Smith shrugs off ankle injury, leads Blue over White in John Tyler spring game

John Tyler started its annual Blue & White Spring Game an hour early under threat of inclement weather as rain swept through the region. By the time the game ended, the sun was shining and the Blue team was smiling. Quarterback Bryson Smith threw two touchdown passes to lead Blue to a 25-4 victory over…

Offense and Defense put on a show at Lee spring game

Robert E. Lee’s Donerick McCray broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run in the final minute to give White a 45-39 win over Red on Wednesday in the annual Spring Red and White game held at Lee High School’s Red Raider Field. McCray also scored in the first half for the White as the team was split up into

Series Regular: Former Troup star Mallard set for 3rd World Series

Louisiana Tech University has never been to the College World Series, but Bulldog fans should book their flights to Omaha the next two years. After all, Mason Mallard will be joining the Bulldogs next season and if the past is any indication the World Series is in the future for the Ruston, Louisiana, school. When it comes to World Series,

Supergirls: UT Tyler Patriots sweep Linfield to win Super Regional

UT Tyler pitcher Kelsie Batten stood in the circle at Suddenlink Field as she has done dozens of times over the last four years. Calm and collected, the senior and three-time All-American delivered a 2-2 pitch to Linfield’s Emily Allen. Allen swung and missed. Seconds later, the cool-headed Batten was on the ground with her entire team on

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TJC golfers drop to second at national tournament

PLYMOUTH, Ind. - Apache freshman Marco Maldonado maintained his lead atop the leader board, but the Tyler Junior College squad fell into second place after Thursday’s third round of the NJCAA Division II National Golf Tournament. Maldonado, of Diboll, carded…

26 May 2016 [10:07 PM]
UT Tyler wins CWS opener

Lexi Ackroyd hit her first home run of the season and Kelsie Batten pitched a two-hit shutout to lead the UT Tyler softball team to a 2-0 victory against St. John Fisher in the opening game of the Division III…

26 May 2016 [10:04 PM]
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Offense and Defense put on a show at Lee spring game

Robert E. Lee’s Donerick McCray broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run in the final minute to give White a 45-39 win over Red on Wednesday in the annual Spring Red and White game held at Lee High School’s Red…

25 May 2016 [10:04 PM]
Tyler Junior College Apaches take lead at NJCAA golf tournament

PLYMOUTH, Ind. - Led by first-place Marco Maldonado, Tyler Junior College took a two-round lead at the NJCAA Division II national golf tournament on Wednesday at Swan Lake Resort. Maldonado came back to the pack with a 1-over par 73…

25 May 2016 [08:14 PM]
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John Tyler playing final spring game before moving to 6A Thursday

John Tyler’s time away from the state’s largest classification is over. With the conclusion of spring football practices, a new era begins. The Lions return to perhaps the strongest, deepest classification in the country, UIL Class 6A next fall. Coach…

25 May 2016 [06:18 PM]
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John Tyler's Bueford signs to play college tennis

John Tyler’s Zach Bueford signed to play tennis at Central Christian College of Kansas on Wednesday at the Lions Den. Seated with Bueford are his guardians Linda Cox and Gene Frogge. Standing behind is JT tennis coach Charlie Sizemore.…

25 May 2016 [05:34 PM]
UT Tyler softball back at College World Series

SALEM, Va. - The No. 3-ranked UT Tyler Patriots are back at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship for the fifth time and the second straight season. The Patriots open the College World Series against St. John Fisher (New York)…

25 May 2016 [04:06 PM]
Robert E. Lee ready for spring football game Wednesday

Robert E. Lee fans are going to get their first glimpse of the Clayton George era. And they are going to get it a day earlier than originally scheduled. The Red Raiders’ annual spring “Red and White Game” will begin…

24 May 2016 [10:23 PM]
Brook Hill bats go cold in state semifinal loss to Midland Christian

Bullard Brook Hill’s biggest strength deserted the Guard when needed most Tuesday afternoon in an 11-3 loss to Midland Christian in their TAPPS 4A semifinal at Baseball USA Park in Houston. Midland Christian (29-10-1) advances to Wednesday’s TAPPS 4A championship…

24 May 2016 [10:08 PM]
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Two TJC golfers honored

Two Tyler Junior College freshmen were honored on Monday and their golf coach, Sandy Terry, has been named a finalist for an award. Marco Maldonado was named recipient of the NJCAA Division II Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award. Maldonado,…

23 May 2016 [10:16 PM]
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Apaches eyeing three-peat

Although Tyler Junior College has been to the NJCAA Division III World Series five times, the Apaches never take it for granted, TJC coach Doug Wren said. Now, the Apaches are heading for No. 6 later this week as the…

23 May 2016 [08:32 PM]
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Report: NFL tried to influence NIH concussion study

While the NFL pledged money, held news conferences and issued media releases about its commitment to player health, safety and concussion research, the league also was engaged in a campaign to steer money away from a prominent Boston University researcher…

23 May 2016 [08:28 PM]
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Brook Hill seeking another title

It took a little while, but Bullard Brook Hill is back at the TAPPS state baseball tournament. The Guard (19-10) will face Midland Christian (25-10-1) in a TAPPS 4A semifinal at noon on Tuesday from Baseball USA Complex in Houston.…

23 May 2016 [07:56 PM]
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Patriots combine mix of veterans, newcomers

When the UT Tyler softball team finished the 2015 season as the national runner-up with a record 50 wins, the odds were in the Patriots’ favor that they would be back in Salem, Virginia, for the Division III College World…

23 May 2016 [06:51 PM]
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Massa, Welch capture Margaritaville

After a sluggish start that included a bogey on the second hole, Cody Massa and Tanner Welch refused to panic and fought back for a 61 on a breezy Sunday afternoon at The Cascades to win the Margaritaville by four…

22 May 2016 [11:04 PM]
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TJC earns Juco World Series berth

The Apaches are headed back to the junior college World Series. Mason Mallard, the former Troup High School standout, had five hits, including a homer and two doubles, to help propel No. 4 Tyler Junior College to an 11-6 win…

22 May 2016 [09:49 PM]
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HICKS: Retractable-roof stadium gives Rangers fans best of both

In my 33 years of sports writing, I’ve always avoided the subjects of politics and religion. Mrs. Rushing, my journalism teacher in high school, was the first to give that advice as did my professors in junior college and college.…

21 May 2016 [11:10 PM]
Massa-Welch lead at Margaritaville

Reigning Willow Brook club champion Cody Massa and his partner Tanner Welch proved one thing during the first round of the 2016 Margaritaville on Saturday at The Cascades. Their golf games travel well. With the Championship Flight going out early,…

21 May 2016 [09:49 PM]
Area Baseball Rdp: Athens falls to North Lamar in Game 3

LINDALE - Pinch hitter Austin Exum singled and came home on a hit by Brayden Steed in the bottom of the eighth to send Paris North Lamar to a 4-3 victory over Athens in Game 3 of their best-of-three Class…

21 May 2016 [09:12 PM]
Apache Ladies' Huie named to NJCAA all-tournament team

ST. GEORGE, Utah - Tyler Junior College outfielder Tanna Huie was named to the NJCAA Division I softball all-tournament team on Saturday. Huie, a freshman from Powderly, helped the Apache Ladies to a 60-6 record and a top-six finish at…

21 May 2016 [08:00 PM]
Apaches advance to District C championship game

PLANO - Jonathan Groff struck out seven to lead the No. 4 Tyler Junior College Apaches to a 5-3 win over Eastfield College, snapping the Harvesters’ 21-game winning streak on Saturday in the District C Tournament at the Pope John…

21 May 2016 [07:48 PM]
Area Softball & Baseball Playoff Pairings

SOFTBALL Regional Semifinals Class 5A Region II Lufkin 1, North Forney 1 Game 1: Lufkin 12, North Forney 8 Game 2: North Forney 8, Lufkin 3 Game 3: 4 p.m. Saturday, Van HS, if necessary Frisco 2, Mansfield Legacy…

20 May 2016 [11:33 PM]