Posted by : admin | On : March 22, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The History Channel is bringing back what it calls the first extreme sport: jousting. And PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler and form

er Henderson County resident Rope Myers is right in the middle of the action.

Myers is one of 16 competitors on The History Channel’s Full Metal Jousting, a television series currently airing Sunday nights at 9.
“But this is no Renaissance fair as the toughest riders in the nation face off in a bone-crushing competition for big money,” reads the description on the series website. “It’s as intense as it was 500 years ago, but with a twist: Traditional armor is replaced by modern suits of steel, while action is captured by high-speed cameras.”

The hits are big, delivered with wooden lances while wearing 80 pounds of armor and riding a horse 20 mph.

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Posted by : Staff Reports | On : February 3, 2012

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) conducted its bi-annual realignment Thursday. Here’s where area schools landed:


Football (Div. I, District 7-2A): Malakoff, Eustace, Grand Saline, Kemp, Lone Oak, Quitman, Winnsboro.
Basketball (Div. I, District 13-2A): Malakoff, Dallas Faith Family, Dallas Life Oak Cliff, Eustace, Kemp, Palmer, Red Oak Life, Scurry-Rosser

Cross Roads

Football (Div. I, District 6-1A): Cross Roads, Cayuga, Dallas Gateway, Italy, Itasca, Kerens
Basketball (Div. I, District 18-1A): Cross Roads, Cayuga, Hubbard, Kerens, Wortham


Football (Div. I, District 16-6man): Trinidad, Calvert, Karnack, Milford
Basketball (Div II, District 23-1A): Trinidad, Campbell, Cumby Miller Grove, Fruitvale, Yantis



Posted by : admin | On : February 3, 2012

​Planning for last Saturday’s Malakoff Tiger Invitational powerlifting meet began immediately after Thanksgiving. Still, Head Coach Scott Lane never expected to be cooking Friday night.

But when the caterer dropped out unexpectedly on Thursday, meet organizers had to figure out how to feed an expected 75 to 85 powerlifting coaches and officials.

“That was a major curve ball,” Lane said. “Those are big eaters.”

So he and Athletic Director Jamie Driskell bought briskets, sausage and beans and started cooking.




Posted by : Staff Reports | On : January 13, 2012

From Staff Reports

The Malakoff Tigers are on fire, winning their first four district games to set up a showdown with also-undefeated Teague next Tuesday at home. Malakoff is 9-9 overall and 4-0 in District 14-2A.

The Tigers are off this Friday, Jan. 13.

In the past week, the Tigers have crushed, in order, Blooming Grove, Buffalo and Leon.

First, the Tigers dumped Blooming Grove

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Posted by : admin | On : December 25, 2011

Jeris Hall looks ripped now, but after college this MHS grad tipped the scales at 293 pounds.

By Chip Souza

Special to The News

When Jeris Hall looked at the man in the mirror, he did not like what was looking back.

An athlete in high school and always one of the most popular students at Malakoff High, he was living the life of most college students: Lots of parties, late night fast-food and more parties.

Jeris Hall before changing his lifestyle.

Hall, now 29, was a junior at Texas A&M-Commerce in 2004, away from home for the first time. And he was soaking in every minute of the college experience.

“I loved it, loved being in college,” he says now. “I pledged to one of the biggest fraternities (Delta Tau Delta) on campus and had a lot of friends. I got caught up in being free.”

By the end of his first year of college, the former Tiger football player had gained 35 pounds, which is not uncommon for first-year students. For Hall, a former athlete and now not being involved in sports, along with the other social trappings of college life, were all factors

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Posted by : admin | On : December 5, 2011

Stace Smith

From Staff Reports

Talk about consistent: Stace Smith Pro Rodeos of Henderson County was named the PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last week.

That is the eighth consecutive year Smith has won the award. Only one other time in the award’s history has anyone won as many times.

Voting is by all contract personnel (announcers, pickup men, etc.), along with the stock contractors, rodeo committees (one vote per committee) and the top 100 contestants in each event.

According to the company’s website, Smith produces more PRCA rodeos than any other stock contractor in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

A long-time Henderson County resident, Smith has been a rodeo contestant, worked as a chute boss and was also a pickup man before becoming a stock contractor. In 2005, he was chosen as pickup man for the Texas Circuit finals.



Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 25, 2011

By Gene Lehmann
Special to The News

Approximately 18 years ago, a new women’s basketball coach hired on at Trinity Valley Community College and one of his first visits was to the Athens Daily Review newsroom so he could meet sports editor and Malakoff native Benny Rogers.

I edited the newspaper in the small East Texas town. I had divorced

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Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 22, 2011

From Staff Reports

The Malakoff Lady Tigers have jumped out to a quick start this basketball season, rolling to a 4-1 record.
After winning their opener last week against Rice, the Lady Tigers played in the Slocum Tournament and won their first two games.
First, Malakoff overcame a slow start to beat Overton, 54-40. The Lady Tigers were led by

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Posted by : admin | On : November 19, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

COLLEGE STATION – History closed its book on the Malakoff Tigers’ 2011 season Friday night following a 24-7 area round playoff loss to the East Chambers Buccaneers.

But the Tigers made History stand up and take notice this year. Malakoff finished with a 9-3 record on the year, and is 26-8 in the first three seasons of head coach Jamie Driskell’s tenure, which is his first stint as head coach.

The Tigers three-year run under Driskell is the school district’s best ever, topping the 24-5 record posted by the 1947-48-49 squad. Last season

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Posted by : admin | On : November 18, 2011

Kurt Budke

UPDATE: With statement from TVCC

Oklahoma State University officials confirmed this morning that head women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke was killed Thursday night in a plane crash in central Arkansas.

Also killed was assistant coach Miranda Serna and two others not associated with the university.

“The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims.”

Budke is best known in Henderson County as the head coach of the Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals from 1993-2000. During that time,

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