Basketball roundup: Calvary beats Ryan in tournament final

SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo tournament.

Area trio cruise in Sanger tournament

SANGER — Sanger, Ponder and Aubrey got back to work at the Sanger tournament, and all three walked away Friday with big wins. Ponder started it off with a 77-52 win over Denison led by four players in double digits. Senior Chase Harris scored 17 points, juniors Dean Akins and Tye Schluter each added 16 and junior Ryan Waldo dropped in 10.

Ponder, Sanger post tourney blowouts

SANGER — Ponder used a high-flying attack to score 93 points in its opening game of play Thursday at the Sanger tournament against Gainesville, and the Lions won 93-48. Aubrey was on the lower end of the scoring scale against Denison, falling 50-44.

Volleyball: All-district lists honor area standouts

Denton-area volleyball players were represented well on their respective all-district teams. The select players are chosen by district coaches, who consider their performance during district play.

Lions to Mules

Shane Scott, second from left, signed last week to play baseball at Central Missouri, a Division II powerhouse. Scott will pitch and play in the infield after starring on the mound for Ponder and playing quarterback for the Lion football team. Ponder baseball coach Mark Low is pictured standing behind Scott and his parents, Trina and David Scott.

Experienced Clyde dominates Ponder

ALEDO — Ponder did not play with a lack of effort, just a lack of experience.Led by a suffocating defense and a big-play offense, Clyde — which is in the midst of a four-year playoff run — outgained Ponder 265 to 30 in the first half, then put the pedal to the floor in the second half en route to a 42-6 win in a Class 3A Division I Region I bi-district playoff contest at Aledo’s Bearcat Stadium on Friday.

Ponder’s dream season comes to an end

MIDLOTHIAN — By any measure, the Ponder Lady Lions had a sensational season even as they bowed out of the Class 3A Region II tournament Friday night in a five-set semifinal battle with Beckville.

Lady Lions keep rolling in playoffs; headed to regionals

McKINNEY — After senior Kaylee Buell fired away at Sunnyvale one final time Tuesday night, the four-year starter had some inspirational words for herself as she walked back to the service line. For Buell, what Ponder accomplished Tuesday might’ve seemed like a dream not too long ago, but with the Lady Lions’ four-set victory over Sunnyvale at McKinney, Ponder is going to the Class 3A Region II tournament in the program’s first playoff appearance.

Teams 1 win from regional tourneys

The Argyle Lady Eagles, Krum Lady Cats and the Ponder Lady Lions all have several things in common heading into tonight’s regional quarterfinal round of the UIL state volleyball playoffs.

Bowie tops playoff-bound Ponder Lions

PONDER — With a playoff berth already secured, the Ponder Lions were angling for better seeding Friday night but lost their final regular-season game at home to Bowie on senior night.

Ponder rolls to first area championship

PRINCETON — Ponder won the first playoff match in school history Monday, but first-year coach Stormi Lancaster and the Lady Lions wasted no time celebrating the win. The team advanced and made quick work of Scurry-Rosser on Thursday night, claiming a Class 3A area championship with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-13 sweep.

Volleyball: Five area teams still alive in UIL playoffs

Five Denton-area volleyball teams, three from District 9-4A, remain alive in the UIL state playoffs as teams head into the second round of games. Four area representatives will be in action tonight, while the Ryan Lady Raiders play their area-round game Friday.

Volleyball: Championship quests start this week for area teams

Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.

Ponder secures playoff berth with 13-0 win over Breckenridge

BRECKENRIDGE — The Ponder Lions used the combination of ball control and a stingy defensive effort and capitalized on five Breckenridge turnovers Friday night to take a 13-0 victory against the Buckaroos to clinch a playoff spot out of District 4-3A.

Ponder shuts the door on Paradise

PONDER -- In a crucial District 4-3A match-up, the Ponder Lions (5-3) handled the Paradise Panthers 26-14 at home.

Aguilar powers Ponder to victory over Boyd

BOYD — Ponder’s Jonathan Aguilar rushed for 106 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns to help lead the Lions to a 58-32 victory against the Boyd Yellow Jackets Friday night.

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No. 1 Brock whips Ponder 56-6

PONDER — The Brock Eagles were the top-ranked Class 3A team in the state coming in Friday night’s meeting with the Ponder Lions, and Brock did nothing to hurt its ranking, dominating the Lions 56-6 in the District 4-3A opener.

Santo stifles Ponder ground game

SANTO — The Santo Wildcats celebrated homecoming by using a run-stuffing defensive effort to shut down Ponder’s strong running game, and Santo handed the Lions their second loss of the season, 24-19, Friday night.

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Lions’ roar

The Ponder Lady Lions have a lofty goal for the season. Not only do they want to win District 9-3A; they want to do so without losing a single set.

Aguilar’s TD lifts Lions over S&S Rams

PONDER — A powerful rushing attack from the Ponder Lions and the Sadler S&S Consolidated Rams kept the game close, but one spark of brilliance from Ponder senior running back Jonathan Aguilar set the teams apart. With 2:15 left in the game, Aguilar bounced off a tackle and reached for the end zone from 9 yards out to give the Lions a 35-31 win on his only touchdown of the night.

Lions suffer first loss in overtime

HOLLIDAY — In a battle of unbeaten teams, the Ponder Lions suffered their first loss of the season Friday night when the Holliday Eagles scored on their first possession of overtime for a 20-14 victory.

Ponder holds off City View rally attempt

PONDER — The Ponder Lions held off a strong Wichita Falls City View comeback to win 32-28 Friday night.

Ponder opens with road victory

FORT WORTH — The Ponder Lions, powered by a running game led by Jonathan Aguilar and a strong defensive effort, rolled to a 35-14 season-opening victory over the Benbrook Bobcats on Friday night.

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Lake Dallas goes 3-1 at tourney

CARROLLTON — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons won three of four matches Friday on the first day of the Nike ASC/Ryan Classic.

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Scrimmages give teams better look at battles

After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.

Volleyball roundup: Aubrey opens with home sweep

AUBREY — Aubrey’s Micayla Porter and Katherine Knight combined strong efforts to lead the Lady Chaps to a 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 triumph over the Callisburg Lady Wildcats on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.

Football: Area teams eager to kick off fall practices

Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.

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.