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The distinctive atmosphere of live sports, that feeling in the air, will return in time as pandemic restrictions are eased. But will that very air be safe in a closed arena with other fans in attendance?

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Boys and girls entering grades 1-8 will have an opportunity to learn from the best June 15-19, when the annual Cardinal Football Youth Skills Camp unfolds at the practice field at Trinity Valley Community College.

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 ATHENS - Water level about 3 inches high early in the week and clear. Water temp in the upper 70s.

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The world's top pro rodeo circuit has been shut down since mid-March because of coronavirus concerns. But the PRCA has targeted the May 22-24 Cave Creek Rodeo Days in Cave Creek, Arizona (in the Phoenix area), for a return to competition.

A group of Power Five coaches led by Michigan's Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the college baseball season to trim expenses in the post-coronavirus era, make the game more fan friendly and reduce injury risk to players.

ATHENS - Water level is nearly three inches high and clear, stained in the creeks. Water temp in the upper 70s.

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My grandson Luke Zimmerman, Jeff Rice and myself arrived at our cabin at Mill Creek Resort on Lake Texoma an hour or so before dark last week on the eve of a long anticipated top water striper fishing trip with my friends at Striper Express.

Looking ahead to a day when players and spectators can gather for an athletic event, the Henderson County Girls Softball Association is going after a state tournament for the summer.

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Back in the early days of the last century, kids all over east Texas were heading to makeshift diamonds to toss the horsehide around. The game provided a break between school, chores and plowing, but for a farm boy from LaRue, it was the first step on way to the big leagues.

Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.

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The Kansas City Chiefs will open defense of their Super Bowl championship by hosting Houston on Sept. 10 in the NFL's annual kickoff game — pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course.

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CEDAR CREEK: GOOD. Water lightly stained; 70 degrees; 0.01' low. Largemouth bass are good working plastic frogs, and topwater early then TX rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, and swimbaits along bank edges and creek beds in 8-20'. Hybrids and sand bass are caught off main lake points and humps with slabs, swimbaits, and live bait. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in brush piles and near structure in 12-18'. Catfish are good in 5-15'.

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Wally Marshall of Westminster is arguably one of the most well-known crappie fishermen in North America. He goes by the nickname “Mr. Crappie,” a fitting moniker he trademarked way back in 1996. Marshall has since helped thousands of anglers learn to catch more of the tasty panfish on lakes around the country using a variety of tactics and baits.

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Each spring, usually around the end of April and well into May, shad move to the shallows to spawn and the first couple of daylight often produces line stretching action on every game fish species in the lake. Catfish, white bass, hybrids and stripers and largemouth bass move into the shallows to feed on the easy pickings.

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The teams learned this week that their stellar seasons wouldn't go unrecognized as the University Interscholastic League informed the schools that they would be co-state champions in their respective divisions.

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During these challenging times when athletes have been forced not to compete in recent weeks because of coronavirus concerns, Professional Bull Riders officials carefully conducted a closed-for-TV-only tour stop on April 25 and 26 at the Lazy E Arena near Oklahoma City.

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As the Martins Mill Mustangs were tearing through basketball opponents in March, before the COVID-19 emergency curtailed their season, a state title appeared likely for the perennial small school power. The Van Zandt County team was hoping to duplicate the run of the 1949 crew that took the Class B crown. The team was led that year, featured guard Leon Black, who at 5 feet 8 and 140 pounds was usually the smallest player on the floor.

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Trinity Valley Community College announced its sports awards for the 2019-20 semester Wednesday afternoon in an online video.

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Trinity Valley Community College announced its sports awards for the 2019-20 semester during pre-recorded video Wednesday, April 29.

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North Texas has more to offer than just the new Rangers ballpark should MLB decide to start the pandemic-delayed 2020 baseball season with teams grouped together in different regions.

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Trinity Valley Community College will announce its sports awards for the 2019-20 semester during a live video starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 29.

ATHENS — Water level is 6 inches high and slightly stained to clear. Water temp is in the mid-60s.

20 TVCC student-athletes received spots on the NJCAA's Region XIV All-Academic team, highlighting their excellence in the classrooms during the fall 2019 semester.

Imagine attending a big Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium, but becoming overly frustrated by watching gifted players stumble and fall throughout the afternoon because of unusually bad field conditions.

I’ve limited my outdoor outings to one per week lately. With turkeys gobbling all across the state and blue catfish action red hot in the shallows, I simply cannot resist getting ‘out there’ in the woods and on the water.

River Johnson of Huntington and Maverick Winford of Humble are among 49 high school anglers from 33 states recently named to the Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports and Outdoors.

13-year-old Shelby Akin, a seventh grader at Athens Christian Prep, shows off his bass that he caught in his own pond on Tuesday afternoon.

This past weekend, it was announced that former TVCC Lady Cardinal basketball coach Elena Lovato was leaving Mississippi State, along with head coach Vic Schaefer and most of his staff, for the University of Texas and the Lady Longhorns basketball program.

On Friday, in addition to announcing plans to reopen the state economy, Texas governor Greg Abbott said that all schools in the state, including public, private and higher institutions, would cancel in-person and on-campus classes for the rest of the academic year. The University Interschola…

ATHENS — Water level jumped to 9 inches high after weekend storms. Surface temp in the upper 60s before the front.

When the larger winter pro rodeos are in session in cities such as Fort Worth, Arlington, San Antonio and Houston, great story lines emerge year after year.

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Obituaries

On Tuesday, May 26th, Wanda Adair, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away at the age of 67. Wanda was born on September 19, 1952 in Athens, Tx to Raymond and Margie Magness. She married James Randall Adair on June 25, 1971 and they would have celebrated their 49th wedding annive…