*Florence, Raiders square off against Walsh, Guyer for final time

Former Ryan head coach Joey Florence and Guyer head coach John Walsh have four state titles between them. (DRC file photo)

Ryan head football coach Joey Florence sat in his office and looked past the books on the window sill into the Ryan parking lot.

The prolific Ryan head coach reflected on his time at Ryan, which he knew was coming to an end. He told everybody he hadn’t made a decision on becoming the Denton ISD athletic direcdtor, but he knew he was switching offices months ago.

He reflected over his five state title appearances, his two state championships and all the kids he sent to the nation’s top college football programs. Something was still missing.

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Guyer, Wichita Falls soccer in on March Madness

Michigan State and UConn are squaring off for a trip to Arlington for the Final Four. They'll also decide when Guyer and Wichita Falls will play their playoff soccer game. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Guyer, the defending Class 4A state champion, will play Wichita Falls in the Class 4A Region I girls sectional round of the soccer playoffs at Saginaw’s Rough Rider Stadium, this much we know.

That’s where things get really interesting, however, as Guyer girls coach Kenny Blevins and the Wichita Falls ISD AD decided to make their flip for Thursday or Friday a bit more fun than the usual ZIP code game that’s traditionally employed by coaches “flipping” without a coin in the presence of each other.

Guyer wants to play the game on Thursday, and Wichita Falls wants the game on Friday. The two sides will allow a couple of college basketball teams in Madison Square Garden, a 1,600-mile drive from Rough Rider Stadium, to make the decision for them. As Michigan State and UConn battle it out for a trip to DFW next weekend for the Final Four, their outcome will decide when the teams will play at Saginaw.

If the combined final score of the game, which is at halftime as I type this, is an even number, Guyer wins the flip and the teams will play Thursday. If it’s an odd number, the Lady Coyotes win, and the game is on Friday.

Ryan’s Torralba OK after taking grounder to the face

Ryan sophomore shortstop Manny Torralba is much better today after taking a hard grounder to the face, according to Ryan head coach Bret Warnack.

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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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