Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


October 30, 2012

HS Volleyball: Kerens, Wortham advance in bi-district playoffs

Frost, Mildred, Rice lose in opening round

Corsicana — The Kerens LadyCats volleyball team has toyed with playing five-set matches going back to last season.

They were at it again in Tuesday night’s Region II-1A bi-district playoff match against Kopperl at the Wolens Special Events Center. The LadyCats started strong, then had to hold on for a four-set victory over the Eagles.

“We like to play forever,” Kerens coach Kristen Lynch said. “We don’t know how to finish.”

Kerens (21-12) advanced with a 25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22 win over Kopperl, advancing to play Milano on Thursday night at Waco Robinson.

Sophomore standout Breanna Wells was the hitting star at the end, winning the final two points on monster kills with Kerens trying to finish off Kopperl with a 23-22 lead.

“It helped us build our confidence and put us in the right direction as a team,” Wells said.

Kerens dominated the first set as Wells had a strong serving game. Marqueshia Kelly had six kills in the second set as the LadyCats looked like they might sweep.

But Kopperl kept fighting led by senior Brittany Sutton, who had four kills in the third set.

The Eagles looked like they were going to take the fourth set, building a 20-17 lead. But Wells took over as the LadyCats won the final four points with the sophomore racking up three kills.

Wortham sweeps Frost: Amber Libhart had 15 kills and eight blocks as Wortham beat Frost 25-19, 25-23, 25-17 at the Wolens Special Events Center.

Wortham (21-15) advances to play Chilton on Thursday at a site to be determined.

Frost freshman Jae Moore had 12 kills to lead the way for the Lady Polar Bears. Frost (13-11) had a great chance to even the match in the second set as Moore had two kills to tie the score at 23-23.

But the senior Libhart responded with two kills of her own, and the Lady Bulldogs cruised in the third set behind the serving of Hannah McCord, who served 10 straight points as Wortham took a 12-3 lead.

“It was a little rough,” Wortham coach Lori Ward said. “We need to clean some stuff up. We stayed with it.”

Mildred falls in four to Franklin: Mildred, playing in its first ever playoff match, lost to Franklin 25-22, 19-25, 17-25, 25-23 on Tuesday night in a Region III-2A bi-district match in Buffalo.

“These girls played extremely hard and competed well,” Mildred coach Joanna Vaden said. “They have really brought volleyball to a new level in Mildred and have so much to be proud of. I am extremely proud of everything they have accomplished.”

For Mildred (21-18), Jenny Jock had two kills, 16 assists, five blocks and two aces. Olivia Farmer had 11 kills, seven blocks and nine digs. Morgan McCreary had a kill, three assists and a block. Audra Springer had 11 kills, a block and eight digs.

Savannah Pritchett had six kills, five blocks and three digs. Stephanie Zamora had 10 assists and a dig. Callie Bland had 10 digs and two saves. Maddie Moore had five assists, five digs and a save. Joanna Tapley had 10 kills, 10 digs, two blocks and an ace.

Rice falls to Anderson-Shiro: Rice fell to Anderson-Shiro in four sets 21-25, 25-13, 25-8, 26-24 on Tuesday night in a Region III-2A bi-district playoff match in Leon.

Rice ended its season with a 19-11 record. For final statistics, please see an update on


Text Only
  • GC Baseball: Kerens' Anderson makes TSWA/Collin Street Bakery all-state team at four positions

    Call it the rarest of rares, at least as far as all-state teams go. Brett Anderson of Kerens shows up on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery all-state team not one, not two, not three, but four times. Dawson's Lane Dotson was a second-team outfielder, and the Bulldogs' Trent Underwood made the third-team as a pitcher, and also garnered an honorable mention nod at first base. Kerens outfielder Brent Warren was also an honorable mention pick.

    July 21, 2014

  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan: All-star games and all-star shame

    If there is anything more useless than a political promise, it’s an all-star game. I don’t care what sport at what level. Any all-star game is simply an exhibition, a reward for being among the best (maybe). Any one of them is about as relevant as the IRS’s “dog ate my homework” excuse for losing emails.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Smith1 PHOTOS: Former Baylor All-American Jason Smith visits Boys & Girls Club

    July 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • 8U Screaming Eagles YOUTH SOFTBALL: Mildred Screaming Eagles fifth at TTAS 8-under state

    The Mildred Screaming Eagles 8-under softball team took fifth place out of 13 teams this week at the Texas Teenage Softball state tournament in Temple.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Podjenski Navarro NC Baseball: Long-time assistant Podjenski takes over reins

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Following a method that has proven successful time and time again, Navarro looked in its own backyard for its next baseball coach. On Thursday, after interviewing three finalists, college administrators named assistant Matt “Pudge” Podjenski head baseball coach.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • UIL moves state basketball tourney to San Antonio

    Texas high school athletic officials have voted to move the boys' and girls' state basketball tournaments to San Antonio after 93 years in Austin.

    July 16, 2014

  • Kerens 8U Kerens 8U baseball headed to state

    The Kerens Bobcats won the Texas Teenage Baseball 8-under district tournament last week, beating teams from Ennis and Mildred. They are undefeated going into state next week in Groesbeck.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jenna Moore.JPG TTAS State: Frost 12-under tops Whitehouse, 8-4

    Frost doubled up Whitehouse on opening day of the Texas Teenage Softball state tournament Monday. Jenna Moore struck out nine, had a home run and five RBIs, and Frost erupted for four runs in the fourth to take an 8-4 win.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Smith1 Bear witness: BU great Smith to visit B&G Club

    A former college All-American and first-round NFL pick is visiting the Boys & Girls Club Thursday, and he’s not one of the many former Tigers who have recently played on Sundays. Jason Smith of Dallas’ W.T. White High School and Baylor will speak at the Boys & Girls Club at 2 p.m.

    July 14, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-12-14 Dawson Woods.jpg TTBB 14U: Mildred sweeps through district

    That looked easy.
    What else could you say about the way the Mildred 14-and-under baseball team played this week?
    The Eagles swept through the Texas Teenage Baseball 14-U district tournament this week at Mildred, where Mildred outscored three opponents 39-2.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo