Feb

22

Posted by : admin | On : February 22, 2018

The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Malakoff senior JaQuaylon Hart signed his intent Tuesday to play football at Howard Payne University.
The Tigers slot receiver finished his senior year with 38 receptions for 503 yards and five touchdowns. He had 23 carries for 210 yards and four rushing TDs.
Hart said he will be playing the same position for the Yellowjackets.
“I need to work on getting more separation on defenders and stuff like that,” Hart said. “They said that I could get a lot of touches at the slot receiver. I am ready for the challenge and I believe I am ready.”
Malakoff athletic director Jamie Driskell said slot receiver is the perfect spot for him.
“He has the quickness for that, and is a good route runner,” Driskell said. “Once he learns their system, I think he has a good chance to get in there and play quite a bit.”
Howard Payne finished with a 1-9 record last year in the American Southwest Conference.
Hart said once he made the campus visit, it felt like home to join the Yellowjacket program.
“I like the environment down there. It is nice and I felt like I can help the team down there,” Hart said. “This was basically the biggest offer that I got to play football. It is good. I am excited and glad to sign and keep playing football, which is what I love.”
He said he plans to study Kinesiology to become a coach.
“I am really happy for him. He is a hard working kid and a great high character kid,” Driskell said. “Anytime you get a hard working and high character kid that has some athleticism, you sure want him to go on and keep playing and chase their dreams.”
He now joins Judd Miller, who signed with Trinity Valley on National Signing Day.
“This has been a great senior class,” Driskell said. “We are still waiting on Zee (Bailey) to finish up some test and hopefully we get him signed off. If we can get those three signed off, that would be awesome. I am so thrilled for Judd and JaQuaylon. It means a lot to me when we can send kids off to try and play at the next level.”

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Feb

22

Posted by : admin | On : February 22, 2018

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
CORSICANA–The Malakoff Tigers finished Tuesday night as 2018 Bi-District champions with a playoff win over the Maypearl Panthers at Navarro College in Corsicana.
The Tigers got off to a slow start against the Panthers as they managed just five points in the first quarter, trailing 12-5 after the first eight minutes of play.
The Tigers rebounded in the second quarter, dominating the offensive play while snuffing out the Panthers by outscoring them 20-10 and taking a 25-22 lead at halftime.
The Tigers once again came out firing on all cylinders to begin the second half. The Tigers pounced on the Panthers 18-8 to take a commanding 43-30 heading into the final quarter.
The Tigers once against dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Panthers 17-8 on their way to a 60-38 playoff victory, claiming the Bi-District championship.
The Tigers were led by JaQuaylon Hart, who finished the night with 26 points against the Panthers.
Casey Wilson had 10 points, while Andreas Garrett and Jake Lee finished with seven apiece.
Kaderrious Thomas amassed six points and Rodney Carr had four points for the Tigers.
The Tigers move onto the Area round of the playoffs as they face the Jarrell Cougars Thursday, Feb. 22 at West High School at 7 p.m.
The Tigers come into the Area contest with a 10-11 overall record on the season.
Meanwhile, the Cougars are an impressive 25-3 so far in 2017-18.
The Cougars defeated Marlin in the Bi-District round 60-48 Feb. 19 to advance and face the Tigers on Thursday.

Feb

15

Posted by : admin | On : February 15, 2018

Special to The News
ARLINGTON–The American returns to AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 for its fifth year. The event is billed as the “World’s Richest One-Day Rodeo.”
The best cowboys and cowgirls in the world will compete in team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie down roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc and bull riding for the $2 million purse.
During this annual event, amateurs compete with a mixture of champions and top athletes from the PRCA, PBR and WPRA. The American is the only time the champions of these professional organizations can be seen at one event.
The RFD-TV’s FanZone is back by popular demand. It will be a one-day FanZone located on the West Plaza at AT&T Stadium Sunday, Feb. 25. The gates will open at 10 a.m. and fans will be able to watch the shoot-out round from the previous four years, listen to music from the AARP stage, enjoy some food and drinks and of course, visit the sponsors before RFD-TV’s The American gets going at 2 p.m.

Feb

15

Posted by : admin | On : February 15, 2018

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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

08

Posted by : admin | On : February 8, 2018

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Special to The News
ARLINGTON–The second PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Major of the 2018 season, the 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast, Winstar World Casino and Resort Iron Cowboy will take place at AT&T Stadium, the largest stadium in the National Football League and the home of the Dallas Cowboys, Feb. 24. It will be the ninth consecutive year that AT&T Stadium will host the event.
PBR Majors are the highest profile events on the Premier Series Tour. The special events present the stars of the PBR, bull riders and bulls, competing in unique formats that offer increased world standings points and prize money.
For one night only, the Top-40 stars of the “toughest sport on dirt” will tackle the world’s rankest bulls, striving to make the eight-second buzzer. If a rider stays on his bull for the required eight seconds, he continues to compete. If he gets bucked off, he is finished. The men will continue to ride until one cowboy prevails and is declared the Iron Cowboy.
The 2017 Iron Cowboy champion, Eduardo Aparecido and two-time Iron Cowboy champion Joao Ricardo Vieira, are expected to compete. They will be joined by several PBR World Champions including reigning World Champion Jess Lockwood, 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis, two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney (2013, 2015), three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (2014, 2012, 2011) and 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi.
The Iron Cowboy will be the eighth event on the 2018 PBR 25th Anniversary Tour schedule. The first half of the season will consist of 17 stops, traveling to such cities as Chicago, N.Y., Anaheim, Ca. and Albuquerque, N.M. The season will culminate with the
PBR World Finals at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena Nov. 7-11, when the 2018 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most world standings points during the season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.

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

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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

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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.