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.

Adam Boedeker: Legacy of Que Brittain lies in tree of coaches

To know Que Brittain’s coaching style and the legacy it helped build, one needs to hear only the tale of his first game as a head coach.

Baseball: Broncos bitten by Coyotes

Denton unable to dig out of early hole in its loss to Wichita FallsConsistency is key in baseball. For the Denton Broncos, their lack of consistency in the white chalk of the batter’s box ended up costing...

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

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Boys soccer: Sparkling display

JUSTIN — Denton senior Chris Torres and Feliciano Amaya have been friends since fourth grade, and that connection was on sparkling display in the Class 5A bi-district playoff game against Fort Worth Carter-Riverside.

Softball: Guyer falls into first-place tie

Guyer proved it could get away with its pitcher struggling with control issues and some mental errors on the base paths in Tuesday’s win against state-ranked Trophy Club Nelson.

Girls soccer: Lady Falcons thump Lady Broncos

The past three games between Denton (14-4-2, 9-4-1) and Lake Dallas (14-5-2, 10-2) were scoreless defensive struggles. Friday flipped that script, with Lake Dallas taking control early and dominating at Denton for a 3-0 win in the Class 5A Region 1 Bi-District playoff game.

Girls soccer: Plano West edges Lady Raiders in playoff opener

FRISCO — Ryan keeper Reagan Dowling doesn’t mind nights where she’s busy in goal, which was good considering Friday’s Class 6A Region I playoff opener quickly became one of those games.

Boys soccer: McKinney Boyd too much for Ryan boys

Ryan boys coach Robert Lamon said his team prepared in the best way it could in its District 5-6A bi-district playoff match against one of the toughest teams in the country — McKinney Boyd.

Baseball/softball roundup: Liberty Christian escapes Parish

ARGYLE — Jordan Parker drove in five of Liberty Christian’s six runs as the Warriors topped Dallas Parish Episcopal 6-5 on Friday

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.

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.

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Soccer: Prepare for postseason

The Denton High School soccer programs are on the rise. With two new coaches at the helm, the boys’ team clinched its first district title since 2007 under Ryan Dunlevy in his first season with the squad, and the girls’ team made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 under Rocky Monk in his second season with the team.

North Texas football hosts pro day

All Cyril Lemon wants is an opportunity to show that he can play in the NFL.

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Quarterback conundrum

Dan McCarney hasn’t had to look far to get a sense of the effort his quarterbacks have put in during the offseason.

Soccer: Playoff spots long overdue for Ryan girls, boys

The past few years have been a struggle at times for Ryan, a tradition-rich school with success across the board in athletics. The hope is tonight will mark a turning point in the Raiders’ quest to return to postseason prominence.

Softball: TWU loses two games

TWU coach Genny Stidham was not pleased at all with her team after the Pioneers dropped both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader to St. Mary’s.

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Softball: UNT falls to Baylor 8-5 in tough match

Kat Strunk headed down the first baseline Wednesday night as the ball she had just smashed to right field headed toward the fence.

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Softball: Ryan loses late lead

Brianna Leeds practically had everything going her way even before she forced Keller’s Shelby Henderson to pop out to the mound with the tying run stranded on third in the top of the sixth. Ryan’s freshman pitcher was holding one of the better offenses in District 5-6A at bay, and her team was three defensive outs away from an overdue win.

Softball: Starkey helps Guyer top tough Nelson

TROPHY CLUB — Shayne Starkey could not have done much more to win a softball game Tuesday night.

Baseball: Broncos blank Hornets

Denton coach Nick Buck anticipated Azle would be a notable player in the tightly contested District 5-5A. With Denton opening district play with two losses, Tuesday’s game at Cotton Nix Field held relative importance for the Broncos’ district start.

Softball: Krum tops Sanger 3-0

SANGER — Krum led by one run through five innings Tuesday, but with the help of a two-run double in the sixth from Kaycee Koiner, the Lady Cats defeated District 9-4A opponent Sanger 3-0.

UNT Notebook: UNT firms targets for women’s post

North Texas has settled on whom it wants to speak with about its opening for a women’s basketball coach and is in the process of setting up a time to visit with that candidate or candidates, athletic director Rick Villarreal said Tuesday.

TWU Notebook: Sidelined by weather, Pioneers strike back

After more than two weeks of schedule interruptions thanks to Mother Nature, the TWU softball team resumes play today with a previously unscheduled doubleheader against St. Mary’s at 5 p.m. at Pioneer Field.

Baseball roundup Liberty cruises past Parish Episcopal, 8-1

DALLAS — The Liberty Christian Warriors moved to 3-2 in TAPPS I-5A with an 8-1 win over Dallas Parish Episcopal on Tuesday.

Softball roundup: Pilot Point routs Gunter in five

GUNTER — After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, Pilot Point scored 13 straight runs en route to a 13-2 victory over Gunter in five innings Tuesday.

Baseball: Ryan’s own

If pitchers aren’t typically good hitters, no one told Ryan Burks. Ryan’s senior ace not only pitched a complete game on the mound Monday, but he also bailed himself out with a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally the Raiders to a 5-4 District 5-6A win over Keller Central.

Baseball: Denton’s Dozier trains with Royals

When Hunter Dozier was invited to join the Kansas City Royals for spring training just more than a month ago, he was more realistic than awestruck.

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Gymnastics: Lindenwood nips TWU for MIC Championships

In the season’s final performance at Kitty Magee Arena, TWU gave its home fans its best effort at one of the most crucial moments of the year.

UTSA singles out Mean Green

SAN ANTONIO — Following a 10-day break, North Texas had to wait a little bit longer than expected to take on Conference USA foe Texas-San Antonio. Even though the match was moved one day earlier, the Mean...

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Soccer: Ryan clinches playoff berth

In soccer, one goal can make all the difference. The Ryan Raiders’ Isacc Barcenas used his boot to lift his team to a road victory against crosstown rival Guyer 1-0 on Friday night.

UIL: Texas set to dump high school steroid testing

AUSTIN — When Texas officials launched a massive public high school steroid testing program over fears of rampant doping from the football fields to the tennis courts, they promised a model program for the rest of the country to follow.

Softball: Rambelles pound Pioneers, 8-1

In the opener of a four-game series against Angelo State, TWU was unable to find a chink in the armor of Rambelles starter Brandy Marlett and struggled to an 8-1 loss Thursday night at Pioneer Field.

Baseball: Slower Kennedy still valuable to Raiders

For Ryan’s Cade Kennedy, jetting around the basepaths used to feel effortless. Not once did he second-guess stealing a base last year, and when the Raiders needed him to stretch for a double, he was already rounding first.

Basketball: Area nets all-state six-pack

A handful of Denton-area athletes recently had their standout seasons recognized at the state level when the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches released its boys and girls all-state teams. Six area players earned all-state nods.

Butler has new coach, same underdog role

PITTSBURGH — The fresh-faced coach who orchestrated one of college basketball’s most unlikely success stories is gone. The guy who replaced him, too. The Horizon League is a distant memory, replaced by the decidedly sexier Big East.

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Baseball: A Night for Nix

Denton coach Nick Buck knew the Broncos’ offense was still a work in progress and in the final inning, Denton had the game-tying run at the plate, however it couldn’t overcome the tough first inning and complete the comeback, falling 7-4 against Fort Worth Brewer in the first game of District 5-5A play.

Baseball: Keller blanks Guyer in district match

Guyer’s starting pitcher Doug Palmer pitched well throughout the contest, throwing six innings with four strikeouts, but his defense and run support failed to tack a number on the scoreboard.

UNT Notebook: Mean Green track and field ready for outdoors

The North Texas track teams made a big jump from their first season in Conference USA to their second when it came to the indoor season that wrapped up just a few weeks ago.

TWU Notebook: Pioneers gear up for home stretch

TWU gymnastics coach Lisa Bowerman looks ahead to Saturday’s Midwest Independent Conference Championships and said she believes “all the conditions are right,” for the Pioneers to capture the program’s third MIC crown in school history.

Baseball roundup: Ryan loses lead late

KELLER — Ryan held a lead for more than five innings, but a four-run sixth inning for Keller Central handed the Raiders a 5-2 defeat Tuesday.

Softball roundup: Guyer dominates Keller Central

Guyer played lights out and improved to 4-0 in District 5-6A with a dominating 15-0 run-rule victory against Keller Central on Tuesday.

Boys soccer: Denton claims district title

Heading into the regular season finale between first-place Denton and second-place Wichita Falls, the Coyotes knew they needed to win by two goals if they were going to steal away the District 5-5A crown from the Broncos.

Women’s basketball: UNT coach search quick-paced

North Texas will move quickly to find its next women’s basketball coach, who’ll be the fifth in the last decade. UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal said Sunday night that he has already been in contact with several coaches and expects to announce Mike Petersen’s replacement within the next few days.

Baseball roundup: Aubrey downs Glen Rose on final day of tourney

PONDER — Aubrey topped Glen Rose 5-1 on the final day of the Ponder tournament Saturday.

Top prospect leads Lancaster to 5A boys’ basketball title

SAN ANTONIO — Elijah Thomas, the top-ranked basketball recruit in Texas, scored 17 points to lead top-ranked Lancaster past Beaumont Ozen 59-47 to win the Class 5A boys’ title Saturday.

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Local legend

Life didn’t exactly pan out the way Cotton Nix wanted to. That’s not to say he’s unhappy with the outcome, but his journey from a baseball player at Denton High School to its head coach to his career as a scout for the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros hasn’t come without some twists and turns along the way.

Softball: Offense fuels North Texas in sweep

There was no shortage of offense for North Texas on Saturday afternoon, as the Mean Green swept Southern Miss on the first day of the series, 8-0 in five innings and 12-8.

Softball: TWU takes down MSU in sweep

WICHITA FALLS — TWU junior catcher Laura Mabary went 7-for-10 and drove in seven runs while sophomore Tori Bice won both games to help the Pioneers to a doubleheader sweep against Midwestern State. TWU won the first game 8-5 before winning a slugfest 13-11 in the second.