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Pantherettes Begin State Tourney Plus Rangers Lose Finale in Cleveland



Paris – The Texas High School State Softball Tournament began yesterday with Class 2A and 3A semi-finals, while the North Lamar Pantherette’s take to the field in Austin for the Class 4A State Semi-Finals today. They’ll take on Needville. First pitch on MIX 107.7 is set for noon. With a win the Pantherette’s would play for a state title on Saturday at 10am against the winner of LaGrange and Brownwood. That game would also be carried on MIX.

Mount Pleasant – Expectations are set to be high for Mt. Pleasant’s senior offensive lineman, Thomas Spann. After completing his Junior year, Spann competed in the ETSN+APEC East Texas Combine in Tyler this past week. Standing at 6’5” and weighing in at over 315 pounds, Spann was selected at the combines Most Valuable Offensive Lineman. Highlighting his day included winning 1-on-1 drills in the trenches, as well as putting up 18 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, the third most reps out of over 90 participants from across East Texas. Spann has drawn interest from colleges such as Southern Miss, Texas State, The University of Houston and the University of North Texas.

Sulphur Springs – This week in 7-on-7, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats split a pair of games, winning 35-13 over the Van Vandals, followed by a 37-6 loss. Next, the Wildcats prep for a 7-on-7 state qualifier in Rowlett on June 17th.

Sulphur Springs high school will be hosting athletic camps and training all summer long. The first camps to take place will be a hitting camp for baseball as well as a softball camp. Hitting camp will be from June 6th-8th. Softball camp is from June 7th-9th. Both cost $50 to sign up and will be held in the Multi-Purpose building. Contact Jarred Hammack and David Carrillo at Sulphur Sulphur Springs high school for more information.

Yesterday the Texas Rangers fall to the Cleveland Indians 5-4 in 11 innings. Despite the loss, the Rangers take two out of three from the Tribe and are in 1st place in the AL West, half a game up on the Seattle Mariners. Texas and Seattle meet up tomorrow to begin a three game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Mariners will be without ace Felix Hernandez for the next two to three weeks due to a calf strain.

The NBA Finals begin tonight between the Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the West champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are looking to close out perhaps the most historic single season in NBA history, while LeBron James looks to deliver the first major sports title the city of Cleveland has seen since the Browns won an NFL Championship in 1964, pre-dating the Super Bowl. Tip off this evening between Cleveland and Golden State is set for 8pm.

And in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins go up 2-0 in the series after beating San Jose last night 2-1 in overtime. Conor Sheary netted the winning goal in the extra period. Game three will be Saturday at 7pm in San Jose.