At the moment, the Guyer football team is focused on defending its Class 4A Division I state championship, but after what they hope is a Dec. 20 title game at AT&T Stadium, the Wildcats will shift their attention.
Coming off a state tournament appearance in 2012, the volleyball season didn’t end like Argyle would have liked in 2013, but the Lady Eagles still had plenty to remember in a year that saw them eliminated by eventual Class 3A champion Decatur.
McKINNEY — Too much Caleb Twyford and too many interceptions doomed the Pilot Point Bearcats to a 35-27 Class 2A Division I bi-district playoff loss to Farmersville at Ron Poe Stadium on Friday night. The Bearcats had one final gasp to try and tie the game after stopping the Fightin’ Farmers 1 yard short of a first down at the Bearcats’ 22 with 1:44 left in the game. Quarterback Travis Garrett and his receivers did all they could to move the ball into scoring range, and they moved it to the Farmersville 35 with less than 30 seconds to play. Armed with a fresh set of downs, Garrett and the Bearcats couldn’t get it done. He threw three straight incompletions and his last two entered the end zone and came within inches of a Bearcats receiver.
TROPHY CLUB — After rolling to wins in the first two sets, the Pilot Point Lady Cats jumped out to a 16-11 in the third set Thursday. But Pilot Point couldn’t put away Godley and its junior middle blocker Jaci Smith. She hammered down eight of her 21 kills to bring her team back for a third-set win. “She’s carried us all year,” said Godley coach Todd Weese. “When she stays positive, it spreads to the rest of the team.” The rest of the Godley Lady Cats followed Smith’s lead, taking the fourth set and holding off a Pilot Point rally in the tiebreaker to steal the Class 2A Region II area-round match at Trophy Club Nelson.
GAINESVILLE — After seeing her team immediately fall behind 8-3 to Pottsboro, Pilot Point coach Becky Phillips called a timeout to give short pep talk. “We had four of the six on the floor that had never been in a playoff game before,” Phillips said. “I told them going in there would be some nerves and it would take a minute to get our feet under us. I called the timeout and told them, ‘You know what you can do.’”
The cross country course at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock has become a pretty familiar site for Guyer’s Devin Norton.
PILOT POINT — On senior night Friday, it took a hard-nosed run by Tristan Jurecka in his final game at Massey Stadium to get the Pilot Point Bearcats’ offense going. The four-year varsity back rumbled through Bowie tacklers for a 27-yard run that kicked the Bearcats into high gear on the eventual tying touchdown drive early in the second quarter. Pilot Point went on to score on its next two possessions to build a lead it never would relinquish in a 34-20 victory over the Jackrabbits.
PILOT POINT — Pilot Point stayed undefeated in District 5-2A Division I play with a 50-2 dismantling of Paradise on Friday night, led by the play of junior quarterback Travis Garrett.
PONDER — Pilot Point quarterback Travis Garrett rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns on Friday night, and the defense held off a late Ponder rally for a 20-12 District 5-2A DI win.
PILOT POINT — Boyd’s Fino Cardona sliced through the Pilot Point defense, carrying the ball six straight times on his way to a go-ahead touchdown on the Yellowjackets’ first possession. That touchdown served as a wake-up call to a Bearcats defense that dominated the rest of the night. Pilot Point piled up 10 sacks and held Boyd to 118 yards on its final nine drives in a 40-14 homecoming victory Friday night at Massey Stadium.
CALLISBURG — For a second straight week trailing in the fourth quarter, Pilot Point quarterback Travis Garrett found DaCoven Bailey for the game-winning touchdown.
PILOT POINT — As the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game between Pilot Point and Aubrey, only one point separated the two schools separated by less than nine miles. When Pilot Point junior quarterback Travis Garrett stepped off the field for the final time, he had given the Bearcats a last-minute win.
SANGER — The Sanger Indians ended their 14-game losing streak with a big performance by running back Tre’von Jackson, who bulldozed his way over the Pilot Point Bearcats in a 50-17 victory.
PILOT POINT — Pilot Point’s mistakes allowed Bonham Purple Warriors to hang around long enough Friday for Dra Smith to steal the road victory.Smith scored on a 4-yard run with 1:07 left and then ran in the two-point try to lift the Purple Warriors to the 21-20 victory over the Bearcats at Massey Stadium.
Starting today, the Ryan Lady Raiders will attempt to do something they have done only once in 17 years. The volleyball team will be looking to defend its home court and put on a strong showing in the Ryan Kick-Off Classic.
Pilot Point continues to rake in the accolades following its run to the Class 2A state championship.
Back in January, before her senior season began, Pilot Point pitcher Skylar Cagle said a pretty simple prayer. About six months later, Cagle and her Lady Cat teammates saw to it that she would not be disappointed.
AUSTIN — A handful of area softball players were honored by the Texas Girls Coaches Association on Wednesday as they were named to the TGCA all-state team following the conclusion of the UIL season last week.
After she put up eye-popping numbers for four years and earned Class 2A state championship game MVP honors on Thursday, it came as no surprise to see Pilot Point’s Skylar Cagle earn District 12-2A MVP honors when the all-district team was released following the Lady Cats’ championship win over Kingsville Santa Gertrudis Academy.
FORT WORTH — On Thursday night, Pilot Point senior pitcher Skylar Cagle was near the realm of the improbable. For the second straight playoff series, Cagle was one strike away from a Game 1 no-hitter. A bloop single by Mikayla Smith, who has a broken thumb, spoiled the no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning, but Cagle still helped her team move closer to the state tournament.
Local area teams will resume their postseason treks today when the University Interscholastic League baseball and softball playoffs resume, starting today.
PROSPER — Skylar Cagle has been as close to a sure bet as one can imagine for Pilot Point this season. The senior pitcher hadn’t lost a game all year heading into the Lady Cats’ Region II-2A quarterfinal series against Grandview. And yet, Cagle could feel the pressure building right up until she threw her first pitch on Saturday, even after Pilot Point won the first game of the series the night before.
Skylar Cagle took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with 13 strikeouts to lead Pilot Point to a 5-0 victory Friday night over Ponder in a Class 2A area round game at Bronco Field.
ABILENE — Pilot Point’s Matt Poursoltani went to the state powerlifting meet to do something no one had ever done, and he reached his goal. Poursoltani, the defending state champion in the 275-pound weight class, set a new regional record in the bench press with a lift of 670 last week, and on Saturday he improved on that with a press of 700 pounds for a new state record. The senior easily won the event with a total of 1,900 pounds, which was 200 more than second-place Riley Woodruff of Ballinger.
Video: Pilot Point powerlifter Matt Poursoltani to go for 700-pound bench press at state meet Saturday
Pilot Point High School power lifter Matt Poursoltani prepares to set records at state competition.
The Pilot Point powerlifting team claimed the Region 6 Division 3 championship on Saturday, while the Ponder Lions got a record-breaking performance from Brennan Sooter to finish third in the 23-team event at Ponder High School.
In what was a historic year for the Guyer program, and the best one in recent memory for Denton, the District 5-4A all-district team had plenty of representation from both teams following successful 2012-13 campaigns.
The Krum Lady Cats were well-represented on the 9-3A all-district team after making their second state tournament appearance in school history.