Funny how things work out.
From a deer in headlights to shining under the harshest spotlight without blinking.
That’s how far Mildred’s Nic Shimonek has come.
But it’s only part of his story — the one that starts with him being thrown into the fire when he was a freshman and ends Tuesday night when Shimonek will be the quarterback for the North in the Texas High School Coaches Association’s 79th annual all-star game. Shimonek is always at home on a football field and that’s one reason when he takes the field at Mildred football coach Billy Dan Chambliess believes Shimonek will go out with one more big game Tuesday night in Fort Worth when he takes the field at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium.
“I think he’ll have a real good game,’’ Chambliess said. “I believe that because of his work ethic and how hard he had to work to get here. He has come such a long way from his freshmen year and it’s really been great to watch him grow.’’
Chambliess remembers when Shimonek had take over the Eagles as a freshman. Shimonek took some hits and had some growing pains.
He played his final game for Mildred in Cowboys Stadium. That’s where he led last year’s Mildred team — right to the Class 2A state title game.
“He really struggled when he was a freshman,’’ Chambliess said. “He had to play as a freshman. He had to be put in that situation even when he was ready for it. It was tough and he had a lot of struggles. Another kid who had to go through those struggles he went through probably would have quit. He had to fight and he had to work for it. But that’s the kind of kid Nic is.’’
By the time he left, Shimonek left the Eagles with a legacy no one will forget. He threw for 8,215 yards and 99 touchdowns and led the Eagles to 34 wins.
He won the Daily Sun’s Golden Circle Del Thrash Football Player of the Year Award, and signed with Iowa.
He is already a member of the Hawkeyes, and because Iowa doesn’t allow its incoming freshmen to talk to the media, Shimonek could not be interviewed for this story.
He said he was sorry but that it was a rule at Iowa.
He will likley do his talking on the football field Tuesday night.
Funny how things work out.
GC Softball: Playoff Time
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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