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(ROCKDALE)–THE ROCKDALE TIGER AND LADY TIGER

BASKETBALL TEAMS ARE IN ACTION TONIGHT.

THE ROCKDALE LADY TIGER BASKETBALL TEAM IS

1 AND 0 IN DISTRICT PLAY AS THEY TRAVEL TO LEXINGTON

TO TAKE ON THE LADY EAGLES. THE LADY TIGERS FELL TO

LEXINGTON IN THE LEXINGTON TOURNAMENT, 50 TO 35.

ROCKDALE DEFEATED CAMERON IN THEIR DISTRICT OPENER

TUESDAY AT TIGER GYM, 45 TO 29. J-V TIPS OFF TONIGHT

AT 5 PM, WITH THE VARSITY TO FOLLOW AT 6:30 PM.

THE ROCKDALE TIGER BOYS TRAVEL DOWN HIGHWAY 79

TO TAKE ON MILAM COUNTY NEIGHBOR THORNDALE IN

A NON-DISTRICT MATCHUP. THE TIGERS DEFEATED ANOTHER

MILAM COUNTY NEIGHBOR TEAM, MILANO, 67 TO 34, ON

TUESDAY AT TIGER GYM. THE BULLDOGS ARE LED BY

FORMER ROCKDALE ASSISTANT COACH JOHN KOVAR, WHO

IS A GRADUATE OF THORNDALE HIGH SCHOOL. THE DOGS

HAVE BEEN IN THE CLASS 2-A STATE TOURNAMENT

3 CONSECUTIVE YEARS AND PLAYED IN THE STATE

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME A YEAR AGO. ACTION STARTS AT

5 PM.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFF ACTION CONTINUES

TONIGHT AS TEAMS PREPARE FOR THE STATE SEMIFINALS.

IN THE CLASS 3-A DIVISION ONE PLAYOFFS, THE

TEAMS IN THE SEMIFINALS ARE QUITE FAMILIAR TO

ROCKDALE. BROCK TAKES ON MALAKOFF IN ONE

STATE SEMIFINAL TODAY AT 4 PM AT THE FORD CENTER

IN FRISCO, TEXAS. ROCKDALE DEFEATED BROCK IN

LAST YEAR’S STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, WHILE THE

TIGERS UPENDED MALAKOFF IN THE BI-DISTRICT PLAYOFF

OPENER IN 2017, AVENGING THE TIGERS’ 2016 PLAYOFF

DEFEAT TO MALAKOFF. IN THE OTHER STATE SEMFINAL,

GRANDVIEW FACES YOAKUM TONIGHT AT 7 PM AT THE

PFIELD IN PFLUGERVILLE. THE TIGERS BOWED OUT IN THE

BI-DISTRICT ROUND TO GRANDVIEW EARLIER THIS YEAR,

WHILE THE TIGERS DEFEATED YOAKUM IN THE STATE

SEMIFINALS A YEAR AGO TO REACH THE STATE TITLE GAME.

A CENTRAL TEXAS TEAM REMAINS ALIVE IN THE

FOOTBALL POSTSEASON. THE LIBERTY HILL PANTHERS FACE

THE CARTHAGE BULLDAWGS TONIGHT AT 7 PM AT THE BERRY

CENTER AT CY-FAIR HIGH SCHOOL. THE PANTHERS ARE A

RUNNING MACHINE ONCE AGAIN IN 2018, OPERATING THE

VAUNTED SLOT-T OFFENSE UNDER COACH JEFF WALKER,

THE FORMER OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR WHO RETURNED IN

2017 TO TAKE OVER THE PROGRAM AFTER THE RETIREMENT OF

COACH JERRY VANCE. THE PANTHERS HAVE SCORED AT LEAST

40 POINTS 10 TIMES THIS SEASON, AND HAVE STACKED UP

OVER 66 HUNDRED YARDS RUSHING.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL–THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY

HARDIN BAYLOR CRUSADERS ARE IN THE NATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TONIGHT. THE CRUSADERS ARE PLAYING

IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FOR THE 3RD

CONSECUTIVE YEAR AS THEY TAKE ON MOUNT UNION.

THE CRU ARE THE HOST

TEAM OF SORTS TONIGHT, AS THE GAME IS PLAYED IN

TEXAS FOR THE FIRST TIME, AT WOODFOREST BANK STADIUM

IN SHENANDOAH, JUST NORTH OF HOUSTON. THE CRU BEAT

WISCONSIN WHITEWATER 31 TO 14 IN THE N-C-A-A

DIVISION 3 NATIONAL SEMIFINALS AT CRUSADER STADIUM

IN BELTON LAST SATURDAY. THE TEAM FEATURES LOCAL

PLAYERS SUCH AS ROCKDALE ALUMNUS JOSH SPRINGER AND

CAMERON YOE ALUM AARON SIMS.

THE GAME IS A REMATCH OF LAST YEAR’S NATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, WON BY MOUNT UNION, 12 TO NOTHING.

THE PURPLE RAIDERS SNAPPED THE CRU’S 29 GAME WINNING

STREAK A YEAR AGO AND DENIED THE CRU A 2ND CONSECUTIVE

NATIONAL TITLE AFTER MARY HARDIN BAYLOR WON THE

CROWN IN 2016.

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IS BEING PLAYED

IN TEXAS, AT WOODFOREST BANK STADIUM IN SHENANDOAH,

AFTER IT WAS PLAYED FOR 25 YEARS IN SALEM, VIRGINIA.

U-M-H-B HEAD COACH PETE FREDENBURG SAYS BEYOND

THE FACTOR OF PLAYING IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP,

THE CRU WILL BE IN FRIENDLY TERRITORY IN TEXAS, WHERE

A LOT OF THEIR FANS CAN TRAVEL…

“I MEAN, IT’S EXCITING FOR US AND OUR PROGRAM TO

GET THERE. TO BE IN TEXAS AND BE A PART OF ALL OF THIS

THAT’S GOING ON IN SHENANDOAH, OBVIOUSLY ADDS

ANOTHER DIMENSION. WE’RE REALLY EXCITED BECAUSE

WE’RE GOING TO PLAY IN FRONT OF SO MANY FRIENDS AND

FAMILY. IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME.”

THE GAME WILL BE BROADCAST TONIGHT AT 6 PM ON

E-S-P-N-U.

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