Women's volleyball: Pioneers picked third in LSC poll

The TWU volleyball team, coming off consecutive 20-win seasons, has been picked third in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll released Tuesday.

Women's basketball: Pioneers add trio

TWU coach Beth Jillson has wrapped up recruiting for the 2014-15 season with the signing of three players announced Wednesday.

Softball: Sancet named Daktronics and NFCA All-American

TWU junior first baseman Kendra Sancet had added two All-America awards, earning first-team honors from Daktronics and making the National Fastpitch Coaches Association second team.

Softball: Vrazel earns top honor on All-America team

TWU senior shortstop Bailey Vrazel was named the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and a member of the first-team Academic All-America team for Division II softball as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Beer, Ellis named year’s top athletes

When Monday night was over and the Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet was done, several area athletes and others in the community were recognized for their achievements on and off the field last season.

Softball: Hines, Sancet make all-region team

TWU senior Katie Hines and junior Kendra Sancet were named Thursday to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-region first team.

Gymnastics: Cochefski earns academic honor

For the second straight season, TWU’s Courtney Cochefski has been named to the Capital One academic all-district at-large first team. She will now qualify for academic All-America consideration.

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Softball: Stidham calls 34-win season ‘a success’

Unable to replicate last season’s march to the national tournament after last weekend’s frustrating regional losses, TWU still enjoyed plenty of prosperity.

Softball: TWU lands three on All-Region team

TWU seniors Brandie Lander and Katie Hines and junior Kendra Sancet have been named to the 2014 Daktronics All-South Central Region team.

Softball: Midwestern ends TWU season

CANYON — TWU and Midwestern State combined for 36 hits and 27 runs Saturday, and the Mustangs prevailed 14-13 in an elimination game at the NCAA South Central Region tournament.

Softball: TWU drops into losers bracket

CANYON — TWU suffered a 9-4 loss to Metropolitan State in the first round of the NCAA South Central Region tournament on Friday. The Pioneers fell into the losers bracket of the double-elimination tournament and will face Midwestern State or West Texas A&M at 4 p.m. today.

Softball: Pioneers begin play today in regional

In TWU’s opening game of the NCAA Division II national tournament last season against Humboldt State, Kendra Sancet had a hit that could have swung momentum in the Pioneers’ favor.

TWU notebook: Pioneers ready to go in tourney

When the field for this weekend’s NCAA South Central Regional Softball Championship was announced Monday, TWU head coach Genny Stidham admitted to being thrilled — not for being awarded a berth in the postseason but rather for the new and unknown opponent the Pioneers will be playing.

Softball: TWU earns at-large bid to South Central Regional

The TWU Pioneers are headed back to the NCAA South Central Regional Softball Tournament after being awarded an at-large bid this morning by the NCAA.

Softball: Pioneers fall in LSC semifinals

CANYON — TWU lost 18-5 to Angelo State on Friday in the semifinals of the Lone Star Conference tournament. The Pioneers earlier beat Tarleton State 5-4 in a first-round matchup.

Softball: Pioneers, TexAnns meet today in LSC tourney

After advancing to the national tournament last season where they lost the only two games they played, the TWU Pioneers have plenty of motivation to make another long run.

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Softball: Back behind the plate

Ever since TWU’s Sarah Wittenburg began playing softball at age 6, her father stressed the importance of being able to play multiple positions.

TWU notebook: Pioneers hitting, fielding well entering Lone Star tourney

After taking two of three games at Cameron last weekend in the final series of the regular season, TWU accomplished its goals of winning the season series and locking down the No. 3 seed in this week’s Lone Star Conference softball tournament.

Softball roundup: TWU tops Cameron; UNT falls twice

LAWTON, Okla. — Junior Kendra Sancet and freshman Alyssa Galaz hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning Saturday to lead TWU to an 8-5 win at Cameron in the Pioneers’ final regular-season game.

Softball: Pioneers, Aggies split pair

LAWTON, Okla. — TWU split a doubleheader at Cameron on Friday. The No. 25 Pioneers captured a 7-1 win before falling 6-4 in the nightcap.

TWU notebook: TWU’s final series vital for postseason

When it comes to TWU’s softball season, one door is about to close while another is about to open to what essentially is the Pioneers’ second season.

Softball: TWU earns split with Tarleton State

STEPHENVILLE — TWU junior first baseman Kendra Sancet drove in six runs to help the Pioneers to a doubleheader split at Tarleton State on Thursday night. TWU won the first game 9-6 before dropping the second 7-5.

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TWU notebook: TWU swinging for top-eight regional rank

With four regular-season games remaining, the TWU softball team naturally will be focused on winning those contests. But it’s also that time of the year when attention turns to the upcoming Lone Star Conference tournament and South Central Region competition.

Gymnastics: Pioneers earn two individual crowns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU senior Brittainy Johnson captured the bars title while junior Spencer Jones won the floor title at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Sunday at Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center.

Women's gymnastics: Pioneers second again at nationals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU scored a 194.725 to finish second at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Saturday night.

Softball: TWU sweeps to wrap up home slate

Approaching two final road series before the Lone Star Conference tournament, TWU is searching for more consistency on defense.

Women's gymnastics: Pioneers win national semifinal with season high

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU posted a season-high 195.375 to win the second semifinal session Friday at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.

Women's gymnastics: TWU looks to end streak of runner-up finishes

Is the fifth time a charm? That’s what TWU is hoping for this weekend as the Pioneers are armed with a No. 1 seed, the talent and experience of eight seniors and perhaps a we’re-tired-of-being-runner-up attitude as they open competition today in the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships in Providence, R.I.

Softball: TWU splits at St. Edward’s

AUSTIN — TWU split its final nonconference doubleheader of the season Wednesday at St. Edward’s, winning 3-0 and losing 2-1.

TWU notebook: Pioneers determined to shine at nationals

TWU coach Lisa Bowerman and gymnast Brittainy Johnson drove to Denton late Saturday following Johnson’s record-setting performance at the NCAA regional meet at Arkansas for one specific reason: to start team preparations Sunday for this week’s USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.

Softball: Lander tosses no-no

Following TWU’s 8-0 victory over Midwestern State in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Pioneer Field, Brandie Lander walked off the field knowing she’d pitched a gem, but she didn’t know just how stifling she’d been.

Roundup: TWU's Johnson places fourth at regional

North Texas beat Texas-San Antonio for its sixth win at the Waranch Tennis Complex this season.

Softball: Pioneers take two against Midwestern State

After losing three of four games against No. 1 West Texas A&M and a doubleheader to No. 7 St. Mary’s at home, the TWU Pioneers went on the road and earned a four-game sweep of Eastern New Mexico.

TWU/UNT roundup: Sancet hits three homers as TWU sweeps Zias

PORTALES, N.M. — TWU completed its weekend trip with another doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico, winning 11-9 and 12-7 Saturday afternoon.

Softball: Farquhar’s winning homer helps TWU to sweep

PORTALES, N.M. — TWU rebounded from Tuesday’s two losses with a doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico on Friday.

TWU notebook: Pioneers hope win over No. 1 Buffs busts slump

TWU softball coach Genny Stidham hopes that salvaging a win against No. 1 West Texas A&M in the final game of a four-game series over the weekend will be the spark that lifts her Pioneers out of a tough stretch they’ve endured the last two weeks.

Softball: Rattlers strike for sweep at TWU

TWU dropped a home doubleheader to No. 7 St. Mary’s on Tuesday. The No. 18 Pioneers lost 10-7 before dropping an 8-0 decision in five innings.

Softball: TWU avoids four-game sweep

After falling flat in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against No. 1 West Texas A&M, Katie Hines and the TWU defense shut out the Lady Buffs for six innings to take the nightcap 4-2 and avoid a four-game sweep at Pioneer Field.

Roundup: TWU finishes second at conference meet

UNT sweeps UTEP

Softball: Lady Buffs sweep TWU

TWU knew it had a tough task on its hands with No. 1 West Texas A&M in town. After an opening 10-0 loss in Game 1, the Pioneers regrouped and took a 3-0 lead in the nightcap, but the Lady Buffs stormed back with a two-inning burst to take the second game 6-3 on Friday at Pioneer Field.

Women's gymnastics: TWU seniors key for MIC battle

Going into this weekend’s Midwest Independent Conference meet, the anticipated battle for the MIC title again boils down to a handful of teams — including the TWU Pioneers — separated by the slightest of margins at the top of the MIC rankings.

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Women's basketball: TWU disappointed after missing NCAA regional

The TWU basketball team had its share of peaks and valleys this season. After all was said and done, the Pioneers felt they had done enough to get themselves into the NCAA South Central Region tournament.

TWU notebook: Pioneers look to be among MIC favorites

If regional qualifying scores are any indication, the fight for a conference title at this weekend’s Midwest Independent Conference meet will be a down-to-the-wire battle between TWU, Illinois-Chicago and Southeast Missouri State.

Roundup: Sancet, Galaz homer twice in rout of Javelinas

North Texas secured a 5-1 victory against the Liberty Flames Saturday morning at the Waranch Tennis Complex.

Roundup: Rambelles overcome TWU’s late six-run lead

UNT off to slow start

TWU notebook: Stidham finds positives in Pioneer sweep

As coaches often do, TWU’s Genny Stidham focused on the positives to come from the shock of getting swept in a three-game softball series last weekend at Angelo State.

Women’s basketball: TWU’ season comes to end

After losing in the second round of the Lone Star Conference tournament, the TWU basketball team was left out of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional tournament on Sunday.

Gymnastics: Larimer, TWU post season highs in home finale

Heading into her final home performance in front of family, friends and TWU fans at Kitty Magee Arena, senior Bethany Larimer knew she wanted to end with an unabated sense of confidence.

Softball: Pioneers drop two on road

SAN ANGELO — Fourth-ranked TWU lost both games of the doubleheader on Saturday to No. 24 Angelo State — 15-9 and 9-6.

Women's basketball: Pioneers stall on offense in semifinals loss

ALLEN — With each team searching for its offense throughout the game, it seemed as if whichever team could summon any extended stretches of scoring was bound to take control of game.