Madison County shines at the next level

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Tra'dayja Smith is continuing her basketball career at Longwood University in Virginia.

The point guard out of Madisonville High School competed for two years for Trinity Valley Community College.

She played in all 34 games the past season and finished with better production than she did in 36 games her freshman year. She had a team-high 5.8 assists per game and averaged 5.5 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Smith averaged 4.2 points, 3.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds her first season.

Baseball

Zach Poe has decided to transfer from Sam Houston State University to Paris Junior College. The Madisonville High product was a redshirt his freshman season for the Bearkats. In four games for Great Bend of the summer Sunflower Collegiate League, he batted .231 with one run batted in. He had one save and a 1.05 earned run average in five relief appearances striking out a season-high five in a season-high three innings to earn the save.

Former Mustang Matt Rudis is on the roster for the Sanford Mainers of the New England Collegiate league. He will be a sophomore pitcher for Texas Christian University, where he had no record and a 8.22 ERA in nine relief appearances during the spring.

Another from the Mustangs, Jake Risinger has committed to Southwestern Christian University.

Men's basketball

Joseph Jones has played 40 games for Santeros de Aguada of the Puerto Rican BSN. The Normangee High alumnus averaged 24.8 minutes, second on the team, and led the squad with 6.5 rebounds per game. Jones, who averaged 10.9 points, led the team with 22 points and 11 rebounds in a May 25 loss.

Men's rodeo

Madisonville graduates Colby Lovell and James Arnold finished fourth in team roping at the Gladewater event. They earned $773.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.

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