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Six teams will gather for Tyler Junior College’s annual Holiday Inn Classic this weekend, but it won’t be a vacation for any of the women’s basketball squads.

Three of the teams are ranked in the NJCAA Top 25 — No. 5 Northwest Florida State, No. 10 TJC and No. 25 Angelina.

The schedule for Friday includes: Bossier Parish (0-1) vs. Collin (2-0), 2 p.m.; Angelina (1-1) vs. Independence (Kansas) (1-2), 4 p.m.; and TJC (2-1) vs. No. 5 Northwest Florida State (1-0), 6 p.m.

The schedule for Saturday includes: Bossier Parish vs. Independence, noon; Angelina vs. Northwest Florida State, 2 p.m.; and TJC vs. Collin, 4 p.m.

It is also the home opener for Trenia Tillis Hoard’s Apache Ladies, who competed in the Thunderbird Classic last weekend in Hobbs, New Mexico. TJC defeated Western Texas and Howard before falling to host and No. 4 New Mexico JC.

Tillis Hoard is entering her 20th year as head coach of TJC. Her assistant is Bryant Porter.

TJC, Angelina and NW Florida were all in the NJCAA National Tournament last year. NW Florida made it to the elite eight.

The Apache Ladies team includes 5-6 sophomore guard Te’Aire Hambrick (Larue), 6-1 sophomore forward Felmas Koranga (Rift Valley, Kenya), 5-4 sophomore point guard Kharisima Brown (Fort Worth), 5-5 freshman point guard Akeria James (Memphis, Tennessee), 5-4 freshman guard Na’Teiona Cole (Fort Worth), 5-5 freshman guard Saige Roberts (Albany, New York), 5-4 sophomore point guard Diamond Atchinson (Waxahachie), 5-11 freshman forward Clara Rotich (Nakuru, Kenya), 5-7 freshman point guard Nala Hemingway (Lewisville), 6-1 freshman guard/forward Gerlyn Smith (Miramar, Florida), 5-11 sophomore forward Frankazia Boyd (Marshall), 6-2 sophomore center Melvin Iminza (Nairobi, Kenya) and 6-0 freshman forward Niya McGuire (Monroe, Louisiana).


Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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