How about blinding bright?
That’s kind of how they feel about the Corsicana Team Supreme track club, which competed in the state track & field meet in Corpus Christi over the weekend.
The program is growing, and so are the kids — literally.
The Team Supreme kids aren’t just competitive, they’re young and competitive.
“This is the youngest group I’ve ever taken to the state meet, and the youngest group to ever medal,’’ said coach Terry Douglas, who has been running the program for seven years. “And with them being so young they will be the best group we’ve ever had,’’
That’s the hope of Douglas, who loves the idea of building on to what he has already established.
“When we started it was all older kids,’’ he said. “Before this year we always took an older group of kids to the state meet, but this year was different.’’
Success not only breeds success, but in the case of Team Supreme, it opened doors that just weren’t there before.
“When we started out almost all the kids were 12,13 and 14,’’ he said. “And it took them a couple of years to develop them to where they could compete. But now more and more parents are bringing us their children at a younger age. We get a chance to work with them and get them started and to develop them earlier. I think the success we had is why parents are putting their children in the program at a young age. They’re comfortable about them growing and developing. We are starting with children who are so young.”
Douglas believes the young kids will be the foundation of his growing program, and that their success will lead to more youngsters starting track & field at a young age.’’
This year’s team had its moments at the state meet. Four kids came home with medals, including two 8-year-olds. Jayda Lunsford, who qualified for the Junior Olympics that are being held in Michigan this week, finished second in the state in the long jump in the girls 8-and-under girls division. She just turned 8 last week.
Jaydan Jones finished third in the 50-meter dash and fourth in the 100-meter dash in the 8-and-under boys division.
Two of the club’s biggest stars had big weekends. JaMicah Polk, a 14-year-old who could have an impact this year as a freshman at Corsicana High, took home third place in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 100-meter dash, and Ta’Mia Dews made a statement in the girls 14-and-under division.
Dews has been one of the top runners on the club since she arrived from Mesquite, and had a strong showing at the state meet, finishing third in the 200-meter dash in the girls 14-and-under division. She is only 13. Dews has been running since she was 4 and was a member of the Texas Torch track club in the Dallas area before moving to Corsicana last year. She won both the 100 and 200 in the state regionals in College Station three weeks ago and — like Polk — she has a bright future ahead of her in high school.
Douglas didn’t just see the program snowball this year, he saw it reach a new level. The club had to hold fund-raisers, selling barbecue and T-shirts, and also had to get donations this year just to get his kids to the state meet. Instead of taking a handful of runners, the Corsicana club qualified 42 kids for the state meet — another reason Douglas believes this was such a special summer of track.
“It was a great year, and I was so proud of the way we competed at the state meet,’’ he said. “Just to go down there is something, to qualify for the meet. And to get a medal...There is so much competition. You have to have everything go perfect to win a medal. It was a great group of children.’’
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.
GC Baseball/Softball: Blooming Grove sweeps Rice in baseball and softball
Blooming Grove's Lions needed this one.
Heck, they need all of them.
That's where they're living today on the Blooming Grove diamond, where everyone knew going into Friday's game with Rice that the Lions need to win their final three games to have a chance of nailing down the final playoff spot in District 23-2A.
One down, two to go.
“It's in our hands,'' said Blooming Grove Coach Matt Anderson moments after his kids beat Rice 8-0 Friday night. “As long as we take care of our business we'll be fine.''
GC Softball/Baseball Roundup: Frost girls win district title
Frost's Lady Polar Bears needed to win to nail down the district title and they never trailed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 clinching victory over Itasca Friday on the road. They wrapped up their second district title in a row with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs next week at 13-1.
CHS Baseball/Softball: Whitehouse sweeps Tigers in baseball and softball
The Tigers lost a tough game to Whitehouse, 11-3 as the Wildcats' ace, Pat Mahomes, who went four innings and gave up all three runs on two hits and five walks
GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly
There was never any doubt for Connor Hill, never any question about what he would do or how he would do it.
Sure, there was that meeting with his mother and father and talks with the doctor when he was 10, talks and meetings that came accompanied with worry and concern.
But never from Connor.
He just never dwelled on the fact he played sports with one eye. He didn't worry or talk about it when he was 10 and he never talked about it at Mildred High, where Hill emerged as a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.
GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet
The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.
Morgan:The new endangered species
Am I just that old, or have amateur athletics gone absolutely nuts these days? On second thought, don’t answer that unless it’s yes to the nuts part.
High School and college basketball are on the verge of being totally ruined by AAU basketball. Top roundball prospects are identified by the junior high level if not earlier.
GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup
Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second
GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road
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.
CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams
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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