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The Lufkin/Longview rivalry has a way of providing memorable matchups no matter the sport. In the final game of the Lufkin Panther Showcase on Saturday afternoon, the host team gave Longview a day it would rather forget.

The Lufkin Panthers knew a balanced scoring effort would be the key to success in the 2022 season. That balance was on display on Friday night as seven different players scored on the way to a convincing 7-0 win over the Marshall Mavericks during the second day of the Lufkin Panther Showcase…

Alecia Rivera-Scott scored 10 points and the Lufkin Lady Panthers stymied the Nacogdoches Lady Dragons 42-11 in District 16-5A basketball action at the Lufkin Multi-Purpose Facility Friday night.

With a showdown against Central Heights looming next week, the No. 6 Diboll Lumberjacks biggest test was avoiding a letdown against the Pineywoods Commnuity Academy Timberwolves.

Diboll’s Jalisa Walker put the Lady Jacks on the verge of another key District 21-3A victory with a spectacular night that finished with a game-high 25 points.

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A packed house inside Bulldog Gymnasium stayed loud all night in anticipation of two district basketball games and homecoming ceremonies.

HUDSON — Kanaan Holder scored 23 points, but the Hudson Hornets dropped a 67-61 decision to the Center Roughriders on homecoming night.

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HUDSON — Hudson’s Madi Barnett was already excited about her upcoming senior season on the softball field. After signing with National Park College on Friday morning, she made sure her softball career won’t end there.

Gearing up for the district schedule, Lufkin put together its own showcase knowing any of their three matchups could be a playoff preview.

The Lufkin Panthers and Lady Panthers will aim to keep pace in the 16-5A standings while also gaining some extra bragging rights as they continue their rivalry against Nacogdoches tonight.

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For more than eight minutes of Tuesday’s game against Tyler High School, the Lufkin Panthers couldn’t get a jumper to fall from any range — three-point, mid-range or otherwise. The Pack managed just one field goal in the entire first quarter and didn’t get its first trey until nearly halftime.

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DIBOLL — A determined Huntington Red Devils squad gave the No. 6 Diboll Lumberjacks all they could handle for a full 32 minutes. It wasn’t quite enough as Percy Chavis scored 21 points and the Lumberjacks held off a furious late charge for a 59-58 win in District 21-3A action Tuesday night.

The Lufkin Panthers soccer team has made major strides since it took the field for its first scrimmages back in December. The Panthers will look to keep moving in the right direction as they host the Lufkin Panther Showcase starting on Thursday night.

DIBOLL — Diboll’s Jalisa Walker spent the first 31 minutes of a 21-3A showdown against the Huntington Red Devils showing why she is already one of the top scoring threats in the district. With the game on the line in the last minute, she showed her passing game is just as dangerous.

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On a night no Lufkin player reached double digits, the Lady Panthers still found a way to notch a District 16-5A win. Seven different players reached the scoring column and Lufkin used a strong defensive effort to come away with a 38-27 victory over the Whitehouse Ladycats at the Lufkin Mult…

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POLLOK — A pair of key matchups in District 21-3A on Friday left no change near the top of the standings, with the Central Heights girls and boys both taking down Central at Bulldog Gymnasium.

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The Lufkin Lady Panthers are a week into their district slate while the Panthers will tip off the 16-5A season on the road with games against Whitehouse tonight.

Jim Von Heeder scored 17 points, Travis Murray had 16 and the Central Bulldogs defense took over down the stretch on their way to a 55-46 win in District 21-3A hoops action at Shands Gym Tuesday night.

Percy Chavis scored 22 points to lead the Diboll Lumberjacks to a 68-48 win over the Hemphill Hornets on Tuesday night.

The Pineywoods Community Academy Lady Wolves spent the first 29 minutes chasing after the Central Lady Bulldogs. Once they finally caught them, they didn’t look back.

The Lufkin Lady Panthers worked their way to a 43-28 road win over Jacksonville in the District 16-5A opener Friday night.

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Over the first 16 minutes of Friday’s game in Lufkin, Rusk’s Owen McCown couldn’t miss from seemingly anywhere on the floor. He opened the game by scoring the Eagles’ first 11 points and finished the first half with 23 to help Rusk jump out to an early double-digit lead.

POLLOK — Playing in front of their home crowd, the Central Bulldogs left the Huntington Red Devils reeling by scoring the final 16 points of the third quarter. Instead of fading away, the Red Devils answered back.

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POLLOK — Brenom Brown and K.K. Harris combined for 32 points and the Central Lady Bulldogs remained one of two unbeaten teams in District 21-3A with a convincing 60-37 win over the Huntington Devilettes here Friday night.

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With the new year behind them and a little over a month left in the regular season, area basketball teams are beginning their final push to the playoffs.

Facing a loaded field at The Woodlands’ Kilt Cup, the Lufkin Panthers soccer team came up just short in the season opener, dropping a 2-1 decision to Class 6A Spring Branch Memorial on Thursday afternoon.

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Elijah Moody knocked down a clutch free throw with 6 seconds left, Elijah Johnson scored 17 points and the Lufkin Panthers survived a 53-52 win over the Class 4A No. 24 Center Roughriders at the Lufkin Multi-Purpose Facility in non-district action Tuesday night.

The Pineywoods Community Academy Lady Wolves stayed hot with a narrow 42-40 win over the Jasper Lady Bulldogs in non-district action in Jasper Tuesday night.

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DIBOLL — Central’s Lady Dogs opened Tuesday’s game in Diboll as if they were on their way to a blowout win, but the Lady Jacks weren’t about to let their opponent off easy.

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The Pineywoods Community Academy Timberwolves and Lady Wolves closed the 2021 calendar year in style by rolling to a pair of blowouts over overmatched teams from Goodrich in Lufkin Friday afternoon.

Several local teams came back from the holidays in tournament action over the past few days.

The Central Lady Bulldogs opened the Aggieland Invitational with a pair of wins on Monday.

COLDSPRING — Early foul trouble forced Pineywoods Community Academy’s Trenity Johnson to watch from the sideline as Coldspring erased an early deficit. Once Johnson got back on the court, she made sure there would be no repeat.

HUNTINGTON — Kyra Anderson dominated the paint with 22 points and the Huntington Devilettes pulled away in the second half on their way to a 48-27 win over the Warren Lady Warriors in non-district basketball action on Monday afternoon.

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The 8-5A DI All-District Team was recently announced with nine Lufkin Panthers earning recognition.

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Fresh off Diboll’s best season in school history, the Lumberjacks dominated the 9-3A DI All-District Football Team, which was recently announced.

Elijah Moody scored 16 points as the Lufkin Panthers won their final game before the Christmas break with a 57-38 victory over the Pine Tree Pirates in Lufkin Monday night.

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NACOGDOCHES — After taking a seven-point lead twice in the first quarter, the Nacogdoches Lady Dragons couldn’t hold off a Diboll squad that caught fire from long range in the fourth quarter and came from behind to knock off NHS, 48-38, inside Dragon Coliseum Tuesday morning.

HUDSON — Percy Chavis kept Diboll in the game with the dirty work in the paint and Jacoby Watts delivered a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute as the No. 13 Lumberjacks picked up a 55-51 win over the Hudson Hornets on Monday afternoon.

Lufkin’s Lady Panthers put on a defensive clinic in Friday’s game against Willis, and the lessons started from the opening tip.

Darion Hale scored 21 points, including 10 straight in a game-deciding 18-2 run as the Huntington Red Devils opened District 21-3A action by rolling to a 62-44 win over the Pineywoods Community Academy Timberwolves at Shands Gym Friday night.

Benita Barlow scored 18 points and the Pineywoods Community Lady Wolves used a 17-2 fourth quarter run to surge to a 44-39 win over the Huntington Devilettes in District 21-3A basketball action at Shands Gym Friday night.

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With students starting their Christmas breaks this weekend, area basketball teams will be in action tonight.

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Diboll’s Logan Houl put together another outstanding finish as he tied for the championship at the STPGA Fall Championship before eventually falling in a playoff.

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HUDSON — In a decorated cheer career, Hudson’s Nicole Marze has picked up plenty of hardware along her path. Starting next season, she’ll start adding to her collection while competing for Sam Houston State University.

DIBOLL — The Diboll Lumberjacks’ football team’s longest playoff run in school history pushed the start of their basketball season back by an extra week. If performances like Tuesday night are any indication, their basketball team is in for quite a run of its own.