Log in

Top Stories        News         Sports

San Jacinto County Sports

Lady Trojans humble Lady Indians

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

LadyTrojansHumble

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

COLDSPRING — The COCISD Lady Trojans stand at 2-0 in the early basketball season, downing the Cleveland Lady Indians 70-26 on Friday.

From the jump it was all Lady Trojans’ game, scoring 14 points in the first quarter, and just going up from there.

Ella Phillips was shooting the lights out under the basket with 16 points. Shani’ya Goffney had 15, included by one 3-pointer. Mandy Harden had an open-shot 3-pointer. Akiah Harwig had 11 points. At the line the Lady Trojans were 10 for 28, or 36 percent.

Ella Phillips said It was a good win, but they are looking to take district this year.

“It is a must,” she said. “We could improve a lot on shooting but that will come in time.”

Head Basketball Coach Monique Whittaker said, “This game gave us a chance to work on our full-court press. Other games we worked on other aspects of game. We have a lot to work on but I feel we will be there for District Play.”

Shani’ya Goffney said, “As a Senior I want to lead this team to an undefeated district title and then deep into the playoffs.”

Shepherd

The Lady Pirates downed Corrigan-Camden 37-12 in their season opener on Friday.

  • Hits: 507

Great prospects for Shepherd basketball

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

( Left ) Tristen Cullum slams a dunker during the warmup period to set the mode of the scrimmage against Big Sandy. ( Right) Tristen Cullum slams a dunker during the warmup period to set the mode of the scrimmage against Big Sandy. Photos by Charles Ballard by Charles Ballard( Left ) Tristen Cullum slams a dunker during the warmup period to set the mode of the scrimmage against Big Sandy. ( Right) Tristen Cullum slams a dunker during the warmup period to set the mode of the scrimmage against Big Sandy. Photos by Charles Ballard by Charles Ballard

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

GOODRICH — “All Signs Point to Positive” for a great season of basketball after the Shepherd Pirates headed to Goodrich High School for a Running Clock Scrimmage against Big Sandy, Goodrich and Piney Woods Academy from Lufkin.

The Pirates scored 21 points to Big Sandy’s 9 during the first scrimmage, and Head Coach Jeremy Bennett said, “We have a bunch of hard-working athletes and I am looking for a very good season this year.”

Tristen Cullum, the center for the Pirates, said this year’s team is good, and should go far in the playoffs.

The Pirates were very aggressive during the scrimmage shooting 3-point shots. Senior Payton Burton and Sophomore Darrian Matthews were hitting treys all during the warmup period and during the game.

The next scheduled game will be Friday at Splendora High School.

  • Hits: 722

All-district players

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

AllDistrictPlayers

Ella Phillips (No. 4) was named to the District 23-3A 1st Team for volleyball, while Tess Phillips (No. 1) and Cali Crowder (No. 2) were named to the district’s 2nd Team. Allie Muirhead was tabbed as the district’s Setter of the Year, and she also was named to the Academic All-state 2nd Team. Honorable mention honors went to Jordyn Davidson, Ja’Nyah Terry, Honesti Bradford, Savannah Phillips, Efreauna Baines, Maria Major, Hannah Sewell, Ashlynn Holley and KeKe Nixon. Courtesy photos

  • Hits: 326

First playoff win in over half-century

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Preston Stephens receives great protection by Jacob Davis (No. 60) and Noah Castro (No. 75) during the win over the Kirbyville Wildcats.  Photo by Rigoberto Uriegas Preston Stephens receives great protection by Jacob Davis (No. 60) and Noah Castro (No. 75) during the win over the Kirbyville Wildcats. Photo by Rigoberto Uriegas

By Brian Besch

Precipitation and Pirate points rained down on the District 10-3A champion Kirbyville Wildcats Thursday in Lufkin’s Abe Martin Stadium, as Shepherd football made history with a 42-28 bi-district victory.

Record-setting performances, an offensive line that cleared massive holes, along with a defense that got after the quarterback and forced turnovers paced the win. The postseason triumph is Shepherd’s first competing in 11-man football. The last time the school could celebrate a playoff win was 1967.

After a promising first drive that was stopped with a fumble on the Kirbyville 2-yard line, the Pirate offense went back to work. The driving rainstorm did not slow the ground attack of Shepherd. They would run the ball 21 times for 208 yards in the half, with Preston Stephens and quarterback Landen Dellinger leading the way.

On three consecutive drives, Shepherd marched to the end zone without a pass. Stephens collected 147 yards and a score on just seven totes through two quarters.

The Bucs’ defense was just as dominant. They forced two punts, a turnover on downs and a fumble. Up 22-0 at halftime, the Pirates more resembled the team that had just claimed a district title a week before.

After the game, Coach Miles Robison said that he never could have expected to hold such a large lead.

“I didn’t, but I never want to doubt my kids. Our kids have been underdogs in a lot of games this year and maybe we’re not the most talented team that takes the field every week, but we have so much heart. Our kids play with a lot of passion and they do what we ask them to do. I’m just so proud of these kids right now. It is just the grit that they play with. We came into the season and we weren’t even predicted to make the playoffs. We just find a way each week. It is just a bunch of fighters. We had three kids return on offense and three kids on defense (from last year). Our young kids are growing and we have a ton of freshmen that are helping out. These kids surprise me every week.”

Keeping the pressure on out of the band break, a 10-play drive of 50 yards ended on a 27-yard touchdown from Stephens. Late in the third, he would get in again, this time from 45 yards out. Shepherd established a 34-point buffer before the Wildcats could get on the board.

Yet, Stephens would answer again. A 50-yard touchdown put the Pirates back up by 34 at 42-8. For the night, the junior running back piled up 288 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries.

“He is special,” Robison said of Stephens. “I’m not sure anybody at Shepherd has had that kind of game, and if they have, it has been a while. We knew he was special in middle school. He was a contributor as a freshman and was banged up a little bit last year. He is a horse and a special kid.”

Kirbyville added three fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the score closer than the contest had been.

The historic night started along the lines of scrimmage, where Shepherd won both sides. The Wildcat offense was hurried on most of its 30 passing attempts, completing less than half.

“We take a lot of pride in winning the battle up front,” Robison said. “Overall team speed we lack, compared to some of the teams that we play. We preach to our kids that we have to be the most physical team that they play this year. They have bought in to that and they love the weight room. They love to be coached hard and are just good kids. They play with a lot of class and we just want to play a clean, physical football game. At the end of the night, we want to be on top. It takes a team and that is what we preach. We are only as strong as our weakest link, but our kids refuse to be that weak link. That is what it’s going to take next week, other kids stepping up. I’m proud of these coaches and proud of these kids.”

The Pirates (6-5) will face Franklin (10-1) in the area round 7 p.m. Friday at Willis’ Yates Stadium.

  • Hits: 1816

Girls basketball season starts

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Mckayden Nelson was fouled as She attempted to go to the basket during the scrimmage against the Lady Lions.  Photos by Charles BallardMckayden Nelson was fouled as She attempted to go to the basket during the scrimmage against the Lady Lions. Photos by Charles Ballard

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

LIVINGSTON — The Lady Pirates faced Livingston and Big Sandy on Oct. 31, shaking off cobwebs in the first scrimmage of the 2023 basketball season.

No scores were kept and the scrimmage was a timed play of 20 minutes; all three teams were expected to play a competitive level and have instructions added as the scrimmage continued. There was only one free throw if a foul was committed, due to it being a scrimmage. There was a jump ball to start the scrimmage but only one quarter was allowed.

Coach Eldridge McAdams, Head Lady Pirate Basketball Coach, said, “We will be a young team this year with only a few seniors to lead the team. They are good seniors and will lead the team as needed.”

McKayden Nelson and Tiana Clark, both seniors this year, showed a remarkable sign of leadership during the Livingston scrimmage.

Coldspring

The Lady Trojans downed Livingston in the season opener 37-33 on Friday.

Standouts were Ella Phillips with 10 points and Shani’ya Goffney with 6 points. 

  • Hits: 657