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Football: Wildcats take to the sky

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson is a big fan of his wide receivers. That group includes senior David Haynes, who was slated to be the Wildcats’ starting quarterback this season with the graduation of three-year starter Jerrod Heard last year.

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Football: McNulty’s work, wait pay off

The trips to Iowa State are what Andrew McNulty remembers most about the genesis of a relationship that would shape his life in ways he never imagined.

Volleyball notebook: Guyer pouring on coal in 5-6A

Guyer has been so dominant in District 5-6A that, with just two matches left in the regular season, it’s easy to assume that much of the pressure is off the shoulders of the Lady Wildcats.

Volleyball: Argyle takes district

ARGYLE — Argyle coach Clark Oberle wasn’t sure if his players were aware of what was on the line in Tuesday’s District 9-4A match against Sanger. They sure played like they did, though.

Volleyball: Denton upends Lady Rangers

On Tuesday against Saginaw Chisholm Trail, Denton played down a setter but still managed a 25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16 win to give itself a chance for a tie for first place in District 5-5A.

UNT notebook: UNT longs for days of better defense

There was a time not too long ago when North Texas posted its best performance in decades in terms of containing an opponent’s running game.

TWU notebook: Defense, offense shine as TWU climbs standings

After taking three days to fully digest last weekend’s two victories, including a stunning 3-0 upset of No. 19 Angelo State, TWU soccer coach Babak Abouzar liked what he saw from his defense and the foot of Natalia Diaz.

Tennis: Broncos eliminated

Winning its last two matches of the regular season, the Denton Bronco tennis team was ready for Tuesday’s Class 5A playoff matchup against Saginaw Boswell.

Football: McNulty cuts down turnovers, likely to keep job

Andrew McNulty didn’t quite manage to lead North Texas out of a late-season slide last week. What the junior did accomplish was making a big enough impression on Dan McCarney to get a second shot at finishing the task.

Tennis: Bronco tennis ready for playoffs

With a change to the playoff format in Class 5A, the Denton tennis team has been the beneficiary of two added playoff spots. But with matches against Fort Worth Brewer and Azle to end the season, the Broncos had to earn the chance to enjoy the thrill of the playoffs. They delivered, winning both team matches, which secured them the No. 3 seed in the area tournament today against the No. 2 seed from District 5-6A, Saginaw.

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Brett Vito: Slide raises question: Why isn’t program capitalizing?

The assumption when North Texas made the move to Conference USA a couple of years ago was that life would get easier for the Mean Green.

Football: Golden Eagles take down UNT

Andrew McNulty has spent most of his career standing on the sideline watching a long line of quarterbacks take their turn guiding North Texas’ offense.

Notebook: Golden Eagles find ground attack

North Texas seemed to have a big edge heading into its game against Southern Mississippi when it came to the Mean Green’s normally stout rushing defense.

Football: Harris keeps Mean Green in game

Carlos Harris faced one-on-one coverage for most of North Texas’ game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday at Apogee Stadium. The junior made the most of it.

Volleyball: Redwine, Santos return as TWU sweeps A&M-Commerce

On their second run through the Lone Star Conference schedule, the TWU Pioneers look to be heading in the right direction with five league matches left.

Softball: Vrazel in Indy as Woman of Year finalist

Bailey Vrazel completed her softball career at TWU in the spring, but the accolades continue to pile up for her.

Football: Pilot Point Bearcats take 49-48 thriller

PILOT POINT — Digging themselves a 21-0 first-quarter hole with two early interceptions and flimsy defense, the Pilot Point Bearcats’ perfect record looked seriously in doubt. With the Van Alstyne Panthers blocking a punt with 1:37 remaining and scoring to draw within a point at 49-48 with just nine seconds left on a fourth-and-10 play, they decided to go for the win on the 2-point conversion after Pilot Point was tagged with an offsides penalty.

Football: One quarter enough for Guyer to top Central

One quick 17-second stretch to close the first half on Friday was a perfect microcosm of just how explosive Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson and the offense he runs can be on a weekly basis.

Football: Argyle sets ‘standard’ in 65-7 decision

ARGYLE — As far as Taylor Sweatt is concerned, what happened defensively in Argyle’s District 6-4A (Division I) shootout win last week was a mirage. Sweatt insists Friday’s dismantling of Wilmer-Hutchins is a more appropriate indicator of what to expect from the Eagles going forward.

Football: Struggling UNT defense faces Southern Miss

Derek Akunne fondly remembers the heights North Texas reached defensively last season, when the Mean Green held pretty much everyone they faced in check. UNT made big play after big play in key spots, which had a lot to do with the Mean Green winning seven of their last eight games, including a victory over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. That experience has made the last two weeks tough on the senior, who wants nothing more than to see UNT return to form, beginning with a Conference USA game tonight against Southern Mississippi (2-4, 0-2 C-USA).

Football: Late pick seals Ryan win

KELLER — Ryan’s Alan Rojas continues to one-up himself. A week after forcing two fourth-quarter turnovers in a key win for the Raiders, Rojas intercepted Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown with 38 seconds left.

Football: Broncos rally but suffer first defeat

WICHITA FALLS — After spotting Wichita Falls Rider a 27-0 lead, the Denton Broncos weren’t looking like a team that had started the first six games of the season undefeated.

Football: Jackson ruled out for Sanger

Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson has been ruled out of tonight’s District 6-4A (Division I) game against Carrollton Ranchview with a left ankle injury suffered in last week’s win over Dallas Carter, Indians coach Chuck Galbreath confirmed Thursday.

Football: Fast start fuels Falcons in Fort Worth frolic

FORT WORTH — Lake Dallas defeated another Fort Worth opponent Thursday, but it wasn’t as easy as the final score indicated.

Football: Guyer gets second shot at Central

When the District 5-6A alignment was released in February, the Guyer Wildcats saw plenty of familiar faces from their time in the state’s largest classification in 2010 and 2011, their previous two years in District 5-4A with Trophy Club Nelson, and of course their old crosstown foes at Ryan.

Football: QB among questions as UNT hits halfway

Dajon Williams seemed like he might not have any problem at all adjusting to his newfound role as North Texas’ starting quarterback not too long ago.

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Football: Keep calm and throw TDs

Liberty Christian quarterback Nick Starkel hasn’t had a chance this season to stop and take a deep breath.

Basketball: UNT coaches entering key season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala — Tony Benford can sense a difference in North Texas’ men’s program heading into his third season. UNT’s players understand what he wants to accomplish and how he wants to go about getting there. The former Marquette assistant also has had a chance to go shopping when it comes to recruiting.

Football: Broncos all business on quest for 7-0

As the Denton Broncos huddled after Tuesday’s practice, coach Kevin Atkinson stressed to the team that it needed to practice and play like a 6-0 team and treat its trip to Wichita Falls as a business trip with a workmanlike mindset.

Football: Raiders not resting on comeback vs. Panthers

Ryan coach Dave Henigan was a spectator at Apogee Stadium for last year’s Class 5A Division II Region I semifinal between Ryan and Keller Fossil Ridge, when the Raiders clawed back from a 31-point hole to stun the Panthers.

Volleyball: Tipping one direction

There used to be a lot more on the line in the rivalry between Ryan and Guyer. Lately, though, it’s been a case of two programs heading in opposite directions.

Volleyball: Denton sweeps Saginaw

The Denton Lady Broncos still have work to do before they can accomplish their goal of winning the District 5-5A championship.

UNT notebook: UNT not ready ‘to throw in the towel’

Little has gone the way North Texas had hoped this football season. The Mean Green have been blown out more than once and blew an opportunity to get off to a quick start in Conference USA play.

TWU notebook: Blocking game surprisingly a Pioneer strength

Two months ago, before the volleyball season, TWU coach Shelly Barberee figured blocking would be one of her team’s weak areas. Today it stands one of the Pioneers’ strongest strengths.

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Football: UNT QB situation: Back to drawing board

North Texas is right back where it has spent a whole lot of time since the end of its breakout season of a year ago.

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Brett Vito: Reality setting in for UNT

Through the first five weeks of the season, there always seemed to be a perfectly plausible explanation for what has ailed North Texas, or at least a pretty good reason to feel like the Mean Green could turn their season around.

Football: Blazers burn UNT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Dan McCarney thought back Saturday on the difference North Texas’ breakout season a year ago made for the Mean Green and all the obstacles that toppled thanks to that one winning season.

Notebook: Jimmerson provides spark

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Not much went right for North Texas offensively in its game at UAB on Saturday. Quarterback Dajon Williams struggled and the Mean Green turned the ball over five times in a 56-21 loss that might have been worse had it not been for Antoinne Jimmerson.

Football: UAB plan to neutralize Williams pays off

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Dajon Williams sat alone on the North Texas bench when tight end Marcus Smith walked up, put a hand on his shoulder pads and offered words of encouragement late Saturday afternoon.

Football: Ponder takes district opener

PARADISE — It took two days, but the Ponder Lions beat the Paradise Panthers to win their district opener 21-14.

Football: Bridgeport beats Bobcats

BRIDGEPORT — The Krum Bobcats and Bridgeport Bulls waited more than three hours during a weather delay Friday night before resuming play just moments before midnight.

Women’s volleyball: Pioneers tackle TexAnns

Facing their toughest stretch of Lone Star Conference action headed into last weekend’s match against West Texas A&M, the TWU Pioneers knew what each win would do for them.

Women’s soccer: TWU falls 1-0 for third straight game

TWU lost its third consecutive 1-0 game Saturday against visiting Dallas Baptist in a nonconference matchup.

Football: Broncos roll on

After Denton’s season-defining win against Saginaw Boswell a week ago, the Broncos were set on not letting the success get to their heads. Against District 5-5A unbeaten Fort Worth Brewer on Friday at Bronco Field, Denton had its best start to a game this season with standout performances from quarterback Christian Rodriguez, wideout Key’Andre Hearvey and a stout defense as it defeated the Bears 50-14 to remain the only undefeated team left in the district while moving to 6-0 for the first time since 1987.

Football: Guyer pounds previously perfect Panthers

Coming off two straight unconvincing wins to open district play, Guyer’s football team was itching to get back on the field Friday night against previously unbeaten Keller Fossil Ridge. After Friday night’s game that could very well decide the District 5-6A title, the Wildcats proved any recent doubters wrong with a resounding 43-3 win to hand the Panthers their first loss of the season at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Football: UNT in familiar spot with season on line

North Texas’ margin for error has pretty much vanished five games into Dan McCarney’s fourth season. UNT lost its Conference USA opener to Louisiana Tech and dropped under the .500 mark last week with a loss to Indiana, a setback that left the Mean Green teetering on the edge of seeing their season spiral downhill heading into a game today at UAB.

Football: Sanger rolls, pitches shutout despite Jackson injury

SANGER — Sanger jumped all over Dallas Carter in Friday’s District 6-4A (Division I) opener, but it almost came at a big price. With 10:27 left in the first half, the Indians’ star running back, Tre’von Jackson, was dragged down hard on a late hit at the Carter 8-yard line and had to be carted off the field with an apparent ankle injury. He did not return to the game, but it did little to slow down Sanger’s offense in a 48-0 rout at Indian Stadium.

Football: No. 2 Argyle remains unbeaten

CARROLLTON — For the entirety of the first half on Thursday, no one on the playing surface at Standridge Stadium paid much attention to the giant videoboard with the word “Defense” sprawled across it. By the time the District 6-4A (I) opener between Carrollton Ranchview and Argyle ended, Argyle had done enough defensively to pull out a 72-42 win in a game that featured 1,233 yards of total offense, including 755 in the first half.