Posted by : admin | On : October 29, 2011

Malakoff senior Trevor Chambers (5) gave the Tigers a big boost early in the third quarter. Here he gets to the outside on a long run.

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The Malakoff Tigers are headed to the playoffs for a school-record third consecutive time after beating Elkhart Friday night, 48-18.

The win improves Malakoff’s record to 8-1, 4-0 on the year. Over the first three seasons of head coach Jamie Driskell’s tenure, the Tigers are a combined 25-5. The accomplishment is even more amazing considering the two years before Driskell’s arrival Malakoff was a combined 1-19.

Friday night the Tigers got off to a slow start, but outscored Elkhart 27-0 in the second half to break open a close game. Malakoff was up 21-18 at the half.

Malakoff was led by senior quarterback Jacob Teague, who threw

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Posted by : admin | On : October 28, 2011

(UPDATE 10/29/11: Added photo.)

By Michael V. Hannigan

The Pride of Malakoff Marching Band received a 1st Division rating at UIL competition in Mesquite last week, earning a spot in this Saturday’s Area competition in Denton.

“The kids got out there and did a good job,” said first-year band director Darrington White.
Malakoff is scheduled to enter the field at Denton at 1:45 p.m.

Winning in Denton would mean a trip to the state competition for the band. Band competition is a little

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Posted by : Press release | On : October 27, 2011

Dr. W.P. “Rip” Drumgoole

The flag at Trinity Valley Community College is at half-staff today as the school mourns the passing of Vice President of Student Services Dr. W.P. “Rip” Drumgoole.

Drumgoole served the college and the Athens community for almost four decades. He died Thursday morning at East Texas Medical Center-Athens following a long battle with cancer. He was 61.

A native of Jefferson, he began his career with TVCC in 1973 as a full-time counselor. He served as guidance services coordinator and director of counseling before being named vice president of Student Affairs in 1980. The title later changed to vice president of Student Services. He also served as the college’s director of athletics for the 2009-10 school year.

“To paraphrase the Apostle Paul, Rip fought

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Posted by : admin | On : October 27, 2011

Rosemary Ferrell, left, and Cheryl Trout bag up food for the Faith in Action Outreach ‘Food for the Weekend’ program last week.

By Michael V. Hannigan

The name may have changed, but the work continues.

The Malakoff Food Pantry recently changed its name to Faith in Action Outreach to better reflect its mission.

“We are simply demonstrating the love that Jesus Christ has for all of us and we are doing our best to pass this love on to the folks in our community that are down on their luck,” said organization president Larry Albertson. “We believe the name Faith In Action Outreach does a good job of painting a picture of who we are now and what we want to become.”

Faith in Action is a non-denominational Christian organization that currently feeds around 1,000 people each month. The hungry come

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Posted by : Press release | On : October 25, 2011

Local artist Daniela Matchael shows off her painting at the Trinity Valley Community College music department’s fall concert. Matchael was commissioned to create the piece for the Cardinal Friends of Music Organization. (Courtesy Photo)

When Daniela Matchael was commissioned to create a painting for the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinal Friends of Music, it seemed like the ideal project.

“I was extremely honored,” said Matchael. “This was a way to give back to such wonderful faculty, staff and students of the TVCC family.”

Matchael, who was born in Brazil, has been living in the United States since 1997. She moved to Athens a year and

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Posted by : admin | On : October 22, 2011

Malakoff's Cesar Garcia (42), shown kicking an extra point here with Tate Taylor (20) holding, hit on field goals of 33 and 23 yards Friday night against Teague.

By Michael V. Hannigan

The Malakoff Tigers won a physical, District 11-2A battle Friday night over the Teague Lions, 27-13.

The tone for the game was set midway though the first quarter by Malakoff’s Garrett Airheart, whose crushing block of a Teague player brought oohs and aahs from both sides of the stadium.

Even the referees weren’t immune, with one being taken off the field on a stretcher in the first half after two players rolled under his feet and knocked him to the ground. Reports later in the game indicated he would be OK, but was going to the hospital as a precaution.

The win pushed Malakoff’s record to 7-1, 3-0 and dropped Teague to 4-4, 1-2.

Kameron Fletcher led the way

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Posted by : admin | On : October 20, 2011

From Staff Reports

The Malakoff Tigers (6-1, 2-0) are set to take on the Teague Lions (4-3, 1-1) Friday night at Tiger Stadium starting at 7:30 p.m. The game has huge implications in the District 11-2A playoff picture, and a win for Malakoff would practically ensure a third-straight postseason appearance for Coach Jamie Driskell’s Tigers.

Another playoff appearance would also give these Tigers a place in Malakoff history, because no other school football team has gone to the playoffs three consecutive seasons. According to Malakoff sports historian Benny Rogers, the Tigers had back-to-back playoff appearances in 1939-40, 1998-99, and 2005-06, but all three times, the Tigers fell short in year three.

To support the team, school officials and the Malakoff Athletic Booster Club are calling for a Whiteout and asking all fans to wear white to the game. The Booster Club will be selling low-cost white t-shirts at the gate, and organizers say the “M” in the middle of the football field is being painted white for this game.

The temperatures Friday night are expected to be in the upper 50s, so fans are being asked to prepare. It won’t help much to wear a white shirt and then cover it up with a jacket … unless the jacket is white, of course.

(Photo courtesy of JD Hancock via Flickr)



Posted by : Press release | On : October 20, 2011

The 2011 Trinidad ISD Homecoming Queen and King are Peyton Lindsey and Blane Skiles. Both students are seniors at THS. Lindsey is the daughter of Ronnie Lindsey and Lori Ellis. Skiles is the son of Dana Work and K.K. Skiles. The crowning took place at THS football field on Saturday, Oct. 14.

(Editor’s Note: Sorry this photo didn’t make this week’s print edition. The photographer we expected to take the photo fell through late last Saturday and we weren’t able to track down a photo until this morning. Thank you very much to Trinidad ISD for finding the photo.)



Posted by : admin | On : October 19, 2011

There will not be any area school board elections come May 2012 thanks to a change to the state’s election calendar.

Although all three school districts are still working out the details with their respective attorneys, the following moves are expected to be become official next month:

  • Malakoff will hold its school board elections in November of even-numbered years.
  • Trinidad will hold its school board elections in November of even-numbered years.
  • Eustace will hold its school board elections in May of odd-numbered years.

Moving the election calendar will also require an adjustment to the terms of current school board members; it is those

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