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(Pictured not in order): Coaches are Matt Williams, Brad Fitzgerald, and Matthew Mettauer. Team members are Danny Gonzales, Ryan Jones, Jordan McSwain, Kedrian Hinson, Connor Henson, Jesse Snider, Lance Wilburn, Ethan Lee, Asher Malloy, Garrett Mettauer, Wilbeth Cruz, and Cam Williams.

 Photo of two players, Garrett Mettauer and Jordan McSwain pointing at the score board 5-20 after the Splendora vs Center game.July 16, 2015 - The coaches, parents, and boys of the Center 9-10 years old All Star Team would like to show their aprreciation to the local businesses and people of our community for donating and sponsoring them on their trip to battle for state in Spendora, Texas. They came home in third place and also received the Best Sportsmanship Award. They fought hard and came home winners in everyone's eyes.

Thank you to the Center All Star Sponsors: MB II Management LLC ($500); W Stephen Shires; Joe Bill Mettauer Insurance; The Law Office of Jeff Adams, PLLC; Fairchild, Price, Haley & Smith, LLP; Mettauer Law Firm, PLLC ($500); Ace Hardware of East Texas ($500); McAdams Propane Company; Center Welding; Shelby Savings Bank; Mangum Funeral Home; Susan Snider & Vicky Hudson, Edward Jones; Casey Williams, Edward Jones; H5 Farms; and Shana Brittain, Southern Seasons.

Also, thank you to the City of Center, Brookshire Brothers, and Wal-Mart for allowing us to take up money in their locations.

July 16, 2015 - Tenaha ISD annouces the time for all students wishing to participate in any sport to get their physical. The sports physicals will take place on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

July 14, 2015 - On Monday, July 13 Center headed to the final round of the Dixie League State Tournament after a 3-1 win-loss performance.

Center started their 11-12 year old Dixie League State Tournament play last Saturday with an 11-0 win over Cold Springs which saw Center pitchers Garry Smith and Jase Bird combine for a no-hit performance. Bird struck out the side in the fifth and final inning to enforce the ten-run-rule and end the game.

Center won their next game over Tyler on Saturday, but lost to Huntington on Sunday but later came from behind win over Palestine to avoid elimination. Center entered the finals against Huntington, on Monday needing to win two games as opposed to just one game needed by the undefeated Huntington team.

Huntington gained a 2-1 lead over Center by the end of the first inning. Neither team was able to score in the second frame. Huntington was able to extend their lead to 4-1 in the the third inning. Huntington then proved to be too much and took control of the tournament by going up 8-1 after a three run homer with no outs in the top of the fourth inning and then they added four more runs on three hits to go up 12-1 before Center was able to retire the side.

The next three Center batters were able to put the bat on the ball in the bottom of fourth inning but Huntington was able to retire the side in 1-2-3 fashion by getting outs on two grounders and a pop up in the infield.

Huntington advanced on to be this year's state champion while the Center team claimed the state runner-up title. Huntington was also named as this year's Sportsmanship Team this season as well.

The Center team and Coaches Robby Dubea, Kevin Jones and Jason Snider have a lot to be proud of this season as well as having a lot to look forward to next season as a majority of their team will be 12 year olds and will return next season.

Center 12U Dixie Major Pre-Championship Game Photos - Album

July 11, 2015 - The Center Riders 12U All Stars baseball team will compete this weekend at the Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament. They will make their debut in the tournament with a 1:30pm game time on Saturday, at the Center Youth Baseball Park, Center, Texas. Their hard work, commitment, and dedication will represent Center proudly.

July 8, 2015 - The East Texas WildWings Finished in second place to earn a Saphire ring in the Destin Florida World Series. The Wings completed the pool games as top seed and went on to battle a rigorous final day to come up short after losing a last inning lead. The season ends for the Wings with a record of 41 wins and 6 losses.


(L to R) Connor Hogan , Logan Horton, Jackson Campbell, Tate Bass, Tanner Brooks, TJ Belin, (kneeling) Dylan Parker , Carson Bush, Kolt Larsen, Tanor Doggett, and Dylan Crawford, (Coaches) Travis Belin , Isaac Anderson, Josh Horton, Mick Doggett

July 8, 2015 - The LSU Shreveport Pilots baseball team have added four more quality recruits to their 2015-16 roster after a successful recruiting trip to East Texas. The LSUS baseball coaches, Al Cantwell and Brent Lavallee, have been working hard in the off season to beef up their roster and they struck gold in adding four players from East Texas with the signing of Chantz Holland, Justin Danzer, Zak Hambright, and Jacob Mitchell.

Jacob Mitchell - RHP - Center HS - Center, TX –6’3 – 185 - FR
Mitchell enjoyed an incredibly successful career at Center HS which was capped when he was named the 4A District MVP for Region 3. The Pilots are looking forward to him to continue that success in Shreveport. His senior year saw Jacob go 10-1 with a 1.18 ERA while leading his team to the Regional Semi-finals. Jacob joins fellow freshman, Brandt McNease and Zak Hambright, as young arms that could fight for a lot of innings. Mitchell sports three pitches and is incredibly smart on the mound. "Jacob is like having a coach out there on the mound. He is always thinking one or two pitches ahead, fields his position well, and attacks hitters. As a coach, we could not ask for more. With his frame and his commitment to the weight room, this young man could see some very big innings for the Pilots during his career. He will be a fun one to watch and cheer for."

Chantz Holland - RHP - Tyler JC - Palestine, TX - RHP – 6’1 – 180 - JR
Holland is an incredible athlete who is expected to be in the starting rotation for the Pilots in 2016. He has an electric arm with a plus breaking ball to go along with an above average fastball. Coming off a year spent in relief at TJC, he helped the Apaches win their second consecutive National Championship. "Chantz brings us front of the rotation stuff, has the makeup, and the experience to help the Pilots have a successful season. It's always a plus when you have a transfer who has won a World Series come and join your team and help us mature some of the younger guys."

Justin Danzer - C - Tatum HS - Tatum, TX –6’0 - 180 - FR
Danzer may be one of the most advanced freshman catchers that the Pilots coaches have seen while on the recruiting trail. A two-time District MVP (2014 & 2015), he showcases a plus arm, soft hands, and has the ability to hit at the college level. Danzer’s athleticism and instincts are off the charts and the Pilots coaches are looking for him to compete for a starting spot right away. “We look forward to see how he handles the jump from High school to college. Justin is incredibly talented and he is hungry to prove that he is ready to compete at the highest level. He will be a very fun player to watch for the next four years."

Zak Hambright - LHP - Tatum HS – Tatum, TX – 6’3 – 180 - FR
Hambright has an incredibly high ceiling and he will be a fun athlete to watch as he matures and continues to get stronger. This southpaw possesses a great Curveball to go along with his Fastball that has very good life, especially when it is down in the zone. "With some added strength, as well as becoming a "pitcher-only", we will see Zak flourish as a Pilot. The coaching staff is very excited about this young man."

July 6, 2015 - Let's play ball! Center is hosting eight baseball tournaments starting Saturday, July 4th. Teams from all over will converge on Center for Regional and State baseball games.

The Center Youth Baseball League will be hosting the following tournaments:
(Click the tournament to see the bracket. Brackets will be updated daily.)

(Due to rain delays on July 4th, some games have still been ongoing the morning of July 5th. These brackets show progress as of 1:16am.)

T-Ball South Large Division Regional Tournament (July 4-6) (Final)
T-Ball South Junior Division Regional Tournament (July 4-6) (Final)
Coach Pitch Large Division South Regional Tournament (July 4-6) (Final)
Coach Pitch Junior Division South (July 4-6) (Final)
Machine Pitch South Large Division (July 4-6) (Final)
Machine Pitch Junior South (July 4-6) (Final)
Texas Dixie 13-14 Boys Baseball State Tournament (July 4-9) (Updated 7/6, 11:07pm)
Texas Dixie Junior Boys Baseball State Tournament (July 6-8)

(Front row) Malachi Sierra, Travis Caporali, Chance Gray, DJ Barnes, Macager Alvis (Second row) Obed Solis, Cason Parker, Justin Jackson, Trace Sims, Jason Fleming (Coaches) Johnny Fleming, Jamie Cartwright, Dennis Barnes, Alana Fleming

June 25, 2015 - The Shelbyville Dragons 8 and under All Stars team recently competed in the district tournament held in Huntington, TX, and placed 2nd in their division. They earned a spot in the state tournament that will be held the weekend of July 4th in Center, TX.

These guys have came a long way since the beginning of the season.

The coaches would like to thank the parents of these young men for all your involvement and dedication to our baseball family. Hard work pays off! Go Dragons! We Will Win!

June 24, 2015 - The Center Titians 12U Girls All-Stars participated in the ASA State Tournament in Lufkin on June 12th-14th and won runner up. The Titians were undefeated until the tournament was called because of bad weather. Because the tournment was called, the Titians received runner up based on the runs allowed during the tournament.

June 23, 2015 - The 8U Joaquin Ram All Star Team played in the District 2 Championship game on June 22nd in Huntington, Texas defeating the Huntington Red All Star Team 16-11. The Rams went undefeated at the District Tournament coming from behind in two of the games from 7-0 and 10-3 deficits exhibiting pride, teamwork and never giving up. Way to go Rams!

The Rams will compete in the State Tournament beginning July 4th in Center, Texas. Good Luck! ALL IN!

(Front row) Conrad Shahan, Evan Miller, Keaton Cason, Jake Neal, Bryce Roberts. Back row)Ashton Sims, Duncan McCann, Jackson Griffin, Tucker Gamble, Karson Rogers. (Coaches) Brandon Neal, Steven McCann, Blake Gamble, Kade Rogers

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