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H.S. Golf State Tournament: Grapeland looks to cap impressive season with title
It’s the course on which legendary PGA player Ben Crenshaw — winner of two Master’s Green Jackets — learned the game as a young man.
It’s where legendary Austin-based golf coach Harvey Penick molded players like Crenshaw and Tom Kite into stalwarts on the professional tours.
A year ago, Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin was the place where, despite improving by 20 strokes as a team on Day 2, the Grapeland girls’ golf team fell short of state title, instead finishing second — for the second-straight season.
H.S. Baseball: Palestine, Elkhart open playoffs Thursday
After a seven-year absence from postseason play that ended last year, the Palestine baseball team opens up its second-straight playoff campaign Tuesday.
The Wildcats, who captured District 19-3A’s second seed with a defeat of Fairfield Friday, will open the postseason again Diboll in a best-of-three series.
H.S. Softball Playoffs: Bruner's 2 HRs lead Grapeland past Cross Roads
Grapeland senior Shelby Bruner hadn’t hit a home run all season for the Sandiettes.
She picked a good time to find a power-boost.
Bruner hit not one but two home runs, Baylee Lumbreraz struck out 15 and the Grapeland softball team rolled to a 14-1 victory over Cross Roads to open the playoffs Monday at Palestine High School.
H.S. Tennis: Neches' Wade ready for more state glory
The spring semester is a busy one for plenty of high school athletes in the area.
The spring has a higher concentration of sports going on, plus there are state tests, prom and other extra-curricular activities in the works.
That has been the case for Neches junior Kelsee Wade, who this semester alone has played basketball, softball and tennis, and thrown the discus, as well as taken tests and worked with her animals for the Anderson County Youth Livestock Show.
Oh, and she’s also the No. 1-ranked student in the Neches’ Class of 2014.
H.S. Softball: Walk-off hit ends Neches' season
For four solid innings, the Neches softball team looked primed to move on to the area round of the playoffs.
Then, things fell apart in the final three.
With their bi-district playoff game against Lovelady tied 3-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Neches allowed a two-out single to Beth Thompson, a hit which scored Baylee Mikes to hand the playoff win to the Lady Lions, 4-3.
H.S. Baseball: Holland leads Cayuga past Kerens, to 19-A crown
Behind stellar pitching in the team’s first meeting, Kerens made sure the District 19-A title race with Cayuga will stay relevant until the very end of the regular season.
Behind its own ace on Thursday, Cayuga reaffirmed that 19-A is still its district.
Senior Chantz Holland struck out 11 batters, and Cayuga chased Kerens ace Brett Anderson after three-plus sub-par innings as the Wildcats claimed the district crown in statement-making fashion, 11-1.
PAFL Football: Roughnecks clinch South division title
In only their first-year of play, the Anderson County Roughnecks are playoff-bound.
The Roughnecks held off South Division-rival Temple, 23-12, Sunday, sewing up the division title and a spot in the league’s postseason in the process.
Even better, the Roughnecks secured the playoff-spot in the team’s home finale, in front of its home fans.
H.S. Baseball: Cayuga hosts Kerens in rematch for district title
The Cayuga baseball team caught a bit of a break last week, and they’ve got district foe Martin’s Mill to thank for making it happen.
After falling to rival Kerens, 2-1, in extra innings earlier this season, it appeared as if the Wildcats would be forced to beat the Bobcats twice before the end of the regular season — in their final meeting and then in a tiebreaker game — to earn the District 19-A title.
Sports Briefs: Week of 4/22/13
Lions’ Club golf tourney
The Palestine Lions Club will hold its annual golf tournament Saturday at the Elkhart Golf Club.
The event is a three-person scramble, and cost $45 per person to enter. That cost includes golf, cart, lunch and refreshments.
H.S. Baseball: Late-inning heroics send Palestine back to postseason
Being brothers, it’s only natural that Angel and Juan Trejo have been through a lot together on the baseball field.
Nothing, however, may compare to what the duo managed to do Tuesday night.
With Palestine’s game against Mexia tied 7-7 and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Juan lined a ball to left field, scoring brother Angel from third.
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