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Lady Lions sweep Shelbyville in bi-district

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Lovelady's Shyanne Pipkin snags a fly ball in foul territory in the bi-district playoff series against Shelbyville last Thursday. LARRY LAMB |  HCCLovelady's Shyanne Pipkin snags a fly ball in foul territory in the bi-district playoff series against Shelbyville last Thursday. LARRY LAMB | HCC

By Larry Lamb
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RUSK -- Lovelady swept a double-header over Shel-byville on Thursday to clinch bi-district honors and advance to the area round of the state softball playoffs.

The No. 5-ranked Lady Lions may not have been firing on all cylinders in Game 1, but they played well enough to shut out the Lady Dragons 3-0.

Lovelady pitcher Macie LaRue recorded the complete game victory, allowing no runs and one hit with 16 strikeouts and no walks.

The Lady Lions collected just four hits off Shelbyville pitcher Taylor Jones, who struck out three and walked five.

After leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, the Lady Lions plated two runs in the third. Scout Lovell reached on a bunt single, stole second and third, and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Linda Martinez. Morgan Womack walked and scored on an error by the shortstop for a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Lions tacked on their final run in the sixth. Shyanne  Pipkin hit a bunt single to the third baseman, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Pipkin tagged up and scored when Mihyia Davis lined out to center field. Lovell smashed a two-out triple but was stranded.

In Game 2, Lovelady returned to its usual high intensity level and dominated Shelbyville 13-3 in five innings.

Making up for their lack of hitting in the first game, the Lady Lions pounded out 10 hits, including three round-trippers by Womack, Martinez and Haven Prager. Davis chipped in with a pair of triples while Martinez and Prager also collected a double.

Womack started in the circle and pitched 2/3 inning, giving up three runs on one hit, no strikeouts and two walks.

LaRue pitched the remaining 4 1/3 innings. She gave up one hit and no runs with six strikeouts and two walks.

Lovelady jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Davis led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a groundout by Womack.

After Lovell was hit by pitch and Prager walked, Lovell came home on a passed ball and Prager scored on a  groundout by Biedrzycki

Shelbyville knotted the score at 3-3 with three runs of its own in the bottom of the first.

The Lady Dragons soon found themselves trailing in the fourth when Davis scored and Martinez hit a two-run homer. Prager singled and scored on a Biedrzycki's hit to make it 7-3.

A leadoff homer by Womack set the stage for a five-run frenzy in the fourth that put Lovelady up 12-3.

Prager drilled a fly ball to right field to give the Lady Lions a 10-run lead in the top of the fifth.

Shelbyville had two runners on base in the fifth but hopes of extending their season faded way when first baseman Prager fielded two pop-ups in foul territory.

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Lovelady sending eight tracksters to state

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Freshman Anyya Mitchell leaps over the final hurdle on the way to finishing second in the regional 100-meter race while a rival takes a tumble Saturday in Palestine. LARRY LAMB |  HCCFreshman Anyya Mitchell leaps over the final hurdle on the way to finishing second in the regional 100-meter race while a rival takes a tumble Saturday in Palestine. LARRY LAMB | HCC

By Larry Lamb
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PALESTINE-- Lovelady athletes turned in banner performances at the UIL Class 2A Region III Track and Field Meet over the weekend.

The Lady Lions qualified for state competition in five events and the Lions advanced in three.

In addition, the Lady Lions finished as the regional  runner-up team during the two-day meet at Wildcat Stadium.

Six PRs were set by Lovelady athletes in qualifying for state. 

"We have eight kids who qualified for the state track meet and three will be competing in two events," pointed out Lovelady head track coach Will Kirchhoff.

"I couldn't be prouder of them. Hard work pays off because those eight are working fools and they've reset the bar for Lovelady track and field. The two kids who went to state last year kind of opened the eyes to a bunch of these guys who saw you can make it happen. To quadruple the number of kids going to state just shows they've reset the bar and we'll carry that on to Austin," said Kirchhoff.

Lovelady's softball team eliminated Shelbyville in the bi-district playoffs Thursday night and that rivalry continued the next day at the regional track meet.

The Lady Lions had a 15-point lead over Shelbyville in team standings going into the mile run. Shelbyville won that event and then took the mile relay in the final event to claim the regional title with 83 points. Lovelady finished second out of 28 schools with 68 points.

The top two places in each event move on to the state meet on May 12-14. Class 2A competition will be Friday, May 13 at Mike Meyers Stadium.

Lovelady's state qualifiers include one relay team and six individuals.

Kylie Pugh, a junior, took home the regional crown in discus throw with a heave of 112'-05”.

Junior Scout Lovell earned a silver in pole vault competition Friday afternoon after playing catcher in the Lady Lions' double-header the night before. Lovell set a PR with a 10-0, which is six inches higher than her previous best.

"Scout had a heck of a three days. She caught two games in the softball series Thursday night, came back Friday and qualified for state in pole vault and then qualified for state in the 4x200 on Saturday. She put in a full day at the office," said Kirchhoff.

Two Lady Lions took silvers in 100-meter races.

Freshman Anyya Mitchell came in second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.19 and senior Mihyia Davis took second in the 100-meter dash with a PR of 12.291.

The girls 4x200 race came down to a battle between Lovelady and Shelbyville, which posted the winning time of 1:46.93. The Lady Lion crew of Mitchell, Lovell, Davis and senior Bailee Albinus were second with a PR time of 1:47.01.

The same foursome of Mitchell, Lovell, Albinus and Davis placed third in the 4x100 relay with 50.83.

Lovelady boys finished sixth out of 31 teams competing in the regional meet.

Junior Shaun Easterling earned his second state appearance in the 110-meter hurdles. Easterling came in second with a PR time of 15.38 seconds.

Sophomore Erik Castillo recorded a PR to take second in discus throw with a distance of 138'-09”, which is seven feet better than his previous record.

Only the top two places normally advance to state, but junior Landen LeBlanc's PR  of 13'-06 in pole vault was good enough to earn him a wild card berth. LeBlanc improved his height by a foot.

LeBlanc and teammate Cole Harris both cleared the bar at 13'-06' but LeBlanc claimed a bronze based on misses. "Landen had zero misses at the previous height and Cole had one miss at 12-6," explained Kirchhoff.

Lovelady boys also placed in the following events:

400 dash- Jackson Jefferies, fifth, 53.99.

300 hurdles- Keivon Skinner, sixth, 43.28.

4x200 relay- Jackson Jefferies, Keivon Skinner, Alan Baskin, Cody Davis, eighth, 1:34.87.

4x100 relay- Conner Martinez, Jefferies, Baskin, Davis, eighth, 44.89.

Shot put- Dayvian Skinner, seventh, 42'-06”,

Long jump- Keivon Skinner, ninth, 20'-10"

Triple jump- Keivon Skinner, 10th, 39'-11"

Lovelady girls also placed in these events:

High jump- Shyanne Pipkin, fourth, 5'-0”.

Pole vault- Olivia Ice, fifth, 8'-6”.

Discus- Magali Castillo, seventh, 92'-07”.

300 hurdles- Scout Lovell, seventh, 50.62.

Latexo's Dakota Sherley placed eighth in boys long jump at 21'-03".

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Latexo keeps rolling

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Baylee Omelina holds the home run ball she hit over center field against Grapeland. COURTESY PHOTOBaylee Omelina holds the home run ball she hit over center field against Grapeland. COURTESY PHOTOFrom Staff Reports

LATEXO – Latexo softballers notched a non-district win over Caldwell, 11-2, last Tuesday and continued their district win streak against Grapeland, 13-1, on Friday.

Traveling to Caldwell, the Lady Tigers erupted for seven runs in the fifth on the way to defeating the class 3A Lady Hornets.

Leading 4-2 after four innings, Latexo erupted for seven runs in the fifth. Latexo's last three runs of the night came on a homer by Charlee Biano.

Natalie Nicol had a five-hit day that included a pair of doubles and three RBI.

Shelby Eberts had a doubled and Lauren Woodard collected a double and single.

Taylor Dise pitched four innings and allowed two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks. She gave up a solo homer in the fourth inning.

Woodard worked the last three frames and allowed no runs on three hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Hosting Grapeland, the Lady Tigers plated five runs in both of the first two innings to build a 10-1 lead. They tacked on two markers in the third and one in the fourth to take the game under the 10-run rule.

A two-run homer by Baylee Omelina in the third inning highlighted the Lady Tigers' offense.

Woodard was 3-for-3 with three base hits

Batting 2-for-3 were Biano, Nicol, Dise and Mally Moore, who led with three RBI. Eberts and Omelina both went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Grapeland was led in hitting by Kayleigh Lively and Jessi Cunningham, who each had a double.

Morgan Terry had a RBI single that drove in Makayla McCombs for the Sandiettes' only run in the first inning.

Woodard went the distance in the circle for Latexo. She allowed one run on three hits, struck out eight and walked three in five innings.

Grapeland's Jaycee Graham pitched four innings and gave up 13 runs on 16 hits with no strikeouts and three walks.

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Lady Lions post blowout shutouts

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Scout Lovell scores on a wild pitch in the second inning during Lovelady's 15-0 win over Alto. Lovell later scored on another wild pitch in the fourth inning to end the game. LARRY LAMB | HCCScout Lovell scores on a wild pitch in the second inning during Lovelady's 15-0 win over Alto. Lovell later scored on another wild pitch in the fourth inning to end the game. LARRY LAMB | HCC

From Staff Reports

LOVELADY – It was just another week at the office for the Lovelady High School softball team.

The Lady Lions chalked up a 15-0 win over Alto last Tuesday and celebrated senior night with a 10-0 win over Groveton on Friday in back-to-back home games.

Against Alto, the Lady Lions scored three runs in the first, nine in the second and three in the fourth while holding the visitors scoreless.

A three-run homer by Mihyia Davis giving Lovelady a 12-0 lead in the second inning highlighted the game.

The Lady Lions only had four hits, but five batters were hit by pitch and 10 reached base via walks.

Scout Lovell scored on a wild pitch in the second inning and gave an encore performance in the fourth when she came home on another wild pitch that ended the game under the mercy rule.

During Senior Night recognition before hosting Groveton, the Lady Lions recognized team members Shyanne Pipkin, Mihyia Davis, Macie LaRue, Linda Martinez, Mimi Sandoval, Bailee Albinus and Rylee Biedrzycki.

Lovelady scored two in the first, four in the third and two in the fourth. Leading 8-0, the Lady Lions plated two in the fifth to seal a 10-run  victory.

Davis led off the first with a single and scored on a passed ball. Sandoval, who walked, scored on a single by Womack for a 1-0 lead.

Lovell tripled to lead off the third and scored a single by Sandoval, who scored when Biedrzycki grounded into to fielder's choice. Martinez, aboard on a single, came home on a single by Haven Prager. Albinus drove in Prager for a 6-0 cushion.

In the third, Davis hit a leadoff single, stole second and score on Lovell's base hit. Lovell collected a single, stole second and third, and tagged up to score on a fly-out by Martinez for an 8-0 lead.

Lovelady came out swinging in the fifth with Biedrzycki hitting a leadoff double and scoring on a double by Prager.

Prager was out advancing to third when Albinus grounded into a fielder's choice. With two outs, Davis hit a ground ball single and Albinus scored from second on the throw for the game-ending run.

LaRue pitched four hitless innings while striking out five and walking one. Sandoval closed the game allowing one hit with two strikeouts and no walks.

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Lion tracksters take second at district

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Lovelady's Seth Enos hands off to Alan Baskin in the 4x400 relay at the District 20-2A Track and Field Meet last Thursday night in Centerville. LARRY LAMB | HCCLovelady's Seth Enos hands off to Alan Baskin in the 4x400 relay at the District 20-2A Track and Field Meet last Thursday night in Centerville. LARRY LAMB | HCC

By Larry Lamb
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CENTERVILLE –The Centerville Tigers defended their district track title but had the Lovelady Lions nipping at their heels when the District 20-2A meet culminated last Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers racked up 209 points, giving them a 16-point margin of victory over the Lions, who had 193 points. Groveton, which took second over Lovelady by just 1.5 points  last year, was a distant third with 90 points. Latexo (52), Grapeland (29), Leon (20) and Slocum (1) rounded out the team standings.

The top four places advance to the area meet at Madisonville on Monday, April 18.

The Lions, who had multiple area qualifiers in six events, picked up six golds, seven silvers, five bronzes and a pair of fourth place finishes in the two-day meet.

Competition for field events and running prelims were held last Monday and running finals were Thursday.

Latexo had seven area qualifiers in four events and Grapeland will send athletes to area in three events.

Lovelady advanced to area in the following events:

200 dash- Cody Davis, first, 22.93.

400 dash- Jackson Jefferies, second, 52.46; Skylar Pipkin, third, 54.65.

110 hurdles- Shaun Easterling, second, 15.62.

300 hurdles- Keivon Skinner, third, 42.82.

4x100 relay- Alan Baskin, Cody Davis, Jackson Jefferies, Conner Martinez, first, 43.90.

4x200 relay- Alan Baskin, Cody Davis, Shaun Easterling, Keivon Skinner, second, 1:33.68.

4x400 relay- Alan Baskin, Seth Enos, Jackson Jefferies, Skylar Pipkin, second, 3:45.09.

Long jump- Keivon skinner, third, 19'-7 1/4"; Skylar Pipkin, fourth, 19'-4".

Shot put- Dayvian Skinner, first, 42'-2".

Discus- Eric Castillo, second, 129'-7"; Shaun Easterling, fourth, 118'-7 1/2".

Triple jump- Keivon Skinner, first, 39'-10 1/2"; Alan Baskin, third, 39'-0".

High jump- Shaun Easterling, first, 5'-8"; Keivon Skinner, second, 5'-6"; Brandon Fry, third, 5'-4".

Pole vault- Cole Harris, first, 12'-0"; Landen LeBlanc, second, 11'-6".

Latexo athletes qualifying for area were:

100 dash- Dakota Sherley, second, 11.22; Ashton Hargrove, third, 11.28.

200 dash- Dakota Sherley, third, 23.46; Ashton Hargrove,  fourth, 23.68.

Long jump- Dakota Sherley, first, 20'-5"; Ashton Hargrove, second, 20'-0".

Triple jump- Dakota Sherley, second, 39'-4 1/2".

Advancing to area from Grapeland were:

100 dash- Cadarian Wiley, first, 11.12.

4x100 relay- Cadarian Wiley, Zacuriah Diaz, Riley Murchison, Omarian Wiley, third, 45.74.

Triple jump- Riley Murchison, fourth, 38-8 1/2".

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