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LaRue, Davis named Legacy All-Stars

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061622 Legacy All StarsLovelady seniors Macie LaRue (3) and Mihyia Davis (42) were recognized as Legacy All-Stars by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

Lovelady seniors Macie LaRue and Mihyia Davis are among 20 athletes selected as Legacy All-Stars from conferences 1A through 4A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

Athletes are selected by the TGCA Softball Committee, which is composed of softball member coaches of the association, at their annual meeting.

Selections are made from nominations submitted by member coaches.

TGCA also selects Legacy All-Stars for conferences 5A and 6A.

Athletes must be seniors to be selected as Legacy All-Stars.

The 1A-2A-3A-4A Legacy All-Stars include:

Paige Bauer, Llano, 3A; Kaycee Bock, Glen Rose, 4A; Kylee Brown, Llano, 3A; Mihyia Davis, Lovelady, 2A; Tori Dotson, Dodd City, 1A; Citaly Gutierrez, Stamford, 2A; Skylar Heger, Weimar, 2A; Fayth Hoover, Needville, 4A; Emily Janek, Italy, 2A; Reagan Johnson, Falls City, 2A; Maddi Kirksey, Clyde, 3A; Macie LaRue, Lovelady, 2A; Malarie Mican, Weimar, 2A; Lexi Moody, Crawford, 2A; Lauren Moon, Paradise, 3A; Kristina Nash, Woodville, 3A; Mckenna Oglesby, Eula, 1A; Kylie Ray, Crawford, 2A; Madison Rodgers, Coahoma, 3A; Sydni Stevens, Navarro 4A.

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Lovell to play in TGCA All-Star softball game

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061622 Scout LovellLovelady's Scout Lovell is headed to the TGCA All-Star Game in July.Lovelady junior Scout Lovell was selected to play in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 1A-4A All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 12 in Arlington.

She was one of just three players from class 2A schools on the 14-member Blue Team roster. The team includes seven players from class 3A, threefrom 4A and one from 1A.

The 1A-4A Red/Blue Softball Game will be Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at Workman Softball Complex, 701 E Arbrook Blvd.

The All-Star Games are held in conjunction with the Texas Girls Coaches Association Summer Clinic July 11-14.

Lovell was recently named to the UIL Class 2A State All-Tournament team as a shortstop.

In addition to Lovell, the Blue Team roster includes:

Kaylee Blackledge, junior, Center Point, 2A; Cora Sepulvado, junior, West Sabine, 2A; Alina Pena, junior, Ballinger, 3A; Christian Everett, junior, Coahoma, 3A; Shae Lang, junior, Coahoma, 3A; Alexis Warncke, junior, East Bernard, 3A; Addison Lindemann, junior, Holliday, 3A; Laila Vasquez, junior, Lamesa, 3A; Madison Kloepper, junior, Llano, 3A; Ava Hernandez, junior, Alice, 4A; Katy Sanders, junior, Hamshire-Fannett, 4A; junior, Iowa Park, 4A; Ryleigh Mersiovsky, junior, Electra, 1A.

The 1A-4A Red Team squad includes:
Haley Holmes, junior, Crawford, 2A; Kenzie Jones, junior, Crawford, 2A; Autree Kelm, junior, Thrall, 2A; Mariano Caro, junior, Trenton, 2A; Reagan Wick, junior, Weimar, 2A; Katlyn Conklin, junior, Boyd, 3A; Chloe Cochran, junior, Bushland, 3A; Belle Arguello, junior, Idalou, 3A; Natalie Norwood, junior, Mount Vernon, 3A; Mckenna Guest, junior, Prairiland, 3A; Kaitlyn Sailor, junior, Celina, 4A; Harley Drouillard, junior, Salado, 4A; Kalli Grace Cummings, junior, Hubbard, 2A; Lindsey Mauppin, junior, Dodd City, 1A.

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Cole named state all-tournament

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061622 cole named all stateKennard's Dylan Cole was named to the Class 1A Baseball State Championship All-Tournament Team. Photo courtesy of UIL

Kennard senior Dylan Cole earned State Championship All-Tournament honors in his final baseball game playing for the Tigers.

Cole was selected as the pitcher for the 11-player Class 1A elite squad by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA).

State champion D'Hanis had five players named to the team and state runner-up Nazareth landed four positions. Abbott and Kennard rounded out the team with one spot each.

Class 1A Baseball State Championship All-Tournament Team
1A - 2021-2022

  • MVP - Ryan Hendry - Senior - D’Hanis
  • Pitcher - Dylan Cole - Senior - Kennard
  • Catcher - Ethan Reyes - Senior - D’Hanis
  • 1st Base - Sterl Welps - Junior - Nazareth
  • 2nd Base - J.J. Garcia - Sophomore - D’Hanis
  • 3rd Base - Daelyn Gonzales - Junior - D’Hanis
  • Shortstop - Carson Heiman - Junior - Nazareth
  • Outfield - Jack Welps - Sophomore - Nazareth
  • Outfield - Eusebio Tapia - Junior - D’Hanis
  • Outfield - Mason Hejl - Freshman - Abbott
  • Utility - Trent Gerber - Senior - Nazareth
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Nazareth edges Kennard in state semifinal, 1-0

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061622 Nazareth edges KennardKennard catcher Keyton Lumbreraz fields a throw to the plate as Nazareth's Carson Heiman slides home to give the Swifts a 1-0 first inning lead in the UIL Class 1A State Semifinal on Wednesday, June 1 in Round Rock. Photo courtesy of UIL

By Larry Lamb
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ROUND ROCK — A first-inning run was all the Nazareth Swifts needed to shatter the Kennard Tigers' state championship dreams.

Nazareth scored early and fended off the defending state runner-up Kennard squad to win the Class 1A state semifinal match-up 1-0 Wednesday morning at Dell Diamond.
Nazareth (21-1) advanced to the 1A championship game Thursday but was no match for the D'Hanis Cowboys.

D'Hanis reached the title game with a 16-0 five-inning shellacking of Abott and slammed the door on Nazareth 4-0 to claim the state crown.

The D'Hanis softball team won the 1A state crown a week earlier, marking the second dual championship in school history. D'Hanis also won twin titles in 2019.

Kennard senior Dylan Cole turned in a solid performance on the mound against Nazareth and was named pitcher on the Class 1A State Championship All-Tournament Team as selected by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Cole, who pitched a perfect game against Union Hill in the regional series, Cole, allowed one run on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks against Nazareth.

Nazareth scored on a bases-loaded single and rode dominant pitching by Trent Gerber (13-0) to victory.

Gerber, the only senior on the Swifts' roster, gave up three hits while striking out 10 and issuing no walks.

In the bottom of the first, Cole struck out the first batter but the Swifts loaded the bases on three straight singles. After Carson Heiman scored on Brett Young's single, Cole came back with a strikeout and the next batter grounded out, leaving three runners on base to hold Nazareth to a 1-0 lead.

After collecting those four hits in the first, Nazareth only got three off Cole over the next six innings and failed to get a runner past second.

Keyton Lumbreraz started the second with a single through the left side. After Gerber struck out the next batter, Caleb Alfred grounded into a double play to thwart the Tigers.

Kennard (24-15) threatened in the fourth with two runners on base after Elijah Dowdy reached on a throwing error and Cole hit a one-out singled to left center field. Gerber struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

The Tigers had base runners in the sixth and seventh innings, but both were stranded. Elijah Dowdy reached on an error in the sixth and Pilkington singled to right field in the top of the seventh to put the tying run on base. But Gerber struck out the next two Tigers to ice the win and advance Nazareth to the championship game.

The Swifts left six base runners aboard and the Tigers stranded four.

Nazareth committed two errors while Kennard had zero miscues in the field.

Cole, Keyton Lumbreraz and Ryan Pilkington collected Kennard's only hits.

This was the second straight appearance at state for the Tigers, who finished as state runner-up in 2021.

The game closed the high school careers for Cole, Nick Farmer, Ryan Pilkington, Caleb Alfred and Ethan Miller.

Kennard will return 11 players, including juniors, Jaden Kulms, Elijah Dowdy, Keyton Lumbreraz, Tristan Burgess and Adrian Montero. Sophomores returning will be Jacob Teasdale and Sevrin Sharp, along with freshmen Jakorviae Benton, Preston Keiffer and Nikolas Dowdy.

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UNT freshman Cierra Simon racks up C-USA honors

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060922 Cierra SimonCierra Simon on first base playing for University of North Texas in Denton. Photo courtesy of NTU


Former Crockett Lady Bulldog Cierra Simon turned heads as a freshman softball player at the University of North Texas in Denton.
Simon, who started all 53 games for the Mean Green, was rewarded for her efforts as the recipient of two Conference USA awards.

C-USA recognized Simon as a 2022 All-Freshman Selection after leading her team with 17 stolen bases. She batted .267 with 35 runs scored and 19 RBI.

Playing shortstop for NTU, Simon had a .897 fielding average with 63 put-outs, 94 assists and 18 errors.

Simon also earned academic honors on the 2022 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. To be eligible to receive this honor, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2021-22 academic year.

Simon and her Mean Green teammates made program history during the 2021-22 season by run-ruling Western Kentucky 9-0 in five innings to win UNT’s first conference tournament championship and earn its first bid to the NCAA Softball Championship.

After losing to Nebraska 3-0 in the opening game of the 2022 NCAA Stillwater Regional, North Texas picked up its first two NCAA postseason wins in program history as they defeated Fordham 5-3 and Nebraska 3-0.

The Mean Green advanced to the Regional Championship game where they lost a heartbreaker to Oklahoma State 2-0.

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