June 14, 2018 - The Shelbyville Dragon 6U TBall All Stars won 1st place in their District Championship on Tuesday, June 12th. We are beyond proud of our boys and very excited to move to the next level and play in the Regional Tournament hosted by Palestine June 30-July 3. These boys play with heart and proved to their fans just how resilient they truly are. We would like to extend our gratitude to the community for all your support and prayers this far and to please continue your support as we advance to the next level.

We would also like to invite anyone who is interested to participate in our sponsorship/donation fundraiser. Our team will be ordering a banner and your business name will be listed as a sponsor. All donations will be divided between all 11 players for all travel expenses. Thank you all again! We are Proud to be a Dragon!

Please contact your favorite player or coach to make a donation. We also have a Facebook donation link set up for a more convenient pay system.

June 18, 2018 - The City of Center and Center Youth Baseball are excited to announce the 2018 Dixie Regional World Series will be hosted in Center from Friday, July 20 through Monday, July 23.

Last October, the City Council created a committee to start the process of soliciting the World Series. Unlike the other baseball tournaments hosted, the bid is not a financial commitment, but rather what can the community offer during the event. The World Series is hosted by larger cities across Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. "This truly is a great opportunity to showcase our town to others who would normally not have a reason to visit Center," said Center Mayor David Chadwick. "This is quite an accomplishment for our community and the committee to secure such a significant event for a town our size."

"The Regional World Series consists of 35-40 teams from the South," explained Center Recreation Director Jason Mitchell. "Center will be allowed to have a host team in each division and this also gives our players some great exposure to another level of competition."

"We really want these families and teams to have a great experience in Center and we need community support to represent ourselves well," Chadwick continued. There will be volunteer opportunities during the World Series, including staffing the tournament. "We also need host families to show hospitality to our out-of-town visitors." Lastly, there are sponsorship opportunities for local businesses during the tournament. The deadline for sponsors to get their ads in the tournament book is July 1.

To facilitate communication and information, the World Series will have a mobile app. Simply download the Attendify app and search for DYB to stay current on this event. (Corrected search to DYB)

Anyone interested in sponsoring, staffing the tournament, or being a host family should visit the City website at or contact Jason Mitchell at 936/590-7196.

June 8, 2018 - Justin Raymond, a 7th grade student at Shelbyville Jr. High School recently competed in the Texas Jr. High Rodeo Finals in Gonzales, Texas. While there, he and his partner, George Chambers from Benton Louisiana, ended up winning Reserve State Grand Champion in the Team Roping Event and also earned a position on the Texas National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Huron, South Dakota, June 24th thru June 30th to compete at the 14th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the Team Roping Competition.

Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico, the NJHFR is the world's largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $80,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 – based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds – to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of all NJHFR performances will air on: Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 24th, and 9 a.m. & 7 p.m. each day thereafter. 

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NJHFR tradeshow, as well as visiting area attractions as Huron hosts the NJHFR this year. To follow your local favorites at the NJHFR, visit daily for complete results. For ticket information and reservations, visit

June 7, 2018 - Vincent Cartwright in collaboration with Shelbyville Youth Sports is hosting a Shelby and Sabine County Youth Football Camp on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Shelbyville H.S. football field.

Special guest is Keith Davis who is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Sam Houston State University. 

Other current and former College and NFL players attending are Dominique Edison who is a former American football wide receiver drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Steven Cunigan (Stephen F. Austin), Trez Barnes (Midwestern State University), Theo Ghoston (McMurry University), Octavian Burrell (Hardin Simmons University), and along with others.

The camp is for youth ages 8 up to 17 years old. Registration is $10 and is 800am to 8:30am Saturday, June 16th! Campers will learn position specific high school, college, and NFL techniques.

Free Food! Free Drinks! Free Shirts for First 100 Campers! Father's Day Weekend! Food prepared and served by "Community Catering" with help from Andre Cartwright!

Contact Johnny Fleming at 936-590-4526 or email

June 6, 2018 - Thirteen year old Pacey Rhodes is headed to the Junior High Rodeo National Finals in Huron, South Dakota to be held June 25 thru 30th. Pacey is the son of Robbie Rhodes and Heather Rhodes, and grandson of J. T. and Jeanie Rhodes of Timpson.

Pacey competes in the Texas Region 5 Junior High Rodeo Association. His event is Chute Dogging. In the recent State Finals, Pacey placed first, with a time of 2.60 seconds, in the first round on Tuesday, May 29. First, with a time of 1.98 seconds, in the second round on Thursday, May 31. The short go on Saturday, June 2, got him a third, with the time of 4.90 seconds. After all the points and times were calculated, he was 4th in the state. This earned him four beautiful belt buckles, and more importantly, a spot in the Junior High Rodeo National Finals!

June 5, 2018 - Avengers Baseball is made up of tweleve 7-year-old boys with a love for the game. They started preparing for their season in October and have been full force since then. The boys have played in 9 tournaments this season taking the Championship status in 7 of those.

This group is dedicated to the game and only expect the best from each other and themselves every time they take the field.

The Avengers team has qualified to play in the USSSA World Series in Dallas July 4th - 8th.

Sponsor a player fundraiser through Facebook fundraisers will help the boys get to the World Series. You donate to sponsor one of the players on the team and the player with the most sponsorship donations will win a prize. In the end, all the donations will be divided among all the boys to help pay for hotel stay, feeding them and tournament fees.

Thank you for supporting Avengers Baseball.

Team Roster - (#3) Jaylan Henderson, (#6) Brennan Kilpatrick, (#10) Ian McMichael, (#16) Braylon Williams, (#9) Easton Jones, (#27) Daylon Smith, (#13) JaKobe Evans, (#20) Caleb Terrazas, (#21) Kjriz Ibarra, (#29) Sergio Rubio, (#2) Christyce Barnes, and (#22) Joseph Mitchell

May 24, 2018 - 1st annual Vincent Cartwright's Youth Football Camp! I am very humbled and grateful for this opportunity to give back to the kids of Shelbyville and surrounding communities. 

Please help me spread the word! June 16th, 8:30am to 1pm, $10 per child, All proceeds will be donated back to our youth! 

Please feel free to contact Johnny Fleming with any questions.



May 23, 2018 - Center HS Roughriders Baseball Team Awards

MVP: Jaxon Covington
Offensive MVP: Tyler Fountain
Defensive MVP: Logan Mitchell

All 15-4A District Awards
Most Valuable Player – Jaxon Covington, SR, 1B/P 
Offensive MVP – Tyler Fountain, SR, OF/P
Co-Defensive MVP – Logan Mitchell, SR, 3B 
1st Team Pitcher – Clay Snider, SR
2nd Team Catcher – Christian Lee, SR
1st Team SS – Dalton Alexander, SR
1st Team OF – Juan Gonzalez, JR
2nd Team OF – Zacc Smith, SO
1st Team DH – Alejandro Flores, SR
Honorable Mention – Jayden Hicks, SO, 2B

Coach of the Year – Kelly Spann

Congratulations Riders on an awesome season!!

May 22, 2018 - Shane Peveto from Timpson,Texas a 6’4” #220 Defensive Lineman was selected to attend the Blue-Grey National Super Combine in Dallas on June 2-3, 2018. 

Shane was invited to attend based on his performance at a regional combine held at the beginning of May in Sugar Land, Texas.

Shane is honored to have been selected in this national event. Based on his performance he will have the opportunity to play in the Blue- Grey National All American Bowl held at AT&T Stadium in Dallas or one of the other three locations held later this year.

May 17, 2018, Center High School – Senior Center High School student Mildred “Millie” Medina has signed a letter of intent to play soccer with Paris Junior College next season. Medina will graduate high school later this month and take her talents to the next level. She looks forward to pursuing a college degree in possibly business or the health field.

Paris Junior College has three campuses in Texas. They are at Paris, Greenville, and Sulphur Springs. The Paris Campus was established in 1624. They have about 5,000 students when all campuses are combined. The college prides itself in academics and has had several athletic successes as well, including a 2005 Men’s NJCAA Basketball Tournament Championship.

Medina said, “The people at Paris Junior College made me feel welcome. I will miss my friends and family here in Center but I am looking forward to next school year at PJC.”

Medina will be looked at to play forward with the Paris JC Dragon team for the 2018-2019 National Junior College Athletic Association’s Southwest Conference season.