Timpson Lady Bears Ballpark on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 –

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The visiting Joaquin Lady Rams varsity softball team suffered a 7-0 run District 22 2A loss to the Timpson Lady Bears on Wednesday forcing a 2-way tie in the conference. Both teams hold a 6-2 league mark with four games left. Beckville at 8-0 holds sole possession of first place in the 7-team district.

The Lady Bears went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning when Amiyah Soto reached base on a walk and later scored on a passed ball. In the bottom of the second Timpson extended their lead to 4-0 with scores by Haylee Eaves, Bethany Bridges and McKenley Wynn.

Another rally in the bottom of the sixth frame saw Alexis Grigsby, McKenna Wynn and Eaves score to give THS the final 7-0 run advantage which held up for the remainder of the game.

Alexis Grigsby pitched the whole game for THS and struck out four batters while walking three.

Karoline Oswalt and Kaylea Neal teamed up pitching for Joaquin and struck out three and walked seven.

Joaquin will next host the Garrison Lady Bulldogs on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

Timpson will host the Mount Enterprise Lady Wildcats on Friday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m.

April 5, 2022 - The Tenaha Tigers Little Dribblers Regional Champs are headed to Nationals!!! The Regional tournament was hosted in Grapeland, Texas.

Juniors Division. Photo taken by Tina Bryant.

The juniors division punched their ticket to advance to nationals defeating Grapeland.

Majors Division. Photo taken by Tina Bryant.

The Majors Division won every game by 10 points or more.

Seniors Division. Photo taken by Tina Bryant.

The Seniors Division finished the tournament with a competitive victory against Marlin.

The Little Dribblers Juniors, Majors and Seniors Divisions will play in the National Tournament hosted in Franklin, Texas on April 13-16.

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April 5, 2022 - Center hosted the 2022 UIL District 17 Tennis Championships on March 31st and April 1st. 

Center nearly had a clean sweep of the District contest with 14 of the 16 district representatives headed to the Region 3 Tournament being Center Roughriders! The Region III 4A Tennis Tournament will be held on April 11th and 12th at Bryan High School.

This is the 22nd straight boys District title with Center earning 37 points and the nearest competitor being Hudson with 14 points.

This is 21st of the last 22 years with a girls overall District title with Center earning 39 points and a 2nd place split between Hudson and Palestine with 12 points.

The results from District are as follows:

Boys Singles: (Click for Bracket)
1st place - Ian Williams (Center)
2nd place - Womack (Jasper)
Ryker Tomlin (Center) quarterfinalist

Girls Singles: (Click for Bracket)
1st place - Ward (Hudson)
2nd place - Brooke Gaddy (Center)
4th place - Kelly Bridges (Center)

Boys Doubles: (Click for Bracket)
1st place - Levi Rodriguez / Lance Holloway (Center)
2nd place - Erick Rojas / Ryan Jones (Center)

Girls Doubles: (Click for Bracket)
1st place - Emilee Elliott / Sarah Scull
2nd place - Sayre Hall / Reese Cockrell

Mixed Doubles: (Click for Bracket)
1st place - Connor McCauley / Jalen Postell
2nd place - Ethan McElroy / Arista Lee

Go Riders!!!!

Left to right: Ryker Tomlin, Levi Rodriguez (senior), Lance Holloway (senior), Ian Williams (senior), Erick Rojas (senior), Connor McCauley, Ethan McElroy and Ryan Jones.

Left to right: Reese Cockrell, Arista Lee, Kelly Bridges, Sarah Scull (senior), Emilee Elliott (senior), Brooke Gaddy, Jalen Postell, Sayre Hall

Head coach - Leon Dykes
Assistant coach - Lori Manchack
Athletic Director - Ricky Meeks
High School Principal - Amanda Clark
Superintendent - Dr. Brian Morris

April 5, 2022 - Center hosted the UIL District 17 Junior Varsity Tennis Tournament on Friday, April 1st and the results are as follows:

JV Boys Singles:
1st - Vendenheede (Jasper)
2nd - Glenn (Jasper)
3rd - Ryan Arndt (Center)
4th - Wade Collard (Center)

JV Boys Doubles:
1st - Charlie Corbell / Nathan Creech (Center)
2nd - Hunter Cooper / Octavio Hernandez (Center)
3rd - Luke Fausett / Braxton Hardy (Center)

JV Girls Doubles:
1st - Hollie Herndon / Gracie Burch (Center)
2nd - Hughes / Huynh (Palestine)
3rd - Autum Andrusick / Amanda Lopez (Center)
4th - Kaylee Olivas / Kaitlyn Hewitt (Center)

JV Girls Singles:
1st - Santiago (Palestine)
2nd - Anna Hagler (Center)

JV Mixed Doubles:
1st - John Ford / Chloe Rachal (Center)
2nd - Barnett / Barnett (Palestine)
3rd - Logan Galindo / Gracie Boyd (Center)
4th - Nate Solis / Kate Ford (Center)

The Center Boys and Girls win overall District Title!

Go Riders!!!

Center Horseshoe Ballpark on Friday, April 1, 2022 –

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The Center Roughriders varsity baseball team suffered a 14-1 run District 17 4A conference loss to the visiting Rusk Eagles on Friday. Center now stands at 0-2 in district play, the Eagles move to 2-0.

The Roughriders scored their run early when Jake Morris reached base on a walk to lead off the bottom of the first inning. He was later driven in when Logan Horton singled to leftfield and gave CHS a 1-0 advantage.

Center held on to a one-run lead until a Rusk rally in the top of the third inning. The rally would eventually see them take a 7-1 lead. The top of the fourth inning had similar results as the Eagles used five hits and three walks to balloon their advantage to 14-1 runs.

The game was called in the bottom of the fifth inning after neither team scored and the mercy rule was enforced.

Jake Morris pitched 3 1/3 innings for Center and struck out three Eagles batters and walked seven. TJ Belin came in in relief and struck out one and walked three Eagles.

Mason Cirkel pitched for Rusk and struck out nine ‘Riders and walked one.

The Roughriders will host the Palestine Wildcats on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 7 p.m. Palestine also holds a 0-2 District 17 mark

Joaquin High School on March 29, 2022 –

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The Joaquin Lady Rams varsity softball team faced the Beckville Lady Bearcats last Tuesday in a battle of the last two unbeaten teams in District 22 2A competition. The two teams each with five conference wins and no losses, came into the final inning tied at 6-6 runs.

The seventh inning saw Beckville rally when Aubrey Klinger doubled to centerfield with one out. With two outs Beckville rallied for three doubles and a single which gave the Lady Bearcats a 10-6 advantage.

Joaquin rallied in the bottom of the final inning when Aspen Pritchett singled to centerfield with one out and Kate Fuller doubled to leftfield. They were later driven in for the final two scores when Addi Harvey doubled to drive them home. The inning ended when BHS recorded the final two outs on a strikeout and a ground ball to clinch the 10-8 win.

Juli King and Kaylee Neal teamed up on pitching duties for the Lady Rams. Combined they struck out seven BHS batters and allowed 11 hits and thirteen walks.

The Lady Rams hit safely eight times and walked four times. BHS pitcher Bethany Grandgeorge struck out 13 JHS batters.

 Joaquin will next travel to Martinsville on Friday, April 1, 2022 for another conference game at Lady Pirates Ballpark. JHS is now 4-1 in District 22 and this game. This will be the first second round conference game.

Center Horseshoe Ballpark on Friday, March 25, 2022 –

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The Center Lady Roughriders varsity softball team improved their District 17 4A record to 1-1 with a 10-9 conference win over the Carthage Lady Bulldogs (1-1).

Center out hit Carthage 16 hits to 6 during the contest but the Lady ‘Riders committed five more errors (7-2) during the game and this made it difficult to pull away for the win during the middle stages.

Center got on the board first when Skylar Causey led off the bottom half of the first inning with a double off the leftfield wall. Kiya Hubbard next scored Causey with an infield hit. Hubbard was later driven in by a Julie Bird single which gave Center a 2-0 advantage.

Ryleigh Green and Jada Walton scored for the Bulldogs to tie the game at 2-2 runs in the top of the second inning.

Carthage rallied again in the top of the third to go ahead 6-2. Center answered back in the bottom of the third when Lanaija Johnson tripled off the rightfield wall enabling Causey and Hubbad to score, cutting the Carthage lead to 6-4.

Center took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the fifth frame when Ryleigh Youngblood homered over the rightfield fence to score herself, Hubbard and Causey. The Lady ‘Riders added another run to go up 8-6 during the remainder of this fifth inning rally.

The Lady Bulldogs tied the game at 8-8 in the top of the sixth frame on only a single hit. They were helped by two Center errors.

Kiya Hubbard reached base on an infield hit during the bottom of the sixth inning and stole her way around the basepath to give Center a 9-8 advantage.

Carthage tied up the game in the top of the seventh. The Lady Bulldogs were able to load the bases with two Center errors and a walk and then another walk scored Ja’Kayla Roquemore to make the score 9-9. ‘Riders Coach Sara Rupp was able to call a timely timeout to settle down her troops and the Lady Roughrider retired the next two Carthage hitters on a strikeout and a pop fly to centerfield.

The bottom of the seventh saw Julie Bird lead off with a single, steal second base, advance to third on a passed ball. She later alertly came home on another ball which rolled behind the catcher on a wild pitch to give the Lady Roughriders the 10-9 win.

The Lady Roughriders will travel to Rusk on Tuesday March 29, 2022 for a 6:30 p.m. game at Eagles Ballpark.

Joaquin Rams Ballpark on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 –

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The Shelbyville Dragons varsity baseball team remains in second place with a 3-1 District 23 2A mark after beating the Joaquin Rams by a 12-8 score. The Rams conference record now stands at 2-2 with 10 district games to play. Garrison leads the district with a 4-0 mark in the division.

The Dragons got on the scoreboard first when Dylan Robbins reached base on a Ram error. Ty Merriman next drove Robbins and himself in for scores with a 2-run homerun over the centerfield fence.

Shelbyville extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the second frame with scores from Justin Raymond and Tucker Clark.

Joaquin answered with a big rally in the bottom half of the second inning and Caleb Brooks, TJ Hawkins, Braylin Umbrell, Derek Holt, Jayden Carter and Maddox Hutchins scored to give Joaquin a 6-4 lead. Joaquin extended their lead to 8-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning with runs by Hawkins and Umbrell.

The Dragons bounced back to cut the Rams lead by two runs at 8-6 with scores by Dragons Dylan Robbins and Ty Merriman. Shelbyville’s Justin Raymond was able to strike out the first three Rams batters he faced with strikeouts in the bottom of the sixth inning.

A SHS rally in the top of the seventh inning saw the Dragons utilize seven hits, two walks, and an error to score six runs and go up 12-8. The Dragons were then able to only give up a single free base in the bottom of the seventh inning and Raymond struck out the final two batters to close out the win.

The Rams and Dragons each will face District 23 opponents on Friday, March 25, 2022. Joaquin will travel to Garrison to face the Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m. Shelbyville will travel to Mount Enterprise to face the Wildcats at 6 p.m.

From left: Coach Michael B. Taylor and Laka Sanders

March 23, 2022 - Shelbyville High School, Senior, Laka Sanders earned a 4th place medal at the State Girls Powerlifting Meet held in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 18, 2022. Laka competed in the 105 weight class. Her stats were 255 squat, 105 bench press, 260 dead lift, and a total of 620.

Laka also received a scholarship from Texas High School Women's Powerlifting Association (THSWPA).

We are Dragon Proud!

March 22, 2022 - The Joaquin baseball games scheduled for today have been rescheduled for tomorrow, March 23, 2022.