PILOT POINT — Ponder coach Jude Stanley hoped before Friday’s game that the basket might appear bigger in the eyes of his players, who he felt needed all the points they could get to knock off high-scoring Whitesboro in a tiebreaker game to determine the top seed out of District 10-3A.
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.
DaCoven Bailey did a little bit of everything for Pilot Point this season, and the junior do-it-all threat was a big reason why the Bearcats made a run to the third round of the playoffs before falling by a touchdown to Mineola, who will play in the Class 3A Division I state title game on Thursday against Cameron Yoe.
CEDAR HILL — After splitting their first two games of the Cedar Hill tournament with a win over Arlington Lamar and a loss to Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside, the Guyer Wildcats lost their final game of the tournament, 68-58 to Southlake Carroll.
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.
FORNEY — Surrendering two third-quarter touchdowns to fall behind by two possessions Saturday, Pilot Point was down but not out. Responding with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to tie the game at 27 with 1:21 remaining and Mineola heading into a treacherous wind, the Bearcats looked to be headed to overtime. However, Mineola quarterback Jeremiah Crawford completed just his second pass of the game, a short, quick throw to tight end Brent Wells for a 60-yard touchdown with 41 seconds left to secure a 34-27 victory in a Class 3A Division I regional semifinal at City Bank Stadium.
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.