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.
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.
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.
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.