Baseball: Denton, Lake Dallas kick off first-round

The baseball playoffs are set to begin this weekend with several three-game series, including two tonight.

Softball: Mix of old, new in playoffs

Some teams will make their 2015 postseason debuts this week, while others will continue a run that began last week in the bi-district round of the softball playoffs.

Softball: Guyer uses big inning to advance

FLOWER MOUND — In the third inning of a nip-and-tuck, decisive Game 3 for the right to move on in the postseason, it appeared Guyer had broken through on Plano West when Hannah Hodapp laced an RBI triple to score Avery Williams.

Softball: Pilot Point picks up Game 2 victory

ARGYLE — Pilot Point’s ace Preslee Gallaway is known for her pitching. However, in Saturday’s Game 2 of their three-game series against the Boyd Lady Jackets, you might say she can do it all.

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Softball: All or nothing

FLOWER MOUND — In Thursday night’s series opener against Plano West, the Guyer softball team was stymied by a dominant pitching performance by sophomore Sierra Lange, who held the Lady Wildcats’ stout lineup to just one hit.

Track and field: Denton relay foursome collects regional title

LUBBOCK — Denton coach Justin Schuff knew his runners had more in them after Friday’s prelims at the Class 5A Region I meet at the R.P. Fuller Track Complex at Texas Tech University.

Water polo: Guyer places fourth in state water polo tourney

The Guyer girls water polo team got what it wanted on Friday, the first day of the state tournament in Austin: two wins to set it up with a showdown against their regional rivals Southlake Carroll on Saturday.

Softball: Lake Dallas thrashes Saginaw Chisholm Trail

COLLEYVILLE — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons literally got off to a lights-out start. After plating five runs in the first inning, the lights shut off, causing a 10-minute delay of play with Lady Falcons starting pitcher Chrisa Head down 3-0 in the count.

Baseball: Guyer loses, still clinches playoff spot

Guyer clinched a playoff spot but left its field Friday licking a few wounds.

Baseball: Denton in playoffs for first time since ’07

In the top of the seventh with the Boswell Pioneers threatening to tie the game with the bases loaded after chasing Denton starter Malik Minter from the game, Denton coach Nick Buck didn’t see the full play, but as the ball hit off the Boswell bat, he thought the game would be tied at 4.

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NFL: Raiders take Edwards Jr. in NFL Draft

Mario Edwards Jr. had it all when he arrived at Ryan midway through his high school career — from size to speed to a drive to succeed.

Track and Field: Ryan’s Stuchell earns state meet berth

ARLINGTON — Ryan’s Avery Stuchell will be heading to Austin in two weeks to compete in the UIL Class 6A state track meet after her performance Friday at the Class 6A Region I meet at UT-Arlington.

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Softball: Starting on the right foot

ARGYLE — A trio of Lady Cats led Pilot Point to win Game 1 of their three-game playoff series against the Boyd Lady Jackets 5-3 in Argyle on Thursday.

Softball: Guyer one-hit in playoff opener

FLOWER MOUND — There is a general rule of thumb in softball that the best time to do damage against a good pitcher is early in the game.

Baseball: Guyer gets closer to playoffs with win

Guyer needed to take care of its business Thursday, and it did just that with a 5-0 win against crosstown rival Ryan. But after a brief team huddle following the game, coach Johnny Kinzy was seen grabbing for his cellphone in the dugout to check other scores from around District 5-6A.

Track and Field: Denton redefining its goals for regional meet

The Denton Broncos boys track team set a goal from the very beginning of the season – to be district champions.

Track and Field: Raider relay teams continue to dominate

Jordan Murray isn’t the only one who has been looking at Ryan track coach Janson Head a bit sideways at practice.

Track and Field: Class 6A proves to be tough work for Guyer

After winning its district meet a year ago by more than 100 points in the old Class 4A, Guyer girls track coach Megan Hardesty knew her team could be in a rude awakening this year as Guyer made the jump back to the state’s largest classification after a two-year stint of domination in the lower classification.

Water polo: Senior leaders guide Guyer to state

The Guyer girls water polo team didn’t believe its head coach Chris Cullen when the season started. He tried to tell them just how good they would be, saying they would make the state tournament.

Twice as nice

Calvary Academy’s Hailey Costin, left, and Amy Grunden recently captured the TAPPS 2A state championship in girls doubles, making it the second straight year the pair brought home the tennis state title. Grunden, a senior, ran her streak to four years as a doubles champion. As a freshman and sophomore, she teamed with her sister, Laura, to capture the state crowns. Costin is a sophomore at Calvary.

Baseball: Ponder’s Scott tosses no-hitter in 9-0 win

Ponder Lions’ Shane Scott needed only 60 pitches for a complete game no-hitter against the Callisburg Wildcats on Tuesday night in Ponder’s 9-0 victory.

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Football: Edwards leads trio of local hopefuls in 2015 NFL Draft

Mario Edwards Jr. isn’t the type of guy who is used to playing the waiting game. As a national-championship-winning defensive end at Florida State, and before that as a standout for Ryan, Edwards regularly chased down those who tried to elude him and didn’t let many escape his clutches.

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Softball: Hodapp in her own league

Bad things can happen to a softball player over the course of a four-year varsity career. It’s not that Guyer senior Hannah Hodapp has been really lucky throughout her career as a four-year starter — she’s had her fair share of dings — she’s just managed to navigate nearly 120 games, and she’s never missed one.

Golf: Argyle boys win state championship

AUSTIN — Every championship team has to make plenty of deposits in the bank before it realizes the ultimate return for its investment. Argyle’s boys golf team — with two runner-up finishes and four straight appearances in the UIL state tournament — finally is able to enjoy the dividend its hard work and dedication has earned. The Eagles fashioned a 52-over-par 612 over the two-day tournament at the venerable Onion Creek Club to win the 4A state title that eluded them the past two seasons.

Golf: Argyle boys lead after 1 round at 4A tourney, girls sit in 10th

The knot of frustration that’s been stuck in the crawl of the Argyle boys golf team after two consecutive second-place finishes in the UIL state tournament has driven the Eagles’ fivesome to continued success this season and, once again, to the cusp of a Class 4A championship.

Softball: Sanger survives Krum’s late push

BOWIE — Sanger’s Kelly Mardones was the District 9-3A pitcher of the year last season. Her pitching performance in the District 9-4A title game on Monday night against the Krum Lady Cats displayed why she won such an award. Sanger coach Jae McMinn was proud of her starting pitcher’s performance, not because of her 12 strikeouts or her two key runs she batted in the sixth inning, but because of the mental toughness she displayed late in the contest.

Football: Denton aims for another solid season

As the spring football season arrives today for the Denton Broncos after one of the most prolific seasons in program history, the coaches prepare for a miniature season of observing and evaluating while the players come together as a team and work on elevating their strength to new levels.

Football: Wildcats seek new WR standout

Last year, the Guyer football team had the luxury of being loaded with experienced, quality players at wide receiver. Heading into the 2015 season, that luxury has turned into a huge question mark.

Football: Ryan makes return to spring practices

For a long time, Ryan has been one of those programs that doesn’t participate in spring football. Now the Raiders will, but that doesn’t mean spring ball is here to stay.

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Golf: Roden rivalry

ARGYLE — Just more than a week ago, Marisa Roden looked down at her phone to see a surprise text from her older brother, Lance. The message seemed sincere, at least at first glance.

Roundup: Ryan’s relay teams dominate area meet

The Ryan boys, led by their three relay teams, ran away with the team title at the District 5-6A and 6-6A Area Track and Field meet Saturday at Justin Northwest.

Baseball: Rain delays Liberty game nearly 4 hours

PLANO — The Argyle Liberty Christian Warriors and John Paul II Cardinals both had a long time to mentally prepare for their final district game of the season as lightning postponed the game’s original 6 p.m. start for nearly four hours.

Softball: Saginaw swamps Denton

Yielding eight runs in the first two innings, Denton coach Rhana Ramos made a decision to change up Natasha Kissell’s pitching attack, calling for a more aggressive approach to the strike zone while lowering how high she threw.

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Baseball: Staying-in Folsom

When Denton pitcher Wyatt Folsom saw coach Nick Buck making the slow walk from the Broncos’ dugout to the mound in the seventh inning after he hit a batter and allowed two singles and three runs, he thought he was getting pulled.

Baseball: Big sixth inning leads to Krum win over visiting Aubrey

KRUM — Krum struggled for hits through most of Tuesday’s game but still managed to walk its way to a win.

Nicholas Gay named Ryan volleyball coach

Nicholas Gay has been a head coach for two volleyball programs and does not know what it’s like to miss the playoffs. Now he takes over a Ryan team that he says can — and will — regain its winning form.

Softball: Lady Wildcats rally to clinch second place

FORT WORTH — The Guyer softball team still has more than a week before the Class 6A playoffs begin, but Tuesday night’s game against Keller Timber Creek might as well have been a postseason affair.

Tennis: Crouch falls in match vs. top seed

A day before Monday’s Class 5A regional tournament at McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, with uncertainty of not knowing who he would play, Will Crouch joked to his hitting partner about being matched against the top-seeded player out of Everman in the first round.

Tennis: Guyer’s Roberts ousted at regionals

Guyer sophomore Brooke Roberts saw her season come to an end on Monday in the Class 6A Region I tennis tournament, but for the young first-time qualifier, her day at the UT-Arlington Tennis Center still had plenty of positives.

On to OBU

Sanger's Madi Wilson has signed a national letter of intent to Ouachita Baptist University, where she will compete on the volleyball team and will be a member of the track and field team. Wilson was first team all-district for the Sanger Lady Indians volleyball team and was defensive player of the year and academic all-state. She is also a standout in the shot put and discus and has qualified for the state track meet three years in the discus throw.

Baseball: Upset win keeps Guyer’s hopes alive

Austin Adams made a case on Monday night to be considered Guyer’s ace starter by shutting down a potent Trophy Club Nelson lineup with an efficient outing to give the Wildcats a 4-1 win in a makeup game originally scheduled for Friday at Guyer.

Baseball: Argyle nips Sanger to stay perfect in 9-4A

ARGYLE — The Argyle Eagles are undefeated in District 9-4A play, but their most recent victory over Sanger didn’t come with ease.

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Softball: Lady Wildcat on her toes

Guyer coach Keith Medford admitted his team never practices the situation it encountered Friday night, and he certainly couldn’t expect his freshman first baseman to make the play she did to preserve a late lead.

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Choate sets sail

Guyer senior Sean Choate signs to play basketball at Navy as his father, Mike, left, Guyer coach Grant Long, sister Lily and mother, Cyndi, look on Thursday in Denton.

Golf: Argyle makes state

Even after putting together its best scores of the season at the Class 4A Region II tournament, the Argyle girls golf team nearly had to go to a two-team playoff Thursday to determine who would move on to state.

Golf: Mercer records 89

Patrick Mercer and Denton coach Mick Maxey had a plan heading into the second day of Class 5A Region I tournament at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock.

Baseball: Birdville grounds Falcons

CORINTH — Tristan Tom’s bad night began well before Wednesday’s game between Lake Dallas and Birdville actually began. The Lake Dallas ace was participating in pregame warmups when he was drilled by a ball above his left eye, requiring butterfly stitches.

Softball: Ryan eliminated from race despite win

Ryan was a long shot to make the playoffs entering Wednesday’s District 5-6A game against Keller Fossil Ridge. The Lady Raiders’ ensuing win — an impressive 3-0 decision at Tina Minke Field — kept those slim hopes alive.

Golf: Lady Eagles sit in second

CANTON — Argyle golf coach Sammye Townsend was proud of how his Lady Eagles finished their first round of the Class 4A Region II tournament at Van Zant Country Club on Wednesday.

Golf: Lady Wildcats mid-pack at regional tourney

ARLINGTON — The Guyer Lady Wildcats were nervous heading into Wednesday’s Class 6A Region I tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club because the team was paired with two of the top three teams in the state.