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Jan. 8, 2021


Indians win last two games after

falling in two others after break

The Frankston Indians have come out of the Holiday break with a 2-2 won-loss record, winning their last two games.

The Indians defeated Alto 49-33 on Jan. 5 and Neches 58-34 on Jan. 8 after having earlier losses to Lovelady 49-36 on Dec. 29 and Carlisle 53-31 on Dec. 30.

The Indians are now 5-8 for the season, going into District 19-AA play against Kerens on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Against Neches, Brink Bizzell led scorers with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Caleb Ramsey and Cael Bruno were in double figures, each with 13 points. Ramsey had two 3-pointers and Bruno three. Benton Allen had 4 points and Isaiah Allen, Kason Newport and Kody Loebig each had 3. Austin Carr and Ethan Lade each scored 2.

Leading scorer against Alto was Bruno with 16 followed by Isaiah Allen with 11, including two 3-pointers. Loebig had 8 with two 3-pointers, Bizzell 7 and Benton Allen 6. Ramsey had 1.

In the Carlisle game, Ramsey had 11 with three 3-pointers. Isaiah Allen had 7 with one three-pointer. Newport had 6 points on two 3-pointers. Loebig got 3 points on a single 3-pointer. Benton Allen and Lade each got 2 points.

Against Lovelady, Isaiah Allen led with 13 points, getting 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Ramsey had 11 with 3 of 4 free throws. Newport had 10 with two three-pointers and was 2 for 2 at the charity stripe. Benton Allen had 2 points on a field goal.

The Kerens games on Tuesday, Jan. 12 are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. at Kerens. Then on Friday, Jan. 15, the Indians host Cayuga in games scheduled at 5 p.m.

Scores by quarters:

Neches    8   6   4 16 — 34                  Alto         6    6    6   15 — 33

Indians 11 16 15 16 — 58                  Indians   9  13   17  10 — 49


Indians      7   10     3   16 — 36         Carlisle 9   9   21  14 — 53

Lovelady 12  14   14     9 — 49          Indians 5   8     9    9 — 31


Jan. 5, 2021


Maidens’ effort praised, but fall 65-49

to formidable LaPoynor Lady Flyers 

The Frankston Maidens Tuesday, Jan. 5 fell to the LaPoynor Lady Flyers 65-49 in their District 19-AA opener, according to a report from FHS Coach Christi Coker.

“I was Super Proud of how hard the girls played,” Coach Coker said. “They played really hard. We just didn’t get the win.”

The Maidens coach said the team “had a slow start scoring and missed 21 free throws”.

Abbie Ramsey was leading scorer for the Maidens with 14 points, followed by 10 points by Brianna Looney. Maggie Caveness matched her season high with 9 points. Tia Billingsly and Kelsey Sexton each had 5 points. Shay Hatton got 4 and Teallie Tatum 2.

Besides noting her 9-point performance, Coach Coker praised Caveness for a “great game”, contributing 16 rebounds and several blocks to the Maiden effort. Billingsly had 12 rebounds and 4 assists and “several hustle plays”, the coach reported.

The Maidens were to journey to take on another formidable district opponent, Martins Mill, on Friday, Jan. 8. The varsity game is to start at 6 p.m. They return to the familiar confines of the FHS gym for another district test against Kerens on Tuesday, Jan. 12. The junior varsity contest is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity game at about 6:15 p.m.


Jan. 2, 2021


Lady Flyers edge Athens 52-51

in overtime cage thriller Jan. 2

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers boosted their non-district record to 11-3 Saturday, Jan. 2 with a close 52-51 home court win over the Athens Lady Hornets in overtime, according to a report by LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The two teams fought to a close first half. Athens led 13-12 after two quarters of play. They widened their lead to 34-28 at the end of the third quarter, but LaPoynor came back 16-10 in the fourth period to tie the score 44-44, forcing an overtime. The Lady Flyers had an 8-7 edge in the OT to take the 52-51 thriller.  

Staci Whitehead led the LHS girls in scoring with 20 points, including two 3-pointers, and Laura McClelland added 11, with three 3-point goals. Kitty Eldridge had 7 and Tmia Mitchell and Markayla Hurd each contributed 6 points. Laney Almon had 2.

Whitehead had 1 assist, 10 rebounds and 5 steals. Marissa Hurd had 1 assist and  1 steal. Markayla Hurd had 2 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Mitchell had 1 assist and 5 rebounds. McClelland got 5 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 block and 3 steals. Eldridge had 1 assist and 4 rebounds.

The Lady Flyers open District 19-AA play on Tuesday, Jan. 5 hosting the Frankston Maidens (5-3). Junior varsity play starts at 4 p.m. with varsity action to start at about 5:15. On Friday, Jan. 8 they go to Cayuga for a 5 p.m. start.

Score by Quarters: Overtime in red.

Athens        7   6   21   10   7 — 51

LaPoynor   7   5   16   16   8 — 52


Dec. 30, 2020


Maidens defeat Leon on Dec. 30

after losses to Tyler Heat Dec. 29

The Frankston Maidens defeated Leon Wednesday, Dec. 30 and both the varsity and the junior varsity came away with wins, according to a report by Coach Christi Coker.

The varsity defeated their Leon counterparts 55-37. That game was scheduled on an open date on the Maidens’ schedule.

Their win came after having lost to Tyler Heat 46-37 in a non-district home game on Tuesday, Dec. 29. They had defeated the Heat in an earlier game 36-27. The Maiden JV lost to the Heat in overtime 29-20.

Scoring leader for the Maidens varsity against Leon was Abbie Ramsey with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Brianna Looney added 12 points. Maggie Caveness, Tia Billingsly and Kelsey Sexton had 5 each and Kaylee Davis and Shay Hatton each scored 4.

In the earlier game with Tyler Heat, Ramsey led with 12 points, including three 3-pointers. Billingsly had 8, Looney 6, Hatton 5, Caveness 3, Teallie Tatum  2 and Davis 1.

Scoring for the JV against the Heat were Trinity Coats with 6, Mirayah Hatton 5,  and Allona Butler 3. Ondreia Renfro, KK Deupree and Mya Mitchell had 2 each.

The Maiden varsity is 5-3 in non-district play.

The Maidens open District 19-AA play at LaPoynor on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The JV contest starts at 4 p.m. followed at 5:15 by the varsity contest. Then on Friday, Jan. 8 the Maidens varsity journeys to play another district game against the Martins Mill varsity starting at 6 p.m.


Dec. 29, 2020


LHS Flyers come off holiday break

with wins over Brook Hill, Elkhart

The LaPoynor Flyers are coming off the Christmas break with two more wins in non-district basketball competition, according to a report from Coach Dean Nuckolls.

The Flyers defeated Brook Hill 67-49 on Tuesday, Dec. 29 and then won over Elkhart 88-40 the following day on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

The wins boosted the Flyers record so far this season to 12-2.

Against Brook Hill, the Flyers outscored their opponent in every quarter but the first when the Flyers were down by a single point, 11-12. In the second period they came back strong, scoring 15 points to only 5 for Brook Hill, leading 26-17 at halftime. In the second half the Flyers outscored their opponent 41-32 to win by 18 points.

Against Elkhart, the Flyers took charge early, allowing the Elks only 14 points in the first half, to lead 52-14 at the halftime break. Elkhart was to score 26 points in the second half but the Flyers continued to dominate with 36 points, more than enough to take the impressive win.

Garrett Nuckolls led scorers against Brook Hill with 20 points. Three others were in double figures. DiJuan Whitehead had 15, Kamron Eldridge 14 and Kase Johnston 13. Jeff Young and Cooper Gracey each scored 2 and Matt Driskell added a point.

Eldridge had 2 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 steals. Nuckolls had 2 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Johnston had 9 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Gracey had 2 assists and 4 rebounds and Whitehead pulled down 6 rebounds.

Against Elkhart, Nuckolls led scorers again with 23 points. Whitehead and Johnston were also in double figures with 17 and 16 points respectively. Gracey and Eldridge scored 9 each. Driskell had 7, Young 5 and Aiden Maze 2.

The Flyers have one more non-district game on the schedule. They host Lufkin Hudson at home on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:15 p.m. A week later, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, they journey to Martins Mill for their first District 19-AA contest at 6 p.m.

Scores by Quarters:

Brook Hill 12     5  14  18 — 49      LaPoynor  30  22  23  13 — 88  

LaPoynor  11   15  21  20 — 67      Elkhart        7    7  15  11 — 40


Dec. 28, 2020


Lady Flyers outscore Palestine

in second half to get 60-55 win

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers overcame a 30-35 first half deficit Monday, Dec. 28 and outscored Palestine 30-20 in the second half to secure a 60-55 non-district victory, according to a report by Coach Jammie Maze.

The win gave the Lady Flyers a 10-1 record in non-district play.

The Lady Flyers trailed 15-19 in the first quarter before going into the dressing room at halftime down 30-35. However, the LHS girls had a 14-5 third quarter and edged Palestine 16-15 in the final period.

Staci Whitehead led Lady Flyer scoring with 25 points, hitting 53 percent of her field goals and was 56 percent at the free throw line. She hit 2 of 3 three-point shots.

Other scorers were Markayla Hurd with 10, Laura McClelland with 8, Laney Almon 6, Marissa Hurd 4, Laci Davis 3 and Tmia Mitchell and Kitty Eldridge 2 each.

Whitehead had 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. Davis had 5 steals and Almon 4. McClleland had 10 assists and 6 rebounds. Markayla Hurd had 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.

The Lady Flyers are scheduled to host Athens in their final non-district game on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. Then on Tuesday, Jan. 5, they begin District 19-AA play hosting Frankston for a 5:15 p.m. start.  JV game scheduled for 4 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor 15  15  14   16 — 60

Palestine  19  16    5    15 — 55


Dec. 19, 2020


Lady Flyers comeback edges Saltillo 

41-40 in non-district play on Dec. 19

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers boosted their season record to 9-1 Saturday, Dec. 19 with a 41-40 win over Saltillo in a non-district road game.

The Lady Flyers outscored the Saltillo girls 10-4 in the final quarter to secure the victory. They had trailed 36-31 at the end of the third quarter.

Staci Whitehead led LaPoynor scorers in the contest with 16 points. She hit 43 percent of her field goals and three out of four at the free throw line. Markayla Hurd scored 8 and Laura McClelland 6. Laci Davis had 5, Tmia Mitchell 4 and Natalie Tobin 2.

Marissa Hurd had 1 assist. Whitehead had 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Markayla Hurd had 2 assists, 1 rebound and 4 steals. Davis had 3 assists, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Mitchell had 9 rebounds and 1 steal. McClelland had 4 assists, 1 rebound and 2 steals. Kitty Eldridge had 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Tobin had 3 rebounds.

The Lady Flyers are scheduled to go to Palestine for a 12 noon contest on Monday, Dec. 28.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor 12    8  11  10 — 41

Saltillo        9  12  15    4 — 40


Dec. 18, 2020


Indians fall to Timpson 61-59

in close non-district test here

The Frankston Indians and the Timpson Bears played it close for most of the game and at the end, the Bears came out as the winners 61-59 in a non-district cliff-hanger at the FHS gym Friday night, Dec. 18, according to a report by Coach Scotty Albritton.

Frankston led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter but the Bears took the lead at halftime 26-25. Then in the third quarter, the Bears scored 23 points to 16 for the Indians and led 49-41. The Indians came back to outscore Timpson 18-12 in the final quarter, but it was not quite enough to take the win.

The Indians hit 16 of 22 free throws for 73 percent and were good on 17 two-point field goals, and the Bears had 18 two-pointers but hit five three-point field goals to three for the Indians, despite connecting on only 10 of 20 for 50 percent at the charity line.

Scoring for the Indians were Brink Bizzell with 17, K.J. Hawkins with 13, Caleb Ramsey 11, Kody Loebig 9, Kason Newport 5 and Benton Allen 4.

The loss made the Indians’ season record, so far against non-district foes at 3-7.

The Indians will not play again until after Christmas. On Tuesday, Dec. 29, they go to Lovelady for a 1 p.m. JV start scheduled. Then, the following day, Wednesday, Dec. 30 they host Carlisle with JV action scheduled to begin at noon.

Score by Quarters:

Timpson     11 15 23 12 — 61

Frankston 12 13 16 18 — 59


Dec. 17, 2020


Flyers up record to 10-3, down

Mabank, Carlisle Dec. 17, 18 

The LaPoynor Flyers go into the Christmas break with a record of 10-3 after wins over Mabank 45-35 and over Carlisle 66-52, according to a report by Coach Dean Nuckolls.

The Flyers so far have earned wins over Kennard, Hudson, Onalaska, Lovelady, ETX Archers, Cushing, Central Pollock, Grapeland, and more recently, Mabank and Carlisle. Their only losses were to Lipan, Gary and Tenaha.

The win over Mabank came on Thursday, Dec. 17 at Mabank. The win over Carlisle was at Price the following day, Dec. 18.

Scoring against Mabank was Kamron Eldridge with 18. Also in double figures was DiJuan Whitehead with 10. Cooper Gracey had 5 and Evan Almeida 4. Scoring 2 points each were Matt Driskell, Garrett Nuckolls, Kase Johnston and Jeff Young.

Eldridge had 7 rebounds and 6 steals. Driskell had 2 assists and 3 rebounds. Nuckolls had 2 assists and 2 rebounds. Johnston got 4 assists and 5 rebounds. Gracey had 2 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 blocks and Whitehead pulled down 11 rebounds.

Leading scorer against Carlisle was Nuckolls with 21 points. Others in double figures were Eldridge with 15 and Johnston with 12. Whitehead had 8, Gracey 5, Caleb Solis and Young 2 each and Almeida with 1.

Eldridge had 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Solis had 2 assists. Johnston had 2 assists, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Young had 2 assists and Whitehead had 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Their next game is at home against Bullard Brook Hill on Dec. 29, time to be announced. The next day, Dec. 30, the Flyers are scheduled to go to Elkhart.

Scores by Quarters:

LaPoynor 15   10    8  12 — 45      LaPoynor  19  21  16  10 — 66  

Mabank     4   15   11    5 — 35       Carlisle     13  21  10    8 — 52 


Dec. 15, 2020


Maidens varsity, JV score wins

over Joaquin in games Dec. 15

The Frankston Maidens varsity and junior varsity basketball teams scored victories over Joaquin in non-district action Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The JV defeated their Joaquin counterparts 26-17 and the varsity won over Joaquin 54-37.

Scoring for the JV were Mirayah Hatton with 14 points, Kennedi Musselman and Isabel Herbrough with 4 each and Abigail Fletcher and Allona Butler with 2 each.

For the varsity, Abbie Ramsey led scorers with 22 points, including four 3-pointers. Maggie Caveness had 9, Shay Hatton 8, Tia Billingsly 5, Kaylee Davis 4 and Brianna Looney, Jacey Dillard, and Kelsey Sexton with 2 each.

The Maiden varsity  is scheduled to meet Tyler Heat on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at the FHS gym.


Dec. 15, 2020


Flyers defeat Central, Grapeland,

fall to Tenaha in non-district tests

The LaPoynor Flyers won two of the three non-district basketball games on Dec. 11, 12 and 15 for a season record of 8-3.

On Friday, Dec. 11, the Flyers defeated Central Pollok 73-53. Then on Saturday, Dec. 12 they won over Grapeland 61-56. On Tuesday, Dec. 15 they lost a close one to Tenaha 56-54. All were road games.

Against Pollok, DiJuan Whitehead led scorers with 25 points, followed by 18 points by Garrett Nuckolls. Kamron Eldridge scored 10. Cooper Gracey had 6 and Kase Johnston and Aiden Maze 5 points. Evan Almeida had 3 and Matt Driskell 2 points.

Eldridge had 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Maze and Driskell had 2 assists each. Nuckolls had 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Almeida had 3 rebounds. Johnston had 2 assists and 2 steals. Gracey had 2 rebounds and 3 steals. Whitehead had 12 rebounds.

In the Grapeland game, Gracey led with 18 points followed by 14 by Whitehead. Nuckolls had 8 and Eldridge 7. Driskell and Almeida sank 5 each. Johnston and Jeff Young had 2 each.

Eldridge had 2 assists and 3 rebounds. Driskell had 2 assists and 4 rebounds. Nuckolls had 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Almeida had 3 rebounds. Gracey had 2 assists and 7 rebounds.Whitehead had 13 rebounds and 2 steals.

In the Tenaha game, Whitehead led scorers with 18 and Nuckolls had 14. Gracey and Johnston each had 6. Young and Almeida sank 4 each. Driskell scored 2.

Eldridge had 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Nuckolls had 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 3 blocks. Johnston had 5 assists and 2 rebounds. Young had 2 rebounds. Gracey had 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Whitehead had 14 rebounds.

Scores by Quarters:

LaPoynor 21 22 13 17 — 73           LaPoynor  20 11 17 13 — 61 

Central    10 14 14 15 —  53          Grapeland   9 13 22 12 — 56

                             LaPoynor 10 16 14 14 — 54  

                             Tenaha     10 12 17 17 — 56


Dec. 15, 2020


Indians fall to Troup Tigers 40-31

in non-district contest on Dec. 15

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team fell to Troup Tigers 40-31 Tuesday, Dec. 15 in action at the FHS gym.

The Tigers’ win came after the Indians had narrowly defeated them 47-44 on their home court on Friday, Dec. 11.

Scoring for the Indians were Cael Bruno with 16, Caleb Ramsey with 9 and Kody Loebig with 6 points.

The loss made the Indian record 3-6 in non-district play so far this season.

The Indians led 7-5 at the end of the first quarter but trailed 14-12 at halftime. The two teams were tied 23-23 at the end of the third quarter but Troup caught fire in the fourth quarter scoring 17 points to only 8 for the Tribe to take the win.


Dec. 12, 2020


Maidens varsity, JV sweep games

here against Tyler Heat, All Saints

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team increased their season record to 6-2 in games on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12 and the junior varsity took an overtime win to raise their record to 4-1, according to a report by Coach Christi Coker.

On Friday, the Maidens hosted the Tyler Heat. The junior varsity first won over their Heat counterparts 25-20 in overtime. Then the Maiden varsity won a “tough one” over the Heat varsity 36-27.

The next day, Saturday, Dec. 12, the varsity hosted All Saints of Tyler and won big 68-23.

For the JV against Tyler Heat, Mirayah Hatton led scorers with 9 points. Trinity Coats had 5. Allona Butler and Isabel Herbrough each had 4 and Bandy Bizzell scored 3.

Later, the varsity was led against the Heat with Abbie Ramsey’s 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Tia Billingsly had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Shay Hatton added 3 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Maggie Caveness had 2 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Brianna Looney, Teallie Tatum and Kelsey Sexton each scored 2 points. Kaylee Davis helped the cause with 3 steals.

The next day, Hatton led all scoring for the varsity against All Saints with 15 points and she pulled down 9 rebounds. Ramsey sank 12 points, had 7 steals and 7 assists. Billingsly added to the double figures with 11 points. Looney contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Davis also had 8 points, Sexton 6 and Tatum 4. Caveness scored 2 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Jacey Dillard score 2 and had 9 rebounds.


Dec. 12, 2020


Indians defeat Troup, Beckville

in Dec. 11-12 non-district play

The Frankston Indians came away from the weekend with two wins in non-district road games, one against the Troup Tigers 47-44 on Friday, Dec. 11 and against Beckville 36-33 on Saturday, Dec. 12, according to a report from Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians are now 3-5 in the season so far, showing some improvement from a  slow start, prompted by a late start at practice due to the extended football season. They have won three out of their last four games.

Against Troup, Coach Albritton said, “We played a great game defensively and were patient on offense to get open shots.” The coach said the Indians started off a little slow on offense “until we figured out how to play against their match-up zone” defense.

“With one minute left in the game, we took a 10–point lead, only to see it diminish to 3,” the coach said.

He said that defensively, “we were able to take them away from what they like to do and that is to run the floor.

“This was a very intense game by both teams on the defensive end of the floor,” according to the coach.

Cael Bruno led scorers with 21 points. K.J. Hawkins had 14 and Kody Loebig 12.

In the Beckville game, Coach Albritton said, “We got off to a very slow start, probably due to such a tough game the night before against Troup.” The coach said the Indians were able to manage only one field goal in the first half.

The Indians began a comeback in the second half when the offense started making plays and shots, the coach said. Also he said, the Indians made enough plays defensively to get the win.

Bruno was the leading scorer in the Beckville game with 13 points. Brink Bizzell and Caleb Ramsey each got 8 and Hawkins sank 7 points.

Scores by Quarters:   

     Frankston   7   4   18   18 — 47                    Frankston   3   4   15   14 — 36

     Troup         5   12    9   18 — 44                    Beckville     6   5     9   13 — 33 


Dec. 8, 2020


Maidens varsity, JV lose non-district

contests to Central Heights on Dec. 8

The Frankston Maidens varsity and junior varsity basketball teams lost to Central Heights Tuesday, Dec. 8 in non-district action at the FHS gym.

The junior varsity fell 45-25 and the varsity lost in a close game 49-40.

The Maiden varsity has a 4-2 record overall and the JV is 3-1 so far.

Scoring for the JV were Bandy Bizzell with 7, Isabel Herbrough 5, Trinity Coats 4, Mya Mitchell 3 and Mirayah Hatton, Ondreia Renfro and Kennedi Musselman had 2 each.

For the varsity, Abbie Ramsey led scorers with 19 and had 2 assists. Teallie Tatum had 6 points and 8 rebounds. Kaylee Davis had 4 points. Tia Billingsley scored 3 points and had 6 steals. Brianna Looney, Maggie Caveness, Kelsey Loebig and Kelsey Sexton each scored 2. Caveness had 14 rebounds, and Sexton 8.

The Maidens teams will host Tyler Heat at 5 and 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec.11. Then on Saturday, Dec. 12 there will be a varsity game only at the FHS gym at noon against All Saints Tyler.


Dec. 8, 2020


Tribe tops New Summerfield 45-30,

falls to Huntington despite late rally

The Frankston Indians dominated New Summerfield 45-30 on Saturday, Dec. 5 but fell to Huntington 54-49 on Tuesday, Dec. 8, despite an inspired attempt at a comeback in the second half. Both were road games.

Coach Scotty Albritton said the Indians jumped out to an early lead against New Summerfield and “never looked back”.

“The guys played with great defensive intensity,” he said. “They extended the lead in the second half up to 22.”

In the game against Huntington, the Indians got off to a slow start, the coach said.

“We fell behind by as many as 22 points (35-13) with 50 seconds left in the half,” he said. “We cut the lead to 16 before the half, 35-19.”

Coach Albritton said, “The second half was a different story.”

The coach said the Indians came out after the intermission and played “great defense” and were able to make some shots that would not fall in the first half.

With two minutes left in the game, the Tribe cut the Huntington lead to three points, 49-46, Coach Albritton said.

“We missed a couple of shots that would have tied the game, but the effort and intensity that we played to come back was great to see,” the coach observed.

“That type of effort is what can spark a team,” the coach said.

In the New Summerfield game, Cael Bruno led with 27 points. Kody Loebig and Caleb Ramsey each sank 5 points. K.J. Hawkins had 4 and Brink Bizzell and Kason Newport each had 2.

Against Huntington, Bruno had 23 points to lead again and Hawkins helped the cause with 13 points. Loebig had 5 points and Ramsey and Bizzell each had 3. Ethan Lade added 2 points to round out the Indian scoring.

The Indians are scheduled to go to Troup on Friday, Dec. 11 for a 5 p.m. start.

Then on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. they have another road game at Beckville. They return to the familiar FHS gym on Wednesday, Dec. 15 to host Troup.


Dec. 8, 2020


Lady Flyers defeat Cushing 69-20

in non-district basketball contest

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers defeated Cushing 69-20 Tuesday, Dec. 8 in a non-district basketball game at the Nichols-Corley gym at LaPoynor School.

The Lady Flyers are 5-1 so far this season.

Staci Whitehead led scorers for LHS with 22 points. Laci Davis had 14, Markayla Hurd  9, and  Tmia Mitchell and Natalia Tobin 7 each.

Whitehead had 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Mitchell had 6 steals and 3 assists.

The Lady Flyers led 12-6 in the first quarter, 30-12 in the second, and 48-16 in third.

The Lady Flyers were to play Woden on Friday, Dec. 11 and Chapel Hill on Saturday, Dec. 12.


Dec. 8, 2020


LHS Flyers overcome slow start

to defeat Cushing ‘Cats 81-73

The LaPoynor Flyers varsity basketball team Tuesday, Dec. 8 defeated Cushing 81-73 in non-district action..

The Flyers are now 6-1 overall in non-district action so far. They have scored wins over Kennard 110-49, Hudson 63-53, Onalaska 79-29,  Lovelady 83-33, Lovelady ETAHS 76-32 and Cushing. Their only loss was to Gary 60-56.

Leading scorer against Cushing was DiJuan Whitehead with 22, Garrett Nuckolls 18, Evan Almeida 16, Cooper Gracey 8, Kase Johnston 6, Jeff Young and Matt Driskell 4 each, and Kamron Eldridge 3.

Whitehead had 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Johnston had 9 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Nuckolls had 5 assists and 8 rebounds. Almeida had 3 assists and 7 rebounds.  Eldridge had 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Driskell had 1 assist, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Gracey had 4 rebounds.

The Flyers were scheduled to go to Pollock Central on Friday, Dec. 11 for a 7:30 p.m. start. Then on Saturday, Dec. 12 they go to Grapeland for a 4 p.m. game. On Tuesday, Dec. 15 they journey to Tenaha to play at 6 p.m. Then on Friday, Dec. 18, the go to Price Carlisle for a 3:15 p.m. contest.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor 12 21 21 27 — 81

Cushing    21 13 16 23 — 73


Dec. 7, 2020


Indian QB Bizzell Offense Co-MVP

in All-District 9AA-1 team honors

Frankston Indians senior quarterback Brink Bizzell was chosen as Offense Co-Most Valuable Player on the 2020 District 9-AA, Division 1, All-District Football Team selections, announced Monday, Dec. 7.

Sharing the Offense MVP honors with Bizzell was Zach Conde, Hawkins senior quarterback.

Other district superlatives were the District MVP, Ryan Harris, Beckville junior quarterback; Defense MVP, Braden Adams, Hawkins sophomore linebacker; Utility Player of the Year, Matthew Bower, Union Grove senior; and Newcomer of the Year, J’Koby Williams, Beckville freshman running back.

Four Indian players were named to the First Team. Offensive honors went to junior wide receiver Cael Bruno, junior running back K.J. Hawkins and junior offensive lineman Alex Oxford. Defensive honors were given to senior defensive back Tyler Fridinger, and junior defensive lineman Oxford was cited a second time for First Team honors.

Named to the Second Team on offense was sophomore offensive lineman Jared Cook. Three Indian players made Second Team on defense: senior defensive lineman Juan Perez and two defensive backs, junior Clayton Merritt and freshman Kaymon Davis.

Selected for Honorable Mention on offense were sophomore Kody Loebig and three offensive linemen — sophomores Seth Gaskin and Robert Walker and junior Juan Garcia. Honorable Mention on defense went to junior defensive back Isaiah Allen, senior defensive lineman Nick Haney and two outside linebackers, junior Justin Birch and senior Cody Dickerson.

The Indians made the Class AA playoffs as fourth seed but lost in the bi-district game to top-ranked Timpson, playing Shiner in the 2A-1 semifinals Thursday, Dec. 10 at New Caney. (UPDATE: Timpson fell to Shiner 49-7 and Shiner advanced to the chamionship game on Dec. 17 against Post,)


Dec. 5, 2020


Maidens varsity, JV sweep games

against Slocum, Neches Dec. 4-5

The Frankston Maidens varsity and junior varsity basketball teams swept all their games over the weekend, including a close varsity game with Neches on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Coach Christi Coker reports that the Maiden varsity defeated Slocum 46-43 after the Maiden JV had won 16-8 on Friday, Dec. 4 in games at Slocum.

Then on Saturday, the Maidens varsity won over Neches, in a close one, 45-42 after the JV had defeated their Neches counterparts 19-13 at the FHS gym.

The Maiden varsity has a 4-1 record overall and the JV is 3-0 so far.

In the Slocum game, Tia Billingsly led Maiden scorers with 11 points. She also had six steals and five rebounds. Kelsey Sexton had 9 points. Brianna Looney had 8 and six rebounds. Shay Hatton got 7 points and Abbie Ramsey had 6 and four assists. Teallie Tatum scored 3 points and Maggie Caveness 2 with eight rebounds.

For the Maiden JV against Slocum, Mirayah Hatton scored 7 points and Bandy Bizzell 5. Kennedi Musselman and Ondreia Renfro scored 2 each.

Abbie Ramsey led scorers against Neches with 21 points including three 3-pointers. She also pulled down 10 rebounds. Tia Billingsly got 14 points and had five assists and five steals. Kelsey Sexton scored 4 points. Teallie Tatum, Shay Hatton and Maggie Caveness each had 2 points and Caveness had five rebounds.

Bandy Bizzell led JV scorers against Neches with 8 points and Kennedi Musselman had 5. Isabel Herbrough, Mirayah Hatton and Trinity Coats had 2 each.

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Maidens teams host Central Heights at 5 and 6:15 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 11, they host Tyler Heat at 5 and 6:15 p.m. The following day, Saturday, Dec. 12, there will be a varsity game only at t  he FHS gym at noon against All Saints Tyler.


Dec. 1, 2020


Maidens defeat Troup 47-36

in non-district basketball test

The Frankston Maidens Tuesday, Dec. 1 resumed their basketball season with a 47-36 victory over the Troup Lady Tigers in a non-district home game at the FHS gym.

Tia Billingsly led the Maidens with 18 points and Abbie Ramsey had 15. Shay Hatton scored 6 points, Teallie Tatum 4 and Brianna Looney and Jacey Dillard 2 each.

Shay Hatton led in rebounds with 6. Maggie Caveness, Ramsey, Billingsly Tatum and Dillard each had 4. Kelsey Sexton and Looney had 3 each. Ramsey and Billingsly each had 4 assists. Ramsey had 5 steals.

The win boosted the Maidens' record to 2-1 against non-district foes.

The Maidens play at Slocum on Friday, Dec. 4 with the junior varsity playing at 5 p.m. and the varsity game at 6:15. Then on Saturday, Dec. 5, the Maidens will play at home against Neches. The JV game starts at 1:30 p.m. and the varsity contest at 2:45 p.m.


Dec. 1, 2020


Westwood downs Tribe

48-31 in basketball test

Palestine Westwood defeated the Frankston Indians 48-31 Tuesday, Dec. 1 in their fourth non-district basketball game.

The Indians were still progressing from a late start at practice, thanks partly to an extended football season.

Two players who had not been in previous lineups were on hand to help the Tribe effort, but they too were hindered by a late start.

Brink Bizzell, recovered from an injury, returned to the lineup and led in scoring with 7 points for the Indians during the game. Caleb Ramsey, Cael Bruno and Kody Loebig, each scored 6 points. Benton Allen had 4 and K.J. Hawkins had 2.

Three Indians had 5 rebounds. They were Ramsey, Bruno and Hawkins. Austin Carr pulled down 4.

On Saturday, Dec. 5 the Indians go to New Summerfield for a 12 p.m. start. They will not return to the familiar confines of the FHS gym until Dec. 15 when they host Troup.


Nov. 23, 2020


Maidens singled out for MVP, Coach of Year

among 2A teams in  21-AA volleyball honors 

Two Frankston Maiden volleyball players and their coach came away with top honors in selections of District 21-AA honors among Class AA teams which competed during the 2020 season, it was reported Monday, Nov. 23.

Frankston senior Abbie Ramsey was chosen as the district AA Most Valuable Player and Maiden junior Haidyn Hokit was named Most Valuable Server. Frankston Coach Lisa Hokit was selected as Coach of the Year. She coached the Maidens to a first place finish among other AA teams in the district.

Three other AA teams in the district had players honored for a specialty.

Cayuga’s Briley Shaw was named MVP Setter. MVP Hitter was another Cayuga player,  Grace Gotcher.

Second place finisher, Kerens, had three top selections: MVP Blocker Alexius McAdams, MVP Defensive Player Aniya Lawrence and Reece Wright who shared Utility Player of the Year with Cross Roads’ Preslie Penix. Another Cross Roads player, Candace Mathews, was chosen as Newcomer of the Year.

Frankston placed three more players for First Team honors: Tia Billingsley, Gracie Roark and Melany Pizano. The other four AA teams in the district – Kerens, Cayuga, Cross Roads and Grapeland –  each had three selections.

Three Maidens were selected for the Second Team: Maggie Caveness, Brianna Looney and Emily Bizzell. Every other AA team in the district had three selections, except second place Kerens, which had only one.

Frankston had three players chosen for Honorable Mention: Eryn Pryor, Whitney Jordan and Bandy Bizzell. Three of the other AA teams had two players selected and Grapeland had four.

The Maidens had 11 players selected for Academic All-District: Ramsey, Emily Bizzell, Pryor, Pizano, Jordan, Looney, Roark, Hokit, Caveness, Billingsley, and Bandy Bizzell. Cayuga had 13 honorees. Cross Roads had 8. Kerens had 6 and Grapeland had 5.


2020 State Class A champion Neches

volleyball players top 21-1A honors list

The State Champion Neches Lady Tigers received top honors among All-District selections for the Class A teams in District 21-AA in an announcement released Monday, Nov. 23.

Kacie Kimbrough was named Most Valuable Player. Emily Hill was selected as MVP Setter. Raegan Hill was named MVP Server. Lexi Rogers was cited as MVP Hitter and Nayeli Quistian MVP Defensive Player. Utility Player of the Year was Kinsley Gordon.

Three other Neches players were selected for First Team All-district. They are Kourtney Mannix, Mallory Main and Emily Docteur. Second Team honors went to Riley Catchot.

In other selections, Danielle Anderson of Oakwood was named Coach of the Year. Oakwood’s Shaylin Keefer was named MVP Blocker. Jacee Youngblood of Oakwood and Leigh Ann Ochoa of Trinidad were named Co-Newcomers of the Year.

Others listed on the First Team All-District were Masa Youngblood of Oakwood and Lana Stovall and Kellie Airhart, both of Trinidad. Three Oakwood players – Lillie Flores, Gracie Belle Pettiette and Rai’Miaya Winston – were named to the Second Team as were Sam Sims and Madison Roberts, both of Trinidad. Jodie Looney of Trinidad was selected for Honorable Mention.


Nov. 23, 2020


Tribe falls to Elkhart

in action on Nov. 23 

The Frankston Indians varsity fell to the Elkhart Elks 40-34 Monday, Nov. 23 in their third non-district basketball game of the season.

The Indians are still trying to progress after a late beginning of basketball practice, as some of them were still active in the football playoffs as late as Nov. 12.

Leading scorer was Caleb Ramsey with 9 points. Cael Bruno had 7, Austin Carr and Isaiah Allen 5 each, K.J. Hawkins 4 and Kason Newport and Kaymon Davis with 2 points each.

The Indians will continue play on Tuesday, Dec. 1 when they journey to play Palestine Westwood. Action is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.


Nov. 21, 2020


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.

(See Neches ISD Courtesy Photo  HERE )


Nov. 20, 2020


Rusk Eagles defeat Indians Nov. 20

39-33 in second basketball contest

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team lost 39-33 to the Rusk Eagles Friday, Nov. 20 in their second non-district game of the season.

The Indians are now 0-2 for the season, having fallen in their opener 54-36 to Bullard.

The Rusk game comes in about a week after the Indian football team ended its season in in a bi-district game with Timpson and some of its players had to make the transition to basketball.

Leading scorer for the Indians was Caleb Ramsey with 9 points. K.J. Hawkins had 8 and Cael Bruno 7. Austin Carr scored 6 points and Isaiah Allen 3.

The Indians are scheduled to play Elkhart at the FHS gym Monday, Nov. 23. Junior varsity game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., followed by the varsity contest. games.


Nov. 17, 2020


LaPoynor Flyers compile 2-1 record

early in 2020-21 basketball season

The LaPoynor Flyers basketball team has compiled a record of 2-1 in action against non-district teams so far in the 2020-21 season, according to Coach Dean Nuckolls.

The Flyers have won over Kennard 110-49 on Nov. 13 at Homecoming. They fell to Lipan 71-64 on Nov. 14 and they defeated Lufkin Hudson 63-53 on Nov. 17.

Coach Nuckolls provided statistics for the three games and overall statistics for individual players.

(See these statistics HERE )


Nov. 17, 2020


Indian varsity falls to Bullard

by 54-36 in non-district action

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team fell to the Bullard Panthers Tuesday, Nov. 17 in their season opener 54-36.

Some of the players had been involved in the football playoffs as late as Nov. 12 and had been working out for basketball for less than a week.

Leading scorer for the Indians was Cael Bruno with 17 points. Caleb Ramsey had 10, Isaiah Allen 5 and K.J. Hawkins and Tripp Hallmark each had  2 points.

Hawkins led in rebounds with 8. Bruno and Isaiah Allen each had 7 and Ramsey and Benton Allen each had 5. Ramsey had 6 assists,  Bruno 4 and Isaiah Allen 3. Isaiah Allen had 5 steals. — Statistics  from Coach Scotty Albritton


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.

(Timpson Game, Season Statistics HERE        


Nov. 10, 2020


Maidens’ ‘great shooting’ wins

over Palestine Westwood 69-11

The Frankston Maidens varsity Tuesday, Nov. 10 displayed great shooting as they defeated the Palestine Westwood Lady Panthers 66-11 in a non-district basketball contest at the FHS gym, according to a report by Coach Christi Coker.

The win gave the Maidens a 1-1 record in their second game of the 2020-21 season.

Scoring for the Maidens were Abbie Ramsey with 16 points and Tia Billingsley and Brianna Looney 10 each. Shay Hatton had 9 points. Maggie Caveness, Kelsey Sexton and Kaylee Davis had 6 each. Kelsey Loebig, TeallieTatum and Jacey Dillard had 2 each.

Caveness led in rebounds with 8 and Davis led with 6 assists..

Coach Coker said she is “looking forward to a great and exciting season as long as this COVID will stay away.

“This group of girls have a great attitude and work hard every day,” the coach said. “They are a joy to be around and coach.”

Coach Coker said the Maidens have a majority of last year’s team back. She said Ramsey, Tatum and Loebig are the seniors; Billingsley, Looney, Sexton and Caveness are returning juniors; Sophomore Ja’shalyn Hatton is back. New on the team is freshman Kaylee Davis, “who we expect great things from this year” and sophomore Jacey Dillard, “who will help us out at the post area,” the veteran Maiden coach and former FHS standout, said.

According to the coach, Martins Mill and LaPoynor are the favorites in district competition and Frankston, Kerens, Cayuga and Cross Roads will be competing to get into the Class AA playoffs.


Nov. 7, 2020


Maidens JV, varsity split at Athens

in 20-21 season basketball openers

The Frankston Maidens junior varsity defeated their Athens counterparts 29-19 Saturday, Nov. 7, but the Maiden varsity lost to the Athens Lady Hornets varsity 60-45 in season openers in non-district basketball play at Athens.

Scoring for the JV were Bandy Bizzell and Mariyah Hatton with 7 points each, Abigail Fletcher with 6, Kennedi Musselman 5 and Trinity Coats 4.

For the varsity,  Abbie Ramsey had 15, Maggie Caveness and Tia Billingsley 8 each, Brianna Looney 5, Kelsey Sexton 4, Kaylee Davis and Teallie Tatum 2 each and Shay Hatton 1.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Maiden varsity will host Palestine Westwood starting at 5 p.m. Then on Friday, Nov. 13, they go to Arp for a 5 p.m. matchup.

—  Report by Coach Christi Coker


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 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 K.J. 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. 29, 2020


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. (See Courtesy Photo HERE )


Oct. 28, 2020


LaPoynor varsity boys, girls place

 first in 19-AA Cross Country meet

The LaPoynor varsity boys and girls captured first place in the District 19-AA Cross Country meet at LaPoynor School on Wednesday, Oct. 28, according to Coach Jammie Maze.

The coach said that, as district champions, the girls and boys teams will advance as teams to the Regional Meet at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville on Nov. 10.

The LaPoynor Junior High boys earned second place at the meet.

Payton Maze and Savannah Thaw qualified for the varsity girls for Regional competition on Nov. 10 in Huntsville. Maze finished in seventh place with a time off 14.16.62 and Thaw was eighth with a time of 14.20.

Five LaPoynor varsity boys qualified for Regionals, led by Caleb Solis’ first place time of 18.05. Matthew Driskell finished third with 18.11. Aiden Maze was sixth with 18.57. Cooper Gracey finish seventh with 19.19 and Johnathan Estrada was 10th with 20.19.

For the junior high girls, Cayuga finished first and Frankston second, as teams,  with Bailey Ball of Frankston taking first place. Participating for LaPoynor were Breona Howard and Adriana Estrada who finished 15th and 16th respectively.

For the junior high boys, Martins Mill finished first and LaPoynor second as teams. Martins Mill dominated the individual Top 10, winning first, second and third. LaPoynor had two individuals in the Top 10, Parker Beasley, who finished fifth and Josiah Young 10th.

Other LaPoynor participants were Jericho Young, Gage Nuckolls, Mateo Estrada and Dylan Thaw.

District teams participating were LaPoynor, Frankston, Martins Mill, Cayuga, Kerens and Cross Roads.


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. 


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.

(See Paris Chisum Video HERE )


Sept. 15, 2020


Maidens defeat Oakwood to go

2-0 in district volleyball play

Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team upped their district record to 2-0 Tuesday, Sept. 15 taking  three sets in their match at Oakwood, according to a report from Coach Lisa Hokit.

The Maidens won 25-12, 25-17, 25-15 in the match.

Abbie Ramsey had 7 aces and Haidyn Hokit 3. Tia Billingsley had 7 kills, Maggie Caveness 6 and Hokit and Ramsey 5 each. Ramsey had. 12 digs, Brianna Looney 8, Melany Pizano 6 and Billingsley and Hokit 5 each. Ramsey had 12 assists and Hokit 8.

 Next they journeyed to Grapeland Saturday, Sept. 19 for junior varsity and varsity matches beginning at 10 a.m.


Sept. 11, 2020


Maidens win first district match

26-24, 25-19, 25-15 at Cayuga

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team got off to a good start in district play against Cayuga Friday, Sept. 11 to win their match in three sets.

After Cayuga gave the Maidens a close game in the first set the Frankston girls came away with a 26-24 win. In the second set, the Maidens won 25-19. In the final set, the Maidens won 25-15.

Abbie Ramsey had 6 service aces, Haidyn Hokit and Gracie Roark 4 each and Eryn Pryor 3. Tia Billingsley had 8 kills, Ramsey 6, Hokit 4 and Pryor 3. Ramsey and Hokit had 6 digs each, Billingsley 4 and Brianna Looney 3. Ramsey and Hokit had 11 assists each.

The Maidens varsity went to Oakwood for their second district game and then to Grapeland on Saturday, Sept.19.


Sept. 11, 2020


Indian defense keeps score close

but early errors foil Tribe 28-15

The Frankston Indians’ defense played an outstanding game but Class AAA, Divison I Huntington took advantage of untimely Tribe mistakes to take a 28-15 win at Huntington Friday night, Sept. 11.

The Indians were able to hold the talented Huntington team to an 8-8 deadlock in the first half with the only Huntington scores coming from early errors by the Tribe, Coach Paul Gould said.

On the Indians’ first possession, the Tribe was driving inside Huntington territory at about the 40 yard line when an Indian pass was intercepted by Huntington and returned for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

Then on the next possession, the Indians were deep in their own territory when the snap of the ball went awry, forcing the Tribe to recover the football in their own end zone for a safety and two points for HHS. That made the score 8-0.

The Indians evened things up in the second quarter as senior quarterback Brink Bizzell ran the ball in to score from about 15 yards out and then ran for two extra points. That made it 8-8 going into halftime.

The score was to remain tight until late in the third quarter when Huntington scored on about a 30-yard run to take a 15-8 lead, after kicking the PAT.

In the fourth period, Huntington was forced to kick a field goal to boost the score to 18-8.

The Indians answered with a 60-yard pass from Bizzell to junior Cael Bruno and junior Clayton Merritt booted the PAT to narrow the score to 18-15.

Huntington then scored on a one-yard run and added an extra point to make it 25-15.

Late in the final quarter, Huntington padded their lead with a field goal to end things with a 28-15 victory.

Coach Gould had much praise for the Indian defense led by linebackers Cody Dickerson, Justin Birch and Bruno. He also praised defensive backs Merritt and Tyler Fridinger. Fridinger had an interception, he said.

The Indian head coach said the Tribe had a chance to win if they could have eliminated the mistakes.

This coming week the coaches and team will be trying to correct the errors and prepare the Tribe for the Homecoming Game, Friday, Sept. 18 against Paris Chisum, a Class AAA, Division 2 team, a change from the previous schedule.

Coach Gould said the new opponent is expected to run their offense from the Wing T formation and will feature an even front on defense. He said Chisum is “big and physical up front”.


Sept. 4, 2020


Indians handle Winona Wildcats

19-13 in second season outing 

The Frankston Indians  bounced back Friday night, Sept. 4 with a 19-13 win over the Winona Wildcats in their second non-district football road game of the infant season.

The Indians used the passing of senior quarterback Brink Bizzell to receivers K.J. Hawkins and Cael Bruno to score three touchdowns which proved enough to reinforce a stellar defensive performance by the Indians, holding the Wildcats to only two TDs.

Ironically it was almost a repeat of the margin of victory the Indians had posted a year before against Winona when they won 17-13 at Homecoming.

The Indians’ first score came in the initial quarter when Bizzell found junior running back K.J. Hawkins with a 20-yard touchdown pass. Hawkins caught another Bizzell aerial in the second quarter, also from 20 yards out.

The Tribe put the icing on the cake in the third quarter as Bizzell found junior Cael Bruno open and connected with another 20-yard pass and the third tally.

Along the way, Hawkins booted an extra point to round out the winning points.

The impressive defensive effort by the Tribe was led by senior safety Tyler Fridinger, sophomore linebacker Jared Cook and senior defensive lineman Juan Perez, according to Head Coach Paul Gould.

The Indian coach was pleased with the effort of his team in this second appearance of the season, noting their great effort and improved performance from a week ago. He said Winona did pretty much what the Indian coaches and team had expected from their past performance so the Indians were prepared.

Frankston is now 1-1 for the season as they continue non-district play.

The 9-AA Indians will be going up against a formidable foe next Friday when they journey to Huntington to face a Class AAA, Division I team, coming down from Class 4-A which scored an unexpected victory over Shelbyville this week, Coach Gould said.

He said Huntington has good size and depth and mounts a spread offense featuring an outstanding quarterback who likes to throw the football a lot and a defense which loads up with a five-man front to stop opponents.

Coach Gould said his Indians will have to play an outstanding game to win.

The coach said the Indian junior varsity played Winona JV at Austin Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 3 and came away with a 12-6 loss. Scoring the only touchdown for the Tribe JV was freshman Ryan Harper with a 35-yard run. 


Sept. 4, 2020


Maidens down Westwood in final

non-district match on Sept. 4

The Frankston Maidens won over Palestine Westwood on Friday, Sept. 4 in the final non-district match of the season.

The Maidens won the first set 25-15 went on to win two more straight 25-12 and 25-18 to take the match.

The win came after a loss to Canton in three straight sets on Sept. 1, according to Coach Lisa Hokit.

The Maidens will enter district play on Friday, Sept. 11 going to Cayuga. On Sept. 15 they are scheduled to play at Oakwood. They will be back home to host Kerens on Sept. 22 after going to Grapeland on Sept. 19.


Aug. 28, 2020


Indians play close early but fall

to talented Timpson team 68-24

The Frankston Indians traveled into deep East Texas Friday night, Aug. 28 in their season opener with a traditionally tough Timpson football team and came away with a disappointing 68-24 loss.

The Indians, returning seven players on offense and six on defense, kept things close early in the first half and into the second quarter but Timpson unleashed a talented running game which turned a 6-6 first quarter tie into a 25-6 advantage going into the dressing room at halftime.

The Tribe managed to narrow the gap with three more touchdowns in the second half but Timpson broke on several long runs to amass 19 points late in the second quarter and 43 points in a big third quarter.

The Indians were led by a three-touchdown performance by senior quarterback Brink Bizzell (2), returning from last year. Bizzell scored on runs of 17, 34 and 17 yards. The  other touchdown was scored by freshman running back Kaymon Davis on a 7-yard run, ac-cording to preliminary statis-tics provided by Coach Paul Gould. More detailed statistics will follow later.

On defense, Coach Gould cited the performance of junior linebacker Justin Birch and senior linebacker Landon Bailey. He also praised the effort of the Indians overall.

The head coach said the two teams matched up pretty well on size but Timpson probably had a little more speed than the Indians. Both teams relied mostly on the run and their quarterbacks operating out of spread formations to fuel their offenses, he said.

Coach Gould said the coaches and team have high expectations for the season ahead and are working hard to improve their performance and conditioning, the latter limited by precautions sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. He said the game itself showed no signs of effects but team precautions off the field were emphasized.

The Indians will go on the road again next week, taking on the Winona Wildcats in another non-district game. Coach Gould said Winona’s offense relies mostly on the run and uses a 4-3 defense, much like they did in last fall’s FHS Homecoming game when the Indians won 17-13.

The Tribe goes to Huntington on Sept. 11 before coming back to Austin Stadium for the Homecoming contest with Queen City on Sept. 18.

They will be entering District 9-AA play against Big Sandy, Carlisle, Hawkins, Union Grove, Linden-Kildare and Beckville. The head coach said Carlisle is expected to be the team to beat for district honors.


Aug. 25, 2020


Maidens fall to tough Eustace

in volleyball action Aug. 25

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team played a tough Eustace team close in two games or sets but fell 3-1 in a non-district match Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the Frankston High School gym.

The Maidens will now enjoy a bye on Friday, Aug. 28 while preparing to go to Canton and Palestine Westwood next week to close out non-district play.

In the first game or set against Eustace, the Maidens lost a heart-stopper 22-25 and lost 14-25 in the second. The Maidens bounced back to win a close one in the third, 25-23 but couldn’t hold off the Lady Bulldogs in the fourth 17-25, despite a strong effort to force a fifth round and hopefully successful comeback.

Coach Lisa Hokit cited players senior Whitney Jordan who served four aces and senior Eryn Pryor and junior Gracie Roark who led with five kills. Also senior Abbie Ramsey had 16 assists and senior Emily Bizzell and junior Maggie Caveness had one block each. On the  defensive side, senior Melany Pizano and junior Tia Billingsley each had 17 digs.


Aug. 21, 2020


Maiden varsity volleyball team

edged by Athens on Aug. 21

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team won two of five games in a match with the Athens Lady Hornets but Athens won in the second, third and fifth games to take the win Friday, Aug. 21 in action at the Frankston High School gym.

Frankston won the first game 25-15 but Athens took the second 16-25 and squeaked out a win in the third 24-26. The Maidens came back 25-18 in the fourth game but Athens took the match with a 9-15 performance in the fifth.

Coach Lisa Hokit said seniors Whitney Jordan and Emily Bizzell led at the service line; senior Abbie Ramsey led in assists, and senior Melany Pizano dominated the defensive end in digs.

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