Catcher Baylee on short list for US team’s world cup squad

STANDING head and shoulders over a host of candidates, Dickinson star Baylee Klingler is the only Texas player to be selected to continue training for a roster spot on the 2017 USA junior women’s national team.
Klingler, below, is one of 24 players tapped by the women’s national team selection committee to compete for one of the final 17 positions, which will be decided in late June.
Dickinson ISD announced this week that she is one of 10 high-school players selected among the list after an initial training session in Clearwater, Florida, in December.
She is also one of only two players from the state to make the list of 24 players on either the men’s or women’s junior national teams.
Klingler, a junior catcher and infielder for the Gators who committed to Texas A&M shortly after her freshman year, is off to a blistering start to the regular season.
Entering play this weekend, she was batting 0.704 while driving in 20 runs and scoring 16 times for a Dickinson team that has started the campaign 11-0-1.
The numbers are a strong follow-up from last season, when Klingler hit 0.545 with 21 extra base hits and earned district 24-6a first-team all-district honors despite the fact the Gators finished seventh in district.
Once they complete their season, Klingler will return to the national team’s Clearwater complex to take part in training camp and a handful of exhibition games before the team’s selection committee makes its final roster decision.
Should she make the national team, she will be part of a squad that will represent the country in the world softball junior women’s world championship in Clearwater from July 24-30.

Photo: USA Softball/DISD


High kicks as Wranglerettes open season in style

STARTING the season on the right foot, Friendswood Wranglerettes captured two titles and a host of other trophies at the Crowd Pleasers Houston Senior Showcase on Saturday.
The Wranglerettes topped the field in both team contemporary and team hip-hop as well as best-in-class runner-up awards for team jazz, team kick and team pom.
The team also finished as runner-up in the contest’s extra-large-team division and fourth in the overall competition.
Its social officers won their division and the team’s dream ensemble was named runner-up in the medium ensemble field.
Friendswood’s dance officers won the best in class for officer jazz and officer prop and were best-in-class runners-up in both officer lyrical and officer open. They were also runners-up in the extra-large-team officers division and took home trophies for the event’s super sweepstakes and showcase elite contests.
A total of 11 Wranglerettes soloists placed in their respective divisions.
Payton Montemayor won the ninth-10th grade solo division and finished eighth in the solo number-two field.
Caroline Velek, Madeline Klump and Emily Epperson finished second, third and fifth respectively to claim runner-up trophies.
Courtney Banfield won the 11th-grade division while teammate Makenna Schneider finished sixth.
In the grade divisions, Isabelle Naylor led almost a clean sweep for Friendswood when she took home first place, while Haley Weger was third, Stephanie Brown fourth, Claire Owens sixth and Stephanie Reynolds eighth.
The Wranglerettes will seek to follow up their impressive showing when they compete at the Crowd Pleasers Texas Showcase Of Champions at Cy-Ranch high school on Saturday, March 4.


Military two-step among Stings’ nine-trophy haul

A BALANCED performance gave Texas City Stingarettes second place overall as they amassed nine awards, including three titles, during last week’s Crowd Pleasers Houston Senior Showcase at Pearland high school.
The Stings took best in class in the team hip-hop and modern dance divisions and grabbed first place in dance in the officers field.
They also walked off with a super sweepstakes award in team dance and were best-in-class runners-up in military.
In officer dances, the team’s officers received a super sweepstakes award and were best-in-class runners-up in both contemporary and lyrical.


Your guide to action at favored angling spots during the week ahead

RECREATIONAL fishermen in the anti-trout movement will have to congregate in Texas City, where, despite the species’ predominance elsewhere, they can choose from a plentiful supply of others. Redfish are moving well, which is good news as the springlike weather brings out anglers at a steady pace along the Gulf Coast.
North Sabine: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Redfish are good in the marsh.
South Sabine: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Blue Buck Point on topwaters and live shrimp. Trout are good under slicks.
Bolivar: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.
Trinity Bay: Trout are fair for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Lil Johns. Trout are fair for waders on the east shoreline on topwaters.
East Galveston Bay: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Soft–Dines, MirrOlures and soft plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the ship channel on crabs.
West Galveston Bay: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.
Texas City: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. Trout and black drum are good on the reefs on live shrimp.
Freeport: Trout are fair at San Luis Pass on live bait. Trout, sand trout, redfish and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and at the jetties. Bull redfish are good just off the beach on sardines.
East Matagorda Bay: Trout are fair to good over deep shell on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. Redfish are fair over deep shell on shrimp.
West Matagorda Bay: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.
Port O’Connor: Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over sand and grass near Grass Island. Trout, black drum and redfish are good at the jetty on mullet.
Rockport: Trout are fair to good in Morris–Cummings Cut on free–lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and crabs.
Port Aransas: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Black drum are good in the shrimp boat channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish, trout and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.
Corpus Christi: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel on crabs. Trout are good in Oso Bay on topwaters.
Baffin Bay: Trout are fair to good over sand and grass on Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Corkies. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.
Port Mansfield: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.
South Padre: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish have been taken at the jetty on shrimp.
Port Isabel: Trout are fair to good on the ledges on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are fair to good at Holly Beach on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp.


TIME DOES fly when there’s plenty of fun around. As February makes a quick exit, the final days of the month include the start of high schools’ district 23-5a baseball and softball play along with a host of boys’ and girls’ soccer action.
The three-day span will definitely include regional quarterfinal action in the boys’ state basketball playoffs as La Marque won through on Thursday and could be joined by two of the area’s other state-ranked teams, who were playing on Friday.
Today, Sunday:
College baseball has Rice Owls welcoming Southeastern Louisiana Lions at 1:00pm in the finale of a three-game set at Reckling Park. Locals will be able to see a pair of former area high-school stars on the Rice roster, as former Galveston Ball pitcher Nick Orewiler and Clear Creek hurler Zack Esquivel will both be in the dugout.
Orewiler has made one appearance so far this season, walking one and striking out two in 1.2 innings. Esquivel has a win and a save in two games, recording a 1.35 earned run average while striking out six and walking three.
Tomorrow, Monday:
Battleground golf club will be the site for a district 23-5a tournament preview contest, with Texas City, Galveston Ball and Santa Fe among the schools gearing up for the main event next month.
One softball game is also on tap, with Clear Brook welcoming Fort Bend Christian for a 6:30pm start.
Two days of boys’ basketball regional quarterfinal games begin. With La Marque beating Crockett 72-50 at The Woodlands high school on Thursday in their class 3a, region III area-round contest, the county’s two other state-ranked teams were due to turn out on Friday with a chance to keep their state championship hopes alive as well.
While Dickinson and Kingwood were due to face off at Phillips Fieldhouse in Pasadena in a 6a, region III tilt, Texas City and Port Arthur Memorial were headed to a showdown at Channelview.
La Marque will play the winners of state-ranked Buna’s match against Trinity, which was due to be played at Zavalla high school on Friday.
If victorious, Texas City will play the winners of Humble’s Friday game against Fort Bend Marshall and Dickinson will play the winners of Dawson’s Friday game against North Shore.
A light high-school baseball schedule has Hitchcock’s Bulldogs at Pasadena First Baptist at 4:00pm, while the Knights of Fort Bend Elkins visit Santa Fe and Texas City’s Singarees go to Galveston Ball in 23-5a season openers that both start at 7:00pm.
Home-and-away high-school soccer action has the boys of Alvin at Clear Creek, Clear Brook at Friendswood, Clear Falls at Clear Lake, Dickinson at Clear Springs and Galena Park at Texas City, all beginning at 7:00pm. Each of the schools’ girls’ teams will travel in the opposite direction for games that will also start at 7:00pm.
In high-school softball, Houston Heights will visit La Marque at 4:30pm, while Friendswood’s game at home to Channelview begins at 5:00pm. District 23-5a contests between Fort Bend Elkins at Santa Fe and Texas City at Galveston Ball both begin at 6:30pm.