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APPLE SPRINGS — The Eagles proved tougher than the Falcons on Friday, as Apple Springs downed district rival Fannindel 53-36.

The win puts the team at 1-0 in district.

On offense, Zeth Dugat had 19 carries for 167 yards and 1 TD; Dakota Campbell had 7 carries for 73 yards; and Ryan Phillips had 3 carries for 16 yards and 1 TD.

Dakota Campbell completed 18 of 23 passes for 208 yards and 5 TDs.

Receiver Zeth Dugat caught 6 of 7 passes for 80 yards and 2 TDs; Bradyn Kaufman caught 4 of 4 passes for 38 yards and 2 TDs; Tanner Smith caught 2 of 2 passes for 8 yards; Connor Kaufman caught 3 of 4 passes for 49 yards; and Ryan Davis caught 3 of 6 passes for 33 yards and 1 TD.

On defense, Zeth Dugat had 6 tackles, Bradyn Kaufman 7, Noah Thompson 7, Ethan Randell 8, Connor Kaufman 4 and Andrew Pion 7.

Pion caused one turnover, Noah Thompson recovered one fumble and Connor Kaufman had a 40-yard interception for a touchdown.

The Eagles travel to Oakwood on Friday.


By Scott Womack
TCNS correspondent

NEW WAVERLY — With just three games left in the 2023 season, the Tigers took the short trip to New Waverly looking for what could possibly be their first win in two seasons, but the Bulldogs had a different plan.

The Tigers took the opening kickoff and were unable to make a first down and kicked to the Bulldogs. With their first drive of the evening beginning at the Tiger 45-yard line, the Bulldogs wasted no time in taking an early 7-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Bulldog kick was mishandled and with recovery the Bulldogs needed only 34 yards to extend the lead to 13-0 with less than 7 minutes off the clock.

The Tiger offensive struggles continued throughout the first quarter and gave the ball back to the Bulldogs who added one more first quarter score and took a commanding lead of 20-0 after the first 12 minutes had ticked off the clock.

The second quarter saw the Tiger defense step up and cause turnovers and create turnovers on downs by timely defensive stands, but the offense failed to keep the ball away from the Bulldogs and the Tigers trailed at halftime by a score of 27-0.

The Tigers played with more determination in the second half and were able to find the end zone on a 10-yard run by Jammale Johnson and a 2-point conversion by Cole Hortman, but with the Bulldogs adding another touchdown to the score, the deficit was too large to overcome, and the Tigers lost 34-8.

The Tigers will host Warren Friday night for their last home game of the season, and will celebrate Senior Night and recognize senior football, cheer, band, cross country and trainers that will be graduating at the end of the year. The ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff at 7.


The Indians overpowered the Normangee Panthers on Friday, downing the team 56-19.

The win leaves Groveton 3rd in district with a 2-1 record

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Groveton romps through district matches

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COLMESNEIL — The Lady Indians remain third in district with a 3-1 win over Colmesneil on Oct 3. 

The scores were 25-22, 26-28, 25-14 and 25-12.

Top producers were Kiki Smith with 3 aces, 14 kills, 15 digs; Emma Alexander with 1 kill, 3 digs; Landree Martin with 5 aces, 4 digs; Rylie Due with 2 digs, 1 assist; Daisia Leonard with 1 dig; Stormie Hensley with 3 aces, 3 kills, 1 assist, 4 digs; Aubrey Alexander with 9 digs, 5 assist, 4 aces, 2 kills; Jannett Bautista with 6 kills, 2 digs; Caila Antley with 3 digs, 4 kills; Kady Lee with 1 kill 2 kills, 1 block; and Paislie Voelker with 14 digs, 12 assist, 4 aces.

Apple Springs

We lost to Leverett’s Chapel on Tuesday & Neches Friday.

Against Neches, the scores were 5-25, 6-25 and 6-25.

Against Leverett’s Chapel, the scores were 6-25, 7-25 and 16-25.


The Lady Tigers split matches, losing to Tarkington on Oct. 3 and defeating Shepherd on Friday.

Against Tarkington, the scores were 8-25, 14-25 and 13-25.

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Boys win consolation bracket

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WELLS — The Centerville junior high basketball squads competed in the End of Year Tournament at Wells over the weekend, with the boys team eking out a win in the consolation bracket.

Both Centerville’s boys and girls groups competed in the upper bracket.

On Thursday, the girls lost their first game to Chireno, then defeated Big Sandy later that night.

On Friday, the boys lost their first game to Big Sandy then defeated Brookeland later that night as well.

In the Consolation game Saturday evening, the girls lost a tough one to Broaddus 20-16, then the boys defeated Martinsville (who only lost 2 games all season) 45-38 to take home the consolation trophy.

Notable performances include Hardy Brown, who scored 23 points against Martinsville; Brice Selman, who scored 16 points against Brookeland; Braden White, who scored 13 points against Brookeland; and Avery Brown, who scored 15 points against Big Sandy.

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Groveton ekes out Homecoming win

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Groveton quarterback Tanner Steubing (No. 15) cuts through the defense for first points of the night. Photo by Tony FarkasGroveton quarterback Tanner Steubing (No. 15) cuts through the defense for first points of the night. Photo by Tony Farkas

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GROVETON — The Indians held a slim 1-point lead to claim a 14-13 homecoming win over Leon on Friday.

The win also opened Groveton’s district play with a win and moves the team 4-2.

Offense leaders include Tanner Steubing, who completed 8 of 12 passes for 56 yards and 1 interception. On the receiving end, Billy Thomas had 3 catches for 18 yards; Bryon Thomas had 2 catches for 17 yards; Jackson Cathey had 2 catches 15 yards; and Dayton Chandler had 1 catch for 6 yards.

On the ground, Billy Thomas had 1 carry for 3 yards; Bryon Thomas had s 22 carries for 108 yards and 1 TD; Jackson Cathey had 2 carries for 18 yards; Wyatt Snead had 2 carries for 15 yards; Phoenix Bowman had 1 carry for 28 yards; and Tanner Steubing had 9 carries for 56 yards and 1 TD.

On defense, Daiton Chandler had 5 tackles; Tanner Steubing had 4 tackles; Gunner Wilson had 2 tackles and 2 tackles for a loss; Logan Townsend had 2 tackles and 2 tackles for a loss; Phoenix Bowman had 3 tackles; Carter Cox had 2 tackles and 1 sack; Bryon Thomas had 2 tackles; Wyatt Snead had 1 tackles and 1 tackle of a loss; Jackson Cathey had 2 tackles and 1 pass broken up; Darius McQueen had 2 tackles; Brody Thorton had 2 tackles; and Trystan Ard had 1 tackle.

Apple Springs

The Eagles Apple Springs lost to Leveretts Chapel 63-14 on Friday.

In the effort, Dakota Campbell completed 10 of 19 passes for 115 yards and 2 TDs. Leading receivers were Ryan Phillips, who caught 2 for 37 yards and a TD, and Zeth Dugat, who caught 5 for 48 yards and a TD.  Zeth also had 51 rushing yards on 8 attempts. 

On defense, Noah Thompson had 12 tackles and a strip-sack. Connor Kaufman, Bradyn Kaufman and Andrew Pion each had 6 tackles, Ryan Davis had 4 tackles and a fumble recovery. 

The Eagles have a bye this week. They host Fannindel on Oct. 20 to begin district play. 

Tigers lose to lions

By Scott Womack
TCNS correspondent

KOUNTZE — With the Tigers coming off a bye week and the Lions coming off a close loss to Hemphill, the Tigers were primed for their first victory of the season, but the Lions had other plans.

The tone for the game was set on the opening kickoff, when a mishandled kick set up the Tigers offense at their own 6-yard line. A fumble and quick score gave the Lions an early 7-0 lead, and a bad snap on a punt attempt recovered by the Lions in the end zone put the Tigers in a 14-0 hole with just 6 minutes off the clock.

The fortunes for the Tigers did not improve as turnovers and inability to move the ball past the 50-yard line ultimately gave the Lions a short field for the duration of the game.

Trailing by 30 at halftime, the Tigers hoped to correct the mistakes and improve in the second half, unfortunately the Lions continued to control the game in all phases and cruised to a 47-0 victory.

The Tigers return home Friday as they face the undefeated Newton Eagles. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Lady Indians take the gold

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The Groveton Lady Indians cross country team claimed a first-place finish in the Bulldog Invitation on Saturday.

The team was led by Jannett Bautista, who claimed the gold individually.

The boys came in third in the event. Additionally, the Trinity Tigers boys cross country runners posted a third-place finish in the Elkhart Invitational.

Bulldog Invitational

Girls Varsity

2-mile run

Team Results: 1st

Individual results

(time, name, place)

12:51.00, Janette Bautista, 1st

14:00.00, Kayleigh Albus, 6th

14:16.00, Laney Peterson, 9th

14:35.00, Noelis Garcia, 14th

14:42.00, Emma Alexander, 17th

14:51.00, Madison Hobbs, 18th

15:27.00, Marie Gonzalez, 24th

Junior Varsity

16:24.00, Lesly Garcia, 3rd

16:42.00, Kaileigh Lopez, 4th

17:27.00, Amy Garcia, 6th

17:49.00, Anahi Hernandez, 8th

Boys Varsity

5,000-meter run

Team Results: 3rd

Individual results

(time, name, place)

18:48.00, Jack Sullivan, 12th

18:58.00, Armando Bautista, 13th

19:30.00, Jake Plotts, 22nd

19:30.00, Gabriel Constante, 23rd

19:34.00, Landon Conley, 24th

19:49.00, Austin Williams, 30th

Junior Varsity

21:25.00, Trey Rose, 8th

22:22.00, Luis Chavez, 11th

23:01.00, Jesus Maldonado, 13th

23:56.00, Dylan Newman, 18th

Elkhart Invitational

Girls Varsity

2-mile run

Individual results

(time, name, place)

15:45.19, Ava Morrison, 28th

17:03.97, Alexa Manzaneras, 50th

17:15.66, Guadalupe Manzaneras, 57th

19:26.07, Natalie Stansberry, 72nd

Boys Varsity

5,000-meter run

Team result: 3rd

Individual results

(time, name, place)

18:47.91, Michael John, 2nd

20:39.68, John Parrish, 13th

20:55.17, Dacorian Cooper, 16th

22:29.69, Alejandro Zavala, 44th

22:41.50, Erick Perito, 45th

23:52.74, Christian Lopez, 56th

Junior varsity

24:01.89, Austin Wallace, 8th

25:48.02, Giro Caceres, 12th

26:00.86, Bradley Long, 13th

32:27.71, Michael Remirez, 24th

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