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The Gainesville Leopards soccer team didn’t have the best start to hosting their home tournament last weekend when they needed a last-minute penalty kick to take down Denton Ryan for a 1-0 victory, but as the Red River Invitational progresses, the Leopards picked up steam.

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The first go-around between Muenster and Collinsville in early December was utter domination by the Lady Hornets as they skated to a 93-31 win to begin district play.

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The Muenster Hornets built a double-digit lead by the second quarter and held it for much of the game, but the Collinsville Pirates made a late charge and forced Muenster to come up with some key plays down the stretch.

The first few minutes of their game were touch and go, but after a timely timeout, the Muenster Lady Hornets righted the ship and blew the doors off their matchup against Lindsay on Friday, Jan. 8.

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Last season’s playoff run came to a swift halt for Lindsay at the hands of Muenster as the Hornets trounced the Knights 55-25 in the Class 2A regional quarterfinal round for the second consecutive season.

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Facing their toughest district test so far, the Muenster Lady Hornets shined when they traveled to Alvord on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The Muenster Hornets had a slow start to the season. They dropped their first four games, but aside from their opening loss to Slidell, the other three losses were by close margins.

The Valley View Lady Eagles have had their share of ups and downs this season. Valley View nearly stole its matchup against Whitesboro last week, but the Lady Eagles came up just a point short in a 41-40 defeat.

The Valley View Eagles are in a building mode right now. They made the jump from Class 2A to Class 3A this season and find themselves in a difficult District 10-3A with the likes of Callisburg, Boyd, Paradise, Pilot Point, Ponder, S&S Consolidated and Whitesboro.

The Gainesville Lady Leopards’ first official game isn’t until Monday, Jan 4, against Anna, but they are still sharpening their skills in a few preseason scrimmages.

The Era Lady Hornets found themselves in a non-district battle Tuesday, Dec. 22, against Breckenridge. Era led by just a point at halftime and the Lady Hornets were able to outscore the Lady Buckaroos by three in the second half to hold on for a 37-33 victory.

The Gainesville Leopards outscored Henrietta in the second half and looked to have found a winning formula, but unfortunately a lackluster first quarter proved to be too much to overcome as the Leopards fell 68-59 on Monday, Dec. 21.

Despite falling behind to Callisburg by double digits midway through the third quarter, the Whiteboro Bearcats clawed back and outscored the Wildcats in the final quarter.

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In just their second game of the season, the Muenster Hornets are still ironing out the kinks. The Hornets played closely with Nocona throughout the first three quarters, trailing by one point at 15-14 headed to the fourth quarter.

The Era Lady Hornets came up short in a loss against Whitesboro on Tuesday, Dec. 8, but despite being unable to overcome the third-quarter deficit, Era head coach Don Neu went into the locker room and lauded his team for its fight and tenacity.

The Muenster Lady Hornets basketball team is days away from the beginning of district play. Muenster will host Collinsville on Friday, Dec. 11, in a newly-aligned district with new opponents.

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The Muenster Hornets have made a tradition out of playoff football in December. Their matchup against Windthorst on Thursday, Dec. 3, marked the fourth straight season the Hornets advanced to at least the fourth round of the playoffs.

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Taking a lead from the jump, the Gainesville Leopards never trailed, but were also never in full control of their tilt against Whitesboro on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

All looked lost and out of reach for the Valley View Eagles, but play by play and bucket by bucket they crept back in their showdown against Saint Jo on Friday, Nov. 27.

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