June 6, 2019 Denver - Abi DePriest, from Tenaha and an 8th grade student at Carthage Jr. High school has earned a position on the Texas National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Huron, South Dakota, June 23rd through June 29th to compete at the 15th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the Pole Bending competition.

Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 44 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico, the NJHFR is the world's largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $80,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo 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. New this year is a $50,000 added money, optional jackpot, available to everyone at finals who cares to enter.

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 all NJHFR performances will air on: Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 23rd and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NJHFR tradeshow, as well as visiting area attractions as Huron hosts the NJHFR this year. To follow your local favorites at the NJHFR, visit daily for complete results. For ticket information and reservations, visit

Center Middle School Gymnasium, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 –

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Center’s Middle School Gymnasium was the site for a 3-day basketball camp. Numerous first through 8th graders participated and were coached on fundamentals, competitiveness, teamwork and coachability.

During Wednesday’s final day of the camp the campers received their coveted Roughrider Camp T-shirt.

Some of the drills taught at the camp included Agility, ball handling, passing and layups. They also competed in games and each day had standout campers named.

June 3, 2019 - (Album) - Shelby County youth participated in the 28th Annual Preston Football Camp on June 1, 2019 where they practiced in a variety of exercises and football training methods.

Dwight Preston and his team of coaches spent the day instructing these area players on football strategies and fundamentals.

An extra highlight this year for the players was being timed in the 40-yard dash on the Roughrider track.

June 3, 2019 - Saturday, June 15th will mark the 27th year of the Darren Wilson Golf Classic that raises scholarship money for Shelby County seniors.

Darren lost his life in a tragic accident while trying to help someone. It only seemed fitting that we would honor his memory by helping others and thus the start of the Darren Wilson Scholarship Fund.

He was a member of the local Ducks Unlimited committee and in 1993 friends and members of the local DU committee started the golf tournament that bears his name.

The format of the "fun" tournament at the Center Country CLub is a 6-person team scramble. Entry fee is $100 per player with registration starting at 11am. Lunch at 11:30 by the Shelby County Cookers and tee off around 12:30pm. You can contact Joe Pro at 936-598-5513 if you would like to be on a team or just show up and we'll find you a group to play with.

There will be a silent auction of donated items, but we can always make a place for another if you would like to give an item for this. Hole sponsors are available for $200 as well.

If you would like to donate, you can contact Stephen Gamble at 936-275-5222 and leave a message or send to Darren Wilson Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1091, Center, TX. 75935.

Thank you from the friends of Shelby County Ducks Unlimited.

June 2, 2019 - East Texas’s own Dominique Edison will be hosting a youth football camp at the San Augustine High School Stadium on June 15th. Dominique played at SFA State University where he was named NCAA All-American and he then played in the National Football League as wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans.

Edison has enlisted the help of former NFL players, college coaches and current college football players to assist him in putting on this camp. Former NFL player and East Texan Vincent Cartwright will also be at the camp sharing his knowledge of the game. 

During the camp, Edison and his coaching staff will thoroughly train and prepare each player to be a better, more confident football player. With excellent football, housing facilities, top coaches, and pro players, Dominique’s goal is to give each camper the finest football instruction available along with an experience they will never forget.

The camp agenda will offer fun, challenging, vigorous game like training and is accepting of everyone’s abilities. The camp coaches take great pride in providing a loving, safe, and welcoming environment for all the campers.

The summer football camp is available for youth ages 7 to 18. The Summer Football Camp will be held on Saturday, June 15th, at San Augustine Wolf Pack Stadium. It is highly encouraged all youth interested in attending the camp pre-register online at Camp spots are limited and guaranteed to fill quickly so register online now. If spots are still available, youth will be allowed to register in person on the day of the camp, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

There will be a $15 fee to participate in the camp, which will include a Dri-Fit camp shirt and food. The camp will conclude at 1:00 p.m.

Athletes attending the camp need to bring cleats and a sports water bottle with them. Camp is non-contact with a focus on drills and activities that are beneficial for football players. Each athlete will work with top experienced sport coaches with a focus on improving footwork, speed and agility, increased balance and control, and building confidence through fundamental development.

Parents and relatives are encouraged to attend the camp practice and concluding ceremony.

May 31, 2019 - 23-2A All District Baseball Selections

MVP – Kolby Parker, Jr. - Shelbyville
Offensive MVP – Cole Ferguson, Sr. - Shelbyville
Defensive MVP – Dayton Dewberry, Soph. - Garrison
Pitcher of the Year – Reid Taylor, Jr. - Woden
Newcomer of the Year - Alex Slowikowski
Coach of the Year – Zach Hubbard
1st Team

Gray Hancock, Sr. - Garrison 
Landon Woodfin, Soph. - Gary 
Zack Clark, Jr. - Shelbyville 
Gage Griffin, Soph. - Woden
Chace Rodriguez, Jr. - Garrison 
Colin Linebarger, Jr. - Gary 
Dakota Beckham, Soph. - Gary
Braden Courtney, Fr. - Timpson 
Sam Jones, Jr. - Shelbyville   
Luke Alvis, Sr. - Woden
Kane Key, Sr. - Garrison 
Kaleb Campbell, Sr. - Shelbyville 
Trenton Luna, Soph. - Woden
Austin Colle, Sr. - Garrison 
Payton Chamness, Soph. - Gary  
Khristian Goree, Sr. - Woden
Utility Player of the Year
Trace Clark, Sr. Shelbyville & Ethan Askins, Jr. - Gary

2nd Team 

Hayden Jenkins, Jr. - Tenaha
Caleb Graves, Jr. - Woden
Colton Snider, Soph. - Martinsville 
Drew Wise, Sr. - Garrison 
Garrett Askins, Soph. - Timpson 
Jaydan Cockerham, Fr. - Gary
Jalen Amidon, Jr. - Woden
Tyler Spivey, Soph. - Garrison 
Jon Grogan, Sr. - Timpson 
Trenton Ramsey, Sr. - Joaquin 
Hunter Royce, Sr. - Mount Enterprise 
Trevor Wilburn, Sr. - Shelbyville 
Holden Ritter, Sr. - Gary
Frederick Christopher Jr., Soph. - Garrison 
Tristan Adkison, Soph. - Garrison 
Michael Spears, Sr. - Shelbyville 
Logan Harper, Jr. - Joaquin 

Utility Player of the Year
Grady Clay, Soph. - Shelbyville 
Honorable Mention

Garner Hancock 
Britt King 
Andrew Slowikowski
Brandon Soto
Trenton Hass
Jaurmez Brock 
Kemyson Gray 
Jayden Cater
Lane O’Neal 
Ty Ransom 
Call Murdock
Ty Merriman 
Mount Enterprise
Jonathan Wright 
Jacob Denby 
Kristian Dean 
Miguel Flores 
Cody Hodge

May 30, 2019 - Four Center ISD students competed at the 2019 Gulf District AAU Taekwondo National Qualifier in Houston, Texas on May 4th. Logan Galindo, Jahaziel Figueroa, Rex Payne, and Zac Payne train locally at Self Defense America (SDA) under the direction of Master Tina Roddy.

“All of the students brought home medals in their individual events,” said Master Tina Roddy. “By winning medals in their individual classes and events, all four students qualified to compete in the AAU TKD Nationals and Junior Olympics this summer.”

Students participated in Creative Weapons Forms, Traditional Forms, and Point Sparring. For traditional forms, students have to follow a predetermined set of movements, but for creative weapons forms, students are able to develop their own routine using a bo staff, kammas, or a sword. The other main event was point sparring, participants fight gaining points by landing a technique from a set of allowable kicks and punches.

“Competing is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of hard work and dedication,” said four-year veteran of AAU competitions and black belt Logan Galindo. “The best part is hanging out with your friends.” 

Logan won gold in both of his events - creative weapons forms and traditional forms. Red belt Jahaziel Figueroa competed in point sparring, creative weapons forms, and traditional forms and brought home the silver in all three events. Rex brought home a gold in creative weapons forms, silver in point sparring, and bronze in traditional forms. His brother blue belt Zac Payne won silver in traditional forms and bronze in weapons forms.

“I like competing in TKD because it’s fun and it helps me learn about myself,” said red belt Rex Payne, “where my limits are and how to push myself.”

“Winning is terrific,” said Logan’s mom Tracie Galindo. “ It definitely shows you that all of the hours of work had a purpose, but, as a mom, I enjoy seeing the support that these young men give each other. They help each other achieve great things and support each other when the judges’ decisions don’t go their way. They give suggestions to each other on how to improve. I love the character that is developed in this program.”

Gulf District AAU Taekwondo National Qualifier was sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), a national organization founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sports. Taekwondo is one of over 30 individual sports offered within the organization. Local competitors compete in Region 9 and then may qualify to perform at the Nationals event or Junior Olympics in the Summer. Competitors in the Nationals event may be chosen for the National competition team to travel around the world, representing the United States.

May 30, 2019 - Please join us for the 28th Annual Preston Football Camp (PFC) at Roughrider Stadium 8am-3pm June 1, 2019.

Athletic clothing is recommended, football cleats optional. Snacks will be provide by the PFC.

This year PFC is proud to have Mr. Gary Dickey, USATF Certified Track Official, who will be offering professional timing of the 40-yard dashes. Times will be displayed on the website for regional and national recognition by college and professional football teams.

East Texas Baptist University’s Wood’s Field Ballpark, Thursday, May 23, 2019 –

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The Shelbyville Dragons were eliminated from the Region III semifinal game in the UIL Class 2A State Baseball Tournament on Thursday. The Dragons lost a best-of-three game series in two games to the Simms James Bowie Pirates.

In Game 1 the Pirates jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with scores by Dalton Alford and Duece Schuler.

Shelbyville bounced back to within one run of the Pirates, in the top of the sixth inning, when Cole Ferguson scored after reaching base on a double to centerfield. He later raced home on a single to leftfield by Kaleb Campbell and SHS trailed Simms only 2-1.

Dragon Kolby Parker struck out nine Pirate batters during the complete game loss and only gave up one free base.

Game 2 saw the game go scoreless until Shelbyville took their only lead of the series when a single to centerfield by Trevor Wilbur scored teammate Michael Spears. This gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead which held up until a game-winning 7-run rally by the Pirates in the top of the sixth inning.

This ended the season for Shelbyville and the Simms Pirates, now 19-4 overall will now face the winner of the Woden versus Linden-Kildare game.  The Pirates reached the playoffs as the second seed for District 17 2A. Woden took the lead in the other Region III semifinal series, on Thursday, with a 7-2 Game 1 win over Linden-Kildare at Whitehouse High School.

Shelbyville's season ended with them as undefeated District 23 champions and they posted a 23-7 overall mark.

May 23, 2019 - On March 9, 2019 students from Self Defense America in Center TX went and competed in the LA Govenor Games in Shreveport LA. These students come from Center, Shelbyville, Tenaha, Timpson, Joaquin and San Augustine TX, Shelby County was well repesented. Events at the Games were Forms, Specialty Forms, Point Sparring, Chanbara and Jujitsu. Each Student will be listed with the place the received. For over half of these students this was their first competition.

Pictured above: Emma Madden two 2nd place and two 5th place, Rex Payne one 3rd place and three 5th place, Caitlyn Madden two, 1st place one 2nd place and one 5th place, Jess Clark two 2nd place, Jahaziel Figueroa one 2nd, one 4th and one 5th place, Zac Payne one 3rd place and one 5th place. 

Students that are not in photo were: Ryder Moody one 1st and two 2nd place, Zoey Deas one 5th place, Logan Galindo one 1st, one 2nd and two 4th place, Jamie Lindley two 1st place, Keven Maldando two 5th place, Jovanny Maldando one 2nd, one 3rd and one 5th place. Laim Jarvis two 5th place, and Keaton Smith one 1st and one 2nd place. Awesome job everyone!

Belt Rank Testing was held on March 2, 2019 at Self Defense America in Center TX. Student had to preform strikes, blocks, kicks, self defense and endurance techniques up to their current belt rank. Students in the photo all passed to their next belt ranking.

Back Row: Rex Payne - 2nd Gup Black/Red, Trevor Lester - 2nd Gup Black/Red, Trace Lester - 4th Gup Brown, Caitlyn Broussard - 8th Gup Orange and Liam Jarvis - 9th Yellow. Front Row: Carter Andrews - 7th Gup Green, Victoria Hogan - 8th Gup Orange and Peyton Askew - 9th Gup Yellow. In splits is Ryder Moody - 6th Gup Purple. 

Congratulations to all the students for their hard work!