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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LONE GROVE, OKLA. — In many ways, it was expected to see Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson put up another big rushing performance on Friday at Lone Grove. Yet as the night wore on, the game turned into a battle of one-upmanship between Jackson and Longhorns running back Jeremy Lewis.
SANGER — Tre’von Jackson rushed for 327 yards and six touchdowns on 20 carries to lead the Sanger Indians to a 57-31 win Friday night over the Plainview Indians from Ardmore, Okla.
ARGYLE — There are a lot of new faces in the Argyle football program, but Monday morning brought the same level of excitement to the Eagle fieldhouse as always at this time of year.
Anticipation of the start of football season starts at different times for different people. For some, it’s when the calendar flips from July to August. Others get the itch around the end of spring practice, while others were ready for the season when the last one ended.
When Larry Tidwell graduated from Sanger in 1971, the future was wide open for the multi-sport star. No one, including the young Tidwell, could predict what the next 40-plus years would bring.
Names from Argyle and Sanger were scattered throughout the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A all-state teams, which were announced Tuesday afternoon.
Many might have expected a bit of a drop-off from the Sanger softball team heading into the 2014 season. The Lady Indians, who reached the Class 3A Region II semifinals a year ago, had lost a core group of seniors who had become synonymous with Sanger softball as four-year starters.
The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.
SULPHUR SPRINGS — Down three runs headed to the sixth inning of Saturday’s Game 2 of a Class 3A regional semifinal playoff series, Sanger showed the resilience it’s had all season, clawing back with two runs in sixth and a run in the seventh to tie Atlanta at 4.
PONDER — After suffering a heartbreaking defeat in its Class 3A Region II quarterfinal series opener Friday night, Argyle coach Ricky Griffin had a simple message for his team in advance of Saturday’s Game 2: “If we don’t make the plays, we’re going home.”
Mitch Gaylord, a member of the gold medal-winning United States men’s gymnastics team at the 1984 Olympics, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Greater Denton Sports Commission awards banquet on Monday.
SANGER — Chemistry on the Sanger softball team runs deep, and the Lady Indians’ most potent slugger, junior shortstop Morgan Turkoly, has embraced her leadership role on a freshman-laden squad and earned the respect of her teammates with her commitment and work ethic.
This weekend’s regional quarterfinal playoff series between Argyle and Sanger has all the makings of a must-see matchup for the right to play in the Class 3A Region II semifinals.
AUSTIN — Reese Thompson didn’t have the start to his final day as a high school athlete that he was hoping for Saturday.
FRISCO — Saturday’s Class 3A regional quarterfinal between Sanger and Frisco Lone Star had it all: bases-loaded situations, plays at the plate, disputed ball-strike calls and game-saving catches.
AUSTIN — Sanger distance runner Jacob Perry has become awfully familiar with Decatur’s Taylor Clayton over the past couple of years.
Today, three local teams will try to continue their respective runs in the baseball and softball playoffs.
FRISCO — Not missing a beat from Friday’s run-rule drubbing of Bonham to tie a Class 3A area-round playoff series, Sanger’s offense paraded its way to a 17-4 victory Saturday, scoring in every inning and capping the series with Savannah Matheus’ game-ending grand slam.
SANGER — After a 6-0 win in the opening game of a best-of-three Class 3A bi-district playoff series, the Sanger Lady Indians had their offense clicking, but sloppy defense and some cracks in the circle has given coach Jae McMinn some concern for the rest of their playoff run.
Six Guyer athletes won events Saturday at the Class 4A Region I track meet to help lead the Wildcats to respective first- and second-place finishes in the girls and boys team standings.
CARROLLTON — With threatening weather predicted for today’s Game 2 between Sanger and Carrollton Ranchview in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs, Sanger’s 6-0 victory Friday at Ranchview could prove invaluable if the remaining games are canceled.
ARGYLE — The Sanger Indians and Argyle Eagles will be well represented next week at the Class 3A Region II track and field championships in Commerce after strong showings at the District 9-3A/10-3A Area meet on Thursday.