Former Baylor All-America softball player Lindsey Cargill is one of 56 players invited to the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp.

The players will try out Jan. 1-5 at the selection camp in Clearwater, Fla. The USA team will compete in the world championship in Chiba, Japan, Aug. 2-12, and will also compete in other events.

Cargill is currently a volunteer assistant coach for the Baylor softball team. She was named All-American as a senior this year after hitting a school-record .430, and she also set the Baylor career record with 253 hits. Cargill helped Baylor reach the Women’s College World Series in 2014 and 2017.

Baylor baseball to play 11 NCAA tourney teams in 2018

Coming off its first NCAA regional appearance since 2012, Baylor’s baseball team will challenge itself with a schedule that includes 11 opponents that made the tournament last year.

Baylor will open the 2018 season Feb. 16-18 at home against Purdue. The Bears also have a nonconference road series with UCLA as well as a home three-game set with George Washington. Baylor will participate in the Frisco College Baseball Classic at Dr Pepper Ballpark on March 2-4, with games against Cal, Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech.

In mid-April, Baylor will also take a brief reprieve from Big 12 play for a three-game series at Memphis. In conference action, the Bears will host Texas Tech, Kansas, TCU and Oklahoma State while facing Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State and West Virginia on the road.

MCC golfer shoots way to honor

McLennan’s Alejandra Rodriguez has been named the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week.

Rodriguez led the Highlassies to a sixth-place finish at the SHSU Bearkat Women’s Invitational in Huntsville. The sophomore from Brownsville carded rounds of 74, 78 and 77, finishing 13th overall. MCC finished as the top junior college team in the field.

Former PRCA world champ claims bull riding win in Waco

Multi-time PRCA world champion Sage Kimzey, riding on the back of a bull named 90 Proof, proved to be buck-proof during action Tuesday night at the All-American ProRodeo Finals at the Extraco Coliseum.

Kimzey, PRCA champ in 2014 and ’15, racked up a score of 84.5 to win the round for the night. Clayton Sellars was second at 82.5 points.

In bareback riding, the best ride belonged to Grant Denny of Minden, Nev., who bucked his way to an 86-point ride. Other winners on the night included Braxton Laughlin (8.3 seconds) in tie-down roping, Tyler Waguespack (4.3 seconds) in steer wrestling, Leon Fountain and Louie Brunson (83 points each) in saddle bronc riding, the duo of Clay Smith and Paul Eaves (4.3 seconds) in team roping and Stevi Hillman (15.86 seconds) in barrel racing. Additionally, Lott’s Levi Burton won the mutton bustin’ competition for the little cowboys.

The rodeo, which features the top 30-ranked cowboys and cowgirls in the All-American series, will continue nightly through Saturday.

Castro to speak on religion of sports

Waco native Tony Castro will speak on the religion of sports at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Baylor’s Kayser Auditorium.

His talk will reveal the unique relationship between religion and sports and highlight its evolution.

Castro is the author of many books including “Mickey Mantle: America’s Prodigal Son,” which is considered by many to be the top biography of the American baseball hero. Castro will sign copies of his works at a reception at the Texas Collection.