The baseball playoffs are set to begin this weekend with several three-game series, including two tonight.
LUBBOCK — Denton coach Justin Schuff knew his runners had more in them after Friday’s prelims at the Class 5A Region I meet at the R.P. Fuller Track Complex at Texas Tech University.
The Guyer girls water polo team got what it wanted on Friday, the first day of the state tournament in Austin: two wins to set it up with a showdown against their regional rivals Southlake Carroll on Saturday.
COLLEYVILLE — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons literally got off to a lights-out start. After plating five runs in the first inning, the lights shut off, causing a 10-minute delay of play with Lady Falcons starting pitcher Chrisa Head down 3-0 in the count.
Guyer clinched a playoff spot but left its field Friday licking a few wounds.
In the top of the seventh with the Boswell Pioneers threatening to tie the game with the bases loaded after chasing Denton starter Malik Minter from the game, Denton coach Nick Buck didn’t see the full play, but as the ball hit off the Boswell bat, he thought the game would be tied at 4.
ARLINGTON — Ryan’s Avery Stuchell will be heading to Austin in two weeks to compete in the UIL Class 6A state track meet after her performance Friday at the Class 6A Region I meet at UT-Arlington.
Guyer needed to take care of its business Thursday, and it did just that with a 5-0 win against crosstown rival Ryan. But after a brief team huddle following the game, coach Johnny Kinzy was seen grabbing for his cellphone in the dugout to check other scores from around District 5-6A.
The Denton Broncos boys track team set a goal from the very beginning of the season – to be district champions.
Jordan Murray isn’t the only one who has been looking at Ryan track coach Janson Head a bit sideways at practice.
After winning its district meet a year ago by more than 100 points in the old Class 4A, Guyer girls track coach Megan Hardesty knew her team could be in a rude awakening this year as Guyer made the jump back to the state’s largest classification after a two-year stint of domination in the lower classification.
Calvary Academy’s Hailey Costin, left, and Amy Grunden recently captured the TAPPS 2A state championship in girls doubles, making it the second straight year the pair brought home the tennis state title. Grunden, a senior, ran her streak to four years as a doubles champion. As a freshman and sophomore, she teamed with her sister, Laura, to capture the state crowns. Costin is a sophomore at Calvary.
Ponder Lions’ Shane Scott needed only 60 pitches for a complete game no-hitter against the Callisburg Wildcats on Tuesday night in Ponder’s 9-0 victory.
Mario Edwards Jr. isn’t the type of guy who is used to playing the waiting game. As a national-championship-winning defensive end at Florida State, and before that as a standout for Ryan, Edwards regularly chased down those who tried to elude him and didn’t let many escape his clutches.
Bad things can happen to a softball player over the course of a four-year varsity career. It’s not that Guyer senior Hannah Hodapp has been really lucky throughout her career as a four-year starter — she’s had her fair share of dings — she’s just managed to navigate nearly 120 games, and she’s never missed one.
AUSTIN — Every championship team has to make plenty of deposits in the bank before it realizes the ultimate return for its investment. Argyle’s boys golf team — with two runner-up finishes and four straight appearances in the UIL state tournament — finally is able to enjoy the dividend its hard work and dedication has earned. The Eagles fashioned a 52-over-par 612 over the two-day tournament at the venerable Onion Creek Club to win the 4A state title that eluded them the past two seasons.
The knot of frustration that’s been stuck in the crawl of the Argyle boys golf team after two consecutive second-place finishes in the UIL state tournament has driven the Eagles’ fivesome to continued success this season and, once again, to the cusp of a Class 4A championship.
BOWIE — Sanger’s Kelly Mardones was the District 9-3A pitcher of the year last season. Her pitching performance in the District 9-4A title game on Monday night against the Krum Lady Cats displayed why she won such an award. Sanger coach Jae McMinn was proud of her starting pitcher’s performance, not because of her 12 strikeouts or her two key runs she batted in the sixth inning, but because of the mental toughness she displayed late in the contest.
As the spring football season arrives today for the Denton Broncos after one of the most prolific seasons in program history, the coaches prepare for a miniature season of observing and evaluating while the players come together as a team and work on elevating their strength to new levels.
PLANO — The Argyle Liberty Christian Warriors and John Paul II Cardinals both had a long time to mentally prepare for their final district game of the season as lightning postponed the game’s original 6 p.m. start for nearly four hours.
KRUM — Krum struggled for hits through most of Tuesday’s game but still managed to walk its way to a win.
FORT WORTH — The Guyer softball team still has more than a week before the Class 6A playoffs begin, but Tuesday night’s game against Keller Timber Creek might as well have been a postseason affair.
A day before Monday’s Class 5A regional tournament at McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, with uncertainty of not knowing who he would play, Will Crouch joked to his hitting partner about being matched against the top-seeded player out of Everman in the first round.
Sanger's Madi Wilson has signed a national letter of intent to Ouachita Baptist University, where she will compete on the volleyball team and will be a member of the track and field team. Wilson was first team all-district for the Sanger Lady Indians volleyball team and was defensive player of the year and academic all-state. She is also a standout in the shot put and discus and has qualified for the state track meet three years in the discus throw.
Austin Adams made a case on Monday night to be considered Guyer’s ace starter by shutting down a potent Trophy Club Nelson lineup with an efficient outing to give the Wildcats a 4-1 win in a makeup game originally scheduled for Friday at Guyer.
ARGYLE — The Argyle Eagles are undefeated in District 9-4A play, but their most recent victory over Sanger didn’t come with ease.
CORINTH — Tristan Tom’s bad night began well before Wednesday’s game between Lake Dallas and Birdville actually began. The Lake Dallas ace was participating in pregame warmups when he was drilled by a ball above his left eye, requiring butterfly stitches.