FORT WORTH — The way the sky was shaded half gray and half charcoal, it seemed apparent that bad weather was set to halt Game 2 of the Class 2A Region II finals between Brock and Pilot Point.
FORT WORTH — On Thursday night, Pilot Point senior pitcher Skylar Cagle was near the realm of the improbable. For the second straight playoff series, Cagle was one strike away from a Game 1 no-hitter. A bloop single by Mikayla Smith, who has a broken thumb, spoiled the no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning, but Cagle still helped her team move closer to the state tournament.
Quarterback Cy Ward led a 90-yard scoring drive and his defensive teammates rose up to preserve a come-from-behind win for the Purple team in Denton’s spring game Thursday night.
Liberty Christian's Foster Ford, seated, signs a national letter of intent to play baseball at Western Oklahoma State College on Wednesday. Standing, left to right, are Liberty coach Johnny Isom, parents Steve and Kathie Ford, Western coach Kurt Russell and C3 Futures coach Brian Capps. Western Oklahoma State is in Altus, Okla.
Two Ponder football players recently signed letters of intent to play at the college level next season. Offensive lineman Coleman James signed with Corcordia University in Seward, Neb., while running back Brennan Sooter signed with Southwestern University in Georgetown. Pictured on the front row are James, Ponder head football coach Russ Phillips and Sooter. On the back row are Ponder coaches Steve Espolt, Kirk Rodgers, Mark Low and Kevin Pitman and Ponder superintendent Bruce Yeager.
LAKE DALLAS — Lake Dallas head coach Michael Young entered the spring hoping to find a new quarterback.
FRISCO — After a couple of innings had passed in Game 2 of a regional quarterfinal series between Argyle and Melissa on Friday night, it looked as if Argyle was poised to win the game and advance to the fourth round of the playoffs next week with a sweep.
Before Zach Dickerson ever put on an Argyle uniform and helped the Eagles win the 2011 Class 3A state title, and before he became the team’s leading scorer in his senior year, Dickerson sat down with Argyle head coach John King the summer before his freshman year.
Local area teams will resume their postseason treks today when the University Interscholastic League baseball and softball playoffs resume, starting today.
WACO — Michael Whittle hit a game-tying two-run, pinch-hit triple, and Benn Hawkins delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly as Argyle Liberty Christian came from behind to defeat Plano Prestonwood Christian 4-3 in the TAPPS Class 5A baseball state semifinals on Monday.
PONDER — Following Game 3 of Ponder’s Class 2A Region II area baseball series against Pottsboro, head coach Mark Low leaned over the railing and looked into the dugout as his team looked back at him. The team chided their head coach when it appeared he might shed a couple tears as he spoke to the senior-laden team.
AUSTIN — As he watched his competitors from Lampases and Tyler Chapel Hill clip the bar Saturday, Spencer McCloud tried to hold his emotions together. “After I got 6-8, watching the other two guys I wanted the best for them,” said the Argyle senior. “But when they missed and I knew I had the gold medal, I wanted to smile. My emotions were everywhere. I wanted to run around, jump around and roll around. When you know you’re a state champion, it’s a great feeling.”
AUSTIN — Jacob Perry’s feet followed his emotions Saturday morning as he sailed around the Mike Myers Stadium track and into the early lead of the Class 3A 3,200-meter run.
WACO — Argyle Liberty Christian started strong and finished strong. After scoring 42 points on the first day of competition, Liberty Christian totaled 113 points to win the boys Class 5A TAPPS state track meet held at the Hart-Patterson Sports Complex.
FORT WORTH — The way Guyer’s final game of the 2013 season ended could not have been more frustrating for head coach Johnny Kinzy or his program. But given the way Saturday’s Game 2 of a 4A Region I area-round series with Cleburne had gone, it also could not have been more fitting as Guyer’s season came to an end with a 13-1 loss to the Yellow Jackets, last year’s Class 4A runners-up.
PLANO — The noonday sun couldn’t outshine the Krum Bobcats on Saturday. In fact, third baseman Zack Hughes was seeing the ball so clearly, he had one of his best hitting performances of the season in leading Krum to a Region II Class 3A area-round championship at John Paul II High School.
PROSPER — Skylar Cagle has been as close to a sure bet as one can imagine for Pilot Point this season. The senior pitcher hadn’t lost a game all year heading into the Lady Cats’ Region II-2A quarterfinal series against Grandview. And yet, Cagle could feel the pressure building right up until she threw her first pitch on Saturday, even after Pilot Point won the first game of the series the night before.
PLANO — Counting a crazy game-ending play in which he got the ball twice and wound up being credited with both a putout and an assist, Krum catcher Josh Reeves retired three Ferris players with his right arm Friday night.
Guyer’s Jalen Hunter, a qualifier in three events, had the top finish of any Denton-area qualifiers on Friday when he took fourth place in the Class 4A 300-meter hurdles and was fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles.
POTTSBORO — Despite going into extra innings tied at 2, the Pilot Point Lions allowed the Pottsboro Cardinals to squeeze in the winning run and fell 3-2 in eight innings.
FORT WORTH — Judging by the way Friday night’s series opener between Cleburne and Guyer started, it seemed as though Cleburne, the No. 6 team in the Class 4A state poll, was just destined to chalk up an easy win over the Wildcats in a Class 4A Region I area round game at Saginaw.
ARGYLE — Back when Spencer McCloud was a sophomore at Argyle, he carried dreams of one day continuing his basketball career at a small college. But once the Argyle track coaches went searching the school’s gym for a kid who could leap well beyond his height, they stumbled across McCloud, who stumbled across a new set of career plans.
Sanger’s Bryce Perry and her brother, Jacob, both competed in the state cross country meet last November with Bryce leading her Sanger team to a championship with her ninth-place finish, while Jacob also finished fifth to help his team to a fifth-place finish.
It did not take long for Jalen Hunter to realize the best route for him to take in his high school athletic career. As the younger brother of former Guyer wide receiver Cameron Hunter, who went on to play football for a short stint at the Air Force Academy, the younger Hunter could have chased his dream of playing football when he was a running back as a freshman.
Sanger discus thrower Madison Wilson is mentally equipped for this year’s Class 3A state track and field meet, and she isn’t going to be distracted by the environment at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium in Austin this Saturday.
Senior pitcher Jud Kinzy was in the dugout the last time Guyer won a baseball playoff series, but he played no part in those victories when the Wildcats went a few rounds deep in 2009.
MANSFIELD — Ponder had a sweep in sight Saturday in a Class 2A bi-district playoff series at Mansfield Lake Ridge, but Whitney scored four runs in the seventh to win 8-7. With the series tied at a game apiece, the Lions recovered for a 20-1 victory and advanced to an area-round matchup with Pottsboro.