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The Louise Hornets’ (15-11, 4-6) first basketball playoff game in more than a decade will come against one of the toughest 2A teams in the state.

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The El Campo Ladybirds (25-8) used a dominant first half to defeat the Smithville Tigers (7-16) 56-47 in Columbus to claim a bi-district championship and advance to the second round of the playoffs.

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The El Campo Ricebirds soccer team split the weekend with a home win over the Bay City Blackcats Saturday morning and a road loss to the West Columbia Roughnecks Monday night, wrapping up the first leg of district play.

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Wharton County Junior College Pioneers did not have a great weekend, but sophomore infielder Jacob Wilk had a big weekend offensively on the road against Baton Rouge Community College.

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The El Campo Ladybirds and the Wharton Lady Tigers Friday night produced a battle only worthy of two teams that are heading to the playoffs. Both needed the game for different reasons, but it was the Ladybirds on the road outlasting the Lady Tigers 47-46.

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El Campo Ricebird Philip Hundl has been a rising star ever since stepping onto the track at the high school. As a sophomore, he made it to state. As a junior, he had bronze medal finishes in the high jump and the 110-meter hurdles. 

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After two years of planning, the Wharton County Junior College Pioneers opened up their home baseball field, Corbett Park, Sunday afternoon in front of packed stands.

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Possession soccer and solid defense were all it took Saturday morning for the El Campo Ricebirds to pick up three points and the win at home against the Palacios Sharks.

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A share of the district title was on the line Friday night, but the El Campo Ladybirds crumpled in the second half and the Brookshire Royal Lady Flacons picked up the 56-28 win.

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The UIL’s biennial re-alignment and redistricting in football only saw a drastic change for one team in the area. Every team in the state was affected by the redistricting but in the area none more than the 2A Divison II Louise Hornets.

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In the history of the Wharton County Junior College Pioneers baseball program, they’ve never played a game on a field that was their own. Since the Pioneers started throwing around baseballs back in the 40s and 50s, every home game they played has been on the Wharton Tigers High School field.

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A home win over of the Needville Lady Jays 49-30 wasn’t the only positive thing that happened to the El Campo Ladybirds Tuesday night. Across the district, the Brookshire Royal Lady Falcons lost to the Wharton Lady Tigers.

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For the first time in seven years, the El Campo Ricebirds swimming team did not leave the Victoria as the boys or girls district champions.

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District wins for the Louise Hornets basketball team have not happened often over the last few years, but at home Friday night they sent fans home happy with 20-point district win.

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The El Campo Ladybirds 20th win of the season came Friday night on the road against the Stafford Lady Spartans 49-34.

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Getting a college athletic scholarship can sometimes be quite the ordeal. However, for El Campo senior softball player Mackenize Leach, all it took was a bullpen session.

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Trailing by five in the fourth Louise Lady Hornet Madison Delossantos hits a three to tighten the game. 

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 After a successful preseason campaign, the Louise Lady Hornets had their backs against the wall Friday night at home with the Yorktown Kittykats. 

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At the Coastal Bend Zone swim meet over the weekend, the Ricebirds who had times that qualified for the finals did well.

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Texasfootball.com redid their yearly football program rankings. They took a look at all 1,189 high school football teams in the state and ranked them using a couple of different factors including record and number of 10-win seasons over the last six years.

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The El Campo Ladybirds (16-5, 1-1) Monday night at home routed the Stafford Lady Spartans 74-45.

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There is something different about El Campo Ricebirds basketball. Yes, they’ve been winning, but it’s not that exactly. This year, there is a sense of confidence about the Ricebirds that’s been missing over the last few seasons.

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The El Campo Ricebirds football season might not have ended with them playing in Dallas for the state championship, but considering how last year went, 2019 was a rousing success.

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El Campo Ladybird senior Megan Rek will be continuing her volleyball career beyond high school. In November amongst teammates, coaches, family, and friends, the Ladybird senior signed her national letter of intent to McNeese State.

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A season ago, the El Campo Ladybirds ripped through the preseason which carried over into district play. This year, the Ladybirds (14-2) outside of two losses, have torn through their preseason schedule.

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nsert evil genius laugh... My evil plan worked, by using Division II teams in the football contest, scorecards were more respectable this week. However, the crazy part of the numbers being down is it actually wasn’t because of the Division II teams, the three winners and most of the scorecar…

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The El Campo Ricebirds (7-3) could have folded down the stretch Saturday in Sweeny after the Caney Creek Panthers came from behind and took a lead late. The Ricebirds didn’t panic and pulled out the win over the 5A Panthers 40-38.

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At the El Campo invitational this past Friday night, the El Campo Ricebird swimming team got in their final work of 2019. The Ricebirds competed in 20 events and had four first-place finishes, which included two by junior Gage Garger who took home the Male Swimmer of the Meet award.

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The state semi-final round again is the East Bernard Brahmas stumbling block for the second straight season after falling to the Paul Pewitt Brahmas 24-18 at the Waco ISD Stadium Friday night.

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El Campo swimmers have been in the pool since October taking part in meets. All the work by the swimmers has been guiding them to the unofficial start to their season, the El Campo ISD Invitational which took place late Friday afternoon (look for results in Wednesday’s edition of the Leader-News).

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The El Campo Ricebirds trailed on the road to the Edna Cowboys, but they pulled out the 50-49 win. With the come from behind win, the Ricebirds move to 5-2 on the season.

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The Louise Lady Hornets went way above their classification to pick up their ninth win of the season at home Tuesday night. 2A Louise took down the 4A West Columbia Lady Necks 55-43.

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In an effort to keep scores low, really low this week, we had a fordien slip and chose the wrong NFL games for the football contest this week. Below is the updated football games to pick from this week, we apologize for any confusion.

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One lone scorecard stood out amongst all the rest in week 14 and it wasn’t Roy Schulz of El Campo’s entry... I’m just kidding Mr. Schulz, of course, your 15 correct picks were enough to take the first-place finish. 

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To say the El Campo Ricebirds basketball team had a rough season last year might be a little bit of an understatement. After losing every game, expectations weren’t extremely high coming into this season.

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