In a wildly successful 2015-16 season, the Lufkin Panthers’ baseball team used a complete team effort to finish in second place in 16-5A before advancing within a single win of the state tournament. Several of those team members were rewarded for their accomplishments as the 16-5A All-District Team was recently announced.
The Lufkin pitching staff had a strong presence on the team with two first-teamers and another second-team performer while Dylan Murphy was recognized as the Defensive MVP. Logan Lair and Christian Stephens, two pitchers who thrived on the mound for the Pack throughout the season, were each honored with first-team picks. Meanwhile Kolten Eberlan earned his selection as a member of the second team. Murphy earned his honor as the best defensive player in the district with his smooth play from his shortstop position.
Another superlative honor went to Lufkin’s Jonathan Dewberry, who shared Newcomer of the Year honors with Lindale’s James Richey. The Panthers also had a way of coming up with the big hits at the right time. One of the key players leading the way in that effort was Max Quick, who was Lufkin’s other selection on the first-team squad at third base. In addition to Eberlan’s spot on the mound, the Panthers also had three other second-team selections.
Blake Lazarine was selected as a second-team first baseman while Luke Rowley earned his spot in the outfield. Manuel Garcia rounded out those picks with his nomination as a designated hitter. Lufkin’s all-district picks were rounded out by Ben Osgood, who earned an honorable-mention nod. The Panthers earned those honors while playing in one of the most competitive districts in the state.
Lufkin fell to fellow district rival Whitehouse in the regional championship. Whitehouse was the fourth-place team from the district. Corsicana was the district champion before also falling to Whitehouse in the playoffs. Corsicana was rewarded as it had the District MVP (Layton Wolver), Pitcher of the Year (Corbin Hill) and Coach of the Year (Heath Autrey). Lindale’s Brad Burckel and Whitehouse’s Mason House shared Offensive MVP honors while Corsicana’s Devan Lindsey and Nacogdoches’ Karlus Flannigan shared Freshman of the Year. Following is a complete list of all-district honors.
MVP: Layton Wolver (Corsicana).
Co-Offensive MVP: Brad Burckel (Lindale), Mason House (Whitehouse). Defensive MVP: Dylan Murphy (Lufkin).
Pitcher of the Year: Corbin Hall (Corsicana).
Co-Newcomers of the Year: Jamey Richey (Lindale), Jonathan Dewberry (Lufkin). Freshman of the Year: Devan Lindsey (Corsicana), Karlus Flinnegan (Nacogdoches). Coach of the Year: Heath Autrey (Corsicana).
Pitchers: Logan Lair (Lufkin), Christian Stephens (Lufkin), Trevor Nolen (Corsicana), Ryan Walls (Whitehouse), Patty Minor (Whitehouse), Laettner Greenhill (Lindale). Catcher: Dawson Woods (Corsicana).
First baseman: Preston Mize (Lindale).
Second baseman: Ben Augustine (Nacogdoches).
Third baseman: Max Quick (Lufkin).
Shortstop: Tanner Roach (Whitehouse).
Outfielders: Jackson Kennemore (Corsicana), Cash Cleaver (Jacksonville), Clayton Pruitt (Whitehouse). Designated hitter: Landry Mayo (Whitehouse).
Utility player: Gage Walters (Lindale).
Pitchers: Colten Davis (Corsicana), Tristan Smith (Nacogdoches), Kolten Eberlan (Lufkin), Dylan Sexton (Jacksonville), Nick Norton (Lindale). Catcher: Decorian Blaylock (John Tyler), Landon Williams (Jacksonville). First baseman: Dylan Walker (Jacksonville), Blake Lazarine Lufkin). Second baseman: Jacob Tucker (Jacksonville).
Shortstop: Brady Robinson (Jacksonville).
Third baseman: Josh Parker (John Tyler).
Outfielders: Rhett Holcomb (Corsicana), Trent Seamen (Jacksonville), Luke Rowley (Lufkin), Michael Givens (John Tyler), Bryce Dupree (Lindale). Designated hitters: Matthew Dillon (Nacogdoches), Manuel Garcia (Lufkin), Matthew Bartlett (John Tyler). Utility player: Richey Gutierrez (Jacksonville).
Lufkin’s Ben Osgood, Corsicana’s Eric Maler, Ty Nolen, Micah Burke, Whitehouse’s Conner Clark, Fiver Tremble, Lindale’s Kam Neely, Kollin McCartney, Joe Santangelo, Nacogdoches’ Conner Covington, Dakota Siers, Jacksonville’s Christian Edwards, Micah Edwards, John Tyler’s Ta’corian Tilley, James Chivas, Clark Edwards, James Davis, Jamal Caba.