Schedule of local athletes in the Texas Relays

This weekend, students from Ryan, Guyer, Argyle and Sanger will compete in the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at the University of Texas.

Here’s a list of who’s competing this weekend and the times for each preliminary event. The meet will be televised on the Longhorn Network today from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m, and on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

You can also find the live results right here. 

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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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What to expect: Ponder vs. Tatum

Ponder freshman guard Chase Harris drives to the basket as he is defended by Aransas Pass center J.D. Gentry during the second half of the Class 2A state semifinal on Friday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Ponder won the game 51-47. (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News)

Ponder used a three-headed scoring monster of seniors posts Josh Peterson and Clay Morgan, along with freshman guard Chase Harris to score a 51-47 win over Aransas Pass in the Class 2A state semifinal.

In fact, until the beginning of the fourth quarter when point guard Brady Anderson (eight assists) scored his only two points of the game, no one other than those three had scored. As it turned out, the trio combined for all but three of Ponder’s points.

Ponder head coach Jude Stanley, whose team will go for its fifth state championship in program history on Saturday afternoon against Tatum, said that will change in the state championship game.

“It makes it very difficult to defend when you have guys that can put the ball in the basket,” Stanley said. “If they’re gonna double- and triple-team Clay, which some try to do, then Josh will get a chance to score. Also Chase opens things up from the outside and that stretches the game out. I think tomorrow you’ll probably see some more guys put the ball in the basket. We had some nerves today. It doesn’t matter though, we just wanted the W.”

As for that 2A final against second-ranked Tatum, No. 4 Ponder will have its hands full with the Eagles’ up-tempo, full-court pressure, which is also known as “94 feet of hell.”

Follow the jump for a look at how the teams match up.

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BREAKING: Guyer assistant set to take Breckenridge job

Guyer linebackers coach Casey Hubble will be the new head coach at Breckenridge, according to sources close to the situation. (Courtesy Photo)

Guyer linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator Casey Hubble will be named the new head coach at Breckenridge, pending school board approval on Friday night.

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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.

 

Why the UIL should be watching the state lieutenant governor’s race

State Senator Dan Patrick (R) joins David Dewhurst in the May 27th run-off for the state's lieutenant governor position. Patrick has previously authored bills regarding private and parochial schools joining the University Interscholastic League. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

Most people around the state shuffled to their nearest polling station and cast their votes in Tuesday’s primaries.

Maybe you weren’t one of those people, but you enjoy high school athletics. Well, it’s time to start paying attention.

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Guyer assistant gets head-coaching gig

Guyer assistant coach Oschlor Flemming will be named the new head coach at Fort Bend Dulles. (Al Key/Denton Record-Chronicle)

On the heels of two straight state championships, longtime Guyer assistant Oschlor Flemming is striking while the iron is hot.

The running backs coach and special teams coordinator, who was the first non-Brownwood hire made by Guyer head coach John Walsh when he came to Denton from Brownwood in 2005, has accepted the head coaching position at Fort Bend Dulles.

The lifelong Denton resident, who attended Ryan prior to coaching at Strickland Middle School and Guyer, is now set to move away from Denton for the first time since he left to play college football at Texas A&M — the only five years he hasn’t lived in Denton. Flemming was the second Ryan player to earn a Division I football scholarship and still holds the single-game record with 237 rushing yards in 1998 against Burkburnett.

Dulles, which will play in the new District 23-6A, went 4-6 last season under Jim Creech, who retired after 20 years as the Vikings’ head coach with seven playoff appearances. In 2012, Dulles won its first playoff game in 16 years, and the Vikings reached the 5A state quarterfinals in 1994.

Walsh was 32 years old when he got the Guyer job and knows the challenges the 33-year-old Flemming might face early on. In Guyer’s first two varsity seasons, the Wildcats went 1-19 before reaching at least the state semifinal in five of the past six seasons. Guyer has had two 1,000-yard running backs in each of the past two seasons.

Flemming will have control of the offense, while also being the head coach — the same as Walsh at Guyer. Flemming’s mentor said he’s ready for the responsibility.

“I’ve leaned on him in huge ballgames — state games — for conversion calls or big calls; he’s ready for that,” Walsh said. “It’s a transition when you’re having to think about time of possession, field position and calling plays as a head coach and coordinator. It took me some time. He’ll transition fast, though. He’s intelligent. He’ll figure out quick.”

Flemming is set to start his new job on March 17. Guyer receivers coach Russ Phillips, the former Ponder head football coach and Lewisville track coach, will assume Flemming’s role as the boys head track coach at Guyer, a job Flemming has held since 2008.

Look for more on this, including thoughts from Flemming, in Thursday’s edition of the Denton Record-Chronicle.