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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ROUND ROCK — Pilot Point’s Diana Juarez turned in the top finish among Denton-area competitors Saturday at the state cross country meet.
ARGYLE — There are a lot of new faces in the Argyle football program, but Monday morning brought the same level of excitement to the Eagle fieldhouse as always at this time of year.
The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.
Mitch Gaylord, a member of the gold medal-winning United States men’s gymnastics team at the 1984 Olympics, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Greater Denton Sports Commission awards banquet on Monday.
Six Guyer athletes won events Saturday at the Class 4A Region I track meet to help lead the Wildcats to respective first- and second-place finishes in the girls and boys team standings.
FORT WORTH — Ponder’s high-powered offense was held in check for the first 13 innings of its Class 2A Region II bi-district playoff series with Grandview, and with one inning left in Friday’s Game 2, the Lady Lions looked well on their way to a disappointing first-round sweep.
FORT WORTH — Ponder hasn’t had to play from behind much this season. It’s a luxury the Lady Lions, ranked 20th in Class 2A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, enjoyed while winning 11 games in District 9-2A — several by double digits. Yet in Thursday’s Class 2A bi-district playoff opener, Grandview dialed up the heat to nab a 6-2 win in Game 1 at Saginaw Chisholm Trail.
ALVORD — Ponder broke things open in the top of the fifth inning and scored eight runs in the Lions’ 15-0 victory over Alvord in District 9-2A action Friday night.
VAN ALSTYNE — Preslee Gallaway allowed just one earned run in six innings, but errors allowed Van Alstyne to a 3-2 win and hand Pilot Point its first District 12-2A loss in its regular-season finale on Friday.
CORINTH — Leading 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Lake Dallas erupted for eight runs in the frame to earn a 10-0 run-rule victory over Denton Friday.
PONDER — After a first inning that looked like Ponder and Brock were in for a slugfest, both starting pitchers settled into a duel until the state’s top-ranked team scored a second big inning en route to a 6-2 win over Ponder on Tuesday night.
Ponder’s Chris Aivaliotis almost came away with a state championship victory in Saturday’s Texas High School Powerlifting Association Division III championships.