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Liberty beats Heritage, 30-29
Little Elm beats North Forney, 74-50
Lone Star beats Gainesville, 64-56
West Mesquite beats Wakeland, 68-66
Frisco beats Highland Park, 58-46
Celina vs. Pittsburg at Texas A&M-Commerce University, 6 p.m.
Liberty vs. Red Oak at Garland’s Culwell Center, 7:30 p.m.
Little Elm vs. Woodrow Wilson at Carrollton R.L. Turner, 7:30 p.m.
Lone Star vs. Princeton at McKinney North, 7 p.m.
Frisco vs. Lincoln at Loos Field House, 8 p.m.
Home School tourney comes to Frisco
The Home School Athletic Association (HSAA) will host the 22nd Annual Texas Home School State Basketball Championship this week in Frisco.
The event will take place at the Frisco Fieldhouse at 6155 Sports Village Road and will begin today with 173 teams across Texas competing for the state title in their respective divisions.
An expected 3,000 people will attend the tournament, which includes several college scouts.
The Texas State Tournament is one of seven regional tournaments in partnership with the Nationals organization (NCHBC). Results from the Texas State tournament will be used for seeding purposes at the National tournament in Springfield, Mo., in March.
All championship games will be played Saturday at Heritage. Prior to the championships game, a 3-point shooting contest will be held.
For more information about the tournament, visit: thssbc.com
Title game remains in Frisco through 2016
The NCAA announced Dec. 19 that it has agreed to a three-year extension with the city of Frisco to keep the Division I Football Championship title game at FC Dallas Stadium.
The venue has hosted the previous two FCS championship games and will do so until at least 2016.
This year’s game, featuring a rematch of the 2011-12 title game between North Dakota State and Sam Houston State, marks the second consecutive time it will be a sold-out FC Dallas Stadium, which holds more than 20,500 spectators.
At the end of the extension, Frisco will have hosted the title game six time, which is more than any other city other than Chattanooga, Tenn., which hosted the event during a 13-year span from 1997-2009.
Hawkins commits to Bowling Green
The Texas Tornado, members of the 24-team North American Hockey League, recently announced forward Brandon Hawkins’ commitment to play hockey at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
The 18-year-old still has two years of junior hockey eligibility following the 2012-13 season but has taken the league by storm in his rookie year.
The forward currently leads the league in goals scored with 29 and is tied for third with 43 points.
“I liked the idea of Bowling Green more than I did a lot of other schools,” Hawkins said. “It’s a small-town school and I’m really comfortable with that type of feel.”
Hawkins joins CJ Reuschlein, who will play his college hockey at Army, as the only two Tornado players to make NCAA Division I commitments this season. Forward Brett Heikkila commited to Northern Michigan University before ever playing a game in a Tornado uniform.
Buechele returns for fourth season
The Texas Rangers recently announced that former Rangers third baseman Steve Buechele will return for his fourth season as manager of the Double-A affiliate Frisco RoughRiders.
Buechele headlines a 2013 coaching staff that will remain completely intact from the previous season, with Jeff Andrews back as the team’s pitching coach and Jason Hart resuming his duties as hitting coach.
It will mark Buechele’s fifth as a Minor League manager after starting his coaching career in 2009 with the California League’s Bakersfield Blaze. Last year, the RoughRiders finished with an 80-60 record (second-best mark in the league) and an appearance in the Texas League Championship Series.
Buechele’s teams have made the playoffs in every season he has been a manager, while the former Ranger has tallied a 306-253 mark. On April 16 last year, Buechele passed Tim Ireland to become Frisco’s all-time winningest skipper with his 155th victory.
The RoughRiders begin the new season April 4 when Frisco visits the Arkansas Travelers. The team opens up its home slate April 11 when the Travelers come to Dr Pepper Ballpark for a 7 p.m. contest.
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THSCEF Leadership Summit
The Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation is teaming with Game Changers for its leadership summit on Feb. 18, 2013.
The event will take place at the AAC.
Tickets are $99 for Texas High School Coaches Association members and $250 for non members. Payment can be sent to: THSCEF, P.O. Drawer 1138, San Marcos, Tx. 78667.
For more info, call: 512-392-3741.
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