Judging by the way Ponder’s boys basketball season ended over the weekend in Austin, it’s no surprise to see the way the Lions were represented on the District 9-2A all-district team that was released Monday.
Krum seniors and twins Gavin and Machala Noack sign national letters of intent to attend Wayland Baptist in Plainview. Gavin, a four-year letterman in football, will join the Wayland football program as a safety and will be reunited with former Krum standout Travis White, a defensive back for the Pioneers. Gavin earned all-district honorable mention in 2012 before an injury kept him sidelined for most of 2013. Machala was a four-year letter winner in volleyball, the district defensive co-MVP in her sophomore and senior seasons, and the Lady Cats’ defensive player of the year for three consecutive years and server of the year twice; and was named to the 2012 Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area Volleyball Team.
When Ponder and Peaster step on the floor for tonight’s big District 9-2A boys basketball contest, there won’t be many secrets between the teams.
ARGYLE — Coaches in the former Class 3A who now are in the new Class 4A knew Monday’s biennial UIL realignment would bring plenty of uncertainty.
At this point in the season, there are three types of basketball teams — teams fighting for playoff seeding, teams fighting for a playoff berth and teams fighting for pride.
LAKE DALLAS — Josh Jackson poured in a game-best 26 points and the Lake Dallas boys defeated Azle 56-53 for their second District 5-4A win.
Most girls basketball teams across the state are approaching the halfway point of their district schedules, and not many schools can claim what Argyle can.
SANGER — Joseph Clark’s 17 points anchored Sanger in a 55-43 win over Krum late Friday night in the District 9-3A opener for both schools.
HALTOM CITY — Guyer thumped North Crowley 69-46 on Friday to advance to the consolation semifinals of Orange bracket play in the Whataburger Tournament.
At the moment, the Guyer football team is focused on defending its Class 4A Division I state championship, but after what they hope is a Dec. 20 title game at AT&T Stadium, the Wildcats will shift their attention.
WICHITA FALLS — Krum capped Saturday’s action in the Fantasy of Lights Tournament with wins over Wichita Falls and Amarillo Palo Duro.
Coming off a state tournament appearance in 2012, the volleyball season didn’t end like Argyle would have liked in 2013, but the Lady Eagles still had plenty to remember in a year that saw them eliminated by eventual Class 3A champion Decatur.
KRUM — There are going to be games like Monday’s season opener where Krum is going to find ways to win in the clutch. There will also be nights like Friday, when the Bobcats fell in a hole against Peaster of which they simply couldn’t dig out. Krum (1-1) was held to four points in the third quarter, while Peaster (2-0) jumped out to a double-digit lead and rolled to a 55-30 nondistrict win at Bennie Enis Gymnasium. Krum trailed by nine at halftime and was then outscored 37-21 in the second half.
Before the night started, Argyle kicker Cole Hedlund needed four field goals to hold a share of another national record. When Thursday night ended, he didn’t hold a share of the record. He owned it. Hedlund knocked down his 51st career field goal to set the national record for most career field goals made in Argyle’s 57-12 win against Krum in a Class 3A Division II Region II bi-district playoff game.
KRUM — Krum coach Lana Degelia didn’t see anything wrong with the Lady Bobcats’ grueling nondistrict schedule last season, and she’s not about to change anything now.
If Denton wants to extend its playoff streak to three straight years, the Lady Broncos will have to come up with one more win. Denton, Azle and Wichita Falls Rider finished the regular season tied for third place in District 5-4A, setting up a mini-tournament in Bowie on Friday.
KRUM — Krum wasted no time in dismantling Bridgeport in Tuesday’s District 9-3A finale and now has its sights firmly planted on next week’s opening round of the playoffs.
SANGER — Despite missing its starting quarterback, Sanger had no issues in a 35-0 victory over District 9-3A opponent Krum on Friday night. Wyatt Broxson shifted from receiver to quarterback with little difficulty, while the Sanger (5-3, 1-1 district) two-headed run attack of Tre’von Jackson and Derek Shelby ran wild against the Bobcats (3-6, 1-2). Jackson had 21 carries for 137 yards and three touchdowns, and Shelby registered 14 rushes for 100 yards and a score.
BRIDGEPORT — When searching for an example of “Bobcat Fight,” look no further than Krum’s Brennan Ellis. After losing a starting quarterback before the season and the starting running back in week 2, Krum relied on Ellis for more than half of its offensive production to take a 21-10 win over Bridgeport on Friday night in the District 9-3A opener for both schools.
KRUM — Krum’s disappointing season continued Friday night with a 38-14 loss to Burkburnett, which gashed the Bobcats for 367 yards on the ground. Last season, Krum (2-4) blew out Burkburnett (3-3) 68-0. But with the starting quarterback dismissed from the team and the starting running back injured all season, Krum is much younger and less experienced than head coach Gary Robinson expected.
WICHITA FALLS — Wichita Falls Hirschi had the ball for only two plays in the third quarter. One was a 65-yard touchdown run by Torrance Cooper on the first play of the second half. The next time the Huskies got the ball, Cedric Battle broke loose for an 80-yard TD. Those two long touchdown runs in the second half were all Hirschi needed to wrap up a 36-14 win over Krum on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
PARADISE — For the first 43 minutes of the game, only two Krum players touched the ball on offense — and that was all the team needed to run over Paradise 27-7 on Friday night.
KRUM — Darrin Pennington started rolling over the Krum defense from the first snap. After taking a handoff on the first play from scrimmage 62 yards to paydirt, Farmersville’s running back went on to rush for 139 yards in a 35-27 win Friday night against Krum at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats (1-1) struggled to stop the run early, ultimately allowing 285 rushing yards on 48 carries to the Farmers (1-1). Krum totaled just 249 yards.
The more the calendar eats up the August days, the more check marks are made to signal that football season is here. The first of those dates will occur Monday, when teams that didn’t participate in spring practice will begin conditioning training.
In an area rich with superb pitchers, there wasn’t anybody who befuddled batters toward the end of the season quite like Krum’s Ty Damron. Krum, making the move up to Class 3A for the first time, leaned on its 6-foot-2 lefty as the Bobcats looked to make a deep postseason run.