There's only one thing that could have made Brittany Good's first season at the helm of the Willow Park Trinity Lady Eagles volleyball team more memorable. A state championship.
Still, she and her players have plenty to talk about in the days ahead as they came close to hoisting the championship trophy in Waco recently, finishing second in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Class 3A with a four-game loss to Round Rock Christian at Waco Midway High School.
"We were ready to go and focused on the task ahead after the semifinal match on Friday. When Saturday afternoon rolled around, Round Rock was a little more hyped, and they put up a good fight throughout the match and we just fell a little short," Good said.
"I am still so proud of this team, though."
The Lady Eagles finished 37-4, which included a 29-match winning streak during one stretch.
"These girls worked hard and they made it so far to only be in their second season in TAPPS," Good said. "We are sad to be losing spectacular young ladies in seniors Karson Hartt, Erin Kalbfleisch, and Shelbi Tidwell. They brought their own light to the team and their hard work to practice each and every day.
"I look forward to the growth of our program after such a great season, and I am excited to see what the 2018 season holds for us in the 4A division."
The Lady Eagles defeated Midland Classical in four games in the semifinals.
All-TAPPS District 1-3A:
First team - Emma Kalbfleisch, junior; Erin Kalbfleisch, senior; Shelbi Tidwell, senior.
Second team - Kayla DeNeefe, junior; Hannah Floyd, junior; Lindsey Young, sophomore.
Honorable mention - Libby Gear, sophomore; Karson Hartt, senior.
First team - Emma Kalbfleisch, Erin Kalbfleisch.
Second team -Tidwell.
Academic all-state - DeNeefe, Floyd, Emma Kalbfleisch, Erin Kalbfleisch, Tidwell.
Emma Kalbfleisch, Erin Kalbfleisch, Tidwell, Floyd.
ALEDO GOLF WRAPS UP STRONG FALL
The Aledo Bearcats ended the fall golf season by winning the District 6-5A Preview at the recently renovated Rockwood Golf Course in Fort Worth, shooting a two day total of 642 (317-325). Evan Pennington was the top individual with scores of 75-68. Other Aledo scores were Ben Huxtable, 167 (79-88); Cam Wooley, 167 (80-87); Jacob Trawick, 167 (83-84); and Tanner Smith, 171 (85-86).
The four lowest scores in each round comprise the team score.
Davis Duncan and Trevor Daniels shot 190 (101-89) and 186 (99-87) as medalists, respectively.
"The boys team is very young this year, having had to replace three graduating seniors from last year," Aledo coach Jeff Lemons said.
The top five golfers for the Bearcats are juniors Evan Pennington and Ben Huxtable, sophomore Jacob Trawick, and freshmen Cam Wooley and Tanner Smith.
"Evan has been spectacular, with two sub-70 rounds of 69 and 68, and an overall average of 76. Ben and Cam finished with scoring averages of 83.3 and 83.9, Jacob was 85.3, and Tanner was 87.3," Lemons said. "For as young as we are, I am very happy with our results. Our scores are very comparable to last year, and I know we are going to get a lot better as we get more experience in tournament play."
Meanwhile, the Ladycats placed fifth in a tournament in Texarkana with a two-day total of 659 (322-337). Madison Head was fifth overall among individuals a scores of 152 (75-77). Other scores for Aledo were Ella Fisher, 166 (83-83)l Madison Wyss, 181 (84-97); Rylee Gabbert, 167 (80-87); and Clara Fulsaas, 184 (94-90). Georgia Giddens shot 190 (95-95) as a medalist.
"The fall season was very successful for the girls. They had finishes of first at the Burleson Centennial tournament, fourth at the Eaton Invitational, and fifth at the Granbury and Texarkana tournaments," Lemons said. "Only two 5A schools had better scores than the Ladycats in these four tournaments, defending state champion Grapevine at Granbury and Texarkana (by 10 shots), and Frisco Liberty, fourth at state last year, at Eaton (by one stroke).
"Madison Head (sophomore) had a fantastic fall campaign with an average score of 78.4, and Ella (freshman) was close behind with an average of 79.4. Madison Wyss (senior), Deyton (senior), and Rylee (junior) all lowered their average scores by at least five shots from last year. Newcomer Clara (junior) also made a great advance in moving up from the JV."
The Ladycats improved by 58 shots at the Eaton tourney, 95 shots at Granbury and 98 shots at Texarkana.
"The girls have great team chemistry and really pull for each other on the course," Lemons said. "I couldn't ask for a better group of girls."
BROCK GOLFERS FARE WELL IN FALL
The Brock golf team concluded the fall season by competing in the Bronco Challenge at Canyon West recently.
For the Eagles, Garrett Leek played as a medalist and captured first place, shooting a 3-over-par 75.
For the Lady Eagles, Anarenee Beyer shot a 91 and won a scorecard playoff for second place. Victoria Wells shot 109 for 19th, and Jayden Wilson's 116 placed her 33rd.
"This fall has been a good opportunity for some of the new freshmen to get their tournament feet wet, as well as some of my returning players to begin a new golf season with good weather," Brock coach Keith Guyon said.
Leek is the only returning varsity player for the boys.
"Therefore, it was really good to have my returning JV players (Justin Cummins and Ryan Henderson) the opportunity to play in several varsity tournaments this fall," Guyon said. "Tim Hoffman was our new ninth-grader who will be on varsity this year who also got some valuable time playing in varsity tournaments this fall. I also had several other freshmen that were able to play in four junior varsity tournaments this fall (Michael Redwine, Bryce Yates, and Corbin Calzacorta)."
The girls team also had the opportunity to play in four tournaments this fall. Two of those players are returning members from the state golf team last year (Bailey Wagner and Beyer). Jayden Wilson, who played her freshman year on the team that finished fourth in the regional tournament has returned to Brock.
"She will be a big help in getting the girls team back to state this year," Guyon said of Wilson. "Victoria Wells has moved up from the JV team last year to the varsity team this year. She improved at each tournament this fall. I am expecting great things from her in the spring.
"If both teams continue to improve as much as they did this fall, I expect that both teams will have a great opportunity to return to the state tournament in May."