Feb

15

Posted by : admin | On : February 15, 2018

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The News Staff Reports
CORSICANA–The Malakoff Lady Tigers head to the Area round after a 46-40 victory over the Maypearl Lady Panthers Tuesday at the Wolens Special Events Center in Corsicana.
The Lady Tigers had to play two seeding games to get to the playoff game Tuesday.
Malakoff coach Meghan Hyde said that helped the team.
“We really didn’t enjoy playing the seeding games, but I think it helped us for this moment,” Hyde said. “I think we got a playoff mindset the last two games, especially like the game against Buffalo going right down to the wire.”
With the victory, Malakoff faces Marlin in the Class 3A, Region 3 area round later this week.
Marlin defeated Rogers, 69-42, Monday.
The two teams will play at McClennan Community College in Waco Friday at 8 p.m.
“I know Marlin has a really good point guard,” Hyde said.
Malakoff was led in scoring by senior Jalie Dawson with a game-high 20 points. Alliyah Coleman had nine, Taliha Dora had six, Charlsey Stearman had five, Nakeya Kelley had four and KeiKei Walker had two.
Maypearl was led by Sol Cabuto with 13. Kynlee Herrin had eight, Lillie Beason had seven, Meredith Keasler had six, Phylicia Grimes had four and Hadlee Gibson had two.
Malakoff came out strong behind the play of Stearman and Dawson.
The first 11 points were scored by Dawson off assists from Stearman for an 11-4 lead
“That is Jalie,” Hyde said. “I was looking back in the books to her freshman year, and she always performs when games get tougher and bigger stages. She will make a great college player one day.”
Following the opening 3-pointer by Dawson, the Lady Tigers held the lead the entire game.
Maypearl got to within 15-10, at the end of the first quarter. In the second, Malakoff was able to hold a five-point lead throughout to take a 27-22 lead into the intermission.
Dawson led the way with 13 points in the first half of play.
In the second half, Malakoff went to a stall game as the third quarter saw the Lady Tigers outscore Maypearl, 10-6.
In the fourth quarter, Maypearl tried to make a run to get the game to within, 43-40 with just over a minute left.
The basket came on a 3-pointer from Keasler off an assist from Alyssa Holder.
Malakoff iced the game with a free throw by Kelley and a layup by Coleman off an assist from Stearman for a 46-40 victory over the Lady Panthers to advance.

Feb

08

Posted by : admin | On : February 8, 2018

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
AUSTIN–The realignments and reclassifications came out Thursday, Feb. 1 for upcoming football and basketball seasons in Texas from 2018 through 2020.
The new redrawing of districts and boosts in attendance will affect some local teams here in the Cedar Creek Lake area.
One big move is that the Kemp Yellowjackets’ football team will now be moved into a new district alongside the Eustace Bulldogs and the Malakoff Tigers. Along with those three schools are Dallas A+, Dallas Life Oak Cliff and Dallas Madison.
The Yellowjackets exceeded everyone’s expectations this past season, going 13-2, advancing all the way to the State semifinals in football against the Brock Eagles.
’Jackets Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Brandon Hankins says he is happy with the new realignment and expects it to be competitive.
“It is a tough district, but the competition will be good for our kids,” Hankins said. “I am also happy about the travel. I think it is about the same competitive-wise, we came from a really good district the last two years.”
Hankins also said bringing back some not-so-distant rivals will be an added bonus.
“It will be fun to bring back some of the old district foes back in the mix with Eustace and Malakoff,” he said.
Hankins says the preparation his team does will change along with the new additions, but he looks forward to what’s next for Kemp.
“The new prep work will be different because we haven’t played those two teams in the last two years and they are different teams, but so are we. We are excited about the challenge.”
The Malakoff Tigers were favorites coming into the postseason after reaching the State semifinals in 2016 and finishing 9-1 in the regular season in 2017.
They were ousted in the first round by Rockdale, who went on to win the 3A, Division I State championship over Brock.
The Eustace Bulldogs narrowly missed the playoffs in 2017, finishing in fifth place with a 3-4 district record and 6-4 overall.
Eustace Bulldogs Head Football Coach/Athletic Director Heath Ragle says that the district is only getting better with the new addition of Kemp and others, and that they will do as much work as possible to prepare for the upcoming season.
“Obviously adding a State semifinalist team in Kemp makes it tough, but we expected that going into the day,” Ragle said.
“They are a very athletic and well-coached team, so they will present some obstacles for us. Overall though I think moving from the eight-team district to a six-team district is in our favor. We had four top-20 teams in the state in our district last alignment and three of them were often in the top five throughout the last two years. We are not very familiar with three of the teams in the district, so we will do our best between now and that time to learn as much about them as possible.”
Ragle also said the prep work begins early on gathering as much information on new teams as they can.
“We always prep the same way with new alignment on looking at what each team has done scheme-wise and how many returners they may have coming back,” he said. “We go ahead and start making folders on these things now so we can compare notes from the spring to what we are seeing next fall.”
He says that playing in other sports helps the student-athletes as well to stay in shape and prepare for the challenges of next season.
“Ultimately though for the kids, it’s about preparing now during the offseason by competing in other sports, the weight room and on the track to help be prepared for the new district.”
The only change for Mabank in basketball will be the addition of Athens to district play and the subtraction of Rains.
Mabank Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Tracy Carter sees the same thing he sees every realignment, or the start of every season: the district will be tough to play against, and the Panthers have to scratch and claw for everything they get.
“I think our district will continue to be a strong, very competitive district in which everyone will be in for a battle every game,” Carter said.
The Panthers have two games remaining in the regular season and sit in fourth place in their district behind Brownsboro, Van and Rains.
Senior night is Friday, Feb. 9 for the Panthers against Wills Point, and their regular season comes to an end on the road Feb. 13 against Canton.

Feb

01

Posted by : admin | On : February 1, 2018

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–The Trinidad Trojans’ varsity basketball squad fell on hard times as they lost to an explosive Slocum Mustangs’ team on Friday night.
The Mustangs were all over the Trojans immediately, forcing Trinidad Coach Bo Martin to call a timeout just :23 into the first quarter.
The Mustangs continued their tear with a 16-0 run in the first before the Trojans finally got on the board, courtesy of a basket by Antywon Shofner.
The Trojans would add two more points but trailed 27-4 after a tough start to the game.
The Trojans tacked on just four more points in the second quarter to head into halftime trailing the Mustangs 41-8.
The Mustangs outscored the Trojans 13-4 in the third quarter to take a 54-12 lead into the final eight minutes of regulation.
The Trojans finished off the contest with five points in the fourth quarter, including the last two by Demajeigh Hampton, on their way to a 57-17 loss on their home court.
The Trojans are at home Friday, Feb. 2 on Groundhog Day, but are hoping they don’t have a repeat performance as they face Oakwood at 7:30 p.m. at home.

Feb

01

Posted by : admin | On : February 1, 2018

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–The Trinidad Lady Trojans struggled against the explosive offense of the Slocum Lady Mustangs as they lost their district contest Friday night at home.
The Lady Mustangs jumped out to an early 4-1 lead over the Lady Trojans.
They increased their lead to 12-1 after an 8-0 run before Erica Airheart answered with a basket of her own to make it a 12-3 deficit.
Tori Moody knocked down both free throws, followed up by a layup on a nice pass from Erica Airheart to cut the Lady Mustangs lead to 14-8.
Lady Trojans Coach Bo Martin picked up a technical foul with 2:18 remaining in the first quarter after a disagreement on some questionable calls early in the first few minutes of the contest.
The Lady Mustangs ended the first quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 26-8 lead into the second quarter.
Hallie Airheart went 1/2 from the line to cut the deficit to 31-12. Eric Airheart added another free throw to make it a 34-14 contest.
Hallie Airheart picked up the and-1 minus the free throw to cut the deficit to 50-20 heading into halftime.
The Lady Trojans added just 13 more points in the second half on their way to a 78-33 loss to the Lady Mustangs.
The Lady Trojans pick back up Friday, Feb. 2 at home as they face Oakwood starting at 6 p.m.

Jan

25

Posted by : admin | On : January 25, 2018

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The No. 19-ranked Athens Hornets survived a scare in the second half for a 77-68 victory over the Mexia Blackcats Tuesday in Athens.
The Hornets are 21-2 overall and 3-0 in District 18-4A play.
Athens is scheduled to be back in action Friday at Fairfield. The varsity will play around 7:30 p.m.
The Hornets have three more games at home this season.
Those games are against Palestine Jan. 30, a non-district contest against Brook Hill Feb. 6 and the season finale against Fairfield Feb. 13.
The game against Brook Hill is senior night as six seniors will play their final game.
Those players are Lyons, Koehler, Bowman, Alec Scott, Taylor and Adrian Givens.
The Blackcats are 20-5 and 1-3 in district play.
The two teams are scheduled to meet again Feb. 9 in Mexia.
Athens was led in scoring by senior Miles Koehler with 21 points.
Senior Gary Lyons had 20, Javiry Bowman had nine while Rowdy Godwin and Chris Taylor had eight each.
Mexia was led by junior Chris Mathews with 18 points.
Davion Carter had 13 while Jaden Proctor and Gary McQuirter had 11 each. Travion Carter had eight, Jaquay Martin had six and Katy Griffen had one point.
Athens held a 45-25 lead at halftime as they looked to be in control of the game.
The Hornets held a 64-44 lead near the end of the third quarter, before Mexia went on a 10-0 run to get to within 64-54.
Travion Carter hit a free throw with seven minutes remaining in regulation.
The first basket for the Hornets came on a rebound by Godwin with 6:20 remaining in the game.
The Blackcats then went on another run to cut the Athens lead to three at 66-63.
The run was capped off by a free throw from Mathews with 4:10 remaining.
Athens then extended the lead to seven with back-to-back layups from Taylor and Lyons with under three minutes left.
The Hornets were able to ice the game with two free throws by Taylor for the 77-68 finale.
In the first quarter, the two teams played a tight game as Athens took an 18-12 lead heading into the second.
The final basket came on a rebound basket by Lyons at the buzzer.
In the second, Athens was able to continue a 12-0 run for a 28-12 lead with just over five minutes left.
Mexia ended the run with a free throw by Proctor at the 4:59 mark of the first half.
The Hornets were 17-of-24 from the free throw line, compared to 11-of-20 for the Blackcats.

Jan

25

Posted by : admin | On : January 25, 2018

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–A tie game at the half turned in favor of the Mexia Ladycats in a 70-48 victory over the Athens Lady Hornets Tuesday at AHS Gymnasium.
Mexia came in ranked No. 25 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
The Lady Hornets (12-12, 0-5) are scheduled to be back in action Friday at Fairfield.
Athens has two more home games Jan. 30 against Palestine for senior night.
The game against Palestine will be the final home game for seniors Jazzmine Johnson, Raveon Rodriguez and Kelcee Johnson.
The game against Mexia was the first game back for Johnson, who returned from an injury suffered early in the season.
The regular season finale for the Lady Hornets is Feb. 6 against Ferris at AHS Gymnasium.
Mexia is 21-6 overall and 4-1 in district play.
Athens was led in scoring by freshman Makiyah McCollister with 19 points. Jazzmine Johnson had eight, Tamya Hubbard had seven and Rodriguez had five.
Hallie Williams and Bre’nya Barker had four and Kara Smith had one.
Mexia was led by Yazmine Green with 20 points.
Treece Daily had 13, Jenny Williams had 11, Keke Keith and De’modesty Williams had seven, while Precious Daily, Camryn Smith, Destini Hutchinson, Oasis Keener and Tiesha Jones had two points each.
The two teams were tied at 29 after the first 16 minutes of play.
Athens took a 29-27 lead with 1:05 remaining on a free throw by Smith.
Mexia tied the game with a rebound basket by Green with 35 seconds remaining.
In the third quarter, the Ladycats were able to put the game away outscoring the Lady Hornets, 21-8, to take a 50-37 lead into the final quarter of play.
Mexia opened with a 10-0 run before McCollister found Jazzmine Johnson for an easy basket midway through the third quarter.
The Lady Hornets had a hard time dealing with the pressure of the Ladycats in the second half of play.
Following a 3-pointer by McCollister to open the fourth quarter, the Ladycats went on an 11-0 run to build their lead up to 61-40 midway through the fourth.
The Ladycats won the first meeting 67-33 on Jan. 5 in Mexia.

Jan

18

Posted by : admin | On : January 18, 2018

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Athens coach Cliff Thompson said Friday’s 89-74 victory over the Palestine Wildcats was the biggest game he has seen all season.
It was the District 18-4A opener for both teams, and a competitive game until the second half of play.
“We shot the ball well,” Thompson said. “We made it hard for them to get shots they normally get. I feel like we played a really good game. Rowdy (Godwin) probably played his best game of the year with his rebounding and defense. I can’t think of one player who I am disappointed in that played. That was a fun game, and I am glad to see it.”
Athens is 19-2 overall and 1-0 in District 18-4A play. They return to action Tuesday as they host the Mexia Black Cats at 7:30 p.m. from AHS Gymnasium.
“They are big,” Thompson said. “They have 6-foot, 6-inch and 6-foot, 5-inch guys who can play. They have some guards who can shoot and handle the ball. I have seen them on film and they like to press. I assume they will do that to us too. I haven’t watched enough film to see how they handle our pace. Our big guys will have to play good Tuesday.”
Athens was led in scoring by senior Gary Lyons with 20 points. Senior Miles Koehler had 18, Javiry Bowman had 17, Chris Taylor had 14, Godwin had 12 while Cam Ray and Rhejhi Sherfield had four.
Palestine (14-13, 0-1) was led by Matthew Wages with 22 points. Jeremiah Davis had nine, L.A. Wiggins and Israel Fatade had seven and Enoch Fatade and Quinton Cook had six. Kameron Hamilton and Eric Carthon had three and T.J. Dever had two.
In the first quarter, Athens jumped out to a 14-5 lead with over three minutes left in the quarter on a layup by Bowman. Palestine was able to cut into the deficit and got to within 18-13 after the first quarter.
The second quarter is where Thompson said the momentum seemed to shift.
“They scored 27 points in the second quarter to our 30 points. That is a very high scoring quarter,” the coach said. “They hit five 3’s in the second quarter, and when teams hit them like that it is hard to pull away. I thought we did a good job of staying the course, and they were shooting the ball well.”
The Wildcats cut the deficit to eight at the break on a fast break layup by Davis with time running out on the clock for the 48-40 deficit.
Thompson said at the break, the main focus is with continuing to do what they do.
“I told them at halftime that we don’t need to make any adjustments,” Thompson said. “We need to keep doing what we are doing, and I feel like throughout the year teams scout us and when they get tired, they don’t run back hard in transition. We are able to get easy baskets later in games.”
The Hornets were able to get the lead back up into double digits early in the third quarter. Lyons found Godwin on a fast break dunk to get the lead to 54-42.
The lead never got back to single digits the remainder of the game.
Thompson said with the Hornets at 19-2 at this point, the bond he has developed with the team has been for him as a coach.
“For me, they are really special. I came in when the six seniors were sophomores. We have had some success over the last two years,” the coach said. “I am trying to enjoy the time I have with them. They are good players and good kids. I don’t have to worry about discipline with them. It is a good fun group to be around. I am hoping our success shows how I feel about them.”

Jan

11

Posted by : admin | On : January 11, 2018

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers varsity basketball squad picked up a district win over the Frankston Lady Indians at home Tuesday.
Sophomore Alliyah Coleman got the scoring kickstarted for the Lady Tigers with the first two points of the contest.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Lady Indians called a timeout with 5:40 remaining in the first quarter.
The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Indians 6-2 following the timeout to take a 12-2 lead into the second quarter.
Once again, the Lady Tigers got on the board first to start the second quarter, courtesy of a layup from KeiKei Walker.
Both teams struggled late from the free throw line, with the Lady Tigers going 0/2, and the Lady Indians going 1/4 from the line.
The Lady Tigers would hold the lead, 16-7 at halftime.
The Lady Indians began the second half from the line, going 1/2 to cut the lead to 16-8.
The Lady Tigers answered on a shot from Ta’liha Dora that was rebounded by Sha’kera Thompson to make it 20-8.
With the Lady Tigers in possession of the ball late, senior Charlsey Stearman was able to finish an inbound pass from Nakeya Kelley to push the lead to 22-8.
The Lady Tigers would get the last score of the third quarter with Coleman putting in the final shot with four seconds remaining to take a 24-10 lead into the final quarter of play.
The Lady Indians were in familiar territory to start the fourth quarter, taking shots from the line after early foul trouble by the Lady Indians.
It paid off for the Lady Tigers as Frankston missed 3/4 free throws, leaving the lead at 26-11.
Senior Jalie Dawson added two more points for the Lady Tigers to bump their lead up to 28-11.
The Lady Tigers would only allow four more points total the rest of the fourth quarter.
The game ended with three straight successful layups from Dawson, including the final one at the buzzer to lead the Lady Tigers to a 38-15 victory.
The Lady Tigers head back to the road Friday, Jan. 12 to take on the Teague Lady Lions in another district matchup, beginning at 5 p.m.

Jan

04

Posted by : admin | On : January 4, 2018

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers football squad had a terrific 2017 regular season.
The Tigers came into the season focused and ready to build off a State semifinal appearance in 2016.
Head Coach Jamie Driskell had plenty of depth coming into September, and had a lot of players to choose from to set his lineup.
“We have enough kids that they’re going to have to compete for their spot and they’re going to have to bring it every day, and if they have a bad day or a bad week there’s going to be somebody right there on their heels to take their position,” Driskell said.
The Tigers rattled off eight straight wins to begin their regular season, including a 5-0 start in district play.
Then the Tigers faced a tough Teague team, and eventually fell 35-14 for their first loss of the season.
The Tigers didn’t let that affect them in their final regular season tune-up before the postseason.
The Tigers drubbed the Elkhart Elks, setting a school record with a 75-0 victory at home.
The Tigers would head into the 3A UIL Football playoffs as one of the contenders to compete for a State championship, coming just two wins shy the year prior.
They faced a hot Rockdale team in their first game at Crockett High School.
The Tigers were trailing late into the fourth quarter, and started their comeback when they cut the lead to 38-33 with a touchdown.
A late score by Rockdale would seal the Tigers’ fate though as they fell 46-33, ending their season with a 9-2 overall record.
But on a semi-positive note, nobody beat Rockdale in the playoffs in 2017.
Rockdale picked up victories over Woodville, West and Teague before facing the Brock Eagles in the State championship game.
Brock knocked off Kemp in the State semifinals, but were unable to overcome a huge comeback by Rockdale as they won the 3A State championship title.
The Tigers put their best foot forward in 2017, but unfortunately were unable to advance.
The Tigers have had great success under Driskell, and look to build off their experience this year, and carry it into 2018.

Dec

21

Posted by : admin | On : December 21, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MABANK–The Athens Lady Hornets varsity basketball team faced a young Mabank Lady Panthers team on the road, coming through with a 57-49 win.
The Lady Panthers first point came on a free throw, and the game started quickly on both sides, with each team trading back and forth, leaving it tied 8-8 early.
The Lady Hornets would take the lead late, 13-10, before Mabank Head Coach Christie Shoulders called a 30-second timeout.
The Lady Hornets had the ball in the paint late, trying to get the last point, which they did on a rebound right at the buzzer.
The Lady Hornets outscored the Lady Panthers 19-12 in the first quarter.
The Lady Panthers battled back in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Hornets 19-16.
They took advantage of every opportunity that Athens gave them, including a final layup at the buzzer, leaving the Lady Panthers trailing 35-31 heading into halftime.
It was an offensive stalemate for both teams to begin the second half, with Athens outscoring Mabank 12-11 in the third quarter.
The Lady Panthers started on a 4-2 run to pull with two points at 39-37.
Athens took a 6-0 run after that to give them some distance and take a 45-37 lead.
The Lady Panthers entered the final eight minutes trailing 47-42, looking for a spark.
Athens was able to capitalize on Mabank’s foul trouble, ending the Lady Panthers’ hopes and taking a 57-49 victory on the road.
The loss drops the Lady Panthers’ record to 2-7.
The win pushes the Lady Hornets’ record to an impressive 10-2 this season.
The Lady Hornets hit the court again Dec. 28-30 at the Macey Chenevert Tournament.