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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.

Hear them roar: Lady Tigers continue dominant play, blank Greenville

Published Mar. 29 2017

It's pretty obvious Texas High's girls came ready to play during the first round of District 16-5A play.

Texas High pounds Greenville

Published Mar. 29 2017

Texas High's bats appear to be coming alive just in time for Friday's showdown with Hallsville.

Lady Hawks shut out, 10-0, against Pitt

Published Mar. 26 2017

Pleasant Grove's softball team ran into a hot pitcher Saturday at the Lady Hawks' field.

Hawks cruise in 14-4A opener; Bolden throws a one-hitter in 10-0 win

Published Mar. 26 2017

Senior Caleb Bolden took matters into his own hands with a baseball and bat Saturday at Pleasant Grove's diamond.

Texas High splits: Lady Tigers win again after yet another explosive start

Published Mar. 22 2017

American and Texas flags blew in the outfield and Texas High softball fans celebrated as the Lady Tigers paraded 12...

Texas High splits: Wildcats prevail in duel against Tigers

Published Mar. 22 2017

Senior Colby Adkins deserved a better fate.

Eagles Clipped: A&M-Texarkana misses opportunities early, falls to Central Baptist

Published Mar. 21 2017

It's not an excuse when you say Texas A&M University-Texarkana's baseball team was snake-bit Monday at George Dobson Field. Head coach...

Prescott native helps SAU get to top

Published Mar. 20 2017

MAGNOLIA, Ark.—Senior Trevor Rucker is not an intimidating figure at the plate for Southern Arkansas University.

Off to the Races: Atlanta boys cruise; Lady Leopards charge at Runnin' Rabb Relays

Published Mar. 19 2017

ATLANTA, Texas—Legendary Atlanta coaches Gordon Pynes and Ben Scharnberg were on hand to watch the host Rabbs run past their...

Tigers Triumph: Texas High's Choate and Davis silence North Lamar's bats in victory

Published Mar. 18 2017

Sophomore Walker Davis may have earned the second spot in Texas High's pitching rotation for District 16-5A play.

Eagles Fall: Southern Arkansas plays solid ball in defeating A&M-Texarkana, 10-2

Published Mar. 15 2017

Trevor Rucker's opinion was supported by his Southern Arkansas University teammates Tuesday at George Dobson Field.

Rained Out: Weather puts a damper on New Boston softball tournament

Published Mar. 12 2017

NEW BOSTON, Texas—Mother Nature prevailed for the third straight year Saturday at the McDonald's Softball Classic.

Lady Tigers explode early against Pine Tree, win 7-4

Published Mar. 11 2017

Two of District 16-5A's best pitchers started Friday's game at Lady Tiger Softball Field slow.

SWOOPING IN: Eagles gain confidence after whipping OBU, 11-2

Published Mar. 9 2017

Texas A&M University-Texarkana's baseball team has been struggling at the plate and in the field during recent games.

Ashdown boys take home crown: Jaden Hill is MVP as Panthers win their own tournament

Published Mar. 5 2017

ASHDOWN, Ark.—Ashdown baseball players would like to think Dugan Ward is looking down and smiling.

Cavemen rally past Nashville

Published Mar. 4 2017

NASHVILLE, Ark.—Cave City was on fire Friday night in the Scrapper Arena during the 4A State Basketball Tournament, and it's...

Clarksville advances: Blue Tigers rout Big Sandy to reach regional tourney

Published Mar. 1 2017

EMORY, Texas—It would be an understatement to say Clarksville's defense swarmed Big Sandy's sophomore sensation Josiah Johnson Tuesday at Rains...

Texas High announces new head football coach

Published Feb. 28 2017

Texas High School officially has a new athletic director and head football coach in Gerry Stanford. A native of Shreveport,...

Clarksville advances despite slow play

Published Feb. 26 2017

PARIS, Texas—Clarksville's maturity this season was evident by Saturday's adjustments against a young, but talented Martin's Mill basketball team.

McLeod's inspired effort falls short against Dallas Gateway

Published Feb. 25 2017

LONGVIEW, Texas—There may have been tears in the stands, but none on the floor from McLeod's players Friday night at...