Tenaha Sends Little Dribbler's Teams to Nationals, Cookie Sale March 28th

March 24, 2015 - The Little Dribbler's season began in February and has culminated with two of their six teams qualifying for the National Tournament in Nacona on April 8th-11th. Coach Greg Jenkins, Coach Garry Davison, and Mr. Tyner began a Little Dribbler's chapter in Tenaha as a way to get younger athletes involved in basketball. Mrs. Carrie Jenkins and her husband were involved in Little Dribblers in Cayuga and brought their knowledge of the league here. "We are very proud of our kids and community for their efforts and achievements," Coach Jenkins said. " It took hard work from the Tenaha staff and volunteers to work the clocks, referee games, coach the teams, and give up their weekend for Little Dribblers to happen."

Girls and boys in grades 1 through 8 participated in the local league, and grades 3-8 were able to compete at the Regional Tournament last weekend in Central Heights. Out of the six teams that traveled to the three-day tournament, two advanced to Nationals. The Senior Boys team beat a very talented Central Heights, Grapeland and finally Lovelady to win the championship Saturday morning. The Tenaha Senior Boys team members are 8th graders: Jaurmez Brock, Nictavian Calloway, Ja'Qualin Franks, Ke'Myson Gray, Trenton Hass, Jaquavion Lloyd, and TyCorreus Villegas. The 7th graders are Jatorian Calloway, Hayden Jenkins, Zacc Smith, and Cooper Ward. Their coach is Marcus Bowman.

The Junior Boys team beat Lovelady in their first game, lost to Grapeland on Saturday morning, and battled back to beat a talented Central Heights team to win the runner-up trophy and a spot at Nationals. The Junior team consists of: 4th graders Luke Ward and Takavion Wilson; 3rd graders Ja'Tyrian Moore, Jordan Reese, Gauge Jordan, Kamarion Ross, Tra Scourton, and Dawson Williams; 2nd graders Brikelian Kenney and Ja'Torian Moore. Their coach is Jay Moore. Both squads will be competing against 13 other teams across the state of Texas. Jenkins added, "While we are very proud of the kids that made the national tournament, we are just as proud of the participation we had for all kids 1st through 8th grade. We look forward to building this thing into an even better experience for the kids and community as we move forward over the next few years."

In order to help with lodging and food costs during the tournament, the parents are having a bake sale in front of the Tiger Stop this Saturday, March 28th. The parents and kids would love for the community to come out and buy some cookies and cake to support their teams.