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Centerville falls to Neches

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Terius Maxie (No. 22) grabs air on the way for 2 points. Photos by Charles BallardTerius Maxie (No. 22) grabs air on the way for 2 points. Photos by Charles BallardTCNS staff

CENTERVILLE — The Bulldogs apparently took too long of a break over the holidays, as their play suffered and they lost 53-44 to the Neches Tigers on Friday.

Head Coach Geoff Hollis said that the team had not played since Dec. 17 and was extremely rusty, not playing well at all. 

The Bulldogs were down 16-4 at the end of the first quarter, but fought back to a 28-18 deficit at halftime. 

At the third, Neches led only by eight and fourth quarter (53-44) were pretty even. 

“This definitely was a tough loss,” he said.

Our Tuesday matchup at Apple Springs was called off due to COVID concerns.


GROVETON — The Indians lost to the Slocum Mustangs 52-31 on Friday.

The loss puts Groveton at 3-13 overall and 1-1 in district.

On Dec. 4, the Indians downed the Latexo Tigers 43-24.


COLDSPRING — The Trinity Tigers lost their district match against Coldspring-Oakhurst 69-62 on Friday.

Standouts were Terius Maxie with 26 points, Tristian Martinez with 13 and Zylan Woods with 12.

On Dec. 4, the Tigers beat Anderson-Shiro 45-32.

The Tigers’ record stands at 6-14 overall and 1-2 in district play.



LATEXO —The Lady Indians defeated the Lady Tigers 56-24 on Dec. 4.


COLDSPRING — The Trinity Lady Tigers lost 61-38 against the Coldspring-Oakhurst Lady Trojans on Jan. 7.

Top scorer was Nevaeh Craft with 19 points, followed by Dayanara Martinez with 6, and Diara Woods and Shauna English with 5 apiece.

On Dec. 4, the Lady Tigers fell to the Anderson-Shiro Lady Owls 70-48.

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Lady Indians outlast Coldspring, Trinity falls in Crockett

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Trinity Tiger Terius Maxie (No. 22) pulls down the ball. Photo by Larry LambTrinity Tiger Terius Maxie (No. 22) pulls down the ball. Photo by Larry LambSpecial to the

GROVETON — The Groveton Lady came from behind in the first half and stayed dominant through the second to down the Coldspring-Oakhurst Lady Trojans 39-29.

Top scorers for the game were Kiki Smith and Tatum Porter with 10 points each, Bre McQueen with 7 points, Isavel Bautista with 5 points, Maddy Thomas with 3 points and Lexia Blanks with 2 points.

McQueen and Smith grabbed 2 steals each; Isavel Bautista pulled in 13 rebounds; McQueen had 3 assists; and Porter added 3 blocks.

On Dec. 28, the Lady Indians fell to Wells 43-27 in district play.

Top scorers for Groveton were Porter with 11 points, McQueen with 10 points, and Anahi Chavez with 4 points.

Porter pulled down 7 rebounds, while Chavez picked up 5 rebounds; Ingrid Gonzalez added 3 steals.

On Dec. 17, Groveton edged out the Grapeland Lady Sandies 47-40.

Top scores were Porter with 16,  Kiki Smith with 14, McQueen with 8 and Anahi Chavez with 6 points.

Smith nabbed 5 steals to McQueen’s 3; and Porter pulled down a whopping 18 rebounds, Bautista had 10, and Hannah Spurgeon contributed. 



CROCKETT — The Trinity Tigers went 0-4 at the Houston County Holiday Classic, held Dec. 28-30 in Crockett.

Trinity lost to Flatonia 61-55, lost to Palestine 58-25, lost to Grapeland 70-49 and lost to Maypearl 52-35.


WELLS — On Dec. 28, the Groveton Indian lost to the Wells Pirates 56-47.

Apple Springs

OVERTON — The Apple Springs Eagles went 2-2 during the Overton Basketball Tournament held Dec. 28-30.

The Eagles lost to Zavalla 61-28 and to Overton 55-29, but won 50-45 against Trinity Christian Academy and 57-50 against Fruitvale.

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Bulldogs win district opener

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Lady Indian Bre McQueen (No. 2) looks for room during Groveton’s win over Grapeland on Dec. 17.Lady Indian Bre McQueen (No. 2) looks for room during Groveton’s win over Grapeland on Dec. 17.Special to the

CENTERVILLE — The Eagles hosted Oakwood on Dec. 17 to open district play and  ended up on the right side of a 70-43 game.

Coach Greg Hollis said Centerville jumped out to an early lead, but Oakwood closed out the first half strong, erasing a 9-point lead with 2 minutes to go to tie it up at 25-25 at halftime. 

The Bulldogs pulled way ahead in the third quarter outscoring Oakwood 30-10 to bring it to 55-35 going into the fourth. A tough, physical second half led to four Oakwood players fouling out, leading to a final score of 70-43. 

Hollis said it was a breakout game for both junior Ayden Self, who had 22 points, and senior Devin Capps, who had 20 points. The two helped propel Centerville to a 1-0 district record. 

Senior Logan Whittlesey contributed 15 points and junior Jerry White chipped in 10 points. 

The Bulldogs face cross county rival Apple Springs on the road on Jan. 4 to resume district play after the break. 


GROVETON — The Indians lost 66-40 to the Onalaska Wildcats on Dec. 20. 

The Lady Indians downed the Grapeland Lady Sandies to move to 1-1 in district on Dec. 17.

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Groveton manages third place

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PALESTINE — The Groveton Lady Indians ended up with a third-place finish in the Palestine Westwood Tournament held Dec. 11.

The scoring was Groveton 44, Crossroads 57; Bre McQueen had 17 points and 6 steals; Kiki Smith 18 points; Hannah Spurgeon 9 rebounds; and Tatum Porter 8 rebounds.

Groveton 64, Westwood 17: Smith had 28 points and 9 steals; McQueen 10 points; Spurgeon 8 points; Isavel Bautista 9 points and 10 rebounds; Maddy Thomas 5 points; Tatum Porter 4 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks; and Ingrid Gonzalez 7 rebounds.

Groveton 53 Eustace-2 12: McQueen 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists; Spurgeon 10 points; Porter 9 points and 8 rebounds; Anna LaRue 4 points and 5 rebounds; Anahi Chavez 4 points, 4 steals and 2 assists; Smith 4 points; Bautista 4 points; Thomas 4 points; Lexia Blanks 2.

Groveton 16, Mexia 40: Spurgeon 3 points and 6 rebounds, Smith 4 points and 13 rebounds, Bautista 3 points, Porter 6 points, 7 blocks and 6 rebounds; Maddy Thomas 4 rebounds; McQueen 3 assists.

Groveton 41, Crossroads 31: McQueen had 10 points; Smith 19 points; Porter 5 points and 6 rebounds; and Spurgeon 5 rebounds.

On Dec. 3, Groveton lost to Huntington 38-33. McQueen had 12 points; Smith 15 points and 7 rebounds; Porter 8 rebounds; and Gonzalez 2 steals.

Apple Springs

The Lady Eagles lost their district opener 59-25 against Kennard on Dec. 14.


The Lady Tigers lost a district game against New Waverly 86-41 on Dec. 14.


Apple Springs

The Eagles won a pre-district game against Grapeland JV on Dec. 14 53-37.


On Dec. 17, the Centerville Bulldogs defeated Founders Christian 70-43.


On Dec. 14, the Indians lost to Neches 57-49.


On Dec. 17, Trinity lost to Hardin 51-49.

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Tigers take fourth in Centerville

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tigerstakefourthGroveton’s Jackson Cathey (No. 3) puts up two over Trinity’s Tristian Martinez (No. 15) during a Dec. 7 game. Photo sby Tony Farkas/TCNSTCNS staff

CENTERVILLE — Tiger hoops finished the Centerville tournament with a fourth-place win. 

Coach Jacoby Mitchell said the team is getting better each and every time they compete. 

“We have to continue to fine-tune some things as we prepare for our district opener Friday vs. Hardin,” he said. 

Tournament standouts were Terius Maxie, who led the team in points, rebounds and blocks and who earned all-tournament honors as voted on by other coaches. 

Other standouts over the weekend include Cameron Anderson and Zylan Woods. 

Trinity was to be in action Tuesday night against Grapeland before starting district play on the road against Hardin on Friday. 

On Dec. 7, the Tigers overpowered cross-county rival Groveton 45-37.


ZAVALLA — During the Zavalla basketball tournament held Thursday-Saturday, the Bulldogs won three and lost one for a second-place finish.

On Thursday, Centerville downed Sabine Pass 37-24 behind senior Logan Whittlesey’s 13 points and junior Ayden Self’s 9 points. 

On Friday, a tough battle with Groveton full of big plays from both teams was won by the Bulldogs 46-43 in the last few seconds. Seniors Devin Capps and Whittlesey made huge fourth quarter free throws that helped win the game. 

Whittlesey finished with 24 points and Capps finished with 13, and also knocked down all four of his free throws in the fourth. 

Also on Friday, Centerville lost to Broaddus 54-37. Whittlesey contributed 12 points and Junior Jerry White chipped in 8. 

On Saturday, Centerville downed Founders Christian 51-49 in a battle for second place. 

Founders Christian jumped out early with a 25-17 lead at halftime; that grew to 14 points halfway through the third. Coach Geoffrey Hollis said the Bulldogs made a run to cut it down to 7.

Hollis said Centerville was down 39-32 entering the fourth quarter, and both teams battled in a back-and-forth game with huge plays. The Bulldogs came out with a 51-49 win to claim second place in the bracket. 

Whittlesey had a season high 26 points and Self chipped in 9 points. 

“We played some great basketball this weekend and got some momentum rolling before we open district play Friday at home when we host Oakwood,” Hollis said. 


During the Zavalla tournament, the Indians lost to Broaddus 57-27, lost to Centerville 40-47, lost to Sabine pass 45-40, but came back to beat Harmony 68-20 on Saturday. 

Daiton Chandler had 30 points in the Harmony game. 

Groveton posted a 45-37 loss against Trinity on Dec. 7.


Apple Springs

NECHES — With only on game on the schedule last week, the Lady Eagles to Neches 80-8. 

This week Apple Springs was to play Kennard at home Tuesday.


The Lady Indians lost a tournament game to Mexia 40-16 on Dec. 10.


The Lady Tigers lost their first district match 49-39 on Dec. 7.

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