Center Middle School Gymnasium on Thursday, June 1, 2023 –

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Coach Hiram Harrison and members of his staff completed a 3-day fundamental basketball skills camp for youth Grades 1-6 on Thursday. The crew could be seen running drills and teaching skills including: ballhandling, passing, defense, shooting, as well as, teamwork and coachability.

June 1, 2023 - Texas Parks and Wildlife fishing reports are updated each week, usually by Thursday morning. The reports are compiled by an outside contractor who receives the information from bait shops, marinas and fishing guides. Only the local lakes are listed below. If you would like to see the fishing report for other Texas lakes, click the following link

Toledo Bend

GOOD. Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 0.62 feet below pool. The water level is 171.37 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 77 degrees. North of the three-mile Pendleton bridge, temperatures have been running 75-79 degrees. The shad spawn is winding down, and now the bluegill spawning beds will be the key for that big bass bite using swim jigs in bluegill colors with a short trailer in green pumpkin and watermelon red with just a little tail dip in chartreuse. Look for a hard sandy bottom where the Bluegill can spawn on shallow points close to deep water. Some bigger bass are being caught on the main lake using Carolina rigs with a 10-12-inch old monster worms in colors watermelon red, watermelon red candy, black/red flake and tilapia gold over brush piles and edges of the river channel. Pay close attention to your thermocline as this can make or break your fishing day. Crappie bite is still heating up offshore using minnows and jigs. While fishing deep for Crappie using minnows you might catch several types of fish like Catfish, White Bass, Bluegill, and Gaspergou. The frog bite has been producing on popping frogs and hollow body frogs late in the evenings over vegetation. Flyrodders are catching quality Bass over vegetation using 8 and 10 weight fly rods. Top flies this week have been a weighted spoon fly black with red glitter, a Stealth Goober, and shad imitation topwater popper fly. Safety reminder: sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Remember, it is always better to play it safe by telling a loved one or friend the area you will be fishing, how many people are in your party and the expected return time. Good luck and keep casting forward! Report from Master Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide, and Mudfish Custom Rod Shop.

Sam Rayburn

GOOD. Water stained; 77 degrees; 0.63 feet above pool. Bass topwater bite is picking up, and wacky worms, spinnerbaits and Carolina rigs are good on offshore ridges and humps. Crappie are good with mostly smaller sized fish being caught on brush piles and timber using minnows and jigs. Blue and channel catfish are good off points in 20 feet of water with cut bait. White bass are roaming on humps and points. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.


GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85 degrees. Finally finding some Wolfpack schools of bass off shore. Fish range between 2-5 pounds. All the typical shad lures are working, so cast Alabama rigs, jerkbaits, underpins. The crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.


GOOD. Water clear; 78-82 degrees; 0.31 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are good shallow on grass edges or along creek channels. Topwater lures in the morning hours can be very productive. Lots of fish are suspended in the water column feeding on shad. Black crappie are good and grouped up well on timber and brush piles. Report by Blake Oestreich, Brushbuster Guide Service.

May 30, 2023 - Roughrider Basketball Camp

May 30th - June 1st 2023 Intermediate Gymnasium $40/Camper or 2 or More Siblings $30 Each

  • Boys Entering Grades 1st – 3rd 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Boys Entering Grades 4th - 6th 12:30pm - 3:30pm

The camp will promote fundamentals, competitiveness, teamwork, cooperation & coachability. Lots of prizes and fun!
Make checks payable to:
Roughrider Athletics
Atthn: Coach H. Harrison


Marshall Lady Mavericks Ballfield on Thursday, May 25, 2023 –

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The Shelbyville Lady Dragons varsity softball team was eliminated on Thursday after a 4-0 run loss during Game 2 of a best-of-three game elimination series with the Como-Pickton Lady Eagles. The series was the Texas UIL Region III Final round of the state tournament which saw Class 2A schools pairing down from eight remaining teams to just four this week.

Game 2 was a defensive battle which saw only four total hits by both teams combined. Como-Pickton’s Mattison Buster gave up a single, walked only one batter, and struck out sixth during the win. For Shelbyville Lanie Bass gave up only three hits, struck out six, and walked three. The Lady Dragons uncharacteristically committed four defensive errors during the contest.

The Lady Eagles gained a 2-0 run lead in the bottom half of the third inning when Maggie Brown led off with an infield hit and later scored on a Lady Dragon’s throwing error. Gracie Thompson reached on an error and later scored to put the Eagles up 2-0 when Addi Monk singled to leftfield.

The Lady Dragons was able to get two runners on the basepaths during the top of the fourth inning when Nicole Harvey patiently drew a walk and then, three batters later, Taylor Jones was able to reach base on an infield hit with two outs. The Eagle defense was able to end the inning before either scored. They were able to set the Lady Dragons down this game in 1-2-3 fashion six of the seven innings they faced them this game.

The final two runs of the contest came during the bottom of the sixth when Mattison Buster reached on a walk to start the frame and Addi Monk drove her in with an RBI double. Monk later scored the game’s final run by racing home on a fielder’s error.

The loss finishes an impressive season for the Lady Dragons with a 25-16-1 overall record. Despite entering the State Playoffs as District 22 2A’s third seed, with a 8-4 record, they have shown vast improvement and battled it out to win four best-of-three game series over Lovelady, Evadale, Joaquin, and Hawkins before falling to Como-Pickton. The team is young, graduating two seniors, and is showing steady improvement for next season. The Lady Dragons, Shelbyville High School, Coaches Ryan Mason, Christian Clark, and Kerry Stone can be very proud of this year’s impressive playoff run.

The Lady Eagles are 37-2 this season. They are currently on a 26-game winstreak and have not lost since March 4. Their only two losses are to 3A schools Winsboro and Franklin prior to district play. They will next face the winner of the Region 1 final between Stamford and Forsan high schools.

May 22, 2023 - Lady Dragon Softball will play in the Regional Finals on May 24-25 at Marshall High School versus Como-Pickton.

Game 1: Wednesday, May 24 at 6pm (Home, 1st game, 3rd base side)
Game 2: Thursday, May 25 at 6pm (Visitor, 2nd game, 1st base side)
Game 3: Saturday, May 27 at 4pm (if game)

Nacogdoches Dragons Ballpark on Saturday, May 20, 2023 –

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The Joaquin Rams varsity baseball team was eliminated this weekend during a best-of-three game Texas UIL Region III Quarterfinal round playoff series. Friday saw Joaquin fall by a 9-0 run score in Game 1 and Douglass took Game 2 on Saturday by a 4-1 score.

Game 2 was close with Douglass gaining a 2-0 run lead in the bottom of the first inning. Ram LJ Whitton led off the fifth inning by reaching base after getting hit by a pitch and he later scored after tagging up on a sacrifice fly to the outfield by teammate Derik Holt. This cut the DHS lead to 2-1.

In the bottom of the sixth inning Douglass scored the final two runs of the contest on a pair of errors and a walked batter giving Douglass the final 4-1 run lead.

Bennett Anglin pitched for Joaquin and gave up 3 hits, struck out 6 Indians batters and walked 3. Indian pitcher Payton Bragg struck out 8, walked 3 and gave up 7 hits. Joaquin finishes with a 25-10-1 overall record.

Douglass is 23-9 they will move on to face the Beckville Bearcats (24-5) next week in the Texas UIL Region III Semifinals.

Hallsville Lady Bobcats Ballpark on Friday, May 18, 2023 –

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The Shelbyville Lady Dragons varsity softball team ended a 21-game run for the Hudson Lady Hawks with a 5-3 run Game 1 win on Thursday. Shelbyville then eliminated Hawkins by defeating them by a 9-1 run score in Game 2 on Friday. The Lady Hawks came into the series ranked number 7 in the state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll. Their season ends with a 23-4 overall record. Shelbyville is now 25-14-1 for the season.

Shelbyville jumped out to a 1-0 run lead when sophomore Kylie Snell tripled off the leftfield wall to lead off the top of the first inning. Soon after she scored on a ball which passed behind the Lady Hawks catcher. Snell, Carsey Lovell, Taylor Jones, and pinch runner Bre Chambers each scored during a rally in the third inning and gave Shelbyville a 5-0 run lead. The fifth inning saw Gracie Leach reach base on an infield hit and score when Jayleigh Jones singled to rightfield. This gave SHS a 6-0 advantage.

Hawkins scored their only run of the contest when Londyn Wilson doubled to leftfield and drove in Jordyn Warren to put the game’s score at 6-1 in the sixth inning. A Lady Dragons rally in the top of the seventh inning saw Emily Pharris, Gracie Leach, and Jayleigh Jones each score to give Shelbyville a 9-1 lead going into the final at bat for Hawkins. Shelbyville pitcher sophomore Lanie Bass struck out the first two batters she faced in the final inning and freshman teammate Kenadee Lathan recorded the final out on a groundout to help end the game. Bass struck out 10 batters in Game 2 and allowed only 2 walks for the day. She pitched the entire game. Hawkins pitchers Trinity Hawkins and Kalyn Ellison teamed up to strike out 5 and walked 3. Shelbyville hit safely 12 time and Hawkins earned 4 hits for the day.

Shelbyville Head Coach Ryan Mason’s staff and team have moved into new territory as the team will head to the Texas UIL Region III Softball Finals next week to face the number 2 ranked (35-2) Como-Pickton Lady Eagles. Mason moved up to take the helm in 2021 after a stint as an assistant at Joaquin. Assisting Mason are coaches Kerry Stone and Christian Clark.

May 19, 2023 - The Roughrider Athletic Boosters are hosting a Purpleup Golf Tournament and Silent Auction on Saturday, May 20th, 2023 at the Center Country Club 4 Person Scramble. Registration starts at 11am with lunch from 11am - 12noon and 12pm Golf. Fun Raiser and Silent Auction at 5:30. Crawfish at 6pm with Live music from 6:30pm - 8pm. $100 per ticket for Crawfish and Music. For more information call Ben Wulf with questions 936.590.2003.

Mission Statement

The purpose of The Friends of Center Roughrider Athletics perpetual fund is to raise money that can be distributed to all female and male sports within the Center Athletic Program. These sports currently include Basketball, Football, Baseball, Softball, Track, Tennis, Powerlifting, Volleyball, Soccer, Golf, Cross Country Running, and Soccer. The goal is to raise $500,000 over the course of five years through donations and various community events. Once the financial threshold has been reached the annual earned proceeds would be distributed to the Center Athletic Department. A secondary goal would be to use the annual earned proceeds to provide scholarships to student athletes graduating high school and looking to continue their education or vocational schooling.

Currently there are 340 student athletes in the program spanning a total of twelve sports. The current demographic makeup of the athletic program is 43% Hispanic, 35% African American, and 22% Caucasian. The need for supplemental funding arises from the fact that current budgets are relatively small to the number of participants and leaves many of our sports inadequately funded. Our goal is to ensure that all sports are adequately funded so they have the proper equipment and safety protocols.

We know that in many cases the singular motivation for our student athletes to attend school is athletics. We believe that a strong and properly equipped athletic program will provide the added incentive for our student athletes to attend school and ultimately graduate. While our goal is to be competitive on the field, we place a much higher value on providing a platform that will allow our student athletes to be competitive in the classroom, in the workforce, and in everyday life.

Ricky Meeks – Athletic Director / Head Football Coach

May 18, 2023 - Two LaTourneau University Softball players from Shelby County earned honorable mention in the 2023 American Southwest Conference Softball Awards. The ASC awards were announced Wednesday, May 17, 2023 on

Mickenzie Murry, whose hometown is Shelbyville and she is a 2020 Graduate of Shelbyville High School, is a junior at the university and is receiving the honor for the 2nd time in her career.

Lexi Hutchins whose hometown is Joaquin is a senior and is she is earning her first All-ASC honor.

To read highlights about both players:

May 15, 2023 - The Lady Dragons Softball team defeated Joaquin Lady Rams in the Regional Qtr. Finals on Saturday, May 13, 2023. They will play in the Softball Regional Semifinals in The best of 3 series: Vs Hawkins 

Location: Hallsville ISD Softball Complex, Address: 637 Waldron Ferry Rd, Hallsville, TX 75650

Thursday @6pm we will be Home on 3rd base side
Friday @7pm we will be Visitor on 1st base side

If needed the third game on Saturday will be played at Hallsville and the game time will be @ 5pm

Gate fee: $5.00 per person. All passes accepted and senior citizens will be at no cost.