ABILENE — Lake Dallas relied heavily on its offense to pull off two miraculous comebacks in the last week. On Saturday, quick-thinking defense kept the Falcons from needing another late rally.
PROSPER — There was little doubt what the final result of Saturday’s Game 2 between Argyle and Paris North Lamar would be when Eagle senior Tanner Boyzuick stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth. But when Boyzuick connected on the first pitch he saw, that result came sooner than planned.
ABILENE — A week after pulling off an improbable walk-off win to reach this weekend’s fourth round of the Class 5A playoffs, Lake Dallas again owned its final half-inning — this time rallying with four runs in the top of the seventh to stun Lubbock Cooper 6-4 in Game 1 of a Region I semifinal series at Abilene Christian’s Crutcher Scott Field.
Graduating from North Texas in 1980 with a degree in business, Gerry Standridge started in real estate before entering the coaching world, and it was in 2002 when he officially was introduced to the sport of volleyball.
ARGYLE — Tanner Boyzuick and Ryland King have been playing baseball together, in some capacity, since they were 13 years old. As the two senior full-time starters for defending Class 4A state champion Argyle, they have an undeniable bond. So when King blew out his knee in a playoff warm-up game a few weeks back, it hit Boyzuick hard.
IRVING — Tony Romo isn’t sure how to define young. The Cowboy quarterback just knows he feels more like a 30-year-old than someone sliding toward 40 coming off a twice-broken left collarbone and now a couple of years removed from a pair of back surgeries that weren’t far apart.
Lake Dallas has hired a state title winning coach to lead its girls soccer program.
Mylam Peters always had the talent to become a top college linebacker.
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.
DALLAS — No one needed to tell Christian Boulware how crucial his next at-bat was Saturday. The situation was clear and what all baseball players live for — bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh of a tie game. Boulware wasted little time, jumping on the fourth pitch he saw for a walk-off single to hand Lake Dallas an 8-7 win against Fort Worth Arlington Heights in Game 2 of a Class 5A Region I quarterfinal.
McKINNEY — Tied at 1 through seven innings, Krum and Celina each had plenty of opportunities to take control of the game, but neither did until Celina exploded for four runs on three hits to take a 5-1 lead in the top of the eighth that ended up being the game’s final score.
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.
Denton volleyball coach Danielle Kading didn’t have much of a transition from her time in college at TWU to head coach of the Lady Broncos at age 22, but when she arrived at Denton she hit the ground running, leading her team to five consecutive playoff appearances.
One of North Texas’ biggest concerns following spring practice was its offensive line and how a unit in transition would adjust to playing in a spread system. The Mean Green have picked up a late commitment from the class of 2016 that could help with that adjustment in Jalen Thomas, an offensive tackle from Brooklyn’s ASA College.
COLLEGE STATION — In just his sophomore season, Argyle’s Matt Hynek put his youthful poise on display from the get-go of the first set of his Class 4A boys’ singles quarterfinal match against Canyon Lake’s Kendall Murray.
AUSTIN — Waiting around during a 5 1/2-hour weather delay wasn’t enough for Guyer senior Ethan Toy on Saturday.
ARGYLE — Matt Hynek practically waltzed into the Class 4A state tournament, which begins Monday in College Station. But Argyle’s star sophomore insists his road was more difficult than it appeared.
AUSTIN — Like many people at the UIL state track and field meet, all Aubrey’s Grayson Grisso wanted to do Saturday was finish up and head home. After arriving at Mike A. Myers Stadium at 8 a.m. expecting to run his event, the 110-meter hurdles, about 12:45 p.m., Grisso sat and waited, then sat and waited some more.