July 21, 2015 - The 2015 Texas High School Coaches Association has released their pre-season poll highlight the best high school football teams in state.

There were several local high school teams from Class 2A Region III that made the state pre-season poll.

They are as follows:

Class 2A Division I
Shelbyville - 4th
San Augustine - 5th
Pineland West Sabine - 10th

Class 2A Division II
Tenaha - 4th
Timpson - 9th

Pictured left to right: (Lance Holloway, Colton Gutermuth, Logan Holloway, Konner Windham, and Seth Shamblin)

July 21, 2015 - The 2015 Texas State 4H Games were held July 15-18 at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio. There were over 1,250 shotgun and archery shooters that competed this year.

Jaxon Brittain competed in archery 3d, modified 600, field and wand competitions. Shelby County 4H shooters had five kids participate in the shotgun competition. They were Colton Gutermuth, Lance Holloway, Logan Holloway, Seth Shamblin and Konner Windham.

The shotgun competitions included International Skeet, Modified Trap, American Skeet, American Trap, Sporting Clays and Whiz-bang. It was a great week and it marked the sixth year that Shelby County has been participating in the State Games.

Senior One Ladies: Konner Windham - Whiz-bang (2nd place)

Intermediate Division:
Two man team - Trap (1st place) Logan & Lance Holloway
Two man team - Skeet (2nd place) Logan & Lance Holloway

We would like to say Congratulations on a job well done representing Shelby County.

July 21, 2015 - Left to right: Logan Holloway, Lance Holloway, Seth Shamblin, Colton GutermuthThe 15th annual Comal County Shotgun invitational was held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio on July 11-12th. This competition is commonly called the state warmup tournament with over 350 participants. Shelby County 4h Shooters had four kids participate; Colton Gutermuth, Lance Holloway, Logan Holloway and Seth Shamblin.

Jr. Division - Seth Shamblin 3rd skeet

We would like to say Congratulations on a job well done representing Shelby County.

Barry Bowman (right), Center ISD Athletic Director and Head Coach, is seen speaking with Jason Mitchell (left) during the meet and greet event Thursday, July 16, 2015.July 16, 2015 (Album) - Center ISD coaches gathered at the Center High School Library to give parents the opportunity to meet with the new staff before the beginning of the new school year.

The informal event was held on the morning of Thursday, July 16, 2015 with new Athletic Director Barry Bowman and several members of his new coaching staff, with coaches from all over the district, as well as Superintendent James Hockenberry and other school staff.

Bowman gave a little history of his career for Shelby County Today. He was the head coach and athletic director at Daingerfield High School from 2008-2010; head coach and athletic director at Paris High School for a couple of years until his father became ill and he moved to Longview to care for him. During that time he has been the assistant head coach and assistance athletic director at Pine Tree High School for the past two years.

"The thing that I'm excited about is that from the time we got here as far as implementing some changes and things that we believe in, the kids have been really receptive. Our summer workouts, we've had great participation from boys and girls."

Working with 150 students, three days a week has kept the coaching staff busy during the summer. Bowman says he is blessed to have a group of youthful coaches that are full of energy and enthusiasm. He is really proud of the staff he has been able to put in place and he says they are "really good classroom teachers."

"It's not just about the athletic program it's everything, it's the academic part it's all of it. I think today is an indication that Center ISD and the community of Center is a winner, they won today with the people that we've been able to put in place. That's what I'm excited about. Whether we win two games or we win 12 games, at the end of the day it's about did we make a difference for kids."

(Pictured not in order): Coaches are Matt Williams, Brad Fitzgerald, and Matthew Mettauer. Team members are Danny Gonzales, Ryan Jones, Jordan McSwain, Kedrian Hinson, Connor Henson, Jesse Snider, Lance Wilburn, Ethan Lee, Asher Malloy, Garrett Mettauer, Wilbeth Cruz, and Cam Williams.

 Photo of two players, Garrett Mettauer and Jordan McSwain pointing at the score board 5-20 after the Splendora vs Center game.July 16, 2015 - The coaches, parents, and boys of the Center 9-10 years old All Star Team would like to show their aprreciation to the local businesses and people of our community for donating and sponsoring them on their trip to battle for state in Spendora, Texas. They came home in third place and also received the Best Sportsmanship Award. They fought hard and came home winners in everyone's eyes.

Thank you to the Center All Star Sponsors: MB II Management LLC ($500); W Stephen Shires; Joe Bill Mettauer Insurance; The Law Office of Jeff Adams, PLLC; Fairchild, Price, Haley & Smith, LLP; Mettauer Law Firm, PLLC ($500); Ace Hardware of East Texas ($500); McAdams Propane Company; Center Welding; Shelby Savings Bank; Mangum Funeral Home; Susan Snider & Vicky Hudson, Edward Jones; Casey Williams, Edward Jones; H5 Farms; and Shana Brittain, Southern Seasons.

Also, thank you to the City of Center, Brookshire Brothers, and Wal-Mart for allowing us to take up money in their locations.

July 16, 2015 - Tenaha ISD annouces the time for all students wishing to participate in any sport to get their physical. The sports physicals will take place on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

July 14, 2015 - On Monday, July 13 Center headed to the final round of the Dixie League State Tournament after a 3-1 win-loss performance.

Center started their 11-12 year old Dixie League State Tournament play last Saturday with an 11-0 win over Cold Springs which saw Center pitchers Garry Smith and Jase Bird combine for a no-hit performance. Bird struck out the side in the fifth and final inning to enforce the ten-run-rule and end the game.

Center won their next game over Tyler on Saturday, but lost to Huntington on Sunday but later came from behind win over Palestine to avoid elimination. Center entered the finals against Huntington, on Monday needing to win two games as opposed to just one game needed by the undefeated Huntington team.

Huntington gained a 2-1 lead over Center by the end of the first inning. Neither team was able to score in the second frame. Huntington was able to extend their lead to 4-1 in the the third inning. Huntington then proved to be too much and took control of the tournament by going up 8-1 after a three run homer with no outs in the top of the fourth inning and then they added four more runs on three hits to go up 12-1 before Center was able to retire the side.

The next three Center batters were able to put the bat on the ball in the bottom of fourth inning but Huntington was able to retire the side in 1-2-3 fashion by getting outs on two grounders and a pop up in the infield.

Huntington advanced on to be this year's state champion while the Center team claimed the state runner-up title. Huntington was also named as this year's Sportsmanship Team this season as well.

The Center team and Coaches Robby Dubea, Kevin Jones and Jason Snider have a lot to be proud of this season as well as having a lot to look forward to next season as a majority of their team will be 12 year olds and will return next season.

Center 12U Dixie Major Pre-Championship Game Photos - Album

July 11, 2015 - The Center Riders 12U All Stars baseball team will compete this weekend at the Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament. They will make their debut in the tournament with a 1:30pm game time on Saturday, at the Center Youth Baseball Park, Center, Texas. Their hard work, commitment, and dedication will represent Center proudly.

July 8, 2015 - The East Texas WildWings Finished in second place to earn a Saphire ring in the Destin Florida World Series. The Wings completed the pool games as top seed and went on to battle a rigorous final day to come up short after losing a last inning lead. The season ends for the Wings with a record of 41 wins and 6 losses.

(L to R) Connor Hogan , Logan Horton, Jackson Campbell, Tate Bass, Tanner Brooks, TJ Belin, (kneeling) Dylan Parker , Carson Bush, Kolt Larsen, Tanor Doggett, and Dylan Crawford, (Coaches) Travis Belin , Isaac Anderson, Josh Horton, Mick Doggett

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."