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Lufkin’s Coby DeJesus goes safely back into first during a non-district game at the Panthers’ new baseball facility. Lufkin hosts Texas High in the playoff opener at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Lufkin Panthers have been a steady force throughout the 2021 season. Setting the tone with a season-opening seven-game winning streak, the Panthers have thrived on consistency over the last two months.

Lufkin has yet to lose back-to-back games, and despite missing out on a district title by a single game, the Panthers took every series against 16-5A opponents.

Josh Havard’s email address is josh.havard@lufkindailynews.com.