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Azarael Sanchez (back-center), Nathan Abken (15) and Kai Cartwright (7) swarm to the ball in the Badgers’ 2-1 home loss to Burnet on Friday. Victor Castruita scored the Badgers’ only goal, and their last home game was scheduled for Monday after press time. “While we lost, our kids gave it everything, and I am very proud of that,” coach Ryan Race said. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD

Ace Whitehead pitches.

Ace Whitehead pitched 5 1/3 innings of scoreless, no-hit baseball before Gatesville had a double, and the Badgers went on to win 10-1 on Monday.

It was the regular-season opener, held on the Hornets' home field.

Whitehead also had four hits and nearly hit for the cycle, with a triple, a double and two singles.


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After heavy rain this week, a tractor sculpture in the Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden at Campbell Park looks firmly stuck in muddy runoff. Parts of the county received their biggest rain of 2020 so far, with 2.85 inches reported Tuesday and Wednesday at a Lower Colorado River Authority data site near Nix.

Jett Bramon, right, tries to break through Burnet’s press as Mike Murray (2) and Nate Borchardt (0) follow. Murray, Bramon and Borchardt combined for 54 points on Friday.

The Badgers scored 26 points in the second and fourth quarters, highlighting a 71-53* home win over Burnet on Friday.
[The final scoreboard showed 69 points for Lampasas, but head coach Aaron Nuckles later confirmed the actual score was 71-53].


Young inventors from Lampasas campuses joined students from three other school districts on Saturday at Taylor Creek Elementary to unveil their latest robotic innovations in the annual Texas Computer Education

Players from the 2019 state-semifinalist Badger football team were recognized at the annual team banquet on Monday. See Friday's edition for details.

1975 Lampasas High School graduate and former Aggie lineman Garry Milligan was inducted into the Lampasas Hall of Fame, along with the late coaching legend Rod Hudson.