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2011 Azalea Orthopedics All-Star Classic Announces Team Rosters

The Azalea Orthopedics All-Star high school basketball players for the games on Saturday April 2 have been selected. The 2011 Games will be at the Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College campus. The game, which is in its eighth year, is sponsored by Azalea Orthopedics. The Classic gives high school seniors in the East Texas area the opportunity to showcase their talent for colleges and hometown fans. “We are pleased to announce this year’s All- Star roster for both the girls and boys for the All-Star Classic,” said Dan Fuller, Azalea head athletic trainer and coordinator of the annual event. They are as follows:

2011 Girls East All-star Team

CeCe Jimmerson – Daingerfield
LeAundra Jackson – Mineola
Ashley Gadson – Sabine
Tasia Washington – Robert E. Lee
Amber Langhoff – Winnsboro
Alex Smith – Jacksonville
Christina Hatten – Bullard
Ally Covalt – Bullard
Sarah Cargill – Lindale
Kayley Coggin – Whitehouse

Head Coach: Dana Irvin – Daingerfield
Assistant Coach: Katy Baskins – Daingerfield
Assistant Coach: Engra Patt – Daingerfield

2011 Girls West All-star Team

Jamie Manis – LaPoynor
Joanna Daniel – Martins Mill
Emily Williams – Martins Mill
Amanda Rucker – Grand Saline
Cambridge Bosworth – All Saints
Cassy Maxvill – Rains
LaKrystal Robertson – John Tyler
Sara Springer – Mabank
Alex Jenkins – Buffalo
Hillary Shaffer – Brownsboro

Head Coach: Keith Durrett – LaPoynor
Assistant Coach: Kody Evans – LaPoynor
Assistant Coach: Dean Nuckolls – LaPoynor

2011 Boys East All-star Team

Taylor Tucker – Robert E. Lee
Jonathan Jones – Henderson
Connor Sharp – White Oak
Craig Schamback – Grace
James Jordan – West Rusk
Andrew Brown – Arp
Luke McElroy – Arp
John Brisco – Pine Tree
Tradarreon Moreland – Jacksonville
Nick Palmer – Whitehouse

Head Coach: Burt Langley – West Rusk
Assistant Coach: Justin Hunley – West Rusk
Assistant Coach: John Eastman – West Rusk

2011 Boys West All-star Team

CJ Wagner – Cayuga
Dalvin Campbell – Cayuga
Trent Jurica – Wills Point
TC Green – Mabank
Taylor Phelps – Grand Saline
Desmond Bowie – Athens
Nick Monmouth – Athens
McMichael Jamison – John Tyler
Phillip Jordan – John Tyler

Head Coach: Jeremy Jenkins – Cayuga
Assistant Coach: Matt Nally – Frankston

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. April 2. The girl’s game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. with the boy’s game to follow at approximately 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $6.00 for adult and $3.00 for children under the age of 10.

All proceeds from the All-Star game are donated to the Bethesda Clinic.

TJC Falls To Coffeyville 27-10

The Tyler Junior College Apaches fell in their season opener Saturday night losing to Coffeyville,KS 27-10 on the road in Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Apaches trailed 20-3 at halftime before cuttingt the lead to 20-10 in the 3rd but could never get any closer.

The Apaches lone touchdown came on a five yard grab from Lufkin’s Quin Trimble in 3rd. Trimble lead all receivers in the contest with six grabs for 107 yards.

Up next for TJC will be a home date with rival Kilgore at TMF Rose Stadium next Saturday. The Ravens stay home to face Dodge City.

Former JT Lion Teddy Williams Signs with Cowboys

Former John Tyler Lion Teddy Williams hadn’t played football in five years, but the Dallas Cowboys signed him Thursday and he was on the practice field in uniform by the afternoon workout at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Click here to listen to his interview with KTBB’s Bill Coates and Jamie Lent.

The Cowboys will give the 22-year-old former Texas-San Antonio track star a shot to play defensive back and become a return specialist.

He got plenty of instruction Thursday from Cowboys secondary coach Dave Campo and had the chance to go one-on-one against some of the best Cowboys receivers including Lufkin native Dez Bryant and Pro-Bowler Miles Austin.

The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Williams was a four-time All-America sprinter. He ran a wind-aided 9.90-second 100 meters in 2009 and has reportedly been clocked at 4.31 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Williams, who worked out for the Cowboys earlier this week, last played football as a wide receiver at John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas. Williams’ high school football career ended when he broke his ankle in the fourth game of his senior season.

Williams joins fellow East Texans Manny Johnson (Gilmer), Stephen Hodge (Tatum) Dez Bryant (Lufkin) and Montrae Holland (Jefferson) currently on the Cowboys training camp roster.

The Cowboys cut punter/kicker Delbert Alvarado, an undrafted rookie, to make room for Williams.

Cuban Says NBA Should Examine How Heat Got Big 3

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says the NBA should examine how free agents LeBron James(notes), Chris Bosh(notes) and Dwyane Wade(notes) all ended up with the Miami Heat.

Cuban tells a group of reporters at the NBA’s summer league in Las Vegas that he intends to ask the league’s Board of Governors to inquire about the situation.

According to a story posted on the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s website Sunday, Cuban says the league needs to develop more definitive rules governing the issue of player tampering.

NBA owners are scheduled to meet Monday in Las Vegas.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have no plans to push for an NBA probe into the circumstances that led to LeBron James joining Team USA colleagues Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, according to sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking.

NBA commissioner David Stern said Sunday that the league would investigate the Heat’s signings of James and Bosh for any illegal negotiating or planning before free agency officially started if the Cavaliers or Toronto Raptors make that request.

Reached Sunday by ESPN, Stern said: “Whenever a team lodges a tampering charge, it is investigated.”

The Cavaliers declined official comment Sunday, but one source briefed on Cleveland’s intentions told ESPN.com that — in the wake of owner Dan Gilbert’s vitriolic open letter to Cavs fans that slammed James for leaving his home-state team — the organization wants to try to keep the focus from here on its post-James future as much as possible.

Toronto likewise declined comment, but one source with knowledge of the Raptors’ thinking indicated that they will not press for an inquiry, either, preferring to let league officials decide if any sanctions are warranted with regard to recent acknowledgements from the three players that they have been talking about teaming up for some time.

Stern also declined further comment but is expected to expound on the subject Monday night when he is scheduled to meet with reporters in Las Vegas following an owners meeting devoted to the league’s ongoing labor negotiations with the NBA Players Association.

Although labor matters were initially expected to dominate the agenda, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Friday that he intends to push for renewed discussion about the league’s tampering rules and how they are enforced.

Concerns about this issue have been mounting since an ESPN.com report in late June that James, Wade and Bosh met face-to-face before free agency to discuss their plans. Yet the league’s general position has been that players are not subject to the same tampering restrictions as teams except for “the most egregious cases,” when it can be proven that a player was operating as a direct extension of team management.

Miami’s counter to any tampering claims figures to center on the premise that James, Wade and Bosh have openly dreamt of playing together at some level since the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and that the Heat turned out to be the only team in the league in the long-anticipated summer of LeBron that had the requisite salary-cap space to sign all three players.

The Heat will also undoubtedly point to the fact the Cavaliers and Raptors — to ensure that neither team lost its franchise player without compensation — just willingly completed sign-and-trade deals with Miami for James and Bosh.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported in Sunday’s editions that James, Wade and Bosh actually hatched the idea of playing together during a stint with Team USA in the summer of 2006 at the World Championships in Japan, which contributed to each of them signing new contracts in 2007 containing an opt-out clause after three seasons to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2010.

Tensions nonetheless remain high in various cities around the league, starting obviously with Cleveland, some 72 hours after James announced in a one-hour special on ESPN that he would be leaving the Cavaliers after seven seasons to play alongside Wade and Bosh.

A comment made by Bosh at a welcoming rally Friday night in Miami has only fueled accusations that the three stars began plotting their joint move to South Florida well before they were technically allowed to. Bosh initially told the assembled crowd that the trio had been talking about landing with the same team for “months” before catching himself and amending that statement to “days.”

Cuban told a group of reporters Friday at the NBA’s annual summer league in Las Vegas that he would urge Stern to look into the matter whether or not Cleveland or Toronto asks, saying: “I’m going to bring it up to the league that we really do have to re-evaluate the issue of player tampering. Who knows what will happen? But I have to suggest it to them because there has to be more definitive rules.

“It’s not just the Cavs,” Cuban continued. “It could be any team. It could be the Heat in a couple years. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. But there has to be a way to keep these guys away from each other for the last week anyway.”

Wade and Bosh are represented by the same agent — Chicago-based Henry Thomas — and were together throughout the league’s moratorium period between July 1-7 when teams and free agents could meet and negotiate deals to the point of reaching agreements in principle. Thursday was the first day that teams and players could actually execute new contracts.

James and two of his closest advisors — business manager Maverick Carter and agent Leon Rose — took a different approach, inviting six teams to the Cleveland area to make their pitches over a three-day span before committing to the Heat.

But James and Wade acknowledged at a press conference Friday night that the three players were in frequent contact as they finalized their decisions where to sign, with the information flow also facilitated by the fact that Thomas joined Rose at CAA in July 2009.

Wade acknowledged Friday night that what he termed as “the possibility” that all three stars could someday wind up on the same team was established “a long time ago.”

Stern, however, has made it clear that he would not punish player-to-player interaction with the same vigor that the league threatens to punish team contact with players that they don’t employ, suggesting that it is unrealistic to try to put limits on or police player fraternization.

At the NBA Finals, when asked about the prospect of various top free agents holding a so-called “summit” — as Wade playfully suggested to the Chicago Tribune in late May — Stern said he would not try to stop it or punish participants for getting together.

“They can have it,” Stern said on June 3.

ESPN.com reported June 28 that James, Wade and Bosh held a scaled-down version of the summit to seriously discuss the prospect of playing together with the Heat.

Sources in the initial report told ESPN.com that the sitdown took place in Miami during the weekend before July 1, which was subsequently denied strenuously by Thomas. But sources close to the process reconfirmed to ESPN.com on Wednesday that the players convened at least one face-to-face meeting before July 1, except that sources now acknowledge that the meeting was on James’ Northeast Ohio turf on the Saturday before the NBA draft.

The Plain Dealer reported in Sunday’s editions that Wade flew with Bosh to Akron to meet at James home, where Wade– still under contract to the Heat — pointed out that only Miami had the cap space to afford all three players.

The newspaper also reported that the Cavaliers were aware of a November meeting Heat president Pat Riley had with James and Michael Jordan in Miami, with Jordan in town to do some Nike work with Wade. But Cleveland, according to the Plain-Dealer, did not register a tampering complaint with the league about the meeting, believing that Riley’s primary purpose was convincing James that more modern players need to pay homage to Jordan, who at the time had not yet become majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

After James’ Cavaliers beat Wade’s Heat on Nov. 12, with Riley and Jordan watching together courtside, James made the announcement that he no longer wants to wear No. 23 and that all players, in a bow to Jordan, should forsake that number.

Bagwell Taking Over as Astros Hitting Coach

Former Astros All-Star Jeff Bagwell is taking over as Houston’s hitting coach after the team fired Sean Berry on Sunday.

Berry became “a victim of circumstances” as the offense sputtered this season, general manager Ed Wade said. He believes the offense can do more and hopes Bagwell helps that happen.

“We know we can get better, but we also know there are players here that should be better and hopefully with a different voice in Jeff Bagwell, they’ll recognize the measure of accountability that they have in this whole process so we will get better,” Wade said.

Bagwell had been thinking about what his next challenge would be when Wade approached him about the position.

“There comes a point in time where you realize you have to do something and that your life has to go on,” Bagwell said. “I’m 42 years old and it’s time for me to do something else. This is what I know. I know baseball. Hopefully we’re going to find out in a couple of months that I know a little about hitting too.”

The move gives Houston hitters a chance to work with one of the most beloved and successful players in franchise history.

In 15 seasons with the Astros, the former first baseman set club records with 449 home runs and 1,529 RBIs. Bagwell was the National League rookie of the year in 1991, the NL’s MVP in 1994 and a four-time All-Star.

Berry, who has been the hitting coach the past five seasons, was given a chance to remain with the franchise in a development role. He hadn’t decided if he’ll accept that opportunity.

Bagwell hasn’t been promised anything past this season and said the remainder of this year will be a sort of test for him.

“This is 2 1/2 months to see if I’m any good at it, can I get some results out of these guys and ultimately is this something that I want to do full time,” he said.

Wade knows great players don’t necessarily make good coaches, but believes Bagwell will be successful after what he’s shown working with the team as special assistant to the general manager since retiring in 2006.

“He’s very levelheaded,” Wade said. “He communicates very well, particularly with regard to the nuances of the game. We’ve seen him have a significant impact on some of our minor league hitters with the information he’s able to convey. So he’s got the interest and the passion in doing this and we think it’s appropriate to give him the opportunity to see if it works or not.”

Bagwell was not in uniform for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals and will join the team Thursday in Pittsburgh for a workout. Houston starts the second half on Friday.

“Fans love Bagwell, so that’s the first thing. He’s a legend here,” center fielder Michael Bourn said. “(He) did a lot of damage here, so of course he knows how to hit.”

The Astros entered Sunday’s game with the second-worst batting average in the majors (.237), the worst on-base percentage (.295) and tied for 28th with just 57 home runs. Only Seattle and Pittsburgh have fewer hits than the 691 that Houston has managed this year.

“This is going to be interesting,” Bagwell said. “I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I’m going to try to prepare the guys the best I can so that when they get in that batter’s box, they have the best opportunity to succeed.”

Star slugger Lance Berkman entered Sunday’s game hitting .252 and cleanup hitter Carlos Lee is batting .238. Each has 12 home runs. Second baseman Jeff Keppinger has the best average in Houston’s starting lineup at .279.

Berkman said it stings to know the struggles of the offense cost Berry his job.

“I haven’t hit and Carlos hasn’t hit like he can and others haven’t and it’s not Sean’s fault,” Berkman said. “It’s one of those things that when things aren’t going well with the players, you have to shake something up and the most expendable pieces a lot of times are the coaching staff.”

Though he was disappointed to see Berry leave, Berkman looks forward to working with Bagwell.

“Jeff has always been one of my mentors in the game and I’m excited that he’s going to be around more,” Berkman said. “I told him (Saturday) that he helps me more than anybody even when he’s not around just from all the things that he told me during the time that we played together. So it will be great to have him around and have his expertise available.”

Rangers Get Lefty Cliff Lee From Mariners For Smoak

Cliff Lee was going to a contender no matter what. Turns out it was the Texas Rangers, not the New York Yankees. “Just heard from [Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik],” Lee texted to ESPN The Magazine’s Amy K. Nelson. “It’s official. From last [place] to first.”

After talks between the Seattle Mariners and Yanks fell apart Friday afternoon, the Rangers jumped in and reached agreement on a trade for the left-hander.

The M’s sent Lee and reliever Mark Lowe to Texas for first baseman Justin Smoak and minor-leaguers Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Matthew Lawson.

The Mariners will also send $2.5 million to the Rangers to subsidize the $4 million still owed to Lee. Texas has financial limitations due to bankruptcy hearings associated with the sale of the team. There has been speculation that the Rangers — despite leading the AL West — would not be able to add weapons for the stretch run.

Lee is 8-3 with a 2.34 ERA this season for the Mariners, his first in Seattle. The Phillies traded him this offseason after acquiring Roy Halladay.

Lee won the Cy Young while with Cleveland in 2008. Over nine seasons he is 98-55 with a 3.84 ERA.

It’s unusual for a team to trade a start pitcher within it’s own division, but the Mariners have been a huge disappointment. Heading into Friday’s action, they trailed the Rangers by 16 games.

When asked how he felt about the deal, Lee texted “good I guess. Gonna be on a very good team. Definitely gonna be hot!”

The Yankees had offered Seattle a three-player package, centered around catcher Jesus Montero — who is rated as one of the best prospects in baseball, despite questions about whether he can be a catcher in the big leagues — second baseman David Adams and a young prospect.

But the deal began to unravel, a source told ESPN.com, when the Mariners became concerned about the health of Adams, who is out with a sprained ankle.

A source told ESPN.com that Seattle and Texas were very close to a deal for Lee on Wednesday. But the Mariners were pushing for Smoak, the Rangers balked and that deal stalled.

So on Thursday, the Mariners turned their attention to the Yankees and began closing in on that deal. But when those talks blew up, the Rangers — who by then were aware of all the reports about that Seattle-New York deal — got back into the picture and agreed to trade Smoak. So the pieces came together very quickly at that point because the two teams almost had a deal done 48 hours earlier.

And now Lee is on his way to Arlington.

“Bout to go get my stuff from the field,” he texted. “Gonna miss my teammates and coaching staff! Good people!”

ETBU Football Returns From Summer Trip to Ukraine

A group of East Texas Baptist University football players, along with head coach Mark Sartain, enjoyed a week-long stay in the Ukraine last month serving at Open Doors Christian Camp just outside Chernigov, Ukraine.

The trip was designed to allow the Tigers to help with the renovation of a camp dormitory while also providing interaction with youth at the former Soviet-era Communist youth indoctrination facility.

“It turned out better than I could even have hoped,” said Sartain, whose team of five current and former Tigers helped pour concrete flooring on the third floor of the old camp dormitory. “You can plan all you want for things such as this but you never truly know what to expect. But the entire week for us in the Ukraine was a tremendous blessing.”

Advancing Native Missions is the same organization that first used the Tiger team with a project in Croatia back in 2008. ETBU players and coaches were set for another overseas trip last summer but were detained at Heathrow Airport in London due to visa problems and were never allowed into England to complete the trip.

There were no such problems this trip, Sartain said, although his team spent over 30 layover hours in airports around the world, including a 12-hour stop in New York City on the return flight home. Jet lag aside, however, he said the group wouldn’t have traded the experience for the world, especially with what took place in the Ukraine.

“Over 20 youth accepted Christ on the fourth night of the camp, and our guys were able to take part in that experience,” Sartain said. “These kinds of experiences change your perspective on how God uses people to reach others and reminds you that He is God and what He can do. After a trip like this you become more sensitive to your own condition as well.”

The work part of the Ukraine trip consisted of a construction project on the third floor of the camp dormitory. The camp is located about 45 miles outside of Chernobyl, the site of the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history on April 26, 1986. The old Soviet youth camp was considered heavily contaminated, and for years the Russian government tried to sell the property.

Protestant groups saw the site as potentially a Christian youth camp for orphans and disadvantaged children in the region, and churches in Ukraine with financial assistance from American churches organized a team of scientists to go to the site and conduct tests. After extensive research, it was concluded the site – despite being just minutes away from the nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl – was clean of any radioactive waste.

“It was as though God swept all the radiation and contamination away,” Sartain said.

The group of Ukrainian Christians was then able to purchase the property at a reduced price from the government, and has been remodeling the site ever since. Some of the progress has been painstakingly slow, with some buildings on site still largely untouched.

The ETBU team was brought in to mix and pour concrete on the new 5,000-square foot third floor of the dormitory, and despite early problems with the language barrier and a power outage, the Tigers were able to complete the work in just 3 ½ days. The team also took part in worship services at the camp at night.

“The camp is full of mostly street kids, low-income kids who have never before been witness to the Gospel,” Sartain said. “We’re talking about kids of ages from eight to about 17 who have never been in a church service of any kind, who certainly didn’t know how to act during one. It was a little distracting and frustrating at times. But by the end of the week God had moved in a big way and we had 20 of those kids accept Christ.”

“It was just a great experience for these guys and one that has affected them tremendously,” Sartain added. “Some of them are already talking about finding a way to go back.”

Ghana Dashes U.S.’ Cup Hopes in Extra Time

The nail-biter comeback wasn’t there this time. The U.S. soccer team relied on it once too often.

Life on the World Cup edge came to an exhausting and crushing end against a familiar foe Saturday night, when Ghana — led by Asamoah Gyan’s goal 3 minutes into overtime — posted a 2-1 victory Saturday at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa that ended a thrilling yet futile tournament for the United States.

“We tried to push and push,” U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra said. “I don’t know if we just didn’t have anything left because we had been pushing so much the entire tournament.”

Kevin-Prince Boateng put Ghana ahead when he stripped the ball from Ricardo Clark in the fifth minute and beat goalkeeper Tim Howard from 16 yards. It was the third time in four games the U.S. fell behind early, and once again the Americans rallied.

Landon Donovan tied the score with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute, his record fifth goal for the U.S. in World Cup play, after Jonathan Mensah pulled down East Texas native Clint Dempsey streaking in. But that was it.

Unlike the first-round come-from-behind draws against England and Slovenia, and Donovan’s memorable injury-time goal against Algeria that lifted the U.S. into the knockout phase, there was no offense left. The U.S. failed to take advantage of a relatively easy path to the semifinals.

Ghana, the only African team to advance past the first round of Africa’s first World Cup, eliminated the Americans for the second straight World Cup. The Black Stars joined Cameroon (1990) and Senegal (2002) as the only African teams to reach the quarterfinals and will play Uruguay for a berth in the semifinals, a round the U.S. has not reached since the first World Cup in 1930.

“A stinging, tough defeat,” said Bob Bradley, who faces an uncertain future as U.S. coach.

With former President Bill Clinton watching and Mick Jagger sitting next to him, the U.S. was done in by a porous defense and forwards who failed to score a single goal in four games.

“When you give up this many goals, you’re not going to go very far,” Bocanegra said.

All five U.S. goals in the tournament came from the team’s midfield backbone: three by Donovan, one by Nacogdoches’ Dempsey and one by Michael Bradley, the coach’s son.

In the first-ever extra time World Cup game for the U.S., Gyan got the winning goal when he took a long ball from Andre Ayew over the defense and beat Bocanegra, his teammate on the French club Rennes. Gyan let the ball bounce, took a touch with his chest, and with Jay DeMerit vainly trying to catch up, scored over goalkeeper Tim Howard with a left-footed shot from 16 yards.

“I had my angles right there. There no question about it,” Howard said. “He absolutely crushed it.”

The goal set off horn-honking celebrations in Ghana, a West Africa country nearly 3,000 miles away.

“We’ve made everybody proud,” Gyan said. “Not Ghana alone, but all of Africa.”

There was nothing to equal Donovan’s injury-time goal against Algeria that moved the Americans into the second round. The closest the U.S. came to tying it again was in the 98th minute, when Maurice Edu’s header off Donovan’s corner kick went wide.

With Howard pushed up, DeMerit’s desperation long shot in the final minutes went over the crossbar. Then Dempsey sent a header wide.

At the final whistle, Howard consoled Bocanegra and Maurice Edu collapsed to the ground. Donovan exchanged jerseys with a Ghana player and walked off the field, put on a coat, sat on the bench and hung his head.

“If we’re a little less naive tonight, we would have advanced,” said Donovan, at 28 in his prime and the best American player ever. “I said all along this was a young team and a relatively inexperienced team at this level.”

After Donovan tied the score with his American record 45th international goal, Jozy Altidore had the best opportunity. But he went wide in the 81st minute.

No American forward has scored in the World Cup since Brian McBride in 2002.

“Let’s face it, you count on your forwards,” Bradley said. “We need to get better at forward.”

While the U.S. came from behind to draw England 1-1 and Slovenia 2-2 in the first round, the Americans looked ragged this time. They go home pondering a World Cup that could have been so much more. They thrilled the large number of Americans who were the largest group of overseas ticket buyers, but failed to do as well as the 2002 team, which reached the quarterfinals in the best U.S. finish since 1930.

Following first-round elimination in 2006, an upset of European champion Spain in the semifinals of last year’s Confederations Cup in South Africa had raised expectations.

“We always understand the responsibility we have as a national team to show how far the game has come in the United States, to fight for respect,” Bradley said. “We certainly felt we moved things along with our performance in the Confederations Cup and as we went through the first round we felt that we were continuing to go in that direction.”

Because a growing fan base watched on television in record numbers, the loss was even more painful for a team still struggling for recognition both in the soccer world and among sports fans in America.

“Soccer can be a cruel game,” Donovan said. “Sometimes you’re at the top and sometimes you are at the bottom of the mountain.”

Ghana’s only two goals in the first round had been penalty kicks by Gyan, but Boateng, whose half-brother plays for Germany, quickly put the Black Stars ahead from the run of play. After stealing the ball from Clark at midfield, he sprinted in on DeMerit, cut to the outside and turned the defender around as Clark chased in vain.

Clark, who hadn’t played since the opener against England, was given a yellow card and was replaced by Maurice Edu in the 31st minute.

“He felt badly about the ball he lost. And I simply said, ‘That’s part of soccer,'” Bob Bradley recalled.

Benny Feilhaber replaced speedy but ineffective forward Robbie Findley at the start of the second half, with Dempsey moving up. Feilhaber immediately had a chance when Altidore tipped the ball to him, but a sliding goalkeeper Richard Kingson, who also foiled the U.S. four years ago, got a hand on it.

On his penalty kick, Donovan kneeled behind the ball in concentration, then clanked it in off the far post. With his third goal of the tournament and fifth in World Cup play, he surpassed Bert Partenaude (1930) as the American career leader.

“I thought we had a good grip,” Michael Bradley said “We were pushing the tempo. We were the ones getting chances.”

Herculez Gomez came in for Altidore at the start of extra time. But nothing worked. The supporters in red, white and blue wigs and Uncle Sam hats were as deflated as the players.

“It’s a feeling of disappointment for the team,” Bob Bradley said, “and also all our fans.”

Nac’s Damion James Lands in New Jersey

The Atlanta Hawks selected Texas forward and Nacogdoches native Damion James with the 24th overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night before exchanging him to New Jersey for one of the Nets’ two first-round picks, Xavier guard Jordan Crawford, the No. 27 pick.

The 6-foot-7 James, a strong rebounder in college, averaged 18 points and 10.3 rebounds as a senior with the Longhorns. It was his third straight season with at least 9 rebounds per game.

James entered the 2009 draft before returning for his senior season.

In the trade, that gives Atlanta more depth behind free-agent guard Joe Johnson, the Hawks also obtained rights to 7-foot-1 center Tibur Pleiss of Germany, drafted by the Nets with the No. 31 pick. The Hawks traded Pleiss to Oklahoma City for financial considerations.

The Nets took Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors with their first pick at No. 3.

Crawford led Xavier with a 20.5 point average.

Four East Texans Chosen on Day 2 of MLB Draft

Tuesday was Day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft and four East Texans were picked.

Bullard native and Texas A&M shortstop Brodie Green went to the Cincinnati Reds in 4th round. Logan Chitwood, a junior right-handed pitcher at UT Tyler and a Kilgore grad, was chosen by the Oakland A’s in the 19th. The Indians picked right-handed pitcher Burch Smith, a Robert E. Lee grad who now plays at Howard College, in the 20th round. Finally, another righty Scott Copeland of White Oak, who now pitches for Southern Mississippi, goes to the Orioles in the 21st.

Henderson’s hard throwing right-handed pitcher Tyrell Jenkins was selected Monday night by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 50th overall pick, the last selection in the supplemental portion of the first round.

Jenkins will now have until August to make a big decision. He signed a national letter of intent to play football and baseball at Baylor back in February. He now must choose between pro-baseball or the Bears.

On the second day of the 2010 MLB first-year player draft, UT Tyler junior right-hander Logan Chitwood was selected with the 575th overall pick in the 19th round by the Oakland Athletics.

“It’s an incredible feeling that I’ve waited all my life for,” Chitwood said. “Just to hear my name called is an awesome feeling. I’m going to fight for a position and work my hardest and do whatever I can to help the organization.”

When he signs, Chitwood will become the 22nd player in the James Vilade era to ink a professional contract. Behind Nate Jennings, who was a 15th Round selection by Toronto in 2007, Chitwood is the second highest draft pick to come out of UT Tyler. Terms of the deal will be negotiated on Friday.

In his only season with the Patriots, Chitwood went 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA and was tied for third in the ASC with six saves. He struck out a team-high 53 against just eight walks, holding opponents to a .229 average in 34 2/3 innings.

UT Tyler finished the season 36-12 with a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Wyczawski Named UT Tyler Baseball Coach

Paul Wyczawski has been named the new head baseball coach at UT Tyler. Dr. Howard Patterson, Vice President for Student Affairs, announced Monday.

Wyczawski (WHY-CHOW-SKI) becomes the program’s second head coach after serving the previous six seasons as assistant coach at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., where he assembled one of the top pitching staffs in the Ohio Valley Conference. He also served as the Racers’ recruiting coordinator.

“We are excited to have selected Paul Wyczawski as UT Tyler’s next baseball coach,” Patterson said. “Coach Wyczawski impressed the screening committee with his experience, personality and commitment to the student-athlete. He has a broad background of experience and I believe he will be an excellent fit to take over the helm of UT Tyler’s nationally competitive baseball program. He is very personable, an extremely hard worker and someone who has a great knowledge of the game of baseball.”

Patterson noted that UT Tyler received almost 150 applications from across the country, including many current college head and assistant coaches and a number of very successful high school coaches.

Wyczawski, who takes over the Patriots’ program from James Vilade, brings more than 25 years of coaching experience to UT Tyler and has helped tutor 21 players who have gone on to sign professional contracts, including six players that have gone on to the major leagues.

“I am very humbled and excited to be named the next head baseball coach at The University of Texas at Tyler. It is a tremendous opportunity and challenge, and one that I am extremely excited to begin,” Wyczawski said. “The opportunity to lead a program of UT Tyler’s stature is a dream come true. Coach Vilade has developed a nationally recognized program and it is my goal to continue that success and build on it.”

Prior to his time in Murray, Wyczawski spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Hillcrest Christian School in Jackson, Miss. In his tenure with the Cougars, Wyczawski posted a record of 252-73 and captured three-straight state championships from 1996-98. In that time, the Cougars posted an astonishing 95-11 record. Wyczawski also led Hillcrest to state runner-up finishes in 1999 and 2003.

More than 30 of Wyczawski’s players went on to play collegiate baseball, including six in the SEC. Seth Smith (2002) and Stephen Head (2003) went on to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors before helping the US National Team to a bronze medal finish in the 2003 Pan American Games.

Wyczawski has also served as an associate scout for the Texas Rangers (1996-2003) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1994-1995).

Wyczawski began his coaching career in 1984 as the head coach at Yankton College (S.D.).

After one season at Yankton, Wyczawski spent five seasons as the head coach at Peru State (Neb.). He inherited a team that went 6-30 the season before he arrived and posted a career record of 108-100, including five trips to the NAIA postseason tournament.

Wyczawski left Peru State after the 1990 season and joined legendary coach Ron Polk’s staff as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State. Wyczawski served as the assistant pitching coach and bullpen coach on two NCAA Regional Tournament teams.

In his time in Starkville, Wyczawski helped tutor first-round draft picks Jay Powell (Texas Rangers), Carlton Loewer (San Diego Padres) and B.J. Wallace (Montreal Expos).

Wyczawski played his collegiate ball at South Dakota State where he was a two-time letterwinner for the Jackrabbits. As a senior, Wyczawski served as a team captain and earned All-North Central Conference honors after hitting .375 with 22 runs scored, 20 walks and eight stolen bases. He was also named academic All-NCC in 1981.

Wyczawski spent three summers working in his hometown of New Ulm, Minn., as an American Legion coach. He helped guide former Oakland A’s all-star Terry Steinbach during the summer of 1980.

Wyczawski graduated from SDSU in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical recreation. He received his master’s degree in physical education from South Dakota in 1984 and his second master’s degree from Mississippi State in 1991 in educational leadership.

Wyczawski takes over at UT Tyler from Vilade who announced his resignation in March and is leaving UT Tyler to become vice president of the Premiere Baseball Academy in Dallas and a scout with the Florida Marlins.

“I am very impressed with the genuine concern Dr. Patterson and the committee had for the student-athletes at UT Tyler. The passion that they have to be successful, not just in baseball, but in all aspects of the educational process was very evident and something that really impressed me,” Wyczawski said. “I was also drawn in to the passion they have for developing well rounded student-athletes that succeed in the classroom and in the community.”

Since the inception of the UT Tyler baseball program in 2004, the Patriots have amassed a 230-65 record, including five American Southwest Conference East Division championships, two ASC titles and two appearances in the NCAA tournament.

Wyczawski will begin at UT Tyler later this month.

A look at Coach Wyczawski…

2003-2010: Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator at Murray State University
1992-2003: Head Coach at Hillcrest Christian (Jackson, Miss.)
1996-2003: Associate Scout for Texas Rangers
1994-1995: Associate Scout for Pittsburgh Pirates
1990-2002: Assistant Coach at Mississippi State University
1985-1990: Head Coach at Peru State College
1983-1985: Head Coach at Yankton College
B.S. from South Dakota State (Physical Education)
M.A. from South Dakota (Physical Education)
M.Ed. from Mississippi State (Educational Leadership)

TJC Volleyball Coach Dana Hatch to Retire

Coach Dana Hatch, the only women’s volleyball coach in Tyler Junior College history, has announced her resignation as the College’s volleyball coach, effective July 1.

Hatch, who started the program from scratch in 1996, has been one of the most successful volleyball coaches in the NJCAA. Prior to the 2009 season, Hatch was eighth in wins among all NJCAA Division 1 active volleyball coaches. She captured 347 wins in fourteen years at TJC with a .602 winning percentage. Including her high school coaching career, Coach Hatch has won over 600 volleyball matches.

All-Americans coached by Hatch include Angela Robinson (honorable mention, 2009), Leticia Kuhn (1st team, 2007), and Felicia Thompson (honorable mention, 2002).

She won two Conference Championships (2002,2007), and one Regional Championship (2002). Coach Hatch’s 2002-2003 squad was her most successful team on the court, winning the District Title and advancing to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. The squad finished with a 41-13 record, which still ranks as the most wins in a season in school history.

“I couldn’t have picked a better place or people to have spent the final years of my career. I believe Tyler Junior College allowed me to be the best possible coach that I could be.” Hatch said.

“I deeply respect the job that Coach Hatch has done for Tyler Junior College and our athletic program,” said Athletic Director Dr. Tim Drain. “She brought a tremendous amount of passion and fire to her job, and she loved working for TJC. She obviously succeeded on the court, but her influence off the court with her players and the life lessons that she taught is what I will always remember and value. I wish Dana and her husband Larry all the best in their future endeavors, including continuing their Trail Creek Christmas Tree farm in Lindale (trailcreekfarmfun.com).”

Hatch served as teacher and coach at Chapel Hill High School during the 1995-96 school year. She previously served as teacher and coach at Austin High School in Austin, 1992-95; and as teacher and coach at Tascosa High School, Amarillo, 1979-1992.

She was named the Mizuno Coach of the Year and the Austin American-Statesman Coach of the Year in 1992; was the Texas Girls Coaches Association All Star Coach in 1985 and 1988, was the Texas Girls Coaches Association volleyball chairman in 1990. She was the Texas Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1992-93. Hatch was honored with a Special Achievement Award by the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and 1982, and has served as clinic speaker and volleyball camp clinician for a host of clinics and coaches associations.

Dana Hatch Tyler Junior College Record Through the Years

1996-1997 3-17
1997-1998 17-18
1998-1999 27-14
1999-2000 29-17
2000-2001 29-17
2001-2002 37-16
2002-2003 41-13
2003-2004 27-19
2004-2005 22-18
2005-2006 25-22
2006-2007 22-21
2007-2008 34-6
2008-2009 15-16
2009-2010 19-15

TOTAL 347-229

LeTourneau Names Terri Deike New A.D.

Just four months after Terri Deike was named LeTourneau University’s senior woman administrator for athletics, she has now been named the new Yellow Jacket athletic director, according to Executive Vice President for Business and Administration Bill McDowell on Tuesday. Deike’s promotion is effective immediately.

Deike, who came to LeTourneau from the University of Texas in Tyler, will keep the title of senior woman administrator in addition to her promotion to athletic director.

“We are excited to have a person with Terri’s abilities, experience and passion,” McDowell said. “Terri Deike is genuine. She’s the real thing. She loves people, loves athletics and knows what it means to build winning programs. I am delighted to have her lead the athletic department for LeTourneau University.”

Prior to coming to LeTourneau, Deike was the head women’s basketball coach at UT-Tyler where she amassed a 90-61 record, including guiding her teams to ASC East Division Championships in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2007-08. She earned the ASC East Co-Coach of the Year after the 2005-06 season.

While at UT Tyler, Deike was responsible for leading the school through the four-year NCAA provisional membership process. That helped gained active membership status as a result of reports, policies and procedures created and instituted under her leadership.

Deike, a veteran of the East Texas high school basketball ranks, coached at Whitehouse, Hallsville, Belton and Overton, spending 22 years as varsity head coach before becoming UT-Tyler’s first head coach. She spent 11 years at Whitehouse, where she guided the school to the District Championship in 1990-91 and 1993-94. Her 1991-92 team was District Runner-Up. Deike’s 1995-96 and 1997-98 teams won the Bi-District Championships.

“I am honored to be named Athletic Director for LeTourneau University and look forward to working with the staff to move the department into a new era,” Deike said. “We have a great coaching staff dedicated to the overall educational and athletic experience of student-athletes. President Lunsford has a vision and passion for athletics that will enable us to reach new heights.

“I believe God has prepared me for this role after 30 years of public school coaching, teaching, and athletic administration duties and I am grateful for the opportunity,” she said.

Deike and her husband, Dale, have two children, Dylan and Taylor. Deike’s husband works for Anadarko Production Company. They live in Tyler.

Navarro Ends Apaches Season

Unfortunately, the third time was not the charm for the Tyler Junior College men’s basketball team Saturday night, as they fell to Navarro 69-59 in the quarterfinal round of the Region 14 Tournament at UT Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center. The loss to the Bulldogs is the third on the season for TJC and ends their year with a 18-11 mark. With the win, Navarro moves on to Sunday’s semi-final round where they will take 11th seeded Lee College and look to advance to their fourth straight Conference Championship game.

Malcolm Moore led the Apaches in the loss with 24 points and eight rebounds, but was the only TJC player in double figures. Shooting woes hampered the Apaches all night, as they shot a mere 33 per-cent for the game.

In other quarterfinal round action on Saturday, top seeded Paris cruised past Jacksonville 70-52 and Trinity Valley escaped Lamar St. 73-67. Those two teams will face off on Sunday at 6pm with a trip to the title game on the line.

TVCC Cuts Ties With Arrested Coach

KTBB sports has learned that suspended Trinity Valley Women’s basketball coach Bill Damuth will not be returning to his position at the school. Damuth had been on indefinite suspension after being charged with resisting arrest following a game at Blinn Junior College on February 10th.

Assistant Coach Elena Lovato will now coach the nationally-ranked Lady Cardinals on an interim basis for the remainder of the season. The team is currently 24-5 overall on the year and 15-2 in conference play.

TVCC will close out the regular season Wednesday at Kilgore and will be the number one seed in next week’s Region 14 tournament.

NFL Unveils Logo For 2011 Super Bowl

The North Texas Super Bowl Committee and the NFL unveiled the logo for Super Bowl XLV on Thursday morning, displaying Cowboys Stadium in the background with the Vince Lombardi Trophy sitting on top of the Roman numerals for the game.

There is a new logo for every Super Bowl, but starting with the 2011 Super Bowl, the theme of the logo will basically remain the same. The only differences from year to year are the stadium backdrop and the Roman numerals for the game.

NFL officials looked at eight designs before recently finalizing their choice. The NFL didn’t present it to North Texas officials until last week.

“It’s a unique mixture of icons that represents what this whole thing is all about. It’s well done,” said Bill Lively, the president and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host committee. “We’ve approached our mission not just for 45 but for many, many [Super Bowl] games to come.”

The NFL also announced it’s changing its postseason logo system and trophies.

The AFC and NFC Championship Game trophies will change from a brown base with an ‘A’ or ‘N’ on top of it surrounded by players layered on a wall, to silver trophies in the make of a football.

Playoff logos also will change to reflect the football as a trophy.

All of the new logos and trophies will take effect starting with the 2010 season.

“We feel that 45 is a special year,” said Mark Waller, chairman of marketing for the NFL. “It feels like it’s the perfect time to launch it.”

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