Football: Liberty's Starkel commits to A&M

ARGYLE — For a while there, it appeared that Nick Starkel was destined to sign with Oklahoma State.

Basketball: Liberty sweeps John Paul

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.


Basketball: Raiders edge Warriors for fourth win of year

Ryan is six games into this season, but coach Bryce Overstreet said it’s more like one.

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Nolan overpowers Liberty

ARGYLE — In a rematch against the Fort Worth Nolan Catholic Vikings in a TAPPS Division I area-round playoff game, the Liberty Christian Warriors’ postseason run was cut short in a 45-31 loss Saturday.

Liberty routs winless John Paul II, 50-8

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.

Prestonwood overpowers Liberty

DALLAS — The Liberty Christian Warriors, after suffering a heartbreaking 34-33 loss last week to Trinity Christian, were completely dominated Thursday night in a 48-7 loss against the Plano Prestonwood Christian Lions.

A year later, a similar result for Liberty Christian

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.

Liberty can’t slow Dunne enough

DALLAS — A 46-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Caleb Evans late in the third quarter sparked Dallas Bishop Dunne to a 35-14 win against Liberty Christian.

Starkel, Lee spark Liberty

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.

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Liberty knocks off visiting Bishop Lynch

ARGYLE — The Liberty Christian Warriors continued their winning ways by topping the Dallas Bishop Lynch Friars 38-21 to extend their winning streak to four and remain undefeated in district play.

Liberty shuts out Nolan

FORT WORTH — The Liberty Christian Warriors coach Barton Hundley described his team’s 20-0 victory against its familiar foe Fort Worth Nolan Catholic Vikings at Doskocil Stadium on Friday as “a grind.”.

Liberty Christian tops Springtown

SPRINGTOWN — Three touchdowns in the first half and a solid defensive presence helped the Liberty Christian Warriors get their first victory of the season with a 28-10 win against the Springtown Porcupines on Friday night.

Liberty product Blair called up by A’s

Johnny Isom knows how hard it is to get the call that every professional baseball player wants to get.

Celina overpowers Liberty Christian

ARGYLE — Overthrown receivers and dropped passes hurt the Liberty Christian Warriors in their season-opening game Friday night, a 35-20 loss to the Celina Bobcats.

Baseball roundup: Liberty pounds Prestonwood late

ARGYLE — After three scoreless innings, Liberty Christian exploded for 11 runs in the final two frames — including Luke Chavez’s walk-off grand slam — to hand Plano Prestonwood an 11-1 loss Tuesday.

Baseball roundup: Liberty slips past TCA, 6-5

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian narrowly escaped with a 6-5 victory over Addison Trinity Christian on Friday night.

Baseball: Liberty’s Duck one-hits Bishop Dunne

Liberty Christian ace Tyler Duck has a goose egg in his win-loss column, and those who’ve seen him pitch likely know where it lies.

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Girls basketball: Liberty rallies to steal state title

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.


Girls basketball: Liberty to play for title

MANSFIELD — If today’s TAPPS Class 5A championship game follows the same script as Friday’s semifinal, Liberty Christian can start celebrating its fourth state title early.

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Playoff basketball: Liberty faces familiar foe at state

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.

Girls basketball: Liberty crushes Ursuline

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian put 42 points on the scoreboard Friday before Dallas Ursuline knocked down its first field goal.


Girls basketball: Lucky No. 13

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.

Basketball roundup: Guyer wins District 5-6A debut

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.

Basketball roundup: Lions move into tourney final

DECATUR — Ponder routed tournament host Decatur 71-45 on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game, to be held at 7 p.m. today.

Women’s basketball: Kornet, Sooners visit UNT

North Texas seemingly has spent the early stages of the season hovering on the verge of breaking through for its first win.

Basketball roundup: Ryan finishes third in Sanger tournament

SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.

Basketball roundup: Ryan, Liberty prevail at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.

Basketball roundup: Area quartet win at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan, Liberty Christian, Sanger and Aubrey each won their first game in Sanger’s North Texas Invitational on Thursday.

Basketball roundup: Lady Raiders rout Fort Worth Southwest

The Ryan Lady Raiders grabbed a 25-point first-quarter lead en route to a 55-28 win over Fort Worth Southwest on Tuesday.

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.

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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.