It was another challenging season in District 24-4A softball where the Sweeny Lady Bulldogs won out with an 8-0 mark despite challenges from district opponents.

When the 24-4A all-district softball awards were announced, Sweeny, Columbia and Brazosport took a hefty share of the awards with all three teams making the playoffs.

Sweeny finished the season 24-8 overall, losing out to eventual 4A state champ Huffman-Hargrave (7-0, 6-0) in the area round of the playoffs. The Lady Bulldogs had three individuals with individual awards including Allie Robertson as co-offensive player of the year with Bay City’s Rachel Schwartz.

Junior Cassie Homniok shared the defensive player of the year award with Bay City’s Celeste Rodriguez, and Sweeny’s Corie Byrd was named the utility player of the year.

Brazosport and Columbia shared the newcomer of the year award with Lady Ships’ Cristina Zuniga and Lady Necks’ Madison Hornback.

The most valuable player of the district was Bay City’s Madison Garay.

Coach of the year honors went to Sweeny’s Melissa Hansen.

A year after missing the playoffs the, Lady ’Necks were back in the hunt, finishing 5-3 in district play and 10-10 overall. They finished in the area round to Splendora (10-0, 12-0).

Brazosport made it two years in a row in the playoffs by going 3-5 in district play and 11-12 overall. They finished in the area round to Livingston (9-0).

First team honors for Sweeny were Faith Engelhardt, Megan Kessler and Brianna Salazar; Columbia’s Haylie Oakes, Kyleigh Bragg and Jessica Armstrong; Brazosport’s Erica Kaale, Breanna Brimmage and Briana Reyes.

The rest of the first team were Bay City’s Abigail Gonzales and Madison Edwards; and La Marque’s Valerie Melendez.

On the second team were Sweeny’s Brianna Amey, Sarah Briggs and Alyssa Boozy; Columbia’s Myriah, Kayle Newby and Maidsyn Siegel; Brazosport’s Destini Turner, Candace Hobbs and Arlene Ramirez; La Marque’s Di’Avian Ruffins; and Bay City’s Savannah Fernandez, Alyssa Gonzales and Carizma Barron.

Getting honorable mention for Sweeny were Kassidy Tucker, Trinity Way, Alyssa Buentello and Kamryn Downs; Brazosport’s Tyra Dolly, Haylen Nanez, Simone Fuller and Alyssa Ordonez; and Columbia’s Addy Marshall, Kirsten Bragg and Braylynn Henderson.

Making the All-Academic team were Columbia’s Armstrong, Kirsten Bragg, Kyleigh Bragg, Makayla Campbell, Jodi Hanzik, Henderson, Hornback, Marshall, Tory Reyes, Jada Rhodes and Gyntry Ringgold; and Sweeny’s Amey, Briggs, Byrd, Downs, Engelhardt, Homniok, Kessler, Robertson, Tucker and Way.

Joel Luna is sports editor for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0160 or at joel.luna@thefacts.com

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