Program bring playoff tested team for 2015
By David Jenkins
With a strong offseason, hopes are high for the 2015 campaign.
The Lady Farmers bring back a talented crop of talent that is playoff tested.
“I am very excited about the upcoming season. Most of my varsity and several of my subvarsity players played another season of club and summer league, and they worked hard in the offseason,” head coach Harold Davis said. “We have a shot this year to go deep in the playoffs.”
Back from last years district title winning and regional quarterfinal squad are seniors J’Kaylee Clark, Arianna Brooks and Karlee Young.
Young returns after missing last season with a knee injury that she sustained during a scrimmage.
Juniors are Kailynn Virag, Anna Nibbelin and Chloe Wall, with Kylee Davis as a sophomore.
New to the group are senior Hannah Neal and sophomore Mikiah Butler.
Butler makes the jump from the junior varsity A team.
Farmersville will compete in District 13-3A, along with Caddo Mills (regional semifinalist), Commerce (bi-district finalist), Leonard, Lone Oak, Tom Bean, Van Alstyne (regional semifinalist) and Whitewright.
In preparation for a competitive district and prolonged playoff run, the non-district slate will provide a tough challenge.
“I strengthened our preseason schedule this year. We needed to play some tougher competition to help us get through our tough district and go deeper in the playoffs this year,” he said. “If we stay healthy this year it could be a real fun year.”
The Lady Farmers opened the year Aug. 11 at Gunter and compete Friday and Saturday in the Golden Chick Classic at Princeton.
Other non-district matches are Quinlan Boles (Sept. 25), the Labor Day Smash (Aug. 27 and 29 at Commerce-Cumby) and Sunnyvale (Sept. 8).
They will also host the fourth annual North Texas Slam Tournament (Aug. 20-22), and welcome Callisburg (Aug. 28), Melissa (Sept. 1) and Princeton (Sept. 4) to town.
Games in the first half of district are with Lone Oak (Sept. 11) and Tom Bean (Sept. 15), at Caddo Mills (Sept. 18), with Leonard (Sept. 22) at Whitewright (Sept. 22) with Van Alstyne (Sept. 29) and at Commerce (Oct. 2).
Matches in the second half are at Lone Oak (Oct. 6) and Tom Bean (Oct. 9), with Caddo Mills (Oct. 13), at Leonard (Oct. 16) with Whitewright (Oct. 20) at Van Alstyne (Oct. 23) and with Commerce (Oct. 27 for Senior Night).