Second unit sparks Lady Indians in win

SANGER — Sanger needed a spark, and coach Tracy Sykes took the leap of faith to sub all five of her starters after a dismal start. It paid off, and the Lady Indians evened their District 9-4A record to 2-2 with a narrow 37-34 win against Krum at Sanger on Tuesday night.

Ford excited in new role as Sanger coach

Cole Ford would have been a head coach eventually. What he didn’t expect was for it to happen so soon.

Roundup: Harris breaks Ponder scoring record

PONDER — Chase Harris had 16 points to lead the No. 5 Ponder boys to a 105-56 win over Callisburg on Saturday, and the senior guard became the all-time leading scorer in Ponder history with 2,189 career points. Harris also broke the school’s 3-point field goal record with 312.

Ford now the head coach at Sanger

Sanger head football coach and district athletic director Chuck Galbreath confirmed Friday he has stepped down as coach to focus solely on his duties as athletic director.

Basketball roundup: Wilson 3 helps Harmon, Guyer win tourney

FORT WORTH — Jalen Wilson led Guyer with 21 points, but no shot was more important than his 3-point basket late in the fourth quarter that sealed the Wildcats’ 75-73 win over Garland Lakeview Centennial in the Orange division championship game of the Whataburger Tournament on Friday.

Basketball roundup: Chaps take second place in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — Aubrey advanced to the final of the Bridgeport tournament after defeating the host team 68-51, but fell short of the title as Class 5A Birdville dominated the Chaparrals 84-39 in Thursday’s finale.

Basketball roundup: Guyer, Ponder, Argyle win at tourney

FORT WORTH — Three Denton-area teams picked up first-round wins to open the Whataburger Tournament, as Guyer blew past Richland 76-59, Ponder scraped by Liberty Christian 66-59 and Argyle edged Wall 44-37.

Basketball roundup: Pilot Point wins district opener

PILOT POINT — The Pilot Point Lady Bearcats tipped off district play with a win, defeating Callisburg 57-50 on Tuesday night.

Basketball roundup: Calvary beats Ryan in tournament final

SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo tournament.

Area trio cruise in Sanger 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.

Volleyball: All-district lists honor area standouts

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.

Basketball roundup: Sanger opens with road win

NEVADA — The Sanger Indians got off to a winning start to the season after knocking off Nevada Community 63-61 on Monday.

Sanger boys take fourth at state

ROUND ROCK — Sanger has developed a reputation as a cross country powerhouse. The Indians did little to discount that at the Class 4A state meet Saturday, placing fourth overall on a day filled with sun and blue skies. It was Sanger’s ninth consecutive trip to the state meet, and it came on the heels of a third-place finish in a sloppy quagmire of a race in 2015.

Brownwood blows past Sanger late

WEATHERFORD — Sanger struggled with consistently all season, and the team’s Achilles’ heel was on full display in a 40-21 loss to Brownwood in a Class 4A Division I bi-district championship game Friday night.

Decatur Eagles power past Sanger

DECATUR — A week ago, the Decatur Eagles couldn’t find a way to get stops or make plays defensively in a loss to a then-winless Burkburnett.Friday night with the second playoff seed out of District 4-4A Division I on the line, the Decatur defense flipped the script. Starting with Dylan Nation’s 50-yard fumble return midway through the first quarter, the Eagle defense and special teams helped build a 21-point halftime lead. Decatur kept pulling away in the 58-31 victory against the Sanger Indians at Eagle Stadium in the regular-season finale.

Sanger’s playoff run ends

FRISCO — Sanger discovered the difficulty in playing from behind in the playoffs: Sometimes its works, usually it doesn’t. Earlier this week, the Lady Indians dropped their first set against Carrollton Ranchview in their Class 4A bi-district playoff before charging back to win in four sets.

Volleyball: Five area teams still alive in UIL playoffs

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.

Wilkerson leads Sanger past Ranchview

FLOWER MOUND — Sanger advanced into the playoffs as a fourth seed, but it didn’t take long for the Lady Indians to show just how strong District 9-4A is.

Volleyball: Championship quests start this week for area teams

Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.

Sanger flies by Gainesville 64-38

SANGER — After yet another slow start in the first quarter, Sanger woke up and cruised to a 64-38 against Gainesville on senior night in a District 4-4A (Division I) matchup Friday.

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Defense leads Argyle over Sanger

The Argyle Eagles offense may get most of the attention, but on this Friday night, credit their defense for getting a big District 4-4A victory against Sanger. Junior running back Don Williams rushed for 173 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries, and Dylan Sadler added a critical late field goal, but it Argyle’s defense that made the difference with two crucial stops, one with 1:16 left, to lead the Eagles to a 27-21 win.

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Sanger Indians rally past Bulldogs

SANGER — For the second straight week, the Sanger Indians struggled out of the gate and trailed at halftime. But once again, the Indians came out of the locker room with new life, relying on the arm of quarterback CJ Jackson in 41-26 comeback win against Burkburnett on Friday night.

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Sanger falls victim as senior star fuels Argyle to sweep

SANGER — Sanger has all the necessary pieces to make another deep postseason run and, barring a wild mishap, should be one of the four playoff teams coming out of District 9-4A.

Sanger holds off Hirschi in delayed game

WICHITA FALLS — Sanger coach Chuck Galbreath admitted his team was given a gift when severe weather pushed Thursday night’s District 4-4A, Division I opener against Wichita Falls Hirschi back two days.

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Game suspended with Sanger trailing

WICHITA FALLS — The Sanger Indians had a poor start to their Thursday road game against Wichita Falls Hirschi at Memorial Stadium, and when a lightning delay came early in the second quarter, they trailed 28-14.

Sloppy Sanger falls on road

MIDLOTHIAN — With district play looming, Sanger needed a road win against a worthy opponent. The Indians got their tough opponent in Midlothian Heritage, but they failed to record a win.

Sanger rolls past Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — The Sanger Indians picked up a big home win against rival Krum last week, and they carried that momentum to Friday night en route to a 35-3 victory against Bridgeport.

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Sanger upends Krum, 14-6

SANGER — Despite a physically dominant performance by the Krum defense, Sanger regrouped at halftime and pulled out a 14-6 comeback win Friday night.

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Denton stifles Sanger late

SANGER — After rushing for just 30 yards in the first half, Denton running back Caleb Osuofa was found hanging his head in the locker room at halftime. Osuofa ripped off a 27-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give Denton valuable breathing room and allow its defense to close out the second-half shutout as the Broncos defeated Sanger 31-21 on Friday at Indian Stadium.

Sanger defense shines in opening rout

SANGER — If there were any questions surrounding Sanger’s defense heading into its season opener against Graham on Friday night, its performance silenced the critics. Returning only five starters from last year, the Sanger defense played fast and physical all game in a convincing 45-7 win against the Steers at Indian Stadium.

Sanger prevails in battle of Indians

NOCONA — The Sanger Lady Indians rode the strong play of Maci Turkoloy, Greer Koonce and Allye Morrow to record a 25-23, 25-16, 25-8 sweep of the Nocona Lady Indians on Friday night.

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No. 1 Prosper sweeps Argyle

ARGYLE — In a battle of ranked teams Tuesday night, the Prosper Lady Eagles rolled to a 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 sweep of the Argyle Lady Eagles.

Krum rallies to beat Liberty Christian

ARGYLE — The top-ranked Krum Lady Bobcats had to rally from a two-set deficit Tuesday night to record a five-set 19-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-12 victory against the Liberty Christian Lady Warriors.

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Scrimmages give teams better look at battles

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.

Argyle players aware of expectations

ARGYLE — Coach Todd Rodgers didn’t have to tell his football players at Argyle High School what was expected during the first day of fall practice on Monday morning.

Football: Area teams eager to kick off fall practices

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.

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Baseball: Coaches react to pitch count directive

A growing movement to institute pitch count limits on high school baseball players took a huge step toward reality this week, but it has been met with mixed reviews from a handful of local coaches. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday that each state’s governing organization for high school sports must establish its own set of pitch count guidelines.

Softball: Guyer’s Lindgren nabs MVP award on 5-6A team

After spending some time as the state’s top-ranked Class 6A team, Guyer finished second in District 5-6A to eventual state champion Keller, but the Lady Wildcats were well represented on the 5-6A all-district team.

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Baseball: Eagles claw past Indians

ARGYLE — Coach Ricky Griffin knew he had his ace, Connor Mushinski, in his back pocket if he needed him to pitch in a pinch on Saturday. The junior threw 53 pitches in Friday’s Game 1 victory for Argyle and was available to close out a game Saturday. Turns out Griffin didn’t need him. Sanger forced a decisive Game 3 with a strong pitching effort from Julien Ly in a 3-1 victory before Argyle sophomore Gage Campbell fired a gem to shut down the Indians 5-0 in Game 3 and advance the Eagles to the Class 4A Region II semifinals.

Baseball/softball: Falcons primed to fly in playoffs

CORINTH — Just more than a month ago, Lake Dallas baseball coach John Tompkins couldn’t have been more disappointed in his team, or more unsure about its upcoming playoff push. So he did the only logical thing he could to light a fire — he held tryouts.

Baseball: Indians finish series with fun

FRISCO — The Sanger Indians are developing a knack for finishing off their playoff games in style, and after ending Thursday’s game in the ninth inning on a double steal, the Indians found a way to one-up themselves Friday in Game 2 of their area-round series against Anna at Frisco Reedy.

Baseball: Sanger takes opener in nine innings

Sanger coach Steve Ford has his team go through a routine following victories at home. After the first game of the Indians’ best-of-three Class 4A area-round playoff series against Anna, those drills were particularly fitting.

Softball: Local players Turkoly, Gallaway help Tech win at C-USA tourney

Louisiana Tech strung together four consecutive two-out hits, capped by a three-run blast off of the bat of senior Krysta Tutsch in the fifth inning and rolled to a 6-3 victory over Marshall on Wednesday night at the Conference USA tournament at Lovelace Stadium.

Softball: Sanger ousted in area round

FRISCO — A five-run second inning powered the Bonham Lady Warriors to a 12-1 victory against the Sanger Lady Indians on Friday in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs at Frisco Independence.

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Baseball: Argyle triple sinks Sanger

SANGER — For both Argyle coach Ricky Griffin and Sanger coach Steve Ford, Friday night’s game between their teams had to have been a frustrating watch.

Baseball: Argyle, Mushinski shut out Sanger

ARGYLE — For much of the night on Tuesday, Argyle junior Connor Mushinski was having his way with the Sanger lineup.

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Softball: Stable Bridges

KRUM — Krum was anything but perfect on defense Tuesday, but none of those miscues were costly thanks to some timely hitting and the left arm of sophomore ace Tristan Bridges.

Baseball: Sanger, Krum aces battle

KRUM — Sanger and Krum sent their aces on the mound in their District 9-4A opener at Krum on Tuesday with hopes of earning a district win.

Basketball: Denton-area trio lands on TABC all-state list

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.