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Staying in the moment

Ryan has claimed at least a share of the District 5-5A title. But it has no plans on sharing anything after next week. With Thursday’s 41-14 win against Denison at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders won their fifth-straight game by three touchdowns or more and, despite still having only a one-game lead in the standings over Denton, appear primed to finish the regular season as the district’s lone unbeaten team.


Denton High volunteer unsure of what future holds

At his core, Lyndon LaPlante is simply a happy guy who loves the game of football, but for the city of Denton and the Denton High School football team, he is a source of inspiration and a part of their family.

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Move to tackle benefits Woodworth, UNT offense

North Texas spent the early stages of the season searching for the right formula on its offensive line. Following a win against Army last week, it’s become apparent Elex Woodworth will be a key part of that plan in a season full of twists and turns.


New mindset pays off for Denton’s Goff

Denton senior Alex Goff had a different mindset last cross country season. He thought if he ran harder and trained longer, he would be able to perform better at meets, but after breaking his foot due to overexertion right before last season’s district meet, Goff was determined to train smarter, not harder, this season.

Offensive progress gives Braswell chance vs. Rider

In the past two weeks, Braswell coach Cody Moore rested a little easier knowing the offense he’s longed for is starting to come to fruition. It’s not quite as potent as his Rockwall Yellow Jackets offense in 2014 (576 yards per game), but it’s getting there.


Guyer looks for bounce-back performance

Two weeks ago, Guyer suffered a blowout defeat at the hands of the state’s top-ranked team, Allen. Last week, the Wildcats pulled off a 35-23 win against a probable playoff team from Wylie, and in many ways, the Guyer coaching staff was more upset with the win than the loss.

UNT gets commitment from Sachse DL

Tony Krasniqi jumped on to the radar of colleges across the country as a junior last season, when he posted six sacks in a single game against Plano West.

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Contrast of careers between Littrell, Wilson highlights Saturday’s showdown

Seth Littrell and Frank Wilson followed similar paths to becoming head coaches at the major college level.


Cross county: Braswell on to Lubbock to add to trophy case

The distance between Denton and Lubbock is about 296 miles. That long stretch was what Braswell cross country coach Gary Brown thought was an achievable goal for his team. And he was right. T

Football: Raiders closing in on District 5-5A crown

Ryan is the only unbeaten team in District 5-5A with two games remaining in the regular season. But the Raiders don’t have the district title sewn up yet.


Benford acknowledges pressure in his 5th year

Tony Benford acknowledged the pressure he faces heading into his fifth season leading the North Texas men’s basketball team on Wednesday during the school’s season-opening press conference for its men’s and women’s teams.


Volleyball: Ryan caps perfect district run with win at Braswell

Ryan coach Nicholas Gay was confident the Lady Raiders were one of the better teams in District 5-5A when league play began nearly two months ago.

Volleyball: Argyle's district win streak stays alive

In the final district game of the season, Argyle was on the brink of a historic moment on Tuesday night, and it wouldn’t have been a good one.

UNT Notebook: UNT football getting into a groove

Seth Littrell could sense the excitement among North Texas’ players in the early morning hours before the Mean Green kicked off their game against Army on Saturday.

TWU Notebook: Pioneers looks for late push into postseason play

With just two games left in the Lone Star Conference regular season, the TWU soccer team is hoping to build on several strong showings in recent weeks to improve on its regional ranking.

TWU rally comes up short

Sara Oxford recorded a game-high 16 kills and Kerstin Jenkins totaled a dozen in a four-set loss (20-25, 23-25, 29-27, 16-25) to Texas A&M-Commerce on Tuesday evening inside Kitty Magee Arena.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Falcons upends R.L. Turner in 14-5A finale

CARROLLTON — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons, behind the strong play of Kasey Bortnem, rolled to a 25-4, 25-14, 25-14 sweep of R.L. Turner on Tuesday night to wrap up District 14-5A play with a 11-3 record.

James has triple-double as Cavs rout Knicks 117-88 in opener

CLEVELAND — LeBron James took time to reflect as the Cleveland Cavaliers raised their championship banner. Then it was business as usual. James had his 43rd career triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 29...

UNT notebook: UNT poised to reclaim C-USA soccer crown

North Texas will have an opportunity to add yet another conference soccer title to its ever-growing collection in its last two games of the regular season.

Game changers of the week

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Brett Vito: Offensive big men take charge in protection

Trey Keenan made his way into what amounted to an oversized closet at Michie Stadium on Saturday night for an assignment that is a rarity for players like the former Argyle standout.

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Football: UNT topples Army as 18-point underdog

WEST POINT, N.Y. — North Texas came into its first season under coach Seth Littrell hoping to author one of the more remarkable turnaround tales in program history.

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Football: UNT's Wilson surprises against strong rush defense

WEST POINT, N.Y. — North Texas coach Seth Littrell took a look at what Army’s defense does best heading into the teams’ game on Saturday and came to what seemed like a reasonable conclusion.

Football: UNT defense holds up vs. Army option attack

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Seth Littrell spoke over the last few days about how a fortuitously timed bye could help North Texas prepare for the challenges Army’s option offense would present.The way the Mean Green...

TexAnns thump TWU in sweep

The TWU Pioneers had their hands full with Tarleton State on Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena and just couldn’t put together enough runs to keep the TexAnns at bay.


Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets shut out Stars

DALLAS (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves in his 13th career shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Saturday night.


Mwaniki leads Guyer to close win in first career start

Thabo Mwaniki made the first start at quarterback of his life on Friday night, and the 17-year-old Guyer senior gave a mixed review of his performance in the Wildcats’ win against Wylie. The Wildcats scored a 35-23 win against Wylie, but that was about all Mwaniki was happy about.


Denton pulls away from Rider to claim playoff spot

Yielding an opening touchdown and throwing an interception on their second offensive play of the game, the Denton Broncos found themselves facing at a two-possession deficit just a handful of minutes into their showdown against District 5-5A foe Wichita Falls Rider. But Denton’s defense forced a turnover on downs at its own 12-yard line to restore the ball to its offense and the Broncos never looked back as they surrendered just six points the rest of the game on the way to a 31-13 win Friday at Bronco Field.

UNT prepared to face unfamiliar option offense

Kishawn McClain knows a thing or two about option offenses. In that way, North Texas’ starting safety will have a jump on his teammates heading into a key game at Army today.

Ryan Raiders roll over Wichita Falls Coyotes

WICHITA FALLS — It seems like forever and a day since Ryan was last tested by another team. On Friday, not only did Wichita Falls fail to push the fourth-ranked Raiders to the brink, it got run out of its stadium. Ryan scored 56-straight points, forced four turnovers and added a pooch-kick recovery for good measure while rolling to a 56-14 District 5-5A win against the Coyotes at Memorial Stadium.

Denison runs past Braswell

DENISON — Denison’s quick-tempo offense can score as fast as it lines up for the next play. Braswell did not have an answer for it all night. The Yellow Jackets — led by a heavy ground attack headlined by running backs Tre’Lon Lyday and Kenny Gaffney’s 186 combined rushing yards and four touchdowns — defeated Braswell 49-20 at Munson Stadium on Friday.

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Defense leads Argyle over Sanger

The Argyle Eagles offense may get most of the attention, but on this Friday night, credit their defense for getting a big District 4-4A victory against Sanger. Junior running back Don Williams rushed for 173 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries, and Dylan Sadler added a critical late field goal, but it Argyle’s defense that made the difference with two crucial stops, one with 1:16 left, to lead the Eagles to a 27-21 win.

Volleyball roundup: Ryan, Argyle stay perfect in district play

The Ryan Lady Raiders and the Argyle Lady Eagles find themselves in very similar surroundings. Both are only one victory from wrapping up perfect records in their respective districts following Friday’s volleyball action.

Ponder shuts the door on Paradise

PONDER -- In a crucial District 4-3A match-up, the Ponder Lions (5-3) handled the Paradise Panthers 26-14 at home.

Krum closes in on District 3-4A title

GRAHAM — The Krum defense came up with possibly the play of the year as the Bobcats moved one step closer to the District 3-4A championship Friday night with a 42-35 victory against the Graham Steers.

Pottsboro bests Pilot Point in heated game

PILOT POINT — Pilot Point gave up a combined 22 points in wins against Callisburg and Whitesboro, but Pottsboro presented a challenge the Bearcats couldn’t overcome in a 45-14 loss Friday night.

Aubrey blanks Caddo Mills behind Grisso, D

CADDO MILLS — Gatlin Grisso and Pablo Vera combined for more than 200 yards rushing to lead the Aubrey Chaparrals to a 28-0 victory against Caddo Mills on Friday night.

Liberty Christian rides strong second half to win

ARGYLE — Never mind that Liberty Christian was down 14-0 at halftime, or that Kason Howell wasn’t on the team’s roster for the first game. Liberty Christian beat Bishop Lynch 17-14 on Friday, scoring all of their points unanswered in the second half while Howell punctuated the comeback with a game-winning touchdown run.

Calvary drops fourth straight

WATAGUA — The Calvary Lions saw their losing skid reach four games Friday night as the Watagua Harvest Christian Academy Saints rolled to a 44-6 victory.

Sanders leads Lake Dallas to 42-14 win over Carrollton Creekview

CARROLTON – In his head, Drew Sanders knew immediately he was going to score a touchdown. His legs did the rest, carrying the freshman quarterback 60 yards into the end zone halfway through the third quarter. The sprint was Sanders’ most impressive play from Lake Dallas’ 42-14 win against Carrollton Creekview on Thursday, but it was far from the only highlight. With the two quarterbacks in front of him injured, Sanders filled in seamlessly, rushing 19 times for 176 yards and four touchdowns.

Briefly in sports


Long, hard road

Eric Jenkins envisioned basketball as his ticket to a better life while growing up in New Orleans, where he sometimes went hungry or worried about where he’d find the money for bus fare to school. It wasn’t until Jenkins’ time at Miller-McCoy Academy was coming to an end that he looked around the gym and reconsidered.

Middle school volleyball: McMath improves to 7-1 with sweep

The McMath Lady Tigers A-team improved their season record to 7-1 Wednesday night with a two-set sweep of Little Elm 25-14, 25-8 in eighth-grade action.


Brace for impact

Seth Littrell has emphasized a simple task throughout his first season as North Texas’ coach — get a week better every week.

Madness falls upon Super Pit

Shane Tamara leaped over teammate for a thunderous slam to capture the dunk contest and punctuate what both North Texas basketball coaches described as a successful debut Thursday at Mean Green Madness.

LeBlanc fitting in nicely on Ryan defense

Ryan defensive lineman Dayton LeBlanc said he noticed while watching film recently that, without him on the field, the Raiders still would be unbeaten heading into tonight’s District 5-5A game at Wichita Falls.

Battle for position awaits Denton

Last week, the Denton Broncos found themselves their most heart-pounding game of the season and escaped with a 21-20 win against Denison to move to 3-1 in District 5-5A.

DISD teams head off to regional

The Denton school district will be well represented at the Region I cross country meet next weekend in Lubbock as the Braswell girls and Denton High boys were two of five squads to finish in the top three at Thursday’s District 5-5A meet at North Lakes Park.


Mwaniki gets start at QB for Guyer

Thabo Mwaniki has done a little bit of everything for Guyer’s football team since being called from junior varsity just a few games into his sophomore season.

O-line a bright spot for Braswell

It’s tough to find a bright spot after losing the first seven games of Braswell’s inaugural season, but for coach Cody Moore, he quickly says its the offensive line.“Of any group on our team, [our offensive...