Baseball: Falcons top Brewer, clinch playoff berth

CORINTH — Lake Dallas knew roughly the number of wins it needed in District 5-4A play to avoid sitting out the playoffs for the second straight year.

Baseball: Wildcats top Falcons in battle for second

CORINTH — A big game between two teams tied for second place in the District 5-4A standings was decided in the top of the fifth inning — in more ways than one.

Softball roundup: Head leads Lake Dallas past visiting Rider

CORINTH — Chrisa Head allowed just two hits and no runs on the mound and hit a home run Friday to lead Lake Dallas past Wichita Falls Rider 10-0 in five innings.

Track and field: Guyer sweeps 5-4A team titles

LITTLE ELM — The Guyer track programs won’t be missed in the coming years by their District 5-4A foes. The Guyer boys took the District 5-4A title Tuesday at Little Elm Athletic Complex, winning their fifth straight team title as a 4A program, while the Guyer girls rolled to their seventh straight in Class 4A. The boys and girls won by 80 and 109 points, respectively.

Baseball: Falcons get past Broncos

CORINTH — It seemed overly complimentary at the time, but Lake Dallas coach John Tompkins insisted before Friday’s game that Denton was the best — and perhaps scariest — winless team he’d seen thus far.

Softball/baseball roundup: Lady Falcons blank Denton; Ryan falls to Marcus

CORINTH — Leading 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Lake Dallas erupted for eight runs in the frame to earn a 10-0 run-rule victory over Denton Friday.

Girls soccer: Boswell ousts Lady Falcons

SOUTHLAKE — It was hard to tell which team was more frustrated during Tuesday’s Class 4A Region II bi-district playoff game, Lake Dallas or Saginaw Boswell.

Soccer: Playoffs begin today for four area teams

The Guyer Lady Wildcats will begin their defense of the Class 4A state championship tonight when the UIL state playoffs get underway.

Softball: Lady Wildcats rout Lake Dallas

What was a tight softball game through three innings quickly turned into a runaway victory for Guyer, which scored a 12-2 win over Lake Dallas on Friday night in just six innings.

Baseball: Coyotes score five in seventh to sink Falcons

CORINTH — Lake Dallas was three outs away from gaining a share of first place in District 5-4A. The Falcons couldn’t hold on to a one-run lead and lost 8-4 to Wichita Falls on Friday at Falcon Field.

Baseball notebook: Raiders seek to improve

Before Ryan’s baseball team stepped onto the field for Thursday’s practice, coach Bret Warnack called one of the players into his office.

Baseball: Guyer holds on to beat Lake Dallas

Guyer put up five runs in the first three innings before holding on for a 5-4 win over Lake Dallas on Tuesday, thanks to some key defensive plays and some bad execution from the Falcons.

Boys soccer: Broncos defeat Falcons, secure playoff berth

CORINTH — With a plenitude of playoff possibilities up in the air, the Denton Broncos entered Tuesday’s game against Lake Dallas knowing a win cemented a second-place finish in District 11-4A.

Soccer: Playoff berths up for grabs in district finales

A simple look at the current District 11-4A boys standings isn’t enough to determine which teams will be playing next week in the postseason and which ones will be sitting at home.

Softball roundup: Nelson pounds Lady Falcons

CORINTH — Trophy Club Nelson rolled to a 20-hit performance to down Lake Dallas 14-3 in District 5-4A action Friday.

Baseball: Landry shines as Falcons beat Nelson 4-1

CORINTH — The final batter Lake Dallas sophomore pitcher Grant Landry faced went like most of the others he saw on Tuesday night. Landry opened with two strikes. When it was over, Trophy Club Nelson’s final batter went back to the visiting dugout after a swing and a miss.

Softball: Lake Dallas earns first 5-4A win

Without their ace in the circle and coming off a 12-0 loss to Azle in their previous game, the Lake Dallas Lady Falcons were searching for defense and their first District 5-4A win.

Boys basketball: Ponder loads up 9-2A team

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.

Roundup: Pilot Point’s Gallaway tosses no-hitter

PILOT POINT — Preslee Gallaway pitched a no-hitter as Pilot Point defeated Sunnyvale 3-0 on Friday in District 12-2A action.

Soccer: Playoff berths up for grabs

Argyle boys head coach Daniel Lundy concedes that his team put itself in its current situation.

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Baseball: Falcons blank Broncos in 5-4A opener

In the opening game of District 5-4A for Lake Dallas and Denton, the visiting Falcons secured the timely hits when given the opportunity, and their defense got them out of several jams on the way to a 3-0 win on Tuesday night.

Girls soccer: Lady Falcons fall at home

CORINTH — Before a minute could tick off the clock in the second half of Tuesday’s District 11-4A game, Lake Dallas got the boost it needed against Birdville.

Soccer roundup: Argyle upends Lake Dallas

LAKE DALLAS — Argyle improved to 3-3-1 in District 11-4A with a 3-0 victory over Lake Dallas on Friday night.

Soccer roundup: Denton routs Lake Dallas

The Denton Broncos, after suffering a hard-fought loss to Argyle on Tuesday night, erupted for four second-half goals en route to a 5-0 victory over Lake Dallas on Friday night.

Softball roundup: Argyle, Sanger, Ponder taste victory at local tournament

ARGYLE — Argyle, Sanger and Ponder each claimed one win on the final day of the Argyle/Liberty Christian tournament Saturday.

Softball roundup: Sanger rips Ponder, Liberty

ARGYLE — Sanger was the big winner on Day 2 of the Argyle/Liberty Christian tournament, defeating Ponder 8-2 before shutting out Liberty Christian 12-0.

Softball: Lady Falcons start 3-0

ARGYLE — Lake Dallas kicked off its season by winning three games on the first day of the Argyle/Liberty Christian tournament on Thursday.

Basketball/soccer roundup: Marcus routs Raiders

FLOWER MOUND — The Ryan boys fell to 0-9 in District 5-5A with a 58-27 loss at Flower Mound Marcus on Friday night.

Football: Lake Dallas’ Josh Jackson realizes dream

CORINTH — Ever since Lake Dallas’ Josh Jackson put on his first set of shoulder pads and cleats, his aspirations and focus have been locked on playing college football.

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Football: Heard headlines group of area players signing with colleges

It’s been a long time coming for Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard. Despite a few bumps in the road, the senior is set to sign his national letter of intent today to play college football for Texas, where he committed to following his sophomore season before he was a two-time state champion.

Football: Falcons, Broncos split by alignment

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Lake Dallas and Denton will have to adjust to life without each other for the next two years. The two schools were separated when the University Interscholastic League released its 2014-16 biennial realignment and reclassification Monday morning.

Hellman resigns as Aubrey district’s AD

The turnover in Aubrey’s athletic department continued late Thursday when lifelong Aubrey resident and the school’s jack-of-all-trades Daryl Hellman turned in his resignation as the district’s athletic director.

Girls soccer: Lake Dallas 0, The Colony 0

THE COLONY — Lake Dallas’ Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl recorded her 10th shutout of the season in goal.

Basketball roundup: Wildcats upend Falcons

LAKE DALLAS — Tied going into the final quarter, Guyer was able to outlast Lake Dallas 48-43 on Friday to improve to 9-2 in District 5-4A.

Soccer roundup: Guyer absorbs first loss

LEWISVILLE — The Guyer girls suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Wylie East 2-1 in the Lewisville tournament.

Girls basketball: ‘One in a hundred’

Last week after practice, Lake Dallas girls coach Jonathan Lee wondered whether senior center Taylor Davis had left school already, and he knew exactly where to look.

Basketball: The Jackson Two

CORINTH — The previous meeting between Denton and Lake Dallas saw the Broncos leap out to a double-digit lead that the Falcons clawed their way into.

Basketball roundup: Falcons nip Azle for second 5-4A victory

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.

Soccer roundup: Lady Wildcats shut out L.D. Bell

FORT WORTH — The Guyer girls continued their defensive dominance Friday, shutting out Hurst L.D. Bell 3-0 in the Fort Worth Brewer tournament.

Basketball: Guyer takes two from Lake Dallas

Guyer coach Grant Long figured his team needed one more pep talk before Tuesday night’s District 5-4A game against Lake Dallas. But rather than do it himself, he called in some backup.

Football: Franklin’s Tigers topple Pokes

ARLINGTON — Henry Josey ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 16-yarder with 3:08 left, and No. 9 Missouri beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night.

Notebook: Pinkel sticks with senior

ARLINGTON — James Franklin didn’t have the game he might have envisioned for himself in his final collegiate game on Friday, but a quick look at the final score was enough to make him forget a subpar individual performance.

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Football: Wrapping it up at home

ARLINGTON — James Franklin’s career at Missouri has gone far different than how he envisioned when it began in 2010, when he was being groomed to replace eventual first-round draft pick Blaine Gabbert as the Tigers’ quarterback.

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Football: Bean fulfilling promise Cowboys saw in him at Guyer

ARLINGTON — A photograph saved on Jimmy Bean’s smartphone perfectly illustrates how far he’s come since he began his football career at Oklahoma State in 2011.

Football: Eight area players primed for Cotton Bowl reunion

ARLINGTON — For Friday’s AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, players for No. 9 Missouri and No. 13 Oklahoma State are allotted six tickets for family and friends. For a few of those players, six tickets might not cut it.

Basketball roundup: Guyer whips North Crowley in Whataburger Tournament

HALTOM CITY — Guyer thumped North Crowley 69-46 on Friday to advance to the consolation semifinals of Orange bracket play in the Whataburger Tournament.

Football: Heard, Sadler earn honors

The two players who performed well on the state’s biggest stage and brought home state championships were named the top players in their respective districts.

Basketball: Fast start pays off

After its deflating, double-digit loss to Hebron on Friday, Denton coach Harold Jackson was just happy to get a win Tuesday, 72-66, as the Broncos’ stiff defensive effort in the first quarter put enough distance between them and Lake Dallas to hold on for their first district win.

High schools: Moving up

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.

Falcons outfielder Owens signs to play at Florida St.

CORINTH — Jackson Owens put his college future in ink Wednesday morning, but in his mind, his future has been in stone for years. The Lake Dallas senior signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Florida State after committing the summer following his sophomore season, and Owens said he is ready to be relaxed and have fun during his senior season this spring.