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.
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.
GC Basketball; Kerens' Ames signs with Cloud (Kan.) Community College
There's nothing quite like signing day, and Taylor Ames was all smiles and beaming about her future Wednesday when she signed a letter-of-intent, accepting a basketball scholarship to Cloud County Community College in Kansas in front of family, friends and coaches at Kerens, where Ames leaves a legacy like no other.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs get ranked, split with Paris
Minutes after Navarro split a doubleheader with Paris on Wednesday, Navarro softball Coach Jessica Karenke was told her Bulldogs had just been nationally ranked and are now No. 16 in the NJCAA national softball poll.
She had no idea.
And she didn't care.
Karenke is worried about what happens on the diamond, and she had some concerns after Navarro made four errors in the second game that opened the door for Paris to pull off a 7-2 win after the Bulldogs and Ciara Luna controlled the first game with a 4-1 win.
GC: Mildred's O'Sullivan and Bland chosen to play in FCA All-Star games
Mildred’s Devin O’Sullivan and Callie Bland have been selected to play in the FCA’s All-Star games on June 1.
CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win
Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.
GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College
She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
“I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.
CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region
Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.
GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0 (Adds Dawson-Hubbard baseball)
Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.
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