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Special Thanks to our Title Sponsor Despino Tire!!! $20 K in scholarships to be funded

April 9, 2019 - On March 30, 2019 at Cassells Boykin Park 53 total teams hit the water on Sam Rayburn raising money for the Stan Burgay Scholarship fund and when the dust settled the hammer team of Shelby Shaw & Lance Hughes claimed 1st place with a great sack of fish weighing 25.01lbs. They also had the big bass of the tourney with a true Rayburn lunker coming in at 10.20lbs.

Clint Wade & Stacy Spriggs came in a close 2nd with 24.71lbs followed by the Damon & Thomas Childress. James Jared & Justin Morton crossed the scales and claimed 4th with a limit of bass weighing 18.28lbs. Next up in 5th was the team of John Paul Packard & Chandler Burgay right of their heels with 16.72lbs was Randy Thomas & Michael Mooney. Rounding out the top anglers was Allan Shives & Zach Lucas in 7th with 16.64lbs. 2nd place big bass belonged to Robert Saltzman & Bush Smitherman with 7.11lb. giant.  

The Shelby County Bass Anglers and Burgay Family would like to thank everyone who donated or came out and helped in anyway.  This tournament would not be the success it is without the tournament committee and its Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors: TLR Energy Services & Welding, Waylon Wolfe Jr. Enterprises LLC, Hall Volvo GMC Isuzu, Center Auto Repair, Southern Tire Mart

Gold Sponsors: Nix Forest, Aurora Concepts LLC, Timpson Tamco, Wiggins Farms, East Texas Mack Sales, Texan Credit Corporation, Excel Ford, John Henry & Chelsea Holloway, General Shelter of Texas, Ltd, 4C Electric, Timpson/Joaquin Quick Stop,Inc

Silver Sponsors: Raymond Construction, K&L Contractors, Outlaw Outdoors, GSS Construction & Oilfield Supply, B&B General Contractors

Bronze Sponsors: Carthage Service Center, Parker’s Package Center, Raymond Motor Company, Excel Mulching, High Roller Wells Center, Tall Timber Outdoors, and Irvin Bourgeois

Donors: Barco Pumps, Pine Island Chemical, Affinity Hospice, Keith Jefferson, Shelbyville Grocery, Covington Lumber, The Catch, Bar H Welding/HLM Leasing, Hometown Tackle & Marine, Gateway of Carthage, Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Mike and Sharon Cartwright, Clark Moore Guide Service, Carlson Marine, Bubba’s Custom Rods, Guide David Morris, Wing’s & Whitetails, Pete’s Pro Auto Care, Fleet Pride, Burning Stump Lodge, Outlaw Outdoors, and Shelby Savings Bank

Plans are already being made for next year’s event. Thanks again to the 53 teams who participated.

3rd Annual Stan Burgay Memorial Tournament Results

1. Shelby Shaw and Lance Hughes (Total Weight 25.01, BB 10.20) - 1st place
2. Clint Wade and Stacy Spriggs (Total Weight 24.71)
3. Damon Childress and Thomas Childress (Total Weight 19.17, BB 5.97)
4. James Jared and Justin Morton (Total Weight 18.28, BB 5.07)
5. John Paul Packard and Chandler Burgay (Total Weight 16.88)
6. Michael Mooney and Randy Thomas (Total Weight 16.72, BB 4.46)
7. Allan Shives and Zach Lucas (Total Weight 16.64)
8. Donald Randall and Don Taylor (Total Weight 16.50)
9. Gary McDonald and Clarence Denby (Total Weight 16.39)
10. Dewayne Reese (Total Weight 16.30)
11. Steve Phillips and Patride Raimey (Total Weight 16.06, BB 5.21)
12. Clint West and Brad Hillebrondt (Total Weight 16.05) 
13. Kevin Wolford and Chris Ramano (Total Weight 15.78)
14. Mark Russell and David Moreau (Total Weight 15.25)
15. Josh Dunuway and Jame Spell (Total Weight 15.10, BB 5.44)
16. Robert Saltzman and Bush Smitherman (Total Weight 14.96, BB 7.11) - 2nd place
17. Bobby Barreaz and Phil Hennigan (Total Weight 14.49)
18. TJ Goodwyn and Mike Denby (Total Weight 14.32)
19. Bobby Addison and Bubby Sanderson (Total Weight 14.21)
20. Kent Graham and Myles Moore (Total Weight 13.22)
21. Robert Yates and Scott Myers (Total Weight 12.85)
22. Scooter Clark and Ryan Pinkston (Total Weight 12.05)
23. Rick Chumley (Total Weight 11.51, BB 6.97)
23. Charlie Islas (Total Weight 11.51)
25. Karen Miller and JT Lee (Total Weight 10.98)
26. Ronnie Vaher and Amanda Vaher (Total Weight 10.94)
27. Darien Greer and Kaden Ritler (Total Weight 10.54)
28. Cory LeBoeut and Kathleen LeBoeut (Total Weight 10.37)
29. Larry Cranford and Robbie Roberson (Total Weight 8.57)
30. Sammy Peace and Mike Landtroup (Total Weight 8.40)
31. Mike Cagle and Greg Ford (Total Weight 8.25)
32. Keith Jefferson and Aaron Jefferson (Total Weight 7.25, BB 3.28)
33. John Spencer and Ronnie Spencer (Total Weight 0)
33. Jeff Bunch (Total Weight 0)
33. Willie Lyons and Clay Lyons (Total Weight 0)
33. Jody Norsworthy (Total Weight 0)
33. Stan Pittman and Lee Saenz (Total Weight 0)
33. Nathan Prine and Jordan Breauz (Total Weight 0)
33. Jody Goodrum and Rick Witten (Total Weight 0)
33. Matt Granger and Kirby Cordell (Total Weight 0)
33. Frank Cartwright and Selvin Cartwright (Total Weight 0)
33. Trey Duck and Holly Duck (Total Weight 0)
33. Vic Cooper and Ricky Sims (Total Weight 0)
33. Luke Packard and Josh Sowell (Total Weight 0)
33. Matt Matthews and Tyler Matthews (Total Weight 0)
33. Paul Gunter and Logan Gunter (Total Weight 0)
33. Richard Byrd and Johnny Dawson (Total Weight 0)
33. Daniel Avery and Phillip Daffron (Total Weight 0)
33. Bradley Odom and Levi Willoughby (Total Weight 0)
33. Rusty Sanford and Eric Pledgers (Total Weight 0)
33. David Koonce and Darren Wiggins (Total Weight 0)
33. Mark Herring (Total Weight 0)
33. Lynn Graves and Lee Graves (Total Weight 0)

April 8, 2019 - The Shelby County Shooters have been busting clays and winning in 2019 to bring home medals, buckles, and bragging rights.

Crosby Whizbang


From left: Colton Gutermuth Lance Holloway, Eddie Turk

The Crosby 4H club hosted a whizbang on February 4, 2019 at the Pecan Meadow Shooting Center in Liberty. The Shelby County 4H Shooters had three members participate. Results are as follows:

  • Junior Division - Eddie Turk placed 2nd in sporting clays.
  • Senior I Division - Lance Holloway placed 1st in whizbang and 4th in sporting clays.
  • Senior II Division - Colton Gutermuth placed 1st in whizbang, 1st in sporting clays,  and was the Senior II high over all (HOA) and top gun.

San Antonio Junior Shootout 2019


From left: (back row) Lance Holloway, Logan Holloway, Colton Gutermuth, (front row) Dawson McFaddin, Eddie Turk, Rex Payne


Logan Holloway at San Antonio

The San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Shootout was held at the National Shooting Complex on February 13-17. This is the richest youth shoot in the state and had over 950 participants ranging in age from 3rd grade through 12th grade representing 4H and FFA. Shelby County 4H Shooters had six participants in the SALE Junior Shootout which include Logan Holloway, Colton Gutermuth, Dawson McFaddin, Lance Holloway, Rex Payne and Eddie Turk. The kids had a great week with high scores and personal bests. Dawson McFaddin won a pair of Pilla shooting glasses and Lance Holloway won a Briley gift card. Logan Holloway placed 3rd in Modified Trap and won a belt buckle, a rifle and 4 cases of shells. 

Madison County Whizbang 2019


From left: Logan Holloway and Colton Gutermuth

The Madison County 4H Whizbang was held on March 2nd and 3rd in Madisonville, Texas. On Saturday, Shelby County 4H shooter Eddie Turk competed in the junior division. Eddie placed 2nd in American trap, 6th in American skeet and 6th in whizbang. On Sunday, the senior level age group competed. Colton Gutermuth placed 3rd in whizbang and 3rd in American Trap. Logan Holloway placed 2nd in whizbang, 3rd in American skeet and 4th in trap. Logan was also high overall (HOA) of the senior II division.

2019 Henderson County Whizbang


From left: Rex Payne, Eddie Turk, Dawson McFaddin

The Henderson County Whizbang was held at Rose City Flying Clays in Tyler, on Saturday, March 30th. Shelby County 4H Shooters had three members participating. In the senior 2 division, Dawson McFaddin placed 3rd in trap, 5th in skeet and 4th in whizbang. In the junior division, Rex Payne placed 1st in trap, 2nd in whizbang, 4th in skeet and 4th in sporting clays. Rex was also Reserve Champion HOA. Also, in the junior division, Eddie Turk placed 2nd in trap, 1st in skeet, 1st in whizbang, 1st in sporting clays and was HOA of the junior division. In addition, the team of Dawson McFaddin and Neil McFaddin placed 2nd in adult/child team. 

Montgomery County Whizbang 2019


Eddie Turk at Montgomery County

The Montgomery County whizbang was held on March 23rd in Snook. Shelby County 4H shooter Eddie Turk attended the shoot and brought home many metals. Eddie placed 5th in skeet, 4th in trap, 4th in sporting clays, and 4th in whizbang. Congratulations Eddie!

Shelby County 4H Shooters would like to thank Hawkeye Hunting Club for allowing them practice time on their range. All participants are looking forward to finishing the year strong.

Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu. Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, national origin, genetic information or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

April 8, 2019 - The Joaquin HS softball game that had been rescheduled from Saturday to today (04/08) vs. Alto has been moved to Thursday, April 11th at 6:00 pm and will be played at Joaquin.

Joaquin Lady Rams Ballpark, Friday, April 5, 2019 -

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The Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity Softball Team took an 8-1 win over the visiting Cushing Bearkats last Friday. Joaquin is currently in second place in District 22 2A competition with a 8-2 win-loss mark and they trail only Garrison who has a single loss in league action.

Cushing jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a score after Zoe Dawson scored on a passed ball after the Lady Bearkats had loaded the bases with hit-batters. This, however, proved to be Cushing’s sole score of the contest.

Joaquin took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the first frame. Ebbie McCann led off the inning with a lead-off single up the middle. An infield hit by JJ Bass put runners on the corners. A 2 runs-batted-in double to centerfield by Chloe Mason drove in McCann and Bass.

Bass scored her second run of the contest in the bottom of the third frame which gave Joaquin a 3-1 lead. Joaquin ballooned their lead to 8-1 with a rally in the sixth inning which saw them get scores from Kennedy Stanley, Chrislyn Pena, Kalie Brooks, Maddisyn Cheatwood and McCann.

Chloe Mason struck out 12 Cushing batters during the game, gave up only four hits and walked three. Joaquin hit safely 11 times, walked once, and only struck out twice.

The Lady Rams will face Timpson, at Timpson Softball Complex, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 5 p.m.

April 4, 2019 - Congratulations to the Joaquin Jr. High Track Teams for taking 1st place in the 8th grade boys division and 3rd place in the 8th grade girls division at the District 22AA meet in San Augustine on April 3rd.


3rd place in the 8th grade girls division

1st place in the 8th grade boys division

April 4, 2019 - Center Tennis rules the district and takes home the overall boys and girls District 20 Title.

The first and second place finishers will advance to the Regional Tournament held at Bryan High School on April 17-18.

The boys and girls Singles and Doubles brackets were completed and the Mixed Doubles bracket will have one match remaining to determine the 2nd and 3rd place teams.

Center's mixed doubles team comprised of Lance Holloway / Emilee Elliott will be playing Friday, April 5th in Hudson at 3pm vs Hudson.

Boys singles
1st place - Juan Gonzalez (Center)
2nd place - Ian Williams (Center)
3rd place - Hudson

Girls singles
1st place - Keelan Williams (Center)
2nd place - Sarah Scull (Center)
3rd place - Carthage

Boys Doubles
1st place - Keaton Watlington / Mauricio Rojas - Solis (Center)
2nd place - JackCallen Watlington / Collin Jones (Center)
3rd place - Hudson

Girls Doubles
1st place - Katie Nehring / Maddie Russell (Center)
2nd place - Hudson
3rd place - Mallory Fausett / Caitlyn Basham (Center)

Mixed Doubles
1st place - Alec Dykes / Caroline Scull (Center)
2nd place - TBD
3rd place - TBD at Hudson 3pm Friday

Coach Leon Dykes
Coach Beth Nichols

Go Riders!!!!!

April 3, 2019 - The Center Middle School 7th grade girls track team earned District Runner Up and had 7 athletes win District Champion titles at the 20-4A District Meet held April 1, 2019.


From left: (front row) Yuliana Garcia, R'Leashalin Whaley, Jordan Samford, Tazirah Hill, Gisselle Zendajas, Kameron Bailey, Gabrielle Whisenant, (second row) Yumileidi Ceniceros, Fatima Valadez, Paris Standley, Jadince Hooper,Keila De La Cruz, Jasmine Oliveras, (third row) Julie Bird, Esmerai Hernandez, Carson Crouch, Mickihiya Cartwright, Lanaijha Johnson, Tatayania Davis, Alondra Hernandez, Kassandra Acosta, (fourth row) Scherlin Rivera, Lisbeth Duarte, Kristina Riley, Denisse Caraveo, Ashley Bentacour, and Emma Kaluza

District Champions: 4 X 100 Meter Relay

4 X 100 Meter Relay: (from left, front row) R'Leashalin Whaley, Tazirah Hill, (back row) Jordan Samford, and Kristina Riley.

District Champions: 4 X 200 Meter Relay

4 X 200 Meter Relay: (from left, front row) R'Leashalin Whaley, Tazirah Hill, (back row) Jordan Samford, and Mickihiya Cartwright. 

District Champions: 

From left: (front row) R'Leashalin Whaley - 4 X 100 Meter Relay and 4 X 200 Meter Relay; Jordan Samford - 100 Meter Dash, 4 X 100 Meter Relay, and 4 X 200 Meter RelayTazirah Hill - 200 Meter Dash, 4 X 100 Meter Relay, and 4 X 200 Meter Relay; Emma Kaluza - 400 Meter Dash; Gabrielle Whisenant - 800 Meter Run; (back row) Mickihiya Cartwright - 4 X 200 Meter Relay; and Kristina Riley - 4 X 100 Meter Relay.

Pictures provided by Coach Fleashia Ford

Center High School, Wednesday, April 3, 2019 -

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Center High School senior student athlete Chris Jackson signed a letter of intention to play tight end at Howard Payne University, at Brownwood Texas, next season.

Jackson played both offense and defense for the Center Roughriders last season and will be looked at by the school to play tight end for the Yellow Jackets.

According to the school’s website, Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.

At HPU, students choose from more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in seven schools: Business, Christian Studies, Education, Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, Nursing, and Science and Mathematics. The Guy D. Newman Honors Academy challenges students with a multidisciplinary curriculum and exciting travel opportunities. Co-curricular organizations include the Model UN, Moot Court and Student Speaker Bureau, and more than 25 student organizations round out the school’s extracurricular options.

Jackson is pursuing a business degree. When asked why he chose HPU he said, “I liked the campus and the people at the University made us feel welcome during our walk around campus.”

Carthage Lady Bulldogs Softball Stadium, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 –

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The Center Lady Roughriders traveled to Carthage on Tuesday to face the Carthage Lady Bulldogs in a District 20 4A game. The Lady Bulldogs used a big rally in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull away after both teams had been held scoreless up until that point of the contest.

Center’s run came in the top of the fifth inning when Jasmine Cooks drove in Kaley LaRock with a single to leftfield. This cut the Carthage lead to 3-1.

In the bottom of the fifth inning Carthage used a lead-off walk, an error , three hits and a sacrifice fly to put the game away with four runs which gave them a 7-1 lead which held up for the remainder of the 6 ½ inning contest.

Statistically the game looked much closer than the score. Carthage earned 8 hits, one walk, and committed just one error. Center gained five hits, a walk, and an error.

Brooke Johnson did the bulk of the Lady ‘Dogs pitching, she went six innings and recorded four strikeouts.

Center’s McKayla Hubbard rang up five Carthage batters for strikeouts in six innings of pitching.

The Lady Roughriders are now 0-4 in conference play. They will next host the Hudson Lady Hornets on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Lady Roughriders’ Field, at 6 p.m. The Lady Hornets are unbeaten in conference action.

April 1, 2019 - The Varsity Boys Soccer team will be traveling to Madisonville today, April 1, 2019, to compete in the Area Round VS Mexia. The game will begin at 7 pm.

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