What you might have missed: May 29-31
June 1, 2015 at 7:45 a.m.
Updated June 1, 2015 at 7:46 a.m.
Young boat builders tested the seaworthiness of their vessels. Hundreds of East Texas high school seniors entered the next phase of their lives. High school sports runs for state continued for some and ended for others. Did you tune out this weekend? Here's a bit of what you missed in East Texas:
Sink or sail?
Storms moved through the area and patient teams of young and old boat builders carried their contraptions to the edge of Lake O' the Pines Saturday during the annual U-Make-It, U-Sail-It race.
Less of a race and more of a exercise in staying afloat, organizers this year credited a change in the contest with increasing participation in Longview Yacht Club's fundraiser for Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Diana.
In previous years, captains were on their own to find materials for their vessels. This year, the teams were given kits from which to build their boats.
Here's a short video from the race we put together from the 2013 event:
There were tears, hugs and all kinds of selfies as high school graduations continued this past weekend in East Texas.
We couldn't make it to all of them, but we made several.
In our coverage of Spring Hill High School's graduation, we focused on Carlee Campbell, pictured above.
Campbell lost one of her good friends, Jenny Nguyen, last year in a car wreck, and while she misses her friend's sweet smiles, she's learning to live with the grief and trudge on with a positive life.
You can see more photos from Spring Hill's graduation by clicking here.
Our story from the Hallsville High School graduation also focused on one student.
For Hallsville High School graduate Treston Zimmerman, the ceremony was extra special. On Friday night, Zimmerman became the first member of his family to get a high school diploma.
We weren't able to write stories from each of the graduations this past weekend in our coverage area, but we did get photos from a couple of others. Check them out here:
Different kind of graduation
High school students weren't the only ones graduating this past weekend.
Good Shepherd Health System on Friday celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class of internal medicine residents.
The 17 doctors have spent the past three years learning in residency under a new program designed to plant physicians in Northeast Texas in an era of competitive recruitment.
Playoff runs continue for some, end for others
The Hallsville Ladycats are going to state for the first time since 2001 after a 5-0 win over Lucas Lovejoy in Game 3 of a Class 5A, Region II final softball series Saturday afternoon at Highland Park High School.
The Hallsville baseball team's season ended Saturday after a 6-2 loss to Frisco Wakeland in a decisive Game 3 of the Class 5A, Region II semifinals at Dallas Jesuit's Wright Field.
Softball: White Oak is out after a playoffs loss to East Bernard.
Baseball: The Harleton Wildcats completed a sweep of the West Sabine Tigers with a 7-4 win on Friday, earning a trip to the Class 2A regional finals. Carthage's season also ended this weekend during a battle against West Orange-Stark.
Here's some video our Brandon Ogden shot of the Ladycats' final out Saturday:
Big Daddy's has moved
In our always-popular Business Beat column, Jo Lee Ferguson told us yesterday that Big Daddy's Stereo is open at its new, larger location at 2624 Bill Owens Parkway in Longview.
The facility was built starting in late 2014, just a few doors down from the 2632 Bill Owens Parkway location the business has called home. The new building is 10,800 square feet, compared with 3,750 square feet at the previous location. A building permit previously issued for the project showed a construction value of $700,000.