New district presents spicy possibilities

We’ve all seen how the new District 23-3A is going to shape up in football after the recent University Interscholastic League shakeup, but a look deeper inside the new lineup reveals layers of interesting matchups on both the boys and girls side.

Just off the top, I’m sure all area softball fans remember the intense softball competition between Rockdale, Giddings and LaGrange when the three teams were district mates four years ago.

There were times when the trio would be ranked 1,2,3 in the Class 3A rankings.

We all remember LaGrange’s state championship in 2005. Enough said.

Four years later LaGrange is still riding high and is ranked No. 7 in this week’s pre-season poll, while Rockdale and Giddings are holding steady.

There was no Giddings or LaGrange girls basketball or volleyball teams ranked in the top 20, but of course old friend Caldwell made another state volleyball tournament appearance and LaGrange made it to the quarterfinals behind junior all-stater Dylan Supak

Giddings was the District 25-3A basketball champion for the second straight season, followed by LaGrange and Smithville with long-time coach Robin Ramsay.

After facing three top 5 teams in the same district (Navasota, Bryan Rudder and Madisonville), anybody would be a break for Liz McQuitter’s rebuilding Lady Tigers hoop squad.

Talkin’ bout boys

As is the case in girls basketball,


not having to go up against top ranked teams (Navasota, Bryan Rudder) every week will be a load off for the Tigers, who are losing their dynamic duo of scorers, Will McQuitter and Lance Loewe this season and will be involved in a serious rebuilding process.

In baseball, Giddings is ranked No. 1 in the pre-season polls (Cameron is listed at 18) after going 28-6 a year ago and losing to Carthage in the state championship game.

Local fans can get a look at the Buffaloes as they make an appearance in the Bell Rivals Tournament here Feb. 25-27.

Giddings placed second to Robinson in the tournament last season and Trey Masek no-hit the Tigers 11-0 in an earlier tournament matchup.

Masek returns alongside fellow all-state choices Brooks Marlow and Ty Marlow, sons of head coach Mike Marlow. There are seven Buff starters coming back.

LaGrange and Smithville will try to keep their heads above water. Of course Rockdale is in a rebuilding mode this season as well.

3A has Cameron, Taylor and Navasota as the top three teams in the current District 24-3A.

Although it is difficult to pinpoint because track is such an individualistic sport, RISD Athletic Director Jeff Miller– once a track star himself—says the new conference “turned into a premier track district.”

The Giddings girls have taken the past two team titles at the Rockdale Relays. Two years ago, both the Buffalo boys and girls teams were champions.

Out of the two combined districts (24 & 25), 20 athletes qualified for the state meet last year.

“In this area, you can’t hide from the good teams,” Miller said, “no matter where you are.”

The 5ive

Here are the five best songs that mention a month of the year in them:

1. Fourth of July—Bruce Springsteen.

2. December 1963—The Four Seasons.

3. Cold Day In August—Van Morrison.

4. Wake Me Up When September Ends—Green Day.

5. April In Paris–Frank Sinatra.

Bonus track: Calendar Girl— Neil Sedaka (covers all bases).

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