Lake Dallas junior Megan Turner was initially nervous about the opportunity to train where the nation’s Olympians train.
Patrick Cobbs was looking to further a football career that includes a record-setting tenure at North Texas and five years in the NFL.
The once-crowded quarterback derby at Guyer heading into the 2014 season suddenly is much clearer. Shawn Robinson, who started as a freshman for Saginaw Chisholm Trail last season, won Guyer’s starting job in spring practice, while backup David Haynes moved to wide receiver. That left Prosper move-in David Moore as Robinson’s backup after the three-way battle concluded. Those plans changed in a hurry Monday when Moore headed back to Prosper.
Argyle was one disputed call away from winning a state 7-on-7 tournament championship in 2013.
Liberty Christian players, from left, Connor McMann, left, Benn Hawkins, center, and Luke Chavez have been named to the TAPPS Class 5A academic all-state team. To qualify, a player must be named all-district and have at least a 3.5 grade-point average. McMann will play baseball at West Virginia in the fall. Hawkins will play baseball at Air Force. Chavez will be a senior at Liberty.
Many might have expected a bit of a drop-off from the Sanger softball team heading into the 2014 season. The Lady Indians, who reached the Class 3A Region II semifinals a year ago, had lost a core group of seniors who had become synonymous with Sanger softball as four-year starters.
Derek Thompson knew that if he didn’t play football beyond his days at North Texas he would follow in his mother’s footsteps and coach on the high school level.
Prior to each basketball season, locker rooms across the area are plastered with motivational photos of the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, which has been the host city of the UIL state basketball tournament for the past 93 years.
From the first summer workout to the last game of the season, Denton’s Ryan Dunlevy has cultivated a winning attitude and a family atmosphere with his energy and expectations.
AUSTIN — The absence of sound between ball and aluminum bat was replaced by College Station’s cheers on Thursday night. In the eighth inning of the Class 3A baseball state championship game, the 10th walk issued by Argyle’s pitching staff proved to be the one that hurt the most. The 10th walk scored the go-ahead run as College Station defeated Argyle 5-2 to win the Class 3A title at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The Cougars won their first baseball state championship in the school’s second year of existence, while Argyle went home from its first state tournament with second-place medals.
AUSTIN — Drew Gooch’s outing on Wednesday afternoon was nothing the Argyle Eagles have not seen before. After all, Gooch has been turning in stellar playoff performances for Argyle since he was a freshman. But this time, the Eagles got to see Gooch at his best on the state’s biggest stage. The TCU signee pitched a one-hitter in Argyle’s 5-1 victory over Sinton in the Class 3A state semifinals at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
AUSTIN — Seven years ago, Argyle had never been to the baseball playoffs. That was before Ricky Griffin took over as the school’s head coach. Seven years later and under Griffin’s guidance, the Eagles are one game away from bringing home the school’s first baseball state championship.
ARGYLE — Argyle head coach Ricky Griffin still remembers when a news helicopter descended on Frisco’s field on the eve of the Class 2A state baseball tournament.
The Argyle Eagles learned on Sunday what the path to the school’s first baseball state title will look like.
PARIS — Argyle’s baseball team found itself in the same exact position as it did three years ago.
McKINNEY — A home run over the right-field wall and a homer over the left-field wall helped put Argyle one game away from the Class 3A state tournament.
The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.
ARGYLE — Ryley Balch may not have been looking for redemption Thursday against Texarkana Pleasant Grove, but he found it.
MOUNT PLEASANT — For a moment it looked like it was going to happen to Argyle for the second straight day.
Through some down years and Denton’s recent run of success, coach Scott Heffley has seen the boys soccer team lose and regain its grasp on the fundamentals.
MOUNT PLEASANT — It was a matter of which offense was going to be the first to squeeze out a run off the opposing pitcher Friday night.
McKINNEY — Argyle coach Ricky Griffin turned and looked to senior Drew Gooch after the fifth inning of Thursday’s Class 3A Region II semifinal series opener against Texarkana Pleasant Grove.
ARGYLE — It was almost two weeks ago when Argyle’s Taylor Mueller and Laine Lowry embraced one another on the track at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The seniors were overcome with emotion as the Lady Eagles captured gold in the 1,600-meter relay for the first time at the Class 3A state track and field meet.
ARGYLE — Nine times out of 10, Argyle holds an advantage over its opponent before the two teams face each other. The success the school has experienced often gives the Eagles a mental edge before a game is played, and that can be said for many of Argyle’s sports teams. But for one of the few times, that edge will be negated when Argyle faces Texarkana Pleasant Grove this weekend in the Class 3A Region II semifinals. The best-of-three baseball series starts today at 7 p.m. at McKinney Boyd.
There are a couple of big questions the Guyer football coaching staff has been looking to answer this spring, but for the most part, the 2014 edition of the Wildcats will look pretty similar to the one that defended its Class 4A Division I state championship at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium in December.