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Lady Lions earn all-district awards

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Lovelady softball claimed four superlatives in addition to seven first and second team honors on the District 21-2A All-District team.
The district's coaches selected senior Mihyia Davis as MVP, junior Scout Lovell as Defensive MVP, senior Macie LaRue as Pitcher of the Year and junior Morgan Womack as Catcher of the Year.

First Team selections were senior Rylee Biedrzycki, senior Bailee Albinus, junior Haven Prager and senior Linda Martinez.

Second Team honorees were junior Makenna Pierce, junior Kinzie Seale and senior Shyanne Pipkin.

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UIL State Softball Tournament Results

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Class 1A
Semifinals - Hermleigh 2, Chireno 1; D'Hanis 2, Dodd City 0
Final - D'Hanis 6, Hermleigh 2

Class 2A
Semifinals - Crawford 1, Weimar 0; Lovelady 1, Stamford 0
Final - Crawford 3, Lovelady 0

Class 3A
Semifinals - Coahoma 14, Franklin 10; Hallettsville 4, Mount Vernon 3
Final - Hallettsville 6, Coahoma 5

Class 4A
Semifinals - Sweeny 8, Bullard 1; Liberty 5, Iowa Park 3
Final - Liberty 5, Sweeny 0

Class 5A
Semifinals - Georgetown 3, Aledo 2; Montgomery L. Creek 8, Prosper Rock Hill 2
Final - Montgomery L. Creek 7, Georgetown 0

Class 6A
Semifinals - Northside O'Connor 7, El Paso Americas 5; Mansfield Lake Ridge 8, Deer Park 4
Final - Northside O'Connor 7, Mansfield Lake Ridge 6

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Lovelady baseballers recognized

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lovelady lion logoTen members of the Lovelady High School baseball team received District 21-2A All-District honors.
Awards presented to the Lions were:

Co-Offensive MVP - Slade Murray

First Team Infield - J.J. Crawford

First Team Outfield - Caleb Gilchrist

Second Team Pitcher - Tyler Gilchrist, Brady Mikes

Second Team Infield - Lance Pierce, Matthew McFarland

Second Team Outfield - Skylar Pipkin, Troy Shupak

Honorable Mention - Blake Patrick, Outfield

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Lovelady trio named state all-tournament

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Three Lovelady softball players were tabbed for UIL Class 2A State All-Tournament honors as selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Lady Lions recognized were: senior second baseman Bailee Albinus, senior outfielder Mihyia Davis and junior shortstop Scout Lovell.
The complete list of 2A All-Tournament honorees includes:

Pitcher - Kenzie Jones* - junior - Crawford

Catcher - Haley Holmes - junior - Crawford

1st Base - Kylie Ray - senior - Crawford

2nd Base - Bailee Albinus - senior - Lovelady

3rd Base - Taylor Gohlke - junior - Crawford

Shortstop - Scout Lovell - junior - Lovelady

Outfield - London Minnix - sophomore - Crawford

Outfield - Mihyia Davis - senior - Lovelady

Outfield - Jacelyn Bell - senior - Stamford

Utility - Citlaly Gutierrez - senior - Stamford

*Denotes Championship Game MVP

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State semifinal pits Kennard, Nazareth

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060922 kennard state semifinalsThe Kennard Tigers get ready to board a chartered bus Tuesday morning for their trip to the UIL State Baseball Tournament. Fans gathered at the school to show their support before the caravan departed for Round Rock. Photo by Larry Lamb

The Class 1A State Baseball Semifinal between the Kennard Tigers and Nazareth Swifts features the only two returning teams from last year's Final Four.

Kennard (24-14) and Nazareth (20-1) didn't meet last season but they'll go head-to-head at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning at Dell Diamond in Round Rock with a berth in the championship game on the line.

Both Kennard and Nazareth made their state tourney debuts last year. Kennard beat Hubbard 3-1 in the semifinal while Nazareth fell to Fayetteville 4-0.
Fayetteville won the 2021 state championship over Kennard 6-4 but won't have a chance to defend its title after being eliminated by D'Hanis Cowboys in the Region 4 final. This will be the seventh state appearance for D'Hanis, which won the 2019 state championship.

D'Hanis (26-3) faces off with Region 2 champion Abbott (21-3-2) in the other semifinal match-up at noon Wednesday. Abbott, making its fourth state appearance won the 1A title in 2017 but failed to defend its title in 2018.

The semifinals winners return Thursday at 9 a.m. to play for the 1A state crown.

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