PONDER — It’s not always easy being at the top of the mountain, but Ponder showed no signs of slowing down Wednesday in a 68-34 win over Krum.
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.
KRUM — By the time the end of March rolled around, Krum senior Julia Schmaltz knew the mark needed to transcend her current college plans, and she was an inch short of that mark. Schmaltz, a high jumper, needed to clear the height of 5 feet, 6 inches to have a shot at landing at a big-time Division I track program.
After she put up eye-popping numbers for four years and earned Class 2A state championship game MVP honors on Thursday, it came as no surprise to see Pilot Point’s Skylar Cagle earn District 12-2A MVP honors when the all-district team was released following the Lady Cats’ championship win over Kingsville Santa Gertrudis Academy.
Krum’s Josh Reeves signs a national letter of intent to play baseball at North Central Texas College in Gainesville. Pictures on the front row are NCTC coach Scott Harp and Reeves. In the middle row are Reeves’ mother, Marilyn Reeves; sister, Meagan Reeves; brother, Brandon Reeves; and Krum coach Ray Miller. On the back row are Krum athletic director Gary Robinson and Reeves’ father, Danny Reeves.
Local area teams will resume their postseason treks today when the University Interscholastic League baseball and softball playoffs resume, starting today.
PLANO — The noonday sun couldn’t outshine the Krum Bobcats on Saturday. In fact, third baseman Zack Hughes was seeing the ball so clearly, he had one of his best hitting performances of the season in leading Krum to a Region II Class 3A area-round championship at John Paul II High School.
The Krum Bobcats had an answer for Thursday’s record-breaking cold — the sizzle on Ty Damron’s fastball. The senior left-hander struck out 17 batters in tossing a no-hitter that led his team to an 11-0 win over Celina in a Class 3A bi-district baseball one-game playoff at Denton High School.
Throughout the track and field season, Ryan coach Janson Head has penciled in different names for the boys 1,600-meter relay.
Argyle and Krum doubles teams have advanced to the state tournament, scheduled for April 29 and 30 in Austin.