Tennis champion continues her reign

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Michael Cotton | Robertson County News

For one member of the Franklin Lady Lion family, it was a Championship Week. Carrie Casey defended her Singles Title from 2013-14 and in the process became a two-time singles champion. If the name sounds familiar to area Tennis buffs, she is following in the footsteps of her mother and older siblings, who were all State Tennis Champions at Franklin. With the 6-2, 6-0 win Carrie claimed back-to-back Championships in singles. Congratulations Carrie on a great career at Franklin. This was her fourth Tennis Title, after winning 2 doubles titles with her sister.  Since she is the last of her generation of Caseys, the Lady Lion program may have to wait a while before the next generation of the Casey family tree carries on the family name.

On the softball diamond, the Lady Lions bullied their way past the 4th seeded Riesel Lady Indians, in Bremond, on Monday, with a 15-2 victory to claim the Bi-District Championship. The Lady Lions used an attack that produced 11 singles, 2 doubles, and a triple in the big win.  Maddie Nelson started for the Lady Lions and shutout the Lady Indians for the first three innings, limiting them to 1 hit during that span.  Meanwhile her teammates, Kyla Walker, Megan McCarver, Kadie McCullough, Jessica Lopez, Kelsie Brantner, Abbie Nelson, and Bailey Sanders, hammered the Riesel starter Savannah Martinez, scoring 15 runs off her in the first 4 innings.  The Lady Indians did manage to put up 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth, to avoid the 15 run rule. However they were shut out in the fifth to invoke the 10 run rule and the Lady Lions move on to play Bruceville-Eddy. The Lady Lions dropped game 1 of the series on Friday night, 10-3 to the Lady Eagles from Bruceville-Eddy, and will be forced to win the next 2 games in order to advance.  The loss was only the Lady Lions second of the season against 19 wins. The Lady Lions’ offense just never could get untracked and could not get that timely hit that has been their trademark all year.

On Saturday the Lady Lions came out and played hard but it was not to be for them on this day, as they dropped game 2, 8-5 and saw their season come to an end.  This group of Lady Lions has nothing to hang their heads about.  They have had a most remarkable 2013-14 sports season.  Five District Championships, Four Region Berths, 2 State Champions Berths, 1 State Championship, what a ride it has been for them all year. Congratulations to the Franklin Lady Lions for giving me a lot of exciting things to cover.

Also congratulations are in order for two Lady Lions who made the All-Brazos Valley Basketball Team announced this week. Junior Regan Blajeski was named to the first team and senior Carrie Casey made the second team.  The two were part of a 10-player rotation that carried the Lady Lions all the way to the State Semi-finals this season.

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