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She came in as the top seed and left as the top pole vaulter in the Lone Star State.

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If you pay close attention to lane No. 8 tomorrow night in Austin, you might get a glimpse of one of the fastest relay teams in the state. 

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Emily Gunderson took home the lone gold for Barbers Hill at the 4A Region III track meet in Huntsville, punching her ticket to the state finals in Austin.

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Goose Creek Memorial track and field coach Bren Jones has been delighted with the way his athletes have come along this season, and in some cases breaking school records.

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Ross S. Sterling junior Sidnee Land will be one of the athletes who will be representing her school as she competes at the annual Rockhold Relays today at Robert E. Lee High School.

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Sidnee Land stole the show Friday afternoon in Mont Belvieu, shattering the Ross S. Sterling school record discus throw with a toss of 143-01 and leading the Lady Rangers to a third place finish at the Barbers Hill meet.

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It was exactly the kind of tune-up race that Huffman-Hargrave graduate and University of Texas-San Antonio runner Harvinder Singh needed before the conference meet.

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Three Robert E. Lee High School senior football players signed scholarships to various schools last week.

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Morgan Allen has completed her junior season of cross country at Ross S. Sterling High School and now has her sights set beyond the Texas terrain.

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Barbers Hill’s Kirsten Johnston placed 37th overall in the Girls 4A State Cross Country Championships in Round Rock Saturday with a time of 19:50.67. 

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Nearly two dozen local athletes participated in the Region III Cross Country Championships in Humble Saturday, with one runner advancing to state competition.

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Kirsten Johnston was awarded with the girls’ Cross-Country Athlete of the Year by the Southeast Texas Coaches Association Saturday night during the SETXCA All-Star football game at Lamar University in Beaumont.

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Two Barbers Hill High School Lady Eagles are each making their second trip to the UIL State Track and Field Meet Friday and Saturday at Myers Stadium in Austin.

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PEARLAND – A champ is a champ until he is beaten. Beaten they were not on Thursday night as the Robert E. Lee Ganders boys’ track squad took home yet another first-place trophy to add to the team’s already-full trophy case.

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Montieco Harris won three gold medals – one with three of his Ross S. Sterling teammates on the 4x400m relay – at the District 21-5A track meet, held Wednesday and Thursday in Port Arthur.

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With just a shade under three weeks left to go, baseball and softball teams are hoping to either make the expected playoff pushes or try to continue to learn in the name of program progress.

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I have been pretty up front for my disappointment in most modern American sports – especially failing basketball – and to some degree football.

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MONT BELVIEU – The Barbers Hill track teams made the District 21-5A meet into their own playground over the last two days in route to two championships.

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The Goose Creek Memorial Lady Patriots dropped a 12-1 decision at Friendswood Tuesday. Morgan Faubian had both hits for the Lady Patriots (3-15).

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It has been a minute since my last column and with so many things winding down and starting up, I found it applicable to do what I like to call a ‘popcorn column.’

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If the title arouses expectations of a SPICY column, this might be a little disappointing. It’s about fishing. The first title was too long; it had to be shortened. I hope you’ll continue reading, regardless.

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Girls golf wins district, boys 2nd, both on to Region

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The Barbers Hill softball team continued its dominant ways as it moved to 26-2 overall and remained undefeated in District 21-5A play with a 17-0 win at Galena Park Thursday.

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The La Porte Bulldogs exploded for six runs in their first at-bats and used that momentum to roll to a 12-0 win over visiting Goose Creek Memorial Tuesday. GCM (7-14) managed only four hits and committed four errors in the five-inning contest.

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After a season spent playing in empty stadiums, the Houston Astros know the return of fans this year could mean a hostile reception on the road from people still angry about their sign-stealing scam. 

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It certainly was a welcome return to the track for the Baytown high schools Friday as once again the Rockhold Relays finally got back into the spotlight after a year missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Sterling Rangers baseball team used a four-run fourth inning to break open a tight contest with rivals Robert E. Lee in a 6-2 win Friday in District 22-5A action.

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HOUSTON – Two teams hoping to renew their fortunes in the playoffs met in the first opportunity to prove a postseason point in two seasons.

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A three-run first inning set the tone and allowed the visiting Manvel Mavericks pull away for a 13-2 win over the Robert E. Lee Ganders in Baytown Tuesday. REL (7-9) was hurt by four errors.

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The Goose Creek Memorial softball team dropped a 17-1 home decision Friday against Santa Fe to move to 3-7 this season.

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Everyone knows about the Big Chill that beset Texas in mid- February. But not everybody understands the severity of fish loss on the coast. Most bay fish cannot survive the frigid temperatures Texas endured. And dead fish can’t talk.  

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There is plenty of time left in the individual tennis season this spring, but some paths are being shaped as the area programs continue to battle the opposition, inclement weather and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cory Roper will make his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

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The track and field season has gotten off to a strong start for many local athletes as the sport navigates through the pandemic and threatening weather.

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It’s regulations time. TPWD annually reviews regulations and considers biological situations, law enforcement issues, and public opinion. If deemed necessary, new regulations are created. Proposals for new regulations or changes in existing ones are usually brought before the TPW Commission …

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