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GAME STORY: Lady Badgers season comes to an end, but future is bright

GRAHAM — While it wasn’t how coach Laura Lange or her squad envisioned it ending, the Merkel girls basketball season came to a close with a 63-47 loss to Nocona on Friday night.

The loss marked the end of Mireya Salazar’s career at Merkel, but the future is bright for the Lady Badgers as the remaining nine players return for next year — a number that includes just two juniors.

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FEATURE: Merkel standout Pursley will likely choose track over hoops

MERKEL — The general consensus is she’s good enough to play basketball at the college level and is likely to get her share of attention from recruiters. 

But chances are you won’t see Merkel’s Kaydi Pursley suiting up for any collegiate hoops program at any level. 

It’s simply not in her plan.

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Star QB White to have some hefty support

If the thought of Merkel speedster Jonah White having the football in his hands on every play isn’t scary enough for the opposition, things are about to get worse.

In addition to his shift to quarterback, which will have him directing the Badgers’ gun option offense, White will now have an offensive line averaging 6-foot-2 and 285 pounds creating running lanes for him.

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Merkel Badgers hope to challenge for district title

Entering his fifth season as coach of the Merkel Badgers, coach John Cornelius’ program is finally reaching the point where his system is firmly in place.

Players who began his tenure in middle school are now on the varsity roster, with as much as four years of experience in his playbook.

It began to pay off with last years’ 7-6 finish and a playoff push that went three rounds deep. This year, with six starters on both sides of the ball and 14 returning lettermen, the Badgers may have enough familiarity with the system to reload, rather than rebuild.

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