Weekend Recap: Florence gets No.200

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.

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Weekend Recap: Top teams roll

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.

 

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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.