Here are capsule previews of the Brazos Valley's softball teams. The information was obtained from questionnaires filled out by the coaches.
Milano Lady Eagles
2005 record: 14-9, 6-2.
Coach: Greg Decker, second year (33-41 overall in five years).
Returning starters: 3B Jenny Dent, Sr., (.333, all-district); SS Lauren Moore, Sr., (.357, all-district); P Holly Scarpinato, Sr., (.440, A-D); OF Kelcey Albright, Sr., (.290); OF Whitni Ellison, Jr., (.321); 2B Savannah Wtezler, Jr., (.444); C Ashley Payne, Jr., (413); OF-P Alyssa Honeycutt, Fr., (.360).
Remaining roster: OF-1B Samantha Alexander, Jr.; IF Ashley Gage, So.; OF-C Lauren Gray, So.; 1B-C Chelcey Bohannan, Fr.; IF Rebecca Payne, Fr.; OF Katie Walker, Fr.; IF Kayla Westbrook, Fr.; OF Devon Young, Fr.; OF-P Sharee Brundrick, Fr.
Decker on the district race: "It should be between Burton and us. The two teams split last year and Burton took the district championship with a 7-1 record. Burton lost two or three key starters, compared to our one. It should turn out to be a close race and great games between Milano and Burton."
Decker's district prediction: 1. Milano, 2. Burton, 3. Bremond, 4. Snook, 5. Dime Box.
Team strengths: Defense, senior leadership.
Team weaknesses: Leaving runners on base.
Postseason history: Milano has made the playoffs for the past several seasons, but has not advanced beyond the first round.
St. Joseph Lady Eagles
District: TAPPS 4-2A.
2005 record: 13-3.
Coach: Crystal Simpson (third season, 21-11 record).
Returning starters: C Sara Roman, Jr., (.457, all-state); P-IF Jenny Scazzero, Jr., (.355, all-state); 3B Billie Francis, Jr., (.167, all-district); IF Kailey Veteto, So., (.250, all-district); SS Emma Quigley, So., (.150, all-district); CF Celeste Fontana, So.
Remaining roster: P-IF Samantha Young, Jr.; OF Charee Reagan, So.; Heather Elbrich, Fr.; OF Angela Ford, Fr.
Simpson on the district race: "I feel that it is going to be a close race between Waco Texas Christian and us. With most of my team coming back and strong leadership from the upperclassmen, we should make the playoffs. We've been there, and we know how much it takes to get to state."
Simpson's district prediction: 1. St. Joseph, 2. Waco Texas Christian, 3. Temple Holy Trinity, 4. Allen Academy.
Team strengths: Leadership, experience.
Team weaknesses: Mental mistakes.
Postseason history: Bi-district in 2004, State semifinals in 2005.
2005 record: 38-5-1.
Coach: Wade Wilson (fourth year, 103-11-2).
Returning starters: P Carlee Winkelmann, Jr., (16-3 last year, 35-4 career); C Kayla Albus, Jr.; OF Caroline Witte, Sr.; OF Nicole Warmke, Jr.
Remaining roster: P Carly Becker, So.; C Amy Balke, So.; 1B Amy Finke, Sr.; 2B Ashley Curry, So.; SS Chelsea Hickman, So.; 3B Susan Walker, Fr.; OF Victoria Lehrmann, Fr.; OF Brooke Turner, Fr.; OF Cori Gurka, Fr.; 3B Nicole Kubeczka, Jr.; 2B Devin Krueger, Jr.; OF Amber Perry, Jr.; OF Jackie Jackson, Sr.; OF Kristen Kopecky, Sr.; OF Kirsten Kopecky, Sr.; OF Brittany Bartkowiak, Fr.; 1B Tuesdae Williams, So.; OF Kaci Bush, Fr.
Wilson on the district race: "This year should be a very competitive district. I think everybody has a chance to make a run for the playoffs."
Team strengths: Pitching.
Team weaknesses: Youth.
Postseason history: Defending state champions.
Normangee Lady Panthers
2005 record: 15-11.
Coach: David Mantooth (second year, 15-11).
Returning starters: C Ashley Oliver, Sr., (.380, all-state, 24-A offensive MVP); P Shonna Wagley, Sr., (.400, 1.20 ERA, 13-2 as starter, all-state, 24-A MVP); 1B Chelsea Williams, Jr.; 2B Kelly Shannon, So.; SS Jessica Campos, So.; 3B-OF Merari Galvan, Sr.; OF April Allen, So.
Remaining roster: IF Shelbi Cheatham, Fr.; 3B-C-OF Lisa Whitaker, So.; OF Kacie VanBibber, Jr.; OF Natalie Pruitt, Jr.; OF-1B Kelly Taylor, So.; 1B Madison Parker, So.; IF-OF Moriah Hall; OF Callie Theiss.
Mantooth on district race: "Anderson and North Zulch have their pitchers back and will be tough. Iola has an up-and-coming pitcher and should be much improved. It will probably be a three-team race, between Normangee, Anderson and North Zulch.
Mantooth's district prediction: 1. Anderson, 2. North Zulch, 3. Normangee, 4. Iola.
Team strengths: Pitching and catching.
Team weaknesses: Hitting, team speed.
Postseason history: Reached area round of playoffs last year, losing in three games to Big Sandy, the eventual state runnerup.
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2005 record: 15-10
Coach: Kristen Hooten (second year, 15-10)
Returning Starters: P/C Sonnye Knight, Jr, (.297 BA, 22 RBIs, .432 SLG, 28 SBs); 3B Ciara Scholz, Jr., (.493 BA, 29 RBIs, .773 SLG); C/CF Ashley Allen, So., (.250 BA, .306 SLG); SS Miranda Jarrell, Jr., (.250 BA, .403 SLG); 1B Kaylin Buffaloe, Jr.; OF Amy Gault, So.; OF Whitney Bishop, So.; OF Rachel Santos, Jr.
Remaining roster: OF Lauren Shipper, Jr.; OF Samantha Molina, Jr.; P/1B Brittney Smith, Fr.; 2B Nikki Novak, Fr.; C/INF Laci Delesandri, Fr.; INF Lyndsey Renforw, Fr.; OF Lisa Lacy, Fr.; OF Amanda Swank, Fr.
Hooten on the district race: "I think it will be between us, Groesbeck and Fairfield."
Hooten on her team's chances: "Very good. We are returning all but our second baseman from last year."
Team strengths: We only lost one player off of last years team and have no seniors this year.Ê I have 8 juniors and 3 sophomores that have been playing together for a long time.Ê We also have several freshmen that have stepped in and played a big role.
Team weaknesses: We have had some injuries early in the season.Ê We are hoping to have everyone healthy by district.
Postseason history: Madisonville made it to the area game last year for only the second time in school history.
Navasota Lady Rattlers
Coach: Lisa Smith (first year)
Returning starters: C Analyse Lamascus, Sr.; SS Erica Alfar, Sr.; OF Laci Jezisek, Sr.; 3B/SS Lisset Herrera, Jr.; CF Monica Hirsch, Jr.; P Erin Garcia, So.
Remaining roster: OF Alison Telthorster, Sr.; 3B Megan Cervantes, Sr.; SS/OF Meghan Suarez, Jr.; 1B Lacy Hughlett, So.; SS/OF Lesley Hirsch, Fr.
Smith on district race: "It will be tough competition in district."
Snook Lady Jays
2005 record: 5-9
Coach: Krysti McCord (third year, 13-18)
Returning starters: Amanda Nedbalek, Sr., (all-district); Ashley Schnell, So., (second-team all-district); Katie Hooper, So.; Michel Norwood, So.; Kasey Sebesta, Jr., (second-team all-district); Nicole Vajdak, Jr.; Brittany Allen, So.; Lauren Hadley, Sr.
Remaining roster: Tosha Hastedt, So.; Linday Anderson, So.; Bethany Hadley, Fr.; Ashley Savala, So.; Amy Savala, So.; Erin Williams, Sr.
McCord on the district race: "It will be close between Bremond, Milano and Burton."
McCord's district prediction: 1. Milano, 2. Bremond, 3. Burton, 4. Snook, 5. Dime Box.
Team strengths: Aggressive base running.
Team weaknesses: Lack of pitching, tough district.
Postseason history: None.
Caldwell Lady Hornets
2005 record: 15-9 (bi-district qualifiers).
Coach: Wendy Weiss (11th year, 121-95-1).
Returning starters: OF Kelsey Spittler, Jr. (district MVP, TGCA A-S, led team in BA, SBs and hits, 7 HRs); 1B/3B Christine Garbs, Jr.; C/P/3B Kea Rice, So.; 2B Kelsie Miller, So.
Remaining roster: UT Meredith Hickson, Jr.; P/INF April Howell, Fr.; SS/P Candace Stifflemire, Fr.; OF Lauren Norman, So.; C/UT Shannon Outland, Fr.; 1B/OF Shaeley Degelia, Fr.; OF Macy Crim, So.; OF Lauren Doolittle, Jr.; UT Kelsey Alford, Fr.
Weiss on the district race: "One of the toughest districts in the state in 3A. It will be a dogfight for first between Rockdale and defending state champion La Grange. Giddings, Cameron, Hutto and Caldwell will all fight for third."
Weiss' district prediction: 1. La Grange, 2. Rockdale.
Weiss on her team's chances: "We lost 10 seniors to graduation in the past two years and we have no seniors this year. We have a very competitive freshman class that has a chance to surprise some teams once we get a set lineup. I believe we have a fighting chance for third."
Team strengths: Willingness to learn, desire to win, two returning starters from 2004 state semifinalist team.
Team weaknesses: Experience.
Postseason history: 2005 bi-district qualifiers; 2004 state semifinalists; 2003 regional quarterfinalists; 2002 bi-district qualifiers.
Allen Academy Lady Rams
District: TAPPS 4-2A.
2005 record: Did not field a team.
Coach: Paul McMillan (first year).
Roster: Beatriz Aguilar, Sr.; Alexandria Baker, Fr.; Elizabeth Cobb, Fr.; Sarah Giles, Sr.; Sarah Hall, So.; Meredith Harper, So.; Mary Kelby, So.; Jamie Lenz, Sr.; Erin Moore, Fr.; Bernadette Tan, Fr.
McMillan on her team's chances: "We are excited to be fielding a team this season. The team has worked hard since practice began. They will play with a lot of heart. We are looking for a positive season and hoping to build a solid foundation for the future."
Team strengths: Work ethic, team spirit.
Team weaknesses: Lack of depth.