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The El Campo swim team had fast times at the Flour Bluff Hornets Invitational to close out the first half of their season before the holiday break.

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department started stocking rainbow trout in ponds and lakes across the state starting on Nov. 24.

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Area schools are in the throws of preseason basketball as they continue getting better as district play nears closer.

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Winter fishing has been very good in our local rivers. We have been fishing the Tres Palacios, Colorado and Lavaca with lots of success on good-sized slot trout and reds.

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Coming off the heels of a season hampered by a pandemic, the Wharton County Junior College Pioneers volleyball team came together in 2021 for an impressive showing, making it through three games of the Region XIV Tournament and ending the season with a 19-15 overall record.

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After scoring one point in their first game, the Louise Lady Hornets (1-2) have nowhere to go but up the rest of the season.

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The El Campo Ricebirds (11-2) had a chance late to come from behind, but the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears (11-2) held on, eking out a 24-21 regional semi-final win at Woodforest Bank Stadium Friday night in Conroe. 

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The East Bernard Brahmas season came to an end against the Poth Pirates 41-14 at Bastrop ISD Memorial Stadium Friday night in the area round of the playoffs.

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The Louise Lady Hornets season did not end with a playoff run, but they did get one player on the district’s end-of-season awards.

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The El Campo Ricebirds have a chance to advance past the third round for the first time since 2012 if they can get a win over the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears this Friday night at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Conroe at 6 p.m.

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The El Campo Ladybirds basketball team dealt with drastic changes from seasons past. The Ladybirds, for the first time in four years, are without Jackie Nichols. They are also without Mya Shorter who started the last two years, both of whom graduated last season. Nichols and Shorter were All…

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Carrying the El Campo school flags to start the game and after touchdowns is a Ricebird tradition. This year the touchdown ceremony included a freshman watching his senior brother.

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It took a season, but the Lorena Lady Leopards got revenge on the East Bernard Brahmarettes, falling in three sets in the Region III finals Saturday afternoon.

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El Campo senior Jaleena Macias signed her national letter of intent to play softball for the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars last Friday.

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With nearly 100 points scored, it was the El Campo Ricebirds who outgunned the Lindale Eagles 56-42 at McLane Stadium in Waco Thursday night.

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El Campo Ladybird senior Jaleena Macias last Friday signed her national letter of intent to continue her softball career for the University of Houston-Victoria. Find out more about Macias’ decision in the Saturday edition of the Leader-News. Macias has played on varsity since her freshman season.

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It’s UIL snapshot season. The schools around the state have sent in their high school numbers, and both El Campo and Louise have declined since the last snapshot two years ago.

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The Louise Hornets will have to wait another year to try their luck at making it past the first round, falling to the Bruni Badgers 32-16 Friday night in Taft.

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If the El Campo Ricebirds want a lengthy playoff run getting past the Lindale Eagles tomorrow at McLane Stadium at 7 p.m., is the next step in the process.

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El Campo junior running back Rueben Owens II finishes the 2021 regular season as Wharton County’s number one running back in terms of yards, carries and touchdowns. Below is a list of all the rushers in Wharton County that finished with more than 200 yards. West Wharton County had three of t…

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The offense and defense aren’t the only things that have changed this season underneath first-year El Campo Ricebirds head coach Chad Worrell. If you’ve looked closely, football players’ helmets are full of stars.

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We have been whacking the fish this fall. Our trout population (in Palacios) has rebounded great after the freeze and the 60 plus inches of rain we had this summer. We have been finding trout all over our bays, under birds all the way out from the river to Oyster Lake, on the north shoreline…

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The East Bernard Brahmarettes needed to dig deep to get past the Hardin Lady Hornets, beating them in four sets, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, Tuesday night in Navasota.

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The El Campo Ricebirds blew through their first-round matchup, with a 63-18 win against the Jack Yates Lions Thursday night at Ricebird Stadium.

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The Louise Hornets are one of only two teams in Wharton County to make the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons. They have missed out on playoff wins, but they have a good chance at picking up their first bi-district win at 7:30 p.m. against the Burni Badgers in Taft at Greyhound Stadi…

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The cheerleaders have struggled with getting the fans in the stands being interactive this season, especially, on simple things like repeating “touchdown,” “go,” or “defense.”

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It was an odd week of football in the pros and college, upsets all across the board. Texas lost to Iowa State, well maybe that one wasn’t an upset - that was a shot to all the Longhorns out there. SMU lost to Memphis, Baylor to TCU, the Chiefs just bearly beat an Aaron Rodgersless Packers, a…

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The El Campo Ricebirds get a final chance to shine at Ricebird Stadium against the Jack Yates Lions in the first round of the playoffs tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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The Louise Lady Hornets did not make the playoffs this season, finishing with an 8-16 overall record and they were 1-9 in district.

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The El Campo Ladybirds played a good game, but it wasn’t enough to take down the fourth-ranked Bridge City Lady Cardinals, falling in three sets Thursday night at Pasadena Dobie.

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Wharton County Junior College kicked off its first annual Athletic Hall of Fame celebration honoring standout former athletes, late October in the Pioneer Student Center on the Wharton campus.

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It was upset city in college football and pro football yet Gary Kemberling of El Campo, navigated waters like George Washington crossing the Delaware River getting 14 right games, by far and away winning the contest in week nine.

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The El Campo Ladybirds are moving on to the area round of the playoffs after picking up a three set win over the Houston Worthing Lady Colts Monday evening at Ricebird Gym.

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The Louise Hornets can take a short breath, relax and recover this week with no game Friday night due to a bye. The Hornets are locked into the third seed in District 16, following a tight one-score loss to Yorktown last Friday night in El Campo.

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Unlike seasons past, Friday’s game at Ricebird Stadium between El Campo and Needville won’t decide which of the two will win the District 12 championship.

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El Campo senior Caiden Herzik looks to make a pass during the Ricebirds first official basketball practice.  Also pictured is coach Kevin Lewis in his second year in El Campo. Lewis is bringing back midnight madness which will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. at Ricebird Gym, free and open to t…

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The Louise Hornets got defensive stops late, but they couldn’t overtake the Yorktown Wildcats losing 33-26 Friday night at Ricebird Stadium in El Campo.

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El Campo junior running back Rueben Owens II had nearly 400 yards of offense and six touchdowns as the Ricebirds beat the West Columbia Roughnecks 63-41 Friday night at Griggs Field.

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With the World Series in full swing, it’s time to find somewhere and someplace to enjoy these memories.

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The El Campo cross country program will not make a trip to state this year, without any runners reaching a top-10 finish at regionals in Huntsville Monday afternoon.

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The El Campo Ladybirds had a chance to lock up the second seed in District 24, but they couldn’t get past the Sealy Lady Tigers, falling in five sets at home Tuesday night.

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The St Philip Pioneers finished the football season with a big 38-6 win over the St. Ludmila Cardinals (Shiner) at home on Wednesday.

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Someone picked Bay City to beat El Campo in the football contest, blasphemy, am I right? Don’t worry, unnamed entrant, the secret is safe with me. However, Mr. or Mrs. entrant, write on your scorecard this week and let me know why? You have piqued my interest.

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Friday night’s matchup between, the El Campo Ricebirds (7-1, 3-0) and the West Columbia Roughnecks (5-2, 2-1) on the road would have been an important District 12 meeting between two unbeaten teams, a defacto district championship, had the two played last week. 

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The Louise Hornets (6-3, 4-1) have a chance to make history against the Yorktown Wildcats (5-3, 3-1) Friday night in El Campo at 7 p.m.

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El Campo junior running back Rueben Owens II had a stellar Friday night against the Brazosport Exporters earning him the 2021 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football player of the Week trophy for week eight.

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El Campo senior forward Alyssa Mendez dribbles the ball during the Ladybirds’ first official practice of the season on Wednesday in the Debry Doll Gym. Also pictured are seniors Jalissa Harris setting the pick and Trinatee Roberts rolling with Mendez. The Ricebirds basketball team will have …

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