Judging by the way Ponder’s boys basketball season ended over the weekend in Austin, it’s no surprise to see the way the Lions were represented on the District 9-2A all-district team that was released Monday.
ARGYLE — Argyle, Sanger and Ponder each claimed one win on the final day of the Argyle/Liberty Christian tournament Saturday.
On Saturday, the Denton boys will be looking for that final play, the strong finish that was lacking in Tuesday’s regular-season finale against Trophy Club Nelson, when the Broncos were a few plays away from wrapping up District 5-4A’s final playoff berth.
An old, once-heated rivalry will be renewed today when Argyle and Sanger open the girls basketball postseason with a 7 p.m. tipoff at Denton High School.
When Ponder and Peaster step on the floor for tonight’s big District 9-2A boys basketball contest, there won’t be many secrets between the teams.
ARGYLE — Coaches in the former Class 3A who now are in the new Class 4A knew Monday’s biennial UIL realignment would bring plenty of uncertainty.
At this point in the season, there are three types of basketball teams — teams fighting for playoff seeding, teams fighting for a playoff berth and teams fighting for pride.
LAKE DALLAS — Josh Jackson poured in a game-best 26 points and the Lake Dallas boys defeated Azle 56-53 for their second District 5-4A win.
SANGER — Joseph Clark’s 17 points anchored Sanger in a 55-43 win over Krum late Friday night in the District 9-3A opener for both schools.
Argyle senior Cole Hedlund racked up another accolade in a season during which he established himself as one of the best kickers in high school football history.
At the moment, the Guyer football team is focused on defending its Class 4A Division I state championship, but after what they hope is a Dec. 20 title game at AT&T Stadium, the Wildcats will shift their attention.
Coming off a state tournament appearance in 2012, the volleyball season didn’t end like Argyle would have liked in 2013, but the Lady Eagles still had plenty to remember in a year that saw them eliminated by eventual Class 3A champion Decatur.
PONDER — Ponder started slow but erupted for 44 second-half points and used a lopsided advantage from the free-throw line to beat Sanger 79-62 on Friday night.
Sanger head coach Chuck Galbreath knew it was a huge risk, but the Indians could have run out the clock for a postseason win if they had converted on fourth-and-4. After deciding to fake a punt with a 3-point lead and 5:21 left to play, Sanger mishandled the snap to turn it over on downs and set up Frisco Lone Star for a 32-yard drive that ended the Indians’ season with a 46-42 bi-district loss Friday night at Denton’s Bronco Field.
ROUND ROCK — Devin Norton accomplished her goal Saturday. “I wanted to come home with a medal, and I did that,” the Guyer senior said.
SANGER — Sanger and Decatur played like their lives depended on it Friday night. Both teams sprinted to a combined for 1,135 total offensive yards and 109 points in the battle for second place in District 9-3A, but Sanger came up short in the regular-season finale in a 56-53 loss at home.
FRISCO — Thursday’s Class 3A area-round playoff game between Melissa and Sanger illustrated just how fine the line is in volleyball between winning and losing. The Melissa Pioneers took leads after the first and third sets, but the Lady Indians withstood several runs and doled out multiple rallies to force a decisive fifth set.
Frisco Lone Star stole the first set on Tuesday night, and the match looked like it might be a little different than the three-set victory Sanger had earned earlier this season.
The cross country course at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock has become a pretty familiar site for Guyer’s Devin Norton.
BRIDGEPORT — Facing a nine-point halftime deficit, Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson saw his team’s chance at making the playoffs slipping away. And it made him angry. After going for 76 first-half rushing yards, Jackson rumbled for 174 yards in the second half to carry the Indians to a 45-37 victory Friday night at Bulls Memorial Stadium.
If Denton wants to extend its playoff streak to three straight years, the Lady Broncos will have to come up with one more win. Denton, Azle and Wichita Falls Rider finished the regular season tied for third place in District 5-4A, setting up a mini-tournament in Bowie on Friday.
SANGER — Despite missing its starting quarterback, Sanger had no issues in a 35-0 victory over District 9-3A opponent Krum on Friday night. Wyatt Broxson shifted from receiver to quarterback with little difficulty, while the Sanger (5-3, 1-1 district) two-headed run attack of Tre’von Jackson and Derek Shelby ran wild against the Bobcats (3-6, 1-2). Jackson had 21 carries for 137 yards and three touchdowns, and Shelby registered 14 rushes for 100 yards and a score.
GAINESVILLE — With their backs against the wall on a fourth-and-goal with less than 4 minutes left to play, Sanger defenders pumped their fists in the air as Gainesville’s pass flew out of bounds.But just...
Despite the fact that her team lost in four sets, there were still positives for Denton coach Danielle Silva to extract following Tuesday’s loss to Trophy Club Nelson.
SANGER — Kion Evans and the Sanger Indians wanted to hush the critics. And they did, winning their fourth straight game. After returning an interception for a touchdown Friday night, Evans sparked Sanger’s defense to hold the high-powered Frisco Lone Star offense enough for a 42-35 homecoming victory at Indians Stadium.
BOYD — Soggy footballs, swarming Yellow Jackets and a bruised lower leg couldn’t stop Sanger’s Tre’von Jackson. After taking a helmet to the shin early in the game Friday, the junior running back rumbled for 181 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-35 romp on Boyd’s homecoming night to notch a second consecutive win.
SANGER — Perhaps the most exciting runs the Sanger Indians football team will witness this season will come before every game’s opening kickoff and the first snap, and will have nothing to do with scoring a touchdown. But like a week ago, they could very well help inspire the Indians to victories this season.
SANGER — The Sanger Indians ended their 14-game losing streak with a big performance by running back Tre’von Jackson, who bulldozed his way over the Pilot Point Bearcats in a 50-17 victory.
SANGER — Cole Austin booted a 23-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to lift Liberty Christian to a second-straight come-from-behind victory, this time 38-35 over Sanger.
CORINTH — Late in the third set of Sanger’s nondistrict match against Lake Dallas, the Lady Indians saw their lead dwindle until the contest was tied and a straight-set victory was in jeopardy.