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Sept. 21,  2021


Maidens volleyball teams win

matches against Grapeland

The Frankston Maidens, both the varsity and the junior varsity, took exciting wins over Grapeland Tuesday, Sept. 21 in the FHS gym.

The varsity Maidens looked like they were back in the form they displayed early in the season as they dominated the Grapeland girls in three sets, 25-12, 25-13, 25-8.

Earlier in the evening, the Junior Varsity Blue team took a 2-1 win over their Grapeland counterparts, 22-25, 25-21, 15-8.

In the first set, the Maidens varsity was in control throughout and Gracie Roark served out as the Maidens secured their win. They dominated also in the second set and in the third set they won decisively as Bandy Bizzell sustained her serves to help the Maidens  reach the winning score.

Earlier, the JV blue team lost a squeaker in the first set but came back in the next set to win their own close one 25-21, helped by the sustained serving of Addi Loebig. They went on to the win in the final set.

The varsity win made the Maidens 1-1 against 2A members of District 21-2A. They are also 1-1 against Class A members. Overall they a 12-7 for the season.

The Maidens varsity and JV will be going against Kerens Friday, Sept. 24, with action starting at 4:30 p.m. in the FHS gym. (Video clip of Junior Varsity action HERE )


Sept. 18,  2021


Maidens varsity defeats Oakwood

in three sets in 21-2A home opener 

The Frankston Maidens varsity appeared to get back some of the rhythm they had lost from earlier in the season on Saturday, Sept. 18, when they won their first District 21-2A match over Class A member, Oakwood, in three straight sets, 3-0.

Despite having some serving errors in early going, the Maidens settled down to win the first set 25-14 as Bandy Bizzell served out the winning points. They picked up momentum in the second set, winning 25-6 with Maggie Caveness serving out for the final points. Despite some early difficulties, they finished out the third set for the win, 25-13.

The Maidens had a stellar non-district schedule, winning most of their non-district matches and two tournaments, until a two and one-half week layoff from competition due to cancellations in their schedule.

Their first time back was on Sept. 10 when they started district competition against defending Class A champion Neches who they played close but were defeated 3-1. Then on Sept. 14, they met a good Cayuga 2A team in their first match against a district 2A member and fell in three sets. Nevertheless they are 11-7 overall, 1-1 against Class A district members and 0-1 against a 2A member.

They will be meeting two straight 2A district members in coming matches, hoping to continue to return to their earlier successes.

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, the junior varsity and varsity will host 2A Grapeland starting at 5 p.m. at the FHS gym. Then on Friday, Sept. 24 they will host 2A Kerens for a 4:30 p.m. start, prior to the Indians’ Homecoming football game against District 9-2A opponent, Big Sandy. (Video Clip of Maidens-Oakwood action HERE )


Sept. 17,  2021


Late TD boosts Indians to 27-26

win over Queen City Sept. 17

The Frankston Indians turned a fourth quarter touchdown with only minutes to go into enough to defeat the resurgent Queen City Bulldogs 27-26 Friday night, Sept. 17 at Queen City.

The Indians had taken a 21-6 lead into the dressing room at halftime and looked like they might have the game under control. However, Queen City came back in the third quarter with another touchdown to make it 20-12 going into the fourth quarter while the Indians failed to score in the period.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs scored and ran for two points to narrow the Tribe lead to 21-20 while the Indian offense was unable to reach paydirt. The Indians defense managed to hold Queen City on fourth down on two occasions in the quarter and the second time they stopped the Bulldogs inside the 20.

Unfortunately for the Tribe, shortly after the turnover, they fumbled and Queen City took over in Indian territory at the 28 and turned their opportunity into a score to go ahead 26-21 when their PAT run failed.

The Indians took the ensuing kickoff and, in short order, scored their first touchdown of the second half. The two-point PAT try failed but the Indians had a 27-26 lead with just over a minute to go in the game.

The Indians defense held the Bulldogs on fourth down with less than a minute to go to preserve their 27-26 victory.

Frankston scored on their first possession of the game with sophomore running back Kaymon Davis taking the handoff and running 10 yards for the score. Clayton Merritt booted the extra point and the Indians led 7-0.

Isaiah Allen ruined the Bulldogs’ first possession as he intercepted the ball and returned it to the Bulldog 30. Shortly afterward, Tribe quarterback Cael Bruno ran in for a score from five yards out, but the PAT try failed and FHS had a 13-0 lead.

The Indians held that lead into the second quarter and forced Queen City to punt.   Unfortunately for the Indians, the Bulldogs intercepted a Tribe pass and started a drive on their own 45. Moments later they scored on a run to narrow the Indian lead to 13-6 when the PAT kick failed.

The two teams exchanged punts but when Frankston received the Bulldog punt they began a drive on their own 35 and moved the chains upfield to the Queen City 9. From there Quarterback Bruno ran for the TD and kept for the two-point conversion to pad the Tribe lead to 21-6 late in the second quarter.

Queen City scored on their first possession of the third quarter driving from their own 27 to score on a run. Their two-point conversion try failed but the FHS lead was narrowed to 21-12 as the quarter ended.

Early in the fourth quarter, Queen City scored and had a successful two-point conversion to further narrow the Indians’ lead to 21-20.

With about six minutes left in the game, the Tribe defense held the Bulldogs on downs at the Indians’ 19-yard line where FHS took over.

Unfortunately, the defensive stand was spoiled when the Tribe fumbled at their own 28 to give Queen City a new set of downs.

Queen City turned that bit of fortune into a score which put them ahead 26-21 when the two-point conversion attempt failed.

With little time left on the game clock, Frankston took the ensuing kickoff on their own 45. Seconds later, freshman running back Tyler Rogers took the handoff and ran 20 yards for what would be the winning touchdown. The two-point conversion try failed but the Indians led 27-26.

There was less than two minutes left in the game, but the Bulldogs still had a chance to take back the lead. However, they faced fourth down on their own 48 with under a minute but the Indians defense stiffened and took over at the Bulldog 47 to secure the win.

Coach Paul Gould said he thought the Indian defense played well. He said they held Queen City to 270 yards of offense. He said Jared Cook, Clayton Merritt and Tyler Rogers had good games on defense.

Offensively, the coach thought the first two Tribe possessions were very efficient. However, he said, “After that we continued to hurt ourselves with turnovers. We have to clean that up because district starts next week.”

Looking ahead to that the Homecoming game on Sept. 24, Coach Gould assessed the first district opponent.

The Indian coach said Big Sandy is offensively in the shotgun and defensively they line up in a 50.

“They are playing well and we are going to have to work on our consistency to beat them,” the coach said. “I expect our guys to have a good week of practice this week since it is the first district game.”

 Big Sandy is 2-2 in non-district play, having won over Tyler All Saints 54-0 and defeated Overton 33-12 while losing to Alba-Golden 20-0 and to Ore City 28-19.

The Indians also are 2-2, having lost to Timpson 61-0 and Huntington 43-12 while winning over Winona 39-0 and downing Queen City 27-26.

In sub-varsity games on Thursday, Sept. 16, the seventh grade had three touchdowns to none for Cushing in a scrimmage. The eighth grade won over Cushing 38-0 and the Junior Varsity lost 40-0.

On Thursday, Sept. 23, the seventh and eighth grade and junior varsity will journey to Big Sandy for a 5 p.m. start.

Friday night, Sept. 24, the kickoff between the Indians and Big Sandy will be at 7:30 p.m. at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium.          (Queen City Game Statistics HERE)

Score by Quarters:

Indians         13    8     0      6 — 27

Queen City   0     6     6    14 — 26


Sept. 14,  2021


Maidens defeated by Cayuga 0-3

in volleyball match on Sept. 14

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team fell to Cayuga 0-3 Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Cayuga in the Maidens’ first match with a  2A team in District 21-2A, according to a report from Coach Lisa Hokit.

The Maidens lost the first set 12-25, played closer at 16-25 in the second set and lost the third set 13-25, the coach said.

The Maidens varsity will be hosting Class A Oakwood Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. in the FHS gym. Then on Tuesday, Sept. 21, the Maidens varsity and JV will be hosting 2A Grapeland in action beginning at 5 p.m.


Sept. 10,  2021


Huntington passing attack sparks

Sept. 10 win over Indians 43-12

The Huntington Red Devils used an effective passing game and controlled the line of scrimmage with their big and physical line to hand the Frankston Indians a 43-12 non-district loss Friday, Sept. 10 at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium.

The Indian defense had problems covering the pinpoint passing of Huntington senior quarterback Garrett Chancellor(13) and the sure-handed receivers, Darion Hale(5), Chase Hopson(6) and Ayden Colbert(17). Big junior running back Connor Murray(44) kept Indian defenders busy with his bruising runs, setting up the Red Devil passing game.

The Huntington passing attack was largely responsible for all three first half touchdowns, two directly and one setting up a one-yard touchdown run.

The Indians finally got on the board in the second half after trailing 20-0 at halftime, using the running of sophomore Kaymon Davis and senior quarterback Cael Bruno, the running and receiving of senior Isaiah Allen and the receiving of seniors Clayton Merritt and Justin Birch and junior Kody Loebig.

The Indians held the Red Devils on downs to start the second half and took over at their own 45. On four plays, the Tribe posted their first score. Kaymon Davis ran for 16 and two plays later, Justin Birch took a pass from Bruno which covered 29 yards. On the next play, Bruno kept for 12 yards and the score with 8:59 left in the third quarter. The PAT try was unsuccessful, but the Indians had narrowed the Huntington lead to 20-6.

Unfortunately for the Indians, Red Devil quarterback Chancellor connected with Hale on a 57-yard scoring pass. Colbert booted the extra point and Huntington padded their lead to 27-6 with 7:26 to go in the quarter. 

The Indians were not to score again until the fourth quarter but Chancellor found Colbert who went 79 yards to paydirt and kicked the PAT to raise the score to 34-6 with 2:30 left in the quarter.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Indians began a 66-yard drive which started on the Indian 34. First Isaiah Allen caught a pass from Bruno and went 14 yards to midfield. Bruno kept for 8 and a penalty moved them to the HHS 44. Freshman quarterback Reese Hicks came in and ran for 10, 7 and 10 yards to reach the 17. A loss set the Indians back to the 26, but Bruno found Clayton Merritt with a 16-yard pass to the 10 and then tossed to Kody Loebig for the score with 9:21 left in the final quarter. The PAT try was unsuccessful, but the Tribe now narrowed the HHS lead to 34-12.

On the next Tribe possession on their own 11, HHS was awarded two points on a safety and it was 36-12.

After the free kick, Huntington took over at the Indians’ 35 and in five plays, the Red Devils scored on a one-yard run by Connor Murray. The PAT kick by Colbert made it 43-12 with only 1:27 left in the game.

Coach Paul Gould said he was disappointed with the outcome of the game, but he said the Indians played hard.

He said the Tribe defense held Huntington to only 89 yards rushing, but they weren’t able to stop the Red Devils passing game. He said the Indians also made too many mistakes, particularly early in the contest.

The Indians’ coach said the team will be trying to eliminate the mistakes and continue to try to get better in the week ahead as they prepare to meet Queen City in their next non-district game.

He said Queen City operates their offense out of the spread and uses a 3-3 stack defense to stop their opponents. He said they like to throw the football and have a good quarterback. The Indians will need to work on their pass defense to help them win over the Bulldogs, the Tribe coach said.

Queen City has a 2-1 record going into the game with the Indians. They won over Linden-Kildare 32-28 in their season opener and defeated Union Grove 57-12 on Sept. 3 before losing this week to Quitman 25-20.

In sub-varsity action against Huntington, the junior varsity lost 34-10 while the seventh graders tied 14-14 and the eighth grade won 38-0.

On Thursday, Sept. 16, the JV and seventh and eighth graders are scheduled to go to Cushing for a 5 p.m. start.

Then on Friday, Sept. 17, the Indians will be going to Queen City for a 7:30 p.m.  kickoff, their first game of the season away from home.

( See Indians statistics in the Huntington game HERE )


Sept. 10,  2021


Maidens varsity loses to Neches

in close match 3-1 on Sept. 10

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team opened their District 21-2A schedule against Class A Neches Friday, Sept. 10 at Neches and fell 3-1 to the defending Class A champions, according to a report by Maidens Head Coach Lisa Hokit.

It was close in all but one set. In the first set, the Maidens lost 26-28, but they came back to win the second set 25-20 before losing the last two sets 12-25 and 21-25.

“We had some bright spots, but it was our first match in two and a half weeks and we had some players in new roles,” Coach Hokit said. “We couldn’t find a good rhythm.”

No set scores were immediately available for the junior varsity match which Coach Hokit said the Maidens JV lost in two sets.


Sept. 3,  2021


Indians take 39-0 non-district win

over Winona Wildcats on Sept. 3

The Frankston Indians came back strong in their second non-district game of the season, defeating the Winona Wildcats 39-0 at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium Friday, Sept. 3.

The Indians dominated the first half on offense and defense, not allowing the Wildcats a first down until late in the second quarter when the Wildcats launched a passing game to drive to the Indians’ 24-yard line before Jared Cook intercepted a Wildcat pass as time ran out in the first half.

After scoring 20 points in the first quarter, the Indians picked up 12 more in the second period to hold a commanding lead 32-0 at halftime.

The Indians started the third period with a scoring pass on an early possession and increased the score to 39-0, the final winning margin.

The Indians got off to a quick start exercising their defensive muscle when junior linebacker Jared Cook stepped in front of a Winona pass on the first play of the Wildcats’ first possession. Cook then took aim for the end zone from 38 yards out and scored with about 10 minutes to go in the first quarter. The Indians quickly led 6-0. The PAT attempt failed.

The Indians scored their first offensive touchdown of the game and season climaxing a drive of about 50 yards with key passes to Clayton Merritt from quarterback Cael Bruno setting up the Tribe on the Winona 26. Sophomore running back Ryan Harper took the handoff and weaved his way for a score with 4:13 left in the first period. Again the PAT try failed but Frankston had a 12-0 lead.

On the next Wildcat possession, an alert Tribe senior defensive back Isaiah Allen intercepted a Winona aerial on third down and sprinted 30 yards to paydirt with 3:40 left in the initial quarter. Freshman quarterback Reese Hicks put the icing on the cake with a run for the two extra points. The Indians took a 20-0 lead into the second quarter.

After holding the Wildcats on their next possession, the Indians found themselves on their own 3 after a Winona punt of about 53 yards. Undaunted, the Indians launched a 97-yard drive, using the running of quarterback Hicks and sophomore running back Kaymon Davis along with a key pass reception from Hicks to senior wide receiver Bayne Bacon to get to the Wildcats’ 28. From there, Davis took a screen pass and took off 28 yards to score with 8:13 left in the half. The PAT try was unsuccessful, but the Indians had padded their lead to 26-0.

The Indians were to score again about midway in the quarter. After holding off the Wildcat offense, the Tribe took possession at their own 39. It took them only two plays to score. First Bruno found wide receiver Allen with a 26-yard pass to the Winona 35. From there, Davis broke loose on a 35-yard run to the end zone with 6:27 left in the half. The PAT try failed, but the Indians would have their first half 32-0 lead.

Winona’s passing attack came alive, giving them their initial first downs of the game, but as time ran out linebacker Cook intercepted a Winona pass to end the Wildcat threat with no time left on the first half clock.

In the third quarter, the Indians were to add another score as quarterback Bruno found Merritt with an 8-yard pass play. Merritt booted the PAT and the Indians had their 39-0 winning score.

Coach Paul Gould was elated over the win, saying he thought the Indians played with faster speed than in their season opener against the top-rated Timpson team a week earlier. He praised the offensive performance of his quarterbacks and running backs on offense along with some key receptions by wide receivers.

The coach also had high praise for the defense which he said was more aggressive. He cited Bayne Bacon, Justin Birch, Isaiah Allen, Ryan Harper, Clayton Merritt and Jared Cook, along with the usual top performance by All-District lineman Alex Oxford.

He said the defense held Winona to only 102 yards in total offense during the night.

The Indian Junior Varsity fell to their Winona counterparts 24-8 on Thursday, Sept. 2, according to coaches.

Looking ahead to next week, Coach Gould described non-district opponent Huntington as a “big and physical” team. He said they run the spread offense and use a 50 defense to defend against opponents. They have lost their first two games to Arp and Shelbyville, the coach said.

He said the Indians will be trying to continue to improve as they face opponents going into the District 9-2A schedule.

The Indians will again be playing in the familiar confines of Austin Stadium on Friday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The Indians junior varsity will journey to Huntington on Thursday, Sept. 9 for a 5 p.m. start. The seventh and eighth grade Indians are scheduled to host Huntington, starting at 5 p.m. on the same day.

(See Frankston  Individual Statistic for Winona game HERE )

Score by Quarters:

Winona            0      0    0    0 —   0

Frankston     20    12    7    0 — 39


Aug. 30,  2021


MAIDENS IN TOP 20 POLL — The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team was listed as No. 19 in the recent Texas Girls Coaches Association  Class 2A/1A volleyball poll as of Aug. 30, it was learned here. The Maidens’ overall record is 9-5, including pool play, but they have lost only one non-district match and have been champions in two Silver Bracket Tournaments. — FISD Courtesy Photo


Aug. 27,  2021


Explosive Timpson hands Indians

home-opener loss 61-0 on Aug. 27

The explosive Timpson Bears put together six touchdowns in the first half and added three more in the second half to hand the Frankston Indians a 61-0 season-opening loss on Friday night, Aug. 27 at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium.

The Indians showed periods of promise throughout the game, offensively and defensively, but couldn’t put together a significant drive on offense against the aggressive Bear defense or stop the attack by a team which last year advanced to the 2A-1 semi-finals and had most of that team coming back this year.

Timpson scored on long runs on their first two possessions and added a long pass to jump out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter. They added three more touchdowns in the second quarter to post a 41-0 lead with no time remaining in the first half.

The Bears expanded their lead to 49-0 with only seconds gone in the third quarter with a 46-yard run. Then, with less than two minutes to go in the quarter, they increased their lead to 55-0.

Midway in the fourth quarter, they drove to the Indian 16 and scored to make the final score 61-0.

Standouts for Timpson were Sophomore Quarterback Terry Bussey(10), Senior running back Braden Courtney(22), Sophomore running back Dakovian Tutt(20) and Sophomore wide receiver Vosky Howard(6), along with a very quick and aggressive Bear defense.

Frankston Coach Paul Gould said, as formidable as Timpson was, he thought the Indians learned a lot in the contest. He said a lot of Indian players were able to see action and be tested against one of the best teams in Class 2A-1.

The Indians’ coach said this game was just the beginning of a year where he thinks the Indians will get better and better as they become more experienced and some key spots on the team are finalized. He sees a promising future for the Indian football program.

Coach Gould said he thought that several defensive players  had a good game. They included Ryan Harper, Clayton Merritt, Jared Cook, Justin Birch and Tyler Rogers. He also praised the performance of All-District lineman Alex Oxford, senior perennial performer on both sides of the ball, for the Indians.

Overall, Coach Gould was impressed with the way the team continued to play hard the entire game, regardless of the obtacles presented by the performance of the Timpson opponent. He said that attitude will serve them well as the season progresses.

The Indians’ coach said that efforts will continue to fine-tune both the offense and defense and find the best players to fill the spots vacated by graduation and other reasons

Now the Indians must prepare for the Winona Wildcats, a team which the Tribe coach said is almost a mirror image of the Indians on offense. Despite having won over the Wildcats for the past two years, Coach Gould said the Indians must be ready to  win when Winona visits Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium  on Friday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled. The Indian offense will face a Winona team which lines up in a basic 4-3 defense.

In a junior varsity contest on Thursday, Aug. 26 at Timpson, the Indians JV fell to talented counterparts 46-0 and are scheduled to be on the road against the Winona JV on Thursday, Sept. 2, Coach Gould said.

(See Frankston Statistics in Timpson game  HERE ) 

Score by Quarters:

Timpson    20 21 14  6 — 61

Indians        0   0   0  0 —   0


Aug. 25,  2021


Indians football team faces tough

foe, hosting Timpson on Aug. 27

( See Preview of Timpson game HERE )


Aug. 24,  2021


Maidens varsity falls to Eustace 

in non-district volleyball contest

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team suffered their first loss in non-district play Tuesday, Aug. 24 as they fell to Class 3A Eustace 1-3 at Eustace, according to Coach Lisa Hokit.

The Maidens started off in the first set with an 11-25 loss and then fought back, only to be edged 23-25 by the Eustace varsity. They bounced back to win the third set  25-17 and then made it close in the fourth 23-25.

Up until that, the Maidens had won over Malakoff and Buffalo in season home openers and took the championships of the Palestine Tourney and the Eustace Tourney in the Silver Brackets.

The Frankston girls had met Eustace in pool play for the Eustace Tourney and fell to the Eustace girls who were competing for seeding in the Gold Bracket.

The Junior Varsity Blue team fell to Eustace 0-2, losing the first seet 18-25, and being edged 21-25 in the seccond. The JV white team lost to Eustace 0-2, falling 19-25, 14-25, according to Coach Madison Crisp.

UPDATE: In matches with Jacksonville on Friday, Aug. 27, the Blue Team lost,        1-2 and the White Team fell 0-2. The Blue team lost the first set 19-25, won the second 25-23 before losing the third and deciding set 11-15. The White team lost both sets, 9-25. 9-25, the coach reported.

The matches with Wills Point scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 31 have been canceled and there are no junior varsity matches or any tournaments to be held this week, according to Coach Hokit. Also middle school matches on Sept. 2 and Sept. 7 are canceled, she said. The Maidens coach said the next varsity and JV matches will be against Neches in district play at the FHS gym on Friday, Sept. 10.


Aug. 21,  2021


Maidens win Eustace Silver title

SILVER BRACKET CHAMP — The Frankston Maidens varsity captured the championship of the Eustace Volleyvball Tourney Silver Bracket Saturday, Aug. 21 defeating Jacksonville 25-15, 25-11. They reached the finals by defeating Cross Roads 25-19, 26-28, 15-7 in the first round and then winning over Athens 25-15, 26-28, 15-9 in the semi-final round. It was the second tourney win for the Maidens, having won the Silver Bracket in the Palestine Tourney a week before. — Courtesy Photo


Aug. 17,  2021


Maidens varsity, JV take wins over

Buffalo volleyball teams on Aug. 17

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball continued their winning ways Tuesday, Aug. 17 with a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Lady Bisons in action at the FHS gym.

The Maidens took the first set handily, 25-8, but then had to score five points to one for the Lady Bisons late in the second set before winning 25-20. In the third, they dominated late at 20-9 and went on to score the necessary five more points to win while allowing only five points for the Lady Bisons to secure a 25-14 victory in the decisive set of the best of five match.

Before that win, the Maiden varsity had won over Malakoff on Aug. 13 and captured the championship of the Silver Bracket at the Palestine Tourney with wins over Winona, Neches and Mildred.

Earlier in the evening, the Maidens JV White team won over Buffalo 2-1 taking the first set 26-24 before losing the second set 21-25 and then prevailing in the third and deciding set 15-7.

The Maidens JV Blue team won both sets of the best of three match, 25-14, 25-8.

Individual statistics were not immediately available.

Watch Maidens vs. Buffalo video clip HERE 


Aug. 13,  2021


Maidens volleyball posts wins on Aug. 13

over Malakoff; varsity tourney champs 

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team won the championship in the Silver Bracket of the Palestine Tourney Saturday, Aug. 14 defeating Mildred 25-19, 25-23 after earlier wins over Winona 25-12, 25-22 and Neches 21-25, 25-18, 15-9, according to a report from Coach Lisa Hokit.

Competing in the Eustace Tourney, the Maiden Junior Varsity qualified for the Gold Bracket but did not place, Coach Hokit said.

The Maidens teams were coming off wins in their season openers Friday, Aug. 13 in matches at the FHS gym.

The Maidens varsity pulled out a hard-fought 3-2 victory over their Malakoff counterparts and the junior varsity had won over the Lady Tigers JV 2-1 in the preliminary.

The JV took the two of three sets 25-10, 14-25, 25-16 in their first match on Friday.

Later the Maidens varsity quickly grabbed the lead with wins of 25-16, 25-14 in their first two sets, but Malakoff came back to even things up in the third and fourth sets 15-25, 23-25. In the fourth, the Maidens hung on to challenge before Malakoff scored the necessary points to win the set. 

Forced into the final decisive fifth set, the Maidens looked like they were in big trouble as Malakoff reeled off a 0-7 lead before Frankston could score a point. They continued to score points, leading the Maidens 4-11 before the Frankston girls began a comeback. As it turned out, Malakoff would score only three more points while the Maidens started a 12-point run, tying things at 14-14, going ahead 15-14 and then winning the required two-point 16-14 margin to win the fifth set and the match.

Individual statistics on the matches were not immediately available.

The Maidens will be hosting Buffalo at the FHS gym on Tuesday, Aug.17 in their second non-district competition. Action is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. The varsity will be trying to stretch their winning record.

View Maidens vs. Malakoff Video HERE


Aug. 13,  2021


Young, talented Indian football

team prepares for 2021 season

A young and talented Frankston Indians football team donned their pads this week in preparation for the 2021 season with high hopes to make it to the playoffs after competing in a tough 9-AA district.

On Friday, Aug. 13, the Indians varsity football team scrimmaged with San Augustine. Coach Paul Gould  said he felt like the Indians had a good first scrimmage.

“I was happy with the overall effort,” Coach Gould said.

The Indians scrimmaged Cushing and Troup on Thursday, Aug. 19 with the junior varsity starting at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity scrimmage at about 6:15.

(See a video cliip of some of the action in the Aug. 19 scrimmage HERE )

More on the scrimmages and the Friday, Aug. 27  home opener against  Timpson coming up.

Coach Paul Gould’s team returns six starters on defense and five on offense.  He said the practices are featuring rotation of players to see which ones fit in the spots left open by graduation or other vacancies.

Two players will be vying for the quarterback spot vacated with the graduation of All-District MVP Brink Bizzell who piled up yardage both on the ground and with his passing last year. They also will be looking at two prospects at the running back spots.

Coach Gould said that currently taking snaps in practice are quarterback candidates, 175-pound senior Clayton Merritt and 190-pound freshman Reese Hicks. Working out at running back are a quick 175-pound sophomore Kaymon Davis and 160-pound sophomore Ryan Harper.

The Indian coach said he has high expectations for his offensive line which he says averages 240 to 250 pounds per man. He said they appeared to be showing progress in what he has seen so far.

Overall the coach thinks the team’s strength is some team speed. They will be using their traditional spread offense to attack opponents and line up in a 3-3 stack defense, Coach Gould said.

Looking at the District 9-AA opponents, Coach Gould thinks Beckville, who advanced to the Class 2A quarterfinals in 2020, will be the team to beat. He also thinks that Carlisle and Hawkins will be challenging for top spots.

See the 2021 Indian football schedules in the Sports News sidebar.


Aug. 10,  2021


Veteran coach, educator Jim Reid to be

new LaPoynor Boys’ Basketball Coach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Aug. 2,  2021


Maidens workout 8-4-21

MAIDENS WORKOUT — Prospects for the Frankston Maidens volleyball team have been working out the week of Aug. 2 in the FHS gym in preparation for competition in the 2021 season. Coach Lisa Hokit said 29 girls reported for the practices on opening day. — Citizen Photo

Indians workout 8-4-21

CONDITIONING FOR 2021 — Players who turned out for the Frankston Indians football team have been working out the week of Aug. 2  in preparation for competition in the 2021 season. On this day, the Indian prospects were going through conditioning drills to get them physically ready. On Friday, Aug. 13, the Indians varsity and junior varsity were to scrimmage San Augustine at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium. — Citizen Photo.

                         

Maidens open practice with 29 players;

Indians begin gridiron workouts Aug. 2

The Frankston Maidens volleyball team began their season practice Monday, Aug. 2 with 29 girls reporting for the first day of workouts, according to Lisa Hokit, Head Coach.

“I am pleased with the number of girls who came out and excited for the season,” Coach Hokit said. “They are working hard and I am seeing improvements in each player, each practice.”

Meanwhile, the Frankston Indians were practicing from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. beginning on the same day with Coach Paul Gould and his assistants assessing the prospects for the fall season. A report on the team prospects will follow later.

The Indians will be getting their first competition in scrimmages against San Augustine on Aug. 13 and against Cushing on Aug. 19, both at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium, according to the 2021 schedule.

The Tribe opens non-district play on Friday, Aug. 27 against perennial power Timpson at 7:30 p.m. at Austin Stadium. See the full schedule in the Sports News sidebar.

The Maidens will open competition with scrimmages at Brownsboro and Athens on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 6 and 7. On Friday, Aug. 13 they will host Malakoff in non-district play at the FHS gym with varsity action beginning at 4:30 p.m. Watch for the final schedule in the sidebar.

(UPDATE) The Maidens will also be hosting a Barbecue Fundraiser  on Monday, Aug. 9 in the high school cafeteria. Plates are $13, Coach Hokit said. It has been changed to immediately follow the Open House or  "Meet the Teachers" event on all campuses, set from 4 to 6:15 p.m.


Aug. 2,  2021


Indian football, Maiden volleyball

practices begin on  Monday, Aug. 2

The Frankston Indians football team and the Frankston Maidens volleyball team have begun practice Monday, Aug. 2 to prepare for action in their 2021 seasons.

The Indians will be practicing from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the Maidens will be practicing in the FHS gym from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Indians Coach Paul Gould and his assistants will begin assessing the prospects for the fall season while Maidens Coach Lisa Hokit and assistants will get a first look at their prospects for 2021.

The Indians will be getting their first competition in scrimmages against San Augustine on Aug. 13 and against Cushing on Aug. 19, both at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium, according to the 2021 schedule.

The Tribe opens non-district play on Friday, Aug. 27 against perennial power Timpson at 7:30 p.m. at Austin Stadium. See the full schedule in the sidebar.

The Maidens will open competition with scrimmages at Brownsboro and Athens on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 6 and 7. They will open non-district play on Thursday, Aug. 12, the varsity in the Palestine Tourney and the junior varsity in the Eustace Tourney. On Friday, Aug. 13 they will host Malakoff in non-district play at the FHS gym with junior varsity action beginning at 4:30 p.m. See the full schedule in the sidebar.

Watch for upcoming articles on both the Indians and the Maidens pre-season prospects to follow later.


June 1,  2021


Maidens softball players named

on 2021 All-District 20-AA list

Frankston Maidens softball players were honored with All-District selections following the completion of their 2021 season, according to information from the FISD social media site.

Pitcher of the Year was Kasity Staines. Utility Player of the Year was Kaylee Davis and Defensive Player of the Year was Abigail Fletcher.

Named to the First Team were Brianna Looney and Kelsey Sexton. Second Team honors went to Eryn Pryor, Jacey Dillard, Carolyn Happel and Juliana Gould. Kaitllyn Matthews received Honorable Mention.

Named to Academic All-District were Abbie Ramsey, Staines, Pryor, Matthews and Davis.

The All-District list also included some LaPoynor Lady Flyers. Sophomore Co-Newcomer of the Year was Emily Klutts and Co-Catcher of the Year was Abigail Williams. Brianna Howard and Raegan Johnston were named to the Second Team.

Williams and Skylar Feagins were named to the Academic All-District Team.


June 1,  2021


Indians baseball players listed

for 20-AA All-District honors

The Frankston Indians baseball team placed numerous players on the District 20-AA  All-District honors team, according to Head Baseball Coach Wes King.

Frankston sophomore Matt Metzig was chosen as Offensive Most Valuable Player.

Chosen as First Team Pitchers were junior Clayton Merritt and sophomore Jace Benson.

Named First Team Infield were sophomores Walker London and Robert Walker.

Frankston freshman Ryan Harper was named to the First Team Outfield.

Senior Brink Bizzell was named as First Team Catcher.

Chosen to the Second Team Infield was sophomore Kody Loebig. Junior Bayne Bacon was named to the Second Team Outfield. Sophomore Jared Cook was chosen as Second Team Designated Hitter.

Selected for Honorable Mention was sophomore Austin Carr.

These and other Indian players also were recognized with MVP and other special awards at the recent Frankston Athletic Awards event. 


May 10,  2021


Bandy Bizzell going to state golf

tournament as Region 3 medalist 

Frankston Maidens golfer, Bandy Bizzell, qualified for the State Golf Tournament as a medalist in the Region 3 Golf Tournament April 19-20, according to Coach Scotty Albritton.

She was a member of the Frankston golf team which also included Kylie Harper, Juliana Gould and Avery Skender which finished fifth at the regional tournament.

The State Golf Tournament will be on May 10-11 at the Legends Golf Course in Kingsland, TX near Marble Falls.


May 8,  2021


Tribe closes out ‘great season’ going

1-2  to Beckville in bi-district round

The Frankston Indians Saturday, May 8 forged an 8-4 victory in the second game of the Class AA Bi-district series with Beckville, but they needed a win in the third game after losing in the first game 13-7.

Unfortunately for the Tribe, Beckville stymied the Indian offense and cranked up their own offense to advance to  Area with a 13-1 victory.

The Indians went into the playoffs as second seed after finishing District 20-AA in second place at 12-2, praised by their fans for a “great season”.

According to the Frankston team scorer, the Indians put together eight hits and took advantage of two Beckville errors to claim victory in Game 2. Frankston pitching held the opponent to six hits.

In the Game 2 win, Frankston got on the scoreboard taking a 3-1 lead in the second inning, adding another run in the third. Beckville came back to score two in the fourth to narrow the Tribe lead to 4-3, but the Indians answered ,with two runs in the top of the fifth to make it 6-3. Beckville answered with a run in their half of the fifth to make the score 6-4, but that was all they could muster. Frankston added two runs in the top of the seventh to cement an 8-4 win.

A double each by Ryan Harper and Brink Bizzell along with three singles by Austin Carr led the way. Kody Loebig contributed two singles and Harper added a single to round out the Tribe hitting. Harper and Bizzell each had three RBI and Loebig one.

Clayton Merritt pitched five innings, allowing the four runs on five hits, struck out five and walked three. Walker London and Matt Metzig split duty on the last two innings, allowing no runs and only one hit.

The picture was quite different in the third game as the Indians were able to get only three hits while Beckville was getting 12. The Indians made only one error but the four errors by Beckville didn’t seem to help the Tribe cause much. The result was a 13-1 win.

After a break, the third game began and Beckville jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first 2 ½ innings. Frankston answered with their only run as Jared Cook was driven home by an RBI from Metzig. Meanwhile Beckville was to pad their lead in the top of the fifth with eight runs to secure their 13-1 victory and trip to the Area round of the playoffs.

Jace Benson pitched 2 ⅔ innings, allowing seven hits, five runs and striking out two. Metzig came in for 1 ⅔ innings, allowing three hits and six runs and striking out three. Robert Walker pitched the final two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs on two hits and struck out one.


May 7,  2021


Maidens fall to McLeod in final

two games of Area playoff series

The Frankston Maidens softball team saw their hopes of winning the Area Class AA series against McLeod fade away on Friday, May 7 as they were shut out 5-0 in the second game of the series and outscored in the third and deciding game 9-5, according to information provided by Coach Sunni Adair.

The Maidens performed their magic in the first game of the series 2-1 on Wednesday, May 5, thanks to a deciding RBI single by Kaylee Davis which scored Brianna Looney from third.

Things didn’t go that well against McLeod in the second game, one which could have brought the FHS girls and their hopeful fans home early and advanced them to Regionals.

When McLeod took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second and made it 2-0 in the bottom of the third, all was not lost. After all, there were four more innings left to get the Maiden bats stringing together hits and runs. Two innings passed and Frankston still didn’t have an RBI. They still could not score in the top of the sixth.

Unfortunately for the Maidens, McLeod used their half of the sixth to score three runs to push their lead to 5-0. The Maidens had one more chance to perform their magic in the top of the seventh, but it was not to be. McLeod had forced a third and deciding game.

Frankston got seven hits in that second game. McLeod only had 8 but they had a couple of key doubles to go with a string of singles which drove in the five winning runs. Frankston’s Kasity Staines had gone 2 for 3 at the plate, both singles. Kelsey Sexton, Coralyn Happel, Jacey Dillard, Eryn Pryor and Julianna Gould each had singles but McLeod pitching wouldn’t allow any of those hits to pay off.

Staines went the distance in the pitching circle for the Maidens. Neither team committed an error.

All was still not lost for the Maidens. They could still win the third game and take the series, thanks to their first game victory on Wednesday, May 5.

Maiden bats were more effective in this game, but so were McLeod’s. The Maidens had nine hits, but McLeod had 16, including two home runs and a double by pitcher Cross, who went 4 for 4 at the plate and drove in four runs.

Things stayed close in early going with the two teams tied at 1-1 after two innings. Then in the third, McLeod went ahead 2-1 and scored two more in the fourth to stretch their lead to 4-1. The Maidens made it close, adding two runs in the fifth. Going into the sixth, it was 4-3 but McLeod used the top of the sixth to score two more runs and extend their lead to 6-3. The Maidens were unable to score in the bottom of the sixth and McLeod drove in three more runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 9-3.

It wasn’t the first time the Maidens had been up against the wall in the bottom of the seventh. However, the two runs they were able to get in their half of the seventh weren’t enough and McLeod had their 9-5 win and a trip to Regionals.

For the Maidens, Kaylee Davis went 2 for 3 at the plate with one RBI and a run and Happel was 2 for 4 with a run. Abigail Fletcher’s triple drove in a run. Pryor’s and Sexton’s only hits were doubles which drove in runs. Staines and Looney each had singles, with an RBI and a run, respectively. Fletcher and Gould scored runs.

Staines went the distance in the pitching circle. Cross pitched all the way for McLeod.


May 7,  2021


Abbie Ramsey 4th, Brink Bizzell fifth place

in  AA State Track, Field Meet Pole Vault 

Abbie Ramsey finished 4th with a personal best, clearing the bar at 10’6”, and Brink Bizzell finished 5th at 13’0” in state Pole Vault competition Friday, May 7, according to Coach Lisa Hokit.

AT LEFT, senior Abbie Ramsey clears the bar at 10’6”, her personal best Pole Vault, to finish 4th at the State Class AA Track and Field Meet in Austin Friday, May 7. — Courtesy Photo



May 5,  2021


Maidens perform more 7th inning

magic over McLeod 2-1 in Game 1

The Frankston Maidens must have liked how they won over Overton April 30 with a winning single in the seventh inning of Bi-district play.

They did it again! This time it was a single by freshman Kaylee Davis who drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh against McLeod, breaking a 1-1 tie and earning a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of the Area playoff series played at Spring Hill High School Wednesday, May 5, according to information provided  by FHS Coach Sunni Adair.

Davis’ RBI scored Brianna Looney from third. Looney had just tripled to land in scoring position.

The two teams had battled it out from the pitching mound for the first three innings, neither one being able to score, but in the top of the fourth McLeod went ahead 1-0 thanks to a home run. However, Kasity Staines had an answer in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single to tie things at 1-1, Davis scoring from third after a triple earlier..

For 2 ½ more innings, neither team could break the tie, until the bottom of the seventh when Davis did her thing, driving in the winning run.

Frankston had outhit the McLeod team 11-7. Besides the winning single, Davis had slammed a triple earlier to go 2 for 4 at the plate. Brianna Looney had another triple, also 2 for 4. Jacey Dillard added a double in her 3 for 3 at bat. Staines’ only single yielded a tying RBI. Other singles came from Coralyn Happel, Eryn Pryor and Julianna Gould.

The Maidens were errorless in the field. First baseman Pryor led the team with 11 chances.

Staines did yeoman duty on the mound, pitching the distance, facing 27 batters.

The Maidens have a chance to wrap things up and go to Regional on Friday, May 7 when they test McLeod again at 5 p.m. on the Spring Hill field. If another game is needed, it will follow 30 minutes after Game 2.


May 5,  2021


LHS Coach Nuckolls to go to Bullard

to head Boys Basketball team in fall

The Head Boys Basketball Coach of the LaPoynor Flyers for the past 15 years, Dean Nuckolls, will become the head boys basketball coach for the Bullard Panthers in the fall, according to an announcement in early May.

Coach Nuckolls resigned from LaPoynor on May 5, but the veteran Flyers coach was to finish out the school year at the school which was his first head coaching job.

“I am very grateful for my time here at LaPoynor,” Nuckolls said. “I have been the head coach here for 15 years. I have very good memories of each one of those 15 years.  

“At this time I just feel it is time for a change. My family supports me in my decision and I am looking forward to the new changes and challenges that await.  

“I will still be rooting for these kiddos at LaPoynor next year and years to come, just from down the road,” the coach said.

During his time at LaPoynor, he won 383 games and advanced to the playoffs every year, according to published records.

He will be moving to a 4A school from the 2A LaPoynor School but looks forward to the challenge.

Coach Nuckolls and his wife, Jenifer, have a son, Garrett, who will be a junior next year, and a son, Gage, who will be in the eighth grade. Garrett was selected as Offensive MVP in District 19-AA on a Flyers team which advanced to the Regional Finals, falling to eventual state runner-up, Grapeland.


May 5,  2021


Indians fall to Beckville late inning

surge 13-7 in first of 3-game series

The Frankston Indians fell victim to an eight-run fifth inning surge by Beckville Wednesday night, May 5 and could not recover in the first game of a best-of-three Bi-district series played at Rusk High School, according to information from the team scorer.

The Tribe lost 13-7 to the Beckville nine and must win the next two games in order to advance to Area playoff competition. The second game is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Rusk. If the Indians win that game, they will play a third and deciding game 30 minutes after the second game.

The Indians appeared to be in trouble in the top of the first inning when Beckville scored four runs and took a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the first.

However, the Indians came up with a 6-run burst which sent them ahead 6-4 going into the second inning. They held off Beckville in the top of the second and added another run in their half of the inning to take a 7-4 lead.

Tribe pitching was able to hold off Beckville until that fateful fifth inning surge when the Indians’ opponents regained a lead, 12-7. The Indians were unable to recover. Beckville added another run in the top of the seventh to cement a 13-7 victory.

Beckville put together 10 hits in the contest, including two doubles and a home run and the Tribe had seven, all singles. The Indians committed one error and Beckville had two.

Hitting for the Indians were Jace Benson with two and Ryan Harper, Brink Bizzell, Walker London, Robert Walker and Austin Carr each contributing a single. Harper drove in two runs in the first inning. Matt Metzig, Walker, Benson, Carr and Kody Loebig each had RBIs for the Tribe.

The Indians used three pitchers in the contest. Benson started and was relieved by Walker London who went five innings. Robert Walker pitched the final two for the Indians.


April  30,  2021


Maidens softball team stuns Overton

14-13 with key Sexton 7th inning RBI  

The 20-AA third seed Frankston Maidens (11-8, 8-4)  advanced to the Area round of the Class AA playoffs late Friday, April 30 with a stunning seventh inning finish over 19-AA Overton 14-13 at Grand Saline, according to a report made available by Coach Sunni Adair.

The late night contest turned into a nail-biter as the two teams battled to a 13-13 tie in the Maidens’ bottom of the seventh inning. Both teams had hit the ball well. Overton had tallied 20 hits and the Maidens ended up with 19 in the contest.

Coach Adair said the deciding play came when Kelsey Sexton singled in a run in that seventh inning to end the contest and the previous tie.

The scene was set in the game when Frankston, trailing 13-8, had scored five runs in their half of the seventh to tie things up. Sexton went to the plate having gone 2 for 4 up to that point with one RBI. Her key RBI single upped her performance for the night to 3 for 5 and two RBIs and secured the Maidens victory. 

The victory sets up a playoff meeting with 18-AA first seed McLeod (14-4,9-0) in a best-of-three series at  Spring Hill High School. Game 1 will be Wednesday, May 5 at 6 p.m. Game 2 will be on Friday, May 7 at 5 p.m. with a third game to follow if needed.

The Maidens had defeated Overton in the first game of the series 3-1 on Wednesday, April 28. The series was hampered by the threat of wet weather, causing the first game to be re-scheduled from Thursday, April 29. The second game was moved from Frankston to a 9 p.m. April 30 meeting at Grand Saline, also due to weather concerns.

Freshman Kaylee Davis’ performance at the plate helped the Maidens’ stay in contention to the end. She went 2 for 3 and drove in four big runs along the way, thanks to two triples. Kasity Staines went 3 for 4, including a double, and she drove in three runs. Jacey Dillard also had three RBIs, going 2 for 4 at the plate.

Other Maidens contributing to the score were Coralyn Happel with two triples in four at-bats and an RBI, and Julianna Gould with three singles and a RBI in four trips to the plate. Brianna Looney went 2 for 4 on singles and Eryn Pryor and Abigail Fletcher each had singles to round out the hitting.

Both teams were errorless in the field.

Frankston started things out with a 1-0 first inning lead,  but Overton came back strong in the third inning, scoring eight runs. The Maidens scored four in the bottom of the third to narrow the Overton lead to 8-5, but the Lady Mustangs scored two more in their half of the fourth to increase their lead to 10–5. Frankston scored a run in the fifth, but Overton answered with three more in the sixth to make it 13-6. Two runs in the bottom of the sixth for Frankston made it 13-8, going into the  deciding seventh inning.

Overton was held scoreless in the top of the seventh, clinging to what appeared to be a safe 5-run lead as the Maidens came to bat. However, Frankston scored five runs to tie things up, before Sexton performed her heroics and drove in the run to give the Maidens their 14-13 victory and a trip the the Area playoffs. 


April  30,  2021


Indians shut out Kerens 10-0

to finish district play at 12-2

The Frankston Indians baseball team finished the regular season with a convincing 10-0 victory over Kerens at Bullard Brook Hill Friday, April 30, according to information from the team scorer.

The game had been changed from Frankston due to the threat of wet weather.

The Indians ended their district schedule at 12-2, second seed in the playoffs,  and now look forward to a bi-district Best-of-Three series against District 19-AA third seed Beckville at Rusk High School. Game 1 will be Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. and Game 2 will be on Saturday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m. If a third game is needed, it will be played 30 minutes after  Game 2.

Frankston scored three runs in the first inning, followed with four in the third and then added three runs in the fourth to set up the win, retiring the Bobcats in the top of the fifth.

Indian pitchers threw a shutout and allowed only three hits against the Bobcats. Clayton Merritt pitched four innings, striking out seven and walking two. He got relief in the fifth by Walker London who retired the side with a strikeout to end the abbreviated contest.

Meanwhile, Indian batters were getting eight hits including doubles by London and Matt Metzig and triples by Jace Benson, Jared Cook and Brink Bizzell. Benson, London and Bizzell also got singles.

The Tribe was also helped by three key errors by the Bobcats and were errorless themselves.


April  28,  2021


Maidens 1-0 in bi-district series,

defeating Overton nine by 3-1 

The Frankston Maidens softball team took a 1-0 lead in the best of three bi-district playoff Wednesday, April 28 by taking a 3-1 victory over Overton, setting up a second game on Friday, April 30 moved to Grand Saline at 9 p.m. due to threat of rain, according to information made available by Coach Sunni Adair.

The Maidens got off to a good start, scoring a run in the first inning, but Overton came right back in their half of the first to even the score with a home run.

Frankston went ahead to stay with a run in the third and clinched their victory with another run, a homer by Eryn Pryor in the sixth inning.

Despite the low score, the Maidens collected 13 hits on the day. Julianna Gould was three for four at the plate including two doubles. Kasity Staines, Jacey Dillard, Coralyn Happel and Pryor each had two hits in four at bats. Kaylee Davis, and Kelsey Sexton and Staines each had doubles and Pryor had a home run.

Staines, Dillard and Pryor each were credited with RBI.

Staines went the distance in the pitching circle, allowing five hits, striking out three and walking one.


April  28,  2021

 

FHS boys tennis doubles team 

Quarterfinalists at Regionals

The Frankston boys doubles team came home Wednesday, April 28 as Regional Quarterfinalists after competition in the Regional Tennis Tournament in College Station, according to a report by Coach Christi Coker.

The Cael Bruno and Alex Oxford team “competed well”, Coach Coker said.

“This was their first year to play tennis and they have improved tons since the first day of practice,” she said.

In the first round the duo won over the Centerville team of Canon Early and Josh Robinson 7-6, taking the tiebreaker 6-2 in an 8 a.m. match. Then at 2 p.m. they played in the Regional Quarterfinals, losing to a Douglass team of Jayce Harris and Nathan Jones, 5-7, 0-6.

“The guys played hard and are Regional Quarterfinalists,” Coach Coker said.

She said the semifinals and finals were to be held today, April 29, in College Station.

“Next year we should have more kids attending Regionals,” the coach predicted.

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April  27,  2021


Indians down Kerens Bobcats 4-2

to go 11-2 in District 20-AA action

The Frankston Indians are only a game away from regular season end as they defeated the Kerens Bobcats 4-2 at Kerens Tuesday, April 27, according to the team scorer.

The Indians upped their District 20-AA record to 11-2 and held onto their second place spot in the district. They had earlier clinched a  playoff spot with a win over LaPoynor.

Frankston jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and got two more in the fifth. Tribe pitcher Jace Benson held Kerens scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when they scored what would be their only runs of the game, to narrow the FHS lead to 3-2. The Indians scored another run in the top of the sixth to assure the win.

The Tribe used the hitting of Brink Bizzell(4-2) and Robert Walker(3-2) to account for four of the Indians’ six hits. Ryan Harper and Matt Metzig recorded  the other two hits.

Metzig had two RBIs and Bizzell and Walker had one each. Bizzell had three stolen bases and Clayton Merritt and Tripp Hallmark had  one each.

Benson pitched 4⅔ innings and Metzig came in to pitch a no-hitter in the last 2⅓ innings. Benson had allowed two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out eight Bobcat batters. Metzig struck out six and walked one in his relief time on the mound.


April  24,  2021


— Courtesy Photo

Abbie Ramsey’s second place vault

earns advance to State meet May 7

Frankston Maidens athletes qualified senior Abbie Ramsey for the May 7 State Track and Field Meet in Austin and finished the first day in third place as a team at the Region 3 meet at Palestine on Saturday, April 24, according to information provided by Frankston coaches.

Ramsey cleared the bar at 10.0 feet to earn the second place medal, finishing behind Lovelady’s senior Jacey Stubblefield who posted a 10.03 vault.

For the Frankston men, Brink Bizzell vaulted for third place, clearing the bar at 13.06. Bizzell will advance to state because his third place height was better than those of other regions, coaches say. He will compete with the other state qualifiers and could place higher than some, depending on the height of his vault, they say.

The men’s team finished the day tied for 11th place.

Senior Caleb Solis of LaPoynor placed 10th in the 3200-meter run finalized in the first day.

Other Maidens performers who helped the team score were freshman Kaylee Davis who finished fourth in the Triple Jump with a distance of 34-00 and senior Jamiyah Burton who had a Long Jump of 16-9½, also for fourth place.

Monday, April 26 Results

In events on Monday, April 26, Frankston entries placed in the following:

In the men’s 4x100 Meter Relay, the team of Tyler Fridinger, Kaymon Davis, Brink Bizzell and Caleb Abbot won seventh with a time of 45.21.

In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, freshman Kaylee Davis finished fifth with a time of 17.99.

In the women’s 100-meter dash, senior Jamiyah Burton finished sixth with a time of 13.65.

In the women’s 300-meter hurdles, Kaylee Davis finished third with a time of 49.55.

In the women’s 200-meter dash, Burton finished sixth with a time of 28.20.

In the men’s 1600-meter run, sophomore Govanni Martinez finished 14th with a time of 5:22.18.

LaPoynor sophomore Cooper Gracey finished 14th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.75.

Frankston girls finished the meet in sixth place and the boys finished at 21st.


April  20,  2021


Indians win in doubleheader

at Trinidad after Cayuga loss

The Frankston Indians opted to play both Trinidad games in a single day on Tuesday, April 20 and they defeated the Trinidad team 19-0 in the first game and 20-0 in the second game, according to a report made available by the Frankston team scorer.

The Indians put together 10 hits and committed only one error in the first game while holding Trinidad to no hits during the abbreviated three-inning contest. The Trojans committed four errors. The Indians scored seven runs in the first inning, four in the second and eight in the third. They were awarded eight bases on balls.

Hitting for the Indians were Ryan Harper, Brink Bizzell, Tripp Hallmark, Kody Loebig, Logan Taylor, Austin Carr, Jared Cook and Wade Rackley. Bizzell had two hits, including a double. Rackley also had a double. Loebig had two hits on two at bats. They were awarded eight bases on balls.

Clayton Merritt went the distance on the mound, striking out four.

In the second game, originally scheduled for Friday, April 23, the Indians again allowed no hits while getting nine of their own in another abbreviated contest. Trinidad committed two errors. The Tribe scored nine runs in the first inning and 11 in the second.

Hitting for the Indians were Austin Boggs, Loebig, Harper, Matt Metzig, Robert Walker, Hallmark, Caleb Ramsey and Caleb Abbott. Walker’s hit was a double and Metzig hit safely twice in two at bats. Again the Tribe was awarded eight bases on balls.

Metzig pitched two innings, striking out 7 and Walker came in for one inning and struck out 2.

On Monday, April 19 at Cayuga, the Indians led 3-1 going into the fifth inning but Cayuga came back to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-3 winning edge, according to the Frankston team scorer.

The game had been scheduled on Friday, April 16 but was postponed due to rain.

Cayuga scored first in the second inning but Frankston came back to score 2 in the third and another in the fourth before Cayuga had their 3-run fifth.

Cayuga had 6 hits and an error and Frankston got 5 hits and an error.

Hitting for Frankston were Ryan Harper, Brink Bizzell, Walker London, Matt Metzig and Robert Walker. London and Jace Benson each had an RBI.

Benson pitched 4⅓ innings and London was on the mound for 1⅔ innings for the Indians.

The Indians are now 10-2 in District 20-AA play and in second place and have clinched a playoff spot with two district and regular season games to go. Cayuga leads the district with a 10-0 record.


April  17,  2021


Maidens earn third place in 20-AA,

defeat Cayuga by 17-3 on April 17

The Frankston Maidens softball team ended their regular season with a convincing 17-3 victory over the Cayuga Lady Wildcats on Saturday, April 17 in District 20-AA play, according to results made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens finished third in the district and are third seed in the playoffs. Coach Sunni Adair said Frankston will meet Overton in a best two of three series in bi-district, the first game at Overton at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 due to the threat of rain on the 29th. Then on Friday, April 30, weather permitting, the second game will be played at Frankston at 5 p.m. If a third game is needed, it will be played 30 minutes after the end of the April 30 game, according to a recent update.

In the Cayuga game, the Maidens surged ahead early, scoring one run in the first inning and adding four and three in the next two innings before Cayuga could get on the scoreboard with three runs in the bottom of the third. Frankston surged for seven in their half of the fourth and got two more in the top of the fifth while allowing no more Cayuga runs.

Frankston had 18 hits to only four for Cayuga. The Maidens committed one error and Cayuga had 2.

Brianna Looney led hitters with five, including a key double and three RBIs. Abigail Fletcher went 4 for 4 at the plate including a double and two RBI. Kaylee Davis and Jacey Dillard had two hits. Davis contributed a double and a home run and drove in four runs. Kasity Staines got a double and an RBI. Kelsey Sexton had only one hit but drove in two runs.

Dillard pitched in all five innings, striking out 10 and allowing just four Cayuga hits.


April  15,  2021


Frankston advances 13 to Regionals

at Area track, field meet on April 15

Ten boys and three girls from Frankston High School will be advancing to Regional Track and Field competition which has been rescheduled due to weather  for  Saturday, April 24 and Monday, April 26  at Palestine, according to reports made available by Frankston coaches.

According to a revised schedule, field events will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and 3200-meter run finals will start at 3 p.m. Other running event preliminaries will start at 4 p.m. Then on Monday, other running event finals will start at 12 noon.

The Frankston athletes won the right to go to Regionals by placing in the top 4 in various events at the Area meet, featuring district qualifiers from 19-AA and 20-AA, at Madisonville on Thursday, April 15.

For the boys, there were two firsts, two seconds and three fourths in events in which they competed.

For the girls, there was one first, four seconds and three fourths in respective events.

As a team, Frankston boys finished fourth behind Centerville, Lovelady and Kerens with a point total of 68, one point behind third place Kerens, also a District 19-AA team. First place Centerville had 145 points and Lovelady 101. Both are 20-AA teams. 19-AA LaPoynor was in 10th place with 23 points, close behind Cayuga’s 24, also a 19-AA qualifier.

Individually LaPoynor advanced in five events for the boys.

For the Frankston boys, Cael Bruno finished first in the Triple Jump with a leap of 40-4½ and Brink Bizzell first in the Pole Vault, clearing the bar at 12-6. Finishing in second place were Govanni Martinez in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:12.17 and Landon Marine in the 3200-meter run at 11:20.90. In fourth place were the 4x100 Relay team of Caleb Abbott, Bizzell, Kaymon Davis and Tyler Fridinger with a time of 45.51; the 4x400 Relay team of Abbott, Fridinger, Clayton Merritt and Jeremiah Mitchell with a time of 3:46.99, and Juan Perez in the Discus with a throw of 107-0 ½

For the LaPoynor boys, Cooper Gracey was fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.91; Caleb Solis, fourth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:35.97; Garrett Nuckolls fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 18.34; Matt Driskell fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.36 and Nuckolls fourth in the high jump with a height of 5-10.

For the Frankston girls, Abbie Ramsey was first in the Pole Vault, clearing the bar at 10 feet. Kaylee Davis was second in the 100-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles and the Triple Jump, with times of 18.64 and 52.50 and a distance of 33-0, respectively. Jamiyah Burton was second in the Long Jump with a distance of 15-2¾ and fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.73. Ramsey was fourth in the Long Jump with a distance of 14-9 and in the Triple Jump with a leap of 32-4.


April  13,  2021


Indians baseball team falls 5-1

to Cayuga for first 20-AA loss

The Frankston Indians baseball team fell to Cayuga 5-1 in District 20-AA play Tuesday, April 13 for their first loss in district action, according to a report received from the team scorer.

The loss dropped the Indians district record to 8-1 going into another meeting with Cayuga on Friday, April 16. The win by Cayuga boosted their record to 9-0, leading in district standings so far. The Friday game with Cayuga will give the Indians a chance to go back into a tie with Cayuga for the district lead.

The Indians had clinched a Class AA playoff spot Friday, April 9 with a 5-4 victory over the LaPoynor Flyers, according to a report confirmed by FHS Coach Wes King.

In the game with Cayuga on April 13, Cayuga jumped out to 5-0 lead after five innings of play, scoring a run in the second inning and two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. The Indians got their only run in the bottom of the sixth.

Cayuga had five hits and only one error and the Indians had five hits and three errors, according to scoring by a team scorer. Clayton Merritt pitched 4 ⅓ innings for the Tribe and Walker London went the last 2 ⅔  innings on the mound. Garrett Bright had mound duties for Cayuga.

Previously, Coach King confirmed the scores of the various past games the Indians played.

The Indians started their season with more losses than wins, thanks partly because of the extended basketball season.

They lost to Jefferson 13-5 in their first non-district game Feb. 22 and lost to Beckville 8-7 in the first round of the Joaquin Tournament Feb. 25. After winning over Cushing 5-1 in the consolation bracket, they fell to Colmesneil 8-2 in the consolation finals Feb. 27.

The Indians bounced back with an 8-0 win over Latexo Feb. 27 in a non-district contest before taking the championship in Frankston’s Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Tournament. In the first round on March 4, they defeated Cumberland Academy of Tyler 13-2 and then on March 5 got payback against Jefferson 5-1 before downing Cushing in the semi-finals. They secured the championship the following day, downing Troup 10-8.

Next the Indians competed in the Waskom Tournament, defeating Ore City in the first round 7-4 before tying Daingerfield 2-2. Coach King said that in tournaments, teams don't play out ties due to pitch counts on high school pitchers.

The Indians began district play with a couple of wins over Cross Roads, the first on March 4 by a score of 14-0 and on the next day 19-3.

On March 23, the Indians defeated Martins Mill 5-2 followed on March 26 by a 19-5 win over the Martins Mill team.

On March 30 they defeated Neches 14-1 before defeating the Tigers again, this time 16-1 on April 2.

More recently on April 6 they hosted LaPoynor and won 13-1. Then on Friday, April 9, they won a close one over the Flyers 5-4, clinching a playoff spot.


April  13,  2021


Maidens defeat Cayuga 13-3 April 13

exploding for 10 runs in fourth inning

The Frankston Maidens defeated Cayuga 13-3 in a District 20-AA game on Tuesday, April 13, according to results made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens won the game in 4½ innings scoring three runs in the third inning and exploding for 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth. Cayuga got two runs in the top of the fourth and one in the top of the fifth.

Frankston got 19 hits to 9 for Cayuga. The Maidens committed two errors.

Leading Maiden hitters were Kaylee Davis, Coralyn Happel and Jacey Dillard with three each. Getting two hits each were Brianna Looney, Kelsey Sexton, Eryn Pryor and Abigail Fletcher. Davis, Kelsey Sexton, Happel and Looney each had doubles. Sexton had a home run.

Kasity Staines went the distance for Frankston in the circle, striking out one and walking none.

The Maidens were to play Cayuga again on April 17 to close out their season.


April  9,  2021


Bruno, Oxford boys doubles team

wins 19-AA title, goes to Regional

Two Frankston members of the boys doubles team won the District 19-AA Championship in the District Tournament and will advance to the Regionals on Wednesday, April 28 in College Station, according to a report from Coach Christi Coker.

Cael Bruno and Alex Oxford, the boys double team, won first place in the District Tournament on April 9 at the FHS courts and qualified for Regionals at the A&M Consolidated High School Courts.

In other results from the District competition, Tyler Fridinger finished third and Juan Perez fourth in boys singles. The girls doubles team of Brandy Bizzell and Lynsie Bizzell was third and the team of Maggie Caveness and Shay Hatton finished fourth. Gracie Giles was third in the girls singles.

In Junior Varsity competition, the girls doubles team of Callie Selman and Emily Bizzell finished fourth. Kaylah Redic competed in girls singles.


April  9,  2021


Indians baseball team eyes district

crown at 8-0 in key games to come

The Frankston Indians baseball team eyes a district title and clinched a Class AA playoff spot Friday, April 9 with a 5-4 victory over the LaPoynor Flyers, according to a report confirmed by FHS Coach Wes King.

The Indians are enjoying a District 20-AA record of 8-0 and a 17-3-1 season mark. As of April 12, the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Assn. poll ranks Frankston No. 4 in Class AA.

The Indians have a couple of games against Cayuga on April 13 and April 16, followed on April 20 and 23 by games with Trinidad and regular season finales against Kerens on April 27 and 30. The Indians’ complete schedule can be seen in the sidebar.

The Indians and Cayuga are currently tied for first place, both with 8-0 records. Cayuga is currently on a 10-game winning streak while the Indians have won 9 straight. The two upcoming Cayuga games are expected to determine the first seed in the AA playoffs as well as the district championship.

Other district standings include LaPoynor at 6-2, Kerens and Martins Mill at 4-4, Cross Roads at 2-6 and Neches and Trinidad at 0-8.

Since the Indians’ season is almost over, details of each past game during the season cannot be covered at this time.

However, Coach King was able to confirm the scores of the various games the Indians played.

The Indians started their season with more losses than wins, thanks partly because of the extended basketball season,

They lost to Jefferson 13-5 in their first non-district game Feb. 22 and lost to Beckville 8-7 in the first round of the Joaquin Tournament Feb. 25. After winning over Cushing 5-1 in the consolation bracket, they fell to Colmesneil 8-2 in the consolation finals Feb. 27.

The Indians bounced back with an 8-0 win over Latexo Feb. 27 in a non-district contest before taking the championship in Frankston’s Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Tournament. In the first round on March 4, they defeated Cumberland Academy of Tyler 13-2 and then on March 5 got payback against Jefferson 5-1 before downing Cushing in the semi-finals. They secured the championship the following day, downing Troup 10-8.

Next the Indians competed in the Waskom Tournament, defeating Ore City in the first round 7-4 before tying Daingerfield 2-2. Coach King said that in tournaments, teams don't play out ties due to pitch counts on high school pitchers.

The Indians began district play with a couple of wins over Cross Roads, the first on March 4 by a score of 14-0 and on the next day 19-3.

On March 23, the Indians defeated Martins Mill 5-2 followed on March 26 by a 19-5 win over the Martins Mill team.

On March 30 they defeated Neches 14-1 before defeating the Tigers again, this time 16-1 on April 2.

More recently on April 6 they hosted LaPoynor and won 13-1. Then on Friday, April 9, they won a close one over the Flyers 5-4, clinching a playoff spot.


April  9,  2021


Maidens defeat LaPoynor 21-5

in District 20-AA action April 9

The Frankston Maidens softball team dominated LaPoynor 21-5 in a District game Friday, April 9, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens were able to end the game in three innings, scoring five runs in the first, one in the second and 15 runs in the top of the third. The Maidens had 26 hits in the game and committed only one error. LaPoynor could get only one hit.

Leading hitters for the Maidens were Kaylee Davis, Julianna Gould and Kasity Staines with 4 each, Davis with four at bats. Kelsey Sexton, Coralyn Happel and Jacey Dillard each had three hits. Brianna Looney and Abigail Fletcher each got 2. Gould, Sexton, Happel and Looney each had doubles and Davis and Staines had triples.

Gould pitched one inning and Dillard was in the circle for the last two.April  6,  2021


April  6,  2021


Staines’ hits key in big win

by Maidens over LaPoynor

Kasity Staines’ four hits played a key part in the Frankston Maidens Varsity's 22-9 victory over LaPoynor on Tuesday, April 6, according to a report from FHS Coach Sunni Adair.

Staines singled in the second, in the third, and in the fourth, and doubled in the fourth.

The Maidens earned the victory despite allowing LaPoynor to score eight runs in the fourth inning. Feagan, Howard, Lakota, Williams, and Hernandez all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

The Maidens got things moving in the first inning. An error scored one run.

They scored 13 runs in the fourth inning. The big inning was thanks to walks by Julianna Gould, Abigail Fletcher and Kaylee Davis and doubles by Kelsey Sexton, Jacey Dillard, Staines, Davis and Brianna Looney, plus a single by Staines, and a groundout by Sexton.

Staines pitched five innings for the Maidens, allowing 12 hits and nine runs while striking out three and walking one.

P. Hernandez did pitching duties for LaPoynor. The hurler allowed two hits and nine runs. Feagan and Johnson entered the game from the bullpen, pitching two innings and two innings respectively.

The Maidens racked up 13 hits. Staines, Looney, Dillard, and Fletcher each had multiple hits. Staines led with four hits in four times at bat. Five players stole at least two bases. Davis led the way with three.

LaPoynor had 12 hits in the game. Williams, Hernandez, Klutz, and Wheeler each collected multiple hits.


April  2,  2021


Maidens varsity takes 5th inning lead

to defeat Neches Lady Tigers by 11-9

The Frankston Maidens Varsity defeated Neches 11-9 on Friday, April 2 after taking the lead late in the game, according to a report from Coach Sunni Adair.

The game was tied at 9 with the Maidens batting in the bottom of the fifth when Kaylee Davis doubled on the first pitch, batting in one run.

Coralyn Happel led Frankston batters by driving in four runs. Happel went 3-for-4 at the plate. She drove in runs on a single in the first and a single in the third.

Neches got things started in the first inning, batting in a run thanks to a K. Mannix single.

Julianna Gould led things off for the Maidens in the circle. Gould allowed  nine runs on 15 hits over five and a third innings, striking out two and walking one.

J. Sumpter handled pitching chores for Neches. She lasted six innings, allowing 12 hits and 11 runs while striking out seven.

Maidens hitters connected 12 hits in the game. Happel, Davis, Jacey Dillard, and Kelsey Sexton had multiple hits. Happel was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Frankston  hitters. 

Neches managed 18 hits. M. Munsinger, Z. Gonzales, Lexi Rogers, Sumpter, K. White, and Mannix all collected multiple hits. Munsinger led Neches going 4 for 4. Neches  didn't commit a single error. Mannix made the most plays in the field with seven.


March 31, 2021


Indians track team wins District 19-AA,

sends 17 athletes to Area meet April 15

The Frankston Indians varsity won the District 19-AA Track and Field championship Wednesday, March 31 in competition held at Cayuga High School, according to results made available by FHS coaches.

The Indians will be sending 17 athletes to the Area competition on Thursday, April 15 at Madisonville. LaPoynor finished in fourth place and will be sending five athletes to Area.

The Junior Varsity boys and girls also won first place at the district meet. LaPoynor JV girls finished third. JV athletes do not advance further. (See Results HERE )

The Frankston Maidens varsity finished third behind Kerens and Cayuga and will be sending seven athletes to the Area competition. LaPoynor finished in sixth place. They will send four athletes to Area.

The Indians scored 216.5 points in taking the district title. LaPoynor tallied 68 points in their fourth place finish. Kerens had 134 points and Cayuga 92.5.

Going to area are Indians who finished in at least fourth place in their events. They are Kaymon Davis who finished third with a time of 11.46 and Austin Boggs fourth with a time of 11.75 in the 100-meter dash. Caleb Abbott was fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.99. Clayton Merritt finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.43. Giovanni Martinez finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.24. Landon Marine was second with a time of 5:13.81 and Martinez third with a time of 5:19.46 in the 1600-meter run. Martinez was first with a time of 11:25.50; Marine was second with a time of 11:41.09; and Logan Ratliff was fourth with a time of 12:27.25 in the 3200-meter run.

Henry Suggs finished first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.27 and first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.46.

The 4x100 meter relay team of Abbott, Boggs, Davis and Tyler Fridinger finished second with a time of 45.21.

The 4x200 meter relay team of Davis, Fridinger, Jeremiah Mitchell and Cory Morgan finished second with a time of 1:36.81.

The 4x400 meter relay team of Abbott,  Fridinger, Merritt and  Mitchell finished first with a time of 3:49.37.

In the long jump Caleb Ramsey finished third with a jump of 18-5 and Merritt was fourth with a leap of 17-11.

In the shot put, Juan Perez was third with a heave of 35-8 and Cody Dickerson threw the shot 35-5½ for a fourth place spot.

Perez hurled the discus 109-5 for third place.

Cael Bruno scored a second place finish in the Triple Jump with a leap of 37-4 and Mitchell was third with a distance of 37-0.

Isaiah Allen cleared the bar at 5-8 to finish second in the High Jump.

Brink Bizzell was first at 12 feet and Merritt was second at 8-6 in the Pole Vault.

LaPoynor’s five athletes going to the Area competition are Garrett Nuckolls, Cooper Gracey, Caleb Solis, Matt Driskell and Evan Almeida.

Gracey finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.56. Driskell finished first in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:13.72 and Gracey was fourth with a time of 5:26.12. Solis was third in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:57.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Driskell was second with a time of 18.09 and Nuckolls was third with a time of 24.65. Driskell was second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.88.

In the 4x400 relay, the LaPoynor team of Nuckolls, Solis, Gracey and Almeida finished fourth with a time of 4:08.86.

Nuckolls finished first in the High Jump, clearing the bar at 5-10.

The Frankston Maidens will send seven athletes to Area. They are Ja’Miyah Burton, Jermya Mitchell, Abigail Fletcher, Kaylee Davis, Abbie Ramsey, Savannah Lindsey and Amber Foscue.

In the 100-meter dash, Burton finished second with a time of 13.12 and Mitchell fourth with a time of 13.81. Burton was second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.93 and Mitchell was third with 29.06. Fletcher was second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:11.58 and third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:48.38.

Davis finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.96 and first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.34.

Ramsey was first in the Long Jump with a leap of 14-11½. Davis was second with 14-11 and Burton was third with 14-10 1/4.

Lindsey was fourth in the Discus with a throw of 73-4.

Davis was second in the Triple Jump with a distance of 33-2. Ramsey was third with a 31-11¾ and Foscue was fourth with a distance of 28-3.

Ramsey was first in the Pole Vault, clearing the bar at 10-0 feet.

Going to Area for the LaPoynor Lady Flyers are Tmia Mitchell who finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 29.15. She was also a member of the 4x100 Meter Relay Team which also included YaMonica Street, Taelyn Juarez and Marissa Hurd. They finished fourth with a time of 58.61.


March 31, 2021


Frankston Junior Varsity Boys, Girls

win first place in district track, field

The Frankston Junior Varsity boys and girls won first place at the March 31 district meet. LaPoynor JV girls finished third. JV athletes do not advance further.

In finishing first, the Indians junior varsity boys had 236 points compared to 135 for the Cross Roads JV.

The Maidens JV girls scored 72 points to second place Cross Roads’ 64.

For the JV boys in the 100-meter dash, Charlie Sawyer was second with a time of 12.50. Willie Brown finished third with 13.24 and Blake Moore was fourth with 14.37. In the 200-meter dash, A.J. Michaelski was first at 24.27 and Tripp Hallmark finished fourth with 26.58. In the 400-meter dash, Ryan Harper was first with 59.31 and Conlan LeMay was second with 1:02.55.

In the 800-meter run, Josh Fridinger was first with 2:42.56 and Ryan Derr was fourth with 3:24.84. In the 1600-meter run, Fridinger was second with 6:36.02 and Alex Prater was fourth with 8:18.31. In the 3200-meter run, Prater finished second with a time of 18:19.00.

In the 110-meter hurdles, LeMay was first with a time of 19.28. 

In the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Brown, Collin Deupree, Harper and Sawyer was first with a time of 49.77. In the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Devin Allen, Deupree, Michaelski and Colby Zarate was first with 1:43.37. In the 4x400-meter relay team of Allen, Brown, Michaelski and Zarate was first with 4:122.69.

In the long jump, Michaelski was first with a jump of 17-11½; Sawyer was second with17-5 ½; and Brown was fourth with a leap of 15-10 ½. In the Shot Put, Robert Walker was first with a distance of 33-6 and Tristan Shuptrine was third with a heave of 28-4 ½. In the Discus Throw, Walker was third with a throw of 85-3. Matt Fridinger was fourth with a throw of 81-0.

In the Triple Jump, LeMay was first with a jump of 36-0½ and Brown was second with 33-4. In the High Jump, Allen was second clearing the bar at 5-0 and LeMay was fourth with a jump of 4-6.

For the Maidens JV girls, Natalee Prda was first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 49.70. Caitlyn Deupree was second with 50.06 and Kennedi Musselman was third with 51.88.  In the 400-meter dash, Allona Butler was first in the 400-meter dash at 1:32.68. Cadence Clark was first in the 800-meter run at 4:06.93.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Butler, Deupree, Musselman and Prda was first  at 2:27.71. Prda was second in the Discus with a throw of 46-10.

Sydney Reid of LaPoynor JV was first in the Discus with a throw of 73-6 ½ . 


March 30, 2021


Maidens grab lead in seventh

inning to defeat Neches by 8-6

The Frankston Maidens Varsity took the lead late in the game in an 8-6 victory over Neches on Tuesday, March 30, according to a report from Coach Sunni Adair.

The game was tied at six with Frankston batting in the top of the seventh when Coralyn Happel doubled on a 0-1 count, batting in one run.

Both teams had good days at the plate as the Maidens got 16 hits and Neches 10.

The Maidens started scoring in the first inning. They scored one run off a Kasity Staines single.

Neches scored three runs in the fifth inning. The big inning for Neches came thanks to doubles by Mannix and Rodger.

In the top of the sixth, the Maidens tied things up at 6-6 when Kaylee Davis singled on a 0-2 count, batting in two runs.

Staines, in the circle for the Maidens, allowed 10 hits and six runs over seven innings, striking out four and walking none.

Sumpter pitched for Neches, surrendering eight runs on 16 hits over seven innings and striking out 12.

The Maidens collected 16 hits with Happel, Abigail Fletcher, Kelsey Sexton, Davis, and Staines hitting safely multiple times. Fletcher and Happel each collected three hits to lead the Maidens. Frankston didn't commit an error in the field. Eryn Pryor had a good day in the field.

Neches tallied 10 hits on the day. Main, Mannix, Rodger, and Gonzales all collected multiple hits for Neches. Neches didn't commit an error. Mannix made the most plays in the field with 12.


March 19, 2021


Maidens Varsity dominates

Cross Roads 17-1 March 19

Frankston Maidens Varsity softball team had no trouble on Friday, March 19, winning big over Cross Roads 17-1, according to a report by Coach Sunni Adair.

The Maidens began scoring in the first inning, scoring a run when Jacey Dillard singled.

They scored seven runs in the fourth inning, thanks to singles by Abigail Fletcher, Brianna Looney, Kaylee Davis and Julianna Gould, and a home runs by Dillard.

Maidens pitcher Gould gave up one run on 10 hits over five innings, striking out five and walking 

The Maidens racked up 17 hits in the game. Looney, Gould, Kasity Staines, Dillard, Kelsey Sexton, and Fletcher each had multiple hits. Gould and Looney each had three hits to lead the Maidens. 

The Frankston girls stole nine bases. Two players stole more than one. Gould led the way with three. The Maidens didn't commit an  error in the field, Coach Adair said.

Scores of Other District Games:

March   9 — Kerens 16, Frankston 6                       March 12 — Kerens 16, Frankston 11

March 23 — Martins Mill 11, Frankston 10           March 26 — Martins Mill 15, Frankston 5


March 15, 2021


Maidens Varsity shuts out

Cross Roads softball team

Kasity Staines pitched a shut-out on Monday, March 15 for Frankston Maidens Varsity, allowing no runs and only six hits in a 15-0 win over Cross Roads on Tuesday, March 16, according to a report by Coach Sunni Adair.

The right hander struck out four and had no walks.

The Maidens took the victory thanks to nine runs in the second inning. Eryn Pryor, Kaylee Davis, Abigail Fletcher, Coralyn Happel, and Kelsey Sexton all drove in runs.

Sexton and Brianna Looney each managed hits to lead Frankston hitters.


March 13, 2021


Flyers reflect on ‘very good year’, expect

core of team return to contend in ‘21-22

The LaPoynor Flyers had “a very good year”, ending with a record of 25-6 overall and finishing in second place in District 19-AA.

Advancing as the second seed in the AA playoffs, the Flyers went on to advance to the Region Finals, losing to eventual state finalist Grapeland.

Coach Dean Nuckolls looked back the the season noting that one the Flyers’ early non-district wins was over Grapeland on Dec. 12, one of only two losses for the Sandies, who were edged by Clarendon by four points in the state championship game Saturday, March 13.

The Flyers coach said the Flyers had some other “big wins”. He pointed to wins over Lufkin Hudson (63-53), a 4A team; Cushing (81-73), a quarterfinalist; Mabank (45-35), a 4A team; Brook Hill (67-49), undefeated at the time; and Lufkin Hudson again (57-49).

The games he called “tough losses” were to Lipan (74-61), state semifinalists; Gary (64-56), regional semifinalists; Tenaha (56-54), area finalist; Martins Mill (66-53), ranked No.  1) and Martins Mill again (75-57), who were defeated in the Regional Quarterfinals by the Grapeland team which later was to defeat LaPoynor 75-57 in the Regional Finals.

“We have the core of our team coming back (next year) and we have some young kids ready to step in to fill the shoes of those who are graduating,” Coach Nuckolls said.

The coach said Kamron Eldridge, who was in the PG position this year, is the only starter to be graduating.

“Kamron’s numbers improved every year on the varsity,” the coach said.

Kase Johnston, a junior guard and “athlete on the floor”, will be back next year.

“Kase tends to make good things happen around him,” Coach Nuckolls said. “Kase showed he was able to lead us in scoring, assists and rebounding different times throughout the year.”

Cooper Gracey, one of this year’s sophomores, who led in scoring and rebounding in different games this year, will be back, the coach said.

Matt Driskell and Evan Almeida, two more sophomores, who were described as playing “big minutes off the bench and were able to contribute heavily” will also return, according to Coach Nuckolls.

Jeff Young is another returning junior who the coach says “is a quick, elusive guard who has shown the ability to get to the paint.”

Coach Nuckolls said the only other seniors the Flyers will lose to graduation are Caleb Solis and Aiden Maze.

“These two showed great leadership throughout the year and are a joy to coach,” the Flyer coach observed.

Based on their performance this year and the amount of returning talent, fans and prognosticators will likely be expecting LaPoynor to be a strong contender in 2021-22.


March 8,  2021


Maidens, coach honored in girls

19-AA All-District honors list

The Region 3 Quarterfinals champion and Regional Semi-finalist Frankston Maidens girls basketball team received honors in the District 19-AA All-District selections, announced recently.

Two Maidens, senior guard Abbie Ramsey and Junior Guard Tia Billingsley were named to the first team and junior post Maggie Caveness was selected for the second team.

Additionally, Maidens Coach Christi Coker was selected as Co-Coach of the Year with Martins Mill Coach Tommy Cross.

Coach Coker led the Maidens to a Regional Quarterfinals victory in the Class AA playoffs. The Maidens entered the playoffs as third seed from the district. Coach Cross led the Martins Mill girls to the State Finals.

Coach Coker reported that Abbie Ramsey, besides being selected for district honors, has been selected for All-Region Team honors in Class AA Region 3.

Five Maidens were selected for Honorable Mention. They are Teallie Tatum, senior post; Brianna (Bri) Looney, junior guard; Kelsey Sexton, junior post; Ja’shalyn (Shay) Hatton, sophomore guards and Kaylee Davis, freshman guard.

Named for Academic All-District Honors were Ramsey, Tatum, Billingsly, Caveness, Sexton and Davis.

Coach Coker also reported that Ramsey and Tatum were selected for Academic All-State honors by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA ).

 (See a Complete List of District 19-AA honorees  HERE )


March 8,  2021


Indian basketball players honored

in All District 19-AA selections

Three Frankston Indians basketball players received All-District first and second team honors in the 19-AA All-District selections.

Named to the first team was Cael Bruno, junior. On the second team list were Brink Bizzell, senior, and Caleb Ramsey, sophomore.

Selected for honorable mention were Isaiah Allen, junior, and Kody Loebig, sophomore.

(See a Complete List of District 19-AA honorees  HERE )


March 8,  2021


LaPoynor Flyers, Lady Flyers honored

in March 8 All-District 19-AA selections

LaPoynor Flyers and Lady Flyers basketball players were selected for honors on the All-District 19-AA teams in selections announced on the week of March 8.

Named as superlatives for the Flyers were sophomore Garrett Nuckolls, most valuable player on offense, and sophomore Cooper Gracey, Newcomer of the Year.

Selected on the first team from LaPoynor were sophomore DiJuan Whitehead, junior Kase Johnston and senior Kamron Eldridge. Second team selection was sophomore Evan Almeida.

Receiving honorable mention were Flyers sophomore Matt Driskell and senior Caleb Solis.

The Flyers won the Region 3 Semi-finals and advanced to the Regional Finals where they lost to state finalist Grapeland. Coach is Dean Nuckolls.

For the Lady Flyers, selected as superlatives were sophomore T’Mia Mitchell, most valuable player on defense, and freshman Payton Maze, “Sixth Man” of the Year.

Selected for the first team were seniors Staci Whitehead and Laura McClelland. Second team honors went to sophomore Markayla Hurd and freshman Kitty Eldridge.

Lady Flyers receiving honorable mention were Laci Davis and Marissa Hurd.

The Lady Flyers were winners in Area competition and advanced to the Regional Quarterfinals in the Class AA playoffs. Coach is Jammie Maze.

(See links to the Complete List of Boys and Girls District 19-AA honorees in the two articles above relating to Frankston honorees )


March 5, 2021


Flyers edge Big Sandy in region semis,

fall in finals to state finalist Grapeland  

The LaPoynor Flyers boys basketball team’s largely successful 2020-21 season ended in the Regional Finals with a loss to state finalist Grapeland on March 5, after having won the Regional Semifinals March 2 over Big Sandy (Dallardsville) in the Class AA playoffs.

The Flyers defeated Big Sandy in a close contest 53-50 to take the title of Regional Semifinals champion. The Regional Finals pitted the Flyers against the District 20-AA champion Grapeland Sandies and they fell 75-57 to the eventual state finalist.

Coach Dean Nuckolls said, “I feel we had a very good year. We played a very tough schedule leading into district, and we ended the year 25-6, losing in the Regional Finals. We had some big wins.”

In the Regional Semi-finals against Big Sandy, it was close most of the way. Big Sandy had a narrow 13-11 lead in the first quarter but LaPoynor came back to go into the halftime break with a 28-26 lead. The Flyers extended their lead in the third quarter outscoring the Wildcats 15-12 to go into the fourth quarter ahead 43-38. Big Sandy outscored the Flyers 12-10 in the final hotly contested quarter, but not by quite enough to keep the Flyers  from preserving a 53-50 victory.

In the Regional Finals game, the Flyers started the game with a 12-10 advantage in the first quarter, but Grapeland came back strong in the second period, outscoring LaPoynor 32-11 to take a 42-23 lead at halftime. The Flyers were not able to come back from that big deficit in the second half, outscoring the Sandies only 34-33.

Scoring for the Flyers against Big Sandy were DiJuan Whitehead with 15, Garrett Nuckolls 12, Kase Johnston 9, Kamron Eldridge 7, Cooper Gracey 6 and Caleb Solis and Evan Almeida with 2 each.

Eldridge had 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. Nuckolls had 4 assists and 5 rebounds. Almeida had 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Solis had 2 rebounds. Johnston had 2 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Gracey had 5 rebounds and Whitehead had 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

In the Grapeland game, Nuckolls was leading scorer with 14 points. Also in double figures were Gracey with 12 and Johnston with 11. Whitehead and Eldridge had 6 each and Aiden Maze and Almeida 4 each.

Eldridge had 3 assists and 2 rebounds. Nuckolls had 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Johnston had 7 assists 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Gracey had 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Whitehead had 3 assists.   (See Flyers Season Wrapup Story Above )

Scores by Quarters:

LaPoynor    11 17 15 10 — 53          LaPoynor    12 11 17 17 — 57

Big Sandy   13 13 12 12 — 50          Grapeland  10 32 15 18 — 75


March 2, 2021


Flyers dominate Crawford 64-37

for Regional Quarterfinals win

The LaPoynor Flyers basketball team defeated Crawford 64-37 and earned the right to meet Big Sandy in the Regional Semifinals Tuesday, March 2 at Central Heights High School at Nacogdoches.

The playoff game with Big Sandy will be at 6:30 p.m.

The Flyers outscored Crawford in three of the four quarters and tied them in the fourth. They led 15-6 at the end of the first quarter and were ahead 27-16 at halftime. The Flyers padded their lead in the third quarter 26-10 to end the quarter ahead 53-26. The two teams tied at 11-11 in the final quarter but it was not nearly enough to offset the earlier Flyer scoring.

Kamron Eldridge led Flyer scorers with 16 points. Garrett Nuckolls had 14 and Kase Johnston 12 to round out double figure scoring. Evan Almeida had 7 points, DiJuan Whitehead 6, Cooper Gracey 5 and Matt Driskell and Caleb Solis 2 points each.

Eldridge had 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Nuckolls had 8 assists, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Johnston had 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Gracey had 8 rebounds and 2 steals and Whitehead had 5 rebounds.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor     15    12    26    11 — 64

Crawford      6    10    10    11 — 37


March 1, 2021


Maidens Quarterfinals Champs 2-25-21

— Courtesy Photo

MAIDENS BASKETBALL 2020-21 SEASON

    Challenging year yields 3-1 playoff  success

The Frankston Maidens’ 2020-21 season was a very challenging year, with COVID, two times the team being quarantined, the snow week and life, Coach Christi Coker said, in wrapping up what turned out to be a successful 3-1 playoff performance.

“Even through all of this, this team battled through and stuck together to have a long playoff journey,” the coach said.

Coach Coker said, she thinks it has been since 2012 since the Maidens won a playoff game and since 2001 that they have been to the Regional Tournament.

“It was an exciting year,” she said. “I knew that when the UIL came out with the AA alignments, our district was going to be very tough, with Martins Mill and LaPoynor in it, but I knew, in the playoffs, we would be able to compete well with other districts in the region.”

Coach Coker said that the win over Lovelady (Bi-district) “was huge” and gave the Maidens confidence that they could win in the playoffs.

“Then, the win over a very tall Bruceville-Eddy team (Area) gave us even more fire,” she said. “We went to play LaPoynor in the Regional Quarterfinals, and I am sure not many people thought we could win, but it’s hard to beat a team three times in a season.”

The Maidens had lost to the Lady Flyers two times during District 19-AA play.

“The Maidens believed in themselves and came out on top over a very talented LaPoynor team,” the coach recalled. “The celebration was awesome.”

The coach said that the Maidens had only one day of rest and one day to prepare for the No. 3 team in the state before they headed to Jacksonville to play Douglass in the Regional Semifinals.

“I knew it had been a very highly emotional and physical game with LaPoynor,” she observed. “We battled Douglass for three quarters and then the tide turned. They outscored us 20-7 in the fourth to win. Tia Billingsly going out with a knee injury hurt us tremendously.”

Nevertheless, the Maidens “fought hard to the end”, the coach said.

“I could never be more proud of this group of young ladies,” Coach Coker said. “They have all the heart, fire, determination and fight in them I have ever seen in a group.”

The Maiden coach said it was the last game for seniors Abbie Ramsey (13) and Teallie Tatum (21).

“They will be missed, not only for their basketball skills, but in their leadership and character,” she said. “I am so happy they got to experience a wonderful year as seniors.”

Coach Coker said that next year, the Maidens basketball team will have the core back. Four juniors will be back as seniors to lead the team. They are Brianna Looney (00), Maggie Caveness (12), Tia Billingsly (14) and Kelsey Sexton (23).

“We have a lot of good young players that we will be able to add with them,” Coach Coker said. “Look out for Shay Hatton (25) and Kaylee Davis(10) to do great things.”

The coach noted that the Maidens will be fortunate to have some really good JV (junior varsity) kids and a good group of 8th graders coming up.

“I am excited about the future,” Coach Coker said.

“We ended the year 17-8 and Regional Quarterfinals Champs and Regional Semifinalists,” she said. “I am so blessed and happy to get to be the Maidens coach.”


Feb. 27,  2021


Fateful final quarter spoils Maidens

early standoff with Douglass, 60-45  

The Frankston Maidens battled the formidable 3rd ranked Douglass girls for three quarters and then succumbed in a fateful fourth quarter surge 60-45 in the Class AA Regional Semifinals at Jacksonville Saturday, Feb. 27, according to a report by FHS Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens were down by two points in the first period but led 28-25 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter, they were down by a field goal 38-40. The two teams took the lead back and forth during that quarter, neither team leading the other by more than a few points, each seemingly having an answer for the other’s go-ahead scores. 

The fourth quarter was a different and fateful period for the Maidens. Douglass surged ahead  before the Maidens could get on the scoreboard. They outscored the Frankston girls 20-7 in that final quarter.

“The score does not show how the game went,” Coach Coker said. “In the fourth we had to start fouling and they scored some easy buckets.” 

Leading scorer for the Maidens was Abbie Ramsey with a game high 29 points, including three 3-pointers. Maggie Caveness and Ja’shaylyn (Shay) Hatton, who had scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, in the Quarterfinals game on Feb. 25, were held to only 4 each. Brianna Looney also had 4 points. Tia Billingsley  had 3 and Kaylee Davis had 1.

Ramsey had 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Hatton had 11 rebounds, 3 assists and a block. Caveness had 10 rebounds and a block. Looney had 3 rebounds and a steal. Billingsley had 2 rebounds until she sustained a knee injury and went out of the game halfway into the third quarter, Coach Coker said.

The coach said that Douglass’ two best players scored 28 points and 12 points, respectively.

“They have a solid team at 26-0 for the year and are ranked No. 3 in the state,” the Maiden coach said.  (See Coach Coker’s Season Wrapup article ABOVE)


Feb. 25,  2021


Maidens team play praised in 59-55

Quarterfinals victory over LaPoynor

The Frankston Maidens pulled off a surprise win over the 14th ranked LaPoynor Lady Flyers 59-55 Thursday, Feb. 25 in Regional Quarterfinals Class AA basketball action at Cross Roads High School, according to a report from Coach Christi Coker.

Coach Coker praised the Maidens for their great team play in the win.

The win sets up a Regional Semifinals game with 4th ranked Douglass at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 at the John Alexander Gym, located on the former Lon Morris College campus in Jacksonville. Ironically, two tribes of Indians will be playing in a gymnasium hosted by the Indians of Jacksonville.

The Lady Flyers, at 8-2, had been the second seed from District 19-AA and the Maidens, at 6-4, were third seed. The Lady Flyers had defeated the Maidens twice in district play and were considered favorites by prognosticators to win,  going into the contest.

LaPoynor appeared to be off to a predictable start in the first quarter as they moved out to a 13-7 advantage. However, in the second quarter, the Maidens outscored the Lady Flyers to trail by only 2 points, 23-21 at halftime.

Frankston came out of the halftime break on a scoring surge 22-12 to lead 43-35 at the end of the third quarter. LaPoynor came back to tie the score during the fourth quarter 49-49 but the Maidens went ahead after that to stay. The Lady Flyers came to within 2 points at 55-57 with seconds to go but then Tia Billingsly went to the free throw line on a two-shot foul and sank them both to give the Maidens their 4-point victory margin at the final horn.

Coach Coker reported the following scoring:

Junior Post Maggie Caveness led scorers with 14 and “a ton of rebounds”. Sophomore Guard Ja’shalyn (Shay) Hatton was also in double figures with 13 points. Junior Guard Billingsly and junior Guard Brianna Looney each had 8. Freshman Guard Kaylee Davis and senior Guard Abbie Ramsey each had 7. Junior Post Kelsey Sexton scored 2.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor    13    10    12    20 — 55

Frankston     7    14    22    16 — 59


Feb. 25,  2021


Flyers win Area playoff title Feb. 25

against Bosqueville cagers by 63-29

The LaPoynor Flyers boys basketball team captured the Area title Thursday, Feb. 25 with a convincing 63-29 victory over Bosqueville in action at Corsicana, according to LHS Coach Dean Nuckolls.

The Flyers now advance to the Regional Quarterfinals in Class AA against Crawford Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at Fairfield.

The Flyers outscored their opponent in all but one quarter, jumping out to a 16-2 lead in the first quarter. Despite a 9-10 deficit in the second quarter, they had a 25-12 halftime lead. They totally dominated in the second half, outscoring Bosqueville 38-17 for the comfortable win.

Garrett Nuckolls led scorers with 23 points. DiJuan Whitehead and Kamron Eldridge each had 9, Cooper Gracey 7, Evan Almeida 6 and Matt Driskell 4. Aiden Maze had 3 and Jeff Young 2.

Eldridge had 4 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals. Driskell had 4 rebounds. Nuckolls had 4 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Almeida had 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Caleb Solis had 4 rebounds. Gracey had 3 assists and 9 rebounds. Whitehead pulled down 12 rebounds.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor    16      9    19    19 — 63

Bosqueville   2    10      5    12 — 29


Feb. 23,  2021


Maidens capture Area title 46-32

over Bruceville-Eddy on Feb. 23

The Frankston Maidens advanced as Area Champions in the Class AA basketball playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 23 with a convincing 46-32 victory over Bruceville-Eddy at Centerville, according to FHS Coach Christi Coker.

The win pits Frankston, third in District 19–AA, against neighboring LaPoynor, which finished as 19-AA runnerup, in the Regional Quarterfinals. The game will be played on Thursday, Feb.. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Cross Roads High School Gym. Frankston will be home team. Tickets on sale at the door.

The Maidens outscored Bruceville-Eddy in all but the fourth quarter. They led 12-7 at the end of the first quarter and were ahead 30-22 at halftime. They outscored their opponent 11-4 in the third quarter and were 5-6, preserving a 14-point victory.

Leading scorer for the Maidens was Abbie Ramsey with 18 and Brianna Looney also was in double figures with 12 points. Maggie Caveness had 7, Tia Billingsly 5 and Teallie Tatum and Kelsey Sexton 2 each.

More statistics are expected to follow later.

Score by Quarters:

Frankston             12    18    11     5 — 46

Bruceville-Eddy    7    15      4     6 — 32


Feb. 20,  2021


Inspired Indians’ play falls short

as 20-AA champ Grapeland wins

The Frankston Indians basketball team played an inspired game against District 20-AA champion Grapeland Saturday, Feb. 20 but came away with an 87-68 loss in a Class AA Bi-district game, played on the FHS home court, according to FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians had a challenging season, plagued by a late practice start due to the extended football playoff schedule and playing without key players for many games. Nevertheless they ended their season with a 4-6 district mark and fourth place seed in the playoffs and a 10-15 season record.

“The guys played extremely hard and competed to the end,” Coach Albritton said. “I’m so proud of the way they played and handled the last three games against top 4 ranked teams.”

The Indians gave Grapeland a challenge in the first quarter, trailing by just 20-29. However, the Sandies picked up the pace in the second quarter, outscoring the Tribe 25-12, leading 54-32 at halftime. The Indians came back strong in the second half outscoring the Sandies 36-33, but not enough to offset their first half deficit. Grapeland had two players with more than 30 points in the game, one with seven 3-point goals, all in that fateful first half.

Offensively for the Indians, three players were in double figures, two with more than 20 points. Cael Bruno led with 23 points, 13 from field goals in the second half, including a 3-pointer. He also was 4 for 4 from the free throw line. Kody Loebig had 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Isaiah Allen scored 10, including a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Caleb Ramsey scored 8 and was 2 for 3 at the charity stripe. Benton Allen had 6 points and Brink Bizzell 1 on a fourth quarter free throw.

Score by Quarters:

Grapeland     29    25    19   14 — 87

Frankston     20    12    17   19 — 68


Feb. 20,  2021


Lady Flyers defeat Marlin 51-36,

advance to Quarterfinals Feb. 25

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers Saturday, Feb. 20 advanced in the Class AA playoffs with a 51-36 victory over Marlin in Area competition at Corsicana, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers will now advance to Quarterfinals competition scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Cross Roads High School Gym. They will face Frankston,. the winner of the Area game between Frankston and Bruceville-Eddy on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The Lady Flyers outscored Marlin 9-4 in the first quarter and then dominated their opponents 21-10 in the second quarter to build a 30-14 halftime lead. Marlin was able to outscore the Lady Flyers 22-21 in the second half but it was not enough to overcome the LaPoynor 16-point first half advantage.

Two Lady Flyers players scored in double figures. Markayla Hurd had 19 points, including a 9 for 12 performance at the free throw line. Staci Whitehead scored 17 points and dropped in 5 of 8 free throws. Kitty Eldridge scored 8 points, Laura McClelland 5 and Tmia Mitchell and Payton Maze with a point each.

Marissa Hurd had 1 assist and 1 steal. Whitehead had 1 assist, 3 rebounds a block and 2 steals. Markayla Hurd had 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 7 steals. Laci Davis had 3 rebounds and a steal. Maze had an assist and a rebound. Mitchell had 3 rebounds and 2 steals. McClelland had 3 assists, 8 rebounds and a steal. Eldridge had an assist, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

Score by Quarters:

Marlin        4    10      9    13 — 36

LaPoynor   9    21    10    11 — 51


Feb. 20,  2021


Flyers win Bi-District title, down

Groveton 54-40 to rise in playoffs

The LaPoynor Flyers advanced in the Class AA playoffs on Saturday, Feb. 20 with a 54-40 victory over Groveton in Bi-District play and had a 22-5 overall record going into Area playoff competition, according to a report from LHS Coach Dean Nuckolls.

The Flyers were to meet Bosqueville in the Area round on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Corsicana Middle School.

LaPoynor started the Groveton game with a 17-9 first quarter lead. Groveton came back to narrow the lead to 30-23 at halftime. The Flyers outscored their opponent 24-17 in the second half to take the 14-point win.

Garrett Nuckolls led scorers with 16 points. DiJuan Whitehead added 13. Cooper  Gracey scored 9 and Kase Johnston 8. Kamron Eldridge and Evan Almeida each scored 3 and Matt Driskell had 2.

Eldridge had 2 assists and 10 rebounds. Driskell had 7 rebounds. Nuckolls had 4 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Almeida had 3 assists and 2 rebounds. Johnston had 4 assists, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Gracey had 2 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Whitehead pulled down 9 rebounds.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor    17    13    11    13 — 54

Groveton      9    14    10      7 — 40


Feb. 12,  2021


Maidens win bi-district title 59-53,

meet Bruceville-Eddy in 2-A Area

The Frankston Maidens are bi-district winners after the first round of Class AA basketball playoff action in which they defeated District 20-AA Lovelady Friday, Feb. 12 in a thriller 59-53, according to a report from FHS Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens will now go into the Area Playoffs against Bruceville-Eddy, scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Centerville High School. Previous date was changed due to possible weather conditions.

Speaking about the bi-district game the Maiden coach had praise for her team.

“It was a great team effort for the win,” she said.

The Maidens led after a quarter of play 17-15 but Lovelady came back to take the lead at halftime 34-28. The Maidens were able to regroup during the halftime break and came back in the third quarter to take a 44-42 lead. In the final quarter, the Maidens outscored the Lady Lions 15-11 to secure the win.

Abbie Ramsey led scorers with 13 points. Also in double figures was Shay Hatton with 10. She pulled down 7 rebounds as well. Tia Billingsly and Brianna Looney each had 9 points and Billingsly had 6 rebounds. Maggie Caveness scored 8 points while contributing 13 rebounds and 3 steals. Kelsey Sexton and Kaylee Davis scored 4 each and Teallie Tatum had 2.

The bi-district game was played at Cushing High School.

Score by Quarters:

Lovelady.      15    19      8     11 — 53

Frankston     17    11    16     15 — 59


Feb. 12,  2021


Lady Flyers defeat Grapeland 68-46

in AA bi-district playoff on Feb. 12

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers outscored the Grapeland Sandiettes in three of four quarters Friday, Feb. 12 and left the neutral site of Cushing High School with a convincing 68-46 bi-district victory, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The game was the second in a double-header at Cushing, the first game being the bi-district game between Frankston and Lovelady.

The 19-AA second seeded Lady Flyers outscored the 20-AA third seed Grapeland girls 17-11 in the first quarter and despite going 14-15 in the second, led the Sandiettes 31-26 at halftime. In the second half the Lady Flyers went on a scoring surge outscoring their opponent 37-20 to take the 22-point win.

Four players scored in double figures for the LaPoynor girls. Staci Whitehead sank 15 points, hitting 3 of 4 free throws. Payton Maze had 13 points and was 3 of 7 at the free throw line. Kitty Eldridge hit for 11 points and Markayla Hurd 10, who had one 3-pointer. Laura McClelland scored 8 points and was 2 for 2 in free throws. Tmia Mitchell scored 6 points and Laci Davis 4. Marissa Hurd hit 1.

Whitehead had 2 assists, 9 rebounds and 5 steals. Markayla Hurd had 2 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Davis had 2 rebounds. Maze had 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Mitchell had 4 assists, 6 rebounds and 1 steal. McClelland had 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 5 steals. Eldridge had 2 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

The Lady Flyers are now 20-4 for the season after having finished at 8-2 in district play.

LaPoynor will play Marlin in Area competition Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at a location to be announced, subject to change due to weather conditions.

Score by Quarters:

Grapeland      11    15    10    10 — 46

LaPoynor       17    14    19    18 — 68


Feb. 12,  2021


Flyers end regular season in big win

over 19-AA Cayuga 76-33 on Feb. 12

The LaPoynor Flyers basketball team defeated Cayuga 76-33 Friday, Feb.12 in the final regular season and District 19-AA game at Nichols-Corley Gym at LaPoynor School, according to a report from LHS Coach Dean Nuckolls.

The Flyers finished as a second seed in the Class AA boys playoffs and were to meet Groveton in bi-district.

LaPoynor dominated the Wildcats in every quarter, leading 20-7 in the first quarter and 33-13 at halftime. They went on to outscore Cayuga 43-20 in the second half to win by 43 points.

Leading scorer was Kase Johnston with 19 points. DiJuan Whitehead followed with 17 and Garrett Nuckolls had 12. Evan Almeida scored 8, Kamron Eldridge and Cooper Gracey each had 6, Matt Driskell 4 and Aiden Maze and Caleb Solis each had 2.

Eldridge had 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 5 steals. Nuckolls had 3 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Solis had 3 rebounds. Almeida got 4 rebounds. Johnston had 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Gracey pulled down 7 rebounds and had 2 steals. Whitehead had 9 rebounds.

Score by Quarters:

Cayuga           7      6      7    13 — 33

LaPoynor     20    13    22    21 — 76 


Feb. 12,  2021


Indians ‘played well’ against top-ranked

Martins Mill but fell 71-54 on Feb. 12

The Frankston Indians “played well on both ends of the court” Friday night, Feb. 12, leading 17-15 at the end of the first quarter and ahead 23-22 with three minutes to go in the half, but Martins Mill picked up their scoring to win 71-54 in the final district and regular season game for both teams, according to FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

Martins Mill outscored the Indians 20-6 in the second quarter to take a 35-23 lead into the dressing room at halftime. They went on to score 36 points in the second half, but the Indians answered with 31. In fact, the Tribe got within 9 points early in the fourth quarter,  Coach Albritton said.

“I loved the effort the guys play with,” the coach said.

Three Indian players scored in double figures, led by Cael Bruno 19 points, including three 3-pointers and a 4 for 6 performance at the free throw line. Caleb Ramsey scored 11 points with two 3-pointers. Kody Loebig hit for 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Isaiah Allen scored 8 including 4 for 6 in free throws. Brink Bizzell had 6 including a 3-pointer.

The Indians finished the season in fourth place in District 19-AA with a 10-14 season record and 4-6 district mark. They are scheduled to play District 20-AA champion Grapeland in bi-district Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at Frankston High School, in a change due to weather. District champion Martins Mill will play the 20-AA fourth place team at a time and place to be announced. They finished 24-3 on the season and were 10-0 in district competition.

Score by Quarters:

Martins Mill   15    20    15    21 — 71

Frankston       17      6    14    17 — 54


Feb. 11,  2021


INDIAN FOOTBALL SIGNEE — Frankston Indians senior wide receiver and defensive back Tyler Fridinger (8) has signed a letter of intent to attend Howard Payne University on a football scholarship. Fridinger was a key player on the Bi-district finalist Indians football team, so much so that he was named to the first team defense in District 9-AA honors. Fridinger is shown with his parents, Heidi and Kevin Fridinger during a ceremony Thursday, Feb. 11 at Frankston School attended by coaches, other relatives and friends. Howard Payne University is a private Baptist university in Brownwood, TX which competes in NCAA Division III.— Citizen Photo


Feb. 9, 2021


Indians’ defensive effort fails to hold

down LaPoynor in 52-38 district loss

The Frankston Indians, playing with two players short, put on a stellar defensive performance against the Class AA No. 4 LaPoynor Flyers before the talented Flyers came away with a 52-38 victory Tuesday, Feb. 9, according to a report by FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

“I loved our defensive intensity, especially in the second half,” Coach Albritton observed. “The kids stayed in there.”

Senior Night was observed at the game instead of on Friday, Feb. 12, because of the Maidens bi-district game on that date. Brink Bizzell is the senior on the team.

LaPoynor had a big first half offensively, leading 34-18 at halftime. However the Indians managed to hold the Flyers to only 18 points in the second half while scoring 20 themselves. That advantage was not enough to overcome the 16-point lead the Flyers had built up in the first half.

Cael Bruno led Indian scorers with 16 points, including a 3-pointer. Brink Bizzell had 7 points, including a 3-pointer. He was 2 for 2 at the free throw line. Kody Loebig had 6 points on two 3-pointers. Caleb Ramsey had 4, Austin Carr 3 on a 3-pointer and Ethan Lade with 2.

Garrett Nuckolls led LaPoynor with 17 points, including three 3-pointers and a 2 for 2 performance at the charity stripe. All but three of his points were in the productive first half for the Flyers. Kamron Eldridge had 12, also mostly in that first half. DiJuan Whitehead scored 10 points, 8 of which were in the second half. Cooper Gracey got 6, Evan Almeida 3 and Kase Johnston and Matt Driskell 2 each.

Flyers coach Dean Nuckolls reported that Eldridge and Driskell each had 3 assists, Nuckolls and Almeida each had 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Johnston had 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Gracey had 4 assists and 8 rebounds and Whitehead had 13 rebounds and 2 steals.

The Indians have another tough game coming up at home against the District 19-AA leader, Martins Mill. The varsity game will start at 6 p.m. It will be the final regular season game of the season.

The fourth place Indians will be in the playoffs against the District 20-AA champion Grapeland. The bi-district game starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at Palestine High School, Coach Albritton said.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor         18    16     12      6 — 52

Frankston.        11   7     10    10 — 38


Feb. 5, 2021


Maidens’ bi-district foe  is Lovelady

Feb. 12 after win at Cross Roads

The Frankston Maidens varsity ended their regular season on a winning note, downing Cross Roads 54-24 Friday, Feb. 5 on the road, according to a report from FHS Coach Christi Coker.

The varsity finished 6-4 in district and 14-7 overall.

Earlier in the evening, the Maidens Junior Varsity lost to Cross Roads JV 28-20.

The Maidens varsity, 19-AA third place team, now concentrates on a AA bi-district challenge when they go against the District 20-AA runner-up, Lovelady, on Friday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Cushing gym. That game will be followed at 8 p.m. when the LaPoynor Lady Flyers meet Grapeland, third in 20-AA, at the Cushing gym. Playoff game ticket prices are $5 and $3.

Leading scorer for the Maidens varsity was Brianna Looney with 13 points. Abbie Ramsey had 9, Kelsey Sexton 8, Shay Hatton 7, Maggie Caveness 6, Kaylee Davis 5, Tealllie Tatum 4 and Tia Billingsly 2.

Looney had 8 assists, 6 steals and 7 deflections. Ramsey had 6 rebounds. Sexton got 5 rebounds. Hatton had 6 rebounds. Caveness had 2 blocks. Tatum had 5 rebounds.

For the Maiden JV, Kennedi Musselman had 7 points, Mirayah Hatton 6, Ondreia Renfro 3 and Allona Butler and Mya Mitchell 2 each.

Standings for District 19-AA had Martins Mill at 10-0, LaPoynor at 8-2, Frankston 6-4 and Cross Roads 0-10. Kerens and Cayuga were tied for fourth with 3-7 records and were to play Monday, Feb. 8 to see who will be the fourth seed in the playoffs and meet District 20-AA leader Centerville in bi-district later in the week.

Martins Mill will play District 20-AA fourth seed Leon  in their bi-district game.


Feb. 5, 2021


Lady Flyers down Kerens 67-41 to end

District 19-AA play with playoff spot

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers closed out their 2020-21 season on the road, defeating the Kerens Lady Bobcats 67-41 Friday, Feb. 5 in their final District 19-AA basketball game, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The win gave the Lady Flyers an 8-2 district record and 19-4 season mark. They finished in second place in the district and earned a Class AA playoff spot in the process. The LaPoynor girls will be going against District 20-AA Grapeland in bi-district Friday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. at Cushing, Coach Maze said.

The Lady Flyers outscored Kerens in every quarter to take the win. They led 18-13 in the first quarter and were ahead 32-26 at halftime. In the second half, they outscored the Lady Bobcats 35-15 to ice the victory.

Three players scored in double figures, led by Staci Whitehead with 24. She added 4 of 8 free throws to her 10 two-point field goals. Laura McClelland had 12 points, including two 3-pointers and was 4 for 4 at the free throw line. Markayla Hurd scored 10 points, Kitty Eldridge 9, Tmia Mitchell 8, Payton Maze 3 and Laci Davis 1.

Whitehead had 4 assists, 9 rebounds, a block and 6 steals. Markayla Hurd had 2 assists, 3 rebounds and 7 steals. Mitchell had 2 assists, a rebound and a steal. McClelland had 5 assists, a rebound and 4 steals. Eldridge had a rebound and 4 steals.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor    18    14    16    19 — 67

Kerens.       13    13      7      8 — 41


Feb. 5, 2021


Indians down Cross Roads 47-33

Feb. 5, eye two 19-AA top teams 

The Frankston Indians Friday, Feb. 5 defeated the Cross Roads Bobcats 47-33 in a District 19-AA basketball contest at the FHS gym and face two top teams in upcoming games, according to a report by FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

The win boosted the Indians district record to 4-4 and their season mark to 9-13.  The win for the fourth place Indians clinched a playoff spot, the Tribe coach said. They are scheduled to play District 20-AA champion Grapeland, No. 4 in AA, in bi-district on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at Palestine High School, the coach said.

The Indians outscored their opponent in three out of the four quarters, taking a first quarter lead of 15-7 and a halftime advantage of 26-15. They increased their lead to 40-20 at the end of the third quarter. Cross Roads had a 13-7 third quarter performance.

“We caused turnovers on the defensive end of the court that we converted into points,” Coach Albritton observed in analyzing the Indian victory.

Leading scorer for the Tribe was Brink Bizzell with 15, including two 3-pointers. He was 3 for 6 at the free throw line. Cael Bruno had 11 points and was 3 for 4 at the charity stripe. Caleb Ramsey rounded out the double figure scoring with 10 points, including a 3-pointer. He was 1 for 2 in free throws. Isaiah Allen had 7 points including a free throw in two tries. Kody Loebig and Ethan Lade each had 2 points.

The Indians close out their district and season schedule with two tough opponents. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the LaPoynor Flyers come to the FHS gym for games starting at 5 p.m. Then on Friday, Feb. 12, Martins Mill, undefeated in district, will be at Frankston.

Score by Quarters:

Cross Roads   7      8      5     13 — 33

Frankston    15     11    14      7 — 47


Feb. 5, 2021    


Flyers top Cross Roads, Kerens

after close defeat by Martins Mill 

The LaPoynor Flyers experienced a second loss to Martins Mill, one of only two in District 19-AA play so far and then went on to soundly defeat Cross Roads and Kerens in games on Jan. 29, Feb.  2 and Feb. 5 respectively, according to a report from LHS Coach Dean Nuckolls.

The Flyers gave Martins Mills a battle, leading them in the first half 34-31, but succumbing to a 40-30 scoring surge by their formidable opponent in the second half. In the end, the Class AA top-ranked Martins Mill team won by seven points, 71-64 on Friday, Jan. 29.

By contrast, the Flyers held Cross Roads to single digits in every quarter and ended up winning by 60 points, 83-23, on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Then on Friday, Feb. 5, the Flyers almost duplicated that performance, again holding Kerens to single digits in every quarter. This time they won by 52 points, 76-24.

Garrett Nuckolls led scorers with 19 points against Martins Mill. Also scoring in double figures was Kase Johnston with 10 points. DiJuan Whitehead added 9 points and three players — Kamron Eldridge, Evan Almeida and Cooper Gracey  — each had 7. Jeff Young scored 3 and Matt Driskell 2.

Eldridge had 3 rebounds, Driskell 2 steals and Nuckolls 3 assists and 5 rebounds. Almeida had 4 rebounds and Johnston 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Gracey pulled down 10 rebounds and had 2 blocks and Whitehead had 2 rebounds.

In the Cross Roads game, Nuckolls had 22, Whitehead 12 points and Eldridge 10. Aiden Maze scored 9, Almeida and Gracey 8 each, Johnston 6, Driskell 4 and Caleb Solis and Young 2 each.

Eldridge had 3 assists and 2 steals. Maze had 3 assists and 8 rebounds. Driskell had 3 steals. Nuckolls had 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals and Solis had 2  rebounds and 2 steals. Almeida had 3 rebounds and 2 steals and Johnston 2 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Young had 2 rebounds and 2 steals, Gracey 7 rebounds and 2 steals and Whitehead 4 assists, 8 rebounds and 2 steals.

In the Kerens game, Nuckolls had 18 points, Whitehead 13, Gracey 12 and Eldridge 11 points. Almeida scored 8 points, Johnston and Solis 6 each and Maze 2.

Eldridge had 2 assists, 2 rebounds and 6 steals. Maze had 4 rebounds. Nuckolls had 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 6 steals. Solis had 4 rebounds, Almeida 11 rebounds and 2 steals and Johnston 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Gracey had 3 assists and 6 rebounds. Whitehead had 2 assists and 7 rebounds.

The Flyers have two more games in regular season play. They face District 19-AA foes Frankston on Tuesday, Feb. 9 on the road and then host Cayuga on Friday, Feb. 12.

The Flyers are expected to finish second in the district race and as such they will meet the third place team in District 20-AA in a bi-district playoffs game against Groveton on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Wells High School.

Score by Quarters:

Martins Mill     17    14    17    23 — 71    LaPoynor      19    23    16    25 — 83

LaPoynor.         16    18    12    18 — 64    Cross Roads   4      7      6      6 — 23

Kerens                6      7      7      4 — 24

LaPoynor         21    20    26      9 — 76


Feb. 2, 2021


Maidens eye AA bi-district next week

after win over Cayuga girls on Feb. 2

The Frankston Maidens further clinched the third spot from District 19-AA in the playoffs with a 58-45 win over the Cayuga Lady Wildcats Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the FHS gym, according to a report from FHS Coach Christi Coker.

 Coach Coker said it appears that the Maidens will be playing the District 20-AA second place team, either Grapeland or Lovelady, in the first round of the playoffs. That bi-district game will be played next week, either on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, she said.

The Maidens have one more district game to play. They journey to Cross Roads on Friday, Feb. 5. The junior varsity game will be at 5 p.m., followed at about 6:15 by the varsity contest.

Scoring for the Maidens against Cayuga were two players in double figures. Abbie Ramsey led with 24, including three 3-pointers, and Brianna Looney had l6. Kaylee Davis, Kelsey Sexton, Tia Billingsly and Maggie Caveness each had 4 points and Shay Hatton put in 2.

Looney had 10 steals. Billingsly had 5 assists and 8 steals and Caveness had 9 rebounds.


Feb. 2, 2021

     

Indians play ‘good defense’ but

fall to Cayuga Wildcats 40-29

The Frankston Indians fell to Cayuga 40-29 in a District 19-AA game Tuesday, Feb. 2 to bring the district record to 3-4 and their season mark to 8-13, according to a report from FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

In a defensive game, the Indians had difficulty scoring, Coach Albritton said.

“We played real good defense, but could not get shots to fall,” he said.

The Tribe led 8-6 in the first quarter but at halftime Cayuga took the lead 19-14. Cayuga led 26-22 at the end of the third quarter and then had a big fourth quarter, outscoring the Indians 14-7.

Leading scorer for the Indians was Cael Bruno with 10. Benton Allen had 6, Isaiah Allen 5 and Caleb Ramsey and  Brink Bizzell 4 each.


Feb. 2, 2021


Lady Flyers dominate Cross Roads

75-19, eye second spot in playoffs

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers held Cross Roads to single digits in every quarter Tuesday night, Feb. 2, taking a 75-19 District 19-AA victory and accenting their second place ranking in the district, according to a report by LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers led 20-6 in the first quarter and 40-14 at halftime. Cross Roads was able to score only 5 points in the second half while the Lady Flyers were adding 35 more.

LaPoynor had four players in double figures, led by Staci Whitehead with 18, Payton with 16, and Markayla Hurd and Laura McClelland with 10 each. Kitty Eldridge had 9 and Tmia Mitchell 8. Laney Almon scored 4.

Whitehead had 3 assists, 15 rebounds, a block and 4 steals. Marissa Hurd had an assist, a rebound and 3 steals. Markayla Hurd had 5 assists, a rebound and 3 steals. Laci Davis had 2 assists, 2 rebounds and 4 steals. Payton had 3 rebounds, a block and 3 steals. Mitchell had 2 assists, 2 rebounds, and 5 steals. McClellan had an assist, a rebound and 2 steals. Almon had 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Eldridge had an assist, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.

The Lady Flyers are to close out their season and district competition at Kerens Friday, Feb. 5, holding the second place spot in the Class AA playoffs from District 19-AA.

Score by Quarters:

Cross Roads   6     8     0     5 — 19

LaPoynor     20   20   21   14 — 75  


Feb. 1,  2021


Son of former FHS athlete to sign

with Texas A&M – Commerce

Peyton Ellis, son of a former Frankston Indians standout athlete, has committed to sign to play football for Texas A&M – Commerce in February.

He is the son of Keith Ellis, who, along with his twin brother Kevin were 1987 graduates of Frankston High School and were standout athletes during their high school years. The father is now boys athletic coordinator at Bullard Middle School. He has been coaching for 30 years, formerly defensive line coach at Whitehouse. 

The 6-6, 300-pound Peyton Ellis played football for the Bullard Panthers and is expected to play offensive tackle for the A&M Commerce Lions. He committed to A&M Commerce on Dec. 4, according to his father.

Young Ellis was recruited by Houston Baptist, SFA, Mary Hardin Baylor, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Howard Payne, and Arkansas Tech.

Peyton’s grandparents were the late Ralph and Paula Ellis of Frankston. Ralph and his late father, Clyde, operated the landmark Ellis Mercantile store on the Frankston town square for many years. His uncles, Kevin and Mike, both chose coaching and education as their professions. Mike was a 1977 graduate of Frankston High School, playing fullback and linebacker on the Class AA regional finalist Indians football team coached by legendary Frankston coach, the late Thomas Cook, himself a FHS graduate, who helped revive Frankston football in the early 1970s.

Peyton’s father and uncle Kevin, were members of an Indians AA quarterfinalist football team and members of a 1986 state runnerup AA baseball team. Keith was named all-state catcher on that team. Kevin is currently an assistant coach at Barbers Hill.

Keith and his wife Suzan have two other children, a daughter Shanna and a son Austin. Shanna is a sophomore and Austin is a freshman at Bullard High School.


Jan. 29, 2021


Maidens clinch playoffs spot, win

over Kerens 57-45 in ‘tough” test

The Frankston Maidens Friday, Jan. 29 clinched a spot in the Class AA girls basketball playoffs with a “big, tough” win over Kerens 57-45 on the road,  according to a report from FHS Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens Junior Varsity also won 33-25. They are now 9-5 overall. Their last game will be Friday, Feb. 5 at Cross Roads at 5 p.m.

The Maidens varsity now has a 4-4 district record and they are 12-7 for the season with only two games left in the season and in district play. They are in third place behind first place Martins Mill (8-0) and second place LaPoynor (6-2).

Leading scorer for the varsity was Abbie Ramsey with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Also in double figures was Tia Billingsly with 15 points. Brianna Looney and Shay Hatton each had 8 points. Maggie Caveness and Teallie Tatum had 4 points each and Kelsey Sexton scored 1 point.

Billingsly had 5 assists and 7 deflections. Looney had 6 rebounds. Caveness had 7 rebounds. Tatum had 5 rebounds and Sexton had 6 rebounds.

Scoring for the Maidens JV were Bandy Bizzell with 11, Mirayah Hatton 9, Isabel Herbrough 4, Ondreia Renfro 3, and Mya Mitchelll and Allona Butler 2 each.



Jan. 29, 2021


Indians win District 19-AA contest

Jan. 29 against Kerens 50-31 here

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team Friday, Jan. 29 defeated the Kerens Bobcats 50-31in a District 19-AA contest at the FHS gym.

The win boosted the Tribe record to 3-3 in district and 8-12 on the season.

The Indians started out strong with a 16-2 lead in the first quarter and they led 29-18 at halftime. They went on to dominate the second half, outscoring the Bobcats 21-13.

Leading Indian scoring was Cael Bruno with 20 points, including a 3-pointer. He was 9 of 12 at the free throw line. Brink Bizzell had 9 points, including a 3-pointer. He was 2 for 2 at the charity stripe. Caleb Ramsey sank 8 points with a 3-pointer and a 3 for 3 free throw performance. Kody Loebig hit two 3-pointers for 6 points, Isaiah Allen had 4 points on one 3-pointer and a free throw. Benton Allen had 3 points on a field goal and a free throw.

The Indians will go to Cayuga on Tuesday, Feb. 2 and then host Cross Roads on Senior Night Friday, Feb. 5. They close out the district and season schedules with tough ones at home against LaPoynor on Feb. 9 and Martins Mill on Feb. 12, when it will be Senior Night.

Score by Quarters, 

Kerens             2   16     7    6 — 31

Frankston.    16   13   13    8 — 54


Jan. 29, 2021


Martins Mill defeats second place

Lady Flyers 72-45 to secure lead

Martins Mill held on to their first place spot in District 19-AA on Friday, Jan. 29 with a 72-45 victory over the second place LaPoynor Lady Flyers on their home court, according to a report from LaPoynor Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Mustangs dominated the formidable Lady Flyers in every quarter, taking a 32-20 lead at halftime. They solidified their lead in the second half, scoring 40 points while LaPoynor was held to 25.

Two Lady Flyer players scored in double figures, Markayla Hurd with 16 and Staci Whitehead with 15. Tmia Mitchell had 9, Marissa Hurd and Payton with 2 each,  and Laura McClelland 1.

Whitehead had 2 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Markayla Hurd had 1 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Mitchell had 1 assist, 2 rebounds and a steal. McClellan had 3 assists and a rebound.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor         10    10      8    17 — 45

Martins Mill    15    17    19    21 — 72


Jan. 26, 2021


Lady Flyers top Cayuga five 52-26

In District 19-AA contest on road

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers defeated the Cayuga LadyWildcats 52-26 in District 19-AA play Tuesday, Jan. 26 on the road to continue their hold on second place in the district, according to a report by LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers started out strong, outscoring the Cayuga girls 10-0 in the first quarter. Cayuga came back with an 11-6 advantage in the second quarter, but the Lady Flyers still had a 16-11 halftime advantage. LaPoynor padded their lead with a 23-3 third quarter scoring surge that put them ahead by 39-14 at the end of the quarter. The Lady Flyers held on with a 13-12 lead in the final quarter for the winning margin.

Scoring for the Lady Flyers was led by Staci Whitehead with 12 points. Laci Davis and Laura McClelland each had 9. Payton had 8 and Tmia Mitchell 7. Kitty Eldridge scored 4, Laney Almon 2 and Marissa Hurd 1.

Whitehead had 2 assists, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks and 7 steals. Markayla Hurd had 1 assist and 5 rebounds. Davis had 1 assist and 2 steals. Mitchell had 4 rebounds and 6 steals. McClelland had 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 steals. Almon had 4 rebounds and a steal. Eldridge posted 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor    10     6    23    13 — 52

Cayuga         0    11      3    12 — 26


Jan. 26, 2021


Indians fall 56-35 to district leader

Martins Mill Jan. 26 in road contest

The Frankston Indians fell to top-ranked Martins Mill 56-35 on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in varsity basketball action on the road, according to a report from FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

Martins Mill jumped out to a 39-13 advantage at halftime. The Indians were able to narrow the score to 45-22 at the end of the third quarter, outscoring their opponent 9-6. They further narrowed the margin in the fourth with a 13-11 performance but it was not enough to overcome the big Martins Mill lead at halftime.

Leading scorer for the Indians was Kody Loebig with 8. Isaiah Allen had 7, Caleb Ramsey and Cael Bruno each had 5. Benton Allen and Brink Bizzell scored 4 each and Kason Newport had 2. Loebig had two 3-pointers and Isaiah Allen and Ramsey each had one. They also were both 2 for 4 at the free throw line. Bruno was 1 for 2 at the charity stripe.

The loss dropped the Indians’ district record to 2-3 and their season mark to 7-12. Martins Mill is 5-0 in district and 19-3 overall.

The Indians will be hosting Kerens on Friday, Jan. 29 when it is scheduled to be Little Dribblers Night. Junior varsity game will start at 6:30 p.m. and the varsity contest at about 7:45. Then on Tuesday, Feb. 2 they are scheduled to go to Cayuga for games starting at 5 p.m.


Jan. 26, 2021


Maidens outscored 68-48 by state-ranked

Martins Mill in 19-AA contest on Jan. 26

The Frankston Maidens varsity hosted state-ranked Martins Mill Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the FHS gym and were outscored 68-48, according to a report from FHS Coach Christi Coker.

The Martins Mill girls are currently ranked sixth in the state in Class AA and lead in District 19-AA with a 7-0 record. So far the Maidens’ only losses have been to Martins Mill and to LaPoynor, second with a 6-1 record, their only loss so far to Martins Mill.

Coach Coker said, “The Maidens played well in the first half and were only down one point at halftime. In the third quarter, Martins Mill got hot and scored 29 points.

“We played well with them for three quarters, but were out-scored in one,” the Maiden coach said.

Leading scorer for the Maidens was senior Abbie Ramsey with 15 points. She also pulled down 6 rebounds. Three Maidens had 6 points: Brianna Looney, Tia Billingsly and Kelsey Sexton. Three more had 4 points: Kaylee Davis, Teallie Tatum and Shay Hatton. Maggie Caveness scored one point and contributed 6 rebounds.

The Maidens go to Kerens for what Coach Coker called “a huge game” on Friday, Jan. 29. The Maidens and Kerens are currently tied for third in 19-AA with 3-4 records. Junior varsity action starts at 5 p.m. followed at about 6:15 by the varsity contest. The Maidens will meet Cayuga (2-5) at home on Tuesday, Feb. 2 in another “huge” game for district standings. JV contest is at 5 followed by the varsity game at about 6:15 p.m. at the FHS gym. Final season and district game will be at Cross Roads (0-7) on Feb. 5.


Jan. 26, 2021


Second place Flyers down Cayuga

72-43 on Jan. 26 in 19-AA action

The LaPoynor Flyers defeated the Cayuga Wildcats varsity 72-43 at Cayuga on Tuesday, Jan. 26 for another win in District 19-AA play, further reinforcing their second place ranking in the district.

The Flyers led Cayuga 31-22 at halftime and padded their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 24-3. Cayuga had an 18-17 lead in the fourth but not nearly enough to offset the earlier Flyers performance.

DiJuan Whitehead led scorers with 21 points. Garrett Nuckolls had 17 points. Evan Almeida and Cooper Gracey were also in double figures with 10 each. Kase Johnston scored 8, Matt Driskell 3, Jeff Young 2 and Kamron Eldridge 1.

Whitehead had 2 assists and 10 rebounds. Gracey had 3 assists and 13 rebounds. Johnston had 5 assists and 7 rebounds. Almeida had 9 rebounds. Nuckolls had 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Driskell had 2 assists. Eldridge had 4 assists and 5 rebounds.

The Flyers are now 17-4 overall and 4-1, losing only in district to Martins Mill in the first round.

The LaPoynor boys varsity were to host district-leading Martins Mill Friday, Jan. 29 at the Nichols-Corley Gym at LaPoynor School in a key matchup. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, they go to Cross Roads to continue league play.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor      21    10    24    17 — 72

Cayuga            6    16      3    18 — 43


Jan. 22, 2021


Indians fall to LaPoynor 71-48

Friday, Jan. 22 in 19-AA test

The Frankston Indians fell to the LaPoynor Flyers 71-48 Friday, Jan. 22 in District 19-AA basketball action at the Nichols-Corley Gym at LaPoynor School, according to a report from FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

The win for the Flyers boosted their season record to 16-4 and their district mark to 3-1. The Indians are now 2-2 in district and 8-10 for the season.

The Flyers jumped out to a 21-13 first quarter lead and were ahead 35-18 at halftime. In the second half the Indians picked up the pace, scoring 30 points while the Flyers scored 36 to build on their first half advantage.

Isaiah Allen led Indian scorers with 14 points, including one 3-pointer. Brink Bizzell scored 9 points, including two 3-pointers and a 3 for 4 showing at the free throw line. Kody Loebig and Caleb Ramsey each scored 10. Loebig had a 3-pointer and was 1-1 at the charity stripe. Benton Allen scored 5 points and Cael Bruno 2.

Cooper Gracey led LaPoynor scorers with 25, including two 3-pointers. DiJuan Whitehead also scored in double figures with 19. Kase Johnston had 9, including two 3-pointers. Garrett Nuckolls had 8, Jeff Young 6 and Matt Driskell and Evan Almeida 2 each.

LHS Coach Dean Nuckolls reported that Whitehead had 10 rebounds; Gracey 15 rebounds; Young 4 assists and 4 rebounds; Johnston 5 assists, 7 rebounds and 2 steals; Almeida 4 rebounds; Nuckolls 7 assists, 2 rebounds and 3 steals.

The Indians will face another challenge Tuesday, Jan. 26 when they go to Martins Mill for games starting at 5 p.m. The Flyers will go to Cayuga the same day to play the Wildcats starting at 5 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Frankston 13    5    14     16 — 48

LaPoynor  21  14    22     14 — 71


Jan. 22, 2021


Lady Flyers defeat Maidens varsity

60-45, win over JV 49-25 on Jan. 22

The Frankston Maidens varsity lost to the LaPoynor Lady Flyers 60-45 on Friday, Jan. 22 at the FHS gym, according to Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

Earlier the Maidens junior varsity fell to the LaPoynor JV 49-25.

The Maiden varsity is now 11-6 for the season and 3-3 in District 19-AA, in third place behind Martins Mill and LaPoynor.

“We played well the first half, but in the third quarter, we struggled,” Coach Coker observed. “We missed 15 free throws for the night that hurt us.”

The two Maidens seniors led in scoring. Abbie Ramsey had 17 points, 7 steals and 6 deflections. Teallie Tatum had 8 points. Brianna Looney scored 6 points. Tia Billingsly and Shay Hatton each scored 4. Billingsly had 7 rebounds and 6 deflections. Hatton had 6 rebounds. Kaylee Davis, Maggie Caveness and Kelsey Sexton each score 2. Caveness had 10 rebounds.

Lady Flyer Coach Jammie Maze reported that four of his varsity players scored in double figures. Markayla Hurd had 16, Laura McClelland 15, Staci Whitehead 12 and Tmia Mitchell 11. Marissa Hurd had 5 points and Payton 1.

Whitehead had 1 assist, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Markayla Hurd had 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 block and 8 steals. Laci Davis had 1 assist and 3 rebounds. Payton had 5 rebounds. Mitchell had 7 rebounds and 5 steals. McClelland had 2 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Kitty Eldridge had 1 assist, 1 rebound and 2 steals.

Scoring for the Maiden JV were Mirayah Hatton with 11, Bandy Bizzell 7, Isabel Herbrough 3 and Ondreia Renfro and Kennedi Musselman 2 each.

The Lady Flyers are now 16-3 overall and 5-1 in district play.

The Maidens will be hosting first place Martins Mill on Tuesday, Jan. 26 with the varsity only game starting at 6 p.m. The Lady Flyers will be hosting Cayuga on the same day and time. On Friday, Jan. 29, the Maidens will be going to Kerens for games, JV at 5 p.m. and varsity at about 6:15. The Lady Flyers will go to Martins Mill for a varsity only game at 6 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor       14     16      18    12 — 60

Frankston      16       7        9    13 — 45


Jan. 19, 2021


Lady Flyers comeback tops Kerens

60-37 Jan. 19 to up record to 4-1

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers defeated the Kerens Lady Bobcats 60-37 in District 19-AA action on Tuesday, Jan. 19 for a 4-1 record in district play, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Bobcats outscored the Lady Flyers 20-13 in the first half but LaPoynor came out strong in the second half, scoring 47 points while holding Kerens to only 17.

Three players scored in double figures for LaPoynor. Laura McClelland and Payton each scored 12 points to lead and Markayla Hurd added 11. Kitty Eldridge had 7 and Tmia Mitchell 6. Marissa Hurd and Staci Whitehead each scored 5 and Laney Almon had 2. They all combined to make 24 free throws to help the cause.

Whitehead had 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Markayla Hurd had 2 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. McClelland had 5 assists, a rebound and 5 steals. Mitchell had 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Eldridge had 2 assists and 3 rebounds.

Score by Quarters:

Kerens         8   12     9     8 — 37

LaPoynor    6     7   26   21 — 60


Jan. 19, 2021


Flyers finish non-district with win,

go 2-1 in District 19-AA cage play

The LaPoynor Flyers, since the first of the new year, closed out their preseason schedule with a win and started their District 19-AA schedule with two wins and only one loss.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Flyers defeated Kerens 63-48 after having won over Cross Roads 90-21. Their only district loss came at the hands of a formidable Martins Mill team 66-53.

They closed out their non-district schedule with a 57-49 win over Lufkin Hudson. They only lost three games in non-district competition, falling only to Lipan, Gary and Tenaha. Their overall season record is 15-4.

In their most recent game with Kerens, the Flyers led 22-7 in the first quarter and 30-17 at halftime. They outscored Kerens 33-31 in the second half to seal the win.

Garrett Nuckolls led scorers with 20 points and DiJuan Whitehead scored 16. Cooper Gracey had 9 points and Kase Johnston 8. Matt Driskell scored 6 points and Evan Almeida had 4.

Nuckolls had 4 assists, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 steals. Whitehead had 2 assists and 14 rebounds. Johnston had 3 assists and 7 rebounds. Almeida pulled down 6 rebounds. Gracey had four rebounds and 2 steals. Driskell had 2 assists and 3 rebounds.

Against Cross Roads, LaPoynor was ahead 24-0 in the first quarter and 48-8 at halftime. They outscored their opponent 42-13 in the second half to ice the big win.

Whitehead led scorers with 29 points. Gracey got 20 points and Nuckolls scored 13. Kamron Eldridge had 9, Driskell and Almeida 6 each, Jeff Young 4, and Johnston 3.

Gracey had. 2 assists, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Whitehead had 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. Nuckolls had 8 assists and 9 rebounds. Johnston had 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals. Almeida had 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Eldridge had 2 assists and 3 rebounds. Young had 3 rebounds and Driskell had 3 assists.

In the Martins Mill game, the Flyers played it close in the first half, trailing 17-16 in the first quarter and behind only 31-28 at halftime. Martins Mills outscored the Flyers 38-22 in the second half to take the win.

Against Martins Mill, Whitehead led with 12 points. Johnston had 10, Gracey 9, Eldridge 8, Nuckolls 7, Almeida and Driskell 3 each and Young 1.

Whitehead had 2 assists and 6 rebounds. Nuckolls had 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 steals. Gracey had 2 assists and 11 rebounds. Eldridge had 3 assists and 2 steals. Johnston had 5 rebounds and Driskell had 2 rebounds.

In the non-district game with Hudson, the score was tied 25-25 at halftime. Hudson went ahead by 3 in the third quarter 42-39, but the Flyers outscored Hudson 18-7 in the final quarter to take the 8-point win.

Gracey led scorers against Hudson with 12 points. Whitehead, Nuckolls and Almeida each scored 10. Johnston had 7, Eldridge 6 and Driskell 2.

Eldridge had 3 assists and 8 rebounds. Nuckolls had 4 assists and 8 rebounds. Almeida had 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Johnston had 4 assists, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Gracey had 2 assists and 7 rebounds and Whitehead had 2 rebounds.

The Flyers host Frankston on Friday, Jan. 22 and then go to Cayuga on Tuesday, Jan. 26 for games starting at 5 p.m.


Jan. 19, 2021


Maidens end first round third in 19-AA,

top Cayuga 41-34, Cross Roads 53-15

The Frankston Maidens Tuesday, Jan. 19 closed out the first round of District 19-AA competition with a convincing 53-15 victory over the Cross Roads Lady Bobcats during Senior Night at the Frankston gymnasium, according to a report from FHS Coach Christi Coker.

Maiden seniors Abbie Ramsey (13) and Teallie Tatum (21) were honored prior to the varsity game.

The victory followed a close 13-11 victory by the Maiden junior varsity over their Cross Roads counterparts. They are now 8-3 overall for the season.

The Maidens’ varsity ended the first round with a 3-2 district record and a 11-5 season mark. The Maidens are in third place in the district behind Martins Mill (5-0) and LaPoynor (4-1). Kerens (2-3) is in fourth place, followed by Cayuga (1-4) and Cross Roads (0-5).

On Jan. 15, the Maidens won a “tough one” on the road against Cayuga 41-34 in varsity only competition.

Abbie Ramsey led scorers against Cross Roads with 17 points, 6 steals and 4 assists. Maggie Caveness had another double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds. Brianna Looney scored 8 points, had 7 steals and 4 assists. Teallie Tatum had 6 points, Tia Billingsly 5, Shay Hatton 3, Kelsey Sexton and Kaylee Davis 2 points each. Sexton also contributed 8 rebounds.

For the Maidens JV against Cross Roads, Bandy Bizzell had 5 points, Kennedi Musselman and Mirayah Hatton 3 each and Ondreia Renfro 2.

Against Cayuga, Ramsey led with 11 points. Caveness had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Billingsly had 7 and Sexton 6 with 10 rebounds. Shay Hatton scored 5 and Davis 2. Looney also had 2 points with 5 steals and 12 deflections on defense.


Jan. 19, 2021


Indians dominate Cross Roads 65-29

to raise District 19-AA record to 2-1  

The Frankston Indians won their second District 19-AA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19 by dominating Cross Roads 65-29 on the road.

The win gave the Indians a 2-1 district record. They are 7-10 overall for the season.

The Indians had four players in double figures and dominated the Cross Roads varsity in all four quarters.

After leading Cross Roads 11-6 in the first quarter, the Indians outscored their opponent 17-4 in the second quarter to take a 28-10 halftime lead. They cemented their lead with a 22-point performance in the third quarter while holding Cross Roads to only 7 points. The Bobcats scored 12 fourth quarter points but it was not nearly enough to offset the Indians’ 50-17 third quarter advantage and a 15-point Tribe showing in the fourth.

Leading scorer for the Indians was Cael Bruno with 17 including one 3-pointer. He sank 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Caleb Ramsey and Brink Bizzell each scored 12, each hitting one 3-pointer. Bizzell made 7 of 8 free throws and Ramsey was 1 for 1. Isaiah Allen hit 5 two-point field goals and was 1 for 2 at the free throw line for 11 points. In the fourth quarter, Ethan Lade scored 7 points and was 1 for 2 at the charity stripe. Benton Allen and Kason Newport each had 3 points,  Allen with a field goal and a free throw and Newport with a 3-pointer.

Friday, Jan. 22, the Indians will go to LaPoynor to meet the formidable Flyers with games starting at 5 p.m. Then on Tuesday, Jan. 26 they meet another challenging foe when they journey to Martins Mill.

Score by Quarters:

Frankston      11    17    22    15 — 65

Cross Roads    6      4      7    12 — 29


Jan. 15, 2021


Lady Flyers dominate Cross Roads

69-21 for 3-1 record in 19-AA play

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers dominated the Cross Roads Lady Bobcats 69-21 Friday, Jan. 15 to increase their District 19-AA record to 3-1, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers held their opponent to single digits in every quarter, leading 33-9 at halftime and scoring 36 points to only 12 for Cross Roads in the second half.

Staci Whitehead led LHS scorers with 20 points, followed closely by Laura McClelland with 19. Kitty Eldridge had 8, Payton 7 and Markayla Hurd and Tmia Mitchell with 5 each. Laci Davis had 3 and Laney Almon 2.

Whitehead had 3 assists, 8 rebounds, a block and 4 steals. Marissa Hurd had 3 assists and 3 steals. Markayla Hurd had 1 rebound and 3 steals. Davis had 2 assists and a steal. Payton had an assist, 2 rebounds and 3 steals. Mitchell had 2 assists, 6 rebounds, a block and a steal. McClelland had 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Eldridge had 2 assists, 4 rebounds, a block and 4 steals.

Score by Quarters:

Cross Roads   6     3     8     4 — 21

LaPoynor     14   19   16   20 — 69


Jan. 15, 2021


Cayuga second half surge defeats

Indians 56-52 in 19-AA contest

The Frankston Indians fell 56-52 in a “tough one” to the Cayuga Wildcats Friday, Jan 15 at the Frankston gym, according to a report from FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

The District 19-AA loss made the Indians 1-1 in district play after having won their district opener over Kerens in a close game 34-31. They are now 6-10 for the season.

The Indians held a close lead over Cayuga in the first half, leading 11-9 in the first period and 19-18 at halftime. However, Cayuga outscored the Indians 38-33 in the second half to take the win.

Cael Bruno led Indians scorers with 22 points, sinking two 3-pointers and 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Brink Bizzell was also in double figures with 14, including one 3-pointer and a free throw. Isaiah Allen and Caleb Ramsey had 5, Kody Loebig 4, and Benton Allen 2.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Indians go to Cross Roads for games starting at 5 p.m. Then on Friday, Jan. 22, the Tribe must face a formidable LaPoynor team at the Nichols-Corley Gym at LaPoynor.

Score by Quarters:

Cayuga      9   9    15    23 — 56

Indians    11    8    13    20 — 52


Jan. 12, 2021


Maidens varsity, JV defeat Kerens

in key District 19-AA tests Jan. 12

The Frankston Maidens varsity won a big district game 53-25 against Kerens Tuesday, Jan. 12 to improve their District 19-AA record to 1-2, according to a report by FHS Coach Christi Coker.

Earlier, the Maidens Junior Varsity defeated their Kerens counterparts 42-22.

Leading scorer for the Maiden varsity was Abbie Ramsey with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Also in double figures was Maggie Caveness with 11. Brianna Looney scored 8 points and Tia Billingsly had 5. Kelsey Sexton and Shay Hatton each contributed 4 points to the cause. Kaylee Davis had 3 and Teallie Tatum 2 points.

Caveness not only scored in double figures but also had 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Looney had 4 steals and 7 rebounds. Billingsly had 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Sexton pulled down 10 rebounds.

In the JV game, Kennedi Musselman was high scorer with 12 points. Also in double figures was Mirayah Hatton with 11. Bandy Bizzell had 8, Trinity Coats 6 and Mya Mitchell and Kaitlyn Deupree had 2 each.. Ondreia Renfro had 1.

The Maidens travel to Cayuga Friday, Jan. 15 and will be at home on Tuesday, Jan. 19 against Cross Roads to end the first round of district play. At 6:15 p.m., following the JV game against Cross Roads, Senior Night will be observed with seniors recognized for their contributions.


Jan. 12, 2021


Indians hold off Kerens to take 34-31

victory in District 19-AA cage opener 

The Frankston Indians varsity started off District 19-AA play with a close 34-31 victory over the Kerens Bobcats Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Kerens, according to a report by FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

The win gives the Indians a 1-0 district record and makes them 6-9 for the season.

The game was close in almost every quarter. The Indians led 7-5 in the first period and had a 17-11 lead at halftime. Kerens tried a comeback in the second half, outscoring the Indians 20-17 but the Tribe held on to preserve the three point win.

Isaiah Allen led Indian scorers with 13 points, including two 3-pointers and was 1 for 2 at the free throw line. Cael Bruno was also in double figures with 10 points. He sank two free throws on two tries. Brink Bizzell was also perfect at 2 for 2 at the charity line and scored 4 points. Kody Loebig had 3, thanks to one 3-pointer. Caleb Ramsey and Benton Allen each had 2, Ramsey sinking 2 free throws in two tries and Allen with a single field goal.


Jan. 12, 2021


Lady Flyers lose first district game

Jan. 12 to tough Martins Mill 64-42

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers lost their first 19-AA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 12 to their rival for district honors, Martins Mill, 64-42 in action at LaPoynor.

The loss was LaPoynor’s first in district play, having defeated both Frankston and Cayuga previously. They are 2-1 in district and 13-4 overall. Martins Mill is undefeated in district, having previously won over Frankston.

The Lady Flyers fell behind in the first quarter by 13 points, 18-5, and Martins Mill padded their lead to 35-15 by halftime. LaPoynor was able to narrow the deficit some in the third quarter outscoring their opponent 14-12 but Martins Mill secured their victory in the final quarter 17-13 for the 22-point win.

Staci Whitehead led Lady Flyer scorers with 18 points, including two 3-pointers in seven attempts, and 6 of 7 free throws. She scored on 3 of 8 attempts for two points. Laura McClelland got 9 points, Markayla Hurd 6, Kitty Eldridge 5, Tmia Mitchell 3 and Laney Almon 1.

Whitehead had 14 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 blocks. Marissa Hurd had 3 rebounds and an assist. Markayla Hurd had 1 assist, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Laci Davis had 3 rebounds. Mitchell had 2 assists and 1 rebound. McClelland had 3 assists, 1 block and 2 steals. Eldridge had 2 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal.

The Lady Flyers are scheduled to go to Cross Roads on Friday, Jan. 15 and will close out the first round of district play against Kerens on Jan. 19 at LaPoynor.

Score by Quarters:

Martins Mill     18 17 12 17 — 64

LaPoynor           5 10 14 13 — 42


Jan. 8, 2021


Strong Martins Mill team defeats

Maidens 52-21 in 19-AA contest

The Frankston Maidens faced another 19-AA top team Friday, Jan. 8 and came away falling to the Martins Mill varsity girls 52-21, according to a report by FHS Coach Christi Coker.

With a not so enviable circumstance of facing two of the top pre-season favorites in their first two district games, the Maidens are now 0-2 in district play. They still get another chance against both teams later, however.

“We started out strong,” Coach Coker said, “but the second half hurt us.”

The coach said Martins Mill could not miss in the third quarter “and we could not score in the fourth”. She said the Maidens only hit 1 of 10 free throws also.

Abbie Ramsey led Maiden scorers with 11 points. Tia Billingsly and Shay Hatton had 3 each and Brianna Looney and Maggie Caveness each scored 2.


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. 8, 2021


Lady Flyers top Cayuga 51-26

to remain unbeaten in district

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers remained unbeaten in District 19-AA play Friday, Jan. 8 with a convincing 51-26 win over the Cayuga Lady Wildcats, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first quarter and led 29-15 at halftime. They continued their dominance in the second half, outscoring Cayuga 22-11.

Staci Whitehead led Lady Flyers scorers with 23 points. Also in double figures was Laura McClelland with 10 points. Laci Davis scored 6 and Markayla Hurd and Tmia Mitchell each had 4. Marissa Hurd and Kitty Eldridge each had 2 points.

Whitehead had 13 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals. Markayla Hurd had 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 6 steals. Davis had 1 assist, 2 rebounds and 3 steals. Mitchell had 2 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. McClelland had 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 steals. Laney Almon had 1 assist, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Eldridge had 2 assists, 1 rebound and 3 steals.

Score by Quarters:

Cayuga          3    12      8     3 — 26

LaPoynor    15    14    13     9 — 51


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.

LHS Coach Jammie Maze reported Staci Whitehead had 17 points, Markayla Hurd 12, Tmia Mitchell 11, Kitty Eld/ridge 8, Laci Davis 6, Laura McClellan 5,  Laney Almon 4 and Marissa Hurd 2.

Whitehead had 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and 5 steals. Eldridge had 2 assists, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Mitchell had 6 rebounds. Davis had 4 rebounds and 2 steals. McClelland had 3 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Markayla Hurd had 6 assists and 6 steals.

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.

Score by Quarters:

Frankston        8      11     12    18 —  49

LaPoynor       20     17       7    21 —  65


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 ISD Courtesy Photo

Neches Lady Tigers defeat Blum 3-0

for state 1A volleyball title Nov. 21

The Neches Lady Tigers are coming home with a third straight Class A State Volleyball Championship after defeating Blum 3-0 in the state finals Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Culwell Center in Garland.

The Lady Tigers did what they had done in every playoff match on the way to the finals. They won in three straight sets. This time it was 25-20, 25-19, 25-12.

The Lady Tigers had been seeking a “three-peat” after having won back-to-back state championships in the past two years.

Neches had defeated all teams, AA and A, in District 21-AA, posting an impressive 14-0 record. They proceeded as the top seed in the Class A playoffs, having defeated other Class A teams in the district, and never lost a set as they progressed 3-0 through matches with Burkeville, Chester, Avery, Cumby Miller Grove and D’hanis, according to Head Coach Jenna Jenkins.

The coach recalled that Neches drew a bye in the first round, but in Area competition they swept Burkeville in all three sets 25-6, 25-8, 25-10. In the Regional Quarterfinals, it was 25-7, 25-7, 25-5 against Chester. Then in the Regional Semifinals they won over Avery 25-10, 25-7, 25-10. They defeated Cumby Miller Grove 25-16, 25-11, 25-16 in the Regional Finals and earned a trip to the finals defeating D’hanis 25-13, 25-6, 25-11 in the State Semifinals.

“This has been an amazing season,” Coach Jenkins said. “These girls came into the first day of two-a-days with one goal in mind, to win a third consecutive state championship, and they worked hard and made it happen. They are wonderful athletes and great people, and it has been an absolute blessing to be their coach this season.”

The coach said the Lady Tigers will lose six talented seniors and will be working hard to rebuild next season.

Seniors are 5-6 Emily Hill, 5-3 Nayeli Quistian, 5-10 Lexi Rogers, 5-10 Kacie Kimbrough, 5-8 Riley Catchot and 5-7 Raegan Hill.

“Don’t count us out, though,” Coach Jenkins predicted. “We will look a lot different in November than we do in August next year.”

The coach sees potential in returning players, including dominant 5-11 junior outside hitter Kourtney Mannix and defensive specialist junior Mallory Main who will transition smoothly into the libero position. Sophomore 5-9 right side Emily Docteur, a hard hitter, will slide over to fill an outside or middle hitter position; sophomore Kingsley Gordon will step in as a full-time defensive specialist and possibly help out with setting, Coach Jenkins said. Also returning will be freshman defensive specialist Jessi Sumpter and freshman outside hitter Juliana Carrizales, she said.

Assisting Head Coach Jenkins is Trent Cook. Kendall Tidwell is manager.


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


— Courtesy Photo

Maidens play Normangee tough

early but fall in AA bi-district

The Frankston Maidens made it tough on Normangee for the first two sets Thursday night, Oct. 29 but came up short in the Class AA bi-district round of the state playoffs 3-0.

The Maidens had to be disappointed that they could not advance further in the playoffs, but they had much for which to be proud after an 11-3 season in District 21-AA and first place among AA teams in the district.

The team will be looking forward to district honors later.

Against Normangee, the Maidens stayed tough in the first and second sets before losing 20-25 and 23-25. In the third set, Normangee pulled away for a 13-25 win to clinch the victory.

It was the final volleyball game for five seniors whose spirited leadership helped in the winning season. They are Melany Pizano, Whitney Jordan, Emily Bizzell,  Abbie Ramsey and Eryn Pryor.

Coach Lisa Hokit expressed her feelings about her team: “I am so proud of the work the girls put in this season. They accomplished so much and even though the season ended earlier than we wanted, it was still successful. The seniors will be missed. They have set the bar for future Maiden volleyball teams.

Among individual leaders for the Maidens, Eryn Pryor had two aces. Emily Bizzell had 7 kills, Abbie Ramsey and Haidyn Hokit 5 each, Tia Billingsley 3, Maggie Caveness  and Gracie Roark 2 kills and a block each. Hokit had 11 assists and Ramsey 9. Melany Pizano had 9 digs, Ramsey and Brianna Looney 8 each, Billingsley 7, Hokit 4, Emily Bizzell 3 and Bandy Bizzell 2.

The 2020 Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team has won first place over AA teams in District 21-AA  and went to the first round of the state Class AA playoffs against District 22-AA fourth place team, Normangee.


Oct. 28, 2020


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.


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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