Stuck in a seven-match losing streak, the TWU Pioneers will take the wins any way they can get them. Against Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, the Pioneers allowed the Patriots to send the match to a fifth set despite TWU claiming a 2-0 set advantage.
Breaking through for a win against Rice last week was significant for North Texas for several reasons. The victory snapped a 14-game road losing streak and came in UNT’s Conference USA opener.
A play in Guyer’s win against Plano on Friday night that drew attention and concern from Guyer coaches and fans, as well as from the high school football community, has been addressed by the Plano coaching staff and that school district’s athletic department.
As the TWU volleyball team prepares for Week 3 of Lone Star Conference play, the Pioneers have some positive moments to build on from last week.
The North Texas soccer team will have a long week off to prepare for a key match early in the Conference USA season this weekend.
Lake Dallas quarterback Spencer Frederickson is expected to be out three to four weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot in Thursday’s win over Carrollton Newman Smith. Coach Michael Young said sophomore Ryan Depperschmidt will start Friday.
Lake Dallas may be without a starting quarterback — again. Senior Spencer Frederickson left Thursday’s 41-10 win against Carrollton Newman Smith with what was reported at the time as a leg injury.
There were times not too long ago when North Texas might as well have packed it in and gone home when it found itself in a situation like the one it face Saturday night at Rice.
HOUSTON — Jareid Combs crashed into the middle of Rice’s line and met running back Darik Dillard right at the line of scrimmage Saturday night at Rice Stadium. The Mean Green’s players poured onto the field seconds later to celebrate a dramatic 42-35 double-overtime win and a landmark moment in the first season of coach Seth Littrell’s tenure with the Mean Green.
It was billed as a showdown. The result was a beatdown. That’s the best way to describe Friday’s one-sided District 5-5A opener between Ryan and Denton. It’s been a crosstown rivalry that, even though it hadn’t been played since 2011, has been dominated by the Raiders. In the latest installment, Ryan showed just how big of a gap there is between two of the top six teams in the state.
Seth Littrell couldn’t remember the last time he experienced a game quite like the one North Texas played a week ago at Florida. Littrell came to UNT this season with a reputation as an offensive guru after finding success as a coordinator at North Carolina and Indiana, schools better known for their basketball programs. The Mean Green’s new head coach just couldn’t get UNT on track in a shutout loss to the Gators.
PLANO — Guyer coach John Walsh had plenty to like about his team’s District 6-6A opener on Friday night. Guyer rushed for 353 yards, had 14 carries of more than 10 yards and controlled the tempo of the game for much of the night en route to a 34-24 win against Plano to open district play.
Through the first four games of the Denton Broncos’ season, their defense has had just as much a hand in their victories as their offense. In three halves this season, their defense has held the opposing team to seven points or less while racking up 10 takeaways. In their District 5-5A opener, though, the Broncos’ defense had its hands full.
PLANO — Jon Copeland gutted through a back injury suffered this week in practice, and Liberty Christian coaches weren’t even sure their quarterback would start the second half on Friday. Despite his effort, Plano Prestonwood simply was too much to handle in a 57-20 win against the Warriors.
BROCK — The 2016 football season has proven to be rough on the Pilot Point Bearcats, and Friday night was no exception. The Brock Eagles, the state’s top-ranked Class 3A team, used a relentless running attack and a stifling defensive effort to shut out Pilot Point 60-0.
AUBREY — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals had to rally from a 2-1 set deficit to knock off the Celina Lady Cats in a hard-fought 21-25, 29-27, 25-27, 29-27, 15-10 decision to open District 11-4A action Friday night.
Losing all-state running back Xavier Scott to graduation left a huge hole in the Broncos’ offense entering this season, but thankfully Denton has senior running back Caleb Osuofa to fill the gap.
Unlike many of the teams in Guyer’s new district, there is a history between it and Plano. The teams met just two seasons ago in the bi-district round of the playoffs with Guyer picking up a resounding win over a school with 3,000 more students.
There was a time when Ryan and Denton were the only high schools in town. They would square off every season on the field and everyone in the community came to watch. To this day, there are fans who refer to it as the Denton school district’s original rivalry.
Joshua Wheeler could feel himself losing control after stumbling over a Florida player Saturday as he closed in on Luke Del Rio during North Texas’ game against the Gators. The UNT junior linebacker didn’t know it then, but he was about to become infamous among fans of one of college football’s storied programs.
Guyer’s loss to Allen on Tuesday night wasn’t the result of a lack of quality stretches of play by the Lady Wildcats.
SHERMAN — The Ryan Lady Raiders kept their District 5-5A record perfect Tuesday night with a four-set victory against the Sherman Lady Bearcats 25-17, 17-25, 25-16, 25-17.
North Texas coach Seth Littrell fired back at Florida coach Jim McElwain and others who criticized Mean Green linebacker Joshua Wheeler following UNT’s loss to Florida during his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
COMMERCE – Game-highs of 14 kills from Anna McGee and seven blocks by Sara Oxford along with a season-best 11 team blocks was not enough by Texas Woman's University to overtake Texas A&M-Commerce Tuesday night at The Field House as the Pioneers dropped a four-set match to the Lions.
Ryan setter Brynn Warnack has a reputation among teammates for being a bit of an old fogey. Many of them joke Warnack, a senior and Lubbock Christian commit, can’t hear well unless they make eye contact with her first. They say she’s also notorious for being in bed by 8 p.m. most nights — even if it means leaving early from a team gathering.
The more Cameron Johnson talked to the North Texas football team’s coaches over the past few weeks, the more he felt like a priority in recruiting. The attention UNT and cornerbacks coach Nate Brown gave the Houston Heights cornerback paid off on Sunday when Johnson committed to play for the Mean Green.
As soon as the University Interscholastic League posted its biennial realignment and reclassification in February, Guyer coach John Walsh was champing at the bit for late September to come soon.
Welcome to North Texas, Wren Baker. Hear things are going pretty well since you took over as UNT’s athletic director.Hired a couple of new athletic department officials and should have some new digs soon...