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The Diboll Lumberjacks have become a force in East Texas football where they followed up back-to-back 10-win seasons with an area playoff appearance last season.

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The honors continue to roll in for the Diboll Lady Jacks after a season that landed them in the Class 3A state championship game for the first time in school history.

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It’s seven weeks until kickoff for the high school football season with summer workouts just around the corner. With Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazines recently hitting newsstands, the Lufkin Panthers have high hopes for the upcoming season, although they have plenty of work ahead of them.

It was a stellar year for local baseball players as area teams made their mark throughout the season before putting together strong playoff runs.

The Nacogdoches High School girls basketball program has a new leader, and he brings an attractive resume along with him.

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After seasons that ended with postseason berths, the Diboll Lumberjacks and Huntington Red Devils had strong showings on the 21-3A All-District Team, which was recently announced.

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The Hudson Lady Hornets recently wrapped up another strong season on the softball diamond with several players earning mention on the 17-4A All-District Team, which was recently announced.

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The Lufkin Panthers and Hudson Hornets put up stellar seasons that saw each of them miss out on a district title by a single game before advancing to the playoffs.

HUDSON — West Sabine’s Haley Primrose is set to become a standout for the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners when she starts her collegiate career next season.

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A banner year for East Texas softball saw several local teams make their marks on the postseason level while the Diboll Lady Jacks highlighted the action with an appearance in their first state championship game.

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District 17-4A featured some of the top teams in the state with the Rusk Eagles making it to the championship game while the Hudson Hornets fell two rounds short of the state tournament.

A pair of East Texas teams had strong seasons come to an end as Garrison and Kennard fell short in their respective state championship games on Thursday in Round Rock.

Before running through the competition on their way to the state tournament, the Diboll Lady Jacks rolled to their second straight district title.

The Diboll Lady Jacks took Austin by storm by rolling to a win over Holliday before finishing as state runners-up after a championship game loss to Rains.

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It was just over a year ago when Diboll head coach Hayland Hardy delivered the type of speech he probably never envisioned. It came shortly after the UIL’s decision to cancel the remainder of the softball season.

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As one of the youngsters on the Lufkin Lady Panthers, sophomore Abby Fajardo was a versatile player in helping them back into the postseason. That versatility paid off as she was rewarded for those efforts by being named the Co-Utility Player of the Year on the recent 16-5A All-District team.

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AUSTIN — After a six-hour rain delay pushed Thursday’s UIL Class 3A final game to a late start, the Diboll Lady Jacks’ biggest problem wasn’t the rain falling from the sky.

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AUSTIN — The Diboll Lady Jacks guaranteed a long season of diamond battles came to an end on Thursday as they clinched their spot in the state title game for the first time in school history.

Lufkin’s Sam Fidone added another victory to his ledger as he captured the All Pro Tour’s Health and Wellness Real Okie Championship, which was held in Muskogee, Oklahoma, over the weekend.

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Regardless of the outcome, the Diboll Lady Jacks have already had a historical season that has landed them in the state tournament for the first time in school history.

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HUNTSVILLE – The Hudson Hornets spent 17 innings of their Class 4A Region III Semifinal series against the Bellville Brahmas searching for the one hit to give them some much-needed momentum.

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It’s been quite a ride for Hayland Hardy and the Diboll Lady Jacks. Over the past few years alone, the team has experienced the near elation of 2019 and devastation one year later before reaching the pinnacle of the game earlier this week.

TYLER — A tale of two sixth-inning comebacks from the No. 10-ranked Rivercrest Rebels sunk the No. 17 Alto Yellowjackets in the opening two games of the Class 2A Region III Semifinals Thursday at Mike Carter Field.

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Two steps away from the state tournament, everything had been clicking for the Hudson Hornets. They had won eight straight games, including four straight one-run games.

Bellville struck for four first-inning runs and Brent Heintschel took over from there as the Brahmas took a 5-2 win over the Hudson Hornets in the first game of a Class 4A Region III Semifinal series at Madisonville High School Thursday night.

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SPRING — Diboll’s Alexia Arambula motored her way from second base to home plate — and the rest of the way to Austin.

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The Hudson Hornets readily admit a little more offense would be a welcome sight after scoring a total of three runs in last week’s regional quarterfinal win over Lake Belton.

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The Diboll Lady Jacks jumped out to a five-run lead and held off a furious Troy Trojanettes rally to capture a thrilling 8-7 win in the second game of a Class 3A Region III Regional Semifinal series in Madisonville Friday night.

The Hudson Hornets set the formula for success on Wednesday night when a ton of good pitching mixed with a few timely hits gave them a 1-0 advantage against the Lake Belton Broncos.

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Another outstanding season saw the Lufkin Panthers’ baseball team miss out on a district title by a single game while racking up 24 victories.

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MADISONVILLE — Kayla Palomino proved nearly untouchable in the circle as the Diboll Lady Jacks rode her arm to a 6-0 win over Troy in Class 3A Region III semifinal action here Thursday.

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Central’s Cameron Hubbard brought a remarkable career to a finish in fitting fashion by capturing second place individually at the recent Class 3A state golf tournament at Manor’s ShadowGlen Golf Course.

HUDSON — Hank Warren sailed through a seemingly effortless six innings then came up with the clutch pitches when he needed them most in holding off a seventh-inning Lake Belton rally as the Hudson Hornets took a thrilling 2-1 win over the Broncos in the opening game of a Class 4A Region III …

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Diboll High School on Tuesday held a ceremony inside Lumberjack Gymnasium honoring six student-athletes who signed their letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level.

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With three months still remaining before the season opener, Lufkin head coach Todd Quick admits the 2021 version of the Panthers is far from a finished product.

As the school year draws to an end, the Diboll Lady Jacks and Hudson Hornets are still hard at work in chasing after their own diamond dreams.

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The Hudson Hornets made the trip to Bryan hoping to avoid playing 14 innings to move on in the playoffs. As it turns out, nine innings were enough.

The Alto Yellowjackets shook off an opening loss to take a pair of blowout wins over Gary in Class 2A Region III Area baseball action in Nacogdoches Saturday afternoon.

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JASPER — A Kirbyville homer in the bottom of the seventh inning cut the Diboll Lady Jacks’ lead to a singe run at 6-5.

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HUDSON — On a normal day, the distance from Hudson High School to Prairie View A&M is approximately 135 miles. For Hudson cross country and track standout Chandler Tamez, that journey took a little bit longer.

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Looking to fill some key holes from the 2020 season while also revving up a talented group of youngsters, the Lufkin Panthers’ football team has been hard at work over the past few weeks of spring practice.

A series-opening win over a talented Giddings Buffaloes squad had it all for the Hudson Hornets.

Kade Clifton delivered a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Hudson Hornets took a thrilling 1-0 win over the Giddings Buffaloes in the opening game of a Class 4A Region III Area playoff series at Bryan’s Nutrabolt Stadium Thursday night.

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JASPER — Diboll’s Lady Jacks have backed the Kirbyville Lady Cats into a corner, with Diboll taking the first of a best-of-three series with a 5-3 win in Thursday’s regional quarterfinals in Jasper.

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Lufkin’s Adan Hernandez may be hard to catch, but he’s certainly not difficult to find.

State tournament appearances are a pipe dream for most teams. Recently the Central Bulldogs have turned them into an expectation.

A pair of local teams are still going strong in the playoffs after impressive sweeps over the weekend.