Argyle’s Todd Rodgers talks Cleburne scrimmage, season opener (VIDEO)

We’re almost there.

In 10 days, most schools across the state will open the football season. But until then, there still is one more glorified practice left for teams to prepare for their respective season openers.

Argyle scrimmaged Ferris last week and has a final scrimmage against Cleburne this Friday. Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers talks about both of those practices and touches on the season opener against Abilene Wylie.

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Guyer, Argyle open season in AP polls

Moving up to Class 6A didn’t hurt Guyer’s perception across the state.

The Associated Press released its first poll of the season this morning. The Wildcats registered in the 6A poll at No. 7 in the school’s first year back in the state’s highest classification.

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Ian Sadler’s name all over updated Argyle record books (GIF)

Now we already knew this, but it’s worth mentioning again: Ian Sadler is one bad dude (“bad” means “good,” here).

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Argyle, Sanger well-represented on the TSWA Class 3A All-State Team

Former Sanger shortstop Ted Wisdom was one of seven area players named to the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A all-state baseball team. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

The Texas Sports Writers Association released its Class 3A All-State baseball team, and it confirmed what we knew all season.

Argyle and Sanger had some pretty good baseball players last season.

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Guyer, Argyle lead area’s DCTF projections

Argyle's Nick Ralston was named to Dave Campbell Texas Football's 4A preseason all-state team. The magazine was released today. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

When grocery stores opened this morning, many Texans continued the yearly mid-summer ritual of searching the magazine racks for a publication that’s well known by football fans across the state.

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Argyle set to win third straight Lone Star Cup

Argyle, seen here celebrating the 2013 Class 3A Division II football title, is in line to win its third straight Class 3A Lone Star Cup (John F. Rhodes/For the Record-Chronicle)

The school year may be over, but Argyle will have one more trophy to hoist before the end of the summer.

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Argyle Class of 2016 TE J.C. Chalk commits to Clemson

J.C. Chalk might have a while to go before he graduates from Argyle, but the Class of 2016 tight end already knows where he’s going to play college football.

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Mishap proves a tease for former Argyle standout

Jay Gonzales (6) is greeted at home plate after hitting a grand slam in a playoff win over Lovejoy in this 2010 file photo. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

There are several area players who could be drafted in this year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, which began on Thursday night with Rounds 1 and 2 and continued on Friday with Round 3-10. So far, none of them have been selected.

One player who wasn’t up for selection was former Argyle standout Jay Gonzales. You remember Gonzales as one of the area’s most feared hitters who graduated in 2012 along with current Yankees prospect Austin Aune. Gonzales has spent the year battling a shoulder injury as a DH for Midland College, which has had a great season in the Junior College ranks.

But for a second on Friday afternoon, Gonzales thought he might be joining Aune in the pro baseball ranks when it appeared the Baltimore Orioles had selected him.

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Argyle-College Station running blog

Hey folks. We’re 10 minutes from first pitch at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in the Class 3A state baseball state championship game. Argyle and College Station will both try to win their first baseball state championships.

College Station lineup: SS Walker DAvis, 2B Jaxxon Grisham, CF Ryan Johnson, C Baylor Rowlett, RF Kyle Richardson, 1B Matthew Bennett, 3B Jake Georgiades, LF Cole Whittlesey, DH Israel Martinez, P MacGregor Hines (committed to Florida)

Argyle lineup: RF Hunter Markwardt, SS Tanner Boyzuick, P Parker Mushinski, C Ryley Balch, 3B Brandon Boyzuick, CF Cutter McDonald, DH Mat Ralph, 1B Drew Gooch, LF Tyler Gibson, 2B Seth Green.

Top 1: Argyle 0, College Station 0

Walker Davis flies out to left field. 1 out. … Jaxxon Grisham grounds out to the pitcher. 2 outs… Ryan Johnson reaches first base on an error… Baylor Rowlett flies out to centerfield. 3 outs.

Bottom 1: Argyle 0, College Station 0

Hunter Markwardt grounds out to the pitcher. 1 out… Tanner Boyzuick flies out to right field. 2 outs… Parker Mushinski reaches first on a single to right field. Spencer Cullen, a courtesy runner, reaches second base on an error. Ryley Balch grounds out to second base. 3 outs.

Top 2: Argyle 0, College Station 0

Kyle Richardson grounds out to second base. 1 out… Matthew Bennett flies out to center field. 2 outs. Jake Georgiades reaches first on a walk. Georgiades reaches second on a throwing error… Cole Whittlesey reaches first on a walk. Israel Martinez flies out to left field. 3 outs.

Bottom 2: Argyle 0, College Station 0

Brandon Boyzuick lines out to shortstop. 1 out… Cutter McDonald strikes out looking. 2 outs… Mat Ralph strikes out swinging. 3 outs.

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MLB draft begins tonight

Oklahoma starting pitcher Adam Choplick, a former Ryan standout, throws against TCU last month in Fort Worth. (Associated Press)

The MLB First-Year Player Draft begins tonight at 6 p.m. and runs through Sunday, and with 40 rounds the list of potential draft picks is a long one.

There are a few local players who could be chosen this year — former area players who have gone on to successful college careers, as well as a current high school player who is set to pitch for Argyle tonight in the Class 3A state title game in Austin.

A look at the local potential picks, in order of probability of being drafted:

Adam Choplick, LHP, Oklahoma (Ryan HS) — The folks at suggest Choplick will be a third- or fourth-round selection after a season in which he became the Sooners’ ace in a down year for the program, although one analyst ranks him No. 40 among all the prospects in the draft and as a second-round selection. The thing with Choplick is his potential and ceiling. Who wouldn’t want to take a chance on a 6-8, hard-throwing lefty? Choplick is exactly that, as he averaged 9.46 K/9 innings this year after a second Tommy John surgery as a freshman from which he seems to be fully recovered. He was originally drafted in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school, but opted to go to college. Guess here is that if he’s not chosen by the eighth or ninth round, he’ll head back to OU for his senior season and give it another run next year. If he falls past the 10th round, don’t expect to see him drafted at all.

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