Eustace Middle School athlete earns national recognition

Pictured (from left) are District Attorney Scott McKee, Noah Herring, and Casey Herring. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Pictured (from left) are District Attorney Scott McKee, Noah Herring, and Casey Herring. (COURTESY PHOTO)

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Noah Herring, a 6th grader at Eustace Middle School and two-way player for the Eustace All Sports Association (EASA) Little League Football team, received the Black Lion award Saturday before a basketball game in Eustace.

The Black Lion Award is presented annually to youth, middle and high school student-athletes across the nation who personify team play in memory of Army Major Don Holleder, a West Point All American football player who gave his life while trying to save his men of the 28th Infantry Regiment “Black Lions” in combat during the Viet Nam War on Oct. 17, 1967. Major Holleder and 57 other Black Lions were killed in action that day. Two are still missing.

Holleder was a stand-out athlete at West Point, leading the Army team as its quarterback during the 1955 football season.

The Black Lion is not an individual award in the same sense as a most valuable player award. It is intended to go to a player who best exemplifies the character of Don Holleder-leadership, courage, devotion to duty, selfless sacrifice, and above all an unselfish concern for the team ahead of himself.

Herring is also a stand-out baseball and basketball player. He was instrumental in his team’s success and its 2012 Little League Tri-County Football Super Bowl victory. The award was presented by District Attorney Scott McKee, a Major in the Army Reserves and assistant coach in the EASA organization.

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



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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.