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Callisburg athletic director Eddie Gill was hired in late February and about a month later, the coronavirus wreaked havoc on his plans to install his new football program.

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The Gainesville Leopards had already decided to take this week off of weightlifting and sports-specific activities after the University Interscholastic League recommended the closure of facilities for the week of July 6-10.

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The Valley View Eagles are in the midst of their precautionary time off, but senior quarterback Zach Isbell still has a fire burning inside him to earn back the starting job for next season.

The Era Lady Hornets track team was poised for a successful season. Advancing to the state track meet was becoming the normal for the Lady Hornets and having their season cut short was tough to stomach, head coach Don Neu said.

The Muenster Hornets took the first week slowly when it came to workouts and sports-specific training, but as the weeks have gone by, they are steadily adding more to their plate.

The Lindsay Knights are headed down the right path in the first few weeks of organized workouts and slowly but surely, they are getting ready for the football season.

Gainesville Independent School District is making a concerted effort to invest in the sport of tennis. After recently finalizing the district’s tennis complex, it hired a new coach in Keitric Washington.

The Whitesboro Bearcats have taken a delicate and decisive approach to the return of athletics. They didn’t resume in early June when the University Interscholastic League said they could, but now that they have the first week under their belts, it’s time to make up for lost ground.

Gainesville senior Kat Creeks has the next few years of her life planned out, which has her encouraged about her future especially after having her senior year impacted by the coronavirus.

After 18 years of coaching and 14 as a head coach, Derrick Jenkins felt the time was right to make a change and he did so by moving from Alto, where he spent the past season, to take over for Tony Duncan as Lindsay head coach.

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In their second week of organized workouts, the Gainesville Leopards have begun the process of preparing for the football season from sports-specific workouts to game planning and learning the playbook.

Gainesville Independent School District is providing kids and parents a reprieve from being shut in during the coronavirus pandemic. The GISD tennis clinic will take place at the new tennis complex Monday, June 22, and Tuesday, June 23.

Era head football coach Terry Felderhoff is just a few weeks into his new gig and he got his first chance at working with the athletes the past week and a half.

Gainesville Independent School District recently held its golf clinic at the Gainesville Municipal Golf Course and the turnout was encouraging for the future of the GISD golf program.

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Athletic and football programs across the state have had to adhere to the new University Interscholastic League recommendations and protocols upon resuming workouts beginning Monday, June 8.

Gainesville athletic director James Polk and the Gainesville High School athletes were raring to go Monday morning at the indoor athletic facility to return to workouts after the University Interscholastic League recently announced high schools could host athletic activities.

The heat and the inability to use the indoor athletic facility didn’t keep local soccer players from showing up in droves as the two-day Gainesville ISD soccer clinic concluded over the weekend.

On Monday, June 8, the Muenster Hornets will be returning to group workouts after the recent University Interscholastic League announcement that schools could resume athletic activities and sports-specific workouts.

The Gainesville ISD soccer camp will be Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6, at Leopard Stadium from 5-7 p.m. after the Governor Greg Abbott recently announced that youth athletic activities could resume.

The Lindsay Knights will finally get back to group workouts Monday, June 8, after the University Interscholastic League recently announced that strength and conditioning and sports specific instruction could resume.

Muenster senior Bryson Culwell was a major contributor on both the basketball and baseball teams, but as far as his collegiate future is concerned, he is set to play baseball as he recently signed his national letter of intent with Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

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Things will be different in several ways for the Era Lady Hornets basketball team next season. Not only are they entering a newly aligned District 13-2A, but they’ll do so with a new crop of players coming up after many key seniors graduated.

Valley View softball coach Jamie Burch has been at Valley View for the past six years. During that time she’s coached both softball and volleyball, but this upcoming season, she will be the head coach for both teams as she was recently named the volleyball head coach after Kaitlyn Embrey ste…

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If there is any consolation for not being able to compete at the state powerlifting meet due to the coronavirus pandemic, Markos Morales is happy to know that he will continue to powerlift in college as he recently signed his national letter of intent for the University of Texas.

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While the game had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl recently released its volleyball all-star game rosters.

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The Gainesville Leopards returned to the playoffs for the second straight year and the voters for the Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl took notice, selecting four players to the all-star team.

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The Muenster Hornets’ rivalry with the Lindsay Knights has been stoked the past two seasons as the Hornets have ended Lindsay’s playoff run in back-to-back years.

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The Collinsville girls basketball team had a solid run to the playoffs, but their hopes of a run to the state tournament were stunted by the Muenster Lady Hornets.

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Next season got a little bit tougher for the Muenster girls basketball team as the recent University Interscholastic League realignment moved the Lady Hornets into a difficult District 13-2A with several local rivals.

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Muenster senior Warren Williams has been pole vaulting since the eighth grade and he recently secured his pole vaulting future as he signed his national letter of intent to play at East Texas Baptist University.

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While the Gainesville Lady Leopards were slated to finish third in District 9-4A before their season ended with one game to go in the regular season, that didn’t stop them from raking in awards and earning respect from their opponents.

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The Valley View Eagles will have a new sheriff in their sports town as head football coach Curtis King is taking over as athletic director for Alan Kassen, who is retiring in September.

New Callisburg head boys basketball coach Shad Reed was determined to get back into coaching and eventually coach his sons in high school.

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The Gainesville boys soccer team had its season cut short a game before the playoffs, but the Leopards still had a season to remember as they clinched a district championship and were poised for a deep playoff run.

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The Whitesboro Bearcats knew that if sports returned that they would need to be physically and mentally prepared.

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The Gainesville soccer teams were just days away from finishing out their regular season when the coronavirus pandemic put an indefinite hold on their playoff plans.

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Terry Felderhoff will be the next head coach for the Era Hornets football team. After spending the last 10 seasons as head coach at Gruver, Felderhoff is returning home.

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As with many of the local coaches and athletic departments, Valley View head football coach Curtis King expected sports to be officially canceled at some point and that came to fruition when the University Interscholastic League officially announced as much April 17.

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Muenster girls assistant basketball coach Amy Binder helped her team advance to the Class 2A state title game this season. After 18 years of coaching, Binder is getting recognition as she was recently named the Class 2A Texas Area Basketball Coaches assistant coach of the year.

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Gainesville’s Landon Prestage had his senior baseball season cut short and in the interim, he’s taken the time to improve himself.

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