Sandra Martinez knows all the hard work has paid off.
The Tigers’ runner will represent Corsicana in the Region II-4A Cross Country Meet on Saturday, one of several Golden Circle area athletes who will run in meets in Arlington and Humble.
Martinez said Friday before a practice run that she can’t wait for Saturday morning.
"This has been one of my greatest accomplishments and I couldn't have done it without Coach (Bobby) August who has always pushed me and believed in me more than i believed in myself," Martinez said. "He's a great inspiring man who does good things for his kids and makes an impact in everybody's life. Cross country is a great sport and running helps me when im stressed out and it has made me gain plenty of confidence and has helped me become a better leader as I prepare for soccer season."
The Tigers will send three runners to regionals. Joining Martinez at Vandergriff Park in Arlington are senior Dustin Welch and sophomore Erik Gonzalez.
The Blooming Grove boys are considered to have the best chance to make it out of regionals as a team for the state week next Saturday. The Lions’ toughest competition will be from Salado, Bruceville-Eddy, New Diana and Cameron Yoe.
“We’ll be somewhere between third and fifth,” Hawkins said. “There will be two teams going home unhappy. I just want us to focus on the good things that happen for us.”
Hunter Hawkins, Skyler Hawkins, Tyler Baumgartner and Daniel Pelzel finished in the Top 4 in the District 23-2A meet for Blooming Grove and will lead the Lions into regionals.
Pressley Atkeisson and Jesse Devries, who were 1-2 in district, are the Lady Lions’ top threats to make it to state.
The Rice boys and Mildred girls also qualified teams for regionals after finishing in the Top 3 in district.
Sandra Martinez knows all the hard work has paid off.
Area schedule for the week
Here's a look at this week's schedule for Golden Ciircle teams and Navarro College. The schedule does not include upcoming bi-district playoff games in softball because times and sites have yet to be determined.
GC Baseball/Softball: Blooming Grove sweeps Rice in baseball and softball
Blooming Grove's Lions needed this one.
Heck, they need all of them.
That's where they're living today on the Blooming Grove diamond, where everyone knew going into Friday's game with Rice that the Lions need to win their final three games to have a chance of nailing down the final playoff spot in District 23-2A.
One down, two to go.
“It's in our hands,'' said Blooming Grove Coach Matt Anderson moments after his kids beat Rice 8-0 Friday night. “As long as we take care of our business we'll be fine.''
GC Softball/Baseball Roundup: Frost girls win district title
Frost's Lady Polar Bears needed to win to nail down the district title and they never trailed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 clinching victory over Itasca Friday on the road. They wrapped up their second district title in a row with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs next week at 13-1.
CHS Baseball/Softball: Whitehouse sweeps Tigers in baseball and softball
The Tigers lost a tough game to Whitehouse, 11-3 as the Wildcats' ace, Pat Mahomes, who went four innings and gave up all three runs on two hits and five walks
GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly
There was never any doubt for Connor Hill, never any question about what he would do or how he would do it.
Sure, there was that meeting with his mother and father and talks with the doctor when he was 10, talks and meetings that came accompanied with worry and concern.
But never from Connor.
He just never dwelled on the fact he played sports with one eye. He didn't worry or talk about it when he was 10 and he never talked about it at Mildred High, where Hill emerged as a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.
GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet
The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.
Morgan:The new endangered species
Am I just that old, or have amateur athletics gone absolutely nuts these days? On second thought, don’t answer that unless it’s yes to the nuts part.
High School and college basketball are on the verge of being totally ruined by AAU basketball. Top roundball prospects are identified by the junior high level if not earlier.
GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup
Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second
GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road
Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.
CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams
That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.
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