Trinity Valley Press Release
Trinity Valley Community College Head Cheer Coach Khris Franklin says the overall skill set that Torey “T.J.” Ollison possesses rivals that of any freshman in the nation. A recent, prestigious honor bestowed upon Ollison makes statements like that hold a lot of credibility.
Ollison, a 20-year-old kinesiology major from Grand Saline, was named last week to the list of Nfinity Legends selected for 2014. Nfinity is a company that manufactures shoes and other equipment for various sports and activities, including cheerleading. Nfinity picked only 50 athletes for the list from a nationwide pool of nearly 300 applicants.
Nfinity posted its list of selectees on its Facebook page on Feb. 19, saying, “This was the most unbelievable year of videos we have ever had by far. … This was definitely the toughest decision we have ever had to make.” The company said it could have easily selected 75 athletes for the elite list, but ultimately opted to keep the list at 50, as was promised before the competition began. Continue reading
The Trinity Valley Community College Department of Music will present “Mostly Majors: Music From Major Works,” on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. at Dogwood Church (6467 FM 2494, Athens).
Selected works from Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Faure and others will be featured. A melody of Gershwin favorites will be performed, and students will also revisit pieces played over the past several years.
“These will include works our audiences have told us they have liked from pieces we’ve done in the past,” said TVCC Choir Director Dr. Byron McGilvray.
The winning bidder of the Trinity Valley Community College Play4Kay coaching promotion selected Linda Land (pictured at center), an employee in the Office of Institutional Advancement, to serve as honorary assistant coach during last night’s Lady Cardinal game against Paris. She sat on the bench with the Lady Cards and assist head coach Elena Lovato (left) and assistant coach Gerald Ewing. The winning bid of $750 was added to funds raised for the annual Play4Kay event, which aims to raise funds for breast cancer research.
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TVCC sophomore guard Shlonte’ Allen broke a school record that had stood for more than a quarter century when she scored 52 points in the team’s win over Panola Wednesday evening at Cardinal Gym. Allen’s record-setting night topped the previous record of 50 in a single game set by Cardinal Hall of Famer Portia Hill in 1988. Allen is seen in this photo signing the ball of a young Lady Cardinal fan moments after the record-setting performance.
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Congratulations to Malakoff High School’s Damontes Dowell on signing to play football for the Trinity Valley Cardinals.
Dowell has been an outstanding running back for the MHS TIgers and this year was named to the 63rd Annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A All-State Football Team.
TVCC head football coach Brad Smiley said, “He has decided this is where he wants to be to start his career and we are excited to have him. He’s a very talented player, and will add a lot to our program.”
Coac Brad Smiley.
The football coaching staff at Trinity Valley Community College has scheduled a one-day scouting combine Saturday at Bruce Field.
Registration for the combine is schedule from 1:30-2 p.m.
The cost is $20 (check should be made payable to Brad Smiley Football Camps).
High school seniors and players with remaining NJCAA eligibility participating in the combine will be tested for speed, agility and athleticism by TVCC coaches. The combine is designed to give participants an opportunity to show the ability to play at the next level.
Participants are required to bring tennis shoes and cleats, workout clothes and information sheet.
It will be to participants’ advantage to bring a highlight video or two game videos and transcripts.
For more information, call 903-670-2629.
Mary (played by Channing Horton) deals with the spirits of her past during a recent rehearsal of “The Secret Garden: The Musical,” which debuts Thursday night at the TVCC Auditorium. General admission tickets are $10, tickets for TVCC faculty and staff are $5 and students will be admitted free with a TVCC ID.
By Jayson Larson/TVCC Public Information
The Trinity Valley Community College Department of Theatre is putting the final touches on one of its most ambitious productions in years.
“The Secret Garden: The Musical” will debut at the TVCC Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Shows will continue: Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and conclude Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
“The Secret Garden” is an enchanting, classic tale of forgiveness and renewal. The musical adaptation, written in 1992 through the brilliant stylings of composer Lucy Simon and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman, “has a lot of moving parts,” said TVCC Director of Theatre Craig Lee.
“I think this is one of the best new musicals written in a long time,” said Lee, who has a strong background in musical theater. “It was written in a classical sense – the music has a traditional feel to it along the lines of South Pacific or others like that. To do this the way they did it, it’s really cool and beautiful. Some of the musical numbers are real show-stoppers.” Continue reading
Current top bid to help Elena Lovato coach is $225.
Time is running out to submit a bid that would allow you to find out what it would be like to be a coach for the most successful women’s basketball program in junior college history?
Trinity Valley Community College, in conjunction with the annual Play 4Kay even to raise money for breast cancer awareness, is offering a fan a chance to help Elena Lovato coach the two-time defending national champion Lady Cardinals in game on Wednesdayagainst Panola College at Cardinal Gym.
All it will take to become assistant coach for a day is a successful winning bid in an auction, which will benefit the Kay Yow Breast Cancer Fund.
The highest bidder will get to be in the locker room with the team before the game, on the bench during the game, participate during timeouts and be in the locker room after the game. The winning bidder will also be interviewed about the experience at halftime of the men’s game on the Cardinal Sports Network.
The deadline to submit a bid is noon Wednesday.
To submit a bid, e-mail your bid and name to email@example.com. Bids may also be submitted via phone. Call 903-674-6322 (leave a voice mail with bid and name).
Bids will be updated online at www.tvcc.edu, on Twitter at @TVCCsports and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TrinityValley Community College.
Sabrina Garcia, a senior out of San Diego (Texas) High School, signed with the Trinity Valley Community College Cheerleaders on Monday, Feb. 3.
TVCC Head Cheer Coach Khris Franklin said he first met Garcia at a recruit clinic in Plano in early January. He was ecstatic that she wanted to be a part of a historic program that will be trying to secure its 10th NCA championship later this spring.
Garcia is no stranger to winning hardware herself, as she has already won several national titles including an NCA All Star National Championship and a Cheer Power National Championship.
“I am very excited about having Sabrina as our first signee of next year’s team,” Franklin said. “It is very rare to find a cheerleader that possesses the skill set and size that Sabrina has. She learns incredibly fast and has an athleticism and confidence that is so valuable in collegiate cheerleading. She is already talented, but will be unreal once she has a little time to spend in the college cheer environment. She was being recruited by all the top Texas colleges and we are very happy she chose The Valley.”
Franklin said this is the first time he has attempted to sign recruits early – much in the same way other traditional sports sign their athletes early. Franklin said he is hoping to sign between 6 and 10 individuals before tryouts on May 3-4.
“The athletic side of cheerleading is really only understood by people who have somehow participated in cheerleading,” Franklin said. “Cheerleaders work hard to become the people they are in the sport they love and we’re thrilled to be able to recognize them for it. We are super excited to welcome Sabrina Garcia to the program!”
By Jason Larson/TVCC Public Information
February is Financial Aid Awareness Month – a busy time of year for high school seniors. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) reminds students and families to apply for financial aid as early as possible.
Meeting an institution’s priority deadline better positions a student for maximum aid consideration. Deadline dates can be found on the institution’s website or by contacting the institution’s financial aid office. However, in Texas, nearly half of high school seniors do not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), therefore limiting themselves on potential financial aid dollars and relief from high college costs. Continue reading