5-4A softball still has some suspense

Guyer pitcher Shayne Starkey and her teammates have a playoff spot locked up, but their seeding is still up in the air. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Yes, it’s true. The four playoff teams in District 5-4A have been decided for quite some time now. Azle wrapped up the district title last week, even with its thrilling 13-inning loss to Fort Worth Brewer. After that, there’s still quite a bit of suspense — not with who will be playing in the postseason, but what seed they’ll be.

A quick glance at the 5-4A softball standings with one game remaining on Friday (state rankings are included, when applicable):

1. No. 15 Azle (12-1); 2. No. 14 Fort Worth Brewer (10-3); 2. No. 26 Guyer (10-3); 4. Trophy Club Nelson (9-4); 5. Wichita Falls (5-8); 6. Lake Dallas (3-10); 7. Denton (2-11); 8. Wichita Falls Rider (0-13).

Friday’s games: Azle at Denton; Lake Dallas at Wichita Falls; Wichita Falls Rider at Guyer; Trophy Club Nelson at Fort Worth Brewer

That last game is the one meaningful matchup on the regular season’s final day. In their previous meeting, Nelson was outhit but took advantage of six Brewer errors to pull off a 7-6 win at home. If Nelson can repeat the feat and win at Brewer, and everything else goes according to plan with the other games, Guyer would have the No. 2 seed locked up and would open the postseason against Saginaw.

If Brewer beats Nelson, and assuming Guyer handles winless Rider, that would put Brewer and Guyer in a tie for second place with a season split between the teams. Normally, teams might just flip for seeding, but with an entire week before the playoffs begin, and powerhouse Aledo looming for the third-place team in the second round, the teams will play a game to determine who gets the second seed out of the district. That game would be played Tuesday at Brewer at 6:30 p.m.

If you remember, Aledo eliminated Guyer in the second round of the postseason last year and returns everyone from that squad. I’m sure Guyer head coach Keith Medford would welcome a chance at payback, but it makes sense to want that second seed in the district.

A Nelson win over Brewer makes the Lady Bobcats the third seed and pushes Brewer to fourth. The third seed from 5-4A would draw Saginaw Chisholm Trail in the first round of the playoffs, while the fourth seed would draw powerhouse Birdville. Whatever happens, you can bet 5-4A is going to be well represented in the postseason. They’ve had three ranked teams the entire season and if the draw falls right it wouldn’t be unreasonable to see an Azle-Guyer regional final with a state tournament berth on the line.

So, if you’re a Guyer softball fan, you’re a Nelson fan on Friday night. Dress accordingly. Hint: Your school colors are basically the same.


Guyer clinches a playoff spot out of 5-4A

Guyer first baseman James Farris (left) is congratulated by teammate Daulton Horton after a home run in Friday's win over Trophy Club Nelson. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

With the Guyer baseball team’s 7-2 win over rival Lake Dallas on Tuesday night, and a little bit of help from Azle, the Wildcats clinched a playoff spot with three games remaining in the regular season. For Guyer, now it’s all about seeding and pecking order, and well, trying to avoid finishing third or fourth and facing Saginaw Boswell or Birdville in the first round of the playoffs.

Guyer is now in second place by itself, and if the Wildcats can take care of the eliminated Wichita Falls Rider Raiders on Friday, will have a matchup for first place in 5-4A next Tuesday at home against first-place Wichita Falls Coyotes. Rider is out of the playoffs for the first time since 2001, according to our friend Zach Duncan at the Times Record News. Guyer already beat the Coyotes once this season, and with a win would have the season sweep.

Here’s a look at the current 5-4A standings with three games to play:

1. Wichita Falls (9-2); 2. Guyer (8-3); 3. Trophy Club Nelson (7-4); 4. Lake Dallas (7-4); 5. Azle (4-7); 6. Wichita Falls Rider (4-7); 7. Fort Worth Brewer (3-8); 8. Denton (2-9).

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Guyer getting yet another quarterback

There’s embarrassment of riches, and then there’s the Guyer quarterback situation.

The Wildcats were set to finally start David Haynes as a senior after he waited behind Jerrod Heard for the past two seasons. Haynes is a guy that’s grown up in the middle school system and has been raved about since he was a freshman by the Guyer coaching staff.

Of course, last year, he showed to be so athletic he became one of the Wildcats’ leading receivers and has interest from several Football Bowl Subdivision schools at both positions.

Then, of course, there’s Kevin Dillman, the Swedish move-in from California who committed to Nebraska last weekend. Behind those two, there’s a move-in from Prosper named David Moore and Austin Luna, who unfortunately broke his wrist in a weightlifting accident on Monday. Now, they’re adding another quarterback to the mix, and it’s a biggie.

Saginaw Chisholm Trail is losing the star of its program, and Guyer is the beneficiary as Shawn Robinson, a 6-3 dual-threat superstar who started at Chisholm Trail as a freshman last season and led the young program to a 3-7 season, will enroll at Guyer on Tuesday, according to Guyer head coach John Walsh.

Robinson is the son of new Guyer girls basketball coach Andrea Robinson, who was hired away from Cedar Hill last month. His father, and Andrea Robinson’s husband, Othell Robinson was Chisholm Trail’s offensive coordinator. He will be hired next week at Guyer as the tight ends coach. According to stats on the Star-Telegram’s website, Robinson threw for 1,123 yards and 11 touchdowns while tossing seven interceptions. He also rushed for 624 yards and six scores — again, as a freshman and on a less than stellar team.

Andrea Robinson won two state titles at Fort Worth Dunbar and went to state another time, then took Cedar Hill to the state tournament in Class 5A.

Robinson was just a freshman this past season but made an impact and is now one of the top college prospects in the still-to-be-determined Class of 2017. Spring football is set to begin at Guyer on April 28, and Haynes is going into the spring as the starter.

Guyer’s Dillman commits to Nebraska

Kevin Dillman has been a part of the Guyer football program for just more than two months, but he’s already made quite the impression on the coaching staff and his new teammates.

Because of that, Guyer head coach John Walsh said he sees why Dillman had a long list of big-time college offers when he took a visit to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend for an unofficial visit to the Cornhuskers.

When he returns to Denton, Dillman will do so as an official pledge to the Nebraska football program after he gave his verbal commitment on Saturday. He announced the decision on Twitter, and Walsh confirmed it.

Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2015 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 4.

Dillman chose to commit to the Cornhuskers over 15 other Football Bowl Subdivision offers, including defending national champion Florida State and runner-up Auburn.

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Guyer move-in QB visiting Nebraska

Kevin Dillman is a name that has all kinds of interest surrounding it. The senior-to-be moved to Lantana from California early in the winter semester, and is primed to be the Guyer quarterback in 2014, but he’s not just any move-in quarterback.

Dillman has a laundry list of high-profile college offers, and back in December when I started reading about him, it sounded like his top two choices personally were Nebraska and Michigan, just from what I’d read.

He’s still waiting on that Michigan offer, which is where 247Sports projects he’ll end up, but he has one from the Big Red, and he made an unofficial visit to Lincoln on Thursday, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

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Dozier starting season in High-A and getting tons of love

Former Denton and SFA standout Hunter Dozier is on his way up in the Royals' organization. (Courtesy photo)

The Kansas City Royals made quite a splash last year when they selected for Denton Broncos standout Hunter Dozier with the eighth overall pick in the MLB First Year Player Draft. Dozier was seen as a top 100 prospect, but nothing had him as a top 10 prospect, yet, that’s where he went.

And so far, Dozier has made the Royals not look totally crazy with their pick. He’ll begin the season in High-A Wilmington after a really solid rookie year in rookie league ball before a late-season call-up to Low-A.

Here’s a pretty in-depth writeup on Dozier and his ascension through the Royals’ farm system and a projection of what Dozier could end up being as a big-leaguer. The one thing that really stands out about Dozier’s rookie season is the following: Dozier has shown a polished approach at the plate, walking more than he struck out in his first professional season. 

That’s very impressive, and very rare. The writer of the article suggests Dozier could be up to Double-A by season’s end, which would put him in the Texas League and give him a chance to come play in Frisco, and then could see a promotion to the big club by the end of the 2015 season. That’s a long way away, and it’s all speculation, but Dozier is off to a good start to his professional career.

Guyer, Wichita Falls soccer in on March Madness

Michigan State and UConn are squaring off for a trip to Arlington for the Final Four. They'll also decide when Guyer and Wichita Falls will play their playoff soccer game. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Guyer, the defending Class 4A state champion, will play Wichita Falls in the Class 4A Region I girls sectional round of the soccer playoffs at Saginaw’s Rough Rider Stadium, this much we know.

That’s where things get really interesting, however, as Guyer girls coach Kenny Blevins and the Wichita Falls ISD AD decided to make their flip for Thursday or Friday a bit more fun than the usual ZIP code game that’s traditionally employed by coaches “flipping” without a coin in the presence of each other.

Guyer wants to play the game on Thursday, and Wichita Falls wants the game on Friday. The two sides will allow a couple of college basketball teams in Madison Square Garden, a 1,600-mile drive from Rough Rider Stadium, to make the decision for them. As Michigan State and UConn battle it out for a trip to DFW next weekend for the Final Four, their outcome will decide when the teams will play at Saginaw.

If the combined final score of the game, which is at halftime as I type this, is an even number, Guyer wins the flip and the teams will play Thursday. If it’s an odd number, the Lady Coyotes win, and the game is on Friday.

Price out, Liberty Christian searching for new coach

Greg Price reacts to a referee call during a game in 2012. Price is out at Liberty Christian after four seasons as the Warriors head coach and 17 years on staff. (The Dallas Morning News file photo)

The second head coach in Liberty Christian football history is out, and the Warriors are searching for a new head coach after Greg Price was fired.

Price is no longer the head coach and athletic director and a search is underway for his replacement. Assistant athletic director Zack Vest is acting as the interim AD.

“I haven’t really been given a real reason yet,” Price said. “The reason that was given to me, which I don’t want to go in to, was only said to me for the first time ever when I was removed. There was no warning or anything. I don’t think the reason given to me was legitimate, personally. It was the first time it’s ever been said to me.”

“I do know Liberty Christian is a special place. My girls have grown up there. My wife and children will still be there because it’s a special place. It’s the only job I’ve ever had. I’m going to miss it. I’m heartbroken and shocked, all at the same time.”

Price took over prior to the 2009 season when he replaced the late Mark Bowles, who started the program and was the head coach for 26 seasons, winning three state championships. Price was on Bowles’ staff starting in 1997 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2003. Price won one state championship with the Warriors, as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2007.

In his five seasons as head coach, Price’s record was 41-23 as the Warriors reached the TAPPS state semifinals in 2010 and 2013 and the state championship in 2009.

Price announced the move on Twitter late Thursday night.




What to expect: Ponder vs. Tatum

Ponder freshman guard Chase Harris drives to the basket as he is defended by Aransas Pass center J.D. Gentry during the second half of the Class 2A state semifinal on Friday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Ponder won the game 51-47. (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News)

Ponder used a three-headed scoring monster of seniors posts Josh Peterson and Clay Morgan, along with freshman guard Chase Harris to score a 51-47 win over Aransas Pass in the Class 2A state semifinal.

In fact, until the beginning of the fourth quarter when point guard Brady Anderson (eight assists) scored his only two points of the game, no one other than those three had scored. As it turned out, the trio combined for all but three of Ponder’s points.

Ponder head coach Jude Stanley, whose team will go for its fifth state championship in program history on Saturday afternoon against Tatum, said that will change in the state championship game.

“It makes it very difficult to defend when you have guys that can put the ball in the basket,” Stanley said. “If they’re gonna double- and triple-team Clay, which some try to do, then Josh will get a chance to score. Also Chase opens things up from the outside and that stretches the game out. I think tomorrow you’ll probably see some more guys put the ball in the basket. We had some nerves today. It doesn’t matter though, we just wanted the W.”

As for that 2A final against second-ranked Tatum, No. 4 Ponder will have its hands full with the Eagles’ up-tempo, full-court pressure, which is also known as “94 feet of hell.”

Follow the jump for a look at how the teams match up.

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BREAKING: Guyer assistant set to take Breckenridge job

Guyer linebackers coach Casey Hubble will be the new head coach at Breckenridge, according to sources close to the situation. (Courtesy Photo)

Guyer linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator Casey Hubble will be named the new head coach at Breckenridge, pending school board approval on Friday night.

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