Football: Pilot Point bounces New Boston

COMMERCE — This was Travis Garrett’s night to shine. The senior quarterback for Pilot Point rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 130 yards, including a 79-yard scoring strike to RyLee Hellman, leading the Bearcats to a 35-13 victory against New Boston in the Class 3A Division I area playoff Friday night at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium.

Football: Bailey sparks Bearcats to win

BEDFORD — All DaCoven Bailey needed was a little help from his defense. The junior running back did his part Friday night in Pilot Point’s Class 3A bi-district playoff game against Red Oak Life, rushing for six touchdowns and finishing with 298 yards on 24 carries.

Cross country: Pilot Point’s Juarez finishes 15th at state

ROUND ROCK — Pilot Point’s Diana Juarez turned in the top finish among Denton-area competitors Saturday at the state cross country meet.

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: Bearcats drop season finale

PILOT POINT — Pilot Point receiver RyLee Hellman caught a 44-yard touchdown pass to pull the Bearcats within six of Farmersville with 4:36 remaining, but the Farmers quickly answered on Darrin Pennington’s 55-yard scoring run to seal the 42-28 victory.

Football: Pilot Point falls at Pottsboro

POTTSBORO — Zane Pritchett and the Pottsboro defense knew they had a tall order Friday, playing Pilot Point with a district title on the line. But Pritchett ran for 259 and two touchdowns on 27 carries and added three takeaways on defense to lift Pottsboro (8-1, 4-0) to a 22-7 win over No. 16 Pilot Point (8-1, 3-1) and to clinch the District 5-3A Division I championship.

Football: Bearcats record blowout of Whitesboro

WHITESBORO — Travis Garrett accounted for five of Pilot Point’s eight touchdowns and the Bearcats scored 44 of their season-high 58 points in the first and final quarter as they defeated district rival Whitesboro 58-28 on Friday.

Football: Pilot Point Bearcats take 49-48 thriller

PILOT POINT — Digging themselves a 21-0 first-quarter hole with two early interceptions and flimsy defense, the Pilot Point Bearcats’ perfect record looked seriously in doubt. With the Van Alstyne Panthers blocking a punt with 1:37 remaining and scoring to draw within a point at 49-48 with just nine seconds left on a fourth-and-10 play, they decided to go for the win on the 2-point conversion after Pilot Point was tagged with an offsides penalty.

Football: Pilot Point rips Callisburg to stay perfect

CALLISBURG — Travis Garrett and DaCoven Bailey connected for three passing scores as Pilot Point’s undefeated season rolled on with a 57-7 beating of Callisburg in a district opener Friday night.

Football: Pilot Point Bearcats beat Bonham to stay perfect

PILOT POINT — There was a big turnout at Massey Stadium for the Pilot Point Bearcats’ homecoming game Friday night against the Bonham Warriors (0-5).

Football: Pilot Point finishes strong, knocks of Gunter, 31-15

PILOT POINT — After falling behind 15-14 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Pilot Point closed Friday night’s game against Gunter with 17 straight points for a 31-15 win that kept the team undefeated this season.

Football: Pilot Point shuts out Aubrey, 47-0

PILOT POINT — DaCoven Bailey stopped on a dime, cut back to avoid a tackler and easily angled into the end zone for what would have been 44-yard score — until a late holding penalty called it back. Again, he weaved his way through tacklers on the next play for a touchdown, but again, it was called back by another holding penalty. But no penalty was stopping Bailey when he was handed the ball for the third straight play and cut back on the right side for a 17-yard touchdown run, just part of his performance that led Pilot Point (3-0) to a 47-0 win against Aubrey (0-3) on Friday night.

Football: Pilot Point cruises past Anna, 49-21

ANNA — Scoring touchdowns isn’t easy, but Pilot Point made it look that way in Friday night’s 49-21 win against Anna (1-1).

Football: Bearcats bulldoze Bobcats

KRUM — Pilot Point took the early lead and never let up, defeating Krum 30-7 in the season opener for both schools Friday night.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Raiders sweep Denison

DENISON — The Ryan Lady Raiders claimed a sweep of host Denison on Friday, winning 25-22, 25-15, 25-21.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Falcons have 2-2 outing

GARLAND — Lake Dallas played four matches on the first day of the Garland tournament, winning a pair and losing in the other two.

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: Schmitz fuels Aubrey win

PILOT POINT — Aubrey may have played short-handed in its season opener at Pilot Point on Tuesday, but the Lady Chaparrals rarely struggled thanks to a big night from Hannah Schmitz.

Football notebook: Energy, excitement mark champs’ workout

ARGYLE — There are a lot of new faces in the Argyle football program, but Monday morning brought the same level of excitement to the Eagle fieldhouse as always at this time of year.

Football: Eagles, Bearcats, Falcons go winless

COLLEGE STATION — Argyle and Pilot Point were unable to find success in the Division II championship bracket at the state 7-on-7 football tournament.

Football: Argyle, Pilot Point advance at 7-on-7

COLLEGE STATION — Argyle and Pilot Point earned slots in today’s Division II championship bracket action at the state 7-on-7 football tournament following strong showings in Thursday’s pool play.

Football: 7-on-7 event gives teams extra practice time

Argyle was one disputed call away from winning a state 7-on-7 tournament championship in 2013.

Softball: Sanger trio highlights all-district selections

The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.

Baseball: Pilot Point coach issued one-year probation

Pilot Point head baseball coach Mike Gallegos’ appeal was denied Monday by the University Interscholastic League’s state executive committee, and he was placed on a year of probation.

Track and field: Guyer girls win regional track crown

Six Guyer athletes won events Saturday at the Class 4A Region I track meet to help lead the Wildcats to respective first- and second-place finishes in the girls and boys team standings.

Softball: Tom Bean eliminates Pilot Point

PROSPER — Pilot Point appeared as if it was about to pick up right where it left off last season in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs Thursday. The Lady Cats had a lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning with their starting pitcher cruising toward a shutout. That’s when the game — and ultimately the season — unraveled for Pilot Point in a 3-2 loss to Tom Bean in a 2A Region II bi-district playoff at Prosper High School.

Softball playoffs arrive

Several of the area’s top softball teams begin postseason play today, and two of those teams won’t have any margin for error, as state-ranked teams from Guyer and Pilot Point face one-game playoffs with hopes of advancing to the area round next week.

Softball/baseball roundup: Pilot Point suffers first District 12-2A defeat

VAN ALSTYNE — Preslee Gallaway allowed just one earned run in six innings, but errors allowed Van Alstyne to a 3-2 win and hand Pilot Point its first District 12-2A loss in its regular-season finale on Friday.

Softball roundup: Head leads Lake Dallas past visiting Rider

CORINTH — Chrisa Head allowed just two hits and no runs on the mound and hit a home run Friday to lead Lake Dallas past Wichita Falls Rider 10-0 in five innings.

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.

Softball: Lady Cats win with big inning

PILOT POINT — Neither starting pitcher in Monday night’s District 12-2A game between Pilot Point and Leonard made it to the third inning, but it was for two drastically different reasons.

Softball roundup: Lady Broncos beat Rider 4-3

Allie Shelton capped off a three-run rally in the seventh inning Friday night with a walk-off double as Denton defeated Wichita Falls Rider 4-3.

Softball roundup: Bruton pitches Argyle to victory

CARROLLTON — Alyssa Bruton pitched a four-hit shutout with eight strikeouts to lead Argyle past Carrollton Ranchview 6-0 on Friday in a District 10-3A game.

Softball notebook: Pilot Point unleashes secret weapon Gallaway

People looking from outside of Pilot Point’s softball program probably were wondering who was going to replace standout pitcher Skylar Cagle after she left for Northwestern State.

Boys basketball: Ponder loads up 9-2A team

Judging by the way Ponder’s boys basketball season ended over the weekend in Austin, it’s no surprise to see the way the Lions were represented on the District 9-2A all-district team that was released Monday.

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.

Girls basketball: Districts release 2013-14 teams

Fresh off its run to the girls basketball state tournament, Argyle landed a few notable players on the 10-3A all-district team.

Softball roundup: Ryan wins four

Ryan had a big day Saturday in the Tina Minke Memorial Tournament, winning four straight games after losing their first game of the day to Trophy Club Nelson 11-3.

Baseball roundup: Broncos take two at Classic

The Denton Broncos rebounded from a 9-0 Thursday night loss to defending Class 4A champion Tomball to pick up a pair of come-from-behind wins on Friday in the Russell Athletics North Texas Classic at Bronco Field.

Softball roundup: Argyle dominates host Decatur 11-2

DECATUR — The Argyle Lady Eagles erupted for four first-inning runs and then gradually pulled away to take a 11-2 victory over Decatur on Friday night.

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.

Softball: Lady Cats to begin defense of state title

Pilot Point is not concerned with looking back at what it accomplished last season.

Realignment notebook: Argyle, Sanger get new competition

ARGYLE — Coaches in the former Class 3A who now are in the new Class 4A knew Monday’s biennial UIL realignment would bring plenty of uncertainty.

Basketball: Pilot Point falls at home

PILOT POINT — Pilot Point coach Jeff Price is impressed with the way his team has battled back into games as of late. But he noted a lot of that is because the Bearcats put themselves in too many early holes.

Football: Heard, Sadler earn honors

The two players who performed well on the state’s biggest stage and brought home state championships were named the top players in their respective districts.

High schools: Moving up

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.

Volleyball: Numerous all-district honors go to Argyle

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.

Basketball: Richter scores 20 in win for Bearcats

AUBREY — Pilot Point won just eight games last year, so you’ll have to excuse coach Jeff Price if he seems to be approaching this season with cautious optimism. But he admits he likes what he sees so far.

Football: Farmersville eliminates Pilot Point

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.

Volleyball: Godley rallies past Pilot Point

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.