Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Opinion

May 5, 2014

It’s been a great year for Henderson County sports

Athens — The 2013-14 sports year in Henderson County has been an amazing year for me as a writer.

The success of all our teams has shown across the county and has been an amazing sight to see as we wrap up the year.

We had five softball teams and five baseball teams make it to the bi-district round of the playoffs.

We have also had two athletes advance to the state track and field meet, and one of our golfers finished sixth out of 86 golfers in Class 2A.

Those track athletes are Madi Allen from Eustace and Amber Walker from Brownsboro High School. The strong finish from golf came from Alexis Jones from Malakoff High School.

We also had an undefeated regular-season football team in the Athens Hornets and a Heart of Texas Bowl championship team in the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals.

The Cardinals football team hit the magical 10-win mark in college football this past season. They finished out the regular season as the No. 5-ranked team in the country, and hold the second-longest winning streak at nine games.

TVCC also had four National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans and 10 first-or-second team Southwest Junior College Football Conference selections.

We had a basketball team in the Hornets that finished the season with a 29-2 overall record, and the No. 1-ranked TVCC Lady Cardinals won an unprecedented third-straight national title under coach Elena Lovato.

Tuesday night, we also had our first athletic banquet of the year as the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals and Lady Cardinals wrapped up a successful year.

The athletic programs at Athens High School had 16-of-20 programs qualify for the state playoffs.

According to the Athens High School athletic page, the football team went 54 years since becoming undefeated district champions. They also went 21 years since they were the outright district champions.

The program also had two regional qualifiers in cross country, 14 regional qualifiers in tennis, a regional qualifer in golf, a state qualifier in swimming and boys and girls powerlifting.  They also had a regional qualifier in boys and girls track.

The softball team just finished as a bi-district finalist with a loss to the Bullard Lady Panthers last week. They finished with a 13-12-1 record under first-year coach Morgan Harpole.

The Hornets baseball team are set to open their best-of-three playoff series with the Chapel Hill Bulldogs tonight, after winning a share of the district title this year.

The work ethic of the student athletes within the Hornets and TVCC programs is contagious. The students know with hard work and working with coaches that care about the success of the athletes, is how “Success breeds champions.”

The remaining county teams with Brownsboro, Cross Roads, Eustace, Malakoff, LaPoynor, Trinidad, Mabank and Kemp have also put together successful seasons.

We have had at least one playoff team at every school this season, which is awesome to see for our county.

I love the times when I get to go around the county to check out some of the other schools, and see what they are accomplishing throughout the county.

One of my favorite parts of the spring is the athletic banquets, because you get to see how proud the athletic directors and coaches are for the students.

You can also see how appreciative each student athlete is when they can come up and receive an award for the work they have done during the season.

I must admit that I am ready for the season to come to a close, so I can catch a little break. But I am always ready for the next season to begin.

I hope the next year for me is as thrilling as the past year was in Henderson County. It definitely had some memorable moments for all of our teams this year.

I hope for the readers that you have enjoyed the year, as much as I have reporting it for you guys.

Joe Elerson is the sports writer for the Athens Review. He can be reached at sportseditor@athensreview.com.

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