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From left to right: (front row) Karson Link, Levi McDonald, Brennan Eberenz, Beckett Meeks (back row) LaDerrick Moton Jr., Easton Lee, Lincoln Willoughby, Cullen Henson, Bryce Eberenz, and Shade McDonald. Manager is Kevin Link. Coaches are Jake Henson and Cade Eberenz. (Photos by Traci Willoughby)

July 28, 2021 - The Center 9U All Stars traveled to Texarkana this past weekend and competed against 5 states consisting of 9 other teams.

This Center team has been very successful over the past 3 years coming up just short of the grand title. The team started the Tournament season with a warmup tournament in Bullard where they were undefeated. At the State Tournament in Center July 10 -12, Center encountered their first loss of the season against a strong Hudson team. Center worked their way back to the championship where they beat Hudson twice in back to back games to win the Texas State Championship.

During the World Series, Center went 6-1 to win the Championship. The tournament started off with 4 games of pool play on Friday and Saturday then went into single elimination on Sunday. In Fridays pool games, Center defeated Grant Parish, LA at 9:45am and incurred their second loss of the season against a tough team from Ruston, LA at 3:00pm. On Saturday, Center defeated both North Texarkana, AR and Hudson, TX at 8:00am and 3:00pm respectively.

After pool play, there were 3 teams tied with 3-1 records. Ruston, Center, and Hudson would have to let the tie breaker of runs allowed between their games to decide their seeding. They allowed 11, 12, and 13 runs respectively, therefore Ruston was #1 seed, Center was #2 seed, and Hudson was #3 seed.

In Bracket play, Center escaped a close game with their first opponent from Monroe, LA at 9:45am. Karson Link pitched 69 pitches in 3 2/3 innings. Easton Lee had the save. They had to overcome a 6-2 deficit against Laurel Jones County, MS to win their semi-final game 7-6 at 1:15pm. Shade McDonald threw 75 pitches for the game. In the Championship game against Ruston, LA, Center took no chances and jumped out to an early lead and maintained it to win the Championship 5-3.

Cullen Henson threw 75 pitches in 4 innings.  Easton Lee had the save. In Pool Play, Lincoln Willoughby and Brennan Eberenz had wins pitching. One note, Center had to defeat the State Champions from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas to bring home the Title.

Although we have had many teams represent Center, TX at a Dixie World Series, this marks the first time that Center has had a team win it. If you see one of the players or coaches around town, please congratulate them on a job well done. There are many hours put in by both sides when a team makes it this far into the tournament season.

A special presentation will be presented to this team soon.

July 27, 2021 - The Joaquin Rams Football season begins with scrimmages against Tenaha and Kerens for both Varsity and JV on August 13, 2021 at 5pm at home. Junior High games start September 9th at home against Groveton. Homecoming is scheduled for September 17th against Ore City and district games begin in October.

To see the full 2021 football season schedule, click here.

Center Roughriders Stadium on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 –

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Center ISD recently wrapped up their 2021 summer football camp for grades 1-5. The camp was held for three days and taught the youth football skills with drills and competitions. Head Coach Richard Meeks was spotted among a crew of about ten coaches who helped with instruction during the event.

Winners of the camp were first grader Sloane Meeks, second grade Malcolm Harrison, third grade Beckett Meeks, fourth DJ Cartwright, and fifth grade A’Myriah Humphrey.

Smiles were on the faces of all the participants and the camp concluded with the campers and coaches thanking each other with handshakes.

The Roughriders high school football program was conducting their two-a-day workouts at the stadium as well on Wednesday.

July 20, 2021 - We are thrilled to share that the Shelbyville 8U All-Stars clenched the Texas Dixie Youth Baseball Division II State Championship this past Saturday in Longview, Texas after defeating Daingerfield in three games.

The boys will be representing the great State of Texas July 29, 2021 - August 3, 2021 at the World Series in Laurel, Mississippi. They are coached by Greg McDonald, Jacob Best, Jake Mathews and Ricky Lee.

This team of exceptional young men are all students at Shelbyville School. They have spent countless hours this summer practicing in preparation for the opportunity to represent Texas at the World Series, and they have impressed many with their focus, drive, and determination throughout the post-season.

Through District, Regional and State Tournament play, the Dragons have shown to be quite formidable, outscoring their opponents 210-40 to date.

This is the first team from Shelbyville to ever travel to the World Series and donor support is needed to help cover travel costs, uniforms and hotel stays. All proceeds go directly to the boy's expenses for the World Series.

If we are fortunate enough to raise additional funds exceeding what is needed for the World Series, that money will be donated back to Shelbyville Youth Sports for much needed field maintenance and complex updates.

Sponsors will be recognized on social media once they have committed to a donation. Additionally, a permanent sign for the Shelbyville Youth Sports Complex will be made recognizing their generosity.

If you are interested in supporting the team as they travel to the World Series, please call Raegan at (936)332-0052 for details.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Shelbyville 8U All-Stars

July 19, 2021 - The Tenaha Tiger Football season begins with a scrimmages against Kerens on August 13, 2021 at a time to be announced in Kerens. Homecoming is schedule for Saturday, October 2nd against Colmesneil and district games begin September 24th.

To see the full 2021 football season schedule, click here.

July 19,2021 - The 9U team from Center that won the Dixie Youth 9U State Championship that was played here in Center on July 10-12 are now headed to Texarkana to represent Center in the Dixie Youth 9U World Series on July 22-25. The team is raffling off a 3 basket deep fryer and a 2 burner gas cooker. If you would like to help this team in their quest to Texarkana, please contact Coach Kevin Link @ 936-488-0044 before Wednesday July 21st at 5:00 pm. A drawing will be held Wednesday night at 6:00pm via facebook live. Please show your support and help these young players.

July 14, 2021 - First annual Center Athletic Booster Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, July 17 at the Center Country Club. All proceeds will go into the CAB perpetual fund and will serve as a financial building block for the future of Roughrider Athletics.

Entry is $800 a team in a 4 man scramble. Hole Sponsorships are $1,000.

Please contact us at centerathleticboosters@gmail.com for more information on registration and hole sponsorships. Thank you in advance for your support of Roughrider Athletics. It’s time to #PURPLE UP

July 12, 2021 - Abi DePriest, from Tenaha and a 11th grade student at Carthage High School has earned a position on the Texas National High School rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Lincoln, Nebraska to compete at the 73rd Annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the Light Rifle Target Shooting competition.

Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 44 states, five Canadian Provinces, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand, the NHSFR is the world's largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $150,000 in prizes and over $200,000 in added money, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $375,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 — based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds — to advance to Saturday evening's final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. LIVE broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will air online at www.RidePass.com. Performance times begin at 7pm on July 18th and competition continues daily at 9am and 7pm through July 24th. Make sure to catch the action!

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by Golden Spur Ministries, and shopping at the NHSFR tradeshow.

To follow your local favorites at the NHSFR, visit NHSRA.com daily for complete results. For ticket information, visit http://www.nhsfrlincoln.com.

Center Lion’s Club Ballpark on Monday, July 12, 2021 –

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Center is currently hosting and participating in their final Dixie state tournament of the 2021 season. Play will continue throughout the rest of today for Texas boy’s teams ages from 9-11 years old.

Yesterday the Center boys 11U team was narrowly eliminated when they fell to the Hallsville team in the semifinal round by a 9-8 run final score. Center fought back late after trailing 6-1 in the third inning.

Yesterday afternoon the 9U Center team moved on to play today (Monday) at 10 a.m. after defeating Livingston by a 13-3 score. Livingston led 2-1 in the bottom of the first inning but Center took a 3-2 lead in the third frame and steadily added to this lead throughout the contest.

Center Lions Club Ballpark on Monday, June 28, 2021 –

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The second of three Dixie Baseball League Playoff Series tournaments which are held in Center is in progress after elimination games were in progress throughout this weekend. Local and area teams have been competing since Friday with play continuing through today.

Among the teams are teams from Center/Shelby County, Shelbyville, Hudson, Livingston, Dayton, Splendora, Rusk, Panola, West Rusk, Fairfield, Bullard, Marshall, Kilgore, Chapel Hill, EMC, and Tarkington.

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