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Baseball: Argyle sweeps Sanger

After advancing to its first state tournament last year, Argyle may have looked thin on the mound this season having lost two Division I pitchers to graduation. Looks clearly are deceiving.

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Softball: Double stuns Sanger

COMMERCE — With one swing of the bat, Texarkana Pleasant Grove’s Aubrey Ashby reminded Sanger just how excruciatingly frustrating Friday’s one-game Class 4A Region II semifinal playoff was.

Baseball: Eagles rip Indians 12-1 in series opener

In the first two meetings this year between Argyle and Sanger, Argyle coach Ricky Griffin sent sophomore Connor Mushinski to the mound, and both times, the Eagles came away winners.

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Softball: Gainesville’s gone

ARGYLE — Sanger and Gainesville got off to a pretty slow start Friday, but the Lady Indians made sure to finish what they started with Thursday’s 10-0 victory to open a Class 4A Region II quarterfinal series.

Track and field: Sanger’s Watts takes bronze in shot put

AUSTIN — As soon as the Class 4A boys shot put competition wrapped up Friday at the UIL state track and field meet, Sanger’s Brance Watts had the look of someone who’d just finished well out of the running.

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Baseball: Sanger aces Princeton

ARGYLE — Princeton won a coin flip to set a one-game playoff with confidence in its ace on the mound, Brandon Talley. Talley pitched well Thursday, but Sanger accounted for just enough offense with unwavering defense to escape at Argyle High School.

Softball: Sanger cruises behind shutout

ARGYLE — At this stage of the playoffs, Sanger coach Jae McMinn would prefer as little drama as possible.

Softball: Sanger run-rules Bonham in area round

BONHAM — Sanger coach Jae McMinn said her pitcher really didn’t get much opportunity to warm up following a delay of four-plus hours due to lightning and heavy rain. With more weather in the forecast, Sanger and Bonham rushed back to the field when possible.

Softball: Sanger survives Krum’s late push

BOWIE — Sanger’s Kelly Mardones was the District 9-3A pitcher of the year last season. Her pitching performance in the District 9-4A title game on Monday night against the Krum Lady Cats displayed why she won such an award. Sanger coach Jae McMinn was proud of her starting pitcher’s performance, not because of her 12 strikeouts or her two key runs she batted in the sixth inning, but because of the mental toughness she displayed late in the contest.

On to OBU

Sanger's Madi Wilson has signed a national letter of intent to Ouachita Baptist University, where she will compete on the volleyball team and will be a member of the track and field team. Wilson was first team all-district for the Sanger Lady Indians volleyball team and was defensive player of the year and academic all-state. She is also a standout in the shot put and discus and has qualified for the state track meet three years in the discus throw.

Baseball: Argyle nips Sanger to stay perfect in 9-4A

ARGYLE — The Argyle Eagles are undefeated in District 9-4A play, but their most recent victory over Sanger didn’t come with ease.

Softball: Krum tops Sanger 3-0

SANGER — Krum led by one run through five innings Tuesday, but with the help of a two-run double in the sixth from Kaycee Koiner, the Lady Cats defeated District 9-4A opponent Sanger 3-0.

Easy as 123

Sanger’s Erin Escobedo prepares for a lift Saturday at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state tournament in Corpus Christi. Escobedeo, a four-time qualifier to the event, overcame several injuries to qualify this year before earning a fifth-place finish in the 123-pound class with a total of 745 pounds.

Girls basketball: Celina ousts Sanger

CORINTH — The Sanger Lady Indians hoped they would defeat an all-too-familiar foe in their Class 4A regional quarterfinal playoff game Wednesday night. However, they lost their third meeting of the season to the Celina LadyCats, 93-52.

Boys basketball: Speedy Dallas Triple A eliminates Sanger

CORINTH — First-year head coach Matt Farmer and his Sanger Indians tried to slow down the speed of Dallas Triple A Academy, but they failed in that task and lost a Class 4A bi-district playoff game 87-45 at Lake Dallas on Wednesday.

Basketball: Weather could ice playoff games

The icy weather that moved into the area and forced schools to close Monday has basketball coaches looking at contingency plans should conditions worsen to the point where today’s playoff games are postponed.

Basketball: High school playoffs continue this week

The boys basketball playoffs are set to begin this week for six Denton-area teams while the Argyle and Sanger girls remain alive and venture into third-round action.

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Girls basketball: Sanger holds off Lincoln

CARROLLTON — Even into the closing seconds, the Sanger Lady Indians stayed true to themselves. Sanger coach Bric Turner preached poise, reminded the team to stay aggressive in transition and invoked the team slogan of “do what we do.” The Lady Indians kept the pedal to the metal Friday and resisted a late comeback by Dallas Lincoln for a 62-61 victory in the area round of the Class 4A Region II playoffs.

Girls basketball: Sanger advances behind defense

LAKE DALLAS — Sanger’s final game of the regular season, an 86-84 overtime loss to District 9-4A rival Gainesville, left a bad taste in the Lady Indians’ mouths and had them preaching the need for improved defense as they headed into the playoffs as a No. 3 seed.

Basketball roundup: Lady Eagles crush Sanger

SANGER — Argyle defeated Sanger 64-39 on Friday in a District 9-4A battle, giving each team a 2-1 mark in league play.

Basketball roundup: Choate, Garza spark Guyer

TROPHY CLUB — Sean Choate and Zac Garza combined to score 46 points Friday as the Guyer Wildcats (16-7, 3-0 District 5-6A) defeated Trophy Club Nelson 53-50 in overtime.

Basketball roundup: Falcons take 6-5A opener

CORINTH — Lake Dallas won its District 6-5A debut, topping Fort Worth Carter-Riverside 49-41 on Friday.

Boys basketball: Argyle, Sanger end tourney with wins

SAGINAW — Argyle’s Jonathan Davis (17 points) and Kade Barnett (12) led the Eagles past Ponder 63-54 in the third-place game of the Whataburger Tournament at Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Wednesday.

Football: All-district lists full of area talent

Several Denton-area football players were honored by their respective districts’ coaches for their performance in the district portions of their seasons.

Basketball roundup: Guyer wins District 5-6A debut

The Guyer Wildcats won their first game as a member of District 5-6A, defeating Keller Fossil Ridge 82-37 on Friday behind Sean Choate’s 26 points.

High school football: Local athletes among tops of Class 4A All-State team

A few days before they take the field at AT&T Stadium with a shot to earn back-to-back state championships, the Argyle Eagles were well-represented on Tuesday with the release of the Associated Press Class 4A all-state team.

Basketball roundup: Lions move into tourney final

DECATUR — Ponder routed tournament host Decatur 71-45 on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game, to be held at 7 p.m. today.

Basketball roundup: Ryan finishes third in Sanger tournament

SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.

Basketball roundup: Ryan, Liberty prevail at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.

Volleyball: Six from area make all-state

Despite the fact that no Denton-area teams finished the volleyball season with the ultimate prize, a handful of area players had a big reason to celebrate Thursday when the Texas Girls Coaches Association released its all-state teams.

Basketball roundup: Area quartet win at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan, Liberty Christian, Sanger and Aubrey each won their first game in Sanger’s North Texas Invitational on Thursday.

Volleyball: Hill, Keenan named district MVPs

Emily Hill had several goals entering her junior season at Guyer, and the outside hitter nailed one of them by finishing the regular season as the kills leader among Class 6A players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Girls basketball: Lady Indians hit clutch free throws in holding off Denton

With Denton scratching its way back to within 54-51 against Sanger, the Lady Indians wanted to get back to the aggressive ways that built them a seven-point third-quarter lead.

Basketball roundup: Guyer wins season opener

Sean Choate finished with 23 points Saturday to lead Guyer past Cedar Park 73-43 in its season opener.

Football: Paris eliminates hobbled Indians, 28-16

DENISON — When Sanger lost its star running back in the sixth game of the season and then lost its senior quarterback three weeks later, it would have been easy for Chuck Galbreath’s team to fold under the pressure of trying to move the ball without its two key offensive players.

Football: Freshman QB helps Sanger to playoff win

SAGINAW — Two weeks ago, freshman C.J. Jackson was quarterbacking Sanger’s junior varsity team. On Friday, he led the Indians to a 31-21 win against Springtown in the Class 4A bi-district matchup to send Sanger to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in nine years.

Signings: Argyle’s Keenan officially a Red Raider

ARGYLE – As Argyle volleyball coach Clark Oberle stood up to introduce Katy Keenan during a signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, he reminisced with the crowd about his star player’s first college offer, which he said came from Baylor the summer before Keenan’s freshman year.

Cross country: Pilot Point’s Juarez finishes 15th at state

ROUND ROCK — Pilot Point’s Diana Juarez turned in the top finish among Denton-area competitors Saturday at the state cross country meet.

Football: Ten area teams still alive

The UIL and TAPPS playoffs get underway this week, and the Denton area will be well represented with 10 teams securing berths in the battle for state titles.

Football: Perfect Argyle crushes Sanger

SANGER — Another year, another undefeated regular season for Argyle, which dispatched injury-stricken Sanger with ease 44-7 on Friday in the regular season finale.

Volleyball: Lady Indians serve their way to bi-district win

LEWISVILLE — Sanger coach Tammy Niemczyk practically did a double take as she looked over her team’s stats following Tuesday’s Class 4A Region II bi-district playoff match against Arlington Uplift Summit International Prep.

Football: Sanger wins, wraps up playoff berth

DALLAS — Already missing starting running back Tre’von Jackson, Sanger lost quarterback Brandon Mann on Friday night but rolled on to a 40-14 win against district opponent Wilmer-Hutchins to secure a playoff spot.

Volleyball: Area teams ready for playoffs

While several area volleyball teams are gearing up to face unfamiliar foes in the first round of playoffs, two know one another all too well and are set on a collision course.

Football: Sanger spreads wealth in rout

SANGER — How do you make up for the loss of star running back Tre’von Jackson? Try spreading out nine touchdowns between seven different players.

Volleyball: Argyle takes district

ARGYLE — Argyle coach Clark Oberle wasn’t sure if his players were aware of what was on the line in Tuesday’s District 9-4A match against Sanger. They sure played like they did, though.

Football: Efficient Ranchview overwhelms Sanger

CARROLLTON — Missing star running back Tre’von Jackson, Sanger lost its first game of the year 49-31 to Carrollton Ranchview on Friday night.

Football: Jackson ruled out for Sanger

Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson has been ruled out of tonight’s District 6-4A (Division I) game against Carrollton Ranchview with a left ankle injury suffered in last week’s win over Dallas Carter, Indians coach Chuck Galbreath confirmed Thursday.

Football: Sanger rolls, pitches shutout despite Jackson injury

SANGER — Sanger jumped all over Dallas Carter in Friday’s District 6-4A (Division I) opener, but it almost came at a big price. With 10:27 left in the first half, the Indians’ star running back, Tre’von Jackson, was dragged down hard on a late hit at the Carter 8-yard line and had to be carted off the field with an apparent ankle injury. He did not return to the game, but it did little to slow down Sanger’s offense in a 48-0 rout at Indian Stadium.

Volleyball: Denton focused on this season

Denton coach Danielle Kading insists this season isn’t about redemption for the Lady Broncos. Prior to Friday’s key District 5-5A match against Saginaw Boswell, Kading said she was reminded that her team had a chance at redemption against the Lady Pioneers — who ousted Denton in the first round of last year’s Class 4A playoffs. That was the least of Kading’s concerns, though.

Volleyball: Sanger holds off Aubrey in three-set decision

AUBREY — Late in the opening set of Tuesday’s District 9-4A match against Sanger, Aubrey was awarded a crucial point only to have it reversed by officials seconds later.