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

The News Photo/Ryan Moulds
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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russell slaton
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.

Jan

29

Posted by : admin | On : January 29, 2016

Stormy under basket

Courtesy Photo/Art Locke
Stormy Luckey handles the ball for Eustace in their Jan. 22 victory over Arp.

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs continued to dominate district play after a 48-31 thumping of Arp Jan. 22.
The Lady Bulldogs went with their bread and butter to begin the game and got the ball to Sydnee Wynn in the post. She delivered with eight points in the opening quarter while an outstanding Eustace defense held Arp to only two points.
Eustace continued to play well on defense in the second half and outscored Arp 8-5. The two teams went to halftime with the Lady Bulldogs up 18-7.
Eustace senior Gabi Corder came alive in the second half. After being held scoreless in the first two quarters she scored 17 in the last two to help Eustace outscore Arp 30-24 in the second half for the victory.
Eustace was led in scoring by Wynn with 19 points. Also scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Corder with 17, Zoie Bailey with four and Lily Sorrells, Kelsey Contreras, Madison Holbert, and Johnsynn Luckey with two each.
Eustace moves to 8-1 in district play with the win and is one win away from securing a spot in the state playoffs.

Jan

29

Posted by : admin | On : January 29, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
VAN–The Eustace Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs competed in their first powerlifting meet of the season Jan. 16 in Van. The girl’s team placed first while the boy’s team placed third.
Girls team members include: Sunni Goodell, Marshalla Padgett, Ashley Purselley, Raini Goodell, Jace Ballow, Anna Gaddis and Kelsi Richmond. Padgett was awarded Best Lifter on light platforms while Goodell was Best Lifter on heavy platforms.
Boys team members include: Juan Garcia, Keenan Hargest, Clay Hinkle, Marcus Staggs and Justin Griffin.

Jan

28

Posted by : admin | On : January 28, 2016

Troi TVCC

The News Photo/Ryan Moulds
Sophomore Troi Swain said she picked TVCC because of the “family atmosphere.” She has started 15 games and averages nine points and five assists per game.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) girls’s basketball coach Gerald Ewing knows a little something about winning. He won two National Championships as an assistant coach with the Cardinals under former coach Elena Lovato. Now, as the head coach of the most successful junior college basketball team in NJCAA history, he has the chance to bring home a record ninth National Championship to Athens.
“We have recruited players who work in our system and help us play basketball the way we want to play it,” Ewing said. “Our administration and fan base gives us great support and helps us be our best.”
The Lady Cardinals are currently sitting at 18-1 and 10-0 in conference play. They are ranked number one in the country. “We are long, athletic and shoot the ball well,” Ewing said. One Lady Cardinal who shoots the ball well is sophomore Troi Swain.
“I love how family oriented TVCC is,” Troi said. “My last two choices were between here and Tyler Junior College, and I came here because of the great history behind the program and because I believe that we can win a National Championship.”
Swain transferred from University of Texas-Pan American (now called University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and has started 15 games at guard for the Lady Cards, averaging nine points and five assists per game. “We all have a really great bond and that helps us on the court because we play unselfish basketball,” Swain said. “We always work together as a team and do our best to get that extra pass off. We stay accountable for each other and for ourselves.”
Guard Christalah Lyons is averaging 13 points a game and leading the team in scoring as a freshman. She has started 18 games and Ewing calls her the sleeper of the team. “A lot of people told me about how great TVCC was and they would get me to the next level,” Lyons said. “I wanted to be a part of what they were doing here. We have to keep getting better every game and everyone needs to be on the same page. We want to make history and get that ninth title.”
“We work hard every day,” sophomore Maya Singleton added. “Our goal is to get a National Championship.” Singleton averages 12 points a game for the Lady Cards and says her goal is to get a double-double in every game. The Lady Cards are averaging 76 points per game and holding their opponents to only 32 percent shooting.
“We are going to take things one game at a time,” Ewing said. “It all starts with winning our conference again then the regional championship. We want to go into the national tournament as a number one seed and I think this team is good enough to eventually win it all.”
The Lady Cardinals aren’t the only team looking to win a title. TVCC men’s coach Kris “Bucket” Baumann has his team also ranked number one in the latest NJCAA poll and with an outstanding 21-1 record including 11-0 in conference play.
“We got a good group of guys who are talented and handle their business on and off the court,” Baumann said. “We have a good mix of skill, shooting, and rebounding that has helped us get to this point.”
TVCC has six players who average at least nine points per game. They are led by freshman Hyron Edwards with 13 per game. Coach Baumann said he has been surprised by how quickly Edwards has matured on the court. “We play nine or ten guys a game and that helps balance things out,” Baumann said “It make us harder to defend because you can’t just single out one guy.”
Baumann calls himself a “player’s coach.” “I think the guys enjoy playing for me but there are some expectations that everyone needs to live up to,” Baumann said. “This group has done a great job of handling their business on and off the court.”
The Cardinals have been dealing with adversity on and off the court. They still have heavy hearts after the death of teammate Melvin Swift, who was shot and killed in his hometown of Houston over the winter break. “We take things more serious now,” sophomore Leon Gilmore said “We know that we aren’t just playing for ourselves anymore.”
“When we lost Melvin (Swift) we dedicated the rest of our season to him,” sophomore Josh Robinson added. “He is the reason why we play hard every game.”
Gilmore has started 21 games for the Cardinals and averages 12 points per game. He came to TVCC this season after spending a year at Creighton playing for coach Greg McDermott. Gilmore averaged five minutes a game at Creighton along with one point and one rebound a game. He was forced to miss the last six weeks of the season after having knee surgery. “Me and JC (Washington) took a visit here (TVCC) together and we knew from the jump that we would be great if we played together here. Melvin was here at the time and we both joined to make the team even better.”
“We share the ball and trust each other,” Gilmore said. “Everyone on this team can score 20 points a game but we know that if we share the ball we have a better chance of winning and keeping things balanced. We play unselfish basketball. If we keep playing like that, we can win the National Championship.”
Robinson, who is nicknamed Frog by his teammates, says he picked TVCC because he knew they gave him the best chance to be successful. He averages 11 points per game and is the only Cardinal to have started all 22 games this season. “Our coaching staff put us in the situation to be successful. We have a lot of guys who can score and we use that to our advantage,” Robinson said. “We all respect each other on this team and we play as brothers. The team and the coaching staff has a special bond with each other.”
Sophomore JC Washington is in his first season at TVCC after playing at Houston last year. He has started 20 games at the forward position and averages 10 points per game. Coach Baumann calls him “a whole different matchup.” “We have stuck together though all the adversity and played hard,” said Washington. “We work hard in practice and every day we strive to work harder.”
The hard work is what has gotten TVCC where they are at this point in the season. The Cardinals average an astonishing 84 points per game while only allowing 65. That means they have an average margin of victory of 19 points. Their only loss of the season came when they faced McLennan Community College in the Lewis Orr Classic. Since then, they have won 16 in a row and most of them haven’t been close.
Both TVCC basketball teams are having record years. This is the first time in NJCAA history where a college has had both basketball teams ranked number one. Both teams have a mission to make the national tournament. Don’t be surprised to see them holding up a National Championship trophy in March.