Art Prevost is tired of looking at the walls in the Corsicana gym.
He wants to do a little redecorating.
“We must be the only school in Texas without any basketball banners on the wall in the gym,’’ said Prevost, who believes this is the year for girls basketball at Corsicana, where they haven’t had a girls team make the playoffs in more than 20 years.
“We want to put a banner on the gym wall. We don’t want to just make the playoffs. We want to win 20 games and make the playoffs,’’ Prevost said. “We want to put a banner up. If I have to pay for it myself, I will. How are you going to start a tradition when you have nothing for people to see?’’
Prevost begins his fifth year at Corsicana, and it has been a work in progress, but he believes this is the year— the breakthrough year for the Lady Tigers.
“There hasn’t been a team go to the playoffs at Corsicana for 20-something years,’’ Prevost said. “Our goal is to win 20 games and make the playoffs. We have the basketball players who are committed to the vision and the dream. We have kids who played summer ball. We have kids coming early in the morning to shoot and staying late to shoot. We have kids going to the Y to shoot. We have some kids who love the game. My job is to show them the way. I’m just the pilot. My job is to see how high they can soar.’’
The kids are ready to take off.
“Nobody respects who we are,’’ said point guard Calae Wilson, a 5-4 senior point guard. “This is the year we get our respect. It’s not going to be like last year or the years before. It was really frustrating not winning, but this team is different.’’
Wilson is making a difference. She has already committed to Nichols State, a Division I school in Louisiana.
“She’s the first girls player from Corsicana to get a scholarship to a D-I school,’’ Prevost said. “That’s really a great thing for her and the program.’’
The program has grown. When Wilson was a freshman the Lady Tigers went 7-22, but they have been close to a being a .500 team the last two years, going 13-15 and 14-16.
“We could have easily had a winning record last year, a game here or there,’’ Prevost said. “But when you start talking about turning a program around, you’re not talking about .500. Being .500 is average, and we want to win 20 games this year.’’
Prevost had 14 players last year, but is carrying only 11 this season.
“We had too many players last year,’’ he said. “We were young last year.’’
Corsicana brings back eight players who all started at some point last season, including Wilson, who led the team in scoring with eight points a game and also handed out more than four assists per game. Prevost has four other players back who averaged five points a game, including seniors Erica Melendez and Ariel Bartee.
Turning a program around is never easy, but the kids believe it will happen.
“It’s time to show what we’re all about,’’ Melendez said. “This is a different year. We’re a better team and we are closer. We encourage each other. Everybody is tired of losing.’’
Prevost has a team of unselfish players who share the ball on the court and share a bond on and off of it.
“Our bond is so much stronger this year,’’ Bartee said. “We let go of some things we had problems with last year.”
Corsicana plays a fast-pace game that creates shots and relies on everyone on the court, and Wilson feels that part of the game has changed, too.
“We’re a better team this year because we know each other so much better, and everybody knows their roles on the team,’’ she said.
They have to in order to play at the pace Prevost wants.
“We want to get up and down the court,’’ he said. “There’s no shot clock, but we want to get a shot off within 10 seconds. We want to find and take open shots.’’
Wilson gives the Lady Tigers great guard play, and she has talent inside with Jamie Reeves, a 6-0 sophomore, Briana Biltz, a 5-9 senior who is the captain of the volleyball team, Melendez and 5-9 Kennady Betts.
It has taken Prevost a few years to get his team on the court, but he believes they’re ready.
I think they are,’’ he said. “We are at a place where our kids can go and be basketball players, players who can make a run.’’
Art Prevost is tired of looking at the walls in the Corsicana gym.
CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win
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.
CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region
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
Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.
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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