Author: Will Johnson

Slocum takes Down Milford for Playoff Positioning

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CENTERVILLE – While other teams were at home gearing up for the playoffs, the Slocum Mustangs and Milford Bulldogs had one last game to play to see who would finish as the second seed from District 27-1A and who would be third. Milford had defeated Slocum on Jan. 20 by a score of 59-57. Slocum returned the favor on Valentine’s Day night by beating Milford by a score of 55-49. The win by Slocum meant the Mustangs and Bulldogs would need a third game to determine who would finish second behind Laneville. The game...

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Sandiettes Withstand Comeback, Advance to Regional Quarters

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter MADISONVILLE – Whew! What a game! Just when the Grapeland Sandiettes seemed to have the game put away, the Rosebud-Lott Lady Cougars came back to seize the momentum and take a late lead. As the final minutes ticked away, however, the Sandiettes used a defensive surge to reclaim the lead and seemed to have it iced. Up by five with less than nine seconds remaining, Lady Cougar Keauna Whitfield hit a three from what seemed like North Zulch to cut the lead to two points with 2.1 seconds remaining. On their most important play...

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James, Defense Lift Lady Bulldogs

By Chris Boothe Messenger Sports LIVINGSTON – To say the Crockett Lady Bulldogs played good defense would be an understatement. The Lady Bulldogs would hold Kountze to just one point in the first quarter on their way to a 36-26 win. If the defense wasn’t enough, Dea’Junique James was. The junior forward finished Friday’s contest with a game-high 21 points, and was the offensive force behind the Lady Bulldogs. James, came on strong to start the night, scoring eight of the Lady Bulldogs 10 points in the opening quarter and scored 21 of the Lady Bulldogs 28 points through...

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Shining a Light on the Sex Trade

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – When a person thinks of sleepy little East Texas towns, the first thoughts they have are often of Friday night football, hunting, fishing, family and friends. Very seldom do the flashing lights, pulsating music and brass poles of a strip club come to mind. However, for Teresa Richenberger, when she left her home of Deadwood (near Carthage) at the age of 14, the strip club quickly became a way of life for the East Texas teenager and morphed into a world of sex, drugs and alcohol. Fortunately, after several failed attempts, Richenberger...

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Changes Ahead For Grapeland ISD

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The landscape of Grapeland ISD will be changing in at least one and perhaps two major ways in the very near future. During a meeting of the GISD Board of Trustees held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, the board formally decided to place a bond initiative on the May 6 ballot in the amount of $7.75 million. In addition, the board accepted GISD Superintendent Gregg Spivey’s letter of resignation/retirement effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Following the approval of several agenda items the board retired into executive session to discuss...

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