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Texas Football Classic coaches (left to right): David Evans, Donna; Johnny Tusa, Waco; Marty Criswell, Bryan; Bruce Bush, San Marcos; Don Byrd, Alamo Heights; Brad Norvell, Beeville Jones; Phil Danaher, Corpus Christi Calallen; Weldon Willig, The Woodlands; Steve Warren, Abilene; and James Morton, Lubbock Monterey.

2003 Classic features whopping 10 schools February 21, 2003 -- An event-record 10 Texas high schools that have played in 19 State Championships with a combined 16 state titles have agreed to compete in the fifth-annual Texas Football Classic at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Aug. 28-29-30. The announcement of the 10 schools was made in a press conference earlier today, featuring each of the 10 Texas high schools, at the Alamodome. The three-day event, which is produced by Dave Campbell's Texas Football, includes:
San Antonio Alamo Heights and Beeville Jones at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 28;
San Marcos and Corpus Christi Calallen at 8 p.m. on Aug. 29;
Bryan and The Woodlands at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 30;
Waco and Abilene at 3 p.m. on Aug. 30; and
Donna and Lubbock Monterey in the finale at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30.
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Tigers beat Vikes for district lead By LARRY BOWEN Eagle Staff Writer The rest of the baseball teams in District 13-5A can take heart in knowing that somebody finally pushed A&M Consolidated. They also would do well to take heed that Consolidated pushed back. Challenged for the first time in district play, the second-ranked Tigers responded with a solid 5-2 victory over Bryan at Tiger Field on Friday night. The Tigers were scored upon for the first time in five district games, but they never trailed. Grady Norton and Bobby Bramhall delivered two hits apiece, and Justin Fiske and Kyle Nicholson combined on a five-hitter as Consolidated prevailed in an intense installment of the Crosstown Showdown. “This is the first time we’ve had to play under pressure in a while,” Consol coach Rex Sanders said. “At times we handled it fine, and at other times we didn’t. “The game tonight was very good for us. We saw some good pitching and saw some things that we can improve on.” Consolidated improved to 16-1-1 overall and 5-0 in district. The Vikings fell to 10-6 and 3-2. Bryan is tied for second place with Belton, a 3-2 winner over Temple on Friday. Bryan brought an end to Consol’s cake walk, but a couple of errors kept the Vikings from stopping the Tigers’ winning streak. “We’re still playing well,” Bryan coach Harry Francis Jr. said. “We had a couple of hiccups. When you’ve got a team that’s won 16 games, if you give them a couple of errors, they’re going to win most games. “We did some good things. I’m glad we showed up and played hard.” Both teams brought bushels of intensity. The game turned testy in the late innings, when three Consolidated batters were hit by pitches and two Vikings were plunked. “There’s always a rivalry when we play the Crosstown Showdown,” Norton said. “One batter got beaned, and then we had to retaliate and they retaliated. It’s part of the game. It doesn’t hurt that bad, because you get on base.” “This rivalry is alive and well, that’s for sure,” Sanders said. “The last thing you want to do is put runners on when you’re two runs down,” Francis said. “I don’t think the balls that we threw hurt. I know the balls that they threw definitely hurt.” A pair of two-out errors proved painful as Consol scored two unearned runs in the third inning. Norton’s leadoff single set the table, and the Tigers scored when Bryan mishandled a fly ball and a grounder. The Vikings cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth on the speedy legs of Shea Urso. After a bunt single, Urso took off on a stolen base attempt, racing all the way around to score when Fiske’s pickoff throw sailed down the right field fence. Urso was Bryan’s leading hitter, collecting an RBI single in the sixth to go 2 for 3. The Vikings managed just one hit in three chances with runners in scoring position. Consolidated went 3 for 11 with runners at second or third, including both of Bramhall’s RBI singles. “Like a good team does, they got a couple of key hits with men in scoring position,” Francis said. “That was the ballgame.” Consol scored two runs in the fourth. Chase Williams reached on an infield single and scored when Norton lined a hit-and-run triple to the fence in right-center. No. 8 hitter Norton went 2 for 2 and was hit by a pitch, reaching base in every at-bat. “I was real proud of those guys at the bottom of our order,” Sanders said. “They had a great game tonight. “Grady had a good game. Grady’s one of those guys that the pressure doesn’t bother. He just grins and keeps playing, and that’s the way we all need to play.” Fiske pitched into the sixth inning, allowing one earned run as his record improved to 5-0. Nicholson got the last five outs without allowing a hit, notching his fifth save. Bryan starter Marshall Brunson took the loss, dropping to 2-3. The Tigers and Vikings will play twice more in district, meeting at Olsen Field on April 8 and finishing the regular season at Bryan on April 25.




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