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The Hitchcock Bulldogs utilized an energy-packed third quarter to distance themselves from the Buna Cougars, en route to a 69-56 win in their Region III-3A bi-district playoff game Monday at East Chambers High School.

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The Rice University men’s and women’s basketball teams had a rough week with both teams losing games.

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The Rice Owls baseball team began its 2018 season by going 2-1 in this week's UCF Tournament in Orlando, Fla.

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Clear Creek ISD had six wrestlers qualify for state at Region III-6A wrestling meet on Saturday at Paetow High School.

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The annual black drum run is beginning to become a focal point in the Galveston fishing community, as the Rusty Hook Fishing Club announced its 31st annual Black Drum Fishing Tournament.

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While fish are being caught, the action so far this year is not up to par. I visited with several longtime Galveston Bay anglers and there was a consensus among us that the unusually cold weather this winter has been a big part of the slow down.

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In a battle between the top two teams in District 23-5A, the Fort Bend Elkins Lady Knights came away with a 4-0 win over the Texas City Lady Stings on Saturday afternoon at Texas City.

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Clear Creek quarterback Sam Mathews signed his national letter of intent to play football at Harding University in Arkansas. Pictured with Mathews (seated) are his mother, Tracey Mathews (from left), sister Faith Mathews, sister Emily Mathews and father Stephen Mathews.

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The Hitchcock Lady Bulldogs cranked up their intensity level a few notches to come away with an impressive 67-51 win over the Crockett Lady Bulldogs in Friday’s Region III-3A area round playoff game at Conroe High School.

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The Ball High Lady Tors' fourth-quarter rally fell short in their Region III-5A area round playoff game Friday at La Porte High School as the Kingwood Park Panthers held on for a 33-29 win.

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With the Friendswood Mustangs and the Alvin Yellowjackets locked up at second place in District 24-6A, scoring chances were few and far between, as the district foes battled to a 0-0 draw Friday night at Alvin High School.

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For the first time in weeks, I am able to give a firsthand fishing report. Yes, Polly and I made it out Friday and the best thing about the whole trip was the outboard motor got a good workout after sitting up since before Christmas.

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Even the world champion Astros know the value of spring training. Having an opportunity to work on basic techniques, as well as to build strength and speed, propel teams, even the best, to their annual ritual of preseason training, and runners can do the same.

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Great conditions beginning late morning have drawn anglers to the water. This is the first good test for fishing we have had in a while and the results are encouraging.

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Two teams will be looking to improve upon subpar performances and another will face a gigantic step up in competition as a trio of Galveston County schools enter the area round of the girls basketball playoffs Friday.

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Happy pitchers and catcher report day, Houston Astros fans. This year, of course, has a different feel than all the past official first days of spring training, as the Astros begin the long grind of a baseball season as defending World Series champions and the team to beat for the first time…

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Without giving a complete history lesson about Valentine’s Day, it has been celebrated for love and romance since the 14th century. The first expression of courtly love was through flowers and greeting cards known as “valentines.” This was to be considered as a romantic symbol and expression.

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A sloppy game had an exciting finish, but the Clear Creek Wildcats were unable to come away with a win against Alief Elsik, falling to the Lady Rams, 35-34, on Tuesday night at Manvel High School.

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A slow Clear Springs start allowed Richmond George Ranch to hang around the game until the fourth quarter Tuesday night at Pearland High School, but the Chargers held off the Lady Longhorns in the fourth quarter to pull out a 48-40 win and advance to the second round of the 6A Region III-6A playoffs.

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On Tuesday, things began looking up, as our first fishing report in a number of days was received. It came from the party boat Capt. John and was from an abbreviated overnight tuna safari to the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Note to self: Never, ever buy for your bride, wearing apparel or accessories that are orange in color — not golf balls nor gloves; shoes, visors nor sweaters. This is an early lesson learned while viewing the Olympic Games last Sunday afternoon.

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It will not be too long before we start seeing sunny days and warmer weather. When those conditions appear, lots of boaters will be on the water, with many making their first trip of the year. A large number of those anglers will experience problems caused by their boat setting up so long.

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For the Houston Cougar women’s basketball team, their four-game winning streak came to a halt this past week when they fell to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 83-77, on Saturday in Tulsa, Okla., just three days after beating Memphis, 66-55.