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Steroid testing may be cut from Texas high schools
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Two years ago, steroid testing of high school athletes was just beginning in Texas. Last week, after the program produced 19 positive tests out of more than 45,000 samples, the Texas Education Agency proposed that testing be eliminated after this school year. Eliminating testing would cut $1 million from the budget. In the proposal, the TEA says that potentially more effective drug-prevention efforts can be facilitated through the agency and the University Interscholastic League, which has a steroid education program. But education isn't enough, said Don Hooton of Plano, who oversees the Taylor Hooton Foundation to raise awareness about the effects of performance-enhancing drugs. More

A positive attitude, drive lead to recovery
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When you watch D.J. Simon play, nothing about him seems out of the ordinary. Take a recent game against Westfield as an example. When he was in the game, the junior forward from Klein Forest hustled. He dove for loose balls. He ran the floor, fought for rebounds, played tough defense and did whatever he had to do—including make the game-winning basket. In the final seconds of that chilly February night, guard Z'Sawan Boudreaux found Simon open, dished him the ball and Simon did the rest, converting an easy open layup to lift Klein Forest to a 50-48 home win. But it wasn't that long ago that such a sequence of events seemed difficult to grasp. More

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Bowie softball coach steps aside for family
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Bowie coach Cathie Johnson-Landers has traded the best seat on the softball diamond for a grassy patch behind the outfield fence. Johnson-Landers watched as Bowie senior Amy Sundahl—the heir apparent to University of Texas freshman pitcher Blaire Luna—struck out 16 in eight innings, but the Bulldogs could not muster enough offense for a victory. Instead of her customary spot in front of Bowie's dugout, Johnson-Landers followed the game from a lounge chair behind the left-field fence. Life threw Cathie and her husband, Jason Landers, Bowie's varsity volleyball coach, a curve when they learned last summer they would become parents. Johnson-Landers is scheduled to deliver triplets in March. More

Arlington Heights' 30-1 season sparks memories of its last district champion in 1971
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Arlington Heights coach John Dickerson squeezed his towel and looked at his assistant, Jim Wall. The players looked at each other. If Fort Worth's School on the Hill was to win its 23rd consecutive game, it wouldn't happen very quickly or with much flair on this particular day in 1971 at a packed Public Schools Gym. More

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    Garland Lakeview's success stems from persistence and years of hard work
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    During a basketball game at Jesuit two years ago, a Garland Lakeview freshman was knocked to the floor. The Jesuit student section, an entertaining and intimidating bunch of fans, jumped on the opportunity. Weight room freshman!" the students chanted. Lakeview opponents could've yelled that a lot during the 2007-08 season, when the Patriots relied heavily on freshmen and sophomores. Lakeview had talented players, but they were inexperienced, undersized and, by midseason, thoroughly frustrated. Where Lakeview is now is the unfamiliar role of championship contender. The Patriots missed the playoffs in 2008 and were bounced in the second round last year, but they open the playoffs tonight as the No. 3 team in the 5A state rankings. More

    Liberty Hill's Farace hopes to win a state ring
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    Michael Farace could have a championship ring by now. He could have fond memories of quarterbacking the Liberty Hill Panthers on their magical run to a Class 3A state championship in 2007, which would have allowed him to brag about his part in one of Central Texas' greatest football dynasties. But those dreams never became reality for Farace, who stepped away from football three years ago to concentrate on basketball. Now, he's determined to earn his first championship ring next month—on the court at the Erwin Center. More

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    Thunderbirds thrive in the role of favorite
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    If Wagner has any extra pressure as the heavy favorites to repeat as regional champions, the Thunderbirds are doing an incredible job of hiding it. Wagner thumped Warren 105-55 in their Class 5A bidistrict-round matchup, showing why it's the No. 2-ranked team in the state. Playing fast and staying loose at UTSA Convocation Center, Wagner jumped out to an 11-2 lead after only two minutes and was ahead by 41 by halftime. More

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