Observations from Athens at Palestine scrimmage

This great photo of the Hornet’s interception in the end zone was taken by Carrie Bennett.

By Michael V. Hannigan

PALESTINE — The Athens Hornets went on the road to Palestine Thursday night for their second — and final — scrimmage of the year. Next week, the games start to count.

Thursday, the freshman, JV and varsity teams all got a chance to get some valuable experience.

Here are my observations from the stands from the final scrimmage.

— Some good, some bad: The Hornets had an up and down performance. The defense struggled giving up big plays and the offense looked out of sync at times. But the Hornets also came up with a big interception in the end zone to stop a Palestine drive and the Athens running game was there to lean on if it had been a real game. I also noted that Athens did not turn the ball over on the night, which is no small thing.

— It is all new: I am sure it has happened before, but I personally don’t ever remember seeing a team change its scheme this drastically from one season to the next. Everything the Hornets do is different on both sides of the ball from signaling in plays to lining up. They even punt differently than they did last year.

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Murchison native named TVCC athletic coordinator

Eddie Kite arrives at TVCC after a successful five-year stint at Panola College as head women’s basketball coach

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Eddie Kite has been named athletic coordinator at Trinity Valley Community College.

Kite arrives at TVCC after a successful five-year stint at Panola College as head women’s basketball coach. Prior to that, he served 11 years as head women’s basketball coach at Connors State College in Warner, Okla.

He also has assistant coaching tenures at Central Florida Community College, East Texas Baptist University, Oral Roberts University, University of Montavello, University of Mobile and University of Houston.

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White Christmas coming to HCPAC in September

White Christmas will run Thursdays through Saturdays, Sept. 19 – 28 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Pictured, from left, Mathew Frick, Maria Ogburn, Laurel Bass and Gordon Millez. (Courtesy photo)

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With the recent, blistering heat, who’s not ready for moving Christmas up a tad?

The Henderson County Performing Arts Center has just began rehearsals for Irving Berlin’s classic musical “White Christmas.” White Christmas will run Thursdays through Saturdays, Sept. 19 – 28 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Bask in the spirit of this traditional Christmas classic with the music and lyrics by Irving Berlin with a standout musical cast and directed by HCPAC veteran, Maria Ogburn. Maria also brings her musical talents to one of the lead roles in the show.

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Youth Livestock 101 show clinic scheduled

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office hosting youth livestock show clinic Saturday, Sept. 14

By Michael V. Hannigan

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Youth Livestock 101 show clinic at Living For The Brand Cowboy Church in Athens Saturday, Sept. 14.

“If you have any kids out that are wanting to learn how to show steers, heifers, lambs, goats, pigs or rabbits please come out,” said Sheriff Botie Hillhouse.

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Chatting with Dr. King about the clock tower

I had the opportunity to talk with the TVCC president Thursday night.

Trinity Valley Community College broke ground for the Ethel May & Frank Johns Tower in July. (TVCC photo)

By Michael V. Hannigan

MALAKOFF — I saw TVCC President Dr. Jerry King while I was at the Cardinal football scrimmage in Malakoff Thursday night and took the opportunity to ask him about the college’s new clock tower.

“It’s going to be a landmark,” said Dr. King. “It is going to be one of the tallest places on the campus.”

The 47-foot Ethel May & Frank Johns Tower will be built in the Bob McDonald Plaza. Dr. King said it could be completed by the beginning of October.

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Hornets scrimmage Emory Rains

Coach Zac Harrell led the Hornets against another team for the first time Friday at Bruce Field.

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS — The Athens Hornets played host to Emory Rains Friday morning in the season’s first scrimmage.

It is difficult to tell from the stands if a team is doing well or not in a scrimmage because we don’t know what the coaching staff is working on with a play. A particular series could look good or bad from the bleachers and the truth could be just the opposite.

So no worrying about who scored how many times or who “won” the scrimmage, but here are some observations from Bruce Frield on Friday.

— Plenty of players: Athens had enough players to run out a full freshman, JV and varsity team against Emory Rains. It is pretty obvious that the arrival of Coach Zac Harrell has created some excitement.

— Very organized: One thing that really stuck out to me Friday was the Hornet coaching staff’s organization. That did not look like a brand new bunch of coaches out there. It was obvious everybody knew where to be and what to do and that isn’t the first time I’ve seen that from this staff. The same thing stands out in practice. I think that bodes very well for the Hornets.

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