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The Hudson Hornets went into the break with a good feeling as a two-run single proved to be the difference in a 2-1 win over the Lufkin Panthers on the final day of the Pete Runnels Texas Shootout at Morris Frank Park Saturday afternoon.  Lufkin is now 5-10-1 on the year.   

***That about tells you the direction of Lufkin sports,  when Hudson beats Lufkin in Baseball and Softball.  


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With competitions already being suspended until March 29, the University Interscholastic League added to its mandates on Monday afternoon by suspending any practices and workouts conducted outside of the normal school day.

That suspension of activities is also set to go through March 29. At that time, the UIL will reassess the situation.

During that time, schools may not practice and students are not allowed to use the school’s facilities or equipment.


All athletic facilities are to be closed for both school and non-school functions.

The mandate also applies to spring football. In addition, the statement said if spring football is eventually canceled, all schools would be eligible to begin summer practices on Aug. 3 while adding an extra scrimmage.


Soccer has released an updated potential playoff schedule, which would start on April 13 and run through the state championships from April 29 through May 2.

Other sports are using the original playoff schedule with the exception of track and field, which could combine district and area meets in order to meet the deadline.

Schools would still need to readjust their regular season schedules in order to determine district qualifiers for the playoffs. Restrictions on usual weekday game limits would be taken away.

The UIL also announced that it would make any updates in the upcoming weeks.

Saturday was the final day of UIL competition before the suspension went into effect on Monday.


Josh Havard’s email address is josh.havard@lufkindailynews.com.

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All Angelina County School districts will be extending their school closure to fight the COVID-19 virus through April 3.

The includes Lufkin ISD, Hudson ISD, Huntington ISD, Zavalla ISD, Diboll ISD and Central ISD.

The following is a release from Lufkin ISD:

Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, Lufkin ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 3rd in an effort support our nation’s need to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Our health officials report that cases are continuing to spread in the state, and an increase in confirmed cases in our county seems likely. Suspending operations for this length of time will allow us to determine, in coordination with local health officials, whether the virus is continuing to have community spread or whether it has been contained. We are coordinating with other school districts in the county and will use the week before April 3rd to make any decisions on whether there is a need to extend the suspension further. To provide a sense of possible impact in order to help you prepare: If there is a need to continue the suspension at that time, it would likely be for at least 3 more weeks beyond April 3rd.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol. We want to reiterate a request to our broader community to take the following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness:

  • Don’t shake hands
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Limit movement within the community, especially avoiding crowded placed and maintaining 3 to 6 ft of distance between people (at least an arm’s length)
  • If you are moving around in the community, don’t congregate in large groups
  • For those who have traveled to areas with known COVID-19 cases – both inside and outside of the country – we ask that you self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Students who have traveled should plan to stay home for two weeks after arriving home. Please contact your campus to let them know, and this will be considered an excused absence.
  • If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider for medical advice .
  • Keep your child at home if he/she feels ill, even if you think it is just a cold.
  • Do not leave the house if you are ill, except to access medical care

This is a quickly changing situation, and we will continue to monitor information, will assess conditions throughout the week, and will provide the next updates via the district's website and social media.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we ensure that all members of the community in Lufkin ISD stay safe and healthy.

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Just wondering at this point if the school year gets extended into June, graduations and school work and athletic competitions completed?  OR do we just move on to next yer and start over as usual?   

The problem with continuing the sports is it will interfere with other youth league summer activities and what about 7 on 7 competitions?    It is a scheduling mess for sure, which warrants IMO to just pick up normally when we get the all clear, then start back at the point where you would be normally be in the calendar year.  Just scrap what is lost and keep moving forward . There is too much lost now to make up, without interfering with future schedules.

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Lufkin ISD has extended the closing of schools until April 17th.  I am sure a re evaluation will occur at that time according to what is going on in the U'S. with this virus.


Safety first and whatever it takes to get back on schedule with normal living, IF that is a possibility after this is all over.     I believe social distancing will continue is some form afterwards, even if it is just being more mentally aware of how we wash and clean our hands or how we handle material that has been in common hands.

Stay healthy everyone.

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why isnt there a scedule right now ? i watched lufkin beet nacodoches lasr thursday at frank morris 11-5 last thursday nite.

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FYI:  Ditsworth looks like he does on the new Mural downtown for the ThunderingThirteen and The FierceFourteenimage.png.


Six Lufkin pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts and nine different batters got in the hit column as the Panthers’ summer league high school team picked up an 11-4 win over the Douglass Indians at Morris Frank Park Tuesday night.

Gavin Del Toro had a double, single and two RBIs and Sam Flores tripled and drove in two runs to lead a balanced hitting attack as Lufkin remained unbeaten on the summer.

Hunter Ditsworth started on the mound and got the win as he allowed one unearned run on a hit with five strikeouts and a walk in 1 2/3 innings.


Julio Flores struck out four of the five batters he faced in 1 1/3 scoreless innings before Coby Dejesus struck out four in two perfect innings.

Hunter Jones, Malcolm Deason and Dylan Vinson combined to work the final two innings on the mound, allowing three unearned runs.

Douglass got on the board in the first inning with the help of a Lufkin error before the Panthers struck for five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Dejesus led off with a single before Sam Flores reached on an error. Ditsworth followed with a hard-hit single to left, and two runs scored when the ball was misplayed in the outfield.

Julio Flores followed with an RBI triple to deep left center, making it 3-1. Mark Requena was hit with the bases loaded and Chip Buchanan drew a bases loaded walk, upping the score to 5-1 after an inning.

Lufkin tacked on five more runs in the second inning with Kolby Kovar ripping a triple to deep right field before Del Toro hit an RBI single. Dejesus hit a sacrifice fly, making it 7-1.

Sam Flores drove a two-run triple just in front of the 381 sign in right center before Ditsworth delivered an RBI single that made it 10-1.

Lufkin added a run in the fourth inning on a Del Toro RBI double that made it 11-2.

Douglass added two runs with the help of two Lufkin errors in the fifth inning before scoring its final run in an extended sixth inning on another error that made the final 11-4.

Other Lufkin hitters were Ditsworth (2 singles, RBI), Julio Flores (triple, RBI), Dejesus and Buchanan (single, RBI), Kovar (triple), Carter Jinkins and Vinson (single) and Requena (RBI).


Josh Havard’s email address is


Photo by JOEL ANDREWS/The Lufkin Daily News


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