Argyle rides wave of athletic success to Austin


Twelve weeks ago, the Argyle Eagles played in the Class 3A Division II state championship football game at Cowboys Stadium.

On Thursday, Argyle (29-8) will face Lubbock Estacado (27-7) in a boys basketball state semifinal scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

Athletic success has become somewhat routine for the school located eight miles southwest of Denton, despite an enrollment number (668) that places the school in the bottom half of the newest 3A window (450-1,004).

“These kids just win,’’ said Argyle basketball coach John King. “Credit goes to them. They work at being successful. Boys and girls.

“Some schools have success in one sport. Here, it is a priority to be good in all sports. Before I took the job five years ago, [Argyle athletic director and football coach] Todd Rodgers told me his vision was to win the 3A Lone Star Cup and to do that, we have to be successful in all sports. I told him that’s what I want, too.’’

Argyle is a two-time winner of the UIL's Lone Star Cup awarded annually to one school in each of the five classifications based on overall team performance in district and state championships. Argyle won as a Class 2A school in 2006 and in Class 3A in 2009. So far in this school year, after state and area marching band, team tennis, cross country and football, Argyle is the state leader and has a chance to add to its 36 points this weekend.

“One of the things we’ve done in the past is to have our players give us written feedback, and I remember one wrote that he wanted Argyle to be known for being the best at everything we do,’’ King said. “Another wrote that if we do lose to a school in one sport, that’s okay because we will beat them in everything else.’’

The only thing lacking so far is a state title in a major sport.

Three times Argyle has made it to state title games, but it is still seeking its first championship in football or boys basketball. That could change this weekend.

In its first trip to the state basketball tournament in 2004, before King’s arrival, Argyle won in the semifinal round but lost 43-42 in overtime to Shallowater in the Class 2A title game.

Argyle’s 21-14 loss to Wimberley in the Class 3A Division II state title football game in December marked the second time the Eagles have come away one win shy of a state championship in that sport.

In 2005, Argyle was defeated by Newton 28-20 in the Class 2A Division I championship game.

Three players on the basketball roster also played on the school’s football team last fall: Chadd Bossow, Spencer McCloud and Nick Ralston.

“Credit to all three because football lasted deep into December and that takes a physical toll,’’ King said. “We appreciate them.’’

Argyle has made it to the regional basketball quarterfinal round six straight seasons.

North Texas signee Clarke Overlander, a 6-foot-5 forward and a four-year varsity member, draws much of the attention of Argyle’s opponents.

Forward Andrew Resch and shooting guard Connor York, both seniors, have three years of varsity experience.

Running the show is feisty junior point guard Zach Dickerson.

Argyle draws a difficult semifinal foe in Estacado, the 2010 state champion.

“Estacado is an outstanding, established team,’’ King said. “To make it to the finals, we’ll have to earn it.’’