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Some people say sports are just games but as I’ve said repeatedly, sports go beyond Xs and Os and help teach many valuable lessons that we can apply to many areas of life. We can take a lesson from sports to help us make some of life’s most crucial decisions.

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GRAND SALINE — Harleton’s girls basketball team had quite the challenge Thursday night when it took on No. 1-ranked Martin’s Mill in the Class 2A area round of the playoffs where the Lady Mustangs looked to add to their 113-game-winning streak.

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After much shuffling of fields and times, Longview and Carthage hope to play a full slate of tournament games today and Saturday at the 24th annual Lady Lobo Classic in Longview and the Dawg Fight Tournament in Carthage.

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The Wiley College women’s basketball team will travel to Huston-Tillotson University today and the Red River Athletic Conference leader No. 14 Our Lady of the Lake University on Saturday in games which will be key for tournament seeding.

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Marshall’s softball team started off its season on the right foot with a 1-0 record Tuesday night with an 11-8 win over Atlanta.

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Marshall’s boys basketball team was unable to finish the regular season as outright district champs Tuesday night when it fell short to the Lufkin Panthers on the road in a 61-57 final. The Mavericks will share the district title with Nacogdoches and will enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed…

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Mother Nature is already having her say in the first weekend of high school softball tournaments, but events in Longview and Carthage are still on the books — for now.

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Hallsville’s search for a new athletic director officially came to an end Tuesday night when it hired one of its own – Cody Farrell. Farrell, a 1997 graduate of Hallsville High School, most recently was the head football coach at Commerce High for three years as he went a combined 11-23.

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■ LINDALE INVITATIONAL: LINDALE — Martin’s Mill’s Kevin Nixon carded a 74 to claim medalist honors, while Hallsville captured the team championship of the Lindale Invitational Golf Tournament on Monday at Garden Valley Resort & Golf Club.

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LONGVIEW – Sabine’s Mikinzi Cantrell finished the night with 16 points, only two of which came in the fourth quarter, but it was the shot that put her Lady Cardinals on top over the Elysian Fields Lady Jackets, 54-53, and punched their ticket to the area round Tuesday.

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HOBBS, N.M. – The Wiley College women’s basketball team will not need a tiebreaker to advance to the 2020 Red River Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament as it clinched a spot with a 74-55 victory over the University of the Southwest on Saturday in a Red River Athletic Conference game.

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ATHENS – Hallsville’s girls basketball team saw its season come to an end Monday night in Athens as it fell to the Royse City Lady Bulldogs in the bi-district round of the playoffs with a final score of 70-43. The Ladycats finish the season with an overall record of 15-19 while Royse City ad…

Hallsville’s Shamiah Morris is determined to get a win against Royse City in the bi-district round of the playoffs because she knows if that doesn’t happen, Monday night’s contest against the Bulldogs will be her last basketball game.

When ETBU’s men’s basketball team hosted Concordia Saturday afternoon, the Tornados posed as no threat to the Tigers who came away with an 83-70 win. ETBU now holds an overall record of 18-5 while and an American Southwest Conference record of 11-3. Concordia is now 9-13 overall and 6-7 agai…

The No. 13 East Texas Baptist University softball swept Hardin-Simmons University, 2-1, and 5-4, on Friday afternoon at Taylor Field. With the wins, ETBU improves to 3-0 on the season.

After trailing by double digits, ETBU’s Missie Kilo drained a three with 1:02 left in regulation to give her team its first lead since being up 2-0, and from there, the Tigers went on to defeat Concordia 57-52. The win advances ETBU’s record to 17-6 overall and 11-3 in American Southwest Con…

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Marshall’s basketball team got the final result it wanted on senior night Friday night when the Mavericks escaped the Nacogdoches Dragons in a 69-65 final.