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 — 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 — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARGYLE — For much of the night on Tuesday, Argyle junior Connor Mushinski was having his way with the Sanger lineup.
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.
If Sanger is going to make a long playoff run and reach its goal of a rematch with District 9-4A champion Argyle, it is going to have to do it on the shoulders of its defense, according to Lady Indians coach Tracy Sykes.
For eight Denton-area girls basketball teams, the win-and-advance season, better known as the UIL state playoffs, gets under way today and tomorrow.
ARGYLE — Seconds into Friday’s clash between top-five teams, it looked as if Sanger would provide the test to defending Class 4A champion Argyle the state poll would suggest.
ROYSE CITY — Sanger coach Chuck Galbreath knew his team’s playoff road would be a tough one, and following its 48-9 loss to Texarkana Liberty-Eylau in a Class 4A Division I area-round game at Royse City ISD Stadium on Thursday, Galbreath addressed his team at eye level as most of his players welled up.
The overwhelming feeling for second-ranked Argyle is that, with a loaded roster that includes seven seniors, the window to win a state championship is closing quickly. The Lady Eagles admit the time to win is now.
SANGER — The Sanger Indians continued their streak of dominance in District 6-4A (Division I) action, and dominated the Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins Eagles on both sides of the ball for the majority of the game in a 58-34 win Thursday night.
SANGER — After her team had blown a fairly comfortable first-set lead against Aubrey on Tuesday night, Sanger coach Tammy Niemczyk had seen enough.
SANGER — Down four points midway through the first half, the Sanger Indians seemingly regained control of their nondistrict game Friday against Lone Grove (Okla.), scoring three straight touchdowns to build a 17-point lead with eight minutes left in the third quarter. But Lone Grove battled back, scoring twice in less than two minutes to get within 4 points and suddenly, all of the momentum was with the Longhorns. Sanger, though, went right back to work behind quarterback C.J. Jackson, who engineered two fourth-quarter scoring drives to lead the Indians (4-0) to a 45-27 victory to remain undefeated.
KRUM — The Krum Bobcats and Sanger Indians have always had a great rivalry, but Friday night’s game was chippy, and the teams were penalized a combined 20 times for 165 yards. When it was over, Sanger (3-0) held on to take a 16-14 victory against the Bobcats in Krum’s home opener.