Palestine Volleyball Looking Forward to 2016 By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter PALESTINE – After suffering through a less than stellar 2015 volleyball season, VB Coach Kym Chapa is ready for the 2016 season to get underway and after early season wins, she is optimistic about her team as it moves forward. Asked what excites her about the game, Coach Chapa replied, “I like the speed of the game and how much it has evolved in the last 10 – 15 years. It so much more fast-paced and there is so much more to it than six people rotating around the court, like it used to be.” Regarding this year’s team, she said, “We have three returners with Summer Hagan, Faith Newman and Jaila Cook. Those are only returners. Coming up from JV we have Dominique Lacy who we have already named her as one of our captains. We are really excited about her. She is one of our middle blockers. We also have Lexi Robinson and she will be our libero this year.” When asked what a libero does, the coach said, “She is a defensive specialist. She can only play in the back row and can’t play in the front row. What is unique about the libero is she can go in for anyone in the back row. In volleyball, you can only sub one person in for...Read More
Month: September 2016
Lady Panthers Looking For Playoff Return By Chris Boothe Messenger Sports OAKWOOD – Last season the Oakwood Lady Panthers caught fire late, and made a mad push into the playoffs. There, they took three sets off of Goodrich in the Bi-District round before falling to perennial powerhouse North Zulch in the Area Championship. A year later, the Lady Mustangs are looking to build on that experience and push deeper in 2016. The Lady Panthers finished second in 21-1A behind district champion Trinidad, and were led by a trio of superb players in Rachel Rogers, Jasmine Wells, and Ashlyn Duck. Rogers was named 21-1A Defensive MVP as the young Lady Panther was able to stand out among her competition and help lead Oakwood through district play. Wells, 21-1A Hitter MVP, was an offensive force. By far the most dangerous hitter any given night, Wells punished opposing teams in route to a playoff appearance. As for Duck, she was Setter MVP, as Duck was able to spread the ball better than anyone in the district and set up the Lady Panthers offensive attack. Oakwood featured three more players that earned 1st Team All-District honors (Faith Lipsey, Morgan Mulson, Tori Neel), and two 2nd Team All-District athletes (Cherish Sherman, Sydnei Wells). It was that depth that led to a strong season for the Lady Panthers, and it will be similar depth that...Read More
Panthers Looking For Playoff Return in 2016 By Chris Boothe Messenger Sports OAKWOOD – A turnover rate of just two players is good no matter who you are. For the 1A (Formerly 6-man) Oakwood Panthers, it is looking to be a huge boost for a team that went 5-6 a year ago, falling to Calvert in the opening round of the playoffs. Now, the Panthers return 12 of 14 players, including their entire offensive line, running backs, and all but one wide receiver. Now, this is 6-Man football, where there are only six players on the field at a time, but experience like that is tough to find anywhere across the state of Texas. It is that experience, along with a schedule that will challenge the young Panthers, that puts the Panthers not only as a favorite to reach the playoffs, but a team that could be dangerous come playoff time. The biggest boost for the Panthers outside of experience, is not only the talent, but the district recognized talent. Oakwood returns seven 1st Team All-District honorees (3 Offensive/4 Defensive), and the 15-1A-DII Newcomer of the Year. It is that kind of talent that should parlay into a successful season for the Panthers, who have had failed to finish with a record over .500 since 2013 when the Panthers went 7-5. The Panthers will be led by reigning Newcomer...Read More
Coaching Change Looks To Spur Mustangs By Chris Boothe Messenger Sports MADISONVILLE – The Madisonville Mustangs made one of the biggest coaching splashes, not only in the area, but across the state of Texas. After seeing the resignation of Greg Morgan, who had spent 16 years as Head Coach/Athletic Director for the Mustangs, Madisonville made the move to hire one of the biggest names in the business. On December 2, the Madisonville School Board approved the hiring of Rusty Nail. Nail had spent the 2015 season working in private business, but prior to that he had a very successful...Read More
Senior Laden Lady Mustangs Aim High By Chris Boothe Messenger Sports MADISONVILLE – One year ago, the Madisonville Lady Mustangs were riding high. They finished the regular season with a 22-15 record, and were playoff bound. With a young squad, things were looking bright, but an unfortunate loss to Lorena in the Bi-District Championship would cut the Lady Mustangs season short. Fast forward to 2016 and the Lady Mustangs bring back a bevy of talent, including 18-4A Defensive MVP Tra’dayja Smith. While that is the marquee name, it is far from the only star coming back in Madisonville for another season. The Lady Mustangs return three 1st Team All-District players, one 2nd Team All-District player, and one Honorable Mention athlete. While Madisonville did lose three All-District seniors to graduation, the future remains bright for 2016. Smith was the glue for the Lady Mustangs. Opposing offenses did their best to avoid Smith, but it was to no avail, as her speed put Smith everywhere, and keeping opponents at bay. Tyana Brown, Lexi Leveston, and Quincy Surface were all 1st teamers a year ago, and all three are back again in 2016. In fact, the trio has come out firing this season, combining for 10 kills in just three sets played. Smith, is on a tear as well with six kills alone in that same stretch. Surface has been killing opponents...Read More
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