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Yantis players
are all-district
    YANTIS — The Yantis Lady Owls had several players recognized as all-district performers in volleyball.

    Defensive specialist - Lila Hurley; first team  - Angelica Sandoval, Molly Bell; second team - Ashley Bagwell, Josey Wetzel; honorable mention - Destiny Garces, Amber Bagwell; Academic all-district- Lila Hurley, Angelica Sandoval, Ashley Bagwell, Destiny Garces, Molly Bell, Amber Bagwell and Josey Wetzel.

Cooper plays
Friday in
grid playoffs
    The Cooper Bulldogs, 12-0 for the year, will take on Scurry-Rosser (12-0) Friday in the
high school football playoffs.
    The Class 2A, Region II regional game is set at Royse City, at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs are 11-point favorites.
Lions get
bowl berth
 COMMERCE  – A&M-Commerce's memorable 2013 football season isn't over just yet. The Lions have accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Live United Texarkana Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 7th at Razorback Stadium in Texarkana, Ark. A&M-Commerce will take on Harding from the Great American Conference, kicking off at noon.
    "It is an incredible opportunity to be invited to the Live United Bowl and continue our memorable season," said head coach Colby Carthel. "It's fantastic for these seniors, letting them put the pads on one last time and giving them an opportunity to play in the postseason.  It also pays dividends for our program, as it lets us practice for three more weeks. "
    The bowl berth gives the program its first postseason appearance under the banner of Texas A&M University-Commerce. It is the first trip to the postseason for the Lions since qualifying for the 1995 NCAA Division II playoffs when then-East Texas State fell to Portland State in the first round.

The Texarkana Live United Bowl also signifies the first bowl appearance for the Lions since a 26-7 victory over Missouri Valley in 1958. The program has compiled a 3-0-1 record in bowl games and is 8-4-1 all-time in postseason games.

A&M-Commerce's foe will be quite a challenge as the Lions will go head-to-head with Harding, the runners-up in the Great American Conference with an 8-2 record. The Bison run the triple option, similar to Eastern New Mexico, and are extremely efficient in doing so, averaging 366 rushing yards and 43 points per game. Harding has 10 different players that have rushed for at least 100 yards this season, led by Romo Westbrook's 1,025 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The bowl invite is a fitting cap to what has been one of the most memorable Lion football seasons in quite a while. A&M-Commerce finished the regular season 7-4, its first winning season since 2001, knocking off a pair of ranked opponents in the process (Delta State and Tarleton State). The Lions set a program record for offensive production with 417 points, averaging 37.3 points per game, while holding both the Chennault Cup and President's Trophy for the first time in program history.

Tickets for the Live United Texarkana are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Sponsored by the United Way, all proceeds from the event will benefit the United Way of Greater Texarkana. A free community pep rally will be held Friday, December 6th, at 8 p.m. at Crossroads Business Park in Texarkana as well, leading up to kickoff Saturday at noon.




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