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 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.
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.
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