DIBOLL — Both the Diboll Ladyjacks and Lumberjacks took full advantage of home court on Friday, with the Lady ’Jacks rallying to beat Pineywoods Community Academy’s girls 52-45 and the Lumberjacks rolling past the PCA boys 75-48 at Lumberjack Gymnasium.

Marshall’s Chris Leonard banked in a 3-pointer from near halfcourt at the buzzer as the Mavericks took a thrilling 86-85 win over the Lufkin Panthers in 16-5A action in Marshall Friday night.

HUDSON — Teraven Rhodes and Keke Ferrell combined for 50 points as the Hudson Hornets overcame a shaky start to roll to a 78-55 win over the Jasper Bulldogs in District 20-3A action here Friday night.

As the high school playoffs quickly approach, the Lufkin Panthers and Lady Panthers basketball teams have put themselves in outstanding position for the postseason while also giving themselves a shot at the District 16-5A titles.

Nacogdoches swept the team honors in the team events while Lufkin, Hudson and Pineywoods Community Academy had strong showings in the District 17-5A swim meet, which was held this past weekend.

Adan Hernandez scored with 11 minutes remaining as the Lufkin Panthers capped off an undefeated non-district portion of their schedule with a 1-0 win over the North Mesquite Stallions at Tyler’s Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium Wednesday night.

An upcoming stretch of back-to-back games against 16-5A co-leaders Marshall and Nacogdoches meant a district title was still well within reach for the Lufkin Panthers entering the final month of the regular season.

Aaliyah Menefee scored 15 points, Aniya Cottrell had 11 and the Lufkin Lady Panthers used another stifling defensive performance to roll to a 45-30 win over the Hallsville Lady Bobcats in a key 16-5A game at Panther Gym Tuesday night.

The Central Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs rolled to a pair of blowout victories over Corrigan-Camden in District 21-3A action in Central Tuesday night.

Diana Kolb hasn’t always been a fan of the water. In fact, she admits to being “terrified of drowning” when she first started the sport of swimming.

The Lufkin Panthers spent the first two days of their showcase showing they have no problem playing from behind as they won one game and tied another despite holding a lead for a total of five minutes.

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