Weekend Recap: (almost) everybody’s a winner

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

Denton alum and Stephen F. Austin SS Dozier moves up in MLB mock draft

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.

Friday’s Playoff Preview

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.

Here’s a closer look at tomorrow night’s games.

 

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District 5-4A playoff scenarios

Tonight’s slate of basketball games closes out the boys regular season. It will also close out one this season’s most exciting district battle.

In 5-4A action, Guyer plays Fort Worth Brewer tonight with a shot at the school’s first ever district title. Denton plays on the road at Trophy Club Nelson.

All three teams have already clinched a playoff berth. The following should help clear things up.

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Denton, yes Denton, on track for postseason

 

 

The Broncos, seen charging down the court here against Fort Worth Brewer, have stormed up the District 5-4A standings and is tied for first place. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

OK everybody, let’s see a show of hands of who thought the Denton boys basketball team was going to finish the first half of District 5-4A play in third place. Second place?

Now keep those hands up if you had them tied for first place. Ahh, that’s what I figured. 

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The Fantastic Four: No.3 Ryan vs. Denton

 

Ryan head coach Bryce Overstreet's ejection in a crosstown game against Denton proved to be the spark the Raiders needed to advance to the Class 4A state tournament (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Originally when I was mapping this thing out, the top three games of 2012 looked a little different. Then, I decided to call an audible when I was looking through the archives of the games I’ve been at this year.

When I thought about it a little more, I knew Ryan and Denton’s District 4-4A basketball game had to be ranked as the third best game of 2012.

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Friday night football chat

Unless something totally unexpected or totally out of the ordinary happens tonight, we should have a clear leaders in the District 5-4A race after the Guyer Wildcats and Wichita Falls Rider Raiders play at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Guyer and Rider come into the showdown with identical 4-0 district records so the winner of tonight’s game will have the advantage to claim the district title with just two games remaining.

Staying in 5-4A, Denton will be trying to keep its playoff hopes alive when the Broncos visit Azle. The Broncos are 1-3 in district and are in a must-win situation when they take on the 2-2 Hornets.

Ryan, still reeling for a five-point home loss to Hebron last week, will be in Lewisville tonight to take on the Farmers. Ryan is 1-1 in 5-5A play while Lewisville is 0-2.

If you can’t attend one of these games tonight or one of several good Denton-area games, join us here and we’ll keep you updated on all the action from around the area.

 

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The Denton Broncos will be trying to add to last week’s success while the Ryan Raiders will be trying to rebound from their loss to Wichita Falls Rider and the Guyer Wildcats will be looking for their first win of the season in football action tonight.

Denton, a 35-6 winner over R.L. Turner last week, will be at home to host Fort Worth Western Hills and Patrick Hayslip will be reporting the action from Bronco Field.

Ryan suffered a 21-15 loss to Rider last week and will meet Wylie East at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex and Ben Baby will be following the action there.

Guyer, still looking for its first win of the season, will be in Flower Mound to face Marcus and Adam Boedeker will report that action.

 

Local Minor League Updates

Since Mondays usually don’t rank up the list of favorite days of the week and baseball season past the all-star break, it seemed to be the right time to take a look at some of the local kids in the minor leagues.

We have the Baker brothers from Denton, Ryan grad Zach Voight and some Argyle kid with the last name Aune. Here’s a rundown of how’s everybody’s been doing so far this season.

 Aaron Baker

 The eldest of the Baker boys, Aaron Baker has been absolutely crushing the ball in Class A advanced/high A for the Frederick Keys. Through 85 games, he’s batting .265 with 20 home runs and 69 RBIs.

Baker, a member of the Baltimore Orioles’ farm system, leads the Carolina League in home runs, RBIs and is second in slugging percentage. So far, he’s on pace to have his best year in three seasons in the minors.

His batting average has risen each month this season. In July, Baker’s batting an impressive .327, with an on-base percentage of .387.

Baker’s efforts aren’t going unnoticed, as he’s earned two Player of the Week honors in the league, with his latest one coming on July 9. According to Baseball America, the first baseman is the Orioles’ best power-hitting prospect.

The Denton native is also in the running for best mustache in the minors.

Austin Aune

Well, it hasn’t taken Austin Aune too long to figure things out in the Yankees’ Gulf Coast League system.

Aune, as almost everybody and their third-cousin once removed is aware of, got a cool $1 million signing bonus to pack up at TCU and sign with the Yankees. So far, Aune’s played 12 games with the Yankees’ rookie team. In his last eight games, he hasn’t been too shabby.

Aune’s hitting .296 this month with an OBP of .375. While in the minors, he’s batting .268. He went 2-for-3 yesterday with a double and an RBI. He’s seen some time at shortstop, and has three errors so far.

Abel Baker

The youngest of the Baker boys, Abel Baker hasn’t enjoyed the same success his brother has while playing this season at Cedar Rapids, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Class A squad.

Baker’s batting .209 this season, but he’s struggled in July, batting a salty .107 after batting .278 in June. In his last five games, the Kernels catcher is 0-for-16. Here’s hoping the left-handed hitter can break out of the slump.

Zach Voight

Voight was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 20th round of this year’s First-Year Player Draft. The standout shortstop from New Mexico State and Ryan High is playing in Great Falls in the Rookie Pioneer League.

Voight has yet to see action since being drafted. He batted .305 with eight home runs and 56 RBIs in his last year at NMSU, so he’s no slouch.

(UPDATED Thursday, 11:41 AM)

After putting out the initial update, I got an email from Zach’s dad saying why he hasn’t played.

On May 11 with NMSU, Voight hit a walk-off home run in the 12th inning to top Fresno State 2-1. As Voight’s teammates mobbed their hero at home plate, Voight stepped on somebody’s foot and rolled his left ankle. On July 6, the MRI by Great Falls said Voight has a severely sprained ankle and is out for at least three weeks.

If Voight’s involved in any more post-game celebrations, he might want to watch his step. Sometimes, celebrations at home plate don’t turn out well.

Aaron Baker earns Player of the Week award in Carolina League

Aaron Baker, pictured here taking a lead against Guyer in 2006, has earned Carolina League Player of the Week honors for his play last week. Baker leads the league with 14 home runs. (DRC File Photo)

Throughout the years, Denton ISD has produced some stellar baseball prospects, including former Ryan star Austin Jackson, who visits town this week when the Detroit Tigers play the Texas Rangers.

Aaron Baker, a Denton High standout and ex-Oklahoma Sooner, has been named the Carolina League Player of the Week in for the week of June 18 to June 24.

The first baseman hit three home runs, two doubles and drove in seven RBIs during that stretch.

Baker is the first baseman for the Frederick Keys in Maryland, the high Class A affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles. He was acquired by the Orioles from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a deadline-day trade last summer for Derrek Lee.

Baker leads the league with 14 home runs, is fourth in the league with 48 RBIs and fifth with a slugging percentage of .506. The former Bronco is currently batting .249.

According to Baseball America, Baker is the best power-hitting prospect currently in the Orioles’ organization.

He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball  Draft by the Pirates. Coming out of high school, he was drafted in the 37th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, but instead he opted to play baseball at Oklahoma.

Baker displayed his power when he hit a walk-off home run against Vanderbilt in the 2008 NCAA baseball tournament. The Orioles are hoping Baker can one day repeat the feat at Camden Yards.