The court Theresa Van Zyl grew up playing on is similar to what one would see when watching the U.S. Open in late August and early September. The exception being, there aren’t seats for fans to pile into and watch her play. Also, this court isn’t a few subway stops away from Manhattan.
CRAWFORD — It’s a little bit having a senior class that’s been to the state tournament. It’s a little bit watching the volleyball team win a state championship this school year. And it’s a little bit how things ended a year ago.
The Rockdale Tigers sent ripples through the state when they grasped a 45-29 victory over Brock in the Class 3A Division I state championship game in December at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Baylor may be the three-time defending national champion in acrobatics and tumbling, but the gap between the Bears and the rest of the country is getting smaller.
Old Glory rose to the top of the flagpole. Voices joined in the singing of the national anthem. Players, some in wheelchairs and most accompanied by “buddies,” huddled near the dugouts and soaked up the atmosphere.
Mitch Thompson, head coach of the McLennan Community College baseball team, mentions the statistic with pride. Over the past two years, no college in all of the United States — including four-year schools — has had more catchers selected in the Major League Draft than MCC. During that time, three catchers with ties to MCC have been selected.