The North Texas volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in Conference USA’s preseason coaches poll that was released Thursday, when two of UNT’s top players were named to the league’s preseason all-conference team.
Spotting the top high school coaches in the state wasn’t too hard to do at this year’s state 7-on-7 tournament in College Station earlier this month. They were all in the end zone wearing name tags, standing on the fringes of the field a few yards from their typical spots on the sideline.
One of the ideas behind North Texas’ efforts to bring its top recruiting targets to Denton in June for a series of events was so that they could become familiar with the school, its coaches and current players long before national signing day.
Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson picked up his second collegiate offer a month before he starts his first game for the Wildcats.
For 13-year-old Phoenix Gibson and her mother, Shona Gibson, 43, Sunday’s Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon at TWU was the first time they could compete together in a sprint triathlon.
Coaches from across the region were in constant contact over the last few months with Converse Judson offensive lineman Abdul Beecham.
D’erren Wilson will make a short trip to Denton today for what is quickly becoming a big night each summer for North Texas.
When Larry Tidwell graduated from Sanger in 1971, the future was wide open for the multi-sport star. No one, including the young Tidwell, could predict what the next 40-plus years would bring.
IRVING — Conference USA will move forward with plans to provide athletes with scholarships that cover the full cost of attendance, following the lead of the five major conferences in what commissioner Britton Banowsky described as a challenging time in college athletics during the league’s annual media day Wednesday.
Names from Argyle and Sanger were scattered throughout the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A all-state teams, which were announced Tuesday afternoon.
IRVING — At this time a year ago, North Texas felt pretty secure when it came to a few aspects of its team. Linebacker Zach Orr, running back Brandin Byrd and wide receiver Brelan Chancellor all seemed to be locks to start. And while Derek Thompson didn’t nail down the starting quarterback job until right before the Mean Green’s season opener, he had two years of experience as a starter under his belt heading into his senior year.
DALLAS — Oklahoma right tackle Daryl Williams stopped in front of his booth at Big 12 media days on Tuesday. The former Lake Dallas standout stood next to a tall sign bearing his name and a photo of the offensive lineman. Williams stood tall alongside the two-dimensional version of himself for a photo and was chided by his quarterback for not smiling wide enough.
DALLAS — Jerrod Heard etched his name in Texas high school football lore over the past two years as the quarterback at Guyer, leading the Wildcats to the first two state championships in the program’s brief history.
The TWU volleyball team, coming off consecutive 20-win seasons, has been picked third in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll released Tuesday.
Lake Dallas junior Megan Turner was initially nervous about the opportunity to train where the nation’s Olympians train.
The last time North Texas was in a situation like the one that arrived Wednesday, some of the members of its senior class were in the seventh grade. The 2005 season was set to begin in a few weeks and the Mean Green was a unanimous pick to win the Sun Belt Conference in the preseason coaches poll.
Patrick Cobbs was looking to further a football career that includes a record-setting tenure at North Texas and five years in the NFL.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State junior J.W. Walsh, a Guyer product, and Oklahoma sophomore Trevor Knight have been named to the watch list for the 2014 Davey O’Brien quarterback award.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
The once-crowded quarterback derby at Guyer heading into the 2014 season suddenly is much clearer. Shawn Robinson, who started as a freshman for Saginaw Chisholm Trail last season, won Guyer’s starting job in spring practice, while backup David Haynes moved to wide receiver. That left Prosper move-in David Moore as Robinson’s backup after the three-way battle concluded. Those plans changed in a hurry Monday when Moore headed back to Prosper.
Argyle was one disputed call away from winning a state 7-on-7 tournament championship in 2013.
Success is often a product of timing in college athletics. There were plenty of instances in North Texas’ debut campaign in Conference USA when the school had perfect timing. UNT won its first bowl game in 11 years when it knocked off UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl behind a senior-laden team loaded with some of the top players in recent school history. UNT’s basketball teams weren’t as fortunate during the Mean Green’s first calendar year in Conference USA that officially wrapped up last Tuesday.
Images of a sea of green linger in Rick Villarreal’s memory from arguably the highlight moment of his 13-year tenure as North Texas’ athletic director. UNT emerged from its locker room at halftime of the Heart of Dallas Bowl, as Villarreal looked down the sideline at the Cotton Bowl and thought about the memorable games he attended over the years.
When Sparty and Felicia Jordan started the IBTT “I’m Better Than That” Blazers, their goal was to help youths embrace track and field while finding their worth as individuals by teaching them to not be discouraged by others’ expectations of them.