Thursday could be the busiest athletic day of the school year in Whitney.
And, probably, the most exciting.
Whitney ISD will hold a grand opening for its new baseball/softball complex, tennis facility and its new track on Thursday.
“It’s really exciting,” said Scott Estill, president of the Whitney Athletic Booster Club. “I neve thought we’d see a day like this in Whitney, Texas. This gives us the best facilities in the state of Texas for a 3A school.”
The project was part of a $11.075 bond that was approved by voters in May 2015. Whitney introduced its new $6.4 million football stadium last fall; now the other facilities will get their debuts.
The baseball and softball diamonds feature full turf fields as well as turf batting cages and bullpens. Nearby are eight new tennis courts, while the new track encircles the football field at Wildcat Stadium.
By 3 p.m. on Thursday, all the facilities will be in use, as Whitney will host baseball and softball tournaments, a tennis tournament and a track meet.
“It should be a wild and crazy day, but a lot of fun,” Estill said.
Robinson’s Cervenka celebrates 400th career win
Now in its 18 year as a head softball coach, Robinson’s Bobby Cervenka knows not to get too animated about nondistrict wins in February.
Nevertheless, he experienced a special one last Friday.
Cervenka tallied his milestone 400th career victory as Robinson defeated Nederland, 4-3, in the Brenham Tournament.
“The kids found the ball for me, and 10 or 15 years down the road maybe I’ll look at it,” Cervenka said. “I’ve been very fortunate, 18 years into this, I’ve coached a lot of winning teams. But as far as (the milestone), it’ll probably be a bigger deal after I retire.”
Cervenka has been one of the area’s most successful coaches over the past 18 years, as he had a successful stint at Troy prior to joining Robinson in the summer of 2007.
The Rockettes, ranked No. 1 in TxPrepSoftball.net’s Class 4A poll, went 5-1 at the Brenham tourney.