Sports

Nacogdoches High School Softball Complex, Friday, April 26, 2019 -

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The Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity Softball Team fell to the Grapeland Sandiettes by an 8-6 score on Friday. The game was a bi-district Class 2A playoff between District 21 and District 22 schools. Joaquin’s season ended with them posting an 18-10 overall season and a 12-4 District 22 mark.

Grapeland now stands at 16-8 and they will move on to face the Woden Eagles next week.

Grapeland rallied in the top of the first inning and led 3-0 until Joaquin scored a run of their own in the bottom of the second inning, when Kalie Brooks led off by drawing a walk and she then scored on a hit by Ebbie McCann. Grapeland added two more runs to their tally in the top of the third inning and led 5-1. The Lady Sandiettes scored another run in the top of the fourth inning when Haylee Reed led off the inning with a double and was driven in by a double off the leftfield wall by teammate Kiera DeCluette. Kalie Brooks fired a strike to third base from the outfield to minimize the damage for Joaquin and this helped shorten the Grapeland at-bat.

Brooks started out the bottom of the fourth inning with a lead-off single to leftfield . Joaquin then scored three runs with a 2-out rally which cut Grapeland’s lead to 6-4.

Joaquin’s JJ Bass started another 2-out rally for Joaquin in the bottom of the sixth frame with a single up the middle to centerfield. Chloe Mason scored Bass with a single and then she herself ended up at third base after a Grapeland throwing error. Molly Mason scored Chloe Mason with a double to leftfield later in the inning. This cut the Grapeland lead to 7-6 but they later scored what would prove to be the final run in the top of the seventh inning.

Grapeland pitcher Cadie Currie struck out seven Joaquin batters, and walked four during the contest. She gave up 11 hits.

Joaquin’s Chloe Mason struck out three and walked three. She gave up 11 hits.

April 26, 2019 - The Lady Dragons will play Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 pm in Palestine HS versus Groveton.

April 26, 2019 - Alec Dykes attended the regional golf tournament yesterday, April 26th. He tied for 22nd out of 83 total golfers. He did not qualify for the state tournament but competed well on a tough course. Alec shot an 88 in the first round while playing through tough rainy conditions, Alec’s improved by 3 strokes on his second round shooting an 85. Alec played hard and represented his school and district very well. 

April 25, 2019 - Center High School athletic Updates for Baseball, Track, and Tennis are below.

Baseball

Center versus Rusk Bi-District Playoffs are Thursday, May 2nd at Rusk HS 7pm and Friday, May 3rd at center HS 7pm. Saturday game, if needed, will be at Rusk HS at 2pm. Ticket prices are $5 Adults, $3 students and $2 seniors. All passes will be taken.

Girls Track

The following girls qualified for the Region III 4A meet at Sam Houston State University on Friday and Saturday:

4X100 and the 4X200 relays were area Runner-up. 4x100 Relay team members are Americus Sparks, Ja'Kayla Parks, Shakaidria Hubbard, Patience Cherry, and Malaishia Cartwright. 4x200 Relay team members are Malaishia Cartwright, Patience Cherry, Shakaidria Hubbard, Ja'Kayla Parks, and Americus Sparks.

4X400 meter relay team is Area Champion. 4x400 Relay team members are Allison Steuver, Mahalia Ratcliff, Cathy Whisenant, Patience Cherry, Ja'Kayla Parks, and Americus Sparks.

Alex Patton also qualified for the Regional Meet in shotput. Malashia Cartwright will participate in 200 meters. 

Boys Track

Jesus Gonzalez and Jakerrion Watson will participate at the Region III 4A meet at Sam Houston State University on Friday and Saturday as well. Jesus will compete in the 2-mile and 3200. Jakerrion Watson will compete in the long jump. 

Tennis

Out of the 12 Riders who advanced to the Regional tournament, 6 returned with medals and 3 advanced to the State Meet.

Boys Singles: Senior Juan Gonzalez - 2nd place (State Qualifier)
Boys Doubles: Seniors Keaton Watlington and Mauricio Rojas-Solis - 2nd place (State Qualifiers)
Girls Singles: Junior Keelan Williams - 3rd place
Mixed Doubles: Juniors Alec Dykes and Caroline Scull - 3rd place

Other Results:
Girls Doubles: Seniors Katie Nehring and Maddie Russell - Region Quarterfinal
Girls Singles: Freshman Sarah Scull - Region round of 16
Boys Doubles: Sophomores JackCallen  Watlington and Collin Jones - Region Quarterfinal
Boys Singles: Freshman Ian Williams - Region Quarterfinal

Center Horseshoe Ballpark, Monday, April 22, 2019 -

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The Center Roughriders recognized their senior baseball athletes during their final homestand on Monday.  Roughriders Braden Strong, Juan Gonzalez, and Blaine Gaddy, along with family escorts were announced before the Roughrider’s game with fellow District 20 Class 4A Carthage High School began.

The baseball game did not go Centers way as they fell to the Carthage Bulldogs 11-1. The game was shortened to five innings due to the leagues ten-run-mercy-rule enforcement.

Carthage jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning in a rally which saw them capitalize on two hits, a walk, and three Center errors.

Center answered back with a baserunner in the bottom half of the first inning when Jayden Hicks drew a lead-off walk and scored after stealing second and a base hit by Zack Smith. This pulled the ‘Riders to within 3-1 of the Bulldogs.

Four base hits and another error helped the Bulldogs balloon their lead to 6-1 during the top of the third inning. This score held up until Carthage rallied for five more runs in the top of the fifth frame.

Center will face the Hudson Hornets, at Hudson High School, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7 p.m. for the Roughriders final regular season game. Center is still in contention for the final District 20 playoff spot with a 2-9 conference mark and a 7-14-1 overall record.

April 18, 2019 - The JHS softball game versus Mt. Enterprise has been rescheduled for Friday, April 19 at 5:00 pm in Mt. Enterprise. 

The JHS baseball game versus Timpson has been rescheduled for Monday, April 22 at 6:00 PM. Senior night will take place 15 minutes prior.

Tuesday, April 17, 2019, Rams Baseball Park -

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The Shelbyville Dragons kept their District 23 2A varsity baseball mark unblemished by gaining a 22-2 road win over the Joaquin Rams on Tuesday. Shelbyville now stands at 13-0 in conference action, and 15-4 overall. Joaquin is at 2-11 in league play and 2-15 on the season.

The bulk of the damage was done in the top of the third inning. The Dragons exploded for a rally which saw them load the bases four times and bring home ten runs during the inning. This gave them a 17-0 lead at what proved to be the midway point of the mercy-rule shortened contest.

Shelbyville’s Cole Ferguson accounted for three home runs and a two RBI double. Teammate Sam Jones chipped in with a two-run shot in the top of the fifth and final inning.

 Dragon Zack Clark struck out eight Rams batters in four innings and gave up one free base.  Joaquin’s Nick Matthews struck out three Dragons’ batters.

Shelbyville will travel to Garrison High School for a 6 p.m. conference gave with the Bulldogs on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Garrison is in third place with a 9-4 record.

Joaquin will host the Timpson Bears on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Joaquin Ram’s Ballpark. Timpson is in fifth place at 6-7 in conference action.

April 15, 2019 - Joaquin Track Team will compete at the Area Track Meet in San Augustine on Wednesday, April 17th. The field events will begin at 10am with the running events starting at 1:20.

AA District 21-22 Area Track Meet - April 17, 2019 Schedule

Order of Events
9am - Coaches Meeting
10am - 3200 meter run
10am - Field Events: Discus – VG/VB; Shot – VB/VG; Triple Jump – VG/VB; Long Jump – VB/VG; High Jump – VG/VB; Pole Vault – VB/VG

LUNCH BREAK 12:00 – 1:00

Running Events
1:20 - 4x100 meter relay – VG/VB
1:30 - 800 meter run – VG/VB
1:45 - 100/110 meter hurdles – VG/VB
2:00 - 100 meter dash – VG/VB
2:15 - 4x200 meter relay – VG/VB
2:30 - 400 meter run – VG/VB
2:45 - 300 meter hurdles – VG/VB
3:00 - 200 meter dash – VG/VB
3:15 - 1600 meter run – VG/VB
3:35 - 4x400 meter relay- VG/VB

Mindy Bragg, JHS Track Coach

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Last Wednesday, Daniella Medina, a Center High School senior student, signed a letter of intent to play soccer with Paris Junior College. Medina was a striker/ forward for the Center Lady Roughriders team this season. PJC has campuses at locations in Paris, Greenville and Sulphur Springs, Texas.

According to their website, Paris Junior College has been very successful in all its sports, winning numerous conference and state titles, capturing two national titles and winning its way to several NJCAA tournaments in softball, basketball and baseball, as well as golf when still offered. Historically, Paris Junior College athletes perform as well in the classroom as they do in their respective sports.

Academic Studies at the college include communications, fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, kinesiology (physical education), as well as learning skills and teacher education along with library support services for all areas of the College.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Shelbyville Dragons Ballpark -

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On Tuesday, the Shelbyville Dragons moved their District 23 2A varsity baseball mark to 10-0, with an 11-1 win over the visiting Timpson Bears. The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning when Cole Ferguson blasted a three-run homer over the left-centerfield fence which ended the contest due to the league’s 10-run-mercy-rule.

Timpson kept the game close through the early and middle stages. The Bears led 1-0 in the top of the first frame but the Dragons tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning when Trevor Wilburn scored aided by a throwing error. Timpson committed five errors during the contest.

The teams went into the bottom half of the fourth inning with Shelbyville still just leading 2-1. A big rally soon gave the Dragons the advantage they needed as they ballooned their lead to 8-1, using 3 errors, 3 hits and a walk during the inning. On the day, the Dragons used 7 hits and five free bases to gain the ten-point win.

Junior Dragons’ pitcher Zach Clark helped keep the Bears off the base paths late. He recorded three of his 12 strikeouts during the final two frames. The only Bear to reach base in the fifth and sixth innings was Caden Soloman who legged out a mishandled grounder by a Dragons infielder.

Shelbyville is currently atop the District 23 leaderboard with a 10-0 mark. They are 12-4 for the season.

The Dragons will host the Martinsville Pirates at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Shelbyville High School.

Timpson is currently in fifth place. They will regroup to travel to Martinsville on Saturday, April 13, 2019, for a 6 p.m. game with the Pirates.

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