FROST — —
Maliko Bruce took a circuitous rout to Frost.
By the way of the Virgin Islands.
With a lot of heartbreak along the way for the Frost nose tackle and the team’s biggest dude.
Bruce moved in with his aunt in Mertens after his mother died of breast cancer when he was 16 years old. Now two years later, the hurt is still there. But he’s found an unlikely source — football — to help honor his mother’s memory.
In only his second year playing the sport, Bruce has become a dominant cog in a Frost defense that is allowing 13 points a game in the playoffs. At 6-5, 280 pounds, he is a tower in Class 1A football, and he’s asserted himself like it.
Frost (12-1) plays Tenaha (8-4) in a Region-III 1A DII final at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Van.
Bruce has 43 tackles, nine tackles for losses, four sacks and 11 quarterback pressures. He understands at his size, he doesn’t have to get on the stat sheet to make a difference.
Bruce can blow up plays by getting penetration in the middle of the line, messing up the timing of the offense. Or he can force double teams. Swat down passes. You name it.
“My job is to beat people off the line,” Bruce said Tuesday.
He grew up playing basketball and baseball in the Virgins Islands. Frost coach Eric Blenden saw Bruce in the hallways when he first got to the school — he was close to 300 pounds — and thought, “Man, I hope he can play football.”
Bruce was unsure about it. But the coaches knew he was strong enough. The first time he hit the bench press he lifted the same weight as the other players. His coaches told him to double it, which he did, and still did it with ease.
Bruce started the last two games last year and had a big sack against Wortham. But he admits football was tough at first, especially the conditioning part of it.
“I couldn’t go more than two plays,” he said.
He’s improved this season, and even played some fullback, rushing for two touchdowns. He rarely comes out of the game on defense.
“He’s doing a great job from where he came from a year ago,” Blenden said.
Bruce talks very little about his mother or the deadly disease that took his mom away from him. Not even to Blenden or his teammates. He is focused on the team and playing for her memory.
Frost NT who lost his mom two years ago has made huge strides on field
FROST — —
Maliko Bruce took a circuitous rout to Frost.
CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win
Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.
GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College
She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
“I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.
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Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.
GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0 (Adds Dawson-Hubbard baseball)
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Navarro Softball: Bulldogs sweep Bossier on Sophomore Day
From a one-sided laugher to a hold-your-breath finish, Navarro’s softball team celebrated Sophomore Day on Saturday in front of its largest crowd of the season.
The Bulldogs ripped Bossier 14-1 in a five-inning romp and then had to fight for their lives in the second game, finally winning 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a squeeze bunt that brought home Caitlin Moerbe, who ended the day with a dust-filled slide at the plate.
GC Softball: Hubbard, Curtis shut out Axtell 3-0
For Hubbard’s Olivia Curtis the magic number was 15 -- as in 15 wins and 15 strikeouts.
But don’t stop counting now. There’s plenty left for Curtis and her Hubbard teammates who have made the most of their stretch run in the district race, and capped off a huge week with a 3-0 win over Axtell on Friday.
GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Kerens' Anderson pitches perfect game (ADDS Dawson baseball)
Brett Anderson threw a five-inning perfect game Friday at home to lead Kerens over Neches 11-0 in a key district game that leaves the Bobcats in first place with a two-game lead.
CHS Baseball: Tigers lose to Nacogdoches 4-1
In a battle for first place in the District16-4A race, Nacogdoches and pitcher Brigham Hill stopped Corsicana’s Tigers 4-1 Friday to take over the lead in the district with a 6-1 record. The Tigers are now 5-2 and face Lindale, which is also 5-2, at Price Field on Tuesday night to try to gain ground in a tough district race.
GC Baseball: Kerens closing in on first district title since 1977
Step by step, inch by inch …
That's how the Kerens baseball team got here, right here on the threshold of what could be the program's best season since 1977.
GC Track & Field Roundup: Kerens girls win district
The Kerens girls ran away with the District 18-1A track & field meet at Cayuga, scoring 134 points to beat Dawson (108), Cayuga (101), Cross Roads (93), Hubbard (91), LaPoyner (42) and Wortham (16).
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