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Boys soccer: Sparkling display

JUSTIN — Denton senior Chris Torres and Feliciano Amaya have been friends since fourth grade, and that connection was on sparkling display in the Class 5A bi-district playoff game against Fort Worth Carter-Riverside.

Softball: Guyer falls into first-place tie

Guyer proved it could get away with its pitcher struggling with control issues and some mental errors on the base paths in Tuesday’s win against state-ranked Trophy Club Nelson.

Girls soccer: Lady Falcons thump Lady Broncos

The past three games between Denton (14-4-2, 9-4-1) and Lake Dallas (14-5-2, 10-2) were scoreless defensive struggles. Friday flipped that script, with Lake Dallas taking control early and dominating at Denton for a 3-0 win in the Class 5A Region 1 Bi-District playoff game.

Boys soccer: McKinney Boyd too much for Ryan boys

Ryan boys coach Robert Lamon said his team prepared in the best way it could in its District 5-6A bi-district playoff match against one of the toughest teams in the country — McKinney Boyd.

Girls soccer: Plano West edges Lady Raiders in playoff opener

FRISCO — Ryan keeper Reagan Dowling doesn’t mind nights where she’s busy in goal, which was good considering Friday’s Class 6A Region I playoff opener quickly became one of those games.

Baseball/softball roundup: Liberty Christian escapes Parish

ARGYLE — Jordan Parker drove in five of Liberty Christian’s six runs as the Warriors topped Dallas Parish Episcopal 6-5 on Friday

Soccer: Playoff spots long overdue for Ryan girls, boys

The past few years have been a struggle at times for Ryan, a tradition-rich school with success across the board in athletics. The hope is tonight will mark a turning point in the Raiders’ quest to return to postseason prominence.

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Soccer: Prepare for postseason

The Denton High School soccer programs are on the rise. With two new coaches at the helm, the boys’ team clinched its first district title since 2007 under Ryan Dunlevy in his first season with the squad, and the girls’ team made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 under Rocky Monk in his second season with the team.

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Softball: Ryan loses late lead

Brianna Leeds practically had everything going her way even before she forced Keller’s Shelby Henderson to pop out to the mound with the tying run stranded on third in the top of the sixth. Ryan’s freshman pitcher was holding one of the better offenses in District 5-6A at bay, and her team was three defensive outs away from an overdue win.

Softball: Krum tops Sanger 3-0

SANGER — Krum led by one run through five innings Tuesday, but with the help of a two-run double in the sixth from Kaycee Koiner, the Lady Cats defeated District 9-4A opponent Sanger 3-0.

Softball: Starkey helps Guyer top tough Nelson

TROPHY CLUB — Shayne Starkey could not have done much more to win a softball game Tuesday night.

Baseball: Broncos blank Hornets

Denton coach Nick Buck anticipated Azle would be a notable player in the tightly contested District 5-5A. With Denton opening district play with two losses, Tuesday’s game at Cotton Nix Field held relative importance for the Broncos’ district start.

Softball roundup: Pilot Point routs Gunter in five

GUNTER — After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, Pilot Point scored 13 straight runs en route to a 13-2 victory over Gunter in five innings Tuesday.

Baseball roundup Liberty cruises past Parish Episcopal, 8-1

DALLAS — The Liberty Christian Warriors moved to 3-2 in TAPPS I-5A with an 8-1 win over Dallas Parish Episcopal on Tuesday.

Easy as 123

Sanger’s Erin Escobedo prepares for a lift Saturday at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state tournament in Corpus Christi. Escobedeo, a four-time qualifier to the event, overcame several injuries to qualify this year before earning a fifth-place finish in the 123-pound class with a total of 745 pounds.

Baseball: Ryan’s own

If pitchers aren’t typically good hitters, no one told Ryan Burks. Ryan’s senior ace not only pitched a complete game on the mound Monday, but he also bailed himself out with a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally the Raiders to a 5-4 District 5-6A win over Keller Central.

Baseball: Denton’s Dozier trains with Royals

When Hunter Dozier was invited to join the Kansas City Royals for spring training just more than a month ago, he was more realistic than awestruck.

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Soccer: Ryan clinches playoff berth

In soccer, one goal can make all the difference. The Ryan Raiders’ Isacc Barcenas used his boot to lift his team to a road victory against crosstown rival Guyer 1-0 on Friday night.

UIL: Texas set to dump high school steroid testing

AUSTIN — When Texas officials launched a massive public high school steroid testing program over fears of rampant doping from the football fields to the tennis courts, they promised a model program for the rest of the country to follow.

Baseball: Slower Kennedy still valuable to Raiders

For Ryan’s Cade Kennedy, jetting around the basepaths used to feel effortless. Not once did he second-guess stealing a base last year, and when the Raiders needed him to stretch for a double, he was already rounding first.

Basketball: Area nets all-state six-pack

A handful of Denton-area athletes recently had their standout seasons recognized at the state level when the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches released its boys and girls all-state teams. Six area players earned all-state nods.

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Baseball: A Night for Nix

Denton coach Nick Buck knew the Broncos’ offense was still a work in progress and in the final inning, Denton had the game-tying run at the plate, however it couldn’t overcome the tough first inning and complete the comeback, falling 7-4 against Fort Worth Brewer in the first game of District 5-5A play.

Baseball: Keller blanks Guyer in district match

Guyer’s starting pitcher Doug Palmer pitched well throughout the contest, throwing six innings with four strikeouts, but his defense and run support failed to tack a number on the scoreboard.

Baseball roundup: Ryan loses lead late

KELLER — Ryan held a lead for more than five innings, but a four-run sixth inning for Keller Central handed the Raiders a 5-2 defeat Tuesday.

Softball roundup: Guyer dominates Keller Central

Guyer played lights out and improved to 4-0 in District 5-6A with a dominating 15-0 run-rule victory against Keller Central on Tuesday.

Boys soccer: Denton claims district title

Heading into the regular season finale between first-place Denton and second-place Wichita Falls, the Coyotes knew they needed to win by two goals if they were going to steal away the District 5-5A crown from the Broncos.

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Local legend

Life didn’t exactly pan out the way Cotton Nix wanted to. That’s not to say he’s unhappy with the outcome, but his journey from a baseball player at Denton High School to its head coach to his career as a scout for the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros hasn’t come without some twists and turns along the way.

Top prospect leads Lancaster to 5A boys’ basketball title

SAN ANTONIO — Elijah Thomas, the top-ranked basketball recruit in Texas, scored 17 points to lead top-ranked Lancaster past Beaumont Ozen 59-47 to win the Class 5A boys’ title Saturday.

Baseball roundup: Aubrey downs Glen Rose on final day of tourney

PONDER — Aubrey topped Glen Rose 5-1 on the final day of the Ponder tournament Saturday.

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Girls soccer: Tight match

Ryan notched a 1-0 win against crosstown rival Guyer on Friday to close the regular season and now must find a way to keep its momentum heading into a playoff opener that’s two weeks away.

Baseball roundup: Aubrey bounces back from tough loss

PONDER — Aubrey got back to its winning ways when it rebounded from a 12-1 loss to Sunnyvale to defeat Fort Worth Northside 10-0 in the Ponder tournament on Friday.

Girls basketball: All-district lists led by 9-4A MVP Gray

Fresh off the Class 4A state championship, the Argyle girls basketball team was honored with several spots on the District 9-4A all-district team, which was released after the Lady Eagles dominated Abilene Wylie to win the program’s first state title since it won in Class 2A in 2006.

Baseball roundup: Guyer edges Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK — Guyer’s three-run fourth inning proved to be enough offense for the Wildcats to escape Highland Park 3-2 in the Scotland Yard Classic on Thursday.

Softball roundup: Timber Creek beats Lady Raiders

FORT WORTH — Ryan dropped its second District 5-6A game in as many nights with a 9-1 loss at Keller Timber Creek on Thursday.

Boys basketball: Local boys all-district teams announced

Several area boys basketball teams were well represented on their respective all-district teams with the end of the boys season coming this weekend in San Antonio.

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Soccer: On to playoffs

With its first playoff berth since 2012 already wrapped up, Ryan had very little on the line in Tuesday’s District 5-6A clash with Justin Northwest. That didn’t stop the Lady Raiders from making a statement.

Soccer: Guyer gives up five goals in the second half to lose, 5-3

For 60 minutes on Tuesday night, it looked like Guyer’s boys soccer team was going to get some sweet revenge for an embarrassing defeat nearly a month ago at the hands of Keller Timber Creek.

Soccer roundup: Broncos roll past Saginaw

The Denton Broncos (16-2-3, 11-1-1) got goals from Zach Alspach, Feliciano Amaya and Chris Torres and a assist from Regels Diko in a 3-1 victory against Saginaw on Monday.

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Awesome: Argyle wins it all

SAN ANTONIO — As sophomore forward Vivian Gray exited the floor with just more than a minute to play in Saturday night’s Class 4A state championship game, she was overcome by emotion.

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Girls basketball: Liberty rallies to steal state title

MANSFIELD — Heading into the fourth quarter of Saturday’s TAPPS Class 5A state final, it appeared Plano Prestonwood was more than comfortable with its four-point lead over Liberty Christian.

Girls basketball: Hard work pays off

SAN ANTONIO — The first day Argyle coach Skip Townsend ran his new players through what would be a typical practice four years ago was tough on Jesse Sheridan.

Girls basketball: Guyer coach honored for 2005 title at Dunbar

SAN ANTONIO — The University Interscholastic League’s decision to move the boys and girls basketball state tournaments from Austin to San Antonio this year signaled a big change, not only for this year’s participants but for teams being honored for past accomplishments.

Softball roundup: Lady Raiders roll in district opener

KELLER — Dani Leeds pitched four shutout innings and added two RBIs as Ryan run-ruled Keller Central, 11-0, in its District 5-6A debut.

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Girls basketball: Argyle returns to final

SAN ANTONIO — In last year’s Class 3A state final between Argyle and Waco La Vega, it was fairly evident the best player on the floor was La Vega point guard Calveion Landrum, whom ESPN rates as the 10th-best junior in the nation.

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Girls basketball: Liberty to play for title

MANSFIELD — If today’s TAPPS Class 5A championship game follows the same script as Friday’s semifinal, Liberty Christian can start celebrating its fourth state title early.

Boys basketball: Ponder digs hole too deep to escape

ROCKWALL — Last season, Ponder sharpshooter Chase Harris hit a game-winning 3-pointer to beat the Van Alstyne Panthers 73-70 in a Class 2A area-round playoff game, on the way to the state championship.

High school sports roundup: Diko scores twice, Broncos blank Azle

AZLE — Rigels Diko netted two goals Friday as Denton blanked Azle 4-0.

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Playoff basketball: Year in the making

ARGYLE — As soon as the final buzzer sounded at the Frank Erwin Center just more than a year ago, everyone in attendance at the state championship game probably had a pretty good idea that the same two teams would be battling it out in 2015 for a state championship trophy.

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Playoff basketball: Liberty faces familiar foe at state

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian coach Ken Burroughs stood in an empty gym just before practice Tuesday with the thought of last year’s regional final loss burned in his memory. For a few moments, it was all he wanted to talk about.

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Girls basketball: Sheridan finds her way as point guard

ARGYLE — Jesse Sheridan didn’t know what to expect when she walked into new coach Skip Townsend’s office one day during her freshman year. There likely would be things said that no young player wants to hear, but she needed to talk.