Henderson County’s Secret: The TVCC Cardinal football team is that good

TVCC President Dr. Jerry King, left, and Head Coach Brad Smiley celebrate the Cardinals winning the 2016 SWJCFC Championship at Bruce Field in Athens. (Michael V. Hannigan photo)

By Michael V. Hannigan

I have been lucky enough to cover the TVCC Cardinal football team at different times in my career and I’ve been on the sidelines for their games pretty regularly for the past four years.

From the first time I covered the Cards to last year’s C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl win, I have thought the same thing.

Henderson County doesn’t realize what a football treasure it has in Athens.

TVCC and the Southwest Junior College Football Conference is big time football. Turn on your favorite device any Saturday or Sunday in the fall and you will see former Cardinal players putting on a show for Division I college football and the NFL.

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ACPA Storm boys and girls sweep past Full Armor Academy

Presss release

Both ACPA basketball teams picked up another district win Tuesday evening vs. Henderson-Full Armor Academy. The Lady Storm got things started with a 62-17 victory to improve their district 5-1A record to 2-1. Lani Compton lead all scorers with 19 points. Gracie Millar added 11, Ashley Loflin 8, Alexa Koerth 7, Haley Gaytan 6, Jasmine McCormick and Mikenna Rainwater 4, and Madison Fowler 3.

The #8 ACP boys team had a 70’s throw back night and improved their district record to 3-0 with a 81-27 win. The Storm were led by Zay Ridgle with 28, Kaenan Nix 17, and Micah Santelli had 10.

Both teams are back in action Friday night as they travel to Longview to play St. Mary’s Catholic School.

Cardinals take tour of state prison

By Mark Meredith/TVCC Public Information

Trinity Valley Community College men’s basketball team got a surprise tour of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Coffield Unit and engaged the prison basketball team in a game held January 3. The team was treated to a tour of the unit and lunch before playing a scrimmage game, which the Cardinals won 53-41. TVCC Associate Vice President of TDCJ Correctional Education Dr. Sam Hurley arranged for the visit and basketball game.

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