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WC Fall Action set to Start


While technically summer is still here, for college sports the fall seasons have arrived.

The Weatherford College baseball and softball Coyotes recently hosted their first tournaments of the season.

The baseball Coyotes hosted their annual WC Fall Tournament Sept. 7-9. The field included perennial power Grayson, along with Hill College, Panola and North Texas Community College.

“The WC Fall Tournament brings in good teams from across the state for the three-day event,” said head coach Jeff Lightfoot prior to the start of the event. “Fans will see a variety of different lineups from the Coyotes as we get to know our team and see what they can and can’t do. There will be a lot of evaluating and a lot of teaching opportunities the first weekend.”

Meanwhile the softball Coyotes hosted three select teams from the Metroplex in a one-day event on Sunday, Sept. 10.

“We have a big freshmen class this year and they will have to contribute and be an impact in the spring in order for us to be successful,” Head Coach Haylee Williams said. “The fall gives us an opportunity to play everyone, mix lineups and defensive positions while playing a high level of competition. It’s a great opportunity to develop our young players and to get our sophomores back into game situations and game speed.

“While it is important for our sophomores, the biggest benefit is for our freshmen because it allows them to feel and see the difference in the game from high school softball. The fall is a lot of fun for the coaching staff and a great opportunity to teach and grow our players in preparation for the spring.”

The Coyotes baseball team advanced to the NJCAA Region V championship round last season before falling to McLennan in their quest to reach the NJCAA Division I World Series for the first time. It was their best season since reaching that same round in 2004.

The Coyotes softball team was ranked as high as eighth in the nation last season and reached the NJCAA Region V North championship round being getting upset by North Central Texas College.

The fall baseball season runs through Oct. 30 and includes 18 games (12 at home), along with the Texas/New Mexico Junior College All-Star Weekend Sept. 22-23 and Scout Day Oct. 30, both at Roger Williams Ballpark.

The fall softball season runs through Nov. 4, the date of the all-star game at Lamar University in Beaumont. The Coyotes have at least 21 games scheduled (five at Stuart Field).

The WC rodeo team will begin its fall season Sept. 21-23 at the Eastern New Mexico Rodeo in Portales, New Mexico. It is the first of four fall events as they work to send competitors to next June’s College National Finals Rodeo for a 14th consecutive season.

The Coyotes and Lady Coyotes basketball teams will begin their seasons later in the fall.

by Rick Mauch