Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kaufman County Junior Livestock Show

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The Kaufman County Junior Livestock show is off and running in Kaufman this week. Terrell FFA members have already claimed some Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion wins. See Thursday's Tribune for a fair schedule.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baseball gets victory

The Terrell High School baseball team notched their first District 15-4A victory with a 7-3 win over West Mesquite on Tuesday.

Cody Weishaar doubled on the game's first pitch and scored two batters later to give the Tigers the lead. Terrell never trailed in the game.

Terrell hosts Lancaster 7 p.m. Friday night at Ben Gill Park.

Wednesday baseball

Yesterday's baseball game at West Mesquite was postponed due to weather... if you have a chance, go support the Tigers tonight - 7 p.m. The baseball facility is adjacent to West Mesquite High School. MAP.

Soccer Leftovers

Heading into this season, THS girls soccer coach John Lantrip liked his squad but knew he needed some people to step up.

Lantrip told me in December he thought Mollie Tolbert would be able to help out but he did not think she would lead the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in scoring with 33 goals. Lantrip also knew Ariel Marroquin was going to contribute as well but did not know she would lead DFW in assists.

"To have two young ladies near the top of the DFW scoring chart, have several young ladies play strong defense and to have several freshman play key roles led to all of the success this season," Lantrip said.

One of the freshmen who came of age was goalie Kendall Whitfield. She saw action in the pre-season to give UT-Tyler signee Alex Strange a break and the freshman gained invaluable experience.

When Strange went down with a separated shoulder Feb. 22 at Mesquite Poteet, Whitefield was thrust into the starring role. The freshman did anything but disappoint.

She had five straight saves in a shootout victory over Kaufman on March 8 and never looked back. She was brilliant in Tuesday's area round playoff loss to Rockwall.

The lone goal surrendered was a double-overtime penalty kick that went off her outstretched fingertips into the goal.

Losing 12 seniors off a talented squad from 2010, most people thought the Lady Tigers would take a step back in 2011. They did anything but that as they finished with a 16-8-1 record, good enough for third place in district and a playoff berth against Rockwall.

The future is indeed bright with so many underclassmen coming back but the work of seniors Malissa Beasley, Susie Williams and Strange cannot be overlooked as well.

"Anyone who was at the game on Tuesday night saw a bunch of young ladies from THS play their hearts out and all the fans should be proud of them and they represented their school with pride," Lantrip said.

The future of Terrell basketball is bright

We have seen the future!

Before the start of the big donkeyball fundraiser at the old THS gym, these future Tigers were getting some practice on the hardwood ...

Showing some good layup form
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Lots of energy from this one
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And this guy was putting them in the basket... that is a long shot to the 10' goal.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Coach Jordan meet-and-greet

Terrell ISD and several civic organizations are joining together to host a meet-and-greet session with new TISD athletic director and head football coach Darrell Jordan April 4.
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The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in the THS Athletic Complex lobby.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Signs of the times

On Friday, crews put the finishing touches on a new marker at the intersection of Moore Avenue and State Highways 148 and 205.

Here, Terrell Chamber of Commerce/CVB vice president Carlton Tidwell helps raise the flag at the site.
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Sunday preview - Coach Darrell Jordan

Check out this weekend's Tribune for a chat with Terrell's new athletic director Darrell Jordan, with some of his initial thoughts, coaching influences and why he came to coach the Tigers.
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Just So You Know

For those of you who may have been wondering why a Department of Public Safety helicopter was circling Furlough Middle School this morning, the campus was holding a career day event.

Senior Cpl. Robert White of the DPS along with pilots Sgt. Jim Rohrman (pictured above talking to students) and Sgt. A.J. Mason were on hand to show off the new Texas DPS A-Star helicopter.

THS Softball looks to extend streak

The Terrell High School softball team will look to extend their District 15 winning streak to three games when they travel to Ennis 7 p.m. tonight.

Ennis has lost eight of ten games and stands 5-8 overall. The Lady Tigers are playing their best ball of the season as they defeated West Mesquite and Lancaster.

They are making plays in the field which had caused them some trouble earlier in the season. Terrell softball coach John Abate has said his team is making progress and learning to win games.

The offense has also come around as they have averaged over 8 runs/gm during the streak. The return of Taylor Garcia has taken pressure of the Jones twins and Kelci Cheney in the line-up.

When Cheney is on the mound, the Tigers may just need timely hitting and solid defense to win every game.

With Ennis on bit of a slide and Terrell on a two game winning streak things should be interesting tonight.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lady Tiger soccer playoffs set Tuesday

The Terrell Lady Tigers will face Rockwall in the area round of the Class 4A soccer playoff on Tuesday night.

The game will take place 6 p.m. at Royse City High School.

Terrell will be the visiting team and Rockwall will be the home team.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hensarling stop in Forney cancelled

Due to a family funeral, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s town hall meeting originally scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Forney Justice Center Municipal Court Building has been cancelled. However, members of Congressman Hensarling’s staff will attend on his behalf during that time to take comments, questions or concerns.

Those wishing to attend a town hall meeting with the Congressman are encouraged to attend other events on March 23 in Mabank at 4 p.m. at the Mabank City Hall or in Wills Point at 5:40 p.m. at the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce Community Room.

Monday, March 21, 2011

TISD board makes it official

The Terrell ISD board Monday made it official, naming Darrell Jordan as the next athletic director and head football coach. Jordan is expected to sign his contract Tuesday.

See Thursday's print edition of The Terrell Tribune for the full story.

THS softball gains district victory

The Terrell High School softball earned its first district win with a 6-0 whitewashing of West Mesquite Saturday afternoon.

Kelci Cheney had 15 strikeouts on the mound to get the victory.

Terrell returns to action 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against Lancaster at THS Softball Complex.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Baseball gets back to action

The Terrell Tigers baseball team will look to get back to their winning ways when they host Red Oak 7 p.m. at Ben Gill Park.

The Red Oak Hawks come in scorching hot having won five straight and seven of their past eight contests. They are averaging almost six runs a game in their past five games.

The Hawks and Tigers have had several common opponents so far this season including Mesquite Poteet and Rockwall-Heath.

Terrell lost to Poteet, 16-1, while Red Oak fell to the Pirates, 11-1. Rockwall-Heath dispatched of Terrell, 11-1, while Red Oak fell to the Hawks, 9-8.

If the Tigers were looking for a break in the schedule, they will not get it with a red hot Red Oak coming to town. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Work continues at Veterans Memorial

Work is well underway for the first phase of the Terrell Veterans Memorial. Donate to the cause here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Terrell Makes Its Pick

The Terrell ISD board has made its decision on who should be the next athletic director and head football coach. Find out who here.

And We're Under Way

The Terrell ISD board has gone behind closed doors to begin their talks concerning hiring a new athletic director and football coach.

Word is that they're expecting a long, long meeting — which means there likely isn't a consensus choice.

We'll see....

Vote for SWCC to receive Home Depot grant

Southwestern Christian College is working to obtain a corporate grant from Home Depot's "Retool your School" program.

SwCC hopes to win the major project grant of $50,000 to "Green Up" the Mary Carpenter Hall dormitory, including a new roof, plumbing, electrical and landscaping upgrades. The school is also competing for one of 10 $10,000 minor project grant for campus landscaping upgrades.

One part of the grant process is public voting... cast your votes once a day here.

On Top Of It All

This week, I had the opportunity to interview these two young ladies, who just happen to be leading the area in goals scored and assists. Check out the story in this week's edition of The Terrell Tribune.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Don't Forget...

The Terrell ISD board of trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, to discuss hiring of a new athletic director and head football coach.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Be careful in the Moore Ave. construction zone...

Construction crews have cut out several sections of pavement in the middle of Moore Ave. by the Brookshires shopping center. If you aren't careful you could end up like this ... stranded with a damaged car. Mind the cones and watch out out there folks.


TISD Calls March 16 Meeting

Terrell ISD board of trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 to discuss hiring of a new athletic director and head football coach.

The finalists for the job include Darrell Jordan of La Marque, Danny Edelman of Arlington Sam Houston and Scot Hafley of Haltom City.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fun in the sun...

Students and teachers alike were happy to get some playground time in today...

FYI Kaufman Folks

So as not to be alarmed . . .

Kaufman High School will host a DWI re-enactment at its campus on Friday, March 11. The re-enactment will start at 8:15 a.m. and lasting about 1 hour.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

No News On Coaching Hire

The Terrell ISD board held a marathon session Tuesday, hearing presentations by each of the three finalists for the district’s athletic director/head football coach position, but a final decision is not expected until next week.

Danny Edelman from Arlington Sam Houston High School, Scot Hafley from Haltom City and Darrell Jordan of La Marque all made their case to take the position Chris Gilbert vacated last month.

So...once again...the waiting game is on.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

And the finalists are ...

This morning Tribune publisher M. Gresham had this to say about possible finalists for the Terrell Athletic director position...

Now we have confirmation from TISD... we will update this story with information about the three candidates throughout the day and in Thursday's Tribune.

The board will meet at 5 p.m. today for a closed session to hear presentations by the finalists.

Water tower rising...

If you have travelled I-20 into Terrell recently, it is hard to miss the new water tower going up on the south side of the freeway at Rose Hill road. We will have some stats and information on the new facility in Thursday's Tribune.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Rumors. Rumors. Rumors.

The latest rumor making its way around is that an e-mail went out to La Marque ISD staff today that Darrell Jordan is one of the three finalists for the Terrell ISD job

Terrell ISD officials have yet to release the names of their top 3 finalists for the job. The board is set to meet Tuesday to discuss the job, which has been vacant since Chris Gilbert accepted a position with Lancaster ISD.

Jordan led the La Marque Cougars to the Class 4A, Division II state finals in 2010. La Marque went 3-6 and 4-6 in Jordan's first two seasons at that school. In addition to Terrell, he also has been linked to a job opening at La Cueva (NM) High School.

Jordan was offered a contract extension with La Marque after guiding the program to an 11-4 mark and the Cougars' first trip to the state finals since 2006. He reportedly has not signed that extension.

Friday, March 4, 2011

THS Athletics Update

Girls Soccer- beat West Mesquite 5-2 to playoff berth
Boys Soccer- lost to West Mesquite 4-0
Softball-Lost to Greenville 12-5 and beat Scurry Rosser 5-4. Plays Kaufman 12 p.m. today.
Baseball-Lost to Dallas Byron Nelson 6-1, defeated Dallas Christian 7-4. Plays Denison in 5th place game of Jesse Cummings Invitational.

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Softball Update

The Terrell High School softball team played their first two games to a draw in the Wills Point Tournament against Kaufman and Wills Point.

In game one, the Lady Tigers enjoyed a 3-0 lead but could not hold it. Kaufman scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the score.

The game ended in a 3-3 tie because of a 90 minute time limit instituted during tournament play.

In game two against Wills Point, Terrell once again started quickly as they raced to a 3-1 third inning lead but could not hold it.

Wills Point scored two runs in the fourth inning tie the score at three apiece.

The game was also called because of the time limit instituted during tournament play.

Terrell will look to get back on the winning track 1:15 today against Greenville in game three and 3 p.m. against Scurry Rosser.

The coaching rumor mill

We get to hear all kinds of rumors at the Tribune, and of course we get a lot of questions.

Since we are in the news business, we try to stick with the facts in the paper, but Michael took a fun look at Terrell ISD Athletic Director hiring hearsay over on his blog...

We should have names of the three real finalists Tuesday night, when the school board will meet to continue the hiring process.

Happy Friday, Terrell

Thursday, March 3, 2011

TISD narrows AD search

The Terrell ISD board has narrowed their search for a new athletic director and head football coach to three candidates, but they have not yet released the names of the finalists.

"We have told them that they need to inform their district because we will be calling references, but we want to give them the opportunity to have the conversation," said TISD Human Resources Director Stacey Ellis. "We will publicly release those names on Wednesday."

Ellis said 42 candidates applied for the position. A committee of board members and administrators selected 11 for interviews over the last two weeks, but two of those candidates withdrew.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Boys Basketball All-District Awards

The Terrell Runnin' Tigers were well represented on the All-District team, which was released this week. Terrell placed two players on the squad.

Jherrod Stiggers was named District 15 Offensive MVP. The University of Houston signee led the team in scoring at 18.4 points/game. The total was also good for third in the district behind Jordan Mason of Ennis and Forney's Derrick Fain.

Senior two guard Tavian Henderson was named to the first team after leading the team in scoring in the first quarter of the season.

The Tigers finished with a losing record on the season after starting the season five of their first six games. They also had six district losses by less than 20 points combined.

Wills Point Tournament Schedule

The Terrell Lady Tigers softball team will look to get back on the winning track when it travels to the Wills Point ISD softball tournament this weekend.

Terrell will open up action 3 p.m. Thursday against Kaufman. They will play again at 4:45 against the host school Wills Point.

On Friday, the Lady Tigers will play 1:15 p.m. against Greenville.

On Saturday, Terrell will close tourney play 10:45 a.m. against Caddo Mills.

The Lady Tigers currently stand 0-2 in district play and 3-5 overall.

Jesse Cummings Invitational Schedule

The Terrell High School baseball team will look to rebound from Tuesday's loss to Mesquite Poteet when they travel to the Jesse Cummings Invitational, in Corsicana this weekend.

Terrell opens tournament play 9 a.m. Thursday against Grapevine Faith. The Tigers also play Denison 11:30 a.m. Thursday as well.

Friday brings another doubleheader with Byron Nelson at 2 p.m. and Dallas Christian at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday's opponent will be determined from seeding from the first four games.

The three day tournament, Thursday through Sunday, includes Corsicana, Grapevine Faith, Argyle, Keller Timbercreek, Dallas Christian, Terrell, Byron Nelson and Denison.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Athletics Update

JV action from Tuesday night.

It was a rough night for THS athletics as the baseball team and both soccer teams fell Tuesday night.

Mesquite Poteet run ruled Terrell 16-1 in five innings. The Pirates enjoyed a 5-0 lead after a half inning and never looked back.

The girls soccer fell to Forney 7-1 Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium. Things started off well for Terrell as Mollie Tolbert scored less than three minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead. Forney scored seven straight goals after that to take control of the game.
The Terrell boys soccer team dropped a big district contest 5-1 to Forney Tuesday night at City Bank Stadium.

Free pancakes, great cause

The Terrell location of the International House of Pancakes is going to be busy today serving up free short-stacks of pancakes. Nationally, the event serves as a fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network affiliated hospitals. In the Dallas area, the money is directed to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

THS girls soccer faces challenge

The Terrell High School girls soccer team faces a crucial district battle at 7 p.m. against Forney.

For the girls, it is a rematch of a heated affair that took place Feb. 14 in Forney. The Lady Jackrabbits prevailed 3-0 but the game was closer than the score would indicate.

The game remained scoreless until five minutes before halftime when Forney turned it on. The shorthanded Lady Tigers were playing without leading Mollie Tolbert and Ali May, who was lost after just five minutes.

They will be shorthanded tonight as well. Terrell could be without the services of goalie Alex Strange, who is out with a a shoulder injury suffered against Mesquite Poteet.

Tonight should be more interesting as Tolbert and May will be back in the fold and the game is in Terrell.

That would make things more difficult but not impossible given the stellar play of freshman Kendall Whitfield, who recorded a shutout against Crandall on Friday night.

In a game where emotions are sure to run high, the Lady Tigers must keep their composure better than they did in Forney. THS soccer coach John Lantrip has stressing the importance to his team ever since the last meeting.

If they do, they may just be talking about an invaluable district victory for a young team.

Girls Basketball Awards

Distirtct 15 Co-Offensive Player of the Year-Tonisha Dean

All-District 1st Team-Tiara White

All-District 2nd Team-Kelcee Derrick & Ty Bolden

Honorable Mention: Gabby Wren & Cortney Hubbard

Here is the list for All-District girls basketball. Be sure to check Thursday's Terrell Tribune for complete reaction from players and coaches about the awards.