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TPWD accepting drawn hunt 2022-23 permit applications

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071422 drawn hunts turkeyTurkey hunts are among the offerings available through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's drawn haunt permits program.

AUSTIN – New opportunities and scenery are available to hunters this fall through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) drawn hunt permits program, now accepting applications for a shot at almost 10,000 permits in 62 hunt categories.

The permits allow drawn hunts on both public and private lands throughout Texas. Among the offerings available through the online system are hunts for white-tailed and mule deer, pronghorn, turkey, alligator, dove and guided packages for exotic species and bighorn sheep.

“This season, we will conduct drawings in 62 hunt categories,” said Kelly Edmiston, TPWD Public Hunting Program Coordinator. “These drawings include selections for U.S. Forest Service Antlerless Deer Permits, both adult and youth hunts, 18 e-Postcard Selections for hunters using the $48 Annual Public Hunting Permit (APH), and hunts conducted on 10 National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) in Texas.”

Applicants for e-Postcard hunts and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Antlerless Deer Permits must have a current APH permit to apply.

New areas included in this year’s drawn hunt catalog include the Muleshoe NWR and Powderhorn State Park. Devil’s Sinkhole SNA, Lost Maples SP, Village Creek SP, and Stephen F. Austin SP have re-entered the program this season. TPWD also created two new NWR hunt categories, for Antlerless Deer and Alligator.

An interactive map shows all drawn hunt opportunities by category or by area, and all applications, fee payments and permit issuance are handled electronically. To participate, applicants will need internet access, an email address and a credit or debit card. The customer ID number from the applicant’s hunting or fishing license is the most effective way to access the system.

Application fees are $3 or $10 depending on the hunt category. Adult hunters that are selected may also need to pay a Special Permit fee of $80 for regular hunts and $130 for extended hunts. Some categories, such as the Youth-Only hunts, require no application fees or permit fees. Permits are open to resident and non-resident hunters alike.

The first application deadlines are in August. Aug. 1 is the deadline for the alligator hunt categories, pronghorn, and private lands dove hunts, and Aug. 15 is the deadline for archery deer, general exotic and javelina. Application deadlines are the 1st and 15th of the month from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1. A full list of category deadlines can be found online. Hunters can apply up to 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the application deadline, and after the application is submitted, they can check their drawing status online at any time.

For more information or to get started in the application process visit the TPWD drawn hunts webpage. For questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (512) 389-4505 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

071422 drawn hunts alligatorAlligator and javalina hunts are among the opportunities available through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's drawn hunts permits program.

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Grapeland's Tillis-Hoard to join Texas basketball hall of fame

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071422 basketball hall of fameGrapeland High School alumnus Trenia Tillis-Hoard will be inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2023. Courtesy photo

By Larry Lamb
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Grapeland native Trenia Tillis-Hoard experienced a banner year in her 22nd season as women's basketball head coach at Tyler Junior College.

Now the former Grapeland Sandiettes basketball star can add her induction into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame to a long list of accolades.

Tillis-Hoard is one of eight members of the Class of 2023 to be honored during an induction banquet in conjunction with the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Clinic on May 20, 2023.

The incoming class of legends includes players, coaches and influential contributors that left their mark on prep basketball in the Lone Star State. The new coach members include Chuck Darden, Larry Goad and Nancy Walling. Player inductees are Tillis-Hoard, Larry Davis, Keith Edmonson and Larry Spruiell. Rounding out the class is Jim Forbes for his efforts as a player, coach and contributor.

“One word can easily describe the eight men and women in the Class of 2023 - excellence,” said TABC Director Rick Shirley. “The class includes prolific players that excelled at scoring and coaches that won and were great mentors to their players. The class also recognizes efforts that have helped to grow the game of basketball not only within Texas, but throughout the United States.”

Tillis-Hoard was a four-year starter at Grapeland High School for Hall of Fame Coach Don Tullos. She led the Sandiettes to back-to-back state tournament appearances in 1987-88 and 1988-89, winning the championship in 1989. Tillis-Hoard averaged 25 points and 16 rebounds per game as a freshman, 29 points and 18 rebounds as a sophomore, 35 points and 15 rebounds as a junior, and 27 points and 12 rebounds as a senior. She was a four-time all-state selection and was named Miss Texas Basketball in 1989.

Upon graduating high school, Tillis-Hoard signed to play forward for the Stephen F. Austin State University Lady Jacks. She was named to SLC 1990s All-Decade Team and was inducted into SFA's Hall Of Fame. While at SFA she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation degree.

Tillis-Hoard is being recognized as a player, but has earned numerous honors as head basketball head coach for the TJC Apache Ladies.

In her 22nd year at the helm, Tillis-Hoard recorded her 500th career victory earlier this season against Kilgore College. The milestone commemorated Hoard as the second African American woman to reach 500 wins in the NJCAA. She has been named the 2022 NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.

Hoard led the Apaches to a 28-8 overall record and the school's second NJCAA DI Women's Basketball National Championship title. In addition to taking home Tyler's 67th national title, Hoard became the first African American women's head coach to win the title.

Other Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees are:

• Chuck Darden (coach) – Darden coached for 44 years at Shallowater High School, with 41 as the head coach. He won 1,052 games during his career, which included 35 playoff appearances, 23 district championships, 18 regional tournaments, seven state tournaments, (1988, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2015 and 2020) and two state championships (2004 and 2020).

• Larry Davis (player) – Davis was a three-year starter at Lufkin High School where he played for Hall of Fame Coach Jessie Walker. As a sophomore, Davis helped the Panthers to the 4A state championship in 1979 by averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds per game and was named to the all-state tournament team. A three-time all-state selection, Davis averaged more than 18 points and 11 rebounds per game during his career and was MVP of the South team in the THSCA All-Star Game.
Keith Edmonson (player) – Edmonson played at Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio where he scored 2,389 points and pulled down 1,197 rebounds from 1975 to 1978. A three-year starter for Coach Dan Sponholtz, he averaged 17.2 points and 10 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He averaged 27.4 points and 14 rebounds per game as a junior and 27.6 points and 11 rebounds per game as a Senior. During his career, he was named all-state twice, district MVP twice, and an All-American his senior year.

• Jim Forbes (player/coach/contributor) – Forbes was an All-American basketball player at Bel Air High School in El Paso. He went on to play at UTEP and was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1972. He was the head coach at El Paso Riverside and El Paso Andress high schools, winning more 700 games and leading both teams to state tournament appearances. As a TABC board member, he was a great ambassador for the coaches and players in the El Paso area and around the state. His high school jersey is retired at Bel Air. Both Andress’ and Riverside’s gyms are named in his honor.

• Larry Goad (coach) – Goad coached for 43 years, with head coaching stints for four years at Henrietta High School and 30 years at Desoto High School. His teams won 766 games, which included 19 playoff appearances, 11 district championships, and advanced to eight regional finals (where his teams were eliminated by seven eventual state champions). He made one state tournament finals appearance in 2007-2008. He was selected coach of the year numerous times.

• Larry Spruiell (player) – Spruiell played at Pottsboro High School, Megarel High School, (consolidated now with Olney), and Petrolia High School. As a freshman, he averaged 14.5 points per game, 24.5 as a sophomore and 27.3 as a senior. As a sophomore in 1971-72, he led Pottsboro to a 37-0 record en route to a state championship, and during his senior year, he led Petrolia High School to the State Finals with a 34-1 record. He earned All-State and All-State Tournament honors both years.

• Nancy Walling (coach) – Walling spent 30 years in coaching, with 25 of those being a head coach at Belton High School and Pflugerville High School. She won 647 games during that span, which included 18 playoff appearances, 13 district championships, four regional tournaments, and four state tournament appearances. (1993, 2005, 2009 and 2013). She was also an outstanding player who led Canyon High School to consecutive state championships in 1977 and 1978.

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No excuses allowed

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070722 no excuses

Campers Bently McCovery and Draydon Butler get instructions from coaches Brandon Johnson, Lavardrick Satterwhite, Brent Stephens and Trenton Simon during the No Excuses Basketball Camp Friday morning. The fast-paced two-hour camp covered drills, skills and fundamentals. Older campers attended an afternoon session. Photos by Larry Lamb

070722 no excuses twoYoungsters from Crockett, Latexo and Grapeland attended the No Excuses Basketball Camp on Friday in the old CHS gym. Pictured after the morning session (ages 5-9) are: (front row left to right) Bentley McCovery, Devonte Riley, Majic Johnson, Draydon Butler, Gunner Murray, Brently Turrubiartes, Amir Butler and Jaxton Frizzell; (back row left to right back) camp staffer Aunisti Johnson and coaches Lavardrick Satterwhite, Brandon Johnson and Trenton Simon. Not pictured is coach Brent Stephens.

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Martin's road to NBA began in Crockett

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070722 martin nba roadLatexo Tiger team with Cartier Martin during the Basketball Showcase. Former NBA player Cartier Martin talks to players participating in the Basketball Showcase in Crockett. Photos by Larry Lamb

By Larry Lamb
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CROCKETT – Cartier Martin says he is living proof that a small-town kid can achieve his dreams of playing college and professional basketball.

Martin, born in Crockett in 1984, attended Crockett schools and participated in Little Dribblers until age 13 when his mother moved to Houston.

After a successful high school career at Houston Nimitz, Martin played basketball for Kansas State and remains the university's No. 9 all-time scoring leader with 1,546 career points.

Martin's eight-year professional career included stints with Charlotte, Golden State, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago and Detroit.

Martin has never forgotten his roots. He returned to Crockett last week to host a Basketball Showcase for youth AAU and select travel teams with friend Brandon Johnson.

Between games, Martin spoke to each team and shared his knowledge of what it takes to reach the college and professional levels.

"The biggest thing is to build a work ethic. It's not an easy process to get to that level, but it's very attainable if you commit yourself and overcome adversity," Martin said. "Keep working hard, believe in yourself and stay committed to the game."

Playing high school basketball at a metropolitan school facilitated Martin's exposure to college recruiters, he said, while athletes in rural areas may have gone unnoticed.

"It's different now. When I grew up small school athletes didn't get as much exposure. But with the advantages of social media and the other outlets to showcase yourself, you have every opportunity to get to wherever you want to go," Martin said.

Martin urges athletes to utilize technology to increase exposure.

"I want to emphasize that it doesn't make any difference where you come from or how small the town is where you live," he said. "If you put the work in and showcase yourself, you will be found. Even if you go to a small school and you're playing well, you will be seen. But it starts now at this age group. It takes work and dedication to get to that next level."

Martin's dedication and passion for basketball was evident at a young age.

“We lived two miles out past the state school. We played in the yard on grass and had our basketball goal mounted on a telephone pole. We played so much the grass just turned into dirt,” Martin recalled. “Me and my cousins were out there consistently, but I will say that I was more consistent than them. Even when it was raining I was outside practicing. I never knew that was going make me the player that I would become. It was just a passion in my heart that I wanted to be out there playing.”

Crockett Little Dribblers provided Martin his first exposure to team basketball. He also watched a lot of basketball games on television.

“I was always watching basketball. In my era, Michael Jordan was big and any time he came on I’m glued to the TV,” said Martin. “If you want to make it to the college level, make sure you’re tuned in to college basketball. Watching the game translates to improving your game.”

Summing up, Martin said, “I’m here to encourage you and let you know it’s possible to get there, no matter where you come from, as long as you're committed, consistent and persistent.”

071022 Legacy EliteCrockett Legacy Elite with Cartier Martin during the Basketball Showcase.

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Tournament spotlights youth basketball teams

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070722 Grapeland MadisonvilleA Grapeland player drives the baseline against Madisonville during the Basketball Showcase on Saturday in the old Crockett High School gym.

By Larry Lamb
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CROCKETT – Twelve area teams competed in the first-ever Basketball Showcase for AAU/select travel teams Friday and Saturday in the old CHS gym.

The tournament, open to 10-and-up boys teams, consisted of three brackets.

Mustang Elite (Madisonville) won the Rookie bracket (ages 10-12), 936 Elite (Madisonville) won the NCAA bracket (ages 13-15) and Crockett Elite won the NBA bracket.

Teams from Grapeland, Latexo, Normangee, Buffalo, Calvert and Trinity also competed.

Brandon Johnson of Crockett and former NBA player Cartier Martin, a Crockett native, hosted the tournament and are already planning to expand it next year. Previous tournaments featured adult teams but Martin and Johnson wanted to provide a stage for youth teams.

Houston County teams competing were:

Crockett Legacy Elite

NCAA (ages 13-15)

Jahkeim McKnight, Jacques McKnight, Julian Adams, DeKorian Butler, Nathaniel Daniels, Isaac Hobson, Damarion McCullough, JaKeavion Bruins, Christopher Bell and Jaylen White.


NCAA (ages 13-15)

Rick Hernandez, Jax Bobbitt, Michael Woodard Jr., Jayden Vickers, Omar Gonzalez, Hunter Allen, John Allee and James Allee.

Crockett Elite


Nate Ivey, Chase Ivey, Iverson Rischer, Jacorrian Jackson, Jarodrick Holmes, Junior Boston, Arthur Scout, Kalra Kaylan and Ayden Pierce.


Rookie (ages 10-12)

Jatavion Scott, Bryce McDaniel, Jay McDaniel, Kydarius Gilmore, Jalen Woods, Allen Walker, Jaderian Reese, Cody Hopkins, Hunter Cooksey, Devin Pace, E.J. Howard and Traylon Gaines

Out The Mud (Crockett)

Rookie (ages 10-12)

K'Anthony Epps, Kaeson Montgomery, D'Kobe Hampton, Christian Bell, Jaylan Crow, Kylan Yarbrough, Darrell Creag, Cordae Duncan and Jayrian Cook.

Tournament organizers extended special appreciation to everyone for their love and support that made this event a huge success.

They also thanked Pastor Leon Wallace of Good Shepherd Church and Devin and Lyndsey Tyer at Tyer Sign & Trophy.

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