October 13, 2017 - Friday Night Football Schedule for October 13th, week 7.

Friday Night Football
Center 40 - Chapel Hill 28, Final
Shelbyville 7 - San Augustine 48, Final
Timpson 36 - Wortham 6, Final
Joaquin 35 - Alto 20, Final

October 12, 2017 - Timpson ISD Bear Update

TLB Varsity and JV District XC Champions! - The Timpson Lady Bears competed at the District Cross Country Meet on Wednesday in New Summerfield. The Varsity Lady Bear team dominated the field by over 30 points. The team includes Sadie Ramsey who finished 2nd place, Jaycee Campbell - 3rd place, Ashton Harris - 4th place, Kamryn Courtney - 11th place, Sara Duke - 17th place, and Harlie Ware. They will next compete in the Regional XC Meet, October 23rd in Huntsville. Congrats and good luck at Regionals!

The JV XC Team also had a dominating performance. They won the District Championship by 45 points! The JV team consisted of McKenzie Burgay - 2nd place, Emily Garcia - 3rd place, Laiton Braddock - 6th place, Johna Kruse - 7th, McKenzie Wynn - 8th place, Brylee Behrens - 9th place, Claire Johnson - 13th place, Da’Maya Collins, Madelyn Ramsey, Kay’Unna Curtis, Kaleigh Timmons, Madison Fleming, Kayleigh Scroggins, Ja’Karia Deckard, Hannah Jones, Jamie Stephens, Olivia Daniel, Tyeshia Johnson, and Tyci Earl. Congrats Lady Bears!!

Amiyah Soto Dominates JH District Meet – Amiyah Soto won 1st place Individual at the JH District Meet on Wednesday and no runner was within thirty seconds of her. JH Lady Bears team finished second at the Meet. Members of the team are Amiyah Soto - 1st place, Alleigh Campbell - 16th place, Blair Askins - 18th place, McKenna Wynn - 22nd place, D’Chelle Garner - 27th place, and Chelsea Franks - 32nd place. Congrats to all of the Lady Bears!

October 12, 2017 - Shelbyville Middle School students competed in the Cross Country District Championships, at New Summerfield on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

The girls team was Kate Lawson, Kiana Bennett, Yadhira Anaya, Giselle Hernandez, Kendall Murry, McKenzie Lyons, Ava Silva, Gracie Leach, Kara Jones, Aubree Camp, and Gracie Slocum. The girls finished in 4th place overall.

The boys team was Kakory Standley, Cooper Bice, Talarrian Lister, Vincent Martinez, Naythen Bloodgood, Jimmy Bolger, and Michael Carrillo. The boys team finished 4th overall.

Individual results:

  • Kate Lawson - 3rd Place
  • Keanna Bennett - 6th Place
  • Jakory Standley - 5th Place
  • Talarrian Lister - 10th Place

Great Job!

October 12, 2017 - The District 22 Cross Country Meet was held Wednesday, October 11, in Summerfield TX. The following Shelbyville High School students are advancing to the Regional Meet which will be held October 23, 2017 in Huntsville, TX.

  • Keanna Osby - District Champion!  SIX-PEAT!!! (She has been the District Champion for 6 Years in a row, since the 7th grade)
  • H'leighen McClelland - District Champion!
  • Ladarious Coleman - 2nd Place Finisher
  • Kenzie Murry - 9th Place Finisher
  • Boys Team - Advancing to Regionals!  H'leighen McClelland, Ladarious Coleman, Kurtrick Allen, Jorge Hernandez, Logan Williams

We are Dragon Proud!!

Submitted by Coach Boyles

Pictured (from left): Bradley Odom, Ricky Sims, Josh Sowell, Darren Wiggins, Jacob Permenter, David Koonce, Gary Walpole, and team captain Jason Wells.

October 11, 2017 - The Shelby County Bass Anglers traveled to Lake Falcon Reservoir September 30-Oct 1st to defend their back to back state championships from 2015 and 2016 against 26 of the best bass clubs in the state of Texas.

A club team consists of four two-man teams per club to represent the best Anglers from each organization. Last year, the SCBA became the only club to win back to back championships in the Texas Association of Bass Clubs state championship since the inception of the organization 40 years ago.

Congratulations to the eight team members that represented the SCBA and East Texas with their prestigious three peat of the title.

Saturday, October 8, 2017. West Sabine High School -

After a bye week, the Tenaha Tigers Varsity football team boosted their record to 5-0 with a convincing 65-0 road win over the West Sabine Tigers.Tenaha held West Sabine to just three plays and a punt on their first possession game was a one-sided affair from the beginning.

The home team West Sabine Tigers opened the game with first possession then used just one play to score, on a 65-yard touchdown to Cody Foshee from CJ Horn. Jordan Castillio added the extra point which gave THS a 7-0 lead with 10:29 left in the opening period.

West Sabine’s next drive resulted in a three and they punted the ball back to Tenaha who used a 40-yard reception by Trai Gardner and a one-yard run by Onterio Thompson to score just moments later and boost their lead to 14-0 after another Castillo extra point kick. Another three-and-out by West Sabine was followed by a surprisingly strong defensive stand by the home team Tigers.

Tenahas’ Jay Lloyd turned a short pass into a 66-yard touchdown with 3:37 left in the opening quarter. Castillo added the bonus kick to give THS a 21-0 lead.

West Sabine was unable to pick up a first down against Tenaha’s strong defensive front on their next drive. Moments later, Trai Gardner spun away from West Sabine defenders and bolted 45 yards to a Tigers touchdown that would end the first quarter with THS leading 28-0.

Horn found Foshee again, for a 48-yard touchdown with 9:55 left in the second frame, to boost the THS lead to 35-0. He then hit Gardner on a play-action pass that led to a 51-yard touchdown which gave Tenaha a 42-0 advantage at the midway point.

Later in the second frame, Tenaha ended a 75-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run by Gardner which gave THS a 49-0 lead.

Tenaha defensive back JT Calloway intercepted a West Sabine pass and returned it to the WSHS one-yard line. Onterio Thompson was then was able break across the goal line untouched and boost the score to 56-0 at the end of the first half of play.

Early in the third quarter, LaDarrius Garrett added a score on a 25-yard touchdown run and Tenahas’ lead grew to 62-0.

Jordan Castillo added the final three points of the game with a 25-yard field goal which sailed right through the uprights during the later stages of the third stanza. This gave Tenaha their final margin, 65-0, as Coach Craig Horn was content to keep the clock moving, and also play multiple substitute players for the remainder of the contest.

The Tenaha Tigers were scheduled to next play Mount Enterprise on Saturday, October 14, 2017 for Homecoming, but the Wildcats had to forfeit. Tenaha will now face Houston Kipp Northeast at 6 p.m. October 14th. Additional homecoming information - Tenaha 2017 Homecoming Activities Will Proceed As Scheduled

October 6, 2017 - Friday Night Football Schedule for October 6th, week 6.

Friday Night Football
Center Roughriders 21 - Palestine Wildcats 42, Final
Shelbyville 48 - All Saints Tyler 10, Final
Tenaha Tigers 65 - West Sabine Tigers 0, Final
Timpson - Open
Joaquin - Open

October 6, 2017 - The Oct. 15 deadline to enter the Big Time Texas Hunts contest is just around the corner.

Run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, BTTH is a lotto-style program that offers hunters the opportunity to buy chances to win premium hunting packages in as many as nine different categories for a variety of game animals and birds including white-tailed deer, mule deer, alligator, exotics, waterfowl, bighorn sheep, dove, turkey and quail.

The guided hunts take place on some of Texas' top private ranches and wildlife management areas, and many of them are all inclusive with lodging, food and other amenities. Many of the hunts allow the winner to bring a hunting guest.

Chances are sold for $10 by mail, through license retailers and $9 online ( There is no limit on the amount of times you can enter and it isn't necessary to have a current hunting license to purchase chances. However, if selected, you must be licensed when the hunt takes place. All winners will be selected by random computer draw and notified within two weeks following the Oct. 15 entry deadline.

While the BTTH program provides hunters the opportunity to enjoy extremely high quality hunts they might not otherwise be able to afford, it also has proven be a lucrative cash cow for TPWD.

TPWD public hunting program specialist Kelly Edmiston says there were 79,000 BTTH entries sold in 2016 that generated about $737,000. Edmiston said the funds are used to support public hunting opportunities and wildlife observation projects all around the state.

For a full list and descriptions of BTTH's on tap for 2017-18, check out

Combs grabs win on Mille Lacs

Huntington's Keith Combs finished out the 2017 Elite Series season with an impressive wire-to-wire win in the Toyota Angler of the Year Championship on Mille Lacs Lake in Onamia, Minn. The personable Ranger pro weighed in 72 pounds, 5 ounces of thick-shouldered smallmouth to top second-place finisher James Elam by more than a pound.

The victory is Combs' second Elite Series win since joining the top level circuit in 2011 and his 21st Top 10 finish through 78 events. A six-time 'Classic qualifier, Combs has racked up $901,635 winnings in Bassmaster events.
He ended the season ninth in the AOY points race.

Fishing gaining popularity nationwide

Participation in recreational fishing has increased nearly 20 percent over the last 10 years and fishing-related expenditures have jumped 2.4 percent over the last five years, according to results of the 2016 National Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife survey conducted by the U.S. Wildlife Service and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Conducted every five years, the survey shows that fishing participation has increased 8.2 percent among individuals 16-65 years old, the highest level of participation since 1991. Additionally, the survey shows that revenue generated by fishing has increased from $45 billion to $46.1 billion.

Castledine grabs third AOY title

Nacogdoches bass pro Todd Castledine notched a 20th place finish in the final Costa FLW Series event of the season on Lake Texoma to grab the 2017 Costa Southwestern Division Angler of the Year title with 722 points.

Castledine's season included a win on Sam Rayburn and a 10th-place finish on Grand Lake in Oklahoma. He also won the AOY title in 2011 and 2014.

Russell Cecil of Willis finished second in the AOY standings with 705 points. Both pros along with the Top 40 pro and co-angler qualifiers from four other divisions will compete in the Costa FLW Series Championship on Nov. 2-4 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn.

Lampasas County man indicted in deaths of bald eagles
From TPWD Reports

A Lampasas County grand jury has returned an indictment against a Bend, Texas, man on two counts of killing bald eagles, a protected non-game animal. Jackie Brister, 82, also faces additional charges alleging he captured and killed numerous other non-game birds, including black vultures and turkey vultures.

Texas game wardens launched an initial investigation after responding to a call regarding a wounded bald eagle discovered near Bend on Jan. 11, 2017; the bird did not survive. Working in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wardens determined the eagle had been shot by a rifle. Further investigation uncovered evidence of additional taking of protected non-game animals.

With help from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office, cases were made and filed with the Lampasas County District Attorney’s Office.

In addition to citations for the taking of a state threatened species and non-game birds, Class C misdemeanors punishable by fines of $25-$500 for each case, Brister also faces a Class A misdemeanor violation for hunting without landowner consent. That charge carries a possible fine of $500-$4,000 and/or up to a one year state jail term. Brister could also face civil restitution for the eagles in an amount to be determined exceeding $10,000 each.

Pipeline and power line right-of-ways are good places to situate deer stands and food plots. (Photo by Matt Williams)October 6, 2017 - Just about any serious deer hunter will be quick to agree that getting ready for a full season of chasing whitetails can add up to a considerable amount of work. The really hardcore junkies might call it a labor of love, one that is marked by an long chain of sweaty chores that are typically carried out long before the dawn of opening day.

To wit:

The smart hunter is sure to have shooting lanes trimmed or mowed by now. He's already secured new stands and made any needed repairs to old ones. Corn feeders are full and any new feeding stations have been up and running for the better part of month, possibly longer in order to give inherently wary whitetails plenty of time to adjust ahead of the Nov. 4 general season opener.

Another pre-season chore frequently carried out on deer leases and hunting clubs across Texas this time of year involves planting fall food plots utilizing any number blends and mixes that do well in cool weather.

Once established, fall and winter cover crops like gulf rye, oats, clover, wheat, Austrian winter peas, cowpeas, etc…. perform double duty by benefitting hunters as well as deer and other wildlife.

For starters, food plots boost the odds of luring deer into the open for evaluation and possible harvest, especially late in the season after their natural food supplies have been exhausted. More importantly, they provide great sources of critical nutrition to carry animals through the harshest part of winter and early spring, when other food supplies are hard to come by.

There's an art to planting food plots, and much of it revolves around timing. Some land managers like to get a jump on things and do their planting in early September, often around the Labor Day holiday.

That might be alright for small leases involving just a couple plots or during years when there is sufficient ground moisture jump start the germination process. Just be aware that planting early can be financially risky business if you're sowing a lot of seed, mainly because cereal grains and legumes don't come cheap.

Plant too early and there's a good chance the weather could turn off oppressively hot and dry. This could kill young, immature plants before they have the opportunity to become established, or prevent them from germinating altogether.

For that reason, some wildlife managers around eastern Texas have told me that it's a good idea to wait until until late September or early October to put seed in the ground. That way the risk of crop failure is greatly reduced.

Dr. Billy Higginbotham knows a thing or two about planting fall and winter food plots. Higginbotham is a professor emeritus with the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton. He's been working closely with landowners and land managers around eastern Texas in all areas of wildlife and fisheries management for decades.

According to Higginbotham, the first order business to be tackled before planting any cool season food plot is make sure the soil contains the proper goodies to spur optimum growth. That means having the soil tested to determine the existing pH level.

Soil tests can be performed at a minimal cost through soil labs at SFA and Texas A&M universities. Local county extension offices can point you in the right direction to get it done.

"Soil tests are necessary to determine if agricultural lime is needed to correct low pH levels and to allow landowners to customize fertilizer applications based on the varieties of plants established," says Higginbotham. "This simple step can mean the difference in abundant forage production or food plots that fail to justify establishment costs."

Ideally, soil testing should be performed prior to the planting date to allow time to make any amendments to the soil content that may be needed, Higginbotham added.

The next step is prepping the ground. While some cereal grains like rye and oats will germinate on top of the ground given sufficient moisture, you will achieve much better results by breaking up the ground by tilling or discing, then dragging lightly to cover the seed with a thin layer of soil.

The Best Mix

Some deer managers prefer to take the easy street and plant some sort of cereal grain like oats or rye because they are simple to distribute and fairly easy to get established with a little moisture. But if your objective is to do deer and other wildlife some good over the long term, offer them a nutritional buffet as opposed to one main course.

Higginbotham is a big fan of offering deer some variety. One his favorite combinations is a generous blend of iron and clay cowpeas at seeding rate of about 40 pounds per acre, a winter hardy oat variety at 40 pounds per acre and arrowleaf clover at a rate of about 10 pounds per acre.

The biologist said it is important to note that cowpeas and clover are legumes. The seeds must be inoculated using the proper inoculate. The inoculate helps the plant develop nodules, which in turn produce the nitrogen that spurs plant growth and helps achieve maximum production throughout the growth period.

"If all three varieties are utilized, it is important to plant the oats and peas first, covering them to a depth of about one inch," Higginbotham said. "The clover seed can then be distributed and lightly dragged in just deep enough to cover the seed. Planting seed too deep has led to many food plot failures."

Once the seeds are in the ground, Higginbotham said cowpeas are usually the first to begin showing signs of life.

"Within a week of planting, the cowpeas will literally jump out of the ground and serve to hold the deer until the oats can germinate and grow," he said. "While the peas will disappear under heavy use or with the first freeze, the oats will provide forage up until the spring green-up, at which time the arrowleaf clover comes on strong and remains available well into June."

Another combination Higginbotham likes in East Texas is a combination of chicory seeded at about 10 pounds per acre and winter hardy oats seeded at 100 pounds per acre. He recommends seeding and covering the oats about one inch deep, then overseeding and lightly covering the chicory.


Cereal grains and legumes will germinate and grow without fertilization, but not near as good as they will when peppered with a good fertilizer containing the proper percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Soil testing will determine the proper fertilization rate. A rate of 200-300 pounds per acre is fairly common. It's hard to go wrong with a 13-13-13 fertilizer.

The Right Size, Shape

As a rule, its best to have several small food plots scattered around the property as opposed to one or two big ones. The best food plots are those that are long and linear in shape. Roads, pipeline and power line crossings are ideal.

Of course, not all leases have the luxury of having access to pipeline and powerline crossings. In such a case, old log sets, open fields bordering timber stands and logging road intersections make good locations for food plots so long as ample sunlight can reach the ground. It's also a good idea to make sure food plots are fairly centralized, well away from fence boundaries.

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

October 4, 2017 - The Center Roughriders Varsity Football Team broke into the win column at the right time by beating the Bullard Panthers 39-35, during each team’s first District 9 4A-1 game, last Friday. The Roughriders are now 1-4 overall and have a 1-0 conference mark. They will next host the Palestine Wildcats on Friday, October 6, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at Roughriders Stadium. Palestine is 2-3, 0-1 and lost to the Kilgore Bulldogs 31-21 last week.

The Joaquin Rams won their Homecoming, and their fourth straight game, by defeating the Hawkins Hawks 56-0. The Rams are now 4-1 on the season and will head to District 11 2A-1 play when they face the Alto Yellowjackets, in Alto, on Friday, October 13, 2017. Alto is 1-4( 0-0) and they lost at home to the Rusk Eagles last week by a 43-21 score.

The Shelbyville Dragons are 0-4 and lost last week to the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs by a 26-14 score at home. The Dragons have one more non-conference game. They face the All Saints Episcopal Trojans in Tyler. Kick off will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday October 6, 2017. The Trojans are 3-2. They lost to Frankston by a 62-14 score last Friday.

The Tenaha Tigers are ranked among the top of 2A Division II schools and they boast a 4-0 record. They had a bye last week. The Tigers beat the Clarksville Tigers by a 62-6 score two weeks ago. They will next face the 1-4 West Sabine Tigers, at West Sabine High School on Friday, October 6, 2017. Kickoff for the non-district game is at 7:30 p.m.

The Timpson Bears are on a bye week and will next play the Wortham Bulldogs at Wortham Bulldogs Stadium, on October 13, 2017. Both teams are starting District 11 2A-2 play, and have an identical 4-1 record. Timpson beat the Lovelady Lions 20-14 last week on the road. Wortham suffered a tough loss at Granger High School 41-34.