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Soccer: Eccles fuels district win

Ryan coach Brian Beddow is waiting for the floodgates to open and the goals to start pouring out. Until then, a tight — and long overdue — win will do.

Soccer: Central blanks Guyer

The final seconds of Friday’s game between Guyer and Keller Central told the story of the entire evening for the Wildcats.

Basketball: Krum wins at Aubrey

AUBREY — The story for Krum was the conductor of its offense, point guard Nick Perches. The senior injured his right ankle last Friday in a win against Gainesville, sat out in Tuesday’s loss to Celina but came back strong for the important District 9-4A contest at Aubrey on Friday.

Soccer: Rider nips Denton in battle for first place

In a showdown for first place in District 5-5A, the Denton Lady Broncos tried to put their bad luck against Wichita Falls Rider over the past few years behind them by attempting to control play to frustrate the offensively gifted Lady Raiders.

Basketball roundup: Lions run district streak to 11 victories

HOWE — Ponder dominated Howe 71-56 on the road to clinch its 11th straight district victory.

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Liberty’s Starkel gives A&M needed QB

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian quarterback Nick Starkel has had quite the whirlwind of a recruiting process in the last year since he verbally committed to Oklahoma State in April of his junior year.

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Soccer: Lyons continues Guyer-UNT pipeline

Guyer’s girls soccer program has become a bit of a pipeline for North Texas coach John Hedlund, and on Wednesday morning another Guyer player jumped on board with the Mean Green.

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Basketball: Keller sweeps Ryan

Ryan coach Monesha Allen has a playoff-bound team for the first time since 2013, but with two games left in the regular season, it clearly is a team that is, in Allen’s words, “hit and miss.”

Basketball: Argyle upends Sanger

SANGER — Sanger’s game plan for top-ranked Argyle was to keep the ball away from the Lady Eagles and keep Gabby Standifer — who notched 20 points when the teams met in mid-January — off the linescore.

Basketball: Even mistakes benefit Broncos in rout of Hornets

On Tuesday against Azle, which is winless in District 5-5A play, Denton was forcing turnovers at its usual high rate.

Basketball roundup: Perfect in district, Ponder pops Pottsboro

POTTSBORO — Boosting their district record to 10-0, the Ponder Lions dominated Pottsboro on the road for a 68-41 victory Tuesday.

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Three Denton schools realigned to District 5-5A

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In an overcrowded room of eager coaches and school district officials, Ryan coach Dave Henigan positioned himself in front of a large projection screen.

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Guyer lands with giants in new 6-6A

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Guyer coach John Walsh had done what every high school coach in Texas did in the days leading to the University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment.

Braswell, coach Moore checking off preseason to-do list

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Braswell coach Cody Moore has a long list of things he wants to accomplish before the Bengals open their varsity football schedule in 2016.

Denton junior lineman Polley commits to Kansas

With still one more season to play for the defending District 5-5A champion Denton Broncos, junior offensive lineman Grant Polley doesn’t have to worry about letting the recruitment process detract from his focus.

Realignment notebook: Falcons again get new slate of rivals

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — For a guy who last week said he had no idea where his team would end up in the UIL’s biennial realignment, Lake Dallas coach Michael Young did a good job guessing prior to Monday’s unveiling.

Denton area schools faced with change following UIL realignment

Change is the keyword for what is facing Denton-area high schools following Monday's announcement of the UIL district realignment which begins with the 2016-17 school year and football season.

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Boys basketball: Harris leading balanced Lions

Just when Chase Harris feels like he has appeased the Ponder coaching staff by getting in some extra work in the gym, there’s always a new set of skills they want him to work on.

UIL: Coaches sweating Monday realignment

Every two years when the University Interscholastic League realigns classifications and districts among the state’s high schools, football coaches often are left sweating a bit during the lead-up to the big day.

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Basketball: Guyer depth aids rout of Central

At this point in the season, the only thing on the mind of Guyer’s girls basketball team, other than getting a share of the District 5-6A title, is preparing for a deeper postseason run than a year ago.

Soccer: Own goal carries Denton in victory

Denton coach Rocky Monk and the Lady Broncos knew their game against Saginaw Boswell would be an intense showdown, and on Friday at Bronco Field each team showed a notable fervor in its play.

Soccer: Ryan's perfect start ends in loss to Nelson

Ryan has played without at least two of its starters in every game this season, yet continued to get solid play from the rest of its lineup and hadn’t lost heading into Friday’s District 5-6A game against Trophy Club Nelson.

Roundup: Housden scores 20 as Chaps top Indians

AUBREY — Solid defense and clutch free throw shooting toward the end of the game sealed a 58-54 victory for Aubrey against Sanger on Friday.

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Basketball: Broncos bust Brewer

The Denton Broncos spun their wheels a little bit in the first half against District 5-5A foe Fort Worth Brewer, only holding four-point edge at halftime at 23-19, but as the game wore, on the Broncos...

Basketball: Indians sweep Bobcats

SANGER — Sanger’s first-year coach Tracy Sykes lauded her team’s defensive efforts, especially from one of her top offensive players, in Tuesday’s 45-32 win against Krum.

Soccer: Lady Raiders lose on kicks

Ryan trailed twice Tuesday against Keller Central, but rallied both times to force the game to be decided on penalty kicks. After placing so much pressure on their opponent in regulation, it appeared as...

Soccer: Keller scores late goal to burn Wildcats

On a night when Guyer could ill afford to give up points in the District 5-6A playoff race, the worst possible scenario hit in its district opener.

Basketball roundup: Ryan takes double-OT thriller on road

KELLER — A grueling two-overtime game tested Ryan’s endurance Tuesday, but the Raiders refused to give up and came away with a 64-62 victory on the road.

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Basketball: Protecting the lead

In a crucial road battle Tuesday against Saginaw Chisholm Trail for sole possession of first place, Denton took a sizable lead midway through the third quarter but found itself in a one-possession game in the final minute.

Basketball: Host Raiders lose at buzzer to Nelson

For all intents and purposes, Ryan executed its game plan Friday against Trophy Club Nelson in a game the Raiders needed to win. But with less than a minute left, one mistake and a gut-twisting buzzer-beater took it all away.

Basketball: Wildcats pick up another key win

JUSTIN — What a week it’s been for the Guyer basketball program. Early in the week, the Wildcats dealt with the loss of a teammate when junior varsity player Corey West was killed after being hit by a car. All the Wildcats have done since is rally around each other and score two huge wins in District 5-6A, capped by a 60-50 victory over Justin Northwest on Friday at Texan Gym.

Basketball: Sanger sweeps Leopards

SANGER — Sanger coach Matt Farmer knew his team had to work to defend its home court Friday. The Indians hadn’t played at home since before Christmas and were looking for their first win in District 9-4A.

Basketball roundup: Lions win seventh straight

PONDER — The Ponder Lions held on to their undefeated record in district play, notching a seventh straight win, 67-54 over Callisburg on Friday.

Football: Liberty's Starkel commits to A&M

ARGYLE — For a while there, it appeared that Nick Starkel was destined to sign with Oklahoma State.

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Playing for Corey

Guyer senior guard Zach Garza is the Wildcats’ team captain and lone senior starter. Last year, Garza took neighborhood friend Corey West, then a freshman, under his wing. The two spent time playing basketball at a neighborhood park as Garza tried to teach West what it would take for him to someday be a varsity player for the Wildcats. West never got that chance, as the Guyer sophomore was hit by a car and killed Sunday evening, casting a somber mood over Wildcat Gymnasium on Tuesday as the Wildcats took on first-place Keller in a pivotal District 5-6A matchup. West would be proud of Garza and the Wildcats as they used a ferocious third-quarter surge to hand the Indians their first district loss with a 78-68 decision.

Basketball: Putback, late steal key in Denton win

FORT WORTH — As Denton prepared for its biggest test of the season against fellow District 5-5A unbeaten Saginaw Chisholm Trail, the Broncos’ usual defensive energy seen on game days also could be seen in practice.

Basketball: Bobcats sweep Aubrey

KRUM — With 16 seconds left Tuesday, Krum’s lone freshman, Remi May, made his way to the free throw line with the Bobcats up 49-46 against District 9-4A foe Aubrey. May toed the line and sunk both shots to put the Bobcats ahead 51-46.

Boys soccer: Argyle shuts out Falcons

ARGYLE — Argyle didn’t create near the opportunities that Lake Dallas did on offense Tuesday, but the Eagles managed to do the one thing their opponent couldn’t, and that’s finish.

Basketball roundup: With Gray out, Argyle routs Gainesville

GAINSEVILLE — Due to injury, Argyle’s starting forward Vivian Gray was unable to compete Tuesday night, but that didn’t stop the Lady Eagles from capturing a 64-31 victory on the road against Gainesville.

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Football: Ryan’s Davis is area MVP

The following statement might make Ryan defensive coaches clutch their chests in shock, but word on the street is that star linebacker Tyreke Davis is an offensive-minded guy.

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Different directions

Last year’s two district meetings between Guyer and Ryan were decided by an average of only four points. Friday’s game was anything but close, and while one rival is on a major tear, the other is searching for answers.

Basketball: No. 1 Argyle crushes Sanger in top-five battle

ARGYLE — Seconds into Friday’s clash between top-five teams, it looked as if Sanger would provide the test to defending Class 4A champion Argyle the state poll would suggest.

Basketball: Ponder prevails in OT

PILOT POINT — Ponder freshman guard Kaia Williams had three points at the end of regulation. It took overtime to get her going.

Basketball: Krum falls at home to Celina

KRUM — Neither Krum nor Celina could get a permanent thumb on the lead in Friday’s District 9-4A opener as the teams exchanged waves of momentum.

Basketball roundup: Denton improves undefeated district mark

WICHITA FALLS — Denton did not slow down after claiming a 41-20 lead over Wichita Falls at halftime — the Broncos came out with even more energy in the third quarter to go on a 42-13 run. Wichita Falls answered back with a strong showing in the fourth quarter, but the Broncos’ intensity throughout the game pushed them to a 74-56 victory Friday.

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Basketball: Broncos stay perfect in district play with win against Saginaw

There were several junctures in Tuesday’s District 5-5A matchup at which Denton coach Harold Jackson told his team to ease up on its defensive pedigree.

Basketball: Raiders can’t find hoop in loss to Texans

With 46 seconds left in Tuesday’s District 5-6A game against Justin Northwest, Ryan faced a two-point deficit and appeared to have breathed some life into its offense. But it was too little, too late on a night when the Raiders could not buy a bucket.

Basketball: Liberty sweeps John Paul

ARGYLE — The Liberty Christian Lady Warriors entered Tuesday’s action ranked No. 1 among large private schools by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Plano John Paul II moved to No. 25 after a 38-35 loss to No. 5 Plano Prestonwood on Friday.

Basketball roundup: Harris scores 41 as Ponder beats Howe

PONDER — A phenomenal performance from Chase Harris helped notch Ponder’s fourth district victory. Harris finished with a career-high 41 points and Ponder captured a 80-63 win over Howe on Tuesday.

Volleyball: Big-play Bass

Alexa Bass isn’t the sort to worry about statistics or individual honors, but even she knew this would be a difficult year to stand out, given the staggering number of top-tier volleyball players in the Denton area.