FORT WORTH — Three Denton-area teams picked up first-round wins to open the Whataburger Tournament, as Guyer blew past Richland 76-59, Ponder scraped by Liberty Christian 66-59 and Argyle edged Wall 44-37.
Ryan and Liberty Christian didn’t make things easy on each other Tuesday, or themselves. At least that’s how things felt as the Raiders jumped out to a seemingly insurmountable 13-point lead midway through the third quarter only to blow that lead to the suddenly hot-shooting Warriors, who then promptly gave up a buzzer-beating 3-pointer before losing 60-57 in overtime at Billy Ryan Gym.
ARGYLE — Two weeks ago, Liberty Christian used a big game from junior quarterback Jon Copeland to fuel a come-from-behind 27-23 win over Dallas Bishop Dunne.
The Guyer girls golf program saw three of its players sign their national letters of intent to play college golf on Wednesday afternoon.
ARGYLE — Despite having a largely inexperienced roster, Liberty Christian is learning how to win ball games. And it is taking practically every district opponent off guard. Kade Johnson scored off a 3-yard run with 5:54 left in regulation and the defense held Dallas Bishop Dunne scoreless the rest of the way as Liberty Christian held on for a 27-23 win Friday at Warrior Stadium.
ARGYLE — Never mind that Liberty Christian was down 14-0 at halftime, or that Kason Howell wasn’t on the team’s roster for the first game. Liberty Christian beat Bishop Lynch 17-14 on Friday, scoring all of their points unanswered in the second half while Howell punctuated the comeback with a game-winning touchdown run.
ARGYLE — The Liberty Christian Warriors were at their best in the fourth quarter Friday night against Dallas Parish Episcopal. Unfortunately, it was too late. Jeremy Hodge scored five touchdowns to help the Panthers build a 28-point cushion, and they withstood a 21-point fourth-quarter outburst by Liberty Christian for a 55-34 TAPPS District 1, Division I road victory.
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.