CARROLLTON -- Lake Dallas exploded for 23 hits and dominated Carrollton R.L. Turner 20-2 on Friday night.
Despite a first-round playoff exit in overtime fashion, the Guyer boys had a breakthrough year on the Class 6A state basketball landscape. That was led by a fantastic sophomore duo of point guard De'Vion Harmon and guard Jalen Wilson, and those two were selected to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 6A Region I all-region team.
Argyle was well represented on the District 9-4A all-district team, this after a dominating regular season that led to the Eagles winning 33 games and making a run to their first state tournament since 2012.
COPPELL -- On Tuesday night, there was a bout between two heavyweights that needed a knockout punch to end it. Trailing by one point with 17 seconds left, Ponder's Tye Schluter swished a 3-pointer to give Ponder the haymaker it needed to end a back-and-forth fight with a 63-59 victory.
PONDER -- After the No. 2-ranked Ponder Lions were upset last season in the area round to Dallas Faith Family Academy, coach Jude Stanley was at a loss for words, but he looked past the loss to leave a message for the future of the program: Follow in those who came before you.
Chase Harris limping on his way to the locker room was the epitome of Ponder’s final game: devastating. In tears, Harris — a four-year starter and one of four Ponder seniors — was garbed with an ice pack around his right ankle, half for the physical pain he was experiencing and the other half due to a devastating loss.
ROCKWALL — Ponder assistant coach Jason Fossett said one thing that received resounding applause in the locker room following the Lions’ 53-36 win against Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill in a Class 3A Region II semifinal Friday night.
PONDER — After the No. 2-ranked Ponder Lions were upset last season in the area round to Dallas Faith Family Academy, coach Jude Stanley was at a loss for words, but he looked past the loss to leave a message for the future of the program: Follow in those who came before you.
COPPELL — On Tuesday night, there was a bout between two heavyweights that needed a knockout punch to end it. Trailing by one point with 17 seconds left, Ponder’s Tye Schluter swished a 3-pointer to give Ponder the haymaker it needed to end a back-and-forth fight.
And then there were two. One week ago, seven Denton-area boys basketball teams were heading into the state playoffs, and after the first two rounds, only two of those seven remain.
The race to UIL basketball gold begins this week for seven Denton-area boys teams while the Ryan and Argyle are the only two area girls teams still alive in the third round of the state playoffs with regional tournament berths on the line Tuesday night.
The girls basketball playoffs are set to resume tonight as four area teams were crowned bi-district champions earlier this week.
FRISCO — The Ponder Lady Lions had only three players on this year’s team who played in last season’s playoff game, and on Monday, it looked as if their inexperience might catch up to them in their bi-district playoff match against Leonard.
The basket went in the scorebook for Chase Harris’ 16th point of the game — one of hundreds of buckets the senior guard has scored for Ponder over the last four seasons. But on this day, the senior guard had just broken a hallowed record.
PONDER — The Ponder Lions combined the accuracy of their 3-point shooting with the strength of their bench play to totally overwhelm the Pottsboro Cardinals 98-49 Tuesday night.
WHITESBORO — The No. 3 Ponder boys used a big game from Chase Harris and Tye Schluter to improve to 3-0 in District 9-3A with a 50-41 win over Whitesboro on Tuesday.
PONDER — Chase Harris had 16 points to lead the No. 5 Ponder boys to a 105-56 win over Callisburg on Saturday, and the senior guard became the all-time leading scorer in Ponder history with 2,189 career points. Harris also broke the school’s 3-point field goal record with 312.
FORT WORTH — Jalen Wilson led Guyer with 21 points, but no shot was more important than his 3-point basket late in the fourth quarter that sealed the Wildcats’ 75-73 win over Garland Lakeview Centennial in the Orange division championship game of the Whataburger Tournament on Friday.
BRIDGEPORT — Aubrey advanced to the final of the Bridgeport tournament after defeating the host team 68-51, but fell short of the title as Class 5A Birdville dominated the Chaparrals 84-39 in Thursday’s finale.
FORT WORTH — Three Denton-area teams picked up first-round wins to open the Whataburger Tournament, as Guyer blew past Richland 76-59, Ponder scraped by Liberty Christian 66-59 and Argyle edged Wall 44-37.
PONDER — Opening the game with a lights-out shooting performance and suffocating defense, the Ponder Lions walked away with a satisfying win against Lubbock All Saints Episcopal on Tuesday afternoon.
LITTLE ELM — Ponder’s Chase Harris poured in a team-high 25 points against Little Elm on Friday night, but it was the Lobos’ leading scorer RJ Hampton who sealed the outcome.
FRANKLIN — Ponder entered Thursday with an unblemished 8-0 record, and added to that mark with two more victories to win Pool C at the Franklin tournament. The Lions defeated Iola 54-35 in the first game of the day, and then knocked off Fairfield 65-58.
SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.
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.