April 19, 2021 - Regional Track Qualifiers who made it to Regional Track Meet and will compete this coming Friday and Saturday, April 23-24 in Palestine TX. Congratulations and Good Luck at Regionals!

Regional Qualifiers:
Grady Clay
Eli Taylor
JaKory Standly 
Kate Lawson
Neena Smith
Kiana Bennett
Gracie Leach
Liela Klein
Emily Pharris
Aliana Haley
Kioua Gates
Makayja Horton
Maisey Swindle
Jamairra Wright *Added

Coach Augustus Moore and Coach Kathy Marshall

Joaquin High School Ballpark on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 –

The Joaquin Lady Rams took a 10-0 District 23 2A varsity softball win over the visiting Shelbyville Lady Dragons on Tuesday. Joaquin Senior pitcher Chloee Mason earned the win and recorded 8 strikeouts on the day while allowing no free bases.

Ebbie McCann led off the bottom of the first inning with an infield hit and later scored the game’s first run. Joaquin led 1-0 until Juli King scored in the bottom of the second after reaching base on a double.

The Lady Rams added seven more runs during a rally in the bottom of the fourth. The game was eventually ended via the UIL 10-run mercy rule when JHS’s JJ Bass scored the final run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Joaquin had 8 hits and took advantage of 6 free bases during the contest. Shelbyville hit safely 4 times.

Lady Dragons pitcher Avery Faulkner struck out two Joaquin batters.

Shelbyville will host the Martinsville Lady Pirates at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Shelbyville. They are 7-13-1 overall and 4-9 in district play.

Joaquin will host the Beckville Lady Bearcats next Friday, at Joaquin, at 5:30 p.m.. Joaquin is now 21-1 overall and 13-0 in district competition.

April 20, 2021 - The Roughrider Sports Team is proud to announce it is carrying the Rider Baseball District Season!

Coverage begins tonight as the Roughriders take on the Jasper Bulldogs in Jasper. Game begins at 7pm; pregame begins at 6:40pm.

Special guests include Coach Kyle Thornell, starting pitcher Jase Bird, the members of the 4x100 and 4x200 Area Champion Relay team and the Ford Tough Player of the Game.

It's all on Twitch.TV. Log on to Twitch and type roughridersports into the search bar or click here.

Pictured above is Timothy Mason

April 20, 2021 - On Monday, April 12th, the Joaquin High School Tennis team competed in the District Tennis Tournament.

Pictured above are Juan Gomez and Angel Gonzalez

The players qualifying for regionals are:

Timothy Mason - 1st Place in Boy's Singles
Juan Gomez and Angel Gonzalez - 1st Place in Boy's Doubles
Marshall Fry and Stormy Runnels - 2nd Place in Mixed Doubles
Whitney Garrett and Mariel Luna - 2nd Place in Girl's Doubles

Pictured above are Marshall Fry and Stormy Runnels

Pictured above are Whitney Garrett and Mariel Luna

Also winning medals were:

Shanya Norris - 3rd Place in Girl's Doubles
Addy Ballard and Luke Hernandez - 3rd Place in Mixed Doubles
Chase Rice - 4th Place in Boy's Singles

The boys team won the Boy's Overall District Title

Congrats to all of the players that competed and Good luck at regionals!

Chad Lawrence, JISD Tennis Coach

April 19, 2021 - Due to the Regional Track and Tennis meets this week, Joaquin will play Timpson in a double header on Thursday, April 22nd starting at 4:00 PM at Joaquin.

Wade Lawson, Mens Athletic Director

April 15, 2021 -  During Lions Club's Thursday, April 15th meeting, Center ISD Tennis Coach Leon Dykes provided a program highlighting the success the varsity tennis team just had at the District Tournament.

Two upcoming events were mentioned during the meeting. First, Monday, April 19th is the Lion's Club Golf Tournament at the Country Club with registration at 11am and May 27th is a BBQ chicken plate fundraiser.

Lion's Club member John Jenkins introduced his guest Coach Leon Dykes who then spoke about the tennis program at Center High School. "We just had our district tournament; we competed in Hudson over two days, Monday and Tuesday. In the spring the way we compete is they're allowed to compete in one division. For example, we have boy singles, girl singles, boys doubles, girls doubles, and mixed doubles. So, its not like they get to compete in more than one event." (Article with the players and district results: Rider Tennis Teams Earn District Championship) Coach Dykes introduced all the players telling what each had placed at the District Tournament. Dykes described the way the district tournament works with only first or second places advancing to the next level. Only 16 kids get to advance from district to the region tournament. He proudly announced nine of the 16 playing at the regional tournament will be Center Roughriders.

From left: Lance Holloway, Ethan McElroy, Collin Jones, Connor McCauley, Ryan Jones, Ian Williams, JackCallen Watlington, and Coach Leon Dykes

Dykes also spoke about fall tennis, "They compete all year around, I know that we're just talking about spring tennis right now but in the fall we do what is called team tennis. And team tennis, it's almost like any other sport where its Center versus Jasper, Center versus Rusk, like football or baseball. It's we line up our best against their best... basically it's a race to win 10 matches as a team. This year, this team right here, they were District champs, Bi-district, Area, Region Quarterfinals, and Region Semifinals. So, this team right here were at Region Semifinals in the fall."

"I couldn't be more proud of this group. They spend a lot of time in court hours all year. In summer they do stuff on their own. We've been fortunate enough now to have 20 years and running as District champs. Very fortunate, very blessed to have this group, and parents that support the program as well as local community members."

From left: Coach Dykes, Emilee Elliot, Sarah Scull, Sayre Hall, Reese Cockrell, Brooke Gaddy, Lanie Hooks, Arista Lee

A Lions Club member asked Dykes to talk about when he gets to start working with the kids, "I was very fortunate that when I was hired they said that we would like to build a program. And at that time, we only had the four courts over at Portacool Park, and middle school and high school was there. My first tennis class was one tennis period with 7th through 12th grade all at the same time. That was interesting but over the years the program has just developed and grown and as the interest has grown, I've been fortunate where the administration has said we see that we need to add some classes for you. Now, I've got five tennis classes. That's where I think that I have the advantage in our district. But again in order to compete at the highest level, which we have been, you've got to have that. So, we've been very fortunate."

April 15, 2021 - Tenaha's Friday's Baseball Game has been relocated to Woden at 3:30pm due to weather conditions.

April 14, 2021 - Varsity and JV team points earned the Riders District Championship overall in both Boys and Girls. Go Riders!!!

All 1st and 2nd place Varsity District finishers will compete in the Region tournament April 26-27 at Bryan HS.

Varsity results (***Advanced to Regionals)

Boys singles:
Lance Holloway - 2nd place ***
Ryan Jones - 4th place

Girls singles:
Arista Lee - 4th place
Kelly Bridges - 9th place

Boys doubles:
Ian Williams / JackCallen Watlington - 1st place ***
Ethan McElroy / Connor McCauley - 4th place

Girls doubles:
Emilee Elliott / Sarah Scull - 1st place ***
Sayre Hall / Reese Cockrell - 2nd place ***

Mixed doubles:
Zac Denby / Lanie Hooks - 2nd place ***
Collin Jones / Brooke Gaddy - 3rd place

Junior Varsity results

Boys singles:
Braiden Walker - 2nd place
Ryker Tomlin - 3rd place

Girls singles:
Jalen Postell - 1st place
Gracie Burch - 3rd place

Boys doubles:
Charlie Corbell / Hunter Cooper - 2nd place
Nathan Creech / Ryan Arndt - 3rd place

Girls doubles:
Kaylee Olivas / Kate Ford - 2nd place
Autum Andrusick / Emilie Rojas - 3rd place

Mixed doubles:
John Ford / Chloe Rachal - 2nd place

Joaquin Rams Ballpark on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 –

Joaquin's Chloee Mason struck out the only nine batters who came to the plate for the Mount Enterprise Lady Wildcats on Tuesday. The game was called in the bottom of the third inning when Joaquin gained their 15th run and took a 15-0 win after the UIL mercy rule came into effect.

Joaquin scored nine runs during the bottom of the first inning during a rally in which they had 13 batters come to the plate and they led 9-0 at the end of one inning.

The Lady Rams scored three more runs in the second inning to take a 12-0 lead into the third where they added the final three runs of the contest. The Lady Rams totaled 9 hits and 10 walks during the win. Joaquin is now 19-1 for the season with a 11-0 District 23 2A mark.

They will next host the Gary Lady Bobcats on Friday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m.


April 13, 2021 - The Roughrider Sports Team is proud to announce it is carrying the Rider Baseball District Season! Coverage continues tonight, April 13th as the Roughriders take on the Hudson Hornets here in Center at the Horseshoe. Game begins at 7:00, pregame begins at 6:40. It's all on Twitch.TV. Click the following link to watch: