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General Sanders

There was a time when Spencer Sanders was not his team’s first option at quarterback. He wasn’t even the second. Sanders, a Ryan junior and Oklahoma State commit, said he was the third-string QB for his select football team when he was about 8.

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From the get-go

For much of the season, the Guyer basketball team has been a second-half squad. At times, the 14th-ranked Class 6A team in the state has trailed inferior teams at halftime before establishing its dominance in the second half and pulling away from teams.

Raiders take pair against Braswell

LITTLE ELM — Braswell played the best basketball it has played all season, but when facing a Ryan squad that is undefeated in district play, it’s tough to notch a win. The Lady Raiders have been on a tear through District 5-5A, adding their eighth consecutive victory with a 62-45 win at Braswell on Friday night.

Defensive prowess guides Lady Broncos in key game

At times this season, the Denton Lady Broncos have struggled to put together a four-quarter effort from start to finish, but Friday against Sherman — one of their biggest games of the season — the Lady Broncos delivered.

Helzer’s double-double leads Calvary to win

It took a huge second half performance, but the Calvary Lions were able to come from behind to knock off Watauga Harvest Christian 69-49 on Friday night.

Boys basketball: Harris wants state title to go with Ponder records

The basket went in the scorebook for Chase Harris’ 16th point of the game — one of hundreds of buckets the senior guard has scored for Ponder over the last four seasons. But on this day, the senior guard had just broken a hallowed record.

The upper hand

Ryan hosted Denton on Tuesday. And of course the game went into overtime. What else could be expected from a game that featured crosstown rivals who not only were overdue for a district showdown — neither have been in the same district since the 2011-2012 season — but also were battling for the top spot in the standings.

Plano gets its revenge on Guyer in blowout

Plano coach Rodney Belcher made a spur-of-the-moment decision heading into Tuesday night’s game against Guyer with a revenge-minded team on his bench.

Second unit sparks Lady Indians in win

SANGER — Sanger needed a spark, and coach Tracy Sykes took the leap of faith to sub all five of her starters after a dismal start. It paid off, and the Lady Indians evened their District 9-4A record to 2-2 with a narrow 37-34 win against Krum at Sanger on Tuesday night.

Basketball roundup: Ponder uses 3s, bench to rout Pottsboro

PONDER — The Ponder Lions combined the accuracy of their 3-point shooting with the strength of their bench play to totally overwhelm the Pottsboro Cardinals 98-49 Tuesday night.

Soccer: Lady Broncos down Argyle

ARGYLE — The Denton Lady Broncos, fresh off their tournament victory at Fort Worth Brewer last weekend, rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Argyle Lady Eagles on Tuesday night.

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All the right pieces

Until a few weeks ago, the Denton Broncos have had one score written on the whiteboard in their locker room.

Denton takes Bear Cave Classic

FORT WORTH — The Denton Lady Broncos claimed Fort Worth Brewer’s Bear Cave Classic championship Saturday with a pair of victories, wrapping up a perfect 5-0 run through the tournament.

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‘Shooter’ aims true for Lions

PONDER — The Ponder faithful call him Tye “The Shooter” Schluter, and it was evident why Friday night at Ponder High School.

Wildcat girls go cold in defeat

Every coach has the occasional game he or she would like to have back. On Friday night, Guyer girls basketball coach Aimee Kilgore simply was at a loss for words following her team’s 64-60 loss to Plano West, and with good reason.

In first meeting, Denton boys, girls sweep visiting Braswell

Playing each other for the first time, Denton’s experience won out over Braswell’s youth as the Broncos trapped the Bengals all Friday night in a 64-52 victory to stay perfect in District 5-5A.

Jordan, Housden lift Aubrey past Anna

AUBREY — The Aubrey boys basketball team needed a second-half comeback, but the Chaparrals fought back to knock off Anna 52-48 in a District 11-4A opener Friday.

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Grabbing another gear

The Guyer boys basketball team entered this season carrying a significant burden. The Wildcats faced sky-high expectations as the sixth-ranked team in the state and opened the season Nov. 15 in front of a crowd that rivaled any in the program’s decade-plus of existence.

Ford excited in new role as Sanger coach

Cole Ford would have been a head coach eventually. What he didn’t expect was for it to happen so soon.

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Lady Raiders cruise in second half to knock off Denison

Ryan and Denison had a back-and-forth game going Tuesday — then came the second half. Ryan kept scoring and the Lady Yellow Jackets, well, didn’t.

Wildcats come alive in third, top Boyd

Despite a red-hot stretch since the Christmas break that has seen Guyer jump to No. 5 in the Class 6A rankings, coach Grant Long still sees room for improvement for his young team.

Rider takes two from Braswell

LITTLE ELM — Braswell coach Nick Sekeres expects a lot from his team, but not to the point where his team has to sink nearly every shot to stay in a game.In Tuesday’s District 5-5A contest against Wichita...

Basketball roundup: Harris, Schluter lead Ponder to victory

WHITESBORO — The No. 3 Ponder boys used a big game from Chase Harris and Tye Schluter to improve to 3-0 in District 9-3A with a 50-41 win over Whitesboro on Tuesday.

Soccer roundup: Late goal gives Guyer girls 1-1 tie

KELLER — Guyer used a late goal by Ashley Quintero to even things up and take home a 1-1 tie against Keller Central.

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Calhoun, Lady Raiders intent on continuing streak

Ryan senior Traeli Calhoun was told for years by coaches that she needed to play basketball. In their eyes, Calhoun had size and all the raw physical tools — all she had to do was buy in.

Volleyball: Argyle’s Van Poppel named MVP of DRC all-area squad

Halee Van Poppel spent most of her high school career looking up to the senior leaders who helped turn Argyle into a dominant state title contender. Whether it was Katy Keenan in 2014 or the dynamic combo of Eighmy Dobbins and Alexa Bass a year later, Van Poppel had every opportunity to learn from the best.

Basketball: Moore, Brown spark Denton win

The Lady Broncos had a strong offensive start but were worn down by the district’s top team.

Roundup: Harris breaks Ponder scoring record

PONDER — Chase Harris had 16 points to lead the No. 5 Ponder boys to a 105-56 win over Callisburg on Saturday, and the senior guard became the all-time leading scorer in Ponder history with 2,189 career points. Harris also broke the school’s 3-point field goal record with 312.

Argyle tops Graham

ARGYLE — In its final game before the start of District 9-4A play, No. 11 Argyle used a big first quarter to spark a 66-42 win over Graham on Friday night.The Eagles scored 23 points in the first quarter...

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Brown among best in today’s All-American Bowl

Ryan defensive tackle Earnest Brown IV can count on one hand the number of times he’s been beaten on a play this week during U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices. If that’s the case, Brown, a Northwestern commit, clearly is holding his own among the nation’s top college recruits invited to play in the prestigious high school All-America game. Kickoff is slated for noon today at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Ford now the head coach at Sanger

Sanger head football coach and district athletic director Chuck Galbreath confirmed Friday he has stepped down as coach to focus solely on his duties as athletic director.

Lady Eagles dominate in 9-4A opener

ARGYLE — When a team shoots 9 percent from 3-point range and still wins by 30 points, plenty more went right. That was the case for Argyle on Friday. Despite obvious struggles from downtown, the two-time defending Class 4A champion got 20 points from Madison Ralston and 17 from Vivian Gray while holding fellow ranked team Bridgeport to nine points in the second half of a 52-22 win in the District 9-4A opener for both teams.

Football: Star RB Cain leaving Guyer for Florida’s IMG Academy

The Guyer football program was dealt a significant blow Thursday when star running back Noah Cain announced he is leaving the school to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Cain, a 5-11, 205-pound sophomore, is 247Sports’ top-rated running back in the national class of 2019 and already has 15 offers from programs such as LSU and Oklahoma after two phenomenal seasons at Guyer.

Soccer roundup: Ryan wins as soccer action commences

PROSPER — Ryan’s Ricardo Betanzos scored a unassisted goal in the 75th minute and goalkeeper Dallton Bunselmeyer held the Sherman boys scoreless as the Raiders scored a 1-0 victory Thursday in the opening round of the Prosper Showcase.

Boys basketball: Guyer keeps Allen’s long-range attack in check in 82-71 win

Guyer coach Grant Long had a mental checklist for what his team needed to do Tuesday to score a win over the 11th-ranked team in the state. To beat Allen, Guyer aimed to limit the damage from the Eagles’ prolific outside shooters and break a consistent press defense. Both ended up being keys to the No. 7 Wildcats’ 82-71 win over Allen.

Basketball: Ryan sweeps Sherman in doubleheader

Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet long has worried about his team’s ability to consistently score points in bunches. As Tuesday’s game against Sherman wore on, those concerns were nowhere to be found. The Raiders had four players score in double figures, and nearly added a fifth to that list, while breaking open what was otherwise a back-and-forth battle with a 20-point fourth quarter en route to a 64-50 District 5-5A win at Billy Ryan Gym.

Basketball: Denton adds 100-point output to signature defense, downs Denison

Holding Denison to 44 points, the Denton defense had its usual swagger Tuesday at home, but offensively the Broncos took it to a whole other level. Hitting shots from all over the court while running the Yellow Jackets up and down the floor, every Bronco that made it into the game scored as Denton destroyed Denison 101-44.

Basketball roundup: Argyle knocks off Ponder in rematch

ARGYLE — Ponder had its chance at redemption after falling 48-32 to Argyle less than a week ago, but the Eagles again had the upper hand in a 50-41 win Tuesday night.

Girls basketball: Braswell unable to maintain hot shooting in loss to Newman Smith

LITTLE ELM — In a midday matchup with Carrollton Newman Smith, the Braswell Lady Bengals were right in the thick of things at halftime, down just 20-19 thanks to some strong outside shooting. But a change in defensive scheme by the Lady Spartans ended Braswell’s hot shooting and kept its offense in check for the second half, and Newman Smith emerged with a 40-33 victory Friday.

Basketball roundup: Wilson 3 helps Harmon, Guyer win tourney

FORT WORTH — Jalen Wilson led Guyer with 21 points, but no shot was more important than his 3-point basket late in the fourth quarter that sealed the Wildcats’ 75-73 win over Garland Lakeview Centennial in the Orange division championship game of the Whataburger Tournament on Friday.

Basketball roundup: Chaps take second place in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — Aubrey advanced to the final of the Bridgeport tournament after defeating the host team 68-51, but fell short of the title as Class 5A Birdville dominated the Chaparrals 84-39 in Thursday’s finale.

Basketball roundup: Guyer, Ponder, Argyle win at tourney

FORT WORTH — Three Denton-area teams picked up first-round wins to open the Whataburger Tournament, as Guyer blew past Richland 76-59, Ponder scraped by Liberty Christian 66-59 and Argyle edged Wall 44-37.

Girls basketball: Argyle cruises to win in Missouri

Argyle got off to a hot start and used a 30-point effort in the third quarter to coast to a 68-21 win over Marshfield (Mo.) in the first round of the Pink & White Lady Classic.

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Harris breaks school mark as Ponder pummels Lubbock All Saints Episcopal

PONDER — Opening the game with a lights-out shooting performance and suffocating defense, the Ponder Lions walked away with a satisfying win against Lubbock All Saints Episcopal on Tuesday afternoon.

Basketball roundup: Krum rebounds from slow start to avenge loss to Whitewright

KRUM — After losing to Whitewright by 21 points earlier in the season, Krum bounced back to knock off the Lady Tigers 47-42 on Tuesday afternoon.

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Senior Priddy pours in 30 points as Argyle pummels Brock

ARGYLE — For Brock, it wasn’t pretty. Argyle senior Nathan Priddy scored 11 of his game-high 30 points in the second quarter to lead the Eagles to a convincing 59-44 win against Class 3A Brock on Monday.

Basketball roundup: Gray leads Argyle to win in final game before break

FRISCO — In its final game before Christmas, Argyle improved to 17-1 on the year by knocking off Frisco Lone Star, 43-34.The game was a physical battle from the opening tip, and Lone Star took a 20-18...

Argyle shines on 4-4A squad

Argyle’s dominance of its district opponents continued in 2016, and the All-District 4-4A (Division I) team reflected the Eagles’ dominance, with several Argyle players earning superlative honors.

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Private Pyle hits mark

Guyer senior point guard Lauren Heard is accustomed to being her team’s leading scorer, and Friday was no different. While the TCU signee was filling the bucket with 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, though, she did get some help from an unlikely source.