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.
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.
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.
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.
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