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By Larry Lamb
Houston County was well represented when the Texas Girls Coaches Association released its Class 2A All-State Softball Team for the 2022 season.
Three players from Lovelady and two from Latexo are among the 50 players chosen for the elite squad from class 2A schools across the state.
Two Latexo underclassmen -- Charlee Biano and Natalie Nicol -- turned heads during their sophomore seasons for the Lady Tigers, who were area champions.
The Lovelady trio of senior Mihyia Davis, senior Macie LaRue and junior Scout Lovell earned All-State honors after helping lead the Lady Lions to the state runner-up title. The two seniors are both continuing their softball careers on the college level.
Davis signed with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette last November and LaRue signed with Bossier Parrish Community College in Louisiana.
In addition to receiving all-state honors, Lovell was selected to play in the TGCA All-Star game July 12 in Arlington. Davis and LaRue were both named to the TGCA Legacy All-Star team and LaRue earned Academic All-State recognition.
By Larry Lamb
LOVELADY — Four members of the Lovelady High School softball team were rewarded for their achievements in the classroom by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Seniors Bailee Albinus, Rylee Biedrzycki, Macie LaRue and Linda Martinez were named to the elite class 2A Academic All-State Softball Team for the 2022 season.
Albinus earlier received academic all-state honors in track and field while LaRue was recognized in basketball.
TCGA members nominate athletes, who must be graduating seniors, must have an overall GPA of 94 or above for grades 9-11, must be a varsity participant in good standing and must be of good moral character.
Crockett's 10u Bulldogs are one of eight teams competing in the Dixie Youth Baseball AAA South Regional Tournament this weekend in Center.
Besides Crockett, the bracket includes Coldspring, Tatum, Anahuac, Malakoff, Buffalo, West Rusk and Shelbyville
The Bulldogs will take on Buffalo at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tournament play continues Sunday leading up to the championship game on Monday, July 4.
The regional champion advances to the State Championship in Longview July 8-9.
"This is the first youth baseball team representing Crockett to go to regional since 2009 when we were still in Little League," pointed out Brad Bond, president of Crockett Youth Baseball.
By Larry Lamb
LOVELADY — A state runner-up softball season capped
a phenomenal sports year for Lovelady High School and placed it in a four-way tie for ninth place in the Class 2A UIL Lone Star Cup standings.
The Lone Star Cup is awarded annually to six high schools, one in each of the six UIL classifications, based on their team performance in district and state championships. The winning schools in each classification will receive the UIL Lone Star Cup trophy and a $1,000 scholarship.
Lovelady tallied 44 points, putting it in a four-way tie for ninth place with Albany, Centerville and Timpson.
Lovelady picked up 16 of its 44 points with the Lady Lions' historic softball season. Additional points were scored in volleyball (six), football (four), girls basketball (eight), boys basketball (two), baseball (four) and DACD (four).
Standings will not become final until Saturday, July 1 after the tabulations are verified by the University Interscholastic League.
Mason dominated the 2021-22 school year with a school and classification record 86 points to win its third class 2A Lone Star Cup. Shiner finished second with 67, followed by third place Crawford with 64, Beckville with 61 and Lindsay with 50.
Gruver and Hamilton tied for sixth with 48 points and Clarendon was eighth with 46.
Rounding out the standings behind ninth place Lovelady, Centerville, Albany and Timpson are: 13. (tie) Christoval 43, Falls City 43, 15. Refugio 42, 16. (tie) Archer City 40, New Home 40, 18. Coleman 39, 19. Wellington 38, 20. (tie) Muenster 36, Normangee 36, Tenaha 36, 23. Tolar 35, 24. (tie) Bremond 34, Freer 34, Lipan 34, Plains 34, Thorndale 34, Weimar 34.
Lone Star Cup winners in other classifications are: 1A Abbott. 3A Lorena, 4A Argyle, 5A Dallas Highland Park and 6A Southlake Carroll.
Honoring the best overall athletic and academic programs in Texas, the UIL Lone Star Cup is open to all UIL participant high schools.
Standings include: team tennis, cross country, marching band, military marching band, volleyball, robotics BEST, football, congress, spirit, swimming and diving, wrestling, mariachi, film, basketball, robotics FIRST, soccer, academics, one-act play, theatrical design, track and field, golf, tennis, softball and baseball.
The Lone Star Cup program is sponsored by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance.