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East Texas Baseball + Softball Playoffs: Saturday’s Results [MAY 21]

Randi Carol Phillips and the Harleton Ladycats advanced to the state softball tournament for the second consecutive season with a 12-0 win over Cayuga on Thursday night. (Travis Harsch, ETSN.fm)
Randi Carol Phillips and the Harleton Ladycats advanced to the state softball tournament for the second consecutive season with a 12-0 win over Cayuga on Thursday night. (Travis Harsch, ETSN.fm)

BASEBALL REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS
CLASS 4A
Region II

  • Pleasant Grove 7, Pittsburg 0 (Pleasant Grove wins series, 2-0)
  • Athens 11, Paris North Lamar 0
  • Paris North Lamar 4, Athens 3 (North Lamar wins series, 2-1)

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Lufkin Erupts Late in Game 2 to Eliminate Hallsville + Advance to Regional Semis

Lufkin Adrian Cantu slides into home uncontested.
Lufkin's Adrian Cantu slides into home during the Panthers' 9-3 Game 2 playoff win Friday in Tyler.

TYLER -- When Lufkin sophomore Max Quick connected with a sinking line drive to center field in the third inning with his team trailing by five runs, no one could've anticipated its significance.

As it turned out, that hit went for a three-run, inside-the-park home run that ignited a comeback win in Thursday's series opener with Hallsville...

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Nine-Run Sixth Inning Helps Lufkin Rally For 12-8 Series-Opening Win

Lufkin's Leah Akridge blasts the ball over the left center field fence for a home run in the fourth inning of Thursday's game against Texas High in Texarkana. (Evan Lewis, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin's Leah Akridge blasts the ball over the left center field fence for a home run in the fourth inning of Thursday's game against Texas High in Texarkana. (Evan Lewis, ETSN.fm)

MADISONVILLE — The Lufkin Lady Panthers scored nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 12-8 win over North Forney in Game 1 of their Class 5A Region II semifinal series.

Game 2 of the series is at 7:30 Friday in Van

...

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Lufkin Storms Back From Five-Run Deficit to Take Game 1 From Hallsville

Lufkin players celebrate their 7-5 comeback win in Game 1 of their Class 5A regional quarterfinal playoff series against Hallsville on Thursday in Tyler.
Lufkin players celebrate their 7-5 comeback win in Game 1 of their Class 5A regional quarterfinal playoff series against Hallsville on Thursday in Tyler.

TYLER -- It was good to be a Lufkin Panther on Thursday.

On a night when the Lufkin softball team erased an eight-run deficit to secure a win in their playoff series opener, the Panthers' baseball squad was wearing their "comeback spikes" as well...

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East Texas Baseball + Softball Playoffs: Thursday’s Results [May 19]

Pleasant Grove celebrates its 10-0, one-game playoff victory against Celina. (Evan Lewis, ETSN.fm)
Pleasant Grove celebrates its 10-0, one-game playoff victory against Celina. (Evan Lewis, ETSN.fm)

SOFTBALL REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
CLASS 5A
Region II

  • Lufkin 12, North Forney 8 (Lufkin leads series, 1-0)

CLASS 4A
Region II

  • Pleasant Grove 10, Celina 0 (Pleasant Grove advances)

 
BASEBALL REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS
CLASS 5A
Region II

  • Lufkin 7, Hallsville 5 (Lufkin leads series, 1-0)

 
CLASS 3A
Region II

  • Grand Saline 3, Farmersville 2 (Grand Saline leads series, 1-0)

Quick Hits: Summarizing A Very Active Recruiting Wednesday For East Texas Football Players

John Tyler QB/ATH Bryson Smith.
John Tyler QB/ATH Bryson Smith.

Wednesday was an extremely busy day on the recruiting front for local football prospects.

A total of nine players (seven juniors and two sophomores) received 12 college football scholarship opportunities from six different schools...

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Lufkin Quarterback Kordell Rodgers Offered By Arkansas State

Lufkin quarterback Kordell Rodgers evades tackle attempts by Nacogdoches' Derrick Wright (34) and Daryan Williams (32) during their game Sept. 25 in Lufkin.
Lufkin quarterback Kordell Rodgers evades tackle attempts by Nacogdoches' Derrick Wright (34) and Daryan Williams (32) during their game Sept. 25 in Lufkin.

Kordell Rodgers' recruiting process is gaining steam.

Arkansas State is the third FBS school and sixth Division I school overall to begin actively recruiting the junior Lufkin quarterback. Rodgers announced the Red Wolves program's scholarship opportunity through his personal Twitter account in the evening hours Wednesday.

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Lufkin Quarterback Kordell Rogdgers Picks Up Offer From Northwestern State

Lufkin quarterback Kordell Rodgers received an offer from Northwestern State on Monday.
Lufkin quarterback Kordell Rodgers received an offer from Northwestern State on Monday.

Louisiana and the Southland Conference are all about Lufkin quarterback Kordell Rodgers.

Northwestern State, first announced by Rodgers late Monday through his personal Twitter account, became the latest school to offer the 2017 graduate. The Demons are the third Southland program to extended a college football scholarship opportunity to signal caller and also the third school from Sportsman's Paradise interested.

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Lufkin Hangs on For 2-0 Win + Playoff Series Sweep of Waxahachie

Lufkin's Rafael Pena (3) celebrates with Haylen Green (9) after scoring the first run for the Panthers on Friday in Tyler.
Lufkin's Rafael Pena (3) celebrates with Haylen Green (9) after scoring the first run for the Panthers on Friday in Tyler.

TYLER -- The Lufkin Panthers pitching staff put forth a dominating effort in their Class 5A area playoff series against Waxahachie.

Logan Lair and Kolten Eberlan combined on a three-hit shutout Friday in Lufkin's 2-0 win, which completed the two-game sweep at Mike Carter Field...

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Lufkin Baseball Takes Bi-District Series From Marshall In Rubber Game

Lufkin's Luke Rowley makes a connection, to bring in a run.
Lufkin left fielder Luke Rowley recorded four RBIs and a run of his own in the Panthers 8-5 victory against Marshall in Game 3 of the two sides' Class 5A bi-district playoff series.

TYLER -- Lufkin's Saturday had already been pretty sour before a disastrous fifth inning in a must-win Game 3 versus Marshall.

The Panthers blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh of the Class 5A bi-district playoff series' second game at Mike Carter Field and ultimately lost in 10 innings earlier in the day. Now, they were down 5-4 following a three-run bottom of the fifth.

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