Krum must have felt like it was stuck in neutral. The potent offense that had averaged just more than six runs per game in the playoffs struggled to produce in back-to-back outings against Texarkana Pleasant Grove ace Madison Haltom.
Krum and Pilot Point need to win one more playoff series to earn a spot in this year’s UIL state softball tournament, while Argyle’s baseball team looks to continue its run to a possible return trip to Texas’ grandest stage.
COMMERCE — Krum limited the drama, at least until the bottom of the seventh inning. Krum’s starting pitcher, Tristan Bridges, gave up a double, a walk and a single to load the bases with two outs and a two-run lead. She pitched a full count to Athens’ Tyler Greene. Greene ripped a grounder back to Bridges, who made an easy throw to first to end Game 2 of a best-of-three Class 4A Region II semifinal playoff series 4-2 on Friday.
PROSPER — The Krum Lady Cats squandered a three-run lead over the Princeton Lady Panthers on Friday at Prosper High School to drop Game 1 of a Class 4A Region II area-round playoffs series 4-3.
BOWIE — Sanger’s Kelly Mardones was the District 9-3A pitcher of the year last season. Her pitching performance in the District 9-4A title game on Monday night against the Krum Lady Cats displayed why she won such an award. Sanger coach Jae McMinn was proud of her starting pitcher’s performance, not because of her 12 strikeouts or her two key runs she batted in the sixth inning, but because of the mental toughness she displayed late in the contest.
KRUM — Krum struggled for hits through most of Tuesday’s game but still managed to walk its way to a win.
Krum senior Kaycee Koiner signs a national letter of intent to play softball at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla., on Friday in Krum. Seated, from left, are Bill Koiner, Kaycee Koiner and LeeAnne Koiner. Standing are Krum athletic director Gary Robinson, Krum head coach Stacy Lucas and assistant coaches Brian Penry and Allie Schmaltz.
The Guyer Wildcats won their first game as a member of District 5-6A, defeating Keller Fossil Ridge 82-37 on Friday behind Sean Choate’s 26 points.
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.
SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.
SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.
The Ryan Lady Raiders grabbed a 25-point first-quarter lead en route to a 55-28 win over Fort Worth Southwest on Tuesday.
FORT WORTH — Krum was desperate to taste some playoff success. Dallas Lincoln obliged, over and over again. The Bobcats rolled up 390 total yards, 327 of that rushing, and scored five touchdowns off Lincoln turnovers — the Tigers had six for the game — while cruising to a 40-6 win in a Class 4A Region I Division II bi-district game at Brewer Bear Stadium.
ROUND ROCK — Pilot Point’s Diana Juarez turned in the top finish among Denton-area competitors Saturday at the state cross country meet.
BRIDGEPORT — The Krum Bobcats and Bridgeport Bulls waited more than three hours during a weather delay Friday night before resuming play just moments before midnight. The wait didn’t hamper the Bulls as they rolled to a 32-13 victory over Krum in the district opener for both squads.
PARADISE — Krum Bobcats safety Jacob Spencer had two interceptions but it was his second pick with 1:30 left that halted any chance the Paradise Panthers had at coming back Friday night, as they lost a close-fought battle 27-20.
ARGYLE — There are a lot of new faces in the Argyle football program, but Monday morning brought the same level of excitement to the Eagle fieldhouse as always at this time of year.
Anticipation of the start of football season starts at different times for different people. For some, it’s when the calendar flips from July to August. Others get the itch around the end of spring practice, while others were ready for the season when the last one ended.
The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.
Mitch Gaylord, a member of the gold medal-winning United States men’s gymnastics team at the 1984 Olympics, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Greater Denton Sports Commission awards banquet on Monday.