Boys basketball: Lions oust Kemp

COPPELL — A determined defensive game plan and hot shooting lead the Ponder Lions to a 60-44 win over Kemp in the area round of the Class 3A Region II playoffs Friday.

Basketball: Seven area UIL squads still alive

While the Ryan Lady Raiders and Argyle Lady Eagles attempt to punch their tickets to the state basketball tournament next week in San Antonio, five Denton-area boys teams will be trying to advance when the playoffs resume Friday night.

Ponder fends off late push to advance in playoffs

PROSPER — It wasn’t a masterpiece, but when faced with a late-game comeback in their opening-round, Class 3A bi-district matchup with Whitewright, the Ponder Lions were ready.

Basketball: 7 local boys teams in quest for state

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.

Sunnyvale eliminates Lady Lions

FRISCO — With 12.2 seconds left, Sunnyvale’s Avionne Alexander toed the free throw line for a one-and-one. She sunk both shots to give her team a comfortable seven-point cushion.


Four area teams atill alive as playoffs continue for girls hoops

The girls basketball playoffs are set to resume tonight as four area teams were crowned bi-district champions earlier this week.

Ponder girls fend off late rally for playoff victory

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.

Girls basketball: Local teams begin playoffs

The UIL playoff march begins this week for six Denton-area girls basketball teams, including a two-time defending state champion with its sights firmly set on a 3-peat.

Boys basketball: Harris wants state title to go with Ponder records

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.

Basketball roundup: Ponder uses 3s, bench to rout Pottsboro

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.


‘Shooter’ aims true for Lions

PONDER — The Ponder faithful call him Tye “The Shooter” Schluter, and it was evident why Friday night at Ponder High School.

Basketball roundup: Harris, Schluter lead Ponder to victory

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.

Roundup: Harris breaks Ponder scoring record

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.

Basketball roundup: Wilson 3 helps Harmon, Guyer win tourney

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.

Basketball roundup: Chaps take second place in Bridgeport

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.

Basketball roundup: Guyer, Ponder, Argyle win at tourney

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.


Harris breaks school mark as Ponder pummels Lubbock All Saints Episcopal

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.

Trey falls short at end of Ponder’s narrow loss to Lobos

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.

Lady Lions shut down Gunter late

GUNTER — Using shutdown defense in the second half, the Ponder Lady Lions trounced Gunter 72-23 on Friday by holding it to just three points in both the third and fourth quarters.

Basketball roundup: Ponder suffers first loss

FRANKLIN — Ponder held off a late comeback from Waco Connally to advance to the championship game of the Franklin tournament, but the Lions fell just short in a 49-47 loss to Fairfield on Saturday night.

Basketball roundup: Ponder boys stay perfect with OT win

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.

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.


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.

Tonight's high school football games

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.


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.