Liberty Christian rides strong second half to win

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.

Liberty Christian knocks off Trinity Christian

ADDISON — Liberty Christian seized an opportunity and the moment Friday night against Addison Trinity Christian, which was without starting quarterback Court Walker. The Warriors spoiled Trinity’s homecoming...

Late Liberty rally not enough vs. Parish

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.

Liberty raids John Paul II for first win

PLANO — Powered by a impressive performance from sophomore running back Andre Washington, the Liberty Christian Warriors flew past the Plano John Paul II Cardinals 56-24 Friday night.

Prestonwood overpowers Liberty, 57-20

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.

Liberty drops long heartbreaker in district

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.

Gilmer blows out Liberty Christian, 61-19

ARGYLE — The Liberty Christian Warriors entered their game against Gilmer averaging 42 points per game. They sure could have used some of those points Friday night.

Celina upends Liberty in slugfest

CELINA — A valiant comeback bid, led by the combination of quarterback Jon Copeland and receiver Kason Howell, fell short for Liberty Christian in a 55-43 loss to Celina Friday night.

Late Melissa score spoils Liberty rally

Tate Whittington simply was not to be denied. Melissa’s junior quarterback scored from 5 yards out with 48 seconds left to help turn back Liberty Christian 48-42 on Friday night at Apogee Stadium.

Chaps win three in tourney

WHITESBORO — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals continued their impressive tournament play Thursday on the opening day of the Whitesboro tournament by going undefeated in three matches to advance into Saturday’s championship bracket.

Tonight's high school football games

No. 1 Prosper sweeps Argyle

ARGYLE — In a battle of ranked teams Tuesday night, the Prosper Lady Eagles rolled to a 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 sweep of the Argyle Lady Eagles.

Krum rallies to beat Liberty Christian

ARGYLE — The top-ranked Krum Lady Bobcats had to rally from a two-set deficit Tuesday night to record a five-set 19-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-12 victory against the Liberty Christian Lady Warriors.

Lake Dallas goes 3-1 at tourney

CARROLLTON — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons won three of four matches Friday on the first day of the Nike ASC/Ryan Classic.


Scrimmages give teams better look at battles

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.


Denton starts strong

If the first set of the season could have any long-term benefits, pulling off a tense, pressure-filled comeback victory is a nice way to start.

Football: Area teams eager to kick off fall practices

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.

Baseball: Liberty Christian makes it two over Nolan

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian didn’t get much pushback from Fort Worth Nolan Catholic on Friday.

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Basketball: Liberty repeats as champ

MANSFIELD — Before Liberty Christian coach Ken Burroughs could address his team after winning the program’s fifth state title Saturday, his players erupted in unison to sing him “Happy Birthday.”

Basketball: Goodson sparks Liberty rally to advance to finals

MANSFIELD — Sydney Goodson could not buy a bucket for the majority of Friday’s TAPPS Class 5A state semifinal.

Basketball: Liberty, Calvary take different road to TAPPS state

ARGYLE — With four state titles in girls basketball in nine seasons, an argument can be made that Liberty Christian has built itself a dynasty.

Basketball: Matchups set for girls state tournaments

The teams are set, and the Denton-area will be well-represented at the UIL and TAPPS girls state basketball tournaments this weekend.

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Baseball: Argyle ready to defend its crown

ARGYLE — Connor Mushinski was unflappable on the mound for Argyle in last year’s Class 4A title game, and by the end of that night, he was hoisting an MVP trophy. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of...

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Softball: With veteran lineup, Krum ready for state push

Krum coach Stacey Lucas didn’t say it’s state or bust this season. But her team certainly looks the part.

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.