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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo tournament.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One has to give Seth Littrell and North Texas credit. They sure did make the regular season awfully interesting the last few months.
Filling the void in North Texas’ starting lineup following the departure of Jeremy Combs isn’t going to be easy for the Mean Green.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.