Until a few weeks ago, the Denton Broncos have had one score written on the whiteboard in their locker room.
ARLINGTON — Aaron Rodgers didn’t need another Hail Mary this time. Maybe just call it a “Half Mary.” Rodgers threw a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline, and Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal on the next play as time expired, sending the Packers to the NFC championship game with their eighth straight win while thwarting a Dallas rally in a 34-31 victory in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday.
Playing each other for the first time, Denton’s experience won out over Braswell’s youth as the Broncos trapped the Bengals all Friday night in a 64-52 victory to stay perfect in District 5-5A.
The eighth-grade Crownover Cowboys rode the scoring of Braden Bradshaw and Eli Stowers to a 57-46 victory over the Navo Panthers on Thursday night to remain unbeaten for the A-team season.
The Guyer boys basketball team entered this season carrying a significant burden. The Wildcats faced sky-high expectations as the sixth-ranked team in the state and opened the season Nov. 15 in front of a crowd that rivaled any in the program’s decade-plus of existence.
Terriell Bradley will never forget the day Jalie Mitchell delivered what seemed like an innocuous bit of coaching criticism. Bradley was an up-and-coming guard at Mansfield Timberview and was being recruited by some of the top programs in the country, including Texas. Mitchell was an assistant coach with the Longhorns and had invited Bradley to a camp for elite prospects.
Ryan and Denison had a back-and-forth game going Tuesday — then came the second half. Ryan kept scoring and the Lady Yellow Jackets, well, didn’t.
The North Texas men’s basketball team’s bye in the Conference USA schedule appears to have arrived at the perfect time.
WHITESBORO — The No. 3 Ponder boys used a big game from Chase Harris and Tye Schluter to improve to 3-0 in District 9-3A with a 50-41 win over Whitesboro on Tuesday.
There will be a familiar feel to the NFL playoffs next weekend: Every divisional-round game will be a rematch from the regular season, the first time that’s happened in six years.
TAMPA, Fla. — Nick Saban and Alabama are on the verge of leaving college football history behind.
Halee Van Poppel spent most of her high school career looking up to the senior leaders who helped turn Argyle into a dominant state title contender. Whether it was Katy Keenan in 2014 or the dynamic combo of Eighmy Dobbins and Alexa Bass a year later, Van Poppel had every opportunity to learn from the best.
PONDER — Chase Harris had 16 points to lead the No. 5 Ponder boys to a 105-56 win over Callisburg on Saturday, and the senior guard became the all-time leading scorer in Ponder history with 2,189 career points. Harris also broke the school’s 3-point field goal record with 312.
A 7-0 lead for TWU gave way to an overall sluggish offensive effort by the Pioneers in a 60-49 loss to Lone Star Conference co-leader Eastern New Mexico on Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After 10 lead changes, a late run by Middle Tennessee produced a 60-52 victory over North Texas at the Murphy Center on Saturday.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Schyler Jones of TWU opened the 2017 season by claiming the all-around title with a score of 38.650 at a three-way meet against Arizona and Utah State on Friday night at the McKale Memorial Center.
The North Texas men’s and women’s basketball teams will face an old rival today, when they will have an opportunity to snap a pair of losing streaks. The UNT men have fallen into a funk and lost their last four games heading into a 2 p.m. game against Middle Tennessee at the Super Pit.
ARGYLE — When a team shoots 9 percent from 3-point range and still wins by 30 points, plenty more went right. That was the case for Argyle on Friday. Despite obvious struggles from downtown, the two-time defending Class 4A champion got 20 points from Madison Ralston and 17 from Vivian Gray while holding fellow ranked team Bridgeport to nine points in the second half of a 52-22 win in the District 9-4A opener for both teams.
Ryan defensive tackle Earnest Brown IV can count on one hand the number of times he’s been beaten on a play this week during U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices. If that’s the case, Brown, a Northwestern commit, clearly is holding his own among the nation’s top college recruits invited to play in the prestigious high school All-America game. Kickoff is slated for noon today at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — North Texas defeated UAB 59-58 in overtime on Thursday for its second win in a row. The Mean Green (5-9, 2-1 Conference USA) led by 15 headed into the fourth quarter, but a 12-0 start to the period by the Blazers (7-6, 0-2) off four consecutive North Texas turnovers cut down on the lead. UAB tied the game in the final seconds. A would-be winning jump shot at the buzzer by North Texas’ Terriell Bradley rimmed in and out.
PROSPER — Ryan’s Ricardo Betanzos scored a unassisted goal in the 75th minute and goalkeeper Dallton Bunselmeyer held the Sherman boys scoreless as the Raiders scored a 1-0 victory Thursday in the opening round of the Prosper Showcase.
The Guyer football program was dealt a significant blow Thursday when star running back Noah Cain announced he is leaving the school to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Cain, a 5-11, 205-pound sophomore, is 247Sports’ top-rated running back in the national class of 2019 and already has 15 offers from programs such as LSU and Oklahoma after two phenomenal seasons at Guyer.
North Texas has barely gotten started when it comes to Conference USA play, and already the Mean Green find themselves backed into a corner. Two losses on the road to start league play were tough. What transpired Thursday night in a 54-52 loss to UAB at the Super Pit was even worse.
Riding a four-game winning streak, but facing a layoff of 18 days without a game, the TWU Pioneers looked inward. With nine days of practice instead of their usual three days to focus on themselves instead of Thursday’s Lone Star Conference opponent, defense was the emphasis.
Jeremy Combs was expected to blossom as an offensive threat entering his junior season at North Texas. That next step in Combs’ development only made sense considering his talent and the trajectory of his career.
Guyer coach Grant Long had a mental checklist for what his team needed to do Tuesday to score a win over the 11th-ranked team in the state. To beat Allen, Guyer aimed to limit the damage from the Eagles’ prolific outside shooters and break a consistent press defense. Both ended up being keys to the No. 7 Wildcats’ 82-71 win over Allen.
Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet long has worried about his team’s ability to consistently score points in bunches. As Tuesday’s game against Sherman wore on, those concerns were nowhere to be found. The Raiders had four players score in double figures, and nearly added a fifth to that list, while breaking open what was otherwise a back-and-forth battle with a 20-point fourth quarter en route to a 64-50 District 5-5A win at Billy Ryan Gym.