to avoid a repeat in Tuesday’s bi-district championship game.

Wilson leads Bearcats to playoff win

PRINCETON — Pilot Point coach Jeff Price says his Bearcats have depended on senior Jaron Wilson all season. In Tuesday’s Class 3A Region II bi-district playoff game, they leaned on him some more. Pilot Point rode Wilson’s 16 points to a 45-35 victory over Leonard at Princeton.

Lady Broncos beat Ryan 3-2

Denton’s Grace Wiltgen scored two goals to lead the Lady Broncos to a 3-2 victory against the Ryan Lady Raiders on Tuesday night.

Aubrey upends Denton

The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals rallied with three runs in the fourth inning and rode the strong pitching of Laney Roos to take a 4-3 victory over the Denton Lady Broncos on Tuesday night.

Calvary falls to Yavneh

DALLAS — The Dallas Yavneh Academy Bulldogs used deadly shooting to roll to a 76-54 victory against the Calvary Lions in the second round of the TAPPS Class 3A playoffs Tuesday night.

Ponder fends off late push to advance in playoffs

PROSPER — It wasn’t a masterpiece, but when faced with a late-game comeback in their opening-round, Class 3A bi-district matchup with Whitewright, the Ponder Lions were ready.

Dallas Lincoln throttles Bobcats

LEWISVILLE — Facing the No. 2-ranked team in the state can feel like a tall task. For Krum, that task was too much to handle as defending Class 4A state champion Dallas Lincoln ran up and down the court at will en route to a 77-33 victory Monday night against the Bobcats at Lewisville High School.

Calvary girls advance to regional finals

The Calvary Lady Lions are one victory away from earning a berth in the TAPPS 3A state tournament after routing Abilene Christian 57-25 Monday night.

Basketball: 7 local boys teams in quest for state

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.

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Help from her friends

FRISCO — Vivian Gray is used to putting her team on her back, but on Friday night, the star senior was visibly frustrated at times with her performance in a Class 4A Region II area-round playoff game against Princeton.

Aubrey to miss playoffs after loss

ANNA — Aubrey played Celina tight for a little more than three quarters, but the the Chaparrals’ shots never found the bottom of the hoop in last five minutes of the game.

Denton ISD swimmers hit career highs at state meet

AUSTIN — At the biggest meet of the season, all three Denton ISD swimmers set personal bests in Friday’s Class 5A state swim meet, and Braswell’s Alexa Barnes also was able to qualify for Saturday’s finals.

Inexperienced Lady Chaps eliminated in area round

PLANO — As good as this season has gone for Aubrey, at the end of the day, its roster was incredibly young.

Roos, Corley lead Aubrey to three wins

WHITESBORO — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals improved to 4-1 on the season as they picked up wins in three of their first four games to open up the Whitesboro tournament. Aubrey beat Tom Bean 2-0 and Pottsboro 15-9 on Thursday before knocking off Valley View 16-8 on Friday.

Wiltgen’s hat trick helps Lady Broncos remain unbeaten

The Denton Lady Broncos remained unbeaten in the regular season and picked up their third straight win Friday night, cruising past Braswell 5-0.

Coleman’s big night helps Ryan girls advance

LEWISVILLE — C’yera Coleman was so off from 3-point range in Ryan’s playoff win over Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday that her teammates demanded she give up and start feeding the ball inside.

Sunnyvale eliminates Lady Lions

FRISCO — With 12.2 seconds left, Sunnyvale’s Avionne Alexander toed the free throw line for a one-and-one. She sunk both shots to give her team a comfortable seven-point cushion.

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Three DISD schools send swimmers to state

The Denton school district is sending three swimmers to today’s Class 5A state meet in Austin, and they all have unique stories for how they made it there.

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Ryan wins its first playoff game since 2011 in back-and-forth contest with Chisholm Trail

KELLER — What Ryan saw out of Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday looked nothing like what the team saw on film. The result was a back-and-forth playoff opener that saw the Lady Raiders do just enough to eke out a 57-50 win and secure the program’s first playoff victory since 2011. Traeli Calhoun led all scorers with 23 points.

Denton falls to Sherman, shares 5-5A crown

SHERMAN — It was a perfect storm for Denton on Tuesday against Sherman, but not in a good way. With a chance to lock sole possession of the District 5-5A title — their first district crown since 1991 — the moment was too big for the Broncos.

Wildcats top Plano East, take 6-6A title

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.

Krum ousted from playoffs at hands of Dallas Lincoln

FLOWER MOUND — It was a two-woman show Tuesday as Dallas Lincoln’s Kennedy Taylor and Jayla Johnson scored almost at will against Krum’s defense.

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Saginaw Boswell dispatches Lady Broncos in 1st round

KELLER — Denton coach Erin Taylor told her team Saginaw Boswell was everything it was cracked up to be heading into Tuesday’s first-round playoff game. The advance warning didn’t do any good.

High school roundup: Argyle, Aubrey advance to area round

CARROLLTON — It took some time for No. 1 Argyle to get back into the swing of things, but the Lady Eagles eventually got rolling on their way to a dominating 83-29 win against Dallas Pinkston in a Class 4A bi-district playoff game.

Ponder girls fend off late rally for playoff victory

FRISCO — The Ponder Lady Lions had only three players on this year’s team who played in last season’s playoff game, and on Monday, it looked as if their inexperience might catch up to them in their bi-district playoff match against Leonard.

Girls basketball: Local teams begin playoffs

The UIL playoff march begins this week for six Denton-area girls basketball teams, including a two-time defending state champion with its sights firmly set on a 3-peat.

Ryan’s LeBlanc will follow coach father to Kentucky

The coaching shuffle at North Texas last week has impacted the Ryan football team. Junior defensive tackle Dayton LeBlanc, whose father, Derrick LeBlanc, is on his way to Kentucky after one year as the Mean Green’s defensive line coach, also is leaving after just one season with the Raiders.

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Ryan wins at Denton to keep hopes alive for shared title

Screams roared through a Denton High locker room following Round 2 of the crosstown rivalry between Denton and Ryan. After the Broncos won an overtime thriller at Ryan on Jan. 17 to improve their District 5-5A record to 5-0, it was the Raiders who enjoyed the celebration Friday.

Steve Gamel: Ryan, Denton in same district again makes rivalry better

There were a good amount of Ryan faithful still celebrating on Denton’s court Friday when the gym lights turned off, then flicked back on a second or two later. The game had only been over for 10 to 15 minutes, so maybe it was just some kid who leaned up against the switch on accident.

Momentum fails Guyer in loss to Plano

A few days after playing what was arguably its best game of the season, Guyer came out flat Friday and couldn’t claw its way back, as the first-place Wildcats fell to Plano 74-65.

Krum falls in seeding game to Bridgeport

BOWIE — It’s tough to beat a team twice, especially when fresh off a victory just 72 hours earlier.

High school roundup: Lady Broncos remain unbeaten on pitch

WICHITA FALLS — The Denton girls soccer team improved to 13-0-2 with a 2-1 win against Wichita Falls Rider on Friday night.

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Modester playing big for surging Ryan

At 5-8 and pushing maybe 150 pounds, Javon Modester is clearly not the biggest guy in Ryan’s starting five. He’s not even close. But that doesn’t mean his play has to match his size.

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Guyer grabs share of 6-6A

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.

Lady Raiders nab district championship

Ryan coach Monesha Allen joked last week that it had been so long since her program won a district title that she had to walk into the gym and look at the banners in the rafters to make sure she had the years right.

Broncos earn first title share since ’91

LITTLE ELM — The Denton Broncos are on a mission: Win a district title with an undefeated record. So far, so good. With a convincing 80-54 victory over Braswell on Tuesday, Denton has at least a share of the District 5-5A title — a feat it hadn’t accomplished since 1991.

Denton dumps Denison

Denton is four games into its District 5-5A season and has handled adversity with grace and tenacity. After falling to rival Ryan to open district play, Denton bounced back with a 2-1 win over Sherman and a 3-1 road victory over defending district champ Wichita Falls.

High school roundup: Argyle, Calvary girls claim district crowns

SANGER — No. 1 Argyle put the finishing touches on an undefeated district season and claimed the district championship by knocking off Sanger 74-32 on Tuesday in a season finale.

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Valuable weapon

Guyer boys basketball coach Grant Long constantly makes a point to his players not to take any game or opponent for granted. As far as junior Grayson Carter is concerned, Long is preaching to the choir.

Championship Tuesday for Denton trio

Two Denton school district basketball teams have a chance to clinch at least a share of their respective district titles tonight, while a third can win its championship outright by finishing with a perfect record.

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Wildcats keep clawing

The Guyer girls’ season has taken a turn for the worse over the last three weeks, but on Friday night in the Lady Wildcats’ last home game, they began one final push to keep playing after next week.

Braswell seeking aggression in district

LITTLE ELM — Ten games into Braswell’s inaugural season, Lady Bengals coach Mandy Hall says her team can no longer make excuses. After a 4-0 loss to District 5-5A opponent Sherman on Friday, Hall’s message was simple: Be more aggressive.

Tie with Lady Coyotes leaves Denton looking to rematch

Feb. 28. That’s when Denton and Wichita Falls will meet again. After they drew to a 2-2 tie Friday at Bronco Field, the stage is set for a second and final showdown that is sure to have significance in the District 5-5A race.

Basketball roundup: Ponder needs OT to stay perfect in district

PONDER — The No. 4 Ponder boys pulled off what may have been their closest call of the district season in a 73-67 overtime win over Whitesboro on Friday.

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Football: Ryan trio sign with FBS programs

After so many years as childhood friends and being on the same football teams, Ryan’s Tyreke Davis and Delano Robinson are taking different paths as recruits for rival programs North Texas and SMU. And the playful jabs were thrown around early and often during national signing day on Wednesday.