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.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Falcons have 2-2 outing

GARLAND — Lake Dallas played four matches on the first day of the Garland tournament, winning a pair and losing in the other two.

Softball: Tourney final set for Sunday at TWU

TWU will host the RBI Softball World Series championship game at 11 a.m. Sunday at Pioneer Field.

Thompson takes lead in compensation suit against NCAA

Derek Thompson, North Texas’ former starting quarterback, has agreed to be the lead plaintiff in a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that the NCAA and its member conferences have conspired to deny college athletes adequate compensation for their performances.

Football notebook: Ryan to scrimmage Panthers

Ryan coach Dave Henigan knows his depth chart looks a little murky with the season opener against Rockwall looming Aug. 29.

Volleyball: Ryan ready for play on own floor in Classic

The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.

Football: Eagles, Wildcats start year ranked

The Guyer Wildcats and Argyle Eagles landed spots in The Associated Press’ preseason poll released Wednesday.

Volleyball: Denton rolls past Liberty in season-opening sweep

In Denton’s season opener against visiting Liberty Christian on Tuesday, the Lady Broncos wrote a similar script in each of the three sets.

Volleyball: Schmitz fuels Aubrey win

PILOT POINT — Aubrey may have played short-handed in its season opener at Pilot Point on Tuesday, but the Lady Chaparrals rarely struggled thanks to a big night from Hannah Schmitz.

Football: UNT safety dashes toward reaching goal

The course of Matthew Dash’s football career has been anything but conventional. The safety has gone from the East Coast to the West Coast, made a stop in junior college and watched national signing day pass him by this year with no destination in sight.

Football: Guyer-Ryan, Argyle set for TV games

The high school football schedule for TXA-TV (Channel 21) was released Tuesday, and there are a couple of Denton-area games that fans will be able to watch on tape delay.

Volleyball roundup: Eagles fly over Independence

ARGYLE — Sophomore Halee Van Poppel finished with 11 kills and six digs in her varsity debut as Argyle topped Frisco Independence 25-12, 25-19, 25-15 to open its season Tuesday.

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Football: McCarney says UNT closing in on decision time

Dan McCarney talked a whole lot about the questions North Texas faces at the Mean Green’s annual media day on Monday at Apogee Stadium.

Football: Back to business

As soon as the Guyer football team was finished celebrating its second straight Class 4A Division I state championship in December, coach John Walsh was salivating at what he had returning on defense.

Football: Atkinson: ‘They’re buying what we’re selling’

In their first fall practice of the season and their third under coach Kevin Atkinson, the Denton Broncos are buying into the core football principles and acclimating to the team’s standards.

Football: Guyer quarterback Kevin Dillman ruled ineligible

Nearly six months to the day after Kevin Dillman enrolled at Guyer, the highly rated quarterback was ruled ineligible for varsity competition on Monday morning at a University Interscholastic League hearing.

Volleyball: Krum beats Ponder in season opener

KRUM — Krum coach Lynn Larson was preparing to give her team a pep talk after a dismal third set where the Lady Bobcats blew a seven-point lead and a chance to sweep visiting Ponder.

Football: New districts mean new opportunities for local teams

Lake Dallas coach Michael Young has plenty of reasons to be excited and optimistic as the Falcons begin football workouts today. For starters, a lot of his sophomore starters from a 6-4 2013 campaign are now juniors with more experience under their belts. Also, while there are not a ton of new faces on the roster, the Falcons have fresh faces to go up against once the season begins in less than three weeks.

Football: UIL denies Guyer's Kevin Dillman eligibility

Guyer quarterback Kevin Dillman, who came to Guyer in January from La Mirada, California, was denied a waiver request for UIL eligibility on Monday morning in Austin.

Football: McNulty, Greer ‘top two’ after scrimmage

The hunt for a new starting quarterback has been the talk of the first week of North Texas fall practice, and rightly so.

Notebook: UNT eyes QBs entering scrimmage

UNT’s on-again, off-again rivalry with Texas-Arlington in men’s basketball is back on.

Swimming: Local athletes advance to nationals

Three members of the Denton Dolphins have qualified to represent Denton at the 2015 State Games of America in Lincoln, Neb.

Volleyball notebook: Argyle’s one-two punch

Argyle coach Clark Oberle’s program has reached a level where success is always expected. In 2012, that success reached new heights when the Lady Eagles made it to the Class 3A state championship game, before falling in five sets to Abilene Wylie. Last season, the Lady Eagles lost in the third round of the playoffs to eventual state champions Decatur and were the only team to take a postseason set from Decatur in their five-set defeat.

Football: Smiley capitalizing on early opportunity

The first few weeks of fall practice represent one of the grand opportunities in the world of college football. Seniors have long since departed and at least a few jobs are typically up for grabs as the days dwindle before teams’ season openers.

Men's basketball: Mean Green conference schedule released

North Texas will find out pretty quickly where it ranks among the Texas teams in Conference USA in its second men’s basketball season in the league this fall.

Football: Williams leaves Southern Miss

A week before J.T. Williams signed his letter of intent to play at Southern Mississippi, the Ryan defensive tackle’s college plans were still murky.

Women's soccer: Holden scores preseason award

Conference USA coaches got their first look at North Texas forward Rachel Holden last season. The latest indication of how impressed they were arrived Tuesday, when Holden was named the league’s preseason offensive player of the year.

Football: Former Cedar Hill standout transfers to UNT

Aderius Epps, a former Cedar Hill offensive lineman who spent the first two years of his college career at Kansas State, confirmed Tuesday morning that he plans to transfer to North Texas.

Football: ‘Good to be back’

The Ryan football team gathered around coach Dave Henigan on the practice field Monday morning before the day got hotter and the task got longer.

Football notebook: Energy, excitement mark champs’ workout

ARGYLE — There are a lot of new faces in the Argyle football program, but Monday morning brought the same level of excitement to the Eagle fieldhouse as always at this time of year.

Football: Call to Fry now part of UNT preparations

North Texas began fall practice Monday talking a lot about change, just as it has since the end of a milestone season. Several of the standouts who helped lead the Mean Green to a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl were long since gone when UNT’s returning players sprinted onto the field at the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility.

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Football: UNT has more questions than answers

At this time a year ago, Dan McCarney took a look at what he had to work with in his third season as the Mean Green’s coach and found a long list of certainties.

Local volleyball teams face changing landscape

A strong argument could have been made last year that Argyle’s volleyball team was the second-best in all of Class 3A.

Football: Midnight practice on tap for some as workouts begin

Anticipation of the start of football season starts at different times for different people. For some, it’s when the calendar flips from July to August. Others get the itch around the end of spring practice, while others were ready for the season when the last one ended.

Coach ‘torn’ about retirement

When his daughter, Kathleen, was 4 and enthused about entering the sport of gymnastics, Dan Leifing wanted to find an alternate way of connecting with his daughter.

Football: Purcell lands gig on FSSW

Ken Purcell was three hours away from retiring as the Denton school district’s athletic director when Jon Heidtke approached him on the sideline at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium in December.

Baseball: Jackson traded to M’s

Ryan grad Austin Jackson was part of a blockbuster, three-team trade that brought former Cy Young winner David Price to the AL Central leading Tigers. Jackson was traded to the Seattle Mariners as part of the deal.