Lady Bucks receive District 8-3A honors
The Breckenridge Lady Buckaroos have made a name for themselves over the past two years.
In 2015, the Lady Bucks broke a long post-season drought and advanced to the Bi-District round of the playoffs before falling to the Early Lady Longhorns.
In 2016, the Lady Bucks finished in second place in District 8-3A and advanced to the Area round of the playoffs.
Breckenridge was eliminated by the Colorado City Lady Wolves, who were a state qualifying team.
The efforts of the Lady Bucks did not go unnoticed by fellow coaches of District 8-3A as several players were named to the All-District list.
Among the top players receiving honors was junior Shelby Lipps.
Lipps, who battled back from a knee injury sustained in August, was the District 8-3A Offensive Player of the Year.
“Shelby did a great job for us catching and hitting wise,” head coach Gary Mayfield said. “Even though she was hurt, she came on towards district and played really well for us. It is a really big honor for her and she should be proud of it. It will definitely help her going into next year.”
Senior Heather Reatherford was named the Utility Player of the Year.
Heather was a great asset to the team. She was a great leader and a team Capitan,” said Mayfield. “Her and Emma (Davis) both were team captains and they both stepped up and were those leaders that we needed.
“They each have their own qualities that make them leaders. Heather was at short stop this year and did a great job there,” Mayfield said. “She was a lead-off hitter and usually if she got on base to start out a game, we were in good shape. Getting her on base and getting her around to score made everything so much better. She could come in late innings and hit home runs for us. She has done a great job over the last four years. She will be sorely missed.”
Senior Emma Davis was a First-Team All-District selection.
“Emma had four years of great ball playing and great effort. She is a true team player,” Mayfield said. “She played various positions for me. I think we found her a home in center field her senior year. She took on her role in center field and ran with it. She is a true team player and will be missed. She will be missed.”
Freshman Alyssa Reyes received First-Team All-District honors.
“Alyssa has a great future a head of her. She is a tremendous pitcher. She also played first base for us as well,” Mayfield said. “Her best position and probably her true position is in the outfield.
“She is so valuable to the team as a pitcher and did a great job stepping in as a freshman,” Mayfield said. “If she stays with it and keeps working hard, she will be really good for this team.”
Sophomore Makenna Moser was also a First Team All-District selection.
“Makenna is another young kid that has a great future. She will be a junior next year and still have two great years in front of her,” said Mayfield. “She is a great hitter and very smart. She will be great for this team in the future and has a lot of things ahead of her. She is a great asset to the team.”
Junior Kaylee Roberts was also a First-Team All-District selection.
“Kaylee makes things happen. She is Miss Clutch, reliable and is kind of the heartbeat of the team,” Mayfield said. “She can get the girls fired up and motivated. She’s the quiet type and quiet leader to me. She will get a the team fired up and is a good solid player.”
Sophomore Dianna Patterson received Second Team All-District honors.
“Dianna came in as transfer from Cisco this year. Over the winter, I was looking for a third base player and she did a great job filling in and a great job for what we needed at the time,” Mayfield said. “It was good to have her step up into that role and she did a good job. Her hitting also really came on and did a great job.”
Freshman Morgan Hash received Second Team All-District recognition.“Every year there is a freshman that steps up and she was one of them,” Mayfield said. “She got in a little bit late because of basketball, but once she got on the field, I realized what she could do.”
“I didn’t really know where to play her at first. She played first base for us, catcher and played in the outfield,” Mayfield said. “She had the opportunity to step up this year and I couldn’t take her out of the line up because she kept hitting. So, I had to find a spot for her. She ended up playing in the outfield and did a great job for us. I believe three more years of Morgan Hash will be a great thing. She’s a great ball player.
Despite a not so idea ending to their playoff run, Mayfield said he was still proud to be a part of the team.
“It’s a humbling experience to coach these girls and know they did a good as they did,” Mayfield said. “Overall, it was good to know that the team that lost at state was the team that knocked us out of the playoffs. I think we did what we could and played as hard as we could.
Mayfield said he saw the potential in this year’s team and knew that they had the talent to make it to the state level.
“It doesn’t really make me feel much better because I know we had the team to beat Colorado City. It kind of makes me feel like we were that close,” Mayfield said. “I knew that this team had the potential to be at state. Its good to know that we were at that level and could have competed at that level. It gives me the feeling to know that everything we did and everything that we worked for, we could have been there. It kind of bothers me in a way to know that we were that close.”
Other players in District 8-3A receiving honors are as follows.
MVP — Bekah Chance, Clyde; Offensive Player of the Year — Shelby Lipps, Breckenridge; Defensive Player of the Year — Marisa Pence, Cisco; Pitcher of the Year — Tonya Thompson, Cisco; Utility Player of the Year — Heather Reatherford, Breckenridge; Newcomer of the Year — Channing Siewart, Clyde; Coach of the Year — Erica Jones, Clyde
Kenedee Reeves, Clyde; Rachel Dugan, Clyde; Belle Gomez, Clyde; Chelsie Elliott, Dublin; London Jones, Dublin; Rosa Ojeda, Eastland; Bailey Underwood, Eastland; Emma Davis, Breckenridge; Alyssa Reyes, Breckenridge; Makenna Moser, Breckenridge; Kaylee Roberts, Breckenridge; Lillie Harper, Cisco; Clare Ramos, Cisco
Taylor Lopez, Clyde; Alexa South, Clyde; Jaseton Atkinson, Clyde; Amber James, Dublin; Shelby Templeton, Dublin; Hannah Vargas, Dublin; Rylee Shott, Eastland; Hailie Stacy, Eastland; Taylor Lucky, Eastland; Diana Patterson, Morgan Hash, Breckenridge; Kelsey Kent, Cisco; Camille Webb, Cisco; Hannah Stuart, Cisco