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Diamond Dreams -- Former North Hopkins star takes swings at college softball in Kansas

Jessica Harry has spent many hours on a softball diamond. The countless practices and games played are now all paying dividends.

After years of dusty bus rides with ice bags wrapped on strained aching muscles, her talents with the optic yellow softball are being parlayed into a college education.

There’s a catch to her being a catcher and the free ride to college — her scholarship is in Parsons, Kan. at Labette Community College.

Harry, a stellar pitcher/shortstop for North Hopkins, will be wearing the chest protector and shin guards behind the plate to fill a need of the Kansas team - squatting behind the dish.

“I played centerfield my freshman year, the last three years I have been at pitcher or shortstop,” Harry said. “Catching will be new, but it’s something I can do to help the team.”

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Swing Fore! to benefit Armstrong foundation
PLANO – In partnership with the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Nike, Plano native Linda Armstrong Kelly (mother of championship cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong) and Plano residents Steve and Lee Nagel (a cancer survivor) will host the fundraising Swing Fore! Yellow golf tournament and auction at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Aug. 31.  
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Sulphur Springs Central All-Stars

The Sulphur Springs Central All-Stars took State runner-up and advanced to the 8U World Series in Louisiana where they won their first two games before some tough losses ended a great season.

From left, on front row: Colby Cameron, Dawson Sears, Payton Hammons,    Austin Dodd, Jamal Hobson-Cox.

Second row: Bryson Vickery,Bryce McQueen, Ryan Hammons,  Zackery Burgin,  Connor Burgin, Pacen Edwards.

Coaches are: Steven Vickery, Chris Hammons, Dwayne Sears and Keith Edwards.

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Yantis hoop camp draws 60 athletes

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YANTIS — Yantis head boys basketball coach Jack Bowles could not help but smile as he watched the campers dribble into the gym.

“We had 60 total campers. We are very pleased with the turnout,” Bowles said.

Basketball camps have not been an annual event at the school, so the camp this year was kind of like walking on untested ground.

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THSCA inducts coaches into Hall of Fame; honors others

AUSTIN — Awards and recognition was given to coaches and other persons during the recent Texas High School Coaches Association meeting.

THSCA 2009 Hall of Honor Inductees were: Luther Booker, Leo Brittain, Ronnie Gage, Ron Poe and Neal Quillin.

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