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story.lead_photo.caption Earl Gill

As I attempted to enter my wife's snow covered car, I slipped and fell on a bed of fresh snow, which gave me some time to reflect on some things.

Last year, we all endured trying times, from not being able to watch sporting events live to have to decide which parent or guardian will be the one to go to the game, due to limits on capacity.

In our area, we're previed to stellar amateur athletes in both states and we should acknowledge those student-athletes during their competive seasons.

The Pleasant Grove Hawks boys basketball program is making a strong push in the playoffs, as is the Liberty-Eylau Lady Leopards.

Basketball is still being played in Arkansas, so we may have a few more days to know which teams are going to be making a playoff run.

Baseball season is also approaching.

Texarkana is historically known for as a hotbed for softball and baseball talent.

Within city limits, all four high schools have had someone play baseball professionally and that may not stop anytime soon.

Arkanas High senior Braylon Bishop and Texas High senior Rian Cellars are two top baseball prospects nationally, who may also be joining the farm leagues after prom.

Bishop signed with Arkansas and Cellars with Texas Tech.

AHS also has a bevy of Division I talent on the diamond, which includes Arkansas State signee Jackson Harrison, University of Arkansas—Little Rock signee Graydon Martin and University of Arkansas commit Ty Waid.

In softball, Ashdown senior Aleya Hill is as good as it gets and she signed with Louisiana Tech University to continue her softball career.

While sports are being played on the diamonds, track in our area is also next level.

Genoa Central has one of the top cross-country programs in the state and Trinity Christian is also a powerhouse in pole vaulting, plus long-distance running.

AHS is also tabbed make a run at a conference and state championship on the track, if the season doesn't get canceled or anything unforeseen happens.

On the Texas side, L-E and THS should make strong showings in most of their track meets.

All in all, what I'm trying to say is that when this great wintry storm passes, we all should try to support our local student-athletes as much as we can, when we can.

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