Volleyball: Guyer moves to 6-0 in 5-6A by beating Nelson

Guyer didn’t make things easy on itself in a pivotal District 5-6A match Tuesday night, but the Lady Wildcats made a statement by remaining unbeaten in district play and handing Trophy Club Nelson its first district loss.

Volleyball: Sanger holds off Aubrey in three-set decision

AUBREY — Late in the opening set of Tuesday’s District 9-4A match against Sanger, Aubrey was awarded a crucial point only to have it reversed by officials seconds later.

Women’s volleyball: Pioneers tinker in sweep

Following a lackluster weekend during which TWU lost contests against St. Mary’s and Texas A&M-Kingsville, Tuesday’s tilt against Henderson State provided an opportunity to evaluate more lineups as the Pioneers search for consistency midway through the season.

UNT notebook: Hoosiers’ ground tradition alive and well

Dan McCarney thought back this week on all the great Indiana players he has played or coached against in a host of great games throughout his college football career.

TWU notebook: TWU fields highs, lows

In the span of 48 hours over the weekend, TWU learned just how humbling soccer can be, enjoying a record-setting high one moment and a heartwrenching loss the next.

Football: Williams, Mean Green took advantage of bye

Running up and down the field in the first start of his college career boosted the confidence of North Texas quarterback Dajon Williams.

Game Changers of the week

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Soccer: Pioneers slip in OT home loss

After picking up their first Lone Star Conference victory at home last Friday, the TWU Pioneers found themselves in overtime against another LSC foe in Eastern New Mexico on Sunday.

Football: Getting up to speed

The Mean Green Athletic Center was nearly deserted on a Monday night when Mike Canales and Dajon Williams settled in a small room with a dry-erase board and a television, slowly going over everything that could possibly happen in five days when North Texas was to take on Nicholls State.

Football: Northwest receiver committed to UNT

Emmanuel Moore watched from just down the road as North Texas made a run to the Heart of Dallas Bowl last season.

Women’s volleyball: Javelinas overcome Santos’ 16 kills

KINGSVILLE — TWU senior Jaqueline Santos posted a career-high 16 kills but the Pioneers fell 25-22, 25-17, 16-25, 25-16 to Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.

Football: Liberty snaps long skid against Nolan, 47-7

ARGYLE — Talk about snapping a losing streak. For the last six years, Fort Worth Nolan has been a giant thorn in Liberty Christian’s side. During that stretch, the Vikings — who have won three straight TAPPS state titles — not only won every meeting against the Warriors, but did so with relative ease. On Friday, the Warriors likely felt as if they made up for all those losses in one game while scoring 27 straight points en route to a dominating 47-7 win in the TAPPS DI-I opener at Warrior Stadium.

Football: Taylor-made finish

It was no coincidence on Friday night when Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor took three straight handoffs in the closing minutes of Guyer’s District 5-6A opener against Keller before the Wildcats were able to line up in a victory formation and kneel the ball to secure a victory. That’s because Taylor was one of the few players Guyer coach John Walsh had trust in to close the game out in what ended up being a wildly sloppy second half for the two-time reigning state champions in a 40-33 win against Keller.

Bus carrying NCTC softball team involved in accident

There was a tragic accident on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma late Friday night involving the North Central Texas College softball team, which was returning home to Gainesville after playing in Oklahoma.

Football: Broncos roll past Rangers for 4-0 start

FORT WORTH — Everything the Denton Broncos did in preparation for Friday’s district-opening showdown on the road against Saginaw Chisholm Trail was done with one word in mind — fast. The Broncos used an early Chisholm Trail turnover and a quick score to get themselves off on the right foot on the way to a two-possession lead at halftime, as they eventually defeated the Rangers 50-14 to move to 4-0 on the season.

Football: Keller Central holds off Ryan

KELLER — It is possible to make a few mistakes against a quality football team and hobble home with a victory. But when those errors add up, they become crippling. Ryan couldn’t overcome a slew of turnovers and penalties and lost to Keller Central 37-29 on Friday night at Keller ISD Athletic Complex.

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Football: Broncos start district play against Rangers

The Denton Broncos have shot out to a perfect nondistrict start, showing off a balanced offense and a dynamic defense. But when they face Saginaw Chisholm Trail on the road today, they’re preparing to start the first of two new seasons — the district schedule and the playoffs.

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Football: Wildcats open district play

The last time Guyer faced a spread offense, the Wildcats’ defense was torched by one of the nation’s top-ranked programs and standout quarterback Kyler Murray of Allen. While the spread offense the Wildcats will face tonight is a significant step down from Allen, Guyer’s defensive personnel is wanting to make a statement in the team’s District 5-6A opener against Keller at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Football: Raiders starting district on the road

There was something missing in last week’s Ryan football practices. The crispness and intensity in midweek drills were absent during a week where Ryan and the rest of the teams in District 5-6A were resting. As soon as this week’s practices started, worries about any extended sluggishness disappeared.

Volleyball: Freshman could be the key for the Mean Green

Holly Milam didn’t need long to make an impression on her new teammates at North Texas after arriving on campus this fall. Carnae Dillard, the Mean Green’s star junior outside hitter, noticed Milam’s quickness, ability as a blocker at the net and — perhaps most importantly — a solid work ethic right off the bat.

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Football: Key takeaway

Most of the time, when a team wins the turnover battle, it wins the game. Through three games, the Denton Broncos have forced 10 turnovers — with four in each of their past two games — and are off to a 3-0 start.

Women’s soccer: Pineda’s curve vital for UNT

Karla Pineda began working on a skill that has made her a dangerous weapon for the North Texas women’s soccer team all the way back when she first started kicking a ball around with her brother growing up in Houston.

Men's basketball: Taylor to have knee surgery

North Texas guard T.J. Taylor will have arthroscopic knee surgery today to determine whether there is any structural damage in the joint after he experienced swelling during individual preseason workouts this week.

Volleyball: Lady Broncos prevail in five after dropping two straight sets

In a showdown between two District 5-5A unbeatens, the Denton Lady Broncos waited until the last minute to pull a victory out of the fire as they overcame visiting Wichita Falls Rider 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 28-30, 17-15 on Tuesday night.

Volleyball: Ryan avoids sweep but loses to Panthers

By the time Ryan got acclimated to the speed of Tuesday night’s District 5-6A match, Keller Fossil Ridge was a few points away from sweeping the Lady Raiders for its first district win.

Volleyball: Argyle falls short in battle of ranked teams

DECATUR — Prior to Tuesday’s highly anticipated match at Decatur, Argyle coach Clark Oberle jokingly warned a group of officials on the court that they’d better plan for a late night.

UNT notebook: Bye week gives UNT extra time to prepare

The endless grind of the football season has slowed ever so slightly at North Texas this week. UNT is still working out and preparing for its next game, not to mention a scrimmage in full pads today, when the Mean Green will go all out against each other.

TWU notebook: Tarleton State match galvanized TWU

A strong finish Sept. 16 in a hard-fought win at Tarleton State set the stage for TWU’s successful two-match sweep of its home debut last weekend.

Football: Kidsy returns punch to UNT special teams

Darvin Kidsy waited to hear from the official standing just a few feet away as he danced down the sideline toward the North Texas end zone during the Mean Green’s game against Nicholls State on Saturday at Apogee Stadium.

Brett Vito: Football: Problem solved — for now

After more than a year and a whole lot of ups and downs, the grand mystery that is Dajon Williams appears to have been solved. At least for now.

Soccer: Hedlund: ‘We’ve been a little bit unlucky of late’

It was just one of those days for the Mean Green. North Texas could not find the back of the net despite hitting near, close and off the post of the goal. TCU was able to score and the Horned Frogs went home with a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Soccer: Pioneers stun No. 18 St. Edward’s

Sophomore forward Natalia Diaz scored two goals and assisted on the other to help the Pioneers upset visiting No. 18 St. Edward’s 3-1 Sunday afternoon. TWU is now 4-1-0 on the season.

Football: Williams accounts for five TDs as UNT rips Nicholls

Dajon Williams developed a reputation as a cool customer long before the redshirt freshman sauntered onto the turf at Apogee Stadium as North Texas’ starting quarterback for the first time Saturday during the Mean Green’s game against Nicholls State.

Notebook: Passer, catcher gain ground

One of the constants during Dan McCarney’s four-year tenure as North Texas’ head coach has been the strength of the Mean Green’s running game.

Football: Mean Green hit double digits in sacks

North Texas has a board hanging on the wall of its team room with a list of its opponents above columns where coach Dan McCarney and his assistants post photos of players who make game-changing plays each week.

Women’s volleyball: North Texas fails to capitalize

LAWRENCE, Kan. — North Texas fell to No. 24 Kansas and Arkansas on Friday night, dropping to 9-3 after losing back-to-back matches for the first time this season.

Women’s volleyball: Pioneers sweep Aggies

After picking up their first two Lone Star Conference wins of the season, the TWU Pioneers are still searching for more consistency.

Football: Pilot Point finishes strong, knocks of Gunter, 31-15

PILOT POINT — After falling behind 15-14 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Pilot Point closed Friday night’s game against Gunter with 17 straight points for a 31-15 win that kept the team undefeated this season.

Football: Argyle upends Graham

GRAHAM — Nick Ralston has done a lot in his four seasons as a varsity running back for Argyle. But the senior Arizona State pledge has never had a game like the one he had on Friday night, and he knows he will be paying for it today. Ralston rumbled for 192 yards on an unprecedented 46 carries and scored four times on the ground to lift third-ranked Argyle to a 35-27 win over No. 4 Graham in a pivotal Class 4A nondistrict affair at Newton Field.

Football: Williams gets his shot today at Apogee

What looked like arguably the biggest bore on North Texas’ schedule just a few weeks ago suddenly has started to appear a lot more interesting, not to mention important to the Mean Green. Nicholls State isn’t the most intriguing opponent on UNT’s schedule — far from it. What makes a 2:30 p.m. nonconference game against a Southland Conference team intriguing are a host of story lines that go along with it.

Volleyball: TWU tops Mustangs for Barberee’s 400th win

TWU head coach Shelly Barberee earned her 400th career victory while senior libero Morgan Wilson broke the school record for digs with 1,773 as the Pioneers defeated Midwestern State 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 on Friday in their home opener at Kitty Magee Arena.

Football: Corbin Fanning named captain

Corbin Fanning shuffled to fields at the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility on Monday with his parents and friends, ready to begin a week he’ll never forget. Corbin won’t ever have the opportunity to play football because he suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but he is receiving an up-close view of the game while spending time with North Texas’ players and coaches as part of the Coach to Cure MD program.

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Football: ‘Relentless’ Polk leads line

Chad Polk has come to expect looks of disbelief and snickers from opposing offensive linemen he faces on Saturdays.

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Football: Argyle enters top-four tilt

ARGYLE — Last season, in a Class 3A Division II semifinal, state powers Argyle and Graham were poised for an epic clash between two loaded teams with a trip to AT&T Stadium on the line.

Football notebook: Falcons learn from miscues

Lake Dallas has won its past two games in fairly convincing fashion. The season opener, however, didn’t go quite so well for the Falcons, and a lot of their misfortune that night against Frisco Wakeland came on their own accord.

Football: Finding the right fit at QB

Dajon Williams spent a whole lot of time positioned directly behind North Texas’ huddle in practice over the past few months. Injuries and off-the-field issues kept the redshirt freshman out of the lineup and without a whole lot to do. UNT offensive coordinator Mike Canales made sure that time didn’t go to waste.

Women's basketball: Peterson leaves basketball program

Janis Peterson, a senior guard who was among North Texas’ top offensive players last season, has left the program to return to California. Peterson was UNT’s third-leading scorer in the 2013-14 campaign, when she averaged 8.6 points a game.

Volleyball notebook: Ryan, Guyer battle in district

The last time Ryan and Guyer played each other, Addie Mack was seated on the Ryan bench. Mack was an assistant coach for the Lady Raiders for eight seasons before she got her chance to become a coach at the school across town. Aside from the rekindling of the Guyer-Ryan rivalry, the upcoming District 5-6A contest is extra special for the Guyer coach.

Volleyball: Calvary conquers Krum

Lady Lions work out issues while posting four-set road victoryKRUM — Late in Tuesday’s nondistrict match at Krum, Calvary coach Jennifer Bramlett continued to throw in the occasional offensive wrinkle...

Volleyball: Ryan snaps long drought in district play

The drought is over. Ryan defeated Keller Timber Creek 25-21, 25-16, 25-21 on Tuesday at Billy Ryan Gym on a night full of firsts for the Lady Raiders. Ryan’s first District 5-6A win snapped a 23-game...