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Hoop for Autism: Seven players score in double figures to lead South boys to 101-84 win

LONGVIEW — Lindale’s Colton Taylor scored 17 points as one of seven players in double figures for the South in a 101-84 win over the North in the Hoop for Autism All-Star boys basketball game Saturday night at Spring Hill High School.

Henderson’s Bryson Collins and Tyler Legacy’s Matt Wade both scored 12 points for the South, and Tyler’s Malik Ray, Carlisle’s Matt Rigdon, Mineola’s Jonah Fischer and Tyler Legacy’s Teon Erwin all added 10 points. Erwin also had 16 rebounds.

All proceeds from the event go to the Autism Center of Dallas.

The North team was led by five-star recruit Daimion Collins of Atlanta. The Kentucky signee was selected for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game, but the game will not be played this year due to COVID-19. That allowed the East Texan to play one final game closer to home.

“It was real fun to come out here and play one last game with people I know,” Collins said.

Collins finished with 31 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks for the North. Collins, who is 6-9, also dazzled the crowd with numerous high-flying dunks.

The first play of the game was a lob pass from Sulphur Springs’ Boo Wilkerson to Collins for the dunk. The North jumped out to a 26-19 lead after the first quarter as Mount Pleasant’s Zaveion Okoh knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired.

The South stormed back in the second quarter, ending the half on a 21-6 run to lead 53-46 at the break.

The South led 73-65 after three quarters and then pulled away in the fourth. Legacy’s Erwin and Wade both had dunks in the final 20 seconds.

Okoh had 17 points for the North, and Gary’s Ryan Ecker had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Other scorers for the South were Caden Smith (Mabank) 8; Ethan Montgomery (Cumberland Academy) 8; and Isaac Hoberecht (Kilgore) 4.

Other scorers for the North were Wilkerson 7; Nick Stewart (Carthage) 6; Jayson Tuck (Marshall) 5; Tyresse Jones (Spring Hill) 3; David Robinson (Sabine) 3; and T’vondrick Henry (Pleasant Grove) 2. Hooks’ Carter Jackson also played for the North.

Before the game, a pre-recorded video of Neal McCoy inside of Panther Gym was played with McCoy delivering a quick speech, saying the pledge of allegiance and singing the national anthem.

Basketball: Northside Christian Academy competes at state TAPPS tournament
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The Northside Christian Academy Eagles varsity boys’ basketball team recently competed in the TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) statewide annual tournament.

After seeding third in district play, they would first face Eagle Christian out of Waco who was the No. 2 seed in their district. Northside would pull out a win by a two-point margin of 52-50 to claim bi-district.

The team then had to play Wichita Christian School, who was the No. 1 seed in their district. Northside traveled to Wichita Falls and battled for a 47-41 win for the area title.

Although they played well against their next opponent, Faustina Academy out of Irving, they came up short to end their playoff run with a score of 57-64.

A quote from the opposing coach directed to the team included these words, “What an amazing team! What these guys accomplished this year with only five players is nothing short of incredible.” The team peaked and played their best ball towards the end of district play and going into the playoffs.

The program would like to thank all those in the community for their support.

NCA also took home several honors from the year. Making First Team All-District were Joel Dragoo, Joshua Dragoo and Kaleb Simpson. Joel Dragoo and Joshua Dragoo were also voted Second Team All-State and Honorable Mention All-State respectively.

The two brothers made Academic All-State as well, meeting the criteria that they were a either a senior or a junior, made First Team All-District and carried a 90.0 GPA or above. Coach Scott Dragoo was also voted Coach of the Year during the district meeting.

Softball: Troup downs Elysian Fields, 4-0
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TROUP — Lindsay Davis struck out 17 with no walks, giving up just one hit for Troup as the Lady Tigers notched a 4-0 win over Elysian Fields.

Jessie Minnix tripled and drove in two runs, Karsyn Williamson added two hits and Bailey Blanton drove in a pair of runs for Troup.

Mary Frances Ellis had the lone Elysian Fields hit. Jessica Guilhas struck out eight, walked one and gave up three earned runs in the pitching loss.

Track: Elysian Fields competes at Tommy Miller Relays
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Tommy Miller Relays At Hallsville


Team standings: Longview 159, Pine Tree 124, Texas High 101, Hallsville 84, Athens 53, Daingerfield 52, Elysian Fields 33, Joaquin 14

Individual results

3200 meters: M. Swan, Athens 9:59.51; H. Swan, Athens 10:15.84; S. Hawthorne, Hallsville 10:32.29

400 relay: Longview (T. Abney, K. Meredith, L. Freeman, D. Taylor) 42.45; Daingerfield 43.60; Texas High 44.04

800 meters: E. Likins, Texas High 2:05.51; J. Mendez, Pine Tree 2:05.96; D. Laguna, Longview 2:06.30

110 hurdles: C. Miller, Texas High 15.88; M. Burnet, Hallsville 16.15; J. Blinks, Pine Tree 16.37

100 meters: D. Taylor, Longview 10.78; K. Meredith, Longview 11.52; J. Bailey, Pine Tree 11.54

800 relay: Daingerfield (C. Nixon, S. Smith, J. Rodgers, D. Wilson) 1:31.06, Texas High 1:32.63; Pine Tree 1:34.25

400 meters: B. Duckett, Longview 52.00; S. Williams, Pine Tree 53.87; C. Lee-Brown, Athens 54.28

300 hurdles: J. Pradia, Longview 41.04; J. Blinks, Pine Tree 41.81; D. Jones, Longview 43.22

200 meters: T. Abney, Longview 21.69; L. Freeman, Longview 22.33; Z. Moon, Longview 23.31

1600 meters: M. Swan, Athens 4:29.93; H. Swan, Athens 4:43.61; A. Cerda, Longview 4:45.36

1600 relay: Longview (J. Pradia, J. Hale, B. Duckett, D. Thomas) 3:31.54; Pine Tree 3:32.63; Joaquin 3:38.88

Long jump: D. Thomas, Longview 21-3; C. Nixon, Daingerfield 20-8.75; C. Stitmon, Pine Tree 20-3.24

Shot put: J. Monk, Pine Tree 43-5; J. Jacobs, Hallsville 41-8; M. Morgan, Elysian Fields 41-5

Discus: J. Kitchen, Elysian Fields 124-6; C. Surratt, Texas High 118-5; B. Hudson, Hallsville 115-4

Triple jump: Z. Moon, Longview 42-10.50; T. Roberts, Texas High 42-8; W. Winkfield, Texas High 41-0

High jump: T. Austin, Texas High 5-8; L. Tapia, Hallsville 5-6; J. Grierson, Texas High 5-6

Pole vault: K. Griffen, Pine Tree 14-6; T. Coleman, Hallsville 14-0; C. Upchurch, Hallsville 12-0


Team standings: Longview 179.5, Texas High 139, Hallsville 121.5, Pine Tree 72, Daingerfield 62, Joaquin 28, Elysian Fields 7, Hallsville (white) 6, Athens 5

Individual results

3200 meters: I. Breaux, Longview 11:55.27; K. Glass, Hallsville 13:39.16; M. Marsh, Longview 14:09.40

400 relay: Longview (L. Henderson, B. Mitchell, M. Pipins, A. Evans) 47.42; Daingerfield 48.97; Pine Tree 50.08

800 meters: A. Perkins, Hallsville 2:28.05; F. Barnes, Texas High 2:32.06; C. Hale, Hallsville 2:32.11

100 hurdles: B. Hatchett, Texas High 16.37; A. Pegues, Longview 16.43; C. Gooden, Texas High 16.87

100 meters: M. Pippins, Longview 12.06; V. Byrd, Joaquin 12.53; K. King, Pine Tree 12.53

800 relay: Longview (L. Henderson, B. Mitchell, K. Taylor, A. Evans0 1:42.17; Daingerfield 1:47.11; Texas High 1:47.94

400 meters: M. Peterson, Longview 59.32; C. Dixon, Longview 1:03.41; F. Barnes, Texas High 1:03.55

300 hurdles: C. Gooden, Texas High 49.07; T. McGee, Longview 50.86; R. Garrett, Pine Tree 51.25

200 meters: L. Henderson, Longview 25.86; V. Byrd, Joaquin 26.26; V. Perez, Texas High 26.86

1600 meters: I. Breaux, Longview 5:17.34; A. Perkins, Hallsville 5:32.17; M. Marsh, Longview 6:17.22

1600 relay: Longview (M. Peterson, B. Mitchell, K. Taylor, C. Dixon) 4:10.83; Texas High 4:17.02; Hallsville 4:27.71

Long jump: A. Bruce, Daingerfield 18-1.25; V. Byrd, Joaquin 17-10.75; M. Pippins, Longview 17-6.25

Shot put: P. Mathis, Longview 34-5; M. Paez, Texas High 32-11.50; M. Johnson, Texas High 32-7.50

Discus: B. Perkins, Hallsville 95-8; M. Johnson, Texas High 93-2; M. Paez, Texas High 90-0

Triple jump: A. Stiger, Texas High 35-4.50; K. King, Pine Tree 35-4; S. Fields, Daingerfield 34-9

High jump: C. Warford, Hallsville 5-0; O. Simmons, Hallsville 5-0; A. Pegues, Longview 4-10

Pole vault: M. Nalls, Hallsville 9-0; E. Owens, Hallsville 9-0; L. Hicks, Hallsville White 8-0


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