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Trinity County student headed to state track

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050621 kayla mott 3COURTESY PHOTO Centerville Bulldog runner Kayla Mott will be running the 100-meter hurdles at Mike Myers stadium in Austin on May 8 after she qualified at regionals with a second-place finish and a time of 16.82. Kayla also placed fourth in the 300 meter with a time of 52.95 at the regional track meet.

TCNS staff

Of the four schools in Trinity County, Centerville has the only athlete that will travel to the state meet this weekend in Austin.

Groveton had plenty of athletes participate, but none made the cut for the state invite.

However, plenty of athletes from all schools set personal and season records for themselves.

Trinity

Region 3 3A track meet

April 23-27

Girls

Pole vault

Fifth, Shelby Walters, 9-00 (personal record)

High Jump

11th, Shaniya English, 4-08 (season record)

Groveton

Region 3 2A track meet

April 24-26

Palestine

Boys

800 meters

Ninth, Hayden Lee, 2:13.40, (personal record)

1600 meters

15th, Jarrett Loftin, 5:25.05, (personal record)

3200 meters

Ninth, Jarrett Loftin, 11:39.12, (personal record)

300-meter hurdles

Ninth, 12 King Jones, 43.47, (personal record)

4x400-meter relay

16th, David Ayala, Navid Pat, Chase Blair, Hayden Lee, 3:55.71

Shot put

Sixth, Tyler Allen, 42-03 (personal record)

High jump

Fifth, Malachi Stewart, 6-00 (personal record)

Pole vault

10th (tie), Hayden Lee, 10-00 (season record); Daiton Chandler, 10-00 (personal record)

Girls

1600 meters

Eighth, Caitlyn Antley, 6:09.28 (season record)

4x100 relay

Seventh, Kaylee McCrory, Maicey Smith, Emma Alexander, Breanna McQueen, 52.46,

4x200 relay

Fourth, Kaylee McCrory, Maicey Smith, Emma Alexander, Breanna McQueen, 1:50.34

Shot put

Eighth, Canaan Dillard, 31-05 (personal record)

Discus

11th, Stacy Rojo, 84-01 (personal record)

Long jump

14th, Breanna McQueen, 14-05 (personal record)

Apple Springs

Region 4 1A track meet

April 23-27

League City

Boys

Long Jump

14th, Sydney Williams, 12-08 (personal record)

Centerville

Region 4 1A track meet

April 23-27

League City

Girls

100-meter hurdles

Second, Kayla Mott, 16.82, (personal record)

300-meter hurdles

Fourth, Kayla Mott, 52.95, (personal record)

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Groveton takes second at 20-2A district meet

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IMG 2644LARRY LAMB | HCC Groveton’s Haden Lee competes in the 800-meter run at the District 20-2A Track Meet in Centerville.

By Larry Lamb
Polk County Publishing

CENTERVILLE — The Groveton Indians pulled off a second-place finish at the District 20-2A track meet, even though the competition required an extra day to complete due to inclement weather.

Groveton tallied 135.5 points, just behind the Centerville Tigers, who racked up 181 points to claim the title. The Lovelady Lions were hot on the Indians’ heels with 134 points, followed by Grapeland (66), Jewett Leon (46.5), Latexo (30) and Slocum (0.

Field events, running prelims and 3200-meter races took place April 5 at Tiger Stadium. Athletes returned Thursday for the running finals, but just over an hour into the session threatening weather prompted meet officials to call a 30-minute lightning delay. Subsequent threatening weather in the area forced the delay to be extended and eventually the remaining six events were postponed until Friday morning.

District 20-2A Track Meet

April 5-9

Varsity Boys

Team Standings: 1, Centerville 181. 2, Groveton, 135.5. 3, Lovelady, 134. 4, Grapeland 66. 5, Jewett Leon 46.5. 6, Latexo 30. 7. Slocum 0.

100 dash

Fifth, Phoenix Bowman, Groveton, 11.57.

400 dash

Fifth, James Williams, Groveton, 56.68.6, Halston French, Centerville, 56.75.

1600 run

Second, Jarrett Loftin, Groveton, 5:21.59; sixth, Caden Alexander, Groveton, 5:26.56.

3200 run

Second, Jarrett Loftin, Groveton, 11:52; fifth, Caden Alexander, Groveton, 12:07.

110 hurdles

Fourth, King Jones, Groveton, 18.56; fifth, Ian Utz, Groveton, 19.18.

300 hurdles

Fourth, King Jones, Groveton, 45.37. 5, Tuff Reynolds, Groveton, 46.34.

4x100 relay

Third, Groveton (Phoenix Bowman, Byron Thomas, David Ayala, Malachi Stewart), 45.31. 4.

4x200 relay

Second, Groveton (Navid Pat, Bryon Thomas, David Ayala, Malachi Stewart), 1:36.88.

4x400 relay

Third, Groveton (David Ayala, Navid Pat, Chase Blair, Haden Lee), 3:47.52.

Long Jump

Sixth, James Williams, Groveton, 17-9 ¾.

Shot put

First, Tyler Allen, Groveton, 40-2.

Discus

Third, Tyler Allen, Groveton, 99-10 ½.

Triple jump

Third, Chase Blair, Groveton, 37-2 ½; fourth, Navid Pat, Groveton, 37-1; fifth, James Williams, Groveton, 36-11 ½.

High jump

Fourth, Malachi Stewart, Groveton, 5-8; fifth, Chase Vycital, Groveton, 5-6.

Pole vault

Second, Dalton Chandler, Groveton, 10-0; third, Haden Lee, Groveton, 9-0.

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Lady Tigers advance 5 to regionals (VIDEO)

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                               JASON CHLAPEK I TCNS Trinity athlete Shelby Walters clears her height during the Districts 23/24-3A Area Meet on April 12 in Coldspring. Walters won the event with a vault of 9 feet.

By Jason Chlapek

COLDSPRING — April 12 was a banner day for Trinity athletes Shania English and Shelby Walters.

English was part of a trio of fourth-place finishes and Walters won her event at the Districts 23/24-3A Area Meet last week in Coldspring. The top four finishers in each event qualified for the Region III-Class 3A Meet Friday and Saturday at Midway High School in Waco.

English finished fourth in the girls high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), 400-meter run (1:06.38), and ran a leg on the fourth-place 400-meter relay team (53.60). Joining English on the 400 relay were Yasmin Moore, Anaya Weathersby and MyOna Wilson.

Walters won the pole vault with a vault of 9 feet. She didn’t start vaulting until the height reached 7 feet, and Walters cleared the height with ease to clinch the area title in the event.

The second-place finisher in the girls pole vault cleared 6-6, but failed to clear 7 feet. The top two finishers and top third-place finish statewide in each event at the region meet qualify for the state track and field meet May 6-8 in Austin.

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Lifter taking next step up the mountain

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042221 powerlifter 2COURTESY PHOTO Kailyn “KK” Fisher show off the hardware she’s won during her journey to becoming the state champion powerlifter this year.

By Tony Farkas

TRINITY — Kailyn Fisher said it’s good to be at the top, especially for a state as grand as Texas.

The Trinity High School junior won’t be stopping there, as she has set her sights on a national competition, set for June 2-3 in San Antonio.

Kailyn, or KK as she’s known, is following in her older sister Deanna’s footsteps after watching her lift, and her happiness doing it.

“I love doing what I do, and I love making people happy,” she said.

Powerlifting Coach Forrest Reddick said he had the privilege of coaching both sisters. At a recent school board meeting, he listed her numerous accomplishments.

“Deanna was my first star,” Reddick said. “We would be down on the floor getting ready to lift, and we’d look up in the stands and there would be this kid, laying across two or three sets of bleachers, dead asleep. Four years later, KK’s freshman year, she went undefeated in her regular invitational meets, came in second place at regionals and came in third at state behind some senior girls.”

In her sophomore year, KK went undefeated in all invitational meets, became regional champion and set three records for bench, deadlift and a totals record with 1,230 pounds.

Reddick said Kailyn qualified for the state meet, but that was cancelled because of COVID.

For this year, she again was undefeated in invitational meets, again was regional champion where she was named most outstanding lifter, and at state set a personal best with a squat of 520 pounds, benched 285 pounds, and deadlifted a personal best of 450 pounds to break the state record of total weight of 1,255 pounds.

“I knew I would do well, I was confident,” Kailyn said. “We were looking at the stats going in to the tournament, and knew I would do well, but I didn’t think I would outdo everyone from 1A to 6A.”

042221 powerlifterCOURTESY PHOTO Kailyn Fisher poses with her coach, Forrest Reddick, after the state meet this year.

Reddick said that he went back through all the totals, and KK had the best lift of all weight classes this year.

Trinity School Superintendent John Kaufman praised Kailyn’s accomplishments, but also said he was a role model.

“Ms. Fisher has accomplished a task that no one in Trinity has accomplished,” he said. “I am extremely proud of her, and I’m even more proud of her as a student leader.”

With all of her success competing this year, Kailyn, after at the Scarlet Showdown in New Caney on April 10, was invited by the U.S. Powerlifting Association to compete at the national level.

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Centerville enjoys successful season

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041521 baseball 2TONY FARKAS | TCNS Groveton right fielder Reese White beats the pickoff back to first base during the Indians’ 19-1 win over Apple Springs on April 6.

Special to the News-Standard

CENTERVILLE — On March 23, Centerville pulled off a 14-1 win against the Apple Springs Eagles.

Starting pitcher for the Bulldogs was Aydn Self, squaring off against the Eagles’ Dakota Campbell. Self went five innings with five strikeouts, and giving up one run; while Campbell pitched four and picked up seven strikeouts, while allowing 11 runs.

Closing pitcher for the Eagles was Daniel Johnson, who gave up three runs with one strikeout.

For the Bulldogs, Self went 3-for-3 with a double and two singles and five stolen bases; Logan Villanueva went 2-for-3 and three stolen bases; and Weston Dial, Ty Havard, Anthony Commiato, Ethan Rutledge and Logan Whittlesey each contributed hits as well.

The win put Centerville’s record at 4-1 on the season.

On March 16, Centerville downed the North Zulch Bulldogs 13-12.

On March 12, Centerville downed the Richards Panthers 13-11 in extra innings.

The Bulldogs and Panthers were tied 11-11 at the bottom of the sixth. Neither team scored in the seventh; in the eighth, Travis Thorne was on base after a walk, and lead-off batter Aydn Self clobbered a homer to bring the Bulldogs score up to 13.

Starting pitcher Self went five innings and recorded five strikeouts.

Logan Villanueva, Weston Dial, Travis Thorne and Logan Whittlesey each contributed hits in the win.

 

Scores roundup

Apple Springs

April 12 vs. Wells, 3-2 win

April 9 vs. Centerville, 20-0 loss

April 6 vs. Groveton, 19-1 loss

April 1 vs. Douglass, 29-0 loss

Centerville

April 9 vs. Apple Springs, 20-0 win

Groveton

April 9 vs. Douglass, 10-9 win

April 6 vs. Apple Springs, 19-1 win

Trinity

April 9 vs. Tarkington, 16-1 loss.

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