TVCC Sports Notes on the Road: Lady Cards hit the floor today

TVCC Lady Cardinals
TVCC Lady Cardinals

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

With the first day of the 2013 NJCAA Women’s National Basketball Tournament in the books, all eyes will be on the Lady Cardinals today as they take to the floor of the Bicentennial Center for the first time.

The No. 1-seeded Lady Cardinals (32-1) are scheduled to take on Weatherford College (25-5) at 2 p.m. Weatherford, the tournament’s 16th seed, scored a 72-68 win over Northeast Nebraska in Monday’s opening round.

Today’s game will be the second meeting between Lady Cardinals and Weatherford this season. Back in November at Cardinal Gym, the Lady Cardinals were a 93-69 winner. Just over a week later, the Lady Cardinals had to forfeit the rematch in Weatherford due to a lack of healthy eligible players. The forfeit represents the lone blemish on the Lady Cardinals’ season ledger.

In Monday’s other games in the opening round, it was: Blinn 72, Kaskaskia 63; Midland 67, Volunteer State 59; Williston 67, North Idaho 63; Crowder 69, Redlands 64 and Chipola 78, Southwestern Illinois 62. The Williston-North Idaho game produced the only upset, a 21 seed over a 12 seed.

Monday was a good day for Texas teams (women’s and men’s) on the big stage. Here in Salina, Weatherford, Blinn and Midland all won. In Hutchinson (about 50 miles southwest of Salina), the Lee and Kilgore men’s teams won. That’s 5-0, if you’re keeping score.

The Lady Cardinals will be seeking a milestone national tournament win today. A win against Weatherford would represent the college’s 50th national tournament win. In 17 previous national tournament appearances, the Lady Cardinals have compiled a 49-16 record, which, of course, includes six national championships.

The Lady Cardinal-Weatherford winner advances to the quarterfinals to face the Darton State-Blinn winner at 1 p.m. Thursday. Darton State, the No. 8 seed with a 30-3 record, and Blinn (31-3), the No. 9 seed, are scheduled to square off today at 4:30 p.m.

Cardinal cheerleaders and the Cardinal Regiment Pep Band arrived Monday and will be on hand for today’s game. Both groups are always a fan favorite at the Bicentennial Center and give the event an atmospheric boost.

The Lady Cardinals bring a 21-game winning streak into today’s game. The have won 68 of their last 69 games. On the court, they have won 68 straight.

Among those with TVCC ties in attendance Monday were Danny Hughes, a former men’s basketball player and coach and a member of the Cardinal Hall of Fame, Courtney Simmons, a former Lady Cardinal player and coach, and Brandon Taylor, a former manager for the athletic program. Hughes is now at SMU as an assistant coach. Simmons is now at Louisiana Tech as an assistant coach. Taylor is now at Eastern Oklahoma State as an assistant coach.

All Lady Cardinal tournament games will be available for viewing online at www.njcaatv.ihigh.com. In fact, all tournament games will be webcast. Also, for audio only, you can hear the games at www.KSAL.com.

It’s 34 and clear in Salina this morning. Like yesterday, today’s high is expected to reach 58. Tomorrow is expected to be the last nice day of the week with a high of 52. Starting Thursday, there is a chance of snow/rain showers into the weekend.

Send all your positive vibes and thoughts the Lady Cardinals’ way today.

TVCC Sports Notes on the Road with the Lady Cardinals: Monday morning

(COURTESY PHOTO/BENNY ROGERS)
(COURTESY PHOTO/BENNY ROGERS)

By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information

AT THE NJCAA TOURNAMENT: Monday morning

It’s go time!

The 2013 NJCAA Women’s National Basketball Tournament begins this morning at 10 at the Bicentennial Center here in Salina, Kan. The Lady Cardinals (32-1) are seeded No. 1 and are one of eight teams in the expanded tournament field of 24 to receive byes in the first round.

Though the Lady Cardinals don’t play today, they have a vested interest in the first game. The tournament opener features Weatherford (24-5) against Northeast Nebraska (28-4). The Lady Cardinals will face the winner of that game at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The opening three games highlight the Texas portion of the single-elimination tournament. After the Weatherford-Northeast Nebraska game, Blinn (30-3) plays Kaskaskia, Ill. (24-8) at noon and Midland (26-7) battles Volunteer State, Tenn. (23-4) at 2 p.m.

The defending champion Lady Cardinals arrived in Salina Saturday night just after 8 p.m. Earlier in the day, on the drive up, they worked out at Oklahoma State University. Sunday, they had a shootaround at the Bicentennial Center, which was watched by four other teams. Today, a workout at a high school in Salina is scheduled.

This is the Lady Cardinals’ 18th appearance at the nation tournament and the 11th time they have been to Salina, which is hosting the tournament for a 16th time this year. The Lady Cardinals are 49-16 in their previous 17 trips to the tournament.

All Lady Cardinal tournament games will be availabe for viewing online at www.njcaatv.ihigh.com. In fact, all tournament games will be webcast.

Of course you can also keep up with the progress of the Lady Cardinals at the tournament in the Athens Daily Review. The Review is represented at the tournament by sports writer Joe Elerson. Check out the Review’s coverage online at www.athensreview.com.

The Lady Cardinals are one of six teams in the tournament this year that were here a year ago, joining Central Arizona, Hutchinson, Walters State, Shelton State and Southwestern Illinois.

Gas prices are lower this year for the 524-mile trip to Salina. Last year they were at an all-time high at $3.65. The average price this year (as of Monday) is $3.46. The lowest price spotted for regular unleaded was $3.24 and the highest was $3.59. Here are prices from the past seven trips to Salina:

  • 2004 — $1.67
  • 2006 — $2.42
  • 2008 — $3.11
  • 2009 — $1.79
  • 2010 — $2.67
  • 2011 — $3.39
  • 2012 — $3.65

It’s 38 and cloudy in Salina this morning. Today’s high is expected to reach 58. The forecast for later in the week is calling for the chance of rain/snow showers Thursday and Friday.

To all our family and friends back home, have a wonderful day.

NJCAA Region XIV All-Region, All-Tournament teams

NJCAA Region XIV announced the All-Region and All-Conference basketball teams during the Region championship games this weekend.

WOMEN

All-Region Team
Most Valuable Players: Shlonte’ Allen (TVCC) and Audrissa Harrison (Blinn)
Freshman of the Year: Khadijah Carter (Jacksonville)
Coach of the Year: Jeff Jenkins (Blinn)
Khadijah Carter – Jacksonville
Audrisa Harrison – Blinn
Shlonte’ Allen – TVCC
Adut Bulgak – TVCC
Shernise Robertson – Tyler
Fatima Adams – Blinn
Amanda Lawson – Kilgore
Shannon Smith – TVCC
Diamond Webb – Angelina
Krystle Henderson – TVCC

All-Conference Team
Khadijah Carter – Jacksonville
Audrisa Harrison – Blinn
Shlonte’ Allen – TVCC
Adut Bulgak – TVCC
Shernise Robertson – Tyler
Fatima Adams – Blinn
Amanda Lawson – Kilgore
Shannon Smith – TVCC
Diamond Webb – Angelina
Krystle Henderson – TVCC
Demteria Foreman – Angelina
Atoe Jackson – Panola
Devanyar Workman – Jacksonville
Voche’ Martin – Paris
Jazzmin Parker – Blinn

Honorable Mention
Lexi Harris – Angelina
Savannah Carter – TVCC
Kelsey Ewings – Paris
Susan Agesen – Jacksonville
Lanese Bough – Panola
Gabrielle Jackson – Kilgore
Keira Phipps – Kilgore
Jinaki Robinson – Jacksonville
Aarika Reyna – Blinn

Region XIV All-Tournament Team
Shlonte’ Allen (MVP) – TVCC
Krystle Henderson – TVCC
Shannon Smith – TVCC
Savannah Carter – TVCC
Adut Bulgak – TVCC
Fatima Adams – Blinn
Audrisa Harrison – Blinn
Jazzmin Parker – Blinn
Moe Bedford – Blinn
Devanyar Workman – Jacksonville
Khadijah Carter – Jacksonville
Demetris Foreman – Angelina

MEN

All-Region Team
Most Valuable Player: Mohammed Lee – San Jacinto
Coach of the Year – Brian Hoberecht – Kilgore
First Team
Daniel Skinner – Jacksonville
Lonnie McClanahan – Kilgore
Quinton Upshur – Kilgore
Princeton Onwas – Navarro
Jamal Jones – Lee
Second Team
Anthony Odunsi – Tyler
Zach Lofton – San Jacinto
Anthony Adams – Paris
Ty Allen – Lamar State
Jaylen Daniel – Angelina
Ta’Jon Welcome – Tyler
Third Team
Toney Foster – Navarro
Octavius Ellis – TVCC
Danny Lawhorn – San Jacinto
DeAndre Harris – Tyler
Kieran Woods – Lamar State

Regional All-Tournament Team
Lonnie McClanahan – Kilgore
Danny Lawhorn – San Jacinto
Trashon Burrell – Lee
Jamal Jones – Lee
De’Vante Wilson – Lee
Deng Deng – Lee
Toney Foster – Navarro
Janathan Benn – Navarro
Harrison Hawkins – Navarro

Athens powerlifters headed to state meet

(We are working on getting a photo of the state qualifiers)

Athens Hornet Jose Rodriguez won the 123-pound Regional title, lifting at total of 985 pounds in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association (THSPA) Region 3, Division 2 meet yesterday in Rusk.

John Arellano finished second in the SHW class with a total of 1,475 pounds lifted.

The effort qualifies Rodriguez and Arellano to compete in the state powerlifting meet in Abilene Saturday, March 23. This will mark Rodriguez’s second trip to the state meet.

The 18 lifters Athens took to the Regional meet Wednesday finished 5th overall in the event, which featured 26 schools. Texarkana Liberty-Eylau took first.

Other notable finishers for Athens included:

  • Ricardo Rodriguez placed 5th in the 114-pound class with a total of 735 pounds.
  • Brian Gutierrez placed 8th in the 275-pound class with a total of 1,235 pounds.

Complete rankings for the team can be found here.

The Mitchells earn Outstanding Cardinal Award

Martha and Jimmy Mitchell receive the Outstanding Cardinal Award from TVCC Associate Athletic Director Kris Baumann. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Martha and Jimmy Mitchell receive the Outstanding Cardinal Award from TVCC Associate Athletic Director Kris Baumann. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Jimmy and Martha Mitchell were presented the Outstanding Cardinal Award during the final Trinity Valley Community College home basketball game Saturday, March 2.

Both were born and raised in Athens and attended high school together, but they went their separate ways after graduation and each of them married and had one child before both lost their spouses.

They reunited at a basketball game they attended with their children.

They have now been married 54 years and have five children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Martha retired from Athens ISD and Jimmy from the Texas Department of Human Resources. Jimmy has announced for the Little Britches Rodeo and is currently an auctioneer. He has also served on the TVCC Hall of Fame Committee.

The couple has been season ticket holders for decades.