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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CORINTH — Since last Monday, the Lake Dallas volleyball team was missing its calming influence and its rock in junior setter Jennifer Chapman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CORINTH — Lake Dallas has hired a familiar face as its new softball coach.
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.
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.
ARGYLE — It was clear Saturday that Saginaw Boswell had Lake Dallas’ number no matter who was pitching.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...