Girls basketball: Denton hires Ryan’s Taylor as head coach

After eight years at Ryan as an assistant coach, Erin Taylor has been selected as Denton’s next head girls basketball coach, replacing the retiring Dennis Krishka.

Softball playoffs arrive

Several of the area’s top softball teams begin postseason play today, and two of those teams won’t have any margin for error, as state-ranked teams from Guyer and Pilot Point face one-game playoffs with hopes of advancing to the area round next week.

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Rangers rally for two runs in ninth to beat A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Michael Choice acknowledged it was an extra special victory. Playing against his former team, and leading off for the first time with his new squad, Choice had to smile. Choice singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Baseball: Guyer comes up short as Wichita Falls takes 5-4A title

Guyer had a golden opportunity Tuesday night to take possession of first place in District 5-4A with a game remaining, but that chance was squandered in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Baseball: Falcons top Brewer, clinch playoff berth

CORINTH — Lake Dallas knew roughly the number of wins it needed in District 5-4A play to avoid sitting out the playoffs for the second straight year.

Softball: Krum earns No. 2 seed by beating Gainesville

KRUM — Krum coach Stacey Lucas likely will never entertain the idea of pulling starting pitcher Kaycee Koiner, no matter how bleak the situation may be or what is on the line.

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Lehtonen, Stars win 3-0 in Game 3 over Ducks

DALLAS (AP) — Kari Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots and the Dallas Stars clearly frustrated the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks. Everything changed in this first-round series when the Stars got their first home playoff game in six years. While Dallas captain Jamie Benn skated out of the penalty box to score first and 19-year-old rookie Valeri Nichushkin added a goal, Anaheim’s dynamic scoring duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry probably had more punches than shots as the Stars won 3-0 in Game 3 Monday night.

Rangers rally from early deficit to beat Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A day after a 14-run defeat, the Texas Rangers rallied from an early deficit against the defending division champions. Manager Ron Washington expects to know plenty about his club following this early test facing Oakland. Donnie Murphy lined a go-ahead single up the middle with one out in the eighth inning, and the Rangers came from behind to beat the Athletics 4-3 on Monday night.

Women’s golf: UNT has 2 in top 10 at C-USA tourney

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Chaslyn Chrismer and Eji Kwon both shot 1-over 73s on Monday as North Texas sits in seventh place after the first round of the Conference USA tournament.

Softball: Krum-Gainesville game rescheduled

The playoff seeding game between Krum and Gainesville that was scheduled for Monday was postponed due to inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Krum.

Baseball: Denton’s Harrison says goodbye to coaching

Don’t get too high or too low. That’s been one of Glen Harrison’s main mantras to success during his 28 years of coaching football and baseball.

Women's golf: UNT ready for C-USA tournament

The North Texas women will compete in its first Conference USA championship beginning today at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Football: Time to reload

John Skladany was talking about the state of North Texas’ defense during the late stages of spring practice just a few days ago.

Track and field: Raiders cruise to area title

COPPELL — Ryan will not have to worry about a lack of representation at next week’s UIL Class 5A Region I meet at Texas Tech.

Track and field: UNT brings home winners from meet

NORMAN, Okla. — North Texas’ Nadiyah El-Amin and Mona Landry were double-event winners at the 45th annual John Jacobs Invitational at Oklahoma on Saturday.

Tennis: UNT ousted at conference tourney

NORFOLK, Va. — North Texas fell to Rice 4-0 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament, thus ending its season.

Baseball/softball roundup: Ponder routs Alvord in baseball action

ALVORD — Ponder broke things open in the top of the fifth inning and scored eight runs in the Lions’ 15-0 victory over Alvord in District 9-2A action Friday night.

Baseball: A season first

When Ryan sophomore Manny Torralba stepped on home plate on Friday night, the home fans and team were able to celebrate something for the first time this season.

Baseball: UNT’s financial issues put baseball on hold

North Texas officials are continuing to work toward reviving the school’s baseball program while the university sorts through financial issues that could delay its debut until 2016.

Softball: Guyer roughs up Rider

Guyer head coach Keith Medford had a pretty concrete plan for his pitcher in Friday’s regular-season finale against Wichita Falls Rider.

Baseball: Argyle defeats Celina for title

CELINA — Argyle’s Drew Gooch gave up one hit through the first five innings of Friday’s District 10-3A showdown at Celina but impressively still faced the minimum number of batters thanks to a double play in the second inning.

Softball/baseball roundup: Pilot Point suffers first District 12-2A defeat

VAN ALSTYNE — Preslee Gallaway allowed just one earned run in six innings, but errors allowed Van Alstyne to a 3-2 win and hand Pilot Point its first District 12-2A loss in its regular-season finale on Friday.

UNT roundup: UNT tennis advances to semis; Wilson sets school track mark

NORFOLK, Va. — Junior Franziska Sprinkmeyer defeated Kathrin Waidner 6-1, 6-4 to clinch North Texas’ 4-0 victory over Southern Miss and a spot in the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament.

Track and field: Sanger boys capture area championship

ARGYLE — The Sanger Indians and Argyle Eagles will be well represented next week at the Class 3A Region II track and field championships in Commerce after strong showings at the District 9-3A/10-3A Area meet on Thursday.

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Softball: One last time

As the long introductions were rattled off Tuesday night at Tina Minke Field, Ryan senior Carol Raabe was waiting to wake up.

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Tennis: Family’s legacy helps freshman succeed

Ray Thoma stood and watched during the UNLV Invitational last fall as his daughter displayed the traits that carried three generation of his family to athletic success.

Girls golf: Guyer headed to state tourney

ABILENE — The Guyer girls shot a 331 as a team Thursday in the final round of the Class 4A Region I tournament to finish third and secure a trip to this year’s state tournament.

Tennis: Krum falls short at regionals

Krum’s entries in Thursday’s Class 3A Region II tournament at Rockwall experienced varied amount of success but was unable to send anybody to the state tournament.

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Track and field: Not done yet

Today will be far from the first time Argyle seniors Brooke Robertson, Laine Lowry, Taylor Mueller and junior Cassi Hargroves will be running the 1,600-meter relay together.

Softball: Kirk’s record-setting night lifts North Texas to victory

Ashley Kirk should own every major North Texas pitching record when her career ends after this season, but she and coach Tracey Kee weren’t going into a four-day break without seeing another record fall.

Track and field: Cross ready to lead Raiders

It only takes a quick glance during warm-ups to see what makes Ryan junior Terell Cross a little different from his track and field peers.

Girls golf: Guyer in position for state berth

Guyer finished the first day of the Class 4A Region I tournament tied for sixth place but still in contention for a berth in the state tournament.

Men's basketball: UNT addresses needs with two big JUCO signings

When North Texas coach Tony Benford looked at his team heading into his third season at the school, he saw several key holes he and his staff needed to address.

Softball: Ponder posts 19-3 blowout

PONDER — For one half inning, Millsap looked like it finally had figured out Ponder and starting pitcher Jessica Orozco, who tossed a no-hitter against the Lady Bulldogs earlier in the District 9-2A schedule.

Baseball: Wildcats top Falcons in battle for second

CORINTH — A big game between two teams tied for second place in the District 5-4A standings was decided in the top of the fifth inning — in more ways than one.

Golf roundup: Eagles claim regional crown

POTTSBORO — The Argyle boys held off a late charge Tuesday from Texarkana Pleasant Grove to claim the Class 3A Region II championship and qualify for the UIL state tournament in Austin.

Baseball: Broncos blast Brewer

Heading into the final inning Tuesday night, Denton starting pitcher Roman Arnold took on the mindset of a closer. He put the first six innings behind him and concentrated on the task at hand.

Softball: Ryan blows seven-run lead, chance for 5-5A win

The feeling after Ryan’s softball game Tuesday night was a feeling the Lady Raiders knew all too well.

Golf roundup: Argyle boys lead at regional tournament

POTTSBORO — Argyle’s boys golf team will enter the second round of the Class 3A Region II tournament a few strokes ahead of everybody else.

Football: Guyer adds another quarterback to mix

There’s embarrassment of riches, and then there’s the Guyer quarterback situation.

Softball: Mean Green sweeps Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — Behind the dominant effort of senior starting pitcher Ashley Kirk, North Texas defeated Marshall 8-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of the Conference USA series.

Gymnastics: Pioneers earn two individual crowns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU senior Brittainy Johnson captured the bars title while junior Spencer Jones won the floor title at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Sunday at Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center.

Football: Greer proves quick study

When Josh Greer entered the race for the starting quarterback job at North Texas in December, the former Navarro College standout did so with a lot of ground to make up.

Nelson, five others enter UNT Athletic Hall of Fame

Corky Nelson didn’t have the best facilities or the biggest budget during his tenure as North Texas’ coach during its stint in what was Division I-AA in the 1980s.

Women's gymnastics: Pioneers second again at nationals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU scored a 194.725 to finish second at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Saturday night.

Softball: TWU sweeps to wrap up home slate

Approaching two final road series before the Lone Star Conference tournament, TWU is searching for more consistency on defense.

Softball: UNT takes two from Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The North Texas bats came alive late in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader against Marshall as the Mean Green surged past the Thundering Herd 7-3 behind five seventh-inning runs.

Women's tennis: UNT whips South Alabama

North Texas’ 4-1 victory over South Alabama on Saturday completed its dual season, giving the Mean Green a record of 10-10.

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Baseball: Horton, Wildcats beat Nelson

Trophy Club Nelson jumped out to an early lead on Guyer starting pitcher Daulton Horton in Friday’s pivotal District 5-4A matchup at Guyer, but it didn’t last for long.