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The Lake Belton Broncos played their first home district match in program history Tuesday night, which turned out to be their first five-set league contest.

STEPHENVILLE — Brandon Bell scored a 10-yard rushing touchdown on Lake Belton’s first possession Thursday night and the Broncos cruised from there, downing the Stephenville JV 48-0 at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium for the program’s first victory in school history.

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ROGERS — Charlie Roten believes many factors contributed to the Rogers Eagles’ successful 2019 campaign. The Eagles averaged 46 points per game, had a strong senior class and found production all throughout their roster.

But one facet of last year’s team set the bar for how the program competes, and it’s a trait Roten hopes Rogers can replicate this season.

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Experience populates both sides of the ball this season at Salado, whether it’s returning starters or role players from a year ago ready to shoulder expanded responsibilities.

But having veterans around isn’t a sure sign of success in and of itself. Instead, what head coach Alan Haire said will drive the Eagles through a stout non-district slate, a league with a fresh set of opponents and to the playoffs for the fourth time in five years is how each individual functions within the whole of the group.

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The Granger Lions achieved a lot over the last two years, going 20-6 overall, making consecutive trips to the Class 2A Division II Region IV semifinals and boasting one of the top defenses in the area.

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With every new match, the first-year Lake Belton Broncos are improving, building team chemistry and gaining confidence. And that’s all coach Liz Ramsey asks of her volleyball squad full of sophomores and freshmen.

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LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY — After being hired as Academy’s head football coach only a few days before the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools and extracurricular activities across the state last spring, Chris Lancaster had to wait about three months to get to know his team and — more importantly — for his players to get a chance to know him.