Feb

23

Posted by : admin | On : February 23, 2017

THE NEWS PHOTO/RUSSELL SLATON – Malakoff ISD school board secretary Tim Mattingly (left) receives, on behalf of board members, a framed proclamation from Superintendent Randy Perry (right) which thanks trustees for their service, passed in January by the Texas Legislature, and sponsored by Rep. John Wray. That presentation came Thursday, Feb. 16.

THE NEWS PHOTO/RUSSELL SLATON – Malakoff ISD school board secretary Tim Mattingly (left) receives, on behalf of board members, a framed proclamation from Superintendent Randy Perry (right) which thanks trustees for their service, passed in January by the Texas Legislature, and sponsored by Rep. John Wray. That presentation came Thursday, Feb. 16.


By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF – Malakoff ISD trustees have approved all principal and director contracts for the 2017-18 school year, and also rewarded Superintendent Randy Perry with a two-percent raise. Those actions came during Feb. 16’s monthly meeting.
Superintendent Perry also presented board members a framed copy of a resolution sponsored by State Rep. John Wray, who serves Malakoff ISD in the Texas Legislature, which recognizes Malakoff school board members with a proclamation commending their service and “exemplary commitment to students.” That resolution, issued in conjunction with January’s Texas School Board Appreciation Month, was passed on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives in late January.
Perry also thanked Rep. Wray and State Sen. Robert Nichols later in the meeting, during his superintendent’s report, for co-sponsoring bills that have a direct effect on Malakoff ISD. Nichols’ co-sponsored bill would end the small-school penalty in the multiplier used to determine state school funding, applied against school districts smaller than 300 square miles. Perry said it is estimated that funding formula change could mean an extra $500,000 per year in state funding for Malakoff ISD.
Wray’s co-sponsored bill would continue state funding for another six years for Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction (ASATR), a funding program adopted in 2006 which fulfilled a Texas Legislature promise that no school district would receive less funding because of the reduction in property tax rates spearheaded by that same body. The funding percentage was subsequently reduced by state legislators in 2011.
Malakoff ISD board members also approved a grant application to provide partial funding for the district’s school resource officer position. The $40,000 matching grant, now known as an UPLIFT grant, was formerly known as COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services). The grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Education.
Superintendent Perry also discussed the district’s closing on Feb. 6 because of widespread illnesses in preceding days that he said led to attendance bottoming out at 83 percent. Perry said first, sixth and seventh grades were hit hardest by illness absences.
MISD board members also discussed board training held earlier this month, which all agreed helped them be better board members.

Feb

23

Posted by : admin | On : February 23, 2017

The News Staff Reports
WACO–The Athens Hornets are moving on to the area round of the 4-A playoffs following a 76-68 win over China Spring at Ennis High School Feb. 21.
The Hornets (24-6) were the District 18 runners-up and faced the third-place Cougars (23-10).
Athens was down early in the game and didn’t take their first lead until midway through the second quarter when they went up 33-32. The lead didn’t last long and the Cougars quickly gained it back, but the game remained practically dead locked until the fourth quarter.
The two teams continued to battle until the end. The Hornets finally took the lead in the fourth quarter with a three-point shot to go up 56-54 with 7:16 remaining.
China Springs tied the game with a lay up 59-59, but Athens went on a 6-0 run to claim a 65-59 lead with just 4:25 remaining. China Springs made it hard on the Hornets, nailing a thee-pointer and layup to take the margin within 1-point with under three minutes remaining.
That’s as close as the game got, as the Hornet’s offense went on another run to take a 72-64 lead with only 30 seconds remaining in the game.
The Hornets shot 21-25 from the free throw line to secure the victory.
Miles Koehler had 17 points for the Hornets in the victory. Chris Taylor had 11, Bowman and Jabrile Richardson had 10 each and Xavius Fulton had two points.
China Spring was led by Haigood with a game-high 26 points. James had 15, Antwan Stephens had 14, Cameron Jenkins had nine and Brett Cain had four points.
Athens (24-6) will play Lampasas (24-3) in the area round Friday at 6 p.m. at Waco Robinson High School. Lampassas was the District 19-4A champion.
The winner of the Athens-Lampasas contest will face either Navasota or Waco Connally in the regional quarterfinals next week. Connally defeated Mexia, 69-57, in their bi-district contest, while Navasota defeated Taylor, 72-61.

Feb

23

Posted by : admin | On : February 23, 2017

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Special to the News
CARTHAGE–An eight-game win streak for the No. 12-ranked Trinity Valley Cardinals was snapped Saturday at the hands of the Panola Ponies in Carthage.
Panola won by a score of 94-87 as TVCC is 22-5 overall and 13-3 in Region XIV conference play.
With three games remaining in the regular season, the Cardinals face Navarro College Wednesday at Cardinal Gym. The regular season will end with TVCC at Tyler Junior College March 1 and hosting Kilgore on March 4.
In the loss to Panola, the Ponies held a 47-38 lead at the half. TVCC outscored Panola, 49-47, in the second half.
The Cardinals were led in scoring by sophomore Hyron Edwards with 29 points. Ryan Preston had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Amaad Wainright had 10 points.
Jaime Echenique had nine points, Brandon Holley had eight, Jaquan Lightfoot had seven, Josh Stamps had five, Andres Ibarguen had four and Julius Jackson had two.
The No. 10-ranked Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals had one of their worst losses of the season in a 64-39 defeat to the Panola College Fillies Saturday in Carthage.
Panola avenged an 81-65 loss to the Lady Cardinals on Jan. 11 in Athens.
With the loss, coach Gerald Ewing’s Lady Cardinals are 20-5 overall and 12-3 in Region XIV conference play.
TVCC has four games remaining in the regular season as they travel to Lufkin to face Angelina College Wednesday. Tip for the game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
In the loss, TVCC was led by Christalah Lyons with 13 points and four rebounds. Shakeela Fowler had eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Dominique Mills had seven points and one block, Malaysia McHenry had five points and four rebounds, Naomi Davenport had four points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists and Rainey Kuykendall had two points.
The Lady Cardinals shot 26.7 percent from the field.

Feb

16

Posted by : admin | On : February 16, 2017

The News Staff Reports
CORSICANA–Jalie Dawson was the hero the Malakoff needed after nailing shot in the closing seconds of the Lady Tigers 48-46 Bi-District playoff victory over Maypearl Feb. 13 at Navarro College.
The Lady Tigers fell behind in the contest early, as Maypearl jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the first quarter.
Maypearl kept adding to the lead early in the second quarter until two free throws from Dawson brought Malakoff to 24-16, with 4:21 remaining in the first half. The lead continued to crumble, then Dawson took Malakoff within one point, 24-23, with two more free throws with 2:05 remaining.
In the third quarter, the defensive pressure picked up for both teams as Maypearl outscored Malakoff, 7-5, for a 40-35 lead.
In the fourth quarter Maypearl led by as much as 42-37 before the Lady Tigers made their final comeback. Maypearl tied the game at 46 with under 30 seconds remaining, then Dawson nailed the game-winning shot.
Dawson led the way for Malakoff with a game-high 20 points.
Kamry Hurd had 12,  junior Charlsey Stearman had five, junior Nakeya Kelley had four and freshman Sha’Kera Thompson had two.
Maypearl had three points from Creech and Meredith Keasler and two from Alyssa Holder.
Malakoff (19-10 overall) will face the winner of the Little River Academy-Whitney contest later this week in the area round.

Feb

16

Posted by : admin | On : February 16, 2017

Lady Cardinals win 73-50
Special to The News
ATHENS–Once the 11th-ranked Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cards found another gear, they ran away and hit from Paris Junior College’s Lady Dragons for a 73-50 win Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Gym.
With a pink-clad Play 4Kay crowd looking on, the Lady Cards outscored Paris 30-10 in the final 14:30 to run their season record to 19-4. They are 11-2 in Region XIV Conference heading into a three-game road trip to Bossier Parish, Panola and Angelina.
The Lady Cards are scheduled to return home Saturday, Feb. 25 against Coastal Bend in a 2 p.m. tipoff.
Paris hung with the Lady Cards until near the midway point of the third quarter. The Lady Dragons pulled within three, 43-40, before the Lady Cards ran off and hid.
Jordan Alexander provided the spark for the Lady Cards with 16 points, all in the second half. Alexander drained four three-pointers.
Naomi Davenport tossed in 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Shakeela Fowler had 14.
The Lady Cards took a 39-31 lead into the halftime locker room when Christalah Lyons hit a running three-pointer at the buzzer.
Boys victorious 81-65
The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The No. 18-ranked Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals won for a 37th-straight time at Cardinal Gym Saturday afternoon.
Using a fast start in the second half, the Cardinals rolled to an 81-65 win against the Paris Junior College Dragons in a Region XIV Conference contest.
In extending their home win streak, first-year head coach Guy Furr’s Cardinals maintain their lead in the North Zone. Now 21-4 on the season, the Cardinals are 12-2 in conference play.
The Cardinals are scheduled to be on the road this week, traveling Wednesday to play Bossier Parish and Saturday to take on Panola.
Andres Ibarguen led the Cardinals with 17 points. He also grabbed 12 rebounds.
Also scoring in double figures for the Cardinals were Brandon Holley with 15, all on three-pointers, Josh Stamps 13 and Hyron Edwards 11. Edwards also had seven assists.
The Cardinals were 9-of-13 from the free throw line. Paris was 24-of-36.
The Cardinals led 35-28 at the half, finishing the half on a 5-0 spurt.
By the 14:50 mark, they were in control of the scoreboard with a 51-35 advantage.
The win gave the Cardinals a sweep of Paris. They scored a 94-77 win at Paris in January.

Feb

09

Posted by : admin | On : February 9, 2017

The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Seven Malakoff Tigers received postseason praise on the 2016 Padilla Poll Class 3A, Division I Coaches All-State football team.
The seven players will receive a certificate for making All State.
Representing the first team was senior wide receiver Q.T. Barker. Second team selections went to senior Larry Coker on offense, senior Payton Lowrie on offense, junior Judd Miller on offense and senior Tyler Russell on offense. Seniors Danyal Littleton and Jack Patton were named to the second team defense.
The Offensive Player of the Year went to Muleshoe senior Beto Diaz, while the Defensive Player of the Year went to Brock senior Zane Young. Mineola coach Joe Drennon was named Coach of the Year.
On the 2016 All-East Texas Football Team released by the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Coker was named as a second-team offensive lineman and honorable mention defensive lineman. Barker was named second-team wide receiver and honorable mention defensive back, Littleton was named second-team defensive lineman and Russell was named second-team defensive back.
Lowrie was named honorable mention offensive lineman, Miller was named honorable mention quarterback and senior CJ Overton was named honorable mention defensive lineman.

Feb

09

Posted by : admin | On : February 9, 2017

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Special to The News
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals stayed unbeaten at home on the young season Tuesday afternoon with 3-0 and 6-5 wins against Hill College at Drumgoole Field at Cain Park.
It was the Lady Cardinals’ second sweep in as many home doubleheaders.
The wins improved the Lady Cardinals to 5-1 on the season heading into a doubleheader at home today against McLennan Community College. Action begins at 1 p.m.
GAME 1
Shelby Craig went the distance in the circle in the first game for the Lady Cardinals, allowing just three hits.
The Lady Cardinals also had just three hits, but also drew four walks. Three straight walks set the table for Alexi Santos to drive in a pair of runs with a two-out single in the third inning.
Kimberly Abundis and Shannon Klaus had the other two hits for the Lady Cardinals. Klaus had a lead-off triple in the first inning.
GAME 2
The Lady Cardinals had 12 hits in the second game and got a strong relief pitching performance from Kimberly Hughes. Hughes relieved Abundis after three and-two-third innings.
Hill managed just four hits against Abundis/Hughes, but benefited from six Lady Cardinal errors.
Breana Florez and Savannah Martinez led the Lady Cardinals at the plate. Florez had three hits (a double and two singles) and drove in two runs and Martinez had a home run (solo) and single.
Alyssa De Los Santos, Abundis and Klaus also had multiple-hit plate appearances with two singles each.
In the fifth inning, after having left the bases loaded to end the fourth, the Lady Cardinals scored three runs to wipe out a 5-3 Hill lead. De Los Santos drove in two and Hughes, in her first at-bat, drove in the other.
Hill advanced a runner to third with one out in the top of the seventh. Hughes got out the jam with a strikeout and groundout.

Feb

02

Posted by : admin | On : February 2, 2017

Special to The News
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College announced Friday it will forfeit its upcoming women’s basketball games against Blinn College and Jacksonville College.
The forfeits are a result of all Lady Cardinal players having been ejected in a game Wednesday night at Kilgore College.
Leading 43-28 with 6:25 left in the third quarter, an altercation occurred near midcourt, resulting in players from both teams leaving the bench area and entering the court.
Following the ejection of all players from both teams, officials suspended the game.
The NJCAA has declared the game a no contest.
NJCAA rules state in the event of an ejection for a violent action, which leaving the bench during an on-court incident is considered, a player is suspended for two games.
“The events at the game disappoint us,” said TVCC president Dr. Jerry King. “We do not tolerate such behavior at Trinity Valley Community College and we take incidents like this very seriously.
“Our student-athletes must understand this, and that there are consequences for their actions. We have to make this a teachable moment with the understanding this is unacceptable.”
The Lady Cardinals went into the Kilgore game ranked No. 9 nationally with a 17-2 season record and perfect 9-0 conference mark.
The Lady Cardinals were scheduled to play Blinn at home Saturday at 2 p.m. Due to the game’s forfeiture, they will end their Cardinal Gym win streak, which began on Jan. 13, 2010, at 88 games.
Following an open date next Wednesday (Feb. 1), the Lady Cardinals were scheduled to take on Jacksonville on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. in the annual Play 4 Kay game.
That event has now been moved to Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. against Paris.
The Lady Cardinals’ next scheduled game is Wednesday, Feb. 8, at San Jacinto.
Game time is 5:30 p.m. They will carry a 17-4 season record and 9-2 conference record into the game.
A similar ruling will likely affect the Kilgore College Lady Ranger basketball team.
The TVCC Cardinal men’s basketball team will take on Tyler at home on Saturday, Feb. 4 in a 4 p.m. tipoff.

Feb

02

Posted by : admin | On : February 2, 2017

MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers had 21 points from Jalie Dawson in a 61-28 victory over the Palestine Westwood Lady Panthers Friday.
KeiKei Walker, Charlsey Stearman and Alliyah Coleman had eight points. ShaKera Thompson had six and Taliha Dora had four points.
In the Tigers game, Malakoff won by a score of 60-58. Tyler Russell finished with 24 points to lead the Tigers.
Kadderious Thomas had eight, JaQuaylon Hart had seven, Katoriuhn Dewberry had six, QT Barker had five, Danyal Littleton had four, Jake Lee had three and Breashawn Williams had two.

Jan

26

Posted by : admin | On : January 26, 2017

Malakoff HIgh School Senior Julia Walden is one of 295 students out of 2,222 chosen to participate in the 2017 Asssociation of Texas Small School Bands All-State Band.

Malakoff HIgh School Senior Julia Walden is one of 295 students out of 2,222 chosen to participate in the 2017 Asssociation of Texas Small School Bands All-State Band.


The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Malakoff High School senior and member of the “Pride of Malakoff High School Band” Julia Walden, has been chosen for the 2017 Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) All-State Band.
More than 9,000 high school band students across Texas auditioned in 22 regions for a place in their respective all-region bands. The top chairs in each region advanced to one of five area auditions in the state. Of those 2,222 students, only 295 were selected for all-state honors.
Walden plays the flute under the direction of Band Director Chad Bentley and is also a private student of Sue Bugg. This is her first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band.
Walden is the daughter of Curtis and Tawna Walden of Malakoff and enjoys playing in the East Texas Youth Orchestra as well as performing as a part of the Malakoff Theater Troupe. Her other interests include Journalism.
Bentley, who in his high school days was one of only five others who made All-State Band from Malakoff, said, “We are extremely proud of Julia and all she has accomplished. She has worked very hard for many years and deserves this honor.”
The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio from Feb. 8-11 and present a concert on Saturday, Feb. 11 in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center. Joseph Missal of Oklahoma State University will be the clinician-conductor. The symphonic band will premiere a piece by Johnnie Vinson, commissioned by ATSSB for the event.