Center Roughriders Gymnasium on January 9, 2024 –

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Center High School’s Girls, and Boys varsity basketball teams each won District 17- 4A games at home on Tuesday.

The Lady Roughriders took a 59-36 win over the Henderson Lady Lions. After jumping out to a 9-0 point lead midway through the first period, CHS led 14-6 by the end of the first quarter. The Lady ‘Riders led 18-11 halfway through the second period and they took a 27-20 advantage into the locker room at the midway break. By the end of the third stanza, CHS held a 42-29 lead going into the final quarter. Lanaijha May Johnson led the Lady ‘Riders with 24 points, ad teammate Gabby Whisenant scored 11. Henderson was led by Kyeshia Clater with 24. The win gives the Lady Roughriders an 16-7 overall win-loss record and a 4-1 conference mark.

The Roughriders boys team took a 72-49 win in the final game of the night. They jumped out to an early 8-0 point lead and never trailed during the contest. The ‘Riders held a 28-11 lead at the end of the first period, a 44-27 advantage at halftime and a 63-40 lead going into the final frame. The win gives CHS a 12-8 overall record and a 3-1 mark in District 17 conference play. The Roughriders were led by Emonte Cash Cross with 25 points. Teammates, Tim Johnson scored 12, and Jimmarion Ja Smith had 11 points on the day.

Center will head to Kilgore Bulldogs Gymnasium on Friday, January 12, 2024 where girls varsity action will tip off at 6 p.m. and boys varsity play will follow.


January 8, 2024 - Timpson Head Football Coach Kerry Therwanger, who took the Bears to a 2A-Division I State Championship in 2023, has announced he is retiring.

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Shelbyville Dragons Gymnasium on Friday, January 5, 2024 –

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The Shelbyville Lady Dragons and the Dragons each won District 23 2A Varsity Basketball games against visiting Garrison High School on Tuesday.

The Lady Dragons were tied with the Lady Bulldogs at 4-4 points midway through the first period and had fell behind 10-14 by the end of the first quarter. Shelbyville still trailed 18-25 halfway through the second stanza but fought back to lead 28-23 by the midway intermission.

SHS went on a 15-0 point scoring run to start the third frame and they built a 43-23 lead with three minutes left in the third period. Shelbyville led 46-27 going into the final quarter of play. The Lady Dragons took a 20-point lead at 51-31 points midway through the fourth period and by games end they had won 58-41.

The Lady Dragons were led scoring by Kenadee Latham with 18, Trinity Mitchell with 16, and Cori Lawson with 12 points. The Lady Bulldogs were led by Briana Downs with 15 points, Aubrey Townsend scored 11.

The Dragons boys varsity held a 9-6 led at the end of the first quarter, a 22-16 point advantage at halftime and a 26-16 lead at the end of the third quarter.  The Dragons led the Bulldogs 31-20 midway through the final period and took a 39-27 win at game’s end.

Shelbyville high scorers were Eli Ferguson with 13, and JaDavian Mathis with 12 points. Brayden Davidson led the Bulldogs with 7 points.

The Lady Dragons are now 14-8 overall and they have a 1-3 District 23 2A conference mark. The Dragons boys team is 16-4 for the season and they hold a 2-0 mark in the conference.

Shelbyville will travel to Timpson for games at Bears Gymnasium on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 with girl’s varsity play beginning around 6:30 p.m. and boy’s varsity game to follow after.

Center Roughriders Gymnasium on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 –

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The Center Roughriders girls and boys varsity basketball teams each won District 17 4A conference games over Spring Hill High School on Tuesday.

The Lady Roughriders trailed the Lady Panthers 3-4 points midway through the first period but they gained a 7-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. Defensive pressure by Center helped get seven turnovers which helped CHS take a 20-12 advantage by halftime.

The third quarter saw Center go on a 13-0 point scoring run and they ballooned the lead to 38-18 going into the final period. The Lady ‘Riders outpaced the Lady Panthers 11-8 points in the fourth quarter and came away with a 49-26 district win. Center now has a 13-6 season record and a 2-1 conference mark. They were led by seniors Lanijha Johnson with 15 points, and Gabby Whisenant with 11.

Spring Hill was led by sophomore Elizabeth Corbitt with 10 points. The Lady Panthers stand at 11-12 this season and 1-2 in district play.

Center’s boy’s varsity game was lopsided throughout and the Roughriders gained a 7-0 lead over the Spring Hill Panthers in the first 1 ½ minute. The ‘Riders never trailed and they took a 20-3 lead by the end of the first period. Halftime saw Center leading 38-11 and they grew the lead to 69-21 points by the end of the third stanza.

Late slams by Cash Cross and Jimmarrion Smith made it apparent that SHHS was outgunned this night and at times they trailed by over 50 points. When the final buzzer sounded CHS had taken a convincing 86-47 District 17 win. Center is 10-8 overall for the season and 1-1 in conference competition. They were led by senior Cash Cross with 24 points, teammates: junior Jimmarrion Smith scored 16, junior Tim Johnson 11, and junior Carson Bush also had 11 points.

The Panthers are 9-10 overall and 1-1 in conference play. They were led by senior Peyton Bassett with 11 points.

Center boys and girls will each play at Gilmer’s Buckeyes Gymnasium next Friday, January 5, 2024. Varsity action will tipoff at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tenaha Special Events Center on Friday, December 29, 2023 –

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The 14th Annual Tenaha Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament wrapped up elimination tournament play with trophy round action taking place on Friday.

The Timpson Bears boys team faced off with the Kountze Lions in a third-place game that was hard-fought throughout the contest. The Bears trailed 8-11 points midway through the first period and 14-18 at the end of the first quarter. Midway through the second quarter the Lions led 29-22 and they gained a 39-25 lead by the halftime intermission. The third quarter saw the Lions begin to pull away and they led 61-42 going into the final period on their way to taking an 86-55 win and the trophy.

Timpson was led by Amare Bruton and Chris Nickleberry Jr. with 12 points apiece. Kountze was led by Zacc Sells with 33 and Mason Donald with 20 points. Nickleberry was recognized with All-Tournament honors after the game.

In the girl’s championship title game, the hometown Tenaha Lady Tigers faced off with the Lipan Lady Indians. Tenaha led 5-4 midway through the first period but Lipan led 13-10 at the end of the first period. Tenaha gained a 21-15 lead midway through the second frame but the game was tied at 21 points each at halftime. In a frantically fast-paced third quarter Tenaha gained a 36-34 advantage going into the final quarter of play. Kountze went on an 8-0 point run at the start of the fourth stanza and led 42-36 by the middle point of the final stanza. The Lady Lions held on defensively and took a 42-39 championship win.

The Lady Tigers were led by Kayanna Cox with 18 points. The Lady Indians were led by Hanna Gaylor with 14 points. Lady Tigers Kayanna Cox, Kennedi Holmes, and La’ Taejha Steadman were named to the All-Tournament team.

The night wrapped up with the boy’s championship trophy game between the Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill Red Devils and the Hooks Hornets. Hooks trailed 4-10 points midway through the first period but they only led 10-12 at the end of the first frame. Hooks fought back to lead 31-30 at the midway break. The Red Devils gained a 45-42 lead by the conclusion of the third stanza. There were seven lead changes between the teams in the final minutes, and ultimately the game was decided by a desperation 3-pointer, sank at the buzzer by Red Devil Alonzo Ramirez which gave CHHS a 58-56 win over Hooks to earn the title in a thriller.

Panola Ponies Gymnasium, Carthage, Texas on Thursday, December 28, 2023 –

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Tenaha’s 14th Annual Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament is midway through the three-day elimination play. Action at Panola Junior College this morning, and early afternoon, saw the Shelbyville Dragons beat the San Augustine Wolves by a 44-34 score in boy’s action. Shelbyville gained an early 5-2 lead and they led 17-2 by the end of the first quarter. The Dragons never trailed and led 25-16 at the midway break, 38-27 at the end of the third period, and they held on for the 44-34 win. Shelbyville was led by DJ Barnes with 17 points and JaDavian Mathis scored 13. The Wolves were led by Joshua Roland and Travonte Holman with 10 points each.

Next the Brookeland Wildcats boys team beat the White Oak Roughnecks by a 70-50 score.

The next game at Panola Junior College saw the Tenaha Tigers beat the Maypearl Panthers by a 61-47 score. The Tigers led 17-10 after one quarter. THS led 29-19 at the midway break and 51-35 after the third quarter buzzer. Tenaha high-scorers were: Ja’Tyrion Moore with 17 points and DeJaylon Cooks with 14. Maypearl was led by Seth Sergent with 15 points and Gage Upton with 14.

Late Day 2 action saw the Joaquin Lady Rams fall to the Mineola Lady Jackets by a 45-23 score at the Tenaha Tiger Gym. MHS led 9-3 at the end of the first quarter, 19-11 at the half, and 34-19 going into the final stanza. Mineola was led by Jayla Jackson with 17 points. Joaquin was led by Ka'Maria Wilson with nine and Mariya Wilson with eight points.

Tenaha Special Events Center on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 –

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The Tenaha Lady Tigers varsity basketball team took a  opening round win over the Cooper Lady Bulldogs by a convincing 84-23 win on Wednesday during Tenaha's 14th Annual Holiday Hoops Invitational Basketball Tournament. Tenaha jumped out to a 5-0 lead early and never trailed throughout the contest. They held a 13-2 point advantage midway through the first period, a 24-8 advantage after the first period, a 54-12 lead at halftime, and a 66-18 lead at the end of the third stanza. The Lady Tigers were led by Kayanna Cox with 24 points, other Lady Tigers, Kaedynce Cox had 14, Tiyanna Dagley 12 and Christal Sparks had 10. The Lady Bulldogs were led by Marilynn Wilkerson with 10 points. The Lady Tigers will face the winner of today’s Broaduss versus Christoval game at the Tenaha SEC tomorrow, Thursday, December 28 at 9:30 a.m.

Timpson ISD on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 -

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Today the 14th Annual Tenaha Holiday Hoops Invitational Basketball Tournament began Day 1 action with play starting at the Tenaha Special Events Center, Tenaha Tiger Gym, Joaquin Rams Gym, Timpson Bears Gym and Panola College. The tournament lasts 3 days and hosts 17 girls and 17 boys varsity basketball teams in elimination tournament play.

Wednesday morning action at Timpson’s Bears Gymnasium saw the Timpson Lady Bears struggle against an aggressive and physical San Augustine Lady Wolves defensive press. The Lady Wolves were able to pressure THS into errors early and SAHS led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter. San Augustine didn’t allow Timpson a single point in the second period until Maliah Norris sank a free throw with just 32 seconds remaining in the first half of play. The Lady Wolves took a 20-10 point lead into the midway intermission.

The Lady Bears fought their way back into the contest by outscoring SAHS 15-5 points in the third quarter. The two teams went into the final quarter tied at 25 points apiece. Timpson gained their first lead when Natalie Johnson sank a 3-point bucket with 5:40 left in the game. Timpson built a 33-28 lead by midway through the final period and eventually earned a 39-34 opening round win.

The Lady Bears were led by Sky’Annah Horton with 10 points and Maliah Norris with 9. The Lady Wolves were led by Dekia Davis with 10 points.

The next game at Timpson’s Gym saw the #1 Texas 2A Martin’s Mill Mustangs face off with the Brookeland Wildcats in boy’s action. The Mustangs jumped out to an early 5-0 point advantage and they led 15-8 at the end of the first period. Brookeland pulled to within 3-points of MMHS at the midway point of the second period but the Mustangs went on another run, they led 34-27 at the midway break. Martin's Mill eventually won the contest 73-44.

December 26, 2023 - Only a couple of weeks remain until one of the largest and most competitive 1A-3A High School Basketball tournaments happens in the state of Texas... the 14th Annual Tenaha ISD Holiday Hoops, Where Champions Play! The action starts at 9:00am on Wednesday, December 27th across five different venue locations and continues until the Championship game on Friday, December 29th at 6:30pm in the Tenaha High School Special Events Center. The five venue locations are Tenaha HS Special Events Center and High School Tiger Gymnasium, the Panola College Arthur Johnson Gymnasium, the Timpson HS Collegiate Event Center, and the Joaquin HS Gymnasium.

Seventeen teams will compete to be the Champion of Holiday Hoops: Brookeland, Douglass, Hooks, Kountze, Lipan, Martins Mill, Maypearl, Mineola, Moulton, MP Chapel Hill, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelbyville, Tatum, Tenaha, Timpson, and White Oak.

This year's tournament features truly the Best of the Best on both sides, and Tenaha is beyond excited to see these match-ups take place. The school’s administration shared, “We are honored that each team selected our tournament to compete in, we are thankful for the officials who dedicate their time and expertise in making this a great event, and we absolutely could not do this without our amazing staff, media partners, and sponsors who work tirelessly all year to plan and execute the 3 day event.”

The below link goes to the tournament bracket created in google sheets. Tenaha will keep this document live throughout the tournament as each game is played. QR codes will be displayed at each playing site for coaches/officials/media to scan for live updates. There will also be a QR code available on our social media channels for our live tournament program that will include up-to-date scoring at each location daily, team pages, sponsor information and much more. (Tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet takes you to the Girls bracket or the Boys bracket)

January 3, 2024 - Stephen F. Austin (SFA) Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials Baseball Division is hosting on Saturday, January 13, 2024, a meeting for new umpires orientation to be held at Kurth Memorial Library (Conference room); 706 S. Raguet St., Lufkin, Texas; at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Meeting will cover upcoming high school baseball schedules, starting February 12, 2024 to May 17, 2024. Games fees are $95.00 varsity and $75.00 for sub-varsity; plus mileage. Games start at 4:00 and 7:00 pm and are scheduled on your available. Must be 18 years old to umpire high school baseball games.

There is a great need for new umpires. If you love the game of baseball, you’ll love being on the field with the players, coaches and other umpires.

For more information, contact: Terry Fauble 936-238-5798 or Hector Herdanez 936-526-1041