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TGCA Sports Polls
Well my apologies. For the first time since then freshman Christa Williams of Dobie fanned movie star Kevin Costner in an event between games ceremony at the first UIl state softball tournament at Pleasant Valley Sportsplex, I was unable to attend the finals, but I will start a new streak next year. However, I have several observations:
Five in a row for District 28-2A as Shiner won their second title since 2011. Weimar won back to back in 2013 and 2014 while district mate Flatonia won in 2012. Not surprisingly Ganado is also really good in that district of champions.
Speaking of Shiner, in 1996, Kristie Roznovsky played third base for the Shiner Lady Comanches. That was the first trip to the final four for Shiner. This past week, her daughter Mackinly Pilat, played centerfield for the 2A state champs. Kristie and Mackinly are the first mother/daughter duo to play in the softball elite tournament for Shiner High School and actually I could not find another instance of that occurring in any classification.
Huffman-Hargrave continued to speed to the class 4A title after beating LaGrange in regionals, Hargrave ousted Needville , rallying form 4-0 down for a 6-4 championship.
East Bernard was second last year for two time champion Crawford (2014 and 2012) and behind Texas A&M signee Samantha Show claimed their state championship.
Aledo defended their crown edging Vista Ridge 3-2. Aledo was second in 2013 to Hays just missing a three peat opportunity. Aledo joins Weimar(2013 and 2014) and Lufkin Hudson (2012 and 2013) as back to back champions in the past five years. Crawford, Shiner and Deer Park have each won two titles in the past five years, although not back to back.
Katy showed strong as they beat 2013 champion Lewisville to return the largest school title back to the Greater Houston area for the fourth time the past five state tournaments (Deer Park twice, and The Woodlands were the other winners).
Polls look back:
Pre-Season Number One ranked team: Weimar
UIL State champion: Shiner
Ranking March 10, 2015 (first week of records being reported)-Shiner
Summary: District 28 (Shiner, Weimar, Flatonia) holds the top spot but Hawley and Harleton had tremendous, championship grade seasons.
Pre-Season Number One ranked team: East Bernard
UIL State champion: East Bernard
Ranking March 10, 2015 (first week of records being reported)-Natalia (East Bernard was second).
Summary: East Bernard was second in 2014 and just behind unbeaten Natalia until Florence pulled the upset in playoffs and East Bernard ascended to and defended the championship.
Pre-Season Number One ranked team: LaGrange
UIL State champion: Huffman-Hargrave
Ranking March 10, 2015 (first week of records being reported)-LaGrange (Hargrave was fifth).
Summary: LaGrange was unbeaten until Hargrave swept the Leopards and eventually won the championship. Hargrave had lost to LaGrange in 2014 state tournament.
Pre-Season Number One ranked team: Aledo
UIL State champion: Aledo
Ranking March 10, 2015 (first week of records being reported)-Aledo.
Summary: It was Aledo from first pitch to last out.
Pre-Season Number One ranked team: Deerpark
UIL State champion: Katy
Ranking March 10, 2015 (first week of records being reported)-Atascocita.
Summary: Nationally ranked powers Rockwall and Atascocita were both eliminated a round before they were to meet. undefeated and nationally ranked Rockwall by Waco Midway and Atascocita by Austin Lake Travis. San Benito made their second state appearance the lady Greyhounds capped a great season with a solid effort at state.
Reminder: teams are ranked by their round of elimination. District champions who do not advance are accorded Honorable mention.
2015 Texas Girls Coaches Association Softball Poll
June 8, 2015
Honorable Mention- Marfa, Hermleigh, Ozona, Charlotte, North Zulch, Rivercrest, Groveton, Zavalla, Lindsay, Celeste, Tolar, Gorman, Italy and Evadale.
Santa Gertrudis Academy
Honorable Mention-Brownfield, Muleshoe, Mineola, Paradise, Palmer, Grandview, Amarillo River Road, Elkhart, Luling, Kirbyville, Freer and George West.
|3t.||Texarkana Pleasant Grove|
|17t.||Paris North Lamar|
Honorable Mention- Crandall, Boerne, Pleasanton, LaVernia, Beeville Jones, Port Isabel, Sealy, Fabens, Decatur, Furr, Fairfield, Princeton, Ranchview and Bullard.
|2.||Cedar Park Vista Ridge|
|5t.||Corpus Christ Flour Bluff|
|9t.||El Paso Hanks|
|9t.||Corpus Christi Moody|
|17t.||El Paso Chapin|
|Honorable Mention- Lufkin, Molina, Vela, San Marcos, Brackenridge, Vidor, George Ranch, Austin, Newman-Smith and South Hills|
|5t.||New Braunfels Canyon|
|5t.||Austin Lake Travis|
|9t.||San Antonio O'Connor|
|9t.||Houston Cypress Ranch|
|17t.||Katy Seven Lakes|
|17t.||Corpus Christi Carroll|
|17t.||San Antonio Southwest|
Honorable Mention- Round Rock Cedar Ridge, Austin Westlake, Klein Oak, Mesquite, MacArthur, Rowe, Weslaco, Southlake Carroll, El Paso Montwood, Deer Park, Houston Memorial, Fort Bend Travis, Clear Springs, Houston Bellaire, Odessa Permian and South Grand Prairie.