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Local Sports Round up 2/24/14; Riders Win Palestine Tourney

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The Tenaha Lady Tigers had their basketball season come to an end Friday afternoon in Tyler, as Kerens takes an 85-38 win in the Region III Class 1A, Div. I Girls’ Basketball Tournament. It was Tenaha’s first trip back to the region tourney in 14 seasons. In Friday’s other semi, it was Martins Mill over Cushing, 65-34. In the Region Final Saturday, Kerns knocks off No. 1 ranked Martins Mill, 57-49, and earns a berth into this week’s state tournament.


Meanwhile, the Tenaha Tigers are in the region quarterfinals against Big Sandy. That third-round game is set for 6 Tuesday night in Tyler at Wagstaff Gym at Tyler Junior College. A trip to the regional tournament is on the line. Tenaha advances with a 52-46 win over West Sabine, and Big Sandy beat New Summerfield, 76-52. The Tenaha/Big Sandy winner will play the Grapeland/Kerns winner Friday in Tyler at the Region III tournament.


The San Augustine Wolves are a game away from the region tournament as they took care of business in Woden Friday night, coming away with a 66-38 win over the Martinsville Pirates. San Augustine will meet Alto at 7 Tuesday night in Huntington in the region quarterfinal round. The winner has the winner of the Waco Meyer/LaPoynor game Friday in Tyler at the region tournament.


In a Class 2A boys’ area game Friday, Central Heights over Hawkins, 49-40. Central Heights advances to the region quarterfinals and will play Tatum at 7 Tuesday in Whitehouse.


The Central Heights Lady Blue Devils saw their season come to an end Friday night in Nacogdoches, as Franklin comes away with a 72-69 win in the Region III, Class 2A Regional Semifinals. It was Central Heights’ first loss, ending with a 35-1 season record. Franklin beat Crawford, 66-63 in the Final to earn the trip to Austin.


The SFA Lumberjacks’ basketball team ran their home win streak to 31 games with a 70-68 win over Northwestern State Saturday night. Over 7,000 jammed Johnson Coliseum to see the game. The win was also SFA’s 22 consecutive win of the season.


The Center Roughrider varsity baseball team won the championship of the Howard Estes Tournament in Palestine Saturday. Center won 5 of 6, losing their first game to Athens in extra innings, 10-9, but reeled off five-straight wins, including an 8-0 win over Palestine in the semi-final game, and got redemption in the championship, taking a 2-0 win over Athens, as Cam Owens picked up the win. Center outscored opponents 44-17. The Riders are 6-1, will be playing in the Kilgore Oil Belt Classic starting Thursday.


With the threat of rain Tuesday, don’t be surprised if some local baseball and softball teams move their games from tomorrow to today. Check with your local schools and coaches for any changes in schedules.


Softball score from Friday, the Garrison Lady Bulldogs over Woodville, 4-1.


Soccer today: Tenaha Girls/Boys at New Summerfield 5:30/7:00 pm

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