It was just one of those nights.
That’s the way Rice volleyball coach Donna Gent put it after her team had an off-night against Buffalo on Monday in the Kerens gym, where Buffalo won a tiebreaking playoff game in three sets (25-15, 25-9. 29-27) that decided the third and fourth seeds in the District 23-2A race.
Buffalo enters the postseason as the No. 3 team from District 23-2A and Rice, which had stormed its way into the playoffs, enters as the No. 4 seed. It’s the third consecutive season that Rice has qualified for the playoffs.
The Lady Bulldogs (18-11 and 5-6 in 23-2A) will play Franklin, which finished first in District 24-2A, at Fairfield High School at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in the opening round of the playoffs.
“It was just one of those nights,’’ Gent said. “We just couldn’t get started. You want to get the bad stuff out of the way before you go to the playoffs. Hopefully, it’s out of the way.’’
Rice has played well all season, even in its losses. The Lady Bulldogs went 1-4 through the first round of the district, losing all four matches in the fifth set. Rice took over down the stretch and went 4-1 in the second half of the district to go 5-5 and clinch a playoff spot. That 4-1 run included a sweep over Buffalo at Rice.
That’s what Gent wants to see from her kids next week when the playoffs begin.
Seniors Briana Weaver, Samantha Harris, Ashton Metcalfe and Emily Fletcher, juniors Sadie Gent and Kamran McGee, and sophomore Haven Keiller.
“We wanted to get third,’’ she said of Monday’s loss. “But once you get into the playoffs everyone is 0-0. We just had a bad night. They know what they need to do.’’
Rice’s game against Franklin is scheduled for 7 p.m. but if a doubleheader is later scheduled at the Fairfield gym, Rice would play at 6 p.m.. Tickets are avaliable at the school: $4 for adults and $2 for students.
It was just one of those nights.
GC Softball: Playoff Time
There were some bumps on the road and slides in the standings and a few bruises along the way, but five Golden Circle teams have reached the softball playoffs that begin with first round games on Thursday.
For Corsicana it was a wakeup call during the second half of district play that gave the Tigers the push they needed, and for Mildred it was the culmination of yet another splendid season as the Lady Eagles made the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blooming Grove is back again, a regular in post season play with a chance to make a run, and Hubbard begins its quest to get to the state tournament and Austin with a one-game playoff on Thursday against Itasca in Italy.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs split with Kilgore, win final home game
Kristen Ahearn was mad, steaming.
Even her peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she ate between the doubleheader games didn't taste good. Nothing fit. Nothing was in sync. Nothing felt right or even tasted right.
Then Ahearn found the cure.
Simple enough: Just go out and blast a three-run homer.
That's the short version of what happened Tuesday at Navarro College, where Ahearn's three-run bomb ignited the Bulldogs in the second game against Kilgore and Navarro went on to win 8-5 to close out its regular season with a bang and a smile from Ahearn.
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.
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