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2013 East Texas High School Baseball Preview

Feb. 16, 2013 at 11 p.m.


<strong>LONGVIEW</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Lobos</li> <li>District: 12-5A (Longview, Tyler Lee, Mesquite, Mesquite Horn, North Mesquite, Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath)</li> <li>Coach: Bernie Martinez</li> <li>Coach's record: 21-27</li> <li>2012 record: 10-15</li> <li>Top returning players: Spencer Barton (.363, .446 on base percentage, 10 doubles, 18 RBIs, 24 runs scored, 20 stolen bases; 4-3, 2.44 ERA, 38 strikeouts, 17 walks in 39 IP) … Alec Bradshaw (.360, .707 slugging percentage, 10 doubles, 5 triples, 2 HR, 16 RBIs, 23 runs scored) … Trenton Holloway (1-0, 1.28 ERA, 2 saves, 20 strikeouts, 8 walks, 29.2 IP) … Sam Scarborough … Reid Russell … Jared Pauley … Ben Woolley</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Will Bradshaw … Dez Chumley … Tre Allen</li> <li>You can count on: "I feel confident in our pitching depth. We don't have an ace that will just flat shut you down, but we have a lot of arms that can go out and compete and get outs for us." - Martinez</li> <li>Needs work: "We need consistency in all phases of the game in every game we play as often as we can. We are not great in any one area, but are pretty good in many. We must transition well from our non-district portion of the schedule into district and we need to get off to a great start." - Martinez</li> <li>Did you know: Longview has finished 13-15, 13-13, 8-17, 12-14-1 and 10-15 in the past five seasons … Martinez spent three seasons as head coach at LeTourneau University … Barton was the District 11-5A Newcomer of the Year in 2011 and was the Defensive Player of the Year in the district a year ago … Bradshaw's five triples tied the Lobos' season record … Allen, a transfer from Chapel Hill, was the district MVP in 16-3A a year ago after hitting .494 with 15 doubles, three triples and a home run … Lobo assistant coach Chris Lashley's brother, Mickey Lashley, is a former Oklahoma baseball player who was drafted in the 24th round of the 1976 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>TYLER LEE</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Red Raiders</li> <li>District: 12-5A (Tyler Lee, Longview, Mesquite, North Mesquite, Mesquite Horn, Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath)</li> <li>Coach: David Howard</li> <li>Coach's record: First season</li> <li>Did you know: Tyler Lee lost in the bi-district round of the playoffs to state runner-up A&M Consolidated last season.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>PINE TREE</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Pirates</li> <li>District: 14-4A (Pine Tree, Hallsville, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs, Texas High)</li> <li>Coach: Lance Standley</li> <li>Coach's record: 202-202</li> <li>2012 record: 20-12</li> <li>Top returning players: Mason Liu (.330, 4 HR, 26 RBIs, 29 runs scored, 22 stolen bases) … Trever Barker … Christopher Chadwick (.359, 22 RBIs; 3-1) … Blake Adams (.337, 13 RBIs) … Chandler Minze (4-3) … John Cravey (6-3) … Trevor Thomas … Aaron Rodriguez … Jake Oden … Spencer Anderson … Bradley Clayton</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Mason Hays … Andrew Lee</li> <li>You can count on: "These kids want to win. They are excited about this year and are ready to play hard. Our outfield seems to be a strength." - Standley</li> <li>Needs work: "We are behind on getting the new system in with all three coaches being new. We also have lots of injuries and kids that are not ready or not cleared to go 100 percent into the season." - Standley</li> <li>Did you know: Pine Tree has finished 16-8, 13-13, 16-11, 16-13 and 20-12 over the past five seasons … The Pirates defeated Sherman in three games (3-0, 1-6, 3-2) in the bi-district playoffs and fell 7-2 to Waxahachie in the area round last season … Seven PT players played summer and fall baseball together with THA STIXX.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>HALLSVILLE</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Bobcats</li> <li>District: 14-4A (Hallsville, Pine Tree, Marshall, Texas High, Sulphur Springs, Mount Pleasant)</li> <li>Coach: Scott Mitchell</li> <li>Coach's record: 294-166</li> <li>2012 record: 23-10</li> <li>Top returning players: Ronnie Gideon (.374, 5 HR, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 43 RBIs, 38 runs scored; 2-2, 4.04 ERA) … Connor Reich (6-3, 1.85 ERA, 102 strikeouts, 32 walks in 75.2 IP; .404, 2 HR, 10 doubles, 37 RBIs) … Jacob Walker (.452, two doubles, four triples, 19 RBIs, 21-22 stolen bases, 47 runs scored) … Andy Guinea (.208, HR, 15 RBIs) … Coby Weaver (4-1, 2.51 ERA, 49 strikeouts, 17 walks in 30.2 IP) … Austin Blakley (2-0, 3.07 ERA)</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Logan Glezen … Cole Anderson … Tyler Sellers … David Wise … Austin Toney … Justus Fulton … Nathan Bailey … Lance Lassen … Macailyn Wilder … Logan Bailey … Michael Graham … Colton Brasher … Colton Obertheir</li> <li>You can count on: "Pitching is an area that we feel that we should have some depth. We know Connor Reich and Ronnie Gideon will be two of our tip pitchers, along with sophomores Coby Weaver, Austin Blakeley, Logan Bailey, Colton Brasher and Michael Grahem." - Mitchell</li> <li>Needs work: "Inexperience is definitely a concern for our team this year. Replacing the quality of players we had last year will be a challenge." - Mitchell</li> <li>Did you know: Gideon, who has signed with Texas A&M, has hit 19 HRs, driven in 112 runs, is 17-for-20 on stolen base attempts and has 28 doubles and five triples in three varsity seasons. On the mound, he's 7-3 with 68 strikeouts in 44/2 IP … Reich is 13-6 on the mound in two varsity seasons … Walker was the Longview News-Journal's All-East Texas Newcomer of the Year in 2012 … Hallsville has finished 23-6, 26-5, 18-13, 26-9 Mitchell is starting his 15th season at Hallsville, where he has compiled a 278-136 record (most wins in school history) … Thirty-one Bobcats have gone on to play college baseball while Mitchell has been head coach at Hallsville … Hallsville has been to the playoffs five straight seasons and 9 of the last 11 years, and the Bobcats have neve had a losing season under Mitchell … Hallsville swept Sulphur Springs in the bi-district playoffs (10-3, 10-1) last season and fell in two games to Corsicana in the area round (7-4, 1-0)</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>MARSHALL</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Mavericks</li> <li>District: 14-4A (Marshall, Hallsville, Pine Tree, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs, Texas High)</li> <li>Coach: Lee Berry</li> <li>Coach's record: 18-49</li> <li>2012 record: 2-20</li> <li>Top returning players: Nick Andrews … Cameron Hill … Conner Castle … Landon Brune … Staylen Roach … Dakota Shirley</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Jacob Foster … Rich McFarland</li> <li>You can count on: "Strong leadership from these 2013 seniors. Andrews returns as the most seasoned veteran for the Mavericks (third season). Pitching was sketchy in 2012 (high walks and runs allowed totals), but will be a strong point for the Mavs with two seniors toeing the mound in 2013." - Berry</li> <li>Needs work: "Offense. The Mavericks struggled to score runs last year and not g etting the key hit in opportune times proved costly." - Berry</li> <li>Did you know: Marshall has finished 14-16, 15-12, 19-13, 17-13, 12-13 and 2-20 in the last six seasons … Ex-Maverick baseball player and local businessman Cary Workman attended Sam Houston State University on a baseball scholarship and pitched for the team that won a NAIA National Championship in 1963.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>MOUNT PLEASANT</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Tigers</li> <li>District: 14-4A (Mount Pleasant, Hallsville, Pine Tree, Marshall, Sulphur Springs, Texas High)</li> <li>Coach: Aaron Pearson</li> <li>Coach's record: 9-16</li> <li>2012 record: 9-16</li> <li>Top returning players: Luke Hill … Zach Ervin … Monty James … Tehron Rogers … Michael Kopech … Ryan Kelly … Riley Greenlee … Andrew Flanagan … Cullen Grubbs</li> <li>You can count on: "Leadership. We are fortunate enough to return nine starters from last year's team. Many of those guys have two and some have three years of varsity experience, and we hope that experience will benefit our team as the year goes along." - Pearson</li> <li>Needs work: "We need to do a better job offensively this year. Our pitching and defense was great all year and kep us in every game, but we struggled to score runs – especially early in the season." - Pearson</li> <li>Did you know: Hill and Kopech were first team all-district selections a year ago … The Tigers reached the playoffs last season, losing to Whitehouse (7-3) in the bi-district round. It was the Tigers' first trip to the postseason in 10 year.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>SPRING HILL</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Panthers</li> <li>District: 16-3A (Spring Hill, Kilgore, Gladewater, Gilmer, Henderson, Bullard, Chapel Hill)</li> <li>Coach: Joel Windham</li> <li>Coach's record: 75-56</li> <li>2012 record: 22-7</li> <li>Top returning players: Ben Hollas (.441, 13 doubles, 2 triples, 22 RBIs, 14 stolen bases, 37 runs scored, 3 strikeouts in 93 at bats) … Matt Williams … Nathan Methvin … Kendon Womack … Lane Nesbitt … Trevor Martin … Hagen Tucker … Eli Reagh … Colton Hopkins … Parker White</li> <li>Did you know: Spring Hill has finished 24-6, 31-5, 18-10, 30-9 and 22-7 over the past five seasons … The Panthers lost in the area playoffs to Crandall last season … Hollas hit .453 with a home run, three doubles, two triples, 28 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and 43 runs scored in 2011</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>KILGORE</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Bulldogs</li> <li>District: 16-3A (Kilgore, Spring Hill, Chapel Hill, Henderson, Gilmer, Gladewater, Bullard)</li> <li>Coach: Charles Presley</li> <li>Coach's record: 187-111</li> <li>2012 record: 14-14</li> <li>Top returning players: Cooper Coldiron (4-2, 3.00 ERA; .348 average) … Joseph Shepherd (2-1, 3.18 ERA) … Benny Colbert (.320, 13 RBIs) … Jake Brantley (.280, 16 RBIs, 22 runs scored)</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: DaQuayvia Brewster</li> <li>You can count on: "Cooper Coldiron, a two-time all-district selection, is returning as a starter for his third season. We are looking for him and our four other returning seniors to provide some needed leadership for our program this season." - Presley</li> <li>Needs work: "Our pitchers are going to have to do a better job of working ahead in the count and we have to improve our baserunning if we want to compete for a playoff spot." - Presley</li> <li>Did you know: Kilgore has finished 17-11, 19-8, 8-17, 15-14 and 14-14 over the past five seasons … Coldiron was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA on the mound in 2011</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>HENDERSON</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Lions</li> <li>District: 16-3A (Henderson, Spring Hill, Kilgore, Gladewater, Gilmer, Bullard, Chapel Hill)</li> <li>Coach: John Robichaud</li> <li>Coach's record: 72-73</li> <li>Top returning players: Arquez Walton … Patrick Brown … Zane Boles … Tre Hollins … Jeff Holt</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Griff Gainey … Jacob Smith … Tanner Batten … Collin Neal</li> <li>You can count on: "We will play good defense." - Robichaud</li> <li>Needs work: "We will need to develop a strong pitching staff in order to compete in our district." - Robichaud</li> <li>Did you know: Brown signed a football national letter-of-intent with Stephen F. Austin State University back on Feb. 6.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>BULLARD</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Panthers</li> <li>District: 16-3A (Bullard, Kilgore, Spring Hill, Chapel Hill, Gilmer, Gladewater, Henderson)</li> <li>Coach: Judd Guidry</li> <li>2012 record: 24-10</li> <li>Top returning players: Trevor Rumbelow (.375, 25 RBIs, 23 walks, .550 on base percentage, .487 slugging percentage, .311 average with runners in scoring position) … Holden Bryant (.366 average, .353 average with RISP, 19 RBIs, 23 stolen bases, .454 on base percentage, .409 slugging percentage) … Cody Goode (5-2, 1.18 ERA, 2 saves; .333, 15 RBIs, .400 average with RISP) … J.P. Hendrix (.324 average, .310 average with RISP, 14 stolen bases … Haden Bryant (.285, 19 RBIs, 16 stolen bases) … Weston Gray (.286) … Jesse Duplechin (.308 average, 11 RBIs, 10 stolen bases) … Jess Wood (15 stolen bases) … Zach Eschberger (3-0, 2.19 ERA, 31 strikeouts)</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Jacob Provencher … Conner Mebane</li> <li>You can count on: "Team chemistry will probably be our greatest attribute this year. We have a lot of seniors returning who have played together for a long time. We will also have some younger players who are going to be able to contribute." - Guidry</li> <li>Needs work: "We lost three pitchers from last year's team that will have to be replaced. This is going to be crucial for us." - Guidry</li> <li>Did you know: Bullard won a district title last season, defeating Lorena in three games and falling to Waco Robinson in three games … Rumbelow was the District 17-3A MVP last season … Bryant was the District 17-3A defensive MVP last season … Eschberger was the District 17-3A Newcomer of the Year last season.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>GILMER</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Buckeyes</li> <li>District: 16-3A (Gilmer, Spring Hill, Kilgore, Henderson, Gladewater, Bullard, Chapel Hill)</li> <li>Coach: Lonnie Henry</li> <li>Coach's record: 81-71</li> <li>Top returning players: Dylan Bowman … Skylar Hollis … Slade Morris … Jaidon Parrish … Blevin Burns</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Travis Carter … Bryce Tomlin … Mitch Lange</li> <li>You can count on: "This team will pitch well and play good defense. I believe that the seniors will provide good leadership for the underclassmen to perform well." - Henry</li> <li>Needs work: "We must continue to improve our offensive side of the game and continue to iron out the little details of the game." - Henry</li> <li>Did you know: Henry has a 28-27 record at Gilmer … The Buckeyes played 27 innings in less than 24 hours last season in a bi-district playoff series loss to Paris. The Buckeyes fell 3-2 in 11 innings, won 3-2 in nine innings and then lost 4-3 to the Wildcats.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>GLADEWATER</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Bears</li> <li>District: 16-3A (Gladewater, Gilmer, Spring Hill, Henderson, Kilgore, Chapel Hill, Bullard)</li> <li>Coach: Barry Lindsey</li> <li>Coach's record: 19-29</li> <li>2012 record: 9-15</li> <li>Top returning players: Hunter Holder … Cade Hart … Trayvon Gordon … Jesus Nino … Dylan Smith</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Rowdy Ellis … Josh Huffman … Bailey Glenn … Daylon Mack</li> <li>You can count on: "Pitching should be good for the Bears." - Lindsey</li> <li>Needs work: "We must be able to push across more runs." - Lindsey</li> <li>Did you know: Gladewater has finished 6-15, 10-14 and 9-15 over the past three seasons … Mack, the Longview News-Journal/ETvarsity.com Defensive Newcomer of the Year in football for 2012, has already received football scholarship offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and TCU.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>CARTHAGE</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Bulldogs</li> <li>District: 20-3A (Carthage, Jasper, Diboll, Hudson, Center, Central, Huntington)</li> <li>Coach: Jim Goldman</li> <li>Coach's record: 369-228</li> <li>2012 record: 28-5</li> <li>Top returning players: JayDon Day (11-2, 2.29 Era, 62 strikeouts, 14 walks in 74.1 IP) … Samuel Chhor (.328) … Jared Twomey (.254) … Brody Colle (.276, 3 HR) … Beaux Guilbeau (.265) … Kolby Blissett (.276) … William Rittenberry (2-0, 2.69 ERA) … Major Harris</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Ryan Watkins … Jack Morris … Tyler Musgrove … Blake Bogenschutz … Cole Clinton … Tyler Killen … Terian Goree … Will Harris … K.J. Harkrider … Micah Templeton</li> <li>You can count on: "Hopefully, JayDon Day will have another excellent year on the mound and our other pitchers headed by William Rittenberry and Cole Clinton will step up. If all our pitchers continue to pound the strike zone we will have a chance because defensively we should be pretty good. I really like our catching tandem of Beaux Guilbeau and Jack Morris, and our overall team speed should be good." - Goldman</li> <li>Needs work: "We graduate our entire infield from the last two years. They were all-district performers for two consecutive years. We also graduated Clint Cage, who was 9-0 and hit a lot of home runs for us. There will be a lot of competition for the open positions." - Goldman</li> <li>Did you know: Carthage has finished 28-2, 23-9, 28-6-1, 22-8, 25-8 and 28-5 over the last six seasons … Goldman has a record of 103-27-2 at Carthage.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>DIBOLL</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Lumberjacks</li> <li>District: 20-3A (Diboll, Center, Carthage, Hudson, Jasper, Central, Huntington)</li> <li>Coach: Edd Trotter</li> <li>Coach's record: 112-87</li> <li>Top returning players: Sergio Castillo (7-2, 3.02 ERA, 65 strikeouts) … Jay Lowe (.453, eight doubles, 24 RBIs) … Eric DeJesus (.508, 12 doubles, 24 runs scored) … Alex Grimaldo (1-5, 4.08 ERA, 48 strikeouts) … Tony Hernandez … Jason Cook … Alex Aguilar</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Logan Gilbert … Dustin Fisher … Michael Garcia … Isaac Hernandez … Gunner Horton … Christian Palacio</li> <li>You can count on: "I feel very comfortable about our pitching staff. Sergio Castillo, Alex Grimaldo, Jay Lowe and Eric DeJesus have shown they can handle the big games." - Trotter</li> <li>Needs work: "We are replacing a three-year starter behind the plate wit ha sophomore this year and will have to improve there in a hurry." - Trotter</li> <li>Did you know: Trotter is 59-45 at Diboll … Dejesus was the District's offensive MVP last season … Diboll defeated Athens in three games in the bi-district playoffs, and then fell to Waco Robinson in the area round.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>CENTER</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Roughriders</li> <li>District: 20-3A (Center, Carthage, Diboll, Hudson, Central, Jasper, Huntington)</li> <li>Coach: David Sheppard</li> <li>Coach's record: 67-83</li> <li>2012 record: 4-22</li> <li>Top returning players: Cody Jones … Luke Burns … Dalton Horton … Josh Burns … Gaije Ranes … Ross Mahan</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Caiden Rainbolt … Jacob Mitchell … Taylor Tomlin</li> <li>You can count on: "Pitching depth. We currently have nine players on our varsity who have experience pitching." - Sheppard</li> <li>Needs work: "Offense. We will be young in spots this season, and it could take a while for our younger players to catch up." - Sheppard</li> <li>Did you know: Horton was the district's Newcomer of the Year last season … The Center baseball field underwent several renovations, including added seating behind home plate.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>PITTSBURG</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Pirates</li> <li>District: 13-3A (Pittsburg, North Lamar, Paris, Atlanta, Pleasant Grove, Liberty-Eylau).</li> <li>Coach: Brad Bohannon</li> <li>Coach's record: First season</li> <li>2012 record: 12-12</li> <li>Top returning players: Zack DeLuna … Brian Taylor … Shawn Albright … Garrett Truitt … Brandon Colbert</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Trace Burns … Cody Perry</li> <li>You can count on: "We feel good about our pitching staff keeping us in games and giving us a chance to win." - Bohannon</li> <li>Needs work: "Learning how to close out games." - Bohannon</li> <li>Did you know: Pittsburg has finished 7-13-3, 23-12, 14-12, 16-16, 15-11 and 12-12 over the past six seasons … According to Bohannon, seniors DeLuna, Brian Taylor and Shawn Taylor have played baseball together since they were four-years-old.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>MINEOLA</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Yellowjackets</li> <li>District: 15-3A (Mineola, Athens, Mabank, Brownsboro, Van, Canton)</li> <li>Coach: Travis Jackson</li> <li>Coach's record: 156-60</li> <li>2012 record: 22-6</li> <li>Top returning players: Ryan Browning (10-2) … Garrett Woods … Hunter Creech … Logan Fowler … Tino Elias … Garrett McCalla … Blake Whitney (4-0)</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Seth Bickerstaff</li> <li>You can count on: "Defense will be pretty solid with seven starters returning to the field. I think we should be pretty good at the plate with a lot of experience returning from 2012." - Jackson</li> <li>Needs work: "Pitching depth will be an area that we will need to improve on before district play. Losing Eric Galaz (Tyler) to graduation hurt our pitching staff. Someone will have to step up and fill the No. 2 starting role behind Ryan Browning." - Jackson</li> <li>Did you know: Mineola defeated Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill (10-0, 1-10, 8-7) in bi-district play last season and then fell to Hughes Springs in two games (11-7, 4-3). It was Mineola's first trip to the playoffs in three seasons.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>WHITE OAK</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Roughnecks</li> <li>District: 17-2A (White Oak, New Diana, Jefferson, Elysian Fields, Waskom, Ore City, Union Grove, Tatum)</li> <li>Coach: Charles Foshee</li> <li>Coach's record: 41-38</li> <li>2012 record: 24-8</li> <li>Top returning players: Lane Newton (.327, 9 doubles, 25 RBIs, 23 runs scored) … Hunter Owens (.295, 3 HR, 14 RBIs; 7-3, 2.88 ERA, 90 strikeouts in 58.2 IP) … Jansen McCurdy (.408, 3 HR, 10 doubles, three triples, 31 RBIs, 22 stolen bases, 36 runs scored) … Eric Wilkinson (.299, 14 Rbis, 28 runs scored) … Josh Benson (6-1, 1.38 ERA, 62 strikeouts in 56 innings)</li> <li>You can count on: "Pitching and defense. Team speed." - Foshee</li> <li>Needs work: "Hitting and base running." - Foshee</li> <li>Did you know: White Oak has finished 12-15, 27-8, 29-6, 18-12 and 24-8 over the past five seasons … Foshee has a record of 36-20 at White Oak … White Oak has reached the playoffs in each of the last five seasons.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

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<strong>UNION GROVE</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Lions</li> <li>District: 17-2A (Union Grove, White Oak, Tatum, Jefferson, Ore City, New Diana, Elysian Fields)</li> <li>Coach: Derrick Conde</li> <li>Coach's record: 6-16</li> <li>2012 record: 6-16</li> <li>Top returning players: Garrett Gibson … Tyler Owens … Kyle Cotten</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Tristan Thompson … Ethan Tillery</li> <li>Did you know: Gibson has racked up 265 tackles for the Union Grove football team over the past two seasons.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

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<strong>NEW DIANA</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Eagles</li> <li>District: 17-2A (New Diana, White Oak, Tatum, Elysian Fields, Union Grove, Waskom, Ore City, Jefferson)</li> <li>Coach: Brandt Plasterer</li> <li>Coach's record: 15-13</li> <li>2012 record: 15-13</li> <li>Top returning players: Colin Rosser (.514, 17 stolen bases) … Caleb Garrett (.468, 26 RBIs) … Chance Fogle … Coy Holland (.360 ERA in 36 innings)</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Garrett Barton … Tanner Gray … Cody Winn … Clay Pierce … Tyler Morgan … Maddux Thomas … Cody Holland … Skylar Simpson</li> <li>You can count on: "We have the potential to have a strong pitching staff and excellent team speed." - Plasterer</li> <li>Needs work: "We've got to continue improving defensively and need some young guys to step up at the plate." - Plasterer</li> <li>Did you know: Garrett hit .368 and drove in 21 runs in 2011 … The Eagles made the playoffs last season and lost to Harleton in three high-scoring games (11-7, 6-7, 5-10) … Rosser was part of the New Diana sprint relay team that placed fourth at the UIL State Track and Field Meet last spring.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>JEFFERSON</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Bulldogs</li> <li>District: 17-2A (Jefferson, White Oak, New Diana, Ore City, Union Grove, Tatum, Elysian Fields, Waskom)</li> <li>Coach: Drew Webster</li> <li>Coach's record: 25-19</li> <li>2012 record: 14-9</li> <li>Top returning players: Quincy Clements (9-2, 1.68 ERA, 127 strikeouts in 58.1 IP; .428, eight doubles, 28 RBIs, 19 runs scored) … Lane House … Brayden Varnell</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Phillip Laster … Ryan Gibbons</li> <li>You can count on: "Pitching depth. We return four that have successful varsity level of pitching and two others who I feel comfortable throwing in varsity games. Solid defense is what we pride ourselves in." - Webster</li> <li>Needs work: "Becoming more consistent at the plate. Last year, we were really hot or really cold." - Webster</li> <li>Did you know: Jefferson has finished 16-10, 16-10, 13-8, 9-15, 12-13 and 14-9 over the past six seasons</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>WASKOM</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Wildcats</li> <li>District: 17-2A (Waskom, Elysian Fields, Tatum, White Oak, Union Grove, Ore City, New Diana, Jefferson)</li> <li>Coach: Jeremy Kubiak</li> <li>Coach's record: 13-27</li> <li>2012 record: 8-11</li> <li>Top returning players: Gage Meshell (.538, 5 HR, nine doubles, one triple, 31 RBIs) … Andrew Bruce … Tyler Kotowicz … Brandon Edel … Trace Carter … John Lumpkin … Jake Gillard</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Dylan Harkrider … William McKnight</li> <li>You can count on: "The bat of Gage Meshell. He was one of the best hitters in the district last year. Pitching depth. Waskom will have six players on the roster that threw several innings last year." - Kubiak</li> <li>Needs work: "Defense must become solid. We gave up several unearned runs last year, averaging four errors per game." - Kubiak</li> <li>Did you know: Waskom improved from 5-15 in 2011 to 8-11 a year ago … Waskom won a state baseball championship in 1980, defeating Falls City 13-0 in the title game … Kubiak's cousin is Houston Texans head football coach Gary Kubiak … Waskom's baseball field got a complete overhaul this summer, including a new playing surface.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>ORE CITY</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Rebels</li> <li>District: 17-2A (Ore City, Waskom, Elysian Fields, Tatum, White Oak, Union Grove, New Diana, Jefferson)</li> <li>Coach: Keith Touchstone</li> <li>Coach's record: 75-85</li> <li>Top returning players: A.J. Casey</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>TATUM</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Eagles</li> <li>District: 17-2A (Tatum, White Oak, Jefferson, Waskom, Ore City, Union Grove, Elysian Fields, New Diana)</li> <li>Coach: Tyler Terry</li> <li>Coach's record: First season</li> <li>2012 record: 12-10-1</li> <li>Top returning players: Brett Roberts … Sam Toon … Beau Craig … Justin Danzer … Dusty Richardson</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Darien Broos … Chris Starling … Robbie Rockwell … Casey Carr</li> <li>You can count on: "I think we'll be pretty solid defensively. We have a good core group of players returning, and a few players coming in that I think will be a good boost for us. If nothing else, we'll be faster than last year." - Terry</li> <li>Needs work: "We've lost our top two pitchers from last year, so we have to answer some questions there. We have some guys I think can step into that role and do it well. The biggest thing for us to be successful at the level we want is we have to hit better than we did last year." - Terry</li> <li>Did you know: Tatum was shut out in a pair of bi-district games against White Oak last season (1-0 and 6-0).</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>ELYSIAN FIELDS</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Yellowjackets</li> <li>District: 17-2A (Elysian Fields, Waskom, Jefferson, New Diana, Union Grove, White Oak, Ore City, Tatum)</li> <li>Coach: Brandon Goswick</li> <li>Coach's record: 106-76</li> <li>2012 record: 18-9</li> <li>Top returning players: Trevor Spear … Colby Simmons … Drake Davis … Colby Ramsey … Colton McCracken</li> <li>You can count on: "We have a solid base of young men who know our goals and expectations and how to attain them, because they have been depended on as varsity players for 3-4 years." - Goswick</li> <li>Needs work: "We will have an open competition at several positions that we will need to have solidified before district play opens. Also, we have to determine who will be our dependable arms." - Goswick</li> <li>Did you know: Elysian Fields has finished 25-4-1, 6-13, 13-12, 10-14 and 18-9 over the past five seasons … Goswick has a record of 40-35 at Elysian Fields … Spear and Simmons were first team all-district players last season … EF lost in the area playoffs last season, dropping a pair of one –run games to Edgewood (2-1 and 10-9).</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>DAINGERFIELD</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Tigers</li> <li>District: 16-2A (Daingerfield, New Boston, Hooks, Linden-Kildare, Hughes Springs, Queen City, Redwater)</li> <li>Coach: Stanley Kimbell</li> <li>Top returning players: Josh Terry (5-1, 2.02 ERA, 69 strikeouts; .434, five doubles, two triples, 11 RBIs) … Shawn Hooks (.429, seven doubles, 10 RBIs) … Stone Kelley (3-3, 24 strikeouts; .298, 2 HR, 15 RBIs) … Ty Wilson (.250) … Ruben Mims (.228, four doubles)</li> <li>Did you know: Terry and Mims are both four-year starters for the Tigers. Terry hit .413 as a freshman, .439 as a sophomore and .434 a year ago.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>PAUL PEWITT</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Brahmas</li> <li>District: 16-2A (Paul Pewitt, Daingerfield, New Boston, Hooks, Linden-Kildare, Hughes Springs, Queen City, Redwater)</li> <li>Coach: Jeremy Phillips</li> <li>2012 record: 8-8</li> <li>Top returning players: Bryan Thompson … Cody Brown … Hylen Jackson … Rustin McFarland … Colby Anderson</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Bradley Williams … Brooks Johnston … Shane Crumbaker</li> <li>You can count on: "I believe our team will have a good work ethic throughout the season." - Phillips</li> <li>Needs work: "We need to focus on being a fundamentally souund baseball team." - Phillips</li> <li>Did you know: Paul Pewitt has finished 11-14, 16-12 and 8-8 over the last three seasons … Paul Pewitt has not been to the baseball playoffs in the 63-year history of the program.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>HUGHES SPRINGS</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Mustangs</li> <li>District: 17-2A (Hughes Springs, Queen City, New Boston, Daingerfield, Linden-Kildare, Paul Pewitt, Hooks, Redwater)</li> <li>Coach: Kent Craig</li> <li>Coach's record: 170-68</li> <li>2012 record: 26-4</li> <li>Top returning players: Dylan Moore … Trent Shelton (.500, 5 doubles, 18 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, 38 runs scored) … Chad McKinney … Zack Bassham … Codi Hawkins (.466, 12 doubles, 17 RBIs, 17 stolen bases, 39 runs scored)</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Hunter Smith</li> <li>You can count on: "We should be able to pitch this season." - Craig</li> <li>Needs work: "Making routine plays." - Craig</li> <li>Did you know: Moore (second team), Hawkins (third team) an Shelton (honorable mention) were all selected to the TSWA All-State Baseball Team in 2012 … Hughes Springs has finished 20-5, 26-5, 16-7-1, 21-8, 31-6 and 26-4 over the past six seasons.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>LINDEN-KILDARE</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Tigers</li> <li>District: 17-2A (Linden-Kildare, Hughes Springs, Queen City, Hooks, Redwater, Daingerfield, Paul Pewitt, New Boston)</li> <li>Coach: John Roberts</li> <li>Top returning players: Robbie West … Clayton Jaynes … Isaiah Currie … Reid Bynum … Jordan Spaniol</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Curt Wells</li> <li>You can count on: "We will continue to respect the game and give our best effort at all times." - Roberts</li> <li>Needs work: "We need to be getter offensively. We've got to execute that part of our game." - Roberts</li> <li>Did you know: Linden-Kildare started five sophomores and a freshman in 2012 … Linden-Kildare won a Class 2A state title in 1980, defeating La Grange 8-7 in the championship game.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>SABINE</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Cardinals</li> <li>District: 18-2A (Sabine, Frankston, Winona, Troup, Arp, West Rusk, Hamony, Hawkins)</li> <li>Coach: Michael Mayfield</li> <li>Coach's record: 11-13</li> <li>2012 record: 11-13</li> <li>Top returning players: Ashley Dukes (.347, HR, four doubles, 10 walks, 11 RBI, 15 runs scored; 5-1, 67 strikeouts) … Dylan Cook (.333, four doubles, one triple, 10 walks, 10 RBIs) … Kyle Callens (.358, two doubles, eight walks, eight RBIs, 12 runs scored) … Caleb Edney (.269, four doubles, eight RBIs) … Chase Clifford (.308, one double, one triple, eight RBIs, seven runs scored)</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Andrew Stuckey … Brennan Watkins</li> <li>You can count on: "I feel good about the seniors and their leadership." - Mayfield</li> <li>Needs work: "We have to be more consistent in pitching, defense and offense." - Mayfield</li> <li>Did you know: Sabine made the playoffs a year ago, the first time the Cardinals reached the postseason in eight years, losing to Woodville in three games.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>HARMONY</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Eagles</li> <li>District: 18-2A (Harmony, Troup, Arp, Frankston, West Rusk, Hawkins, Winona, Sabine, Harmony)</li> <li>Coach: Ronnie McNeel</li> <li>Coach's record: 108-88</li> <li>2012 record: 7-14</li> <li>Top returning players: Brandon Glenn … Alan Peralta … Devin Nutt … Jacob Fielden … Riley Henson … Hunter Little … Cody Chamberlain</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Dakota Stewart … Ethan Edwards … Micah Ross</li> <li>You can count on: "Great kids that work and play the game hard. Should have good team speed." - McNeel</li> <li>Needs work: "Hopefully we can stay healthy this season. We had some injuries at key positions last season." - McNeel</li> <li>Did you know: Harmony has finished 14-10, 15-9, 19-9, 20-10, 17-12-2 and 7-14 over the past six seasons … Rob Childress, head baseball coach at Texas A&M, is a 1986 graduate of Harmony High School.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>HARLETON</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Wildcats</li> <li>District: 20-A (Harleton, Beckville, Big Sandy, Gary, Union Hill, Leverett's Chapel, Overton, Carlisle)</li> <li>Coach: Jackie Lloyd</li> <li>Coach's record: 444-186</li> <li>2012 record: 19-9</li> <li>Top returning players: Steven Crump (.444) … Clay Hooten … Brooks Lloyd (.435) … Taylor Henson (5-1, 2.82 ERA) … Ty Howeth … Matt Bullock</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Matt Burke … Jack Underwood … Austin Odell … Skyler Weis … Cody Fregia … Taylor Jay … T.J. Davis … Skyler Weir</li> <li>You can count on: "We should be defensively strong up the middle with Hooten, Lloyd and Crump being three-year starters." - Lloyd</li> <li>Needs work: : "Pitching does not have much experience. Henson will be solid, but the rest of the staff doesn't have many innings." - Lloyd</li> <li>Did you know: Lloyd has a 224-65 record at Harleton … The Wildcats have finished 25-8-1, 25-5, 30-5, 23-7 and 19-9 over the past five seasons.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>BECKVILLE</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Bearcats</li> <li>District: 20-A (Beckville, Harleton Big Sandy, Gary, Union Hill, Leverett's Chapel, Overton, Carlisle)</li> <li>Coach: Jason Bridges</li> <li>2012 record: 14-13</li> <li>Top returning players: Dalton Etheredge (.444) … Colten Allen (.570, 18 RBI, 16 doubles, four triples, 14 stolen bases, 31 runs scored) … Jesse Sipes (.308)</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Ben Travis … Colby Dotson … Braden Wise</li> <li>You can count on: "We should have more depth in pitching and improved team speed." - Bridges</li> <li>Did you know: Allen was the district's offensive MVP a year ago.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>CARLISLE</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Indians</li> <li>District: 20-A (Carlisle, Overton, Big Sandy, Union Hill, Harleton, Beckville, Leverett's Chapel, Gary)</li> <li>Coach: Wesley Colley</li> <li>Coach's record: 156-36</li> <li>2012 record: 25-3</li> <li>Top returning players: Gunner Baker (14-1, 0.24 Era, 157 strikeouts in 85.1 IP; 523, 3 HR, eight triples, seven doubles, 49 Rbis, 40 runs scored, 37-37 stolen bases) … Shadow Sanders (.358, 15 RBIs, 13-13 stolen bases, 31 runs scored … Clay Allphin … Caleb Colley (.405, eight doubles, 26 RBIs, 32 runs scored, 31-33 stolen bases … Ty Baker … Zach Brightwell</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Ben Goss … Justin McMurtry</li> <li>You can count on: "I'm very comfortable with our pitching staff and our defense." - Colley</li> <li>Needs work: "We need to hit more consistently throughout the season." - Colley</li> <li>Did you know: Carlisle defeated Millers Grove, Dallardsville Big Sandy and Douglass to earn the program's first trip to the UIL State Baseball Tournament last season. The Indians fell to Fayetteville in the state semfinals … All 156 of Colley's wins have come at Carlisle … Carlisle has gone 26-6, 19-5, 24-2, 20-6, 24-7 and 25-3 over the past six seasons.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>OVERTON</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Mustangs</li> <li>District: 20-A (Overton, Carlisle, Big Sandy, Union Hill, Harleton, Beckville, Leverett's Chapel, Gary)</li> <li>Coach: Jake Atchley</li> <li>Coach's record: First season</li> <li>Top returning players: Colby Carpenter … Greg Moore … Brayton Pierce … Cullen Roach (.432, 6 HR, five doubles, 37 RBIs, 16 runs scored</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<strong>BIG SANDY</strong>

<ul> <li>Mascot: Wildcats</li> <li>District: 20-A (Big Sandy, Overton, Carlisle, Union Hill, Harleton, Beckville, Leverett's Chapel, Gary)</li> <li>Coach: Jeff Blackstone</li> <li>Coach's record: 132-56</li> <li>2012 record: 1-20</li> <li>Top returning players: Mason Santos … Matt Robinson … John Howell</li> <li>Newcomers to watch: Jordan Womack … Dustin Smith</li> <li>You can count on: "After a disappointing season last year our kids are working hard to improve every facet of the game." - Blackstone</li> <li>Needs work: "We must learn how to compete and win. We have to become grinders this year, and not fair weather players." - Blackstone</li> <li>Did you know: Blackstone led Harmony to the UIL State Baseball Tournament in 2003. The Eagles lost to eventual 2A state champion Weimar in the state semifinals.</li> </ul>

<strong> - JACK STALLARD</strong>

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