Feb

04

Posted by : admin | On : February 4, 2016

12 Athens

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ABOVE: Athens Hornet basketball player Miles Koehler (12) avoids a Kaufman defender during the Hornets’ 68-55 victory on Jan. 29. Koehler scored 14 points during the games.

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
ATHENS – The Athens Hornets boys’ basketball team beat Kaufman Friday, Jan. 29 to remain unbeaten in District 13-4A play. The Hornets topped Kaufman by the score of 68-55.
The win puts Athens’ district record at 4-0, with the Hornets 13-11 on the season. Travon Fuller led Athens with 19 points, followed by Miles Koehler with 14 points. Katarius Arroyo and Javiry Bowman each had 11 points.
Athens led by as many as seven points in the first half, following a Koehler basket with 3:20 before halftime.
The Hornet halftime lead stood at six points, 33-27. Athens pushed the lead to nine points to open the third period, before Kaufman battled back to get within two points, 40-38, halfway through the third period. That third period ended with Athens ahead, 47-42.
The Hornets pulled away in the fourth and final period, gaining a 13-point lead (57-44), at which Kaufman chipped away, getting with seven points of the Hornets with three minutes left in the game.
Three consecutive Fuller baskets padded Athens’ lead, which eventually ended in the 13-point margin of victory.
The Athens varsity boys’ basketball team goes on the road Tuesday, Feb. 2, facing Ferris. The Hornets return home Feb. 5 to host Crandall.
The team closes out its regular season with games at Mabank (Feb. 9) and Kaufman (Feb. 16).

Feb

04

Posted by : admin | On : February 4, 2016

The News Staff Reports
AUSTIN–University Interscholaic League realigned and reclassified football districts Feb. 1. The new Districts are as follows:
District 8-4A
Athens
Brownsboro
Crandall
Kaufman
Mabank
Terrell
Van
District 9-3A
Elkhart
Eustace
Groesbeck
Malakoff
Palestine Westwood
Teague
West
Whitney
District 10-2A
Big Sandy
Cayuga
Cross Raods
Gladewater Union Grove
Hawkins
Kerens
District 15 (Six Man)
Apple Springs
Milford
Mount Calm
Oakwood
Trinidad
New District begins in Fall.

Jan

29

Posted by : admin | On : January 29, 2016

Stormy under basket

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Stormy Luckey handles the ball for Eustace in their Jan. 22 victory over Arp.

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs continued to dominate district play after a 48-31 thumping of Arp Jan. 22.
The Lady Bulldogs went with their bread and butter to begin the game and got the ball to Sydnee Wynn in the post. She delivered with eight points in the opening quarter while an outstanding Eustace defense held Arp to only two points.
Eustace continued to play well on defense in the second half and outscored Arp 8-5. The two teams went to halftime with the Lady Bulldogs up 18-7.
Eustace senior Gabi Corder came alive in the second half. After being held scoreless in the first two quarters she scored 17 in the last two to help Eustace outscore Arp 30-24 in the second half for the victory.
Eustace was led in scoring by Wynn with 19 points. Also scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Corder with 17, Zoie Bailey with four and Lily Sorrells, Kelsey Contreras, Madison Holbert, and Johnsynn Luckey with two each.
Eustace moves to 8-1 in district play with the win and is one win away from securing a spot in the state playoffs.

Jan

29

Posted by : admin | On : January 29, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
VAN–The Eustace Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs competed in their first powerlifting meet of the season Jan. 16 in Van. The girl’s team placed first while the boy’s team placed third.
Girls team members include: Sunni Goodell, Marshalla Padgett, Ashley Purselley, Raini Goodell, Jace Ballow, Anna Gaddis and Kelsi Richmond. Padgett was awarded Best Lifter on light platforms while Goodell was Best Lifter on heavy platforms.
Boys team members include: Juan Garcia, Keenan Hargest, Clay Hinkle, Marcus Staggs and Justin Griffin.

Jan

28

Posted by : admin | On : January 28, 2016

Troi TVCC

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Sophomore Troi Swain said she picked TVCC because of the “family atmosphere.” She has started 15 games and averages nine points and five assists per game.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) girls’s basketball coach Gerald Ewing knows a little something about winning. He won two National Championships as an assistant coach with the Cardinals under former coach Elena Lovato. Now, as the head coach of the most successful junior college basketball team in NJCAA history, he has the chance to bring home a record ninth National Championship to Athens.
“We have recruited players who work in our system and help us play basketball the way we want to play it,” Ewing said. “Our administration and fan base gives us great support and helps us be our best.”
The Lady Cardinals are currently sitting at 18-1 and 10-0 in conference play. They are ranked number one in the country. “We are long, athletic and shoot the ball well,” Ewing said. One Lady Cardinal who shoots the ball well is sophomore Troi Swain.
“I love how family oriented TVCC is,” Troi said. “My last two choices were between here and Tyler Junior College, and I came here because of the great history behind the program and because I believe that we can win a National Championship.”
Swain transferred from University of Texas-Pan American (now called University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and has started 15 games at guard for the Lady Cards, averaging nine points and five assists per game. “We all have a really great bond and that helps us on the court because we play unselfish basketball,” Swain said. “We always work together as a team and do our best to get that extra pass off. We stay accountable for each other and for ourselves.”
Guard Christalah Lyons is averaging 13 points a game and leading the team in scoring as a freshman. She has started 18 games and Ewing calls her the sleeper of the team. “A lot of people told me about how great TVCC was and they would get me to the next level,” Lyons said. “I wanted to be a part of what they were doing here. We have to keep getting better every game and everyone needs to be on the same page. We want to make history and get that ninth title.”
“We work hard every day,” sophomore Maya Singleton added. “Our goal is to get a National Championship.” Singleton averages 12 points a game for the Lady Cards and says her goal is to get a double-double in every game. The Lady Cards are averaging 76 points per game and holding their opponents to only 32 percent shooting.
“We are going to take things one game at a time,” Ewing said. “It all starts with winning our conference again then the regional championship. We want to go into the national tournament as a number one seed and I think this team is good enough to eventually win it all.”
The Lady Cardinals aren’t the only team looking to win a title. TVCC men’s coach Kris “Bucket” Baumann has his team also ranked number one in the latest NJCAA poll and with an outstanding 21-1 record including 11-0 in conference play.
“We got a good group of guys who are talented and handle their business on and off the court,” Baumann said. “We have a good mix of skill, shooting, and rebounding that has helped us get to this point.”
TVCC has six players who average at least nine points per game. They are led by freshman Hyron Edwards with 13 per game. Coach Baumann said he has been surprised by how quickly Edwards has matured on the court. “We play nine or ten guys a game and that helps balance things out,” Baumann said “It make us harder to defend because you can’t just single out one guy.”
Baumann calls himself a “player’s coach.” “I think the guys enjoy playing for me but there are some expectations that everyone needs to live up to,” Baumann said. “This group has done a great job of handling their business on and off the court.”
The Cardinals have been dealing with adversity on and off the court. They still have heavy hearts after the death of teammate Melvin Swift, who was shot and killed in his hometown of Houston over the winter break. “We take things more serious now,” sophomore Leon Gilmore said “We know that we aren’t just playing for ourselves anymore.”
“When we lost Melvin (Swift) we dedicated the rest of our season to him,” sophomore Josh Robinson added. “He is the reason why we play hard every game.”
Gilmore has started 21 games for the Cardinals and averages 12 points per game. He came to TVCC this season after spending a year at Creighton playing for coach Greg McDermott. Gilmore averaged five minutes a game at Creighton along with one point and one rebound a game. He was forced to miss the last six weeks of the season after having knee surgery. “Me and JC (Washington) took a visit here (TVCC) together and we knew from the jump that we would be great if we played together here. Melvin was here at the time and we both joined to make the team even better.”
“We share the ball and trust each other,” Gilmore said. “Everyone on this team can score 20 points a game but we know that if we share the ball we have a better chance of winning and keeping things balanced. We play unselfish basketball. If we keep playing like that, we can win the National Championship.”
Robinson, who is nicknamed Frog by his teammates, says he picked TVCC because he knew they gave him the best chance to be successful. He averages 11 points per game and is the only Cardinal to have started all 22 games this season. “Our coaching staff put us in the situation to be successful. We have a lot of guys who can score and we use that to our advantage,” Robinson said. “We all respect each other on this team and we play as brothers. The team and the coaching staff has a special bond with each other.”
Sophomore JC Washington is in his first season at TVCC after playing at Houston last year. He has started 20 games at the forward position and averages 10 points per game. Coach Baumann calls him “a whole different matchup.” “We have stuck together though all the adversity and played hard,” said Washington. “We work hard in practice and every day we strive to work harder.”
The hard work is what has gotten TVCC where they are at this point in the season. The Cardinals average an astonishing 84 points per game while only allowing 65. That means they have an average margin of victory of 19 points. Their only loss of the season came when they faced McLennan Community College in the Lewis Orr Classic. Since then, they have won 16 in a row and most of them haven’t been close.
Both TVCC basketball teams are having record years. This is the first time in NJCAA history where a college has had both basketball teams ranked number one. Both teams have a mission to make the national tournament. Don’t be surprised to see them holding up a National Championship trophy in March.

Jan

21

Posted by : admin | On : January 21, 2016

Dawson layup

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Jalie Dawson (23) goes in for a layup while being defended by Madison Holbert (14) of Eustace.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Malakoff Lady Tigers proved why they are the No. 12 team in the state, coming back from a 9 point half-time deficit to beat Eustace 43-41.
“They played with more intensity in the second half than we did,” Eustace Coach Lloyd Mahaffey said. “This team is tough and will be able to get refocused. They understand what their task is. We did a great job tonight even though we ended up on the short end. These kids are playing their hearts out and I’m very proud of them.”
Malakoff coach Megan Hyde said her team “played with guts” down the stretch to win the game.
Both teams came into the game with a 5-0 district record. Malakoff was the preseason favorite to win the district while Eustace was trying to rebound from only winning three district games a year ago.
Eustace controlled things to start the game. They outscored Malakoff 11-7 in the first quarter with star post player Sydnee Wynn hitting a layup at the first quarter buzzer.
Eustace continued to extend their lead in the second quarter. Wynn had another layup to make the score 17-9. Malakoff called timeout after the basket. Wynn got into foul trouble late and sat out the last four minutes of the first half. Despite not having their best player Eustace still held a 23-14 lead at halftime.
Malakoff came out ready to play in the third quarter and started to cut into the Eustace lead. The lead was cut down to 33-30 on a layup by Jalie Dawson but Madison Holbert hit a layup for Eustace to put them up 35-30 going into the fourth quarter.
Both teams continued to fight in the fourth quarter until Malakoff finally took their first lead on a layup by Dawson with 1:44 left. It was the last basket of the game and the game winner for the Lady Tigers.
Dawson finished with 17 points to lead all players. Wynn scored 15 to lead Eustace before fouling out with under a minute to go.
Malakoff moves to 19-3 and 6-0 in district with the win. They control their own destiny for the district championship. Eustace falls to 14-7 and 5-1 in district.
For more photos from the game, see Malakoff on page 6B.

Jan

21

Posted by : admin | On : January 21, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Cardinals are ranked number one in both men’s and women’s basketball in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll.
The Lady Cardinals are currently 15-1 and 6-0 in conference play. The Lady Cardinals are being led by Head Coach Gerald Ewing and assistant coaches LaToya Howell and Spencer Robertson. They have a balanced offense with Christalah Lyons, Naomi Davenport, and Maya Singleton all averaging nearly 13 points per game.
The other top four teams in the country are Gulf Coast and Daytona State both in Florida, Salt Lake in Utah, and Shelton State in Alabama.
The Cardinals are currently sitting at 19-1 and 9-0 in conference play. They are under the direction of Head Coach Kris Baumann. He is assisted by Mark Leslie and Guy Furr. TVCC averages 82 points per game and has only been allowing 63.
They are led by Hyron Edwards and Josh Stamps, who are both averaging 12 points per game. Creighton transfer Leon Gilmore also adds 11 points per game for the Cardinals.
The other four teams in the top five are Georgia Highlands, Gillette College in Wyoming, Iowa Western and North Idaho.
This is the first time in TVCC history that both basketball teams have been ranked number one at the same time.

Jan

21

Posted by : admin | On : January 21, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Cardinals are ranked number one in both mens and womens basketball in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll.
The Lady Cardinals are currently 15-1 and 6-0 in conference play. The Lady Cardinals are being led by Head Coach Gerald Ewing and assistant coaches LaToya Howell and Spencer Robertson. They have a balanced offense with Christalah Lyons, Naomi Davenport, and Maya Singleton all averaging nearly 13 points per game.
The other top four teams in the country are Gulf Coast and Daytona State both in Florida, Salt Lake in Utah, and Shelton State in Alabama.
The Cardinals are currently sitting at 19-1 and 9-0 in conference play. They are under the direction of Head Coach Kris Baumann. He is assisted by Mark Leslie and Guy Furr. TVCC averages 82 points per game and has only been allowing 63.
They are led by Hyron Edwards and Josh Stamps, who are both averaging 12 points per game. Creighton transfer Leon Gilmore also adds 11 points per game for the Cardinals.
The other four teams in the top five are Georgia Highlands, Gillette College in Wyoming, Iowa Western and North Idaho.
This is the first time in TVCC history that both basketball teams have been ranked number one at the same time.

Jan

14

Posted by : admin | On : January 14, 2016

josh stamps 3

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TVCC freshman Josh Stamps throws down a big dunk in his team’s victory over Lamar State. Stamps finished with 10 points.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The second ranked Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Cardinals survived an upset bid by the Lamar State Seahawks Jan. 6. The Cardinals we’re playing with heavy hearts following the death of sophomore Melvin Swift a week prior.
“I think it’s human nature for the death of somebody close to get in your head a little bit,” TVCC coach Kris Baumann said. “We were very fortunate to win tonight and I think he was looking down on us.”
Baumann also said it felt like his team was “always a play behind” for most of the game and he would like to see them play better defensively. “We gave up 13 three pointers,” Baumann said. “I honestly think Lamar State was the better team tonight but I’m glad we were able to come away with the win. We have a lot of things to work on but it’s always better to win and learn than lose and learn.”
TVCC came out with a starting lineup of Josh Stamps, Josh Robinson, Leon Gilmore, JC Washington and Hyron Edwards. The Seahawks started Tyler Chase, Mambi Diawara, Jordon Harris, Freddie Williams and Colton Weisbrod.
The Seahawks went to 2-0 early on but didn’t lead again for a very long time. Gilmore paced the Cardinals in the first half with 13 points and TVCC was able to stay ahead in a very tight game.
Harris and Diawara each had four 3-point shots for the Seahawks in the first half to keep them in the game. Lamar State trailed 46-44 at the end of the first half. Diawara led the Seahawks with 17 points and Harris had 13.
The Cardinals continued to play well in the second half but they allowed Lamar State to hang around. TVCC was up 62-59 at the 13:56 mark in the second half when a double technical foul was called and Ryan Preston fouled out of the game. It was a big loss for TVCC.
The teams continued to battle it out and every time TVCC would threaten to pull away Harris or Diawara would hit a 3-pointer to put them back in the game. Diawara hit a 3-pointer with 8:22 left to cut the lead to 73-72. The game was tied at 74 ten seconds later. It was the first time TVCC didn’t have the lead in the second half.
The Cardinals regained their lead on the next possession and pushed the lead to five points with 6:06 left. The Seahawks refuses to give up and rallied to tie the game again. The score was 91-91 with 1:46 left.
Lamar State got the ball with 45 seconds left in the game. They went inside and scored on a layup by Weisbrod to take a 95-93 lead. It was their first lead since it was 2-0 to start the game.
TVCC was called for a charge on their next trip down the court and Lamar State got the ball back with nine seconds left. TVCC fouled to extend the game and Lamar State missed their second free throw that would have iced the game for them.
The Cardinals got the ball quickly and passed it out to Brandon Holley on the 3-point line. He hit the biggest shot of the game to tie it up at 96 with two seconds left. “As soon as the ball left my finger tips I knew I was going to knock it down,” Holley said. “I just felt it.” Lamar State’s last shot was no good and the game went into overtime.
In overtime, TVCC took the lead for good 100-98 with 1:40 left. Clutch free throw shooting helped the Cardinals pull out the win and narrowly escape being upset.
“We have been going through lots of stuff off the court and were still getting back on our feet,” Gilmore said. “This was our first home game in a while and I don’t think we took it seriously. It felt like we were too relaxed and thought we were a better team from the jump. We need to get back to practicing to get better for next time. We need to be more together and keep each other up when mistakes are made. The last thing we can afford to do is to be negative.”
“The coaches told us to keep our heads in the game,” Stamps added. “We have been listening to coaches and doing well in practice. We played hard and we never gave up.”
TVCC was led in scoring by Gilmore who had 24 points. Also scoring for TVCC were Robinson and Edwards with 17 points each, Holley with 13, Washington with 11, Stamps with 10, Isaac Allen with four, and Stephen Edwards, Preston, and Shamiek Shepard with two each.
The Lamar State Seahawks had every scorer in double figures. Harris led the way with 27 points. Also scoring for the Seahawks were Weisbrod with 25, Diawara with 24, Christian Albright with 12, and Freddie Williams with 10.
The win improves TVCC’s record to 16-1. They are still the number two NJCAA team in America in the latest poll. Lamar State’s record falls to 10-6.

Jan

14

Posted by : admin | On : January 14, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers stayed perferct in district play with a 65-23 victory over Mildred Jan. 5.
Malakoff got out to a fast start and quickly found themselves up 16-3 after the first quarter. They didn’t slow down and built the lead up to 31-10 at halftime.
Mildred didn’t come close after halftime. Malakoff exploded for 25 points in the third quarter to put the game away and outscored them 9-5 in the fourth quarter just for good measure.
Jalie Dawson led Malakoff with 15 points. Also scoring for the Lady Tigers were Kiana Reed with 14 points, Hazel Puempel with seven, Kamry Hurd and KeiKei Walker with six each, Charlsey Stearman and Nakeya Kelley with four each, and Porsha Trimble, Cameron Roberts, and Kerrian Toliver with three each.
Malakoff moves to 4-0 in district to start the season. The Lady Tigers are 17-3 overall. Malakoff was favored to win the district to begin the season. Their main challeneger appears to be the Eustace Bulldogs, who also started district 4-0. The two teams will meet in Malakoff for a huge matchup Feb. 2