Basketball roundup: Ponder boys stay perfect with OT win

FRANKLIN — Ponder entered Thursday with an unblemished 8-0 record, and added to that mark with two more victories to win Pool C at the Franklin tournament. The Lions defeated Iola 54-35 in the first game of the day, and then knocked off Fairfield 65-58.

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Shaken up, stirred to win

North Texas coach Tony Benford vowed to shake things up after the Mean Green struggled offensively in a loss to UTA over the weekend. That is just what Benford did heading into UNT’s game against Delaware State on Thursday.

Pioneers get past Lady Buffs

DENTON — Kenesha Saygo scored a season and game-high 28 points to lead Texas Woman’s University to a 62-59 win over No. 17 West Texas A&M Thursday night inside Kitty Magee Arena to give the Pioneers their first win over the Lady Buffs since the 2010-11 season.

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Former UNT wideout Terian Goree to enroll at Stephen F. Austin

Former North Texas wide receiver Terian Goree has left the school and plans to enroll at Stephen F. Austin.Goree was one of UNT’s top offensive weapons.

Freshman guard Lawson a key player as UNT tries to get on track

The offensive scheme was about as simple as it could be at times during A.J. Lawson’s career at Bryan High, and even during summer basketball.

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Battling past the buzzer

Ryan and Liberty Christian didn’t make things easy on each other Tuesday, or themselves. At least that’s how things felt as the Raiders jumped out to a seemingly insurmountable 13-point lead midway through the third quarter only to blow that lead to the suddenly hot-shooting Warriors, who then promptly gave up a buzzer-beating 3-pointer before losing 60-57 in overtime at Billy Ryan Gym.

Indiana sends UNT to third straight loss, 95-64

North Texas came into its game against Indiana on Tuesday desperate to snap a two-game losing streak as its Conference USA opener creeps ever closer. Unfortunately for the Mean Green, Indiana was in a similar position.

Comeback effort falls short for Guyer boys

As hard as Guyer tried to claw back from a big hole late in Tuesday’s nondistrict clash with Euless Trinity, a sloppy first half and an unconscious shooting effort from the Trojans’ star guard were too much to overcome as Trinity handed Guyer an 87-77 defeat.

Argyle coasts to win against Denton behind strong 3-point shooting

In a clash of styles, the Denton Broncos faced a similarly high-octane offense in Argyle on Tuesday with the Eagles boasting a well-balanced, 3-point shooting attack compared to Denton’s run-and-gun transition game.

TWU notebook: TWU in search of 1st conference win

After getting off to one of its best starts in several years, the TWU basketball team was unable to carry that momentum into the the hot start it was hoping for in Lone Star Conference play.

Basketball roundup: Dow helps Aubrey avenge loss against Whitesboro

WHITESBORO — After falling to Whitesboro by double-digits earlier in the season, the Aubrey Lady Chaps bounced back with a four-point win in a rematch between the teams.

Keena makes 1st team All-C-USA

Eric Keena was named to the All-Conference USA first team on Tuesday, capping a standout regular season for North Texas’ punter.

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Ryan’s state semifinal game moved to AT&T Stadium

Saturday’s Class 5A Division I state semifinal between Ryan (14-0) and Highland Park (12-2) has been moved to Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, officials from both school districts confirmed Monday.

Mabodu familiar with IU star

Tosin Mabodu has a pretty good idea of just how big a challenge North Texas will face today when the Mean Green take on Indiana. The Hoosiers play halfway across the country, close to where Mabodu and Tyra Buss used to face off periodically.

Lake Dallas’ Ijiyera commits to play at Texas St.

Segun Ijiyera’s commitment to Texas State on Sunday couldn’t have worked out better for both parties.

Football: Patient offense, rested defense lead way in Ryan win

ARLINGTON — Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders loves having a great defense on his side, so much that if he had it his way, that unit would spend the majority of every game just standing on the sideline....

Football: Ryan shines with Davis getting tough playoff yards

ARLINGTON — Four carries into his day, Ryan senior Tyreke Davis had an eerily familiar feeling. After a 25-yard scamper, he felt a tweak in his right knee — the knee he injured in Ryan’s third-round playoff win last year that allowed him just one carry in the Raiders’ loss to Allen the following week.

Men’s basketball: UTA rips UNT despite Combs’ return

Jeremy Combs provided exactly what North Texas hoped for in his return to the lineup Saturday, when the Mean Green took on rival Texas-Arlington. The stark reality for UNT was it just didn’t matter.

Women’s basketball roundup: UNT rally falls short at Tulsa

SAN ANGELO — TWU opened the contest against sixth-ranked Angelo State on a 9-0 run, but ASU controlled the boards in a 74-53 win at Stephens Arena to give the Pioneers an 0-2 start in Lone Star Conference play.

Basketball roundup: Calvary beats Ryan in tournament final

SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo tournament.

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Ryan ready for balanced foe

Ryan has been here before — lots of times. Just last year, the Raiders entered the fourth round of the playoffs unbeaten and on a roll in the state’s largest classification. But that run was halted in a hurry in a tough loss to Allen, then a three-time defending state champion.

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UTA brings buzz to Super Pit

North Texas did exactly what it needed to over the last few days, when its schedule offered an opportunity to stack together some much-needed wins. The Mean Green beat Niagara and Hartford before knocking off Texas College, an NAIA gimme, in UNT’s annual Denton ISD game.

Area trio cruise in Sanger tournament

SANGER — Sanger, Ponder and Aubrey got back to work at the Sanger tournament, and all three walked away Friday with big wins. Ponder started it off with a 77-52 win over Denison led by four players in double digits. Senior Chase Harris scored 17 points, juniors Dean Akins and Tye Schluter each added 16 and junior Ryan Waldo dropped in 10.

Liberty’s Reneau set for nationals

At 16 years old, Liberty Christian junior Elizabeth Reneau already has put together an impressive track and cross country career with seven individual TAPPS state titles and one team title.

Ponder, Sanger post tourney blowouts

SANGER — Ponder used a high-flying attack to score 93 points in its opening game of play Thursday at the Sanger tournament against Gainesville, and the Lions won 93-48. Aubrey was on the lower end of the scoring scale against Denison, falling 50-44.

Argyle, Ryan lead all-state selections

Two all-state volleyball teams were released recently, as both the Texas Girls Coaches Association and the newly formed Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches released their respective all-state teams.

TWU 0-1 in LSC

KINGSVILLE — A 30-25 halftime lead for TWU was erased when the Pioneers were outscored 25-9 in the third quarter en route to a 67-55 Texas A&M-Kingsville win Thursday at the Gil E. Steinke Physical Education Center.

Lions dominate Bobcats

KRUM — The Ponder Lions dominated the Krum Bobcats on Tuesday in an 80-48 win. Ponder had four scorers in double digits, with junior Tye Schulter scoring 13 points, senior Clayton Hicks adding 12 points, senior Foster Ford dropping 13 points and senior Chase Harris getting 10.

Men’s basketball: Area youngsters see Mean Green crush Texas College

North Texas isn’t that far off from where it had hoped to be following the first month of the season. The Mean Green capitalized on winnable games and survived a few tough road trips without suffering any overly demoralizing losses.

Women’s basketball: Mays, Mustangs master Mitchell’s Mean Green

DALLAS — Jalie Mitchell picked up a big win early in her career as a head coach a year ago when North Texas knocked off longtime rival SMU. One of her old friends returned the favor Wednesday when the Mustangs beat the Mean Green 65-51 in the latest game in the series at Moody Coliseum.

Volleyball: All-district lists honor area standouts

Denton-area volleyball players were represented well on their respective all-district teams. The select players are chosen by district coaches, who consider their performance during district play.

Denton cagers upend two visiting schools in twin bill

The Denton Broncos did not have their usual swagger in the first half against Keller Central. They lacked defensive energy and execution on the offensive end and found themselves trailing by as many as nine points late in the fourth quarter.

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Argyle answers challenge

ARGYLE — The Argyle girls basketball team is accustomed to playing above its weight class and having a lot of success in doing so.

UNT notebook: Mitchell to battle former colleague today

Jalie Mitchell and Travis Mays spent three years together helping build a program at Texas. Tonight, they will face off for the first time as head coaches when North Texas takes on SMU in Dallas.

Full-court shot sinks Bengals in overtime

LITTLE ELM — For Braswell, nothing is going to come easy, even when the Bengals are seconds from that elusive first victory.

TWU notebook: Pioneers set to begin LSC play at Javelinas

The TWU basketball team is off to its best start since 2011-12, and is set to begin Lone Star Conference play Thursday against Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Guyer’s Wilson out with fracture

The star-studded Guyer boys basketball team will be down one of its best players, as sophomore Jalen Wilson will miss the next four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his foot.

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Destination unknown

North Texas is playing the waiting game this week, when it is expected to reach one of Seth Littrell’s biggest goals heading into his first season with the Mean Green.

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Brett Vito: Despite the dud against UTEP, UNT’s season has been a success

One has to give Seth Littrell and North Texas credit. They sure did make the regular season awfully interesting the last few months.

Green’s key 3 helps UNT hold off Hartford in Scarlet Knight Showcase

Filling the void in North Texas’ starting lineup following the departure of Jeremy Combs isn’t going to be easy for the Mean Green.

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Herman introduced in Austin, says he’s ready for the pressure at UT

AUSTIN — Tom Herman smiled, raised his right hand for the “Hook ’em Horns” sign and said all the right things Sunday to fire up the fan base as the new Texas coach.

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Matthews, Barnes lead Mavericks to win against Pelicans

Wesley Matthews scored 21 points, including eight during a fourth-quarter rally that gave Dallas the lead for good, and the Mavericks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 91-81 on Sunday night.

Football: UNT has no answer for UTEP’s Jones in 52-24 loss

EL PASO — North Texas opened the Seth Littrell era with lofty goals for a team that won just one game a year ago, including playing in a bowl game for just the second time in the last dozen years. UTEP running back Aaron Jones made sure the Mean Green will have a long, bitter wait to see if they get there this season.

Men’s basketball: Hartford visits UNT today

The Scarlet Knight Showcase didn’t start the way North Texas had hoped. The finish could be an entirely different story, if the Mean Green can come through with a win today.

Football: Ryan outguns Monterey in final minutes to advance

ABILENE — Credit the Ryan Raiders with this from Friday night: They’re tough to beat, even when trying to beat themselves. Despite more than doubling Lubbock Monterey’s offensive production, Ryan found itself clinging to a three-point lead in the fourth quarter thanks largely to 140 yards in penalties and a late burst from Monterey.

Inconsistency burns UNT offense

EL PASO — North Texas would have needed a whole lot from its offense to keep pace with UTEP on Saturday at the Sun Bowl with the way the Miners and Aaron Jones were running up and down the field. UNT didn’t come anywhere close in a 52-24 loss.

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UNT notebook: Wilson’s return not enough

EL PASO — North Texas brought Jeffery Wilson back for its game against UTEP on Saturday at the Sun Bowl.UNT coach Seth Littrell felt like he didn’t have a lot of options other than giving his star running back at least a few reps after he recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery.

Roundup: UNT women take home opener

Kara Mitchell hit a game-winning bucket in the paint with six seconds remaining to give TWU a win over Oklahoma Christian in which the Pioneers erased a 13-point deficit late in the third quarter and outscored the Lady Eagles 31-16 in the final 11 minutes at the Eagles’ Nest.

Girls basketball: Argyle knocks off Frisco Liberty

DUNCANVILLE — The top-ranked Argyle Lady Eagles wasted little time in showing their superior play against another ranked team Saturday in the Thanksgiving Hoopfest, knocking off Frisco Liberty 46-32.

Football: Wylie peppers Argyle with stout playoff defense

MINERAL WELLS — Offense hadn’t been an issue for the Argyle Eagles as they scored 63 points and 49 points in their two playoff wins. But against the defensively dominant Abilene Wylie Bulldogs, the Eagles met their match.