It’s her team now.
That’s what Navarro volleyball coach Kasey McBrearty can see when she looks out at the gym floor and sees the Bulldogs going through their daily drills.
There are 15 freshmen and no sophomores. Fifteen newbies that will play their first college volleyball matches Friday and Saturday at the Dane Hatch Invitational in Tyler. The Bulldogs will play two matches each day.
They have already taken on the competitive fire of their coach, who is trying to get Navarro back to the regional tournament for the first time since 2009.
"No excuses,” McBreatry said. "We’re here to play volleyball. I have laid it all out for them, what is expected. And they’ve all bought in."
McBrearty, in her second season, has recruited all of her players, watching them play for their high school or club teams. Two holdever sophomores from the previous coaching staff decided not to continue with the team this year.
So McBreatry has her players with the skills she looks for when evaluating talent. That’s what every college coach eventually wants. Their own program.
"I’ve recruited players that want to win a championship,” McBreatry said.
Take Hailee Showers from Houston. She has come up in a competitive family atmosphere. Her father James is a high school football coach at the Aldine Davis High School.
Her older brother, Jameill Showers, is the starting quarterback at UTEP. You might have heard of him. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel beat out Jameill for the starting job at Texas A&M just weeks before the start of last football season. Jameill transferred this offseason.
Hailee, who played at Killeen Shoemaker and Aldine Nimitz, was recruited by McBreatry and is one of those players that has come in and bought into her coach.
"She has changed everybody in a positive way,” Showers said. "I’m learning to be a better person and a smarter player."
Navarro has played well in preseason scrimmages. What got them last year, not closing out matches, has turned around so far this summer.
"They’ve learned to comeback and finish,”McBrearty said.
The Bulldogs aren’t picked to finish at the top of their zone with Tyler ranked No. 9 in the country. They’ll play at home for the first time this season on Sept. 4.
McBrearty said she’s excited to know so many coaches are underestimating her squad. Her freshmen agree.
"People aren’t expecting what we’re willing to bring,” Showers said.
It’s her team now.
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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