District 21-4A has released its all-district selections for both baseball and softball for the 2015 season. Navasota teams had a total of six baseball players and 12 softball players receiving honors. Navasota made its first playoff appearance in five years this season in baseball. However, Rattler Softball narrowly missed its first ever playoff appearance in the sport’s existence at Navasota High School.
The Anderson Owls fell to the Shiner Comanches, 6-2, on Saturday night, knocking the Owls out of the playoffs. The undefeated district champions were coming off their first round bye when they faced the Comanches at Concordia University.
Dark clouds lingered over Boenker Field in Navasota, having many question whether Navasota's first baseball playoff game in five years would be delayed. However, it was the Rattlers' offense that brought the storm - not Mother Nature.
The Anderson-Shiro Owls were faced with a heart-breaking loss to the Trinity Tigers last year, preventing them from reaching the playoffs. This year, the Owls are on a mission to advance after having no losses in district play.
The third annual Hooty Hustle, benefitting Anderson-Shiro Elementary, was held this past Saturday morning. Results are as follows: One-mile girls (4-7): first - Catie Leman, second - Camden Kolby and third - Kinley Kroll; 1 mile boys (4-7): first - Gerald Turner and second - Ryder Price; 1 mile girls (8-11): first - Lauren Vezurk and second - Ayla Sechelski; and one-mile boys (8-11): first - Will Lewis, second - Trey Meyton and third - Sage Price.
Navasota High School senior student-athlete Denisha Ford signed a two-year athletic scholarship to continue her basketball playing career at Blinn College in Brenham. Ford, a 5-foot, 8-inch guard, was a 4-year letter winner for the Rattlers and head coach Tommy Gates. During those years Navasota compiled a 128-24 win-loss record, including 4 straight playoff appearances.
The Anderson-Shiro baseball team defeated Somerville, 24-0, on March 31. Lukas Diorio (1-1) and Chase Werner combined to pitch perfect game. Diorio pitched three innings, striking out six, and Werner pitched struck out five batters in two innings.
The Navasota baseball team that began the season hot fell into a cold slump to start district play last week. The rattlers fell to Caldwell, 5-1, in the district opener, then lost to La Grange, 2-0 late in the week.
The Navasota softball team got district play started with a sparkling 2-0 week, but then ran into the proverbial gauntlet. The Lady Rattlers had to face two of the state’s best teams in Caldwell and La Grange.
LAFAYETTE, La. – For the second time in three seasons, LSU’s Rodney Brown stepped into the ring for his outdoor season debut and walked out as the men’s discus champion at the annual Louisiana Classics meet at the Ragin’ Cajuns Track Stadium as he bombed an early-season NCAA leader of 207 feet, 11 inches during Saturday’s competition.
The Navasota baseball team traveled to East Texas March 6-7, to play in the Woodville Varsity Tournament. The Rattlers continued their winning ways, racking up 3 wins en route to their second tournament championship this season. The Rattlers defeated Splendora 4-0, Woodville 6-0 and Buna 8-1.
Grimes County female basketball players who were named as District 26AA All-District Selections include: District MVP Keaton Sayers of Anderson-Shiro CISD; Offensive MVP Kayla Dykes of Iola ISD; Defensive MVP Madison Milligan of Anderson-Shiro CISD; First Team members, Brittany McKown and Megan Haby of Iola ISD, and Brennan Imhoff and Hannah Barosh of Anderson-Shiro CISD; Second Team members, Catie Sexton and Christina Von Tassell of Anderson-Shiro CISD; Landry Wagner and Shelby McKnight of Iola ISD; and Honorable Mention, Chasiti Clark and Katlyn Cole of Iola ISD.
The Navasota boys’ soccer team etched out an important district win with an overtime penalty kick victory over the Sealy Tigers last week. Ryan Perry drilled in the final PK to give the Rattlers a 4-3 edge in the deciding phase after the game ended with a 1-1 tie in regulation.
The Anderson-Shiro baseball team won a pair of road games last week over Flatonia and Fayetteville to start the season. The Owls combined to score 30 runs over the two games and got a run-rule win over Fayetteville.
The Navasota boys’ basketball team rolled through District 21-4A unscathed and is now ready to take aim at a state title run to mirror last football season’s feat. The Rattlers defeated Giddings, 76-24, and Bellville, 89-49, to wrap up league play and finish the season at 14-3. Navasota opens the Class 4A state playoffs Tuesday against Houston Worthing (4th place in 22-4A) at 6 p.m. at Cypress Creek High School.
Navasota junior quarterback Shelton Eppler was named offensive player of the year by the sportswriters in Texas. Eppler headlines a list of five Rattlers named to the first team in the annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A all-state football team.
The third annual Hooty Hustle 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk will be held on Saturday, April 18, at the Anderson-Shiro Elementary School. Start time is 8 a.m. for the 5K and 8:50 for the one-mile. For more information, contact Mary Kroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.