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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    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.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NVSBAhearn.jpg 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.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • KerensBBAnderson.jpg 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.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Rodeo clown.jpg Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back

    He's 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.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huggins rodeo Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo

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    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NC baseball Whoa 300th 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.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 21, 2014

  • 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.

    April 21, 2014

  • Area schedule for the week

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