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Lake Dallas' Williams 'blessed' to be playing for the NFL title

Daryl Williams remembers sitting down around this time last year with his then-fiancée, agent and a few friends to watch the Patriots and Seahawks in the Super Bowl. At the time, Williams was just another NFL hopeful, with the draft several months away.

Boys soccer: Argyle shuts out Falcons

ARGYLE — Argyle didn’t create near the opportunities that Lake Dallas did on offense Tuesday, but the Eagles managed to do the one thing their opponent couldn’t, and that’s finish.

Football: Denton’s Scott, Polley make 5A first team

In one of the most prolific years of playoff runs for teams in the Denton area, two players from Denton and one from Lake Dallas were named to The Associated Press’ Class 5A all-state team Wednesday.

The Dallas Morning News

Football: Falcons ousted in triple-overtime thriller

ALLEN — In the overtime period of Friday’s state semifinal game between Lake Dallas and Frisco Lone Star, the Rangers were scoring touchdowns with relative ease. And each time Lone Star scored and put the ball in the Falcons’ court, they kept finding more miraculous ways to answer.

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Hobbled Haehn powers through

ALLEN — There were no words Dagan Haehn could say about his final game as quarterback for Lake Dallas. His performance on the field Friday night in the Class 5A Division II state semifinal said it all.

Football: Falcons welcome challenge

CORINTH — Before the 2015 season began, Lake Dallas coach Michael Young was trying to find nondistrict games for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Football: Teacher vs. student: Familiar faces battle against each another in playoffs

The Carrollton Newman Smith football team of 1998 won only two games and missed the playoffs. “We didn't have a whole lot of highs,” remembers one of the team leaders, a hard-hitting linebacker named Jeff...

DMN

Football: Falcons advance to semis

ARLINGTON — Relief. That’s what quarterback Dagan Haehn felt on the sideline as the Lake Dallas defense made a game-clinching stop on fourth down to advance to the Class 5A Division II semifinals for the first time Saturday at AT&T Stadium.

Football: Falcons one win from semis

CORINTH — With each passing win, the Lake Dallas football team is setting a new benchmark for deepest playoff run in program history, and today it’ll try to push it one round further to the Class 5A Division II state semifinals with a win against Everman.

Lake Dallas dominates El Paso Eastlake

MIDLAND — The Lake Dallas football team now has reached heights never before seen in program history.

Falcons scoot past Burleson

BEDFORD — The Lake Dallas defense allowed Burleson to drive the ball to the red zone, but facing a fourth-and-13, it needed a stop. As Burleson quarterback Preston Paden dropped back, it quickly became apparent he had no chance. The pocket collapsed, and several Lake Dallas defenders reached Paden with enough force that his helmet popped off and skittered backward 5 feet for a turnover on downs. Already up by two touchdowns, Lake Dallas cruised the rest of the way for a 35-14 win on Friday at Pennington Field.

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Falcons prey on Bears, 49-14

JUSTIN — It’s been three years since Lake Dallas advanced past the second round of the playoffs. In other words, nobody on the team has been here before. The Falcons made it that far Friday, beating Fort Worth Brewer 49-14 in a Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff game at Justin’s Northwest ISD Stadium. They’ll play Burleson next week.

Falcons roll past Dunbar

CORINTH — The Lake Dallas Falcons remember last year’s first-round playoff loss. After holding a 14-0 lead in the first half, everything seemed to snowball against them: injuries, bad red zone offense and a Wichita Falls team playing its best football.

DRC

Volleyball: Healthy Dozier helps Denton avenge last year's loss to Falcons

Nearly a year ago to the day, Denton and Lake Dallas faced off in a thrilling Class 5A bi-district playoff match. The Lady Broncos led by two sets before Kenzie Dozier collided with a teammate and was forced from the match. With Dozier’s head in her hands on the bench, the Lady Falcons rallied for a five-set victory.

Lake Dallas preps for postseasonwith sweep

TROPHY CLUB — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons were looking forward to their match against District 6-5A foe Birdville Lady Hawks, where the victor would finish second place and the loser would finish third. The district seeding match was rather lopsided in favor of the Lady Falcons.

Lake Dallas cruises past FW Polytechnic

FORT WORTH — In a game like Friday’s, Lake Dallas coach Michael Young’s game plan is simple: Play sharp, do the little things correctly and stay healthy. Lake Dallas (7-2, 5-0) cruised past Fort Worth Polytechnic (0-10) with a 62-3 win at Scarborough-Handley Field. Senior quarterback Dagan Haehn led the way, completing 10 of his 15 attempts for 236 yards and five touchdowns.

DRC

Volleyball: Loss to Grapevine forces Lady Falcons to focus on taking second in district

CORINTH — As good as Lake Dallas played Tuesday, it still couldn’t find a way to topple unbeaten Grapevine. Now the Lady Falcons must get over the loss and set their sights on a much bigger issue — locking down second place.

Brewer shines in rout of Eastern Hills

CORINTH — Keegan Brewer needed just 26 minutes to score five touchdowns in Lake Dallas’ 52-0 win on Friday. Often a deep threat, the all-around playmaker caught four scores within 6 yards of the end zone and ran in one more.

Football: Falcons hold on to beat Birdville 29-21

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — After squandering several chances to take a larger lead, the Lake Dallas defense faced fourth-and-2 with Birdville 25 yards away from tying the game and 1:14 left on the clock Thursday.

Haehn starts, tosses four TDs in blowout

CORINTH — Dagan Haehn tore his ACL five months ago, but there was no way to tell watching him throw four touchdown passes in the first half on Friday. After debuting last week, Haehn started at quarterback for the first time this season, leading Lake Dallas (4-2, 2-0 district) on five straight scoring drives to open the game in a 62-10 win against Fort Worth Carter-Riverside (4-2, 1-1) at Falcon Stadium.

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Football: Passion helps Haehn return from injury

Dagan Haehn remembers being told five months ago he would never play high school football again. He remembers the moment in Lake Dallas’ spring game when his knee buckled.

Haehn returns to spark Falcon victory

As he stood in the backfield for his first snap of the season, Dagan Haehn pointed up to the sky. When he drove Lake Dallas down the field the following drive and threw his first touchdown on the run, Haehn sprinted off the field and ran by the student section in celebration.

Falcons dominate Dallas Kimball, 51-27

DALLAS — On the first play of the game, Dallas Kimball broke a 75-yard touchdown run to go up against Lake Dallas. But if that made Lake Dallas coach Michael Young nervous, he didn’t show it.

Volleyball: Falcons outfly Birdville

CORINTH — As good as it feels to remain unbeaten after two district matches, Lake Dallas coach Heather Van Noy said it is way too early for the Lady Falcons to be looking ahead to next week’s match at Grapevine.

Lucas Lovejoy leaves Lake Dallas in dust

CORINTH — This summer, Lake Dallas coach Michael Young said he thought his secondary was one of the best he has coached. On Friday, though, it struggled to slow down Lucas Lovejoy standout Aaron Fuller. With Fuller scoring three times through the air, Lovejoy (2-1) beat Lake Dallas 34-21 at Falcon Stadium.

Volleyball: Chapman’s return aids Lake Dallas in sweep

CORINTH — Since last Monday, the Lake Dallas volleyball team was missing its calming influence and its rock in junior setter Jennifer Chapman.

Denton Record-Chronicle

Centennial knocks off Falcons

CORINTH — Making his second start for Lake Dallas in place of all-district Dagan Haehn, quarterback Spencer Frederickson was efficient but couldn’t duplicate the big plays that helped him stand out last week.

DRC

Volleyball: Ryan picks up four-set victory at Lake Dallas

CORINTH — It’s hard for any coach to feel completely satisfied with how their team is performing, especially early in the season. There is always something to be improved upon — even in the smallest of circumstances — and that is the case with Ryan.

Falcons’ Frederickson flings three TDs

CORINTH — Two-year starter and all-district quarterback Dagan Haehn may be injured to start Lake Dallas season, but his presence in the backfield lived on through his replacement, Spencer Frederickson. Frederickson threw three touchdown passes in his first career start, and the Falcons beat Frisco Wakeland 41-14 in their season opener at Falcon Stadium on Friday night.

Volleyball roundup: Lake Dallas stays on top at tourney

GRANBURY — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons continued their undefeated run in the Granbury tournament Friday as they took down Seminole 25-19, 25-16, Lubbock 25-15, 26-24 and Burleson Centennial 25-15, 25-13.

Volleyball: Lake Dallas to host preseason tournament

CORINTH — Lake Dallas will host a preseason tournament Saturday, two days before teams from all classifications are allowed to hold their first organized regular-season workouts.

Softball: Lake Dallas promotes Tramp to head coach

CORINTH — Lake Dallas has hired a familiar face as its new softball coach.

Football: Lake Dallas’ Haehn confirms ACL tear, surgery

CORINTH – Lake Dallas quarterback Dagan Haehn tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Falcons’ spring game earlier this month and has already had surgery in hopes of returning for part of his senior season.

Football: With Haehn injured, young QB shines in Falcons’ spring game

CORINTH – The last thing that Lake Dallas quarterback Dagan Haehn wanted was to stand on the sidelines instead of playing in the Falcons’ spring game.

Baseball: Falcons fall to Boswell in decisive Game 3

ARGYLE — It was clear Saturday that Saginaw Boswell had Lake Dallas’ number no matter who was pitching.

Baseball: Tom’s walk-off hit saves Falcons

ARGYLE — As far as poor outings go, Lake Dallas ace Tristan Tom ranked his performance on the mound Friday as one of the worst of his high school career. The only saving grace was that he made up for it at the plate.

Softball: Burleson ends Lady Falcons’ season

BURLESON — The Lake Dallas softball season came to an abrupt end Friday night, as it was swept in a Class 5A Region I area-round playoff series by Burleson with a 4-2 loss at Prosper and a 7-6 defeat at Burleson in Game 2.

Softball: Lake Dallas thrashes Saginaw Chisholm Trail

COLLEYVILLE — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons literally got off to a lights-out start. After plating five runs in the first inning, the lights shut off, causing a 10-minute delay of play with Lady Falcons starting pitcher Chrisa Head down 3-0 in the count.

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Football: Edwards leads trio of local hopefuls in 2015 NFL Draft

Mario Edwards Jr. isn’t the type of guy who is used to playing the waiting game. As a national-championship-winning defensive end at Florida State, and before that as a standout for Ryan, Edwards regularly chased down those who tried to elude him and didn’t let many escape his clutches.

Baseball: Birdville grounds Falcons

CORINTH — Tristan Tom’s bad night began well before Wednesday’s game between Lake Dallas and Birdville actually began. The Lake Dallas ace was participating in pregame warmups when he was drilled by a ball above his left eye, requiring butterfly stitches.

Football: Replacing Tauaefa a spring focus for Falcons

CORINTH — Lake Dallas coach Michael Young will keep a close watch on his defensive line when spring football practices begin today, now that Josiah Tauaefa isn’t plugging up holes.

Baseball roundup: Liberty slips past TCA, 6-5

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian narrowly escaped with a 6-5 victory over Addison Trinity Christian on Friday night.

Soccer: Lake Dallas falls to Birdville in OT

SOUTHLAKE — For Lake Dallas, the old adage that it’s hard to beat a team three times in a season is all too true.The Lady Falcons had swept their regular-season series with District 6-5A bunkmate Birdville...

High school soccer playoffs resume tonight

The Denton Broncos and Lake Dallas Lady Falcons will try to secure berths in the Class 5A Region I soccer tournament tonight in the regional quarterfinal round of the UIL state playoffs.

Girls soccer: Lady Falcons shine late, oust Arlington Heights

JUSTIN — Scoreless at halftime, Lake Dallas changed sides and changed the momentum of the game with the wind at its back for a 2-0 win over Fort Worth Arlington Heights in the area round of the Class 5A Region I playoffs Friday.

Girls soccer: Lady Falcons thump Lady Broncos

The past three games between Denton (14-4-2, 9-4-1) and Lake Dallas (14-5-2, 10-2) were scoreless defensive struggles. Friday flipped that script, with Lake Dallas taking control early and dominating at Denton for a 3-0 win in the Class 5A Region 1 Bi-District playoff game.

DRC

Soccer: Prepare for postseason

The Denton High School soccer programs are on the rise. With two new coaches at the helm, the boys’ team clinched its first district title since 2007 under Ryan Dunlevy in his first season with the squad, and the girls’ team made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 under Rocky Monk in his second season with the team.

Girls basketball: Lake Dallas stunned in playoff loss to Azle

JUSTIN — With 56 seconds remaining, puzzled faces filled the Lake Dallas bench and stands as a series of unfortunate events unfolded. Azle’s Payton Berger made two clutch game-winning shots in the last minute en route to a 43-42 win against the Lady Falcons on Monday in the Class 5A Playoffs.

Girls soccer: Defense rules for Denton, Lake Dallas

In each team’s final test before district play, Denton and Lake Dallas played to a scoreless tie Friday at Bronco Field. After shutting out Decatur 10-0 on Jan. 13, Denton senior goalkeeper Peyton Lenaburg...

Boys soccer: Denton only area team to prevail

Denton’s boys soccer team defeated Prosper 1-0 on Friday on the second day of the Iron Bridge Classic in Denton.