LaPoynor Sports News — 2021–2022

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Jan. 21, 2022


Flyers take convincing 100-55

win over Kerens five Jan. 21

The LaPoynor Flyers increased their District 19-2A record to 2-1 and their season mark to 22-6 Friday, Jan. 21 with a convincing 100-55 victory over the Kerens Bobcats at Kerens, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers led the Bobcats in every quarter, and after the tip they outscored Kerens 24-10 in the first quarter and went on to a 19-16 edge in the second period. Leading 43-26 at halftime, they proceeded to a 33-12 third quarter performance and secured their convincing win in the fourth quarter with a 24-17 advantage.

The Flyers had a 59 percent 2-point mark and were 66 percent at the free throw line. They hit 6 of 16 in 3-point tries. They had 39 rebounds and 22 steals as a team.

Five Flyers players scored in double figures led by Cooper Gracey’s 28 points, including two 3-pointers and a 2 for 3 performance at the free throw line. Two players sank 21 points. Dijuan Whitehead hit 72 percent of his shots and was 5 of 9 in free throw tries for his 21. Cort Reid also had 21, shooting 80 percent in 2-point field goals and sinking two 3-pointers. He was 7 of 8 at the free throw line. Evan Almeida scored 15 points including two 3-pointers and was 57 percent in 2-point shots. Kase Johnston scored 13 including a 3 for 4 mark in free throws. Jackson Young had 2 points,

Almeida had 11 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 2 deflections. Gracey pulled down 8 rebounds, had 4 assists, a block, 4 steals and 6 deflections. Johnston had 6 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals and 3 deflections. Whitehead had 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 steals. Reid had 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 deflections. Young had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Driskell had 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

The Flyers will host Frankston (3-0) in a first round district game at Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Junior varsity action begins at 4:30 p.m. and varsity action for the Lady Flyers and Flyers is scheduled to follow.

Score by Quarters:

Flyers    24    19    33    24 — 100

Kerens  10    16    12    17 —   55 


Jan. 18, 2022


Lady Flyers increase 19-2A mark

with 72-43 victory at Cross Roads

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers increased their District 19-2A record to 3-1 Tuesday, Jan. 18 with a convincing 72-43 victory over Cross Roads on the road, according to a report from Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers outscored Cross Roads in three of the four quarters, dominating in the first two 15-4 and 24-12 to lead 39-16 at halftime. They also outscored their opponents 19-12 in the third quarter. Cross Roads had the edge 15-14 in the final period but that was not nearly enough to offset the earlier LaPoynor lead.

Five Lady Flyers players scored in double figures. Leading scorer was Markayla Hurd with 21 points. Natalie Tobin had 13, Payton Maze 11 and Kitty Eldridge and Bre Howard each had 10. Tmia Mitchell scored 4 and Riley Thaw 3.

Tobin had 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks. Eldridge had 5 rebounds, 8 assists,  and 5 steals. Maze had 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 deflections. Hurd had 3 rebounds, 9 assists, a block and 5 steals. Howard had a rebound, 2 assists, 4 steals and a deflection.

The Lady Flyers will be going to Kerens on Friday, Jan. 21 to play along with junior varsities and the Flyers varsity.

Score by Quarters:

Lady Flyers  15    24    19    14 — 72

Cross Roads   4    12    12    15 — 43


Jan. 18, 2022


Flyers dominate Cross Roads five

93-25 for District 19-2A victory

The LaPoynor Flyers dominated play Tuesday, Jan. 18 defeating Cross Roads 93-25 increasing their District 19-2A record to 1-1 and scheduled to go to Kerens Friday, Jan. 21, according to a report from Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers won every quarter, holding the Cross Roads team to single digits in three quarters. The LaPoynor boys started the game with a 31-10 performance  and a 27-4 second quarter advantage, to lead 58-14 at halftime. They continued to dominate in the second half, outscoring Cross Roads 17-2 in the third quarter and 18-9 in the final period to secure their convincing victory.

Five Flyers players scored in double figures. Cort Reid led with 22 points. Kase Johnston got 16, Cooper Gracey 15, Matt Driskell 13 and Evan Almeida 12. Casey Ruiz had 7, Dijuan Whitehead 6 and Jackson Young 2. As a team, the Flyers had 9 three-point goals with Reid hitting 4 of 7. Johnston had 2 of 3 and Ruiz, Almeida and Gracey with one each.

As a team, the Flyers had 33 rebounds, 25 assists, 26 steals, 5 blocks and 9 deflections. Gracey had 7 rebounds, an assist, 3 steals, 2 blocks and a deflection. Driskell had 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a deflection. Whitehead had 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and a block. Almeida had 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 2 deflections. Reid had 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals and 2 deflections. Johnston had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 deflections. Young had 3 rebounds, 2 assists,  and 2 steals.

The Flyers, Lady Flyers and their junior varsities are scheduled to be at Kerens on Friday, Jan. 21 with action starting at 4:30 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor       31    27    17    18 — 93

Cross Roads  10      4      2      9 — 25


Jan. 14, 2022


Flyers seeking first 19-2A wins

after loss to Martins Mill five

The LaPoynor Flyers will be trying to bounce back in the District 19-2A race Tuesday, Jan. 18 when they journey to Cross Roads after falling to the Martins Mill Mustangs in their district opener on Friday, Jan. 14, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers still sport a 19-6 overall record even though they lost 78-69 to the Mustangs leaving them at 0-1 in district play.

They closed out their non-district season with a couple of losses, falling to a strong private school, Brook Hill, at Bullard 60-35 and then being edged by eight points at home against a formidable Addison Greenhill 64-56, a Dallas-Fort Worth area school.

Despite the fact that they were playing a highly-ranked 2A and district opponent on that opponent’s home court, the Flyers lost by only nine points. The Flyers will have another chance against Martins Mill in the second round on the Flyers’ home court.

The game was close for three quarters against Martins Mill. The Flyers were behind just 15-14 after the first quarter and 34-30 at halftime. The two teams each scored 18 in the third quarter and a win was in reach of the Flyers by that same four-point margin 52-48 going into the final period. However, the Mustangs outscored the Flyers 26-21 in the final period to take the narrow win.

Three Flyers players were in double figures against Martins Mill. Cooper Gracey led with 17 and Kase Johnston 16. Dijuan Whitehead had 14 points. Evan Almeida had 9 and Cort Reid 8. Matt Driskell scored 5. Johnston and Gracey each had two 3-pointers. The team was only 1 of 4 at the free throw line.

Gracey had 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals and a deflection. Almeida had 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 deflections. Reid had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 3 deflections. Whitehead had 4 rebounds and a deflection. Driskell had 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 deflections. Johnston had a rebound, 4 assists, a block, a steal and 4 deflections.

Against Greenhill, the Flyers started out strong with a 24-10 first quarter, but Greenhill came back with a 16-8 second quarter to narrow the Flyers score to 32-26 at halftime. However, Greenhill had a big second half outscoring the LaPoynor boys 38-24 to secure their 8-point win.

Gracey again led Flyers scorers with 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Whitehead had 16 points and Johnson 12, both with two 3-point field goals. Driskell had 5, with a three-point goal and Reid had 2. The team was 2 for 3 at the free throw line.

Almeida had 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 8 deflections. Reid had 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 deflections. Gracey had 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a deflection. Driskell had 4 rebounds, an assist, 3 steals and 3 deflections. Whitehead had 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 deflections. Johnston had 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 11 deflections.

Against Brook Hill, the Flyers fell behind in first half 29-10 and narrowed the Brook Hill lead to 34-27 at the end of the third quarter. However, Brook Hill came back strong in the final period 26-8 to secure the big win.

Only one Flyer scored in double figures. Whitehead had 12 points including a 2 for 2 performance at the free throw line. Johnston scored 9 points, Driskell and Gracey 5 each and Reid and Almeida 2 points each.

Reid had 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 2 deflections. Johnston had 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Gracey had 5 rebounds, an assist, 4 steals and 2 deflections. Whitehead had 3 rebounds.

In addition to the Cross Roads game on Tuesday, the Flyers will journey to Kerens on Friday, Jan. 21.

Scores by Quarters:

LaPoynor      4     6    17      8 — 35              Greenhill    10    16    19    19 — 64

Brook Hill   12   17     5     26 — 60              LaPoynor   24      8    17      7 — 56

LaPoynor        14    16    18    21 — 69

Martins Mill   15    19    18    26 — 78


Jan. 11, 2022


Lady Flyers defeat Cayuga 72-25

to increase record in 19-2A to 2-0

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers increased their District 19-2A record to 2-0 on Tuesday, Jan. 11 with a decisive 72-25 victory over the Cayuga Lady Wildcats at Nichols-Corley Gymnasium at LaPoynor School, according to a report by LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers started out strong against Cayuga in the first quarter taking a 21-13 lead. After that the Lady Flyer defense held the Lady Wildcats to single digits in every other quarter, posting a 36-17 lead at halftime and outscoring Cayuga 36-8 in the final two quarters.

Three LaPoynor players scored in double figures in the game. Natalie Tobin and Kitty Eldridge led with 17 points each. Payton Maze scored 13. Bre Howard and Tmia Mitchell each scored 9. Markayla Hurd had 4 and Riley Thaw 3. Thaw, Maze and Tobin each sank three-point goals. At the free throw line Howard was 7 for 8, Eldridge 5 for 6, and Maze and Tobin 2 for 2. Mitchell was 1 for 2.

Maze had 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 2 deflections. Howard had 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Tobin had 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4 steals and 2 deflections. Hurd had 2 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals.

Score by Quarters:

Cayuga          13       4      3      5 — 25

Lady Flyers   21    15    16    20 — 72


Dec. 28-30, 2021


LaPoynor Flyers win third at Houston Counnty Tournament

Dec. 28-30, 2021

Third Place Game — Flyers 66, China Spring 62

Semifinals — Palestine 77, Flyers 50

Flyers defeated Coldspring-Oakhurst 81-54, Ferris 58-55, Mexia 80-72

and Westwood 70-45 to reach the semifinals.


Dec. 28, 2021


Lady Flyers fall to Central Heights

69-58 in non-district test on Dec. 28

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers fell 69-58 in a non-district basketball contest to Central Heights on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at LaPoynor, according to a report from Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers took an early 11-10 lead over their opponents but were outscored 27-17 in the second period to trail 37-28 at halftime. Central Heights padded their lead in the third quarter with an 18-11 advantage. The Lady Flyers came back in the fourth period to outscore their opponent 19-14, but it was not enough to overcome their earlier deficit.

Two Lady Flyers scored in double figures. Leading scorer was Payton Maze with 15 points and Markayla Hurd had 12. Kitty Eldridge score 9, Riley Thaw and Tmia Mitchell had 7 each. Bre Howard had 6 and Emily Richardson 2. Hurd and Maze each hit one 3-pointer. Hurd was 5 of 6, Eldridge 3 of 4, Mitchell 5 of 9, Maze 2 of 4 and Thaw 1 of 2 from the free throw line.

Mitchell had 6 rebounds, an assist and 2 deflections. Hurd had 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and a deflection. Eldridge had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 deflections. Howard had 4 rebounds. Maze had 3 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and a deflection. Thaw had a rebound, an assist, 3 steals and a deflection.

The Lady Flyers will go to Brownsboro for non-district games on Saturday, Jan. 1 with junior varsity action starting at 1 p.m. They begin district play at Frankston on Friday, Jan. 7, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Central Heights    10    27    18    14 — 69

LaPoynor              11    17    11    19 — 58


Dec. 17, 2021


Flyers defeat North Hopkins

70-49 to boost record to 14-2

The LaPoynor Flyers boosted their season record to 14-2 on Friday, Dec. 17 with a 70-49 win over North Hopkins in a non-district basketball contest, according to Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The game was close in the first two quarters as the Flyers held only a 15-14 advantage in each quarter. They held a 30-28 halftime lead. However, the Flyers increased their advantage, outscoring their opponents 17-10 in the third quarter to pad their lead to 47-38. Then in the fourth quarter, they sealed their 21-point victory with a 23-11 surge in scoring.

Dijuan Whitehead’s nine field goals inside or near the paint and a free throw netted him 19 points. Evan Almeida hit 7 of 8 jumpers and was 3 for 4 at the free throw line to score 17. Cooper Gracey sank 5 of 7 for 2 points each and a three-pointer from the corner for 13 points. Matt Driskell was a perfect 3 for 3 in two-point field goals and sank a 3 from the corner for 9 points. Cort Reid also scored 9 thanks to a 4 for 4 performance at the charity stripe, a 2-pointer and a 3 from the corner. Casey Ruiz sank a three-pointer to add to the score.

Almeida had 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 5 steals and 3 deflections. Gracey had 8 rebounds, 5 assists, a block, a steal and 2 deflections. Reid had 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and 2 deflections. Whitehead had 3 rebounds, an assist, a steal and 2 deflections. Jackson Young had 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a deflection. Driskell had 4 assists, 2 steals and 3 deflections.

The Flyers next compete in the Houston County Tournament at Grapeland and Crockett on Dec. 28-30.  Then on Jan. 4, they journey to Bullard to take on Brook Hill in games starting at 5 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Flyers                    15    15    17     23 — 70

North Hopkins    14    14    10      11 — 49


Dec. 14, 2021


Flyers dominate Tenaha 100-56

in non-district offensive display

The LaPoynor Flyers dominated play against Tenaha Tuesday, Dec. 14 in a non-district contest 100-56 at Nichols-Corley Gymnasium, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers increased their record to 13-2.

The Flyers led Tenaha in every quarter but the second, jumping out to a 26-8 first quarter lead and leading 40-24 at the half. They took a 26-21 advantage in the third quarter to further increase their lead and then outscored Tenaha by 34-11 in the final quarter for the 44-point victory.

Cooper Gracey led Flyers scoring with 31 points, followed by Dijuan Whitehead’s 28 points. Evan Almeida add to the double figure scoring with 13. Kase Johnston had 9 and Matt Driskell 8 followed by Cort Reid with 7. Jackson Young and Casey Ruiz each had 2. Gracey dropped in six 3-pointers and Johnston, Reid, Almeida and Whitehead each had one three. Gracey was 5 for 6 and Reid was 2 for 5 at the free throw line. Whitehead was 3 for 3 and Johnston and Driskell were 2 for 4,

Gracey had 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 deflections. Whitehead had 7 rebounds, an assist and 2 blocks. Driskell had 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and 3 deflections. Johnston had 3 rebounds, 6 assists, a block and 6 deflections. Reid had 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and 2 deflections. Almeida had a rebound, 4 assists, 6 steals, 2 blocks and a deflection.

The Flyers will go to North Hopkins for a varsity only game to start at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17. On Dec. 28-30, the varsity will be in the Houston County Tournament at Grapeland and Crockett.

Score by Quarters:

Tenaha      8    16    21    11 —   56

 Flyers     26    14    26    34 — 100


Dec. 14, 2021


Lady Flyers fall to Tyler High

Dec. 14 in close contest 63-59

Tyler High School edged the LaPoynor Lady Flyers 63-59 Tuesday, Dec. 14 in a non-district basketball thriller at the Nichols-Corley gymnasium, according to a report by LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

Tyler outscored the Lady Flyers 17-12 in the first quarter, but LaPoynor came back to win the second period 17-15. Tyler led 32-29 at halftime. The Lady Flyers won the third quarter 18-11 to go into the final period ahead 47-43. However Tyler came roaring back with a 20-12 fourth period to take the 4-point win.

Payton Maze led LaPoynor scorers with 20 points. Kitty Eldridge and Markayla Hurd each got 14 points. Tmia Mitchell scored 7 and Natalie Tobin 4. Hurd had three 3–pointers and Maze and Eldridge each had 1. Eldridge was 5 for 7, Hurd 3 for 4, Mitchell 1 for 3 and Maze 1 for 2.

Maze had 9 rebounds, a steal and a deflection. Tobin had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Mitchell had 5 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals. Eldridge pulled down 3 rebounds, had 11 assists and a steal. Hurd had 2 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal and a deflection. Riley Thaw had 2 rebounds.

The next game for the Lady Flyers will be against Central Heights on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at home. The junior varsity game starts at 5 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Tyler High     17    15    11    20 — 63

Lady Flyers   12    17    18    12 — 59


Dec. 11, 2021


Lady Flyers win championship

of Central Heights Tournament

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers are champions of the Central Heights Tournament after defeating Woden 48-23 in the championship game on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 11, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

Lady Flyers Markayla Hurd was selected as tournament Most Valuable Player and Payton Maze was named to the All-Tournament Team. She averaged a double, double for the tournament.

The Lady Flyers reached the finals by winning the first round Thursday, Dec. 9 over Timpson 68-42 (see separate story), defeating Cushing in the second round 66-33 on Friday morning, Dec. 10 and then winning over Prestonwood in the semifinals 57-39 on Friday afternoon.

In the finals game against Woden, LaPoynor outscored their opponent in every quarter, taking the first quarter 14-10 and the second quarter 9-4 to take a 23-14 lead into the dressing room at halftime. They combined their offense with a stifling defense in the second half, outscoring Woden 11-4 and 14-5 in the respective quarters to secure their victory.

Three Lady Flyers scored in double figures against Woden. Hurd led with 16 points, followed by Kitty Eldridge with 11 and Maze with 10. Natalie Tobin had 5 and Riley Thaw and Tmia Mitchell each got 3. Thaw, Eldridge, Hurd and Tobin each had a three-pointer. Maze was 6 of 8 and Eldridge was 2 for 2 at the free throw line.

Maze had 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and a deflection. Eldridge had 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Tobin had 4 rebounds, a block and a steal.

In the semifinals game against Prestonwood, the Lady Flyers also won all four quarters outscoring their opponents 14-6 in the first quarter and 17-12 in the second to lead 31-18 at the half. The third quarter was close 14-13 but it was 12-8 in the final period on the way to the win.

Two Lady Flyers scored in double figures against Prestonwood. Eldridge had 12 and Hurd 11 while Maze and Mitchell had 9 and 8 respectively. Thaw also had 8 and Tobin sank 7. Adrianna Estrada got 2. Thaw had two 3-pointers and Eldridge, Hurd and Tobin had one apiece. As a team, the Lady Flyers made 22 free throws. Eldridge was 3 for 4, Hurd 2 for 5, Mitchell 2 for 4 and Maze 1 for 1.

Maze had 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Eldridge had 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and a deflection. Tobin had 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Mitchell had 2 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a deflection. Hurd had a rebound, 9 assists, 7 steals and 3 deflections.

In the second round game against Cushing, the Lady Flyers outscored their opponent in every quarter but they dominated the first two, scoring 18-9 in the first and 14-3 in the second, to lead 32-12 at the half. It was closer in the third but the Flyers still had the edge 18-12 and went on to rule in the fourth 16-9 for the 33-point victory.

Maze laid the groundwork for the win with a 21-point performance. Tobin scored 15, Eldridge 12 and Hurd 10 to round out the double-figure scoring. Thaw had 3, Emily Richardson and Mitchell 2 each and Kayleigh Logan 1. Maze and Hurd each had a three-pointer. Tobin was 3 for 4, Eldridge and Maze 2 for 2 each and Thaw, Hurd and Logan were 1 for 2 at the free throw line.

Tobin had 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, a steal and 2 deflections. Eldridge had 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Maze had 5 rebounds, a block and 5 steals. Hurd had a rebound, 13 assists, 6 steals and a deflection. Thaw had a rebound, 2 assists and a steal. Richardson and Estrada each had a rebound and a steal.

The Lady Flyers are scheduled to host Tyler High on Tuesday, Dec. 14 with junior varsity action starting at 4 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Lady Flyers  18 14  18   16 — 66               Prestonwood    6    12   13    8 — 39

Cushing          9   3  12     9 — 33               Lady Flyers    14    17   14  12 — 57

Lady Flyers 14    9   11  14 — 48 

Woden         10    4    4     5 — 23  


Dec. 9, 2021


Lady Flyers down Timpson to go

to tournament second round play

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers advanced to the second round of the Central Heights Tournament Thursday, Dec. 9 with a 68-42 win over the Timpson Lady Bears in the first round of the tournament, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers are scheduled to play Cushing at 10 a.m. at the tournament.

The Lady Flyers were coming off a 62-26 win over Kemp on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

In the Timpson game, the Lady Flyers outscored the Lady Bears in every quarter but the fourth. They took a 21-14 lead in the first quarter and had a 19-7 advantage in the second period to lead 40-21 at the half. They continued to pad their lead in the third quarter 20-11 before being outscored 10-8 in the final period, not nearly enough to make a difference for Timpson in the outcome.

Scoring for the Lady Flyers against Timpson were Kitty Eldridge with 18, Payton Maze with 17 and Markayla Hurd with 16. Natalie Tobin had 9, Riley Thaw with 5 and Tmia Mitchell 3. Eldridge was 4 for 4 in 3-pointers

Maze had 15 rebounds, an assist and a deflection. Tobin had 8 rebounds, 2 assists, a block, a steal and a deflection. Eldridge had 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a deflection. Hurd had 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Adrianna Estrada had 5 rebounds and a deflection. Mitchell had 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. Emily Richardson had 2 rebounds.

In the Kemp game, the Lady Flyers jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and outscored Kemp 16-7 in the second period to lead 37-7 at halftime. Kemp had a slight 17-15 advantage in the third quarter but the Lady Flyers outscored their opponents 10-2 in the final quarter to secure the win.

Maze had 19 points, Eldridge 15, Hurd 12, Thaw 7, Tobin 4, Richardson 3 and Mitchell 2. Maze was 3 for 4, Eldridge 2 for 2 and Hurd 1 for 1 at the free throw line.

Maze had 11 rebounds, an assist, 2 blocks, 4 steals and 3 deflections. Thaw had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 3 deflections. Tobin had 6 rebounds, an assist, 3 blocks,  a steal and a deflection. Eldridge had 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and a deflection.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor     21     19    20      8 — 68

Timpson        4       7     11    10 — 42

Kemp            0       7     17      2 — 26

LaPoynor   21     16     15    10 — 62


Dec. 7, 2021


Flyers stage comeback victory

over Malakoff 66-44 on Dec. 7 

The LaPoynor Flyers upped their season record to 12-2 Tuesday, Dec. 7 with a 66-44 non-district win over Malakoff at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium at LaPoynor School, according to Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers trailed 17-16 after the first quarter and 24-22 at the half but they came roaring back in the second half to outscore the Tigers 44-20, posting a 20-8 margin in the third quarter and a 24-12 fourth quarter performance.

Four Flyers players ended up in double figures. Dijuan Whitehead led with 18, Cooper Gracey 14, Evan Almeida 12 and Cort Reid 10. Kase Johnston scored 6, Matt Driskell 5 and Jackson Young 1. Driskell and Gracey each had a 3-pointer. Johnston was 2 for 3 and Young 1 for 2 at the free throw line.

Gracey had 11 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and 4 deflections. Johnston had 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, a block and a deflection. Whitehead had 9 rebounds, a steal, 2 blocks and 2 deflections. Almeida had 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Reid had 3 rebounds, an assist, 5 steals, a block and 3 deflections. Driskell had 2 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals.

The Flyers host Tenaha on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and on Friday, Dec. 17 they have an away game against North Hopkins with varsity only action starting at 1 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Malakoff    17      7      8    12 — 44

LaPoynor  16      6    20    24 — 66


Dec. 4, 2021


Lady Flyers receive third place

in action at Athens Tournament

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers came away from the Athens Tournament with third place after competition on Thursday thru Friday, Dec. 2-3, according to LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

In the first round of the tournament on Thursday, Dec. 2, the Lady Flyers defeated Gladewater 76-56. Then later in the day in the second round, they won over Texas City 89-36. On Friday morning Dec. 3, they lost to Bullard 57-49 and then on Friday afternoon, they won over Athens 62-42.

In the first round game, the Lady Flyers won every quarter but the fourth, taking the first quarter 19-9 and the second quarter 28-18 to lead 47-27 at halftime. They padded their lead in the third quarter 20-17 and then were slightly outscored in the fourth 12-9. The 32 points in the second half compared to 26 for Gladewater was enough for the 20-point win.

Leading scorer for LaPoynor was Kitty Eldridge with 24. Payton Maze had 17, Natalie Tobin 13, Markayla Hurd 9, Bre Howard 6, Tmia Mitchell 4, and Riley Thaw 3.

Maze had 16 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 deflections. Howard had 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a deflection. Tobin had 8 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Hurd had 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Eldridge had 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Mitchell had 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Emily Richardson had 3 rebounds.

In the second round game with Texas City, the Lady Flyers dominated in every quarter. In the first quarter they outscored their opponent 19-8 and 30-12 in the second period. LaPoynor led 49-20 at halftime. In the second half they outscored Texas City 40-16 to cement the win.

Leading scorer for the Flyers was Eldridge with 30 points, including three 3-pointers. Howard scored 20 points, including a three-pointer. Maze had 12 points, Hurd and Tobin had 10 each, Tobin with two 3-pointers. Thaw had 4 and Mitchell 3. Eldridge scored 5 of 6 at the free throw line and Howard 11 of 12.

Maze had 13 rebounds, 5 steals and a deflection. Howard had 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Eldridge had 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. Mitchell had 6 rebounds, 6 assists and  steals. Hurd had 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 2 deflections. Richardson had 3 rebounds. 

In the third round game Friday morning, Bullard outscored the Lady Flyers in three of the four quarters. They took the first quarter15-13 and the second quarter 13-11 to lead 28-24 at halftime. The two teams had a 10-10 draw in the third but the Panthers won the fourth quarter 19-15 to secure an 8-point win.

For the Lady Flyers, Eldridge led scorers with 16 points and Hurd 15 including a three-pointer. Mitchell had 8, Howard and Maze 4 each and Thaw 2. Eldridge was 6 of 8 at the free throw line.

Howard had 7 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Eldridge had 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. Hurd had 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. Tobin had 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

In the fourth round game against Athens, the Lady Flyers had a 22-19 edge in the first quarter and a 6-4 edge in the second to lead 28-23 at the half. Athens had a one point advantage 13-12 in third quarter but LaPoynor surged to a 22-6 lead in the fourth, assuring a 20-point victory.

Scoring for the Lady Flyers were Hurd with 21 points including a three-pointer and Eldridge with 19. Maze had 8 and Howard 5. Scoring 3 points each were Thaw, Mitchell and Tobin. Hurd was 10 of 12 and Eldridge was 5 of 8 at the free throw line.

Maze had 14 rebounds, 3 steals and a deflection. Eldridge had 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 2 deflections. Tobin had 8 rebounds, an assist, and 5 steals. Mitchell had 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals. Hurd had 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a deflection.

The Lady Flyers are scheduled to host Kemp with junior varsity action to start at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Then on Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 9-11, they will be in the Cushing Tournament.

Scores by Quarters:

Gladewater   9 18 17 12 — 56

LaPoynor 19 28 20   9 — 76

LaPoynor 19 30 21 19 — 89

Texas City   8 12 13   3 — 36

Bullard15 13 10 19 — 57

LaPoynor 13 11 10 15 — 49

LaPoynor 22   6 12 22 — 62

Athens19   4 13   6 — 42


Dec. 4, 2021


Flyers fall to Bullard 60-54

in Athens Tourney title play

The LaPoynor Flyers ended a successful run in the Athens Tournament Saturday, Dec. 4 falling to Class 4A-1 Bullard 60-54 in the championship game, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers are now 11-2 so far in non-district competition.

Bullard built up an early lead in the contest outscoring the Flyers in the first quarter 21-11 and following up with a 13-7 advantage in the second period to lead at the half 34-18. The Flyers made a strong comeback in the second half, outscoring the Panthers 19-14 in the third and 17-12 in the fourth quarter but Bullard won by six points.

Dijuan Whitehead led Flyers scorers with 18 points and Cooper Gracey added 16 along with Kase Johnston’s 11 points. Cort Reid added 5 and Evan Almeida 4. Gracey sank three 3-pointers and was 3 of 7 at the free throw line. Whitehead was 2 of 3 and Johnston was 1 of 2 at the charity stripe and contributed two 3-point goals. Reid also had a three-pointer.

Johnston had 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a deflection. Gracey had 7 rebounds, a steal and 3 deflections. Whitehead had 5 rebounds, an assist, and 3 steals. Almeida had 5 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal. Reid had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and 2 deflections. Matt Driskell had 3 rebounds  and a deflection.

The Flyers earned the spot in the championship game with wins in the first round over Dallas Christian 89-54 on Thursday, Dec. 2 and in the second round over Henderson 63-39 on Friday. Then they defeated Athens 61-58 Friday in a semi-finals matchup.

LaPoynor and Dallas Christian were close in the first quarter with the Dallas team taking a 19-17 lead, but the Flyers came roaring back in the second quarter with a 27-9 advantage to give them a 44-28 lead at halftime. The Flyers continued to dominate in the second half, outscoring Dallas Christian 45-26 to secure their victory.

Kase Johnston led scorers for the Flyers with 21 points, shooting 71 percent from the field. Three other LaPoynor players were also in double figures. Dijuan Whitehead had 18, Evan Almeida 16, including two three-pointers, and Cooper Gracey 14. Matt Driskell had 7, Cort Reid 6, Jackson Young 5 and Casey Ruiz 2.

Johnston had 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 6 steals, a block and 2 deflections. Whitehead had 9 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a deflection. Reid had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 deflections. Almeida had 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, a block and 2 deflections. Gracey had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 8 steals and 3 deflections. Driskell had 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 deflections.

Against Henderson, things were close in the first half. The Flyers led by only a point in the first and second quarters and had only a 25-23 lead at halftime. However, the LaPoynor team picked up the pace in the second half, outscoring the Lions 16-6 in the third quarter and 22-10 in the final period to move out for the win.

Leading the Flyer scoring against Henderson was Gracey with 18 including two three-pointers. Whitehead had 16 including a three-pointer. Johnston had 12 points including a three-pointer. Almeida had 8 and Driskell had 7 points and Reid 2. Gracey was 4 for 6 at the free throw line for 67 percent.

Gracey had 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 5 deflections. Johnston had 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, a block and 4 deflections. Whitehead also had 7 rebounds as well as a steal. Almeida had 4 rebounds, an assist, 6 steals and 7 deflections. Reid had 3 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and a deflection. Driskell had 3 rebounds, an assist,  and 2 deflections.

In the Athens game, the Hornets took an early lead outscoring the Flyers 13-9 in the first quarter, but the Flyers came back in the second period with an 18-14 performance to knot things at halftime at 27-27. Athens went ahead 17-13 in the third quarter but the Flyers came back with a 21-14 fourth quarter to take the narrow win.

Gracey led Flyer scorers with 23 including two three-pointers, followed closely by Whitehead with 20, including a three-pointer. Almeida had 8 points. Reid had 8 points, including a three-pointer. Johnston scored 2.

Johnston had 11 rebounds, 9 assists, a steal, a block and 3 deflections. Whitehead had 9 rebounds, a block and a deflection. Gracey had 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, 3 blocks and 2 deflections. Almeida had 5 rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and a deflection. Reid had 3 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a deflection. Driskell had 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 deflections.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor    11      7    19    17 — 54

Bullard       21    13    14    12 — 60


Dec. 3, 2021


Flyers in Athens Tournament

Championship game Dec. 4

The LaPoynor Flyers are headed to the championship game of the Athens Tournament Saturday, Dec. 4 and will face Bullard at 5 p.m., according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers earned the spot in the championship game with wins in the first round over Dallas Christian 89-54 on Thursday, Dec. 2 and in the second round over Henderson 63-39 on Friday. Then they defeated Athens 61-58 Friday in a semi-finals matchup.

LaPoynor and Dallas Christian were close in the first quarter with the Dallas team taking a 19-17 lead, but the Flyers came roaring back in the second quarter with a 27-9 advantage to give them a 44-28 lead at halftime. The Flyers continued to dominate in the second half, outscoring Dallas Christian 45-26 to secure their victory.

Kase Johnston led scorers for the Flyers with 21 points, shooting 71 percent from the field. Three other LaPoynor players were also in double figures. Dijuan Whitehead had 18, Evan Almeida 16, including two three-pointers, and Cooper Gracey 14. Matt Driskell had 7, Cort Reid 6, Jackson Young 5 and Casey Ruiz 2.

Johnston had 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 6 steals, a block and 2 deflections. Whitehead had 9 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a deflection. Reid had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 deflections. Almeida had 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, a block and 2 deflections. Gracey had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 8 steals and 3 deflections. Driskell had 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 deflections.

Against Henderson, things were close in the first half. The Flyers led by only a point in the first and second quarters and had only a 25-23 lead at halftime. However, the LaPoynor team picked up the pace in the second half, outscoring the Lions 16-6 in the third quarter and 22-10 in the final period to move out for the win.

Leading the Flyer scoring against Henderson was Gracey with 18 including two three-pointers. Whitehead had 16 including a three-pointer. Johnston had 12 points including a three-pointer. Almeida had 8 and Driskell had 7 points and Reid 2. Gracey was 4 for 6 at the free throw line for 67 percent.

Gracey had 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 5 deflections. Johnston had 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, a block and 4 deflections. Whitehead also had 7 rebounds as well as a steal. Almeida had 4 rebounds, an assist, 6 steals and 7 deflections. Reid had 3 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and a deflection. Driskell had 3 rebounds, an assist,  and 2 deflections.

In the Athens game, the Hornets took an early lead outscoring the Flyers 13-9 in the first quarter, but the Flyers came back in the second period with an 18-14 performance to knot things at halftime at 27-27. Athens went ahead 17-13 in the third quarter but the Flyers came back with a 21-14 fourth quarter to take the narrow win.

Gracey led Flyer scorers with 23 including two three-pointers, followed closely by Whitehead with 20, including a three-pointer. Almeida had 8 points. Reid had 8 points, including a three-pointer. Johnston scored 2.

Johnston had 11 rebounds, 9 assists, a steal, a block and 3 deflections. Whitehead had 9 rebounds, a block and a deflection. Gracey had 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, 3 blocks and 2 deflections. Almeida had 5 rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and a deflection. Reid had 3 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a deflection. Driskell had 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 deflections.

Scores by Quarters:

Dallas Christian 19      9    12    14 — 54

LaPoynor            17    27    25    20 — 89

Henderson         13    10      6    10 — 39

LaPoynor          14     11    16    22 — 63

LaPoynor           9    18     13    21 — 61

Athens              13    14     17   14 — 58


Nov. 30, 2021


Flyers dominate Woden 99-53

in non-district action Nov. 30

The LaPoynor Flyers varsity basketball team dominated play in all four quarters to win 99-53 over Woden Tuesday, Nov. 30 at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium at LaPoynor School, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers are now 8-1 for the season in non-district play.

The Flyers jumped out to a 28-12 lead in the first quarter and outscored Woden 22-19 in the second quarter to lead 50-31 at halftime. They continued to pad their lead in the third quarter with a 26-15 advantage and they cemented their win with a 23-7 fourth quarter performance.

Five players scored in double figures for the Flyers with Dijuan Whitehead leading with 25 points, followed closely by Cooper Gracey with 22 and Matt Driskell with 21. Evan Almeida had 14 points and Kase Johnston 11. Other scorers were Cort Reid with 4 and Jackson Young 2. Driskell had 4 three-pointers, Gracey 3 and Almeida 2. The Flyers were strong at the free throw line. Almeida sank 8 for 8, Driskell 9 for 12, Gracey 7 for 10, Johnston 4 for 6, Young 2 for 2 and Whitehead 3 for 9.

Whitehead had 9 rebounds and two steals. Gracey had 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 3 deflections. Driskell had 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals and a deflection. Johnston had 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and 3 deflections. Almeida had 3 rebounds, 4 steals and a deflection. Reid had 2 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and 2 deflections.Young had 2 rebounds.

The Flyers varsity will be in the Athens Tournament and the Flyers Junior Varsity will be in their own LaPoynor JV Tournament Thursday thru Saturday, Dec 2-4. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Flyers will host Malakoff with the JV game starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the varsity contest.

Score by Quarters:

Woden    12    19    15      7 — 53

Flyers     28    22    26    23 — 99


Nov. 27, 2021


Flyers defeat Tyler Gorman 77-42

in non-district contest on Nov. 27

The LaPoynor Flyers defeated Bishop Gorman of Tyler 77-42 on Saturday, Nov. 27 in a non-district basketball game, according to Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The LaPoynor boys are now 7-1 for the season so far, losing only to Lipan, one of the top ranked 2A teams in the state.

The Flyers outscored the Gorman Crusaders in the first three quarters, 14-5 in the first, 20-10 in the second and 28-12 in the third. They led 34-15 at halftime.

Three Flyers players scored 19 points to lead the scorers. They were Evan Almeida, Cooper Gracey and Dijuan Whitehead. Matt Driskell score 10, Cort Reid 5, Casey Ruiz 4 and Kase Johnston 1. Almeida has three 3-pointers, Gracey four and Reid one. Driskell was 4 for 7 at the free throw line and Ruiz and Almeida were 2 for 2. Whitehead went 1 for 1. The team scored 61 percent at the free throw line.

Gracey had 13 rebounds, 3 assists, a deflection and a block. Almeida had 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 5 deflections. Whitehead had 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Johnston had 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 deflections and a block. Driskell had 5 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and 2 deflections. Reid had 4 rebounds, 7 steals, 2 deflections and a block. Ruiz had 4 rebounds and a deflection. As a team, the Flyers had 49 rebounds, 21 assists, 17 steals and 17 deflections. 

The Flyers are scheduled to host Woden on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium with junior varsity action starting at 5 p.m. On Thursday thru Saturday, Dec. 2-4, the JV will host their own tournament and the Flyers varsity will be in the Athens Tournament, along with the Lady Flyers varsity.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor     14    20    28    15 — 77

Gorman         5    10    12    15 — 42


Nov. 22, 2021


Lady Flyers dominate Athens

early for 50-23 win on Nov. 22

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers outscored the Athens Lady Hornets in three quarters Monday, Nov. 22 to win 50-23 in a non-district game at LaPoynor, according to a report by LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers scored 16 points in the first quarter and held their opponents to no points. In the second quarter LaPoynor scored 14 points to only 6 for the Lady Hornets. They led 30-6 at halftime. Athens had the edge in the third quarter 10-8 but LaPoynor came back in the fourth quarter to outscore Athens 12-7 and preserve a 27-point victory.

Payton Maze led Lady Flyer scorers with 18 points. Natalie Tobin had 12. Markayla Hurd had 7, Kitty Eldridge 5, Bree Howard 4, and Emily Richardson and Tmia Mitchell 2 each.

Maze and Tobin had 8 rebounds. Eldridge and Adrianna Estrada had 4 each. Howard, Hurd and Mitchell had 3 each and Richardson had 2. Hurd had 5 assists and 5 steals. Mitchell had 4 assists and 2 steals. Tobin had 3 assists and 2 blocks. Howard had 3 steals. Maze had 2 steals.

The Lady Flyers will journey to Mt. Vernon on Tuesday, Nov. 30 with junior varsity action starting at 4:30 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Athens           0      6    10      7 — 23

LaPoynor   16    14      8    12 — 50


Nov. 22, 2021


Flyers dominate Athens five

for 86-79 non-district victory

The LaPoynor Flyers boosted their season record to 6-1 Monday, Nov. 22 with an 86-79 victory over the Athens Hornets in basketball action at LaPoynor, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers outscored the Hornets in every quarter but the fourth, leading Athens 46-41 at halftime and ahead 71-53 at the end of the third quarter. Athens outscored the Flyers 26-15 in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to overcome the earlier Flyer lead.

Cooper Gracey led Flyers scorers with 24 points. Dijuan Whitehead had 21, Kase Johnston 14, Evan Almeida 13, Cort Reid 8 and Matt Driskell 6.

Gracey also led in rebounds with 12 and had 4 deflections, an assist and a block. Whitehead had 7 rebounds and 2 deflections. Johnston had 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Reid had 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Driskell had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 deflections. Almeida had 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals.

The Flyers will be participating in the Tyler Officials Chapter Showcase at Whitehouse on Saturday, Nov. 27, times to be announced. Then on Tuesday, Nov. 30, they will host Woden at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium with junior varsity action starting at 5 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Athens          23     18    12    26 — 79

LaPoynor     26     20    25    15 — 86


Nov. 19-20, 2021


Lady Flyers win Wells Tournament

championship over Woden  Nov. 20

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers captured the championship of the Wells Tournament Saturday, Nov. 20 with a 50-33 victory over Woden, according to a report from Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers had reached the finals by defeating Groveton in the first round 57-26 on Thursday, Nov. 18. They won the second round by defeating state 6th ranked Chireno 39-27 on Friday morning, Nov. 19 and then winning over Central that afternoon 46-36.

LaPoynor led in every quarter except the first and were ahead 27-23 at half. They put the game away in the second half, holding Woden to single digits with a 23-10 advantage.

In the Chireno game, the Lady Flyers were behind 16-15 at the half but went ahead 24-20 in the third quarter and outscored the Chireno team 15-7 in the final period to gain the victory.

Against Central, the two teams were knotted at 10 each in the first quarter but by halftime the Lady Flyers had gone ahead 26-17 thanks to a 16-7 win in the second period. Central took the third quarter 11-9 but the Lady Flyers secured the win with a 11-8 performance in the final quarter.

The Groveton contest was covered in a previous story HERE .

The shooting of Markayla Hurd gave her the lead with 22 points against Woden. Kitty Eldridge had 12, Payton Maze 7, Natalie Tobin 4, Bree Howard 3 and Tmia Mitchell 2.

Eldridge and Tobin led in rebounds with 5 each. Hurd and Mitchell had 4 apiece. Eldridge and Hurd had 5 assists each. Hurd had 8 steals.

In the Chireno game, Eldridge led scorers with 15 and Hurd had 11. Maze had 6, Tobin 5 and Mitchell 2.

Maze had 10 rebounds and 4 steals. Tobin had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Mitchell had 4 rebounds and 6 assists and Eldridge 3 rebounds. Hurd had 3 steals.

In the Central contest, Hurd led with 15 points and Eldridge scored 12. Maze and Mitchell each had 6. Howard had 3 and Adriana Estrada and Tobin each scored 2.

Maze had 8 rebounds and Eldridge 7 and 3 assists and 2 steals, Hurd and Mitchell had 5 rebounds each and Howard and Tobin 4. Tobin led with 5 assists and Hurd had 3.

The Lady Flyers and Flyers are scheduled to host Athens with junior varsity action to start at 8 a.m., a schedule change.

Scores by Quarters:

Woden          12    11      9      1 — 33

Lady Flyers   9    18    11    12 — 50


Chireno          7      9      4      7 — 27

Lady Flyers   7      8      9    15 — 39


Central               0      7    11      8 — 36

Lady Flyers     10    16      9    11 — 46


Nov. 19-20, 2021


Flyers take runner-up tourney

spot Nov. 20, fall to No. 2 Lipan

The LaPoynor Flyers were faced with an overnight turnaround with two of the top state-ranked 2A teams, Port Aransas and Lipan, and ended as runnerup in the Marlin Classic at Port Aransas held Sept. 18-20, according to LHS Coach Jim Reid.

Cooper Gracey and Kase Johnston were both named to the all-tournament team. 

After defeating No. 3 Port Aransas 80-38 on Friday night, Nov. 19, they faced No. 2 Lipan in the championship game and fell 69-41 on Saturday morning, Nov. 20.

“The boys (Flyers) did a really good job,” Coach Reid said. “It was a tough, quick turnaround. We played Port Aransas at 8 last night (Nov. 19) and Lipan at 10:30 this morning (Nov. 20).”

The Flyers got into the championship game after winning in the first round over Rockport-Fulton 75-66 and the second round over Poolville 84-54. (See separate stories HERE ).

After the Poolville win earlier in the day on Friday Nov. 19, the Flyers faced Port Aransas in the evening and came away with a big victory.

Against Port Aransas, the Flyers scored 30 points in the first quarter while holding their opponent to only 7. Then in the second quarter they had a 19-9 advantage. It was 49-16 at halftime. The LHS team was not finished, however. They went on to outscore Port Aransas in the second half 31-22 to secure the convincing tournament semi-final win.

Cooper Gracey led Flyer scorers with 25 points, followed by 20 by Evan Almeida. Kase Johnston added 17 to round out double-figure scoring. Dijuan Whitehead got 8 and Matt Driskell 5 while Jackson Young scored 3 and Cort Reid 2. Almeida had four 3-pointers and Johnston and Gracey 3.

After scoring 80 points the night before, the Flyers got only 41 against Lipan. 

Lipan outscored the Flyers 19-6 in the first quarter and led 36-23 at halftime. Lipan shooters were hot in the second half, outscoring the Flyers 33-18 to secure the championship trophy.

Whitehead led Flyers scorers with 14 and Johnston had 10. Reid scored 7, Gracey 6, Driskell 3 and Young 1. Johnson and Gracey had two 3-pointers each and Driskell, Reid and Whitehead one each.

The Flyers and Lady Flyers are scheduled to play Athens at Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on Monday, Nov. 22 with junior varsity action starting at 8 a.m., a schedule change.

Scores by Quarters:

LaPoynor   6     17     11       7 — 41

Lipan       19     17     18     15 — 69


Port Aransas   7       9     11     11 — 38

LaPoynor      30     19     13     18 — 80


Nov. 19, 2021


Flyers take early lead, hold it

for 84-54 win over Poolville

The LaPoynor Flyers took an early lead against Poolville on Friday morning, Nov. 19 and went on to take an 84-54 victory in the second round of the Port Aransas Marlin Classic, according to a report by LHS Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers led the Poolville team 31-21 after a quarter and padded their lead to 52-32 by halftime. LaPoynor won the third quarter 19-8 to lead 71-40 going into the final quarter and sealed their win with a 13-12 performance in the final period.

Cooper Gracey led scorers with 28 points, including 4 three-pointers. Evan Almeida had 19 with 3 three-pointers, Cort Reid 13, with three 3’s and Dijuan Whitehead scored 10. Matt Driskell and Jackson Young added 6 each and Kase Johnston had 2.

The Flyers  played Portt Aransas at 7:30 p.m. Friday night, Nov. 19 and came away with a 80-38 victory. They were scheduled to play Lipan Saturday morning in the next round of the Classic. Game stories to follow.

• • • •

Flyers defeat Rockport Fulton 

75-66 in Marlin Classic opener

The LaPoynor Flyers opened their appearance at the Port Aransas Marlin Classic with a win over competitive Rockport Fulton 75-66 on Thursday, Nov. 18 and advanced into the second round against Poolville on Friday, Nov. 19, according to a report from LHS Coach Jim Reid.

The win gave the Flyers a 3-0 record against non-district opponents so far this season.

The Flyers outscored Rockport 22-14 in the first quarter but Rockport came back to outscore LaPoynor 25-9 in the second period and take a 39-31 lead into the dressing room at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Flyers staged their own comeback, outscoring Rockport 26-8, led by the shooting of Kase Johnston, Evan Almeida and Dijuan Whitehead, and taking a 57-47 lead into the final quarter.

Rockport was able to outscore the Flyers 19-18 in that final stanza, but that was not enough to overcome the 10-point Flyer lead going in.

Johnston led Flyer scorers with 27-point performance. Whitehead had 13, Almeida 12, Matt Driskell 10, Cooper Gracey 8 and Cort Reid 5.


Nov. 18, 2021


Lady Flyers first round winner

Nov. 18 in Wells Tournament

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers won over Groveton 57-26 in the first round of the Wells Tournament Thursday, Nov. 18, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers jumped out to a 22-5 first quarter lead and led 32-7 at halftime. They outscored Groveton 25-19 in the second half.

Natalie Tobin led LaPoynor scorers with 15 points. Markayla Hurd had 14 and Kitty Eldridge scored 10. Payton Maze had 6, Bree Howard 5, Tmia Mitchell 4 and KayleighLogan 3.

Maze pulled down 15 rebounds and had 2 steals, had 5 assists and 2 steals. Eldridge had 10 c and Hurd had 6 steals. Mitchell had 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Howard and Tobin each had 2 steals.

The Lady Flyers were to play the other first round winner on Friday, Nov. 19.

Score by Quarters:

Groveton         5       2       9      10 — 26

LaPoynor     22     10      10      15 — 57


Nov. 16, 2021


Lady Flyers dominate Grapeland

75-24 in non-district test Nov. 16

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers defeated Grapeland 75-24 Tuesday, Nov. 16 on the road in a non-district basketball game, according to a report by LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers dominated the Grapeland girls in every quarter, holding them to single digits.

Markayla Hurd led LaPoynor scorers with 22 points followed by Payton Maze with 15 and Kitty Eldridge and Natalie Tobin with 14 each. Tmia Mitchell and Riley Thaw with 4 each. The team shot 53 percent from the field and was 72 percent at the free throw line.

Maze had 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Hurd had 5 assists and 4 steals. Eldridge had 5 rebounds,  8 assists and 5 steals. Mitchell had 6 assists and 3 steals. Tobin had 6 rebounds and 2 assists.

On Thursday thru Saturday, Nov. 18-20, the Lady Flyers were participating in the Wells Tournament.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor.     21     22     11     21 — 75

Grapeland      7       5       8       4 — 24


Nov. 15, 2021


Flyers surge in fourth quarter

for 68-66 win over Huntington 

The LaPoynor Flyers surged back in the fourth quarter to take a 68-66 victory over Huntington Monday, Nov. 15 and boost their non-district record to 2-0, according to a report from Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers were outscored 20-12 in the first period and trailed 41-22 at halftime, but they held the Huntington team to a 15-15 draw in the third quarter and then surged to a 31-10 fourth quarter performance to take the win.

That all happened even though the Flyers shot only 37 per cent from the field while Huntington put the ball through the net 55 percent from the field. The Red Devils had the advantage in three-pointers, hitting 41 per cent to only 13 percent for the Flyers. The Flyers put up more shots inside the paint, hitting 19 out of 34 while Huntington hit 16 of 23. The two teams were close at the charity stripe as LaPoynor sank 13 of 23 and the Red Devils 9 of 18.

The big advantage for the Flyers was their rebounding. They got 43 total to only 22 for the Red Devils. Also they had 19 assists and 18 steals while blocking 4 shots. In addition, the Flyers forced 19 turnovers and had 22 deflections.

Dijuan Whitehead led Flyers scorers with 16 points, hitting six of 10 shots inside the paint. Kase Johnston got 15 points, including 10 inside the paint, and went 5 of 9 at the free throw line. Evan Almeida and Cooper Gracey each had 11 points, each with a three pointer and key free throws. Cort Reid had 9 points, thanks to a couple of two-pointers, a three pointer and a 2 for 3 performance at the free throw line. Matt Driskell’s three two-pointers in the paint gave him 6 points.

Johnston and Gracey led in rebounds with 10 each. Reid had 7 rebounds and Whitehead had 6 while Almeida and Driskell each got 5. Johnston had 7 assists and 5 steals while Reid had 4 assists and 5 steals. Gracey blocked 2 shots.

The Flyers were scheduled to participate in the Port Aransas Marlin Classic beginning Thursday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 20. On Thursday they defeated Rockport Fulton 75-66 in the first round and defeated Poolville 84-54 Friday morning, Nov. 19 in the second round. They are scheduled to play Port Aransas at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 in the next round. Game stories to follow.

Score by Quarters:

Lady Flyers       12    10    15    31 — 68

Huntington       20    21    15    10 —  66


Nov. 12, 2021


Flyers down Tyler Heat 79-39

in Nov. 12 non-district action

The LaPoynor Flyers outscored Tyler Heat in every quarter Friday, Nov. 12 to take a 79-39 non-district victory before a home crowd at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers have 1-0 season record so far.o 

After leading by only a single point, 17-16 in the first quarter, the Flyers picked up the pace to score 21 points in the second period to only 5 for the Heat. Leading 38-21 at halftime, the Flyers outscored the Heat 41-18 in the second half to win by 40 points.

Leading scorer for the Flyers was Cooper Gracey with 22. DiJuan Whitehead followed with 16 and Evan Almeida with 15. Cort Reid had 9, Matt Driskell 8, Kase Johnston 7 and Jackson Young 2.

Gracey had 13 rebounds. Whitehead and Johnston 5 each, Reid and Almeida 4 each and Driskell 3. Johnston made 7 assists and had 5 steals. Gracey had 4, and Whitehead, Almeida and Driskell 3 steals each. Johnston and Gracey each had one block.

The Flyers go to Huntington on Monday, Nov. 15 with junior varsity action starting at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity game.


Nov. 12, 2021


Lady Flyers defeat Waco Connally

52-38 in Nov. 12 basketball action

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers won over Class 4A Waco Connally 52-38 in non-district basketball action on Friday, Nov. 12 in Waco, according to a report by LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers took a 14-10 first quarter lead and they held that four-point advantage until halftime when the were ahead 30-26. In the third quarter, the Lady Flyers increased their lead to 42-33 and then outscored their opponents 10-5 in the final period to win by 14 points.

Payton Maze led LHS scorers with 16 points, followed by Kitty Eldridge with 11. Markayla Hurd had 9 points and Tmia Mitchell 8.

Maze had 10 rebounds, Eldridge and Mitchell 8 each and Hurd had 4 steals.

The Lady Flyers are scheduled to go to Grapeland on Tuesday, Nov. 16 for another non-district game. Junior varsity action starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity contest.

Score by Quarters:

Lady Flyers   14    16    12    10 — 52

Connally        10    16      7      5 — 38


Aug. 10,  2021


Veteran coach, educator Jim Reid to be

new LaPoynor Boys’ Basketball Coach

The LaPoynor Flyers boys’ basketball team will have a new coach when the season starts later this year.

Jim Reid

JIM REID

He is Jim Reid, who wears two hats. He also will be elementary school principal.

The new coach says he will be starting his 28th year in education. Last year he did not coach but was the secondary assistant principal at LaPoynor.

Coaching, however, is nothing new to Reid.  When basketball season begins at LaPoynor, he says he will be starting his 27th year as a basketball coach, his 26th year as a varsity boys’ basketball coach.

Prior to coming to LaPoynor, Reid said he had been head coach at Brazos High School for a year, Zavala High School for two years, Port Aransas for five years, Pflugerville Hendrickson for 12 years and Quitman High School for five years.

Coach Reid said that during his career he has had 400 plus wins, 15 playoff appearances, 10 district championships, five regional tournaments and one state tournament (2003 at Port Aransas) and has been on the Texas Assn. of Basketball Coaches Board of Directors 2015-2018.

The new head boys’ basketball coach’s wife of 22 years, Brooke, is a teacher and assistant track coach at LaPoynor. His 19-year-old son is a sophomore at Oklahoma Wesleyan where he plays basketball. Other children are Sydney, a senior, and Cort, a freshman, at LaPoynor High School.

Coach Reid will be taking the basketball coaching job after veteran Coach Dean Nuckolls accepted the head boys basketball coach job at Bullard High School.Dec. 14, 2021

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