TVCC Sports Notes: Time to celebrate No. 7

By Michael V. Hannigan

The official college/community celebration of the Lady Cardinals’ seventh NJCAA championship is scheduled tonight. #CELEBRATING7 is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Cardinal Gym.

Scheduled speakers are Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders, TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey, TVCC Athletic Director Brad Smiley, Coach Elena Lovato and Lady Cardinal sophomores Victoria Wells, Savannah Carter, Shannon Smith and Krystle Henderson.

There will also be performances by Cardinal Cheerleaders, Cardette Showgirls and the Cardinal Regiment Pep Band.

After the ceremony, the Lady Cardinals will sign posters for fans and be available for photos.

The public is invited to attend.

The event will also be webcast by the Cardinal Sports Network at www.tvcc.edu

SOFTBALL

The Lady Cardinals will join the fight against cancer Saturday with the annual Strikeout Cancer doubleheader at Cain Park. They face Kilgore at 1 and 3 p.m.

Concessions will be available. There will also be a raffle for softball items and a pink acknowledgement banner for fans to sign after making a donation.

Pink Strikeout Cancer T-shirts will also be available for $10.

The Lady Cardinals would like to recognize cancer survivors at the game. Cancer survivors planning to attend the game should contact Lucy Strom at 903-675-6359.

The Lady Cardinals are 23-16 on the year and 3-3 in conference play.

TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cards take split on road trip

(TVCC COURTESY PHOTO)
(TVCC COURTESY PHOTO)

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

The Lady Cardinals returned from a non-conference South Texas road trip with a 2-2 record, sending their season record to a 23-16 reading.

Thursday, Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad split a doubleheader with San Jacinto. The Lady Cardinals dropped an 8-3 decision in Game 1 and bounced back to take a 5-2 win in Game 2.

In action Friday against Lamar State-PA, the Lady Cardinals recorded a 7-6 win in Game 1 and suffered a 5-4 loss in Game 2.

The Lady Cardinals’ next outing is scheduled Saturday at home against Kilgore at 1 and 3 p.m.

#CELEBRATING7

The college/community celebration of the Lady Cardinals’ seventh NJCAA championship is scheduled Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at Cardinal Gym.

The public is invited to attend.

The event will also be webcast by the Cardinal Sports Network at www.tvcc.edu

CARDINAL PRIDE LUNCHEON

The Cardinal Pride Luncheon is scheduled today at noon at Papa Tilo’s, located at 607 East Tyler St.

The cost of the meal is $9.

Cardette group honored for dance skills, academic excellence

The Cardette Showgirls were recently recognized both for their dance skills and for excellence in academics at a recent competition in Denton. Pictured are (front) Cree Harrell, (second row, from left) Brittany Isenhower, Jaimee Bowles, Bria Molock, (back row)Aly Peterson, Megan Perry and Victoria Corley. (PHOTO COURTESY TVCC)
The Cardette Showgirls were recently recognized both for their dance skills and for excellence in academics at a recent competition in Denton. Pictured are (front) Cree Harrell, (second row, from left) Brittany Isenhower, Jaimee Bowles, Bria Molock, (back row)Aly Peterson, Megan Perry and Victoria Corley. (PHOTO COURTESY TVCC)

By Jennifer Hannigan/TVCC Public Information

The Cardette Showgirls were recognized both for their dance skills and for their academic excellence at a recent competition in Denton.

The Showgirls are a group of elite Cardettes who perform at special events separate from the main Cardette dance team. The group of seven dancers competes against other schools each spring at the American Dance Drill Team School National Competition.

This year, the group took third runner up in the dance portion of the competition. For that part, said director Darla Mansfield, the group competes in Division III with other schools of similar size.

The Cardette Showgirls chose a routine this year comprised of several songs, all of which carried a theme about candy.

For the second part of the competition, the ladies are rated based on their GPA. The TVCC group’s cumulative 3.41 GPA was the highest in the group.
That GPA earned the Cardettes the distinction of being named the competition’s National Collegiate Academic Champion. This is the second year in a row the TVCC dance team has earned that title.

“Not only are these girls talented dancers, but they are also able to maintain a high collegiate GPA while being involved in so many events as Cardettes and Showgirls,” said Mansfield.

“To carry this title two years in a row is such an honor for the team and a testimony that these girls know when to be serious and know when to have fun. Saying that I am proud of them doesn’t express the half of it.”

The group also took the title of academic champions for Division III.

TVCC Sports Notes: Rodeo at A&M

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

It was a successful outing for the TVCC Rodeo Team in the Texas A&M event this past weekend. Seven members of the team made it to the Short Go.

Garrett Jones split fourth and fifth in Bareback Riding and placed third in the Short Go and third in average.

Hunter Ferguson placed fifth in in the Short Go and and average in Steer Wrestling.

Justus Whitcher placed third in the Long Go of Steer Wrestling and won the Short Go with a time of 6.7 seconds. He also won the average.

Wenceslao “Lightning” Aguilera and Kolby Miller qualified for the Short Go in Team Roping. Aguilera and Miller are ranked No. 1 in the Southern Region standings.

In Barrel Racing, Kacy Kirby took third in the First Go with a fast time of 16.84. Kirby also nabbed third in the Short Go and second in average.

Austin Gross finished second in Bull Riding in the Long Go and second in average. Gross is ranked No. 3 in the Southern Region.

The top three in each event in the Southern Region advance to the College National Finals Rodeo.

There are two more regional events on the schedule.

#CELEBRATING7

The college/community celebration of the Lady Cardinals’ seventh NJCAA championship is scheduled Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at Cardinal Gym.

The public is invited to attend.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to be on the road Thursday, taking on San Jacinto in a non-conference doubleheader at 1 and 3 p.m.

The next home game for the Lady Cardinals is Saturday, April 6 against Kilgore. Game times are 1 and 3 p.m.

TVCC Sports Notes: Softball sweep

(PHOTO COURTESY TVCC)
(PHOTO COURTESY TVCC)

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

SOFTBALL

The Lady Cardinals had the brooms out Monday afternoon at Cain Park, sweeping Angelina in non-conference doubleheader action. Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad won both games by a 7-3 score.

Erica Jordan had a huge day for the Lady Cardinals. In the two games, she went 4-for-5 with a pair of three-run home runs, a double and eight RBI.

In Game 1, Jordan was 3-for-3. Tessa Thomas was 1-for-2.

Kayla Cosby was the winning pitcher, scattering six hits.

Joining Jordan with multiple hits in the second game were Melissa Billingsley (2-for-3), Chantelle Whitehead (2-for-3), Alex el Cassabgui (2-for-3) and Thomas (2-for-3). Whitehead and Thomas each had a pair of doubles and Billingsley had a triple.

Melissa Boland had a hit and drove in a run.

Kim Leschber picked up the win on the mound.

The sweep improved the Lady Cardinals to 21-14 overall. They are 3-3 in non-conference play.

The Lady Cardinals, who have now won four straight, take to the road Thursday for a non-conference doubleheader against San Jacinto. Their next home doubleheader is scheduled Saturday, April 6 against Kilgore at 1 and 3 p.m.

SPRING FOOTBALL

The Cardinals kicked off their spring football workouts Monday and will continue through April.

Workouts are scheduled four days a week for five weeks, including some Saturday practices at Bruce Field in April. Afternoon workouts at the practice field begin around 3:15 p.m. each day and the public is invited to attend.

#CELEBRATING7

Plans for a college/community celebration of the Lady Cardinals’ seventh NJCAA championship are being finalized.

Stay tuned for the announcement when #CELEBRATING7 is scheduled.

IN APPRECIATION

The Lady Cardinal basketball team would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to the Cardinal Cheerleaders and the Cardinal Regiment Pep Band for their support all season, including at the national tournament. You are the best at what you do!

With those two outstanding groups, along with the Lady Cardinal fans attending the national tournament, it felt like home games at the Bicentennial Center. Also, the Lady Cardinals are appreciative to all the fans back home watching the games online and wearing red.

Championships are a team effort – a total team effort. Thank you for being a part of it.