April 25, 2022 - Today's Joaquin Lady Ram softball game vs. Timpson has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. and will be played at Shelbyville High School.


Joaquin Rams Ballpark on Friday, April 22, 2022 –

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The Joaquin Rams varsity baseball team took a 30-0 District 23 2A win over the visiting Mount Enterprise Wildcats on Friday. The win improved the Ram’s conference mark to 8-5 and the Rams now stand at 13-13-1 overall for the season.

Joaquin held a 30-2 hitting advantage at the conclusion of the game which was shortened to 4 ½ innings and called due to mercy-rule.

The Rams rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the first inning, five runs in the second frame, eleven runs in the third and six in the bottom of the fourth.

Caleb Brooks, Maddox Hutchins, Landen Whitton, Tanor Doggett and Jayden Cater teamed up to pitch during the win. They collectively struck out ten Wildcats batters.

The Rams will next travel to Mount Enterprise’s Wildcats Ballpark on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 for a 6 p.m. game to finish the regular season.

April 22, 2022 - The Roughrider Broadcast Team is proud to present tonight's baseball game sas Center travels to Jasper. Last night, the Roughriders scored a surprise victory over the heavily favored Bulldogs; they work for a sweep tonight. First pitch is at 7 o'clock.

At 6:40 join us for the B3 Carwash Pregame show featuring a visit with Coach Moore, junior player Jake Morris, and guests Sara Scull and Emillee Elliot, The senior doubles tennis team who will be competing at the state tournament Tuesday.

Stay with us through the Shofner's Washateria Postgame Show for a visit with the Center Motor Company player of the game.

Just log on to twitch.tv and into the search bar type roughridersports.

Photographs submitted by Buster Bounds

April 22, 2022 - The Center Lions Club Golf Tournament held Monday, April 11 at the Center Country Club had 8 teams competing and helping to raising money for the community.

The event is all about having fun. We have some unusual holes. There is one hole that you hit the ball out of a swimming pool. One hole called the Flamingo where you hit your first shot standing on one leg. Another hole where your first shot is with a giant sling shot. We also throw in several other gimmicks. Coming in first is not always best, prizes are given for 2nd, 4th and last place.

Winners / Losers were 1st place team Farm Bureau; 2nd place team Shelby Savings Bank 2; 4th place team Steel Building Supply; and 8th place team Farmers State Bank.

We have a great time and the Center Noon Lions are extremely thankful for our corporate sponsors; Farmers State Bank, High Roller Group, Shelby Savings Bank, and Tyson. This event could not happen without their support and the support of the many hole sponsors and golfers who participate. There are many others to thank, but too numerous to mention here.

All the money our club raises goes back into our local community with the exception of the barbecued/grilled chicken luncheon which is coming up on May 12th. All proceeds from that event will go towards the Texas Lions Camp, in Kerrville, Texas, if you are ever passing through, stop in and check it out. It is an amazing place. Thank you for the generosity of Shelby County folks and may God bless you all.


Team 1: Farm Bureau
Josh Sowell and son, Shane Ray, Ryan Pinkston, B.J. Muschalek

Team 2: East Texas Poultry Supply
John Howard, Paine Howard, Bobby Pigg, Howell Howard

Team 3: Farmers State Bank
Larry Schultz, Lance Lawson, Joey Lawson, Brian Dean

Team 4: Joe Pro
Roy Peace, Joe Whittlesey, Will Lloyd, Drue Scull

Team 5: Windham Dental
Brent Meaux, Danny Paul Windham, Neil Pigg, Jerry Pinkston

Team 6: Steel Building Supply
J. R. Teske, Colin Mathews, Jesse Teske, Brett Scarber

Team 7: Shelby Savings Bank 1
LeRoy Newman, Ed Johnson, Jeremy Fenley, Jim Sawyer

Team 8: Shelby Savings Bank 2
Clay Ihlo, Will Lucas, Sammy Dance, Reid Nichols

Long Put by Joe Pro

State qualifiers with their Region 3 medals

April 21, 2022 - Five Center High School seniors are headed to the UIL 4A Tennis Tournament to be held in San Antonio on Tuesday, April 26 at Annemarie Tennis Center.

Their Journey to State

Ian Williams was the #1 seed in the Region 3 boys singles tournament and held true to his placement by finishing in 1st place. His toughest match was in the finals versus Lake Belton where Ian had a slow start and dropped the first set but regrouped and finished strong taking the next two sets. Ian will face a Region 2 opponent from Lindale in the State quarterfinals at approximately 9:15am.

Levi Rodriguez and Lance Holloway were the #4 seed in the Region 3 boys doubles tournament and pulled some exciting wins versus China Spring in the semifinal and Lake Belton in the finals. Both matches went to deciding 3rd sets and both matches would go the Riders way to finish in 1st place. Levi and Lance will face a Region 4 opponent from Wimberley in the State quarterfinals at approximately 9:15am.

Emilee Elliott and Sarah Scull were the #2 seed in the Region 3 girls doubles tournament and would hold true to their placement by finishing 2nd and qualifying for State. Their second day at Regionals started with a hard fought win over China Spring in the semifinals followed by a loss to the #1 seed Bellville team in the finals. That did not secure a 2nd place, and the girls had to face an excited team from Burnet who would get a playback chance. The match would last nearly 2 1/2 hours and also like the boys doubles, would go to a deciding 3rd set where the Center girls would prevail. Emilee and Sarah will face a Region 2 opponent from Wills Point in the State quarterfinals at approximately 10:30am.

Go Riders!!!!!

All 5 of these seniors had to face many challenges over the 2 days in Bryan as well as having to pull out hard fought deciding 3rd sets in all of their final matches of the day.

The parents, team members, faculty and community supporters pulled for them every step of the way and it showed. Thank you!

Congratulations to the following:

Boys doubles: Ryan Jones / Erick Rojas (Sr) - region qualifiers
Girls doubles: Reese Cockrell / Sayre Hall - region quarterfinalists
Mixed doubles: Arista Lee / Ethan McElroy - region qualifiers
Mixed doubles: Connor McCauley / Jalen Postell - region quarterfinalists
Girls singles: Brooke Gaddy - region qualifier

The full Region 3 tournament results, as well as the brackets for all of the regions are posted at texastenniscoaches.com

Center Rider Tennis on Facebook has results and pictures as well.

April 20, 2022 - Congratulations to the Tenaha Tigers on winning the Little Dribblers Nationals Tournament!

The Tenaha Tigers traveled to Franklin, Texas and competed at the Little Dribblers Nationals Tournament April 13th through April 16th.

The Major division defeated Normangee 50-45 in the championship game.

The Senior division defeated Martins Mill 43-39 in the championship game.

We’re so proud of you Tigers… way to represent!

Center Horseshoe Ballpark on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 –

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The Center Lady Roughriders varsity softball team struggled and lost 11-1 to the undefeated (9-0) Jasper Lady Bulldogs. Tuesday’s game was Center’s final home game and they hosted a Senior Day for student athletes Gracie Wisenant, Kaiya Hubbard and Skylar Causey.

The Lady Bulldogs used a walk, error and a double from Kiara Sells to extend an early lead to 5-0 runs by the middle of the second inning. JHS rallied again in the top of the third to balloon their lead to 11-0 going into the top of the fourth.

It appeared Jasper would be retired early in the third frame but an error extended the inning. Jasper nearly scored but leftfielder Gracie Wisenant made an excellent play on a hard hit double to the outfield and the Lady Roughriders were able to end the inning by relaying the ball into home plate to retire the final out without an additional score.

Ryleigh Youngblood led off the bottom half of the fourth inning by walking. She later scored what would prove to be the game’s final run when Julie Bird singled to centerfield.

Center is now in a two-way tie with Carthage High School for fourth place in District 17 4A with one game remaining. Each team holds a 4-5 conference mark with one game remaining. Carthage will host Palestine on Friday, April 22, 2022. Center heads to Jasper to face the Lady Bulldogs again. First pitch at Bulldogs Ballpark is Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Shelbyville High School Ballpark on Thursday, April 14, 2022 -

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The Shelbyville Lady Dragons rallied big in the bottom of both the fourth and fifth inning to take an 11-1 win over the visiting Mount Enterprise Wildcats on Thursday.

Shelbyville fell behind when Mount Enterprise scored in the top of the first and led 1-0. Shelbyville answered with two runs in the bottom first frame to take a 2-1 lead into the second inning. The Lady Dragon’s 2-1 lead held up until they extended their advantage in the bottom of the fourth inning with a rally which saw them score 4 runs on two singles, a double, a walk, a hit batter and an error. They carried a 6-1 advantage into the fifth inning.

Shelbyville then got the five runs needed to end the game during the bottom of the fifth inning when they rallied on six hits and a fielder’s choice which allowed the Lady Dragons to get the 11-1 lead and end the game by mercy-rule.

Shelbyville is currently in fourth place with a 5-5 record in District 22 2A with two conference games remaining. Four teams from their conference will advance to the UIL Softball Playoffs in late April.

The Lady Dragons will host the Joaquin Lady Rams next Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

Pictured are (from left): Lance Holloway, Emilee Elliott, Ian Williams, Sarah Scull, andLevi Rodriguez.

April 14, 2022 - In UIL tennis, 16 kids from each district get to go to the regional tennis tournament in Bryan. In our district, 14 of the 16 were from Center. Monday, April 11, 2022, Brooke Gaddy competed in girls singles, and Erick Rojas and Ryan Jones competed in boys singles.

Advancing to the quarterfinals were girls doubles partners Sayre Hall and Reece Cockrell; mixed doubles partners Arista Lee and Ethan McElroy; and mixed doubles partners Jalen Postell and Conner McCauley. Five athletes played in the regional semifinals, and all five won and advanced to the finals.

Pictured are (from left): Head Coach Leon Dykes, Lance Holloway​, Emilee Elliott, Ian Williams, Sarah Scull, Levi Rodriguez, and Asst. Coach Lori Manchack.

All five qualified to play in the UIL state tennis tournament in College Station in two weeks: Ian Williams 1st place boys singles; Lance Holloway and Levi Rodriguez 1st place boys doubles; Sarah Scull and Emilee Elliott 2nd place girls doubles.


Friday, April 8, 2022 at Joaquin Rams Ballpark –

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The Joaquin Lady Rams varsity softball team earned a District 22 2A home win over the Garrison Lady Bulldogs as they took a 14-4 run advantage and ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning due to mercy rule.

Garrison built an early 2-0 lead as Kearsten White and Zoey Libby reached on base hits and later scored when the bases were filled by a hit batter, and two walks drove them home.

Joaquin tied the game (2-2) in the bottom of the second inning when JJ Bass reached base and Juli King cleared the bases with an inside-the-park-homer.

The Lady Rams took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Kaylee Neal singled to rightfield and reached home on a JJ Bass double.

Aspen Pritchett singled to begin the third inning and sparked a rally which saw JHS eventually take a 9-2 lead on six hits and a throwing error. A run by Autumn Webb in the bottom of the fourth extended Joaquin's lead to 10-2.

GHS got scores from Brynn Clark and White in the top of the sixth frame. This cut the Lady Rams lead to 10-4 runs.

Joaquin was able to get four consecutive hits from Bass, King, Pritchett and Madison Baker to rally and they later scored to get the ten run lead needed to end the game on mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth frame.

Joaquin’s next game was scheduled for next Tuesday, April 12, 2022 versus Mount Enterprise. The game has been moved to Monday, April 11, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. in Mount Enterprise, at Wildcats Ballpark.