Golf: UNT seeking C-USA tourney victory

A big finish at the Reveille Classic came at the perfect time for the North Texas men’s golf team.

Softball: TWU locks up 2 seed in LSC tourney

CANYON — The TWU softball team split the doubleheader against the host No. 2 West Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon to secure the second seed in next week’s Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament. The Pioneers won the first game 13-10 before WTAMU walked-off with a 9-5 win in the second.

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Basketball: UNT’s Taylor opts not to pursue redshirt

T.J. Taylor’s once-promising college basketball career has come to an end.

Football: UNT’s Voss works out for Chiefs, Dolphins

Colin Voss thought his opportunities in football had come to an end not too long ago after the NCAA denied his appeal for a final season of eligibility. That changed over the past few weeks when the former forward for the North Texas basketball team heard from a pair of NFL teams that think he might have what it takes.

Golf: UNT takes fourth in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Freshman Abbi Shaddix led the North Texas women’s golf team to its best finish at a conference championship since 2011 as the Mean Green finished fourth at the Conference USA tournament.

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UNT Notebook: Big guys shag punts to cap spring practice

North Texas reached the finish line when it comes to spring practice in light-hearted fashion Tuesday afternoon.

TWU Notebook: Pioneers directed to take care of business

Heading into the final weekend of the regular season and a four-game series at the No. 2 team in the nation, TWU softball coach Genny Stidham wants the focus of her players to be on themselves and not West Texas A&M.

Golf: Freshman leads UNT at conference tourney

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a record-breaking day for the North Texas women’s golf team, as freshman Abbi Shaddix was the catalyst as she fired the third-lowest round in school history at the Conference USA tournament.

Basketball: UNT nabs women’s hoops transfer from UT

Jalie Mitchell has her first recruit as the head coach at North Texas. Nekia Jones, a 5-11 forward from Beaumont who left Texas’ program this spring, has elected to continue her career with the Mean Green. Jones announced her intentions to play for UNT on her Twitter account on Monday afternoon.

Golf: UNT in contention after first round

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The best round of the year for the North Texas women’s golf team has it in contention for the Conference USA title after the first round of play. The Mean Green fired a first round of 6-over par 294 and is tied for third place, only seven strokes off the lead after the first 18 holes.

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Football: UNT picks up the tempo

There wasn’t much one could be certain of when it came to North Texas’ offense heading into spring practice a few weeks ago.

UNT Notebook: Barnett named Dunham’s replacement

Once George Dunham decided this year to retire as the radio voice of North Texas athletics, he started to think about the future — and who would replace him.

Softball: Bice helps Pioneers take two from Zias

TWU’s Tori Bice has gotten used to pitching back-to-back games of late, and on Saturday in a series-opening doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico, Bice summoned the confidence to boost her team to two more crucial victories as the Pioneers defeated the Zias 8-0 and 5-1 at Pioneer Field.

Football: Mean Green to present offensive research

North Texas offensive coordinator Mike Canales and the rest of the Mean Green’s coaching staff have taken a long, hard look since the end of last season at some of the top offenses in the country and the ins and outs of what they do.

Basketball: Versatile forward picks UNT over Tulsa, Charlotte, others

Playing four seasons of high school basketball wasn’t enough to earn Allante Holston the scholarship offers he was seeking.

Softball: Lady Monarchs oust Mean Green

HOUSTON — North Texas fought for nearly five hours Friday before being edged by No. 66 Old Dominion 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.

Model Athlete: UNT’s Bardabush takes on dual career

Kseniya Bardabush was already well into her development as a tennis player when a suggestion from her mother opened up a whole new avenue in life.

TWU notebook: Pioneers keen to remain in second place

Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, the TWU softball team stands alone in second place in the Lone Star Conference after last weekend’s series win at Texas A&M-Kingsville, and that would be an enviable position entering the May 1-2 LSC tournament.

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UNT notebook: Mean Green developing identity in practice

Spring practice is a time when a team’s personality often begins to emerge. New leaders step into the void left by departing seniors, and offseason adjustments take form.

Basketball: JUCO guard commits to play basketball at UNT

A two-year stay in junior college wasn’t what Deckie Johnson was shooting for when he was a high school standout in Memphis.

Gymnastics: TWU’s Kayla Jones wins ’15 USA Gymnastics Floor National Title

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — TWU senior gymnast Kayla Jones won the floor title while senior Courtney Cochefski and freshman Madison Nettles finished second on bars and vault respectively at the 2015 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships Individual Event Finals on Sunday afternoon.

Softball: UNT wins series against UTSA

Just as it had on day one of the series, the UTSA long ball threatened the hopes of a North Texas victory. However, the Mean Green rallied for five unanswered runs over the course of its final two at bats to push past the Roadrunners, 5-2, and clinch a pivotal series with Conference USA tournament aspirations on the line.

Tennis: UNT tops South Alabama on senior day

Sometimes the storybook endings actually play out in real life. Franziska Sprinkmeyer rallied from a one-set deficit and clinched the winning point for the Mean Green on senior day and the North Texas tennis team defeated South Alabama, 4-2. Although the Jaguars won the doubles point, the hosts stormed back with four singles wins to take the cake on Sunday and improved to 8-13 on the season heading into the Conference USA Tournament.

Football: Akunne’s departure leaves hole at LB

Derek Akunne was one of the most consistent and productive players in North Texas’ lineup over his last three seasons with the Mean Green.

Tina Slinker: Support for new coach wanted

I have spent 26 years being involved in and now following the women’s basketball program at North Texas. I am writing in hopes of accumulating support, not that she needs it, for newly named head coach, Jalie Mitchell, one of UNT’s finest and someone who can re-establish alumni support and lead the program in a positive and productive direction.

TWU finishes fourth at 2015 USA Gymnastics National Championships

Gymnastics National Championships. Lindenwood won the title with a 195.550 while Bridgeport finished second with a 194.675 and Seattle Pacific placed third with a 194.225.

Softball: TWU takes series against TAMUK

KINGSVILLE — The TWU softball team won the first game of the doubleheader, 10-2, in six innings to capture the series against Texas A&M-Kingsville. Game two was halted in the sixth inning due to lightning and will result in a 1-1 tie.

Softball: North Texas snaps skid against UTSA

DENTON — With one deep fly ball over the left field wall, North Texas ended its nine-game losing skid against Conference USA foe Texas-San Antonio at home Saturday.

Tennis: Mean Green fall to UT Arlington in road finale

ARLINGTON — The North Texas tennis team’s day trip to the University of Texas at Arlington did not go as hoped, as the Lady Mavs defeated the Mean Green 4-0. The loss dropped the team to 7-13 on the season with one more match to play, a Senior Day contest 10 a.m. today vs. South Alabama.

Women’s gymnastics: Kelly helps lead Pioneers to USAG finals

PHILADELPHIA — TWU freshman Alyssa Kelly posted two career highs Friday to help the Pioneers to a second-place finish in the first team semifinal at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.

Softball: Bice leads Pioneers to two wins

KINGSVILLE — TWU sophomore pitcher Tori Bice tossed two complete games to help the Pioneers to a doubleheader sweep Friday at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

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Women’s basketball: UNT introduces Mitchell as coach

Long before Jalie Mitchell became arguably the best player in the history of North Texas women’s basketball, she sat down with her friend Rosalyn Reades to talk about where they would continue their careers in college.

Football: UNT’s Patrick set to be inducted to Miami HOF

Once the ball was snapped, everything went perfectly for Kevin Patrick in his debut with the Miami Hurricanes back in 1990.

Women’s basketball: Mitchell named as women’s coach

North Texas is bringing one of its own home in the hope she can re-energize its women’s basketball program.

TWU notebook: Freshmen lead TWU into nationals weekend

TWU had an unusual two-week break in its schedule leading up to this weekend’s 2015 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championship and made good use of the time off by focusing on the small details of their routines that could help them be in the running for this year’s title.

UNT notebook: Coaching search for North Texas women nearing end

North Texas is close to concluding its search for a new women’s basketball coach.

Tennis: UNT unable to halt Houston’s win streak

DALLAS — With the North Texas tennis team down 3-2 against No. 28 Houston on Sunday morning, Alexis Thoma and Agustina Valenzuela both had to win for the Mean Green to pull off the upset. On the flip side, if the Cougars clinched one more point, the team match would end and the other would go unfinished.

Football: Defense strengthens in scrimmages

Chris Cosh could see small signs of progress over the first few days of his inaugural spring as North Texas’ defensive coordinator.

UNT softball swept by Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.VA. — In a weekend shortened by rain and limited by Easter weekend travel restrictions, North Texas and Marshall were lucky to finish two games. The Thundering Herd took both game one, a suspended overnight affair, 1-0, and game two, 16-8, to sweep the quick series.

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Softball: Sancet becomes homer queen

TWU entered Thursday’s doubleheader against Cameron with some problems. A sputtering offense and inconsistent pitching saw the Pioneers split their previous four-game series against Texas A&M-Commerce, with their two losses coming via the run rule.

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Football: ‘Tiller’ adding new dimensions

North Texas coach Dan McCarney was running through his list of new players on national signing day in 2014 — detailing their strengths and weaknesses and how he saw them all fitting in — when he stopped to talk about Tillman Johnson.

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Soccer: Hodges off to Sweden

Kelsey Hodges’ friends and family noted over the past few days the irony involved in the latest turn in her soccer career.

Tennis: No. 17 Frogs shut out UNT

With a top-20 opponent visiting the Waranch Tennis Complex on Wednesday, North Texas had an opportunity to extend a winning streak and turn some heads, but No. 17 TCU defeated the Mean Green 4-0.

UNT notebook: Beloved UNT ‘rock’ Hall dies

North Texas coach Dan McCarney often is among the first people to arrive at the Mean Green Athletic Center, especially during the grind of the football season.Becky Hall often was there to greet him.

TWU notebook: Stidham sings to relax TWU pitchers

From her vantage point inside the TWU dugout, softball coach Genny Stidham sees why her pitching staff has struggled while giving up too many walks, untimely hits and runs: unnecessary pressure from the head coach.

College basketball: Utah State taps Duryea as coach

Tommy Newman always felt like it was a matter of time before one of his former players followed in his footsteps and became a Division I head coach.

College softball: UNT shut out by Western Ky.

DENTON — North Texas stranded six base runners and recorded only one hit in Sunday’s series finale, falling 4-0 in seven innings at home to Western Kentucky. WKU ace pitcher Miranda Kramer struck out 13 of the 27 Mean Green batters she faced.

Football: Change is afoot at UNT spring scrimmage

Jamal Marshall never lost the love of playing cornerback

Softball: Pioneers splits doubleheader at Commerce

COMMERCE — The TWU softball team split the doubleheader at Texas A&M-Commerce with a 2-1 win in the opener before falling 8-0 in five innings in the nightcap. The Pioneers are 13-16-1 on the season and 5-4-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

Tennis: Mean Green defeat Kansas

Kamilla Galieva had been struggling. She had lost six of her past seven singles matches overall and then her first set in a tiebreak against Kansas’ Alexis Czapinski on Friday. But Galieva buckled down, found her confidence and conceded only two games in the final two sets to earn a 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-1 win.