Dec

22

Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2016

The News Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–The Athens Hornets continued their torrid pace, beating Kaufman 66-62 Dec. 16 at Kaufman High School gym.
The Hornets improve to 12-2 on the season and have won nine games in a row since a 90-75 loss to Paris on Dec. 2.
Athens’ defensive pressure and their running style of offense staked the Hornets to a 23-6 lead after one quarter of play.
Kaufman got back into the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Hornets 20-10 in the quarter to go into halftime with the score 33-26.
The Hornets came out firing again in the third quarter, scoring 24 points to go into the fourth and final frame with a commanding 57-37 lead. The 20-point lead did not last long however.
Kaufman made a game of it again in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hornets 25-9 in the quarter to get within four points, but could not make up the rest of the large deficit.
Athens was paced in scoring by 18 points each from senior Jabrile Richardson and junior forward Gary Lyons.
The Hornets will be in action at 10:30 a.m. against Chapel Hill at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic in Tyler.
The Hornets’ next game at home will not be until district play starts. The Hornets will host Palestine at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at Athens High School gymnasium in a District 13-4A contest.

Dec

22

Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2016

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Bulldogs had 18 players earn first or second team All-District honors this season that ended up with a state semifinal berth.
Senior wide receiver/defensive back Tyler Russell was selected as the District 9-3A Most Valuable Player by the coaches in the district. Russell hauled in 51 passes for 954 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Russell also had 40 tackles and seven interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.
Junior quarterback Judd Miller was selected as the Offensive Most Valuable Player. Miller completed 156-239 passes for 2,636 yards, with 37 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Miller carried the ball 64 times for 332 yards and seven more touchdowns.
Senior defensive end Danyal Littleton was honored as the Defensive Most Valuable Player for the district. Littleton had 88 tackles (14 for loss), eight sacks and an interception, along with three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Senior C.J. Overton was named as the Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Sophomore kicker Evarardo Garcia, who nailed the 30-yard game-winning field goal in the state quarterfinal win over Cameron Yoe, was named as the Co-Place Kicker of the Year. Garcia will share the honor with Elkhart senior Jacob Walters. Senior wide receiver Q.T. Barker was selected as the Returner of the Year in District 9-3A.
The Tigers placed two other players on the first-team offense. Junior running back Breashawn Williams and wide receiver Barker.
Malakoff loaded up the defensive first team with six players earning first team defensive honors.
Senior defensive lineman Larry Coker and his linemate, senior Payton Lowrie were selected first team linemen.
Seniors Chase Busch and Jack Patton received honors as first team linebackers. Busch had 96 tackles (nine for loss), two sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Patton recorded 125 tackles, including 10 for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Barker was also selected as a first team defensive back, along with junior Adonia Dixon-Thomas. Barker had six interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.
Four offensive lineman received second team honors; junior Coby Wilbanks, senior Spencer Grisham, Coker and Overton. Sophomore Parker Busch was named to the second team as a wide receiver.
Sophomore Caleb Adams was selected to the second team as a defensive lineman, along with junior ShaZarrion Bailey at linebacker.
Junior Ethan Snow was selected as a defensive back for the second team.
Littleton, C. Busch, Patton, Russell, Barker, Miller, Lowrie and Coker were named to the Honorable Mention All-State team as well.

Dec

22

Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2016

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The News Staff Reports
ATHENS– A traffic stop in Athens Monday resulted in the arrest of the driver on two felony charges, related to suspected methamphetamine.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse reports Michael Brian Jones, 42 of Poynor, was observed committing a traffic violation on U.S. Hwy 175 in the city.
Narcotic Investigator Josh Rickman pulled him over and saw the suspect throw a silver wrapper out the drivers’ window.
Rickman located the wrapper which contained a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, and during a search of the vehicle, more of the illegal substance was found on the floorboard.
“Even during the holiday season, we find these folks and we find their drugs,” Hillhouse said. “It is a problem that I am committed to working on, one arrest at a time, until the users and dealers know they cannot bring their poison into this County.”
Jones faces a third-degree felony, punishable by a term of not more than 10 years or less than two years in the Texas Department of Corrections – and a fine of up to $10,000 – for tampering with evidence.
He also faces a state felony charge, punishable by term of up to two years in jail – and a fine of up to $10,000 – for possession of the methamphetamine.
“Our Investigators and Deputies are out around the clock all over Henderson County looking for these folks,” Hillhouse said.
Jones, whose criminal record dates back to 1999, is being held on bonds totaling $13,000 for Possession of a Controlled Substance less than one gram and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2016

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News Staff Reports
BROWNSBORO–The Athens Hornets continued their torrid start to the season by winning the Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro Dec. 8-10.
The Hornets went 5-0 in the tournament, winning the tournament championship by beating Mexia in the title game, 76-64.
In the championship, the Hornets raced out to a 22-13 lead after one quarter of play, highlighted by a 7-0 run midway through the quarter. Athens added to its lead by halftime, going into the locker room with a 36-24 lead on the Blackcats.
Athens’ up tempo style started to wear on Mexia, as the Hornets hounded the Blackcats into bad shots. Athens continued its pace, scoring 20 points in both the third and fourth quarters to keep the 12-point lead they had at halftime, winning by that same 12-point margin. Athens Head Basketball Coach Cliff Thompson was happy with the way his team played in the tournament, and said the Kemp win was the toughest of all. “We played very solid on-ball defense which created many transition opportunities for us, and we did a good job of finishing when we got those opportunities.” Thompson said.
In the victory, Javiry Bowman led the Hornets with 21 points, followed by Miles Koehler with 18 and Jabrile Richardson 15.
Gary Lyons tossed in nine points, Casey Wilson chipped in six, Cam Ray had three points and Xavius Fulton and Chris Taylor had two points apiece.
To get to the title game, the Hornets beat a very good Crockett team and almost reached triple digits in the process, 94-59.
The Hornets led 23-7 after one period. Crockett cut the lead at halftime to 43-33. After a third quarter that saw Crockett cut the margin to 11 points, the Hornets ran away with the game in the fourth and final period.
The Hornets outscored Crockett 31-8 in the quarter to win going away.
The Hornets played one game Friday and beat Kemp 67-66 in the closest game of the tournament for them. The Hornets led by nine after the first quarter, and by eight at halftime. Kemp stormed back in the third quarter to take a four-point lead into the final quarter, before the Hornets regrouped and came back for the one-point win.
Koehler paced the Hornets with 19 points. Bowman had 16 points, Lyons and Brandon Arroyo each added eight points, Fulton had two points and Ray one point in the victory.
Thompson said this game was the toughest one of the tournament for the Hornets. “They did a good job defensively of taking away our driving lanes and making it difficult for us to get the ball inside. They built a lead in the 2nd half and we had to come back from down 8 or 10 points in the 3rd, but our kids responded well in the 4th and found ways to score and get stops when it counted,” Thompson said. “It was not a pretty win but I was proud of the way they finished the game after having a down 2nd and 3rd quarter.”
The Hornets went 2-0 on the first day of the tournament, beating Longview Pine Tree 68-61, and Nevada Community 82-69.
The Hornets improved to 11-2 on the season, and will play on the road at Kaufman at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2016

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Special to The News
COLUMBUS, OHIO–Flags around the nation have flown at half-staff since American space hero and longtime Ohio U.S. senator John Glenn died Dec. 8 at the age of 95. He had been hospitalized for more than a week at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth in a flight lasting just five hours aboard the Friendship 7 capsule in 1962. He was 40 years old for that historic flight on Feb. 20, 1962 from Cape Canaveral.
He was 77 years old at the time he became the oldest space traveler. He spent nine days aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
NASA tailored a series of geriatric-reaction experiments to create a scientific purpose for Glenn’s mission, but there was more to it than that: a revival of the excitement of the earliest days of the space race, a public relations bonanza and the gift of a lifetime.
“America owed John Glenn a second flight,” NASA Administrator Dan Goldin said.
A news conference from space in 1998 said, “To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.”
However, Glenn’s passion for flight took hold on him from his youth, being lived out as a fighter and test pilot for the U.S. Marine Corp. in World War II and Korea racking up 149 combat missions. He continued to pilot his own plane until the age of 90.
As a test pilot, he broke aviation records.
Glenn’s public life began when he broke the transcontinental airspeed record, bursting from Los Angeles to New York City in three hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds. With his Crusader averaging 725 mph, the 1957 flight proved the jet could endure stress when pushed to maximum speeds over long distances.
In New York, he got a hero’s welcome — his first tickertape parade. He got another after his flight on Friendship 7.
That mission also introduced Glenn to politics. He addressed a joint session of Congress, and dined at the White House. He became friends with President Kennedy and ally and friend of his brother, Robert. The Kennedys urged him to enter politics, and after a difficult few starts he did.
Glenn spent 24 years in the U.S. Senate, representing Ohio longer than any other senator in the state’s history. He announced his impending retirement in 1997, 35 years to the day after he became the first American in orbit, saying, “There is still no cure for the common birthday.”
Glenn joked he was envious of a fellow astronaut and Ohioan: Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of great experiences in my life and I’m thankful for them,” he said in 2012.
In 1943, Glenn married his childhood sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor. They met when they were toddlers, and when she had mumps as a teenager, he came to her house, cut a hole in her bedroom window screen, and passed her a radio to keep her company, a friend recounted.
“I don’t remember the first time I told Annie I loved her, or the first time she told me,” Glenn would write in his memoir. “It was just something we both knew.” He bought her a diamond engagement ring in 1942 for $125. It’s never been replaced.
They had two children, Carolyn and John David.
He and his wife, Annie, split their later years between Washington and Columbus. Both served as trustees at their alma mater, Muskingum College. Glenn spent time promoting the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, which also houses his private papers and photographs.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
AUSTIN–The Malakoff Tigers’ perfect season came to a shocking end in a 28-24 loss to Yoakum in the Class 3A Division 1 state semifinal at Austin’s Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium Dec. 9.
The Tigers, 14-0 coming into the game, lost the lead with three minutes left in the fourth quarter on a four-yard touchdown pass from Joshua Moore to Ethan Owens to make it 28-24.
The Tigers had one last chance to take the lead, but an interception ended the comeback as Yoakum ran out the clock.
The game started well for the Tigers, as they got a safety when the Yoakum punter could not handle a low snap from the center.
Malakoff added to the lead when running back Breashawn Williams scored on a nine-yard run, extending the lead to 9-0 after an Everardo Garcia extra point.
Yoakum finally got on the scoreboard with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter on a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryson Hagan to Jordan Moore.
After a stalled drive by the Tigers, Yoakum took a 14-9 lead on a Henry Enoch touchdown run from three yards away.
Malakoff regained the lead at 17-14 with just over six minutes left in the half when Williams scored his second touchdown of the game on a 27-yard run around the left side.
The Tigers took the three-point lead into the halftime locker room.
Neither team could get anything going in the third quarter, as both defenses stepped up and made big stops to force punts. The Tigers took the same three-point lead into the final quarter.
Yoakum again took the lead just four seconds into the fourth quarter on a Montreal James 11-yard scamper, giving the Bulldogs as 21-17 lead.
On third and long from the Bulldog 43-yard line, the Tigers scored when quarterback Judd Miller connected with senior Q.T. Barker for a score and a 24-21 lead with about seven and a half minutes remaining in the game.
Malakoff had a couple more chances to score, but could not find the end zone again, ending their dream season.
Miller finished 7-21 passing for 112 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers set a record for the most wins by a Henderson County area team with 14, advancing the furthest of any team ever in the area.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2016

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Special to The News
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “A” for “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ School Financial Accountability Rating System (FIRST).
The “Passed” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Malakoff ISD’s financial management and reporting system. Malakoff ISD had a perfect rating, meeting all criteria.
This is the 14th year of School FIRST, a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and amendments under House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature. Regular Session, 2013. The primary goal of School FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system.
“We are very pleased with Malakoff ISD’s School FIRST rating,” said Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry. This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpapers’ dollars. This rating shows that Malakoff’s schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently.”
The Texas Education Agency assigned one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being “A” for “Superior Achievement,” followed by “B” for “Above-Standard Achievement,” “C” for “Standard Achievement” and “F” for “Substandard Achievement.”
Malakoff ISD has achieved the highest rating for 13 prior years.

Dec

08

Posted by : admin | On : December 8, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
WACO–A clutch 30-yard field goal in overtime by sophomore kicker Evarardo Garcia in the cold rain that gave the Tigers a thrilling 37-34 state quarterfinals victory over Cameron Yoe Dec. 2 at Waco ISD Stadium. The kick also sent the third-ranked Tigers to the Class 3A Division 1 state semifinals where they will battle Yoakum for a spot in the state championship game. Malakoff and Yoakum will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 9 at Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. Yoakum upset fifth-ranked Halletsville 27-23 in the Region IV Final.
Garcia’s kick was made possible by a great defensive stand from the Tigers. Starting at the 25-yard line, Cameron Yoe could not manage a first down in their part of the overtime period, turning the ball over on downs to the Tigers. Malakoff drove to the 13-yard line, setting up Garcia for the game-winner.
Down 34-26 after a Cameron Yoe touchdown pass to Sicory Smith, the Tigers tied the game with a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Judd Miller to wide receiver Tyler Russell with 5:00 left in the game. Miller found Russell for the two-point conversion as well, tying the score at 34-34.
Cameron Yoe took possession after the touchdown, but Breashawn Williams intercepted a pass with 17 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Miller started the scoring with a touchdown run on a quarterback draw from six yards out, giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead after the failed two-point conversion. Cameron Yoe tied the game with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Smith from Yoe quarterback Zack Andress. The extra point was wide left, keeping the game at 6-6 with about six minutes remaining in the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Q.T. Barker caught a short pass in the flat from Miller, and raced 62 yards for a Tiger touchdown, giving the Tigers a 13-6 lead. The Tigers were given possession of the ball after the first of two Russell interceptions in the game.
With just under six minutes remaining in the half, Andress hit wide receiver Jordan Wells with a 42-yard touchdown pass to tie the score for the Yoemen.
The Tigers struck again with 4:56 remaining when Breashawn Williams took a handoff from Miller and got free on the Malakoff sideline for a 41-yard touchdown run. The Tigers went into the halftime locker room with a 20-13 lead.
Cameron Yoe took just over three minutes of the third quarter to tie the score. The Yoemen scored on a 3-yard touchdown run from freshman running back Nico Vargas to knot the score at 20-20.
After a fumbled kickoff by the Tigers, Yoe took possession and the lead on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Andress to Iverson Westbrook. Yoe led 27-20 after the successful extra point try.
A big play helped the Tigers get to within a point just two minutes later. After the Tigers were pinned back on their own five after a penalty and facing a third down and 18, Miller connected with JaQuaylon Hart for a 95-yard touchdown pass to cut the Yoe lead to 27-26. The score stayed that way into the fourth quarter, setting up the fireworks later in the period.
Miller finished the night 12 of 25 for 292 yards with three touchdown passes, while carrying the ball nine times for 66 yards and another score. Williams had 72 yards on nine rushes, and added a touchdown.
Barker led the receiving corps with five catches for 136 yards and a touchdown, Hart caught two passes for 102 yards and a score, Russell had one catch for 20 yards and a touchdown and Williams had one catch for nine yards.
In the other quarterfinal games, Wall beat Brock, who was ranked first in the state in Class 3A. Mineola beat Pottsboro to set up the other state semifinal game.
The winner of the Wall vs. Mineola game will face the winner of the Malakoff vs. Yoakum game in the state championship game, which will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

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Posted by : admin | On : December 8, 2016

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Brinson Ford puts the finishing touches on Whovile


Brinson Ford float

Brinson Ford float


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College parking lot was ablaze with Christmas lights as participants gathered for the “Home for Christmas” parade Dec. 6.
The parade, originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, was a huge success despite being rescheduled on a weekday. It was reported to The News that there were over 50 entries in the contest.
The parade kicked off with cars carrying the Grand Marshals Ginger Morton and John Glover along with the mayor, city manager and the city council. Notable personalities for the children were Ronald McDonald, Grimace, Olaf, the Grinch and of course, Santa Claus.
The Church of the Living God did a series of floats that depicted the Christmas Nativity story with characters and banners with Bible verses.
Brinson Ford was the first-place winner with a “Grinch” themed float complete with a larger-than-life Whoville. Athens Café took second place with a realistic dining theme and Bristol Hospice took third place with princesses in a beautiful holiday setting.
Citizens lined the streets, the band performed and Christmas music played from many of the floats, bringing everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Dec

08

Posted by : admin | On : December 8, 2016

Special to the News
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Christmas Parade originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10 is postponed until January, but for a good reason.
The Malakoff varsity football team is on fire! The team, along with the staff and over half of Malakoff’s residents are on their way to Austin for a semi-final playoff football game. The Tigers are just a couple of steps away from a State Championship and all of Malakoff just couldn’t be more proud. This does not, however fare well for the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade.
So, it is being changed. There will be a huge rally for the varsity football team and the entire Malakoff ISD team at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Malakoff Community Center, 504 North Terry St. in Malakoff.
Plans are being formed now for entertainment by the band, the cheerleaders and one-act play students. But there is much more! The City of Malakoff, the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce, the Malakoff Booster Club, the Malakoff Alumni Association and many more orgainizations and citizens are on board to make this celebration a fantastic event for all, the likes of which will be remembered for years to come.
Stay tuned to The News for further updates. If you would like to get in on the planning, contact the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce at (903) 489-1346 or email malakoffchamber@yahoo.com.