From before the school year officially begins until the summer months are about to set in, high school athletes across Bryan County are putting in countless hours of work and preparation before taking to the field, court, mat, track and diamond to represent their schools — and hometowns.

A little more than two years ago, the Bryan County News was introduced. And as it has continued to grow, it will join with its sister publication, the Herald Democrat, in Sherman, Texas to help honor the top performances by Bryan County athletes.

For the first time since the All-Texomaland Banquet was reintroduced four years ago, both sides of the Red River will be represented. There will be three Player of the Year Finalists for all of the sports Bryan County athletes compete in and the winners will be announced at the end of the year banquet.

The All-Texomaland Banquet continues to get bigger every year and this is one of several additions going forward

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Choctaw Casinos & Resorts, it will make the 2020 presentation far and above any of our previous undertakings.

“It is a distinct honor to be a Bryan County All-Star supporting sponsor for a great event that positively impacts our community,” said Bryan Prettyman, Regional Marketing Director of Choctaw Casinos & Resorts – Durant. “These young athletes are being recognized for their devotion and commitment to a goal and we are proud to support their efforts as they grow into young adults.”

Narrowing a group of standouts performers, regardless of the sport, comes from many factors — not limited to but including coaches recommendations, all-district and all-state voting, regular-season statistics, playoff performance and contributions to a team’s overall success.

We believe the All-Texomaland Banquet is the showcase event to cap off the athletic year and proud to be able to honor the best that Bryan County has to offer.

Headlining all of this in 2020 will be Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame running back and the NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith as the featured speaker for the fourth annual banquet on June 12 and will help us honor all these worthy selections in the Texoma area.

“We are excited to welcome another Hall of Famer to Texoma and one of the best football players of all-time to this event,” Herald Democrat Sports Editor Jason Della Rosa said. “He is a great role model for these standout student-athletes both on and off the field and the latest addition to our impressive previous speakers in Pudge Rodriguez, Jason Witten and Sean Lee.”

The event will be held at Woodlawn Country Club from 6-9 p.m. on June 12. More information can be found by visiting All-Texomaland athletes will receive a letter in the coming months and as they are recognized through the end of the school year with instructions on how to claim their free ticket.

General admission tickets may be purchased for $60. General admission ticket includes dinner, awards ceremony and a question-and-answer portion by Smith. All-Texomaland athletes are invited to attend for free.

General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to the speaker. General public tickets will go on sale at a later date after the All-Texomaland athletes and their guests have reserved their tickets. Seating is limited.

For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nate Rodriguez at 903-893-8181 or