Epic ties for sixth place

The Epic softball team participated in the IFA-VTD 2017 Junior National Championships July 7-9. Out of 52 teams they finished tied for 6th place in the Diamond Division (which is the TOP bracket). Epic team members include (front row, l-r) Payton Bray, Jaycee Bullard, Laci Edwards, Peyton Young, Taryn Clayton, Coach Steve Stapleton (back row, l-r) Coach Kris Chitty, Chelsea Chitty, Coach Jeff Hughes, Allie Hughes, Lana Stapleton, Hadison Fults, Josie Krawietz and Coach Bart Clayton.

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Happy campers

The next generation of Bulldog basketball players took to the court recently to take part in the annual Edgewood Summer Basketball Camp. Participants received in instruction from members of the Bulldog coaching staff as well as assistance from current members of the basketball program that volunteered their time. 

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Legacy All-Star

Photo by Christine Davis

Martins Mill standout Grace Camacho was recently selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association as a 2016-’17 Softball Legacy All-Star. The TGCA selects a maximum of 20 All-Stars, from conferences 1-4A and 5-6A in softball. These athletes are selected by the TGCA Softball Committee, which is composed of softball member coaches of the association, at their annual meeting. Selections are made from nominations submitted by member coaches. Athletes must be seniors to be selected.

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Bulldogs dominate Superlative recognitions

Photo by Tracy Erwin The Edgewood Bulldogs wrapped up a 9-1 run through District 12-3A play by winning at least a share of five Superlative honors as well as four spots on the All-District First Team.

County rivals Edgewood and Grand Saline made plenty of noise during the 2017 baseball season with each team playing well enough to continue their respective streaks of qualifying for postseason play.

Not surprisingly the Bulldogs, winners of District 12-3A with a 9-1 record, dominated Superlative recognitions by winning at least a share of five key honors: MVP, Pitcher of the Year, Defensive MVP, Offensive MVP and Newcomer of the Year.

Superlative winners in District 12-3A included:

-MVP: Tye Elie, EW

-Pitcher of the Year: Turner Bannister, EW; Noah Sneed, Mineola

-Defensive MVP: Trey Erwin, EW; Seth Hudgins, Mineola

-Offensive MVP: Kason Grant, EW; Brayden Stehman, Mineola

-Newcomer of the Year: Cooper Hill, EW

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All Star

Edgewood's Tye Elie was recently selected to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association 2A-4A All Star North Team. In order to be selected as an All Star, student-athletes must be nominated by their high school coaches and then chosen by the THSBCA Selection Committee. Elie, the lone Van Zandt County baseball player selected as an All Star this season by the THSBCA, is scheduled to compete in the 2A-4A All Star Game at Dell Diamond in Round Rock June 17 beginning at 10 a.m.

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Walser takes bronze at State Meet

Four Van Zandt County student-athletes including Edgewood distance runner Cody Delarosa, Grand Saline high jumper Trent Easley, Van pole vaulter Kendall Brown and Wills Point wheelchair event participant Shelbi Walser, made their way to Myers Stadium in Austin May 11-13 to compete at this year's UIL State Track and Field Meet.

Delarosa was a dual qualifier for this year's season ending meet, competing in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.

The Edgewood senior finished seventh overall in the 1600 with a time of 4:41.62, behind Kyle Doty of Bruceville-Eddy in first, Ryan Trahan of Altair Rice in second, Stephen Roberts and Buster Roberts of Luling in third and fourth respectively, Kevin Baez of Vanderbilt Industrial in fifth and Daniel Amaya of Tornillo in sixth.


Lady Mustangs race into Regional Semifinal round

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs pushed their overall season record to a staggering 23-2 last week, tallying their third consecutive run-rule shortened playoff win in the Regional Quarterfinal round against Hawkins.

After rolling to a perfect 10-0 mark in District 20-2A play, the Lady Mustangs tallied a 20-0 five-inning win over Overton in the bi-district round, a 14-0 five-inning win over McLeod in the Area round and most recently, a 12-2 win over Hawkins May 13.

Leadoff Calli Camacho opened play by tripling, coming home to score the first run of the night on the very next batter courtesy of a Jessie Camacho sacrifice. Abbie Orrick, the third batter in the Lady Mustangs' potent lineup, connected on a home run, doubling the lead to 2-0. Things would continue to go in Martins Mill's favor as Leah Morgan would cap the first inning scoring with a 2 RBI double to extend the lead to 4-0.


Eagles advance to Regional Quarterfinals with 4-3 win

The Canton Eagles continued to show how resilient they can be, bouncing back from a less than stellar defensive night that included five errors to defeat Bullard 4-3 in Area round play May 12.

Playing at Mike Carter Field in Tyler, the Panthers took advantage of an untimely Eagle fielding error to score two runs in the top of the third inning.

Canton would draw even in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a pair of runs with two outs to tie the score at 2-2. The inning began with two quick outs before Simon Miller, Hunter Moore and Johnnie Krawietz all drew walks to load the bases. Tyler Massey proceeded to deliver a single on the first pitch of his at bat, bringing in Simon Miller and courtesy runner Colbey Johnson.

The score would remain tied until the bottom of the sixth when Canton would proceed to score the eventual winning run in the contest. After two outs to start the inning, Johnnie Krawietz reached via an error on a sharply hit grounder to short.


Pitching leads Bulldogs past Pottsboro

The Edgewood Bulldog high school athletic program added another impressive feat May 11-12, watching the school's baseball team match earlier successes by both the football and basketball teams to reach the Regional Quarterfinal round of the playoffs.

In order to reach the third round of the playoffs, Edgewood had to fight off a tough challenge from the Pottsboro Cardinals in the Area round.

The Bulldogs took game one of the best-of-three series, scoring four times in the third inning of a 5-2 win.

Pottsboro got on the scoreboard first, plating a run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead over the Bulldogs. Edgewood came roaring back in the top of the third, getting an RBI single from Kason Grant and a bases clearing double from Trey Erwin to take a 4-1 lead on the Cardinals.  

Pottsboro and Edgewood would go on trade a run each over the game's final four innings, eventually culminating in the Bulldogs' 5-2 win.


Martins Mill prevails in battle of the Mustangs

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs did not miss a beat after running roughshod over opponents during district play, dominating Overton 22-0 in a one-game bi-district round playoff series played at Bullard April 27.
The Martins Mill offense was red-hot from the opening inning, scoring at will in each of the first three-innings en route to a run-rule shortened game.
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