Jul

06

Posted by : admin | On : July 6, 2017

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WACO–There isn’t much Quincy Jenkins can’t tackle.The former Baylor University football player graduated in December 2016 with a Master of Business Administration degree he earned online. Two months later, he landed a strategist job with Google and was set to become a first-time father.
“My family was really very supportive,” Jenkins said. “They all thought I was going to go back to school much sooner. Most of my friends, however, thought I was nuts to go back to school and work a full-time job — especially considering my wife was pregnant and due any day.”
Still, Jenkins persevered. He attended school online while working full-time in commercial sales with Sherwin-Williams in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Jenkins was originally planning to become a cardiologist. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baylor in 2009.
“When I finished my undergrad, my initial plan was to go to grad school and kind of figure out where I wanted to go to work from there,” he said. “That was around the time the economy was tanking. I was lucky to take a job with Sherwin-Williams.” With his future goals in mind, Jenkins eventually knew he wanted to build a strong foundation for responsible leadership by equipping himself with all the tools of a business background.
Jenkins played high school football at Trinidad, about 90 miles northeast of Waco. He earned a scholarship to play defensive tackle for the Baylor Bears after walking onto the program as a freshman.
“I’m still the only six-man player to get a scholarship to a Division I university and play all four years,” Jenkins said. “I’m pretty proud of that.”
However, trying to balance the demands of school and football proved to be a difficult assignment.
“Being a biology pre-med major and being on a football scholarship was quite the juggling act,” he said. “Making lab time work 20 minutes after practice ended, getting to the lab for two hours and making film sessions and things of that nature was a very trying, constrained period of my life.”
While Jenkins was finishing the bachelor’s degree program, he had an internship with Baylor Media and served as athletics coordinator for the City of Waco. He landed a job as a store manager for Sherwin-Williams in December 2009.
“When I first started, I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll take a year to work here,” he said. “Then, I’ll go into some sort of science field and see if I catch on with my pre-med pursuits, but the educational path was pretty long and I never really saw myself working in a lab. I’m a people person. I didn’t really know that about myself.”
“Working in a lab environment or a technical environment or something like that, I figured I could make it work. But when you find out you have a hidden talent to do things, you kind of want to explore it more. That’s what Sherwin-Williams brought out of me.”
Six years after graduating from Baylor University, Jenkins returned to find a significantly different experience as an online student.
“It was rough at times because 20-30 hours a week wasn’t easy,” he said. “Having the flexibility to make those 20-30 hours a week available at any free moment you have definitely helped.”
Jenkins said the degree program provided him with valuable insight into different areas of the business world.
Jenkins said he also got a healthy dose of perspective from the curriculum.
“I really took a lot from the Ethical Leadership course,” he said. “Having such a strong sports background, I was of the school of thought that you work through issues and overcome mountains by climbing harder.
“It really helped to temper my leadership style and be a little more empathetic to those who may not work at the same pace as me or come from the same background. I really think it made me a better leader and a better husband. Not everybody is going to respond favorably to those my-way-or-the-highway tactics of leadership.”
Another course Jenkins especially enjoyed was Economics.
“I like the global nature of the course,” he said. “I liked how the course is tailored to help you understand how the world economy and a lot of the current events all play together in the business world. I really enjoyed that aspect of the course, whether it was the articles or some of the case studies, I felt like the relevance with the global economy and dealing with my current job in sales, I felt like it really made a hazy picture clearer on how markets are often manipulated.”
Jenkins said he hadn’t planned on attending his second Baylor graduation ceremony, but he was happy he changed his mind.
“I’m 32 years old, and it just didn’t feel like it was something someone my age would do,” he explained. “I was told by my old football trainer Mike Simms that students don’t walk the stage for themselves — they walk the stage for their parents. I decided I would do that for my loved ones, no matter how uncomfortable I may have thought it would feel. Once I was there, it felt good to be around people. I was probably on the younger side of the online students.”
Jenkins also credits the online MBA program with helping him land his new job at Google.
“Going into this, I really didn’t plan on looking for outside opportunities,” he said. “I really wanted to make myself more marketable internally, but for some reason, through the program, I was motivated to go to a job conference in New Orleans in October.” Jenkins said all of the things the Hankamer School of Business has to offer set Baylor’s MBA apart.
“I would say understanding that all things that are valuable in your life or are worthwhile are generally difficult,” he said. “Take advantage of the resources the program has for you. The professors, whether it was negotiating salary for job opportunities or just general work advice, they’ve all been open throughout the program and since the program.
“Most of all, be brave and don’t be afraid to dive into the program and learn and stretch yourself. At the end of it, the more you put in, most definitely, the more you’ll get out.”

Jul

06

Posted by : admin | On : July 6, 2017

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Many people take advantage of nice weather by exercising in the great outdoors. Some might skip the treadmill at the gym in favor of running at the park, while others join recreational sports leagues for some exercise and fun in the sun.
But exercising outdoors carries its share of risk. Unlike gyms where machinery clearly advises members about proper form and warns against lifting excessive weight, Mother Nature comes with no such warning labels. As a result, it’s up to men and women to make injury prevention a priority when taking their exercise routine outside. The following are a handful of preventative measures that can help exercise enthusiasts avoid injury as they attempt to get or stay fit in the great outdoors.
Study the terrain. Part of the danger of exercising outdoors is that, unlike a gym fitted with machines designed for the sole purpose of exercise, nature’s terrain is unpredictable. Safety features you take for granted at the gym, such as padded floors, are nonexistent outdoors. In addition, certain areas in nature might not be suitable to all athletes. For example, mountain biking is a popular sport, but not all mountain biking trails are the same. Some trails are ideal for beginners, while others are best ridden by more seasoned riders. When your outdoor exercise regimen will be taking you off the beaten path, be sure you know the terrain before you start your workout. Speak with fellow outdoor enthusiasts about which trails or courses are best for someone of your skill level and adhere to their recommendations. When exercising on a trail for the first time, bring a friend along so someone can go get help should an accident happen.
Stay hydrated. Dehydration is another cause of injury when athletes exercise in the great outdoors. Gyms have water fountains that allow members to take a drink of water when they’re thirsty. That water can help prevent dehydration, which can be painful and greatly increase your risk of injury. When exercising outdoors, be sure to bring along enough water so you can stay hydrated regardless of how far away from civilization you may find yourself.
Honestly assess your abilities. When exercising outdoors, it’s easy to overdo it. Warm air and sunshine have a way of encouraging athletes to prolong their workout routines or push themselves a little harder. But pushing yourself past your limits can considerably increase your risk of injury. While it’s easy to stay within your limits when exercising indoors, where the environment may encourage you to cut a workout short rather than extend it, it’s easy to overextend yourself outdoors when the weather is nice. So, it’s important for men and women to make an honest assessment of their abilities before beginning an outdoor exercise regimen. Once you know what your body can and can’t handle, you can tailor your outdoor workout to one that makes the most of nice weather without putting your health at risk.
Don’t challenge Mother Nature. One of the biggest risks about exercising outdoors is the tendency some athletes have to ignore the elements. Avoid working out in especially cold or hot weather, as such conditions are not conducive to exercise. Extreme weather also reduces the number of people outside, which means there won’t be as many people around to help you if you suffer an injury, lose your way or need help with your gear. Exercising outdoors is a great way to enjoy nice weather, but limit such workouts to those times of year when temperatures are most conducive to outdoor activity.

Jun

28

Posted by : admin | On : June 28, 2017

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MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tiger football team is looking to improve on last year’s season. That means making it to the state championship game, as the Tigers fell just one game short last season, losing to Yoakum 28-24 in the Class 3A Division I Semifinals.
The Tigers come into the 2017 season ranked fifth in the state in Class 3A Division I by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. The Tigers finished 13-1 last year, with their only loss being in the semifinal game. The Tigers ran the table in the regular season, finishing a perfect 10-0. Malakoff dismantled Troy in the bi-district playoffs 47-14 before doing the same thing to Kirbyville by the score of 49-6. The Tigers then beat a very solid Rockdale team 27-14 to set up a showdown with Cameron Yoe, the team that knocked them out the year before. Malakoff won a thriller in overtime in a driving rain storm 37-34 to make it to the semifinals.
The Tigers are picked to win District 9-3A, followed by Teague. West is picked to finish third, Groesbeck fourth, Whitney fifth, with Elkhart, Eustace and Palestine Westwood at the bottom of the district.
The team the Tigers knocked out in the playoffs, Cameron Yoe, comes in ranked number one in the poll, followed by Halletsville. Brock is ranked third and Yoakum comes in at number four. The rest of the top ten has Wall at number six, district foe Teague at seven, Farmersville at number eight, with Pottsboro and Rockdale rounding out the top ten.

Jun

22

Posted by : admin | On : June 22, 2017

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Many people find it impossible to think about summer without conjuring visions of spending endless hours outdoors from morning until evening, whether beachside, on the open water or even floating in a backyard pool.
Although a certain measure of sun exposure is required for some natural functions of the body, it’s well documented that too much time in the sun can be hazardous to one’s health. That’s why summer frolickers need to exercise considerable caution each time they step outside.
Taking sunburn for granted can be a big mistake. Many people wouldn’t risk burns from a hot stove or open fire, but they won’t think twice about being unprotected under the very hot rays of the sun.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than one-third of adults and nearly 70 percent of children admit to suffering from sunburn within the past year. Depending on the intensity of the sun and the amount of time spent outside, sunburn can be a first or second-degree burn. In first-degree burns, damage affects the topmost layer of skin. However, sunburn can even affect deeper layers and cause blistering in addition to redness and pain.
Sunburn also can cause some irreparable damage that goes unseen. According to WebMD, ultraviolet light from the sun can alter DNA, prematurely aging skin or even contributing to skin cancers.
It can take years before symptoms become noticeable. Therefore, it is best for people of all ages to exercise caution when spending time in the sun.
Sunburn is one of the most easily prevented summertime ailments. It’s also important to note that sunburns are not just limited to the hot weather or when it is sunny outside. Ultraviolet damage can occur at any time of the year, and also from artificial UV sources, such as tanning beds. Preventing sunburn is simple.
The Mayo Clinic says the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so schedule outdoor activities for other times of day. Otherwise, limit exposure to the sun and take frequent breaks in the shade.
Wear protective clothing that covers the arms and legs. Some outdoor gear is designed to offer sun protection. Tightly woven fabrics tend to help the most.
Apply and reapply sunscreen. Look for products that offer an SPF of 15 or greater. The American Academy of Dermatology actually recommends an SPF of 30 or greater.
Make sure the product is broad-spectrum, meaning it protects against UVA and UVB rays.
Apply sunscreen thoroughly, paying attention to the tops of feet, hands and other places that tend to go untreated. Reapply every two hours or more frequently, if necessary.
Base tans do not protect the skin. Research does not support the habit of getting a tan to prevent subsequent sunburn.
Protect the face and eyes by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and highly rated UV protection sunglasses.
The Skin Cancer Foundation says a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns.
Use protection, stay hydrated and play it smart to enjoy summer to the fullest.

Jun

22

Posted by : admin | On : June 22, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets and Lady Hornets had nine total athletes named to the Class 4A Academic All-State team.
Lady Hornet softball players Jennifer Bradford, Alicia Grogan, Kelli Gartman and Sam Smith were selected to the Academic All-State softball team by the Texas High School Girls Coaches Association. Athens Hornet graduate Meagan Withers was named to the Academic All-State tennis team by the same association.
To be nominated to the team, athletes must be graduating seniors, have an overall grade point average of 94 or above for grades 9-11, must be a varsity participant or support staff member in good standing and be of good moral character.
The Athens Hornet baseball team had four players named to the Academic All-State baseball team by the Texas High School Coaches Association, with senior Cameron Woodard being selected to the Elite team.
Kolemann Dooley and Casey Pitchford were named to the first team as well, with Jacob Ickes being named to the second team.
To be nominated for academic All-State, a student must be an athlete, student trainer or manager in good standing with the team, of good moral character, a senior and have an overall grade point average of 92 or above.
To make the Elite team, a player must have near perfect scores in all categories.

Jun

15

Posted by : admin | On : June 15, 2017

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LONGVIEW–Athens Hornet graduate Maalik Hall helped his Blue team to a 17-7 victory over the Red team at the Chic-fil-A FCA Heart of a Champion All-Star game Saturday, June 10 at Longview’s Lobo Stadium. The game was part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ All-Star Weekend, which also included All-Star baseball and softball games.
Hall, a running back and linebacker in his career at Athens, started at outside linebacker for the Blue team and finished the game with five tackles, as well as playing on the punt team and the kickoff return team. Hall was nominated for the honor by Athens High School Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Paul Essary.
Hall will be continuing his education and football career in the fall as he will be playing for Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Mabank’s Noel Rojo and Eustace’s Mikey Marshall were also selected as members of the Blue team. Marshall started on the offensive line while Rojo came off the bench to play on the offensive line as well.
Rojo will take his talents to the next level and will play for Bethany College in the fall. Marshall is headed to Missouri Valley.
The vision of the FCA is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

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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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.