Sports

Thu
23
Jan

Speed Trap Ahead? Here’s your sign

Do you blink your headlights to oncoming traffic when you see a patrol car sitting on the side of the road? Do you tell your friends when you identify a “speed trap?”
Having just returned from Frisco, Texas where I attended the annual Texas Press Association convention, a recent news bite caught my attention.
CNN is reporting of a man who was arrested in Frisco, Texas for holding a sign. Ron Martin was arrested for holding a sign that read, “Police Ahead.”
Martin, though when questioned claimed he was attempting to assist police by warning fellow drivers to slow down. The Frisco Police Department did not agree with Martin, nor did they appreciate his help.
Martin was arrested for a misdemeanor violation of holding a sign on public property. In his first court appearance, Martin made claim that what he was doing was no different than a publicly posted “slow down” sign one might see on the right-of-way of any Texas highway.

Thu
16
Jan

A most impressive start

The Franklin Lions kept right on rolling in District play as they routed the Hearne Eagles by the score of 84-45 to improve to 4-0 in district play. The Lions of Coach Reed, wasted little time in dispelling any hopes the Eagles had in the game. It was an overall great team effort by the Lions on both ends of the court.  The Lions received balanced scoring from its 5 starters and as well as their bench players to hold off the Eagles.  Michael Witherspoon and Dylan Elliott both led the Lions with 15, while Zack Short had his best night shooting from behind the 3-point line hitting three.  The Lions defense which has been sound all year, proved stout again on this night holding the Eagles to 30 points in the game.  With this type of effort it is easy to see why the Lions are the favorites to win the district championship and advance come playoff time.    

Thu
16
Jan

Tigers finding success

After a long break over the holidays, the Bremond Tigers got back to business as they entertained Dawson at home on Tuesday.  The Tigers put together one of their best overall performances of the season, as they defeated Dawson 50-38.
For the Tigers it was a much needed win and hopefully will set the tone for the rest of the season as they begin district play on Friday, on the road against the Mart Panthers. The Tigers received some solid play from many players, including Hunter Stuard, RayAndre Browning, Evan Sargent, James Jones and Dawageik Scaggs.  After a late start to their season Bremond has only played 7 games.
The Tigers and Coach Kasowski feel that the off time couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.
It gave them a chance to work on the rust of their game, and for Coach to actually find out who can and cannot play together.  Having on the court chemistry is very important to team success.

Fri
10
Jan

Riding a natural high

Fresh off their domination of the Cotton Christmas Classic, where they went 6-0, the Mumford Mustangs are riding a natural high.  They are on a path that is familiar to many team members. It’s a road they have been down before, so the route is definitely one they know all too well.    
For most teams it would be a great feeling to be ranked number 1 in the State. However, Mumford has been there before, two years as a matter of fact. But after losing their 2nd State Title game, this is nothing special.  Although, to this reporter, it speaks volumes for the type of program Coach Chris Sodek has installed at Mumford. This is the 3rd consecutive year the Mustangs have been the talk of the State and they have done nothing to disappoint us so far this season.  Roaring out to an early 21-1 record, they have not hurt their case at all. So being ranked number 1 is an honor but no big deal to these Mustangs.

Thu
02
Jan

In the holiday spirit of giving

The Calvert Trojans returned to action and looked every bit like a team that has been off for 5 days. Playing in the Mumford Cotton Christmas Classic, they opened tournament play with a 92-79 loss to Big Sandy.  It was a game that was a lot closer than the final score would indicate. Calvert would either lead or stay within 3 points until a cold shooting spell and uncharacteristic turnovers would seal their fate, late in the 3rd. The smooth passing, up tempo pace and 3-point shooting of the Big Sandy Wildcats was too much for Calvert. The Trojans missed numerous easy shots, committed  to many turnovers and had lapses on the defensive end that led to easy baskets for Big Sandy, as they showed their Christmas Spirit by giving the ball away. Led by Jalen Abbey’s 36 points, the Wildcats pulled away from the Trojans in the 3rd quarter after Calvert had taken a 45-43 lead into halftime, on a 9-0 spurt to end the quarter and lead 71-59.

Thu
26
Dec

Top of the world in class 1A

The Mumford Mustangs got off to a running start toward defending their back-to-back district titles.  On Tuesday they went to Normangee and came away with a hard fought 73-58 victory over the Panthers. The Mustangs received balanced scoring from the group of Aubrie King, LaKendric Hyson, Dion Mack and Seth Smitherman.  The Panthers hung close for a while but the Mustangs opened up a double-digit lead by halftime and were never threatened from that point on. Coach Sodek’s crew proved that even on a good night for the opposition, they would be able to stand up to the test.  With Braxton Haynes, James Morris, Frank Franco and Justin Shannon all playing well, this group of Mustangs, may be better than last season’s version.

Fri
20
Dec

Shaking off the rust

The Bremond Tigers are getting to basketball after their heart breaking loss to Tenaha.  The Tigers had a great football season that ended two weeks too soon for most in Tigerland. and will now look to transition that same effort onto the hardwood court. As soon as the All-District football players names are released, the News will recognize those young men for the accomplishments they have achieved on the gridiron.
This week the Tigers will host the Bremond Classic on December 12-14. The teams involved in the tournament on the Boys side will be Calvert, Navasota JV, Iola, Normangee, Brazos Christian, Bartlett, Riesel and host Bremond. They will open against Riesel on Thursday. The Tigers showing the lack of practice time, as they just entered the gym this week, after football ended last Friday, lost 3 times but improved each game.

Fri
06
Dec

Lovelady is out, Bremond is in; Tigers vs. Tigers in quarter-finals

For these two teams to meet at this junction of the playoffs is only fitting.  Some would call it poetic justice that the two sets of Tigers get a chance to settle this score on the field, especially since Tenaha ousted Bremond from the Playoffs in 2012, 38-7. That loss has been a thorn in Bremond’s side and this year the Tigers look to remove that thorn that has pained them.
Now after 3 rounds of playoff games the Bremond Tigers get a chance to settle an old score.
Tenaha only lost one player from the team that played for a State Championship in 2012.  Almost 6000 yards of offense and 66 touchdowns return on the offense, spread among running backs Chavis Gregory, Cobe Carraway, receivers Keontas Davis and DeAndre Thomas and quarterback J.R. Hill. Tenaha has outscored their last 5 opponents by 269-15. Ten starters also return on defense, so this will not be an easy test for the “Big Red” on either side of the ball.

Fri
06
Dec

Lions declaw Wildcats 28-14

In 2012, the Franklin Lions Defense had no answer for Newton running back Kevin Shorter.  This season they will have to contain the passing duo of quarterback Dylan Gale and wide receiver James McCurdy of the White Oak Roughnecks. The two have clicked for more than 30 touchdowns the past two seasons and led the Roughnecks to consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 1998.

Tue
26
Nov

Yet to play but already ranked

One week after they lost a heartbreaking defeat in the Volleyball Regional Finals, the Lady Lions of Franklin are switching focus to a new sport.  This time it’s basketball and Franklin is already ranked number 3 in the State and have not played a game.  
This speaks volume for the respect the program has earned around the State.  Coach John Shelton has built the Franklin Lady Lions into one of the area’s powerhouse teams. Coach Shelton will need some time to change the skill levels over to basketball, but fear not once established, the Lady Lions will be hard to handle.  
The Lady Lions will have size and experience on their side once the young ladies from volleyball acclimate themselves to the sport.  The Lady Lions return their entire team from a 30-4 season a year ago, including Carrie Casey, Rachel Blajeski and Kayla Walker, all of whom made All-District in 2012-13.  

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