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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARGYLE — The Argyle Eagles are undefeated in District 9-4A play, but their most recent victory over Sanger didn’t come with ease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.
SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.
SANGER — Ryan, Liberty Christian, Sanger and Aubrey each won their first game in Sanger’s North Texas Invitational on Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ROUND ROCK — Pilot Point’s Diana Juarez turned in the top finish among Denton-area competitors Saturday at the state cross country meet.
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.
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.