The man who commanded Ryan’s defense for the last 14 years decided it was time to vacate his office. His replacement will slide down the hall in the Ryan fieldhouse into the empty space, hoping to continue the Raiders’ tradition of playing good defense.
PONDER — Two members of the Ponder Lions powerlifting team have quailified to compete in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state meet in Abilene on March 22.
AUSTIN — Every time Ponder made a run against Tatum in Saturday’s Class 2A state final, it seemed the Eagles would soon answer with a bigger one. In the closing minutes of the third quarter, the Lions went on a run Tatum finally had no answer for and stormed to a 66-56 win in front of a crowd of 10,537 to claim the program’s fifth state championship and first since 2010.
AUSTIN — Throughout Ponder’s latest state championship run, freshman guard Chase Harris talked about wanting to win a title for the team’s five seniors. In Friday’s Class 2A semifinal victory, Harris scored a game-high 20 points to lead his team to the title game, but he paid a price. After taking an elbow to the face before halftime, Harris suffered a broken nose and a concussion but kept his injury quiet to finish the game. In Saturday’s 66-56 win over Tatum to claim the school’s fifth state championship, Harris was merely a spectator watching one of those seniors have the game of his life.
FRISCO — Liberty Christian split it’s final two games in the Tournament of Champions Saturday, topping Ryan 4-1 and falling to Lucas Lovejoy 7-5.
AUSTIN – Chase Harris got a rude welcoming in his first state tournament game, but the freshman guard had the last laugh for Ponder. Near the end of the first half, Harris took an elbow to the nose from Aransas Pass’ 7-foot, 250-pound center J.D. Gentry and heard a crack before noticing a trickle of blood that he did his best to quickly stop. Following the halftime intermission, Harris scored 12 of his game-high 20 points to lead the Lions to a 51-47 win over Aransas Pass in the Class 2A state semifinal at the Frank Erwin Center.
Friday morning: The Ponder Lions score a 51-47 victory over Aransas Pass to advance to Saturday's Class 2A state championship game. Ponder (31-7) will face the winner of the Tatum and Bushland semifinal game in the finals Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
PLANO — Liberty Christian put up four runs in the top of the fourth inning to rock Prestonwood reliever Jake Deaton on Thursday, but the Lions scored four runs over the next two innings to steal a 5-4 win from the Warriors at home.
PONDER — At the Class 2A level, the best teams hope to have one dominant post presence on their roster. At Ponder, the Lions don’t stop at one.
On the heels of two straight state championships, longtime Guyer assistant Oschlor Flemming is striking while the iron is hot.
AUSTIN — For one of the few times this season for either team, Argyle and Waco La Vega found themselves in a competitive contest in the fourth quarter.
STEPHENVILLE — Ponder coach Jude Stanley has a practice ritual with his players. The goal is to simulate a clutch situation at the free-throw line, and if the player misses the shot, the team runs.
STEPHENVILLE — New Boston center Dale Roberts has a reputation as a defensive force, one that theoretically could help contain Ponder’s Clay Morgan, one of the best big men in Class 2A.
AUSTIN — Before Waco La Vega ransacked District 17-3A and won each game by an average margin of 34.7 points, head coach Amy Gillum was in need of a nondistrict opponent.
The District 11-4A playoff chase is, to say the least, murky. Adding in another tie doesn’t make it clearer. That’s exactly what happened on Friday night, though, as Denton and Birdville finished in a 1-1 tie at Bronco Field. Both teams came into the game with identical district records and in the middle of a four-team logjam behind district leader Trophy Club Nelson. Guyer started the day Friday at 3-3 in district play, with Argyle (2-3-1) not far behind.
PONDER — With a familiar foe possibly awaiting Ponder in the Class 2A Region II final this weekend, it first must deal with something a little more foreign.
FORT WORTH — Guyer opened play in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Tournament on Thursday with blowout wins over Fort Worth Chisholm Trail and Fort Worth Trimble Tech.The Wildcats (4-3) opened with a 6-1...
Skip Townsend was a few seconds away from winning his first state tournament game as a head coach before it was stolen.
ARGYLE — As the crowd roared inside Texas A&M-Commerce’s Field House on Saturday, Argyle freshman Vivian Gray calmly stepped to midcourt for the opening tip of the Class 3A Region II final against Celina.
There was a time when Robb Coffey’s voice wasn’t as deep, powerful or pleasant on the microphone.
When Guyer scored early in the second half to erase a two-goal Denton advantage, the Wildcats seemingly had all the momentum on their side.
FLOWER MOUND — Brian Beddow’s first season as Ryan’s girls soccer coach continues to be a struggle, but he can see a light at the end of the tunnel.
AUBREY — Aubrey opened with a six-run first inning Tuesday and pushed across five runs in the fourth before the Chaps and Ponder called their game because of rainy weather, giving Aubrey an 11-2 win in five innings.
LAKE DALLAS — Trailing 4-3 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, Lake Dallas put up five runs in consecutive innings to rout Argyle 13-4 in a weather-shortened affair Tuesday.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — After a penalty kick gave Birdville a 2-1 lead over Argyle, the Lady Eagles scored two goals in the final six minutes to take down the Lady Hawks 3-2 in a District 11-4A matchup Tuesday.
Six members of the Ponder powerlifting team have qualified for the Texas High School Powerlifting Assoication Region 6 Division 3 championships March 8 at Ponder.Zach Allen (123 pounds), Jared Fredman...
ALEDO — There’s a saying in basketball that good shooters keep shooting. After a poor performance in Ponder’s 73-70 double-overtime win over Van Alstyne last Friday, sophomore guard Brady Anderson put the past behind him and put the team on his back with a game-high 21 points as the Lions took down fellow District 9-2A foe Millsap 65-43 on Monday night in the Class 2A Region II quarterfinal.
COMMERCE — The eyes of everyone inside Texas A&M-Commerce’s Field House were on three huddled referees in the corner of the court.