High School Softball

Star-Telegram 2018 area high school softball preview

Keller celebrates second straight state title

The Indians beat Austin Bowie 5-1 for their second straight state softball title and fourth overall.
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The Indians beat Austin Bowie 5-1 for their second straight state softball title and fourth overall.

February 12: First day for playing interschool games

April 28: Bi-district round

May 5: Area round

May 12: Regional quarterfinals

May 19: Regional semifinals

May 26: Regional finals

May 30-June 2: State Tournament, Austin

The Indians won their second straight state title. Interviews with Camryn Woodall, Bryan Poehler and Dylann Kaderka.

Teams to Watch

KELLER (35-6): The Indians won their second-straight UIL state title and fourth overall. With former Keller state champion Christina Gwyn-Barton now running things, the Indians will attempt to win a third-straight, which has never been done in the 25-year history of UIL softball. Nine players have signed or committed to play in college. Last year’s team set program records in hits (428), doubles (81) and tied with 35 wins.

EATON (26-8): What do the Eagles have in store during their second season? Last year, Eaton won District 6-5A and went to the third round of the playoffs. With no senior class in 2017, everyone is back, and they added a key player, senior Paige Tamayo from Trophy Club Nelson.

BROCK (29-6): The Eagles have made the playoffs 11 years in a row including the state tournament in back-to-back seasons. Since winning the state title in 2009, Brock has won over 30 games in the postseason.

BURLESON CENTENNIAL (25-10): In six seasons, the Spartans have become a softball regular with five district titles and a record of 148-45. The Spartans have gone three rounds deep three times and the regional semifinals in 2016.

LAKE RIDGE (24-8): The Eagles made history with their first trip to the regional semifinals, coming a game short of a series victory over Forney. Only two players graduated including one starter, but Lake Ridge gets Minnesota commit Mackenzie Denson, who had to sit out last year.

NOLAN CATHOLIC (26-6): The Vikings have reached the TAPPS state semifinals the past two seasons, and have gone at least three rounds deep each of the last six years.

Notable Coaching Changes

KELLER Christina Gwyn-Barton (Bryan Poehler): Does the name sound familiar softball fans? Gwyn-Barton was a member of Keller’s first state championship team in 2003. She comes over from Little Elm where she was head coach for one season, leading the Lobos to the playoffs and a 24-9 record. Gwyn-Barton takes over for Poehler, who moved to Frisco. Poehler won 120 games in four seasons with the Indians including the past two Class 6A state titles. Gwyn-Barton is still in Keller’s record books. She went 46-10 in two seasons, 32-4 and 19 shutouts in 2003, and struck out 586 batters with a 0.42 ERA in her career (both rank 2nd all time). During the 2003 season, her 32 wins are tied for 2nd most in a single season, 364 strikeouts are 3rd and her 0.40 ERA is 4th. In college, Gwyn-Barton played a year at Texas before transferring to Brigham Young, where she tossed the program’s first no-hitter and broke many of the school’s pitching records.

SAGINAW Brittany Barnhill (Hank Fulkerson): If Gwyn’s name didn’t ring a bell, Barnhill should. A former assistant at Ole Miss and Grapevine Faith, Barnhill was a Saginaw coach before taking over for longtime softball coach Hank Fulkerson, who won over 400 games in 45 years including a state title at Richland. The 2007 Texas Gatorade Player of the Year, Barnhill was one of the all-time greatest high school players while at Justin Northwest. Her accolades are as follows- Three time all-state selection, 2007 Class 5A Player of the Year, 2006 District Offensive Player of the Year, 2005 District MVP and 2004 District Pitcher of the Year. She was named Player of the Year by both the Dallas Morning News and Star Telegram in 2007. She set a state record with 1,715 career strikeouts while posting a 29-3 record and an astonishing 0.06 ERA as a senior. As a freshman at Texas, Barnhill struck out 94 batters in 114 innings and was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week after throwing her first career no-hitter over Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She also played at Ole Miss.

GRAPEVINE Angelina Curtis (Steve Bottoms): Curtis becomes the third softball player from an area school to land a head coaching job in 2018. She takes over for Bottoms, who won more than 320 games in nearly two decades (all at Grapevine), which included 15 playoff trips and the 2002 regional quarterfinals. A former volleyball and softball standout at Arlington Bowie, Curtis played her college ball at Sterling College in Kansas, where she was a four-year starter. Following college, she went overseas to play semi professional softball for the Friesing Grizzles in Germany. She found success as head coach with Westlake Academy, where they finished runner up at the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship state final. From there, Curtis was an assistant at Coppell for two seasons.

Career Wins

Laura Moore, Timber Creek, 356

Tracy Tadlock, Azle, 290

Tanya Morrow, Northwest 287

Shannon Sullivan, Centennial, 280

Tim Stuewe, Carroll, 278

Amie Prater, Legacy, 273

Thomas Shives, LD Bell, 264

Ryan Starnes, Brock, 254

Jennifer Haltom, Mansfield, 248

Brock capped off a sweep over district rival Peaster to win the Class 3A Region 1 softball final to clinch its second straight state tourney berth.

Players to Watch


Marissa Basaldu, Saginaw

Anarenee Beyer, Brock

Maggie Black, Colleyville Heritage

Avery Boley, Nolan Catholic

Alyssa Bradberry, Kennedale

Dara Brown, FW Christian

Bianca Builtron, South Hills

Courtney Cagle, Keller

Bekka Castillo, Cleburne

Randi Castillo, LD Bell

Kameron Cheshier, Chisholm Trail

Bri Clark, Colleyville Heritage

Kat Clum, Country Day

Hannah Dykes, Grapevine Faith

Reagan Ellison, Centennial

Carey Everly, Granbury

Hailie Fellers, Saginaw

Maddie Flores, Byron Nelson

Jordan Freas, Midlothian Heritage

Kacie Gilreath, Brock

Logan Graham, Azle

Bayleigh Hall, FW Christian

Sophie Hannabas, Legacy

Lauryn Henson, Arlington

Karley Horton, Weatherford

Mary Grace Howard, Kennedale

Maggie Hurst, Paschal

Kat Huseman, Saginaw

Lauren Isbell, Burleson

Lauren Jenkins, Brewer

Alisha Jones, Paschal

Hanna Jones, Keller

Sydney Kaai, Colleyville Heritage

Kristen Kamnick, Weatherford

Gracie King, Aledo

Sara King, Cleburne

Sydney King, Chisholm Trail

CJ Landrum, Country Day

Brooke Ledbetter, Azle

Rebecca Lindamood, Western Hills

Mady Lohman, Timber Creek

Melinda Martinez, Arlington Heights

Alice Marion, LD Bell

Katie Marshall, Everman

Jessica Mata, Chisholm Trail

Lindsey McElroy, Aledo

Maddie McGovern, Burleson

Rylie Melton, Peaster

Abbie Moore, Richland

Gracie Morton, Centennial

Peyton Newman, LD Bell

Shelby Noah, Midlothian

Moriah Ortiz, FW Christian

Kelsy Paris, Boswell

Maygan Paul, Birdville

Briana Perez, Timberview

Emma Perry, Paschal

Stephanie Pfeifer, Richland

Bristen Potter, Central

Abby Pounds, Colleyville Heritage

Miranda Pruitt, Joshua

Mikail Ragland, Arlington

Addy Redd, Waxahachie

Tana Reeves, Godley

Megan Reynolds, Aledo

Kamryn Reynoso, Richland

Peyton Robinson, Boswell

Gracelyn Rosales, Boswell

Katie Ruddy, Peaster

Jenna Rude, Martin

Paxton Scheurer, Mansfield

Ashleigh Sgambelluri, Arlington Heights

Kasey Simpson, Keller

Sydney Smith, Timber Creek

Macie Strickland, Cleburne

Abigail Stuart, Carroll

Kylie Summers, Chisholm Trail

Paige Tamayo, Eaton

Kate Tovar, Lake Ridge

Taci Tatum, Peaster

Mattye Tyler, Brock

Lydia Vidales, Paschal

Bailey Wagner, Brock

Payton Walker, Birdville

Lexi White, Chisholm Trail

Bailee Whitener, Aledo

Avery Zeigler, Carroll

The Broncos beat the Spartans 10-5 to advance to the 5A Region 2 softball semifinals.


Kelby Been, Granbury

Kelsey Bushey, Brewer

Megan Calhoun, Kennedale

Madison Cashon, Carroll

Jaycee Cook, Legacy

Hannah Copeland, Northwest

Lexi DeLuna, Mineral Wells

Amanda Desario, Keller

Caroline Durham, Richland

Maci Elliott, Eaton

Kallie Erwin, LD Bell

Danielle Garcia, Fossil Ridge

Anne Elise Gest, Joshua

Landry Felts, Brock

Gaby Garcia, Carroll

Grace Green, Birdville

Kennedy Hardy, Mansfield

Hannah Hasle, Colleyville Heritage

Lani Hickey, Granbury

Karter Hill, Centennial

Reagan Hukill, Mansfield

Jadyn James, Martin

Madison Johnson, Saginaw

Dylann Kaderka, Keller

Julie Kennedy, Boswell

Brooke Kolanek, Arlington

Kaylee Martinez, Timberview

Sierra Mihailov, Midlothian

Haley Morse, Mansfield

Hayley Murrell, Centennial

Terra Newsom, Mineral Wells

Madison Ortiz, Saginaw

Natalie Powell, Birdville

Kyleigh Rich, Burleson

Baylie Ritchey, Cleburne

Brittni Rufus, Lake Ridge

Angelique Scivicque, Boswell

Kaitlyn Stone, Joshua

Khloe Summers, Chisholm Trail

Courtney Taylor, Legacy

Hope Waid, Fossil Ridge

Faith Waugh, Alvarado

Natali Wheeler, Burleson

Caroline Woodall, Keller

Kaitlynn Woodlee, Alvarado

Maddy Wright, Eaton

Nicole Yarbrough, Godley

Kenzlee Zaher, Eaton


Emily Andress, Arlington Heights

Brooke Bingham, Grapevine

Chelsea Blankenship, Eaton

Delaney Boley, Nolan Catholic

Abigail Bradley, Azle

Emily Bradley, Azle

Shelby Bradley, Azle

Madison Brodnax, Haltom

Hayden Brown, Keller

Kortlyn Brown, Nolan Catholic

Kennedy Crites, Eaton

Mackenzie Denson, Lake Ridge

Lexi Ebbens, Godley

Audrey Fenn, Cleburne

Kaly Gonzales, Lake Ridge

Mia Greenzweig, Summit

Kaylee Hlavaty, Midlothian

Sarah Hawkins, Timber Creek

Addison Hooper, FW Christian

Elena Larson, Nolan Catholic

Rylee Layton, Timber Creek

Peyton Lea, Timberview

Krystal Lindsey, Richland

Riley Love, Keller

Kylah Marzette, Lake Ridge

Jalee McDonald, Arlington Heights

Jaden Middlebrook, Eaton

Brileigh Peters, Lake Ridge

Lencia Powell, Birdville

Bailee Riggs, Central

Hanna Roye, Cleburne

Annabelle Schraub, Eaton

Sydnee Shelton, Central

Payge Scoggins, Richland

Ashlyn Walker, Eaton


Pending varsity rosters

Sydney Carithers, Brewer

Sydney Christopher, Chisholm Trail

Angie Cornell, Central

Tess Galipeau, Keller

Morgan Hess, Grapevine

Chloe Jones, Lake Ridge

Melanie Martinez, Boswell

Kelby Robbins, Legacy

Denise Rodriguez, Paschal

Audrey Schneidmiller, Burleson

Missy Wise, FW Christian

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