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WEST COLUMBIA — Like they’ve done so many times this season, Columbia seniors Celeste Loughman and Laci Hambalek stepped up when their team needed them Friday, igniting a five-run second inning to lead the Lady ’Necks past El Campo, 9-2, at Lady 'Neck Field.

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After trailing for two-and-a-half innings Friday, the Sweeny Lady Bulldogs exploded for 12 runs over the final three frames to defeat Sealy, 12-2, in five innings at Lady Bulldog Stadium.

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ANGLETON — Angleton scorched visiting Texas City with a six-run explosion in the third inning and went on to defeat the Lady Stings, 9-3, on Thursday in the Class 5A Region III bidistrict playoffs.

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After leaving it all out on the field for four years as a Columbia Roughneck, Marcus Farris will be moving on to play football at the next level for Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Houston’s Jason Terry, right, drapes a towel over his head in the closing seconds of the team’s 114-81 loss to the Golden State Warriors during Game 5 of their first-round playoff series Wednesday in Oakland, Calif.

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Columbia High School senior Marcus Farris signed a national letter of intent to play football at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi on April 18 at Columbia High School. Pictured from left, are grandmother Sandra Meyerdirk, mother Melinda Farris, Marcus Farris, and father Russell Farris.

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Toronto’s Bismack Biyombo defends as Indiana’s Monta Ellis drives to the basket Tuesday during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA first-round playoff basketball series in Toronto.

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, center, poses with his college coach Lute Olson, left, and high school coach, Jerry Marvin, right, after being named the NBA coach of the year Tuesday in Oakland, Calif. Kerr won the award after leading to the Golden State Warriors to the best reg…

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From youth football to high school onto the collegiate level and professional ranks, Tom Warren Muecke Jr. left quite a mark in Angleton, Waco and Canada. Muecke, 52, passed away Saturday in Friendswood.

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Coming off a couple of championships, the Angleton Texas Jazz Elite 17U and 16U squads are opening eyes around the area.

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CLUTE — The Brazoswood Buccaneers begin the first of their 18 spring football practices today, and for coach Dean DeAtley, there is one issue that must be resolved — the starting quarterback job.

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During the past four seasons, with some hard work and dedication, Columbia senior Chantel Ward has evolved in the discus and shot put events. She made her first appearance at the Class 4A state meet last year, just missing out on a medal by finishing fourth overall. 

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Larry McRae is the new head football coach at Clear Lake High School. His name was misspelled in a story in Sunday’s edition of The Facts.

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FREEPORT — Day 2 of RiverFest kicked off early on a beautiful Saturday morning with the running of the FlapJack 5K and BASF Kids Run in downtown Freeport.

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Hired in late February to take over a Clear Lake team that last made the playoffs in 2009, Larry McRae, a former player and coach at Angleton, said he is excited to jump right into his first head coaching gig after coaching at Manvel for 10 years.

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San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan, center, is defended by Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, left, and guard Jordan Farmar, right, during the first half of Game 4 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday in Memphis, Tenn.

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Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve throws past Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz (34) to first base to complete the double play on Red Sox Hanley Ramirez in the fourth inning Sunday in Houston.

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Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center, is fouled on his way to the basket by by Houston Rockets’ Patrick Beverley, left, as Houston’s Trevor Ariza watches during the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, in Houston.

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Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, right, shoots over Houston Rockets’ Michael Beasley, left, and James Harden during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, in Houston.

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Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan shouts at a referee Saturday during the second half in Game 3 of the team’s first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat in Charlotte, N.C. The Hornets won, 96-80.

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The Clute Intermediate seventh-grade track and field team competed at the district track and field meet April 7 at Hopper Field in Freeport. Clute Intermediate had first place winners, Fernanda Orozco (1,600 meters) and Pedro Rios (pole vault); second place, Charles Toy, Exodus Dearman, Ubal…

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The Clute Intermediate eighth-grade track and field team competed at the district track and field meet April 7 at Hopper Field in Freeport. Earning first place medals were, Dasia White (shot put), Dominic Lopez (discus) and Edmund Franklin (300 hurdles); second place, White (discus); third p…

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Ricky Barnes chips on to the 18th green during the third round of the Texas Open golf tournament Saturday in San Antonio. Barnes shot 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead into today’s final round over Brendan Steele.

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Houston’s Colby Rasmus hits a grand slam against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning Saturday in Houston. The home run gave the Astros a 5-2 lead.

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SWEENY — Columbia clinched the District 28-4A softball title outright Friday, blanking the Sweeny Lady Bulldogs, 6-0, on the road.

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FREEPORT — Taking advantage of numerous Brazosport errors and riding the dominant arm of Kyle Schafer, the Sweeny Bulldogs downed the Exporters, 12-1, in five innings Thursday on the road.

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Fifty years after their second state baseball championship with the Brazosport Exporters, David Larson and Erle Lindsey will be inducted into the Exporter Baseball Hall of Fame.

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ANGLETON — A dogpile celebration the Angleton Wildcats discussed and practiced came to fruition Wednesday after they handled George Ranch, 7-2, in District 24-5A action.

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Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus, left, congratulates Adrian Beltre on his solo home run during the seventh inning Thursday against the Houston Astros in Arlington. The shot came off Astros relief pitcher Pat Neshek.

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Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, right, fouls Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard during the first half of Game 3 Thursday in Houston.

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