Desmond Hillard is seen on the field instructing campers during the Preston Football Camp.

June 12, 2017 - Dwight Preston hosted his annual mentoring program and football camp on Friday and Saturday, June 2-3. There were about 10 kids in attendance for the mentoring program plus guests.

Several familiar faces were on hand during the mentoring program. Pictured are (from left) Dwight Preston, Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom and John Brooks, Founder of MBK Mentor.

The mentoring program, "My Brother's Keeper," was held in the conference room of the Best Western Plus in Center and featured a host of mentoring participants. They included: Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom; John Brooks, Founder of MBK Mentor; Noel Cotton, Sid Roberts Funeral Home Director; Lt. Jeremy Bittick, with Center Police Department (accompanied by Sgt. Ricky King and Officer Kenneth King); Todd Bailey, Professional Body Builder; and Dwight Preston himself.

"They talked to them about being positive, about attitude. Mr. Cotton talked a lot about them putting in the work. If you want to have something, you're going to have to put the work in to get it," said Preston.

Former Center Roughrider Jeremy Small is seen giving tips to camp participants.

A lot of the kids attending the program, Preston works with during the school year. He said some of the kids attending the program have trust issues and need nurturing.

"One of the kids really, really came out and Mr. Cotton really helped him out," said Preston. "One thing with kids with trust issues you cannot do is tell them something and don't do it, because, they expect you not to do it all the time."

Dwight Preston and John Preston in a huddle with campers.

Although some of the kids have had to face negative situations in their lives, Preston wants to help break the cycle and help them to realize everything in the world is not that way, not everyone is bad, and some days are just bad days.

Preston said during the program the kids were provided with a continental breakfast, pizza, gifts and MBK bags provided by John Brooks.

Following the mentoring program on Friday, the Preston Football Camp was held on Saturday. Several people contributed time to the camp to help educate the children on different football skills.

John Preston (foreground) shows some moves to Preston campers while Ronnie Williams waits his turn.

Those individuals included: Ronnie Williams, Elliott Edwards, Jeremy Smith, Desmond Hillard, John Brooks, Jeremy Small, David Harris, John Preston, Jhimon Preston, Jerrett Preston and Stephen Preston.

Preston had some additional news about Jeremy Small, "He has graduated from graduate school. He graduated from college and he went to grad school, he has his Masters and he is going to be working in Nacogdoches over at their high school."

The camp was a success, and plans for next year are in the making.

Dwight Preston (left) is seen with his fellow championship football teammates from Kansas Wesleyan University who attended the mentoring program and camp and helped out.

First place team members with Lorei Choate with Shelby Savings Bank (left) and Deborah Chadwick with the Chamber of Commerce (right)

June 9, 2017 (More photos) - The 2nd Annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic was held recently at the Center Country Club with presenting sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank. Gold Sponsors for the Event were High Roller Wells and Texas Quick Care. The participating golfers were served lunch and had a 12:30 p.m. tee time with the opportunity to win an ATV with a hole in one shot contest.

At the end of the day the teams turned in their scorecards and the results were announced. In First Place was the Center Country Club team with Joe Whittlesy, Austin Craig, Billy Thompson and Roy Peace.

Second place team (from left) Bobby Pigg, Charles Rushing, Howell Howard, and John Howard.

Second place was awarded to the East Texas Poultry Team comprised of Howell Howard, John Howard, Bobby Pigg and Charles Rushing. Coming in third place was the Farmers State Bank team with Scott Stanfield, Ryan Pinkston, Shane Ray and Roy Blake.

Third place team (from left) Shane Ray, Ryan Pinkston, and Scott Stanfield.

Leon Dykes, a member of the Center ISD team, won the longest drive. Howell Howard had the shortest drive.

From left: Howell Howard won shortest drive and Leon Dykes won longest drive.

The Chamber's 2nd Annual Golf Classic was an opportunity to network with Chamber members and potential business associates. The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.

Thank you to all our sponsors and participants! See you next year!

  • Presenting Sponsor: Shelby Savings Bank Gold Sponsors: High Roller Wells and Texas Quick Care
  • Corporate Team Sponsors: East Texas Poultry Supply, Farmers State Bank, Hope Medical, Steel Building Supply, Tyson Foods
  • Beverage Cart Sponsor: Aurora Concepts LLC
  • Interactive Hole Sponsor: Pineywoods Beverage
  • Golf Ball Sponsor: Center Country Club Pro Shop
  • Goodie Bag Sponsor: Texas Quick Care
  • Tee Box Sponsors: Edward Jones Investments, Shawn Danley Construction, Texas State Bank (Center Branch)
  • Cart Path Sponsors: B&S A/C and Heating, Celebrations Events & Travel, Dairy Queen, Edward Jones Investments, Hughes Florist, Nettie's Nook & Sammitch Shop, Shawn Danley Construction

Thank you to Center Motor for allowing the use of 2 ATVs; to Bobby Daw for cooking a delicious lunch and to the staff at the Center Country Club.

Center Middle School Gymnasium, June 08, 2017 –

The 2017 Roughrider Summer Basketball Camp was held in the Center Middle School Gymnasium for boys entering grades fourth through eighth. Each camp participant received a T-shirt and learned the value of conditioning drills, basketball fundamentals, competitiveness, and teamwork. Coaches, including Head Basketball Coach Hiram Harrison, instructed over forty players at the camp which lasted three days.

May 31, 2017 - Tenaha student Pacey Rhodes, son of Heather and Robbie Rhodes, competed in the Texas State Junior High Finals this past week in chute dogging. Pacey finished 2nd in average time and 3rd place in points.

His outstanding performances earned him the chance to compete in the National Finals in Lebanon, Tennessee the week of June 18-24.

May 25, 2017 - Rams, Roughriders, and Dragons will be represented as the nations elite 10u baseball players gather in Disney World.

From left: Ram Tanor Doggett, Roughrider Logan Horton, Roughrider Carson Crawford and Dragon Dylan Parker

Shelby county will be represented well in the Demarini Elite 32 World Series event located in Orlando, Florida Disney World. The event invites the top 32 teams in the United States to compete for the title of National Champion. These four players have committed their time and efforts since 4 years of age to achieve this dream.

Their love for the game and motivation to succeed is the driving force behind their efforts. The future is bright for Shelby County Baseball and their parents would like to thank the community for the support they have each received.

May 22, 2017 - Center's own Grant Belrose, owner of 936 CrossFit, traveled to San Antonio over the weekend to compete in the 2017 South Regional (Latin America, South West US, South Central US) CrossFit Games in San Antonio, Texas as part of the Reebok CrossFit Games.

After competing in the CrossFit Open (Area level) in February, Grant was invited to compete in the regional along with 47 more athletes from the southern United States and Latin America. The Open is the first stage of the CrossFit Games which includes hundreds of thousands of athletes competing in the worldwide, online competition.

Grant not only displayed strength and skill but also mental fortitude completing 6 workouts in 3 days.

His standings were:

Event 1 - 42nd place (For time, wearing a 20-lb weight vest: 1,200-m run; Then, 12 rounds of: 4 strict handstand push-ups, 8 chest-to-bar pull-ups, 12 squats)
Event 2 - 13th place (21-15-9 reps for time of: 80-lb Dumbbell snatches and Ring dips)

Event 3 - 19th place (For time: 100-ft (80-lb) dumbbell overhead walking lunge; 100 double-unders; 50 (30-lb) wall-ball shots; 15-ft. rope climb, 10 ascents; 50 wall-ball shots; 100 double-unders; 100-ft. dumbbell overhead walking lunge)
Event 4 - 36th place (For time: 60-ft. handstand walk; 10 toes-to-bars; 10 (150-lb) double kettlebell deadlifts; 60-ft. handstand walk; 12 toes-to-bars; 12 double kettlebell deadlifts; 60-ft. handstand walk; 14 toes-to-bars; 14 double kettlebell deadlifts; 60-ft. handstand walk; 16 toes-to-bars; 16 double kettlebell deadlifts)

Event 5 - 12th place (21-15-9 reps (80-lb. dumbbell) for time of: Muscle-ups and Single-arm overhead squats)
Event 6 - 12th place (For time: 30 / 25 cal. bike; 20 burpee (30-in) box jump-overs; 10 (150-lb) sandbag cleans)

Finishing out his final points standing in 19th place overall.

When asked what his goals for next season are he replied "next year, top 10". 

Congratulations Grant Belrose on an outstanding showing and we look forward to seeing you accomplish your next season goals.

Saturday, May 20, 2017. Shreveport Convention Center –

Nicholas Samford, of Tenaha, won the Novice Classic Physique Division of the International Federation of Body Builder’s (IFBB) Competition held at the Shreveport Convention Center last Saturday.

Samford has been weight lifting for two and a half years and decided 20 weeks ago, as a New Year’s resolution to compete in the National Qualifier event which is sponsored by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Louisiana Governor’s Games, Caddo Parrish and IFBB Federation League.

The competition had around 110 total competitors competing in men’s and women’s competitions ranging from men’s and women’s: body building, physic, and women’s bikini categories. Most categories had divisions ranging from professional to amateur.

Samford stated, “I’m very pleased to have some success at my first event. This is hard work and to win this event was so exciting.” Samford plans to possibly compete again in August at the Sherman Classic in Galveston.

Samford is trained by longtime IFBB competitor, and coach, Bobby Smith from Center. He is also the son of Ronny and Rhonda Samford of Tenaha. He graduated from Tenaha High School in 2007 and currently works at the Eastman Chemical Plant in Longview.

May 15, 2017 - Joaquin Lady Rams will play Cross Roads in the Regional Semi-finals Playoff Game at Letourneau University on Friday, May 19th at 6pm.

May 10, 2017 - Watch the UIL Track & Field Championships! Thursday, Friday, & Saturday on the NFHS Network

May 2, 2017 - The Tenaha Tiger Boys will be competing Saturday, May 13 in the 2017 Track and Field State Meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium University of Texas at Austin in the 800m Relay race.

The 800m Relay team members who qualified for State with a seed time of 1:30.62 are Onterio Thompson, Altus Horn, Jachristopher Gardner, Jaquavion Lloyd, and Kale Page. (State Qualifiers)

Event Schedule
Saturday, May 13, 2017: 2A Girls/Boys followed by 3A Girls/Boys
Exception: Hurdles Girls then Boys*

12:00 pm - 400m Relay
12:20 pm - 800m Run
12:45 pm - 100m Girls Hurdles*
12:55 pm - 110m Boys Hurdles*
1:05 pm - 100m Dash
1:25 pm - 800m Relay
1:45 pm - 400m Dash
2:05 pm - 300m Girls Hurdles*
2:15 pm - 300m Boys Hurdles*
2:25 pm - 200m Dash
2:45 pm - 1600m Run
3:15 pm - 1600m Relay

You can watch the meet live at NFHS Network. Note: you have to pay for this if you want to watch. You can also follow live on Just click on Live Results.

Track & Field State Meet Spectator Information


Gates will open an hour before the first event each day. Ticket sales are cash or check only.  Please make checks payable to the University of Texas. ATMs are avaialble on site and outside of Gate 4 of Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Ticket Prices
All Meet Ticket (Sessions 1-5) $30.00
Sessions 4 & 5 (Saturday) $20.00
Individual Sessions - Adult $12.00
Individual Sessions - Student (ages 2+) $7.00
Coaches/Officials Ticket - All Meet (w/identification) $20.00

There will be no re-entry for single session ticket holders.

Spectator Parking

University of Texas Parking & Transportation Services administrates all parking rules and fees. Neither UT Athletics nor the UIL office has control over University parking procedures. If you have any questions about University of Texas parking procedures, please go to or email questions to A number of parking garages are within walking distance of Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Discounted Event Parking Manor Garage Only (Click & Park)

UT Parking Map - Please Reference for Specific Lot Locations

Stadium Rules

All bags carried by contestants or spectators must be checked before entering Myers Stadium.  Gates 3 and 4 will be designated for bag check of participating schools.  Personal coolers are not allowed.  Exception:  Participant coolers accompanied by an athletic trainer (one per team) from the school may contain water and/or sport drinks only.  For your safety and the safety of others, the following items are NOT allowed into the stadium:

· Umbrellas
· Strollers
· Alcohol
· Food
· Beverage Container
· Large Bags
· Backpacks
· Equipment Cases
· Banners
· Flag Poles
· Tripods

Awards Stand and Media Tent

Field Events and Running Event competitors will receive awards immediately following their event. The top three finishers will be escorted to the awards stand and media tent after the event is completed. Delays in your arrival will detract from the awards ceremony. A medal order form for the purchase of extra medals is included in the school packet.

May 3, 2017 - Joaquin ISD participated in the Special Olympics Track and Field Day on April 27, 2017 at Shelbyville ISD. Our athlete achievements are as follows:

  • Josh Hutto (7th grade) won Gold in the 50 meter and 100 meter races. Josh also won the Silver in the Javelin throw.
  • Matthew Storm (6th grade) won Silver in the 50 meter race and Silver in the Softball throw.
  • Carlie Smith won Gold in the 10m girls assisted walk.
  • J Q Smith won Silver in the 10m boys assisted walk.
  • Allison Smithhart won Silver in the girls wheelchair race and Silver in the tennis ball throw.
  • Katie Eddins won Gold in the girls 5m assisted walk and Bronze in the tennis ball throw.
  • Gracelyn Welshans won Bronze in the girls 25m race and Silver in the tennis ball throw.

We are proud of our athletes and their accomplishments!