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Jan. 20, 2023


Flyers defeat Kerens on Jan. 20;

to host Martins Mill on Jan. 24

The LaPoynor Flyers continued to be undefeated in District 19-2A play Friday, Jan. 20 with an 81-29 victory over the Kerens Bobcats on the road, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers win over Kerens increased their season record to 20-7 and their district performance to 3-0.

The Flyers put together two strong first half quarters  at 20-6 and 28-6 to lead over Kerens 48-12. The posted a 16-10 third quarter and a 17-7 fourth quarter to secure their victory.

Leading scorer for the Flyers was Cort Reid with 23 points who had an impressive 5 of 6 baskets inside and found the range for 2 of 3 three-pointers. He also was 7 of 7 at the free throw line. Cooper Gracey had 18 points, including a three-point basket and 7 of 11 near the basket and a free throw. Evan Almeida scored 15 points, shooting 6 of 9 inside and 3 of 4 in free throws. Dijuan Whitehead had 7 points, a three-pointer and 2 of 3 inside. Matt Driskell had 6 points, on an inside goal and a 4 of 5 performance at the free throw line. Mann Scott had 5 points, on a three-pointer and an inside basket. Daniel Scott had 4 points on two inside baskets and Jackson Young had a three-point basket.

Gracey and Almeida each had 9 rebounds, Almeida with 5 assists and 3 steals and Gracey with 3 assists and 3 steals. Driskell had 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Reid had 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 9 steals. Whitehead had 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Daniel Scott had 2 rebounds and a block. Mann Scott had a rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Young had an assist.

The Flyers were to host Martins Mill in their first district meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24 following the Junior Varsity and Lady Flyers games at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on the LaPoynor campus with JV action starting at 4:30 p.m. 


Jan. 20, 2023


Lady Flyers host Martins Mill

Jan. 24 after victory at Kerens

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers were to be hosting Martins Mill Tuesday, Jan. 24 to try to balance things in the District 19-2A race after a Jan. 6 loss to the Lady Mustangs at Ben Wheeler.

The Lady Flyers varsity game will follow 4:30 p.m. Junior Varsity games at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on the LaPoynor campus.

The Lady Flyers are coming off a convincing 55-21 victory over Kerens on Friday, Jan. 20 at Kerens to give them 25-3 season and 4-1 district records, according to a report from Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

Bre Howard led LaPoynor scorers with 17 points, sinking four three-point baskets, two inside goals and a free throw. Kitty Eldridge had 12 points on five  baskets inside and 2 of 2 free throws. Payton Maze and Savannah Reynolds each had 8, Maze on a three-pointer, two inside and a free throw and Reynolds on a three-pointer, an inside basket and 3 of 3 in free throws.

Markayla Hurd led in rebounds and assists with 8 and 6 respectively. Maze and Eldridge led in steals with 4 each.


Jan. 17, 2023


Indians varsity, JV win District

games over Kerens on Jan. 17

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team defeated the Kerens Bobcats 62-30 Tuesday night, Jan. 17 in a District 19-2A game at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

The win gave the Indians a 13-9 season record and a 1-1 district mark. Their only 19-2A loss was a narrow 34-31 defeat on Friday, Jan. 13 by the top-ranked Martins Mill Mustangs.

Against Kerens, the Indians led in every quarter, jumping out to a 16-6 lead in the first period and taking a 19-9 advantage in the second to lead 37-15 at halftime.

They continued to dominate the Bobcats in the second half with a 14-10 third quarter and an 11-5 final period.

As usual they used their strong defense to hold off their opponents and worked their offense to score timely baskets as well as making 10 of 15 free throws. The Indians sank six three-point baskets overall.

None of the Bobcats scored in double figures.

Senior guard Caleb Ramsey led scorers with 19 points including two three-point baskets, three inside and 7 of 8 free throws. Sophomore guard Jake Westbrook scored 14 points on two 3-pointers and four close in. Senior post Benton Allen  had 8 points. He sank three baskets inside, including a couple of rebound tip-ins. Senior guard Kason Newport had 7 points on a three-pointer and two inside goals. Sophomore guard Tyler Rogers had 6 points, including a three-point goal and one inside as well as a free throw. Senior guard Kody Loebig and senior post Ke’Aundre Barnes each scored 2 points up close.

Early in the evening, the Indians Junior Varsity scored a 38-30 win over the Bobcat JV.

The Indians JV started out strong with a 16-7 first quarter  and were outscored in the second period 6-10 but still led 22-17 at the intermission. They outscored the Bobcat JV 16-13 in the second half to assure their 8-point win.

Leading scorer for the Tribe JV was Carson Bizzell with 14 points on four three-pointers and one inside. Three other JV players Triston McCoy, Peyton Jaco and Joseph Allen scored 6 points each, McCoy 2 of 2 in free throws, Jaco on two three-pointers and Allen on three inside. Ayden Lewis had a single two-pointer.

The Indians varsity and JV will go to Cayuga on Friday, Jan. 20. The varsity will play at 8:15 p.m. following JV and Maidens varsity games. 


Jan. 17, 2023


Maidens defeat Kerens girls 63-25

to even District 19-2A hoop record

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team defeated the Kerens Lady Bobcats 63-25 in District 19-2A action Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

The win boosted the Maidens district record to 2-2, having won over Cross Roads and lost to LaPoynor and Martins Mill in prior games.

The Maidens dominated the Lady Bobcats in every quarter leading 16-7 in the first period and fighting off a Kerens challenge 18-12 in the second quarter to lead 34-19 at halftime.

The Maidens came back strong in the second half and outscored the Lady Bobcats 15-2 in the third and 14-4 in the final period to secure their victory.

Wila Davis led Maidens scorers with 17 points, hitting on three 3-point goals and on two inside while getting 4 of 7 at the free throw line. Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton got 12 points on six goals close in. Bandy Bizzell had five inside baskets for 10 points. Mya Mitchell sank three near the basket and was 1 of 2 in free throws for 7 points. Mariyah Hatton and Kaysiah Burnett had 4 points each, Hatton with 4 of 7 free throws and Burnett with a couple of inside goals. Desirae Hatton had 3 points on an inside goal and a free throw. Lynsie Bizzell, Kaylee Davis and Kaysie Nabors each had 2 points on inside baskets.

There was no girls junior varsity game.


Jan. 17, 2023


Lady Flyers dominate Cross Roads

62-25 in District 19-2A hoop play

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers dominated Cross Roads for three quarters to take a 62-25 District 19-2A basketball victory on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on the LaPoynor campus, according to a report by Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

The win increased the Lady Flyers season record to 24-3 and their district record to 3-1.

The LaPoynor girls won the first quarter 21-2 and the second 15-4 to lead 36-6 at halftime. They increased their lead in the third quarter with a 16-4 performance to lead 52-10. Cross Roads had the edge in the fourth quarter 10-15 but it was not enough to offset the earlier Lady Flyer scoring.

Three Lady Flyers scored in double figures. Kitty Eldridge had 22 points, Markayla Hurd 16 and Bre Howard 10. Tmia Mitchell and Savannah Reynolds had 5 each. Payton Maze and Adriana Estrada scored 2 each.

Eldridge led with 9 rebounds and had 3 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Mitchell had 3 rebounds, 6 assists, a block and 4 steals.

The Lady Flyers will go to Kerens for games on Friday, Jan. 20. Junior varsity action starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by Lady Flyers varsity and Flyers varsity games.


Jan. 17, 2023


Flyers boost 19-2A record to 2-0

dominating hoops on home court

The LaPoynor Flyers scored prolifically throughout to defeat Cross Roads in every quarter Tuesday, Jan. 17 and increased their District 19-2A record to 2-0 and their season mark to 19-7 before a home crowd at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on the LaPoynor campus, Flyers Coach Jim Reid reported.

When the final buzzer sounded, the Flyers had recorded a 107-33 victory.

Six Flyers scored in double figures during the contest while holding their opponents to single digits in all but the first quarter.

At the end of the first quarter, the Flyers posted a 26-13 win, but in the second period they scored 37 points and allowed Cross Roads only 9. At halftime, the Flyers held a 63-22 lead. In the second half, they had a 44-11 advantage to increase their winning margin.

Scoring for the Flyers were Cooper Gracey with 27, Cort Reid with 21, Evan Almeida with 18, Matt Driskell with 11 and Dijuan Whitehead and Mann Scott with 10 points each. Daniel Scott had 8 and Jackson Young 2.

As a team, the Flyers had 11 three-point goals. Gracey hit 5 of 8 of those. Reid and Almeida contributed 2 each and Whitehead and Driskell had 1 each. The Flyers got 8 points at the free throw line. Reid sank 3 of 5 and Driskell and Gracey were perfect at 2 of 2. Whitehead had 1 of 1. The team shot 64.7 per cent inside, lead by 6 of 7 by Almeida, 6 of 9 by Reid, 5 of 8 by Mann Scott, 5 of 9 by Gracey and 4 of 7 by Daniel Scott. Driskell sank 3 of 7 and Whitehead hit all three of his inside shots.

The Flyers team had 43 rebounds, 25 off their own shots. The team had 30 assists and 16 steals. Daniel Scott led in rebounds with 10. Gracey had 9 and Reid and Whitehead had 6 each. Driskell and Mann Scott each had 4. Reid led in assists with 7 and Driskell and Almeida each had 6. Mann Scott had 4. Reid led in steals with 5 and Mann Scott had 3. Young and Gracey each had 2. Gracey, Daniel Scott and Whitehead each posted blocks.

The Flyers will be at Kerens on Friday, Jan. 20, playing in the last game after the junior varsity and Lady Flyers. Action is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.


Jan. 13, 2023


Flyers defeat Cayuga Wildcats

83-36 for 19-2A opener victory

The LaPoynor Flyers won their District 19-2A basketball opener Friday night, Jan. 13 with a convincing 83-36 victory over the Cayuga Wildcats at Cayuga for a 1-0 record in district play and a season mark of 18-7, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers held their opponent to single digits in two of the four quarters in the contest. They took the first quarter 12-8 and then scored 27 points to 10 for the Wildcats in the second period. They led at halftime 39-18.

Coming out in the second half they posted 31 points to only 7 by Cayuga to lead 70-25 going into the final period. In the fourth period they had a 13-11 edge to secure their 47-point win.

Leading scorer for the Flyers was Cort Reid with 21 points, 6 of 6 on the inside and 9 of 13 at the free throw line. Evan Almeida had 19 points, including a three-point basket and 6 of 10 on the inside along with 4 of 7 free throws. Cooper Gracey scored 17, on two three-point goals, 5 near the basket and 1 of 2 in free throws. Mann Scott and Dijuan Whitehead each had 9 points. Scott had a three-pointer, two inside and was 2 of 2 at the free throw line. Whitehead sank two inside and had 5 of 9 free throws. Matt Driskell had 6 points, two inside and 2 of 4 free throws. Jackson Young had 2 points.

Gracey had 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Reid had 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Almeida had 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 steals. Mann Scott had 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. Daniel Scott had 4 rebounds and an assist. Whitehead had 3 rebounds and an assist. Driskell had 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal.


Jan. 13, 2023


Lady Flyers defeat Cayuga 67-37

in 19-2A hoop action on Jan. 13

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers defeated Cayuga 67-37 in District 19-2A basketball play Friday, Jan. 13 to increase their district record to 2-1 and their season record to 23-3, according to a report by Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers won three of the four quarters against the Lady Wildcats.

The LaPoynor girls took the first quarter 21-11 and the second period 18-7 to lead 39-18 at halftime. Cayuga won the third quarter 11-5 to cut the Lady Flyers lead to 44-29 but the LaPoynor girls came back in the fourth quarter with a 23-8 performance.

Scoring for the Lady Flyers were three players in double figures. Kitty Eldridge led with 31 points, including a three-point goal, 9 of 11 from inside and 10 of 12 at the free throw line. Markayla Hurd had 12 points, a three-pointer, 4 of 8 close to the basket and a free throw. Tmia Mitchell had 11 points, 2 of 5 inside and 7 of 10 free throws. Payton Maze and Bre Howard each had 5 points. Maze had a three-point goal and was 2 of 2 at the free throw line. Howard was 2 of 2 near the basket and had one free throw. Kendall Garcia had 2 points, 2 of 2 in free throws. Adriana Estrada had a free throw.

As a team, the Lady Flyers had 28 rebounds, 14 assists, a block and 24 steals.

Eldridge had 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. Howard had 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Maze had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a block and 5 steals. Hurd had 3 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal. Savannah Reynolds, Garcia and Estrada each had 2 rebounds. Reynolds had an assist and 2 steals. Estrada had an assist and a steal. Mitchell had 2 assists and 7 steals.


Jan. 13, 2023


Indians edged 34-31 in final

seconds by Martins Mill five

A three-point basket in the final seconds of the game gave the Martins Mill Mustangs the edge 34-31 against the Frankston Indians basketball team Friday night, Jan. 13 in the District 19-2A opener at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

Trailing 27-24 going into the fourth quarter, the Indians tied things up at 27-27  and went ahead 29-27, thanks to free throws by Caleb Ramsey and Kason Newport. The Mustangs came back with a two-point basket by Elliott Hilliard to tie the score at 29-29. Newport’s 2-point goal pulled the Indians back ahead 31-29 but Hilliard came back with another 2-pointer to tie the game at 31-31 with just over two minutes left.

As the clock ticked down in the game, Jak Kinder sank the three point goal which was to win the game for Martins Mill.

With about 20 seconds left, the Indians strategized to make a comeback but despite a chance at a goal and a trip to the foul line, the Indians came away with no more points and the Mustangs took the narrow win.

The game was nip-and-tuck from the beginning, Martins Mill taking a 7-4 lead in the first quarter with Benton Allen and Ramsey getting inside baskets. A 3-pointer by Kinder was the difference for the Mustangs.

Two 3-pointers, including a couple more by Kinder helped the Mustangs win the second period 13-11 and lead 20-15 at the half.

Tight defense by both teams marked the second half but the Indians were able to outscore Martins Mill 9-7 in the third and move to within three points of the Mustangs 24-27, setting up the drama of that decisive 7-7 fourth quarter and the timely three-point Martins Mill win.

Ramsey led Indians scorers with 13 points on four goals inside and a 5 of 6 performance at the free throw line. Newport followed with 7 points on a three-pointer and an inside basket and 2 of 3 free throws. Allen had two inside goals for 4 points. Kody Loebig got a three-pointer in the second quarter. Jake Westbrook and Ke’Aundre Barnes each had two-point goals

Kinder led Martins Mill with four three-point baskets and 12 points. One of those three-pointers proved key to the Mustangs’ win. Alex Tyner scored 7 on three inside and the Mustangs’ only free throw. Elliot Hilliard’s timely two inside baskets and 4 points helped the Mustangs stay in striking distance of their win in the fourth period.

In a 5 p.m. game at the Ousley Middle School Gymnasium, the Indians JV fell to their Martins Mill counterparts 30-20. It was 9-9 at the half but the Mustangs JV had a 16-6 third quarter to lead 25-15 at the end of the third. The two teams tied 5-5 in the fourth and Martins Mill had a 10-point win.

Carson Bizzell led Tribe JV scorers with 7. Payton Jaco and Joseph Allen had 4 each. Tyler Rogers had 3 and Devin Allen 2. The Indians JV had only one three-point goal while Martins Mill sank six.

The Indians varsity (12-9, 0-1) will host the Kerens Bobcats at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Robert Loper Coliseum, following the Maidens varsity game against Kerens.


Jan. 13, 2023


Maidens varsity falls to  top-rated

Martins Mill in second 19-2A loss

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team suffered their second loss to top-ranked district and Class 2A opponents Friday night, Jan. 13 against Martins Mill at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, they had lost to a top-ranked LaPoynor team after having won over Cross Roads in their district opener.

Martins Mill opened in the first quarter with a 28-3 surge over the Maidens and went on to win 68-13 in the District 19-2A game.

The Lady Mustangs used pinpoint three-point shooting and timely baskets in transition to forecast what may be coming later. They then punctuated their first quarter showing with a 17-5 second quarter advantage and a 45-8 lead at intermission.

At times, the Martins Mill girls continually penetrated the Maidens defense while  the Maidens would put up shots, and couldn’t get them to fall.

The Maidens defense tightened some in the second half but Martins Mill continued to score at almost every opportunity with a 17-4 third quarter, padding their lead to 62-12 going into the fourth quarter. 

The Frankston girls fared some better in the fourth period with a 1-6 deficit but the Lady Mustangs had secured their dominant victory.

Ja’Shalyn Hatton led the Maidens with 5 points on two inside goals and a 1 of 2 trip to the free throw line. Kaylee Davis had 3 points on an inside goal and a free throw in the first quarter. Mya Mitchell got 2 points on a goals inside in the third quarter. Wila Davis got 2 points also in the third quarter. Bandy Bizzell sank 1 of 2 free throws in the fourth.

Leading scorer for Martins Mill was Kate Lindsey with 22 points, including six three-point goals.

In an earlier game, the Maidens Junior Varsity lost to their Martins Mill counterparts 31-18. They were outscored 14-0 in the first quarter but came back to edge the Lady Mustangs JV 6-4 in the second period. They still trailed 18-6 at halftime. The Maidens JV improved their defense and scoring in the second half, posting a 6-6 tie in the third quarter and edged 6-7 in the final period but could not overcome the first half deficit.

Caylin Freeman led Maidens scorers with 12 points and Kennedi Musselman and Briley Jimenez had 3 each. (See Video clip HERE )


Jan. 10, 2023


Maidens sustain first district loss

against LaPoynor Lady Flyers

The Frankston Maidens were defeated Tuesday, Jan. 10 by the LaPoynor Lady Flyers, one of the top girls basketball teams in District 19-2A and 2A rankings, and face the other top-ranked district and 2A team when they host Martins Mill on Friday, Jan. 13 at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston, according to a report by Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

The Lady Flyers, playing on their home court at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium, won the Tuesday evening game 67-27.

The Lady Flyers were dominant in three of the four quarters, jumping out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter but being held to only a 6-5 advantage in the second period. The LaPoynor girls led 21-7 at halftime. The Maidens picked up their scoring in the second half, but the Lady Flyers answered with a 24-point third quarter and a 22-point performance in the fourth. The Maidens had 10 points in the third and 10 in the fourth.

Leading scorer for the Maidens was Wila Davis with 12 points, including a three-point goal in fourth quarter and a two-point basket in each of the other periods. She also had a 3 of 4 trip to the free throw line. Bandy Bizzell had 4 points, a goal inside in the third and fourth quarters. Mariyah Hatton had a three-pointer in the third period. Scoring two point goals were Lynsie Bizzell, Aryonna Hatton and Mya Mitchell. Kaylee Davis and Kaysiah Burnett were each 1 of 2 at the free throw line.

Bre Howard led Lady Flyers scorers with 20 points, sinking four three-point baskets and four inside. Markayla Hurd scored 13 points on a three-point goal, four inside and 2 of 4 free throws. Kitty Eldridge and Tmia Mitchell each scored 8, Eldridge on three inside and 2 of 3 free throws and Mitchell on a three-pointer, an inside basket and a 3 of 3 performance at the free throw line. Payton Maze was 4 of 4 in free throws and sank a three-point goal for 7 points. Adriana Estrada had 5 points on a three-point basket and one inside. Kendall Garcia had 4 points on two near the basket. Savannah Reynolds had a single two-point goal.

Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze reported that his team had 25 rebounds, 21 assists and 17 steals in the game. Leading in rebounds were Eldridge and Estrada with 7 each. Hurd had 4 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Mitchell had 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Maze had 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals. Howard had 2 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals. Reynolds had 3 assists and 2 steals.

The two teams are each 1-1 after two district games. The Maidens had defeated Cross Roads in their district opener and the Lady Flyers had lost to Martins Mill in their first district game.

Maidens Coach Coker was disappointed with her team’s loss but had hopes that the outcome could be different when they meet the Flyers on the Maidens home court later in the season.

The Maidens face another formidable opponent on Friday, Jan. 13 when the district leading Martins Mill Lady Mustangs come to the Frankston home court at the Robert Loper Coliseum. Junior varsity action will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity contests for the Maidens and Indians.

The Lady Flyers will journey to Cayuga on Friday, Jan. 13 with junior varsity play starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by Lady Flyers varsity and Flyers varsity games.


Jan. 10, 2023


Indians end non-district play

with 44-40 win over Mineola

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team finished their non-district schedule with a 44-40 win over the Class 3A Mineola Yellowjackets on Tuesday, Jan. 10 on the road, according to Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The win makes the Indians season record 12-8 and is a prelude to the opening of District 19-2A play against Martins Mill on Friday, Jan. 13 at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

It was the second meeting of the Indians against Mineola. They had lost to the Yellowjackets on Dec. 3 in the third place game of the White Oak Tournament 32-26.

The Indians had the edge in the first quarter 14-10 and in the second period 12-6 to lead at halftime 26-16, thanks largely to the shooting of Ke’Aundre Barnes, Jake Westbrook, Caleb Ramsey and Benton Allen.

Mineola outscored the Indians 16-14 in the third quarter to narrow the Tribe lead to 40-32 going into the fourth quarter. The Yellowjackets came back in the fourth period with an 8-4 advantage, but Ramsey’s inside basket and 2 of 2 performance at the free throw line preserved a four-point winning margin.

Scoring for the Indians were Ramsey with 13 points on a three-point goal, four baskets inside and two key free throws. Westbrook had 11 points on three 3-pointers and an inside goal. Allen and Barnes each had 6, both with inside baskets. Kody Loebig had 5 points on a three-point goal and a score close in. Davis Holladay had a three-point basket in the second quarter.


Jan. 6, 2023


Maidens defeat Cross Roads 56-33

to get first 19-2A victory on Jan. 6

The Frankston Maidens started District 19-2A play Friday night, Jan. 6 with a 56-33 win over the Cross Roads Lady Cats to go 1-0 in district play at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

The quick Lady Cats hit 7 of 9 free throws in the first quarter and only two goals inside to lead the Maidens 11-10. However, the Maidens held the Lady Cats to only  2 of 6 at the free throw line and a goal close to the basket while scoring a 3-point goal, six 2-point baskets and a free throw for 16 points. The Maidens led 26-15 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Maidens outscored the Lady Cats 16-9 on two 3s, four inside and a couple of free throws to increase their lead to 42-24. The Frankston girls went on to outscore Cross Roads 14-9 and ice their victory.

Scoring for the Maidens were Wila Davis with 20 on three 3-pointers, four inside and a 3 of 4 performance at the free throw line. Bandy Bizzell had 14 points on seven inside goals. Kaylee Davis had 7 points sinking three near the basket and a free throw. Kaysie Nabors had 6 points on three inside baskets. Mya Mitchell had  4 points inside. Mariyah Hatton had a three-pointer and Aryonna Hatton and Desirae Hatton each sank a free throw. (See Video clip HERE )


Jan. 6, 2023


Indians defeat Grandview 52-46

in non-district contest on Jan. 6

The Frankston Indians increased their season record to 11-8 with a competive non-district win 52-46 over Grandview on Friday, Jan. 6 on the road, according to a report by Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians jumped out to a 15-10 first quarter lead, thanks to scoring by Benton Allen, Caleb Ramsey and Jake Westbrook. In the second period, Grandview had a 14-11 advantage, thanks largely to four 3-point goals and narrowed the Tribe lead to 26-24 at halftime.

The Indians came out strong in the third quarter with a 15-8 win to increase their lead to 41-32 going into the fourth quarter. Baskets by Kason Newport, Kody Loebig, Ramsey and Ke’Aundre Barnes provided the Indians scoring.

Grandview outscored the Tribe14-11 in the final quarter but 5 of 7 free throws by the Indians plus a couple of inside baskets proved enough to preserve the Indians’ 6-point victory.

Scoring for the Indians were Ramsey with 15 on six goals inside and a 3 of 4 performance at the free throw line. Newport had 12 on two 3s and three inside goals. Loebig had 9 points on a three-point goal, two inside and 2 of 3 free throws. Westbrook had 7 points on a three-pointer and a couple of inside baskets. Barnes had 4 on two close to the goal. Allen had one inside and a free throw for 3 points. A.J. Donnell had a two-point goal.


Jan. 6, 2023


Flyers defeat Pottsboro 81-61

in non-district contest Jan. 6

The LaPoynor Flyers journeyed to Pottsboro Friday, Jan.6 and came home with an impressive 81-61 non-district victory over the Cardinals to improve their season record to 17-7, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers came out of the bus and onto the floor in the first quarter and promptly set the pace for the game with a 31-9 performance. They continued to command the scoreboard with a 19-12 second quarter and a 50-21 lead at halftime.

Pottsboro attempted a comeback in the second half, taking the third quarter 22-15 to narrow the Flyers margin to 65-43, going into the fourth quarter. The Cardinals got a narrow 18-16 win in the final period, not enough to avoid their 20-point loss.

Cooper Gracey led Flyers scorers with 20 points, sinking a three-pointer, 8 of 9 closer in and a free throw. Cort Reid had 14 with seven two-point goals. Dijuan Whitehead had 13 points, sinking 5 of 5 near the goal and a three-point basket. Matt Driskell had 12 points, including two three-point baskets and 3 of 4 inside. Evan Aldmeida scored 9 points on a three-point goal and three closer to the basket. Mann Scott had 5 points, a three-pointer and one goal inside. Jackson Young had 3 points on a three-point goal and Daniel Scott had 3 on a basket inside and a free throw. Casey Ruiz scored 2 points close in.

Gracey had 10 rebounds, 5 assists,  and 2 blocks. Reid had 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Daniel Scott had 6 rebounds, an assist and 2 blocks. Almeida had 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Mann Scott had 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Young had 2 rebounds. Ruiz had 2 rebounds and a steal. Driskell had a rebound, 4 assists and 2 steals and Josiah Young had a rebound.

The Flyers will anticipate the start of District 19-2A action at Cayuga starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. 


Jan. 6, 2023


Martins Mill edges Lady Flyers

in low-scoring 19-2A test 42-34

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers and the Martins Mill Lady Mustangs battled it out in their first District 19-2A game and the Lady Mustangs came away with a 42-34 win at Martins Mill Friday, Jan. 6, according to a report from Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

The first half was a low-scoring affair for both teams with Martins Mill taking the first quarter 9-6 and the Lady Flyers getting the edge 4-3 in the second period. The Lady Mustangs led 12-10 at halftime. The Lady Mustangs outscored the LaPoynor girls 12-10 in the third quarter to lead 24-20 going into the fourth quarter. They secured their eight-point victory with an 18-14 advantage in the final period.

Lady Flyers Coach Maze described the contest as a very competitive game between two great teams.

“We had great leadership from our upperclassmen,” the coach said.

The Lady Flyers coach also praised the “passion and energy” of Lady Flyers Payton Maze and Tmia Mitchell.

“We hate to lose but hopefully this will be a three-game series with our second district game and once in the playoffs,” Coach Maze said.

Only one player on each team scored in double figures. Mattie Dollar (3) scored 17 points for the Lady Mustangs, hitting 6 two-point goals and 5 of 8 free throws.

Scoring for the Lady Flyers was fairly balanced with Payton Maze getting 9 points on three 3-point goals. Tmia Mitchell had 7 with a two-point goal and 5 of 9 at the free throw line. Bre Howard and Kitty Eldridge each had 6, Howard with two 3-pointers and Eldridge with a three-pointer and 3 of 6 in free throws. Markayla Hurd had 5 points on two inside baskets and a free throw. Adriana Estrada had a free throw.

As a team, the Lady Flyers had 17 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks and 8 steals.

Mitchell had 6 rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal. Howard had 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Hurd had 3 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and 3 steals. Maze had 2 rebounds, an assist and a block. Estrada had 2 rebounds. Eldridge had a rebound and 4 steals.


Jan. 3, 2023


Indians defeat 4A Pittsburg 46-33

in non-district home test on Jan. 3 

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team increased their non-district record to 10-8 Tuesday, Jan. 3 with a 46-33 win over Class 4A Pittsburg at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston, according to a report by Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians defense held the Pirates to just 5 points in the second period while scoring 18, thanks to the shooting of Kody Loebig, Caleb Ramsey, Benton Allen and Kason Newport. That gave the Indians a 25-15 lead going into the intermission.

Neither team got scores in double digits in the third quarter but Pittsburg had an 8-7 edge to make the Tribe lead 32-23 going into the fourth period. The Indians secured their win with a 14-10 performance in that final period, thanks to field goals by Jake Westbrook and Ke’Aundre Barnes and 5 of 6 free throws by Ramsey.

Scoring for the Indians were Ramsey with 17 on five baskets inside and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Westbrook scored 9 points on a 3-point basket and three inside. Allen and Loebig score 6 points each, Allen on three inside and Loebig on a couple of 3-point goals. Newport and Barnes each had 4 points, Newport on a three-pointer and a free throw and Barnes on two baskets up close in the key fourth quarter.


Jan. 3, 2023


Maidens fall to Class 4A Bullard

36-22 in non-district test Jan. 3

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team fell to Class 4A Bullard 36-22 Tuesday, Jan. 3 on the road in a non-district game, according to a report from Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

Neither team could score much in the first quarter but the Maidens had a 4-3 lead. Bullard picked up the pace in scoring 13 points to 6 for the Maidens in the second quarter to lead 17-9 at the half. The Lady Panthers continued to increase their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Maidens 10-2 to lead 27-12 going into the fourth period. The Maidens won the fourth quarter 11-9 but it was not enough to offset the Bullard earlier lead.

Eight Maidens scored in the single digits in the game. Leading was Mya Mitchell with 7 points. Kaylee Davis scored 3 points, all in the first quarter. Six other Maidens scored 2 points. Mariyah Hatton, Bandy Bizzell, Kaysiah Burnett, Kaysie Nabors and Wila Davis got their two points on inside baskets and Lynsie Bizzell went 2 of 2 at the free throw line


Jan. 3, 2023


Flyers top Clarksville 91-69,

boost season record to 16-7

The LaPoynor Flyers boosted their season record to 16-7 Tuesday, Jan. 3 with a 91-69 win over the Clarksville Tigers in a non-district basketball game at Clarksville, according to a report from Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers jumped out to a 29-15 lead in the first quarter and posted a 22-17 second quarter to lead 51-32 at halftime. The Tigers won the third quarter 23-18 to narrow the Flyers lead to 69-55. The Flyers came back to secure their win with a 22-14 performance in the final period.

Five Flyers players scored in double figures in the game, led by Evan Almeida with 20 points. Almeida had a three-point basket and hit 7 of 9 inside along with 3 of 4 from the free throw line. Cooper Gracey scored 19 points, including a three-pointer, 6 of 9 inside and 4 of 5 in free throws. Cort Reid had 15, including a three-point goal, 2 of 4 inside and 8 of 12 in free throws. Dijuan Whitehead sank 13 points on a three-pointer and 5 of 5 inside goals. Matt Driskell had 10 points, sinking 4 of 7 inside and hitting 2 of 4 free throws. Daniel Scott had 6 points, on 3 of 3 inside. Mann Scott sank 2 of 5 close to the basket. Jackson Young had a three-point goal and Casey Ruiz was 1 of 2 at the free throw line.

As a team, the Flyers had 31 rebounds, 26 assists, 14 steals and 5 blocks.

Almeida had 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Gracey had 7 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and a block. Reid had 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Daniel Scott had 4 rebounds, an assist and 3 blocks. Driskell had 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a block. Mann Scott had 3 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals. Whitehead had 3 rebounds.


Jan. 3, 2023


Class 4A Chapel Hill edges

Lady Flyers by 50-49 Jan. 3

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers varsity basketball team was edged 50-49 by Class 4A Chapel Hill in a non-district thriller Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Chapel Hill, according to Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

The win gave the Lady Flyers a 21-2 non-district record going into District 19-2A play on Friday, Jan. 6 against perennial rival Martins Mill.

The Flyers started things off to their liking against Chapel Hill with an 11-6 first quarter and padded their lead in the second period with a 14-10 performance. They led 25-16 at the halftime intermission. The Lady Bulldogs came out in the third quarter to post a 14-9 win to narrow the Lady Flyers lead to 34-30. Chapel Hill continued to improve their game in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Flyers 20-15 to take the one-point win.

“The kids (Lady Flyers) played well, but Chapel Hill got it done down the stretch,” Flyers Coach Maze said.

Four Lady Flyers players scored in double figures. Bre Howard led with 14 points with a three-point goal, 4 of 5 near the basket and 3 of 3 at the free throw line. Payton Maze had 13 points on three 3-pointers and two goals inside. Kitty Eldridge scored 11 on four inside and 3 of 4 in free throws. Markayla Hurd had 10 points on four inside and two free throws. Tmia Mitchell had a free throw.

Maze had 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and 4 steals. Eldridge had 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 5 steals. Hurd had 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Bre Howard had 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Mitchell had a rebound, 2 assists, a block and 5 steals. Adriana Estrada had a rebound, an assist and a steal.

The Lady Flyers go to Martins Mill on Friday, Jan. 6 for their first district games. The junior varsity game will start at 4:30 p.m. followed by the varsity contest. 


Dec. 30, 2022


Flyers top Van Alstyne, Cole

in Whataburger Tournament

The LaPoynor Flyers boys varsity basketball team won games against Class 4A Van Alstyne and No. 5 Class 3A San Antonio Cole and lost by a point to No. 11 Class 3A Lytle and by two points to No. 8 Class 3A Ponder in the Whataburger Tournament on Wednesday thru Saturday, Dec. 28-30 at Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers defeated Van Alstyne 83-71 and San Antonio Cole 60-36 in the last two games of the tournament.

In the first game of the tournament, against Lytle, the Flyers lost 67-66. Lytle started things with a 17-13 first quarter lead and the Flyers came back with a 21-15 second period to lead at halftime 34-32. Lytle took the third quarter 19-13 to lead 51-47 going into the fourth quarter. The Flyers came back in the fourth to outscore their opponents 19-16 to allow Lytle a narrow 67-66 win.

Evan Almeida led Flyers scorers with 22 points on 4 of 5 three-pointers, 3 of 7 in the paint and 2 of 5 outside. Cooper Gracey had 14 points hitting a three-point goal, 5 of 5 in the paint and a free throw. Dijuan Whitehead had 11 including a three-pointer, two in the paint and one outside and was 2 of 2 at the free throw line. Cort Reid had 8 points, 3 of 3 in the paint and 1 of 2 outside. Matt Driskell had 4, both in the paint. Mann Scott got a three-point basket. Jackson Young and Daniel Scott 2, each in the paint.

The Flyers, as a team, had 30 rebounds, 21 assists, 3 blocks and 8 steals. Whitehead 8 rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal. Almeida had 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks and 5 steals. Reid had 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. Gracey had 4 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Mann Scott had 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Driskell had 2 rebounds an 5 assists. Young had a rebound and an assist. Daniel Scott had a rebound.

In the second game, against Ponder, the Flyers lost 53-51. The LaPoynor  boys outscored Ponder 15-10 in the first quarter but lost the second quarter 5-12 giving Ponder a 22-20 lead at halftime. Ponder took the third quarter 19-13 to increase their lead to 41-33. The Flyers won the fourth quarter 18-12, but Ponder ended with a two-point lead and the win.

Gracey led Flyers scorers with 12 points, 2 of 3 inside the paint and 1 of 2 outside and 6 of 6 free throws. Whitehead had 11 points, 4 of 6 inside the paint and 1 of 1 outside along with a free throw. Almeida had 10 on 3 of 6 three-pointers and a free throw. Mann Scott had 7, two in the paint and one outside and a free throw. Reid had 6 points on a three-point basket and 3 of 4 free throws. Driskell had 5 points, a basket inside and one outside the paint and a free throw.

As a team, the Flyers had 37 rebounds, 11 assists, 8 blocks and 9 steals. Whitehead had 10 rebounds, an assist and 2 blocks. Gracey had 8 rebounds, 3 assists and a block. Mann Scott had 6 rebounds, an assist and 4 steals. Almeida had 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocks. Reid had 4 rebounds, an assist, a block and 2 steals. Driskell had 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Young had 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Daniel Scott had a rebound.

In the win against Van Alstyne, the Flyers led in three of the four quarters, taking a 28-21 lead in the first quarter and 23-15 in the second to lead 51-36 at halftime. Van Alstyne took the third quarter 17-10 to narrow the Flyers lead to 61-53. The Flyers secured their 12-point win with a 22-18 fourth quarter.

Gracey led Flyers scorers with 31 points, 5 of 9 three-point goals, 3 of 6 in the paint, 2 of 3 outside and 6 of 7 free throws. Whitehead had 17 points,  6 of 7 in the paint and 2 of 2 outside and a free throw. Almeida had 14, on two three-point baskets, one in the paint and 3 of 3 outside. Reid had 12, hitting a three-pointer, 2 of 2 in the paint and one outside and sinking 3 of 4 at the free throw line. Daniel Scott had 5 on a basket in the paint and one outside and a free throw. Mann Scott had 4, one inside and one outside the paint.

The Flyers, as a team, had 39 rebounds, 27 assists, 7 blocks and 15 steals. Gracey had 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Reid had 8 rebounds, 12 assists, a block and 2 steals. Almeida had 8 rebounds, 6 assists, a block and 3 steals. Whitehead had 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Daniel Scott had 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Mann Scott had 2 rebounds, a block and a steal. Driskell had 2 assists and 2 steals.

In the game with San Antonio Cole, the Flyers led in every quarter, taking a 14-12 first quarter lead and 14-8 advantage in the second to lead 28-20 at halftime. The Flyers had a big quarter in the third with a 23-10 performance. They took a 51-30 lead into the fourth quarter. The Flyers punctuated their win with a 9-6 edge in the final period.

Gracey led with 27 points on two 3-point baskets, 6 of 7 in the paint and 3 of 5 outside and 3 of 5 free throws. Almeida had 10 on 3 of 5 in the paint and one outside along with two free throws. Driskell had 8 on a goal inside and one outside the paint and 4 of 4 free throws. Reid had 7 points, sinking 3 of 3 in the paint and a free throw. Whitehead had 4 points on two goals outside the paint. Daniel Scott and Mann Scott each had 2 points on a basket in the paint.

As a team, the Flyers had 26 rebounds, 19 assists, 5 blocks and 11 steals. Whitehead had 7 rebounds and one steal. Almeida had 6 rebounds, 8 assists, a block and 4 steals. Reid had 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Daniel Scott had 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal. Mann Scott had 2 rebounds, 5 assists, a block and a steal. Driskell had 2 rebounds, an assist and 3 steals. Gracey had 2 rebounds, 3 assists and a block.

The Flyers varsity only goes to Clarksville on Tuesday, Jan. 3 for a game starting at 3 p.m. Then on Friday, Jan. 6, the varsity journeys to Pottsboro for a 5 p.m. game. 


Dec. 30, 2022


Indians win fourth at Buffalo tourney

falling to Class 4A Splendora Dec. 30

The Frankston Indians came away from the Buffalo Tournament with a fourth place finish after losing to Class 4A Splendora 48-31 in the third place game Friday, Dec. 30, according to a report from Coach Scotty Albritton.

Coach Albritton was disappointed with the loss but he praised the Indians for their effort in most of the tournament games.

The Indians had come out of Pool Play with a 2-0 performance, defeating New Waverly 45-42 in a nail-biter on Wednesday, Dec. 28, an opponent which later had won over Splendora 43-38 in tournament bracket play. The Indians had barely missed a win in the championship semi-finals in a 54-52 overtime loss to Class 4A Jarrell.

Complete statistics on the Splendora game were not available but Coach Albritton said Caleb Ramsey led Indians scorers with 14 points.

The Indians will return to Frankston’s Robert Loper Coliseum for non-district games with Pittsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Junior varsity action starts at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at about 6:15.


Dec. 30, 2022


Maidens fall to Slocum 29-22

in low-scoring game Dec. 30

The Frankston Maidens fell to Slocum 29-22 in a low-scoring non-district basketball game Friday, Dec. 30 on the road, according to Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens got off to a slow start, trailing Slocum 11-3 in the first quarter and down 17-10 at halftime. In the third quarter, Slocum increased their lead to 22-13. The Maidens tried a comeback in the fourth quarter with a 9-7 edge but it was not enough to overcome the earlier Slocum scoring.

Scoring for the Maidens were Mya Mitchell with 7, Wila Davis with 5, Mariyah Hatton with 3 and Kaylee Davis, Bandy Bizzell and Kaysiah Burnett with 2 each. Desirae Hatton had a free throw.

The Maidens varsity will go to 4A Bullard on Tuesday, Jan. 3 for a non-district game starting at 5 p.m. They will begin District 19-2A play against Cross Roads on Friday Jan. 6 at the Robert Loper Coliseum. Junior varsity play begins at 5, followed by the varsity game at about 6:15 p.m.


Dec. 29, 2022


Lady Flyers defeat Miller Grove,

Slocum in non-district contests 

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers defeated Miller Grove 63-12 in a non-district basketball game on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 29 at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on the LaPoynor School campus, according to a report from Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

The win came after an earlier non-district victory over Slocum 39-20 on the road on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The wins boosted the Lady Flyers record to 20-2 overall in non-district play.

The Lady Flyers held Cumby Miller Grove to single digits in every quarter. The Hornets were held to only 4 points while the Lady Flyers were getting 13 in the first quarter. The LaPoynor girls went on to lead 28-6 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Lady Flyers outscored Miller Grove 22-5 to take a 50-11 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

Three LaPoynor players scored in double figures led by Kitty Eldridge with 23. Bre Howard and Payton Maze each had 11. Markayla Hurd scored 6 and Tmia Mitchell and Adriana Estrada had 4 each.

Eldridge had 12 rebounds and Maze had 11. Mitchell had 7.

In the game with Slocum, things were close in the first half. 

Slocum outscored the Lady Flyers 8-3 in the first period and 13-11 in the second to take a 19-16 lead at halftime. Things were very different in the second half as the Lady Flyers took the third quarter 13-1 to lead 29-20 going into the fourth quarter.

Hurd led Lady Flyers scorers with 15 points. Kendall Garcia had 9 and Mitchell 8. Eldridge had 4 and Maze had 3.

Eldridge had 10 rebounds, Maze 9 and Kendall Garcia 7. Howard had 5. 

The Lady Flyers will play their final non-district game at Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Then on Friday, Jan. 6, they will open District 19-2A competition at Martins Mill with the junior varsity game starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by the varsity contest.


Dec. 29, 2022


Indians edged 54-52 in OT

in tourney semis, eye third

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team was edged 54-52 in overtime by the Class 4A Jarrell Cougars in the semifinals of championship bracket play in the Buffalo Tournament Thursday evening, Dec. 29 after the Tribe had earned a 34-26 victory over the host Buffalo Bisons in the first round, according to Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Tribe will play 4A Splendora in the third place game at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30.

The Indians had reached the championship bracket play by winning its pool play competition with a nail-biting 45-42 victory over Class 3A New Waverly Wednesday night, Dec. 28.

In the semifinals game against Jarrell, the Indians jumped out to an early lead over the Cougars 17-8 and stretched their lead with a 10-8 edge in the second quarter for a 27-16 halftime advantage. However, in the third quarter the Cougars used four three-point goals to help build a 14-6 performance over the Indians and narrow the Tribe lead to 33-30. Jarrell outscored the Indians 16-13 in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime at 46-46 in regulation. 

In the overtime, Jarrell scored two three-pointers and an inside goal for 8 points while the Indians could only get three scores near the basket for 6.

Leading scorer was Caleb Ramsey with 17 including a three-pointer, five inside and 4 of 4 at the free throw line. Three other Indians had 10 points each. Benton Allen had five inside.  Kason Newport and Kody Loebig each hit two outside and two inside. Austin Carr had a first quarter three-pointer and A.J. Donnell sank a 2-point goal in overtime, along with Allen and Ramsey.

The game against Buffalo was a low-scoring affair, starting out with a 5-3 first quarter edge by the Indians. Only two Indians scored baskets in that period but only one Bisons player scored with a three-point goal. The Tribe picked up their scoring in the second period taking a 16-9 edge and leading at halftime 21-12.

Things were not much different in the second half as neither team scored in double figures. Buffalo had the edge in the third quarter with only a 7-4 lead to narrow the Tribe lead to 6 points. Again only two Tribe players scored baskets and three Bisons players scored points. The Indians were able to secure their 8-point win with a 9-7 edge of the Bisons in the final period, thanks largely to five free throws.

Kody Loebig led Indians scorers with 11 points on three 3-pointers and an inside basket. Caleb Ramsey had 9 points on a three-point goal, two inside baskets and a key 2 of 2 performance at the free throw line in the final period. Benton Allen had 8 points, three in the final period, on three goals inside and a couple of free throws. Kason Newport had 4 points on an inside basket and a couple of key free throws in the fourth quarter. A.J. Donnell had a single two-point goal in the double-digit Tribe second quarter.

In the Wednesday night game against New Waverly, the Indians put together a dominant first quarter and a strong defense and timely baskets in the fourth quarter to take the win over the Bulldogs.

In that big first quarter, the Tribe outscored the Bulldogs 19-4 and even though New Waverly came back in the second period to outscore the Indians 13-10, Frankston still led 29-17 going into halftime.

The Bulldogs came back with an impressive 15-7 third quarter but the Tribe still led 36-32 going into the final period. That’s when the Indians defense stepped up to hold the Bulldogs to only 10 points and Benton Allen, Kason Newport and A.J. Donnell came through with the 9 points needed to secure the three-point win.

Scoring for the Indians in the New Waverly game were Newport and Caleb Ramsey each with 10. Newport got his points on two three-point goals and two inside, including 5 key points in that final period. Ramsey sank a three-pointer, three inside and a free throw, all in the first three quarters. Allen and Donnell each had 8 points, Allen on two inside baskets and a 4 of 6 performance at the free throw line. Donnell had four goals inside. Kody Loebig had 7 points all in that big first quarter with a three-point goal and two goals near the basket. Austin Carr had a 2-point goal in the first quarter.

The Indians won their first game in their pool in the tournament with a 46-38 over Gateway Prep on Wednesday morning, Dec. 28.

The Tribe laid the groundwork for the win with a 16-11 first quarter advantage and improved on that lead with a 16-6 second period and a 32-17 halftime score. Gateway Prep tried a comeback in the second half, narrowing the Indians lead to 39-28 and won the fourth quarter 10-7, but it was not enough to overcome the 15-point first half advantage staged by the Indians.

Kason Newport led the Indians scorers with 14 points, 12 in that productive first half. He sank two three-point goals and four inside in the game. Kody Loebig found the range for 12 points, all on three-point goals, 9 points in the first half. Caleb Ramsey scored 10 points on three goals inside and a 4 of 8 performance at the free throw line. Five of his points helped preserve the Indians victory edge in the second half. Benton Allen also helped with 4 of his 8 points in that half on inside baskets and two free throws. A.J. Donnell scored a two-point basket in the big first period.

The Indians will return to the familiar confines of the Robert Loper Coliseum for non-district games with Pittsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Junior varsity action starts at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at about 6:15.


Dec. 29, 2022


Indians defeat Buffalo in first leg

of tourney 34-26, eye semifinals

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team advanced to the semifinals of championship bracket play in the Buffalo Tournament Thursday morning, Dec. 29 with a 34-26 victory over the host Buffalo Bisons in the first round, according to Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Tribe will play 4A Jarrell in that semifinals game at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29.

The Indians had reached the championship bracket play by winning its pool play competition with a nail-biting 45-42 victory over Class 3A New Waverly Wednesday night, Dec. 28.

The game against Buffalo was a low-scoring affair, starting out with a 5-3 first quarter edge by the Indians. Only two Indians scored baskets in that period but only one Bisons player scored with a three-point goal. The Tribe picked up their scoring in the second period taking a 16-9 edge and leading at halftime 21-12.

Things were not much different in the second half as neither team scored in double figures. Buffalo had the edge in the third quarter with only a 7-4 lead to narrow the Tribe lead to 6 points. Again only two Tribe players scored baskets and three Bisons players scored points. The Indians were able to secure their 8-point win with a 9-7 edge of the Bisons in the final period, thanks largely to five free throws.

Kody Loebig led Indians scorers with 11 points on three 3-pointers and an inside basket. Caleb Ramsey had 9 points on a three-point goal, two inside baskets and a key 2 of 2 performance at the free throw line in the final period. Benton Allen had 8 points, three in the final period, on three goals inside and a couple of free throws. Kason Newport had 4 points on an inside basket and a couple of key free throws in the fourth quarter. A.J. Donnell had a single two-point goal in the double-digit Tribe second quarter.

In the Wednesday night game against New Waverly, the Indians put together a dominant first quarter and a strong defense and timely baskets in the fourth quarter to take the win over the Bulldogs.

In that big first quarter, the Tribe outscored the Bulldogs 19-4 and even though New Waverly came back in the second period to outscore the Indians 13-10, Frankston still led 29-17 going into halftime.

The Bulldogs came back with an impressive 15-7 third quarter but the Tribe still led 36-32 going into the final period. That’s when the Indians defense stepped up to hold the Bulldogs to only 10 points and Benton Allen, Kason Newport and A.J. Donnell came through with the 9 points needed to secure the three-point win.

Scoring for the Indians in the New Waverly game were Newport and Caleb Ramsey each with 10. Newport got his points on two three-point goals and two inside, including 5 key points in that final period. Ramsey sank a three-pointer, three inside and a free throw, all in the first three quarters. Allen and Donnell each had 8 points, Allen on two inside baskets and a 4 of 6 performance at the free throw line. Donnell had four goals inside. Kody Loebig had 7 points all in that big first quarter with a three-point goal and two goals near the basket. Austin Carr had a 2-point goal in the first quarter.

The Indians won their first game in their pool in the tournament with a 46-38 over Gateway Prep on Wednesday morning, Dec. 28.

The Tribe laid the groundwork for the win with a 16-11 first quarter advantage and improved on that lead with a 16-6 second period and a 32-17 halftime score. Gateway Prep tried a comeback in the second half, narrowing the Indians lead to 39-28 and won the fourth quarter 10-7, but it was not enough to overcome the 15-point first half advantage staged by the Indians.

Kason Newport led the Indians scorers with 14 points, 12 in that productive first half. He sank two three-point goals and four inside in the game. Kody Loebig found the range for 12 points, all on three-point goals, 9 points in the first half. Caleb Ramsey scored 10 points on three goals inside and a 4 of 8 performance at the free throw line. Five of his points helped preserve the Indians victory edge in the second half. Benton Allen also helped with 4 of his 8 points in that half on inside baskets and two free throws. A.J. Donnell scored a two-point basket in the big first period.

The Indians will return to the familiar confines of the Robert Loper Coliseum for non-district games with Pittsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Junior varsity action starts at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at about 6:15.


Dec. 28, 2022


Indians to meet Buffalo in bracket

play, winning two in pool contests

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team advanced to the first round of championship bracket play in the Buffalo Tournament Wednesday night, Dec. 28 with a 45-42 victory over Class 3A New Waverly to win their pool, according to Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Tribe will play Buffalo in that first bracket game at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29.

The Indians put together a dominant first quarter and a strong defense and timely baskets in the fourth quarter to take the win over the New Waverly team.

In that big first quarter, the Tribe outscored the Bulldogs 19-4 and even though New Waverly came back in the second period to outscore the Indians 13-10, Frankston still led 29-17 going into halftime.

The Bulldogs came back with an impressive 15-7 third quarter but the Tribe still led 36-32 going into the final period. That’s when the Indians defense stepped up to hold the Bulldogs to only 10 points and Benton Allen, Kason Newport and A.J. Donnell came through with the 9 points needed to secure the three-point win.

Scoring for the Indians in the New Waverly game were Newport and Caleb Ramsey each with 10. Newport got his points on two three-point goals and two inside, including 5 key points in that final period. Ramsey sank a three-pointer, three inside and a free throw, all in the first three quarters. Allen and Donnell each had 8 points, Allen on two inside baskets and a 4 of 6 performance at the free throw line. Donnell had four goals inside. Kody Loebig had 7 points all in that big first quarter with a three-point goal and two goals near the basket. Austin Carr had a 2-point goal in the first quarter.

The Indians won their first game in their pool in the tournament with a 46-38 over Gateway Prep on Wednesday morning, Dec. 28.

The Tribe laid the groundwork for the win with a 16-11 first quarter advantage and improved on that lead with a 16-6 second period and a 32-17 halftime score. Gateway Prep tried a comeback in the second half, narrowing the Indians lead to 39-28 and won the fourth quarter 10-7, but it was not enough to overcome the 15-point first half advantage staged by the Indians.

Kason Newport led the Indians scorers with 14 points, 12 in that productive first half. He sank two three-point goals and four inside in the game. Kody Loebig found the range for 12 points, all on three-point goals, 9 points in the first half. Caleb Ramsey scored 10 points on three goals inside and a 4 of 8 performance at the free throw line. Five of his points helped preserve the Indians victory edge in the second half. Benton Allen also helped with 4 of his 8 points in that half on inside baskets and two free throws. A.J. Donnell scored a two-point basket in the big first period.

The Indians will return to the familiar confines of the Robert Loper Coliseum for non-district games with Pittsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Junior varsity action starts at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at about 6:15.


Dec. 28, 2022


Maidens finish 4th at Glen Evans

Hoop Classic in Troup Dec. 27-28

The Frankston Maidens finished in fourth place in the Glen Evans Classic at Troup on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27-28, according to a report by Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

Mya Mitchell (20) was an All-Tournament selection.

In the opener, the Maidens lost a close game to Troup 31-26, then fell to Class 3A Mexia 65-31 late in the day, an opponent which took the place of the originally scheduled Laneville. The Black Cats had gone into the Frankston game with a 19-1 season record with only an overtime loss to Navasota 51-50.

On the second day, the Maidens lost 47-28 to Thrall and closed out the day with a 38-27 victory over Bullard Brook Hill.

The Maidens went into the Classic with several players either ill or recovering from injuries, Coach Coker said.

Scoring for the Maidens against Troup were Wila Davis (34) with 11 points, including a three-point goal and four inside baskets. Mitchell and Kaylee Davis  (10) had 5 points each, Mitchell and K. Davis with two inside and a free throw each. Kaysiah Burnett (14) and Kaysie Nabors (22) each had an inside basket for 2 points. Lynsie Bizzell (3) had a free throw.

In the Mexia game, W. Davis had 8, on a three-point basket, two inside and a free throw. Burnett had 6 points on a 2-point basket and four free throws. Mitchell and Nabors had 4 on two inside each. Desirae Hatton (23) also had 4 points on an inside goal and two free throws. Lynsie Bizzell had a three-pointer and Mariyah Hatton (00) had two free throws.

In the game with Thrall, Mitchell led with 9 points on four baskets inside and a free throw. W. Davis had 7 points on an inside basket and five free throws. M. Hatton and Lynsie Bizzell had 4 points each, Hatton on two 2-point goals and Bizzell on an inside goal and two free throws. K. Davis and Burnett each had 2 on inside baskets.

In their win against Brook Hill, Mitchell had 13, on five inside goals and three free throws. W. Davis had 10 on two three-point goals and 4 of 7 at the free throw line. D. Hatton had 5, on two inside baskets and a free throw. Nabors had 4 on two inside. M. Hatton had 3 on three free throws. Burnett had a two-point goal and K. Davis a free throw.

The Maidens are now 11-9 overall for the season.

They are scheduled to go to Slocum for a varsity game only on Friday, Dec. 30 at noon. Then on Tuesday, Jan. 3, they go to 4A Bullard for a varsity contest starting at 5 p.m. They begin District 19-2A play against Cross Roads on Friday, Jan. 6 at the Robert Loper Coliseum. Junior varsity action begins at 5 followed by the varsity game about 6:15 p.m.


Dec. 19, 2022


Flyers defeat the Fannindel Falcons

95-44 on the road in Dec. 19 contest 

The LaPoynor Flyers posted another non-district victory Monday, Dec. 19 when they journeyed to Fannindel and came away with a 95-44 win, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The win gave the Flyers a 13-5 season record right before Christmas.

The Flyers again displayed a domination in scoring, leading the Falcons in every quarter. They started things in the first quarter with a 19-5 lead and by halftime they had increased their lead to 48-17. They continued to find the range of the basket in the second half taking the third quarter 24-11 and the final period 23-16.

Six Flyers players scored in double figures, led by Cooper Gracey’s 22 points, scoring 10 of 15 near the basket and 2 of 4 at the free throw line. Evan Almeida added 15 points with 7 of 14 inside and a free throw. Two players, Dijuan Whitehead and Cort Reid had 14 points, Whitehead with two three-point goals and 4 of 6 inside and Reid with 5 of 10 two-point goals and 4 free throws. Daniel Scott had 11 points, sinking a three-point basket and scoring 4 of 6 inside. Mann Scott had 10 points making 4 of 5 close in and two free throws. Matt Driskell had 6 points on three 2-pointers. Casey Ruiz sank a shot inside for 2 points and Jackson Young got a point on a free throw.

Gracey and Reid led in rebounds with 11 each. Gracey had 6 assists, 5 steals and a block. Reid had 4 assists and a steal. Almeida and Whitehead had 8 rebounds each. Almeida and Whitehead each had 2 assists and a steal. Driskell had 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. D. Scott had 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. M. Scott had 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

The Flyers will take a break until after Christmas, but on Wednesday thru Friday, Dec. 28-30, the Flyers will be competing in the Whataburger Tournament at Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School.


Dec. 16, 2022


Maidens varsity, JV take wins

against Tyler Heat on Dec. 16

The Frankston Maidens varsity and junior varsity took non-district wins over Tyler Heat Friday, Dec. 16 in basketball action at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

The Maidens varsity won over Tyler Heat 37-19 and the Maidens JV defeated their Tyler Heat counterparts 28-14.

The Maidens varsity led in every quarter, outscoring the Heat 11-5 in the first quarter and 10-4 in the second to lead 21-9 at halftime. The Frankston girls outscored the Heat 16-10 in the second half to secure their win.

Wila Davis led Maidens scorers with 16 points, followed by Desirae Hatton’s 12 points. Davis had two three-pointers and three inside along with a 4 of 4 performance at the free throw line. D. Hatton had two 3s and three inside. Mya Mitchell score 5 points, on two near the basket and a free throw. Mariyah Hatton had 2 points on 2 of 2 free throws. Kaylee Davis scored a single goal inside for 2 points.

The Maidens JV led the Tyler Heat JV 16-1 in the first quarter and were ahead 20-10 at the half. The Frankston girls increased their lead to 25-10 in the third quarter and the Heat could score only 4 points in the final period, not enough to offset the earlier Maidens JV lead.

For the Maidens JV, Caylin Freeman led scorers with 16 points.

The Maidens varsity will compete next in the Glen Evans Classic at Troup on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27-28 against teams from Troup, Brook Hill, Laneville and Thrall. They are scheduled to go to Slocum for a varsity game only on Friday, Dec. 30 at noon.

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Maidens varsity will journey to Bullard for a non-district game at 5 p.m.   (Maidens video clip HERE )  (Maidens JV video clip  HERE )


Dec. 16, 2022


Flyers down North Hopkins 78-48

in Homecoming game on Dec. 16

The LaPoynor Flyers defeated North Hopkins 78-48 in non-district basketball action Friday, Dec. 16 at Homecoming at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on the LaPoynor School campus, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The LaPoynor varsity was 12-5 going into another non-district game at Fannindel, scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19.

The Flyers outscored their opponents in every quarter in the Friday game, holding them to single digits in two. In the first quarter, the Flyer had an 18-9 lead and scored 26 in the second quarter to 15 for North Hopkins. The Flyers led 44-24 at halftime.

In the second half, the Flyers outscored North Hopkins 34-24 to take the 30-point win.

Cooper Gracey led the Flyers in scoring with 27 points, sinking 5 of 9 three-point goals and six inside. Cort Reid was second with 16 points on 2 of 3 three-pointers and a perfect 5 of 5 near the basket. Evan Almeida had 9 points on one 3-point goal and 3 of 5 inside. Dijuan Whitehead had 8 points on two near the basket and a perfect 4 of 4 at the free throw line. Mann Scott, Matt Driskell and Daniel Scott each had 6. Each sank three 2-point baskets.

Gracey also led in rebounds with 10 and had 5 assists and 2 steals. Reid had 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. Driskell and D. Scott each had 5 rebounds. Driskell also had 4 assists and 2 steals. D. Scott had an assist. Pulling down 4 rebounds were Almeida and Whitehead. Almeida had 7 assists and 2 steals. Whitehead had 2 assists.


Dec. 16, 2022


Lady Flyers down Athens 62-24

at Homecoming test on Dec. 16

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers increased their season record to 18-2 by dominating the Athens Lady Hornets 62-24 in non-district basketball competition on Friday, Dec. 16 at Homecoming in the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on the LaPoynor School campus, according to a report by Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers gave an indication of what might follow when they outscored the Athens girls 20-0 in the first quarter. The second quarter was more competitive as the LaPoynor team held a 7-4 edge and finished the first half with a 27-4 lead.

In the second half, the Lady Flyers continued to hold onto their scoring advantage, with 16-9 and 19-11 performances to ice their victory.

Kitty Eldridge led the Lady Flyers in scoring with 28 points, sinking a three-point goal, going 3 of 3 at the free throw line and, significantly making 11 of 15 baskets near the goal. Bre Howard found the scoring range with 18 points. She got two three-point goals, was 5 of 6 inside and 2 of 4 in free throws. Markayla Hurd scored 8 points, on two three-pointers and one inside. Payton Maze and Kendall Garcia each had 4 points, both on two 2-point baskets.

Maze pulled down 7 rebounds, had an assist and 6 steals. Hurd had 5 rebounds, 8 assists, a block and a steal. Howard got 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Tmia Mitchell and Adriana Estrada had 3 rebounds each. Mitchell also had 4 assists, a block and 2 steals. Astrada also had an assist.

The Lady Flyers are scheduled to journey to Slocum on Tuesday, Dec. 20 for another non-district encounter with junior varsity action starting at 12:30 p.m. and the varsity will host Miller Grove on Thursday, Dec. 29.


Dec. 13, 2022


Flyers defeat 3A Grand Saline

92-64 in non-district hoop test

The LaPoynor Flyers increased their season record to 11-5 Tuesday night, Dec. 13 with a non-district victory 92-64 over the Class 3A Grand Saline Indians (11-6) on the road, according to Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The two teams battled it out in the first quarter with the Flyers earning a 28-20 advantage. In the second period, the Flyers held the Indians to 26-13 and took a 54-33 halftime lead. In the third quarter, the Flyers continued their scoring advantage, this time 23-11 to increase their lead to 77-44. Grand Saline had the scoring edge in the fourth quarter 20-15 but it was not enough to overcome the earlier Flyers lead.

Six Flyers players scored in double figures. Cort Reid led with 18 points, on two three-point goals, 5 inside scores and two free throws. Mann Scott had 15, on three 3-point goals and three inside. Dijuan Whitehead had 14, on two 3-pointers and 4 of 6 near the basket. Cooper Gracey sank 12, on two 3-point goals and three inside. Evan Almeida had 11, on a three-pointer and four near the goal. Daniel Scott had 10, hitting 5 of 6 inside. Matt Driskell had 8, on a three-point goal, two baskets inside and a free throw and Jackson Young got 4 on two baskets near the goal.

Whitehead had 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals. Reid had 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Driskell and Gracey had 3 rebounds each. Driskell had 5 assists and a steal and Gracey 4 assists and a block. M. Scott had 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. D. Scott had 2 rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal.


Dec. 10, 2022


Maidens win Frankston tourney

third place beating Tyler Grace

The Frankston Maidens captured third place in the 2022 Frankston Invitational Tournament Saturday, Dec. 10 with a 41-27 win over Tyler Grace.

Maidens sophomore point guard Wila Davis was named to the All-Tournament team, it was announced.

Earlier in the day, the Frankston Indians fell to Tyler Heat 43-36 in the semifinals and later in the day lost to Beckville in the third place game 57-48 to finish in fourth place.

Senior point guard Caleb Ramsey was named to the boys All-Tournament team.

Ramsey also was recently named the Tyler Morning Telegraph Boys Basketball Player of the Week for games played Dec. 5-10, Coach Scotty Albritton reported.

 He was acclaimed by the newspaper for averaging 20.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 4.6 assists in the five games at the Frankston Tournament. He had 26 points, seven rebounds, five steals and five assists in the third place game against Beckville.

The Maidens won third place by winning every quarter but they got a big start when they outscored the Grace team 11-3 in the first. They had an 11-10 lead in the second quarter to go into the halftime intermission with a 22-13 advantage. In the second half they took the third quarter 8-7 to go into the fourth with a 30–20 lead. They secured their win and the third placc finish with an 11-7 performance in the fourth period.

Leading scorer for the Maidens was Wila Davis with 14 points, including a three-point goal, two inside and 7 of 10 at the free throw line. Mya Mitchell and Bandy Bizzell each scored 10. Mitchell had 5 goals near the basket and Bizzell had four inside baskets and was 2 of 4 in free throws. Lynsie Bizzell had 3 points from a two-point goal and a free throw. Desirae Hatton had 2 points from a basket and Mariyah Hatton with a free throw.

In the boys semifinals, Tyler Heat took an early lead over the Indians 9-4 but the Indians came back in the second quarter to post a 10-9 advantage, narrowing the Heat’s halftime lead to 18-14. The Indians narrowed the Heat lead by another point with a 10-9 third quarter. However, the Heat scored a 16-12 fourth quarter to secure their win.

Caleb Ramsey led Indians scorers with 14 points on two three-point goals and four baskets inside. Kody Loebig had 9 on three 3-pointers. Kason Newport scored 6 on three 2-point goals. A.J. Donnell sank two inside for 4 points. Benton Allen had one inside field goal for 2 points. Tyler Rogers sank a free throw for his 1 point.

In the third place game with Beckville, the Indians and Bearcats tied in the first quarter 13-13, but Beckville picked up their scoring in the second period with a 22-11 margin to lead 35-24 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Bearcats had a 13-9 edge to lead 48-33 going into the fourth quarter. The Indians tried a comeback in that quarter 15-9 but could not overcome the early Beckville scoring.

Caleb Ramsey led again in this game with 26 points, including four 3-pointers, six at or near the basket and 2 of 3 free throws. A.J. Donnell and Kason Newport each sank four 2-point goals for 8 points. Benton Allen and Kody Loebig had 3 points each, Allen on a single goal inside and a free throw and Loebig with a three-point goal.

When girls competition was complete, the Neches Lady Tigers had won the girls championship. The Timpson Lady Bears had placed second. The Maidens were third and Malakoff had won consolation honors with a 48-19 win over Athens. Alba Golden finished in seventh place.

Two Neches players were on the All Tournament team. Selected as Most Valuable Player was sophomore Sealy Hines of Neches and her teammate, sophomore Joely Jenkins was named to the All Tournament team.

Timpson had two players on the All Tournament team. They are D’Chelle Garner and McKenna Wynn.

Frankston’s sophomore Wila Davis earned the honor and senior Abigail Roach of Tyler Grace was also selected to the All Tournament team.

When boys competition was complete, the Grapeland Sandies had won the boys championship. The Tyler Heat placed second. Beckville won third place. Frankston was in fourth place and Tyler Grace won consolation honors.

Winning Most Valuable Player in the boys division was Omarion Wiley of Grapeland. A Grapeland teammate Johnny Lamb was also on the All Tournament list.

Others on the All Tournament selection were Cake Starr and Aiden Shelton of Tyler Heat, J’Coby Williams of Beckville and Caleb Ramsey of Frankston.

(Maidens Video Clip HERE )     (Indians Video Clip HERE )


Dec. 10, 2022


Lady Flyers win championship

at Eustace Tournament Dec. 10

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers won the championship of the Eustace Tournament on Thursday thru Saturday, Dec. 8-10 downing Scurry-Rosser 43-33 in the finals on Saturday, according to a report by Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

The win gave the Lady Flyers a 17-2 record in non-district play.

Lady Flyers players selected for the All-Tournament team were Markayla Hurd, Payton Maze and Kitty Eldridge.

The LaPoynor girls reached the championship game winning over Whitney 63-12, defeating Scurry-Rosser 54-53 in overtime, winning over the Kaufman Junior Varsity 46-17 and defeating Caddo Mills 67-35.

The had played Bremond on Dec. 6 and won 61-43.

In the championship game with Scurry-Rosser, Kitty Eldridge led scorers with 14. Bre Howard and Payton Maze each had 10. Kendall Garcia scored 5 and Markayla Hurd had 4. Maze led in rebounds with 13.

The Lady Flyers led 19-18 at the half but outscored the Scurry-Rosser girls 24-15 in the second half. 

In the Caddo Mills game, Maze and Eldridge each had 18 points. Howard scored 14. Savannah Reynolds had 6. Garcia scored 4. Adriana Estrada had 3 and Hurd and Tmia Mitchell scored 2 each. Maze led in rebounds with 10 and Eldridge had 9 followed by Howard with 8.

In the Kaufman JV game, Maze led scorers with 21. Howard had 13. Hurd had 5, Reynolds 3 and Mitchell and Estrada 2 each. Maze had 10 rebounds,  Howard 6 and Mitchell and Estrada 5 each.

The Lady Flyers led in three of four quarters leading 24-7 in the first half and scoring 22-10 in the second half.

In the first game with Scurry-Rosser, Hurd scored 19 points. Howard had 11, Eldridge 8 and Maze 7. Eldridge led in rebounds.

The Lady Flyers led 22-21 in the first half but Scurry-Rosser outscored the Lady Flyers in the second half 27-26 to tie the game in regulation play. In overtime, the Lady Flyers outscored Scurry-Rosser 6-5 to take the win.

In the Bremond game played on Dec. 6, Maze led scorers with 17. Eldridge had 15 and Howard 14. Hurd had 5. Mitchell and Garcia each scored 4 and Reynolds 2.  Maze led with 11 rebounds and Eldridge 4.

The Lady Flyers led 31-16 at halftime and outscored Bremond 30-27 in the second half to secure the win.

The Lady Flyers were to face Athens on Friday, Dec. 16 in the Homecoming game at Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on the LaPoynor campus.


Dec. 10, 2022


Flyers take Silver Bracket 2nd

place at Central Heights meet

The LaPoynor Flyers faced some tough competition but ended up in second place in the Central Heights Tournament Thursday thru Saturday, Dec. 8-10, according to a report from Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers won over West Sabine 94-33 and Tatum 83-44 and lost to Lorena in a squeaker 59-58. They bounced back to win over Central Heights 70-45 before falling to Class 4A Center in the Silver Bracket Championship game 68-59 to finish second.

Things started out well for the Flyers in the first quarter against Center as they outscored the Roughriders 20-19 but Center came back to take the second period 13-9 to lead 32-29 at halftime. In the second half, Center outscored the Flyers 18-14 to extend their lead to 50-43. The Flyers played the Roughriders close in the final period but Center had an 18-16 advantage to secure their win,

 Three Flyers scored in double figures against Center. Dijuan Whitehead led with 13 points, scoring on 5 of 8 goals inside and sinking three free throws. Evan Almeida had 11 points on three 3-point goals and a basket inside. Matt Driskell sank 10 points, including a three-pointer, three near the basket and a free throw. Cort Reid scored 9 on a three-point goal, two inside and two free throws. Cooper Gracey hit for 8 points on two threes and a two-pointer. Daniel Scott had 6 on three inside goals. Mann Scott had 2 on a single goal near the basket.

The Flyers started their trip to the finals with wins in the first and second rounds over West Sabine and Tatum.

The Flyers dominated play against West Sabine, winning all four quarters, 30-7, 26-8, 27-10 and 11-8.

Scoring for the Flyers against West Sabine were five players, led by a 30-point performance by Gracey. He had three from three-point range, 9 of 11 from inside and 3 of 3 free throws. Whitehead, Reid and M. Scott each had 13. Whitehead hit 5 of 6 inside and had three free throws. Reid had 4 of 7 near the basket and 5 of 6 at the free throw line. M. Scott had a three-point goal and hit 5 of 5 inside. Almeida had 12 points, with two three-pointers and three near the goal. D. Scott had 8 on 4 of 5 inside. Jackson Young had 3 on a two-pointer and a free throw. Casey Ruiz had 2 on an inside basket.

Against Tatum in the second round, the Flyers led 17-10 in the first quarter and then picked up their scoring in the second and third, 23-7 and 25-21. They finished with an 18-6 final period.

In their game with Tatum, five players again were in double figures for the Flyers. Reid led with 23 points on two 3-point goals, 6 of 7 inside and 5 of 6 in free throws. Whitehead had 15 points, 7 of 9 near the basket and a free throw. Almeida and Young each had 12. Almeida had three 3-pointers, a 2-point goal and a free throw. Young had 6 of 7 inside. Gracey had 10, with 4 of 9 inside and two free throws. M. Scott had 9 on four goals near the basket and a free throw. D. Scott had 2 on a single two-point goal.

The Flyers had setback in the third round, narrowly losing to Lorena, who took a 13-11 first quarter lead and outscored the Flyers 22-11 in the second period to lead 35-22 at halftime. The Flyers staged a comeback attempt in the second half, outscoring Lorena 18-12 in the third to narrow the deficit to 47-40 going into the fourth period. In the fourth, the Flyers again outscored their opponents 18-12 but came out a point short in the final 59-58 score.

Even with the loss, four Flyers scored in double figures. Whitehead led with 15 points on 6 of 8 inside and a three-pointer. Reid had 12 on a three-pointer, 4 of 4 near the basket and a free throw. Almeida had 11 on 4 of 7 inside and three free throws. Gracey had 10 on a three-point goal, 3 of 12 inside and a free throw. M. Scott had 6 on a three-point goal, a basket inside and a free throw. Young and Driskell each had 2, Young on two free throws and Driskell on an inside basket.

Before entering the championship game against Center, the Flyers came back from their narrow defeat by Lorena to build an early lead against Central Heights. After leading 14-12 in the first period, the Flyers scored 25 points to only 4 for Central Heights in the second period to lead 39-16 at halftime. In the second half they scored 31 points to 29 for Central Heights to secure their 25-point win.

Four Flyers scored in double figures led by 18 points each by Almeida and Gracey. Almeida had two three-pointers and 6 of 7 inside. Gracey had 3 of 6 three-point goals, 4 of 5 nearer the basket and a free throw. Driskell and Reid each had 10. Driskell had two three-pointers, a goal inside and two free throws. Reid had a three-point basket, 2 of 3 inside and 3 of 5 at the free throw line. Whitehead had 6 points on three near the goal. D. Scott had 4 on two inside field goals. M. Scott and Young each had 2, on a 2-point goal apiece.

The Flyers varsity and sub-varsity teams will journey to Grand Saline on Tuesday, Dec. 13 with sub-varsity action beginning at 4:30 p.m.


Dec. 9, 2022


Indians beat Troup, eye semis;

Maidens play for third Dec. 10

The Frankston Indians will play in the championship semifinals and the Maidens will be in the third place game after games on the second day of the Frankston Invitational Basketball Tournament on Friday, Dec. 9.

The Indians earned a spot in the championship semifinals with 39-30 victory over the Troup Tigers in a fast-paced defensive struggle on Friday night at the Robert Loper Coliseum. The Indians will meet Tyler Heat at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Maidens will play for third place in their division against Tyler Grace at 12 noon at the Loper Coliseum after winning over Alba Golden 39-37 and then falling to Timpson 53–31 later in the day Friday.

The Indians once again relied on their strong defense and timely scoring to take the win against Troup after defeating Tyler Heat 50-44 and Woden 47-28 in Pool A play on Thursday.

The Indians defense held Troup to single digits in every quarter, taking the first quarter 14-3 and the second quarter by 7-6 to lead at halftime 21-9. The Tribe went on to outscore the Tigers 10-4 in the third quarter and lead 31-13 going into the fourth period. They outscored Troup 8-7 in the fourth to ensure their win.

Kason Newport led Indians scorers with 11 points on three 3-point goals and a goal inside. Kody Loebig and Benton Allen had 9 points each. Loebig had three 3-pointers and Allen had four near the basket and a free throw. Ke’Aundre Barnes had four points on a couple of layups and A.J. Donnell, Caleb Ramsey and Tyler Rogers had two points, Donnell and Ramsey on two-pointers and Rogers on 2 of 2 free throws.

The Maidens started out the day at about 12:30 p.m. winning over the Alba Golden Lady Panthers to determine the first seed in Girls Pool A.

The Frankston girls started things strong with a 14-9 lead over the Lady Panthers in the first quarter but the Alba Golden girls picked up the pace as the game progressed, trailing by only one at the half. In the fourth quarter they challenged for the lead after trailing 30-24 at the end of the third quarter. They outscored the Maidens 13-9 in the fourth quarter and with 30 seconds left in the game, they had a chance to go ahead, but the Maidens’ Wila Davis provided three key free throws and a two-point goal to secure a 39-37 victory for the Maidens.

At about 3:30 later in the afternoon, the Maidens met the Timpson Lady Bears in the championship semifinals and the two teams were tied after a quarter of play 14-14, led by two goals inside by Davis and a couple of free throws. Desirae Hatton connected on a three-point goal and Bandy Bizzell and Mya Mitchell added a two-point goal each

However, the Lady Bears came back strong in the second period with a 10-3 advantage over the Maidens. That gave the Timpson a 24-17 lead at halftime.

The Lady Bears had a big scoring surge in the third quarter, outscoring the Maidens 24-2 and going into the fourth quarter with a 48-19 lead. The Maidens were able to outscore Timpson in the fourth quarter 12-5, but that was not nearly enough to salvage a win.

Scoring for the Maidens against Alba-Golden were Wila Davis with 11, Bandy Bizzell with 9, Kaylee Davis and Mitchell with 5 each, Desirae Hatton with 4, Lynsie Bizzell and Kaysie Nabors with 2 each  and Kaysiah Burnett with 1. Wila Davis was 5 of 5 at the free throw line. Bizzell was 3 of 4 and Mitchell was 3 of 6.

In the Timpson game, Wila Davis was held to 11 points again on four 2-point goals and 3 of 4 free throws. Bandy Bizzell and Desirae Hatton each had 6, Kaylee Davis 4 and Aryonna Hatton and Mitchell with 2 each

(See Tournament Pool Play, Bracket HERE )


Dec. 8, 2022


Indians, Maidens sweep Pool

games in Frankston Tourney

The Frankston Indians and Maidens advanced in Pool Play on the first day of the 2022 Frankston Invitational Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 8.

The Maidens started out first in a game in the early afternoon with a hotly contested win over Tyler Grace 53-48. That game was followed later in the afternoon with the Indians scoring a 50-44 victory over Tyler Heat which went down to the wire.

Still later, the Maidens went up against the Trinity Tigers and dominated the game 78-18, holding the Trinity team to single digits in every quarter.

After that win, the dedication ceremony was held for the Robert Loper Coliseum, named by the school trustees early this year for the former veteran boys basketball coach Robert Loper, who coached Indians boys teams for 28 years and had 610 wins and 22 playoff appearances. For his distinguished coaching career, Coach Loper was named to the Texas Assn. of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.  

After that presentation and early in the evening, the Indians took to the floor against Woden and used a strong defense and timely baskets to win 47-28.

In the Maidens game against Grace, the Maidens and Grace battled to an 11-11 tie in the first quarter and Grace took the second quarter 12-11 to lead 23-22 at halftime. However, the Maidens came back strong in the second half, outscoring the Grace team 15-13 in the third quarter and 16-13 in the final period to earn their five-point win.

Leading the Maidens to a victory was Wila Davis who bested an earlier season high of 30 points with a 31-point performance. She scored seven points in the first quarter, eight points in the second period, 13 in the third and three in the fourth period. Kaysie Nabors and Mya Mitchell each scored 9 points, both with four goals inside and a free throw each. They combined for nine of the fourth quarter winning points and a two-point goal by Nabors in the waning seconds put the game out of reach for Grace. Bandy Bizzell’s and Kaysiah Burnett’s 2 points each in the final quarter along with Davis’ 3 helped secure the win.

The Indians started the game against Tyler Heat with an impressive first quarter lead of 16-3, thanks largely to the shooting of seniors Kody Loebig and Kason Newport of whom three of their five baskets were three-point goals. Then Tyler Heat bounced back with a 16-15 edge in the second period to narrow the Indians lead at halftime to 31-19. The Heat had a big third quarter, outscoring the Indians 13-7 and trailing by just six points 38-32. The final quarter was a 12-12 tie with six key free throws and a key basket by Caleb Ramsey securing the victory.

Ramsey’s 9 of 10 free throw, four goals inside and a three point goal gave him a leading 20 points. Kody Loebig’s two threes and two inside gave him 10 points. 6-6 senior Ke’Aundre Barnes had two inside goals and a free throw for 9 points. Senior Newport had a three-pointer and two inside for 7 points. Freshman A.J. Donnell  had 3, on an inside goal and a free throw. Austin Carr added a point on a free throw.

In the Trinity game, the Maidens outscored the Lady Tigers 19-2, 23-3, 17-7 and 19-6 in the dominate win.

Again Wila Davis led Maiden scorers, this time with 29, including three 3-pointers, 9 near the basket and two free throws. Mitchell scored 12 points on five two-point goals and a couple of free throws. Bandy Bizzell had 10 with a three-pointer, three inside and a free throw. Lynsie Bizzell scored 8 on two inside and 4 of 5 at the free throw line. Burnett had 6 points on three near the basket. Mariyah Hatton had 5 on one three and a two-point goal. Nabors had 3 on a two-pointer and a free throw. Desirae Hatton and Aryonna Hatton each had 2 and Kaylee Davis had 1.

In the nightcap, the Indians led Woden 8-4 in the first quarter and 16-10 in the second for a 24-14 halftime lead. The Indians padded their lead with an 8-2 third quarter and took the fourth quarter 15-12 to assure the victory.

Ramsey again led scorers with 22 points, going 2 of 2 at the free throw line and hitting two three-pointers to go with 7 inside goals. Loebig had 8 points on two 3-pointers and an inside goal. Benton Allen had three inside and a free throw for 7 points. Barnes hit a couple of layups for 4 points. Freshman Davis Holladay sank a three-point goal. Sophomore Tyler Rogers was 2 of 2 in free throws and Kason Newsport had a single free throw.

The Maidens will now go against Alba Golden in the final Pool A game at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Robert Loper Coliseum.

The Indians will go against the winner of the Friday 12:30 p.m. game 3 winner at 7:15 p.m. Friday night in the Loper Coliseum.

In other pool play action for the boys on Thursday, Grace defeated Arp 84-31; Grapeland won over Troup 61-53; Tyler Heat downed Woden 55-47 in overtime; Beckville defeated Grace 63-40; Cayuga edged Troup 46-40; Beckville dominated Arp 92-31 and Grapeland downed Cayuga 52-39.

In other pool play action for the girls on Thursday, Timpson defeated Malakoff 45-31; Neches won over Timpson 49-35; Grace downed Alba Golden 51-38; Alba Golden defeated Trinity 53-18; and Neches won over Athens 59-42. Then early on Friday, Timpson defeated Athens 56-39.

On Friday morning and early afternoon the pool schedule is as follows for the Loper Coliseum:

10 a.m. — Timpson 56, Athens 39

11:15 a.m. — Game #1  Beckville 84, Woden 33 (Boys Bracket)

12:30 p.m. — Frankston 39, Alba Golden 37 (Girls)

1:45 p.m. — Game #4  Tyler Heat 43, Cayuga 36 (Boys Bracket)

3:30 p.m. — Girls #1 Timpson 53, Maidens 31 (Championship Bracket)

4:45 p.m. — Game #7 (Boys Bracket)

6 p.m. — Girls Bracket  Game #3 (Championship Bracket)

7:15 p.m. Game #8 (Boys Bracket)

On Friday morning and early afternoon the pool schedule is as follows for the Ousley middle school gym:

10 a.m. — Trinity vs. Tyler Grace (Girls)

11:15 — Game #2 (Boys Bracket)

12:30 p.m. — Game #3 (Boys Bracket)

1:45 p.m. — Neches vs. Malakoff (Girls)

On Friday afternoon and evening the bracket game schedule is as follows for the Ousley gym:

3:30 p.m. — Girls Bracket Game  #2

4:45 p.m. — Game #5 (Boys Bracket)

6 p.m. — Game #6 (Boys Bracket)

7:15 p.m. — Girls Bracket Game #4

On Saturday, at the Loper Coliseum the following games will be played:

10:30 a.m. — Game #10 (Boys Bracket)

12 noon — Girls #7 3rd Place

1:30 p.m. — Boys #12 Consolation

3 p.m. — Boys #13 3rd Place

4:30 p.m. — Girls Championship

6 p.m. — Boys Championship

 Meanwhile on Saturday, at the Ousley Middle School gym: 

10:30 a.m. Game #9 (Boys Bracket)

12 noon — Girls #5

1:30 p.m. — Girls #6 Consolation

3 p.m. — Game #11 (Boys Bracket



Dec. 6, 2022


Frankston basketball tournament

Dec. 8-10 to bring big crowd here

Boys and girls basketball teams from around the East Texas area are competing  through Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Frankston Invitational Tournament, sponsored by Holladay and McCoy Insurance of Frankston.

A large crowd of athletes, coaches, students, parents and other fans is expected to converge on Frankston during the three days.

A highlight of the event will occur on Thursday, Oct. 8 when the Robert Loper Coliseum will be dedicated in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. during the tournament. The coliseum, in which many tournament games will be played, is named for the former Frankston boys basketball coach for 28 years who had 610 wins, 22 playoff appearances and was inducted into the Texas Assn. of Basketball  Coaches Hall of Fame.

The tournament will be conducted with Pool Play and girls teams from Frankston, Tyler Grace, Trinity and Alba Golden will be in Pool A while teams from  Malakoff, Timpson, Neches and Athens will be in Pool B.

Boys teams from Frankston, Woden and Tyler Heat are in Pool A and Arp, Beckville  and Tyler Grace in Pool B. In Pool C will be Troup, Grapeland and Cayuga.

Games will be played in both the Robert Loper Coliseum high school gym and the G.V. (Bo) Ousley Middle School Gym.

The Indians and Maidens will play all games at the Loper Coliseum. The Maidens will play at 1:45 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 12:30 p.m. on Friday in pool play.  The Indians will play at 3 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on Thursday. Other times are to be determined by seeding.

In the case of ties, seeding for the Friday and Saturday bracket play will be determined by the head-to-head winner getting the higher seed with other seeds determined by a point differential with a 20-point maximum, according to tournament officials.

Full days of competition will be held on Thursday and Friday in both gyms.

On Thursday the pool schedule is as follows for the Loper Coliseum:

10 a.m. — Timpson vs. Neches (Girls)

11:15 a.m. — Grapeland vs. Troup (Boys)

12:30 p.m. — Malakoff vs. Timpson (Girls)

1:45 p.m. — Tyler Grace vs. Frankston (Girls)

3 p.m. — Tyler Heat vs. Frankston (Boys)

4:15 p.m. — Arp vs. Beckville (Boys)

5:30 p.m. — Frankston vs. Trinity (Girls)

6:45 p.m. — Frankston vs. Woden (Boys)

On Thursday the pool schedule is as follows for the Ousley Middle School gym:

8:45 a.m. — Alba Golden vs. Tyler Grace (Girls)

10 a.m. — Tyler Grace vs. Arp (Boys)

11:15 a.m. — Woden vs. Tyler Heat (Boys)

12:30 p.m. — Beckville vs. Tyler Grace (Boys)

1:45 p.m. — Trinity vs. Alba Golden (Girls)

3 p.m. — Troup vs. Cayuga (Boys)

4:15 p.m. — Athens vs. Malakoff (Girls)

5:30 p.m. — Cayuga vs. Grapeland (Boys)

6:45 p.m. — Neches vs. Athens (Girls)

On Friday morning and early afternoon the pool schedule is as follows for the Loper Coliseum:

10 a.m. — Timpson vs. Athens (Girls)

11:15 a.m. — Game #1 (Boys Bracket)

12:30 p.m. — Frankston vs. Alba Golden (Girls)

1:45 p.m. — Game #4 (Boys Bracket)

On Friday morning and early afternoon the pool schedule is as follows for the Ousley middle school gym:

10 a.m. — Trinity vs. Tyler Grace (Girls)

11:15 — Game #2 (Boys Bracket)

12:30 p.m. — Game #3 (Boys Bracket)

1:45 p.m. — Neches vs. Malakoff (Girls)

On Friday afternoon and evening the bracket game schedule is as follows for the Ousley gym:

3:30 p.m. — Girls Bracket Game  #2

4:45 p.m. — Game #5 (Boys Bracket)

6 p.m. — Game #6 (Boys Bracket)

7:15 p.m. — Girls Bracket Game #4

On Saturday, at the Loper Coliseum the following games will be played:

10:30 a.m. — Game #10 (Boys Bracket)

12 noon — Girls #7 3rd Place

1:30 p.m. — Boys #12 Consolation

3 p.m. — Boys #13 3rd Place

4:30 p.m. — Girls Championship

6 p.m. — Boys Championship

 Meanwhile on Saturday, at the Ousley Middle School gym: 

10:30 a.m. Game #9 (Boys Bracket)

12 noon — Girls #5

1:30 p.m. — Girls #6 Consolation

3 p.m. — Game #11 (Boys Bracket)


Dec. 6, 2022


Maidens fall to Athens 45-32

in non-district basketball play

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team fell 45-32 to the Athens Lady Hornets Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Athens in a non-district game against the 4A team, according to Christi Coker, Maidens coach.

The Maidens started strong against Athens in the first quarter, leading 10-5, but the Lady Hornets outscored the Maidens 19-6 in the second period and led 24-16 at halftime. Athens outscored the Maidens 13-6 in the third period to lead 35-22 going into the fourth quarter. The two teams tied 10-10 in the final period, but it was not enough for the Maidens to overcome earlier Athens scoring.

Wila Davis led Maidens scorers with 12 points, largely thanks to an 8 of 9 performance at the free throw line. Kaysie Nabors sank 9 points on four inside goals and a free throw. Mya Mitchell had 6 points on two 2-point goals and a couple of free throws. Bandy Bizzell had 3 points on a goal inside and a free throw. Desirae Hatton had a single goal inside for 2 points.

The Maidens will be participating in the Frankston Tournament Dec. 8-10, playing Tyler Grace in Pool play at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Robert Loper Coliseum.


Dec. 6, 2022


Flyers dominate Yantis team

in non-district contest Dec. 6

The LaPoynor Flyers dominated Yantis in every quarter Tuesday, Dec. 6 to score a 103-45 non-district win on the road, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

In the first quarter, the Flyers had a 25-17 advantage and a 31-15 surge in the second period to lead 56-32 at halftime. They continued their scoring advantage in the second half while holding the Yantis team to single digits. The Flyers took the third quarter 25-9 and the fourth quarter 22-4 to earn their impressive victory.

Five Flyers players scored in double figures. Cooper Gracey scored 2l points, thanks to hitting 8 of 13 baskets inside, a three-point goal and 2 of 5 from the free throw line. Mann Scott got 20 points with 2 of 2 three-pointers, 6 of 8 inside and 2 of 2 free throws. Cort Reid scored 16 with 3 of 6 three-point goals, 3 of 8 inside and a free throw. Evan Almeida had 14 points with 2 of 6 three-pointers and 4 of 6 near the basket. Dijuan Whitehead sank 13 points, 6 of 6 inside and a free throw. Matt Driskell had 7 with a three-point goal and two inside. Jackson Young and Daniel Scott scored 6 each with three baskets each near the goal.

Gracey had 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Young, Reid, Almeida and D. Scott each had 6 rebounds. Young had 4 assists, Reid 7 and  Almeida 9. M. Scott and Driskell 5 rebounds. M. Scott had 3 assists and 3 steals. Driskell had 5 assists and three steals. Almeida and D. Scott each had a block.

The Flyers varsity will be in the Central Heights Tournament on Dec. 8-10.


Dec. 3, 2022


Maidens win third place at SlocumTournament

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Mineola edges Indians 32-26 for White Oak Tourney 3rd Place

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Dec. 3, 2022


Flyers defeat Louisiana team

85-58 in Red River Hoopfest

The LaPoynor Flyers defeated Lakeview, LA 85-58 Saturday, Dec. 3 at Texarkana in the Red River Hoopfest, according to Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The two teams were tied 17-17 in the first quarter but the Flyers picked up the scoring pace and outscored Lakeview 22-8 to take a 39-25 lead into the halftime intermission.

LaPoynor continued their scoring pace in the second half, taking the third quarter 22-16 to go into the fourth quarter with a 61-41 lead. They outscored Lakeview 24-17 in the final period.

Five Flyers players hit in double figures. Cooper Gracey led with 19, scoring on 7 of 8 on the inside and 5 of 8 at the free throw line. Evan Almeida had 14, sinking 3 of 4 three-point goals and 3 of 5 free throws. Matt Driskell had 13, 2 of 4 near the basket and 9 of 12 at the line. Dijuan Whitehead also had 13, including two three point goals, two inside and 3 of 6 from the free throw line. Cort Reid sank 10, including 1 of 2 three-pointers and 5 of 5 in free throws. Other scorers included Mann Scott with 9, including a three-point goal and 4 of 6 in free throws Daniel Scott had 5 on 2 of 3 inside and 1 of 2 free throws and Jackson Young had 2 on a single inside goal.

Leading rebounder was Almeida with 8. He also had 4 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals. M. Scott and Reid had 7 rebounds each. Scott also had 3 assists and a block. Reid had 6 assists, a block and a steal. Gracey and D. Scott each had 6 rebounds. Gracey had 3 assists, 2 blocks and a steal. Scott had an assist. Whitehead had 3 rebounds and an assist. Driskell had 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.


Dec. 1-3, 2022


Lady Flyers win two of three

at Athens Tourney on Dec. 1-3

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers won two games out of three in the Athens Basketball Tournament on Thursday thru Saturday, Dec. 1-3, according to a report by Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze.

Coach Maze reported that the Lady Flyers won over Scurry-Rosser 57-39 and Eustace 61-29 and then fell to Class 3A Fairfield 64-21 in the finals.

The Lady Flyers coach said the loss gave them second place.

In the game with Scurry-Rosser, the Lady Flyers jumped out to a 19-7 lead in the first quarter and won the second period 15-12 or lead 34-19 at halftime. Then they won the third quarter 13-10 to take a 47-29 lead into the fourth quarter.

Scoring for the Lady Flyers against Scurry-Rosser were three players in double figures, Kitty Eldridge with 15, Bre Howard with 12 and Markayla Hurd with 10. Payton Maze had 8, Adriana Estrada 6, Tmia Mitchell 4 and Savannah Reynolds 2.

Howard and Eldridge each had a three-point goal. Hurd, Reynolds and Estrada were 2 of 2 at the free throw line.

Maze led with 8 rebounds, Eldridge 5, Howard and Reynolds 4 each and Hurd 3. Hurd led with 9 assists and Eldridge had 8. Eldridge had 2 blocks and Maze, Mitchell and Reynolds each had a block. Howard, Eldridge and Hurd had 3 steals each and Maze, Reynolds and Estrada 2 each.

 In the game with Eustace the Lady Flyers dominated in three quarters and edged the Eustace girls 15-14 in the final period to take the win.

Scoring for the Lady Flyers were Hurd with 19 points, Mitchell with 8, Maze and Kendall Garcia 7 each, Howard and Eldridge with 6 each, Reynolds with 5 and Estrada with 3.

Howard, Hurd, Maze, Reynolds, Garcia and Estrada all had a three-point goal each.

Maze led with 10 rebounds, Hurd 7 and Eldridge 6. Eldridge led with 6 assists. Howard and Garcia each had a block. Maze led with 8 steals and Howard and Hurd had 4 each. Estrada had 3.

Fairfield led the Lady Flyers in every quarter but LaPoynor got 11 to the Eagles’ 19 in the first quarter Fairfield led 13-1 in the second to lead 32-12 at halftime. In the third quarter the Eagles led 19-4 to take a 51-16 lead into the final period.

Scoring for the Lady Flyers were Eldridge with 6, Garcia and Estrada with 4 each. Maze, Mitchell and Reynolds each had 2 and Howard 1.

Eldridge had a three-point goal. Mitchell had 2 of 4 and Garcia 2 of 5 at the free throw line.

Eldridge led with 8 rebounds and 8 steals. Howard and Garcia had 4 rebounds each. Hurd had 2 blocks and Estrada 1. Mitchell and Reynolds had 3 rebounds, Maze and Hurd had 2 rebounds. Estrada had 3 steals.


Dec. 1-2, 2022


Maidens JV wins consolation

in LaPoynor Tourney Dec. 1-2

The Frankston Maidens junior varsity won consolation honors in the LaPoynor JV Tournament on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1-2, according to Coach Nicholas Tarr.

The Maidens JV lost to Athens Christian 26-20 in the first round of the tournament. Then they won over Palmer 32-13 in the consolation semifinals before winning over Bullard 43-12 in the consolation game.

Scoring for the Maidens JV against Athens Christian were Caylin Freeman with 11, Briley Jimenez and Ashley Fridinger with 3 each and Hailey Pizano with 2 and Kennedi Musselman with 1.

Against Palmer, Musselman had 13, Freeman and Fridinger had 8 each and Jimenez 3.

In the Bullard game, Freeman had 25, Musselman 8, Fridinger 4 and Ondreia Renfro and Jimenez 3 each.


Nov. 29, 2022


Maidens varsity, JV defeat

Troup teams in hoop action

The Frankston Maidens used a tight defense and hit timely shots Tuesday night, Nov. 29 to earn a 39-16 non-district victory over the Troup Lady Tigers in basketball action at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

The Maidens held Troup to single digits in every quarter and picked up their scoring as the game progressed.

After ending the first quarter in a 5-5 tie with the Lady Tigers, the Maidens picked up the scoring pace in the second quarter, largely on the shooting of Wila Davis and Desirae Hatton to lead 20-8 at halftime. Almost every player on the Maidens roster contributed points to outscore Troup 19-8 in the second half to secure the win.

Desirae Hatton’s two three-point goals helped her lead the scorers with 10 points. Davis scored 7 points with two goals inside and  a 3 of 6 performance at the free throw line. Mya Mitchell had 5 points on two goals inside and a free throw. Kaysiah Burnett’s two field goals and Bandy Bizzell’s 2 of 2 trip to the free throw line and a goal near the basket gave each of them 4 points. Mariyah Hatton hit a shot inside and sank a free throw to score 3 points. Lynsie Bizzell,  Aryonna Hatton and Kaysie Nabors each sank a field goal near the basket for 2 points each.

In an earlier game, the Maidens Junior Varsity dominated the Lady Tigers JV throughout, leading 10-4 in the first quarter, 19-7 at the half and 27-18 after three quarters to take a 36-20 win. High scorer for the Maidens JV was Caylin Freeman with 23 points.


Nov. 29, 2022


Tight Tribe defense not enough

as Beckville scores win 42-29

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team held a talented Beckville team with a tight defense for much of game, but it wasn’t enough and the Tribe fell 42-29 Tuesday night, Nov. 29 at the Robert Loper Coliseum in a non-district game.

Beckville used the timely shooting of J’Koby Williams and missed Tribe opportunities to score to gain the victory. Williams, who earlier had been a challenge for the Indians on the football field, penetrated the tight Tribe defense with four three-point goals and three inside shots to lead his team with 18 points.

The Indians defense held Beckville to only 11 points in the first quarter but the Tribe could only score 2 points, those on a 2 of 2 performance at the free throw line by Caleb Ramsey. Beckville scored 10 in the second quarter and the Tribe got 9, thanks to Indians shooting by Austin Carr, Kason Newport, Kody Loebig and Ramsey.

Going into the second half, Beckville led 21-11. Williams’ two 3-pointers helped Beckville edge the Indians 12-9 in the third quarter while Benton Allen sank two inside and Kody Loebig contributed a three-pointer to help the Tribe. Beckville led 33-20 going into the final period.

In the fourth quarter the Indians held Beckville to only 9 while the Tribe also had 9 with Allen scoring 5 of those points on a couple goals near the basket and a free throw. The Indians looked like they might narrow the Beckville lead at one point but the Bearcats were able to hold onto their 13-point edge to win.

Scoring for the Indians were Allen with 9, Loebig with 7, Ramsey with 6, Carr with 3 and Newport and Ke’Aundre Barnes with 2 each.

Williams led Beckville with 18, Jordan Prince had 8, Jakelviu Smith 5, Allen Perry 4, Jordan Hammons 3, and Jayden Mojica and J.T. Smith 2 each.


Nov. 29, 2022


Lady Flyers take close win

40-35 over Bullard Nov. 29

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers varsity basketball team increased their season record to 8-1 as they used a strong defense to win over the previously undefeated Bullard Lady Panthers 40-35 Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on the LaPoynor campus, according to a report by Coach Jammie Maze.

Coach Maze said the non-district contest was “a great game”.

“Both teams played hard,” he said. “I’m very proud of the close win. We had an entire team effort.”

The Lady Flyers coach said “defense won the game”.

LaPoynor outscored the Lady Panthers in three of the four quarters. They edged Bullard 13-10 in the first period but Bullard bounced back with a 12-4 advantage in the second period, leading at halftime 22-17. LaPoynor came out in the second half with a strong third quarter, outscoring the Lady Panthers 13-5, taking a 30-27 lead. They edged Bullard 10-8 in the final period and that was enough to take the 5-point win.

Two Lady Flyers players scored in double figures. Payton Maze had 13 points and Markayla Hurd had 10. Bre Howard’s two three-pointers yielded 6 points. Tmia Mitchell hit two inside shots and sank a free throw for 5 points. Kitty Eldridge’s two scores near the basket gave her 4 points. Kendall Garcia hit the basket with 2 points.

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


Nov. 26, 2022


Flyers defeat 3A Groesbeck 91-53

after loss to 4A Lindale on Nov. 26

The LaPoynor Flyers defeated Class 3A Groesbeck 91-53 on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in a non-district basketball game on their home court after having lost to Class 4A Lindale 68-46 in a game on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Lindale, according to a report from Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers outscored Groesbeck in every quarter in taking the victory at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium at LaPoynor School. The first quarter was fairly close as the Flyers only led 19-14, but they picked up the scoring pace in the second quarter to register a 25-17 advantage and lead 44-31 at halftime. In the second half, the Flyers outscored Groesbeck 47-22 to secure the victory.

Five Flyers scored in double figures, led by Cooper Gracey’s 17 points, including three 3-point goals. Dijuan Whitehead dropped in 16 points, Mann Scott and Evan Almeida 13 each and Daniel Scott 10. Matt Driskell and Cort Reid each scored 8, Jackson Young 4 and Casey Ruiz 2. Driskell was 4 of 4 at the free throw line. Whitehead was 4 of 5 and Mann Scott was 2 of 2. Daniel Scott was 2 of 3 and Almeida was 1 of 1.

Gracey led with 11 rebounds and Whitehead had 8. Mann Scott had 4 and Daniel Scott 3 each. Mann Scott had 9 assists, Gracey 6 and Reid 5. Driskell had 3 and Almeida 2. Gracey had 3 blocks and Reid, Almeida and Whitehead had one each. Mann Scott, Almeida and Gracey each had 3 steals and Reid 2.

In the Lindale game, Whitehead led in scoring with 18 points, sinking a three-point goal, three free throws and six goals inside. Reid had 9 and and Driskell 8. Almeida and Gracey did not play in the Lindale game, Coach Reid said.

Daniel Scott had 6 rebounds, two steals and a block. Whitehead had four rebounds and an assist. Reid had three rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. Young had three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Driskell had three rebounds,  three assists and two steals.


Nov. 22, 2022


Maidens varsity, JV teams

win over Elkhart Nov. 22

The Frankston Maidens scored a 53-27 victory over the Elkhart Lady Elks in varsity non-district basketball action on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Elkhart, according to a report submitted by Coach Christi Coker.

Earlier the Maidens Junior Varsity defeated their Elkhart counterparts 32-21.

The Maidens jumped out in the first quarter with a 21-7 lead, thanks to the shooting of Kaysiah Burnett’s and Mya Mitchell’s 6 points each. Kaysie Nabors added 5 points to the leaders. The Maidens led 28-13 at halftime and outscored the Lady Elks 25-14 in the second half to secure their victory.

Burnett and Nabors led scorers with 12 points each, sinking 2 of 2 each at the free throw line. Mitchell had 11 points, include five inside. Bandy Bizzell and Wila Davis each had 6, Desirae Hatton 4 and Lynsie Bizzell 2.

The Maidens JV took a 14-3 first quarter lead and were ahead 23-11 at halftime. Elkhart outscored the Tribe JV 10-9 in the second half but it was not enough to make up for their first half deficit.

Leading scorer for the Maidens JV was Caylin Freeman with 12 points inside.  Briley Jimenez had 7, had a three-pointer in the first quarter and was 2 of 6 at the free throw line. Ashley Fridinger had 6, Ondreia Renfro 4 and Hailey Pizano had 3 on a three-pointer in the second quarter.

The Maidens teams will host Troup on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Loper Coliseum. JV action starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at about 5:45.


Nov. 22, 2022


Indians take hoop opener

50-35 over Buffalo Bisons

The Frankston Indians won their season basketball opener defeating Buffalo 50-35 Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston, according to a report by Coach Scotty Albritton.

In an earlier game, the Indians Junior Varsity fell to their Buffalo counterparts 32-25.

The Indians varsity took a 9-2 lead in the first quarter and led 22-7 at halftime. They tied with the Bisons 28-28 in the second half but the Indians first half performance assured the victory.

Leading scorer for the Tribe was Kody Loebig with 16 points, including four three-point goals. Caleb Ramsey also scored in double figures with 15 points, including two 3-pointers. Benton Allen had 9 points. Kason Newport and Ke’Aundre Barnes had 4 each and A.J. Donnell had 2.

The Indians JV led 14-8 in the first half and were ahead 19-15 at the end of the third quarter, but the Bisons JV came back and sank three 3-pointers  and made six free throws along with a two-point goal to outscore Indians JV 17-6 and secure the win.

Leading scorers for the Tribe JV were Devin Allen and Stevie Fry with 5 each,  Triston McCoy with 4, Peyton Jaco 3, and Tyler Rogers, Tucker Sloan, Joseph Allen and Walker McCann with 2 each.


Nov. 21, 2022


Maidens varsity, JV teams defeated

by Class 4A Jacksonville on Nov. 21

The Frankston Maidens varsity and junior varsity basketball teams fell in non-district games to Class 4A Jacksonville Monday, Nov. 21 at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston, according to a report from Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens varsity fell 53-32 to the Jacksonville varsity.

In the junior varsity game, the Maidens JV fell to their Jacksonville counterparts 46-21.

The Maidens varsity started out strong with an 11-8 advantage in the first quarter and they trailed at halftime by only 28-20 despite a 20-9 performance by the Jacksonville team.

In the second half, it was all Jacksonville, as they scored 25 points to only 12 for the Maidens.

Ja’Shalyn Hatton and Wila Davis each had 12 points for the Maidens. Desirae Hatton and Lynsie Bizzell scored 3 each and Mariyah Hatton had 2. D. Hatton had a three-pointer for her only points. Davis had five goals inside and was 2 of 6 at the free throw line. M. Hatton’s points came with a 2 of 4 performance at the the charity stripe. Shay Hatton and Davis were held to only one two-point goal each in the second half.

Nine Jacksonville players scored. Johannah McDonald led with 13 points and Trunijah Butler had 10. McDonald hit two three-pointers and was 3 of 4 in free throws. Butler had a three-point goal and was 3 of 5 at the free throw line. The team was 11 of 18 in free throws made.

Scoring for the Maidens JV were Caylin Freeman with 8, Ondreia Renfro 5,  Ashley Fridinger and Briley Jimenez 3 each and Serenity Foster 2.

Jacksonville led the Maidens JV 10-7 in the first quarter, 20-12 at the half and 34-19 in the third period.


Nov. 21, 2022


Lady Flyers defeat Palmer 47-25

in basketball road game Nov. 21

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers boosted their record to 7-1 in non-district basketball play Monday, Nov. 21 with a 47-25 victory over Palmer on the road, according to Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers took an 11-8 first quarter lead and were ahead 26-19 at halftime. They went on to outscore Palmer 21-6 in the second half to take the win.

Payton Maze led Lady Flyers scorers with 25 points and Kitty Eldridge had 12. Tmia Mitchell had 6 and Bre Howard and Adriana Estrada 2 each. Eldridge and Maze each had three-pointers. Maze was 6 of 9 at the free throw line and Estrada was 2 of 4. Eldridge was 1 of 2. Maze hit 57 percent of her inside shots.

Eldridge led with 11 rebounds. Howard had 7, Maze 5 and Savannah Reynolds and Estrada 3 each. Eldridge and Reynolds had 3 assists each. Eldridge and Maze each had a block. Maze and Howard each had 5 steals, Mitchell and Estrada 4 each, and Eldridge 3. Eldridge, Maze and Mitchell each had 3 deflections and Reynolds and Estrada 2 each.

The Lady Flyers will play Bullard on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at home.


Nov. 21, 2022


Big fourth quarter propels

Athens over Flyers 84-75

The Athens Hornets varsity won over the LaPoynor Flyers 84-75 in a non-district basketball game on Monday, Nov. 21 at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium at the LaPoynor campus, according to a report by Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers trailed 20-13 in the first quarter but bounced back in the second period 26-14 to lead at halftime 39-34. However, in the third quarter, Athens led 20-16 to pull within a point 55-54 going into the fourth quarter. The Hornets outscored the Flyers 30-20 in the final stanza to earn their nine-point win.

Dijuan Whitehead led Flyers scorers with 24 points, sinking 3 three-point goals, hitting 7 on the inside and sinking 1 of 2 free throws. Evan Almeida had 19 points, hitting 3 of 4 three-pointers, 4 of 10 inside and 2 of 2 free throws. Cooper Gracey had 16 points, sinking a three-pointer, hitting 5 of 10 inside and making 3 of 5 free throws. Matt Driskell had 8 points, Cort Reid 4, Mann Scott 3 and Daniel Scott 1.

Gracey had 15 rebounds, Whitehead 7, Reid and Almeida 4 each, M. Scott and Driskell 3 each. Driskell and Reid had 4 assists each, M. Scott and Gracey 3 each and Whitehead 2. Almeida, Gracey and Whitehead each had a block. Almeida had 5 steals and Gracey 3.

On Saturday, Nov. 26, the Flyers teams will journey to Lindale for a 1 p.m. start for the freshmen and junior varsity, followed by the varsity game. 


Nov. 19, 2022


Flyers secure consolation honors

at prestigious Mavs Fall Classic

The LaPoynor Flyers varsity basketball team won consolation honors in the Green Bracket at the Mavs Fall Classic Tournament in Frisco Saturday, Nov. 19 with a 71-59 victory over Frisco Lebanon Trail, according to a report by Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers reached the consolation game, losing first to Class 6A Garland Sachse 74-83 but then defeating Young Men’s Leadership Academy, a 4A team from Fort Worth 70-55 and downing Class 5A The Colony 78-68.

LaPoynor’s Cooper Gracey was named to the All-Tournament team.

Four players for the Flyers scored in double figures against Lebanon Trail with Cooper Gracey leading with 18 points, followed by Dijuan Whitehead with 17, Matt Driskell with 15 and Evan Almeida with 10. Cort Reid had 5 and Daniel Scott 4. The Flyers hit 46 percent of their shots inside and were 61.3 percent at the free throw line. Reid sank 5 of 6 free throws, Gracey 8 of 11, Driskell 5 of 12 and Almeida 1 of 1.

The Flyers pulled down 39 rebounds, had 21 assists, 15 steals and 17 deflections. Almeida led in rebounds with 10, Gracey 9, Whitehead 8, Reid 6 and Driskell 4.

In the earlier games, against Sachise, and Gracey with 22 points and Driskell with 15 led scorers with double figures. Gracey had 11 rebounds, 10 on defense.

Against YMLA, Gracey and Whitehead led scorers with 14 points each and M. Scott had 11. Reid and Almeida scored 9 each, D. Scott 6 and Driskell 5. The team had 20 assists, 43 rebounds, four blocks and 22 steals. D. Scott led in rebounds with 9 and Almeida had 7. Driskell, Whitehead and Gracey had 5 each. Reid and M. Scott had 4 each and Jackson Young 3.

In the game with The Colony, Gracey had 28 and Whitehead 20 to lead scorers. Almeida scored 11. Driskell scored 8, Reid 6 and M. Scott 5. The Flyers had 32 rebounds, 24 on defense, 19 assists and 12 steals.


Nov. 19, 2022


Lady Flyers post 3-1 showing

at Wells Tourney Nov. 17-19

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers came away with a “solid tournament” winning three games and losing only one at the Wells Girls Basketball Tournament Thursday thru Saturday, Nov. 17-19, according to a report from Coach Jammie Maze.

“We were disappointed we didn’t play for the championship but still happy about a 3-1 weekend,” Coach Maze said. “We’re still very young and learning.”

The Lady Flyers defeated Slocum in the final game of the tournament 51-21 on Saturday. On the first day, the Lady Flyers defeated Central 58-20 but were disappointed by their loss to Brookeland 47-53 in a close game on Friday. They bounced back on the same day to win over West Hardin 66-38.

The Lady Flyers came out of the tournament with an overall record of 6-1.

In the Slocum game on Saturday, Bre Howard and Kitty Eldridge each had 10 points. Savannah Reynolds had 9, Payton Maze 8, Markayla Hurd 7, Tmia Mitchell 5 and Kendall Garcia 2.

In the West Hardin game on Friday, Maze had 21, Howard 12, Mitchell 9, Eldridge 8, Hurd 7, Adriana Estrada 4, Reynolds 3 and Garcia 2.

Earlier in the day against Brookeland, Eldridge had 12, Maze 9, Hurd and Howard 8 each, Mitchell 7, and Estrada 3.

On Thursday against Central, Howard had 14, Maze and Reynolds had 9 each, Eldridge and Mitchell had 8 each, Estrada had 5, Garcia 4 and Hurd 1.

Scores by Quarters:

Central          4      8      4     4 — 22     Brookeland    10    19     7    17 — 53

LaPoynor    17    17    17     7 — 58     LaPoynor     11    10   19      7 — 47

W. Hardin     7    12      4   15 — 38     Slocum           8      2     4      7 — 21

LaPoynor    19     8     16   23 — 66     LaPoynor     10      6   17    18 — 51   


Nov. 19, 2022


Maidens JV basketball team

wins third at Malakoff meet

The Frankston Maidens Junior Varsity basketball team won third place in the Malakoff JV Tournament Thursday thru Saturday, Nov. 17-19, according to a report submitted by Head Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens won over Kemp 28-24 in the first round. Then they lost to Mineola  37-23 in the second round. They took third place with a 23-19 win over Eustace.

In the Kemp game, Caylin Freeman led with 13 points. Ondreia Renfro had 6, Briley Jimenez and Kennedi Musselman 4 each and Bailey Dewberry 1.

Against Mineola, Freeman had 11, Musselman and Jimenez 4 each and Dewberry and Ashley Fridinger 2 each.

In the third place game against Eustace, Hailey Pizano had 7, Freeman 5, Fridinger 4, Renfro 3 and Jimenez and Dewberry 2 each.

After an open date on Friday, Nov. 18, the Junior Varsity Maidens will go against Jacksonville at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21 prior to the varsity contest at about 12:15 p.m. at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, the two teams will go to Elkhart for games at 10 a.m and about 11:15 a.m. respectively.


Nov. 15, 2022


Lady Flyers dominate Axtel 66-23

in non-district hoop test Nov. 15

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers continued their non-district wins Tuesday, Nov. 15 with a 66-23 victory over Axtel, according to a report from Coach Jammie Maze.

“ I thought we played well versus a playoff team from last season,” Coach Maze said. “Our defense is coming along and our shooting is improving.”

The Lady Flyers held Axtel to single digits in the first three quarters, leading 17-3 in the first period and 40-9 at halftime. They outscored their opponent 26-14 in the second half.

Four Lady Flyers players scored in double figures. Payton Maze led with 16, hitting three of four 3-point goals. Kitty Eldridge sank 14 points, going 4 of 4 at the free throw line and 56 percent near the goal. Markayla Hurd and Adriana Estrada each had 10 points. Hurd sank two three-pointers and Estrada had a single three-point goal. Bre Howard shot for 7 points, including a three-pointer. Tmia Mitchell had 6 and was 4 of 4 at the charity stripe. Kendall Garcia had 3 points with a two-pointer and a free throw.

As a team, the Lady Flyers shot 79 percent at the free throw line.

Defensively, the team had 34 rebounds, 20 assists, a block, 26 steals and 13 deflections.

Maze had 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 deflections. Estrada had 8 rebounds, an assist, 3 steals and 4 deflections. Eldridge has 7 rebounds, 8 assists, a block, 9 steals and 4 deflections. Howard had 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Hurd had 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and a deflection. Mitchell had a rebound, 2 assists and 4 steals. Garcia had a steal.

In an earlier game, the Lady Flyers Junior Varsity defeated Axtel 37-9. Savannah Reynolds led with 7 points and Emily White and Aurianna Felder each had 6.


Nov. 15, 2022


Maidens dominate Grapeland

69-30 for first season victory

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team captured its first win of the season Tuesday, Nov. 15, downing the Grapeland Lady Sandies 69-30 in a non-district encounter at Grapeland, according to a report from Coach Christi Coker.

All but a single Maidens player on the roster scored in the contest. The Maidens team jumped out to a 20-7 first quarter lead and were ahead 37-16 at halftime.

They went on to outscore the Lady Sandies 32-14 in the second half to ice the big win.

The Maidens continued their fast-break offense and an aggressive defense to spark the victory.

Last year’s district “Newcomer of the Year”, sophomore Wila Davis, led Maidens scorers with 19 points, 12 of those in the productive Maidens first half. Mariyah Hatton had 11 points and Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton got 10. Three Maidens scored 7 each. They were Bandy Bizzell, Kaysiah Burnett and Mya Mitchell. B. Bizzell went 5 of 7 and Mitchell 5 of 8 at the free throw line. Desirae Hatton scored 4 and Lynsie Bizzell and Kaysie Nabors each had 2. 

Grapeland was led by the 16 points from Destiny Bolden.

There was no junior varsity game.

The win made the Maidens’ record 1-2 for the season so far. They have an open date scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18 and will return to non-district play on Monday, Nov. 21 when they host Jacksonville at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston. Junior varsity action starts at 11 a.m. followed by the varsity contest at about 12:15 p.m.


Nov. 11, 2022


Competitive Maidens fall 64-52

to talented Malakoff on Nov. 11 

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team, close to normal depth, gave the Malakoff Lady Tigers a challenge in the first half, but the talented Malakoff team staged a comeback in the second half to win the non-district game 64-52 at Robert Loper Coliseum Friday, Nov. 11.

Things were tied up 15-15 at the end of the first quarter and the Maidens had even led for a while thanks to the shooting of Wila Davis, Mya Mitchell and Desirae Hatton and a smothering defense.

Malakoff picked up the pace some in the second quarter, outscoring the Maidens 13-9 but the Maidens continued making it hard for the Lady Tigers to get a good shot. Malakoff led by four at the halftime intermission 28-24.

Ja’Shalyn Hatton led scorers in the third period, along with Mitchell, but Malakoff started breaking the Maidens defense and hitting their shots to lead by 13 at 48-35.

The Maidens came back strong both on offense and defense in the final period outscoring Malakoff 17-16 and coming to within 10 points at one time, again thanks to a defensive effort and continued scoring by Shay Hatton and Mitchell and some timely free throws by Desirae Hatton. However it is was not enough to offset the Malakoff third quarter shooting.

The 6’2” sophomore Hillary Dawson’s 39 points for Malakoff proved decisive, including a couple of three-pointers and a 7 of 8 performance at the charity stripe.

Mitchell led Maidens scorers with 15 points followed by Shay Hatton’s 14 and Desirae Hatton’s 10 points, largely due to a 5 of 6 showing at the free throw line. Wila Davis ended up with 9 points mostly in the first quarter. Lynsie Bizzell’s two points helped out in the fourth quarter and Bandy Bizzell got two points in the second period. Shay Hatton had 10 rebounds, Mitchell 8 and Bandy Bizzell 6.

The Maidens varsity is now 0-2 to start the season but showed signs of promise from their less experienced players and their deep bench.

(See Video Clip of Action HERE )


Nov. 11, 2022


Flyers dominate Kemp 93-43

in ‘Pink Out’ action Nov. 11

The LaPoynor Flyers opened their 2022-2023 basketball season dominating Kemp 93-43 in “Pink Out” action on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on the LaPoynor ISD campus, according to a report from Flyers Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers jumped out to a 28-point lead in the first quarter, signaling what was possibly to come and then punctuated that impression with a 58-18 lead going into the dressing room at halftime.

They further added to their lead coming out of the third quarter as they scored 21 points to only 9 for Kemp to expand their advantage to 79-27.

The Flyers hit 58.1 percent of their shots near the basket and dropped in seven three pointers while sinking 56.4 percent of their free throws.

Four Flyers scored in double figures led by senior Cooper Gracey’s 28 points, including three 3-point goals. Senior Dijuan Whitehead added 16 points, sophomore Cort Reid 14 and sophomore Mann Scott with 10. Senior Matt Driskell had 9, senior Evan Almeida and junior Daniel Scott 6 each and junior Jackson Young 4. M. Scott, Reid, Almeida and Whitehead each had three pointers.

At the free throw line, Driskell was 7 of 11, Gracey 7 of 9, M. Scott 3 of 4, Young 2 of 4, Reid 1 of 2, Almeida 1 of 2 and Whitehead 1 of 5.

As a team, the Flyers had 43 rebounds, 25 assists, 24 steals, seven blocks and 16 deflections. 

Almeida and Gracey had eight rebounds each. Reid had 6. D. Scott and M. Scott each had five. Whitehead and Driskell had 4 each. Junior Casey Ruiz had 2 and Young had 1. Reid and Gracey each had five assists, Almeida and Whitehead 4 each, M. Scott and Driskell 3 each and D. Scott one. Gracey had four blocks and Reid, D. Scott and Whitehead each had one. Almeida led with six steals. D. Scott had four. M. Scott, Driskell and Gracey each had three, Young had two and Reid, Ruiz and Whitehead each had one. Leading in deflections were Reid with four, Driskell and Gracey with three and D. Scott with two.

The Flyers varsity will now go to Frisco to participate in the Mavs Fall Classic Tournament on Nov. 17-19. (See the Tournament Bracket HERE )


Nov. 11, 2022


Lady Flyers get two big wins

to start 2022-23 hoop season 

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers varsity basketball team started their season Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12 with impressive wins over Arp 62-28 on Friday and then over Bosqueville 64-20 on Saturday, according to a report from Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers held their opponents in both games to single digits in every quarter in the non-district encounters. They led Arp 15-7 in the first quarter and 36-15 at halftime. They outscored the Lady Tigers 26-11 in the second half.

Against Bosqueville, they led 17-7 in the first period and 31-10 at halftime. They outscored Bosqueville 33-10 in the second half.

Four Lady Flyers players scored in double figures against Arp. Kitty Eldridge led with 14. Bre Howard and Tmia Mitchell had 13 each and Kendall Garcia had 10. Payton Maze scored 6, Markayla Hurd 4 and Adriana Estrada 2. Howard, Eldridge, Mitchell and Garcia each had a three-pointer. Eldridge was 3 of 6 at the free throw line.

Eldridge pulled down 14 rebounds and Hurd had 11 assists and Estrada 8 steals. The team had 36 rebounds, 20 assists  and 32 steals.

Against Bosqueville, three Lady Flyers hit in double figures with Maze getting 20 points, including two three pointers. Howard had 11 and a three point goal. Estrada had 10 points. Other scorers were Eldridge with 9, Hurd 8, Mitchell 4 and Savannah Reynolds 2. Maze was 4 of 6 and Estrada was 2 of 3 at the free throw line. Mitchell was 1 of 2. 

Eldridge had 9 rebounds, Mitchell 8, Maze 6, and Howard 5. Hurd had 12 assists. Maze had 4 steals and Eldridge and Howard 3 each. As a team, the Lady Flyers had 38 rebounds, 23 assists and 14 steals.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Lady Flyers varsity and junior varsity travel to Axtel for action starting at 4 p.m.

Scores by Quarters:

Arp                   7      8      2      9 — 26        Bosqueville      7      3      5      5 — 20

Lady Flyers   15    21      6    20 — 62        Lady Flyers   17    14    17    16 — 64


Nov. 8, 2022


Maidens basketball team falls

to Eustace in season opener

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team opened their 2022-2023 season with a 50-30 loss to the Eustace Lady Bulldogs Tuesday, Nov. 8 in a non-district game at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

The Maidens, playing without several players due to injuries and for other reasons, trailed the competitive Eustace team 24-6 at halftime, but picked up the pace, scoring 24 points to 26 for the Lady Bulldogs in the second half.

Earlier in the evening, the Eustace Junior varsity defeated the Maidens JV 23-14. The Maidens JV was ahead 8-6 at halftime but could score only six points in the second half while Eustace JV was scoring 17.

Scoring for the Maidens varsity in their game were Wila Davis with 12 and Desirae Hatton, Kennedi Musselman and Bandy Bizzell with 4 each. Kaysiah Burnett had 3, Ondreia Renfro 2 and Aryonna Hatton 1.

For the Maidens JV, Caylin Freeman led with 9 points. Hailey Pizano and Serenity Foster had 2 each and Ashley Fridinger had 1.

The Maidens team will be at home again on Friday, Nov. 11 hosting Malakoff at the Loper Coliseum. Varsity only action will begin at 4 p.m.


Nov. 7, 2022


Maidens basketball play begins

Nov. 8 against Eustace here

The Frankston Maidens basketball team hits the floor for their 2022-2023 season against Eustace on Tuesday, Nov. 8 with junior varsity action starting at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at 6:15 p.m. at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

Coach Christi Coker said the location of the game was changed on the schedule from playing at Eustace to playing at home.

In a preview of the season, Coach Coker reported that the Maidens varsity lost four seniors off last year’s team, so the this year’s team will have a lot of new faces.

“We will be young this year, but I think we will be fun to watch due to a lot of speed,” the veteran coach and former FHS standout player said.

The Maidens will be in the same district as last year, with Martins Mill, LaPoynor, Cayuga, Cross Roads and Kerens, Coach Coker said. She also noted that the FHS girls will play some tough pre-district teams including Malakoff, Bullard and Jacksonville plus three tournaments, at Slocum, here at Frankston and at Troup.

Returning from last year are: two seniors, guard Lynsie Bizzell and forward Ja’Shalyn Hatton; three juniors, guard Bandy Bizzell, point guard Kaylee Davis and post Mya Mitchell; and sophomore guard Wila Davis.

Coach Coker said new faces to look for are two juniors, guard Kennedi Musselman and post Ondreia Renfro; plus four sophomores, point guard Kaysiah Burnett, forward Aryonna Hatton, guard Desirae Hatton and post Kaysie Nabors.

The head girls coach will be assisted by Nicholas Tarr and Myka Sharp.

The Maidens will play their next home game on Friday, Nov. 11 against Malakoff at the Robert Loper Coliseum. Junior varsity action begins at 5 and varsity competition will start at about 6:15 p.m.


May 16-17, 2022


Bandy Bizzell competes in State

2A golf for second straight year

Frankston’s Bandy Bizzell went to the 2A Girls State Tournament for the second straight year as second medalist from Region III and competed among a strong field of individual golfers from all four 2A regions on May 16-17 in Austin, according to a report from Coach Scotty Albritton.

Coach Albritton said Bandy shot an 89 on the first day, May 16, to be tied for eighth place and shot a 100 on the second day to finish 18th overall among 71 individual qualifiers from all over the state in Class 2A.

Accompanying her to state was the District 19-2A and Region III individual champion Mia Nixon, a Martins Mill senior, who won the state championship for the third time, missing only in her sophomore year, because there was no state tournament due to COVID-19, Coach Albritton said. Nixon shot a 69 on day 1 and a 67 on day 2,  to claim the championship again, the coach said.


May 7, 2022



Indians win Bi-District Championship!

Indians to advance to 2A Area

round in Big Sandy series wins

The Frankston Indians, after a 4-2 win in Game 2 of their Bi-District playoff series with Big Sandy, defeated the Wildcats 13-1 Saturday afternoon, May 7 to take the first round of the Class 2A playoffs in the third and deciding game of the series, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The two wins Saturday came after a 14-8 loss to Big Sandy on Friday, May 6 which challenged the Indians to win both their games Saturday to advance in the playoffs.

In a morning game Saturday, the Indians took advantage of a costly Big Sandy error in the top of the sixth inning to score two runs and go on to the 4-2 win in Game 2 of the Class 2A Bi-District series at Grand Saline, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

Walker London, who came in for two innings in Game 2 to preserve the win for senior hurler Clayton Merritt, continued to excel on the mound in Game 3 as he held the Wildcats to only one earned run on one hit and had five strikeouts. He had allowed two hits but no runs in the save in Game 2.

Meanwhile, Indian batters appeared to have saved up their energy for the third game as they pounded the Wildcats with 10 hits, 12 RBIs and 12 earned runs. Big Sandy’s four pitchers could only strike out one batter during the game.

The Tribe hitters punctuated their performance with a double, a triple and a home run as well as seven singles.

Frankston started out in the first inning with three runs, added four in each of the next two and capped their scoring with two in the bottom of the fourth, all this while allowing the Wildcats only one score in the second.

Ryan Harper’s home run in the bottom of the third enhanced his 2 of 3 performance at the plate and gave him two RBIs. Robert Walker’s double and Conlan Lemay’s triple sparked the four-run second inning. Lemay was 3 of 4  with three RBIs. Walker’s double yielded three RBIs. Matt Metzig was 2 of 3 and got two RBIs. The 11 Tribe walks put runners on base to swell the scoring chances.

Pitcher London helped his own cause, going 2 of 2 at the plate and was credited with an RBI.

INDIANS WIN GAME 2  OVER BIG SANDY 4-2

The Indians took advantage of Big Sandy’s only error to score two runs and break a 2-2 tie in Game 2 of the Bi-District series and go on to win 4-2.

The two teams were tied at 2-2 going into the top of the sixth. The Indians put Walker London on base with a double followed by a single by Matt Metzig. On the next play, London scored on an error by the Wildcats. On the same error, Metzig rounded third and came home with the second Tribe score to give Frankston a 4-2 lead. They would hold that lead, thanks to a key double play with one out in their half of the sixth. Then the Tribe held Big Sandy in the bottom of the seventh with a fly out, a pop out and a ground out to squelch a two-single effort by the Wildcats.

Besides London’s double and one by Ryan Harper, the Indians got a single from Robert Walker and three singles from Metzig, including the one in the sixth inning.

Clayton Merritt pitched for five innings before London relieved for two. Merritt allowed six hits, but only two runs, walked one and had seven strikeouts.

Scores by innings:

                    1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Indians       1     0     1     0     0     2     0     4       6     1


May 6, 2022


Big sixth inning negates Tribe

lead to give Big Sandy win 14-8

The Frankston Indians saw an 8-5 lead evaporate in the top of the sixth as Big Sandy scored eight runs to go ahead 13-8 and then score again in the seventh for a 14-8 win in Game 1 of the Class 2A Bi-District series Friday, May 6, according to information from the Frankston scorer.

The Tribe loss makes Saturday morning’s second game of the best of three series crucial if the Indians are to have a chance to capture the first round in the playoffs. The game will be at 11 a.m. at Grand Saline. A third game, if needed, will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2.

In the Friday night game, Big Sandy went out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and then scored three more runs in the top of the third to take a 4-0 lead. The Indians bounced back in their half of the third with four runs to tie things at 4-4. Both teams scored a run in the fourth for a 5-5 tie but the Indians scored three in the bottom of the fifth to take their first lead.

The Wildcats were not deterred as they scored eight runs in the top of the sixth and one more in their half of the seventh while Big Sandy pitching held the Tribe scoreless.

Big Sandy had 13 hits and the Indians had 7 in the contest. Both teams had nine bases on balls but the Wildcats pitchers struck out 10 Tribe batters while being victims of only four strikeouts by Indians pitching.

Indians Austin Carr and Robert Walker each had doubles for their only hits. Ryan Harper, Walker London, Matt Metzig, Conlan Lemay and Walker McCann each had singles for the Indians. Carr led in RBIs with three. Walker had two for a team total of seven.

The Indians used four pitchers. McCann started, pitching 2⅔ innings, allowing four hits and four earned runs while walking four. He had one strikeout. Metzig relieved and went 2⅓ innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs while walking one. He had three strikeouts. London pitched an inning with two hits, two walks and two earned runs. Walker was on the mound for one inning allowing two hits and two walks and one earned run.

Scores by innings:

                         1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Big Sandy       1     0     3     1     0     8     1     14     13     1

Indians            0     0     4     1     3    0      0       8       7     4  


April 29-30, 2022


Frankston athletes compete well

but do not advance at Regionals

Ten Frankston athletes who qualified for Regionals reached the finals but did not advance to the State Meet in their events at the Region III, Class 2A Track and Field Meet Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 at Palestine, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

Only the first two athletes who placed in each event qualified for state competition.

Schools which had athletes to qualify for State in the events in which Frankston athletes reached the finals were Big Sandy, Dawson, Cayuga, Beckville,  Chilton, Hawkins, Kerens, Timpson, Joaquin, San Augustine, Union Grove, Rosebud-Lott, Marlin, Lovelady, Mount Enterprise and Centerville.

Frankston Coaches Lisa Hokit for the girls and Alec Wofford for the boys, praised the Frankston Regional qualifiers for their effort in advancing to the regional meet and competing well among the array of talented athletes.

Following are the Frankston athletes who reached the finals and their times and distances in the events in which they participated.

FRANKSTON REGIONAL RESULTS

Boys High Jump — Benton Allen, 5-10. Girls High Jump — JerMya Mitchell,   5-00. Girls Triple Jump — Kaylee Davis, 33-04. Boys Triple Jump — Tyler Rogers, 39-10.5. Girls Long Jump — Mitchell, 16-03. Boys Long Jump — Rogers,  20-00.75. Boys Discus — Sir Isaac Foster, 107-11. Girls 100-meter Hurdles — Kaylee Davis, 16.99. Girls 100-meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, 12.82. Girls 300-meter hurdles — Davis,  50.28; Kaysie Nabors,  51.26. Boys 4x400-meter Relay Team of Ethan Ogg, Jeremiah Mitchell, Kaymon Davis and Tyler Rogers, 3:44.82.


April 29, 2022


Kerens win over Indians 8-3

forces playoffs for 2A seeds

The Frankston Indians baseball team fell to the Kerens Bobcats 8-3 Friday, April 29 at Kerens and now is in a three-way tie with Cayuga and Kerens for first place in District 20-2A, forcing a three-team playoff event to settle 2A playoff seeding, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The three teams each have records of 9-3 in district competition after the game Friday night.

UPDATE: According to latest reports, a three-team tournament will be played on Monday, May 2, at Cumberland Academy in Tyler, weather permitting, with the first game starting at noon.

In preparation for the tournament, Cayuga won a coin toss among the three teams giving them a bye in the first round of the event. The tournament plan schedules Game 1 between Kerens and Frankston to be held at noon, with the loser in that game to become third seed from District 20-2A. The winner will then play Cayuga in Game 2 approximately 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 1 to determine the top two seeds.

The game at Kerens Friday night was tight for five innings. Both the Indians and the Bobcats scored a run in the first inning and it was 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth when Kerens scored a run to go ahead 2-1. The Indians answered in the top of the fifth with two runs to take the lead 3-2. However in the bottom of the sixth inning, Kerens came back with six runs to take their 8-3 win when the Indians failed to score in the top of the seventh.

In that decisive sixth inning, Kerens started out with a single, and a bunt sent a runner to second. A walk put runners on first and second. Then a home run by Kerens put the Bobcats ahead 5-3 with two outs. A walk followed by a single scored another run for Kerens. Then another walk and a single scored two more Bobcat runs to make it 8-3 before the frame ended.

In the top of the seventh, all the Indians could get was a single along with two strikeouts and a fly out to end the game.

The Indians were held to five hits while Kerens was getting eight. Ryan Harper, Robert Walker, Walker London, Matt Metzig and Conlan Lemay each singled for the Tribe. Walker and Clayton Merritt were awarded a RBI each.

Besides the home run, Kerens batters had seven timely singles.

Three pitchers were on the mound for the Indians. Metzig went three innings, allowing two hits, walking two and with two strikeouts. London pitched 2⅔ innings, allowing four hits, striking out one and walking three. Walker came in for a third of an inning, allowing two hits and walking one.

Kerens used two pitchers who combined to allow the five hits, four walks and 12 strikeouts.

Score by innings:

                  1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Indians     1     0     0     0     2     0     0     3       5     2

Kerens      1     0     0     1     0     6     x     8       8     1


April 28, 2022


Early Hawkins scoring secures win

over Maidens in 2A Bi-District play

The Frankston Maidens ended their promising season Thursday, April 28 as the 19-2A champion Hawkins Lady Hawks  connected for 19 runs, 17 in the first three innings, for a 19-1 victory in a Bi-district game at Grand Saline, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens could get only two hits off of Hawkins pitching. Senior Kaitlyn Matthews played her last softball game as a Maiden but turned a double to open the third inning into a score when Kaysiah Burnett reached first on a dropped third strike. On the play, Matthews scored for what would be the only Maiden score of the night. Jaycie Dillard had the other hit for the Frankston team.

Otherwise it would be all Hawkins in every inning. Hawkins was getting 14 hits and scoring earned and unearned runs. 

The Hawkins pitcher, Trinity Hawkins(1), not only had 10 strikeouts in the five innings, she also went 4 of 5 at the plate to lead Lady Hawks batters. Of those four hits, one was a home run and the other a triple and she led with four RBIs. Shortstop Lynli Dacus (11) was 3 of 4, all singles, with two RBIs. The other Lady Hawk hitters were credited with the other six of the team’s 12 RBIs.

Jaycie Dillard started in the pitching circle for the Maidens and allowed six hits. Coming in for the remainder of the game was Julianne Gould, who allowed eight hits and walked two.

The Maidens finished the season as Bi-District Finalist after a fourth place finish in District 20-2A. Their overall record was 10-13, putting together a winning margin going into the playoffs. 

Seniors playing their last softball game for the Maidens were Matthews, Kelsey Sexton and Brianna (Bri) Looney. 


April 26, 2022


Indians eye 2A first seeding

in playoffs, down Kerens 6-4

The Frankston Indians baseball team eyed a possible first seed in the Class 2A playoffs after defeating Kerens 6-4 at Bullard Brook Hill Tuesday, April 26, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The Indians’ victory increased their District 20-2A record to 9-2 and their season record to 16-8. Kerens drops to 8-3 in district and 16-5 for the season.

If the Indians can defeat Kerens on the road on Friday, April 29, they would be 10-2 and take over first place from Cayuga which finished at 9-3. Kerens would drop to 8-4.

If Kerens was to win, the Indians would drop to 9-3 and be tied with Cayuga and Kerens for first place, setting up a three-team playoff to settle 2A playoff seeding, according to latest information. The potential schedule for such a playoff would not be decided  definitely until after the Indians’ game with Kerens on Friday, 

In the Kerens game on April 26, the Indians took a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning and added another run in the bottom of the second to take a 6-2 lead over the Bobcats. They held that lead until the top of the sixth when Kerens scored two more runs, not enough to to keep the Tribe from taking the 6-4 win.

Both teams got only four hits but the Indians took the edge with fewer players left on base. Both teams had two RBIs and each team allowed three earned runs.

Matt Metzig led Indians hitters with 2 of 3, both singles. Ryan Harper and Conlan Lemay each had singles.

The big inning for the Tribe was the bottom of the first when they scored five runs. The inning started with an Austin Carr walk. After Carr stole second, Harper singled to advance Carr to third. Robert Walker then walked after Harper stole second. Walker’s base-on-balls loaded the bases. On a fly out, Carr scored the first run from third and Harper made it to third. Harper scored on a passed ball. Then Metzig singled to advance Walker to third. The bases were full again when Merritt was awarded first when hit by a pitch. Walker scored on a passed ball. Metzig went to third and Caleb Ramsey, running for pitcher Merritt, went to second. It was 3-1 Frankston when Walker McCann reach first on a dropped third strike and Metzig scored to give the Indians a 4-1 lead. The Indians had their 5-1 lead when Caleb Ramsey scored from third when the ball was in play before the inning ended.

Kerens scored another run in the top of the second to make it 5-2 and the Indians answered in their half of the frame with a run when Walker got a walk and Walker London reached first on an error. That was when Metzig got the second of his two singles. The bases were full with two out when Merritt walked, scoring Walker from third to make it 6-2 at the final out.

Kerens was to score two more runs in the sixth, but not enough to overcome the early Tribe lead. The only extra base hit came in the first when Kerens posted a triple.

Merritt pitched five innings for Frankston, allowing three runs on three hits, walking six and getting five strikeouts. London relieved for two innings allowing one run on a hit, walking two and getting a couple of strikeouts.

The Indians will be at Kerens on Friday, April 29 for the final regular season and district game at 7 p.m.

Score by innings:

                    1      2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Kerens        1      1     0     0     0     2     0     4       4     2

Indians       5      1     0     0     0     0     x     6       4     2


April 23, 2022


Valley Mills 12-run seventh inning

seals victory over Indians by 20-9 

The Frankston Indians saw an 8-3 lead going into the fifth inning begin to slip away as Valley Mills scored 17 runs in the final three innings to only one for the Tribe to run away with a 20-9 non-district victory Saturday, April 23 at the FHS field, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The loss for the Indians gave them a 15-8 overall record. They remain in second place at 8-2 in district play with two key league games against third place Kerens destined to determine final seeding for the 2A playoffs.

Valley Mills opened the game with three runs in the first two innings, but Frankston came back to tie the contest at 3-3 in the bottom of the second.

The Valley Mills bats were silenced in the third and fourth innings while the Indians were scoring five runs to take what appeared to be a comfortable lead at 8-3. Unfortunately for the Indians, that was all the scoring they would get for the next two innings at bat. Valley Mills began working their way back, first with a run in the fifth and then four runs in the sixth to tie things at 8-8.

The top of the seventh proved fatal to the Indians chances for a win as Valley Mills amassed 12 runs to go ahead 20-8. With a 12-run deficit to overcome, the Indians could score only one run in their half of the seventh.

The Indians used six pitchers in the contest and Valley Mills used four. The combination of Tribe pitching gave up 16 hits, 14 earned runs, walked seven and had five strikeouts. Valley Mills pitchers allowed six hits, seven earned runs, walked seven and had 10 strikeouts.

The Indians had four errors to only one for Valley Mills.

The Indians had their best inning in the fourth when they scored the four runs which put them on top 8-3. With one out, Conlan Lemay and Jared Cook walked and then Walker McCann doubled to score Lemay and Cook. Then Ryan Harper singled to score Caleb Ramsey, running for McCann. The Indians took what appeared a comfortable lead when Robert Walker doubled, scoring Harper.

Valley Mills put together eight hits, including a double, and took advantage of free trips to first and a fielding error in that fateful 12-run seventh inning.

Austin Carr, Harper, Walker, Merritt, Walker London and McCann each had hits, including the doubles by McCann and Walker in that fruitful Tribe fourth inning.

On the mound for the Indians in the contest were the six pitchers. Merritt pitched an inning, allowed one hit, one run, a walk and had two strikeouts. London went two innings, allowing two runs on three hits, walked two and two strikeouts. McCann pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits and walked two. Metzig went one inning, allowed two hits, and five runs, two earned. He walked two and had one strikeout. In part of an inning, Walker allowed five hits and seven runs, six earned. Lemay pitched one inning, allowed three hits and four runs, three earned.

The Indians have two more regular season games, both district contests, with Kerens. On Tuesday, April 26 the Tribe will host Kerens at the FHS field, and then on Friday, April 29th, they go to Kerens. Final seeding in the playoffs will be determined after that.

Score by innings:

                      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

V. Mills         1     2     0     0     1     4    12    20    16    1

Indians         0     3     1     4     0     0      1      9      6    4


April 20-21, 2022


FHS golfer Bandy Bizzell qualifies

for trip to 2A State Golf Tourney

Bandy Bizzell of Frankston, who advanced from District 19-2A Golf Tournament, finished fourth overall at the 2A Girls Region III Golf Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21 and qualified for the 2A Girls State Golf Tournament in Austin on May 16-17 as the second medalist, according to a report by Coach Scotty Albritton.

This will be the second straight year that Bizzell has been a regional qualifier and qualified for state competition as a medalist.

Coach Albritton said Mia Nixon of Martins Mill, who had qualified for regional at the district tournament, was the overall regional champion and also advanced.

The 2A Girls State Tournament is scheduled to be played at the Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin.


April 19, 2022


Maidens get another win 12-8

downing Brook Hill April 19

The Frankston Maidens continued their winning streak Tuesday, April 19 with a 12-8 non-district win over Brook Hill, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens are now 10-12 for the season and remain at 5-7 in district play.

The Maidens were knotted with Brook Hill in the first quarter 2-2 and went ahead 3-2 in the top of the second. However, Brook Hill scored three runs in their half of the frame to take the lead 5-3. The Maidens came back with two runs in the top of the third to tie things again at 5-5, but in the bottom of the fourth Brook Hill scored three more runs to again lead 8-5.

As it turned out, that was all the runs that Brook Hill would get in the game. The Maidens came back in the top of the sixth with five runs to go ahead 10-8 and then secured their win with a two-run seventh inning.

Both teams had 10 hits in the contest but the Maidens’ hits came when they needed them and they benefitted from four Brook Hill errors.

Extra base hits played a role in the Maidens win. Lynsie Bizzell got a home run. Coralyn Happel had two triples and Jaycie Dillard hit a two-bagger. Their efforts drove in a total of eight runs. Bizzell, Happel, Dillard and Kelsey Sexton each got two hits. Sexton and Addi Loebig each drove in a run and got singles. Zoey Walker was credited with another RBI.

Bizzell’s inside-the-park home run gave the Maidens their first lead in the top of the second. In the third, a single by Kaysiah Burnett and an error scored Burnett and a triple put Happel on third. Happel scored when sent home after a series of walks.

In the big sixth inning, Happel tripled again scoring Julianna Gould and Burnett who had walked. Happel scored on a ground out. Sexton and Loebig, who got on base on a walk and an error, scored on a Bizzell single.

In the top of the seventh, Happel got on base on an error and Dillard singled. Then Sexton singled to score Happel and Sexton scored on a Loebig single.

Dillard went for all seven innings in  the pitching circle, allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs. She had 11 strikeouts and walked only four.

Score by innings:

                       1   2    3    4    5    6    7    R     H    E

Maidens        2   1    2    0    0    5    2   12     10    1

Brook Hill    2   3    0     3    0    0    0     8     10    4


April 18, 2022


Frankston entries second, third

at 2A Area track meet April 18

The Frankston Maidens track and field team finished in second place and the Indians team finished third in the District 19 and 20-2A  Area Meet Monday, April 18 at Madisonville High School, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The top four individuals among the Maidens and Indians will be advancing to the Region III meet at Palestine on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.

Both teams earned 81 points in the meet, the Maidens second only to Lovelady’s 156 points and the Indians behind first place Centerville with 188 and second place Lovelady’s 130.5.

The LaPoynor boys entries did not score any points but the LaPoynor girls had eight points in the meet.

Other teams and individuals participating were from Cross Roads, Leon, Groveton, Cayuga, Kerens, Latexo, Martins Mill, Slocum and Grapeland.

Advancing for the Maidens will be Tia Billingsly, Kaylee Davis, Kaysie Nabors, JerMya Mitchell and Nyla Muhammad. For the Indians, those advancing will be Kaymon Davis, Ryan Harper, Reese Hicks, Tyler Rogers, Isaiah Allen, Caleb Ramsey, Jeremiah Mitchell, Ethan Ogg, Sir Isaac Foster, Cael Bruno and Benton Allen.

Following are the individual results for the Indians and Maidens at the Area Meet:

MAIDENS

100-Meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, second, 13.02. 200-meter Dash — Billingsly, third, 27.28. 100-meter Hurdles — Kaylee Davis, second, 16.43. 300-meter Hurdles — Davis, second, 48.94; Kaysie Nabors, third, 49.65. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Kaysiah Burnett, Desirae Hatton, Brianna Looney and JerMya Mitchell — Sixth, 2:00.15. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Davis, Mitchell, Muhammad, and Nabors — Second, 4:29.43. Long Jump — Mitchell, first, 16-3¾. Triple Jump — Davis, first, 35-4¾; Nabors, fifth, 32-11. High Jump — Mitchell, fourth, 5-1; Trinity Coats, sixth, 5-0.

INDIANS

200-meter Dash — Harper, fifth, 23.80. 400-meter Dash — Rogers, sixth, 54.37. 1600-meter Run — Gio Martinez, fifth, 5:21.77. 3200-meter Run — Martinez, sixth, 11:56.43. 110-meter Hurdles — Adam Michaelski, fifth, 18.48. 300-meter Hurdles — Kody Loebig, fifth, 46.51. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Kaymon Davis, Harper, Hicks and Rogers — Fourth, 44.24. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Isaiah Allen, Davis, Harper and Ramsey — Third, 1:34.49. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Davis, Mitchell, Ogg and Rogers — Second, 3:38.29. Long Jump — Rogers, third, 20-11½; Isaiah Allen, sixth, 19-9½. Discus — Sir Isaac Foster, fourth, 119-6¾; Triple Jump — Rogers, third, 39-6¼;  Cael Bruno, fourth, 39-2¾. High Jump — Benton Allen, first, 6-2; Mitchell, fifth, 5-6½. Pole Vault — Clayton Merritt, fifth, 9-6.

LAPOYNOR LADY FLYERS

400-meter Dash — Natalie Tobin, fifth, 1:07.14. 800-meter Run — Savanna Thaw, fifth, 2:42.49. 1600-meter Run — Thaw, sixth, 6:15.18. Long Jump — Breona Howard, sixth, 14-8. Discus — Sydney Reid, fifth, 82-7¼.


April 15, 2022


Maidens’ fifth, sixth surge wins

over Cayuga 10-2 on April 15

The Frankston Maidens improved their District 20-2A record Friday, April 15 with a 10-run performance in the fifth and sixth innings for a 10-2 victory over the Cayuga Lady Wildcats at the FHS softball field, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens are now 9-12 overall and 5-7 in district play.

The Lady Wildcats took an early lead over the Maidens scoring a run in each of the second and third innings, but Frankston came back in the fifth to score four runs and go ahead 4-2. They put together a six-run sixth inning to secure their win.

The Maidens ended up with 12 hits for the night, mostly singles, but Kaysiah Burnett contributed a key double to the cause.

The four-run bottom of the fifth started off with a single by Brianna Looney followed by Burnett being awarded first base after being hit by a pitch. Then Coralyn Happel singled to load the bases. A Jaycie Dillard single scored Looney.

Then a Kelsey Sexton single scored Burnett but kept the bases loaded. Happel scored when Addi Loebig walked. Jaycie Dillard scored on a fielders choice grounder. That gave the Maidens a 4-2 lead going into the sixth.

Cayuga went three-up and three-down in the top of the sixth.

Then the Maidens mounted their six-run surge in the bottom of the sixth. Again Looney started things off with a single. Then Julianne Gould grounded into a fielder’s choice to reach first safely. Burnett’s double sent Gould to third and then Happel singled to score Gould. On a ground out, Burnett scored and Happel went to third. A single by Sexton scored Happel. Loebig reached first on an error and Sexton scored. Loebig went to third on a pitching error and Lynsie Bizzell walked.

On the final play of the inning, Kaitlyn Matthews singled, scoring Loebig and Bizzell. It was 10-2 after the final out.

Burnett was the leading hitter going 2 of 3 at the plate, including a key double. Looney, Happel, Dillard and Sexton were 2 of 4. Loebig and Matthews each had singles. Dillard, Sexton and Matthews were credited with two RBIs each.

Gould went all seven innings in the pitching circle for Frankston allowing two runs on five hits. She had six strikeouts, walked three and allowed only one earned run.

Score by innings:

                       1    2     3     4     5     6     7    R     H     E

Cayuga          0    1     1     0     0     0     0     2      5     1

Maidens        0     0     0     0     4     6     x   10    12     2


April 15, 2022


Cayuga scores nine runs early

to spark 14-8 win over Tribe

The Cayuga Wildcats scored nine runs in the first three innings Friday, April 15 to take a commanding lead and come away with a 14-8 victory over the Frankston Indians in a District 20-2A baseball game at the FHS field, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The Indians could get only one run in the second inning. They did come back in the sixth and seventh innings with seven runs, but Cayuga added five more runs in those two frames to secure their win.

The Tribe got 12 scattered hits, but could not always turn their hits into RBIs, particularly in the early innings. 

The Indians’ 12 hits included doubles by Austin Carr, Trip Hallmark, Clayton Merritt and Ryan Harper.

Carr led Indians hitters with three hits in five trips to the plate but none, including a double, drove in a run. Hallmark was 2 of 3, including a double, with one RBI. Walker had two hits in five at-bats, batting in two runs. Harper got only one hit, but that was a double, driving in three runs. Conlan Lemay had one hit which accounted for a RBI. Merritt, London and Metzig each had hits, including a double by Merritt.

Cayuga pitching yielded nine strikeouts and only two walks.

The Indians used three pitchers during the night. Walker London started for Frankston and pitched 1⅔ innings, allowing only three hits but Cayuga scored seven runs. None of the runs were scored as earned runs. He walked three and had no strikeouts. Matt Metzig came in to pitch four innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He had three strikeouts and walked two. He gave up only one earned run. Robert Walker pitched the final 1⅓ innings allowing two hits and three runs with two earned. He struck out two and walked two.

The loss made the Tribe 1-1 against Cayuga. They had defeated the Wildcats on April 11 by 15-5 at Cayuga.

The Indians are now 15-7 overall and 8-2 in district competition.

Score by innings:

                   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Cayuga      0     7     2     0     0     2     3    14    10     2

Indians      0     1     0     0     0     2     5      8    12     5


April 11, 2022


Indians’ fourth, fifth innings

clinch win over Cayuga 15-5

The Frankston Indians battled the Cayuga Wildcats close in the early innings but came through with eight big runs in the fourth and fifth innings to secure a 15-5 victory in a District 22-2A game at Cayuga Monday, April 11, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

It was close in the first three innings even though the Indians had a 4-2 lead at the end of the first. Cayuga came back with two runs in the bottom of the second after a one-run Indians half of the frame. The score was then 5-4.

The persistent Wildcats kept it close in the third, matching single runs with the Tribe to make it 6-5.

Things opened up for the Indians in the fourth as they scored five key runs to take a 11-5 lead. As it turned out Cayuga would not get another run for the remainder of the game while the Indians scored four, three in the fifth and one in the top of the seventh.

That big fourth inning and its five runs broke the ice for the Indians. It all started when Austin Carr walked and made it to second on a wild pitch. The Indians were to score when Carr went home on an error which allowed Ryan Harper to reach first safely. Harper reached second on the same error. On a ground out, Harper went to third and then Walker London singled to score Harper. A passed ball allowed Harper to go to second. Then Matt Metzig reached first on another error. London scored on a single by Merritt. Then Metzig scored from third to make the score 10-5 going into the bottom of the fourth.

Cayuga went three-up and three-down in their half of the fourth, setting the stage for another big inning for the Indians in the fifth.

Another Cayuga error allowed Carr to reach first and stretch his run to second. After a strikeout, Robert Walker saw a pitch he liked and slammed the ball for a home run, scoring himself and driving in Carr. London came up next and singled and later went to second on a wild pitch. Metzig was up next and his grounder allowed him to reach first on an error and London to score. When the Indians’ time at bat ended, they had a 14-5 lead.

The Indians iced the win with a run by Caleb Ramsey, running for Walker, who had reached first on a error earlier and Ramsey had advanced to third, scoring on another Cayuga error.

London led hitters, going 3 of 3 at the plate and a RBI. Carr was 2 of 3 and Walker McCann was 2 of 4 with two RBIs, but the big hit was Robert Walker’s home run, his only hit in five times at bat, and giving him two RBIs. Also getting two RBIs was Conlan Lemay with a single. Merritt also singled and had a RBI and Harper was credited with a RBI.

Merritt pitched four innings allowing five runs on five hits. He had nine strikeouts. London relieved for three innings, and allowed only one hit while getting three strikeouts.

Score by innings:

                 1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Indians    4     1     1     5     3     0     1     15    10     2

Cayuga   2      2     1     0     0     0     0       5      6     8


April 11, 2022


Big early Maidens lead assures

13-4 win over Cayuga April 11 

The Frankston Maidens jumped out to an early 10-0 lead before Cayuga got on the scoreboard Monday, April 11 in a convincing 13-4 District 20-2A win at Cayuga, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens went on to score three more runs late while holding the Lady Wildcats to only four runs.

Maidens’ bats were active during the evening, led by extra base hits by Brianna Looney,  Addi Loebig and Kelsey Sexton.

Meanwhile, Maidens pitcher Jaycie Dillard was allowing eight hits and posting eight strikeouts while allowing just two bases-on-balls.

Neither team scored in the first inning, but the Maidens scored three runs in each of the next two innings and four in the fourth.

In the second inning, two Frankston batters, Coralyn Happel and Dillard reached first on errors, setting up a double by Sexton which scored Happel and put Dillard on third. A sacrifice fly scored Dillard and put Sexton in scoring position. Looney got on base on a fielder’s choice play and Julianne Gould and Kaysiah Burnett walked. Sexton scored leaving runners on second and third. It was 3-0 going into the bottom of the second.

Cayuga was scoreless in the second, but the Maidens padded their lead in the top of the third. Happel started the third with a single and then Sexton walked. A double by Loebig scored Happel and Sexton. Then Looney tripled, scoring Loebig. It was 6-0 at the bottom of the third.

Again Cayuga was held scoreless going into the top of the fourth.

In the Maidens half of that frame, Burnett reached first on an error and Kaylee Davis was safe at first on a fielder’s choice. Another error allowed Happel to reach first safely. When Dillard walked, the bases were loaded. On a triple steal, Davis scored. Loebig walked, loading the bases again. Happel scored on an error and Lynsie Bizzell singled to score Dillard. Then, when Looney singled, Loebig scored. The Maidens had their 10-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.

Cayuga managed to get their first scores in their side of the frame to make it 10-2. Both teams were scoreless in the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Loebig singled and advanced to third on a Looney double.  Gould followed with a single which scored Loebig to make it 11-2.

Again Cayuga scored two in their half of the inning to make it 11-4, Frankston.

However, the Maidens scored two more in the top of the seventh to give them a 13-4 winning margin. Things started when Davis was safe at first on a fielder’s choice. After a Happel single and Dillard reached first on a walk,  Davis scored on a wild pitch and Loebig singled to score Happel.

Overall the Maidens had 11 hits and 10 RBIs along with eight walks.

Loebig led hitters going 3 of 3 at the plate, including a double. Looney was 3 of 5 with a double and a triple. Sexton’s one hit was a key double. Happel was 2 of 5, both singles. Also getting  singles were  Gould and Bizzell.

The Maidens are now 8-12 overall and 4-7 in district play. They host Cayuga on Friday, April 15 at 6 p.m. when it will be Senior Night at the FHS softball field.

Score by innings:

                        1      2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Maidens         0      3     3     4     0     1     2     13    11     4

Cayuga           0      0     0     2     0     2     0       4      8     6


April 8, 2022


LaPoynor scores early to defeat

Indians 10-4 in April 8 contest

The LaPoynor Flyers scored nine runs in the first three innings to take a 9-1 lead and went on to score another run in the top of the seventh to take a 10-4 win over the Frankston Indians in a District 20-2A baseball game at the FHS field, according to a report made available by the Frankston scorer.

The Indians scored one run in the first, one in the fifth and two in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t make up for the big early Flyers lead.

The big first inning for LaPoynor started when Austin Majors slammed a double which was to ultimately put him on third when Karson Rhoades singled him home. A triple by Kase Johnston scored Case Partridge, running for pitcher Rhoades. Then Jayden Manken singled to score Johnston to give the Flyers a 4-0 lead.

Frankston’s Austin Carr, who earlier had hit a double, scored a single run in the bottom of the first to make it 4-1, LaPoynor.

In the top of the second, Kasen Reynolds singled for the Flyers and later Reynolds scored from third on a fly out to right field. Johnston singled to score Blaine Musselman, who got on base by an error. A passed ball allowed Majors, who had walked, to score from third, making the score 7-1, LaPoynor. Johnston scored from second on a double by Rustin Pittman and it was 8-1, Flyers, going into the third.

In the third, Matt Driskell scored on a single from Musselman to increase the LaPoynor lead to 9-1.

Frankston was to get a second run in the bottom of the fifth, when a Robert Walker single scored Jared Cook, who was on base by an error. It was 9-2 until the seventh inning when Reynolds scored from third on a fly out.

The Indians came back in the bottom of the seventh with two runs after doubles by Carr and Harper, the latter scoring Carr. Another double, this one by Matt Metzig, allowed Harper to score. 

For Frankston, Carr and Walker were 2 of 4. Harper, London, Metzig and Clayton Merritt, each had hits. Carr, Harper and Metzig each had a double.

For LaPoynor, Johnston had three hits, including a triple and a double. Rhoades and Manken had two singles each. Majors and Pittman each had doubles. Reynolds and Musselman each had a single. The team had nine RBIs.

Pitching for Frankston were Metzig, who allowed seven hits and had one strikeout in two innings, and London, who allowed four hits and had three strikeouts in five innings.

Rhoades went seven innings for LaPoynor, allowing eight hits. He had four strikeouts.

It was the second meeting of the week for the two teams. The Indians had won 6-4 at LaPoynor on Tuesday, April 5.

The Indians are now 14-6 overall and 7-1 in district competition,

The Tribe will travel to Cayuga on Monday, April 11 for a 6 p.m. game. The game was moved from April 12 due to a weather forecast of rain and thunderstorms, it was reported.

Score by innings:

                    1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

LaPoynor   4     4     1     0     0     0     1     10    11     3

Indians        1    0     0     0     1     0     2       4      8     4


April 8, 2022


Maidens outscore LaPoynor 15-11

in District 20-2A matchup April 8

The Frankston Maidens won a high-scoring District 20-2A softball game with the LaPoynor Lady Flyers 15-11 on Friday, April 8 at the FHS softball field, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens turned a first-inning 3-0 lead into runs in all but one of the remaining frames. The biggest scoring inning for both teams was the fifth when LaPoynor had five runs and the Maidens six. After that, the Frankston girls still had a lead of 11-9. The Lady Flyers were able to score two more runs in the top of the sixth but the Maidens answered with four to secure the win. 

The Maidens had 17 hits in 34 times at bat and were credited with 15 RBIs. Leading hitters for the Frankston girls were Julianna Gould with 4 of 5 with two RBIs. Kaysiah Burnett and Kaylee Davis were 3 of 4 at the plate with four and five RBIs respectively. They each had a double. Brianna Looney was 3 of 3 at the plate, all singles. Coralyn Happel had two hits, including a double. Lynsie Bizzell’s sole hit was a double. Jaycie Dillard added a single.

Scoring were Looney, Gould and Burnett with three each and Addi Loebig and Bizzell with two each. Davis and Dillard each had a run.

The Lady Flyers had seven hits and took advantage of eight Maidens errors. They had seven RBIs. Leading hitters for LaPoynor were Abby Williams who went 2 of 4, including a triple,  and Emily Klutts, with two singles and two RBIs. Bre Howard has two hits and Luna Hernandez one.

Scoring for the Lady Flyers were Howard with four and Hernandez with three. Williams had two runs and Klutts added two others.

Gould pitched five innings for the Maidens, allowed six hits and had one strikeout. Dillard pitched for two innings, allowing a hit. She had one strikeout.

For LaPoynor, Adrianna Estrada pitched for six innings, allowing 17 hits and seven walks.

The Maidens are now 7-12 overall and 3-7 in district play.

Next up for the Maidens is a district game at Cayuga on Monday, April 11, according to the coaches. The Friday, April 15 home game with Cayuga will be Senior Night, set for 6 p.m.

Score by innings:

                     1    2     3     4     5      6     7     R     H     E

LaPoynor    0    2     1     1     5      2     0     11     7      1

Maidens       3    1     0     1     6      4     x    15    17     8


April 7, 2022


Maidens break tie in fifth

to defeat LaPoynor by 7-3

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers and the Frankston Maidens were knotted at 2-2 for four innings on Thursday, April 7 but the Maidens went ahead to stay in the fifth inning for a 7-3 District 20-2A victory at LaPoynor, according to a report made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens scored first when Jaycie Dillard singled and Kaysiah Burnett scored with two outs. LaPoynor came back in the bottom of the first, when Mary Ficco and Abby Williams scored from a single by Bre Howard, putting the Lady Flyers ahead 2-1. Frankston was to tie things up at 2-2 in the top of the second following a couple of doubles, one by Zoey Walker and a second by Lynsie Bizzell which scored Walker.

For two and a half innings, neither team could score, but in the top of the fifth, the Maidens came up with four runs, as Dillard singled and Kelsey Sexton followed with a double. Then Addi Loebig singled to score Dillard. Sexton scored on a ground out play. Then Bizzell tripled to score Loebig and Julianne Gould singled in Bizzell from third. The Maidens were ahead 6-2.

Frankston was to score once more in the top of sixth as Kaylee Davis, who had doubled earlier, went home from third on a ground out play. LaPoynor’s final score came when Luna Hernandez came home on an error.

The Maidens carded 13 hits including a triple by Bizzell and doubles by Walker Davis, Bizzell and Sexton. Davis and Sexton were 3 of 4 and Bizzell 2 of 3, both for extra bases. Dillard was 2 of 4 and Gould, Loebig and Walker each had one hit, Walker’s a two-bagger. Dillard and Bizzell each had two RBIs.

LaPoynor had seven hits, three by Ficco and one each by Williams, Howard, Hernandez and Raegan Johnston. Howard was credited with two RBIs.

Frankston’s Dillard pitched for all seven innings, allowing seven hits. She had six strikeouts.

Adrianna Estrada pitched three innings for the Lady Flyers, allowing six hits. Johnston came in and pitched four innings, allowing seven hits.

The Maidens are now 6-12 overall and 2-7 in district play.

The two teams were scheduled to meet again Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m. at the FHS field.

Score by innings:

                  1     2     3     4     5      6     7     R     H     E

Maidens    1     1     0     0     4       1     0     7     13     2

LaPoynor  2     0     0     0     0       0     1      3      7     0


April 6, 2022



FHS varsity, JV boys, girls

sweep first in 19-2A track 

The Frankston Indians and Maidens varsities and junior varsities swept first place Wednesday, April 6 at the District 19-2A High School Track and Field Meet in Cayuga and will be advancing a bunch of athletes to Area competition in Madisonville on Monday, April 18, according to a report made available by Frankston coaches.

The Indians varsity boys captured first place with 206 points. The Maidens varsity girls took first with 145 points. The Junior Varsity Indians took their division with a convincing 288 points and the JV Maidens won first with 176 points.

According to a preliminary count, the Frankston athletes finished as follows:

The varsity boys had seven firsts, five seconds, five thirds and sixth fourth places. The varsity girls had four firsts, seven seconds, one third and three fourth places. The junior varsity boys had 15 firsts, nine seconds, three thirds and three fourth places. The JV girls had nine firsts, three seconds, three thirds and two fourth places.

Coaches and players were reported as being very pleased with the teams’ performance. Coach for the girls is Lisa Hokit and for the boys, Alec Wofford.

The top four winners in the varsity divisions will advance to Area, including members of the relay teams, according to coaches. Junior varsity winners do not advance.

Advancing for the Frankston varsity boys will be Ryan Harper, Isaiah Allen, Tyler Rogers, Cory Morgan, Gio Martinez, Landon Marine, A.J. Michaelski, Kody Loebig, Kaymon Davis, Reese Hicks, Caleb Ramsey, Clayton Merritt, Jeremiah Mitchell, Robert Walker, Conlan Lemay, Sir Issac Foster, Cael Bruno and Benton Allen.

Advancing for the Frankston varsity girls will be Tia Billingsly, Kaysiah Burnett, Kaylee Davis, Cadence Blase, Kaysie Nabors, Brianna Looney, JerMya Mitchell, Aryonna Hatton, Desirae Hatton, Nyla Muhammad and Trinity Coats.

Advancing for the LaPoynor varsity boys will be Cooper Gracey and Matt Driskell. For the varsity girls, advancing will be Natalie Tobin, Savanna Thaw, Mary Ficco, Tmia Mitchell, Breona Howard and Sydney Reid. 

In the varsity boys division, Kerens finished second with 144 points and Cayuga was third with 114. For the varsity girls, Kerens was second with 137 and Cayuga was third with 126. Cross Roads was fourth with 115. For the JV boys, Cayuga was second with 55 points and Cross Roads third with 23. For the JV girls, Cross Roads was second with 94 points and Martins Mill was third with 16.

LaPoynor finished sixth for the varsity boys, fifth for the varsity girls, fifth for the JV boys and fifth for the JV girls according to final calculations.


CALEB RAMSEY hands off to ISAIAH ALLEN in the 4x200-meter Relay

— Courtesy Photo

Following are individual results for Frankston in each division:

FRANKSTON VARSITY BOYS

100-meter Dash — Kaymon Davis, fifth, 11.50; Benton Allen, sixth, 11.56. 200-meter Dash — Ryan Harper, second, 24.06; Isaiah Allen, third, 24.09; Reese Hicks, fifth, 24.22. 400-meter Dash — Tyler Rogers, third, 1:01.09; Logan Ratliff, fifth, 1:01.65; Conlan Lemay, sixth, 1:06.91. 800-meter Run — Cory Morgan, fourth, 2:21.18. 1600-meter Run — Gio Martinez, first, 5:32.43. 3200-meter Run — Martinez, first, 12:01.69; Landon Marine, third, 12:56.85. 110-meter Hurdles — A.J. Michaelski, first, 16.93; Kody Loebig, fifth, 20.08. 300-meter Hurdles — Michaelski, second, 47.68; Loebig, fourth, 48.60. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Davis, Harper, Hicks and Rogers — Second, 46.30. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Isaiah Allen, Harper, Hicks, and Caleb Ramsey — First, 1:36.75. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Davis, Clayton Merritt, Jeremiah Mitchell and Rogers — First, 4:00.02. Long Jump — Rogers, first, 21-2½; Isaiah Allen, fourth, 19-6½; Merritt, sixth, 18-9. Shot Put — Robert Walker, fourth, 35-4; Sir Issac Foster, fifth, 33-2½. Discus — Foster, fourth, 99-3. Triple Jump —  Rogers, first, 39-10½; Conlan Lemay, third, 38-0¼; Cael Bruno, fourth, 37-10¾. High Jump — Benton Allen, second, 6-1; Mitchell, third, l5-8; Isaiah Allen, fifth, 5-8. Pole Vault — Merritt, second, 7-6.

 FRANKSTON VARSITY GIRLS

100-meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, fourth, 13.69; JerMya Mitchell, sixth, 13.40. 200-meter Dash — Billingsly, second, 28.24; Kaysiah Burnett, fourth, 28.99. 1600-meter Run — Julianna Gould, sixth, 7:45.15. 3200-meter Run — Cadence Blase, fifth, 18:10.96. 100-meter Hurdles — Kaylee Davis, first, 16.21; Blase, fourth, 18.37. 300-meter Hurdles — Davis, first, 52.37; Kaysie Nabors, second, 53.00. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Billingsly, Burnett, Brianna Looney and Mitchell — Second, 53.34. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Burnett, Aryonna Hatton, Desirae Hatton and Looney — Second, 2:05.81. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Davis, Mitchell, Nyla Muhammad and Nabors — First, 5:03.38. Long Jump — Mitchell, second, 15-3½; Burnett, fifth, 14-6½. Triple Jump — Davis, first, 34-1¾; Nabors, second, 30-11. High Jump — Mitchell, second, 5-0; Trinity Coats, third, 4-8.

FRANKSTON JV BOYS

100-meter Dash — Kason Newport, first, 11.78; Derricke Owens, second, 12.31; Blake Moore, fifth, 13.40. 200-meter Dash — Coleman Merritt, first, 25.43; Owens, fourth, 27.15; Timmy Royals, sixth, 28.09. 400-meter Dash — Payton Jaco, first, 1:02.93; Ryals, second, 1:04.09; Payton Hoffman, fourth, 1:08.78. 1600-meter Run — Damien Prda, first, 6:47.81; Devon Clark, second 6:50.03; 3200-meter Run — Clark, first, 15:54.69; Prda, second, 15:56.12. 110-meter Hurdles — Devon Saturley, first, 21.40. 300-meter Hurdles — Saturley, first, 58.12. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Devin Allen, Willie Brown, Tripp Hallmark and Newport — First, 49.59. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Allen, Brown, Hallmark and Newport — First, 2:18.14. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Hallmark, Hoffman, Merritt and Ryals — First, 4:33.09. Long Jump — Allen, first, 18-0; Newport, second, 17-0; Hallmark, fourth, 16-6. Shot Put — Braydon Dotson, second, 31-0; Owens, third, 29-10½; Ryals, sixth, 28-8¼. Discus — Walker McCann, first, 83-4½; Dotson, fifth, 73-11. Triple Jump — Jayden Singletary, first, 34-11; Brown, second, 34-8; Merritt, third, 33-1. High Jump — Allen, first, 5-7; Jacob Westbrook, second, 5-0; Saturley, third, 4-8. Pole Vault — Merritt, first, 8-0; Landon Reynolds, second, 6-6.

FRANKSTON JV GIRLS

100-meter Dash — Wila Davis, first, 14.15; Caitlyn Deupree, second, 14.71. 200-meter Dash — Ja’Shalyn Hatton, first, 32.59; Carly Morgan, second, 32.00. 400-meter Dash — Morgan, third, 1:27.68; Natalee Prda, fifth, 1:36.37. 800-meter Run — Prda, first, 3:38.90; Kennedi Musselman, third, 3:54.24; 1600-meter Run — Musselman, third, 9:46.44. 4x100 Relay Team of Allona Butler, Davis, Ja’Shalyn Hatton and Ondreia Renfro — First, 1:01.24. 4x200 Relay Team of Butler, Deupree, Aubrianna Preston, and Renfro — First, 1:48.93. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Butler, Morgan, Musselman and Prda — First, 6:39.30. Long Jump — Davis, first, 14-1; Hatton, second, 13-3. Shot Put — Preston, fourth, 18-0¼; Renfro, fifth, 17-2; Musselman, sixth, 15-11. Discus — Zoey Walker, first, 67-11½; Deupree, fourth, 53-5; Breanna Warren, sixth, 47-5. High Jump — Morgan, first, 4-5.

LAPOYNOR VARSITY BOYS

800-meter Run — Cooper Gracey, first, 2:19.62; Matt Driskell, sixth, 2:26.69. 1600-meter Run — Driskell, second, 5:35.11. 3200-meter Run — Kody Bailey, fifth,  13:32.91; Jonathan Estrada, sixth, 15:12.31. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Cort Reid, Gracey, Evan Almeida and Driskell — Fifth, 1:44.59; Discus — Gracey, fifth, 97.2. High Jump — Almeida, sixth, 5-8.

LAPOYNOR VARSITY GIRLS

200-meter Dash — Tmia Mitchell, sixth, 29.58. 400-meter Dash — Natalie Tobin, fourth, 1:14.90, 800-meter Run — Savanna Thaw, fourth, 2:53.50. 1600-meter Run — Thaw, fourth, 6:44.24. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Mary Ficco, Mitchell, Tobin and Breona Howard — Fourth, 56.97. Long Jump — Howard, fourth, 14-6½; Tobin, sixth, 14-5. Discus — Sydney Reid, fourth, 82-6½. High Jump — Tobin, fifth, 4-6.

LAPOYNOR JV BOYS

400-meter Dash — Mann Scott, fifth, 1:11.00. Long Jump — Scott, third, 16-8.

LAPOYNOR JV GIRLS

1600-meter Run — Leah Mechler, first, 8:40.63.


April 5, 2022


Indians hold off LaPoynor 6-4

in District 20-2A game April 5

The Frankston Indians held off a late threat by the LaPoynor Flyers varsity baseball team Tuesday night, April 5 to secure a 6-4 win in a District 20-2A game at LaPoynor, according to a report made available by the Frankston team scorer.

The win boosted the Indians overall record to 14-5 and their district mark to 7-0.

Frankston jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning on home runs from Austin Carr and Robert Walker. They added a run in the third and one in the fifth to increase their lead to 4-1. In the top of the sixth, the Tribe scored two more runs on a wild pitch and then another Robert Walker home run to lead 6-1. LaPoynor staged a comeback attempt in the bottom of the sixth, scoring one, and in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs, but their comeback fell short with men on base.

The Indians got 11 hits compared to 4 for the Flyers. Hitting for the Indians were Walker McCann who was 3 of 4 including two doubles, Walker London 2 of 4, both doubles, and Robert Walker 2 of 4 with two home runs. Austin Carr also was 2 of 4, with a homer and a single. Getting singles were Matt Metzig and Conlan Lemay. The Indians had five RBIs, two from Walker.

LaPoynor’s four hits came from Austin Majors with two singles and Jayden Manken and Corbin Moeller with a single apiece. Three Flyers RBIs were credited to Majors, Blaine Musselman and Karson Rhoades.

Pitching for the Indians for 6⅓ innings was Clayton Merritt who allowed three hits and had seven strikeouts. London relieved for ⅔ of an inning, allowing a single hit and striking out one.

LaPoynor pitchers were Kasen Reynolds who allowed seven hits and had four strikeouts in four innings. Kase Johnston relieved and allowed four hits and had three strikeouts in three frames.

The Indians and the Flyers play again at Frankston on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

Score by innings:

                    1     2     3     4     5      6     7     R     H     E

Indians        2     0     1     0     1      2     0      6     11     3

LaPoynor   1     0     0     0     0      1     2      4       4     1


April 4, 2022


LAPOYNOR BOYS ADVANCE

   FHS golfer Bandy Bizzell earns

   trip to 2A Region III Tourney 

Bandy Bizzell of Frankston Monday, April 4 qualified for the Regional Golf Tournament with a second place medalist finish in the Girls Division at the District 19-2A Golf Tournament at the Athens Country Club, according to a report by Coach Scotty Albritton. 

Her teammate, Julianna Gould, finished in the top 5 in fourth place overall among individuals.

In 2021, Bizzell had qualified for Regional and the later State Golf tournament as a medalist.

Meanwhile, LaPoynor finished in first place as a team in the Boys Division and qualified for Regional. Frankston was in a tie for third place in the competition.

( LHS Boys First Place Team Photo HERE )   (See Complete Article with Photo HERE )


April 1, 2022


Neches scores early to defeat

Maidens 10-3 in game April 1

The Frankston Maidens varsity fell victim to an early 6-0 lead by the Neches Lady Tigers and were able to get only three runs while Neches was scoring four more in two late innings to post a 10-3 victory Friday, April 1 at Neches, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

Neches posted 12 hits in the District 20-2A game while the Maidens could only get six hits against Lady Tigers pitching. Both teams had twoa fielding errors.

Leading hitters for the Maidens were Brianna (Bri) Looney and. Julianne Gould who went 2 of 4 at the plate. Gould contributed a two-bagger to her effort and drove in one run. The only other RBI came from Kelsey Sexton who hit safely. Coralyn Happel got the other FHS single.

A big factor was eight strikeouts from Neches pitching and no walks for the Maidens.

Gould pitched six innings for the Maidens.

The loss put the Maidens overall record at 5-12 and their district mark at 1-7.

The Maidens are scheduled to go to LaPoynor on Tuesday, April 5 before returning home on Friday, April 8 against the Lady Flyers. Both games are set for 5 p.m.

Score by innings:

                  1     2     3     4     5      6     7     R     H     E

Maidens    0     0     2     0     0      1     0      3      6     2

Neches     4      2     0     0     2      2     x    10    12     2


April 1, 2022


Indians put together two wins

over Neches March 29, April 1

The Frankston Indians stayed unbeaten in District 20-2A play on Friday, April 1, taking a 15-0 win over the Neches Tigers on the road after having defeated them 22-3 on Tuesday, March 29 at home, according to information made available by the Indians team scorer.

In the Friday game, the Indians scored in every inning, taking a 3-0 lead in the first and scoring four in the second to go on and climax their scoring with six runs in the top of the fifth to ice the shutout behind the two-hit pitching of Matt Metzig.

The Indians on Tuesday had scored 17 runs in the bottom of the first inning and five more in the bottom of the second to secure a 22-3 victory over Neches at the FHS field.

Neches had scored three runs in the top of the first to take a 3-0 lead but that was all they would get as Tribe batters put together 15 hits and took advantage of four Neches errors. Two triples by Walker London and a double by Matt Metzig contributed mightily but 12 singles by their teammates added to the final outcome.

Metzig and Jared Cook were 3 of 3 at the plate and Conlan Lemay and Trip Hallmark each were 2 of 3. London was 2 of 2.  Austin Carr and Robert Walker were 1 of 2 and Wade Rackley added another single. The team had 15 RBIs, London and Metzig getting three each. Carr, Walker, Lemay and Hallmark each had two and Rackley one.

Indian pitcher Clayton Merritt allowed only three hits and struck out four in the Tribe victory.

On Friday, the Indians had 11 hits and again capitalized on four walks and four Tigers errors. Carr, Harper, Walker and London, the top of the batting order, each had two hits with London slamming a double for one of his hits. Metzig, Lemay, and Jayden Singletary each had one hit, with Singletary hitting a triple and Lemay a double. The team had 11 RBIs, led by London and Lemay with three and Harper with two.

The two wins increased the Indians’ overall record to 13-5 and their 20-2A mark to 6-0.

The Indians’ next outing will be at LaPoynor on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

Score by innings:

                 1     2     3     4      5     R     H     E

Indians     3     4     1     1      6    15     11     0

Neches      0     0    0     0      0      0       2     4


March 31, 2022


Six FHS tennis entries to advance

to Regional after 19-2A victories

Six Frankston High School entries advanced to the Regional Tournament after their performances Thursday, March 31 at the District 19-2A Tennis Tournament at the Frankston courts, according to a report from Coach Christi Coker.

Advancing will be Cael Bruno, Alex Oxford, Bandy Bizzell, Lynsie Bizzell, Maggie Caveness and Luke Ward.         (See Complete Article with Pictures HERE )


March 31, 2022


Individual FHS girls help A team

finish 4th at Cushing track meet 

The Frankston A girls finished in fourth place and the Frankston A boys finished in sixth place Thursday, March 31 in the High School Bearkay Relays at Cushing High School, according to results made available by Frankston coaches.

Senior Isaiah Allen finished first in the High Jump for the boys with a leap of 6-0.

For the girls, Tia Billingsly won first in the 100-meter Dash. JerMya Mitchell won first in the Long Jump and the High Jump. Kaylee Davis won first in the Triple Jump. Davis was also second in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. The 4x100-meter Relay Team finished third.

The Frankston B boys team finished in 15th place.

Besides Frankston, teams from a formidable group of other East Texas area teams competed in the meet.

For the boys, Timpson won first place with 166 points. Hemphill was second, Douglass third, Garrison fourth, Carlisle fifth and Frankston A sixth with 35 points.

For the girls, Shelbyville was first with 121 points. Timpson was second, and Douglass third, just three points ahead of Frankston A’s 72 points.

Other teams in the meet were Central Heights, Mount Enterprise, Alto, Brookeland, Cushing, PCA, Neches, Woden, New Summerfield, Tenaha, Martinsville, Gary, Zavala, Chireno and Laneville.

Following are the results of Frankston team individual competitors in the meet:

FRANKSTON A BOYS

3200-meter run — Gio Martinez, fourth, 11:44.00. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Kaymon Davis, Ryan Harper, Reese Hicks and Caleb Ramsey — Fourth, 45.49. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Isaiah Allen, Harper, Hicks and Ramsey — Fourth, 1:37.96. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Davis, Clayton Merritt, Jeremy Mitchell and Logan Ratliff — Fourth, 3:50.43. High Jump — Isaiah Allen, first, 6-0; Benton Allen, sixth, 5-11.

FRANKSTON B BOYS

110-meter Hurdles — Kody Loebig, sixth, 18.55. Pole Vault — Coleman Merritt, sixth, 8-0.

FRANKSTON A GIRLS

100-meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, first, 12..65. 800-meter Run — Abigail Fletcher, fifth, 2:51.68. 100-meter Hurdles — Kaylee Davis, second, 16.84. 300-meter Hurdles — Davis, second, 52.33. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Brianna Looney, JerMya Mitchell, Kaysiah Burnett and Billingsly — Third, 52.54. Long Jump — Mitchell, first, 16-8. Triple Jump — Davis, first, 32-5. High Jump — Mitchell, first, 5-3; Trinity Coats, fifth, 4-10.


March 29, 2022


Neches pitching, nine early scores

defeat Maidens at home March 29

The Neches Lady Tigers scored nine runs in the first three innings and the host Maidens varsity was able to score only two in the third in a 20-AA softball game to give the Lady Tigers a 9-2 win on Tuesday, March 29, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens were held to only two hits with 13 strikeouts administered by Neches pitching. The Maidens did get five walks but had only two RBIs. They had three errors.

The only FHS batters getting hits were Gould and Lynsie Bizzell, both singles.

Jaycie Dillard started and pitched 1 ⅔ innings before Gould relieved, allowing two runs on four hits and posting five strikeouts.

The loss made the Maidens overall record 5-11 and their district mark 1-6.

The Maidens were to go to Neches on April 1 for a return game.

Score by innings:

                  1     2     3     4     5    6     7     R     H     E

Neches      2     6     1     0     0    0     0       9     7     0

Maidens    0     0     2     0     0    0     0       2     2     3


March 28, 2022


Indian Braves A team wins first

at Cushing track meet March 28

The Frankston Junior High A team boys won first place with 133 points in the Junior High Bearkat Relays at Cushing on Monday, March 28, according to results made available by Frankston coaches.

Garrison finished in second place with 118 points.

Meanwhile, the Frankston A team girls finished in sixth place with 49 points against a 15-team array of East Texas teams. Taking first place in this division was Carlisle with 87 points.

The Frankston B team boys finished in 10th place against boys teams of the same array of competitors. The Frankston B team girls team was in 15th place.

Teams besides Frankston competing in the meet were Garrison, Mount Enterprise, Carlisle, Douglass, Cushing, New Summerfield, Laneville, Alto, Chireno, Wells, FHB Academy, Woden, Zavala and Neches.

Following are the individual results for the Frankston boys and girls teams in the Cushing meet:

FRANKSTON A BOYS

200-meter Dash — A.J. Donnell, second, 25.02. 400-meter Dash — Joseph Allen, fourth, 1:03.02. 800-meter Run — Hudson Smith, fifth, 2:39.65. 1600-meter Run — Christian Serrato, third, 5:58.42. 2400-meter Run — Serrato, second, 9:46.00. 110-meter Hurdles — Keaton Campbell, second, 18.73; Stevie Fry, sixth, 20.51. 300-meter Hurdles — Smith, third, 48.15; Campbell, fourth, 48.26. 4x100 Relay Team of A.J. Donnell, Braylon Donnell, Bradley Gould and Tristan McCoy, first, 48.26. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Mason Boggs, B. Donnell, Gould and McCoy, fourth, 1:47.13. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Allen, A.J. Donnell, Davis Holladay and Levi White, second, 4:08.64. Long Jump — A.J. Donnell, first, 19-2. Shot Put — Aidan Lewis, sixth, 36-3. Discus — Lewis, fourth, 94-6. Triple Jump —  Smith, fourth, 35-1. High Jump — A.J. Donnell, third, 5-3; Allen, fourth, 5-3. Pole Vault — Gould, second, 9-0; Carson Bizzell, third, 8-6.

FRANKSTON B BOYS

200-meter Dash — Michael Bryant, fourth, 26.26. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Lucas Bizzell, Bryant, Brayden Gray and Blaine Johnson — fifth, 50.89. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Bizzell, Benjamin Fletcher, Gray and Johnson — sixth, 4:27.78. Pole Vault — Wyatt Reed, sixth, 8-2.

FRANKSTON A GIRLS

200-meter Dash — Indigo Griffis, fifth, 31.33. 1600-meter Run — Angelyna Gonzales, fifth, 7:13.42. 2400-meter Run — Bailey Ball, second, 10:40.00; Rachel Fletcher, third, 10:53.00; Gonzales, sixth, 11:27.00. 300-meter Hurdles — Alyssa Thurman, sixth, 1:00.54. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Ashley Fridinger, Briley Jimenez, Griffis and Kinsey Howie  — fourth, 57.84. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Gonzales, Griffis, Howie and Fletcher — fifth, 2:11.69. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Fridinger, Ball, Jimenez and Fletcher — third, 5:01.83. Long Jump — Fridinger, fourth, 13-5; Fletcher, sixth, 13-3½. 


March 25, 2022


Indians rebound in 4th inning

to down Martins Mill by 14-6

The Frankston Indians overcame a 5-3 Martins Mill lead in the fourth inning, scoring nine big runs and then adding two more to take a 14-6 win over the Mustangs in a high scoring District 20-2A contest at the FHS baseball field Friday, March 25, according to information from the team scorer.

The Indians are now 11-5 overall and 4-0 in 20-2A.

The Indians pounded out nine hits and took advantage of six Martins Mill errors and five walks to register the big win. They also collected 12 RBIs along the way. 

The Mustangs got eight hits off of Indians’ pitching. Except for that big fourth inning, the Martins Mill pitcher had some success against Indian batters, getting 10 strikeouts.

That fourth inning for the Tribe started with an Austin Carr walk. An error put Ryan Harper on the bags and then Robert Walker hit the only extra base hit of the night for the Indians, slamming a double which scored Carr. Moments later Harper scored to even the score at 5-5. Then Clayton Merritt singled to score Walker and the Indians had gone ahead to stay at 6-5. Metzig had walked earlier and moved into scoring position on the play. He scored to make it 7-5 Indians. Conlan Lemay then scored after successive walks to make it 8-5. Carr singled to drive in Merritt and Jayden Singletary, running for catcher Jared Cook, to up the Tribe lead to 10-5. An error allowed Harper to be safe at first and Christian Hernandez, who had walked earlier, was allowed to score, making it 11-5. Carr came home on a pitching error and it was 12-5 when the side was out.

The Indians were to score two more runs, one each in the fifth and sixth innings and Martins Mill managed another run in the top of the fifth to make the final score 14-6 when the Mustangs were held scoreless in the top of the seventh.

The top of the Indians batting order was responsible for six of the hits and eight of the runs. Carr hit 2 of 4, Harper 2 of 5 and Walker 2 of 4, including the key double in the fourth. Merritt was also 2 of 4. Metzig got the other hit for the Tribe. Of the 12 RBIs, Carr, Metzig and Merritt got two each.

Walker London got the win, pitching seven innings and striking out five after he overcame troublesome second and third inning Mustang scoring.

Next game scheduled for the Indians will be against the Neches Tigers, again on the FHS diamond on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

Score by Innings:

                 1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

MMill      0     2     3     0     1     0     0      6      8      6

Indians    3     0     0     9     1     1     x    14      9      4


March 25, 2022


Maidens, Martins Mill split on wins

in doubleheader games on March 25

The Frankston Maidens and the Martins Mill Lady Mustangs split in a doubleheader Friday, March 25 in District 20-2A contests at Frankston, the Lady Mustangs winning the first 12-9 and the Maidens replying with a 4-3 victory in the second, according to information provided by Frankston coaches.

In the first contest, the Maidens scored five runs in the top of the third to take a 5-0 lead and then the Lady Mustangs answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. The Maidens were held scoreless in the top of the fourth, but Martins Mill put together a five-run performance in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 7-5.

The Maidens were not impressed and they staged a four-run performance in the top of the fifth, regaining the lead 9-8. Maiden pitching shut out the Lady Mustangs in the bottom of the fifth but Martins Mill held the Maidens scoreless in the top of the sixth.

In a fateful turn for the Maidens, the Lady Mustangs scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain a 12-9 lead which the Maidens were unable to answer in the top of the seventh, giving Martins Mill the narrow victory.

Bats on both sides were active in the contest with Martins Mill getting 20 hits and the Maidens 16. Addi Loebig led Maidens hitters, going 4 of 4  and Julianne Gould and Kaylee Davis were key hitters for the Maidens each getting three hits in five trips to the plate. One of Davis’ hits was a double. Jaycie Dillard got 2 of 4, including a double. Getting singles were Kaysiah Burnett, Kelsey Sexton, Lynsie Bizzell and Brianna (Bri) Looney. Collectively Maidens batters had seven RBIs led by Loebig and Davis, who each had two.

The Maidens’ Dillard pitched four innings, allowing seven runs, 14 hits, and striking out two. Gould pitched two innings, allowing four runs on six hits.

The second game of the doubleheader turned into a nail biter for the Maidens as they trailed early 3-0 going into the bottom of the second. Maidens batters answered with a two-run performance in that frame, narrowing the Martins Mill lead to 3-2.

The Maidens tied things up at 3-3 in the bottom of the third and the score remained that way all the way to the bottom of the sixth.

That’s when the Maidens came through with the winning run. With one out, Sexton slammed a double and Kaitlyn Matthews came in to run for the catcher, Sexton. Next at bat was Loebig who singled, advancing Matthews to third. What would be the winning run came next as Abigail Fletcher singled, scoring Matthews. That would be all the Maidens could get in that inning but when the Lady Mustangs went three-up and three-down in the top of the seventh, the Maidens had their exciting 4-3 victory.

The Maidens had won with four runs from 13 hits. Three of those hits were doubles by Loebig, Sexton and Dillard. Davis, Dillard, Sexton and Loebig were 2 of 3 at the plate and Looney was 2 of 4. Singles were hit by Gould, Coralyn Happel and the one by Fletcher, whose sole single drove in what was the winning run. As it turned out, the four RBIs by Looney, Dillard, Loebig and Fletcher proved key to the win.

Gould pitched for six innings, allowing no runs, four hits and striking out two. Dillard pitched for one inning, allowing three runs on a single hit and striking out two.

The Maidens, now 5-10 overall and 1-5 in district play, host Neches at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at the FHS softball field.

Scores by innings:

                   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Maidens    0     0     5     0     4     0     0      9     16     3

MMill        1     0     2     5     0     4     x    12     20     0

                   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

MMill        1     2     0     0     0     0     0      3      5     0

Maidens    0     2     1     0     0     1     x      4    13     1



March 24, 2022


Indians break tie in the fifth

to spark 5-2 district victory

The Frankston Indians and the Martins Mill Mustangs battled it out for four innings at 1-1 before Indians batters scored one run in the fifth and three in the sixth to finish with a 5-2 District 20-2A victory on the road Thursday, March 24, according to information from the Indians scorer.

The Indians are now 10-5 for the season and 3-0 in 20-2A play.

Frankston led 1-0 in the top of the second and Martins Mill came up with a run in the bottom of the inning to tie things up. The two teams went scoreless for two innings, before Frankston went ahead 2-1.

In the top of the fifth, Clayton Merritt started things off with a double to center field. Caleb Ramsey, running for Merritt, shortly later scored.

The Mustangs were retired in the bottom of the fifth and the Indians went into the top of the sixth ahead 2-1.

The Indians started off the sixth with a walk by Robert Walker and Walker London doubled to advance Walker to third. Matt Metzig followed with a single which scored Walker to make it 3-1 Frankston. London took third on the play and then Conlan Lemay singled on a bunt to put Indians on second and third. Merritt followed with a walk. London scored to make it 4-1. Later Metzig scored to give the Tribe a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth and the Mustangs were retired after a single.

The lndians could only get a single in their half of the seventh and Martins Mill managed another score after getting only a double in the inning. The Indians had won 5-2.

The Indians got eight hits on the evening to only three for the Mustangs. London had two hits, including a double, and Metzig got a couple of singles. Merritt’s hit was a double, and Austin Carr, Walker and Lemay each had singles. The team was credited with 3 RBIs.

Merritt pitched six innings and was the winning pitcher. Christian Hernandez pitched ⅓ of an inning and Walker pitched ⅔.

The two teams are scheduled to meet again on Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in Frankston.

Scores by innings:

                          1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R    H    E 

Indians             1     0     0     0     1     3     0     5     8      2

Martins Mill    0     1     0     0     0     0     1     2     3      0


March 24, 2022


Frankston girls, varsity boys win

first in Neches Tigers HS Relays

The Frankston girls and the Frankston Blue Team boys won first place in the Neches Tigers High School Relays on Thursday, March 24, according to a report from Frankston coaches.

Also competing in the meet was the Frankston White Team boys, largely composed of junior varsity members, who came in fifth in the meet.

The Frankston girls compiled 148 points and the Blue Team Boys led with 173 points. Cayuga was second for the girls with 126 points and the Cayuga boys were second with 94. The Frankston White Team earned 45 points.

Other teams participating in the meet were Neches, Martins Mill, Slocum, Cross Roads, Wells, Oakwood, Centerville and Laneville.

Following are the individual results for Frankston in girls and boys divisions:

MAIDENS

100-meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, second, 12.93; JerMya Mitchell, third, 13.65; Aryonna Hatton, fifth, 14.46. 200-meter Dash — Billingsly, fourth, 28.96; Brianna Looney, fifth, 29.58. 400-meter dash — Abigail Fletcher, second, 1:10.77; Nyla Muhammad, fourth, 1:13.37; Trinity Coats, sixth, 1:18.78. 800-meter run — Fletcher, third, 2:56.02; Angelina Chavez, fifth, 3:07.55. 1600-meter run — Fletcher, fourth, 7:26.24; Julianne Gould, sixth, 7:37.90. 3200-meter run — Cadence Blase, fourth, 17:39.14; 100-meter hurdles — Kaylee Davis, first, 16.40; Kaysie Nabors, second, 18.05; Cadence Blase, fifth, 19.49. 300-meter hurdles — Nabors, first, 55.49; Davis, second, 57.27. 4x100 meter Relay Team of Looney, Billingsly, Kaysiah Burnett, and Mitchell, first; 4x200-meter Relay Team of Looney, Burnett, A. Hatton, Desirae Hatton, second, 1:58.95; 4x400-meter Relay Team of Burnett, Nabors, Mitchell and Muhammad, second, 4:46.81. Long Jump — Mitchell, first, 15-6 ¾; Looney, fifth, 14-0. High Jump — Mitchell, second, 4-10; Coats, fourth, 4-4; Carly Morgan, sixth, 4-4. Shot put — A. Hatton, sixth, 23-9 ½.

INDIANS BLUE TEAM

100-meter Dash — Kaymon Davis, first, 11.27; Benton Allen, fifth, 11.58. 200-meter Dash — Allen, fourth, 24.40. 400-meter Dash — Tyler Rogers, second, 57.02; Logan Ratliff, third, 58.64. 800-meter Run — Cory Morgan, third, 2:19.69; Ratliff, fourth, 2:22.27; Gio Martinez, fifth, 2:22.84. 1600-meter Run — Martinez, first, 5:27.27. 3200-meter Run — Martinez, first, 12:01.52. 110-meter Hurdles — A.J. Michaelski, first, 18.87. 300-meter Hurdles — Michaelski, first, 49.37. 400-meter Relay Team of Frankston — First, 45.78. 800-meter Relay Team of Frankston — First, 1:38.90. 1600-meter Relay of Frankston — First, 3:53.87. Long Jump — Rogers, first, 20-2⅜; High Jump — Benton Allen, second, 5-10; Isaiah Allen, fifth, 5-4. Shot Put — Sir Isaac Foster, fourth, 34-1½. Discus — Foster, second, 111-3½.

INDIANS WHITE TEAM

800-meter Run — Payton Jaco, sixth, 2:24.46. 1600-meter Run — Landon Marine, sixth, 5:49.05. 3200-meter Run — Marine, 12:49.71. 400-Meter Relay of Frankston — third, 48.87. 800-meter Relay of Frankston — third, 1:43.08. 1600-meter Relay of Frankston — Fourth, 4:11.65. 110-meter Hurdles —  Devon Saturley, fourth, 21.98; Jayden Singletary, fifth, 21.98. High Jump — Devin Allen, fourth, 5-4.

The seventh and eighth grade teams are scheduled to be in the Junior High Combined Cushing Relays on Monday, March 28. The high school teams will be in the Cushing HS Relays on Thursday, March 31.


March 18, 2022


Indians turn big second inning

into 14-3 win at Alba-Golden

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team scored seven runs in the second inning to take a commanding lead 7-1 and went on to score a 14-3 win over Alba-Golden in a non-district game Friday, March 18 on the road, according to the Indians scorer.

Alba-Golden was in the lead 1-0 after the first inning but could not score again until the bottom of the sixth when they drove in two runs.

Matt Metzig was on the mound for 5⅓ innings and gave up five hits, threw nine strikeouts and walked only one. Christian Hernandez came in to pitch 1⅔ innings in relief. He allowed Alba-Golden three hits and struck out one.

The Indians had 18 hits in the game. The pitcher, Metzig led Indians hitters going 4 for 4, including a double which scored two in that big second inning, earning two RBIs. Austin Carr had three hits in six trips to the plate. One of those hits was a double in that key second inning which scored two runs to break the 1-1 tie and send the Indians into a 3-1 lead. He was credited with three RBIs for the game. Getting two hits each were Ryan Harper, Robert Walker, Kody Loebig and Jared Cook. Walker London, Conlan Lemay and Clayton Merritt each had hits. One of Cook’s and both of Harper’s hits were doubles and Merritt’s only hit was a two-bagger.

The Indians are now 9-5 overall and 2-0 in District 20-2A. They are scheduled to resume district play on Thursday, March 24 when they journey to Martins Mill for a 5 p.m. game,varsity only, rescheduled from March 22.

Score by innings:

                         1     2     3     4     5     6     7        R     H     E

Indians             0     7     1     0     0     3     3        14    18    1

Alba-Golden    1     0     0     0     0     2     0          3      8    2


March 16, 2022


Eight-run first sparks Indians’

win over Cross Roads by 15-2

The Frankston Indians boosted their season record to 8-5 and their District 20-2A record to 2-0 with a decisive 15-2 win over Cross Roads on the road Wednesday, March 16, according to a report made available by the Frankston statistician.

The Indians gave a preview of what was about to happen when they jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the top of the first inning. They proceeded to score seven more runs before Cross Roads got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth with two runs.

That first inning scoring started with a walk by Austin Carr. Ryan Harper walked  and Robert Walker singled to left field scoring Carr and Harper to give the Indians a quick 2-0 lead. Walker London then walked and Matt Metzig singled.

With two out, Christian Hernandez singled to left field scoring two, making it 4-0. Another score made it 5-0.

Ryan Harper slammed a double to center field, scoring Hernandez, Trip Hallmark and Carr, to end the first inning scoring at 8-0.

In the second inning, Lemay and Clayton Merritt scored, making it 10-0 Indians.

In the third, Carr scored on a single to left field to make it 11-0. Harper, who had walked, and advanced to third, scored during a double play exchange to make it 12-0.

The Indians scored a run in the fourth, Lemay scoring from third on a wild pitch to make it 13-0.

In the top of the fifth, the Indians scored two more runs. With two out, London singled and Clayton Merritt singled, driving in a run, to make it 14-0. 

The final run came when Metzig, who got on base by an error, scored from third on a passed ball to make it 15-0. Cross Roads scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth before the game ended.

The Indians had eight hits, including the Harper double. Walker was 2 for 3 to lead hitters. London, Metzig, Lemay, Clayton Merritt, Hernandez and Hallmark all had singles. Harper and Walker led in RBIs with 3 each. Clayton Merritt and Hernandez were credited with two each.

Walker London pitched a one-hitter, with 8 strikeouts and only three walks.


March 15, 2022


Indians baseball team scores big

win over Cross Roads March 15

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team turned 18 hits and 17 RBIs into a 23-2 win over Cross Roads Tuesday, March 15 to post their first district win at the FHS baseball park, according to a report made available by the team statistician.

Clayton Merritt pitched five innings, allowed only three hits, struck out eight and walked only three Bobcat batters.

Cross Roads took a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the first inning and that was all they would be able to get for the remainder of the game.

In their half of that first inning, the Indians scored four runs to go ahead to stay. Their big inning was the bottom of the third when they scored 13. They added six more in the bottom of the fourth to secure the convincing win.

The Indians’ hits came from across the roster but only one was for extra bases. That came on Robert Walker’s only hit of the night, a double, but it produced two RBI.

Leading hitters for the Indians were Merritt with 3 for 3 and three RBI. Conlan Lemay got 3 hits in four trips to the plate and drove in two runs. Walker London along with Matt Metzig and Christian Hernandez were 2 for 2. Hernandez also had two RBI. Hitting singles were Ryan Harper, Walker McCann, Kody Loebig and Jared Cook. Harper had two RBI and London, McCann, Loebig, Cook and Trip Hallmark each were credited with one RBI. Indian batters had seven walks and only two strikeouts. They took advantage of five Bobcat errors.

The Indians are now 7-5 for the season and 1-0 in district play.

They are scheduled to go to Cross Roads for a 6 p.m. game Wednesday, March 16.

Score by innings:

                             1      2.     3     4              R     H     E

Cross Roads        2       0      0     0      0          2      3     5

Indians                4       0     13    6      x        23     18    1


March 15, 2022


Early Cross Roads lead factors

in win over Maidens March 15

The Frankston Maidens softball team on Tuesday, March 15 was held scoreless in the first three innings while Cross Roads was scoring six runs before the Frankston girls could get on the scoreboard, according to a report from information made available by coaches.

The Lady Bobcats went on to score three more runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth while the Maidens were scoring one in the fourth and one in the fifth to give the the Lady Bobcats an 11-2 lead. The Maidens scored four runs in the top of the seventh, but it was not enough and Cross Roads won 11-6.

Cross Roads got 12 hits while Frankston had 5 hits. Center fielder Kaylee Davis led FHS hitters with 2 hits on 3 trips to the plate, including a triple. Addi Loebig had one hit, a double, and drove in two runs. Coralyn Happel’s single also drove in two runs. Kelsey Sexton also got a hit. Jaycie Dillard and Zoey Walker were each credited with RBIs. The Maidens drew 10 walks.

Julianne Gould pitched six innings for the Maidens,

The loss gave the Maidens an 0-3 district record and made them 4-8 overall.

The Maidens were scheduled to play Cross Roads again Wednesday, March 16 at 1 p..m. in Frankston, due to a schedule change.

Score by Innings:

                       1     2      3       4      5     6     7     R     H     E

Maidens         0     0       0      1      1     0     4     6      5      4

Cross Roads   1     3       2      3      2     0     x   11    12      2


March 14, 2022


Kerens downs FHS Maidens

in district meeting March 14

The Frankston Maidens varsity softball team was tied early 2-2 with Kerens but the Lady ‘Cats had a six-run third inning and scored four more runs later to take a 12-2 district win at Kerens Tuesday, March 14, according to a report made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens were able to get only those two runs on two hits and a walk. Frankston batters were plagued by six strikeouts and had only a single walk.

Brianna Looney and Kaysiah Burnett each got singles. Coralyn Happel was awarded the only Maidens RBI.

Jaycie Dillard pitched three innings and allowed seven hits and two walks while getting three strikeouts. Julianne Gould pitched two innings and gave up four hits and got one strikeout.

The game had been rescheduled from Friday, March 11. The Maidens were to play Cross Roads in Frankston on Tuesday, March 14


March 12, 2022


Indians lose three Pool Play

games at Franklin tourney 

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team was 0-3 in Pool Play Saturday, March 12 after losing 12-2 to Little River Academy in four innings at the Franklin Tournament, according to information made available by the team statistician.

The Indians began Pool Play on Thursday, March 10 and lost to Lorena 10-2 and Caldwell 6-3.

In the Little River Academy game played Saturday morning, the two teams ended the first inning tied 1-1 but Little River scored three runs each in the second and third innings to only one more for the Tribe in the third. Ahead 7-2 Little River scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take their 10-run victory,

The Indians were to get only two hits, both singles, and an RBI in the contest. Little River had eight hits. Hitting for Frankston were Robert Walker and Walker London. London got an RBI. Scoring the two runs for the Tribe were Ryan Harper and Christian Hernandez

Matt Metzig pitched all the way for the Indians.

In the Lorena game, the Indians fell behind early 3-0 before they scored their first run. Lorena increased their lead to 6-1 with three runs in the top of the third. The Indians were to add a run in the bottom of the third, but that was to be their last in the game as Lorena went on to score four more runs to secure the win.

The Indians got seven hits in the game. Austin Carr and Clayton Merritt each had two hits, Merritt with a double. Others getting hits were Robert Walker, Conlan Lemay, all with singles and Christian Hernandez with a double. Walker and Hernandez each drove in a run. Lorena pitching struck had eight strikeouts.

Walker and Walker London were on the mound for the Indians and gave up 12 hits. London pitched for three innings and gave up eight hits and Walker gave up four in relief.

In the Caldwell game, the Indians took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but Caldwell came back to lead 3-2 after one run in the first and two in the second inning. The Indians went four innings without a run and Caldwell scored three in the bottom of the fifth to lead 6-2. The Tribe scored one in the top of the sixth but Caldwell had their 6-3 win.

The Indians out-hit the Hornets 8-3, despite the loss. Carr went 3 of 4 at the plate, including a triple, driving in a run. Lemay had two hits in three at-bats. Hernandez’s only hit was a double. Ryan Harper had a single and drove in a run. Walker had a single.

Pitching for the Tribe for 4⅓ innings was Merritt who struck out six, walked five and allowed only three hits. Hernandez pitched for ⅔ of an inning and had a walk.


March 10, 2022


Indians, Maidens varsity win

third March 10 at Hawkins

The Frankston varsity Indians and Maidens track and field teams finished in third place and the Indians Junior varsity finished in fourth place in the Thursday, March 10 Hawk Relays in Hawkins, according to information in a report made available by Frankston coaches.

The Indians varsity collected 88 points and the Maidens varsity had 96. The Indians JV also finished with 96 points.

White Oak finished in first place for the boys’ varsity teams with 208 points. Alba-Golden was second with 97. Others in the top six were Tyler Heat with 80, Harleton with 59 and Hawkins with 47.

White Oak also took first place for the girls’ varsity with 237.5 points. Second was Tyler Heat with 107.  Others in the top six were Hawkins with 71.5, T.K. Gorman with 52 and Harleton with 30.

Taking first place for the junior varsity boys was again White Oak with 152. Second was Hawkins with 129 and third was Alba-Golden with 100. Others in the top six were Union Hill with 55,  and Harleton 43.

Following are the individual performances for the Indians, Maidens and Indians JV:

INDIANS VARSITY

100-meter Dash — Kaymon Davis, first, 12.08. 200-meter Dash — Ryan Harper, second, 24.67; Caleb Ramsey, fourth, 25.52. 800-meter Run — Cory Morgan, fourth, 2:17.87; Logan Ratliff, fifth, 2:18.72; Gio Martinez, sixth, 2:19.58. 3200-meter Run — Martinez, sixth, 11:46.00.

4x100-meter Relays Team — Davis, Harper, Clayton Merritt, Tyler Rogers, fourth, 46.16. 4x200-meter Relays Team — Harper, A.J. Michaelski, Morgan, Rogers, fourth, 1:41.82. 4x400-meter Relays Team — Davis, Merritt, Jeremiah Mitchell, Rogers, fifth, 3:52.73.

Long Jump — Tyler Rogers, first, 19-4 ¾; Isaiah Allen, second, 19-0. Discus — Sirisaac Foster, third, 107-6 ½. High Jump — Isaiah Allen, second, 5-8; Benton Allen, third, 5-8.

MAIDENS VARSITY

100-meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, first, 13.66. 200-meter Dash — Kaysiah Burnett, fourth, 29.67; Nyla Muhammad, fifth, 30.27. 100-meter Hurdles — Kaylee Davis, second, 18.07; Kaysie Nabors, fourth, 19.00; Cadence Blase, sixth, 19.37. 300-meter Hurdles — Nabors, third, 52.96; Davis, fourth, 53.23.

4x100-meter Relays Team — Brianna Looney, JerMya Mitchell, Burnett, Billingsly, second, 52.87. 4x200-meter Relays Team — Aryonna Hatton, Looney, Desirae Hatton, Pauline Passchier, fifth, 2:03.34. 4x400-meter Relays Team — Mitchell, Nabors, Muhammad, Passchier, fourth, 4:41.25.

Long Jump — Mitchell, second, 15-8 ¼. Triple Jump — Davis, first, 34-0 ½; Nabors, fifth, 32-1 ¾. High Jump — Mitchell, third, 4-10; Trinity Coats, sixth, 4-6. Discus — Breanna Warren, fifth, 74-2 ½.

INDIANS JUNIOR VARSITY

200-meter Dash — Blake Moore, second, 27.16. 800-Meter Run — Payton Jaco, second, 2:25.04; Damien Prda, sixth, 2:33.63. 3200-meter Run — Prda, fifth, 14:19.00. 110-meter Hurdles — Jayden Singletary, second, 21.14. 300-meter Hurdles — Singletary, second, 49.96.

4x100-meter Relays Team — Devin Allen, Willie Brown, T. Hallmark, Reese Hicks, second, 48.40. 4x200-meter Relays Team — Allen, Brown, Hallmark, Hicks, first, 1:40.25.

Long Jump — Willie Brown, third, 18-0 ¼; Hicks, sixth, 17-9 ½. Triple Jump — Brown, fourth, 37-0. High Jump — Allen, second, 5-4; Jake Westbrook, fifth, 5-0. Pole Vault — Coleman Merritt, sixth, 8-0. Shot Put — Brayden Dotson, fourth, 30.9.

Mildred JH Relays Results HERE        Union Grove Relays Results HERE


March 9, 2022


FHS entry Pauline Passchier

wins first in singles at Athens

Pauline Passchier of Frankston won first place in girls singles at the Athens Tennis Tournament on Wednesday, March 9, according to a report from Coach Christi Coker.

Passchier defeated Reid of Rains 8-0, won over Combs of Athens 8-1 and defeated Anton of Sunnyvale 8-5 to win first place.

In Mixed Doubles Collin Deupree and Kaitlyn Matthews won Consolation.

Bandy Bizzell and Lynsie Bizzell made it to the semifinals in Girls Doubles but were defeated and did not advance.

Coach Coker said others who competed well were Maggie Caveness, Luke Ward, Wila Davis, Kaysie Nabors and Kaylah Redic.

Frankston will go to the Troup Tournament on March 21-23. The District Tournament will be held on March 30 in Frankston. 


March 9, 2022


Kerens hands Maidens loss

in first District 20-2A test

The Frankston Maidens varsity softball team was defeated by Kerens 12-0 in a District 20-2A game at the FHS softball field Wednesday, March 9, according information made available by the team statistician.

The Maidens had four hits during the contest while Kerens was getting 10. Julianne Gould had two singles and Coralyn Happel and Kelsey Sexton each had one. Kaysiah Burnett and Lynsie Bizzell were walked. Kerens pitching posted seven strikeouts.

Kerens got a run in the first inning, two in the third and one each in the fourth and fifth. In the seventh they scored seven runs to enhance their win.

Gould was in the pitching circle for the Maidens for five innings, relieved by Jaycie Dillard for the final two.

The Maidens are now 4-6 overall and 0-1 in district play.


March 5, 2022


Indians comeback defeats Mildred

12-7 for Fitzgerald Tourney title 

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team won the championship of the Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Baseball Tournament, coming from behind to defeat the Mildred Eagles 12-7 on Saturday, March 5 at the FHS baseball field, according to information made available by the team statistician.

Named to the All-Tournament team from Frankston were Matt Metzig, Ryan Harper, Robert Walker, and Clayton Merritt. (See Complete Article with Pictures HERE )


March 5, 2022


Eustace captures championship

of Fitzgerald Softball Tourney

Eustace, the winner in Pool B, earned the championship of the Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Softball Tournament by defeating Cayuga, runnerup in Pool B, 17-2 in Gold Bracket play Saturday, March 5 at the FHS softball field, according to a report from tournament officials.

Cayuga was relegated to runnerup in the tournament as a result.

Meanwhile in Silver Bracket play, Douglass, third place in Pool A, defeated T.K. Gorman, fourth place in Pool A, 10-3 to take consolation honors in the tournament.

Eustace reached the Gold Bracket championship game by defeating the Frankston Maidens, runnerup in Pool A,  9-0 in a mid-afternoon matchup. Cayuga reached the championship game with a 4-3 win over Grace Community, winner in Pool A, in early afternoon bracket play. Gorman was seeded for the consolation game because LaPoynor, third place in Pool B, attended the LaPoynor Flyers Regional Finals basketball game in Athens, scheduled for 1 p.m.

In a previous story, results of Frankston’s 2-1 performance in Pool A on Thursday and Friday were reported.

Other results in Pool Play found Grace Community defeating Douglass 9-2, Frankston 7-3 and T.K. Gorman 19-1. Frankston had won over Gorman 15-0 and Douglass 5-3. Douglass won over Gorman 11-0. Eustace won over LaPoynor 9-0, Cayuga 5-4 and Arp 20-0. Cayuga defeated Arp 8-7 and LaPoynor 14-3. LaPoynor won over Arp 14-1.

The Frankston Maidens had the misfortune of being seeded against the eventual tournament champion in their first round game in Gold Bracket play and lost 9-0. They are now 4-5 for the season.

The Maidens had only two hits against Eustace pitching. Jaycie Dillard and Abigail Fletcher each had singles. Eustace’s pitcher carded 5 strikeouts and walked one.

The Eustace batters drove in 2 runs in the first, 4 in the second and 3 in the fourth inning abbreviated game. They had nine hits against Maidens pitchers Julianne Gould and reliever Dillard. 


March 3, 2022


Indians win two of three in pool

play at Fitzgerald Tournament

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team won two of three pool play games in the Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Baseball Tournament in Frankston on Thursday, March 3 and Friday morning, March 4, according to results made available by coaches.

The Indians defeated T.K Gorman 14-4 and won over Eustace 9-2 on Thursday evening and lost to Cushing 10-4 on Friday morning.

On Saturday, March 5, Cross Seed Play will feature the No. 4 teams from Pool A and Pool B at 10 a.m. Then at 12:30 p.m. the two No. 3 teams in each pool will play. At 3 p.m., the two No. 2 teams from each pool will compete for third place in the tournament. The tournament will climax at 5:30 p.m. with the Championship game between the two No. 1 finishers in Pool A and Pool B.

In the Gorman pool play game, the Indians scored five runs in the first inning to none for Gorman. The Crusaders scored a run in the second but the Indians scored 3. Gorman scored another in the top of the third, but the Indians scored another 3. The Crusaders managed two runs in the top of the fourth, but the Indians answered with 3 more to give them the 14-4 win, in the abbreviated contest.

Robert Walker was the winning pitcher, allowing 3 hits, striking out 5 and walking one. He was relieved by Christian Hernandez who allowed three hits and struck out 2.

Walker and Trip Halmark led hitters with two each, both of whom had triples. Walker had four RBIs. Also getting three-baggers were Clayton Merritt and Ryan Harper. Walker London got a double. Matt Metzig and Jared Cook singled.

Later in the evening, the Indians defeated Eustace 9-2, largely thanks to the bat of Metzig who got three hits and drove in five runs. One of his hits was a double. Walker London contributed the other Indians hit along with two RBIs. Austin Carr walked twice and Walker, Conlan Lemay, Cook and Hallmark had one walk each.

Clayton Merritt was the winning pitcher, allowing only one hit, striking out four and walking seven.

On Friday morning, the Indians lost to Cushing 10-4. The Tribe could get only five hits against Bearkat pitching. They were behind 6-0 before they could get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Cushing answered with four runs in the top of the third, but the Indians could only score two more before the abbreviated game ended.

Harper led Indians hitters with two singles in three trips to the plate. He also batted in a run. Carr, London and Lemay each singled and London had an RBI.

London pitched three innings for the Tribe, allowing six hits, striking out four and walking four. Walker McCann pitched two innings, allowing four hits, striking out two and walking one. (For a complete schedule of play in the tournament, see  HERE .)

Score by innings:

                   1     2      3    4     R    H    E                     1    2      3      4    R    H    E

Gorman.     0    1      1    2     4      6    2     Eustace     1    0     1      0     2     1     3

Indians       5    3       3    3   14      9    1    Indians      3    3     3      0     9     4     

                   1    2     3    4     5     R    H    E

Cushing      0    3     3    4     0    10   10    0

Indians        0    0     2    2     0      4     5    0


March 3, 2022


Maidens win two of three games

in Fitzgerald tourney pool play

The Frankston Maidens Varsity softball team posted wins over T.K. Gorman and Douglass but lost to Grace Community in pool play at the Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Softball Tournament Thursday, March 3, according to results made available by coaches.

In their Thursday morning game against Gorman, they won in three innings 15-0 after the game was called according to the 10-run rule.

The Maidens scored two runs in the first, eight in the second and five in the third against the Lady Crusaders.

Julianne Gould was the winning pitcher in the one-hit shutout. She struck out four batters in her three innings on the mound,

The Maidens had 11 hits in 21 times at bat. Coralyn Happel and Jaycie Dillard each had 2 hits to lead the Maidens. Getting one hit each were Kaylee Davis, Zoey Walker, Kelsey Sexton, Gould, Lynsie Bizzell, Kaitlyn Matthews and Kaysiah Burnett. Brianna (Bri) Looney and Burnett were walked twice and Gould and Katelyn Cox once.

In early afternoon, the Maidens lost 7-3 to Grace Community of Tyler, a team they had defeated 9-5 in their season opener. The game went only four innings since pool games are timed, according to Maidens Coach Madison Crisp.

Jaycie Dillard was on the mound for the Maidens, striking out three and walking one. 

Looney and Abigail Fletcher each had two hits. Davis, Happel, Dillard, Addi Loebig and Burnett each had one hit.

Maidens fielders had two errors.

In the late afternoon, the Maidens won over Douglass 5-3 with Gould allowing seven hits and striking out 4 in earning the win.

Gould led the Maidens at the plate with three hits in three times at bat. Loebig had two hits, including a triple. Looney, Davis, Bizzell and Matthews each had singles. Bizzell and Loebig each had two runs batted in and Dillard had one.

The Maidens, now 4-4 for the season, will be awaiting their seeding for the Saturday, March 5 bracket play.

Score by innings:

                  1    2   3     R    H    E                     1     2   3    4    R    H    E

Gorman    0    0    0     0     1     1     Grace       1    2    1    3    7     11    0

Maidens   2    8     5   15   11     0    Maidens   1    0    1    1    3       9    2

                       1   2   3  4   5    6   R   H   E

Douglass        0   0   0   0  1    2    3    7    2

Maidens         3   0    0  0   2   x    5    9    2


March 3, 2022


Indians baseball team to compete

in Keno Fitzgerald Tournament

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team has begun its 2022 schedule and is so far 3-1 in non-district play. They started the year ranked No. 25 in the state and No. 7 in Region III, according to Coach Wes King.

They continue competition Thursday, March 3 in the annual Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Tournament at the Frankston ball park and will be participating in pool play on Thursday and Friday climaxing on Saturday, March 5 with Cross Seed Play and the Championship game.

Four teams will be in Pool A. They are Frankston, T.K. Gorman, Cushing and Eustace. Pool B teams will be Quitman, Central, Mildred and Cumberland. Teams from each pool will be playing each other on Thursday and Friday to determine placing in Cross Seed Play on Saturday, March 5.

The Indians are scheduled to play Cushing at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Then on Friday, they go against T.K. Gorman at 5 p.m. and Eustace at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, March 5, Cross Seed Play will feature the No. 4 teams from Pool A and Pool B at 10 a.m. Then at 12:30 p.m. the two No. 3 teams in each pool will play. At 3 p.m., the two No. 2 teams from each pool will compete for third place in the tournament.

The tournament will climax at 5:30 p.m. with the Championship game between the two No. 1 finishers in Pool A and Pool B.

For a complete schedule of play in the tournament, see  HERE .

The Indians have compiled their record so far with wins over Cumberland Academy 15-1 at home. They competed in the Cumberland Tournament and lost in the first round to West Rusk 5-4 before winning over Arp 4-2 and Hughes Springs 10-6. The competition was suspended after pool play due to weather, according to Coach King. 


Feb. 28, 2022


Maidens softball team defeats

Union Hill 16-0 in 3 innings

The Frankston Maidens defeated Union Hill 16-0 Monday, Feb. 28 in a non-district softball game at the FHS softball field, according to information made available by Maiden coaches.

The game was called, under the 10 run rule, in the third inning after the Maidens scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second and 10 in the third inning.

The Maidens posted 13 hits while Jaycie Dillard pitched a no-hit shutout during the three innings. She struck out five Union Hill batters

Leading hitter for the Maidens was Kaylee Davis with 4, two singles and two doubles. Briana (Bri) Looney had two doubles. Zoey Walker had a single and a double. Juliana Gould had a single and a double. Jaycie Dillard had 2 singles. Kelsey Sexton slammed a triple.

The Maidens opened their season with a 9-5 win over Grace Community inTyler. They lost a doubleheader at home to Buffalo 13-6 and 11-8 and  then went to Lindale and fell 22-2. All were non-district games.

They are now 2-3 for the season so far.

The Maidens will be in the Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Softball Tournament on Thursday thru Saturday, March 3-5 in pool play with teams from Grace Community, T.K. Gorman and Douglass in Pool A and Eustace, Cayuga, LaPoynor and Arp in Pool B. 

Score by innings:

                      1     2      3         R    H   E

Union Hill    0      0       0        0      0    1

Maidens       4      2     10       16    13    0


Feb. 3, 2022


Area teams get 2022-2024 UIL

realignments in three sports

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has released the 2022-23 and 2023-24 Official District Alignment for volleyball, football and basketball on Thursday, Feb. 3, including Frankston, LaPoynor and Neches.

Alignment for Frankston includes volleyball, football and basketball in Class 2A. High school enrollment from 105 to 249 is the range assigned to Class 2A.

Basketball alignment for Class 2A LaPoynor is also included in the report.

Neches will be competing in Class 1A in volleyball and basketball. Enrollment range is 104.9 and below.

In football, Frankston will be in District 10-2A, Division 1 in Region 3. Remaining on the Indians football schedule in the district will be Beckville, Big Sandy, Gladewater Union Grove and Hawkins. Added to the district will be Harleton and Ore City.

In volleyball, the Maidens will be in District 21-2A, Region 3 and will continue to compete against Cayuga, Kerens and Cross Roads. Added to the district will be Alto.

In basketball, the Indians and Maidens and Flyers and Lady Flyers will be in District 19-2A, Region 3 and compete against the same teams as in the current alignment: Cayuga, Kerens, Cross Roads and Martins Mill.

Neches will be in District 25-1A, Region 4, in volleyball competing against Apple Springs, Kennard, and Leverett’s Chapel. In basketball, they will be in District 27-1A, Region 4, competing against Apple Springs, Groveton Centerville, Kennard, Laneville, Martinsville, Slocum and Wells.



Feb. 11,  2021


INDIAN FOOTBALL SIGNEE — Frankston Indians senior wide receiver and defensive back Tyler Fridinger (8) has signed a letter of intent to attend Howard Payne University on a football scholarship. Fridinger was a key player on the Bi-district finalist Indians football team, so much so that he was named to the first team defense in District 9-AA honors. Fridinger is shown with his parents, Heidi and Kevin Fridinger during a ceremony Thursday, Feb. 11 at Frankston School attended by coaches, other relatives and friends. Howard Payne University is a private Baptist university in Brownwood, TX which competes in NCAA Division III.— Citizen Photo


Feb. 1,  2021


Son of former FHS athlete to sign

with Texas A&M – Commerce

Peyton Ellis, son of a former Frankston Indians standout athlete, has committed to sign to play football for Texas A&M – Commerce in February.

He is the son of Keith Ellis, who, along with his twin brother Kevin were 1987 graduates of Frankston High School and were standout athletes during their high school years. The father is now boys athletic coordinator at Bullard Middle School. He has been coaching for 30 years, formerly defensive line coach at Whitehouse. 

The 6-6, 300-pound Peyton Ellis played football for the Bullard Panthers and is expected to play offensive tackle for the A&M Commerce Lions. He committed to A&M Commerce on Dec. 4, according to his father.

Young Ellis was recruited by Houston Baptist, SFA, Mary Hardin Baylor, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Howard Payne, and Arkansas Tech.

Peyton’s grandparents were the late Ralph and Paula Ellis of Frankston. Ralph and his late father, Clyde, operated the landmark Ellis Mercantile store on the Frankston town square for many years. His uncles, Kevin and Mike, both chose coaching and education as their professions. Mike was a 1977 graduate of Frankston High School, playing fullback and linebacker on the Class AA regional finalist Indians football team coached by legendary Frankston coach, the late Thomas Cook, himself a FHS graduate, who helped revive Frankston football in the early 1970s.

Peyton’s father and uncle Kevin, were members of an Indians AA quarterfinalist football team and members of a 1986 state runnerup AA baseball team. Keith was named all-state catcher on that team. Kevin is currently an assistant coach at Barbers Hill.

Keith and his wife Suzan have two other children, a daughter Shanna and a son Austin. Shanna is a sophomore and Austin is a freshman at Bullard High School.


Nov. 21, 2020



—  Neches ISD Courtesy Photo

Neches Lady Tigers defeat Blum 3-0

for state 1A volleyball title Nov. 21

The Neches Lady Tigers are coming home with a third straight Class A State Volleyball Championship after defeating Blum 3-0 in the state finals Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Culwell Center in Garland.

The Lady Tigers did what they had done in every playoff match on the way to the finals. They won in three straight sets. This time it was 25-20, 25-19, 25-12.

The Lady Tigers had been seeking a “three-peat” after having won back-to-back state championships in the past two years.

Neches had defeated all teams, AA and A, in District 21-AA, posting an impressive 14-0 record. They proceeded as the top seed in the Class A playoffs, having defeated other Class A teams in the district, and never lost a set as they progressed 3-0 through matches with Burkeville, Chester, Avery, Cumby Miller Grove and D’hanis, according to Head Coach Jenna Jenkins.

The coach recalled that Neches drew a bye in the first round, but in Area competition they swept Burkeville in all three sets 25-6, 25-8, 25-10. In the Regional Quarterfinals, it was 25-7, 25-7, 25-5 against Chester. Then in the Regional Semifinals they won over Avery 25-10, 25-7, 25-10. They defeated Cumby Miller Grove 25-16, 25-11, 25-16 in the Regional Finals and earned a trip to the finals defeating D’hanis 25-13, 25-6, 25-11 in the State Semifinals.

“This has been an amazing season,” Coach Jenkins said. “These girls came into the first day of two-a-days with one goal in mind, to win a third consecutive state championship, and they worked hard and made it happen. They are wonderful athletes and great people, and it has been an absolute blessing to be their coach this season.”

The coach said the Lady Tigers will lose six talented seniors and will be working hard to rebuild next season.

Seniors are 5-6 Emily Hill, 5-3 Nayeli Quistian, 5-10 Lexi Rogers, 5-10 Kacie Kimbrough, 5-8 Riley Catchot and 5-7 Raegan Hill.

“Don’t count us out, though,” Coach Jenkins predicted. “We will look a lot different in November than we do in August next year.”

The coach sees potential in returning players, including dominant 5-11 junior outside hitter Kourtney Mannix and defensive specialist junior Mallory Main who will transition smoothly into the libero position. Sophomore 5-9 right side Emily Docteur, a hard hitter, will slide over to fill an outside or middle hitter position; sophomore Kingsley Gordon will step in as a full-time defensive specialist and possibly help out with setting, Coach Jenkins said. Also returning will be freshman defensive specialist Jessi Sumpter and freshman outside hitter Juliana Carrizales, she said.

Assisting Head Coach Jenkins is Trent Cook. Kendall Tidwell is manager.


Oct. 29, 2020


— Courtesy Photo

Maidens play Normangee tough

early but fall in AA bi-district

The Frankston Maidens made it tough on Normangee for the first two sets Thursday night, Oct. 29 but came up short in the Class AA bi-district round of the state playoffs 3-0.

The Maidens had to be disappointed that they could not advance further in the playoffs, but they had much for which to be proud after an 11-3 season in District 21-AA and first place among AA teams in the district.

The team will be looking forward to district honors later.

Against Normangee, the Maidens stayed tough in the first and second sets before losing 20-25 and 23-25. In the third set, Normangee pulled away for a 13-25 win to clinch the victory.

It was the final volleyball game for five seniors whose spirited leadership helped in the winning season. They are Melany Pizano, Whitney Jordan, Emily Bizzell,  Abbie Ramsey and Eryn Pryor.

Coach Lisa Hokit expressed her feelings about her team: “I am so proud of the work the girls put in this season. They accomplished so much and even though the season ended earlier than we wanted, it was still successful. The seniors will be missed. They have set the bar for future Maiden volleyball teams.

Among individual leaders for the Maidens, Eryn Pryor had two aces. Emily Bizzell had 7 kills, Abbie Ramsey and Haidyn Hokit 5 each, Tia Billingsley 3, Maggie Caveness  and Gracie Roark 2 kills and a block each. Hokit had 11 assists and Ramsey 9. Melany Pizano had 9 digs, Ramsey and Brianna Looney 8 each, Billingsley 7, Hokit 4, Emily Bizzell 3 and Bandy Bizzell 2.

The 2020 Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team has won first place over AA teams in District 21-AA  and went to the first round of the state Class AA playoffs against District 22-AA fourth place team, Normangee.


Oct. 28, 2020


Four FHS Cross Country runners

qualify for Regional on Nov. 10

Four Frankston High School runners will be advancing to Regionals in Huntsville on Nov. 10 after qualifying at the district 19-AA Cross Country meet at LaPoynor School Wednesday, Oct. 28, according to Coach Christi Coker.

Going to Huntsville for FHS will be Govani Martinez, who finished second with a time of 18:09; Logan Ratliff, who was ninth with a time of 19:58; Abigail Fletcher who was fifth with a time of 14:12; and Kaylee Davis, sixth with a time of 14:14.

Ramerio Hernandez rounded out the FHS boys team, finishing 15th with a time of 22:25. Others on the FHS girls team were Julianna Gould, 24th with a 16:38 time and Kennedi Musselman, 28th with 18:27.

Three Frankston Middle School students finished in the Top 10 and the middle school girls team finished second in district to Cayuga. Among the Top 10 finishers was Bailey Ball, who was District Champion with a first place time of 13:52. Others in the Top 10 were Rachel Fletcher who finished third with a time of 14.29 and Dylan Brotherton, ninth with a 13:55 time.

On the second place girls middle school team were Ball, Rachel Fletcher, Kasie Nabors, Lauren Shults, Wila Davis, Kylie Morton, Ella Dowling, Haley Bragg and Katelyn Abbott.

Middle school boys team members were Brotherton, Christian Serrato, Davis Holiday, Jhayro Armas and Joel Armas.

District 19-AA teams include Frankston, Cayuga, Kerens, LaPoynor, Cross Roads and Martins Mill.


Oct. 24, 2020


Maidens defeat Trinidad in finale

of district volleyball competition

The Frankston Maidens ended their volleyball regular season with a 3-0 victory Saturday, Oct. 24 over the Trinidad Lady Trojans in second place in District 21-AA and with a  first seed in the Class AA state playoffs.

The Maidens played the fourth place team from District 22, Normangee, on Thursday, Oct. 29 in Elkhart at 6 p.m. in the first round of the AA playoffs.

The Maidens posted a 11-3 record against both AA and A teams and with an 7-1 record against AA teams to lead in that class.

Against Trinidad the Maidens took the first set 25-10, fought off a persistent Trinidad team in the second set 25-15 and secured their win of the match in the third set with a 25-12 score.

Individual leaders among the Maidens were Haidyn Hokit with 12 aces, Whitney Jordan 5 and Abbie Ramsey 2. Gracie Roark had 5 kills and 2 blocks, Ramsey, Hokit and Eryn Pryor 4 kills each, Bandy Bizzell, Tia Billingsley and Maggie Caveness 3 each, and Emily Bizzell 2 and 1 block. Ramsey had 11 assists, Hokit 8 and Emily Bizzell 2. Ramsey had 15 digs, Melany Pizano 7, Bandy Bizzell, and Brianna Looney 4 each, and Billingsley and Hokit 2 each. 


Nov. 12, 2020


Indians fall to top-rated Timpson

in AA bi-district contest Nov. 12

The Frankston Indians football team made it to the playoffs in 2020 for the first time in almost a decade but drew one of the top Class AA teams in the state as an opponent.

The result might have been predictable, but not inevitable. Nevertheless the Timpson Bears displayed their credentials in a 66-7 bi-district victory over the Indians.

The Indians may have fared better had they faced a different District 10-AA opponent, since other teams in 9-AA had better results against their playoff opponents. However, those weren’t the cards that were dealt, based on a fourth place finish in final district results.

Junior Cael Bruno was forced into playoff action at quarterback when veteran senior signal-caller Brink Bizzell was sidelined due to an injury. That had a double impact. Bruno had been a favorite and leading receiver for Bizzell and the injured senior had led his team in rushing during the season.

Nevertheless, Bruno asserted himself early for the Indians as he ran for five yards and a touchdown early in the game to give the Tribe a 7-0 lead before talented Timpson could get on the scoreboard. Clayton Merritt booted the PAT with about eight minutes left in the quarter.

The Indian offense, led by Bruno, and effective running by junior running back  K.J. Hawkins, helped the Indians control the ball, and their defense held off the explosive Bears, at least for awhile.

Timpson came back to even the score at 7-7 and went ahead as the quarter ended 14-7.

Even in much of the second quarter, the Indians held the vaunted Bears to only 10 points, first on a touchdown and extra point to go ahead 21-7 with about a minute to go in the half and finally with a field goal to lead 24-7 near halftime.

Unfortunately for the Indians, Timpson stepped up their game in the second half, scoring 28 unanswered points in the third quarter and securing their winning score in the fourth with touchdowns with almost eight minutes to go and about two minutes left for 14 more points.

In the meantime the Indian offense struggled, and two turnovers did not help their cause.

There had to be disappointment among Indian players and fans, but, after all, the Tribe had returned to the playoffs after a significant hiatus and had shown signs of proficiency during the season which could have given them a better record had a few things been different.

Coach Paul Gould shared the disappointment but was optimistic about the future.

“We’ve come a long way, getting to the playoffs and being competitive in every game,” the coach said. However, he observed that the Indians still have a way to go in getting where the team wants to be.

However, he thinks “we’re getting there”.

Coach Gould said it is promising that most of the line will be back next year and there are some good prospects ready to fill the vacated spots.

He said he is hoping for a  better off-season next year, than the one plagued by COVID impediments. Despite the impediments, he thinks the team was fortunate not to lose any players or playing time to infection or quarantine by the virus.

Now, the Indians can concentrate on basketball and hope their good fortune with the virus carries over on the court at the Frankston gym.


Nov. 6, 2020


Indians shocked early by Beckville

49-21 in final regular season test

The Frankston Indians were shocked by two quick Beckville touchdowns in the first quarter Friday night, Nov. 6, trailed 35-7 at halftime and were not able to overcome that first half deficit, falling 49-21 to District 9-AA runner-up Beckville 49-21 at Austin Stadium.

It was the regular season finale for both teams, both bound for the Class AA, Division I playoffs, Beckville as second seed and the Indians fourth seed.

As fourth seed, the Indians will be matched in bi-district with District 10-AA first seed Timpson (10-0), a team they met in non-district play and lost 68-24. That game is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Henderson. Frankston has been designated as the visiting team.

Things went awry on the opening kickoff for the Indians as they were unable to recover an onside  kick by Beckville.

Even at that, the Indians were able to hold off Beckville for much of the first quarter. However, the Bearcats were to shock the Indians with a 15-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left in the quarter. If that was not bad enough, an Indian fumble, deep in their own territory, was turned into a quick touchdown by the Bearcats with only 18 seconds left. The PAT kick gave Beckville a 13-0 lead.

Beckville took advantage of their momentum early in the second quarter on a 70-yard run for another touchdown. A successful two point conversion made the score 21-0 with 10:14 to go in the half.

On a following Indian possession, Beckville forced a Tribe punt, but the low trajectory kick struck a Bearcat and the Indians recovered in great field position. Moments later FHS quarterback Brink Bizzell kept the football and raced 20 yards for a score. Clayton Merritt booted the PAT to give the Indians their first TD and narrow the Bearcat lead to 21-7.

The Indians’ hopes for a quick comeback were dashed by Beckville as they scored first with 3:39 to go in the half on a 40-yard run, kicked the PAT and increased their lead to 28-7,

Late in the quarter, Beckville scored again to increase their lead to 35-7 at halftime after a successful PAT kick.

A 15-yard TD pass play and PAT by the Bearcats further increased the Beckville lead to 42-7 with 8:27 left in the third quarter.

A seemingly aroused Tribe came back with 5:41 left as quarterback Bizzell ran for two yards and a score. Merritt’s PAT kick was good and the score was now 42-14.

With only four seconds gone on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Indians used the tough running of junior running back KJ. Hawkins to score from three yards out. Merritt’s PAT kick was good and the score was narrowed to 42-21.

However, Beckville was to score once more with 6:20 left in the game. The PAT kick was good and the Bearcats had their winning score 49-21.

The Indians had one more good drive and were down to the Bearcat 10 when a fumble, recovered by Beckville, ended their last try for a comeback.

After their win on Oct. 30 over Linden-Kildare, the Indians were assured of a fourth place finish and fourth seed in the Class AA, Division I playoffs, even if they lost to Beckville. However, at that time, Coach Paul Gould was not ready to write off Beckville as a loss. He pointed out some additional scenarios, potentially more favorable for the Indians in the playoffs.

After all, a win over Beckville coupled with a possible loss by Carlisle to Linden-Kildare could result in matchups with teams in 10-AA, potentially less challenging than the known quality of undefeated Timpson, 10-AA first seed and a team which had defeated the Indians in the season opener 68-24.

Those scenarios did not develop, however, as Carlisle defeated Linden-Kildare  42-12 and the Indians fell to Beckville.

Despite the challenging matchup with Timpson, Coach Gould is not ready to assume a defeat by Timpson. The Indians’ performances against most teams, since that earlier loss to Timpson, have significantly improved, notably barely missing a win over undefeated Hawkins, 9-AA  first seed in the playoffs.


Oct. 30, 2020


Indians seeking spot in Class AA playoffs

with 40-34 win over Linden-Kildare 

The Frankston Indians took one more step toward assuring a Class AA playoff spot Friday night, Oct. 30 with an impressive 40-34 victory over the Linden-Kildare Tigers.

The Indians impressed with 483 yards rushing and 153 yards passing during the contest.

Frankston scoring began as senior quarterback Brink Bizzell kept the football to run for a touchdown and later passed to Clayton Merritt for another score. Along the way Merritt booted an extra point,

The Tigers scored a touchdown  of their own and a two-point conversion.

At the end of the first quarter it was 13-8, Frankston.

The Indian scoring continued in the second quarter as Bizzell handed off to junior running back K.J. Hawkins who ran for a score and found junior Cael Bruno with a TD pass. Merritt kicked true twice.

Linden-Kildare scored a couple of times themselves to make the score 27-20 going into the locker room at halftime with the Indians on top.

The Tigers were to take a brief lead over the Indians early in the second half, going ahead 28-27. However Indian quarterback Bizzell answered with an 18-yard scoring pass to Tyler Fridinger to regain the lead 34-28 with Merritt booting the PAT.

Scoring in the fourth quarter was limited but Indian running back Hawkins padded the Indian lead with a TD run to put the Tribe ahead 40-28.

The Tigers were not finished scoring, however, as they put together a late drive to narrow the Indian victory to 40-34.

The Indian offense had a big night, led by K.J. Hawkins’ 267 yards rushing on 26 carries and two touchdowns. Quarterback Bizzell added to the rushing total with 207 yards on 13 carries and a TD.

Bizzell added to his total offense with 153 yards passing and three touchdowns. He completed 10 of 14 passing attempts and had only one interception.

Cael Bruno led receivers with four catches for 92 yards. Clayton Merritt caught two passes for 21 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Fridinger caught an 18-yard pass for a score. Kody Loebig caught two passes totaling 12 yards and K.J Hawkins caught one for 10 yards.

The Indians, now tied with Carlisle at 3-2 in district action, will close out their regular season Friday night, Nov. 6 against a formidable Beckville team which occupies second place at 4-1 in the district standings. They defeated Big Sandy 59-0 on Friday night. Their only loss came at the hands of district leader Hawkins who the Indians led until six seconds left in the game.


Oct. 23, 2020


Indians take key victory 45-34

over Union Grove on Oct. 23

The Frankston Indians set the tone for what was to come Friday night, Oct. 23 when they returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

They went on to defeat the Gladewater Union Grove Lions 45-34 in a key District 9-AA football contest at Austin Stadium in Frankston.

The Indians needed the win to have a chance at finishing as fourth seed in the Class AA playoffs. Their win evened their district record at 2-2, dropping the Lions to 1-3 in district.

The touchdown on the opening kickoff thrilled Indian fans and surprised the Lion faithful, not to speak of the Lions themselves. Junior Clayton Merritt gathered in the kickoff, found a lane on his right and raced down the sidelines some 70 yards to paydirt. The junior place kicker then booted the extra point to give the Indians a 7-0 lead with only 12 ticks gone on the scoreboard clock.

The Indians were to pad their lead with 4:51 left in the quarter as junior running back K.J. Hawkins burst through the Lion defense from five yards out to score. The PAT try failed but the Tribe held an early 13-0 lead.

Union Grove was able to come back  to score their first touchdown and convert on a two-point try to narrow the lead  to 13-8.

Frankston increased their lead late in the first half as Brink Bizzell found Cael Bruno at the goal line with a scoring pass to give the Indians a 19-8 lead at halftime.

Both teams made things more interesting for those who liked more scoring in the second half.

In the third quarter, Hawkins recovered a Union Grove fumble and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown. A try for two points failed, but the Indians now led 25-8.

The Indians were to increase their lead to 31-8 as Kody Loebig scored on a 34-yard pass from quarterback Brink Bizzell to make the score 31-8.

Union Grove was to come back with two scores of their own, narrowing the Tribe lead to 31-20.

However, the Indians had their answer as Bizzell launched an aerial to junior Cael Bruno that covered 32 yards and increased the FHS lead to 37-20.

Union Grove answered with a touchdown to make the score 37-28, but Hawkins scored for the Indians and the two-point conversion try was successful to make the score 45-28.

Union Grove was to score one more time before contest ended, but the Indians had secured their 45-34 victory.

Coach Paul Gould said Bruno, Loebig and Hawkins excelled on offense and he praised the defensive line play of senior Juan Perez and junior Alex Oxford.

The Indian coach was glad to get the win and gave his team much credit for their effort.

Frankston now faces a challenge as they journey to meet the Linden-Kildare Tigers at 7:30 p.m. at Jack Hetherington Tiger Stadium. The Tigers defeated Big Sandy 52-0 in their Friday night contest.

Coach Gould said the Indians must stop an effective Tiger running game launched from a slot-T formation. He said the Tigers are big and have a couple of good running backs.

Defensively, they will try to stop the Indian offense with a split 6 defense.


Oct. 20, 2020


Maidens defeat Cross Roads 3-0

to solidify AA lead in district 

The Frankston Maidens solidified their dominance among Class AA volleyball teams in District 21-AA Tuesday, Oct. 20 with a 3-0 win over Cross Roads.

The Maidens started out the match with a strong 25-15 win. The second set was not as easy but they took that one 25-20. In the third set, they duplicated their first set margin by winning 25-15.

The Frankston girls increased their record over their AA counterparts in the district to 7-1 in their quest for a first seed in the AA playoffs. However, they need a win against Class A Trinidad to put the finishing touches on an impressive season. The Maidens are now 10-3 in overall district play.

Among individual leaders for the Maidens Haidyn Hokit had 9 aces, and Abbie Ramsey, Whitney Jordan and Maggie Caveness 3 each. Emily Bizzell had 7 kills, Ramsey 6, Tia Billingsley 5, Eryn Pryor and Gracie Roark 3 each and Bandy Bizzell, Hokit and Caveness 2 each. Ramsey had 13 assists and Hokit 11. Ramsey and Melany Pizano had 8 digs each, Brianna Looney 5, Billingsley 4, Pryor 3, and Hokit, Emily Bizzell, Jordan,  and Caveness 2 each.

District Certification is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27 when playoff seeding  for both AA and A teams in the district will be determined. District honors will be decided at a later time.


Oct. 16, 2020


Last seconds TD by Hawkins spoils

possible victory by Indians, 37-33

There was less than a minute to go in the game and the Frankston Indians had a 33-29 lead over district leading and unbeaten Hawkins.

Unfortunately for the Indians that was too much time left, and Hawkins drove for a touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion with six seconds left in the contest to salvage a 37-33 win on Friday, Oct. 16.

Nevertheless, it was an outstanding effort by the Indians against a formidable opponent and Coach Paul Gould praised his team for their performance which he thought was their best of the season.

The Indians played the Hawks close for the entire game, starting in the first quarter when they bounced back from a 6-0 Hawkins lead to go ahead 7-6. Senior quarterback Brink Bizzell completed a 73-yard pass play to junior wide receiver Clayton Merritt for the score and Merritt booted the PAT.

Hawkins answered later in that period with their own touchdown drive and added two extra points to go back ahead 14-7.

However, in the second quarter, quarterback Bizzell did what he has done often in past games. He kept the football, found an opening and raced 73 yards for a score. Merritt added a successful PAT kick and that tied things up at 14-14.

That was to be the halftime score.

In the third quarter, Bizzell went to one of his favorite receivers, junior Cael Bruno, with a TD pass. After Hawkins blocked the PAT kick attempt, Frankston was back in the lead 20-14.

Again Hawkins answered with a successful drive of their own but their PAT kick was good, allowing them to go ahead 21-20.

In the fourth quarter, Hawkins mounted another successful drive and converted for two extra points to widen their lead to 29-20.

The Indians seemed undaunted by that development as quarterback Bizzell passed to Merritt for a touchdown and Merritt booted a successful PAT, making the Tribe just two points behind 29-27.

On an ensuing Hawkins drive, the Indian defense stopped the Hawks.

With only minutes left on the scoreboard clock, Bizzell found Bruno open and connected with the junior for a touchdown. The Indians tried for a two-point conversion which came up short, but now they had what could be a winning margin 33-29.

Unfortunately for the Indians, the Hawks were about to protect their unbeaten record with a score in the last seconds and a successful two-point conversion for the 37-33 win.

Coach Gould had words of praise for his entire team in the game, but he singled out the defensive play of Merritt, Tyler Fridinger, Bruno and junior lineman Alex Oxford. He also noted that freshman Kaymon Davis had a spectacular interception to help the Indian cause.

The Indians have three more District 9-AA games on their schedule but Gladewater Union Grove comes to Austin Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23 for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Coach Gould said his team must play a game, free of mistakes, if they are to come away as winners against the Union Grove team.

He said UG likes to run the football and they have a good running back and a quarterback who is capable of hurting you with his passing arm.

He said Union Grove’s offense is very similar to the Indians’. Defensively, they have been utilizing a five-man front, he said.

They are coming off a 33-8 win over Big Sandy Friday night, Oct. 16.


Oct. 16, 2020


Kerens comeback foils Maidens

3-2 in battle of Class AA teams 

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team suffered their first loss against Class AA teams in District 21-AA at Kerens Friday, Oct. 16.

The Frankston girls, now 6-1 against AA teams, are hoping they can win out in the two final district games, one a contest against AA Cross Roads. The loss to Kerens results in a 9-3 overall record for the Maidens against both AA and A teams. Prior to the Kerens loss, they had only lost twice to two-time state Class A champion Neches, a team in the district but competing for another appearance in the Class A playoffs.

In the match with Kerens, the Maidens lost a hotly contested first set to the Lady Bobcats 20-25 but they bounced back in the second and third sets with wins of 25-20 and 25-16. They only needed a win in one more set to take the match, but an inspired Kerens comeback in the fourth and fifth sets, 9-25 and 5-15, spoiled the Maidens’ plans. The Maidens had defeated Kerens in the first round with a comeback of their own in the third and deciding set.

Some first set individual statistics were not available. Here are the statistics available: Abbie Ramsey, Haidyn Hokit and Eryn Pryor each had 3 aces and Emily Bizzell 2. Gracie Roark had 7 kills and 6 blocks. Maggie Caveness and Pryor had 4 kills each and Ramsey 3. Tia Billingsley and Brianna  Looney had 2 each. Ramsey had 9 assists and Hokit 8. Looney had 6 digs and Ramsey and Hokit 5 each. Billingsley and Melany Pizano had 3 digs each. 

District Certification is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27 when playoff seeding and other district honors for both AA and A teams in the district will be determined.


Oct. 13, 2020


Maidens defeat Grapeland to go

6-0 against AA teams in 21-AA

The Frankston Maidens remained undefeated Tuesday, Oct 13 against AA teams in District 21-AA as they defeated Grapeland  3-0.

The Maidens are 9-2 overall in the district, 6-0 against AA teams and 3-2 against Class A teams competing in the district. Their only losses in district were to two-time state Class A champion Neches, who are favorites to go to the Class A playoffs again. The Maidens are aiming for a first seed in the Class AA playoffs.

The Maidens got off to a slow start in the first set against Grapeland, falling behind early, but they picked up their game to take a 25-20 win. The second and third sets were dominated by the Maidens as they won 25-14 and 25-13.

Among individual leaders were Eryn Pryor with 3 aces, Abbie Ramsey and Melany Pizano 2 each. Maggie Caveness had 8 kills, Tia Billingsley and Emily Bizzell 5 each, Ramsey, Haidyn Hokit and Gracie Roark 3 each. Roark had 2 blocks. Ramsey had 14 assists and Hokit 13. Ramsey had 12 digs, Pizano 10, Brianna Looney and Pryor 5 each and Billingsley 4.

Prior to the varsity match, the Maiden JV won 2-0 over their Grapeland counterparts, taking the sets 25-14, 25-7.

Next on the Maiden schedule is a trip to Kerens on Friday, Oct. 16 with action scheduled for junior varsity and varsity at 4:30 p.m. Then on Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Maidens will play their final district match against a AA team when they go to Cross Roads. JV and varsity matches begin at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 24, they complete the entire regular season schedule when they host Class A Trinidad at 11 a.m., in a schedule change..


Oct. 10, 2020


Maidens sweep Oakwood 3-0

in match with Class A team

The Frankston Maidens boosted their season record to 8-2 and their mark against Class A teams in the district to 3-2 when they defeated Oakwood 3-0 in a match Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Frankston gym.

The Maidens dominated the first set 25-11 and then scored 25-16 in each of the last two sets to win the match.

Among Maiden individual leaders were Eryn Pryor with 8 aces Whitney Jordan with 4 and Abbie Ramsey 3. Tia Billingsley had 7 kills, Gracie Roark 5 and Haidyn Hokit, Brianna Looney, Maggie Caveness and Emily Bizzell, each with 3. Caveness had two blocks. Ramsey had 14 assists and Hokit 10.  Melany Pizano had 14 digs, Looney 13, Ramsey 7, Billingsley 5 and Emily Bizzell 3.

The Maidens went against a AA team in the district when they hosted Grapeland Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the FHS gym. Then on Friday, Oct. 16, they journey to Kerens for another AA team matchup.


Oct. 9, 2020


Carlisle outscores Frankston 52-42

in District 9-AA offensive contest

The Frankston Indians displayed another offensive show Friday night, Oct. 9 but they could not hold off the explosive Carlisle Indians enough as the Carlisle tribe  took the District 9-AA win 52-42.

As in some of their past games, the Frankston tribe scored first as senior quarterback Brink Bizzell kept the football himself to streak to the end zone. The PAT kick failed but Frankston led 6-0.

Carlisle came back with a vengeance  reeling off 21 points during the remainder of the quarter and taking a 21-6 lead.

Late in the second quarter the Frankston tribe put together a couple of touchdown passes, the first an aerial from quarterback Bizzell to Cael Bruno. Then that duo switched roles with Bruno hurling a TD pass to Bizzell to return the favor. A successful PAT kick by Clayton Merritt on one of the scores narrowed the Carlisle lead to 21-19.

However, Carlisle was able to pad their lead to 24-19 with a last-minute field goal to end the half.

Starting the second half, the Frankston tribe took a 27-24 lead as Bizzell found Kody Loebig for a touchdown pass. This time they added a two-point PAT conversion on a run by Bizzell.

Carlisle was to erase that lead promptly on two straight touchdown drives, retaking a 38-27 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the senior quarterback Bizzell broke loose on another touchdown run. Another successful two point conversion, this one by K.J. Hawkins, narrowed the Carlisle lead to 38-35.

Carlisle came right back in the quarter to score 14 more points and boost their lead to 52-35.

Frankston was to score once more in the quarter as Tyler Fridinger caught a Bizzell aerial  and Merritt successfully kicked the PAT to make the final score 52-42.

Bizzell led Frankston rushers with 13 carries for 148 yards, including two for touchdowns. K.J. Hawkins narrowly missed another 100-yard rushing performance with 11 carries for 98 yards.

Bruno, besides throwing for one TD, had five catches for 77 yards, and a TD. Merritt caught five for 49 yards, Loebig one for 30 and a TD, Fridinger four for 44 and a TD, Hawkins one for 27 and Bizzell one for 36 and a score.

From the quarterback spot, Bizzell completed 13 of 23 for 197 yards and three TDs and was intercepted twice. Bruno’s time at quarterback allowed him to complete 3 for 3 for 60 yards and a 36-yard touchdown.

Coach Paul Gould also noted the defensive play of Fridinger and Merritt.

The Frankston team will be going to Hawkins on Friday, Oct. 16 for their next district test with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

Coach Gould said Hawkins will be a formidable opponent. He said that both their offensive and defensive lines are good and they have two good running backs. Offensively they operate from a basic Wing T with multiple adjustments.

Defensively, he said Hawkins likes to “load up the box” and features pretty solid linebacker play. 


Oct. 6, 2020


Maidens win over AA Cayuga 3-1

in hotly contested match Oct. 6

The Cayuga Lady Wildcats forced the Frankston Maidens into four sets before the Maidens took a 3-1 win Tuesday, Oct. 6 to start the second round of play, undefeated against AA teams in District 21-AA.

The Maidens had their problems against the persistent play of the Lady Wildcats, taking only a 25-20 win in the first set. However, they came back strong in the second set to win 25-15.

Apparently Cayuga was not ready to go home because they came out strong in the third set, forcing the Maidens to come from behind, but not by enough. Cayuga  edged out a win 23-25.

The Maidens seemed to pick up the pace in the final set, moving out to an early lead, but Cayuga was still persisting in the set before the Maidens surged out for a 25-16 win.

Among leaders for the Maidens were Haidyn Hokit with 6 aces, Eryn Pryor 5 and Gracie Roark 4. Pryor and Tia Billingsley had 8 kills each, Gracie Roark 5 kills and 2 blocks, Hokit, Abbie Ramsey and Emily Bizzell 4 kills each, Maggie Caveness 4 kills and 2 blocks, Bandy Bizzell 3 kills and 2 blocks and Brianna Looney 3 kills. Ramsey had 24 assists and Hokit 13. Melany Pizano had 11 digs, Looney and Hokit 10 each, Ramsey 8 and Billingsley 7.

The victory made the Maidens’ record 5-0 against AA teams in the district and 7-2 overall in district play.

Next, the Maidens host Class A Oakwood in a varsity match Saturday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Frankston gym. They had defeated Oakwood in the first round.

Then on Tuesday Oct. 13, the Maidens go back into action against another AA team when they host Grapeland. JV and varsity matches are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., according to the current schedule.


Oct. 2, 2020


Maidens play ‘best match’ yet

but tough Neches prevails 3-0

The Frankston Maidens were playing the two-time state Class A volleyball champions Friday, Oct. 2, but that didn’t seem to bother them, fans observed

The Maidens were judged to have played what may have been their best match of the year, but the formidable Neches team secured the win in three sets.

In the first set, the Lady Tigers prevailed 14-25, but in the second set, the Maidens made it tougher 17-25. Neches showed their championship credentials in the winning set 10-25.

Among Maiden leaders, Abbie Ramsey, Emily Bizzell and Eryn Pryor each served an ace. Gracie Roark had 4 kills and 5 blocks, Tia Billingsley had 3 kills and 1 block and Ramsey had a kill and a block. Ramsey had 5 assists and Haidyn Hokit 4. Billingsley had 7 digs, Ramsey and Melany Pizano 6 each, Pryor and Brianna Looney 5 each and Bandy Bizzell 3.

The loss to Neches made the Maidens overall District 21-AA record 6-2 and a 2-2 record against Class A teams designated in the district. They had defeated Oakwood and Trinidad but lost twice to the talented Neches team.


Sept. 29, 2020


Maidens hand Trinidad 3-0 loss

on Sept. 29 in first round finale

The Frankston Maidens extended their District 21-AA record to 6-1 and their mark against the Class A teams designated in the district to 2-1 Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Trinidad.

The Frankston girls took all three sets in the match, dominating in two of the three 25-14, 25-19 and 25-13.

Among individual leaders for the Maidens were Gracie Roark with 4 aces and Emily Bizzell, Whitney Jordan and Melany Pizano with 3 each. Maggie Caveness had 8 kills, Tia Billingsley 4 and Emily Bizzell 3. Caveness had 4 blocks. Abbie Ramsey  had 10 assists and Haidyn Hokit 4. Ramsey had 9 digs, Pizano 8, Brianna Looney 5 and Roark 3.

The Maidens began the second round of play in the district on Friday, Oct. 2 at Class A Neches. Junior varsity and varsity matches are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.


Sept. 26, 2020


Maidens defeat Cross Roads to end

first round of district  2A tests 4-0

The Frankston Maidens volleyball team increased their record against Class AA teams in District 21-AA Saturday, taking all three sets of a match with Cross Roads on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Maidens have an overall record of 5-1 over teams designated in the district. They are 4-0 against Class AA teams and 1-1 against Class A teams in the district.

The Maidens had defeated Oakwood on Sept. 15 but lost to Neches on Friday, Sept 25, in a rescheduled match. (See separate article HERE )

Against Class AA Cross Roads, the Maidens took all three sets, winning the first set narrowly 25-23, but then more convincingly winning the other two sets 25-14 and 25-19.

The Maidens need to defeat the four other AA teams in the district again in the second round to assure the first seed in AA playoff action.

Among individual leaders, Haidyn Hokit had 5 aces and Abbie Ramsey, Maggie Caveness and Melany Pizano had 2 each. Ramsey had 8 kills, Hokit 6, Caveness 5, and Tia Billingsley 3. Caveness had 2 blocks and Gracie Roark 1. Ramsey had 16 assists, and Hokit 11. Billingsley and Pizano each had 9 digs, Ramsey 8, Hokit 6 and Eryn Pryor 5.

On Tuesday, Sept. 29 the Maidens journey to Trinidad to finish out the first round against Class A teams. The varsity match is scheduled for 5 p.m..

They begin the second round of play in the district on Friday, Oct. 2 at Class A Neches. Junior varsity and varsity matches are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

They are scheduled to begin the second round against Class AA teams in the district on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Frankston. JV and varsity matches are set to begin at 5 p.m., according to the current schedule.


Sept. 25, 2020


State Class A Champion Neches hands

Maidens first loss in district play, 3-0

The Frankston Maidens suffered their first District 21-AA loss Friday, Sept. 25 as defending Class A state champion Neches took all three sets in volleyball action at the Frankston High School gym.

Neches defeated the Maidens 9-25, 12-25, 15-25 to take the match.

Among individual leaders for the Maidens, Whitney Jordan and Gracie Roark had 2 aces. Tia Billingsley had 4 kills and Maggie Caveness and Roark had 2 each. Roark and Emily Bizzell each had 1 block. Haidyn Hokit had 6 assists and Abbie Ramsey 5. Hokit and Melany Pizano had 4 digs each and Ramsey, Billingsley and Brianna Looney had 2 each.

The formidable Neches team is coming off two straight State Class A Volleyball championships and is looking to get into the Class A playoffs again this year with an eye to another state crown.

The Maidens had been 4-0 against District 21-AA teams before the Neches match and had defeated the Class A Oakwood team in their earlier meeting on Sept. 15. The loss to Neches made the Maidens 1-1 so far against Class A teams designated as a part of the district.

According to University Interscholastic League plans, the three Class A teams in the district — Neches, Oakwood and Trinidad — will be candidates for selection as winner, runner-up and third place for the Class A playoffs later this year, depending on their respective records at the end of regular season play.

The five Class AA teams in the district — Frankston, Cayuga, Grapeland, Kerens and Cross Roads — would be candidates for the Class AA playoffs, as winner, runner-up, third place and fourth place entries, depending on their respective records at regular season end.

The Maidens were scheduled to play Class AA Cross Roads in a match on Saturday, Sept. 26.


Sept. 22, 2020


Maidens’ third set comeback seals

Kerens fate for fourth district win

The Frankston Maidens varsity Tuesday night, Sept. 22, dominated play against Kerens in the first two sets and went on to win a hotly contested  third set to raise their district record to 4-0 in volleyball action at the Frankston High School gym.

The Maidens scored a decisive win 25-12 in the opening set and 25-16 in the second. However, in the third and possibly decisive set, they fell behind early and had to stage a determined comeback, finally knotting the score at 22-22. Kerens was to win one more point while the Maidens were scoring three to win the set 25-23 and the match.

It was a fitting end to the celebration of Senior Night observed between junior varsity and varsity matches. Seniors honored were Melany Pizano, Whitney Jordan, Emily Bizzell, Abbie Ramsey and Eryn Pryor.

Among individual leaders, Whitney Jordan had 8 aces, Ramsey 3 and Maggie Caveness and Pryor had 2 each. Gracie Roark had 5 kills and a block. Pryor and  Ramsey each had 4 kills and Caveness had 3. Haidlyn Hokit had 11 assists and Ramsey 8. Pizano had 7 digs, Brianna Looney 6 and Ramsey and Tia Billingsley had 4 each.


Sept. 19, 2020


Maidens defeat Grapeland Sept. 19, 

post 3-0 record in district volleyball

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team increased their district record to 3-0 Saturday Sept. 19, taking three sets of four in their match at Grapeland, according to a report from Coach Lisa Hokit.

The Maidens won the first set 25-12 before being edged in the second set 22-25. They then took the third set 25-16 and edged the Lady Sandies 25-23 in the final and winning set.

Among leaders, Abbie Ramsey had 7 aces, Haidyn Hokit 4, and Maggie Caveness, Eryn Pryor and Gracie Roark 3 each. Ramsey had 9 kills, Caveness 6 and Tia Billingsley and Pryor 4 each. Emily Bizzell had 3 blocks and Ramsey 2. Hokit had 13 assists and Ramsey 12. Melany Pizano had 18 digs, Ramsey 16, Brianna Looney 11,  Billingsley 8 and Hokit 5.

Next  the Maidens will return to the familiar confines of the FHS gym to host the Kerens Lady Bobcats on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Junior varsity and varsity action begins at 5 p.m., according to the schedule.


Sept. 18, 2020


Indians, Paris Chisum stage offensive

show in Homecoming game Sept. 18

The Frankston Indians football team put on an exciting offensive show but lost to a talented Paris Chisum team 75-60 Friday night, Sept. 18 in their Homecoming game in Austin Stadium.

The two teams were tied at 14-14 after a quarter of play, but Chisum forged ahead to a 35-27 lead at halftime.  The Tribe outscored the Mustangs 21-13 in the third quarter, knotting the score at 48-48 but Chisum came back strong in the fourth period to outscore the Indians 27-12.

Fans might have expected things to be exciting when both teams answered the other in scoring almost every time they had the football in opening play.

Frankston scored first, going down the field and climaxing the drive with a stunning ramble by junior running back K.J. Hawkins who burst through the Mustang defense for a score with 9:18 left in the first quarter. Clayton Merritt’s PAT kick was good and the Indians led 7-0.

Chisum answered with a score of their own but missed the PAT try and the Tribe held on to a 7-6 lead.

With only about two minutes left in the quarter, senior quarterback Brink Bizzell kept the football himself and sped through the Chisum defense for a TD run of more than 50 yards. Merritt’s PAT kick gave the Indians a 14-6 lead.

Chisum was not to be denied, however, as they moved the ball downfield to score with 33 seconds left. They went for two points after the TD and knotted things at 14-14.

The Mustangs scored early in the second quarter and kicked their extra point to take the lead 21-14.

But the Indians had an answer, and that was running back Hawkins who broke free to score with 9:55 left in the half. Merritt’s kick was true again and the score was tied 21-21.

Back came Chisum with two more scores to go ahead 35-21.

However, the Indians’ first half scoring was not finished as Bizzell handed off to senior Cody Dickerson who threaded his way into the end zone for a score. The PAT try was unsuccessful, after a penalty, and Chisum had secured a 35-27 lead at halftime.

That could have been the score of a complete game some weeks, but there was more to come in the second half, leading to the 75-60 final score.

In the second half, Bizzell ran for three more TDs and passed for 180 yards total, including one second half throw for a TD to Cael Bruno. Bruno, from the quarterback position, passed for 22 yards to Kody Loebig and a TD.

Bizzell had 198 yards rushing on 12 carries. Adding to the Indian rushing total was K.J. Hawkins with 18 carries for 159 yards, including the two first half TDs. 

Junior Clayton Merritt kicked four PATs on six tries during the game.

As an offensive team, the Indians had 472 yards rushing and 202 passing. Leading receiver was Bruno with three catches for 158 yards.

The Indians had been scheduled to play at Big Sandy on Friday, Sept. 25, but that schedule has changed. Instead the Indians  were expected to travel to Cumby for a non-district game with the Trojans, starting at 7:30 p.m. However, that game was canceled, reportedly around midweek and no replacement was obtained.

Unless the schedule changes again, the Indians have a bye on Oct. 2 and meet Carlisle at Austin Stadium Oct. 9.


Sept. 15, 2020


Maidens defeat Oakwood to go

2-0 in district volleyball play

Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team upped their district record to 2-0 Tuesday, Sept. 15 taking  three sets in their match at Oakwood, according to a report from Coach Lisa Hokit.

The Maidens won 25-12, 25-17, 25-15 in the match.

Abbie Ramsey had 7 aces and Haidyn Hokit 3. Tia Billingsley had 7 kills, Maggie Caveness 6 and Hokit and Ramsey 5 each. Ramsey had. 12 digs, Brianna Looney 8, Melany Pizano 6 and Billingsley and Hokit 5 each. Ramsey had 12 assists and Hokit 8.

 Next they journeyed to Grapeland Saturday, Sept. 19 for junior varsity and varsity matches beginning at 10 a.m.


Sept. 11, 2020


Maidens win first district match

26-24, 25-19, 25-15 at Cayuga

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team got off to a good start in district play against Cayuga Friday, Sept. 11 to win their match in three sets.

After Cayuga gave the Maidens a close game in the first set the Frankston girls came away with a 26-24 win. In the second set, the Maidens won 25-19. In the final set, the Maidens won 25-15.

Abbie Ramsey had 6 service aces, Haidyn Hokit and Gracie Roark 4 each and Eryn Pryor 3. Tia Billingsley had 8 kills, Ramsey 6, Hokit 4 and Pryor 3. Ramsey and Hokit had 6 digs each, Billingsley 4 and Brianna Looney 3. Ramsey and Hokit had 11 assists each.

The Maidens varsity went to Oakwood for their second district game and then to Grapeland on Saturday, Sept.19.


Sept. 11, 2020


Indian defense keeps score close

but early errors foil Tribe 28-15

The Frankston Indians’ defense played an outstanding game but Class AAA, Divison I Huntington took advantage of untimely Tribe mistakes to take a 28-15 win at Huntington Friday night, Sept. 11.

The Indians were able to hold the talented Huntington team to an 8-8 deadlock in the first half with the only Huntington scores coming from early errors by the Tribe, Coach Paul Gould said.

On the Indians’ first possession, the Tribe was driving inside Huntington territory at about the 40 yard line when an Indian pass was intercepted by Huntington and returned for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

Then on the next possession, the Indians were deep in their own territory when the snap of the ball went awry, forcing the Tribe to recover the football in their own end zone for a safety and two points for HHS. That made the score 8-0.

The Indians evened things up in the second quarter as senior quarterback Brink Bizzell ran the ball in to score from about 15 yards out and then ran for two extra points. That made it 8-8 going into halftime.

The score was to remain tight until late in the third quarter when Huntington scored on about a 30-yard run to take a 15-8 lead, after kicking the PAT.

In the fourth period, Huntington was forced to kick a field goal to boost the score to 18-8.

The Indians answered with a 60-yard pass from Bizzell to junior Cael Bruno and junior Clayton Merritt booted the PAT to narrow the score to 18-15.

Huntington then scored on a one-yard run and added an extra point to make it 25-15.

Late in the final quarter, Huntington padded their lead with a field goal to end things with a 28-15 victory.

Coach Gould had much praise for the Indian defense led by linebackers Cody Dickerson, Justin Birch and Bruno. He also praised defensive backs Merritt and Tyler Fridinger. Fridinger had an interception, he said.

The Indian head coach said the Tribe had a chance to win if they could have eliminated the mistakes.

This coming week the coaches and team will be trying to correct the errors and prepare the Tribe for the Homecoming Game, Friday, Sept. 18 against Paris Chisum, a Class AAA, Division 2 team, a change from the previous schedule.

Coach Gould said the new opponent is expected to run their offense from the Wing T formation and will feature an even front on defense. He said Chisum is “big and physical up front”.


Sept. 4, 2020


Indians handle Winona Wildcats

19-13 in second season outing 

The Frankston Indians  bounced back Friday night, Sept. 4 with a 19-13 win over the Winona Wildcats in their second non-district football road game of the infant season.

The Indians used the passing of senior quarterback Brink Bizzell to receivers K.J. Hawkins and Cael Bruno to score three touchdowns which proved enough to reinforce a stellar defensive performance by the Indians, holding the Wildcats to only two TDs.

Ironically it was almost a repeat of the margin of victory the Indians had posted a year before against Winona when they won 17-13 at Homecoming.

The Indians’ first score came in the initial quarter when Bizzell found junior running back K.J. Hawkins with a 20-yard touchdown pass. Hawkins caught another Bizzell aerial in the second quarter, also from 20 yards out.

The Tribe put the icing on the cake in the third quarter as Bizzell found junior Cael Bruno open and connected with another 20-yard pass and the third tally.

Along the way, Hawkins booted an extra point to round out the winning points.

The impressive defensive effort by the Tribe was led by senior safety Tyler Fridinger, sophomore linebacker Jared Cook and senior defensive lineman Juan Perez, according to Head Coach Paul Gould.

The Indian coach was pleased with the effort of his team in this second appearance of the season, noting their great effort and improved performance from a week ago. He said Winona did pretty much what the Indian coaches and team had expected from their past performance so the Indians were prepared.

Frankston is now 1-1 for the season as they continue non-district play.

The 9-AA Indians will be going up against a formidable foe next Friday when they journey to Huntington to face a Class AAA, Division I team, coming down from Class 4-A which scored an unexpected victory over Shelbyville this week, Coach Gould said.

He said Huntington has good size and depth and mounts a spread offense featuring an outstanding quarterback who likes to throw the football a lot and a defense which loads up with a five-man front to stop opponents.

Coach Gould said his Indians will have to play an outstanding game to win.

The coach said the Indian junior varsity played Winona JV at Austin Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 3 and came away with a 12-6 loss. Scoring the only touchdown for the Tribe JV was freshman Ryan Harper with a 35-yard run. 


Sept. 4, 2020


Maidens down Westwood in final

non-district match on Sept. 4

The Frankston Maidens won over Palestine Westwood on Friday, Sept. 4 in the final non-district match of the season.

The Maidens won the first set 25-15 went on to win two more straight 25-12 and 25-18 to take the match.

The win came after a loss to Canton in three straight sets on Sept. 1, according to Coach Lisa Hokit.

The Maidens will enter district play on Friday, Sept. 11 going to Cayuga. On Sept. 15 they are scheduled to play at Oakwood. They will be back home to host Kerens on Sept. 22 after going to Grapeland on Sept. 19.


Aug. 28, 2020


Indians play close early but fall

to talented Timpson team 68-24

The Frankston Indians traveled into deep East Texas Friday night, Aug. 28 in their season opener with a traditionally tough Timpson football team and came away with a disappointing 68-24 loss.

The Indians, returning seven players on offense and six on defense, kept things close early in the first half and into the second quarter but Timpson unleashed a talented running game which turned a 6-6 first quarter tie into a 25-6 advantage going into the dressing room at halftime.

The Tribe managed to narrow the gap with three more touchdowns in the second half but Timpson broke on several long runs to amass 19 points late in the second quarter and 43 points in a big third quarter.

The Indians were led by a three-touchdown performance by senior quarterback Brink Bizzell (2), returning from last year. Bizzell scored on runs of 17, 34 and 17 yards. The  other touchdown was scored by freshman running back Kaymon Davis on a 7-yard run, ac-cording to preliminary statis-tics provided by Coach Paul Gould. More detailed statistics will follow later.

On defense, Coach Gould cited the performance of junior linebacker Justin Birch and senior linebacker Landon Bailey. He also praised the effort of the Indians overall.

The head coach said the two teams matched up pretty well on size but Timpson probably had a little more speed than the Indians. Both teams relied mostly on the run and their quarterbacks operating out of spread formations to fuel their offenses, he said.

Coach Gould said the coaches and team have high expectations for the season ahead and are working hard to improve their performance and conditioning, the latter limited by precautions sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. He said the game itself showed no signs of effects but team precautions off the field were emphasized.

The Indians will go on the road again next week, taking on the Winona Wildcats in another non-district game. Coach Gould said Winona’s offense relies mostly on the run and uses a 4-3 defense, much like they did in last fall’s FHS Homecoming game when the Indians won 17-13.

The Tribe goes to Huntington on Sept. 11 before coming back to Austin Stadium for the Homecoming contest with Queen City on Sept. 18.

They will be entering District 9-AA play against Big Sandy, Carlisle, Hawkins, Union Grove, Linden-Kildare and Beckville. The head coach said Carlisle is expected to be the team to beat for district honors.


Aug. 25, 2020


Maidens fall to tough Eustace

in volleyball action Aug. 25

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team played a tough Eustace team close in two games or sets but fell 3-1 in a non-district match Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the Frankston High School gym.

The Maidens will now enjoy a bye on Friday, Aug. 28 while preparing to go to Canton and Palestine Westwood next week to close out non-district play.

In the first game or set against Eustace, the Maidens lost a heart-stopper 22-25 and lost 14-25 in the second. The Maidens bounced back to win a close one in the third, 25-23 but couldn’t hold off the Lady Bulldogs in the fourth 17-25, despite a strong effort to force a fifth round and hopefully successful comeback.

Coach Lisa Hokit cited players senior Whitney Jordan who served four aces and senior Eryn Pryor and junior Gracie Roark who led with five kills. Also senior Abbie Ramsey had 16 assists and senior Emily Bizzell and junior Maggie Caveness had one block each. On the  defensive side, senior Melany Pizano and junior Tia Billingsley each had 17 digs.


Aug. 21, 2020


Maiden varsity volleyball team

edged by Athens on Aug. 21

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team won two of five games in a match with the Athens Lady Hornets but Athens won in the second, third and fifth games to take the win Friday, Aug. 21 in action at the Frankston High School gym.

Frankston won the first game 25-15 but Athens took the second 16-25 and squeaked out a win in the third 24-26. The Maidens came back 25-18 in the fourth game but Athens took the match with a 9-15 performance in the fifth.

Coach Lisa Hokit said seniors Whitney Jordan and Emily Bizzell led at the service line; senior Abbie Ramsey led in assists, and senior Melany Pizano dominated the defensive end in digs.

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