High school baseball/softball roundup: Lake Dallas plates 20 against R.L. Turner

CARROLLTON -- Lake Dallas exploded for 23 hits and dominated Carrollton R.L. Turner 20-2 on Friday night.

Baseball roundup: Canuteson fans 16 Bengals in Ryan win

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, Ryan responded quickly to knock off Braswell 4-1 on Friday and improve to 5-12-1.

Dave Campbell's Texas Football Live talks Denton-area football

The fine folks at Dave Campbell's Texas Football needed a fill-in guest to co-host Wednesday's episode of DCTF Live, so I jumped on the opportunity and, alongside the great Max Thompson, was able to highlight our football-rich area, including Guyer, Ryan and Argyle, as well as other strong programs.

Boys basketball: Argyle dominates 9-4A all-district team

Argyle was well represented on the District 9-4A all-district team, this after a dominating regular season that led to the Eagles winning 33 games and making a run to their first state tournament since 2012.

High school roundup: Lady Raiders open district with 14-0 win over Denton

The Ryan softball team kicked off its district season with a dominant 14-0 win against Denton behind a near flawless performance from pitcher Bri Leeds.

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Football: Falcons’ Boyce signs with Texas

CORINTH — From being the third verbal commitment in Texas’ 2017 signing class to seeing a complete upending of the university’s coaching staff, Lake Dallas’ Kobe Boyce stuck to his early commitment. Boyce verbally committed to the Longhorns on April 3, a day after he received an offer from then-coach Charlie Strong. Seven months later, Strong was fired after his third straight losing season and Tom Herman of Houston was hired to lead the Longhorn program.

Lady Falcons blanked in 14-5A opener

CORINTH — New Lake Dallas coach Trina Hutsell was hoping for a fresh start in Tuesday’s District 14-5A opener. What she got were many of the same issues that have plagued her team all season.

Basketball roundup: Chaps take second place in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — Aubrey advanced to the final of the Bridgeport tournament after defeating the host team 68-51, but fell short of the title as Class 5A Birdville dominated the Chaparrals 84-39 in Thursday’s finale.

Raiders shine midway through win over Falcons

CORINTH — The minutes leading up to halftime and the first few minutes of the second half are pivotal stretches in basketball. In Tuesday’s nondistrict game at Lake Dallas, the Ryan Raiders were nearly flawless during the key stretch en route to a 71-56 road win against the Falcons.

Basketball roundup: Pilot Point wins district opener

PILOT POINT — The Pilot Point Lady Bearcats tipped off district play with a win, defeating Callisburg 57-50 on Tuesday night.

Lake Dallas’ Ijiyera commits to play at Texas St.

Segun Ijiyera’s commitment to Texas State on Sunday couldn’t have worked out better for both parties.

Volleyball: All-district lists honor area standouts

Denton-area volleyball players were represented well on their respective all-district teams. The select players are chosen by district coaches, who consider their performance during district play.


Signing notebook: Day features commitments from area sports

The Guyer girls golf program saw three of its players sign their national letters of intent to play college golf on Wednesday afternoon.

Lake Dallas Falcons cap season with victory

LAKE DALLAS — Lake Dallas had nothing to play for, and they played like they had everything. The offense jumped up and down on the sideline, pumping the crowd into a frenzy before the game’s final play. The defense sprinted off the field in celebration when it stopped Prosper on fourth down from the 1-yard line to preserve a 28-24 win on Friday.

Lady Falcons eliminated

LEWISVILLE — Lake Dallas coach Heather Van Noy knew she and her team would have their hands full with a young, upstart program like Frisco Reedy on Tuesday night.

Volleyball: Championship quests start this week for area teams

Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.


Little Elm late touchdown spoils Lake Dallas playoff chances

LITTLE ELM — With their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Lake Dallas Falcons knew if they were going to emerge from Friday’s crucial road test against District 14-5A foe Little Elm they would have to be aggressive. So after scoring a touchdown with 59 seconds left put the Falcons to within 28-27, Lake Dallas converted the 2-point conversion to take a 29-28 advantage. But a kick return to its own 46-yard line set up the back-breaking, game-winning 54-yard touchdown for Little Elm to help the Lobos escape with a 34-29 victory to clinch their playoff spot and all but eliminate Lake Dallas.

Sanders leads Lake Dallas to 42-14 win over Carrollton Creekview

CARROLTON – In his head, Drew Sanders knew immediately he was going to score a touchdown. His legs did the rest, carrying the freshman quarterback 60 yards into the end zone halfway through the third quarter. The sprint was Sanders’ most impressive play from Lake Dallas’ 42-14 win against Carrollton Creekview on Thursday, but it was far from the only highlight. With the two quarterbacks in front of him injured, Sanders filled in seamlessly, rushing 19 times for 176 yards and four touchdowns.

Volleyball roundup: Lake Dallas dominates Newman Smith

CORINTH — Lake Dallas continued its dominance of District 14-5A teams not called Prosper on Tuesday night with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-10 sweep of Carrollton Newman Smith.

Falcons fall short in battle of big plays

CORINTH — Lake Dallas made big plays. It was the ones it gave up that ended up hurting it. Despite two passing touchdowns of at least 80 yards, Lake Dallas fell 65-42 against The Colony on Friday.

McKinney North drops Lake Dallas to .500

McKINNEY — Lake Dallas had scored at least 40 points in three consecutive games. The streak ended rather abruptly in a 28-14 loss to McKinney North on Friday.


Looking for more

CORINTH — Lake Dallas sure knows how to climb out of a self-inflicted hole. Falling behind numerous times in the first and third sets Tuesday against one of the worst teams in District 14-5A, the Lady Falcons cobbled together two lopsided scoring sprees when it mattered most to blow one-win Little Elm out of the gym in a 25-17, 25-19, 25-10 sweep.

Depperschmidt’s five TDs spark Falcons

CORINTH — Lake Dallas quarterback Ryan Depperschmidt knew Friday’s game had to turn in his favor after receiving a text earlier that day from last year’s quarterback Dagan Haehn.Haehn led the Falcons...


Lake Dallas powers past Newman Smith

CARROLLTON — Spencer Frederickson has taken over the quarterback position with ease in the first four games of the season. That makes it even more troublesome to see him leave Friday’s game against Carrollton...

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Prestonwood surges late, tops Falcons

The back-and-forth play ended there. Prestonwood scored on the drive that ollowed as it outscored Lake Dallas 29-9 for the final 20 minutes for a 59-40 win, sinking Lake Dallas to 1-2 in non-district play thanks to a relentless pass rush and an unstoppable quarterback.


Falcons slide past Centennial

CORINTH — The Falcons just needed time. Frisco Centennial scored the first nine points on Friday, but Lake Dallas coach Michael Young was never worried. “I thought we had control of the game, and were [still] down 9-0,” Young said. Lake Dallas (1-1) scored its first points on an electric 55-yard punt return from Kobe Boyce. The momentum from his run carried into the second half, when Lake Dallas scored twice more for a 21-9 victory.

Chapman fuels key rally for Falcons

CORINTH — Lake Dallas coach Heather Van Noy found herself watching an evenly matched battle between her Lady Falcons and Wichita Falls Rider on Tuesday night. All her team needed was a spark to seize momentum, and there was no one more suited for that task than Van Noy’s four-year starter Jennifer Chapman.

Argyle takes Camillo tourney

ARGYLE — The Argyle Lady Eagles went undefeated and didn’t lose a set to claim the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Tournament while the Lake Dallas Lady Falcons lost only once in the tournament to take third.


Denton Broncos pound it on the ground, top Lake Dallas

CORINTH — With the graduation of its top running back from a season ago, the question marks surrounding Denton’s backfield are abundant as it entered the season without a true bell cow. On Friday at Falcon Stadium, the Broncos answered those questions with exclamation marks as they posted more than 300 yards on the ground on the road in a 42-28 win against Lake Dallas.

Bronco defense, Falcon O-line start year in spotlight

Denton and Lake Dallas are entering their season opener with some known commodities, but they are still in the process of filling in the final puzzle pieces of their teams.

Chaps win three in tourney

WHITESBORO — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals continued their impressive tournament play Thursday on the opening day of the Whitesboro tournament by going undefeated in three matches to advance into Saturday’s championship bracket.

No. 1 Prosper sweeps Argyle

ARGYLE — In a battle of ranked teams Tuesday night, the Prosper Lady Eagles rolled to a 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 sweep of the Argyle Lady Eagles.

Lady Falcons perform well at weekend clash

GRANBURY — After defeating Keller Fossil Ridge and Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Friday to advance to the gold bracket, the Lake Dallas Lady Falcons continued play in the Granbury Chevrolet Classic on Saturday.

Lady Falcons make Gold Bracket

GRANBURY — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons got off to a rough start Friday on the second day of the Granbury Chrevrolet Classic but finished strong to advance into today’s Gold Bracket.

Lake Dallas sweeps three

GRANBURY — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons improved their record to 8-3 on Thursday by sweeping three matches on the opening day of the Granbury Chrevrolet Classic.

Krum rallies to beat Liberty Christian

ARGYLE — The top-ranked Krum Lady Bobcats had to rally from a two-set deficit Tuesday night to record a five-set 19-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-12 victory against the Liberty Christian Lady Warriors.

Guyer takes 3 of 5 at tourney

The Guyer Lady Wildcats won three of five matches on the last day of the Nike ASC/Ryan Classic with Miles Baker earning a spot on the all-tournament team.

Lake Dallas goes 3-1 at tourney

CARROLLTON — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons won three of four matches Friday on the first day of the Nike ASC/Ryan Classic.

Volleyball roundup: Aubrey opens with home sweep

AUBREY — Aubrey’s Micayla Porter and Katherine Knight combined strong efforts to lead the Lady Chaps to a 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 triumph over the Callisburg Lady Wildcats on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.

Football: Area teams eager to kick off fall practices

Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.

Falcons’ Tompkins headed to Denton

One of the most successful coaches at Lake Dallas will not return for the 2016-17 school year, as head baseball coach John Tompkins turned in his resignation Tuesday.

Softball: Guyer’s Lindgren nabs MVP award on 5-6A team

After spending some time as the state’s top-ranked Class 6A team, Guyer finished second in District 5-6A to eventual state champion Keller, but the Lady Wildcats were well represented on the 5-6A all-district team.

Two Falcons made top all-district selections

Lake Dallas never could quite solve the Grapevine problem on the baseball diamond this past season, as the Mustangs swept the Falcons in district play before eliminating them in the Class 5A Region I finals en route to the state championship.

Former Lake Dallas player signed by Chicago Bears

Dalyn Williams has long played football with a chip on his shoulder and with a willingness to prove his worth as an undersized quarterback.

Falcons miss out on state berth with loss

DALLAS — This season was a complete turnaround for Lake Dallas after losing in the first round last year. But with a trip to state on the line, the Falcons were outgunned by an opponent they knew all too well.


In a pickle

DALLAS — Lake Dallas’ wild playoff run may end one round shy of the state tournament if its longstanding struggles with Grapevine continue. Not only were the Falcons held to four hits Friday in a battle of District 6-5A rivals, but they had two costly errors and trailed early before Grapevine’s Ryan Drake smashed a two-run home run as part of a five-run fifth inning to send Game 1 of the Class 5A Region I final spiraling out of control in a 9-2 loss at Dallas Baptist.

Long time coming

Lake Dallas has a chance this weekend to do something it hasn’t done in nearly 20 years. Standing in its way is a team it has yet to figure out.

Baseball: Falcons turn two often in capping sweep

ABILENE — Lake Dallas relied heavily on its offense to pull off two miraculous comebacks in the last week. On Saturday, quick-thinking defense kept the Falcons from needing another late rally.

Baseball: Falcons take Game 1 with another rally

ABILENE — A week after pulling off an improbable walk-off win to reach this weekend’s fourth round of the Class 5A playoffs, Lake Dallas again owned its final half-inning — this time rallying with four runs in the top of the seventh to stun Lubbock Cooper 6-4 in Game 1 of a Region I semifinal series at Abilene Christian’s Crutcher Scott Field.

Grinding out wins

CORINTH — Grant Landry was crunched in a sea of teammates Saturday following one of the bigger playoff wins in recent Lake Dallas baseball history.