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Trojan Cayden Barton pulls down a board during the 86-22 home win over Groveton on Nov. 23. Photo by Tony FarkasTrojan Cayden Barton pulls down a board during the 86-22 home win over Groveton on Nov. 23. Photo by Tony FarkasSpecial to the News-Times

COLDSPRING — Coldspring-Oakhurst dominated Groveton 86-22 on Nov. 23.

The Trojans have posted 80-plus points in each of its pre-district games — Buffalo and Groveton — starting the season in good fashion. 

Coach Greg Devers said that even with the scoring gaps, his team still is working all the kinks out. 

“We have two hurt players that are on the sidelines and have not been able to play and get ready for the season,” Devers said. “When we get all healthy, we will be able to fine tune the offense and defense for the coming season.”

Cam Shaw-Rucker and Luke Monroe tied for high points with 23, followed by Chris Hardin with 13. 

Shaw-Rucker, Monroe, T.C. Chambers and Tiber Parker each contributed three-point shots. K.D. Bookman pulled in 9 rebounds on the day, and Monroe bagged 11 steals.

Groveton Coach Kale Dudding gave props to the Trojans for being one of the better 3A teams in the state. 

“If they aren’t ranked yet, they will be soon,” Dudding said. 

He said it was great practice for the Indians to work on breaking the press, and that facing tough competition in the preseason should get them ready for district in a couple of weeks. 

Jarrett Loftin has been a standout on both sides of the ball, and Johnny Facio has helped greatly coming off of the bench and offering a spark when he goes in the game, Dudding said.

Cleveland 72, Shepherd 22

CLEVELAND — The Shepherd Pirates dropped an away game 72-22 to a more experienced Cleveland Indians team on Nov. 23.

Top scorer for the Pirates was Tristen Cullum with 18. Cullum also led the team in rebounds, blocked shots and steals.


SHEPHERD — The Shepherd Lady Pirates split a pair of games over Thanksgiving Break. 

The Lady Pirates defeated Trinity 43-24 on Nov. 22 and lost to New Waverly 46-29 the next day.

Grace Ramos and McKayden Nelson led the way in scoring.

The Lady Pirates will travel to Corrigan for a varsity game on Tuesday.

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