Sports

April 4, 2019 - Center Tennis rules the district and takes home the overall boys and girls District 20 Title.

The first and second place finishers will advance to the Regional Tournament held at Bryan High School on April 17-18.

The boys and girls Singles and Doubles brackets were completed and the Mixed Doubles bracket will have one match remaining to determine the 2nd and 3rd place teams.

Center's mixed doubles team comprised of Lance Holloway / Emilee Elliott will be playing Friday, April 5th in Hudson at 3pm vs Hudson.

Boys singles
1st place - Juan Gonzalez (Center)
2nd place - Ian Williams (Center)
3rd place - Hudson

Girls singles
1st place - Keelan Williams (Center)
2nd place - Sarah Scull (Center)
3rd place - Carthage

Boys Doubles
1st place - Keaton Watlington / Mauricio Rojas - Solis (Center)
2nd place - JackCallen Watlington / Collin Jones (Center)
3rd place - Hudson

Girls Doubles
1st place - Katie Nehring / Maddie Russell (Center)
2nd place - Hudson
3rd place - Mallory Fausett / Caitlyn Basham (Center)

Mixed Doubles
1st place - Alec Dykes / Caroline Scull (Center)
2nd place - TBD
3rd place - TBD at Hudson 3pm Friday

Coach Leon Dykes
Coach Beth Nichols

Go Riders!!!!!

April 3, 2019 - The Center Middle School 7th grade girls track team earned District Runner Up and had 7 athletes win District Champion titles at the 20-4A District Meet held April 1, 2019.


From left: (front row) Yuliana Garcia, R'Leashalin Whaley, Jordan Samford, Tazirah Hill, Gisselle Zendajas, Kameron Bailey, Gabrielle Whisenant, (second row) Yumileidi Ceniceros, Fatima Valadez, Paris Standley, Jadince Hooper,Keila De La Cruz, Jasmine Oliveras, (third row) Julie Bird, Esmerai Hernandez, Carson Crouch, Mickihiya Cartwright, Lanaijha Johnson, Tatayania Davis, Alondra Hernandez, Kassandra Acosta, (fourth row) Scherlin Rivera, Lisbeth Duarte, Kristina Riley, Denisse Caraveo, Ashley Bentacour, and Emma Kaluza

District Champions: 4 X 100 Meter Relay

4 X 100 Meter Relay: (from left, front row) R'Leashalin Whaley, Tazirah Hill, (back row) Jordan Samford, and Kristina Riley.

District Champions: 4 X 200 Meter Relay

4 X 200 Meter Relay: (from left, front row) R'Leashalin Whaley, Tazirah Hill, (back row) Jordan Samford, and Mickihiya Cartwright. 

District Champions: 

From left: (front row) R'Leashalin Whaley - 4 X 100 Meter Relay and 4 X 200 Meter Relay; Jordan Samford - 100 Meter Dash, 4 X 100 Meter Relay, and 4 X 200 Meter RelayTazirah Hill - 200 Meter Dash, 4 X 100 Meter Relay, and 4 X 200 Meter Relay; Emma Kaluza - 400 Meter Dash; Gabrielle Whisenant - 800 Meter Run; (back row) Mickihiya Cartwright - 4 X 200 Meter Relay; and Kristina Riley - 4 X 100 Meter Relay.

Pictures provided by Coach Fleashia Ford

Center High School, Wednesday, April 3, 2019 -

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Center High School senior student athlete Chris Jackson signed a letter of intention to play tight end at Howard Payne University, at Brownwood Texas, next season.

Jackson played both offense and defense for the Center Roughriders last season and will be looked at by the school to play tight end for the Yellow Jackets.

According to the school’s website, Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.

At HPU, students choose from more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in seven schools: Business, Christian Studies, Education, Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, Nursing, and Science and Mathematics. The Guy D. Newman Honors Academy challenges students with a multidisciplinary curriculum and exciting travel opportunities. Co-curricular organizations include the Model UN, Moot Court and Student Speaker Bureau, and more than 25 student organizations round out the school’s extracurricular options.

Jackson is pursuing a business degree. When asked why he chose HPU he said, “I liked the campus and the people at the University made us feel welcome during our walk around campus.”

Carthage Lady Bulldogs Softball Stadium, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 –

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The Center Lady Roughriders traveled to Carthage on Tuesday to face the Carthage Lady Bulldogs in a District 20 4A game. The Lady Bulldogs used a big rally in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull away after both teams had been held scoreless up until that point of the contest.

Center’s run came in the top of the fifth inning when Jasmine Cooks drove in Kaley LaRock with a single to leftfield. This cut the Carthage lead to 3-1.

In the bottom of the fifth inning Carthage used a lead-off walk, an error , three hits and a sacrifice fly to put the game away with four runs which gave them a 7-1 lead which held up for the remainder of the 6 ½ inning contest.

Statistically the game looked much closer than the score. Carthage earned 8 hits, one walk, and committed just one error. Center gained five hits, a walk, and an error.

Brooke Johnson did the bulk of the Lady ‘Dogs pitching, she went six innings and recorded four strikeouts.

Center’s McKayla Hubbard rang up five Carthage batters for strikeouts in six innings of pitching.

The Lady Roughriders are now 0-4 in conference play. They will next host the Hudson Lady Hornets on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Lady Roughriders’ Field, at 6 p.m. The Lady Hornets are unbeaten in conference action.

April 1, 2019 - The Varsity Boys Soccer team will be traveling to Madisonville today, April 1, 2019, to compete in the Area Round VS Mexia. The game will begin at 7 pm.

Center High School Baseball Complex, Friday, March 29, 2019 –

The Center Roughriders’ varsity baseball team advanced their District 20 4A mark to 2-4 with a 6-4 win over the visiting Huntington Red Devils. Centers overall mark has now moved to 6-11-1. They are now in a tie with the Hudson Hornets for the conference’s third spot trailing Carthage 6-0, and Jasper 4-1.

The Roughriders did the bulk of their damage in a rally in the bottom of the first inning which saw Jayden Hicks single and score on a passed ball behind the catcher. The ‘Riders eventually had five runs and two walks during the rally, highlighted by two runs-batted-in (RBI) double by Jake Hanson which gave Center a 4-0 lead. Center took a 5-0 lead later in the frame when Jase Bird drove Hanson in with an RBI single.

Huntington bounced back in the top of the second inning with a 2-out rally which saw them gain four consecutive single-base hits. This cut the Center lead to 5-1 after a score by Tyler Harris.

Huntington scored the game’s next score in the top of the sixth inning when Dylan Murphy reached on a walk and later scored on an error. Center led 5-2.

Center scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth when Colton Crawford singled to lead off the inning and was driven in later by a teammate’s single to rightfield.

Two errors and a walk during the bottom of the seventh inning allowed the Red Devils to score two runs on a Harris single to leftfield late in the contest.

Center will next travel to face Carthage at Bulldogs’ Stadium on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs (15-3-1) are 5-0 in District 20 action and are currently on a seven game win streak. They defeated Hudson 3-1 last Friday.

Timpson Bears Baseball Complex, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 –

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On Tuesday, the Timpson Bears varsity baseball team overcame the visiting Joaquin Rams, in a District 23 2A game, by a 14-0 score. The Bears only allowed a single hit, a double by Eli Huerta in the first inning. Joaquin would eventually have four more base runners who reached on two errors and two walks.

Bears Garrett Askins, Braden Courtney, and Gabe Smith teamed up to strike out seven Rams batters during the 4 ½ inning contest which was called due to the conference’s ten-run-mercy-rule.

Timpson drew 10 free bases, and reached on eight hits, including a towering grand slam by Cody Hodge in the fourth inning.

The Bears are currently in fifth place in District 23 action with a 4-3 win-loss record. Their season mark is at 8-7. They next travel to Garrison for a district game with the Bulldogs on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Joaquin is in sixth place in conference play. Their league mark is 2-5 and they stand at 2-9 overall. The Rams will host the Martinsville Pirates on Friday, March 29, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.

March 20, 2019 (Entry Form) - The 3rd Annual Stan Burgay Memorial Bass Tournament benefiting the Stan Burgay Memorial Scholarship Fund is set for March 30, 2019 from 6:45am until 3pm at Sam Rayburn's Cassels Boykin Pavilion.

The team tournament has a $150 entry fee, includes Big Bass, 80% payback. If mailing in entry with a check, make payable to Stanley Burgay Memorial Bass Tournament, Attn: David Koonce, PO Box 2108, Center, Texas 75935. Must be postmarked by March 22.

Trailering permitted. No fishing before 6:45am and no fishing after 3pm. Be checked in and in line by 4pm. No off limits. Enter the night before the tournament at the Cassels Boykin Pavilion between 6pm and 8pm or enter the morning of the tournament at the Cassels Boykin Pavilion starting at 5:15am.

There will be a raffle and live auction at weigh in! For more infomation, contact Jason Wells at 936-635-1717.

Special thanks to Despino's Tire Service.

Stan Burgay was not only a fisherman but was a Constable in Shelby County when he passed away March 21, 2016.

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March 25, 2019 - The Center High School boys and girls will be playing in play-off games this week. The Girls Soccer team will travel to Jasper High School on Thursday, March 28th to play against Lumberton at 5pm.

The Boys Soccer team will play against Hamshire Fannett at Jasper High School on Friday, March 29th with a 7pm game time.

Ticket prices for both games are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

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Joaquin Lady Rams Softball Complex, Friday, March 22, 2019 –

The Joaquin Lady Rams varsity softball team has extended their District 22 2A record to 4-2 after defeating the Wells Pirates by a 15-0 score. The game was shortened to four innings due to the league’s mercy rule. Joaquin is on a 3-game winning streak and they have not allowed a run for three contests.

Joaquin got on the board early with runs batted in which led to scores from JJ Bass, Chloe Mason, Molly Mason, Kennedy Stanley helping the Lady Rams take a 5-0 lead into the second inning.

Chloe Mason struck out 3 of the 4 Lady Pirate batters she faced in the top of the second inning. Joaquin extended their lead to 10-0 by the end of the second frame.

Mason struck out the only three Wells batters that came to the plate in the top of the third inning. Hits by Lady Rams Molly Mason, Chrislyn Pena, Kalie Brooks, and Maddisyn Cheatwood, helped extend the JHS lead to 14-0 by the end of the third inning.

The Lady Ram’s defense set down Wells in 1-2-3 fashion with Chloe Mason getting two more of her 11 strike outs for the day.

Lady Ram Emma Martin drew a bases-loaded walk which scored the 15th run which ended the contest by the league’s mercy-rule being enforced.

Joaquin will next face the Gary Lady Bobcats next Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Gary High School. The first pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

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