Tigers by the tail

JUSTIN — Braswell quickly found itself with its back against the ropes Thursday in its first varsity football game. Seven minutes into the first quarter, Haslet Eaton had scored twice before putting the pedal to the floor en route to a 55-0 win over the Bengals at Northwest ISD Stadium.

Adversity, Eagles up first for Wildcats

Guyer coach John Walsh raved about the experience and talent filling his team’s defensive backfield and the senior presence in the linebacker corps throughout fall workouts.

Ryan gets top-10 tilt for opener

It’s no secret Ryan is among the favorites to compete for a state title in Class 5A. To live up to that hype, the Raiders first must overcome a front-loaded schedule highlighted by three other ranked teams.

Bronco defense, Falcon O-line start year in spotlight

Denton and Lake Dallas are entering their season opener with some known commodities, but they are still in the process of filling in the final puzzle pieces of their teams.


Steve Gamel: Braswell High will be all right, folks

JUSTIN — Don’t fret, Bengals fans. Good things are on the horizon. I realize that’s easy to say — or in this case, write — for a guy who sits up in the press box each week chomping on hot dogs while keeping stats and second guessing coaches for their play calling. I get that I’m not in the stands with you.

Chaps win three in tourney

WHITESBORO — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals continued their impressive tournament play Thursday on the opening day of the Whitesboro tournament by going undefeated in three matches to advance into Saturday’s championship bracket.

Tonight's high school football games

Football: Braswell up for program’s first game today

On the first day of practice, coach Cody Moore said he’s not worried about any of the 10 opponents that Braswell will face this year. That was just more than three weeks ago, and now Braswell is hours away from kickoff against Haslet Eaton. It’s safe to say Moore has the Eagles on his mind.

No. 1 Lady Bobcats spike Brock

KRUM — There will come a point this season when Krum will be tested more frequently than it has been lately. In the meantime, the Lady Bobcats are building some much-needed momentum.

Aubrey nips Lady Bearcats

PILOT POINT — For the Aubrey Lady Chaparrals, confidence is key. On Tuesday at Pilot Point, the Lady Chaps found themselves down several times. As they entered the fourth set down 2-1, they called on their poise to send the match to a tiebreaking fifth set.

No. 1 Prosper sweeps Argyle

ARGYLE — In a battle of ranked teams Tuesday night, the Prosper Lady Eagles rolled to a 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 sweep of the Argyle Lady Eagles.

Basketball: Liberty, Calvary take different road to TAPPS state

ARGYLE — With four state titles in girls basketball in nine seasons, an argument can be made that Liberty Christian has built itself a dynasty.

Lady Falcons perform well at weekend clash

GRANBURY — After defeating Keller Fossil Ridge and Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Friday to advance to the gold bracket, the Lake Dallas Lady Falcons continued play in the Granbury Chevrolet Classic on Saturday.

Lady Falcons make Gold Bracket

GRANBURY — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons got off to a rough start Friday on the second day of the Granbury Chrevrolet Classic but finished strong to advance into today’s Gold Bracket.

Lake Dallas sweeps three

GRANBURY — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons improved their record to 8-3 on Thursday by sweeping three matches on the opening day of the Granbury Chrevrolet Classic.


Guyer set for physical test as teams hold final scrimmages

There might not be a team in Texas that can provide a physical test like state powerhouse Euless Trinity. If there is, it might be Guyer, and at 7 p.m. Friday the teams will square off in their lone preseason scrimmage at Guyer before the Wildcats open the regular season Aug. 26 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex against Mansfield Lake Ridge.


Ryan takes two in home dual

Ryan High School had a chance to pick up two wins on its home court in Tuesday’s dual with Dallas Wilson and Aubrey. Although the first match was no cakewalk, the Lady Raiders got what they came for.

Marcus rolls through Denton

Right from the get-go, the Flower Mound Marcus Lady Marauders asserted their will against the Denton Lady Broncos.

Lady Wildcats avoid sweep with exciting comeback

A five-set match in volleyball is often a back-and-forth battle between equally strong teams. The one on Tuesday night at Guyer went a bit differently.

Krum rallies to beat Liberty Christian

ARGYLE — The top-ranked Krum Lady Bobcats had to rally from a two-set deficit Tuesday night to record a five-set 19-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-12 victory against the Liberty Christian Lady Warriors.

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Argyle sophomore Carter commits to play baseball at TCU

It takes a special player to get big-time college offers at 15 years old. At Argyle, that is starting to become old hat.

Guyer takes 3 of 5 at tourney

The Guyer Lady Wildcats won three of five matches on the last day of the Nike ASC/Ryan Classic with Miles Baker earning a spot on the all-tournament team.

Raiders’ Steward commits to UTSA

Ryan High School defensive lineman Javaris Steward announced Friday that he has verbally committed to Texas-San Antonio, possibly putting an end to an intriguing recruiting process that saw him decommit from two high-profile programs.

Lake Dallas goes 3-1 at tourney

CARROLLTON — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons won three of four matches Friday on the first day of the Nike ASC/Ryan Classic.


Scrimmages give teams better look at battles

After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.


Denton starts strong

If the first set of the season could have any long-term benefits, pulling off a tense, pressure-filled comeback victory is a nice way to start.

Braswell earns its first win in sports

HALTOM CITY — No win will come easy for the Braswell Lady Bengals this season, and coach Allison Irvin knows it.

Argyle knocks off Peaster

ARGYLE — Argyle is the defending Class 4A state champion, but its first opponent of 2016 is no slouch, either.

Volleyball roundup: Aubrey opens with home sweep

AUBREY — Aubrey’s Micayla Porter and Katherine Knight combined strong efforts to lead the Lady Chaps to a 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 triumph over the Callisburg Lady Wildcats on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.

Ryan’s Sargent serves up a big win

Ryan High School’s Hannah Sargent said she was oblivious to how well she was serving in Monday’s season opener. But it was clear very early she and her team knew exactly where to put the ball.


Guyer confident in Stillwell’s abilities at QB

Luke Stillwell seemingly was born to be the starting quarterback at Guyer High School.

Jimmy Isbell: Opportunity available all around at Braswell

In late May, I asked for a meeting with Braswell High School athletic coordinator and head football coach Cody Moore — if for nothing more than to simply get to know him. Even though he had no clue who I was and probably had better things to do than chew the fat with a wide-eyed reporter, he was gracious enough to make it happen.

DISD to begin season ticket sales

Season tickets sales and renewals for the 2016 football season for Braswell, Denton, Guyer and Ryan will begin Monday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex and Denton High School.


Communication key as Braswell begins

As coaches, players and athletic trainers drove to C.H. Collins Athletic Complex early Monday morning, the lights of the stadium were lit, and for a second, it seemed like it was just hours before a Friday night kickoff.

Argyle players aware of expectations

ARGYLE — Coach Todd Rodgers didn’t have to tell his football players at Argyle High School what was expected during the first day of fall practice on Monday morning.


Old habits die hard for Denton

As much as Monday represented the official start to a new season for the Denton High School Broncos, it also was coach Kevin Atkinson’s first opportunity to motivate his entire team in a several months.

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Ryan relying on veteran defense for title pursuit

At this time last year, Ryan High School had experienced players back at several key positions, and a handful of younger guys eager to make plays.

Guyer’s Mwaniki commits to Cowboys

As a middle schooler at Harpool, Thabo Mwaniki watched from afar as a trio of Guyer High School football players excelled in the Big 12 at Oklahoma State.

Football: Area teams eager to kick off fall practices

Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.

Volleyball workouts to begin

As the dawn of a new season approaches Monday for a host of Denton-area volleyball teams, some programs are in rebuilding mode while others are still enjoying the last taste of a championship, but starting a season brings challenges for everyone.

Baseball: Argyle’s Dixon commits to Horns

Argyle High School second baseman Brenden Dixon always has imagined himself playing college baseball, but not once did he picture himself playing for Texas — a program he was used to rooting against. Apparently, things change.

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Baseball: Coaches react to pitch count directive

A growing movement to institute pitch count limits on high school baseball players took a huge step toward reality this week, but it has been met with mixed reviews from a handful of local coaches. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday that each state’s governing organization for high school sports must establish its own set of pitch count guidelines.

Denton’s Polley changes commitment, now headed to Colorado instead of KU

Entering his senior season with a wealth of college offers, Denton High School’s Grant Polley has drawn interest from around the country.

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Ryan QB named MVP at Sanders camp

All in all, it was an impressive Saturday for Ryan High School quarterback Spencer Sanders. Sanders, who will be a junior this fall, was named MVP at his position at Deion Sanders’ Prime21 Camp presented by Under Armour on Saturday in Dallas.

Guyer baseball hires Jags assistant

To date, Guyer’s baseball program and Johnny Kinzy have been one and the same. Kinzy coached Guyer’s first team when the school opened in 2005 and went on to lead the Wildcats to six playoff berths.

Lady Raiders’ basketball assistant leaves for head coaching job at Dallas Kimball

Michael Pittman has been by the side of Ryan High School girls basketball coach Monesha Allen for 12 seasons, making him her longest-tenured assistant. That coaching relationship has come to a bittersweet end.


Argyle graduate overcomes nerve pain, competes in international elite race

It was in mile four, or maybe five, that a sliver of doubt crept into Kelsey Landrum’s mind. As she looked at the climb ahead of her, she thought she might burn out. Did she come out running too fast?

Guyer offensive lineman Mallory commits to Tulane

The senior class at Guyer added another Football Bowl Subdivision commitment late Monday when offensive lineman Gage Mallory verbally committed to Tulane.

Falcons’ Tompkins headed to Denton

One of the most successful coaches at Lake Dallas will not return for the 2016-17 school year, as head baseball coach John Tompkins turned in his resignation Tuesday.


Boyzuick, Bridges lead DRC's All-Area results

Neither player reached their program’s high expectation, but Argyle senior Tanner Boyzuick and Krum sophomore Tristan Bridges both stood above their peers on the diamond this past season.