A growing movement to institute pitch count limits on high school baseball players took a huge step toward reality this week, but it has been met with mixed reviews from a handful of local coaches. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday that each state’s governing organization for high school sports must establish its own set of pitch count guidelines.
Entering his senior season with a wealth of college offers, Denton High School’s Grant Polley has drawn interest from around the country.
Michael Pittman has been by the side of Ryan High School girls basketball coach Monesha Allen for 12 seasons, making him her longest-tenured assistant. That coaching relationship has come to a bittersweet end.
It was in mile four, or maybe five, that a sliver of doubt crept into Kelsey Landrum’s mind. As she looked at the climb ahead of her, she thought she might burn out. Did she come out running too fast?
Neither player reached their program’s high expectation, but Argyle senior Tanner Boyzuick and Krum sophomore Tristan Bridges both stood above their peers on the diamond this past season.
Denton athletic coordinator Kevin Atkinson knows how important experience at the highest level is, so when the Lady Broncos began their search for a new softball coach after Rhana Ramos resigned recently, Atkinson was looking for the right mix of approachability and confidence.
As a three-sport athlete, Chris Miller has been at the heart of Denton’s recent resurgence. He anchored a relay team to the state track and field meet, added depth to an already deep basketball squad and injected the football team with some of the best speed and athleticism it’s seen in several seasons.
Krum’s Raymond Barrington has been selected to participate in the Blue-Grey Southwest Super Regional Combine on Friday and Saturday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.
After spending time riding the film festival circuit, When We Were All Broncos will make its television debut on KERA-TV (Channel 13) at 9 p.m. Friday. The documentary, directed by David Barrow, chronicles the journey of the racially integrated 1972 Denton High School football team and its role in Denton and the recently desegregated South.
After spending some time as the state’s top-ranked Class 6A team, Guyer finished second in District 5-6A to eventual state champion Keller, but the Lady Wildcats were well represented on the 5-6A all-district team.
Kasie Ostrom helped start a softball program from scratch when she played in college. Now she’s getting a chance to do it again as a head coach.
DALLAS — Lake Dallas’ wild playoff run may end one round shy of the state tournament if its longstanding struggles with Grapevine continue. Not only were the Falcons held to four hits Friday in a battle of District 6-5A rivals, but they had two costly errors and trailed early before Grapevine’s Ryan Drake smashed a two-run home run as part of a five-run fifth inning to send Game 1 of the Class 5A Region I final spiraling out of control in a 9-2 loss at Dallas Baptist.
Tonight's Class 4A Region II series opener between Argyle and Texarkana Pleasant Grove in Pittsburg has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Officials from both schools have agreed to a one-game playoff on Saturday at 4 p.m. at McKinney Boyd with the winner earning a berth in next week's UIL state tournament.
PROSPER — There was little doubt what the final result of Saturday’s Game 2 between Argyle and Paris North Lamar would be when Eagle senior Tanner Boyzuick stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth. But when Boyzuick connected on the first pitch he saw, that result came sooner than planned.
ABILENE — A week after pulling off an improbable walk-off win to reach this weekend’s fourth round of the Class 5A playoffs, Lake Dallas again owned its final half-inning — this time rallying with four runs in the top of the seventh to stun Lubbock Cooper 6-4 in Game 1 of a Region I semifinal series at Abilene Christian’s Crutcher Scott Field.
Graduating from North Texas in 1980 with a degree in business, Gerry Standridge started in real estate before entering the coaching world, and it was in 2002 when he officially was introduced to the sport of volleyball.
ARGYLE — Tanner Boyzuick and Ryland King have been playing baseball together, in some capacity, since they were 13 years old. As the two senior full-time starters for defending Class 4A state champion Argyle, they have an undeniable bond. So when King blew out his knee in a playoff warm-up game a few weeks back, it hit Boyzuick hard.
Lake Dallas has hired a state title winning coach to lead its girls soccer program.
ARGYLE — Coach Ricky Griffin knew he had his ace, Connor Mushinski, in his back pocket if he needed him to pitch in a pinch on Saturday. The junior threw 53 pitches in Friday’s Game 1 victory for Argyle and was available to close out a game Saturday. Turns out Griffin didn’t need him. Sanger forced a decisive Game 3 with a strong pitching effort from Julien Ly in a 3-1 victory before Argyle sophomore Gage Campbell fired a gem to shut down the Indians 5-0 in Game 3 and advance the Eagles to the Class 4A Region II semifinals.
DALLAS — No one needed to tell Christian Boulware how crucial his next at-bat was Saturday. The situation was clear and what all baseball players live for — bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh of a tie game. Boulware wasted little time, jumping on the fourth pitch he saw for a walk-off single to hand Lake Dallas an 8-7 win against Fort Worth Arlington Heights in Game 2 of a Class 5A Region I quarterfinal.
McKINNEY — Tied at 1 through seven innings, Krum and Celina each had plenty of opportunities to take control of the game, but neither did until Celina exploded for four runs on three hits to take a 5-1 lead in the top of the eighth that ended up being the game’s final score.
Denton volleyball coach Danielle Kading didn’t have much of a transition from her time in college at TWU to head coach of the Lady Broncos at age 22, but when she arrived at Denton she hit the ground running, leading her team to five consecutive playoff appearances.
CORINTH — Just more than a month ago, Lake Dallas baseball coach John Tompkins couldn’t have been more disappointed in his team, or more unsure about its upcoming playoff push. So he did the only logical thing he could to light a fire — he held tryouts.
COLLEGE STATION — In just his sophomore season, Argyle’s Matt Hynek put his youthful poise on display from the get-go of the first set of his Class 4A boys’ singles quarterfinal match against Canyon Lake’s Kendall Murray.
AUSTIN — Like many people at the UIL state track and field meet, all Aubrey’s Grayson Grisso wanted to do Saturday was finish up and head home. After arriving at Mike A. Myers Stadium at 8 a.m. expecting to run his event, the 110-meter hurdles, about 12:45 p.m., Grisso sat and waited, then sat and waited some more.
AUSTIN — Waiting around during a 5 1/2-hour weather delay wasn’t enough for Guyer senior Ethan Toy on Saturday.
ARGYLE — Matt Hynek practically waltzed into the Class 4A state tournament, which begins Monday in College Station. But Argyle’s star sophomore insists his road was more difficult than it appeared.