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‘Love is key’: Athletics continue uniting student-athletes in Ellis County

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports A sand volleyball court in Waxahachie is proving one serve at a time that sports have a way of uniting communities. And, in a world currently void of amateur sport but heavy on hate, the friendly competition has also proven capable of healing, …

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UIL cancels all spring sports, state championships amid COVID-19 fallout

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports Finality came by way of UIL press release Friday afternoon — high school sports are finished for the 2020-21 season. The announcement was delivered at little surprise following a directive issued earlier in the day by Governor Greg Abbott, who requested all Texas …

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UIL extends suspension of spring sports, activities to May 4

KBEC report AUSTIN — Any last hopes for a return to the playing field for high school teams in Texas were all but dashed Thursday afternoon following the latest action taken by the University Interscholastic League. Via an official press release, the UIL extended the length of the suspension of all UIL-sanctioned activities due to …

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2020-22 UIL realignment shakes up Ellis County sports landscape

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports Several Ellis County high schools officially moved football classifications, while others will see new athletic and extracurricular district competition in 2020-22 following UIL bi-annual redistricting announcements made Monday morning. What changed? Compared to the previous realignment, which occurred ahead of the 2018-19 school …

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The Press Box: Buckets, goals and wrestling mats: Ep. 10 (Jan. 6th, 2020)

This week’s episode of The Press Box featured an in-depth interview with Waxahachie Runnin’ Indian standout BJ Francis and Midlothian wrestler Marshall Hodges. Hosts Seth Sims and “Tater” Beard, who filled in for Brian Stevens, also spoke with Waxahachie head boys’ soccer coach Seth Riley and Red Oak head girls’ …

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Texas high school state football championships: Dates, times and TV schedules

The high school football season comes to an end this week in Texas and AT&T Stadium in Arlington will once again play host to all 12 state championship games. And, for a second consecutive year, all 12 games will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Southwest. A complete state championship …

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PODCAST: The Press Box: Ep. 4 (Nov. 25, 2019)

Episode four of The Press Box, hosted by Brian Stevens and Justin Burns (filling in for Seth Sims), featured on-air interviews with head boys’ basketball coach Steven Middleton (Midlothian), KBEC Sports Player of the Week CJ Palmer (Red Oak) and “Tater” Brown, the play-by-play voice for Midlothian Panther Radio. The crew …

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11 Ellis County athletes compete at state cross country meet

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports Three Ellis County student-athletes placed inside the top-25, while eight others competed well in the 2019 UIL cross country state championships on Saturday. Class 4A saw the largest Ellis County contingent and several of the highest finishes on the day at Old Settler’s …

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The Press Box sports-talk show to debut Monday on KBEC

By KBEC Sports Ellis County athletics will soon have a new home on the radio waves, as KBEC 1390AM/99.1 FM and KBEC Sports have announced plans to launch a one-hour weekly sports talk show. The Press Box will debut at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 on KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM. It can …

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Week 9 roundup: A prayer and the playoffs cap week in Ellis County football

By KBEC Sports Week nine of the high school football season in Ellis County saw a prayer tied to the end of a hail-mary pass at the buzzer, a couple of nailbiters and several teams winning in blowout fashion to punch their playoff ticket. KBEC Sports had photojournalists and correspondents …

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