Football: Youngsters poised to replace UNT seniors

Senior day typically is a time to say goodbye in college football. That will certainly be the case this afternoon when North Texas faces Florida International at Apogee Stadium.Players who have long served...

Football: Bearcats blast Broncos

JUSTIN — Brick by brick the Denton Broncos built their program up after several consecutive losing seasons while their opening-round playoff win against Birdville gave them their first playoff win since 2002, but on Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium in the Class 5A Division I Region I area round, the Broncos ran into an offensive buzz saw in the reigning Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo Bearcats.

Volleyball: Argyle advances to final

GARLAND — Late in the second set Friday, Argyle was one point from dropping a set for the first time since early October. Only this time, there was much more on the line. The Lady Eagles miraculously avoided the rare letdown when a reversed call on the point that would have given Liberty Hill the set opened the door for Argyle to steal the set, and ultimately the match, in a 25-17, 27-25, 25-20 win in a Class 4A state semifinal at the Curtis Culwell Center.

Football: Wildcats look to keep edge on Carroll

There are not many teams in Texas that can claim an all-time series advantage over Southlake Carroll. Yet, when Guyer and Carroll take the field at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium at 8 tonight, the Dragons will be in that unfamiliar position. Guyer won its first two meetings against Carroll in 2010 — a game that saw the Wildcats end Carroll’s 47-game home winning streak and a playoff win in the regional final en route to Guyer’s first state championship game appearance.

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Volleyball: ‘Always be strong’

Camille Cherry keeps the reminders of one of the great influences in her life tucked away where she can find them in the toughest moments. Some are handwritten sticky notes carefully placed in her apartment.

Football: Broncos looking for shootout with Aledo

After earning its first playoff win since 2002 with a bi-district victory over Birdville, the Denton football program is riding high, but with a state power next on the docket, the Broncos aren’t basking in their recent success.

Volleyball: Argyle one win from state final

ARGYLE — Two opponents stand in the way of Argyle and its first state title. While the Lady Eagles have made no secret that they hope to be playing one team in particular in Saturday’s Class 4A final, they’ll first have to knock off a hungry newcomer to the state’s grandest stage.

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Football: Guyer defense has adapted all season

Before this season began, when Guyer was ready to break in a highly touted yet unproven quarterback in Shawn Robinson, the general thought around the program was that the Wildcats’ defense would lead the way early on.

Women’s basketball: Mean Green host UMass in home tourney

The first two games of the North Texas women’s basketball season couldn’t have turned out worse when it comes to the bottom line. The Mean Green lost to Houston and Northern Colorado in home games that were tight in the late stages.

Men’s basketball: Pressure suits Armani

Armani Flannigan spent a lot of time over the last few months in the gym, parked in the same spot and hoisting shot after shot.

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Volleyball: Bass uses game to overcome adversity

Alexa Bass was dressed in street clothes when she showed up roughly 15 minutes late for Argyle’s practice Monday afternoon. It was uncharacteristic for her to be late for anything, especially volleyball.

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Football: UNT chapter of Dunhams’ father-son journey coming to end

George Dunham hasn’t found himself at a loss for words often during his tenure as the voice of the Mean Green. The North Texas graduate has called bowl wins, basketball buzzer-beaters and tough losses and always had something to say — right up until he looked down from the press box at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2012 and saw one of the Mean Green’s players leveled by a vicious hit.

Girls basketball: Denton gets Colonized

Through the first handful of games this season, the Denton Lady Broncos have been searching for consistency throughout their lineup.

UNT notebook: UNT playing for seniors, Apogee record

Seeing its hopes of playing in a second straight bowl game end last week caused North Texas in some ways to shift its focus and approach heading into its final two games of the season.

TWU notebook: Pioneers had shot against top-10 foe

Opening the basketball season with a split of two weekend games might not be an obvious success, but the two games showed TWU coach Beth Jillson two important qualities about her team.

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Football: Skladany set to retire

The architect of one of North Texas’ greatest defenses in program history is calling it a career. John Skladany, who has served as UNT’s defensive coordinator the last three seasons, has elected to retire at the end of the current year.

Basketball: Prowess at stripe helps UNT win

There were times Monday when North Texas appeared as if it might never miss from the free throw line.

Basketball: Ryan boys outlast McKinney Boyd

Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet knows it will take some time before his young team is clicking on all cylinders, but he had very little to complain about after Monday’s season opener.

Football: Former UNT coach Nelson dies

Corky Nelson, a longtime Texas high school and college coach who guided the North Texas football program through a turbulent time in its history, died Monday morning in Temple. He was 75.

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Football: UTEP takes down North Texas in late-night match

EL PASO — North Texas dreams of a repeat bowl appearance ended not long after the sun set on the Sun Bowl late Saturday night. The Mean Green came into their encore season, following a nine-win campaign highlighted by a Heart of Dallas Bowl win, talking of building on the momentum they established with just the third bowl win in program history.

Brett Vito: Reality bites UNT after seventh loss

A hope hatched nearly a year ago now, as North Texas celebrated arguably the finest moment in the history of its football program that a new era had dawned for the Mean Green.

Basketball: UNT men, women seek game two wins

The last time North Texas faced Nicholls State, it turned out to be a pretty good day for the Mean Green. Tonight, UNT will look for a similar result to the 77-3 blowout win it posted in football in the second game of UNT’s men’s basketball season at the Super Pit.

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Football: Guyer pops Plano, 59-28

ARLINGTON — Shawn Robinson admitted to having some jitters when he took the field at AT&T Stadium on Saturday for the first time in his career. In his playoff debut, it didn’t take long for him to get rid of them.

Football: UTEP overpowers Mean Green

EL PASO — North Texas’ dreams of a repeat bowl appearance are over. The Mean Green came into their encore season following a nine-win campaign highlighted by a Heart of Dallas Bowl win talking of building on the momentum they established with just the third bowl win in program history.

Volleyball: Lady Eagles advance to state

MESQUITE — Shortly after Argyle’s sweep of Melissa in Saturday’s Class 4A Region II final, a win that vaulted the Lady Eagles to their second state tournament appearance in three years, junior Strealy Sizelove was heard amid the celebration having a fun exchange with coach Clark Oberle.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers improve to 1-1

WICHITA FALLS — TWU opened Saturday’s game on an 18-0 run and never looked back as it cruised to a 79-47 win over Adams State at Midwestern State’s Archbrook Classic.

Women’s volleyball: Mean Green clinch No. 3 seed

Seniors led the way Saturday as North Texas made quick work of UTEP and won 25-21, 25-18, 25-14. With the victory, the Mean Green clinched the No. 3 seed in next week’s Conference USA tournament.

Football: Broncos beat Birdville

JUSTIN — Amassing a two-possession lead by halftime and holding the Class 5A leading rusher Isaiah Duarte to just 72 yards in the first half, the Denton Broncos had their lead, but the Birdville Hawks weren’t going to go quietly. Duarte finished with 212 yards and four touchdowns with the Hawks scoring 19 fourth-quarter points to set up one final drive, but on fourth-and-10 at midfield with less than a minute remaining, defensive lineman Adam Bershell’s outside rush helped him come up with his third sack of the game to allow Denton to secure the 40-33 victory for the Class 5A bi-district championship at Northwest ISD Stadium on Friday.

Football: Rodgers fuels Argyle rout

SAGINAW — If Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers continues to have nights like he did on Friday, the Eagles may be harder to beat in the playoffs than they already are.

Football: Orr-mentored Scott starting to thrive

Fred Scott wasn’t officially a newcomer when he made his debut as North Texas’ starting middle linebacker in the Mean Green’s season opener against Texas. Scott had been on the field before for UNT. He just wasn’t out there in many key spots while backing up Zach Orr, one of the Mean Green’s best players in recent years.

Football: Robinson, Guyer open on big stage

The last time the Guyer Wildcats were in the postseason in the state’s largest classification, they had their earliest playoff exit in program history when they were bounced in the second round by Mansfield in 2011. That Guyer team started seven sophomores — a stark contrast from its senior-laden team the prior year that went to the Class 5A Division II final in the program’s first year playing with the state’s biggest schools.

Men’s basketball: Mean Green top Weevils in opener

North Texas withstood some early hot shooting by Arkansas-Monticello and freshman Jeremy Combs nearly recorded a double-double in his first game as the Mean Green won their season opener 84-62 on Friday.

Volleyball: Argyle, Dobbins slam Van

MESQUITE — When Eighmy Dobbins stepped up to the service line in the third set of Argyle’s regional semifinal matchup Friday night, it was evident Van did not have much time left in its season. However, no one saw what happened next coming, as the junior outside hitter served the match’s final 14 points with her lethal jump serve to help the Lady Eagles cruise to a sweep of Van to advance to the Class 4A Region II final at 1 p.m. today back at Mesquite Poteet.

Football: Krum rolls to playoff win

FORT WORTH — Krum was desperate to taste some playoff success. Dallas Lincoln obliged, over and over again. The Bobcats rolled up 390 total yards, 327 of that rushing, and scored five touchdowns off Lincoln turnovers — the Tigers had six for the game — while cruising to a 40-6 win in a Class 4A Region I Division II bi-district game at Brewer Bear Stadium.

Football: Ponder hits Wall in loss

STEPHENVILLE — Entering the playoffs for the first time in program history, the Ponder Lions had a stiff test against the Wall Hawks, who advanced to the Class 2A state championship game a season ago.

Football: Birdville back is Broncos’ first playoff test

The Denton Broncos’ fast start to the season, their win over Saginaw Boswell in the final seconds and their first playoff berth since 2010 highlight their season so far, but tonight against Birdville, all of those peaks climbed are merely hills compared with the task ahead.

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Men’s basketball: Mean Green look to get back to winning ways

When Tony Benford arrived at North Texas in the spring of 2012, he was met with sky-high expectations of NCAA tournament bids and conference titles. That was part of the deal.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers open today

If the 2014-15 TWU basketball roster is a jigsaw puzzle, it would appear all the pieces are on the table. Beginning tonight it becomes a matter of whether they can be put together.

Signings: Argyle’s Keenan officially a Red Raider

ARGYLE – As Argyle volleyball coach Clark Oberle stood up to introduce Katy Keenan during a signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, he reminisced with the crowd about his star player’s first college offer, which he said came from Baylor the summer before Keenan’s freshman year.

Men’s basketball: North Texas signs two

Tony Benford vowed when he took over at North Texas to build the Mean Green’s program with home-grown Texas talent. Benford took another step toward that goal on Wednesday when he signed two top in-state prospects on the opening day of the early signing period.

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Football: UNT’s Jones leads the defense after life-altering surgery

James Jones experienced stomach aches on a regular basis for more than a year by the time North Texas was preparing for spring practice back in February. At the time, the senior cornerback didn’t spend a whole lot of time worrying about what he thought was just a part of life for him, like having poor eyesight or bad circulation is for others.

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Football: Brewer, Holder give Lake Dallas balance

Lake Dallas wide receiver Keegan Brewer is focused on scoring touchdowns. He’s just never kept track. Brewer, a junior, was floored when he heard the numbers — 21 touchdowns, 18 of them receiving — earlier this week. Coupled with his 1,002 yards, he is ranked fifth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area among Class 5A receivers heading into Friday’s Region I Division II bi-district tilt against Wichita Falls — slated for 7:30 p.m. at Springtown.

Women's basketball: North Texas women gear up for new season

Candice Adams couldn’t help but wonder at times as she sat on North Texas’ bench last season if her basketball career had some kind of lingering curse hanging over it.

Volleyball: Guyer’s season comes to close with loss to Southlake

LEWISVILLE — Just a few days after one of the biggest wins in its program history, the Guyer volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday night.

Volleyball: Argyle advances with victory against Aubrey

Katy Keenan is not the type of player Argyle wants sitting on its bench, even if only for a few brief stretches. Yet the Lady Eagles continue to prove they can be just as dominant without her.

Volleyball: Lake Dallas falls short in playoffs

JUSTIN — The Lake Dallas volleyball team’s season ended in a three-set loss to Aledo in the Division 5A regional quarterfinals on Tuesday, although it wasn’t for lack of effort.

UNT notebook: UNT seeks repeat of last season against UTEP

There weren’t many teams last season in Conference USA that had much success when it came to slowing down UTEP’s Aaron Jones.

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Football: Win brought UNT’s hopes back to life

Dan McCarney thought back to his days as an assistant coach this week while trying to put into perspective what North Texas’ slump-busting win over Florida Atlantic last week meant to his team.

Girls basketball: Lady Broncos ignite for win

The Denton Lady Broncos opened their season Monday at home against Keller Central, motivating themselves with the theme “set yourself on fire.”

Men's basketball: Mean Green pull away in OT to narrowly beat OCU

North Texas was on the verge of hitting a low it hadn’t seen in well over a decade when Jordan Williams pulled the Mean Green together in the closing moments of its exhibition game against Oklahoma City on Monday night.