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.

Mar

10

Posted by : admin | On : March 10, 2016

AHSregional powerlifters

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Athens High School boys powerlifting team finishes second at the regional meet in Lindale. Pictured are (from left) Coach Craig Brown, Chad Walker, Noah Bush, Logan Fuller, Joshua West, Manuel Vazquez, Jordan Mayhall, Jacob Moore, Daniel Vazquez, Maalik Hall and Coach Tim Hensley.

Special to The News
ATHENS–The Athens High School boys powerlifting team finished second at the regional meet in Lindale March 3, with senior Chad Walker setting the new regional record in the bench press at 460 pounds.
Three lifters – Josh West, Logan Fuller and Walker – advance to state, and Joseph Mahmoud is a state alternate.
Seven of the 10 AHS lifters medaled, with the team finishing just behind Bullard. The Hornets will finish the season having won three of the four invitational meets they attended.
Individual results include:
• Chad Walker, first place with a 1,615-pound total
• Josh West, second place with a 1,510-pound total
• Logan Fuller, fourth place with a 1,400-pound total (auto qualifying total for his weight class)
• Joseph Mahmoud, thirdrd place
• Jacob Moore, fourth place
• Jordan Mayhall, fourth place
• Noah Bush, fourth place
• Manuel Vazquez, sixth place
• Daniel Vazquez, seventh place
• Maalik Hall, eighth place
The Athens Lady Hornets qualified as well following the Region 3, Division 2 meet in Fairfield.
Jayde Robertson was second in the 220-plus category, with a total weight of 910 pounds. She lifted 375 in the squat, 340 in deadlift and benched 195.
Ninth in the 97-pound class was Rebecca Granillo. She lifted 105 in squat, 155 in deadlift and 65 on bench.
Sharay Rodriguez was fifth in the 105-pound class with a total of 440 pounds. In squat, Rodriguez lifted 150, 205 in the deadlift and 85 on bench.
In the 165-pound class, Bree Thompson was sixth with a total weight of 755 pounds. She lifted 315 on deadlift, 305 in squat and 135 on bench.
Eriana Marshall was 10th in the 181-pound class with a total of 605 pounds. She lifted 263 in squat, 225 in deadlift and 115 on bench.
Also scoring was Ashlynn Stewart in the 220-pound class with a total weight of 740 pounds. She lifted 310 in deadlift, 295 in squat and 135 on bench.

Mar

03

Posted by : admin | On : March 3, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The fifth ranked Mabank Lady Panthers topped Athens 4-3 in their March 1 game at Bruce Field.
Mabank struck first in the 17th minute on a goal by Juliet Pridgen. She was assisted by Kaylee Creagh on the goal. Brittni Anthony scored a goal in the 21st minute to increse the lead to 2-0 for the Lady Panthers.
Athens finally scored in the 27th minute when Makayle Traxson scored a goal off an assit by Leslie Rodriguez. Traxton would later tie the game in the 33rd minute on a goal that was assisted by Ana Rodriguez. The score was 2-2 at halftime.
Helen Foster scored for Mabank in the 52nd minute to help the Lady Panthers take a 3-2 lead. Athens refused to quit and later tied the game again with a third goal by Traxton on a penalty kick.
The winning goal came for Mabank in the 59th minute when Catherine Turner scored to make the game 4-3. The score held up until the end of the game.
The win improves Mabank’s record to 14-1-3 and and 6-0 in district. Athens falls to 10-8-1 and 4-2 in district. This was the third time this season that Mabank beat Athens. The two teams meet again on March 24 on what till be Senior Night for Athens.

Mar

03

Posted by : admin | On : March 3, 2016

Alvarado Cross Roads

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Cross Roads senior Moises Alvarado knocks down a free throw to complete a 3-point play in his team’s March 1 playoff loss to Eustace. Alvarado finished the game with 15 points.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Kerens Bobcats topped the Cross Roads Bobcats 73-69 in a thriller of a playoff game at E.L. Kirk Gymnasium in Eustace, March 1. The two teams played twice in the regular season as district foes and split their match ups.
“I’m disappointed for our kids,” Cross Roads coach Bo Martin said. “They played their tails off. We were down 14 and could have given up but they never quit and continued to fight all the way to the end. We didn’t lose the game we just ran out of time.”
“We had a lot of young kids battling their hearts out tonight,” Kerens coach Brock Ramsey said. “We have had double and triple overtime games and we have always battled and fought no matter what the odds are. Cross Roads is a great team and we knew that they weren’t going to give up. They battled hard and got after our tails but our kids played hard and moved on to play on in the next round.”
Cross Roads got out to a fast start with senior guard Aaron Arden getting into the paint for several good looks and layups. Cross Roads was up 7-0 before Kerens finally got a shot to go in. Kerens started hitting 3-point shots to cut into the lead. Tristan Evans, Buddy Sayles and Taymont Lindsey all hit 3-point shots for Kerens in the first quarter.
Just when it looked like Kerens was going to take the lead Moises Alvarado was fouled on a layup and was able to hit the free throw to complete a 3-point play for Cross Raods. The teams continued to trade baskets and Cross Roads was up 17-16 at the end of the opening quarter.
Lindsey started the second quarter off on fire for Kerens. The sophomore hit several big shots to give his team the lead and carried them for most of the quarter. He had 10 points in the second quarter.
Cross Roads slowed down offensively in the second quarter. They had a hard time getting looks and stopping runs by Kerens. BJ Jenkins and Taylor McKenzie hit 3-pointers to limit the damage but Kerens still outscored Cross Roads 18-12 in the quarter. Kerens led the game 34-29 at halftime.
Kerens came out of halftime shooting well and they quickly built up a 14 point lead thanks to lights out shooting and a balanced offensive attack. Six different players scored for Kerens in the third quarter.
Just when it looked like Kerens was going to pull away, up 48-34, Cross Roads employed it’s press like they had done all year and forced turnovers. The turnovers quickly turned into points and Kerens saw their lead cut down to 48-43. Kerens was able to score four points during the run to limit the bleeding but Cross Roads eventually tied the game at 52 on a deep 3-pointer by Alvarado with five seconds left in the quarter. Cross Roads out scored Kerens 23-18 in the quarter and the two teams went into the fourth quarter all tied up.
Cross Roads took their first lead of the second half on a basket by Clayton Flowers in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Kerens fought back with Lindsey going coast to coast with a layup to tie the game again. The teams went back and fourth until the final two minutes of the game.
Cross Roads was down by one with 50 seconds left in the game. Senior Hunter Davis went to the free throw line with a chance to give his team the leasd but both of his free throws were off the back iron and Kerens controlled the rebound. The two teams traded baskets with Cross Roads intentionally fouling to extend the game. Bubba Faulk hit a free throw with five seconds left to put Kerens up by four and to seal the 73-69 victory.
“I’m glad that we came through tonight and played as a team tonight,” Lindsey said after the game. “We are looking forward to playing in the regional tournament and bringing a championship to Kerens. Our fans have been with us all season and we do this because of them.”
“It feels great to advance in the playoffs” said Faulk. “Last year I was here with a bunch of seniors and it feels good to make this run with my classmates. We didn’t play our best tonight but we did enough to get the win and overall I’m happy with tonight.”
Arden led Cross Roads in scoring with 18 points. Also scoring for Cross Roads were Alvarado with 15, Flowers with 11, Davis with 10, McKenzie with seven, Blake McCracken with four and Jenkins with three.
Lindsey led Kerens in scoring with 27 points. Also scoring for Kerens were Evans with 11, Qua Lawrence and Katerius Douglas with 10 each, Sayles with seven and Faulk with four.

Mar

01

Posted by : admin | On : March 1, 2016

The News Staff Reports
WACO–The Athens Hornets beat Brock 5-4 but lost to Robinson 7-3 in the Waco Robinson baseball tournament March 3-6. The also lost to West, 12-5.
The Hornets allowed 17 hits and committed three errors while playing against West. Landon Bynum scored a home run in the sixth and made a single in the first inning. Bynum was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Louis Valdez started on the mound, playing almost five innings. He didn’t allow any walks, struck out two and earned one run on nine hits.
In the victory against Brock March 4, the Hornets made four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Bynum made an RBI double, Brandon Boyd and Valdez each made an RBI single and Quade had a groundout.
Brock scored on a two-run home run in the sixth inning and a two-run double in the seventh. Boyd recorded the win on the mound allowing four runs in seven innings and six strick outs, one walk and gave up seven hits.
In the loss to Robinson March 5, Bynum played well, scoring a home run and two RBIs.
Emanuel Hernandez allowed six runs in three and 2/3 innings, walked four and struck out one in the loss. Bateman, Valdez, Quade and Casey Pitchford all had hits.

Feb

25

Posted by : admin | On : February 25, 2016

Hornets win playoff

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The Athens Hornets beat Wills Point 68-63 in bi-district basketball playoff game Feb. 23.

By Ryan Moulds
News Staff Writer
LINDALE–The Athens Hornets topped the Wills Point Tigers 68-63 in their Feb. 23 playoff game.
Athens started out fast and played tough agressive defense. They jumped out to a 11-2 lead and forced Wills Point into a timeout. The Tigers chipped away at the Athens lead and eventually took a 21-18 lead on a 3-pointer by Doug Sheldon.
Both teams went back and fourth in the second quarter with neither squad able to keep much of a run going. Athens had a 39-37 lead at halftime.
Things went back and fourth in the second half with Athens holding a slim lead the entire way. The Hornets began to stall their possessions down the court and burned as much time as possible.
Wills Point called a timeout with under three minutes left down 60-57. After the timeout Athens went on a 9-0 run to put the game away.
Miles Koehler led Athens in scoring with 19 points. Travon Fuller scored 18 points and Gary Lyons had 12.
The win improves Athens to 17-12. They move on to the second round of the playoffs where they will play Paris North Lamar-Gilmer contest Friday (today) in Corsicana.
Wills Point ends the season 10-21.

Feb

25

Posted by : admin | On : February 25, 2016

Malakoff lady tigers third round

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The Malakoff Lady Tigers celebrate after their 52-38 victory over Rodgers in the second round of the playoffs Feb. 19. Team members are (from left) Taliah Dora, Kamry Hurd, KeiKei Walker, LaPorsha Trimble, Kiana Reed, Jalie Dawson, Charlsey Stearman, Nakeya Kelley, Hazel Puempel,Kerrian Toliver and Cameron Rodgers. The Lady Tigers are coached by Meghan Hyde.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
CENTERVILLE–The Malakoff Lady Tigers moved on to the Regional Quarterfinals after a 52-38 victory over Rodgers in the second round of the basketball playoffs Feb. 19.
Malakoff jumped out to a 16-12 lead in a first quarter where both teams shot the ball well to begin the game.
Rodgers hung in tough with the tenth ranked Lady Tigers for most of the opening quarter.
Things slowed down for both teams in the second quarter. Malakoff outscored Rodgers 11-5 and took a 10 point lead into halftime.
Both teams scored eight points in the third quarter. Malakoff held strong on defense and did not allow Rodgers to cut into their lead. The Lady Tigers were still up by 10 going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers outscored Rodgers 17-13 and pulled way for a 14 point victory. The win improved Malakoff’s record to 29-3. They played Franklin in the third round of the playoffs, who beat them earlier in the season.
Malakoff was led in scoring by Kiana Reed with 13 points.
Also scoring for the Lady Tigers were, Hazel Puempel with 11, Jalie Dawson with 10, Kamry Hurd with nine, Nakeya Kelley with four and Taliha Dora and Charlsey Stearman with two each.

Feb

18

Posted by : admin | On : February 18, 2016

Alicia Dennis scurry

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Alicia Dennis (4) led the Kemp Lady ’Jackets in points and assists while playing as a 14-year old freshman on varsity. She is a key player that Kemp coach Megan Cullum will count on in the future to lead the team.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
EAST TEXAS–The Athens Hornets and Malakoff Lady Tigers were voted teams of the year in the inaugural The News East Texas Basketball Dream Team. The Hornets finished the season as district champions while the Lady Tigers went 27-3 and 14-0 in district to finish as undefeted district champs.
The boys coach of the year was Tracy Carter from Mabank. Carter’s Panthers got out to a rough start this season and were affected by a big lack of size.
They started off 0-2 in district play but rallied around star players Jordan Thomas, Corey Flores, Mark Driskell, and Cole Smith to win five in a row and secure a spot in the playoffs while finishing second in district play.
The girl’s coach of the year was second year Eustace coach Lloyd Mahaffey. His team went 3-11 in district play last season and had not made the playoffs in 46 years, which was one of the longest droughts in girl’s or boy’s basketball in the state.
The Lady Bulldogs broke the playoff drought season and finished with a 21-9 record as well as a 12-2 record in district play. Eustace was led by a trio of Sydnee Wynn, Gabi Corder and Zoie Bailey. They finished second in district and their only two district losses came to Malakoff.
2016 The News East Texas Basketball Dream Team
BOYS
First Team
• Athens sophomore Miles Koehler
• Mabank junior Jordan Thomas
• Malakoff junior QT Barker
• Kemp sophomore Kane Johnson
• Cross Roads senior Aaron Arden
Second Team
• Kemp senior Brandon Shipp
• Mabank senior Corey Flores
• Malakoff junior Tyler Russell
• Athens senior Travon Fuller
• Eustace senior Hayden Plunk
Honorable Mention
• Danyal Littleton,
Malakoff
• Mark Driskell,
Mabank
• Jay Ridgle, Athens
Christian Prep Academy
• Hunter Davis, Cross Roads
• Javonte Hornbuckle, Trinidad
• Josiah Brewington,
Kemp
• Kris Wrenn, Kemp
• Jayden Vance,
Eustace
• Gary Lyons, Athens
• Blayne Rowe,
Mabank
• AJ Cook, Malakoff
• Boomer Irvin, Kemp
• JC Cravey, Eustace
• Moises Alvarado,
Cross Roads
• Kaenen Nix, Athens Christian Prep
• Jake Woolverton,
Malakoff
• Elijah Gardiner,
Kemp
• Cole Smith, Mabank
• Antywon Shofner,
Trinidad
• Micah Santelli,
Athens Christian Prep
Academy
• Cody Duncan,
Eustace
GIRLS
First Team
• Eustace junior
Sydnee Wynn
• Malakoff sophomore
Jalie Dawson
• Kemp freshman
Alicia Dennis
• Malakoff senior
Kiana Reed
• Mabank junior
Carson Marsh
Second Team
• Malakoff junior
Kamry Hurd
• Eustace senior Gabi Corder
• Eustace sophomore
Zoie Bailey
• Athens sophomore Raveon Rodriguez
• Malakoff senior
Hazel Puempel
Honorable Mention
• KeiKei Walker,
Malakoff
• Madison Holbert,
Eustace
• Kelsey Contreras,
Eustace
• Sara Spivey, Cross Roads
• Erikah Hall, Athens
Christian Prep Academy
• Lucy Anderson,
Kemp
• Kara Smith, Athens
• Jill Odom, Mabank
• Marilyn Alvarado,
Cross Roads
• Stormy Luckey,
Eustace
• Leigh Cunningham,
Mabank
• Madison Fowler,
Athens Christian Prep Academy
• Gracie Miller, Athens
Christian Prep
• Haylee Scott, Kemp
• Grayson Cain, Cross Roads
• Harleigh Bardin,
Kemp
• Allie Hall, Mabank
• Savannah Chapman,
Mabank
• Caitlin Miller, Athens
Christian Prep Academy
• Jemiah Morgan, Athens
• Johnsynn Luckey, Eustace

Feb

04

Posted by : admin | On : February 4, 2016

12 Athens

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ABOVE: Athens Hornet basketball player Miles Koehler (12) avoids a Kaufman defender during the Hornets’ 68-55 victory on Jan. 29. Koehler scored 14 points during the games.

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
ATHENS – The Athens Hornets boys’ basketball team beat Kaufman Friday, Jan. 29 to remain unbeaten in District 13-4A play. The Hornets topped Kaufman by the score of 68-55.
The win puts Athens’ district record at 4-0, with the Hornets 13-11 on the season. Travon Fuller led Athens with 19 points, followed by Miles Koehler with 14 points. Katarius Arroyo and Javiry Bowman each had 11 points.
Athens led by as many as seven points in the first half, following a Koehler basket with 3:20 before halftime.
The Hornet halftime lead stood at six points, 33-27. Athens pushed the lead to nine points to open the third period, before Kaufman battled back to get within two points, 40-38, halfway through the third period. That third period ended with Athens ahead, 47-42.
The Hornets pulled away in the fourth and final period, gaining a 13-point lead (57-44), at which Kaufman chipped away, getting with seven points of the Hornets with three minutes left in the game.
Three consecutive Fuller baskets padded Athens’ lead, which eventually ended in the 13-point margin of victory.
The Athens varsity boys’ basketball team goes on the road Tuesday, Feb. 2, facing Ferris. The Hornets return home Feb. 5 to host Crandall.
The team closes out its regular season with games at Mabank (Feb. 9) and Kaufman (Feb. 16).

Feb

04

Posted by : admin | On : February 4, 2016

The News Staff Reports
AUSTIN–University Interscholaic League realigned and reclassified football districts Feb. 1. The new Districts are as follows:
District 8-4A
Athens
Brownsboro
Crandall
Kaufman
Mabank
Terrell
Van
District 9-3A
Elkhart
Eustace
Groesbeck
Malakoff
Palestine Westwood
Teague
West
Whitney
District 10-2A
Big Sandy
Cayuga
Cross Raods
Gladewater Union Grove
Hawkins
Kerens
District 15 (Six Man)
Apple Springs
Milford
Mount Calm
Oakwood
Trinidad
New District begins in Fall.