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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.  

Tue
26
Nov

Mumford boys drop one

It was probably thought to be a rarer occurrence that it would snow in July before the Mumford Mustangs would ever lose a basketball game in the regular season.  It took 2 full seasons, plus 3 more games, before the Mumford Mustangs would lose a game, other than the two State Championship games.  
On Friday the Mustangs dropped a close, hard fought game with Houston Kinkaid Falcons, 69-65.  The Mustangs fell behind early on as Kinkaid raced out to an early 24-14, 1st quarter advantage.  The Falcons kept the pressure up on the Mustangs in the 2nd quarter and increased their lead to 42 25, at the half.  

Tue
26
Nov

Plain and simple, it’s payback time

Not many people want to talk about it but for the Calvert Trojans this one will be about payback, as well as the opportunity to move on to the Regional Finals.  Milford defeated the Trojans on their home field to win the District Championship three weeks ago.  Now they will meet again in the quarterfinals for the right to advance in the Playoffs.  
Calvert has beaten two favored District Champions to get to this point, Jonesboro 46-38 and Richland Springs 43-28 and has looked very impressive by coming back both times to win in the 2nd half. Milford meanwhile routed Blanket 78-42, winning the game rather handily. The last time these two teams met, it was an instant classic with Milford jumping out 48-12 in the 1st half, but Calvert roared back outscoring the Bulldogs 41-6 in the 2nd half only to lose, 54-53 when the extra point try was blocked.

Tue
26
Nov

Rematch for Bremond or revenge for Lovelady

Whether this game classifies as a rematch between Bremond Tigers and the Lovelady Lions or a chance for revenge, all depends on which team’s point of view you look at it from. Either way expect the Big Red to be ready.

Thu
07
Nov
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Calvert Football; For all the marbles

It all comes down to this game and now there’s no next week.  The District Title in District 16-Division II Six-Man, all comes down to a winner take all match up this Friday night in Calvert.  The contest between the Milford Bulldogs and Calvert Trojans figures to be a dynamite game.  Both teams are 2-0 in district play and both are fresh off mercy rule wins. Milford against Karnack 51-6 and Calvert over Trinidad 62-6.  Milford owned this matchup last season in Milford beating Calvert soundly in Milford after a close first half.  

This 2013 version of the Trojans looks to be more capable of taking on the challenge that they could not last season as youngsters. Milford was sluggish early on in the year, getting forty-fived by Abbott and losing to Genova in their opener. They have rebounded since winning their last 7 games, mercy ruling each opponent. Their offense has been prolific, scoring a district high 482 points.  

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