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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

KERENS ACTION — Junior Brianna Looney (11) returns the volleyball during the match Oct.  16 with the Kerens Lady Cats at Kerens. — Courtesy Photo 

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..

ext  the Maidens will return to the fami-liar confines of the FHS gym to host the Kerens Lady Bobcats on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Junior varsity and varsity action begins at 5 p.m., according to the schedule.

Sept. 18, 2020

Indians, Paris Chisum stage offensive

show in Homecoming game Sept. 18

The Frankston Indians football team put on an exciting offensive show but lost to a talented Paris Chisum team 75-60 Friday night, Sept. 18 in their Homecoming game in Austin Stadium.

The two teams were tied at 14-14 after a quarter of play, but Chisum forged ahead to a 35-27 lead at halftime.  The Tribe outscored the Mustangs 21-13 in the third quarter, knotting the score at 48-48 but Chisum came back strong in the fourth period to outscore the Indians 27-12.

Fans might have expected things to be exciting when both teams answered the other in scoring almost every time they had the football in opening play.

Frankston scored first, going down the field and climaxing the drive with a stunning ramble by junior running back K.J. Hawkins who burst through the Mustang defense for a score with 9:18 left in the first quarter. Clayton Merritt’s PAT kick was good and the Indians led 7-0.

Chisum answered with a score of their own but missed the PAT try and the Tribe held on to a 7-6 lead.

With only about two minutes left in the quarter, senior quarterback Brink Bizzell kept the football himself and sped through the Chisum defense for a TD run of more than 50 yards. Merritt’s PAT kick gave the Indians a 14-6 lead.

Chisum was not to be denied, however, as they moved the ball downfield to score with 33 seconds left. They went for two points after the TD and knotted things at 14-14.

The Mustangs scored early in the second quarter and kicked their extra point to take the lead 21-14.

But the Indians had an answer, and that was running back Hawkins who broke free to score with 9:55 left in the half. Merritt’s kick was true again and the score was tied 21-21.

Back came Chisum with two more scores to go ahead 35-21.

However, the Indians’ first half scoring was not finished as Bizzell handed off to senior Cody Dickerson who threaded his way into the end zone for a score. The PAT try was unsuccessful, after a penalty, and Chisum had secured a 35-27 lead at halftime.

That could have been the score of a complete game some weeks, but there was more to come in the second half, leading to the 75-60 final score.

In the second half, Bizzell ran for three more TDs and passed for 180 yards total, including one second half throw for a TD to Cael Bruno. Bruno, from the quarterback position, passed for 22 yards to Kody Loebig and a TD.

Bizzell had 198 yards rushing on 12 carries. Adding to the Indian rushing total was K.J. Hawkins with 18 carries for 159 yards, including the two first half TDs. 

Junior Clayton Merritt kicked four PATs on six tries during the game.

As an offensive team, the Indians had 472 yards rushing and 202 passing. Leading receiver was Bruno with three catches for 158 yards.

The Indians had been scheduled to play at Big Sandy on Friday, Sept. 25, but that schedule has changed. Instead the Indians  were expected to travel to Cumby for a non-district game with the Trojans, starting at 7:30 p.m. However, that game was canceled, reportedly around midweek and no replacement was obtained.

Unless the schedule changes again, the Indians have a bye on Oct. 2 and meet Carlisle at Austin Stadium Oct. 9.

Sept. 15, 2020

Maidens defeat Oakwood to go

2-0 in district volleyball play

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

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

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

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

Sept. 11, 2020

Maidens win first district match

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 11, 2020

Indian defense keeps score close

but early errors foil Tribe 28-15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 4, 2020

Indians handle Winona Wildcats

19-13 in second season outing 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 4, 2020

Maidens down Westwood in final

non-district match on Sept. 4

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

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

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

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

Aug. 28, 2020

Indians play close early but fall

to talented Timpson team 68-24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug. 25, 2020

Maidens fall to tough Eustace

in volleyball action Aug. 25

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

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

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

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

Aug. 21, 2020

Maiden varsity volleyball team

edged by Athens on Aug. 21

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

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

Coach Lisa Hokit said seniors Whitney Jordan and Emily Bizzell led at the service line; senior Abbie Ramsey led in assists, and senior Melany Pizano dominated the defensive end in digs. • © The frankston citizen 1999-2020