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July 22, 2013

Standley ends high school softball career as a state MVP

Troup standout named top player in TGCA all-star game

AUSTIN —  Katelyn Standley's high school playing days came to an end on July 12 in a dreamy storybook-ending fashion at Red and Charlene McCombs Field at University of Texas Austin.

The recent Troup High School graduate, who is from Jacksonville, will soon (Aug. 23) be off to Stephen F. Austin State University to start the next phase of her softball career as a member of the Ladyjack softball team, helped lead her Red team to a 7-1 triumph over the Blue in the Texas Girls Coaches Association (Class 1A-3A) All-Star game.

Standley, the daughter of Cheryl and Jeff Standley, went 1-for-3 at the plate, drilled a triple and scored two runs for her squad while playing two frames behind the plate, which is her primary position, two innings at shortstop and a segment in right field.

For her efforts she earned the game's Most Valuable Player award.

Standley's playing in the all-star contest and being named as the MVP were both groundbreaking events for a Troup Lady Tiger, according to the school's head softball coach Sam Weeks.

“This was the first time for Troup to have a representative in the all-star game, so for Katelyn to just to be there was special, but for her to win MVP was extra special,” Weeks said. “She (Katelyn) had an outstanding performance and represented Troup well.”

Standley said that she only set one goal for herself prior to the game — to go out and have fun and enjoy the moment.

“We had a great practice the night before the game and I was ready to go out and play and just to have fun,” she said in an interview on Friday. “I never look at stats or keep up with those things, so I was happy to have won MVP, but all the glory goes to God. He gave me the ability to go and perform well.”

Standley said that she wasn't surprised at her team winning by such a large margin because her group had an intangible that is often missing in all-star games.

“Most of our team knew each other and we were all able to play relaxed and we just had a great team chemistry, which is so important,” Standley said.

Weeks said that student-athletes like Standley don't come along every day and that she will be sorely missed at Troup.

“I am so proud to have had an opportunity to coach Katelyn,” Weeks said.


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