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Louie Avery (Reporter)

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Louie Avery, Gazette correspondent and native of Hot Springs, Ark., grew up in Tulsa, Okla., attended Tulsa Central High School and graduated from Mineral Springs, Ark. Louie attended Northeastern Oklahoma State and graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a Bachelor of Science in History and a minor in journalism. Louie joined the Gazette in 1972 as a sportswriter and has served stints as sports editor for the El Dorado News-Times, the Longview Daily News, the Monroe News-Star and the Denison Herald. He returned to the Gazette for good in 1989, was promoted to assistant sports editor in 2007 and sports editor in 2011, retiring in August 2014. Louie continues to write part-time. In his 43-year career, he's covered state high school championships in several sports and college football including the Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Liberty-Bowl. Louie has covered professional sports and athletes including the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros in the 1980 National League baseball championship series vs. Philadelphia; the Dallas Cowboys for more than 30 years including four Super Bowls; and former British Open champion Bill Rogers, who resided in Texarkana at the time.

Lady Mustangs advance to Region II-3A title series

Published May. 21 2017

COMMERCE, Texas—Would you believe Hughes Springs coach Tisha Thompson had two aces up her sleeve Saturday?

Lady Mustangs even series behind Lanier's pitching, perfect defense

Published May. 20 2017

COMMERCE, Texas—Hughes Springs softball coach Tisha Thompson had an ace up her sleeve Friday at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Lady Mustangs' late rally falls short against Lone Oak

Published May. 19 2017

COMMERCE, Texas—A controversial call in the first inning came back to haunt Hughes Springs' softball team.

STINGERLESS: Hornets drop series opener to New Diana, 10-2

Published May. 18 2017

Hooks' inexperience in the outfield was a factor that now has the Hornets down one game in their best-of-three Region...

Atlanta boys race past foes to win 4A state championship

Published May. 15 2017

AUSTIN—Atlanta's coaches and boys could do nothing but watch the final three events of the 2017 UIL Class 4A State...

Hornets advance on Russ' grand slam against Redwater

Published May. 14 2017

Call it the shot heard around Bowie County.

Mustangs Win: Hughes Springs girls power their way past Prairiland

Published May. 13 2017

MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas—It was arguably the biggest softball crowd to ever watch a game at Northeast Texas Community College.

Texas High will play a scrimmage

Published May. 8 2017

Texas High football fans should mark May 16 on their calendars.

Rusk ousts Lady Rabbs

Published May. 7 2017

HALLSVILLE, Texas—Junior southpaw Tatum Goff was as good as advertised.

Jackrabbits end THS' season

Published May. 6 2017

Eighth-ranked Forney didn't need any help, but they got it anyway.

Roles reversed for Tigers going into 2017 playoffs

Published May. 5 2017

Texas High is hoping to reverse what happened to the Tigers in the first round of the 2016 baseball playoffs.

Lady Tigers fall to North Forney

Published Apr. 29 2017

FORNEY, Texas—Texas High's softball team could not repeat its outstanding performance from Thursday night.

CLOSE ONE: Smith fires two-hitter to beat North Forney, 1-0

Published Apr. 28 2017

A walk-off home run might have been less painful for North Forney.

Playoff-bound: Despite loss, THS in playoffs with Marshall's win over Pine Tree

Published Apr. 26 2017

Texas High's baseball team went into Tuesday's District 16-5A game with Hallsville needing a win, or a Marshall victory over...

THS girls prevail in seeding game, 7-5: Lady Tigers will play North Forney in a best-of-three series

Published Apr. 25 2017

HUGHES SPRINGS, Texas—If you only saw the final two innings, you saw most of the action in Texas High's playoff...

North Texas notches early lead in first day of C-USA championship

Published Apr. 25 2017

Texarkana Country Club gave up a little Sunday, but not a lot in the first round of the Conference USA...

Texas High boys come second at area meet

Published Apr. 21 2017

LUCAS, Texas—Texas High will need a bus for next week's Region II-5A Track and Field Championships at the University of...

Eagles fall to Texas Wesleyan

Published Apr. 20 2017

Texas A&M University-Texarkana wanted to play a baseball game Wednesday. Instead, 12th-ranked Texas Wesleyan University turned the competition at George...

THS girls fall into tie for top spot

Published Apr. 19 2017

Texas High's softball team must now regroup and win at Greenville on Friday to claim a share of the District...

Wharton-Palmer wins national event in return to competitive golf

Published Apr. 17 2017

Michael Wharton-Palmer loves the game of golf.