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Sandiettes Fall to Harleton In Regional Final

The Grapeland Sandiettes and Harleton Ladycats both came into the Region 3 final with hopes of earning a return trip to the state softball tournament to take care of unfinished business.

The Ladycats, however, prevailed 6-0 on Friday, May 23 in Lindale to shatter the Sandiettes' state title dreams.
Harleton advanced to the Class 2A State Tournament in 2010 and was eliminated in the state semifinals.

The following year, Grapeland reached the Class 1A state championship game where the Sandiettes fell to Shiner 1-0.

In the regional matchup, Harleton freshman Randi Carol Phillips pitched six innings, allowing no hits and struck out eight batters. Ali Modisette came in to relieve her in the seventh inning and struck out one batter.

Grapeland pitcher Baylee Lumbreraz worked six innings and struck out six batters. Holly Musick got on base in the first inning on a fielder's choice and later in the seventh on an error. Clara Shaw also got on base on an error in the seventh.

Harleton's first run came in the second inning. After getting aboard on a single, the runner stole second and third before crossing home plate on an RBI.

Harleton made it 2-0 in the third after a single and RBI bunt.

The Ladycats used a four-run frenzy in the fourth to pull away from Grapeland.

With runners on base with a walk and an error, a two-RBI double gave the Ladycats a 4-0 cushion.

After another RBI made it 5-0, Harleton plated its final run on a wild pitch to lock up the regional championship.

Grapeland became Harleton's fifth shutout victim in seven playoff victories. The Lady Cats have allowed just three runs in post season- one in a victory over Beckville and two in a loss to Beckville in a regional semifinal series.

State Tournament
Harleton didn't have much time to prepare for the trip to Austin since the Class 1A state semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday, May 28.
Harleton (29-8) faces Hubbard (29-6-1) at 9 a.m. in the first semifinal contest. At noon, Petrolia (27-5-1) and Weimar (22-8-1) square off.
The two winners return Thursday at 3 p.m. to play for the Conference 1A state crown.

The 2014 UIL Softball State Championships will be held May 28-31 at Red and Charline McCombs Softball Field on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Ticket prices are: Student $5 per session; Adult $10 per session; All-session ticket $85.

Tournament pairings are:

Wednesday, May 28
1A Semifinals
9 a.m.- Hubbard (29-6-1) vs. Harleton (29-8)
12 p.m.- Petrolia (27-5-1) vs. Weimar (22-8-1)
2A Semifinals
3 p.m.- Hawley (35-0) vs. East Bernard (25-11)
6 p.m.- Crawford (33-1-1) vs. Lone Oak (28-5)

Thursday, May 29
3A Semifinals
9 a.m.- Snyder (36-5) vs. Van (30-5-1)
12 p.m.- La Grange (38-2) vs. Huffman Hargrave (30-5)
1A And 2A Finals
3 p.m.- Conference 1A Final
6 p.m.- Conference 2A Final

Friday, May 30
4A Semifinals
9 a.m.- Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill (32-0) vs. Ennis (37-5-1)
12 p.m.- Aledo (31-4) vs. Buda Hays (31-5)
5A Semifinals
3 p.m.- Lubbock Coronado (36-4) vs. Deer Park (37-6)
6 p.m.- Conroe The Woodlands (38-3) vs. San Antonio Southwest (34-11)

Saturday, May 31
3A, 4A, 5A Finals
10 a.m.- Conference 3A Final
1 p.m.- Conference 4A Final
4 p.m.- Conference 5A Final

Regional Semifinal Softball Champions

Sandiettes

The Grapeland Sandiettes are shown after winning their regional semifinal series against Zavalla on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 in Lufkin. Team members are junior Allison Gilbert, senior Atlana Watson, junior Holly Musick, sophomore Whitney Musick, freshman Taylar Mullen, sophomore Cheyanne Mixon, senior Karleigh Stanaland, freshman Hailee Sheridan, senior Maddelynne Mathis, junior Baylee Lumbreraz, senior Clara Shaw, freshman Elizabeth Thorpe and freshman Madison Holbrook. They are pictured with coaches Jim Dillard and Erin Tuck and manager P.J. Lewis.

Bulldog Nation Athletic Awards Program 2014

With accomplishments ranging from district championships to state qualifiers, Crockett High School had plenty to celebrate during a year-end athletic awards program hosted by the Bulldog Athletic Booster Club on Tuesday, May 20 in the city park.

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Before the program, athletes played on an inflatable slide and then were treated to a cookout under the park pavilion.

Coaches reviewed the past season in each sport and presented certificates to each participant as they passed through the Bulldog Tunnel.

As an added treat, athletes voted on the coaches they wanted to receive a "pie in the face".
Lady Dogs softball coach Cassie Westbrook was the first recipient. Bulldog basketball coach Andre Emmons attempted to outrun the athletes, but was no match for their speed. CHS Principal Deborah Revels was the final recipient.

Coach Johnny Carter Joins TABC Hall of Fame

 Coach Johnny Carter is flanked by some of his formerKennard basketball players following his induction into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 17 in San Antonio. Pictured are (from left) Gary Parrish, James (Nubbin) Pilkington, Roy Harrison, Herman Myers, Fred Pilkington, Jimmy Twine and Donald Denman. (Photo by Debbie Pilkington) Coach Johnny Carter is flanked by some of his formerKennard basketball players following his induction into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 17 in San Antonio. Pictured are (from left) Gary Parrish, James (Nubbin) Pilkington, Roy Harrison, Herman Myers, Fred Pilkington, Jimmy Twine and Donald Denman. (Photo by Debbie Pilkington)

Former Kennard and Madisonville basketball coach Johnny Carter has been inducted into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches' Hall of Fame.

Carter was honored on Saturday, May 17 at the El Tropicano Hotel in San Antonio along with five others in the 2014 TABC class.

The 38-year veteran coach began his career at Kennard High School in 1967. In four years there, his teams compiled a record of 160-13, winning three state championships in 1967, 1968 and 1970.

"I tried to thank as many as people as I could that had helped me along the way. I talked about the Kennard teams, particularly the one I wrote about in my book," Carter said of his speech during the induction banquet.

Carter's first season at Kennard sparked his book- "The First Season: The True Story of How a Rookie Coach Took a Newly Integrated Team to a Texas State Championship." An updated version of his book includes his Hall of Fame induction and photos of his first book signing held at the school. A limited number of copies are available at the Kennard school library.

"When I went to Kennard, I was just hoping we could win more than we lost. I had no idea what was going to happen. I think the Good Lord intended for me to be there. Nobody wanted that job back then. I got the job in August, so I got there just a few days before school started," he recalled.

Carter found out a year ago that he was going to be a member of the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2014. He was selling his books during last year's coaching clinic when a member of the selection committee approached Carter and asked to speak to him. The man extended his hand and said "Congratulations."

Carter asked, "For what?" and the man replied, "We just voted you into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame."

"I was in shock for two or three days," said the new Hall of Fame member.

Carter spent the final 22 years of his coaching career at Madisonville, where he led the Mustangs to the playoffs several times, including the 1994-95 Class 3A state championship game. Madisonville was 34-4 that season and won District 18-3A before picking up four playoffs wins to advance to the state championship for the first time since 1951-52.

Carter was head coach at McLennan Community College in Waco, for seven years, finishing second in the conference in his first season in 1974. Thereafter, his teams won six consecutive conference championships. They qualified for the Regional Tournament every year, reaching the National Junior College Tournament in 1976. He was voted Junior College Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches that season. In 1980, his team was the winner of the highest scoring game in the history of basketball: 169—165 against Kilgore. The game ball is in the trophy case at the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

He coached two players at MCC who went on to the NBA: Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson and Sam Worthen. Vinnie, the seventh player taken in the draft, played on two NBA championship teams for the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990.

Joining Carter on the Hall of Fame 2014 Class are former Collinsville basketball star Juvean McWhorter Snell; the late Tyrone Johnson (player/coach, Austin High and Austin Anderson); Boyce Honea (coach, Houston Milby); Peggy Hosek (coach, Poth); and Wayne Dickey (coach, San Antonio Sam Houston).

Caught In A Rundown

Grapeland third baseman Shiloh Crouch tags an Evadale runner trying to steal home during Game 1 of a regional quarterfinal series Thursday, May 15 in Jasper. Evadale rallied in the bottom of the seventh to win 7-6.

Caught In A Rundown—Grapeland third baseman Shiloh Crouch tags an Evadale runner trying to steal home during Game 1 of a regional quarterfinal series Thursday, May 15 in Jasper. Evadale rallied in the bottom of the seventh to win 7-6.