Jan

14

Posted by : admin | On : January 14, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers stayed perferct in district play with a 65-23 victory over Mildred Jan. 5.
Malakoff got out to a fast start and quickly found themselves up 16-3 after the first quarter. They didn’t slow down and built the lead up to 31-10 at halftime.
Mildred didn’t come close after halftime. Malakoff exploded for 25 points in the third quarter to put the game away and outscored them 9-5 in the fourth quarter just for good measure.
Jalie Dawson led Malakoff with 15 points. Also scoring for the Lady Tigers were Kiana Reed with 14 points, Hazel Puempel with seven, Kamry Hurd and KeiKei Walker with six each, Charlsey Stearman and Nakeya Kelley with four each, and Porsha Trimble, Cameron Roberts, and Kerrian Toliver with three each.
Malakoff moves to 4-0 in district to start the season. The Lady Tigers are 17-3 overall. Malakoff was favored to win the district to begin the season. Their main challeneger appears to be the Eustace Bulldogs, who also started district 4-0. The two teams will meet in Malakoff for a huge matchup Feb. 2

Jan

07

Posted by : admin | On : January 7, 2016

Melvin Swift worked up

By Ryan Moulds
News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The community of Athens and Trinity Valley Community College are mourning the death of basketball player Melvin Swift. Swift was shot and killed Dec. 29 in Houston. Police say Swift may have been part of a home invasion and the shooting appears to be self defense.
The shooting happened around 8 p.m. on Jornes Street in South Houston.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant T. Ruland and J. Saldana reported: “The male resident of the address returned to his home with several family members. The resident’s young daughter went to her bedroom and was startled by an unknown black male suspect armed with a knife. As the suspect attempted to exit the house he began fighting with the resident and other family members. The resident, fearing for his family’s safety, then fired a gun at the suspect, striking him in the leg. The suspect was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
Back in Athens the TVCC basketball team was devastated about the news of their fellow player. Head Coach Kris Baumann said he spoke with his players about the shooting but declined to speak on camera.
Marlo Bitter, Director of Communications at TVCC released the following statement: “Today, we were saddened by the news that Melvin Swift has passed away. His warm smile and presence on campus will be sorely missed.”
Swift graduated from Yates High School in Houston and was home for the winter break. His family’s home was less than a block away from where the shooting took place.
Swift was a 6-8, 210 pound sophomore at TVCC who had NBA potential. He had several division one offers including Baylor, SMU, UConn, Oklahoma State, and UMass. He was planning on signing soon.
At the time of the shooting, Swift was not listed on the TVCC roster. Swift played in eight games for TVCC this season and started one.
He averaged seven points per game this season.
He had a season high 11 points in the last game he played this season against the Texas Riders.
Authorities have not yet confirmed the identity of the burglar and no charges have been brought against the homeowner who shot Swift.

Dec

30

Posted by : admin | On : December 30, 2015

cookston

Courtesy Photo/Kenni Luffy photo
Brant Cookston, 7, of Malakoff, competed in the inaugural Mini Bareback World Championship Dec. 4-6, in Las Vegas, Nev. Cookston competed against the top 25 youth in the United States. He placed 10th in the Long Go to become the No. 3 in the world in the Mini Bareback World Championship.

Dec

23

Posted by : admin | On : December 23, 2015

Travon Fuller

Courtesy Photo
Athens senior and Texas A&M committ Travon Fuller was invited to the 10th annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Daytona Beach, Florida. Fuller will compete with some of the best high school football players in the country.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Athens Hornets football player Travon Fuller was invited to play in the 10th annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Fuller is a Texas A&M committ and finished this season with 54 tackles, two interceptions, seven pass break ups and a forced fumble on defense.
On offense he added 953 rushing yards on 93 carries with eight touchdowns. He also had four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Fuller helped the Hornets to a 8-4 record this season as well as a second round playoff apperence. He played on offense and defense while at Athens but will focus on defense while at Texas A&M.
The Offense-Defense All-American Bowl is a week long event that will run Dec. 28-Jan. 4.
Past college and current NFL stars who have played in the bowl include Cam Newton, Earl Thomas, Dez Bryant and Joe Haden.

Dec

23

Posted by : admin | On : December 23, 2015

Desmond Branch

Courtesy Photo/ TVCC Athletics
Defensive End Desmond Branch inks with the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets. Branch had 38 tackles and seven sacks this season for the Cardinals.

TJ Henson

Courtesy Photo/ TVCC Athletics
Offensive Lineman TJ Henson signs with the University of North Texas Mean Green. Henson was one of the top offensive lineman in junior college football this past season.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Five Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) football players signed with Division-1 college football programs on Dec. 17. Players include Jerod Evans, Christian Beard, TJ Henson, Derrick Willies and Desmond Branch.
Evans signed with Virginia Tech, Beard signed with University of Central Florida (UCF), Willies signed with Texas Tech, Henson signed with University of North Texas (UNT) and Branch signed with Georgia Tech.
Evans made headlines for the Cardinals all season. He passed for 3,164 yards and 38 touchdowns while only throwing three picks. He also ran for 414 yards and four scores and was ranked as the number one junior college quarterback in America according to 247 Sports.
Evans enrolled in TVCC out of Mansfield High School. He picked Virginia Tech over offers from Auburn, Memphis, Georgia State, UAB, UCF, Cal, and Missouri.
Beard played on the offensive line for the Cardinals this season after redshirting a year at Arkansas State.
He attended Midway High School in Waco and picked UCF over offers from UNT, Stephen F. Austin, and Houston Baptist. 247 Sports rated him number 12 among junior college guards in America.
Branch came to TVCC after one season with New Mexico. 247 Sports had him rated as the ninth best weak-side defensive end in junior college football. He had 32 tackles this season with 10 being for a loss. He also had seven sacks.
Branch attended Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He picked Georgia Tech over offers from Fresno State, New Mexico, San Diego State, SMU, UAB, UTEP and Mississippi State.
Derrick Willies came to Athens after playing half a season for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He led TVCC in receiving this year with 49 catches for 1,155 yards along with 14 touchdowns.
Willies attended Rock Island High School in Illinois and was ranked as the third best junior college wide receiver by 247 Sports.
Willies also held offers from Vanderbilt, Washington State, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, Fresno State, Georgia, Iowa State, UL Monroe, Nevada, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas State, UTSA, and TCU.
Henson was ranked as the number 37 junior college offensive tackle in the country by 247 Sports. He attended Plano East High School and picked North Texas over offers from Hawaii, Iowa State, East Carolina, UTSA, Georgia State, Nevada and Southern Mississippi.
TVCC has sent 169 players to Division-1 programs in the past ten years, nine of which have come under current Head Coach Brad Smiley.

Dec

22

Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2015

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
WILLS POINT–The Malakoff Lady Tigers competed in the Wills Point Tournament and finished in second place.
The Lady Tigers beat Anna, Wills Point, and Brownsboro before losing to eventual champion Life Oak Cliff.
In the first game against Anna Malakoff played well and eventually walked away with a 44-37 victory. Kamry Hurd had 16 points to lead the Lady Tigers.
The second game pitted Malakoff against the host of the tournament, Wills Point. The Lady Tigers didn’t let the road environment affect them and they won in dominating fashion, 49-23.
Kiana Reed led the Lady Tigers with 14 points. Hurd scored 10 in a balanced scoring attack from Malakoff.
The Lady Tigers took on the Lady Bears of Brownsboro in game three. It was an exciting matchup that went all the way down to the final buzzer.
When it was all said and done Malakoff won 48-45 and punched their ticket to the championship game. Reed scored 18 points for the Lady Tigers and Hurd had 15.
In the championship game Malakoff had a difficult time keeping up with Life Oak Cliff, who eventually won the game 60-40. Despite the loss Reed had a huge game for the Lady Tigers with 20 points.
For their efforts, both Reed and KeiKei Walker were named to the All Tournament Team.
After the tournament Malakoff’s record stood at 10-2. The Lady Tigers started district play on Dec. 15 when they took on Frankston.

Dec

03

Posted by : admin | On : December 3, 2015

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Lady Hornets fell to the Westwood Lady Panthers in a low scoring game 36-23.
Westwood got out to a fast start and was up by 11 points after the first quarter and 15 points at halftime.
Things got better for Athens in the third quarter and they were able to outscore Westwood 13-9 but they still trailed going into the fourth quarter.
Athens kept fighting in the fourth quarter and did their best to match Westwood’s scoring but couldn’t pull any closer than 11 points before they eventually lost by 13.
The story of the game for the Lady Hornets was 21 missed free throws.
Raevon Rodriguez led Athens with nine points and Asha Clifton chipped in with seven.
Diamond Dewberry scored 10 points to lead the Lady Panthers.
The loss drops the Lady Hornets to 1-3 on the season. They will return home to play Wills Point Dec. 8.

Dec

03

Posted by : admin | On : December 3, 2015

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Christian Preparatory Academy (ACPA) Storm are looking to build off a state semifinals appearance from a year ago and maintain their success.
“We have three returning starters from last year and we are very small and fast,” second year head coach Cody Wilson said.
“We shoot the ball and press teams well.” Wilson also said that they need to work on their main defense because they have been playing mostly zone so far.
“Free throws are also something that we must work on,” Wilson said. “We have one guy who is a free throw shooter and that’s basically it. We also don’t have the biggest post.”
All 10 players on the ACPA basketball team were also on the football team this season. One impact player is junior Jay Ridgle.
“We want to win district this year,” Ridgle said. “That’s the mission for us.” Ridgle says one area where he needs to make improvements is his 3-point shooting.
Kaenan Nix transferred to ACPA from Brownsboro this season and hopes to make an impact on the team. He played on the JV team for the Bears and calls being a varsity squad “more serious.”
“I feel like I need to work harder now that I’m on a varsity team,” Nix said. “We just need to work on team chemistry and learn and grow together to accomplish our goals. Even the weakest link on the team needs to be able to try their hardest and make an impact.”
Other impact players for the Storm include Eli Ridgle, Trenton Adams, Conley Rollins, Paschal Wilson, and Micah and Dillon Santelli.
The Storm advanced all the way to the semifinals last season and have reason to believe that this season could be just as successful if not more.
“Everyone has to be on the same page working together to get to the goal we want,” Ridgle said. “So long as we can do that we will have success this season.”Athens Christian Prep ready for basketball season

Nov

25

Posted by : admin | On : November 25, 2015

AliciaJeremy

Special to The News
ATHENS–Four Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) cheerleaders have qualified to participate at the UCA Collegiate Partner Stunts in January.
In competition with cheerleaders from two-year and four-year colleges nationwide, Sabrina Garcia and T.J. Ollison placed fifth and first-time competitors Alicia Sicz and Jeremy Seiver placed ninth. The TVCC four were the only junior college competitors placing in the top 10.
“It really is something special to be able to qualify for partner stunts. College cheerleaders, especially here at TVCC, put in a lot of hours,” Coach Khris Franklin said.
“Practice, workouts, supporting our athletic teams and community involvement take up about 20 hours a week from each member of the team,” she added.
“In order to create a qualifying video, Sabrina, Alicia, TJ, and Jeremy have to put in an additional 5-10 hours a week on their own time. And for both couples to qualify Top 10 and one couple making Top 5, it really is a testament to their hard work and commitment. With the efforts of previous coaches, alumni, my third year athletes, the sophomore class, and the incoming rookie class, I have been blessed to get to work with some of the best cheerleading athletes I’ve seen in my almost twenty years of college cheerleading,” Franklin said.

Nov

19

Posted by : admin | On : November 19, 2015

By Ryan Moulds
The News Correspondent
MESQUITE– The Athens Hornets beat the Princeton Panthers in the first round of the playoffs 59-36 behind another big game by senior running back Logan Fuller.
Fuller finished the game with 26 carries for 206-yards and four touchdowns. This game puts Fuller at 2,005-yards and 31 touchdowns for the season. He has over 6000-yards in his career at Athens.
The Panthers struck first on a 49-yard strike from Colt Collins to Sadavion Matthews with about eight minuetes left in the opening quarter.
Fuller punched the ball in from a yard out on the next Athens posession to tie the game at seven with 5:08 left in the opening quarter. Fuller then exploded on back to back plays on touchdown runs of 54 and 51-yards to put Athens up 21-7. Collins was able to score on a 59-yard run just before the first quarter ended to make the score 21-14 going into the second quarter.
The quick scoring stopped in the second half but Athens was eventually able to score on a 3-yard run by Maalik Hall to make the score 28-14.
On the next Princeton drive Collins connected with Brandon Talley on an 18-yard score to make the game 28-21 and to give Collins his second touchdown pass of the night. Oscar Rios kicked a 37-yard field goal for Athens just before halftime and the teams went into the locker room with Athens up 31-21.
After halftime Athens quarterback Brandon Boyd put his team up 18 points on a 10-yard touchdown run with 9:16 left. Princeton countered on their next drive with a 38-yard strike from Collins to Phillip Mayfield to cut the lead down to ten.
It was a ten point game going into the fourth quarter when Athens put the game away on touchdown runs by Boyd, Logan Fuller and Travon Fuller to make the game 59-27. The Panthers put one more score on the board but it was too late for any comeback and the Hornets emerged victorious 59-36.
Next up for Athens is a rematch of last season’s exciting area round contest against Kennedale. The Hornmets lost the game 30-26 last season and will be looking for revenge. The game will be played Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Ennis.
With the win Athens improves to 8-3 on the season while Princeton’s season ends with a 7-4 record.