Aug

24

Posted by : admin | On : August 24, 2017

News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets opened their scrimmage season against the Royse City Bulldogs Friday, Aug. 18.
In the 90-play portion of the scrimmage, Royse City outscored Athens, 2-0. In the live quarter, Royse City scored the only touchdown early in the quarter.
The Bulldogs touchdown in the live quarter came with 11:47 remaining on a 70-yard run.
Even with that results, ninth-year Head Coach Paul Essary was pleased with the effort.
“I think we will see some bright spots when we watch the video,” Essary said. “Of course, we will see some spots that we need to improve on. Like I told the kids, if we were where we needed to be right now, we wouldn’t need the practice. We have a long way to go so we can continue to practice.”
The Hornets come in with a young squad following a big graduating class on offense and defense.
Essary said the players are adjusting to new roles on the team.
“We have a lot of young guys playing for the first time tonight,” Essary said. “We have some guys who are coming back, and it doesn’t matter if they are a sophomore, junior or senior, they are still young. We have seven or eight sophomores and juniors starting on offense. We have about seven guys on defense. It didn’t matter if we were all seniors, we want to keep improving.”
During the 90-play portion, the Athens second team defense had a fumble recovery.
With the touchdowns that Royse City scored, Essary said the defense is adjusting to the speed of the varsity level. He knows by the time the Greenville scrimmage happens at Bruce Field Friday, that unit will be ready.
“We had some guys who have moved into some key positions,” the coach said. “This is the first year for one of them to play varsity football as a freshman. The other three spots are their first time to be in that position. They have varsity experience, but two of the outside linebackers have moved to safety. The inside linebacker has moved to the outside.”
Senior Gary Lyons had a fumble recovery in the live quarter for the Hornets. Essary said he was impressed with the first scrimmage for Lyons.
“Gary is getting better every day,” Essary said. “He has not played football since he was in the eighth grade, and he is relearning the speed of the game. He will continue to get better.”
On offense, Essary was pleased with the way senior quarterback Xavius Fulton handled the offense.
“Xavius is a heck of a competitor. Sometimes, he was a little too much of a competitor tonight. I was wanting him to go down a little earlier,” Essary said. “He is throwing the ball well, and we will start catching the ball a little better. It all comes with practice. We saw some bright spots on the defensive line. Everybody is trying and getting better.”
The final scrimmage for the Hornets is set for Friday at Bruce Field. The freshman and JV begin at 5 p.m. with the varsity at 7 p.m.

Aug

24

Posted by : admin | On : August 24, 2017

A view of the east end of new construction work at Athens High School, which will house new classrooms, kitchen and cafeteria. The cafeteria is expected to be open by Christmas, and the balance of work at AHS should be finished in the summer of 2018. Students were greeted at the beginning of the school year with six brand new science classrooms and two new labs.

A view of the east end of new construction work at Athens High School, which will house new classrooms, kitchen and cafeteria. The cafeteria is expected to be open by Christmas, and the balance of work at AHS should be finished in the summer of 2018. Students were greeted at the beginning of the school year with six brand new science classrooms and two new labs.


By Toni Garrard Clay
AISD Communicaitons Coordinator
ATHENS–Athens ISD Director of Operations Barry Choate summed it up succinctly when he called the amount of construction that took place across the district this summer as “intense.” Major work took place at four of the five campuses and continues at the high school.
Inside the main building at the high school, six new science classrooms and two new labs greeted students on the first day of school. While the rooms are located in the same space as the old science hall, they are entirely new. “That space was bulldozed,” said Choate. “We dug up the floor and put new plumbing in and used a new configuration for the rooms.”
On the north end of the high school annex, a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) building now stands. The building is divided into four sections. It houses a brand new Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning class (HVAC) made possible through a joint venture with Trinity Valley Community College and a $350,000 equipment grant. It’s also the site of the machining and woodshop classes, and a powder-coating booth and oven for painting projects. “These classes are light years ahead of where we were,” said Choate.
The construction across the front of the high school’s main building will be completed in stages. On the east end, the new kitchen and cafeteria should open by Christmas. The old kitchen will be turned into classroom space. The old cafeteria will become two new classrooms and a lecture hall that is more than double the space of the existing lecture hall.
The high school’s new office space and the gym, as well as the balance of any remaining work, are projected to be completed during the summer of 2018.
The most visible completed project is at Bruce Field, where a new football/soccer field house and restroom/concession facility sit at either side of newly-installed turf. While the turf was the result of fire damage last spring, the construction across the district is the fruit of community support through the passage of a bond in November 2015.
At Central Athens Elementary, a beautiful new library has been built, as well as new office space. Both were severely undersized previously. At Bel Air and South Athens elementaries, new activity centers have been built to replace the too-small ones previously used.
“We’re grateful to the community for making these improvements possible,” said Superintendent Blake Stiles. “It’s sending a message to our students that they’re valued.”

Aug

24

Posted by : admin | On : August 24, 2017

News Staff Reports
TRINIDAD–The Collin Street Baker/Texas Sports Writers Association named two Trinidad Trojans to the All-State baseball team in Class A.
First baseman Johnny Ayala was named to the first team, while Jayden Garcia was named to the second team as a second baseman.
During his junior season, Ayala batted .538 with 25 RBI, 10 doubles, a triple and 23 runs scored.
Garcia had a .450 batting average with seven doubles, seven RBI and 14 runs scored.
Here is the Class A Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s All-State baseball team.
FIRST TEAM
Pitchers – Alex Hernandez, Avalon, Jr.; Brent Mynar, Abbott, Sr.; Trace Richey, Borden County, Jr.
Relief pitcher – Hunter Pope, Abbott, Jr.
Catcher – (tie) Matthew Urbanovsky, Abbott, Jr.; Isaiah Solis, Springlake-Earth, Jr.
First Baseman – Johnny Ayala, Trinidad, Jr.
Second baseman – (tie) Will Koberick, Tioga, Sr.; Michael Deleon, Springlake-Earth, Sr.
Shortstop – Hunter Jones, Borden County, Sr.
Third Baseman – Victorino Silva, Booker, Sr.
Outfielders – Braden Rohde, Fayetteville, Jr.; Weston Cantrell, Abbott, Sr.; Clayton Hopgood, Avalon, Soph.
Designated Hitter – Rhett Newton, Avalon, Fr.
Player of the Year –
Brent Mynar, Abbott, Sr.
Coach of the Year
Kyle Crawford, Abbott
SECOND TEAM
Pitchers – Baylee Graves, Dodd City, Sr.; Chris Luna, Bartlett, Sr.; Alex Magers, D’Hanis, Soph.
Relief pitcher – Dylan Chambers, Avalon, Sr.
Catcher – Kale Yarbro, Borden County, Sr.
First Baseman – Cris Salgado, D’Hanis, Sr.
Second Baseman – (tie) Jayden Garcia, Trinidad, Sr.; Cesar Rosales, Booker, Sr.
Shortstop – Holden Senclair, Cross Plains, Sr.
Third Baseman – Trever Tidball, Union Hill, Fr.
Outfielders – Travis Price, Tioga, Sr.; Reid Kubala, Fayetteville, Jr.; Devin Smith, Savoy, Soph.
Designated Hitter – Payton Hemmitt, Fayetteville, Sr.

Aug

17

Posted by : admin | On : August 17, 2017

Malakoff cheer NCA 2 CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
News Staff Writer
ROCKWALL–The Malakoff Tigers varsity cheerleaders recently attended NCA camp in Rockwall where they walked away with many awards and honors.
Among them were the Herkie Team Award, Small Varsity Top Team Performance, the Excellence in Stunting Award, three Superior Ribbons, the Spirit Stick Award and a bid to the NCA National Competition.
The Tigers also had nine cheerleaders and their mascot nominated for All-American. The Tigers’ Paton Willbanks was the only Malakoff cheerleader to make the All-American team and she also won the Best Toe Touch award at the camp.
The NCA All-American Cheerleader Award is the highest award received from the camp. After being nominated for the award, the cheerleader must try out to make the squad.

Aug

17

Posted by : admin | On : August 17, 2017

Malakoff FB QB Mark Patton CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers football team are trying to take past successes, and use those to further their team in 2017.
Malakoff has had some success over the last couple of seasons, including a 14-1 overall record in 2016, while also going 7-0 in district play.
The Tigers come into this season ranked 103rd in the state.
Their offense was very potent last season scoring 44.7 points per game, while holding opponents to just 15.7 points. That brings the Tigers point differential to nearly 30 points per game.
The Tigers will look to build off their success from last season and try to hurdle it this year under head coach Jamie Driskell.
The Tigers current overall record against teams on their 2017 schedule is 58-49-0.
Malakoff hosts “Meet the Tigers” on Friday, Aug. 18 as well their “Soap scrimmage” night against Kerens. Admission into the game is a box or bottle of laundry soap or bars of bath soap for the Tigers athletic department.
The scrimmage against Kerens on Aug. 18 starts at 6 p.m. at Malakoff High School.
The Tigers then have one more scrimmage at Sunnyvale on Aug. 24 before their 2017 season gets underway on the road against Bullard on Sept. 1.

Aug

10

Posted by : admin | On : August 10, 2017

Special to The News
ATHENS–Athens graduate Cameron Woodard is named to the honorable mention team as a shortstop on the Class 4A Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s All-State Baseball Team.
Woodard batted .352 with nine runs batted in. He had 18 stolen bases, four doubles and one triple for the area round finalist.
Here is the Class 4A All-State Baseball Team.
First Team Pitchers – Caleb Bolden, Pleasant Grove, Sr.; Connor Carlton, Abilene Wylie, Jr.; Dru Dziedzic, Waco Robinson, Sr.
Relief pitcher – Bryce Elder, Decatur, Sr.
Catcher – Schuyler Thibodaux, Bridge City, Jr.
First baseman – Bryce Gist, Abilene Wylie, Sr.
Second baseman – Bobby Goodloe, Godley, Jr.
Shortstop – Zach Smith, Abilene Wylie, Sr.
Third baseman – Brett Cain, China Spring, Sr.
Outfielders – Bostyn Andrews, Bushland, Sr.; Tameron Duran, Levelland, Sr.; Nick Gerber, Levelland, Sr.
DH – Jack Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Sr.
Player of the Year – Connor Carlton, Abilene Wylie, Jr.
Coach of the Year – Clay Martin, Abilene Wylie
Second Team Pitchers – Tyler Jeans, Pleasant Grove, Sr.; Collin Pippen, Kilgore, Sr.; Hutton Frazier, Abilene Wylie, Sr.
Relief pitcher – Cole Payne, Cuero, Jr.
Catcher – Kyle Lovelace, Hudson, Sr.
First baseman – Jacob Ochoa, Levelland, Sr.
Second baseman – Cade Thompson, Pleasant Grove, Sr.
Shortstop – Brock Brandl, El Campo, Sr.
Third baseman – Braxton Ashcraft, Waco Robinson, Jr.
Outfielders – Dillon Carter, Argyle, Soph.; Keylon Mack, Gladewater, Jr.; Nolberto Pena, Levelland, Sr.
DH – Ryon Stubblefield, Orangefield, Sr.
Third Team Pitchers – Levi Geagley, Lampasas, Sr.; (tie) Jordan Martinez, Sinton, Sr.; Kristopher Hinkel, Zapata, Sr.; Brett Brown, Godley, Jr.
Relief pitcher – (tie) Colton Kirkland, Bushland, Sr.; Chase Lummus, Godley, Soph.
Catcher – Colton Moore, Bushland, Jr.
First baseman – (tie) Will Cerny, Sealy, Sr.; Lance Davis, Snyder, Jr.
Second baseman – (tie) Jake Santos, Somerset, Fresh.; Brendon Woelfle, Pampa, Sr.
Shortstop – Adam Oviedo, Alvarado, Sr.
Third baseman – Shelby Becker, Giddings, Jr.
Outfielders Jonathan Carrillo, Sinton, Sr.; Mason Schubert, Abilene Wylie, Sr.; Riggs Threadgill, Fredricksburg, Jr.
DH – (tie) Peyton Powell, Waco Robinson, Soph. Harley Price, Brownwood, Sr.
Honorable MentionPitchers — Braxton Ashcraft, Waco Robinson, Jr.; Will Cerny, Sealy, Sr.; Chad Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Jr.; Jack Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Sr.; Drew Dobbins, Salado, Jr.; Easton Jones, Stephenville, Jr.; Jorge Mendiaz, Levelland, Sr.; Matt Rudis, Madisonville, Jr.; Kyle Schaefer, Sweeny, Sr.; Javan Smitherman, Kilgore, Jr.; Ryon Stubblefield, Orangefield, Sr.
Catchers — Levi Bass, China Spring, Sr.; Dennis Englemann, Caldwell, Sr.; Cody Storrs, Stephenville, Soph.
First basemen —Caleb Dubois, Bridge City, Jr.; Bryson Hudgens, Argyle, Jr.; Zach Poe, Madisonville, Jr.; Jordan Weeks, Wimberley, Jr.; Tate Whittington, Melissa, Jr.
Second basemen — Chad Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Jr.; Tyrus Sheehan, Iowa Park, Sr.; Austin Simmerman, Bonham, Sr.; Tyler Torres, Glen Rose, Jr.; Troy Zepeda, Rio Hondo, Sr.
Shortstops — Sam Bennett, Madisonville, Sr.; Caleb Bolden, Pleasant Grove, Sr.; Jacoby Bogue, Van, Sr.; Brett Brown, Godley, Jr.; Mason Cooper, Waco Robinson, Jr.; Dylan Dougherty, Hidalgo, Sr.; Keagan Downs, Pleasanton, Sr.; Tyler Haywood, Levelland, Sr.; Kase Johnson, Iowa Park, Soph.; Jordan Martinez, Sinton, Sr.; Chase Partain, Silsbee, Sr.; J.T. Penick, Hudson, Sr.; Taylor Swarbrick, Aubrey, Jr.; Cameron Woodard, Athens, Sr.
Third basemen — Matt Bass, Snyder, Sr.; Chris Dickens, Iowa Park, Soph.; Austin Kwiatkowski, Robstown, Jr.

Aug

10

Posted by : admin | On : August 10, 2017

Head Football coach and Athletic Director Paul Essary
By Tom Chapman
The News Correspondent
ATHENS–Citizens, bond backers and boosters gathered Aug. 2 to celebrate the opening of the newly constructed field house at Athens High School. This journey began in 2015 when voters approved a 59.9 million bond for new construction at Athens high school. At the time Athens superintendent Blake Stiles called the historic bond passage a “great day for the students and the children of Athens.” “This is a vote of confidence for the leadership of the district.”
Head Football coach and Athletic Director Paul Essary led the tour which included new stadium, weight room, coaches’ offices and other additions amounting to 30,000 square feet of new space.
Coach Essary stated, “It’s always about the kids. We view this new facility as another tool to bring young people into becoming involved in athletics and the community at large. We are excited to be part of the team which includes the school board, principals, administrators and instructors that help point these kids into success and being solid citizens in the community.”
Coach Essary went on to say that he’s already seen differences. “We haven’t started formal practices at this point, but I’ve got kids coming in wanting to work out and use the facilities. When the kids have something nice it instills pride and motivation. We know that Kids becoming involved in athletics can change lives, get kids off the street and into a positive peer group.”
Coach Essary is the second longest tenured head in Hornets history having been with the program for nine years, leading the hornets to four district titles during that time. “Winning games is important but learning life lessons are important too. When we model and practice our core principles: Pride, character, class, commitment and team- success comes.”
Athens Hornet football begins with an away scrimmage against Royce City on Aug. 18 at 7pm.

Aug

10

Posted by : admin | On : August 10, 2017

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–This weekend’s tax-free back-to-school shopping frenzy focuses parents’ minds on the beginning of a brand-new school year. The first day of school comes earlier for some than others.
Athens High School (AHS) seniors will begin school Monday, Aug. 14 and will be the only students in attendance until the other classes arrive Aug. 16. Buses will run their normal routes beginning Aug. 14 and dress code applies.
AHS Fish Camp will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at the high school.
Students will begin in the gym and attend sessions to learn all about AHS. Parents are welcome but not required and schedules will be given at the end of the camp. Online registration is required.
Athens Elementary schools will hold Meet the Teacher night Aug. 14 for all three campuses, South Athens Elementary, Central Athens Elementary and Bel Air Elementary. A come-and-go event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will allow flexibility for parents and students to meet teachers and visit the campus.
Athens Middle School students will have online access to their schedules on Aug. 12.
Malakoff ISD begins classes Aug. 28. Malakoff High School will hold Fish Camp from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 for incoming freshmen who will receive their schedules at the end of the camp.
Malakoff High School seniors may pick up their schedule from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, juniors from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 and sophomores from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 23. Parents are requested to accompany their students when picking up schedules.
Meet the Teacher for Malakoff Elementary School is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. Students may bring their school supplies. Tool Elementary School sets Meet the Teacher for Thursday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m.
Other local school beginnings and important dates follow
Trinidad ISD
Meet the Teacher is set for Thursday, Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students pre-k through fifth grade may bring their school supplies with them.
Grades sixth-12th may pick up their class schedules and complete enrollment forms. High school students who plan to drive to and from school should bring proof of insurance and copy of their driver’s license with them.
Athens Christian Preparatory Academy
Classes begin Aug 16. Junior High orientation scheduled for Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Orientation for freshmen and sophomores is scheduled for Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m., for Juniors Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. and for seniors Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Cross Roads ISD
Classes begin Aug. 24 with Meet the Teacher scheduled for Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. for Elementary and Junior High students.

Aug

03

Posted by : admin | On : August 3, 2017

The News Staff Reports
CROSSROADS–Cross Roads has announced practices for cross country, volleyball and football.
The cross-country teams started workouts Aug. 1 at the baseball field. The first cross country meet will be Sept. 2 at Malakoff.
The volleyball team started workouts Aug. 1 and ended on Aug. 3.
The football team will start Monday, Aug. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the field house.
All incoming seventh, ninth and 11th graders need a new physical on file before beginning practice.
Athletes need to be prepared and ready to work, the 2017 fall sports season is right around the corner.

Aug

03

Posted by : admin | On : August 3, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Coming off a fourth straight conference championship, Trinity Valley coach Brad Smiley knows a target is on the backs of his Cardinals.
Trinity Valley is the preseason favorite to win the Southwest Junior College Football Conference by the coaches and media members at Friday’s conference media day.
In the media poll, the Cardinals received nine of 12 first-place votes, plus three more votes no less than fourth place.
The media poll has Tyler in second, followed by Kilgore, Navarro, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Blinn, New Mexico Military and Cisco.
In the coaches’ poll, TVCC had six of the eight first-place votes.
The Cardinals were followed by Kilgore, Navarro, Tyler, NEO, Blinn, New Mexico Military and Cisco.
“There are no weak links in our league,” Smiley said. “The teams in this conference are extremely competitive and powerful.”
If the Cardinals are to win the conference title for a fifth straight season, it would be the first time in school and league history.
During the coach’s comments, the recurring theme among all teams was how young their teams would be when camp opens Aug. 5.
Even with 25 lettermen returning from last year’s 11-1 team, Smiley has only four offensive and five defensive starters returning.
“At this level, we have to reload every year — always a fun challenge,” Smiley said in the media guide.
If one position is strong for the Cardinals, Smiley said the linebacking core, which is coached by former Cardinal Cortney Finney is that position.
They are led by leading tackler Blake Stephenson, who recorded 107 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups last year.
Other players to watch are Brandon Floyd, Jaquay Pough, Mike Carrillo, Sean Milligan, Trey Baldwin and Jack Lechman.
“Easily the most experienced, deepest position on the team,” Smiley said. “We expect a lot out of this group.”
At quarterback, the battle heading into camp is between returner Shelton Eppler and UT-San Antonio transfer Jaylen Henderson.
“Though Shelton was not a starter, he played in all 12 games last year and was very productive,” Smiley said. “We also added an exciting transfer from UTSA and signed two very talented freshmen. We are excited to see this group compete.”
Smiley said Eppler looked good during spring drills.