The Badger Tennis season finally ended on Thursday at the State Tournament. Lampasas state qualifier doubles teams had mixed results but both went down to Wylie and Boerne teams. Coach Peiser’s report went like this: “Timothy Cavalieri / Garrett McGuire played first at
10:30. They came out fired up and were all over the court. Garrett poached more this morning than all year. He played great. Timothy played steady and smart. They won the first set 6-3 and were on a roll. We were down 1-2 in the next set and it was a long game with 5 or 6 deuces. We lost it and the next game and down 1-4. Losing the second set 6-2. Now on to the 3rd set.

Which we have played many of at regional’s. We started out strong and went up 2-0 but Wylie was not ready to give up and played steady all 2 hours of the match. They just kept attacking and playing consistent and ended up taking the next 6 games to win 6-2. The boys played good and have nothing to be disappointed about.

The girls were then on at noon and started out slow as usual and fell behind 0-5 before hitting better. Losing the first set 6- 2. The second set we played better but Boerne was too tough,
we lost the second set 6-2 as well. The girls also had a great year and winning Region III was huge as well. Both will be back next year to attempt to do this again.A tip o’ the Radiogram hat to the 2017 tennis team – Good Job!

Badger Baseball Banquet last night saw the 2017 Badger team all honored and Badger Bats presented to the departing seniors. Special honors went to Levi Geagley, who was named pitcher of the year and MVP, and to Harrison Gillespie who was named the Battlin’ Badger of the team. Other special mentions went to the best extra bases hitter, Braden Terry, and the leader in hits and on base, Mateo Maldonado.

l-r above Levi Geagley, Braden Terry, Garrett Witcher, Devon Morphis, Gage Berry, Santos Vega, Braydon Allen, Wyatt Fisher (above rear-Clayton Daugherty) and front l-r Harrison Gillespie
and Mateo Maldonado. Missing are Mason Steele, Hunter Gholson, Hunter Rebando and Haydn Hammerschmidt. Two of the graduating seniors, Levi Geagley and Garrett Witcher will be signing to play with college teams soon. Levi was pledged originally to play for McCurry University in Abilene, a Division III athletics program; however Coach Shane Doege said
last night that was not certain yet as there may be other offers under consideration.

Garrett Witcher has pledged to sign with the University of Texas, Rio Grande, which is a Division I program. We have learned that two other Lampasas ball players, John Robert Bumpus in 1963 and Jerry Don Shook in 1965 signed with D-1 programs. John Bumpus, a long time local businessman, who spent a lot of time working with young ball players here, had played gone to the U. of Houston and Shook had went to Baylor. This year’s team was the first in many years to go to the playoffs, and Coach Doege said last night that next year should be even better. Go Badgers!