TVCC Sports Notes on the Road: Lady Cards have the day off

By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information

After surviving a scare in their opening game at the 2013 NJCAA Women’s National Basketball Tournament, the Lady Cardinals have a day off today. They’ll use it to begin preparing for a fourth meeting this season with Blinn College in the quarterfinals Thursday at 1 p.m.

The Lady Cardinals (33-1), the tournament’s top seed and defending national champion, fell behind 20-6 to 16th-seeded Weatherford in the opening minutes Tuesday afternoon before rallying for a 75-70 win. It improved their season record to 33-1 and closed Weatherford’s season at 25-6. The Lady Cardinals were a 93-69 winner against Weatherford back in November.

Shannon Smith pumped in 20 points to lead the Lady Cardinals. Krystle Henderson added 13 and Adut Bulgak and Roddricka Patton netted 10 each. Shlonte’ Allen finished with nine.

Bulgak had a big game on the boards, grabbing 15 rebounds.

The Lady Cardinals hit 9 of 26 three-point attempts.

Blinn (32-3), the tournament’s No. 9 seed, advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup against the Lady Cardinals with a 79-72 win versus No. 8 seed Darton State.

As the 24-team, single-elimination tournament (for the first time), moves into its third day and the non-Texas side of the bracket, four teams will play their first games. Today’s games are Central Arizona vs. Crowder, 1 p.m.; Southern Idaho vs. Chipola, 3 p.m.; Hutchinson vs. ASA, 5 p.m.; Walters State vs. Northwest Florida, 7 p.m.

Here are the seeds of the teams remaining in the tournament: TVCC (1), Central Arizona (2), Hutchinson (3), Gulf Coast (4), Shelton State (5), Walters State (6), Southern Idaho (7), Blinn (9), Chipola (10), Northwest Florida (11), Crowder (15), and ASA (19). Central Arizona, Hutchinson, Shelton State and Walters State have yet to play a game.

In Tuesday’s other games, it was: ASA 74, Western Nebraska 68; Northwest Florida 57, Itawamba 46; Gulf Coast 62, Midland 57; and Shelton State 72, Williston State 57.

Tuesday’s win against Weatherford ran the Lady Cardinals’ national tournament record to 50-16.

Like they always do, Cardinal cheerleaders and the Cardinal Regiment Pep Band livened up the Bicentennial Center. With their presence and peformances, comments along press row were how much it had given the event a big-time feel.

Texas A&M head women’s basketball coach Gary Blair was in attendance at Tuesday’s games, as was Oklahoma State head women’s coach Jim Littell. Word is that Texas head women’s basketball coach Karen Aston will also be making an appearance at the event.

Also on hand for the Lady Cardinals’ game were John and Mary Margaret Budke, the parents of Kurt Budke, the former Lady Cardinal, Louisiana Tech and Oklahoma State coach, who was killed in a plane crash in November of 2011. The Budkes are regulars at the tournament, which has been played in their hometown of Salina since 1998.

All Lady Cardinal tournament games will be available for viewing online at In fact, all tournament games will be webcast. Also, for audio only, you can hear the games at

You can also keep up with the Lady Cardinals at the tournament in the Athens Daily Review. Joe Elerson is in Salina for the Review. Check it out online at

Also, follow updates on the Lady Cardinals on Twitter at @TVCCsports.

It’s 25 and clear in Salina this morning. The high is expected to reach 52 today, which will make it the warmest day the rest of the week. Thursday’s high is forecast to be 48 with a 30 percent chance of rain. Rain/snow shower are still in the forecast for Friday and Saturday with highs in the upper 30s.

To all our family and friends back home, resume breathing. The Lady Cardinals are alive and well.

Moss invited to National Youth Leadership Forum

David Moss
David Moss

David Moss is looking to make one of those life-changing trips.

David, a freshman at Eustace High School, has been invited to the prestigious National Youth Leadership Forum to be held in Washington, D.C. The forum which deals with law and crime scene investigation is scheduled for July 9-14.

Since 2000, there have only been five other students from Eustace who have attended this event, but David will be the first to attend the Law and CSI forum.

He has been aiming for a career in the law since he was 6 years old, his mother said.

Trips like this can be costly, however, and this one is no different. David is working to raise the nearly $3,000 needed. That includes $1,795 for tuition and $825 for travel expenses, plus a little extra for the required wardrobe.

David will be holding a bake sale and car wash at First Baptist Church in Eustace from noon to 4 p.m. April 6.

To help David, please contact Andrea Copeland at 903-603-6178 or email

Obituary: Lois Mildred Crutchfield

Lois Mildred Crutchfield
Lois Mildred Crutchfield

Graveside services for Lois M. Crutchfield, 77, of Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Owen Cemetery in Athens with Chaplain Susan Detweiler officiating.

Ms. Crutchfield went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 18, 2013 in Athens.

Lois Mildred Pearce Crutchfield was born May 18, 1935 in Kennard, Texas the daughter of Jim Pearce and Fannie Adell Bairfield Pearce. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Athens and was a true Matriarch of her family. She worked until her retirement at Curtis Mathis in Athens. “Shorty Avers” as her father called her was a feisty woman who loved her family. She also truly loved her longtime companion, a Chihuahua named Angel. Granny was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, she will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Elvin “Biggon” Crutchfield; two sons, Clifford McKinnon, Jimmy McKinnon; and two sisters, Willa Mae Pearce and Gladys Pearce.

Lois is survived by her five children, Evelyn McKinnon of Athens, Elizabeth Faye Crutchfield of Athens, Gloria Jean Irvin and husband Danny of Athens, Loretta Crutchfield of LaRue, Allen McKinnon of Malakoff; one brother, Tommy Pearce and wife Lois of Dibbles, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren, Elkon Crutchfield, Dakota Crutchfield, LaChance Crutchfield, Ashley McKinnon, Ray McKinnon, Angela McKinnon, Marilyn Crutchfield, Eva Crutchfield, Shayvonne DeLois Johnson and numerous great-grandchildren

Visitation will be held prior to the Graveside services from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.

Pallbearers will be Gene Julian, Tommy Chitty, Daniel Irvin , Joe Irvin, Danny Irvin, Ronnie Burden, Deke Crutchfield and Tracey Baggett.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.

You may light a memorial candle or write condolences to the family at

HCLS Results: Breeding Swine Show

hogHCLS Results: Breeding Swine Show

6 & Under

  1. Landrey Rogers, LaPoynor FFA
  2. Presley Martin, Brownsboro FFA
  3. Haylee Smith, Cayuga 4-H
  4. Leslie Sorrell, Brownsboro FFA
  5. Samantha Sims, Trinidad FFA
  6. Blaine Brumfield, Brownsboro FFA
  7. Haley Terry, LaPoynor FFA
  8. Hunter Wilcox, Cross Roads FFA
  9. Cota Wilburn, Old-Cayuga

6-8 Months

  1. Landrey Rogers, LaPoynor FFA
  2. Riggin Smith, Cross Roads 4-H
  3. Blaine Brumfield, Brownsboro FFA
  4. Marshall Holcomb, LaPoynor FFA
  5. Kylee Cornelius, Cayuga FFA
  6. Haylie Wilcox, Cross Roads FFA
  7. Parker Brewer, Brownsboro FFA

8 Months and Over

  1. Landrey Rogers, LaPoynor FFA
  2. Hayle Terry, LaPoynor FFA
  3. Marshall Holcomb, LaPoynor FFA
  4. Shawn Himes, Cross Roads FFA
  5. Bailey Bass, Cross Roads FFA
  6. Blaine Brumfield, Brownsboro FFA

Junior Breeding Showmanship

  1. Cody Rayburn, Horizon 4-H
  2. Landrey Rogers, LaPoynor FFA
  3. Clayton Conrad, Cayuga, 4-H
  4. Parker Brewer, Brownsboro FFA
  5. Hayle Wilcox, Cross Roads FFA
  6. Gracia Conrad, Cayuga 4-H
  7. Samantha Sims, Trinidad FFA

Senior Breeding Showmanship

  1. Blaine Brumfield, Brownsboro FFA
  2. Peyton Brewer, Brownsboro, FFA
  3. Haylee Smith, Cayuga 4-H
  4. Presley Martin, Brownsboro FFA
  5. Hayle Terry, LaPoynor FFA
  6. Marshall Holcomb, LaPoynor FFA