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Kilgore Holds off Tyler Junior College

By Bill Coates/KTBB Sports
The 113th meeting between the Kilgore College Rangers and Tyler Junior College Apaches came down to the final play on Saturday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Tyrik Rollison’s pass to Jeremy Chappelle was ruled out of bounds in the endzone and the Rangers held on to capture a 38-30 win.

Kilgore jumped on Tyler and built a 21-0 lead before the Apaches countered with a 25 yard scoring pass from Rollison to Ryan Young and a one yard run by Leroy Dobbins. The Rangers led 24-14 at the half and built the lead to 31-17 in the third quarter. Tyler answered with another Dobbins touchdown run and a 37 yard field goal by Christian Madrigal.

The game appeared to be out of reach when Kilgore’s Daniel Lopez returned a Tyler fumble to stretch the lead to 38-24. The Apaches fired back with a 58 yard pass from Rollison to Chappelle and then recovered an onside kick to set up the final sequence that ended with the near miss as time expired.

Kilgore is 2-0. Tyler falls to 1-1. The Apaches host Houston’s Southeast Prep on Saturday, September 15th.

Tyler Lee Falls to Lufkin

By Bill Coates/KTBB Sports
The Lufkin Panthers defeated the Tyler Lee Red Raiders 41-31 Friday night on John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium. Lufkin jumped out to a 14-0 lead.
Lee rallied to tie the game at 21-21 in the second quarter and trailed 24-21 at halftime.

The Panthers pushed the margin to 41-21 in the second half before Tyler scored the final ten points. Senior tailback LaQuintas Wallace scored three touchdowns including a 70 yard second quarter run. Raleigh Poster added a touchdown pass to Bryce Wilkerson and Lumi Kaba kicked a 54 yard field goal on the game’s final play.

Wallace finished with 164 yards on 20 carries. Wilkerson caught 6 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Poster finished with 176 yards passing. Lee falls to 0-2. Lufkin is 1-1. The Red Raiders battle the John Tyler Lions on Friday September 14 at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

High School Football Scores – Week 1

Saturday September 8th

Shreveport Byrd 49
Marshall 28 – Final

Kilgore 24
Sweeny 7 – Final

New Diana 17
Harleton 15 – Final

Friday September 7th

Lufkin – 41
Tyler Lee 31 – Final

Lancaster 26
John Tyler 21 – Final

Longview 30
North Little Rock 14 – Final

Whitehouse 38
Chapel Hill 14 – Final

Palestine 37
Jacksonville 14 – Final

Carthage 38
Lindale 21 – Final

Henderson 26
Nacogdoches 14 – Final

Hallsville 38
Van 13 – Final

Center 42
Pine Tree 16 – Final

Mount Pleasant 35
Liberty-Eylau 20 – Final

Sherman 49
Sulphur Springs 44 – Final

Shreveport Evangel 54
Texas High 7 – Final

Atlanta 13
Daingerfield 17 – Final

Gladewater 35
Pittsburg 34 – Final

Wilmer-Hutchins 24
Kaufman 15 – Final

Quinlan Ford 41
Nevada Community 6 – Final

Wills Point 23
Mabank 22

Fairfield 47
Canton 20 – Final

Athens 21
Spring Hill 7 – Final

Addison Trinity Christian 56
Brownsboro – 26 Final

Grace Community 56
Mineola 28 – Final

Bullard 52
White Oak 6 – Final

Plano Prestonwood 42
Gilmer 12 – Final

Rusk 35
Crockett 13 – Final

Diboll 26
Corrigan-Camden 14 – Final

Mineola 34
Palestine Westwood 13 – Final

Edgewood 23
Caddo Mills 0 – Final

Eustace 26
Rice 23 – Final

Ferris 49
Kemp 8 – Final

Grand Saline 28
Scurry-Rosser 8 – Final

Clarksville 42
Lone Oak 27 – Final

Redwater 35
Quitman 14 – Final

Tatum 22
Winnsboro 14- Final

Malakoff 64
Italy 36 – Final

Hughes Springs 55
Hooks 27 – Final

Jefferson 21
Elysian Fields 20 – Final

Harmony 50
Como-Pickton 0 – Final

Troup 40
West Rusk 0 – Final

Frankston 24
Elkhart 9 – Final

Trinity 41
Grapeland 16 – Final

Frost 29
Alba-Golden 16 – Final

Arp 40
Paul Pewitt 6 – Final

Union Grove 49
All Saints 21 – Final

Big Sandy 33
Winona 32 – Final

Hawkins 41
Cross Roads 7 – Final

Tenaha 18
Garrison 6 – Final

Groveton 40
Alto 20 – Final

New Waverly 12
Lovelady 6 – Final

Mount Enterprise 34
Cayuga 24 – Final

Union Hill 49
Quinlan Boles 21 – Final

Overton 28
Beckville 21 – Final

Joaquin 36
Shelbyville 14 – Final

Timpson 27
Cushing 0- Final

Arlington Oakridge 70
T.K. Gorman 27 – Final

Trinidad 98
Greenville Christian 55 – Final

Wise County Home School 50
Tyler King’s Academy 28 – final All-Saints

Red Oak 34
Corsicana 31 – Final

Thursday September 6th

North Mesquite 42
Arlington Sam Houston 21 – Final

Mesquite Horn 42
Garland 0 – Final

Tyler Lee Falls to Sulphur Springs in Overtime

By Bill Coates/KTBB Sports
The Sulphur Springs Wildcats defeated the Tyler Lee Red Raiders 35-34 in overtime to cap off a wild 2012 season opener on Saturday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Lee’s LaQuintas Wallace scored his third touchdown of the game in the first overtime on a 22 yard run. First year Red Raiders coach Darrell Piske chose to gamble on a two point conversion for the win. The Wildcats stopped Marcus White’s attempt inches away from the goal line to secure the victory.

Colton Wise caught a pair of touchdown passes for the visitors including a 13 yard strike from quarterback Brad Macek for what proved to be the winning score. Wallace finished the night with 126 yards and 3 touchdowns. Junior quarterback Raleigh Poster added two scoring runs. The Lee defense surrendered 479 total yards.

Tyler Lee falls to 0-1 on the season and visits Lufkin on Friday night, September 8th.

TJC Apaches Leave Greyhounds in the Mud, 35-7

By Mike Alzamora/KTBB Sports
It was rainy, it was muddy, the yards lines and numbers on the field disappeared before it was the over, but the Tyler Junior College Apaches didn’t mind getting a little dirty as they picked up their first victory of 2012. TJC defeated the Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds 35-7 Saturday at Frary Field in Fort Scott, Kansas.

With deteriorating field conditions thanks to several inches of rain the previous 24 hours, the Apaches used an overwhelming ground attack that blew the game open in the third quarter. The Apaches held a 12-7 halftime lead before getting on track to the tune of 323 rushing yards on the afternoon. Sophomore running back Ryan Young and freshman running back Leroy Dobbins dominated as TJC’s front line wore out Fort Scott in the trenches. Young finished with 157 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, while Dobbins had 102 yards on 18 touches and two scores in his Apache debut. Sophomore quarterback Tyrik Rollison finished 8-of-19 for 126 yards through the air. Overall, Tyler outgained Fort Scott 449 to 242 for the game.

TJC is now 6-1 all time against the Kansas schools since inception of the Texas-Kansas Challenge series between the two power junior college conferences in 2006. More importantly, Tyler is 1-0 as they start the 2012 season on the right foot. The Apaches return home next Saturday when they will take on Highway 31 rival Kilgore at 7:00pm at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

High School Football Scores – Week Zero

Saturday September 1st

Sulphur Springs 35
Robert E. Lee 34 – F/OT

Coppell 41
Longview 8 – Final

Pittsburg 46
Wills Point 15 – Final

Timpson 25
All Saints 14 – Final

Trinity 21
Groveton 13 – Final

Friday August 31st

John Tyler 35
Lufkin 21 – Final

Whitehouse 35
Hallsville 18 – Final
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JT Wins Opener Over Lufkin

By Bill Coates/KTBB Sports
The John Tyler Lions defeated the Lufkin Panthers 35-21 on Friday night in the head coaching debut of Ricklan Holmes at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Greg Ward threw four touchdown passes including a pair to Fred Ross. Ward also connected on scoring passes to Reggie Gipson and Darion Flowers. The senior quarterback added a 30 yard scoring run. John Tyler is 1-0. The Lions piled up 506 yards of total offense. Ward rushed for 91 yards and passed for 298 more. John Tyler visits Lancaster on Friday, September 8th. Listen to that game LIVE on KTBB AM 600 or with the pre-game show beginning at 7:00pm.

College Football Award Named After Tyler Rose

Every year SPORTyler and the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce host the East Texas Kick-Off Luncheon to pay homage to the opening of football season in East Texas. This year the event will also serve as a platform for the launch of The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award by The Tyler Rose himself, Earl Campbell. This event was held at UT Tyler in the Louise Herrington Patriot Center on Wednesday. Guest speakers included former college and NFL player Gary Baxter, and former University of Texas Football Head Coach, Fred Akers. The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award will be presented yearly to the nation’s most outstanding Division I senior college offensive player of the year. Winners will be selected by a selection committee comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators, former winners and fans. The award winner will be announced in December of each year at an Awards dinner hosted in Tyler, Texas. The award will go to a player who is qualified as a senior academically and who exhibits the characteristics similar to those of the awards namesake: integrity, drive, determination, achievement in the face of adversity, and tenacity to persist. This award honors the legacy of Earl Campbell and recognizes his home community of Tyler, Texas. Before the start of each season a defined timeline will be established by the Board of the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. The award watch list will be selected by the board from sports information director nominations submitted by all college and university division schools. The watch list will be announced at the annual SPORTyler Football Kickoff Luncheon held each year in late August in Tyler, Texas. The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Selection Committee will be comprised of journalists, broadcasters commentators, and former winners. In addition there will be a fan vote counting as five percent of each stage of the voting. The selection committee will narrow the field to sixteen semi-finalists in October, four finalists in November and the award will be announced in December. The four finalists will be recognized at the announcement dinner held in December in Tyler, Texas. The winner and his respective school will receive a specially designed trophy and the winners name will be permanently added to the base of the original trophy on the display in Tyler, Texas. The initial award will be given out at the conclusion of the 2013 football season. “Nowadays you hardly ever find some of your top players staying for four years and becoming that leader and actually fulfilling that term of student athlete for a full four years. I think it’s a great idea and I’m honored to have a family member that the NCAA thinks so highly of to name an award after.” – Former Robert E. Lee Red Raider and Nephew of the Tyler Rose, Austin Campbell. The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award is overseen by SPORTyler, Inc in conjunction with the City of Tyler, Tyler Conventions and Visitors Bureau and Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. Located in downtown Tyler, Texas, SPORTyler is a non-profit organization that encourages student athletes to succeed on and off the field.

Pump Jacks Come Back in Game 3 to Win First TCL Title in Franchise History

Four runs in the sixth inning cap a comeback from a 3-0 early deficit Wednesday night as East Texas wins the 2012 TCL Championship.

The Pump Jacks were in first place for all but five days this summer. But they struggled down the stretch into the TCL Playoffs.

They had to come back from those struggles to re-focus against the top teams in the league in the TCL Playoffs. They had to come back from a 1-0 deficit in the TCL Championship Series against the Victoria Generals. And they had to come back from one last deficit, down 3-0 after the first inning.

They did all of that, beating the Victoria Generals 7-4 in Game 3 at Driller Park in Kilgore and claiming their first TCL Championship in ultra-dramatic fashion in front of the fans who have cheered for them all season long.

After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first, the Pump Jacks pulled within one run in the third inning against Victoria starter Tyler Schnuriger. Louie Helmburg doubled to center field, beating a Generals defensive shift perfectly, and Kevin O’Leary followed with a double to right that scored Helmburg to get East Texas on the board. After a sacrifice bunt moved O’Leary to third, Tyler Sullivan came through with a bloop RBI single down the right field line to pull the Jacks within 3-2.

The score remained 3-2 as Schnuriger and reliever Jacob Lindgren held the fort. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Pump Jacks took the lead for good in a controversial and exciting half-inning of baseball.

Whitt Dorsey led off with a single, and was replaced on a fielder’s choice by R.J. Santigate at first. He later advanced to second on a passed ball. With a full count on him, Taylor Murphy then hit a fly ball to deep right field. Victoria right fielder Chad Kruse appeared to make a diving catch, but then the ball got away from him. A hustling Santigate kept on running, and scored the tying run on the play to make the score 3-3. The play was controversial, as the umpires initially ruled Murphy out on the play, but they reversed the call upon a discussion, drawing ire from the Generals’ dugout.

The inning would continue. Against reliever James Ferguson, Logan Preston worked a walk, and was replaced on a fielder’s choice from Justin Wall at first, a call that Victoria once again had issue with. With Murphy now on third and Wall on first, Helmburg worked a walk to load the bases. The Generals went to Dallas Ponder out of the bullpen, and that’s when the turning point of the game, and the series, took place.

O’Leary strode to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded, in a situation every baseball player dreams of. With a 1-1 count, the shortstop hit a slow grounder towards his counterpart Brandon Tierney. The Victoria shortstop threw low to first, with O’Leary beating the ball as it skipped past Patrick Duncan and went down the right field line. Murphy and Wall scored on the enormous hit, while Helmburg was able to score all the way from first on the throwing error, sliding in just under the tag of the catcher, and giving East Texas a 6-3 lead.

The seismic momentum shift in the frame would be exactly what the Pump Jacks needed. Victoria got a run back in the seventh, but the Pump Jacks got it right back in the eighth when Preston reached on an error and ended up scoring on another passed ball.

The Pump Jacks then turned the game, and the season, over to legendary closer Jason Jester in the ninth. The Hallsville native responded and rebounded from his previous outing to give the Pump Jacks their first TCL Championship in textbook Jester fashion, striking out the side as the celebration at Driller began in earnest.

The star of the game was O’Leary, who went 3-for-3 with three RBI, including the game-winning hit in the sixth in his finest night of the season. Every Pump Jacks starter except one had a hit in the contest, with Sullivan and Murphy adding key RBI, and Helmburg scoring two runs, but the only Jack without a hit- Wall- scored the winning run on O’Leary’s immensely important hit.

Another star for East Texas was Lindgren (3-5), who appeared in relief for the first time all year, and held the Generals hitless through 2.2 innings to get his third win of the summer and settle down the Pump Jacks after they had fallen behind early. He got the win, while Schnuriger (2-5) took the loss. Jester got his 20th save as well for the Pump Jacks, extending his all-time TCL single-season record and sending the fans home happy one last time.

It capped a memorable season in East Texas, which saw the team climb all the way to #7 in the nation and go an incredible 26-6 at historic Driller Park. The storybook conclusion is a fitting end to a winning summer.

Cowboys’ Bryant arrested for misdemeanor

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, DeSoto (Texas) police confirmed.

According to police, Bryant was booked after turning himself in without incident. The alleged assault occurred Saturday, police said. No further information was immediately available.

A source said late Monday night that Bryant, in an argument with his half brother, wound up pushing his mother, Angela. According to the source, police responded to a call on Saturday night, but no arrests were made at that point. Further examination of the reports resulted in Monday’s arrest, the source said.

Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for assaulting a female family member, police told KDFW-TV in Dallas. The woman did not need to be taken to the hospital for her injuries, the report said.

KDFW-TV said police declined to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the arrest or Bryant’s relationship to the alleged victim.

Bryant’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined to comment. Attempts to reach Bryant were unsuccessful. The Cowboys said they were aware of the incident.

“We are in the process of gathering information and will not have a comment at this time,” a team spokesman said in a statement.

The Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and up to a year in jail. The arrest also subjects Bryant to possible penalty under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

This is Bryant’s first arrest, but it is not his first incident that required police involvement since the Cowboys traded up to select the former Oklahoma State star with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 draft.

In January, Bryant was detained by police but not arrested after an alleged altercation at a Miami Beach night club.

Last summer, off-duty police working as security at an upscale Dallas mall kicked Bryant and friends out of the mall because of inappropriate attire (sagging pants) and language. Bryant was temporarily banned from the mall.

Bryant, who was widely considered a top-10 talent but slipped in the draft due to teams’ character concerns, has also been sued for unpaid debts for jewelry and sports tickets from before he was drafted.

Red Edges Blue in the FCA “Heart of a Champion Bowl”

By Bill Coates/KTBB Sports
The second annual “Heart of a Champion Bowl” East Texas high school football all star game was far more entertaining than the year one edition. Presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Red team scored ten fourth quarter points and defeated the Blue squad 24-17 on Saturday night at Lobo Stadium in Longview. Quarterbacks Justin Owens of Sulphur Springs, Corban Taylor of Paris and Chapel Hill’s Avery Saenz threw touchdown passes for the Red squad. The Red team also intercepted three passes including a third quarter steal by Longview’s Jordan Burton, who was named the defensive most valuable player.

The game’s offensive MVP was Whitehouse wide receiver Jonathan Aldridge of the Blue team. Aldridge had 4 catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

Teachers of the Year – 2012

Teachers of the Year:

Tyler ISD – Teacher of the Year 2011-2012
Secondary Teacher of the Year – David Howard – Robert E Lee High School
Elementary Teacher of the Year – Wanda Wilson (pictured) – Peete Elementary

TYLER – Tyler’s Teachers of the year have been announced. At Harvey Hall Tuesday night, the district honored Campus Teachers of the Year before naming District Teachers of the Year: W. A. Peete Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Wanda Wilson, Elementary Teacher of the Year; and Robert E. Lee High School Biology Teacher and Coach David Howard, Secondary Teacher of the Year.

With more than 16 years of teaching experience, Mrs. Wilson’s goal is to prepare students for the future. “It is my goal to foster students’ critical thinking skills, facilitate the acquisition of life-long learning skills, and prepare them to be competitive in today’s society,” Mrs. Wilson said. “Loving kids unconditionally helps them realize they are not defined by their circumstances and to seek and seize opportunities, strategies, and solutions that will assist and encourage an inward transformation of their self-worth.”

Coach Howard has spent the past 10 years teaching in Tyler ISD, and says that all the great teachers in his life taught him right from wrong while caring about him as a person. “I have been blessed with amazing people in my life that showed me the value of education,” Coach Howard said. “Education can be the key to open many doors in a person’s life and I consider it a privilege to play that role in the process.”

Teacher of the Month – May 2012

Tyler ISD – Leanne Lewis – Jack Elementary

Winona ISD – John Davis – Winona High School

Chapel Hill ISD – Suzanne Ybarra – Wise Elementary

Arp ISD – Edmond McAuley – Arp High School

Teachers of the Year:

Tyler ISD – Teacher of the Year 2011-2012
Secondary Teacher of the Year – David Howard – Robert E Lee High School
Elementary Teacher of the Year – Wanda Wilson – Peete Elementary

Troup ISD – Teacher of the Year 2011-2012
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UT Tyler Names Kevin Baker Women’s Basketball Coach

Kevin Baker has been named the head women’s basketball coach at The University of Texas at Tyler, Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for auxiliary services and intercollegiate athletics, announced Monday (May 14).

Baker, a native of Lufkin, comes to UT Tyler after serving for five years as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Division II Lone Star Conference power West Texas A&M.

“We are extremely excited about the future of UT Tyler women’s basketball under Coach Baker,” Patterson said. “Out of a very deep pool of qualified applicants, we felt Kevin had the ideal combination of a winning track-record, basketball knowledge and experience, and recruiting ability, all with an emphasis on the academic success of his players, to bring UT Tyler women’s basketball to national prominence.”

In his five seasons in Canyon, Baker helped lead the Lady Buffs to a 120-36 record and three LSC championships. The team has been ranked in the top ten nationally for the past five seasons, and has made four trips to the NCAA tournament, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2008-09.

“I am honored and thrilled to be named the new head coach at UT Tyler. I want to thank Dr. Patterson, Dr. Mabry and everyone at UT Tyler for the opportunity to lead this program,” Baker said. “I am excited to take on the challenge of returning the Patriots to a championship level.”

As the recruiting coordinator for the Lady Buffs, Baker signed nine All-Lone Star Conference players and one All-American, including four all-state players in 2011.

Prior to his stint at West Texas A&M, Baker was one of the top high school girls coaches in Texas, posting a career record of 222-101. He is well-known in East Texas, having served as the Girls Athletic Coordinator and head coach at Palestine from 1998-2000, and the head coach at Nacogdoches from 2000-2003. He also served as head coach at Copperas Cove and Commerce as well as the assistant at Hudson and Princeton.

Baker continued, “I am proud of what we accomplished at West Texas A&M University, and I look forward to reaching even greater heights in Tyler. I am very excited about the quality athletic staff that I will be working with and I am proud to be a part of the UT Tyler family.”

Baker earned two degrees from Stephen F. Austin State, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 1994 before continuing to earn his master’s in 1996.

He becomes the third coach for the UT Tyler women’s basketball program, taking over for Stasha Richards who resigned in April.

Brook Hill Baseball Repeats as State Champ

By Mike Alzamora/KTBB Sports
The Brook Hill Guard are once again State Champions. Brook Hill defeated Amarillo San Jacinto 11-6 Friday morning at Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Red Murff Field in Belton to claim the TAPPS 3A State Baseball Title for the second year in a row.

“All year long we were expected to get something done and that’s why it’s hard to repeat. And our kids to their credit they went out and they executed on a daily basis,” said Head Coach Terry Pirtle.

Pirtle has now led the Guard to two baseball state crowns and a football state title in the past 12 months.

“I’m very very proud of the group of seniors that we just graduated from Brook Hill,” added Pirtle.

Ricklan Holmes Named John Tyler’s New Head Football Coach

Tyler ISD announced Monday that John Tyler High School graduate and current Lions Assistant Football Coach Ricklan Holmes will serve as head football coach at John Tyler High School beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

Shortly after the official announcement, an excited Holmes joined KTBB Sports Director Bill Coates LIVE on Sportstalk on ESPN East Texas 92.1 FM. Click Here to Listen to the interview.

After graduating from John Tyler in 1998, Coach Holmes went on to play football at Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a degree in business administration. Following his college football career, Coach Holmes spent three years as a free agent with the New England Patriots.

Prior to coaching at John Tyler, Coach Holmes served as the defensive coordinator for the varsity football team and head coach of the junior varsity football team at Putnam City High School in Warr Acres, Oklahoma.

Coach Holmes joined John Tyler in 2007 where he currently serves as the passing defensive coordinator for the varsity football team, head coach of the junior varsity football team, head strength and conditioning coordinator, and head girls track coach.
As assistant football coach, Holmes has earned far more wins than losses with the Lions. Last season the team took home their third consecutive district championship and reached the Class 4A Division One Semifinals.

“Coach Holmes has an outstanding reputation with his team of players and coaches at John Tyler High School,” Coach Rod Kaspar, Tyler ISD athletic director, said. “We look forward to his continued success as head coach of the Lions.”

Holmes has coached 15 Division I and II collegiate players, and one current NFL Player.

Cedeno Clark Named JT Head Boys Basketball Coach

By Mike Alzamora/KTBB Sports
Longtime John Tyler assistant boys basketball coach Cedeno Clark was just informed by the Tyler Independent School District that he is now officially the head man of the John Tyler Lions basketball program.

Laura Jackson, the district’s communications director informed the Tyler ISD faculty and staff Friday morning with the following e-mail:

“Today we have one personnel update. John Tyler High School has named Cedeno Clark Head Boys Basketball Coach. Coach Clark has been with Tyler ISD since 2004. He served three seasons as the Varsity Assistant for Boys Basketball at John Tyler High School, and has been the Assistant Head Boys Basketball Coach since 2009. If you see Coach Clark, please wish him well on this new endeavor.”

Clark took over as acting/interim head coach after then head coach Tony Pinson was hospitalized and placed on administrative leave back on February 15. Clark was 2-2 in the four games he coached including a Bi-District round playoff victory over Royse City. Pinson resigned citing health and personal reasons on March 26.

More information to come as it becomes available.

JT’s Rush Leaving for Conroe Oak Ridge

It was an emotional goodbye for John Tyler High School Head Football Coach Dereck Rush, who told his team Tuesday that he would not take the field with them next season.

Coach Rush, who had a 42-23 overall record in five seasons at John Tyler, will take the head coaching position at Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, Texas next school year. The Conroe ISD school board approved his hire at a meeting Tuesday evening.

“Dereck Rush is an outstading coach. He is going to be missed,” Tyler ISD Athletic Director Rod Kaspar said. “He took the John Tyler football team to the next level while encouraging his athletes to be leaders both on and off the field.”

Tyler ISD will begin accepting applications for the John Tyler head football coach position immediately.

Rush interviewed for the open head coaching position at Conroe Oak Ridge last week with Conroe ISD Athletic Director Danny Long, who was Tyler ISD’s AD until January of 2011 and hired Rush as head coach at John Tyler in 2007.

Before he was named head coach, Rush was an assistant coach at John Tyler for four seasons.

Rush guided the Lions into the postseason the last four years. As a matter of fact, he’s 35-8 in the last three campaigns reaching the ten win mark in each. Last year, Rush guided the Lions to the Class 4A State Semifinals after back-to-back State Quarterfinal appearances. CUJO also won three district titles under Rush.

“My time at John Tyler helped me grow as a coach,” Coach Rush said. “Words cannot explain how much I will miss my team of athletes and fellow coaches.”

JT will return 17 starters for the 2012 campaign, and many experts around the Lone Star State predict John Tyler to be one of the favorites to win the State Championship. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine ranked JT No. 1 in its preseason 2012 Class 4A rankings.

Cowboys 2012 Schedule is Released

Sept. 5 at New York Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Seattle, 3:05 p.m.
Sept. 23 vs. Tampa Bay, Noon
Oct. 1 vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 bye
Oct. 14 at Baltimore, Noon
Oct. 21 at Carolina, Noon
Oct. 28 vs. New York Giants, 3:15 p.m.
Nov. 4 at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.
Nov. 11 at Philadelphia, 3:15 p.m.
Nov. 18 vs. Cleveland, Noon
Nov. 22 vs. Washington, 3:15 p.m.
Dec. 2 vs. Philadelphia, 7:20 p.m.
Dec. 9 at Cincinnati, Noon
Dec. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, 3:15 p.m.
Dec. 23 vs. New Orleans, Noon
Dec. 30 at Washington, Noon

Yeacher of the Month – April 2012

Tyler ISD – Embria Williams – Orr Elementary School

Winona ISD – Shirelle Huff – Winona Middle School

Troup ISD – Terrell Knight – Troup Middle School

Chapel Hill ISD – Elizabeth Avila – Jackson Elementary

Whitehouse ISD Teacher of the Year
David McKain – Seconday Teacher of the Year

Azalea Orthopedic East Texas High School All Star Games on ESPN East Texas 92.1 FM

ESPN East Texas 92.1 FM and will provide “LIVE” play by play coverage of the Azalea Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic East Texas High School All Star Basketball games on Saturday, April 14th from Wagstaff Gymnasium on the campus of Tyler Junior College.

The pregame show begins at 5:15pm prior to the start of the girl’s game at 5:30pm. The Boys Game tips off at approximately 7:00pm following the conclusion of the girls contest. Veteran ESPN East Texas play by play voice Mike Alzamora will broadcast both the girls and boys games.

The Azalea Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic High School All Star games feature some of the top graduating players in East Texas and all proceeds benefit the Bethesda Clinic.

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. Azalea head athletic trainer Dan Fuller is the coordinator of the annual event.

2012 Boys West All-Star Team

Courtney Anderson #10 5’9” Westwood
2011, 12 All District
Micah Angton #12 6’1” Palestine
2010, 11, 12 All District
Josh Sharff #14 5’10” Edgewood
2012 All District
Caleb Willis #22 5’10” John Tyler
2011, 12 All District
Darius Clater #24 6’0” Jacksonville
2012 All District
Brad Robertson #30 5’10” All Saints
2009, 10, 11, 12 All District, 2010, 11 All East Texas, 2010, 11, 12, All State
(Texas A&M)
Nick Jones #32 6’4” Brownsboro
2010, 11, 12 All District, 2011 All Region
(University of Louisiana Monroe – Football)
Austin Langemeier #40 6’3” Brook Hill
2012 All District, 2012 All State, 2012 Academic All State
Jordan VanDeKop #42 6’6” Lindale
2011, 12 All District, 2011, 12 All East Texas, 2011, 12 All Region, 2011, 12 All State
(Oklahoma Christian University – Basketball)
Zac Bowman #44 6’6” Cayuga
2010, 11, 12 All District, 2012 All Region

Head Coach Brent Kelley Jacksonville
Assistant Coach Davin Nelson Jacksonville
Assistant Coach Jay Brashear Jacksonville
Assistant Coach Evan Harrison Jacksonville

2012 Boys East All-Star Team

Brandon Viesca #11 6’0” Tatum
2012 All District, 2012 All Region
Bridges Gibbs #13 6’2” Sabine
2012 All District, 2012 TABC All Region
JaQuan Kevon Jackson #15 5’11” Longview
2012 All District
Jarrod Coleman #21 5’7” Robert E. Lee
2011, 12 All District
Carson Clark #23 6’2” Troup
2009, 10, 11, 12 All District, 2011, 12 TABC All Region, 2011, 12 All State
Joey Stovall #25 5’10” Quitman
2011, 12 All District
Jimmy Negem #31 5’11” Grace
2011, 12 All District, 2011, 12 All East Texas, 2011, 12 All State
Brandon Robbins #33 6’1” Spring Hill
20010, 11, 12 All District, 2010, 11, All East Texas, 2011, 12 All Region, 2012 All State
(University of Texas Tyler – Basketball)
Correy Davis #35 6’1” Whitehouse
2011, 12 All District
Caleb Carr #41 5’11” White Oak
2009, 10, 11, 12 All District, 2010, 11, 12 All East Texas, 2011 12, All Region, 2011, 12 All State
(Abilene Christian University – Basketball)

Head Coach Brent Smith Troup
Assistant Coach Tell Ross Troup

2012 Girls West All-Star Team

Roddricka Patton #10 5’2” Neches
2009, 10, 11, 12 District MVP, 2010, 11, 12 TABC All Region, 2010, 11, 12 All State MVP
(Trinity Valley Community College – Basketball)
Sara Bullard #12 5’2” Frankston
2010, 11, 12 All District, 2011,12 All Region, 2011 All State
Taylor Maxvill #14 5’5” Emory Rains
2011, 12 All District, 2011, 12 All Region, 2011, 12 Academic All State
(University of North Texas)
Minta Spear #22 5’10” Bullard
2009, 10, 11, 12 All District MVP, 2009, 10, 11, 12 All Region, 2010, 11, 12 All State
(Texas Tech University – Basketball)
Courtney Dawson #24 5’9” Malakoff
2012 All District MVP, 2012 TGCA All Region, 2012 TGCA All State
LaQuesha Cooper #30 5’8” Brownsboro
2012 All District, 2012 All State
(Stephen F. Austin State University)
Chandler Short #32 5’9” Edgewood
2009, 10, 12 All District, 2012 TABC All Region, 2012 TGCA All State
(McPherson College – Basketball)
Latifah Rainey #34 6’0” John Tyler
2012 All District, @012 All Region
Susan Agesen #44 5’11” Edgewood
2012 All District MVP, 2012 TGCA All State
Samantha Atkinson #54 6’1” Buffalo
2012 All District, 2012 Academic All District

Head Coach Christi Coker Frankston
Assistant Coach Laura Williams Frankston
Assistant Coach Greg Gay Bullard

2012 Girls East All-Star Team

Akia Patrick #11 5’4” Longview
2010 Team MVP, 2012 All District, 2012 Academic All District
(LeTourneau University-Basketball)
Megan Strnadel #13 5’7” Grace
2011, 12 All District, 2011 All State
(Texas A&M)
Haley Hartt #15 5’9” Tatum
2011, 12 All District
Briana Brooks #21 5’5” Robert E Lee
2009, 10, 11, 12 All District
(University of North Texas – Basketball)
Nykia Clayton #23 5’7” Pine Tree
2011, 12 All District
(Tyler Junior College)
Cori Jo Navarro #25 5’4” TK Gorman
2010, 11, 12 All District, 2011, 12 All State
(Texas Christian University)
Clonisha Stewart #31 5’5” Whitehouse
2012 Team honors
(University of North Texas)
DiMond Edmond #33 6’0” Lindale
2010, 11, 12 All District
Montana Harrison #35 5’9” New Diana
2011, 12 All District, 2012 District MVP, 2012 All East Texas
(University of Texas Tyler – Basketball)
Aubrey Okray #41 5’3” West Rusk
2010, 11, 12 All District, 2010, 11, 12 TABC All Region

Head Coach Brad Davenport West Rusk
Assistant Coach Jeremy Thomas West Rusk
Assistant Coach Jennifer McCool West Rusk

KTBB Scholastic All-Stars Flag Football Tournament Photo Gallery

The first annual KTBB Scholastic All-Stars Flag Football Tournament was a huge success Saturday at the Green Acres Baptist Church South Recreational Fields better know as “The ROC” just south of Tyler.

The Goon Squad, a team made up mostly of former John Tyler players captured the first-ever title by defeating State Champs in the Championship Game. State Champs was comprised of members of this past season’s Chapel Hill Bulldogs Class 3A Div. I State Championship team.

Big thanks to all the teams, players, and coaches who participated as we hope to grow this tournament into an annual event.

Click on any of the Photos below to enlarge. You can also roll your mouse over the thumbnail to see a description or caption. All photos in the gallery were taken and edited by KTBB’s Mike Alzamora unless otherwise noted.

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East Texas Pump Jacks Unveil a Pair of Commemorative Logos

The Jacks revealed the winner of the team’s fifth anniversary contest and added a new mark celebrating Driller Park’s 65 years

When it came right down to it, the East Texas Pump Jacks concluded they couldn’t celebrate their own history without also giving a nod to the club’s noteworthy home, historic Driller Park.

The Pump Jacks today announced the winning entry in their fifth anniversary logo contest, then surprised fans with another commemorative mark celebrating 65 years since Driller Park opened.

The team’s logo features the now-familiar wordmark atop a banner listing the Jack’s inaugural season (2008) and the current year, with a large ‘5’ in the middle.

“We had some great, creative entries,” said Pump Jacks general manager Mike Lieberman. “We loved some of the ideas and we appreciate everyone who participated in the contest.

“Ian’s design was selected because it was clean and simple, yet it made a statement. It will look good on merchandise and in ads, perhaps even on this year’s Shirt Off Our Back jerseys!”

Logos were submitted from local fans and designers around the country, even a pair of entries all the way from France.

For winning, Wellman will receive a Pump Jacks team jersey and a T-shirt bearing the new logo. The team is in the process of designing fifth anniversary merchandise, which will be available both online and at the ballpark this summer.

The team explained that while the fifth anniversary logo contest was wrapping up, it was pointed out that Driller Park was celebrating a birthday of its own. The decision was made to develop a badge celebrating the event and introduce the two new marks together.

Driller Park was initially built in 1947 as a home for the minor league Kilgore Drillers. The Drillers christened the new ballpark with back-to-back Lone Star League championships in 1947 and 1948. The team shifted to the East Texas League in 1949, playing against teams in Tyler, Longview, Marshall, Gladewater and Paris. The Bryan Bombers, predecessors of the Jacks’ modern TCL rivals, the Brazos Valley Bombers, were also members of the league.

After the East Texas League folded at the conclusion of the 1950 season, Driller Park remained in use as the home of the Kilgore High School Bulldogs. The facility has become a baseball jewel, attracting scores of high school playoff games and even professional exhibitions.

Upon its 50th anniversary in 1997, Driller Park was granted an historical marker by the Texas Historical Commission. In doing so, Driller became the first baseball facility recognized by the state agency. It has since been joined by Majors Stadium in Greenville and Richards Park in Waxahachie. Richards Park is the only other facility still standing.

“Driller Park has a long and rich history that we’re proud to be a part of,” said Lieberman. “We wanted to find a way to celebrate our home and share its birthday with all of our fans.”

Fans will be able to pick up merchandise featuring the ballpark’s commemorative mark both at the historic facility this summer and on the Pump Jacks website.

The Jacks will kick off their fifth anniversary season on the road on June 1. The team returns to historic Driller Park for the home opener on Wednesday, June 6, against the McKinney Marshals.

The team announced two weeks ago the first two players on its fifth anniversary roster, brothers Ty and Brooks Marlow. Ty, a 2011 TCL all-star with the Pump Jacks and the team leader in home runs, is batting .408 with eight home runs and 43 RBI in just 29 games at McLennan Community College this spring. Brooks, just a freshman, is the starting second baseman at Texas and the Longhorns’ team leader in RBI. The Jacks expect to announce more players next week.

Season tickets for this summer are already on sale! Lower Box seats, which include in-your-seat wait service, are just $199 each, and Upper Box seats are $150. Grandstand season tickets are $105 for adults and $85 for children and seniors.

To follow all the news about the roster, promotions for the coming season and new anniversary merchandise, visit the team’s official web site at

You can also interact with other members of Pump Jacks Nation by visiting the Jacks on Facebook and Twitter.

UT Tyler Women’s Basketball Coach Resigns

Stasha Richards has announced her resignation as the head women’s basketball coach at The University of Texas at Tyler, effective May 31, 2012.

Richards, a former Division I standout for Baylor, has chosen to pursue other career opportunities.

“We are thankful to Coach Richards for her hard work and leadership these last three seasons, and we wish her great success in the future,” Vice President for Auxiliary Services and Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Howard Patterson said.

Richards has served as the head coach at UT Tyler since 2009. In her three seasons at the helm, the Patriots were a combined 33-42, including a 12-13 record this past season.

A search for her replacement will begin immediately.

Assistant coach Cassie Little will assume interim head coach duties until a successor is named.

JT’s Coach Pinson Resigns

By John Sims/KTBB News
Tyler ISD officials say John Tyler High School basketball coach Tony Pinson has resigned for personal reasons. According to a news release, “There is no longer an ongoing investigation. Tyler ISD will immediately begin the process of filling John Tyler High School’s head basketball coach position.” Word of an investigation involving Pinson surfaced in February, when it was reported by KETK. The TV station said Pinson had been placed on administrative leave. When the story was first reported, Pinson told KTBB, “Whatever rumors are out there aren’t true.” He did confirm that he was hospitalized for 5 days with congestive heart failure and was recovering at home under strict doctor care and guidelines.

Tyler ISD released this statement in February: “During the course of the investigation, the district cannot discuss details; however, we do want to ensure parents and the community that the investigation does not involve Tyler ISD students.” Assistant coach Cedeno Clark took over for Pinson while the school district conducted its investigation.

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