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PITTSBURG - Friday night, the Tatum Eagles (3-0) used a staunch defense and special team play to defeat the Pittsburg Pirates (0-3) 46-21. Tatum scored on runs, passes, a field goal, a safety, and a kickoff return. They led 6-0 after one, 27-7 at the break, and 34-7 after three. 

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The Henderson Lions outmatched the Jacksonville Indians 21-6 Friday night as they faced off at the Lions Stadium. This win bumps the Lions up to 2-1. Keeping a tight leash on the Indians’ quarterback was crucial in the Lions’ victory.

Fresh off winning first place in Marshall’s volleyball tournament last weekend, the Lady Lions dominated over All Saints Episcopal Lady Trojans 3-0 in Tuesday’s 6:30 home game. This win brings the Lady Lions up to 15-8 in their season record.

Trestan Ebner, a former Henderson Lion and current fifth-year Baylor running back, made program history on Saturday’s season opener game against Texas State after walking away adding 120 rushing yards to his career total. Currently, he has 1,016 rushing and 1,225 receiving yards in his career. 

TATUM - Friday night, the Tatum Eagles (2-0) played tough defense and took advantage of field position to defeat the Daingerfield Tigers (1-1) 35-28. Tatum led 21-0 after three quarters. But the fourth quarter was a wild one where Daingerfield scored all their points.  

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West Rusk Raider Athletics announced their football team captains on their Facebook page last week before their season-opening win against East Chambers. Team captains are chosen by their teammates.

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Playing most of the game in the red zone, the Gilmer Buckeyes overpowered the Henderson Lions on both sides of the ball and won 50-14 in Friday’s game at the Buckeye Stadium. This was the first 4A game the Lions have played this season.

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Nick Harrison, the head football coach of the West Rusk Raiders, was named Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Week 1 Coach of the Week for the 3A division. This award comes after the Raiders opened their season Thursday night with a 38-14 win against the East Chambers Buccaneers.

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PRICE - It was close, ever so close, but the Carlisle Indians fell in a heartbreaker here Friday night in a 23-21 loss to Palestine Westwood at Arrowhead Stadium in both teams’ season opener.

CENTER - The Tatum Eagles (1-0) defeated the Center Roughriders (0-1) 68-26 Friday night in the season opener for both schools. The Eagles took advantage of Center turnovers, played tough defense, and showed an explosive offense. Tatum had a 21-0 lead in the second quarter before the first ‘…

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Overton’s Lady Mustangs began an invitational tournament at Kerens on Tuesday and played in pool-play matches. They returned to Kerens on Saturday for bracket play, but results were not available by our publishing deadline.

Proceeds from Mt. Enterprise vs. Beckville’s Thursday scrimmage were donated to the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation’s Benevolence Fund to assist athletes and coaches experiencing hardships. The scrimmage raised $165, along with spectators’ private donations to the organization…

Overton’s Lady Mustangs competed in an invitational volleyball tournament on Thursday and Saturday in North Hopkins and went home with a 10-7 overall season record. Thursday’s matches used pool play, and Saturday switched over to bracket play. The Lady Mustangs won their bracket.

The year 2019 was the inaugural year for Tatum Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Jason Holman. His first season as Head Eagle produced a 3-7 season record. Many thought that the 2019 record was not indicative of the team’s talent, but was a function of many factors including the team…

The Henderson Lions put their skills to the test against the 5A-classified Nacogdoches Dragons in a Thursday night scrimmage game at the Dragon Stadium. Since this was a scrimmage game, no official score was kept.

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The Henderson cheerleaders will hold a mini cheer camp for pre-k through eighth-grade students at the high school’s main gym from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Pre-registration will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, and registration will open 30 minutes before the camp starts.

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The Henderson Lions gave local football fans a sneak peek of what they have learned under new head coach Othell Robinson over the past five weeks in a scrimmage home game against the Paris Wildcats on Friday night. 

The West Rusk athletics program will be holding a Lady Raider varsity vs. alumni volleyball game fundraiser at the high school gym from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The gate fee is $5.

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The Overton Lady Mustangs volleyball team set the pace for the season with a tough victory over North Hopkins on Monday in a non-district home game. The team won three out of five sets.

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Henderson’s Lady Lions volleyball teams played against Harmony in a season opener game last night at Harmony High School. The junior varsity B team played at 4:30, the junior varsity A team played at 5:30, and the varsity played at 6:30. Results were not in before our deadline.

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Two Tatum ISD students, Raychelle Peters and Makensi Greenwood, are competing in track and field events at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games at George Turner Stadium in Humble this week.

Trestan Ebner, a Henderson High School alumni and Baylor Bears running back, is among 56 other football players who were named to the Louisville Sports Commission’s 2021 Paul Hornung Award Watch List.

West Rusk Youth Baseball Association’s 12U team is representing the state of Texas in the 2021 Dixie Youth Baseball Division II O-Zone World Series in Laurel, Mississippi. The team played their first round in the tournament against Florida’s runner-up team at 2:30 p.m. Friday in hopes they c…

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The Henderson High School Lionettes drill team produced a showoff in the Lionette Gym on Thursday evening to show off new choreography they learned in their camp this week. Their second parent booster meeting was held afterward.

Dance Xtreme Texas, a new dance studio, will hold a ribbon-cutting to celebrate their grand opening at 2 p.m. on Sunday at 210 Richardson Dr. Families will be able to register their children for classes at the event.

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West Rusk’s star volleyball player Kaelyn King signed a letter of commitment to play competitive volleyball as a Bethel College Thresher at 11:30 a.m. on Monday at the West Rusk High School gymnasium. King will leave East Texas on Aug. 5th.

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Someone once said that it didn’t get officially hot in Texas until the temperature broke 100 degrees.   99 degrees was still in the “warm” zone. I would disagree with that, but the fact that we’ve made it halfway through July without a real statewide scorcher is encouraging.

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Two baseball teams from Henderson and West Rusk represented Texas in the 15U division of the annual Dixie Boys Baseball World Series tournament. The Sterlington Sports Complex in Sterlington, Louisiana hosted the tournament from Wednesday through Friday.

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Arp ISD has recently hired five new coaches to enrich Tiger football, track, powerlifting, baseball, volleyball, and basketball. Among these are three former Henderson ISD coaches.

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(from left-top) Barry Woodruff, Dakota Alexander, Henry Brown. (from left-bottom) Matt Langley and Wes Schminkey.

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