Aug

17

Posted by : admin | On : August 17, 2017

Malakoff cheer NCA 2 CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
News Staff Writer
ROCKWALL–The Malakoff Tigers varsity cheerleaders recently attended NCA camp in Rockwall where they walked away with many awards and honors.
Among them were the Herkie Team Award, Small Varsity Top Team Performance, the Excellence in Stunting Award, three Superior Ribbons, the Spirit Stick Award and a bid to the NCA National Competition.
The Tigers also had nine cheerleaders and their mascot nominated for All-American. The Tigers’ Paton Willbanks was the only Malakoff cheerleader to make the All-American team and she also won the Best Toe Touch award at the camp.
The NCA All-American Cheerleader Award is the highest award received from the camp. After being nominated for the award, the cheerleader must try out to make the squad.

Aug

17

Posted by : admin | On : August 17, 2017

Malakoff FB QB Mark Patton CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers football team are trying to take past successes, and use those to further their team in 2017.
Malakoff has had some success over the last couple of seasons, including a 14-1 overall record in 2016, while also going 7-0 in district play.
The Tigers come into this season ranked 103rd in the state.
Their offense was very potent last season scoring 44.7 points per game, while holding opponents to just 15.7 points. That brings the Tigers point differential to nearly 30 points per game.
The Tigers will look to build off their success from last season and try to hurdle it this year under head coach Jamie Driskell.
The Tigers current overall record against teams on their 2017 schedule is 58-49-0.
Malakoff hosts “Meet the Tigers” on Friday, Aug. 18 as well their “Soap scrimmage” night against Kerens. Admission into the game is a box or bottle of laundry soap or bars of bath soap for the Tigers athletic department.
The scrimmage against Kerens on Aug. 18 starts at 6 p.m. at Malakoff High School.
The Tigers then have one more scrimmage at Sunnyvale on Aug. 24 before their 2017 season gets underway on the road against Bullard on Sept. 1.

Aug

10

Posted by : admin | On : August 10, 2017

Special to The News
ATHENS–Athens graduate Cameron Woodard is named to the honorable mention team as a shortstop on the Class 4A Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s All-State Baseball Team.
Woodard batted .352 with nine runs batted in. He had 18 stolen bases, four doubles and one triple for the area round finalist.
Here is the Class 4A All-State Baseball Team.
First Team Pitchers – Caleb Bolden, Pleasant Grove, Sr.; Connor Carlton, Abilene Wylie, Jr.; Dru Dziedzic, Waco Robinson, Sr.
Relief pitcher – Bryce Elder, Decatur, Sr.
Catcher – Schuyler Thibodaux, Bridge City, Jr.
First baseman – Bryce Gist, Abilene Wylie, Sr.
Second baseman – Bobby Goodloe, Godley, Jr.
Shortstop – Zach Smith, Abilene Wylie, Sr.
Third baseman – Brett Cain, China Spring, Sr.
Outfielders – Bostyn Andrews, Bushland, Sr.; Tameron Duran, Levelland, Sr.; Nick Gerber, Levelland, Sr.
DH – Jack Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Sr.
Player of the Year – Connor Carlton, Abilene Wylie, Jr.
Coach of the Year – Clay Martin, Abilene Wylie
Second Team Pitchers – Tyler Jeans, Pleasant Grove, Sr.; Collin Pippen, Kilgore, Sr.; Hutton Frazier, Abilene Wylie, Sr.
Relief pitcher – Cole Payne, Cuero, Jr.
Catcher – Kyle Lovelace, Hudson, Sr.
First baseman – Jacob Ochoa, Levelland, Sr.
Second baseman – Cade Thompson, Pleasant Grove, Sr.
Shortstop – Brock Brandl, El Campo, Sr.
Third baseman – Braxton Ashcraft, Waco Robinson, Jr.
Outfielders – Dillon Carter, Argyle, Soph.; Keylon Mack, Gladewater, Jr.; Nolberto Pena, Levelland, Sr.
DH – Ryon Stubblefield, Orangefield, Sr.
Third Team Pitchers – Levi Geagley, Lampasas, Sr.; (tie) Jordan Martinez, Sinton, Sr.; Kristopher Hinkel, Zapata, Sr.; Brett Brown, Godley, Jr.
Relief pitcher – (tie) Colton Kirkland, Bushland, Sr.; Chase Lummus, Godley, Soph.
Catcher – Colton Moore, Bushland, Jr.
First baseman – (tie) Will Cerny, Sealy, Sr.; Lance Davis, Snyder, Jr.
Second baseman – (tie) Jake Santos, Somerset, Fresh.; Brendon Woelfle, Pampa, Sr.
Shortstop – Adam Oviedo, Alvarado, Sr.
Third baseman – Shelby Becker, Giddings, Jr.
Outfielders Jonathan Carrillo, Sinton, Sr.; Mason Schubert, Abilene Wylie, Sr.; Riggs Threadgill, Fredricksburg, Jr.
DH – (tie) Peyton Powell, Waco Robinson, Soph. Harley Price, Brownwood, Sr.
Honorable MentionPitchers — Braxton Ashcraft, Waco Robinson, Jr.; Will Cerny, Sealy, Sr.; Chad Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Jr.; Jack Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Sr.; Drew Dobbins, Salado, Jr.; Easton Jones, Stephenville, Jr.; Jorge Mendiaz, Levelland, Sr.; Matt Rudis, Madisonville, Jr.; Kyle Schaefer, Sweeny, Sr.; Javan Smitherman, Kilgore, Jr.; Ryon Stubblefield, Orangefield, Sr.
Catchers — Levi Bass, China Spring, Sr.; Dennis Englemann, Caldwell, Sr.; Cody Storrs, Stephenville, Soph.
First basemen —Caleb Dubois, Bridge City, Jr.; Bryson Hudgens, Argyle, Jr.; Zach Poe, Madisonville, Jr.; Jordan Weeks, Wimberley, Jr.; Tate Whittington, Melissa, Jr.
Second basemen — Chad Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Jr.; Tyrus Sheehan, Iowa Park, Sr.; Austin Simmerman, Bonham, Sr.; Tyler Torres, Glen Rose, Jr.; Troy Zepeda, Rio Hondo, Sr.
Shortstops — Sam Bennett, Madisonville, Sr.; Caleb Bolden, Pleasant Grove, Sr.; Jacoby Bogue, Van, Sr.; Brett Brown, Godley, Jr.; Mason Cooper, Waco Robinson, Jr.; Dylan Dougherty, Hidalgo, Sr.; Keagan Downs, Pleasanton, Sr.; Tyler Haywood, Levelland, Sr.; Kase Johnson, Iowa Park, Soph.; Jordan Martinez, Sinton, Sr.; Chase Partain, Silsbee, Sr.; J.T. Penick, Hudson, Sr.; Taylor Swarbrick, Aubrey, Jr.; Cameron Woodard, Athens, Sr.
Third basemen — Matt Bass, Snyder, Sr.; Chris Dickens, Iowa Park, Soph.; Austin Kwiatkowski, Robstown, Jr.

Aug

10

Posted by : admin | On : August 10, 2017

Head Football coach and Athletic Director Paul Essary
By Tom Chapman
The News Correspondent
ATHENS–Citizens, bond backers and boosters gathered Aug. 2 to celebrate the opening of the newly constructed field house at Athens High School. This journey began in 2015 when voters approved a 59.9 million bond for new construction at Athens high school. At the time Athens superintendent Blake Stiles called the historic bond passage a “great day for the students and the children of Athens.” “This is a vote of confidence for the leadership of the district.”
Head Football coach and Athletic Director Paul Essary led the tour which included new stadium, weight room, coaches’ offices and other additions amounting to 30,000 square feet of new space.
Coach Essary stated, “It’s always about the kids. We view this new facility as another tool to bring young people into becoming involved in athletics and the community at large. We are excited to be part of the team which includes the school board, principals, administrators and instructors that help point these kids into success and being solid citizens in the community.”
Coach Essary went on to say that he’s already seen differences. “We haven’t started formal practices at this point, but I’ve got kids coming in wanting to work out and use the facilities. When the kids have something nice it instills pride and motivation. We know that Kids becoming involved in athletics can change lives, get kids off the street and into a positive peer group.”
Coach Essary is the second longest tenured head in Hornets history having been with the program for nine years, leading the hornets to four district titles during that time. “Winning games is important but learning life lessons are important too. When we model and practice our core principles: Pride, character, class, commitment and team- success comes.”
Athens Hornet football begins with an away scrimmage against Royce City on Aug. 18 at 7pm.

Aug

10

Posted by : admin | On : August 10, 2017

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–This weekend’s tax-free back-to-school shopping frenzy focuses parents’ minds on the beginning of a brand-new school year. The first day of school comes earlier for some than others.
Athens High School (AHS) seniors will begin school Monday, Aug. 14 and will be the only students in attendance until the other classes arrive Aug. 16. Buses will run their normal routes beginning Aug. 14 and dress code applies.
AHS Fish Camp will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at the high school.
Students will begin in the gym and attend sessions to learn all about AHS. Parents are welcome but not required and schedules will be given at the end of the camp. Online registration is required.
Athens Elementary schools will hold Meet the Teacher night Aug. 14 for all three campuses, South Athens Elementary, Central Athens Elementary and Bel Air Elementary. A come-and-go event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will allow flexibility for parents and students to meet teachers and visit the campus.
Athens Middle School students will have online access to their schedules on Aug. 12.
Malakoff ISD begins classes Aug. 28. Malakoff High School will hold Fish Camp from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 for incoming freshmen who will receive their schedules at the end of the camp.
Malakoff High School seniors may pick up their schedule from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, juniors from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 and sophomores from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 23. Parents are requested to accompany their students when picking up schedules.
Meet the Teacher for Malakoff Elementary School is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. Students may bring their school supplies. Tool Elementary School sets Meet the Teacher for Thursday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m.
Other local school beginnings and important dates follow
Trinidad ISD
Meet the Teacher is set for Thursday, Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students pre-k through fifth grade may bring their school supplies with them.
Grades sixth-12th may pick up their class schedules and complete enrollment forms. High school students who plan to drive to and from school should bring proof of insurance and copy of their driver’s license with them.
Athens Christian Preparatory Academy
Classes begin Aug 16. Junior High orientation scheduled for Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Orientation for freshmen and sophomores is scheduled for Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m., for Juniors Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. and for seniors Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Cross Roads ISD
Classes begin Aug. 24 with Meet the Teacher scheduled for Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. for Elementary and Junior High students.

Aug

03

Posted by : admin | On : August 3, 2017

The News Staff Reports
CROSSROADS–Cross Roads has announced practices for cross country, volleyball and football.
The cross-country teams started workouts Aug. 1 at the baseball field. The first cross country meet will be Sept. 2 at Malakoff.
The volleyball team started workouts Aug. 1 and ended on Aug. 3.
The football team will start Monday, Aug. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the field house.
All incoming seventh, ninth and 11th graders need a new physical on file before beginning practice.
Athletes need to be prepared and ready to work, the 2017 fall sports season is right around the corner.

Aug

03

Posted by : admin | On : August 3, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Coming off a fourth straight conference championship, Trinity Valley coach Brad Smiley knows a target is on the backs of his Cardinals.
Trinity Valley is the preseason favorite to win the Southwest Junior College Football Conference by the coaches and media members at Friday’s conference media day.
In the media poll, the Cardinals received nine of 12 first-place votes, plus three more votes no less than fourth place.
The media poll has Tyler in second, followed by Kilgore, Navarro, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Blinn, New Mexico Military and Cisco.
In the coaches’ poll, TVCC had six of the eight first-place votes.
The Cardinals were followed by Kilgore, Navarro, Tyler, NEO, Blinn, New Mexico Military and Cisco.
“There are no weak links in our league,” Smiley said. “The teams in this conference are extremely competitive and powerful.”
If the Cardinals are to win the conference title for a fifth straight season, it would be the first time in school and league history.
During the coach’s comments, the recurring theme among all teams was how young their teams would be when camp opens Aug. 5.
Even with 25 lettermen returning from last year’s 11-1 team, Smiley has only four offensive and five defensive starters returning.
“At this level, we have to reload every year — always a fun challenge,” Smiley said in the media guide.
If one position is strong for the Cardinals, Smiley said the linebacking core, which is coached by former Cardinal Cortney Finney is that position.
They are led by leading tackler Blake Stephenson, who recorded 107 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups last year.
Other players to watch are Brandon Floyd, Jaquay Pough, Mike Carrillo, Sean Milligan, Trey Baldwin and Jack Lechman.
“Easily the most experienced, deepest position on the team,” Smiley said. “We expect a lot out of this group.”
At quarterback, the battle heading into camp is between returner Shelton Eppler and UT-San Antonio transfer Jaylen Henderson.
“Though Shelton was not a starter, he played in all 12 games last year and was very productive,” Smiley said. “We also added an exciting transfer from UTSA and signed two very talented freshmen. We are excited to see this group compete.”
Smiley said Eppler looked good during spring drills.

Jul

27

Posted by : admin | On : July 27, 2017

Special to The News
ATHENS–Athens Independent School District athletic director Paul Essary has announced the head coaching changes for the 2017-18 school year.
The Hornets and Lady Hornets will welcome in new head coaches in volleyball, girls’ basketball, boys’ soccer, softball and golf.
Those coaches are Joanna Johnson in volleyball, Jeff Teague in girls’ basketball, Brent Achorn in softball, Brendan Rich in boys’ soccer and Ricky Brooks in golf.
Brooks takes over the golf program from Alec Wofford, who was the coach last year.
In the football program, Essary also announced changes with the assistant coaches.
“On the high school football staff, we have had a little bit of a turnover this year,” Essary said. “We have promoted Jarrett Buchholtz up to the varsity. We have moved up Desmond Bowie to varsity football, Devon Bowie to varsity and Allan Carroll to varsity football. We have a guy named Franklin Scott, who is coming in from Garland ISD, that will be freshman and varsity football. Coach (Cody) Hines will still run the middle school program and be the middle school coordinator.”
Johnson takes over the volleyball program from Kayla Benton, who is now an assistant coach with basketball and softball.
She comes to Athens from Holland High School, where she has ties to the Henderson County area.
“She is an Athens alumnus and she came to us from Holland ISD and she has also coached at Mabank ISD,” Essary said. “She has great credentials and I am excited to have her in the coaching family. She is a go-getter and will be an excellent addition to our staff.”
Johnson will make her Athens head coaching debut Aug. 8 in a dual match against Eustace and Mildred at E.L. Kirk Gymnasium in Eustace.
Teague makes the move to Athens from West Rusk after replacing Emily Martinez, who is now the girls’ basketball and volleyball coach at Cross Roads ISD.
“He grew up at least part of his youth in Athens,” Essary said. “I am excited about having him and the things he will bring to our girls’ basketball program.”
Achorn takes over the softball program following the departure of Michelle Forsman, who is now the head softball coach at Scurry-Rosser High School.
“He will have the girls in softball ready to go and we are excited to have coach Achorn over here,” Essary said.
Achorn was the softball coach at Mabank High School last year.
“He has been a head softball coach at Class 5A Keller Fossil Ridge,” Essary said. “He has also coached at Abilene High, which is a Class 6A school. I talked with a gentleman that I knew back when he was at Abilene High that I respect. He bragged on coach Achorn and said he did a great job.”
The boys’ soccer program is getting a first-year head coach in Rich, following the departure of Jonathan Ryal during the spring.
“He is coming from a very successful soccer program in high school,” Essary said. “He played for one of the best soccer coaches from Nacogdoches who just retired. He (Rich) went to Stephen F. Austin University and just graduated. He loves the game and is a very intelligent young man. He has a lot of fire in him and when I was checking references, they said he can do the job.”

Jul

20

Posted by : admin | On : July 20, 2017

By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF—During the superintendent’s report portion of the Board of Trustees meeting, Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry voiced his disagreement with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s recent position on school funding.
According to an article in the Texas Tribune, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick laid out a proposal to give teachers bonuses and increase their retirement benefits, with plans to pay for both long-term using money from the Texas lottery.
Patrick’s plan, in part, would provide $600 to $1,000 bonuses to long-term and retired teachers, inject $200 million into the Teacher Retirement System, give $150 million to struggling small, rural districts, and provide $60 million for new facilities for fast-growth school districts and charter schools.
Currently, about $1.3 billion annually, or 27 percent of lottery funds, goes to public schools. Patrick is currently proposing taking the $700 million from that $1.3 billion to fund raises and bonuses, rather than reallocating additional lottery revenue.
The fact that no additional funds are being allocated by the state to provide increased salaries and bonuses for teachers is what Perry takes issue with. “It is disturbing to me that a politician will tell educators that they don’t have their priorities right. Our teachers and administrators have our children’s best interests at heart all the time.”
Patrick had called on school districts to reprioritize 5 percent of their funds over the next four years to increase teacher salaries. Districts, he said, “have to be better about how they spend the money. They have to put more focus on teachers.”
Perry said, addressing the board, “Patrick is telling you that you’re not doing a very good job supporting our teachers.”
Perry also told the board he met with Senator Robert Nichols and discussed with him the dire nature of insurance costs for teacher and retirees and that for many teachers, coverage is simply unaffordable.
In other business, board members:
• heard that Ideal Impact had high praise for the district’s efforts in saving energy and savings realized for March and April were $5,000,
• an audit of the school lunch program is expected this year,
• approved expenditure in the amount of $4,233 to solve the ongoing issue at the Rock building,
• discussed installing an awning at the back of Malakoff Elementary and tabled the decision until the facility committee could investigate options and advise and
• heard the results of the School Safety and Security Audit which is much improved over previous years.

Jul

20

Posted by : admin | On : July 20, 2017

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Summer is a season of relaxation, especially for school-aged children who are not yet old enough to work. Such youngsters no doubt enjoy the chance to spend summer days lounging poolside or at the beach, all without a care in the world or any homework to complete.
Though summer is synonymous with R&R, parents of young athletes who hope to compete in scholastic athletics when the school year begins in autumn may need to take steps to ensure their children are not at risk of injury once the curtain comes up on fall sports season.
Examine and replace equipment if necessary. The right equipment can protect children from injury and help them realize their full athletic potential. But damaged or outdated equipment can increase children’s risk of injury. Examine your child’s equipment long before fall sports season begins so you have time to bargain hunt should anything need to be replaced.
Schedule a physical for your child. Many school districts mandate that athletes receive and pass physicals before they can compete. Speak with the athletic director at your childs school to learn the guidelines that govern athletic physicals. The physical will need to be conducted by a predetermined date, but you may also need the physical to be conducted after a certain date for it to be considered valid. Speak with your childs physician if any problems are found during the physical.
Let children heal. Children’s schedules are busier than ever before, and many youngsters play several sports during the school year. Summer vacation may be the only extended period all year that youngsters bodies get to heal. While it is important that children stay physically active throughout the summer, make sure they don’t overdo it, as you should emphasize the importance of rest.
Gradually get back in the swing of things. While rest gives children’s bodies a chance to heal and develop, it is important that young athletes stay in shape over the summer. As the fall sports season draws near, help children gradually get back in the swing of things. Tryouts tend to be physically demanding, so children who have not lifted a finger all summer may be at risk of injury or missing the cut. Let children ease back into regular exercise to make sure they are not starting from scratch come their first tryout.
Speak with coaches. Coaches can be great assets to parents who want to make sure their youngsters enjoy the summer without sacrificing their chances of making the team in the fall. Speak with your child’s coaches to determine if there is any area your son or daughter can work on over the summer to improve his or her chances of making the team. Make sure kids are the ones leading the charge to improve their games; otherwise, they may feel pressured into doing so and that can take away the fun of playing sports.
Scholastic athletes should take advantage of the opportunity to relax and recover that summer presents. But athletes who hope to compete in the fall can still work with their parents to ensure they’re ready once the school year and sports season begins.