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200 participate in LEF's 8th annual golf tournament

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/9 13:31:54 (1340 reads)

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Mike Nelson, Gary Keller, Mark Sutton, and Chase Traughber won first place on the Fazio course at Stonebriar Country Club in Plano Friday. They played in the 8th Annual Lewisville Education Foundation Golf Tournament. (Photo courtesy of LEF)
By DAN EAKIN

April 1 was a busy day at the Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco as 200 players came to participate in the 8th Annual Lewisville ISD Education Foundation (LEF) Golf Tournament.

It was a fundraiser for the organization which during the past 26 years has contributed more than $3 million to students and teachers in the LISD in the form of scholarships and materials.

The players played on two courses at the Stonebriar Country Club, the Country Club Course and the Fazio Course.

Cinnamon Dilts, LEF communications director, said the total amount raised from the event has not yet been calculated. However, she did say that sponsors paid between $1,000 and $15,000 each. Individuals paid $1,000 each to play and teams of four played for $750. Sponsors did not pay extra to play.

The LEF also raised funds from a silent auction which included such items as sports memorabilia and a signed photo of all living presidents.

Raffles brought in extra income for the LEF.

Dilts said, “LEF will use the money to continue the work of improving the already-great public education in LISD through our teacher grant and student scholarship programs.

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Farmer softball drops in district standings after Friday night loss to Flower Mound

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Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/4/9 4:58:45 (1277 reads)

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Lewisville sophomore Taylor Groover pitched earlier this year in the game against McKinney Boyd. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)
By MIKE IBANEZ
sports@lewisvilletexan.com

The schedule still shows four games and two weeks remaining in the Lewisville High School softball season -- plenty of time to go on a run, claim a playoff spot, and chase the dream of another state championship.

But after dropping their third game in a row, a heart-breaking 3-2 loss to Flower Mound at Killough on Friday, it is apparent that the clock is ticking on the LHS season.

The Farmers dropped to sixth in District 6-6A with the loss, and now trail Plano East and Hebron by a game for the coveted final playoff spot. Coach Lori Alexander knows that wins are crucial at this point.

“We can still do this, but we really need to win ballgames now.” Alexander said.

And they will have to win those games with a pitching staff made thin by injuries.

All-American Maribeth Gorsuch was in the Lewisville dugout on Friday, but wasn’t in uniform as she is still working through the concussion protocol necessary to be cleared to play. Makayla Corbin, who had been handed the bulk of the pitching duties in Corbin’s absence, missed her second straight start with an ankle injury and was only available as a pinch hitter against Flower Mound.

That left sophomore Taylor Groover next in line.

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Lady Farmers may face remainder of season without Gorsuch because of injury

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/4/2 10:30:00 (1307 reads)

By MIKE IBANEZ
sports@lewisvilletexan.com

If the Lewisville High School softball team is going to make a return trip to the UIL state tournament, they will likely have to do so without All-American pitcher/first baseman Maribeth Gorsuch.

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Lewisville Junior Maribeth Gorsuch (12) pitches the ball in last year's State Championship game against the Katy Tigers.
(Photo by Anthony Mazur)


Gorsuch was expected to miss her second consecutive game when the Lady Farmers faced Hebron at the LHS Killough campus Friday night. The game was completed after The Lewisville Texan Journal went to press.

The four-year starter has been sidelined since suffering concussion-like symptoms after a collision with teammates while attempting to field a fly ball in LHS’ 3-2 loss to Plano on Tuesday, March 22. The loss dropped the Lady Farmers to fifth place in District 6-6A, but a subsequent win over Marcus three days later lifted them back to fourth in their highly-competitive district.

In a Tuesday interview during LHS’ afternoon practice, Lady Farmer coach Lori Alexander said that Gorsuch was meeting with doctors on Wednesday. She expects Gorsuch to miss a significant amount of games and practice time due to the injury, even hinting that the LSU pledge’s high school career could be over.

“The doctors seem to think her season is done,” Alexander said. “I foresee her being out at least through district play. Hopefully she can make it back by playoff time, but that’s if we can make the playoffs.”

A Lewisville post-season run is no longer a foregone conclusion. The Lady Farmers are perilously hanging on to the fourth and final playoff spot afforded district teams with a little less than half of the district season remaining.

“Maribeth’s absence is pretty substantial,” Alexander said. “We’re good enough around her that we have a good chance to do good things. But you pull a kid like that out of your lineup and it’s huge.”

LHS is 15-6 overall and 8-4 in district play. The Lady Farmers trail Plano West, Flower Mound and Plano in the district standings. Five District 6-6A teams are represented in The Dallas Morning News Class 6A top 10 -- Plano West (1st), Flower Mound (2nd), Plano (4th), Lewisville (6th) and Plano East (7th).

If their first game without Gorsuch was an indication, the Lady Farmers may have what it takes to return to the playoffs without the player who has become synonymous with Lewisville softball. They pounded out 11 hits and trounced rival Marcus 11-2. Junior Makayla Corbin dominated in the pitching circle, allowing only five hits and striking out seven Lady Marauders. At the plate, she went 4-for-5 with two doubles and five runs batted in.

Alexander’s strategy of pitching Corbin and sophomore Taylor Groover extensively in non-district action might pay off at season’s end. The pair combined for seven early season wins and entered district play with valuable varsity-level pitching experience.

“I feel like we’ve done a better job of developing a pitching staff beyond Maribeth this year,” Alexander said. “The games that Makayla has pitched, she’s done a real good job. And Groover provides such a different look for hitters.”

Gorsuch’s missing bat is almost as impactful as her absence in the circle. The Lady Farmers’ four district losses have been by a combined nine runs. They tend to win via blowout and lose close games so her team-leading five home runs will be missed.

With Lady Farmer players frantically doing hitting drills around her, Alexander predicted that her team’s success or failure will be dictated by their performance at the plate.

“In this district, every game is like a playoff game,” Alexander said. “If our bats stay hot, we’ll be fine, if they go cold…..”

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Longhorns Class of 2016: Lewisville guard Denzel Okafor hopes to put defenders on ice

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/3/26 14:27:16 (730 reads)

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Denzel Okafor, football player for Lewisville High School, played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Rebecca Eller)
The following story is one in a series of features on incoming University of Texas football recruits by the Austin American-Statesman. Lewisville's Denzel Okafor is one of 24 Texas signees that make up the country's 11th-best incoming recruiting class according to 247Sports.

By BRIAN DAVIS
Austin American-Statesman

Bahama Buck’s bills itself as the “Original Shaved Ice Company.” The place offers some tricked-out flavorings like hurricane daiquiri, wedding cake and something called tiger’s blood. Ewww. They have vanilla, too.

“It’s kind of like Starbucks in a way, except we’re known for our snow cones,” said Denzel Okafor, the offensive lineman from Lewisville High School who has a 7-foot wingspan — perfect for reaching over the counter and making someone’s day.

Or ruining a defensive tackle’s.

“Everybody walks out with a blue tongue and a smile,” Lewisville coach Gregg Miller said.

Okafor’s go-to drink is called oasis, a fruity cocktail of strawberries, bananas, orange juice and coconut. Anything that keeps the 6-4, 295-pound Texas signee happy is just fine with UT coaches. They’d like to add him to their mix this fall.
“I need to work on hand placement, extension and punching more,” Okafor said. “I’ve got to do my part so I don’t come in there on the first day, get hit in the face and think, ‘Dang, what just happened?’ I’m not nervous. I’m eager.”

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Softball: Lady Farmers hammer Marcus

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/3/26 13:51:07 (872 reads)

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Lewisville softball head coach Lori Alexander walks over to check up on freshman Adrianna Nash after being hit in the head by a bad pitch. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)
By Anthony Mazur

Two days removed from a heart-breaking walkoff loss that dropped them to fifth in the district standings and going into battle with their best player at home with an injury, the Lewisville High School softball team claimed the softball version of “The Battle of the Axe” by hammering rival Marcus 11-2.

The win clinched a sweep of the annual series against its fiercest rival, but more importantly put the Lady Farmers back in the upper division of their highly-competitive district.

Lewisville improved to 15-6 on the season and 5-4 in district play, trailing Plano West, Flower Mound and Plano in the standings. The Lady Marauders dropped to 6-10, 2-6.

With Gorsuch sidelined, junior Makayla Corbin earned the win in the pitcher’s circle. Katrina Jackson led the Lady Farmers offensively with a home run and a double and Corbin added a double, contributing to LHS’ 11 hits.

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