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League City’s Griffin Baillargeon won the boys 16-and-under singles red division at the Racquet Pro Deer Park Championship Major Zone tennis tournament.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration hits its stride, so to speak, with Saturday’s Jolly Jester Jaunt. The annual 5K has been so popular that this year, there is a 10K as well.

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The Clear Creek Wildcats broke a 13-year drought for the girls basketball program by notching their first playoff win since 2004 on Monday in what is shaping up to be a year of milestones across the county in the 2016-17 seasons.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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Sometimes in life, there are unexpected situations that occur where we need to be ready. There are many examples of this, so I’ll name a few.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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While the Patriots of New England were celebrating in snowy Boston last Monday, Galveston’s Ball High Tornados were hosting their Beginners Spring Classic in summerlike weather.

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League City’s Brissa Mendoza advanced to today’s 10:15 semifinals of the girls 16-and-under singles white division at the Racquet Pro Deer Park Championship Major Zone tennis tournament.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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It’s ironic that, just as tracking heart rate has become much simpler, thanks to devices like Fitbits and Apple watches, interest in training according to percentages of maximum heart rate seems to have flagged.

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As the high school basketball regular season winds down, Galveston County teams represented the best of the best in their districts in what could end up being nearly a clean sweep of district championships.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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Recently, a former high school head football coach and good friend, Tom Williams, was laid to rest.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Arguably the best sight at Super Bowl LI was the presence of former President George H.W. Bush, who, according to members of his Secret Service detail, used to play what they referred to as “aerobic golf.”

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While fans of Houston teams won’t have an official dog in tonight’s Super Bowl LI fight, looking at Atlanta’s position in the national sports landscape is like seeing a mirror image.

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I'm from New England. I'm rooting for the Patriots this weekend. If they win, I will be happy and many, many more people will be angry. If they lose, many, many people will try to make my Monday miserable. Any column I write will either sound whiny or haughty.

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Friendswood’s Danna Cai and Chumeng Cai both won singles titles at the second annual Jen Fine Homes Parent-Child Doubles & Junior Singles tennis tournament held at Bay Area Racquet Club in Clear Lake City.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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It’s a new year and a new course for the Galveston Marathon and Half Marathon. The race, scheduled for Feb. 12, now starts and finishes at Stewart Beach, and keeps the beach in sight throughout the course.

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Exponentially more important for young student-athletes than continuing to play a game they love is an opportunity to earn a college degree — an opportunity that might not have been afforded to them if it weren’t for athletics.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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Free throws are one of the most critical components of a basketball game. Close games are won or lost through free throws.

  • By CAPT. JOE KENT
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It is hard to realize that most of our hunting seasons are coming to a close this weekend. With the exception of quail, geese and a few other game and fowl, we will be shutting things down until autumn.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Texas City will be putting the “fun” back in “fun run” at the upcoming Mainland Mardi Gras Fun Run Parade Run on Feb. 4. The fun run serves as the advance wave of Texas City’s Mardi Gras parade, complete with cheering crowds, beads and food and drinks at the finish line.

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During a press conference held Monday before Jeff Bagwell’s Hall of Fame election celebration at Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros legend was asked about what advice he would give to young athletes who hope to be like him.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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If you’ve been following professional football, then you’re aware of the Hail Mary pass becoming popular again.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. So in conjunction with the grand opening of The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation, which assists brain-injured children, adults and their families, Beep Sullivan is playing host to a fundraiser tennis tournament on March 4.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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If you can’t convince nine of your friends that the best way to spend a glorious weekend is alternating between running and being crammed in a smelly van, there’s still hope.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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At some point in time, we’ve all watched a track and field competition. One of my favorite events is the 100-meter hurdles. Actually, for men it’s 110 meters and women hurdle 100 meters.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Readers of a certain vintage might recall (Stuart) King Hill, who was born in Hamilton, Texas, played high school football at Brazosport High and was an All-American quarterback who led the Rice Owls to a Southwest Conference title in 1957.

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There were no moral victories. The New England Patriots embarrassed the Houston Texans every bit as much as oddsmakers prognosticated in Saturday night’s 34-16 AFC divisional round playoff loss.

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We are in prime time for waterfowl hunting in the coastal counties of Texas. The excellent hunting should last through the remainder of duck season, which ends Jan. 29.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Forget the Super Bowl — the area’s largest single-day sporting event takes place this Sunday, when the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon get underway in downtown Houston.

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After the Houston Texans secured a spot in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs with a wild-card win Saturday over the Oakland Raiders, there was a trend among many Texans fans on social media that I found peculiar — their rooting interest in Sunday’s Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steeler…

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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If you’re not familiar with the term “fast break” in basketball, it’s when the offense moves the ball up the court as quick as possible to score before the other team’s defense can set up. This is usually done with one or two passes.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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As the Pittsburgh Steelers’ PAT (aka extra point) moved sharply left to right and the Miami Dolphins watched their last possible hope for a miracle comeback sink like a deflated Tom Brady football last Sunday, I thought of two things. I would have thought of three things, but feared I might …

  • By CAPT. JOE KENT
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The regular deer season ended last Sunday in the North Zone and is followed by a weeklong antler-less season. In the South Zone, deer hunters have another week to take that big South Texas buck, as the season in that area goes until Jan. 15.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Running is a great way to see the world. Whether it’s picking a destination marathon in a faraway country or sticking to a training plan despite being in a strange city, running brings the new environment up close.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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As we reflect over this past year, can you count the number of times you’ve failed? Of course not, because you should be failing at something every day.

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About a week ago, right after a Randy Bullock field goal attempt sailed wide right to gift the Houston Texans a division championship and a guaranteed trip to the postseason, head coach Bill O’Brien sauntered into the postgame press conference dripping with swag and confidence.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Clear Springs High School’s Aava Azad and Melody Duong worked their way to the University Interscholastic League Class 6A state tennis tournament in May. The Chargers, then juniors, eventually lost in the girls’ doubles quarterfinals to Dallas Highland Park. A few weeks later, Clear Creek High School’s longtime tennis coach, Patrick Marrie, called it quits after 22 years as the Wildcats’ head boss. Clear Springs’ dream team, along with Marrie’s departure, were The Daily News’ top two county tennis stories for 2016.

  • By CAPT. JOE KENT
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The general hunting season for whitetail deer is winding down, with the north zone closing Sunday and the south zone closing two weeks later on Jan. 15. Both zone closures are followed by a special two-week antler-less deer season.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Whether your New Year’s resolution was to be outside more, to get more exercise, or just to do more good, the New Year’s 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk sponsored by the Friends of Galveston Island State Park can be part of it. The walker-friendly event is extending its appeal to competitive runners as …