The Belton High School Girls' Summer Basketball Camp dribbled and passed its way to record numbers this week at Tiger Gym.
Over 80 campers participated in drills, skills challenges and lessons from Belton coach Brenda Gomez, South Belton Middle school coach and Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Fran Garmon and several basketball coaches on the high school and middle school levels.
In the days leading up to the Belton Lady Tigers tussle with the South Grand Prairie Lady Warriors, the softball website heybucket.com message board was ablaze with banter that Belton was going to get "welcomed into District 7-5A with a loss."
The Lady Tigers didn't play their best game, but it was enough to send a message to the Metroplex: Belton belongs in the playoffs.
Belton baseball has a history of winning close games against great teams. The Tigers and Midway in district have no equals and when two great teams collide, the game will be close at the end.
On Friday night, Belton won another district championship in baseball with an 8-7 win over Midway at Tiger Field. A two-out, two-strike homerun in the final inning tied the game 7-7 but the Tigers put the game away in their final at bat.
As a golfer, one knows the feeling when their swing is on. When the drives go straight, the middle game is steady and the putter is working, it makes for an enjoyable time on the links.
Belton junior Jacob Daugherty has drawn quite a bit more attention than he's used to as of late. He's drawn his share of attention being the first boy's tennis player in Belton history to qualify for an individual tennis state tournament. He will be getting a lot more attention statewide following his third place finish at the Class 5A State Tennis Tournament at the Pennick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin on Monday.
Individual members of the Belton Tigers' boys and girls track teams converged, as did many teams from the region, upon Lubbock and the Class 5A Region I Track Meet last week with an opportunity to participate at the Class 5A State meet later this month in Austin.
Wolf Mahler and Kaylee Krenek emerged from the mass of humanity to represent Belton High School at the state meet.
Former sports stars will come to Temple Sunday afternoon, May 19, to visit the children at McLane Children's Hospital Scott & White & the Ronald McDonald House. That night, there will be a dinner with live and silent auctions upstairs at the Bell County Expo Center. Many of the celebrities will be there. This is a good time to mingle with celebrities and other golfers.
The Tigers began spring football Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers have until the spring game May 31st to get in 18 practices in 30-days. Belton will use a late spring workout to get a jump start on the fall. From spring football the Tigers will begin their summer workouts until the start of two-a-days.
This year's spring games will include an alumni game sandwiched between the freshman and varsity games. It will be interesting. "The number of alumni who have signed is great," said Tigers head coach Rodney Southern.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team lost a three-game set two games to one in the series opener of the American Southwest Conference Tournament against Louisiana College last weekend in Pineville, Louisana. The Wildcats won Friday 10-1, UMHB won game one on Saturday 4-1 and dropping the second game 5-3. The Wildcats improved to 24-17 on the season and advance to face Texas Lutheran in the championship round of the ASC tournament, hosted by U.T.-Tyler, next weekend. The Cru ends its season at 21-21 overall and 10-8 in conference action.
The UMHB softball team played five games in the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament. The Cru defeated Louisiana College twice and Howard Payne once, but twice could not overcome the power of the No. 1 ranked U.T.-Tyler.
In the tournament opener, Caitlin Bollier provided all of the offense the UMHB softball team needed as the Cru topped Louisiana College 4-2. The Wildcats grabbed a 1-0 lead on Courtney Ivey's RBI single in the top of the first inning and had runners at second and third before UMHB's Rebekah Ragsdale worked her way out of the jam.