Mar

31

Posted by : admin | On : March 31, 2016

TVCC Allstar game 1

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Mabank senior Mark Driskell (in red) goes up for a rebound in the 2016 Trinity Valley All-Star game. Driskell scored five points and grabbed some rebounds but his team fell short 102-99

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The White Team trailed by as many as 22 points but fought the whole way and came away with a 102-99 win in the second annual Trinity Valley All-Star Game, March 26 at Cardinal Gym. The game features some of the top senior talent from the local area.
Players were Moises Alvarado, Hunter Davis and Aaron Arden from Cross Roads, Preston Furr and Kat Arroyo from Athens, Mark Driskell from Mabank, Jake Woolverton from Malakoff, James Jackson from LaPoynor, Jovonte Hornbuckle from Trinidad, Xavier Richardson from Brownsboro, Chaz Grimes and Gavino Rongel from Fruitvale, Davis Moore and Logan Jenkins from Martin’s Mill, De’Vun Hamilton from Jacksonville, Garrett Hall from Crandall, Jackson Malone and Logan Nance from Canton, DJ Johnson from Harleton and Keelan Yarbrough from Palestine.
“It was fun to come out here and have everybody show off what they can do,” Alvarado said. “It was fun to come out and compete against my teammates and play against some guys that I normally wouldn’t get to play with.
“It was fun to come out here and play against people you play in your district or on your team,” Furr added. “I had a lot of fun today and I’m very happy to be a part of something like this. It’s a great way to end my high school career.”
The Red Team started the game off strong and jumped out to a 17-3 lead before the second group came in for the White Team. They chipped away at the lead and cut it to 21-14 at the end of the first quarter. “We came in at 4 minutes and cut it to 21-14,” Alvarado said. “We put in some work there in the first quarter.”
The teams continued to play hard in the second quarter and the White Team fought back to eventually take a two point lead at one point. The Red Team led 42-40 at halftime.
During halftime the two teams had a 3-point shooting contest. The event was won by Jenkins, a senior from Martin’s Mill High School.
Both teams went back and forth in the third quarter. The Red Team hit several 3-point shots to open up a 12 point lead but the White Team fought back again to make the score 76-74 going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the two teams traded baskets the entire way. The White Team finally got the lead with under a minute left and escaped with a 3-point victory.
This was the second year in a row that the White Team won the game. Last season they dominated for a 110-91 victory.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

The News Staff Reports
VAN–The Athens Lady Hornets track team placed second in the Van meet March 17. The Lady Hornets had eight athletes score a total of 108 points.
Missy Boister, Keari Dunn, Kelcee Johnson and Kim Morales ran the 800-meter relay in a time of 1:54, which was good for third
Boister, Dunn, Tiffany Boyce and Kyra Robinson finished second in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:26.
Morales was third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.98. Robison was first in the 200-meters with a time of 26.01, while Johnson was fifth in a time of 28.61. Boyce ran the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:10.
In the 100-meters, Johnson was third with a time of 13.43. In the 400-relay, the team of Robison, Boyce, Dunn and Boister was second in a time of 52.21.
Arecelly Castillo finished out the running events for Athens. She was second in the 3,200 meters at 12:43 and third in the 1,600 at 6 minutes.
In the triple jump, Boyce was fourth with 31 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Robinson was fifth in the long jump and Boiser was sixth.
Robison tied for third in the high jump at 4 foot, 10 inches and Tamiyah Thompson finished sixth in shot put.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

TVCC basketball

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Cardinals came into the National Tournament ranked first in the country with just one loss. They won their first game against North Dakota School of Science before being upset in the next round by Gillette.
TVCC was the number one seed and took on 16th seeded North Dakota School of Science Wildcats in the first round, March 15. The Cardinals made short work of the Wildcats and came away with a convincing 86-51 victory.
TVCC jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and never looked back from there. The game never felt like a contest from the very start, with TVCC hitting six 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes of play to build up a 14 point lead.
The Cardinals hit seven three pointers in the half to extend their lead to 43-21 at halftime. The Wildcats, who depended on 3-pointers all season only hit six the entire game and it limited their offense.
The Cardinals never took their foot off the gas after halftime. They continued to knock down shot after shot and got several opportunities for second chance baskets. The Cardinals out-rebounded the Wildcats 34-19 in the game.
Sophomore JC Washington led TVCC in scoring with 16 points. He also played well on the boards, grabbing 15 rebounds. Also scoring for the Cardinals were Brandon Holley with 15, Josh Stamps and Josh Robinson with 13 each, Hyron Edwards with 11, Ryan Preston and Leon Gilmore with six each, Stephen Edwards with five and Dion Mack with one.
North Dakota School of Science was led in scoring by James Batemon III who had 15 points. Milos Vranes also scored 10 for the Wildcats, who ended their season with a 28-7 record.
TVCC moved on to play the eighth seeded Gillette College Pronghorns in the next round, looking for a spot in the title game. Gillette overcame a sluggish start and stunned the Cardinals 87-83.
TVCC got off to a good start with Robinson and Washington hitting early 3-pointers to give TVCC an early 6-0 lead. They went up 8-2 before things started to get away from them.
Gillette began to have success getting to the free throw line and scored points while putting the Cardinals in foul trouble.
Gillette was up 30-24 with five minutes left before a 3-pointer by Holley slowed the bleeding. Gillette still ended the first half on a 6-2 run to take a 36-34 lead going into halftime.
Usually when TVCC had been down at the half this season, they started off the second half well to fight their way back into the game, that was not the case against the Pronghorns who started the second half on a 16-5 run to go up 52-39.
Just when it looked like it was over for the Cardinals, Washington and Robinson began to find success on the offensive end and pulled the Cardinals back into the game. TVCC got the Gillette lead down to as little as two but they were never able to get over the hump and take a lead.
Gillette withstood a final run by the Cardinals and escaped with the victory and one of the biggest upsets in National Tournament history.
Kavell Bigby-Williams was the player of the game for the Pronghorns. He scored 19 points and also pulled down 20 rebounds to will his team to victory. Deishaun Booker also had 19 points and Joel Thabize had 15, only missing one shot the entire game.
TVCC was led in scoring by Edwards with 17. Also scoring for the Cardinals, were Robinson and Stamps with 13 each, Holley with 12, Washington with 11, Preston and Gilmore with six each and Edwards and Shamiek Sheppard with two each.
The Cardinals were 31-of-91 from the floor and 8-of-33 from beyond the 3-point line.
Gillette had 46 free throw attempts in the game. TVCC finished the season with a 33-2 record and tied the school record for most wins in a season.
“We could never get over the hump,” TVCC coach Kris Baumann said. “We got it to two or three, then they would make a big play, it was one of those nights. We couldn’t get the ball to go in the basket.”
Gillette improved to 34-1 on the season and moved on to the Final Four, where they lost to Salt Lake 83-47 to end their season.

Mar

17

Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

Special to The News
TEXAS—Texas anglers will have another species to target this spring. In March, the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited (GRTU) will stock approximately 900 brown trout averaging 14 inches in the Canyon Dam tailrace.
The tailrace extends 14 miles downstream of Canyon Dam on the Guadalupe River. Brown trout are popular with anglers and can live in slightly higher water temperatures than rainbow trout.
Brown trout have been stocked in the tailrace before. From the late 1970s to 2000 brown trout supplemented rainbow trout stockings by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and GRTU. This stocking will be different, because fisheries managers will assess how brown trout stockings improve angler participation and fishing through Texas’ hot summer months. Angler surveys will document fishing effort and catch rates, while electrofishing sampling will evaluate trout survival through summer and fall.
Half of the brown trout stocking will occur in the special regulation zone, which begins 800 yards downstream of Canyon Dam and extends to the easternmost bridge crossing on Highway 306. Anglers fishing in this zone are required to release brown and rainbow trout between 12 and 18 inches in length.
Trout below 12 inches and above 18 inches can be harvested by artificial lures only, with a five-fish daily bag limit. Remaining brown trout will be stocked in multiple locations from the easternmost Highway 306 bridge crossing to the second bridge crossing on River Road.
TPWD and GRTU are hoping the addition of brown trout can increase the number of trout that survive through summer in the tailrace. This would increase year-round angling opportunities and allow fish to grow over multiple years.
The protective regulations and cooler water temperatures in the upstream portion of the tailrace provide the best conditions for this to occur. If brown trout increase angler participation and exhibit better over summer survival than rainbow trout, more may be stocked in the future.
Methods for catching brown trout are similar to those used for rainbow trout. Dry flies, wet flies and small lures that imitate terrestrial insects or minnows can be good bait choices in summer.
Anglers can access the river several ways. In the upstream special regulation zone, kayaks and canoes can be launched from a free access area just below Canyon Dam. Take-out locations and other access can be arranged through outfitters such as Maricopa Riverside Lodge or Whitewater Sports.
During the winter season, several leased sites offer anglers free access to the river.

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.