Boys basketball: Ryan defense sparks 11-0 run to cap win over Broncos

Trailing Ryan 18-9 after the first quarter, the Denton Broncos clawed back to tie Tuesday’s game at 59 with less than 90 seconds remaining.

Girls basketball: Lady Raiders rally past Denton

Coach Monesha Allen prepared her team for a 32-minute barn burner against crosstown rival Denton. With Ryan trailing by eight points early in the fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders knew there was still time for a comeback.

Basketball roundup: Prolific Prosper pounds Falcons

CORINTH — Lake Dallas couldn’t keep up with the Prosper offense — which scored at least 20 points in three quarters — and fell 80-44 on Tuesday.

Basketball roundup: Lady Falcons upend Sanger

SANGER — Lake Dallas pulled off a big fourth-quarter comeback Monday, outscoring Sanger 20-11 in the final frame to win 51-50.

Football: Dragons light up Guyer

ARLINGTON — Guyer picked the wrong time to play one of its most sloppy games of the year on Saturday night, as the Wildcats’ first-half mistakes and Southlake Carroll quarterback Ryan Agnew were too much for Guyer to overcome as the Wildcats fell 58-42 in a late Class 6A Division II playoff game at AT&T Stadium.

Volleyball: Decatur downs Argyle for state championship

GARLAND — Argyle middle blocker Katy Keenan may have been thinking about all the things that could have been Saturday, but in her team’s postmatch press conference, the Texas Tech signee was humble and offered no excuses.

Football: St. Thomas ousts Liberty

HOUSTON — Houston St. Thomas used a big defensive stop early in the fourth quarter to preserve a 20-7 win over Liberty Christian in Saturday’s TAPPS regional playoff game at Granger Stadium.

Football: Calvary posts 87-41 playoff win

CARROLLTON — It took the Calvary Lions more than a quarter to shake off the rust from not playing in more than two weeks. Dallas Tyler Street Christian wished it had taken much longer.

Basketball roundup: Guyer wins season opener

Sean Choate finished with 23 points Saturday to lead Guyer past Cedar Park 73-43 in its season opener.

Football: Bearcats blast Broncos

JUSTIN — Brick by brick the Denton Broncos built their program up after several consecutive losing seasons while their opening-round playoff win against Birdville gave them their first playoff win since 2002, but on Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium in the Class 5A Division I Region I area round, the Broncos ran into an offensive buzz saw in the reigning Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo Bearcats.

Volleyball: Argyle advances to final

GARLAND — Late in the second set Friday, Argyle was one point from dropping a set for the first time since early October. Only this time, there was much more on the line. The Lady Eagles miraculously avoided the rare letdown when a reversed call on the point that would have given Liberty Hill the set opened the door for Argyle to steal the set, and ultimately the match, in a 25-17, 27-25, 25-20 win in a Class 4A state semifinal at the Curtis Culwell Center.

Football: Wildcats look to keep edge on Carroll

There are not many teams in Texas that can claim an all-time series advantage over Southlake Carroll. Yet, when Guyer and Carroll take the field at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium at 8 tonight, the Dragons will be in that unfamiliar position. Guyer won its first two meetings against Carroll in 2010 — a game that saw the Wildcats end Carroll’s 47-game home winning streak and a playoff win in the regional final en route to Guyer’s first state championship game appearance.

Football: Argyle tames Lions in rout

CARROLLTON — Argyle running back Nick Ralston didn’t break many tackles on Friday. He didn’t have to.Kaufman’s defense barely laid a finger on the Arizona State commit, who rumbled his way to 305 yards...

Football: Pilot Point bounces New Boston

COMMERCE — This was Travis Garrett’s night to shine. The senior quarterback for Pilot Point rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 130 yards, including a 79-yard scoring strike to RyLee Hellman, leading the Bearcats to a 35-13 victory against New Boston in the Class 3A Division I area playoff Friday night at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium.

Football: Powerful Vernon ousts Bobcats, 52-14

BOWIE — It’s hard to lose; it’s even harder for a season to end with a loss. As Krum huddled up after losing in its area playoff game, players embraced and shed a few tears. Seniors took in their final moments in a Bobcat uniform.

Football: Paris eliminates hobbled Indians, 28-16

DENISON — When Sanger lost its star running back in the sixth game of the season and then lost its senior quarterback three weeks later, it would have been easy for Chuck Galbreath’s team to fold under the pressure of trying to move the ball without its two key offensive players.

Basketball roundup: Liberty girls win by 37 in two games

BROCK — The Liberty Christian Lady Warriors picked up a pair of 37-point victories on Friday in the Brock Showcase Tournament, knocking off Lubbock Cooper 73-36 and then handing Pflugerville a 64-27 loss.

Football: Broncos looking for shootout with Aledo

After earning its first playoff win since 2002 with a bi-district victory over Birdville, the Denton football program is riding high, but with a state power next on the docket, the Broncos aren’t basking in their recent success.

Volleyball: Argyle one win from state final

ARGYLE — Two opponents stand in the way of Argyle and its first state title. While the Lady Eagles have made no secret that they hope to be playing one team in particular in Saturday’s Class 4A final, they’ll first have to knock off a hungry newcomer to the state’s grandest stage.

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Football: Guyer defense has adapted all season

Before this season began, when Guyer was ready to break in a highly touted yet unproven quarterback in Shawn Robinson, the general thought around the program was that the Wildcats’ defense would lead the way early on.

Basketball roundup: Argyle goes 1-1

ALLEN — The Argyle girls basketball team split its opening-day games at the Allen Lady Eagle Hoopfest on Thursday, defeating Wylie 57-24 and falling to Plano West 62-56.

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Volleyball: Bass uses game to overcome adversity

Alexa Bass was dressed in street clothes when she showed up roughly 15 minutes late for Argyle’s practice Monday afternoon. It was uncharacteristic for her to be late for anything, especially volleyball.

Girls basketball: Denton gets Colonized

Through the first handful of games this season, the Denton Lady Broncos have been searching for consistency throughout their lineup.

Basketball roundup: Lady Falcons roll, 74-26

DALLAS — Five Lady Falcons finished in double figures Tuesday as Lake Dallas defeated Dallas W.T. White 74-26.

Basketball: Ryan boys outlast McKinney Boyd

Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet knows it will take some time before his young team is clicking on all cylinders, but he had very little to complain about after Monday’s season opener.

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Football: Guyer pops Plano, 59-28

ARLINGTON — Shawn Robinson admitted to having some jitters when he took the field at AT&T Stadium on Saturday for the first time in his career. In his playoff debut, it didn’t take long for him to get rid of them.

Volleyball: Lady Eagles advance to state

MESQUITE — Shortly after Argyle’s sweep of Melissa in Saturday’s Class 4A Region II final, a win that vaulted the Lady Eagles to their second state tournament appearance in three years, junior Strealy Sizelove was heard amid the celebration having a fun exchange with coach Clark Oberle.

Football: Broncos beat Birdville

JUSTIN — Amassing a two-possession lead by halftime and holding the Class 5A leading rusher Isaiah Duarte to just 72 yards in the first half, the Denton Broncos had their lead, but the Birdville Hawks weren’t going to go quietly. Duarte finished with 212 yards and four touchdowns with the Hawks scoring 19 fourth-quarter points to set up one final drive, but on fourth-and-10 at midfield with less than a minute remaining, defensive lineman Adam Bershell’s outside rush helped him come up with his third sack of the game to allow Denton to secure the 40-33 victory for the Class 5A bi-district championship at Northwest ISD Stadium on Friday.

Volleyball: Argyle, Dobbins slam Van

MESQUITE — When Eighmy Dobbins stepped up to the service line in the third set of Argyle’s regional semifinal matchup Friday night, it was evident Van did not have much time left in its season. However, no one saw what happened next coming, as the junior outside hitter served the match’s final 14 points with her lethal jump serve to help the Lady Eagles cruise to a sweep of Van to advance to the Class 4A Region II final at 1 p.m. today back at Mesquite Poteet.

Football: Robinson, Guyer open on big stage

The last time the Guyer Wildcats were in the postseason in the state’s largest classification, they had their earliest playoff exit in program history when they were bounced in the second round by Mansfield in 2011. That Guyer team started seven sophomores — a stark contrast from its senior-laden team the prior year that went to the Class 5A Division II final in the program’s first year playing with the state’s biggest schools.

Football: Rodgers fuels Argyle rout

SAGINAW — If Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers continues to have nights like he did on Friday, the Eagles may be harder to beat in the playoffs than they already are.

Football: Freshman QB helps Sanger to playoff win

SAGINAW — Two weeks ago, freshman C.J. Jackson was quarterbacking Sanger’s junior varsity team. On Friday, he led the Indians to a 31-21 win against Springtown in the Class 4A bi-district matchup to send Sanger to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in nine years.

Football: Wichita Falls eliminates Lake Dallas

SPRINGTOWN — A 14-0 lead in the first quarter seemed comfortable enough for a Lake Dallas team that rolled into the Class 5A playoffs. But the Falcons hadn’t played a team like Wichita Falls since Week 1.

Football: Bailey sparks Bearcats to win

BEDFORD — All DaCoven Bailey needed was a little help from his defense. The junior running back did his part Friday night in Pilot Point’s Class 3A bi-district playoff game against Red Oak Life, rushing for six touchdowns and finishing with 298 yards on 24 carries.

Football: Howell scores four times as Liberty cruises

GROESBECK — Liberty Christian running back Kylen Howell had only 10 yards rushing on six carries Friday night against the Tomball Concordia Lutheran Crusaders but scored three rushing touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 50-20 victory in the TAPPS Division I playoffs.

Basketball roundup: Argyle rips Lovejoy

LUCAS — Paced by the 27-point scoring performance from senior Jesse Sheridan, the Argyle Lady Eagles rolled to a 69-41 victory against Lucas Lovejoy Friday night.The Lady Eagles (2-0), jumped out to a...

Football: Krum rolls to playoff win

FORT WORTH — Krum was desperate to taste some playoff success. Dallas Lincoln obliged, over and over again. The Bobcats rolled up 390 total yards, 327 of that rushing, and scored five touchdowns off Lincoln turnovers — the Tigers had six for the game — while cruising to a 40-6 win in a Class 4A Region I Division II bi-district game at Brewer Bear Stadium.

Football: Ponder hits Wall in loss

STEPHENVILLE — Entering the playoffs for the first time in program history, the Ponder Lions had a stiff test against the Wall Hawks, who advanced to the Class 2A state championship game a season ago.

Football: Birdville back is Broncos’ first playoff test

The Denton Broncos’ fast start to the season, their win over Saginaw Boswell in the final seconds and their first playoff berth since 2010 highlight their season so far, but tonight against Birdville, all of those peaks climbed are merely hills compared with the task ahead.

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Football: Brewer, Holder give Lake Dallas balance

Lake Dallas wide receiver Keegan Brewer is focused on scoring touchdowns. He’s just never kept track. Brewer, a junior, was floored when he heard the numbers — 21 touchdowns, 18 of them receiving — earlier this week. Coupled with his 1,002 yards, he is ranked fifth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area among Class 5A receivers heading into Friday’s Region I Division II bi-district tilt against Wichita Falls — slated for 7:30 p.m. at Springtown.

Signings: Argyle’s Keenan officially a Red Raider

ARGYLE – As Argyle volleyball coach Clark Oberle stood up to introduce Katy Keenan during a signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, he reminisced with the crowd about his star player’s first college offer, which he said came from Baylor the summer before Keenan’s freshman year.

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Swimming: Local swimmers place in meet

Denton ISD swimmers claimed 22 of the 24 first place finishes with the Guyer Wildcats claiming team titles in both the boys and girls division in a seven team meet at the Denton Natatorium on Tuesday night.

Volleyball: Guyer’s season comes to close with loss to Southlake

LEWISVILLE — Just a few days after one of the biggest wins in its program history, the Guyer volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday night.

Volleyball: Argyle advances with victory against Aubrey

Katy Keenan is not the type of player Argyle wants sitting on its bench, even if only for a few brief stretches. Yet the Lady Eagles continue to prove they can be just as dominant without her.

Volleyball: Lake Dallas falls short in playoffs

JUSTIN — The Lake Dallas volleyball team’s season ended in a three-set loss to Aledo in the Division 5A regional quarterfinals on Tuesday, although it wasn’t for lack of effort.

Basketball roundup: Argyle bests Southlake in opener

ARGYLE — Despite getting points from just four different players, Argyle rolled past Southlake Carroll 54-41 in its home opener on Tuesday.

Girls basketball: Lady Broncos ignite for win

The Denton Lady Broncos opened their season Monday at home against Keller Central, motivating themselves with the theme “set yourself on fire.”