Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Sports

June 18, 2013

Shimonek wins THSBCA Home Run Derby

He hadn’t picked up a bat in more than a month, but that didn’t stop Mildred’s Nic Shimonek from having a good time at the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

Shimonek, an all-Golden Circle baseball player who was the Daily Sun’s Offensive Player of the Year and named a member of THSBCA Class 2A all-state second team last week, knows his future is playing quarterback.

He has signed with Iowa and has a bright future in the Big Ten — and beyond.

But on Saturday, Shimonek played in his last competitive baseball game as an all-star. He went into the game feeling he had nothing to lose.

And wouldn’t you know it, he won the Home Run Derby.

“They had some competitions the day before the game,’’ Shimonek said. “They had a power throw for outfielders, a power throw for infielders and a home run derby. I didn’t want to do the throws because I didn’t want to do anything that might hurt my arm, so I entered the home run derby.’’

The competition was broken down into classes, and Shimonek won the Class 1A-3A home run derby. He belted three homers while making eight outs to win it.

“That was good but it didn’t work out in the game,’’ said Shimonek with a laugh. “I went into the game swinging as hard as I could to try to hit a home run. I went 0-for-2. I was real rusty and hadn’t swung a bat since the playoffs.

“Even if I would have tried to just get a hit I don’t know if I would have done any better. It was a great time. I got to meet a lot of guys and it was a real good experience and a lot of fun.’’

Shimonek will play in a bigger all-star game on July 30 in Fort Worth when he competes in the THSCA’s 79th annual all-star football game at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium.

Shimonek was the Daily Sun’s 2012 Del Thrash Golden Circle Football Player of the Year.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 7-30-14 Davis.jpg Former Cowboy Keith Davis delivers motivational speech

    Keith Davis believes in dreams.
    He lived his.
    That was one of the messages Davis, a former Dallas Cowboys safety, delivered to a standing-room-only crowd of youngsters Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, where he spoke with enthusiasm and energy about life inside and outside of the NFL.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-30 web Wortham TTBA picture.jpg TTBB: Wortham takes second at state tournament

    The Wortham Bulldogs made an impressive run at the Texas Teenage Baseball Association High School Eligible State Tournament in Buffalo and took second in the state.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-29-14 tiger sharks.jpg Tiger Sharks make splash at state meet

    There are leaps and bounds, and then there's what the Corsicana YMCA Tiger Sharks did over the weekend at the Lone Star state swimming meet in Frisco.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-27 Shimonek all-star.jpg Mildred's Shimonek transferring from Iowa, will walk on at Texas Tech

    Former Mildred quarterback and Golden Circle Del Thrash Player of the Year Nic Shimonek is leaving the University of Iowa after one red-shirt year and transferring to Texas Tech because of Iowa's pro-style offense.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan; Remembering House and a better era

    The Cowboys started training camp the same week that Robert Newhouse died.
    In a way, that’s very unfortunate for Jerry. Thinking back to the “Human Bowling Ball” and the teams of that era might lead to the inevitable comparisons to today’s product on the field.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • weights.jpg GC Football: Blooming Grove's Williams expects to win

    His father was a head coach for years at Pecos High and his brother-in-law is the head football coach at DeSoto, but Lawrence Williams Jr., a man who loves coaching football, never had any ideas about being the head man.
    “I love coaching,'' said Williams as he sat at his desk in Blooming Grove, where he became the Lions' head coach this summer. “I just never thought about being the head coach and I never applied to be a head coach. With this job I can still coach.''

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kevin Reese mug.jpg Outdoors: Kevin Reese: Summer time means summer tracking

    With only two months before opening day of archery season you should already have your bow maintenance complete, be shooting daily and chomping at the bit for our favorite day to arrive!
    Let’s face it, few animals turn our rotors like whitetail deer.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • All-State Baseball: Corsicana's Harlan and Wolver honored on TSWA/Collin Street Bakery 4A All-State Baseball team

    Corsicana junior Brady Harlan and sophomore Layton Wolver were honored on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 4A All-State Baseball team that was announced Tuesday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • 7-23-14 Kayana.jpg Gymnastics: Kaylana Dickson celebrates national title with fans and her uncle David Hawthorne

    Kaylana Dickson got the name Bebop on her way to winning a national title in gymnastics this summer, and boy did it catch fire.
    Kaylana, a Corsicana native, picked up fans from all over the country and many bought Bebop T-shirts to help pay her expenses to Spokane, Wa., where she won the 8-and-under title in the double-mini trampoline event and finished third in floor exercise.
    More than 100 of her friends, family members and fans showed up at the Corsicana YMCA on Saturday to celebrate the national title and be on hand for a drawing for an autographed New Orleans Saints football jersey from David Hawthorne, a star defensive lineman for the Saints and Kaylana's uncle

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • All-State Baseball: TSWA/Collin Street Bakery All-State 3A baseball team is announced

    The Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 3A All-State Baseball Team was announced Tuesday.

     

    July 22, 2014