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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.