TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cardinals qualify for regional tournament

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

The Lady Cardinals had a down-and-up weekend.

Saturday, they dropped a road doubleheader to Navarro, falling 5-3 and 3-2.

Sunday, Navarro and Kilgore split a doubleheader, meaning the Lady Cardinals qualified for the regional tournament for a third straight year. The regional tournament is scheduled May 2-5 in Corsicana.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to close the regular season at home Wednesday against Northeast Texas Community College. Action begins at 1 p.m.

Just over a week ago, the Lady Cardinals swept NE Texas 2-1 and 8-3.

Against Navarro, Chyna Phipps went 2-for-4 in Game 1. She drove in a run. Celeste Montoya went 1-for-2.

In the second game, Chantelle Whitehead was 2-for-3 with a RBI. Montoya also went 2-for-3. Candise Wise was 2-for-4 with a RBI and stolen base.

The Lady Cardnals are 29-22 on the year and 9-9 in conference. They are one win away from the first 30-win season in school history.

SPORTS BANQUET

The third annual sports banquet is scheduled Tuesday at Athens Country Club. It will begin at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.

The public is invited.

FOOTBALL

The annual spring football game is scheduled Saturday at Bruce Field. Action will begin at 10 a.m.

The public is invited.

Author to visit TVCC Athens campus

bookcover[1]By Jennifer Hannigan/TVCC Public Information

The Read Through the Valley Book Club is winding down the school year by hosting the author of the book the group has been studying since August.

Each year, the book club – made of Trinity Valley Community College students and employees – studies a featured novel. This school year, the selection was Jim Dent’s “Twelve Mighty Orphans.”

On April 24, Dent will be visiting the college’s Athens campus. He will be speaking in the college’s auditorium from 1-3 p.m. His speech will be open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

“We are hoping he will talk in part about his writing of the book, although he may speak in part about other things as well,” said TVCC Fine Arts Director Kelly Driskell. “He has gotten to meet some of the people he wrote about over the years, and we hope to be able to hear those parts of his story.”

According to the book’s website, “Twelve Mighty Orphans” tells the Depression-era true story of an intrepid team of orphans from the Masonic Home in Fort Worth.

The orphan football team beat all odds by succeeding at the game as well as in life. Those players, in spite of being outweighed by at least thirty pounds per man, quickly earned a reputation as a winning team. They began with nothing — not even a ball — yet in a few years were playing for the state championship at the highest level of Texas football.

Released in September 2007, the book has been through 20 printings overall (16 printings in hardback) with more than 250,000 books sold.

Dent will start his day at TVCC with a closed luncheon in the college’s cafeteria. There, he will be meeting those speakers who have given presentations surrounding the book’s theme during the school year. Over the past few months, a variety of TVCC faculty members have presented on subjects such as the psychology of sports, physics and football, the history of football gear and other topics related to the book.

“We want him to be able to see all the study we have done and to let our past presenters get to know him a little,” said Driskell.
Then Dent will be going to the college’s auditorium, where he will be speaking to the public. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event.

“It should be very interesting hearing his story of how he researched the book and has met some of the people about whom he wrote,” said Driskell. “Even if you are not familiar with the book it will be fun to hear him talk about it and about that time period.”
Following Dent’s visit, the college will host an art show and reception from 3-4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the administration building.

“We will have artwork that is focused on different elements of the book. It could be football, it could be the Great Depression, or it could be something else related to that time,” said Driskell. “There will probably be works focused on different themes as well.”
This is the third year for the book club, but the first time the college has hosted the author of the featured selection.

“The committee had some good luck. He happens to be a Texan, so it is easier to get people to come when it is not so far to travel,” said Driskell. “Also, the book is set in Fort Worth, so it has a local feel. And he had the availability when we could have him come, so it all worked out well.”

TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cards notch record win

Trinity Valley Community College softball coach Ashley Johnston was presented a plaque commemorating her 100th career coaching victory prior to Monday’s doubleheader against Paris Junior College at Cain Park. Johnston recorded the milestone win on March 13, a 1-0 decision against Navarro at Cain Park. Making the presentation were President Dr. Glendon Forgey (right) and Athletic Director Brad Smiley. (BENNY ROGERS/TVCC PHOTO)
Trinity Valley Community College softball coach Ashley Johnston was presented a plaque commemorating her 100th career coaching victory prior to Monday’s doubleheader against Paris Junior College at Cain Park. Johnston recorded the milestone win on March 13, a 1-0 decision against Navarro at Cain Park. Making the presentation were President Dr. Glendon Forgey (right) and Athletic Director Brad Smiley. (BENNY ROGERS/TVCC PHOTO)

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

The Lady Cardinals matched a school record for wins in a season Monday afternoon with a split in a conference softball doubleheader against Paris Junior College at Cain Park.

Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad fell 4-1 in Game 1 and bounced back in the second game to post a 4-0 shutout.

The split improved the Lady Cardinals to 29-18 on the season. The 29 wins equal the total posted last year, which set a school record. The Lady Cardinals are 9-5 in conference.

Chyna Phipps, Erica Jordan, Celeste Montoya, Jazmine Hicks and Tessa Thomas each had a single in the first game.

In the second game, Jordan went 2-for-3 with a home run and single. She drove in two runs. Hicks was also 2-for-3 with a double and single.

The Lady Cardinals and Paris are scheduled to play against Wednesday in Paris. Action starts at 1 p.m.
Saturday, the Lady Cardinals travel to Corsicana to take on Navarro in doubleheader action, starting at 1 p.m.

FOOTBALL

Four Cardinal football signees have been selected to participate in the annual THSCA All-Star Game in Fort Worth this summer in July.

They are: Mark Roman (WR, Ridge Point), Darius Floyd (RB, Franklin), Garrett Gunter (OL, Smithson Valley) and Demarcus Ayers (QB, Lancaster).

Congratulations to these young men and we look forward to having them be a part of the family here at The Valley.

TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cardinals on a hot streak

softball 4By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

The Lady Cardinals are riding a five-game winning streak after back-to-back doubleheader sweeps Friday and Saturday.

Friday at home, the Lady Cardinals posted 14-1 and 4-3 wins against Bossier Parish. Saturday, they went on the road to Mount Pleasant and took care of Northeast Texas in 2-1 and 8-3 fashion.

The two sweeps improved the Lady Cardinals to 28-17 on the year and 8-4 in conference.

The Lady Cardinals have two school records in range. They are one win away from matching the school record for most wins in a season, set last year. They are also one win away from matching the school record for consecutive wins, which they matched earlier this season after having previously set the mark last year.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to be at home today against Paris. Doubleheader action at Cain Park starts at 3 p.m.

Against Northeast Texas, Kim Leschber threw a three-hitter in Game 1. She was backed up by Candise Wise, Chyna Phipps and Melissa Billingsley with one hit each.

Wise went 3-for-5 and drove in a run in the second game. Erica Jordan, Jazmine Hicks, Shelby Reddington and Billingsley had two hits each.

Kayla Cosby started on the mound and gave us six hits.

Jordan had a three-hit game in the first game against Bossier Parish with a double and single. She drove in two runs. Hicks had two hits, including a three-run home run.

Also collecting hits were Tessa Thomas, who went 3-for-3, Billingsley and Wise.

Marci Seymour and Celeste Montoya had two hits each in Game 2 to lead the way. Melissa Boland and Phipps also had hits.

CHEERLEADERS

The Cardinal Cheerleaders finished at nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Friday.

Coach Khris Franklin’s squad scored a 95.95 in the finals to finish second to Navarro, which scored a 97.45. Weatherford was third and Wallace State fourth.

Congratulations to the Cardinal Cheerleaders for another outstanding representation of the college and thank you for your support of all our teams.

Final results of the national competition can be found at www.nca.varsity.com.

FOOTBALL

The Cardinals will practice Saturday morning at Bruce Field starting at 10. The public is invited.

The annual spring game is scheduled Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. at Bruce Field.

CARDINAL WEEKLY

Check out an interview with Lady Cardinal softball coach Ashley Johnston on this week’s “Cardinal Weekly” at www.tvcc.edu.

TVCC Cheerleaders in second place

The Cardinal Cheerleaders will be presenting their 2013 national competition routine free to the public at 7 p.m. Monday at Cardinal Gym. The team is traveling to Daytona, Fla., this week for national competition. (COURTESY PHOTO)
The Cardinal Cheerleaders will be presenting their 2013 national competition routine free to the public at 7 p.m. Monday at Cardinal Gym. The team is traveling to Daytona, Fla., this week for national competition. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Following the end of the first round of national competition Thursday, the Trinity Valley Community College Cheerleaders were in second place.

The TVCC team was awarded a first-round score of 95.88, coming in hot on the heels of Corsicana’s Navarro College.

TVCC competed against five other college teams in the first round of the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship, which is held each year in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The top three teams in the first round were guaranteed a place in Friday’s final round of competition. The other three were scheduled to face off against each other Thursday evening, vying for the fourth seat in the final round.

“I am extremely pleased with how well our students represented themselves today. We have a few things we can adjust and I feel like we are in a great place for finals,” said TVCC Cheerleading Coach Khris Franklin.

“Our team was simply awesome to watch. TVCC should be proud of the job these young men and women are doing here,” said TVCC Executive Director of Student Life Dr. Charles Hueber, who is traveling with the team.

Overall, TVCC came in 1.65 points behind Navarro’s lead score of 97.53. Weatherford College placed third, trailing TVCC by 1.35 points with a 94.53 out of a possible 100.

The other three teams in the junior college division of the competition were Wallace State Community College in Alabama, Mt. San Antonio College in California and Iowa Central Community College in Iowa. Those three teams scored a 91.45, 88.15 and 86.40 respectively.

The finals round of competition is expected to take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Friday. The awards ceremony is set to begin at approximately 1:45.