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.


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.

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Football: Argyle runs into fellow undefeated team

ARGYLE — Just over a month ago, Argyle picked apart an overwhelmed Wilmer-Hutchins team to set in motion a streak of six lopsided wins that, in recent weeks, include back-to-back blowouts to open the Class 4A Division I playoffs.

Boys basketball: Ryan defense sparks 11-0 run to cap win over Broncos

Trailing Ryan 18-9 after the first quarter, the Denton Broncos clawed back to tie Tuesday’s game at 59 with less than 90 seconds remaining.

Girls basketball: Lady Raiders rally past Denton

Coach Monesha Allen prepared her team for a 32-minute barn burner against crosstown rival Denton. With Ryan trailing by eight points early in the fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders knew there was still time for a comeback.

Basketball roundup: Prolific Prosper pounds Falcons

CORINTH — Lake Dallas couldn’t keep up with the Prosper offense — which scored at least 20 points in three quarters — and fell 80-44 on Tuesday.

Basketball roundup: Lady Falcons upend Sanger

SANGER — Lake Dallas pulled off a big fourth-quarter comeback Monday, outscoring Sanger 20-11 in the final frame to win 51-50.

Football: Dragons light up Guyer

ARLINGTON — Guyer picked the wrong time to play one of its most sloppy games of the year on Saturday night, as the Wildcats’ first-half mistakes and Southlake Carroll quarterback Ryan Agnew were too much for Guyer to overcome as the Wildcats fell 58-42 in a late Class 6A Division II playoff game at AT&T Stadium.

Volleyball: Decatur downs Argyle for state championship

GARLAND — Argyle middle blocker Katy Keenan may have been thinking about all the things that could have been Saturday, but in her team’s postmatch press conference, the Texas Tech signee was humble and offered no excuses.

Football: St. Thomas ousts Liberty

HOUSTON — Houston St. Thomas used a big defensive stop early in the fourth quarter to preserve a 20-7 win over Liberty Christian in Saturday’s TAPPS regional playoff game at Granger Stadium.

Football: Calvary posts 87-41 playoff win

CARROLLTON — It took the Calvary Lions more than a quarter to shake off the rust from not playing in more than two weeks. Dallas Tyler Street Christian wished it had taken much longer.

Basketball roundup: Guyer wins season opener

Sean Choate finished with 23 points Saturday to lead Guyer past Cedar Park 73-43 in its season opener.

Football: Bearcats blast Broncos

JUSTIN — Brick by brick the Denton Broncos built their program up after several consecutive losing seasons while their opening-round playoff win against Birdville gave them their first playoff win since 2002, but on Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium in the Class 5A Division I Region I area round, the Broncos ran into an offensive buzz saw in the reigning Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo Bearcats.

Volleyball: Argyle advances to final

GARLAND — Late in the second set Friday, Argyle was one point from dropping a set for the first time since early October. Only this time, there was much more on the line. The Lady Eagles miraculously avoided the rare letdown when a reversed call on the point that would have given Liberty Hill the set opened the door for Argyle to steal the set, and ultimately the match, in a 25-17, 27-25, 25-20 win in a Class 4A state semifinal at the Curtis Culwell Center.

Football: Wildcats look to keep edge on Carroll

There are not many teams in Texas that can claim an all-time series advantage over Southlake Carroll. Yet, when Guyer and Carroll take the field at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium at 8 tonight, the Dragons will be in that unfamiliar position. Guyer won its first two meetings against Carroll in 2010 — a game that saw the Wildcats end Carroll’s 47-game home winning streak and a playoff win in the regional final en route to Guyer’s first state championship game appearance.