November 21, 2017 - The Joaquin Junior Varsity and Varsity girls play Harleton in Harleton at 5pm. For the full basketball schedule for Varsity and Jr. Varsity Boys and Girls for 2017-18 year, click here.

November 15, 2017 - The Center Roughriders will face Silsbee in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Nacogdoches Dragon Stadium. Tickets will be sold at Stadium only!! All tickets are $6 adults and $4 students. Passes accepted are THSCA, District 9-4A and District 10-4A. Center is the visitors and kickoff is at 7:30pm.

November 10, 2017 - The Center Recreation Department is proud to announce that the 2018 Little Dribblers sign ups will begin soon.

Where? The Center Middle School Cafeteria

Thursday, November 16
All from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Cost is $50 for Basketball (Ages 4-12)

(Includes jersey, insurance, trophy, and all fees)

All children are eligible to play as long as they were born between August 2005 and August 2013. A copy of the birth certificate is needed. Anyone interested in Coaching or Volunteering, please fill out the section on the sign up form.

See you there!

For more information contact Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreation Director at 936-590-7196.

November 13, 2017 - The Joaquin Rams will play against Centerville in the Bi-District Playoff at Tyler All Saints (Mewbourne Field, 2695 S. SW. Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701) on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:30pm. Joaquin will be the visitors. Tickets are sold at the gate are $5 adult and $3 children. Passes accepted are THSCA, THSWCA, District 11 and 12 Pass, and Senior Citizen.

November 10, 2017 - Friday Night Football Schedule for November 10th, week 11.

Friday Night Football
Joaquin 55 - Cushing 6, Final Score
Shelbyville 18 - Alto 52, Final Score
Tenaha 40 - Timpson 6, Final Score
Center (Bye week)

Jakayla Weathered (Photo by Maxwell Cloudy)November 9, 2017 - The JV Lady Riders defeated Shelbyville’s JV 51-23. Top scorers of the game were Desire’ Himes 22 with points, Beyonce Bell with 10 points, and Mackenzie Mireles with 10 points.

The Varsity Lady Riders defeated ​Shelbyville’s Varsity​ 62-38. Top scorers of the game were Taylor Nichols with 22 points, Jakayla Weathered with 13 points, and Shanyah Williams with 10 points.

November 8, 2017

The Center Roughriders beat the state ranked Kilgore Bulldogs by a final of 49-35. Center now stands at 3-7 for the season and has a conference record of 3-3. This keeps Center in the playoff hunt as they are the frontrunner for the district’s fourth playoff seed. The ‘Riders have a BYE week for this Friday and will have to see how this week’s District 9 4A-1 games pan out.

The Joaquin Rams fell to the unbeaten San Augustine Wolves by a 33-20 score last Friday. This was the Rams first District 11 2A-1 loss. They trail the Wolves by a single game in district play. Joaquin’s overall record is 7-2 and they are 3-1 in conference play. This week they host the Cushing Bearkats on Friday, November 10, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. The Bearkats are 4-5 overall and are 0-4 in district play. The Rams should make the playoffs as the second seed.

The Shelbyville Dragons fell to 2-7 overall, and 1-3 in District 11 2A-1 play with a 56-22 loss, at home, to the Price Carlisle Indians, last Friday. The Dragons will try to rebound when they travel to Alto on Friday, November 10, 2017, for a 7:30 p.m. kick off with the Yellowjackets. A loss would eliminate the Dragons from the playoffs but a win could see them enter the playoffs as either a third or fourth seed.

The Tenaha Tigers and Timpson Bears will battle it out this week for the District 11 2A-2 Championship. Tenaha beat Overton 59-6 on the road last Friday. The Tigers have a 9-0 record and are 4-0 in conference action. Timpson is also 4-0 in district competition. They beat the Mount Enterprise Wildcats 49-6 at Mount Enterprise. The Bears are 8-1 overall.  Kickoff will be at Timpson High School next Friday, October 10, 2017, at 7 p.m. The winner will be the district champion and the loser will take the #2 playoff seed for the conference.

November 7, 2017 - The Center Roughrider Varsity Boys Cross Country team won 3 meets this year including district. They finished second overall in regionals and Alex Huerta placed 10th overall. 

The team placed 10th overall at the state meet November 4 and Jesus Gonzales was the top finisher in 32nd place. 

The Varsity Boys Cross Country team is coached by Chase Rathke. 

November 3, 2017 - Friday Night Football Schedule for November 3rd, week 10.

Friday Night Football
Center 49 - Kilgore 35, Final Score
Joaquin 20 - San Augustine 33, Final Score
Shelbyville 22 - Carlisle 56, Final Score
Tenaha 59 - Overton 6, Final Score
Timpson 49 - Mt. Enterprise 6, Final Score

Jacob Sumrall of Kirbyville proved that age is no factor in competitive bass fishing when he reeled in this 9.60 pounder to win the 2017 Sealy Outdoor Fall Shootout held recently on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in eastern Texas. (Courtesy Photos)November 3, 2017 - Jacob Sumrall of Kirbyville is sitting pretty after winning the 2017 Sealy Outdoors Fall Shootout held on Sam Rayburn on Oct. 21-22.

Sumrall topped a field of 765 anglers in the second annual amateur big bass derby with a 9.60 pounder that he reeled in shortly after daybreak during the tournament's opening round. The big fish earned Sumrall an equally plump payday, including a fully-rigged Triton bass boat and $5,000 cash. He also banked a $1,000 bonus for weighing in the biggest bass of the hour.

There's a good story behind Sumrall's prize catch.

For starters, he's only 12 years old. That makes him the second youngest angler behind Brandon Adams of Florence to win a Sealy Big Bass event during the organization's 30-plus-year history of holding big bass tournaments.

Adams won the 2005 Big Bass Splash at the age of 11. He won a brand new H2 Hummer and fully-rigged Triton bass boat which carried a combined value at the time of $102,000. Adams also won $1,000 for catching the big bass of the hour, capping what is likely the richest pay day ever for a youth angler in the history of competitive fishing.

Sumrall may not hold any records for being the winningest youngster in bass fishing. But he can certainly consider himself among the luckiest.

The big bass Sumrall caught from roughly 12 feet of water on that memorable Saturday morning came as a total surprise. In fact, the youth angler claims he didn't even know the fish had gobbled his smoke-colored Senko until it jumped behind the boat. He was fishing with his godfather, Chad Porto of Donaldsville, La.

"We were fishing about five minutes from the pavilion and there was a bunch of hydrilla around the boat," Sumrall said. "It was round 7 a.m. and we hadn't caught anything. Then I felt something tugging on my line. At first I thought I was hung up in the grass. That's when the fish jumped behind the boat."

The 12-year-old angler topped a field of nearly 800 anglers and won a fully rigged Triton bass boat (pictured here) and $6,000 in cash. (Courtesy Photos)Sumrall said he set the hook on the big bass at that point, marking the beginning of a lengthy battle that neither angler will soon forget. To hear the youngster tell it, it was nail biter until the very end.

"I worked the fish up beside the boat and my godfather missed it he went to scoop it with the net," Sumrall said. "The fish went straight down and we couldn't find it or tell where it went. That's when we heard another splash behind us."

Turns out the big bass had darted beneath the boat and broke the surface a second time on the opposite side.

"She came up probably 10-15 feet from the boat and started sort of tail-walking right towards us," Sumrall said. "As soon as she got close enough my godfather scooped her up in the net."

That's when something bizarre happened.

"She jumped right back out of the net and took off again," Sumrall said.

Amazingly, Sumrall managed to work the fish near the boat a third time and finally closed the deal.

"It was nerve racking," he said. "I'm pretty sure my heart skipped a beat during all of that."

Once the bass was secured in livewell Sumrall made a quick phone call to his mother, Debra Porto, before racing to the weigh-in.

"When I got that phone call at 7:14 in the morning I thought 'oh Lord, either something really good or something really bad has happened,'" she said. "They were hoopin' and hollerin' and I couldn't make out a word they were saying until they told me Jacob had a caught a big fish that was close to 10 pounds. I listened to the radio all day after that wondering if somebody was going to catch something bigger."

But they didn't. Sumrall's lead stood for the duration, earning him the shiny red bass boat that now sits outside his window in rural southeast Texas.

How long it will stay there is anybody's guess. Sumrall says he will more than likely flip the boat for cash, but right now he's just enjoying looking at it.

"I go out and sit in it at least three times a day, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to sell it," Sumrall said. "The boat would probably make somebody a pretty good Christmas gift."

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by e-mail,