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TEMPLE — Cruising down the home stretch of the regular season and with an inevitable playoff qualification sitting neatly on the horizon, Belton head coach Oscar Bersoza felt his team — which has skillfully run rampant through District 12-6A — needed to experience a bit of on-the-field adver…

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After almost two halves worth of game, Ellison and Belton were at a standstill. Neither team had managed to score, and a repeat of their initial meeting, which saw them go into a shootout to decide a winner, seemed imminent.

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Belton's Ben Jones (10) shoots a 3-pointer from the corner over Waxahachie's V'Zarion Roberson on Tuesday in Lorena.

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BELTON — Belton and Bryan entered Friday night with perfect district records and a combined 12-match winning streak when the two took the pitch at Wilson-Kerzee Field. In a marquee District 12-6A girls soccer matchup, the contest provided a look at the likely district champion.

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BELTON — Kayden Downs didn’t have an impressive stat-line following the end of the first quarter Friday night. The senior point guard registered no points or shot attempts despite the Belton Tigers leading the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs 22-10 entering the second quarter.

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BELTON — When defeats pile up instead of wins, a season can start to feel more and more like a burden. However, Temple senior Joseph Stewart said the Wildcats aren’t giving into that mindset in the least. In fact, Stewart believes he and his teammates are having more fun now, even with a ste…

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TEMPLE — After seeing a key game get away from them last Friday against Copperas Cove and finding themselves trailing at halftime to Belton, the Temple Tem-Cats found that a steady diet of Aniah Hall would right the ship.

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BELTON — Kirsten Bush has been on a tear for the Belton Lady Tigers. The senior forward’s ability to put the ball into the goal with regularity so far this season has made the already formidable Belton attack that much more so.

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BELTON — The good news for the Belton Lady Tigers is that there are still plenty of games remaining on their District 12-6A docket, with their next league contest scheduled for Friday at Ellison. The bad news is that the taste of one of their lowest offensive outputs of the season will linge…

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BELTON — Jaden White’s layup with about 3 minutes to play in the third quarter brought the visiting Killeen Kangaroos within five points of Belton. Then, the Tigers reminded everyone of how they went about establishing a lead in the first place.

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BELTON — All the effort Belton put into coming back from a nine-point deficit to tie Austin Vandegrift in the third quarter quickly unraveled in the fourth, when the Lady Vipers outscored the Lady Tigers 17-9 in the final frame to escape Tiger Gym with a 45-35 win in a nondistrict game Tuesd…

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BELTON — All season long, the Belton Tigers insisted that the main goal this year was to play as many games as possible in a season that was continuously in the shadow of an ongoing pandemic. When Belton was forced to relinquish its contest against Temple because of positive COVID-19 tests a…

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Belton’s Maurice Reed (23) takes a handoff from Ruben Jimenez and looks to run behind the blocking of Thomas Bowman (77) on Friday in Belton.

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BELTON — The Belton Tigers didn’t necessarily need to win Friday night to clinch a playoff berth. That opportunity is still very much alive heading into Belton’s regular-season finale next week. However, posting a win against one of the top teams in District 12-6A would have been a nice feat…

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BELTON — Playing in their first game since Oct. 30, the Belton Tigers were understandably concerned about how they would physically respond in their first contest in three weeks. Belton also wanted to limit the explosive, big-play ability for which Ellison garnered a reputation around Distri…

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BELTON — Chances of completing every District 12-6A football game as originally scheduled were slim during the COVID-19 pandemic, and reality set in Tuesday when Belton High postponed this week’s contest against Harker Heights because of positive virus cases and quarantines resulting from co…

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BRYAN — The Belton Tigers needed to convert one or two first downs late in the fourth quarter in order to leave Merrill Green Stadium with their perfect District 12-6A record intact. Instead, Belton stalled on its penultimate possession and was forced to punt the ball back to the Bryan Vikings.