ATHENS — Water level is about 6 inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 60s.

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One debate that may not ever be settled is “what is the best sports movie of all time?” Brian’s Song, Any Given Sunday, Friday Night Lights, Caddyshack, He Got Game, White Men Can’t Jump, Bad News Bears, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams are among many names.

The 2020 Toyota ShareLunker program had a pair of setbacks last week when a 14.36-pound entry caught from Lake Alan Henry and a 15.34-pound entry from Lake Nacogdoches died two days apart at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. The big bass are the first to die in captivity at th…

I’ve heard from more readers concerning this past week’s outdoors column than I normally receive in three month. It’s become very obvious to me that we all are in dire need of hearing some ‘good news’.

Millions of Texans are now living under unprecedented “shelter in place” and “stay in place” orders issued by county and city governments, but that doesn’t mean you can’t venture outside. Current orders allow folks the flexibility to leave their homes to engage in essential activities, inclu…

Imagine a gifted football athlete being allowed to play for Trinity Valley Community College, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M or Texas Tech on a Saturday afternoon and then suiting up for the Dallas Cowboys the next day.

ATHENS — Water level is 7 inches high and clear. Water temp in the low 60s early in the week.

For the past couple weeks, the Lone Star state has been hit hard by COVID-19, aka the coronavirus. Businesses have been limited, if not completely shut down, kids are out of school, there's no sports, a number of goods are flying off store shelves and people are practicing social distancing …

Through these past 30 years, I’ve tried to keep this little column upbeat with the goal of exposing ‘new’ readers to the wonders of the outdoors and hopefully entertaining and possibly educating veteran outdoor types. But this week things are a bit different.


A $4,000 scholarship was recently awarded to Sunni Haire of Brownsboro FFA by the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble Scholarship Committee. She is the daughter of Tim and Cindy Haire.

The disappointing news came last week that RodeoHouston had been canceled because of concerns with the spread of the coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19. The famous, high-paying rodeo began March 3 and was scheduled to conclude Sunday, March 22.

The season may have ended abruptly for the Trinity Valley Lady Cardinals’ basketball team because of the coronavirus outbreak, but they received additional postseason honors last week on the heels of a 32-1 season.

ATHENS — Water level is 5 inches high and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

The NJCAA announced on Monday that all spring competition and national championships, including regular season games and the national basketball tournaments, would be cancelled as the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak continues.

As I sloshed along the muddy trail leading to the secluded section of creek I planned to fish, I found myself stopping occasionally not only for a short ‘breather’ but also to admire the sights and smells of early spring.

As a precaution for the COVID-19 outbreak, the UIL announced on their Twitter page on Thursday that the boys’ basketball state tournament has been suspended until further notice.

For the past seven years, the RFD-TV’s The American at AT&T Stadium in Arlington has offered rodeo competitors the bigger bucks.

TVCC women's basketball is no stranger to the postseason, as the Trinity Valley Lady Cardinals are preparing for yet another trip to the NJCAA Tournament, their 25th all-time trip and 13th straight appearance. After an undefeated conference run and winning their 22nd regional championship, t…

With another regular season come and gone, Trinity Valley Community College's basketball teams have picked up a number of postseason honors and accolades, including two superlatives.

Around the evening campfire at hunting camp, visiting with some good friends that also enjoy camp cooking, the conversation  naturally morphed into the ‘perfect’ or most useful  cooking utensil for camp cooking.  

Trinidad senior Rebecca Ellison is joined by her family as she signed her letter of intent on Friday to attend and compete in track at Hastings College in Nebraska.

The LaPoynor Flyers participated in their regional tournament this past weekend at Burger Gym in Austin, taking on Waelder in the semifinals and Laneville in the championship game.

The undefeated Martin’s Mill Mustangs continued their playoff push this past weekend at McKinney Boyd High School for their regional tournament, taking on Alvord in the semifinals and McLeod for another shot at a trip to state.

WACO — The Malakoff Tigers made their way down to Midway High School in Waco on Friday for the regional semifinals, their second straight appearance, against the Diboll Lumberjacks.

ATHENS — Water level is 5 inches high and clear. Water temp in the mid- 50s.

After closing the regular season with 15 straight wins, the No. 1 Trinity Valley Lady Cardinals went to Shreveport and opened the Region XIV Tournament against Jacksonville in the quarterfinals.

The undefeated Martin’s Mill Mustangs went to Greenville High School on Tuesday for their regional quarterfinal contest against Rivercrest, looking to clinch a spot in the regional tournament.

After a disappointing run at the Grand Saline/Rains Tournament, in which they went 0-3-1, the Athens Hornets went to Emory and took on the Rains Wildcats, looking to get back in the win column.

Through my many years as an outdoors writer, fishing with anglers in both fresh and saltwater, I’ve learned that fish that I grew up thinking were ‘trash’ fish actually were very tasty when prepared properly.

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Dolores Murphy Moore 90, died Friday, March 13, 2020 at Watkins Logan Veterans Home in Tyler, Texas. Born in Fannin County, Texas. She was married to the late Otis Moore, they lived in Bethel, Tx for 6 years, before relocating to Brownsboro, Texas where they lived for 32 years. Dolores is su…