SPORTS ARCHIVES 2008

January 2008

Evans signs with Hardin-Simmons

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 31, 2008 - As a former coach, Doug Evans has seen a lot of his athletes sign college letters of intent. But, the one on Thursday was the most special.

SSHS opens tennis campaign

From Staff Reports

Jan. 31, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcat spring tennis season opened for the varsity at the Ennis Polar Bear Invitational on Jan. 18-19 as the mixed doubles team of Erick Hardin and Aly Jackson finished in third place.

A Captain and a Gentleman

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 31, 2008 - Whenpeople see Sulphur Springs 6-1 senior forward Andrew Panter on-and-off of the basketball court, they see a leader along with the heart of a champion.

Soccer Cats shut out Paris in opener

From Staff Reports

Jan. 30, 2008 - Some people might want to call Cruz Lozano's game-winning shot for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats a miracle, but SSHS head soccer coach Andy Holt will disagree.

Wildcats give Tigers a battle before falling

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 30, 2008 - MOUNT PLEASANT - Going into their final five games of the District 12-4A season, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats looked like a different team against the Mount Pleasant Tigers Tuesday night.

Yantis girls wrap up district title

From Staff Reports

Jan. 30, 2008 - The Saltillo Lions and Lady Lions continued their unbeaten streaks through District 22-A with wins over Fannindel.

Lady Cats fall to North Mesquite in soccer

From Staff Reports

Jan. 30, 2008 - MESQUITE - SSHS head girls soccer coach Martin Bryant keeps reminding his team and himself that the schedule they are playing will make them better.

MP girls cash in on location of shots

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 30, 2008 - The Mount Pleasant Lady Tigers shot better from the field than from the free throw line on Tuesday. But, that's because most of their shots were closer than a charity shot.

McClure, Green and Davison fire 700s

Larry Mason

Jan. 29, 2008 - They came late in the week, but they came, none-the-less. It wasn't until the Thursday Men's League got to the lanes that the center saw any 700s this week, but when the guys had finished Thursday's play,

Hawthorne honored twice by Sports Writers Assoc.

From Staff, Wire Reports

Jan. 29, 2008 - Cumby sophomore Brixx Hawthorne added some more material to his resume on Monday by receiving two honors on the Texas Sports Writers Association's Class A All-State Football Team.

Soccer Cats host Paris in important opener

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 29, 2008 - By the luck of the draw, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats face off against the other top three soccer teams in District 16-4A in their first three matches.

JV girls place second at tourney

From Staff Reports

Jan. 29, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs junior varsity girls played in their first soccer tournament last weekend and came away with a second-place trophy.

Panthers stay unbeaten in district

From Staff Reports

Jan. 28, 2008 - BIRTHRIGHT - Two players scored in double-figures for the North Hopkins Panthers during their 64-39 win over the Quinlan Boles Hornets Friday night.

Wildcat lifters take second at Pittsburg

From Staff Reports

Jan. 28, 2008 - PITTSBURG - All 11 powerlifters from Sulphur Springs placed in the top five in their respective classifications on Thursday as the Wildcats finished second in the team standings at the Pittsburg Powerlifting Meet.

Wildcats dealing with adversity

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 27, 2008 - PARIS - In their first meeting of the season during the Quinlan Ford Tournament, the North Lamar Panthers defeated Sulphur Springs 49-38 to take the championship of that tournament.

NL girls continue their run through district

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 27, 2008 - Sulphur Springs shooters finally found their marks in the fourth quarter Friday night against the North Lamar Pantherettes, but there is no such thing as a 20-point shot.

Saltillo wins 2 against Roxton

From Staff Reports

Jan. 26, 2008 - Saltillo swept Roxton on Friday as both the Lions and Lady Lions continued their unbeaten streaks through District 22-A.

Liverpool fans getting a dose of Terrible Tom

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 25, 2008 - Those poor, naive Londoners. A year ago, they thought Tom Hicks was coming to save the day. Now, they are learning the truth.

P.E.’s loss is Lady Cats’ gain

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 25, 2008 - Stephanie Conley was in P.E. class in eighth grade when SSMS coach Mary Watson saw her playing basketball.

Hale leaving SSHS for Arlington Heights

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 25, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats lost a member of their coaching family on Thursday when defensive coordinator and assistant head football coach Steve Hale informed the team he will be taking the head coaching position at Arlington Heights High School.

Role Player: McCann helps Wildcats with attitude, work ethic in practice

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 24, 2008 - Sulphur Springs senior Joseph McCann has taken on a special role for the Wildcats this season under first-year head coach Braughn Curtis, and the 5-11 senior does not mind the role one bit.

SSHS girls space out goals to tie John Tyler

From Staff Reports

Jan. 23, 2008 - TYLER - The Lady Cats went a long time between goals, but got the equalizer with two minutes to play on Tuesday to tie John Tyler, 2-2.

Lady Cats clamp down on T-High

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 23, 2008 - TEXARKANA - In a game predicated on defense Tuesday night, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats came up with a pair of key stops to hold off Texas High, 34-32.

Wildcats turned back by Tigers

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 23, 2008 - With only six games remaining in the District 11-4A basketball season, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats needed a victory over the Texas High Tigers for a chance at a playoff berth.

Second-hal letdown dooms Soccer Cats against JT

From Staff Reports

Jan. 23, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats played 45 solid minutes of soccer on Tuesday, but let the last 35 minutes against John Tyler overshadow it.

Not much of a shake-up in area standings

From Staff Reports

Jan. 23, 2008 - There wasn't much of a shake-up in the area district standings on Tuesday as Saltillo, Miller Grove and Yantis all swept their opponents on Tuesday, and all remain in good playoff position.

Soccer Cats starting to mesh

From Staff Reports

Jan. 22, 2008 - LONGVIEW - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats came away with a second-place finish in the Gold Division of the Lobo Invitational soccer tournament

SSHS girls chalk up first win of young season

From Staff Reports

Jan. 22, 2008 - RICHARDSON - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats ended the Richardson Berkner Ice Bowl soccer tournament on a high note and have head coach Martin Bryant convinced they are improving.

Darreyl Dixon fires two of this week's eight 700s

Larry Mason

Jan. 22, 2008 - Classic Lanes' men pounded the lanes this week, shooting eight 700 series, one 699, two 698s, one 697, one 693, two 686s, and one 682, while the ladies finished the week with three 600s.

Area teams in playoff hunt

By BOBBY “BUTCH” BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 21, 2008 - After a three-month marathon of a season, area basketball teams are gearing up for the sprint to the finish as their district schedules start winding down.

Cats looking for answers after third 11-4A loss

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 19, 2008 - After the first 17 games of the basketball season, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats were sitting at 13-4 on the year.

Staying Alive: Lady Cats remain in district race with 63-59 win over Paris

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 19, 2008 - PARIS - Whoever lost between the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats and Paris on Friday would likely be dead when it comes to the playoff race.

Time is Getting Short

From Staff Reports

Jan. 19, 2008 - Several Hopkins County teams are making strong pushes for the playoffs with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Soccer Cats overcome deficit to tie Longview

From Longview News-Journal

Jan. 18, 2008 - LONGVIEW - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats twice trailed against Longview on Thursday, but tied the score each time and finished deadlocked 2-2 in the opener of the Lobo Invitational.

Dunn nominated for national award

From Staff Reports

Jan. 17, 2008 - Sulphur Springs senior Josh Dunn has been nominated as an Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year for his performance on the gridiron and his leadership abilities.

Change of Seasons: Page is multi-sport athlete for Wildcats

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 17, 2008 - Sulphur Springs senior Kaylon Page has seen playoff atmosphere with the Wildcats football team this year, is currently dealing with a tough stretch in the basketball season and is setting his sights on the upcoming track and field season.

Lady Cats put in district bind with 51-37 loss to Lindale

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 16, 2007 - The Lindale Lady Eagles used the Whitney and Madison show to take a first-half lead against Sulphur Springs on Tuesday. Once everyone else got involved, the Lady Eagles took control of the game.

Softball alumni game planned

From Staff Reports

Jan. 16, 2008 - Sulphur Springs High School softball will host an alumni softball game Saturday, Feb. 9 at Lady Cat Park.

Against the Wall: Wildcats lose to Lindale, 45-41 to fall to 0-2 in district play

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 16, 2008 - LINDALE - After the first two games of the District 11-4A basketball season, Sulphur Springs head coach Braughn Curtis is worried about the team's confidence on the basketball court.

Saltillo keeps district streaks alive; NH nips Yantis

From Staff Reports

Jan. 16, 2008 - With both teams ranked in the boys and girls Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll, the Saltillo Lions and Lady Lions swept Savoy in basketball action Tuesday night.

Wildcats get sideways thumb from coach over Hillcrest match

From Staff Reports

Jan. 15, 2008 - DALLAS - Asked whether Monday's match against Dallas Hillcrest deserved a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down, SSHS soccer coach Andy Holt gave a thumb-sideways.

Davison and Michaelson roll 700s

Larry Mason

Jan. 15, 2008 - Tarry Davison and Bruce Michaelson overcame what was apparently a very challenging lane condition this week, to account for the only 700s rolled at Classic Lanes in the last seven days.

In the Cheap Seats: First round embarrassment couldn't have - and never has - happened to a better team

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 14, 2008 - Mark Cuban and Avery Johnson must have been happy on Sunday. Finally, another Dallas team choked in the playoffs to take the focus on what the Mavericks didn't accomplish the last two years.

Wildcats traveling to Dallas Hillcrest today

From Staff Reports

Jan. 14, 2008 - LONGVIEW - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats won't get much rest after a four-game set in the Pine Tree Chik-Fil-A Soccer Tournament last weekend.

Yantis sweeps Boles; CP girls even district record

From Staff Reports

Jan. 14, 2008 - The Yantis Owls swept Quinlan Boles in district basketball action Friday night, while the Como-Pickton Lady Eagles evened their record with a win over the Grand Saline Lady Indians.

SS girls hosts Rockwall in home opener

From Staff Reports

Jan. 14, 2008 - The SSHS girls soccer team will host Rockwall tonight in their home opener after a rocky start to the season last weekend.

Lady Cats take MP to OT before losing

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 12, 2008 - MOUNT PLEASANT - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats have seen this before. Last year to be exact.

Panthers keep district record spotless

From Staff Reports

Jan. 12, 2008 - BIRTHRIGHT - The North Hopkins Panthers improved to 15-7 on the year and 2-0 in District 18-A with a 51-40 win over Cumby Thursday night.

Tigers’ Hill unleashes 3-point barrage in win over SSHS

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 12, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats opened up the District 11-4A schedule with their worst loss of the season, 70-35, to the Mount Pleasant Tigers Friday night at Wildcat Gym.

Soccer Cats notch first victory of season against Whitehouse

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 12, 2008 - LONGVIEW - Sulphur Springs was winless against Whitehouse this year in various sports. The soccer Cats put an end to that streak on Friday.

Both Saltillo teams remain undefeated in district

From Staff Reports

Jan. 11, 2008 - Saltillo continued their undefeated district campaign with wins over Sulphur Bluff Thursday night, while the North Hopkins Lady Panthers picked up their fourth win of the year in holding off Cumby during Parent Night.

Wildcats open district schedule against Mount Pleasant

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 11, 2007 - After a 14-9 non-district schedule for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats, first-year coach Braughn Curtis sees his team back at 0-0 as the games start to count in hopes of making the Class 4A state playoffs.

Wildcats open with tie against Willis

From Staff Reports

Jan. 11, 2008 - LONGVIEW - The Wildcat soccer squad opened their 2008 season in a scoreless tie with Willis on Thursday.

North Lamar dials up pressure in win over Lady Cats

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 9, 2008 - PARIS - The North Lamar Pantherettes held the district title for two years before relinquishing it last season to Mount Pleasant. It looks like the Pantherettes are steadfast in their resolve to get it back.

Pittsburg puts the ball in (W)right hands

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 9, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats would like to forget about Pittsburg senior guard Kendall Wright.

Saltillo boys win battle of unbeatens: NH, Cumby start district off with wins

From Staff Reports

Jan. 9, 2008 - The Saltillo boys stayed on top of the District 22-A standings Tuesday by beating Miller Grove in a showdown of unbeaten teams. The Saltillo girls also won to keep their district record spotless.

Cliff Whitney hits 300; four bowlers roll 700s

Larry Mason

Jan. 8. 2007 - Cliff Whitney tossed Classic Lanes' seventh perfect game of the season on Thursday, while four individuals, Neldon Smith, Casey Morton, Allan Hague and Mark Smith, fired 700s, to bring the center's total to 68 at the mid-point of the season.

Hawks pull away from Wildcats in fourth quarter

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 7, 2008 - Sulphur Springs first-year head coach Braughn Curtis would like to forget the Wildcats' fourth quarter against the Pleasant Grove Hawks Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Gym.

Lady Eagles start district play with two victories

From Staff Reports

Jan. 4, 2008 - COMO - The Como-Pickton Lady Eagles are 2-0 in District 16-2A with wins over Hawkins and Alba-Golden.

Return to Form: Wildcats return to winning versus Wills Point

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 4, 2008 - SSHS first-year coach Braughn Curtis saw a different team than he did at the Century Bank/Fouke Classic last weekend as the Sulphur Springs Wildcats defeated the Wills Point Tigers, 55-38, at Wildcat Gym Thursday night.

A New Start: Lady Cats open district schedule on Friday vs. T-High

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 3, 2008 - Sulphur Springs coach Tina Carrillo stacked the Lady Cats' final four non-district games with quality opponents to get them prepared for the district season. Tomorrow she gets to see if the strategy paid off.

Big Obstacle: Blocked shot preserves Royse City victory

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 2, 2008 - ROYSE CITY - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats had one final shot Monday afternoon to go into the district schedule with a come-from-behind win, but they couldn't overcome one very big obstacle - Royse City center Kellie Wyrick.

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