Sometimes the other guys are just that good.
That’s what Corsicana’s volleyball team ran into Tuesday night when Lindale showed up in the Cosicana gym.
The Tigers battled and had some moments, but Lindale was just too tough, too tall and too talented.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Lady Eagles have Zhanelle Geathers, the best bigtime hitter in District 16-4A.
“They’re the No. 9 team in the state. They’re a pretty good team,’’ said Corsicana coach Ashley Grace, after her team was swept by Lindale, 25-12. 25-11, 25-15.
Don’t feel alone.
Lindale hasn’t lost a set in district play this season, sweeping every match in three sets and rolling out to a 4-0 record in District 16-4A. The Lady Eagles are the defending district champs and look ready to repeat. They’re 30-3 and haven’t lost in weeks. Their last lost was to state power Leon.
They’re that tough, that tall and that talented. And then there’s Geathers, who was simply dominating at the net.
Is she the best player in District 16-4 A?
Lindale coach Meghan Reniker smiled and said, “Well, best hitter.’’ Then she smiled again.
Geathers, who is 6-2 and plays taller, had her way at the net with some laser shots and some ridiculous blocks. She’s not only tall and savvy, but she has a big windmill windup and she knows how to finish. The volleyball coach from UT-Arlington was at the match to scout her and talked to Geathers afterward.
But as talented as Lindale is, Corsicana had its moments and the two teams fought through six ties in the opening set before Lindale went on a run, and the Tigers showed their own brand of toughness in the match.
“We just need to quit making so many errors,’’ Grace said. “We gave up too many points by making mistakes.’’
The Tigers are 1-3 in the district race, but have shown signs of being a payoff team. They’re 10-12 for the season, but most of those losses came early.
“We have a lot of district left,’’ Grace said. “We just have to cut down on our mistakes and play better. We have the heart to do it.’’
“Caroline Biltz led the Tigers with four kills and eight digs, and her sister Brianna had three kills and nine assists. Carley Cates had nine assists and 11 digs, and Celcilia Lopez had seven digs on a night when every dig was important. MaKenzie Lee had some brilliant moments at the net and had two assisted blocks. Mykala Goodwin had a block and Jenny Garcia had the only ace of the night for the Tigers.
Sometimes the other guys are just that good.
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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.
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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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There's nothing quite like signing day, and Taylor Ames was all smiles and beaming about her future Wednesday when she signed a letter-of-intent, accepting a basketball scholarship to Cloud County Community College in Kansas in front of family, friends and coaches at Kerens, where Ames leaves a legacy like no other.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs get ranked, split with Paris
Minutes after Navarro split a doubleheader with Paris on Wednesday, Navarro softball Coach Jessica Karenke was told her Bulldogs had just been nationally ranked and are now No. 16 in the NJCAA national softball poll.
She had no idea.
And she didn't care.
Karenke is worried about what happens on the diamond, and she had some concerns after Navarro made four errors in the second game that opened the door for Paris to pull off a 7-2 win after the Bulldogs and Ciara Luna controlled the first game with a 4-1 win.
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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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