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Correspondents
needed for area sports coverage


    The News-Telegram is looking for sports correspondents to report on area high school football games during the 2014 season.
    For more information, email  sports editor Don Wallace at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Basketball
play days
     East Texas Hoops action is underway, to enter you can go online easttexashoops.com or call text 903-434-3412.
    Events coming up include:
    Aug. 16 — Edgewood play day 3/4 thru varsity boys and girls come play two games $50 entry deadline Aug.  14,  6 p.m.
    Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 —  Winnsboro fall league  taking 5/6,7/8, JV and varsity girls.
    Sept. 27 Mineola playday  taking 5/6,7/8,JV and varsity boys and girls enter by Sept. 25 6 p.m.

Bright Star
registration
is underway
    Bright Star baseball registration is underway now for ages 5-18. Registration sheets are available at Fieldhouse sports or online at www.ssboysbaseball.com
    The first game for the special needs teams will be Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at Buford Park.
    For more information call Veronica Yost at 254-760-5446.

Lions open
preseason
football camp
    COMMERCE  – A&M–Commerce football opened its preseason camp Thursday morning with its first of two practices at Memorial Stadium.
    The first practice commenced with Group A taking the field at 8 a.m. wearing only helmets (per the NCAA’s acclamation period) while Group B hit the weight room.  After meetings and lunch, the roles were reversed with Group B dawning helmets and taking the turf, and Group A taking to the weights.
    The team is slated to put on shells for the first time Saturday, August 16. The first fully-padded practice is set to take place on Monday, August 18.  The Lions’ home-opener against East Texas Baptist on Thursday, September 4 looms just three weeks away.
     A&M – Commerce is coming off a 7-5 season after accumulating only five wins in the pervious three seasons.  Second-year head coach Colby Carthel and his staff saw their team enjoy the biggest tournament in the state of Texas during his first year at the helm.  2013’s winning season, the first since 2001, lifted the Lions into the postseason for the first time since 1994 and the program’s first bowl game since 1958 where they played Harding in the United Live Texarkana Bowl.
    The squad returns 48 letter winners, eight starters on offense and six starters on defense, from the seven-win season.  The Lions were picked to finish sixth in the Lone Star Conference, yet saw DL Charles Tuaau named preseason Defensive Player of the Year.  Tuaau was also the league’s 2013 Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Lone Star Conference Selection. Tuaau was fourth on the team with 59 tackles, 25 for a loss including 12.5 sacks.   His tackles for a loss and sacks were both team-highs.
     On the offensive side, Vernon Johnson was tabbed by the league as the 2013 Receiver of the Year.  Johnson hauled in 70 receptions for 1,350 yards while scoring 13 times.

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