FEATURE: Garcia gives everything for trip back to Austin

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HOUSTON – Long after the dust had settled and the tears of joy had been wiped away from her cheeks, Aaliyah Garcia was back in the dugout.

Standing at the end of the bench, with a Stim machine hooked up, two bags of ice wrapped around her right shoulder and another bag wrapped around her leg, the Angleton senior pitcher looked like someone who had just come out of a battle.

In a way she did.

A seven-inning, 128-pitch, win-or-go-home fight against a stout Barbers Hill lineup to keep her team's season alive with a trip to Austin on the line, which the Ladycats won 9-8.

"She's been my girl for four years now," Angleton coach Cindy Rubio said with tears welling up in her eyes. "I'm going to be really sad to see her go. She has worked hard for me. She's never complained, she's just gutted up and gone.

"Last year she gave it all she had, and we came up short. For her to go out there and gut it up as much as she did and just give all that grit and determination she has and to be able to come out with the win really seals off her senior year."

Throughout the playoffs, Garcia has been a major force for now-state-bound Angleton.

In nine playoff games, Garcia has gone 8-1, giving up 27 runs on 36 hits, while striking out 69 and walking 17 in 57 innings.

Opponents during the playoffs are batting just .167 against the Georgia Southern signee.

"I think is an accumulation of my whole high school career," Garcia said. "This is my last run. I don't want anything to stop me."

Garcia's strikeout numbers have been impressive, setting down 1.21 per inning and 7.2 per game, while giving up less than two walks per outing.

Another number that stands out are the number of pitches.


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By Bradley Collier

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On paper, Aldine Davis should be the best returning Aldine ISD volleyball squad for the 2019 campaign.

But that's just on paper.

Starla Jones, the reigning District 16-6A Coach of the Year, has been persistent this offseason in reminding her team that the successes of last year are just that. They are last season's, which doesn't entitle her group to that same success in 2019.

"I think it's going to give them some confidence that they have a year under their belt," Jones said. "But it's a new season, a new team. Last year is last year. I'm reminding them that we've got to start all over. It's going to take some work like it did before.

"We can't settle, and we can't expect to be at the top just because we were last year."

Last season, Aldine Davis went 20- 26-1 overall and 10-4 in District 16-6A play to finish in a tie for second place with MacArthur.

"I've told them, you do realize because you were up there you are definitely one of the teams to beat," Jones said. "Everybody's going to be pumped. I don't care what team it is. They're going to be ready to play you."

Returning to the court for the Falcons this season is District 16-6A Newcomer of the Year Kiyah Felder, first-team selections Ashlyn Laymond and Tavia Harrell and second-teamer Hailey Harris. Also returning is Lyric Carwell, who was an honorable mention.

What excites Jones the most about this group is that this summer the girls put in the needed work to get better in the weight room.


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