Tiger Times

Junior Derrick Brown causes a fumble in the first quarter in the game against Lake Creek in the first round of the 2020 playoff season. The Tigers did not capitalize on the fumble recovery.
Tiger defense breaks the Lions
Story by Braden McKinnon, staff writer • December 12, 2020

After an uncharacteristic start in the first quarter, the Tigers exploded offensively to score 30 points unanswered in the second half ending the first playoff game with a 37-7 victory. The first quarter started off slow for both teams. Wide receiver Blake Rogers broke the early stalemate with a 20 yard touchdown pass from Brayson McHenry. “We just got to work on staying more patient in the...

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Sophomore Teagan Jones spreads her arms in the butterfly event while racing swimmers from El Dorado and Magnolia on Saturday Dec. 4, 2020. The Tigersharks hosted only two teams because of COVID-19 social distancing rules imposed by the University Interscholastic League.
Stroke for stroke 
Story by Logan Diggs, managing editor • December 7, 2020

The Texas High Tigersharks faced the Magnolia Panthers and the El Dorado WildCats at the Texas High aquatic center On Dec. 5 2020. Adapting to a constantly changing schedule along with a very uncertain future, the team as a whole has high hopes for the future and plans upon continuing their red hot season into their 2020-2021 state championships.  Leading the boys team was senior John David Cass...

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The football players huddle together with their adrenaline still high after yet another win. The Tigers finished their 2020 season as District Champs.
Walking over the Wildcats
Story by Doug Kyles and Cate Rounds December 5, 2020

All undefeated teams have their night of downfall, but this was not that night for the Texas Tigers. They saw decisive success against the Whitehouse Wildcats, with a final score of 51-21. This improves the Tiger’s record to 10-0, securing their win as district champions. “I think we just played our best game that we had played to this point,” Head Coach Gerry Stanford said. “This has been...

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Daquarrieon Witcher powers through an attempted tackle by the opposing team. The Tigers cut it close with a four-point win, the final score being 21-17.
Nac so fast
Story by Caden Rainwater, sports editor • November 28, 2020

A wake-up call is a beautiful thing for a team, and that became very evident as the Tigers took the Nacogdoches High School football field Friday night. The Tigers came into the game on an eight-game win streak and underestimated a team fighting for their spot in the playoffs. Despite facing the strongest defense the Tigers have played so far, three separate touchdowns were just enough to secure a...

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Pirates walk the plank
Story by Braden McKinnon and Olivia Huckabee November 14, 2020

The Texas Tigers faced off in a highly anticipated game. Many people assumed it would be a close game between two undefeated teams in the district. That was not the case. The Tigers won every battle on the field and came out with a 44-0 win over the Pine Tree Pirates. Texas High started off the game with a strong defensive play. After quarterback Brayson McHenry’s touchdown pass to wide receiver...

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The seven signees of the fall 2020 signing day stand together as Athletic Director Gerry Stanford gives words of motivation to the crowd. Ben Depriest, Trey Lavendar, Graci Henard, Mollie Johnson, Rian Cellers, Jackson Halter and Clayton Smith all committed to their colleges on Nov. 11.
Sign of the times
Story by Olivia Huckabee, staff writer • November 11, 2020

"Both of my parents, but especially my dad. He has spent countless hours on the golf course with me. He has come home early and gotten up early, just to practice with me," senior Graci Henard said. "He and my mom have given up their summers to drive me to my tournaments, and they’ve invested so much time and money. I am forever grateful for them."

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Camden Robertson knew that he probably wouldn
Comeback kid
Story by Graci Henard, staff writer • November 11, 2020

In the eighth grade, senior Camden Robertson was just like any other boy when it came to sports. He played on the middle school football and basketball team, he even started on both offense and defense for the football B team.  Robertson, however, knew that he probably wouldn't have the opportunity to continue the majority of his middle school sports once in high school. Because of this, he leaned...

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Junior Braylon Stewart breaks through the Marshall defensive line. Stewart led the team to a 28-0 win providing three touchdowns and 254 yards rushing.
Marshall Mavericks shutdown by Tigers
Story by Caden Rainwater, sports editor • November 9, 2020

As the Marshall Mavericks went into the game with a plan to run out the clock throughout the entirety of the game, limiting the Tigers scoring was key to success. However, the key flaw that the Mavericks forgot to take into account was that they needed to score in order to win. This fatal mistake led to a big win for the Tigers, 28-0. An original weakness that has become evident over the past few...

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Sophomore Lydia Lee lunges to hit the ball in a match. The tennis team has practiced hard with hopes of making it to state.
A shot at state
Story by Macy Maynard, staff writer • November 4, 2020

With an undefeated season, the varsity tennis team heads into the regional semifinal round against Frisco Centennial on Friday. Sophomore Lydia Lee is one of the standout players, and she knows that if they defeat Frisco Centennial, Highland Park is the one team that can stand in their way at state.   What made you want to start playing tennis? I started playing tennis when I was very young...

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HighSteppers line runway in preparation for the Texas High football game. The Tigers won against  Liberty Eylau on Sept. 14 of 2019.
High kicks and high standards
Story by Olivia Huckabee, staff writer • October 31, 2020

They stand at the 50-yard line, in perfect rows with sparkling uniforms. In the stands, they see the smiling faces of parents and classmates. It’s Friday night, and the HighSteppers patiently wait for their time to shine. “It’s the best feeling in the world. I can’t even describe it,” senior lieutenant Evelyn Patterson said. “It’s something about performing on the field that is different...

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Junior Braylon Stewart stiff arms a Hallsville defender in attempt to gain yards for the Tigers. The Tigers won with a score of 56-17.
Bobcat beat down
Story by Graci Henard and Caden Rainwater October 30, 2020
Whether it be the Jason Voorhees ski mask senior Clayton Smith wore leading the team out of the tunnel or a devastating Tiger injury, the team seemed more motivated than ever.
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After spending the majority of her life playing a sport so near to her heart, senior Graci Henard credits her success to her late golf coach, Jay Brewer.
Her next course
Story by Taylor Bayonne, Staff writer • October 28, 2020

After spending the majority of her life playing a sport so near to her heart, senior Graci Henard credits her success to her late golf coach, Jay Brewer.  Henard described Brewer as being the rock that supported her through the years, and she will always hold him near to her heart as she continues to play golf in college for Dallas Baptist University. “My coach is Jay Brewer, and he will always...

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The Lady Tigers come together in celebration after a point earned against Tyler High School. The Tigers continued their path of an undefeated season following their game against Tyler.
Hot start for the Lady Tigers
Story by Caden Rainwater, sports editor • October 26, 2020

Ensuing Tuesday's match against Marshall, the Lady Tigers formally made it through their first half of district play nearly flawless. With the most sets won as well as the second least sets lost, the Tigers have embarrassed the rest of their district, sweeping the second-place team in their district three sets to zero. Led by senior Ashlyn Stiger, whether her success comes from the fact that she...

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Junior Blake Rogers leaps in the air fighting over the ball with a Mount Pleasant Receiver. The Tigers ended up defeating Mount Pleasant.
There can only be one Tiger
Story by Braden McKinnon, staff writer • October 23, 2020

In the district opener, the Texas Tigers made their presentation of why they deserve their place as the seventh-ranked team in the state of Texas for Class 5A Division II. Fighting to the end, great defense, and an unstoppable run game proved only the Tiger team could prevail, lighting the orange tower after a 42-24 win. The Tigers started the game off slow letting Mount pleasant drive down the...

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The effects of COVID-19 can be seen throughout the country with UIL canceling spring seasons and the NCAA imposing a new set of rules for the safety of athletes and coaches. In mid-March, the Board of Governors called for a recruiting “dead period.”
Recruitment standstill
Story by Graci Henard, Staff writer • October 14, 2020

The NCAA has been regulating college athletics since 1906. They create and enforce rules for intercollegiate sports, manage rules for recruiting, and play a primary role in getting high school athletes to the collegiate level. Although they update their rules constantly, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about several new and sudden changes to what recruiting looks like. Some changes, like dead periods...

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