Athens girls powerlifters headed to Regionals

The Athens High School girls varsity powerlifters competed at the Fairfield Invitational meet Thursday night, finishing 6th.

Individually the girls finished as follows:

CeCe Monmouth finished 2nd with a total lift of 790 pounds. This placing and lift total sealed her a competing position at the Regional meet. She is currently ranked 8th in the region.

Wendi Pacheco finished 3rd with a total lift of 535 pounds. She also earned a position at the Regional meet in the 114-pound weight class. She is currently 8th in the region.

Ingrid Castaneda finished 3rd with a total lift of 520 pounds. She will be competing at the Regional meet. She is ranked 9th in the region right now.

Melissa Rodriguez will go to the regional meet as an alternate. She is ranked 11th.

The regional meet is at Wills Point Friday, March 1.

District 13-2A All-District Team announced

The girls District 13-2A All-District Team was announced this week, including the following:

Malakoff High School

1st Team: Plandreika Jackson, Candace Denis (Academic Team also)

2nd Team: DyEsha Brookins, Kiana Reed

Honorable Mention: Hayley Thomas (Academic Team also), Sierra Perez (Academic Team also), Taye Jackson

Eustace High School

1st Team: Kacie Richards

2nd Team: Casey Bramblitt

Kemp High School

1st Team: Bri DeGrate

2nd Team: Bree Weisinger

District 15-3A All-District Team

The girls District 15-3A All-District basketball team was announced this week. Local honorees include:

District MVP: Kourtney Holyfield, Mabank

Offensive MVP: Demi Cumby, Athens

Defensive MVP (co): Bailey Swain, Mabank

1st Team All-District: Sydney Hightower, Brownsboro; Josee McNeese, Athens; Meagan Holyfield, Mabank.

2nd Team All-District: Kaitlyn Holyfield, Mabank; Madison Montgomery, Brownsboro.

Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Holyfield, Mabank; Madison Montgomery, Brownsboro.

Athens finishes third in Tyler powerlifting meet



Courtesy the Athens Independent School District Facebook page


The Athens Hornets finished third overall at the Tyler Chapel Hill Powerlifting Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Athens scored 24 points behind the winner Lindale, which had 35 points. Bullard was 2nd with 25 points. Texarkana placed 4th with 21 points and Nacogdoches was 5th with 18 points.

Athens Ricardo Rodriguez placed 1st in the 114-pound class with a total of 765 pounds lifted, while José Rodriguez placed 1st in the 123-pound class had a total weight of 970, a personal best. John Arellano placed 1st in the SHW class with a total of 1,475 pounds, a personal best. Jose Rodriguez won the light platform award (Best Overall Lifter in the 114 – 165 class).

Alberto Martinez placed 8th in the 198-pounds class with a total of 1,035 pounds. Barrett Senycki placed 6th in the 198-pound class with a total of 980. Tyler Trussell placed 8th in the 242-pound class with a total of 1,135, a personal best. Brian Gutierrez placed 3rd in the 275-pound class with a total of 1,250, a personal best.

The following boy’s also competed for Athens: Osbablo Juarez in the 148-pound class, Dre’Tarious Chavis in the 181-pound class and Chad Walker 242-pound class.

Athens next powerlifting meet will be Thursday, Feb. 21, at Fairfield.

TVCC announces Hoops For Hope Day

Hoops for Heart LogoIt’s time to shoot hoops for hope.

Trinity Valley Community College and the Lady Cardinals are teaming up with faculty member Mandy Weber to raise funds for the East Texas chapter of the Amazing Little Hearts Group (ALHG).

The college has proclaimed Wednesday, Feb. 27, as Hoops For Hope Day. The Lady Cardinals play San Jacinto at home that day at 5:30 p.m. and opportunities will be available for fans to contribute to the effort to raise funds.

ALHG provides support, information and resources to families affected by congenital heart defects in our area.

A congenital heart defect (CHD) is a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels which is present at birth. Many types of the heart defect exists, most of which either obstruct blood flow in the heart or vessels near it, or cause blood flow through the heart in an abnormal pattern.

The cause is very personal to Weber, as both her husband and daughter have CHD.

Among the opportunities for fans to contribute at the game will be the chance to purchase ribbons for $4 and a note for the wall. Donations will also be accepted.

The college is also inviting children from ALHG and others touched by the disease to be special guests at the game.

February is heart month and the college encourages fans to support Hoops For Hope Day.