Bloomburg High girls’ softball team advances to state championship

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Published: May. 31, 2021 at 12:43 PM CDT|Updated: May. 31, 2021 at 8:03 PM CDT
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CASS COUNTY, Texas (KSLA) - For the most part, ArkLaTex public schools are closed for the summer months. But a small group of students in Cass County, Texas, have some unfinished business before going on vacation.

Twelve Bloomberg High School students made history the morning of Monday morning, May 31 as they traveled to Austin, Texas.

“I think this is a pretty big deal,” said Skyler Newell. “It’s exciting. Very exciting.”

For the first time ever, the school’s girls’ softball team is participating in the Texas Class 1-A State Championship Tournament.

“Just a group of awesome young ladies. They dig down deep and they fight,” said Coach Scott Lee.

Lee is the head coach for the team that is made up of mostly high school juniors. The coach told us reaching the state tournament is not only good for the school but the entire Bloomburg community.

“It’s a big thing. The community has really pulled together for us, a lot of support for our send-offs and everything just amazing support.”

Stacey Breedlove is a member of the community and has a daughter on the team. “It means a lot for the community. This is the first time this school has sent a softball team to state.”

The Lady Wildcats take a 14-5 record into the tournament and are scheduled to play Dodd City at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1 in a semifinal game.

For these young athletes, they say, win or lose, this year has been a success for their small East Texas school.

“I think it’s a great experience for us. We worked our butts off this year, and I definitely think it’s paying off,” said Newell.

“It is probably the best feeling I’ve ever had. It’s cool to know we put our all into the team,” said Katie Mote.

“We are just going to show who Bloomburg is. People don’t understand how good a school we are. This is our chance,” said Halee Breedlove.

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