Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


June 7, 2013

All-Golden Circle Softball titles honor those lost

Daily Sun announces its 2013 GC Softball team

Corsicana — On Memorial Day in 2000, as I prepared to coach a little league baseball game in Rice, my phone rang. Dale Gosser, former Daily Sun sports editor and now the managing editor in Cleburne, labored on the other end.

“Krista Armstrong died today,” he told me. She had passed away after an accident involving a vehicle.

I had just covered several of the Blooming Grove sophomore’s playoff games. She played catcher. Well. She had a feisty demeanor, and she refused to cheat the game by playing it the right way, hard, full-bore.

With the blessing of then-Daily Sun Publisher Gary Connor, we renamed our annual Golden Circle Player of the Year award for Krista, who had been a first-team All-Golden Circle volleyball and softball player that year.

Unfortunately, three and a half years later, our sports department found itself facing a similar tragedy. Heather Holland, a sophomore at Rice, was killed in a car accident on Nov. 7, 2003 traveling to pitching practice in Corsicana. In the spring, she went 10-5 with a 1.40 ERA for the Lady Bulldogs, earned the school’s first-ever playoff victory on the mound, and landed on the All-Golden Circle first-team.

Again, we saw fit to honor Holland by naming our All-Golden Circle pitcher of the year award for her.

Somewhere along the way, through the numerous departmental changes and computer crashes, those two names fell off of the marquee. That is unacceptable.

With a lot of pride in what those two young ladies stood for, we are pleased to bring their names back to the 2013 All-Golden Circle team. To the two Olivia’s, Farmer and Curtis, who now have their names associated with Krista and Heather, let me assure you both it’s an honor.

Krista and Heather were standard setters. Gamers. Worthy of being remembered each spring for what they accomplished.

— Raymond Linex II, publisher and former sports editor (’96-’96, ’98-’00), Corsicana Daily Sun

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    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.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NVSBAhearn.jpg 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.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • KerensBBAnderson.jpg 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.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Rodeo clown.jpg Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back

    He's 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.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huggins rodeo Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo

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    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NC baseball Whoa 300th Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish

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    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 21, 2014

  • Kerens boys grab four gold medals at area track meet

    Tavion Hall and Jalon Moss each snared a pair of gold medals as Kerens boys finished second at their area track meet last week with 88 points.

    April 21, 2014

  • 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.

    April 18, 2014

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