While the Castor Lady Tigers are excited about advancing to Sulphur for this weekend’s LHSAA state softball Tournament, the excitement of a new T-shirt has them just as fired up.
The team’s three seniors, Lori Wallace, Katelynn Giddens and Jessi Rogers, are among a group of 13 team members who are multi-sport stars. For some it’s basketball and for others it’s track, but most of the players have advanced to state, and earned a “state” shirt in one of the other two sports.
“We’re a small town and T-shirts are very important to us,” said Castor co-head coach Joy-Dee Wallace laughing. “This is a culmination of everything we’ve worked for over the past four years. All the girls are smiling – this is the greatest thing ever for them.”
No. 3-seeded Castor (17-2) will meet No. 6 Monterey (15-7) at 4 p.m. on Friday in the Class B quarterfinals. Wallace, whose daughter Lori is the team’s catcher, said the success of the team is built around smarts.
“We had 10 of our 13 at the academic banquet (3.5 GPA or higher) the other night,” Wallace said. “This is a very smart team and they are able to transfer that to the field.”
Lori Wallace is the senior class valedictorian with a 4.0 and a 32 ACT score, while Giddens has a 3.9 and a 26 ACT. Wallace plans to major in accounting at Louisiana Tech and become a CPA.
“Going to the state softball tournament is the highlight of my senior year,” said Wallace, who played on the Lady Tigers’ basketball team that advanced to the state quarterfinals under coach Jenna Bolin. “I’m a little bit nervous, but I’m more excited than nervous. We are expecting to win state.”
To get there, the Lady Tigers will ride the arm of junior pitcher Molly Wilson, a Times All-Area first-team basketball player and the District 1-B MVP. Originally from Ringgold, Wilson attended Riverdale Academy for two years before transferring to Castor last season.
The Lady Tigers lost in the first round of the Class B playoffs each of the past two seasons, so none of the seniors have advanced to Sulphur. Among the other multi-sport standouts are Jessi Rogers, Faith Nailes and Kyley Love.
Castor lost the first two games of the season to 4A Benton and Northwood, but hasn’t lost since.
Captain Shreve’s Dunn to sign
Lady Gators’ shortstop Anna Dunn will sign an agreement to continue her softball career at Centenary College on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the conference room at the school.
Dunn, who carries a 3.8 GPA and has scored a 29 on the ACT, said Centenary “basically offered me a free ride.”
“All I have to pay for is a meal plan,” said Dunn, who hadn’t planned on playing softball at the next level. “I was just going to go to LSU, but I really wanted to continue playing. Some of my friends helped me and coach (Amanda) Nordberg called and talked to me. I went over there and I loved it.”
Dunn plans to major in biology and hopes to become an urgent care physician’s assistant.
Byrd golf advances to states
Freshman Philip Barbaree Jr. fired a 66 on Monday to lead the Byrd golf team to a Division I regional championship at a wind-blown Oak Wing Golf Club in Alexandria.
Jared Sipes (75), Carter Toms (78) and Jeffrey Berry (78) also helped the Yellow Jackets. The state tournament is scheduled for next week at East Ridge.