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Not only does Troy have a 2,000-yard rusher returning for his fourth go-round, the Trojans also welcome back four offensive linemen who’ve all suited up for at least 10 varsity games.

So even for a team that said goodbye to foundational leaders from a historic 2019 squad, rebuilding isn’t the term head coach Ronnie Porter is using in 2020.

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The Rockdale Tigers are trying to awaken the magic they had three years ago. Led by dynamic athletes and physical bruisers, Rockdale rallied past Brock in the state final to claim the 2017 Class 3A Division I championship for the program’s second title and first since 1976.

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After grinding through a tough Class 3A Division I district the last two years, the Jarrell Cougars moved up in classification and have a schedule full of unfamiliar opponents. The rise to 4A Division II would seem challenging for a program that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2015, but the C…

Today's Sports section looks different, which shouldn’t be all that surprising. Very few things have been normal since the coronavirus breached our country’s borders earlier this year.

Our readers are accustomed to annually perusing three special, 24-page sections previewing the upcoming high school, college and professional football seasons. Much like finding toilet paper on store shelves last spring, though, putting together and publishing three special sections amid all the guidelines associated with the pandemic would have been an act of near-futility.

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Connor Crews and Tristan Robin understand the unique opportunity they have this year. The sophomores expressed their rising excitement and appreciation Thursday to not only have fall football this year, but to help lead the Lake Belton Broncos onto the field for the program’s first season.

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Two post-practice exchanges at Lake Belton’s Bronco Gym perfectly summed up the new reality for many area high school coaches and players. After concluding their first day of volleyball practice Monday, Broncos head coach Liz Ramsey called her players into one final huddle before dismissing …

The details are still being finalized, but it appears that Friday night lights in 2020 can be seen live at home.

Amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the University Interscholastic League — the state’s governing body of public high school athletics — is finalizing plans and procedures to allow high school football games on Friday nights to be shown live in the fall, and area coaches are all for the idea.

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WACO — The 45-minute drive from Gatesville to Waco Vanguard was all too familiar for Sydney Mundkowsky. As she walked into Vanguard’s athletic complex Saturday and warmed up for the match that was soon to take place, the 6-foot-2 Gatesville product felt as though her high school volleyball journey was coming full circle.

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After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced Phase 3 of his plan to reopen the state during the coronavirus pandemic, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Heart of Texas officials said they were informed that they can indeed host a pair of Victory Bowl games today and Friday.

In order to comply as rigidly as possible to local and state coronavirus precautions and protocols while ensuring the utmost safety for participants, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Heart of Texas officials Tuesday tweaked the delivery of this year’s remaining Victory Bowl events — softball, baseball and volleyball — to practice-only formats.