Crockett Steamrolls Trinity

Crockett’s Xavion Dixon plows over Trinity defenders in Friday night’s season opener at Driskell Stadium.Crockett’s Xavion Dixon plows over Trinity defenders in Friday night’s season opener at Driskell Stadium.

Crockett gridmen made their season debut in impressive fashion by shutting out Trinity 42-0 Friday night in Driskell Stadium.

Scoring on their first three possessions, the Bulldogs led 21-0 at halftime and then lit up the scoreboard two more times in the third quarter to lead 35-0. The Bulldogs put on the finishing touches with a fourth-quarter score.

The game got off to a shaky start for Trinity when Crockett linebacker Ahmad Brown recovered a fumble at the Tiger 20 yard line.

Quarterback B. J, Anderson hit Xavion Dixon for a 9-yard gain and then handed the ball to Dixon for an 11-yard touchdown run. Kicker Ricardo Ramirez gave Crockett a 7-0 lead with 11:37 left in the first quarter.

After the kickoff, the Tigers drove deep into Crockett territory before the Bulldogs mounted a defensive stand. Trinity reached the 8 yard line, but lost four yard on third down and then Derrick Sherman made a touchdown-saving tackle at the 2 yard line on fourth-and-goal.

Taking over at the 2, Anderson gave the Bulldogs some breathing room on a keeper to the 6 yard line and Dixon broke free to the 14 for a first down.

Going back to the air, Anderson found Daniels, who hauled in the pass at the 50 and strutted all the way for an 86-yard TD strike. Ramirez tacked on the extra point for a 14-0 lead with 2:40 to go in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter the Bulldogs drove inside Trinity's 10 yard line before turning the ball over on downs at the 22 yard line.

The Bulldogs made up for that lost scoring opportunity when the defense forced a Tiger punt that Daniels returned 65 yards for a quick touchdown. Ramirez nailed the point-after for a 21-0 lead with 5:30 left in the second quarter.
Trinity dodged another bullet late in the first half with Crockett threatening at the 1 yard line. The Bulldogs coughed up the ball and the Tigers recovered.

Taking over with 17 second left, Trinity broke a 43-yard run on its first play but was unable to strike before halftime and Crockett's 21-0 lead remained in tact.

After receiving the second half kickoff, the Bulldogs didn't waste much time in padding their lead. Crockett's offense set up shop at the Tiger 46 following an onside attempt. An illegal procedure penalty against Crockett moved the ball back to the Bulldog 49, but that did not deter Daniels from taking a pitch and going all the way on the first play. Ramirez tacked on the extra point for a 28-0 lead with 11:32 in the third quarter.

Late in the third, the Bulldogs took over at the Tiger 22 following a punt. Tyress Anderson carried the first two plays for nine yards and Latavion Jones caught a 10-yard pass for a first down at the 11 yard line. Tyress Anderson capped the drive from 11 yards out and Ramirez added the extra point for a 35-0 lead with 2:39 left in the third.

A fumble recovery by Lonzo Rodgers at the Trinity 43 set up Crockett's final touchdown. Keshaun Smotherman carried for 12 on the first play, Marcus Smith carried twice, Reginald Lockhart gained 11 yards to the 7 yard line and two plays later Derrick Sherman scored on a 4-yard blast. Ramirez capped his perfect night in the kicking department to put the Bulldogs ahead 42-0 with 3:29 left in the game.

All-District Superlatives Awarded To Bulldogs Davenport, Robinson

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Three Crockett Bulldog seniors brought the curtain down on their high school baseball careers with All-District accolades after recent voting by the coaches.

The CHS battery of seniors Colby Davenport and Case Robinson were awarded District 21-3A Superlatives. Davenport was tabbed Co-Outstanding Pitcher and Robinson was Co-Outstanding Catcher.

Senior Tyler Dowell landed a spot on the First Team as First Baseman and Larren Reeves was tabbed for the Second Team Infield.

The complete All-District list is as follows:

21-3A All-District
Baseball Selections
Most Valuable Player: 
Logan Freeman, Buffalo;
Bryce Pauler, Buffalo
Outstanding Offensive Player: Rhett Read, Leon
Outstanding Defensive Player: Jackson Adair, Elkhart
Outstanding Pitcher: Koby Finley, Trinity; Colby Davenport, Crockett
Outstanding Catcher: George Vaught, Trinity; Case Robinson, Crockett
Newcomer of the Year: Chase Thompson, Buffalo; Colton Bentley, Westwood
Coach of the Year: Bryan Pauler, Buffalo

First Team
Pitcher: Steven Prewitt, Leon; Shiloh Crouch, Elkhart; Tanner Tutt, Elkhart; Michael Reyes, New Waverly
Catcher: Clay McGill, Buffalo; Kevin Carlson, New Waverly
First Base: Tyler Dowell, Crockett; Jacob Mays, Elkhart
Second Base: Cash Crane, Leon; Mason Jonas, Buffalo
Short Stop: Conner McWhorter, New Waverly; Collin Chadwick, Trinity
Third Base: Caleb Ferris, Onalaska; Nick Gonzalez, Elkhart
Outfield: Tobe Zientek, Leon; Lane Lisiecki, Elkhart; Chad Taylor, Elkhart; Alex Flores, Elkhart
Designated Hitter: Brady Bauer, Trinity
Utility: Joseph Meador, Westwood
Second Team
Pitcher: Cameron Chadwick, Trinity; Peyton Archibald, Leon
Catcher: Dalton Fisher, Westwood; Jared Theis, Leon
First Base: Darren Jenning, Onalaska
Second Base: Dante Thomas, Trinity; Trent Huff, Elkhart
Short Stop: Blake Lowry, Leon; Bryce Ryder, Buffalo
Third Base: Larren Reeves, Crockett
Outfield: Corbin Watson, Leon; Cason Churchman, Westwood; Trey Minter, Buffalo
Morgan Clow, New Waverly; Tyler Alford, Onalaska
Designated Hitter: Hunter Bush, Elkhart
Utility: Avery Archibald, Leon; Ben Wilkins, Onalaska

Lions Battle Back To Clinch Regional Quarterfinal Series

Shaking off a 4-3 loss in the series opener, the Lovelady Lions came back with identical 9-2 victories on Saturday to knock off Joaquin for the regional quarterfinal title.

After the setback in Jasper on Friday, the Lions had their backs to the wall when the series resumed Saturday in Lufkin.

"I couldn't have asked any more out of these guys today. They really came through," said Lion Head Coach Tommy Parker after his squad clinched the best of three series. "I didn't know what to expect because they were really down after losing yesterday. That was a long bus ride home from Jasper, but I told them we just have to regroup. There are a lot of good teams that lose the first game and then come back and win the next two."

"On Friday we out-hit Joaquin 9 to 2, and got three hits in the seventh inning but didn't score. It was a nightmare. We just shot ourselves in the foot, and basically in a nutshell, we gave the game away," said Parker.

"I didn't know how we'd respond. I didn't know what their pulse was after that loss," added Parker.

One thing Parker was certain about is his team's tenacity.

"Most of this bunch played football last fall and we had some really tough games against Beckville and Shelbyville in the playoffs. But they just played their hearts out every Friday or Saturday," said Parker. "That's what they did today."
In Game 2, the Lions trailed 2-1 after five innings and then erupted for six runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Game 3 saw the Lions score two runs in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead and then put the game away with a six-run explosion in the seventh. "We had to squeeze a couple of times just to get an insurance run. Then the flood gates opened up and we got a few more runs that gave us a comfortable cushion for Hunter (Murray) to come in and shut the door on them."

Murray went the distance in Game 1, giving up four runs (1 earned) on two hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. "It was hot and muggy, but he did a good job," said Parker.

Senior Mason Lowery pitched seven innings in Game 2 and then worked the fourth and fifth frames in Game 3. "I didn't know if Mason still had two good innings left in him, but I told him I needed six outs. Mason said 'I've got it, Coach', and he did it," said Parker.

"Hunter wanted to pitch three innings, but I told him I only needed two. Get six outs for me and I'll be tickled to death," Parker recalled telling the junior moundsman.

"We played fundamental baseball today. We played pretty good defense overall," said Parker.

The Lions collected nine hits in Game 2 and 12 in Game 3. "Eventually we hit the ball when it counted," the coach added.

Lions Drop Game 1 To Joaquin

Lovelady Lions came up short 4-3 against Joaquin in a best-of-three series opener in the regional quarterfinals Friday afternoon at Jasper.

After Joaquin took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, the Lions pushed across a run in the bottom half after Alex McKnight drew a one-out walk and courtesy runner Jay Robinson came around to score.

The Rams went up 3-1 in the third, but the Lions tied it up in the fifth with a two-out rally. Jacob Jeffus reached on an error, Mason Lowery singled and Hunter Murray was intentionally walked to load the bases. An error allowed Jeffus and Lowery to score, making it 3-3.

After Joaquin scored the go-ahead run in the sixth, the Lions had a tying run at third with no outs in the bottom of the sixth but were unable to push it across.

Jeffus led off of the seventh with a double, but was caught stealing third on a passed ball. The Lions still were hopeful after back-to-back singles by Murray and Lee Holsey, but a flyout ended the threat.

Murray went the distance on the mound for the Lions.

Local Softballers Reap All-District Awards

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The softball coaches of District 22-2A have announced their selections for this season's All-District teams.

Three of the six Superlatives awarded went to players on Houston County teams.
Latexo sophomore pitcher Gracie Zalesky was named Queen of the Circle after helping to lead the Lady Tigers to their first playoff appearance in school history.

Lovelady junior Sydney Price was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and Kennard freshman Dariann Ping was recognized as Utility Player of the Year.

Slocum claimed two Superlatives with senior Kaytie Jones claiming MVP honors and freshman Jalyn Fletcher as Newcomer of the Year.

Co-Offensive Players are Centerville junior McKinzie Hamilton and Neches sophomore Josey Sumpter.

The coaches also selected First and Second Teams, Honorable Mention, and First and Second Team Academic All-District.

2016 District 22-2A
Softball Awards

MVP- Kaytie Jones, senior, Slocum.
Queen of the Circle- Gracie Zalesky, sophomore, Latexo.
Co-Offensive Player- McKinzie Hamilton, junior, Centerville; Josey Sumpter, sophomore, Neches.
Defensive Player- Sydney Price, junior, Lovelady.
Utility- Dariann Ping, freshman, Kennard.
Newcomer of the Year- Jalyn Fletcher, freshman, Slocum.

First Team All-District
Pitcher- Katie Greve, senior, Neches.
Catcher- Briley Evers, sophomore, Slocum.
First Base- Kamryn Vickers, senior, Slocum.
Second Base- Hannah Chipman, freshman, Grapeland.
Short Stop- Makayla Bickerstaff, junior, Slocum.
Third Base- Jessi Ives, sophomore, Slocum.
Outfield- Makenzie Hudson, freshman, Neches; Cheyenne Mixon, senior, Grapeland; Taylor Clark, freshman, Slocum; Chaice Short, senior, Latexo.

Second Team
Pitcher- Tori Tollett, junior, Centerville.
Catcher- Makayla Gunnels, sophomore, Latexo.
First Base- Ashlyn Brazzil, senior, Latexo.
Second Base- Courtney January, freshman, Slocum.
Co-Short Stop- Taylar Mullen, junior, Grapeland; Cristina Ortega, sophomore, Centerville.
Third Base- Jayci Mannix, sophomore, Neches.
Outfield- Gracey Carroll, sophomore, Neches; Diamond Maines-Dunn, freshman, Grapeland; Autumn Lumpkin, senior, Centerville; Tea Soberano, junior, Lovelady; Kara Cumby, sophomore, Slocum; Hannah Cariker, junior, Neches.

Honorable Mention
Centerville- Baylee Chase, senior, Sarah King, junior; Sara Stutzman, sophomore,
Grapeland- Arielle Lane, senior; Madison Holbrook, junior; Hailee Sheridan, junior; Megan Holbrook, sophomore; Haylee Reed, freshman.
Latexo- Brooke Ashley, senior; Kelsey Kilian, senior.
Lovelady- Hannah Sample, senior; Allison Hay, junior; Sydney Shoemaker, junior; MaLanta Wiley, junior.
Neches- Allyson Thompson, senior; Hana Walsh, junior; Sheridan Andrews, sophomore; Ashley Barnes, freshman.
Slocum- Katelynn Hogan, senior; Christy Dunnam, junior; Shelby Bowman, sophomore; Laney Lasiter, freshman.

1st Team
Academic All-District
Centerville- Autumn Lumpkin, senior; Callie Parker, sophomore; Sara Stutzman, sophomore; Kirsten Jeitz, freshman; Harley Matthews, freshman.
Grapeland- Arielle Lane, senior; Taylar Mullen, junior; Hailee Sheridan, junior; Jakara Jackson, junior; Stevie Reynolds, junior; Carly Parker, freshman.
Latexo- Brooke Ashley, senior; Ashlyn Brazzil, senior; Kelsey Kilian, senior; Chaice Short, senior; Carolyn Townsend, junior; Makayla Gunnels, sophomore; Angeleah Benton, freshman; Bailey Ingle, freshman.
Lovelady- Hannah Sample, senior; Allison Hay, junior; Emily McClure, junior; Sydney Price, junior; Tea Soberano, junior; Heather Elliott, sophomore; Katie Robertson, sophomore; Sarah Thompson, freshman.
Slocum- Katelynn Hogan, senior; Kaytie Jones, senior; Kamryn Vickers, senior; Briley Evers, sophomore.

Second Team
Academic All-District
Centerville- Baylee Chase, senior.; McKinzie Hamilton, junior; Sarah King, junior; MacKinzie Mordecai, freshman.
Lovelady- MaLanta Wiley, junior; Jamie Mora, sophomore.

Sandiette Tabbed For All-Star Game

mixon-mugThe Tyler TASO Chapter of High School Softball Officials has selected Grapeland senior Jeri Cheyenne Mixon to play in its annual All-Star Game on Saturday, June 18 at Lindale.
First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at the Lindale High School Field.

The Tyler TASO Chapter selects two teams consisting of senior players from schools for which it provides officiating services.

Teams are comprised of players from Class 2A schools up to Class 6A. Mixon is only one of three players representing Class 2A.

Commenting on Mixon's selection to the team, the Grapeland High School softball coaching staff of Joel Barbosa and Erica Gros said, "Chey has been a four-year starter, a three-time All-District performer and has done a great job this year helping in preparing her replacement in the center field position next year."

The coaches added, "She has played a pivotal role in helping establish this program into one of the best in Houston County and throughout the region in Class 2A. We are thrilled that she will have the opportunity to play this great game one more time in front of her friends and family."