Recruiters have always targeted the toughness, skill and talent of East Texas high school football players, and they will once again be rewarded when the region’s next crop joins college programs over the next couple of years.

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After the divisional round of the NFL postseason concluded Sunday, only four teams remain in the hunt for the Super Bowl title. For the rest of the league, it’s on to the offseason and the 2023 draft.

ALPINE SCRAMBLE: The team of Rob Cole, Robert Rainwater and Don Martin finished at 9-under on Thursday to win the Alpine Golf Course Scramble.

PARKS PHOTO CONTEST: AUSTIN — Point, focus, shoot! In honor of its 100-year birthday celebration, Texas State Parks is hosting a photo contest throughout 2023 with the chance to win park passes, H-E-B gift cards and even a curated state park experience.

As writers covering the Cowboys, we don’t run the risk of tearing an ACL or leaving the press box on a stretcher for any reason beyond having eaten too many nachos. But we do bang our head against the wall a lot. And this is another day where we mostly settle for that.

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Before the torn tendon in his groin that kept him out of the Eagles’ final two regular-season games. After he had suffered his third diagnosed concussion since entering the NFL in 2013. After he missed three games last season because of depression and other mental-health issues. After the in…

JOHNSON AT THE TOP: Former Big Sandy High School standout Josiah Johnson became the all-time leading scorer at Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Cru’s 95-92 win over Concordia on Saturday.

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Longview dominated the middle two quarters with a 28-16 scoring edge, and had enough in the tank late to hold off a pesky Pine Tree squad in the fourth and final period, and earn a hard-fought 47-40 home district win at Lobo Coliseum on Tuesday night.

District 15-5ALONGVIEW 41, P. TREE 29: Bethany Baltes scored 11 points, Paris Simpson dominated inside with 10 rebounds and the Longview Lady Lobos knocked off crosstown rival Pine Tree, 41-29, for a road, district win on Tuesday.

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Longtime rivals Kilgore College and Tyler Junior College never need a reason to play hard against each other in any sport, but Wednesday’s Region XIV Conference basketball game has a little extra juice.

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Rashaun Woods was officially welcomed to the Tyler ISD family on Tuesday morning as the board of trustees approved him as the new head football coach/campus athletic coordinator of Tyler High School.

SH ALUMNI SOFTBALL: The annual Alumni Softball Game for Spring Hill High School is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 at Lady Panther Field.