The Golden Circle is no stranger to Texas Teen-Age Baseball state champions.
Area teams wasted no time in the new millennium as the Mildred Brewers won back-to-back Senior Midget crowns in 2000 and 2001 and the Corsicana Giants also claimed Senior Midget supremacy in 2002.
The Dawson Bulldogs were the best T-Ball team in Texas in 2001, while the Corsicana Yankees and Corsicana Cubs claimed T-Ball and Senior Midget state championships, respectively, in 2005.
The Golden Circle could be home to five more of the state’s best — the Corsicana Braves, Corsicana Cardinals, Mildred Mudcats, Dawson Bulldogs and Corsicana Indians — with impressive representation in every level area teams could possibly be in at next week’s state tournaments.
Corsicana Braves, T-Ball
Three times was a charm for the Corsicana Braves.
The Braves (18-0) needed three chances to bring home a district crown. Next week Corsicana aims for loftier goals when the TTAB T-Ball State Tournament kicks off Monday in West.
The team conducted a serious practice Tuesday, Braves head coach Stan Farmer Jr. said, and a more fun workout on Wednesday.
“We’re ready,” Farmer said. “They were talking about winning state (Wednesday). They understand it now after winning district.”
Dominating district might have been a more accurate description. Corsicana outscored its opponents, 88-34, last week in Blooming Grove and did not have to play a full game in three chances.
“We have some tough ball ahead,” Farmer said. “If we play like we did in district, we will be a hard team to beat. It will take a heck of a team to beat us. The teams we beat in district were good teams.”
Tourney host West Parkway completes the 10-team field at state along with Corsicana and the Malakoff Longhorns, Troup Rattlers, Hillsboro Raptors, Palmer Rangers, Redwater Chicken Littles, Riesel J&S;, China Spring Astros and Salado Red Hawks.
The Corsicana Braves, Corsicana Cardinals, Mildred Mudcats, Dawson Bulldogs and Corsicana Indians set their sights on state championships next week
GC Football: Two-a-days: Back to Action
When the sun comes up Monday morning it's not just the dawn of a new day, but the dawn of a new season — it's the beginning of two-a-days.
Eight of the nine schools in the Golden Circle will begin football practice Monday while Corsicana waits until Aug. 8 to start. The Tigers begin a week later because they held spring practice.
For last year's playoff teams such as Mildred, Blooming Grove, Kerens, Frost and Hubbard Monday begins a road back to the postseason and for everyone else its the start of a new march. For everyone, it's the most optimistic day of the year.
Morgan: ESPN was wrong in suspending Smith
I won’t be watching ESPN this coming week. For a network that has been made into an empire by covering baseballs, footballs, basketballs, golf balls, soccer balls, tennis balls (I’ve never watched hockey, but I understand they have no balls), this network is much like hockey. They lack the things they are covering.
GC Volleyball Summer Tour:The tradition is back at Kerens
Breanna Baxter is back.
That's bad news for anyone facing the Kerens volleyball team this year.
But there is so much more than Baxter, an all-state player in volleyball, basketball and track & field who was the Golden Circle Female Athlete of the Year in 2014.
TTBBA: Mildred 14U repeats as state champs
The Mildred Eagles completed their season by winning back to back 14U TTBA state titles. The Eagles went 18-0 and captured the title in Hillsboro, where they won five games.
GC Volleyball Summer Tour: Dawson eyes playoffs
Nothing feels the same at Dawson.
It's not only a new season in a new district but second-year Coach Alica Sexton enters the year after having a full season with her kids — a season that revamped the program at Dawson, where they hadn't won in years.
Navarro Football: Nothing changes for success-minded Bulldogs
It didn't take long for Navarro football Coach Brian Mayper to deliver his preseason message at the SWJCFC Media Day Thursday.
“No surprises at Navarro,'' said Mayper, the first of the seven conference coaches to speak to the media. “We're running the same stuff. You guys know we're going to run the ball. And thank God, we're not changes defenses again this year.''
Mayper's real message is that life at Navarro is all about winning, and all about a culture that expects to win.
“We expect to win them all. If you don't, you're in the wrong business,'' Mayper said. “I think our kids expect it, too.''
GC Volleyball Summer Tour: Frost set for a big season
Everybody's back at Frost.
“This will probably never happen again,'' said Frost volleyball Coach Elaine Woods, who returns every player from last year's team.
They are not only back, but they are talented — arguably the most talented group of volleyball players in Frost history.
Former Cowboy Keith Davis delivers motivational speech
Keith Davis believes in dreams.
He lived his.
That was one of the messages Davis, a former Dallas Cowboys safety, delivered to a standing-room-only crowd of youngsters Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, where he spoke with enthusiasm and energy about life inside and outside of the NFL.
TTBB: Wortham takes second at state tournament
The Wortham Bulldogs made an impressive run at the Texas Teenage Baseball Association High School Eligible State Tournament in Buffalo and took second in the state.
Tiger Sharks make splash at state meet
There are leaps and bounds, and then there's what the Corsicana YMCA Tiger Sharks did over the weekend at the Lone Star state swimming meet in Frisco.
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