Nothing has changed.
Even though everything has changed.
Many thought they wouldn't be or couldn't be, but somehow the Corsicana Lady Tigers have arrived on the cusp of their District 16-4A season ready to make a run at their first playoff berth in years.
It's a long road ahead, but these kids have already been through a bumpy ride no one expected, and they say expectations are the same now as they were in August.
“The goal is the same,'' Coach Art Prevost said Thursday. “We want to win 20 games and make the playoffs.''
That goal looked a lot easier back when the season started when Corsicana took its first steps to what it hoped would be the best season in more than 20 years with some history-making news.
Calae Wilson became the first girls basketball player from Corsicana High to sign a Division I basketball scholarship just before the season started when she inked with Nicholls State.
Hopes couldn't have been higher for Prevost and his kids.
Then in the seventh game of the season Wilson tore her ACL and was lost for the season. Wilson, who had surgery on Dec. 22, is still with the team, on her crutches, cheering from the bench.
“She's like having another coach,” Prevost said.
“We had to rely on the young kids,'' Prevost said. “They have really done a great job. I think when she (Wilson) first went down you didn't know what would happen. The sophomores have stepped up and we have played well as a team.
''Alexis Baston, a sophomore, has done a great job at guard and Erica Melendez (a senior) has played inside and done a great job. She has eight double-doubles this year.''
Other players such as Destini Lunsford, a sophomore, and senior Ariel Bartee have had their moments and players such as Kennady Betts and senior Briana Biltz, who play inside, have played well, and Shamara “Shay-Shay” Taylor is quick and smart and has helped ignite the Lady Tigers from the guard spot.
But what has made Prevost the happiest is the way everyone has come together to fill the void left by Wilson and the way the team has stayed up not only on the court but off of it.
“Every kid who is playing has contributed,'' Prevost said. “We have really had a team effort.’’ The Lady Tigers have lost some tough games but they're 14-6 as they enter the District 16-4A race, which begins Friday. Corsicana opens at home against Nacogdoches.
The mindset on the court is unselfish and the Lady Tigers have had different players lead them in scoring.
“We would rather have four or five players score eight points,'' Prevost said. “It's us as a group. We don't want to be a team where you have one player scoring all the points.
“I've been pleased with the team. When (Wilson) got injured it could have been traumatic, but the kids have played well and we feel good going into the district.''
Prevost said there are a number of teams that could win the district title, including Lindale, which is the defending District 16-4A champ.
“Based on where we finished last year (out of the playoffs), I think we should be on the outside looking in, having respect for every team we play,'' Prevost said
. “I know our team is a lot better than we were last year. Our goal (at the beginning of the year) was to win 20 games and make the playoffs. We've got 14 wins now so if we win 20 games we will probably make the playoffs. Right now, we're 0-0 and our goal is to be one of the four teams that makes the playoffs.''
Nothing has changed.
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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