Football: Liberty-Eylau eliminates Sanger, 48-9

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.

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Defense, special teams help lift Sanger

SANGER — Last year, then-freshman quarterback C.J. Jackson led the Sanger Indians to a 31-21 win over Springtown in his second start at the varsity level.


Volleyball: Argyle earns berth in region tournament with sweep of Sanger

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.

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Argyle hands Sanger first loss in season finale

ARGYLE — The past few years, the Argyle Eagles used bell cow running back Nick Ralston to bruise through opposing defenses. This season, the Eagles offense uses a power running game through Taylor Sweatt,...

Volleyball playoffs to resume

The Denton Lady Broncos, fresh off a four-set victory over Lake Dallas, will attempt to move into the Class 5A Region I quarterfinals tonight when the UIL volleyball playoffs resume.

Volleyball: Sanger sweeps Ranchview

FLOWER MOUND — Sanger coach Tammy Niemczyk was more than aware going into Tuesday’s playoff opener half of her team was young and hadn’t played in a postseason match. She wasn’t going to sweat it.

Sanger extends win streak with dominant performance

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 stomps Pinkston in shortened game

DALLAS — The Sanger Indians improved to 8-0 for the season on Friday night with a rain-and-lightning shortened 36-0 victory against the Dallas Pinkston Vikings.

Sanger prevails, proves defensive worth

SANGER — Sanger’s defense entered Friday night’s matchup with Carrollton Ranchview with the area’s stingiest defense. With the Indians’ 41-20 win against the Wolves at Indian Stadium, they left no doubt about their distinction.

Sanger cages Carter in district opener

DALLAS — Sanger wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t need to be to stay perfect this season in a win Friday. Facing Dallas Carter, Sanger won its District 6-4A (Divison I) opener in a 38-12 decision at Kincaide Stadium.

Volleyball: Sanger evens 9-4A mark, tops Lady Chaps

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 finds answer to Bearcats

SANGER — The Sanger Indians closed out nondistrict play Friday night and also celebrated homecoming with a impressive 46-22 victory against the Whitesboro Bearcats.

Indians hang on to top Longhorns from Oklahoma

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.

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Sanger spoils Krum’s home opener to reach 3-0

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.

Sanger prevails 26-14 in battle of Indians

ARDMORE, Okla. — Leading at halftime 14-7, the Sanger Indians used a smothering defense in the second half to power them to a 26-14 victory against the Ardmore Plainview Indians on Friday at Plainview Indian Field.

Sanger rips Melissa, 55-20

SANGER — Looking to get off to a fast start for the 2015 season, the Sanger Indians dominated both sides of the ball on the way to a 55-20 season-opening win Friday night against Melissa at Indian Stadium.

Volleyball: Ryan visits Little Elm to kick off new season

Another volleyball season is set to get underway today when Ryan travels to Little Elm to open the season in new Ryan head coach Nicholas Gay’s first game as the Lady Raiders’ head coach.On Tuesday, most...


Second to none

Coming into this past baseball and softball season, Argyle’s Rixey Boyd and Sanger’s Morgan Turkoly couldn’t have been more opposite. Boyd was an unproven pitcher in an Eagles rotation that had lost two Division I arms, while Turkoly was a decorated star for the Lady Indians.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.