June 29, 2020 - The CISD Athletic Department is ending all strength and conditioning activities until July 13th as a precautionary measure. Athletic facilities will be closed. We will resume activities as scheduled the week of July 13th.

June 18, 2020 - KeAmodre Horace, a senior at Center High School set to graduate in 2021, is making headlines on

The article highlights Horace receiving a scholarship offer from Fresno State Bulldogs in California and says, "Horace, a 5-foot-9 and 195-pound running back with a three-star rating, also holds offers from North Texas, Texas Southern, Texas State and UTSA. He has emerged this offseason after a junior year of 2,116 yards on 178 carries for 11.9 yards per rush to go with 26 touchdowns."

Read the article 'Three-Star Texas RB KeAmodre Horace emerging out of Center HS' and view highlights.

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June 12, 2020 - The UIL 2A 2019-2020 Boys Basketball Virtual Awards Ceremony was held Thursday, June 11, 2020 to honor the four Conference 2A teams and their journey to the final four which was cut short due to COVID-19 shutdown of all activities. In the ceremony, UIL recognized the achievements of Martin's Mill, San Saba, Shelbyville, and Gruver who all share the Championship title for 2019-2020 season.

Representing the UIL was Executive Director Charles Breithaupt, "It hurts my heart deeply that we couldn't finish the state basketball tournament. These four teams didn't even get the chance to take the court and I just can't imagine what that feels like. I've been coming to this state tournament since I was a little kid back when my high school team was winning 7 state championships in the late 50s and 60s and as a coach having coached in this tournament a couple of times, I cannot imagine what it's like as a coach not to be able to play once you've qualified. But I want to also say thanks to these coaches for their class and integrity they've shown during this period of time." Breithaupt continued, "We are looking at three teams that made it here last year and one of them won it and the team they beat in the finals would like some redemption. Martin's Mill being undefeated, I can't imagine being undefeated and not get to play for the state title. I know that all three of you feel that way because you've played here and you know what it's like. And San Saba hasn't been here since 1928, obviously they had something to prove. So, we hate it for you, we hate it for ourselves. We were robbed of the opportunity to get to see you play... everyone of you had a chance to win a state championship and you didn't get that opportunity and I'm sorry for that." 

Shelbyville, the defending 2018-2019 Champions, was the first to be introduced of the four 2A schools being honored, UIL announcer Rob Coffey said, "Making their 5th appearance at State after compounding a season record of 36-3 -- the Dragons of Shelbyville High School! Joining us for the recognition is Athletic Director David Benbow, Head Coach for the Shelbyville Dragons was David Schmitt, Assistant Coaches are Joe Boykins and Kenneth Thomas. And at this time Principal Mario Osby would like to say a few words."

Shelbyville High School Principle Mario Osby then spoke as a representative of the Dragons, "We would like to thank our School Board for all their support, also Dr. Ray West Superintendent of Schools. I would like to thank our athletic director David Benbow. Also, I'd like to thank the head basketball Coach Dave Schmitt, he's done a tremendous job here, the kids have put in a lot of time, effort, energy. The assistant coaches, I would like to thank them also, we have here Coach Boykins along with us."

Next to speak in the zoom virtual awards ceremony was Coach David Schmitt, "Thank you Mr. Osby, I would like to thank you too, we couldn't have done it without you, one of the most supportive principles I've had the pleasure to work with, Dr. West is one of the first class Superintendents, Coach Boykins has been by my side the whole time I've been there. I enjoyed coaching his son but every kid in Shelbyville has worked hard. They were working hard and we practiced at the Alamo Dome, went to McDonald's and then, just like today's world, I get a Facebook message that everything is going to be cancelled. So, we had a really tough five minute meeting with the team and told them we were going back to Shelbyville. I appreciate the UIL, they have worked hard, kept us in the loop. I appreciate that and I've always been a fan of Dr. Breithaupt and his coaching at Hardin Jefferson and I got to watch him play so I appreciate everything. I love the kids at Shelbyville and they are a great bunch of guys."

The Shelbyville Dragon team was then announced with a picture and roster of the team displayed while they were announced: Marcus Horton (Sr.) #00, Brayden Hand (So.) #3, Kolby Parker (Sr.) #4, Jay Buckley (Sr.) #5, JaKory Standley (So.) #10, Cooper Bice (So.) #11, LeDarrius Coleman (Jr.) #12, Jordan Boykins (Sr.) #15, Talarian Lister (So.) #21, Quay Hendrix (Sr.) #23, Dakota Jones (So.) #24, Michael Carrillo (So.) #31, Jaylon Brinson (Sr.) #32, and Colt Leach (Sr.) #33. Next announced was managers, trainers, and statisticians: Trey Smith (Video), Kason Parker (Manager), Eli Ferguson (Manager), Feynedric Buckley (Manager), D.J. Barnes (Manager), Jay Barnes (Statistician), and Dallas Murry (Statistician).

UIL announcer Coffey finished saying, "After completing the season with a 36-3 record, Coach Schmitt and his team have represented their school with pride. We congratulate the Dragons of Shelbyville High School!" Coach Boykins then displayed the UIL Conference 2A State Championship Boys Basketball trophy. "We congratulate these communities, parents, school officials, players, and the entire Dragon nation on an outstanding season."

June 9, 2020 - On Thursday, June 11th, at 11:00 a.m., the University Scholastic League will host a virtual awards presentation to honor Shelbyville High School’s 2020 Boys State Basketball Championship season. The online Zoom presentation will honor the Shelbyville Dragon coaches, players, and school for their fourth Boys State Basketball State Championship in school history. Mario Osby, Shelbyville High School Principal, will be the Dragon’s featured speaker.

Public Livestream Information: The award presentation will be live streamed on the UIL website and on the UIL YouTube channel. The YouTube link will allow all Dragon stakeholders that are not participating in the Zoom presentation to view the awards ceremony virtually. The videos will remain embedded on the UIL site and UIL YouTube page after the ceremony is over for anyone to view in the future.

Please join the live presentation at one of the following links to celebrate Shelbyville High School’s back-to-back Conference 2A Boys State Basketball Champions:

Dragon Pride!

June 4, 2020 - Summer strength and conditioning will begin June 8 and run through July 24, 2020.

Work out is from 9am till 11am; Monday through Thursday from June 8 through July 2.

No camp the week of July 5 to July 12.

Camp will resume Wednesday, July 22, and Thursday, July 23.

No camp, but facilities are open the week of July 27 to July 30.

Sessions each day will consist of 60 minutes of strength and conditioning followed by 60 minutes of sport specific activity. (Ex. Football, Volleyball, Basketball, etc.)

This camp is open to all incoming 7-12 graders enrolled at Shelbyville ISD. Junior High athletes are encouraged to take part in all activities.

Per UIL, the following dates there will be no S&C camp and all campus facilities are closed:

  • Thursday, July 2, 2020.
  • Tuesday, July 7 and 8, 2020.
  • Monday, July 20-21, 2020.


  1. Should report to workouts in proper gear, including a mask and immediately return home to shower at end of the workout.
  2. Must provide their own water or sports drink.
  3. Students may not be given access to locker rooms or shower facilities.

Shelbyville ISD will follow all protocols and precautions to keep our athletes safe. Should you have any questions, contact Coach Benbow at 936-590-4199.

May 20, 2020 - National Director Jason Mitchell presented Tyler Herndon from Center, Texas, a plaque for earning a Dixie Youth National Scholarship for $2,000. Tyler was one of 100 to receive a National Scholarships awarded in 2020 by Dixie Youth Baseball.

Tyler is graduating from Center High School and plans on attending Texas A&M University.

Dixie Youth Baseball awarded 100 National Scholarships in 2020 and Texas Dixie Youth Baseball awarded 10 State Scholarships for $1,000. 

May 19, 2020 - David Schmitt is on the move after leading the Shelbyville Dragons to three straight state tournaments and an outright title in the 2018-19 season.

This past season, Shelbyville was given a special trophy for making it to state but not getting to play due to COVID-19 causing the cancelation of the season.

Schmitt will be the new athletic director and boys head basketball coach for Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill. The Red Devils are coming off of an 18-14 season.

Schmitt believes the timing is right and it is a very similar situation he had at Shelbyville when he arrived. In his four years at Shelbyville, the Dragons never lost a home game, going 40-0 at home. He also recently passed the 600-win plateau with his total wins being at 608 as he prepares to enter next season with a new team.

April 21, 2020 - Organizers of the annual Center Broadcasting Co./Shelby County Bass Anglers’ Take a Kid Fishing Bream Tournament, that was scheduled for May 9, announced this week, the event has been cancelled, with no plans to re-schedule this year.

Tournament director Lori Alvis says in light of the recent COVID-19 social distancing, and orders from the Sabine River Authority, the 42nd kid’s fishing tourney will not take place on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend at Huxley Bay Marina on Toledo Bend.

“Safety of the children, parents, event organizers, and the general public is our first concern,” Ms. Alvis said. “We regret to make the decision to cancel but feel it’s best for all involved.”

Ms. Alvis said she and the bass anglers had discussed the possibility of rescheduling for June, but with the likelihood of warmer weather conditions placing a possible strain on the kids & parents, in addition to trying to catch bream in deeper water, it just wasn’t practical this year.

She acknowledged appreciation to all that had worked to put the tourney together, along with sponsors and volunteers.

“We’re already planning for next year and hope to make it one of the best fishing tourneys we’ve ever had,” Ms. Alvis noted. 

The Center Broadcasting Co./Shelby County Bass Angler’s Take a Kid Fishing Tournament Bream Tournament is the largest children’s only fishing event in deep east Texas and western Louisiana. The free tourney is for kids, ages 3 to 15 and draws a field of around 500 children each year. Every child receives a rod & reel, hot dog, cold drinks and other goodies. In addition, trophies are awarded in three-separate age groups for largest fish, heaviest stringer by weight and even smallest fish by length.

Center Broadcasting Co. stations, KQBB 100.5, KDET 930 AM, and KXXE 92.5 FM, along with a hand-full of volunteers put the original tournament together in 1978. The Shelby County Bass Anglers became co-host in recent years, adding a professional fishing atmosphere to the overall tournament, including the very important weigh-in. The anglers also stage a casting competition for all kids.

For more information on the Take a Kid Fishing Bream Tournament, call Center Broadcasting, Co., 936-598-3304.

March 12, 2020 - Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity are 13-1 on the season and 2-0 in district with 2 shutout wins against Douglass and Cushing.  

Chloee Throws Shutout As Joaquin Lady Rams Defeats Cushing

Chloee Mason had all the right stuff on Tuesday for Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity, allowing zero runs and besting Cushing by a score of 10-0. They secured the victory thanks to six runs in the second inning. The big inning was thanks to singles by Ebbie McCann and Mason, a home run by Madison Baker, and an error on a ball put in play by Kennedy Stanley.

Mason led the Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity to victory in the circle. She lasted five innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out eight.

Joaquin socked one home run on the day when Baker went deep in the second inning and the team totaled 11 hits. Mason, Maddisyn Cheatwood, and Jayden Bass each had multiple hits for Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity. Bass, Cheatwood, and Mason all had two hits to lead the Lady Rams Varsity and didn't commit a single error in the field. McCann had the most chances in the field with eight.

Pitching By Chloee Shuts Out Douglass, Lady Rams Varsity Takes The Win

Chloee Mason threw a shutout to lead Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity past Douglass 13-0 on Tuesday and secured the victory thanks to seven runs in the fourth inning. She lasted five innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out nine and walking one.

The big inning was thanks to walks by Kennedy Stanley and Ebbie McCann, singles by Chrislyn Pena and Kalie Brooks, a groundout by Maddisyn Cheatwood, and an error on a ball put in play by Mason.

In the first inning, the Lady Rams got their offense started. Stanley's sac fly scored one run for Joaquin.

The team tallied seven runs in the fourth inning and the batters contributing to the big inning included Stanley, Mason, Pena, Brooks, Cheatwood, and McCann, all knocking in runs in the inning.

One bright spot for Douglass was a single by Harlee in the third inning.

The Lady Rams had nine hits in the game. Brooks and McCann all had multiple hits. Brooks led Joaquin with three hits in four at bats. The team tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Madison Baker led the way with two.

Submitted by Steven McCann, Women's Athletic Director. Articles/Information are directly from Game Changer.

(Photo is from an earlier season game)

Friday, March 6, 2020 at Bryan High School –

The Tenaha Tigers varsity basketball team’s season came to an end when they fell by a 67-55 score to the Grapeland Sandies. The Tiger’s overall record finished at 27-9.

The game was close early. Tenaha held a narrow 11-9 lead midway through the first period and the game was tied 19-19 at the conclusion of the first stanza. At halftime Grapeland led 38-35.

The third quarter saw the Sandies fight to hold a 3-point advantage at 54-51 when the buzzer sounded. Grapeland outpaced Tenaha 13-4 in the final period to earn the win. Mike Hogg Jr. led scoring for Tenaha with 23 points.

Grapeland went on to face the Shelbyville Dragons on Saturday where SHS was able to take the Region III Finals win by a 72-65 score.

The Dragons (37-3) will square off with Gruver (17-4) at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020. Martin's Mill and San Saba will play in the other semifinal at 8:30 a.m. The winners of these contest will face off in the championship matchup on Saturday.