The Heart of Dallas and Hawaii bowls have emerged as likely destinations for North Texas, which is expected to play in a bowl game for the first time since 2004, multiple bowl officials said Wednesday.
ARGYLE — The play may not have gone exactly how it was drawn up, but when Hunter Shoemake got his hands on the ball with a chance to steal a win for Argyle, he made the most of it. Shoemake drilled an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Eagles to a 50-47 win Tuesday over Fort Worth Nolan Catholic (2-4).
Karen Blair spent nearly two years working to build up the program at Texas-Arlington, tutoring players and recruiting while serving as a Mavericks assistant coach.
At the moment, the Guyer football team is focused on defending its Class 4A Division I state championship, but after what they hope is a Dec. 20 title game at AT&T Stadium, the Wildcats will shift their attention.
More than three weeks have passed since North Texas had its last chance to show that it can hold its own against a nationally renowned opponent.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Liz Donohoe scored 27 points for the third time in her career and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift No. 19 Oklahoma State to an easy 95-47 win over North Texas on Sunday.
Keller Fossil Ridge scored 31 points before Ryan could even pick up a first down in Saturday afternoon’s Class 5A Division II regional semifinal. What occurred after that point, which came late in the second quarter, seemed unfathomable. Ryan pulled off the largest comeback in school history to defeat Fossil Ridge 42-37 at Apogee Stadium.
LUBBOCK — For the second straight week, Guyer’s D.J. Breedlove had the type of performance that can carry a team to victory in the postseason. The only difference in Saturday afternoon’s regional semifinal against Amarillo was that Breedlove got a lot of help from his friends.
WICHITA FALLS — Krum capped Saturday’s action in the Fantasy of Lights Tournament with wins over Wichita Falls and Amarillo Palo Duro.
DALLAS — Argyle senior Ian Sadler ensured that his final high school contest wasn’t a second-straight playoff loss to Gilmer. In Friday’s Class 3A Division II regional semifinal, Sadler scored five total touchdowns and lifted Argyle to a 45-38 win against Gilmer at Kincaide Stadium.
DALLAS — The clock showed 4:52 reaming in the fourth quarter and Argyle quarterback Brandon Boyzuick knew the season was on the line. So did running back Ian Sadler. So did center Hayden Hood. They knew this drive would determine whether the Eagles would continue on in the Class 3A Division II Region II football playoffs.
KELLER — Liberty Christian showed Friday at Keller ISD Stadium that its offense can put up points, but an early turnover put the Warriors in a hole they couldn’t quite dig out of against familiar nemesis Fort Worth Nolan Catholic, and they were eliminated 55-20 in the TAPPS Class 5A Division I semifinals.
North Texas has spent its third season under Dan McCarney busting a series of slumps. UNT put together back-to-back wins for the first time since 2004 when it beat Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech in October before a win over UTEP three weeks ago ensured assured the Mean Green of finishing with a winning record for the first time in nine years.
North Texas came up with one of its better nights shooting the ball from deep when that scenario seemed unlikely Tuesday in a win over Incarnate Word.
The Denton Cardinals wrapped up the fall season by claiming the Denton 12-and-under fast-pitch softball championship. Pictured on the front row are Emily Litchfield, Caitlyn Carter, Valeria Puente, Laurissa Hitchcock, Lauryn Whitney, Kinley Thompson and Kelsie Wilson. On the second row are Syndey Huhnke, Amanda McDonald, Tabitha Drake, Samantha Overly, Victoria Clark, Hannah Black and Alyssa De La Sierra. On the back row are coaches Shawn Carter and Thera Jones.
The stage was set for Brelan Chancellor, Zach Orr and Brandin Byrd to make North Texas history before the Mean Green ran through its first practice this fall. A few weeks later, after he secured the starting quarterback job for the third straight year, Derek Thompson’s path to a prominent place in the record books was also set.
Coming off a state tournament appearance in 2012, the volleyball season didn’t end like Argyle would have liked in 2013, but the Lady Eagles still had plenty to remember in a year that saw them eliminated by eventual Class 3A champion Decatur.
The Super Pit never looked so good to North Texas. UNT loves playing at home as much as the next team. The Mean Green just had to travel a long and winding road for its latest opportunity, one it took advantage of on Tuesday night in an 84-67 win over Incarnate Word.
Guyer came into Tuesday night’s nondistrict game against North Crowley facing a distinct height disadvantage.
Argyle’s defense anchored the Lady Eagles against Denton on Tuesday and their first-quarter lead was never seriously challenged, but Argyle coach Skip Townsend stressed the importance of not taking a team lightly.
The first overtime went scoreless, and the thrilling, second overtime saw each team post eight points to send it to a third extra session, where Ryan persevered with a 62-58 victory at home Monday afternoon against Denton.
Derek Thompson and Zach Orr trudged in to a meeting room and plopped down behind a microphone for the final time at Apogee Stadium on Saturday with looks of disappointment etched on their faces.
In the second game of the Marriott Champions Circle Pioneer Premiere, the TWU Pioneers showcased the consistency that head coach Beth Jillson wished she’d seen more of in Saturday’s win over Regis.
North Texas thought and talked a lot about all the possibilities that were within its grasp as it prepared for its home finale against Texas-San Antonio on Saturday. A bowl appearance essentially was already in hand before the Mean Green took on the Roadrunners, thanks to a five-game winning streak that lifted UNT to the realm of bowl-eligible teams for the first time since 2004.