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49ers' Jeffery Wilson Jr. returns to Elkhart HS for pep rally  Tyler Morning Telegraph

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High school football: Crockett's speed too much for Elkhart as Elks fall 38-6  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — Seniors were honored before the final regular-season home game for Elkhart High School at Jerry Ives Memorial Stadium.

High school football: Elkhart, Grapeland play HoCo games  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — Both the Elkhart and Grapeland High School football teams will play their Homecoming games tonight in the area.

New Elkhart superintendent set to start Aug. 21 | Education  Palestine Herald Press

Members of the Elkhart ISD Board of Trustees are scheduled to hire Lamont Smith as the district's superintendent at an Aug. 20 meeting. The new ...

High school football: Elkhart vs. Westwood information box  Palestine Herald Press

INFORMATION. Who: Westwood (1-3) at Elkhart (1-3). When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.. Where: Jerry Ives Memorial Stadium, off Texas Highway 294 (Parker Street), ...

High schools: Two Elkhart teams place top-12 | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

MOUNT PLEASANT — High winds produced choppy waters during the Texas High School Bass Association East Division meet at Lake Bob Sandlin.

Elkhart schools narrows superintendent search | News  Palestine Herald Press

Following a nationwide search, Elkhart Independent School District has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to four candidates. The district expects to ...

High school basketball: Elkhart tourney reaches Day 2 Friday  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — The Elkhart Holiday Invitational continues with more games today and Saturday at Elkhart High School gymnasium.

High school basketball: It's an Anderson County showdown tonight  Palestine Herald Press

FRANKSTON — The Elkhart High School boys' basketball program hasn't been in this position in seven seasons.

San Francisco 49ers running back Jeffery Wilson Jr. honored by alma mater Elkhart  Tyler Morning Telegraph

ELKHART — Jeffery Wilson Jr. just finished his rookie season for the San Francisco 49ers.

High school football: Mays, others help give Elkhart a 'Happy Homecoming'  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — For Elkhart High School quarterback Landry Mays, and the rest of the Elks for that matter, it was a happy Homecoming.

High school basketball: Elkhart among sites for tournaments  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — Three Pine Empire boys' basketball teams will compete at the Elkhart Holiday Tournament set for today through Saturday at Elkhart High School.

High schools: Elkhart recalls 2017-18 in athletics | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — Elkhart High School recalled a successful 2017-18 athletic season with a banquet on Monday in the cafetorium. Athletes from the following sports ...

High school powerlifting: Elkhart boys, girls 2nd at Rusk  Palestine Herald Press

RUSK — The Elkhart High School powerlifting team may be training differently this year; but, the results are brilliantly the same.

High school cross country: Elkhart meet set for Wednesday  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — The Elkhart Invitational cross country meet will take place on Wednesday around the Elkhart High School grounds.

Veteran educator to lead Elkhart Middle School | Education  Palestine Herald Press

Former language arts teacher Rebecca Huff takes over as principal of Elkhart Middle School, effective Monday. In December, members of the Elkhart school ...

Elkhart superintendent resigns | Education  Palestine Herald Press

Ray DeSpain resigned as superintendent of the Elkhart Independent School District, effective Aug. 31, after heading the district for more than six years.

High school football: Elkhart's ground game chews up Westwood  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — The Elkhart High School football team controlled the offensive and defensive lines in Friday night's 36-3 victory over Westwood at Jerry Ives ...

High school basketball: Lady Elks experiencing a 'learning curve'  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — Last year, there were no varsity girls' basketball games for Elkhart, rather the school played a junior varsity schedule.

Stanczak banned from playing football | News  Palestine Herald Press

BY WILLIAM PATRICK. A University Interscholastic League board of six area school superintendents Wednesday banned high ...

High school basketball: Starr, Elkhart overcome Eustace to win  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — There was plenty riding on the line in the closing seconds of the Elkhart Holiday Invitational boys' basketball tournament.

Second school lockdown in Anderson County in two days  Palestine Herald Press

Nearly a dozen Anderson County Sheriff's deputies responded to a threat of violence at Elkhart High School Wednesday morning, as the school, like Palestine ...

Now at Elkhart, last year's Palestine attack victim has green light to play sports again

It was a trying road to recovery for 19-year old Michael Stanczak. But Tuesday the UIL ruled that he will be allowed to play varsity sports for the Elks.

High school volleyball: Elkhart, Westwood triumph in 20-3A  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — Elkhart High School setter Haleigh Chapin dished off 16 assists as the Lady Elks defeated Frankston 25-14, 25-20, 25-23 in District 20-3A ...

High school track and field: Ashford, McSwane lead Elkhart boys; girls second  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — The Elkhart High School boys' track and field team defended its track as the Elks won their own meet on Monday at Ives Stadium.

High school volleyball: Canton outlasts Elkhart | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — The Elkhart High School volleyball hasn't shied away from taking on tough competition.

High school football: Fiacco named to Elks' post  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — The Elkhart Independent School District board had a special called meeting on Monday evening to announce the hiring of a new head football ...

High school track and field: Elkhart boys nab team title  Palestine Herald Press

The Elkhart High School boys' track and field team came through with the District 18-3A championship on Thursday evening at Westwood High School's Panther ...

Elkhart High School named to “Best High Schools in Texas” list  Palestine Herald Press

Named this week as one of the Best Schools in Texas, Elkhart High School received the National Bronze Medal from U.S. News and World Report. For the ...

High school basketball: Westwood girls alive for playoffs  Palestine Herald Press

Both the Westwood and Elkhart High School girls' basketball teams have shown improvement through the 2018-19 season — just in different increments.

East Texas schools to wear maroon in wake of Athens tragedy KYTX

After an Athens middle school student was killed in a school bus crash involving a freight train, students from all over East Texas will shot their support by ...

High schools: Powerlifting schedules are requested | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

The high school powerlifting season is underway with weight training sessions.

EDITORIAL: Schooling Michael Stanczak | News  Palestine Herald Press

A University Interscholastic Athletic League appeals board Monday ended Elkhart High School senior Michael Stanczak's year-long battle to play football again ...

Stanczak's appeal denied, and a dream dies | Community  Palestine Herald Press

Elkhart High School senior Michael Stanczak will not achieve his dream of lettering in football. A University Interscholastic League appeals board Monday ...

Elkhart High School awarded Perkins grant | Education  Palestine Herald Press

Elkhart High School has been awarded the 2017-2018 Perkins Reserve Grant of $75000. Elkhart is one of 15 campuses in Texas to receive the grant.

HERALD-PRESS EDITORIAL: Adding insult to injury | News  Palestine Herald Press

In banning high school student Michael Stanczak from football, a University Interscholastic League board of area superintendents made one of the worst rulings ...

High school basketball: Elks can't shake cold quarter, lose to Groesbeck  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — One dry quarter spelled doom for the Elkhart High School boys' basketball team in a 58-49 District 20-3A loss to Groesbeck.

High school rodeo: Three county performers ready for big stage  Palestine Herald Press

ABILENE — Three Anderson County youth will compete at the Texas High School Rodeo Association state finals rodeo.

Looking back at 2018: One dream dies, another stays on track  Palestine Herald Press

Editor's note: Journalism is history in a hurry. To help record our most recent history, Herald-Press editors and reporters, at the end of each year, look back at the ...

Local: Elkhart ISD seeking gently used tennis rackets  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — The Elkhart Independent School District is currently accepting donations of gently used tennis rackets.

Injured student still chasing football dream | News  Palestine Herald Press

After suffering multiple serious injuries stemming from an alleged assault following a Palestine High School football practice last year, Michael Stanczak, 19, ...

High school football: Centerville pushes past Elkhart in second half for win  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — Elkhart's season opener was a hard-fought, back-and-forth battle, but the Centerville Tigers proved worthy of their No. 9 ranking in 2A.

Football: Elkhart's Wilson scores TD in 49ers' loss  Palestine Herald Press

Former Elkhart High School standout running Jeff Wilson, Jr. earned some limelight in the San Francisco 49ers' final preseason contest.

East Texas football player wins UIL appeal, can return to play  KLTV

A student who was badly beaten in a high school locker room will be allowed to return to the football field following a unanimous decision by a University ...

In abrupt move, UIL reverses decision on Stanczak  KLTV

Michael Stanczak's family is filing an appeal against the UIL board's decision that they are hoping will be taken up by a board in Austin.

Student speaks out one year after being badly beaten in locker room  KLTV

In September 27 of 2017, Michael Stanczak, then a senior at Palestine High School, was punched in the face multiple times by a teammate, resulting in severe ...

Pro football: Wilson signs with 49ers as undrafted free agent  Palestine Herald Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Elkhart High School standout Jeffery Wilson wasn't selected during the National Football League draft, which concluded Saturday ...

High school cross country notebook: Many area teams advance to regionals  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — Destination: Huntsville. Three Pine Empire cross country units have qualified for the Conference 3A-Region III meet set for Kate Barr-Ross Park on ...

Mary Joan Jenkins-Brunson | Obituaries  Longview News-Journal

LONGVIEW, TX — Mary Joan Jenkins-Brunson passed away on February 3, 2019, at the age of 90 years. A native of Elkhart, Texas, Joan graduated Elkhart ...

High school baseball: West sweeps Elkhart from playoffs  Palestine Herald Press

MUMFORD — The Elkhart High School baseball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday, falling to West 6-2 in Game Two of a best-of-3 Conference ...

High school roundup: Huff's 2-run single lifts Elkhart baseball to victory  Palestine Herald Press

TEAGUE — Elkhart High School's Bryson Adair pitched five innings of no-hit baseball, and he had seven strikeouts as the Elks downed Teague 4-2 in District ...

High schools: Elkhart sets track and field slate  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — If the weather holds up, the Elkhart High School boys' and girls' track and programs will begin the season Thursday at the Cayuga Invitational.

High school track and field: Depth fuels Elkhart girls' win  Palestine Herald Press

ALTO — The Elkhart High School girls' track and field team claimed the top spot at Thursday's Alto Relays, scoring 173.3 points.

Trial set in locker room assault | News  Palestine Herald Press

A jury trial for the 18-year-old former Palestine High School football star accused of assaulting a teammate is scheduled to start next Monday.

High school baseball: Elks' Adair, Warren earn superlatives  Palestine Herald Press

The Elkhart High School baseball team received two superlatives as awards were distributed in District 18-3A earlier this month.

Brothers suffer second September tragedy | Community  Palestine Herald Press

Brothers James and Justin Warren are no strangers to tragedy.

High school baseball: Elkhart prevails, Jacksonville rallies past Palestine  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — Brady Johnson produced his second straight solid outing of the week as the Elkhart High School baseball team blanked District 18-3A foe Teague, ...

High school volleyball: Groesbeck tops Westwood in four  Palestine Herald Press

Westwood suffered a four-set loss at home to 20-3A rival Groesbeck by scores of 24-26, 27-25, 25-21, 25-15.

High school softball: Lady Elks adjust, win | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

BUFFALO — The Elkhart High School softball team will need to get up to speed quickly for Friday's game versus Malakoff.

High school volleyball: Coach Evans earns 200th victory  Palestine Herald Press

TRINITY — Palestine High School head volleyball coach Janae Evans earned a very important achievement on Tuesday night.

College signings: Elk track and field pair ink with DBU  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — Elkhart High School track and field coach Ryan Blackmon had a glowing prediction for Dallas Baptist University Tuesday morning when seniors ...

Friday's schedule: Division 3 boys' powerlifting meet headlines slate  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — The Texas High School Powerlifting Association Region 3 Division 3 meet will take place today at Elkhart High School.

High school powerlifting: Elkhart girls 2nd, boys 3rd at Troup  Palestine Herald Press

TROUP — The Elkhart High School girls' powerlifting team had to settle for second place while the boys earned third at the Troup Invitational on Saturday.

Driver not at fault in fatal accident, passenger says  Palestine Herald Press

A passenger in a horrific crash early Saturday morning that killed two Palestine students told the Herald-Press Monday the driver, Miguel Morales-Ochoa, 17, ...

High school powerlifting: Elkhart dominates in Rusk | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

RUSK — The Elkhart High School boys' powerlifting team finally accomplished what the girls have all season long — winning a meet.

Schools across East Texas to have 'Maroon Monday' in honor of Athens ISD

While Athens has been reeling in the tragedy of the school bus collision with a Union Pacific train on Friday, many East Texas schools have come up with a ...

Elkhart mayor explains city's decision | News  Palestine Herald Press

Following Tuesday's Elkhart Volunteer Fire Department meeting at Elkhart High School, which the city of Elkhart chose not to attend, Mayor Mike Gordon wrote a ...

High school basketball: Fairfield, Frankston showcase sites today  Palestine Herald Press

FAIRFIELD — The Palestine and Neches High School boys' basketball teams will compete in the Fairfield Invitational beginning today.

Pro football: Wilson reacts to signing with 49ers  Palestine Herald Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Former Elkhart High School standout Jeffery Wilson wasn't selected during the National Football League draft, which concluded ...

Westwood principals off to a roaring start | Education  Palestine Herald Press

Scott Nettles, the new Westwood High School principal, plans to keep an open door to students, teachers, and parents. Accessibility and leading by example, ...

Pro football: Peterson makes 'Skins roster, Wilson joins 49ers' practice squad  Palestine Herald Press

Former Palestine High School star Adrian Peterson earning a roster spot with the Washington Redskins was almost a certainty.

High school baseball: Eighth-inning squeeze yields Elk victory  Palestine Herald Press

FRANKSTON — The Elkhart High School baseball team found a way to beat District 18-3A rival Frankston on the Indians' own field Tuesday.

In brief: Three youths compete at JNFR | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

LAS VEGAS — Three local high school students will be competing in the Junior National Finals Rodeo next week.

On pro football: Wilson, Jr. shines since promotion  Palestine Herald Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — With all the injuries the San Francisco 49ers have sustained at running back, it was only a matter of time for Jeff Wilson, Jr.

High school powerlifting: Four boys punch tickets to Abilene  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — There were plenty of records shattered at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association Region 3 Division 3 meet on Friday at Elkhart High ...

Elkhart mourns student's death | Local News  Palestine Herald Press

The mood at Elkhart High School was somber Monday and extra counselors were on hand to help students and faculty cope with the tragic death of a popular ...

High school track and field: Hi-ho silver for Elk relay  Palestine Herald Press

AUSTIN — For Elkhart High School track and field athlete Trent Huff, he was the “veteran” of the group that competed in the 1600-meter relay on Friday evening ...

Elkhart band students excel at the UIL State Solo Contest  Palestine Herald Press

Elkhart High School band students, Burke Brumley, Briley Patterson and Jacob Urbina, earned medals at the UIL Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest.

High school softball: Elkhart's Crouch inks with TVCC  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — Elkhart High School senior softball player Holly Crouch already was taking dual-credit classes at Trinity Valley Community College.

High school powerlifting: Elkhart girls keep dazzling, Garcia-Castillo wins weight class  Palestine Herald Press

MALAKOFF — The usual suspects showed up and succeeded on the platform during the Malakoff Invitational powerlifting meet on Saturday.

High school fishing: THSBA to expand again | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

The Texas High School Bass Association has announced another expansion for the 2018-19 season.

Gray scheduled to be tried on assault charge  Palestine Herald Press

LeGeorge Gray, a former football star for Palestine High School, is scheduled to be tried Jan. 14 for an alleged assault on fellow student and teammate, Michael ...

Elkhart powerlifting dominates at quad meet | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART – Led by 11 lifters winning their respective weight classes Elkhart swept the team title in a quad powerifting meet held Thursday at the Elkhart High ...

Grapeland powerlifter Riess racks up records, wins region title; Elkhart's Jones also qualifies for state  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART – Grapeland's Cameron Riess had one of the best performances in history for an area boys powerlifter on Friday.

High school basketball: Cayuga girls can't overcome deficit, lose  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — It's always tough to overcome a slow start.

On pro football: In first pro start, Wilson, Jr. fares well  Palestine Herald Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Former Elkhart High School running back Jeff Wilson Jr. had his first career start with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

High school track and field: Drama set to unfold at state meet  Palestine Herald Press

AUSTIN — There are plenty of dramatic storylines heading into the University Interscholastic League state track and field meet, which starts today at Mike A.

Anderson County man sentenced to probation in manslaughter trial  Palestine Herald Press

Haden Blaine Gray, 19, was sentenced to 10 years probation by an Anderson County jury Friday, after being found guilty of manslaughter earlier in the day for ...

National Football League: Wilson performs at NFL Combine today  Palestine Herald Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Today's the day for former Elkhart High School running back Jeffery Wilson.

Buck, Billups, Brumley had big-time years | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

Ashley Buck. Xavier Billups. T.J. Brumley. What they have in common, besides last names that begin with the letter b, is they concluded their high school careers ...

Pro football: Colts' defense slows Peterson, Chiefs' Mahomes sets record  Palestine Herald Press

LANDOVER, Md. — Former Palestine High School running back Adrian Peterson was subject to a strange sound on Sunday: Booing.

High school powerlifting: Hatton, McEnturff off to state  Palestine Herald Press

Last year, Palestine High School's Deonundre Hatton helped teammate Jesus Garcia-Castillo with his weight straps at the Texas High School Powerlifting ...

Elkhart softball standout Rucker keeps promise, signs with Mary Hardin-Baylor  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART — In this election year filled with ugly politics Camryn Rucker would probably win if she was old enough to run for public office. The Elkhart softball ...

Family haunted by the unknown in Lund case  Palestine Herald Press

Beth Lund will never forget the last time she talked to her 19-year-old son Ben Lund — six years ago.

Elkhart's Ashley Buck triple jumping to state | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART – Before the 2015 track and field season started, Elkhart High School's Ashley Buck didn't think she had a chance to make it to the state track and ...

Rusk softball standout accepts lucrative offer from ETBU  Jacksonville Daily Progress

RUSK — Losing at least three of the five pitchers that were on this year's roster, East Texas Baptist University was in need of pitching help, and they were not.

Elkhart CC teams repeat as 21-3A champions | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART – Elkhart's Ashley Buck and Westwood's Joseph Meador are relatively inexperienced when it comes to competing in high school cross country.

Four Elkhart cross country teams win district | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

The Elkhart cross-country teams struck gold while running at the district meet Wednesday at Elkhart.

SHE'S IN THE ARMY NOW: Elkhart track standout Buck signs with West Point  Palestine Herald Press

ELKHART – Being in the Army was not what Ashley Buck anticipated for her collegiate college career, then she went on a campus visit to West Point, New York.

Elkhart gets tough challenge from Westwood | Sports  Palestine Herald Press

Elkhart's Mason Huffines hit a grand slam home run to help Elkhart defeat Westwood 8-6 on Friday night at Westwood High School.

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