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.
GC Bi-District Softball: Mildred rips Trinity 10-1
This was easy.
Almost too easy.
It's going to get tougher on the road in the playoffs, and maybe that's why Mildred's 10-1 romp over Trinity in the opening game of the three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district round of the playoffs felt so good to the Lady Eagles.
GC Softball Bi-District roundup: BG beats New Waverly 3-2; Hubbard downs Itasca 5-3
It didn't end until Mariah Horner squeezed her glove and hauled in the final out of the game in right field on Thursday night in Madisonville, where Horner and the Blooming Grove Lady Lions hung on to beat New Waverly 3-2 in the opening games of a three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district playoffs.
GC Softball: Playoff Time
There were some bumps on the road and slides in the standings and a few bruises along the way, but five Golden Circle teams have reached the softball playoffs that begin with first round games on Thursday.
For Corsicana it was a wakeup call during the second half of district play that gave the Tigers the push they needed, and for Mildred it was the culmination of yet another splendid season as the Lady Eagles made the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blooming Grove is back again, a regular in post season play with a chance to make a run, and Hubbard begins its quest to get to the state tournament and Austin with a one-game playoff on Thursday against Itasca in Italy.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs split with Kilgore, win final home game
Kristen Ahearn was mad, steaming.
Even her peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she ate between the doubleheader games didn't taste good. Nothing fit. Nothing was in sync. Nothing felt right or even tasted right.
Then Ahearn found the cure.
Simple enough: Just go out and blast a three-run homer.
That's the short version of what happened Tuesday at Navarro College, where Ahearn's three-run bomb ignited the Bulldogs in the second game against Kilgore and Navarro went on to win 8-5 to close out its regular season with a bang and a smile from Ahearn.
GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981
The wait is over.
And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
“I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.
GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game
The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings. Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.
Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back
Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.
Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo
West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.
Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish
Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.
Mildred sending five to regional track meet
Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.
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