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Football: Several area teams to hold first fall practice Monday

It’s a safe bet that every coach and player looks forward to the first day of football practice, which for many Denton-area teams is Monday. While most will wait until sunrise to begin the season, others prefer a night owl approach.

Volleyball coaches are eager to work

As teams begin volleyball practice Monday, goals are set, strategies are tweaked and lineups are starting to solidify.

An 'epidemic' with no simple solution: The biggest issue facing high school athletics

The high school transfer system has been abused for decades, and there’s no sign of that trend ending anytime soon.

Volleyball: Lake Dallas to host preseason tournament

CORINTH — Lake Dallas will host a preseason tournament Saturday, two days before teams from all classifications are allowed to hold their first organized regular-season workouts.

Football: Coaches focus on tackling to improve safety

Matt Fischer knows his job as a middle school coach for Denton ISD, a hotbed for Texas football talent, has always been more about teaching the basics and maximizing participation than winning games.


Denton’s Curtis commits to Clemson

Denton’s Emily Curtis has dedicated much of her life to volleyball, with the dream of playing for a Division I college program.

Volleyball: Ryan to host fundraiser tournament

To create buzz for the coming season, Ryan is heading outdoors to play volleyball.

Denton High grad preps for rodeo finals

The next time Ethan Hilliard squeezes his lower torso around a bronco, he’ll be in an unfamiliar chute with a different colt, and his heart will be pumping a lot faster.


Second to none

Coming into this past baseball and softball season, Argyle’s Rixey Boyd and Sanger’s Morgan Turkoly couldn’t have been more opposite. Boyd was an unproven pitcher in an Eagles rotation that had lost two Division I arms, while Turkoly was a decorated star for the Lady Indians.

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Guyer quarterback Robinson selects Horned Frogs

Despite having offers from a laundry list of national powerhouses and tradition-rich programs, Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson knew a few months ago where he should play in college.


Returning home

FLOWER MOUND — Boston Celtics point guard and former Denton County standout Marcus Smart decided it would be a great idea to throw down a dunk over a young camper at his basketball camp Tuesday.The trick...

Football: Ballard replaces Schuelke as Lions’ coach

After making the playoffs for the first time last season, the Ponder Lions will have a new coach at the helm as they attempt to extend the success they saw under former head coach Glen Schuelke, who resigned last week.

Soccer: Denton promotes Hilborn to head job

With several seniors headed for graduation after winning Denton’s first district title since 2007 and coach Ryan Dunlevy headed for Coppell, assistant coach Peter Hilborn has been tasked with continuing an uptick in soccer tradition, as he was officially named boys head coach last week.

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Argyle Eagles take home Class 4A state baseball title

AUSTIN — As Connor Mushinski accepted the Class 4A state title game MVP award Thursday, Argyle athletic director and football coach Todd Rodgers jumped in excitement near the Eagles’ dugout while praising Mushinski, who he insisted was only 15 years old and couldn’t drive himself home.

Dunlevy out as Broncos’ head coach

After coaching the Denton boys soccer team to its first district title since 2007 and a berth in the Class 5A Region I semifinals, head coach Ryan Dunlevy resigned, effective June 5.

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Baseball: Calm before the storm

AUSTIN — Argyle scored two runs in the fourth inning and seven more in the fifth Wednesday afternoon to rally from a 3-run deficit to beat Abilene Wylie 9-4 in a Class 4A state semifinal at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.

Former Ryan start drafted third time

Hearing his name called during the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft has never gotten old for former Ryan standout Adam Choplick.

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Pitch to win

ARGYLE — Argyle is back in the state tournament for a second straight year. And for the Eagles, that means a second chance.

Braswell gets its man for athletic coordinator

In the last 15 years, Denton ISD has produced four football state championships and four runner-up finishes between Guyer and Ryan, and the Denton Broncos enjoyed a resurgent season in 2014 with hopes of more success in 2015.

Baseball: Argyle’s state semifinal announced

The Argyle baseball team earned a berth in this year’s Class 4A state tournament with Saturday’s sweep of Texarkana Pleasant Grove. Less than 24 hours later, the Eagles learned who they will play in their quest for the program’s first state crown.


Argyle baseball again advances to state

PLANO — As Argyle coach Ricky Griffin stood on the field hugging his wife after Saturday’s series-clinching win against Texarkana Pleasant Grove, he could be heard telling her that maybe this time his Eagles will finish the job at state.


Baseball: Pfohl’s hit wins Game 1

PLANO — By the looks of what happened in Game 1 on Friday, the best-of-three Class 4A Region II finals between Argyle and Texarkana Pleasant Grove is likely far from over.Argyle — which has yet to lose...

Baseball: Argyle eyeing return trip to state tournament

For the second straight year, Argyle is on the cusp of advancing to the state tournament. And that road again goes through Texarkana Pleasant Grove.

Softball: Lake Dallas promotes Tramp to head coach

CORINTH — Lake Dallas has hired a familiar face as its new softball coach.


Got turf?

Pilot Point softball coach James Ramsey thought he had seen it all. But nothing prepared the 19-year veteran — or the Lady Cats — for the travel debacles they faced during a deep postseason run defined by the historic rainfall that continues to affect much of Texas.

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Soccer: Sport is more than a game to Denton senior Chris Torres

As a little kid, Denton’s Chris Torres and the game of soccer were inseparable. From the age of 4, Torres has watched his love of soccer grow along with his skills.

Baseball: Argyle, Pleasant Grove set series

The Argyle Eagles and Pleasant Grove Hawks have set their Class 4A Region II finals playoff series for Friday and Saturday in a best-of-three series at Plano’s John Paul II High School.

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Lewisville’s softball team eyes more 2013 magic

In 2013, Lewisville beat San Benito en route to winning its first state championship in softball. Lewisville will try to repeat that feat as it goes for title No. 2 this weekend in Austin.

Softball: Whitewright ousts Pilot Point

PROSPER — The Pilot Point Lady Cats were solid on defense, giving up just 10 runs in three games, but accrued only two runs against Whitewright pitcher Tori Perkins in the best-of-three Class 3A Region II finals.

Softball: Lady Hawks keep Krum from state

Krum must have felt like it was stuck in neutral. The potent offense that had averaged just more than six runs per game in the playoffs struggled to produce in back-to-back outings against Texarkana Pleasant Grove ace Madison Haltom.

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Softball: Whitewright pulls even

PROSPER — Pilot Point coach James Ramsey and the Lady Cats wanted to be more aggressive early in the count against Whitewright pitcher Tori Perkins after managing just one run and one hit in their Game 1 victory Thursday.

Baseball: Argyle overcomes travel, sweeps Van

PLANO — When Connor Mushinski fired a high fastball to Van’s Jacob Tobias, who represented the tying run, to end a Class 4A Region II semifinal series with Van with his eighth strikeout of the day, the Argyle baseball team finally was able to unwind Friday evening.

Football: Lake Dallas’ Haehn confirms ACL tear, surgery

CORINTH – Lake Dallas quarterback Dagan Haehn tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Falcons’ spring game earlier this month and has already had surgery in hopes of returning for part of his senior season.


Baseball: Argyle-Van series headed to Plano's John Paul II

Due to the heavy rains overnight the Argyle-Van baseball series has shifted sites once again. The two Class 4A Region II semifinalists will resume at 3 p.m. today at Plano's John Paul II High School.

Softball: Krum in another do-or-die Game 2

COMMERCE — There’s something about the opening game of a playoff series that isn’t quite working out for Krum.

Softball: Pilot Point prevails 1-0 in opener

PROSPER — Hitless through five innings against Whitewright pitcher Tori Perkins, Pilot Point kept with its patient approach.

Softball: Krum, Pilot Point near berths in tournament

Krum and Pilot Point need to win one more playoff series to earn a spot in this year’s UIL state softball tournament, while Argyle’s baseball team looks to continue its run to a possible return trip to Texas’ grandest stage.

Softball: Pilot Point defeats Hughes Springs, reaches regional finals

BONHAM — The Pilot Point Lady Bearcats knew five runs weren’t going to be enough to win Game 3 of the three-game Class 3A regional semifinal series against Hughes Springs.


Baseball: Argyle sweeps Sanger

After advancing to its first state tournament last year, Argyle may have looked thin on the mound this season having lost two Division I pitchers to graduation. Looks clearly are deceiving.

Softball: Umpire’s collapse halts Pilot Point game

BONHAM — In the third inning of Saturday’s Game 3 of a Class 3A regional semifinal series between Pilot Point and Hughes Springs, play came to a halt when the home plate umpire collapsed to the ground at about 6 p.m.

Softball: Lady Cats advance in three

COMMERCE — As Krum pitcher Tristan Bridges approached the rubber in the bottom of the seventh inning with three outs remaining, her teammates met her in the circle with a few encouraging words and a pat on the back.


Softball: Double stuns Sanger

COMMERCE — With one swing of the bat, Texarkana Pleasant Grove’s Aubrey Ashby reminded Sanger just how excruciatingly frustrating Friday’s one-game Class 4A Region II semifinal playoff was.

Softball: Lady Cats forced to Game 3

BONHAM — Pilot Point pitcher Preslee Gallaway stunted Hughes Springs on Thursday with her one-hitter, bolstering the Lady Cats to a 2-0 victory in Game 1 of a three-game Class 3A regional semifinal series, but in Game 2 the Lady Mustangs weren’t as tentative or intimidated.

Baseball: Eagles rip Indians 12-1 in series opener

In the first two meetings this year between Argyle and Sanger, Argyle coach Ricky Griffin sent sophomore Connor Mushinski to the mound, and both times, the Eagles came away winners.


Softball: Krum stays alive by surviving tense moments

COMMERCE — Krum limited the drama, at least until the bottom of the seventh inning. Krum’s starting pitcher, Tristan Bridges, gave up a double, a walk and a single to load the bases with two outs and a two-run lead. She pitched a full count to Athens’ Tyler Greene. Greene ripped a grounder back to Bridges, who made an easy throw to first to end Game 2 of a best-of-three Class 4A Region II semifinal playoff series 4-2 on Friday.

Softball: Gallaway tosses one-hitter for Lady Cats

BONHAM — The Pilot Point Lady Cats stood strong behind a nearly spotless performance from pitcher Preslee Gallaway to take Game 1 of a Class 3A regional semifinal playoff series 2-0 against Hughes Springs on Thursday.

Softball: Krum falls in Game 1 vs. Athens

COMMERCE — Athens beat Krum 3-0 in Game 1 of a Class 4A Region II semifinal playoff series Thursday at John Cain Family Field.

Football: Raiders return to scrimmage scene

Ryan’s first spring scrimmage in nearly a decade went off without a hitch Thursday. Coach Dave Henigan saw what he wanted from several positions of concern, nobody got hurt and the Raiders were off the field in 30 minutes.

Football: Guyer shows off young receivers

A year ago at this time, Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson was a promising but unproven commodity under center for the Wildcats.

Football: Broncos tackle Atkinson's plan

After making the playoffs for the first time since 2010, the Denton Broncos finally have a system in place under coach Kevin Atkinson.