Five gymnasts qualify for regionals

Five entrants from Achievers Gymnastics Center earned berths at the USA Gymnastics regionals in Wichita, Kansas, this month with their performances at the recent USAG Texas meet.

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Ray Sasser: The lure that caught a 15-pound bass

There was a story earlier this year about a 15-pound largemouth bass caught in California. Lots of big bass have been caught in California, including most of the documented 20-pounders.

Ray Sasser: Take care not to kill your lunker

Bass fishing has changed dramatically in 30 years, and it’s partly due to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Toyota ShareLunker program. The ready availability of high-quality fish-replica mounts also deserves credit.

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Ray Sasser: Pilot Point man lands Ray Roberts lunker

After a slow start, March is living up to its reputation as the best month to catch a big Texas bass. March 7 produced three big bass for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Toyota ShareLunker program.

Ray Sasser: Low water calls for etiquette lesson

Recent snow followed by rain helped North Texas lake levels just slightly, but a lot more water must run under the bridge before we attain anything approaching normal water levels for many lakes.

Ray Sasser: Conditions could yield record haul

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament is Saturday at Lake Tawakoni. The venerable lake east of Dallas is where the eye-popping tournament record was set in 2013. Brothers Danny Miles of Irving and Paul Miles of Lake Dallas brought in a five-fish tournament limit of blue cats that weighed 239.8 pounds.

Ray Sasser: Show’s the real catch at Classic

The Bassmaster Classic runs today through Sunday on Lake Hartwell at Greenville, South Carolina. This is the original pro bass championship tournament, and has undergone a variety of tweaks since 1971, when Ray Scott came up with the idea.

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Middle school basketball roundup: Myers advances at tourney

The unbeaten Myers A-team eighth-graders, behind the scoring of Ky’lie Pitts, totally dominated the Lake Dallas Lady Falcons in the opening round of the postseason district tournament Thursday night.

Ray Sasser: New site helps campers scout spots

A new camping website, should be a hit with Texas outdoors enthusiasts. The name is intended to draw a younger audience that can freely interact with other hip campers while they narrow down the best Texas campsites.

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Ray Sasser: Anglers, Corps resurrect ramp

Thanks to a cooperative project between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local anglers, a boat ramp is open at Lake Lavon. For months, low water has effectively shut down boating access to the popular lake east of McKinney off U.S. Highway 380.

Ray Sasser: Pesky feral hogs always fair game

Most hunting seasons are over, but there is no closed season for feral hogs. These pesky animals are widespread across Texas, and they cause an estimated $500 million of damage each year to croplands,...

Williams aims for 19th major after reaching Aussie final

MELBOURNE, Australia — It wasn’t until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis.

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Soccer: Sisters score spots on national teams

When Kimya and Vida Raietparvar began learning the game of soccer, their dad, Tim, saw bright futures for each of them — futures that couldn’t happen without learning the fundamentals.

Rodeo: Armes wrestling

Bray Armes isn’t much of a gambler, but he loves Las Vegas. He returns to the desert next week with his third qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It is a business trip for the steer wrestler from Ponder, and he takes care of business quite well in Nevada.

High School Football Playoffs Scores, Pairings

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Motor sports: Johnson wins at TMS amid brawl

FORT WORTH — A wild race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday led to a brawl on pit road and a wide-open event next week that will determine the four drivers who will race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at Homestead.

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Golf: Spurgin scores hole in one

Benny Spurgin recorded a hole in one Tuesday while playing at TWU.

Gymnasts compete at qualifier

Lily Hernandez, Audra Nivens, Addy Pharr and Ellyn Huff led a list of gymnasts from Achievers Gymnastics competing last weekend in a District 2 qualifying meet leading up to the district meet in October.

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Reigning in reining

AUBREY — Yellow Jersey looks like a champion as he performs in the arena. Muscles firm and thick, a sleek tan coat, a blond mane and a tail that flows with his graceful movements as he spins, slides forward, moves backward as if he were dancing to music only he can hear.

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Motor sports: French flier wins air race at TMS

FORT WORTH — The races at Texas Motor Speedway took to the skies over the weekend, and Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff rallied on his last lap Sunday to win Round 6 of this year’s Red Bull Air Race competition.Four...

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Rodeo: Crowd packs action-filled finale

One of the largest crowds in the history of the North Texas Fair and Rodeo saw an action-packed performance during the final night of the 2014 Bull Blowout and Cowboy Protection Bullfighting match.

Rodeo: Rookie, world champ split spoils in bull riding

Several world champions and National Finals Rodeo qualifiers were among the contestants for the final performance of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo Sunday night at the 86th annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo.

Rodeo: Holmes scores twice

Thursday kicked off three nights of bull riding action at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo with the first performance of the annual Bull Blowout and cowboy protection team competition.

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Rodeo: Working cowboys show stuff

Ranch cowboys from across North Texas gathered Monday night to compete and show their horsemanship skills in the North Texas Fair and Rodeo’s annual ranch rodeo, taking part in contests designed to mimic everyday ranch tasks.

Speedy student

Logien Franklin recently claimed the gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the TAAF Games of Texas at College Station. Franklin, competing with the IBTT Track Team of Denton, posted a time of 10.5 to win the event and qualify for the 2015 State Games of America in Lincoln, Nebraska. Franklin, a soon-to-be sophomore at Guyer High School, also was a member of the 4x100 relay team that finished second.

Rodeo: Valley View’s Berry wrestles fastest, wins event

A standing-room-only crowd packed the stands for the second performance of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo on Saturday night at the North Texas Fairgrounds.

Service hog

Denton’s Andre “Frenchy” Rheault, right, is presented with the Golden Hog Award by a representative of the Washington Redskins Hogettes recently at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Rheault is a member of the Pro Football Ultimate Fan Association, and the Golden Hog Award is given each year to a PFUFA member for their community service.

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Record breaker

Leigh Loewenstein, a soon-to-be sixth-grader at Crownover Middle School, set a new state record in the 50-yard freestyle in the 9-10 girls division at the TAAF State Championships last weekend in College Station. Loewenstein, swimming for The Colony Aquatic team, posted a time of 28.39 seconds in the event, breaking the previous record of 28.69, set in 1999. Loewenstein also captured gold in the 25 butterfly and the 25 freestyle.

Baseball: Jackson traded to M’s

Ryan grad Austin Jackson was part of a blockbuster, three-team trade that brought former Cy Young winner David Price to the AL Central leading Tigers. Jackson was traded to the Seattle Mariners as part of the deal.

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TWU Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon: Triathlons are a family affair for the Gibsons

For 13-year-old Phoenix Gibson and her mother, Shona Gibson, 43, Sunday’s Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon at TWU was the first time they could compete together in a sprint triathlon.

Track & field: Wood sets personal mark, advances to state meet

THE COLONY — Riley Wood, a soon-to-be eighth-grader at Harpool Middle School, posted a personal-best time of 2:09.40 in the 800-meter run on Saturday to capture the TAAF Region 4 championship.

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Motor sports: Nine turns of fun

Dan Engberson bought his blue Yamaha go-kart almost two years ago, yet he keeps it crammed inside a trailer that’s backed up to pit road at North Texas Kartway in Denton. For now, Engberson is too busy fine-tuning son Andrew’s CRG Rotax kart.

Youth track and field: Team pushes positivity

When Sparty and Felicia Jordan started the IBTT “I’m Better Than That” Blazers, their goal was to help youths embrace track and field while finding their worth as individuals by teaching them to not be discouraged by others’ expectations of them.

Archery: Ponder teen to shoot for U.S. in Croatia

Lindsey Smith should be spending her summer getting ready for her senior year of high school, like other students her age.