BRYAN, Texas —
Pick a spot, any of five spots.
That was the story for Leonard junior Ty McKinney, who earned first-team all-state honors for one of the five positions he played this past baseball season for the Tigers. McKinney, who played pitcher, shortstop, third base, left field and designated hitter, made it as a DH on the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 2A all-state team. He batted .419 for the season with 15 doubles, four triples and 25 runs batted in.
McKinney was 7-1 as a pitcher in District 12-2 play with two saves. He finished the season with a 0.86 earned run average, striking out 69 batters in 65 innings for the 19-13 Tigers, who advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. McKinney pitched a no-hitter during Leonard’s 12-0 victory over Whitesboro in a bi-district playoff game.
McKinney said he was very excited to learn of the all-state honor on Tuesday.
“It gives me high expectations for next year,” said McKinney. “I give myself high expectations anyway. It just makes it a little higher.”
Pitcher-second baseman Reagan McAda, who led Hallettsville to the state championship, is the Class 2A player of the year. McAda was 10-0 with a 1.21 earned-run average. He had 101 strikeouts in 81 innings. He also batted .354 with 37 runs batted in.
Here is the Texas Sports Writers
Association’s Class 2A state baseball team:
Pitchers — Dylan Moore, Hughes Springs, jr.; Reagan McAda, Hallettsville, sr.; Zach Bassham, Hughes Springs, sr.
Catcher — (tie) Victor Garza, Marion, sr. and Chad McKinney, Hughes Springs, jr.
First baseman — Will Wallace, Hallettsville, sr.
Second baseman — Stratton Bocanegra, Childress, sr.
Shortstop — Carson Schindler, Hallettsville, sr.
Third baseman — Jacob Cheatham, Elkhart, sr.
Outfielders — Cody Hawkins, Hughes Springs, sr.; Ty Slanina, East Bernard, sr.; Chris Jones, Hallettsville, sr.
Designated hitter — Ty McKinney, Leonard, jr.
Player of the Year — Reagan McAda, Hallettsville, sr.
Coach of the Year — Shorty Cook, Hallettsville
Pitchers — Joseph Rubio, Bishop, sr.; Casey Frazier, Salado, jr.; Travis Quintanilla, Refugio, jr.
Catcher — Levi Smith, Elkhart, sr.
First baseman — Jacob Miller, Childress, sr.
Second baseman — Tre Lambert, Marion, jr.
Shortstop — Wesley Phillips, Sunnyvale, jr.
Third baseman — Kleat Smith, Idalou, jr.
Outfielders — Shay Phillips, Brock, sr.; Logan LeDane, Tom Bean, jr.; Nic Shimonek, Mildred, sr.
Designated hitter — Lane Oliver, Wall, soph.
Pitchers — Peyton Brown, Wall, jr.; Aaron Keller, Bangs, sr.; (tie) Mikey Wade, Pottsboro, sr. and Jon Malmin, Troy, sr
Catcher — Kyle Whitley, Troy, jr.
First baseman — Hayden Besetzny, Schulenburg, sr.
Second baseman — Tyler Lowe, Palmer, sr.
Shortstop — Jon Franz, Salado, sr.
Third basemen — (tie) Nate Kowalik, Hallettsville, soph. and Marshall Mann, Salado, sr.
Outfielders — C.J. Ateek, Gunter, sr.; Garrett Powers, Wall, sr.; Ryan Payne, Centerville, sr.
Designated hitter — Derek Cantu, George West, sr.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
BRYAN, Texas —
Pick a spot, any of five spots.
Caddo Mills-ex rushes for 140 yards
Nathan Jeffery closed out the football season on a big note for the Texas-El Paso Miners.
Jeffery, who is a 6-0, 200-pound junior from Caddo Mills, rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries during the Miners’ 48-17 loss in the season finale to Middle Tennessee last weekend in Murfreesboro. Jeffery scored on runs of 3 and 1 yard. His longest run went for 55 yards.
Leonard Tigers practice in Greenville
Freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures didn’t stop the Leonard Tigers from practicing on Thursday afternoon for their Class 2A Division II state quarterfinal football playoff game.
The Tigers bused to Greenville and then worked out inside the Lions’ Roy Q. Traylor practice facility.
“We had a great workout for a short one,” said Leonard coach Shane Fletcher, whose Tigers practiced for about an hour.
The 10-3 Tigers are scheduled to play the 13-0 Cooper Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wylie ISD stadium. But because of inclement weather, that game could be changed to Monday, according to Fletcher.
Greenville Lions, Lady Lions win
After jumping out to a 14-0 lead with 3:30 left in the first quarter one might think the Greenville Lions might have an easy time Tuesday in the Lions Den against the Princeton Panthers.
Well, think again. The Lions had to hold on for a 60-57 victory as the Panthers missed three shots in the final 10 seconds.
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Greenville Lions miss cutoff number by 11 students
That’s how close the Greenville Lions are to dropping a level of classification in the University Interscholastic League’s new realignment and reclassification for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 athletic seasons. Greenville, which is currently a member of District 13-4A, will apparently stay with most of the state’s 4A teams as they change their conference numbers to 5A for the new realignment.
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Eli Manning and Robert Griffin III put on quite the show in the first half.
Leonard Tigers beat undefeated S&S for regional title
The Leonard Tigers made school history on Saturday with a 55-44 Class 2A Division II regional football playoff victory over S&S Consolidated.
The 10-3 Tigers avenged a 19-16 loss to S&S a couple of weeks ago and advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time, where they’ll face 13-0 Cooper at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wylie.
Bradshaw, TCU visit Puerto Vallarta
Former Rains Ladycat Klara Bradshaw spent the Thanksgiving holiday away from her family’s residence on Lake Fork.
But Bradshaw and the Texas Christian University women’s basketball team picked a good spot to be on the road for a tournament: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. TCU went 1-2 during the Hardwood Tournament of Hope, beating Florida Gulf Coast 68-47 on Tuesday, then falling 57-52 to South Dakota State on Wednesday and 75-68 to Purdue on Thursday.
Greenville Lions silence Dallas Thunder, 83-50
The Greenville Lions took control in the second quarter of an 83-50 victory over the Dallas Thunder Blue Team in non-district basketball on Tuesday in the Lions Den.
Collen Wilburn and Brad Mulkey both fired in 17 points for the Lions. Wilburn hit three 3-pointers.
Jerry Dickeson pumped in 12 points and John Franklin also tallied 10 for Greenville, which is now 3-2 for the season.
Leonard to face S&S in third-round rematch
Only a couple of weeks ago the Leonard Tigers 19-16 to the S&S Consolidated Rams on a 32-yard field goal by Nico Franke in the closing seconds.
The 9-3 Tigers will get a chance at avenging that loss when the two teams meet in a football rematch at 1 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Stadium in Allen.
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