April 15, 2021 -  During Lions Club's Thursday, April 15th meeting, Center ISD Tennis Coach Leon Dykes provided a program highlighting the success the varsity tennis team just had at the District Tournament.

Two upcoming events were mentioned during the meeting. First, Monday, April 19th is the Lion's Club Golf Tournament at the Country Club with registration at 11am and May 27th is a BBQ chicken plate fundraiser.

Lion's Club member John Jenkins introduced his guest Coach Leon Dykes who then spoke about the tennis program at Center High School. "We just had our district tournament; we competed in Hudson over two days, Monday and Tuesday. In the spring the way we compete is they're allowed to compete in one division. For example, we have boy singles, girl singles, boys doubles, girls doubles, and mixed doubles. So, its not like they get to compete in more than one event." (Article with the players and district results: Rider Tennis Teams Earn District Championship) Coach Dykes introduced all the players telling what each had placed at the District Tournament. Dykes described the way the district tournament works with only first or second places advancing to the next level. Only 16 kids get to advance from district to the region tournament. He proudly announced nine of the 16 playing at the regional tournament will be Center Roughriders.

From left: Lance Holloway, Ethan McElroy, Collin Jones, Connor McCauley, Ryan Jones, Ian Williams, JackCallen Watlington, and Coach Leon Dykes

Dykes also spoke about fall tennis, "They compete all year around, I know that we're just talking about spring tennis right now but in the fall we do what is called team tennis. And team tennis, it's almost like any other sport where its Center versus Jasper, Center versus Rusk, like football or baseball. It's we line up our best against their best... basically it's a race to win 10 matches as a team. This year, this team right here, they were District champs, Bi-district, Area, Region Quarterfinals, and Region Semifinals. So, this team right here were at Region Semifinals in the fall."

"I couldn't be more proud of this group. They spend a lot of time in court hours all year. In summer they do stuff on their own. We've been fortunate enough now to have 20 years and running as District champs. Very fortunate, very blessed to have this group, and parents that support the program as well as local community members."

From left: Coach Dykes, Emilee Elliot, Sarah Scull, Sayre Hall, Reese Cockrell, Brooke Gaddy, Lanie Hooks, Arista Lee

A Lions Club member asked Dykes to talk about when he gets to start working with the kids, "I was very fortunate that when I was hired they said that we would like to build a program. And at that time, we only had the four courts over at Portacool Park, and middle school and high school was there. My first tennis class was one tennis period with 7th through 12th grade all at the same time. That was interesting but over the years the program has just developed and grown and as the interest has grown, I've been fortunate where the administration has said we see that we need to add some classes for you. Now, I've got five tennis classes. That's where I think that I have the advantage in our district. But again in order to compete at the highest level, which we have been, you've got to have that. So, we've been very fortunate."

April 15, 2021 - Tenaha's Friday's Baseball Game has been relocated to Woden at 3:30pm due to weather conditions.

April 14, 2021 - Varsity and JV team points earned the Riders District Championship overall in both Boys and Girls. Go Riders!!!

All 1st and 2nd place Varsity District finishers will compete in the Region tournament April 26-27 at Bryan HS.

Varsity results (***Advanced to Regionals)

Boys singles:
Lance Holloway - 2nd place ***
Ryan Jones - 4th place

Girls singles:
Arista Lee - 4th place
Kelly Bridges - 9th place

Boys doubles:
Ian Williams / JackCallen Watlington - 1st place ***
Ethan McElroy / Connor McCauley - 4th place

Girls doubles:
Emilee Elliott / Sarah Scull - 1st place ***
Sayre Hall / Reese Cockrell - 2nd place ***

Mixed doubles:
Zac Denby / Lanie Hooks - 2nd place ***
Collin Jones / Brooke Gaddy - 3rd place

Junior Varsity results

Boys singles:
Braiden Walker - 2nd place
Ryker Tomlin - 3rd place

Girls singles:
Jalen Postell - 1st place
Gracie Burch - 3rd place

Boys doubles:
Charlie Corbell / Hunter Cooper - 2nd place
Nathan Creech / Ryan Arndt - 3rd place

Girls doubles:
Kaylee Olivas / Kate Ford - 2nd place
Autum Andrusick / Emilie Rojas - 3rd place

Mixed doubles:
John Ford / Chloe Rachal - 2nd place

Joaquin Rams Ballpark on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 –

Joaquin's Chloee Mason struck out the only nine batters who came to the plate for the Mount Enterprise Lady Wildcats on Tuesday. The game was called in the bottom of the third inning when Joaquin gained their 15th run and took a 15-0 win after the UIL mercy rule came into effect.

Joaquin scored nine runs during the bottom of the first inning during a rally in which they had 13 batters come to the plate and they led 9-0 at the end of one inning.

The Lady Rams scored three more runs in the second inning to take a 12-0 lead into the third where they added the final three runs of the contest. The Lady Rams totaled 9 hits and 10 walks during the win. Joaquin is now 19-1 for the season with a 11-0 District 23 2A mark.

They will next host the Gary Lady Bobcats on Friday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m.


April 13, 2021 - The Roughrider Sports Team is proud to announce it is carrying the Rider Baseball District Season! Coverage continues tonight, April 13th as the Roughriders take on the Hudson Hornets here in Center at the Horseshoe. Game begins at 7:00, pregame begins at 6:40. It's all on Twitch.TV. Click the following link to watch:

April 12, 2021 - Center ISD Athletic events for the week.

Monday, April 12th

  • Tennis UIL District in Hudson

Tuesday, April 13th

  • Tennis UIL District in Hudson
  • Softball vs Hudson in Center (JV/V)
  • Baseball vs Hudson in Center (JV/V)

Wednesday, April 14th

  • Area Track Meet in Madisonville

Friday, April 16th

  • Softball vs Hudson in Hudson (JV/V)
  • Baseball vs Hudson in Hudson (JV/V)

Rams Ballpark on Friday, April 9, 2021 –

The Joaquin Rams varsity district baseball game with visiting Gary High School was suspended during the third inning due to frequent lightning strikes. The Bobcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Dakota Beckham, Payton Chamness and Darin Livingston all reached with base hits in the first inning. Gary added their third run of the game when Mason Smith scored on a Landon Woodfin RBI single to left field.The Rams still trailed the Bobcats 3-0 as the game had moved into the bottom half of the third inning.

Officials called things when a lightning delay only got worse due to safety. Play then moved to Gary High School on Saturday, April 10 and the Bobcats were able to extend their lead and take the win with a 5-1 final score.

April 9, 2021 - Lady Dragon Softball game for today, April 9, has been cancelled.

April 9, 2021 - Center ISD Varsity Softball will start at 4:30pm April 9th due to weather conditions. No JV softball game.

April 9, 2021 - The Center Senior League Boys Basketball Fundraiser is Friday, April 9 from 4pm to 10pm and Saturday, April 10 from 10am until 8pm at Portacool Park. There will be food, music, and fun!

Plates are $8 and include BBQ sandwiches, chips, and water. Proceeds will go towards Center Senior League Basketball Team! For more information or to volunteer, contact Tracy at 936-488-0196.