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Former District Rivals LaPoynor + Martin’s Mill Meet In Girls Class 2A State Semifinal

Martin's Mill's Cheyenne Browns passes the ball from underneath the basket during the Lady Mustangs' 65-34 win over Cushing in their Class A Division I Region III semifinal Feb. 20, 2014, in Tyler. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Martin's Mill's Cheyenne Browns passes the ball from underneath the basket during the Lady Mustangs' 65-34 win over Cushing in their Class A Division I Region III semifinal Feb. 20, 2014, in Tyler. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

UIL GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Class 2A State Semifinal
No. 4 LaPoynor Lady Flyers (34-2)
vs.
No. 9 Martin's Mill Lady Mustangs (29-7)
8:30 a.m. Friday
Alamodome, San Antonio
 
Coaches

  • LaPoynor: Gary Grahn
  • Martin's Mill: Laura Jenkins

 
Road to San Antonio
LaPoynor

  • Bi-district: bye
  • Area: def. Axtell, 61-22
  • Region III quarterfinal: def. Cayuga, 46-39
  • Region III semifinal: def. Shelbyville, 74-21
  • Region III championship: de

Spring Hill’s Mark Sartain Resigns As Athletic Director + Head Football Coach

Spring Hill's Mark Sartain resigned after two years as the Panthers' athletic director and head football coach. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Spring Hill's Mark Sartain resigned after two years as the Panthers' athletic director and head football coach. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

For the second time in as many days, an East Texas football coaching job has opened up, as Spring Hill athletic director/head coach and longtime area coaching veteran Mark Sartain turned in his resignation on Wednesday.

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Filed Under: Category: Class 4A, Football, News

Lufkin’s Bronson Massie Picks Up Offer From California

Lufkin 2016 defensive end and outside linebacker Bronson Massie picked up an offer from California on Tuesday. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin 2016 defensive end and outside linebacker Bronson Massie picked up an offer from California on Tuesday. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

The first offer from a Power 5 conference is in for Lufkin 2016 defensive end/outside linebacker Bronson "Boom" Massie, and it comes from the Cal Golden Bears.

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Filed Under: Category: Class 5A, Football, News, Recruiting

LaPoynor Pulls Away From District Rival Cross Roads + Advances To Regionals For Second Consecutive Season

LaPoynor's James Jackson, who finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds, puts up a jump shot during the Flyers' 75-56 win over Cross Roads in their Class 2A Region III quarterfinal Tuesday night in Tyler. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
LaPoynor's James Jackson, who finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds, puts up a jump shot during the Flyers' 75-56 win over Cross Roads in their Class 2A Region III quarterfinal Tuesday night in Tyler. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

TYLER -- The eighth-ranked LaPoynor Flyers controlled Tuesday night's Class 2A Region III quarterfinal with District 19-2A rival Cross Roads for all but six minutes.

But it got so bad for LaPoynor down the stretch of the first half that what was a 13-point second-quarter lead for the Flyers turned into a one-point halftime deficit. However, a dominating second-half performance carried the Flyers to a convincing 75-56 win before a large gathering at UT Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center.

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Chris Taber Resigns As Jacksonville AD/Head Football Coach + Returning To Chapel Hill As OC

Chris Taber resigned as Jacksonville athletic director and head football coach to return to Chapel Hill as its offensive coordinator, a position he held from 2009-11. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Chris Taber resigned as Jacksonville athletic director and head football coach to return to Chapel Hill as its offensive coordinator, a position he held from 2009-11. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Chris Taber has resigned as athletic director and head football coach at Jacksonville, and is returning to Chapel Hill as its offensive coordinator, he told ETSN.fm Tuesday afternoon.

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Filed Under: , Category: Class 4A, Class 5A, Football, News

Texas State Offers Lufkin’s Bronson Massie

Lufkin defensive end/linebacker Bronson "Boom" Massie picked up an offer from Texas State on Saturday.  (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin defensive end/linebacker Bronson "Boom" Massie picked up an offer from Texas State on Saturday. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Lufkin 2016 defensive end/outside linebacker Bronson Massie received some good news upon his Texas State Junior Day visit on Saturday, picking up his second Division I FBS offer from the Bobcats.

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Filed Under: Category: Class 5A, Football, News, Recruiting

Newton’s Gabe Foster Picks Up Offer From McNeese State

Newton's Gabe Foster (9) carries the ball in the Class 3A Division II state championship game against Waskom on Dec. 18, 2014, in Arlington. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Newton's Gabe Foster (9) carries the ball in the Class 3A Division II state championship game against Waskom on Dec. 18, 2014, in Arlington. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

For the second time in a week, the McNeese State Cowboys extended an offer to a member of Newton's 2016 class.

Eagles running back/defensive back Gabe Foster was offered by McNeese State, he announced via Twitter on Saturday afternoon. It comes three days after Foster's teammate, linebacker Tanner Holmes, was also offered by the Division I FCS program.

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Filed Under: Category: Class 3A, Football, News, Recruiting

Third-Ranked Argyle Gets Off To Fast Start + Easily Dispatches Of Gilmer, 61-32

Argyle's Claire Betzhold (35) drives for a shot against Gilmer during their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night in Commerce. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Argyle's Claire Betzhold (35) drives for a shot against Gilmer during their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night in Commerce. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

COMMERCE -- Twelve months ago, the basketball season was a distant memory for Gilmer, having failed to qualify for the postseason. Not only did Gilmer resurrect its program this season, but the Lady Buckeyes advanced to the regional tournament for the first time since 1989.

And even though the final chapter ended with a 61-32 loss to defending regional champion and third-ranked Argyle in their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night at Texas A&M-Commerce's Field House, there will be no raining on the Lady Buckeyes' parade.

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Celina Uses Defensive Pressure + Red-Hot Shooting To Eliminate Canton In Regional Semis

Canton coach Dana Irvin talks to her team during a timeout in the Eaglettes' 79-50 loss to Celina in their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night in Commerce. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Canton coach Dana Irvin talks to her team during a timeout in the Eaglettes' 79-50 loss to Celina in their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night in Commerce. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

COMMERCE -- The Canton Eaglettes battled adversity all season long, but finally met a challenge they could not overcome.

Celina's full-court defensive pressure, half-court traps, and lights-out shooting from the floor made life miserable for Canton in a 79-50 rout in their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night at Texas A&M-Commerce's Field House.

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