Swimming: Denton schools lead swim meets

The Denton Broncos swim team, led by a pair of freshmen, Janna Herron and Seth Hermann, grabbed second place finishes in the boys and girls divisions at the District 6-5A Swim and Dive Championships in Grapevine on Saturday and will have contestants in 19 events to the UIL Class 5A regionals in two weeks in Mansfield.

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Football: ‘Tote the rock a lot’

It was late September and the football season wasn’t even a month old, yet it was clear that Argyle running back Nick Ralston was going to be one of the more dominating players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Basketball: Surviving the Texans

Guyer coach Grant Long could do nothing other than breathe a big sigh of relief when the final buzzer sounded in Friday night’s game against Justin Northwest.

Girl's basketball: Liberty crushes Ursuline

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian put 42 points on the scoreboard Friday before Dallas Ursuline knocked down its first field goal.

Girl's soccer: Defense rules for Denton, Lake Dallas

In each team’s final test before district play, Denton and Lake Dallas played to a scoreless tie Friday at Bronco Field. After shutting out Decatur 10-0 on Jan. 13, Denton senior goalkeeper Peyton Lenaburg...

Basketball roundup: Ryan Raiders fall at Nelson

TROPHY CLUB — After keeping up with Trophy Club Nelson in the first half, Ryan (13-10, 2-5 District 5-6A) surrendered 46 points in the second half of a 64-45 loss Friday.

Soccer: Broncos, Northside play to draw

FORT WORTH — Denton (6-1-1) and Fort Worth Northside squared off for 90 minutes Friday and ended in a 1-all draw.

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Boys basketball: Ryan freshmen out to prove future is now

Three years ago, Tyrus Johnson was sitting in the stands at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin watching Ryan take on Houston Yates in the Class 4A state semifinals. His older brother Sam was a starter for...

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Basketball: Double overtime

In a teeter-totter District 5-5A matchup between Denton and Saginaw Chisholm Trail, the Broncos were led by 33 points from Emerson Espinoza, but it was crucial plays by Key’andre Hearvey and Edson Vasquez at the end of regulation and in overtime that helped Denton escape with a 65-64 victory Tuesday.

Basketball: Confident Johnson leads Ryan to victory

Tyrus Johnson wasn’t the least bit worried about the possibility of having to eat his words when he guaranteed this week that Ryan would beat Keller Central on Tuesday, but just for good measure, he made sure to back up what he said on the court. The 6-3 freshman guard poured in a game-high 24 points — 14 in the first half — and Ryan held Central to four points in the fourth quarter on its way to a dominating 71-33 win at Billy Ryan Gym.

Basketball: Keller takes rare third meeting with Guyer

KELLER — It isn’t often that district rivals play more than twice in a regular season. That is exactly what the Guyer and Keller girls did Tuesday night at Keller High School, thanks to a tournament meeting before District 5-6A play began in December.

Basketball roundup: Ponder pounds S&S

PONDER — Ponder sank 18 3-pointers and Chase Harris poured in 37 points as the Lions (17-8, 6-0 District 10-3A) routed Sadler S&S Consolidated 99-46 on Tuesday.

Football: Guyer WR Honey commits to SMU

Guyer head coach John Walsh is excited to see one of his own players play college football in the area and help bring the Mustangs back to prominence as senior wide receiver Alex Honey committed to SMU late Sunday evening.

Boys soccer: Broncos blank Palo Duro

In their final game of the Iron Bridge Classic against Amarillo Palo Duro, the Denton Broncos wanted to get their offensive game in order after scoring two goals through their first two games of the tournament.

Boys basketball: Fire the next weapon

The Ryan boys basketball team picked a perfect night to try to score an upset over crosstown rival Guyer and dig itself out of an early hole in district play.

Girls basketball: Guyer uses strong half to bury Ryan

Guyer went from doing everything it could to just keep the score close early in Friday’s District 5-6A showdown with Ryan to flat-out burying its crosstown rival in the second half en route to a 51-31 win.

Basketball: Espinoza scores 27 as Broncos cruise

After Denton edged Saginaw on the road Tuesday, coach Harold Jackson wanted to save the Broncos’ energy for Friday’s District 5-5A matchup against Wichita Falls. He held a light practice Wednesday to let his players rest their legs and focus on shooting. That extra energy and attention to shooting were on display in the third quarter as the Broncos outscored the Coyotes 19-9 en route to a 69-47 win, with Emerson Espinoza leading the way with 27 points to push Denton’s district record to 3-2.

Swimming: Guyer sweeps DISD meet team titles

The Guyer, Ryan and Denton swim teams got their final tuneup before next week’s district meets Thursday night at the Denton ISD Championships, and the Guyer Wildcats swept the boys and girls team titles.

Basketball roundup: Lady Eagles crush Sanger

SANGER — Argyle defeated Sanger 64-39 on Friday in a District 9-4A battle, giving each team a 2-1 mark in league play.

Boys soccer: Denton only area team to prevail

Denton’s boys soccer team defeated Prosper 1-0 on Friday on the second day of the Iron Bridge Classic in Denton.

Boys soccer: All three DISD teams to take on Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge Classic boys soccer tournament has gone through several changes since it was started by Guyer coach Cody Schroeder in the 2007 season. When the ninth annual event kicks off today, it will see perhaps the biggest change yet in a big development for the Denton school district, as it will feature all three DISD high schools for the first time.

Girls basketball: Celina strikes back

ARGYLE — In a rematch of last year’s controversial Class 3A Region II final, Argyle hardly looked like the top-ranked team in Class 4A and No. 4 Celina played like it had spent its entire offseason with this one district game in mind.

Basketball: Guyer suffers first 5-6A loss in OT

Guyer senior guard Sean Choate is accustomed to making 3-pointers, and his coach is accustomed to watching him knock down big ones.

Girls soccer: Denton destroys Decatur

After going 4-0 in last week’s Azle tournament triumph while avenging last season’s loss to Azle in the tourney final, the Denton Lady Broncos showed Tuesday that they are ready to make some noise this season, smothering visiting Decatur right out of the gate for a 10-0 victory.

Basketball roundup: Ponder improves to 4-0 in district

HOWE — Ponder improved to 4-0 in District 10-3A with a 66-53 win over Howe on Tuesday.

Volleyball: Queen of the Hill

Some high school athletes might be a bit shy about revealing personal goals while participating in a team sport. Emily Hill makes no bones about her goals, both on a team and an individual basis, and in 2014 she was able to accomplish a couple of lofty ones.

Basketball: Controversy averted

Ryan came into Friday trailing Keller by one game in the District 5-6A standings. A win would have made quite the statement for the Lady Raiders who, midway through the fourth quarter, looked well on their way to knocking off the district’s only unbeaten team.

Basketball: Broncos beat 5-5A foe Azle

Denton’s Key’andre Hearvey has been taking his time getting back into basketball shape after he hurt his knee in November while with the football team. On Friday against Azle, after the Broncos’ lackluster loss against Wichita Falls Rider on Tuesday, Hearvey showed a return to form with a game-high 16 points as Denton got its first District 5-5A win in a 71-38 decision.

Basketball roundup: Choate, Garza spark Guyer

TROPHY CLUB — Sean Choate and Zac Garza combined to score 46 points Friday as the Guyer Wildcats (16-7, 3-0 District 5-6A) defeated Trophy Club Nelson 53-50 in overtime.

Soccer roundup: Denton boys blank two foes

AZLE — Six players scored for Argyle as the Lady Eagles topped Lancaster in the Azle tournament.

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Girls basketball: Lucky No. 13

ARGYLE — Sydney Goodson isn’t afraid to stare superstition in the face, or have a little fun with it. The Liberty Christian point guard has been fascinated with the number 13, despite it being considered the unluckiest of all numbers, ever since she can remember.

Boys basketball: Raiders move on after end of skid

There likely was a small part of Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet that really wanted to soak in the Raiders’ first district win in more than two seasons on Tuesday. The victory was long overdue for a tradition-rich program that isn’t far removed from its last state tournament appearance.

Swimming: Guyer boys, girls take first place in swim meet

Guyer’s boys and girls teams took first place overall in the Decatur Dual Meet on Tuesday with the boys claiming the top spot in each of their three relay teams.

Basketball: Guyer boys, girls win against Keller Central

After falling victim to a sizeable deficit before they even cracked the scoreboard, the Guyer Wildcats staked themselves with an uphill battle on Tuesday night in a District 5-6A matchup with Keller Central.

Boys basketball: Falcons come up short at home

CORINTH — Lake Dallas lived by its long-range shooting early in Tuesday’s District 6-5A game against Fort Worth Eastern Hills. The problem was all of that crisp 3-point magic ran its course by halftime.

Basketball roundup: Ponder takes down Gunter easily

PONDER — The Ponder Lions raced out to a 23-7 lead in the opening quarter en route to a 75-57 win against Gunter on Tuesday.

Boys basketball: Bears bewilder Broncos

Denton coach Harold Jackson saw two teams playing outside of themselves Friday, but it was the Broncos who got Fort Worth Brewer’s best shot while struggling from the get-go in a 74-54 loss to open District 5-5A play.

Girls basketball: Denton rips Brewer

Freshman forward Jamie Means’ recent improvement was on display Friday in Denton’s 55-32 win over Fort Worth Brewer en route to a game-high 17 points, but Denton coach Erin Taylor credited fellow forward Ginger Krahl with refining Means’ game in practice.

Basketball roundup: Falcons take 6-5A opener

CORINTH — Lake Dallas won its District 6-5A debut, topping Fort Worth Carter-Riverside 49-41 on Friday.

Football: Guyer QB Robinson named sophomore All-American

At this point, nothing Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson does can surprise his head coach.

Girls basketball: Lady Eagles lose 3rd straight

Argyle coach Skip Townsend didn’t envision his team losing all three games at this week’s Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida. Regardless of how tough the competition was — the Lady Eagles played three nationally ranked teams in as many days — perhaps they would eke out one or two close ones.

Boys basketball: Argyle, Sanger end tourney with wins

SAGINAW — Argyle’s Jonathan Davis (17 points) and Kade Barnett (12) led the Eagles past Ponder 63-54 in the third-place game of the Whataburger Tournament at Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Wednesday.

Girls basketball: Argyle still searching for a win in Florida

In a matter of 48 hours, Argyle went from wondering if it could compete on a national stage to being frustrated over losing back-to-back tournament games it had several chances to win.

Girls basketball: Argyle girls drop close one in Florida

Argyle has taken on all comers this season, from Class 6A powers like Plano West to the Australian National team. On Monday, the Lady Eagles likely faced their toughest challenge to date, and despite a rare loss, showed they can compete on a national stage.

Girls basketball: Argyle set to compete in Florida

ARGYLE — When Argyle coach Skip Townsend signed his team up for today’s prestigious Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida, the Lady Eagles were originally one of eight teams placed in the tournament’s National bracket. That slate alone, he said, would certainly cause them fits.

Football: Against all odds

When Argyle hoisted the Class 3A Division II state championship trophy a year ago, it was far from a shocker. In many ways, the Eagles, like several Denton-area teams, were expected to win championships — and most lived up to the hype.

Football: All-district lists full of area talent

Several Denton-area football players were honored by their respective districts’ coaches for their performance in the district portions of their seasons.

Football: Snakebit in double OT

ARLINGTON — Argyle running back Nick Ralston would have carried the ball a hundred times Friday. It seems like a far-fetched proposition, but Ralston was well over 50 carries when the Eagles, who trailed Navasota by a touchdown in double overtime, called his number on a fourth-and-5 play.