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May 16-17, 2022


Bandy Bizzell competes in State

2A golf for second straight year

Frankston’s Bandy Bizzell went to the 2A Girls State Tournament for the second straight year as second medalist from Region III and competed among a strong field of individual golfers from all four 2A regions on May 16-17 in Austin, according to a report from Coach Scotty Albritton.

Coach Albritton said Bandy shot an 89 on the first day, May 16, to be tied for eighth place and shot a 100 on the second day to finish 18th overall among 71 individual qualifiers from all over the state in Class 2A.

Accompanying her to state was the District 19-2A and Region III individual champion Mia Nixon, a Martins Mill senior, who won the state championship for the third time, missing only in her sophomore year, because there was no state tournament due to COVID-19, Coach Albritton said. Nixon shot a 69 on day 1 and a 67 on day 2,  to claim the championship again, the coach said.


May 7, 2022



Indians win Bi-District Championship!

Indians to advance to 2A Area

round in Big Sandy series wins

The Frankston Indians, after a 4-2 win in Game 2 of their Bi-District playoff series with Big Sandy, defeated the Wildcats 13-1 Saturday afternoon, May 7 to take the first round of the Class 2A playoffs in the third and deciding game of the series, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The two wins Saturday came after a 14-8 loss to Big Sandy on Friday, May 6 which challenged the Indians to win both their games Saturday to advance in the playoffs.

In a morning game Saturday, the Indians took advantage of a costly Big Sandy error in the top of the sixth inning to score two runs and go on to the 4-2 win in Game 2 of the Class 2A Bi-District series at Grand Saline, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

Walker London, who came in for two innings in Game 2 to preserve the win for senior hurler Clayton Merritt, continued to excel on the mound in Game 3 as he held the Wildcats to only one earned run on one hit and had five strikeouts. He had allowed two hits but no runs in the save in Game 2.

Meanwhile, Indian batters appeared to have saved up their energy for the third game as they pounded the Wildcats with 10 hits, 12 RBIs and 12 earned runs. Big Sandy’s four pitchers could only strike out one batter during the game.

The Tribe hitters punctuated their performance with a double, a triple and a home run as well as seven singles.

Frankston started out in the first inning with three runs, added four in each of the next two and capped their scoring with two in the bottom of the fourth, all this while allowing the Wildcats only one score in the second.

Ryan Harper’s home run in the bottom of the third enhanced his 2 of 3 performance at the plate and gave him two RBIs. Robert Walker’s double and Conlan Lemay’s triple sparked the four-run second inning. Lemay was 3 of 4  with three RBIs. Walker’s double yielded three RBIs. Matt Metzig was 2 of 3 and got two RBIs. The 11 Tribe walks put runners on base to swell the scoring chances.

Pitcher London helped his own cause, going 2 of 2 at the plate and was credited with an RBI.

INDIANS WIN GAME 2  OVER BIG SANDY 4-2

The Indians took advantage of Big Sandy’s only error to score two runs and break a 2-2 tie in Game 2 of the Bi-District series and go on to win 4-2.

The two teams were tied at 2-2 going into the top of the sixth. The Indians put Walker London on base with a double followed by a single by Matt Metzig. On the next play, London scored on an error by the Wildcats. On the same error, Metzig rounded third and came home with the second Tribe score to give Frankston a 4-2 lead. They would hold that lead, thanks to a key double play with one out in their half of the sixth. Then the Tribe held Big Sandy in the bottom of the seventh with a fly out, a pop out and a ground out to squelch a two-single effort by the Wildcats.

Besides London’s double and one by Ryan Harper, the Indians got a single from Robert Walker and three singles from Metzig, including the one in the sixth inning.

Clayton Merritt pitched for five innings before London relieved for two. Merritt allowed six hits, but only two runs, walked one and had seven strikeouts.

Scores by innings:

                    1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Indians       1     0     1     0     0     2     0     4       6     1


May 6, 2022


Big sixth inning negates Tribe

lead to give Big Sandy win 14-8

The Frankston Indians saw an 8-5 lead evaporate in the top of the sixth as Big Sandy scored eight runs to go ahead 13-8 and then score again in the seventh for a 14-8 win in Game 1 of the Class 2A Bi-District series Friday, May 6, according to information from the Frankston scorer.

The Tribe loss makes Saturday morning’s second game of the best of three series crucial if the Indians are to have a chance to capture the first round in the playoffs. The game will be at 11 a.m. at Grand Saline. A third game, if needed, will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2.

In the Friday night game, Big Sandy went out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and then scored three more runs in the top of the third to take a 4-0 lead. The Indians bounced back in their half of the third with four runs to tie things at 4-4. Both teams scored a run in the fourth for a 5-5 tie but the Indians scored three in the bottom of the fifth to take their first lead.

The Wildcats were not deterred as they scored eight runs in the top of the sixth and one more in their half of the seventh while Big Sandy pitching held the Tribe scoreless.

Big Sandy had 13 hits and the Indians had 7 in the contest. Both teams had nine bases on balls but the Wildcats pitchers struck out 10 Tribe batters while being victims of only four strikeouts by Indians pitching.

Indians Austin Carr and Robert Walker each had doubles for their only hits. Ryan Harper, Walker London, Matt Metzig, Conlan Lemay and Walker McCann each had singles for the Indians. Carr led in RBIs with three. Walker had two for a team total of seven.

The Indians used four pitchers. McCann started, pitching 2⅔ innings, allowing four hits and four earned runs while walking four. He had one strikeout. Metzig relieved and went 2⅓ innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs while walking one. He had three strikeouts. London pitched an inning with two hits, two walks and two earned runs. Walker was on the mound for one inning allowing two hits and two walks and one earned run.

Scores by innings:

                         1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Big Sandy       1     0     3     1     0     8     1     14     13     1

Indians            0     0     4     1     3    0      0       8       7     4  


April 29-30, 2022


Frankston athletes compete well

but do not advance at Regionals

Ten Frankston athletes who qualified for Regionals reached the finals but did not advance to the State Meet in their events at the Region III, Class 2A Track and Field Meet Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 at Palestine, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

Only the first two athletes who placed in each event qualified for state competition.

Schools which had athletes to qualify for State in the events in which Frankston athletes reached the finals were Big Sandy, Dawson, Cayuga, Beckville,  Chilton, Hawkins, Kerens, Timpson, Joaquin, San Augustine, Union Grove, Rosebud-Lott, Marlin, Lovelady, Mount Enterprise and Centerville.

Frankston Coaches Lisa Hokit for the girls and Alec Wofford for the boys, praised the Frankston Regional qualifiers for their effort in advancing to the regional meet and competing well among the array of talented athletes.

Following are the Frankston athletes who reached the finals and their times and distances in the events in which they participated.

FRANKSTON REGIONAL RESULTS

Boys High Jump — Benton Allen, 5-10. Girls High Jump — JerMya Mitchell,   5-00. Girls Triple Jump — Kaylee Davis, 33-04. Boys Triple Jump — Tyler Rogers, 39-10.5. Girls Long Jump — Mitchell, 16-03. Boys Long Jump — Rogers,  20-00.75. Boys Discus — Sir Isaac Foster, 107-11. Girls 100-meter Hurdles — Kaylee Davis, 16.99. Girls 100-meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, 12.82. Girls 300-meter hurdles — Davis,  50.28; Kaysie Nabors,  51.26. Boys 4x400-meter Relay Team of Ethan Ogg, Jeremiah Mitchell, Kaymon Davis and Tyler Rogers, 3:44.82.


April 29, 2022


Kerens win over Indians 8-3

forces playoffs for 2A seeds

The Frankston Indians baseball team fell to the Kerens Bobcats 8-3 Friday, April 29 at Kerens and now is in a three-way tie with Cayuga and Kerens for first place in District 20-2A, forcing a three-team playoff event to settle 2A playoff seeding, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The three teams each have records of 9-3 in district competition after the game Friday night.

UPDATE: According to latest reports, a three-team tournament will be played on Monday, May 2, at Cumberland Academy in Tyler, weather permitting, with the first game starting at noon.

In preparation for the tournament, Cayuga won a coin toss among the three teams giving them a bye in the first round of the event. The tournament plan schedules Game 1 between Kerens and Frankston to be held at noon, with the loser in that game to become third seed from District 20-2A. The winner will then play Cayuga in Game 2 approximately 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 1 to determine the top two seeds.

The game at Kerens Friday night was tight for five innings. Both the Indians and the Bobcats scored a run in the first inning and it was 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth when Kerens scored a run to go ahead 2-1. The Indians answered in the top of the fifth with two runs to take the lead 3-2. However in the bottom of the sixth inning, Kerens came back with six runs to take their 8-3 win when the Indians failed to score in the top of the seventh.

In that decisive sixth inning, Kerens started out with a single, and a bunt sent a runner to second. A walk put runners on first and second. Then a home run by Kerens put the Bobcats ahead 5-3 with two outs. A walk followed by a single scored another run for Kerens. Then another walk and a single scored two more Bobcat runs to make it 8-3 before the frame ended.

In the top of the seventh, all the Indians could get was a single along with two strikeouts and a fly out to end the game.

The Indians were held to five hits while Kerens was getting eight. Ryan Harper, Robert Walker, Walker London, Matt Metzig and Conlan Lemay each singled for the Tribe. Walker and Clayton Merritt were awarded a RBI each.

Besides the home run, Kerens batters had seven timely singles.

Three pitchers were on the mound for the Indians. Metzig went three innings, allowing two hits, walking two and with two strikeouts. London pitched 2⅔ innings, allowing four hits, striking out one and walking three. Walker came in for a third of an inning, allowing two hits and walking one.

Kerens used two pitchers who combined to allow the five hits, four walks and 12 strikeouts.

Score by innings:

                  1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Indians     1     0     0     0     2     0     0     3       5     2

Kerens      1     0     0     1     0     6     x     8       8     1


April 28, 2022


Early Hawkins scoring secures win

over Maidens in 2A Bi-District play

The Frankston Maidens ended their promising season Thursday, April 28 as the 19-2A champion Hawkins Lady Hawks  connected for 19 runs, 17 in the first three innings, for a 19-1 victory in a Bi-district game at Grand Saline, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens could get only two hits off of Hawkins pitching. Senior Kaitlyn Matthews played her last softball game as a Maiden but turned a double to open the third inning into a score when Kaysiah Burnett reached first on a dropped third strike. On the play, Matthews scored for what would be the only Maiden score of the night. Jaycie Dillard had the other hit for the Frankston team.

Otherwise it would be all Hawkins in every inning. Hawkins was getting 14 hits and scoring earned and unearned runs. 

The Hawkins pitcher, Trinity Hawkins(1), not only had 10 strikeouts in the five innings, she also went 4 of 5 at the plate to lead Lady Hawks batters. Of those four hits, one was a home run and the other a triple and she led with four RBIs. Shortstop Lynli Dacus (11) was 3 of 4, all singles, with two RBIs. The other Lady Hawk hitters were credited with the other six of the team’s 12 RBIs.

Jaycie Dillard started in the pitching circle for the Maidens and allowed six hits. Coming in for the remainder of the game was Julianne Gould, who allowed eight hits and walked two.

The Maidens finished the season as Bi-District Finalist after a fourth place finish in District 20-2A. Their overall record was 10-13, putting together a winning margin going into the playoffs. 

Seniors playing their last softball game for the Maidens were Matthews, Kelsey Sexton and Brianna (Bri) Looney. 


April 26, 2022


Indians eye 2A first seeding

in playoffs, down Kerens 6-4

The Frankston Indians baseball team eyed a possible first seed in the Class 2A playoffs after defeating Kerens 6-4 at Bullard Brook Hill Tuesday, April 26, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The Indians’ victory increased their District 20-2A record to 9-2 and their season record to 16-8. Kerens drops to 8-3 in district and 16-5 for the season.

If the Indians can defeat Kerens on the road on Friday, April 29, they would be 10-2 and take over first place from Cayuga which finished at 9-3. Kerens would drop to 8-4.

If Kerens was to win, the Indians would drop to 9-3 and be tied with Cayuga and Kerens for first place, setting up a three-team playoff to settle 2A playoff seeding, according to latest information. The potential schedule for such a playoff would not be decided  definitely until after the Indians’ game with Kerens on Friday, 

In the Kerens game on April 26, the Indians took a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning and added another run in the bottom of the second to take a 6-2 lead over the Bobcats. They held that lead until the top of the sixth when Kerens scored two more runs, not enough to to keep the Tribe from taking the 6-4 win.

Both teams got only four hits but the Indians took the edge with fewer players left on base. Both teams had two RBIs and each team allowed three earned runs.

Matt Metzig led Indians hitters with 2 of 3, both singles. Ryan Harper and Conlan Lemay each had singles.

The big inning for the Tribe was the bottom of the first when they scored five runs. The inning started with an Austin Carr walk. After Carr stole second, Harper singled to advance Carr to third. Robert Walker then walked after Harper stole second. Walker’s base-on-balls loaded the bases. On a fly out, Carr scored the first run from third and Harper made it to third. Harper scored on a passed ball. Then Metzig singled to advance Walker to third. The bases were full again when Merritt was awarded first when hit by a pitch. Walker scored on a passed ball. Metzig went to third and Caleb Ramsey, running for pitcher Merritt, went to second. It was 3-1 Frankston when Walker McCann reach first on a dropped third strike and Metzig scored to give the Indians a 4-1 lead. The Indians had their 5-1 lead when Caleb Ramsey scored from third when the ball was in play before the inning ended.

Kerens scored another run in the top of the second to make it 5-2 and the Indians answered in their half of the frame with a run when Walker got a walk and Walker London reached first on an error. That was when Metzig got the second of his two singles. The bases were full with two out when Merritt walked, scoring Walker from third to make it 6-2 at the final out.

Kerens was to score two more runs in the sixth, but not enough to overcome the early Tribe lead. The only extra base hit came in the first when Kerens posted a triple.

Merritt pitched five innings for Frankston, allowing three runs on three hits, walking six and getting five strikeouts. London relieved for two innings allowing one run on a hit, walking two and getting a couple of strikeouts.

The Indians will be at Kerens on Friday, April 29 for the final regular season and district game at 7 p.m.

Score by innings:

                    1      2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Kerens        1      1     0     0     0     2     0     4       4     2

Indians       5      1     0     0     0     0     x     6       4     2


April 23, 2022


Valley Mills 12-run seventh inning

seals victory over Indians by 20-9 

The Frankston Indians saw an 8-3 lead going into the fifth inning begin to slip away as Valley Mills scored 17 runs in the final three innings to only one for the Tribe to run away with a 20-9 non-district victory Saturday, April 23 at the FHS field, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The loss for the Indians gave them a 15-8 overall record. They remain in second place at 8-2 in district play with two key league games against third place Kerens destined to determine final seeding for the 2A playoffs.

Valley Mills opened the game with three runs in the first two innings, but Frankston came back to tie the contest at 3-3 in the bottom of the second.

The Valley Mills bats were silenced in the third and fourth innings while the Indians were scoring five runs to take what appeared to be a comfortable lead at 8-3. Unfortunately for the Indians, that was all the scoring they would get for the next two innings at bat. Valley Mills began working their way back, first with a run in the fifth and then four runs in the sixth to tie things at 8-8.

The top of the seventh proved fatal to the Indians chances for a win as Valley Mills amassed 12 runs to go ahead 20-8. With a 12-run deficit to overcome, the Indians could score only one run in their half of the seventh.

The Indians used six pitchers in the contest and Valley Mills used four. The combination of Tribe pitching gave up 16 hits, 14 earned runs, walked seven and had five strikeouts. Valley Mills pitchers allowed six hits, seven earned runs, walked seven and had 10 strikeouts.

The Indians had four errors to only one for Valley Mills.

The Indians had their best inning in the fourth when they scored the four runs which put them on top 8-3. With one out, Conlan Lemay and Jared Cook walked and then Walker McCann doubled to score Lemay and Cook. Then Ryan Harper singled to score Caleb Ramsey, running for McCann. The Indians took what appeared a comfortable lead when Robert Walker doubled, scoring Harper.

Valley Mills put together eight hits, including a double, and took advantage of free trips to first and a fielding error in that fateful 12-run seventh inning.

Austin Carr, Harper, Walker, Merritt, Walker London and McCann each had hits, including the doubles by McCann and Walker in that fruitful Tribe fourth inning.

On the mound for the Indians in the contest were the six pitchers. Merritt pitched an inning, allowed one hit, one run, a walk and had two strikeouts. London went two innings, allowing two runs on three hits, walked two and two strikeouts. McCann pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits and walked two. Metzig went one inning, allowed two hits, and five runs, two earned. He walked two and had one strikeout. In part of an inning, Walker allowed five hits and seven runs, six earned. Lemay pitched one inning, allowed three hits and four runs, three earned.

The Indians have two more regular season games, both district contests, with Kerens. On Tuesday, April 26 the Tribe will host Kerens at the FHS field, and then on Friday, April 29th, they go to Kerens. Final seeding in the playoffs will be determined after that.

Score by innings:

                      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

V. Mills         1     2     0     0     1     4    12    20    16    1

Indians         0     3     1     4     0     0      1      9      6    4


April 20-21, 2022


FHS golfer Bandy Bizzell qualifies

for trip to 2A State Golf Tourney

Bandy Bizzell of Frankston, who advanced from District 19-2A Golf Tournament, finished fourth overall at the 2A Girls Region III Golf Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21 and qualified for the 2A Girls State Golf Tournament in Austin on May 16-17 as the second medalist, according to a report by Coach Scotty Albritton.

This will be the second straight year that Bizzell has been a regional qualifier and qualified for state competition as a medalist.

Coach Albritton said Mia Nixon of Martins Mill, who had qualified for regional at the district tournament, was the overall regional champion and also advanced.

The 2A Girls State Tournament is scheduled to be played at the Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin.


April 19, 2022


Maidens get another win 12-8

downing Brook Hill April 19

The Frankston Maidens continued their winning streak Tuesday, April 19 with a 12-8 non-district win over Brook Hill, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens are now 10-12 for the season and remain at 5-7 in district play.

The Maidens were knotted with Brook Hill in the first quarter 2-2 and went ahead 3-2 in the top of the second. However, Brook Hill scored three runs in their half of the frame to take the lead 5-3. The Maidens came back with two runs in the top of the third to tie things again at 5-5, but in the bottom of the fourth Brook Hill scored three more runs to again lead 8-5.

As it turned out, that was all the runs that Brook Hill would get in the game. The Maidens came back in the top of the sixth with five runs to go ahead 10-8 and then secured their win with a two-run seventh inning.

Both teams had 10 hits in the contest but the Maidens’ hits came when they needed them and they benefitted from four Brook Hill errors.

Extra base hits played a role in the Maidens win. Lynsie Bizzell got a home run. Coralyn Happel had two triples and Jaycie Dillard hit a two-bagger. Their efforts drove in a total of eight runs. Bizzell, Happel, Dillard and Kelsey Sexton each got two hits. Sexton and Addi Loebig each drove in a run and got singles. Zoey Walker was credited with another RBI.

Bizzell’s inside-the-park home run gave the Maidens their first lead in the top of the second. In the third, a single by Kaysiah Burnett and an error scored Burnett and a triple put Happel on third. Happel scored when sent home after a series of walks.

In the big sixth inning, Happel tripled again scoring Julianna Gould and Burnett who had walked. Happel scored on a ground out. Sexton and Loebig, who got on base on a walk and an error, scored on a Bizzell single.

In the top of the seventh, Happel got on base on an error and Dillard singled. Then Sexton singled to score Happel and Sexton scored on a Loebig single.

Dillard went for all seven innings in  the pitching circle, allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs. She had 11 strikeouts and walked only four.

Score by innings:

                       1   2    3    4    5    6    7    R     H    E

Maidens        2   1    2    0    0    5    2   12     10    1

Brook Hill    2   3    0     3    0    0    0     8     10    4


April 18, 2022


Frankston entries second, third

at 2A Area track meet April 18

The Frankston Maidens track and field team finished in second place and the Indians team finished third in the District 19 and 20-2A  Area Meet Monday, April 18 at Madisonville High School, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The top four individuals among the Maidens and Indians will be advancing to the Region III meet at Palestine on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.

Both teams earned 81 points in the meet, the Maidens second only to Lovelady’s 156 points and the Indians behind first place Centerville with 188 and second place Lovelady’s 130.5.

The LaPoynor boys entries did not score any points but the LaPoynor girls had eight points in the meet.

Other teams and individuals participating were from Cross Roads, Leon, Groveton, Cayuga, Kerens, Latexo, Martins Mill, Slocum and Grapeland.

Advancing for the Maidens will be Tia Billingsly, Kaylee Davis, Kaysie Nabors, JerMya Mitchell and Nyla Muhammad. For the Indians, those advancing will be Kaymon Davis, Ryan Harper, Reese Hicks, Tyler Rogers, Isaiah Allen, Caleb Ramsey, Jeremiah Mitchell, Ethan Ogg, Sir Isaac Foster, Cael Bruno and Benton Allen.

Following are the individual results for the Indians and Maidens at the Area Meet:

MAIDENS

100-Meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, second, 13.02. 200-meter Dash — Billingsly, third, 27.28. 100-meter Hurdles — Kaylee Davis, second, 16.43. 300-meter Hurdles — Davis, second, 48.94; Kaysie Nabors, third, 49.65. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Kaysiah Burnett, Desirae Hatton, Brianna Looney and JerMya Mitchell — Sixth, 2:00.15. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Davis, Mitchell, Muhammad, and Nabors — Second, 4:29.43. Long Jump — Mitchell, first, 16-3¾. Triple Jump — Davis, first, 35-4¾; Nabors, fifth, 32-11. High Jump — Mitchell, fourth, 5-1; Trinity Coats, sixth, 5-0.

INDIANS

200-meter Dash — Harper, fifth, 23.80. 400-meter Dash — Rogers, sixth, 54.37. 1600-meter Run — Gio Martinez, fifth, 5:21.77. 3200-meter Run — Martinez, sixth, 11:56.43. 110-meter Hurdles — Adam Michaelski, fifth, 18.48. 300-meter Hurdles — Kody Loebig, fifth, 46.51. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Kaymon Davis, Harper, Hicks and Rogers — Fourth, 44.24. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Isaiah Allen, Davis, Harper and Ramsey — Third, 1:34.49. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Davis, Mitchell, Ogg and Rogers — Second, 3:38.29. Long Jump — Rogers, third, 20-11½; Isaiah Allen, sixth, 19-9½. Discus — Sir Isaac Foster, fourth, 119-6¾; Triple Jump — Rogers, third, 39-6¼;  Cael Bruno, fourth, 39-2¾. High Jump — Benton Allen, first, 6-2; Mitchell, fifth, 5-6½. Pole Vault — Clayton Merritt, fifth, 9-6.

LAPOYNOR LADY FLYERS

400-meter Dash — Natalie Tobin, fifth, 1:07.14. 800-meter Run — Savanna Thaw, fifth, 2:42.49. 1600-meter Run — Thaw, sixth, 6:15.18. Long Jump — Breona Howard, sixth, 14-8. Discus — Sydney Reid, fifth, 82-7¼.


April 15, 2022


Maidens’ fifth, sixth surge wins

over Cayuga 10-2 on April 15

The Frankston Maidens improved their District 20-2A record Friday, April 15 with a 10-run performance in the fifth and sixth innings for a 10-2 victory over the Cayuga Lady Wildcats at the FHS softball field, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens are now 9-12 overall and 5-7 in district play.

The Lady Wildcats took an early lead over the Maidens scoring a run in each of the second and third innings, but Frankston came back in the fifth to score four runs and go ahead 4-2. They put together a six-run sixth inning to secure their win.

The Maidens ended up with 12 hits for the night, mostly singles, but Kaysiah Burnett contributed a key double to the cause.

The four-run bottom of the fifth started off with a single by Brianna Looney followed by Burnett being awarded first base after being hit by a pitch. Then Coralyn Happel singled to load the bases. A Jaycie Dillard single scored Looney.

Then a Kelsey Sexton single scored Burnett but kept the bases loaded. Happel scored when Addi Loebig walked. Jaycie Dillard scored on a fielders choice grounder. That gave the Maidens a 4-2 lead going into the sixth.

Cayuga went three-up and three-down in the top of the sixth.

Then the Maidens mounted their six-run surge in the bottom of the sixth. Again Looney started things off with a single. Then Julianne Gould grounded into a fielder’s choice to reach first safely. Burnett’s double sent Gould to third and then Happel singled to score Gould. On a ground out, Burnett scored and Happel went to third. A single by Sexton scored Happel. Loebig reached first on an error and Sexton scored. Loebig went to third on a pitching error and Lynsie Bizzell walked.

On the final play of the inning, Kaitlyn Matthews singled, scoring Loebig and Bizzell. It was 10-2 after the final out.

Burnett was the leading hitter going 2 of 3 at the plate, including a key double. Looney, Happel, Dillard and Sexton were 2 of 4. Loebig and Matthews each had singles. Dillard, Sexton and Matthews were credited with two RBIs each.

Gould went all seven innings in the pitching circle for Frankston allowing two runs on five hits. She had six strikeouts, walked three and allowed only one earned run.

Score by innings:

                       1    2     3     4     5     6     7    R     H     E

Cayuga          0    1     1     0     0     0     0     2      5     1

Maidens        0     0     0     0     4     6     x   10    12     2


April 15, 2022


Cayuga scores nine runs early

to spark 14-8 win over Tribe

The Cayuga Wildcats scored nine runs in the first three innings Friday, April 15 to take a commanding lead and come away with a 14-8 victory over the Frankston Indians in a District 20-2A baseball game at the FHS field, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The Indians could get only one run in the second inning. They did come back in the sixth and seventh innings with seven runs, but Cayuga added five more runs in those two frames to secure their win.

The Tribe got 12 scattered hits, but could not always turn their hits into RBIs, particularly in the early innings. 

The Indians’ 12 hits included doubles by Austin Carr, Trip Hallmark, Clayton Merritt and Ryan Harper.

Carr led Indians hitters with three hits in five trips to the plate but none, including a double, drove in a run. Hallmark was 2 of 3, including a double, with one RBI. Walker had two hits in five at-bats, batting in two runs. Harper got only one hit, but that was a double, driving in three runs. Conlan Lemay had one hit which accounted for a RBI. Merritt, London and Metzig each had hits, including a double by Merritt.

Cayuga pitching yielded nine strikeouts and only two walks.

The Indians used three pitchers during the night. Walker London started for Frankston and pitched 1⅔ innings, allowing only three hits but Cayuga scored seven runs. None of the runs were scored as earned runs. He walked three and had no strikeouts. Matt Metzig came in to pitch four innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He had three strikeouts and walked two. He gave up only one earned run. Robert Walker pitched the final 1⅓ innings allowing two hits and three runs with two earned. He struck out two and walked two.

The loss made the Tribe 1-1 against Cayuga. They had defeated the Wildcats on April 11 by 15-5 at Cayuga.

The Indians are now 15-7 overall and 8-2 in district competition.

Score by innings:

                   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Cayuga      0     7     2     0     0     2     3    14    10     2

Indians      0     1     0     0     0     2     5      8    12     5


April 11, 2022


Indians’ fourth, fifth innings

clinch win over Cayuga 15-5

The Frankston Indians battled the Cayuga Wildcats close in the early innings but came through with eight big runs in the fourth and fifth innings to secure a 15-5 victory in a District 22-2A game at Cayuga Monday, April 11, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

It was close in the first three innings even though the Indians had a 4-2 lead at the end of the first. Cayuga came back with two runs in the bottom of the second after a one-run Indians half of the frame. The score was then 5-4.

The persistent Wildcats kept it close in the third, matching single runs with the Tribe to make it 6-5.

Things opened up for the Indians in the fourth as they scored five key runs to take a 11-5 lead. As it turned out Cayuga would not get another run for the remainder of the game while the Indians scored four, three in the fifth and one in the top of the seventh.

That big fourth inning and its five runs broke the ice for the Indians. It all started when Austin Carr walked and made it to second on a wild pitch. The Indians were to score when Carr went home on an error which allowed Ryan Harper to reach first safely. Harper reached second on the same error. On a ground out, Harper went to third and then Walker London singled to score Harper. A passed ball allowed Harper to go to second. Then Matt Metzig reached first on another error. London scored on a single by Merritt. Then Metzig scored from third to make the score 10-5 going into the bottom of the fourth.

Cayuga went three-up and three-down in their half of the fourth, setting the stage for another big inning for the Indians in the fifth.

Another Cayuga error allowed Carr to reach first and stretch his run to second. After a strikeout, Robert Walker saw a pitch he liked and slammed the ball for a home run, scoring himself and driving in Carr. London came up next and singled and later went to second on a wild pitch. Metzig was up next and his grounder allowed him to reach first on an error and London to score. When the Indians’ time at bat ended, they had a 14-5 lead.

The Indians iced the win with a run by Caleb Ramsey, running for Walker, who had reached first on a error earlier and Ramsey had advanced to third, scoring on another Cayuga error.

London led hitters, going 3 of 3 at the plate and a RBI. Carr was 2 of 3 and Walker McCann was 2 of 4 with two RBIs, but the big hit was Robert Walker’s home run, his only hit in five times at bat, and giving him two RBIs. Also getting two RBIs was Conlan Lemay with a single. Merritt also singled and had a RBI and Harper was credited with a RBI.

Merritt pitched four innings allowing five runs on five hits. He had nine strikeouts. London relieved for three innings, and allowed only one hit while getting three strikeouts.

Score by innings:

                 1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Indians    4     1     1     5     3     0     1     15    10     2

Cayuga   2      2     1     0     0     0     0       5      6     8


April 11, 2022


Big early Maidens lead assures

13-4 win over Cayuga April 11 

The Frankston Maidens jumped out to an early 10-0 lead before Cayuga got on the scoreboard Monday, April 11 in a convincing 13-4 District 20-2A win at Cayuga, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens went on to score three more runs late while holding the Lady Wildcats to only four runs.

Maidens’ bats were active during the evening, led by extra base hits by Brianna Looney,  Addi Loebig and Kelsey Sexton.

Meanwhile, Maidens pitcher Jaycie Dillard was allowing eight hits and posting eight strikeouts while allowing just two bases-on-balls.

Neither team scored in the first inning, but the Maidens scored three runs in each of the next two innings and four in the fourth.

In the second inning, two Frankston batters, Coralyn Happel and Dillard reached first on errors, setting up a double by Sexton which scored Happel and put Dillard on third. A sacrifice fly scored Dillard and put Sexton in scoring position. Looney got on base on a fielder’s choice play and Julianne Gould and Kaysiah Burnett walked. Sexton scored leaving runners on second and third. It was 3-0 going into the bottom of the second.

Cayuga was scoreless in the second, but the Maidens padded their lead in the top of the third. Happel started the third with a single and then Sexton walked. A double by Loebig scored Happel and Sexton. Then Looney tripled, scoring Loebig. It was 6-0 at the bottom of the third.

Again Cayuga was held scoreless going into the top of the fourth.

In the Maidens half of that frame, Burnett reached first on an error and Kaylee Davis was safe at first on a fielder’s choice. Another error allowed Happel to reach first safely. When Dillard walked, the bases were loaded. On a triple steal, Davis scored. Loebig walked, loading the bases again. Happel scored on an error and Lynsie Bizzell singled to score Dillard. Then, when Looney singled, Loebig scored. The Maidens had their 10-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.

Cayuga managed to get their first scores in their side of the frame to make it 10-2. Both teams were scoreless in the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Loebig singled and advanced to third on a Looney double.  Gould followed with a single which scored Loebig to make it 11-2.

Again Cayuga scored two in their half of the inning to make it 11-4, Frankston.

However, the Maidens scored two more in the top of the seventh to give them a 13-4 winning margin. Things started when Davis was safe at first on a fielder’s choice. After a Happel single and Dillard reached first on a walk,  Davis scored on a wild pitch and Loebig singled to score Happel.

Overall the Maidens had 11 hits and 10 RBIs along with eight walks.

Loebig led hitters going 3 of 3 at the plate, including a double. Looney was 3 of 5 with a double and a triple. Sexton’s one hit was a key double. Happel was 2 of 5, both singles. Also getting  singles were  Gould and Bizzell.

The Maidens are now 8-12 overall and 4-7 in district play. They host Cayuga on Friday, April 15 at 6 p.m. when it will be Senior Night at the FHS softball field.

Score by innings:

                        1      2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Maidens         0      3     3     4     0     1     2     13    11     4

Cayuga           0      0     0     2     0     2     0       4      8     6


April 8, 2022


LaPoynor scores early to defeat

Indians 10-4 in April 8 contest

The LaPoynor Flyers scored nine runs in the first three innings to take a 9-1 lead and went on to score another run in the top of the seventh to take a 10-4 win over the Frankston Indians in a District 20-2A baseball game at the FHS field, according to a report made available by the Frankston scorer.

The Indians scored one run in the first, one in the fifth and two in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t make up for the big early Flyers lead.

The big first inning for LaPoynor started when Austin Majors slammed a double which was to ultimately put him on third when Karson Rhoades singled him home. A triple by Kase Johnston scored Case Partridge, running for pitcher Rhoades. Then Jayden Manken singled to score Johnston to give the Flyers a 4-0 lead.

Frankston’s Austin Carr, who earlier had hit a double, scored a single run in the bottom of the first to make it 4-1, LaPoynor.

In the top of the second, Kasen Reynolds singled for the Flyers and later Reynolds scored from third on a fly out to right field. Johnston singled to score Blaine Musselman, who got on base by an error. A passed ball allowed Majors, who had walked, to score from third, making the score 7-1, LaPoynor. Johnston scored from second on a double by Rustin Pittman and it was 8-1, Flyers, going into the third.

In the third, Matt Driskell scored on a single from Musselman to increase the LaPoynor lead to 9-1.

Frankston was to get a second run in the bottom of the fifth, when a Robert Walker single scored Jared Cook, who was on base by an error. It was 9-2 until the seventh inning when Reynolds scored from third on a fly out.

The Indians came back in the bottom of the seventh with two runs after doubles by Carr and Harper, the latter scoring Carr. Another double, this one by Matt Metzig, allowed Harper to score. 

For Frankston, Carr and Walker were 2 of 4. Harper, London, Metzig and Clayton Merritt, each had hits. Carr, Harper and Metzig each had a double.

For LaPoynor, Johnston had three hits, including a triple and a double. Rhoades and Manken had two singles each. Majors and Pittman each had doubles. Reynolds and Musselman each had a single. The team had nine RBIs.

Pitching for Frankston were Metzig, who allowed seven hits and had one strikeout in two innings, and London, who allowed four hits and had three strikeouts in five innings.

Rhoades went seven innings for LaPoynor, allowing eight hits. He had four strikeouts.

It was the second meeting of the week for the two teams. The Indians had won 6-4 at LaPoynor on Tuesday, April 5.

The Indians are now 14-6 overall and 7-1 in district competition,

The Tribe will travel to Cayuga on Monday, April 11 for a 6 p.m. game. The game was moved from April 12 due to a weather forecast of rain and thunderstorms, it was reported.

Score by innings:

                    1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

LaPoynor   4     4     1     0     0     0     1     10    11     3

Indians        1    0     0     0     1     0     2       4      8     4


April 8, 2022


Maidens outscore LaPoynor 15-11

in District 20-2A matchup April 8

The Frankston Maidens won a high-scoring District 20-2A softball game with the LaPoynor Lady Flyers 15-11 on Friday, April 8 at the FHS softball field, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens turned a first-inning 3-0 lead into runs in all but one of the remaining frames. The biggest scoring inning for both teams was the fifth when LaPoynor had five runs and the Maidens six. After that, the Frankston girls still had a lead of 11-9. The Lady Flyers were able to score two more runs in the top of the sixth but the Maidens answered with four to secure the win. 

The Maidens had 17 hits in 34 times at bat and were credited with 15 RBIs. Leading hitters for the Frankston girls were Julianna Gould with 4 of 5 with two RBIs. Kaysiah Burnett and Kaylee Davis were 3 of 4 at the plate with four and five RBIs respectively. They each had a double. Brianna Looney was 3 of 3 at the plate, all singles. Coralyn Happel had two hits, including a double. Lynsie Bizzell’s sole hit was a double. Jaycie Dillard added a single.

Scoring were Looney, Gould and Burnett with three each and Addi Loebig and Bizzell with two each. Davis and Dillard each had a run.

The Lady Flyers had seven hits and took advantage of eight Maidens errors. They had seven RBIs. Leading hitters for LaPoynor were Abby Williams who went 2 of 4, including a triple,  and Emily Klutts, with two singles and two RBIs. Bre Howard has two hits and Luna Hernandez one.

Scoring for the Lady Flyers were Howard with four and Hernandez with three. Williams had two runs and Klutts added two others.

Gould pitched five innings for the Maidens, allowed six hits and had one strikeout. Dillard pitched for two innings, allowing a hit. She had one strikeout.

For LaPoynor, Adrianna Estrada pitched for six innings, allowing 17 hits and seven walks.

The Maidens are now 7-12 overall and 3-7 in district play.

Next up for the Maidens is a district game at Cayuga on Monday, April 11, according to the coaches. The Friday, April 15 home game with Cayuga will be Senior Night, set for 6 p.m.

Score by innings:

                     1    2     3     4     5      6     7     R     H     E

LaPoynor    0    2     1     1     5      2     0     11     7      1

Maidens       3    1     0     1     6      4     x    15    17     8


April 7, 2022


Maidens break tie in fifth

to defeat LaPoynor by 7-3

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers and the Frankston Maidens were knotted at 2-2 for four innings on Thursday, April 7 but the Maidens went ahead to stay in the fifth inning for a 7-3 District 20-2A victory at LaPoynor, according to a report made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens scored first when Jaycie Dillard singled and Kaysiah Burnett scored with two outs. LaPoynor came back in the bottom of the first, when Mary Ficco and Abby Williams scored from a single by Bre Howard, putting the Lady Flyers ahead 2-1. Frankston was to tie things up at 2-2 in the top of the second following a couple of doubles, one by Zoey Walker and a second by Lynsie Bizzell which scored Walker.

For two and a half innings, neither team could score, but in the top of the fifth, the Maidens came up with four runs, as Dillard singled and Kelsey Sexton followed with a double. Then Addi Loebig singled to score Dillard. Sexton scored on a ground out play. Then Bizzell tripled to score Loebig and Julianne Gould singled in Bizzell from third. The Maidens were ahead 6-2.

Frankston was to score once more in the top of sixth as Kaylee Davis, who had doubled earlier, went home from third on a ground out play. LaPoynor’s final score came when Luna Hernandez came home on an error.

The Maidens carded 13 hits including a triple by Bizzell and doubles by Walker Davis, Bizzell and Sexton. Davis and Sexton were 3 of 4 and Bizzell 2 of 3, both for extra bases. Dillard was 2 of 4 and Gould, Loebig and Walker each had one hit, Walker’s a two-bagger. Dillard and Bizzell each had two RBIs.

LaPoynor had seven hits, three by Ficco and one each by Williams, Howard, Hernandez and Raegan Johnston. Howard was credited with two RBIs.

Frankston’s Dillard pitched for all seven innings, allowing seven hits. She had six strikeouts.

Adrianna Estrada pitched three innings for the Lady Flyers, allowing six hits. Johnston came in and pitched four innings, allowing seven hits.

The Maidens are now 6-12 overall and 2-7 in district play.

The two teams were scheduled to meet again Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m. at the FHS field.

Score by innings:

                  1     2     3     4     5      6     7     R     H     E

Maidens    1     1     0     0     4       1     0     7     13     2

LaPoynor  2     0     0     0     0       0     1      3      7     0


April 6, 2022



FHS varsity, JV boys, girls

sweep first in 19-2A track 

The Frankston Indians and Maidens varsities and junior varsities swept first place Wednesday, April 6 at the District 19-2A High School Track and Field Meet in Cayuga and will be advancing a bunch of athletes to Area competition in Madisonville on Monday, April 18, according to a report made available by Frankston coaches.

The Indians varsity boys captured first place with 206 points. The Maidens varsity girls took first with 145 points. The Junior Varsity Indians took their division with a convincing 288 points and the JV Maidens won first with 176 points.

According to a preliminary count, the Frankston athletes finished as follows:

The varsity boys had seven firsts, five seconds, five thirds and sixth fourth places. The varsity girls had four firsts, seven seconds, one third and three fourth places. The junior varsity boys had 15 firsts, nine seconds, three thirds and three fourth places. The JV girls had nine firsts, three seconds, three thirds and two fourth places.

Coaches and players were reported as being very pleased with the teams’ performance. Coach for the girls is Lisa Hokit and for the boys, Alec Wofford.

The top four winners in the varsity divisions will advance to Area, including members of the relay teams, according to coaches. Junior varsity winners do not advance.

Advancing for the Frankston varsity boys will be Ryan Harper, Isaiah Allen, Tyler Rogers, Cory Morgan, Gio Martinez, Landon Marine, A.J. Michaelski, Kody Loebig, Kaymon Davis, Reese Hicks, Caleb Ramsey, Clayton Merritt, Jeremiah Mitchell, Robert Walker, Conlan Lemay, Sir Issac Foster, Cael Bruno and Benton Allen.

Advancing for the Frankston varsity girls will be Tia Billingsly, Kaysiah Burnett, Kaylee Davis, Cadence Blase, Kaysie Nabors, Brianna Looney, JerMya Mitchell, Aryonna Hatton, Desirae Hatton, Nyla Muhammad and Trinity Coats.

Advancing for the LaPoynor varsity boys will be Cooper Gracey and Matt Driskell. For the varsity girls, advancing will be Natalie Tobin, Savanna Thaw, Mary Ficco, Tmia Mitchell, Breona Howard and Sydney Reid. 

In the varsity boys division, Kerens finished second with 144 points and Cayuga was third with 114. For the varsity girls, Kerens was second with 137 and Cayuga was third with 126. Cross Roads was fourth with 115. For the JV boys, Cayuga was second with 55 points and Cross Roads third with 23. For the JV girls, Cross Roads was second with 94 points and Martins Mill was third with 16.

LaPoynor finished sixth for the varsity boys, fifth for the varsity girls, fifth for the JV boys and fifth for the JV girls according to final calculations.


CALEB RAMSEY hands off to ISAIAH ALLEN in the 4x200-meter Relay

— Courtesy Photo

Following are individual results for Frankston in each division:

FRANKSTON VARSITY BOYS

100-meter Dash — Kaymon Davis, fifth, 11.50; Benton Allen, sixth, 11.56. 200-meter Dash — Ryan Harper, second, 24.06; Isaiah Allen, third, 24.09; Reese Hicks, fifth, 24.22. 400-meter Dash — Tyler Rogers, third, 1:01.09; Logan Ratliff, fifth, 1:01.65; Conlan Lemay, sixth, 1:06.91. 800-meter Run — Cory Morgan, fourth, 2:21.18. 1600-meter Run — Gio Martinez, first, 5:32.43. 3200-meter Run — Martinez, first, 12:01.69; Landon Marine, third, 12:56.85. 110-meter Hurdles — A.J. Michaelski, first, 16.93; Kody Loebig, fifth, 20.08. 300-meter Hurdles — Michaelski, second, 47.68; Loebig, fourth, 48.60. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Davis, Harper, Hicks and Rogers — Second, 46.30. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Isaiah Allen, Harper, Hicks, and Caleb Ramsey — First, 1:36.75. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Davis, Clayton Merritt, Jeremiah Mitchell and Rogers — First, 4:00.02. Long Jump — Rogers, first, 21-2½; Isaiah Allen, fourth, 19-6½; Merritt, sixth, 18-9. Shot Put — Robert Walker, fourth, 35-4; Sir Issac Foster, fifth, 33-2½. Discus — Foster, fourth, 99-3. Triple Jump —  Rogers, first, 39-10½; Conlan Lemay, third, 38-0¼; Cael Bruno, fourth, 37-10¾. High Jump — Benton Allen, second, 6-1; Mitchell, third, l5-8; Isaiah Allen, fifth, 5-8. Pole Vault — Merritt, second, 7-6.

 FRANKSTON VARSITY GIRLS

100-meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, fourth, 13.69; JerMya Mitchell, sixth, 13.40. 200-meter Dash — Billingsly, second, 28.24; Kaysiah Burnett, fourth, 28.99. 1600-meter Run — Julianna Gould, sixth, 7:45.15. 3200-meter Run — Cadence Blase, fifth, 18:10.96. 100-meter Hurdles — Kaylee Davis, first, 16.21; Blase, fourth, 18.37. 300-meter Hurdles — Davis, first, 52.37; Kaysie Nabors, second, 53.00. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Billingsly, Burnett, Brianna Looney and Mitchell — Second, 53.34. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Burnett, Aryonna Hatton, Desirae Hatton and Looney — Second, 2:05.81. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Davis, Mitchell, Nyla Muhammad and Nabors — First, 5:03.38. Long Jump — Mitchell, second, 15-3½; Burnett, fifth, 14-6½. Triple Jump — Davis, first, 34-1¾; Nabors, second, 30-11. High Jump — Mitchell, second, 5-0; Trinity Coats, third, 4-8.

FRANKSTON JV BOYS

100-meter Dash — Kason Newport, first, 11.78; Derricke Owens, second, 12.31; Blake Moore, fifth, 13.40. 200-meter Dash — Coleman Merritt, first, 25.43; Owens, fourth, 27.15; Timmy Royals, sixth, 28.09. 400-meter Dash — Payton Jaco, first, 1:02.93; Ryals, second, 1:04.09; Payton Hoffman, fourth, 1:08.78. 1600-meter Run — Damien Prda, first, 6:47.81; Devon Clark, second 6:50.03; 3200-meter Run — Clark, first, 15:54.69; Prda, second, 15:56.12. 110-meter Hurdles — Devon Saturley, first, 21.40. 300-meter Hurdles — Saturley, first, 58.12. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Devin Allen, Willie Brown, Tripp Hallmark and Newport — First, 49.59. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Allen, Brown, Hallmark and Newport — First, 2:18.14. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Hallmark, Hoffman, Merritt and Ryals — First, 4:33.09. Long Jump — Allen, first, 18-0; Newport, second, 17-0; Hallmark, fourth, 16-6. Shot Put — Braydon Dotson, second, 31-0; Owens, third, 29-10½; Ryals, sixth, 28-8¼. Discus — Walker McCann, first, 83-4½; Dotson, fifth, 73-11. Triple Jump — Jayden Singletary, first, 34-11; Brown, second, 34-8; Merritt, third, 33-1. High Jump — Allen, first, 5-7; Jacob Westbrook, second, 5-0; Saturley, third, 4-8. Pole Vault — Merritt, first, 8-0; Landon Reynolds, second, 6-6.

FRANKSTON JV GIRLS

100-meter Dash — Wila Davis, first, 14.15; Caitlyn Deupree, second, 14.71. 200-meter Dash — Ja’Shalyn Hatton, first, 32.59; Carly Morgan, second, 32.00. 400-meter Dash — Morgan, third, 1:27.68; Natalee Prda, fifth, 1:36.37. 800-meter Run — Prda, first, 3:38.90; Kennedi Musselman, third, 3:54.24; 1600-meter Run — Musselman, third, 9:46.44. 4x100 Relay Team of Allona Butler, Davis, Ja’Shalyn Hatton and Ondreia Renfro — First, 1:01.24. 4x200 Relay Team of Butler, Deupree, Aubrianna Preston, and Renfro — First, 1:48.93. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Butler, Morgan, Musselman and Prda — First, 6:39.30. Long Jump — Davis, first, 14-1; Hatton, second, 13-3. Shot Put — Preston, fourth, 18-0¼; Renfro, fifth, 17-2; Musselman, sixth, 15-11. Discus — Zoey Walker, first, 67-11½; Deupree, fourth, 53-5; Breanna Warren, sixth, 47-5. High Jump — Morgan, first, 4-5.

LAPOYNOR VARSITY BOYS

800-meter Run — Cooper Gracey, first, 2:19.62; Matt Driskell, sixth, 2:26.69. 1600-meter Run — Driskell, second, 5:35.11. 3200-meter Run — Kody Bailey, fifth,  13:32.91; Jonathan Estrada, sixth, 15:12.31. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Cort Reid, Gracey, Evan Almeida and Driskell — Fifth, 1:44.59; Discus — Gracey, fifth, 97.2. High Jump — Almeida, sixth, 5-8.

LAPOYNOR VARSITY GIRLS

200-meter Dash — Tmia Mitchell, sixth, 29.58. 400-meter Dash — Natalie Tobin, fourth, 1:14.90, 800-meter Run — Savanna Thaw, fourth, 2:53.50. 1600-meter Run — Thaw, fourth, 6:44.24. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Mary Ficco, Mitchell, Tobin and Breona Howard — Fourth, 56.97. Long Jump — Howard, fourth, 14-6½; Tobin, sixth, 14-5. Discus — Sydney Reid, fourth, 82-6½. High Jump — Tobin, fifth, 4-6.

LAPOYNOR JV BOYS

400-meter Dash — Mann Scott, fifth, 1:11.00. Long Jump — Scott, third, 16-8.

LAPOYNOR JV GIRLS

1600-meter Run — Leah Mechler, first, 8:40.63.


April 5, 2022


Indians hold off LaPoynor 6-4

in District 20-2A game April 5

The Frankston Indians held off a late threat by the LaPoynor Flyers varsity baseball team Tuesday night, April 5 to secure a 6-4 win in a District 20-2A game at LaPoynor, according to a report made available by the Frankston team scorer.

The win boosted the Indians overall record to 14-5 and their district mark to 7-0.

Frankston jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning on home runs from Austin Carr and Robert Walker. They added a run in the third and one in the fifth to increase their lead to 4-1. In the top of the sixth, the Tribe scored two more runs on a wild pitch and then another Robert Walker home run to lead 6-1. LaPoynor staged a comeback attempt in the bottom of the sixth, scoring one, and in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs, but their comeback fell short with men on base.

The Indians got 11 hits compared to 4 for the Flyers. Hitting for the Indians were Walker McCann who was 3 of 4 including two doubles, Walker London 2 of 4, both doubles, and Robert Walker 2 of 4 with two home runs. Austin Carr also was 2 of 4, with a homer and a single. Getting singles were Matt Metzig and Conlan Lemay. The Indians had five RBIs, two from Walker.

LaPoynor’s four hits came from Austin Majors with two singles and Jayden Manken and Corbin Moeller with a single apiece. Three Flyers RBIs were credited to Majors, Blaine Musselman and Karson Rhoades.

Pitching for the Indians for 6⅓ innings was Clayton Merritt who allowed three hits and had seven strikeouts. London relieved for ⅔ of an inning, allowing a single hit and striking out one.

LaPoynor pitchers were Kasen Reynolds who allowed seven hits and had four strikeouts in four innings. Kase Johnston relieved and allowed four hits and had three strikeouts in three frames.

The Indians and the Flyers play again at Frankston on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

Score by innings:

                    1     2     3     4     5      6     7     R     H     E

Indians        2     0     1     0     1      2     0      6     11     3

LaPoynor   1     0     0     0     0      1     2      4       4     1


April 4, 2022


LAPOYNOR BOYS ADVANCE

   FHS golfer Bandy Bizzell earns

   trip to 2A Region III Tourney 

Bandy Bizzell of Frankston Monday, April 4 qualified for the Regional Golf Tournament with a second place medalist finish in the Girls Division at the District 19-2A Golf Tournament at the Athens Country Club, according to a report by Coach Scotty Albritton. 

Her teammate, Julianna Gould, finished in the top 5 in fourth place overall among individuals.

In 2021, Bizzell had qualified for Regional and the later State Golf tournament as a medalist.

Meanwhile, LaPoynor finished in first place as a team in the Boys Division and qualified for Regional. Frankston was in a tie for third place in the competition.

( LHS Boys First Place Team Photo HERE )   (See Complete Article with Photo HERE )


April 1, 2022


Neches scores early to defeat

Maidens 10-3 in game April 1

The Frankston Maidens varsity fell victim to an early 6-0 lead by the Neches Lady Tigers and were able to get only three runs while Neches was scoring four more in two late innings to post a 10-3 victory Friday, April 1 at Neches, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

Neches posted 12 hits in the District 20-2A game while the Maidens could only get six hits against Lady Tigers pitching. Both teams had twoa fielding errors.

Leading hitters for the Maidens were Brianna (Bri) Looney and. Julianne Gould who went 2 of 4 at the plate. Gould contributed a two-bagger to her effort and drove in one run. The only other RBI came from Kelsey Sexton who hit safely. Coralyn Happel got the other FHS single.

A big factor was eight strikeouts from Neches pitching and no walks for the Maidens.

Gould pitched six innings for the Maidens.

The loss put the Maidens overall record at 5-12 and their district mark at 1-7.

The Maidens are scheduled to go to LaPoynor on Tuesday, April 5 before returning home on Friday, April 8 against the Lady Flyers. Both games are set for 5 p.m.

Score by innings:

                  1     2     3     4     5      6     7     R     H     E

Maidens    0     0     2     0     0      1     0      3      6     2

Neches     4      2     0     0     2      2     x    10    12     2


April 1, 2022


Indians put together two wins

over Neches March 29, April 1

The Frankston Indians stayed unbeaten in District 20-2A play on Friday, April 1, taking a 15-0 win over the Neches Tigers on the road after having defeated them 22-3 on Tuesday, March 29 at home, according to information made available by the Indians team scorer.

In the Friday game, the Indians scored in every inning, taking a 3-0 lead in the first and scoring four in the second to go on and climax their scoring with six runs in the top of the fifth to ice the shutout behind the two-hit pitching of Matt Metzig.

The Indians on Tuesday had scored 17 runs in the bottom of the first inning and five more in the bottom of the second to secure a 22-3 victory over Neches at the FHS field.

Neches had scored three runs in the top of the first to take a 3-0 lead but that was all they would get as Tribe batters put together 15 hits and took advantage of four Neches errors. Two triples by Walker London and a double by Matt Metzig contributed mightily but 12 singles by their teammates added to the final outcome.

Metzig and Jared Cook were 3 of 3 at the plate and Conlan Lemay and Trip Hallmark each were 2 of 3. London was 2 of 2.  Austin Carr and Robert Walker were 1 of 2 and Wade Rackley added another single. The team had 15 RBIs, London and Metzig getting three each. Carr, Walker, Lemay and Hallmark each had two and Rackley one.

Indian pitcher Clayton Merritt allowed only three hits and struck out four in the Tribe victory.

On Friday, the Indians had 11 hits and again capitalized on four walks and four Tigers errors. Carr, Harper, Walker and London, the top of the batting order, each had two hits with London slamming a double for one of his hits. Metzig, Lemay, and Jayden Singletary each had one hit, with Singletary hitting a triple and Lemay a double. The team had 11 RBIs, led by London and Lemay with three and Harper with two.

The two wins increased the Indians’ overall record to 13-5 and their 20-2A mark to 6-0.

The Indians’ next outing will be at LaPoynor on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

Score by innings:

                 1     2     3     4      5     R     H     E

Indians     3     4     1     1      6    15     11     0

Neches      0     0    0     0      0      0       2     4


March 31, 2022


Six FHS tennis entries to advance

to Regional after 19-2A victories

Six Frankston High School entries advanced to the Regional Tournament after their performances Thursday, March 31 at the District 19-2A Tennis Tournament at the Frankston courts, according to a report from Coach Christi Coker.

Advancing will be Cael Bruno, Alex Oxford, Bandy Bizzell, Lynsie Bizzell, Maggie Caveness and Luke Ward.         (See Complete Article with Pictures HERE )


March 31, 2022


Individual FHS girls help A team

finish 4th at Cushing track meet 

The Frankston A girls finished in fourth place and the Frankston A boys finished in sixth place Thursday, March 31 in the High School Bearkay Relays at Cushing High School, according to results made available by Frankston coaches.

Senior Isaiah Allen finished first in the High Jump for the boys with a leap of 6-0.

For the girls, Tia Billingsly won first in the 100-meter Dash. JerMya Mitchell won first in the Long Jump and the High Jump. Kaylee Davis won first in the Triple Jump. Davis was also second in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. The 4x100-meter Relay Team finished third.

The Frankston B boys team finished in 15th place.

Besides Frankston, teams from a formidable group of other East Texas area teams competed in the meet.

For the boys, Timpson won first place with 166 points. Hemphill was second, Douglass third, Garrison fourth, Carlisle fifth and Frankston A sixth with 35 points.

For the girls, Shelbyville was first with 121 points. Timpson was second, and Douglass third, just three points ahead of Frankston A’s 72 points.

Other teams in the meet were Central Heights, Mount Enterprise, Alto, Brookeland, Cushing, PCA, Neches, Woden, New Summerfield, Tenaha, Martinsville, Gary, Zavala, Chireno and Laneville.

Following are the results of Frankston team individual competitors in the meet:

FRANKSTON A BOYS

3200-meter run — Gio Martinez, fourth, 11:44.00. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Kaymon Davis, Ryan Harper, Reese Hicks and Caleb Ramsey — Fourth, 45.49. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Isaiah Allen, Harper, Hicks and Ramsey — Fourth, 1:37.96. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Davis, Clayton Merritt, Jeremy Mitchell and Logan Ratliff — Fourth, 3:50.43. High Jump — Isaiah Allen, first, 6-0; Benton Allen, sixth, 5-11.

FRANKSTON B BOYS

110-meter Hurdles — Kody Loebig, sixth, 18.55. Pole Vault — Coleman Merritt, sixth, 8-0.

FRANKSTON A GIRLS

100-meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, first, 12..65. 800-meter Run — Abigail Fletcher, fifth, 2:51.68. 100-meter Hurdles — Kaylee Davis, second, 16.84. 300-meter Hurdles — Davis, second, 52.33. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Brianna Looney, JerMya Mitchell, Kaysiah Burnett and Billingsly — Third, 52.54. Long Jump — Mitchell, first, 16-8. Triple Jump — Davis, first, 32-5. High Jump — Mitchell, first, 5-3; Trinity Coats, fifth, 4-10.


March 29, 2022


Neches pitching, nine early scores

defeat Maidens at home March 29

The Neches Lady Tigers scored nine runs in the first three innings and the host Maidens varsity was able to score only two in the third in a 20-AA softball game to give the Lady Tigers a 9-2 win on Tuesday, March 29, according to information made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens were held to only two hits with 13 strikeouts administered by Neches pitching. The Maidens did get five walks but had only two RBIs. They had three errors.

The only FHS batters getting hits were Gould and Lynsie Bizzell, both singles.

Jaycie Dillard started and pitched 1 ⅔ innings before Gould relieved, allowing two runs on four hits and posting five strikeouts.

The loss made the Maidens overall record 5-11 and their district mark 1-6.

The Maidens were to go to Neches on April 1 for a return game.

Score by innings:

                  1     2     3     4     5    6     7     R     H     E

Neches      2     6     1     0     0    0     0       9     7     0

Maidens    0     0     2     0     0    0     0       2     2     3


March 28, 2022


Indian Braves A team wins first

at Cushing track meet March 28

The Frankston Junior High A team boys won first place with 133 points in the Junior High Bearkat Relays at Cushing on Monday, March 28, according to results made available by Frankston coaches.

Garrison finished in second place with 118 points.

Meanwhile, the Frankston A team girls finished in sixth place with 49 points against a 15-team array of East Texas teams. Taking first place in this division was Carlisle with 87 points.

The Frankston B team boys finished in 10th place against boys teams of the same array of competitors. The Frankston B team girls team was in 15th place.

Teams besides Frankston competing in the meet were Garrison, Mount Enterprise, Carlisle, Douglass, Cushing, New Summerfield, Laneville, Alto, Chireno, Wells, FHB Academy, Woden, Zavala and Neches.

Following are the individual results for the Frankston boys and girls teams in the Cushing meet:

FRANKSTON A BOYS

200-meter Dash — A.J. Donnell, second, 25.02. 400-meter Dash — Joseph Allen, fourth, 1:03.02. 800-meter Run — Hudson Smith, fifth, 2:39.65. 1600-meter Run — Christian Serrato, third, 5:58.42. 2400-meter Run — Serrato, second, 9:46.00. 110-meter Hurdles — Keaton Campbell, second, 18.73; Stevie Fry, sixth, 20.51. 300-meter Hurdles — Smith, third, 48.15; Campbell, fourth, 48.26. 4x100 Relay Team of A.J. Donnell, Braylon Donnell, Bradley Gould and Tristan McCoy, first, 48.26. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Mason Boggs, B. Donnell, Gould and McCoy, fourth, 1:47.13. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Allen, A.J. Donnell, Davis Holladay and Levi White, second, 4:08.64. Long Jump — A.J. Donnell, first, 19-2. Shot Put — Aidan Lewis, sixth, 36-3. Discus — Lewis, fourth, 94-6. Triple Jump —  Smith, fourth, 35-1. High Jump — A.J. Donnell, third, 5-3; Allen, fourth, 5-3. Pole Vault — Gould, second, 9-0; Carson Bizzell, third, 8-6.

FRANKSTON B BOYS

200-meter Dash — Michael Bryant, fourth, 26.26. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Lucas Bizzell, Bryant, Brayden Gray and Blaine Johnson — fifth, 50.89. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Bizzell, Benjamin Fletcher, Gray and Johnson — sixth, 4:27.78. Pole Vault — Wyatt Reed, sixth, 8-2.

FRANKSTON A GIRLS

200-meter Dash — Indigo Griffis, fifth, 31.33. 1600-meter Run — Angelyna Gonzales, fifth, 7:13.42. 2400-meter Run — Bailey Ball, second, 10:40.00; Rachel Fletcher, third, 10:53.00; Gonzales, sixth, 11:27.00. 300-meter Hurdles — Alyssa Thurman, sixth, 1:00.54. 4x100-meter Relay Team of Ashley Fridinger, Briley Jimenez, Griffis and Kinsey Howie  — fourth, 57.84. 4x200-meter Relay Team of Gonzales, Griffis, Howie and Fletcher — fifth, 2:11.69. 4x400-meter Relay Team of Fridinger, Ball, Jimenez and Fletcher — third, 5:01.83. Long Jump — Fridinger, fourth, 13-5; Fletcher, sixth, 13-3½. 


March 25, 2022


Indians rebound in 4th inning

to down Martins Mill by 14-6

The Frankston Indians overcame a 5-3 Martins Mill lead in the fourth inning, scoring nine big runs and then adding two more to take a 14-6 win over the Mustangs in a high scoring District 20-2A contest at the FHS baseball field Friday, March 25, according to information from the team scorer.

The Indians are now 11-5 overall and 4-0 in 20-2A.

The Indians pounded out nine hits and took advantage of six Martins Mill errors and five walks to register the big win. They also collected 12 RBIs along the way. 

The Mustangs got eight hits off of Indians’ pitching. Except for that big fourth inning, the Martins Mill pitcher had some success against Indian batters, getting 10 strikeouts.

That fourth inning for the Tribe started with an Austin Carr walk. An error put Ryan Harper on the bags and then Robert Walker hit the only extra base hit of the night for the Indians, slamming a double which scored Carr. Moments later Harper scored to even the score at 5-5. Then Clayton Merritt singled to score Walker and the Indians had gone ahead to stay at 6-5. Metzig had walked earlier and moved into scoring position on the play. He scored to make it 7-5 Indians. Conlan Lemay then scored after successive walks to make it 8-5. Carr singled to drive in Merritt and Jayden Singletary, running for catcher Jared Cook, to up the Tribe lead to 10-5. An error allowed Harper to be safe at first and Christian Hernandez, who had walked earlier, was allowed to score, making it 11-5. Carr came home on a pitching error and it was 12-5 when the side was out.

The Indians were to score two more runs, one each in the fifth and sixth innings and Martins Mill managed another run in the top of the fifth to make the final score 14-6 when the Mustangs were held scoreless in the top of the seventh.

The top of the Indians batting order was responsible for six of the hits and eight of the runs. Carr hit 2 of 4, Harper 2 of 5 and Walker 2 of 4, including the key double in the fourth. Merritt was also 2 of 4. Metzig got the other hit for the Tribe. Of the 12 RBIs, Carr, Metzig and Merritt got two each.

Walker London got the win, pitching seven innings and striking out five after he overcame troublesome second and third inning Mustang scoring.

Next game scheduled for the Indians will be against the Neches Tigers, again on the FHS diamond on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

Score by Innings:

                 1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

MMill      0     2     3     0     1     0     0      6      8      6

Indians    3     0     0     9     1     1     x    14      9      4


March 25, 2022


Maidens, Martins Mill split on wins

in doubleheader games on March 25

The Frankston Maidens and the Martins Mill Lady Mustangs split in a doubleheader Friday, March 25 in District 20-2A contests at Frankston, the Lady Mustangs winning the first 12-9 and the Maidens replying with a 4-3 victory in the second, according to information provided by Frankston coaches.

In the first contest, the Maidens scored five runs in the top of the third to take a 5-0 lead and then the Lady Mustangs answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. The Maidens were held scoreless in the top of the fourth, but Martins Mill put together a five-run performance in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 7-5.

The Maidens were not impressed and they staged a four-run performance in the top of the fifth, regaining the lead 9-8. Maiden pitching shut out the Lady Mustangs in the bottom of the fifth but Martins Mill held the Maidens scoreless in the top of the sixth.

In a fateful turn for the Maidens, the Lady Mustangs scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain a 12-9 lead which the Maidens were unable to answer in the top of the seventh, giving Martins Mill the narrow victory.

Bats on both sides were active in the contest with Martins Mill getting 20 hits and the Maidens 16. Addi Loebig led Maidens hitters, going 4 of 4  and Julianne Gould and Kaylee Davis were key hitters for the Maidens each getting three hits in five trips to the plate. One of Davis’ hits was a double. Jaycie Dillard got 2 of 4, including a double. Getting singles were Kaysiah Burnett, Kelsey Sexton, Lynsie Bizzell and Brianna (Bri) Looney. Collectively Maidens batters had seven RBIs led by Loebig and Davis, who each had two.

The Maidens’ Dillard pitched four innings, allowing seven runs, 14 hits, and striking out two. Gould pitched two innings, allowing four runs on six hits.

The second game of the doubleheader turned into a nail biter for the Maidens as they trailed early 3-0 going into the bottom of the second. Maidens batters answered with a two-run performance in that frame, narrowing the Martins Mill lead to 3-2.

The Maidens tied things up at 3-3 in the bottom of the third and the score remained that way all the way to the bottom of the sixth.

That’s when the Maidens came through with the winning run. With one out, Sexton slammed a double and Kaitlyn Matthews came in to run for the catcher, Sexton. Next at bat was Loebig who singled, advancing Matthews to third. What would be the winning run came next as Abigail Fletcher singled, scoring Matthews. That would be all the Maidens could get in that inning but when the Lady Mustangs went three-up and three-down in the top of the seventh, the Maidens had their exciting 4-3 victory.

The Maidens had won with four runs from 13 hits. Three of those hits were doubles by Loebig, Sexton and Dillard. Davis, Dillard, Sexton and Loebig were 2 of 3 at the plate and Looney was 2 of 4. Singles were hit by Gould, Coralyn Happel and the one by Fletcher, whose sole single drove in what was the winning run. As it turned out, the four RBIs by Looney, Dillard, Loebig and Fletcher proved key to the win.

Gould pitched for six innings, allowing no runs, four hits and striking out two. Dillard pitched for one inning, allowing three runs on a single hit and striking out two.

The Maidens, now 5-10 overall and 1-5 in district play, host Neches at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at the FHS softball field.

Scores by innings:

                   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

Maidens    0     0     5     0     4     0     0      9     16     3

MMill        1     0     2     5     0     4     x    12     20     0

                   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R     H     E

MMill        1     2     0     0     0     0     0      3      5     0

Maidens    0     2     1     0     0     1     x      4    13     1



March 24, 2022


Indians break tie in the fifth

to spark 5-2 district victory

The Frankston Indians and the Martins Mill Mustangs battled it out for four innings at 1-1 before Indians batters scored one run in the fifth and three in the sixth to finish with a 5-2 District 20-2A victory on the road Thursday, March 24, according to information from the Indians scorer.

The Indians are now 10-5 for the season and 3-0 in 20-2A play.

Frankston led 1-0 in the top of the second and Martins Mill came up with a run in the bottom of the inning to tie things up. The two teams went scoreless for two innings, before Frankston went ahead 2-1.

In the top of the fifth, Clayton Merritt started things off with a double to center field. Caleb Ramsey, running for Merritt, shortly later scored.

The Mustangs were retired in the bottom of the fifth and the Indians went into the top of the sixth ahead 2-1.

The Indians started off the sixth with a walk by Robert Walker and Walker London doubled to advance Walker to third. Matt Metzig followed with a single which scored Walker to make it 3-1 Frankston. London took third on the play and then Conlan Lemay singled on a bunt to put Indians on second and third. Merritt followed with a walk. London scored to make it 4-1. Later Metzig scored to give the Tribe a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth and the Mustangs were retired after a single.

The lndians could only get a single in their half of the seventh and Martins Mill managed another score after getting only a double in the inning. The Indians had won 5-2.

The Indians got eight hits on the evening to only three for the Mustangs. London had two hits, including a double, and Metzig got a couple of singles. Merritt’s hit was a double, and Austin Carr, Walker and Lemay each had singles. The team was credited with 3 RBIs.

Merritt pitched six innings and was the winning pitcher. Christian Hernandez pitched ⅓ of an inning and Walker pitched ⅔.

The two teams are scheduled to meet again on Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in Frankston.

Scores by innings:

                          1     2     3     4     5     6     7     R    H    E 

Indians             1     0     0     0     1     3     0     5     8      2

Martins Mill    0     1     0     0     0     0     1     2     3      0


March 24, 2022


Frankston girls, varsity boys win

first in Neches Tigers HS Relays

The Frankston girls and the Frankston Blue Team boys won first place in the Neches Tigers High School Relays on Thursday, March 24, according to a report from Frankston coaches.

Also competing in the meet was the Frankston White Team boys, largely composed of junior varsity members, who came in fifth in the meet.

The Frankston girls compiled 148 points and the Blue Team Boys led with 173 points. Cayuga was second for the girls with 126 points and the Cayuga boys were second with 94. The Frankston White Team earned 45 points.

Other teams participating in the meet were Neches, Martins Mill, Slocum, Cross Roads, Wells, Oakwood, Centerville and Laneville.

Following are the individual results for Frankston in girls and boys divisions:

MAIDENS

100-meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, second, 12.93; JerMya Mitchell, third, 13.65; Aryonna Hatton, fifth, 14.46. 200-meter Dash — Billingsly, fourth, 28.96; Brianna Looney, fifth, 29.58. 400-meter dash — Abigail Fletcher, second, 1:10.77; Nyla Muhammad, fourth, 1:13.37; Trinity Coats, sixth, 1:18.78. 800-meter run — Fletcher, third, 2:56.02; Angelina Chavez, fifth, 3:07.55. 1600-meter run — Fletcher, fourth, 7:26.24; Julianne Gould, sixth, 7:37.90. 3200-meter run — Cadence Blase, fourth, 17:39.14; 100-meter hurdles — Kaylee Davis, first, 16.40; Kaysie Nabors, second, 18.05; Cadence Blase, fifth, 19.49. 300-meter hurdles — Nabors, first, 55.49; Davis, second, 57.27. 4x100 meter Relay Team of Looney, Billingsly, Kaysiah Burnett, and Mitchell, first; 4x200-meter Relay Team of Looney, Burnett, A. Hatton, Desirae Hatton, second, 1:58.95; 4x400-meter Relay Team of Burnett, Nabors, Mitchell and Muhammad, second, 4:46.81. Long Jump — Mitchell, first, 15-6 ¾; Looney, fifth, 14-0. High Jump — Mitchell, second, 4-10; Coats, fourth, 4-4; Carly Morgan, sixth, 4-4. Shot put — A. Hatton, sixth, 23-9 ½.

INDIANS BLUE TEAM

100-meter Dash — Kaymon Davis, first, 11.27; Benton Allen, fifth, 11.58. 200-meter Dash — Allen, fourth, 24.40. 400-meter Dash — Tyler Rogers, second, 57.02; Logan Ratliff, third, 58.64. 800-meter Run — Cory Morgan, third, 2:19.69; Ratliff, fourth, 2:22.27; Gio Martinez, fifth, 2:22.84. 1600-meter Run — Martinez, first, 5:27.27. 3200-meter Run — Martinez, first, 12:01.52. 110-meter Hurdles — A.J. Michaelski, first, 18.87. 300-meter Hurdles — Michaelski, first, 49.37. 400-meter Relay Team of Frankston — First, 45.78. 800-meter Relay Team of Frankston — First, 1:38.90. 1600-meter Relay of Frankston — First, 3:53.87. Long Jump — Rogers, first, 20-2⅜; High Jump — Benton Allen, second, 5-10; Isaiah Allen, fifth, 5-4. Shot Put — Sir Isaac Foster, fourth, 34-1½. Discus — Foster, second, 111-3½.

INDIANS WHITE TEAM

800-meter Run — Payton Jaco, sixth, 2:24.46. 1600-meter Run — Landon Marine, sixth, 5:49.05. 3200-meter Run — Marine, 12:49.71. 400-Meter Relay of Frankston — third, 48.87. 800-meter Relay of Frankston — third, 1:43.08. 1600-meter Relay of Frankston — Fourth, 4:11.65. 110-meter Hurdles —  Devon Saturley, fourth, 21.98; Jayden Singletary, fifth, 21.98. High Jump — Devin Allen, fourth, 5-4.

The seventh and eighth grade teams are scheduled to be in the Junior High Combined Cushing Relays on Monday, March 28. The high school teams will be in the Cushing HS Relays on Thursday, March 31.


March 18, 2022


Indians turn big second inning

into 14-3 win at Alba-Golden

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team scored seven runs in the second inning to take a commanding lead 7-1 and went on to score a 14-3 win over Alba-Golden in a non-district game Friday, March 18 on the road, according to the Indians scorer.

Alba-Golden was in the lead 1-0 after the first inning but could not score again until the bottom of the sixth when they drove in two runs.

Matt Metzig was on the mound for 5⅓ innings and gave up five hits, threw nine strikeouts and walked only one. Christian Hernandez came in to pitch 1⅔ innings in relief. He allowed Alba-Golden three hits and struck out one.

The Indians had 18 hits in the game. The pitcher, Metzig led Indians hitters going 4 for 4, including a double which scored two in that big second inning, earning two RBIs. Austin Carr had three hits in six trips to the plate. One of those hits was a double in that key second inning which scored two runs to break the 1-1 tie and send the Indians into a 3-1 lead. He was credited with three RBIs for the game. Getting two hits each were Ryan Harper, Robert Walker, Kody Loebig and Jared Cook. Walker London, Conlan Lemay and Clayton Merritt each had hits. One of Cook’s and both of Harper’s hits were doubles and Merritt’s only hit was a two-bagger.

The Indians are now 9-5 overall and 2-0 in District 20-2A. They are scheduled to resume district play on Thursday, March 24 when they journey to Martins Mill for a 5 p.m. game,varsity only, rescheduled from March 22.

Score by innings:

                         1     2     3     4     5     6     7        R     H     E

Indians             0     7     1     0     0     3     3        14    18    1

Alba-Golden    1     0     0     0     0     2     0          3      8    2


March 16, 2022


Eight-run first sparks Indians’

win over Cross Roads by 15-2

The Frankston Indians boosted their season record to 8-5 and their District 20-2A record to 2-0 with a decisive 15-2 win over Cross Roads on the road Wednesday, March 16, according to a report made available by the Frankston statistician.

The Indians gave a preview of what was about to happen when they jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the top of the first inning. They proceeded to score seven more runs before Cross Roads got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth with two runs.

That first inning scoring started with a walk by Austin Carr. Ryan Harper walked  and Robert Walker singled to left field scoring Carr and Harper to give the Indians a quick 2-0 lead. Walker London then walked and Matt Metzig singled.

With two out, Christian Hernandez singled to left field scoring two, making it 4-0. Another score made it 5-0.

Ryan Harper slammed a double to center field, scoring Hernandez, Trip Hallmark and Carr, to end the first inning scoring at 8-0.

In the second inning, Lemay and Clayton Merritt scored, making it 10-0 Indians.

In the third, Carr scored on a single to left field to make it 11-0. Harper, who had walked, and advanced to third, scored during a double play exchange to make it 12-0.

The Indians scored a run in the fourth, Lemay scoring from third on a wild pitch to make it 13-0.

In the top of the fifth, the Indians scored two more runs. With two out, London singled and Clayton Merritt singled, driving in a run, to make it 14-0. 

The final run came when Metzig, who got on base by an error, scored from third on a passed ball to make it 15-0. Cross Roads scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth before the game ended.

The Indians had eight hits, including the Harper double. Walker was 2 for 3 to lead hitters. London, Metzig, Lemay, Clayton Merritt, Hernandez and Hallmark all had singles. Harper and Walker led in RBIs with 3 each. Clayton Merritt and Hernandez were credited with two each.

Walker London pitched a one-hitter, with 8 strikeouts and only three walks.


March 15, 2022


Indians baseball team scores big

win over Cross Roads March 15

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team turned 18 hits and 17 RBIs into a 23-2 win over Cross Roads Tuesday, March 15 to post their first district win at the FHS baseball park, according to a report made available by the team statistician.

Clayton Merritt pitched five innings, allowed only three hits, struck out eight and walked only three Bobcat batters.

Cross Roads took a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the first inning and that was all they would be able to get for the remainder of the game.

In their half of that first inning, the Indians scored four runs to go ahead to stay. Their big inning was the bottom of the third when they scored 13. They added six more in the bottom of the fourth to secure the convincing win.

The Indians’ hits came from across the roster but only one was for extra bases. That came on Robert Walker’s only hit of the night, a double, but it produced two RBI.

Leading hitters for the Indians were Merritt with 3 for 3 and three RBI. Conlan Lemay got 3 hits in four trips to the plate and drove in two runs. Walker London along with Matt Metzig and Christian Hernandez were 2 for 2. Hernandez also had two RBI. Hitting singles were Ryan Harper, Walker McCann, Kody Loebig and Jared Cook. Harper had two RBI and London, McCann, Loebig, Cook and Trip Hallmark each were credited with one RBI. Indian batters had seven walks and only two strikeouts. They took advantage of five Bobcat errors.

The Indians are now 7-5 for the season and 1-0 in district play.

They are scheduled to go to Cross Roads for a 6 p.m. game Wednesday, March 16.

Score by innings:

                             1      2.     3     4              R     H     E

Cross Roads        2       0      0     0      0          2      3     5

Indians                4       0     13    6      x        23     18    1


March 15, 2022


Early Cross Roads lead factors

in win over Maidens March 15

The Frankston Maidens softball team on Tuesday, March 15 was held scoreless in the first three innings while Cross Roads was scoring six runs before the Frankston girls could get on the scoreboard, according to a report from information made available by coaches.

The Lady Bobcats went on to score three more runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth while the Maidens were scoring one in the fourth and one in the fifth to give the the Lady Bobcats an 11-2 lead. The Maidens scored four runs in the top of the seventh, but it was not enough and Cross Roads won 11-6.

Cross Roads got 12 hits while Frankston had 5 hits. Center fielder Kaylee Davis led FHS hitters with 2 hits on 3 trips to the plate, including a triple. Addi Loebig had one hit, a double, and drove in two runs. Coralyn Happel’s single also drove in two runs. Kelsey Sexton also got a hit. Jaycie Dillard and Zoey Walker were each credited with RBIs. The Maidens drew 10 walks.

Julianne Gould pitched six innings for the Maidens,

The loss gave the Maidens an 0-3 district record and made them 4-8 overall.

The Maidens were scheduled to play Cross Roads again Wednesday, March 16 at 1 p..m. in Frankston, due to a schedule change.

Score by Innings:

                       1     2      3       4      5     6     7     R     H     E

Maidens         0     0       0      1      1     0     4     6      5      4

Cross Roads   1     3       2      3      2     0     x   11    12      2


March 14, 2022


Kerens downs FHS Maidens

in district meeting March 14

The Frankston Maidens varsity softball team was tied early 2-2 with Kerens but the Lady ‘Cats had a six-run third inning and scored four more runs later to take a 12-2 district win at Kerens Tuesday, March 14, according to a report made available by Frankston coaches.

The Maidens were able to get only those two runs on two hits and a walk. Frankston batters were plagued by six strikeouts and had only a single walk.

Brianna Looney and Kaysiah Burnett each got singles. Coralyn Happel was awarded the only Maidens RBI.

Jaycie Dillard pitched three innings and allowed seven hits and two walks while getting three strikeouts. Julianne Gould pitched two innings and gave up four hits and got one strikeout.

The game had been rescheduled from Friday, March 11. The Maidens were to play Cross Roads in Frankston on Tuesday, March 14.


March 12, 2022


Indians, Flyers coaches, players

prominent in All-District honors

The Region III Champion LaPoynor Flyers and the Region III Quarterfinals Champion Frankston Indians figured prominently in  selections for District 19-2A All-District basketball honors, according to a list released by district coaches.

Frankston Coach Scotty Albritton and LaPoynor Coach Jim Reid were named Co-Coaches of the Year among numerous Indians and Flyers making the elite list.

LaPoynor Senior Kase Johnston and Flyers Junior Cooper Gracey head the list of superlatives as Co-Most Valuable Players. Dijuan Whitehead, Flyers junior, shared the title of Offensive Player of the Year with freshman Jak Kinder of Martins Mill.

Indians junior Benton Allen was named Defensive Player of the Year and junior Kody Loebig shared 6th Man of the Year with junior Blake Butcher of Martins Mill.

Selected as Newcomer of the Year was JaCorie Bradley, Cayuga freshman.

Three Frankston players and three LaPoynor players were named to the 19-2A First Team. Indians named were senior Cael Bruno, junior Caleb Ramsey and freshman Jake Westbrook and Flyers selected were freshman Cort Reid and juniors Evan Almeida and Matt Driskell.

Also named were junior Alex Tyner and senior Colton Powers of Martins Mill; junior Chase Harrell of Cayuga and freshman Muziq Gunnell of Kerens.

Selected for the Second Team from Frankston was senior Isaiah Allen. Others selected were sophomore Graham Story and seniors Spencer Calcoat and Greg Garrett, all of Cayuga; freshman Nehemiah Massey and senior A.J. Stevens, both of Kerens;  Rizzy Brown and Bub LaTham, both of Cross Roads and juniors Nate Reiser and Jose Perez, both of Martins Mill.

(See Graphics on Frankston ISD  and LaPoynor ISD websites )


March 12, 2022


Indians lose three Pool Play

games at Franklin tourney 

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team was 0-3 in Pool Play Saturday, March 12 after losing 12-2 to Little River Academy in four innings at the Franklin Tournament, according to information made available by the team statistician.

The Indians began Pool Play on Thursday, March 10 and lost to Lorena 10-2 and Caldwell 6-3.

In the Little River Academy game played Saturday morning, the two teams ended the first inning tied 1-1 but Little River scored three runs each in the second and third innings to only one more for the Tribe in the third. Ahead 7-2 Little River scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take their 10-run victory,

The Indians were to get only two hits, both singles, and an RBI in the contest. Little River had eight hits. Hitting for Frankston were Robert Walker and Walker London. London got an RBI. Scoring the two runs for the Tribe were Ryan Harper and Christian Hernandez

Matt Metzig pitched all the way for the Indians.

In the Lorena game, the Indians fell behind early 3-0 before they scored their first run. Lorena increased their lead to 6-1 with three runs in the top of the third. The Indians were to add a run in the bottom of the third, but that was to be their last in the game as Lorena went on to score four more runs to secure the win.

The Indians got seven hits in the game. Austin Carr and Clayton Merritt each had two hits, Merritt with a double. Others getting hits were Robert Walker, Conlan Lemay, all with singles and Christian Hernandez with a double. Walker and Hernandez each drove in a run. Lorena pitching struck had eight strikeouts.

Walker and Walker London were on the mound for the Indians and gave up 12 hits. London pitched for three innings and gave up eight hits and Walker gave up four in relief.

In the Caldwell game, the Indians took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but Caldwell came back to lead 3-2 after one run in the first and two in the second inning. The Indians went four innings without a run and Caldwell scored three in the bottom of the fifth to lead 6-2. The Tribe scored one in the top of the sixth but Caldwell had their 6-3 win.

The Indians out-hit the Hornets 8-3, despite the loss. Carr went 3 of 4 at the plate, including a triple, driving in a run. Lemay had two hits in three at-bats. Hernandez’s only hit was a double. Ryan Harper had a single and drove in a run. Walker had a single.

Pitching for the Tribe for 4⅓ innings was Merritt who struck out six, walked five and allowed only three hits. Hernandez pitched for ⅔ of an inning and had a walk.


March 10, 2022


Indians, Maidens varsity win

third March 10 at Hawkins

The Frankston varsity Indians and Maidens track and field teams finished in third place and the Indians Junior varsity finished in fourth place in the Thursday, March 10 Hawk Relays in Hawkins, according to information in a report made available by Frankston coaches.

The Indians varsity collected 88 points and the Maidens varsity had 96. The Indians JV also finished with 96 points.

White Oak finished in first place for the boys’ varsity teams with 208 points. Alba-Golden was second with 97. Others in the top six were Tyler Heat with 80, Harleton with 59 and Hawkins with 47.

White Oak also took first place for the girls’ varsity with 237.5 points. Second was Tyler Heat with 107.  Others in the top six were Hawkins with 71.5, T.K. Gorman with 52 and Harleton with 30.

Taking first place for the junior varsity boys was again White Oak with 152. Second was Hawkins with 129 and third was Alba-Golden with 100. Others in the top six were Union Hill with 55,  and Harleton 43.

Following are the individual performances for the Indians, Maidens and Indians JV:

INDIANS VARSITY

100-meter Dash — Kaymon Davis, first, 12.08. 200-meter Dash — Ryan Harper, second, 24.67; Caleb Ramsey, fourth, 25.52. 800-meter Run — Cory Morgan, fourth, 2:17.87; Logan Ratliff, fifth, 2:18.72; Gio Martinez, sixth, 2:19.58. 3200-meter Run — Martinez, sixth, 11:46.00.

4x100-meter Relays Team — Davis, Harper, Clayton Merritt, Tyler Rogers, fourth, 46.16. 4x200-meter Relays Team — Harper, A.J. Michaelski, Morgan, Rogers, fourth, 1:41.82. 4x400-meter Relays Team — Davis, Merritt, Jeremiah Mitchell, Rogers, fifth, 3:52.73.

Long Jump — Tyler Rogers, first, 19-4 ¾; Isaiah Allen, second, 19-0. Discus — Sirisaac Foster, third, 107-6 ½. High Jump — Isaiah Allen, second, 5-8; Benton Allen, third, 5-8.

MAIDENS VARSITY

100-meter Dash — Tia Billingsly, first, 13.66. 200-meter Dash — Kaysiah Burnett, fourth, 29.67; Nyla Muhammad, fifth, 30.27. 100-meter Hurdles — Kaylee Davis, second, 18.07; Kaysie Nabors, fourth, 19.00; Cadence Blase, sixth, 19.37. 300-meter Hurdles — Nabors, third, 52.96; Davis, fourth, 53.23.

4x100-meter Relays Team — Brianna Looney, JerMya Mitchell, Burnett, Billingsly, second, 52.87. 4x200-meter Relays Team — Aryonna Hatton, Looney, Desirae Hatton, Pauline Passchier, fifth, 2:03.34. 4x400-meter Relays Team — Mitchell, Nabors, Muhammad, Passchier, fourth, 4:41.25.

Long Jump — Mitchell, second, 15-8 ¼. Triple Jump — Davis, first, 34-0 ½; Nabors, fifth, 32-1 ¾. High Jump — Mitchell, third, 4-10; Trinity Coats, sixth, 4-6. Discus — Breanna Warren, fifth, 74-2 ½.

INDIANS JUNIOR VARSITY

200-meter Dash — Blake Moore, second, 27.16. 800-Meter Run — Payton Jaco, second, 2:25.04; Damien Prda, sixth, 2:33.63. 3200-meter Run — Prda, fifth, 14:19.00. 110-meter Hurdles — Jayden Singletary, second, 21.14. 300-meter Hurdles — Singletary, second, 49.96.

4x100-meter Relays Team — Devin Allen, Willie Brown, T. Hallmark, Reese Hicks, second, 48.40. 4x200-meter Relays Team — Allen, Brown, Hallmark, Hicks, first, 1:40.25.

Long Jump — Willie Brown, third, 18-0 ¼; Hicks, sixth, 17-9 ½. Triple Jump — Brown, fourth, 37-0. High Jump — Allen, second, 5-4; Jake Westbrook, fifth, 5-0. Pole Vault — Coleman Merritt, sixth, 8-0. Shot Put — Brayden Dotson, fourth, 30.9.

Mildred JH Relays Results HERE        Union Grove Relays Results HERE


March 9, 2022


FHS entry Pauline Passchier

wins first in singles at Athens

Pauline Passchier of Frankston won first place in girls singles at the Athens Tennis Tournament on Wednesday, March 9, according to a report from Coach Christi Coker.

Passchier defeated Reid of Rains 8-0, won over Combs of Athens 8-1 and defeated Anton of Sunnyvale 8-5 to win first place.

In Mixed Doubles Collin Deupree and Kaitlyn Matthews won Consolation.

Bandy Bizzell and Lynsie Bizzell made it to the semifinals in Girls Doubles but were defeated and did not advance.

Coach Coker said others who competed well were Maggie Caveness, Luke Ward, Wila Davis, Kaysie Nabors and Kaylah Redic.

Frankston will go to the Troup Tournament on March 21-23. The District Tournament will be held on March 30 in Frankston. 


March 9, 2022


Kerens hands Maidens loss

in first District 20-2A test

The Frankston Maidens varsity softball team was defeated by Kerens 12-0 in a District 20-2A game at the FHS softball field Wednesday, March 9, according information made available by the team statistician.

The Maidens had four hits during the contest while Kerens was getting 10. Julianne Gould had two singles and Coralyn Happel and Kelsey Sexton each had one. Kaysiah Burnett and Lynsie Bizzell were walked. Kerens pitching posted seven strikeouts.

Kerens got a run in the first inning, two in the third and one each in the fourth and fifth. In the seventh they scored seven runs to enhance their win.

Gould was in the pitching circle for the Maidens for five innings, relieved by Jaycie Dillard for the final two.

The Maidens are now 4-6 overall and 0-1 in district play.


March 7, 2022


Maidens, Lady Flyers acclaimed

with 19-2A All-District honors

Girls coaches for the Frankston Maidens and the LaPoynor Lady Flyers Monday, March 7 released their lists of players selected for District 19-2A All-District Basketball Honors.

Each coach had Superlatives to report on the list.

Coach Jammie Maze said Lady Flyers junior Markayla Hurd was selected as “Offensive Player of the Year” for the Region III Quarterfinals champions.

Frankston Coach Christi Coker reported that freshman Wila Davis was named “Newcomer of the Year” for the Maidens who advanced to a Bi-district playoff game as third seed in the district.

Frankston and LaPoynor each had two players selected for First Team and two for Second Team in All-District selections.

Senior guard Brianna (Bri) Looney and junior forward Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton were selected for the First Team for the Maidens. Sophomores Kitty Eldridge and Payton Maze received First Team honors for the Lady Flyers.

Chosen for the Second Team for the Lady Flyers were senior Natalie Tobin and junior T’mia Mitchell.  Maidens’  Second Team selections were senior Maggie Caveness and junior Kaylee Davis.

Coach Coker also had additional selections for the Maidens.

Maidens selected for Honorable Mention were senior post Kelsey Sexton, junior guard Lynsie Bizzell and sophomores guard Bandy Bizzell and post Mya Mitchell.

The Frankston coach said eight players were selected for Academic All-District. They are Tia Billingsly, Maggie Caveness, Kelsey Sexton, Kaylee Davis, Bandy Bizzell, Lynsie Bizzell, Ja’Shalyn Hatton and Wila Davis.

Coach Coker reported that Maidens players Billingsly, Caveness and Sexton were selected for Texas Assn. of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Academic All State for averages of 92 or higher. Caveness was selected for the Texas Girls Coaches Assn. (TGCA) Academic All State for an average of 94 or higher.

Martins Mill, who advanced to the Class 2A State Semifinals, had three superlatives. They were Most Valuable Player Jada Celsur, a senior; Defensive Player of the Year Mattie Burns, a junior; and Coach of the Year Tommy Cross.

Martins Mill had three other players selected for the First Team: senior Kylee Lookabaugh, junior Libby Rogers and sophomore Kate Lindsey. Cross Roads freshman Brook Locke, Cayuga senior Arian Thompson and Kerens sophomore Tiani Hall were also selected.

Selected for the Second Team for Martins Mill were freshmen Ruthie Mein and Reese Hathaway. Cross Roads selections were senior Brooke Lawrence and freshman Alanah Logan. Mackenzie Legard, Cayuga junior, and Teniyah Washington, Kerens senior, were also selected.


March 5, 2022


Indians comeback defeats Mildred

12-7 for Fitzgerald Tourney title 

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team won the championship of the Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Baseball Tournament, coming from behind to defeat the Mildred Eagles 12-7 on Saturday, March 5 at the FHS baseball field, according to information made available by the team statistician.

Named to the All-Tournament team from Frankston were Matt Metzig, Ryan Harper, Robert Walker, and Clayton Merritt. (See Complete Article with Pictures HERE )


March 5, 2022


Eustace captures championship

of Fitzgerald Softball Tourney

Eustace, the winner in Pool B, earned the championship of the Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Softball Tournament by defeating Cayuga, runnerup in Pool B, 17-2 in Gold Bracket play Saturday, March 5 at the FHS softball field, according to a report from tournament officials.

Cayuga was relegated to runnerup in the tournament as a result.

Meanwhile in Silver Bracket play, Douglass, third place in Pool A, defeated T.K. Gorman, fourth place in Pool A, 10-3 to take consolation honors in the tournament.

Eustace reached the Gold Bracket championship game by defeating the Frankston Maidens, runnerup in Pool A,  9-0 in a mid-afternoon matchup. Cayuga reached the championship game with a 4-3 win over Grace Community, winner in Pool A, in early afternoon bracket play. Gorman was seeded for the consolation game because LaPoynor, third place in Pool B, attended the LaPoynor Flyers Regional Finals basketball game in Athens, scheduled for 1 p.m.

In a previous story, results of Frankston’s 2-1 performance in Pool A on Thursday and Friday were reported.

Other results in Pool Play found Grace Community defeating Douglass 9-2, Frankston 7-3 and T.K. Gorman 19-1. Frankston had won over Gorman 15-0 and Douglass 5-3. Douglass won over Gorman 11-0. Eustace won over LaPoynor 9-0, Cayuga 5-4 and Arp 20-0. Cayuga defeated Arp 8-7 and LaPoynor 14-3. LaPoynor won over Arp 14-1.

The Frankston Maidens had the misfortune of being seeded against the eventual tournament champion in their first round game in Gold Bracket play and lost 9-0. They are now 4-5 for the season.

The Maidens had only two hits against Eustace pitching. Jaycie Dillard and Abigail Fletcher each had singles. Eustace’s pitcher carded 5 strikeouts and walked one.

The Eustace batters drove in 2 runs in the first, 4 in the second and 3 in the fourth inning abbreviated game. They had nine hits against Maidens pitchers Julianne Gould and reliever Dillard. 


March 3, 2022


Indians win two of three in pool

play at Fitzgerald Tournament

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team won two of three pool play games in the Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Baseball Tournament in Frankston on Thursday, March 3 and Friday morning, March 4, according to results made available by coaches.

The Indians defeated T.K Gorman 14-4 and won over Eustace 9-2 on Thursday evening and lost to Cushing 10-4 on Friday morning.

On Saturday, March 5, Cross Seed Play will feature the No. 4 teams from Pool A and Pool B at 10 a.m. Then at 12:30 p.m. the two No. 3 teams in each pool will play. At 3 p.m., the two No. 2 teams from each pool will compete for third place in the tournament. The tournament will climax at 5:30 p.m. with the Championship game between the two No. 1 finishers in Pool A and Pool B.

In the Gorman pool play game, the Indians scored five runs in the first inning to none for Gorman. The Crusaders scored a run in the second but the Indians scored 3. Gorman scored another in the top of the third, but the Indians scored another 3. The Crusaders managed two runs in the top of the fourth, but the Indians answered with 3 more to give them the 14-4 win, in the abbreviated contest.

Robert Walker was the winning pitcher, allowing 3 hits, striking out 5 and walking one. He was relieved by Christian Hernandez who allowed three hits and struck out 2.

Walker and Trip Halmark led hitters with two each, both of whom had triples. Walker had four RBIs. Also getting three-baggers were Clayton Merritt and Ryan Harper. Walker London got a double. Matt Metzig and Jared Cook singled.

Later in the evening, the Indians defeated Eustace 9-2, largely thanks to the bat of Metzig who got three hits and drove in five runs. One of his hits was a double. Walker London contributed the other Indians hit along with two RBIs. Austin Carr walked twice and Walker, Conlan Lemay, Cook and Hallmark had one walk each.

Clayton Merritt was the winning pitcher, allowing only one hit, striking out four and walking seven.

On Friday morning, the Indians lost to Cushing 10-4. The Tribe could get only five hits against Bearkat pitching. They were behind 6-0 before they could get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Cushing answered with four runs in the top of the third, but the Indians could only score two more before the abbreviated game ended.

Harper led Indians hitters with two singles in three trips to the plate. He also batted in a run. Carr, London and Lemay each singled and London had an RBI.

London pitched three innings for the Tribe, allowing six hits, striking out four and walking four. Walker McCann pitched two innings, allowing four hits, striking out two and walking one. (For a complete schedule of play in the tournament, see  HERE .)

Score by innings:

                   1     2      3    4     R    H    E                     1    2      3      4    R    H    E

Gorman.     0    1      1    2     4      6    2     Eustace     1    0     1      0     2     1     3

Indians       5    3       3    3   14      9    1    Indians      3    3     3      0     9     4     

                   1    2     3    4     5     R    H    E

Cushing      0    3     3    4     0    10   10    0

Indians        0    0     2    2     0      4     5    0


March 3, 2022


Maidens win two of three games

in Fitzgerald tourney pool play

The Frankston Maidens Varsity softball team posted wins over T.K. Gorman and Douglass but lost to Grace Community in pool play at the Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Softball Tournament Thursday, March 3, according to results made available by coaches.

In their Thursday morning game against Gorman, they won in three innings 15-0 after the game was called according to the 10-run rule.

The Maidens scored two runs in the first, eight in the second and five in the third against the Lady Crusaders.

Julianne Gould was the winning pitcher in the one-hit shutout. She struck out four batters in her three innings on the mound,

The Maidens had 11 hits in 21 times at bat. Coralyn Happel and Jaycie Dillard each had 2 hits to lead the Maidens. Getting one hit each were Kaylee Davis, Zoey Walker, Kelsey Sexton, Gould, Lynsie Bizzell, Kaitlyn Matthews and Kaysiah Burnett. Brianna (Bri) Looney and Burnett were walked twice and Gould and Katelyn Cox once.

In early afternoon, the Maidens lost 7-3 to Grace Community of Tyler, a team they had defeated 9-5 in their season opener. The game went only four innings since pool games are timed, according to Maidens Coach Madison Crisp.

Jaycie Dillard was on the mound for the Maidens, striking out three and walking one. 

Looney and Abigail Fletcher each had two hits. Davis, Happel, Dillard, Addi Loebig and Burnett each had one hit.

Maidens fielders had two errors.

In the late afternoon, the Maidens won over Douglass 5-3 with Gould allowing seven hits and striking out 4 in earning the win.

Gould led the Maidens at the plate with three hits in three times at bat. Loebig had two hits, including a triple. Looney, Davis, Bizzell and Matthews each had singles. Bizzell and Loebig each had two runs batted in and Dillard had one.

The Maidens, now 4-4 for the season, will be awaiting their seeding for the Saturday, March 5 bracket play.

Score by innings:

                  1    2   3     R    H    E                     1     2   3    4    R    H    E

Gorman    0    0    0     0     1     1     Grace       1    2    1    3    7     11    0

Maidens   2    8     5   15   11     0    Maidens   1    0    1    1    3       9    2

                       1   2   3  4   5    6   R   H   E

Douglass        0   0   0   0  1    2    3    7    2

Maidens         3   0    0  0   2   x    5    9    2


March 3, 2022


Indians baseball team to compete

in Keno Fitzgerald Tournament

The Frankston Indians varsity baseball team has begun its 2022 schedule and is so far 3-1 in non-district play. They started the year ranked No. 25 in the state and No. 7 in Region III, according to Coach Wes King.

They continue competition Thursday, March 3 in the annual Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Tournament at the Frankston ball park and will be participating in pool play on Thursday and Friday climaxing on Saturday, March 5 with Cross Seed Play and the Championship game.

Four teams will be in Pool A. They are Frankston, T.K. Gorman, Cushing and Eustace. Pool B teams will be Quitman, Central, Mildred and Cumberland. Teams from each pool will be playing each other on Thursday and Friday to determine placing in Cross Seed Play on Saturday, March 5.

The Indians are scheduled to play Cushing at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Then on Friday, they go against T.K. Gorman at 5 p.m. and Eustace at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, March 5, Cross Seed Play will feature the No. 4 teams from Pool A and Pool B at 10 a.m. Then at 12:30 p.m. the two No. 3 teams in each pool will play. At 3 p.m., the two No. 2 teams from each pool will compete for third place in the tournament.

The tournament will climax at 5:30 p.m. with the Championship game between the two No. 1 finishers in Pool A and Pool B.

For a complete schedule of play in the tournament, see  HERE .

The Indians have compiled their record so far with wins over Cumberland Academy 15-1 at home. They competed in the Cumberland Tournament and lost in the first round to West Rusk 5-4 before winning over Arp 4-2 and Hughes Springs 10-6. The competition was suspended after pool play due to weather, according to Coach King. 


March 1, 2022










Frankston Indians — Region III Semifinalists

See Indians Baskeball Season Stories HERE

— Courtesy Photo


Feb. 28, 2022


Maidens softball team defeats

Union Hill 16-0 in 3 innings

The Frankston Maidens defeated Union Hill 16-0 Monday, Feb. 28 in a non-district softball game at the FHS softball field, according to information made available by Maiden coaches.

The game was called, under the 10 run rule, in the third inning after the Maidens scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second and 10 in the third inning.

The Maidens posted 13 hits while Jaycie Dillard pitched a no-hit shutout during the three innings. She struck out five Union Hill batters

Leading hitter for the Maidens was Kaylee Davis with 4, two singles and two doubles. Briana (Bri) Looney had two doubles. Zoey Walker had a single and a double. Juliana Gould had a single and a double. Jaycie Dillard had 2 singles. Kelsey Sexton slammed a triple.

The Maidens opened their season with a 9-5 win over Grace Community inTyler. They lost a doubleheader at home to Buffalo 13-6 and 11-8 and  then went to Lindale and fell 22-2. All were non-district games.

They are now 2-3 for the season so far.

The Maidens will be in the Keno Fitzgerald Memorial Softball Tournament on Thursday thru Saturday, March 3-5 in pool play with teams from Grace Community, T.K. Gorman and Douglass in Pool A and Eustace, Cayuga, LaPoynor and Arp in Pool B. 

Score by innings:

                      1     2      3         R    H   E

Union Hill    0      0       0        0      0    1

Maidens       4      2     10       16    13    0


Feb. 3, 2022


Area teams get 2022-2024 UIL

realignments in three sports

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has released the 2022-23 and 2023-24 Official District Alignment for volleyball, football and basketball on Thursday, Feb. 3, including Frankston, LaPoynor and Neches.

Alignment for Frankston includes volleyball, football and basketball in Class 2A. High school enrollment from 105 to 249 is the range assigned to Class 2A.

Basketball alignment for Class 2A LaPoynor is also included in the report.

Neches will be competing in Class 1A in volleyball and basketball. Enrollment range is 104.9 and below.

In football, Frankston will be in District 10-2A, Division 1 in Region 3. Remaining on the Indians football schedule in the district will be Beckville, Big Sandy, Gladewater Union Grove and Hawkins. Added to the district will be Harleton and Ore City.

In volleyball, the Maidens will be in District 21-2A, Region 3 and will continue to compete against Cayuga, Kerens and Cross Roads. Added to the district will be Alto.

In basketball, the Indians and Maidens and Flyers and Lady Flyers will be in District 19-2A, Region 3 and compete against the same teams as in the current alignment: Cayuga, Kerens, Cross Roads and Martins Mill.

Neches will be in District 25-1A, Region 4, in volleyball competing against Apple Springs, Kennard, and Leverett’s Chapel. In basketball, they will be in District 27-1A, Region 4, competing against Apple Springs, Groveton Centerville, Kennard, Laneville, Martinsville, Slocum and Wells.


Feb. 1, 2022


Maidens score 30 points in first

period in win over Kerens Feb. 1

The Frankston Maidens turned a 30-2 first quarter into a 42-2 halftime lead and then went on to defeat Kerens 68-22 in a District 19-2A basketball game at the FHS gym on Tuesday, Feb. 1, according to a report by Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

The win gave the Maidens a 21-9 season record and a 4-4 district mark.

Every Maidens player scored in the contest and Wila Davis and Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton accounted for 22 of the 30 points in that impressive first quarter. The Maidens put the lid on their win in the final quarter with a 17-4 performance.

Leading scorer for the Maidens was Wila Davis with 17 points, including a three-point goal and a 2 for 5 performance at the free throw line. Hatton followed with 12 points, including 2 for 2 free throws. Bandy Bizzell had 9, Pauline Passchier 8, Maggie Caveness 6, Kaylee Davis and Mya Mitchell 5 each and Brianna (Bri) Looney 4. Lynsie Bizzell had 2.

Score by Quarters:

Kerens        2      0    16      4 — 22

Maidens   30    12      9    17 — 68

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Feb. 1, 2022


Four Indians in double digits

in 77-26 victory over Kerens

Four Frankston Indians players scored in double figures as the Tribe dominated Kerens 77-26 and increased their record in District 19-2A to 4-2 on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the FHS gym, according to a report by Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians are now 21-6 overall for the season.

The Tribe led by only 12-8 in the first quarter, but their scoring surged in the second period as they sank 21 points to 10 for the Bobcats. The Tribe led 33-18 at halftime. In the second half the Indians had a good third quarter with an 18-6 advantage but they overwhelmed Kerens in the final period 26-2 to secure their big win.

The Indians hit eight three-point goals and went to the free throw line 19 times for 7 points. Their defense helped them score 23 two-point field goals.

Leading scorer for the Indians was Cael Bruno with 18 points, including two 3-pointers. Isaiah Allen was close behind with 15, also with two three-point goals. Caleb Ramsey also was close with 14 and was 2 for 5 at the free throw line. Kason Newport had 12 baskets, aided by two 3s. Kody Loebig had 8 and was 2 for 3 in free throws. Also with 8 was Jake Westbrook whose two 3-point field goals accounted for most of his points. Reese Hicks added a field goal for 2 points.

Score by Quarters:

Kerens       8    10      6      2 — 26

Indians    12    21    18    26 — 77


Jan. 28, 2022


Indians miss late chance win,

fall to Martins Mill by 45-42

The Frankston Indians had a chance to win over top-rated Martins Mill on the road Friday, Jan. 28, with less than a minute to go, before the Mustangs sank two free throws to save a 45-42 win, according to a report by Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians were behind by 11 points midway in the fourth quarter, but scored 10 unanswered points to shrink the Mustangs’ lead to a single point, 43-42 with less than a minute to go. Unfortunately for the Indians, they were unable to score the basket needed to win and were forced to foul as the seconds ticked away.

The comeback started when Cael Bruno scored a two-point basket, followed by a 2-pointer by Caleb Ramsey to narrow the score to 43-36. Then Kody Loebig unloaded for two straight three-point goals to put the Indians within one point of Martins Mill and set up that fateful opportunity in the last seconds.

The Indians had played tough defense and stayed within striking distance for much of the game. Martins Mill led by 5 in the first quarter 13-8, but the Indians came back to narrow the Mustangs’ lead to 23-19 at halftime. The third quarter was close as Martins Mill had a 12-11 edge but the Indians were still down by 35-30 going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Indians held Martins Mill to two 3-pointers and a couple of free throws before the Mustangs sank the two free throws which cinched the team’s win.

Cael Bruno led Indians scorers with 12 points. Caleb Ramsey and Kody Loebig each had 9. Isaiah Allen scored 7, Kason Newport 3 and Benton Allen had 2. Loebig had three 3-pointers,  and Isaiah Allen, Newport and Ramsey had one each. Isaiah Allen and Ramsey were both 2 for 2 at the free throw line.

Indians Coach Albritton said he is “super proud” of the Indians team.

“Our players played with a lot of heart,” the coach said. “They showed that they have the guts, intensity, and mental toughness to play with anyone in 2A.”

Coach Albritton said the team went through a bunch of adversity during the game, including an injury early in the game to being in foul trouble.

“The guys just continued to battle for 32 minutes,” the Indians coach said.  

The loss gives the Indians a 20-6 season record and a 3-2 district mark.

Score by Quarters:

Indians              8    11    11    12 — 42

Martins Mill   13    10    12    10 — 45


Jan. 28, 2022


Martins Mill girls shoot well

in win over Maidens Jan. 28

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs were accurate from the field and hit 13 of 14 at  the free throw line Friday, Jan. 28 on their home court while the Frankston Maidens varsity had a low-scoring night to fall 76-27 to the District 19-2A leader, according to a report from Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

Earlier in the day, the Maidens Junior Varsity took a 44-23 win over the Martins Mill JV. That boosted their record to 15-2 overall and 5-0 in district play.

The Maidens varsity could get only 5 points in the first quarter while Martins Mill was scoring 18 on seven 2-point field goals and were 4 for 4 at the free throw line. Thanks partly to two 3-pointers by Wila Davis, the Maidens picked up their scoring in the second quarter to sink 10 points to the Lady Mustangs’ 17, including five 2-pointers and another 4 for 4 in free throws.

The Martins Mill girls were still shooting well in the second half. In the third quarter, they scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers and another 4 for 4 free throw performance. The Maidens could score only 3 points. In the fourth quarter, the Maidens scored 9 points, including another 3-pointer by Wila Davis. However, the Lady Mustangs padded their score with 22 points, including five 3-pointers.

Scoring in the game for the Maidens were Wila Davis with 9, Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton with 6, Maggie Caveness with 5, Kaylee Davis and Mya Mitchell with 3 each and Brianna (Bri) Looney with 1.

Maidens JV defeats Martins Mill JV 

Scoring for the Maidens JV against their Martins Mill counterparts were Desi Hatton with 12, Trinity Coats and Kaysiah Burnett with 6 each, Zoey Walker and Kassie Nabors 4 each, Mariyah Hatton, Pauline Passchier and Addi Loebig 3 each, Kennedi Musselman 2 and Kaitlyn Deupree 1.


Jan. 25, 2022


Lady Flyers win over Maidens;

Frankston JV wins on Jan. 25

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers varsity improved their district record to 5-1 Tuesday, Jan. 25 with a 67-44 victory over the Frankston Maidens, now 3-3 in district play, according to reports from coaches for both teams.

In the junior varsity game, the Maidens JV won over the Lady Flyer JV 32-12, boosting their season record to 14-2 and the district mark to 4-0.

The Lady Flyers took an early 16-8 lead but the Maidens came back in the second quarter to outscore the LaPoynor girls 17-12 to narrow the Lady Flyer lead to 28-25. In the third quarter the Lady Flyers extended their lead to 44-33 with a 16-8 performance over the Maidens. Flyers scorers secured the win with a 23-11 fourth quarter. The Lady Flyers hit 92 percent of their free throws, sinking 23 of 25.

Three Flyers players scored in double figures in the game. Markayla Hurd led with 18 points, followed by Payton Maze’s 15 points and Kitty Eldridge’s 12. Natalie Tobin and Tmia Mitchell each had 9 and Bre Howard had 4. Hurd, Maze, Mitchell and Tobin each had three-point field goals. At the free throw line, Howard was 2 for 2, Eldridge 4 for 4, Hurd 5 for 5, Maze 6 of 8, Mitchell 2 for 2 and Tobin 4 of 4.

Two Maidens were in double figures. Wila Davis had 15 and Maggie Caveness 14. Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton had 9,  and Brianna (Bri) Looney, Kaylee Davis and Bandy Bizzell 2 each. Wila Davis had three 3-point goals. She was 2 for 2 at the free throw line. Hatton was 3 for 4 in free throws and Caveness was 2 for 4.

According to Lady Flyers Coach Jammie Maze, other statistics were:

For the Lady Flyers, Payton Maze had 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 deflections. Eldridge had 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 2 deflections. Tobin had 4 rebounds, an assist, a block, 2 steals and a deflection. Howard had 3 rebounds, an assist, 3 steals and 3 deflections. Thaw had 2 rebounds and a steal. Mitchell had 2 rebounds, a steal and a deflection. Hurd had a rebound, 6 assists, 5 steals and 2 deflections.

For the Maidens, Caveness had 15 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals. Hatton had 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and a deflection. Wila Davis had 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Looney had 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a deflection. Kaylee Davis had 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. Bizzell had 2 rebounds and an assist.

Maidens JV defeats Lady Flyers JV 32-12

Maidens JV Coach Suzanne Braly reported that her team started out slow but picked up the pace  and “played much better in the second half” in their victory.

The Frankston girls had a 6-2 lead in the first quarter and led 11-7 at halftime. In the third quarter they had an 8-1 edge and they scored in double figures in the final quarter 13-4 to secure the win.

Leading scorer for the Maidens JV was Kaysiah Burnett with 12 points, nine in the final quarter. Kaysie Nabors, Desi Hatton and Pauline Passchier had 4, Zoey Walker 3, and Aryonna Hatton and Trinity Coats 2 each. Mariyah Hatton had 1.

The Maidens go to Martins Mill on Friday, Jan. 28 with JV action starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by varsity actions by the Maidens and the Indians.

The Lady Flyers will be at Cayuga the same day with JV action scheduled at 4:30 followed by varsity games by the Lady Flyers and Flyers varsities following.

Scores by Quarters:

Maidens            8    17      8    11 — 44       Maidens JV          6   5   8   13 — 32

Lady Flyers    16    12    16    23 — 67       Lady Flyers JV    2   5   1     4 — 12


Jan. 21, 2022


Indians top Cross Roads 79-24

as defense, offense dominates

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team defense held Cross Roads to single digits in every quarter while the Indian offense was sinking 15 three-point field goals to spark a 79-24 victory Friday night, Jan. 21, according to a report by Indian Coach Scotty Albritton. 

The win boosted the Indians’ District 19-2A record to 3-0 and their season record to 20-4.

The Indians came on the court at Cross Roads and immediately scored a 26-6 lead in the first quarter. By halftime they had turned an 18-8 second quarter performance into a 44-11 halftime lead. Their second half was almost as impressive as they outscored Cross Roads 15-8 in the third and 20-5 in the fourth to amass their winning 55-point margin.

Three Indians scored in double figures but Kody Loebig recorded a season high 30 points, mostly on the strength of eight 3-pointers, six in the first half. Jake Westbrook scored 15 points, including three 3-point goals in the second half. Cael Bruno had 14 points, including a 3-point goal. Benton Allen helped with 8 points, three of which came on a three-point basket. Kason Newport’s 6 points came on two 3s. Caleb Ramsey score 4 and was 2 for 2 at the free throw line. Reese Hicks added 2 points for the Tribe.

Next up for the Indians will be at LaPoynor on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Junior varsity action starts at 4:30 and the schedule includes the Maidens’ varsity game. The Indians are scheduled to play at 7:15 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Indians          26    18    15    20 — 79

Cross Roads   6      5      8      5 — 24


Jan. 21, 2022


Maidens improve 19-2A record

with 64-41 win at Cross Roads

The Frankston Maidens outscored Cross Roads in every quarter Friday, Jan. 21 to take a District 19-2A victory 64-41 at Cross Roads, according to a report by Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

The win gave the Maidens a 3-2 record in district play and a 20-7 season mark.

Earlier in the evening the Maidens Junior Varsity continued their winning ways with a decisive 51-16 victory over their Cross Roads counterparts. The Maidens JV record is 13-2 overall and 3-0 in district competition.

Led by the scoring of Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton, the Maidens moved out to an 18-11 first quarter lead and then edged Cross Roads 17-15 in the second period to take a 35-26 lead into the locker room at halftime. In the second half, the Maidens’ pressure defense held their opponents to only 15 more points while scoring 29 themselves to register their winning margin.

Hatton shared the scoring lead in the game with Wila Davis, both with 15 points. Davis sank a three-point goal early in the game and was 2 for 2 at the charity stripe to help the Maiden cause. Two other Maidens, Kaylee Davis and Maggie Caveness shared second place with 11 points each. Kaylee was 3 for 4 and Maggie sank 5 of 10 free throws. Mya Mitchell and Bandy Bizzell each scored 5 and both were 1 for 2 in free throw tries. Brianna (Bri) Looney combined her defensive play with a 2-point field goal in the fourth quarter.

Maidens JV continues to win

Coach Suzanne Braly’s Maidens JV had a big night also. They continued their winning streak with a stingy defense in every quarter. Their scoring prowess started after the opening tip as they took a 13-2 lead into the second quarter. There they continued to excel with a 13-7 performance to lead 26-9 at halftime. Cross Roads did not score a point in the third quarter while the Maidens JV sank 11 points. From there the FHS girls JV put the final touch on their win with a 14-7 lead in the final period.

Multiple Frankston JV girls contributed points for the win, but Pauline Passchier scored 14 and Kaysiah Burnett had 10 to lead the pack. Three players scorer 6 points. They were Trinity Coats, Kaysie Nabors and Desi Hatton. Nabors was 2 for 3 at the free throw line. Aryonna Hatton had 5 and Mariyah Hatton and Kennedi Musselman each had 2 points. Many of the  team’s two-point goals were the results of their pressure defense.

The Frankston varsity and JV will be going to LaPoynor on Tuesday, Jan. 25 with the JV seeking a repeat win and the varsity hoping to even things up with a victory over a LaaPoynor team which had won their first round meeting. JV action is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity game at about 6 p.m., followed by the boys contest.

Scores by Quarters:

Maidens         18    17    13    16 — 64       Maidens JV    13    13    11    14 — 51

Cross Roads   11    15      6      9 — 41      Cross Roads     2      7      0      7 — 16


Jan. 19, 2022


Indians score convincing 65-25

victory over Kerens on Jan. 19

The Frankston Indians increased their District 19-2A record to 2-0 and their season mark to 19-4 Wednesday, Jan. 19 with a convincing 65-25 victory over the Kerens Bobcats on the road, according to Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The game had been scheduled for Friday, Jan. 14 but was postponed.

The Indians jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter and led 30-19 at halftime. In the second half they scored 35 points while the Tribe defense held Kerens to only 6 points. As a team, the Indians had seven three-point field goals.

Leading scorer was Cael Bruno with 16 points, including two three-point goals. Jake Westbrook, with three 3-pointers, and Caleb Ramsey, with one, both scored 14 points. Kody Loebig had 9 points, including a 3-pointer. Benton Allen and Kason Newport each scored 6 points. The Indians were 2 for 3 at the free throw line.

The Indians will be going to Cross Roads on Friday, Jan 21 for another 19-2A contest with junior varsity action scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Indians    15    15    20    15 — 65

Kerens      4    15      2      4 — 25


Jan. 19, 2022


Maidens dominate Kerens 61-20

in District 19-2A contest Jan. 19

The Frankston Maidens defense held the Kerens Lady Bobcats to single digits in every quarter and scored prolifically themselves as they came home with a 61-20 victory on Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to a report from Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

The game had been scheduled on Friday, Jan. 14 but was postponed.

The victory for the Maidens gave them a 2-2 District 19-2A record and made them 19-7 overall.

Maiden scorers found the range for their shots in the first quarter, outscoring the Lady Bobcats 20-8. They had an 11-4 advantage in the second period to lead 31-12 at the half. The Maidens continued their scoring in the second half with a 10-3 third and secured their big win with a 20-5 fourth quarter.

Three Maidens players scored in double figures in the game. Leading scorer was Ja’Shaylyn (Shay) Hatton with 15 points. Mya Mitchell had 14 and Maggie Caveness 11. Brianna (Bri) Looney scored 8, Brandy Bizzell 6, Kaylee Davis 3, Pauline Passchier 2 and Wila Davis and Mariyah Hatton had 1 each. Kaylee Davis and Caveness both hit 3 of 4 free throws.

The Maidens will be going to Cross Roads on Friday, Jan. 21 with action starting at 4:30 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Maidens    20    11    10    20 — 61

Kerens        8      4      3      5 — 20 


Jan. 18, 2022


Indians win over Cayuga 42-33

Jan. 18 for first district victory

The Frankston Indians are 1-0 in District 19-2A after winning over Cayuga  42-33 Tuesday, Jan. 18 at the FHS gym and are going to Kerens Wednesday, Jan. 19 for a makeup game from one postponed on Jan. 14, according to a report by Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indian defense continued to be tough in the contest, holding Cayuga to single digits in three of the four quarters. Offensively they outscored the Wildcats 16-8 in the first quarter and 11-7 in the second to lead 27-15 at halftime. Things were closer in the second half as the Indians scored 15 points to Cayuga’s 18, but their first half 12-point lead held up for a 9-point victory.

Leading scorer for the Indians was Jake Westbrook who sank four three-pointers for 12 points. Benton Allen had 9 and was 3 for 9 at the free throw line. Cael Bruno got 8 points, including two 3-pointers. Kody Loebig scored 6. Kason Newport had 4, including a 2 for 2 free throw performance. Reese Hicks had 2 and Caleb Ramsey 1 point.

The win gave the Indians an 18-4 season record to go with their 1-0 district mark.

On Wednesday, Jan. 19, the Indians were to journey to a second district game at Kerens at about 6:15 p.m., following the Maidens game. No junior varsity games were scheduled. On Friday, Jan. 21 the Indians will be at Cross Roads, resuming the regular schedule.

Score by Quarters:

Cayuga      8      7      7    11 — 33

Indians    16    11      8      7 — 42


Jan. 18, 2022


Maidens defeat Cayuga five

46-25, go to Kerens Jan. 19

The Frankston Maidens varsity Tuesday, Jan. 18 defeated the Cayuga Lady Wildcats 46-25 at the FHS gym as a prelude to a makeup game with the Kerens Lady Bobcats Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Kerens, according to a report from Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens’ defense held Cayuga to single digits in each quarter, forcing the Lady Wildcats to shoot from outside most of the evening. Meanwhile the offense was taking a 13-8 lead in the first quarter and a 28-13 halftime score. In the second half, the Maidens were held without a field goal in the third quarter but hit 5 of 6 from the free throw line while Cayuga was getting a couple of 2-point field goals and sinking 3 of 4 free throw tries. However, in the fourth quarter, the Maidens outscored Cayuga 13-5, thanks largely to three 2-point field goals and a three-point basket by Mila Davis, her second of the night.

(Maidens-Cayuga Video Clip HERE )

Mila Davis led Maidens’ scoring with 14 points, going 4 for 4 at the free throw line plus the two 3-pointers while making two 2-point shots. Maggie Caveness sank four inside and was 2 for 4 in free throws for 10 points. Brianna (Bri) Looney scored 8, going 4 for 6 at the charity stripe. Bandy Bizzell hit for 6, including a 4 for 4 performance on free throws. Lynsie Bizzell and Kaylee Davis each had 3 points and Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton had a single 2-point field goal.

The Maidens are now 1-2 in district play..

The Maidens will be at Kerens on Wednesday, Jan. 19 for a district game postponed from Jan. 14. They play at 5 p.m. followed by the Indians makeup game with Kerens at about 6:15. On Friday, Jan. 21 the regular schedule resumes at Cross Roads.

Score by Quarters:

Cayuga       8      5      7      5 — 25

Maidens   13    15      5    13 — 46]


Jan. 11, 2022


Indians defeat Carlisle 48-17

to close out non-district play

The Frankston Indians closed out non-district play Tuesday, Jan. 11 with a 48-17 win over Carlisle on the road at Price, according to Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The win increased the Indians season record to 17-2 and team members honored Coach Albritton on his 300th career win as a head coach.

The Indians defense held Carlisle to single digits in every quarter but the Frankston tribe got off to a slow start on offense, scoring only a 7-4 margin in the first quarter. The Indians picked up their scoring in the second period with a 12-5 advantage to lead at halftime 19-9.

In the second half the Indians outscored Carlisle with 29 points, 19-6 in the third quarter and 10-2 in the final period to secure the victory.

Scoring leader for the Frankston Indians was Isaiah Allen with 15 points, including a three-point goal. Jake Westbrook also scored in double figures with 10, also with a three-pointer. Kody Loebig had 6 and Reese Hicks, Benton Allen and Caleb Ramsey had 5 each. Cael Bruno scored 2. Benton Allen was 3 of 5 at the free throw line and Hicks, Ramsey and Westbrook were 1 for 2.

In an earlier game, the Frankston Junior Varsity won over the Carlisle JV 45-30.

Score by Quarters:

Indians      7    12    19    10 — 48

Carlisle     4      5      6      2 — 17


Jan. 11, 2022


Maidens varsity falls in 19-2A

game with Martins Mill Jan. 11

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs used 16 three-point goals for a total of 48 points to score a 76-40 victory over the Frankston Maidens Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the FHS gym, according to a report by Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

Meanwhile the Maidens played a strong defense in the first half to trail by only nine points at halftime. They trailed 21-12 in the first quarter, thanks largely to five three-point goals or 15 of the 21 points. The Maidens answered by sinking 5 of 6 free throws, almost half the points they got in the quarter. The two teams each got 14 points in the second period, Martins Mill with six of their points on three-pointers.

The Lady Mustangs came out of the dressing room after halftime and held the Maidens to single digits in the third and fourth periods while scoring 41 points themselves. They hit 9 three-point goals for 27 of those points. The Maidens had six 2-point field goals and were 2 for 4 at the free throw line in the second half.

Scoring for the Maidens were Ja’Shalyn Hatton with 11, Wila Davis 10, Bandy Bizzell 5, Kaylee Davis 4, Maggie Caveness and Mya Mitchell 3 each and Brianna (Bri) Looney and Lynsie Bizzell with 2 each. The Maidens scored 12 of their points at the free throw line. Wila Davis was 3 for 3, Kaylee Davis 2 for 2, Bandy Bizzell 3 for 4 and Hatton 2 for 4 at the charity stripe. Mitchell and Caveness each had one free throw.

Maidens JV 64, Martins Mill JV 17

The Maidens Junior Varsity dominated play over the Martins Mill JV 64-17, holding their counterparts to single digits in every quarter to boost their season record to 13-2 and their district mark to 2-0.

The Maidens JV led Martins Mill 22-4 at the end of the first quarter and 13-8 in the second to have a 35-12 lead at halftime. In the third quarter they outscored their counterparts by 13-1 and by 16-4 in the final period for their convincing win.

Coach Suzanne Braly said Trinity Coats led Maidens JV scorers with 12 points. Kaysiah Burnett had 11 and Kaysie Nabors 10. Mariyah Hatton scored 9, including a three-point goal. Desi Hatton had 8 and Pauline Passchier 7. Kennedi Musselman got a three-pointer and Zoey Walker and Aryonna Hatton each had 2.

See Maidens JV-Martins Mill JV video clip HERE

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Maidens varsity will host Cayuga at 6 p.m. followed by the Indians varsity game with Cayuga at 7:15 p.m. There will be no junior varsity games.

The Maidens varsity will go to Kerens  on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Games on Friday, Jan. 14 were postponed. No JV games will be played on the new date. The Maidens varsity game is set for 5 p.m. followed at about 6:15 by the Indians varsity contest.

Scores by Quarters:

Martins Mill    21   14   22   19 — 76      Martins Mill JV   4     8     1      4 — 17

Maidens           12   14     8     6 — 40      Maidens JV        22   13   13    16 —  64


Jan. 7, 2022


Indians fourth period comeback

tops formidable Mineola 39-35 

The Frankston Indians played strong defense and overcame a slow early start on offense to come back in the final quarter to defeat formidable Mineola 39-35 in a non-district varsity contest at the FHS gym Friday, Jan. 7, according to a report by Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

“We came back from 13 down in the first half,” Coach Albritton said.

The victory for the Tribe boosted their season record to 16-4 with one more non-district contest to go before entering District 19-2A play. Indians coach Albritton recorded his 299th career win as a head coach.

The Mineola team presented the Indians with a challenge early leading by 3 after a three pointer. The Tribe opponent was to score 11 more points, mostly 3-pointers, in the period and the Indians were held to 5. The second quarter was close but the Tribe sank 8 points and held Mineola to 6. At halftime Mineola led 20-13.

The third quarter proved equally tight as the Indians picked up a point by taking an 8-7 advantage, making the Mineola lead 27-21.

Frankston began hitting their shots more and continued their strong defense in the fourth quarter with a 18-8 advantage. Five Indian players, led by Cael Bruno’s 5, scored and contributions by Isaiah Allen, Caleb Ramsey. Jake Westbrook and Kody Loebig helped for enough points to secure the four-point victory.

Scoring for the Indians were Isaiah Allen with 11, Westbrook with 8, Ramsey with 6, Benton Allen and Bruno with 5 each and Loebig and Reese Hicks with 2 each. Westbrook had two 3s and Isaiah Allen and Bruno had one each. Ramsey was 2 for 2 at the free throw line. 

Score by Quarters:

Mineola     4      6      7      8 — 35

Indians     5      8      8     18 — 39


Jan. 7, 2022


Maidens fall to LaPoynor 49-35

in District 19-2A opener Jan. 7

The Frankston Maidens kept the LaPoynor Lady Flyers in single digits in the first two quarters in the District 19-2A opener trailing by just 16-13 at halftime, but the Lady Flyers came back strong in the second half to take a 49-35 victory on the Maidens home court Friday, Jan. 7, according to reports from both Coaches Christi Coker and Jammie Maze.

Neither team could sink their shots in the first half, thanks partly to defensive play. The Lady Flyers did manage a 5-0 lead early before the Maidens could get their offense going. By the end of the first quarter, the Maidens trailed by 9-4. They made it close in the second quarter with a 9-7 advantage. 

LaPoynor found the basket more in the third quarter, edging the Maidens 14-9 even though the Maidens had tied the score at 22 with 3:48 left in the third. However, LaPoynor was able to go into the fourth period with a 30-22 lead. 

The Lady Flyers secured their win by outscoring the Maidens 19-13 and increasing their lead in the final minutes of the game.

Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton led Maidens scorers with 12 and Wila Davis had 10, including a three-pointer. Hatton and Davis kept Maidens’ hopes alive by scoring most of the points in the final quarter. Brianna (Bri) Looney scored 5, including a 3-pointer. Maggie Caveness had 4 and Lynsie Bizzell and Bandy Bizzell each had 2 points.

      (Frankston-LaPoynor video clip HERE )

Maggie Caveness had 11 rebounds and a steal. Hatton had 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal and 3 deflections. Looney had 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 5 deflections.

Markayla Hurd led LaPoynor scorers with 17 points, including a 3-pointer and was 8 for 9 at the free throw line. Payton Maze had 11 points and was 5 of 7 in free throws. Kitty Eldridge had 7 points, Tmia Mitchell 6, Natalie Tobin and Riley Thaw with a 3-pointer each and Bre Howard with 2.

Hurd had 10 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a deflection. Tobin had 6 rebounds, an assist, a block, 3 steals and 3 deflections. Mitchell had rebound, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 7 steals and a deflection. Maze had. 5 rebounds, an assist, a block, 6 steals and a deflection. Eldridge had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Maidens JV 52, Lady Flyers JV 37

In junior varsity action earlier, the Maidens JV came back strong in the second half to secure a 52-37 victory over the Lady Flyer JV. They trailed 18-11 in the first quarter and 25-19 at the half but had a big second half, outscoring their LaPoynor counterparts 33-12 in the second half to gain a 15-point victory. The Maidens JV is now 12-2 for the season and 1-0 in district play, according to Coach Suzanne Braly.

Leading scoring for the Maidens JV were Kaysiah Burnett and Kassie Nabors with 16 points each. Trinity Coats had 8, Mariyah Hatton 6, and Zoey Walker, Desi Hatton and Pauline Passchier with 2 each. Mariyah Hatton was 2 for 3, Nabors 2 for 5 and Burnett 2 for 6 at the free throw line.

Scores by Quarters:

LaPoynor      9      7    14    19 — 49       LaPoynor JV    18      7      9      3 — 37

Frankston     4      9      9    13 — 35       Frankston JV   11      8    16    17 — 52


Jan. 5, 2022


Maidens Junior Varsity enjoys 11-2 

winning record in pre-district action

The Frankston Maidens Junior Varsity basketball team, playing in the shadow of a successful varsity team, have compiled a successful year of their own as they enter into the District 19-2A competition.

“These girls have come a long way and are playing very good defense, which has translated into lots of layups,” Coach Suzanne Braly said of her team.

Coach Braly points out that the Maidens JV  is now 11-2 in pre-district play and has outscored their opponents 512-267, “the majority of that off of turnovers caused by pressure defense”.

The coach listed her players: Mariyah Hatton (3), Zoey Walker (10), Aryanna Hatton (11), Trinity Coats (12), Kaysiah Burnett (13), Kassie Nabors (20), Addi Loebig (21), Ondreia Renfro (22), Desi Hatton (23), Kaitlyn Deupree (25), Kennedi Musselman (30) and Pauline Passchier (40).

According to a summary by the coach, the only losses this team has had in pre-district play were early in the season at the Malakoff Tournament when they  finished in fifth place after falling to Malakoff 37-17 and to Mineola by the narrow margin of 28-26 after winning the first round game against Covington 47-11.

After winning over Cushing 49-3 on Nov. 1 and defeating Covington in the tournament on Nov. 18, from Nov. 22 on, the JV Maidens have defeated every team they played. They defeated Jacksonville 25-22, Elkhart 62-21 and Troup 41-9, before finishing in first place in the LaPoynor JV Tournament Dec. 2-4. There they won over West Rusk 60-9, Bullard 41-29,  and Troup 35-16.

Then on Dec. 7, they defeated Rusk 29-22, followed on Dec. 17 by a 38-29 victory over Whitehouse and finally on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, they won over Slocum 42-31.

Now, on Friday, Jan. 7, they will play the LaPoynor Junior Varsity followed on Jan. 11 by Martins Mill, both on the FHS court at 4:30 p.m., trying to extend their success into the tough District 19-2A schedule and they’ll be cheering on their successful sister Maidens varsity in the games to follow theirs on those dates.


Jan. 4, 2022


Indians continue hitting baskets

defeating Overton 80-31 Jan. 4

The Frankston Indians increased their season record to 15-4 with a convincing 80-31 victory over the Overton Mustangs in a non-district basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 4 at the FHS gym, according to a report by Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians had another good night offensively while continuing to mount a strong defense. For another game, the Indians connected on 12 three-point goals. Defensively, they held the Mustangs to single digits in three of the four quarters.

The Tribe came out on the court in the first quarter and outscored Overton 24-7 and followed with a 17-7 second quarter showing, to lead 41-14 at halftime. In the second half, the Indians continued to score prolifically with a 15-10 third quarter and capped the victory with another 24-7 performance in the final period.

Four Indians scored in double figures in the game. Cael Bruno led with 16 points including a 3-pointer and a 1 for 1 visit at the free throw line. Two others, Kason Newport and Kody Loebig each had 14 points, each with four 3-pointers. Benton Allen had 13 points with five 2-point field goals and 3 free throws in 4 trips to the line. Caleb Ramsey scored 9 points, including a three-pointer and Isaiah Allen and Jake Westbrook each had 7, both including a three-point goal.

Score by Quarters:

Overton       7      7    10      7 — 31

Indians      24    17    15    24 — 80



Dec. 31,  2021


Indians play tough offense, defense

downing Slocum 61-25 on Dec. 31

The Frankston Indians “played a complete game” Friday, Dec. 31 as they dominated Slocum 61-25 before a home crowd at the FHS gym, according to a report by Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians put both sides of the game together as they netted 18 points in the first quarter while holding Slocum scoreless. After a 13-7 second quarter, they led their non-district opponents 31-7 at the half. The Indian offense and defense were equally impressive in the third quarter as they scored 15 and held Slocum to 5, going into the final period with a 46-12 lead. Slocum picked up their scoring in the final period but Frankston continued to sink their shots for a 15-13 edge, putting the lid on their victory.

Coach Albritton had glowing words for his team after the contest.

“We played a complete game today,” the Tribe coach said. “The defense was outstanding and we shot the ball well.” 

He noted that the Indians made 12 three-point goals.

“The guys played with a ton of energy on both ends of the floor for all four quarters,” Coach Albritton said.

Three Indians players scored in double figures, sinking a total of 9 three-point goals, which made up most of their points. Caleb Ramsey led with 12 points on four 3-pointers. Jake Westbrook had 11, including three 3-pointers. Cael Bruno had 10 points, including two from outside for 3 points each. Adding to the scoring were Kason Newport and Isaiah Allen, each with 8, Newport with two 3-pointers and Allen with one. Kody Loebig had 7 points and Benton Allen 5.

The Indians,  now 14-4 so far, have three more non-district games before they begin the first round of District 19-2A competition.

They start the new calendar year on Tuesday, Jan. 4 hosting Overton with junior varsity action starting at 5 p.m. Then on Friday, Jan. 7 they play another home slate against Mineola, JV play starting at 7:15 p.m. They close out non-district on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Price against Carlisle. JV game starts at 5 p.m.

The Indians open district play at Kerens on Friday, Jan. 14.

Score by Quarters:

Slocum      0      7      5    13 — 25

Indians    18    13    15    15 — 61


Dec. 31,  2021


Maidens celebrate New Year’s Eve

with 47-28 victory over Slocum five

The Frankston Maidens closed out their non-district basketball schedule on New Year’s Eve, 2021 with a 47-28 victory over Slocum at the FHS gym, according to a report from Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens went into the game after an impressive first place finish at the Glen Evans Classic at Troup, winning all four games on the schedule.

The win Friday, Dec. 31 boosted the Maidens record going into District 19-2A play to 14-4.

The Maidens held Slocum to single digits in all but one quarter. They jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter and 28-12 at halftime. Frankston tied Slocum 9-9 in the third quarter to maintain their lead 37-21 but then outscored their opponents 10-7 to increase their winning margin.

Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton led Maidens scorers with 12 points with five 2-point field goals and a 2 for 3 performance at the free throw line. Bandy Bizzell had 10 points, all 2-pointers. Wila Davis had only one field goal but was 5 for 5 at the charity stripe for 7 points. Brianna (Bri) Looney had 6 points, all 2-point field goals. Kaylee Davis had 5, including a free throw and Maggie Caveness was 3 for 4 at the free throw line for 3 points. Mya Mitchell and Kelsey Sexton had 2 each on single field goals.

The Maidens will begin District 19-2A competition Friday, Jan. 7 against the always competitive LaPoynor Lady Flyers at the FHS gym. Junior varsity action starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by the varsity contest.

Score by Quarters:

Slocum         2    10    9      7 — 28

Maidens    15    13    9    10 — 47 


Dec. 28-29,  2021


Maidens win first place in Troup

Glen Evans Classic on Dec. 28-29

The Frankston Maidens won first place in the Glen Evans Classic at Troup on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 28-29 by sweeping all four opponents, the final one being Winona 58-13 Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 29, according to a report from Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

In the earlier games, the Maidens defeated Troup 44-25 and then won over Laneville 75-8 in action on Tuesday, Dec. 28. Then on Wednesday, Dec 29, they defeated Kennard 77-11 before the final win over Winona to earn first place.

Not only that but individual Maidens were honored as superlatives in the basketball event.

Wila Davis (30) earned the Most Valuable Player award. Brianna (Bri) Looney (00) was selected the Most Valuable player on defense. Two other Maidens were named All-Tournament. They are Maggie Caveness (12) and Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton.

In the game Wednesday afternoon against Winona, the Maidens outscored Winona 23-10 in the first quarter and led 45-11 at halftime.

Leading scorer for the Maidens against Winona was Wila Davis with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Bandy Bizzell had 13 and was 3 for 5 at the free throw line. Looney scored 12, including 2 free throws in two trips to the line. Hatton and Kaylee Davis each scored 5 including a free throw each. Caveness was perfect at the free throw line scoring 4. Mya Mitchell scored 2.

Against Kennard, the Maidens dominated throughout the game, their defense holding the Kennard girls to only six points in the first half and five in the second. Meanwhile they were scoring 39 points in the first half and 38 in the second.

Leading scorer for the Maidens was Bandy Bizzell with 15 points, seven two-point goals and a free throw.  Looney scored 12 points and went 2 for 2 at the free throw line. Pauline Passchier had 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Caveness and Hatton each had 9 and both went 3 for 6 at the charity stripe. Lynsie Bizzell and Kaylee Davis had 8 each, Mitchell 4 and Wila Davis scored 2.

In the Laneville game Tuesday afternoon, the Maidens dominated play throughout, with every Maidens player scoring points. They won the first quarter 18-1 and the second 23-4 to lead 41-5 at halftime. They padded their lead in the third quarter with a 14-3 advantage and held Laneville scoreless in the final period while scoring 20 points to post their big win. 

Four Maidens scored in double figures during the game. Hatton led with 14 points, followed by 11 for Wila Davis. Caveness and Passchier each had 10. Bandy Bizzell and Kelsey Sexton scored 8 each. Looney, Lynsie Bizzell and Kaylee Davis each had 4 and Mitchell 2. Sexton had a three-pointer and a free throw and Wila Davis had five two-point field goals and a free throw.

In the Troup game, the Maidens held the Lady Tigers to single digits in every quarter. They led 5-2 in the first quarter and were ahead 22-10 at the half. In the third quarter, they outscored Troup 14-8 and finished with an 8-7 edge in the final period.

Scoring for the Maidens were Wila Davis with 12, Looney with 8,  Hatton with 7 and Sexton 6. Mitchell had 4, Caveness 3 and Kaylee Davis and Passchier with 2 each. Wila Davis was 4 for 6 and Mitchell was 2 for 5 at the free throw line.

(See Team Picture HERE )


Dec. 28-29,  2021


Indians win second place in Troup

Glen Evans Classic on Dec. 28-29

The Frankston Indians finished in second place in the boys’ division of the Glen Evans Classic at Troup on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 28-29, winning over Winona 45-30 Wednesday afternoon, according to a report by Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

Troup took first in their own Classic and dominated the superlatives.

Two Indians made the All-Tournament team: Isaiah Allen and Cael Bruno.

The Indians placed second after a 3-1 performance in the four-team competition.

After falling to Troup in the Classic opener, 35-11, the Indians got things together and came back to defeat Laneville 53-34 later in the day. Then on Wednesday, they defeated Kennard 68-36 early in the day and capped the day with a 45-30 victory over Winona.

In the Winona game, the Indians took an 8-1 advantage in the first quarter and matched Winona with 13 in the second period to lead 21-14 at halftime. They outscored the Wildcats 11-4 in the third quarter to go into the final period ahead 32-18. In the fourth period, Winona tried a comeback but the Indians held on at 13-14 to secure the win.

Leading scorer for the Indians was Isaiah Allen with 16. Cael Bruno scored 12 points. Caleb Ramsey had 6 and Kody Loebig 5. Reese Hicks and Benton Allen each had 3. Isaiah Allen had two 3-pointers and Ramsey and Loebig one each.

Against Kennard, the Indians jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter 20-5. Even though Kennard picked up their scoring in the second quarter, the Indians held on for a 19-15 advantage and a 39-20 halftime lead. In the second half, the Indians’ scoring continued and they increased their lead going into the final quarter to 54-28. With a 14-8 edge in the final quarter, the Tribe secured their win.

Jake Westbrook led scorers with 20 points, including two 3-pointers. Ramsey also was in double figures with 11, including a three-point goal. Benton Allen had 9. Loebig and Bruno each had 8, Loebig with two three-pointers and Bruno one. Josh Fridinger had 5 points and Kason Newport 3. Hicks and Isaiah Allen had 2 each.

Against Kennard, the Indians dominated the first half, outscoring Kennard 17-5 and 15-7 in the first two quarters for a 32-12 lead at the half. Although Kennard had a 22-21 advantage in the second half, it was not nearly enough to overcome the Indians’ first half performance.

Bruno and Loebig led Indians’ scoring with 13 points each. Loebig had three 3-pointers and Bruno one. Ramsey used one 3-pointer and 2 for 5 free throws to helped him score 7. Westbrook had 6 and Isaiah Allen 5, including a 3-pointer. Benton Allen had two free throws which contributed to his 4. Newport had a single three-point goal and Hicks had two points from a single field goal. 

Against Troup, the Indians had problems hitting their shots. They scored no more than three points in each quarter, trailing 19-5 at halftime. Despite the fact that the Indian defense held Troup to only 16 points in the second half, the Tribe could score only 6 to hand the Tigers a 24-point win.

Isaiah Allen’s three-pointer early in the game gave him the scoring lead with 3. Benton Allen and Westbrook each had a single field goal for 2 points each. Newport hit two free throws for 2 and Ramsey and Bruno each hit a free throw.


Dec. 27,  2021


Maidens, Indians to compete

on Dec. 28-29 in Troup Classic

The Frankston Indians and Maidens will be playing in the Glen Evans Classic at Troup on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 28-29.

Other than Frankston, boys and girls basketball teams from Troup, Kennard, Laneville and Winona will be competing on the two days during the holidays.

On Tuesday, the Maidens will play Troup at 10:45 a.m. followed by a game between the Indians and Troup at 12 noon. Frankston will be designated as home teams. Later that day, the Maidens will play Laneville at 3:45 p.m. followed by the Indians vs. Laneville at 5 p.m. Frankston will be designated as visiting teams.

Then on Wednesday, the Maidens will play Kennard at 8:15 a.m. followed by a game between the Indians and Kennard at 9:30 a.m. Both Frankston teams will be designated as home teams. At 1:15 p.m., the Maidens will play Winona and the Indians will follow against Winona at 2:30 p.m. Both Frankston teams will be designated as visitors.

According to Classic officials, team plaques will be awarded for first, second and third places. Six players will be honored as “all tournament”, one as “Top Defender” and another as Most Valuable Player.

Tie-breakers are to be decided first by head-to-head competition. If a second tie-breaker is needed, it will be decided by the point differential of those teams involved in the tie-breaker. In a three-way tie, first place will be awarded to the point differential winner, and second and third by head-to-head competition. Point differential equals a maximum of 20 points.


Dec. 17,  2021


Indians put together strong defense,

offense to down New Summerfield 

The Frankston Indians are going into the Christmas break with a 10-3 non-district record after a victory 56-31 over New Summerfield Friday, Dec. 17, according to Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

Frankston is coming off a third place finish in their own Frankston Invitational Tournament on Dec. 9-11.

The Indians held their opponents to single digits in three of the four quarters, outscoring New Summerfield in all four periods. The Indians started strong 15-6 in the first quarter and led 25-13 at the half. They edged their opponents 12-10 in the third quarter and then surged to a 19-8 advantage in the final quarter to secure their win.

Leading scorer was Jake Westbrook, back after recovering from an injury. He scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Also in double figures were Kody Loebig with 13 points, including a three-pointer and a 2 for 2 performance at the free throw line, and Caleb Ramsey with 11, including a three-pointer and 2 for 4 in free throws. Josh Fridinger had 7 points on two 3-pointers and a free throw. Benton Allen scored 6 points, including two free throws in six trips to the line. Reese Hicks scored 1 for 4 at the charity stripe.

The Indians will be in the Troup Tournament on Dec. 28-29 seeking to enhance their showing in non-district play.

Score by Quarters:

N. Summerfield   6      7    10      8 — 31

Indians               15    10    12    19 — 56


Dec. 17,  2021


Maidens fall to Whitehouse

in non-district test Dec. 17

The Frankston Maidens fell to Whitehouse 43-30 in a non-district basketball game Friday, Dec. 17 on the road after a third place finish in their own Frankston Invitational Tournament Dec. 9-11, according to a report from Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens and Whitehouse both played it close in the first quarter with the Maidens owning a 4-3 advantage, but Whitehouse came back in the second quarter to outscore the Maidens 16-8 and take a 20-11 lead into the dressing room at halftime. Unfortunately for the Maidens, they were unable to bounce back in the third quarter, as Whitehouse again outscored the Frankston girls 12-6 to boost their lead to 31-18 going into the final period. The Maidens tried a comeback in the fourth quarter but Whitehouse matched their scoring 12-12 to preserve their 13-point victory.

Scoring for the Maidens were Maggie Caveness with 8, Brianna (Bri) Looney and Wila Davis with 5 each and Bandy Bizzell, Kelsey Sexton and Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton with 4 each. Wila Davis was held to a single field goal, a three-pointer, and was 2 for 4 at the free throw line. Hatton sank 4 of 5 free throws in the first quarter. Caveness had three field goals and was 2 for 2 in free throw attempts. Looney was 3 for 4 at the charity stripe and had a single field goal.

On Dec. 28-29, the Maidens will be in the Troup Tournament.

Score by Quarters:

Maidens          4     8      6    12 — 30

Whitehouse   3    16    12    12 — 43


Dec. 11,  2021


Frankston Tournament Girls Division  2021

Frankston Tournament Boys Division  — 2021


Maidens, Indians win third place

in Frankston Tournament Dec. 11

The Frankston Maidens and Frankston Indians won third place in their own Frankston Invitational Basketball Tournament Saturday, Dec. 11 defeating Neches  35-31 and Grapeland 49-43, respectively, in an exciting climax for the two teams in a very competitive three days of play, according to reports from Maidens Coach Christi Coker and Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Maidens looked ready to play as the game began around noon on Saturday. 

The Frankston girls jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first quarter as their shots fell and their defense created opportunities. Neches came back with a 9-7 advantage in the second quarter, still in the face of a hustling Maiden defense. At halftime, the Maidens had a 19-9 lead. The second half was a battle as Neches first had a 7-6 performance but the two teams were 10-10 in the final quarter and with free throw accuracy by Maggie Caveness, Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton and  Wila and Kaylee Davis, at 4 for 4, 3 for 4 and 2 for 2, respectively, telling the tale. Kaylee and Wila got the last free throws which iced the win

Leading the Maiden scoring was Hatton with 10 points, strategically positioned at key times during the contest. Wila Davis had 7, including a 3-pointer, and Kelsey Sexton and Caveness with 6 each. Brianna (Bri) Looney, Kaylee Davis and Bandy Bizzell had 2 each. Hatton also had a key three-point goal.

For the Indians against Grapeland, the Tribe started things with a lead in the first quarter 8-5 and then were 16-14 in the second period to lead 24-19 at the half. They continued their scoring leadership with a 13-7 performance in the third quarter to enter the fourth with a 37-26 lead, all the time played tight defense. Grapeland outscored the Indians in the fourth period 17-12 but the earlier Tribe lead held up, thanks to some timely field goals by Kody Loebig and some key free throws by Benton Allen who hit 3 of 8 and Caleb Ramsey with 7 of 9.

Video clip of Indians-Grapeland action HERE

Coach Scotty Albritton praised his players for their effort.

“Our guys fought through a ton of adversity during the tournament,” he said.  “We were already playing without Cael Bruno, and then had to play this tournament without Jake Westbrook also.

“We had several guys step up and contribute in a big way this weekend,” the coach said.

Leading scorer for the Indians was Ramsey with 15 points followed by Benton Allen with 11. Isaiah Allen contributed a couple of three-pointers and 2 of 2 at the free throw line for 8 points. Kason Newport had two 3-pointers and 8 points. Loebig got 4 points and Josh Fridinger hit an early three-pointer. See photos of Indians and Maidens HERE

Score by Quarters:

Neches         5      9      7    10 — 31     Grapeland   5    14       7    17 — 43

Maidens    12      7      6    10 — 35     Indians         8    16     13    12 — 49


Dec. 10, 2021


Maidens, Indians fall to Mabank,

Tyler Heat in tourney semifinals

The Frankston Maidens and Indians advanced to the semifinals of the Frankston Invitational Tournament Friday, Dec. 10 and the Maidens fell to Mabank 50-41 and the Indians lost to Tyler Heat 38-28, according to reports by Maidens Coach Christi Coker and Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

Both teams will be in third place games on Saturday, Dec. 11. The Maidens will face Neches at 12 noon and the Indians will go against Grapeland at 1:30 p.m.

The Maidens took an early lead over the Mabank team, outscoring them in the first quarter 14-10 and in the second quarter 9-6 for a 23-16 halftime lead. However, Mabank came out of the halftime dressing room with a surge, scoring 25 points to only 6 for the Maidens, leading 41-29 at the end of the third quarter. The Maidens tried a comeback in the fourth quarter 12-9 and had a chance to move ahead but it was not enough. Mabank held on for a 9-point win.

None of the Maiden players could score in double figures or connect on three pointers while Mabank had three players in double figures and became prolific in making their shots and mounting a strong defense.

Scoring for the Maidens were Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton with 8, Wila Davis and Maggie Caveness with 7 each, Brianna (Bri) Looney with 6, Bandy Bizzell and Kelsey Sexton with 4 each, Kaylee Davis with 3 and Lynsie Bizzell with 2. Hatton was 4 for 8 and Looney 2 for 2 at the free throw line.

The Indians had trouble scoring against the Tyler Heat defense although they played tough defense themselves. The Heat outscored the Indians 8-4 in the first quarter and 14-4 in the second to lead 22-8 at the half. The Tribe tried a comeback in the third quarter outscoring the Heat 10-5 and trailing by only a point 10-11 in the fourth, but it was not enough to overcome the Heat advantage in the first half.

Leading Indians scoring was Caleb Ramsey with 11. Kason Newport and Kody Loebig each had 6. Isaiah Allen had 3 and Benton Allen 2. Ramsey was 2 of 7 at the free throw line and had a three-pointer, as did Isaiah Allen and Loebig. Newport had two 3-pointers.

Score by Quarters:

Mabank    10      6    25      9 — 50     Tyler Heat      8    14      5    11 — 38

Maidens   14      9      6    12 — 41      Indians           4     4     10   10 — 28


Dec. 10, 2021


Maidens, Indians win Friday, Dec. 10

pool games, in semifinals Friday night

The Frankston Maidens and Indians were victorious in the pool games played on Friday, Dec. 10 and both earned places in the tournament semifinals in games to be played later in the evening, according to reports by Maiden Coach Christi Coker and Indians Coach Scotty Albritton. 

 The Maidens won over Arp 40-24 in a game at around noon on Friday and the Indians defeated Ore City in close battle 41-33 early in the afternoon.

In other pool play on Friday, for the girls, Neches defeated Grace Community 44-25, Lufkin Pineywoods won over Tyler Heat 47-40 and Mabank defeated Malakoff 48-46. For the boys, Bullard defeated Troup 60-39, Tyler Heat won over Gladewater 50-38 and Grapeland defeated Elkhart 68-42.

Neches, Mabank, Malakoff and Frankston were top seeds in the girls’ brackets and Tyler Heat, Grapeland, Bullard and Frankston in the boys’ brackets, 

In the Maidens game against Arp, the Frankston girls outscored the Lady Tigers in every quarter but the second when they were edged by a single point. Largely because of a lot of missed shots the scoring was limited but both teams played a tight defense. The Maidens led by only 15-10 at the half but they picked up the pace in the second half, going ahead 30-16 after the third quarter and outscoring the Lady Tigers 10-8 in the final quarter to secure the win.

Scoring for the Maidens were Wila Davis and Maggie Caveness with 7 each, Kelsey Sexton with 6, Brianna (Bri) Looney, Bandy Bizzell and Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton with 5 each, Kaylee Davis with 4,  and Lynsie Bizzell with 1. Wila Davis had a three-pointer and was 4 for 4 at the free throw line. Caveness was 7 of 10 at the charity stripe.

The Indians against Ore City had a slow start scoring trailing Ore City by a point 9-10 in the first quarter. However they picked up the pace in the second and third quarters, leading 22-21 at the half and going ahead 37-31 at the end of the third quarter. They outscored Ore City 4-2 in the final period, partly due to a more deliberate style of play designed to keep the ball out of the hands of the sometimes explosive Ore City scorers.

Leading scorer for the Indians was Kason Newport with 14 points, thanks largely to three 3-pointers. Josh Fridinger had 8 points, including two threes.  Caleb Ramsey had 7, including a three-pointer, Benton Allen had 5 and Isaiah Allen 4 and Kody Loebig had one three for 3 points. Fridinger was 2 for 2 and Isaiah Allen 2 for 5 at the free throw line. 

On Saturday, at the high school gym, the Maidens will play for third place against Neches at 12 noon and the Indians will play against Grapeland for third place at 1:30 p.m. The Girls Championship game between Malakoff and Mabank will be at 3 p.m. and the Boys Championship game between Tyler Heat and Bullard at 4:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, at the Ousley Middle School gym, Game #5 for the girls will be between Tyler Grace and the loser of the Arp-Pineywoods game at 12 noon and Boys Game #5  will be Gladewater and Elkhart game.at 1:30 p.m. The Girls Consolation game between Tyler Heat and the Arp-Lufkin Pineywoods winner will be at 3 p.m. and the Boys Consolation game will be between Ore City and Troup at 4:30 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Arp           2.     8      6      8 — 24     Ore City 10    11    10      2 — 33

Maidens   8      7    15    10 — 40     Indians     9    13    15      4 — 41

(See articles on Thursday’s  tournament results by Frankston teams HERE )


Dec. 9, 2021


Full day of basketball Dec. 9

at Frankston HS Tournament 

The first day of the Frankston Invitational basketball tournament got underway Thursday, Dec. 9 with a whole host of pool play games with outcomes which will determine seeding for bracket play which begins Friday, Dec. 10.

In the first game of the day at the FHS gym at 9 a.m. the Malakoff girls defeated Tyler Heat 57-23 and at 10:30 the Mabank Girls won over Lufkin Pineywoods 55-28. At 12 noon, the Frankston Maidens won over Tyler Grace Community 57-27.

At 1:30 p.m. in boys competition, the Frankston Indians defeated Elkhart 62-21 followed at 3 p.m. by the Grapeland boys downing Ore City 83-36. At 4:30 p.m. Bullard defeated Gladewater boys 88-36. Then at a game scheduled at 6 p.m. Neches won over the Frankston Maidens 52-30. In the nightcap the Grapeland boys won a close one over the Frankston Indians 55-46.

Full game stories on games played by the Frankston Indians and Maidens will follow later.

In games played at the Ousley Middle School Gym, Neches girls defeated Arp 43-6 followed by a boys game in which Ore City won over Elkhart. 50-49. At 12 noon Tyler Heat boys won over Bullard 52-49 and then at 1:30 p.m. Troup boys defeated Gladewater 65-33. At a 3 p.m. game, the Grace Community girls won over Arp 37-27 and at 4:30 p.m. the Malakoff girls defeated Lufkin Pineywoods 50-24. At 6 p.m., the Tyler Heat boys won over Troup 53-37 and in the nightcap, Mabank girls defeated Tyler Heat 54-20.

On Friday morning and early afternoon the pool schedule is as follows for the high school gym:

9 a.m. — Troup vs. Bullard (Boys)

10:30 a.m. — Tyler Heat vs. Gladewater (Boys)

12 noon — Arp vs. Frankston (Girls)

1:30 p.m. — Frankston vs. Ore City (Boys)

On Friday morning and early afternoon the pool schedule is as follows for the Ousley middle school gym:

9 a.m. — Grapeland vs. Elkhart (Boys)

10:30 a.m. — Neches vs. Grace (Girls)

12 noon — Lufkin Pineywoods vs. Tyler Heat (Girls)

1:30 p.m. — Mabank vs. Malakoff (Girls)

On Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday the bracket game schedule is as follows for the high school gym:

3:30 p.m. — Girls Bracket Game #1 or #2

5 p.m. — Boys Bracket Game #1 or #2

6:30 p.m. — Girls Bracket Game #3 or #4

8 p.m. — Boys Bracket Game #3 or #4

On Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday the bracket game schedule is as follows for the Ousley middle school gym:

3:30 p.m. — Boys Bracket Game #1 or #2

5 p.m. —  Girls Bracket Game #1 or #2

6:30 p.m. — Boys Bracket Game #3 or #4

8 p.m. — Girls Bracket Game #3 or #4

On Saturday, at the high school gym, Girls #7 will play for third place at 12 noon and Boys #7 will play for third place at 1:30 p.m. The Girls Championship game will be at 3 p.m. and the Boys Championship game at 4:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, at the Ousley Middle School gym, Game #5 for the girls will be at 12 noon and Boys Game #5 at 1:30 p.m. The Game #6 Girls Consolation will be at 3 p.m. and the Game #6 Boys Consolation will be at 4:30 p.m.


Dec. 7, 2021


Maidens defeat Rusk five 49-35,

preparing for Frankston Tourney

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team increased their season record to 9-2 with a 49-35 victory over the Rusk Lady Eagles Tuesday, Dec. 7 on the road, according to a report by Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens started slow, leading Rusk by only 8-7 in the first quarter but they picked up their scoring pace in the second period outscoring the Lady Eagles 15-9 to lead 23-16 at the half. In the third quarter, the Maidens outscored Rusk 11-8 and secured their win with a 15-11 performance in the final period.

Maggie Caveness led Maiden scoring with 14 points and was leading rebounder pulling down 14 rebounds. Brianna (Bri) Looney and Wila Davis each had 6 points. Kaylee Davis had 5. Scoring 2 points each were Pauline Passchier, Bandy Bizzell, Kelsey Sexton and Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton.

The Maidens will play in their own Frankston Tournament Thursday thru Saturday, Dec. 9-11 with pool play against Tyler Grace Community, Neches and Arp.

Score by Quarters:

Frankston   8    15    11    15 — 49

Rusk           7       9      8    11 — 35


Dec. 7, 2021


Frankston basketball tournament

Dec. 9-11 to bring big crowd here

Boys and girls basketball teams from around the East Texas area will be competing on Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 9-11 in the Frankston Invitational Tournament, sponsored by Tatum Insurance of Frankston.

A large crowd of athletes, coaches, students, parents and other fans are expected to converge on Frankston during the three days.

The tournament will be conducted with Pool Play and girls teams from Frankston, Arp, Tyler Grace and Neches will be in Pool A while teams from Lufkin Pineywoods, Mabank, Malakoff and Tyler Heat will be in Pool B.

Boys teams from Frankston, Elkhart, Grapeland and Ore City are in Pool A and Bullard, Gladewater, Troup and Tyler Heat in Pool B.

Games will be played in both the Frankston High School and the G.V. (Bo) Ousley Middle School Gyms.

The Indians and Maidens will play all games at the high school gym. The Maidens will play at 12 noon and 6 p.m. Thursday and 12 noon on Friday in pool play.  The Indians will play at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Other times are to be determined by seeding.

In the case of ties, seeding for the Friday and Saturday bracket play will be determined by the head-to-head winner getting the higher seed with other seeds determined by a point differential with a 20-point maximum, according to tournament officials.

Full days of competition will be held on Thursday and Friday in both gyms.

(See Complete Article, Including Schedule HERE )


Dec. 4, 2021


Maidens fall to Neches 40-36

in tourney title game Dec. 4

The Frankston Maidens varsity made it to the finals of the girls division of the Slocum Tournament Saturday, Dec. 3 only to fall to Neches 40-36 after wins in the first three rounds of the tournament, according to a report from Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

Prior to the loss in the championship game, the Maidens’ only other loss was to this same Neches team, that time by only three points. The Maidens are now 8-2 for the season so far.

Frankston reached the finals by virtue of victories on Thursday, Dec. 2 over Shelbyville 49-30 and Alto 69-23 and then winning a semi-finals game against Troup 38-16 on Friday, Dec. 3.

In the championship game with Neches, the two teams were tied at 5-5 in the first period, but Neches outscored the Maidens 9-6 in the second quarter to lead 14-11 at halftime. Neches  increased their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Maidens 16-12 for a 30-23 lead going into the final quarter. The Maidens outscored Neches 13-10 in the final quarter but it was not enough. Neches won by four points, 

Wila Davis led scorers for the Maidens with 10 points. Brianna (Bri) Looney had 9, Kelsey Sexton 8, Maggie Caveness 5,  Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton 3,  and Kaylee Davis 1. Wila Davis had a three-pointer and was 3 for 5 at the free throw line. Looney was 3 for 4 and Caveness was 3 for 6 at the charity stripe.

Earlier in the tournament in the first round game against Shelbyville, the Maidens took an early lead, in the first quarter by 12-9 and then 17-4 in the second period to lead 29-13 at halftime. The two teams battled to a 9-9 draw in the third quarter but the Maidens won the final quarter 11-8 to secure the win.

Wila Davis and Kelsey Sexton led Maidens scorers against Shelbyville with 10 each. Maggie Caveness had 9, Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton 7 and Brianna (Bri) Looney 5. Bandy Bizzell had 4 and Lynsie Bizzell and Kaylee Davis 2 each. Wila Davis was 4 for 4 and Kaylee Davis was 2 for 2 at the free throw line.

Frankston held Alto to single digits in every quarter. They outscored the Yellowjackets 17-9 in the first quarter and were ahead 37-15 at halftime. They outscored Alto 32-8 in the second half to secure the win.

In the Alto game, Hatton had 18 points, Wila Davis and Looney had 9 each, Kaylee Davis and Sexton 7 each and Pauline Passchier 6. Mya Mitchell had 5 and Bandy Bizzell and Maggie Caveness 4 each. Sexton was 5 of 6, Mitchell and Hatton were 3 of 4 and Wila Davis was 2 for 2 at the free throw line.

In the semi-finals game against Troup, the Maidens led 14-4 in the first quarter and 22-7 at halftime. In the second half they outscored the Lady Tigers 16-9 for the victory.

Against Troup, Hatton led scorers with 9. Bandy Bizzell had 8, Looney 5, Kaylee Davis and Caveness 4 each and Lynsie Bizzell, Passchier, Mitchell and Sexton with 2 each.

The Maidens are scheduled to go to Rusk on Tuesday, Dec. 7 with the junior varsity game starting at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity contest. Then on Thursday thru Saturday, Dec. 9-11 the varsity will be in their own Frankston Tournament.

Scores by Quarters:

Shelbyville   9      4      9      8 — 30    Maidens    17    20    14    18 — 69

Maidens    12     17     9     11 — 49    Alto             9      6      2      6 — 23

Troup         4        3     5       4 — 16    Maidens      5      6    12    13 — 36

Maidens   14       8      8       8 — 38    Neches         5      9    16    10 — 40


Dec. 4, 2021


Indians fall to Huntington

for tourney title on Dec. 4

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team fell to Huntington 37-34 in the Championship game of the Slocum Tournament Saturday, Dec. 4 after having won over Troup in a semi-finals game Friday, Dec. 3.

It was the Indians’ first loss during non-district play. They are now 6-1 for the season so far.

The Indians started off strong in the first quarter, taking a 14-8 lead. However, in the second quarter they could get only 5 points while the Red Devils were scoring 11. The two teams went into the dressing room at halftime knotted at 19-19.

The second half was equally troublesome for the Indians as Huntington outscored the Indians 11-6 in the third, giving them a 30-25 lead. The Indians still had a chance to go ahead but they could get only a 9-7 edge in the fourth, and Huntington won by 3 points.

Scoring for the Indians against Huntington were Jake Westbrook and Kody Loebig with 11 each, Caleb Ramsey with 10 and Isaiah Allen with 2. Loebig had three 3-pointers, Westbrook two and Ramsey one. Westbrook and Ramsey were 1 for 2 from the free throw line.

Earlier in the tournament the Indians had won the first round over Palestine Westwood and the second round against the Alto Yellowjackets Thursday, Dec. 2, according to a report from FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians defeated the Troup Tigers 41-13 in the semi-finals game on Friday.

They defeated Westwood 58-23 early in the day on Thursday and then, in a later game, they won over Alto 55-37.

In the Troup game, the Indians outscored the Tigers in every quarter, holding them to single digits in three and no score in one. They were ahead 10-3 in the first quarter and 18-5 at the half. They outscored the Tigers 23-8 in the second half to secure the win.

Benton Allen and Jake Westbrook led scorers with 12 points each. Caleb Ramsey had 6 and Isaiah Allen 4. Kody Loebig had 3 and Kason Newport and Reese Hicks had 2 each.

In the game against Westwood, the Indians held the Panthers to single digits in all four quarters. In the first quarter they outscored Westwood 10-3 and 18-9 in the second period to lead at halftime 28-12. They continued their dominance in the second half, outscoring the Panthers 16-5 in the third period and 14-6 in the final quarter.

Jake Westbrook led Indian scorers with 25 points, including three 3-pointers. Benton Allen and Isaiah Allen each had 8 points. Kason Newport had 6 on two 3-pointers. Kody Loebig had 4 and Tripp Hallmark had a three-pointer. Caleb Ramsey and Josh Fridinger each scored 2.

In the Alto game, it was close in the first quarter with the Indians having the edge 15-14. However, they outscored the Yellowjackets 16-12 in the second period to lead 31-26 at halftime. The Indians had a big third quarter, outscoring Alto 19-5. Alto had a 6-5 fourth quarter but it was not enough to overcome the Tribe’s 50-31 lead going into the period.

Leading scorer for the Indians against Alto was Ramsey with 19, including three 3-pointers. Benton Allen had 9, Loebig 8, Westbrook 7 including a three-pointer, Newport 6 with two 3s, Isaiah Allen 4 and Fridinger 2. Ramsey was 2 for 2 at the free throw line and Benton Allen was 1 for 2.

The Indians game with Alto on Tuesday, Dec. 7 was canceled.. Then on Thursday thru Saturday, Dec. 9-11 the Indians will be in their own tournament. 

Score by Quarters:

Westwood    3      9      5       6 — 23    Indians     15      16    19    5 — 55

Indians      10    18     16    14 — 58    Alto           14      12      5    6 — 37

Troup          3      2       0      8 — 13    Huntington    8    11    11    7 — 37  

Indians     10      8     18      5 — 41    Indians          14     5      6    9 — 34


Dec. 4, 2021


Maidens in Slocum Tourney

Championship game Dec. 4

The Frankston Maidens varsity will be in the finals of the girls division of the Slocum Tournament Saturday, Dec. 4 after wins in the first three rounds of the tournament, according to a report from Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens (8-1) will be playing Neches(8-0) in the championship game, scheduled for 6:40 p.m.

Frankston reached the finals by virtue of victories on Thursday, Dec. 2 over Shelbyville 49-30 and Alto 69-23 and then winning a semi-finals game against Troup 38-16 on Friday, Dec. 3.

In the first round game against Shelbyville, the Maidens took an early lead, in the first quarter by 12-9 and then 17-4 in the second period to lead 29-13 at halftime. The two teams battled to a 9-9 draw in the third quarter but the Maidens won the final quarter 11-8 to secure the win.

Wila Davis and Kelsey Sexton led Maidens scorers against Shelbyville with 10 each. Maggie Caveness had 9, Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton 7 and Brianna (Bri) Looney 5. Bandy Bizzell had 4 and Lynsie Bizzell and Kaylee Davis 2 each. Wila Davis was 4 for 4 and Kaylee Davis was 2 for 2 at the free throw line.

Frankston held Alto to single digits in every quarter. They outscored the Yellowjackets 17-9 in the first quarter and were ahead 37-15 at halftime. They outscored Alto 32-8 in the second half to secure the win.

In the Alto game, Hatton had 18 points, Wila Davis and Looney had 9 each, Kaylee Davis and Sexton 7 each and Pauline Passchier 6. Mya Mitchell had 5 and Bandy Bizzell and Maggie Caveness 4 each. Sexton was 5 of 6, Mitchell and Hatton were 3 of 4 and Wila Davis was 2 for 2 at the free throw line.

In the semi-finals game against Troup, the Maidens led 14-4 in the first quarter and 22-7 at halftime. In the second half they outscored the Lady Tigers 16-9 for the victory.

Against Troup, Hatton led scorers with 9. Bandy Bizzell had 8, Looney 5, Kaylee Davis and Caveness 4 each and Lynsie Bizzell, Passchier, Mitchell and Sexton with 2 each.

Scores by Quarters:

Shelbyville    9      4    9      8 — 30    Maidens    17    20    14    18 — 69  

Maidens     12    17    9    11 — 49    Alto              9      6      2      6 — 23

Troup           4     3     5     4 — 16

Maidens    14     8     8     8 — 38


Dec. 4, 2021


Indians in Slocum Tourney

Championship game Dec. 4

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team will go into the Championship game of the Slocum Tournament Saturday, Dec. 4 after having won over Troup in a semi-finals game Friday, Dec. 3.

They had won the first round over Palestine Westwood and the second round against the Alto Yellowjackets Thursday, Dec. 2, according to a report from FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians (6-0) will be playing Huntington (3-3) in the championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday after they defeated the Troup Tigers 41-13 in the semi-finals game on Friday.

They defeated Westwood 58-23 early in the day on Thursday and then, in a later game, they won over Alto 55-37.

In the Troup game, the Indians outscored the Tigers in every quarter, holding them to single digits in three and no score in one. They were ahead 10-3 in the first quarter and 18-5 at the half. They outscored the Tigers 23-8 in the second half to secure the win.

Benton Allen and Jake Westbrook led scorers with 12 points each. Caleb Ramsey had 6 and Isaiah Allen 4. Kody Loebig had 3 and Kason Newport and Reese Hicks had 2 each.

In the game against Westwood, the Indians held the Panthers to single digits in all four quarters. In the first quarter they outscored Westwood 10-3 and 18-9 in the second period to lead at halftime 28-12. They continued their dominance in the second half, outscoring the Panthers 16-5 in the third period and 14-6 in the final quarter.

Jake Westbrook led Indian scorers with 25 points, including three 3-pointers. Benton Allen and Isaiah Allen each had 8 points. Kason Newport had 6 on two 3-pointers. Kody Loebig had 4 and Tripp Hallmark had a three-pointer. Caleb Ramsey and Josh Fridinger each scored 2.

In the Alto game, it was close in the first quarter with the Indians having the edge 15-14. However, they outscored the Yellowjackets 16-12 in the second period to lead 31-26 at halftime. The Indians had a big third quarter, outscoring Alto 19-5. Alto had a 6-5 fourth quarter but it was not enough to overcome the Tribe’s 50-31 lead going into the period.

Leading scorer for the Indians against Alto was Ramsey with 19, including three 3-pointers. Benton Allen had 9, Loebig 8, Westbrook 7 including a three-pointer, Newport 6 with two 3s, Isaiah Allen 4 and Fridinger 2. Ramsey was 2 for 2 at the free throw line and Benton Allen was 1 for 2.

Score by Quarters:

Westwood    3      9      5      6 — 23    Indians     15    16    19    5 — 55

Indians      10    18    16    14 — 58    Alto           14    12      5    6 — 37

Troup          3      2      0      8 — 13

Indians     10      8    18      5 — 41


Dec. 3, 2021


Indians basketball varsity going

into Slocum Tourney semi-finals

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team will go into the semi-finals of the Slocum Tournament Friday, Dec. 3 after having won the first round over Palestine Westwood and the second round against the Alto Yellowjackets Thursday, Dec. 2, according to a report from FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians will meet Troup at 5:20 p.m. in a semi-finals game on Friday.

They defeated Westwood 58-23 early in the day on Thursday and then, in a later game, they won over Alto 55-37.

In the game against Westwood, the Indians held the Panthers to single digits in all four quarters. In the first quarter they outscored Westwood 10-3 and 18-9 in the second period to lead at halftime 28-12. They continued their dominance in the second half, outscoring the Panthers 16-5 in the third period and 14-6 in the final quarter.

Jake Westbrook led Indian scorers with 25 points, including three 3-pointers. Benton Allen and Isaiah Allen each had 8 points. Kason Newport had 6 on two 3-pointers. Kody Loebig had 4 and Tripp Hallmark had a three-pointer. Caleb Ramsey and Josh Fridinger each scored 2.

In the Alto game, it was close in the first quarter with the Indians having the edge 15-14. However, they outscored the Yellowjackets 16-12 in the second period to lead 31-26 at halftime. The Indians had a big third quarter, outscoring Alto 19-5. Alto had a 6-5 fourth quarter but it was not enough to overcome the Tribe’s 50-31 lead going into the period.

Leading scorer for the Indians against Alto was Ramsey with 19, including three 3-pointers. Benton Allen had 9, Loebig 8, Westbrook 7 including a three-pointer, Newport 6 with two 3s, Isaiah Allen 4 and Fridinger 2. Ramsey was 2 for 2 at the free throw line and Benton Allen was 1 for 2.

Score by Quarters:

Westwood   3      9      5      6 — 23          Indians      15    16    19      5 — 55

Indians      10    18    16    14 — 58          Alto            14    12     5      6 — 37


Nov. 30, 2021


Maidens varsity boosts record to 5-1

defeating Troup by 50-43 on Nov. 30 

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team took an early lead over the Troup Lady Tigers Tuesday, Nov. 30 and held on for a 50-43 non-district win on the road, according to a report by Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

The victory boosted the Maidens season record to 5-1 so far.

The Maidens outscored the Lady Tigers 13-10 in both the first and second quarters to lead 26-20 at the half. They scored 10 points to only 3 for Troup in the third quarter, which turned out to be a key to offsetting the Lady Tigers 20-14 fourth quarter comeback.

Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton and Wila Davis teamed up to score 14 points each to lead Maiden scorers. Maggie Caveness added 12, Bandy Bizzell 4, and Brianna (Bri) Looney, Kaylee Davis and Kelsey Sexton 2 each to round out the Maidens scoring. Hatton scored two 3-pointers. Caveness was 4 for 5 and Wila Davis was 6 for 9 at the free throw line.

The Maidens are scheduled to play in the Slocum Varsity Tournament while the  Maidens Junior Varsity will be in the LaPoynor Tournament on Thursday thru Saturday, Dec. 2-4. Then on Tuesday, Dec. 7, the Maidens will journey to Rusk with JV action starting at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at about 6:15 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Maidens     13    13    10    14 — 50

Troup        10    10      3     20 — 43


Nov. 23, 2021


Indians’ team effort sparks 61-36

victory over Westwood on Nov. 23

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team won over the Palestine Westwood Panthers 61-36 on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in the FHS gym to boost their season record so far to 3-0, according to a report from Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians outscored the Panthers in every quarter in a team effort on both offense and defense, the coach said. After taking the first quarter 14-9, the Indians score 24 points in the second quarter while holding Westwood to only 9. The Tribe led 38-18 at the intermission. The Indians continued to dominate in the second half, outscoring the Panthers 13-10 in the third period and 10-8 in the final quarter to solidify their win.

Jake Westbrook led Indian scorers with 16 points. Isaiah Allen had 12 and Caleb Ramsey 11. Kody Loebig and Benton Allen each had 9 points and Kason Newport 4. Westbrook, Isaiah Allen and Loebig had two 3-pointers each.

“We played as a team today,” Coach Albritton exclaimed. “It was fun watching the guys play together.  Everyone was making extra passes to open guys, and those guys were knocking down shots.”

The Indian coach said that  “again, our defense played great!”

The Indians were scheduled to host Beckville on Tuesday, Nov. 30 but the game was canceled by Beckville, Coach Albritton said. On Dec. 2-4, the varsity Indians will be in the Slocum Tournament

Score by Quarters:

Westwood        9       9    10      8 — 36

Frankston     14     24    13     10 — 61


Nov. 22-23, 2021


Maidens defeat 5A Jacksonville,

Elkhart in action on Nov. 22-23

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team won in two non-district games in action on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22 and 23 to increase their record to 4-1 for the season so far, according to a report from Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

On Monday, they journeyed to Jacksonville and defeated the Class 5A Jacksonville Maidens 31-28 and then on Tuesday, they defeated the Elkhart Lady Elks 75-27 at the FHS gym.

Against Jacksonville they outscored their opponent in the second and fourth quarters 8-6 and 11-6, the latter effort securing the three-point win.

Scoring for Frankston in the Jacksonville game were Brianna (Bri) Looney with 9, Wila Davis 8, Kaylee Davis and Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton with 4 each, and Mya Mitchell, Lynsie Bizzell and Bandy Bizzell with 2 each.

On Tuesday, the Maidens outscored the Lady Elks in every quarter, leading 37-22 at the half and dominating the second half, taking the third quarter 23-3 and the fourth quarter 15-2 to secure the convincing victory.

Against Elkhart, Looney scored 15, Hatton 13, Davis 11, Pauline Passchier 10, Bandy Bizzell 8 and Kaylee Davis 6. Kelsey Sexton and Mitchell had 5 each and Maggie Caveness scored 2.

The Maiden travel to Troup, after Thanksgiving, on Tuesday, Nov. 30 and then play in the Slocum Varsity Tournament  on Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 2-4.

Score by Quarters:

Frankston         8       8      4     11 — 31

Jacksonville     9       6      7       6 — 28

Elkhart            6     16      3       2 — 27

Frankston     24     13    23     15 — 75


Nov. 22, 2021


Indians up record to 2-0 with win

over Elkhart Elks 54-31 on Nov. 22

The Frankston Indians varsity basketball team increased their season record to 2-0 Monday, Nov. 22 with a 54-31 victory over the Elkhart Elks in a non-district contest on the road, Indians Coach Scotty Albritton reported.

The Indians went ahead 10-7 in the first quarter and extended their lead with an 18-9 second quarter performance. They led 28-16 at halftime. In the third quarter they outscored the Elks 12-5 and secured their victory with a 14-10 performance in the final quarter.

Leading scorer was Jake Westbrook who had 15 points, including two 3-pointers and went 3 for 4 at the charity stripe. Caleb Ramsey was second with 13 points, including a 5 for 6 free throw performance. Kason Newport and Kody Loebig, each with two 3s, scored 6 points each. Benton Allen had 5, Josh Fridinger with a 3-pointer and Tripp Hallmark, Isaiah Allen and Reese Hicks with 2 each. Hallmark was 2 for 2 at the free throw line. The Indians were 11 for 15 in free throws.

Coach Albritton said that just like the first game the Indians’ defense led to their offense.

We are getting deflections that lead to steals, like the 15 steals we got today, and some easy baskets,” the coach said. “We are not shooting as well as we would like, but, if we keep playing defense like this, we will win a lot of games.”

Earlier in the day, the Indian junior varsity won their second game, defeating the Elkhart JV 45-41.

The Indians are scheduled to host Palestine Westwood Tuesday, Nov. 23 with junior varsity action starting at 1 p.m. Then on Nov. 30, they host Beckville at the FHS gym with the JV game starting at 5 p.m.

Score by Quarters:

Frankston     10     18      12      14 — 54

Elkhart           7       9        5      10 — 31


Nov. 19, 2021


Indians take season opener 59-33

in non-district basketball contest

The Frankston Indians basketball team started for their 2021-2022 season with a 59-33 victory over the Rusk Eagles in a non-district encounter at the FHS gym Friday, Nov. 19, according to a report from Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians started strong with a 20-8 performance in the first quarter and led 30-19 at halftime. That first quarter performance was sparked by a strong defense coupled with a 13-point performance by Kody Loebig who had three 3-pointers to assure the Tribe lead.

In the second half, the Indians continued their strong defense and spread the scoring among other team members to outscore the Eagles 29-14.

Loebig ended the evening with 20 points but scored only one field goal in the second half. Benton Allen added his spark to the Indian offense, mostly in the second half. He scored 12 points, six 2-point field goals and was 2 for 5 at the free throw line. Kason Newport added 9 points with three 3-pointers. Jake Westbrook had 8, including two 3-pointers. Josh Fridinger had 4, including a 3 and a free throw. Isaiah Allen and Caleb Ramsey added 3 each.

Coach Albritton said he thought it was a good way to start the season.

“Our defense played well, really hustled, and created a bunch of turnovers,” the coach said. “I believe, at times, we showed some first-game jitters on offense.”

Coach Albritton said, “Overall, I’m excited how hard we played.”

Earlier in the evening, the Indian junior varsity won over their Rusk counterparts 48-20. They had a 10-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and scored 7 points to only 1 for the Rusk JV in the second period to lead 17-3 at the half. The Tribe JV picked up the offensive pace in the third quarter outscoring their opponents 15-8 and had a 16-9 performance in the final period.

The Indians are hoping to continue their winning ways when they journey to Elkhart on Monday, Nov. 22 with junior varsity action starting at 1 p.m., followed by the varsity game.  (See Indians-Rusk Video clip HERE )

Score by Quarters:

Rusk           8    11      7      7 — 33

Indians    20    10    15    14 — 59


Nov. 19, 2021


Maidens fall in close game

to Neches 44-41 on Nov. 19

The Frankston Maidens lost a close non-district basketball game to Neches Friday, Nov. 19 by a score of 44-41 at Neches,  according to a report by Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens fell behind early trailing 6-9 in the first quarter and 24-12 at halftime. The Frankston girls came back in the second half, winning the third quarter 12-11 and the fourth period 17-9 but they came up short of offsetting their first half deficit.

Wila Davis led Maiden scorers with 11 points. Brianna (Bri) Looney had 9, Ja’Shalyn  (Shay) Hatton 7 and Maggie Caveness 6. Lynsie Bizzell, Bandy Bizzell, Kaylee Davis and Kelsey Sexton each had 2 points.

The Maidens journey to Jacksonville for a 12:15 game on Monday, Nov. 22 and then host Elkhart at 10:15 on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Score by Quarters:

Maidens   6      6    12    17 — 41

Neches     9    15    11      9 — 44 


Nov. 16, 2021


Maidens come off slow start

to win over Tyler Heat 48-29

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team got off to a slow start but came around to take a 48-29 victory over the Tyler Heat Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the FHS gym, according to a report from Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

Freshman Wila Davis led scoring with 12 points and 4 steals. Brianna Looney had 8 points, 5 steals and 10 deflections. Maggie Caveness, Mya Mitchell and Bandy Bizzell each had 6 points. Caveness and Mitchell each had 12 rebounds. Kaylee Davis had 5 points and 5 steals, Pauline Passchier had 3 points and Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton had 2 points.

The Maidens varsity is now 2-0 in non-district play.

On Friday, Nov. 19, the Maidens varsity will go to Neches for a non-district game, starting at 5:30 p.m.


Nov. 12, 2021


FMS Maidens basketball teams

split contests with Tyler Grace

The Frankston Middle School Maidens split in games with Tyler Grace on Friday, Nov. 12, the eighth grade winning 33-25 and the seventh grade losing 34-24 to their Grace counterparts, according to a report from FMS Maidens Coach Myka Daniels.

Leading the scorers for the eighth grade Maidens was Kylie Morton with 15 points. Kinsey Howie had 6, Ansley Fridinger 5, Hailey Pizano 3 and Briley Jimenez and Rachel Fletcher 2 each.

Leading scorer for the seventh grade Maidens was Morgan Redic with 14. Vanessa Wall and Aliyah Guthrie each had 4 and Klara Caveness 2.

The two teams are scheduled to begin 19-2A competition on Thursday, Nov. 18 at Kerens with action beginning at 5 p.m.


Nov. 9, 2021


Maidens basketball team downs

Westwood 69-30 in season start

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team won the season opener against Palestine Westwood 69-30 on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Palestine, according to a report by Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

Scoring for the Maidens were Brianna (Bri) Looney and Ja’shayln (Shay) Hatton with 15 points each, Mya Mitchell with 13, Wila Davis with 7, Maggie Caveness and Kelsey Sexton with 6 each, Bandy Bizzell with 3 and Kaylee Davis and Pauline Passchier had 2 each.

The Maidens had been scheduled to host Arp on Friday, Nov. 12 but the game has been canceled due to Arp’s football playoffs schedule, the coach said.

The Maiden varsity will be back in action against the Tyler Heat on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the FHS gym starting at 5 p.m. The Maidens will play at Neches on Friday, Nov. 19 with the junior varsity game at 5 p.m. followed at about 6:15 by the varsity game.

(See FMS Maidens Basketball Results HERE )



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.


Spring Sports — 2021


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