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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.

Friday Night Playoff Capsules

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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.”

Volleyball: Four area teams remain in playoffs

High school volleyball playoffs continue this week with four area teams remaining as the regional quarterfinal round begins Tuesday.

Volleyball: Argyle advances with sweep of Bonham

GAINESVILLE — While watching his team jump out to a two-set lead Saturday, Argyle coach Clark Oberle couldn’t help but push the Lady Eagles as if they were playing from behind.

Football: Ten area teams still alive

The UIL and TAPPS playoffs get underway this week, and the Denton area will be well represented with 10 teams securing berths in the battle for state titles.

Cross country: Pilot Point’s Juarez finishes 15th at state

ROUND ROCK — Pilot Point’s Diana Juarez turned in the top finish among Denton-area competitors Saturday at the state cross country meet.

Football: Jumping out fast

On Thursday night, before Ryan and Guyer had even taken the field at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders received bad news when they were eliminated from postseason contention. Friday night was no better for Ryan thanks to a dominant display by the Wildcats, who cruised to a 52-7 win against their crosstown foe.

Football: Coyotes top Broncos in battle for momentum

Despite the absence of importance in their final game of the regular season, the Denton Broncos came into Friday’s contest against Wichita Falls with the hope that it would serve as a dress rehearsal for next week’s playoff game against Birdville. However, the Coyotes also had designs on entering the playoffs on a high note as they shot out to a 28-0 lead on the way to a 49-14 blowout at Bronco Field.

Football: Perfect Argyle crushes Sanger

SANGER — Another year, another undefeated regular season for Argyle, which dispatched injury-stricken Sanger with ease 44-7 on Friday in the regular season finale.

Football: Pain of streak’s end temporary

When Joey Florence took over at Ryan before the 2000 season, he inherited a Raider program that, historically, was in rough shape. The Raiders were coming off a one-win season in 1999, and won two games the year before that.

Football: Bearcats drop season finale

PILOT POINT — Pilot Point receiver RyLee Hellman caught a 44-yard touchdown pass to pull the Bearcats within six of Farmersville with 4:36 remaining, but the Farmers quickly answered on Darrin Pennington’s 55-yard scoring run to seal the 42-28 victory.

Football: Anna beats Aubrey for final playoff spot

ANNA — Anna came from behind in the second half to make a playoff statement in a 20-14 win against the Aubrey Chaparrals on Friday night.

Football: Celina rips Krum, takes district crown

CELINA — In their final game of the regular season, the Celina Bobcats defeated the Krum Bobcats 52-7 to capture the District 3-4A title.

Football: Calvary wins district title

The Calvary Lions, needing a victory over the Plainview Christian Eagles to claim the district championship, jumped out to a quick lead Thursday night and rolled to a 51-6 triumph.

Football: Liberty earns playoff berth

PLANO — Quarterback John Copeland passed for four touchdowns and ran for another as Liberty Christian (6-4, 4-3), rolled past Plano John Paul II (0-10, 0-7) 52-34 in a TAPPS 1-I regular season finale.

Football: Breckenridge blanks Ponder

BRECKENRIDGE — In the regular-season finale, the Ponder Lions couldn’t get anything right as the Breckenridge Buckaroos scored a 34-0 victory Friday night.

Volleyball: Guyer knocks off Coppell

FLOWER MOUND — There are certain programs in any sport that serve as measuring sticks. Guyer faced a team that fit that profile when it comes to Texas high school volleyball in Coppell on Friday night in the area round of the Class 6A playoffs. The Cowgirls have long stood as a power program and have the hardware to prove it in a trophy case that contains mementos from back-to-back state titles in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. That history made the Lady Wildcats’ 25-20, 21-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-11 win at Flower Mound Marcus so special.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Falcons rally to area-round win

SAGINAW — Coming off an emotional, come-from-behind win over Denton to open the Class 5A playoffs, Lake Dallas rallied again Friday, this time past Burleson Centennial, 21-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-17.

Cross country: State cross country meet set for today

Several area athletes will be jockeying for medals today at the UIL state cross country meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

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Football: Rivalry resumes

When Guyer and Ryan renew their crosstown rivalry tonight, one team will look to wrap up a dominating run in District 5-6A before turning its attention to the postseason. The other will play for nothing more than pride.

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Football: Series paused after playoff classic

The last time Guyer and Ryan met, it was arguably one of the biggest days of football in Denton school district history.

Football: Broncos look to hit high note

With it looking as if Denton would need to win its final two games to secure its first playoff berth since 2010, the magnitude of last Friday’s game at Saginaw saw an unexpected change in importance and emotion.

Football: Falcons hang on to win 6-5A title

FORT WORTH — It wasn’t pretty, but Lake Dallas finished its district schedule undefeated. The Falcons (9-1, 6-0 District 6-5A) defeated the Fort Worth Dunbar Wildcats 45-36 on Thursday, capping an undefeated run through the district with their ninth consecutive win overall to claim the 6-5A championship. The win also gives the Falcons a top seed in the Class 5A Division II playoffs.