Mar

23

Posted by : admin | On : March 23, 2017

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By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
TOOL–Tool Elementary School Principal Christa Calhoun and Malakoff Elementary Principal Ronny Snow received Region 7 awards in recognition of High Progress as Title 1 schools.
Federal Programs Specialist Vicki Weatherford presented the awards. Snow was also recognized as High Performing which means the school scored in the top 25 percent in performance.
Snow was also presented with an award from the Governor of the State of Texas in recognition of his being named District Educator of the Year by his alma mater Sam Houston State University. Snow received that honor at the university during an award ceremony March 4.
Superintendent Perry commented what an honor it was to receive such a distinction from one’s alma mater. “We are very proud of Mr. Snow,” he said.
The board saw a demonstration from Pasha French’s fourth grade class who recently learned about electrical circuits. Killian Ireland, Anna Svoboda and Alek Green presented a hands-on demonstration of what they have learned.
Superintendent Perry read for the first time, Update 107, an update to district policy. He gave the board what he called the “cliff notes” version and the board members were provided with the entire update.
Notable changes were in the gifts section which allows the superintendent to accept gifts on behalf of the district unless they are real property or have a condition attached to them, fund-raising which reinforces the requirement for parent-teacher groups and organizations to have principal approval in advance for all fund raising efforts. Perry pointed out that this has been an issue in the past with the school not being aware of a fund-raiser in progress.
The other portion Perry expounded on regarded compulsory attendance. In the State of Texas under §25.085[2], compulsory attendance applies to students who are at least six years old as of September 1 of the applicable school year. The law requires a student to attend public school until the student’s 19th birthday, unless the student is exempt under §25.086.
Exemptions currently include children who are enrolled in a private or parochial school, children who are eligible to participate in a special education program and cannot be served by the district, children who have a physical or mental condition of a temporary or remedial nature and are recuperating or children who are expelled. (There are others. For full information refer to §25.086, available online.)
For students who are homeschooled, the district requires a dated letter on file from the parent or guardian stating such. Perry added that if the district has evidence that a child is not being educated, the district can then investigate and pursue legal action to compel attendance. There must be a good reason, Perry added. The board will have time to review this update and vote on it during the next board meeting.
In other business, the board:
• approved the district calendar for the 2017-2018 school year with school starting Aug. 28 and ending May 25. May 29 is listed as a possible bad weather make-up day.
• noted current enrollment is 1,302, attendance at 94 percent down from 96 percent last year. Perry noted they would have to do well this last 10 weeks in order to get back up to 96 percent. Pervasive illness during the third six weeks (including closing one day), caused the drop in attendance numbers,
• approved five struck-off properties to be sold in the Henderson County Sheriff’s sale May 2,
• made plans for board members to attend summer leadership institute,
• approved Superintendent Perry to serve on the Region 7 ESC Regional Advisory Committee 2017-18.

Mar

23

Posted by : admin | On : March 23, 2017

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Sports Writer
MARTIN’S MILL– The Trinidad Trojans ran into a hot-hitting team in their 17-2 defeat at the hands of Martin’s Mill, March 21 at Mustang Sports Park. The Trojans were battered for 12 runs on 11 hits in the rough first inning.
After two groundouts in the top of the first inning, the Trojans got a man on when Colby Snider walked with two outs. The next hitter foulded out to the catcher to end the inning for Trinidad.
In the home half of the first inning, the first three batters for Martin’s Mill reached on base-hits. An error brought home the first run of the game. The five-hole hitter singled to drive in two more runs, putting runners at second and third. Two more singles brought home two more runs. The Mustangs used two triples, two singles and an error to score seven more runs, going up 12-0 after one inning of play.
In the top of the second inning, the Trojans again got a man aboard when Tristan Fletcher walked on five pitches. Jaden Garcia grounded into a fielder’s choice and the next two hitters struck out to end the inning.
Martin’s Mill added three more runs in the bottom of the second inning. The first batter was hit by a pitch and the next batter walked to put men at first and second. The third hitter in the inning laced a double to left field to drive in two runs. After an infield single, an error scored the third run of the inning for the Mustangs.
The Trojans settled down after the rough first inning, but by then it was too late to catch a team that was on fire offensively. The Trojans got back two of the runs in the top of the third inning. Kaleb Mines led off the inning when he was hit by a pitch. After a fielder’s choice by Nate Williams, Jerry Bannister knocked a single to center field with Williams was running on the play and Williams scored from first on the base hit. Bannister stole second base and Snider was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with just one out. Bannister came around to score the Trojans’ second run of the game after a successful double steal by he and Snider caused an overthrow by the Martin’s Mill catcher, allowing Bannister to trot home with the run.
In the bottom of the third inning, Martin’s Mill scored two runs on a double and two singles.
Bannister went 1-2 with a run batted in, a run scored and two stolen bases. Snider reached base twice and had a stolen base. Jaden Garcia also had a steal in the game.
Snider pitched the first two innings for the Trojans. Williams came on in relief in the third inning.
The Trojans will be back in action at 6 p.m. Friday, March 31 when they travel to Kerens to battle the Bobcats in a District 20-2A battle.

Mar

23

Posted by : admin | On : March 23, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Lady Tiger junior small forward/power forward Jalie Dawson has been selected to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Basketball Team.
Athletes are nominated by member coaches and selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association Basketball All-State Committee at their annual meeting during the UIL girls state basketball tournament.
Dawson has alreadybeen selected as the District 18-3A Offensive Most Valuable Player and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region team member for her play this season.
The five-foot, seven-inch Dawson averaged 21.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 1.5 assists per game for the Lady Tigers, who won the bi-district championship with a 48-46 victory over Maypearl before losing to Little River-Academy in the area round of the state playoffs, 70-50.
Malakoff Head Basketball Coach Meghan Hyde was proud of the accomplishment of her junior player. “It’s an awesome honor, especially as a junior to be selected for the All-State team. Jalie has been huge in our program since her freshman year, she has tons pressure on her year after year, but still rises to the occasion.” said Hyde.
Hyde said she is excited to see what the future holds. “She is such a competitor and has a great work ethic. I can’t wait to see what she will do her senior year.”

Mar

16

Posted by : admin | On : March 16, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The Athens Hornets will be sending two powerlifters to the state meet in Abilene after the pair finished in the top two at the regional meet March 9 in Malakoff.
The state powerlifting meet is March 25 at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.
Athens senior Noah Bush finished second in the 220-pound division with a total weight of 1,455 pounds.
Bush lifted 565 in the squat, 375 on the bench and 515 pounds on deadlift.
Walt Mahmoud also advanced with a second-place finish in the 148-pound division. Mahmoud lifted a total of 1,125 pounds with a 440-pound squat, 260-pound bench and 425-pound deadlift.
Bush and Mahmoud are the only two Henderson County area lifters to advance to state in Class 4A.
Other lifters from the Hornet powerlifting team advanced to the regional meet and placed well in their respective divisions. Maalik Hall finished in seventh-place in the 198-pound division.
Antonio Miranda finished in 10th place in the 198-pound division. Athens athlete Shemar Willis finished seventh in the 220-pound division and Hornet powerlifter Anthony Lopez was eighth in the 165-pound division.
Other Henderson County lifters also participated in the regional meet. Malakoff’s Chandler Prnka placed fourth in the 123-pound division, while Cody Wilbanks placed 10th in the super heavyweight division. Tristan Castillo placed fifth in his 132-pound weight class, while fellow Bulldog Victor Quevedo finished 11th in the 198-pound class. Mikey Marshall placed fifth in the super heavyweight class.

Mar

16

Posted by : admin | On : March 16, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Lady Hornets, led by senior Sam Smith’s two home runs, rapped out 14 hits in their 11-4 home victory over Mexia March 14 at Peg Cain Field.
Smith went 3-4 with the two home runs, three runs scored and three runs batted in to pace the Lady Hornets, who are now 6-11 overall and 2-0 in District 18-4A play.
Bianca Garcia had four hits in four at-bats for the Lady Hornets, including a double. Garcia had three runs batted in and scored three runs on the night. Smith started the Lady Hornet scoring with her first home run of the night in the bottom of the first inning, giving the Lady Hornets a 2-0 first-inning lead.
Mexia answered in the top of the third inning, scoring three times on just one hit. The Black Cats scored on a fielder’s choice and a two-run single. The Lady Hornets tied the game on a run-scoring bunt single by Lindzey Roberts, making the score 3-3.
The Lady Hornets offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two run double by House, an Alicia Grogan single, a sacrifice by Jennifer Bradford and a single by Kelli Gartman that drove in the final two runs of the inning. The Lady Hornets led 9-4 after five innings of play.
Smith belted her second home run of the evening in the bottom of the sixth inning, extending the Lady Hornet lead to 10-4. The final run scored on an error by Mexia, allowing Grogan to score from second base for an 11-4 lead.
Bayleigh Collins went 1-4 with a run scored, Gartman was 1-2 with two walks, two runs batted in and a run scored, Tyler Greene had a hit and a run scored, Grogan had one hit in four at bats with two runs scored and an RBI. Roberts also added a hit and an RBI.
Kristin House pitched a complete game for the win, giving up five runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts, while walking three batters. Only three of the runs were earned.
In a game on Monday, March 13, the Lady Hornets outlasted Palestine 15-12. Gartman led the Lady Hornets with five hits in six at-bats, three runs scored and three runs batted in. Gartman had a triple and two doubles in the game, along with a steal.
The Lady Hornets will be back in action at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 when they travel to Madisonville.

Mar

09

Posted by : admin | On : March 9, 2017

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers basketball team got its share of post season district awards, including Jalie Dawson’s recognition as Co-Offensive MVP.
Dawson claimed the most prestigious award of all the Lady Tigers, but other gained notable recognition. Juniors Charlsey Stearman and Taliaha Dora gained a place on the All-District First Team, showing promise for next year when they are seniors.
Sophomore KeiKei Walker and senior Kerrian Toliver were named to the All-District Second Team.
Kamry Hurd, Kerrian Toliver and Charlsey Stearman were named to the All-Academic Team.
The Lady Tigers had a succesfull season, defeating Maypearl 48-46 in the Bi-District round of the State Playoffs before losing to Little River Academy 70-50 in the Area Round.
The complete District 18-3A award list is as follows:
District MVP: Jordan Jenkins, Buffalo
Offensive MVP: Kadaja Nickleberry, Teague and Jalie Dawson, Malakoff
Defensive MVP: Ashley Nickleberry and Samantha Pate, Buffalo
Newcomer of the Year: Mollie Dittmar, Buffalo
Sixth Man Award: Cady Drake, Teague
Coach of the Year: Chris Nickleberry, Teague and Jozette Jenkins, Buffalo
First Team All-District
Lauren Pate, Buffalo, Destanee Roblow, Teague, Zytaria Herod, Teague, Kennedy Bennett, Teague, Charlsey Stearman, Malakoff, Taliaha Dora, Malakoff, Kaydee Honeycutt, Leon, Sarah Grace Merry, Leon, Baylee Williams, Frankston, Trinity Boggs, Frankston, Jordon Carter, Westwood, Monica Wilson, Westwood.
Second Team All-District
Jabria Simmons, Elkhart, Naomi Williams, Elkhart, Allie Hayes, Elkhart, A’sia Bradley,Buffalo, Hannah Eakin, Buffalo, Madison Steen, Teague, Mallorie Sims, Teague, KeiKei Walker, MalaKoff, Kerrian Toliver, Malakoff, Jayla Hawkins, Frankston, Bradlie Crowley, Leon, Cameron Davidson, Leon, Janzel Baroy, Westwood, Chelsey Walker, Westwood.

Mar

09

Posted by : admin | On : March 9, 2017

ATHENS–The Athens Hornets boys basketball team had a good season, finishing with a 25-7 record and playing in the regional quarterfinal playoff match.
Lone senior Jabrile Richardson was named to the second team on the All District 18-4A squad, while juniors Miles Koehler and Gary Lyons were named to the first team. Junior Javiry Bowman was named to the second team. Junior Chris Taylor was named to the honorable mention team.
Academic all-district team members were senior Brandon Arroyo, junior Adrian Givens, Lyons, Taylor and junior Alec Scott.
The Most Valuable Player of the district went to Mexia senior Shemar High, and Offensive Player of the Year went to Fairfield senior E.J. Ransom.
Defensive Player of the Year went to Madisonville junior Tommy Holiday and Fairfield junior Kolby Adams was named Newcomer of the Year.
Complete District 18-4A awards were:
MVP: Shemar High, Sr., Mexia.
Offensive Player of the Year: E.J. Ransom, Sr., Fairfield.
Defensive Player of the Year: Tommy Holiday, Jr., Madisonville.
Newcomer of the Year: Kolby Adams, Jr., Fairfield.
All District First Team
Malcolm King, Sr., Mexia; Miles Koehler, Jr., Athens; Gary Lyons, Jr., Athens; Sam Bennett, Jr., Madisonville; Jailyn Tatum, Jr., Fairfield; Akeem Jackson, Sr., Fairfield; Eric Rhodes, Sr., Palestine.
All District Second Team
June Rischer, Sr., Fairfield; Kasey Williamson, Jr., Madisonville; Chris Mathews, So., Mexia; Javiry Bowman, Jr., Athens; Jabrile Richardson , Sr., Athens; Kadarius Spurlock, Sr., Palestine; Jaise Oliver, So., Fairfield.
Honorable Mention
Kolbe Branch, Jr., Fairfield; Nick Porter, Jr., Madisonville; Deontae McAdams, Sr., Madisonville; Kendall Moffett, Jr., Madisonville; Cornelius Merchant, Jr., Madisonville; Travion Carter, Jr., Mexia; Davion Carter, Jr., Mexia; Tykieston Gamble, So., Mexia; Chris Taylor, Jr., Athens.
Academic All-District
Athens: Brandon Arroyo, Sr; Adrian Givens, Jr.; Lyons, Jr.; Taylor, Jr.; Alec Scott, Jr.
Fairfield: Jaise Oliver, So.; James Reed, Jr.
Madisonville: Tyrese Brown, Fr.; Sam Bennett, Jr.; Kasey Williamson, Jr.
Mexia: Travion Carter, Jr.; Davion Carter, Jr.

Mar

02

Posted by : admin | On : March 2, 2017

The News Staff Reports
CORSICANA–The Athens Hornets played their final game of the season in the Regional quarterfinals in a 88-70 loss to the Waco Connally Cadets at Corsicana High School Feb. 28.
The loss ends a solid run for the Hornets, who posted a 25-7 overall record and were second place in District 18-4A after defeating Madisonville and Mexia in a three-way playoff for the second seed in the district. The team could have finished as low as fourth place in district, but got hot at the right time and made it all the way to the third round of the state tournament.
The game wasn’t very close, as Connally led nearly the entire game besides a brief Athens lead in the opening minutes.
Athens ran into halftime with a 41-29 deficit, but cut it down to just eight points with 1:50 remaining in the third quarter when Gary Lyons hit a free throw bring the game within 53-45.
Gary Lyons finished with a team-high 25 points for the Hornets, while Miles Koehler had 17, Javiry Bowman had 15, Jabrille Richardson had 10, Chris Taylor had six and Xavius Fulton had two points.
This was the final game for seniors Richardson and Brandon Arroyo.
Snell finished the game with a game-high 33 points for the Cadets, followed by10 points each from Sidney Haddon and Korie Black. Je’Juan Forward had nine, Keith Black had five, Zailin Cleveland had four and Devin Miles had two.
Connally (26-12) will face Houston Yates in the regional tournament Friday at Sam Houston State University.

Mar

02

Posted by : admin | On : March 2, 2017

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Special to The News
ATHENS–The season series between the Trinity Valley Cardinals and Navarro Bulldogs went in favor of the Cardinals with a 90-72 victory Wednesday at Cardinal Gym.
TVCC won the first meeting between the two teams, 82-67, on Jan. 28, in Corsicana.
The No. 18-ranked Cardinals (23-5 overall, 14-3 in Region XIV Conference play) return to action Wednesday, March 1 at Tyler Junior College.
The tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., following the Lady Cardinals contest.
The regular season finale is March 4 as they host Kilgore Junior College on sophomore day.
TJC hosted Panola Wednesday, travels to Navarro Saturday and wraps up the regular season March 1 against TVCC.
Trinity Valley opened the contest on a 7-0 run in the first 1:06 of the game.
After a timeout by Navarro coach Michael Landers, the Bulldogs went on a 13-6 run to tie the game on a layup by Saint Hilaire. Hilaire finished the night with 20 points.
TVCC then took control of the game the remainder of the way.
With just over five minutes remaining in the first half, Amaad Wainright found Jaime Echenique for the dunk to give TVCC a 31-19 lead.
Navarro cut the deficit to 10 at the half at, 42-32, as D’Angelo Hunter hit two free throws with one second remaining. Hunter scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half of play.
In the second half, Navarro got to within, 43-35, in the first 1:15 of the half as Eric McCollom had a rebound basket.
TVCC then went on a 7-0 run with baskets by Josh Stamps, Echenique and a three from Wainright for the 50-35 lead with 16:09 remaining in regulation.
That forced Landers to call a timeout but the Bulldogs could never get the game under single digits.

With 7:03 remaining in regulation, Navarro got to within 11 as Randall Broddie found Xavier Fogle for the bucket and a 71-60 deficit.
TVCC was led by Wainright with 16 points. Stamps had 12, Jaquan Lightfoot had 11 and Echenique had 10.

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.