That’s what they heard during practice.
Not roll in the floor laughing, but that pleasant laughter that comes when you’re having a good time.
That may be Corsicana’s secret, that may just be what is at the heart of this Tigers tennis team that had not only a memorable season on the court, but a cherished one off of it.
“The difference in this group and last year is the way they blend together. They care about each other,’’ said Tigers tennis coach Chad White, whose kids enter the Area Tournament today in Ennis. “They are more team oriented. That’s pretty important to have kids care about the team. When you have a group that’s team oriented they will work harder and want the team to do well.’’
Part of that caring attitude about the team carried over to practice, where the kids simply had a better time and enjoyed practicing and getting better.
“They get along well and that makes for a more efficient practice,’’ White said. “I can definitely say we had more efficient practices this year because of this group.’’
White said he believed practices were more fun and the end result was a better team — from top to bottom.
“It’s been fun, definitely,’’ said Ellen Yates, a senior on the team. “This team is a lot closer. We got closer faster, and since we’re closer the practices went smoother. We were goofing off and having fun but also being serious.’’
The results were obvious. Corsicana destroyed every team in District 16-4A to win the title easily. The closest match was a 15-2 win over Whitehouse.
Still, the kids celebrated when they ripped Jacksonville 16-2 last week to clinch the title.
“It had been five years since we had won the district when we won it last year,’’ White said after the match. “So winning it last year was a big deal, but for us to win it two years in a row means a lot to the kids.’’
They finished the regular season at 17-4, winning 10 of their last 11 matches and sweeping the district with a 6-0 record. But this is just the beginning. The next step is history.
The UIL has never had an Area Tournament.
“The kids are really excited about the Area Tournament,’’ White said. “It’s a new format and its the first one. They want to be the first ones ever to win it. They want to put up (a banner) with our other ones that says, District Champs, Area Champs.’’
The tennis program at Corsicana has a long and rich history, and this team wants to leave its mark.
“It’s not just because it’s the first time (for an Area Tournament), but because we actually have a team that can take the Area Tournament,” said Jonathan Caston, a senior who plays No. 1 singles and doubles on the team. “My main concern is that we are going in with a dominating team going in (to region) s area champs. It’s exciting to have a team like that.’’
If the Tigers finish first or second in the Area Tournament they will advance to the Region Tournament, and Caston and the players on the team think they can not only win the Area title but make some noise at region.
It’s been that kind of season for the Tigers, who have 14 boys and 14 girls on the team.
The boys team consists of Caston, Ben Crocker, Tyler Schultz, Brandon Levenson, Jacob Middleton, Daniel Barrera, Vincente Castillo, Ivan Ramirez, Tahoe Mickle, Juan Torres, Trent Hayes, Pete Farmer, Brent Rhodes and Justin Hazelwood. Maggie Phinney is the No. 1 girls player and she teams with Caroline Kennemore on the girls No. 1 doubles team. The other girls are Yates, Melany Betencourt, Cecilia Hernandez, Chelsea Vandiver Michelle Cho, Laura Flores, Rebecca Hambrick, Helen Hibbs, Crystalynn Shirley, Grace Updegrove, Jamison Teague and Emily Guo.
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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