Football: Turnovers crush Ryan

JUSTIN — Ryan did everything it could in the first half of Friday’s District 5-6A game against Justin Northwest to pull out a win and improve its playoff chances. What happened over the final two quarters undid all of it.

Football: Denton prevails, clinches playoff berth

SAGINAW — Heading into Friday’s road tilt against Saginaw, the Denton Broncos were reeling from two consecutive losses and searching for improved defense after surrendering 77 combined points against Wichita Falls Rider and Azle.

Football: Pilot Point falls at Pottsboro

POTTSBORO — Zane Pritchett and the Pottsboro defense knew they had a tall order Friday, playing Pilot Point with a district title on the line. But Pritchett ran for 259 and two touchdowns on 27 carries and added three takeaways on defense to lift Pottsboro (8-1, 4-0) to a 22-7 win over No. 16 Pilot Point (8-1, 3-1) and to clinch the District 5-3A Division I championship.

Football: Argyle secures share of district title

ARGYLE — A few weeks ago, Argyle had a decent test from an explosive Carrollton Ranchview team in the Eagles’ quest for yet another district championship. Since then, Argyle has encountered nothing but minor speed bumps, with its most recent coming in Friday night’s 65-14 win over Dallas Pinkston, which clinched at least a share of the District 6-4A (Division I) championship for Argyle.

Soccer: UNT wins its first C-USA title

The next in a long line of championship signs was already printed up and ready to be hung on the fence at the Mean Green Soccer Complex long before North Texas faced Western Kentucky in its regular season finale on Friday night.

Football: Guyer dances to 5-6A title

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson didn’t have to dig too deep into the Wildcats’ playbook to find success Thursday night. In fact, he didn’t even have a chance.

Football: Ryan’s playoff hopes coming down to wire

If Ryan expects to challenge for a playoff spot out of District 5-6A, it undoubtedly must avoid the turnovers that have plagued the team all season.

Football: Broncos need wins to make playoffs

Jetting out to a 6-0 start, the Denton Broncos were riding high. Now, after two consecutive losses that have tested their trust and belief, they are faced with needing to win their remaining games to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Cross country: Pair running to boost DHS profile

After a strong showing at the district meet and narrowly missing out on sending the boys team to regionals, Denton qualified two individuals for today’s Region I cross country meet at Lubbock’s Mae Simmons Park.

Women’s soccer: Phillips, Holden shine as UNT seeks first C-USA title

Tori Phillips realized just how different life in college would be a few weeks ago when she plopped down in her seat before one of her first classes at North Texas. Phillips took a look around and realized she was one face in a crowd of 700.

Football: Carrillo, Wildcats seek better showing

In last week’s win over Trophy Club Nelson, Guyer’s traditionally strong run defense allowed Bobcat running back Courtney Miles to run for 181 yards before he left with an injury two series into the second half.

Volleyball: Area teams ready for playoffs

While several area volleyball teams are gearing up to face unfamiliar foes in the first round of playoffs, two know one another all too well and are set on a collision course.

Volleyball: Godrey digs in on defense while embracing role

Eboni Godfrey spent a lot of time and energy over the years trying to prove that she was the exception to a rather fundamental rule when it comes to playing volleyball — that it helps to be tall.

UNT notebook: McCarney: McNulty, Williams both to play

Andrew McNulty will enter North Texas’ bye week atop the depth chart, but he won’t be the only quarterback who will see time for the Mean Green when they face Florida Atlantic on Nov. 8.

Volleyball: Guyer wins district

For Guyer, six years must have seemed like an eternity. In 2008, the Lady Wildcats were practically untouchable en route to their last outright district title.

Volleyball: Denton falls short in final-day bid for first

FORT WORTH — The Denton Lady Broncos entered Tuesday’s season finale against Saginaw Boswell with a chance to force a three-way tie for first place in District 5-5A.

Men’s basketball: Pantego Christian center commits to UNT

Rickey Brice was looking for more than just a college where he could continue his basketball career when he began sorting through a long list of scholarship offers over the last few months.

TWU notebook: Pioneers control own LSC destiny

With two games remaining in the regular season — both this weekend — the TWU soccer team faces challenges on more than one level. The Pioneers need to win to qualify for the Lone Star Conference tournament, and must do so on what is considered the toughest road trip of the year.

Soccer: UNT clinches share of C-USA season title

The North Texas soccer team clinched a share of the regular season conference championship with a 2-0 win against Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Vito: North Texas struggles to fill QB void

Turn back the calendar a few weeks and one could find a time when a reasonable debate could have taken place when it comes to the strength of North Texas’ stable of quarterbacks. UNT had a solid junior college prospect who had arrived in Josh Greer, a talented redshirt freshman in Dajon Williams and a career backup who knew the Mean Green’s system in Andrew McNulty.

Football: Four on the floor

HOUSTON — All signs pointed toward North Texas finally breaking out of a debilitating slide Saturday heading into the second half of its game against Rice.

Notebook: Turnovers hinder UNT efforts

HOUSTON — Dan McCarney frequently talks about his plan to win at North Texas that has a significant section on turnovers. UNT continued to struggle to stick to that part of the script Saturday in a 41-21 loss to Rice after excelling at it a year ago.

Football: Woeful second half wastes fast start

HOUSTON — A hot start for North Texas in its game against Rice quickly fizzled Saturday. The Mean Green scored on three of their first five possessions.

Volleyball roundup: Pioneers take final three sets at MSU

North Texas, after dropping the first set, stormed back to defeat Florida Atlantic 23-25. 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 on Friday night.

Football: Broncos fall from first

Scooting out to a two-touchdown lead at 21-7 in the first quarter, the Denton Broncos looked as if they were on their way to breaking the four-way tie atop District 5-5A. Denton’s Xavier Scott rushed for 272 yards and four touchdowns; however, the Broncos’ defense only forced three Azle punts all night as the Hornets rushed for 358 yards on the road to cap off a 55-34 victory at Bronco Field.

Football: Red-hot Owls openly seek revenge vs. UNT

North Texas coach Dan McCarney took one look at the challenge the Mean Green will face today when they travel to Rice and equated it to simple math. The Owls are riding a three-game winning streak and had two weeks to rest and prepare for the Mean Green, who have lost three straight and are preparing for their fourth game in four weeks.

Football: Guyer wins big behind Robinson

JUSTIN — For the second straight week, Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson proved to be a capable escape artist.Whether he was eluding defenders on long touchdown runs or evading rushers in the...

Football: Turnovers cost Ryan in 35-14 loss to Keller

Just as Ryan seemed to have fixed its turnover woes, they came back to haunt the team in what could be a costly loss in the District 5-6A playoff race.

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Football: Given chance, McClain shines

Kishawn McClain saw his opportunity the moment Southern Mississippi wide receiver Casey Martin cut toward the middle of the field last week at Apogee Stadium.

Football: Azle visits Denton for first-place battle

The Denton Broncos had an opportunity to pull off a tremendous comeback Oct. 16 at Wichita Falls Rider, but they came up short for their first loss of the season.

Football: Rojas finds way to ball for Raiders

Ryan free safety Alan Rojas’ eyes were wide with anticipation. Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini had just put too much on a last-ditch pass late in the fourth quarter of a seven-point game, and Rojas was all over it.

Football: Guyer faces familiar foe

When Guyer moved up to the state’s largest classification and into the new District 5-6A this year, the Wildcats were put with several familiar teams from different times in their program’s history.

Basketball: Freshman Combs impresses at hoops preview

Jeremy Combs made quite the impression during his unofficial debut at North Texas on Thursday during the school’s Basketball Madness tipoff event at the Super Pit. The freshman from Dallas Carter made a host of athletic plays during a scrimmage and then won a dunk contest at the end of the night.

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Football: Wildcats take to the sky

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson is a big fan of his wide receivers. That group includes senior David Haynes, who was slated to be the Wildcats’ starting quarterback this season with the graduation of three-year starter Jerrod Heard last year.

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Football: McNulty’s work, wait pay off

The trips to Iowa State are what Andrew McNulty remembers most about the genesis of a relationship that would shape his life in ways he never imagined.

Volleyball notebook: Guyer pouring on coal in 5-6A

Guyer has been so dominant in District 5-6A that, with just two matches left in the regular season, it’s easy to assume that much of the pressure is off the shoulders of the Lady Wildcats.

Volleyball: Argyle takes district

ARGYLE — Argyle coach Clark Oberle wasn’t sure if his players were aware of what was on the line in Tuesday’s District 9-4A match against Sanger. They sure played like they did, though.

Volleyball: Denton upends Lady Rangers

On Tuesday against Saginaw Chisholm Trail, Denton played down a setter but still managed a 25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16 win to give itself a chance for a tie for first place in District 5-5A.

UNT notebook: UNT longs for days of better defense

There was a time not too long ago when North Texas posted its best performance in decades in terms of containing an opponent’s running game.

TWU notebook: Defense, offense shine as TWU climbs standings

After taking three days to fully digest last weekend’s two victories, including a stunning 3-0 upset of No. 19 Angelo State, TWU soccer coach Babak Abouzar liked what he saw from his defense and the foot of Natalia Diaz.

Tennis: Broncos eliminated

Winning its last two matches of the regular season, the Denton Bronco tennis team was ready for Tuesday’s Class 5A playoff matchup against Saginaw Boswell.

Football: McNulty cuts down turnovers, likely to keep job

Andrew McNulty didn’t quite manage to lead North Texas out of a late-season slide last week. What the junior did accomplish was making a big enough impression on Dan McCarney to get a second shot at finishing the task.

Tennis: Bronco tennis ready for playoffs

With a change to the playoff format in Class 5A, the Denton tennis team has been the beneficiary of two added playoff spots. But with matches against Fort Worth Brewer and Azle to end the season, the Broncos had to earn the chance to enjoy the thrill of the playoffs. They delivered, winning both team matches, which secured them the No. 3 seed in the area tournament today against the No. 2 seed from District 5-6A, Saginaw.

Game Changers of the Week

The Denton Record-Chronicle recognizes athletes and their game-changing performances. E-mail nominations to drcsports@dentonrc.com.

Brett Vito: Slide raises question: Why isn’t program capitalizing?

The assumption when North Texas made the move to Conference USA a couple of years ago was that life would get easier for the Mean Green.

Football: Golden Eagles take down UNT

Andrew McNulty has spent most of his career standing on the sideline watching a long line of quarterbacks take their turn guiding North Texas’ offense.

Notebook: Golden Eagles find ground attack

North Texas seemed to have a big edge heading into its game against Southern Mississippi when it came to the Mean Green’s normally stout rushing defense.

Football: Harris keeps Mean Green in game

Carlos Harris faced one-on-one coverage for most of North Texas’ game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday at Apogee Stadium. The junior made the most of it.

Volleyball: Redwine, Santos return as TWU sweeps A&M-Commerce

On their second run through the Lone Star Conference schedule, the TWU Pioneers look to be heading in the right direction with five league matches left.

Softball: Vrazel in Indy as Woman of Year finalist

Bailey Vrazel completed her softball career at TWU in the spring, but the accolades continue to pile up for her.