PLANO — Jon Copeland gutted through a back injury suffered this week in practice, and Liberty Christian coaches weren’t even sure their quarterback would start the second half on Friday. Despite his effort, Plano Prestonwood simply was too much to handle in a 57-20 win against the Warriors.
ARGYLE — Liberty Christian is hardly the doormat of its district. It’s clearly not the favorite, either. The Lady Warriors are still in the thick of the playoff chase with five district matches down, but coach Kim Grizzle said her team still has a long way to go.
After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.
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.
ARGYLE — Liberty Christian didn’t get much pushback from Fort Worth Nolan Catholic on Friday.
MANSFIELD — Sydney Goodson could not buy a bucket for the majority of Friday’s TAPPS Class 5A state semifinal.
ARGYLE — With four state titles in girls basketball in nine seasons, an argument can be made that Liberty Christian has built itself a dynasty.
The teams are set, and the Denton-area will be well-represented at the UIL and TAPPS girls state basketball tournaments this weekend.
Krum coach Stacey Lucas didn’t say it’s state or bust this season. But her team certainly looks the part.
ARGYLE — The Liberty Christian Lady Warriors entered Tuesday’s action ranked No. 1 among large private schools by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Plano John Paul II moved to No. 25 after a 38-35 loss to No. 5 Plano Prestonwood on Friday.
Ryan is six games into this season, but coach Bryce Overstreet said it’s more like one.
ARGYLE — The Liberty Christian Warriors broke their three-game losing streak by routing the Plano John Paul II Cardinals (0-10, 0-5 TAAPS 1-l) 50-8 in the final game of the season when Liberty quarterback Nick Starkel threw for 503 yards, completing 26 of his 36 passes.
Last season, the Liberty Christian Warriors let their foot off the gas in the second half to lose to Trinity Christian Academy, 35-28, after leading 17-0 midway through the second quarter. This year was pretty much the same story and same result. With a 27-7 halftime lead, the Warriors got a little too comfortable and were outscored 27-6 in the final half and fell to Trinity Christian, 34-33, at Apogee Stadium on Friday.
ARGYLE — Liberty Christian’s Nick Starkel and Justus Lee delivered a one-two knockout punch Friday night against TAPPS District 1-1 rival Midland Christian. Starkel, the Warriors’ quarterback who has verbally committed to Oklahoma State, threw for a season-high 403 yards and touchdown strikes of 54 and 47 yards to Lee, leading Liberty Christian to a 26-5 win against the Mustangs.
MANSFIELD — Heading into the fourth quarter of Saturday’s TAPPS Class 5A state final, it appeared Plano Prestonwood was more than comfortable with its four-point lead over Liberty Christian.
ARGYLE — Liberty Christian coach Ken Burroughs stood in an empty gym just before practice Tuesday with the thought of last year’s regional final loss burned in his memory. For a few moments, it was all he wanted to talk about.
ARGYLE — Sydney Goodson isn’t afraid to stare superstition in the face, or have a little fun with it. The Liberty Christian point guard has been fascinated with the number 13, despite it being considered the unluckiest of all numbers, ever since she can remember.
The Guyer Wildcats won their first game as a member of District 5-6A, defeating Keller Fossil Ridge 82-37 on Friday behind Sean Choate’s 26 points.
SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.
SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.
SANGER — Ryan, Liberty Christian, Sanger and Aubrey each won their first game in Sanger’s North Texas Invitational on Thursday.
The Ryan Lady Raiders grabbed a 25-point first-quarter lead en route to a 55-28 win over Fort Worth Southwest on Tuesday.