Sports

Thu
26
May

Goats scoop up all-district honors in baseball

 

By Stephen R. Farris

Journal Sports

 

Groesbeck’s Josh Forge was voted Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while Chad Feeney, Chandler Boyd, Mark Smith, Mitchell Waller and Bradley Wilson all landed on the District 18-4A first team in baseball as the end of season all-district awards were passed out last week.

Feeney was one of the leading pitchers for the Goats this year, finishing the regular season with a record of 6-2 and had 63 strikeouts. Boyd led the team in at the plate with 35 hits and a .507 batting average during the regular season. He also led the team in runs (25), RBI (24) and stolen bases with 24. Smith had 18 hits to go along with his .429 batting average. Waller batted .390 with 30 hits, 15 RBI, 21 runs and 10 stolen bases, while posting a 2-2 record on the mound with 27 strikeouts. Wilson contributed to the Goats run production throughout the regular season, scoring 10 times and had seven stolen bases.

Thu
26
May

The third annual “Teach Me More” Groesbeck High School Youth Baseball Camp will be held June 13-16.

Third Annual GHS Youth Baseball Camp coming up in June

Journal Staff Reports

 

 

The camp, hosted by the GHS baseball coaching staff, will have two sessions. One in the morning for kids ages 5-12, from 9 a.m. to noon, focusing on technique and instruction, including hitting, bunting, base running, sliding, pitching/catching, infield play and outfield play.

The second session, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will be for incoming seventh through ninth graders, focusing more on the regular Goat daily practice routine, batting practice and defensive practice routines.

The camp will be held at the high school baseball field with a cost of $65 per student.

Students registering before June 6 will receive a camp t-shirt.

Players will need to bring their glove, bat (if possible), baseball cleats and money for concessions (water will be provided during the camp).

Thu
26
May

Loyd brothers become a part of Groesbeck's rich tennis history, along with teammates Boecker and Holeyfield

 

 

By Stephen R. Farris

Journal Sports

 

The sting is still there and it may take a little time for their silver medal finish at the Class 4A boys’ state tennis tournament to sink it.

But that’s just how much the competitive spirit thrives in Loyd brothers Jason and Michael, sweeping though both district and regional competition this past season for Groesbeck.

“I think eventually we’ll be able to appreciate it,” said Michael. “Right now, we’re still a little disappointed. Once we let it all settle in, we’ll be able to appreciate it a little bit more.”

Their march to the state championship match is the first time Groesbeck has had a boys’ doubles team make it that far since the spring of 2012, when Tim Brewer and Ethan McWhorter played in the Class 3A state championship match.

Thu
26
May

tennis photo captions

Tennis – Jacob Holeyfield:

Groesbeck’s Jacob Holeyfield waits for the ball as he gets ready to make a return during boys’ doubles tennis action at the Class 4A state finals held last week at Texas A&M University. Holeyfield teamed up with Logan Boecker as they were one of two Goat boys’ doubles teams to reach the state finals this spring. Journal photo/Angela Crane

 

Tennis – Jason Loyd:

Boys’ doubles player Jason Loyd gets ready to serve the ball during match action last week at the Class 4A state finals. He and his older brother, Michael, teamed up to make it all the way to the championship match, bringing back silver medals for Groesbeck after completing a spectacular season of tennis play for the Goats. Journal photo/Angela Crane

 

Tennis – Logan Boecker:

Thu
26
May

Goats scoop up all-district honors in baseball

Groesbeck’s Josh Forge was voted Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while Chad Feeney, Chandler Boyd, Mark Smith, Mitchell Waller and Bradley Wilson all landed on the District 18-4A first team in baseball as the end of eason all-district awards were passed out last week. Feeney was one of the leading pitchers for the Goats this year, finishing the regular season with a record of 6-2 and had 63 strikeouts. Boyd led the team in at the plate with 35 hits and a .507 batting average during the regular season. He also led the team in runs (25), RBI (24) and stolen bases with 24. Smith had 18 hits to go along with his .429 batting average. Waller batted .390 with 30 hits, 15 RBI, 21 runs and 10 stolen bases, while posting a 2-2 record on the mound with 27 strikeouts. Wilson contributed to the Goats run production throughout the regular season, scoring 10 times and had seven stolen bases.

 

Thu
26
May

Loyd brothers become a part of Groesbeck’s rich tennis history, along with teammates Boecker and Holeyfield

The sting is still there and it may take a little time for their silver medal finish at the Class 4A boys’ state tennis tournament to sink it. But that’s just how much the competitive spirit thrives in Loyd brothers Jason and Michael, sweeping though both district and regional competition this past season for Groesbeck.

 

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Thu
19
May

18-4A All District Softball Team announced

By Stephen R. Farris

The 2016 18-4A all-district softball team was loaded full of Lady Goats as the list was released last week.

Brandie Lenamon earned Defensive Player of the Year and Katie Reeves was voted the district’s Newcomer of the Year for Groesbeck.

Chesney McGilvary was named as the first team pitcher, Emily Garza made first team as an infielder, Skye Loper also made first team at catcher and both Shelby West and Ashley Ramirez earned first team status in the outfield.

Chelsea Carter made second team all-district as an infielder. Madi Waddle earned second team all-district as a utility player and Sydney Beldin was named the second team’s designated hitter.

Honorable mention went to Dani Morgan and Lauren Smith.

Thu
19
May

ATTENTION SOFTBALL COACHES:

Texas Sports Writers Softball Team Nominations

Area high school softball coaches are urged to submit their nominations for the Texas Sports Writers Association all-state softball team as soon as possible when their season is complete.

Nominations must include your school’s classification, player name, position, grade and any available stats and honors.

If the player nominated played in more than one position, nominate for their “best” position. Players nominated do not have to be seniors. The nominations are open to freshman through seniors that played at the varsity level.

Coaches should send their nominations to Jack Stallard at: jstallard@news-journal.com.

The deadline for nominations will be the Tuesday after the UIL state softball tournament, but coaches (whose season has concluded) are still urged to send theirs in prior to that time.

Thu
19
May

Loyd brothers fight to the end in Class 4A boys’ doubles in state championship match, fall to Fredericksburg duo in two sets

 

 

Journal Staff Report

 

Jason and Michael Loyd made it all the way to the Class 4A boys’ doubles state championship match Tuesday morning, but saw their run of match wins come to a halt in two hard fought sets against Fredericksburg’s Paker Phillips and Sitman Wainwright.

The Loyd brothers ended up falling to last year’s Class 4A semifinalists, 6-4, 6-2.

Tournament play began Monday at Texas A&M University, but opening matches were delayed a couple of hours due to rain.

Once play began, the Groesbeck boys’ doubles teams hit the court with the Loyds winning their quarterfinal match against Wharton’s Chris Reyna and Taylor Jetelina, 6-0, 6-2.

The Goats other boys’ doubles team of ended up facing eventual state champion Phillips and Wainwright, falling to the Fredericksburg team in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.

Thu
19
May

Goats baseball season comes to an end at the hands of the Carthage Bulldogs

 

 

By Stephen R. Farris

Journal Sports

 

After coming back to win two of three games against Lorena the week before, Groesbeck tried to repeat that scenario this past weekend against Carthage.

The Goats dropped their first game to the Bulldogs on Thursday, 3-0.

In Saturday’s game, Groesbeck struggled at the plate as the windy conditions allowed what could have been hits turning instead, into somewhat routine outs, frustrating Goat hitters throughout the game.

Carthage struck in the first inning for a run and three more in the thirAd to go ahead, 4-0.

The Goats best chance to score came in the fourth inning when Mitchell Waller reached base on an error by the Bulldogs shortstop.

Dylan Rand laid down a great bunt on the next play and made it to first after the pitcher picked up the ball and tried to get him out, but ended up hitting Rand on the throw.

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