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Waltrip High School has spent the past few years trying to regain traction in District 11-5A, having missed the UIL football playoffs in three straight seasons and dropping each of its first two district contests in 2021.

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Heights High School football coach Stephen Dixon said before the season that he believed this year’s team had the potential to be better than last season’s 7-2 squad which reached the area round of the playoffs.

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If local residents were out and about on Arbor Vitae Drive or Pinemont Drive early last Saturday morning, they might have been taken aback seeing a wave of colorful banners and smiling children on their way from Collier Regional Library to the Oaks Dads' Club soccer fields a short distance away.

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The St. Thomas High School football team played well in its first two outings as a previously inexperienced core has gelled well so far. But the Eagles will face their stiffest test of the young season this Friday as they travel to face a state-ranked opponent.

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Booker T. Washington High School head coach Kelvin Chatham had spoken before the season about just wanting his players to have fun and fly to the football.

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As the St. Pius X Panthers look to make their way back to the top of the TAPPS standings – where they made consecutive state semifinals in 2017 and 2018 – second-year head coach Greg Cranfill knows the climb won’t be without some road bumps.

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The Heights Bulldogs are coming off a 7-3 campaign in 2020 that included their first district title and playoff win since 2013. Now, the team has their sights set on even greater heights following their best season in nearly a decade.

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The Lutheran High North Lions’ football program reached heights last season that several graduating classes had not experienced, winning its first TAPPS playoff game since 2009. As the 2021 slate begins, LHN is looking to build on that success

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The St. Thomas Eagles are accustomed to being alone at the top in recent years, with three straight TAPPS Division I District championships. But remaining on top of the standings this season and making a deep playoff run will take a largely unproven group gelling quickly.

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It has been a rough go of late for the Waltrip Rams – but with a new season ahead, the Rams look to returning to their winning ways under second-year-head coach Jeremy Kirt.

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The Heights Lions Club and the the Oaks Dads’ Club have been locked in a year-long court battle over the right to call the baseball field at 1025 Judiway St. their own.

Two private high schools in the area enjoyed strong baseball and softball seasons this spring, and several of their key players were recently recognized for their contributions with selections to their respective TAPPS all-state teams.

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In what has been a strong farewell tour during his senior high school season, St. Thomas starting pitcher Will Rizzo put up another ace performance earlier this week to help the Eagles advance in the TAPPS 6A Division I playoffs.

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The St. Thomas High School boys track and field team once again soared above the rest of TAPPS 6A, while the Lutheran High North boys fended off the TAPPS 3A competition during the private-school state meet last weekend at Midway ISD's Panther Stadium in Hewitt.

The Lutheran High North boys track and field team took home the TAPPS District 5-3A team championship Monday with a series of strong individual performances, continuing what has been a fruitful school year for the Lions' athletic programs.

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Heights High School head coach Kerrick Arrington said he hasn’t taught Gracelynn Alvarez much of what has made her one of the Houston region’s top girls basketball players over the last few seasons.

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One of the keys to the Heights Lady Bulldogs’ hot start on the softball diamond this season has been their offensive firepower, with their lineup averaging eight runs per game through the season’s first six weeks.

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As the game clock counted down last Saturday afternoon, Lutheran High North senior guard Kinsie Kim couldn’t celebrate with her teammates fast enough as a roller coaster basketball season ended in triumph.

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For the second time in recent history, a TAPPS state title is coming back home to the local neighborhood, courtesy of a traditional power.

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Private-school girls basketball fans in Texas might be tiring of seeing Lutheran High North at the state championship game – but the Lady Lions likely aren’t tiring of making the almost annual trip.