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Trinity splits at Big Sandy

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groveton 14(Above) Isavel Bautista goes in for the layup. (Right) Tatum Porter shoots over a crowd. Photos by Brian BeschTCNS staff

The Trinity Tigers went 2-2 in the Big Sandy tournament, beating Groveton and Walder. 

Standouts were Terius Maxie, who averaged 22 points and 16 rebounds during the tournament. 

Cole Hortman and Tristian Martinez both averaged 7 points and 2 steals per game during as well. 

Apple Springs

APPLE SPRINGS — The Eagles went 1-2 in its own tournament over the weekend, losing to 70-18 on Friday. 

Centerville

APPLE SPRINGS — The Apple Springs tournament proved to be a learning experience for the Bulldogs, who lost to Zavalla 37-23. 

Senior Logan Whittlesey led scoring with 10 points. 

Later that day, Chester downed Centerville 45-43 in a game that went to the buzzer.

Head Coach Geoffrey Hollis said it was the team’s best effort of the year, but going 8/27 from the free-throw line came back to bite us in the end. 

Whittlesey led the way with 18 points, and freshman Brayden Watson added 10 points. 

On Friday, Centerville came back to defeat Grapelands JV B team 37-15. 

Whittlesey scored a season-high 20 points in less than 10 minutes of playing time, while Watson added 8 points. 

Hollis said the team is headed in the right direction. 

“We didn’t get the outcomes we desired but we had a lot more positives this weekend than previous games,” he said. “We are continuing to work hard to get better every day.”

On Nov. 30, Centerville lost to Colmesneil 59-39. 

Hollis said it was a close back and forth game the entire game until the last couple of minutes of the game. 

Junior Ayden Self had 11 points and Whittlesey contributed 10 points. 

Groveton

The Indians lost to Coldspring 99-13 during the Big Sandy Tournament.

Groveton | Girls

The Lady Indians were edged out by Onalaska 42-41 on Nov. 23

Kiki Smith had 13 points and 12 Rebounds, Tatum Porter had 13 points and 9 rebounds, Bre McQueen had 6 points and Lexia Blanks added 5.

Isavel Bautista had 7 rebounds, and Lexia Blanks had 4 assists.

Groveton defeated Alto 34-28 on Nov. 30.

McQueen had 13 points and 7 rebounds, Kiki Smith had 8 points and 5 steals, Maddy Thomas had 6 points and Ingrid Gonzales had 4 points.

Hannah Spurgeon had 4 rebounds.

Trinity

Head Coach Yaya Curry said the Lady Tigers played in a 5A-6A tournament, and it was a tough weekend. 

Trinity lost to Cleveland 55-24, lost to Crockett 45-35, lost to La Porte 67-23, lost to Navasota 54-31, and lost to Lumberton 35-23

“Although we did not come out on top in any games, we had tough competition that has prepared us for the start of district,” Curry said. “Our goal as a team is to finish at the top of our district.”

Apple Springs

The Lady Eagles lost to Chester 49-11 on Nov. 3.

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Groveton falls to COCISD

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A Groveton player gets into traffic during the Indians’ 86-22 loss to the Trojans.A Groveton player gets into traffic during the Indians’ 86-22 loss to the Trojans.TCNS staff

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

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.

Trojans 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. 

Trinity

TRINITY — The Tigers dropped two games Thanksgiving week, losing to Aggieland Homeschool 62-34 on Nov. 22 and to Woodville 85-33 on Nov. 23. 

Terius Maxie was the leading scorer in both games with 11 points. 

The Tigers were to face Lovelady on Tuesday, and then participate in the Big Sandy Tournament Thursday through Saturday.

Apple Springs | Girls

CHESTER — The Lady Eagles lost their opening game against Chester 28-16 on Nov. 17.

Head Coach Michael Powell said they were to face Zavalla on Tuesday, and then will host a tournament Thursday-Saturday.

Trinity

SHEPHERD — The Lady Tigers lost an away game 43-24 to the Shepherd Lady Pirates on Nov. 22.

The Lady Tigers will participate in the Navasota tournament Dec. 2-4.

Groveton

ONALASKA — The Lady Indians lost a nail-biter to the Lady Wildcats of Onalaska, 42-41, on Nov. 23.

Groveton was to face Lovelady on Tuesday.

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Trinity falls to Hargrave

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Lady Tiger Tameya Maxie (No. 11) splits two Hargrave defenders for a shot during Friday’s game.  Photo by Tony Farkas/TCNSLady Tiger Tameya Maxie (No. 11) splits two Hargrave defenders for a shot during Friday’s game. Photo by Tony Farkas/TCNS

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TRINITY — The Lady Tigers dropped a game 101-17 to Hargrave on Friday.

The Falcons used an effective press to keep Trinity from gaining any traction.

The loss puts the Lady Tigers at 1-2 overall in the young season.

Groveton

SAN AUGUSTINE — The Lady Indians lost against the San Augustine Lady Wolves 42-30 on Friday.

Groveton spent the first three quarters on its heels against a tough offense, but managed to come around and go shot-for-shot in the fourth quarter.

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Lady Tigers hit ground running

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Lady Tiger Dayanara Martinez (No. 1) cuts through two Kennard defenders during a Friday game in Trinity. The Lady Tigers won the match  74-29.Lady Tiger Dayanara Martinez (No. 1) cuts through two Kennard defenders during a Friday game in Trinity. The Lady Tigers won the match 74-29.

Lady Tiger Olivia Mills (No. 20) goes up for two during a Friday game against Kennard. Trinity won the match 74-29. Photos by Tony Farkas/TCNSLady Tiger Olivia Mills (No. 20) goes up for two during a Friday game against Kennard. Trinity won the match 74-29. Photos by Tony Farkas/TCNSTCNS staff

TRINITY — The Lady Tigers basketball squad opened its season last week with a decisive 74-29 win over Kennard.

Head Coach Yaya Curry said that at the Friday game against Kennard, Shauna English finished the game with a double-double — 14 points and 10 rebounds, right alongside her big sister, Shania English, who also had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. 

Neveah Craft finished the night with 21 points and had 6 steals 

On Saturday, the Lady Tigers suffeed a 42-38 loss against Rusk.

The English sisters combined at total of 21 rebounds, and Craft scored 17 points and had 5 steals

Next game is 6 p.m. Friday against Hargrave.

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Tigers end season with loss

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Tiger Fullback Andrew Crabtree (No. 14) gains some yardage during Friday’s final football game of the season against Crockett. The Tiger lost 29-28.  (Photos by Tony Farkas/TCNS)Tiger Fullback Andrew Crabtree (No. 14) gains some yardage during Friday’s final football game of the season against Crockett. The Tiger lost 29-28. (Photos by Tony Farkas/TCNS)

By Scott Womack
TCNS Correspondent

TRINITY — The Tigers 29-28 loss to the Crockett Bulldogs on Friday night put an end to a winless season.

The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and took less than 2 minutes to find the end zone and take a 7-0 lead, but the Tigers took 4 minutes to score, and with the 2-point conversion, took an 8-7 lead. 

However, the Bulldogs scored two TDs and a field to give them a 23-8 lead with under 7 minutes left in the first half. The Tigers were able to narrow the gap to 23-14 with a touchdown, but another field goal by the Bulldogs put the score at 26-14. 

With less than a minute left in the first half, the Tigers started on their own 25-yard line, and with 4 seconds left, the Crockett sidelines gave the Tigers a gift in the form of a timeout. Capitalizing on the extra play, a 65-yard screen pass from Cole Caldwell to Juju Clayborne tightened the score 22-26. 

The Tigers took the opening kickoff of the second half and were able to use 8 minutes to find the end zone and regain the lead 28-26. With just under 7 minutes remaining in the game, the Bulldogs were able to kick the game winning field goal and win by a score of 29-28.

A very emotional and disappointed Tiger team met at midfield after the game, where Head Coach Patrick Goodman expressed how pleased he was with their performance and effort during the game.

Apple Springs

Head Coach Cody Moree said that even though the Eagles ended the season at 2-5, the players kept their spirits up and their attitudes positive.

The Eagles lost their final game of the season against Chester 47-0 on Friday.

“The scoreboard was not kind to us as we concluded the season,” Moree said. “We also had three injuries that severely limited what we could do. However, it has been a long time since I had the privilege of coaching a group of young men who simply would not quit regardless of how badly the deck was stacked against them.”

Moree said that the players truly were baptized by fire this year and grew exponentially. 

“We had no seniors, so all should be back in uniform next year with valuable experience under their belts,” he said. “We will have to wait until February to see how realignment goes but we are excited about the next several years of Apple Springs Football.”

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