For Mildred, it was history-making, for Corsicana, it was reaching a goal set back in August while at Kerens it was a season of discovering and change and at Frost it was all about getting on a roll and stying there. Rice battled and kept tradition alive and a new coach at Wortham turned the team into a powerhouse.
Welcome to the volleyball playoffs, which begin Tuesday all over Texas.
Six of the nine Golden Circle schools made it, and all of them have visions of making a run.
Mildred not only won its first district title, but the Lady Eagles, who have been on the rise since JoAnna Vaden took over, were a perfect 10-0 in 23-2A. They play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against New Waverly at Leon.
Corsicana’s new coach Ashley Grace brought a lot of hope, promise, wisdom and energy to the program, and the Tigers fought their way into the Class 4A playoffs with a season finale win over Tyler. They face Waxahachie at 7 p.m. in the Ennis High gym.
Rice, one of the shortest teams in 2A, put a tough, scrappy no-quit team on the floor and once again reached the playoffs.
The Lady Cats, a powerhouse in basketball, changed the way the folks think in Kerens, where they have taught their fans to love volleyball with a season to remember. They fell just short of a district title because of a controversial loss to Cayuga. The Lady Cats, ranked No. 17 in the state, open against Blum at 6:30 p.m. in Hubbard.
Johnny Ward took over the Wortham program and has his Lady Bulldogs ranked in the state (No. 23) and in the playoffs. They face one of the most talented teams in 1A at 6:30 p.m. at Navarro when they meet the Elaine Woods’ No. 11 Frost Lady Polar Bears, a classy and gritty bunch who have had a season of celebration, beating powerhouses Blum and Kopperl on the road and winning 12 in a row to make a statement.