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.

Football: Eagles’ streak ends

ARLINGTON — At some point, Friday night’s result was bound to happen. Argyle entered the Class 4A Division I state championship game riding the state’s second-longest win streak, having won its previous 31 games.

Notebook: Heartbreak ends ‘most special experience’

ARLINGTON — Argyle coach Todd Rodgers and his quarterback son, Cooper, never once downplayed their relationship throughout the course of the season. They just didn’t have time to talk about or reflect on it while focusing on the program’s title defense.

Boys basketball: Visiting Broncos hold off Falcons

CORINTH — Holding a 32-19 lead at halftime, Denton seemed as if it had figured out the Lake Dallas Falcons, who couldn’t contain the Broncos’ fast-paced transition game.

Girls basketball: Denton falls by three despite Simmons’ 17 points

Jada Catlin’s baseline jumper for Denton with 40 seconds left Friday evened the score at 50 in a topsy-turvy District 5-5A contest with Saginaw Boswell.

Basketball roundup: Guyer wins District 5-6A debut

The Guyer Wildcats won their first game as a member of District 5-6A, defeating Keller Fossil Ridge 82-37 on Friday behind Sean Choate’s 26 points.

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Football: Argyle inching closer to rare mark

ARGYLE — Argyle’s 31-game win streak has helped it garner some much-deserved recognition as one of the state’s elite programs. A win in today’s Class 4A Division I final would put the Eagles in a decidedly less-populated category by matching a feat only three teams have accomplished in the last 15 years.

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Football: Sweatt equity

ARGYLE — Taylor Sweatt started this season as a free safety, and a very good one at that. It can be argued, though, that the Argyle coaching staff’s decision to switch him to middle linebacker solidified the Eagles’ eventual run to today’s Class 4A Division I final in Arlington.

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Football: Rattlers’ star receiver wants it his way

Several Argyle football players have something Tren’Davian Dickson wants — something Dickson could have already if not for some personal stubbornness.

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Notebook: Rodgers ready for last job

ARGYLE — When Argyle senior Cooper Rodgers steps onto the field today at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, he’ll have a chance to do something most former ball boys could only dream of: starting at quarterback...

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Renowned just off the field

An Argyle High School senior is making a name for himself in the Texas high school football arena, and it’s not for his performance on the field.

Football: Ryan, Guyer players earn all-state honorable mention

For the first time, the Denton school district had two teams competing this season in the state’s largest football classification, but the city was shut out from inclusion on the first or second teams of The Associated Press’ Class 6A all-state team, which was released Thursday.

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Football: Denton’s Hearvey makes all-state first team

In their 2013 finale against Trophy Club Nelson, the Denton Broncos lost 28-21, but it was a late fourth-down conversion for a touchdown by wide receiver Key’andre Hearvey that breathed life into a comeback that fell just short.

Girls basketball: Defense makes offense for Ryan

Ryan held Trophy Club Nelson scoreless for about six minutes in the second quarter on Tuesday and, throughout the night, created countless turnovers in what was shaping up to be a one-sided District 5-6A game.

High school football: Local athletes among tops of Class 4A All-State team

A few days before they take the field at AT&T Stadium with a shot to earn back-to-back state championships, the Argyle Eagles were well-represented on Tuesday with the release of the Associated Press Class 4A all-state team.

Basketball roundup: Guyer hangs on in nail-biter

FORT WORTH — Five players scored at least nine points as Guyer defeated Fort Worth Trimble Tech 54-51.

Football: Bearcat Bailey makes Class 3A all-state honorable mention

DaCoven Bailey did a little bit of everything for Pilot Point this season, and the junior do-it-all threat was a big reason why the Bearcats made a run to the third round of the playoffs before falling by a touchdown to Mineola, who will play in the Class 3A Division I state title game on Thursday against Cameron Yoe.

Basketball roundup: Carroll tops Guyer at Cedar Hill tourney

CEDAR HILL — After splitting their first two games of the Cedar Hill tournament with a win over Arlington Lamar and a loss to Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside, the Guyer Wildcats lost their final game of the tournament, 68-58 to Southlake Carroll.

Football: Argyle advances to state final

ALEDO — Perhaps nobody can slow down Argyle running back Nick Ralston quite like Graham’s defense. The Steers couldn’t stop him entirely, though, and with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, the Arizona State commit churned out just enough yards before turning things over to his teammates to finish the job.

Football: Eagle defense shines in clutch

ALEDO — With 12 seconds to play and Graham looking to force overtime or use a miracle to win and advance to the state final Friday night, Steers quarterback Landry Turner looked to senior wide receiver Todd Parker for a quick completion with one timeout remaining.

Girls basketball: Lady Eagles pull out tight win against Brock

ARGYLE — When Skip Townsend left Brock to coach the Argyle girls basketball team in 2010, he was setting out for one more challenge.

Boys basketball: Broncos find shooting rhythm in victory

The Denton Broncos worked on their physics lessons Friday, channeling Newton’s third law of motion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Basketball roundup: Lions move into tourney final

DECATUR — Ponder routed tournament host Decatur 71-45 on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game, to be held at 7 p.m. today.

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Football: Eagles get semifinal rematch

ARGYLE — When Argyle outslugged Graham this season in a rematch of last year’s Class 3A Division II semifinal, running back Nick Ralston needed a staggering 46 carries to pace the Eagles’ ground game.

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Girls basketball: Brock brings Argyle rare treat

ARGYLE — Skip Townsend remembers the sight like it was yesterday. He watched as second-grader Bailey Ivey dribbled a basketball back and forth between her legs with a confident grin on her face — seemingly predicting her future as a star point guard for tradition-rich Brock.

Basketball roundup: Choate, Guyer top Andress

CEDAR HILL — Sean Choate continued his hot hand and led the Guyer Wildcats to a 63-51 win over El Paso Andress on Thursday to open play in the Cedar Hill tournament.

Football: Estrada coming into his own

ARGYLE — Argyle wide receiver Drew Estrada knows there are worse things teammates and coaches could do than compare him to a former Eagles standout.

Girls basketball: Ryan blasts Lady Coyotes

It’s too soon to tell just how much Tuesday’s win against Anna will help Ryan in its District 5-6A opener on Friday, but considering it’s been a few years since the Lady Raiders went into district on such a high note, they’ll take it.

Basketball roundup: Denton takes down Covenant

COLLEYVILLE — Starting with their best offensive quarter of the game, the Denton Lady Broncos used a 15-3 first quarter advantage and 13 points from Alex McIntosh to earn a 46-27 win against Colleyville Covenant Christian.

Studdard signs with Ouachita

Guyer senior shortstop Aaron Studdard (seated) signed his national letter of intent to play baseball for Ouachita Baptist recently. Studdard was the Defensive Player of the Year in District 5-4A last season. He is joined by Guyer head coach Johnny Kinzy (far left) and his parents, Denise and Michael Studdard.

Basketball roundup: Ryan finishes third in Sanger tournament

SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.

Football: Argyle holds on for region title

ROYSE CITY — After months of lopsided wins, Argyle is proving it can eke out a few nail-biters. With 1:11 left on the clock Friday, Argyle defensive back Zach Zembraski intercepted Texarkana Liberty-Eylau quarterback Ke’mon Freeman deep in Leopard territory to preserve a 45-42 win in the Class 4A Division I Region II final at Royse City ISD Stadium.

Basketball roundup: Ryan, Liberty prevail at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.

Football: Doubters beware

Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers knew before the season that there might be some doubters. He figured some fans wondered how good the Eagles — who won the Class 3A Division II state title last year — would be after losing 29 seniors to graduation. With so many key players gone, who could blame them?

Volleyball: Six from area make all-state

Despite the fact that no Denton-area teams finished the volleyball season with the ultimate prize, a handful of area players had a big reason to celebrate Thursday when the Texas Girls Coaches Association released its all-state teams.

Basketball roundup: Area quartet win at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan, Liberty Christian, Sanger and Aubrey each won their first game in Sanger’s North Texas Invitational on Thursday.

Volleyball: Hill, Keenan named district MVPs

Emily Hill had several goals entering her junior season at Guyer, and the outside hitter nailed one of them by finishing the regular season as the kills leader among Class 6A players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Boys basketball: Class warfare

ARGYLE — Ponder’s Brady Anderson continues to find ways to get open in key moments. Then he takes over. The junior wing poured in a game-high 33 points Tuesday — including six 3-pointers — and scored all 20 of the Lions’ points in the second quarter in a 68-54 win at Argyle.

Girls basketball: Argyle stifles star Cox in beating Jags

FLOWER MOUND — Argyle coach Skip Townsend knew entering Tuesday night’s game that Lauren Cox deserved all the accolades she has received as one of the biggest recruiting targets for the nation’s top college programs.

Girls basketball: Lady Indians hit clutch free throws in holding off Denton

With Denton scratching its way back to within 54-51 against Sanger, the Lady Indians wanted to get back to the aggressive ways that built them a seven-point third-quarter lead.

Boys basketball: Stevenson helps Denton top Wyatt

Denton’s Curtis Stevenson didn’t have the game he would have liked to have in the Broncos’ 70-59 loss to crosstown rival Ryan last Tuesday, so he texted his coach Harold Jackson to talk it over.

Basketball roundup: Lady Raiders rout Fort Worth Southwest

The Ryan Lady Raiders grabbed a 25-point first-quarter lead en route to a 55-28 win over Fort Worth Southwest on Tuesday.

Football: Ryan’s Bolisomi bound for TCU

David Bolisomi has enjoyed every minute of the recruiting process that has seemingly taken up a huge chunk of his time over the last few months.

Basketball: Anderson leads Lions into clash at Argyle

PONDER — A few weeks ago, Ponder’s Brady Anderson was busy leading the football team to its first playoff berth. The extended season, which ended in a first-round loss to Wall on Nov. 13, hardly slowed his expected transition to the basketball court as he scored 30 points in the team’s opener five days later.

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Football: Mineola shakes off Pilot Point’s fourth-quarter rally

FORNEY — Surrendering two third-quarter touchdowns to fall behind by two possessions Saturday, Pilot Point was down but not out. Responding with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to tie the game at 27 with 1:21 remaining and Mineola heading into a treacherous wind, the Bearcats looked to be headed to overtime. However, Mineola quarterback Jeremiah Crawford completed just his second pass of the game, a short, quick throw to tight end Brent Wells for a 60-yard touchdown with 41 seconds left to secure a 34-27 victory in a Class 3A Division I regional semifinal at City Bank Stadium.

Football: Calvary’s playoff run ends, 54-8

AVALON — Calvary’s march through the TAPPS Six-Man Division II playoffs came to an abrupt and resounding halt Saturday as Waco Live Oak Classical handed the Lions a 54-8 loss in the state semifinals.

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Football: Eagles rally past Wildcats

MESQUITE — For what it’s worth, Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said his team’s goal heading into Friday’s game was to force Kennedale — a team known for its bruising rushing attack — into passing situations. The plan worked, though Rodgers didn’t anticipate having to wait until the last minute of regulation.

Football: Ralston defends streaks

MESQUITE — Argyle had a streak to uphold in its regional semifinal playoff game against fellow unbeaten Kennedale. Senior running back Nick Ralston was hoping to keep a streak of his own alive.

Football: Determined Bearcats to take on Mineola

After two consecutive 7-3 regular seasons, with Pilot Point missing the postseason in 2012 but making the playoffs in 2013 before falling in the first round, this season’s success has been a product of some trying times in the program.