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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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.

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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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.