July 8, 2015 - The LSU Shreveport Pilots baseball team have added four more quality recruits to their 2015-16 roster after a successful recruiting trip to East Texas. The LSUS baseball coaches, Al Cantwell and Brent Lavallee, have been working hard in the off season to beef up their roster and they struck gold in adding four players from East Texas with the signing of Chantz Holland, Justin Danzer, Zak Hambright, and Jacob Mitchell.
Jacob Mitchell - RHP - Center HS - Center, TX –6’3 – 185 - FR
Mitchell enjoyed an incredibly successful career at Center HS which was capped when he was named the 4A District MVP for Region 3. The Pilots are looking forward to him to continue that success in Shreveport. His senior year saw Jacob go 10-1 with a 1.18 ERA while leading his team to the Regional Semi-finals. Jacob joins fellow freshman, Brandt McNease and Zak Hambright, as young arms that could fight for a lot of innings. Mitchell sports three pitches and is incredibly smart on the mound. "Jacob is like having a coach out there on the mound. He is always thinking one or two pitches ahead, fields his position well, and attacks hitters. As a coach, we could not ask for more. With his frame and his commitment to the weight room, this young man could see some very big innings for the Pilots during his career. He will be a fun one to watch and cheer for."
Chantz Holland - RHP - Tyler JC - Palestine, TX - RHP – 6’1 – 180 - JR
Holland is an incredible athlete who is expected to be in the starting rotation for the Pilots in 2016. He has an electric arm with a plus breaking ball to go along with an above average fastball. Coming off a year spent in relief at TJC, he helped the Apaches win their second consecutive National Championship. "Chantz brings us front of the rotation stuff, has the makeup, and the experience to help the Pilots have a successful season. It's always a plus when you have a transfer who has won a World Series come and join your team and help us mature some of the younger guys."
Justin Danzer - C - Tatum HS - Tatum, TX –6’0 - 180 - FR
Danzer may be one of the most advanced freshman catchers that the Pilots coaches have seen while on the recruiting trail. A two-time District MVP (2014 & 2015), he showcases a plus arm, soft hands, and has the ability to hit at the college level. Danzer’s athleticism and instincts are off the charts and the Pilots coaches are looking for him to compete for a starting spot right away. “We look forward to see how he handles the jump from High school to college. Justin is incredibly talented and he is hungry to prove that he is ready to compete at the highest level. He will be a very fun player to watch for the next four years."
Zak Hambright - LHP - Tatum HS – Tatum, TX – 6’3 – 180 - FR
Hambright has an incredibly high ceiling and he will be a fun athlete to watch as he matures and continues to get stronger. This southpaw possesses a great Curveball to go along with his Fastball that has very good life, especially when it is down in the zone. "With some added strength, as well as becoming a "pitcher-only", we will see Zak flourish as a Pilot. The coaching staff is very excited about this young man."
July 6, 2015 - Let's play ball! Center is hosting eight baseball tournaments starting Saturday, July 4th. Teams from all over will converge on Center for Regional and State baseball games.
The Center Youth Baseball League will be hosting the following tournaments:
(Click the tournament to see the bracket. Brackets will be updated daily.)
(Due to rain delays on July 4th, some games have still been ongoing the morning of July 5th. These brackets show progress as of 1:16am.)
T-Ball South Large Division Regional Tournament (July 4-6) (Final)
T-Ball South Junior Division Regional Tournament (July 4-6) (Final)
Coach Pitch Large Division South Regional Tournament (July 4-6) (Final)
Coach Pitch Junior Division South (July 4-6) (Final)
Machine Pitch South Large Division (July 4-6) (Final)
Machine Pitch Junior South (July 4-6) (Final)
Texas Dixie 13-14 Boys Baseball State Tournament (July 4-9) (Updated 7/6, 11:07pm)
Texas Dixie Junior Boys Baseball State Tournament (July 6-8)
June 25, 2015 - The Shelbyville Dragons 8 and under All Stars team recently competed in the district tournament held in Huntington, TX, and placed 2nd in their division. They earned a spot in the state tournament that will be held the weekend of July 4th in Center, TX.
These guys have came a long way since the beginning of the season.
The coaches would like to thank the parents of these young men for all your involvement and dedication to our baseball family. Hard work pays off! Go Dragons! We Will Win!
June 24, 2015 - The Center Titians 12U Girls All-Stars participated in the ASA State Tournament in Lufkin on June 12th-14th and won runner up. The Titians were undefeated until the tournament was called because of bad weather. Because the tournment was called, the Titians received runner up based on the runs allowed during the tournament.
June 23, 2015 - The 8U Joaquin Ram All Star Team played in the District 2 Championship game on June 22nd in Huntington, Texas defeating the Huntington Red All Star Team 16-11. The Rams went undefeated at the District Tournament coming from behind in two of the games from 7-0 and 10-3 deficits exhibiting pride, teamwork and never giving up. Way to go Rams!
The Rams will compete in the State Tournament beginning July 4th in Center, Texas. Good Luck! ALL IN!
June 22, 2015 - The Shelby County Bass Anglers visited Huxley Bay on Lake Toledo Bend last weekend after Tropical Storm Bill dumped another heavy rain on the impoundment that was already above pool level. Even with the fresh, muddy water arriving, the anglers seemed to figure out what the fish wanted and most teams showed up to the scales with their 5 fish limit of bass.
Ryan Pinkston, no stranger to winning on T Bend, once again captured first place with a heavy sack of Toledo bass weighing 24.48lbs. He also had the overall big bass of 9.09lbs anchoring his winning sack.
David Koonce and Brandon Wells were blessed with an awesome day of fishing and came in second place with 20.80lbs. They also had a 8.37lb lunker taking second overall big bass.
In addition, the team Hunter Hendricks and Zac Clark finished with a limit of bass tipping the scales at 21.20, but a penalty for a perished fish knocked them back to 20.70lbs therefore capturing the third place check.
Rounding out the money was the fourth place team of David Cartwright and Justin Brinson with a nice limit of bass weighing 17.07lbs.
The next pre-tournament meeting will be July 14th at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 7pm, with the July event at Cassells Boykins on Sam Rayburn. Please visit our website for more details about our club @ www.shelbycountybassanglers.com
June 17, 2015 - The East Texas Wildwings are Texas 8u AAA state champions. They competed in a 16 team bracket of the highest level of 8U baseball to capture their title.
The Wildwings boast a record of 34 wins and 4 losses to earn the top rank in Texas baseball. We would like to thank our sponsors and the supporters from all East Texas communities. The future is bright as the Wildwings move ahead into the future!
June 16, 2015 - The South East Texas High School Fishing circuit announced year end standings for the region last Friday night at Brookeland High School at the Championship pre-tournament meeting.
The newly formed Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers made an awesome showing in their first year of participating in the events.
Jared Wiggins and Brett Clark were crowned Anglers of the Year and received over $4000 in scholarships for this accomplishment. In addition, the team won other scholarship monies throughout the tournament season.
This is the pinnacle award of High School fishing and these boys worked extremely hard to accomplish this feat. Their fathers, Darren Wiggins and Scooter Clark, were also recognized for being their boat captains for the year.
Also being recognized finishing in the top ten for standings were the team of James Marshall and Chandler Burgay with their impressive tenth place finish. Shelby County also had several other teams that finished high in the standings, and congratulations go out to all that participated and represented our communities.
The South East Texas Regional Championship was also held this past weekend at Umphrey’s Pavillion on Sam Rayburn. This was a two day event and 266 teams of anglers from area schools qualified to fish for the grand prize of $10,000 in scholarship monies. A total of $110,000 of scholarships and prizes were given out over the weekend to these anglers.
This is a testament that high school fishing is the fastest growing sport for these youngsters. In addition, the collegiate level of bass fishing has grown over the past few years and colleges are giving 4 year scholarships to anglers to compete for their schools.
Jared Wiggins and Brett Clark continued their dream season with a 6th place finish in the Championship racking up another $3000 in scholarship monies, plus prizes for capturing the second place overall big bass of the event weighing 8.24lbs. Congratulations to these boys and every team that qualified for the Championship.
On behalf of the Shelby County Bass Anglers, and the Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers, we would like to thank Lynn and Diana Stanford for taking on the task of being the club Advisors for these kids and making it a success for the club, as well as the kids fishing.
Anyone interested in joining this fishing club is urged to contact Lynn Stanford or any one of the Shelby County Bass Anglers’ members. Great Season!
June 10, 2015 - Congratulations to Center ASA 6U All Stars for placing 2nd in the ASA District 38 Softball Championship tournament in Lufkin June 5-6, 2015. These girls played a total of 7 games over the weekend, and they played their hearts out for a very special player, Avery Lawson.
June 10, 2015 - The Center ASA 8U All Stars participated in the ASA District 38 Tournament in Lufkin on June 6 & 7 and walked away with 2nd place. The girls won 4 games on Saturday and went into game play on Sunday undefeated. They won their first game on Sunday, which put them in the championship game, still undefeated.
This tournament was a double elimination tournament, meaning since they were undefeated, whoever they played had to beat them twice. The girls had already defeated two other tournament teams to get to the championship game. Tournament teams play 12 months/year. Our girls only play 3 months/year. This is a huge accomplishment for an all-star league team.
They also played the championship games against a tournament team. The girls played the first championship game and were defeated 14-10. They were also defeated 15-8 in the second championship game, ultimately walking away with 2nd place. We could not be more proud of these girls. They played with more heart than any other team we have ever watched play. These girls deserve this 2nd place win!
Center Predators 8U All Stars include: Back Row: Sean Crouch, Allen Hogan (Head Coach), KC Campbell, and Phillip Youngblood. Middle Row: Emma Pope, Whitley Youngblood, Trista Britt, Lexi Jones, Gabby Whisenant. Front Row: Kinley Snider, Reese Cockrell, Alex Pope, Sayre Hall, and Carson Crouch.