Apr

14

Posted by : admin | On : April 14, 2016

Malakoff and Eustace handshake post game

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Malakoff and Eustace players shake hands after Malakoff’s 16-1 victory in their April 5 game in Malakoff.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers beat the Eustace Lady Bulldogs 16-1, April 5. The game was called in the third inning because of a run rule.
Jaci Gray started on the mound for Eustace and Candace Denis started for the Lady Tigers.
Eustace got two on base but did not score to start the game. Malakoff scored Denis on an error in the first inning to go up 1-0.
In the second inning, Zoie Bailey walked and Gabi Corder stole home to tie the game 1-1. Abra Roberts struck out to end the inning.
Malakoff went up 3-1 in the second when Cheyenne Ramsey and Chaney Tart got home. Denis hit a home run to make it 5-1 and Chyann Jarrett scored to make it 6-1.
Malakoff got a big break when the umpire missed an interference call that would have ended the inning. Instead Malakoff loaded the bases and scored five more runs to make the score 11-1 going to the third.
Eustace didn’t score in the third inning. Jarrett scored for Malakoff to make it 12-1 and Tart knocked in Abby Terris and Ramsey to make it 15-1. Hannah Terris ended the game when she knocked in Tart.
The win improves Malakoff to 10-0 in district this season. Eustace falls to 4-6 in district and is tied with Frankston for the final playoff spot. Frankston holds the tie breaker.

Apr

14

Posted by : admin | On : April 14, 2016

Z Bailey

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Malakoff pitcher Z Bailey gets ready to throw a pitch during the third inning of Malakoff’s game against Eustace. Malakoff won the game 12-9 in comeback fashion.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers baseball team won in a offensive thriller 12-9 against the Eustace Bulldogs, April 5 in Malakoff.
Tristan Tobey started on the mound for Malakoff and Rusty Rodgers started for Eustace.
In the first inning, Malakoff didn’t allow Eustace to score and also scored one run to take an early 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, Eustace quickly loaded the bases. Tobey walked Juan Maltos in for a run to tie the game and then hit Hayden Shaddox with a pitch that got Gannon Kirkhart home.
Later in the inning, Zach Compton knocked in Cory Strawn and Chris Carlson for a 4-1 lead. Shaddox stole home for a 5-1 lead. Eustace scored five runs in the inning but Malakoff answered back with three runs of their own due to errors. Eustace had a 5-4 lead going into the third inning.
In the third inning, Z Bailey checked in for Malakoff at pitcher. He walked a few batters and Shaddox loaded the bases. Kelly Ashton knocked in TJ Howard to make the score 6-4 and Howard batted in Cory Strawn and Shaddox to make it 8-4. Tyler Crawford came in to pitch and got the last out.
Eustace put Cory Strawn in at pitcher. Dylan Grim and Crawford led off the inning for Malakoff with singles and Trevor Martin walked to load the bases. Grim and Crawford got home on a walk and a sacrifice fly to make the score 8-6. Hunter Snow hit a single to get Martin home and to make the score 8-7. Malakoff would hit two more singles to tie the game at eight. Shaddox came in to pitch for the Bulldogs and got the final two outs.
Things slowed down for both teams in the fourth inning. Cody Strawn got a base hit for Eustace but they didn’t score. Grim led off the inning with a walk for Malakoff but they couldn’t get anything going either.
In the fifth inning, Howard hit a single with two outs to get on base. Maltos then singled to move Howard to second. Kirkhart stepped up and hit a double to get Howard home and help Eustace take the lead back 9-8.
Malakoff almost scored when a wild pitch got away from the Eustace catcher. Dustin Miller almost stole home but Shaddox tagged him out just in time to keep the score at 9-8 going into the sixth inning.
Eustace went down in order in the sixth. Grim scored for Malakoff in the bottom of the sixth on an overthrow error by Shaddox that tied the game at nine. Malakoff loaded the bases and Snow knocked in Crawford and Martin to put Malakoff up 11-9. Ford Sugai singled to get Miller home for the last run that made the game 12-9. Eustace had two big errors in the inning that hurt them.
The Bulldogs needed three runs to stay alive in the top of the seventh. Compton led things off with a single but it would not be enough and the game ended on a fly ball.
The loss dropped Eustace to 10-7 on the season and 5-3 in district play. Malakoff also won the first meeting this season 21-11 in Eustace. Eustace is third in district.

Apr

07

Posted by : admin | On : April 7, 2016

Leon Gilmore

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TVCC Cardinal Leon Gilmore on his official visit to Colorado State University. Gilmore committed to Colorado State March 27.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) basketball player Leon Gilmore committed to play for the Colorado State University Rams, March 27. Gilmore made the announcement official via his personal Twitter account.
Colorado State is coached by Larry Eustachy. They finished up this season with a 18-16 record and last made the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
Eustachy has been a Division One head coach since 1990. He is in his fourth season as the basketball coach at Colorado State. He has 486 career wins, five conference championships, two conference coach of the year awards and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
“I’m very excited about getting to play for Coach Eustachy,” Gilmore said. “Everyone tells me he is one of the best in the business and I know he has had a lot of success with junior college players. I’m really looking forward to playing on a team where I can make an impact. I just want to be a part of something great.”
Gilmore played high school basketball at Manvel High School in Houston. He was a four star recruit according to 247 Sports and was ranked as the eighth best player in Texas and 135th best in the nation.
He committed to play college ball at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb under coach Greg McDermott. He also had offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Houston, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma State, UNLV, VCU and Georgetown.
Gilmore saw action in eight games as a freshman and missed the last six weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He decided to transfer to TVCC in hopes of getting more playing time.
This past season at TVCC, under coach Kris Baumann, Gilmore averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game. He started every game for the Cardinals and led the Cardinals to a 33-2 record and an appearance in the NJCAA quarterfinals in March. TVCC was ranked number one in the country for most of the season.
“I had a lot of great memories and games from my time in Athens,” Gilmore said. “This is one of the best teams I have been a part of and coach Baumann is an amazing coach. He made it clear from day one what he expected out of us. I want to thank all the Cardinal fans for their support this season. They played a big part in helping us have the success that we did.”
Gilmore also had offers from Georgia, LSU, Stephen F. Austin, Little Rock, FIU and UT-Arlington.
With Colorado State losing forward Tiel Daniels to graduation, Gilmore will have a chance to make a huge impact for the Rams next season. Gilmore is a high-motor player who can guard any position on the floor.
“I can step in and do whatever the coaches ask me to do,” Gilmore said. “I just want to help this team be successful.”

Apr

07

Posted by : admin | On : April 7, 2016

michael Gain

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Cross Roads named Michael Gain as their new head coach April 4. Gain has 11 years of coaching experience and is hoping to lead the bobcats to the playoffs for the first time in 16 years. Gains has had previous stops at Skidmore-Tynan, Manvel, Mathis, Ingleside and Latexo. This is his first head coaching job. “I’m excited to be here and I’m ready to get to work,” Gain said. “I’m not coming in here expecting anything less than success.”

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
CROSS ROADS–A new face will be roaming the sidelines for the Cross Road Bobcats this season. Michael Gain was named the new head coach of the Bobcats April 4.
Gain has been coaching high school football for 11 years. He has had previous stops at Skidmore-Tynan, Manvel, Mathis, Ingleside and Latexo. This is his first head coaching job.
“I’m very excited to be here at Cross Roads,” Gain said. “I see a lot of talent on this team. We have a lot of good pieces and once we put them together I think we will start to have success. Building a football program is like putting together a puzzle.”
Cross Roads has struggled in football and haven’t made the playoffs since 2003. The Bobcats have only had three or more wins in four of the last 15 years. This past season, the Bobcats got out to a solid start, winning three of their first five games, despite the early success the team lost their last five games in a row and didn’t win a district contest for the second straight year. They finished 3-7.
The Bobcats will graduate several key players from last year’s team including Aaron Arden, Blake McCracken, Skyler Himes and Luke Carnes. Gains will look to players like Taylor McKenzie, Tyler Johnson and Clayton Flowers to step up and make an impact next year. Gain says he expects big things out of McKenzie from the quarterback position.
“We need to gain more strength and speed in order to compete,” Gain said. “We are working on it now and I want to see results by the end of this year and then work through the summer. The big goal is to make the playoffs just like every other school wants to do.”
Cross Roads will be in a new district next season with Big Sandy, Cayuga, Gladewater, Union Grove, Hawkins and Kerens. The Bobcats hope to snap their 16 year playoff drought.
Gain calls himself an “ADHD” coach who likes to coach with a ton of energy. “I expect high energy from my coaching staff and from the kids. We want to make this an adventure and not a job.”
Above all else, Gain hopes that the kids and staff buy into his program and improve. “I’m excited to be here and I’m ready to get to work,” Gain said. “I’m not coming in here expecting anything less than success.”

Mar

31

Posted by : admin | On : March 31, 2016

Athens junior high

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The Athens Junior High Girls Little Dribblers team won the Palestine Regional tournament this past weekend. They defeated Palestine 39-8 in game one then defeated Grimes 34-31 in game two. The girls advance to the national tournament set for April 13-16, in Mexia

Mar

31

Posted by : admin | On : March 31, 2016

TVCC Allstar game 1

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Mabank senior Mark Driskell (in red) goes up for a rebound in the 2016 Trinity Valley All-Star game. Driskell scored five points and grabbed some rebounds but his team fell short 102-99

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The White Team trailed by as many as 22 points but fought the whole way and came away with a 102-99 win in the second annual Trinity Valley All-Star Game, March 26 at Cardinal Gym. The game features some of the top senior talent from the local area.
Players were Moises Alvarado, Hunter Davis and Aaron Arden from Cross Roads, Preston Furr and Kat Arroyo from Athens, Mark Driskell from Mabank, Jake Woolverton from Malakoff, James Jackson from LaPoynor, Jovonte Hornbuckle from Trinidad, Xavier Richardson from Brownsboro, Chaz Grimes and Gavino Rongel from Fruitvale, Davis Moore and Logan Jenkins from Martin’s Mill, De’Vun Hamilton from Jacksonville, Garrett Hall from Crandall, Jackson Malone and Logan Nance from Canton, DJ Johnson from Harleton and Keelan Yarbrough from Palestine.
“It was fun to come out here and have everybody show off what they can do,” Alvarado said. “It was fun to come out and compete against my teammates and play against some guys that I normally wouldn’t get to play with.
“It was fun to come out here and play against people you play in your district or on your team,” Furr added. “I had a lot of fun today and I’m very happy to be a part of something like this. It’s a great way to end my high school career.”
The Red Team started the game off strong and jumped out to a 17-3 lead before the second group came in for the White Team. They chipped away at the lead and cut it to 21-14 at the end of the first quarter. “We came in at 4 minutes and cut it to 21-14,” Alvarado said. “We put in some work there in the first quarter.”
The teams continued to play hard in the second quarter and the White Team fought back to eventually take a two point lead at one point. The Red Team led 42-40 at halftime.
During halftime the two teams had a 3-point shooting contest. The event was won by Jenkins, a senior from Martin’s Mill High School.
Both teams went back and forth in the third quarter. The Red Team hit several 3-point shots to open up a 12 point lead but the White Team fought back again to make the score 76-74 going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the two teams traded baskets the entire way. The White Team finally got the lead with under a minute left and escaped with a 3-point victory.
This was the second year in a row that the White Team won the game. Last season they dominated for a 110-91 victory.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

The News Staff Reports
VAN–The Athens Lady Hornets track team placed second in the Van meet March 17. The Lady Hornets had eight athletes score a total of 108 points.
Missy Boister, Keari Dunn, Kelcee Johnson and Kim Morales ran the 800-meter relay in a time of 1:54, which was good for third
Boister, Dunn, Tiffany Boyce and Kyra Robinson finished second in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:26.
Morales was third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.98. Robison was first in the 200-meters with a time of 26.01, while Johnson was fifth in a time of 28.61. Boyce ran the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:10.
In the 100-meters, Johnson was third with a time of 13.43. In the 400-relay, the team of Robison, Boyce, Dunn and Boister was second in a time of 52.21.
Arecelly Castillo finished out the running events for Athens. She was second in the 3,200 meters at 12:43 and third in the 1,600 at 6 minutes.
In the triple jump, Boyce was fourth with 31 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Robinson was fifth in the long jump and Boiser was sixth.
Robison tied for third in the high jump at 4 foot, 10 inches and Tamiyah Thompson finished sixth in shot put.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

TVCC basketball

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Cardinals came into the National Tournament ranked first in the country with just one loss. They won their first game against North Dakota School of Science before being upset in the next round by Gillette.
TVCC was the number one seed and took on 16th seeded North Dakota School of Science Wildcats in the first round, March 15. The Cardinals made short work of the Wildcats and came away with a convincing 86-51 victory.
TVCC jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and never looked back from there. The game never felt like a contest from the very start, with TVCC hitting six 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes of play to build up a 14 point lead.
The Cardinals hit seven three pointers in the half to extend their lead to 43-21 at halftime. The Wildcats, who depended on 3-pointers all season only hit six the entire game and it limited their offense.
The Cardinals never took their foot off the gas after halftime. They continued to knock down shot after shot and got several opportunities for second chance baskets. The Cardinals out-rebounded the Wildcats 34-19 in the game.
Sophomore JC Washington led TVCC in scoring with 16 points. He also played well on the boards, grabbing 15 rebounds. Also scoring for the Cardinals were Brandon Holley with 15, Josh Stamps and Josh Robinson with 13 each, Hyron Edwards with 11, Ryan Preston and Leon Gilmore with six each, Stephen Edwards with five and Dion Mack with one.
North Dakota School of Science was led in scoring by James Batemon III who had 15 points. Milos Vranes also scored 10 for the Wildcats, who ended their season with a 28-7 record.
TVCC moved on to play the eighth seeded Gillette College Pronghorns in the next round, looking for a spot in the title game. Gillette overcame a sluggish start and stunned the Cardinals 87-83.
TVCC got off to a good start with Robinson and Washington hitting early 3-pointers to give TVCC an early 6-0 lead. They went up 8-2 before things started to get away from them.
Gillette began to have success getting to the free throw line and scored points while putting the Cardinals in foul trouble.
Gillette was up 30-24 with five minutes left before a 3-pointer by Holley slowed the bleeding. Gillette still ended the first half on a 6-2 run to take a 36-34 lead going into halftime.
Usually when TVCC had been down at the half this season, they started off the second half well to fight their way back into the game, that was not the case against the Pronghorns who started the second half on a 16-5 run to go up 52-39.
Just when it looked like it was over for the Cardinals, Washington and Robinson began to find success on the offensive end and pulled the Cardinals back into the game. TVCC got the Gillette lead down to as little as two but they were never able to get over the hump and take a lead.
Gillette withstood a final run by the Cardinals and escaped with the victory and one of the biggest upsets in National Tournament history.
Kavell Bigby-Williams was the player of the game for the Pronghorns. He scored 19 points and also pulled down 20 rebounds to will his team to victory. Deishaun Booker also had 19 points and Joel Thabize had 15, only missing one shot the entire game.
TVCC was led in scoring by Edwards with 17. Also scoring for the Cardinals, were Robinson and Stamps with 13 each, Holley with 12, Washington with 11, Preston and Gilmore with six each and Edwards and Shamiek Sheppard with two each.
The Cardinals were 31-of-91 from the floor and 8-of-33 from beyond the 3-point line.
Gillette had 46 free throw attempts in the game. TVCC finished the season with a 33-2 record and tied the school record for most wins in a season.
“We could never get over the hump,” TVCC coach Kris Baumann said. “We got it to two or three, then they would make a big play, it was one of those nights. We couldn’t get the ball to go in the basket.”
Gillette improved to 34-1 on the season and moved on to the Final Four, where they lost to Salt Lake 83-47 to end their season.

Mar

17

Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

Special to The News
TEXAS—Texas anglers will have another species to target this spring. In March, the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited (GRTU) will stock approximately 900 brown trout averaging 14 inches in the Canyon Dam tailrace.
The tailrace extends 14 miles downstream of Canyon Dam on the Guadalupe River. Brown trout are popular with anglers and can live in slightly higher water temperatures than rainbow trout.
Brown trout have been stocked in the tailrace before. From the late 1970s to 2000 brown trout supplemented rainbow trout stockings by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and GRTU. This stocking will be different, because fisheries managers will assess how brown trout stockings improve angler participation and fishing through Texas’ hot summer months. Angler surveys will document fishing effort and catch rates, while electrofishing sampling will evaluate trout survival through summer and fall.
Half of the brown trout stocking will occur in the special regulation zone, which begins 800 yards downstream of Canyon Dam and extends to the easternmost bridge crossing on Highway 306. Anglers fishing in this zone are required to release brown and rainbow trout between 12 and 18 inches in length.
Trout below 12 inches and above 18 inches can be harvested by artificial lures only, with a five-fish daily bag limit. Remaining brown trout will be stocked in multiple locations from the easternmost Highway 306 bridge crossing to the second bridge crossing on River Road.
TPWD and GRTU are hoping the addition of brown trout can increase the number of trout that survive through summer in the tailrace. This would increase year-round angling opportunities and allow fish to grow over multiple years.
The protective regulations and cooler water temperatures in the upstream portion of the tailrace provide the best conditions for this to occur. If brown trout increase angler participation and exhibit better over summer survival than rainbow trout, more may be stocked in the future.
Methods for catching brown trout are similar to those used for rainbow trout. Dry flies, wet flies and small lures that imitate terrestrial insects or minnows can be good bait choices in summer.
Anglers can access the river several ways. In the upstream special regulation zone, kayaks and canoes can be launched from a free access area just below Canyon Dam. Take-out locations and other access can be arranged through outfitters such as Maricopa Riverside Lodge or Whitewater Sports.
During the winter season, several leased sites offer anglers free access to the river.

Mar

17

Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

Coach Baumann media day

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TVCC basketball coach Kris Baumann talks to reporters during TVCC’s media day March 9. Baumann has led the Cardinals to a 32-1 record and the number one seed in that National Tournament. The Cardinals are seeking their first ever National Championship.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The TVCC Cardinals and Lady Cardinals basketball teams are looking to build off of great regular seasons and bring home National Championships to Athens this season. The Cardinals hold a record of 32-1 and are ranked number one in the country. They enter the NJCAA Tournament as the number one seed. The Lady Cardinals have a record of 28-3 and will be entering the women’s tournament as the number six seed.
“Our goals at the end of the year are to play in the National Tournament,” TVCC coach Kris Baumann said. “The more I’ve challenged the guys this year, the better we have played. It would mean everything to us to be able to win a title. Our group has been very mature and battled through lots of adversity. I want to play well and advance as far as we can. A lot of different factors go into these tournament game but I think our guys are good enough to handle the pressure.”
The Cardinals are currently on a 27 game winning streak. They have had several big moments including coming back from a 22-point deficit against Navarro to win by one and beating Paris on a last second 3-pointer. Baumann is confident that playing in games like that will give his team the edge they need when games in the tournament get close.
“We have known since the beginning that we were going to be a special team,” TVCC sophomore Leon Gilmore said. “Even before we put on the uniform and played we knew how good we were and we knew that this was the team that could take us all the way to a championship. We want to be the best team every time we step on the floor and I think we are. This entire team loves each other and we love to play together. It’s never a dull moment with this team and we have a lot of fun playing. Coach has been setting goals for us all season and we have one more to accomplish. We want to be able to cut the nets down at the end of the year.”
The Cardinals will be in the tournament for the third time in a row, a first in school history. They will play the winner of North Dakota School of Science and Harcum (who knocked TVCC out of the tournament two years ago) on March 16. This is the eighth year in a row where the Cardinals have won at least 20 games. The best finish TVCC has ever had at the tournament was 1982 when they finished third.
The Lady Cardinals are looking to make history with their ninth championship. They finished third in the tournament last season. The Lady Cardinals have had 26 straight winning seasons and have a true winning tradition. They won three straight titles from 2012-14 and are 8-4 overall in title games.
“We have always had success here and we prepare to go the National Tournament every year,” TVCC coach Gerald Ewing. “This is a great group. They love each other and lead each other on and off the court. It’s great to have all the athletic success with us and men’s team. It’s rare at any level of basketball to have two teams who have a chance to win a National Championship in the same year.”
The Lady Cards were upset by San Jacinto in the second round of the Regional Tournament. “We were a little shocked after losing to San Jacinto,” sophomore Maya Singleton said. “We had already beaten them twice this year and nobody saw that loss coming. We got ahead of ourselves and we were looking ahead to the championship game instead of taking it one game at a time. That will be the key to having success in the National Tournament. We need to take it one game at a time and play our best basketball every time we step on the court. At this stage in the season, every single possession counts and you have to make the most out of everything.”
“We are hoping to win a title this season but we know that each game will be a challenge and anybody can beat anybody,” sophomore Troi Swain said. “It’s important that we lock in and play like a team. We were surprised to be the six seed because we expected to be in the nine to 12 range. It’s exciting to see that people still think of us as one of the elite teams in the country.”
“It means everything to represent Trinity Valley and Athens,” freshman Christalah Lyons said. “We have a big name on our jersey and it’s important that we go out and represent. The loss in the Regional Tournament lit a fire under us. We have become a strong team on and off the court. It would mean everything to cut down the nets with these girls.”
The Lady Cards have an overall school record of 1,078-232. They have a 60-17 record in the National Tournament and have appeared 21 times.
The last time the Lady Cards missed the tournament was 2007.