TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cardinals keep on rolling


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By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information

The Lady Cardinals moved to No. 1 in the nation Wednesday morning and then went out that night and scored a hard-earned 64-45 win on the road against Kilgore.

Coach Elena Lovato’s squad, now 25-1 overall and 12-0 in Region XIV Conference, had just eight players in uniform due to injuries and illness. They played the second half with seven players when Adut Bulgak was injured in the opening 30 seconds of the second half.

The Lady Cardinals led 25-17 at the half.

Shannon Smith paced the Lady Cardinals with 14 points. Kyhonta Doughty had 10, Bulgak nine and Julianne Anchling and Savannah Carter eight each.

Shlonte’ Allen (injury) and Roddricka Patton (illness) did not play.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to travel Saturday to Jacksonville for a 4 p.m. It will be the Lady Cardinals’ last road conference game of the season. They finish with three home games.


The Cardinals fell 79-57 to 22nd-ranked Kilgore on the road Wednesday night.

Kilgore outscored the Cardinals 29-15 in the final 12:04 of the first half to pull away and open to a 41-28 halftime lead. With 10:00 left in the game, Kilgore was up 61-39.

Karon Phillips, Jarion Henry and Dominique Elliott scored eight points each to lead the Cardinals. Octavius Ellis, Carl Porter and Jhaustin Thomas netted seven each.

The Cardinals are open Saturday and return to action next Wednesday at Carthage against Panola.


The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to play their home opener Friday against Grayson at Cain Park. Doubleheader action is set to begin at 1 p.m.

Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad carries a 6-4 season record into the contest after going 3-3 in the Cow Town Tournament in Fort Worth last weekend. The Lady Cardinals had 53 hits in the six games.

Saturday, the Lady Cardinals are also scheduled to be at home, facing Grambling State in doubleheader action at 1 and 3 p.m. Former Lady Cardinal Amanda Lester plays for Grambling State.

The Lady Cardinals are also scheduled to be at home Monday against North Central Texas. Action starts at 1 p.m. Game 2 will begin at 3 p.m.

OBITUARY: Betty Weatherford Lathrop

Graveside services and interment for Betty Weatherford Lathrop, 74, of Athens are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at Zion Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Rod Milsap officiating.

Mrs. Lathrop died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Athens.

She was born May 22, 1938 in Brownsboro to Henry Clay and Dovie Irene Harrison Parker and had been a lifelong resident of Athens. Betty loved being with family and watching her grandchildren grow up. She also enjoyed shopping for clothing every Thursday.

Betty was preceded in death by her son Harold Ryan Weatherford in 1957.

Survivors include son Jerrell Weatherford, Martins Mill; daughters Brenda Gauntt and husband Floyd, Oklahoma, Leah Jumper and husband Wayne, Athens; brother Henry Parker, Tyler, Harold Parker, Athens; sister Mollie Williams, Lometa, Texas; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

You may leave a message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family at

OBITUARY: Wanda Kirk Davis

Wanda Lee Kirk Davis
Wanda Lee Kirk Davis

Wanda Kirk Davis, 75, of Athens, passed away Feb. 11, 2013 in Houston surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Dec. 20, 1937 in Athens to the late Floyd Lee and Allie Mae Hosch Kirk. After graduating from Athens High School in 1955 as salutatorian she attended Mary Hardin Baylor two years. For several years she served as legal secretary for Justice, Justice and Kugle Law Firm in Athens before marrying O. E. Davis Dec. 12, 1959. Wanda served her Lord and savior as a faithful church musician, Sunday School teacher and renown speaker for Women’s Conferences statewide. She was a devoted pastor’s wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. “Marnie” as she was called by her grandchildren and great grandchildren was the bond that held us all together. Her positive attitude and faith in God was our mainstay. Her children and grandchildren called her multiple times a day to hear her encouraging voice. “She can never be replaced and we will never stop missing her.”

Wanda was preceded in death by a son, Alan Kirk Davis, and sister Mae Dean Johnson.

Survivors include husband Rev. O. E. Davis; daughter Sharmon Young and husband Dwayne, Waco; granddaughter Stefani Worley and husband Brandon, Colorado City; grandsons Austin Young, Waco and Rolin Davis; three great-grandsons.

Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Main Street Pentecostal Church, 1635 West Main, Gun Barrel City.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the church in Gun Barrel City with Revs. Tim Weatheread, Stephen Daywitt, Chris Bankard, Ray Worley, and Danny Russo officiating.

Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Dwayne Young, Billy Hosch, Brandon Looney, Waylan Johnson, Alonzo Cruz and John Disotell.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to Jesus Name United Pentecostal Church, P O Box 967, Colorado City, Texas 79512-7243.

Wrapping up the TVCC rodeo



By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information


Approximately 400 competitors, representing 20 colleges and universities, were on hand for the 5th annual Trinity Valley Community College National Intercollegiate Rodeo this past weekend at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex.

TVCC was well represented in the two days of competition with five team members qualifying for the short-go round of the sixth event of a 10-event rodeo season.

Qualifying for the short-go for TVCC were team ropers Wenceslao “Lightning” Aguilera and Kolby “Thunder” Miller, Austin Gross in bull riding, Justus Whitcher in tiedown roping and Garrett Jones in bareback riding.

Aguilera and Miller roped their first steer in 4.7 seconds, which earned third place in the round. They also placed fifth in the average. Aguilera and Miller are currently in first place in the Southern Region of the NIRA and second in the national standings.

Gross qualified for the finals and scored an 81 which placed second in the round.

Austin placed third in the average and is currently fourth in the Southern Region standings.

Following the 10 regional rodeos, the top three competitors in each event and the top two teams in each region qualify for the College National Finals, which are held in Casper, Wyoming in June.

“We have four rodeos to go and are hoping to stay and finish strong this year,” said TVCC rodeo coach Brent Bratton. “Our students’ have such determination and drive.

“It would be a great feeling to have a truckload of TVCC students qualifying for the CNFR and make a few of the university students stay home. The community and college is so supportive of this team, it would be a great feeling to bring home a national title for them.