Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

January 16, 2013

She's back and even better than before

Troup’s Standley celebrates return to softball diamond by hitting 5 HRs in 5 games

BEEVILLE —  Whenever an athlete, regardless of the sport, incurs a serious injury there is always concern and sometimes trepidation as to whether that athlete will be able to return at 100-percent.

Troup High School softball standout and Stephen F. Austin signee, Katelyn Standley, suffered a major knee injury during one of her team's state playoff games on May 24, 2012.

The injury, which required surgery to repair and a lengthy-subsequent rehabilitation period, no doubt had folks wondering would Standley would be able to return to the diamond and perform at the same level that she did before her misfortune.

Standley answered those questions over the weekend.

Playing in a pre-high school season warm-up tournament in Longview, Standley blasted five home runs (three over the fence and two inside the park) while playing third base for three games and catching the other two.

So, it seems safe to say that Standley is back and is better than ever, physically.

Although Standley jacked the very first pitch that she saw in her first game back against Harleton over the right field wall, it was actually the two inside the park jobs that Standley's dad, Jeff Standley, was most taken back by.

“For her to be able to get around the bases, running left with a bulky left-knee brace on, told me that she had learned how to use her legs and that the strength was there for her to be able to perform at a high level,” he said. “We were excited that Katelyn was able to go out and do the things that she did so soon.

“My daughters overall health was always more important than her being able to come back and play softball. We followed the doctor's instructions and kept her out for six months. We didn't want her to be in a position later in life where she favored the leg or had discomforted because we rushed things just for the sake of being able to get back to softball.”

Miss Standley resumed her softball-specific activities on Nov. 24, 2012 after participating in a rigorous rehab program that Mr. Standley supervised and modeled after the one Minnesota Viking's Adrian Peterson used.

“We researched what workouts Adrian Peterson did in rehabbing his knee,” Jeff Standley said. “Katelyn did many of the same activities such as the box drills and running in circles that seemed to work so well for Adrian.”

The successful surgery followed by the proper amount of down time to heal and the intense rehab work seemed to have worked well for Katelyn Standley, and in much the same way Peterson returned to the NFL this season stronger and faster than he was in his pre-injury days, Standley appears to have returned to softball in a similar state.

“We are real pleased,” Jeff Standley said. “After five games she (Katelyn Standley) came out strong and she didn't have any problems, nothing but the usual soreness associated with getting back used to catching.”

And while some athletes have been known to struggle psychologically following a serious injury, such is not the case with Katelyn Standley.

“Towards the end of the games and after she hit one of her last home runs she called me and said,”dad, I'm a beast.”” Jeff Standley said.

True words spoken by an athlete that has total confidence in her physical abilities.

Welcome back to softball, Katelyn!


Text Only
Local Sports
  • 07-26-Brown + foto.jpg Junior golf: Brown claims a pair of 3rd place finishes this week

     The summer junior golf tour schedule is now in the home stretch and Jacksonville's Cameron Brown is closing like a freight train.

    Brown played in two tournaments this week and came in third place in each, while going up against some top-caliber junior golfers from the Metroplex.

    On Monday and Tuesday, the son of Dean and Mary Carol Brown, played in a Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT) stop at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney where he shot rounds of 73 and 71 to earn third place out of a field of 54 boys.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • JJHS logo.png Forrest picked to guide Fightin' Maiden volleyball

    Jacksonville High School will have a new head volleyball when fall camp opens up on Aug. 4.

    Jan Forrest, a veteran high school coach who calls Borger, Texas home, has been promoted from the Jacksonville Middle School coaching staff into her new position.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-Minter + photo.jpg Guard-ex Minter helps USA win tourney in the Netherlands

    Spurred on in part by the efforts of A. J. Minter, a former diamond star at The Brook Hill School, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team was able to nail down the championship of the 27th edition of the Haarlem-Honkbal Week.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-TTA logo.jpg Rusk Rangers 14U stay alive in TTA state tourney

    The Rusk Rangers 14U team were scheduled to take on Malakoff Monsters Friday night in an elimination game in the Texas Teen-Age Baseball Association (TTA) state tournament in Hillsboro.

    Rusk suffered its first lost in the double-elimination event after falling to the Eagles from Mildred.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jerry Fork 3 30 12.JPG Gone fishing with Jerry Miller

    One of the main things I really look forward to in the summer is locating and catching schooling bass. Schooling bass are not always easy to catch. Sometimes they are very aggressive and will react to a variety of baits. At other times they become very hard to catch. I have several baits that I rely on, but some are favorites.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • RNIZRWPNXJDDLGT.20140225144737.jpg Locals Hamlett, Trotter prepare for SHSU swan song

    The Sam Houston State University Bearkats will have a brand new head coach and an unfamiliar quarterback this season.

    But the Southland Conference (NCAA, Football Championship Series) team will return a rock-solid nucleus, including Cory Hamlett, a senior who prepped at Jacksonville High School and Rusk High School graduate John Trotter, who will also be in his final year playing for the orange squad from Huntsville.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_4906.JPG Johnson hired as Lady Guard basketball coach

    In filling its opening for a head girl's basketball coach, The Brook Hill School turned to Ivan Johnson, a coach that has been has achieved playoff success in TAPPS circles.

    Johnson was introduced as Brook Hill's man to lead the Lady Guard hoop charges Tuesday afternoon in a press conference that was held on campus at the Kyle Lake Athletic Center.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • baseball.jpg TTA Youth baseball: Rusk Rangers 8U open state play with 2 wins

    Rusk's trio of youth baseball teams particpating in various Texas Teen-Age Baseball Association state tournaments remained alive going into Wednesday evening's games.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-22-Updated cover tease art.jpg Bullard's Rumbelow rapidly rising up through ranks in Yankee farm system

    In just over a month Nick Rumbelow, a former Bullard High School pitching standout, will be celebrating his 23rd birthday.

    Where he will be on that day is anyone's guess and may be classified as a “$64,000 question.”

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indian head.jpg Jacksonville Football Camp set for Aug. 4

    Jacksonville High School will be hosting a free football camp, targeted towards for all incoming 7th, 8th and 9th grade football players, on Aug 4-5.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo