Smith shines at Trinity


More than two months into the basketball season, Tra'dayja Smith was in a class by herself.

The Madisonville High School graduate was the only one on the Trinity Valley Community College roster of 13 to start the first 17 games (17-0).

The sophomore guard led the team with six assists per game, which tied for sixth among National Junior College Athletic Association Division I players as of Thursday.

She tied for first on the team with 1.8 steals a game. Smith averaged 6.9 points, which tied for fourth on the squad, and 3.9 rebounds.

Listed as the shortest Cardinal at 5-foot-5, Smith led the team with her season high of nine rebounds against Paris Junior College and added four points.

More women's basketball

Senior La'Neique Nealey had a season-high seven assists for Prairie View A & M University against Jackson State. The Madisonville product had two points and two rebounds. As of Jan. 24, she ranked seventh in blocked shots and eighth in assists per game in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Through 19 games, Lexi Leveston of Langston University started 18, the most on the team. The former Mustang averaged 6.7 points and a team-high 5.3 rebounds.


Kasey Williamson is a freshman pitcher for University of Texas at Tyler. He played for the Mustangs.

Men's track and field

Normangee resident Tanner Parks finished eighth in the long jump and 13th in the shot put at the Ted Nelson Invitational. The Stephen F. Austin State University senior was the anchor in helping the 4-by-400-meter relay place seventh. He did not advance to the finals in the 60 hurdles.

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