Basketball last night:
It was not the result the Center Roughriders wanted in Jasper, as the Bulldogs take a 67-57 win. The setback knocks the Riders out of first in District 20-3A, a game back of 8-2 Central and Diboll that both notched victories last night. Center is 7-3, still very much alive for a playoff spot, while Central beats Hudson, 62-46, and Diboll takes Carthage, 76-61. Jasper improves to 7-4, as two games remain. Friday’s schedule has Center at winless Carthage, Diboll going to Central and 1-9 Huntington’s at Jasper.
District 22-1A-Div. 1 games, saw Tenaha defeating Timpson, 83-37, as the Tigers run their record to 8-0; Joaquin surprises Gary, 59-52 in overtime; and Martinsville pulls up even with Shelbyville in the district race, with a 36-33 win over the Dragons. Martinsville and Shelbyville are now 5-3, while Gary drops to 3-5, Joaquin’s 2-6, and Timpson’s 1-7. Friday night, it’s Gary at Tenaha, Martinsville at Joaquin and Timpson at Shelbyville.
In girls’ action, with the district championship already in hand, the Shelbyville Lady Dragons lost their first district game of the season last night, as Martinsville takes a 44-28 win. The Lady Dragons finish district, 9-1, with Martinsville in second at 8-2.
Meanwhile, in District 23-2A, Div. 1, the top two teams pull off wins, West Sabine improves to 8-0 with a 63-52 win at Broaddus; San Augustine is 7-1 with a 92-31 win at Pineywoods; and Brookeland takes a 102-76 decision over Zavalla. Broaddus is 5-3, with Brookeland 3-5, Zavalla’s 1-7 and Pineywoods 0-8.
District 19-2A, 9-0 Crockett beats Woden, 69-52; and Westwood over Garrison, 68-45.
It’s the first Wednesday of February--National Signing Day for student-athletes across the country. We have several seniors from the Deep East Texas area that are expected to further their educations and athletic careers with decisions today. We’ll let you know those as soon as they become available.
On the heels of Monday’s UIL biennial realignment announcement, Center ISD has released the Roughriders’ non-district football schedule for 2014, and it includes five games against reputable opponents. Center will open up Aug. 29 at Waskom; then have three home games, starting with Buna, Garrison and former district opponent Jasper. The final non-district game is at Hardin-Jefferson. The District 6 4A-Div. II schedule will includes games with Atlanta, Gladewater, Spring Hill, Tatum and Pleasant Grove. The exact order and sites will be determined after a meeting of the new district coaches and administrators in Center next Tuesday.
As for the new district Center will be competing in the next two seasons, Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry said yesterday, the school district is excited. He added it should be very competitive week in and week out. Dr. Hockenberry said as the district received the news Monday he was quite surprised to have teams in the district that far north. Nevertheless, Center ISD is looking forward to Friday nights in the fall.
By the way, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the Bible of Texas football, is saying Center’s new football district, 6 4A, Div. II, along with District 10-2A, Div. II, including San Augustine, Shelbyville and Joaquin, and District 11-3A, Div. II, with the likes of Garrison, Corrigan-Camden, Crockett, and Newton, have all received honorable mention as being the toughest districts in the state after the realignment announcement. Just so you know, the new district Carthage is in, Dist. 9 4A, Div. I, is the toughest in 4A. Carthage, Henderson, Palestine, and Kilgore.
Carthage High School will be presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy at 3:15 this afternoon, as part of the ninth annual MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions. Carthage finished No. 57 in the final rankings and is one of 50 schools
being honored on this season's tour. The presentation will be made during a pep rally today. Carthage recently won the Class 3A, Div. I state football championship.