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A Colmesneil serve is returned by a Groveton Lady Indian during the teams’ match on Friday. (Photo by Martha Mericle)A Colmesneil serve is returned by a Groveton Lady Indian during the teams’ match on Friday. (Photo by Martha Mericle)

TCNS staff

TRINITY — Despite the Trinity Lady Tigers playing exceptionally well in its first set against Anderson-Shiro, ultimately the team lost to the Lady Owls 3-0.

Head coach Haleigh Blount said the team’s serve receive was solid and allowed us to create opportunities for assists and kills, but it wasn’t sustained. 

The Lady Tigers led 20-18 in the first game, but began making silly errors during rallies and the score ended up 20-25. In the second, the team began forcing plays and making mistakes, leading to a 25-5 loss; there was some recovery, but Trinity lost the third 25-12.

“We're still learning how to mentally hold on and compete each point, but we're cultivating a strong mindset little by little,” Blount said. 

Nevaeh Craft led in kills, Taneya Maxie led in block touches and blocks, and Leslie Gonzalez led in digs.

On Sept. 28, the Lady Tigers lost to New Waverly 25-13, 25-9 and 25-10.

Up next is Onalaska on Tuesday and Hardin on Thursday. 

“We're just looking to build on our experiences for the second round of district,” Blount said. “Our sights are not only this season, but building a mindset for next season since everyone will be returning.”

Groveton

The Lady Indians downed Colmesneil 3-1 on Friday at a home conference match.

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, the Lady Indians blanked Latexo 3-0.

The wins give Groveton an 11-6 overall (5-1 district) record heading into a match at home against Lovelady.

Apple Springs

The Lady Eagles dropped two conference matches at home, losing  3-0 to Kennard on Oct. 1, and 3-0 to Chester on Sept. 28.

Apple Springs, now at 0-7 overall (0-5 district), were to face Colmesneil on Tuesday.

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Trinity falls to Anderson-Shiro Owls

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Groveton wide receiver Wyatt Hajovsky pulls in a catch. (Martha Mericle Photo)Groveton wide receiver Wyatt Hajovsky pulls in a catch. (Martha Mericle Photo)By Scott Womack
TCNS correspondent

ANDERSON — The Tigers had to try to quickly get into game condition to make up for two weeks of missed games, practices and conditioning due to COVID.

It wasn’t enough, as the Tigers were blanked 28-0 in a final non-district game before heading into district.

The Tigers received the opening kickoff and showed promise on their first drive of the night driving the ball to the Owl 33-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. The Owls were able to take control of the game on their first offensive possession and drive the ball 67 yards for a touchdown. With the 2-point conversion the Owls took an 8-0 lead with 4:48 left in the first quarter. 

The Tigers were unable to move the ball on their next opportunity and a short punt gave the ball back to the Owls on the Tiger 30-yard line. With just 30 yards needed to score, the Owls were able to take a 14-0 lead with 1:02 remaining in the first quarter. 

The Tiger offense was still unable to put any drives together in the second quarter but the defense was able to force one punt by the Owls. As time dwindled in the opening half the Owls were able to find the end zone once again and take a 22-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The second half did not prove to be any better for the offense being able to sustain scoring drives, but the defense was able to put more crucial stops together and hold the Owls to just one score after a failed fourth-down attempt gave the ball back to the Owls on the Tiger 30-yard line. The drive was successful, giving the Owls a 28-0 victory over the Tigers.

Coach Patrick Goodman told the team after the game that he was proud of the effort given by the team and said that next week starts district play against the Diboll Lumberjacks. Unlike the Tigers, the Lumberjacks were able to get in four complete non-district games prior to the district opener and should be in better condition, so it will be a battle for the Tigers to come away with a victory.

Groveton

GROVETON — The Indians fell 44-13 to the Shelbyville Dragons on Friday at home.

Top producers were quarterback Ian Utz, who carried 9 times for 33 yards and 1 fumble, and 11-for-23 passing for 126 yards, 2 TDs and 1 pick.

On the ground, Isaiah Tayler had 6 carries for 8 yards; Hayden Lee had 5 carries for 19 yards, and Phoenix Bowman had 1 carry for 13 yards.

Bowman also brought in 2 receptions for 32 yards and the teams only TDs. In receiving, Jonathan Taylor caught 4 for 52 yards, and Hayden Lee pulled down 2 for 17 yards.

Next up for the Indians is Garrison this Friday, followed by a bye week.

Apple Springs

APPLE SPRINGS — While the Eagles posted a 36-13 loss to Alpha Omega JV on Friday, it was a game marked by improvement and positive achievements.

Head Coach Cody Moree said it was the team’s best game so far, after they woke up and realized they could compete. 

“We spotted them 30 points before we ever came alive,” Moree said. “In the second half we outscored them 13-6 and gave up only 3 first downs.”

Dakota Campbell led the offense with 132 yards rushing on 10 carries and one touchdown. He also passed for 109 yards with 16 out of 28 completions. Kameron Spencer had 24 yards on 6 carries with one rushing touchdown. 

In receiving, Ashton Ashford 2-for-5 for 12; Tanner Smith 1-for-1 for 18; Logan Nunley 1-for-2 for 2, Clayton Tullos 1-for-1 for 6; Ryan Phillips went 5-for-9 for 42, Spencer was 4-for-6 for 18 and Josh Pion was 2-for-2 for 11.

Defensively, we recorded 5 stops during the game including two turnovers. Ashford had 7 tackles, Smith 3, Nunley 5, Andrew Pion 4, Clayton Tullos 1, Ricky Goodwin 3, Phillips 4, and Dawson Moore had 5. Ryan Phillips and Dawson Moore each had an interception. 

On special teams, Kail Rogers kicked and recovered an on-side kick. Tanner Smith blocked a PAT.

The Eagles play Mt. Calm this Friday at Home. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m.

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Lady Tigers beat Lady Eagles in three

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Apple Springs Lady Eagle Neveah Hernandez digs out a serve during an Aug. 31 match against Trinity. (Photos by Tony Farkas/TCNS)Apple Springs Lady Eagle Neveah Hernandez digs out a serve during an Aug. 31 match against Trinity. (Photos by Tony Farkas/TCNS)

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TRINITY — The Trinity Lady Tigers played county rival Apple Springs on Aug. 31, and managed to rack up their first wins of the season.

Trinity Head Coach Haleigh Blount said the team did some amazing things, but has a habit of becoming mentally comfortable with where it is and settling for things that are not up to its potential.

“The great thing is that this team has no seniors, so even though mental habits are hard to break, we can use this year to do just that,” she said. “I'm proud of how far they have come, and I'm excited for their future.”

Trinity Lady Tigers Destinee Simmons (No. 12) and Vanessa Acosta both look to return a serve during an Aug. 31 match against Apple Springs.Trinity Lady Tigers Destinee Simmons (No. 12) and Vanessa Acosta both look to return a serve during an Aug. 31 match against Apple Springs.Apple Springs Coach Michael Powell said his team went into the game intimidated by the athleticism of Trinity, which set them back on their heels for the first set. 

“After we relaxed and saw that we could play well against the Trinity team, we did much better,” he said. 

In the first set, the Lady Tigers took an early 10-1 lead with serves and aggressive play, and the score ended at 25-11. 

Blount said that the team was flat in the second game, missing several serves and making unnecessary forced plays that caused several errors. 

The score for the last two games were 25-17 and 25-20.

Powell said his girls were making up for a missing starter, but played very well.

“Nevaeh Hernandez is a great leader on the court and she has stepped up this season to help out some of the younger girls, and that was what helped us Tuesday in Trinity,” he said.

Trinity schools are closed until Sept. 13 because of COVID, so no games are scheduled. The Lady Eagles were to face Oakwood on Tuesday, and will face Hudson on Friday.

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Trinity falls in season opener

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Trinity Tiger receiver Terius Maxie looks for running room following a kickoff during a game on Friday against Hearne. The Tigers lost the season opener 36-6. (Photo by Tony Farkas/TCNS )Trinity Tiger receiver Terius Maxie looks for running room following a kickoff during a game on Friday against Hearne. The Tigers lost the season opener 36-6. (Photo by Tony Farkas/TCNS )

By Scott Womack
TCNS correspondent

TRINITY — The Tigers opened the 2021 season Friday with a 36-6 loss against the Hearne Eagles and learned there is more work to be done.

Although disappointed in the 36-6 loss, Head Coach Patrick Goodman said he is optimistic that Friday’s game against Grand Saline will be more competitive. The offense is hopeful of getting three starters returning this week, including two offensive linemen and our starting quarterback. 

The defense will concentrate on alignments and being in position to get off the field on fourth down.

Against the Eagles, the Tiger offense was never able to get on track due to the Eagle defensive line spending most of the night in the Tiger backfield disrupting plays. The Tiger defense was able to minimize the total yardage the Eagles gained but was unable to get off the field on crucial fourth-down plays. 

By the end of the first half the Eagles had a commanding 28-0 lead over the Tigers. The halftime break brought some adjustments by the coaching staff and the Tiger defense was able to correct some of the defensive mistakes and hold the Eagles to a single score. 

The offense still struggled to gain momentum; however, the special teams was able to contain the Eagle punter after a bad snap. With first-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Andrew Crabtree was able to find the end zone and put the Tigers on the board. 

The Tigers were originally scheduled to travel to Groveton Friday Night to challenge the Indians, but due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, Groveton ISD cancelled all classes until Sept. 7 to give students the time to quarantine and clean the schools. 

The Tigers will still be playing the Indians, but these Indians, from Grand Saline, have a 7 p.m. appointment at Tiger Stadium. This will be the first time these two teams have played since a playoff game around 1983.

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Season ends in style

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051321 baseball 5COURTESY PHOTO Winners display their trophies and peace signs during Championship Weekend at the Trinity Baseball-Softball League on Saturday.

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TRINITY —The Trinity Baseball-Softball League said goodbye to the season with a Championship Weekend and parade, a new development for the league.

Organizers offered thanks to all of the teams and parents for decorating floats, to the Trinity Police Department for coordinating traffic, and to the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department, as Trinity High School Baseball players led the parade atop Ladder 1.

The top 3 best-decorated floats were 12U Lovelady, first place; 12U Trinity White, second place; and 6U Trinity Purple, third place.

Softball Cake Auction winners were 6U Pink, Bub and Melenie Meredith; 10 Purple, Carol Ketcham; 12U Black, Trinity Cafe (Roland and Dolores Kane); and 15U Orange, Rollo Insurance (Rusty Baker).

Baseball Cake Auction winners: 6U Gold, DC and Heather Musgrove; 6U Purple, Danny and Suzi Gearheart; 6U Red, Jonathon and Shelby Pope; 8U Sky Blue, George Kane and Bub and Melenie Meredith; 8U Green, Lloyd and Jeannette Burson; 10U Charcoal, Kembro Construction (Brian and Kimberly Kembro); 10U Royal, All-Around Electric (Matt and Jennifer Budzise); 12U Black, James and Dana Herrera; 12U White, Lynette, Kristina and Steven Bass; and 14 Orange, Ace Bail Bonds.

051321 basseball 4COURTESY PHOTO Softball players get trophies during Championship Weekend at the Trinity Baseball-Softball League on Saturday.

The first-ever cake auction generated $7,740.

Volunteers and other supporters were also shown appreciation during the event.

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