Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


February 5, 2014

GC National Signing Day: Tigers sign five, including pole vaulter Noah Gilfillan, and Mildred's Draylon Sterling signs on National Signing Day

Corsicana — Six athletes from the Golden Circle signed letters of intent Wednesday on National Signing Day, including five football players and Corsicana pole vaulter Noah Gilfillan, the top-ranked pole vaulter in the nation, and four CHS football players.

Corsicana had a ceremony at the school’s Meeting Room in the Field House, where the five Tigers signed, and Mildred held a ceremony for Draylon Sterling, who signed a letter of intent to play football at Texas A&M at Commerce.

The Tigers saw four football players ink scholarships. Offensive lineman Chris Jones signed with UTEP, quarterback/cornerback Devontay Bell signed with Tarleton  State, two-way lineman Donovan Hailey signed with Hardin-Simmons and receiver Hector Calvillo signed with East Texas Baptist University.

“We’re excited for all four of them,’’ said Corsicana Coach Steve Hoffman, who expects tight end Tiano McDonald to sign as early as next week. “They really worked hard and are all very deserving. They not only did a good job on the football field but also in the classroom. We’re proud of all of them.’’



Gilfillan is the biggest name and had the biggest drama. He had originally committed to Texas A&M, but changed his mind to become a Razorback at what is arguably the top track & field program in the nation.

“I felt it was the right decision for me Gilfillan said. “I think I have a better chance to further my career at Arkansas.’’

Gilfillan, who has the equivalent of a 4.0 GPA, plans on majoring in engineering. He is the No. 1 rated pole vaulter in the nation and has cleared 17 feet and one inch. Corsicana’s first track & field meet is Feb. 20 at the Hawk Relays in Red Oak.



It was an emotional day for Bell, who missed most of his junior season with a torn ACL. There were times during his long recovery when he didn’t think this day would come.

“I had my doubts at times,’’ said Bell, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards and threw for more than 600 and was the All-Golden Circle Offensive Player of the Year. “I doubted it a lot when I was recovering. I didn’t know if this day would come. It’s such a great day. It feels like Christmas to me.’’

His comeback this season was inspiring.

“There were a lot of people who showed a lot of interest in him, and a lot that came in late,’’ Hoffman said. “He is gifted in so many ways. I believe he could really excel as a defensive back. Playing cornerback, he can really be special. They may use him there or as a slot receiver. He is just so talented. I think he will succeed wherever the put him.  He’s a special player.’’

There were seven D-II schools that showed interest in Bell.

“A lot of schools came in late, over the last month and to the last minute,’’ said Bell, who wore a purple Tarleton shirt and matching cap. “But Tarleton was it for me. That’s where it felt right.’’

Bell, who plans on majoring in kinesiology, was recruited as an athlete and he said it didn’t matter.

“I will play wherever they want me to play.’’

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  • GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup

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

    April 17, 2014

  • GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road

    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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