Ponder fends off late push to advance in playoffs

PROSPER — It wasn’t a masterpiece, but when faced with a late-game comeback in their opening-round, Class 3A bi-district matchup with Whitewright, the Ponder Lions were ready.

Dallas Lincoln throttles Bobcats

LEWISVILLE — Facing the No. 2-ranked team in the state can feel like a tall task. For Krum, that task was too much to handle as defending Class 4A state champion Dallas Lincoln ran up and down the court at will en route to a 77-33 victory Monday night against the Bobcats at Lewisville High School.

Calvary girls advance to regional finals

The Calvary Lady Lions are one victory away from earning a berth in the TAPPS 3A state tournament after routing Abilene Christian 57-25 Monday night.

Basketball: 7 local boys teams in quest for state

The race to UIL basketball gold begins this week for seven Denton-area boys teams while the Ryan and Argyle are the only two area girls teams still alive in the third round of the state playoffs with regional tournament berths on the line Tuesday night.


Help from her friends

FRISCO — Vivian Gray is used to putting her team on her back, but on Friday night, the star senior was visibly frustrated at times with her performance in a Class 4A Region II area-round playoff game against Princeton.

Aubrey to miss playoffs after loss

ANNA — Aubrey played Celina tight for a little more than three quarters, but the the Chaparrals’ shots never found the bottom of the hoop in last five minutes of the game.

Denton ISD swimmers hit career highs at state meet

AUSTIN — At the biggest meet of the season, all three Denton ISD swimmers set personal bests in Friday’s Class 5A state swim meet, and Braswell’s Alexa Barnes also was able to qualify for Saturday’s finals.

Inexperienced Lady Chaps eliminated in area round

PLANO — As good as this season has gone for Aubrey, at the end of the day, its roster was incredibly young.

Roos, Corley lead Aubrey to three wins

WHITESBORO — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals improved to 4-1 on the season as they picked up wins in three of their first four games to open up the Whitesboro tournament. Aubrey beat Tom Bean 2-0 and Pottsboro 15-9 on Thursday before knocking off Valley View 16-8 on Friday.

Wiltgen’s hat trick helps Lady Broncos remain unbeaten

The Denton Lady Broncos remained unbeaten in the regular season and picked up their third straight win Friday night, cruising past Braswell 5-0.

Coleman’s big night helps Ryan girls advance

LEWISVILLE — C’yera Coleman was so off from 3-point range in Ryan’s playoff win over Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday that her teammates demanded she give up and start feeding the ball inside.

Sunnyvale eliminates Lady Lions

FRISCO — With 12.2 seconds left, Sunnyvale’s Avionne Alexander toed the free throw line for a one-and-one. She sunk both shots to give her team a comfortable seven-point cushion.


Three DISD schools send swimmers to state

The Denton school district is sending three swimmers to today’s Class 5A state meet in Austin, and they all have unique stories for how they made it there.


Ryan wins its first playoff game since 2011 in back-and-forth contest with Chisholm Trail

KELLER — What Ryan saw out of Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday looked nothing like what the team saw on film. The result was a back-and-forth playoff opener that saw the Lady Raiders do just enough to eke out a 57-50 win and secure the program’s first playoff victory since 2011. Traeli Calhoun led all scorers with 23 points.

Denton falls to Sherman, shares 5-5A crown

SHERMAN — It was a perfect storm for Denton on Tuesday against Sherman, but not in a good way. With a chance to lock sole possession of the District 5-5A title — their first district crown since 1991 — the moment was too big for the Broncos.

Wildcats top Plano East, take 6-6A title

PLANO — It took Guyer nearly eight minutes to claim its first lead in Tuesday night’s regular-season finale against Plano East. Then, in seemingly the blink of an eye, the Wildcats had a double-digit lead as they used a furious first-half run to bury the Panthers and claim a 76-51 win at Archie E. McAfee Gymnasium.

Krum ousted from playoffs at hands of Dallas Lincoln

FLOWER MOUND — It was a two-woman show Tuesday as Dallas Lincoln’s Kennedy Taylor and Jayla Johnson scored almost at will against Krum’s defense.


Saginaw Boswell dispatches Lady Broncos in 1st round

KELLER — Denton coach Erin Taylor told her team Saginaw Boswell was everything it was cracked up to be heading into Tuesday’s first-round playoff game. The advance warning didn’t do any good.

High school roundup: Argyle, Aubrey advance to area round

CARROLLTON — It took some time for No. 1 Argyle to get back into the swing of things, but the Lady Eagles eventually got rolling on their way to a dominating 83-29 win against Dallas Pinkston in a Class 4A bi-district playoff game.

Ponder girls fend off late rally for playoff victory

FRISCO — The Ponder Lady Lions had only three players on this year’s team who played in last season’s playoff game, and on Monday, it looked as if their inexperience might catch up to them in their bi-district playoff match against Leonard.

Girls basketball: Local teams begin playoffs

The UIL playoff march begins this week for six Denton-area girls basketball teams, including a two-time defending state champion with its sights firmly set on a 3-peat.

Ryan’s LeBlanc will follow coach father to Kentucky

The coaching shuffle at North Texas last week has impacted the Ryan football team. Junior defensive tackle Dayton LeBlanc, whose father, Derrick LeBlanc, is on his way to Kentucky after one year as the Mean Green’s defensive line coach, also is leaving after just one season with the Raiders.


Ryan wins at Denton to keep hopes alive for shared title

Screams roared through a Denton High locker room following Round 2 of the crosstown rivalry between Denton and Ryan. After the Broncos won an overtime thriller at Ryan on Jan. 17 to improve their District 5-5A record to 5-0, it was the Raiders who enjoyed the celebration Friday.

Steve Gamel: Ryan, Denton in same district again makes rivalry better

There were a good amount of Ryan faithful still celebrating on Denton’s court Friday when the gym lights turned off, then flicked back on a second or two later. The game had only been over for 10 to 15 minutes, so maybe it was just some kid who leaned up against the switch on accident.

Momentum fails Guyer in loss to Plano

A few days after playing what was arguably its best game of the season, Guyer came out flat Friday and couldn’t claw its way back, as the first-place Wildcats fell to Plano 74-65.

Krum falls in seeding game to Bridgeport

BOWIE — It’s tough to beat a team twice, especially when fresh off a victory just 72 hours earlier.

High school roundup: Lady Broncos remain unbeaten on pitch

WICHITA FALLS — The Denton girls soccer team improved to 13-0-2 with a 2-1 win against Wichita Falls Rider on Friday night.


Modester playing big for surging Ryan

At 5-8 and pushing maybe 150 pounds, Javon Modester is clearly not the biggest guy in Ryan’s starting five. He’s not even close. But that doesn’t mean his play has to match his size.


Guyer grabs share of 6-6A

Last month, a red-hot Guyer team got a dose of humility in the form of an upset loss to Plano West. On Tuesday, the first-place Wildcats showed how big the gap might be between themselves and the rest of District 6-6A with a demonstrative 87-59 win over the second-place Wolves.

Lady Raiders nab district championship

Ryan coach Monesha Allen joked last week that it had been so long since her program won a district title that she had to walk into the gym and look at the banners in the rafters to make sure she had the years right.

Broncos earn first title share since ’91

LITTLE ELM — The Denton Broncos are on a mission: Win a district title with an undefeated record. So far, so good. With a convincing 80-54 victory over Braswell on Tuesday, Denton has at least a share of the District 5-5A title — a feat it hadn’t accomplished since 1991.

Denton dumps Denison

Denton is four games into its District 5-5A season and has handled adversity with grace and tenacity. After falling to rival Ryan to open district play, Denton bounced back with a 2-1 win over Sherman and a 3-1 road victory over defending district champ Wichita Falls.

High school roundup: Argyle, Calvary girls claim district crowns

SANGER — No. 1 Argyle put the finishing touches on an undefeated district season and claimed the district championship by knocking off Sanger 74-32 on Tuesday in a season finale.


Valuable weapon

Guyer boys basketball coach Grant Long constantly makes a point to his players not to take any game or opponent for granted. As far as junior Grayson Carter is concerned, Long is preaching to the choir.

Championship Tuesday for Denton trio

Two Denton school district basketball teams have a chance to clinch at least a share of their respective district titles tonight, while a third can win its championship outright by finishing with a perfect record.


Wildcats keep clawing

The Guyer girls’ season has taken a turn for the worse over the last three weeks, but on Friday night in the Lady Wildcats’ last home game, they began one final push to keep playing after next week.

Braswell seeking aggression in district

LITTLE ELM — Ten games into Braswell’s inaugural season, Lady Bengals coach Mandy Hall says her team can no longer make excuses. After a 4-0 loss to District 5-5A opponent Sherman on Friday, Hall’s message was simple: Be more aggressive.

Tie with Lady Coyotes leaves Denton looking to rematch

Feb. 28. That’s when Denton and Wichita Falls will meet again. After they drew to a 2-2 tie Friday at Bronco Field, the stage is set for a second and final showdown that is sure to have significance in the District 5-5A race.

Basketball roundup: Ponder needs OT to stay perfect in district

PONDER — The No. 4 Ponder boys pulled off what may have been their closest call of the district season in a 73-67 overtime win over Whitesboro on Friday.


Football: Ryan trio sign with FBS programs

After so many years as childhood friends and being on the same football teams, Ryan’s Tyreke Davis and Delano Robinson are taking different paths as recruits for rival programs North Texas and SMU. And the playful jabs were thrown around early and often during national signing day on Wednesday.


Football: Guyer safeties Jackson, Mwaniki join Power Five programs

Though his team came up just short of a victory in its final game of the 2016 football season, Guyer senior safety Bryce Jackson had a game to remember. His 18 tackles in a two-point playoff loss to Cedar Hill drew some high praise from Guyer’s longtime defensive coordinator.


Football: Two Broncos pick Colorado

With offers swirling around the heads of Denton’s Grant Polley and Chris Miller, at the end of national signing day on Wednesday, both players found a home at Colorado. Polley had committed to Kansas as a junior and had offers from Texas, Oregon, Baylor, California, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Purdue, TCU and Texas Tech.

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Football: Falcons’ Boyce signs with Texas

CORINTH — From being the third verbal commitment in Texas’ 2017 signing class to seeing a complete upending of the university’s coaching staff, Lake Dallas’ Kobe Boyce stuck to his early commitment. Boyce verbally committed to the Longhorns on April 3, a day after he received an offer from then-coach Charlie Strong. Seven months later, Strong was fired after his third straight losing season and Tom Herman of Houston was hired to lead the Longhorn program.


Football signing notebook: Argyle QB Ledford signs with Tulane

It all started with a catch. During a camp at Tulane last summer, Argyle quarterback Dane Ledford made a leaping catch that impressed coaches enough to offer him a scholarship on the spot.


Signing notebook: Sanger’s Springer to run for Sooners

Running has long been a part of Audrey Springer’s daily routine. If she didn’t at least run a few miles on a given day, she considered it a day wasted.“I run because I need to,” Springer said. “After you...

Soccer signing notebook: Ryan’s Bryce stays local with UNT soccer

Ryan senior Mia Bryce had her mind made up about where she would play college soccer well before the end of her sophomore year. It was that easy. “There’s no other place I’d rather go,” Bryce said. “This is my home.”

Raiders keep rolling

Even with a lackluster opening quarter, Ryan made Tuesday’s game against Wichita Falls look easy. The Raiders blew open what was a tied ballgame by scoring 46 points over the next two quarters and getting big nights from Jay Wilson and Dan Dickenson en route to a 69-38 win at Billy Ryan Gym. The win was Ryan’s third in a row since its Jan. 17 loss to Denton, adding much-needed momentum with four games to play.

Late goal gives Guyer district win

Guyer netted its first district win Tuesday as a goal from Amber Lyons with less four minutes left pushed the Lady Wildcats to a 1-0 win over McKinney.

Basketball roundup: Davis leads Argyle to win in top-10 battle

ARGYLE — The No. 9 Argyle boys improved to 5-1 in district play and climbed into a tie for first place after knocking off No. 7 Decatur 50-37 on Tuesday.

Tyler leads Braswell to district victory

LITTLE ELM — The Braswell Lady Bengals used a huge fourth-quarter comeback to pick up their first district win Friday, beating Wichita Falls 37-32.