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031623 lion baseballKason Nelson threw 6.1 innings, allowing just two hits. Photos by Brian Besch

By Brian Besch
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Livingston baseball was on the short side of a 5-3 contest in their first district game at home Tuesday night versus the Falcons of Huffman Hargrave.

The opportunities were there, but the Lions could not take advantage. Errors and walks that extended innings for the Hargrave offense added to the frustrations the Livingston attack had in leaving runners on base.

“That’s a tough one to lose,” new Lion coach David Miller said. “Anytime you lose a district ball game, it’s a tough one, especially one where you had a chance to win it in the seventh inning. There are some things that we have to work on, but the beauty of it is everything that we have seen is fixable. I told the guys that we have to come to work tomorrow ready to go.”

The Falcons scored their first three runs – in the first, second and fifth innings – all on sacrifice fly balls. They added another in the fifth on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.

Livingston threatened in the second with two in scoring position, and in the third with the bases loaded. A single by Chevy Peters in the fourth inning with a runner on second looked as though it would plate a run, but Lane Ward was thrown out at the plate from shallow left field.

However, the Lions would break through in the fifth, when leadoff hitter Bryce Barnes was hit by a pitch. Caden Vickery followed with a single and both advanced a base on a wild pitch. Jordan Huson drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Jordan Bush was robbed in left field, as a diving catch ended the inning.

Pitcher Kason Nelson exited the game after 6.1 innings, surrendering just two hits in his outing. He did walk a batter before leaving, who would come around to score on a single by Falcon pitcher Romero Meza. It was Meza’s third RBI of the night.

“Kason pitched his butt off for us tonight and made some adjustments as the game went,” the coach said. “We just have to find a way to put a full seven Innings together on the mound and on the field.”

Down 5-1 in their final at-bat, Livingston kept fighting. Barnes was hit by a pitch and Vickery singled. Huson walked to load the bases with no outs. A controversial call occurred beyond second base when an infield fly rule was called, yet no one made a play. Miller argued with umpires that a defender was not around to call the infield fly rule, but to no avail. A run did score after tagging at third, cutting the lead to 5-2. A wild pitch allowed another run to score, but the Lion rally would end there.

Livingston is 0-2 to begin the district portion of the schedule, also dropping a 5-0 game to Hamshire-Fannett on Friday. The coach said Nelson again pitched well in the district opener, with no score going into the bottom of the sixth. The coaching staff is constantly evaluating, according to Miller, and the lineup penciled in for Tuesday may not be the same in a few weeks.

“So far, we have played some tough teams. We have run the gauntlet as far as all of these tournaments that we have played in, and we have played multiple ranked teams. They have run up against some quality arms and some quality teams that can hit and play defense. We are 6-10 right now and I would much rather be 10-6.

“They fought (tonight). These kids will fight and I’m proud of that. They have worked their tails off all year, and it is in there. We are trying continually to bring that out and we are putting them in tough situations to fight through it.”

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Fouls, free throws undo Lady Hornets

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021623 goodrich girls bbLatrina Morgan led the team with eight points. Aralyn Angel is fouled while shooting from the elbow. Arly Balbuena shoots from behind the arc. Photos by Brian Besch

By Brian Besch
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In a contest to decide second place, the Chester Lady Jackets escaped Friday with a 28-27 win over Goodrich in Leggett’s Dudley Dickens Gymnasium.

A tie for second place in District 28-1A forced the seeding game that the Lady Hornets would lead until the fourth quarter.

In a tale of two halves, Chester could not find the bottom of the net through the opening two quarters. They were held to three made shots at the half, with Goodrich leading 19-8.

A zone defense from Chester in the second half frustrated the Lady Hornet offense, making it difficult to even put up shots. They would be held to the same eight points in a half.

With 3:41 to go in the fourth, post Breya Passmore fouled out with the Lady Hornets up 25-24. Soon after, Aralyn Angel was disqualified on five fouls at 2:43 and the same score showing. Chester would go up by one for the first time just 17 seconds later.

Yet, Goodrich still had chances. They came on the free-throw stripe, where Goodrich was 7-of-19, good for just 37%.

“We missed 12 on the line, and if you can’t make your free throws in a game like that, there is no way you can win it,” Goodrich coach Pinellafie Johnson said. “When you are playing someone and you know it is tight, those free throws have got to count.”

Latrina Morgan led the team with eight points, Angel had seven and Passmore had six in the close loss. Still, Johnson likes how her team is playing.
“They are picking it up real quick now,” Johnson said. “We are changing things. If we wouldn’t have done a box-and-one (defense) tonight, (Chester scoring threat Lily Read) would have burned us alive. We did manage to hold her off until we ended up getting ourselves in foul trouble.” 

The coach was upbeat following the contest and excited to get into the postseason.

“We are going to play Martinsville,” she said. “We are in good shape if we will go out and play. We still have a shot to get our foot into that regional tournament. We will have to get by (District 30-1A champion and state-ranked) Moulton now, because we are stuck down there with them. We would have been up there with Coolidge, where we would have had a better shot if we had gotten past Slocum. We are still going to give it all we’ve got, because they’ve got it in them to do it.”

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TSWA Class 2A All-State Football Team

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Guards – Jared Cook, Frankston, 5-11, 210, sr.; Rey Ramirez, Wellington, 5-10, 190, sr.
Tackles – J.R. Moore, Refugio, 6-0, 220, sr.; Zane Waggoner, Albany, 6-2, 245, jr.
Center – Blake Strickland, Wellington, 5-11, 230, sr.
Wide receivers – Diontay Ramon, Hawley, 6-3, 185, jr.; Jordan Tally, Wink, 6-4, 170, sr.; Derek Lancaster, Three Rivers, 6-0, 155, jr.
Tight end – Brody Emert, New Home, 6-2, 205, sr.
Quarterback – Terry Bussey, Timpson, 5-11, 187, jr.
Running backs – Austin Cumpton, Hawley, 6-0, 225, sr.; Ja’Deriun Bell, Mart, 5-10, 190, soph.; Peyton Brown, Tolar, 6-2, 230, soph.
Fullback – Paxton Hancock, Centerville, 6-0, 205, sr.
All-purpose – J’Koby Williams, Beckville, 5-11, 176, jr.
Place-kicker – Devon Bindel, Muenster, 5-10, 190, sr.

Linemen – Braylon Gonzales, Refugio, 5-11, 185, sr.; Monte Swaner, Mart, 6-0, 235, jr.; Adam Hill, Albany, 6-2, 210, jr.; Clayton Hadley, Simms James Bowie, 6-3, 190, sr.
Linebackers – Hez Parker, Hawley, 5-9, 210, sr.; Kaleb Brown, Refugio, 5-9, 180, jr.; Logan Addison, New Home, 6-0, 190, jr.; Will Scott, Hawley, 5-11, 180, sr. 
Secondary – Isaiah Avery, Refugio, 6-1, 175, jr.; Wyatt Wyndam, Albany, 6-0, 165, jr.; Dalton Brooks, Shiner, 6-2, 190, sr.; (tie) Kanon Gibson, Wink, 6-2, 195, sr.; Matthew Rosas, McCamey, 5-7, 150, sr. 
Punter – Jovani Rockmore, Olney, 6-1, 205, sr.
Utility – Javarion Williams, Corrigan-Camden, 5-9, 174, sr.
Kick returner – DJ McClelland, Granger, 6-1, 194, sr.
Offensive player of the year – Bussey, Timpson
Defensive player of the year – (tie) Brooks, Shiner and Wyndam, Albany
Coach of the Year – Denney Faith, Albany

Guards – Mason Hughes, Joaquin, 6-0, 225, sr.; (tie) Micah English, Beckville, 6-0, 225, jr.; Easton Fulton, Rosebud-Lott, 6-3, 318, sr. 
Tackles – Peyton Jurgajtis, Falls City, 6-3, 310, jr.; Kolt Dieterich, Riesel, 6-6, 280, sr.
Center – Brady Davis, Beckville, 5-11, 230, jr.
Wide receivers – Vosky Howard, Timpson, 6-0, 185, jr.; Damian Barragan, Sunray, 5-8, 150, jr.; Ernest Campbell, Refugio, 5-8, 135, jr.
Tight end – Jordan Nation, Wellington, 6-3, 170, sr.
Quarterback – (tie) Rodey Hooper, Hawley, 6-2, 190, sr. Logan Jenkins, Collinsville, 5-10.5, 130, jr.
Running backs – Brody Eaves, Price Carlisle, 5-9, 150, sr.; Coy Lefevre, Albany, 6-1, 205, sr.; Kyle Maxfield, Bangs, 5-7, 180, sr.
Fullback – Jordan King, Refugio, 5-9, 205, soph. 
All-purpose – Keegan Gilbreath, Seymour, 5-9, 155, jr. 
Place-kicker – Jose Valverde, Granger, 6-0, 170, soph.

Linemen – Evonjre Donnell, Archer City, 5-10, 195, jr.; Alfred Wilkerson, Cooper, 6-4, 220, jr.; Mason Berry, Tolar, 6-0, 230, sr.; Hunter Goodwin, Mason, 6-1, 185, sr.
Linebackers – Tyler Lane, Timpson, 5-10, 190, jr.; Abram Ross, Mart, 5-10, 210, jr.; Garrett Trevino, Collinsville, 5-8.5, 220, soph.; Camron Walker, Crawford, 5-11, 185, sr. 
Secondary – Reed Patterson, Collinsville, 5-10, 160, jr.; Delvin Gantt, Burton, 5-11, 170, sr.;  Saul Reyes, Floydada, 5-10, 165, sr.; Jonah Ross, Mart, 5-10, 155, jr. 
Punter – Landyn Hack, Panhandle, 6-3, 205, sr.
Utility – Clayton Hart, Price Carlisle, 6-1, 190, jr.
Kick returner – Zha’Mauryon Lofton, Marlin, 5-11, 192, sr.


Guards – Angel Escobedo, Corrigan-Camden, 6-4, 294, sr.; (tie) Nolan Park, Forsan, 6-1, 215, sr.; Felipe Salazar, New Deal, 5-10, 260, sr.  
Tackles – Erik Castillo, Lovelady, 6-0, 260, jr.; (tie) Jesse Putnam, Wink, 6-0, 265, sr.; Jacob Werner, Shiner, 6-3, 220, sr.; James Wright, Centerville, 6-5, 315, jr.
Center – (tie)  Colt Talley, Cumby, 6-0, 275, sr.; Kolton Whitton, Joaquin, 6-1, 265, sr.
Wide receivers – Clason Beasley, Thorndale, 6-3, 190, sr.; Carter Scott, Collinsville, 6-3, 170, jr Mathew Huerta, Brackettville, 6-0, 170, sr.
Tight end – Jacob Amaro, Three Rivers, 6-2, 190, sr.
Quarterback – (tie) Hunter Long, Cisco, 5-11, 185, sr.; Landyn Hack, Panhandle, 6-3, 205, sr.
Running backs – Jmaury Davis, Clarendon, 5-11, 175, sr.; Tanner Bean, Wortham, 5-10, 195, sr.; Lane Johnson, Simms James Bowie, 5-8, 170, jr.
Fullback – Jovani Rockmore, Olney, 6-1, 205, sr.
All-purpose – Joaquin Segovia, Vega, 5-11, 170, sr.
Place-kicker – Pablo Jimenez, Corrigan-Camden, 5-5, 138, sr.

Linemen – Jayden Johnson, Harleton, 6-2, 230, jr.; Brian Parker, Cushing, 5-9, 160, jr.; Gentry Caldwell, Brackettville, 6-1, 225, jr.; Colton Bosse, Chilton, 6-0, 180, jr.
Linebackers – Alex Bautista, Tioga, 6-0, 180, sr.; Levi Beavers, Honey Grove, 5-10, 205, soph.;  Kadyn Burke, Corrigan-Camden, 5-7, 187, sr.; (tie) Miguel Barron, Chilton, 5-11, 180, sr.; Edgar DeLuna, Sonora, 6-1, 185, jr.
Secondary – Kole Stovall, Archer City, 6-2, 170, jr.; Nixon Folk, Wellington, 6-2, 170, jr.; London Fuentes, Albany, 6-0, 150, jr.; Luke Torbert, Crawford, 5-11, 165, sr. 
Punter – (tie) Seth Stoffels, Muenster, 6-0, 160, jr.; Skylar Pipkin, Lovelady, 6-3, 170, jr.
Utility – Elijah Jackson, Archer City, 6-2, 220, jr.
Kick returner – JJ Crawford, Lovelady, 5-7, 150, sr.
Honorable mention

Guards – Katcher Dawson, Forsan, 6-1, 225, sr.; Brayden Dotson, Frankston, 6-1 245, soph.; Brysen Maxwell-Steele, Marlin, 6-2, 267, fr.; Callan Peters, Seymour, 6-1, 225, sr.
Tackles – Bryce Ballard, Italy, 6-2, 260, sr.; Brett Brittain, Floydada, 6-2, 245, sr.; Korbin Preston, Panhandle, 6-2, 240, sr.; Greg Storey, Milano, 6-2, 295, jr.; Peyton Valdez, Olney, 6-3, 215, jr.; Kaleb Yount, Thorndale, 6-5, 265, jr. 
Quarterbacks – Kyle Bures-Guerrero, Ganado, 6-1, 210, sr.; Cole Chapman, Albany, 6-2, 180, sr.; Caleb Cook, New Home, 6-3, 175, soph.; Logan Cope, Windthorst, 6-1, 180, sr.; Armando Lujan, Sunray, 6-0, 175, soph.; Caden Soliz, Three Rivers, 6-0, 170, jr.; Coy Stutts, Thorndale 6-0, 200, sr.;  Braylen Wortham, Bremond, 6-3, 175, soph.; Fidel Venegas, Flatonia, 5-10, 175, jr.
Wide receivers – David Charo, Seymour, 6-0, 150, jr.; Kagen Davis, Sunray, 5-10, 165, soph.; Wyatt Jones, Tolar, 5-11, 160, sr.; Chance Warren, Archer City, 6-5, 180, jr.
Tight ends - David DeLeon, Price Carlisle, 6-0, 211, jr.; Cash Perez, Wortham, 6-2, 245, jr.
Running backs – Braden Adams, Hawkins, 5-9, 215, sr.; Breck Chambers, Crawford, 6-1, 185, sr.; Tyrone Gilmon, Burton, 5-11, 180, jr.; Canon Ingram, Cooper, 5-10, 175, jr.; Brandon Lundy, Mart, 6-2, 192, sr.; Andrew Newman, Centerville, 5-8, 170, jr.; Ryne Todd, Mason, 5-7, 160, jr.
 Fullbacks – Andre Brown, Joaquin, 5-9, 185, sr.; Eddie Davis, Cushing, 5-11, 205, sr.; Jonah Grubbs, Tioga, 6-0, 200, jr.;  Tristan Himes, Sterling City, 5-10, 200, sr.
Place-kickers – Jose Arzola, Holland 5-8, 150, jr.; Armando Chavez, Mart, 5-6, 164, jr.
All purpose – Daylon Ford, Chilton, 5-9, 155, sr.; Jaidyn Guyton, Flatonia, 6-2, 165, sr.; Markeydrick Taylor, Chilton, 5-8, 155, jr.

Linemen – Kobe Burton, Flatonia, 6-0, 295, jr.; Johnathan Cook, Corrigan-Camden, 6-4, 308, sr.; Anthony Fortoul, Wortham, 6-5, 275, jr.; Layne Gisler, Falls City, 5-9, 185, jr.; Creed Frerich, Wink, 6-3, 230, jr.; Landan Henry, Cayuga, soph.; Zantayl Holley, Centerville, 5-11, 210 jr.; Maddox Hutchins, Joaquin, 6-1, 205, sr.; Wesley Smith, Corrigan-Camden, 6-1, 226, sr.; Luke Willmon, Tolar, 6-1, 195, sr.
Linebackers – Ty’Raun Bell, Marlin, 5-10, 195, soph.;  Isaac Blessing, Tolar, 6-3, 195, jr.; Beck Bishop, Shiner, 5-11, 185, sr.; Brayson Choate, Panhandle, 5-10, 175, soph.; Brandon Fry, Lovelady, 5-11, 180, sr.; Paxton Green, Vega, 6-1, 180, sr.; Bo Hammons, Beckville, 5-10, 200, sr.; Cale Harkey, New Deal, 6-3, 195, sr.; Mason Heath, Riesel 5-10, 200, sr.; Kaiyden Inman, Three Rivers, 6-0, 190, jr.; Whitt Jenkins, Cayuga, 6-1, 180, jr.;Slade Martin, New Deal, 6-0, 185, jr.; Tanner Minter, Celeste, 5-10, 160, jr.; Ethan Nevarez, Wellington, 6-2, 185, jr.; Jackson Raines, New Home, 5-9, 150, sr.; Reese Ramirez, Flatonia, 6-0, 200, sr.; Curt Ratliff, Falls City, 5-11, 225, sr.; Markell Smith, Cooper, 5-10, 175, jr.; Johnathan Stone, Nocona, 6-0, 160, jr. 
Backs –  Jakobe Brown, Cayuga, soph.;  Jaime Buitron Sonora, 5-7, 155, jr.; Cody Davis, Lovelady, 5-11, 160, sr.; Trent Eaves, Price Carlisle, 5-9, 140, soph.; Colin Ingram, Cooper, 6-2, 175, sr.; Ryan Peterson, Shiner, 6-3, 195, sr.; Dustin Spalla, Forsan, 5-11, 170, jr.
Utility – Jackson Duplichain, Alto, 5-7, 170, sr.; Cuyler Mize, Panhandle, 5-11, 170, sr.; Tyler Rogers, Frankston, 5-10, 180, soph.
Punters – Alex Bautista, Tioga, 6-0, 180, sr.; Isaiah Redd, Chilton, 6-0, 190, jr.

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