Football: Brock stops streaking Lions

BROCK — The Ponder Lions saw their six-game winning streak come to a halt Friday night when the Brock Eagles routed Ponder 57-14 in a highly-anticipated matchup between the top two teams in District 4-3A.

Football: Ponder prevails in double OT

PONDER — The Ponder Lions survived a double-overtime thriller as they beat the Boyd Yellowjackets 34-27 and stayed unbeaten in district play.

Football: Ponder takes district opener

PARADISE — It took two days, but the Ponder Lions beat the Paradise Panthers to win their district opener 21-14.

Football: Ponder postponed at halftime

PARADISE — After multiple delays that ultimately led to the postponement of the game, the Ponder Lions lead the Paradise Panthers 14-7 at halftime. The game will conclude today at 7:30 p.m. in Paradise.

Football: Ponder outlasts Tom Bean

TOM BEAN — Despite a quick start, the Ponder Lions needed a big defensive stand deep in their end of the field to finalize their 14-10 nondistrict victory over Tom Bean on Friday.

Football: Ponder outlasts Howe

PONDER — The Ponder Lions celebrated their homecoming with an offensive shootout, as they beat the Howe Bulldogs 27-20 on Friday night.

Football: Ponder bounces back to beat Nocona

NOCONA — The Ponder Lions rebounded from a loss last week by defeating the Nocona Indians on the road 27-3 Friday night.

Football: Callisburg beats Ponder with late TD

PONDER — The Ponder Lions’ offense got hot Friday night, but their defense could not stop a potent Callisburg attack, which led to a 31-22 loss.

Football: Anderson TD carries Ponder

PONDER — In a rematch from last season, the Ponder Lions held on to get a 7-0 win against the Fort Worth Castleberry Lions on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Football notebook: Ryan to scrimmage Panthers

Ryan coach Dave Henigan knows his depth chart looks a little murky with the season opener against Rockwall looming Aug. 29.

Volleyball: Krum beats Ponder in season opener

KRUM — Krum coach Lynn Larson was preparing to give her team a pep talk after a dismal third set where the Lady Bobcats blew a seven-point lead and a chance to sweep visiting Ponder.

Football notebook: Energy, excitement mark champs’ workout

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.

Basketball: UIL moves state tourneys to Alamodome

The University Interscholastic League finalized plans Tuesday afternoon to move the 2015 girls and boys basketball state tournaments to San Antonio's Alamodome.

Softball: Sanger trio highlights all-district selections

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.

Beer, Ellis named year’s top athletes

When Monday night was over and the Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet was done, several area athletes and others in the community were recognized for their achievements on and off the field last season.

Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet set for Monday

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.

Baseball: Grandview eliminates Ponder in two

FORT WORTH — When Ponder came to bat facing elimination in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday, it was hard to believe that one inning earlier Grandview was in a similar spot.

Softball: Ponder falls in Game 3

FORT WORTH — Every time Grandview came up with a big inning Saturday, Ponder found a way to scratch out a few runs to stay within striking distance.

Track and field: Guyer girls win regional track crown

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.

Softball: Lady Lions stay alive with 10-run final frame

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.

Softball: Lady Zebras take series opener from Ponder, 6-2

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.

Softball playoffs arrive

Several of the area’s top softball teams begin postseason play today, and two of those teams won’t have any margin for error, as state-ranked teams from Guyer and Pilot Point face one-game playoffs with hopes of advancing to the area round next week.

Baseball/softball roundup: Ponder routs Alvord in baseball action

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.

Softball/baseball roundup: Pilot Point suffers first District 12-2A defeat

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.

Softball: Ponder posts 19-3 blowout

PONDER — For one half inning, Millsap looked like it finally had figured out Ponder and starting pitcher Jessica Orozco, who tossed a no-hitter against the Lady Bulldogs earlier in the District 9-2A schedule.

Softball/baseball roundup: Lady Falcons blank Denton; Ryan falls to Marcus

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.

Baseball: No. 1 Brock uses big inning to top Ponder

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.

Basketball: Taking center stage

The Argyle girls and Ponder boys had more in common this season than just shades of red and white in their school colors.

Softball roundup: Lady Broncos beat Rider 4-3

Allie Shelton capped off a three-run rally in the seventh inning Friday night with a walk-off double as Denton defeated Wichita Falls Rider 4-3.

Weightlifting: Ponder lifter takes second at state

Ponder’s Chris Aivaliotis almost came away with a state championship victory in Saturday’s Texas High School Powerlifting Association Division III championships.

Softball roundup: Bruton pitches Argyle to victory

CARROLLTON — Alyssa Bruton pitched a four-hit shutout with eight strikeouts to lead Argyle past Carrollton Ranchview 6-0 on Friday in a District 10-3A game.

Powerlifting: Two Ponder powerlifters qualify for state meet

PONDER — Two members of the Ponder Lions powerlifting team have quailified to compete in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state meet in Abilene on March 22.

Boys basketball: Ponder loads up 9-2A team

Judging by the way Ponder’s boys basketball season ended over the weekend in Austin, it’s no surprise to see the way the Lions were represented on the District 9-2A all-district team that was released Monday.

Boys basketball: Ponder rallies to claim Class 2A state title

AUSTIN — Every time Ponder made a run against Tatum in Saturday’s Class 2A state final, it seemed the Eagles would soon answer with a bigger one. In the closing minutes of the third quarter, the Lions went on a run Tatum finally had no answer for and stormed to a 66-56 win in front of a crowd of 10,537 to claim the program’s fifth state championship and first since 2010.

Boys basketball: Reserve player steps up in big way for Ponder

AUSTIN — Throughout Ponder’s latest state championship run, freshman guard Chase Harris talked about wanting to win a title for the team’s five seniors. In Friday’s Class 2A semifinal victory, Harris scored a game-high 20 points to lead his team to the title game, but he paid a price. After taking an elbow to the face before halftime, Harris suffered a broken nose and a concussion but kept his injury quiet to finish the game. In Saturday’s 66-56 win over Tatum to claim the school’s fifth state championship, Harris was merely a spectator watching one of those seniors have the game of his life.

Boys basketball: Harris leads Ponder into Class 2A finals

AUSTIN – Chase Harris got a rude welcoming in his first state tournament game, but the freshman guard had the last laugh for Ponder. Near the end of the first half, Harris took an elbow to the nose from Aransas Pass’ 7-foot, 250-pound center J.D. Gentry and heard a crack before noticing a trickle of blood that he did his best to quickly stop. Following the halftime intermission, Harris scored 12 of his game-high 20 points to lead the Lions to a 51-47 win over Aransas Pass in the Class 2A state semifinal at the Frank Erwin Center.

Roundup: Pilot Point’s Gallaway tosses no-hitter

PILOT POINT — Preslee Gallaway pitched a no-hitter as Pilot Point defeated Sunnyvale 3-0 on Friday in District 12-2A action.

Boys basketball: Ponder advances to Class 2A finals

Friday morning: The Ponder Lions score a 51-47 victory over Aransas Pass to advance to Saturday's Class 2A state championship game. Ponder (31-7) will face the winner of the Tatum and Bushland semifinal game in the finals Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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Boys basketball: Twin towers give Ponder luxury in 2A semis

PONDER — At the Class 2A level, the best teams hope to have one dominant post presence on their roster. At Ponder, the Lions don’t stop at one.

Boys basketball: Ponder set for state semis

After a thrilling, last-second win over District 9-2A rival Brock, the Ponder Lions will attempt to win their fifth state basketball championship in program history this weekend in Austin.

Boys basketball: Ponder edges rival Brock for state berth

STEPHENVILLE — Ponder coach Jude Stanley has a practice ritual with his players. The goal is to simulate a clutch situation at the free-throw line, and if the player misses the shot, the team runs.

Boys basketball: Ponder advances to regional title game

STEPHENVILLE — New Boston center Dale Roberts has a reputation as a defensive force, one that theoretically could help contain Ponder’s Clay Morgan, one of the best big men in Class 2A.

Boys basketball: Lions feeling prepared for New Boston

PONDER — With a familiar foe possibly awaiting Ponder in the Class 2A Region II final this weekend, it first must deal with something a little more foreign.

Powerlifting: Six Ponder Lions qualify for regional meet

Six members of the Ponder powerlifting team have qualified for the Texas High School Powerlifting Assoication Region 6 Division 3 championships March 8 at Ponder.Zach Allen (123 pounds), Jared Fredman...

Boys basketball: Anderson leads Ponder to region semifinals

ALEDO — There’s a saying in basketball that good shooters keep shooting. After a poor performance in Ponder’s 73-70 double-overtime win over Van Alstyne last Friday, sophomore guard Brady Anderson put the past behind him and put the team on his back with a game-high 21 points as the Lions took down fellow District 9-2A foe Millsap 65-43 on Monday night in the Class 2A Region II quarterfinal.

Basketball: Ponder boys play tonight

The Ponder Lions’ quest to reach the UIL state basketball tournament continues tonight when they meet Millsap in a Class 2A quarterfinal game in Aledo at 7:30.

Boys basketball: Ponder wins in double OT

SANGER — After falling behind double-digits in the first quarter, it seemed clear the answer to Ponder’s offensive struggles was finding more touches for senior Clay Morgan.

Boys basketball: Playoff teams back on court

The boys playoffs continue tonight when three area teams will play in the area round of their respective classifications.

Boys basketball: Morgan’s 25 points helps lead Ponder to win

GLEN ROSE — Ponder’s Clay Morgan knew the importance of setting the tone early in the playoff opener, and he delivered. The senior co-captain scored 18 points in the opening half to help the Lions build a 29-point halftime lead en route to an 81-36 win over Rio Vista in a Class 2A Region II bi-district playoff game Tuesday night.

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NCTC bound

Tori Alexander, a senior middle blocker for the Ponder Lions, signs a national letter of intent to play volleyball for North Central Texas College in Gainesville as NCTC coach Angie Bullard looks on. During the 2013 season, Alexander had 396 kills with an average of 3.7 kills per set. She posted a .920 server percentage and was named the District 9-2A MVP blocker for the 2013 season.