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Football: Walsh nearly brought OSU back against champs

ARLINGTON — Through one quarter of play in Saturday’s season-opening Advocare Cowboys Classic, Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh seemed to be in the middle of a nightmare.

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Football: Former Ryan standout key to Florida State defense

ARLINGTON — Three years after he was one of the top high school prospects in the country, Florida State junior Mario Edwards Jr. was back in the national spotlight, playing in a stadium he knew well.

Brett Vito: A heavy dose of reality

The best part of posting a milestone season for North Texas over the last few months was carving out its own little section of the spotlight, at least by program standards.

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Football: Smothering Defeat

AUSTIN – Hopes for an upset of a lifetime ran high for North Texas heading into its season-opener at Texas on Saturday, and for good reason.

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Football: UNT offense struggles in loss to Longhorns

AUSTIN — North Texas followed up one of its finest offensive seasons in program history with a performance that showed just how important a host of seniors who played for the Mean Green last season were...

Football: Mystery surrounds UNT opener

There is an aura of mystery surrounding North Texas’ season opener tonight. For the first time since 1998 someone other than Mack Brown will run the show on the Texas sideline at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Football: Early stumble

Guyer’s early mistakes and the machine otherwise known as Allen football were too much for the Wildcats to overcome on Friday night as they dropped their season opener in a historic game on the Texas high school football landscape.

Football: Broncos cruise past Eagles

DALLAS — Junior running back Xavier Scott had only fumbled twice in his varsity career heading into the Broncos’ season-opening game at Wilmer-Hutchins on Friday. On Denton’s first offensive possession of the game, Scott fumbled to squander supreme field position away at the Eagles’ 20-yard line. But that didn’t deter Scott from refocusing and putting the team on his shoulders to the tune of 160 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos took down Wilmer-Hutchins 28-14.

Football: Rockwall spoils Ryan’s hopes for a debut victory

Ryan knew what it needed to accomplish if it wanted to pick up a win against Rockwall on Friday night. For most of the contest at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders contained Rockwall’s high-powered offense. But three big plays — all of which ended in points for Rockwall — stifled hopes of a glorious debut for many of Ryan’s players and coaches.

Football: Turnovers fuel Argyle win in home opener

ARGYLE — After winning its first state title last year, Argyle didn’t play its best football in Friday’s season opener. Thanks to Abilene Wylie, the Eagles avoided what could have been a rare loss.

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Football: Changing sidelines

Darius Terrell began his college career with visions of dashing across the goal line on the turf of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin as the cheers of thousands of fans clad in burnt orange reverberated through the stands.

Football: Guyer prepared for battle of champs

With Guyer’s relatively quick ascension into powerhouse territory over the past half-decade, the Wildcats have forgotten what it is like to be an underdog.

Football: Ryan plays on without seniors, Florence

The moments before the first game of the season will be different for everybody in Ryan’s locker room tonight.

Football: Denton gets fast Eagles for opener

Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov was famous for helping introduce the idea of classical conditioning, in which he conducted an experiment with a dog, meat powder and a bell.

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Football: Gross misunderstanding

Byron Gross looked back from his spot on the turf at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and immediately thought North Texas was one step closer to arguably the biggest upset program history.

Volleyball: Camillo’s legacy key for Argyle

ARGYLE — Argyle senior middle blocker Katy Keenan was surrounded by constant reminders of her former mentor during the annual volleyball tournament Argyle hosted last year.

Women's volleyball: Mean Green seeks next level in Palileo’s second season

North Texas was in a transition phase at this time a year ago. Andrew Palileo had just taken over as UNT’s head coach and was in the process of installing his system and establishing the culture he says is a vital part of any team’s success.

Volleyball: Lady Eagles rally to knock off Denton in five sets

ARGYLE — Falling behind 2-1 with a razor-thin loss to Denton in the third set, the Argyle Lady Eagles had lost their aggressive demeanor. Rediscovering their enthusiasm and offensive purpose, the Lady Eagles fought back and edged out the Lady Broncos in the decisive fifth set for a 25-20, 21-25, 29-31, 25-17, 16-14 victory Tuesday.

Volleyball: Lake Dallas dominates R.L. Turner

CORINTH — Lake Dallas came out swinging in Tuesday’s nondistrict match against Carrollton R.L. Turner and, despite showing some flashes of inconsistency, was never threatened in a 25-7, 25-18, 25-12 win.

Pigskin preview coming Thursday

Football season begins this week, and the Denton Record-Chronicle has all the information to put what local teams face in context in its annual magazine.

Notebook: UNT defense to be tested by Texas

One of North Texas’ greatest assets a year ago was a defensive front that at times resembled a brick wall.

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Football: Greer gets the gig: Transfer named Mean Green QB

Josh Greer completed his meteoric rise through North Texas’ depth chart on Monday, when the former Navarro College standout was named the Mean Green’s starting quarterback.

Football: Dillman staying at Guyer

Highly rated senior quarterback Kevin Dillman suited up and played for the junior varsity team in Guyer’s scrimmage against Euless Trinity on Friday night, making official what was already assumed — Dillman will remain at Guyer after the University Interscholastic League ruled him ineligible to play varsity games as a senior on Aug. 11.

Video: Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talks about freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talks about freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders, who will make his first varsity start this Friday in the season-opener against Rockwall.

Soccer: Holden’s late strike rescues frustrated Mean Green

Rachel Holden saved North Texas from having to go to overtime against a team it clearly outmatched.In the 87th minute of Sunday’s home game against Oregon State, Holden outran defender Miranda Stover to...

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Rodeo: Crowd packs action-filled finale

One of the largest crowds in the history of the North Texas Fair and Rodeo saw an action-packed performance during the final night of the 2014 Bull Blowout and Cowboy Protection Bullfighting match.

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Rodeo: Bulls the big winner Friday night

With a standing-room-only crowd in attendance, the bulls came out the big winner Friday night in the second performance of the North Texas Fair and Rodeo Bull Blowout, as only a few of the cowboys were...

Volleyball roundup: Ryan, Calvary perform well at tournaments

GAINESVILLE — The Ryan Lady Raiders claimed third place in this weekend’s NCTC Invitational on Saturday after winning two of three matches on the day.Ryan (9-5) defeated Whitesboro 19-25, 25-12, 25-18...

Football: Robinson finds stride

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson didn’t get off to a sterling start in Friday night’s scrimmage against the state’s No. 5 team in The Associated Press’ preseason Class 6A poll.

Football: Sanders shines as Ryan starter

A two-play stretch in Friday night’s scrimmage between Ryan and Grapevine offered a glimpse into what the season could be like for Ryan freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders.

Football: Broncos find defense to be strength

Denton coach Kevin Atkinson had been worrying about his offense in the weeks of practice leading up to Friday’s scrimmage against Little Elm at Bronco Field.

Football: Pegram ‘100 percent’ back

Reggie Pegram could sense that there was something wrong with his knee as soon as he hit the turf during a win over Southern Mississippi last season.

Women's soccer: Mean Green blanks Texas Southern in opener

Jackie Kerestine wasn’t asked to do much in her first live game action in almost a year. The North Texas goalkeeper joked after her team’s season-opening 3-0 win over Texas Southern on Friday that she was tired and “beat” on a night when she faced just one shot on goal.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Raiders sweep Denison

DENISON — The Ryan Lady Raiders claimed a sweep of host Denison on Friday, winning 25-22, 25-15, 25-21.

Rodeo: Holmes scores twice

Thursday kicked off three nights of bull riding action at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo with the first performance of the annual Bull Blowout and cowboy protection team competition.

Football: Denton teams head into final tuneups

Over the years, Guyer coach John Walsh has tested his relatively young program against some of the most tradition-rich teams in the state.

Women's soccer: Kerestine, rest of Mean Green ‘excited’ she’s back

Jackie Kerestine felt completely out of place at times over the last year while firmly planted on the North Texas bench, her leg swollen and wrapped in a brace.

2014 College Football digital preview

College football is nearly upon us. The Dallas Morning News and Denton Record-Chronicle have teamed up to provide a digital-only college football primer, including all the highlights (and lowlights) of the offseason, bold predictions for the eight area schools, key storylines and, of course, final predictions.

Volleyball: Good golly, Nolly

SANGER — It’s safe to say the addition of Adrianna Nolly couldn’t have played out any better for Lake Dallas.

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Football: Young UNT line out to be ‘the baddest’

Jarrian Roberts watched carefully during his first two seasons at North Texas, picking up the tricks of the trade from some of the better defensive players in recent Mean Green history.

Football: Private schools bunched up; Argyle tops 4A SportsDay poll

Imagine if the UIL had put back-to-back state champions Allen and Denton Guyer in the same district and added recent state champions Cedar Hill, Southlake Carroll and Euless Trinity. That’s the type of district some area private school coaches may feel like they’re in this season.

Rodeo: Rookie, world champ split spoils in bull riding

Several world champions and National Finals Rodeo qualifiers were among the contestants for the final performance of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo Sunday night at the 86th annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo.

Rodeo: Valley View’s Berry wrestles fastest, wins event

A standing-room-only crowd packed the stands for the second performance of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo on Saturday night at the North Texas Fairgrounds.

Football: Offensive line battle heats up at final scrimmage

The final major scrimmage of fall practice came and went for North Texas on Saturday, with a host of questions still looming, including the biggest one of them all.

Rodeo: Henson best on broncs

The first rodeo performance of the 86th annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo on Friday night opened to a capacity crowd that turned out to watch the cowboys and cowgirls of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association compete for points and money to try to earn a spot at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Raiders split final matches at Classic

The hosting Ryan Lady Raiders split their matches on Saturday, the final day of the Ryan Kick-Off Classic, beating Lubbock Monterey 25-22, 25-11, 25-11 and losing to Argyle 25-15, 25-17, 25-12.Ryan will...

Football: Mean Green QB battle enters second scrimmage

Andrew McNulty and Josh Greer have seen opportunities come and go during their competition to take over as North Texas’ starting quarterback.

Football: Raiders ‘better’ after scrimmage

The referees may have thrown their arms upward to signal touchdowns Friday night, but the scoreboard didn’t change in Ryan’s scrimmage against North Crowley.

Football: Lineman chooses UNT

R.D. Wegmann felt a little nervous during Wichita Falls’ annual Fan Fest on Thursday night, when he was scheduled to speak to a crowd of fans, parents and friends.