Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The second annual Lake Athens Fly Fish Festival is set for 3-9 p.m. Friday, April 8 and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Lake Athens Marina.
Activities include bluegill contest on Friday, Big Bass Contest, casting and tying instruction and demos, casting games and competitions, kayak and boat division and much more.
Event is free. To preregister, go to johnnyonthefly.com.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Gloria Sanchez Hernandez passed away after a long battle with cancer in Arlington, March 15, 2016. Gloria was born May 17, 1951, in Dallas and is preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Santos Sanchez.
Gloria was married to her loving husband of 50 years, Raymond Hernandez. 
She is survived by her children, Cynthia and Sean French, Raymond and Betty Hernandez Jr., Daniel Hernandez, Michael and Leslie Hernandez, and Chris and Brenda Hernandez; sister and brothers Louise Luera, Jesse Sanchez Jr., Joe Sanchez, David Sanchez, and Daniel Sanchez; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous of nieces and nephews.
She was an amazing, beautiful woman who never met a stranger.  She enjoyed gardening, knitting and loved to travel.  She was a loving mother to be admired and praised. A service was held in Athens.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of Gloria Hernandez.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Memorial services for Vickie Annette Bassham-Landi, 53, of Trinidad, are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Caney Creek Baptist Church, 5441 FM 3054, in Malakoff.
Vicki passed away March 19, 2016, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
To sign an online register, go to www.murrayorwosky.com.

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

the news Photo/Ryan Moulds
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

17

Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–An Athens and Malakoff man were involved in a fatal traffic collison in Odessa the evening of March 12.
Athens resident Joseph Dredla, 21, was driving north on FM 866 when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of FM 866 and Highway 302.
Dredla hit another vehicle, killing Earl Waterbury, 56, of Odessa.
DPS Troopers say Dredla was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon, intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
Malakoff resident Coby Bostic, 21, a passenger in Dredla’s vehicle, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.
Reports state Bostic was not wearing a seat belt.
He was taken to a hospital in critical condition with incapacitating injuries.

Mar

17

Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

Special to The News
WASHINGTON – Staff from U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s office will meet constituents from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Malakoff City Hall Council Chambers to provide assistance with federal agencies.
“Dealing with federal agencies can be an intimidating experience. I want my constituents to know that my staff and I stand ready to help. I hope that you will let my office assist you in your dealings with federal agencies or bureaucracies,” Hensarling said.
Providing outstanding constituent service is a priority of Hensarling, and this meeting provides an additional opportunity for constituents with questions or concerns to bring those to his attention.
District offices located in Dallas and Athens are always open for constituents to visit, as well as mail, fax, email or call for assistance.
“This is an opportunity that allows 5th District constituents to have a face-to-face discussion with my staff and to make it more convenient for Henderson County residents to get help.” Hensarling added.
All constituents with questions or concerns regarding immigration, passports, IRS, Medicare, the military, Social Security, USDA, Veterans Affairs, or other federal issues are welcome to attend and will be assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information, call Hensarling’s office at (903) 675-8288 or go to www.hensarling.house.gov.

Mar

10

Posted by : admin | On : March 10, 2016

AHSregional powerlifters

Courtesy Photo
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

10

Posted by : admin | On : March 10, 2016

storm 5

storm 6

the news photos/russell slaton
Reported tornadoes and straight line winds gusted through many areas of Cedar Creek Lake March 8 including Malakoff. For more pictures, see The News March 11 issue.