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.
PONDER — Ponder started slow but erupted for 44 second-half points and used a lopsided advantage from the free-throw line to beat Sanger 79-62 on Friday night.
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.
MUENSTER — The Ponder Lions looked unprepared during their 35-6 season-opening loss to the Muenster Hornets on Friday night, and nobody was too surprised by it. Ponder head coach Glen Schuelke is new to the program, taking the job just 10 days before the start of football workouts. Russ Phillips, the former Ponder coach, resigned to take an assistant coaching job at Guyer.
PONDER — Ponder overcame a slow start Friday to beat Pottsboro 19-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-15. The win was the Lady Lions’ fifth straight and gives them a 7-1 record in nondistrict action. It’s also their second win over the Lady Cardinals this week. Ponder beat Pottsboro in a best-of-three final at the Cooke County Classic last Saturday. The Lady Lions are 2-1 against Pottsboro since Aug. 15.
Still in its infancy, relatively speaking, the Ponder football program has seen a lot of changes. When Russ Phillips left his head coaching gig at Ponder recently to take over as an assistant coach at Guyer, the Lions were left frantically searching for their third head coach in four varsity seasons. Enter veteran head coach Glen Schuelke, who resigned from Prairiland in March with the intention of retiring from teaching and coaching. He had a change of heart in June and accepted a head coaching job in Idabel, Okla. When Stanley reached out to Schuelke last week, the pastures looked a bit greener for the 29-year coaching veteran.
When a spot opened up on Guyer’s coaching staff, the Wildcats only had to look right down the road to find a suitable replacement.
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.
Two Ponder football players recently signed letters of intent to play at the college level next season. Offensive lineman Coleman James signed with Corcordia University in Seward, Neb., while running back Brennan Sooter signed with Southwestern University in Georgetown. Pictured on the front row are James, Ponder head football coach Russ Phillips and Sooter. On the back row are Ponder coaches Steve Espolt, Kirk Rodgers, Mark Low and Kevin Pitman and Ponder superintendent Bruce Yeager.
PONDER — Following Game 3 of Ponder’s Class 2A Region II area baseball series against Pottsboro, head coach Mark Low leaned over the railing and looked into the dugout as his team looked back at him. The team chided their head coach when it appeared he might shed a couple tears as he spoke to the senior-laden team.
MANSFIELD — Ponder had a sweep in sight Saturday in a Class 2A bi-district playoff series at Mansfield Lake Ridge, but Whitney scored four runs in the seventh to win 8-7. With the series tied at a game apiece, the Lions recovered for a 20-1 victory and advanced to an area-round matchup with Pottsboro.
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.
With two days to earn a trip to the UIL state golf tournament in two weeks, several area athletes are vying for berths in the state tournament at this week’s regional tournaments. The Guyer boys are in second place in the Class 4A Region I tournament while the Ponder girls are in a tie for fourth in the Class 2A Region II tournament . The Argyle boys find themselves in second in the Class 3A Region II tournament heading into the second round.
Stepping into the gyms at Krum and Ponder, it’s almost impossible to ignore the basketball heritage that has graced the hardwood for decades. This year, both schools enhanced that legacy with deep postseason runs behind the area’s top players. Rachel Wallace of Krum and Clay Morgan of Ponder exhibited on-court prowess that made them the clear choices as the MVPs of this year’s Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area Basketball Team.
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.
VAN ALSTYNE — Argyle improved to 12-2 after defeating Whitesboro 10-1 in the Van Alstyne tournament Saturday.
STEPHENVILLE — In the third and final meeting of the season between District 9-2A co-champions Brock and Ponder, the Lions showed resilience while recovering from large deficits, as they had several times during their playoff run.
STEPHENVILLE — Down double digits in the Class 2A Region II semifinals at Tarleton State’s Wisdom Gym on Friday, the Ponder Lions looked as if their season was going to end on a sour note. However, the Ponder defense showed second-half grit and determination en route to a thrilling 40-38 victory over Red Oak Life to set up the Lions’ third showdown of the season with district rival Brock.
The Ponder boys will face Peaster at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in a Class 2A Region II quarterfinal at Decatur.
PROSPER — When three consecutive 3-point baskets wiped out their 7-0 lead, the Ponder Lions knew they were in for a tough game against Sunnyvale on Thursday night. What they couldn’t have guessed was that the Raiders would extend the Class 2A area-round playoff game by two four-minute overtime periods before Ponder prevailed 59-53 at Prosper High School.