Segun Ijiyera’s commitment to Texas State on Sunday couldn’t have worked out better for both parties.
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.
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 — 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.
Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lake Dallas has hired a state title winning coach to lead its girls soccer program.
DALLAS — No one needed to tell Christian Boulware how crucial his next at-bat was Saturday. The situation was clear and what all baseball players live for — bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh of a tie game. Boulware wasted little time, jumping on the fourth pitch he saw for a walk-off single to hand Lake Dallas an 8-7 win against Fort Worth Arlington Heights in Game 2 of a Class 5A Region I quarterfinal.
CORINTH — Just more than a month ago, Lake Dallas baseball coach John Tompkins couldn’t have been more disappointed in his team, or more unsure about its upcoming playoff push. So he did the only logical thing he could to light a fire — he held tryouts.
JUSTIN — Perhaps all Lake Dallas needed was a wake-up call.