SPORTS YEAR IN REVIEW: January through June 2017

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January:

Jack Starwalt, a member of Eagle’s Bluff Country Club in Bullard, collected a hole-in-one on the course’s 15th hole (167 yards, using a five iron to hit the ace.

The Bullard Panther varsity basketball team competed at the Mount Vernon Basketball Classic, bringing home an impressive 3-1 record.

Gavin Stephens, a seventh grade student at Bullard Middle School, collected a trophy kill with an eight-point buck scoring 136.

Former Bullard Panther varsity baseball pitcher Nick Rumbelow re-signed with the New York Yankees organization, signing a minor-league contract.

The Bullard Panther and Lady Panther varsity powerlifting teams both placed second at the Lindale Invitational Powerlifting Meet.

Brook Hill Lady Guard senior middle blocker Megan Priddy was named to the TAPPS Academic All-State Team.

Bullard Lady Panther varsity volleyball freshman outside hitter Sara McKeethan was named as an Honorable Mention player by the Texas Sports Writers Association – Collin Street Bakery 2016 All-State Volleyball team.

The Brook Hill Guard varsity football team received a number of accolades on the TAPPS Division II-4A District Accolades list. Players receiving honors included junior defensive lineman Andrew Brooks, senior running back Brooks Parham, senior defensive back Chidiebere Nechi, and junior punter Campbell Fletcher, as First Team All-District; senior defensive back Alec Kitt, senior defensive lineman Joseph Ardi, senior offensive lineman Jordan Day, junior running back Jeremiah McGowen, and senior wide receiver Parker Galbraith, as Second Team All-District; and junior linebacker Fletcher, senior running back Jordan McGowen, and senior wide receiver Kitt, as All-District Honorable Mentions.

The Bullard Panther football program, as well as the Bullard Panther cheerleaders, worked to raise funds benefitting FitSTEPS for Life in Tyler, while also collecting gifts for “Project Adoption.”

In a unanimous vote by the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees, the sport of soccer was added to the Panther athletic department for both genders. The girls team was created as a UIL-ready competitive team, while the boys program was created as a club team in its first year.

The Bullard Panther and Lady Panther varsity powerlifting teams took home third and second place, respectively, at the Troup Tiger Invitational Powerlifting Meet.

February:

Bullard Lady Panther varsity volleyball senior defensive specialist Carley Goode was named to the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches’ Academic All-State Team.

The Bullard Panther varsity football team had several players receive honors on the Class 4-a Region II Division II District 5 Accolades List. Players recognized included senior offensive lineman Derek Landrum and senior defensive back Tre Crayton, named First Team Offense and First Team Defense, respectively; senior linebacker Donovan Yeley and senior defensive back Joey Padrucco, both named as District Specialty Players; and senior wide receiver D’Juan Martin and junior punter Will McCowin, recognized as Utility Player and District Punter, respectively.

The Bullard Panther athletic trainers took home top prizes at the 2017 ETATA workshop event at the University of Texas at Tyler. Trainers participating and earning awards in the event’s ankle taping contest included Wesley Carter, placing first, and Whitney Buckley, placing second.

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity powerlifting team took home a first place finish at the Sabine Bo Bates Invitational Powerlifting Meet.

The Bullard ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Season Caughlin as the first coach for the Bullard Lady Panther varsity soccer program.

The Brook Hill Guard varsity basketball team honored a total of six players at their annual Senior Night ceremony, including David Chambless, Jordan Day, Parker Galbraith, Alec Kitt, Brooks Parham, and Jacob Yeager.

A total of five seniors were recognized at the Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball Senior Night event, including Chloe Ducote, Abby Erhman, Hannah Lloyd, Abby Story, and Lauren Zachry.

Major Tennison, a senior wide receiver for the Bullard Panther varsity football team, officially signed to play football for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

In a press conference event, the Brook Hill athletic department announced its plans to add the sport of lacrosse to its athletic arsenal. The announced plan was to start the sport at the middle school level, with the hopes of having a competitive high school team by the spring of 2019.

Members of the Bullard Lady Panther varsity volleyball team earning postseason Honorable Mention recognitions from ETSN.fm included senior setter Maddie Butler, junior outside hitter Kailey Consford, senior middle blocker McCall Cowart, freshman outside hitter Sara McKeethan, and senior defensive specialist Claudia Young.

The Brook Hill Guard seventh and eighth grade basketball teams both claimed the 2017 Tyler Area Private Schools Athletic Conference District Championship title.

The Bullard Panther varsity golf team took home the silver after placing second at the Brook Hill Invitational Golf Tournament at Emerald Bay.

The Bullard Panther baseball and Lady Panther softball programs partnered up for the inaugural Home Run Derby event, helping both programs to raise funds for equipment and travel.

Bullard Lady Panther varsity softball senior shortstop Zoe Hancock officially chose to sign with Bossier Parish Community College during a signing ceremony surrounded by her family and teammates.

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team advanced to the playoffs, where they were recognized as the Bi-District Champions after defeating the Carthage Lady Bulldogs, 80-38.

The Brook Hill Guard varsity basketball team was knocked out of the Area round of the TAPPS Basketball Playoffs by the All Saints Trojans, 54-38. The team finished the season with a record of 11-16, 2-4 in district play.

The Bullard Panther and Lady Panther varsity powerlifting teams both took home first place trophies at the Bullard Panther Invitational Powerlifting Meet.

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team earned the recognition of Area and Regional Quarterfinal champions after claiming wins over the Texarkana Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks, 67-51, and the Chapel Hill Lady Bulldogs, 54-36.

March:

Bullard ISD athletic director and Panther varsity football coach Shannon Wilson was approved for the same positions by the Bridgeport ISD Board of Trustees.

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball team was eliminated from the playoffs in the Regional Semifinal round after a tough loss against the No. 1 Argyle Eagles, the eventual Class 4-A State Champions, 36-24.

The Brook Hill athletic department celebrated two athletes in a signing ceremony, as Lady Guard varsity soccer senior Heather McLarry signed to play for Ouachita Baptist University and Guard varsity football senior Jordan McGowen signed with Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The Bullard Panther varsity basketball team honored a total of three seniors at the annual Senior Night ceremony, including Tyler Hinton, Austin Reeves, and Austin Turgeau.

A total of six lifters from the Bullard Lady Panther varsity powerlifting team advanced to the State meet after the team finished in second place at the Region 3 Division II Powerlifting Meet. Advancing to the State meet were Annabelle Price, Leighann Langston, Alexis Hathaway, Addison Barnes (alternate), Cheyenne Stevenson (alternate), and Heather Coe (alternate).

The Bullard Panther varsity powerlifting team had a total of four athletes medal at the Region 3 Division II Regional Powerlifting Meet, including Damion Brown, Austin Davis, Will McCowin, and Toby Thatcher. With his first place finish, Thatcher advanced to the State meet.

A total of four Bullard High School athletes signed national letters of intent to take their talents to collegiate teams, including Tre Crayton and Derek Landrum, signing with the East Texas Baptist University Tigers football team; Peyton Miller, signing with the Panola College Ponies baseball team; and Joey Padrucco, signing with the Trinity Tigers football team.

Bullard Lady Panther varsity powerlifters Alexis Hathaway, Leighann Langston, and Annabelle Price competed for the team at the Class 4A Girls State Powerlifting Meet. The top finishes belonged to Langston, who finished 11th, and Hathaway, who finished 16th.

The Bullard Panther Fishing Club reeled in a third place finish at the Texas High School Bass Association event on the waters of Lake Palestine.

Bullard High School varsity powerlifter Toby Thatcher placed fifth at the Class 4A Boys State Powerlifting Meet.

The lineups and coaches for the 2017 Northeast Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Games were announced. Representing Bullard High School were football players Tre Crayton and Derek Landrum; cheerleaders McCall Cowart and Carley Goode; baseball player Peyton Miller and head coach Chad Linder; and softball player Zoe Hancock and head coach Megan Dobrinski.

A total of seven players on the Bullard Lady Panther basketball team received special honors on the District 15-4A accolades list, with the highest award going to Hannah Lloyd, named the District’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. Other players earning accolades included First Team All-District players Sydney Foster, Allie Kirgan, Abby Story, and Lauren Zachry; and Honorable Mentions Chloe Ducote and Abby Erhman.

Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball senior guard Abby Story and senior forward Hannah Lloyd were selected to represent the team in the 14th annual Azalea Orthopedic Girls All-Star Basketball Game.

April:

Brook Hill junior athlete Reid Hill was recognized as the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Player of the Week.

The Bullard Panther and Lady Panther varsity golf teams putted their way to second and third place finishes, respectfully, at the Edgewood Invitational golf tournament.

The Brook Hill Guard and Lady Guard varsity track and field teams defended their home turf well, placing first and second, respectfully, at the Brook Hill Relays.

The Brook Hill athletic department received a total of three selections to the 2017 Northeast Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Games. Selected were softball player AD Kuechle, softball head coach Anthony Springer, and football player Brooks Parham.

The Bullard Panther and Lady Panther varsity golf teams prowled their way to the top, placing first and second place, respectfully at the District 15-4A Golf Tournament. With their first place finish, the boys varsity team earned the recognition of District Champions. Both teams finished well enough to advance to the Regional Golf Tournament.

The Brook Hill Guard and Lady Guard track and field teams placed second and third, respectfully, at the East Texas Private School Championships track and field meet.

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity track and field team brought home a first place finish after competing at the Yellow Jacket Relays in Mineola.

The Bullard Middle School seventh grade Panther and Lady Panther track and field teams earned fifth and sixth place, respectfully, at the District 15-4A Track and Field Meet, while the BMS eighth grade Panther and Lady Panther track and field teams finished in fifth and fourth place, respectively.

The Bullard Panther varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads for the 2017-2018 school year were announced. Varsity squad included Kayla Bell, Megan Daughtery, Abbie Denman, Baleigh Ford, Kaitlyn Goodrich, Skylar Kate, Lindy Martin, Molly Martin, McKenzie Pyle, Riley Randall, and Sara Wallace, with the varsity mascot being Perry Burchfield. Junior varsity squad included Brittany Bextine, Macie Bunger, Jacelyn Cowart, Addison Kennedy, Keely Linebaugh, Angie Lorenz, Bailie Pierce, Kallie Priestner, Tatum Rigsby, Paige Rives, Macie Turrentine, Logan Waterman, and Courtney White, with the junior varisty mascot being Ashlin Denney.

Bullard High School varsity tennis duo of Kallie Hardin and Belle Ertl took home second place in girls doubles at the District 15-4A tennis tournament, allowing the paid to advance to the Regional Tennis Tournament.

The Bullard Panther varsity basketball team took home several recognitions on the District 15-4A All-District Accolades List, including junior shooting guard Evan Hodges, First Team All-District; junior point guard Will McCowin, Second Team All-District; and junior shooting guard Ty Crayton, junior small forward Jagger Haynie, and senior power forward Austin Turgeau, all as All-District Honorable Mentions.

The Brook Hill Guard varsity golf team was crowed the District Champions after placing first at the TAPPS 5A District 2 Golf Tournament. Likewise, the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity golf team secured second place at the tournament, with junior Emma French being recognized as the Individual District Champion with her score of 71. Both teams advanced to the TAPPS 5A Regional Golf Tournament.

The Brook Hill Guard varsity basketball team was presented with their 2017 TAPPS 3-5A All-District awards. Award winners included senior guard Parker Galbraith, junior guard Reid Hill, and senior forward Alec Kitt, all recognized as First Team All-District; as well as junior post Miguel Vega, named Second Team All-District; and junior forward Campbell Fletcher and sophomore guard Jared Johnson, both as All-District Honorable Mentions.

Several members of the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity basketball team were awarded for their efforts on the court, earning recognition on the TAPPS 3-5A All-District Accolades List, including senior forward Lauren Eden, named First Team All-District; sophomore guard Ke’Airra Christopher, as Newcomer of the Year and Second Team All-District; AD Kuechle, as Second Team All-District; and Autumn Webb and Kaitlyn Rhea, as All-District Honorable Mentions.

A number of athletes representing the Bullard Panther and Lady Panther varsity track and field teams took home high placements at the 2017 District 15-4A Track and Field Meet, held at Bullard High School, punching their tickets to the Area meet.

The Brook Hill Middle School Guard baseball team claimed the 2017 TAPSAC Championship after defeating the Grace Community Cougars, 3-2.

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity softball team earned the recognition of Co-District Champions, alongside the Gladewater Lady Bears, as well as claimed the top seed in the playoffs.

A total of nine members of the Bullard Panther Fishing Club made the cut to advance to the Texas High School Bass Association’s State Tournament on Lake Ray Roberts after reeling in strong finishes at the THSBA Houston Division Regional Tournament. Fishers advancing to the State tournament included Chase Bussell, Will Carlile, McKenna Davis, Callie Farr, Zach Hastings, Colton Hatcher, Landry Lasseter, Cody Neel, and Reece Ricketts.

Several members of the Bullard Panther and Lady Panther varsity track and field teams secured their Regional qualifications after performing well at the District 15-4A and District 16-4A Area Track Meet at Spring Hill High School.

May:

Scott Callaway was approved by the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees was hired to fill the vacancy left by Shannon Wilson as the Bullard ISD athletic director and Bullard Panther football coach. Previously, Callaway served as the offensive coordinator at Mesquite High School, as well as head coach at Gladewater and Big Sandy.

The Brook Hill School continued celebrating its 20th year in existence with the inaugural Orange Rush Family Fun Run. Approximately 250 runners registered for the event.

Bullard Panther varsity golfer Jaxson Bellar took home a fifth place individual finish at the UIL 4-A Region 2 Golf Tournament, punching his ticket for the State meet. The Panther varsity golf team placed fourth as a team, while the Lady Panther varsity golf team took home a fifth place team finish.

Bullard Panther varsity track and field athlete D’Juan Martin claimed a second place finish in the long jump at the 2017 UIL Region II 4-A Championship Track and Field Meet, allowing him to advance to the State track meet.

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity softball team claimed the title of Bi-District Champions after collecting two wins in a best-of-three matchup against the Tatum Lady Eagles.

The Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team was named Area Champions after defeating Frisco Legacy in a winner-take-all battle, 6-4.

The Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity softball team honored a total of three seniors at the annual Senior Night ceremony, including Alyssa Duplichain, AD Kuechle, and Brianna Young.

The Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity softball team earned the honor of Area Champions after defeating the Frisco Legacy Lady Eagles, 7-4, but fell short in the Regional round against the Fort Worth Christian Lady Cardinal, 9-2. The team finished the 2017 season with an overall record of 21-8, 6-0 in district play.

Brook Hill senior football player Brooks Parham chose to sign a national letter of intent to play football for the Hendrix College Warriors upon his graduation.

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity softball team honored a total of two seniors during the annual Senior Night festivities, including Zoe Hancock and Kamryn Powell.

The Brook Hill brotherly duo of Cole and Dalton Findley competed at the Texas High School Bass Association’s Regional event, finishing in 13th place, and advanced to the THSBA State tournament.

With their strong finishes at the Regional event, a total of five members of the Brook Hill track and field programs advanced to the TAPPS State Track and Field Meet, including Jordan Day (third place – discus), Garrett Davis (third place – high jump), AD Kuechle (second place – shotput), Sarah Nwosu (fourth place – shotput), and Grace Brasher (second place – high jump).

The Bullard Panther varsity baseball team claimed the recognition of Bi-District Champions after claiming two wins in the best-of-three series against the Henderson Lions, 7-0, 2-6, 9-3.

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity softball team’s season ended in the Area round in a best-of-three series against the Pittsburg Lady Pirates, 4-3, 2-4, 0-7. The team finished the season with an overall record of 21-11, 8-2 in district play.

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity softball team held its inaugural Alumni Recognition event. Former players attending the event included Ashleigh Gillard, Mandy Gillard, Kanda Greenwood, Tina Kohlhaynes, Becky McClendon, Tonya Minor, Sarah Ritch, Doni Rivers, and Baylee Taylor.

The Bullard Panther varsity baseball team recognized a total of five seniors during its annual Senior Night ceremony, including Wes Carter, Josh Chewning, Austin Childs, Peyton Miller, and Denton Ventress.

The Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team honored four seniors at the team’s annual Senior Night event, including Logan Fitzgerald, Dakota Gillespie, Logan Langford, and Brooks Parham.

The Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team ended its 2017 season with a winner-take-all contest in the Area round against the Fort Worth Christian Cardinals, 15-0. The team finished the season with an overall record of 16-10, 7-2 in district play.

A number of athletes competing on Bullard High School Panther and Lady Panther athletic teams were recognized for their accomplishments at the 2017 BHS Athletic Banquet event.

The Bullard Panther varsity baseball team was defeated by the Canton Eagles in the Area round of the playoffs in a winner-take-all contest, 4-3. The team ended the season with an overall record of 12-16-1, 5-5 in district play.

Team Seniors reigned supreme against Team Juniors in the 2017 Bullard High School Powderpuff Classic, 12-6, the team’s second win in as many years in the annual contest.

Bullard Panther athletic trainer Wesley Carter signed to take his abilities to to Tyler Junior College surrounded by family and friends.

Team Juniors took care of business on the court of the inaugural Bullard High School Powderpuff Volleyball Game, defeating Team Seniors, but falling short to the BHS Faculty team.

Student athletes at The Brook Hill School were recognized for their sports achievements during the annual Brook Hill Athletic Gala event.

Bullard Lady Panther assistant basketball coach Joanna Daniel was recognized as a finalist for Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Girls Assistant Coach of the Year.

Members of the Bullard Lady Panther and Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity volleyball teams were recognized as Honorable Mentions on the ETFinalScore.com’s All-Est Texas Volleyball Team, including Bullard’s Maddie Butler, McCall Cowart, Kailey Consford, and Sara McKeethan; and Brook Hill’s Lauren Eden and Brianna Young.

Bullard Lady Panther varsity basketball players Abby Story and Hannah Lloyd scored two points and nine points, respectively, at the 14th annual Azalea Orthopedics All-Star Game.

Bullard Panther varsity track and field athlete D’Juan Martin was able to secure a second place finish, earning the silver in the long jump, finishing with a leap of 23’-8 ¾”.

Brook Hill student athlete Chidiebere Nechi was recognized on the 2016-2017 KTBB Scholastic All-Stars list.

June:

Several members of the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team earned recognitions on the District 15-4A All-District Accolades List, including Colton Bowman, as Pitcher of the Year; Jansen Mattingly and Jacob Johnson, as First Team All-District; Cody Rowan and Cleet Bowman, as Second Team All-District; and Nic Costas and Landry Lasseter, as Honorable Mentions.

Bullard Lady Panther varsity track and field and cross country runner Maddie Lee signed to run track with Dallas Baptist University.

The Bullard Panther Fishing Club and Brook Hill Fishing Club ended their seasons on the waters of the Texas High School Bass Association’s State tournament. Bullard fishers included Will Carlile (85th), Callie Farr and McKenna Davis (156th), Colton Hatcher and Landry Lasseter (167th), Chase Bussell and Zac Hastings (T-193rd), and Reece Ricketts and Cody Neel (T-193rd, while Brook Hill fishers included Cole and Dalton Findley (200th).

Brook Hill athletic director Wally Dawkins announced the initial plans for the 2017 Tyler Ford-Brook Hill American Warrior Bowl football game, scheduled for September 2017, saying the Guard varsity football team would host the Royal Imperial Collegiate School of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Brook Hill and Bullard alumni athletes were recognized for their participation at the Northeast Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Games, including Bullard’s Tre Crayton and Derek Landrum (football), Carley Goode and McCall Cowart (cheerleading), Zoe Hancock and head coach Megan Dobrinski (softball), and Peyton Miller and head coach Chad Linder (baseball); and Brook Hill’s AD Kuechle and Anthony Springer (softball), and Brooks Parham (football).

Bullard ISD approved the hiring of Darren Vossler to become the first head coach of the Bullard Panther varsity soccer program.

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