Dec

07

Posted by : admin | On : December 7, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The No. 22-ranked Athens Hornets made sure the home debut was exciting for the fans Tuesday, Dec. 5 in a 96-82 victory over the Jacksonville Indians.
This Hornets are back on the road until Dec. 15 when they host the Kaufman Lions.
Athens (6-1) returns to action in the opening round of the Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro. The tournament begins Dec. 7 for the Hornets as they face Bullard at 5 p.m. at the high school. The tournament runs through Dec. 9.
In the victory over Jacksonville, the Hornets were led by senior Miles Koehler with 25 points. Senior Chris Taylor had 24, Gary Lyons had 18, Javiry Bowman had 14, Rhe’Jhi Sherfield had seven, Cam Ray had six and Rowdy Godwin had two.
Jacksonville (0-3) was led by Deshun McCuin with 25 points. Jaeshun Bush had 16, Cason McCuin and Josh McDowell had nine, Casey Johnson and Brady Robinson had six and Lateris Castleberry had five. Steven Robertson, Will Chancey and Kyle Fuller had two.
Both teams opened on a hot start as Jacksonville took a 27-22 lead into the second quarter. The Indians took an 11-8 lead with 5:23 remaining as Deshun McCuin hit an old fashioned 3-point shot.
The Indians extended the lead to 16-8 before Ray hit one of two free throws to end the run.
Athens tied the game at 29 with 5:23 remaining in the first half as Bowman hit two free throws. The free throws were part of a 12-0 run by the Hornets. The final basket of the run came on a dunk by Lyons for the 36-29 lead.
Athens was able to take a 45-37 lead into the second half as Taylor had 17 points for the Hornets.
In the second half, Athens continued to find ways to disrupt the Indians defensively extending a 53-45 advantage into a 62-45 lead before a fast break layup by Bush.
In the fourth quarter, Athens extended its lead to 72-61 with 6:52 remaining on a fast break layup by Taylor.
Jacksonville would get to within eight at 87-79 with 1:59 remaining, but could not get any closer as Athens wrapped up the game on a 6-3 run for the 93-82 finale. Cason McCuin scored the final basket for the Indians.
Jacksonville returns to action Thursday through Saturday in the Central Heights Classic.

Dec

07

Posted by : admin | On : December 7, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ELKHART–The Athens Lady Hornets won the girls’ title at the Elkhart tournament Dec. 2 with an 84-49 victory over Neches.
In the other games, Athens won 76-11 over Kennard and 58-45 over Cayuga.
In the title game, Athens was led by Mikayah McCollister with 21 points.
Bre’Nya Barker had 15, Raveon Rodriguez, Tamya Hubbard and Karlie Cook each had 10, Jazzmine Johnson had eight points, Hallie Williams had six and Kara Smith finished with four.
“We did what we set out to do, win the tournament,” Athens Head Coach Jeff Teague said. “And we did it in pretty dominating fashion beating our opponents by a combined score of 217-105, though the final two games were a much bigger challenge than those numbers might indicate.”
In the win over Cayuga, McCollister had 22 points.
Rodriguez and Barker had 10, Hubbard had eight, Williams had three, Cook and Johnson had two and Smith had one.
In the win over Kennard, McCollister registered 20 points.
Rodriguez had 16, Barker had 12, Hubbard had 10, Cook finished with seven and Smith had four.
Williams, Kiki Howard and Johnson each had two points.
The Lady Hornets return to action in the East Texas Shootout tournament starting Dec. 7 in Brownsboro, running through Dec. 9.

Nov

30

Posted by : admin | On : November 30, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Brad Smiley has announced his resignation to become offensive coordinator at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Smiley will coach the Cardinals one final time Saturday, Dec. 2 at the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove. The eighth-ranked and 8-3 Cardinals are scheduled to face No. 12 Garden City Community College, also 8-3, in an 11 a.m. kickoff.
The resignation is effective at the end of the current semester.
He will leave after an 11-year tenure at TVCC in which he became the all-time winningest head football coach in college history with a 68-39 record. He also is the longest-tenured at the position along with the late Carl Andress.
“Janna and I want to say thank so much to the Trinity Valley family and the Athens community for all of the love, support and friendship that you have given our family over the past 10 years,” Smiley said. “Words cannot express how grateful we are for allowing us to raise Ben and Clary in such a special place, that they will always consider home.
“Whether you were a neighbor, co-worker, colleague, football fan, Cardinal Club supporter, mentor, church family member, former player, former youth camper, child’s teacher or coach; you have made a lifelong impact on our family, and we will always be grateful. Go Cards!”
“Coach Smiley was a great role model that positively impacted the lives of student/athletes during his 11-year tenure at TVCC”, said College President Dr. Jerry King. “Coach Smiley and his family have been a tremendous asset to our college and our community and will always be part of the TVCC family.
“We wish Coach Smiley and his family the very best in this new opportunity. “
TVCC Vice President for Student Services Dr. Jay Kinzer echoed King’s sentiments.
“I would like to thank Brad for an outstanding job the past 11 years in leading TVCC athletics, football in particular, to becoming one of the premier programs in the country. His leadership and passion for TVCC and our student-athletes are second to none and have played a huge part in making TVCC the greatest college in the country,” Kinzer said.
The 2014 season at TVCC was the high-water mark of Smiley’s tenure. The Cardinals completed the third 12-0 season in school history and captured the SWJCFC, regional and Heart of Texas Bowl.
After the Cardinals’ record-setting and perfect season, Smiley was named JUCO National Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly magazine.
Smiley led the Cardinals to SWJCFC regular season titles the past five years, though the 2013 title was vacated by NJCAA sanctions, three regional titles and four bowl appearances during that span.
The Cardinals have appeared in the past 60 NJCAA polls, including a current streak of 20 straight times in the Top 10.
Upon his arrival as head coach in 2007, Smiley was no stranger to Athens, having served as offensive line and tight ends coach, as well as recruiting coordinator in the 1998 and 1999 seasons, for Cardinal Hall of Fame coach Scotty Conley. He was a part of the 1999 SWJCFC championship and 1999 Red River Bowl championship teams. His line helped pave the way for the conference’s leading rushing attack both seasons as well as ranking in the top five nationally.
Smiley came to TVCC after spending seven seasons coaching in New Orleans at Tulane University. During his tenure at Tulane, he was a part of an offensive staff that helped produce the university’s all-time leading passer, leading scorer and leading rusher as well as several all-time leading receivers. He was a part of the team’s 2002 Hawaii Bowl Championship, 2005 Disney’s Wide World of Sports Spirit Award and 2005 Football Writers of America Association Courage Award.
Smiley began his coaching career at his alma mater, Baylor University, as a student assistant in 1995. He then moved to Northwestern State and was a part of the 1997 Southland Football Conference Championship team helping NSU advance to the 1997 NCAA Division I-AA Championship Playoffs.
Smiley and his wife, Janna, have two children, Benjamin Andrew, 14 and Clary Ann, 12. He holds a BBA in Marketing from Baylor University (1995) and a Masters of Education from Northwestern State (1997).

Nov

29

Posted by : admin | On : November 29, 2017

Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry (right) and Board President Rick Vieregge present a certificate of appreciation to Acme Brick.

Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry (right) and Board President Rick Vieregge present a certificate of appreciation to Acme Brick.


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry honored Acme Brick Nov. 16 as being one of the community partners for the school district. Acme Brick supplied the brick for the dugout walls in the baseball field. “They’re always ready to help this district and this community. Since I have been in the district 12 years now, and six years as superintendent, anytime we have had a need, Acme Brick has been there,” Perry said.
Board trustees also agreed to replace scoreboards in the high school gym. The smaller scoreboard of the two, on the west side of the gym has had intermittent issues with its lighting, frequently going out during games.
Technicians called on to fix the problem have been unable to ascertain the cause since they can’t reproduce the failure. Superintendent Perry noted that these units are 28 years old and parts are becoming obsolete. After much discussion of options, the board voted to replace both boards with wireless units costing $14,835 for both scoreboards.
In other business, board trustees:
• passed a resolution approving the sale of the district’s interest in the Henderson County Shared Services building which allows for a commercial real estate firm to aid with the sale and sets a minimum bid at $350,000,
• agreed to pledge all 702 of the district’s votes behind Phil Tucker for Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors – Place 4,
• heard campus principal’s reports, highlighting activities for the upcoming holidays and
• heard district enrollment sits at 1,380.

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
GARLAND–The Trinidad Lady Trojans pushed their way to this moment all season long, and this is what they had played for since their season started in August, a chance to play for the UIL State Volleyball Championship.
They were one step away coming into Wednesday, Nov. 15 as they faced off against the Blum Lady Bobcats at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.
The Lady Bobcats had made their way to the State semi-finals with victories over Buckholts, Kopperl, Bryson, and Tioga before facing Trinidad.
The Lady Trojans had a first-round bye after winning their district. They defeated Leggett, Chester and Fruitvale, winning all nine sets in the first three rounds before battling to the end, winning 3-2 over Miller Grover to advance to the semi-finals.
It started out as back and forth between the Lady Trojans and the Lady Bobcats early on.
The Lady Trojans then found a spark and went on a run to take a 14-5 lead before Blum took a timeout.
The Lady Bobcats battled their way back late, tying the contest 23-23 after a 18-9 run.
With the support of the fans in the stands, the Lady Trojans scratched out the last two points to take a first set victory, 25-23.
The Lady Trojans seemed to have trouble with communication in the second set, losing points on mistakes, and eventually falling to the Lady Bobcats 25-17, knotting the sets 1-1.
The Lady Bobcats then jumped on Trinidad early, taking a 5-0 lead, forcing Lady Trojans Head Coach Tina Sawtelle to take a timeout and try and regather some momentum to push Trinidad in the right direction.
The Lady Trojans battled back late, getting to within three points at 23-20, but were unable to come back and defeat Blum as they went onto a 25-20 win in the third set.
The Lady Trojans now had their backs against the wall, facing elimination and possibly looking at the end of their season.
The Lady Bobcats held an early 3-2 lead before the Lady Trojans tied up the fourth set, and them promptly took the lead 5-4.
The Lady Bobcats then proceeded to go on a 10-5 run to take a 14-5 lead. The Lady Trojans clawed to within 18-12, but couldn’t overcome Blum as they fell 25-15 in the fourth and final set.
Erica Airheart led the Lady Trojans with 18 kills and had 16 digs.
Hallie Airheart finished with nine kills and eight digs.
Tori Moody led the Lady Trojans with 20 digs and had two assists.
The Lady Trojans season came to an end after winning their first district championship and going on a long playoff run, making it to within one win of play

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff City Council reacted positively to the first reading of a request from the Malakoff ISD School Board to annex property at the high school into the city.
Mayor pro-tem Tim Trimble explained the request was made to include the new high school for police protection. The property consists of two parcels each more than 40 acres in the Peter Tumlinson Survey.
Council members also adopted resolutions authorizing the application for two Community Development Block Grants through the General Land Office. If granted, the 1 percent match grants would replace and upgrade two sewer pipes going to the wastewater treatment plant. The second application pertains to a drainage improvement project on the east side of the community center.
Kenneth Coignet from Public Management, said the grants would total $986,000 and $936,000, or nearly a million dollars, each. “The General Land Office has made $17M available for projects connected to FEMA 2015 storm events. There’s no guarantee, but we can try.” The applications will be completed and sent out on Nov. 30, he said following the unanimous approval.
After a lengthy executive session, the council authorized city attorney Hank Skelton to issue a letter to Star Harbor attorney Kelly Myers stating the City of Malakoff does not wish to alter the Dec. 16, 2016 contract it offered to the City of Star Harbor.
The council took no action in open session regarding a public information request, but rather just consulted with its attorney on the matter in closed session.

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
CROCKETT–The Malakoff Tigers headed to Monte Jack Driskell Stadium in Crockett Nov. 17 to face the Rockdale Tigers in a Bi-District playoff matchup.
The two teams faced each other last year in the third round of the UIL playoffs in Waco.
The Tigers came into last year’s playoffs on a tear after going an undefeated 7-0 in district play. Malakoff ended the season at 14-1.
Malakoff won the previous matchup in 2016 by a score of 27-14.
Malakoff would go on to face Yoakum, but lost 28-24, coming just one win shy of heading to AT&T Stadium to play for the State championship.
Malakoff came into the contest at 9-1 on the season, with Rockdale coming in at 8-3 overall.
Malakoff hoped to have a little magic from last season to help them prepare for their first-round contest on Friday.
Malakoff struck first on Friday night with a 13-yard touchdown reception by Ethan Snow from the arm of quarterback Judd Miller to take a 7-0 lead just over one minute into the contest.
Rockdale responded just three minutes later with a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Torry Locklin to tie the game 7-7.
Just before the end of the first quarter, Jaquaylnn Crawford picked up a 49-yard rushing touchdown for Rockdale to take a 14-7 lead before the second quarter.
Rockdale scored just nine seconds into the second quarter on a 45-yard pass to push their lead to 20-7 after a missed extra point.
Malakoff running back Zee Bailey responded with a four-yard run with 6:58 left to cut the lead to 20-14.
With 4:10 remaining, Locklin tacked on his second touchdown of the game for Rockdale on a 24-yard run. Rockdale would complete the two-point conversion to take a 28-14 lead.
Bailey was able to close the gap with a two-yard touchdown with 49 seconds remaining to cut the Rockdale lead to 28-20.
Rockdale would add a field goal to take a 31-20 lead into halftime.
Defense was the name of the game in the third quarter as Rockdale was the only team to score on a one-yard touchdown pass to boost their lead to 38-20 heading into the final quarter.
Miller took the ball into his own hands and picked up a 26-yard rushing touchdown for Malakoff to cut the deficit to 38-26 with 10:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Miller picked up another touchdown on a two-yard rush with 4:42 remaining to cut the Rockdale lead to 38-33.
Rockdale put the nail in the coffin with a late touchdown to seal the 46-33 victory over Malakoff.
Rockdale moves on to the Area round of the playoffs to face Woodville Friday, Nov. 24.
Malakoff won 54 games combined over the last five seasons.
Things turned around after Jamie Driskell arrived, carrying the team to an 8-3 record in 2009 after going 0-10 in 2008.
The Malakoff Tigers season comes to an end as they finish up 2017 at 9-2 overall under Coach Driskell.

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers entered senior night looking for one more tune-up against the Elkhart Elks before the beginning of postseason play.
The Tigers did just that, with their offense setting a school record for offensive output Nov. 10.
The Tigers busted out with a 15-yard rushing touchdown by R.J. Carr. After the successful PAT by Hector Romero, the Tigers took a 7-0 lead.
This would become frequent as Romero ended the night with nine successful extra points.
The Tigers tacked on seven more points on a 54-yard reception by Jaquaylon Hart after a great pass from quarterback Judd Miller to take a 14-0 lead.
Zee Bailey picked up a 44-yard touchdown on a long run, followed by a 39-yard rushing touchdown by Hart.
Bailey added his second of the first half on a short three-yard run to push the Tigers’ lead even higher.
Ethan Snow caught a 51-yard pass from Miller, Hart picked up his second touchdown of the first half on a 60-yard reception and Dedric Davis got his first touchdown on a seven-yard run to get the lead to 55-0 by the time the second quarter ended.
Carr picked up his second touchdown on a two-yard run, followed by Jamicah Gregg’s first touchdown of the night.
Davis ended the offensive outburst for the Tigers on a 65-yard rushing touchdown to carry the Tigers to their largest victory in school history, defeating the Elks 75-0.
The Tigers finish the regular season at 9-1 overall and wrapped up District 9-3A Division I play with a 6-1 record. Malakoff finished tied with Teague and West for first in the standings.
They head into the playoffs with a share of their 11th district championship in school history.
The Tigers begin postseason play with a third-round rematch from 2016 against the Rockdale Tigers (7-3, 5-1 district) Friday, Nov. 17 at Monte Jack Driskell Stadium in Rockett at 7:30 p.m.

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
BROWNSBORO– The season finale between the Athens Hornets and Brownsboro Bears turned into a shootout at Bear Stadium Friday.
With eight seconds remaining in regulation, the Hornets scored the game-winning touchdown as Nathan Sims rumbled in from 22 yards out. Anderson booted the PAT through for the 49-42 finale.
The one and only pass for the Hornets came with 1:29 remaining as Andrew McBride found Xavius Fulton for 85 yards. The extra point by Dakota Anderson tied the game at 42.
“Yes, I expected the pass and our entire coaching staff expected the pass. We told the kids too, but when you are dealing with 16 to 18-year-old kids, they don’t do what they are always coached to do,” Brownsboro coach Greg Pearson said. “We know with 1:50 left and having to go 90-yards, that they were going to throw a pass. We had three guys who were definitely supposed to play loose, and one of them definitely didn’t.”
Athens coach Paul Essary said following the game-winning touchdown by Sims, he knew things were looking good for his group.
“I really did think the momentum was shifting,” Essary said. “Some of the coaches thought we may have to throw the ball. I said, all we have to do is pop it, and we popped it and got it going. The line did a great job of blocking and the running backs did a good job of faking it. Xavius did a good job and when you get the ball in the air, X will catch it. Andrew did a good job of play action sitting back there and threw it out there, and the rest is history.”
The Hornets finished with a record of 3-7 overall and 2-4 in District 8-4A play. The Hornets ended a four-game losing streak with the victory.
“We are at least tied for fourth place and the points got us again,” Essary said. “We are there and with a young team they will keep fighting and we will have a great offseason. I am so happy for these seniors who played their hearts out. These underclassmen played their hearts out. I love them to death and I am going to miss them, and I am proud of them.”
Brownsboro improved to 5-5 overall and finished district play at 2-4. They will be the No. 4-seed in the playoffs scheduled for next week.
“We do get to put the pads on Monday and get to play Thursday night,” Pearson said. “Maybe we can correct these mistakes. From what I am understanding, it will be Liberty Eylau at 7 p.m. at Pine Tree. We found a way to get in and now we have to find a way to get a win.”
Brownsboro opened the scoring with 6:56 remaining in the first as Kevon Thompson scored on a 20-yard run.
Bears senior running back Saul Williams added to the lead with a six-yard run with 10:08 remaining in the first half.
Athens then cut the deficit to 14-6 as Sims scored on a six-yard run. The Hornets bobbled the snap, and missed on the two-point conversion.
Thompson scored his second touchdown of the game, this time from 15-yards out for the 20-6 lead. The Bears missed the two-point conversion attempt.
Sophomore Jerquindon Taylor wrapped up the first half scoring with a 41-yard touchdown run. Dakota Anderson booted the PAT good for the 20-13 deficit.
“I tell you I knew that Athens and Brownsboro would come out and it would be a slug fest. It was, and my hats off to Athens,” Pearson said. “Their coaching staff and kids did a good job. We had a chance to put them away with a two-score lead, and their kids bounced back and fought and continued to fight.”
In the third quarter, Thompson scored from six yards out to give the Bears a 15-point lead at 28-13 with 10:31 remaining.
Athens responded with a 37-yard run by Fulton, and a 29-yard run by McBride to tie the game at 28. On McBride’s touchdown, Athens went for two as Fulton ran in the conversion.
In the fourth quarter, Woods scored on a five-yard run to make the score 35-28 with 8:09 remaining.
McBride then tied the game with a four-yard run with 5:29 remaining. Thompson then added a 44-yard run to make the score 42-35 Brownsboro with 2:18 remaining in regulation.
“It was a typical Brownsboro and Athens football game. We had two rivals, and it was a slug fest,” Essary said. “I thank the good Lord that we won the game. We played our hearts out, and I know Brownsboro played their hearts out. They are two well-coached teams and two well played teams. Both teams played hard, physical and relentless. I am proud of them and what better way to end the season than with a win.”

Nov

08

Posted by : admin | On : November 8, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
TEAGUE–The Malakoff Tigers lost their first game of the 2017 season on Nov. 3 against a very tough Teague Lions squad.
The Lions had more than a few long drives set up by either great passes or great blocking.
The Tigers struggled on the offensive side with three interceptions from quarterback Judd Miller.
In the end, the Lions came out on top of the Tigers 35-14 as Malakoff’s impressive winning streak came to an end.
The Tigers came into the game at 8-0 this season, and on a 20-game winning streak dating back to 2015.
The Lions offense exploded for 380 rushing yards and finished the night with 517 total yards of offense.
The Tigers finished with 326 total yards of offense against Teague.
The Tigers struggled to convert on third down against the Lions, going 3/11 on Friday night.
The loss drops the Tigers record to 8-1 overall with a 5-1 district record.
They are currently tied with both Teague and West for first place heading into the final week of the regular season.
The Tigers come home and honor their seniors in their final regular season game Nov. 10. They face off against the Elkhart Elks (3-6, 1-5 district) as they prepare for the upcoming postseason.
The Tigers went five rounds deep into the playoffs in 2016, coming just one win shy of a trip to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the 3A State Championship game.
The Tigers defeated Troy, Kirbyville, Rockdale and Cameron Yoe before falling in a close contest, 28-24 to Yoakum. Yoakum lost to Mineola in the championship game.