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The Alba-Golden ISD Board of Trustees on May 13 unanimously accepted a $71,965 bid by Fisher Tracks of Mansfield, Texas, for resurfacing the track. The firm had rebuilt the current track from the … more
“I think about everything I have to do before I start…the run, the plant…I visualize it all. Once I start my run, I don’t really think about it. I block everything out and my body takes over.”

That’s how Abeni “Abby” Kratzmeyer describes the process of making a successful pole vault. The two-time Class 3A state pole vaulting champion continued: “You know from the plant if the vault will be a good one.”

She described the moment before freefall as “very exciting with plenty of adrenalin.”

Plenty of adrenalin and suspense accompanied the state pole vault final in Austin on May 10. more
The annual Hooked on Fishing youth tournament in Wood County is planned Saturday, June 1 at the Sabine River Authority headquarters. Registration is free and includes a meal for children 16 and … more
The Rains Ladycats shut the door on Mineola’s softball playoff run with a 7-0 defeat of the Lady Jackets in regional quarterfinal action May 10.The Lady Jackets had no answer against Rains ace Chanlee Oakes, who threw a one-hitter with six strike outs and only one base on balls.

Oakes was nearly untouchable on the night. She was in command of the strike zone, and when she did miss, she missed off the plate, leaving little for the Lady Jackets to drive. Although she possessed a very good fastball, her speed of delivery was truly unique. Her extraordinarily quick delivery put the ball on the hitter a split second earlier than they anticipated. more
Kendal Wiley, Quitman High School senior, was one of 15 East Texas students who received a softball scholarship from the Tyler Umpire Association on May 5. She received $500 from the scholarship. … more
Winnsboro seniors Jordan Stanford and Jannah Haney won second place at the Texas High School Bass Assoc. State Tournament last weekend at Cedar Creek Lake. The team reeled in 29.02 pounds of bass. … more
Abby Kratzmeyer of Mineola flew to a state championship in the girls 3A pole vault at the UIL state track and field meet Friday in Austin. After missing her first two attempts, Kratzmeyer quickly … more
Brandon Cobb, an elite angler from South Carolina, won his second Elite Series bass fishing title after becoming champion at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest at Lake Fork on Monday.

Cobb reeled a four-day total of 114 pounds of bass while competing May 2-6. With his first-place win, he earned $125,000 in prize money. He won his first Elite Series just last month at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.

“This week just fell into place,” Cobb said of competing and winning Texas Fest. “It has been awesome.”

In addition to the championship, Cobb also caught the heaviest bass (11 pounds and one ounce) of the tournament, which earned him a 2019 Toyota Tundra. The 11-pounder was a personal best for the fisherman.

“That’s the biggest fish I’ve caught, and this lake is unbelievable,” Cobb said at the third weigh-in on Sunday. more
Mineola’s Nature Preserve and the rolling green hills of the surrounding countryside will be on display Saturday during the Mineola Metric 100 bicycle ride. Riders can choose among five rides … more
The Mineola Lady Jackets will meet an old nemesis, the Rains Ladycats, in the regional softball quarterfinals Friday, May 10. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Whitehouse High School. Mineola advanced to the regional playoff after a convincing 8-1 win Friday, May 3 over the S&S Consolidated Lady Rams. Once again, Mineola ace Anna Westberry enjoyed a stellar night. She recorded 11 strike outs and one-hit the Lady Rams.

Mineola played a disciplined game, committing no errors and spreading six hits over seven innings. Emily Wiley and Breanna Wilmoth each chalked up two hits.

Mineola and Rains met twice during district play with Rains taking both games: a 9-0 win March 12, and 7-1 win April 5. more
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