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Louie Avery (Reporter)

Phone: (870) 330-7555
E-mail: tgazlavery@yahoo.com
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.

Heavy graduation has Mount Pleasant rebuilding

Published Aug. 25 2017

There's a lot of movement in District 16-5A. If not for Sulphur Springs' Greg Owens, Mount Pleasant's Corey Homer would...

Bobcats starting over after last year's 0-10 season

Published Aug. 25 2017

HOPE, Ark.—It's sort of like starting over for Hope coach Jay Turley.

Talented Wolves eye another long run into playoffs

Published Aug. 25 2017

PRESCOTT, Ark.—When Tommy Poole returned home to Prescott five years ago, his goal was a state championship.

Sloan works on changing mindset in his first year

Published Aug. 25 2017

DE QUEEN, Ark.—Stephen Sloan isn't leaving the coaching profession for psychiatry, but he could make a case for it.

Redbugs' reign may come to end

Published Aug. 25 2017

Redbugs will be swarming 6-3A in the fall.

Can Prescott be unseated in '17

Published Aug. 25 2017

Prescott's road to defending the 3A state crown it won in 2016 faces a lot of roadblocks.

5A-South race is up for grabs

Published Aug. 25 2017

Prospects of area teams be successful this fall in 5A-South does not appear good.

Lions are facing another tough challenge in 2017

Published Aug. 24 2017

HORATIO, Ark.—Way back in the 1920s the New York Yankees' opposition faced what folks labeled "Murder's Row" which included Babe...

Back at it: Genoa eyes first playoff appearance in school history

Published Aug. 24 2017

GENOA, Ark.—Could 2017 be the year Genoa Central steps into the playoffs?

Panthers must rebuild with only 2 starters returning

Published Aug. 24 2017

FOUKE, Ark.—Fouke faces its biggest challenge in 2017 during the Coach Rick Barker era.

Consistent effort is what Stanford wants from Tigers

Published Aug. 24 2017

One does not have to be a genius to understand Gerry Stanford's philosophy regarding high school football.

TCU commit Hunt sets high goals for team, self

Published Aug. 24 2017

Gerry Stanford's first impression of senior wide receiver Tevailance Hunt probably wasn't what you would think.

Consistent play key to Lewis' win in Texarkana Open

Published Aug. 20 2017

Two players shot under par all four rounds in the Texarkana Children Charities Open, and they finished 1-2.

Four tied going into final day

Published Aug. 19 2017

There's some International flavor to the Texarkana Children Charities Open this summer.

'Cajun' early leader in Children Charities Open

Published Aug. 17 2017

Players predicted Northridge Country Club would be easier than Texarkana Country Club, and they were right.

Texarkana Children Charities Open tees off today at TCC and Northridge

Published Aug. 16 2017

Zach Cabra fired a 6-under-par 66 by himself Tuesday at Texarkana Country Club during the Adams Pro Tour Texarkana Children...

Genoa moved by the loss of 'Bear' Bryant

Published Aug. 9 2017

Genoa is missing a bit of its foundation today.

Lady Tigers eye elusive district volleyball title

Published Aug. 7 2017

Texas High volleyball coach Melissa Trotter-Hardy is upbeat about her 14th season of leading the Lady Tigers.

Victoria's domination of Twins continues

Published Aug. 3 2017

Victoria owns the Texarkana Twins this summer.

Late rally lifts Twins: Texarkana musters 4 runs in ninth for win

Published Aug. 1 2017

Acadiana and the Texarkana Twins got physical Monday at George Dobson Field in a game that saw the Twins rally...