Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


June 18, 2013

GC FOOTBALL: Texas Football ranks Golden Circle teams

It’s not an official holiday, but it’s a red-letter day for every Texas football fan when Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine is released.

The magazine, which previews the NFL, college football and every high school football district in the state, predicts another big year for Mildred, a district title for Hubbard, and lists Corsicana’s Devontay Bell as one of the top quarterbacks in Texas.

Bell, who started at QB as a sophomore and then missed most of last season with a torn ACL, is back calling signals for Corsicana and he starts the new season ranked as one of the top 30 quarterbacks in Texas by Texas Football.

“He’s a good one,’’ Corsicana’s new coach Steve Hoffman said. “He will be a big part of what we do.’’

Bell is spending part of this week at a football camp at Texas Tech, and he has been playing 7-on-7 football for the Tigers this summer. He could be the catalyst for a big season for the Tigers.

The Tigers, who went 4-7 last year, are picked to make the playoffs by Texas Football, but they will be playing in District 16-4A, which is loaded and includes two top 10 teams. Texas Football ranks district rival Whitehouse as the No. 6 team in Class 4A and ranks district rival Tyler John Tyler No. 9 in the state.

The Tigers play at Tyler, but they get Whitehouse at home in what should be two of the biggest games of the season.

Mildred, which played for the state title, is picked to win the Region II title in Class 2A Division II and reach the state semifinals.

 The Eagles, who went 13-2 last year, start the season ranked No. 10 in Texas Football’s Class 2A Division II state poll, and were named the top Class 2A team in the DFW Metroplex area.

“Can I take that right now and not play the season,’’ joked new Mildred coach Billy Dan Chambliess, who was the team’s defensive coordinator last year? “Can we go right to the semifinals? I’ll take it right now.’’

Chambliess knows he has to replace one of the best quartebacks in Texas in Nic Shimonek, who is on his way to Iowa, and a number of linemen, including Noah Pennell, who had a monster game on Saturday in the FCA Victory Bowl.

“This is kind of an honor,’’ Chambliess said of the ranking by the magazine. “It’s because of what we’ve done the last couple of years. They think that highly of the program.’’

The magazine picked Mildred to win the District 6-2A Division II title.

Mildred running back Draylon Sterling, who rushed for 1,959 yards and scored 34 touchdowns for the Eagles last year, the preseason Offensive MVP of the district. Blooming Grove linebacker Travis Whiteside was the magazine’s choice for preseason Defensive MVP of District 6-2A Division II. Blooming Grove was picked to finish third and Rice was predicted to finish seventh in the district.

Hubbard begins the year ranked No. 9 in the Texas Football Class 1A Division II state poll. The Jags are picked to win District 9-1A Division II.

The magazine named Hubbard running back Trey Henderson, who rushed for 1,390 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, as the Preseason MVP for District 9-1A.

Frost is picked to finish second in District 9-1A Division II, and the magazine named Frost as the top 1A team n the DFW Metroplex area.

The magazine predicts Wortham to finish third in the district and Dawson to finish fifth.

Kerens quarterback Nate Betts was named the Preseason MVP for District 6-1A Division I.

Betts threw for 1,022 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and he ran for 1,288 yards and 12 TDs. The Bobcats were picked to finish second in the district behind Italy.


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    Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second

    April 17, 2014

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    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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-18-14Roman.jpg 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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14Amessigns.jpg 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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14NVSBMoerbe slides.jpg 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.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • CallieDevinFCA.jpg 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.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-115-14CHSBBMinniear.jpg 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.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • I4-15-14Kellysigns.jpg 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.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 15, 2014

  • 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.

    April 15, 2014

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