Daily Brief: Hornets win tourney; Brownsboro AD on administrative leave

Congratulations to the Athens Hornets on winning the Palestine Wildcat Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY AISD)
Congratulations to the Athens Hornets on winning the Palestine Wildcat Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY AISD)

Ty Thomison
Ty Thomison

Yesterday, Brownsboro ISD Superintendent Chris Moran announced that High School Football Coach and Athletic Director Ty Thomison has been placed on administrative leave.

Moran told The Athens Review — which broke the story — that he could not go into detail on the specifics of the administrative leave, but issued a statement concerning Thomison’s departure and his interim replacement.

The following is the text of Dr. Moran’s statement:

George Losack has been named Interim Athletic Director for the Brownsboro Independent School District in the absence of Ty Thomison who has been placed on Administrative Leave. Mr. Losack has 37 years of experience in education, including service as head football coach and athletic coordinator at both A&M Consolidated and San Marcus High Schools. He has served as an assistant principal for Brownsboro High School for 8 years. District officials are considering all options for leadership of the athletic program and will make the appropriate decisions at the appropriate time. In the meantime, we are thankful to have Mr. Losack’s experience and willingness to serve the students and staff during this time.

Thomison has been coach of the Bears for the past two seasons.


The red-hot Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals will be at home tonight to take on Jacksonville College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. If you can’t make the game, listen in on a live stream.


January is School Board Recognition Month in Texas. We listed the boards of each school district in the county. 

We learned that the City of Malakoff has its own Facebook page now.

Obituary for Alice ‘Bobbie’ Berry Rodeghier. 


The Athens Review is reporting that two people were killed in a Tuesday accident on Loop 7. The accident involved a car and a truck. Names have not yet been released, however police said none of the victims were local.

The Ghostriders Drill Team took first place at the Fort Worth Stock Show’s “All Western Parade” last Saturday. The team includes riders from Henderson County. Find out more about the team on its website or its Facebook page.

Chapel Hill ISD is in mourning after a 15-month-old girl was accidentally killed by a school bus. 

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TVCC Sports Notes: Wednesday doubleheader on tap

By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information


The Lady Cardinals and Cardinals are scheduled to be at home for a rare doubleheader Wednesday. Kilgore College is scheduled to be at Cardinal Gym for games at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Coach Elena Lovato’s Lady Cardinals are 16-1 overall and 3-0 in Region XIV Conference play after scoring a hard-earned 63-51 road win Saturday against Paris, which fell to 6-10 and 1-3.

Shlonte’ Allen knocked down 16 points to lead the Lady Cardinals. Krystle Henderson added 14 and Shannon Smith netted 13. The trio hit two three-pointers each.

The Lady Cardinals led 31-26 at halftime.

Kilgore brings 7-4 and 2-1 records into Wednesday’s game.

Coach Kris Baumann’s Cardinals suffered a 74-64 loss to Coastal Bend in a game Saturday at Cardinal Gym. Coastal Bend jumped out to an 18-4 lead and held off the Cardinals in the second half.

The Cardinals saw their season record slip to 13-5 with the loss. They are 4-3 in conference play. Coastal Bend improved to 11-3 and 5-2.

Jarion Henry was the Cardinals’ top scorer with 15 points. Karon Phillips and Octavius Ellis also scored in double figures with 12 each. Dominique Elliott had eight.

Kilgore is 15-2 on the season and 5-2 in the conference coming into Wednesday’s game.

Saturday, the Lady Cardinals and Cardinals travel to Tyler for games at 2 and 4 p.m.


Former Cardinal Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left Sunday to lift the Atlanta Falcons to a 30-28 win against the Seattle Seahakws. The win moved Atlanta into the NFC Championship game this week against the San Francisco 49ers.

Bryant was the kicker for the Cardinals in the college’s first national championship season in 1994. He went on to play at Baylor before beginning his long and successful NFL career.

Here is the link to a TV story with Bryant’s wife and mother talking about the winning kick.


The Cardinal Sports Network will present its first webcasts of the season Wednesday when the Lady Cardinals and Cardinals take on Kilgore College at Cardinal Gym.

You can watch the games at www.tvcc.edu. Pregame programming starts at 5:20 p.m.

Also, Saturday’s games at Tyler will be carried by Palestine radio station KYYK (98.3 FM). The games will also be streamed (audio) at www.youreasttexas.com.

TVCC Sports Notes: Men, Women sweep Blinn


TVCC Lady Cardinals
TVCC Lady Cardinals

By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information


In a game played under the national spotlight, the third-ranked Lady Cardinals scored an impressive 89-72 road win against the 12th-ranked Blinn College Lady Buccaneers Wednesday night.

The win upped Coach Elena Lovato’s squad to 15-1 overall and 2-0 in Region XIV Conference. The loss was the first of the season for the Lady Bucs, who dropped to 16-1 and 2-1.

Five players scored in double figures for the Lady Cardinals, led by Shannon Smith with 20. Adut Bulgak and Shlonte’ Allen added 19, Savannah Carter finished with 11 and Krystle Henderson 10.

Blinn’s top scorer was Aarika Reyna with 17 points.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to be back on the road Saturday, going to Paris for a 4 p.m. tipoff. Paris is 6-9 on the year and 1-2 in the conference.

The next home game for the Lady Cardinals is Wednesday, Jan. 16 against Kilgore.


Jhaustin Thomas and Karon Phillips poured in 20 points each to lead the Cardinals to an 82-73 win against Blinn College’s Buccaneers Wednesday night.

Thomas was the steadiest of scorers for Coach Kris Baumann’s squad, scoring 10 in each half. Phillips gave the Cardinals a spark to pull away in the second half, pouring in all his points in the final 20 minutes.

The score was tied 30-30 at the half.

Octavius Ellis and Jarion Henry also scord in twin figures for the Cardinals with 13 and 12, respectively.

Blinn was led by Rashaun Stimage with 18 points. Donald Moore had 17 and T.J. Berry 14.

The Cardinals will be at home again Saturday against Coastal Bend Community College (10-3, 4-2).

Game time is 4 p.m.

Daily Brief: Wednesday, Jan. 9

Rain_Rain_Go_Away_1_-_WW_Denslow_-_Project_Gutenberg_etext_18546Rain, rain go away
Come again some other day

Actually, the rain is a good thing for Henderson County. We’ve seen way too much of drought in recent years. Still, when the rain comes down like it did last night — and the way it is forecast for today — that children’s song always comes to mind.

I checked, and that little phrase goes back at least to the 17th century… and a version of it has been around all the way back to Ancient Greece.

So remember to take your umbrella today, and when you unconsciously hum “rain, rain” under your breath you will know you are singing the hits from the 1600s.

The Legislature convened yesterday amid declarations of being different than Washington, D.C.

Here at HCTNow, we had a story about State Rep. Jim Pitts filing legislation to extend the no-cellphone-while-driving-in-a-school-zone rule to the entire school property for elementary and middle schools.

The Athens City Council will be holding its “regular” special meeting today at 11:30 a.m. The council nearly always holds a special meeting the Wednesday afternoon before their Monday night regular meeting.

I used to be bothered by the pre-meeting meeting, but I have since changed my mind. Now I think it is pretty smart. On Wednesday, council members get to learn about what they will vote on Monday night, giving them several days to think about the issue. The setup also gives citizens several extra days to learn what the council is doing.

And with one meeting in the afternoon and one at night, a broader spectrum of citizens have the opportunity to see their council in action.

I call it a win-win.

The county has lowered the speed limit on Mill Run Road from 60 mph all the way down to 35 mph. We applaud the change — we’re all for safety.

Rich Flowers over at the Review has a good story about the change.


Keep dry out there … and if you are one of the fans following the TVCC basketball teams to Brenham for their games against Blinn tonight: Be Careful!

UPDATE: TVCC has announced it will stream tonight’s games live online.

Daily Brief: Tuesday, Jan. 8

It is Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 … the first day of the 83rd Texas Legislative Session.

Not a whole lot expected to happen today other than lawmakers taking the oath of office and some paperwork.

Later today, we will have a story about a bill filed by State Rep. Jim Pitts regarding the use of cellphones while driving around schools.

Today also marks the first meeting of Henderson County Commissioners’ Court.

I went by there this morning but, as one official said, the agenda was “long and laborious” so I didn’t stay. I did get an interview with the County Judge and couple of the commissioners regarding their take on the upcoming Legislative Session. That story will be posted later today or early tomorrow.

Now that we’ve got THAT out of the way, we can move on to the important news. Local high school sports returns in full swing tonight.

It is also registration day at Trinity Valley Community College. This is from the TVCC Facebook Page. 

It’s registration day at The Valley! Welcome new students and those of you coming back for another semester. It’s going to be great to see all of you on campus today. If you have any questions you need answered, please remember you can ask them here and we’ll do our best to help you out. Here’s a link to the schedule finder if you’re needing your registration time. Just type in Spring 2013 and it will bring up the info. Have a wonderful day Valley family!

Check it out here.


AISD faveOne of the important area Facebook pages is the one for Athens ISD. 

Here is my favorite photo posted over there this week.

Ending on a down note today. It has been announced that My Favorite Things in Malakoff will be closing. I cannot tell you how sad this makes me. Jessica Crye and her mother have been a wonderful addition to the Malakoff downtown and their absence will surely be felt.

We’ll miss you.