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.

Heart N Sole 5K results released

Jason Bogardus of Plano was the overall winner of the Heart N Sole 5K.
Jason Bogardus of Plano was the overall winner of the Heart N Sole 5K. (MICHAEL V. HANNIGAN PHOTO)

The inaugural Heart N Sole 5K held at the Cain Center Saturday, Feb. 16, drew 126 runners and was deemed a success by organizers, who also thanked race sponsors Crestway Park Dental and Athens ENT. They also thanked Brookshire’s, which provided fruit and chocolate for the fountain.

Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

Overall Winners were:

  • Jason Bogardus, 35, Plano, 20:18.20
  • Sonia Eudy, 35, Eustace, 20:46.90

Category Winner were:

Ages 10-14

1st , GARRETT WALKER AGE 8 – 30:.37
2nd, JOSEPH CODY AGE 14 – 33:33.93
3rd, BRYAN BARTON AGE 10 – 39:56.76

1st, RACHEL COOK AGE 12 – 25:35.34
2nd, BREANNA RAGAN AGE 13 – 26:21.50
3rd, EMILY MULLINS AGE 12 – 31:51.45

Ages 15-19

1ST, CHRIS ECHOLS AGE 15 – 32:19.76

1ST, FAITH ECHOLS AGE 16 – 29:26.92
2nd, JASMINE CODY AGE 16 – 43:15.67
3rd, CASSIDY MCCOY AGE 17 – 50:43.48

Ages 20-29

1st, ELIAS HERNANDEZ AGE 25- 20:45.96
2nd, ELVIS GARCIA AGE 27 – 24:24.82
3rd, JAIME SANTOS AGE 25 – 25:24.32

1ST, JENNIFER COLLUM AGE 23 – 23:21.65
2ND, LANA MONTGOMERY AGE 28 – 25:24.98
3rd, YESSICA CERRILLO AGE 27 – 27:10.00

Ages 30-39

1st, JASON BOGARDUS AGE 35 – 20:18.20
2nd, DAVID HOLIK AGE 39 – 21:13.87
3rd, RICHARD WARD AGE 30- 22:36.06

1st, SONIA EUDY AGE 35 – 20:46.90
2nd, TAMMIE WICKEL AGE 30 – 25:38.29
3rd, SHELLY TANNER AGE 33 – 25:42.35

Ages 40-49

1st, BOBBY BURTON AGE 49 – 26:18.89
2nd, STEVE DRUMMEL AGE 47 – 33:12.79

1st, SHERRI MCINNIS AGE 44 – 25:19.07
2nd, SANDY CARTER AGE 42 – 26:22.85
3rd, LISA RAY AGE 46 – 30:01.39

Ages 50-59

1st, TONY CULLUM AGE 51 – 25:45.09
2nd, KEVIN RAY AGE 53 – 30:02.20
3rd, RANDY LAMBRIGHT AGE 59 – 45:31.48

1st, JEAN BOGARDUS AGE 56 – 30:05.70
2nd, JULIE SMITH AGE 55 – 36:17.42
3rd, SHANNON DUBE AGE 50 – 41:56.82

Ages 60+

1st, WALTER HILLEBRAND AGE 73- 28:08.56
2nd, PHIL TUCKER AGE 69 – 29:08.32
3rd, DAVID MCCOY AGE 68 – 35:52.75

1st, PATSY WEEMS AGE 60 – 29:59.62
2nd, ROSE PATTON AGE 64 – 43:48.32
3rd, SANDY CURRAN AGE 64 – 49:54.92

TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cards split double header

By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information

A doubleheader split against Hill College Tuesday night at Cain Park moved the Lady Cardinals’ season record to 12-6.

The Lady Cardinals prevailed 5-0 in Game 1 and fell 7-6 in Game 2.

Erica Jordan slammed a three-run home run in the first game to spark the Lady Cardinals.

In the second game, Marci Seymour, Shelby Reddington, Celeste Montoya and Candise Wise had two hits each. Montoya and Wise each drove in a run.

The Lady Cardinals carried a five-run lead into the top of the seventh inning.

Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad is scheduled to travel Saturday to Lufkin to play Angelina in a doubleheader. Action begins at 1 p.m.


The No. 1-ranked Lady Cardinals go after a 42nd straight Cardinal Gym win today against Angelina at 5:30 p.m. The game will be webcast on the Cardinal Sports Network at

The Lady Cardinals are 26-1 on the year and 13-0 in conference. Angelina is 16-11 and 8-5.

The Lady Cardinals were an 86-60 winner against Angelina earlier this season in Lufkin.

The Lady Cardinals have an open date Saturday.


The Cardinals take to the road tonight, going to Carthage to face Panola. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Cardinals are 16-10 on the season and 7-8 in conference. Panola is 8-18 and 0-16.

Last month at Cardinal Gym, the Cardinals rolled to an 80-59 win against Panola.

The Cardinals are scheduled to be at home Saturday against Paris at 4 p.m. The Cardinal Sports Network will webcast the game.


In case you missed the announcement last week, the dates of the Region XIV Basketball Tournament have been changed to Tuesday-Saturday, March 5-9.

The event will be held on the campus of UT Tyler.

Lady Cards softball sets record

By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information

The Trinity Valley Community Lady Cardinals matched a school record for consecutive wins in the first game of a softball doubleheader Monday afternoon at Cain Park with a 4-2 decision against North Central Texas College.

Things didn’t go as well in Game 2 for Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad, which fell 6-3 to see a six-game win streak halted and drop to 11-5 on the year.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to be back in action Wednesday on the road against Hill College. Action begins at 1 p.m.

Chantelle Whitehead and Chyna Phipps had two hits each in the Game 1 win, Whitehead drove in a run. Candise Wise had a hit and a RBI.

In the second game, Erica Jordan led the Lady Cardinals at the plate, going 2-for-3 and driving in a run.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to travel Saturday to Lufkin to play Angelina in a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

The next home game for the Lady Cardinals is March 14 against Navarro.

TVCC Sports Notes: Softball on a roll

By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information

The Lady Cardinals have reeled off five straight wins, which is one short of tying the school record.

Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad is 10-4 on the season after sweeping Grayson and Grambling State in doubleheaders Friday and Saturday at Cain Park. The Lady Cardinals defeated Grayson 3-1 and 10-1 and Grambling State 4-3 and 4-1.

Against Grayson, Erica Jordan and Shelby Eddington had two hits each in Game 1, Eddington had two doubles. In the second game, collecting two hits each were Melissa Boland, Jazmine Hicks, Taylor Wilson and Thomas. Boland slammed a walk-off grand slame home run, ending the game via the eight-run rule. The top hitter was Andrea Sitter, who went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two stolen bases.

Jordan went 3-for-3 in the first win against Grambling State. Chyna Phipps went 2-for-3. In the second game, Melissa Billingsley and Wilson had two hits each and Jordan Olivares and Chantelle Whitehead one each. Olivares had a triple and Wilson a double.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to be at home today in doubleheader action against North Central Texas. Action starts at Cain Park at 1 p.m.


The No. 1-ranked Lady Cardinals outscored Jacksonville 31-7 in a 10-minute stretch in the second half Saturday afternoon to pull away for a 76-57 win.

The Lady Cardinals, 26-1 overall and 13-0 in conference, trailed 28-27 at the half.

Krystle Henderson led a balanced Lady Cardinal scoring effort with 16 points. Savannah Carter had 14, followed by Shannon Smith and Victoria Wells with 12 each and Roddricka Patton and Adut Bulgak with 11 each.

The Lady Cardinals hit 26 of 30 free throws.

The Lady Cardinals now close the regular season with three straight games at Cardinal Gym, where they have won 41 straight games. First up is Angelina at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday’s game is the only game for the Lady Cardinals this week. They observe an open date Saturday.


The Cardinals, 16-10 and 7-8, are scheduled to return to action Wednesday at Carthage against Panola. Game time is 7 p.m.

The next home game for Coach Kris Baumann’s squad, which had Saturday off, is Saturday against Paris at 4 p.m.


Wednesday’s Lady Cardinal game against Angelina will be webcast by the Cardinal Sports Network at Pregame programming begins at 5:20 p.m.

Saturday’s Cardinal game against Paris will also be webcast. Pregame programming starts at 3:50 p.m.

Brad Smiley discusses this year’s football recruiting class on the current edition of “Cardinal Weekly.” Check it out.