Ponder fends off late push to advance in playoffs

PROSPER — It wasn’t a masterpiece, but when faced with a late-game comeback in their opening-round, Class 3A bi-district matchup with Whitewright, the Ponder Lions were ready.

Dallas Lincoln throttles Bobcats

LEWISVILLE — Facing the No. 2-ranked team in the state can feel like a tall task. For Krum, that task was too much to handle as defending Class 4A state champion Dallas Lincoln ran up and down the court at will en route to a 77-33 victory Monday night against the Bobcats at Lewisville High School.

Calvary girls advance to regional finals

The Calvary Lady Lions are one victory away from earning a berth in the TAPPS 3A state tournament after routing Abilene Christian 57-25 Monday night.

UNT soccer inks six to 2017 class

North Texas soccer coach John Hedlund announced Monday that seven additional players have joined the Mean Green’s 2017 recruiting class.

Basketball: 7 local boys teams in quest for state

The race to UIL basketball gold begins this week for seven Denton-area boys teams while the Ryan and Argyle are the only two area girls teams still alive in the third round of the state playoffs with regional tournament berths on the line Tuesday night.

TWU ties team record from ’03

It was Gymnastics Alumni Day on Sunday when the Pioneers registered a team score of 196.00, tying a school record set on March 3, 2003 — by a team that later went on to win a USAG National Championship.

UNT gets road win at No. 23-ranked Baylor

WACO — It took extra innings to decide four of the previous five meetings between North Texas and Baylor. Sunday was no different as it took eight innings for UNT to secure a 3-2 victory over No. 23 Baylor at Getterman Stadium.

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Breaking the cycle

Jackson Weatherford stares at every baseball field as if it were his home — a home, sadly, he may never go back to.

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Watched by greatness

Tony Benford made sure his players took advantage of every opportunity they had to spend time with one of the greatest teams in the history of North Texas athletics heading into the weekend.

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Dane Evans: Tulsa trip fulfilling for ‘Grill Master Dane’

Last weekend was very special for me for two reasons. First, I received an incredible award for my heritage and performance on the field. Second, I got to see some great people I haven’t seen in a long time.

Spector, Saygo lead TWU to senior day win over TexAnns

Twenty minutes in, TWU and Tarleton State had solved nothing, the score tied at 24. For the second time in three days, the Pioneers found themselves in a close game.

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Barnes 15th in state for Braswell

AUSTIN — Advancing to the finals of the Class 5A state swim meet at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center is an accomplishment on its own, and for Braswell’s Alexa Barnes to have participated in championship swimming as a sophomore bodes extremely well for her competitive future.

UNT wins fifth straight, earns tourney spot

SAN ANTONIO — North Texas won its fifth straight game and clinched a spot in the C-USA tournament with a 58-55 win in overtime Saturday at Texas-San Antonio.

Ryan, Lake Dallas combine for six wins

After defeating Lake Dallas 2-0 to open the Carrollton tournament on Thursday, Ryan went on to add two wins in its next three games to improve to 3-1 on the season.

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Help from her friends

FRISCO — Vivian Gray is used to putting her team on her back, but on Friday night, the star senior was visibly frustrated at times with her performance in a Class 4A Region II area-round playoff game against Princeton.

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UNT to honor 2007 team today

Calvin Watson was fine-tuning the shooting stroke that made him one of the greatest players in North Texas history back in 2007 when Johnny Jones walked up to him just hours before the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship game.

Aubrey to miss playoffs after loss

ANNA — Aubrey played Celina tight for a little more than three quarters, but the the Chaparrals’ shots never found the bottom of the hoop in last five minutes of the game.

Denton ISD swimmers hit career highs at state meet

AUSTIN — At the biggest meet of the season, all three Denton ISD swimmers set personal bests in Friday’s Class 5A state swim meet, and Braswell’s Alexa Barnes also was able to qualify for Saturday’s finals.

Inexperienced Lady Chaps eliminated in area round

PLANO — As good as this season has gone for Aubrey, at the end of the day, its roster was incredibly young.

Roos, Corley lead Aubrey to three wins

WHITESBORO — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals improved to 4-1 on the season as they picked up wins in three of their first four games to open up the Whitesboro tournament. Aubrey beat Tom Bean 2-0 and Pottsboro 15-9 on Thursday before knocking off Valley View 16-8 on Friday.

Wiltgen’s hat trick helps Lady Broncos remain unbeaten

The Denton Lady Broncos remained unbeaten in the regular season and picked up their third straight win Friday night, cruising past Braswell 5-0.

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FootballSource: UNT set to hire Yellock as DL coachNorth Texas is set to hire Marc Yellock as its new defensive line coach, a source close to the situation told the Denton Record-Chronicle on Friday.The...

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Miners strike OT gold

North Texas’ margin of error has dwindled pretty close to zero in the closing weeks of the season. If the Mean Green want to avoid being one of only two teams in Conference USA to miss the league tournament, they need to start winning games in a hurry. That’s what made a 77-71 overtime loss to UTEP on Thursday at the Super Pit so tough for the Mean Green.

Coleman’s big night helps Ryan girls advance

LEWISVILLE — C’yera Coleman was so off from 3-point range in Ryan’s playoff win over Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday that her teammates demanded she give up and start feeding the ball inside.

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Three DISD schools send swimmers to state

The Denton school district is sending three swimmers to today’s Class 5A state meet in Austin, and they all have unique stories for how they made it there.

Pioneers run out of gas late in home loss

In Thursday’s fight between TWU and Texas A&M-Commerce, the Pioneers controlled the lead through the first 36 1/2 minutes. But once the Lions grabbed the lead, they never gave it back.

Sunnyvale eliminates Lady Lions

FRISCO — With 12.2 seconds left, Sunnyvale’s Avionne Alexander toed the free throw line for a one-and-one. She sunk both shots to give her team a comfortable seven-point cushion.

UNT women win fourth straight

EL PASO — North Texas kept its hot streak going Thursday night, as the Mean Green beat UTEP 76-69 at the Don Haskins Center.

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Mitchell, Goodwin set for reunion when UNT women face UTSA

Jalie Mitchell couldn’t help but think about what might have been this week as North Texas prepared for a reunion of sorts.

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Four area teams atill alive as playoffs continue for girls hoops

The girls basketball playoffs are set to resume tonight as four area teams were crowned bi-district champions earlier this week.

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Ryan wins tie-breaking coin flip; postseason nearly set for boys

The Ryan boys basketball team won a coin flip against Denton on Wednesday afternoon, making the Raiders the top seed in District 5-5A.

TWU splits twin bill

Texas Woman’s University split its 2017 home opener series with Oklahoma Christian with a 1-0 win and 8-0 loss Wednesday at Pioneer Field.

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Ryan wins its first playoff game since 2011 in back-and-forth contest with Chisholm Trail

KELLER — What Ryan saw out of Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday looked nothing like what the team saw on film. The result was a back-and-forth playoff opener that saw the Lady Raiders do just enough to eke out a 57-50 win and secure the program’s first playoff victory since 2011. Traeli Calhoun led all scorers with 23 points.

Denton falls to Sherman, shares 5-5A crown

SHERMAN — It was a perfect storm for Denton on Tuesday against Sherman, but not in a good way. With a chance to lock sole possession of the District 5-5A title — their first district crown since 1991 — the moment was too big for the Broncos.

Wildcats top Plano East, take 6-6A title

PLANO — It took Guyer nearly eight minutes to claim its first lead in Tuesday night’s regular-season finale against Plano East. Then, in seemingly the blink of an eye, the Wildcats had a double-digit lead as they used a furious first-half run to bury the Panthers and claim a 76-51 win at Archie E. McAfee Gymnasium.

Krum ousted from playoffs at hands of Dallas Lincoln

FLOWER MOUND — It was a two-woman show Tuesday as Dallas Lincoln’s Kennedy Taylor and Jayla Johnson scored almost at will against Krum’s defense.

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Saginaw Boswell dispatches Lady Broncos in 1st round

KELLER — Denton coach Erin Taylor told her team Saginaw Boswell was everything it was cracked up to be heading into Tuesday’s first-round playoff game. The advance warning didn’t do any good.

UNT notebook: UNT women on a roll as season winds down

The North Texas women’s basketball team appears to have picked the perfect time to get on a roll late in Jalie Mitchell’s second season as the Mean Green’s coach. UNT also appears to have found the perfect lineup.

TWU notebook: TWU hoping to enter conference tournament on high note

The TWU women’s basketball team picked up a crucial 78-52 win against Western New Mexico on Saturday and now has its final two home games of the season as the Lone Star Conference tournament rapidly approaches.

High school roundup: Argyle, Aubrey advance to area round

CARROLLTON — It took some time for No. 1 Argyle to get back into the swing of things, but the Lady Eagles eventually got rolling on their way to a dominating 83-29 win against Dallas Pinkston in a Class 4A bi-district playoff game.

Ponder girls fend off late rally for playoff victory

FRISCO — The Ponder Lady Lions had only three players on this year’s team who played in last season’s playoff game, and on Monday, it looked as if their inexperience might catch up to them in their bi-district playoff match against Leonard.

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TWU tallies two wins at Bash

GRAND PRAIRIE — Texas Woman’s University closed out the final day of the North Texas Softball Bash with a 7-5 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State and cruised to an 11-0 defeat of Oklahoma Panhandle State behind a one-hit shutout by Abby Walker and home runs from Chelsie McClure and Alexis Elizondo on Sunday at Jennifer McFalls Park.

Mean Green split games on last day of invitational

The North Texas softball team picked up its first win of 2017, a 6-0 victory over UMass Lowell in Game 1 on Sunday, but fell to Arkansas 7-0 in Game 2, finishing 1-3 on the weekend.

Girls basketball: Local teams begin playoffs

The UIL playoff march begins this week for six Denton-area girls basketball teams, including a two-time defending state champion with its sights firmly set on a 3-peat.

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UNT charged up

With the North Texas women’s basketball team stuck in an offensive funk early in the first quarter, Candice Adams made a play that she has so many times this season to swing momentum.

Dane Evans: Inspired by Warren Moon and Grandma Doe

I’ve had another intense week of training in Fort Worth. It was nice to get back to the grind after a great weekend in Houston for Super Bowl LI. As most of y’all read last weekend, I attended my agent Leigh Steinberg’s 30th annual Super Bowl party, and it was a blast!

Ryan’s LeBlanc will follow coach father to Kentucky

The coaching shuffle at North Texas last week has impacted the Ryan football team. Junior defensive tackle Dayton LeBlanc, whose father, Derrick LeBlanc, is on his way to Kentucky after one year as the Mean Green’s defensive line coach, also is leaving after just one season with the Raiders.

Pioneer defense stifles host Mustangs

SILVER CITY, N.M. — The TWU defense held Western New Mexico to less than 27 percent shooting Saturday in a 78-52 Pioneer win behind Kenesha Saygo’s 19 points.

Mean Green lose to lowly Panthers

MIAMI — Costly turnovers and missed free throws proved to be too much as North Texas lost 90-71 at Florida International on Saturday night.