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Livingston Lion Football Schedule 2022

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080422 livingston football schedulePads are popping at the Livingston practice fields, as the Lions begin preparation for the 2022 football season. Practice began Monday afternoon and the first scrimmage will take place Aug 11 in Silsbee. The Lions will host a scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 18, versus Hardin-Jefferson. Photo by Brian Besch

There has been a change in the 2022 football schedule. The second scrimmage versus Hardin-Jefferson to be played on Aug. 18 will now be held in Lion Stadium. Hawk Stadium, the new facility at Hardin-Jefferson cannot be used until after Week 2 of the regular season. There will be three scrimmages that Thursday swith freshmen at 4:30 p.m., junior varsity at 5:30 p.m., and varsity beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Livingston 2022 Lion Football Schedule

Week Day Date Opponent Location
Scr Thurs Aug 11 Silsbee Tiger Stadium
Scr Thurs Aug 18 Hardin-Jefferson Lion Stadium

1 Friday Aug 26 Houston Episcopal (SN1) Lion Stadium
2 Friday Sept 2 Needville Lion Stadium
3 Friday Sept 9 Palestine Wildcat Stadium
4 Friday Sept 16 Spring Legacy (H) Lion Stadium
5 Friday Sept 23 Madisonville Mustang Stadium
6     OPEN WEEK    
7 Friday Oct 7 Huffman Hargrave* Falcon Stadium
8 Friday Oct 14 LC-M *  (P) Lion Stadium
9 Friday Oct 21 Vidor * Pirate Stadium
10 Friday Oct 28 Splendora * Wildcat Stadium
11 Friday Nov 4 Lumberton * (SN2) Lion Stadium
         
* - District 10-4A game
H – Homecoming
SN1 – Senior Night (Football, Cheer, Trainers)
SN2 – Senior Night (Band, Drill Team, NNDCC)
P – Cancer Night / Pink Out

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All-State Baseball

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Livingston’s Damian Ruiz collected all-state honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association, making the second team. The Lion senior was 10-1 with a 0.71 earned run average, with 105 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched for the district champions.

Sinton’s Blake Mitchell and Jaquae Stewart shared player of the year honors on the Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A all-state baseball team.

Mitchell, who played shortstop, batted .465 with seven home runs and 52 RBIs. He also was 6-0 on the mound with a 0.39 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. Stewart, who played first base, batted .414 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs. He also was 8-0 pitching with a 0.17 ERA. The two juniors led Sinton to the state title.
 
FIRST TEAM
Pitchers – Evan Brandt, Argyle, sr.; Wyatt Wiatrek, Sinton, sr.; Easton Ballard, Spring Hill, sr.
Reliever – Noah Bentley, Celina, jr.
Catcher – (tie) Brayden Faulkner, China Spring, sr.; Rylan Galvan, Sinton, sr.
First baseman – Jaquae Stewart, Sinton, jr.
Second baseman – Noah Paddie, Carthage, jr.
Shortstop – (tie) Blake Mitchell, Sinton, jr.; Ace Reese, Canton, jr.
Third baseman – Trace Necessary, China Spring, sr.
Outfielders – Marshall Lipsey, Spring Hill, sr.; Canon Chester, Sinton, sr.; (tie) RJ Ruais, Celina, jr.; Rene Galvan, Sinton, sr.
Designated hitter –  Dylanjer Merion, Stephenville, sr.
Player of the year – (tie) Mitchell, Sinton; Stewart, Sinton
Coach of the year – Adrian Alaniz, Sinton
 
SECOND TEAM
Pitchers – JD Thompson, Rusk, sr.; Damian Ruiz, Livingston, sr.; David Wilson, Bullard, soph.;
Reliever – Jason Bodin, Orangefield, jr.
Catcher – Rashawn Galloway, Boerne, sr. 
First baseman – Cameron Page, Giddings, sr.
Second baseman – Jordan Gibson, Rockport Fulton, jr.
Shortstop – Dee Kennedy, Benbrook, jr.
Third baseman – Griffen Williams, Canyon Lake, jr.
Outfielders – Brenton Clark, Pleasant Grove, soph.; Joel Pena, Levelland, jr.; Kameryn Henderson, Orangefield, sr.
Designated hitter – Cooper Quillin, Vernon, sr.

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Turning the tide

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Polk County hoops star looks to bring winning outlook to Corrigan-Camden

080422 new bulldogs girls coachKhadijah Carter Corrigan-Camden girls head coachBy Brian Besch
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On the court, Khadijah Carter has excelled in an award-winning high school career and played at the top level of college ball. She recently accepted just her second head coaching position at Corrigan-Camden High.

Carter took over a struggling program just a few years ago, helping turn around attitudes and performances. She looks to do the same on the opposite end of Polk County for the Lady Bulldogs.

“They told me that it should be pretty good and that I have some from junior high that are coming up,” Carter said. “Basically, they were saying that they need somebody to push them to not quit. If they will not quit, they can be a success.”

Carter’s job will be to take a group of athletes accustomed to playing at the Class 3A level and provide basketball skills to win in 2A. It has been a while since the Lady ‘Dogs have reached the basketball playoffs, and leadership in Corrigan is counting on a few personnel moves to change fortunes.

Former coach Ryan Hall will move down to the junior high, while serving as the new Dean of Students and vgirls’ athletic coordinator. Hall will help the youth develop a better understanding of the game, setting a foundation for when they reach high school.

This is the third stop for Carter since leaving her own basketball career at the University of Alabama. She was an All-State and All-American performer at Goodrich High, which is also where she began coaching. After a one-year stop in Coldspring, she takes over Corrigan-Camden girls basketball and will assist in volleyball and track.

She is a 2012 graduate of Goodrich, where she was a Parade High School All-American who averaged 34.6 points per game and scored over 1,000 points in her senior year alone. She was a three-time TGCA All-State honoree and was an ESPN Rise Regional Girls Basketball Player of the Week. Her college days started Jacksonville College for her freshman year, where she was named NJCAA First Team All-American. She finished her final three college seasons with the Crimson Tide.

“It is a better environment and a head coaching position,” Carter said of reasons for taking the new challenge. “That is something that really stood out to me. I am going to be pulling kids in and have one-on-one time with them. That is something that I like to do. I won’t have a huge class, and that is something that caught my attention. They can help me finish getting certified. They have a group of girls coming in and they felt like I was the perfect fit.

“That was a big thing that they said. They had a lot of people bring up my name, saying that I would be a good fit. Honestly, I didn’t know that they were looking for a coach until Coach (and athletic director Brett) Ratliff called me. I think (new Corrigan-Camden boys basketball) Coach (Greg) Devers put in a good word for me. At that time, it was perfect.”

The coach will also serve as an interventionist, helping students individually outside of a classroom setting.
Carter said she will need a good look at her team before deciding on a style of play.

“If they are athletic, then yes, we are going to press. We are going to do a little man (man-to-man defense), but if we are not up to that level yet, we will try a zone — probably a 2-3 zone.

“I just want to do a little bit at a time,” she said of installing a new system. “I don’t want to give them too much where they can’t handle it. We want to break it down into little pieces and by the time the season starts, we should be there.By district time, they will be ready, I will make sure of that.”

Meeting the Corrigan-Camden staff and coaches, Carter knew she had made the right choice on her first day at work.
“I honestly felt like I was at home. Everyone was coming up to me, seeing if I had questions and checking up on me. It was just like I knew them. They are very welcoming.”

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New era of Bulldog basketball

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By Brian Besch
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After a successful run as head basketball coach at Coldspring that included multiple district champions, ranked teams, and a run to the state bracket in San Antonio, Greg Devers is moving on to take the same position at Corrigan-Camden.

Devers is a veteran of 17 years and career mark of 394-185, with stops that include Livingston, Manvel and Stafford, where he led the Spartans to a final four appearance.

Coldspring has consistently fielded one of the top hoops teams in the region in his seven years. He hopes to bring that same success to a Bulldog program that has traditionally struggled, but is on the rise.

“I was on a family vacation and I saw the job come open out there,” Devers said. “One of the first things that came through my mind was the four-day school week. I remember them last year when we played in the Huntington tournament, how athletic they were and they were young. I did some checking around and I heard they had everybody coming back. I figured this might be a good chance, as they drop down to 2A. I figured I’d go ahead and take on the challenge right there.”

The coach said leaving Coldspring wasn’t easy. The Trojans were 27-11 last season, advancing to the area round. It is the 2019-20 season that will be remembered in San Jacinto County, when the team finished with a 37-5 record in the state semifinals. They were eliminated by Dallas Madison in the final high school game played in Texas that year, due to a Covid shutdown. Madison would have been the heavy favorites for a state championship in the Alamodome if allowed that final round.

“Coldspring is probably going to be one of the top two or three teams in the district this year,” Devers said. “It was a tough decision and I had success there, but I thought that with Corrigan and the players they had coming back and some that may move in, I think I can probably make a little run with them.”

When Andrew Kirkendoff took the head coaching job in Henderson, he left a foundation that has been building the past two years. Though records have not been impressive, the Bulldogs have played more competitive games in Class 3A, going from 4-17 in 2020-21 to 11-17 last season. They will now drop a classification to District 24-2A, where they will battle with Broaddus, Chireno, Colmesneil, San Augustine, West Sabine and Woden.

Broaddus and Chireno are expected to be top contenders in the district, while Woden is a traditional basketball power.

“From open gym, I have asked about certain players, and they told me that certain players didn’t play last year because of grades or injuries,” Devers said. “So, there were some key ingredients that were missing from that team last year that probably could have made them a little bit better. I talked to (athletic director Brett) Ratliff and he said, ‘Coach, what you are getting right here, with your system, you could probably do well over here in Corrigan.’”

Open gym and offseason workouts have given the new coach a limited view of what he will have, but early impressions are positive.

“One of the players that I am really impressed with in open gym is Tra Thomas. He’s got a nice shot. I know his dad runs an AAU team, so those kids have been playing all summer and that kind of helps. It looks like he is going to be a good point guard and I wish I would have had Tra at Coldspring. He would have helped me. My system depends on a lot of speed and I have Javarion Williams and Anthony Harrell and Tony Cooper. Those guys fit right into my system, as far as pressing and everything. Then, you have a couple of tall, lanky guys like Brodrick Price, Ayden Sowders and Morgan Rayborn. With those guys rebounding, I have been really impressed with the overall speed of the players and they are still kind of young, because there’s only five or six seniors right there. I think they only had one senior last year. If we just get these guys believing in themselves, I think we can go pretty far.

“I am looking at this team, and I thought I had one of the fastest teams in 3A last year in our region. This team that I am looking at on the court right now during workouts, in strength and conditioning and open gym, I think they are quicker than the team I had last year with a Coldspring team that won 27 ball games.”

A key component to this year’s team, barring injury or other issues, could be depth. Devers believes the Bulldogs will have plenty of contributors on a 2A squad, vital for his style of play. When asked if the same system run in Coldspring would be in place, the coach said, “I won’t change a thing.”

Expect a lot of fast pace, up and down the court, with plenty of pressing and trapping. Devers will look to utilize the speed that his teams always seem to have.

Though it can take a while to install a new system, he is confident this group will be competitive right away. It is a challenge for a team that will need to learn in a shortened span if football has the success that many in north Polk County believe it can.

“We should be able to compete in this first year with them dropping from 3A to 2A,” he said of the hoops program. “I think if they would have stayed up in 3A, they would have competed for one of the top four playoff spots in the old district. I wouldn’t be surprised if theycan compete for a district championship this year.

“Corrigan is probably going to make a run in football. That success in football can carry over. Whenever you make a run in the playoffs, when you get knocked out, you have one or two practices to get ready for that first game. It is going to take these kids a couple of weeks to understand my system once I get them full-time.”

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New chance, change and challenge

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072122 new lion basketball coachCoach Frederick Camp will lead Livingston basketball for the 2022-23 season. Photo by Brian Besch

By Brian Besch
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Livingston Lion basketball will have a new leader for the 2022-23 season, but only for the upcoming school year.
Coach Calvin Phillips will be out on medical leave, and Livingston athletic director Finis Vanover has tabbed Frederick Camp to lead for the year.

“I knew about coach’s situation,” Camp said. “I didn’t even expect for them to approach me about it. I just thought that they would get someone else. One day, I went down to the field house and Coach Vanover was in there talking. When I walked in, Coach Phillips said, “There he is; you’d better ask him.”

An early prognosis had Phillips out for six months with hip surgery. It was later discovered that the surgery will be on both hips and a longer period of recovery is necessary.

“I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ll do that for you,’” Camp said of his reply. “Come to find out, it’s going to take longer. That is how — I guess you could say — I am the coach right now. These kids right here, I have had the ones that are going to be seniors since they were in junior high. When I first got here and was coordinator over there (at the junior high), they won district. They aren’t all still playing anymore, because once they got to high school, they decided that they were going to specialize in this or that.”

Arriving at Livingston in 2018, Camp has served as athletic coordinator at the junior high, then moved on to coaching track and football (wide receivers, running backs,  secondary) at the high school.

Camp was hired at Livingston in Vanover’s first year as athletic director. The two didn’t know one another, but had coached at schools a short drive away. Camp coached at what was then John Tyler High when Vanover was at Lufkin. Camp was at Fort Worth Polytechnic when Vanover was at Fort Worth Paschal. They did not have direct conversations in those times, but with many of the same experiences, were able to connect quickly in an interview.

“We’ve got the same philosophy,” Camp said.

In is 45 years of coaching, Camp has seen just about everything in Texas athletics. His last head coaching job in hoops was at Hubbard, between Waco and Corsicana. Interest in becoming part of the staff in Livingston was simple.

“I’ve been with some good athletic directors, and I’ve been with some that didn’t know what the hell they were doing. I finally got back in with a good one. I came here because of Coach Vanover. We got along real well and he was the type of guy that I like to work with. Then, I met the superintendent, so we all are on the same page. I just felt comfortable with them.”

The coach does not plan to just be a placeholder. He has ideas for the team that have already begun to take shape.

“We are going to change it a whole lot. I brought coach Sean Berry here from out of Huntsville, and he used to work with Coach Phillips down in Brazosport. We are going to play a faster game. We are not going to set up and do things. We are pressing and we are running the floor — a lot of layups from a lot of turnovers on defense. It changes the game. My objective is this: I need 90 points per ball game. Our goal is the state playoffs. When I was the head coach in Fort Worth, I took a team one year and lost to Pampa by four.

The athletes that have attended F.A.S.S.T. Camp and offseason workouts have seen a change as well. There is an emphasis on speed and making decisions while running the floor.

“Some people that were here last year, for some reason, don’t want to show up to F.A.S.S.T. Camp. I told them that it is a new chance, new change, and a new challenge, so you have to be here. I said to them it is going to be different. If you do not show up, you may not make the ball club. I don’t care if you were on the varsity last year, because we are changing things and mentally, I know they are not there.

“I told them that we are here to win, and if you are not — bye. The way we are going to play all year, it’s going to be quick, fast and they have to be able to think. I have noticed that going from the head to the body takes them two or three seconds. It is too late then. You have to think while you are moving. That is what we are trying to instill in them.”

Three starters from last year’s bi-district finalist squad will return for the 2022-23 season. Camp said he expects to be successful immediately.

“I expect to turn this into a Golden State Warriors type of attitude — win, win, win. I don’t have the great 3-point shooters that they’ve got, but I’ve got the quickness. We are going to play zone and we are going to trap the hell out of them. When (opponents) are out there at that 3-point line, we don’t have to put a whole lot of pressure on them. If they aren’t Steph Curry, we don’t have to worry about it. They are going to hit 33%; that is not going to beat you. What is going to beat you is not getting inside and getting rebounds and them getting a second and third shot. That is what has been beating you since you’ve been here. You are standing around and you want to shoot. If you don’t follow your shot, you’ll be sitting on the bench with me. They’ve got to get that mentality.”

Camp said this year’s team will be the best 12 available in the program, no matter of previous experience.

“If I’ve got a freshman that can play varsity ball, I’m not going to keep him down there (on the freshman team). You’ve got to let them play.” 

072122 basketball camp The Lions are getting plenty of work in during offseason workouts.

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