Senior day typically is a time to say goodbye in college football. That will certainly be the case this afternoon when North Texas faces Florida International at Apogee Stadium.Players who have long served...
JUSTIN — Brick by brick the Denton Broncos built their program up after several consecutive losing seasons while their opening-round playoff win against Birdville gave them their first playoff win since 2002, but on Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium in the Class 5A Division I Region I area round, the Broncos ran into an offensive buzz saw in the reigning Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo Bearcats.
GARLAND — Late in the second set Friday, Argyle was one point from dropping a set for the first time since early October. Only this time, there was much more on the line. The Lady Eagles miraculously avoided the rare letdown when a reversed call on the point that would have given Liberty Hill the set opened the door for Argyle to steal the set, and ultimately the match, in a 25-17, 27-25, 25-20 win in a Class 4A state semifinal at the Curtis Culwell Center.
There are not many teams in Texas that can claim an all-time series advantage over Southlake Carroll. Yet, when Guyer and Carroll take the field at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium at 8 tonight, the Dragons will be in that unfamiliar position. Guyer won its first two meetings against Carroll in 2010 — a game that saw the Wildcats end Carroll’s 47-game home winning streak and a playoff win in the regional final en route to Guyer’s first state championship game appearance.
ARGYLE — Two opponents stand in the way of Argyle and its first state title. While the Lady Eagles have made no secret that they hope to be playing one team in particular in Saturday’s Class 4A final, they’ll first have to knock off a hungry newcomer to the state’s grandest stage.
The first two games of the North Texas women’s basketball season couldn’t have turned out worse when it comes to the bottom line. The Mean Green lost to Houston and Northern Colorado in home games that were tight in the late stages.
George Dunham hasn’t found himself at a loss for words often during his tenure as the voice of the Mean Green. The North Texas graduate has called bowl wins, basketball buzzer-beaters and tough losses and always had something to say — right up until he looked down from the press box at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2012 and saw one of the Mean Green’s players leveled by a vicious hit.
Seeing its hopes of playing in a second straight bowl game end last week caused North Texas in some ways to shift its focus and approach heading into its final two games of the season.
Opening the basketball season with a split of two weekend games might not be an obvious success, but the two games showed TWU coach Beth Jillson two important qualities about her team.
EL PASO — North Texas dreams of a repeat bowl appearance ended not long after the sun set on the Sun Bowl late Saturday night. The Mean Green came into their encore season, following a nine-win campaign highlighted by a Heart of Dallas Bowl win, talking of building on the momentum they established with just the third bowl win in program history.
The last time North Texas faced Nicholls State, it turned out to be a pretty good day for the Mean Green. Tonight, UNT will look for a similar result to the 77-3 blowout win it posted in football in the second game of UNT’s men’s basketball season at the Super Pit.
EL PASO — North Texas’ dreams of a repeat bowl appearance are over. The Mean Green came into their encore season following a nine-win campaign highlighted by a Heart of Dallas Bowl win talking of building on the momentum they established with just the third bowl win in program history.
MESQUITE — Shortly after Argyle’s sweep of Melissa in Saturday’s Class 4A Region II final, a win that vaulted the Lady Eagles to their second state tournament appearance in three years, junior Strealy Sizelove was heard amid the celebration having a fun exchange with coach Clark Oberle.
JUSTIN — Amassing a two-possession lead by halftime and holding the Class 5A leading rusher Isaiah Duarte to just 72 yards in the first half, the Denton Broncos had their lead, but the Birdville Hawks weren’t going to go quietly. Duarte finished with 212 yards and four touchdowns with the Hawks scoring 19 fourth-quarter points to set up one final drive, but on fourth-and-10 at midfield with less than a minute remaining, defensive lineman Adam Bershell’s outside rush helped him come up with his third sack of the game to allow Denton to secure the 40-33 victory for the Class 5A bi-district championship at Northwest ISD Stadium on Friday.
Fred Scott wasn’t officially a newcomer when he made his debut as North Texas’ starting middle linebacker in the Mean Green’s season opener against Texas. Scott had been on the field before for UNT. He just wasn’t out there in many key spots while backing up Zach Orr, one of the Mean Green’s best players in recent years.
The last time the Guyer Wildcats were in the postseason in the state’s largest classification, they had their earliest playoff exit in program history when they were bounced in the second round by Mansfield in 2011. That Guyer team started seven sophomores — a stark contrast from its senior-laden team the prior year that went to the Class 5A Division II final in the program’s first year playing with the state’s biggest schools.
North Texas withstood some early hot shooting by Arkansas-Monticello and freshman Jeremy Combs nearly recorded a double-double in his first game as the Mean Green won their season opener 84-62 on Friday.
MESQUITE — When Eighmy Dobbins stepped up to the service line in the third set of Argyle’s regional semifinal matchup Friday night, it was evident Van did not have much time left in its season. However, no one saw what happened next coming, as the junior outside hitter served the match’s final 14 points with her lethal jump serve to help the Lady Eagles cruise to a sweep of Van to advance to the Class 4A Region II final at 1 p.m. today back at Mesquite Poteet.
FORT WORTH — Krum was desperate to taste some playoff success. Dallas Lincoln obliged, over and over again. The Bobcats rolled up 390 total yards, 327 of that rushing, and scored five touchdowns off Lincoln turnovers — the Tigers had six for the game — while cruising to a 40-6 win in a Class 4A Region I Division II bi-district game at Brewer Bear Stadium.
The Denton Broncos’ fast start to the season, their win over Saginaw Boswell in the final seconds and their first playoff berth since 2010 highlight their season so far, but tonight against Birdville, all of those peaks climbed are merely hills compared with the task ahead.
When Tony Benford arrived at North Texas in the spring of 2012, he was met with sky-high expectations of NCAA tournament bids and conference titles. That was part of the deal.
ARGYLE – As Argyle volleyball coach Clark Oberle stood up to introduce Katy Keenan during a signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, he reminisced with the crowd about his star player’s first college offer, which he said came from Baylor the summer before Keenan’s freshman year.
Tony Benford vowed when he took over at North Texas to build the Mean Green’s program with home-grown Texas talent. Benford took another step toward that goal on Wednesday when he signed two top in-state prospects on the opening day of the early signing period.
James Jones experienced stomach aches on a regular basis for more than a year by the time North Texas was preparing for spring practice back in February. At the time, the senior cornerback didn’t spend a whole lot of time worrying about what he thought was just a part of life for him, like having poor eyesight or bad circulation is for others.
Lake Dallas wide receiver Keegan Brewer is focused on scoring touchdowns. He’s just never kept track. Brewer, a junior, was floored when he heard the numbers — 21 touchdowns, 18 of them receiving — earlier this week. Coupled with his 1,002 yards, he is ranked fifth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area among Class 5A receivers heading into Friday’s Region I Division II bi-district tilt against Wichita Falls — slated for 7:30 p.m. at Springtown.
Candice Adams couldn’t help but wonder at times as she sat on North Texas’ bench last season if her basketball career had some kind of lingering curse hanging over it.
LEWISVILLE — Just a few days after one of the biggest wins in its program history, the Guyer volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday night.
Katy Keenan is not the type of player Argyle wants sitting on its bench, even if only for a few brief stretches. Yet the Lady Eagles continue to prove they can be just as dominant without her.
There weren’t many teams last season in Conference USA that had much success when it came to slowing down UTEP’s Aaron Jones.
North Texas was on the verge of hitting a low it hadn’t seen in well over a decade when Jordan Williams pulled the Mean Green together in the closing moments of its exhibition game against Oklahoma City on Monday night.