JUSTIN — Denton senior Chris Torres and Feliciano Amaya have been friends since fourth grade, and that connection was on sparkling display in the Class 5A bi-district playoff game against Fort Worth Carter-Riverside.
The past three games between Denton (14-4-2, 9-4-1) and Lake Dallas (14-5-2, 10-2) were scoreless defensive struggles. Friday flipped that script, with Lake Dallas taking control early and dominating at Denton for a 3-0 win in the Class 5A Region 1 Bi-District playoff game.
FRISCO — Ryan keeper Reagan Dowling doesn’t mind nights where she’s busy in goal, which was good considering Friday’s Class 6A Region I playoff opener quickly became one of those games.
ARGYLE — Jordan Parker drove in five of Liberty Christian’s six runs as the Warriors topped Dallas Parish Episcopal 6-5 on Friday
The past few years have been a struggle at times for Ryan, a tradition-rich school with success across the board in athletics. The hope is tonight will mark a turning point in the Raiders’ quest to return to postseason prominence.
The Denton High School soccer programs are on the rise. With two new coaches at the helm, the boys’ team clinched its first district title since 2007 under Ryan Dunlevy in his first season with the squad, and the girls’ team made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 under Rocky Monk in his second season with the team.
Brianna Leeds practically had everything going her way even before she forced Keller’s Shelby Henderson to pop out to the mound with the tying run stranded on third in the top of the sixth. Ryan’s freshman pitcher was holding one of the better offenses in District 5-6A at bay, and her team was three defensive outs away from an overdue win.
GUNTER — After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, Pilot Point scored 13 straight runs en route to a 13-2 victory over Gunter in five innings Tuesday.
DALLAS — The Liberty Christian Warriors moved to 3-2 in TAPPS I-5A with an 8-1 win over Dallas Parish Episcopal on Tuesday.
Sanger’s Erin Escobedo prepares for a lift Saturday at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state tournament in Corpus Christi. Escobedeo, a four-time qualifier to the event, overcame several injuries to qualify this year before earning a fifth-place finish in the 123-pound class with a total of 745 pounds.
If pitchers aren’t typically good hitters, no one told Ryan Burks. Ryan’s senior ace not only pitched a complete game on the mound Monday, but he also bailed himself out with a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally the Raiders to a 5-4 District 5-6A win over Keller Central.
AUSTIN — When Texas officials launched a massive public high school steroid testing program over fears of rampant doping from the football fields to the tennis courts, they promised a model program for the rest of the country to follow.
For Ryan’s Cade Kennedy, jetting around the basepaths used to feel effortless. Not once did he second-guess stealing a base last year, and when the Raiders needed him to stretch for a double, he was already rounding first.
Denton coach Nick Buck knew the Broncos’ offense was still a work in progress and in the final inning, Denton had the game-tying run at the plate, however it couldn’t overcome the tough first inning and complete the comeback, falling 7-4 against Fort Worth Brewer in the first game of District 5-5A play.
Life didn’t exactly pan out the way Cotton Nix wanted to. That’s not to say he’s unhappy with the outcome, but his journey from a baseball player at Denton High School to its head coach to his career as a scout for the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros hasn’t come without some twists and turns along the way.
SAN ANTONIO — Elijah Thomas, the top-ranked basketball recruit in Texas, scored 17 points to lead top-ranked Lancaster past Beaumont Ozen 59-47 to win the Class 5A boys’ title Saturday.
PONDER — Aubrey topped Glen Rose 5-1 on the final day of the Ponder tournament Saturday.
PONDER — Aubrey got back to its winning ways when it rebounded from a 12-1 loss to Sunnyvale to defeat Fort Worth Northside 10-0 in the Ponder tournament on Friday.
Fresh off the Class 4A state championship, the Argyle girls basketball team was honored with several spots on the District 9-4A all-district team, which was released after the Lady Eagles dominated Abilene Wylie to win the program’s first state title since it won in Class 2A in 2006.
Several area boys basketball teams were well represented on their respective all-district teams with the end of the boys season coming this weekend in San Antonio.
For 60 minutes on Tuesday night, it looked like Guyer’s boys soccer team was going to get some sweet revenge for an embarrassing defeat nearly a month ago at the hands of Keller Timber Creek.
MANSFIELD — Heading into the fourth quarter of Saturday’s TAPPS Class 5A state final, it appeared Plano Prestonwood was more than comfortable with its four-point lead over Liberty Christian.
SAN ANTONIO — The University Interscholastic League’s decision to move the boys and girls basketball state tournaments from Austin to San Antonio this year signaled a big change, not only for this year’s participants but for teams being honored for past accomplishments.
KELLER — Dani Leeds pitched four shutout innings and added two RBIs as Ryan run-ruled Keller Central, 11-0, in its District 5-6A debut.
ROCKWALL — Last season, Ponder sharpshooter Chase Harris hit a game-winning 3-pointer to beat the Van Alstyne Panthers 73-70 in a Class 2A area-round playoff game, on the way to the state championship.
AZLE — Rigels Diko netted two goals Friday as Denton blanked Azle 4-0.
ARGYLE — As soon as the final buzzer sounded at the Frank Erwin Center just more than a year ago, everyone in attendance at the state championship game probably had a pretty good idea that the same two teams would be battling it out in 2015 for a state championship trophy.
ARGYLE — Liberty Christian coach Ken Burroughs stood in an empty gym just before practice Tuesday with the thought of last year’s regional final loss burned in his memory. For a few moments, it was all he wanted to talk about.
ARGYLE — Jesse Sheridan didn’t know what to expect when she walked into new coach Skip Townsend’s office one day during her freshman year. There likely would be things said that no young player wants to hear, but she needed to talk.