Baseball: Execution, big innings burn Lions in home loss to Howe

PONDER — The Ponder Lions shot out to a fast start in the first two innings Friday and led 2-0, but that lead quickly fizzled when Howe discovered its offense and tallied 17 hits and 11 runs in four innings.

Basketball: Denton-area trio lands on TABC all-state list

Vivian Gray and Madison Ralston, two key cogs in Argyle’s state championship win from earlier this month, highlight a trio of Denton-area standouts recently named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state teams.

Basketball: Faith Family upsets Lions

FLOWER MOUND — As Ponder coach Jude Stanley slowly opened the door of the locker room, Brady Anderson was sitting on the floor next to a few Lion teammates, red in the face and with tears streaming down his cheeks.

Basketball: Anderson’s gem leads Ponder to playoff win

BRIDGEPORT — Brady Anderson played in his 149th career game for Ponder on Monday night.That school-record total includes several postseason games, including a run in 2014 that ended with the Lions hoisting...

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Baseball: Argyle ready to defend its crown

ARGYLE — Connor Mushinski was unflappable on the mound for Argyle in last year’s Class 4A title game, and by the end of that night, he was hoisting an MVP trophy. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of...

Basketball: Boys begin playoff march; Argyle, Sanger girls reach quarterfinals

Seven Denton-area boys basketball teams begin the journey through the UIL playoffs tonight and tomorrow while two area girls teams move into the regional quarterfinals.

Basketball: Paradise punts Ponder

FORT WORTH — The level of play rises during playoff basketball. The Ponder Lady Lions wanted to prove to themselves that they were ready for postseason play, but after an aggressive start, Ponder failed to stay consistent through four quarters Tuesday.

Girls basketball: Postseason kicks off Monday, Tuesday for area teams

For eight Denton-area girls basketball teams, the win-and-advance season, better known as the UIL state playoffs, gets under way today and tomorrow.

Basketball: Ponder secures playoff spot with win

PONDER — For the first time since 2012, the Ponder Lady Lions are playoff bound thanks to a senior class that pressed on throughout the team’s peaks and valleys.

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Boys basketball: Harris leading balanced Lions

Just when Chase Harris feels like he has appeased the Ponder coaching staff by getting in some extra work in the gym, there’s always a new set of skills they want him to work on.

Basketball: Hot shooting lifts Ponder

PONDER — Ponder almost had as many 3-pointers as Pottsboro had points in the first half of Friday’s District 10-3A game, which wound up being more lopsided than competitive by the time the clock hit zero.

Staying a Lion

Ponder’s Brady Anderson, seated, signed a national letter of intent to Texas A&M-Commerce to play basketball. Anderson, who has multiple all-district, all-area and all-state honors, was joined at the signing on Friday by, from left, Ponder High School Principal Shawn Simmons, parents Bryan and Lisa Anderson and Ponder basketball coach Jude Stanley.

Displaced Lions fall to Buckaroos

BOWIE — The Ponder Lions had to wrap up the football season on the road Friday night after the Thursday night storms damaged Ponder’s home field. The Breckenridge Buckaroos, tuning up for the Class 3A playoffs, powered past Ponder 52-0.

Ponder gets stuck in the mud against Bowie

BOWIE — Despite an early start and a lightning delay, the struggles continued for Ponder on Friday night as the Bowie Jackrabbits handed the Lions a 46-7 beating to extend their losing streak to four.

Brock shuts out Ponder Lions

PONDER — The Ponder Lions battled through heavy rain and lighting delays on Friday night but couldn’t find an answer to stop the high-powered Brock Eagles, falling to the Class 3A No. 2-ranked team, 49-0.

Ponder drops to 0-2 in district

BOYD — After falling to the Paradise Panthers in the District 4-3A (Division I) opener a week ago, the Ponder Lions were unable to overcome the dual threat ability of Boyd quarterback Clay Barnett as the Yellow Jackets went on to a 28-7 victory.

Paradise pedals past Ponder

PONDER — The Ponder Lions and the Paradise Panthers, riding high from shutout victories in their last game, locked up in a defensive battle Friday night in the District 4-3A (Division I) opener, and it was the Panthers that pulled out a 17-14 victory.

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Lions roar past Tomcats

PONDER — The Ponder Lions were coming off a blowout loss to Howe last week but didn’t show any lingering effects as they rolled to a 55-0 trouncing of the Tom Bean Tomcats on Friday night.

Howe hammers Ponder, 49-0

HOWE — The Ponder Lions suffered their second shutout of the season Friday against Howe at raucous Bulldog Stadium, where the crowd was treated to a nearly flawless exhibition of football by the home team. The Howe Bulldogs won handily 49-0 after being up 35-0 at the end of the first half.

Freeman’s big plays fuel Lions’ victory

PONDER — The Ponder Lions turned in a convincing performance at home Friday, putting together a consistent, strong defensive effort to defeat the Nocona Indians 20-12.

Callisburg shuts out Ponder in blowout

CALLISBURG — A week after serving up a shutout, the Ponder Lions found themselves on the wrong end of one Friday at Callisburg, losing to the Wildcats 54-0. Ponder coach Russell Ballard chalked the loss up to poor concentration and execution.

Ponder shuts out host Castleberry

FORT WORTH — The Ponder Lions, under first-year head coach Rusty Ballard, used big plays and a strong defensive effort to shut out Fort Worth Castleberry 21-0 Friday night at W.O. Barnes Stadium.

Volleyball: Ryan visits Little Elm to kick off new season

Another volleyball season is set to get underway today when Ryan travels to Little Elm to open the season in new Ryan head coach Nicholas Gay’s first game as the Lady Raiders’ head coach.On Tuesday, most...

Football: Ballard replaces Schuelke as Lions’ coach

After making the playoffs for the first time last season, the Ponder Lions will have a new coach at the helm as they attempt to extend the success they saw under former head coach Glen Schuelke, who resigned last week.

Baseball: Ponder’s Scott tosses no-hitter in 9-0 win

Ponder Lions’ Shane Scott needed only 60 pitches for a complete game no-hitter against the Callisburg Wildcats on Tuesday night in Ponder’s 9-0 victory.

Baseball roundup: Liberty slips past TCA, 6-5

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian narrowly escaped with a 6-5 victory over Addison Trinity Christian on Friday night.

Softball: Pilot Point pops Ponder

PONDER — When Preslee Gallaway was pulled from the pitcher’s circle after three innings Tuesday, Pilot Point had a meager two-run lead. It seemed hardly the time to relieve the Lady Bearcats’ ace.

Basketball: Area nets all-state six-pack

A handful of Denton-area athletes recently had their standout seasons recognized at the state level when the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches released its boys and girls all-state teams. Six area players earned all-state nods.

Boys basketball: Ponder digs hole too deep to escape

ROCKWALL — Last season, Ponder sharpshooter Chase Harris hit a game-winning 3-pointer to beat the Van Alstyne Panthers 73-70 in a Class 2A area-round playoff game, on the way to the state championship.

Boys basketball: Lions roar into regional

DECATUR — Late in the first half Wednesday, Ponder’s Brady Anderson missed a 3-pointer but quickly poked the ball away from a Bowie player and kicked it out to teammate Chase Harris. Without flinching, Harris knocked down a wide-open trey.

Boys basketball: Ponder powers past Peaster

FORT WORTH — The reigning Class 2A champion Ponder Lions roared past the Peaster Greyhounds 69-49 on Monday in the Class 3A playoffs thanks to what Lions coach Jude Stanley called “playoff basketball.”

Basketball: Weather could ice playoff games

The icy weather that moved into the area and forced schools to close Monday has basketball coaches looking at contingency plans should conditions worsen to the point where today’s playoff games are postponed.

Basketball: Reliable Lions

PONDER — Ponder coach Jude Stanley doesn’t need reminders of how dedicated Brady Anderson and Chase Harris are to leading the Lions to a sixth state title. It appears he can spend hours on end citing his own examples.

Basketball roundup: Lady Eagles crush Sanger

SANGER — Argyle defeated Sanger 64-39 on Friday in a District 9-4A battle, giving each team a 2-1 mark in league play.

Basketball roundup: Choate, Garza spark Guyer

TROPHY CLUB — Sean Choate and Zac Garza combined to score 46 points Friday as the Guyer Wildcats (16-7, 3-0 District 5-6A) defeated Trophy Club Nelson 53-50 in overtime.

Football: All-district lists full of area talent

Several Denton-area football players were honored by their respective districts’ coaches for their performance in the district portions of their seasons.

Basketball roundup: Guyer wins District 5-6A debut

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.

Basketball roundup: Carroll tops Guyer at Cedar Hill tourney

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.

Basketball roundup: Lions move into tourney final

DECATUR — Ponder routed tournament host Decatur 71-45 on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game, to be held at 7 p.m. today.

Boys basketball: Class warfare

ARGYLE — Ponder’s Brady Anderson continues to find ways to get open in key moments. Then he takes over. The junior wing poured in a game-high 33 points Tuesday — including six 3-pointers — and scored all 20 of the Lions’ points in the second quarter in a 68-54 win at Argyle.

Basketball: Anderson leads Lions into clash at Argyle

PONDER — A few weeks ago, Ponder’s Brady Anderson was busy leading the football team to its first playoff berth. The extended season, which ended in a first-round loss to Wall on Nov. 13, hardly slowed his expected transition to the basketball court as he scored 30 points in the team’s opener five days later.

Basketball roundup: Guyer wins season opener

Sean Choate finished with 23 points Saturday to lead Guyer past Cedar Park 73-43 in its season opener.

Football: Ponder hits Wall in loss

STEPHENVILLE — Entering the playoffs for the first time in program history, the Ponder Lions had a stiff test against the Wall Hawks, who advanced to the Class 2A state championship game a season ago.

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: Breckenridge blanks Ponder

BRECKENRIDGE — In the regular-season finale, the Ponder Lions couldn’t get anything right as the Breckenridge Buckaroos scored a 34-0 victory Friday night.

Football: Ponder rallies past Bowie

PONDER — The Ponder Lions rallied with a late fourth-quarter touchdown to come from behind and defeat the Bowie Jackrabbits 24-20 Friday night to clinch their first-ever playoff berth.

Football: Brock stops streaking Lions

BROCK — The Ponder Lions saw their six-game winning streak come to a halt Friday night when the Brock Eagles routed Ponder 57-14 in a highly-anticipated matchup between the top two teams in District 4-3A.

Football: Ponder prevails in double OT

PONDER — The Ponder Lions survived a double-overtime thriller as they beat the Boyd Yellowjackets 34-27 and stayed unbeaten in district play.

Football: Ponder takes district opener

PARADISE — It took two days, but the Ponder Lions beat the Paradise Panthers to win their district opener 21-14.