Softball: Lady Monarchs oust Mean Green

HOUSTON — North Texas fought for nearly five hours Friday before being edged by No. 66 Old Dominion 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.

Football: Mean Green to present offensive research

North Texas offensive coordinator Mike Canales and the rest of the Mean Green’s coaching staff have taken a long, hard look since the end of last season at some of the top offenses in the country and the ins and outs of what they do.

Basketball: Versatile forward picks UNT over Tulsa, Charlotte, others

Playing four seasons of high school basketball wasn’t enough to earn Allante Holston the scholarship offers he was seeking.

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Softball: Lady Wildcat on her toes

Guyer coach Keith Medford admitted his team never practices the situation it encountered Friday night, and he certainly couldn’t expect his freshman first baseman to make the play she did to preserve a late lead.

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Titans’ Stewart comes home

Josh Stewart can only laugh now when the topic is brought up. The former Guyer and Oklahoma State standout left college a year early to declare for last year’s NFL draft, but after a disappointing performance at the NFL scouting combine, the slot receiver wasn’t among the 256 players selected.

Golf: Mercer records 89

Patrick Mercer and Denton coach Mick Maxey had a plan heading into the second day of Class 5A Region I tournament at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock.

Golf: Argyle makes state

Even after putting together its best scores of the season at the Class 4A Region II tournament, the Argyle girls golf team nearly had to go to a two-team playoff Thursday to determine who would move on to state.

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Choate sets sail

Guyer senior Sean Choate signs to play basketball at Navy as his father, Mike, left, Guyer coach Grant Long, sister Lily and mother, Cyndi, look on Thursday in Denton.

Baseball: Birdville grounds Falcons

CORINTH — Tristan Tom’s bad night began well before Wednesday’s game between Lake Dallas and Birdville actually began. The Lake Dallas ace was participating in pregame warmups when he was drilled by a ball above his left eye, requiring butterfly stitches.

Softball: Ryan eliminated from race despite win

Ryan was a long shot to make the playoffs entering Wednesday’s District 5-6A game against Keller Fossil Ridge. The Lady Raiders’ ensuing win — an impressive 3-0 decision at Tina Minke Field — kept those slim hopes alive.

Golf: Lady Eagles sit in second

CANTON — Argyle golf coach Sammye Townsend was proud of how his Lady Eagles finished their first round of the Class 4A Region II tournament at Van Zant Country Club on Wednesday.

Golf: Lady Wildcats mid-pack at regional tourney

ARLINGTON — The Guyer Lady Wildcats were nervous heading into Wednesday’s Class 6A Region I tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club because the team was paired with two of the top three teams in the state.

Golf: Denton’s Mercer struggles on greens

On the first day of the Class 5A Region I tournament at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, Denton’s Patrick Mercer had two-thirds of his game clicking — his driver and his irons.

Golf: Argyle dominates regional for state berth

Apparently, finishing second at state in each of the last two years is not good enough for Argyle. Neither is making its fourth straight appearance on Texas’ grandest stage after dominating this year’s Class 4A Region II tournament.

TWU notebook: Pioneers keen to remain in second place

Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, the TWU softball team stands alone in second place in the Lone Star Conference after last weekend’s series win at Texas A&M-Kingsville, and that would be an enviable position entering the May 1-2 LSC tournament.

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UNT notebook: Mean Green developing identity in practice

Spring practice is a time when a team’s personality often begins to emerge. New leaders step into the void left by departing seniors, and offseason adjustments take form.

Baseball: Rider upends Denton

Riding a two-game winning streak, the Denton Broncos have been coming together as a team and coach Nick Buck likes how they have battled, but time is ticking for the Broncos as they head down the stretch of their District 5-5A schedule.

Golf: Guyer finishes 14th

When Guyer golf coach Roddy Adams said moving up a class would be tough for his boys team, he wasn’t kidding.

Golf: Lady Broncos take 10th at regional

After high winds and cold rain suspended play for the last six holes of the opening round of the Class 5A Region I tournament at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock on Monday, the Denton Lady Broncos looked to finish what they started.

Baseball roundup: Liberty pounds Prestonwood late

ARGYLE — After three scoreless innings, Liberty Christian exploded for 11 runs in the final two frames — including Luke Chavez’s walk-off grand slam — to hand Plano Prestonwood an 11-1 loss Tuesday.

WKU suspends water programs five years

Western Kentucky suspended its swimming and diving programs for five years Tuesday following an investigation of hazing incidents and violations of Title IX sexual misconduct and assault, harassment and the student conduct code.

Volleyball: Ryan’s Cindy Williams set to retire

Longtime Ryan volleyball coach Cindy Williams confirmed her retirement Monday, ending a coaching career that spanned 37 years and included stops at Pilot Point and Whitesboro.

Golf: Argyle boys in position for state berth

Argyle’s Black team finished up the first day of the Class 4A Region II golf tournament sitting atop the leaderboard with a score of 292, while its Red team got off to a slower start but isn’t out of the hunt for a state tournament berth.

Golf: Guyer boys stumble at first day of regionals

Guyer head golf coach Roddy Adams and his boys team knew they would have a tough challenge in front of them during their first trip to a regional tournament at the state’s largest classification.

Golf: 5A Region I tournament suspended due to rain

The Class 5A Region I tournament at the Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock fell victim to the weather and winds as play was suspended at 2 p.m. on Monday.

Basketball: JUCO guard commits to play basketball at UNT

A two-year stay in junior college wasn’t what Deckie Johnson was shooting for when he was a high school standout in Memphis.

Golf: Guyer boys, girls set for regionals

ARGYLE — When the Guyer golf teams tee off at their respective Class 6A Region I tournaments this week in Arlington, they’ll be doing so under different circumstances but with the same goal in mind.

Golf: Denton girls look to keep level head

For the Denton girls golf team, projecting its success is a mental challenge, but head coach Mick Maxey implored his team to act as if it had already won its district tournament.

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Basketball: Standing out

Several players in the area stood out on the hardwood during the 2014-2015 basketball season, but two players emerged above the rest — a senior heading off to play Division I basketball and a rising star with two years left to play and a state championship to defend.

Football: Akunne’s departure leaves hole at LB

Derek Akunne was one of the most consistent and productive players in North Texas’ lineup over his last three seasons with the Mean Green.

Tina Slinker: Support for new coach wanted

I have spent 26 years being involved in and now following the women’s basketball program at North Texas. I am writing in hopes of accumulating support, not that she needs it, for newly named head coach, Jalie Mitchell, one of UNT’s finest and someone who can re-establish alumni support and lead the program in a positive and productive direction.

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Johnson wins Duck Commander 500

FORT WORTH — Kevin Harvick knocked Joey Logano out of the way and thought he was about to pass Jamie McMurray for the lead with 15 laps to go, but Jimmie Johnson ducked underneath both of them and pulled away to win the Duck Commander 500 on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.

TWU finishes fourth at 2015 USA Gymnastics National Championships

Gymnastics National Championships. Lindenwood won the title with a 195.550 while Bridgeport finished second with a 194.675 and Seattle Pacific placed third with a 194.225.

Softball: North Texas snaps skid against UTSA

DENTON — With one deep fly ball over the left field wall, North Texas ended its nine-game losing skid against Conference USA foe Texas-San Antonio at home Saturday.

Tennis: Mean Green fall to UT Arlington in road finale

ARLINGTON — The North Texas tennis team’s day trip to the University of Texas at Arlington did not go as hoped, as the Lady Mavs defeated the Mean Green 4-0. The loss dropped the team to 7-13 on the season with one more match to play, a Senior Day contest 10 a.m. today vs. South Alabama.

Softball: TWU takes series against TAMUK

KINGSVILLE — The TWU softball team won the first game of the doubleheader, 10-2, in six innings to capture the series against Texas A&M-Kingsville. Game two was halted in the sixth inning due to lightning and will result in a 1-1 tie.

Boys soccer: Bel Air bounces Broncos

WICHITA FALLS — After pulling a win out of the fire of a shootout in their previous Class 5A playoff game, the Denton Broncos seemingly had the El Paso Bel Air Highlanders right where they wanted them Friday headed to extra time.

Baseball: Ryan pounds Panthers for second district win

Friday’s game may have felt like it was dragging along, but there likely won’t be any apologies from Ryan. The Raiders took their time picking apart Keller Fossil Ridge in a game that took 80 minutes just to complete the first three innings.

Motor sports: Ryan grad making second lap of Sprint Cup career

Marcos Castro was a Ryan tennis player looking to plot a course for college and beyond. The school’s guidance counselors weren’t sure how to help. “I want a career in motor sports,” he told them. “I got a couple of laughs. It’s in the ballpark of ‘I want to be an astronaut.’

Tennis: Guyer’s Roberts qualifies for regionals

Guyer’s Brooke Roberts overcame a late loss Friday at the District 5-6A tennis tournament to finish second overall, beating teammate Nathalie Wetherington 6-4, 6-3 in a playback match to qualify for the regional tournament.

Baseball roundup: Liberty slips past TCA, 6-5

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian narrowly escaped with a 6-5 victory over Addison Trinity Christian on Friday night.

Softball roundup: Brewer tops Lady Broncos

FORT WORTH — The Denton Lady Broncos took a quick 1-0 lead Friday, but Fort Worth Brewer responded with three runs on the way to a 4-3 win.

Women’s gymnastics: Kelly helps lead Pioneers to USAG finals

PHILADELPHIA — TWU freshman Alyssa Kelly posted two career highs Friday to help the Pioneers to a second-place finish in the first team semifinal at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.

Softball: Bice leads Pioneers to two wins

KINGSVILLE — TWU sophomore pitcher Tori Bice tossed two complete games to help the Pioneers to a doubleheader sweep Friday at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

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Women’s basketball: UNT introduces Mitchell as coach

Long before Jalie Mitchell became arguably the best player in the history of North Texas women’s basketball, she sat down with her friend Rosalyn Reades to talk about where they would continue their careers in college.

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Boys soccer: Not-so-sweet Memorial

The Denton Broncos have some harsh feelings toward Memorial Stadium, the site of today’s Class 5A Region I semifinal playoff game.

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Softball: Pilot Point’s Gallaway always has time for game

PILOT POINT — When Preslee Gallaway is playing softball — which is constantly — she has no concept of time. That’s because there isn’t an offseason or shutoff switch for the Pilot Point senior, who has been known to ask her father to toss batting practice to fill up whatever downtime she may have.

Women’s basketball: Mitchell named as women’s coach

North Texas is bringing one of its own home in the hope she can re-energize its women’s basketball program.

Football: UNT’s Patrick set to be inducted to Miami HOF

Once the ball was snapped, everything went perfectly for Kevin Patrick in his debut with the Miami Hurricanes back in 1990.

Tennis: Broncos' Crouch ready for next step

After winning his first two matches on the first day of the District 5-5A tournament at the Hurst Tennis Center on Tuesday, Denton’s Will Crouch would have been content ending his high school career with a win against Wichita Falls’ Graham Dunkelberg, knowing he was about to face top-seeded Jansan Rouillard from Wichita Falls Rider as a heavy underdog.