April 26, 2017 - Lady Dragons will play Big Sandy in Zavalla on Thursday April 27th at 5:00 pm in the Bi-District Playoffs. 

Region Qualifiers just before they get on the bus

From Head Coach, Leon Dykes:

April 25, 2017 - The Center Tennis team competed in the Region 2 4-A Championship April 18-19 and after two days of rain delays and midnight marathon matches, the Rider Tennis season has come to an end.  

Boys Singles:
Mauricio Rojas-Solis finished second in our District to Adam Morris (Henderson). Adam is going to represent our district and region at the State tournament by finishing second in our region. Mauricio had to face the number three seeded player in the draw (District Champion from Paris, Tx) and had a straight set loss. Mauricio is a sophomore and will be one of the future leaders of the Rider Tennis Team.

Girls Singles:
Keelan Williams finished 1st in District and played a District Runner up from Anna, Tx. Keelan won her first round in straight sets and made it to the Region Quarterfinals before facing the #1 seed in the draw. Keelan is a freshmen with a bright future ahead and will also be a future leader of the program.

Boys Doubles:
Nate Morris / Zach Fausett are the seniors of this years boys program and were the District Champions going into the tournament. They drew Kilgore in the first round, who finished second in their District but were the #2 seed in the bracket. The boys held their own and had a chance to serve for the first set but fell short and ended up in a tiebreaker which the Riders did not come out ahead in. After dropping the first set, they bounced back and took the second set (which was the only set Kilgore dropped in the entire tournament) forcing a third and deciding set which Kilgore outgunned us in.

Abram Morales / Juan Gonzalez finished 2nd in the District and drew the District Champions from Van. These boys lost in a hard fought match but Center struggled to win their serve games when it was needed and gave Van the opening they needed to close out each set. Abram is a junior and Juan is a sophomore.

Girls Doubles:
Girls Doubles 3rd in the Region: Megan Dunn / Whitlee ReedWhitlee Reed / Megan Dunn had an outstanding tournament with five matches played and gave their all to compete for a chance to advance to State. The Lady Riders fell a little short to a couple of very accomplished teams in Kaufman and Wills Point, but came home with Third Place Medals and a solid year. Congratulations!!! Senior Whitlee Reed and Junior Megan Dunn.

Senior Iliana Rojas and Junior Emma Locke had a tough draw, meeting the District Champions from Wills Point (same team who finished 2nd place over Reed / Dunn) in the first round at Regionals. The girls jumped out to an early lead in the first set but lost the momentum and Wills Point was able to take back the lead and win the first set and carry momentum into the second set.  

Mixed Doubles:
Mixed Doubles semifinalist: Mackenzie Dykes / Keaton WatlingtonJunior Mackenzie Dykes and Sophomore Keaton Watlington came into the tournament unseeded and was able to pull out a first round victory over Dallas Hutchins and then had to face the #4 seed from Kaufman. The mixed doubles duo played a great first set and was leading to start the second set when the rain hit. The delay stalled our momentum and Kaufman regrouped and took the second set, but Center bounced back to win the third set and reach the semifinals. The Rider duo faced a loss in the semifinals and third place matches but finish fourth. Congratulations!!!!

Sophomores Maddie Russell and Sam McSwain had to play the District Champions from Pittsburgh in the first round and were able to pull off a three set victory. This put the Center duo into the Region Quarterfinals to face the number 2 seed in the Region. The Riders put up a fight in each game but fell short and will have a few more years to improve and advance.

Overall, the Center tennis team did not have a State qualifier this spring, but knew they would have a different region to compete with in the new alignment. I believe this will give the returning tennis players the incentive to work that much harder to succeed.

The Rider Tennis team represented CHS to the best of its ability and look forward to another season. Congratulations to our Seniors and we look forward to hearing of your success in the years to come.

Megan DunnWhitlee ReedMackenzie Dykes / Keaton Watlington

April 25, 2017 - JHS Softball Bi-District Playoff Series against Latexo

  • Game 1 - Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6pm Nacogdoches High School
  • Game 2 - Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2pm Nacogdoches High School
  • Game 3 - Saturday, April 29, 2017, 30 minutes after game 2 if necessary.

Prices: $5 and $3
Passes: District, Senior, Coaches

Octaxious Evans selected to play in TABC 4-A All-State Game
By CHS Junior, Alberto Huichapa

April 24, 2017 - Senior Octaxious Evans was selected by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches to play at the TABC All-Star Game in San Antonio on May 19.

"It came out of nowhere to be honest," Evans said. "Mama Harrison texted me and she showed me I was on the roster. It felt good knowing I get to play again."

Evans is the first player to play in the TABC All-Star Game from Center High School since Robert Culley in 1977, who was the first high school student in Texas to play in both the basketball and baseball All-Star Games.

"This recognizes his abilities and accomplishments," Athletic Director Barry Bowman said. "It also recognizes our athletic department and specifically, our basketball program of Coach Harrison and his staff with the job that they've been able to do with Tae."

Photo by CHS Sophomore, Victoria Cheyenne Byrnes

To be selected for the All-Star Game, a player must be nominated by their coach. After that, the player must also be selected by coaches throughout the State of Texas.

"The honor speaks for itself," Bowman said. "This is a group of coaches, who spend their lives in a particular field like basketball, in the State of Texas who have decided that this young man has fit all the criteria to be selected to play in this game."

Evans was elected into the 1st team of the 2017 District 16-4A, All-District Boys Basketball Team and the Class 4A Region III Basketball Team. Evans racked up a total of 496 points, 80 assists and 193 rebounds in the 2016-17 basketball season.

Photo by CHS Sophomore, Victoria Cheyenne Byrnes

"I'm proud of Tae," head basketball Coach Hiram Harrison said. "He's a hard worker, so he deserves it."

Photo by CHS Sophomore, Victoria Cheyenne ByrnesEvans has became a leader and a role model for many athletes and students. He shows success pays off with hard work, and having good character makes a difference. Because of these qualities, Evans signed his letter of intent to play football at Boise State in the fall.

"It's feels good to step up and play a role in other people's lives," Evans said. "It's a lot of pressure sometimes. You can't let nobody see you doing wrong cause then they’re going to think they can do wrong."

A banquet will be held to honor the players and coaches on May 18 at 7:00 p.m. at The El Tropicano Hotel in San Antonio. The Boys 4A All-Star Game will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Blossom Athletic Center on May 19. There will be no charge for admission into the game.

"He's going to do well, no doubt about it," Bowman said. "He's going to do well no matter what he chooses to do. He's just that kind of kid."

If an individual or business would like to support Evans by sponsoring an advertisement in the All-State Game program, please contact

April 22, 2017 (Photos submitted by Debbie Gilchrist and Nichol Tindol) - Shelbyville had 16 athletes advance to the Regional Track meet after competing at the UIL 2A Area 21/22 meet held at Cushing High School on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Ben Swearingen - 400 Meters
Trenton Roland - 110m Hurdles
Kyle Tindol - Pole Vault, (Alt: 4x100 Relay,4x200 Relay)
CJ Kirkwood - Long Jump, 4x100 Relay, 4x200 Relay
Trez Barnes- Triple Jump, 4x100 Relay, 4x200 Relay
Mac Wheeler- 4x100 Relay, 4x200 Relay
Terrell Cartwright - 4x100 Relay, 4x200 Relay
Jacobi Jackson - (Alt: 4x100 Relay, 4x200 Relay)

Jakyra Ross - 100 Meters, 200 Meters, 4x100 Relay
Jasmine Osby - 100 Meters, 4x100 Relay
Keanna Osby - 400 Meters, 800 Meters
Hannah Hall - 300m Hurdles, 4x100
Tori Babin - 4x100 Relay
Bailey Rabalais - Discuss
Harley Hinton - High Jump
Jakatlyn Bolten - (Alt: 4x100 Relay)

They will compete April 28 and 29 at the Regional Track Meet hosted at Palestine High School, 1600 S. Loop 256, Palestine, Texas 75801. One day admission is $12 adult and $7 students. Two day admission pass is $20 adult and $10 students.

April 18, 2017 - Shelbyville Lady Dragons and Dragons District Track Results 2017

Area Qualifiers are:

District Champion 800 M Run and 400 M Run - Keanna Osby
District Champion 100 M Dash - Jakyra Ross
District Champion Discus - Bailey Rabalais
District Champion Pole Vault - Kyle Dodd
District Champion Triple Jump -Trez Barnes

Jasmine Osby, Tori Babin, Hannah Hall, Faith Ridgeway, Harley Hinton, Kurtrick Allen, Trenton Roland, Mac Wheeler, Ben Swearengen, H’leighn McClelland, Corey Bearden, Terrell Cartwright and C.J. Kirkwood

Alternates:  JaKatlon Bolton & Jacobi Jackson

Area Track Meet will be held April 19, 2017 at Cushing High School.

Pineywoods Youth Rodeo AssociationApril 17, 2017 - Jacob Griffin, a young Joaquin cowboy, won two saddles and several belt buckles recently to add to the family trophy room.

Griffin won the all around saddle for his age group at the Pineywoods Youth Rodeo Association in March along with first place buckles in cloverleaf barrels, straightaway barrels, and pole bending.

A couple of weeks ago, he captured the 6-under all around champion saddle at the CTYRA Finals in McGregor, TX and was also awarded buckles in pole bending, goat ribbon pulling, and barrel racing.

Jacob enjoys roping, baseball, hunting, fishing, and especially operating logging and farm equipment.

CTYRA Finals in McGregor, TX

Alexis Rumbo, granddaughter of Frankie and Kay DeSoto of Center.April 17, 2017 - Frankie and Kay DeSoto of Center shared with Shelby County Today their 15-year-old granddaughter Alexis Rumbo from Brownsboro, Texas recently made it to State in fishing!

Rumbo and her partner Bryce Smith will go to Lake Ray Roberts May 20. Alexis has been an essential member of the team dominating with the number of catches during each tournament.

She has beat out all of the Brownsboro teams, as well as several others throughout the division. She is a freshman girl beating out older Junior and Senior fishermen.

The DeSotos are proud grandparents and congratulate Alexis on her great achievement and wish her the best at State competition!

April 13, 2017 - Congratulations to the Joaquin Ram Tennis Team. They competed on Wednesday, April 5 in the District 2A Tennis Meet. Both the boy’s and the girl’s tennis teams won the overall District Championship. n

In the girl’s tennis meet the following girl’s placed:

Maci McDaniel – 1st place Girl’s Singles

Brooklyn Smith and Jacy Williams – 1st Place Girl’s Doubles

The following boy’s placed also:
Chris Lightfoot – 2nd place Boy’s Singles
Jesus Bravo – 3rd place Boy’s Singles
Kaleb Wilburn and Santiago Ruiz – 2nd place Boy’s Doubles
Alexis Retamar and Eli Huerta – 4th place Boy’s Doubles

Tennis Boys Team

The following placed in Mixed Doubles:

Katelyn Jackson and Samuel Brazzel – 2nd place

Michalla Byrd and Zay Atkins – 4th place

Other members of the JHS Ram Tennis team are Fiona Young (girl’s singles), Riley Sherrod and Lauren Garrett (girl’s doubles), Erielle Kawaja and Justin Bailey (alternates).

Maci McDaniel, Brooklyn Smith, Jacy Williams, Katelyn Jackson, Samuel Brazzel, Chris Lightfoot, Kaleb Wilburn and Santiago Ruiz will be advancing to the Regional Tennis Meet. It will be held April 17 and 18 in Corsicana, Texas. Good luck at Regional’s!!

Tennis Girls Team

Two seniors who are advancing are Maci McDaniel and Brooklyn Smith​​​​​​.

April 11, 2017 - The Riders baseball game has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 12 at Rusk H.S. at 7:00 p.m. This will be a varsity only game.