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.

Basketball: Guyer, Denton set for playoffs

Both Guyer and Denton will open the basketball playoffs on Tuesday, along with the rest of the area’s boys teams that qualified for the postseason.

Softball roundup: Argyle, Sanger, Ponder taste victory at local tournament

ARGYLE — Argyle, Sanger and Ponder each claimed one win on the final day of the Argyle/Liberty Christian tournament Saturday.

Softball roundup: Sanger rips Ponder, Liberty

ARGYLE — Sanger was the big winner on Day 2 of the Argyle/Liberty Christian tournament, defeating Ponder 8-2 before shutting out Liberty Christian 12-0.

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Boys basketball: Unexpected blowout

PONDER — As the Ponder crowd collectively came to its feet, chants of “District champs!” rang down from the bleachers in the closing seconds of Friday night’s District 9-2A game.

Basketball notebook: Lions still control path to district title

When Ponder and Peaster step on the floor for tonight’s big District 9-2A boys basketball contest, there won’t be many secrets between the teams.

Realignment notebook: Argyle, Sanger get new competition

ARGYLE — Coaches in the former Class 3A who now are in the new Class 4A knew Monday’s biennial UIL realignment would bring plenty of uncertainty.

Basketball: Ponder rolls past Millsap

PONDER — Friday’s District 9-2A game between Ponder and Millsap didn’t have the atmosphere of a heavyweight contest. If anything, the Lions were trying to avoid losing what they considered a “trap” game.

Basketball roundup: Falcons nip Azle for second 5-4A victory

LAKE DALLAS — Josh Jackson poured in a game-best 26 points and the Lake Dallas boys defeated Azle 56-53 for their second District 5-4A win.

Basketball roundup: Lady Eagles move to 20-1

ARGYLE — The Argyle girls continued their remarkable start to the season with a 49-31 victory over Plano Prestonwood on Tuesday.

Basketball roundup: Ryan splits at tourney

THE COLONY — The Ryan Raiders dropped their third straight game at The Colony tournament Saturday before beating Garland Naaman Forest 58-54.

Basketball roundup: Guyer whips North Crowley in Whataburger Tournament

HALTOM CITY — Guyer thumped North Crowley 69-46 on Friday to advance to the consolation semifinals of Orange bracket play in the Whataburger Tournament.

Basketball roundup: Guyer boys hang with No. 1 DeSoto

HALTOM CITY — Guyer was one basket away from tying the state’s top-ranked Class 5A boys basketball team.

Football: Heard, Sadler earn honors

The two players who performed well on the state’s biggest stage and brought home state championships were named the top players in their respective districts.

Basketball roundup: Sandies blow past Ponder

Sanger’s second-quarter outburst on offense helped lead it to a third-place finish in the Aubrey tournament with a 59-52 win over the host Chaparrals.

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Boys basketball: Lions maul Bobcats

PONDER — It’s not always easy being at the top of the mountain, but Ponder showed no signs of slowing down Wednesday in a 68-34 win over Krum.

Boys basketball roundup: Ponder rolls in tournament

Selwyn rallies past Era

High schools: Moving up

At the moment, the Guyer football team is focused on defending its Class 4A Division I state championship, but after what they hope is a Dec. 20 title game at AT&T Stadium, the Wildcats will shift their attention.

Volleyball: Numerous all-district honors go to Argyle

Coming off a state tournament appearance in 2012, the volleyball season didn’t end like Argyle would have liked in 2013, but the Lady Eagles still had plenty to remember in a year that saw them eliminated by eventual Class 3A champion Decatur.

Basketball: Ponder defeats Sanger despite sluggish start

PONDER — Ponder started slow but erupted for 44 second-half points and used a lopsided advantage from the free-throw line to beat Sanger 79-62 on Friday night.

Basketball roundup: Ponder boys win tourney title

PONDER — Ponder grabbed the lead early and didn’t let go as the Lions (5-1) coasted to a 47-28 victory over Liberty Christian on Saturday to win their own tournament.

Football: Ponder survives thriller

PARADISE — Ponder survived a thrilling game against Paradise, as the Panthers missed a last-second field goal in a District 5-2A matchup to give the Lions a season-ending 22-19 victory.

Football: Ponder falls to Boyd, 33-14

PONDER — It was senior night for the Ponder Lions on Friday night, but the Boyd Yellowjackets spoiled the celebration with a 33-14 triumph in the District 5-2A Division 1 matchup.

Football: Wildcats keep Lions winless in district

CALLISBURG — The Ponder Lions and Callisburg Wildcats were each looking for their first win in District 5-2A play on Friday night, and it was the Wildcats who claimed a 27-13 triumph.