Jul

07

Posted by : admin | On : July 7, 2016

becks chapel
The News Staff Reports
CROSS ROADS–Vandals recently struck Beck’s Chapel Church in the Cross Roads area. The doors appeared to have been kicked in, and several items were vandalized. The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office took the report June 22, and the incident seems to have occurred between June 19 and June 22.
The historical church is located at 13960 County Road 1114. Regular services are no longer held at the church. It is only used for special events.
If you have any information about this crime, contact Henderson County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-545-8477. Callers will remain anonymous. If your information leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Jul

07

Posted by : admin | On : July 7, 2016

malakoff flags
By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE AREA–The newest issue of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine hit stores June 26 and gave fans a first look at over 1,400 Texas high school football teams.
The magazine had different takes on teams around the area. Three local teams in Kemp, Athens and Malakoff were picked to make the playoffs.
The Mabank Panthers are competing in district 8-4A this season and are picked to finish last. The seven team district is picked to finish in the order of Terrell, Kaufman, Van, Athens, Crandall, Brownsboro and Mabank.
The Panthers still have improvements to make before they can become a playoff team but a 7-2 JV team could mean that things are about to turn around.
Second year coach Mikey Thompson will have strong lines on both sides of the ball. Noel Rojo and Brandon Pierce headline a big offensive line that will protect whoever plays quarterback.
Running the ball against Mabank will be a tough task with defensive lineman Jacob Felts and Kevin Turner returning from last season.
Mabank has a solid foundation to build up from but the skill players are young and inexperienced. If Mabank wants to have success and take steps toward becoming a playoff team, those young players must grow up quickly.
Mabank went 2-7 last season with wins over two playoff teams in Kemp and Canton. The Panthers went winless in district and missed the playoffs.
The Athens Hornets are also in district 8-4A and are picked to finish in fourth place and to secure the final playoff spot in the district. Athens will be led by Head Coach Paul Essary.
The biggest hump that the Hornets will need to overcome is replacing running back Logan Fuller who had over 6,000 career rushing yards and signed to play at Tyler Junior College. Maalik Hall will split time at running back with Jaqualyon Bowman and they will hope to make up for Fuller’s absence.
Xavius Fulton will make the switch from receiver to quarterback. He will be tasked to replace Brandon Boyd. Athens is hoping to run the pistol on offense this season.
Defensively, linebacker Noah Bush might be the best player for the Hornets. He had 120 tackles last year as a junior and has already been getting attention from division one colleges. Between Bush, Hall, Zach Carson and Taylor Carson, Athens might have the best linebacker core in the district.
The Hornets will have the talent they need to compete on defense. In order to make it into the playoffs in a district with two state ranked teams, they must find what it takes to keep up on offense.
Last season, Athens went 8-4 and lost in the second round of the playoffs to Kennedale. The Hornets finished second in the district behind Kaufman.
The Malakoff Tigers enter the season with more hype than any other team in the area. They are picked to win district 9-3A and are ranked number four in the state. The eight team district is picked to finish in the order of Malakoff, Teague, Groesbeck, West, Palestine Westwood, Elkhart, Whitney and Eustace.
Everything starts with the quarterback for Malakoff. Judd Miller had 3,199 total yards and 46 touchdowns a season ago as a sophomore. He returns as a junior with more experience and with two big targets to throw to in QT Barker and Tyler Russell.
Jamie Driskell’s defense will be led by Dan’Yal Littleton, a fierce defensive end who can get after the quarterback. Other standouts on defense are Larry Coker, Zee Bailey, Caleb Adams and Breashawn Williams.
Malakoff has an explosive offensive that has a chance to be even better than they were last year. They have a defense to match up with anyone and should be in the running to make a deep playoff run. The Tigers have a legitimate shot to hold up a championship trophy at AT&T Stadium at the end of the year.
Malakoff went 10-2 last season and was knocked out of the playoffs by three time defending State Champion Cameron Yoe by one point. The Tigers finished second in district behind Teague, who beat Malakoff 28-7 in their rain soaked match-up. Malakoff returns 13 starters and the varsity roster will be bolstered by a JV squad that went 8-2 last season.
The Eustace Bulldogs and coach Heath Ragle find themselves in a tough spot. They are picked to finish last in district 9-3A and have a lot of people to prove wrong. The Bulldogs only return nine starters and have a JV team that went 2-7 last year.
On offense the Bulldogs will have to replace running back Keenan Hargest who did almost everything for the team last year, including playing quarterback.
James East and Cam Rodgers will split carries and take the load off new quarterback Alejandro Sanchez. Under Ragle, the Bulldogs have never been known as a passing team but they are hoping Sanchez’s speed gives them an edge.
Offensive lineman Mikey Marshall missed 2015 with an injury but returns for his senior season to anchor the line.
Defensively, the biggest player for Eustace will be linebacker JJ Hughes, who had 87 tackles last year. The defensive line will be stacked with Michael Schultz and Dylan Hunacker both returning. Stone Wadsworth will roam the secondary and is the most experienced defensive back on the team.
Eustace went 3-7 and 0-5 in district last season and missed out on the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Bulldogs only have one district win in the past two seasons.
After nearly a decade of hard times, things are finally looking up for the Kemp Yellowjackets. They will compete in district 6-3A and are picked to finish fourth in the district, grabbing the last playoff spot. The eight team district is picked to finish in the order of Sunnyvale, Grandview, Dallas Madison, Kemp, Scurry-Rosser, Maypearl, Life Oak Cliff and Palmer.
Third year coach Brandon Hankins has turned the football program around for Kemp. The winless season of 2014 is a distant memory as the Yellowjackets enter this season looking to prove that they belong back in the playoffs.
Kemp returns 17 starters and everything starts with sophomore quarterback Dreyson Watters. Watters was the District Newcomer of the Year last season when he ran for 2,500 yards and threw for 1,950 more as a freshman. He had 28 total touchdowns.
Watters won’t be short on targets to throw to either. Receivers Elijah Gardiner, Josiah Brewington and Alec Cooper all return for their senior seasons. Running back Alan Quezada ran for 750 yards and six touchdowns in a back-up role last year. Kemp will lean on him as the starter this year. Tyler Garrett, Kasey Cockrell and Joseph Lopez all return on the offensive line.
The biggest question mark on defense is linebacker. All three of Kemp’s linebackers graduated leaving a huge void. Sophomore Boomer Irvin will step in from a JV team that went 8-2 last year to help make up for the loss.
Passing against the Yellowjackets will be a risk with a secondary led by safety Kane Johnson. Corner back Jaise Bowie started as a freshman and will look to improve in his second season.
Kemp finished with a 4-7 record last season. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and lost to Kirbyville in the first round of the playoffs.
The Cross Roads Bobcats will be playing in district 10-2A this season. They are picked to finish last. The six team district is picked to finish in the order of Big Sandy, Kerens, Gladewater Union Grove, Cayuga, Hawkins and Cross Roads.
The Bobcats are under new leadership this season. Former Skidmore-Tynan assistant coach Michael Gain takes over for a team that has not made the playoffs since 2003.
Despite history not being on their side, it may finally be time for optimism. Cross Roads won three games last season and only has one team on their schedule that finished last year with a winning record. Gain has been working hard with the team and thinks that they have what it takes to have success.
Taylor McKenzie will take over as quarterback for the Bobcats and Tyler Johnson is a proven work horse at the running back position. Johnson was injured halfway through the season last year and will hope to stay healthy to lead Cross Roads to more victories.
If everyone can stay healthy and the players buy in what coach Gain is selling them, Cross Roads could sneak into the playoffs in a weak district.
The Bobcats went 3-7 last season and looked strong early on but they went 0-5 in district play to end the year.
The Trinidad Trojans are picked to finish last in district 15-1A. The four team district is picked to finish in the order of Milford, Mount Calm, Oakwood and Trinidad. The top two teams make the playoffs.
Trinidad is looking for a new coach after Scott Hayes announced that he was leaving to take a coaching job at Rice High School June 29.
Whoever the new coach is will have one of the most exciting players in the district at their disposal in Jerry Bannister. Colby Snider is a proven quarterback and will make the coaching transition easier.
Other players to watch include Johnny Ayala,Eli Arnold, Talon Sims and Ronald Marcus. The toughest task will be to replace Javonte Hornbuckle and his 18 total touchdowns. No one player will be able to pick up the slack by himself but collectively it’s possible.
The district is very top heavy and Trinidad is a very experienced team. The Trojans have the chance to compete and play spoiler. Trinidad finished with a 3-7 record last year and was 0-3 in district.
The Athens Christian Prep Storm will be playing in TAPPS Division II District Four. They are picked to finish second. The five team district is picked to finish in the order of Longview Trinity, Athens Christian Prep, Greenville Christian, Longview Christian and Henderson Full Armor.
Coach Shawn San Miguel admitted that the team has a series of question marks this season. Younger players will have to step up if they want a winning record and a return to the playoffs.
Quarterback Zay Ridgle returns this season after putting up record numbers last year. Other returning players include Micah Santelli, Eli Ridgle, Gavin Hardin, Kaenan Nix and Cody Hershey.
Athens Christian Prep finished with a 6-5 record last season. They went 1-3 in district but it was enough to make the playoffs. They lost in the first round to end their season.

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

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By Sariah Kendall
The News Staff Reporter
MALAKOFF– Julia Armstrong presented two scholarships to Malakoff High School students Jonathan Hernandez and Madelaine Walker, who also is Malakoff’s 2016 valedictorian, on May 26.
Both Hernandez and Walker have distinct and ambitious career goals planned for their futures.
Walker will study Genetic Research and Treatment at Baylor University and Hernandez will attend Tarleton State to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice upon completing his advanced individual training at Ft. Lee, VA., for the Army National Guard.

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

jackson obit

Walter Louis Jackson was born on September 27, 1930, in Corsicana to William Walter Jackson and Mary Cordelia Swanson Jackson. Aside from his college years, he lived his entire life in Malakoff.
In 1950 he married Mary Louise Burks, also of Malakoff. Following his graduation from Texas A&M in 1952, the couple returned to Malakoff, purchased ranchland and began raising cattle. In addition to his lifelong ranching career, Walter worked at various other jobs over the years, including stints with Texas Power & Light, Gifford-Hill and Nipak, and served as Henderson County Pct. 1 Commissioner. He also worked as a building inspector and co-owned a building supply company for a number of years.
Walter served on numerous boards in Henderson County over the years, was a past member of Malakoff School Board, Lions Club, and the Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department and coached youth sports. In 2015, Walter was named Agriculturist of the Year by the Athens Chamber of Commerce.
Walter was a Christian and a Baptist. He served as a Deacon, treasurer, sang in the choir and in a men’s quartet and served on the church building committee. He was instrumental in implementing the media program at Malakoff First Baptist Church and continued this work at Athens First Baptist, broadcasting church services for the television ministry.
As anyone who knew him was aware, Walter continued to be a passionate and devoted Aggie over the years. He was a member of the 12th Man Foundation and the Century Club at A&M and greatly enjoyed attending their home football games, missing only three in 32 years.
Walter is preceded in death by his parents and by his wife of 63 years. He is survived by four children, Janice Cason of Malakoff, Walter Jackson, Jr. & wife Nancy of Malakoff, Joan Wilson & husband Dana of Arlington, James Jackson and wife Christi of Malakoff, seven grandchildren Alan Cason and wife Crystal of Whitehouse, Derek Jackson of Woodville, Lauren Wilson and Ryan Wilson of Arlington, Haley Jackson and Wesley Jackson of Malakoff, Lindsey Perkins & husband Christopher of Jacksonville, Fla., and five great-grandchildren Bryce Cason and Alex Cason of Whitehouse, Brady Jackson and Toby Jackson of Scurry and Harper Jackson of Malakoff.
Services were held on June 6, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Athens. Pallbearers were Jimmy Blakeney, Joe Hall, Robert Hoover, Charles McCleary, Robert Mills and Jerry Stone.

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

Ruckstaetter obit

Thomas Edward “Tom” Ruckstaetter, 73, of Richland, Mich. and Log Cabin, died peacefully at his residence and with his loving family by his side on Sunday morning, June 5, 2016.
Tom, the son of George A. and Ruth (Sturtz) Ruckstaetter, was born in Oak Park, Ill. on March 12, 1943.
He moved to Michigan in the early 50’s and was a 1961 graduate of Portage High School. He was a sales engineer for Richland Machine & Pump Company for 20 years, retiring in 2005.
Tom was a long-time member of Gull Lake Bible Church and also Faith Community Baptist Church of Log Cabin, where he and his wife, Nancy wintered six months of the year.
He was an avid hunter, enjoyed playing his guitar, was constantly puttering in his garden and taking care of his lawn.
Tom was a huge Gilmore Car Museum enthusiast having spent many hours at the different shows, and he enjoyed reading about the Civil War and the Marines in WWII in the Pacific.
Tom will best be remembered for the lasting friendships he cultivated, some remaining strong for over 60 years.
Tom was united in marriage to Nancy A. (nee: Schewe) on November 30, 1974 in Portage, Mich.
Surviving is his wife of 42 years, Nancy, daughter, Jessica L. Ruckstaetter of Portage, Mich., son, Richard J. “Rick” (Susan) Ruckstaetter of Midlothian, two precious grandchildren, Abigail J. and Elizabeth G. Ruckstaetter, his father, George A. Ruckstaetter of Carol Stream, Ill. and a brother, James (Patricia) Ruckstaetter of Chicago, Ill.
Tom was preceded in death by his mom, Ruth.
The funeral service to celebrate Tom’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Gull Lake Bible Church, 1491 Midland Drive, Hickory Corners, Mich.with the Rev. Gary T. Cantrell, Pastor, officiating. Family and friends will continue Tom’s life celebration with a time of fellowship and a luncheon in the Church Social Hall immediately following the service. Tom’s family will greet friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tom’s honor may be directed to Special Olympics Area 16, 4024 Student Recreation Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49071.
Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Tom may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

tvcc rodeo

Special to The News
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College Rodeo Team member Tyson Arledge, from Milano, will be representing TVCC in Tie Down Roping at the 2016 College National Finals Rodeo June 12-18, in Casper, Wyo.
The top three individuals regionally, in each event, earned a spot to compete for a national title. There are 11 regions in the U.S. TVCC, along with 20 other colleges and universities are in the Southern region. Unlike most other collegiate sports, rodeo contestants must compete against not only other community colleges, but university competitors for those top three spots.
The contestants compete at 10 regional rodeos throughout the year and accrue points for winning which determines the CNFR Qualifiers. Tyson won the roping at the TVCC Rodeo held at The Henderson County Fairpark Complex in February, along with placing in the other regional rodeos. He is well-rounded and has two great horses that will be traveling to Casper with him.
According to Rodeo Coach Brent Bratton, “Tyson has the ability and knowledge to win a national title for TVCC. He has a game plan and it will come down to him doing his best. This is the largest rodeo competition next to the National Finals Rodeo. I hope Tyson enjoys every moment of this experience and performs to the best of his ability. We thank this amazing community and TVCC for all of the support and encouragement.”

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

Landon_Bynum_Dallas_Robertson_Athens_Baseball_VSParis

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
EAST TEXAS–The Athens Hornets led the way with six selections on The News East Texas Baseball Dream Team. Malakoff had six selections to the East Texas Softball Dream Team.
Landon Bynum was the MVP of the baseball team. Bynum was a break-out star for Athens this season as a senior. He had a .447 batting average with three home runs, nine doubles, a triple and 37 runs batted in. He also had 14 stolen bases and 34 runs scored.
Athens advanced deep in the playoffs to the regional quarterfinals and won their fourth district title in a row.
In softball action, Hazel Puempel, of Malakoff, was awarded Most Valuable Player. She had a very strong senior season with a .658 batting average with a .703 on base percentage with one home run, 29 doubles and 33 runs batted in. She also showed off her speed with 14 stolen bases. On the mound, she was 11-1 with a 2.14 earned run average. She had 90 strikeouts in 61 innings.
Malakoff finished the year as undefeated district champs and went five rounds deep in the playoffs, falling to eventual State Champion West in the Regional Finals.
2016 The News
East Texas Baseball and Softball
Dream Teams
baseball
Superlatives
MVP: Landon
Bynum – Athens
Offensive Player of the Year: Hayden
Shaddox – Eustace
Defensive Player of the Year: Paden Quade – Athens
First Team
Pitcher: Brandon Boyd – Athens
Catcher: Zack
Compton – Eustace
First Base: Matthew Dedie – Kemp
Second Base: Peyton Brewer – Athens
Third Base: Ethan Snow – Malakoff
Shortstop: Pearson Johnson – Mabank
Outfield: Tyler
Crawford – Malakoff
Outfield: Jeremy Bateman – Athens
Outfield: Cory Strawn – Eustace
Designated Hitter: Noah Herring – Kemp
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Hunter Snow, Tyler Russell, Dylan Grim, Trevor Martin, Dustin Miller and Mason Coker
Mabank: Ty
Winkelvoss, Trey Neighbors, Corey Flores, Clay Conway, Dalton Penix, Kade Norman
Eustace: TJ Howard, Gannon Kirkhart, Cody Strawn, Rusty Rodgers
Athens: Alex
Fernandez, Luis
Valdez, Casey Pitchford, Emanuel Hernandez, Cameron Woodard
Kemp: Dylan
Dennis, Colton Breeze, Beau Dancer, Kyle Keathley, Cameron Clamon
Cross Roads:
Cameron Rodgers, Kyle Miers
Trinidad: Jayden Walden, Jerry
Bannister, Kaeleb Eastman, Nate Williams, Dakota Stewart
softball
Superlatives
MVP: Hazel Puempel – Malakoff
Offensive Player of the Year: Sam Smith – Athens
Defensive Player of the Year: Chaney Tart – Malakoff
First Team
Pitcher: Candace Denis – Malakoff
Catcher: Haylie
Wilcox – Cross Roads
First Base: Cheyene Robertson – Malakoff
Second Base: Emily Mullens – Kemp
Third Base: Abra Roberts – Eustace
Shortstop: Tyler Greene – Athens
Outfield: Zoie Bailey – Eustace
Outfield: Chyann
Jarrett – Malakoff
Outfield: Kelli
Gartman – Athens
Designated Hitter: Kendall Riley – Mabank
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Jewel Jones, Abby Terzis, Cheyenne Ramsey,
Tyler Wittram,
Hannah Terzis
Mabank: Leigh
Cunningham, Tera Grimes
Eustace: Olivia
Herring, Gabi Corder, Hailey Purselley, Jaci Gray
Athens: Alicia
Grogan, Cortney Grimes, Mikayla
Collins
Kemp: Haylee Scott, Anna Christie, Harleigh Bardin
Cross Roads:
Marilyn Alvarado, Sara Spivey, Sydnee
Harris, Calley Cole, Hope Johnson, Maci
Mattingly, Grayson
Cunningham

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) will host a softball camp June 13-15 at Drumgoole Field at Cain Park.
The camp is open to students from kindergarden through 12th grade. The camp for grades 7-12 is set from 9-11 a.m. and the camp for K-6 is scheduled from 1-3 p.m.
The camp will be conducted by TVCC softball coaches Trish Robinson and Elsa Apo and Lady Cardinal softball players.
For more information, contact Robinson at patricia.robinson@tvcc.edu.

Jun

08

Posted by : admin | On : June 8, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City is getting ready to welcome the Texas Turf Titans and Sod Slingers from across the nation. The Lone Star Mower Racing Association (LSMRA) will host the STA-BIL National Lawn Mower Racing Series June 11-12.
Racers will come from all over the country from the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA). They are the nation’s biggest and oldest sanctioning body for mower racing. They will celebrate their 25th Anniversary in 2017.
“This event should be a lot of fun,” Gun Barrel City resident and LSMRA President Mike Howell said. “We are ready to tear up the turf. The Gun Barrel City track is one of the best venues in the country and we can’t wait to show it off to racers across the country.”
The race is expected the draw up to 400 spectators to the event. Racers are coming from Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,
Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. The race will also feature a charity cookout and a Toys for Tots drive.
The basic concept of lawn mower racing is to remove the blades from a lawn mower and build the mower according to the USLMRA’s rules and regulations. The racers speed and try to stay in front of all of the other racers.
Races begin with Hot Laps, allowing each class of racers to make five laps to get a feel for the track before the race begins.
The races begin with the Heat, which is the qualifying race for placement in the Feature Race. After the Heat, a short intermission follows to allow time to determine the line-up of the Feature Race. The Feature Race is 20 laps per class.
After the race, racers gather in the center of the track with their mowers. Spectators are then allowed in the pits for a meet and greet where racers answer questions, sign autographs and are available for photos.
The LSMRA performs at venues in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. They are quality, family entertainment for fairs, barbecue cook-offs, festivals, exhibitions and private events. There is also no prize pool for the racers.
The IMOW Class (Int’l Mowers of Weeds) is highly regulated and based on driver ability. Engine horsepower is 17 (31 ci) maximum and max 3,650 RPMs.
A/P Class begins the four prepared or modified classes with valve in block, 4 stroke engines, 10.5 hp and under.
C/P Class is all single-cylinder overhead valve and two-cylinder valve in block, 4 stroke engines, 20 hp and under.
S/P Class are valve in block, 4 stroke engines, over 8.5 hp. F/X Class if factory experimental for expierenced racers only.
B/P Class is all overhead valve, V-twin, 4 stroke engines, 20 hp and under, valve in block, 4 stroke engines, 10.5 hp and under, also not for rookies.
The races will take place 9-11 a.m. June 11-12. The lawn mower race track is located at 298 Municipal Drive, Gun Barrel City.

Jun

08

Posted by : admin | On : June 8, 2016

Landon_Bynum_Dallas_Robertson_Athens_Baseball_VSParis

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
EAST TEXAS–The Athens Hornets led the way with six selections on The Monitor East Texas Baseball Dream Team. Malakoff had six selections to the East Texas Softball Dream Team.
Landom Bynum was the MVP of the baseball team. Bynum was a break out star for Athens this season as a senior. He had a .447 batting average with three home runs, nine doubles, a triple and 37 runs batted in. He also had 14 stolen bases and 34 runs scored.
Athens advanced deep in the playoffs to the regional quarterfinals and won their fourth district title in a row.
In softball action, Hazel Puempel, of Malakoff, was awarded Most Valuable Player. She had a very strong senior season with a .658 batting average with a .703 on base percentage with one home run, 29 doubles and 33 runs batted in. She also showed off her speed with 14 stolen bases. On the mound, she was 11-1 with a 2.14 earned run average. She had 90 strikeouts in 61 innings.
Malakoff finished the year as undefeated distrcit champs and went five rounds deep in the playoffs, falling to eventual State Champion West in the Regional Finals.
2016 The Monitor
East Texas Baseball and Softball
Dream Team
baseball
Superlatives
MVP: Landon
Bynum – Athens
Offensive Player of the Year: Hayden
Shaddox – Eustace
Defensive Player of the Year: Paden Quade – Athens
First Team
Pitcher: Brandon Boyd – Athens
Catcher: Zack
Compton – Eustace
First Base: Matthew Dedie – Kemp
Second Base: Peyton Brewer – Athens
Third Base: Ethan Snow – Malakoff
Shortstop: Pearson Johnson – Mabank
Outfield: Tyler
Crawford – Malakoff
Outfield: Jeremy Bateman – Athens
Outfield: Cory Strawn – Eustace
Designated Hitter: Noah Herring – Kemp
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Hunter Snow, Tyler Russell, Dylan Grim, Trevor Martin, Dustin Miller and Mason Coker
Mabank: Ty
Winkelvoss, Trey Neighbors, Corey Flores, Clay Conway, Dalton Penix, Kade Norman
Eustace: TJ Howard, Gannon Kirkhart, Cody Strawn, Rusty Rodgers
Athens: Alex
Fernandez, Luis Valdez, Casey Pitchford, Emanuel Hernandez, Cameron Woodard
Kemp: Dylan Dennis, Colton Breeze, Beau Dancer, Kyle Keathley, Cameron Clamon
Cross Roads:
Cameron Rodgers, Kyle Miers
Trinidad: Jayden Walden, Jerry Bannister, Kaeleb Eastman, Nate Williams, Dakota Stewart
softball
Superlatives
MVP: Hazel Puempel – Malakoff
Offensive Player of the Year: Sam Smith – Athens
Defensive Player of the Year: Chaney Tart – Malakoff
First Team
Pitcher: Candace Denis – Malakoff
Catcher: Haylie
Wilcox – Cross Roads
First Base: Cheyene Robertson – Malakoff
Second Base: Emily Mullens – Kemp
Third Base: Abra Roberts – Eustace
Shortstop: Tyler Greene – Athens
Outfield: Zoie Bailey – Eustace
Outfield: Chyann
Jarrett – Malakoff
Outfield: Kelli
Gartman – Athens
Designated Hitter: Kendall Riley – Mabank
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Jewel Jones, Abby Terzis, Cheyenne Ramsey,
Tyler Wittram,
Hannah Terzis
Mabank: Leigh
Cunningham, Tera Grimes
Eustace: Olivia Herring, Gabi Corder, Hailey Purselley, Jaci Gray
Athens: Alicia
Grogan, Cortney Grimes, Mikayla
Collins
Kemp: Haylee Scott, Anna Christie, Harleigh Bardin
Cross Roads:
Marilyn Alvarado, Sara Spivey, Sydnee
Harris, Calley Cole, Hope Johnson, Maci
Mattingly, Grayson
Cunningham