Girls basketball: On to the second step

ADDISON — For about a quarter on Wednesday, Argyle barely had a chance to score while Wilmer-Hutchins played an early game of keep-away. Once the Lady Eagles got their hands on the ball, it didn’t take them long to heat up.

Boys basketball: Garza rips Marcus in fourth for Guyer win

FLOWER MOUND — It was only fitting that Guyer junior Zach Garza had the Wildcats’ final two points of Wednesday’s bi-district playoff game against Flower Mound Marcus.

Boys basketball: Birdville bounces Broncos

SOUTHLAKE — With Denton specializing in its own brand of high-strung and aggressive trapping defense, the Broncos came into Wednesday’s Class 5A area-round playoff game hoping to tire out Birdville and keep its shooters from catching fire. The Broncos limited the Hawks in stretches, but ultimately Birdville’s shooters earned enough open looks and knocked down enough contested shots to do critical damage as they defeated Denton 74-58.

Girls basketball: Celina ousts Sanger

CORINTH — The Sanger Lady Indians hoped they would defeat an all-too-familiar foe in their Class 4A regional quarterfinal playoff game Wednesday night. However, they lost their third meeting of the season to the Celina LadyCats, 93-52.

Boys basketball: Speedy Dallas Triple A eliminates Sanger

CORINTH — First-year head coach Matt Farmer and his Sanger Indians tried to slow down the speed of Dallas Triple A Academy, but they failed in that task and lost a Class 4A bi-district playoff game 87-45 at Lake Dallas on Wednesday.

Basketball roundup: Eagles cruise past North Hills Prep in playoff opener

FLOWER MOUND — The Argyle Eagles easily moved on to the area round of the Class 4A playoffs Wednesday, defeating Irving Uplift North Hills Prep 68-24 in a Region II bi-district game at Flower Mound Marcus.

Soccer roundup: Lady Wildcats upend Northwest

Brittany Crabtree netted two goals to lead the Guyer Lady Wildcats to a 3-1 win against Justin Northwest on Wednesday.

Basketball: Playoff matchups postponed

After holding out to within hours of a scheduled tipoff Tuesday, the Guyer-Flower Mound Marcus boys bi-district game joined a long list of Denton-area playoff games that were postponed until tonight because of inclement weather, with more winter weather forecast for this morning.

Basketball: Weather could ice playoff games

The icy weather that moved into the area and forced schools to close Monday has basketball coaches looking at contingency plans should conditions worsen to the point where today’s playoff games are postponed.

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Basketball: Guyer’s Choate commits to play at Navy

Sean Choate played his senior season at Guyer without knowing what his college future held. Several Division I schools were interested to some degree, but for a long time his only standing offers were from Division II, NAIA and junior colleges.

Basketball: High school playoffs continue this week

The boys basketball playoffs are set to begin this week for six Denton-area teams while the Argyle and Sanger girls remain alive and venture into third-round action.

Boys basketball: Celina tops Sanger

AUBREY — The Celina Bobcats took third place in District 9-4A after they squeaked out a 60-54 win against Sanger on Friday night in a seeding tiebreaker.

High school softball: Leeds posts one-hitter

LITTLE ELM — Ryan’s Brianna Leeds pitched a complete-game one-hitter in the Lady Raiders’ 3-1 win against Burkburnett at the Little Elm tournament on Saturday.

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Girls basketball: Another blowout

ADDISON — After Tuesday’s playoff-opening rout, Argyle fans might have been hoping for a more competitive area-round game against Dallas Carter, and Argyle coach Skip Townsend expected one.

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Swimming: Pyrch’s flinch bounces him from state meet

AUSTIN — No race in swimming is more dependent on a good start than the 50-meter freestyle, where half a second is the difference between winning and not qualifying for the event finals.

Boys basketball: Ponder secures top seed

PILOT POINT — Ponder coach Jude Stanley hoped before Friday’s game that the basket might appear bigger in the eyes of his players, who he felt needed all the points they could get to knock off high-scoring Whitesboro in a tiebreaker game to determine the top seed out of District 10-3A.

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Girls basketball: Sanger holds off Lincoln

CARROLLTON — Even into the closing seconds, the Sanger Lady Indians stayed true to themselves. Sanger coach Bric Turner preached poise, reminded the team to stay aggressive in transition and invoked the team slogan of “do what we do.” The Lady Indians kept the pedal to the metal Friday and resisted a late comeback by Dallas Lincoln for a 62-61 victory in the area round of the Class 4A Region II playoffs.

Soccer roundup: Denton girls topple Chisholm Trail

SAGINAW — The Denton Lady Broncos defeated Saginaw Chisholm Trail 3-1 on Friday.

Softball roundup: Lady Broncos record loss, tie at tourney

ARGYLE — The Denton Lady Broncos lost the first and tied the second of their two games Friday in the Argyle tournament.

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Wave runner

Don’t judge Austin Pyrch by where he placed at regionals. A closer look shows that Pyrch, a Ryan senior, boasts the fourth-fastest time in the state in the 50-yard freestyle heading into the state swimming and diving meet today at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

Basketball: playoffs continue for pair

With the girls basketball playoffs heading into the second round, only two Denton-area teams remain with a chance of ending up in San Antonio for the UIL state tournament the first weekend of March.

Softball: Ryan opens with three victories

LITTLE ELM — The Ryan Lady Raiders softball team opened the 2015 season Thursday with three impressive wins at the Little Elm tournament.

Softball: Denton fielding band of sisters

As the Denton softball team starts its season today in the Argyle tournament, it enters competition as a band of sisters, fighting one battle at a time.

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Softball: Guyer stepping onto 6A diamond

After a two-year absence, the Guyer softball team is stepping up a weight class by returning to the state’s largest classification — now Class 6A.

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Girls basketball: Little things catch up

FRISCO — Since a win over crosstown rival Ryan a month ago, Guyer girls coach Andrea Robinson had not been comfortable with how her team was playing heading into its postseason opener Tuesday night.

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Girls basketball: Argyle rolls, 86-13

TROPHY CLUB — Vivian Gray may be Argyle’s leading scorer this year, but she clearly isn’t its only source of offense.

Girls basketball: Sanger advances behind defense

LAKE DALLAS — Sanger’s final game of the regular season, an 86-84 overtime loss to District 9-4A rival Gainesville, left a bad taste in the Lady Indians’ mouths and had them preaching the need for improved defense as they headed into the playoffs as a No. 3 seed.

Basketball roundup: Wildcats drop finale by four

JUSTIN — Despite a 56-52 loss to Justin Northwest to end its regular-season schedule, Guyer finished as co-champion of District 5-6A with a 24-10 overall record and 11-3 mark in league action.

Soccer roundup: Cantu leads Ryan past Guyer

Ryan defeated Guyer 3-1 on Tuesday thanks to two goals from Christian Cantu.

Girls basketball: Lake Dallas stunned in playoff loss to Azle

JUSTIN — With 56 seconds remaining, puzzled faces filled the Lake Dallas bench and stands as a series of unfortunate events unfolded. Azle’s Payton Berger made two clutch game-winning shots in the last minute en route to a 43-42 win against the Lady Falcons on Monday in the Class 5A Playoffs.

Softball: Ryan leans on youth for return to glory days

Tucked away in a corner on Ryan softball coach Aimee Foutch’s desk is a DVD of Ryan’s 2007 Class 4A state final loss to Boerne. The video is kept inside the same package it was mailed in and rarely sees the light of day. Foutch has never watched it.

High school basketball: Playoffs to begin Monday for girls

With just four Denton-area UIL teams playing beyond the regular season, the girls basketball playoffs are set to begin this week..

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Boy's basketball: Argyle takes 9-4A crown

ARGYLE — Argyle may be unbeaten in District 9-4A, but there was plenty on the line in Friday’s pivotal game against the only team close enough in the standings to be capable of costing the Eagles an outright...

Boys basketball: Keller keeps Guyer from clinching title

As the ball was tipped off to start the overtime period, Friday night’s game already had the feel of a heavyweight title fight between the two best teams in District 5-6A.

Boys basketball: Broncos secure playoff berth

FORT WORTH — When Saginaw Chisholm Trail and Denton clashed Jan. 20, the Broncos won a tightly contested overtime game with senior Key’andre Hearvey hitting a driving layup in the final seconds to secure a 65-64 home victory.

Basketball roundup: Raiders whip Keller Central

KELLER — The Ryan Raiders left Keller victorious with a 65-33 district win over Keller Central.

Soccer roundup: Bronco boys blank Saginaw

SAGINAW — The Denton Broncos defeated Saginaw 3-0 on Friday in District 5-5A action. Denton will play at Wichita Falls at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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Boy's basketball: Clean sweep

Ryan had a chance to steal another District 5-6A win with some last-second heroics on Tuesday. Guyer had other ideas and, thanks to a rare miss by the suddenly red-hot Raiders, put an end to its rivals’ late-season playoff push.

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Girl's basketball: Guyer girls give Ryan trouble

Guyer coach Andrea Robinson will take a 24-point win any night of the week, but on Tuesday night, she said she will not always be happy with one.

Boy's soccer: Broncos stomp top-tier Azle

The night before Tuesday’s heavyweight fight between the top two teams in District 5-5A, Denton coach Ryan Dunlevy didn’t downplay the significance of the opportunity the Broncos’ had on their plates.

Basketball roundup: Argyle Lady Eagles downs Krum to claim 9-4A title

ARGYLE — Vivian Gray poured in 25 points and Jesse Sheridan added 23 to lead Argyle past Krum, 80-27, on Senior Night on Tuesday and claimed the District 9-4A championship.

Denton alumni game slated for Saturday

The third annual Denton Bronco alumni baseball game is scheduled for noon Saturday at Bronco Field, pitting the current Bronco team against a team of former DHS players.

Boys soccer: Byron Nelson 2, Guyer 0

Swimming: Ryan’s Pyrch headed to state

Ryan’s Austin Pyrch is headed to Austin and the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships after his performance Saturday at the Class 6A Region 2 meet in Lewisville.

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Basketball: The Iceman cometh

Ryan’s Ibrahim Logan has ice in his veins. It may sound cliché, but perhaps there’s no other way to explain his recent magic in the clutch. Two straight games, a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of each to force overtime, and on Friday, a fall-away jumper with 2.8 seconds left in the extra frame to seal a 58-56 District 5-6A win over Justin Northwest.

Basketball: Broncos hold off Signaw

If one was to ask Denton coach Harold Jackson about the Broncos’ final defensive play in the closing seconds of Friday’s crucial District 5-5A matchup against Saginaw, he would rather have not had it happen.

Basketball: Wildcats avenge lone District 5-6A defeat

FORT WORTH — The last time Guyer and Keller Timber Creek met on the hardwood, Guyer blew a nine-point fourth-quarter lead before losing in overtime.

Basketball roundup: Lady Eagles top Gainesville

GAINESVILLE — The Argyle Lady Eagles started out strong with a 33-point first half and never looked back, defeating Gainesville 69-52 on Friday.

Soccer roundup: Lyons’ equalizer salvages draw

With three minutes remaining, down 1-0, the Guyer Lady Wildcats’ Amber Lyons dribbled the ball down field to boot the equalizer against Keller Central to make the final a 1-1 draw on Friday.

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Football: Thompson decides on Rice

It wasn’t long after Guyer defensive lineman Carl Thompson committed to Kansas that his senior season began unraveling.