Monday, January 31, 2011

TISD after school activities cancelled for Feb. 1

The Terrell ISD website currently advises that all after school tutoring and activities have been cancelled.

Winter Weather Advisory

From Terrell Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Howie...

As of 1700 the National Weather Service has placed us under a Winter Weather Advisory.     The NWS forecast calls for rain to begin late this evening with some thunderstorms and heavy rain. By dawn the temperatures will be at or below freezing and the rain will change to freezing rain and sleet. By mid-morning (0900) the temperatures will be entering the upper 20's and the precipitation will be changing into sleet and snow. The prediction is for approximately 1" of accumulation of ice, sleet, snow. NWS advises that bridges and overpasses will be icing over early in the morning with secondary streets and major thoroughfares icing before noon.

Accuweather page for Terrell.

Hallasville Tourney Standings


Sulphur Springs


Texas High

Baytown Sterling

Little Elm


Pleasant Grove

John Tyler

Chapel Hill

The Terrell Lady Tigers defeated Texas High
1-0 to win the Hallsville Tournament.
The Lady Tigers open district play against Crandall
8 p.m., tomorrow night at Memorial Stadium.

District 15 home to scoring

Perusing through the statistics this morning revealed
several interesting nuggets.

District 15 for boys basketball is home to three of the top
seven scorers of Class 4A area schools.

Terrell's Jherrod Stiggers is seventh with 18.4 ppg.
Forney's Derrick Fain is sixth with 18.5 ppg.
Ennis's Jordan Mason stands fifth at 22.1 ppg.

Ironically, last week Stiggers and Fain squared off in
a scoring shootout that never materialized.
Stiggers scored 13 points while Fain scored 17.
Terrell and Forney split the season series 1-1 thanks to
the Tigers 57-45 victory last week in Forney.

Mason is scoring at this pace for a 22-4 Ennis team that
seems to find a way to win games. They won't win any style points
but they win games.
Terrell and Ennis square-off Feb. 8th in Ennis. The Lions already own
a 62-61 win in Terrell.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tiger Soccer Takes On Thomas Jefferson

The Terrell boys soccer dropped a tough 6-0 decision to Thomas Jefferson High School Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

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Tigers Ease By Corsicana

The Terrell Runnin’ Tigers made it a 2-0 week with a methodical 59-47 victory over Corsicana Friday night at the TISD Athletic Complex.

Look for the game story in Sunday's edition of The Terrell Tribune.

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Furlough Cruises To Victory

Terrell's seventh-grade boys "A" team cruised to a 57-10 win over Greenville on Friday in tournament action at Furlough Middle School.

Look for a complete story in Sunday's paper, but for now, here are a few snapshots from the game.

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Baseball Practice

The spring-like weather made for a perfect day to begin baseball practice for the Tigers. Here are a few photos...


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Denison Has A City Manager

Denison City Council tonight chose Robert Hanna, who has been serving as the Weatherford assistant city manager, to be its new city manger.

Mike Sims, assistant city manager for Terrell, entered the week as one of four finalists for the job.

Girls soccer beats Chapel Hill

The Terrell girls soccer team defeated Chapel Hill 4-1 Thursday afternoon
in the second game of pool play in the Hallsville Tournament.

Mollie Tolbert scored a pair of goals while Ali May and Ariel Marroquin each scored a goal.

It gave them two victories on the day and improved them to 7-3 on the season.

Terrell plays a pair of tournament games 10:20 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday against Hallsville and Texas High.

Community Emergency Response Team meets tonight

Terrell's Community Emergency Response Team members will gather tonight to kick off the new year and plan events and training for this year. The group is looking for new members who want to learn and be active responders in case of emergencies.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at the Terrell Service Center, 400 Industrial Blvd.

For more information about the Terrell CERT team, contact Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Howie, 972-551-6678 ext. 242.

Girls Soccer blanks Jacksonville

The Terrell Lady Tigers soccer team defeated Jacksonville, 4-0, Thursday morning in the first day of pool play at the Hallsville Tournament.

Donyell Prince scored a pair of goals while Mollie Tolbert and Ariel Marroquin each added a goal.

Terrell soccer coach John Lantrip wanted to see better communication on defense and he got it this morning as evidenced by the fourth shutout of the season for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Tigers play Chapel Hill at noon.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tiger basketball continues to tease

Watching the Terrell boys dismantle Forney 57-45 last night brought several things to mind.
The first thing was this is exactly what they should have done to Forney the first time they played them.
In that game, Forney escaped with a two-point victory in that Dec. 14 game the Tigers had no business losing.
This was the first game since the Nacogdoches Tournament when they blew out Robert E. Lee and Diboll by a combined 83 points.
The second thing was Terrell needs to take the fight to the opponent. The Tigers were the more athletic team and the more aggressive team on Tuesday night.
Next, the Tigers are better as a whole puzzle and not as pieces to a puzzle. The Tigers got balanced scoring Tuesday night as they five guys scored at least nine points. When you have this many offensive options it puts the defense in a bind.
As prolific a scorer as Jherrod Stiggers is and as fun as it is to watch him go 1 on 5 to take over games, it rarely turns out well for the Tigers. Everyone needs to be involved on offense but make no mistake Stiggers needs to get his share if the Tigers want to be successful.
This team is best when they share the ball on offense and are keeping teams out of the paint on defense.
Close losses to Forney, Waxahachie, West Mesquite and Ennis were marred by allowing constant dribble penetration into the paint.
While it would be suprising to see Terrell go on a hot streak and make the playoffs, it would not be shocking. This teams has it in them they have to show it more consistently over the next six games.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lady Tigers pull away at the end, 42-24 is the final.
After 3, Lady Tigers maintain control, 28-18.
Lady Tigers allow only one Forney point in 2nd quarter, lead 20-10 at half time.
Lady Tigers varsity trails Forney 9-8 after 1 quarter
Lady Tiger JV defeat Forney 40-28

Gilbert Accepts Coaching Job at Lancaster

Terrell ISD athletic director Chris Gilbert has accepted the assistant athletic director and head football coach position at Lancaster ISD.

Find the story here.

One Will, One Won't

On Sunday, I wrote a quick story stating that Terrell City Councilman Ricky Jordan would be seeking to retain his District 3 seat an election this May.

“I will be seeking re-election,” Jordan said. “I would like to see some of the projects that were started or talked about while I have served on council continue to move forward.”

Today, in a quick phone call, District 5 Councilman Don Thurman told me he would not be seeking re-election.

"I'm 76 years old, and I think it's just time to let someone younger and with more energy have their chance on the council," Thurman said.

Filing begins Feb. 12 for candidates for the two council seats. Voters will select council members in a May 14 general election.

Candidates must file for a position on the ballot by March 14.

City Council members serve three-year terms. Each of the five council members represents a voting district. Residents vote only for their District's council member. The mayor, who is elected at large, presides over City Council meetings held the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at City Hall. (The mayor's position is not on the ballot this year.)

Residents who have lived within District 3 or 5 in the City of Terrell for at least 6 months prior to the election date are eligible to run for their district's council seat if they are U. S. citizens and registered Texas voters. (Anyone previously convicted of a felony is disqualified from running for a council seat.)

Early voting in the City Council election begins on May 2 and continues through May 10. Mail-in ballot applications may be made to the City Secretary's office between March 15 and May 6. (Note: The application for Ballot by Mail must be received by May 6.)

Residents may register to vote in the May election through April 14.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Basketball rankings released

The new Texas Association of Basketball Coaches ranking were just released and while Terrell was not represented in the boys or girls rankings, District 15 was on both fronts.

Ennis maintained a steady hold on the district with a 21-4 record overall and 9-0 district tally. This is good for #8 in Class 4A. Remember, this is the same team who escaped Terrell with a 62-61 victory. The Lions trailed by as many as 14 in that Jan. 7 game at TISD at The Complex.

For the girls, Mesquite Poteet was the highest ranked team in the district at #12. The Lady Pirates defeated Terrell last to cap a season sweep. The Lady Pirates are going to be a tough out for someone in the playoffs because of their exceptional guard play.

West Mesquite snuck in the rankings at #24 after going 2-0 last week. West Mesquite narrowly beat the Lady Tigers 53-50 four days before Christmas. The Lady Tigers and Lady Wranglers get a rematch next Tuesday at The Complex.

Denison City Manager Process Continues

With a hat tip to Jim K. (who mentioned Sims' finalist status last week), the Denison City Council was expected to interview Terrell Assistant City Manager Mike Sims and three other finalists for that municipality's city manager post during a special meeting that got under way at 1 p.m. today.

There's a brief story about the process by the Herald-Democrat, a daily newspaper in the Sherman-Denison area.

To echo Jim's words, if Denison picks Mr. Sims, it will be their gain and Terrell's loss.

A Whole New Stage

Once an international performer, Terrell's Bob Dilley now shares his passion for music at local eateries.

Mr. Dilley was one of those rare story ideas that literally fell into my lap. One day, on a whim, Mr. Dilley swung by the Tribune offices to see what he could do about letting people know he would be performing at a couple of local restaurants.

A few minutes talking with him, and I knew there was a good story just waiting to be told.

You can find out more about Mr. Dilley here. I hope you enjoy his story and, if you get a chance, swing by and listen to him perform.

Also, if you know of someone else out there who has a compelling story like Mr. Dilley, let us know. We'd love to hear it, and we'd love to share it with our readers.

Just drop me an email at, give me a call at 972-563-6476 or swing by the office like Mr. Dilley did.

Know. Understand. Appreciate.

Preparations are under way for Terrell's annual Black History Month program.

Set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Terrell ISD Performing Arts Center, the festivities will include music and dance by performers from around the area, as well as an educational look back through time to honor contributions by African-American inventors, thinkers and leaders.

Don J. has a nice story about it over at

Forney Star Almost Came Home

For those of you watching the fourth quarter of yesterday's NFC Championship game between Green Bay you may have noticed a former local start leading an almost epic comeback.

That someone was former Forney Jackrabbit Caleb Hanie, who came off the bench for injured/ineffective quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Todd Collins.

The former Colorado State Ram was 13-20 for 153 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He led a Bears offense, downright anemic through three quarters, on two fourth-quarter touchdown drives but fell just short in a 21-14 loss.

For those of you who saw Hanie play here in Kaufman County you probably were not surprised with his performance. While at Forney, Hanie led the Jackrabbits to thee straight top three finished in Class 3A from 2002-2004.

What a story that would have been for a local start to lead a storied franchise back to the Super Bowl in Arlington.

He then went on to star at Colorado State where he broke numerous school records.

In 2008, Hanie went undrafted and caught on to the Bears as a free agent. Hanie will be back in Chicago for a fourth season and maybe for a few more after yesterday.

Will they get it right ?

Watching yesterday's coverage of the conference championship games made you wonder if anyone realized the Super Bowl is actually in Arlington.

Everyone from players to coaches to some media types is under the impression the Super Bowl is in Dallas. They are wrong.

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin is very good at what he does as evidenced by his second Super Bowl appearence in four years but was wrong when he told his fans "They would do it big and see everyone in Dallas." Tomlin's team will be staying in Ft. Worth and playing in Arlington, so it makes you wonder who he will actually see in Dallas.

Numerous people at ESPN have said the Super Bowl is in Dallas as well.

Kudos to Troy Aikman for being the first to actually getting it right yesterday when he said "Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers for heading to Super Bowl 45 in Arlington, Texas."

It is something Aikman had to get right considering he makes his home in The Metroplex and works for Fox, who is broadcasting the NFL's annual roman numeraled affair.

Also give props to native Houstonian Jim Nantz and Phil Simms for getting it right and saying Arlington on the CBS postgame show last night.

It is still 13 days until Super Bowl Sunday so they have time to actually get it right.

Photo Correction


We got the wrong #24 into Sunday's varsity basketball story... The photo we ran is actually Tiger JV's Jalean Jones.

This is Michael White, as seen in action last week against Poteet.

While we are here.. the THS cheerleaders don't get much coverage during basketball season, so here is a shot of cheer action from Friday night.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tigers fall to Red Oak in Overtime

The Tigers pulled even with Red Oak in the closing moments Friday night, but only managed five points in the overtime period, losing 61-56.

Look for a full game report in Sunday's Tribune.

Plano downs Terrell

The Terrell Tiger soccer team fell to Plano in today's action at the Garland ISD Invitational.

Big night for the Lady Tigers

The Terrell Lady Tigers travel to Red Oak at 7:30 p.m. for a huge game with Red Oak.

It is critical for positioning in the playoff race, where the Lady Tigers still have a chance.

Terrell stands 5-5 in distrct play while Red Oak stands 7-4. A win brings the Lady Tigers in a virtual deadlock for the last playoff spot with only five games to go.

A loss puts the Lady Tigers basically three games back with five to play, Red Oak has already gotten the upperhand by virtue of their 53-48 victory over the Lady Tigers Dec., 12 at The Complex.

In that game, Terrell fell behind by as many as ten points after leading at the half.

It was only the third loss at home for Terrell this season besides Lancaster and Mesquite Poteet.

Terrell has lost only two district road games all season and that was a close shave at West Mesquite four days before Christmas. They have defeated Ennis, Forney and Waxahachie on the road.

After the first Red Oak game, Coach Mike Halac vowed his team "would be ready for Red Oak the next time."

That next time is here and the stakes could not be any higher.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Runnin' Tigers need win

In the understatement of all understatements, the Terrell boys basketball team
needs a win.

As you read in today's paper, Terrell is three games behind Red Oak for the last playoff spot
in District 15.

Terrell faces Red Oak 8 p.m. tomorrow at The Complex in a golden opportunity to make up some
ground in the playoff race.

A win brings them that much closer but a loss puts them four games back with seven to play.
It would not be impossible but maybe improbable.

These two teams have already faced each other once this season and Tiger fans can only hope the outcome is different.

It was Dec. 4 in the Royse City Tournament finals and Red Oak prevailed 54-47.

The Hawks jumped out to a double digit lead and held the Tigers at bay for the rest of the game.
Terrell could only get as close as four points the rest of the way. They were seemingly never in the game.

The Tigers were a different team for good and bad reasons. They were without Michael McNeal in the first meeting. The senior has provided a nice complement to Houston Cougars signee Jherrod Stiggers, who leads the district in scoring at over 18 pts/game.

The Tigers were also playing as well as they have all season at that point as well.
Since then, Terrell has lost five of six district games by a total of 12 points.

The Tigers have to trust each other down the stretch in games. A week off between games should help.
Coach Willie Coulter has talked about his team needing to answer the bell late in games.

With eight games left in a season that started full of promise, the bell is starting to toll.

Boys soccer bracket reconfigured

The boys soccer team will now play 1:15 p.m. tomorrow against Plano Senior High.
They will play again 6:30 p.m. against Allen in the Garland Invitational.
The Rockwall-Heath game has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.
THS stands 4-1 on the season and is looking to improve upon that
mark against some very tough competition.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Terrell boys soccer wins wild one

The Terrell Tigers earned a 5-4 win over Mabank on Tuesday thanks in part to a 5-goal performance from Josh Simmons.

Monday night MLK Celebration

Here are some sights and sounds from last night's MLK Celebration of Terrell Inc. program at the THS Performing Arts Center...

Monday, January 17, 2011

THS soccer finds offense to go with defense

Throughout the pre-season, THS boys soccer coach Joe Stephens has maintained he thought
this year's team has more skill and offensive firepower than last year's squad, which barely
missed out on the playoffs.

Through three scrimmages, the Tigers had problems scoring but the defense remained as strong as last year.
The Tigers scored a pair of goals in three scrimmages against excellent competition in Whitehouse, Mansfiled Timberview
and Rockwall-Heath.

Through last weekend's Dr. Pepper Cup, Terrell has scored 12 goals and Stephens looks as if he has good gauge of his ball club.

"We moved Josh Simmons up in the attack and that has helped us control the action," Stephens said after the Whitehouse scrimmage.

Simmons scored 7 goals this past weekend and is becoming the type of go to player Stephens has been looking for in the pre-season.

Andrew Camacho scored two goals and handed out 7 assists over the three day tournament.

The Tigers controlled action throghout the scrimmages but could not seem to capitalize on offensive opportunites. Now Terrell seems to be putting few through the back of the net.

The offense could only get better as Stephens is without a few contributers due to various circumstances with injuries and school. Stephens expects to get those players back shortly.

If the offense continues coupled with the always stingy defense, this season could be very interesting.

Dean and Stiggers doing their part for THS basketball

Scouring through the season stats for the Terrell High School and Class 4A
basketball teams revealed several interesting nuggets of information.

Terrell is the one of the two schools in the Dallas Metroplex to have a boy and a girl
in the top 11 in scoring among 4A schools.

Jherrod Stiggers is 5th in area 4A hoopsters with 18.5 pts/game. That also leads
District 15. Stiggers is fresh off a 28 point outing in Friday night's 55-54 loss at Waxahachie.

The University of Houston signee has 69 treys on the season for the majority of his points.

Tonisha Dean is averaging 14.6 pts/game on the season. That is 11th in area 4A players
and second in District 15. Mesquite Poteet's Shanovia Gamblin leads the
district in scoring 16.3 pts/game.

Dean only has four threes on the season but you would be hard pressed to find a more
improtant one than the one on Friday. The overtime trey put Terrell up 55-50 with under
two minutes left in overtime.

Gamblin has had over 50 combined points in the two meeting with Terrell this season.
This includes a 32 point outing Nov. 23 in the Lady Pirate victory at TISD Athletic Complex.

"We are living his dream"

I was struck by the simplicity of the sentiments shared by Ms. Tamez's Head Start class for the Burnett Elementary Martin Luther King Jr. Parade last Friday morning.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Lady Tigers Surge Past Waxahachie in OT

Terrell's Lady Tigers defeated Waxahachie 55-49 in an overtime thriller Friday night at the TISD Athletic Complex.

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Big day for THS sports

The boys and girls soccer teams scored big victories on Thursday night and Friday morning respectively.

It wasn't just that they won it was how they won that could be a good sign of things to come for both squads on the season.

The boys defeated Amarillo Tascosa, 3-0, behind two goals from Josh Simmons.

The girls defeated Halsville 3-0 Friday morning thanks to a pair of goals from Ariel Marroquin and a goal from Mollie Tolbert.

Both Joe Stephens and John Lantrip have harped all pre-season about the need to create more offensive opportunites and to finish those when they present themselves.

Watching both teams, it was apparent the defense will be a constant for both teams. The only question is will they score enough goals to win.

Stephens saw his team control action throughout the three scrimmages but could not seem to get the ball through the net. Thursday night was a different story as they mustered three goals to go along with another solid defensive effort.

Lantrip's squad is developing depth and easing in young players to the varsity brand of soccer. It has been a struggle at times but with solid play from goalie Alex Strange, the process has gone
more smoothly than not.

Both Lantrip and Stephens have been mixing and matching line-ups. They are trying to find the right combinations to create the most offensive firepower.

Stephens said during Winter camp that his team was better skill wise than last season's squad, who narrowly missed the playoffs. He thought this team could score more goals and he appears to be correct.

All in all, this will be an entertaining soccer season in Terrell if both teams can find some offense.

Tigers Start Tournament With Win

The Terrell Tiger soccer team started off its regular season play with a 3-0 victory over Amarillo Tascosa in  action at the Dr. Pepper Cup in Sherman-Denison.

In tournament play today on the boys side at 1 p.m. Sherman's JV plays Terrell at Bearcat Stadium.

On Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., Terrell plays Denison at Munson Stadium.

The championship match for the Dr. Pepper Cup will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Bearcat Stadium while the third-place match is at the same time at Munson Stadium.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Do not jump to conclusions

Judging from the Terrell boys basketball team's 2-5 district record, you might think they would be out of the District 15 playoff race. Think again.
Terrell stands two games behind Red Oak for the fourth and final playoff spot.
The thing is, there are nine games remaining inside the district so the Tigers control their own destiny when it comes to making the playoffs.

Terrell has lost four of their district games by a combined 11 points to Ennis, Waxahachie, Forney and West Mesquite.

The Tigers have held at least a seven point lead in every district game so far except Lancaster where they were close at halftime.

Anyone who has watched Terrell this year knows there may not be a more athletic group out there and they have not been overmatched at all.

With a full round of district play still left, THS coach Willie Coulter has to sell to his team that there is not a team left on the schedule the Tigers cannot beat.

Say what you want but these next five weeks should be nothing but interesting.

Slant 45 Project update

Terrell students who participated in September's SLANT 45 football game may be on the big screen later this month as the official movie about the project hits theaters. The students set up an elementary flag football game with proceeds going to the Terrell Veterans Memorial.

A schedule of screenings is available here...

Looks like the closest opportunity to watch the film will be February 2 at the Studio Movie Grill, 11170 N. Central Expressway in Dallas with 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. showings.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Basketball action

The Terrell boys basketball team defeated Mesquite Poteet 53-45 Tuesday night at TISD Athletic Complex.

Leading 27-23 at the half, Terrell opened up a 14 point lead in the second half as they never looked back on the way to their second district win.

Jherrod Stiggers led the way with 22 points for the Tigers.

Terrell travels to Waxahachie 8 p.m. Friday.

The Lady Tigers had less success on Poteet's home court, falling 52-37. Tonisha Dean was Terrell's high scorer with 16.

Monday, January 10, 2011

TABC Rankings Released

The newest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches' rankings have been released and a few District 15-4A teams made the list.

In the boys' rankings, Ennis (17-4) is the No. 10-ranked Class 4A squad.

Meanwhile, in the girls' rankings, Mesquite Poteet is ranked No. 16 with a 14-5 record while Lancaster comes in at No. 22 with an 18-5 mark. Terrell's Lady Tigers face off against Poteet in Mesquite on Tuesday. Varsity action tips off at 7:30 p.m.

Snow day





Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weather Updates

FYI: Looks like Terrell ISD will be closed Monday, Jan. 10. Kaufman ISD classes will begin at 10 a.m. No word on Forney ISD, but WFAA reports Poetry Community Christian School also will be closed.

Just got word the Kaufman County courthouse also will be closed on Monday.

Snowy Sunday

As promised by weather forecasters for days, around noon Sunday a blanket of snow began falling on Kaufman County. Send us your snow photos at

Friday, January 7, 2011

Busy Night For THS Sports

The Terrell Runnin' Tigers fell to No. 11-ranked Ennis, 62-61, while the Lady Tigers picked up a 44-32 win on the road over Ennis. Meanwhile, both the Terrell boys and girls soccer teams were in action.

Terrell police conduct murder investigation

Police have a 20-year-old Van Zandt County man in custody, charged with the stabbing death of a Terrell man Thursday night.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Child fatally struck by vehicle

Emergency crews have responded to a fatal accident involving a vehicle and a child pedestrian.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Terrell High School 'suspicious device' scare

The new school semester started off with sirens this morning as Terrell emergency crews responded to a reported "suspicious device" on the Terrell High School Campus grounds. It was quickly determined that their was no threat.

Check back to the Tribune website story here for more information as it becomes available.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Volunteer Fire Dept. Blood Drive

Blood Cells

The Terrell Volunteer Fire Department will host a "Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeves" Red Cross blood drive 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. January 22 at the TVFD Station, 200 S. Frances St.

"The Red Cross is bringing their donor coach to the event. We are trying to get at least 30 people to pre-register online," said the department's Josh Staiger. "If we can get more they would dedicate more resources to the event."