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ETSN.fm Class 2A/Private Schools Poll: No. 6, Union Grove Lions

Union Grove's J.D. Kessler.(© Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Union Grove's J.D. Kessler.(© Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

There's not much doubt here in the preseason Union Grove will contest for the District 10-2A Division I crown.

Sixteen returning starters and head coach Roger Adams' track record at a historically downtrodden school will put those kinds of expectations on a program. We think the Lions are in for a pretty good season, so they will begin the year ranked sixth in the Class 2A/Private Schools poll.

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2017 Football Preview: Big Sandy + Union Grove Lead 10-2A D-I Pack

Big Sandy's Erick McFall (left) and Josiah Johnson. (© Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Big Sandy's Erick McFall (left) and Josiah Johnson. (© Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

There are consistently great programs across the state, but very few are honestly competing for the state championship year after year. Even then, the dominant programs of today have a tendency to drop back toward the chasing pack over time.

You know why?

Supporting a school means you're ultimately going to have to say goodbye to the athletes that put you on the map. Graduation changes the high school landscape every year.

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Tuesday Volleyball Roundup: Carthage Sweeps Bullard + More

Carthage coach Leven Barker is the 2016 East Texas Volleyball Super Team's Coach of the Year. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Carthage coach Leven Barker is the 2016 East Texas Volleyball Super Team's Coach of the Year. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

CARTHAGE -- The Carthage Lady Dawgs began the volleyball season with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-18 sweep of Bullard on Tuesday.

Matti Doffitt led Carthage (1-0) with 10 kills and four blocks. Dede Pope added 10 kills, while Kim Worsham and Lexi Alexander teamed for 28 assists, and Courtney Edge and Addi Blissett combined for 25 digs...

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2017 ETSN.fm East Texas Baseball Super Team

Pleasant Grove's Caleb Bolden heads back to the dugout after scoring a run during the Hawks' 8-0 win over Argyle in Game 2 of their Class 4A Region II semifinal series May 27 in Tyler. (ETSN.fm)
Pleasant Grove's Caleb Bolden heads back to the dugout after scoring a run during the Hawks' 8-0 win over Argyle in Game 2 of their Class 4A Region II semifinal series May 27 in Tyler. (ETSN.fm)

2017 ETSN.fm East Texas Baseball Super Team
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Caleb Bolden

  • School: Pleasant Grove
  • Position: Pitcher/shortstop
  • Classification: Senior
  • 2017 stats: .563, 7 HRs, 46 RBIs, 12 doubles, 5 triples, 37 runs, 8 steals, 33 walks,
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East Texas Baseball + Softball Playoffs: Saturday’s Results

Spring Hills second baseman Austin Green makes the tag on Pleasant Grove pinch runner Seth Hopkins in the fourth inning. (ETSN.fm)
Spring Hills second baseman Austin Green makes the tag on Pleasant Grove pinch runner Seth Hopkins in the fourth inning. (ETSN.fm)

BASEBALL
CLASS 5A
Region II

  • Frisco Centennial 3, Hallsville 1 (Centennial advances 2-0)

CLASS 4A
Region II

  • Kilgore 12, Mabank 2 (Kilgore advances, 2-0)
  • Pleasant Grove 10, Spring Hill 0 (Pleasant Grove advances, 2-0)
  • Gilmer 1, Paris 0 (Gilmer advances)

CLASS 3A
Region III

  • Troup 6, Hughes Springs 0
  • Troup 7, Hughes Springs 6 (Troup advances, 2-1)
  • Beckville 7, Winnsboro 0 (Beckville advances, 2-0)
  • Gunter 10, Mineola 5 (Gunter advances, 2-1)

Region III

  • Pollok Central 8, Kountze 4 (Central advances, 2-0)
  • Nacogdoches Central Heights 11, Hitchcock 3  (Central Heights advances, 2-0)

CLASS 2A
Region III

  • Linden-Kildare 5, Overton 1
  • Overton 2, Linden-Kildare 0 (Overton advances, 2-0)
  • West Sabine 6, Centerville 0 (West Sabine advances, 2-0)
  • Union Grove 7, Detroit 1 (Union Grove advances, 2-0)

CLASS A
Region III

  • Trinidad 15, Yantis 7 (Trinidad advances)

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SOFTBALL
CLASS 4A
Region II

  • Carthage 9, Pittsburg 0 (Carthage advances, 2-0)

Region III

  • Little Cypress-Mauriceville 5, Huntington 0 (LCM advances, 2-1)

CLASS 3A
Region III

  • Woodville 5, Garrison 0 (Woodville advances, 2-0)

Latest TxHighSchoolBaseball.com Rankings Include 18 East Texas Teams

Hallsville's Ty Meissner (12) celebrates with Logan Durrett (18) during Thursday's playoff series opener against Lufkin in Tyler.
Hallsville's Ty Meissner (12) celebrates with Logan Durrett (18) during Thursday's playoff series opener against Lufkin in Tyler.

East Texas Teams Ranked By TxHighSchoolBaseball.com (April 3)
 
CLASS 5A

  • No. 9 Hallsville (18-2)

CLASS 4A

  • No. 4 Pleasant Grove (19-2)
  • No. 17 Lufkin Hudson (14-6)
  • No. 19 Huntington (15-4)

CLASS 3A

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Latest TxHighSchoolBaseball.com Rankings Include 20 East Texas Teams

Beckville's Zach Collins makes a throw to first for the out against Flatonia during the UIL 2A state baseball championship in Round Rock on June 9, 2016. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Beckville's Zach Collins makes a throw to first for the out against Flatonia during the UIL 2A state baseball championship in Round Rock on June 9, 2016. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

East Texas Teams Ranked By TxHighSchoolBaseball.com (March 27)
 
CLASS 5A

  • No. 9 Hallsville (16-2)
  • No. 20 Whitehouse (12-4-1)

CLASS 4A

  • No. 4 Pleasant Grove (17-2)
  • No. 16 Pittsburg (15-4)
  • No. 21
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Latest TxHighSchoolBaseball.com Polls Feature Several Local Teams

Hallsville's Ty Meissner (12) celebrates with Logan Durrett (18) during Thursday's playoff series opener against Lufkin in Tyler.
Hallsville's Ty Meissner (12) celebrates with Logan Durrett (18) during Thursday's playoff series opener against Lufkin in Tyler.

East Texas Teams Ranked By TxHighSchoolBaseball.com (March 20)
 
CLASS 5A

  • No. 9 Hallsville (14-2)
  • No. 17 Whitehouse (11-4)

CLASS 4A

  • No. 4 Pleasant Grove (15-2)
  • No. 12 Pittsburg (15-3)
  • No. 22
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Several Area Girls Make TABC All-State + All-Region Teams

Martin's Mill guard Briley Moon fights off a trap from Weimar guard Kamie Klesel (30) and Summer Almeida (42) in the Lady Mustangs' 58-50 semifinal win on March 3 at the Alamodome. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Martin's Mill guard Briley Moon fights off a trap from Weimar guard Kamie Klesel (30) and Summer Almeida (42) in the Lady Mustangs' 58-50 semifinal win on March 3 at the Alamodome. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

East Texans on Girls TABC All-State Teams
 
CLASS 4A

  • Bri Mitchell, G, Jr., Tatum

CLASS 3A

  • Alissa Hill, F, Jr., Mount Vernon
  • Shelby Wright, F, Sr., Alba-Golden

CLASS 2A

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East Texans Earn Boys TABC All-State + All-Region Honors

Center Octavius Evans drives pass a Argyle defender.
Center's Octavius Evans (right) drives past an Argyle defender during a Class 4A Region II semifinal in Commerce on March 3.

East Texans on Boys TABC All-State Teams
 
CLASS 4A

  • Octavius Evans, G, Sr., Center

CLASS 2A

  • Bryson Barrett, G, Soph., Neches
  • Trai Gardner, G, Jr., Tenaha
  • Josiah Johnson, G, Soph., Bi
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