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BELTON — When the bats are brought along to accompany Belton’s bread and butter — pitching and defense — the Tigers tend to have success.

Take Friday night at Tiger Field as an example.

Right-hander TJ Johnson provided the pitching, the defensive plays were made when needed and a five-run third inning and three-run sixth were plenty of offense as Belton opened its Class 6A best-of-three bi-district series against Duncanville with an 8-0 triumph.

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BELTON — There’s something refreshing about Noah Newman, who is as pleasantly surprised as anybody that he’ll compete tonight in the Class 6A 300-meter hurdles at the UIL Track and Field State Championships.

Academy’s Chris Preddie broke the meet record to win the boys long jump Friday, highlighting the opening-day performance of the area contingent at the Class 3A Region III and 6A Region II track and field meets at Hewitt Midway’s Panther Stadium.