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Playing in their second District 23-5A game, the Tors overcame a slow start to take a 27-13 lead at the half to stay in control.

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The rabid Hitchcock Lady Bulldogs chased the East Bernard Brahmas out of their backyard and back on to the bus, walloping them 74-33 in the District 24-3A opener Tuesday.

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A common phrase most of us have heard through the years in reference to sports is “put me in, coach.” The true meaning of this phrase represents athletes that are so hyped up that they’re practically begging the coach to put them back in the game.

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Two readers sent notes asking more questions about fish-killing freezes in light of the fact that fish are coldblooded. One of the notes came from an individual who spent his childhood in Wisconsin and every year their lake froze over, yet the fish bounced back by spring.

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We are now deep into the season of giving, only a few blinks and a “ho, ho, ho!” away from Christmas morning, when all over the country, parents look at each other in wonder as their children play with the cardboard boxes in which their gifts were secreted under the tree.

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New athletic director Chris Pezman will be formally introduced by UH president Renu Khator and Board of Regents Chairman Tilman Fertitta at a press conference at 1:30 p.m. today at the TDECU Stadium Club.

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Low water levels are handicapping anglers, as the cold fronts and trailing high pressures have pushed water out of the bays. There is not much relief in sight until possibly this weekend, as another frontal system is forecast to cross the upper Texas Coast Tuesday.

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It appears that the flounder run continued through last weekend. Paul Shaffer of Bayou Vista has been fishing for flounder for years and shared some of his experiences and observations about this year’s migration.

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Sunday’s 26-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers proved that attention should still be paid, even to a team essentially running down the clock on a lost season. There were two moments that were concerning, and both had little to do with the actual game.

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Beep Sullivan teamed up with Jeff Dubrow to win the Harvey Toys for a Claus doubles tennis tournament held Saturday at Menard Park’s Scoggins-Stiglich Courts in Galveston.

  • By CAPT. JOE KENT
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What a weekend of weather! Snow flurries on Friday followed by bitter cold weather and low water levels. Definitely a good time to stay inside and do some Christmas season planning.

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Despite falling behind by as much as 24 points, the Ball High Tors gave themselves a chance to win in the end, but were unable to pull off the improbable comeback in a 71-65 loss at Clear Brook.

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Last Saturday, Taylor Word took home the first-place medal at the AAU Cross Country National Championships in Charlotte, N.C., finishing with a time of 4 minutes and 20 seconds in the girls 6-and-under division in the 1,000-meter race.

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Friday’s Reel Report mentioned areas that might be productive this weekend considering the cold temperatures and biting wind. While areas around the Galveston Ship Channel got the nod, Byron Tyler suggested other areas.

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The second part of the divided duck season opens Saturday, and all indications are that it will be a productive one. For the past three weeks, more ducks and geese than normal for this time of year have arrived.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Picking out gifts for our favorite runners ought to be easy — just go to the local running store and let the knowledgeable staff help to find the perfect gift. There’s a new gifting option, too, as subscription boxes and running have discovered each other.

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Trust me when I say that I really do like basketball. In fact, basketball is one of my favorite sports to watch, report on and even play (poorly). But with that said, one of the saddest moments on the calendar for high school sports writers and fans is when we turn our attention to basketbal…

  • By CAPT. JOE KENT
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This is just about as cold as it gets in Galveston, barring freezing weather. Fortunately, we have not had to deal with any significant freezes in several years; however, it certainly feels like it, with temperatures in the 40s and north winds gusting to close to 30 mph.

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There’s no secret, most people still reflect on the glory years of high school. For those who competed in sports, typically high school was your heyday. If you had a winning season or not, you were probably in the best shape of your life and created lasting memories and friends.

  • By CAPT. JOE KENT
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The Galveston area received badly needed rain on Sunday evening, with some areas receiving over three inches. On Monday, the residual effects were somewhat noticeable. Fortunately, there were not many anglers on the water to deal with the muddy conditions.

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The Cougars (7-4 overall, 5-3 in the American Athletic Conference) and the Bulldogs 9-4 overall, 7-1 in the Mountain West) will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 at Aloha Stadium. ESPN will air the game.

  • By CAPT. JOE KENT
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Sunday there was not a lot going on as far as fishing was concerned. Dickens Weekend and football combined to take the attention of anglers away from the water.