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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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Track season comes to an end

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Trinity’s Shelby Walters clears the bar.Trinity’s Shelby Walters clears the bar.

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The track seasons for Trinity County schools ended at the regional level.

Several athletes came close, but only the top two in each event got to make the trip.

Mariah Lewis of Trinity came in fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, the closest of the group.

UIL 3A - Region 3 Meet


3,200-meter run

9th Cade Mauldin, 10:43.05, Trinity

High Jump

16th Cole Caldwell, 5-08.00, Trinity


100-meter hurdles

4th Mariah Lewis, 15.85a (3.0)PR, Trinity

Shot put

11th Kailyn Fisher, 32-05.75, Trinity

High jump

7th Mariah Lewis, 5-00.00, Trinity

Pole vault

7th Shelby Walters, 8-00.00, Trinity

UIL 2A - Region 3 Meet


800-meter run

11th Hayden Lee, 2:11.97, Groveton

1,600-meter run

7th Caden Alexander, 5:00.16, Groveton

3,200-meter run

6th Caden Alexander, 11:10.71, Groveton; 14th Jarrett Loftin, 12:13.08 ,Groveton

Shot put

8th Tyler Allen, 41-01.75, Groveton

Pole vault

13th Daiton Chandler, 10-06.00, Groveton


800-meter run

10th Josselyn Cruz, 2:40.46, Groveton

3,200-meter run

6th Isavel Bautista, 13:39.27, Groveton

4x200 relay

7th Groveton

Shot put

14th Hailey Hall, 27-01.00, Groveton

Long jump

13th Breanna McQueen, 14-11.00, Groveton

Triple jump

16th Emma Alexander, 30-03.00, Groveton

UIL 1A – Region 4


300-meter hurdles

9th Ashton Ashford, Apple Springs; 12th Dakota Campbell, Apple Springs


800-meter run

Chloe Aycock, Apple Springs

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Bi-district champions

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The Groveton Lady Indians softball teams claimed the bi-district title, and are heading to the next level of playoffs. Courtesy photoThe Groveton Lady Indians softball teams claimed the bi-district title, and are heading to the next level of playoffs. Courtesy photo

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The Lady Indians are moving on to the next round of playoffs after downing Joaquin in two games to claim the title of bi-district champions. 

Coach Chris Sexton said that after two long games played with high intensity, they we feel tired, happy and excited to be continuing on. 

The first game on Thursday was a 9-inning pitchers’ duel, as pitchers for both teams were hitting spots and keeping batters off balance, Sexton said. 

Groveton started Landree Martin, who went just over 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 1 run, 12 strikeouts and 1 base on balls. Megan Luce came in for relief, pitching 1 2/3 innings and giving up 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 bases on balls and striking out 1. 

“We had to find a way to win with small ball in game 1 and came away with a 2-1 victory,” Sexton said

Landree Martin and Rebecca Langley drove in the runs for Groveton. 

Friday’s game was the opposite, an offensive slug fest that ended up with the Lady Indians topping Joaquin 20-18.

Kierynn Smith had a big game offensively, going 3-for-5 with 1 double, 1 Triple, 5 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. 

“I’m proud of the way the girls overcame so much adversity and found a way to win two very different styles of close games,” Sexton said.

Groveton faces Deweyville in a doubleheader in the first round of area playoffs. Game time is 5 p.m. in Jasper.

Centerville Baseball

The Bulldogs we hosted Apple Springs on April 26 to close out district play, and came away with a 7-3 win over the Eagles. 

Ayden Self went 5 shutout innings on the mound, allowing 2 hits and striking out 9. 

Coach Geoff Hollis said the team scored 7 runs through the first 6 inningsm, taking a 7-0 lead into the 7th. 

Anthony Commiato made his first appearance on the mound in the 7th and struck out the first two batters then struggled, giving up 3 hits and 3 walks and allowing 3 runs for a final score of 7-3 victory for Centerville. 

Senior Devin Capps hit his first career home run over the right field fence for a solo shot as well. 

Centerville plays North Zulch Friday at Trinity High School in a one-game playoff. 

Trinity Baseball

The Tigers ended a rough season with two losses — 18-2 loss to Tarkington on Friday and 25-7 loss to New Waverly on April 26.

Groveton Baseball

The Indians will be in a bi-district playoff game Friday against Lovelady in Elkhart after posting a 4-2 win over Cushing on April 26.

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