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.
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.
CORINTH — If Lake Dallas was going to turn its season around after three straight losses, it needed to take care of business in Friday night’s game against Wichita Falls. The Falcons (4-4, 1-4 District 5-4A) instead lacked any offensive firepower — they were outgained 313-149 — and were penalized nine times for 105 yards in a crushing 21-7 loss.
Earlier in the week, Guyer head coach John Walsh said he wanted to get all of the horses in his running game involved early and often for the remainder of the season, starting with Friday night’s game against rival Lake Dallas. It was clear from the onset that Walsh meant what he said. The Wildcats’ rushing attack was out in full force as Guyer rolled to a 66-3 win over the injury-depleted Falcons at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Despite the fact that her team lost in four sets, there were still positives for Denton coach Danielle Silva to extract following Tuesday’s loss to Trophy Club Nelson.
WICHITA FALLS — The road to the high school football playoffs may now be a bit more challenging for the Lake Dallas Falcons. The Falcons went up against 2012 Class 4A state semifinalist Wichita Falls Rider on Friday night at Memorial Stadium and simply were outmatched. The Raiders scored on each of their first two possessions of each half, and Josh Hatch returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown to help the Raiders claim a 45-14 District 5-4A victory.
CORINTH — Lake Dallas coach Michael Young still believes the Falcons are a playoff-caliber team, but a big question looms as senior wide receiver Josh Jackson was injured early in the first half of a 24-14 District 5-4A loss to Trophy Club Nelson.
When Denton returned the second-half kickoff to the Lake Dallas 13-yard line and the Falcons were flagged with a pass interference call two plays later that put the ball at the 3-yard line instead of an interception, the Broncos seemed poised to get themselves within a touchdown and right back in the game.
The game’s impact on District 5-4A’s playoff race will be hard to quantify after Denton and Lake Dallas’ district-opening showdown.
Many districts stake claim to being the toughest in Texas in their respective classification, and District 5-4A is definitely one of them.
LAKE DALLAS — Lake Dallas is off to its best start in four years, but coach Michael Young cautioned his team following a 38-20 win over Carrollton Newman Smith on Friday about reading too much into the early-season success.
After Guyer and Trophy Club Nelson battled for a district championship last season, splitting their head-to-head meetings, it was the Denton Lady Broncos who knocked off Guyer and gave the Lady Bobcats the District 5-4A volleyball title.
CORINTH — With every Lake Dallas possession on Friday night, it seemed as though Falcons quarterback Dagan Haehn was gaining confidence. The sophomore led scoring drives on five of his team’s final six possessions, but it was defensive lineman Marcus Girma’s interception in a mass scrum in the end zone that gave the Falcons a 51-44 win in double overtime over Frisco Centennial.
RICHARDSON — If Lake Dallas’ Josh Jackson continues to have performances like he did on Friday night, he’s going to make the job of first-year quarterback Dagan Haehn very easy. Jackson, an Iowa commit, hauled in nine catches for 210 yards and four touchdowns — including the game winner with 1:24 left to seal a 44-37 win for the Falcons (1-0). Haehn, a sophomore, completed 18 of 32 passes for 240 yards.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Don’t be surprised if Missouri quarterback James Franklin seeks the path of least resistance this fall. He’s under orders. The Tigers were 5-7 in their first season in the Southeastern Conference, their first without a bowl trip since 2004, and it didn’t help matters that Franklin missed four starts and was almost never close to 100 percent. The Lake Dallas product was still recovering from shoulder surgery when fall workouts began, and during the season was dogged by knee woes, a concussion, cracked rib, broken fingers and a few pulled muscles.
CORINTH — Late in the third set of Sanger’s nondistrict match against Lake Dallas, the Lady Indians saw their lead dwindle until the contest was tied and a straight-set victory was in jeopardy.
Starting today, the Ryan Lady Raiders will attempt to do something they have done only once in 17 years. The volleyball team will be looking to defend its home court and put on a strong showing in the Ryan Kick-Off Classic.
When Lake Dallas took the field Monday for its first football practice of the season, head coach Michael Young noted how much more bearable the heat was compared to last year.
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.
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.
Throughout the track and field season, Ryan coach Janson Head has penciled in different names for the boys 1,600-meter relay.
After bringing home Guyer’s first state championship in a girls team sport, the Guyer Lady Wildcats were well represented when the all-district teams were released.
The Lake Dallas Falcons didn’t appreciate how Wichita Falls celebrated its walk-off victory in their first district matchup, so they were out to send a message to the Coyotes in Tuesday’s rematch at Falcon Field.
There’s just something about the Lake Dallas-Guyer baseball rivalry that brings out the best in both teams. When the two teams played less than a month ago at Lake Dallas, it was a classic pitcher’s duel between Guyer’s Jud Kinzy and Lake Dallas’ Keenan Wingfield. The Falcons won the game when Wingfield scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Wingfield factored into Friday’s District 5-4A rematch at Guyer as well, but with a different outcome. Pitching in relief of a stellar performance by starter Michael Cox, Wingfield’s wild pitch to pinch hitter Luke Cullum allowed Kyle Walsh to score from third base in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Wildcats to a 2-1 win.
First-year Guyer girls coach Megan Hardesty had a great opportunity during Tuesday’s conclusion of the District 5-4A track meet.
Four batters into the game, the storyline had been written before fans could put a dent in their bags of peanuts. Denton pitcher Josh Chavez couldn’t locate the strike zone, walking the first three batters before he was pulled in favor of Roman Arnold.
LAKE DALLAS — When the seventh inning rolled around, most of the Lake Dallas Falcons that started the game on the field were leaning over the green railing in their first-base dugout. Instead of putting his starting lineup on the field, Lake Dallas head coach John Tompkins instead trotted out those who had been leaning over the railing for the past six innings and watched the Trophy Club Bobcats build a commanding lead in the District 5-4A game.
Lake Dallas coach Mandy Hall took her team onto Bronco Field and into a chilly Thursday night, each leading the other to a place they had never been: the sectional round of the Class 4A playoffs. In the team’s first postseason appearance since 2009, two shutout victories had the Lady Falcons one game away from the Region I semifinals. In their way was Trophy Club Nelson, one of the top teams in 4A. Nelson ended Lake Dallas’ postseason with a convincing 5-0 victory at Bronco Field. The Lady Bobcats advanced to face Fort Worth Arlington Heights in the regional semifinals.
CORINTH — Chrisa Head was determined to change things around as her Lake Dallas Lady Falcons faced a rematch with Trophy Club Nelson in District 5-4A. “She’ll be the first to admit she’s struggled some [at the plate] in district,” Lake Dallas coach Dugan Walker said of the sophomore who doubles as his top pitcher. “She had been getting behind in the count, and the other pitchers were having their way.” Not in Tuesday evening’s sixth inning. Head jumped on Ashley Dumoulin’s first offering and drove it far beyond the 200-foot center-field fence for a solo home run that lifted the Lady Falcons to a 2-1 win over the Bobcats.
Other than the weather Friday night at Denton’s Bronco Field, there weren’t many aesthetically pleasing things about the Class 4A area-round playoff game between Lake Dallas and Wichita Falls. Even the game’s only goal was far from pretty. But the faces of the Lake Dallas players following the game indicated that they didn’t mind at all. The Lady Falcons slipped past Wichita Falls with a 1-0 victory. Lake Dallas will play Trophy Club Nelson at 6 p.m. Thursday at Denton.
The Denton Lady Broncos competed in the District 5-4A championship tournament Monday and Tuesday at Canyon West Golf Club in Weatherford and will send senior Lindsey Heal to the regional tournament April 15-18 at Diamondback Golf Club in Abilene.
CORINTH — When the buzzer sounded to end the first half of the Class 4A bi-district playoff game between Aledo and Lake Dallas on Tuesday, the Lady Falcons didn’t look like the team that had barely made the postseason. Aledo entered the playoffs as the top seed from District 12-4A. But when that first half buzzer echoed around Falcon Stadium, Lake Dallas had all but ensured Aledo’s playoff run was going to end in the Lake Cities. The Lady Falcons rolled to a 5-0 victory over the Ladycats.
Four area teams will begin play today in the Class 4A bi-district soccer playoffs, hoping to end up in Georgetown for the state tournament next month. The group is highlighted by the Guyer girls, ranked No. 3 in the Class 4A state poll by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, The Lady Wildcats are coming off winning the District 11-4A title with an undefeated run led by leading goal scorer Brittney Crabtree, who has scored 27 goals.