August 8, 2019 - The 2019 AAA State Champions would like to thank the community for helping our team make it to the Dixie Youth World Series in Ruston, Louisiana. This team battled against 10 other State Champions and finished the season in 5th place overall. We are so proud of these young men that fought hard and represented Center, Texas with great sportsmanship throughout the tournament. We are fortunate to live in a great community that supported us during our journey. Thank you again for donating and supporting this great group of boys!!!
Team Members are Jayden Lane, Easton Wulf, Case Milford, Jackson Holloway, Gage Vidrine, Keithan Horton, Kayden Nutt, Zy Barnes, Carter Tomlin, Jarrmez Daniels, Nathan Searcy, and Reese Davis.
Coaches are Robby Dubea, Larry Horn, and Brian Horton.
August 7, 2019 - Center's AAA Dixie League team World Series journey came to an end Tuesday, August 6th when they lost to South Carolina 1-8. The team made Shelby County proud making it to being one of the six final teams!
Below are photos submitted from Center's World Series playoff games.
August 5, 2019 - Center's AAA Dixie League baseball team representing the state of Texas won their game against Tennessee with a score of 6-1 on Monday, August 5. The team will play South Carolina Tuesday, August 6th at 5:45pm. There are only six AAA teams left!
For 2019 Dixie World Series live streaming, go to www.rustonsportscomplex.com
Ruston Louisiana, Sunday, August 4, 2019 -
Center’s AAA Dixie League Baseball Team has been known all season to be an exciting team who can make a comeback if needed. Their second-round game against the Arkansas Dixie champions was no exception as they came back from a 5-2 deficit to eventually take a 9-6 lead in the sixth inning for the win. They now advance to take on the loser of the Georgia/ Tennessee game in a 5:45 Monday afternoon matchup.
Center had lost their first game by a 9-6 score to Ruston, Louisiana. A loss to Arkansas would have quelled their chances of being this year’s Dixie League Championship.
Kayden Nutt had started the game as pitcher for Texas, Head Coach Robby Dubea stated, “Easton Wulf came in as a relief pitcher in the third inning and helped shut Arkansas down. Our boys were patient and smart at the plate. This was a total team effort. Everyone did their part and we wound up getting seven runs late to get the win. Juaemez Daniels also helped the team with a great performance as a relief pitcher.”
The team is not new to making comebacks as they made numerous comebacks in earlier tournament games including a thriller against Kilgore at the Texas State Dixie Tournament held in Center last month.
July 30, 2019 - Parent Football Meeting August 1st, 2019 at 6:00pm at the High School. Athletes will receive equipment at this time. Football practice will begin August 5, 2019 at 5:00pm everyday until school starts.
July 30, 2019 - Cross Country practice will begin August 1st, 2019 at 7:00am. Be sure to meet on the High School Football field.
July 22, 2019 - Volleyball and Cross Country announcements.
Volleyball - Volleyball Parent Meeting is July 26th at 6 p.m. in the HS cafeteria. It is mandatory for players and their parent/legal guardian to attend. The 2019 game schedule is attached here.
Cross Country - Coach Boone will be having an information meet for MS and HS athletes on July 24th at 6 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria.
July 20, 2019 -
Texas high school football will be starting anew as teams are allowed to start practicing on August 5 with non-contact practice. Conditioning drills will be top priority until full contact is allowed on August 10.
Dave Campbell’s Football Magazine has made bold predictions as to what local and statewide teams may do this season.
Teams can hold their first scrimmage on August 15. Their second scrimmage is slated for August 21.
The first regular season, non-district game will be between August 29-31.
The Center Roughriders are picked second for District 9-4A Division II. Jasper is picked to win the district and is ranked #2 in the state. Shepard is picked third. Huntington fourth, and Cleveland Tarkington fifth.
The Roughriders will be coached by Scott Ponder who will be looking to improve on a CHS team who went 6-5 overall last season and 3-1 in conference action. Center’s season ended when they fell in Bi-District by a 55-38 score to Liberty High School.
The ‘Riders have a veteran kicker in Alexis Lopez returning as well as Wide-outs Zacc Smith and Jakerrion Watson. Sophomore Jake Hanson will be looked at as an option at quarterbacking duties.
The Shelbyville Dragons are picked third in District 12 2A Division I. San Augustine, ranked 5 in the state is ranked #1. Groveton 2, West Sabine 4, Hull-Daisetta5, and Deweyville 6.
Coach David Benbow returns as the team comes back from a 5-6 2018 season. They went 4-1 during conference play last year but fell 49-18 to Tenaha in bi-district playoff action.
Runningbacks AJ Cartwright, Jaylon Brinson, and Kel Wilson will be looked at to pull a lot of the Dragon’s offensive load.
District 11 2A-I has Garrison picked as the number 1 team. Number 2 is Tenaha, 3 Joaquin, 4 Timpson, 5 Linden-Kildare, 6 Beckville, and 7 Harleton. Three District 11 teams are in the state’s Top 20. Garrison is ranked 8th , Tenaha 9th and Joaquin 18th.
Robert Tamplin has taken over head coaching duty at Tenaha. The Tigers went 10-4 last season and were regional finalist. Hayden Jenkins will be looked at to quarterback and Erik Smith will be returning as receiver. Runningback Jordan Marshal will also return as an offensive weapon for the Tigers.
The Joaquin Rams, and Head Coach Wade Lawson posted a 9-3 season a year ago. Joaquin went 4-2 in conference action and were area finalist. The Rams fell 47-33 to the Carlisle Indians.
The Timpson Bears are Coached by Kerry Therwhanger. They went 4-7 (3-3) a year ago before being eliminated in bi-district with a 40-12 loss to the San Augustine Wolves.
They will be looking to linebackers Jarrett Page and Braden Courtney to help the Bear’s defense keep them in games this season. Defensive back Tre’ Davis will also be looked to for veteran leadership.
July 18, 2019 - Two Shelby County athletes, Kurtrick Allen and Charles Ray Netherly, will be inducted in the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association (PVILCA) 2019 Hall of Honor at the Hall of Fame Banquet.
Kurtrick Allen is a 2019 Shelbyville High School graduate and a member of the 2019 2A State Basketball Championship team. Allen is being honored as one of two PVILCA Academic Athletes of the Year. During his senior year he completed in UIL placing at the district level with a 1st place on the mathematics team, number sense team, and the science team. He placed second in science and was the the 2nd place computer science team. He placed third in number sense and fifth in computer science. Advancing to the Regional Meet he was on the first place number sense team and placed 3rd in number sense individually.
Charles Ray Netherly is a 1969 East Liberty High School graduate who went to play state basketball for two consecutive years at Prairie View. During those two years he was coached by Mrs. Pinkie Atkinson and Coach Nelson. He averaged around twenty points per game he played. Netherly’s love for basketball has never faded even after his career ended. He encourages young athletes in his community to do what they love and to never give up on their dreams. Netherly is a local Shelby County resident and is a member of the Strong Triumph Church. He volunteers his time with the “Team Quanah” organization which brings awareness for cancer. Netherly has been married to his loving wife, Dorise Netherly for 48 years and they have three children. He is being honored for PVILCA in the basketball category.
The Hall of Fame Banquet is set for Saturday, July 20th at noon in the Marriott South Hotel, 9100 Gulf Freeway in Houston, Texas.
The annual event will honor 73 athletes, coaches, media, academics and community leaders.
The PVIL served as the governing body for interscholastic competition between Black high schools in Texas from 1920 to 1970. Modeling itself after the UIL, the PVIL offered Black high school students in Texas the opportunity to compete and showcase their talents in academics and athletics. Academic competitions (debating, typing, literary, band, music, etc.) were held each spring at Prairie View A&M College. The state basketball tournament was also held each February at Prairie View, followed by the state track meet each April. The New Farmers of America (NFA), an organization for students interested in a career in agriculture, held their state competitions at Prairie View each year as well.
PVILCA Inductees for 2019
Major Abram, Houston, TX
*James Hall/Darryl Hall (Posthumously)
*Jesse Leonette Addison (Posthumously
Sylvester Turner, Mayor Of Houston, TX
Ernest Collins, Spring, TX
Rick Godfrey, Humble, TX
Adam Coleman, Cypress,TX
Coaches of the Year-2019
Lloyd Banks - 5A State Track Champs, Fort Bend Marshall HS
Ronnie Courtney - ProVision Academy, Houston
Damien Mobley - 3A State Basketball Champs, Dallas Madison HS
Brandon Thomas - 4A State Basketball Champs, Dallas, Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy HS
Duane Gregory - 5A State Basketball Champs, Mansfield HS
David Peavy - 6A State Basketball Champs, Duncanville HS
PVILCA Academic Athletes of the Year
Ally Henson - Yates High School, Houston, TX
Kurtrick Allen - Shelbyville High School, Shelbyville, TX
PVILCA Athletes of the Year
Xavier Burke III-Height HS-Houston
PVIL-UIL Bridging the Gap
Kenneth Adams - Football, Los Angeles, CA
J. C. Bailey - Football, Houston, TX
Allen Batro Jr. — Basketball, Houston, TX
Leslie Jenkins - Baytown, TX
Marshall Johnson - Football, Houston, TX
James Norman - Football, Houston, TX
Philip O’Neal - Football, Texas City, TX
*Cornelius Shields/Gloria - Montgomery, TX (Posthumously)
Ken Washington - Football, Houston, TX
Curtis James Williams - Football, Houston, TX
Phillip “Gun” Clack Jr. - Cibolo, TX
Johnny Cooper - Houston, TX
Alfonzo “Buddy” Neal - Channelview, TX
Earlest Fontenot, Jr. - Baytown, TX
*Everett Keith Bailey/Gary - Fort Worth, TX (Posthumously)
Fletcher Baldwin - Galveston, TX
Clarence Barnett - Houston, TX
James Thomas Bean III - Houston, TX
Jimmy Garrett - Houston, TX
Nathaniel Green - Cypress, TX
Jeffrey Hopkins - Pearland, TX
Connie Jones Jr. - Houston, TX
John Kyles - Houston, TX
Charles Ray Netherly - Center, TX
Willie E. Porter - Houston, TX
Junious “Sleey” Simon - Houston, TX
Viola Lewis -Tubbs - Baytown, TX
Levi Adams - Port Arthur, TX
Carolyn Harlan Hughes - Houston, TX
Linda Simms Calhoun - Houston, TX
Vicki Claybon Sellers - Garland, TX
Track: Freddie McCray - Jasper, TX
Trainer: Dalton Sistrunk - Edgecliff, TX
Robert Bonner - Stafford, TX
Donald Ray Burn - Houston, TX
Lonnie Fomby - Galveston, TX
Shelly Franklin - Arlington, TX
Andy Hopkins/Ann - Missouri City, TX
Earnest Jackson - Livingston, TX
Jerry Jones - Arlington, TX
Jack E. Lane - Jasper, TX
*Dumas Lang/Gary Lang - Houston, TX (Posthumously)
Jerry McCoy - Dallas, TX
Lee Andrew McDade - Fort Worth, TX
Robert Miller — Houston, TX
Art “Pearly” Perkins - Los Angeles, CA
Adley Richard - Houston, TX
Clay Roland - Dale, TX
Carrol “Butch” Thomas - Spring, TX
Tommie Thompson - New Caney, TX
Lawrence “Shorter Pig” Twine - Missouri City, TX
Sherley Ray Walke - Fresno, CA
Bryan White - Lawrenceville, Ga.
Robert L. White Sr. - Houston, TX
James Williams - Houston, TX
Norman G. Williams Sr./Norman Jr. - Houston, TX
Harold “Bulldog” Willis - Houston, TX