Pioneers snap seven-match skid with win over Patriots

Stuck in a seven-match losing streak, the TWU Pioneers will take the wins any way they can get them. Against Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, the Pioneers allowed the Patriots to send the match to a fifth set despite TWU claiming a 2-0 set advantage.

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All alone at 5-0

Ryan is the only unbeaten team left in District 5-5A. It’s been a long time since anyone could say that.

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UNT notebook: Win shows UNT that practice pays off

Breaking through for a win against Rice last week was significant for North Texas for several reasons. The victory snapped a 14-game road losing streak and came in UNT’s Conference USA opener.

Plano addresses cheap shot on Guyer

A play in Guyer’s win against Plano on Friday night that drew attention and concern from Guyer coaches and fans, as well as from the high school football community, has been addressed by the Plano coaching staff and that school district’s athletic department.

No. 1 Lady Cats sweep Sissies

BRIDGEPORT — The top-ranked Krum Lady Cats coasted to their second victory in District 9-4A play Tuesday night with a 25-8, 25-5, 25-13 sweep of the Bridgeport Sissies.

TWU notebook: TWU looks to build from one strong set

As the TWU volleyball team prepares for Week 3 of Lone Star Conference play, the Pioneers have some positive moments to build on from last week.

UNT notebook: UNT soccer faces crucial weekend match

The North Texas soccer team will have a long week off to prepare for a key match early in the Conference USA season this weekend.

Falcons’ quarterback out 3-4 weeks with foot injury

Lake Dallas quarterback Spencer Frederickson is expected to be out three to four weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot in Thursday’s win over Carrollton Newman Smith. Coach Michael Young said sophomore Ryan Depperschmidt will start Friday.

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Lake Dallas quarterback Spencer Frederickson could miss time

Lake Dallas may be without a starting quarterback — again. Senior Spencer Frederickson left Thursday’s 41-10 win against Carrollton Newman Smith with what was reported at the time as a leg injury.

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Brett Vito: UNT shows newfound grit in comeback win against Rice

There were times not too long ago when North Texas might as well have packed it in and gone home when it found itself in a situation like the one it face Saturday night at Rice.

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UNT tops Rice in double OT

HOUSTON — Jareid Combs crashed into the middle of Rice’s line and met running back Darik Dillard right at the line of scrimmage Saturday night at Rice Stadium. The Mean Green’s players poured onto the field seconds later to celebrate a dramatic 42-35 double-overtime win and a landmark moment in the first season of coach Seth Littrell’s tenure with the Mean Green.

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Giving ball to Wilson pays off

HOUSTON — North Texas fed Jeffrey Wilson the ball over and over again Saturday night in its game against Rice. The Mean Green figured that strategy would pay off eventually.

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UNT notebook: UNT defense overcomes slow start

HOUSTON — North Texas got off to a rough start defensively in its game against Rice. The Mean Green made the plays they needed to defensively at the end to make up for that slow start.

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Plano apologizes for hit

Plano coaches apologized to Guyer tight end Brian Polendey and head coach John Walsh after seeing film Saturday of a cheap shot that appeared to be an attempt to hurt the Miami of Florida recruit’s right...

Javelinas handle TWU in four

TWU dominated the first set against Texas A&M-Kingsville but was unable to keep the momentum and lost in four sets, 14-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-22, Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena.

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Raiders blast Broncos

It was billed as a showdown. The result was a beatdown. That’s the best way to describe Friday’s one-sided District 5-5A opener between Ryan and Denton. It’s been a crosstown rivalry that, even though it hadn’t been played since 2011, has been dominated by the Raiders. In the latest installment, Ryan showed just how big of a gap there is between two of the top six teams in the state.

UNT begins conference quest at Rice

Seth Littrell couldn’t remember the last time he experienced a game quite like the one North Texas played a week ago at Florida. Littrell came to UNT this season with a reputation as an offensive guru after finding success as a coordinator at North Carolina and Indiana, schools better known for their basketball programs. The Mean Green’s new head coach just couldn’t get UNT on track in a shutout loss to the Gators.

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Guyer holds on after mistakes keep Plano close

PLANO — Guyer coach John Walsh had plenty to like about his team’s District 6-6A opener on Friday night. Guyer rushed for 353 yards, had 14 carries of more than 10 yards and controlled the tempo of the game for much of the night en route to a 34-24 win against Plano to open district play.

Ryan tests Denton defense

Through the first four games of the Denton Broncos’ season, their defense has had just as much a hand in their victories as their offense. In three halves this season, their defense has held the opposing team to seven points or less while racking up 10 takeaways. In their District 5-5A opener, though, the Broncos’ defense had its hands full.

Prestonwood overpowers Liberty, 57-20

PLANO — Jon Copeland gutted through a back injury suffered this week in practice, and Liberty Christian coaches weren’t even sure their quarterback would start the second half on Friday. Despite his effort, Plano Prestonwood simply was too much to handle in a 57-20 win against the Warriors.

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Argyle Eagles win 20th straight at home

ARGYLE — The Argyle Eagles made up for lost time Friday. After last week’s game at Abilene Wylie was canceled due to weather and with a bye week next week, the Eagles knew they had to make the most of...

Sloppy Sanger falls on road

MIDLOTHIAN — With district play looming, Sanger needed a road win against a worthy opponent. The Indians got their tough opponent in Midlothian Heritage, but they failed to record a win.

Santo stifles Ponder ground game

SANTO — The Santo Wildcats celebrated homecoming by using a run-stuffing defensive effort to shut down Ponder’s strong running game, and Santo handed the Lions their second loss of the season, 24-19, Friday night.

Krum keeps rolling versus Ranchview

KRUM — Krum’s offense dazzled in a blowout win last week, and it had no trouble repeating that performance Friday as Brandon Reeves scored five touchdowns to lead the Bobcats to a 41-16 win against Carrollton Ranchview.

Brock crushes Pilot Point, 60-0

BROCK — The 2016 football season has proven to be rough on the Pilot Point Bearcats, and Friday night was no exception. The Brock Eagles, the state’s top-ranked Class 3A team, used a relentless running attack and a stifling defensive effort to shut out Pilot Point 60-0.

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Pottsboro raids Aubrey

AUBREY — The Aubrey Chaparrals were outgunned at home Friday night as the Pottsboro Cardinals rolled into town and downed them 49-20.

Volleyball roundup: Aubrey rallies past Celina in district opener

AUBREY — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals had to rally from a 2-1 set deficit to knock off the Celina Lady Cats in a hard-fought 21-25, 29-27, 25-27, 29-27, 15-10 decision to open District 11-4A action Friday night.

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Denton back Osuofa looks to replace all-state talent

Losing all-state running back Xavier Scott to graduation left a huge hole in the Broncos’ offense entering this season, but thankfully Denton has senior running back Caleb Osuofa to fill the gap.

C-USA not as strong as past for UNT

North Texas has gotten off to a rough start in its first season under new coach Seth Littrell.The good news for the Mean Green heading into their Conference USA opener against Rice on Saturday is they...

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Guyer opens district against ‘familiar’ foe

Unlike many of the teams in Guyer’s new district, there is a history between it and Plano. The teams met just two seasons ago in the bi-district round of the playoffs with Guyer picking up a resounding win over a school with 3,000 more students.

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Lake Dallas powers past Newman Smith

CARROLLTON — Spencer Frederickson has taken over the quarterback position with ease in the first four games of the season. That makes it even more troublesome to see him leave Friday’s game against Carrollton...

Ryan, Denton set to renew rivalry

There was a time when Ryan and Denton were the only high schools in town. They would square off every season on the field and everyone in the community came to watch. To this day, there are fans who refer to it as the Denton school district’s original rivalry.

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Football: UNT’s Wheeler feels online heat after Florida game

Joshua Wheeler could feel himself losing control after stumbling over a Florida player Saturday as he closed in on Luke Del Rio during North Texas’ game against the Gators. The UNT junior linebacker didn’t know it then, but he was about to become infamous among fans of one of college football’s storied programs.

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Lions’ roar

The Ponder Lady Lions have a lofty goal for the season. Not only do they want to win District 9-3A; they want to do so without losing a single set.

Allen shuts down Guyer’s strong effort in five-set thriller

Guyer’s loss to Allen on Tuesday night wasn’t the result of a lack of quality stretches of play by the Lady Wildcats.

Volleyball roundup: Ryan stays perfect in 5-5A play

SHERMAN — The Ryan Lady Raiders kept their District 5-5A record perfect Tuesday night with a four-set victory against the Sherman Lady Bearcats 25-17, 17-25, 25-16, 25-17.

UNT notebook: Conflict surrounds UNT’s Wheeler after hit

North Texas coach Seth Littrell fired back at Florida coach Jim McElwain and others who criticized Mean Green linebacker Joshua Wheeler following UNT’s loss to Florida during his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

TWU notebook: Pioneers look to bounce back

After getting off to a program best 4-0 start and surging to No. 15 in the nation, the TWU soccer team lost its first game of the young season in a 1-0 overtime thriller against Oklahoma Baptist last Friday.

UNT falls to Baylor in 3-1 battle

WACO — The North Texas volleyball team fell to the Baylor Bears 25-14, 25-18, 26-28, 25-23 in its final match before beginning Conference USA play on Friday.

TWU defeated by Texas A&M-Commerce in four sets

COMMERCE – Game-highs of 14 kills from Anna McGee and seven blocks by Sara Oxford along with a season-best 11 team blocks was not enough by Texas Woman's University to overtake Texas A&M-Commerce Tuesday night at The Field House as the Pioneers dropped a four-set match to the Lions.

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Senior setter Warnack a steady leader for surging Lady Raiders

Ryan setter Brynn Warnack has a reputation among teammates for being a bit of an old fogey. Many of them joke Warnack, a senior and Lubbock Christian commit, can’t hear well unless they make eye contact with her first. They say she’s also notorious for being in bed by 8 p.m. most nights — even if it means leaving early from a team gathering.

Rivalries about to reignite in 5-5A

When the new District 5-5A was announced at realignment day in February, most eyes in the room likely took note that three Denton schools made up nearly half of the seven teams.

UNT notebook: Houston Heights cornerback commits to UNT

The more Cameron Johnson talked to the North Texas football team’s coaches over the past few weeks, the more he felt like a priority in recruiting. The attention UNT and cornerbacks coach Nate Brown gave the Houston Heights cornerback paid off on Sunday when Johnson committed to play for the Mean Green.

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The Denton Record-Chronicle recognizes athletes and their game-changing performances. Email nominations to drcsports@dentonrc.com.

District 6-6A foes present new tests for Guyer football

As soon as the University Interscholastic League posted its biennial realignment and reclassification in February, Guyer coach John Walsh was champing at the bit for late September to come soon.

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Brett Vito: So Wren, can the schedule be less gut-wrenching?

Welcome to North Texas, Wren Baker. Hear things are going pretty well since you took over as UNT’s athletic director.Hired a couple of new athletic department officials and should have some new digs soon...

UNT soccer opens C-USA play with victory

HOUSTON — The North Texas soccer team began defending its regular-season Conference USA title on the road Sunday night, and it had to overcome a rough start.