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.
EL PASO — There would have been plenty of better times for North Texas to face UTEP.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In his first season as Denton’s head coach, Nick Buck isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.