Football: St. Thomas ousts Liberty

HOUSTON — Houston St. Thomas used a big defensive stop early in the fourth quarter to preserve a 20-7 win over Liberty Christian in Saturday’s TAPPS regional playoff game at Granger Stadium.

Basketball roundup: Guyer wins season opener

Sean Choate finished with 23 points Saturday to lead Guyer past Cedar Park 73-43 in its season opener.

Football: Howell scores four times as Liberty cruises

GROESBECK — Liberty Christian running back Kylen Howell had only 10 yards rushing on six carries Friday night against the Tomball Concordia Lutheran Crusaders but scored three rushing touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 50-20 victory in the TAPPS Division I playoffs.

Signings: Argyle’s Keenan officially a Red Raider

ARGYLE – As Argyle volleyball coach Clark Oberle stood up to introduce Katy Keenan during a signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, he reminisced with the crowd about his star player’s first college offer, which he said came from Baylor the summer before Keenan’s freshman year.

Football: Ten area teams still alive

The UIL and TAPPS playoffs get underway this week, and the Denton area will be well represented with 10 teams securing berths in the battle for state titles.

Football: Liberty earns playoff berth

PLANO — Quarterback John Copeland passed for four touchdowns and ran for another as Liberty Christian (6-4, 4-3), rolled past Plano John Paul II (0-10, 0-7) 52-34 in a TAPPS 1-I regular season finale.

Football: Prestonwood tops Liberty

ARGYLE — Hard times continue for Liberty Christian as the Warriors’ losing streak was extended to three games with a 45-38 loss to the Plano Prestonwood Christian Lions on Friday night.

Football: Late interception dooms Liberty

For the second consecutive week, the Liberty Christian Warriors suffered a late interception that led to a loss. Friday night, the Warriors’ freshman quarterback John Copeland was picked off at the Trojan four-yard line and the Addison Trinity Christian Trojans held on to take a 35-28 victory against Liberty Christian at Apogee Stadium.

Football: Bishop Dunne hands Liberty district loss

ARGYLE — A big showdown took place at Warrior Stadium Friday night as Liberty Christian looked to knock off the undefeated Dallas Bishop Dunne Falcons, who were coming off a big win against Plano Prestonwood last week.

For the DRC

Football: Keep calm and throw TDs

Liberty Christian quarterback Nick Starkel hasn’t had a chance this season to stop and take a deep breath.

Football: Liberty defense stifles rally

MIDLAND — The Liberty Christian Warriors had to turn back a rally by the Midland Christian Mustangs to secure a 20-13 victory Friday night in battle of TAPPS D1-1 front-runners.

Football: Liberty makes stand in 37-24 road win

DALLAS — Dallas Bishop Lynch faced a fourth-and-1, down by six with 5:43 left in the game. Liberty Christian’s defense readied for Rawleigh Williams III, who leads all area private schools in rushing attempts and yards. But the call was a quarterback keeper, and Liberty Christian’s defense swarmed the line of scrimmage, and stopped the signal caller half a yard shy of the first down. Four plays later, a 26-yard Drew Hunnicutt touchdown sealed the game for the Warriors.

Football: Liberty snaps long skid against Nolan, 47-7

ARGYLE — Talk about snapping a losing streak. For the last six years, Fort Worth Nolan has been a giant thorn in Liberty Christian’s side. During that stretch, the Vikings — who have won three straight TAPPS state titles — not only won every meeting against the Warriors, but did so with relative ease. On Friday, the Warriors likely felt as if they made up for all those losses in one game while scoring 27 straight points en route to a dominating 47-7 win in the TAPPS DI-I opener at Warrior Stadium.

Football: Liberty puts chill on Melissa

ARGYLE — In a game that featured unseasonably chilly temperatures and a high number of flags, the Liberty Christian Warriors dominated the Melissa Cardinals (0-3) 34-7 Friday night.

Football: Starkel fuels lopsided win for Liberty

ARGYLE — There’s something about playing Springtown that brings out the best in Liberty Christian. A week after getting steamrolled by Celina, the Warriors got five touchdown passes from quarterback Nick Starkel and cruised to a 54-20 win against the Porcupines at Warrior Stadium. Liberty Christian (1-1) is now 3-0 against Springtown over the past three seasons.

Football: Celina rips visiting Liberty

CELINA — The Celina Bobcats began the season with a 47-21 victory over the visiting Liberty Christian Warriors on Friday night.

Volleyball: Ryan ready for play on own floor in Classic

The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.

Volleyball: Denton rolls past Liberty in season-opening sweep

In Denton’s season opener against visiting Liberty Christian on Tuesday, the Lady Broncos wrote a similar script in each of the three sets.

Academic stars

Liberty Christian players, from left, Connor McMann, left, Benn Hawkins, center, and Luke Chavez have been named to the TAPPS Class 5A academic all-state team. To qualify, a player must be named all-district and have at least a 3.5 grade-point average. McMann will play baseball at West Virginia in the fall. Hawkins will play baseball at Air Force. Chavez will be a senior at Liberty.

Beer, Ellis named year’s top athletes

When Monday night was over and the Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet was done, several area athletes and others in the community were recognized for their achievements on and off the field last season.

Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet set for Monday

Mitch Gaylord, a member of the gold medal-winning United States men’s gymnastics team at the 1984 Olympics, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Greater Denton Sports Commission awards banquet on Monday.

Baseball: Chavez powers Liberty win

ARGYLE — Luke Chavez insists he is the furthest thing from a power hitter. The Liberty Christian junior said his own teammates poke fun at him, for at times barely being able to hit the ball beyond the infield.

Baseball roundup: Liberty rallies past Covenant

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian erupted for six runs over its final two at-bats Friday as the Warriors defeated Colleyville Covenant 7-4.

Baseball roundup: McMann shines as Liberty run-rules TCA

ADDISON — Connor McMann pitched a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts, and Hunter Griffith had three RBIs as Liberty Christian run-ruled Addison Trinity Christian 10-0 on Friday.

Baseball: Parker throws gem in shutout

ARGYLE — Things were not going well for Liberty Christian senior pitcher Jordan Parker by the time Addison Trinity Christian sent its fourth batter to the plate Tuesday night.

Softball/baseball roundup: Lady Falcons blank Denton; Ryan falls to Marcus

CORINTH — Leading 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Lake Dallas erupted for eight runs in the frame to earn a 10-0 run-rule victory over Denton Friday.

Liberty names Hundley football coach, fills AD positions

Liberty Christian didn’t have to look far to find its next head football coach.

Football: Liberty Christian fires Price

Greg Price, who spent 17 years at Liberty Christian as a football coach and served as the head coach and boys athletic director since 2009, was fired Thursday morning.

Baseball roundup: Krum posts nine-run inning in shutout

KRUM — The Krum Bobcats erupted for nine third-inning runs Thursday in a 12-0 win over Marietta (Okla.).

Baseball: Liberty beats Ryan, earns split at tourney

FRISCO — Liberty Christian split it’s final two games in the Tournament of Champions Saturday, topping Ryan 4-1 and falling to Lucas Lovejoy 7-5.

Roundup: Pilot Point’s Gallaway tosses no-hitter

PILOT POINT — Preslee Gallaway pitched a no-hitter as Pilot Point defeated Sunnyvale 3-0 on Friday in District 12-2A action.

Baseball: Liberty powers past Grace Prep

ARGYLE — Three players hit home runs and Tyler Duck stepped in for three shutout innings as Liberty Christian topped Arlington Grace Prep 7-4 on Friday.

Baseball roundup: Aubrey cruises

FARMERSVILLE — Jumping out to a 7-0 lead helped Aubrey defeat Tom Bean 13-2 in five innings on Saturday at the Farmersville tournament.

Baseball/softball: Several tourneys begin today

Days of preparation by booster clubs and coaches at local high schools will be rewarded today. Denton and Argyle’s baseball fields will serve as two of the five sites for the Russell Athletic North Texas Classic, while Ryan and Liberty Christian will be the host schools for the James Taylor Classic. In softball, Ryan will play host to the Tina Minke Tournament.

Softball roundup: Argyle, Sanger, Ponder taste victory at local tournament

ARGYLE — Argyle, Sanger and Ponder each claimed one win on the final day of the Argyle/Liberty Christian tournament Saturday.

Basketball: Hand leads Liberty past Nolan Catholic

ARGYLE — Faced with an early deficit at home, Rebekah Hand didn’t want Liberty Christian to take its first home loss of the season.

Softball roundup: Sanger rips Ponder, Liberty

ARGYLE — Sanger was the big winner on Day 2 of the Argyle/Liberty Christian tournament, defeating Ponder 8-2 before shutting out Liberty Christian 12-0.

Boys wrestling: Liberty pins down three state championships

At the rate things are going, the Liberty Christian Warriors are going to start having trouble displaying all the championship banners they are accumulating.

Basketball roundup: Wildcats upend Falcons

LAKE DALLAS — Tied going into the final quarter, Guyer was able to outlast Lake Dallas 48-43 on Friday to improve to 9-2 in District 5-4A.

Basketball: Liberty girls top visiting Prestonwood

ARGYLE — Rebekah Hand had made one clutch shot after another for Liberty Christian on Tuesday. So it was no surprise to see the ball in her hands with time winding down and a chance to beat the top team in TAPPS Class 5A District 1.

Basketball roundup: Falcons nip Azle for second 5-4A victory

LAKE DALLAS — Josh Jackson poured in a game-best 26 points and the Lake Dallas boys defeated Azle 56-53 for their second District 5-4A win.

Basketball roundup: Guyer whips North Crowley in Whataburger Tournament

HALTOM CITY — Guyer thumped North Crowley 69-46 on Friday to advance to the consolation semifinals of Orange bracket play in the Whataburger Tournament.

Football: Vikings oust Warriors

KELLER — Liberty Christian showed Friday at Keller ISD Stadium that its offense can put up points, but an early turnover put the Warriors in a hole they couldn’t quite dig out of against familiar nemesis Fort Worth Nolan Catholic, and they were eliminated 55-20 in the TAPPS Class 5A Division I semifinals.

Football: Liberty guns for familiar opponent

ARGYLE — Since Liberty Christian head coach Greg Price was promoted from his position of offensive coordinator following the 2008 season, the Warriors have faced Fort Worth Nolan every year.

Football: Liberty advances to showdown with Nolan

WACO — Saturday night’s win over Austin St. Michael’s Catholic was akin to an exorcism for the Liberty Christian Warriors. Next up, maybe a little revenge. The Warriors (9-3) finally took care of an old playoff nemesis, beating the Crusaders 48-28 at Waco ISD Stadium.

Basketball roundup: Guyer splits pair at tourney

KELLER — The Guyer Wildcats split a pair of games Saturday in the Keller Timber Creek tournament, beating Wolfforth Frenship 52-51 before falling to Frisco Centennial 37-33.

Football: Liberty seeks way to beat St. Michael’s

ARGYLE — As the sun was setting behind the bleachers at Liberty Christian on Tuesday evening, the Warriors finished practice with their final drill of the day.

Football: Early jump

ARGYLE — Greg Price wasted no time getting his Liberty Christian Warriors ready for next week’s TAPPS Division I state quarterfinal matchup with Austin St. Michael’s.

Basketball roundup: Ponder boys win tourney title

PONDER — Ponder grabbed the lead early and didn’t let go as the Lions (5-1) coasted to a 47-28 victory over Liberty Christian on Saturday to win their own tournament.

Baseball duo headline Argyle signings

ARGYLE — Argyle baseball coach Ricky Griffin stood in a foyer full of students and parents, next to tables adorned in red and purple, and told those gathered that Wednesday’s ceremony was something special for a school of Argyle’s size.