What do you want for Christmas?
That’s the question we posed to some of the local high school athletes and coaches just prior to their break for the Christmas holidays. They were told this was a “feel good” story though they could answer anyway they wanted.
“I’m just glad to see another Christmas,” said Marvin Sedberry, the head football coach and athletic director of the Greenville Lions. “I’m thankful for that.”
Celeste Lady Devils basketball coach Amy Herron said what she most wanted for Christmas was, “Time with my family.”
Caddo Mills volleyball coach Renae Whitaker asked for good health for a family member.
“I want my grandbaby to be well,” said Whitaker. “He’s having surgery.”
Caddo Mills girls basketball coach Pete Rowe first asked for “world peace” and then decided he wanted “a bright orange pair of sneakers.”
Santa, if you’re reading, Pete wears size 14.
Greenville basketball coach Marcus Smith asked for time.
“Just time with my family,” he said.
Greenville Lady Lions coach Lesa Darst made a special request connected with basketball.
“I want airline tickets to Los Angeles to watch the Lakers game,” she said.
Greenville Lady Lions volleyball coach Amanda Marek might also be needing some airline tickets.
“I want a trip to Hawaii,” she said. “I want to be on the beach somewhere.”
Former Greenville Lions football coach Chawn Cooper, who is now an assistant principal, asked for good health. But not for himself.
“For all my baby goats to do well,” he said.
Bland Tigers’ basketball coach Joe Moore asked for a “six-foot-five post man.”
Greenville Lions’ assistant football coach Spencer Gilbert said he’s “one of those guys that don’t ask for anything” but he would like to keep his good health and strength.
Leonard basketball coach Jeff Smith also talked about good health.
“I just wish everybody good health and happiness,” he said.
Celeste basketball coach Mike Lipsey, also the Blue Devils’ athletic director, was looking to score some points with Santa.
“I’d love for my basketball team to be able to score,” said Lipsey.
Celeste coach Bo Parr was looking for help for his baseball team.
“I would like a move-in,” he said. “A red-headed left-hander to move in to Celeste.”
Greenville Lions’ basketball player Darion Neal thought of his team with his request.
“I just want for the basketball team to have a successful season.”
Lions basketball player Jason Thomas said he would like “some Nike socks, sports products and I want my first razor.”
Socks were also on the wish list for Lion basketball player Dartannon Wilson. He waid he wants “Coach (Marcus) Smith to buy us some team socks. Maybe some new shoes.”
Dartannon added another wish: “Peace on earth.”
Greenville basketball player Jerry Dickeson said he wants some “Adidas Slides (shoes) for the team, Gatorade for the away games and soda for D. Neal (Darion Neal).”
Cortney Luna, Greenville Lady Lions basketball player, asked for something a little bigger than socks or shoes.
“I want a car,” Luna said. “A nice one.”
Savannah Himes, Raven Pippen and Elizabeth Rutherford, three Lady Lion basketball players, asked for almost the same things.
“Money and clothes,” said Rutherford.
“I want some money and clothes,” said Himes.
“Money, clothes and shoes,” said Pippen.
Their teammate Arian Alford didn’t ask for shoes.
“I want some cowgirl boots,” she said.
Mackenzie Cooper, another Lady Lion player, didn’t ask for clothes, boots or shoes.
“I want to go to a Mavs game,” she said.
Lady Lion player Maddy Crabtree combined two wishes into one.
“I want for the Greenville Lady Lion basketball team to have a successful season, to finish strong and a new sports car,” she said.
Chandra Jeffery, of the Lady Lions basketball team, asked for, “the Lady Lions to make it to the playoffs this year and I want the whole team to get some Adidas socks.”
Abby Ellsworth, Lady Lion basketball player, said she wants to “go to Michigan and for us to have a successful season.”
Looks like Santa will be busy filling this big wish list.
What do you want for Christmas?
Caddo Mills-ex rushes for 140 yards
Nathan Jeffery closed out the football season on a big note for the Texas-El Paso Miners.
Jeffery, who is a 6-0, 200-pound junior from Caddo Mills, rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries during the Miners’ 48-17 loss in the season finale to Middle Tennessee last weekend in Murfreesboro. Jeffery scored on runs of 3 and 1 yard. His longest run went for 55 yards.
Leonard Tigers practice in Greenville
Freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures didn’t stop the Leonard Tigers from practicing on Thursday afternoon for their Class 2A Division II state quarterfinal football playoff game.
The Tigers bused to Greenville and then worked out inside the Lions’ Roy Q. Traylor practice facility.
“We had a great workout for a short one,” said Leonard coach Shane Fletcher, whose Tigers practiced for about an hour.
The 10-3 Tigers are scheduled to play the 13-0 Cooper Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wylie ISD stadium. But because of inclement weather, that game could be changed to Monday, according to Fletcher.
Greenville Lions, Lady Lions win
After jumping out to a 14-0 lead with 3:30 left in the first quarter one might think the Greenville Lions might have an easy time Tuesday in the Lions Den against the Princeton Panthers.
Well, think again. The Lions had to hold on for a 60-57 victory as the Panthers missed three shots in the final 10 seconds.
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Greenville Lions miss cutoff number by 11 students
That’s how close the Greenville Lions are to dropping a level of classification in the University Interscholastic League’s new realignment and reclassification for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 athletic seasons. Greenville, which is currently a member of District 13-4A, will apparently stay with most of the state’s 4A teams as they change their conference numbers to 5A for the new realignment.
Manning, Tuck lead Giants over Redskins 24-17
Eli Manning and Robert Griffin III put on quite the show in the first half.
Leonard Tigers beat undefeated S&S for regional title
The Leonard Tigers made school history on Saturday with a 55-44 Class 2A Division II regional football playoff victory over S&S Consolidated.
The 10-3 Tigers avenged a 19-16 loss to S&S a couple of weeks ago and advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time, where they’ll face 13-0 Cooper at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wylie.
Bradshaw, TCU visit Puerto Vallarta
Former Rains Ladycat Klara Bradshaw spent the Thanksgiving holiday away from her family’s residence on Lake Fork.
But Bradshaw and the Texas Christian University women’s basketball team picked a good spot to be on the road for a tournament: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. TCU went 1-2 during the Hardwood Tournament of Hope, beating Florida Gulf Coast 68-47 on Tuesday, then falling 57-52 to South Dakota State on Wednesday and 75-68 to Purdue on Thursday.
Greenville Lions silence Dallas Thunder, 83-50
The Greenville Lions took control in the second quarter of an 83-50 victory over the Dallas Thunder Blue Team in non-district basketball on Tuesday in the Lions Den.
Collen Wilburn and Brad Mulkey both fired in 17 points for the Lions. Wilburn hit three 3-pointers.
Jerry Dickeson pumped in 12 points and John Franklin also tallied 10 for Greenville, which is now 3-2 for the season.
Leonard to face S&S in third-round rematch
Only a couple of weeks ago the Leonard Tigers 19-16 to the S&S Consolidated Rams on a 32-yard field goal by Nico Franke in the closing seconds.
The 9-3 Tigers will get a chance at avenging that loss when the two teams meet in a football rematch at 1 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Stadium in Allen.
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