Episode 8

Big Sandy Coach Jacob Hooker (holding trophy) celebrates the team’s back-to-back state championships.

Departing Big Sandy coach Jacob Hooker stops by the office just after the school’s second baseball state championship in as many years. He discusses his reasons for taking a new position in Fort Worth and picking out championship rings.

There is also a conversation with assistant baseball coach and school superintendent Mark Brown of Centerville in Trinity County. The Bulldogs played an eight-game outlaw schedule in the spring and have plans for continuing the program.

Big Sandy wins state


Episode 6 of the East Texan Athletic discusses going from good to
great. Big Sandy coach Jacob Hooker discusses taking over the Wildcat
program and progressing each year, culminating in a state championship
last season. They are looking for a repeat this year, with the
playoffs to begin soon. In addition to Hooker, assistant coach Jeff
Ashen and players Brandon Hendrix and Broch Holmes join the podcast.

Big Sandy Baseball


UIL Realignment

Join us for part two of a special two-part podcast featuring East Texan Athletic hosts Brian Besch and Jason Chlapek joined by Craig Irwin for a roundtable discussion on UIL District Realignment.

Episode 9

Episode 9 of the East Texan Athletic covers a player and coach moving on to further their careers. Former Livingston volleyball and softball head coach Christina Jaques discusses her choice to accept the head coaching position in softball at Santa Fe, while Trinity’s Mallory Stout details her decision on colleges and future at Centenary in Shreveport.

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Episode 7

The 2019 Chester Lady Jackets
Faith Laughner, left, qualified for the state track meet in Austin and is a member of the Lady Jackets’ playoff softball team.

Episode 7 of the East Texan Athletic covers coaches and athletes juggling schedules and wearing multiple hats at a small school. Interviewed are a softball coach that doubles as the school nurse, a baseball coach that is also the school’s head groundskeeper and a pastor on Sundays, and an athlete that will be at the state track meet and compete in playoff softball in one busy weekend.

Livingston softball


Coach Christina Jaques discusses changing the culture in Livingston volleyball and softball, and her offseason adventures in the Independent Women’s Football League. Also, Lady Lion softball catcher Bailey Bowers talks about her college choice, her team, and the harassment her coach receives from the girls.

Also check out a video of Jaques discussing the beginning of her football career here.

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Hoops, powerlifting at state competition


Follow Grapeland coach Anthony DeCello as he tells of his time coaching in Europe, guiding the Sandiettes to the state title game a few weeks ago, and the art of turning around basketball programs.

Also, Trinity powerlifting has state-bound performers heading to Abilene and Waco. They and head coach Forrest Reddick discuss success in the program.