Jun

15

Posted by : admin | On : June 15, 2017

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TYLER–Athens Lady Hornet Sam Smith finished her standout high school career by playing in the Courtney Construction Fellowship of Christian Athletes Softball All-Star game Friday, June 9.
Smith helped lead her Red team to a 10-3 victory over the Blue team at Suddenlink Field on the campus of UT-Tyler. Smith had two hits- a single and an RBI double- and a walk to help the Red team to victory.

Jun

08

Posted by : admin | On : June 8, 2017

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Special to The News
FLORENCE, Ala.–The Mabank High School duo of Justin Shelton of Seven Points,and Dakota Pfoh, of Eustace brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, seven ounces to win the 2017 TBF/FLW High School Fishing National Championship on Wheeler Lake in Florence, Ala. The win earned the team trophies, the title of national champions and each angler a $5,000 scholarship to their college of choice.
A field of 13 teams competed in the event, which launched from Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville. The Mabank High School duo won by an eight pound, two ounce margin over second place Harmony High School from St. Cloud, Fla., who weighed in five bass totaling nine pounds, five ounces. Mabank’s 17 pound, seven ounce limit was greater than any limit weighed in by the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship teams that fished Wheeler for three days prior to the high school event.
The key to the Mabank pair’s win was one key area on the main lake of Wheeler that was loaded with bait. They camped on the spot all day long.
“We found one place in practice and kind of left it alone,” Shelton said. “We went in there today and wore them out.”
The spot was located near some large barge tie-offs. A ledge sloped up to a shell bed that was about five feet deep on top. Above the shell bed was a two-foot-deep island. Pfoh and Shelton positioned above the shell bed and cast out, dragging jigs back up the slope. They also circled the island, which produced a key fish but also gave the shell bed time to replenish. Each time they fished through the main spot again produced another keeper.
Their jigs were either black and blue or green-pumpkin and rigged with matching Strike King Rage Craw trailers. While the jig bite was key, according to Pfoh the team also caught a couple of fish on a Strike King 5XD crankbait and a Bass Pro Shops Speed Shad swimbait, Texas-rigged with a screw-in weight, which they worked through some grass.
Both anglers graduated in 2016 – the year they qualified for this championship. Shelton is attending community college and working, while focusing on his fishing. Pfoh is angling for a fishing career as well. Both hope to land on a YETI FLW College Fishing club.
Cole Thompson and Nick Cora, both of Harmony High School in St. Cloud, Fla, finished second in the tournament. Hunter Schneider and William Halbig from Lawrenceburg Tigers finished third, Cole Drummond and Piercen Lynch of South Caroline were fourth and Parker Davis and Aaron Stephens of Alabama rounded out the top five.

Jun

01

Posted by : admin | On : June 1, 2017

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CROSS ROADS–Eight Cross Roads High School softball players earned All-District honors in a meeting of District 20-2A/A coaches, including Gracyn Cunningham garnering Pitcher of the Year honors and her battery mate Bailee Stanfield earning the Class 2A Catcher of the Year award.
Being selected to the First Team All-District team was Hannah Latham and Marilyn Alvarado. Second team honors went to Lady Bobcats Haylie Wilcox, Sara Spivey and Macy Mattingly. Honorable Mention went to Bri Arden.
The Lady Bobcats also had seven players selected as Academic All-District members. Willcox, Spivey, Mattingly, Lathan, Alvarado, Stanfield and Cunningham each earned the distinction.
The Lady Bobcats made it to the Class 2A Regional Semifinals before losing to Joaquin 5-0 in a one-game playoff.

Jun

01

Posted by : admin | On : June 1, 2017

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MALAKOFF–Ethan Snow led a group of five Tiger baseball players who earned a spot on the District 18-3A All-District Baseball team in a vote of district coaches at their end of the season meeting. Coaches from the district nominate players and the coaches vote on each player nominated.
Snow was named the Tri-Utility Player of the Year along with Palestine Westwood senior Kolton Bentley and Teague senior Brad Smith.
Being selected for first-team honors were senior Tyler Russell and Tyler Crawford. Garnering second-team honors were sophomore Cully McCoy and junior Jake Lee.
Most Valuable Player of the district went to Teague’s Jaylon Davis, Defensive Player of the Year was Cooper Jones of Teague and Offensive Player of the Year went to Rhett Read of Leon.
Pitcher of the Year was Franklin’s T.J. Brumley, Newcomer of the Year was Jarrett Fishbeck of Buffalo with Coach of the Year going to Teague’s Jeff Callahan.
The Tigers went 9-10 overall on the sason and 5-7 in District 18-3A play this season and missed the playoffs.

May

25

Posted by : admin | On : May 25, 2017

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BULLARD–The Trinidad Trojans’ season came to an end after dropping games two and three to Union Hill in the Class A Region III Quarterfinals May 18-19 at Hubbard High School.
After winning game one of the series 6-3, the Trojans lost games two and three by scores of 14-7 and 22-13. The Trojans end the season with a record of 10-12.
In game one, Nate Williams pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two.
The Trojans got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. After Williams reached on an error and moved to third on a passed ball, J. Ayala was hit by a pitch and stole second. Jayden Walden drove in Williams with a groundout and K. Eastman scored Ayala with a single to left. Union Hill got one of the runs back in the top of the second to make it 2-1.
The Trojans added to the lead with a run in the third after Jerry Bannister reached on an error and scored on an error after a Walden grounder. Trinidad scored twice in the fourth. With two outs, Tristian Fletcher reached on an error and moved to third on yet another Union Hill error. Bannister doubled to score Fletcher and Williams to extend the lead to 5-1.
Union Hill scored two runs in the fifth to make it 5-3, but the Trojans added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 6-3 final.
In game two, Union Hill took a quick 3-0 lead, but it didn’t last long as Trinidad came back with four runs in the top of the second. Union Hill regained the lead with a three-run third to go up 6-4 and broke it open with four runs in the fourth for a 10-5 lead. The Trojans got single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth but it wasn’t enough as Union Hill would add four more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.
Ayala led the Trojans with two hits in three at-bats with a run scored and an RBI. Williams, Bannister, Walden, Eastman, Zach Stanfield and Snider each had a hit for the Trojans. Bannister drove in three runs in the game-two loss. The Trojans committed six errors in the game that led to eight unearned runs.
In game three, Walden led the offense by going 3-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. Williams, Bannister, Ayala and Jaden Garcia each had hits in the game.

May

25

Posted by : admin | On : May 25, 2017

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ATHENS–Athens High School senior defender Raygan Young will continue her soccer career in college after signing on Wednesday, May 17 to play for Navarro College. Raygan was a team captain as a senior, an All-District Utility Player of the Year, All-State Player, and played varsity throughout high school, the last three as a starter.
“Raygan has done a magnificent job leading this team,” Athens High School Girls Soccer Coach Mark Hall said. “She’s not only a great player, she’s also a scholar.”
Young helped lead the Lady Hornets soccer team to the UIL State Semifinals before being ousted by eventual state champion Stephenville. The Navarro Bulldogs soccer program has won eight Region XIV championships and seven district championships.

May

18

Posted by : admin | On : May 18, 2017

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
AUSTIN–Malakoff High School senior Tyler Russell went to the state meet determined to keep his state championship in the high jump, but came home with a bonus. Russell won two gold medals at the UIL State Track and Field Meet May 11-13 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Eustace High School senior Chanda Westbrook came home with some hardware as well, winning a silver and bronze to close out her decorated career as a Eustace Lady Bulldog.
Russell defended his state high jump title, winning with a jump of six feet, 11 inches, a personal best. Poth’s Jake Lamberth won the silver with a jump of 6 feet, nine inches.
Russell added to his trophy case with a gold in the long jump, winning first with a distance of 23 feet, seven and a quarter inches. New Waverly’s Roman Pray finished second with a jump of 23 feet, three inches. In the past two track seasons, Russell has taken home three gold medals, two in the high jump and one in the long jump.
Westbrook started out the Friday morning session of the state meet by finishing second in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:12.71 to take the silver medal. Blanco’s Johanna Villareal won the gold medal with a time of 11:08. 59. Westbrook came back on Saturday to take third place and the bronze medal in the 1600-meter run. Westbrook finished with a time of 5:10.60. Little River Academy’s Jenna Brazeal finished second with a time of 5:09.54 and Villareal took another gold with a time of 5:09.03.
Malakoff Tiger Q.T. Barker was fourth in the 100-meter run, missing a medal by just .09 seconds. Barker ran a 10.90, trailing Crockett’s Demarcus Richardson’s 10.81. Danny Gray of Dallas Madison won gold in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.70.
Larry Coker finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 137 feet, 10 inches. Schulenburg’s Josh Brown won gold with a throw of 176 feet, six inches.
Trinidad Lady Trojan Erica Airheart finished fifth in the Class A triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, seven and a half inches. Ella Anttila of Jonesboro won gold and set a state meet record with a distance of 39 feet, one and a half inches.

May

18

Posted by : admin | On : May 18, 2017

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RED OAK–One tough inning cost the Malakoff Lady Tigers in their 4-2 loss to Grandview in the regional quarterfinals May 12 in Red Oak.
The Lady Tigers gave up four runs in the fourth inning to the Lady Zebras, the only inning Grandview scored in, but it was enough to propel them to the next round.
The Lady Tigers came out swinging against the District 17-3A champion Lady Zebras, scoring two runs in the first inning to take a quick 2-0 lead. Chyann Jarrett was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on a bunt single by Claire Spivey. Abby Terzis doubled to left to drive both runners in for the lead.
The game stayed 2-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning. Brooke Prewitt reach on an error and scored on a single by Alexis Galvan to cut the Lady Tiger lead to 2-1. After an error brought in another run, Kami Flores singled to score Galvan to give Grandview the lead. A single by Emily Little scored the fourth run of the inning for the Lady Zebras.
The Lady Tigers threatened in the fifth inning, getting two runners on after a double and a walk, but Grandview pitcher Brooke Blackwell struck out the next two hitters to end the threat.
Spivey finished the game 3-3 with a run scored and a walk, Abby Terzis was 1-4 and drove in the two Lady Tiger runs, Jarrett scored the other run for the Malakoff. Chaney Tart pitched a complete game, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out four and walking one. Only two of the runs were earned.
The Lady Tigers end their season at area champions and regional quarterfinalists with a record of 24-8-1.

May

11

Posted by : admin | On : May 11, 2017

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GATESVILLE–The Athens Hornets used stellar pitching to sweep Gatesville in their best-of-three bi-district playoff series.
After a scoreless first two innings in game one, Athens jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
Luis Valdez walked to start the inning and moved to second on a groundout by Emanuel Hernandez. After Valdez stole third, Jacob Ickes was hit by a pitch and Valdez scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Noah Sikes. A Casey Pitchford single and a Kobe Kale walk loaded the bases. Sikes scored on a wild pitch for the 2-0 lead. Gatesville got a run back in the top of the fourth on a double, a walk and an error. That would be the only run Gatesville would score in the series.
The Hornets went up 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth on two walks and two groundouts.
The Hornets added to their lead, going up 7-1 in the sixth inning. Valdez led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a Hernandez single. Pinch runner Grant Echols moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ickes. Trent Harris, running for Hernandez, scored on an error and Sikes scored after Kale stole second and third.
Hernandez went the distance on the mound, giving up just the one unearned run on two hits while striking out six and walking only one batter. Cameron Woodard was 1-2 with a run scored and an RBI, and added two walks. Valdez walked three times, drove in a run and scored a run, Hernandez finished 1-2 with two walks, Pitchford was 1-3 and Kale was 1-2 with two walks. Ickes, Sikes and Pitchford had the other runs batted in. The Hornets had only four hits, but drew 12 walks in the game.
In game two, Cameron Woodard threw a complete-game shutout, giving up six hits and one walk while striking out four and Valdez was 2-4 with an RBI to lead the Hornets to the sweep. Woodard, Peyton Brewer, Ickes, Kale and Preston Benton added one hit each for the Hornets.
The Hornets scored once in the first on an error, allowing Echols to score. Athens went up 2-0 in the third inning on an RBI single by Valdez.
Athens added two more runs in the fifth on a Hernandez sacrifice fly and an error to lead 4-0.
Benton scored on a passed ball for the Hornets’ final run of the game.

May

11

Posted by : admin | On : May 11, 2017

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WAXAHACHIE–The Malakoff Lady Tigers continued their winning ways, beating Whitney 5-2 and 11-4 to complete the sweep of the Wildcats and advance to the regional quarterfinals.
The Lady Tigers will face District 17-3A champion Grandview at 7:30 pm. tonight, May 12 in Red Oak. The series will be one game, so the winner will move on to play in the regional semifinals next week.
In the first game of the series, Chyann Jarrett was 2-4 with two runs scored and Chaney Tart finished 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored, as well as driving in a run. Abby Terzis, Cheyanne Robertson and Hannah Terzis each had a hit in the game, with Hannah Terzis adding an RBI. Joey White scored the other run for the Lady Tigers.
Malakoff wasted no time getting on the board in the first inning. Jarrett singled to short to start the inning and advanced on an error by the shortstop. Tart drove home Jarrett with a single to left to give the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Whitney answered in their half of the inning, plating two runs on a walk, a sacrifice bunt, a single and a triple that drove home both runs.
The Lady Tigers tied it in the third when White walked, went to second on a groundout and scored on Abby Terzis’ double.
Malakoff struck for another run in the fifth. Tart doubled, moved to third on a couple of sacrifices and scored on a Hannah Terzis single to left.
The Lady Tigers added two insurance runs in the seventh. Jarrett singled, Tart walked and two runs scored on two errors by Whitney. Tart threw a complete game, giving up two runs on three hits, walked three and struck out eight for the win.
In game two, the Lady Tigers’ Jarrett and Claire Spivey each went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs to help Malakoff in the sweep. Robertson and White both finished 2-3 with a run scored, Jaci Spiva was 1-3 and scored two runs, and Tart and Abby Terzis both finished 1-3 with a run and an RBI each. Jewell Jones drove in a run in the game as well.
Malakoff trailed 1-0 heading to the bottom of the second, but scored twice to take the lead. Robertson singled to begin the inning. After two were out, Spiva walked and White singled to load the bases. Jarrett singled to center to drive in two runs.
The Lady Tigers added three more runs in the fourth. Spiva doubled, White singled and Spivey doubled to drive in two runs. Spivey scored on a single by Tart for a 5-1 lead.
Malakoff broke the game open in the sixth. Jarrett doubled and Tart walked to put two runners on. Abby Terzis singled to drive in Jarrett. Tart scored on an error by the third baseman and Terzis scored the eighth run of the game on a fielder’s choice by Jones. Whitney scored three times in the seventh on a single, a double and a home run, but could get no closer.
Tart pitched another complete game for the win, giving up four runs on 10 hits, walking three and striking out three batters.