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Ashad Walker scored 21 points and Derrick McFall added 19 as the Lions evened their District 16-5A mark with a 72-59 win over Huntsville on Tuesday at the THS Gymnasium. Tyler improves to 16-10 overall and 2-2 in league play, while Huntsville falls to 9-8 and 2-2. After a 20-13 first-quarter advantage, the Lions basically maintained a double-digit lead from the second quarter on until 2:56 left in the fourth quarter when the Hornets got within seven, 64-57 on on two free throws and a steal and a basket from AJ Wilson. But McFall got the Lions back on track with a 3-pointer, followed by an old-fashioned three-point play to go up 70-57. The Lions have won two straight district games after dropping their first two. The Hornets, who lost a home district game for the first time since 2017 when they fell to Jacksonville 72-52 on Friday, have now dropped two consecutive league games after starting 2-0. Others scoring for Tyler were Bryson Hill (7), Jabril Harris (6), Kyron Key (5), Shakavon Brooks (3), Montrell Wade (3) and Marquette Martin (2). Ahstin Watkins, a 6-5 junior forward, made his varsity debut after transferring from Chapel Hill at mid-semester and getting district approval. Watkins scored six points, including hitting a trey. Walker hit two 3-pointers as did McFall. Brooks, Key and Harris made one apiece. Brooks, Walker and Hill led the Lions with seven rebounds each, while Harris added four and McFall and Key had three each. Brooks and Walker each had three steals. AJ Wilson and Elijah Clemons led the Hornets with 14 points each. Wilson contirbuted 11 rebounds with Trevante Taylor grabbing eight boards. The Lions were 8 of 22 from 3-point land while the Hornets were 8 of 27. At free throw line, Tyler was 10 of 18 with Huntsville hitting 7 of 9. The Lions play their third straight home game on Friday, hosting Nacogdoches to finish the first round of district. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ...

1/30/2022

Nacogdoches may have the Dragons as a mascot, but it was the Lions who were breathing fire on Friday night. Tyler, backed by a hot-shooting first half by Jabari Harris and some long treys from Tank Brooks in the second, rolled to a 73-55 victory over Nacogdoches in a District 16-5A basketball game at the THS Gymnasium. The Lions won their third straight league contest to improve to 17-10 overall and 3-2 in district. The Dragons fall to 13-16 overall and 1-4 in league. The second round of district play begins on Tuesday with Tyler traveling to Jacksonville for a big matchup. In the first round, the Indians won by three over the Lions. Nacogdoches is scheduled to host Huntsville that night. Harris, the Lions 6-1 senior wing, was 4 of 6 from 3-point land and scored all of his 15 points in the first half as Tyler took a 33-21 halftime advantage. Brooks nailed two 3-pointers in the second half and totaled eight points. Ashad Walker was the leading scorer for the Lions, hitting 16 points. He had one 3-pointer and three assists. Others scoring for Tyler were Derrick McFall (8), Bryson Hill (8), Kyron Key (6), Ahstin Watkins (5), Marquette Martin (3), Jamarcus Battee (2), Xavier Tatum (1) and Montrell Wade (1). JT Steadman led the Dragons with 17 points, including five treys. He was followed by Kiran Tutt (13 points, 3 3-pointers) and Jaylon Brown (11 points, 3 3-pointers). Also scoring for ‘Doches were Ian Hodge (4), Lane Laird (4), Brycen Tolson (4) and Yoshi Parks (2). Key made two treys for Tyler with Walker, Martin and Watkins hitting one apiece. The Lions only had two turnovers in the second half and 11 for the game. Nacogdoches had 14 miscues. Walker led his team with seven rebounds, followed by Hill (6), Wade (5), McFall (4) and Watkins (4). Walker had three steals and two blocks. Tyler was 10 of 27 from 3-point while the Dragons were 11 of 26 (9 made 3s in the second half). The Lions were 8 of 14 from the free throw line and Nacogdoches was 4 of 11. Brown paced Nacogdoches with seven rebounds, followed by Steadman (6), Hodge (4) and Tolson (4). The Tyler JV remained unbeaten on the season with a 50-38 win over the Dragons. ...

1/30/2022

Nine Tyler High players, including three unanimous selections, earned first-team honors on the All-District 7-5A Division I football team, the league’s coaches announced. Wide receivers Derrick McFall and Montrell Wade were unanimous choices as well as defensive end Ka’Darius Tave. Wade was on the top team on defense as well at safety. Other first-team Lions were quarterback Eli Holt, inside linebacker JaKyron Lacy, cornerbacks Zachuan Williams and Kameron Key, and punter Eric Munoz. McFall, a sophomore and a four-star recruit, played WR, running back, quarterback, kick returner and defensive back. The 5-10, 170-pound speedster had 26 receptions for 531 (20.4 per catch) yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 538 yards and eight touchdowns on 65 carries. He took over at quarterback for the final 3.5 games after Holt was injured in the first half of the game at Highland Park. McFall has been offered by Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU, UTSA, Texas Tech and Northern Arizona. Wade, a junior and a three-star recruit, had 39 catches for 808 yards (20.7 per catch) and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 64 tackles and four interceptions. The 6-0, 180-pounder who also plays basketball has offers from Georgia Tech, Houston, Vanderbilt, Kansas, Oklahoma State, UTSA and Kansas. Holt earned first-team honors at QB despite missing the last 2.5 district games. He connected of 103 of 195 passing attempts for 2,032 yards, along with 21 TDs and seven interceptions. The senior transfer from Manor rushed for 394 yards and four TDs on 76 carries. Tave averaged 4.8 tackles per game and totaled 12 tackles for loss. He also had 12 sacks and 12 hurries. Tave also recovered two fumbles, caused a fumble and blocked a punt. He blocked two field goal attempts and three extra point attempts. Lacy, a senior, averaged 7.2 tackles per game. Williams, a sophomore, led the Lions with five interceptions and averaged 3.5 tackles per game. He also defended 19 passes. Key averaged 2.9 tackles per game and defended 14 passes. Munoz averaged 39.0 yards per punt. Lions earning second-team honors were offensive lineman Cornelius Hartsfield, wide receiver Makavion Potts, placekicker Saul Perez and outside linebacker Jacob Villela. Tyler honorable mention were: offensive linemen Sergio Munoz, Ameer Johnson, OL John Taylor and Javian Harper; wide receiver Marquette Martin; cornerback TaCorey Gilliam; defensive end Jace Sanford; inside linebacker Tory Howland; safety Xavier Tatum; defensive line Jordan Dews; and outside linebacker LaDarius Franklin. The Lions, sporting perhaps the youngest team in the district, returned to the playoffs after a year’s absence. The squad finished 6-5, tying for second in the league with a 4-2 record (along with Longview and McKinney North). Highland Park won the district title. Voting was by the district’s coaches. All-District 7-5A Division I Football Most Valuable Player — Jack Curtis, DE, 6-4, 235, Sr., Dallas Highland Park Offensive Player of the Year — John Rutledge, WR, 6-2, 170, Sr., Dallas Highland Park Defensive Player of the Year — Dylan Frazier, DL, 6-4, 245, Sr., McKinney North Special Teams Player of the Year — Jack Stone, PK, 6-0, 165, Sr., Dallas Highland Park Offensive Newcomer of the Year — Colin Hitchcock, QB/WR, 6-4, 180, So., McKinney North Defensive Newcomer of the Year — Willie Nelson, DB, 5-10, 165, So., Longview Coach of the Year — Randy Allen, Dallas Highland Park *unanimous First Team Offense Line — *Charlie Wilson, 6-2, 284, Sr., Highland Park; Seteye Akpabio, 6-2, 285, Sr., McKinney North; Grant Gibson, 6-1, 287, Sr., Highland Park; De’Qualin Vaughn, 6-2, 230, Sr., Longview; Lawson Petty, 6-4, 250, Jr., Highland Park; Gannon Gaubert, 6-1, 275, Sr., Highland Park. Center — Tavion Morgan, 5-10, 265, So., Longview; Reid Kennedy, 5-9, 245, Sr., Highland Park. Running Back — Terrell Washington, 5-11, 192, Jr., Wylie East; Jayden Smith, 5-10, 210, Sr., McKinney North. Quarterback — Eli Holt, 6-1, 185, Sr., Tyler. Wide Receiver — *TJ Turner, 6-3, 185, Sr., West Mesquite; *Derrick McFall, 5-10, 170, So., Tyler; *Montrell Wade, 6-1, 175, Jr., Tyler; Jalen Hale, 6-2, 175, Jr., Longview; Korbin Hendrix, 6-3, 180, Jr., McKinney North. Tight End/H-Back — Victor Bush, 5-11, 205, Sr., Longview. Kicker — Sam Heinrich, 5-9, 160, Sr., Highland Park. First Team Defense Nose Guard/Tackle — *Jessie Fairchild, 6-2, 260, Sr., Longview; *Daniel Shawver, 6-5, 230, Sr., Highland Park; Robert Ngasoh, 6-1, 260, Jr., Wylie East. End — *Ka’Darius Tave, 6-2, 245, Sr., Tyler; *Jeremiah Rougely, 6-1, 225, Jr., Longview; Henry Jurgovan, 6-3, 225, Sr., Highland Park. Inside Linebacker — *Devean Issac, 5-11, 205, Sr., Longview; Jake McClain, 6-0, 210, Sr., McKinney North; JaKyron Lacy, 6-0, 205, Sr., Tyler. Outside Linebacker — George Wright, 6-0, 200, Sr., Highland Park; Tadarion Boone, 5-10, 160, Jr., Longview; Mason Gallas, 5-11, 190, Sr., Highland Park. Safety — Montrell Wade, 6-1, 175, Jr. Tyler; Chase Smith, 5-10, 165, So., Longview; Preston Taylor, 6-4, 180, Sr., Highland Park. Cornerback — Zachuan Williams, 6-1, 180, So., Tyler; Josiah Banks, 5-11, 165, Sr., Sherman; Kameron Key, 5-10, 165, Sr., Tyler. Punter — Eric Munoz, 5-11, 185, Sr., Tyler. ——— Second Team Offense Line — Christian Arnette, 6-3, 285, Sr., Longview; Jax Norman, 6-0, 240, Jr., Longview; Marcus Herbert, 6-2, 260, Sr., Wylie East; Tavian Scruggs, 6-2, 255, Sr., Sherman; Cornelius Hartsfield, 5-11, 240, Sr., Tyler; Trey Mitchell, 6-4, 285, Sr., West Mesquite; Jesus Varela, 6-0, 275, Jr., McKinney North. Center — Jackson Taliaferro, 6-1, 235, Jr., McKinney North. Running Back — Christian Reeves, 5-8, 175, Sr., Highland Park; Taylor Tatum, 6-0, 185, So., Longview. Quarterback — Brennan Storer, 5-11, 185, Jr., Highland Park. Wide Receiver — Jackson Heis, 6-2, 180, Jr., Highland Park; Makavion Potts, 5-8, 170, Jr., Tyler; Javion Jackson, 5-11, 165, Jr., West Mesquite; Luke Herring, 6-3, 185, Jr., Highland Park; Vontrell Sanders, 6-3, 170, Jr., Sherman. Tight End/H-Back — Ben Croasdale, 5-11, 175, Sr., Highland Park; Isaiah Harris, 5-11, 215, Sr., Longview. Kicker — Saul Perez, 5-9, 200, Sr., Tyler. Second Team Defense Nose Guard/Tackle — Leonard Epps, 5-8, 225, Sr., Longview; Tito Chavez, 5-10, 255, Sr., Sherman; Jeffrey Daniels, 6-0, 240, Jr., McKinney North. End — Billy Smith, 6-0, 225, So., Longview; Willie Williams, 6-3, 205, Sr., West Mesquite; Anthony James, 6-5, 245, Jr., Wylie East. Inside Linebacker — Harrison Walton, 5-9, 195, Sr., Highland Park; Robert Rehme, 5-11, 195, Jr., Highland Park; Tyler Jackson, 6-1, 185, Sr. Outside Linebacker — Jacob Villela, 6-0, 205, Sr., Tyler; Andrew McGee, 5-9, 175, McKinney North; Isaak Sandoval, 5-10, 190, Sr., West Mesquite. Safety — Luke Paley, 6-2, 185, Sr., McKinney North; Connor Clark, 5-9, 165, Jr., Sherman; Chris Scott, 5-11, 190, So., West Mesquite. Cornerback — Blake Bevans, 6-2, 170, Sr., Highland Park; Ja’Vaunte Jordan, 6-1, 175, Sr., West Mesquite; Adam Rourke, 6-0, 185, Jr., Highland Park. Punter — Jake McClain, 6-0, 210, Sr., McKinney North. ——— Honorable Mention Tyler — OL Sergio Munoz, 6-0, 225, Sr.; OL Ameer Johnson, 6-2, 215, Jr.; OL John Taylor, 5-9, 200, Jr.; OL Javian Harper, 6-3, 220, So.; WR Marquette Martin, 5-8, 155, So.; CB TaCorey Gilliam, 5-10, 170, Jr.; DE Jace Sanford, 6-3, 205, So.; ILB Tory Howland, 6-2, 205, Jr.; S Xavier Tatum, 6-0, 180, Jr.; DL Jordan Dews, 5-10, 205, Sr.; OLB LaDarius Franklin, 5-10, 165, So. Longview — OL Blair Williams, 6-2, 325, Jr.; WR DeKaylon Tayulor, 5-7, 150, Sr.; LB Kaden Brooks, 5-10, 185, Jr.; P Michael Fields, 5-11, 160, Jr.; CB Jaiden Simmons, 5-9, 155, So.; QB Jordan Allen, 6-0, 185, Jr.; RB Jarrett Lewis, 5-10, 180, Sr. ...

1/13/2022

Kendell Howard began playing soccer at age 3. Along the way he played other sports, including football, but his first love has always been the sport played on the pitch. That passion for soccer and years of hard work, along with the support of his family led up to National Signing Day on Wednesday at Tyler High School. Howard, an all-state center-back last season, signed a soccer scholarship with The University of Detroit Mercy during a ceremony at the Dr. Martin L. Edwards Jr. Theatre. “I want to thank God first, followed by my family, friends, coaches and teammates,” said Howard, who was joined by multiple soccer teammates from over the year as well as family, friends and classmates on the stage. “I would not be here without their support. I can’t thank everyone enough.” Howard committed to Detroit Mercy on Nov. 24 after considering South Carolina, Oakland (Michigan), Chicago State, Gardner-Webb, along with receiving interest from UCLA and Penn State. “I love their style of play,” Howard said of the Titans’ program. “They play a physical game and that fits my style.” Howard added their academic programs interested him. He intends to enter UDM’s Pre-Medical Biochemistry program. When he graduates from Tyler High in the spring he will have already earned his EMS certification. Howard is a three-year varsity starter for the Lions and has been captain the last two years. He was All-District 16-5A Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 and 2021 as well as Southeast All-America. The Titans compete in NCAA Division I’s Horizon League, along with Cleveland State, Green Bay, Illinois-Chicago, IUPUI, Milwaukee, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Purdue-Fort Wayne, Robert Morris and Wright State. Detroit Mercy is a private, Catholic university in Detroit, Michigan and is sponsored by both the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Founded in 1877, it is the largest Catholic university in Michigan. The school has an enrollment of more than 5,000. Some of the noted alums include actor Keegan-Michael Key and basketball hall of famer Spencer Haywood. Also, Dick Vitale coached the Titans from 1973-77....

1/13/2022

It was an entertaining night of basketball at the Lions Den with Tyler sweeping a doubleheader. In the first game, the Lady Lions jetted to a three-touchdown lead en route to a 75-35 win over Nacogdoches in a District 16-5A game. In Game 2, the Lions held off a furious Chapel Hill rally to register a 65-59 triumph over the Bulldogs before a packed THS gymnasium. The Lady Lions improve to 14-11 overall and 1-1 in District 16-5A. The Lady Dragons fall to 0-2 in district. Tyler hits the road on Friday, traveling to Jacksonville to meet the Maidens at Jack Alexander Gymnasium. Tipoff is schedued for 6:15 p.m. Nacogdoches is slated to host Huntsville in a 6:15 p.m. game. The Lions (14-8) will open District 16-5A play on Friday, hosting Jacksonville at 6:45 p.m. The Bulldogs (10-7) return to District 16-4A play, hosting Bullard at 7:30 p.m. GIRLS The Lady Lions raced out to a 21-0 lead to even their district mark at 1-1. Tyler had lost a heartbreaker against league favorite Huntsville (64-61) on Tuesday, but bounced back nicely against the Lady Dragons. Four Lady Lions hit in double figures, led by freshman Kalyse Buffin with 16 points. She was followed by A’Niya Hartsfield (14), Kamora Jackson (11) and Kyla Crawford (10). Jay’Mariera Taylor led with six rebounds (she also had 9 points) with Toniya Elmore and Buffin adding four each. Keniyah Evans, Ja’Kayla Christian and De’Kyrir ,ah Williams led Nacogdoches with eight points apiece. Also scoring for Tyler were Ellyse Daye (3 3-pointers) Shiriah Mitchell (4) and ShaCaria Stevenson (2). Others scoring for Nacogdoches were Adysson Loudenslager (6), Koutyni Moore (4) and Kayden Siers (2). Tyler won the JV game, 41-36. BOYS The Lions led throughout, including taking a 40-21 halftime lead. However, the Bulldogs whittledthe lead down to 63-59 when Tyson Berry hit two free throws with 1:27 left on the clock. Tyler held on as Ashad Walker and Bryson Hill each hit free throws to salt away the win. Walker led the Lions with 21 points, while Hill had a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Derrick McFall, despite having to leave the game twice with injuries, had 19 points. Freshman Dee Brisbon led the Bulldogs with 15 points with Keviyan Huddleston adding 13. Tyson Berry pitched in 10. Jayvin Mayfield had seven rebounds and six points. Also scoring for Tyler were Kyron Key (8), Tank Brooks (2), Jabari Harris (2), Marquette Mosley (1) and Marquette Martin (1). JaMarcus Battee had six rebounds and two steals. Hill had three steals and a block, while also drawing three offensive fouls. Key and Walker also drew chargers. Others scoring for CH were Illonzo McGregor (5), Will Chetlin (4), Cameron Murphy (4) and Adrian Mumphrey (2). Mumphrey drew two charges with one each by Huddleston and Mayfield. The Lions were 25 of 37 at the free throw line and the Bulldogs were 12 of 21. Berry and Brisbon hit 3-pointers for CH. Key hit two 3-pointers for the Lions, while Walker and McFall connected on one each....

1/13/2022

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11/7/2021

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