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ATHENS, Texas — Trinity Valley Community College announced Friday that it will forfeit its women’s basketball game Saturday against Weatherford College.
The Lady Cardinals, undefeated in 11 games and ranked No. 2 among the nation’s junior college women’s teams, had just four healthy eligible players becaue of a brouhaha last weekend against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M that resulted in the suspension of six TVCC players.
Saturday’s forfeit will end the Lady Cardinals’ 47-game winning streak and drop their record to 11-1.
The suspensions are the result of an on-court altercation late in a game last Friday during the TVCC Classic in Athens. All but one were suspended for leaving the bench to run onto the floor. Trinity Valley finished the game with four players in the 83-61 victory.
Although a team can finish a game with four players, NJCAA rules require a team to begin a game with at least five players. Picking up a player off the street wasn’t an option due to NJCAA restrictions, so Catania Grant, a freshman on the college’s volleyball team, was brought in.
However, Grant aggravated a leg injury in the game, leaving her unavailable to play against Weatherford.
The Lady Cardinals’ next outing is their Region XIV conference opener at home Wednesday against Panola (8-4). As a result of sitting out the Austin Elite game and the forfeited Weatherford contest, all 10 of Trinity Valley’s players will be eligible to play against Panola.
The Lady Cards, ranked No. 2 in the nation, have wins over No. 9 Central Arizona, No. 11 Weatherford and No. 13 NEO so far this year. All three teams were undefeated on the night they were beaten by the Lady Cardinals.
Among the suspended is Adut Bulgak, a 6-4 freshman from Canada, who is leading the league in rebounds (12.3 per game) and blocked shots (3.8 per game) and is second in scoring (16.3 points per game).
Another suspended player, Shannon Smith, a 5-8 sophomore from Gastonia, N.C., is the league’s No. 4 scorer at 14.2 points per game, No. 9 in assists with 3.1 per game; and No. 7 in steals with 2.7 per game.
Also suspended were Victoria Wells, a 5-10 sophomore from Los Angeles (leading in steals); Roddricka Patton, a 5-4 freshman from Neches, Texas (second in assists); Julianne Anchling, a 6-3 freshman from France; and Dominique Brooks, a 6-4 freshman from Chicago. Among the four, they are averaging 16.5 points a game.
Smith and Wells recently signed national letters-of-intent with NCAA Division I schools – Smith with Michigan and Wells with Texas Southern.
The only TVCC players not suspended and thus available to join Grant against Austin Elite were Shlonte Allen, a 5-9 freshman from Arcadia, La.; Savannah Carter, a 5-9 sophomore from Tulsa, Okla.; Krystle Henderson, a 5-5 sophomore from Dallas; and Kyhonta Doughty, a 6-1 freshman from New Orleans.
Against Austin Elite, Allen had 33 points, 21 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals and 5 blocks. Carter had 28 points and 26 rebounds. Henderson finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Doughty scored 8 points.
Grant, who hadn’t played basketball since high school, scored 11 points that included two 3-pointers.
The Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), a division of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, reminds drivers that a vehicle is burglarized every two minutes and stolen every eight minutes in the state. These crimes can escalate during the holiday season when drivers are frequently out shopping for gifts and traveling to visit friends and family. During these times, drivers are more likely to leave belongings within view inside vehicles as well as become negligent in locking doors and taking keys. To make matters worse, a thief won’t necessarily stop with taking your vehicle and the things inside. They may also look for personal documents that can help them steal your identity or that indicate where you live so they can burglarize additional property from your home. In other words, the theft or burglary of your vehicle may simply be a gateway to the commission of additional crimes.
“We know auto burglars scout malls, shopping centers, entertainment venues, hotels, and other business parking lots this time of year looking for opportunities to break into vehicles,” said Michelle Lanham, program manager for ABTPA’s Reduce Auto Theft in Texas (RATT) public awareness task force at the University of North Texas Dallas Caruth Police Institute. “Drivers need to understand that almost anything they leave inside their vehicles can be valuable to a thief. And when vehicles are left unlocked and unattended, drivers are inviting thieves to walk away with everything they see inside, which often includes gifts, purses, wallets, packages, electronics, suitcases, garage door openers, keys, and personal information,”
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, thieves committed 221,065 acts of vehicle burglary and stole 63,379 vehicles in Texas during 2011. In some jurisdictions, more than half of vehicle thefts occurred because doors were unlocked and keys left inside. But drivers can avoid becoming part of these statistics. The ABTPA and its 29 vehicle crime task forces in Texas offer three basic safety tips to motorists to help prevent vehicle crimes during the holidays and throughout the year: remove belongings from view, secure vehicles, and never leave keys inside. In addition to practicing these prevention methodologies, drivers should park in areas that are well-lit, near surveillance cameras (if available), and near heavy foot and vehicle traffic. The more thieves feel threatened by detection, the less likely they are to focus on targets in such vulnerable areas.
The Texas Auto Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) was created by the Texas Legislature in 1991 to fund programs to reduce vehicle thefts. The passing of House Bill 1887 in 2007 expanded the scope of the agency to include automobile burglary and added that term to the Authority’s title. For more information on the ABTPA, auto burglary, vehicle theft, prevention, statistics, contacts for any of ABTPA’s 29 Texas vehicle crime task forces, public service announcements, or to schedule an interview with task force personnel, call 800-CAR-WATCH or visit the ABTPA website at www.txwatchyourcar.com.
by Nic Huber – eParis Extra!
There is really some great talent in the Paris music scene, and last night’s show at The Depot proved just that. Accompanied by his bass player Kenneth Thornhill and a lone kick drum, Alex Addy showed up with a very minimal set up and a very large stage presence.
For those who have not heard his band, The Tambourine Machine, their sound and influences are quite eclectic. The sometimes rock ‘n’ roll band, sometimes reggae band, is best compared bands like The Black Crowes.
“You get what you pay for,” Addy told last night’s crowd at The Depot, as he explained how his only practice playing guitar and his kick drum simultaneously was in his living room earlier that day. He told the crowd he’d stop if it wasn’t working, but it worked all night long as he played originals from The Tambourine Machine’s 2011 release “Talking About Love”, as well as a couple of uniquely-arranged covers thrown in. (His covers of The Rolling Stone’s “Beast of Burden”, Bloodhound Gang’s “Fire Water Burn”, and Dynamite Hack / Eazy-E’s “Boyz-n-the-Hood” are worth noting.)
The band will be going out of town to perform a couple dates in Shreveport, Lousiana and Fort Worth, Texas, but then the band will be back in Paris to perform again at The Depot on December 15 and December 22. Check out The Tambourine Machine and their music at www.reverbnation.com/thetambourinemachine.
Joyce Gayle Gable, 38, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Failure to Display DL, Expired Motor Vehicle Registration
Otoya Jamar Milton, 24, Speeding
Tammy Thomas Rogers, 43, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Expired Motor Vehicle Registration, Failure to Appear (Non-Traffic)
Devonica Ivy Sugg, 19, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Failure to Display DL, Violate Promise to Appear
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