Sports

Nacogdoches Dragons Stadium, Friday, November 29, 2019 –

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The Joaquin Rams varsity football team saw their 2019 season come to an end when Groveton defeated them 42-28 during Friday’s Region III elimination game at Nacogdoches High School. The Rams year ended with them holding an 11-3 overall record. The Rams were the second-place representative of District 11 2A and had a conference record of 5-1. Groveton stands at 12-2 and will face off next week with 13-0 San Augustine for the Region III title game.

The Groveton Indians took possession of the football first and drove the ball 72 yards for the first score of the game. Cade Steubing scored on a quarterback keeper run which covered the final 11 yards of the drive with 8:47 minutes left in the first quarter. Trent Torregrossa added an extra-point kick to give the Indians a 7-0 lead.

The Indians recovered an onside kick on the next play but Joaquin’s defense held on the next GHS drive and forced them to punt the ball away. It was an excellent punt that pinned Joaquin down at their own 1-yard line. Joaquin went the full 99-yards in 8 plays on a scoring drive which saw Connor Bragg score on a 68-yard run to paydirt. Jesus Bravo added an extra point kick which tied the game 7-7 with 3:06 left in the opening stanza.

Groveton retook the lead when they scored with just 29 seconds left in the first period. Another Torregrossa extra point gave the Indians a 14-7 advantage. This time Joaquin covered the Indian’s onside kick attempt and took over possession just 46 yards from the endzone. Lorenzo Lane wasted no time helping the Rams tie the game at 14-14, as he took a first-down carry 46 yards for the game-tying touchdown with just 16 seconds left in the opening frame.

Torregrossa grabbed a pass from Steubing for a 26-yard score with 9:56 left in the second quarter to give the Indians a 21-14 advantage. Another touchdown reception by GHS receiver Zach Fisher helped Groveton take a 28-14 lead at the 3:06 mark of the second quarter.

Joaquin drove for 50 yards and eventually a score on a 1-yard keeper run by Chandler Pritchett with 7:43 left in the third quarter. The Rams trailed GHS 28-21.

Groveton eventually claimed the next two scores of the contest ballooning their lead to 42-21 by the start of the four quarter. Joaquin continued to fight and Lorenzo Lane scored the game’s final touchdown with just 40 seconds remaining in the contest.

November 29, 2019 - Round three of high school playoffs.

Joaquin 28 - Groveton 42, Final Score

Friday, November 22, 2019 at Lufkin Panthers Football Stadium -

This week's photos courtesy of Rusty Wilson

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The Joaquin Rams varsity football team shocked the unbeaten Alto Yellowjackets by defeating them by a 25-21 score last Friday. The Rams now have a 10-2 season mark and move on to their next playoff matchup with Groveton High School at 7 p.m. next Friday, November 29, 2019, at Nacogdoches High School's Dragons Stadium. 

Senior Connor Bragg scored the first touchdown of the night in the first quarter and the Rams boosted their lead to 8-0 with a 2-point conversion. Alto scored later in the period on a 68-yard touchdown run by junior Vidareous High late in the first stanza to cut the JHS lead to 8-6.

Harmon West scored Alto’s second touchdown of the night with just 56 seconds left in the first half. AHS took a 14-8 advantage into the halftime intermission.

Joaquin got 3 points when Jesus Bravo booted a 32-yard field goal through the uprights with 3:40 left in the third quarter. This cut the Alto lead to just 14-11.

Alto extended their lead to 21-11 with 10:45 left in the fourth quarter when West scored on a goal line run.

Bragg scored his second touchdown on a 38-yard run with 9:49 remaining in the game to pull the Rams to within three points of Alto. The Rams trailed 21-18.

Loreno Lane plowed into the endzone from 3 yards out for the final score of the day with 5:24 remaining in the contest. The Rams defense was able to hold on the Ram’s 25-21 advantage for the remainder of the game.

Coach Wade Lawson and his staff will prepare the Rams for a tough Region III game against the Groveton Indians (10-2) on Friday. Groveton beat Big Sandy by a 39-32 score last week.

Alto’s season ended with their record at 12-1.

November 22, 2019 - The Center Roughrider basketball boys will be traveling to Rusk on Friday, November 22 to play. The 9th grade boys will play at 5pm and JV boys will play at 6:15pm in the auxiliary gym. Varsity boys will play at 6:15pm in the main gym.

The Riders versus Jacksonville game times have been changed as well. The 9th grade plays at 12 noon, JV at 1:30pm, and varsity at 3pm at Lon Morris College. The gym is located at 811 Farnsworth, Jacksonville, Texas.

Tenaha Special Events Center, Tuesday, November 18, 2019 –

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The Tenaha Lady Tigers Varsity Basketball Team took a 42-32 home win over the Center Lady Roughriders in a hard-fought pre-district game. Center got five first-quarter points from senior forward Ja’Kayla Parks which helped them lead 5-4 at the end of the first quarter. Tenaha outscored Center 10-7 in the second period and took a narrow 14-12 lead into the midway intermission.

The Lady Tigers were able to outpace Center by a 14-8 point margin in the third stanza which gave them a 28-20 lead headed into the final quarter. The Lady ‘Riders were not able to chip away at the THS lead as the Lady Tigers scored 14 points to the Lady ‘Riders 12 in the final stanza.

Center’s top scorer for the night was Ja’Kayla Parks with 13 points. Tenaha was led by Kamari Gray and Jonisha Thompson with nine points each.

The Lady Tigers will head to Colmesneil next Monday, November 25, 2019 for a 1 p.m. tipoff with the Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Roughriders will host the Garrison Lady Bulldogs at Roughriders’ Gymnasium Friday, November 22, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Center High School Library, Monday, November 18, 2019 –

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Monday saw Center senior student athletes Jasmine Cooks and Kalei LaRock sign college letters of intent to attend North East Texas Community College of Mount Pleasant.

Center Roughriders Athletic Director Scott Ponder opened the ceremony activities with several dozen faculty, media, students and relatives in attendance.

Jasmine Cooks is starting pitcher for the Lady ‘Riders and plans to major in psycology and also minor in Criminal Justice. When asked where she plans to play next year she stated, “Pitching or anywhere that needs a position filled.” She said about the college, “We met the students and faculty while touring campus and it felt a lot like Center!”

Kalei LaRock plans to major in psycology as well. She plans to play first or third base but is a versatile player capable of being used wherever there’s a need. LaRock said, “Mount Pleasant and the college made us feel welcome and it feels like a second home.”

November 18, 2019 - Joaquin ISD will play Friday, November 22nd in the Area Round of the football playoffs against Alto in Lufkin at Abe Martin Stadium. Game time is at 7:30pm. Admission is adults $7 and students $5. Passes accepted at the game are THSCA and District 10 & 11 AA. The Rams are the Visitors.

November 18, 2019 - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Whizbang finals were held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio on October 26. To qualified for the finals a 4H shooter must participate in a minimum of six county shoots throughout the 2018-2019 4H calendar year.

In September, only the top five shooters in each age division are invited back to the finals. Shelby County 4H Shooter Eddie Turk made the whizbang finals in the junior division. This is Eddie’s first year shooting with 4H. It is quite an accomplishment to make the finals and be one of the top five shooters in the state of Texas.

Congratulations, Eddie! Thanks for representing Shelby County so well.

Friday, November 16, 2019. Henderson Lions Stadium -

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The Joaquin Rams varsity football team beat the Shelbyville Dragons by a 39-0 score to win a bi-district playoff game and move on to the area round of the UIL Football Playoffs next Friday.

The Rams are now 9-2 this season and came into postseason play as the runner-up representative of District 11 2A. Shelbyville finished the season at 7-4 and was third place representative of District 12.

The Rams took their first lead on a 39-yard touchdown completion to Maddox Hutchins with 5:56 minutes left in the first quarter. Jesus Bravo added his first of what would be three extra point kicks on the night. This gave Joaquin a 7-0 advantage. The Rams extended their lead to 14-0 when they recovered a Shelbyville fumble in the endzone with 5:36 still remaining in the opening stanza.

Two second quarter touchdowns scored by Lorenzo Lane and Gunner Nelson gave the Rams a 26-0 lead going into the locker room at the midway break.

Nelson scored his second touchdown of the evening with 9:53 left in the third period. This put JHS ahead 33-0.

The final score of the night came when Brandon Soto recovered and scored on a deflected field goal attempt at the end of the third quarter. This gave Joaquin a 39-0 lead.

Joaquin will face the 11-0 Alto Yellowjackets at Lufkin’s Abe Martin Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019. This will be the Area round of playoffs.

November 15, 2019 - Scores from round 1 of the Football Playoffs.

Thursday, November 14
Timpson 12 - Groveton 47, Final Score

Friday, November 15
Center 42 - Hamshire-Fannett 50, Final Score
Joaquin 39 - Shelbyville 0, Final Score

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