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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.

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Basketball: Lincoln eliminates Sanger

THE COLONY — The No. 5 Sanger Lady Indians cruised through the first two rounds of the Class 4A Region II playoffs, defeating Irving Uplift North Hills and Princeton by a combined margin of 60 points.

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Baseball: Argyle ready to defend its crown

ARGYLE — Connor Mushinski was unflappable on the mound for Argyle in last year’s Class 4A title game, and by the end of that night, he was hoisting an MVP trophy. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of...

Basketball: Sanger aces area test vs. Princeton

FRISCO — The Sanger Lady Indians are starting to believe they are a team that can make a deep run in the playoffs.

Basketball: Lady Indians roll against Irving North Hills

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.

Girls basketball: Postseason kicks off Monday, Tuesday for area teams

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.

Basketball: Argyle upends Sanger

SANGER — Sanger’s game plan for top-ranked Argyle was to keep the ball away from the Lady Eagles and keep Gabby Standifer — who notched 20 points when the teams met in mid-January — off the linescore.

Basketball: Indians sweep Bobcats

SANGER — Sanger’s first-year coach Tracy Sykes lauded her team’s defensive efforts, especially from one of her top offensive players, in Tuesday’s 45-32 win against Krum.

Basketball: Sanger sweeps Leopards

SANGER — Sanger coach Matt Farmer knew his team had to work to defend its home court Friday. The Indians hadn’t played at home since before Christmas and were looking for their first win in District 9-4A.

Basketball: No. 1 Argyle crushes Sanger in top-five battle

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.

Basketball: Sanger girls top Krum in overtime

KRUM — A few unlikely players for the Sanger Lady Indians stepped up when Krum’s game plan eliminated Sanger’s plan.

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.

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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...

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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.

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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.