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A young Hightower squad, of whom little was expected entering this season, stands just a game from its first trip to state since 2011. But standing in the way is a regional juggernaut, one which handed the Hurricanes one of their two losses in a 55-7 blowout earlier this season.

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When first-year Hightower head coach Cornelius Anthony arrived in April, he figured his team might be in for a rebuilding year, having just graduated 39 seniors - including at least eight starters - from a team that reached the regional semifinals in 2020.

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Elkins junior point guard Chris Johnson is one of the area’s best high school basketball players, and he is showing why early in the season.

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Three local high school football teams remain in the UIL football playoffs heading into the second round, with a couple of traditional powers leading the way despite a surprising upset loss by the Marshall Buffalos to Barbers Hill last weekend.

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The Ridge Point Panthers' volleyball team has become so used to postseason glory in each of the last four seasons that parents might as well purchase a ticket to the Garland state tournament to begin each year.

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The way things have gone for them over the last four seasons, the Ridge Point Panthers’ volleyball team may as well reserve a ticket to Garland for the state tournament at the beginning of every season.

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After three months of play, the playoff picture is set for the area’s high school football teams, who are preparing to kick off what they hope are deep playoff runs.

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The Dulles Lady Vikings’ basketball team had no time to sulk after a season-opening loss on Nov. 5, and bounced right back with a win over a state-ranked opponent the next day to salvage the opening week.

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One of Fort Bend’s premier volleyball programs has once again made it through the first wave of the UIL playoffs in what has become something of an annual tradition.The Ridge Point Lady Panthers defeated the Memorial Lady Mustangs 3-1 (26-24, 18-25, 25-14, 25-20) on Thursday to advance to th…

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After nearly three months of play, the District 20-6A title still has yet to be decided – but it will be done one way or another this weekend, as the district’s top two squads face off to see who gets its bragging rights.

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The Clements Rangers may have lost their starting quarterback for the season, but it does not appear to have deterred them in their quest to make a long-awaited return to the postseason.

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Hightower has not won a District 10-5A football crown since moving into the district in 2018, and has not won a district title of any kind since 2015. But they’ll have a chance to take a major step toward breaking those streaks in a state-ranked showdown this week.

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The Elkins Knights football team has been searching for a spark all season, and may have found it in last week’s game, which ended with their first win of the 2021 season while keeping them very much in contention for the fourth and final District 20-6A playoff spot.

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If there was ever a time for the Willowridge Eagles to make a statement, this week presents a prime opportunity as they welcome in fellow District 11-5A unbeaten Marshall in what looks to be the premiere high school football matchup in Week 8.

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To play on an old adage, you can’t win district in October – but teams can certainly put themselves either in front or behind the eight-ball with their starts. A couple of area teams did the former this week, putting on clinics in their respective games to put themselves in prime position en…

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On one side of this week’s highlighted high school football matchup, the Bush Broncos have had a habit of starting strong in district play before fading down the stretch in recent seasons. Across the sideline, the Travis Tigers have finished no lower than second place for three straight seasons.

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The Hightower Hurricanes are riding high following a win over state-ranked Manvel last week, and are looking to keep the momentum going as another strong opponent comes into town.

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If first-year Hightower head football coach Cornelius Anthony was looking for a signature victory in his inaugural season, it’s safe to say they don’t get much bigger than last Thursday.

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The Ridge Point Panthers’ football team has been the top dog in District 20-6A recently, taking the district crown in five of the last six seasons. On the other side, the Clements Rangers have spent much of their time near the bottom of the standings since moving into the district in 2016.

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As the area’s non-district slate wraps up this week, local high school football teams such as the Dulles Vikings, Clements Rangers, Ridge Point Panthers, and Marshall Buffalos are looking to take some momentum into district play.

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One of the area’s best high school boys’ basketball players is forgoing both his senior year of high school and a college career to sign with a brand-new professional basketball league – a move that comes with both the chance of wealth and elite coaching, but also significant risk.

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Cause for celebration was twofold as 16-year-old sophomores Yvette Karera and Ariane Karera punctuated the Stafford tennis program’s first trip to the state tournament with its first tennis state title last Friday at the Northside Tennis Center in San Antonio. The pair swept through the Class 4A girls doubles bracket without losing a set, beating Canyon’s Kelsey Braudt and Aubrey Thomas 6-4, 6-1 in the final.

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  The end of the season has come for local high school softball teams. The last remaining area team in the UIL playoffs, Ridge Point, was eliminated last week.

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Ridge Point High School’s mixed doubles tennis team of Mario Dominguez and Jada Hill come from different athletic backgrounds and have taken different journeys to their senior seasons. They also are in their first year playing together on the court.

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The Marshall Lady Buffalos are on top of the Class 5A track and field world once again, as they headlined finishers at the UIL state track meet in Austin last weekend.

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Clements track and field coach Jason Haddock said not even wet, rainy weather or late start times could derail the community’s support for the Rangers’ lone regional meet participant, senior hurdler Felipe Medrado.

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The Travis Lady Tigers and Ridge Point Lady Panthers overcame series-opening losses to move on to the second round of the playoffs this weekend.

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Rashawn Slater, a standout offensive tackle for the Rangers during that 2016 season, was taken as the 13th overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers. 

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Walker Holzhausen pitched a no-hitter for Travis High School in its 4-0 win against Ridge Point on April 19, helping the Tigers overtake the Panthers for first place in District 20-6A.