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Kerens’ Mya Lincoln and Corsicana’s Blake Hoffman are the  Community National Bank 2018 Golden Circle Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

Back-to-back and back-to-back.back.

That's the amazing, almost unheard of, double-double that Corsicana's Blake Hoffman and Kerens' Mya Lincoln have accomplished as seniors because for the second consecutive year Hoffman and Lincoln are the Community National Bank Golden Circle Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

They each won the award as juniors and came back to top off their remarkable high school careers with memorable performances in a variety of sports to become the Golden Circle 2019 Male and Female Athletes.

Both are extraordinary students. Hoffman has a 3.7 GPA and Lincoln has a 4.0.

And both leave long and lasting legacies at Corsicana, where Hoffman not only turned the football program around but became a huge part of the best Tiger baseball team since 1958, and at Kerens, where Lincoln was simply sensational in volleyball, basketball and softball and the heart of a senior class of young ladies that put together a four-year run that lifted the overall girls program to new heights.

The 2014 Kerens girls left their own mark with two trips to the state basketball tournament, including a run to the title game in 2014, and redefined the volleyball program, and the 2019 class that was driven by Lincoln, Olivia Franson and Nakia Dunn, has left it's legacy in four sports as the volleyball team won 30 games, the most in Kerens' history, the basketball team made a run to the Region Quarterfinals and the softball team won more games than any in LadyCats softball team while Dunn led the track team to greatness at the state track & field meet.

Lincoln was the leader on the volleyball team where she was the GC Co-Offensive Player of the Year after a season that saw her rack up 310 kills, 328 digs and 56 aces.

She has the best 3-point shot (male or female) in the Golden Circle and made 173 threes over the last two seasons while leading Kerens all over the court. She was District 20-2A and Golden Circle Offensive Player of the Year and was a terror on defense, where she averaged 4.2 steals a game.

Lincoln loved softball and was the heart of the emergence of softball at Kerens, where coach Aaron Kinney took the program to new heights every year. Lincoln topped off an incredible season on the diamond, hitting .585 this spring with three home runs and 28 RBIS while playing inspiring brand of defense at shortstop.

She was the District Defensive Player of the Year and the Golden Circle Defensive Player of the Year and one of the top Class 2A players in the state.

After a playoff game an umpire told Kinney that Lincoln was the best defensive shortstop he saw all year, including players from 5A and 6A teams.

Lincoln, whose mother, Denise Lincoln, won her 300th basketball game this season, always said she loved softball, and she could have gone to college on softball scholarship, but decided she just wants to be a student at Texas State.

Hoffman also is a coach's kid who played for his father, Steve, at Corsicana. Blake, who will play football in the fall at Navarro, is a rare two-time winner of the Del Thrash Award, given to the top football player in the Golden Circle, and two-time district MVP.

He simply took over games on  Friday nights and took a struggling Tiger team and turned Corsicana into a consisted winner. Hoffman, who took over at quarterback in the middle of his sophomore year, ran and threw for more combined yards than any player in Corsicana history (7,032 total yards).

He finished the 2018 season rushing for 1,531 yards on 201 carries (a 7.6-yard average) and 17 touchdowns, and he completed 100 of 166 passes (60 percent for 1,284 yards and six more touchdowns, producing more than 2,800 yards of offense. In his three years as a starter at quarterback for the Tigers, Hoffman lost a total of just three district games. He led Corsicana to the playoffs three consecutive years, including last season when the Tigers won the District 8-5A DII title.

He was also a big part of the Tigers' historical run to the Class 5A baseball state tournament in Round Rock, where they lost 2-1 to Colleyville Heritage, the No. 6-ranked team in the nation that won the state title by beating Georgetown 14-2 in a mercy-rule six-inning game.

Hoffman hadn't played baseball since junior high when he joined the team as a junior last spring. He quickly became a clutch hitter, batting over .350 in his two seasons on the diamond, and a stellar outfielder and lethal base runner, winning All-District and All-Golden Circle honors in back-to-back years.

Hoffman and Lincoln did it all ...