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).
Justin Griffin (left) and the rest of Guyer's boys basketball team topped DeRodney Thomas and Denton in one of the top five games in 2013. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Each year, there are a few games that make you forget about everything else that was going on before you took your spot in the bleachers. Among the vast amount of blowouts and lopsided wins, some of the area’s high schools gave us some great contests in 2013.
So from now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll bring you the top five games of the year. We’ll finish up with the game of the year on Dec. 31.
Today we’ll start with No. 5, Guyer and Denton’s boys basketball game in January.
Coppell constricted Ryan's offense to 195 yards in a 28-3 win against the Raiders. Still, Ryan clinched its 14th straight playoff berth. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Every year it always feels like things are moving faster, where two months ago feels like two weeks ago.
We’re almost at the end of the regular season before leaves could change colors. But the true sign of a Texas autumn comes in two weeks, when the playoffs start and teams chase state the dream they had since August.
Last weekend, Guyer picked up another easy win, while Ryan and Denton each lost to very good teams. Sanger had a narrow win over winless Bridgeport, while Liberty Christian dropped a close contest to Fort Worth Nolan.
Adam Boedeker and I delve into all of those games in today’s Weekend Recap.
Ryan senior running back Tyrone Williams scored two touchdowns in Ryan's 33-0 win over Lewisville on Friday night. Ryan, Denton and Guyer all won their respective games last week. (Al Key/Denton Record-Chronicle)
It’s no longer an anomaly when the three Denton ISD schools win on the same weekend.
Ryan, Denton and Guyer each came up with big victories in last week’s action, with Guyer’s win over Rider the game that was mostly in question for much of the night.
In area play, Sanger is making everybody forget about last season’s winless campaign and continued to roll with a win over Krum, while Lake Dallas’ 11-year playoff streak was snapped.
If you missed any or all of it, don’t fret. Adam Boedeker and I look back at last week’s area action.
Guyer notched a 66-3 victory against rivals Lake Dallas last weekend in one of the weekend's lopsided victories. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
The closer the calendar shifts to November, the clearer district races are starting to look. Across the area, things are starting to shape up how we thought they would when the season started.
For another week, Guyer and Argyle played up to their lofty state rankings, while Ryan lost its first game of the season and Sanger’s winning streak was halted in a big District 9-3A contest. It’s Monday, so that means Adam Boedeker and I break down last weekend’s action.
Ryan head coach Joey Florence and the Raiders celebrate their 13-10 win over Flower Mound Marcus last Friday. Florence earned his 200th career coaching victory. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
There were multiple moments on Friday night where some of the area’s strongest figures looked vulnerable.
For most of Friday night, it looked as if Ryan head coach Joey Florence had to wait another week to notch his 200th head coaching victory. Over in Trophy Club, Guyer and Texas-bound quarterback Jerrod Heard struggled against a vastly improved Nelson squad.
But at the end of the night, Florence and Heard both finished with a win. Other area schools also picked up key wins last Friday night. Adam Boedeker and I take a look back at last weekend’s action.
Defensive lineman Thomas Ferguson and the Guyer Wildcats rolled in a 66-7 over Denton for the Wildcats' second straight District 5-4A win. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
At this point in the season, it’s fairly easy to see which teams might be playing into late November and early December — the time of the year when you’re playing the best teams in the state without a margin for error.
There’s no reason not to consider Guyer as one of Class 4A’s best teams, despite its No.6 ranking in the Associated Press polls (that ranking makes absolutely no sense). In Class 3A, Argyle has looked flawless through six games this season, including a blowout of Dallas Madison this weekend.
Let’s take a look back at Guyer-Denton and some of our top area games.
Guyer posted a big 35-14 win over Colleyville Heritage to cap a very emotional week following the death of fellow Guyer student and teammate Nate Maki. (David Minton/DRC)
If you’re a fan of area high school football (and I’m going to go ahead and assume that’s the case since you’re here), there was plenty to cheer about following last weekend’s round of high school games.
It was the first time since the final week of the 2010 regular season that all three Denton ISD high schools won the same week. Only two area schools, Sanger and Krum, couldn’t pick up their first wins of the season.
But as for everybody else, there were plenty of positives when the weekend’s action was all wrapped up. Adam Boedeker and I break down last weekend’s games. Continue reading →
With the MLB First-Year Player Draft beginning this Thursday, more and more mock drafts have hit the web in anticipation of the big day.
If everything holds according to the sketched plans of the draft, the biggest local winner will be Denton alum and current Stephen F. Austin junior shortstop Hunter Dozier.
In today’s mock draft released by ESPN’s Keith Law (you’ll need a subscription to see the whole thing), Dozier is slotted as a first-round pick, going 29th to the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s a vast improvement from Law’s previous rankings, where Dozier was penciled in as the 53rd best prospect available for this weekend’s draft.
Dozier still has a year left, but it’s foolish to think he’ll be back for a senior year considering where he could potentially be drafted.
Law was one of 50 to 60 scouts who were at the Southland Conference Tournament to watch Oral Roberts and SFA face-off in the first round of the conference tournament. Those scouts saw Dozier go 1-for-3 against Oral Roberts pitcher Alex Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, who Law has going No.15 overall to Arizona, allowed seven hits and two earned runs in six innings.
We’ll be tracking Thursday’s events, watching to see if Dozier ends up becoming one of the highest drafted products out of a Denton ISD high school.
Denton and Guyer play in a doubleheader Friday night, and if both teams win, they will square off next week at UNT's Super Pit. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle) (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
The amount of area teams left in the basketball postseason has trickled down to six, with five teams on the boys side and two on the girls side.
In Class 2A boys action, Ponder and Sunnyvale tipped off at 7 p.m., with the winner going on to face either Whitesboro or Peaster. But with the exception of that contest, there’s four very interesting contests going on tomorrow: a Denton-Guyer doubleheader, a rematch between Argyle and Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins, Krum girls in the 3A regional tournament and both Liberty teams in action.