Krum is the No. 4 softball team in Class 4A and leads a trio of Denton-area squads on the recently-updated Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll.
The fine folks at Dave Campbell's Texas Football needed a fill-in guest to co-host Wednesday's episode of DCTF Live, so I jumped on the opportunity and, alongside the great Max Thompson, was able to highlight our football-rich area, including Guyer, Ryan and Argyle, as well as other strong programs.
Krum dominated in its Friday games at Ryan’s Tina Minke tournament, beating Spruce and Ryan by a combined 25 runs in two shutouts. Before losing to Krum 7-0 in the second game of the day, Ryan knocked off Irving Nimitz 17-10.
LEWISVILLE — Facing the No. 2-ranked team in the state can feel like a tall task. For Krum, that task was too much to handle as defending Class 4A state champion Dallas Lincoln ran up and down the court at will en route to a 77-33 victory Monday night against the Bobcats at Lewisville High School.
The race to UIL basketball gold begins this week for seven Denton-area boys teams while the Ryan and Argyle are the only two area girls teams still alive in the third round of the state playoffs with regional tournament berths on the line Tuesday night.
FLOWER MOUND — It was a two-woman show Tuesday as Dallas Lincoln’s Kennedy Taylor and Jayla Johnson scored almost at will against Krum’s defense.
BRIDGEPORT — Aubrey advanced to the final of the Bridgeport tournament after defeating the host team 68-51, but fell short of the title as Class 5A Birdville dominated the Chaparrals 84-39 in Thursday’s finale.
FORT WORTH — Three Denton-area teams picked up first-round wins to open the Whataburger Tournament, as Guyer blew past Richland 76-59, Ponder scraped by Liberty Christian 66-59 and Argyle edged Wall 44-37.
By the time Ryan took the court after halftime, its game against Krum was out of hand. The Lady Raiders had built a 20-point lead and, despite an up-and-down second half, continued to benefit from Krum’s inconsistent shooting in a 55-37 nondistrict win Friday at Billy Ryan Gym.
Denton-area volleyball players were represented well on their respective all-district teams. The select players are chosen by district coaches, who consider their performance during district play.
STEPHENVILLE — Sweetwater sought and gained revenge on Friday night at Tarleton State University’s Memorial Stadium. Sweetwater’s dual-threat quarterback Chris Thompson — who was injured in last season’s playoff loss to Krum — was the difference maker for the Mustangs. Thompson rushed 13 times for 90 yards and four first-half touchdowns en route to a 40-14 win to secure a Class 4A Region II area championship. The win advances the Mustangs to a regional quarterfinal matchup against Glen Rose.
MESQUITE — For the second year in a row, district rivals Argyle and Krum advanced to the Class 4A Region II tournament knowing they could end up facing off for the right to go to state — provided that both teams could win their respective semifinal matches Friday. Once again, that would-be encounter will not happen.
COPPELL — After pulling off a somewhat shocking run to the regional final a year ago, Krum began its postseason run on Thursday night at Buddy Echols Field. In what seemed like nothing more than a prelude to what is sure to be a heated rematch next week, the Bobcats made quick work of Waxahachie Life with a 35-11 victory as they pulled most of their starters after three quarters with a 35-0 lead.
The Guyer girls golf program saw three of its players sign their national letters of intent to play college golf on Wednesday afternoon.
JUSTIN — Krum coach Lynn Larson called senior Courtnie Roberts out of a class Monday to discuss a slight change to her offensive rotation to prepare for a third meeting with fellow District 9-4A member Decatur. The simple move was to move Roberts — who usually plays on the front row — to the back row. It made a world of difference for the Lady Cats, who defeated the Lady Eagles 25-17, 25-16, 22-25, 25-22 at Justin Northwest on Tuesday.
KRUM — The Krum Bobcats keep racking up firsts. After making their deepest run to the playoffs a season ago, the Bobcats backed that up by going undefeated in District 3-4A on the way to the program’s first district title.
AUBREY — After two sets of Thursday’s area-round playoff match against Celina, it looked like Krum was well on its way to a sweep and a spot in the Class 4A Region II quarterfinals.
Five Denton-area volleyball teams, three from District 9-4A, remain alive in the UIL state playoffs as teams head into the second round of games. Four area representatives will be in action tonight, while the Ryan Lady Raiders play their area-round game Friday.
Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.
Krum football players Raymond Barrington, left, Justus Martinez, center, and Everett Gunnoe have been selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Dec. 22 at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium. The three were honored at a ceremony Friday before the Krum-Bridgeport game.
ARGYLE — As good as Krum is, Argyle is better. In a rematch of state powers Tuesday, No. 6 Argyle got 25 kills from Halee Van Poppel and 14 more from Allison White — who also chipped in five service aces and three blocks — to fend off No. 8 Krum in a wild 25-13, 25-16, 24-26, 25-19 win that was practically a mirror image of last month’s four-set Argyle win.
IOWA PARK — Krum’s Brandon Reeves started the scoring Friday night at Hawk Stadium, and he ended it, too. In between was more than three hours of thrilling football between the Bobcats and Iowa Park in a District 3-4A, Division II opener. Krum ended Iowa Park’s bid for a perfect season with a triple-overtime 56-54 victory.
KRUM — On Friday night against defending state champion Argyle, Krum’s confidence took a bit of a shot. The Lady Bobcats, who then were ranked No. 1 in the Texas Association of Girls Coaches Class 4A poll — where they’d been for much of the year — were beaten in four sets by battle-tested Argyle.
ROYSE CITY — After last week’s win against Carrollton Ranchview, Krum coach Gary Robinson said senior Trent McMillin would see his role as a utility player increase. It didn’t take long for that to ring true as McMillin ignited a second half comeback with a 49-yard touchdown pass as a running back to lead the Bobcats to a 56-28 win against Texarkana Pleasant Grove on Friday night.
FORT WORTH — Krum’s defense, laden with senior talent, recorded its second consecutive shutout and fourth shutout in its past six games dating to last season. The Bobcats rolled through their first Class 5A opponent, Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt, 36-0 at Scarborough-Handley Field on Saturday.
After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.
Neither player reached their program’s high expectation, but Argyle senior Tanner Boyzuick and Krum sophomore Tristan Bridges both stood above their peers on the diamond this past season.
Krum’s Raymond Barrington has been selected to participate in the Blue-Grey Southwest Super Regional Combine on Friday and Saturday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.
After spending some time as the state’s top-ranked Class 6A team, Guyer finished second in District 5-6A to eventual state champion Keller, but the Lady Wildcats were well represented on the 5-6A all-district team.