Champs Nonetheless

Lady Bears Announce Arrival 
Only two defeats in a record-setting season kept the Lady Bears from a state championship. Zero defeats would have been better.
However, this still did not keep them from being named “Dan Cook Cup: Girls team of the year.”
Yes, Brennan softball has made a mark, announced they are here and will once more make a state run in the upcoming year – because their historic season, first time to reach this far into the playoff season, was achieved with a squad of 14 underclasswomen, mostly sophomores and juniors.
“Our twins Alex and Gabby [Torres], Sierra Schottler, Kayla Sanchez and Alexia Camacho are our returning letterman that we will be looking to help lead our team back to another successful season,” Assistant Head Coach Selena Garcia said. “They were all big in contributing to this year's state run. I expect that their experience and leadership will continue with next year's team."
Other returning letterman, and underclasswomen, who will help the team make another playoff run, include sophomore Christina Michel, second base, freshman Hailey Neira, right field, and junior Kat Velasquez, out field. Brennan defeated the likes of Smithson Valley, Buda Hays, San Antonio Johnson and New Braunfels Canyon to capture the Region IV-6A championship.
Adding to the Brennan honors include:
■ Freshman Sierra Schottler, first base, earned a UIL all-state tournament team honor; she was the only freshman selected.
■ Sophomore Alex Torres, center field, was named to the All-Area team. 
■ Senior Clarissa Hernandez, pitcher, named the 2017 Express-News All-Area Softball Player of the Year. Also selected to the Express-News All-Area Super Team last year, she came back from a back injury to lead the Lady Bears to their first state tournament.
"Leadership this upcoming season will fall upon this group of talented, focused, driven young ladies who truly have a passion for softball, respect for their teammates and are committed to do whatever it takes to get back to Austin and win the state title," Head Coach Ruby DeLaGarza said about looking forward to the upcoming season.
The Lady Bears lost to Austin Bowie 2-1 in the Class 6A State semifinals, capping a 16-2-0 district record.