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Trojans play catchup to win

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Trinity Tiger Terius Maxie (No. 22) pulls in a rebound. Photos by Tony FarkasTrinity Tiger Terius Maxie (No. 22) pulls in a rebound. Photos by Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — Playing the third-ranked team in your district is always rough, but Trinity was making a game of it, even taking a 23-15 lead into halftime.

However, that fire didn’t burn in the second half, and the Tigers dropped the Feb. 1 game against Coldspring 61-51

Coldspring was down 23-15 at halftime, a place it hasn’t been in some time, according to Head Coach Greg Devers. 

“Fifteen points were the fewest points that we had in seven years,” he said. “We were 6 of 31 shooting and 1 of 3 from the free throw line.”

The Trojans rallied in the second half as they outscored the Tigers 46 to 28, including 26 to 11 in the third quarter. 

Meanwhile, the Lady Trojans commanded the first three quarters against the Lady Tigers, staying anywhere from 12 to 20 points ahead.

However, the fourth quarter would see Trinity pull within two to scare the Lady Trojans; fouls and foul shots were what kept the lead firmly in the hands of the Lady Trojans, who won by 6.

The final score was 51-45.

Apple Springs

The Eagles lost to Wells 73-36 on Feb. 1. 

Dakota Campbell was the standout player.  

The Friday game against Laneville was cancelled due to the weather.

Centerville

The Bulldogs lost to Wells 63-39 on Feb. 4.

On Feb. 1, the Bulldogs lost to Neches 59-36.

Groveton

The Indians downed the Leon Cougars 47-32 on Saturday, but lost to Slocum 56-47 on Feb. 1. 

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Lady Tigers lose three

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Tiger goalie Nick Parras blocks more than the ball during a Jan. 25 match against Hudson.Tiger goalie Nick Parras blocks more than the ball during a Jan. 25 match against Hudson.

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DIBOLL — The Trinity Lady Tigers lost to Diboll 2-0 on Friday, with midfielder Liliana Uresti receiving a yellow card. 

Head Coach Alexis Soto said the team pressed and found its way into the attacking third for most of the game and had multiple breakaways and shots on goal, but was just unlucky and could not find the back of the net. 

Kimberli Caceres was player of the game, she said. 

Soto said Caceres had a breakthrough game, and was able to get past the Lumberjack defense to create opportunities in front of the goal. 

On Jan. 25, the Lady Tigers lost to Hudson 5-1.

Trinity fell to Westwood Panthers on Jan. 21 with a final score of 3-0. 

Soto said the Lady Tiger defense was able to hold off the panther attack and prevent them from scoring for 18 minutes. 

She said Natalie Bates saved a penalty kick that prevented the Panthers from extending their lead within 5 minutes. At the half, the tigers trailed 2-0. 

Alexa Ruiz controlled the tempo of the game in the midfield and was able to continue the forward attack for the tigers. In the second, the Tigers held the Panthers until the last 10 seconds when the Panthers extended their lead to 3-0. 

Forwards Resi Green and Vanessa Acosta were a threat up top, but fell short of finding the net. 

Boys

The Trinity Tigers dropped three games.

Against Diboll on Friday, Trinity lost 7-1; against Hudson on Jan. 25, the Tigers lost 6-0, and on Jan. 21, they lost against Westwood

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Bulldogs win two, lose one in week’s play

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Lady Tiger Zoey Grey sets up for a layup during a Tuesday game against Hardin. Lady Tiger Zoey Grey sets up for a layup during a Tuesday game against Hardin. TCNS staff

CENTERVILLE — The Bulldogs were able to beat cross-county rival Apple Springs 53-38 on Friday, even without top players Logan Whittlesey and Caleb Carroll, who were out due to illness, and Jerry White, who was out due to injury. 

The Bulldogs took a 30-25 lead into halftime, and second half offensive struggles for the Eagles resulted in a 43-31 lead for Centerville heading into the fourth. 

Junior Ayden Self led scorers with 28 points, and Senior Devin Capps and Sophomore Payson Dickinson each added 8.  

On Thursday, Centerville downed Kennard 60-58 in overtime, again missing players to illness and injury.

Head Coach Geoff Hollis said it was the team’s best start to a game this season, with the Bulldogs jumping out to a 23-16 lead after the first quarter. Kennard heated up to fight back to cut it to a 1-point deficit heading into halftime 35-34. 

A back-and-forth third quarter resulted in a 45-42 Centerville lead heading into the fourth, but Kennard was able to pull ahead. Big plays down the stretch from Centerville resulted in a 49-49 tie to send the game to OT. 

Both teams lost three players to foul trouble, and the remaining players put out a see-saw effort. With the game tied 58-58 with less than 10 seconds to go, Junior Bulldog Ayden Self drove nearly the length of the floor and made a tough layup with 2 seconds to go to win the game for the Bulldogs.

Self led the way with 32 points, along with 8 points from freshman guard Brayden Watson.

On Jan. 25, Centerville traveled to Oakwood to face the Panthers. Junior post Jerry White suffered a serious elbow injury in the second knocking him out for the rest of the game and potentially the rest of the season. 

Oakwood took a 17-11 lead into halftime, and a 26-19 lead heading into the fourth, and despite efforts by the Bulldogs, Centerville couldn’t quite get over the hump and the game ended in a 36-31 Oakwood victory. 

Senior Logan Whittlesey led the way with 18 points. 

Trinity

ANDERSON — The Tigers put two in the W column with wins over Anderson-Shiro and Hardin.

Trinity beat Anderson-Shiro 35-30 on Friday, and beat Hardin 54-40 on Jan. 25.

Standout players in both games were Terius Maxie, Cole Hortman, Junior Hernandez and Tristian Martinez. 

Groveton boys

GROVETON — The Indians beat Latexo 45-37on Friday.

Freshman Wyatt Snead led all scorers with 15. 

Apple Springs

CENTERVILLE — The Eagles were downed by the Bulldogs 53-38 on Friday.

Groveton Girls

The Lady Indians were able to down district rivals Latexo 66-19 on Friday.

Top producers were Kiki Smith with 23 points and 9 rebounds; Tatum Porter with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 8 blocks; Bre McQueen with 9 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and and 2 steals; Anahi Chavez with 9 points and 6 steals; Maddy Thomas with 5 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

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Lady Indians split three games

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Groveton Indian Jackson Cathey (No. 3) looks for the lane during the Jan. 18 game against Lovelady. The Indians lost 68-22. Photos by Martha MericleGroveton Indian Jackson Cathey (No. 3) looks for the lane during the Jan. 18 game against Lovelady. The Indians lost 68-22. Photos by Martha Mericle

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GROVETON — District play has been uneven to the Groveton Lady Indians, who lost three games recently.

On Jan. 21, Groveton lost to Centerville 49-31.

Top producers were Anahi Chavez with 14 points and 4 rebounds, Tatum Porter 2 points and 10 rebounds, Ingrid Gonzalez with 7 points, and Kiki Smith with 4 points and 5 rebounds.

On Jan. 19, the Lady Indians down Grapeland 68-38.

Top producers were Porter with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks; Bre McQueen with 13 points, 5 steals and 3 assists, Smith with 13 points and 5 steals, Chavez with 9 points and 2 assists and Isavel Bautista with 3 points, 3 steals and 11 rebounds.

On Jan. 18, Groveton fell to Lovelady 62-19.

Top producer was Porter with 6 points and 11 rebounds.

Trinity

TRINITY — The Lady Tigers lost to New Waverly 86-41

Shania English has continued to lead the Tigers with 18 points and 12 rebounds. 

Boys

Centerville

CENTERVILLE — The Bulldogs’ sole game last week was a disaster, as the team lost to Laneville 92-31.

Head Coach Geoff Hollis said that with two players out, including his starting point guard Ayden Self, the remaining team played terribly. 

“Laneville played their best game all year, and the final score ended up 92-31,” he said. 

Senior Logan Whittlesey led the way with 18 points, followed by 10 points from Junior Jerry White. 

Groveton

GRAPELAND — The Indians fell to Grapeland 80-41 on Friday.

On Jan. 18, the Indians lost to Lovelady 68-22

Trinity

TRINITY — The Tigers lost to district rival New Waverly 57-47 on Jan. 21.

On Jan. 18, the Tigers lost to Tarkington 64-43.

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Champ continues winning ways

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Reigning state champion Kailyn Fisher competes in the deadlift during Saturday’s powerlifting meet in Splendora.Reigning state champion Kailyn Fisher competes in the deadlift during Saturday’s powerlifting meet in Splendora.

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SPLENDORA — Reigning state champ powerlifter Kailyn Fisher of Trinity took first place and was the overall winner during the Splendora Powerlifting Meet on Saturday.

Kailyn had lifts of 415, 435 and 450 pounds in the deadlift on her way to the top spot. After the first week of competition, she holds the top spot in the region and the state.

Other competitors and their results include:

Seniors

Kailyn Fisher, first, overall lifter honoree

Elis Caceres, third

Deandrea Mills, fifth 

Junior 

Maria Mendoza, eighth

Sophomores

David McKendree, second

Brooklyn Schubert, fourth 

Cole Odom, fourth 

Ian Puckett, fourth 

Wyatt Bennett, fifth 

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