MVP — Jalla Johnson, Grapeland
Offensive POY — Courtney Stanhope, Westwood
Defensive POY — Alex El-Cassabgui, WHS
Pitcher of the Year — Lexy McGuire, WHS
Newcomer of the Year — Robin Grant, Elkhart
Coach of the Year — Jenna Jenkins, WHS
P: Jalla Johnson, GHS — Johnson had big shoes to fill, and filled them admirably, batting a team-best .556 while also going 17-3 in the circle for Sandiettes
C: Courtney Stanhope, WHS — Sophomore expanded on last year’s phenomanal freshman campaign, hitting an area-best .590 with 4 HRs and 30 RBI
1B: Shelby Bruner, GHS — A revelation for the Sandiettes in her junior season, Bruner hit .514 with 38 runs and 28 RBI for the regional quarterfinalists
2B: Rachel Abke, WHS — Westwood’s defensive MVP helped lead the return to the postseason, batting .364 and scoring 18 runs from the Lady Panthers lead-off spot
3B: Robin Grant, EHS — Grant put up veteran-like numbers (.430 avg, 27 RBI, .932 fielding %) in only her first year at the high school level for the Lady Elks
SS: Alex El-Cassabgui, WHS — The captain of a Westwood team once again playoff bound, El-Cassabgui did it all for the Lady Panthers, both in the field (.940 fielding %) and at the plate (.441 avg.)
OF: Britni Haley, Slocum — When the games really began to count, Haley really turned it on for the Lady Mustangs, batting .586 in district play in her senior season
OF: Courtney Lindsey, EHS — Sophomore batted .440 for the playoff-bound Lady Elks, also recording six assists from her outfield post
OF: Emily Mackie, WHS — Another of Westwood’s quartet of seniors, Mackie captained the outfield with her .905 fielding percentage and a solid .377 batting average
Util: Kelcie ‘Doodle’ Selman, SHS — Slocum’s do-it-all junior batted .300 during district while going 6-3 from the circle for the Lady Mustangs. She also played both left-side infield spots
P: Lexy McGuire, WHS
C: Brooke January, SHS
1B: Alicia Lipscomb, EHS
2B: Jordan Ives, SHS
3B: Holly Musick, GHS
SS: Jayde Westbrook, GHS
OF: Shelby Frauenberger, GHS
OF: Brice Sizemore, SHS
OF: Kalee Walker, GHS
Util: Catie Bridges, EHS
ELKHART: Courtney Cheatham, Shayna Perkins, Tiffany Rosas; GRAPELAND: Julie Reiss, Clara Shaw; SLOCUM: Heather Chapman, Kristen Cumby, Ashley January, Valarie Larkin; WESTWOOD: Mi’Kayla Benson, Trista Fields, Kristen Hargrave;
Editor’s Note: Nominations were requested from all area coaches. A player is not eligible for consideration if not nominated by her coach.
MVP — Jalla Johnson, Grapeland
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H.S. Athletics: Holden named new Cayuga ISD athletic director
It took just over a month for Cayuga ISD to find their new athletic director.
In a school board meeting Monday, the Cayuga school board hired current CHS assistant coach Russell Holden as its new athletic director and head football coach.
Holden, who has been on the staff at Cayuga for five years, will replace Greg Jenkins, who after three years at the helm is leaving for Tenaha.
Middle School Athletics: Palestine selects March, April 'Character Athletes'
The Palestine Junior High girls athletic program released their Character Athletes of the Month for both March and April recently.
Eighth graders Annalise Meyers (March) and Josie Soehnge (April), and seventh graders Madison Oliva (March) and Ashley Middleton were honored with the awards, which go to student athletes that lead not only on the field or court, but also in the classroom.
H.S. Softball Playoffs: Grapeland scores early and often in semifinal clincher
Just like in game one, the Grapeland Sandiettes jumped out to a big lead during Saturday's decisive Game 3 against the Joaquin.
The only difference is this time the Sandiettes never let off the gas on their way to a dominant 12-2 win over the Lady Rams in the do-or-die regional semifinal game.
With the win, Grapeland moves on to its third regional final in four years, where they will take on Beckville. It’s the third-straight year the teams will meet in the postseason.
H.S. Baseball Playoffs: Elkhart eases past Warren in Game 2
After needing three games to end its first two playoff series this postseason, the Elkhart baseball team made sure it didn’t happen a third time.
The Elks — who are seeking a second-straight trip to the state tournament — rolled past Warren Saturday, 6-0, at Lufkin’s Morris Franks Park. The win came a night after Elkhart topped the Warriors, 5-1, to open the series on Friday.
H.S. Softball Playoffs: Grapeland, Joaquin split games Friday
It was a tale of two games during Friday's Regional Semifinal between the Grapeland Sandiettes and Joaquin Lady Rams. The Sandiettes and Lady Rams combined for 22 runs in the Sandiettes 12-10 win in Game 1.
Game 2 was a much different as the teams wouldn't combine for 20 hits, or even 10 runs as the Lady Rams picked up a 4-2 win.
H.S. Football: Palestine's Owens leads strong class of area recruits
Palestine junior Jarrell Owens hasn’t ever played a significant down in a game for the Wildcats at linebacker in his football career.
Yet, the position is obviously where his future lies.
Owens is one of a handful of area juniors drawing significant college interest, and the Palestine running back/linebacker already holds an official offer from Texas Tech University.
H.S. Baseball Playoffs: Harleton shuts down Cayuga in regional quarterfinal
In an as-expected pitcher’s duel, it took only one off inning to cost Cayuga and ace Chantz Holland.
Holland gave up four hits and hit a batter in the top of the third inning, and Harleton turned that into four runs — the only runs of the game — as Harleton topped Cayuga, 4-0, here at the Lindale ISD Baseball and Softball Complex in regional quarterfinal action.
H.S. Baseball: Patchwork lineup still working for Cayuga
The Cayuga baseball team that will take the field tonight against Harleton in the regional quarterfinals doesn’t look a lot like the Cayuga team that rolled through district play earlier this season.
Injuries have hampered the look of the Wildcat lineup, but Cayuga still finds itself into the playoffs’ third round for yet another season.
H.S. Softball: Grapeland going strong into regional semifinals
It’s been relatively easy-going so far in the state softball playoffs for the Grapeland softball team.
The Sandiettes have lost only once so far in the playoffs, and that came thanks a forfeit in the area round against Avery, when Grapeland decided not to play rather than play without missing members at the state golf tournament.
Local Roundup: Cayuga's Hughes named 19-A MVP
After a stellar regular season that saw them capture a district title, then a solid playoff run that ended with a regional quarterfinal loss to Grapeland, the Cayuga softball team showed well on the District 19-A all-district teams.
Cayuga star freshman pitcher Kimberly Hughes capped her stellar year by earning the district’s Most Valuable Player award. Joining Hughes in earning superlative honors was her battery-mate Maci Poland, who was named the league’s Defensive MVP.
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