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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
ARGYLE — Argyle, Sanger and Ponder each claimed one win on the final day of the Argyle/Liberty Christian tournament Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
HALTOM CITY — Guyer thumped North Crowley 69-46 on Friday to advance to the consolation semifinals of Orange bracket play in the Whataburger Tournament.
HALTOM CITY — Guyer was one basket away from tying the state’s top-ranked Class 5A boys basketball team.
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.
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.
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.
PONDER — Pilot Point quarterback Travis Garrett rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns on Friday night, and the defense held off a late Ponder rally for a 20-12 District 5-2A DI win.
MUENSTER — The Ponder Lions looked unprepared during their 35-6 season-opening loss to the Muenster Hornets on Friday night, and nobody was too surprised by it. Ponder head coach Glen Schuelke is new to the program, taking the job just 10 days before the start of football workouts. Russ Phillips, the former Ponder coach, resigned to take an assistant coaching job at Guyer.