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.


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.

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

Logan McClelland, 5-10 senior guard, LaPoynor
KEY STAT: 2 steals per game, 5 points per game.

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

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

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

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


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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

TVCC Sports Notes: Big night for cheerleaders

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

Tonight’s a big night for the Cardinal Cheerleaders, who later this week will be in Florida to try and win a 10th national championship. They show off their national routine for the public for the final time at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Gym.

National competition begins Thursday and the final round is Friday.

The college previously won titles in 1989, ’90, ’91, ’93, ’96, 2002, ’02, ’05 and ’08.

Results of the national competition will be posted on the college’s Facebook page and at


The Lady Cardinals split a doubleheader at home Saturday against Kilgore. They dropped an 8-2 decision in Game 1 and came to take record an 8-2 win in Game 2, fueled by a seven-run third inning.

The split ran the Lady Cardinals’ season record to 24-17. They are 4-4 in conference.

Saturday’s doubleheader was the college’s participation in the Strikeout Cancer campagain, which benefits a local fund in the fight against cancer. Though the final total has yet to be determined, Athletic Coordinator Lucy Strom said the preliminary total suggests the goal was reached.

Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad has two home doubleheaders this week. Wednesday, the Lady Cardinals are set to take on Paris at 1 and 3 p.m. They will also be at home Friday to play Bossier Parish, also at 1 and 3 p.m.

Saturday, they take to the road to go against Northeast Texas. The doubleheader in Mount Pleasant starts at 1 p.m.

TVCC cheerleaders look back to move forward

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)

By Jennifer Hannigan/TVCC Public Information

The Trinity Valley Community College Cheerleaders are hoping to repeat history starting April 11 as they participate in national competition in Florida.

And to help them in that task, they’ve combined the past with the present.

The team will be looking to earn the college’s tenth national title as the National Cheerleaders Association National Finals Competition begins Thursday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Cardinal Cheerleaders will present the 2013 nationals routine free to the public in a community performance at 7 p.m. Monday in Cardinal Gym. The team traditionally performs its routine for the public just before leaving for the competition.

The TVCC group has been named the best junior college cheer team in the nation by the National Cheerleaders Association nine times, in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2008.

Cardinal Cheerleading Coach Khris Franklin said the team looked to the best moves of past winning routines as inspiration to build this year’s competition strategy.

“We looked at all the highest scoring sections from last year’s winning routines,” said Franklin. “We looked at all sizes of teams in all different divisions.”

Then, he said, the team’s choreographers used those moves as a foundation.

“We took those skill sets and added some of the TVCC flare,” said Franklin. “We brought in a little bit of old and new in the choreography realm by bringing in a very creative choreographer to work hand in hand with a pair of alumni that are now husband and wife from the 2001 and 2002 national championship teams.”

The group will compete in the first round on Thursday. The top teams will advance to Friday’s final round of competition.

Franklin said the outpouring of support from the community has been key in this year’s competition. Through the sales of the team’s T-shirts and 2013 calendars, the team is competing in new uniforms. Those sales also have allowed Franklin to fund book scholarships for the students.

“We want to thank the community for its outstanding support of the team,” said Franklin.

The first NCA College National Championship was held in Dallas in 1981. The event was moved to the sunny shores of Daytona Beach in 1996.

This year, more than 6,000 student athletes and coaches from 40 states, Canada, and Costa Rica will compete in the event, which includes both cheer team and dance team divisions.

Results will be posted as they are released on the TVCC Facebook page and at

TVCC Lady Cards … doing it the right way

TVCC Lady Cardinal Head Coach Elena Lovato speaks to the crowd at the #CELEBRATING7 event Wednesday, April 3. (COURTESY PHOTO)
TVCC Lady Cardinal Head Coach Elena Lovato speaks to the crowd at the #CELEBRATING7 event Wednesday, April 3. (COURTESY PHOTO)

By mvhannigan

TVCC Lady Cardinal Head Coach Elena Lovato thanked everyone last night at the #CELEBRATING7 community party for the 2013 national champions.

When I say everyone, I mean everyone from the college president to the bus driver (her good luck charm!). She particularly thanked the community and the fans, which is something she’s been doing pretty much since the season began. And she thanked God for the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives.

I can’t list everyone she thanked because …. well, she thanked A LOT of people.

Her players did the same thing … thanked everyone. They talked about how important everyone else was in their title run.

There they were … the undisputed national champions, undefeated on the court … and all they could do was talk about how great everyone else was.

It is why we love the 2013 Lady Cardinals … it is why all those folks probably would have shown up for the party even if the girls hadn’t won that final game.

Because when you see someone going about business the right way, it is inspiring.

And it is the biggest reason everyone else in the nation better be worried in 2014. … #3PEAT

TVCC Sports Notes: Time to celebrate No. 7

By Michael V. Hannigan

The official college/community celebration of the Lady Cardinals’ seventh NJCAA championship is scheduled tonight. #CELEBRATING7 is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Cardinal Gym.

Scheduled speakers are Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders, TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey, TVCC Athletic Director Brad Smiley, Coach Elena Lovato and Lady Cardinal sophomores Victoria Wells, Savannah Carter, Shannon Smith and Krystle Henderson.

There will also be performances by Cardinal Cheerleaders, Cardette Showgirls and the Cardinal Regiment Pep Band.

After the ceremony, the Lady Cardinals will sign posters for fans and be available for photos.

The public is invited to attend.

The event will also be webcast by the Cardinal Sports Network at


The Lady Cardinals will join the fight against cancer Saturday with the annual Strikeout Cancer doubleheader at Cain Park. They face Kilgore at 1 and 3 p.m.

Concessions will be available. There will also be a raffle for softball items and a pink acknowledgement banner for fans to sign after making a donation.

Pink Strikeout Cancer T-shirts will also be available for $10.

The Lady Cardinals would like to recognize cancer survivors at the game. Cancer survivors planning to attend the game should contact Lucy Strom at 903-675-6359.

The Lady Cardinals are 23-16 on the year and 3-3 in conference play.