Sports

Center High School on Wednesday, May 19, 2022 –

(Photos and Statistics courtesy of CHS Asst. Track Coach Leann Lusk)

On Thursday, May 19, 2022 Center High School Senior Athlete Aniyah Boykins signed a letter of intent to both study and participate in the SFA track program.

Boykins has had an exceptional year participating in both basketball and track for the Center Lady Roughriders. She was one of three CHS Lady ‘Rider athletes participating at the Texas UIL State Track and Field Competition at Austin last week posting a fifth-place performance in the Shot Put with a 40’2” throw. She also participated in the Lady Roughrider's Varsity Basketball Program for the past four seasons.

May 19, 2022 - The Center Tennis Association community tennis every Monday evening at 5:30pm at the high school courts, weather permitting. This is doubles play, pairing stronger players with weaker players, ages 9th grade and up.

If you have any questions, contact Steve at 591-2853 or Sharon Nelson at 590-8025. You do not have to sign up, just show up. Bring your own drinks and balls and have fun!

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May 19, 2022 - Center ISD 2022 All Sports Summer Camps Schedule

May 31, June 1, 2
Roughrider Basketball Camp ($40/Camper or 2 or more siblings $30 each)

● Intermediate Gym
● Boys entering grades 1st - 4th (8:30am to 11:30am)
● Boys entering grades 5th - 9th (12:30pm to 3:30pm)

June 6, 7, 8
Lady Riders Volleyball Camp ($40/Camper or 2 or more siblings $30 each)

● Middle School Gym
● Girls Entering 3rd - 5th grades (9am to 11am)
● Girls Entering 6th - 9th grades (1pm to 3pm)

June 13, 14, 15
Lady Riders Basketball Camp ($40/Camper or 2 or more siblings $30 each)

● High School Gym
● Girls Entering 1st - 5th grades (9am)
● Girls Entering 6th - 9th grades (1pm)

June 20, 21, 22, 23
Girls and Boys Soccer Camp ($40/Camper or 2 or more siblings $30 each)

● High School Football Field
● Boys and Girls Entering 5th - 9th graders
● 9:00 am to 11:00 am

June 27, 28, 29
Lady Riders Softball and Rider Baseball Camp (($40/Camper or 2 or more siblings $30 each)

● High School Softball Field & Baseball Field
● Boys and Girls Entering 2nd - 5th grades (9am to 11am)
● Boys and Girls Entering 6th - 9th grades (1pm to 3pm)

July 12, 13, 14
Rider Football Camp ($40/Camper or 2 or more siblings $30 each)

● High School Football Field
● Boys Entering 1st - 5th grades (9am to 11am)
● Boys Entering 6th - 9th grades (1pm to 3pm)

Center High School Library on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 –

Senior student athlete Makel Johnson signed an intent letter to study and play basketball at Tyler Junior College for the TJC Apache’s team. Johnson helped the Center Roughriders varsity boast a 23-10 record this season and the team went three rounds deep into the Texas UIL Basketball Playoffs.

Johnson is planning to major in Kinesiology in hopes of one day coaching. He looks forward to playing for veteran coach Mike Marquis who will be in his 22nd year with the college. TJC educates about 12,500 students annually.

CHS Athletic Director Coach Ricky Meeks led off the event and stated, “I’ve enjoyed having a small part in his journey I would like to recognized Coach Hiram Harrison and his family for their major contributions.”

Head Coach Hiram Harrison said, “He has put in a lot of work and this is a great accomplishment. We are proud, I know his family is proud and the community is too. We hope he goes on to do bigger and better things. Prayers will go out with you. Go out and make us proud!”

Makel himself then spoke and said, “I would like to thank those who helped me get to where I am today.”

Nacogdoches Dragons Ballpark on Wednesday, May 12, 2022 –

(Photo Album)

The Timpson Bears varsity baseball team fell to the Alto Yellowjackets during the Region III UIL Class 2A Area round of the Texas high School baseball playoffs. The 8-7 Yellowjackets elimination win happened at Dragons Field on the campus of Nacogdoches High School.

The Yellowjackets (21-8) now advance to the regional quarterfinals next week to face either Shelbyville or Centerville. Who are now competing in a best-of-three game series.

The Bear’s season has ended with their season mark at 15-9.

Alto took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Senior Logan Rogers led off with a triple off the leftfield wall and later scored on a fielder’s choice.

Alto took a 3-0 lead in the third frame.

 Timpson’s Colton Carroll and Asher Molloy scored two runs in the third to pull the Bears to within a single run of Alto. THS scored four runs in the fourth to take a 6-3 advantage. The ‘Jackets came back with four in the bottom of the fourth for a 7-6 lead. The Bears tied the game at 7-7 with a score by sophomore Terry Bussey in the fifth inning before Alto scored the game-winner in the bottom of the inning.

Timpson is in the midst of a very successful year after reaching the state semifinals in football, the regional tournament in basketball, area finals in baseball and next week they have athletes competing at the Texas UIL Track & Field Competition at the University of Texas in Austin.

May 11, 2022 - Self Defense America in Center TX hosted a couple of testing for new ranks in Taekwondo. Our students are from ShelbyCounty, San Augustine County and Desoto Parish.  They have to show their knowledge of  strikes, blocks, kicks, proper stance in which to accomplish theses techniques also they are tested in poomse (forms) to their current belt ranks. Self Defense skills are also demonstrated for this exam. Then we have the board breaking and for Black Belt canididates they have a brick they have to brake, you can see the videos on our Self Defense America face book page.

In the 1st picture are students that tested on 4/9/22 they were Rudy Daugherty earning his Green belt, Matthew Hataway earning his Orange belt, Liam Jarvis earning his Blue belt, and Sydney Scrimsher earning her Green belt. Also not in photo was Gwen Wagner Green belt.

In the 2nd picture are students that tested on 4/23/22 they were Ryan Moody earning his  Blue belt, Ryder Moody earning his 1st Dan Black Belt, Hunter Gibson
earning his 1st Dan Black Belt, and Jason Adams earning his Yellow belt.

In the 3rd picture is Hunter Gibson 1st Dan Black Belt is a 18 year old who has graduated High school and also received an Associates of Science from Panola college. He was Salutatorian in High school and President of Panola college Green jackets and also President of Sigma Alpha Phi. His hobbies are Taekwondo, Skating, Longboarding, Knitting and singing.

In the 4th photo is Ryder Moody, 1st Dan Black Belt is a 12 your old who keeps an A average at his school and his hobbies are Taekwondo, gaming, skateboarding and swimming. He enjoys spending time with family and friends.

We are very proud of all of these students!

The Center Lady Roughriders Varsity Track Team will soon have three athletes headed to the Texas 2022 UIL Track & Field State Meet which will be held May 12-14 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Senior Mahalia Ratcliff will be making a back-to-back return appearance and looking to bring home a medal in the hurdles. She stated, “My goal is to run a 44 second flat time and to be on the podium!”

Senior Aniyah Boykins will be the first Lady Roughrider thrower at the meet since 1985. She will be competing in the shot put after missing the qualification throw distance for the discus by a single inch. She said, “My goal is to beat my personal record by throwing 40 feet.”

Junior Kaylee Cox will compete in the 100M sprint. She stated, “My goal is to run a 12 second time or close to 12. I just hope to do the best that I can for my first trip to state.”

The Roughrider track program is overseen by Head Girls and Boys Coach John Huffstetler. Head Girls Track Coach Jamal Kennedy said, “I expect our girls to get on the track and compete as hard as they can, just like they’ve done all year. They have put in a lot of hard work and are capable of winning.”

Assistant Coach Leann Lusk will accompany the team as well on this trip and is a vital part of the program.

May 9, 2022 - The Joaquin Rams Baseball team will play in the Area Round of Baseball playoffs starting Thursday, May 12 at Lufkin Hudson against Douglass. Series schedule:

Game 1: Thursday, May 12 at 7pm
Game 2: Friday, May 13 at 7pm
Game 3: If needed, Saturday, May 14 at noon.

May 9, 2022 - The Dragons will play Centerville in the Baseball Area Round Playoffs starting, Wednesday, May 11 at Lufkin High School with the below schedule.

Game 1: Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00pm
Game 2: Saturday, May 14 at 4:00pm
Game 3: if needed: 30 minutes after game 2

Entry is $3 for students and $5 for Adults. Coaches, District, Military and Senior Passes will be accepted.

The team is lead by Coach Zach Hubbard.

Timpson Lady Bears Ballpark on Saturday, May 7, 2022 –

(Photo Album)

The Timpson Lady Bears have been eliminated in the Texas UIL Softball Tournament after two losses to the West Sabine Lady Tigers.

On Friday Timpson lost 6-3 to WSHS in Game 1 at West Sabine High School. On Saturday, Timpson fell 7-3 ending the best-of- three game series and sending the Lady Tigers through to the regional quarterfinal round of the tournament.

Game 2 saw the Lady Bears trail 1-0 after Faith Hardy scored in the top of the second inning. West Sabine later added 5 more unanswered runs in a rally during the top of the fourth frame to boost their advantage to 6-0.

THS got on the scoreboard when McKenley Wynn doubled to leftfield in the bottom of the fifth inning and later scored on a throwing error. The Lady Bears added runs by Shy Bussey and Amiyah Soto during the bottom of the seventh inning contest but the Lady Tigers made the plays needed to end the game with THS trailing 7-3.

The Lady Bears season is concluded with them holding a 19-9 mark. They are Area finalist and they were the last remaining girls varsity softball playoff team from Shelby County.

Alexis Grigsby and Bethany Bridges teamed up to pitch Saturday’s game. They struck out three batters and walked six.

Cora Sepulvado pitched for the Lady Tigers and struck out nine batters and walked two.

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