JAIYA COVINGTON JUST HAD THAT BREAKOUT SEASON.
Every coach knows when it happens, and colleges quickly take notice. The Eisenhower junior is two years removed from an injury-plagued freshman campaign. Her sophomore year was a COVID-19-shortened season. Covington was healthy and ready for 2021.
It is very apparent that she was indeed ready to run.
Entering the Regional Meet, she had placed first in every single 100-meter and 300-meter hurdle event she had ran in 2021. Her personal best in the 100 was 13.19 from the season opener and 43.69 in the 300 at the district championships.
She has also excelled in the high jump, clearing 5-feet-6 inches at the District 13-14 Area Meet to punch her ticket to the Regional Meet in three events – something she has never done.
"This season has been very challenging, but I've been able to work through it because I know it's going to pay off in the end," Covington said.
Covington advanced to the 2021 UIL State Track meet in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing second at the Regional Meet with a time of 13.79.
In May, junior brought home the bronze in Austin, with a time of 13.28, and is set for a big senior season.
"It was my first time at state and running in front of a big crowd on a stage like this," Covington said after her race. "I feel awesome. I just worried about myself, my time, and nobody else and making the podium."
Covington reaching state is something she has worked for the last three years and now has accomplished.
"Getting to state means a lot because the last two years I didn't get to go because the first year I got injured and last year COVID-19 happened," she said. "I'm working really hard to try and get to where I need to be."
The hard work is not only paying off on the track with a plethora of gold medals now on her wall at home but also from colleges.
A stack of letters arrives daily in the recruitment for Covington – who owned the No. 7 overall time in the country in the 100-meter hurdles and No. 1 in Texas at the end of April. Her anticipation of a college career grows with it.
"It's very exciting, because I can't wait until that day comes where I make a decision and decide where I want to go," Covington said. "So, it's very surprising and different for me because it's something new."
Once her junior season is complete, Covington said she does plan to make some college trips this summer once the NCAA allows on-campus visiting again.
So, how did Covington get so good at clearing hurdles at a high speed?
Well, it all started back to when she was a child and started in gymnastics before ever stepping onto the track. Gymnastics laid the foundation for the sport that could earn her a collegiate scholarship.
"Very much, the flexibility has helped me do what I have to do," she said.
13 May, 2021
HOUSTON - The Pioneers have something special going on the south side of town.
On Thursday, Lutheran South Academy defeated Southwest Christian School Fort Worth in dominating fashion with a 16-0 victory to claim the TAPPS Division II State Championship.
For the Pioneers this is the fourth in program history and the fourth in the last six seasons. LSA has now won titles in 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2021. If COVID-19 hadn't of knocked out the 2020 season there is a chance this could be a three-peat for the Pioneers.
LSA jumped out early with an RBI single and double from Tyler Ehlinger and Easton Brenner, respectively, making it 2-0 after the second inning. After Tyler Helpenstill drove in a run with a single in the third, the Pioneers blew the doors open in the fourth.
The Pioneers pushed across three runs on a double play groundout, wild pitch and RBI single from Christian Melillo, making it 6-0.
In the fifth, Brenner added two more RBIs to his day with a double and finished the game 4 of 4 with three RBIs. Melillo had another RBI single, which made it 9-0. In the seventh, LSA tacked on one seven runs to push the lead out to 16-0, which would be the final score.
Nelson Klein, who set down the first nine batters he faced, was lights out on the mound pitching a complete game shutout in the TAPPS Division II State Championship game.
The softball season is nearing the moment Texas high school softball fans have been waiting for: the state tournament. Before we can get to that point, though, the best of the best must make it through the playoffs. Here's a look at the five teams you should be watching in the UIL softball regional finals:
With a 10-2 record through district play, the Prosper Lady Eagles finished second in their district. The Lady Eagles defeated big district opponents like Allen, Denton Braswell, Denton Guyer, and more on their way to playoffs. Outscoring their opponents by nearly 200 runs so far this season and have showed no signs of slowing down; especially now in the playoffs.
Last week in the area-round, Prosper faced off against a strong Irving Nimitz in a one-game playoff round. Prosper had no problem defeating Nimitz 9-1. The Lady Eagles have already started their regional quarterfinal series against Denton Guyer winning game 1 on Wednesday (3-1). The two teams are already district opponents and have seen each other twice before (Prosper winning one of the two games). The Lady Eagles can be expected to enter game 2 Thursday evening with their bats ablaze as they continue on in the playoffs.
Prosper Rock Hill (27-6)
The Rock Hill Lady Blue Hawks have been dominant all season. Rock Hill posted a 13-1 record in district play where to finish first in their district. Their only district loss came against an offensively strong Lovejoy team. Defeating the likes of Sherman, McKinney North, Denison, and more this season has given Prosper Rock Hill the fight and confidence they need to be able to succeed in playoffs.
The regional quarterfinal pairing with Frisco Memorial has already begun as Prosper Rock Hill defeated Memorial Wednesday night by a score of 6-2. Currently on a 12 game win-streak, the Lady Blue Hawks should have no trouble closing out the series and advancing to the next round.
Justin Northwest (27-5-2)
The Justin Northwest Lady Texans have spent all season proving that they are just as good as everyone around them. Going 12-3 in district play, the Lady Texans finished second in their district just behind Colleyville Heritage. With an 84% win percentage, Northwest has shown time and time again that they are ready for anyone and anything that stands between them and a state title. The Lady Texans have outscored their opponents 220-60 so far this season.
The regional quarterfinal pairing with Fort Worth Brewer is set to begin 7:00 Thursday in front of a home crowd. Fans can expect the Lady Texans to bring everything they have as they strive to be the best in UIL Class 5A softball.
Colleyville Heritage (28-7-2)
Finishing first in their district, Colleyville Heritage has been a force to be reckoned with all season. The Lady Panthers only lost two district games, one against Justin Northwest and the other against Richland. Outscoring their opponents by over 200 runs so far this season showing the dominance they have at the plate.
The Lady Panthers are set to face off against a strong Aledo team in the regional quarterfinals. The series against Aledo is set to begin 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Byron Nelson.
Flower Mound (31-2-1)
The Flower Mound Lady Jaguars have spent all season demanding respect from every opponent. Going undefeated in district play (14-0), Flower Mound finished at the top of their district defeating the likes of Plano, Flower Mound Marcus, Hebron, Lewisville, and more. Flower Mound has posted 12 shutouts this season while outscoring their opponents by 140 runs.
Flower Mound enters the regional quarterfinals on a four-game win streak with a fire in their hearts to further their game and continue to advance in the UIL playoffs. The Lady Jaguars are set to face Allen at 7:00 p.m. Thursday in front of a home crowd to begin their series.
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