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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 Longhorns prevail in thriller over Campbell

Published Feb. 18 2017

BIG SANDY, Texas—It was too much of a thriller for McLeod coach Marty Francis.

Pitching depth could propel Lady Tigers into softball playoffs

Published Feb. 17 2017

When Robbie Hatfield says he's got his deepest pitching staff ever at Texas High, it's saying something.

That's a wrap: Liberty-Eylau misses playoffs with loss to North Lamar

Published Feb. 15 2017

It was a disappointing end to a frustrating season for Liberty-Eylau's boys.

Lady Tigers ousted after 57-43 loss

Published Feb. 14 2017

PARIS, Texas—Wylie East's leading scorer Shelli Thigpen was shocked to hear all five of Texas High's starters in Monday's 5A...

THS girls begin playoff quest

Published Feb. 13 2017

PARIS, Texas—Worst case scenario, tonight's Class 5A bi-district playoff game between Texas High and Wylie East will be a learning...

CAT FIGHT: Tigers overcome Bobcats in OT for playoff spot

Published Feb. 11 2017

Nobody could have blamed Texas High for feeling sunk.

Lady Tigers top Greenville

Published Feb. 8 2017

Somebody forgot to tell Greenville's girls Tuesday's game at Texas High's Tiger Center was meaningless.

Fur flies as dueling Tigers tear up the court

Published Feb. 4 2017

Texas High had the opportunity to hand Mount Pleasant its first District 16-5A loss.

Texarkana's Collins earning headlines with UALR basketball

Published Feb. 3 2017

LITTLE ROCK—Texarkana's Sharde' Collins has emerged as one of the best players in the Sun Belt Conference.

Wildcats waltz: With rout of THS, Sulphur Springs claims at least share of 16-5A

Published Feb. 1 2017

When Sulphur Springs' girls missed a shot they were able to draw a foul several times.

Coming up big: Queen City girls dominate second half to beat Lady Lions, 63-55

Published Jan. 28 2017

QUEEN CITY, Texas—Queen City's girls finds themselves only one win away from at least a share of the District 14-3A...

SILVER STRIKER: Bowler celebrates her 100th birthday Sunday

Published Jan. 26 2017

Pauline Kinzie overslept Wednesday morning's bowling league at College Bowl.

Tigers roar: Texas High unloads on outmanned Marshall

Published Jan. 25 2017

Texas High had too many weapons for Marshall's boys Tuesday at the Tiger Center.

Host Nashville boys, girls sweep titles

Published Jan. 22 2017

NASHVILLE, Ark.By the time fatigue set in, Nashville's girls were well on their way to winning the 2017 Holiday Bankers...

Texas High holds off Pirate rally in win

Published Jan. 21 2017

Texas High beat Pine Tree Friday night at the Tiger Center, but the Pirates didn't go quietly.

TISD ready to begin search for Norton's replacement

Published Jan. 20 2017

The Texarkana Independent School District received Texas retirement papers from former athletic director and head football coach Barry Norton on...

THS girls start fast, hold off Hallsville rally

Published Jan. 18 2017

Texas High's girls never trailed Hallsville on Tuesday at the Tiger Center, but that doesn't mean the Lady Tigers' 59-52...

The Catch: Painful setback through the eyes of the winners and losers

Published Jan. 17 2017

Coaches and players expressed opinions and observations after Sunday's thriller at AT&T Stadium that was won by Green Bay on...

Heartbreaker: Last-second field goal ousts Dallas

Published Jan. 16 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas—Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby may have earned a pay raise Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Texas High rebounds to thump Greenville

Published Jan. 14 2017

Texas High's boys were having fun Friday night at the Tiger Center.