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Letter of Intent

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081122 signing Standout Trinity athlete Cole Caldwell, surrounded by his coaches, signs a letter of intent to become an Angelina Junior College Roadrunner. Cole will play baseball for the Lufkin Juco. Photo by Tony Farkas

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Groveton players make all state

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071422 softball all state

Special to the News-Standard

Blue Bell and the Texas Sports Writers Association has named the state’s softball players to all-state teams.

Three players from the Groveton Lady Indians were named; Shelby Arnold made first team, Lexi Easterling and Megan Luce made second team, and Abby Lee received honorable mention.

Coach of the year is Kirk Allen and player of the year is Kenzie Jones, both of Crawford.

FIRST TEAM
Pitchers: Jones, Crawford, junior; Macie LaRue, Lovelady, senior; Kaylee Blackledge, Center Point, junior; Catcher: Addison Leschber, Thrall, senior; First base: Haven Prager, Lovelady, junior; Second base: Roxanne Rivera, Hamlin, junior; Shortstop: Reagan Johnson, Falls City, senior; Third base: Jocy Suarez, Union Grove, senior; Outfielders: London Minnix, Crawford, sophomore; Mihyia Davis, Lovelady, senior; Emilee Baker, Thorndale, senior; Utility: Paedin Vincik, Shiner, sophomore; DP/DH/Flex: Shelby Arnold, Groveton, senior

SECOND TEAM
Pitchers: Citialy Gutierrez, Stamford, senior; Reagan Wick, Weimar, junior; Kylee Pierce, Bremond, senior; Catcher: Skylar Heger, Weimar, senior; First base: Jaycee Yezak, Bremond, sophomore; Second base: Natalie Garcia, Thorndale, junior; Shortstop: Scout Lovell, Lovelady, senior; Third base: Maddie Lopez, Archer City, senior; Outfielders: Savana Gonzales, Stamford, senior; Lexi Easterling, Groveton, sophomore; Mallory Maxwell, Archer City, senior; Utility: Emma Frick, West Sabine, senior; DP/DH/Flex: Megan Luce, Groveton, senior

THIRD TEAM
Pitchers: Rylee Spivey, Kerens, freshman; Kiersten Fincannon, Hico, sophomore; Bethany Grandgeorge, Beckville, junior; Catcher: Jentrye Bellar, Clarendon, senior; First base: Kaitlyn Tillman, Beckville Second base: Macy Detamore, Stamford, senior; Shortstop: Laylonna Apllin, Stamford, junior; Third base: Taylor Smith, Weimar, senior; Outfielders: Kyra Cerda, Frost, senior; Brylei Gilbreath, Coleman, junior; Jordyn Warren, Hawkins, junior; Utility: Gracyn Shultz, Sudan, junior

HONORABLE MENTION
Pitcher: Madeline Lee, Frost; Emily Janek, Italy; Cora Sepulvado, West Sabine; Aubrie Henderson, Thrall; Hannah McCallister, Axtell; Trinity Hawkins, Hawkins; Kaylee Harris, Campbell

Catcher: Gabryela Martinez, Ralls; Emalee Duniven, Hamlin; Cadence Hopgood, Italy

First base: Brylee Stand, Stamford; Maddie Nivin, Axtell; Kelsey Kovar, Thorndale; Makenna Warren, Hawkins; Rhiley Elliott, Ralls

Second base: Tateum Smith, Hawkins; Tandie Cummins, Clarendon; Brinley Ramirez, Shiner; Ipsha Bhakta, Coleman; Ella Hudson, Italy

Shortstop: Presley Limbaugh, Cooper; Malarie Mican, Weimar; Kenadee Lynch, Kerens; Raeghan Carlson, Thorndale; Bralyn Belk, Axtell; Samantha Gonzalez, Hamlin; Alana Young, Coleman

Third base: Shandlee Mueller, Stamford; Raeghan Carlson, Thorndale; Macey Cooper, Italy; Abby Lee, Groveton; Leah Greene, Kerens

Outfield: Paire Pavlu, Weimar; McKenzie Bancroft; Jacelyn Bell, Stamford; Emily Patterson, Stamford; Anabel Godines, Ben Bolt; Landry Janek, Italy

Utility: Linda Martinez, Lovelady; Olivia Holt, Kerens; Mylee Soliz, Falls City; Hayden Elam, Clarendon; Rylee Hawkins, Dawson

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Lady Indians honored

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060922 lady indian softballLady Indian Abby Lee (left) was named Newcomer of the Year for softball. Groveton’s Megan Luce (right) was named Offensive Player of the Year for softball. Courtesy photos

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GROVETON — Ten of the Regional Champion Groveton Lady Indians softball squad were named to the all-district team.

Additionally, Megan Luce was named Offensive Player of the Year, and Abby Lee was named Newcomer of the Year.

Infielders Kiki Smith and Landree Martin, outfielder Lexi Easterling and pitcher Shelby Arnold were named all-district first team.

Outfielder Tatum Porter, catcher Bailee Reed and first baseman Madison Thomas were named all-district second team.

Anna LaRue received honorable mention.

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Lady Indians fall in regional finals

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RUSK — After reaching new heights for the Groveton softball program, the Lady Indians, in their first-ever appearance in the regional finals, lost to rival Lovelady.

On Thursday, Groveton lost to Lovelady 5-0, and on Friday, 11-2.

Coach Chris Sexton said in a post that this season has been one of the most fun of his coaching career.

He said the team had its ups and downs and went through a learning phase, but learned to trust each other and ended up building something special, winning 31 games overall.

In the Friday game, Abby Lee hit her 12th home run of the season.

060222 groveton softball 1Lady Indian Abby Lee (No. 2) is greeted at home plate by the team after hitting a homer in the second game of the regional final. Photos by Martha Mericle

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Lady Indians creating history

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The defense, along with Coach Chris Sexton, celebrate. Courtesy photos by Martha MericleThe defense, along with Coach Chris Sexton, celebrate. Courtesy photos by Martha Mericle

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WHITEHOUSE — The Groveton Lady Indians continue their romp through the Cinderella Season, down Kerens in two games to claim the Regional Semifinal Championship last week.

The two wins, 9-4 on Friday and 14-1 on Saturday, sets the team up to reach the Regional Final for the first time in school history.

Coach Chris Sexton said words cannot express how proud he is of the team and the hard work they have put in.

He also said he wants to thank the many fans and parents that made the long trip to Whitehouse to see history be made in person.

In the Friday game, Kiki Smith was a monster at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs. Shelby Arnold went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Abby Lee, Bailee Reed, Tatum Porter and Madison Thomas each contributed a hit.

Martin and Megan Luce combined for pitching duties, posting 5 strikeouts and only one base on balls and giving up 10 hits.

In the Saturday game, Thomas went 3-for-4 and Lexi Easterling 3-for-five to lead the team. Smith and Arnold each contributed 2 hits apiece, and Reed and Luce one; Easterling, Luce and Smith notched a triple apiece, while Arnold, Easterling and Thomas each hit a double.

Arnold gets the win on the mound, allowing only 1 run and five hits while striking out 5.

Next week, Groveton faces tough rival Lovelady at Rusk High School in an all-District 21 Region III Final. 

Game 1 is at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Game 2 is at 2 p.m. Friday.

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