It’s so hard to change. But that’s what the Kerens Lady Cats are out to do this season. Simply put: They want to let people know Kerens is a volleyball school, too.
They made giant strides last week, playing in front of the biggest home crowd in history in a sweep against Class 3A Palestine on Tuesday, and then they capped off the week with a memorable title in the Scurry-Rosser Tournament, sweeping Grand Saline on Saturday night.
“We made history for the Lady Cats volleyball team,’’ said Kerens coach Kristen Lynch. “We won our first tournament in the six years of our program’s existence. I am very proud of these girls and how hard they have worked. Great things are happening at Kerens and I hope it continues into a deep playoff run. We have the talent and we have the want-to this year. This can be our breakout year.
“Leading the way are my seniors. They have really stepped up and have played well along with my three juniors who play plenty around the court. We have a great combination.’’
The school has built such a fine reputation as a basketball powerhouse, that it’s touch to share the limelight, but Lynch points out hat all of her volleyball girls play basketball. It’s the same kids, but Kerens doesn’t have that reputation in volleyball — yet.
That’s what Lynch is trying to change, and she has the kind of team that can do just that this season.
Kerens was led Saturday by Breanna Baxter (24-for-29 serving, 4 aces, 15 kills, 19 blocks, 5 assists, 12 digs). Marqueshia Kelly (19 kills, 12 digs), Taylor Ames (28-of 33, 3 aces, 1 kill, 8 blocks, 37 assists) Tinesha Tolliver (17-of-22, 4 aces, 5 kills, 10 blocks) Cambree Betts (20-of-27, 2 aces. 3 kills, 10 digs, Kayla Kilcrease (19-of-20, 1 ace, 21 digs) and Emmanuela Armant (13-of-14, 1 ace, 7 kills).
Corsicana had a big week, beating Irving McArthur on the road Tuesday and beating Terrell on Friday night.
First-year coach Ashley Grace has seen her kids make big strides in the last two weeks and winning back-to-back matches can only hope a program that Grace is trying to turn around.
There’s also a lot of momentum building this season at Blooming Grove, where the Lady Lions are off to a fast start.
They have been playing well, and stepped up their game over the weekend when the won the championship trophy at their own Blooming Grove Tournament. The title came down to Blooming Grove and Frost, and the Lady Lions, who went unbeaten in the tournament, beat the Lady Polar Bears in straight sets to win the title.
Blooming Grove was led Saturday by Steely Southard (14 kills, 4 blocks, 3 aces and 1 assists), Falcon Thompson (2 kills, 4 aces, 2 digs, and 24 assists), Sidney Horner ( (4 kills, 4 aces, 2 digs and 6 assists), Allie Jordan (4 kills, 4 blocks, 1 assists), Mandie Shankie (3 kills) and Brittany Miller (10 kills, 6 aces).
Both Blooming Grove and Frost have had early success this season, and they meet again on Tuesday at Frost.
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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