Tommy Newman always felt like it was a matter of time before one of his former players followed in his footsteps and became a Division I head coach.
To know Que Brittain’s coaching style and the legacy it helped build, one needs to hear only the tale of his first game as a head coach.
DENTON — North Texas stranded six base runners and recorded only one hit in Sunday’s series finale, falling 4-0 in seven innings at home to Western Kentucky. WKU ace pitcher Miranda Kramer struck out 13 of the 27 Mean Green batters she faced.
The past three games between Denton (14-4-2, 9-4-1) and Lake Dallas (14-5-2, 10-2) were scoreless defensive struggles. Friday flipped that script, with Lake Dallas taking control early and dominating at Denton for a 3-0 win in the Class 5A Region 1 Bi-District playoff game.
FRISCO — Ryan keeper Reagan Dowling doesn’t mind nights where she’s busy in goal, which was good considering Friday’s Class 6A Region I playoff opener quickly became one of those games.
ARGYLE — Jordan Parker drove in five of Liberty Christian’s six runs as the Warriors topped Dallas Parish Episcopal 6-5 on Friday
Kamilla Galieva had been struggling. She had lost six of her past seven singles matches overall and then her first set in a tiebreak against Kansas’ Alexis Czapinski on Friday. But Galieva buckled down, found her confidence and conceded only two games in the final two sets to earn a 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-1 win.
COMMERCE — The TWU softball team split the doubleheader at Texas A&M-Commerce with a 2-1 win in the opener before falling 8-0 in five innings in the nightcap. The Pioneers are 13-16-1 on the season and 5-4-1 in the Lone Star Conference.
The Denton High School soccer programs are on the rise. With two new coaches at the helm, the boys’ team clinched its first district title since 2007 under Ryan Dunlevy in his first season with the squad, and the girls’ team made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 under Rocky Monk in his second season with the team.
The past few years have been a struggle at times for Ryan, a tradition-rich school with success across the board in athletics. The hope is tonight will mark a turning point in the Raiders’ quest to return to postseason prominence.
Brianna Leeds practically had everything going her way even before she forced Keller’s Shelby Henderson to pop out to the mound with the tying run stranded on third in the top of the sixth. Ryan’s freshman pitcher was holding one of the better offenses in District 5-6A at bay, and her team was three defensive outs away from an overdue win.
North Texas has settled on whom it wants to speak with about its opening for a women’s basketball coach and is in the process of setting up a time to visit with that candidate or candidates, athletic director Rick Villarreal said Tuesday.
After more than two weeks of schedule interruptions thanks to Mother Nature, the TWU softball team resumes play today with a previously unscheduled doubleheader against St. Mary’s at 5 p.m. at Pioneer Field.
DALLAS — The Liberty Christian Warriors moved to 3-2 in TAPPS I-5A with an 8-1 win over Dallas Parish Episcopal on Tuesday.
GUNTER — After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, Pilot Point scored 13 straight runs en route to a 13-2 victory over Gunter in five innings Tuesday.
If pitchers aren’t typically good hitters, no one told Ryan Burks. Ryan’s senior ace not only pitched a complete game on the mound Monday, but he also bailed himself out with a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally the Raiders to a 5-4 District 5-6A win over Keller Central.
In the season’s final performance at Kitty Magee Arena, TWU gave its home fans its best effort at one of the most crucial moments of the year.
AUSTIN — When Texas officials launched a massive public high school steroid testing program over fears of rampant doping from the football fields to the tennis courts, they promised a model program for the rest of the country to follow.
For Ryan’s Cade Kennedy, jetting around the basepaths used to feel effortless. Not once did he second-guess stealing a base last year, and when the Raiders needed him to stretch for a double, he was already rounding first.
Denton coach Nick Buck knew the Broncos’ offense was still a work in progress and in the final inning, Denton had the game-tying run at the plate, however it couldn’t overcome the tough first inning and complete the comeback, falling 7-4 against Fort Worth Brewer in the first game of District 5-5A play.
The North Texas track teams made a big jump from their first season in Conference USA to their second when it came to the indoor season that wrapped up just a few weeks ago.
North Texas will move quickly to find its next women’s basketball coach, who’ll be the fifth in the last decade. UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal said Sunday night that he has already been in contact with several coaches and expects to announce Mike Petersen’s replacement within the next few days.
PONDER — Aubrey topped Glen Rose 5-1 on the final day of the Ponder tournament Saturday.
SAN ANTONIO — Elijah Thomas, the top-ranked basketball recruit in Texas, scored 17 points to lead top-ranked Lancaster past Beaumont Ozen 59-47 to win the Class 5A boys’ title Saturday.
Life didn’t exactly pan out the way Cotton Nix wanted to. That’s not to say he’s unhappy with the outcome, but his journey from a baseball player at Denton High School to its head coach to his career as a scout for the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros hasn’t come without some twists and turns along the way.
WICHITA FALLS — TWU junior catcher Laura Mabary went 7-for-10 and drove in seven runs while sophomore Tori Bice won both games to help the Pioneers to a doubleheader sweep against Midwestern State. TWU won the first game 8-5 before winning a slugfest 13-11 in the second.