• By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Specialty gyms aren’t anything new. There are specialized places for yoga, Pilates, Cross-Fit and boxing, and the newest tightly-focused gym is all about stretching. The Stretch Zone, a national chain of stretching gyms, has opened its first Texas facility in Houston.

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Soccer may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a sport I truly enjoy covering. Unfortunately, much of the high school soccer season overlaps with crunch time games at the end of the basketball regular season and the basketball playoffs. In 2014 and 2015, we had basketball teams make it al…

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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If you’re like me and grew up on the gulf coast of Texas, then you’re not too familiar with the game of ice hockey.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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My brother-in-law Mark does not play golf. His older brother used to and for a short while dated a lovely young woman whose family actually owned their own nine-hole layout a couple of hours away. I really hoped they would marry and live happily ever after, but they did neither.

  • By MANNY MORENO
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League City’s Kelly Ward advanced to today’s men’s 50-and-over singles championship match at the Mabry Adult Open and Senior & Super Senior Major Zone tennis tournament in San Antonio.

  • By MALCOLM D. GIBSON
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In the world of big-time college football, true student-athletes are an endangered species. Pressure to win at any cost has put coaches and administrators under the gun. At some schools, curriculums and admission standards have been compromised. Athletic prowess has trumped intellect.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Everyone can be a hero, or at least dress like one, at next week’s Junior League of Galveston County Community Heroes 5K/10K Run.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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In the sport of boxing, when the bell rings, you better be ready. You must be 100 percent committed. There’s no time to relax and go at half-pace, otherwise you’ll get knocked out.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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First, you make a roux. That’s what I was thinking as I ordered my cup of gumbo at Bubba’s on the Gulf Freeway at FM 518. I was there to meet Rick Ansell and his buddies Tom and Chris to talk about the 11th annual Brotherhood of St. Andrews golf tournament.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Runners and walkers of all speeds are welcome at League City’s 10th annual Wellness Walk. “We have a timed 5K as well as our 1K fun run and walk,” event coordinator Lydia Rodriguez said. “There’s really something for everyone.”

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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Lately, I’ve been flying across the country for multiple speaking engagements. My last trip was to Orlando, Fla., and the weather conditions leaving Houston forecasted torrential rains.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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The days are passing as quickly as a line from a John Denver tune. Soon, we will reset our clocks as a new season is upon us. That makes for a welcomed longer golf day.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Saturday’s Causeway FunD Run combines a classic Galveston course, a good cause and a big party when it gets underway at The Galveston County Daily News parking lot. The 5K race raises scholarship funds for students at UTMB’s School of Health Professions.

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Whenever I go to cover a high-stakes playoff game, I look forward to writing about big-time players making big-time plays, which coach’s strategies and adjustments were most effective, the thrill of victory and, unfortunately, often times the agony of defeat.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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For those of you who’d played sports when you were young, do you remember how much you loved the game?

  • By MANUEL MORENO
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Today is the last day to register for the first-ever The Christina Grillo Sullivan Doubles Tennis Tournament, set for all day Saturday at Menard Park’s Scoggins-Stiglich Courts in Galveston.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Runners looking for a way to avoid or recover from overuse injuries now have a new tool at their disposal. The University of Texas Medical Branch has widened the use of its antigravity treadmill from strictly physical therapy patients to the general population of runners.

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As far as being a sports editor at a community newspaper goes, I’m fairly ridiculously fortunate to have so many top-notch high school teams when I take the time to reflect on it.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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We all know sports teams or heard stories about teams who never had a winning season until a new coach was hired. Then, for some reason, they make a playoff run from a consistent stream of wins. Now, everyone is taking notice and wondering what changed.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Bill Marshall, Les Flynn, Charlie Campbell and Ron Beesley teamed for a 65 to win last week’s senior scramble at Bayou Golf Club.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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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.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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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.