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Lewisville High football standout Tahj Martin: ‘It is a dream for me to play college football’

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Tahj Martin is just a tender 15-year-old student athlete.

A great, big gigantic one, that is.

Consider, for instance, Martin’s massive frame that is comprised of his standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 261 pounds which, to his credit, is practically equivalent of an NFL lineup.


FRESHMAN SENSATION

UNDER THE RADAR — Assuming roles on both sides of the ball as a left tackle and defensive end for Lewisville coach Michael Odle’s squad, Tahj Martin enjoyed a significant amount of action this past season for the Farmers as his stock amongst college scouts and recruiters increased mightily in the process.

Speaking of the NFL, Martin doesn’t shy away from the notion that playing football on Sundays undoubtedly is amongst his major long-term ambitions.

But first thing’s first: blossoming as a rising prep footballer.

“I am a hard working athlete, who has come from very humble surroundings,” Martin told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “I am a magnet and people gravitate to me, because of my winning personality and attitude.”

A triumphant mentality certainly highlights Martin’s assortment of key attributes as a true freshman for Lewisville (Texas) High’s football team.

 

STOCK IS RISING — With so much high school football ahead of him, Martin has already garnered interests from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.

Martin, in fact, is coming off of a productive and breakthrough season for an upstart Lewisville team that finished the 2018 campaign with a 9-3 mark, including an impressive 6-1 record in 6A Region I District 6, second only to conference rival Flower Mound.

Assuming roles on both sides of the ball as a left tackle and defensive end for coach Michael Odle’s squad, Martin enjoyed a significant amount of action for the Farmers as his stock amongst college scouts and recruiters increased mightily in the process.

No one, it seems, can attest to his notion more than his father, Geoffrey Grant Martin, who’s thoroughly convinced that his son is making a strong case that his prep football career will culminate with him signing a National Letter of Intent.

TEXAS-SIZED IMPACT — Martin is coming off of a productive and breakthrough season for an upstart Lewisville team that finished the 2018 campaign with a 9-3 mark, including an impressive 6-1 record in 6A Region I District 6, second only to conference rival Flower Mound.

“Tahj has grown tremendously both on the field and off,” Geoffrey Grant said. “He’s gained a level of confidence and passion for not only his role on the team, but for the entire team itself, all while maintaining his grades academically.”

All things considered, Martin’s favorable display as a true freshmen for the Farmers has, in fact, given way to a few college scouts deeming it essential to thrust him under their radar.

With so much high school football ahead of him, Martin has already garnered interests from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — Martin’s massive frame that is comprised of his standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 261 pounds which, to his credit, is practically equivalent of an NFL lineup.

Given the immeasurable impact he’s had thus far in his prep career, expect that list to expand much sooner than later.

“It is a dream for me (to play college football), because I am made and built for the sport of football,” Martin said. “I know that all the years I have been playing will pay off and a college scholarship would be the ultimate satisfaction of all.”

Although he did not attend any camps this past summer because of unforeseen circumstances, Martin was especially active, particularly as it relates to conditioning regularly and monitoring his weight.

“(I would typically workout) Monday and Wednesday mornings and in the afternoons, (and would take part in) cardio training on Saturdays and Sundays,” Martin said. “I also work on healthy eating habits that include making smoothies and protein snacks to build a strong muscle mass.”

DON’T LEAVE ME HANGING — A triumphant mentality certainly highlights Martin’s assortment of key attributes as a true freshman for Lewisville High’s football team.

Despite his overall body of work on and off the field, coupled with the impressive resume he’s established to this point, Martin also doesn’t shy away from the notion that no one has to persuade him not to hit the cruise control button at this point.

Not with so much prep football ahead of him.


“I performed exceptionally well (during the 2018 season), but I still have more work to do. I’ve got to work more on dropping into coverage. I have to work on that. My speed needs to improve, but with growth, I know I will get faster.” — Lewisville freshman Tahj Martin


WAITING HIS TURN — All things considered, Martin’s favorable display a true underclassmen for the Farmers has, in fact, given way to a few college scouts deeming it essential to thrust him under their radar.

A pretty wise and thorough assessment, this coming from a tender 15-year-old student athlete.

A great, big gigantic one, that is.

One whose short list of interested colleges undoubtedly is expected to expand much sooner than later.

So stay tuned.


For more information about Lewisville (Texas) High School football standout Tahj Gabriel Martin, connect with him via social media at:

Instagram: @tahjmartin12

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tahj.martin.1

Twitter: @martin2Tahj


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South Carolina Pastor Yolanda Townsend’s 7th Annual Pink Pajama Party figures to hold more meaning amid potentially fatal house fire

WE ARE FAMILY — Greenville, South Carolina-area Pastor Yolanda Townsend pictured with her family (from left to right): her son, Christian, 11, husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., and their daughter, Crystal, who is nine years old. Yolanda Townsend has been actively involved in the ministry for a little more than 18 years.

GREENVILLE, South CarolinaYolanda Townsend has been actively involved in ministry for nearly two decades — 18-plus years to be exact.

Like virtually all men and women whom God has strategically called to preach and spread the Gospel, the DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries Founder undoubtedly has witnessed seasons in which she has endured her share of sufferings and persecutions and turmoil and fiery trials.

Take, for instance, how Townsend and her husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., collectively were left to process the disheartening developments surrounding the death of their oldest son, Christopher Lamont Townsend Jr., who died at birth.

As if that wasn’t enough to place on trial the faith of a couple whose reputation is such that they are on fire for God, take, for instance, the tumultuous, potentially-fatal rash of events that, as Yolanda Townsend explained during a recent interview with Making Headline News, practically sums up why her Seventh Annual Pink Pajama Party that is scheduled for February 25 at the Empowerment Worship Center (at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville, South Carolina) will unfold accompanied by the appropriate theme, “Polished Diamond For His Glory.”

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WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT — At approximately 7:30 on the morning of September 22, 2016, the Townsends’ Greenville-area home went up in flames and nearly cost the family of four their lives.
But God…
“I woke up in a room full of smoke upstairs,” Yolanda Townsend explained. “There was so much smoke that I could not see what was immediately around me. I stepped out in the hallway calling out for our children. As I stumbled back into my bedroom I grabbed my home phone to call 911.”

At approximately 7:30 on the morning of September 22, 2016, the Townsends’ Greenville-area home went up in flames and nearly cost the family of four their lives.

But God…

“I woke up in a room full of smoke upstairs,” Yolanda Townsend explained. “There was so much smoke that I could not see what was immediately around me. I stepped out in the hallway calling out for our children. As I stumbled back into my bedroom I grabbed my home phone to call 911.”

Consequently, the enemy, as we are reminded specifically through God’s manual, had come in like a flood. In other words, the weapon had been formed, considering the phone wasn’t working once Yolanda Townsend had finally found her way to it.

But God…

“At that moment I had to remind myself that I have the ability to speak to my situation,” Yolanda Townsend said. “I went from both phones — home and cell — to now a phone call coming in. I answered shouting, ‘My house is on fire! Please call 911!’ Once I rebuked the devour, I then had an open line on the home phone.”

Still, satan, it seemed, was infringing upon the Townsends’ household much like he had done with Job.

BUT JOY COMES IN THE MORNINGWhile repairs and renovations were in the works, the Townsends had spent nearly the next four-plus months in a nearby hotel, a development that, by all accounts, provided them with a renewed sense of enthusiasm, much less a newfound disposition on life.

“But the enemy wasn’t done with me,” Yolanda explained. “As I was now on the line with 911, I didn’t realize I was standing so close to my stairs.”

So close was she to the stairs that she had slipped and fell, tumbling down what she recalled was “all 15 (cases.)

In essence, what was a real life, potentially fatal sequence of events in the Townsends’ residence seemed much like a docudrama, made-for-television movie.

DANCING DIVAShe upcoming five-hour Pink Pajamas Party will undoubtedly hold a more compelling and significant meaning this year.
That’s because God saved a family so that a family could bless a family.

“Had my head hit the foyer, I would have more than likely fallen unconscious and never recovered,” Yolanda said.

But God…

Even after three failed 911 call attempts, this seasoned minister had sensed all along that although she had a close encounter with the massive blaze of fire that destroyed a large portion of her home, she also had a worship encounter, one that was reminiscent to, say, the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace.

In a nutshell, God had spared the lives of the Townsends in the midst of a home that was suddenly consumed by fire, thus blanketed by heavy, smothering smoke.

MORE ABOUT YOLANDA TOWNSEND: 
www.Divas4ChristMinistries.org.

While repairs and renovations were in the works, the Townsends had spent approximately four months in a nearby hotel, a development that, by all accounts, provided them with a renewed sense of enthusiasm, not to mention a newfound disposition on life.

Among the reasons is that even during their brief, but seemingly uncomfortable season of downsizing, there was God, sustaining them. There was God, providing all of their needs, according to His riches and glory through Christ Jesus.

As only He could.

ABOUT THE FATHER’S BUSINESS — Townsend has been actively involved in ministry for nearly two decades — 18-plus years to be exact.
Like virtually all men and women whom God has strategically called to preach and spread the Gospel, the DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries Founder undoubtedly has witnessed seasons in which she has endured her share of sufferings and persecutions and turmoil and fiery trials.
But God…

“I am so grateful for life,” Yolanda, an Anderson, South Carolina native said while displaying her customary smile. “Even though we spent four months in a cramped two bedroom hotel suite, I was alive. We celebrated our daughter’s birthday inside the hotel in October, and our son’s birthday which is on Christmas day. During our stay ministry still continues. As many families and friends near and far sowed seeds and donations into our lives, so did we.”

During their stay at the hotel, the Townsends even recalled having crossed paths with a family of six that had been displaced amid the death of a loved one.

Having collectively taking inventory over their lives, the Townsends knew full well that God had strategically downsized them temporarily just so they could help upsize another family — possibly for on a permanent basis.

“This family of six was in a strange place because of a (family) death at Christmas,” Yolanda said.

But God…

“So we went out and got presents for the two younger children, gave money in a card to the two older children and their parents,” she said. “They were so full of joy for something we saw as so small. It reminded me that God honors the sincere giving heart. Not only were we able to bless the family, but we gained a family of friends for life.”

All of which practically sums up why the upcoming five-hour Pink Pajamas Party will undoubtedly hold a rather, more compelling and emotionally-significant meaning this time around.

That’s because God spared the lives of a family so that family could be a blessing to another family — you know, bear the infirmities of the weak.

Which, of course, means that all of these life-changing, spiritually gut-checking testimonies could very well give way to a number of ladies breaking out in a collective Holy dance — all while wearing pink pajamas, all while partaking in free food and door prizes, all while getting facials and manicures and massage treatments as well as other forms of entertainment.

Just like God.

 

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