Mar

03

Posted by : admin | On : March 3, 2016

Alvarado Cross Roads

the News Photo/Ryan Moulds
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

03

Posted by : admin | On : March 3, 2016

Gooden beats Spitzer; McKee new judge, Hillhouse new sheriff

Special to The News
HENDERSON COUNTY–Super Tuesday turned out to be a day of celebration for many politicians running for office.
Former House District 4 State Representative Lance Gooden overtook his seat from incumbent Stuart Spitzer, who defeated Gooden in 2014.
In Henderson County, Gooden won 51.98 percent to Spitzer’s 48.02 percent.
In Kaufman County, Gooden captured 8,346 votes as of Wednesday morning with 30 of the 31 precincts reporting. Spitzer claimed 7,816 votes.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Botie Hillhouse reportedly took 6,817 votes.
Billy Jack Valentine took 49.8 percent with 6,762 votes. Hillhouse will take over when Sheriff Ray Nutt retires after two terms.
Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee won by a landslide with 9,361 votes, defeating his opponent Marianne Warren, who took 3,890 votes.
Henderson County Attorney Clint Davis defeating James Owen, 9,970 to 2,872.
The Precinct 3 County Commissioner had four candidates including Charles “Chuck” McHam, Kevin Head, Mark Tillison and Sammy Scott.
McHam lead with 1,520 votes while Head came in second with 913, Tillison, third with 802 votes, and Sammy Scott, fourth with 456 votes.
McHam and Tillison will face each other in the May 24 runoff election and the winner goes against Democrat Aleciah Joyce Sims in November.
Ken Hayes won the Precinct 1 Commissioner spot against Keith Pryor. Hayes finished with 1,571 votes to Pryor’s 1,344 votes.
Constable races went to Mitch Baker for Precinct 2, John Floyd for Precinct 4 and Brad Miers for Precinct 5. Miers won against Eric Adair1,692 to 985.
Floyd beat Wilford “Wick” Gabbard 1,709 to 1,416. Baker had 72.88 percent of the vote while his opponent Danny C. Howard received only 27.12 percent of the vote.
The November election will determine the winner of the Precinct 1 Constable race with Democrat incumbant Darryl Graham seeking a sixth term against Republican former Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigator and patrol deputy Kay Langford.

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.

Mar

01

Posted by : admin | On : March 1, 2016

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
HENDERSON COUNTY–Local May 7 elections closed its filing period for write-ins, resulting in a few races for cities and school boards.
Among them are: the Athens Municipal Water Authority in which five candidates have signed up to fill three seats on the board of directors now held by Donald A Foster, Stephen R. Sparkman and David Thomas. The challengers are former county tax assessor/collector Milburn Chaney and Frank Lunceford.
The City of Malakoff has five challengers: Kevin Killman, Ricky Baker, Bubba Matthews, Robert C. Cole and Pat Isaacson, versus incumbents Jerrilyn Tarver and Vincent Bailey, Jr. for three council seats. In Star Harbor a mayor’s race is set between former mayor Walter Bingham and Roy Scruggs. Current Mayor Bobby Howell is not seeking re-election.
The Athens City Council, Athens ISD, Caney City and Eustace will cancel their elections as the right number of candidates have filed for the available seats in each entity.
Serving in Caney City will be incumbents Gwen O’Dell and Travis Lamar Mathews, a third seat will like be filled by appointment.
In Athens, city council members Tress Winn and Joe Whatley are joined by newcomer Ed McCain, who applied to fill the vacated seat of Charles Elliott. Athens ISD trustees Eric Smith and Bob Spears are running unopposed and Renda Garner is to fill Place 6, with the officeholder David Freeman choosing to not seek re-election.
In Eustace, incumbents Chuck Powers, Marlin Chambers, and Adrian Parham will return to seats on the council.
In Log Cabin, incumbent Tom Garrett will be joined by new faces David Campos and Belynda Figueriedo. Also new city secretary Alisa Corn is taking Pat Hayes place, as she retired recently.
Star Harbor will see the uncontested return of David Morris on the council along with former councilman O.R. Perdue for two-year terms.
Other area cities, school districts and water boards conduct elections in November, including the City of Trinidad and Trinidad ISD, along with Malakoff ISD and Cross Roads ISD.
Early voting in local general elections begins April 25 and continues through May 3. The last day to register to vote in this election is April 7.
CORRECTION
In a previous May 7 election story, it was reported that Cross Roads was holding an election and named the individuals running. That Cross Roads is a city located near Denton and not the one located near Malakoff.
The News regrets the error.

Feb

25

Posted by : admin | On : February 25, 2016

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY—To get results from the March 1 Primary on races in Henderson County, readers may go online to Henderson-county.com/vote.
This site will be updated as election returns are tabulated precinct by precinct throughout the evening.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To track statewide elections and how the state voted in the presidential primary races, go to the Secretary of State site at http://sos.state.tx.us/elections/Index.shtml.
On the right side of the screen, find March 1, 2016 Primary Election. There you will be able to track voting results by county.

Feb

25

Posted by : admin | On : February 25, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Stacie Parson’s defense attorneys are seeking to toss out the alleged statements she made after walking in to the Athens Police Department. According to court records, Parsons told three police officers she killed her 4-year-old daughter before being read the Miranda Rights by APD Detective Sgt. Don Yarbrough.
A hearing was held in the 173rd District Court Feb. 19 to hear evidence presented by the state and Parson’s attorney.
APD Lt. Jeremy Hugghins stated Parsons was not given a Miranda warning, because the crime had not been verified.
Yarbrough stated Parsons waived her rights, signing a waiver to such, and did not request to speak with an attorney.
Defense attorneys say Parsons, at the time she confessed, was not fully aware of the consequences of such admissions.
Parsons admitted to being mad at her husband regarding his drug use, threatening to kill their daughter, Victoria.
The child’s body was found in the trunk of a car located in Athens on Martin Luther King Street.
Parsons is being held on a $6 million bond for capital murder in the Henderson County Jail and is set to attend a pre-trail hearing Thursday, March 3.
Jury selection for Parsons’ trial may begin as early as April 14.

Feb

25

Posted by : admin | On : February 25, 2016

Hornets win playoff

Courtesy photo
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.

Feb

25

Posted by : admin | On : February 25, 2016

Malakoff lady tigers third round

Courtesy Photo
The Malakoff Lady Tigers celebrate after their 52-38 victory over Rodgers in the second round of the playoffs Feb. 19. Team members are (from left) Taliah Dora, Kamry Hurd, KeiKei Walker, LaPorsha Trimble, Kiana Reed, Jalie Dawson, Charlsey Stearman, Nakeya Kelley, Hazel Puempel,Kerrian Toliver and Cameron Rodgers. The Lady Tigers are coached by Meghan Hyde.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
CENTERVILLE–The Malakoff Lady Tigers moved on to the Regional Quarterfinals after a 52-38 victory over Rodgers in the second round of the basketball playoffs Feb. 19.
Malakoff jumped out to a 16-12 lead in a first quarter where both teams shot the ball well to begin the game.
Rodgers hung in tough with the tenth ranked Lady Tigers for most of the opening quarter.
Things slowed down for both teams in the second quarter. Malakoff outscored Rodgers 11-5 and took a 10 point lead into halftime.
Both teams scored eight points in the third quarter. Malakoff held strong on defense and did not allow Rodgers to cut into their lead. The Lady Tigers were still up by 10 going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers outscored Rodgers 17-13 and pulled way for a 14 point victory. The win improved Malakoff’s record to 29-3. They played Franklin in the third round of the playoffs, who beat them earlier in the season.
Malakoff was led in scoring by Kiana Reed with 13 points.
Also scoring for the Lady Tigers were, Hazel Puempel with 11, Jalie Dawson with 10, Kamry Hurd with nine, Nakeya Kelley with four and Taliha Dora and Charlsey Stearman with two each.

Feb

18

Posted by : admin | On : February 18, 2016

Alicia Dennis scurry

The News Photo/Ryan Moulds
Alicia Dennis (4) led the Kemp Lady ’Jackets in points and assists while playing as a 14-year old freshman on varsity. She is a key player that Kemp coach Megan Cullum will count on in the future to lead the team.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
EAST TEXAS–The Athens Hornets and Malakoff Lady Tigers were voted teams of the year in the inaugural The News East Texas Basketball Dream Team. The Hornets finished the season as district champions while the Lady Tigers went 27-3 and 14-0 in district to finish as undefeted district champs.
The boys coach of the year was Tracy Carter from Mabank. Carter’s Panthers got out to a rough start this season and were affected by a big lack of size.
They started off 0-2 in district play but rallied around star players Jordan Thomas, Corey Flores, Mark Driskell, and Cole Smith to win five in a row and secure a spot in the playoffs while finishing second in district play.
The girl’s coach of the year was second year Eustace coach Lloyd Mahaffey. His team went 3-11 in district play last season and had not made the playoffs in 46 years, which was one of the longest droughts in girl’s or boy’s basketball in the state.
The Lady Bulldogs broke the playoff drought season and finished with a 21-9 record as well as a 12-2 record in district play. Eustace was led by a trio of Sydnee Wynn, Gabi Corder and Zoie Bailey. They finished second in district and their only two district losses came to Malakoff.
2016 The News East Texas Basketball Dream Team
BOYS
First Team
• Athens sophomore Miles Koehler
• Mabank junior Jordan Thomas
• Malakoff junior QT Barker
• Kemp sophomore Kane Johnson
• Cross Roads senior Aaron Arden
Second Team
• Kemp senior Brandon Shipp
• Mabank senior Corey Flores
• Malakoff junior Tyler Russell
• Athens senior Travon Fuller
• Eustace senior Hayden Plunk
Honorable Mention
• Danyal Littleton,
Malakoff
• Mark Driskell,
Mabank
• Jay Ridgle, Athens
Christian Prep Academy
• Hunter Davis, Cross Roads
• Javonte Hornbuckle, Trinidad
• Josiah Brewington,
Kemp
• Kris Wrenn, Kemp
• Jayden Vance,
Eustace
• Gary Lyons, Athens
• Blayne Rowe,
Mabank
• AJ Cook, Malakoff
• Boomer Irvin, Kemp
• JC Cravey, Eustace
• Moises Alvarado,
Cross Roads
• Kaenen Nix, Athens Christian Prep
• Jake Woolverton,
Malakoff
• Elijah Gardiner,
Kemp
• Cole Smith, Mabank
• Antywon Shofner,
Trinidad
• Micah Santelli,
Athens Christian Prep
Academy
• Cody Duncan,
Eustace
GIRLS
First Team
• Eustace junior
Sydnee Wynn
• Malakoff sophomore
Jalie Dawson
• Kemp freshman
Alicia Dennis
• Malakoff senior
Kiana Reed
• Mabank junior
Carson Marsh
Second Team
• Malakoff junior
Kamry Hurd
• Eustace senior Gabi Corder
• Eustace sophomore
Zoie Bailey
• Athens sophomore Raveon Rodriguez
• Malakoff senior
Hazel Puempel
Honorable Mention
• KeiKei Walker,
Malakoff
• Madison Holbert,
Eustace
• Kelsey Contreras,
Eustace
• Sara Spivey, Cross Roads
• Erikah Hall, Athens
Christian Prep Academy
• Lucy Anderson,
Kemp
• Kara Smith, Athens
• Jill Odom, Mabank
• Marilyn Alvarado,
Cross Roads
• Stormy Luckey,
Eustace
• Leigh Cunningham,
Mabank
• Madison Fowler,
Athens Christian Prep Academy
• Gracie Miller, Athens
Christian Prep
• Haylee Scott, Kemp
• Grayson Cain, Cross Roads
• Harleigh Bardin,
Kemp
• Allie Hall, Mabank
• Savannah Chapman,
Mabank
• Caitlin Miller, Athens
Christian Prep Academy
• Jemiah Morgan, Athens
• Johnsynn Luckey, Eustace

Feb

18

Posted by : admin | On : February 18, 2016

Navarro College President Dr. Barbara Kavalier (left) and docent Jay Waterman flank Mary Love Sanders, who donated Malakoff Head No. 2 to the Pearce Museum on the college campus, for the re-dedication and unveiling Feb. 16 as part of the Cook Education Center.

Navarro College President Dr. Barbara Kavalier (left) and docent Jay Waterman flank Mary Love Sanders, who donated Malakoff Head No. 2 to the Pearce Museum on the college campus, for the re-dedication and unveiling Feb. 16 as part of the Cook Education Center.

THE NEWS PHOTO/PEARL CANTRELL
Navarro College President Dr. Barbara Kavalier (left) and docent Jay Waterman flank Mary Love Sanders, who donated Malakoff Head No. 2 to the Pearce Museum on the college campus Feb. 16, during a re-dedication and unveiling ceremony in the Cook Education Center. All three original Malakoff Heads are housed in its permanent collection. The exhibit centers on Hunters and Gatherers of the Late Pleistocene age and the heads may be attributable to the work of Paleoindians. See more from the unveiling in next week’s issue of The News.