Liberty Christian promotes Barton Hundley to head coach

Liberty Christian defensive backs coach Barton Hundley has been named the third head football coach in school history. (Courtesy photo/Liberty Christian)

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*Florence, Raiders square off against Walsh, Guyer for final time

Former Ryan head coach Joey Florence and Guyer head coach John Walsh have four state titles between them. (DRC file photo)

Ryan head football coach Joey Florence sat in his office and looked past the books on the window sill into the Ryan parking lot.

The prolific Ryan head coach reflected on his time at Ryan, which he knew was coming to an end. He told everybody he hadn’t made a decision on becoming the Denton ISD athletic direcdtor, but he knew he was switching offices months ago.

He reflected over his five state title appearances, his two state championships and all the kids he sent to the nation’s top college football programs. Something was still missing.

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Report: Javy Guerra picked up by the Chicago White Sox

It didn’t take long for Ryan graduate Javy Guerra to find a new home in the majors.

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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.

 

 

 

Argyle receives state championship football rings

Argyle's football team received its championship rings to commemorate the team's Class 3A Division II football championship victory over Fairfield. (John F. Rhodes/Special Contributor)

A lot of ring fingers got a little heavier today in Argyle.
The Argyle football team received their championship rings for winning the Class 3A Division II football title, the school’s first football state championship.

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Ryan grad Javy Guerra designated for assignment by Dodgers

Ryan graduate Javy Guerra was designated for assignment on Sunday night, according to MLB.com. (Morry Gash/Associated Press)

Major League Baseball’s opening day is only a couple of weeks away, but Ryan alumnus Javy Guerra was dealt some pretty bad news on Sunday.

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Student documentary looks back on Argyle’s 2013 football season

One of the best things about having a great season is looking back at it a few months later. It’s fun to relieve those moments of joy, when for one once, your team wasn’t always on the losing end of the final score.

The Talon, Argyle’s student newspaper, produced this short documentary on the Eagles’ run to the 2013 3A Division II football state championship. The documentary will be submitted for an upcoming University Interscholastic League contest.

It’s a very solid effort for a group of high school kids, and it’s definitely worth watching. In case you’re wondering, we’re 174 days away from the first games of the season.

 

Guyer kicker goes viral with pact


The power of Twitter is pretty amazing. And there couldn’t be a cooler school district to follow on Twitter than @DentonISD. They’re all business, except for when they party. And while they do keep it professional, they also like the occasional bit.

That’s where Guyer senior kicker Brad Grems comes into play.

In the late-night hours on Monday night, as bridges were icing over causing certain Denton Record-Chronicle sports reporters to endure a two-hour plus drive home from North Richland Hills, Grems was starting a Twitter exchange that will go down in infamy.

Eventually, this ended up on KDGE The Edge’s website and was tweeted out by one of their DJs with 34,000-plus followers on Twitter, ensuring it to go viral. But here’s how it started.

It all started with this at 9:15 p.m., while I was somewhere on Highway 26:


Then, three minutes later, the fine folks at @DentonISD responded:

At 10:04 p.m., Denton ISD tweeted out that school for Tuesday was indeed canceled due to inclement weather. At that point, I was somewhere on 407 about three quarters of the way through my epic journey. At 10:07 p.m., Denton ISD was ready to collect its prize:

So, at 2:19 p.m. on Tuesday, Grems paid his debt, and was surely the butt of many jokes from his classmates, who secretly were thanking him for getting school canceled because the folks at Denton ISD probably really canceled school to see Grems sing (OK, not really).

Grems should probably stick to kicking footballs instead of trying to pursue a career as a wedding singer covering 80s pop classics. Grems was 99-for-102 on extra point attempts and was 5-for-9 on field goal attempts for the back-to-back state champion Guyer football team.

Guyer head coach John Walsh’s response? A simple “Only Grems.”

 

 

Ryan defensive tackle J.T. Williams picks Southern Miss

Ryan senior defensive tackle signed with Southern Miss on Wednesday. He chose the Golden Eagles over Massachusetts and Houston Baptist. (Mike Mezuel II/For the Denton Record-Chronicle)

A few months ago, it looked as if J.T. Williams was headed to the Southeastern Conference.

Then a few weeks ago, the stress mounted as Williams’ options to play college football dwindled.

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Ryan’s Sekou Clark signs with Vanderbilt

Ryan senior defensive end Sekou Clark flashes the "Anchors Down" symbol after he signed with the Southeastern Conference school on Wednesday morning. (Ben Baby/Denton Record-Chronicle)

 

Before last weekend, Ryan senior defensive end was committed to Louisiana-Monroe and planned on taking an official visit to Boise State before national signing day.

Then Vanderbilt came in and ruined all those plans.

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