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.
AUSTIN — Pilot Point senior DaCoven Bailey has had one of the more decorated athletic careers in recent memory in the Denton area.
FRISCO — The Sanger Indians are developing a knack for finishing off their playoff games in style, and after ending Thursday’s game in the ninth inning on a double steal, the Indians found a way to one-up themselves Friday in Game 2 of their area-round series against Anna at Frisco Reedy.
PLANO — When you have as many players as Argyle does with no playoff experience, it’s difficult to tell how they will react for the first time on that stage.
FRISCO — After going three weeks without a game, the Krum Bobcats took a few innings to find a rhythm at the plate Friday. But while their bats struggled early, it took no time at all for senior Colton Knierim to get going on the mound. Knierim, who finished with eight strikeouts and allowed just one hit, helped anchor Krum’s 2-1 walk-off win against Carrollton Ranchview in an eight-inning Class 4A Region II area-round game.
The first time Grayson Grisso tried to clear a hurdle could not have gone any worse. Grisso was in eighth grade and quickly decided he was finished with the event — for good.
First embracing track and field in fifth grade, Denton’s Logan McDaniel is still learning the sport. As he and the rest of the Broncos enter today’s Class 5A state meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, they are looking to take the next step toward ultimate success while building the program’s tradition along the way.
Aubrey’s Drew Davis signs a letter of intent to McMurry, where he will play basketball for the Abilene university’s War Hawks. Davis was a three-year varsity starter and averaged 20.7 points and 9.5 rebounds last season. He was named offensive player of the year in District 9-4A and was selected to the TABC all-region team and the Denton Record-Chronicle’s All-Area Basketball Team.
In her time at Navo Middle School, Denton’s Selena Gembeh was one of the fastest runners on the track and field team, but in seventh grade her coach encouraged her to try the high jump.
FRISCO — The Krum Lady Cats didn’t need any help from Princeton this time. After taking advantage of five Princeton errors to win Game 1 of their Class 4A area-round playoff series Friday, the Lady Cats pounded out 12 hits and rode the pitching of Tristan Bridges to a 13-1 victory over the Lady Panthers on Saturday to complete a sweep of the best-of-three series.
FORT WORTH — After being trounced from the start of Game 1 of their best-of-three Class 5A bi-district playoff series against Grapevine, pitcher Malik Minter and the Denton Broncos knew they couldn’t allow themselves to get so far behind in Game 2.