Dec

22

Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2016

The News Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–The Athens Hornets continued their torrid pace, beating Kaufman 66-62 Dec. 16 at Kaufman High School gym.
The Hornets improve to 12-2 on the season and have won nine games in a row since a 90-75 loss to Paris on Dec. 2.
Athens’ defensive pressure and their running style of offense staked the Hornets to a 23-6 lead after one quarter of play.
Kaufman got back into the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Hornets 20-10 in the quarter to go into halftime with the score 33-26.
The Hornets came out firing again in the third quarter, scoring 24 points to go into the fourth and final frame with a commanding 57-37 lead. The 20-point lead did not last long however.
Kaufman made a game of it again in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hornets 25-9 in the quarter to get within four points, but could not make up the rest of the large deficit.
Athens was paced in scoring by 18 points each from senior Jabrile Richardson and junior forward Gary Lyons.
The Hornets will be in action at 10:30 a.m. against Chapel Hill at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic in Tyler.
The Hornets’ next game at home will not be until district play starts. The Hornets will host Palestine at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at Athens High School gymnasium in a District 13-4A contest.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2016

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BROWNSBORO–The Athens Hornets continued their torrid start to the season by winning the Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro Dec. 8-10.
The Hornets went 5-0 in the tournament, winning the tournament championship by beating Mexia in the title game, 76-64.
In the championship, the Hornets raced out to a 22-13 lead after one quarter of play, highlighted by a 7-0 run midway through the quarter. Athens added to its lead by halftime, going into the locker room with a 36-24 lead on the Blackcats.
Athens’ up tempo style started to wear on Mexia, as the Hornets hounded the Blackcats into bad shots. Athens continued its pace, scoring 20 points in both the third and fourth quarters to keep the 12-point lead they had at halftime, winning by that same 12-point margin. Athens Head Basketball Coach Cliff Thompson was happy with the way his team played in the tournament, and said the Kemp win was the toughest of all. “We played very solid on-ball defense which created many transition opportunities for us, and we did a good job of finishing when we got those opportunities.” Thompson said.
In the victory, Javiry Bowman led the Hornets with 21 points, followed by Miles Koehler with 18 and Jabrile Richardson 15.
Gary Lyons tossed in nine points, Casey Wilson chipped in six, Cam Ray had three points and Xavius Fulton and Chris Taylor had two points apiece.
To get to the title game, the Hornets beat a very good Crockett team and almost reached triple digits in the process, 94-59.
The Hornets led 23-7 after one period. Crockett cut the lead at halftime to 43-33. After a third quarter that saw Crockett cut the margin to 11 points, the Hornets ran away with the game in the fourth and final period.
The Hornets outscored Crockett 31-8 in the quarter to win going away.
The Hornets played one game Friday and beat Kemp 67-66 in the closest game of the tournament for them. The Hornets led by nine after the first quarter, and by eight at halftime. Kemp stormed back in the third quarter to take a four-point lead into the final quarter, before the Hornets regrouped and came back for the one-point win.
Koehler paced the Hornets with 19 points. Bowman had 16 points, Lyons and Brandon Arroyo each added eight points, Fulton had two points and Ray one point in the victory.
Thompson said this game was the toughest one of the tournament for the Hornets. “They did a good job defensively of taking away our driving lanes and making it difficult for us to get the ball inside. They built a lead in the 2nd half and we had to come back from down 8 or 10 points in the 3rd, but our kids responded well in the 4th and found ways to score and get stops when it counted,” Thompson said. “It was not a pretty win but I was proud of the way they finished the game after having a down 2nd and 3rd quarter.”
The Hornets went 2-0 on the first day of the tournament, beating Longview Pine Tree 68-61, and Nevada Community 82-69.
The Hornets improved to 11-2 on the season, and will play on the road at Kaufman at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
AUSTIN–The Malakoff Tigers’ perfect season came to a shocking end in a 28-24 loss to Yoakum in the Class 3A Division 1 state semifinal at Austin’s Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium Dec. 9.
The Tigers, 14-0 coming into the game, lost the lead with three minutes left in the fourth quarter on a four-yard touchdown pass from Joshua Moore to Ethan Owens to make it 28-24.
The Tigers had one last chance to take the lead, but an interception ended the comeback as Yoakum ran out the clock.
The game started well for the Tigers, as they got a safety when the Yoakum punter could not handle a low snap from the center.
Malakoff added to the lead when running back Breashawn Williams scored on a nine-yard run, extending the lead to 9-0 after an Everardo Garcia extra point.
Yoakum finally got on the scoreboard with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter on a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryson Hagan to Jordan Moore.
After a stalled drive by the Tigers, Yoakum took a 14-9 lead on a Henry Enoch touchdown run from three yards away.
Malakoff regained the lead at 17-14 with just over six minutes left in the half when Williams scored his second touchdown of the game on a 27-yard run around the left side.
The Tigers took the three-point lead into the halftime locker room.
Neither team could get anything going in the third quarter, as both defenses stepped up and made big stops to force punts. The Tigers took the same three-point lead into the final quarter.
Yoakum again took the lead just four seconds into the fourth quarter on a Montreal James 11-yard scamper, giving the Bulldogs as 21-17 lead.
On third and long from the Bulldog 43-yard line, the Tigers scored when quarterback Judd Miller connected with senior Q.T. Barker for a score and a 24-21 lead with about seven and a half minutes remaining in the game.
Malakoff had a couple more chances to score, but could not find the end zone again, ending their dream season.
Miller finished 7-21 passing for 112 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers set a record for the most wins by a Henderson County area team with 14, advancing the furthest of any team ever in the area.

Dec

08

Posted by : admin | On : December 8, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
WACO–A clutch 30-yard field goal in overtime by sophomore kicker Evarardo Garcia in the cold rain that gave the Tigers a thrilling 37-34 state quarterfinals victory over Cameron Yoe Dec. 2 at Waco ISD Stadium. The kick also sent the third-ranked Tigers to the Class 3A Division 1 state semifinals where they will battle Yoakum for a spot in the state championship game. Malakoff and Yoakum will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 9 at Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. Yoakum upset fifth-ranked Halletsville 27-23 in the Region IV Final.
Garcia’s kick was made possible by a great defensive stand from the Tigers. Starting at the 25-yard line, Cameron Yoe could not manage a first down in their part of the overtime period, turning the ball over on downs to the Tigers. Malakoff drove to the 13-yard line, setting up Garcia for the game-winner.
Down 34-26 after a Cameron Yoe touchdown pass to Sicory Smith, the Tigers tied the game with a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Judd Miller to wide receiver Tyler Russell with 5:00 left in the game. Miller found Russell for the two-point conversion as well, tying the score at 34-34.
Cameron Yoe took possession after the touchdown, but Breashawn Williams intercepted a pass with 17 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Miller started the scoring with a touchdown run on a quarterback draw from six yards out, giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead after the failed two-point conversion. Cameron Yoe tied the game with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Smith from Yoe quarterback Zack Andress. The extra point was wide left, keeping the game at 6-6 with about six minutes remaining in the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Q.T. Barker caught a short pass in the flat from Miller, and raced 62 yards for a Tiger touchdown, giving the Tigers a 13-6 lead. The Tigers were given possession of the ball after the first of two Russell interceptions in the game.
With just under six minutes remaining in the half, Andress hit wide receiver Jordan Wells with a 42-yard touchdown pass to tie the score for the Yoemen.
The Tigers struck again with 4:56 remaining when Breashawn Williams took a handoff from Miller and got free on the Malakoff sideline for a 41-yard touchdown run. The Tigers went into the halftime locker room with a 20-13 lead.
Cameron Yoe took just over three minutes of the third quarter to tie the score. The Yoemen scored on a 3-yard touchdown run from freshman running back Nico Vargas to knot the score at 20-20.
After a fumbled kickoff by the Tigers, Yoe took possession and the lead on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Andress to Iverson Westbrook. Yoe led 27-20 after the successful extra point try.
A big play helped the Tigers get to within a point just two minutes later. After the Tigers were pinned back on their own five after a penalty and facing a third down and 18, Miller connected with JaQuaylon Hart for a 95-yard touchdown pass to cut the Yoe lead to 27-26. The score stayed that way into the fourth quarter, setting up the fireworks later in the period.
Miller finished the night 12 of 25 for 292 yards with three touchdown passes, while carrying the ball nine times for 66 yards and another score. Williams had 72 yards on nine rushes, and added a touchdown.
Barker led the receiving corps with five catches for 136 yards and a touchdown, Hart caught two passes for 102 yards and a score, Russell had one catch for 20 yards and a touchdown and Williams had one catch for nine yards.
In the other quarterfinal games, Wall beat Brock, who was ranked first in the state in Class 3A. Mineola beat Pottsboro to set up the other state semifinal game.
The winner of the Wall vs. Mineola game will face the winner of the Malakoff vs. Yoakum game in the state championship game, which will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

Dec

08

Posted by : admin | On : December 8, 2016

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The News Staff Reports
ELKHART–The Athens Lady Hornets finished 2-1 at the Elkhart tournament Dec. 1-3, beating Wells and Neches, and falling to Leon. Junior Raveon Rodriguez was named to the All-tournament team for her performance in the three games after averaging 22 points a game in the tournament.
The Lady Hornets started the tournament with a tough matchup against Leon. The Lady Hornets were tied with Leon after one quarter at 8-8. Athens’ defense held Leon to just six points in the second quarter, taking an 18-14 lead into halftime.
Leon came out firing in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Hornets 18-11 in the frame, to go ahead 32-29 heading into the final period. Leon kept the pressure on, holding the Lady Hornets to just 4 points in the final frame to win going away, 44-33. In the game, Raveon Rodriguez had 18 points, followed by Kelcee Johnson with 11. Hallie Williams and Tamaya Hubbard each scored two points in the loss.
The Lady Hornets came back the next day to take a 57-21 win over Neches. Leading 9-8 after one period, the Lady Hornets tallied 16 points in the second, going into the locker room at halftime with a 25-13 lead. The offense exploded for 20 points in the third quarter, taking a 45-19 lead after three quarters. The defense held Neches to just one bucket in the fourth quarter as the Lady Hornets ran away with a 36-point win.
In their final game of the tournament against Wells, the Lady Hornets raced out to a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was full of scoring, as each team put up 20 points in the quarter, as the Lady Hornets took a nine-point lead to halftime. Led by 30 points from Rodriguez, the Lady Hornets kept momentum going in the second half to win 63-48. Raveon Rodriguez led Athens with 30 points. Jazzmine Johnson scored 10 points, followed by K. Johnson with eight points, Smith with six, Williams with five and Chilton with two points.
Athens Head Coach Emily Martinez was happy with the way her team played. “I’m very proud of the hustle and effort given by all the girls today,” Coach Martinez said. “The girls played well. Lots of forced turnovers led to easy baskets for us. Williams, Smith and Chilton did a great job clearing the boards. Johnson was an offensive spark off the bench. R. Rodriguez, Hubbard and Kelcee Johnson led the defensive charge, forcing Wells into multiple turnovers.” The Lady Hornets improve to 4-6 this season and will be in action Dec. 8-10 at the Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro.

Dec

01

Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
WACO–The Malakoff Tigers are another step closer, and get a rematch with an old nemesis. After a 27-14 Regional Semifinal victory over sixth-ranked Rockdale on Nov. 15 at Waco ISD Stadium, the Tigers move to 13-0 and have a date with Cameron Yoe again.
The Tigers will get the opportunity to avenge last season’s 45-44 area round loss to the Yoemen when the two teams play in the Class 3A Division 1 Region III Championship Friday Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium.
The Tigers, as has been customary during the playoffs, scored first on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Judd Miller to Q.T. Barker with 5:24 remaining in the first quarter. The Everardo Garcia extra point made it 7-0.
On Malakoff’s next possession, the Tigers made it 14-0 on a Breashawn Williams seven-yard touchdown run with 2:13 left in the opening quarter.
The big play in the drive was a 50-yard pass from Miller to Barker to set up the Williams touchdown run. The possession was set up when the Rockdale punter could not handle the snap, and Jack Patton pounced on the ball for the Tigers.
The Tigers widened the margin to 21-0 after going on a 10-play 50-yard drive that took almost four minutes.
The Tigers ended the drive with Miller’s second touchdown toss of the day, this time to senior Tyler Russell near the sideline from 13 yards out.
After a couple possession changes, and a turnover on downs by Malakoff, Rockdale made it a 14-point game after going 80 yards in 15 plays, ending the drive with a two-yard touchdown run by senior Davion Ford with 24 seconds remaining in the half. Ford finished the game with 73 yards rushing.
In the third quarter, Rockdale’s defense forced a Russell fumble, setting Rockdale up in Malakoff territory. Barker made sure the fumble would not cost the Tigers, picking off a Rockdale pass in the end zone to keep it a 14-point game.
Malakoff was forced to punt on the ensuing possession, and Rockdale scored another touchdown on a 44-yard touchdown pass with 3:30 left in the third quarter, making it a 21-14 game.
Malakoff would answer that score with one of their own, taking the next possession at their own 25-yard line and driving 75 yards in seven plays, capped off by Barker’s 13-yard scamper. The extra point was wide, making the score 27-14 with 11:52 remaining in the game.
With the game still uncomfortably close, Russell stepped up big, picking off two passes in the fourth quarter, including one late in the game that would seal the Malakoff win.
The defense only gave up 14 points to a Rockdale team that came in averaging over 44 points a game on the season.
Miller was 10 of 18 for 143 yards and two touchdowns through the air and had 14 rushing attempts for 95 yards on the ground.
Williams gained 38 yards on 16 carries, Zee Bailey had four rushes for 40 yards and Barker gained 38 yards on four attempts.
Barker led the Tigers in receiving with 92 yards on five catches, Russell added three receptions for 28 yards.

Dec

01

Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets used great defensive pressure and a big second half to take a 61-51 victory over Corsicana Nov. 29 at the Athens High School gymnasium.
The Hornets were tied with Corsicana at 25-25 heading into the second half of play, but outscored the visitors 36-25 over the final two quarters to take the win.
The win improves the Hornets’ record to 2-1 on the season. The Hornets will be in action on Dec 1-3 at the Van Dairy Queen Invitational.
Midway through the third quarter, the Hornets cut the Corsicana lead to three with a layup by Gary Lyons. On the next possession, the Hornets tied the score at 34-34 on a three pointer by junior Miles Koehler. The Hornets outscored the Tigers 13-12 in the third quarter.
The defensive pressure the Hornets applied in the fourth helped the Hornets pull away for the big win, as Athens outscored Corsicana 23-14 in the final frame to take the victory.
The Hornets were led by Koehler’s 17 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists. Javiry Bowman also added 17 points, two rebounds and a steal in the win, Jabrile Richardson had 10 points, eight rebounds, four steals and a blocked shot. Lyons added eight points and eight rebounds, while Xavious Fulton and Cam Ray each added three points for the Hornets.

Nov

23

Posted by : admin | On : November 23, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
NACOGDOCHES–The Malakoff Tigers took another step toward completing their mission- a state championship- with their 49-6 domination of Kirbyville at Dragon Stadium on Nov. 18.
The undefeated Tigers won its second area championship in school history and will play sixth-ranked Rockdale at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at Waco ISD Stadium.
Malakoff (12-0) set another record in this game, scoring the most points in a playoff game in school history, eclipsing last week’s 47-point performance against Troy.
The Tigers also have set a new school record for wins in a season.
The Tigers wasted no time getting on the board in this game.
After Kirbyville turned the ball over on downs after a strong stand by the Malakoff defense, Judd Miller connected with Q.T. Barker for a 39-yard touchdown. Everardo Garcia’s successful extra point made the score 7-0 with 8:46 to go in the first quarter.
Just two and a half minutes later, Miller threw a 24-yard touchdown strike to running back Breashawn Williams to extend the lead to 14-0. The Tigers added another touchdown in the first quarter on Miller’s third touchdown pass of the game, this time a 63-yard pass to Tyler Russell.
Kirbyville scored their only points of the game on defense. Donavon Norsworthy picked up a Tiger fumble and returned it 64-yards for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked, making it 21-6 at the end of the first quarter.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Tigers extended their lead to 28-6 with a drive that took only a minute and a half. Miller connected with Barker again for a 61-yard touchdown. The Tigers drive went 73 yards and took only four plays.
Miller threw touchdown pass number five when he again hit Barker with a 67-yard pass. Barker had four catches for 177 yards and three scores.
Deric Davis scored from 10 yards out and Caleb Adams recovered a fumble at the goal line for a touchdown, resulting in the 49-6 final.
Miller was 14-18 passing for 349 yards and five touchdowns. Tyler Russell had five catches for 115 yards, and Williams had 20 carries in the game, rushing for 172 yards.
The Tiger defense shut out the Kirbyville offense, with the Wildcats scoring their only points on the fumble return.
The Tigers stopped the Wildcats on a fourth and one early in the game and also had a fourth down stop at their own two-yard line in the third quarter.
The winner of the Malakoff-Rockdale regional semifinal game will advance to take on the winner of the game between Cameron-Yoe and Teague in the regional finals.

Nov

17

Posted by : admin | On : November 17, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–The Trinidad Lady Trojans finished up a great season by winning District 21-1A and advancing to the regional finals. After an 0-27 record just two seasons ago, and last year winning their first district game, the team fought through adversity all year long, to win the district.
Lady Trojan Head Volleyball Coach Tina Sawtelle was proud of the way her team came together this year. “We had a lot of adversity this year with health and personal problems but the girls really came together and showed perseverance, mental toughness and drive,” said Sawtelle. “I am beyond proud of these ladies and the improvements we continue to make each year.” She also is encouraged by the way the future looks for the young team. “We are excited as a program for what the next year has in store for us,” Coach Sawtelle said. “We are only graduating one, so we will have almost our entire team back for the next season. It is a very exciting time for Lady Trojan volleyball.”
The Lady Trojans parlayed their regional finals appearance into post season honors. Eight players were selected to the all-district team.
Lady Trojan junior Erica Airheart was selected as the District 21-1A Most Valuable Player. Junior Hallie Airheart received district MVP server, sophomore Tori Moody district MVP blocker and sophomore Hayley Ned received district MVP defensive specialist.
Junior Brianna Cagle was selected 1st team all-district. Sophomore Jazmyn Burden-Engle and sophomore Jaylinn Womack received all-district second team honors. Freshman Cassie Patch was all-district honorable mention.
Coach Sawtell was also selected as the District 21-1A Coach of the Year by her coaching peers.
Coach Sawtell said she and the girls will stick to the plan she had coming into Trinidad. “Building a successful program is what we have been striving to do since I became the volleyball coach and we will continue to grow and build throughout the years,” Sawtelle said. “It has been exciting and rewarding to see the change in this program over the last 4 years, and I am excited for the future of Lady Trojan Volleyball.”

Nov

17

Posted by : admin | On : November 17, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
MIDLOTHIAN–The Malakoff Tigers just keep rolling.
After a perfect 10-0 season, the Tigers set yet another record in keeping their winning ways going in a 47-14 rout of Troy at MISD Stadium in Midlothian on Nov. 11.
The Tigers scored the most points they have ever scored in a playoff game, eclipsing the 45 points they scored in a win over Grandview in 1990.
With the win, the Tigers move on to face the Kirbyville Wildcats in the area round tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium in Nacogdoches. Kirbyville defeated Hempstead 41-35 to advance.
It only took the Tigers three plays to score on their first possession. After a four-yard run by Breashawn Williams and a false start penalty, the Tigers went to the air. Quarterback Judd Miller connected with wide receiver Tyler Russell on a 92-yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt was blocked, leaving the score at 6-0.
After a three-and-out by Troy, the Tigers took over on their own 28 yard line. On this possession, they did most of their damage on the ground. Q.T. Barker had a 20-yard run, Jaquaylon Hart ran for 10 yards, and then Williams finished off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run as well as the two point conversion to put the Tigers up 14-0 with 4:08 left in the first quarter.
The defense helped to do its part in the win on the next possession, as the defense forced and then recovered a fumble at the Trojan 35-yard line. Four plays later the Tigers had a 17-0 lead on an Everardo Garcia 22-yard field goal.
The Tigers added to their lead early in the second quarter when Williams scored on a five-yard run. A 46-yard pass from Miller to Russell set up the score.
Troy finally broke through on its next drive. The Trojans went on a 12-play 62-yard drive, capped off by a one-yard touchdown run from Riley Seiter. Anthony Avila added the extra point for a 24-7 score. After the Trojans forced the Tigers to punt on their next possession, Troy cut the margin to 10 on a 35-yard scamper from Tyler Welch on a reverse. The Avila extra point made the score 24-14 with 2:18 left in the half.
The Tigers would not let the Trojans get any closer, exploding for 16 points in the last two minutes of the half.
Malakoff started its next possession at its own 38-yard line. It only took one play and 16 seconds for the Tigers to put another score on the board. Miller hit Hart with a short pass, and the receiver dodged and weaved his way into the end zone from 62 yards out. Garcia’s extra point made it 31-14 with 2:02 remaining in the half.
The defense stepped up again when Chase Busch stepped in front of a Troy pass for an interception.
The Tigers would fumble on the next play however, giving the ball to the Trojans at their own one yard line.
The defense again was up to the task, tackling Seiter in the end zone for a safety and a 33-14 lead.
On the kickoff by the Trojans, Russell struck again, taking the kickoff back 59-yards for a touchdown and a 40-14 lead heading into halftime.
The final points of the game would be scored in the third quarter. Miller threw his third touchdown pass of the game, connecting with Hart again for a nine-yard score.
Russell would add an interception in the fourth quarter.
Miller was 14-23 passing for 323 yards and three scores. He also threw two interceptions. Russell had five catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Hart caught five passes for 88 yards and two scores. Barker finished the night with four catches and 63 yards. Williams ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
The defense forced three turnovers- two interceptions and one fumble recovery- to aid in the win.
The Tigers move to 11-0 on the season and are looking for their second area championship in their game with Kirbyville.
The first win for the Tigers in the area round came in 2013 when the Tigers beat Van Alstyne 38-25.
The winner of tonight’s game will advance to the regional round of the playoffs.