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Closing the door

Closing the door

The Cornerstone Christian Academy Crusaders picked up their first win on a baseball diamond in two years Thursday, beating Bluff Dale 8-7 on the road. CCA was winless in 2019, but rallied from a run down in the top of the fifth inning. Eighth-

No slowing them down
No slowing them down

No slowing them down

At left, Lipan head girls basketball coach Amber Branson gives some pointers to Daily Coulter during the Lady Indiansiwin over Dodd City Friday. At right, Maggie Peacock drives by a Dodd City defender. Coulter and Peacock, both junior forwards, played key roles for Lipan en route to the Lady Indians’ regional championship. Coulter had a team-high 12 points against Dodd City that included two three-pointers in the first quarter, while Peacock scored 16 points in the regional final over Eula. The Lady Indians’ state semifinal game isThursday at 830 a.m. against Chireno. For more from the regional tournament, see 5A.

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On to state!

The Lipan Lady Indians carried out the proud basketball tradition of LHS last weekend, winning the UIL Region III-1A championship and advancing to the state tournament this week in San Antonio. For more on the Lady Indians/weekend, see P. 5A.

Waiting for a showdown

Waiting for a showdown

Freshman Chelsea Lott is in her first season with the Lipan Lady Indians, and she’s already experiencing Lipan’s rich basketball history. Lipan beat Priddy 58-27 in the regional quarterfinals of the UIL Class 1A playoffs Tuesday. The Lady Indians, ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 1A, played No. 2 Dodd City at Mansfield Legacy High School Friday. Check hcnews.com for scores from that game. The winner of Friday’s game will play the winner of No. 8 Eula and No. 11 Saltillo in the regional final at Legacy at 2 p.m. today for the right to go to the state tournament.

Leading off

Leading off

The Granbury Pirates started their season by going 2-0 on the first day of their home tournament. Matthew Walters (pictured) earned Granbury’s first hit of the season, a double to right field to lead off the Pirates’ 8-5 win over Abilene. Walters went 3-4 with a home run in the game. Granbury beat Sweetwater 10-5 in the second game. See Wednesday’s edition of the Hood County News for a full tournament recap.

Demolition derby

Demolition derby

Lipan head coach Brent Gaylor was admittedly a bit uncertain before the Indians’ area round playoff game against the Evant Elks in Glen Rose Thursday. It was the first career playoff game for eight members of the Lipan roster. Gaylor didn’t know how they’d react.

Court is in session

Court is in session

Cornerstone Christian Academy played its firsT tennis match in three years and came away with a win over Southwest Christian this week in cold and windy conditions. The varsity girls played five singles matches, winning three, and went 2-1 in doubles. Jordan Becker and Dakota Becker both won 6-0, while Chloe Laing won 6-3. In doubles, Jordan Becker and Laing won 4-3 and Dakota Becker and Abigail Finneran breezed to a 6-1 win. The boys went 2-2 in singles and won their lone doubles match. Trey Morgan (pictured) won his singles match 7-6, and Isaac Duke won 7-5. Morgan combined with John Wallace to win a doubles match 6-0. The Crusaders are coached by Salah Morgan.

United

United

The Tolar Rattler basketball team stands at attention for the national anthem before the Class 3A bi-district game against Childress in Merkel Tuesday. Tolar was eliminated with a 63-49 loss. For more on the game, see P. 7A.

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