TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cards notch record win

Trinity Valley Community College softball coach Ashley Johnston was presented a plaque commemorating her 100th career coaching victory prior to Monday’s doubleheader against Paris Junior College at Cain Park. Johnston recorded the milestone win on March 13, a 1-0 decision against Navarro at Cain Park. Making the presentation were President Dr. Glendon Forgey (right) and Athletic Director Brad Smiley. (BENNY ROGERS/TVCC PHOTO)
Trinity Valley Community College softball coach Ashley Johnston was presented a plaque commemorating her 100th career coaching victory prior to Monday’s doubleheader against Paris Junior College at Cain Park. Johnston recorded the milestone win on March 13, a 1-0 decision against Navarro at Cain Park. Making the presentation were President Dr. Glendon Forgey (right) and Athletic Director Brad Smiley. (BENNY ROGERS/TVCC PHOTO)

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

The Lady Cardinals matched a school record for wins in a season Monday afternoon with a split in a conference softball doubleheader against Paris Junior College at Cain Park.

Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad fell 4-1 in Game 1 and bounced back in the second game to post a 4-0 shutout.

The split improved the Lady Cardinals to 29-18 on the season. The 29 wins equal the total posted last year, which set a school record. The Lady Cardinals are 9-5 in conference.

Chyna Phipps, Erica Jordan, Celeste Montoya, Jazmine Hicks and Tessa Thomas each had a single in the first game.

In the second game, Jordan went 2-for-3 with a home run and single. She drove in two runs. Hicks was also 2-for-3 with a double and single.

The Lady Cardinals and Paris are scheduled to play against Wednesday in Paris. Action starts at 1 p.m.
Saturday, the Lady Cardinals travel to Corsicana to take on Navarro in doubleheader action, starting at 1 p.m.

FOOTBALL

Four Cardinal football signees have been selected to participate in the annual THSCA All-Star Game in Fort Worth this summer in July.

They are: Mark Roman (WR, Ridge Point), Darius Floyd (RB, Franklin), Garrett Gunter (OL, Smithson Valley) and Demarcus Ayers (QB, Lancaster).

Congratulations to these young men and we look forward to having them be a part of the family here at The Valley.

TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cardinals on a hot streak

softball 4By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

The Lady Cardinals are riding a five-game winning streak after back-to-back doubleheader sweeps Friday and Saturday.

Friday at home, the Lady Cardinals posted 14-1 and 4-3 wins against Bossier Parish. Saturday, they went on the road to Mount Pleasant and took care of Northeast Texas in 2-1 and 8-3 fashion.

The two sweeps improved the Lady Cardinals to 28-17 on the year and 8-4 in conference.

The Lady Cardinals have two school records in range. They are one win away from matching the school record for most wins in a season, set last year. They are also one win away from matching the school record for consecutive wins, which they matched earlier this season after having previously set the mark last year.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to be at home today against Paris. Doubleheader action at Cain Park starts at 3 p.m.

Against Northeast Texas, Kim Leschber threw a three-hitter in Game 1. She was backed up by Candise Wise, Chyna Phipps and Melissa Billingsley with one hit each.

Wise went 3-for-5 and drove in a run in the second game. Erica Jordan, Jazmine Hicks, Shelby Reddington and Billingsley had two hits each.

Kayla Cosby started on the mound and gave us six hits.

Jordan had a three-hit game in the first game against Bossier Parish with a double and single. She drove in two runs. Hicks had two hits, including a three-run home run.

Also collecting hits were Tessa Thomas, who went 3-for-3, Billingsley and Wise.

Marci Seymour and Celeste Montoya had two hits each in Game 2 to lead the way. Melissa Boland and Phipps also had hits.

CHEERLEADERS

The Cardinal Cheerleaders finished at nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Friday.

Coach Khris Franklin’s squad scored a 95.95 in the finals to finish second to Navarro, which scored a 97.45. Weatherford was third and Wallace State fourth.

Congratulations to the Cardinal Cheerleaders for another outstanding representation of the college and thank you for your support of all our teams.

Final results of the national competition can be found at www.nca.varsity.com.

FOOTBALL

The Cardinals will practice Saturday morning at Bruce Field starting at 10. The public is invited.

The annual spring game is scheduled Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. at Bruce Field.

CARDINAL WEEKLY

Check out an interview with Lady Cardinal softball coach Ashley Johnston on this week’s “Cardinal Weekly” at www.tvcc.edu.

District 13-2A track meet results

By Michael V. Hannigan

The District 13-2A track meet was held Thursday, April 11, in Malakoff. Local schools involved include Eustace, Malakoff and Kemp.

The Eustace girls varsity took first place, while the boys took second. The Malakoff girls finished sixth and the boys were fifth. The Kemp girls took fourth and the boys were seventh.

The top four finishers in each event will advance to the area track meet. Those advancing include:

Girls

  • Eustace: 4×400 relay team, Samantha Crocker, (3200 meter run, 1600 meter run), Noa Taylor (800 meter run), Jaci Aiken (110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump), Caitlyn Culp (shot put), Casey Bramblitt (shot put), Grace Holcombe (discus), Chelse Oldham (discus), Mackenzie Abbott (discus), Alex Cravey (pole vault), Meagan Gunter (pole vault), Whitney Boerner (pole vault)
  • Malakoff: Erika Gilmore (110 meter hurdles), Brenda Cruz (1600 meter run)
  • Kemp: 4×100 relay team, 4×400 relay team, Kelsey Gage (800 meter run), Bree Weisinger (110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles), Madison Allen (300 meter hurdles), Nicole Cox (200 meter dash), Madison Thompson (high jump), Madison Kerr (shot put)

Boys

  • Eustace: 4×400 relay team, Evan Arambula (3200 meter run, 1600 meter run), Mark Zimmerer (3200 meter run, 1600 meter run), Preston Schwartz (3200 meter run, 1600 meter run), Gavin Kirkhart (800 meter run), John Bradburn (300 meter hurdles, triple jump), Tyler Stokes (high jump), Thomas Hyde (shot put), Tyler Folsom (discus), Kyle Prselley (discus), Austin Givan (pole vault), Gavin Kirkhart (pole vault)
  • Malakoff: 4×100 relay team, 800 relay team, Rene Aguilar (800 meter run), Stephan Wolfe (110 meter hurdles), Demontes Dowell (100 meter dash), Jake Woolverton (300 meter hurdles, high jump), Garrian McCallister (200 meter dash), Carrington Manning (long jump)
  • Kemp: Jesus Perez (3200 meter run, 1600 meter run), Forrest Summerhill (110 meter hurdles), Morgan Webb (400 meter dash), Jordan Litts (high jump)

TVCC Cheerleaders in second place

The Cardinal Cheerleaders will be presenting their 2013 national competition routine free to the public at 7 p.m. Monday at Cardinal Gym. The team is traveling to Daytona, Fla., this week for national competition. (COURTESY PHOTO)
The Cardinal Cheerleaders will be presenting their 2013 national competition routine free to the public at 7 p.m. Monday at Cardinal Gym. The team is traveling to Daytona, Fla., this week for national competition. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Following the end of the first round of national competition Thursday, the Trinity Valley Community College Cheerleaders were in second place.

The TVCC team was awarded a first-round score of 95.88, coming in hot on the heels of Corsicana’s Navarro College.

TVCC competed against five other college teams in the first round of the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship, which is held each year in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The top three teams in the first round were guaranteed a place in Friday’s final round of competition. The other three were scheduled to face off against each other Thursday evening, vying for the fourth seat in the final round.

“I am extremely pleased with how well our students represented themselves today. We have a few things we can adjust and I feel like we are in a great place for finals,” said TVCC Cheerleading Coach Khris Franklin.

“Our team was simply awesome to watch. TVCC should be proud of the job these young men and women are doing here,” said TVCC Executive Director of Student Life Dr. Charles Hueber, who is traveling with the team.

Overall, TVCC came in 1.65 points behind Navarro’s lead score of 97.53. Weatherford College placed third, trailing TVCC by 1.35 points with a 94.53 out of a possible 100.

The other three teams in the junior college division of the competition were Wallace State Community College in Alabama, Mt. San Antonio College in California and Iowa Central Community College in Iowa. Those three teams scored a 91.45, 88.15 and 86.40 respectively.

The finals round of competition is expected to take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Friday. The awards ceremony is set to begin at approximately 1:45.

The All-Henderson County Basketball Teams (courtesy the Athens Daily Review)

The following are the 2013 All-Henderson County Area Basketball Teams. The teams are picked by staff members at the Athens Daily Review, with input from the coaches. We reprint it here with permission.

Boys

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
David Marler, 6-4/Senior/Mabank

Senior David Marler had a strong year for the Panthers after a first-team all-district selection last year. The senior post averaged 17.2 points per game to go with 10.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game. He was a 61-percent field goal shooter and a 70 percent free-throw shooter. Marler was the District 15-3A offensive player of the year this year.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Anthony Sanders, 6-1 junior guard, Athens
KEY STAT: Averaged 23.2 points, 6.1 assists, 5 steals, 5 rebounds.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Logan McClelland, 5-10 senior guard, LaPoynor
KEY STAT: 2 steals per game, 5 points per game.

SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR
Marcus Dowell, 6-0 sophomore post, Malakoff
KEY STAT: Averaged 8 points and seven rebounds per game

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
James Jackson, 6-0 freshman forward, LaPoynor
KEY STAT: 14 points per game, 10.5 rebounds, 57 percent field goal shooter.

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Ryan Jefferson, 6-2 junior forward/guard, Athens
KEY STAT: 10 ppg., 6.8 rebounds off bench

CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
Dean Nuckolls, LaPoynor and Tracy Carter, Mabank

First Team

  • Deon Johnson 5-2 SR LaPoynor Outside
  • Demontes Dowell 5-8 JR Malakoff Outside
  • Blake Ralson 6-0 SR Brownsboro Outside
  • Octavius Crear 5-8 JR LaPoynor Outside
  • Landon Marshall 6-2 SR Mabank In/Out
  • Davonte Givens 6-1 SR Brownsboro Outside

Second Team

  • Zach Spencer 5-9 SR Trinidad Outside
  • John Bradburn 6-2 SR Eustace In/Out
  • Patrick McCarthy 6-4 SR Brownsboro Inside
  • Courtland Lyons 5-10 SO Athens Outside
  • Kyle Wood 6-0 SR Eustace Outside
  • Keonte Ross 6-0 SR Malakoff Outside

Honorable Mention

  • ATHENS — Antwon Chilton, senior; Chris Jefferson, junior.
  • BROWNSBORO — Taylor Beall, senior; Will Bailey, sophomore; Jared Bragdon, junior; Tamrick Pace, freshman.
  • MABANK — Garrett Graham, senior; Taylor Willeford, senior; Parker Johannesen, junior.
  • MALAKOFF — Carrington Manning, senior.
  • LAPOYNOR — Mason Motal, junior; Ashton Abendroth, senior; Wade Lang, junior; Justin Street, senior; Seth Anderson, sophomore.
  • DID NOT REPORT: Cross Roads, Kemp

Girls

Player of the Year
Kourtney Holyfield 5-6 senior guard, Mabank

Kourtney Holyfield took on a deeper role according to head coach Ashleigh Weeaks this year and made a rebuilding year team into a playoff level team. Holyfield averaged 21.7 points, 3.3 assists, 4.4 steals and 4.7 rebounds in district play. Overall for the season, she finished with 18.9 points per game, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Demi Cumby, 5-8 senior guard, Athens
KEY STAT: 23.5 ppg., 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.8 steals this season.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bailey Swain, 5-10 sophomore guard, Mabank
KEY STAT: 3.0 rpg., 0.6 steals, 25 charges this season.

SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR
Plandreika Jackson, 5-6 senior guard, Malakoff
KEY STAT: 7.4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assists. She had the highest free throw percentage on the team.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Madison Montgomery, 5-8 freshman post, Brownsboro
KEY STAT: 6 ppg., 6 rebounds per game. She was also named second team all-district.

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Sierra Perez, 5-3 sophomore guard, Malakoff
KEY STAT: 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, two steals and one assists per game.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Ashleigh Weeaks, Mabank
For the second straight year, Weakks coached the Lady Panthers to the District 15-3A championship and the area round of the playoffs. She had a balanced scoring attack this season and has a lot of talent coming back next season.

First Team

  • Cari Aguilera 5-9 JR Athens Inside
  • Kacie Richards 5-10 SR Eustace In/Out
  • Sidney Hightower 5-10 JR Brownsboro Inside
  • Taye Jackson 5-11 SR Malakoff Inside
  • Kelsie Bristow 5-4 SO LaPoynor Outside
  • Meagan Holyfield 5-8 SO Mabank Outside

Second Team

  • Jensen Anderson SR LaPoynor Outside
  • Josee McNeece 5-3 JR Athens Outside
  • Kaitlyn Holyfield 5-7 SR Mabank Inside
  • Candace Denis 5-8 FR Malakoff Outside
  • Kiana Reed 5-10 FR Malakoff Inside
  • Bryla Barker 6-0 SO Athens Inside

Honorable Mention

  • ATHENS — Shelby Sims, junior; Hadley Cain, sophomore; Allison Kalawe, junior; Seirra Walker, sophomore; Krystal Davis, junior.
  • MALAKOFF — Hayley Thomas, sophomore; DyEsha Brookins, senior.
  • DID NOT REPORT: Cross Roads, Kemp
  • NO NOMINATIONS: Trinidad