TVCC Sports Notes on the Road: Lady Cards hit the floor today

TVCC Lady Cardinals
TVCC Lady Cardinals

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

With the first day of the 2013 NJCAA Women’s National Basketball Tournament in the books, all eyes will be on the Lady Cardinals today as they take to the floor of the Bicentennial Center for the first time.

The No. 1-seeded Lady Cardinals (32-1) are scheduled to take on Weatherford College (25-5) at 2 p.m. Weatherford, the tournament’s 16th seed, scored a 72-68 win over Northeast Nebraska in Monday’s opening round.

Today’s game will be the second meeting between Lady Cardinals and Weatherford this season. Back in November at Cardinal Gym, the Lady Cardinals were a 93-69 winner. Just over a week later, the Lady Cardinals had to forfeit the rematch in Weatherford due to a lack of healthy eligible players. The forfeit represents the lone blemish on the Lady Cardinals’ season ledger.

In Monday’s other games in the opening round, it was: Blinn 72, Kaskaskia 63; Midland 67, Volunteer State 59; Williston 67, North Idaho 63; Crowder 69, Redlands 64 and Chipola 78, Southwestern Illinois 62. The Williston-North Idaho game produced the only upset, a 21 seed over a 12 seed.

Monday was a good day for Texas teams (women’s and men’s) on the big stage. Here in Salina, Weatherford, Blinn and Midland all won. In Hutchinson (about 50 miles southwest of Salina), the Lee and Kilgore men’s teams won. That’s 5-0, if you’re keeping score.

The Lady Cardinals will be seeking a milestone national tournament win today. A win against Weatherford would represent the college’s 50th national tournament win. In 17 previous national tournament appearances, the Lady Cardinals have compiled a 49-16 record, which, of course, includes six national championships.

The Lady Cardinal-Weatherford winner advances to the quarterfinals to face the Darton State-Blinn winner at 1 p.m. Thursday. Darton State, the No. 8 seed with a 30-3 record, and Blinn (31-3), the No. 9 seed, are scheduled to square off today at 4:30 p.m.

Cardinal cheerleaders and the Cardinal Regiment Pep Band arrived Monday and will be on hand for today’s game. Both groups are always a fan favorite at the Bicentennial Center and give the event an atmospheric boost.

The Lady Cardinals bring a 21-game winning streak into today’s game. The have won 68 of their last 69 games. On the court, they have won 68 straight.

Among those with TVCC ties in attendance Monday were Danny Hughes, a former men’s basketball player and coach and a member of the Cardinal Hall of Fame, Courtney Simmons, a former Lady Cardinal player and coach, and Brandon Taylor, a former manager for the athletic program. Hughes is now at SMU as an assistant coach. Simmons is now at Louisiana Tech as an assistant coach. Taylor is now at Eastern Oklahoma State as an assistant coach.

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

It’s 34 and clear in Salina this morning. Like yesterday, today’s high is expected to reach 58. Tomorrow is expected to be the last nice day of the week with a high of 52. Starting Thursday, there is a chance of snow/rain showers into the weekend.

Send all your positive vibes and thoughts the Lady Cardinals’ way today.

Obituary: W. Gene Ketcham

W. Gene Ketcham
W. Gene Ketcham

W. Gene Ketcham , age 87 passed away on March 16, 2013 in Corsicana. Mr. Ketcham was born on Aug. 3, 1925 to Earnest Ethen and Nora B. Hines Ketcham in Pike County, Ohio.

Gene served our country in the Air Force and was a paint contractor by trade.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Nora Ketcham; wife Frances Ketcham; and son Charles Stone; brothers Johnny, Wendell, and Lloyd Ketcham; sisters Helen Pettit, Elsie, and Mary.

He is survived by son Jon Ketcham; daughter-in-law Barbara Stone; grandchild Marie Stone; sisters Lucille Shaner and Ruth Moon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is asking everyone to gather together on Wednesday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church, which is located at 107 S. College Street, Malakoff. Everyone will proceed to the graveside service to be held at 11 a.m. at the Malakoff Cemetery with Bro. Charles Kimble officiating.

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Military news: Bell graduates from basic

Army National Guard Pfc. Emily A. Bell has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Bell is the daughter of Scott and Julie Bell of Palestine.

She is a 2012 graduate of LaPoynor High School, LaRue.

Obituary: Claude Weldon Bass

Claude Weldon Bess
Claude Weldon Bess

Service for Claude Weldon Bess of Mabank will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Wayne Pitchford officiating.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.

Bess was born March 21, 1936 in Dexter, Mo. to Alma Marie (Patterson) and Marion Bess, and passed away in Mabank March 15, 2013.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sherline Bess; daughter, Shirley Hibdon and husband Frank; daughter, Barbara Williams; daughter Debbie Stidger and husband Robert; daughter Nancy Longoria and husband Enis; daughter Connie Stamper and husband Michael; daughter Sherry Houston and husband Phillip; brothers, Cledis and Ronnie; sisters Della Mae and Joyce; 18 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.

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