Sports

Thu
08
May
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Tennis champion continues her reign

Michael Cotton | Robertson County News

For one member of the Franklin Lady Lion family, it was a Championship Week. Carrie Casey defended her Singles Title from 2013-14 and in the process became a two-time singles champion. If the name sounds familiar to area Tennis buffs, she is following in the footsteps of her mother and older siblings, who were all State Tennis Champions at Franklin. With the 6-2, 6-0 win Carrie claimed back-to-back Championships in singles. Congratulations Carrie on a great career at Franklin. This was her fourth Tennis Title, after winning 2 doubles titles with her sister.  Since she is the last of her generation of Caseys, the Lady Lion program may have to wait a while before the next generation of the Casey family tree carries on the family name.

Thu
08
May
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Memorable season comes to a close

Michael Cotton | Robertson County News

The Hearne Eagles are going to miss the strong group of graduating seniors from the program this season.  Kyle Castilleja, Tredarrian Satchell, and Marcjavion McGrew, all have played huge roles in the Eagles success over the past years. Regardless of the sport they have demonstrated their leadership.  Because of their efforts, the Eagles carried the largest group of qualifiers to the Region in recent years.  I’m sure as Head Coach Clinton Smith stated in August, this Hearne program is definitely one that is headed in the right direction. He has established an identity to the Eagles that he hopes they will maintain during the coming off-season.

Thu
08
May
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Elliot hopes to fly as Lions roar

Michael Cotton | Robertson County News

Brent Wallingford, who qualified in singles, was looking to restore the Franklin Lions claim to Tennis supremacy in Class 2A, but he was beaten in the State Quarter-finals for the second consecutive year. He was looking to become the Lions next State Champion in Boys Singles and first since 4-time Champion Austin Klores. Wallingford made several difficult returns during the match, including a through the legs, going away from the net return, but overall he was no match for the opponent he drew on this date, losing 6-1, 6-2. Ironically he lost in the same round last season but to a different opponent.

Fri
25
Apr
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Hearne Lady Eagles; still a contender

The Hearne Lady Eagles used the off week to improve upon their overall performance at the District Meet last week.  The Lady Eagles will carry both their 4 x 100 and the 4 x 200 meter relay teams to the Region Meet next week.  The team members of Zariah Villalpando, Zharia Mercer, Da”Quishayln Jenkins and Tenoria Edwards finished in 2nd both events and will need to do the same or better in order to advance to the State Championship. Working on improving their times will be the top priority for this week; we wish you the best of luck girls.  Zharia Mercer qualified in the 200 meters and Aileen Davaloz did also in the 800 meters, both could advance. With Kinnikinic Bundage in the shot put and discus and Edwards in triple jump, the Lady Eagles could get some valuable points.  Edwards barely missed qualifying in the long jump and the 100 meters, finishing 5th in both events.

Fri
25
Apr
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Lady Lions are district champs

The Lion families have suffered a tragic loss. The sudden passing of Coach David Knight this week has the entire Lion community in mourning. It’s the third time this season that a close member of the athletic family has been lost.  

The staff at the Robertson County News offers our sympathy and our prayers go out to Coach Knight’s family and the Franklin Lion family. Know that with God there is a plan for all that happens in life, so stay strong.

With a week to prepare for the Area Meet, the Franklin Lady Lions will use the time to hone their skills.  If they hope to advance in next week’s Region meet, they know their times will have to improve from their present state.  The Lady Lions will carry enough into the meet to make a legitimate run at the region Championship.

Thu
17
Apr
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Tigers take district track

The Bremond Tigers roared loudest at the District Track Meet, coming away with a 12-point win and the Championship.  The Tigers used a 2nd place finish in all three relay events and 1st place victories by Joe Williams in the 100 meters in 11.03 and RayAndre Browning in the 800 meters, who ran 2:08.49 to clam the win.  In addition to those two winners on the track, the Tigers picked up key points from Evan Sergent’s 2nd place in the 110 hurdles and from James Jones’ 3rd place and Josh Anderson’s 6th place finish in the 200 meters. Dawagiek Scaggs finished 4th in the 400 meters and Hunter Stuard came in 4th and Evan Sargent 6th in the 300 hurdles.

Thu
17
Apr
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Williams pulls amazing triple at district meet

It was a tough week leading up to the District Track Meet in Caldwell on Wednesday for the Calvert Lady Trojans. Injuries and defections left them searching to put together a supporting cast for their two defending State Champions. Raquel Wortham and Tinece Williams both suffered knee injuries that could sideline them for the District Meet. Wortham appears close to returning but time will tell how effective she will be. The recent injury to Tinece Williams is more significant, as it puts the 4 x 100 meter relay and the 4 x 400 meter relay in jeopardy.  The Lady Trojans will regroup on Wednesday and begin their run toward a State Title.  

Thu
17
Apr
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Lions win title

If the District Meet turns out to be anything similar to the Franklin Lion Relays of two weeks ago, then The Franklin Lions should rule this district.  At their meet, the Lions hosted district foes Anderson-Shiro, Hearne, Centerville and New Waverly.  After winning the meet quite handily, the Lions look to place their stamp on this year’s race, with a victory.  The Lions are favored to take the crown based on their performances thus far this track season.  

Thu
10
Apr
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District champion tennis team with softball close behind

Fresh off their championship in their own Franklin Lions Relays on last week, the Lady Lions Track Team, like everyone else around the State, took a test break.  STAAR testing took precedence over any athletic events.

That didn’t stop the Lady Lions from claiming another District Championship.  The Lady Lions Tennis Team won the District Championship this past weekend and advances to the Regionals at the Murphy Center at Tyler Junior College.  Remember Carrie Casey, well she took time off from Track to win the Singles Title, and Kaitlyn Mitchell and Alondra Torres combined to finish 2nd in the Doubles Championship. Also, one more Lady Lion advanced as Kaitlyn McCulley combined with fellow Lion Seth Kissinger, to finish 2nd in the Mixed Doubles Title.  Congratulations to the Lady Lions for a fantastic year, that just keeps getting better.

Thu
06
Mar

Not quite, but still a great year

It has been a long journey for the Calvert Lady Trojans. They have come back from the dead four years ago to State Semi-Finalist in 2014.  For Tiffany Williams and Lakeydra Mosley, the journey has been a longer one, but the payoff this year has been great.  Both young ladies as freshmen were part of a Calvert team, 4 years ago that won only 2 games all season. Williams would tear her ACL and Mosley would suffer through a 2-16 campaign without her best friend and running buddy. Their sophomore year, they were joined by freshman Diesha Clark, and the team began to come together. They won 18 games that year, finished 3rd in District, and won a playoff game. Their junior year they were joined by freshman Jaylonn Walker, and they got better still, finishing 2nd in district, winning 24 games and again winning a playoff game but losing out in the Area round. This year that foursome has brought the energy and the desire that Championship teams are made of.

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