BELTON — Head coach Matt Blackburn draws from experience when he discusses with his Belton softball players their interest in playing beyond high school. He usually shares a story from his youth that includes all the ups and downs an athlete might encounter while chasing a college career, fr…

BELTON — The young Belton Tigers had playoff aspirations early in District 12-6A play before several injuries and three straight losses dented their postseason hopes.

As usual, the University Interscholastic League’s biennial reclassification and realignment brought with it Monday some upcoming changes for area schools. There were not, however, any large-scale surprises.

BELTON — The Belton Lady Tigers have allowed two goals through five District 12-6A games and have tallied 26 since the start of league play. They’ve won by a variety of outcomes, including a one-goal match and dominant double-digit goal scoring outputs.

BELTON — Whether it was the defensive jolt as Temple senior Elcid Smith pointed out, the adjustment on offense his coach Michael Thomas highlighted or a combination of both, the second half went much more smoothly for the Wildcats on Friday night.

They have a season sweep of Belton because of it.

For most of their contest Friday night, the Temple Lady Wildcats did not play like a team that had just one win to its name this season. While hosting District 12-6A rival Belton, Temple broke up passes, forced difficult shots and provided just enough offensive production to keep the Lady Ti…