What to expect: Argyle vs. Waco La Vega

Argyle hopes to celebrate on Saturday when it faces Waco La Vega for the Class 3A girls basketball state title. (Ashley Landis/For the Dallas Morning News)

It won’t get much better than it’s going to get on Saturday.

No. 1 vs. No. 2. Waco La Vega vs. Argyle. Flying mascot vs. eye-patched mascot.

Grab an overpriced hot dog and find your seat inside the Frank Erwin Center, because it should be a pretty good game.

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Argyle moves past disputed finish of regional final against Celina

By now, you have probably heard about all the chaos regarding the final seconds of last Saturday’s girls basketball 3A Region II girls final at Texas A&M-Commerce between Celina and Argyle

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Argyle, Celina set to meet in Region II final

Argyle and Celina will play at 1 p.m. today in the 3A Region II final. The winner advances to the 3A state tournament in Austin next weekend. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

COMMERCE — I think we all saw this one coming.

In a few hours, Argyle and Celina will play for the third and final this season, with the winner headed to the Class 3A girls basketball state tournament.

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Ponder boys, Argyle girls remain near the top of the TABC polls

 

Delaney Sain and the Argyle Lady Eagles are ranked second in Class 3A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

The latest weekly installment of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches rankings was released today and two of the area’s top teams retained their lofty rankings.

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Top 5 games of 2013: No. 2 — Argyle vs. Fairfield, football

Ian Sadler and the Argyle Eagles vaulted over Fairfield in the Class 3A Division II football state championship game, one of the best games of 2013. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

During the final three days of the University Interscholastic League state football championships, 221,339 people watched the state’s best football games at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.

But the 22,071 in attendance for the Class 3A Division II state championship saw Argyle and Fairfield put on the weekend’s most thrilling game.

Argyle finally added the state’s most cherished trophy to its showcase in one of the best games of 2013.

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Top 5 Games of 2013: No. 4 — Argyle vs. Decatur, volleyball

Decatur knocked out Katy Keenan and Argyle from the Class 3A volleyball playoffs in one of the best games of 2013. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Today, we continue counting down the top five games of 2013. Argyle’s volleyball team makes the list for the second straight year after another amazing playoff match.

My ears were ringing all night from all the crowd noise that was relentless all night, much like the play of two of the state’s best volleyball teams. Let’s relieve one of the best matches you’ll see and one of the year’s top games.

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State champions and state finalists, illustrated

The end of the high school football season has opened a Texas-sized hole into the hearts of many across the state.

There was a lot of discussion on Twitter regarding what region was dominant in this weekend’s University Interscholastic League state championship games. Dallas-Forth Worth went 5-for-5 this weekend (Argyle, Guyer, Cedar Hill, Allen, Aledo).

So, I decided to map it all out. Below is a map of the winners and the second-place finishers for Class A to Class 5A. The stars are the teams that won. The other markers indicate the teams the losing teams.

 

Argyle’s Hedlund leads AP 3A all-state selections; Sadler on second team

Argyle's players surround kicker Cole Hedlund after he set the national record for most career field goals made. He was the area's lone first-team selection on the Associated Press Class 3A all-state team. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Four Argyle players were named to the Associated Press Class 3A all-state team.

Four other Eagles and Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson were honorable mention selections as well.

The only first-teamer was Argyle senior kicker Cole Hedlund. Hedlund has orally committed to Arkansas. Earlier this season, he set the national record for most career field goals.

Argyle offensive lineman Hayden Hood, wide receiver Ian Sadler and defensive lineman Micah Capra were second-team selections. Linebacker Sam Sizelove (committed to Kansas State), defensive back Connor Wilson (committed to Texas Tech) and offensive lineman Michael Castle were honorable mention selections. Hedlund was also honorable mention as a punter.

I’m shocked that Sadler (committed to Texas Tech) wasn’t a first-team selection. I figured Sadler or Carthage quarterback Blake Bogenshutz weren’t named as the Offensive Player of the Year. But Fairfield running back Larry Rose is plenty deserving of the award.

Argyle’s numbers weren’t that impressive because the starters hardly played in the second half this season.

In the end, I’m sure Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers would rather have healthy players instead of players with gaudy numbers.

Here’s the full list of the Associated Press Class 3A all-state team.

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Weekday Recap: Argyle, Guyer advance

Jerrod Heard and the Guyer Wildcats waltzed into the 4A DI semifinals with a 53-28 win against Birdville. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

It took a while for the roads to thaw out and the weekend’s slate of football games to wrap up.

But when the ice somewhat melted, Guyer and Argyle moved closer to an appearance in the state championship game. Ryan’s valiant season ended after what looked like another improbable comeback was going to occur.

Adam Boedeker and I look back at Monday’s action and look forward to this weekend’s state semifinal games.

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Game Changers: Dec. 3

Game Changers: Dec. 3. from Ben Baby on Vimeo.

We’re halfway through the high school football playoffs, and three area teams still have a shot of winning a state title. Adam Boedeker and I break down last week’s game and this week’s matchups in this week’s episode of Game Changers. Game Changers is a joint production between the Mayborn School of Journalism and the Denton Record-Chronicle.