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There’s much more to participating in the Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Victory Bowl softball game than the game itself.

BELTON — Emily Gray knew what to expect.

Emily Jo Gray has had to battle adversity throughout her high school career.

Emily Gray tossed a four-hitter and socked a two-run homer to lift the Florence softball team to a 4-0 win over Boling on Friday in the opener of their best-of-three Class 3A area-round playoff series in Giddings.

MARBLE FALLS — Florence gave itself an opportunity, but was done in by one inning Monday.

The Florence baseball Buffaloes play Johnson City LBJ tonight in Marble Falls for the final playoff spot in District 25-3A. The teams tied for fourth place in the regular season.

It was going to be difficult to do, but Florence made it happen and put itself in position to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in a long, long time.

WIMBERLEY — Florence head softball coach Brett Gola has said repeatedly that the No. 25-ranked Lady Buffaloes know they have a chance against anyone when Emily Jo Gray is in the circle, and Friday was an example of why.

The 15th-ranked Belton softball team will begin a best-of-three Class 6A first-round playoff series on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Irving MacArthur.

Emily Jo Gray has thrown a litany of one-hitters — so many, she can’t even count them.

BLANCO — A prestigious run came to an end Friday.

Hollie Ellis homered twice and drove in four runs, and the 16th-ranked Florence softball team routed Comfort 12-2 in five innings Tuesday in Florence, setting up a District 25-3A championship showdown Friday in Blanco.

GEORGETOWN – Florence battled from the first inning to the last Friday on the road, but not much went right for the Buffaloes.

GEORGETOWN — Good Friday is a day off for many, but No. 15 Florence had to go to work.

Costas Loullis is issuing himself a personal challenge.

The conversation changed everything.

China Galvan is all about the team.

Jenna Calder was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Rebecca Dockray tossed a five-hit shutout as No. 12 Salado routed Leander Glenn 10-0 on Friday in Leander.

Lago Vista scored in every inning, including five runs in the bottom of the first, en route to a 13-3, five-inning home upset of 16th-ranked Florence, snapping the Lady Buffaloes' 34-game district winning streak.

Lainey Stone was 4 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs as the 14th-ranked Florence softball team routed Ingram 18-2 on Friday in three innings.

FLORENCE — The No. 14-ranked Lady Buffaloes needed a couple of sparks Monday night in a big  District 25-3A tilt against Blanco, and China Galvan supplied the fire.

The Texas High School Bowling Club state tournament begins today with boys and girls teams from Ellison and Harker Heights among the teams vying for state titles this weekend at Fort Worth’s Cityview Lanes.

Top-ranked Liberty Hill limited the sixth-ranked Lady Eagles to three hits in a 7-0 District 19-4A victory Tuesday in Salado.

Emily Gray tossed a one-hitter and the 12th-ranked Florence softball team used an eight-run second inning to beat Johnson City 10-0 in six innings Tuesday in Johnson City.

Tre Martin pitched a four-inning no-hitter as the Harker Heights baseball team routed St. Dominic Savio 21-0 in the Travis County Tournament in Manor.

The Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes announced the rosters for its summer Victory Bowl high school all-star games on Monday.

FLORENCE — The Florence softball program has sent quite a few girls to the collegiate level, and it added another one to the list Friday afternoon.

Aidan Chace dealt with more than most. 

J’wan Roberts scored 17 points, Javon Levi scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half and the Shoemaker boys basketball team handed No. 10 Waco Midway its first loss in District 8-6A, 70-56 on Tuesday.

Jaida Burkes made all three of Killeen’s 3-point baskets and finished with a game-high 11 points as the Lady Roos routed San Angelo Central 44-27 on Friday for their 13th consecutive win.

In the consolation championship of the Troy Tournament, Florence held off a fourth-quarter rally by Rogers for a 48-45 victory Wednesday.

C.J. Giddens dominated inside with 32 points, and Martin Quenga slashed his way to 19 points as the Florence Buffaloes routed Rosebud-Lott 63-47 on the road Tuesday in their final tuneup for district play.

Florence senior linebacker Cutter Callan earned honorable mention on the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 3A All-State team released Monday.

Ellison’s Casey Armour scored 22 points, and Travian Wright shut down 14th-ranked Cibolo Steele star forward Gerald Liddell in a 63-57 victory on Friday at the Pflugerville tournament.

C.J. Giddens scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds as the Florence boys basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season, edging Granger 50-48 on Tuesday in overtime at Granger.

The Florence boys basketball team went 2-0 Friday to improve its tally at the Holland Classic to 3-0.

The Shoemaker boys enjoyed a successful first day at the Mansfield ISD Tournament on Thursday, as they went 2-0 with victories over Summit and Bryan Rudder.

CJ Giddens scored 16 points and Martin Quenga added 14 to lead the Florence boys basketball team to a 54-45 home win over Salado on Tuesday.

It’s safe to say that 2016 was one of the most memorable seasons in Florence football history.

GIDDINGS — The Florence Buffaloes’ dream season came to an end at Giddings’ Buffalo Stadium on Friday night in a Division II-3A bi-district loss to the El Maton Tidehaven Tigers 27-7.

It’s safe to say this this week is the biggest week in Florence football history.

Emily Gray and Madison Hill have dreamed of playing college softball since they were little.

CLASS 6A DIVISION I

FLORENCE — The Florence Buffaloes were trying to make history Friday night by winning the school’s first district title in football since 1958, but the Lexington Eagles showed why they came into the game with one of the best offenses in the state.

Florence second-year head coach Zane Bode could face what some might call a little problem on Friday night at Stampede Stadium.

Florence second-year head coach Zane Bode could face what some might call a little problem on Friday night at Stampede Stadium.

ROGERS — There was 2:39 left to play at Merk Field in Rogers on Friday night. The Florence Buffaloes were trailing the Rogers Eagles 13-7.

Florence put itself in a prime spot after defeating Comfort 29-14 last Friday, as the victory firmly planted the Buffaloes in a second-place tie with Blanco in District 13-3A, Division II with just two games to go.

Thanks to a magnificent second-half defensive performance, five Florence Buffalo offensive linemen imposing their will on the Comfort Bobcat defense and a Florence running back named Edel Hernandez —who displayed blazing speed, tractor-tough power and uncanny balance — the Buffaloes pulled o…

Florence had a chance to move to 2-0 in District 13-3A, Division II play, but let one slip away on the road at Blanco last week.

BLANCO — The Blanco Panthers capitalized on a Florence punt snap that went awry late in the fourth quarter and converted the turnover into a go-ahead 10-yard touchdown pass in a 21-18 victory on Friday.

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