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Laneville takes sting out of MG Hornets

LINDALE – The Miller Grove Hornets can say that they were back into postseason play after a 20 year dry spell.

It was in 1988 that the Hornets achieved the area round, and in 1983 both the girls and boys’ teams were in regionals. But it was last night’s Class 1A Division II Regional Quarterfinal game against the defending state champion Laneville Yellowjackets that Miller Grove had the wind taken from their sails in a 72-58 loss.

“We had a crappy second half, you take that away, and it was a one point game,” said Miller Grove Hornets head basketball coach Gary Billingsley disappointedly. “We didn’t play defense and with a team (Laneville) this good you can’t afford to do that.”

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Upcoming SS sporting events

Soccer
Commerce at Sulphur Springs, boys, one game varsity only, 6 p.m. Thursday.
Seniors will be honored at 5:45 p.m. today as they play their final home game at Gerald Prim Stadium.
Princeton at Sulphur Springs girls, one game, varsity only, 6 p.m. Friday.
Softball
Lady Cats at Frisco tournament, (at Frisco Liberty High School)
Thursday, 6 p.m. vs. Mesquite Poteet
Friday, 4 p.m. vs. Lewisville; 6 p.m., vs. Frisco Liberty
Saturday, (at Frisco High School Field) 11 a.m. vs. Plano; Lubbock Coronado, 1 p.m.; Frisco, 5 p.m.
Golf
The Sulphur Springs girls golf team will compete March 11 in the Pleasant Grove tournament at Oak Grove country club near New Boston.
In recent action at Hide-A-Way lake the SS girls were second with a team total of 375. Personal best in competition: Kirstie Wallace, 85, second place medalist; Miranda Conway, 88.
The SS boys golf team competes today and Friday in Longview.
Baseball
The Sulphur Springs boys varsity baseball team plays in the Mesquite tournament at Tillery Field on the West  Mesquite campus.
Today they play at 5 p.m. against Mesquite; Friday, vs. Garland, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2:45 p.m. against Royse City. If they advance to the championship game it will be at Copeland Field.
The SS freshmen and JV will play each other Saturday doubleheader action at noon.
Track
The Sulphur Springs boys and girls track teams will compete Saturday at the Justin Northwest track meet.

Lady Cats drop 11-10 thriller

FORNEY —Taylor Clifton was tagged with the loss as the Forney Lady Jackrabbits rallied late to take an 11-10 wild win Tuesday night over Sulphur Springs in non-district softball play.
The chilly playing conditions just made the loss seem worse as the Lady Cats boarded a cold, dark bus for the long ride home. Coaches and players pondering what might have been.
Sulphur Springs had a 7-3 lead at one point and we up 10-3 in the sixth with Forney coming off the deck for five runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to claim the win.
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MG Hornets take on state champ Laneville

MILLER GROVE — The entire community is buzzing about the Miller Grove Hornets.
It truly will be a game of stinging proportions as Miller Grove Hornets (21-13) prepare to content with the defending state champion Laneville Yellowjackets (27-4) for the Class 1A Division II Regional Quarterfinal basketball title tonight at Lindale High School.
The buzz around Miller Grove is that Hornet head basketball coach Gary Billingsley is confident that the schedule they have played this season has sufficiently prepared his team for this point in the playoffs.
“I tried to play better teams this year to prepare us for this point in the season. I think it has given the kids confidence because they have had success against good teams,” he said.   “Our success over the past four years has been to the hard work that the kids put in. We focus on fundamentals and hard work.”
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Wildcat JV rolls to win over Forney

FORNEY — It took more than three hours, but it was worth it.
The Sulphur Springs junior varsity baseball team took a 19-9 win Tuesday at Forney in their first game of the year.
After suffering through wet conditions that hampered scrimmages, the Wildcats finally got to play a game. They were greeted by a brisk wind blowing over the baseball complex in Forney, but it was good to get on the field and play SS junior varsity coach Kurt McCain said.
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