Something hit me on a brisk afternoon in Frost on Tuesday.
This is really cool, watching the Polar Bears practicing for a post-Thanksgiving playoff game.
It hit me again Wednesday when one of my favorite Whataburger morning patrons, Jim Bronstad, asked me if I was covering Mildred or Frost on Friday night.
“Frost,” I said. “We have someone who covers Mildred games,” which Jim of course knew. That’s publisher Raymond Linex, who’s covered the Eagles since like 1955 or something.
And the thought struck me — I haven’t been to a Mildred playoff game since the 2010 season.
That speaks to how memorable these last two football seasons have been in the Golden Circle. If I’m not there, someone else is still playing because we’ve got Raymond to take care of the Eagles.
Last season it was Corsicana, which matched Mildred in making it to the state semifinals.
This year it’s the best of all stories, the Frost Polar Bears, playing in Round 3.
Not surprising because it wasn’t expected that Frost would make the playoffs. The Bears were picked to make it.
Just because no one I talked to last week thought the Bears had much of a chance to beat Chilton.
Well they did.
How did it happen? This Frost team reminds me a lot of last year’s Tigers.
The Polar Bears have a group of seniors that play with passion and desire (sorry I’ve heard Art Briles say this so much I can’t stop typing it).
The Bears play with poise. Four penalties a game. At best a turnover a game. Execution. Precision. It’s fun to watch.
And the underdog is the defense. Frost gave up 52 points to Chilton in a district loss last season. They gave up 12 points last week.
The Bears had a personal foul last week, and it was an awful call. The players respect the game, their teammates, their coaches, just like the Tigers of last year did.
It’s brought back a lot of memories from last season. Last Friday night, I was overwhelmed with excitement for the game, just like I was when Corsicana beat Kilgore in the state quarterfinals.
Just like I was hearing that Mildred had won yet again.
Will I see a Mildred playoff game this season?
In a way, I hope I don’t. Because it means Frost is playing another game.
If I do, I look forward to seeing the same passion for the game, because what Patrick Harvell has done these last two seasons, playing past Thanksgiving for the second straight time?
That’s the kind of stuff that makes you a coaching legend.
See you under the Friday Night Lights.
Something hit me on a brisk afternoon in Frost on Tuesday.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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