Dec

22

Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2016

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By Rachel Williams
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF – The Malakoff City Council hailed the Tigers football team for its astounding season and is planning a community-wide celebration in early 2017.
The mighty Tigers of the Malakoff High School made history this year with an overall 14-1 record. The Tigers rank 71 in the state and 688th in the nation! To celebrate this achievement, the Malakoff City Council, Chamber of Commerce and several local organizations are determined to honor its team members with a parade and other activities soon after the first of the year.
“The hard work and dedication of this football team has really brought the community together,” City Councilman Vincent Bailey, Jr. said. “It’s a great thing to support this great team.”
The Malakoff City Council also authorized the submission of an application to the Texas Department of Agriculture Texas Community Development Block Grant program for sewage system improvements. If successful, this matching grant will help Malakoff repair the main trunk line that washed out due to flooding.
In other business, the city council:
• consulted with the city attorney regarding pending litigation matters and the wholesale wastewater services agreement between the City of Malakoff and the City of Star Harbor
• discussed a lease agreement with East Texas Medical Center.
• discussed reforming a volunteer fire department.

Dec

22

Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2016

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Bulldogs had 18 players earn first or second team All-District honors this season that ended up with a state semifinal berth.
Senior wide receiver/defensive back Tyler Russell was selected as the District 9-3A Most Valuable Player by the coaches in the district. Russell hauled in 51 passes for 954 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Russell also had 40 tackles and seven interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.
Junior quarterback Judd Miller was selected as the Offensive Most Valuable Player. Miller completed 156-239 passes for 2,636 yards, with 37 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Miller carried the ball 64 times for 332 yards and seven more touchdowns.
Senior defensive end Danyal Littleton was honored as the Defensive Most Valuable Player for the district. Littleton had 88 tackles (14 for loss), eight sacks and an interception, along with three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Senior C.J. Overton was named as the Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Sophomore kicker Evarardo Garcia, who nailed the 30-yard game-winning field goal in the state quarterfinal win over Cameron Yoe, was named as the Co-Place Kicker of the Year. Garcia will share the honor with Elkhart senior Jacob Walters. Senior wide receiver Q.T. Barker was selected as the Returner of the Year in District 9-3A.
The Tigers placed two other players on the first-team offense. Junior running back Breashawn Williams and wide receiver Barker.
Malakoff loaded up the defensive first team with six players earning first team defensive honors.
Senior defensive lineman Larry Coker and his linemate, senior Payton Lowrie were selected first team linemen.
Seniors Chase Busch and Jack Patton received honors as first team linebackers. Busch had 96 tackles (nine for loss), two sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Patton recorded 125 tackles, including 10 for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Barker was also selected as a first team defensive back, along with junior Adonia Dixon-Thomas. Barker had six interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.
Four offensive lineman received second team honors; junior Coby Wilbanks, senior Spencer Grisham, Coker and Overton. Sophomore Parker Busch was named to the second team as a wide receiver.
Sophomore Caleb Adams was selected to the second team as a defensive lineman, along with junior ShaZarrion Bailey at linebacker.
Junior Ethan Snow was selected as a defensive back for the second team.
Littleton, C. Busch, Patton, Russell, Barker, Miller, Lowrie and Coker were named to the Honorable Mention All-State team as well.

Dec

22

Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2016

The News Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–The Athens Hornets continued their torrid pace, beating Kaufman 66-62 Dec. 16 at Kaufman High School gym.
The Hornets improve to 12-2 on the season and have won nine games in a row since a 90-75 loss to Paris on Dec. 2.
Athens’ defensive pressure and their running style of offense staked the Hornets to a 23-6 lead after one quarter of play.
Kaufman got back into the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Hornets 20-10 in the quarter to go into halftime with the score 33-26.
The Hornets came out firing again in the third quarter, scoring 24 points to go into the fourth and final frame with a commanding 57-37 lead. The 20-point lead did not last long however.
Kaufman made a game of it again in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hornets 25-9 in the quarter to get within four points, but could not make up the rest of the large deficit.
Athens was paced in scoring by 18 points each from senior Jabrile Richardson and junior forward Gary Lyons.
The Hornets will be in action at 10:30 a.m. against Chapel Hill at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic in Tyler.
The Hornets’ next game at home will not be until district play starts. The Hornets will host Palestine at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at Athens High School gymnasium in a District 13-4A contest.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2016

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News Staff Reports
BROWNSBORO–The Athens Hornets continued their torrid start to the season by winning the Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro Dec. 8-10.
The Hornets went 5-0 in the tournament, winning the tournament championship by beating Mexia in the title game, 76-64.
In the championship, the Hornets raced out to a 22-13 lead after one quarter of play, highlighted by a 7-0 run midway through the quarter. Athens added to its lead by halftime, going into the locker room with a 36-24 lead on the Blackcats.
Athens’ up tempo style started to wear on Mexia, as the Hornets hounded the Blackcats into bad shots. Athens continued its pace, scoring 20 points in both the third and fourth quarters to keep the 12-point lead they had at halftime, winning by that same 12-point margin. Athens Head Basketball Coach Cliff Thompson was happy with the way his team played in the tournament, and said the Kemp win was the toughest of all. “We played very solid on-ball defense which created many transition opportunities for us, and we did a good job of finishing when we got those opportunities.” Thompson said.
In the victory, Javiry Bowman led the Hornets with 21 points, followed by Miles Koehler with 18 and Jabrile Richardson 15.
Gary Lyons tossed in nine points, Casey Wilson chipped in six, Cam Ray had three points and Xavius Fulton and Chris Taylor had two points apiece.
To get to the title game, the Hornets beat a very good Crockett team and almost reached triple digits in the process, 94-59.
The Hornets led 23-7 after one period. Crockett cut the lead at halftime to 43-33. After a third quarter that saw Crockett cut the margin to 11 points, the Hornets ran away with the game in the fourth and final period.
The Hornets outscored Crockett 31-8 in the quarter to win going away.
The Hornets played one game Friday and beat Kemp 67-66 in the closest game of the tournament for them. The Hornets led by nine after the first quarter, and by eight at halftime. Kemp stormed back in the third quarter to take a four-point lead into the final quarter, before the Hornets regrouped and came back for the one-point win.
Koehler paced the Hornets with 19 points. Bowman had 16 points, Lyons and Brandon Arroyo each added eight points, Fulton had two points and Ray one point in the victory.
Thompson said this game was the toughest one of the tournament for the Hornets. “They did a good job defensively of taking away our driving lanes and making it difficult for us to get the ball inside. They built a lead in the 2nd half and we had to come back from down 8 or 10 points in the 3rd, but our kids responded well in the 4th and found ways to score and get stops when it counted,” Thompson said. “It was not a pretty win but I was proud of the way they finished the game after having a down 2nd and 3rd quarter.”
The Hornets went 2-0 on the first day of the tournament, beating Longview Pine Tree 68-61, and Nevada Community 82-69.
The Hornets improved to 11-2 on the season, and will play on the road at Kaufman at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
AUSTIN–The Malakoff Tigers’ perfect season came to a shocking end in a 28-24 loss to Yoakum in the Class 3A Division 1 state semifinal at Austin’s Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium Dec. 9.
The Tigers, 14-0 coming into the game, lost the lead with three minutes left in the fourth quarter on a four-yard touchdown pass from Joshua Moore to Ethan Owens to make it 28-24.
The Tigers had one last chance to take the lead, but an interception ended the comeback as Yoakum ran out the clock.
The game started well for the Tigers, as they got a safety when the Yoakum punter could not handle a low snap from the center.
Malakoff added to the lead when running back Breashawn Williams scored on a nine-yard run, extending the lead to 9-0 after an Everardo Garcia extra point.
Yoakum finally got on the scoreboard with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter on a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryson Hagan to Jordan Moore.
After a stalled drive by the Tigers, Yoakum took a 14-9 lead on a Henry Enoch touchdown run from three yards away.
Malakoff regained the lead at 17-14 with just over six minutes left in the half when Williams scored his second touchdown of the game on a 27-yard run around the left side.
The Tigers took the three-point lead into the halftime locker room.
Neither team could get anything going in the third quarter, as both defenses stepped up and made big stops to force punts. The Tigers took the same three-point lead into the final quarter.
Yoakum again took the lead just four seconds into the fourth quarter on a Montreal James 11-yard scamper, giving the Bulldogs as 21-17 lead.
On third and long from the Bulldog 43-yard line, the Tigers scored when quarterback Judd Miller connected with senior Q.T. Barker for a score and a 24-21 lead with about seven and a half minutes remaining in the game.
Malakoff had a couple more chances to score, but could not find the end zone again, ending their dream season.
Miller finished 7-21 passing for 112 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers set a record for the most wins by a Henderson County area team with 14, advancing the furthest of any team ever in the area.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2016

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Special to The News
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “A” for “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ School Financial Accountability Rating System (FIRST).
The “Passed” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Malakoff ISD’s financial management and reporting system. Malakoff ISD had a perfect rating, meeting all criteria.
This is the 14th year of School FIRST, a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and amendments under House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature. Regular Session, 2013. The primary goal of School FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system.
“We are very pleased with Malakoff ISD’s School FIRST rating,” said Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry. This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpapers’ dollars. This rating shows that Malakoff’s schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently.”
The Texas Education Agency assigned one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being “A” for “Superior Achievement,” followed by “B” for “Above-Standard Achievement,” “C” for “Standard Achievement” and “F” for “Substandard Achievement.”
Malakoff ISD has achieved the highest rating for 13 prior years.

Dec

08

Posted by : admin | On : December 8, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
WACO–A clutch 30-yard field goal in overtime by sophomore kicker Evarardo Garcia in the cold rain that gave the Tigers a thrilling 37-34 state quarterfinals victory over Cameron Yoe Dec. 2 at Waco ISD Stadium. The kick also sent the third-ranked Tigers to the Class 3A Division 1 state semifinals where they will battle Yoakum for a spot in the state championship game. Malakoff and Yoakum will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 9 at Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. Yoakum upset fifth-ranked Halletsville 27-23 in the Region IV Final.
Garcia’s kick was made possible by a great defensive stand from the Tigers. Starting at the 25-yard line, Cameron Yoe could not manage a first down in their part of the overtime period, turning the ball over on downs to the Tigers. Malakoff drove to the 13-yard line, setting up Garcia for the game-winner.
Down 34-26 after a Cameron Yoe touchdown pass to Sicory Smith, the Tigers tied the game with a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Judd Miller to wide receiver Tyler Russell with 5:00 left in the game. Miller found Russell for the two-point conversion as well, tying the score at 34-34.
Cameron Yoe took possession after the touchdown, but Breashawn Williams intercepted a pass with 17 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Miller started the scoring with a touchdown run on a quarterback draw from six yards out, giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead after the failed two-point conversion. Cameron Yoe tied the game with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Smith from Yoe quarterback Zack Andress. The extra point was wide left, keeping the game at 6-6 with about six minutes remaining in the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Q.T. Barker caught a short pass in the flat from Miller, and raced 62 yards for a Tiger touchdown, giving the Tigers a 13-6 lead. The Tigers were given possession of the ball after the first of two Russell interceptions in the game.
With just under six minutes remaining in the half, Andress hit wide receiver Jordan Wells with a 42-yard touchdown pass to tie the score for the Yoemen.
The Tigers struck again with 4:56 remaining when Breashawn Williams took a handoff from Miller and got free on the Malakoff sideline for a 41-yard touchdown run. The Tigers went into the halftime locker room with a 20-13 lead.
Cameron Yoe took just over three minutes of the third quarter to tie the score. The Yoemen scored on a 3-yard touchdown run from freshman running back Nico Vargas to knot the score at 20-20.
After a fumbled kickoff by the Tigers, Yoe took possession and the lead on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Andress to Iverson Westbrook. Yoe led 27-20 after the successful extra point try.
A big play helped the Tigers get to within a point just two minutes later. After the Tigers were pinned back on their own five after a penalty and facing a third down and 18, Miller connected with JaQuaylon Hart for a 95-yard touchdown pass to cut the Yoe lead to 27-26. The score stayed that way into the fourth quarter, setting up the fireworks later in the period.
Miller finished the night 12 of 25 for 292 yards with three touchdown passes, while carrying the ball nine times for 66 yards and another score. Williams had 72 yards on nine rushes, and added a touchdown.
Barker led the receiving corps with five catches for 136 yards and a touchdown, Hart caught two passes for 102 yards and a score, Russell had one catch for 20 yards and a touchdown and Williams had one catch for nine yards.
In the other quarterfinal games, Wall beat Brock, who was ranked first in the state in Class 3A. Mineola beat Pottsboro to set up the other state semifinal game.
The winner of the Wall vs. Mineola game will face the winner of the Malakoff vs. Yoakum game in the state championship game, which will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

Dec

08

Posted by : admin | On : December 8, 2016

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The News Staff Reports
ELKHART–The Athens Lady Hornets finished 2-1 at the Elkhart tournament Dec. 1-3, beating Wells and Neches, and falling to Leon. Junior Raveon Rodriguez was named to the All-tournament team for her performance in the three games after averaging 22 points a game in the tournament.
The Lady Hornets started the tournament with a tough matchup against Leon. The Lady Hornets were tied with Leon after one quarter at 8-8. Athens’ defense held Leon to just six points in the second quarter, taking an 18-14 lead into halftime.
Leon came out firing in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Hornets 18-11 in the frame, to go ahead 32-29 heading into the final period. Leon kept the pressure on, holding the Lady Hornets to just 4 points in the final frame to win going away, 44-33. In the game, Raveon Rodriguez had 18 points, followed by Kelcee Johnson with 11. Hallie Williams and Tamaya Hubbard each scored two points in the loss.
The Lady Hornets came back the next day to take a 57-21 win over Neches. Leading 9-8 after one period, the Lady Hornets tallied 16 points in the second, going into the locker room at halftime with a 25-13 lead. The offense exploded for 20 points in the third quarter, taking a 45-19 lead after three quarters. The defense held Neches to just one bucket in the fourth quarter as the Lady Hornets ran away with a 36-point win.
In their final game of the tournament against Wells, the Lady Hornets raced out to a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was full of scoring, as each team put up 20 points in the quarter, as the Lady Hornets took a nine-point lead to halftime. Led by 30 points from Rodriguez, the Lady Hornets kept momentum going in the second half to win 63-48. Raveon Rodriguez led Athens with 30 points. Jazzmine Johnson scored 10 points, followed by K. Johnson with eight points, Smith with six, Williams with five and Chilton with two points.
Athens Head Coach Emily Martinez was happy with the way her team played. “I’m very proud of the hustle and effort given by all the girls today,” Coach Martinez said. “The girls played well. Lots of forced turnovers led to easy baskets for us. Williams, Smith and Chilton did a great job clearing the boards. Johnson was an offensive spark off the bench. R. Rodriguez, Hubbard and Kelcee Johnson led the defensive charge, forcing Wells into multiple turnovers.” The Lady Hornets improve to 4-6 this season and will be in action Dec. 8-10 at the Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro.

Dec

01

Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
WACO–The Malakoff Tigers are another step closer, and get a rematch with an old nemesis. After a 27-14 Regional Semifinal victory over sixth-ranked Rockdale on Nov. 15 at Waco ISD Stadium, the Tigers move to 13-0 and have a date with Cameron Yoe again.
The Tigers will get the opportunity to avenge last season’s 45-44 area round loss to the Yoemen when the two teams play in the Class 3A Division 1 Region III Championship Friday Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium.
The Tigers, as has been customary during the playoffs, scored first on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Judd Miller to Q.T. Barker with 5:24 remaining in the first quarter. The Everardo Garcia extra point made it 7-0.
On Malakoff’s next possession, the Tigers made it 14-0 on a Breashawn Williams seven-yard touchdown run with 2:13 left in the opening quarter.
The big play in the drive was a 50-yard pass from Miller to Barker to set up the Williams touchdown run. The possession was set up when the Rockdale punter could not handle the snap, and Jack Patton pounced on the ball for the Tigers.
The Tigers widened the margin to 21-0 after going on a 10-play 50-yard drive that took almost four minutes.
The Tigers ended the drive with Miller’s second touchdown toss of the day, this time to senior Tyler Russell near the sideline from 13 yards out.
After a couple possession changes, and a turnover on downs by Malakoff, Rockdale made it a 14-point game after going 80 yards in 15 plays, ending the drive with a two-yard touchdown run by senior Davion Ford with 24 seconds remaining in the half. Ford finished the game with 73 yards rushing.
In the third quarter, Rockdale’s defense forced a Russell fumble, setting Rockdale up in Malakoff territory. Barker made sure the fumble would not cost the Tigers, picking off a Rockdale pass in the end zone to keep it a 14-point game.
Malakoff was forced to punt on the ensuing possession, and Rockdale scored another touchdown on a 44-yard touchdown pass with 3:30 left in the third quarter, making it a 21-14 game.
Malakoff would answer that score with one of their own, taking the next possession at their own 25-yard line and driving 75 yards in seven plays, capped off by Barker’s 13-yard scamper. The extra point was wide, making the score 27-14 with 11:52 remaining in the game.
With the game still uncomfortably close, Russell stepped up big, picking off two passes in the fourth quarter, including one late in the game that would seal the Malakoff win.
The defense only gave up 14 points to a Rockdale team that came in averaging over 44 points a game on the season.
Miller was 10 of 18 for 143 yards and two touchdowns through the air and had 14 rushing attempts for 95 yards on the ground.
Williams gained 38 yards on 16 carries, Zee Bailey had four rushes for 40 yards and Barker gained 38 yards on four attempts.
Barker led the Tigers in receiving with 92 yards on five catches, Russell added three receptions for 28 yards.

Dec

01

Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets used great defensive pressure and a big second half to take a 61-51 victory over Corsicana Nov. 29 at the Athens High School gymnasium.
The Hornets were tied with Corsicana at 25-25 heading into the second half of play, but outscored the visitors 36-25 over the final two quarters to take the win.
The win improves the Hornets’ record to 2-1 on the season. The Hornets will be in action on Dec 1-3 at the Van Dairy Queen Invitational.
Midway through the third quarter, the Hornets cut the Corsicana lead to three with a layup by Gary Lyons. On the next possession, the Hornets tied the score at 34-34 on a three pointer by junior Miles Koehler. The Hornets outscored the Tigers 13-12 in the third quarter.
The defensive pressure the Hornets applied in the fourth helped the Hornets pull away for the big win, as Athens outscored Corsicana 23-14 in the final frame to take the victory.
The Hornets were led by Koehler’s 17 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists. Javiry Bowman also added 17 points, two rebounds and a steal in the win, Jabrile Richardson had 10 points, eight rebounds, four steals and a blocked shot. Lyons added eight points and eight rebounds, while Xavious Fulton and Cam Ray each added three points for the Hornets.