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East Texas team headed to Dixie World Series

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070722 dixie world seriesDisturbed team members are (back row left to right) Shi'Lynn Lee of Apple Springs, Chloe Aycock of Apple Springs, Alex Kane of Crockett, Trinity Meadows of Crockett, Layla Powell of Angelina College, Terrah Breaux of Kennard, Darbi Ennis of Kennard; (front row from left) Brianna Commiato of Centerville/Groveton, Akeelah Whitting of Crockett, Julia Tapia of Crockett, Shelby Coker of Latexo and Kayla Pickle of Apple Springs.

By Larry Lamb
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TRINITY COUNTY – Softball players from three counties have joined forces to bring the Dixie Debs (19u) World Series title back home to East Texas.

Disturbed, an All-Star team representing Tri-Cities Youth Softball League in Apple Springs, will compete in the Dixie World Series in Alexandria, La. as Texas Dixie State Champions. The tournament gets underway Friday, July 29.

Disturbed's roster consists of high school players from Apple Springs, Kennard, Crockett, Latexo, Centerville/Groveton and Latexo. An Angelina College student rounds out the team.

Houston County team members are Trinity Meadows, Julia Tapia, Akeelah Whiting and Alex Kane of Crockett, Terrah Breaux and Darbi Ennis of Kennard and Shelby Coker of Latexo.

Trinity County players are Shi'Lynn Lee, Chloe Aycock and Kayla Pickle of Apple Springs. Brianna Commiato of Centerville/Groveton. Angelina College student Layla Powell completes the 12-player roster.

Meadows, Lee, Breaux, Ennis and Pickle are all 2022 high school graduates.

Disturbed's head coach is Chris Dickens, who is assisted by Gary Fitch and Shona Lee.
"This great group of young ladies will represent Tri-Cities, their communities and the great state of Texas at the World Series.

This is an amazing and historical event for these young ladies," said Meri Dickens, commissioner for Tri-Cities Youth Softball.
"This is exciting news not just for Tri-Cities Softball," said Dickens, who noted that her research indicates Disturbed will not only be Tri-Cities' first team to play in the Dixie World Series but also the first softball team from Trinity, Houston or Angelina counties to compete in the DWS.

Texas fielded only two 19u Dixie Softball teams this year since most leagues have a cutoff of 15u, explained Dickens. Disturbed was declared the state champion when the other team dropped out.

Dickens said the World Series bracket will not be finalized until all state tournaments are completed next week.

It's possible the bracket could include teams from Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. "That is provided that each of those states have a 19u team that will represent them at the WorldSeries," she said.

Disturbed has been busy conducting several fund-raisers for the trip and welcomes donations.

A GoFundMe account has been established for Disturbed as "Tri-Cities 19u Dixie World Series."

Anyone interested in sponsorships or contributing can contact Meri Dickens by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 936-635-8972.

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Summer League Hoops

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063022 summer league hoopsThe Andrew J. Hopkins Activity Center comes to life every Monday with Crockett Boys Basketball Summer League action. Houston County teams Crockett, Latexo and Lovelady are participating, along with Trinity, Buffalo, Willis, Slocum and others. This week's match-ups featured Lovelady and Latexo (left) and Crockett versus Trinity (right). After a bye week July 4, the six-week summer league will conclude July 11 with a single elimination tournament. Photos by Larry Lamb

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Busy days of summer

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063022 busy summer daysTwo Lady Bulldogs take turns lifting and spotting during the weight training segment of the summer conditioning program. A player swats the ball during summer volleyball practice at Crockett High school. Photos by Larry Lamb

Summer workouts aren't just for the guys.

A summer strength and conditioning program for Crockett junior high and high school girls is underway Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Athletes spend the first hour conditioning in the CHS gym and then finish off the session in the weight room. Although participation is voluntary, 20-plus athletes typically attend each session.

Volleyball players are also putting in time this summer to improve their skills. New volleyball head coach Marla Hust is conducting an hour-long practice three days a week before each conditioning session.

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Crockett Rampage 12u gearing up for state

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063022 RampageCrockett Rampage 12u team took first in the District 8 Tournament and will play in the 23-team Texas Teen Age Softball State Tournament in Belton. Team members are Hannah Moore (1), A'Laiah Hackett (3), Jalah Skinner (4), Allie Thornton (5), Jimena Esquivel (6), Val Cruz (7), Yasmin Orduna (9), Peyton Pierce (10), Joselyn Esquivel (13), Sarah Furrh (16), Aubrey Waits (17), Paislynn Thomas (18) and Landry Beaver (27).

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Lovelady Lady Lions 15U gearing up for state

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063022 15u LL Lady LionsLovelady Lady Lions 15U team placed second in the District 5 Texas Teen Age Softball tournament and qualified for the 16-team TTAS State tournament in Riesel next week. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Arian Shaddon, Kenadie Corbin, Kaisten Richardson, Madisyn Burleson, Skylar Reynolds; (back row, left to right) coach Brad Huffstuttler, Sabrina Stewart, Avery Huffstuttler, Madison McMillian and coach Jody Reynolds. Not pictured is Hanna Huffstuttler.

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