Softball: TWU faces hard-hitting Chaps at regional

In her two years at North Central Texas College, Laura Mabary thought of herself as a slap hitter, known for speed and directional hitting. In her two seasons at TWU, she has been asked to make a few changes to her game.

UNT notebook: Pressure part of UNT's lost campaign

The North Texas softball team seemed to be steaming toward a bounce-back season a few weeks ago.

Softball: TWU headed to San Antonio for regional

When Genny Stidham woke up Monday morning, the TWU softball coach knew her Pioneers were headed to the NCAA South Central Regional this week but wasn’t sure where her team would be playing. By mid-morning she knew — and was pleased. The Pioneers won’t be headed west, with the Panhandle and West Texas A&M on their playoff GPS.

Track and field: Stuchell, Toy lead qualifiers for state

Guyer senior long jumper Ethan Toy had been executing his jumps to perfection and was on a tear heading into the Class 6A Region I track and field meet this weekend.

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Football: UNT finds progress in spring

One of the more challenging springs for the North Texas football team came to an end last week with the Mean Green’s annual spring game.

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Baseball: Ryan tops Guyer for berth

Josh Mears made things harder than they should have been at times Friday. But it was difficult to tell if Ryan’s senior leftie was ever feeling the pressure.

Track and field: Ryan's Stuchell earns trip to UIL state meet

Ryan pole vaulter Avery Stuchell is headed back to Austin for the UIL Class 6A state track and field meet after her second place finish Friday in the 6A Region I meet at Maverick Stadium at UT-Arlington.

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Softball: Guyer drops opener 11-4

PROSPER — For much of the season when Guyer has played quality teams, the Lady Wildcats have had to focus on outscoring their opponents.

Softball: Graham leads Lady Falcons in shutout

FORT WORTH — Following each game, win or lose, first-year Lake Dallas coach Amber Tramp grips a white binder filled with her team’s season and game goals. She white-knuckles it after a loss, and she has a much lighter grip following a big win.

Softball: Pioneers looking for extended postseason

As the TWU Pioneers enter the Lone Star Conference tournament today, they do so knowing that regardless of the outcome they still have more softball to play at the NCAA South Central Regional next week.

Track and field: Denton confident for 5A regional track meet

As the Denton Broncos prepared for the Class 5A Region I track and field meet starting today in Lubbock, they were running a fine line between confidence and arrogance.

Track and field: Toy, Stuchell highlight 6A field

J.D. Aaron always has known that Ethan Toy has the gift of explosiveness.

Guyer, Denton send three teams to state tourney

After a successful TISCA North Region tournament, the Denton school district is sending three water polo teams to the TISCA state tournament to be held today and Saturday at Texas A&M.

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Next step: Guyer softball coach’s son headed to Bama on manager scholarship

Keith Medford has heard plenty of recruiting pitches from college coaches. As the only softball coach Guyer High School has ever had, Medford has had more than his fair share of players go on to play collegiately.

Baseball: Wildcats beat Raiders 5-2 to set up showdown for playoff spot

At one point in Wednesday’s pivotal crosstown showdown between Guyer and Ryan, it appeared Guyer left fielder Ryan McCans had a chance to be the hero who kept the Wildcats’ playoff hopes alive with one regular-season game remaining.

Baseball: Ryan, Guyer face must-win finale

The playoff scenario that Ryan faced Wednesday against Guyer was simple — win and you’re in. Still, the Raiders had just enough cushion in the standings should things go sour.

Baseball: Broncos rally, fall in eight

Down four entering the sixth at Cotton Nix Field, Denton showed resiliency Wednesday against Saginaw Chisholm Trail, chipping away with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 9.

Golf: UNT advances to match play

TEXARKANA, Ark. — North Texas freshman Thomas Rosenmueller made the Conference USA all-tournament team with a third-place finish Tuesday and the Mean Green men’s team finished third at Texarkana Country Club to advance to match play for the second straight year.

Notebook: UNT back to grind entering summer

The North Texas football team wrapped up spring practice with its annual spring game on Saturday.

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Golf: Argyle repeats as 4A state champion

AUSTIN — Nothing came easy for the Argyle boys golf team during, or after, the final round of the Class 4A state tournament Tuesday at Onion Creek Club.

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Volleyball: Van Poppel commits to Belmont

Halee Van Poppel knew she didn’t have to go out of state to play college volleyball, but there was always a part of her that was intrigued by the idea.

Golf: Argyle leads boys’ state tournament by four

AUSTIN — Defending champion Argyle didn’t run away with the boys’ title on the first day of Class 4A State Golf Championship on Monday at the North Course of Onion Creek Club, but the Eagles established themselves as the team to beat despite less-than-stellar rounds from several of its top players.

Football: North Texas nabs commit

Anthony Wyche was set to return to Los Angeles Valley College for his sophomore season only a few weeks ago. The standout running back’s plans changed in a flash once the coaches at North Texas found out his prowess in the classroom matched his play on the field.

Softball: Lake Dallas defeated

LEWISVILLE — Lake Dallas and Grapevine were tied in District 6-5A with 9-3 records, so each team agreed to add another district game to its schedule, vying for the No. 2 seed.

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Football: Guyer ready to roll with new starting QB

The news of a couple of weeks ago involving the transfer of Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson to DeSoto sent shockwaves not only throughout the Texas high school football landscape, but also Guyer’s fieldhouse.

Football: Ryan and Denton opt to skip spring ball

While two local teams begin spring practice today, two have decided against it.

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Golf: Argyle looking to repeat as state champion

Entering its fifth consecutive state tournament, the Argyle boys golf team remembers its heavy expectations from past years.

Golf: UNT looks to repeat at C-USA tourney

The pressure to perform for the North Texas men’s golf team was pretty high at this time last year, as the Mean Green prepared for the Conference USA tournament.

UNT notebook: Buckles, Brewster headline HOF class

Andy Brewster didn’t have a lot in common with Jonas Buckles when the pair of Texas high school football standouts arrived at North Texas in 2000.

Roundup: Rice ends UNT tennis season at tourney

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Facing off against a perennial contender for the Conference USA title, the North Texas tennis team never could gain momentum and fell 4-1 to Rice on Saturday in the league tournament’s semifinals.

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Golf: Howard secures first for coach

CORINTH — Lake Dallas golf coach Joseph Kysiak has been in the business awhile at a few stops.

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Football: Scrimmage sees seven Mean Green TDs

Alec Morris didn’t have anything specific in mind in terms of where he wanted to be following his first spring at North Texas after transferring from Alabama.

Softball: Lady Buffs complete sweep of Pioneers

Already having lost the first two games of a four-game series against Division II’s No. 1 team, TWU had two tilts left to fine-tune its game before Friday’s start of the Lone Star Conference tournament.

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Ryan wins, sits alone in fourth

Everything is working in Ryan’s favor right now — on the field and in the District 5-6A standings.

Football: Spring game all substance for Littrell

North Texas cornerback Nate Brooks feels like the Mean Green have something to prove today.

WTAMU outlasts TWU upset bid in extra innings

Entering Friday night’s doubleheader against Lone Star Conference rival and top-ranked West Texas A&M, TWU senior outfielder Tealey Farquhar said the Pioneers were ready for a fight.

Softball: Lady Falcons get no-hit

CORINTH — Birdville junior Callie Burris tossed a no-hitter in a 12-0 shutout of Lake Dallas on Friday.

Baseball/softball roundup: Denton rallies for 1-0 win over Wichita Falls

The Denton Broncos used a strong pitching effort from Malik Minter and the help of a pair of errors in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 1-0 victory over the Wichita Falls Coyotes Friday night at Cotton Nix Field.

Softball: TWU out to improve regional ranking

As the TWU Pioneers get set for their last series of the season against Lone Star Conference rival and top-ranked West Texas A&M, starting with today’s doubleheader at Pioneer Field, they remember how emotionally and physically taxing last season’s final series was.

Soccer: Estrada MVP of district

Argyle’s run to the Class 4A state tournament may have ended a bit short of the ultimate prize, but the Eagles ruled the roost when the District 5-4A all-district soccer team was announced.

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Women’s tennis: UNT’s four freshmen bond over sport, new lives in U.S.

Myriad concerns raced through the mind of Minying Liang as she stepped off a plane a few months ago, ready to begin a new chapter in her tennis career. Would she be able to find North Texas coach Sujay Lama at the airport? Would she fit in with her new teammates?

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Softball: Guyer pair clips Falcons

FORT WORTH — After one inning Tuesday night, a pivotal District 5-6A game between Guyer and Keller Timber Creek closely resembled the teams’ previous meeting this year — a back-and-forth affair that Timber Creek ended up winning.

UNT notebook: UNT passing game still looks to be physical

A lot has changed for the North Texas football program during Seth Littrell’s first spring as head coach.

Baseball: Raiders' Box bests Northwest ace May

FORT WORTH — Ryan has one of the more difficult offenses to figure out in District 5-6A. The Raiders have gone several games where scrounging out one hit seems like asking too much, then they turn around and rough up a Division I recruit and highly touted draft prospect who has a fastball in the 90s.

TWU notebook: Lady Buffs stand in way of TWU finishing second

TWU’s softball team rolls into the regular season’s final weekend with the challenge of hosting the team that’s already clinched first place in the Lone Star Conference while attempting to lock down second place.

Locals fare well at historic race

Rachel Hanson and Mark Tuggle of Flower Mound led a solid group of Denton-area runners who competed Monday in the 120th running of the Boston Marathon.

UNT guard graduating, transferring from school

North Texas guard Carrington Ward will graduate and leave the program as a fifth-year senior transfer. UNT coach Tony Benford confirmed Ward’s plans Monday afternoon. “We sat down and talked,” Benford said. “He decided it would be in his best interest to go somewhere in the Philadelphia area. Carrington is a good kid. We wish him the best in all his future endeavors.”

Softball: Southern Miss. sweeps North Texas

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The North Texas softball team dropped the series finale to Southern Miss in heartbreaking fashion as Southern Miss scored the eventual game-winning run of a 3-2 win on a delayed steal with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

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Boston Marathon: Ryan grad consumed by speed

Consumed is the only word to describe Seth Reynolds’ love for running.

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Marathon: Lofty Boston goal fuels local runner

When Hickory Creek resident Nicole Wright ran her first marathon a little more than a year ago, she went in with a lofty goal of using that race to qualify for the Boston Marathon.