Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Sports

November 14, 2012

Recruiting: Tigers pitcher Grounds headed to Texas State

Corsicana — Tigers pitcher Holden Grounds made it official Wednesday. He’s headed to Texas State.

Grounds, a senior, signed his national letter of intent to play for the Bobcats, the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period.

Grounds committed to Texas State last month after an official visit to San Marcos.

Grounds said he’s proud of his accomplishment.

“Just all the hard work I've put in and the time coaches and teammates have spent on me is paying off,” Grounds said. “It's a dream come true to be able to play Division I baseball.”

Grounds was 9-2 last year with a 1.50 ERA. He had 103 strikeouts in 70 innings as the Tigers reached the regional quarterfinals.

His Tiger teammate, Hunter Melton, is a freshman at Texas A&M. And their Tigers teammate Gage Curry, a sophomore at Navarro, signed with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday.

 Tigers coach Heath Autrey said Wednesday it means a lot to the Corsicana baseball program, the school district and community for Grounds to sign with Texas State.

“He’s a committed student that takes pride in what he does in the classroom on a daily basis and a leader in all areas,” Autrey said. “Not only is he one of the best high school players I have coached in my career, more importantly he is on of the best young men I have coached. He is a walking testament of how sticking to the process and putting in extra work on your own pays dividends.”

Grounds is considered to be one of the top pitchers in the state. Autrey said all he has to do now is execute his pitches and let the rest take care of itself.

“I can say I hope all three of my boys Hunter, Ty, and Easton grow up to be as good of a person and role model as Holden is,” Autrey said. “I’m looking forward to watching him and the 2013 Wolfpack play this season. Holden and the rest of the guys have been putting in the work necessary to have a good year. Texas State is fortunate to be getting him.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 7-30-14 Davis.jpg Former Cowboy Keith Davis delivers motivational speech

    Keith Davis believes in dreams.
    He lived his.
    That was one of the messages Davis, a former Dallas Cowboys safety, delivered to a standing-room-only crowd of youngsters Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, where he spoke with enthusiasm and energy about life inside and outside of the NFL.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-30 web Wortham TTBA picture.jpg TTBB: Wortham takes second at state tournament

    The Wortham Bulldogs made an impressive run at the Texas Teenage Baseball Association High School Eligible State Tournament in Buffalo and took second in the state.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-29-14 tiger sharks.jpg Tiger Sharks make splash at state meet

    There are leaps and bounds, and then there's what the Corsicana YMCA Tiger Sharks did over the weekend at the Lone Star state swimming meet in Frisco.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-27 Shimonek all-star.jpg Mildred's Shimonek transferring from Iowa, will walk on at Texas Tech

    Former Mildred quarterback and Golden Circle Del Thrash Player of the Year Nic Shimonek is leaving the University of Iowa after one red-shirt year and transferring to Texas Tech because of Iowa's pro-style offense.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan; Remembering House and a better era

    The Cowboys started training camp the same week that Robert Newhouse died.
    In a way, that’s very unfortunate for Jerry. Thinking back to the “Human Bowling Ball” and the teams of that era might lead to the inevitable comparisons to today’s product on the field.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • weights.jpg GC Football: Blooming Grove's Williams expects to win

    His father was a head coach for years at Pecos High and his brother-in-law is the head football coach at DeSoto, but Lawrence Williams Jr., a man who loves coaching football, never had any ideas about being the head man.
    “I love coaching,'' said Williams as he sat at his desk in Blooming Grove, where he became the Lions' head coach this summer. “I just never thought about being the head coach and I never applied to be a head coach. With this job I can still coach.''

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kevin Reese mug.jpg Outdoors: Kevin Reese: Summer time means summer tracking

    With only two months before opening day of archery season you should already have your bow maintenance complete, be shooting daily and chomping at the bit for our favorite day to arrive!
    Let’s face it, few animals turn our rotors like whitetail deer.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • All-State Baseball: Corsicana's Harlan and Wolver honored on TSWA/Collin Street Bakery 4A All-State Baseball team

    Corsicana junior Brady Harlan and sophomore Layton Wolver were honored on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 4A All-State Baseball team that was announced Tuesday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • 7-23-14 Kayana.jpg Gymnastics: Kaylana Dickson celebrates national title with fans and her uncle David Hawthorne

    Kaylana Dickson got the name Bebop on her way to winning a national title in gymnastics this summer, and boy did it catch fire.
    Kaylana, a Corsicana native, picked up fans from all over the country and many bought Bebop T-shirts to help pay her expenses to Spokane, Wa., where she won the 8-and-under title in the double-mini trampoline event and finished third in floor exercise.
    More than 100 of her friends, family members and fans showed up at the Corsicana YMCA on Saturday to celebrate the national title and be on hand for a drawing for an autographed New Orleans Saints football jersey from David Hawthorne, a star defensive lineman for the Saints and Kaylana's uncle

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • All-State Baseball: TSWA/Collin Street Bakery All-State 3A baseball team is announced

    The Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 3A All-State Baseball Team was announced Tuesday.

     

    July 22, 2014