June 2, 2019 - East Texas’s own Dominique Edison will be hosting a youth football camp at the San Augustine High School Stadium on June 15th. Dominique played at SFA State University where he was named NCAA All-American and he then played in the National Football League as wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans.
Edison has enlisted the help of former NFL players, college coaches and current college football players to assist him in putting on this camp. Former NFL player and East Texan Vincent Cartwright will also be at the camp sharing his knowledge of the game.
During the camp, Edison and his coaching staff will thoroughly train and prepare each player to be a better, more confident football player. With excellent football, housing facilities, top coaches, and pro players, Dominique’s goal is to give each camper the finest football instruction available along with an experience they will never forget.
The camp agenda will offer fun, challenging, vigorous game like training and is accepting of everyone’s abilities. The camp coaches take great pride in providing a loving, safe, and welcoming environment for all the campers.
The summer football camp is available for youth ages 7 to 18. The Summer Football Camp will be held on Saturday, June 15th, at San Augustine Wolf Pack Stadium. It is highly encouraged all youth interested in attending the camp pre-register online at edisonfootballcamp.com. Camp spots are limited and guaranteed to fill quickly so register online now. If spots are still available, youth will be allowed to register in person on the day of the camp, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
There will be a $15 fee to participate in the camp, which will include a Dri-Fit camp shirt and food. The camp will conclude at 1:00 p.m.
Athletes attending the camp need to bring cleats and a sports water bottle with them. Camp is non-contact with a focus on drills and activities that are beneficial for football players. Each athlete will work with top experienced sport coaches with a focus on improving footwork, speed and agility, increased balance and control, and building confidence through fundamental development.
Parents and relatives are encouraged to attend the camp practice and concluding ceremony.
May 31, 2019 - 23-2A All District Baseball Selections
MVP – Kolby Parker, Jr. - Shelbyville
Offensive MVP – Cole Ferguson, Sr. - Shelbyville
Defensive MVP – Dayton Dewberry, Soph. - Garrison
Pitcher of the Year – Reid Taylor, Jr. - Woden
Newcomer of the Year - Alex Slowikowski
Coach of the Year – Zach Hubbard
Gray Hancock, Sr. - Garrison
Landon Woodfin, Soph. - Gary
Zack Clark, Jr. - Shelbyville
Gage Griffin, Soph. - Woden
Chace Rodriguez, Jr. - Garrison
Colin Linebarger, Jr. - Gary
Dakota Beckham, Soph. - Gary
Braden Courtney, Fr. - Timpson
Sam Jones, Jr. - Shelbyville
Luke Alvis, Sr. - Woden
Kane Key, Sr. - Garrison
Kaleb Campbell, Sr. - Shelbyville
Trenton Luna, Soph. - Woden
Austin Colle, Sr. - Garrison
Payton Chamness, Soph. - Gary
Khristian Goree, Sr. - Woden
Utility Player of the Year
Trace Clark, Sr. Shelbyville & Ethan Askins, Jr. - Gary
Hayden Jenkins, Jr. - Tenaha
Caleb Graves, Jr. - Woden
Colton Snider, Soph. - Martinsville
Drew Wise, Sr. - Garrison
Garrett Askins, Soph. - Timpson
Jaydan Cockerham, Fr. - Gary
Jalen Amidon, Jr. - Woden
Tyler Spivey, Soph. - Garrison
Jon Grogan, Sr. - Timpson
Trenton Ramsey, Sr. - Joaquin
Hunter Royce, Sr. - Mount Enterprise
Trevor Wilburn, Sr. - Shelbyville
Holden Ritter, Sr. - Gary
Frederick Christopher Jr., Soph. - Garrison
Tristan Adkison, Soph. - Garrison
Michael Spears, Sr. - Shelbyville
Logan Harper, Jr. - Joaquin
Utility Player of the Year
Grady Clay, Soph. - Shelbyville
May 30, 2019 - Four Center ISD students competed at the 2019 Gulf District AAU Taekwondo National Qualifier in Houston, Texas on May 4th. Logan Galindo, Jahaziel Figueroa, Rex Payne, and Zac Payne train locally at Self Defense America (SDA) under the direction of Master Tina Roddy.
“All of the students brought home medals in their individual events,” said Master Tina Roddy. “By winning medals in their individual classes and events, all four students qualified to compete in the AAU TKD Nationals and Junior Olympics this summer.”
Students participated in Creative Weapons Forms, Traditional Forms, and Point Sparring. For traditional forms, students have to follow a predetermined set of movements, but for creative weapons forms, students are able to develop their own routine using a bo staff, kammas, or a sword. The other main event was point sparring, participants fight gaining points by landing a technique from a set of allowable kicks and punches.
“Competing is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of hard work and dedication,” said four-year veteran of AAU competitions and black belt Logan Galindo. “The best part is hanging out with your friends.”
Logan won gold in both of his events - creative weapons forms and traditional forms. Red belt Jahaziel Figueroa competed in point sparring, creative weapons forms, and traditional forms and brought home the silver in all three events. Rex brought home a gold in creative weapons forms, silver in point sparring, and bronze in traditional forms. His brother blue belt Zac Payne won silver in traditional forms and bronze in weapons forms.
“I like competing in TKD because it’s fun and it helps me learn about myself,” said red belt Rex Payne, “where my limits are and how to push myself.”
“Winning is terrific,” said Logan’s mom Tracie Galindo. “ It definitely shows you that all of the hours of work had a purpose, but, as a mom, I enjoy seeing the support that these young men give each other. They help each other achieve great things and support each other when the judges’ decisions don’t go their way. They give suggestions to each other on how to improve. I love the character that is developed in this program.”
Gulf District AAU Taekwondo National Qualifier was sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), a national organization founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sports. Taekwondo is one of over 30 individual sports offered within the organization. Local competitors compete in Region 9 and then may qualify to perform at the Nationals event or Junior Olympics in the Summer. Competitors in the Nationals event may be chosen for the National competition team to travel around the world, representing the United States.
May 30, 2019 - Please join us for the 28th Annual Preston Football Camp (PFC) at Roughrider Stadium 8am-3pm June 1, 2019.
Athletic clothing is recommended, football cleats optional. Snacks will be provide by the PFC.
This year PFC is proud to have Mr. Gary Dickey, USATF Certified Track Official, who will be offering professional timing of the 40-yard dashes. Times will be displayed on the trackforlife.com website for regional and national recognition by college and professional football teams.
East Texas Baptist University’s Wood’s Field Ballpark, Thursday, May 23, 2019 –
The Shelbyville Dragons were eliminated from the Region III semifinal game in the UIL Class 2A State Baseball Tournament on Thursday. The Dragons lost a best-of-three game series in two games to the Simms James Bowie Pirates.
In Game 1 the Pirates jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with scores by Dalton Alford and Duece Schuler.
Shelbyville bounced back to within one run of the Pirates, in the top of the sixth inning, when Cole Ferguson scored after reaching base on a double to centerfield. He later raced home on a single to leftfield by Kaleb Campbell and SHS trailed Simms only 2-1.
Dragon Kolby Parker struck out nine Pirate batters during the complete game loss and only gave up one free base.
Game 2 saw the game go scoreless until Shelbyville took their only lead of the series when a single to centerfield by Trevor Wilbur scored teammate Michael Spears. This gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead which held up until a game-winning 7-run rally by the Pirates in the top of the sixth inning.
This ended the season for Shelbyville and the Simms Pirates, now 19-4 overall will now face the winner of the Woden versus Linden-Kildare game. The Pirates reached the playoffs as the second seed for District 17 2A. Woden took the lead in the other Region III semifinal series, on Thursday, with a 7-2 Game 1 win over Linden-Kildare at Whitehouse High School.
Shelbyville's season ended with them as undefeated District 23 champions and they posted a 23-7 overall mark.
May 23, 2019 - On March 9, 2019 students from Self Defense America in Center TX went and competed in the LA Govenor Games in Shreveport LA. These students come from Center, Shelbyville, Tenaha, Timpson, Joaquin and San Augustine TX, Shelby County was well repesented. Events at the Games were Forms, Specialty Forms, Point Sparring, Chanbara and Jujitsu. Each Student will be listed with the place the received. For over half of these students this was their first competition.
Pictured above: Emma Madden two 2nd place and two 5th place, Rex Payne one 3rd place and three 5th place, Caitlyn Madden two, 1st place one 2nd place and one 5th place, Jess Clark two 2nd place, Jahaziel Figueroa one 2nd, one 4th and one 5th place, Zac Payne one 3rd place and one 5th place.
Students that are not in photo were: Ryder Moody one 1st and two 2nd place, Zoey Deas one 5th place, Logan Galindo one 1st, one 2nd and two 4th place, Jamie Lindley two 1st place, Keven Maldando two 5th place, Jovanny Maldando one 2nd, one 3rd and one 5th place. Laim Jarvis two 5th place, and Keaton Smith one 1st and one 2nd place. Awesome job everyone!
Belt Rank Testing was held on March 2, 2019 at Self Defense America in Center TX. Student had to preform strikes, blocks, kicks, self defense and endurance techniques up to their current belt rank. Students in the photo all passed to their next belt ranking.
Back Row: Rex Payne - 2nd Gup Black/Red, Trevor Lester - 2nd Gup Black/Red, Trace Lester - 4th Gup Brown, Caitlyn Broussard - 8th Gup Orange and Liam Jarvis - 9th Yellow. Front Row: Carter Andrews - 7th Gup Green, Victoria Hogan - 8th Gup Orange and Peyton Askew - 9th Gup Yellow. In splits is Ryder Moody - 6th Gup Purple.
Congratulations to all the students for their hard work!
Tenaha ISD Tiger Den, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 –
Tenaha High School hosted a college letter of intent signing ceremony for senior students Christasha Suell and Amaya Giles on Wednesday. A crowd totaling about 75 people consisting of family, press, faculty and classmates were in attendance as the girls signed their intention letters to play for Barclay Christian College in Kansas.
In the Midwest Christian College Conference, the Barclay Lady Bears face NCCAA opponents: Arlington Baptist, Dallas Christian College, Manhattan Christian College, and Randall University.
Tenaha Athletic Director Craig Jenkins opened the ceremony and complemented the students on their efforts and achievements.
Tenaha Head Basketball Coach Gary Davison said, “These girls have done everything asked of them and worked hard to earn these honors. They were a big reason we were able to reach the regional quarterfinals this season.”
May 20, 2019 - Bradley Springs Cemetery homecoming is set for Saturday, May 25, 2019. In case of rain, the meeting will be at First Methodist Church, Tenaha.
For those who wish to make a donation, send to:
Bradley Springs Cemetery Fund
Citizens State Bank
P. O Box 380
Tenaha, Texas 75974
Directions: The cemetery is on the left of highway 59, 4.2 miles from red light in Tenaha going toward Timpson.
Friday, May 17, 2019, Rusk Eagle Baseball Stadium -
The Cushing Bearkats ended the Shelbyville Dragon’s 21-game varsity baseball win streak by taking a 3-2 win in Game 2 with a 2-out rally in the final inning. Shelbyville had taken a 15-1 win in Game 1 and bounced back to take the series with a 7-4 win in Game 3. This advanced the Dragons to the Region III Semifinal round of the UIL baseball playoffs. Saturday’s Game 2 loss was Shelbyville’s first since a narrow 3-2 loss to Alto High School, on March 2, 2019, before district play began.
In Game 2 Cushing gained a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Gabe LeBlanc scored after reaching base on a walk and later scoring on a sacrifice fly by Thane Turner.
Shelbyville took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning when Grady Clay earned a free base after being walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Wilbur deep to rightfield, and Kolby Parker scored later on an infield error, after reaching base as a hit-batter earlier. This score held up until the Bearkats were down to their last out in the bottom of the seventh, and final, inning. Cushing rallied when Deuce Garrett and Asa Dawson walked with two outs and were driven in to home with a game-winning hit by Bucky Guadarrama.
In Game 3 Kolby Parker gained a lead-off walk for Shelbyville and gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead when Sam Jones doubled to centerfield.
Cushing used scores from Asa Dawson and Alex Aparicio to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Shelbyville regained the lead at 4-2 with scores from Ty Merriman and Grady Clay during a rally in the top of the second inning.
Kaleb Campbell reached on a lead-off walk in the top of the third inning and extended Shelbyville’s lead to 5-2 when he alertly ran home on a Bearkats error.
Thomas Wallace reached base on a walk in the bottom of the fourth inning and helped the Bearkats cut the Dragon’s lead to 5-3 after scoring on fielder’s choice by the SHS infield.
Jordan Boykins legged out an infield hit in the top of the fifth inning and later gave Shelbyville a 6-3 advantage when he scored on a Kolby Parker base hit.
Thaddius Turner scored on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth inning and pulled Cushing to within two runs of Shelbyville at 6-4.
Grady Clay scored the final run of the contest when he reached on an infield hit and later gave Shelbyville a 7-4 lead by rushing home to the plate on a teammates ground-out.
The Dragons now stand at 23-5 and will move on to the UIL State Baseball Region III Semifinal Round Playoffs versus the Simms Bowie Pirates. The Dragons and Pirates will face off at East Texas Baptist University Tigers Ballpark at 5 p.m.on Thursday, May 23, 2019 for Game1. Game 2 will follow thirty minutes after, Game 3, if necessary, will be at noon on Saturday at the same location.
May 14, 2019 - Three Joaquin athletes brought home medals from the state track and field meet over the weekend at the Mike A Myers Stadium in Austin.
Finishing his senior season in style, Hunter Gates grabs silver in the 200m with a personal record time of 21.94. Gates also ran on the 4x100 and 4x200m with team mates Connor Bragg, Boogie Lane, and Gunner Nelson. The 4x100m relay placed 4th barely missing the podium, and they finished 5th in the 4x200m.
For the second year in a row, Junior, Connor Bragg brought home the gold in the long jump making him the back to back 2A state champ. He jumped his personal best of 22’9.75” in his final attempt to seal his fate. He hopes to return next year to go for the colossal feat of a 3 time champion in this event.
As a freshman, Victoria Byrd claimed the silver medal in the 100m with a time of 12.44. She also placed 4th in the Long Jump. We should be seeing her compete at the state meet for the next 3 years.