Sports

Beginning to take flight: Eagles hold practice

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The Eagles of Fairfield High School and Fairfield Junior High School took to the practice fields Monday for their first sessions of the 2020 season. The FHS practice, which lasted from 4-8 p.m., saw lineman and playmakers alike taking part in drills. Temperatures for practice were in the 90s, and will continue to be through the week. Photos by Thomas Leffler

Football sked changes mad

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The Fairfield Eagles football schedule for 2020 underwent several revisions this past week after a meeting of the District Executive Committee for District 8-3A. A new schedule sees all district games moved up two weeks, and two bye dates added to the end of the season on Oct.

Volleyball begins new season

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With the University Scholastic League (UIL) setting the guidelines for the upcoming fall sports season, Fairfield programs have begun to move into their 2020 campaigns. One such program is the Lady Eagles’ volleyball squad, which will be entering another season under the leadership of head coach Dennis Johnson.

Hill County man jailed for cattle theft

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Central Texas cattle raisers can rest easier tonight, with a notorious livestock thief set to serve substantial time behind bars. William “Willie” Rittenbaugh, a 49-year-old man from Mount Calm, pleaded guilty to five felony charges spanning Hill and Limestone counties this week following a long investigation led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Marvin Wills.

Aggressive schools lead to fish fry

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Fishing Friends, Fishing for the white bass and hybrid stripers on Richland Chambers has been a bit tougher the past couple of weeks, and we’ve had to fish a little harder to get our box of fish! However, almost every trip, we seem to find an aggressive school of fish willing to sacrifice for the cause. Our customers end up going home with plenty of fish fry material! The early morning topwater action has been sporadic.

Beasley Reece conjures memories of 1980

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Some moments in life are so surreal that you have to pause and pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. Such was the case at the Tri-County Golf Club at the Vineyards between Teague and Fairfield on Sunday morning as I sat in a golf cart under a tree in front of the clubhouse talking with former professional football player Beasley Reece.

Area golfers compete in ‘dog fight’

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Some of the area’s best golfers and others from across the states gathered last weekend to compete in the annual “Dog Fight” tournament at Tri-County Golf Club at the Vineyards. Fifty-four teams of two golfers played a scramble format, with the Fairfield duo of Taylor Paul and Jeff Hughes winning the tournament with a two-day score of 118.