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Sept. 23, 2022

Early Indians lead, timely late

defensive stand down Harleton

The Frankston Indians took control of the first quarter quickly, offensively and defensively, Friday night, Sept. 23 to score two quick touchdowns, but it was a goal line stand with less than two minutes to go that secured a 16-12 win over Harleton in the Tribe’s district opener at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium.

It looked like it might be a big night for the Indians early in the game, as the Tribe defense did its thing and held Harleton to negative yardage on the Wildcats opening possession.

After Harleton punted, the Indians took over at their own 18 and on the first play, sophomore quarterback Reese Hicks found senior wide receiver Kody Loebig open for a 16-yard pass completion for a first down at the Tribe 34. Sophomore Tyler Rogers followed with a big run into Wildcat territory. Hicks took to the air again, this time finding freshman wide receiver A. J. Donnell for a gain to the Wildcat 26. Rogers followed with a run to about the 15 and then capped the drive with a touchdown run with 8:36 left in the quarter. Coleman Merritt booted the PAT and the Indians led 7-0.

The Indians were to score again quickly after the defense forced another Harleton punt and the Indians took over at the Wildcats 38.

Hicks started that drive with a 21-yard run and followed with an 8-yard scamper to the Wildcat 9. Two plays later, Rogers scored with 5:26 left in the quarter. Merritt again kicked true and the Indians led 14-0.

Late in the quarter, an Indians punt by Ryan Harper pinned down the Wildcats at their own 8.

Seconds later, in the second quarter, a Harleton penalty set them back to their own 3. Then a snap sailed over the quarterback’s head and into and out of the end zone for a safety, giving the Indians another two points with 11:58 left in the half. The Indians then had a 16-0 lead as Harleton executed their free kick after the safety.

Neither team could score for the remainder of the second quarter, but Harleton managed a drive, aided by penalties, and big run by Draven Ring, but the drive was stopped at the 6 by the Indians defense.

At halftime, it was Indians 16, Harleton 0.

Indians fans had been accustomed to big second halves in previous games, but Harleton players had different plans.

When a fourth down punt play went awry for the Tribe, the Wildcats took over at the 25 in Indians territory. They used key runs by junior fullback Ring and a penalty against the Tribe to move to the 3 and Ring scored a play later. A run for the two-point conversion failed, but the score was now Indians 16, Harleton 6 with 8:51 left in the third quarter.

The next Tribe possession was plagued by penalties and they were forced to punt. Harleton took over at the Indians 48 and, on third down, the Wildcats scored on a big 40-yard TD run by Ring with 5:15 left in the quarter. Again their two-point conversion try failed but the Indians’ lead was narrowed to 16-12.

Neither team could successfully mount a scoring drive for the remainder of the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter.

However, Harleton launched a drive late in the game from their own 37 after an Indians punt.

The Wildcats used a relentless running game by Ring and quarterback Blaine Cornelius to move inside the Tribe 10.

With the ball at the 4 yard line, the Tribe defense came up with their goal line stand to get the turnover and use the clock and some key runs by Hicks and Rogers, a key pass to Donnell and Harleton penalties to hold onto the football as the game ended.

The Indians are now 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in District 10-2A-1.

Score by Quarters:

Harleton     0     0     12     0 — 12

Indians     14     2       0     0 — 16


Coach Paul Gould said he felt “really good” about the win.

He said the Indians had a good week of practice and were really focused going into the game.

“This was probably the best week of preparation we’ve had so far,” Coach Gould said.

He had words of praise for the Indians offense which dominated that first half. He praised the defense for consistently stopping the Harleton offense, led by the running of Ring. He particularly praised the effort by the Tribe which stopped the late Harleton drive and paved the way to preserving the Indians victory.

Coach Gould noted the outstanding offensive line play of senior Jared Cook and sophomore Brayden Dotson. On defense, linebackers, senior Cook and sophomore Tyler Rogers, received plaudits. He also noted the play of newcomer Ke’Aundre Barnes who led the way in stuffing the Wildcats in that final goal line stand.

“Harleton is a good football team which could challenge for a top spot in the district race,” he said.

The coach said the Wildcats were as big and physical as he had expected.

The Wildcats are now 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in district play. They had lost to Price Carlisle in their season opener 31-0, then won over Bogota Rivercrest 12-9. In game three, they lost to White Oak 12-2 and then put on an offensive show against a good Maud team last week 41-13.

Looking ahead to the road game against Union Grove, Coach Gould said the Lions are experienced and play hard and are about the same size and speed as the Indians. He said they run their offense out of a traditional “I” formation, with backs who “like to run right at you.” Defensively, the Lions put up an even front with mutiple variations.

Union Grove is 3-2 for the season and 0-1 in district play. They won over Tyler Gorman 28-24 and Cumby 18-12. Then they lost to Cushing 16-7 before winning over Linden-Kildare 14-12. In their first district game Sept. 23, they fell to Ore City 32-7.

The Indians will be traveling to Gladewater to take on Union Grove on Friday, Sept. 30. Kickoff is at 7:30. (See Harleton game, season statistics HERE )


Sub-Varsity Games results

The Frankston sub-varsity teams suffered their first misfortune at Harleton on Thursday, Sept. 22.

The Junior Varsity, hampered by some injuries, fell to their Harleton counterparts 30-6. The Eighth Grade ended with a 0-0 tie and the seventh grade was outscored in a scrimmage two scores to one.

They play Union Grove Thursday, Sept 29 at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium with action beginning at 5 p.m.

Sept. 16, 2022

Indians’ comeback falls short

as Winona takes 23-18 win

The Frankston Indians mounted a determined comeback in the second half, but failed to overcome a 16-0 halftime deficit and avoid a loss to the Winona Wildcats 23-18 Friday night, Sept. 16 in the final non-district game, according to reports by Coach Paul Gould and staff.

The Indians, hampered by some key players out with injuries, could not stop the Wildcat running game in the first half while being unable to sustain an offensive drive against the  Winona team.

Winona scored early in the first quarter after a fourth down penalty against the Tribe gave the Wildcats the opportunity to score and lead 6-0. Their PAT kick try was blocked.

Later in the quarter, Winona threatened again as they were first and goal as the first quarter ended.

However, the Indians were able to hold off the Winona offense and with fourth and goal, the Wildcats booted a field goal to boost their lead to 9-0.

The Wildcats were to score again before the half ended, taking a 16-0 lead into the dressing room at halftime.

The Indians came out in the second half and drove downfield only to be held on a fourth down attempt  for a first down. The Wildcats still led at the end of the third quarter 16-0.

Later the Indians were able to convert a fourth down try to sustain the drive. They continued to pick up first downs  and moved to the Wildcats 10.

The Tribe moved the football to the Winona 4 and from there sophomore running back Tyler Rogers slipped through the Wildcat defenders for a touchdown. A two-point conversion try failed but the Indians were on the scoreboard trailing 16-6.

Rogers was to set up another Indian touchdown with a run of about 40 yards and the Indians had a first down inside the 20. Sophomore Quarterback Reese Hicks found senior wide receiver Benton Allen open on a 14-yard pass to paydirt. The PAT try was blocked, but the Indians had narrowed their deficit to 16-12 with about six minutes to go in the game.

The Indians needed another score to go ahead, but a Winona runner broke loose on a 52-yard run for a touchdown. The PAT kick was good and Winona had their only score of the second half to increase their lead to 23-12 with just over three minutes left in the game.

The resilient Indians were not ready to give up yet. Hicks lofted a 49-yard pass to Benton Allen to set up first and goal inside the Wildcat 10. Seconds later, Quarterback Hicks crossed the goal line from five yards out for a score. The Indians tried for two-points but were not sucesssful and it was Wildcats 23, Indians 18 with just over two minutes left to play.

Winona got the ball after the kickoff with 1:11 left, and ate time off the clock with a big running play which put them at first and goal. The Indians held them on downs but there was only time left for one play. Seconds later, time ran out for the Indians as the final horn sounded.

Game statistics show that the Indians rushed for a total of 217 yards. Quarterback Hicks ran for 89 yards in 18 carries and scored a touchdown. Running back Rogers rushed for 75 yards in seven carries and scored a TD. Kaymon Davis had 39 yards in nine trips.

Hicks competed four passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Leading receiver was senior Benton Allen who caught two for 63 yards and a touchdown. Rogers had two catches for 25 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Rogers had 14 tackles, Jared Cook 11, Walker McCann 11, and Jeremiah Mitchell 10. Winona was held to 243 yards rushing and 81 passing.

Coach Gould termed the game “a tale of two halves”. He praised the Tribe for their ability to come back offensely in the second half. Overall, he thought the defense played well, particularly against the pass, but big running plays hurt their cause. The coach was particularly proud that the Indians played hard to the very end of the game and never gave up..

He said the Indians couldn’t get their offense going in that first half and allowed Winona to post 16 points.

At halftime, the Indians vowed to pick up their game and came out to outscore the Wildcats 18-7, Coach Gould noted. He said the 52-yard run by Winona which put them ahead 23-12 made the difference, because the Indians would have gone ahead 18-16 on Hicks’ late score had they been able to stop that play.

Coach Gould said he hopes the Indians (3-1) can pick up their first half play and be at full strength when they host Harleton in the District 10-2A-1 opener on Friday, Sept. 23 at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Harleton (2-2) lost their opener to Price Carlisle 31-0 before winning over Bogata Rivercrest 12-9 and losing to White Oak 12-2. In their game Friday night, they won over Maud 41-13.

Since Harleton is a new district team, the coaches will be spending extra time during the week to map their strategy, the coach said.

He said Harleton appears to be “big, strong and physical” and offensively relies predominately on their running game. He said they have been operating their offense out of a basic Wing-T with the quarterback in the shotgun spot. He said they have been starting a quick quarterback and have a pretty good running back. Defensively, he expects them to line up in a 3-3 stack, from which they like to blitz on occasions. 

(See Winona game, season statistics HERE )

Score by Quarters:

Frankston    0      0     0     18 — 18

Winona        6     10     0       7 — 23

Frankston sub-varsity teams remain undefeated

The Indians Junior Varsity easily handled their Winona counterpart 44-0 Thursday, Sept. 15 at home. Coach Gould said Stevie Fry excelled at defensive lineman and running backs Derricke Owens and Braylon Donnell had good games on offense.

The Eighth Grade Braves downed Winona 22-8 and the Seventh Grade Braves won a scrimmage, scoring six times to none for the Wildcat seventh graders, the coach reported.

Sept. 13, 2022

Maidens fall to Neches teams

in non-district matches here

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team ran into a talented Neches Lady Tigers non-district opponent Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston and fell 0-3 to their neighbors from down FM 19.

The Maidens varsity gave their Neches opponent a battle in the first set before falling 19-25. They lost the last two sets of the best of five match 10-25, 14-25.

Earlier, the Neches Junior Varsity won a best of three match 2-0, although the Maiden JV came close to a win in the second set 23-25. They had lost the first set 14-25.

See Video Clip HERE

Neches has a history of winning volleyball teams. In 2020, they won the Class A State Championship for the third straight year. That year, the Maidens lost to Neches twice 0-3 in district competition but finished second at 11-3 among 2A teams in the district and advanced to Bi-district in the 2A playoffs, losing to Normangee 0-3.

Last year, the Lady Tigers team defeated the Maidens twice as a Class A member of the Maidens 2-A district. The Maidens had defeated the Neches girls 2-1 in an early tournament meeting. The Lady Tigers went on to advance to the third round in the Class A playoffs after defeating Goodrich 3-0 and Chester 3-0 before losing to Sulphur Bluff 2-3.

The Maidens finished as third seed among 2A teams in the district and lost to Centerville 0-3 in a 2A Bi-district Playoff match.

The Maidens varsity and JV Blue teams will host Fruitvale Friday, Sept. 16 with action starting at 4:30 p.m. in non-district matches at the Robert Loper Coliseum.

Sept. 10, 2022

Maidens varsity takes tough

win over Oakwood Sept. 10

The Frankston Maidens varsity prevailed 3-2 in a hard-fought non-district volleyball match with Oakwood Saturday afternoon, Sept. 10 at the Robert Loper Coliseum at Frankston High School.

The match had been re-scheduled from Friday, Sept. 9.

The first three sets went down to the wire with the Maidens winning the first one, 26-24. Oakwood came back in the next two, narrowly edging the Frankston girls 23-25 and 24-26. The Maidens had to win the fourth set to stay in the match and they did that convincingly 25-8, leading early before Oakwood could score any points.

In the fifth and deciding set, the Maidens also started strong and after being tied at 4-4, they allowed Oakwood only five more points, winning the set and match 15-9.

(Watch Video Clip HERE )

The varsity and junior varsity Blue Team is scheduled to host Neches in matches on Tuesday, Sept. 13 starting at 5 p.m. at the Robert Loper Coliseum. The two teams will host Fruitvale in other non-district matches on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Frankston coliseum.

Sept. 9, 2022

Indians ice 14-2 win at Groveton

with late interception on Sept. 9

The Frankston Indians defense iced a 14-2 victory over Groveton Friday night, Sept. 9 when senior Indians linebacker Kody Loebig picked off a pass and raced 30 yards for a touchdown with just over a minute left in the non-district game at Groveton, according to reports by Coach Paul Gould and staff.

It was a defensive struggle for most of the game with ball control and field position dictating what either offense could do to the other. In fact, it was 0-0 at halftime. Neither team could mount a scoring drive and the Indians defense held Groveton at bay with a stop on fourth down and an interception by junior defensive back Kaymon Davis. Groveton also had an interception which stopped a FHS drive.

Midway in the third quarter, the Indians finally got on the scoreboard as they took a Groveton punt at their own 47 and seconds later sophomore Quarterback Reese Hicks found senior wide receiver Benton Allen in the open for a 53-yard touchdown pass which put the Indians on top. The PAT kick by Coleman Merritt was good and Frankston led 7-0.

Late in the third quarter, Groveton took over at the Frankston 45 after a Frankston punt and was driving toward a score when Frankston’s Benton Allen forced a fumble at about the seven yard line to end the threat.

Seconds later, the Indians, starting in a hole near their own goal, gave up a safety to award two points to the Groveton tribe. That made it 7-2 with Groveton still having a chance to go ahead if they could score in the last 10 minutes of the game.

What followed were three interceptions. First sophomore linebacker Tyler Rogers picked off a Groveton aerial with about five minutes to go.

Groveton countered with an interception of their own, but with about three minutes left, Frankston junior defensive back Ryan Harper intercepted a Groveton pass. However, the Frankston tribe could not move the football and punted to Groveton with just over two minutes left in the game.

That’s when Loebig secured a Frankston win with an interception and a 30-yard dash to the end zone to put the game out of reach for the competitive Groveton team. Merritt kicked the extra point and the Indians had their 14-2 win with 1:27 left in the game.

Groveton still had time to narrow the score, but Frankston freshman defensive back A.J. Donnell intercepted a Groveton pass to put the lid on the game and run out the game clock.

The non-district win gave the Frankston Indians varsity a 3-0 record to start their 2022 season and set up another non-district encounter on Friday, Sept. 16 on the road against the Winona Wildcats before starting District 10-2A-1 play against Harleton at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium on Sept. 23.

Coach Paul Gould had words of praise for the Tribe defense, particularly the secondary who had several key interceptions. He was particularly proud of how the team played hard to the end of the hotly contested game.

Defensively the coach said Tyler Rogers had 19 tackles and Jared Cook and Ryan Harper 16 each. The Tribe defense allowed only 103 yards rushing and 32 passing for a total of 135.

He said the tough Groveton defense was able to contain the Frankston running game, but the offense completed a number of key passes, including the 53-yard third quarter score. Kaymon Davis rushed for 61 yards on 8 carries of the 110 yards in rushing for the Indians. Benton Allen caught two passes for 62 yards and Kody Loebig had three catches for 43 yards. Reese Hicks completed 8 of 15 passes for a total of 124 yards and a touchdown. He had two interceptions.

Looking ahead to Class 3A-2 Winona (1-2), the Indians coach said he expects the Wildcats to operate out of an offense much like the Indians, utilizing the talents of senior quarterback Nate Hampton (2) and senior running back Jessie Jones (21). Defensively, the Wildcats line up in a 4-3 defense, with a few variations, Coach Gould said. He said Winona returns seven offensive and eight defensive starters from a year ago.

The Wildcats will be coming off a 20-13 loss to Redwater. In Week 2, Winona won over Lone Oak 29-6 but lost to Tyler Grace Community 39-7 in the season opener.

The Indians are hoping to continue to improve as they meet the Wildcats.

Score by Quarters:

Frankston     0     0    7    7 — 14

Groveton      0     0    0    2 —   2

(Groveton game, season statistics HERE )


Indian JV, 8th, 7th Grades top Groveton

On Thursday, Sept. 8 at home, the Indians Junior Varsity scored an 18-0 win over their Groveton counterparts. Coach Gould said Stevie Fry had a good game at defensive tackle and running back Derricke Owens had a good night. Fry and Owens each scored touchdowns.

In their first game, the Indian 8th grade Braves played well in their 38-0 win against Groveton, Coach Gould said. In a scrimmage format, the seventh grade Braves scored five touchdowns, the coach reported. The sub-varsity teams are now undefeated so far for the season.

The sub-varsity teams will be hosting Winona on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium.

Sept. 6, 2022

Maidens fall to two non-district

teams in matches on Sept. 2, 6

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team fell to Scurry-Rosser 0-3 Tuesday, Sept. 6 on the road in a non-district match, according to a report from Coach Lisa Hokit.

Earlier the Junior Varsity Blue team lost 0-2 and the JV White team fell 0-2.

According to an earlier report, the Maidens varsity fell to Huntington 0-3 on Friday, Sept. 2 at Huntington in another non-district match. Both JV teams fell to their counterparts, according to the report. The varsity lost all three sets 12-25, 12-25, 19-25. Earlier the JV Blue team lost 0-2 with set scores of 20-25, 15-25. The JV White team fell 0-2, scoring 18-25, 9-25 in the best of three matches, according to JV Coach Nicholas Tarr.

Against Scurry-Rosser, the varsity fell 17-25 in the first set and 9-25 in the second but came back strong in the third set before losing 23-25. The JV Blue team lost both sets, 8–25, 13-25 and the JV White team lost 11-25, 14-25.

According to Coach Hokit, the varsity match with Oakwood, previously scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, has been moved to Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

Sept. 2, 2022

Indians defense, kicking game 

keys 33-15 win at Huntington

The Frankston Indians football team won their second straight game of the 2022 season, downing the Huntington Red Devils 33-15 of Class 3A-1 on the road Friday night, Sept. 2, according to reports by Coach Paul Gould and staff.

The Indians had to wait out an early delay due to the danger of lightning and they had to overcome an early Huntington lead before they took a 21-15 lead into the dressing room at halftime.

As it turned out, the Red Devils were not able to score again in the non-district encounter while the Indians put 12 more points on the board in the second half. They iced the win with about two minutes left in the game with their final touchdown.

Things looked challenging early for the Tribe as Huntington scored on a 70-yard pass and converted the two extra points to lead 8-0.

However, on their next possession, the Red Devils went to the pass again, but this time an alert Kody Loebig intercepted and set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Tribe back Kaymon Davis. Coleman Merritt booted the PAT and the Indians trailed by only 8-7 with only seconds left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, the Red Devils were held on downs by the Indians’ defense, but the Tribe offense couldn’t capitalize and had to punt. Huntington was also forced to punt and the Indians were to begin a drive from their own 29-yard-line. 

With about three minutes left in the half, Tyler Rogers took a Reese Hicks handoff and raced five yards to paydirt. Merritt again kicked good and the Tribe lead 14-8.

It didn’t take the Red Devils long to go back to the pass and this one went about 60 yards for a score. The PAT kick was good and Huntington was back in the lead 15-14 with only seconds off the clock.

The Indians were not impressed, however, and they came right back, this time with a  31-yard pass from quarterback  Hicks to Kody Loebig for a score with less than a minute left in the half. Again Merritt’s kick was good and the Tribe went ahead  21-15 going into the halftime.

The Frankston defense toughened early in the second half to hold the Red Devils on downs and allowed the offense to begin a drive from their own 47-yard-line. Tribe running back Ryan Harper raced about 35 yards to the end zone with about seven minutes left in the third quarter. The PAT try was no good, but the Indians had a 27-15 lead.

Again the defense stepped up, as the Indians intercepted a couple of Red Devil passes, the first by Kaymon Davis and the second by Devon Allen. Allen’s pick came with less than a minute in the third quarter.

The Indians could not capitalize on either interception, but Merritt punted the football and put the Red Devils in a hole at their own 5. In four tries the Red Devils could not gain a yard and their ensuing punt gave the Indians great field position at the Red Devil 37. Harper scored again, capping a drive with a 10-yard run to paydirt. The PAT kick narrowly missed, but the Indians had their 33-15 win and the game clock ran out of time for the Red Devils.

Indians Head Coach Paul Gould had praise for his team which started slow but got better in the second quarter against Huntington.

He noted that the Indians’ pass defense made some corrections and came up with key interceptions by linebacker Loebig and defensive backs Davis and Devin Allen. He also had praise for the defensive line and linebackers, Jared Cook and Tyler Rogers.

Offensively, he praised the performance of Quarterback Hicks, whose scrambles and runs gained 169 yards in 19 carries and set up the key TD pass to Loebig. Hicks completed 4 of 9 passes for 83 yards,

Coach Gould said Indian backs Davis, Harper and Rogers contributed to the Tribe rushing total, behind the blocks of the offensive line. Harper had 102 yards on 12 carries. Davis rushed for 63 yards in 11 trips and Rogers ran for 43 yards in six carries.

Leading receiver was Benton Allen who caught two for 51, one a key in a scoring drive. Loebig had a single catch for 31 yards and a TD.

Overall, he felt the youngish Indians are continuing to improve, on both offense and defense. He also noted a key punt by Merritt in the waning minutes which set back the Red Devils deep in their own territory and subsequently gave the Indians great field position for their final scoring drive which iced the victory.

On Friday, Sept. 9, the Indians will be journeying into the territory of District 12-2A-1 Groveton, a football program with an impressive record of successes.

Coach Gould said the Groveton tribe of Indians brings a 1-1 record including a loss in their opener to a good Lovelady team 28-7 and then a win over Trinity 27-0 on Friday night, Sept. 2.

He said Groveton is similar to Huntington in size and speed and a winning tradition. He said the Frankston tribe will have to continue their improvement to handle Groveton. Because Groveton is a new opponent, coaches will be spending extra time this week studying videos as they prepare for their third non-district encounter.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 at Groveton Indian Stadium.

The Frankston Junior Varsity won their second game of the season on Thursday, Sept. 1 when the game was called due to a weather risk in the second quarter and the JV Tribe was ahead 28-0.

(See Complete game and season offensive and defensive statistics HERE )

Score by Quarters:

Frankston      7     14     6     6 — 33

Huntington    8      7      0     0 — 15

August 26, 2022

Last-second field goal earns 24-22

Indians victory over Grapeland

A field goal by sophomore Coleman Merritt with only a second left in the game gave the Frankston Indians football team an exciting 24-22 non-district victory over the Grapeland Sandies Friday night, Aug. 26 in the home opener at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium.

Merritt was following in the footsteps of his brother, Clayton Merritt, who kicked for the Indians before he graduated last year.

As exciting as the last-second field goal was for the hometown crowd, it was the clutch running of another sophomore, quarterback Reese Hicks, who set up the 22-yard field goal with his runs. Hicks moved the ball to the Sandies 12 with only seconds left on the clock. The Indians were able to get off the field goal with five seconds left.

Before the drive which set up the winning field goal, Grapeland had gone ahead of the Indians 22-21 after scoring with 1:49 left in the game and Grapeland sophomore Trey Gilmore had run for the two-point conversion.

That key score had put a damper on what had been a 21-14 Frankston lead when junior back Kaymon Davis had scored on a 26-yard run and Merritt had booted the PAT with 5:43 left in the game.

The two teams were tied earlier in the fourth quarter when the Indians mounted a drive to the Sandies 21 and Tyler Rogers caught a seven-yard pass followed by a Hicks run to the 1 and another run for the score with 10:50 left in the game. Hicks then ran for the two point conversion and it was 14-14.

In the first half, the Sandies had gone ahead first to lead 8-0 in the first quarter on a 55-yard pass play from Sandies senior quarterback Johnny Lamb to senior Omarian Wiley and a two-point conversion by Gilmore with 3:42 left in the period.

The Indians answered shortly afterward as quarterback Hicks broke loose on a 47-yard run. The two-point conversion try failed with 2:07 left in the period.

It was 8-6 at halftime as the two teams were unable to score in the second quarter.

Grapeland scored first in the third quarter going ahead 14-6 on a six-yard pass from Lamb to Wiley with 7:54 left in the period. The two-point conversion failed.

After that, the Indians gave the home fans something to cheer about as they moved first to the 14-14 tie, then went ahead  21-14 before all the late fourth quarter action which sent the Sandies ahead 22-21 and the Merritt field goal saved the day for the Tribe at 24-21 in the last seconds.

The Indians had 229 yards rushing, 92 passing for a total of 321 yards, according to statistics provided by Coach Paul Gould.

Quarterback Hicks led rushers with 169 yards on 19 carries. He scored two touchdowns. He was 6 of 11 for 81 passing yards. Kaymon Davis had 32 yards rushing and scored a TD.

Defensively, Tyler Rogers had 18 tackles, three for a loss. Jared Cook had  16 tackles, 11 for losses, a sack and two forced fumbles. Jeremiah Mitchell had 11 tackles, one for a loss.

As a team, the defense held the Sandies to 132 yards rushing, 143 passing for a total of 275.

Coach Gould was very happy about the win.

“I thought the kids last night found a way to win,” the coach said Saturday morning. “We had a lot of younger kids playing. It was good for the program and the kids.”

He had particular praise for the defense which held the talented Grapeland offense on downs several times.

He noted that it was the first game for both teams and at times it was a bit sloppy, but he was glad the Indians were able to keep playing hard and improving to the end.

Next Friday, Sept. 2, the Indians will journey to Huntington for another non-district game with a perennially strong opponent. Coach Gould said the Red Devils have good size and quickness and like to throw the football. Their offense operates out of the spread and they use a 3-4 defense to try to stop their opponents.

Last year, the Indians hosted Huntington in their third non-district game and fell 43-12, thanks largely to a strong Red Devils passing game, set up by an effective power running game.

Indians Junior Varsity wins big

On Thursday, Aug. 25 the Indians Junior Varsity journeyed to Grapeland and came away with a 42-6 victory, Coach Gould reported.

He said Davis Holladay and Stevie Fry had good games on defense and quarterback Carson Bizzell and wide receiver Bradlee Gould excelled on offense.

The JV will host the Huntington JV on Thursday, Sept. 1 at Austin Stadium. Action begins at 5 p.m.          (Varsity game and individual statistics HERE )

Score by Quarters:

Grapeland    8     0     6       8 — 22

Frankston    6     0     0     18 — 24

August 30, 2022

Maidens varsity tops Jacksonville

3-0 in non-district match Aug. 30

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team defeated Jacksonville 3-0 Tuesday night, Aug. 30 in non-district action at Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

The Maidens took the first set 25-17 and the second set 25-16 and fought off the Jacksonville Maidens 25-22 to win the best of five match.

Earlier in the evening the Maidens Junior Varsity Blue team fell to their Jacksonville counterparts 1-2 in a best of three match. The Maidens JV Blue won the first set handily 25-16 but lost the second set 13-25, falling behind early by 0-10 before starting a climb back by scoring 13 points. In the third and deciding set, Jacksonville won the set and match 8-15.

See JV Video Clip HERE • More Pictures HERE

In the opening match, the Maidens JV White team fell 0-2 to their counterparts losing two straight sets 19-25, 15-25.

On Friday, Sept. 2, the Maidens teams go to Huntington for other non-district tests.

August 26, 2022

Maidens JV Blue tops Mineola;

varsity played tough Aug. 26

The Frankston Maidens Junior Varsity Blue volleyball team won over Mineola on Friday, Aug. 26 2-0 while the Maidens varsity played tough but fell to the Mineola varsity 0-3 in non-district action, according to Coach Lisa Hokit.

The JV Blue team took two sets 25-14, 25-11 to win the best of three match.

The varsity lost 15-25 in the first set, gave the Mineola team a test in the second set 22-25 and then fell in the third and deciding set 14-25 in the best of five match.

The Maidens teams return to the familiar confines of the Robert Loper Coliseum Tuesday, Aug. 30 in Frankston for junior varsity and varsity non-district competition against Jacksonville. Action begins at 5 p.m.

August 23, 2022

Maidens volleyball teams give

Eustace tough matches Aug. 23

The Frankston Maidens played Eustace tough on Tuesday, Aug. 23 in their home opening non-district volleyball matches at Robert Loper Coliseum.

The Maidens Junior Varsity Blue team won over their Eustace counterparts 2-0 in sets which went up to the last points. The Maidens Blue team won the first set 26-24 and then battled to a 25-21 win in the second set. (See Video Clip HERE )

Earlier, the Maidens Junior Varsity White team fell 1-2 in their match with Eustace, losing the first set 10-25 and bouncing back for an impressive 26-24 second set victory. However, Eustace won the match by posting a 10-15 performance in the best of three match.

The Maidens Varsity gave the talented Eustace varsity a competive match, forcing four sets before they fell 1-3. In the first set, the Maidens fell 19-25 but came back strong in the second set to win 25-21. In the third set the Lady Bulldogs took a 16-24 decision. However, in the fourth set, the Maidens had a chance to force a fifth set, before Eustace salvaged a 24-26 victory to win the best three of five sets match.

 (See Video Clip HERE )

The Maidens teams will be trying to continue to improve when they journey to Mineola on Friday, Aug. 26 before they continue non-district play hosting Jacksonville on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

August 23, 2022

Maidens volleyball teams to host

Eustace in home opener Aug. 23

The Frankston Maidens varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams will host their home opener Tuesday, Aug. 23 against Eustace at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

The matches start at 5 p.m.

The Maidens varsity competed in the Eustace Tournament Silver Bracket Saturday, Aug. 20 and fell to Grand Saline 0-2 and lost to the Kaufman Junior Varsity 1-2, according to a report from Coach Lisa Hokit.

The Maidens lost both sets 19-25, 18-25 to Grand Saline and lost to the Kaufman JV in the first set 21-25 before winning the second 25-19. In the third and deciding set, they lost a close one 14-16.

In pool play prior to bracket play, the Maidens lost to Eustace 17-25, 23-25, fell to Neches 13-25, 16-25 before winning over North Dallas 25-15, 25-9.

August 23, 2022

Indians football team opener

hosts Grapeland on Aug. 26

The Frankston Indians football team will have hopes for returning to the Class 2A-1 playoffs in 2022 in a re-aligned District 10-2A-1 as they go into their first game, a non-district match-up with the Grapeland Sandies from 11-2A at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium in Frankston.

Head Coach Paul Gould returns six players on offense and five on defense. They take the field with some proven but younger  players in the skill positions.

Taking the snaps as a starter this year in the Indians’ spread offense will be sophomore Reese Hicks (4), who came in at times to show promise, running and passing, as a freshman. Hicks also saw lots of action last year at outside linebacker and will occupy that spot in the Tribe 3-4 defense this year. He will be joined in the backfield by a quick and elusive running back, junior Kaymon Davis (10) who also did yeoman duty at cornerback on defense. The other running back is likely to be junior Ryan Harper (23) who was hampered some by injuries last year but will display his running prowess on offense and also use his talent in the defensive backfield.

Versatile sophomore Tyler Rogers (21) is expected to complement the running game while posing a threat as a receiver on occasion.

The Tribe backs will be following the blocks of some big offensive linemen, ranging from 200 to 240 pounds. They include veteran senior Jared Cook (55) along with seniors Logan Taylor (57) and Matt Fridinger (70) and two big sophomores Carson Allen (74) and Brayden Dotson (78)

When Hicks chooses to throw the football, he will find some impressive targets in senior Benton Allen (3), junior Conlan Lemay (5) and seniors Kody Loebig (11) and Jeremiah Mitchell (15).

The Indian 3-4 defense will be composed of a rangy group led by linebackers Cook, Hicks, Loebig, Mitchell and junior Walker McCann (20).

The Indians started their preparations for the season with a couple of scrimmages, the first with Troup where they did some good things and saw some areas where they needed work, Coach Gould said. The following week they went to Cushing and did things well while correcting those things needing improvement, he said.

The Indians are hoping to get even better in their opening non-district games in preparation for challenging district competition. No. 8 ranked Beckville is expected to return many of the players who took the district title last year and advanced to the playoffs, only to be thwarted by eventual state finalist Timpson. The perennially tough Hawkins Hawks and newly added Harleton, coming down from 3A, are expected to contend with the Indians for top spots. Other teams in the district are new entry Ore City and familiar opponents, Big Sandy and Union Grove, both expected to be improved from previous years.

When Grapeland comes to town, they are expected to field an athletic team with some good skilled people, Coach Gould said. They will be competing later in tough District 11-2A-1 where perennial powerhouse Timpson is favored to rule the roost. They return five offensive and seven defensive starters from last year with good size and speed. Offensively, they operate from a spread, much like the Indians, and try to stop the Indians’ attack with a 3-3 stack defense.

“We’ll have to tackle well to succeed against the Sandies, the Indians’ head coach said.

The Indians junior varsity will be going to Grapeland for a 5 p.m. game Thursday, Aug. 25 against the Sandies JV.

Assisting Coach Gould on the sidelines will be Assistant coaches Terrence Coleman, Treston Coleman, Brady Cunningham, Wes King, Jamie Palmer, Matt Wilkins and Alec Wofford.           (See picture of coaches HERE )

August 16, 2022

Maidens JV Blue wins, varsity plays

Buffalo tough, falling 2-3 in five sets

The Frankston Maidens Junior Varsity Blue volleyball team won over their Buffalo counterparts 2-1 Tuesday, Aug. 16 while the varsity was battling Buffalo for five sets before falling 2-3 in a non-district matchup, according to Coach Lisa Hokit.

The JV Blue lost the first set 21-25 before winning the last two 25-15 and 25-12. The JV White team lost 0-2 in set scoring of 10-25, 13-25.

The improving Maidens varsity fell in the first set 19-25 and then came back to tie things with a 25-15 showing. The Lady Bisons got the edge in the third set 23-25 and the Maidens came back 25-18 to give them a shot at taking the match. However, Buffalo won the final set 10-15 to win the match.

Coach Hokit said the varsity Maidens fought a tough battle.

“We came up a little short, but we did so many things that were good,” the coach said after the match. “If we build on how we played tonight, we will be a tough competitor to contend with.”

The Maidens varsity will be in pool play at the Eustace Tournament on Friday, Aug. 19 in preparation for bracket competition on Saturday, Aug. 20

On Tuesday, Aug. 23 the junior varsity and varsity will host Eustace at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.  

August 13, 2022

Maidens varsity wins silver bracket

Consolation in Palestine tournament

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team came away with Consolation honors in the Silver Bracket of the Palestine Tournament Saturday, Aug. 13 defeating Cayuga 2-0 after having won over Oakwood 2-0, according to a report from Coach Lisa Hokit.

The Maidens had reached bracket play after pool play against Buffalo, Malakoff and Palestine Thursday and met Neches in the first bracket game on Saturday. They fell to the Lady Tigers in two of the three sets. They won the first set 25-23 before falling 12-25 and 10-15 in the deciding two sets.

The Maidens Junior Varsity Blue team reached bracket play in the Eustace Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 11 and advanced to bracket play on Saturday. They lost both matches in bracket play. Set scores were not immediately available.

On Friday, Aug. 12, the varsity and JV teams went to Malakoff and the JV Blue team won 2-1, falling 21-25 in the first set, but winning the deciding two sets 25-16 and 15-5.  The Maidens varsity fell to Malakoff 0-3 in a best of five match, 17-25, 9-25, 23-25. The JV White Team lost 0-2, with set scores of 1-25 and 3-25.

The three teams will go to Buffalo on Tuesday, Aug. 16 for another non-district matchup.

August 8, 2022

Meet the Indians etc. 8-8-22

MEET THE INDIANS, MAIDENS — A large crowd of parents, relatives and other fans of the Frankston Indians and Maidens were on hand Monday night at the Robert Loper Coliseum in a recognition of the athletes and cheerleaders. The students were introduced and the Mighty Indian Band played at this event scheduled in preparation for the football, volleyball and cross country seasons coming up. — Citizen Photo

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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


   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:


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.


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


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:


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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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. • © The frankston citizen 1999-2022