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 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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