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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.

Grand champ

Grand champ

Tolar 4-H member Braylee Kirkpatrick (wearing ribbon, front and center), 9, took home Grand Champion honors in the Commercial Cross Gilt and the Heavy Weight Division at the Fort Worth Stock Sho

Double take
Double take

Double take

The North Central Texas Academy Pioneers are the Texas Christian Athletic League Class 6A – and class 3A – boys basketball state champions.

A moment of triumph
A moment of triumph

A moment of triumph

Talking casually before the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship Division II state title game in Willow Park Saturday, Cornerstone Christian Academy Lady Crusader head coach Neville Jones mentioned

Higher ground

Higher ground

It’s the state tournament or bust for Maggie Peacock (45) and the Lipan Lady Indians, who took on Priddy in the Class 1A regional quarterfinal round Tuesday in Eastland.

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