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January 11, 2018 - The Texas Association of Soccer Coaches (TASC) has awarded Gerardo Martinez 2017 All-State Coach for Region 3.

Under Coach Martinez's leadership Center is also ranked 1st in the Region III 4A Boys by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches in their 2018 Pre-Season Regional Rankings.

The Texas Association of Soccer Coaches helps its members excel in their coaching careers as well as advances the coaching of soccer, thereby improving players, through a commitment to provide the best coaching education, convention, member services, and benefits to the soccer community.

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Shelbyville High School, Tuesday,  January 9, 2018 –

The Shelbyville Dragons Varsity Basketball team handed the Tenaha Tigers their first District 22 2A loss of the season when they took an 85-73 home court win on Tuesday.

The Dragons took a 14-8 lead midway through the first period and held a 19-13 lead at the end of the first stanza.

Ten points by senior guard Trai Gardner helped Tenaha tie the game at 30-30 at the midway break.

Nine third-period points by sophomore shooting guard Jordan Boykin helped Shelbyville go on a 9-0 run to begin the third period. The Dragons outscored the Tigers 29-17 in the third frame and led 59-47 going into the final stanza.

Both teams scored 12 points during the final quarter and Tenaha was unable to gain ground on the hometown Dragons.

Jordan Boykins led the Dragons offense with 20 points.  Teammate Cole Ferguson added 19 points. Jakovian Buckley had 16 points and Ryan Bailey 14.

Tenaha was led by Trai Gardner with 33 points. Hayden Jenkins scored 12 and Jay Lloyd was in double-figures as well with 11 points for the Tigers.

The Tigers overall record now stands at 4-2. They will next host the Woden Eagles on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 7 p.m. Tenaha has started basketball late due to playing in the state championship round of football just three weeks ago.

The Dragons are 19-3 overall. They host Woden on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 8 p.m. The Dragons lead conference play with a 4-0 mark.

Shelbyville High School. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 –

The Tenaha Lady Tigers have moved their District 22 2A2 Varsity Basketball mark to 3-0 with a 69-30 road win over the Shelbyville Lady Dragons (0-3).

Tenahas’ Arlicia Roland scored 14, of her game-high 33, points during the first period and helped the Lady Tigers gain a 20-6 lead going into the second period.

Jaden Washington hit a 3-pointer to open up the second quarter. The Lady Tigers did not extend their lead in the second period, however, as each team scored 11 points and headed into the locker rooms with the Lady Tigers holding a 31-17 advantage after the completion of the first half of play.

The Lady Tigers had two scoring runs during the third period which helped them extend their lead to 52-24. They took a 28-point lead into the fourth and final quarter of action.

Destini Whitehead scored the first six points of the final stanza and helped Tenaha extend their lead to 39 points in the 69-30 win.

The Lady Tigers were led by Roland with 35 points, teammate Destini Whitehead added 16 points to the THS tally, also in double figures, was Lady Tiger Jaden Washington with 13 points. Tenahas’ overall record stands at 6-2. They will play at San Augustine High School on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Shelbyville had no players in double figures. Lady Dragons, JaKaitlon Bolton, Jasmine Osby, TyKevia Blount, and Kouja Gates each scored five points each to lead SHS scoring. The Lady Dragons overall record now stands at 2-4. They will play at Woden High School on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Center Roughrider’s Gymnasium.  January 6, 2018 –

The Center Lady Roughriders Varsity Basketball Team suffered a narrow 2-point loss to the visiting Carthage Lady Bulldogs, by a narrow 55-53 score, at Center High School. The game was each school’s first District 16 Class 4A-II game of the season.

The Lady ‘Riders started slowly and trailed 13-21 at the end of the first quarter. Five points each by Lady Roughriders, Taylor Nichols and Kalei Larock, in the second period helped Center pull to within 2 points of Carthage at the halftime intermission. The Lady Bulldogs led 30-28 going into the third quarter.

Lady ‘Riders senior point guard Taylor Nichols helped Center keep within striking distance by sinking two three pointers and scoring eight points during the third stanza. Center trailed Carthage 44-40 going into the final period.

Center outscored Carthage 13-11 in the final frame  but Lady Bulldog Jada McLin’s six points, in the final quarter, proved to be enough to help the Lady Bulldogs hold on to their narrow 2-point lead till game’s end. McLin led Carthage with 19 points for the night.

Center was led by Taylor Nichols with 16 points, Kalei Larock and Jakayla Weathered each had nine points, Makenzie Mireles 7, Jasmine Cooks 5, Shanyah Williams 4, and Jada Hicks scored 4 points.

The Lady Roughriders will next face the Rusk Lady Eagles at Rusk High School at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2018.

Center Roughriders Gymnasium, January 5, 2018 –

After the Center Roughriders led 23-8 at the end of the first period, a sluggish second quarter helped Chapel Hill’s Bulldogs varsity basketball team pull to within 25-29 at halftime. Center was outscored 6-17 points during the second stanza.

Four buckets during the third period, by CHHS postman Teon Erwin, helped the Bulldogs pull to within a single point (42-41) going into the final period of play.

Roughriders Jaterious Evans and Kaleb Parks teamed up for six points apiece during the fourth quarter. They gave Center the boost they needed to take away a 58-54 point win. This was Center’s 21st win of the season and propelled their season mark to 21-1.

The ‘Riders are the #1 Class 4A Division II team and they are on a 14 game winning streak. Their last loss was to Class 5A Humble on December 2.

Head Coach Hiram Harrison said, “We played a lot of reserve players today because starters were in foul trouble. Chapel Hill gave an excellent effort tonight. I don’t feel we played up to our #1 ranking tonight. We will keep working on things we need to improve on, such as press responsibilities, and get ready next week for district competition.”

Teon Erwin led the Bulldogs with 20 points. Center was led by Kaleb Parks with 26 points. Teammate Jaterious Evans had 14 points, Reggie Daniels 10, Jayden Hicks and Jakivian Calhoun each had four points.

Center has a non-district game at Nacogdoches High School on Monday, January, 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Their first District 16 Class 4A-II game is on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in Center High School’s Roughriders Gymnasium. 

January 5, 2018 - Tenaha Holiday Hoops Classic awards a $200 Post-Secondary Scholarship to one team member from each participating team in the tournament. The scholarship is awarded to the senior player with the highest GPA on the team. 

Kyle Dodd-Tindol received the scholarship award for Shelbyville.

January 5, 2018 - Shelbyville Dragon Coach Charles Tindol congratulates his football players who received Academic All-State Football recognition for the 2017 Season.

The following boys received recognition for the 2017 season: Justin Harbison, Kyle Dodd-Tindol, Christian Schlider, and Logan Jefferson. This is a big honor, due to the fact it is an honor given and recognized by the state of Texas.

To receive this award you have to meet certain criteria: (1) Be nominated by your head coach, (2) Have a certain GPA, (3) Class Rank/ percentile, and (4) Certain required ACT/SAT score..

1st Team - Academic All-State: Justin Harbison
2nd Team - Academic All-State: Kyle Dodd-Tindol
2nd Team - Academic All-State: Christian Schlider
Honorable Mention Academic All-State: Logan Jefferson

We are so proud of these boys!

December 29, 2017 - The all-new Toyota ShareLunker program will feature four levels achievement. Here's a synopsis of the program categories: 

*Lunker Legacy Class: Open for anglers who loan a 13 pound or larger bass during the Jan. 1 - March 31 spawning period. Entrants will receive a Toyota ShareLunker Catch Kit containing branded merchandise and fishing tackle items, a 13-pound-plus Legacy decal, VIP access to awards programing at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest, a replica of their fish. Entrants also will be entered in the year-end ShareLunker Prize Drawing to win a $5,000 shopping spree and an annual fishing license. These anglers will also be entered into the Legacy Class Prize Drawing for a $5,000 shopping spree and an annual fishing license at the end of the spawning period March 31. Additional prizes may be included in both of these prize drawings prior to their entry deadlines.

*Lunker Legend Class: Open for anglers who enter 13 pound or larger bass Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Entrants will receive a Toyota ShareLunker Catch Kit, a free replica, decal and an entry into the year-end ShareLunker Prize Drawing for a $5,000 shopping spree and an annual fishing license. Additional prizes may be included in the prize drawing prior to its entry deadline.

*Lunker Elite Class: Open for anglers who catch double-digit largemouth bass 10 to 12.99 pounds Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Entrants will receive a Toyota ShareLunker Catch Kit, decal and an entry into the year-end ShareLunker Prize Drawing for a $5,000 shopping spree and an annual fishing license. Additional prizes may be included in the prize drawing prior to its entry deadline.

*Lunker Class: Open for anglers entering largemouth bass at least 8 pounds or 24 inches Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Entrants will receive a Toyota ShareLunker Catch Kit, decal and an entry into the year-end ShareLunker Prize Drawing for a $5,000 shopping spree and an annual fishing license. Additional prizes may be included in the prize drawing prior to its entry deadline.

ShareLunker entry criteria and photo requirements

  • A largemouth bass legally caught in Texas waters using a hook, pole-and-line method (passive gears such as trotlines, setlines, jug lines, nets, etc. are not legal methods for catching bass and are therefore excluded).
  • Bass is at least 24 inches in length or weighing eight pounds (bass must be weighed on a digital scale).
  • For spawning donations, the fish must be alive and in good health. in order to be transported to the hatchery. If TPWD makes the decision to not accept the fish for spawning although the fish is alive, the angler will still be eligible for entry.
  • Anglers must submit at least one photo of their fish at the time of entry, or some other type of documentation if the fish is caught during a tournament and no photo is available.

Photo instructions are as follows: 

  • Photo 1: Rigid measuring board and fish properly measured. The entire measuring board, length numbers and the bass (head to tail) must be visible, readable, and without interference. (Photo 1 with visual example) If only length provided, fish is placed in 8-pound-plus category.
  • Photo 2: Digital scale and fish being properly weighed. The entire digital scale, numbers, and bass (head to tail) must be visible, readable, and without interference. (Photo 2 with visual example) Weight data field and photo documentation are required for fish to be placed in 10+lb and 13-pound-plus categories. Certified weights are mandatory to be included in the 13-pound-plus category.
  • Photo 3: Angler holding linker bass using both hands to hold the bass horizontally, with one hand firmly gripping the bass’s lower jaw and the other hand supporting its belly, just behind the anal fin. 

Beginning Jan. 1, the 31-year-old Toyota ShareLunker program will begin operating under a new format that will allow anglers to enter fish in four different categories. TPWD is hopeful the changes will breathe new life into a program that has seen dwindling participation in recent times. (TPWD Photo)

Big bass program unveils new format hoping to hook more anglers

December 29, 2017 - Big changes are coming for Toyota ShareLunker on Jan. 1, more than three decades after Lake Fork fishing guide Mark Stevenson turned over the program's very first entry in November 1986. 

In hindsight, Stevenson's 17.67 pound former state record provided a pivotal jump start for the spawning and genetics research program, which is founded on giant Texas bass and the anglers who catch them.

ShareLunker has since taken in 569 additional entries weighing upwards of 13 pounds from more than 60 public reservoirs scattered around the state while operating under a format that rewards participating anglers with cool prizes and widespread recognition through press releases and social media.

Big fish weighing upwards of 13 pounds that are used for spawning are still considered the heart and soul of the program. (TPWD Photo) In exchange, TPWD scientists get the green light to pair the big female bass with hand-picked males in hatchery raceways for spawning. The idea is to produce armies of baby bass with shared big bass DNA.

The ShareLunker prodigy are stocked back into Texas lakes or used for research. TPWD hopes to revamp its entire Florida bass hatchery program using ShareLunker offspring within the next few years.

Often billed as one of the most successful public relations programs ever launched by the state agency, ShareLunker has generated a wealth of interest in Texas bass fishing while spurring some really neat findings in fish science along the way.

Not surprisingly, the program has undergone a passel of policy changes over the years, both good and bad. It has also met with a few bumps in the road in recent times that have caused angler support and participation to wane.

Rekindling Interest

New leaders within TPWD's inland fisheries division have been looking for ways to rekindle public interest, restore angler trust and boost participation in ShareLunker for more than a year now. They are hopeful a new format to be launched on New Year's Day will breathe new life into the program and ultimately bring it out of the slump.

According to Craig Bonds, TPWD inland fisheries director, the program was in need of some changes. He and his staff gave it more of a facelift, instead.

"Program enhancements were shaped and implemented using a team approach, including perspectives and contributions from across our inland fisheries disciplines, as well as from a diversity of talented teams within information technology and communications divisions. We solicited and received input from our Texas Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Committee and surveys of targeted bass anglers, such as a subsample of past ShareLunker participants. Our programmatic review began well over a year ago and teams of experts have been working diligently on implementation over the past six months. We're excited about it and we are hopeful that the anglers will be excited about it, too."

Outlining the Changes

ShareLunker has always centered on anglers donating big Texas-caught bass for spawning purposes. Since day one, the minimum size required for entry has been 13 pounds.

Those fish are still considered the heart and soul of the Jan. 1 - March 31 spawning phase of the program under the revised structure. However, TPWD is expanding the format to allow anglers to gain recognition by entering bass as small as eight pounds in other categories year-round.

The idea behind adding more levels of achievement is to drum up more entries while providing researchers with data that will help them get a better grip on trophy bass distribution across the state.

TPWD is putting plenty of bait on the table to spur angler interest, too. Among the incentives are automatic chances to win $5,000 shopping sprees to an outdoor retailer, fishing licenses, ShareLunker branded merchandise, fishing tackle packages, etc.

The expanded format also includes simplified ways to enter. While 13 pounders used for spawning must be approved on site by TPWD biologists, other entries (including 13 pounders caught outside the spawning window) will be accepted using the new Toyota Sharelunker mobile application or online via the program's new website, texassharelunker.com.

The latter entries must be accompanied by digital photos of the fish being weighed on a digital scale or measured on a rigid measuring board. Fish caught during a tournament must be accompanied by a weigh-in slip or website links for documentation, if photos are not available. TPWD reserves the right to deny any questionable entry.

Another noteworthy change is one that gives anglers the opportunity to become citizen scientists by submitting scale samples from their fish for DNA testing. Testing will be performed at TPWD's genetics lab in San Marcos at no cost to the angler.

"We'll be able to run the scales to determine the genetics of individual fish at our lab," Bond said. "This will not only satisfy the curiosity of the angler, but it will also provide us with valuable data about the genetics of our wild populations of large bass around the state.

"As we move from stocking ten of thousands of selectively-bred offspring to tens of millions in the future, then hopefully we'll start seeing some of these fish show up in scale samples that are submitted to us by the anglers," Bonds added. "It's a citizen science partnership we hope to establish with anglers that will allow them to contribute to the management of largemouth bass in Texas and make it bigger and better."

The newly designed ShareLunker website provides detailed instructions on scale removal, proper handling and entry criteria. Beginning Jan. 1, there will an link on the website that will allow anglers to download the mobile entry app to their smartphones, as well as instructions for submitting digital entry applications and photos online.

Cool as it all sounds, TPWD isn't exploring unchartered territory with its expanded ShareLunker format. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission runs a similar catch and release program called TrophyCatch.

Founded in 2012, the program has several different prize tiers. Every angler who enters a fish that meets program requirements earns a reward. The TrophyCatch program also has a random drawing for a Phoenix bass boat at the end of each season. More than 5,000 entries have been submitted to the program over the last five years.

"The Florida program has been really successful," Bonds said. "It started off with just a few entries the first year, but it has grown exponentially since then. We already have some brand awareness and recognition with the ShareLunker program, but we have no idea how the first year will go. We don't know if we'll shoot out of the starting gate with a lot of entries or if it will grow through time."

It's going to be interesting to how things shake out, for sure.

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by e-mail, mattwillwrite4u@yahoo.com.

Thursday, December 28, 2017 –

Ninth Annual Tenaha Holiday Hoops action started on Wednesday and has now moved into the second day of action. Teams are battling it out to eventually narrow the field, of 20 boy’s teams, and 19 girl’s teams, down for tomorrow’s final round of elimination play.

A Thursday morning game at Joaquin High School saw the Shelbyville Dragons defeat the Oakwood Panthers Varsity Boys Basketball Team by a convincing 65-33 final score. Shelbyville jumped out to an 18-10 lead in the first period and led 26-14 at halftime.

Jordan Boykin and Cole Ferguson teamed up for 14 points in the third period which helped the Dragons take a 51-20 lead into the final quarter.

Oakwood was led by Tuddy Jones who had a 14 point day. The Dragons were led by Cole Furguson with 15 points. Teammate Jeron Boykins had nine points on the day. The Dragons, coached by David Schmitt and Assistant Kyle Tindol, are now 13-3 for the season.

The Timpson Bears Varsity Boys Basketball fell to the Queen City Bulldogs by a 69-50 score at Panola Junior College Gymnasium.  Timpson trailed Queen City 16-7 at the end of the opening stanza. The Bears were behind 34-23 at the midway intermission.  Easton Fincher and Dylan Scott combined for 19 points during the third quarter to give the Bulldogs a 61-37 lead going into the fourth frame. The Bears outpaced the Bulldogs 13-8 in the fourth period by it was too-little-too-late as Queen City took home the 19-point win.

The Bears were led by Brock Behrens with 17 points. Teammates, Jordan Osby, and Dustin Pledger each had eight points. Fellow Bear Gannon Braddock added six points, Jaden Johnson 5, three Bears: Cody Hodge, Trey Keggler, and Komareious Johnson each had two points.

Queen City was led by Easton Fincher with 18 points.

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