PROSPER — It wasn’t a masterpiece, but when faced with a late-game comeback in their opening-round, Class 3A bi-district matchup with Whitewright, the Ponder Lions were ready.
LEWISVILLE — Facing the No. 2-ranked team in the state can feel like a tall task. For Krum, that task was too much to handle as defending Class 4A state champion Dallas Lincoln ran up and down the court at will en route to a 77-33 victory Monday night against the Bobcats at Lewisville High School.
The race to UIL basketball gold begins this week for seven Denton-area boys teams while the Ryan and Argyle are the only two area girls teams still alive in the third round of the state playoffs with regional tournament berths on the line Tuesday night.
Last weekend was very special for me for two reasons. First, I received an incredible award for my heritage and performance on the field. Second, I got to see some great people I haven’t seen in a long time.
Twenty minutes in, TWU and Tarleton State had solved nothing, the score tied at 24. For the second time in three days, the Pioneers found themselves in a close game.
AUSTIN — Advancing to the finals of the Class 5A state swim meet at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center is an accomplishment on its own, and for Braswell’s Alexa Barnes to have participated in championship swimming as a sophomore bodes extremely well for her competitive future.
AUSTIN — At the biggest meet of the season, all three Denton ISD swimmers set personal bests in Friday’s Class 5A state swim meet, and Braswell’s Alexa Barnes also was able to qualify for Saturday’s finals.
WHITESBORO — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals improved to 4-1 on the season as they picked up wins in three of their first four games to open up the Whitesboro tournament. Aubrey beat Tom Bean 2-0 and Pottsboro 15-9 on Thursday before knocking off Valley View 16-8 on Friday.
The Denton Lady Broncos remained unbeaten in the regular season and picked up their third straight win Friday night, cruising past Braswell 5-0.
North Texas’ margin of error has dwindled pretty close to zero in the closing weeks of the season. If the Mean Green want to avoid being one of only two teams in Conference USA to miss the league tournament, they need to start winning games in a hurry. That’s what made a 77-71 overtime loss to UTEP on Thursday at the Super Pit so tough for the Mean Green.
Jalie Mitchell couldn’t help but think about what might have been this week as North Texas prepared for a reunion of sorts.
The girls basketball playoffs are set to resume tonight as four area teams were crowned bi-district champions earlier this week.
The Ryan boys basketball team won a coin flip against Denton on Wednesday afternoon, making the Raiders the top seed in District 5-5A.
KELLER — What Ryan saw out of Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday looked nothing like what the team saw on film. The result was a back-and-forth playoff opener that saw the Lady Raiders do just enough to eke out a 57-50 win and secure the program’s first playoff victory since 2011. Traeli Calhoun led all scorers with 23 points.
PLANO — It took Guyer nearly eight minutes to claim its first lead in Tuesday night’s regular-season finale against Plano East. Then, in seemingly the blink of an eye, the Wildcats had a double-digit lead as they used a furious first-half run to bury the Panthers and claim a 76-51 win at Archie E. McAfee Gymnasium.
FLOWER MOUND — It was a two-woman show Tuesday as Dallas Lincoln’s Kennedy Taylor and Jayla Johnson scored almost at will against Krum’s defense.
KELLER — Denton coach Erin Taylor told her team Saginaw Boswell was everything it was cracked up to be heading into Tuesday’s first-round playoff game. The advance warning didn’t do any good.
The North Texas women’s basketball team appears to have picked the perfect time to get on a roll late in Jalie Mitchell’s second season as the Mean Green’s coach. UNT also appears to have found the perfect lineup.
The TWU women’s basketball team picked up a crucial 78-52 win against Western New Mexico on Saturday and now has its final two home games of the season as the Lone Star Conference tournament rapidly approaches.
CARROLLTON — It took some time for No. 1 Argyle to get back into the swing of things, but the Lady Eagles eventually got rolling on their way to a dominating 83-29 win against Dallas Pinkston in a Class 4A bi-district playoff game.
FRISCO — The Ponder Lady Lions had only three players on this year’s team who played in last season’s playoff game, and on Monday, it looked as if their inexperience might catch up to them in their bi-district playoff match against Leonard.
GRAND PRAIRIE — Texas Woman’s University closed out the final day of the North Texas Softball Bash with a 7-5 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State and cruised to an 11-0 defeat of Oklahoma Panhandle State behind a one-hit shutout by Abby Walker and home runs from Chelsie McClure and Alexis Elizondo on Sunday at Jennifer McFalls Park.
The North Texas softball team picked up its first win of 2017, a 6-0 victory over UMass Lowell in Game 1 on Sunday, but fell to Arkansas 7-0 in Game 2, finishing 1-3 on the weekend.
I’ve had another intense week of training in Fort Worth. It was nice to get back to the grind after a great weekend in Houston for Super Bowl LI. As most of y’all read last weekend, I attended my agent Leigh Steinberg’s 30th annual Super Bowl party, and it was a blast!
The coaching shuffle at North Texas last week has impacted the Ryan football team. Junior defensive tackle Dayton LeBlanc, whose father, Derrick LeBlanc, is on his way to Kentucky after one year as the Mean Green’s defensive line coach, also is leaving after just one season with the Raiders.