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.
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.
ROUND ROCK — Pilot Point’s Diana Juarez turned in the top finish among Denton-area competitors Saturday at the state cross country meet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.
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.
Argyle was one disputed call away from winning a state 7-on-7 tournament championship in 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pilot Point is not concerned with looking back at what it accomplished last season.
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.
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.