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MALAKOFF–Malakoff Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “A” for “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ School Financial Accountability Rating System (FIRST).
The “Passed” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Malakoff ISD’s financial management and reporting system. Malakoff ISD had a perfect rating, meeting all criteria.
This is the 14th year of School FIRST, a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and amendments under House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature. Regular Session, 2013. The primary goal of School FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system.
“We are very pleased with Malakoff ISD’s School FIRST rating,” said Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry. This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpapers’ dollars. This rating shows that Malakoff’s schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently.”
The Texas Education Agency assigned one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being “A” for “Superior Achievement,” followed by “B” for “Above-Standard Achievement,” “C” for “Standard Achievement” and “F” for “Substandard Achievement.”
Malakoff ISD has achieved the highest rating for 13 prior years.
Posted by : December 15, 2016| On :
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Posted by : December 8, 2016| On :
By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
WACO–A clutch 30-yard field goal in overtime by sophomore kicker Evarardo Garcia in the cold rain that gave the Tigers a thrilling 37-34 state quarterfinals victory over Cameron Yoe Dec. 2 at Waco ISD Stadium. The kick also sent the third-ranked Tigers to the Class 3A Division 1 state semifinals where they will battle Yoakum for a spot in the state championship game. Malakoff and Yoakum will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 9 at Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. Yoakum upset fifth-ranked Halletsville 27-23 in the Region IV Final.
Garcia’s kick was made possible by a great defensive stand from the Tigers. Starting at the 25-yard line, Cameron Yoe could not manage a first down in their part of the overtime period, turning the ball over on downs to the Tigers. Malakoff drove to the 13-yard line, setting up Garcia for the game-winner.
Down 34-26 after a Cameron Yoe touchdown pass to Sicory Smith, the Tigers tied the game with a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Judd Miller to wide receiver Tyler Russell with 5:00 left in the game. Miller found Russell for the two-point conversion as well, tying the score at 34-34.
Cameron Yoe took possession after the touchdown, but Breashawn Williams intercepted a pass with 17 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Miller started the scoring with a touchdown run on a quarterback draw from six yards out, giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead after the failed two-point conversion. Cameron Yoe tied the game with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Smith from Yoe quarterback Zack Andress. The extra point was wide left, keeping the game at 6-6 with about six minutes remaining in the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Q.T. Barker caught a short pass in the flat from Miller, and raced 62 yards for a Tiger touchdown, giving the Tigers a 13-6 lead. The Tigers were given possession of the ball after the first of two Russell interceptions in the game.
With just under six minutes remaining in the half, Andress hit wide receiver Jordan Wells with a 42-yard touchdown pass to tie the score for the Yoemen.
The Tigers struck again with 4:56 remaining when Breashawn Williams took a handoff from Miller and got free on the Malakoff sideline for a 41-yard touchdown run. The Tigers went into the halftime locker room with a 20-13 lead.
Cameron Yoe took just over three minutes of the third quarter to tie the score. The Yoemen scored on a 3-yard touchdown run from freshman running back Nico Vargas to knot the score at 20-20.
After a fumbled kickoff by the Tigers, Yoe took possession and the lead on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Andress to Iverson Westbrook. Yoe led 27-20 after the successful extra point try.
A big play helped the Tigers get to within a point just two minutes later. After the Tigers were pinned back on their own five after a penalty and facing a third down and 18, Miller connected with JaQuaylon Hart for a 95-yard touchdown pass to cut the Yoe lead to 27-26. The score stayed that way into the fourth quarter, setting up the fireworks later in the period.
Miller finished the night 12 of 25 for 292 yards with three touchdown passes, while carrying the ball nine times for 66 yards and another score. Williams had 72 yards on nine rushes, and added a touchdown.
Barker led the receiving corps with five catches for 136 yards and a touchdown, Hart caught two passes for 102 yards and a score, Russell had one catch for 20 yards and a touchdown and Williams had one catch for nine yards.
In the other quarterfinal games, Wall beat Brock, who was ranked first in the state in Class 3A. Mineola beat Pottsboro to set up the other state semifinal game.
The winner of the Wall vs. Mineola game will face the winner of the Malakoff vs. Yoakum game in the state championship game, which will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.
Posted by : December 8, 2016| On :
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MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Christmas Parade originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10 is postponed until January, but for a good reason.
The Malakoff varsity football team is on fire! The team, along with the staff and over half of Malakoff’s residents are on their way to Austin for a semi-final playoff football game. The Tigers are just a couple of steps away from a State Championship and all of Malakoff just couldn’t be more proud. This does not, however fare well for the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade.
So, it is being changed. There will be a huge rally for the varsity football team and the entire Malakoff ISD team at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Malakoff Community Center, 504 North Terry St. in Malakoff.
Plans are being formed now for entertainment by the band, the cheerleaders and one-act play students. But there is much more! The City of Malakoff, the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce, the Malakoff Booster Club, the Malakoff Alumni Association and many more orgainizations and citizens are on board to make this celebration a fantastic event for all, the likes of which will be remembered for years to come.
Stay tuned to The News for further updates. If you would like to get in on the planning, contact the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce at (903) 489-1346 or email email@example.com.
Posted by : December 1, 2016| On :
By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
WACO–The Malakoff Tigers are another step closer, and get a rematch with an old nemesis. After a 27-14 Regional Semifinal victory over sixth-ranked Rockdale on Nov. 15 at Waco ISD Stadium, the Tigers move to 13-0 and have a date with Cameron Yoe again.
The Tigers will get the opportunity to avenge last season’s 45-44 area round loss to the Yoemen when the two teams play in the Class 3A Division 1 Region III Championship Friday Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium.
The Tigers, as has been customary during the playoffs, scored first on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Judd Miller to Q.T. Barker with 5:24 remaining in the first quarter. The Everardo Garcia extra point made it 7-0.
On Malakoff’s next possession, the Tigers made it 14-0 on a Breashawn Williams seven-yard touchdown run with 2:13 left in the opening quarter.
The big play in the drive was a 50-yard pass from Miller to Barker to set up the Williams touchdown run. The possession was set up when the Rockdale punter could not handle the snap, and Jack Patton pounced on the ball for the Tigers.
The Tigers widened the margin to 21-0 after going on a 10-play 50-yard drive that took almost four minutes.
The Tigers ended the drive with Miller’s second touchdown toss of the day, this time to senior Tyler Russell near the sideline from 13 yards out.
After a couple possession changes, and a turnover on downs by Malakoff, Rockdale made it a 14-point game after going 80 yards in 15 plays, ending the drive with a two-yard touchdown run by senior Davion Ford with 24 seconds remaining in the half. Ford finished the game with 73 yards rushing.
In the third quarter, Rockdale’s defense forced a Russell fumble, setting Rockdale up in Malakoff territory. Barker made sure the fumble would not cost the Tigers, picking off a Rockdale pass in the end zone to keep it a 14-point game.
Malakoff was forced to punt on the ensuing possession, and Rockdale scored another touchdown on a 44-yard touchdown pass with 3:30 left in the third quarter, making it a 21-14 game.
Malakoff would answer that score with one of their own, taking the next possession at their own 25-yard line and driving 75 yards in seven plays, capped off by Barker’s 13-yard scamper. The extra point was wide, making the score 27-14 with 11:52 remaining in the game.
With the game still uncomfortably close, Russell stepped up big, picking off two passes in the fourth quarter, including one late in the game that would seal the Malakoff win.
The defense only gave up 14 points to a Rockdale team that came in averaging over 44 points a game on the season.
Miller was 10 of 18 for 143 yards and two touchdowns through the air and had 14 rushing attempts for 95 yards on the ground.
Williams gained 38 yards on 16 carries, Zee Bailey had four rushes for 40 yards and Barker gained 38 yards on four attempts.
Barker led the Tigers in receiving with 92 yards on five catches, Russell added three receptions for 28 yards.
Posted by : November 23, 2016| On :
By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
NACOGDOCHES–The Malakoff Tigers took another step toward completing their mission- a state championship- with their 49-6 domination of Kirbyville at Dragon Stadium on Nov. 18.
The undefeated Tigers won its second area championship in school history and will play sixth-ranked Rockdale at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at Waco ISD Stadium.
Malakoff (12-0) set another record in this game, scoring the most points in a playoff game in school history, eclipsing last week’s 47-point performance against Troy.
The Tigers also have set a new school record for wins in a season.
The Tigers wasted no time getting on the board in this game.
After Kirbyville turned the ball over on downs after a strong stand by the Malakoff defense, Judd Miller connected with Q.T. Barker for a 39-yard touchdown. Everardo Garcia’s successful extra point made the score 7-0 with 8:46 to go in the first quarter.
Just two and a half minutes later, Miller threw a 24-yard touchdown strike to running back Breashawn Williams to extend the lead to 14-0. The Tigers added another touchdown in the first quarter on Miller’s third touchdown pass of the game, this time a 63-yard pass to Tyler Russell.
Kirbyville scored their only points of the game on defense. Donavon Norsworthy picked up a Tiger fumble and returned it 64-yards for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked, making it 21-6 at the end of the first quarter.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Tigers extended their lead to 28-6 with a drive that took only a minute and a half. Miller connected with Barker again for a 61-yard touchdown. The Tigers drive went 73 yards and took only four plays.
Miller threw touchdown pass number five when he again hit Barker with a 67-yard pass. Barker had four catches for 177 yards and three scores.
Deric Davis scored from 10 yards out and Caleb Adams recovered a fumble at the goal line for a touchdown, resulting in the 49-6 final.
Miller was 14-18 passing for 349 yards and five touchdowns. Tyler Russell had five catches for 115 yards, and Williams had 20 carries in the game, rushing for 172 yards.
The Tiger defense shut out the Kirbyville offense, with the Wildcats scoring their only points on the fumble return.
The Tigers stopped the Wildcats on a fourth and one early in the game and also had a fourth down stop at their own two-yard line in the third quarter.
The winner of the Malakoff-Rockdale regional semifinal game will advance to take on the winner of the game between Cameron-Yoe and Teague in the regional finals.
Posted by : November 23, 2016| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
TOOL–About 100 community members joined students and staff at Tool Elementary School Nov. 16 to celebrate its selection as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. As such it is one of 279 public schools nationwide selected for the recognition.
“We’ve proven all schools can achieve high performance,” Principal Christal Calhoun said. That was said with confidence, since last year, the Malakoff school district, of which the Tool school is a part, produced its first Blue Ribbon award winner in Malakoff Elementary School, under the direction of Principal Ronny Snow.
The U.S. Department of Education program began in 1982, targeting best practices in high-achieving schools with 40 percent or more students identified as economically disadvantaged. Calhoun said 80 percent of the student body at Tool falls into that category.
Calhoun and three of her teaching staff recently returned from Washington D.C., where they were recognized and received a beautiful plaque, depicting the department’s official seal, a Texas live oak. The official tree and seal symbolize the Department of Education’s mission to promote student achievement and foster educational excellence.
“Getting recognition on a national level is very awesome,” Calhoun said. “I have the most amazing staff in the world.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still striving for excellence. Now in its 34th year, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools.
About 221 students entered the cafeteria in an orderly manner, climbing the risers, wearing very striking blue T-shirts with the Department of Education Seal and the slogan “We Dream Big” on the front. After leading the room in the pledges to the flags, students performed songs to celebrate their big win, including “Happy” and “Celebrate.”
In a phone call the next day, Calhoun attributed the school’s success to inventorying each student’s weaknesses and strengths, designing an individual plan for each one and then following through on that plan. “We just build on that all through the year,” she concluded.
During the celebration, the school received many words of congratulations from U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling, State Representatives John Wray and Lance Gooden and from State Sen. Robert Nichols.
“I don’t have to look too far to see that Texas has a bright future,” Nichols said. Tool Elementary School serves as a model of Best Practices for schools across the state.”
Calhoun recognized all the support her students receive from mentors, volunteers, coaches and local businesses, identifying members of the school board, which “play a large role in our success;” Shirley Leone of Dairy Queen, VFW Post 4376, Dave Bullard, president of the Malakoff Education Foundation; daily morning greeter Fran Sonka, Stanley Brown and Jennifer Rudolf and First State Bank, which provided refreshments for all attendees..
Posted by : November 17, 2016| On :
By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
MIDLOTHIAN–The Malakoff Tigers just keep rolling.
After a perfect 10-0 season, the Tigers set yet another record in keeping their winning ways going in a 47-14 rout of Troy at MISD Stadium in Midlothian on Nov. 11.
The Tigers scored the most points they have ever scored in a playoff game, eclipsing the 45 points they scored in a win over Grandview in 1990.
With the win, the Tigers move on to face the Kirbyville Wildcats in the area round tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium in Nacogdoches. Kirbyville defeated Hempstead 41-35 to advance.
It only took the Tigers three plays to score on their first possession. After a four-yard run by Breashawn Williams and a false start penalty, the Tigers went to the air. Quarterback Judd Miller connected with wide receiver Tyler Russell on a 92-yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt was blocked, leaving the score at 6-0.
After a three-and-out by Troy, the Tigers took over on their own 28 yard line. On this possession, they did most of their damage on the ground. Q.T. Barker had a 20-yard run, Jaquaylon Hart ran for 10 yards, and then Williams finished off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run as well as the two point conversion to put the Tigers up 14-0 with 4:08 left in the first quarter.
The defense helped to do its part in the win on the next possession, as the defense forced and then recovered a fumble at the Trojan 35-yard line. Four plays later the Tigers had a 17-0 lead on an Everardo Garcia 22-yard field goal.
The Tigers added to their lead early in the second quarter when Williams scored on a five-yard run. A 46-yard pass from Miller to Russell set up the score.
Troy finally broke through on its next drive. The Trojans went on a 12-play 62-yard drive, capped off by a one-yard touchdown run from Riley Seiter. Anthony Avila added the extra point for a 24-7 score. After the Trojans forced the Tigers to punt on their next possession, Troy cut the margin to 10 on a 35-yard scamper from Tyler Welch on a reverse. The Avila extra point made the score 24-14 with 2:18 left in the half.
The Tigers would not let the Trojans get any closer, exploding for 16 points in the last two minutes of the half.
Malakoff started its next possession at its own 38-yard line. It only took one play and 16 seconds for the Tigers to put another score on the board. Miller hit Hart with a short pass, and the receiver dodged and weaved his way into the end zone from 62 yards out. Garcia’s extra point made it 31-14 with 2:02 remaining in the half.
The defense stepped up again when Chase Busch stepped in front of a Troy pass for an interception.
The Tigers would fumble on the next play however, giving the ball to the Trojans at their own one yard line.
The defense again was up to the task, tackling Seiter in the end zone for a safety and a 33-14 lead.
On the kickoff by the Trojans, Russell struck again, taking the kickoff back 59-yards for a touchdown and a 40-14 lead heading into halftime.
The final points of the game would be scored in the third quarter. Miller threw his third touchdown pass of the game, connecting with Hart again for a nine-yard score.
Russell would add an interception in the fourth quarter.
Miller was 14-23 passing for 323 yards and three scores. He also threw two interceptions. Russell had five catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Hart caught five passes for 88 yards and two scores. Barker finished the night with four catches and 63 yards. Williams ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
The defense forced three turnovers- two interceptions and one fumble recovery- to aid in the win.
The Tigers move to 11-0 on the season and are looking for their second area championship in their game with Kirbyville.
The first win for the Tigers in the area round came in 2013 when the Tigers beat Van Alstyne 38-25.
The winner of tonight’s game will advance to the regional round of the playoffs.
Posted by : November 17, 2016| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
The News Writer
MALAKOFF—Malakoff City Council members granted two requests for special use permits to citizens during its Nov. 14 meeting. The Zoning Board recommended fulfilling Francis Caro’s request to place a manufactured home at 109 N. Cole St., having met all requirements. Councilwoman Jerrilyn Tarver said she was excited for Caro’s getting a new home.
Also, Helen Richardson was granted a special use permit to erect a portable building on South Lincoln Street to be used as a church building. The Zoning Board recommended the permit to the council.
Board members also discussed the need for some prohibitions for heavy truck traffic using North Smith Street to get materials to a construction site just north of town. The posting of “No thoroughfare” signs to installing speed bumps were discussed. Interim-police Chief Lloyd Thomas said he has spoken with the construction project managers and developer about directing trucks to circumvent the town on two other possible routes rather than traveling through a residential neighborhood, lacking sidewalks and inhabited by children and senior citizens. “Since then traffic has decreased through the area,” Thomas noted. “However a sign and an ordinance would empower law enforcement to issue citations,” he said.
“Rest assured, something will be done to ensure the safety of residents,” Pagitt said, following a unanimous vote to adopt an ordinance prohibiting truck traffic there.
In other business, council members:
Awarded contracts to Public Management and KSA Engineering pertaining to the application for a Texas Department of Agriculture Texas Community Development Block Grant. A representative of Public Management explained that the process now requires applicants to name their contractors before being given a grant, to help with the grant-writing process. Should the city not receive a grant, the contracts become void, he explained. The deadline for the grant request is Feb. 9, 1917. The city has several utility development projects that would qualify for the matching grant program up to $275,000.
Agreed to become a member of the 2017 Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT) to receive member services benefits at a cost of $100 per year. One noted benefit would stabilize energy rates.
Approved the minutes of meeting held on Oct. 17 and Nov. 1.
Agreed to pay the city’s obligations for October.
Posted by : November 3, 2016| On :
The News Staff Reports
LOG CABIN–Ten fire departments were called out to fight a spreading fire to several structures in the lakeside neighborhood of Cherokee Landing in Log Cabin around 5 p.m. Monday. When Payne Springs Fire Chief Randy Harley arrived, a flash in the second structure caused him to ask dispatch to “tone out everybody,” according to reports from the scene.
The original call directed Payne Springs and Eustace Fire departments to respond to 14497 Merrick.
A mechanical issue caused the Log Cabin engine to fail just before the second structure experienced an explosion. Firefighters on the scene had to fall back until tankers and other departments could pressure up and roll out hoses.
Flames from the first two structures soon ignited neighboring ones and the fire quickly spread, leaving structures in heaps of ash and metal material.
No one was in residences at the time of the fire. At least one firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, but no loss of life was reported. By 6:30 p.m. the fire was brought under control and stopped in its spread in a wooded area.
Other fire departments also responding to the dispatch included: Caney City, Gun Barrel City, Mabank, Trinidad, Tool, Malakoff and Southside.
Henderson County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg was unavailable to report his preliminary findings on the cause of the fire by press time Tuesday.
Posted by : October 20, 2016| On :
By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers football team rocked and rolled on Homecoming, beating Palestine Westwood, 46-14, to remain unbeaten at 7-0. The Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the state by The Associated Press.
Three more regular-season games remain for the Tigers: tonight’s game (Oct. 21) at West, which as of Friday’s slate of games is 3-1 in district; Oct. 28’s game hosting Teague (4-0 in district); then the regular-season finale, at Elkhart (2-2 in district) on Nov. 4. Those three games stand in the way of Malakoff’s first district championship since 2013 and the second undefeated, untied regular season in school history, the first coming in 1940.
The Malakoff Homecoming matchup with Palestine Westwood was the twelfth meeting between the schools since 1972, with Malakoff now holding a 7-5 victory margin over Westwood with Oct. 14’s win. The Tigers have won four consecutive games in the series since 2013.
Malakoff started the beating of Westwood with a Judd Miller-to-Tyler Russell 48-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage for the Tiger offense, which set up shop in Westwood territory after Russell ran back the opening kickoff to midfield. Only 16 seconds elapsed from the clock, and Malakoff led 6-0 after the failed two-point conversion.
Malakoff struck quickly after a Westwood fumble on the kickoff return was recovered by Tiger defender Xavier McCullar at the Westwood 44-yard line, with 11:41 left in the first quarter. That drive was capped when QT Barker took a swing pass 10 yards for a touchdown at the 10:22 mark of the opening stanza. The extra-point kick gave Malakoff a 13-0 advantage.
Touchdown No. 3 for Malakoff came with 7:08 left in the first quarter, when ShaZarrion Bailey plunged into the end zone from one yard out. The extra-attempt clanged off the upright, leaving the score at Malakoff 19, Westwood 0. Bailey again scored a Tiger touchdown, this time on a 38-yard throw-and-run that put Malakoff ahead 26-0 with 4:35 left in the first quarter, including the successful point-after kick.
Westwood got its first stop on defense late in the first quarter, then early in the second quarter, the Westwood offense picked up its initial first down of the game. A chop-block penalty killed that Westwood drive, with Malakoff essentially finishing off their visitors with a 61-yard Miller-to-Russell touchdown pass on Malakoff’s first play after Westwood punted the ball back. Malakoff now led 33-9 with 8:10 before halftime.
Malakoff’s defense forced another punt, which went out of bounds at the Westwood 48-yard line. Two plays later, with five minutes before halftime, QT Barker caught a 43-yard touchdown pass, upping Malakoff’s lead to 40-0 (extra point kick good), which stood as the halftime score
Six more Malakoff points were rung up with 7:43 left in the third quarter (the extra-point kick was blocked), when Miller connected with Russell for a 22-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-down-and-eight play. After going up 46-0, Malakoff’s lineup was littered with backups, with Westwood scoring two late touchdowns to account for the 46-14 final.