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Thursday, February 6, 2014


National Signing Day



Athens senior linebacker Adam Stallings signed a football and baseball scholarship to East Texas Baptist University Wednesday during National Signing Day at Athens High School.

Athens senior K.J. Cumby will be joining Stallings as a member of the East Texas Baptist University Tigers after signing a football scholarship Wednesday morning during National Signing Day at Athens High School.

Heading to Tiger Country AHS seniors Cumby and Stallings on their way to East Texas Baptist University By Joe Elerson STAFF WRITER

Picking the right college can be a big decision for some players on the biggest day of their lives on National Signing Day. For Athens seniors K.J. Cumby and Adam Stallings, the duo had a campus visit with the University of Mary Hardin Baylor but made the switch to East Texas Baptist University on Wednesday morning at Athens High School. Cumby — the Athens

Review Defensive Player of the Year — said they decided joining the Tigers' football team was the best move for the both of them next season. “We did a lot of thinking and reviewing what we had coming up,” Cumby said. “We figured that we would like to be a Tiger and like their recruiting.” In his senior season at Athens, Cumby led the Hornets with 102 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and three caused fumbles

at his linebacker position. He said the ETBU coaching staff will be recruiting to play strong side linebacker this season. “That is where I wanted to play at the next level and they told me that I could play that position over there,” Cumby said. “I am ready to go and work hard and try to take other peoples job.” Head coach Paul Essary said he does not think Cumby and Stallings will have a problem playing at the next level.

“They have a passion for football and it will be a little different for them because it will be more serious than it is in high school,” Essary said. “ETBU has got some excellent football players and young men coming there way.” For Stallings, the move to Marshall will have him as a multi-sport athlete as he will be signing for the football and baseball teams. For the football team, Stallings will be playing on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He said

fans can expect to see him at fullback and in different positions on defense. “It will be good and I will go over there and take care of business,” Stallings said. “I need to get in there and hit the weights and get ready for the year.” Stallings finished his senior season second on the team in tackles with 79, while recording three sacks and three fumble recoveries. “I am pleased that they get to go to the next level and play sports that they

love,” Essary said. “They will also have the chance to get a good education.” Cumby said the opportunity to play college sports was better for him to have Stallings along side him in Marshall. The duo will be joined by five other Henderson County athletes from Brownsboro and Mabank this fall. “We are ready to move on to bigger things and we have to learn to come together as a team and win the ASC,” Cumby said.

BHS signs five athletes to four-year programs By Joe Elerson STAFF WRITER

The Brownsboro Bears and Bearettes headed into National Signing Day with the biggest signing class in Henderson County on Wednesday morning. In all, five seniors athletes signed their names on the dotted line to continue their careers at the next level. For volleyball, Bailey McDonald will be making the trip to Centenary College in Shreveport, La., while four athletes will be making the trip to East Texas Baptist University in Marshall. Seniors Mitchell Penny, Quentin McKenzie, Deandre Cook and Tristan Moore round out the first signing class under new head coach Jason Hooker. “It is very special for our program,” Hooker said. “We want to always get kids out who can go to school and get a degree and enjoy the student athlete experience. We wish these guys and girls the very best in the future.”

Bailey McDonald The big decision for McDonald in her collegiate choice came from her dad who is a alumni of the school. She said the coaching staff will be bringing her on as a libero player next year. “It will be a lot faster pace but I am excited to try this new thing out and see how it goes for me,” McDonald said. With her chance to play in college, she said coach Becky Daughtry helped her tremendously in her goals of making it to the next level. “Really, I learned about playing anywhere on the court,” McDonald said. “She started me as a setter this year and then moved me back to libero. My coaches told me being a well rounded player and knowing to play different positions will help me in college volleyball.” Centenary College finished the season with a 5-28 overall record and a 1-13 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference


Five Brownsboro athletes signed their college letters on Wednesday morning during National Signing Day. Pictured from left are: DeAndre Cook, Mitchell Penny, Bailey McDonald, Quentin McKenzie and Tristan Moore. record. “It will be a lot faster pace but I am excited to try this new thing out and see how it goes for me,” McDonald said.

Mitchell Penny For Penny, the trip to East Texas Baptist University is one of character building for him as a man and as an athlete. Penny will be recruited as an outside linebacker

and safety for the Tigers. He said talking with the coaches was one of the deciding factors for the upcoming season. “I love the atmosphere and the christian environment and how the coaches said they wanted to win an ASC championship next season,” Penny said. “They want us to be men of character and I love the way that they are men of great character.” He said making the tran-

sition from the high school level to the college level will be an interesting transition. “It is going to make me work harder and I know that it is bigger than 3A football,” Penny said. “I will make sure and get in the weight room and I am going to get after it.”

Quentin McKenzie For McKenzie, the coaching staff at ETBU will be

looking for him to plug up holes along the defensive line after a solid season in 2013 for the Bears. McKenzie said having the opportunity to play with Penny, Moore and Cook is special for him as an athlete. “It was a work of God because we can all go at the same time and still play with each other,” McKenzie

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DeMayo takes his collegiate plans to ETBU this summer By Joe Elerson STAFF WRITER

For Josh DeMayo, the goal of reaching the next level at college was one he was ready for as he made his commitment on National Signing on Wednesday at Mabank High School. DeMayo will be joining six other Henderson County area athletes this fall as a member of the East Texas Baptist University Tigers. “It is a great day and it really makes it all real in taking the next step,” DeMayo said. “It will be a little weird playing with them and it will be a big change.” DeMayo will be suiting up with Adam Stallings and K.J. Cumby from


FOOTBALL Athens, while Brownsboro seniors DeAndre Cook, Mitchell Penny, Quentin McKenzie and Tristan Moore will be headed to Marshall. “I think at the end of the day it is about competition,” Mabank coach Jared Wingfield said. “When they play on different teams in high school, they will try to raise each other games. I think with the familiarity they have with one another will help them as teammates and they will transition well into that aspect.” DeMayo said the ETBU will be looking at him on the offensive line. He said

he will be working hard to find his way into playing time this season. Wingfield said he thinks DeMayo will be able to handle the transition from the high school game to the college level next season. “I think the transition for kids come from their background and how they were raised,” Wingfield said. “Knowing his parents, they have done an extremely good job of raising him so that he can handle any kind of adverse situation.” He said the one thing that drew him to the campus was the size and how close it was to home. “I am pleased with the campus because it is not too big and not too small,” DeMayo said. “It also has a great atmosphere there.”


Mabank seniors Josh Demayo signed a college letter of intent with East Texas Baptist University on Wednesday. Pictured from left are coach Jared Wingfield, father Jason Compoc, DeMayo and mom Melissa Compoc.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

TVCC signing class Here is the list of football signees at Trinity Valley Community College, including midyear enrollees. 38 Players will be bringing their talent to the Cardinals football program this summer.


The Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals signed three athletes to NCAA, Division I offers Wednesday morning on National Signing Day. Pictured from left are Chris Weatherd, D’Nerius Antione and Jhaustin Thomas.

TVCC signs three to NCAA schools By Joe Elerson STAFF WRITER

The Valley Boy Mission at Trinity Valley Community College was followed once again as they players signed on the dotted line to play at Division I schools next season. “It is always exciting,” coach Brad Smiley said. “This is a day that will get everyone started for next year and these guys cele-

Bears Continued from 13A said. “We know each others strengths and weaknesses and we can grow together as men of character.” He said with three other athletes from Henderson County coming to Marshall next season, he hopes the players can come together as teammates. “Hopefully, we can all bring our talents and forget about the rivalry that we had against each other,” McKenzie said. “I want to win an ASC championship my first year and I am just ready.”

Tristan Moore Moore said the move to ETBU did not come as easy for him as his fellow team-

brated their great careers.” Sophomores Jhaustin Thomas, D'Nerius Antione and Chris Weatherd woke up bright and early on National Signing Day on Wednesday. Thomas will make his way to the Southeast Conference as a member of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, while team Weatherd joins the Southeastern Conference

mates, but the decision was well worth his time as an athlete. “The decision process was pretty stressful because it came down to two days before signing day,” Moore said. “It is pretty comforting knowing that I already know kids that will be on the team and on the campus with me.” He said with him being recruited as a linebacker for the upcoming season, he now knows what he will have to do in the offseason to get ready. “I am ready to go and do some work over there,” Moore said. “I think it will be a cool experience going with all the other guys for the next four years we are going to hopefully be friends.”

DeAndre Cook In 2013, Cook wrapped up

as a member of the Tennessee Volunteers. Antione heads to the Big 12 as a member of the Big 12 Conference and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. “They accomplished a whole bunch around here with trophies and rings and opportunities,” Smiley said. “This is what they came here for was to graduate and win a championship and they came to earn a

his career with the Bears with 25 catches for 309 yards as an honorable mention selection on the Athens Review All-Henderson County football team. He said with his 5-7 frame, the coaches will be looking at him as a slot receiver and he has some work to do to get ready for the year. “I need to get bigger,” Cook said. “I will go out and play wherever they want me to play and it will be a good opportunity for me to play next season.” He said the biggest benefit of his collegiate choice is playing alongside his Bears teammates next year. “It is great to get every body back together because we are brothers and it will help to get all of us on the field.”

scholarship and move on.” Thomas was named the Southwest Junior College Football Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player this past season, while Antione was a firstteam defensive back. “I could not be any more proud of these guys,” Smiley said. “I am also proud of all of the other guys that have moved on or signed on in other places.”

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Honoring the Brownsboro seniors


The Brownsboro Bearettes seniors were honored prior to their 63-31 win over Athens Tuesday night in the regular season finale. Pictured from left are: Sidney Hightower, Shelbie Bagby, Victoria Walker and manager Asa Thompson.

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