Pads were popping and whistles were blowing last week, as the Dogs returned to the practice field, for what is sure to be a unique and another successful season.
LEFT: Sulphur fielder Ally Dixon fields a grounder and winds up for a throw to first base as the Lady Bulldogs hosted a preseason festival last week.PHOTOS BY SABRINA DUCK ABOVE
ABOVE RIGHT: The Lady Bulldog’s Taylor Adkinson attempts a put-out on a base runner from her third base position during one of the festival’s games.
Lady Bulldog Shallen Mershon is poised for a throw to first base after fielding a grounder in the Sulphur Festival last week.PHOTO BY SABRINA DUCK
The Sulphur softball team started the 2020 season off just the way they wanted on Monday afternoon, as the Lady Dogs moved to 1-0 with a 9-1 win over Byng at home.
The Dogs broke out of the pin on a hot Monday afternoon to launch their first practice of the new season. On top, longtime head coach Jim Dixon, far left, watches as the team goes through drills. Above, in inset, team members work through other drills as they get ready for their first scrimmage next week. It will be at home on Aug. 20 vs. Lindsay in a 6:00 p.m. start at Agee Field. Sulphur will open the season on Friday, Aug. 28 in a tough encounter with old foe Tuttle on the Tigers’ home turf. Game-time is 7:00 p.m.
Football season is right around the corner, as practice started on Monday and the season begins in two weeks.
Two local students earned their belts in Taekwondo style. Pictured, from left, are Sensei Elaine Guilloz, Sensei Don McKain, Victoria Landtroop, who earned a Yellow Black Stripe Belt, and her father, Larry Landtroop, who earned Yellow Black Stripe Belt, instructor Stephanie Ward and the two little Dragons, Dakota and Lakota McKain. in foreground. Both groups work all year long and with long training, sparring, learning the self-defense techniques and competitions.
The Black Dragon Karate School, of Sulphur, held a belt testing on July 16, with four students of Shotokan Style. They are, from left, back row, Sensei Don McKain, Toby Barton, who earned the Orange Belt, Tyler Barton; front row, Timothy George, who earned the Yellow Black Stripe, and his wife, Rebecca George, who earned her Orange Stripe Belt, Trenton Barton, who earn the Orange Belt, Instructor Stephanie Ward, Sensei Elaine Guilloz and the little Dragon in foreground, Dakota McKain.