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Playoff basketball: Liberty faces familiar foe at state

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian coach Ken Burroughs stood in an empty gym just before practice Tuesday with the thought of last year’s regional final loss burned in his memory. For a few moments, it was all he wanted to talk about.

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Men's basketball: Miners take out frustrations on UNT

EL PASO — There would have been plenty of better times for North Texas to face UTEP.

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Women's basketball: TWU wins tourney opener

ALLEN — In a rivalry that dates back 32 years, there had been only one occurrence in which Tarleton State lost to TWU multiple times in a season.

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Playoff basketball: Year in the making

ARGYLE — As soon as the final buzzer sounded at the Frank Erwin Center just more than a year ago, everyone in attendance at the state championship game probably had a pretty good idea that the same two teams would be battling it out in 2015 for a state championship trophy.

Boys basketball: Lions roar into regional

DECATUR — Late in the first half Wednesday, Ponder’s Brady Anderson missed a 3-pointer but quickly poked the ball away from a Bowie player and kicked it out to teammate Chase Harris. Without flinching, Harris knocked down a wide-open trey.

Boys basketball: Triple A ousts Argyle

COLLEYVILLE — The seventh-ranked Argyle Eagles could only watch as Dallas Triple A Academy’s King McClure sunk the last two of his four free throws within 20 seconds to add to his team’s late lead.

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Girls basketball: Sheridan finds her way as point guard

ARGYLE — Jesse Sheridan didn’t know what to expect when she walked into new coach Skip Townsend’s office one day during her freshman year. There likely would be things said that no young player wants to hear, but she needed to talk.

Men’s basketball: Matured Williams still wants success for UNT

Jordan Williams stood in a hall in the bowels of the Super Pit this season, his son in his arms, and talked a little about the next step in his senior season at North Texas. The situation was nothing like what Williams envisioned for his career when he arrived at UNT four years earlier as a highly decorated high school player.

Women’s basketball: TWU, Tarleton get rubber match in tourney

After two tightly contested regular-season meetings, the fifth-seeded TWU Pioneers will face the fourth-seeded Tarleton State TexAnns in the Lone Star Conference tournament at 6 tonight at the Allen Event Center.

Baseball: Wildcats to fight cold with defense

By this point in the calendar year, the Guyer baseball team should have a handful of regular-season games under its belt.

Baseball: Broncos present clean slate for new coach Buck

In his first season as Denton’s head coach, Nick Buck isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel.

Baseball: Ryan focused on wins, offense

After a two-year run that saw Ryan struggle mightily against perhaps the top pitching prospects the state had to offer, the Raiders begin this season expecting an immediate uptick in their offense.

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Softball: Nordie blasts three homers in TWU rout

TWU made its home debut Tuesday and smashed four home runs in an 8-2 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State. Nicole Nordie tied the Lone Star Conference and TWU records with three homers.

Soccer roundup: Lady Falcons roll, 11-0

FORT WORTH — Olivia Bagby tallied five goals Tuesday as Lake Dallas shut out Fort Worth Eastern Hills 11-0.

Baseball roundup: Ryan wins muddy opener vs. Skyline

The Ryan Raiders, playing their season opener on a muddy field, scored 11 runs between the fifth and sixth innings to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 13-3 run-rule victory over Dallas Skyline on Tuesday.

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UNT Notebook: Wynn to miss stretch run

The final week of the regular season was going to be a challenging — not to mention important — one for both the North Texas men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Basketball: Ponder advances to 3A regional tournament; Argyle falls to Triple A

The Ponder Lions advance to the Class 3A Region II tournament in Rockwall with a 65-51 over Bowie in Decatur Wednesday afternoon while the Argyle Eagles dropped a 56-50 decision to Dallas Triple A Academy at Colleyville Heritage in a Class 4A Region II quarterfinal matchup.

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TWU Notebook: Kolb back in time for LSC tournament

With the return of senior point guard Barbara-Scott Kolb from an injury and a full week off to prepare, the TWU Pioneers expect to be at full strength heading into their opening-round game Thursday at the Lone Star Conference tournament.

Boys basketball: Argyle edges Wilmer-Hutchins

ADDISON — When Wilmer-Hutchins’ Jaquan Roy tossed up a last-second 3-pointer Monday, there wasn’t a single player from Argyle who seemed to care if the ball went in or not. All of them looked up by habit to see Roy’s shot fall through at the buzzer, but it was too little, too late.

Boys basketball: Longhorns finish off Wildcats’ season

FORT WORTH — Cedar Hill finished the regular season ranked fourth in the state in Class 6A, according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, and on Monday night against Guyer, the Longhorns showed their worth on several levels.

Basketball: UNT guard Harris suspended again

BDeAndre Harris, a key contributor off the bench for the North Texas men’s basketball team, has been suspended and will miss the Mean Green’s game Thursday at UTEP.

Boys basketball: Ponder powers past Peaster

FORT WORTH — The reigning Class 2A champion Ponder Lions roared past the Peaster Greyhounds 69-49 on Monday in the Class 3A playoffs thanks to what Lions coach Jude Stanley called “playoff basketball.”

Boys basketball: Aubrey falls behind quickly

RICHARDSON — Aubrey coach Kyle Smith tried to prepare his team for Dallas Lincoln’s high-octane defense, using eight or nine defenders in practice to simulate the Tigers’ waves of pressure.

Gymnastics: Pioneers nab 2nd in meet

After claiming a win in their previous meet at home against Centenary, the TWU gymnastics team is starting to show signs of improvement and confidence.

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Men's basketball: Streak ends at five

North Texas’ opportunity to send four seniors out on a high note and extend the longest winning streak of coach Tony Benford’s three seasons with the Mean Green vanished in a flash Saturday.

Girls basketball: Argyle returns to state at Celina’s expense

COMMERCE — There weren’t any last-second shots or controversial no-calls in Saturday’s Class 4A Region II final. Argyle relied on mistake-free defense and dominant shooting, the same formula it has used all postseason, to roll past Celina 46-28 in a rematch of longtime rivals.

Women's basketball: Monarchs reign over UNT

NORFOLK, Va. — Against Old Dominion on Jan. 17 at the Super Pit, North Texas played primarily zone defense. That was to negate the Lady Monarchs’ size and force them to make outside shots. The strategy worked, as Old Dominion shot 3-for-17 from beyond the arc and the Mean Green hung around in a close game before falling 54-44.

Softball: Mean Green sweep Cowgirls

CONROE — Temperatures were cold at Scrap Yard Sports, but North Texas was hot and trailed for just a half-inning Saturday in sweeping Oklahoma State 5-3 and 4-0.

Basketball: Playoff games moved to Monday

Winter weather once again left North Texas roads treacherous Saturday morning following a significant amount of snow on Friday, and as a result all Denton-area basketball playoff games that were pushed from Friday to Saturday are now rescheduled for Monday.

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Another round of winter weather moved into the area on Friday morning and put a wrinkle in the high school basketball playoff schedule.

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Men's basketball: Get on your feet

North Texas has been through plenty of tough times this season. The way the Mean Green responded to them is what coach Tony Benford credited for their rapid rise in the Conference USA standings over the last few weeks.

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Men's basketball: Out on a high note

George Dunham rose from his chair on the Super Pit floor at halftime of North Texas’ game against Charlotte on Thursday and offered words of thanks during the final game of his 25 years as the radio voice of the Mean Green.

Playoff basketball: Playoff road continues for area teams

The playoff road continues tonight for five Denton-area basketball teams, including a girls squad that needs just two more wins to make a second straight trip to the state tournament.

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Women's basketball: Charlotte defeats UNT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Texas was unable to carry over its efficient offense from a successful weekend to its game Thursday, as the Mean Green lost 71-46 to Charlotte.

Girls basketball: On to the second step

ADDISON — For about a quarter on Wednesday, Argyle barely had a chance to score while Wilmer-Hutchins played an early game of keep-away. Once the Lady Eagles got their hands on the ball, it didn’t take them long to heat up.

Boys basketball: Garza rips Marcus in fourth for Guyer win

FLOWER MOUND — It was only fitting that Guyer junior Zach Garza had the Wildcats’ final two points of Wednesday’s bi-district playoff game against Flower Mound Marcus.

Boys basketball: Birdville bounces Broncos

SOUTHLAKE — With Denton specializing in its own brand of high-strung and aggressive trapping defense, the Broncos came into Wednesday’s Class 5A area-round playoff game hoping to tire out Birdville and keep its shooters from catching fire. The Broncos limited the Hawks in stretches, but ultimately Birdville’s shooters earned enough open looks and knocked down enough contested shots to do critical damage as they defeated Denton 74-58.

Girls basketball: Celina ousts Sanger

CORINTH — The Sanger Lady Indians hoped they would defeat an all-too-familiar foe in their Class 4A regional quarterfinal playoff game Wednesday night. However, they lost their third meeting of the season to the Celina LadyCats, 93-52.

Men’s basketball: Dunham to call final UNT game tonight

George Dunham was in the early stages of his tenure as the voice of North Texas athletics in 1997 when he uttered a phrase that has been attached to him ever since.

Boys basketball: Speedy Dallas Triple A eliminates Sanger

CORINTH — First-year head coach Matt Farmer and his Sanger Indians tried to slow down the speed of Dallas Triple A Academy, but they failed in that task and lost a Class 4A bi-district playoff game 87-45 at Lake Dallas on Wednesday.

Basketball roundup: Eagles cruise past North Hills Prep in playoff opener

FLOWER MOUND — The Argyle Eagles easily moved on to the area round of the Class 4A playoffs Wednesday, defeating Irving Uplift North Hills Prep 68-24 in a Region II bi-district game at Flower Mound Marcus.

TWU Notebook: Pioneers take dose of confidence from dual dominance

Besides a convincing dual meet win, the TWU gymnastics team got something else that was needed from last Saturday’s head-to-head competition against Centenary: a timely shot of confidence.

UNT Notebook: UNT in position to peak at right time

The North Texas men’s basketball team firmly believes the rigors of its season have helped develop the Mean Green into a far different unit than they were just a few weeks ago.

Basketball: Playoff matchups postponed

After holding out to within hours of a scheduled tipoff Tuesday, the Guyer-Flower Mound Marcus boys bi-district game joined a long list of Denton-area playoff games that were postponed until tonight because of inclement weather, with more winter weather forecast for this morning.

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Melee in Manhattan

MANHATTAN, Kan. — More than a dozen security officials dressed in bright green shirts gathered behind the basket, just as they were trained. When the final seconds ticked away on Kansas State’s stunning upset of rival Kansas, they immediately sprinted onto the floor.

Basketball: Weather could ice playoff games

The icy weather that moved into the area and forced schools to close Monday has basketball coaches looking at contingency plans should conditions worsen to the point where today’s playoff games are postponed.

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Basketball: Guyer’s Choate commits to play at Navy

Sean Choate played his senior season at Guyer without knowing what his college future held. Several Division I schools were interested to some degree, but for a long time his only standing offers were from Division II, NAIA and junior colleges.

Women’s basketball: Equation lacking

As it prepares to enter the Lone Star Conference tournament in less than two weeks, TWU is still searching for the right offensive chemistry. On Sunday at Kitty Magee Arena, the Pioneers had their defensive game in order, holding No. 4 West Texas A&M well under its season scoring average of 78.8 points, but they suffered on offense against a stingy defense, falling 70-56.

Basketball: High school playoffs continue this week

The boys basketball playoffs are set to begin this week for six Denton-area teams while the Argyle and Sanger girls remain alive and venture into third-round action.