ARGYLE — For a while there, it appeared that Nick Starkel was destined to sign with Oklahoma State.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.
In Denton’s season opener against visiting Liberty Christian on Tuesday, the Lady Broncos wrote a similar script in each of the three sets.
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.
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.